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these are to watch c-span's washington journal of life beginning at 7:00 eastern on monday morning. during the discussion. >> next, the acceptance speech of green party potential candidate jill stein and vice presidential candidate. a discussion on the general election strategy of republican president to candidate donald trump. another1:00 p.m., chance to cq and eight a with author and civil right -- civil war historian james robertson. on saturday, physician and environment to help advocate still stein was officially nominated to be the green party presidential nominee. also with the green party to nominate in the 2012 election. dr. stein was introduced to her vice presidential running mate international human rights advocate. this is just under one hour.
sister. i want you to understand something. she talks about human rights and the role that i play. when they write the history of the evolution of the human rights movement in this country, front and center will be my dear sister, believe me. [cheers] i have to admit, i told dr. stein that running with me is not going to be as adventurous as running with sherry. you all know when you run with sherry, you better be ready to go to jail. [laughter] i tried to avoid jail, myself. running with sherry, it can
happen. at new york, what year was that? the national convention, one of those illegal gatherings and they told sherry that there would be no marches in new york. of course, they organized a rally anyway and the police surrounded the square. they tried to contain is. i had a chance to speak, and i saw was happening. i said i would speak and then i'm getting out of here. you know what? the people are coming out, more and more in the police barricades were pushed further and further back. let's see what is going to happen. the people are ready to step off and sherry said we are stepping off and i said when the masses are moving like this, you have to be with the masses and i
joined that line with them and we walked and it was the only successful non-permitted march at the convention. that is my sister. [cheers] let me thank the organizers of these last couple of days. as an event planner, i know how difficult it is to organize these events. let me thank the conference of delegates. you did a tremendous job. you took your responsibilities seriously. let me thank the green party in general, but your consistency -- for your consistency. always being there and raising the critical questions and being a vehiclfor progressive politics. [cheers]
last, but not least, let me thank my leader, jill stein. [cheers] brothers and sisters, friends. we are at a critical moment, as jill says, a transformational moment. we have tremendous opportunities before us. the american people are longing for a change. they are ready to do something different, and we have to be the vehicle for that difference. [applause] there are difficult conditions that the people face.
they tell us that there has been a recovery and things are alright from the crisis. you know what? there are millions of people, people who we work with who have not experienced any kind of recovery. there are millions of people who still don't have a place to lay their head at night. there is a there is a reason why the fastest-growing population of homeless people are black women with children. there are millions of people who would like to have a job, so they can live a decent life, but they don't have it. if they have a job, basically they are making starvation the wages, working two or three different jobs just to make ends meet. they tell us things are better. we have a situation where as a
consequence of austerity, across this country, communities where we live and work, they are closing down schools. people live in communities where they can't go to the store because there is no store. you have 48 million people who are living in situations where they are going to bed every night hungry. we have a situation where even with so-called obamacare, we have millions without health care. these are difficult conditions. difficult conditions. people are wondering why. why do we have to accept this kind of situation? when the two parties attempt to try to herd people based on
fear, we find that there are millions of people who are prepared to do something different. who are prepared to go another way. we are going to provide that opportunity for a new day and another way. [cheers] there are people all over this country engaged in struggle, who believe that we should not have schools closing, who believe that we all have a right to be healthy, who believe that education should be something that is going to enhance our dignity and our spirits, who believe that people should not be going to bed hungry or walking the streets without a place to live, who believe that women have a right to their
bodies and bodily integrity, who believe that trans people have a right to live in to see -- in dignity and equal rights. there are people engaged in struggles all around the world building social movements and part of that motion, they are looking at how do we relate to the electoral process.go? how do we look at electoral processes as part of a larger, strategic land? many people say that in terms of building power, we can look critically at how we advance our efforts through the electoral process. when we look for that alternative, we have to be there. we have to have the possibility for them to be able to express themselves politically, on the green ballot lines across this country. that is why it is so important that we get as many oaks as we
can, that we run the selection -- this election with the intent that we have, which is basically to win. [cheers] my brothers and sisters, i have lived my entire life committed to the notion of independent politics, building alternative power, i have understood that we have the real possibilities in advancing that struggle for political independence, using the electoral process. that is where dr. stein and green party come in for me, personally. you all get it. dr. stein understands that you can't transform a system without struggle. you have to organize the people.
the electoral process is the process of how we build power. for me, that is what is attractive to this process and the basis for me accepting when dr. stein called to say are you ready to join? i said dr. stein, i thought about it and i know where you are coming from, and you can count me in. i'm with you. [cheers] it is that commitment to the possibility of building power. that commitment to the people, that understanding that we have to build a multinational movement in this country, based
on the need and the aspirations of working people, that i join this effort. it is that commitment that i stand here proudly and say to all of you, it is my honor to accept the nomination for the vice presidency of the united states from the green party. [cheers] our ticket is one that understands we will struggle. it is a ticket committed to popular power. it is a campaign that says no
lies, we don't live to the -- lied to the people. it is a campaign that says no compromise, no retreat, and no fear. [cheers] my brothers and sisters, we are not in a position to determine the historical conditions we are born in. but we can determine how we respond to those conditions. us, we have determined that we are going to fight. i stand here before you to tell you that the campaign is committed to fight. we are committed to fight not just for you, but with you. we
. we understand it is a collective process. all we haved that to keep us back is ourselves. i pledge to you my brothers and sisters, that we are going to do all of week -- all we can to events this movement. we will give it everything that we have. [cheers] as our dear sister and peter says, is in fact in our hands. let's make history. thank you. [cheers]
>> thank you. thank you so much. now, my friends, it is indeed my honor, my pleasure, to bring before you, someone who needs no introduction. someone who has been a freedom fighter all her life. someone i have seen work night and day for all of us. someone whose dedication is something to be admired. i have been on this adventure for just a couple of days, and i
dr. stein: we are what democracy looks like. [cheers] yes we are what democracy looks like and we are what political revolution looks like. [cheers] thank you. thank everyone of you. thank you for that incredible inspiration. thank you to everyone of you for being here and leading the charge for an america and a world that works for all of us. [cheers] i want to agree with everything
that adamu said and everything that sherry said and i want to reiterate them and add to that, a big thank you to lynn who has been running the show. [cheers] to tom and hillary hain and the green party for making this amazing convention possible. [cheers] i am honored beyond words to be the candidate. i am so honored to be running for president of the united states with the green party, the only party of, by and for the people. that is what we are.
we have been ahead of the curve in so many ways, on climate change, green energy, the -- demilitarization, marriage equality, free public higher education and canceling student debt, on stopping the transpacific partnership, on ending the war on drugs and the incarceration state, on providing reparations for slavery and to the indigenous people of this nation, on opposing war crimes committed by saudi arabia and yemen and war crimes and occupation committed
by the israeli government in palestine. [cheers] and so much more. we have been ahead of the curve for decades, and all of a sudden, that curve is catching up to us. big time. [cheers] i want to recognize the heroes who have kept the party going through thick and thin. so again, stand up if you are part of a state, local or national green party organization, a big thank you to you. [cheers] again, a big thank you, it is such an honor to be running in alliance with the bernie sanders movement that i now here call
the burning green. [cheers] we are burning green together. we owe you such a debt of gratitude for lifting up this revolution that has been smoldering for decades. you broke through the media blackout, you lifted us up and you refused to be shut down by the dnc. [cheers] please stand, so we can thank you from the burning campaign. thank you so much. together, we are unstoppable. [cheers] thank you so much. it is an honor to be running alongside a powerhouse of human rights who brings a lifetime of
dedication and his powerful voice. i have to thank cornell west who has been an incredible hero for all of us for so long, who has broken free [cheers] it is such an honor to have him in one of our two first commercials, speaking to the world. i don't know if people have seen him yet, but he made a powerful speech which is out there now on the tv. when i walked to the airport, when i arrived and walked up to the curbside check-in, and i gave to the brothers who were manning the curbside check and i gave them my id card, and they say to me are you the jill stein? [cheers]
i knew they had heard the voice of cornell west speaking to the broad community that has not been able to hear our message before. thank you, brother, i am so inspired to have religion on this campaign. i also am honored to run along with the inspired state and local candidates who are also running for office in bringing our message of people, planet and peace. please stand if you are running for office so we can thank you and recognize you for carrying this fight into our communities. we are in this together. thank [cheers] thank you so much.
i just want to recognize that things have been forever changed. on the day that bernie sanders endorsed hillary clinton, the floodgates opened in our campaign. more volunteers, more ballot access drivers, more funding, we are a different campaign than we have ever been in the history for having joined forces with you. [cheers] it is such an honor to be your candidate in this historic moment of unprecedented crisis and unstoppable momentum for transformational change. [cheers] we have not only a historic opportunity, we have a historic responsibility to be the agents of that transformational change.
[cheers] as martin luther king said, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. art is bending through us right now. we are the actors in something that is much her than us -- much bigger than us as we struggle towards healing together. [cheers] that arc of justice is moving through us as we mobilize, to ensure that every black live matters and we end violence policing and broken windows
policing as the bristol five and the millions march new york city just achieved by moving out the leadership of their police department that had overseen broken windows policing. they are turning the tide in this crisis of racist policing. that arc of justice is moving through us as we sit in and as fracking down and stop pipelines and fossil fuel trains and coal and export terminals and all manner of poisonous fossil fuels and nuclear infrastructure. [cheers] that arc of justice is moving through us in philadelphia, like i have never seen, in the city
of brotherly love, it was overrun by love in the streets, even inside the dnc as the sanders campaign broke away from that corrupt and backstabbing dnc. [cheers] and the bernie or bust movement that is here today, and i want , give a wave,ll wherever you are, for helping us move to that higher place together, where we cannot be stopped. thank you sisters. we moved together in philadelphia, and we emerged our campaigns in rally after rally. growing stronger by the hour. the power of this movement was clear, especially during our
power rally at fdr park. who was there? raise your hand if you were there. it was not only us and it was a sea of people as far as my i could see. nature erupted in thunder and lightning to say there is a big change coming. [cheers] and as the heavens opened up and it poured down around us, we sought shelter because we were there inside of this little lightning rod of a tent in the middle of this part and the police said hurry up, go underneath that overpass. we moved the rally and we continued under the underpass in the lightning and the thunder and the rain because we cannot be stopped. [cheers]
here we are in this movement for justice and democracy that is sweeping the planet, from living wage campaigns to our fossil fuel blockade in the fight and mass incarceration, and cancel student death, and restore the rights of immigrants and indigenous people, and lgbtq and women and disability rights. across the globe we are part of a movement that is rising up like we have not seen for generations because we are facing an unprecedented crisis that demands transformational solutions and a new way forward based on democracy, justice and human rights. that will not come from corporate political parties funded by predatory banks, war
profiteers and fossil fuel giants. it will come from us, from we the people. [cheers] mobilize. mobilize in broad social movements with an independent political voice, because as frederick douglass said, power concedes nothing without a demand. it never has, it never will. we will see -- be that demand. [cheers] as adjamauu was saying, it is still a recovery, but is him -- an emergency. those good jobs we lost a been replaced by part-time, low-wage, temporary, and secure jobs. a generation of young people is
locked into predatory student loans. black lives are on the firing line. immigrants facemask you partition. and the climate meltdown threatens civilization as we know it in our lifetime. [cheers] while the superrich party on richer than ever and the political elite that serve them are making things not better but worse as they inflict austerity on everyday people while they squander trillions of our dollars on wall street bailouts, on tax savers for the wealthy and on worth that no no end. we are in revolt. [cheers]
and the good news, the good news they don't want you to know is that we actually have the power to turn this around. the minute we stand up with the courage of our convictions. [cheers] because we not only have the vision and the values of the american people that we reflect and we lift up, but because we actually have the numbers to win the day. as you may know, there are 42 million young people and not so young people who are locked into predatory student loan debt. that is a winning plurality of the presidential vote. right there. and there is only one place those votes can go, and you are
looking at it. steinthe dying -- campaign. time we bail out the students. we bailed out the crooks on wall street who crashed the economy with their waste, fraud and abuse. it's time to bailout some of the key victims of that abuse, a generation of young people. [cheers] we have the power. don't let them tell you for a minute that we don't. just go talk to the millennial who is in debt and let them know -- let them let each other know because they are the self-mobilizing demographic if there ever was one. [cheers]
we also have the power to fix the other things that al us. by the way, ending student debt, canceling it is our way forward. this is the gateway issue because who is it that actually leads the way forward on transformational change? whether it's the immigrant right movement whether it is the , black lives matter or the climate justice movement or the peace movement or the women's or the lgbtq movement. it is always been the younger generation that leads us forward. we need to liberate the younger generation for all of our sakes, not just for their sake. it is for all of us. and in liberating them, which by the way is my first priority when we turn the white house
into a greenhouse and make the world a safer place. my first priority is deliberate liberate that generation who can then take us forward on all the other issues we are fighting for justice. that meets in emergency jobs program that will also solve the emergency of climate change. a green new deal that will create 20 million jobs. that will create 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. [cheers] and it will create an immediate ban on all new fossil fuel infrastructure. the day we take office. we will create health care as a human right through a medicare for all system. we will make public higher
education free. it pays for itself. we have news for the bean counters. for every dollar of taxpayer money we put into public higher education we get back seven dollars in returns. this does not cost us, this benefits us. there is no excuse not to have it now. we support the disabled members of our community to ensure that they have full support for the treatments they need, the housing, the health care and the jobs to enable them to be fully contributing members of our society and to respect the dignity. we will revive public education and fully funded. and ensure our young people come to school ready to learn. that
that means healthy that means , nourished with healthy food, not in food deserts. and that means free from poverty, the biggest obstacle to education that exists. and we will end high-stakes testing, which is an obstruction to education. particularly for challenged learners. we will put an end for the school to prison pipeline. [cheers] and we will end the closing of schools because they are poor or because they are latino or in communities of color. we will support those schools, not shut them down. you will fund them. we will provide them with real tools of education that they
deserve. that is small last room sizes. this is not rocket science about how to educate kids. we will provide them with enriched curriculum. that means music and art and recreation and community engagement. [cheers] we will do for our kids what the advocates and leaders of so-called education reform are doing for their kids. they are not sending their kids to school with high-stakes testing. a couple of other quick mentions because we're almost out of time. we will create a welcoming half the citizenship for our immigrants -- path to citizenship for our immigrants. citizens leading the way for just, prosperous communities. we
everyone else is an immigrant. we will stop the deportation, we will stop the deportation, the day pensions and the night raids which are a national scandal while the republicans have become the party of hate and fear mongering. the democrats are the party of deportation, detention and night raids. we are the alternative for a just and welcoming path to citizenship. [cheers] other thing we will do to fix the immigration crisis is to stop causing it in the first place. [cheers]
we say to donald trump, we don't need no freakin'wall. we just need to stop invading other countries. [cheers] how about that? [cheers] a couple other quick ones. we can end the scourge of racist violence and brutality not only in policing, but in our courts and prisons, and in the economy at large. we can start by ensuring that every community has a police review board so communities control their police, not police controlling the community. that everyure community has access to an investigator so that all cases of death in the custody of police are investigated.
not just the few that get a special thumbs-up from washington and the department of justice. and we call for a truce and reconciliation commission so we can get to the bottom of this crisis of racism and provide reparations to acknowledge the enormous debt owed to the african-american community for the unimaginable price that they paid in building this country and sustaining our economy for generations while they were denied dignity and freedom. [cheers] >> no peace, no justice no peace, no justice. no peace, no justice. dr. stein: and we will in the result of privacy, the freedom
of the press, the free internet. we will end the war on whistleblowers. we will free the political prisoners and that includes leonard peltier, chelsea manning, julian assange, edward snowden, jeffrey stalling, and edward pinckney. [cheers] and finally we will create a foreign policy based on international law, human rights, and diplomacy. not on military and economic domination which has been a catastrophic failure. we must abandon that policy.
the american people deserve to know the truth about these wars. since 9/11, they have cost us $6 trillion when you include the health-care expenses of our wounded veterans. $6 trillion comes down to an average of $75,000 per american household for wars that have not made us safer. they have only increased the terrorist threat. they are created failed states and have created mass refugee migrations that are tearing apart the middle east and europe. we say no to those wars. we call new -- it is unthinkable that they want to do more of this same catastrophic
policies. that's why we need to be on the debate stage, so we can tell the truth about this. [cheers] so we have a new kind of offensive for the middle east. it is called a peace offensive for the middle east and it starts with a weapons embargo. since we are providing the majority of weapons to all combatants and to all sides. we can shutdown the flow of weapons to the middle east. we we can shut down the flow of funding, which is coming largely from our allies who of it partners with us in this, what shall we say, schizophrenic war
on terror. with one hand, starting back in afghanistan, where we and the saudi's created this great idea of the global terrorist enterprise that was created in order to help the mujahedin fight against the soviet union. this has come back to bite us in a very big way. it is time to shut the whole enterprise down because with one hand, with one hand we and our allies are fighting it, but with another hand we and our allies have been funding it, training it and arming it according to even hillary clinton. herself her leaked memos from , the state department revealed that in hillary clinton's estimation the saudi's are still the major funder of sunni jihad
we have a job to do. we have a role to play that will not he played by anybody but us. we are the ones we have been waiting for when they tell us to get out of the way because we are standing in the way of the lesser evil. the answer to that is that this politics of fear, which we have been told to bow down to, has only delivered everything we were afraid of. all those reasons we were told to vote for the lesser evil because we didn't want the off shoring up our jobs the , meltdown of the climate, the massive bailout for wall street, the expanding prison state, the attack on our civil liberties and on immigrant rights. all those things we didn't want is exactly what we got by allowing ourselves to be silenced and letting a lesser evil speak for us. [cheers]
remember, when they try to tell you you are powerless remember what alice walker says. "the biggest way people give up power is not knowing we have it to start with." we have it. we are going to use it in this election. we are saying no to the lesser evil and yes to the greater good. because we are not only deciding what kind of a world we will have in this election, we are deciding whether we will have a world or not going into the future. the day of reckoning is coming closer and closer on climate change. we are told there will be a
civilization-ending development in the form of massive sea level rise as soon as anybody planning 2050. to be here in 2050? i think a few of us do, myself included. we cannot wait. we have to act now if we want to stop that sea level rise from happening in we need to declare 2050. a state of emergency right now. and undertake a wartime scale mobilization to create those 20 million jobs and create that 100% clean energy now. we have a crisis in nuclear weapons. and again, thanks very much to the democrats, bill clinton, who removed us from the anti-ballistic missile treaty. framework for nuclear disarmament. and barack obama who could lead -- created a $1 trillion budget for us to spend on a new generation of nuclear weapons
and modes of delivery. on the count of climate, on the count of nuclear weapons and the same nuclear arms race we are once again headlong plunging into. and on account of these endless and expanding wars that are blowing back at us all around the world. we cannot afford to sit this one out. the lesser evil is a losing strategy because people stopped coming out to vote for lesser evil politicians throwing them under the bus so the republicans will win anyhow. and to look at donald trump. donald trump does not stand alone. donald trump is about the rise of right-wing extremism, not only in this country but in europe. and if bernie sanders himself so often said, the only solution to
the likes of donald trump is a truly radical progressive agenda that restores our needs and ends the economic misery that promotes the kinds of demagogues we are seeing in donald trump. we are the ones we have been waiting for. hillary clinton is the problem. she is not the solution to donald trump. we are the solution. we are the ones we have been waiting for. this is our moment. together we do have the power to create an america and a world that works for all of us. the the power to create that world is not just in our hopes. it is not just in our dreams. right here and now, it is in our hands. we will make it happen together. we are unstoppable. thank you so much. [cheers] on we go. thank you.
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replay at 6:00 p.m. joining us now from new york city is at the mccaughey, the former new york lieutenant governor under george and tacky pataki, donald trump supporter, and author of a book called "beating obamacare." good morning. how long have you known donald trump and what do you see in him as someone who could lead the country? have known him for about 20 years, since i was lieutenant governor of new york. reasonpoint out my major for supporting donald trump are his economic policies. this nation is facing, in all likelihood, a serious recession in the year -- in the near future. business profits have been down five quarters, almost six. the result is growth in this country is now down to a
seriously low 1.2%. that is compared with countries like ireland, where it is a present. american's are feeling the impact of this sluggish growth pushing us closer to a real recession. donald trump has a turnaround plan, which he will discuss at the detroit economics club tomorrow. willnaround plan that restore job growth, business investment, which is key to job growth, and real prosperity in the country. host: can you give us an advance look at his plan? we will have his speech tomorrow at noon, by the way. what expect -- what exactly are you expecting to hear from him? elements.re are three first, a substantive reduction in the business tax rate from 39% to 15%. located inoperations -- corporations located in the
united states pay the highest corporate tax rates in the world . nominally, 39%. a corporate tax rate at 12 point 5%. so many companies are leaving the country or establishing operations in other countries. we need to lower the corporate tax rate in order to restore the businesseness of doing in the united states. a second feature of the donald trump plan is a short repatriation holiday, where corporations will be able to move back to the united states some three chilean dollars currently parked -- some $3 trillion currently parked in other countries, because under current law, if it is brought back to the united states, the companies are hit with punishing leave high corporate tax rates. so this repatriation holiday would reduce that rate to $3ghly 10% and bring back
trillion that can be invested in computers, factories, trucks, anything needed to hire more people in the united states. the third aspect of the trump economic plan that i think is so important is deregulation. repealing obamacare and so many other regulations that are smothering businesses, big and small. everyone listening who is ever tried to start a business in the u.s. now knows it is virtually impossible, because there are so many forms to fill out, so many regulations to comply with. it delays the process and adds so much to the cost. while many presidents have been regulations,dding president obama has been the overall king of regulations. he has added some 600 major regulations, defined as a regulation that has an impact of $100 million or more.
nation is literally suffocating under federal regulation. -- candidate donald trump let's hope future president thatd trump --will reduce relation to make a possible for businesses to thrive again. if you are looking for job growth and opportunity for people, you have to also think about it from the employer's point of view. host: numbers on the bottom of your screen for betsy mccaughey, former lieutenant governor of new york and supporter of donald trump and you can delete work in "the new york post," where she is a columnist. and she has written a book obamacare."ing --the "washington post has the "washington post" has this headline. "donald trump named his economic team -