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after an appearance by author charles murray on campus. >> at the end of your discussion with charles murray, you left that room and went where and what happened? >> the fact is i don't really remember much of it. i couldn't even tell you what door we went out. out of the taken hall and confronted this mob of angry people, some of whom were in masks. and they were shoving and jostling. their target was charles murray. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. ♪ >> campaign 2020. watch ever live coverage of the presidential candidates on the campaign trail and make up your own mind. campaign 2020, your unfiltered view of politics. >> democratic presidential candidate governor jay inslee of
washington talked with voters at the iowa state fair. this is just under an hour. [applause] good morning, iowa, what a great morning, what a beautiful morning to be in iowa. my name is jay inslee. imho cameron, bulldozer operating, concrete truck driving, dishwashing, climate change fighting governor in the state of washington, and 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. and i'm -- mule. and i'm intent on doing that. i'm not saying we do that. we treat our livestock with respect. we are different than republicans in that regard. and i've never met a mule that lies before, either.
if you heard anything about me lately, i've had some things to say about the current occupant. and somebody asked me why i said those things and there's a reason for that. that struggles against terrorism, we've adopted a mantra through the airport. they say if you see something, say something, right? i see something so i'm saying something. it's time to get a white nationalists out of the white house. that's what i'm saying. [applause] that, not justdo out of the white house. i disagree a little with the vice president. after we remove donald trump, that's not the end of the problem. we need to remove steve king out of the united states has ever presented his. that's our next task. we've got work to do.
this is not just something i came up with. my blood boils about this. soet on my bicycle a year or ago and my chief of staff called me and said the president is going to ban muslims from entering the united states. my blood pressure went up just like that. i drove down to the airport to get these families into families can be reunited, microsoft employees, boeing engineers, because this is not something that -- any discover nation. i'm the first to stand up to this muslim ban and i'm going to 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.
we know there's some current battles and we know the suffering that we have all experienced in the last several weeks. four days after i referred to donald trump has a white nationalists, we saw the shooting in el paso and now we need to act and we should not be daunted and it's something i feel strongly about. and i will tell you what i mean by that. in 1994, i was a freshman congress and there was a bill to ban assault weapons and i knew if i voted to ban assault weapons, i would lose my seat in congress. i want to tell you i voted to ban assault weapons, i lost my seat in congress and i have never regretted that vote. that was the right vote then. it's the right vote now.
and 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. and we need to stand up and do what we've done in the state of washington. i have the nra on the run in washington. and if you make me president, i will have them on the run in the united states of america. i pledge you that. we'll get this job done. [applause] gov. inslee: now, i just want to thank you for your courtesy and hospitality. being in iowa, i know all the candidates have felt the same thing. i met brian koop at the wing ding. hey, iowa knows how to wing ding, i'll tell you. brian's wife is a music teacher at a public school. i'm the son of a biology teacher. any educators here today? let's give the educators around of applause for what they're doing. [applause]
gov. inslee: i believe in doing things and not just talking about education. i've been fighting for education. as governor, i'm proud to tell you as having one the biggest pay increase in the united states last year. 31% increase in state contributions. that's the kind of president that we need. now, if you have heard of me at all, you might have heard of my efforts against the climate crisis. and i want to talk about three iowans, when i think of the climate crisis, i think of iowa. i think of regina, i think of norman, and i think of david. and i want to talk about those three iowans in just a moment. a few months ago, i was in davenport and i met a woman named regina haddock. she helped domestic violence victims and women down on their
luck get shot up and a chance to move up in life. very successful. they took care of 1500 women a year, and incredible nonprofit. until the flood came and washed away her nonprofit. her nonprofit lost everything, including their lease. and when i was talking to regina and saw those tears of a dream deferred against a flood that has now so affected the midwest, i came to believe we have to do something about the climate crisis. and those tears of regina, having lost her dreams to take care of those women, were the same tears i've seen across the united states. they were just as salty as marshall moss's, a woman i met in california, where next to paradise, you hear about paradise, california, where the town burned down?
she lost everything she had in life, a little mobile home. it was all she had left. it was the same tears i saw in haiti and miami, where climate gentrification is dispossessing a whole community. these tears are awash across the whole united states. i believe it's time to put somebody in the white house to defeat climate change. and i'm telling you -- [applause] gov. inslee: i'm telling you, and i'm unique. we have a lot of talent in this field. there's a lot of talent in the democratic field. i have already identified four or five potential vice presidents. it's great. there's a lot of talent in this field. but i am unique. i'm unique in saying what i really believe. it's this. unless we defeat the climate crisis, everything else we have worked on will be moot.
i'm saying this and i'm 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. and 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. and this time it has to have a green revolution where the united states of america can lead the world in new technologies, can lead the world in solar, can lead the world in
energy stores and electric cars. and 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 revolution. and that brings me to my third iowan, a fellow named dave. i can't remember his last name. he was in the wind turbine technician program. when your turbines crated percent of the electricity in iowa, one of the leading states in the united states. and i asked dave why he's going into wind turbine technology. and his answer was classic. well duh, this is the future. he understood jobs. and we democrats understand jobs. and i have now rolled out a clean energy jobs program to put 8 million union workers to work across the united states, with ironworkers putting up
all kinds of manufacturing plants for clean energy. with idw wiring up wind turbines. with uaw's making electric cars in michigan, like i drive. like biofuels folks who are using feed stock from iowa, this is the greatest job creation opportunity since the creation of the interstate freeway system. and when we get a president who understands the power of union workers, we're going to build a new economy in the united states of america. [applause] gov. inslee: if you think this is just kind of rhetoric, i hope you'll take a look at my climate plan. it's been called the gold standard by representative ocasio-cortez. it's ranked by the best by greenpeace. if you go to the seal program, every group that's looked at this has said that my program is
the most robust and comprehensive. and there's a reason for this. we just don't have a lot of time here. you read that report, it comes out every week with the timeline we have to meet. so i am the candidate who's saying this. we have to get off coal in the united states. it is too dirty. it is too dangerous. avto get rid of fossil fuels. i have a program to do that on a timeline to get this job done. now, 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've got to take away from the grim reaper, mitch mcconnell, he calls himself the grim reaper.
we've got to take away the blade he has to 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: and i'm committed to get that job done. now, this is not the only thing. i'm not a one trick pony. we've got a lot of work to do. i believe we have not only the iowa way to get that job done but the washington way. the washington way is to show how wrong donald trump is. we've got a basic disagreement with him. he believes in trickle-down economics, right? he believes if you shower billionaires with 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 finally get us raises again. [applause] gov. inslee: we believe in progressive politics. and i want to share what we've done in the state of washington. we haven't just talked about this. we've actually got things done. that's the beauty of being a governor. you can actually get things done. i want to share some of the things we've 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 leave policies in the unite -- united states. because we've got 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 health care.
i'm 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're radical in the state of washington. i have to admit it. we think women should make the same as men. it is a radical proposition. i understand that. [applause] gov. inslee: so, we have adopted the best gender pay equity's loss in the united states. we in the state of washington believe it's high time to attack the dark shadow of racial disparity that we have suffered across the united states of america. and i wanted to share some of the things we've done. we understand the criminal justice system has been rife with racial disparity. that's why one of the things i've done is been the first governor of the united 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. and we have embraced affirmative action. this is the washington way. now, donald trump thinks that if you do these things, it will destroy your economy, right? 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've done, it will wreck your economy. well, guess who has the best gdp growth, the best wage growth across the united states? it's washington state. it's time to make that across the united states of america. this is the way to defeat donald trump. i'm happy to be up there. before i go, i would love to stand for some gentle, easy criticisms and great questions. yes?
>> yeah, my name's betty and i'm an aclu -- gov. inslee: go ahead. >> my name's betty and i'm a rights for all voter and my question is about ice. many of these people who are in detention are long-term residents and have green cards. it's become so bloated it's increased almost 60% the last two years. could you commit to decrease the numbers by 75%? gov. inslee: the question is could we decrease the number of people in detention and the answer is an unqualified yes, and i'll tell you why. by taking children away from their young parents, it's the darkest moment of donald trump. that.'re going to stop that's what we're going to stop. we're going to stop that.
we'll 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'm president, the dreamers will have education without the clout of anxiety from donald trump. that's what i'm going to do. you bet. >> how do you address the childcare crisis? gov. inslee: the first thing we're going to do is move forward with urban childcare education. we've got to make sure your zip code is not your destiny. it's time to say that just because you're born in poverty doesn't mean you stay in poverty. so, we've had a massive expansion of early child education. we've had a massive expansion of financial aid to reduce the debt kids have to go to. and we did in the right way by not taxing working people but by taxing big angst and tech -- big banks and the big tech companies. that's who ought to be paying
for educational childcare in the united states of america. yes? >> you support all americans. will you pledge to make the caucuses accessible so that the 300,000 iowans with disabilities can vote? gov. inslee: will i pressure the caucuses to make the caucuses accessible so everyone can get axis? the answer is yes. this is something near and dear to my heart. we want everyone enrolling to vote. we make sure we hire people and 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. and i think we need democrats voting of all stripes. i'll just add one little caveat, though. when you do go into caucus this year, you don't get in without
an inslee 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. he's cratered their economy with trade policies. he denied markets from my state. now he's reducing the ability to help biofuels in iowa. we believe in biofuels in iowa. this is one of the many things he's wrong on. when i think of biofuels, i think of the need to defeat the climate change crisis. there's a lot of people working hard today in iowa. a lot of the leadership is here. some of the best science in the united states is coming out of your scientific community here in iowa. i want to give a shout out to a guy who's been fighting climate change in iowa. channing. thanks for your leadership, buddy. there's 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're going to do. and if you want to see climate change on the stage for the third and fourth debates, i hope you'll go to jay inslee.com. if you know anybody who has a dollar, after eating all of the corndogs here, ask them to send it to jay inslee.com to make sure i stay on the stage. i need $15,000 more. we've had 20,000 plus new people sign up since the last debate. let's keep this going. let's be bold. this country is a big, bold, ambitious nation. it needs a big, bold, ambitious president on education, women's rights, disability and access, climate change and rebuilding the youth movement. early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize. thanks a lot, good luck. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, governor.
gov. inslee: let the record reflect i believe in children. [laughter] gov. inslee: my wife would be very pleased to meet you. >> thank you so much. can we take a picture? gov. inslee: where? >> central illinois. gov. inslee: all right. >> thank you. gov. inslee: did you guys drive by the wind blade? this is really an important message from iowa. what's happening in iowa is a clean energy revolution. it's the second green revolution and its happening
here in iowa. over 30% of our electricity comes from wind power. we know that in iowa, donald trump is wrong. wind turbines do not cause cancer. they cause jobs. i'm looking forward to the corndogs. 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. check me out at the end of the day. questions? >> have you seen the u.n. climate report? do you agree with that? gov. inslee: well, i think it's a matter of personal choice. i do believe that our nutritional decisions do have an impact on the climate environment. i'm eating less meat now. that's 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. and so i've rolled out 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. and this is very possible today. we have income streams happening in california. i believe it can happen nationwide. so, i believe that the egg industry can be very profitable coming forward to be climate change because they can become an ally to all of us in topsoil management and manure management and can take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, put it into topsoil where it doesn't do any harm. >> there's been a discussion over whether the president should be labeled a white nationalists.
you yourself have called him a white nationalist. do you think that 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 such anxiety. donald trump causes pain in people almost every day. kids in yakima, washington, don't know if their parents will be there when they get home from school. it's people, anybody who doesn't look like donald trump, their children are made afraid by what he does. and i believe we need to speak up for these children. we need to speak out and we need to stand up. and the reason i say that is hatred grows in darkness and hatred grows in acceptance. and we cannot accept it. and by the way, i want to extend
my just criticism of republican officeholders who are silent. silence is complicity with donald trump. my point here 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. and this is not a one-time event. in the very first days, he lied about barack obama, our first black president. said he was born in kenya. in the middle, he said there were good people on both sides. in the end, he told people who were of color from the united states to go back to where they came from. we saw that language replicated by the murder in el paso. this has been a constant refrain of his. it has to stop. we all need to speak up against >> i have a different view than
the vice president. and it is fairly fundamental. he has expressed the view that once donald trump is gone the republicans will return to their senses. i fundamentally am not that type of -- do not have that hallucination. inslee: mitch mcconnell is not going to suddenly decide he's going to speak out against the fossil fuel industry. he is not going to suddenly decide to speak out against racism. the republican party is rife with this. they have been complicit. as a result i believe it is necessary to strong language against strong darkness. that is what i have done. >> why do you think so many candidates are choosing now to call him a white supremacist. they have called him a racist before. what has changed what is the difference in the new rhetoric? -- inslee:i can only
i can only speak for myself. out was the first to speak against his racist muslim ban. when he said he was going to send refugees to my state. i said to send them. these become great washingtonians. i called him a white nationalist which he is at the second debate before these murders in el paso. i recognize this a long time ago for about this person. that is why he needs to be removed from the white house. why others have not spoken out, i do not know. i guess i'm kind of a stand guy peered i stood up against george bush on the iraq war. i stood up against the banks on a repeal of glass-steagall. i stood up against the nra on the assault weapons ban. and i stood up against donald trump ever since he reared his head. what is the difference between a racist and a white supremacist? other candidates have called him a racist before. what do you think the differences? seen in the we have
last year so is an increase in white nationalists behavior, and terrorism. the fbi terrorism told us that most of the domestic terrorists have been white nationalists and that is the greatest threat to medically right now. we have seen the seeds that he planted of racism now are bearing fruit in white nationalism. that has become apparent during the last year or two. we need to call this out and i'm doing that right now. strongly opposed to cap in trade and clean power plants. heavily dependent on coal, they said we need big increases of royal power arrays, farmers in real communities -- rural power rates, farmers and rural communities. how do you address that? inslee: what we found is that when we passed our renewable portfolio standard it did not increase utility rates as people
feared. instead it just built a $6 billion wind industry. it still replaced coal. now we are shutting down our last coal-fired plant in the state of washington. and we are doing at the right way. your providing the transition for the coal-dependent communities and families. what we are doing in washington i think is the template for the nation. to make a commitment for 100% clean electricity, and to help those families and communities through the transition. check out centralia, washington. you will see how this works. we have created a $65 million fund to help to this transition. we have to understand what is happening. coal cannot be our future. it is not our future. it is not our present. it is dying because it is too expensive and it is too dirty. brought backis not cold. two thirds of the plants have now closed in the last decade. the reason is it is a renewable -- that renewable energy has become more efficient. the cost of solar energy has come down 80%. the cost of wind has come down
20%. the cost of renewables are coming down. the cost of coal is not coming down. the future is pretty obvious. the sooner we grasp that future, the better we will be. we are going to put people to work all across this nation, like dave in des moines. track him down, dave in des moines, iowa. when he went to a des moines area community college, he did not commence any why i want to see if i can get training in the industry the future, coal. he understood the future, which is renewable and clean energy. it is the future because of cost, it is also the future because it is necessary. the pollution coming out of those smokestacks killed 15,000 people, more per year than all of the car crashes in the united states. this is a health requirement as well as a job requirement. refused to hold a climate centric debate. what are the democrats think the
people of iowa that if suffered the rainiest years on record, by not focusing debates on climate? inslee: there are two reasons we need a climate debate. number one, we need voters to be able to require candidates to step up to the line and say what they really got in more than 62nd sound bites. this is a complicated issue. we have to mobilize the entire united states. cannot describe that in 60 seconds. everybody should have to show what they have got. i believe mind is going to be shown to be the best because it is. but it is important for the voters to be able to evaluate that. there's a second reason, we need to understand that the very weakest points and donald trump's armor is the environment. as the thing people despise him the most on and when i beat republicans as i have many times, it is by attacking their weakest point. donald trump's weakest point is the environment. this is where we should attack him. we should attack him with the strongest candidate on the climate change crisis and figure out who that is i have a
nominee. for both reasons, both for the voters benefit and for the benefit of the democratic party, we need a climate debate. ioan'sdo you appeal to -- those from iowa who do not believe in climate change? inslee: that is a rapidly dwindling number of folks. it is hard we are standing knee-deep in water as people were. in hamburg, iowa. hamburg iowa is a beautiful community founded in 1858. it had never been flooded since 1858. now it was under eight feet of water. maybe 20% or 30% of the people will never be able to return to their homes. you cannot argue this when reality intrudes. you cannot argue it when the family in new hampshire i met, who told me about their daughter that lost two years in college because she got lyme disease, which is moving north. you cannot argue it in seattle washington, where the air was so clouded with smoke from the forest fire, our kids could not go outside. we had to close our swimming
pools in the state of washington . this is not an argument you can have any more in reality. that is happening very quickly. half of the republican voters in the u.s. today if you ask them will say yes, we have to deal with the climate crisis. it is just that the republican politicians who are wedded to the fossil fuel industry, it is mitch mcconnell who unless we take away the filibuster will stop anything from coming to the floor of the senate, we need to break the stranglehold on the u.s. congress the fossil fuel industry. once we do that, we will pass clean energy legislation. the american people wanted and people in iowa wanted to. -- the american people want it and people in iowa want it to. >> you talk about the assault weapons ban. a lot of candidates have released gun plans in the wake of shootings in el paso and dayton. what is your plan now to combat gun violence? inslee: number one, to defeat
donald trump who is full of baloney. you have to understand what he and his republican sycophants are going to do. they're going to try to have some public relations deal by saying we took care of guns by doing the most modest thing. that does not cut the mustard. we need to ban weapons of war. we need to prevent them from getting in the hands of people. we need to increase the age to get this. we need to close all of the loopholes in the gun safety networks and the system is rife with this issues. we need to make sure people are trained. we need more than extreme risk protection orders. we need to make sure these guns are not in the street with these high-capacity ammunition clips. we need to make sure people are trained. we need to have gun owner responsibility. you know why? almost half the gun deaths are due to suicide. a lot of these are children or they get access to a gun they
should not of ecstasy. we need gun owners to take responsibility for safe storage. we need the full meal deal, not some pr statement by mitch mcconnell, who understands he in deep, deep trouble in this issue. >> jeffrey epstein was said to have committed suicide. what is your reaction to that is? inslee: my reaction is i just heard that and it is sadness as it would be at any death. i hope we can succeed as a nation and ending this scourge of abuse of children and women. we need to redouble our efforts to do that. we have certainly done that in my state. >> calling for answers. how this happened while he was in prison. do you think we should look into this that question should be asked? inslee: yes that's why came out as one of the earliest calling for the resignation of a cabinet member who is one of the cast of thousands donald trump put in place but no business being put into public life. it was clear that the whole sorry episode of the lack of prosecution was just absolutely disgusting. donald trump is associated with that, epstein, because he picked
a guy who was associated with that. but i just found out about a death so i'm going to have to express sadness over any loss. inslee: anything else? thank you very much people don't forget to vote. onto the corndogs. [laughter] [applause] >> governor inslee, question about prescription drugs? inslee: we need very, very [indiscernible] inslee: i have said that many many times. i think we should consider all
kinds of efforts in that regard. i think we should be unstinting in getting reasonable priced [indiscernible] you might want to check out what we have done in washington state and we have adopted one of the most innovative ways to get lower-priced drugs for people. especially for hepatitis c. we have been very successful and we need those kind of efforts to get people lower drug prices. >> what is an assault weapon? inslee: assault weapons are as defined in a 1994 bill i voted for. i don't know if you are my little speech there. heard my earlier speech. in 1994, i was a new member of congress and an assault weapon ban came up, and i knew that if i voted for it i will lose my seat.
but i went ahead and voted for it. and i did lose my seat. and i have never regretted that vote. we need to ban weapons of war. it needs to happen fast. i will send you the definition which is quite accurate and has been very accurate. if you look at the research, there has been a reduction of the shootings where there were assault weapons used following the enactment of the bill. that is why the enactment of the bill. that is why i'm so angry at the republican party who are kowtowing to the nra. that time is up. we have broken the back of the nra in washington state. we have now passed three measures... >> how is it the nra's fall? inslee: they have captured the weak hearted republicans who will not vote to protect our children. >> how do you protect children
[inaudible] >> she will keep that for a long time. inslee: we are getting there. [speaking on the phone] lori, this is governor jay inslee calling from the iowa state fair. i just met this incredible budding journalist. i'm confident he is going to be an amazing writer or speaker or publisher, so we kenexa get good -- so we can actually get good news. and i have to share this with you. i think donald trump is full of it. i think journalists are doing a great job. we believe in the news. and i think these guys do great work. don't forget about.
-- don't forget to vote. see you later. thank you for your work. excuse me. have you heard about our long-term care plan that we have passed? this is new and is very important. we know that we have a wave of retirements. in our state we have passed the first long-term care bill for people so they can age with dignity. for people have dementia and other problems. inslee: it is a really, really good land and it is the first in the nation. we have led the nation. i would be happy to send that to you if you want to take a look at it. and i want to thank you for your work in general. >> my grandmother and grandfather both have dementia.
[indiscernible] driven my share of tractors. i use raise hay in the yakima valley. >> he would tell stories about san antonio. inslee: thank you fair work. i appreciate what you're doing. we hope you continue to work if you are elected president, that you have done already. everything that we've experienced. i lost my father-in-law to this challenge. and two.undred the more we have you advocating to we need a national response. let me know. --we also get a southie app
selfie?e - a you asked about gender. it is not for me to decide about those issues. it is for me as a public servant to allow people to be who they will be. i am proud of my state because we have been one of the first to embrace that concept and it really protect the lgbtq community. what we have found is this is one of the reasons our economy is blossomed. because we allow people to our stay, whatever your love, whatever your race is. we have been very successful. the answer to your question, what i will give you is the
answer to the issue, should we [indiscernible] that includes health care and medical care and that includes issues of gender. [--] i believe we should respect everyone to be who they want to be. i believe that you are having fun with your question but i'm having more fun with my answer. because i believe in love, self-identity, and honesty. good luck and i hope you can join me with this effort. question yes? during, yes students? from high school in des moines.
we saw you at the iowa hall of fame. a month ago. and my mom is a journalist at the wing ding yesterday. i think she liked it. she is reporting on all the different [indiscernible] popular ioway politics thing. leading heartland. inslee: in our generation is doing a lot of good work. one of the most in spray sell things. [indiscernible] as she turned 14 the day i was sitting with her on a park bench in front of the united nations she's there every friday. sally from sweden. your -- now she is sailing from sweden. your generation has been so inspirational.
because frankly kicking older people in the hind end to get them going. really great. welcome. if you're in the area, we hope you will will help you come. inslee: i will be somewhere with the strikers. tell me about your efforts and what are you doing. we had a strike in the path and that's past energy and another on september 20. and getting speakers to interact with younger people with questions. and we are trying to move into , i guess,r measures like meeting senators and meeting with people, so that people really know how to make a change. when we are doing trainings and staff. for teenagers so as they get older they will know how to do everything. inslee: that's great. you know, the wonderful thing
about your age, can you bow yet? >> no. inslee: but what you can do is find an older motor and just dog them unmercifully. you have a lot of influence. think of yourself, older people as your proxies. you have got to get them to cast your vote in the right way. >> absolutely. inslee: i'm looking forward to september 20. rough riders. i married my high school sweetheart. [indiscernible] [photo]
inslee: would it be great if we could have republicans channel teddy roosevelt. just for a few days? you know, i think teddy roosevelt what a been [indiscernible] and the fact that we do not have any is pretty sad. so we'll just have to make sure they are not in office. you bet. based out of washington, would you take this opportunity to [indiscernible]
inslee: we are against political terrorism. tell me about antifa. me who antifa is so i can tell you whether that person should be condemned or not. >> what i have been identified as inslee: inslee: all your talk about the movements. >> they attacked a gay liberal actually and put him in the hospital for a week. inslee: , we have been very vigorous against attacks on his community. and we just recently added a statue, and a gun safety statute. this community qualifies for extreme risk protection orders. for removal of a gun. we have continually strengthened our hate crimes statute. and continue to do so.
i was thinking you are thinking of an individual. organizationas an you condemn them? inslee: i condemn the violence against anyone. especially this community that is been totally victimized in some anyways. we have the strongest take crimes and the united states i do not know exactly the organization you're referring to. announcer: now remarks by senator, harris of california to voters of the iowa state fair. this is just over 30 minutes. thank you. hi everyone, hi. i am at the iowa state fair. soapbox. thisso excited to be here is one of the great american traditions.
and this is really about what we know about who we are. good morning. good morning. it is great to be with you. so let's just get started. i only have 20 minutes. i could go on for hours. so here it is. know this is an inflection moment in the history of our country. this is a moment in time that is requiring us each as individuals and collectively to look in the mirror and ask a question. that question being who are we? i think we all know part of the answer to that question as we are better than this. [applause] momentrris: so this is a in time that is requiring us to fight for the best of who we are and fight we will. and this is not a new fight for us.
been americans have always in the business of fighting for the best of who we are. and fighting for our ideals. and i will tell you, i am a daughter of fighters. my parents met when they were active in the civil rights movement in the 1960's. my sister night my joke we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults who spent full-time marching and shouting. about this thing called justice. and in fact many of the heroes of that movement were the lawyers who understood how to translate the passion from the street to the courtrooms of our country and remind folks of that promise we articulated in 1776 that we are all equal and should be treated that way. which is what inspired me to want to become a lawyer. so we are fighters and we are born of fighters. i was raised also by a mother. my sister maia and i are, she was all of five feet tall. if you ever met our mother, you would have thought she was 10 feet tall.
and she was fierce. she was the kind of parent who would say to me all the time, you are maybe the first to do many things. make sure you are not the last. do not let anyone tell you who you are. you tell them who you are. your life should be judged based on service to others, not self interest. and my mother was tough. if you ever came home in our house, if you ever came home complaining about something. our mother would look at you with a straight face one hand probably on a hip and she would say, well what are you going to do about it. so i decided to run for president of the united states. there you go. about the current occupants of the white house, sally yucca its context. context. here is a guy who came into
office on a slogan that was about make america great again. which of course for many of us, examine for whom? but it is backward thinking. back to what? back before the voting rights act? back before the civil rights act? back before the fair housing act? before the federal minimum wage act back before roe v. wade? because we are not going back. we are not going back. and he came in office making all kinds of promises to folks. and in particular working people. everyone from farmers here in iowa to autoworkers. came in making all kinds of promises about how he was going to help out working people. and then what did he do? he passes a tax bill benefiting the top 1% and the biggest corporations in this country. engages inappens, the so-called trade policy that
was trade by tweet born out of his fragile ego in a way that was about unilateral action that has resulted in farmers here in this great state looking at bankruptcy, soybeans rotting in bins. it is expected that hundreds of thousands of autoworkers may be out of work by the end of the year because of the year because ms. so-called trade policy. i call it the trump trade tax. and here's the thing. he betrayed a lot of people. he betrayed a lot of people. so this obviously is an election. about what we need to do to turn the page. but it is also about recognizing that we have to fight for the america we believe in. reject theg that we voice that he has provided that has been about sewing haze and division among us. hate and division
among us. we reject that. it is not who we are. [applause] i know who we are. we all have so much more in common than what separates us. when i think about it it is what i called the three in the morning thought. you know the thing that wakes you up in the middle of the night. because here's the deal. for the vast majority of us. when we wake up in the middle of the night, thinking that thought. lens ofver through the the party with which we are registered to vote. the vast majority of us when we wake up thinking that thought, it is never through the lens of some simplistic demographic some pollster put us in. and for the vast majority of us, when we wake up thinking that thought, it usually has to do with one of just a very few things. our personal health. the health of our children or parents. for so many of, can i get a job,
keep a job, pay the bills by the end of the month, retire with dignity. for our students cannot tell if the student loans? for so many families, can i help our family member get off their opioid addiction. the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us. sen. harris: and that is part of the strength of who we are as a nation. [applause] so we will fight for that. and our fight is born out of that knowledge. so yes, we must turn the page and this election is about more than that. theuse obviously due to -- dude has got to go. [applause] , let usoint that is also think about writing the next chapter. and doing that together. and writing the next chapter
based on the america we believe in where we say, you should only have to have one job to have a roof over your head and food on the table. and whatca we believe we say it is not ok as of today in america almost half of our families cannot afford a $400 unexpected expense. it is not reselected of the america we believe in, when in 99% of the counties in this country if you're a minimum-wage worker, you cannot afford a market rate for one-bedroom apartment. it is not ok that last year in our country, 12 million people had to state -- had to take out a loan of on average $400 from the payday lender in interest rate of often in excess of 300%. in the america we believe in it i will tell you, when we win this election, we are going to change the tax code as follows. for families that make less than $1000 per year, they will get up to a $6,000 tax credit that you to $500 aome at up
month which will make all the difference between those families getting through the end of the month or not. wethe america we believe in, will recognize that one of the things that keeps people up at night is the education of their children and in the america we believe and we will pay teachers their value. [cheering] [applause] because right now in america we are looking at a situation where teachers on average are paid less than similarly educated professionals. sen. harris: i have met more teachers here and i went around the country who are working two or three jobs. our teachers are coming 94% of them out of their own pocket to help pay for school supplies. here's the thing, they're only two groups of people raising our children. parents, often with the assistance of grandparents and aunties and uncles. and our teachers. we must pay them their value. so in the america we believe in, we will put into place the first
in our nations history federal investment in closing the teacher pay gap. [applause] and here and i walk, that is $12,200 per year. is $12,200iowa, that per year. in many places that is a years worth of mortgage payments. that is a years worth of grocery bills. aat is a years -- putting significant debt in student loan debt. which is one of the greatest barriers to our kids coming out of school and enjoying a profession for which they have a passion. in the america we believe in. our babies, elementary, middle and high school students will not have to go to school and endure a drill during which they are taught about how they need to hide in a closet or crouch in a corner in the event there is a mass shooter roaming the hallways of their schools. those children of ours who come home at night and ask, why did
we have to have that drill? responses, course because there are supposedly years in washington, d.c.. who have failed to have the choice to reject a false which suggests you are either in favor of the second amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away, who have failed to have the courage to agree, find if you wanted to go hunting but we need reasonable gun safety laws in our country, including universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapons ban. [applause] [crowd cheering] sen. harris: so in the america we believe in, if mitch mcconnell doesn't call us back to vote on a bill, then when we are elected, i will give the united states congress 100 days to pull their act together on this and put a bill on my desk for signature. and if they do not, i am
prepared to take executive action to put in place a comprehensive background check requirement, to require the atf to take licenses from gun dealers who violate the law, and by executive action to ban the importation of assault weapons into our country. [applause] sen. harris: it is time to take action. in the america we believe in, we will agree that access to health care should be a right of everyone, and not a privilege of just those who can afford it. [applause] so we will put in place, knowing this is one of the issues that keeps people up at night, a medicare for all plan which i have proposed, which will offer everyone health care without regard to cost, put the insurance companies in check. so there will be no deductibles, no co-pays, you will still have
access to either a public or private plan, and expand services and benefits. because in the america we believe in we know this is a , human rights issue, a civil rights issue, a moral issue, and we must do better. [applause] in the america we believe in, we will agree that one of the issues that keeps us up at night is the security of our homeland, and we need to have a commander-in-chief that understands her greatest priority is concerning herself with the safety and security of our nation, as opposed to the current commander in chief, who on the issue of the fact of
russia's interference in the election of the president of the united states, prefers to take the word of the russian president over the word of the american intelligence community, about a american student who was tortured and later died, prefers to take the word of a north korean dictator over the word of the american intelligence community, that on the subject of a journalist who was assassinated, who had american credentials, prefers to take the word of a saudi prince over the word of the american intelligence community. we need a new commander-in-chief. [applause] i will say this, listen. i know a lot of us over the last two years, we have been wondering how this is going to turn out, what is happening. we have been throwing objects at that inanimate object on the
television, going to therapy trying to figure it out, but in our march toward 2020, let us remember one of the greatest strengths about who we are as a nation and as a people is that, by our very nature, we are aspirational. we are a nation that was founded on noble ideals, the ideals that were present when we wrote the constitution of the united states, and all of its amendments, and the bill of rights, and the declaration of independence, and those words we spoke in 1776, that we are all equal and should be treated that way, we are aspirational.
we are also clear eyed, we have not reached those ideals, but the strength of who we are is, we always fight to get there. so fight we will, and fight we must, knowing this is a fight that is born out of optimism, this is a fight that is born out of knowing what can be and believing in what can be, unburdened by what has been. this is a fight that is not only for the soul of our country, this is a fight born out of love of country. [applause] and this, therefore, is a fight we will win. [applause] thank you, iowa, thank you,
thank you, guys. thank you very much. thank you, iowa. i have got a couple of minutes. >> august 28 is the anniversary of king's i have a dream speech. what are you going to do as a candidate to smash trump's bloody sunday wall? senator harris: why am i uniquely qualified to get the job done? >> why are you, senator harris, uniquely qualified to march through and smash down trump's bloody sunday wall? sen. harris: so part of what needs to happen is this. to get through and turn the next page, to write the next chapter,
we need to prosecute the case against four more years of donald trump. i think it will take a prosecutor to do that. [applause] and we have got a rap sheet, and it is long. let's look at the evidence. a tax bill that benefits the top 1% and biggest corporations in america, to the point that 60 of the biggest corporations in the u.s. paid no taxes last year. who here paid no taxes last year? let's talk about the trade policy that is in resulting in direct harm to working families in america. let's talk about a policy that is about putting babies in cages and separating children from their parents in the name of border security, when what it is is a human rights abuse being committed by the united states government? [applause] let's talk about a failure to recognize, and our farmers and everybody here knows it, climate change is real, it is a crisis, it is caused by human behaviors which can be changed without much change to our lifestyle,
and represents an existential threat to who we are as human beings, and we can do something about it instead of the current occupant of the white house, who is pushing science fiction instead of science fact. to our collective para. - peril. 40% of iowa's electricity comes from renewable energy. you are a model. but we have a guy in the white house who says wind turbines cause cancer. i love governor inslee's line. i give him a hat tip. he said, turbines don't cause cancer, they cause jobs. [laughter] so we've got to be able to prosecute the case against him. pundits will overly compare 2016 to 2020. 2020 will not be 2016. 2020 will not be 2016.
there is now, i call it a rap sheet. there is now a lot of evidence that has spoken to the american people, who know those who believed in him were betrayed, who know that we expect that the person who occupies that most precious seat, which is our government, not his, that is, we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we expect the president of the united states will always know that when she has this microphone in her hand, it is a very, very powerful force, and must always be used not to beat people down but to lift people up. that is who we are. my time is up. thank you, guys. thank you. [cheering]
[applause] >> barbara, where are you? >> over here. i'm curious what you think particular with executive action and whether it will be some sort of litigation? have done anwe analysis of it. congress is invested in the president's authority. among them is the authority to be concerned about what passes through commerce. we have done the legal research on it. i'm not concerned. i'm sure there were challenges but it is strong. the bottom line is this. our policy and my preparedness to take executive action is just frankly because i am fed up.
congress has done nothing. i mean even at this most latest tragedy. back we may people do something. all these baby steps. people do not have time for this. and we keep having tragedy after tragedy. somebody asked me, maybe this tragedy will spur some action. well, this tragedy is as tragic as each one we have seen. and there has been no action over many, many years. so yes, i'm prepared to take executive action and actually do something. i believe and i'm confident it will pass constitutional muster. >> do you believe the president is a white supremacist? and how can you combat white supremacy legislatively? do you have any plans? sen. harris: let me tell you the concern i have with that question. and it is being asked a lot. it begins and ends with a question and the answer to that, as opposed to recognizing the
long history in the united states of this as an issue, the issue of hate. i as a prosecutor handled hate crimes. as the attorney general running the california department of justice, i was publishing crime reports every year. this is not new in america. hate is not new. hate that takes the form of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, islamophobia is not new in our country. and i will not participate in a conversation that simplifies this issue without recognizing the history, speaking truth about it, and recognizing it happened before this guy was in the white house, it will continue after this guy in the white house. he is certainly fanning the flames of hate, no question about that. but if are going to have this conversation, let's have it in a meaningful way. because when we have seen everything from what happened in
poway to the tree of life synagogue to charlottesville, to what happened in el paso, we should all be having a conversation and partly looking in the mirror to say where have we been on this, and what are we prepared to do. part of it has to be, unlike what this administration and president have done, i have been talking about this for months, which is they shut down the resources on domestic terrorism. they just shut it down, in terms of putting resources and support into it and acknowledging it is real and it must be treated as what it is, domestic terrorism. so immediately, i would completely reform that perspective around the priority. also it is about the microphone
that the president of the united states has which in a profound way informs perception about an issue. about an issue like race. or religion. or sexual orientation. and then just go down the list. used thepresident has very precious tool of that microphone in a way that has been in my opinion about defiling the power of the office of the president of the united states. and highly responsible, obviously. >> [indiscernible] first of all, i love being in iowa. each time i come, i really do gain a lot from it. i gain perspective from it.
and there is certainly momentum in our campaign. we have over six if i staff in iowa. we have been staffing up over. of time. and there are people in this race who have had national profiles for many years. i am still introducing myself for two people. it will be a process. with each step that we take, we are gaining ground and building momentum. i forget about it. >> investigating the suicide. how does this happen when he was supposed be on suicide watch? i actually have trapped death in custody when i was attorney general. and there are a lot of issues to unpack and that. i think the case is obvious they very new. we will see what the circumstances are. i have no inside information about it. certainly when we are talking about what we are doing in prisons, there is a lot of reform that is needed. that relates to everything i worked on for years around what
we need to do to end solitary confinement of not only adults but minors. there is work we need to do around incarcerated women that i have been a champion on. including the fact that in the united states still have places where women are shackled even during pregnancy and childbirth. so there is a lot of work to do across the board in terms of oversight and accountability as it relates to prisons. i will also sound that subject that we have to understand that this administration has really supported also private prisons. when i am elected i will shut them down. i will shut down private detention centers. we never want to be in the business of having the united antes taxpayer dollars go to industry that by its very business model, is about profiting off of the incarceration of other human beings. including what i saw in homestead, florida. which is a private detention facility that currently houses 2700 children in a private detention facility. which means that your taxpayer
dollars are going to fund the profit of the incarceration of children. >> talks about trade. you opposed [indiscernible] what is your solution? sen. harris: a couple of things. one, let's talk about the current state of affairs. work donald trump has conducted between policy by tweet. he came to highway making all kinds of promises to farmers. and he has betrayed them. clearlylateral way without considering the harm that would result from what he did. market to ourf a farmers that they've been cultivating for well over a decade. so now they're looking at bankruptcy with soybeans riding in bins. on the issue of trade -- soybeans rotting in bins. on the issue of trade, trade by definition means there is more than one party.
because you are trading with a buddy else. and usually there are a few parties involved so we have to conduct a trade policy in a way that acknowledges that there are many relationships, and many folks were going to be at play in that. he did not do that. he is unilateral. i will conduct trade policy in a way that negotiate understanding that leverage we have with our allies around the world. for me trade policy is noise going to be about protecting american workers and checking our environment. and having those as part of our priorities. as for that reason and for others that i'm not in favor of what i call nafta 2.0. what is your plan to [indiscernible] sen. harris: i'm going to spend my time in iowa and earn the support of every one from iowa. 3:00enda which i call the
a.m. agenda is born out of my fundamental belief that the vast majority of us have so much more in common. and that people want a president with who is a problem-solving president. the problems are there problems that keep them up at night. that wake them up in the middle the night. that is why i call it my three and cut him agenda. -- my 3:00 a.m. agenda. it is about health care, it is about getting a job at keeping a job. getting to the end of the month and paying the bills. their education, issues like trade. these are my priorities. i know that they speak to the vast majority of us, regardless of the party for which you are registered to vote. do you believe that walmart should stop selling guns? and on jeffrey epstein. do you support a congressional investigation into a suicide? sen. harris: i do not know enough about the epstein case to comment on it. i just heard about it. on the issue of all merit --
walmart, yes, they should stop selling guns. we need background checks. let's start with that. , as i'veeople to be said responsible in the way that they are selling guns. so it is not that everyone needs to stop selling guns but we absolutely need to have checks and balances on it. and part of that is we need background checks. so that is where i begin and end. if they participate in background checks, fine. right now they are not. announcer: also speaking at the iowa state fair was i will conquer smith tim ryan. after he spoke, the congressman -- congressman tim ryan. after he spoke, the converse men took questions. this is one hour. -- the congressman took questions.
ryan: thank you. how are you doing. i this whole riff about health food. and i do not know if this is the place to give that speech. it is a pleasure to speed date with you here today. really appreciate it. mr. ryan: if you want a second date, you can go to tim ryanforamerica.com i'm here with my wife andrea and our five euros on brady. so if you can give them a welcome. wave, everybody. his lie, when we going to the bumper cars. i told him about the deep-fried oreos -- he is like when are we going to the bumper cars? i told him about the deep-fried oreos. i appreciate the opportunity that 15 or 20 minutes to speak with you about how i feel this country needs to be, the direction i think we need to go. i believe that we need to move
from a conversation about reforming our systems that are all broken in the united states, to transforming them into new systems. i think we have got to move from the conversation about left or right and we have got to have a conversation in the united states about new and better. the whole conversation now, i do not know how goes with you, but it is like where are you at, are you left, are you center, are you left, you center right? where are you on the palooka spectrum? when the entire world, -- where you on the political spectrum. when the entire world the economy, health care, has blown through the traditional left right divide. i believe that the next democratic nominee has got to be somebody who talks about new and better. you look at the broken economic system we have, where 75% of the american people are still living paycheck-to-paycheck. we have huge concentrations of
wealth. we have the bottom 62% has not seen a raise since 1980. when the cost of everything else has gone up. you look at the health care system is broken. we spend 2.5 times as much on health as every other industrialized country. and we get the worst result. you look at the environment, and 220,000 that we kill metric tons of fish at the mouth of the gulf of mexico every year in the united states, plus the climate issues. plus the algae blooms in the great lakes. algae blooms in lake okeechobee in florida, and lakes all over. our water quality is down. we have lead pipes that are poisoning our kids. cap and agriculture system that is a monopoly and is destroying our sorrow -- soil and our
environment. we have a criminal justice system that is broken and racist at its core and needs reform. immigration system is broken and clearly needs reform. only undocumented workers get busted but the very employer that tries to hire these people gets off scott free. so i want to have a conversation with you that will be slightly longer than the conversation i was able to have during the debates. talk about speed dating. have an in-depth conversation with you. i am releasing proposals and sharing ideas. i want to talk about my proposal around the economy. i believe we need to have an industrial policy in the united states of america where our government, our research and our private sector all push in the same direction. like germany does, like china does.