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" with emily's list. then, president obama speaking at a community center in the lower net toward to mark the 10th anniversary of hurricane katrina. after that, more from new orleans with president clinton, louisiana members of congress, and nancy pelosi. they will also discuss the 10 years since hurricane katrina. on newsmakers this week, we are joined by stephanie schriock, of emily's group. and joining us to help us question in studio, we are joined by matea gold of the "washington post," and alexis simendinger. you have the first question. >> welcome, it is great to chat with you and what has been a
very eventful summer already. my first question for you is about the democratic primary. it appears that vice president biden is seriously considering jumping in the race. this is something a couple months ago most people didn't expect was likely to happen. we are hearing from a lot of former obama advisers were backing him. i am wondering what you think the impact will be on hillary clinton if he does that and how her supporters will react. ms. schriock: well, we have lots of speculation. i feel like every time i open the paper in the morning, there is another story that is different from the one yesterday. he is going to make his decision by the end of summer, which i think the specific date is september 23. [laughter] we will all be waiting. i really feel strongly about secretary clinton will do the exact same thing that she has been doing. first, if you'd take this on, she will welcome him into the
race just as she welcomed senator sanders into this conversation about the future of our country. secretary clinton has done a really wonderful job you can pick about everyday americans -- campaigning about everyday americans and about economic stability for themselves and their families, which i think is an incredible contrast to what we are seeing on the republican side of this nomination process where every night i get to turn on the -- h areearnd here hear more outlet primary -- so i is as good a third primary.
biden did meet with senator warren recently. if he asked her to endorse his bid, what kind of quandary would that put you in? ms. schriock: again, it is also much speculation. we are not sure what vice president biden is going to do. anybody who is thinking about running for president should sit down with senator warren. she is such an incredible reader on the matters of economic opportunity in this country and has become a force, really, in the party and in the senate. and i think it is very wise of folks to visit with someone who is such an expert on so many issues that are facing our economy today. on top of it, how exciting is it that we are talking about women for once and that there is these women in the next year? we at emily's list feel very
strongly about hillary clinton, with her lifelong commitment to women and families, by far the best position to be the next president of the united states. we think she is the best prepared and also has a vision for the country that we believe in. and she is a woman and we may actually get to break that final glass ceiling and elect the first woman president of the united states. mr. mcardle: can i ask, how would you access -- assess the vice president's record on women's issues? ms. schriock: under the obama administration, we have seen the obama biden administration really fight strongly for women and families. whether it was with congress pushing the act, of course it goes without saying the affordable care act was a huge, huge benefit to women in this country. from access to birth control to not being a pre-existing condition anymore because they
happen to be a woman. i think we are all incredibly grateful of the work the administration has done. and vice president biden, even in the senate years, has gone through many evolutions of issues. a lot of issues have come up in front of him. but all in all, i couldn't be happier with really where we are with the obama administration and that is really a team effort. just aendinger: follow-up, would you at emily's list and those who support mrs. clinton and try to back are breaking through the glass ceiling, would you consider that a repudiation in some way if the vice president enters the race knowing how invested women are in secretary clinton? ms. schriock: i don't believe emily's list or anybody affiliated with emily's list would feel that way. just as senator sander has gotten into this race, if vice
president biden decides to do so, this is -- this is how our system is set up. we should have a very serious debate about who the nominee for the party should be. is ahen i'm pleased to see really wonderful debate on the issues, on policies facing women and families on the democratic side, and let by secretary clinton's continuation of her lifelong career of fighting for women and families. i just think that her rolling out the debt-free student loans -- and i was just out west talking to a group of millennial women, this is a huge, huge issue facing this country. the democrats are talking about it and hillary clinton is leading the way. it could -- the contrast could not be clearer. the republicans have absolutely not talked about -- well, hardly any issues. and when they do, they are talking about defunding planned
parenthood and we may be looking at a republican nominee for the first time since roe v wade who doesn't even believe in providing exceptions for abortions. contrast clear case of and the choice is going to be very clear next year. ms. simendinger: you mentioned donald trump and we -- ms. schriock: i figured. [laughter] ms. simendinger: my question inld be, some of the mines people on politics on either side of the aisle looked at the first debate and heard what donald trump has been saying since then and thought that his support among women would fall through the floor. polls are suggesting that it hasn't happen among conservative women. i was wondering if you have an explanation for that. ms. schriock: i don't think i cn quite explain what is going on in the republican party right now. there is -- it is hard for me to watch, even what has happened in the last week and the continuation of the fight that donald trump is having with --
with -- with the fox news anchor. it is outrageous. it is outrageous. i think what is most concerning to me is not so much his -- [laughter] -- the way he speaks to the american people, but the set of policies that he and his republican counterparts are also putting. very, very little difference between his position and those also running against him. we are looking at 17 candidates who are the most conservative group of republican candidates for the candidacy would have probably ever seen. and that is what we have to keep in mind. we might only he -- be be hearing -- be -- be hearing -- be hearing about donald trump every night -- ms. gold: can you tell us a little bit about how emily's list is planning on emphasizing that?
and also adjust the focus on planned parenthood and the controversies in which these new videos have now come out, another round of videos showing their practices. and this is obviously being taken up as a very polarizing political issue. does it have the potential of alienating women who the democratic nominee is a really going to need? ms. schriock: i say to have a real chance of alienating women, that is a republican thing. i think there are going to alienate them towards the democratic side. let's begin with the fact that one in five women in this country have gone to planned parenthood for basic health care. cancer could screenings -- cancer screenings, birth control. what we need -- we see planned parenthood as a health care provider. it is an incredibly important these of our economic stability as women in this country, millions of millions of women and men. so if you start at that place, you have a republican party that is just certain that they can
turn this into an issue that is going to work for them. but they are not. it is not going to happen because of the number of women and men, frankly, who use planned parenthood and know what planned parenthood has been about. and we have seen this before. the republicans have tried over and over again to tear apart planned parenthood in their stride to really dismantle reproductive rights for women in this country. and we have seen women and men aroundaround here and -- planned parenthood again and again. we might seat in six weeks if ted cruz continues -- see it in six weeks if ted cruz continues his plan of shutting down the government over planned parenthood. again, an organization that is providing millions of women with health care needs.
-- ms. schriock: what i continue to see in our polling is that women and men are more and more frustrated with a republican party that seems completely focused and can't get away from talking about reproductive health issues when what they are really looking for the party to talk about our economic issues facing this country. -- are economic issues facing this country. notonly are republicans talking about the issue here, they are wrong on the issue. i'm waiting for the republicans to figure out that they actually need women to vote for them to win the general election, but the republican primary is a different animal. and they are playing to the right-wing base of their primary. as we see that, we are seeing each candidate move further and further to the right. and i think it will cause them
immense trouble when we get into the general election next year. mr. mcardle: a story we are hearing a lot about in this early part of the primary season is hillary clinton's e-mail servers. the investigation that is going into that. we have seen the polling that shows concerns about her trustworthiness. you have run successful campaigns in the past. if you are running hillary clinton's campaign right now, would you do anything different? ms. schriock: you know, i feel really strongly that she is -- she has done what she needs to do. she is out there answering questions every day from the press. she will continue to do that. at every point, she has passed over that information, including 30,000 pages of e-mails and handing over the server when it was, you know, when it was asked to be handed over. i think this is an issue that has really gotten confused by -- by so many interests.
and we will hear her again. she's going to speak to it in a committee hearing, i'm sure. but the truth is it is not where the voters are focused. this election -- and in the campaigns i have run -- this election is going to be about the american people and the future that they are working for. and which candidate is going to provide a vision and a direction for individuals and families in this country to succeed. that is an economic concern for every american and i think the conversation that is happening in the townhouse in iowa, in the town halls -- town halls in iowa, and the townhouse in new hampshire, those other signs of the conversations that are going to happen. mr. mcardle: is it clear enough -- ms. schriock: i think the campaign has been clear and she has been clear over and over again that she is, you know, and no has sent e-mails with
confidential information -- classified. thank you. classified information at the time. she has said the same thing over and over again. i am not sure what we have to keep asking the same questions over and over again, but i feel like the campaign has done a very good job of laying this out. when you came to emily's list, you put a big priority on data and analysis and have also talked about how important millennial and millennial women will be in this election. think,n suggested, i that they could, in terms of voter participation, outnumber the boomers this time around in 2016. talk about the messaging. we have, as you know, on the democratic side, a boomer. but how issue doing and messaging. and with all the races you are watching, what of the message is
that a really resonating and that you might suggest the front-runner keeper ion? ?- keep her eye on ms. schriock: i think it is a really amazing point in history that we are going into an election where millennial women could be a larger voting block than baby boomer women. there are more millennial women than there are baby boomer women , the question is are they going to vote at the same number. part of our job, we are going to be doing work focusing specifically on millennial women and really finding ways to inspire their engagement in this election cycle over issues that matter to them. so some of what we have already seen, like i said, one of the issues of course i brought up is tax-free college. so many young women, and men, are just buried under the weight of debt and the thought of even purchasing a home is so far away
because they can't get out of their own college debt. and what are we going to do for the next generation? are going to figure out a different way to do that? we really have two problems that we are contending with. but we are also looking at equal pay or equal work as this generation comes into -- fully into the workforce. going, there are women wait a second, i thought i was going to get paid equally? everything was equal when i was in school and there was more women graduating them and, and now i'm in this workplace environment and there is still inequalities there that need to be addressed. and a real awakening as i travel around the country of millennial women going, oh, wait a second, this isn't as completely even as i thought it was going to be as i enter the workforce. so equal pay for equal work. as this generation -- already the young mothers of our country
realize how difficult it is to carry a job and ensure that you can stay home when your child is sick. we have such poor policies in this country about this, never mind childcare, which we have no policies in most places. so these are really family issues that millennial women are looking at and i think this is where, again, hillary clinton has already embraced and we are seeing an incredible group of senate candidates were running. we have already endorsed six senate candidates this particular election year. and there are more to come. we are not done yet. and that has been a really big focus. one other thing to follow-up, we have come and secretary clinton, a page of her strategy from 2008 where she wasn't playing up her gender as my. and this time she is full and on playing up her gender. we have a woman on the republican side who is not
playing to gender. can you explain why it might be working better for a -- for secretary clinton this time around than the way she did in 2008? and whether carly fiorina's strategy is an summer working for her, too. ms. schriock: i think it is less about hillary clinton running as a woman and hillary clinton's -- hillary clinton talking about issues that affect women and families in these countries -- country. ms. simendinger: but you are not arguing that she is not -- ms. schriock: no, not at all. she is a woman. [laughter] and for emily's list, -- [indiscernible] a pretty exciting time. we are looking at what could be a record year for women across the country, whether it is the white house, the senate, the house, legislative places across the country. it is also a different time.
and i think it is sometimes hard for us to remember, you know, as times change with the condor -- as times change, what the conversations are. there is a real growing conversation about women and families over the last six years. and it is -- i think it is a really good environment for hillary to run in. there is this awakening, as i mentioned before, of women across the country. wait, what is equal pay? why am i not getting equal pay? this paid sick leave is really a problem. and what am i going to do with my student loans? and, wait a second, the republican party wants to take away my birth control. that is what i think a woman leader really is in a great position to talk about those issues because they have been through all of those issues in that lives at different times. >> and what about carly? ms. schriock: she is running for
a different position at the moment. she is running for the republican nomination and she has to get through the republican primary. and that as a whole different environment to be running in. and i think we will see -- >> being the only woman, is that an advantage for her? ms. schriock: i am still looking for to the date when there is more one -- day when there is more than one. i we ready for that? -- aren't we ready for that? i think it does lift your voice in a different way -- her voice in a different way, but it is not just about gender. it really is about the issues that you are proposing that a great help women and families. women aren't going to vote for women because they are women. we are going to vote for candidates who are going to be leaders on issues that face our families. ms. gold: i want to ask you about how millennials view secretary clinton as opposed to
boomers. a lot of boomer women i speak to view her journey as their journey. i am wondering, millennials who don't have the same experience, who has seen her who is somebody who is always been at a position of power, what is their response to her and how do you have to reach them differently? ms. schriock: some of our initil polling and some of the public polling, we are seeing really good response by millennials in support of her. really the support of her policies and what she is advocating. what we have found as we have traveled around the country -- there is a lot of educating to do. at a lot of what we will do emily's list is to tell her story. the thing about millennial women, they were probably born in pre-2000, but they were
during the clinton administration. what do they know about her? what we find is they actually don't know much. and when you start sharing the stories about -- about her mom and the struggles for mother went through and hillary going up in a middle-class family -- growing up in a middle-class family. they have no idea. they may not just be millennials, either way. they didn't know she went to law school. and that instead of going to a big law firm, she and to work for the children's defense fund. sharing who hillary is, a great way to connect with millennials, who have often heard secretary clinton talk about the challenges of being a young mother or a young daughter working full-time. and what do do when you have to -- you have to go to work and
your child is sick, what do you do? that is a really powerful story. ms. gold: can that message resonate when she is obviously someone of immense wealth right now and she has occasion in the hamptons and she is getting paid all this money for speeches? can you make the argument really effectively that she someone who can relate to you as a middle-class young person? ms. schriock: i think the answer is absolutely yes. she has been through it. in so many ways. and has also, as a leader, whether as first lady of arkansas, first lady of the united states, or united states senator, she has had so many roles which he has been in the middle of the struggle that women and girls around the world, not just the united states, are facing. and in a really unique way can speak to those struggles. we haveink a voice that never really had, but i don't
think we can underestimate what it would mean to women and girls around the world and in this country to see a woman president of the united states. mr. mcardle: just a minute or two left. i want to ask you, you touched on this before, your efforts -- your senate and house efforts. the are currently 100 for women in congress right now. i want to know what you think the number will be after the elections. ms. schriock: oh, more. [laughter] mr. mcardle: any spent about $45 million during the 2014 cycle. i you going to be able to spend that much on senate and house and governor races when there is so much focus on hillary clinton? ms. schriock: the answer is, ye. let me begin with, we have an incredible group of candidates. we have already endorsed six women for the united states senate. i think it is really important to recognize that four of those women are women of color running for the united states senate in an institution that has only ever had two women of color ever
serve in it. and it was a 20 year span between those two. so this could be a moment in history in a whole different way. these are women like donna edwards, who would be the first african-american to serve in the senate from the state of maryland. harris, an african-american and south asian american, a very popular attorney general in california. catherine cortez, a latina, who would be the first latina ever in the united states senate. i am really ready to get through all these first -- [indiscernible] but it is an historic moment. and let us not forget about tammy duckworth in illinois and would be a first, the first woman who has seen combat to serve in the united states senate. these are very smart, talented women who bring and meant diverse perspectives -- immense diverse perspectives to their
jobs today. so we will very much have the resources to back up our senate and house candidates. emily's list has had already an incredibly strong start to our fundraising this election cycle and are ahead of any cycle previous. and because of that, we are going to do what we always do for our senate races. and help hillary clinton become president of the united states. mr. mcardle: president of emily's list, thank you so much. ms. schriock: absolutely. thank you so much for having me. mr. mcardle: and we will now continue with the roundtable portion of a program. we are joined by matea gold and alexis simendinger. i want to start with, how concerned do you think emily's from her statements about hillary clinton's e-mails and the prospects of a joe biden
candidacy in the democratic primary? ms. simendinger: i thought it was really interesting because she was clearly emphasizing to us what we know, which is that the ima controversy has dragged -- the e-mail controversy has dragged clinton's campaign not to a held, but a feeling that it is going to go well into the fall. and she was bringing that up yourself. and choose trying to offer us assurances that hillary clinton was really not on the ropes. that she had answered fully and she would do this again on capitol hill in october. but even the discussion of that i felt was a indication of how unwanted this controversy has been. she also mentioned, which i also thought was fascinating, that the younger generation of women voters that emily's list is very much trying to reach may not have really absorbed what hillary clinton represents in the pantheon of what, you know, a woman president would be or
what her history was. and to talk about this history of educating. needing to be educated about her history and her viagra prepared and who we are, well into the onmer, and she is describing what may not be a gender gap, -- a generational gap, but a gender gap. woman into the white house that is pro-choice on abortion, but also hillary clinton. they have put all the effort behind that. mr. mcardle: to follow up on that, she said that there is educating to do. she said the voters don't know much about hillary clinton story. do you think that is accurate? ms. gold: it is a fascinating acknowledgment that for a known quality -- that there are parts of her story that her supporters believe have not fully penetrated. and i also believe it is an acknowledgment that her current
role of someone who is incredibly wealthy, who has all these resources, whose husband has also made so much money since leaving office, that this is a narrative that has really stuck with them. and her campaign has been all about trying to connect with middle-class voters and trying to make that real and authentic. i think it has been a struggle. and we saw that in her acknowledgment that there needs to be some more storytelling about that. i also thought it was fascinating how careful she was talking about vice president biden's potential run. this is something that clinton supporters are watching. and i think there is a clear sense among them that they don't want to do anything to provoke him, to encourage him, but also to malign him. they are trying to be very careful and let him make his decision, but it is definitely something that is looming much more fast in periods. mr. mcardle: and on the planned parenthood story that has been so much in the news, she seemed
to indicate the way republicans are going to try to use this issue, planned parenthood becomes a winning issue for democrats did ms. simendinger: that has been -- for democrats. ms. simendinger: that has been the story for the democratic side. it has been their play-by-play over several election cycles in the time that stephanie has been with emily's list. so she knows what to expect. it could go to different ways. but she was trying to really, i think, paint a picture for us of the stark contrast that would only be helpful to democratic women and pro-choice women. and she was trying to underscore this idea that maybe there are younger women in her mind who are looking at this debate, this discussion of policy and the tone of it and maybe thinking twice about something they didn't experience as younger woman that may be an older generation of women experienced who lived through rotary weight, is what i'm saying. so she is definitely leaning
towards this idea that it is a positive. there are many other political analysts you could talk to who aren't always sure that that is the way it is going. ms. gold: it is interesting. democrats are really gleeful that this will controversy around planned parenthood, which is something that the organization has struggled to contain, has been embraced by the republican field in a way that they feel is alienating to a lot of voters. so we have even seen jeb bush talk about how planned parenthood doesn't provide services -- how services to women. so right after the first republican debate, researchers were just thrilled by the comment that scott walker and marco rubio made on abortion. walkerents that scott and marco rubio made on abortion. there is no question that these videos, these kind of grisly videos are penetrating and conservative media. it remains to be seen whether
independent voters will really see them and be moved by them. mr. mcardle: we will have to leave it there this week. matea gold, alexis simendinger, thank you so much. announcer: the c-span cities tour visit literary and historic sites across the nation to hear from local historians, authors, and civic leaders every other weekend on ""booktv," and "american history tv." this month, the tour is on c-span each weekday at 6:00 p.m. eastern. monday, we travel to topeka, kansas. we will hear about the violent confrontations in 1850. we will to work -- tour the state capital and we have a conversation with the kansas governor.
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