tv Campaign 2020 Jay Inslee at Iowa State Fair CSPAN August 10, 2019 10:00am-11:07am EDT
let you go, we are going to take you to the iowa state fair live on c-span. state fair next on c-span. >> let him talk. it also means if you have signs, do not hold them up, please. it walks other people's views. i don't mean to call you out. i know we won't have a problem. finally, when you get up to leave, some of you will stay here all day and that's great. when you get up to leave, take your trash with you. your mother does not work here. those small ground rules and we will have fun to get -- today. our first candidate is washington governor jay inslee. let's give him a hand. [applause] gov. inslee: good morning. my name is jay inslee. i am a jack hammering, bulldozer operating, concrete truck driving, dishwashing, climate
change fighting governor of the state of washington. i am here, i am here to tell you one simple thing. if you give me this microphone on the debate stage, i will beat donald trump like a two dollar meal. we treat our livestock with respect. we are different from republicans in this regard. we know mules are different than the current occupant of the white house because i have never met a mule that lies every five minutes as well. we have some difference here. if you have heard anything about me lately, i have some things to say about the current occupant. and somebody asked me why i have said those things. there is a reason for that. we know that our struggles against turbos and, we have adopted a mantra when you go through the airport. -- terrorism and we have adopted a mantra when you go through the
airport. if you see something, say something. i see something so i am saying something. i am saying it is time to get a white nationalist out of the white house. that is what i am saying. [applause] gov. inslee: we need to do that. not just out of the white house. i disagree with the vice president. trump,e remove donald that's not the end. we need to remove steve king. [applause] gov. inslee: that is our next task. we have work to do in that regard. this is not something i came up with when i came to iowa. i get angry, my blood boils about this. i got on my bicycle and a year saidi got a call and they the president is going to ban muslims from coming to the united states of america and my blood pressure went up just like that. i tried to get families in so families can be reunited.
microsoft employees, boeing engineers could be realigned it -- reunited with their families. i am proud to stand on this stage and tell you i am the first governor of the united states to stand up to donald trump's muslim ban and i will continue those efforts. we know a little bit about beating donald trump. we have sued him 21 times and beat him 21 times in a row when it comes to his discrimination and anti-environmental ethics. we know there are some current battles. we know the suffering that we have all experienced over the last several weeks. four days after i referred to donald trump as a white nationalists, we saw the shootings in el paso and the language that basically mirrored everything he says. and now, we need to act. we should not be daunted when we act. it is something i feel strongly
about. i will tell you what i mean by that. in 1994, i was a freshman congressman from the state of washington. there was a bill that came up to ban assault weapons. i knew that if i voted to ban assault weapons, i would lose my seat in congress. toant to tell you i voted ban assault weapons, i lost might see in congress and i have never regretted that vote. that was the right vote then. now. the right vote we cannot let the republicans get away by treating this as a public relations problem to do just a little bit on the edges. this is a public health crisis. we need to stand up and do what we have done in the state of washington. i have the nra on the run in washington. if you make me president, i will have them on the run in the united states of america. i pledge you that and we will get this job done. [applause] gov. inslee: now, i want to thank you for your courtesy and
hospitality. being in iowa, i know the candidates have felt the same thing. i met brian koop at the wing ding. iowa knows how to wing ding. brian's wife is a music teacher at a public school. i am the son of a biology teacher. any educators here today? let's give the educators around of applause for what they are doing. [applause] andlieve in doing things not just talking about education. i have been fighting for education. as governor, i am proud to tell you as having one the biggest pay increase in the united states last year. 31% increase in state contributions. that is the kind of president that we need. all,u have heard of me at you might have heard of my efforts against the climate crisis.
about threeo talk of the when i think climate crisis, i think of iowa. i think of regina, i think of norman and i think of david. i want to talk about those three iowans in just a moment. a few months ago, i was in damper part -- davenport and i met a woman named regina haddock. she helped domestic violence victims and women down on their luck get a shot out and a chance to move up in life. very successful. they took care of 1500 women a year. an incredible nonprofit, until the flood came away and washed -- came and washed away her nonprofit. her nonprofit lost everything, including their lease. when i was talking to regina and saw those tears of a dream thatred against a flood
has so affected the midwest, i came to believe we have to do something about the climate crisis. those tears of regina, having lost her dreams to take care of those women, were the same tears i have seen across the united states. they were just as salty as marshall mosses, a woman i met in california, where next to aboutse, you hear paradise california, where the town burned down? all she had left. it was the same tears i saw in haiti and miami where climate gentrification is dispossessing a whole community. across the are whole unite states. i believe it is time to put somebody in the white house to defeat climate change. i am telling you --
[applause] you, islee: i am telling am unique. we have a lot of talent in this field. there is a lot of talent in the democratic field. i have identified four or five potential vice presidents. it's great. there is a lot of talent in this field. i am unique. i am unique in saying what i really believe. it is this. unless we defeat the climate crisis, everything else we have worked on will be moot. i am saying this and i am the only one who will stand here today and say this. if i am given this high honor, i will make defeating the climate crisis the number one priority in the united states. that is what we have to do to get this job done. we have to mobilize the united states with all of our energies and all of our innovative talents to defeat this climate crisis. now, the second iowa and i want to talk about is norman.
norman won the nobel peace prize, creating the first green revolution. he was the product of innovation in iowa. and that spirit now tells us we need a new green revolution. just like norman's was the first. this time, it has to have a green revolution where the united states of america can lead the world in new technologies. solar.d the world in can lead the world in energy stores and electric cars. that spirit that gave us the first green revolution that started by a fellow from iowa, we now need to bring with the second green evolution. that brings me to my third eye when, a fellow named dave. i can't rumor his last nine. that's remember his last name. -- remember his last name.
he was in the wind turbine technician program. is goingave why he into wind turbine technology. his answer was classic. duh, this is the future. he understood jobs. and mccright's understand jobs. i have rolled out a clean energy jobs program to put 8 million then workers to work across unite. with ironworkers putting up manufacturing plants for clean energy. with idw wiring up wind turbines. like biofuels folks who are , thisfeed stock from iowa is the greatest job creation opportunity since the creation of the interstate freeway system. when we get a president who
understands the power of union workers, we will build a new economy in the united states of america. [applause] gov. inslee: if you think this , i hopekind of rhetoric you will take a look at my climate plan. it has been called the gold ocasird by representative o-cortez. every group that has looked at is thes said my program most robust and comprehensive. there is a reason for this. we don't have a lot of time. you read that report, it comes out every week with the timeline we have to meet. i am the candidate who is saying this. we have to get off coal in the united states. it is too dirty. it is too dangerous. i am the candidate who says we have to start having clean cars. we have to get rid of fossil fuels.
i have a program to do that on a timeline to get this job done. people who are too timid to do this, they don't have an argument with me, they have an argument with science. we have to meet these targets. by the way, to get this job done, we have to have more than just the president. we have got to take away from the grim reaper, mitch mcconnell , he calls himself the grim reaper. we have to take away that blade he has two cut down all progressive politics. i disagree with the vice president and other senators in this field. we need to take away the filibuster from mitch mcconnell so we can pass climate change legislation. [applause] gov. inslee: i am committed to get that job done. it is not the only thing. i am not a one trick pony. we have a lot of work to do. i believe we have not only the job way to get that
done but the washington way. the washington way is to show how wrong donald trump is. we have a basic disagreement with him. he believes in trickle-down economics. withu shower billionaires tax cuts, it will trickle down like snowflakes and we all get rich. we have a different view. we believe we build the economy from the middle out. not the top down. we believe in family wage jobs. we believe in strengthening the union movement so that people who brought us the weekends will get us raises again. [applause] we believe in progressive politics. i want to share what we have done in the state of washington. we haven't just talked about this. we have gotten things done. that is the beauty of being a governor. you can get things done. i want to share some of the
things we have done in washington that i want to make national policy. washington state has the highest minimum wage. washington state has the most robust, comprehensive, family policies in the unite states. because, we have to take care of the help of our families. washington state has made the biggest strides toward what we believe is necessary, which is universal l care. i am proud to stand before you and say washington state has adopted the first public health care option in the united states. now, we need to continue that effort in the united states. and we, we are radical in the state of washington. i have to admit it. thehink women should make same as men. it is a radical proposition. i understand that. adopted the best gender pay equity's loss in the united states. we in the state of washington
believe it is high time to racialthe dark shadow of disparity that we have suffered across the united states of america. i want to share some of the things we have done. we understand the criminal justice system has been rife with racial disparity. that is why one of the things i have done is been the first governor of the unite states to offer pardons to thousands of people who have been caught in the drug wars. we are not only legalizing marijuana, we are pardoning people caught in the drug wars. we have illuminated the death penalty. after you do your time, you get a job. we want people getting jobs after they come to the criminal justice system. we have embraced affirmative action. this is the washington way. donald trump thinks that if you do these things, it will destroy your economy. if you treat people fairly and adopt net neutrality and adopt the first long-term care plan
for seniors in the united states like we have done, it will wreck your economy. gdps who has the best growth, it is washington state. it is time to make that across the united states of america. this is the way to defeat donald trump. . am happy to be up there before i go, i would love to stand for some gentle, easy criticisms and great questions. >> my name is betty and i am an aclu -- gov. inslee: go ahead. voterm a rights for all and my question is about ice. many of these people who are in detention are long-term residents and have green cards. it has become so bloated it has increased almost 60% the last two years. decrease themit to
numbers by 75%? gov. inslee: the question is could we decreased the number of people in detention and the yes.r is an by taking children away from isir young parents, it the darkest moment of donald trump. that is what we are going to stop. we are going to stop that. we will have comprehensive immigration reform and we will do what i have done in washington, which is protect our dreamers. these kids are some of the most inspirational people in the united states. when i am president, the dreamers will have education without the clout of anxiety from donald trump. you bet. how do you address the childcare crisis? gov. inslee: the first thing we move forwarddo is, with urban childcare education.
we have to make sure your zip code is not your destiny. it is time to say that just because you are born in poverty doesn't mean you stay in poverty. we have had a massive expansion of early child education. we have had a massive expansion of financial aid to reduce the debt kids have to go to. we did in the right way by not taxing working people but by taxing big angst and tech companies. that is who ought to be paying for educational childcare in the united states of america. yes? >> you support all americans. to make thedge caucuses accessible so that the 300,000 iowans with disabilities vote? gov. inslee: will i pledge to make the cost -- caucuses accessible so everyone can get axis? this is something near and dear to my heart. we want everyone enrolling to vote. we make sure we hire people and
give people with -- get people with challenges. this is a family affair with me. my son is a leader of the group outdoors for all. they take quadriplegics kayaking. we need democrats voting of all stripes. i will add one caveat. when you do go into caucus this year, you don't get in without an ensley button. that's just a start. [laughter] gov. inslee: yes? >> where do you stand on oil refinery and fuel? gov. inslee: i don't know why donald trump hates iowa and farmers so much. from my state.ts now, he has reduced the ability to help biofuels in iowa. we believe in biofuels in iowa. this is one of the many things he is wrong on.
when i think of biofuels, i think of the need to defeat the climate change crisis. there are a lot of people working hard today in iowa. in the the best science united states is coming out of your scientific community in iowa. i want to give a shout out to way guy who has been fighting climate change in iowa. channing. thanks for your leadership, buddy. there is a guy who believes it. channing, thank you. by the way, if you believe, and i believe the democratic party needs to have a debate on climate change. we need to have all the candidates be required to step up to the plate and show what they are going to do. if you want to see climate change on the stage for the third and fourth debates, i hope you will go to jay inslee.com. if you know anybody who has a dollar, after eating all of the corndogs here, ask them to send make jay inslee.com to sure i stay on the stage.
i need $15,000 more. we have had 20 people sign up for this since the last debate. let's keep this going. it's be bold. this country is a big, bold, ambitious nation. ambitious big, bold, president on education, women's right, disability and access, climate change and rebuilding the youth movement. thanks a lot, good luck. [cheers and applause] come back at 10:30 four our next candidate. -- for our next candidate.
talking. >> we've been out doing it. >> exactly. gov. inslee: i'll be there. i will put up a bunch more. >> good luck, governor. gov. inslee: thanks. [laughter] gov. inslee: let the record reflect i believe in children. my wife would be pleased to meet you. >> thank you so much. >> governor, real quick. gov. inslee: where?
>> all right. thank you. gov. inslee: hold on, guys. did you guys drive by the wind blade? this is an important message from iowa. what is happening in iowa is a clean energy revolution. it is the second green revolution. over 30% of our electricity comes from wind power. , donaldthat in iowa trump is wrong. wind turbines do not cause cancer. they create jobs. my intent is to be the first presidential candidate in american history to have at least one bite from every single food vendor in the state of iowa. questions? [indiscernible]
gov. inslee: i think it is a matter of personal choice. i believe that our nutritional decision has an impact on the climate environment. i am eating less meat now. that is a personal choice and i think that sharing information with people is the right thing that we can do. i think that one of the things we need to do is to do the things i suggest, which is use new technology to allow farmers in the egg industry to make money off of a reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. i have a plan or will in the next few days, which will create a revenue stream for the egg industry to engage in carbon dioxide being taken out of the atmosphere and into the topsoil. this is possible today. we have income strings happening
-- streams happening in california. i believe it can happen nationwide. i believe the egg industry can be profitable coming forward to be climate change because they can become an ally to us in topsoil management and manure management and can take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and put it into topsoil where it doesn't do any harm. >> there has been discussion over whether the president should be labeled a white nationalists. you have called him a white nationalists. do you think the label matters? there are some candidates who have not gone as far as to call him that. gov. inslee: i believe this is dangerous to the fabric of the united states. it causes anxiety. donald trump causes pain in people almost every day.
kids don't know if their parents will be there when they get home from school. people, anybody who doesn't look like donald trump, their children are made afraid by what he does. i believe we need to speak up for these children. we need to speak out and stand up. the reason i say that is because hatred grows in darkness and hatred grows in acceptance. we cannot accept this. i want to extend my just criticism of republican officeholders who are silent. silence is complicity with donald trump. my point is we need to remove these republicans who are afraid of donald trump's shadow and haven't said anything in lieu of his obvious racism. this is not a one-time event. in the first days, he lied about
barack obama, our first black president. in the middle, he said there were good people on both strides -- sides in child's hill. in the end, he told people who were of color from the united states to go back to where they came from. refrain been a constant of his. it has to stop. we all need to speak up against this evil. biden won't say he is a white nationalists what do you think that that matters? gov. inslee: i have a different view from the vice president and it is fairly fundamental. he has expressed the view that once donald trump is gone, republicans will return to their senses. i fundamentally do not have that type of hallucination. is not going to suddenly decide to speak out against racism. rifeepublican party is
with this. they have been complicit. as a result, i think it is appropriate and necessary to use strong language. that is what i have done and i fundamentally believe it. >> why do you think some of the candidates are choosing now to call him a white supremacist. they have called him a racist but what has changed? gov. inslee: i can only speak for myself and i have been doing it since day one. i was the first to speak out against his racist muslim ban. when he threatened to send refugees from syria to my sedate -- state, i said send them. i called him a white nationalists, which he is, at the second debate before the murders in el paso. i recognized this a long time ago about this person. that is why he needs to be
removed from the white house. why others have not spoken out, i don't know. out i don't know. i stood up against george bush and the iraq war, i stood up against the nra on the assault weapon ban and i stood up against donald trump. is ther: what difference? gov. inslee: in my view, what we have seen in the last year is an increase in white nationalists behavior, and terrorism. most of the domestic terrorists have been white nationalists. that is the greatest domestic threat right now. racismted the seeds of and it is bearing fruit of white nationalism. we need to call this out right now.
reporter: strongly opposed to cap in trade, it would mean big increases for farmers and rural communities. gov. inslee: what we are fighting in washington, when we passed our portfolio standard, it did not increase utility rates like people feared heard there is a $6 billion wind turbine industry. it has replaced coal and now we are shutting down our last coal fire plant in the state of washington. we are doing it the right way because we are providing a transition to families and communities dependent on coal. i think it is a template for the nation for clean electricity and to help families and communities
through this transition. we have created a $55 million fund to help to the transition. we have to understand what is happening. coal is not our future and it is not our present. it is dying because it is too expensive and too dirty. brought backis not coal, two thirds of the plants have closed because renewal energy is becoming more efficient. energy has solar come down. the cost of renewals are coming down, the cost of coal is not coming down. the sooner we grasp that future the better it will be. we are going to put people to work all across this nation, like dave in des moines. moines, when he went to a community college, he did not knock on the door and say i want to see if i can get
training and industry of the future, call. he said he understood the future, which is clean energy. it is the future because it is necessary. the pollution coming out of those smokestacks kill 15,000 people more per year than all of the car crashes in the united states. this is a health requirement. you are possibly not going to be in the next debate. what have democrats said to the people who have suffered by not focusing the conversation around climate change? voters toe: we need be able to require candidates to step up and say what they really have in more than 62nd sound. this is a complicated -- more than 60 second soundbites.
i believe mine will be shown to be the best because it is. it is important for the voters to evaluate that. we need to understand the weakest point in donald trump's armor is the environment. it is the thing people despise him the most on. when i have defeated republicans, it is by attacking their weakest point. donald trump's weakest point is the environment. this is where we should attack him and we should attack him with the strongest candidate for climate change. of voters in the democratic party, we need a debate. that is a rapidly dwindling number of people. it is hard when you are standing knee-deep in water in iowa. it is a beautiful community that
started in 1858. it had never been flooded before. now it was under eight feet of water. maybe 30% of the people will never be able to return to their homes. you can't argue it when reality is truth. you can't argue it when the family and new hampshire that lost two of -- two years of college because she got lyme disease. you can't argue in seattle, washington, where the air was so clouded with smoke because of a fire, we couldn't go outside. this is not an argument you can have anymore, it is simply reality. half of republican voters in the u.s. will say yes, we have to deal with the climate crisis. republican politicians who are wedded to the fossil fuel industry. it is mitch mcconnell who will
stop anything coming through. we need to break the stranglehold of the u.s. congress on the fossil fuel industry. once we do that we will pass a clean air legislation. reporter: in the wake of shootings that have happened, what is your plan? gov. inslee: number one, defeat donald trump. have ae going to try to public relations deal by saying we took care of guns by doing the most modest thing. we need to ban weapons of war. we need to prevent them from getting in hands of people. we need to increase the age to get this. we need to close all of the loopholes in the gun safety network. the system has issues.
we need to make sure people are trained. we need more than extreme risk protection orders print we need to make sure these guns are not on the street with these high-capacity clips. with these high-capacity clips. we need to have gun owner responsibility. almost half of gun deaths are due to suicide. a lot of these are children. they get access to a gun that should not have access to. we need the full meal deal. not some statement by mitch mcconnell who understands he is in deep trouble and decision. reporter: jeffrey epstein committed suicide. what is your reaction? gov. inslee: i react as we would to any debt, sadness. proceed as a nation and and the abuse of children and women and our efforts to do that. we certainly have done that in my state and we will continue to
that from the white house. do you think questions should be asked about this death in prison? gov. inslee: someone was calling for the resignation of the cabinet member that is the cast of thousands that donald trump wouldn't place that had no business for public life. that sorry episode of a lack of prosecution was absolutely disgusting. donald trump picked the guy responsible for that. people are going to have to be outraged about this. i just found out about a death. anything else? thank you very much, don't forget to vote.
[chatter] >> governor jay inslee inside the usa tents. he will then depart and get a corn dog. one of the must-have events at the state fair, along with deep-fried oreo cookies, smoothies and a lot to eat. 450 acres that make up the iowa state fair, dating back to 1854. nine dollars for adults, a five dollars for children. attendance is looking to set a
new record this year. temperatures in the low to mid 80's and partly sunny skies. no rain in the forecast today and tomorrow. senator kamala harris will be followed by congressman tim ryan who will join us for a call-in program on board the c-span bus and senator amy klobuchar scheduled for 1:45 in the afternoon. senator kiersten gillibrand is scheduled for 3:15 in the afternoon. later today, senator elizabeth 4:45n is scheduled for eastern time and senator cory booker at 5:30 eastern time. we are streaming an event that is taking place in des moines together by a gun safety group.
>> i think we should consider all kinds of efforts in that regard. say,ther thing i should you might want to check out what we have done in washington state because we have adopted one of the most innovative ways to get lower drug prices for people. we have been successful and we need those kind of efforts to get lower drug prices. >> what is an assault weapon? weapon994, an assault
ban came up and if i voted for i would lose my seat but i went ahead and voted for and i lost my seat. we need to ban weapons of war. >> what is a weapon of war? can you define it? >> i will send you an email. , will send you the definition which is quite accurate. if you look at the research, there was a reduction of these mass shootings following the passing of the bill. that is why i am so angry. i am so angry at the republican party who is playing to the nra. we have broken the backs of the nra in washington state. >> how is it the nra's fault?
gov. inslee: we used to play roosevelt high school. you guys are rough riders. >> we were at the iowa hall of fame one month or two again. she is reporting for ed and defended -- for independent website. gov. inslee: are you going to follow in her footsteps. >> i want to go into politics. gov. inslee: i think climate change is one of the most inspirational things. she goes to a park bench as part
of her climate strike. what you are doing to kick older people in the hind and to get them going is really great. i will be somewhere with the strikers. tell me about your effort. we planned two strikes in the past and we are planning another one. we are trying to get a lot of candidates so they can interact with younger people. trying to move into more like senatorsures
meeting with people so people know how to make a change. older, they will know how to do everything. gov. inslee: the wonderful thing about your age -- can you vote yet? >> not yet. gov. inslee: find an older voter a lot becauseem you have a lot of influence. them to castet your vote. >> absolutely. gov. inslee: good luck. we will take a picture with these rough riders.
i say? >> would you take the opportunity to condemn antifa? gov. inslee: what would you like me to say? want political terrorism from any place. tell me about antifa. tell me who antifa is so i can tell you whether that person should be condemned. you are talking about the movement hurt -- you are talking about the movement. liberalattacked a gay and put him in the hospital for a week, andy ngo. gov. inslee: we have been vigorous, wevigorous, we just rd
to our hate crime statute and gun safety statute. we are continually strengthening our pay time -- hate crime statute. >> so you do condemn antifa? violenceee: i condemn against anyone in that community. strongest hate crime laws in the united states. >> i appreciate you. gov. inslee: who gave you that name?
i think everybody has a role in that. that theake sure speech is identified, and i think we have too much a speech in this country. first of all, we have to stamp out the speech from the white house. ok. governor jay inslee and a live view from what is called the political soapbox. some background on the iowa state there. the cost for the first fair in 1854 $324. today it has a budget of five $5 million. a lot of focus on the food. there are 200 and stance. there are 80 different types of food on a stick, including
deep-fried hot dog and chocolate on a stick. this is an aerial view. over, about 1.1 million people will have attended. this is day three with eight of the candidates scheduled to speak including senator kamala harris followed by ohio congressman tim ryan and minnesota senator amy klobuchar. they all have about 20 minutes to speak and take questions. senator kirsten gillibrand followed by governor john hickenlooper, the former governor colorado. then senators elizabeth warren from massachusetts and new jersey senator cory booker. we will continue our live coverage during the worst of the day. from time to time open our phone lines to get your reaction to 2020 politics. many of the candidates last
night in clear lake, iowa, for what is known as the wingding dinner. also a gun safety event in des moines. we are streaming that on c-span.org. yesterday, representative tulsi gabbard at the political soapbox center stage at the iowa state fair. >> aloha. that's what i call iowa nice. it is so good to be here with all of you. thank you so much to the des moines register for hosting this and giving us the opportunity to give a little background about who i am and why i am running for president. i am really grateful throughout this whole campaign to have the opportunity to come to places like iowa, to go to communities across the country and be reminded in every stop that we have about how great our country is. why?