tv Campaign 2020 Nashua NH Democrats Breakfast CSPAN September 8, 2019 3:36pm-6:00pm EDT
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john delaney, senator cory booker, senator michael, marianne williamson, and the husband of senator amy klobuchar met voters. >> good morning everyone. thank you for coming air this morning. i'm the chair of the national democratic city committee. thank you. this is one of those weekends where i think most folks in this room realize how lucky we are to be democrats here in new hampshire and the special place we have with the first in the nation primary.
fantastic convention yesterday which i know many of you are part of. and it is just going to keep rolling between now and the first time mary in febrile. have a long program this morning, great program, we are very fortunate. a lot of the candidates realize that if you want to win new hampshire, you have to win nashua. have a lot of people who are coming through. before we hear from congressman john delaney, i want to think sponsors for today's event, we to help fundunds arming biggest bolt elections, our campaign for our need is for elections this fall as well as for the campaigns next year. national racesnd we have here in new hampshire. every little bit counts because of our breakfast today, we are going to be able to get our walk card so we can go to our door-to-door effort and pull out every democratic voter we can in the election this november.
we have a number of people who will be on the ballot today, or the ballot in november who are here with us today, starting here from jim who is the city nashua. our board of alderman for running at large. one who is running in were three unopposed, -- in ward three unopposed. jen bishop running for board of education, emma missing anyone? catherine is running next time. nine -- in ward nine. jim mueller scales is also running for board of education
campaigns who have come with their literature outside here in the lobby area emma please go visit them, get information if you're still undecided, or just stop and say hello. the buffet here's to my left. westart the speaking program have someone who is not unfamiliar to the national democrats. he has been a great friend to us here nashua. he has been helping us with a big part in our campaign last fall to help elect 27 of 27 state reps, to state senators and an executive council plays congress been john delaney from maryland has been working here new hampshire for well over a year bringing his vision for what he thinks the country needs so i'm happy to introduce congress men john delaney.
thank you, dave. good morning national democrats. who was at the convention yesterday? pretty good turnout. so, day thank you for that introduction. add to what you say that the person wins nash was not only going to lead lead the nomination but lead the world. because that is really what we are talking about in this next election. justed new leadership not here but around the world because the united states is not leading. it is great to be with you. this is my 20th trip. any overtime,ear my 23rd trip. chris, my state director, and my whole team was worried because i was on the bill mars show friday night. which was a last minute thing. and chris was like, you know you're speaking at 11:00 in manchester? there's a 955 american flight to
boston. and if you can meet me at the boston airport at 730 near port i'll make it to the speech. i had a good nights sleep last night. [laughter] i will not be back for a few weeks because my oldest daughter is getting married in two weeks. [applause] yes very excited about that. i have a fourth daughters. april and i are very blessed. this is my first wedding. the other day the program for the wedding came around and they would have the timing of all the stuff. then there was a point in the program where i give a toast about my daughter. and i say, you know this is funny because now i speak for living and i get speeches for letting but this is a hard one. as i head back to maryland tonight, i'm going to start thinking about all the things i want to say about my daughter who i love so much. so i will not be back for a few weeks. trip 24 will be in a couple
weeks. it is great to be with you. i talked about a couple things yesterday. i think we have to broaden the discussion this primary. the point i was trying make yesterday is how everything is actually interconnected. i really think it is. and i think we have to think about the next presidents as someone who fundamentally understands that. yesterday, a few weeks ago a watch in horror as the amazon burned. i'm sure climate change is a very important issue for everyone here in this room. i know it is for new hampshire. but we watched in horror as it burned. when you relay realize why this happened, you understand what is actually really going on in the world. it is a bunch of farmers in brazil, set fires 2d forest the amazon. the reason they did this is because they wanted to plant soybeans. and why did they want to plan soybeans?
well, because the biggest buyer of soybeans in the world is china. they used to bite most of their soybeans from the united states of america. -- they used to purchase most of their soybeans from the united states america. they do not do that anymore. why? because we are in a totally stupid to trade war. which, by the way is killing american farmers. every acre of farmland in this country is worth less today than it was when the president was inaugurated. and we can win a euro america on that point. and we have to be -- rural america on that point. and we have to be making it. it also shows how trade policy is so interconnected to climate policy. as a local community, we should be using every acre of land as efficiently as possible. and if we are engaged in destabilizing trade wars, it results in a lot of land and converted into farmland. we watched last week what happened with brexit. which, let's face it, that was entirely based on a progressed -- a protectionist instinct. a dangerous protectionist instinct.
and the prime minister and parliament wrestled with how to handle it. you know this will be good for? this is good for proc trump and putin. this will destabilize the european union. mr. delaney: so it is all interconnected. this notion of isolationism. we are watching how this president is engaging in a war on children, on immigrant children. children. separating them from their parents. threatening to deport them even if they are receiving critical medical care. we are better than this. all of us are better than this. he has doneh how nothing to deal with the huge number of our citizens left behind because of globalization and technological invasion, forces that have been incredibly powerful. but forces that also left 40% of our country not able to afford the basic necessities. literally, 40% of the murky people cannot afford their rent,
their food, or their utilities. all of this is interconnected. the fires in the amazon with trade policy. what is going on in europe with the trump putin alliance. that we have protectionist interest thinks he is stoking in our country -- instincts that are causing us to build not only physical walls but economic walls. and the fact that so many citizens have been left behind. which is why believe we need new leadership. and we need a leader who wants to lead a modern democratic party. someone who understands the world is in fact interconnected and interdependent. and we do not need a united states of america that is retreating from the world stage rate we need a united states of america that is leading on the world stage. on all of the important issues. weather is climate change, whether it is global migration challenges, whether it is human rights violations, whether
security issues and trade. ismps form of isolationism the wrong answer to every single question. at democrats cannot adopt democratic form of isolationism. we have to have a compelling vision for the world that has the u.s. leadership at the center of it. we need a president who understands we have an enormous opportunity to build a better future if we invest. i believe we are and at the threshold of extraordinary breakthroughs. in life sciences and energy research. we can in fact cure cancer. we can, in fact, cure alzheimer's. we can in fact, develop new technologies whether they be battery technologies, transmission technologies, direct air capture technologies, our will not only save country, but save the planet. but you actually have to invest
in you need to eradicate increases in basic research. you need a president who understands how to harness the extraordinary innovation economy that the united states america has. and we need a president at a leader who is committed to solving real problems that are facing hard-working americans. in their day-to-day lives. not with impossible promises, both real solutions. that can get done. and that a majority of the american people can get behind. as president i promised to fight for a $2 trillion infra-structure program. it is the simplest thing we can do to can mitt create good middle class jobs in this country, make our businesses more competitive, and improve the lives of our citizens. as president, i promise to fight to double the earned income tax credit. families,elp working that is a simple thing we can do. we should double the amount families receive and expand
eligibility to include 20 million more americans. that one thing can lift up tens of millions of americans. out of poverty. president, i promised to fight for creating a form of universal health care, where every american has health care as a human right. also program where americans have choices. because the american people fundamentally what choices. these are the kinds of real solutions that can get done. hard-working americans need is not ideology, not for partisanship, not worker law, they actually need us to solve these problems. differenthip style is , probably because i have a different background. my grandparents were immigrants. they had to struggle to get into this country. one of my grandparents came to the country as a young boy with a seven brothers and sisters and his mother. they were all let into the country except for him.
he was separated from his pack -- from his parents, from his mom and his brothers and sisters when he came as the country. and they set him up for deportation. the reason was because he had one arm. back then, we do not let disabled people into our country. 1923, littleher, boy, comes into the country, his whole family is let in, he is separated, sent to staten island to be deported. but he got an appeal. several months later. the appeal was held in the great hall of ellis island. there were hundreds of people, my grandfather the little boy was in the back of the room with his one arm. and the judge walks in. and my grandfather sees the judge also had one arm. so the only reason he was let into this country, is because the one arm to judge looked at the one armed boy and said i'm going to let you in, but make something of your life.
so my grandparents struggled to get into this country. my dad was a construction worker. fortunately, he was a union construction worker. he was in a union called the international brotherhood of electrical workers. as a great union. [applause] it took great care of us growing up in north jersey. it paid for half of my tuition to college. i became an entrepreneur. started two businesses from scratch. created thousands of jobs. was the youngest ceo and history of the new york stock exchange. i can go toe to toe with trump on business and economics any day of the week. he was handed his business by his dad. and had six backup sees. i started my from scratch, crated thousands of jobs, my company was voted the best has to work in this community and the obama been a stretch and gave us an award for our investment in disadvantaged communities. [applause] so i will put my business record against him any day the week. and i had the privilege of
serving in the congress of the united states. so i have a very different background. blue-collar, successful entrepreneur, and public servant. that is the kind of background makes you focus on making progress and solving problems. the biggest problem we need to solve is to beat donald trump. that is number one issue by any measure. nothing else compares. to beating this reckless, lawless, in my opinion immoral individual who is leading our country at this moment in time. but the way we have to beat him as we have to capture independent voters, like we did in 2018. we flipped the house in a remarkable turn of events. no one thought we would do that. we flipped 40 seats that were republican. we flipped them to democrats. and we did it with problem-solving candidates. candidates that built big tents, where progressives, moderates, independents and even disaffected republicans were welcome. those kind of voters what real solutions. they want us to focus on solving
problems that affect their day-to-day lives. they want us to run on bringing people together. on unity. in 2020.ur path to win not only the white house, but in the senate and in the house of representatives. i believe we have a once almost in a generational opportunity to build a new coalition, a coalition based on decency. based on a rally. based on solutions -- based on morality. based on solutions. based on the kind of future we can build together if we invest in our country and in ourselves. that.oblem goes beyond because i think trump is a symptom of a disease. and the disease is divisiveness. that your enemy is your fellow american. because they look different than you do. or they worship a different god. or they have a different sexual orientation. or increasingly, because they are in a different local party.
this is the core of our problem that is rotting out our country. this is the problem i believe we, the democratic party, have to solve. we have to solve it by talking about this notion of common purpose. that we are all actually in this together. we have to get back to the roots that this amazing country grew from, that the tree of liberty grew from, in the sunshine of a cause worth fighting for. do fact that united we stand. in 1958, john of kennedy gave her mark boal speech where he said we should not seek the democratic answer, we should not seek the republican answer, we should seek the right answer. he gave the speech for weeks after sputnik was launched. the american people were terrified, they thought they had lost their future. the great leaders like john kennedy stepped forward and said no, our future is ours to build. but we have to build it
together. and i think we are in a similar moment in time. there's not one rocket into space. but there is tremendous change in the world. driven by very powerful forces, globalization and technological innovation, things that are remark of the positive. but have also left huge numbers of our citizens behind. it is deep stabilizer politics. his d's to blessing the world. -- it is destabilizing the world. this is the call of the democratic party to respond to this. to respond to it with decency, with solutions, by bringing the country together and leading around the world. and that is why running for president. -- that is why i am running for president. privilegen an amazing . thank you for coming out. thank you for all you do for democrats here in new hampshire and for this whole country. remember, this is a magnificent country. do not let anyone tell you
otherwise. it is true. [applause] advantage any nation could possibly want to have in the world in 2019. except one thing. we have a broken government. the good news is that is fixable. that is six both new leaders who are serving for the right reasons, who have ideas about how to bring us together, and solve the problems facing so many americans. investing in creating a better future that is absolutely obtainable to all of us. leading on the world stage. because the world desperately needs us to do that. that i believe is the calling of this amazing party at this moment in time. together we can do it. god bless you. thank you for having me. [applause]
>> a couple of people i just wanted to recognize west we are appear -- while we are appear speaking. .eter reynolds he is out there, working the door. thatpreciate everything she does for the community. -- other rest i wanted to person i wanted to point out was josh. ,lease, before you leave today see josh, give him your he can get you out there and knocking on doors and getting voters out. we had such a type program. peopletry to recognize
without a list, i messed that up royally. we will get a list of everybody and then we will recognize you after. thank you. have a program with a lot of people and we're very fortunate to be joined by senator cory booker. we have a little bit of a situation going on. i have to apologize to all of the speakers because they set it up for my height. but i be a little love think you will be able to manage. senator cory booker. sen. booker: good morning everyone. this has been fantastic. i want to give dave around of applause. it is one of the hardest jobs with the least amount of recognition for all of the work that you do. my staff gave me a whole list of
name off, i will follow your lead and not do that. about myant to talk , this isand my ideas like my third trip to your community. i was blown away that all of you got 27 out of 27 rep selected. ed.reps elect i don't think this election will turn on policies. you all know the differences between all of us democrats are so small compared to the differences between us and donald trump. i am one of those people who wants to sound the alarm of concern that if we are so much -- we have a great array of candidates. people i havee,
learned from on the debate stage. yang that he teaches me about math for crying out loud. if somebody is not good enough because they don't check 10 out of 10 boxes, we will have a real problem in our party. one of the themes that we have to have -- have to understand is this election is not referendum on one guy in one office, it is who we are and who we must be to each other. just each other as democrats, it is a referendum on the culture of our country. we have seen one person in one of moralgaged a level vandalism that is not just a affront to democrats, it is everyone.
we see our culture slipping further and further into tribalism when people hate each other. i hear families can't even sit at the same table. if we can't even get our family units together and our disagreements solve, then they will win. i see the reports from russia. i see what they are trying to do to us. they use our social media that wants to try to whip up more hate twin democrats, republicans, any divisions they can exploit going forward. the best we have been ourdeath generations -- is generations past who fought together one nation under god. it was that guy talking about my climate plan. i was not prime time for hawaii at the end of that night.
talking about real nuances and policy that matter. whether nuclear has a role. we should talk about that. is ang about guns, that issue that nobody in this campaign has had to deal with like i have because people get shot in my neighborhood. iselieve that gun licensing essential. 80% of americans agree on that. [applause] i want to be a little different this morning. this will be over the next five months, you get to know will.i.am. i was laughing at -- know who i am. i said i am really happy about the polling. nobody from our party who has gone on to be president in our ahead.as been polling
the people that we elect our the people who were long shots. carter, bill clinton, barack obama. barack obama was behind hillary clinton in african-american voters this far out. on people, organizing, collecting to people -- connecting to people. i want to talk to you right now. , notguy who is in politics because i am a democrat but because i decided to move into a neighborhood which is one of the most distressed and america -- in america. i live in a low income, below the poverty line community. $14,000 per household was the median income in my neighborhood. when i moved there in the 90's,
it was challenging. i won my castle seat -- council seat against the machine. about my a movie neighborhood called street fight. was nominated- it for an oscar. don't applaud that, it lost to march of the penguins. i am not as cute as a penguin. i have all of the forces against me. not only political forces, i had windows smashed, tires slashed, hate mail. i was warned by a federal judge of who was -- that will judge who was concerned for my safety.
watch the movie and you will understand. what was the faith that brought me forward was what you guys do so well. forget partisan politics. ,hen you connect with people when you knock on doors, when you talk to them and not in the language of pundits on tv, my mom used to say to me corey, you will win your first city council seat because who you are will speak so loudly that people want be able to hear what you said. meet them at their heart and their spirit. ,hen our party beers from that we lose elections. election, youral letter will not turn on the head, we need candidates like you that will speak to the gut and the heart and the soul of people. the person with the best 15 point policy plan is not the person that wins.
if it was, we would have won the last presidential election. plans,candidates, better at her issues. how will we connect to hearts and spirits? i will end with an unusual story. i know you embody the spirit. i know this is what dave talks about. i knocked on thousands and thousands of doors when i ran for city council to become the youngest person ever elected. it was one of the best educations i ever received. i was talking to real people. the wisest people in the world are not those with the letters in their name. it is the people in the community who know their streets, know their people. we beat this incumbent because we connected to people and brought up an entirely new
electorate. that is what we have to do in the states. story to leave you with a that so much defines my character and really speaks to some of the learnings. her, i was a know tenant's rights advocate. k, i was a tenant's rights advocate. i showed up and met the tenant president in the project. i moved into them for eight years. these are high-rises, horrible conditions. downwoman just knocked me to size. i was a yale law student who showed up and said i am here to help you. you need help. she said what do you see in this
neighborhood? crack houses, projects. she said you can't help me. she said the world outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you. are one of the stubborn people who every time you open your eyes and you see hope and opportunity and love -- convicted in federal court for his crimes in this buildings, the person that she brought in was this elderly man, the most legendary tenets later newark has ever seen. tenant leader neward had ever seen.
when i heard about this legend, i am a little under impressed. he did not suck the oxygen out of the room, he was no great orator. that i felt his heart and his spirit. that is what my mom said. who you are will speak so loudly that i did not even hear what you said. i was this fancy, yale trained lawyer, i am sitting there and the lines of people to speak about their pain and the hurt and fears, after the first hour, i had everything i needed for the legal documents i wanted to file. the meeting went on and on and on. this guy, frank hutchens just sat there. every person looked at that microphone -- he looked at everyone who got up to that microphone, he looked into their eyes. like that heat lamp that
sits in the corner of the room, everybody was turning toward him because that is where they are getting their warmth from. say that was a long meeting and he stops and looks at me and says corey, you need to understand, we are not here to just fix the physical buildings. there is from a year. there is hurt here. we are here to repair communities. we are taught -- part of the relieving of this community. this community. frank jones got me into politics. city hall is corrupt, you have to -- i said i am here to be a lawyer. not, i am here to -- they said you are
not, you are here to help people. the subsidized housing vouched for me. i will not forget the community that first put their faith in me. now i have to tell you, frank is starting to get older. his health declined. his eyesight eventually went. i wouldgo visit him and knock on the door and out say frank, it is corey. he says icu. city, i woulde take an grocery shopping. i would say where do you want to go? he said i want to go to the movies. i said, frank you can't see the screen. he says i want to go into a movie. eventually he ends up in hospice.
i want to tell you how messed up my ego is. this is my education. i was upset that one of the advocates innt america who kept thousands of people in their homes with heat and hot water, it bothered my ego that when i went to go visit him, nobody else was there. not peopleis there and balloons everywhere? this humble man in his last hours, for him, life was not , celebrity, ity is the significance and purpose. it wasn't about how many people showed up at your funeral when you die, it is about how many people you show up for while you are living. [applause]
sen. booker: on the last day iat i saw this man alive, love health professionals. ,hese nurses and these people this is why we need unions, they should be paid more. they saw me there regularly, the mayor of the city. they catered to me and my emotions. they told me this will probably be the last moments you will see him alive. they apologize to me because he had stopped talking. his breath had grown shallow and rapid. they want me what to expect and i opened the door and i said frank, it's corey. and i saw him struggling and i was not sure what was going on. he was struggling to speak and he forces out as i get closer to his bed, i see you.
i sat at his bed and i hugged this man. i would not be here if it wasn't for him. i held him and i kissed his forehead and i told him that. -- we him you are making are making massive transformations in newark at that time. i said everything is because of you. iwas mayor of the city and hope you one more time. i said frank, i love you. then he tries again to force outwards. he says to me i love you. i walked out of his room and that is the last time i would see him. i am in this because of this man's last words. if there is anything that could define who he was and what i'm
try to do with my life, i know for those of you that have elected frogs is, you can all go shopping, it takes hours. you care about things that nobody talks about on the national news. you are definitely not doing it for the state reps out there. you are embodying what this --ntry needs as we get up caught up with materialism and celebrity. we have a president who stands up and says only i can solve these problems, frank's last -- i see" isee you you, i love you. i see you, i love you." the battle in this election goes deeper than partisanship. we are dealing with an impotency of empathy. children dying in communities
like mine in mass shootings that don't even make the news. met whoe people i have turned their hurt into heroism like the man i talked about on this stage. is recovering from addiction but has taken his personal pain admitted his purpose in this country to fight against the scourge of opiate addiction. it is these people who are senior citizens. , god isyou in this room attacking your body but every day you say as long as there is breath in my lungs and blood in my veins, i will not stop. you, i love you. the teacher going back to school that says the most powerful nation in the land says we can protect our children. now i have to teach him how to hide and shelter in place. you, the senior
citizens that lost all of their lives. they're wondering why their social security checks will not go far enough. you. you, i love the woman who will not even tell her husband about her sexual assault. country, the country that want to stigmatize estigmatize one of the most common forms of violence. i see you, i love you. can we bring the light of a -- bring to light the
revival of a civic race? being mayor broke me down. it made me realize that my power does not come from a position, it comes from people. communities who are connected and invested. it comes from those repairers of the breaches, the weavers of the society. we are not called for tolerance, it is a cynical state of mind. we call to light one another because patriotism is love of country and you cannot love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women. [applause] sen. booker: love is not a sentiment. it is not sentimentality. love is what you all do. it is work, sacrifice and struggle. u, i love you.
i went this far down the road tell you about my imperfections and the lessons i learned. i will give you a story that i hope makes you smile. i think everyone of us in this election can't fall into the seduction of embodying the values that which we are against. at the end of the day, my parents taught me do not complain about the world until you're doing something about that which you are complaining. my parents challenged me not to point fingers but to accept responsibility. find blame but to be the one that takes that responsibility. --final challenged everyone to everyone in this room is my checking myself. right now, i'mu
going to ask more of you if i am president of the united states. i know this is not about one president in one office. it is about all of you. i will come back and demand that we give more and organize more. to the people already doing it, we have to do more. we have to expand the moral consciousness of our nation. that is what great leaders do. great leaders are humble. they know we must constantly learn. they know they're not perfect, they can admit mistakes. they know that showing vulnerability, that is the greatest. here is my last story of vulnerability. have two to you, i stopped at burger king. i am sorry, they have this new vegan burger. that is how i justify the apple pie and french fries.
the flesh is weak. this is my confession. we have lots of these fast food joints. i am sorry, i am the guy who thinks we should do schedule marijuana on the federal level. maybe we should schedule those fries. they are very addictive. i get my fries from the drive-in window and i have driven in newark with a police officer who came back home after serving in the military. he has been a police officer, he drives me around in newark. we also need to communicate with each other. all he did was look in the rearview mirror. now i have my french fries and i am holding them like it is lord of the rings. my precious. and about to drive out
there is a man with his head in the trashcan, fishing around. i said before you tell me about your religion, shami it in how you treat other people. i roll down the window because i know what my religion says. i think there was a sick -- sermon. i called to the guy, i said what do you need? he said i am hungry. i said take some of my fries. he takes them and then stops and looks at me. i know i was working for mayor jim on some of the service projects here. sometimes if you are homeless, socks are gold. he says do you have socks? i said i don't have extra socks in my car.
he looked a little disappointed. i could see was -- he was in pain. my car.ed away from kevin puts it in park, he reaches between the steering wheel to his shoes, kicks off his shoes and takes up the sox he is wearing and hands them through the window. you, i am a united states senator. i am the guy that talks about love and compassion and decency. i am three blocks from my home where i have socks that my mom made me last christmas that i have not opened yet. i did not think to take the socks off from my shoes. i tell you this, this election is not about him, it is about us. how creative we will be in a moment of moral distress. be inaginative we will
our acts of service and kindness and decency. of darkness byit cursing it, you have to light a candle. this is an election that will test the power of our love. i use that as a powerful word. being strong does not mean being cruel. being tough doesn't mean you have to be mean. we need a ferocious love of our ancestors that stood before us and marched on the bridge. they brought black, white, christian, jewish people all to stand together. i have great ideas and strong policies but i am running because i see you and i love you. i believe more than anything that this is the spirit that this nation needs from the highest office in the land. thank you very much. [applause]
i am glad you are running and in the mix. you had good things to say. >> i appreciate it. >> how have you been? >> very well. >> thank you. good to see you. good luck. how are you? >> i am here. >> that is good. >> you did well yesterday. >> i appreciate it. you have upset me a few times on the debates page -- debate stage. we are running into a different world when it comes to jobs. jobs don't exist anymore.
changes the equation for so many things that we democrats have preached. it changes the dynamic of how people have to work in the future. they don't understand what this is going to mean. >> we would really like to continue this conversation and hear what you have to say. >> i know. >> folks, if i could have your attention.
we are fortunate to be joined by senator, miche -- el bennet. he was the former superintendent of denver public schools. i asked him how big those are. they told me that 95,000 students were there, that is larger than the city of nashua. and a billion-dollar budget. which we would love to have here. welcomingn me in senator michael dudley -- michael benenet. sen. bennet: thank you for all of your leadership. i know you have heard two days of speeches. i will spend most of this time
taking questions. i hope you guys have questions. before i was working for the school district, i was in business. then i worked for the city and county of denver. thatt worked for a guy became our mayor, his name was john hickenlooper. i don't know what happened to that guy. up,of my duties was to show we were having city council meetings and i would get paraded -- berated by the city council. the first time that i did that, susan, my wife had put the kids in the room with our television sets to watch this exercise in self-government unfold in front of them. that turned out to be my being berated by the city council. they were very young at the time.
anddaughters are now 15, 17 19. at the time, they were seven and five. the kids all want to know how i had gotten into that -- meaning the television set. and what i had done to make those people so mad at me. that has been the essence of my political career. fortunate to work in the denver public school district. the majority of kids are living in poverty. was 78took over, it thousand kids, it is now 95,000 kids because the district had wen repelling chosen because have been offering the kind of academics that families wanted. growing --he fastest
one of the fastest-growing school districts in america. denver put out a study that said the kids in denver are growing so much faster than the rest of the kids. it is as if they had 60 additional school days per year in denver compared to the rest of the school district. i mentioned that just because we are living in a country with profound economic inequality. we have a lot of lack of economic mobility. we have the largest income inequality we have had in 100 years. system is actually reinforcing income inequality. we have the best predictor of quality of education, your parent income. that is a predictor of where you will live. that is unfortunately a savage
predictor of whether you will go to a good school or not. that has not always been true in american history. there was a time when american education was the wind at our back, propelling the economy forward. that is no longer true. this issue never comes up in presidential elections. when hillary clinton and donald trump are running against each other, it has not come up. it did not come up in the course of our debates. it is an issue i hear about all the time. especially the people living in poverty. if i had to summarize my last 10 in denver,wn halls what i would say people are saying to me is we are working so hard but we can't afford some combination of housing, health care, higher education or early childhood education. for the families that are not
come into my time was because they are working two or three jobs, just to keep their heads above water, barely above water, they are the families i worked for when i was superintendent in denver, they would say we are working as hard as we can possibly work and we cannot get our children out of poverty. we can't put our kids in the position to live a life that is that in the life that we are living. this is what we are contending .ith as a country it is just a matter for the federal government. there are some a people committed to the public service at the local level. i want to say thank you for what you do. for the people that have supported all of you and the work you will do in these municipal elections coming up, i think the most important public good that we delivered as a society is education. on average, i think the percentage of people who showed
up to vote in school board elections is something like 3% in this country. we are treating america's kids like they are someone else's kids. not like they are our kids. this really starts at the local level. it does not start in washington. in self-government still works by and large at the local level. at least that was my experience. when the founders set up this country that we live in, when they set up this country, they did not imagine they were setting up a country where we would agree with each other. that was not their assumption. weir assumption was that would disagree with each other because we were living in a free society. people who look like me were. the way we contended with those disagreements would enable us to fashion more durable solutions than any thing or tyrants could
come up with on their own. that was the point of living in arepublic, what we call democracy. i still believe in that. the worst decisions i make are the decisions i make by myself without contending with other people's points of view. without understanding that other people have a different perspective. and without knowing that that perspective is legitimate, even if it is completely legitimate. how we fashion them into deciding whether the stop light willthere or there or we open a school there were close a school there, or create universal health care for everyone in this country for deal with climate change, this is still the work of free people living in a democracy that was created by people who live here. they do not even know they -- there was a place called
colorado when they set this up. i think we need to reconnect with that spirit of self-government and what a democratic republic looks like if we will ever make washington work for the american people. it broken before donald trump got there. it is one of the reasons i am running for president. i think i have a better understanding of the corruption there than the other candidates running. i have been there long enough to know how things are getting done but also why the most important things don't get done. i know that washington will never fix itself. it will be the american people who are united behind an agenda that can reach people in nashua and denver and iowa and in purple states all over this country. will change the way washington works. it will never fix itself. mitch mcconnell never fix himself.
the freedom caucus will not ask themselves. the freedom caucus does not believe in this exercise of self-government. they think they have a monopoly on wisdom that there -- they are trying to split. when the vice president says if only we get rid of donald trump, it will all go back to normal, it is not true. i have seen it. i have lived it. i showed up there when barack obama became our president and i saw what they did to him for the last six years of his presidency. the inability to move anything means wehe congress can't accept progress. if you accept a world where we will continue to break institutions, that is a world that mitch mcconnell and habits, you have to accept a world where democracy will never solve climate change. we have to address climate change urgently, i agree with
that, we do. but that is insufficient. we need a durable solution to climate change. we need this to endure for generations. you can't solve climate change two years at a time and then have the other party come in and rip up whatever it was you did and go back in two years later or four years later and put it back in. that won't work. that sort of politics works for people who want to dismantle our exercise and self-government. they have been sent to washington with a sarah palin cartoon version of what the founding fathers were trying to do to destroy the federal government. politics thatd by does not create enduring solutions for anyone. every time there is a government shutdown, every time we can't
even pass a budget, it serves their purposes but it makes it harder and harder for us to serve the children i used to work for in the denver public schools. and their families were living in poverty in the greatest country in the world but can't get ahead. fory week that i am there the last 10 years, i have evaluated the work you have done . i'll report card should be in that from that perspective. in my mind, the hallmark of a society like ours is whether the most vulnerable people are able to move up. and for decades in this country, they have not been able to. for those of you were students of history, i know many people in this room are, democracies don't survive very long unless you have economic mobility and a chance for everybody to earn
when the economy is growing. that is what we have to have as our agenda going forward in these local elections and building toward the national election in 2020. so i am grateful for the chance to be with you this morning. i am sorry to go on for so long. i am happy to take questions or criticisms. ask me questions you would not ask another politician. i was in urban schools superintendent from us five years, you cannot hurt my feelings, it was beaten out of me a long time ago. anybody? bringwatched cory booker with oratory -- you had a different presentation. it is your belief that we need a politician as president more like you -- is it your opinion
we need a politician more like you? sen. bennet: the first time i ever met corey, he had given this spellbinding address at the country club in denver, colorado. he was the mayor of newark, i had been superintendent. i said mayor, have you arrived? he said no. i said i will give you a ride. i think he is great. what i want out of the next president is somebody who can tell the american people the truths about the nature of the challenge that we raise. are that weer goals have to overcome and what each of us has to do to overcome it. this is not about one person in 1600 pennsylvania avenue. a racenald trump ran saying i alone can fix this, i can't think of anything more at war with how this will country
is supposed to work. who is not a question of there, this is a question of what our conviction is as citizens, about what our responsibility is to this democratic republic. and actually going back to the founders, my conclusion about that is -- having spent some time thinking about this is when you think about what the founders did, he did to incredible things in their time. some of them came from my here. they led an armed insurrection against a colonial power. they wrote a constitution that was ratified by the people that will live under it. that had never happened before. are a couple of colonies that had done something like that. it was believed by a lot of
people that it could not happen. the 13 colonies were too big. too many people. they would never have imagined that 230 years later, here we are, coast-to-coast, 330 million people. this is the most powerful capacity for self-defense that the world has ever known. in many ways, they would not recognize the country because it is so much more damage at it, there and freak than they ever would have wanted it to be. how did we get here in mark when kids come to washington and the have been to see the lincoln memorial and they have been to see the supreme court, there is a tenant in that white house, there is a tendency to think all of this stuff is just here. of course, none of the stuff was just here. about thehink founders as i do, you also need to consider the fact that they did something absolutely referenceable.
-- reprehensible. they perpetuated human slavery. was was not something that a conventional approach to human events or human affairs when they did it. they knew what they were doing was wrong and immoral. andook other americans frederick douglass is the one that i like to tell the story of the best. it took other americans to fix that. end that.t -- was born inuglas his late human being in this country and he left maryland and made his way -- didn't make the way, he fled to massachusetts where he hoped up with the abolitionist movements here. they were making the argument at the time that the constitution
was a proslavery document. , who was douglas completely self-taught said you have this exactly wrong. he says the constitution is an anti-slavery document. we are just not living up to the promise of the constitution. you can imagine the power of flipping that political argument to know constitution the constitution is an anti-slavery document and now we are not living up to the words. it is the same argument that martin luther king made the night before he was assassinated peoplehis when he told that when he went down to memphis for the striking garbage workers, he said that i just here to make sure that america keeps the promise that they wrote down on the page.
when i think about douglas's he is as much a founder as the people who wrote the constitution are. when i think about what our responsibility is when we have a guy in the white house who says i alone can fix this? when we have somebody who doesn't have any belief in the conventional american approach to things, he does not believe anfreedom of the press, independent judiciary, he does not believe in separation of powers, he is using his emergency powers to build a wall by stealing from other parts of the national defense. who is lawless and unpatriotic. when i ask what is our responsibility and our bowl, it is the role of a founder.
it is that elevated a role. when you show up on one of these executive communities in new hampshire were show up and make other people vote or to make sure your superintendent is doing what they are supposed to be doing, or the kids in your still district -- school district need a little extra to make that happen, then we are like this, ing think you're acting like a founder. we need to think about it that way. it is hard when it is that elevated. all of that work was hard. --t we are being asked to do landing on the beaches in normandie, knowing you would be
shot up as you climbed those cliffs -- it is nothing compared to the people that thought to make sure my daughters and the women that are that was other americans who came after that. it is nothing compared to the people i am still meeting on the who were beaten during the civil rights movement and had their houses burned down to make sure their kids could have a decent education. countryre living in a where the schools are just as segregated as they were then. is a not as if there shortage of work for us to do. the reason the election you are ,ighting for is so important this comes back to your question. in self-government has been immobilized and stolen
from us over the last 10 years and we have to get it back. if we don't get it back, we will never make progress. that will require not just using 1600 pennsylvania avenue to do the job well, it will require all of us to do our job better. [applause] have cory booker rhetoric but there is a little bit of michael bennet rhetoric. >> i know you have had the pleasure of touring nashua south and you have seen what we have offered our students. communities that are wealthier can provide more funding for their schools.
do you see any role in the federal level to assist us in new hampshire to make sure our kids have an equal education? sen bennett: thank you for asking that question. i put my education plan out earlier this week. i put out my plan earlier this week. we cannot fix it all from the federal government. i have been fighting to see title i money make it to poor kids in this country. we have a massive subsidy in this country running from poor children to rich children. we are trying to close the achievement gap.
i appreciate so much the spirit of your question. i have tried to live in a state that has equaled our school funding. i think of my old friend arne duncan, who was president obama's secretary of education. the kids in evanston, illinois, a wealthy should -- several new to chicago, were getting more money. it is a joke. and that is happening all over america. i do not have the answer because we are so committed to the way we fund our schools today through local property tax. but i am committed to trying to explore it with communities that want to work on it.
another example from my planned that is a thorny problem that i don't have a solution to. that is teacher pay. do you want to know why we pay teacher so little in america? systemecause the whole of paying teachers and training and inspiring teachers to come to the classroom belongs to a time when we had a labor market that discriminated against women and said, you have two professional choices, being a teacher or a nurse. a nurseo not want to be for whatever reason, come be a teacher. we will make you teach julius caesar every year for 30 years. and because we are discriminating against you, we
will pay you a wage that no one else in your college class whatever except. but if you stick with us for 30 years, and you will because we are discriminating against you, we will give you a pension that sounded pretty good. that is the same system we have today. even though our labor market looks nothing like that. peopleon't start paying like the professionals that they are, we will continue to lose 50% in the profession in the first five years. that will bef paying people more who are in high poverty schools. it will be a real challenge.
that is also contained in my plan. if you asked focus groups across america what is the democratic party stand for on education, what do you think the answer would be today? free college is what people would say. i don't know how we got to that position as democrats. to me, if i were adding up a priority list, i think i would start with free preschool long before i started with free college. [applause] and i think i would be thinking that are the 70% of kids in america who are not getting a college degree and are forced to earn the minimum wage when they graduate from high school.
if we were focused on those two things, we could transform the american economy. i was in manchester at a high school where they are doing technical education. there was a young woman who was working on a hovercraft. i said, what are you doing when you graduate from high school? be anid, i am going to underwater welder. and i said, i bet that pays a lot. and she said, you better believe it. thank you for having me today. [applause]
>> i am marianne williamson's new hampshire advisor. she is an author, and entrepreneur, and an activist. has transformed the lives of people in crisis. to introduceted you to marianne williamson. williamson: thank you. timenk we are living at a where the very concept of my fellow americans mean something
and maybe we have not taken it as seriously as we might have. when senator michael bennet was talking, i agreed with everything you said. some politicians talk today, i am reminded of what happens when we swear an oath in a court of law. we tell the truth and the whole truth and nothing but the truth. we want the democrat to win. but there is a lot of truth being told that not a lot of whole truth. not a lot of nothing but the truth. can we get real?
the problem is, these kids need to have after educations. let's talk about the fact that it is more than education we need to fill the economic gap. the conventional political system on both sides they sit take responsibility for the fact that the last 40 years, we have been sliding away from democracy. we have had policy after policy that has transferred the wealth of this nation into the hands of a very few people. to takecratic party has responsibility for the fact that it is not like we didn't have our part to play in that. before we have college education for free, we have to have preschool free. we have millions of american children who are traumatized before preschool. alone, i wasire told by political and economic business leaders that you have
that go to children sleep hungry at night. this is what i have learned. the system is even more corrupt and we fear. and the people of the united states are even more wonderful than we hope. the people are just fine. that is not where the problem lies. i would say that of the average american on the left and right. lies in the fact that our government functions in such a way that is completely divergent of the consciousness of the people of the united states. michael bennet was talking about this. this is a democracy. it is meant to be the well of the people that dominate the policies of our government. policies of our government
are not dominated by the will of the people. we are dominated by advocacy for short-term profits for huge national industries. everyone who is part of that system, even though you are most well-intentioned, the system is so corrupt. it is time for the people to step in. [applause] we have become stepford politicians. why aren't we talking about the military-industrial complex? why are we talking about
short-term profits for defense contracts does more to influence our national security agenda then what should influence it, which is actual legitimate security needs of the u.s.? if it was only the security , it would consist of two things. militaryny that the says it's needs but only at every penny. not billions of dollars above that. also include what i will have as president, a u.s. department of peace. why is that not being talked about? why do you think we are not talking about poverty in america? about hungry children?
millions of american children who go to school every single day in school districts and don't even have the adequate school supplies to teach a child to read. thehat shock cannot read by age of eight, the chances of high school graduation are drastically decreased. chances of incarceration are drastically increased. you think just more educational funding will fix that? does the phrase same old, same old mean anything to us? i read an interview that really moved me. it was when jared kushner was talking about a conversation she had -- he had with his father-in-law. he said, there is a lot of angry people out there. we could harness all of that anger and make you president.
when i read that, i thought, there are a lot of wonderful people out there. a lot of good, dignified, decent people out there. good people. we could harness all of that and change the world. we cannot just go with the same old, same old. that will not be donald trump. we need to become more psychologically and emotionally sophisticated. we go dumb when it comes to politics. democrats and do it in a way that is odd. when the republicans were told by the republican national committee, you can choose jeb walker, they did not said.at the rnc they said, we want donald trump. on this side, we have a lack of rambunctious this.
it is happening right in front of us. we need to wake up. donald trump is not just a politician. he is a phenomenon. that at believe traditional, conventional, democratic conversation will defeat him. difficult. the part of the brain that rationally analyzes what we should do about it is not the same part of the brand that decides who to vote for. democratic candidates are sharpening their knives. the republicans will be bringing guns to this fight. we had the most qualified candidate in the world last time. we had the best policies. i have good plans and policies. they go further.
i don't want just more money for education, i want a department of children and youth to deal with our fact that the children we wantry, anti-violence, bullying, emotional and psychological. our traditional political establishment is dwelling somewhere in the 20th century. this is the 21st century. anything that i know everybody isn't talking about. i'm just talking about it with a microphone that is on. for us to defeat donald trump, we need more than the same language we have been talking for 20 years. we are going to need a phenomenon of our own. i agree with michael bennet, it is not one you are seeing. we are not just democrats, we are americans. a phenomenon that will override the nefarious influence of the trump administration.
the koch is this of the american people is enough to say, we well. -- we will. when one of the traditional candidates isn't saying it, maybe that is the point. outsider, itled an is interesting. this is america. we are all insiders. don't you get what has happened here? we have been turned into spectators. it is like a football game. take a stand against the elite, we have to take a stand against the elite system with -- which exists. there is no such thing as an outsider. political parties don't even mention in the constitution. and george washington warned us against them.
i have been a proud democrat all of my life. i'm a traditional democrat because i'm talking more like and thebobby kennedy democrats who were part of my youth when i am saying, we are a party of the people. the last decades the democratic party has tried to play it both ways. we want to advocate for the people but we have to make sure that health insurance or company -- health insurance guppies are happy and big pharmaceutical companies are happy. and the military-industrial complex system defense contractors are happy. a lot of playing footsie under the table. it breaks my heart when we see republicans more willing to stand up to their establishment than democrats. they failed.
if we allow them to dominate this conversation, i don't want to say we will fail again, but that is my deep concern. nesseed some rambunctious t in this country. the same relative -- revolutionaries. that was in play in 1776. there is noalize moral equivocation when it comes to standing up to forces of tyranny. when you are failing to educate, when you are the richest country and you withhold education from a child, that is passive oppression. , thethey say things like tied tois still really this idea that we fund our educational system primarily no no no,rty taxes,
it needs to stop. -- wrong. more people live in poverty than white america than in black. 40% of all americans live with chronic economic anxiety. we have a system where a corporate aristocracy, let us be clear about this, let us take it in and all the horror we can take it in. this is what we repudiated in 1776. we have regressed as a nation. a corporate aristocracy is still an aristocracy. it is sitting at a bunch of tables up there somewhere and they are saying that they will drop some crumbs from the table in the form of job creation.
too many people in our party say to the american people, you don't have to take crumbs. we will give you a cookie. that is not the democrat i am. every american gets to feast here. for that to happen, there has to be a power in version. that has to begin with you and me. andre not supposed to say america, thank you corporate aristocrats who have taken such a transfer of wealth in this country that one person owns more wealth than the bottom 90%. with 40% of people in chronic economic anxiety. decimated thetely income equality that used to exist even in the 1970's. those of you who are young enough that you might not remember, all of this started in the 80's. the democratic party should stand for the average american who gets to say to anybody, any form of aristocracy, you give me
free health care. free education. give me a free shot and i will create my own damn career. we have been so trained to ask, pretty please. please, may i just? do you think maybe our children could have enough to eat? we have millions of american children, and they are in new to school who go every day and ask the teacher if maybe they have some food for them to eat. we need a peaceful revolution in this country. the conventional political system has gotten us to where we are. the declaration of independence says, all men are created equal. and god gave all men in a label rights -- inalienable rights.
are those children able to pursue happiness? let's keep reading in the declaration of independence. that is our mission statement. it says governors are -- governments are instituted to secure those rights. if the government is not doing its job, it is the right of the people to alter it or abolish it. i'm not saying we should abolish it but you better believe i'm saying we should alter it. doubtl not continue to before systems that perpetuate things the way they are. we are supposed to be the party that is not just toe the line. why are they talking about the military-industrial complex? hungry children? systemt that we have a
that is so immobile. it has to do with all the things it has to do with. we need to repeal the 2017 tax cuts. stop corporate subsidies. make it that the government can negotiate with drug prices. cut military spending. but a 3% tax on people with $1 billion or more. we need to make things right. i want every school to be a palace of learning and culture and the arts. we refuse to make sure that the brain of every kindergartner is aided and becoming everything they can be.
i a lot more people love and hate in this country. but those who hate, the racists in the biggest in the homophobes active anti-semites, are and awake and they want and they go for it. that there is that are more haters than there are people who love. people, nation of good decent people, dignified people. we have to go for it behind love. that is not the system that the founders gave to us. the founders could not put the power in any political elite. the founders but the power in the hands of the people. you don't have the power in your hands when you don't have it in your heart. when you don't have it in your head.
i suggest that we take the people very seriously. it was the people rising up with the abolitionist movement. not the government. they let us on the way to abolition. same with the suffragettes. the political system did not wake up and say, let's give the people -- women the right to vote. the same with civil rights. the u.s. government at the wake up one day and say, let's in segregation. the people rose up and the people stepped in. is that a radical notion? yes, democracy is pretty radical. the american revolution is an ongoing process. we are democrats and we are americans and it is time once again and it is critically important for the people to step in. i am marianne williamson. who am i? i am one of the people.
all of my favorite democrats are here. last night was so exciting. proud toemely introduce john best live -- bessler. he has degrees in law, human rights. he has fought for some really great causes. >> thank you for having me. i am amy's husband. is wanted to be here but she doing to sunday shows. she will be fighting for moms demand action. gun safety legislation. now that the senate is going back into session, there is a lot of work to be done. she has a lot of that she is working on.
just a couple of things to be looking out for in the next week. bill to close the the boyfriend loophole. some of you may not know what that is. it sounds kind of innocuous but it is not. right now if you are a spouse and you commit a serious thomistic abuse offense, you cannot get a gun. but if you are a boyfriend, you are allowed to get a gun. is the same danger if you have a spouse or a boyfriend. amy has been trying to close this loophole. it is part of the violence against women act, which already passed in the house of representatives. it is sitting on mitch mcconnell's desk right now and he is refusing to take it up. that makes a lot of sense to me
to pass this law that closes the otherend loophole the bill that amy has been leading that is really affecting our whole democracy is the secure elections act. schuette has been cosponsoring with a conservative republican, james lankford. this bill says the state should have backup aber ballots. -- paper ballots. bill was up for a markup not too long ago. and mitchhouse mcconnell killed this bill. they do not want secure elections. in 2020, we need to have a secure election. imagine the chaos that would ensue if you don't have backup paper ballots and don't know how people voted. , the chinese, they are going to know which states don't have backup paper ballots.
amy has these bills that are in the mix to change our democracy. i wanted to come this morning to tell you a little bit about amy. i hope you had a chance to see her performance at the convention yesterday. [applause] there was an article in the washington post that said she brought her a game. i'm a little biased but i know that is true. she knows how to win. she knows what is on the minds of everybody in new hampshire. you have a big choice in front of you. cory booker and michael bennet are friends of ours. this is a really important election. we need to win. a little bitou about how i saw what amy did and minnesota. office, first or for
she ran against a congresswoman's sister. because of her relationship, she was able to raise a lot of money. amy was outspent in that race by 2-1 but she won. she went door-to-door, talked to people, got the vote out. in 1998, the same year that former governor jesse ventura became the governor of minnesota. you may remember him. it is hard to forget. [laughter] we have independent voters in minnesota just like you have in new hampshire. four years later, after winning that close race, they could not find anyone to run against amy. she had done such a good job that she had no opponent.
she worked hard and she began to set up all those signs. she had an overwhelming victory. she worked for other candidates as well. in minnesota that is a wrasse roots tradition. we have one of the highest voter turnouts in the state. the republicans right now are pick their voters and reduce the number of people who can vote. at a time when we should be encouraging and people to vote. everys a bill allowing person who turns 18 to be registered automatically. wouldn't that be a great idea? [applause] we are all about letting people vote and participate in democracy.
ran for the senate the it was an in 2006, open seat. she ran against a sitting who was the predecessor of michele bachmann. his name was mark kennedy. it was one of the most contested races. she wanted by over 20 points. later she won 85 of 87 counties in minnesota. she goes everywhere. she visits every county every year. this last year, running for reelection, she won 42 of the counties the donald trump has one. if you ask yourself, can amy b donald trump? in some ways she already has.
if you look at what donald trump has been doing, he has been telling people that he was going to do something about infrastructure. you remember how long he met with the democrats at the white house. about three minutes before he ceratered that deal. he has promised he would do something about prescription drugs. he said it would make our has been. literally. how low the plant -- prices were going to go. he has not done anything about that. bills leading the three that are going to try to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. the power of 43 million seniors and that the negotiate for drug prices. that is a lot of negotiating power. i think it is un-american not to negotiate.
the pharmaceutical industry pay to much of lobbyists to get this provision into law to have a refusal to negotiate. vay negotiate under the system and they reap billions of dollars in profits from that payment to those lobbyists. amy wants to change that. to have medicare negotiate for senior drug prices. she wants to bring down the price of prescription drugs by allowing drugs from canada. is verysota, canada close. we have groups that go to canada and purchase things like insulin. it was discovered by some canadian scientists and they sold it to the university of toronto for all of three dollars . they wanted to make sure that life-saving medication was available to everybody. state, herone in our
son aged out of her insurance. he had a good job as a restaurant manager. died because he could not afford his insulin. it was up to $1200 a month. if you look at the prices in canada, they are a lot lower. there is no earthly reason why americans should have to drive up to canada, if they can even get there from where they live, to try to buy drugs. why should the price of prescription drugs be higher in the u.s. than it is in other countries? she has beenng working on is to end the practice of paper delay. branded drug companies will page and eric's to keep their products off the market. the only people who benefit from that are the drug companies. the person who loses his the american consumer. pushed to do things like
these through congress. companies do not own my wife. she knows that a get things done. she can identify a problem and work to fix it. she has passed over 100 bills where she is the lead democrat. think about that in terms of the gridlock you see in washington dc. incredible gridlock and yet she is able to make progress. that is a sign of a true progressive. we come from the state of paul wellstone. he said we all do better when we all do better. and politics is about the improvement of people's lives. if you are not improving lives, what is the point? mitch mcconnell calls himself the grim reaper. he is killing all of these ideas that are out there. we need to have somebody at the top of the ticket who can not only win the election against donald trump but also have such a big win that you are able to bring along and take back the senate.
if we don't take back the senate and beat mitch mcconnell, none of this stuff will happen. he will keep holding it up. he is holding up gun safety legislation. anything to do with prescription drugs. we need to have someone at the top of the ticket who can bring people in line and help everybody down the line. whenever amy has been on the ballot in minnesota, she has flipped the house of representatives. she has won all a congressional districts every time. she knows farm issues, the middle of the country, the issues people are crying out for. theing this problem of rural-urban divide. this is been a huge issue in new hampshire with the opioids. amy has a huge connection to
this. her father was and how college. he is now 91 and lives in assisted living. he has been sober for many years. he is now suffering from alzheimer's. these are issues that no one is really talking about on the campaign. we will have millions of people with alzheimer's as we move on and see the growth in the senior population. long-term care will be another issue. these are things we need to talk about. amy has a backbone. i will tell you that. look at donald trump by contrast. here is somebody who continually lies. the washington post has documented over 10,000 lies. i referred to this as the pinocchio presidency. he is telling the flies and acts
like a petulant child. when you saw that sharpie drawing on the hurricane map, my goodness. who does that? you can't make this stuff up. he is a puppet. if you look to see what he has been doing meet with vladimir putin, she said, there is no reason to not meet him. he goes in to meet with and without an american translator. meetings,these recent one of the journalists us about interference in our elections and what does donald trump do, he makes a joke about it. hundreds of thousands of people have died fighting for our democracy and democracy around the world.
he thinks it is a joke. it is no joke. donald trump.lace we need to replace betsy devos. [applause] and we need to replace all the acting secretary to act like they know what they're doing but they have no clue. amy can win. she works incredibly hard. she has gotten all of these bills passed. recentlyt did a study that looked at her performance in the u.s. senate. it found that she was the most effective democratic senator. you have some great senators here in new hampshire in jeanne shaheen and maggie hassan. they looked at 15 metrics and found that she was the first person since the mid-90's when john mccain did it to be in the minority party and still be in the top five most effective senators. that is a record of a cop judgment and achievement. she will not back down.
donald trump really does not have to deal with strong women. i think nancy pelosi proves that. we can see that he does not know what to do. that is why amy will be a great canada. -- candidate. 020 will be the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. when that be a nice result of the donald trump beaten let -- by someone like amy? thank you for being here and listening. [applause] >> there is a whole array of candidates with vast talents. when amy becomes president, how would she tap into the talent of all of these candidates?
amy gets along with everybody. she tries to in her caucus. she has good relationships with all of the people. she is the leader who would bring people and and ask for their help. she is not someone who like donald trump who thinks he can do everything by himself. she is more collaborative. that is how she gets things through congress. you have to work through coalitions. want to be burning bridges with people. when she has been on the debate stage, she has been making her case against donald trump. she has not been attacking the other democrats. we need to be unified when they come out of this race, whoever the candidate is.
we need to make sure we can be donald trump. that is our number one priority. [applause] can you comment how amy would address the deteriorating relationship with china both from the trade standpoint and american companies that rely on china? is one of the big issues of our time. what we are seeing is donald approached this the wrong way. he is using tariffs and blanket tariffs and he has been changing his perspective on the tariffs. when you are in a trade
negotiation, you have to keep your promises and keep your threats. he has not been doing that. what isese can see going on. they can see his weakness on this. he does not know what he is doing. instead of tweeting, amy would be working with our allies. if you have a unified front, you can deal with the issues. you have theft of intellectual property. that is a very big issue. but he is attacking the wrong way. when china was engaged in steel dumping, we have some minds up in north carolina in the iron ranch. this was illegal conduct. amy brought the chief of staff for president obama up to the iron ranch. meet.ners came to they were convinced they needed to take up this issue.
together to enforce the laws dealing with steel dumping. addingd's started people, adding jobs, because they were taking that on. targeted approach to taking on misconduct that the chinese government is engaging in. instead of just having a blanket. american consumers are paying the price for this. donald trump is just not a very good negotiator. let's be honest. about aading something case years ago involving donald trump had brought the new jersey generals. it was an antitrust case against the nfl. but donald trump convinced the lawyers who should be the star witness. .hey $1
it was a billion-dollar case. this is not a good negotiation. amy knows how to work with people and get things done. i think the idea of foreign policy by tweet makes no sense. you see this repeatedly, the chaos he brings. the military does not know what he's doing in advance. our allies don't know what he is doing. the most recent example is with denmark. he canceled his meeting with denmark because they refused to sell greenland. really? what is the difference between donald trump in greenland? greenland is not for sale. >> i apologize for bringing this up but i work with a gentleman .ho said to me, i like amy
it needs to be addressed. dc,er office in washington there were more than 20 people who went from her office. so some people say she has high turnover in her staff. some went to work for the obama administration. these were high-level people. if you equate turnover with being a bad boss, that is a bad argument. who she helps go to the white house, those were promotions. she was very supportive of those people. in some cases people have come back to work with her on the presidential campaign. you don't get all of that legislation passed by being
someone you can't work with. she has great staff. i know a lot of them personally. she has been in the senate for over 12 years. she loves her staff. but she also wants to get things done. beetimes you can't afford to overly polite about things. you have to be direct. that is how you get things done. right now, when you have millions of americans without health insurance and millions of americans suffering from opiod diction, you need to get things done in washington dc. i can tell you, she is effective. you see the list of people who are claims to be bad bosses, over two thirds of them are women. think about that for a second. are all women bad bosses? i think they are effective and strong. we need more of that in politics
because that will change the face of this country. [applause] >> anymore questions? i thought you stumped the crowd, which would have been a first. >> thank you for having me. i know you were in minnesota. getting training for a drug court. we are really proud of that in minnesota. >> thank you for being here. [applause] i got to experience a late march snowstorm and st. paul, which is lovely ride to get home to my wife and family. thank you all very much for being here today. that will conclude our speaking program. forgot to recognize all of the public officials, alike to the officials who are here. we have so many of them now it
would have added another 45 minutes. thank you for everything you are doing. it is a sacrifice. thank you for making this event a success. [applause] tomorrow night we have our monthly meeting at the national public library. 7:00. thank you very much for coming out. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> president trump holds a
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live coverage of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. on the free radio app. poker oining us is j.b. poker the president of the senate skwromajority p.a.c. p.a. joining us is josh and crystal. let me begin with the senate for lican leader up election we have not seen him because he fractured his as a result of a fall in august at his home. he comeswe expect when back and size up that race. back to thehe comes senate the first focus will be legislative session it