tv Campaign 2020 Joe Biden Joined by John Kerry in Nashua NH CSPAN December 9, 2019 12:00am-1:01am EST
we are at a crossroads between a potential disaster and something that can work out for everyone. pusht candidates that will to make everything better for everyone, not just a few people. >> voices from the road on c-span. former secretary of state john kerry has endorsed joe biden for president. the two former senate colleagues spoke at a campaign stop in nashua, new hampshire. mr. kerry: i'm looking out there, i see some very friendly faces. good morning nashua. [applause] mr. kerry: it's sunday morning,
you slept yesterday. it is great to be back in the granite state, a second home for me. i have two second homes, iowa and new hampshire. [laughter] mr. kerry: i love this state. growing up, i have great memories of visiting here rattlesnake, getting up the highway there towards some of your blue ice you get to ski on sometimes. concord wherel in i would rarely look forward to season onthe hockey the black ice and how the ice doesn't even freeze. so it's hard to do today, but i love the primary tradition of this state. not just because you voted for me. it goes farther back than that. when i was 24 years old,
stationed on the other of the earth, when radio broadcasts and weeks old newspapers in a mail pouch that finally got to us, shared with me my idealized introduction to the phenomenon of the new hampshire primary. just 40 days after one of my very closest friends in college was killed in combat, new hampshire was no longer just a place i went to high school. of 1968, new hampshire was something else entirely. some of you may or member that closely. ,egions of young people my age an army of kids for peace, carrying pamphlets while i was carrying a gun 1000 miles away, , thekids knocking on doors peanut butter and jelly brigade we called them.
they prove themselves powerful enough to send a message all over the world that lyndon johnson couldn't be president anymore because of vietnam. it was an earthquake, it was palpable. and yes it deserves to be applauded because you did it. [applause] mr. kerry: it was a grassroots prairie fire and thank -- and a great lesson for me and the power people. that's what we need -- we need now. 36 years later in my own -- and my own presidential campaign, new hampshire topping of the lesson or two. sometimes the best lessons frankly with those learned the hard way. town hall meetings where the air crackles with skepticism. in 2003 it's no secret as we came into december, my campaign was struggling a bit and i up ther you all remember
highway towards franconia, the old man of the mountain. well a reporter wrote i look like the old man in the mountain. [laughter] mr. kerry: that's the half of it folks because no sooner did he write that i looked like the old man of the mountain that the old man in the mountain crumbled and fell down. [laughter] mr. kerry: so i did not think that was a particularly good metaphor. you all sawat, through that, we saw through that. we fought room for room, jim for gymnasium, fire hall for fire hall and you listened. that's why i'm here today. i didn't -- you didn't give up on me and you really listen to new hampshire. this state gives people a lot of chance to prove themselves. you are also chuffed -- tough judges. you ought to be, you bring those notebooks meet people a bunch of times, you write down the comparison, you care, you really care.
because you understand the responsibility goes beyond just the primary vote new hampshire. so you carry that responsibility and i learned that the december and january doesn't bring up the black ice occasionally, it kicks off decision time. get thent when you center stationed on the course to president, the stretch run to the new hampshire primary. and folks, that is when i learned people really buckle down and make a decision. do you know what the decision is? who can be president of the united states and who -- [applause] and not just in theory, but who can get elected. who can win the race? who can bring people together around this country and get the job done.
one in new hampshire we are the first steps right now beginning the process of throwing that wrecking crew out of the white house and putting somebody in there who's going to get the job done. mr. kerry: -- [applause] this is our chance to put common sense and decency and yes, sanity back in the 1600 pennsylvania avenue. [applause] i am not here for any old reason, i'm here because i know to my core and my gut and in my heart, in my mind, i've seen it and worked with this man, i know joe biden is the person who can be donald trump and bring this country back together and get the job done. [applause] mr. kerry: we spent 24 years together in the united states
senate and the only team that has been more effort cooperating than us was donald trump and vladimir putin. clear, i amke this him, we go've known the antiwar in demonstrations and all the efforts when we did change the world. not because i've known him so long that i'm here, it's because i've known him so well. and i also know having at the great privilege of representing our nation around the world. i know that the world is in trouble and the united states along with it, our democracy is not working the way it ought to be. too many disenfranchised, too many people separated from the upper end of the upper level. and any country that sees 51% of
all of its earnings go to 1% of his people is living with an unsustainable political equation and we need a president like joe biden to change that. [applause] one of the things i learned as secretary of state is if the united states is absent, other countries don't just automatically step up to make the difference, i think madeleine albright told -- called is the indispensable nation. i want you to think about what happened while joe biden and president obama were the leadership of our nation. issue, the south china sea where we set up for freedom of navigation, country after country where we stood up for human rights and the rights of people to be able to be franchised and have a vote. revolution after revolution in the mideast, war in places we
didn't ask for. afghanistan were we put together a huge coalition to protect the interests of our nation. put together the coalition of 68 plus nations to defeat isis. then restore our sense of rule of law. have our work cut out for us. it's why it started the new effort in this environment. the climate crisis is literally the biggest challenge we face because it is existential. timece tells us that it is we had a president to the only understands the science he is reading, but believes the science he is reading. [applause] the second crisis is trump's foreign policy but the solution of that is we beat him.
this solution climate change will have us -- the climate crisis is but notinarily big, really that complicated folks. it'sion is already here, called energy policy. you start to make the right choices, we can win this war, we can win this battle. so who can bring the public? a question now is who has the experience, who has the relationships. who has the gravitas and credibility. the lift to on day one be able to bring to the table all the automakers and get them to accelerate the rate at which we moved to electric. someone has to be able to bring the public utilities to the governors, construction companies of our nation to build the infrastructure program we've ever had. to begin to transition for our country that could actually be a smart grid and begins to allow us to use the energy.
science, doocket you know what is missing today is leadership quest -- leadership. the will to do this. i watched this guy create will win there wasn't any and provide leadership when there wasn't any. that's why we need to think about the reality of what this election really means. we need a president of the united states who understands there are millions of good paying jobs for the working people and they are there for the taking and the making if we do our job. this is not scary. the only thing that scary is the unwillingness of the leader of the united states to recognize the reality and to quality chinese hoax rather than lead the nation to the table to get we need ane bring
president who buys into the reality the greatest market the world is ever known is the energy market. 4.5 billion users today. it's going up to 9 billion users over the course the next three years. multi trillion dollar market, already in america the fastest growing job is solar powered technician. the second-fastest job, wind turbine technician. far more than there are involved in the coal industry and we all know what the consequences of coal are today. toneed a president understands the next great infrastructure initiative of our nation is to meet the challenge of this crisis and to make america, to make iowa a place where you become the saudi arabia of wind power, new hampshire producing the technologies, maybe even the negative emissions technologies where we take carbon dioxide out of the air and put it to use.
why don't we have a multibillion-dollar investment effort in that like john kennedy asked us to put together to go to the moon. no biden understands that and i wanted president of the united states there on day one who has the ability to catch up for lost time. this is the man to do that and you have to help us get there. i know how to have sure works. [applause] -- i know how new hampshire works. [applause] mr. kerry: it's also clear that never has it been more important whether president who generally -- genuinely works for the middle class our country. too many people fighting that make up for the lost ground of 2008. way, president obama and vice president biden brought us back on the brink of that crisis. [applause]
mr. kerry: one of the reasons i'm here today is i understand joe biden, from scranton, pennsylvania, grow up understanding the challenges, what it means to pay those bills, what it means to find a job. his own father had to move to do that. this is a man who comes from the middle class, will fight for the middle class. not someone new comes down on a golden plated escalator and promises to get rid of a swamp which he feeds with more alligators than we've ever seen before. [applause] mr. kerry: so call it whatever you want, experience, wisdom, muscle memory, joe biden is like the new england patriots. theto watch, fun to watch promise and potential of young quarterbacks, but in february, i
like having an experienced quarterback like tom brady calling that. [applause] mr. kerry: when chairman biden became vice president biden, he didn't just hand me a gavel. of gettinge a legacy things done with integrity and bipartisanship. of shared experiences that we had traveling literally hundreds and i'vends of miles served on with all bunch of people, i never thought i would be chairman of any committee. but i became chairman of that committee when he became vice president and then i remembered in 2008 when russian tanks rolled in neighboring country called georgia, it was chairman joe biden who immediately picked up the phone, he did not pick it up to ask for a personal favor
to do anything with an election in the united states, he picked up the phone to find out what america could do to help the president of that country and that country survive. [applause] mr. kerry: he didn't stop with a phone call. he got on a plane right away and flew overnight and sat on a hilltop in georgia with that president of our democratic ally , the unitedit clear states stands with the forces of freedom, not the darkness of dictatorship. [applause] mr. kerry: so just think about it. stooges in fake uniforms rolled in eight years later, rolled into ukraine, candidate trump also had a test.
in his first instinct was to say it's not my problem. it's not our problem. basically he said vladimir putin can have crimea. ask yourselves when they do it again somewhere, who is donald trump going to call? what friends does he have in the world besides kim jong-un and vladimir putin. and i'm pretty sure kim jong-un actually unfriended him this past week. [laughter] [applause] need ary: so folks, we president like both -- like joe biden, who knows in his guts the difference between his adversaries and bashar adversaries and allies. not a president who is openly mocked and laughed at by our closest allies in the world. disturbed like a child at a playground that he
picks up his marbles and go homes -- goes home, slinks away and starts tweeting in solitude. who leadspresident where those leaders of other countries respect to them, like them, understand our values, share the same direction which the united states of america sacrifice for in world war ii, for the world we built after world war ii which deserves the same leadership today as we gave it them -- gave it then. [applause] we need a president who when he stands next to vladimir putin a few feet -- a few feet away, he doesn't look at him and say something like i don't see any reason why russia would attack our election. and throw the entire intelligence community and net worth of the united states under the bus.
in one fell swoop. i don't see any reason why russia would attack our democracy? for that statement alone i don't see any reason why anyone would give this president four more years. [applause] mr. kerry: so let's get down to basics here. i would love to be, and i know the vice president would, i would love to take your questions all day long. that's how i learned the most when i was running. we can't do that today because i'm trying to make sure that i am making as clear an argument as i can. a lifetime of service, i don't come to this lightly. nor to see. i know the value of experience. since when did not matter? you are going to ask for the most experience capable person. this is big stuff right now.
i've seen this man sit in the situation room at the white house when tough choices were in front of us, ebola and africa. we were told a million people would die in four months if we didn't do anything. we didn't know what we didn't know. but the president and vice president have the courage to send 3000 plus troops to west africa to help build the capacity to deliver life-saving health care. tinylivered that and a fraction of those people died over the course of that. [applause] these are lonely and tough decisions. i'm asking you over the next weeks, think about the value of that experience in the choices you make in life based on some experience. what i became secretary of state, joe was an ally for the
hardest issues. diplomacy to end the iranian nuclear threat, joe are members this, we had the king of arabia was telling me and i'm sure he told the vice president you have to bomb iran. the president of egypt, you must bomb iran. the prime minister of israel came over to the country and said i want permission to bomb iran. will you back me up? president obama had the intelligence and fortitude to say we have to do diplomacy before we take young americans and send them to war. that's part of the test. has let thed trump genie back out of the bottle. everything was foreseeable and it was foreseen. this is dangerous stuff. when isis happened, they were sweeping across syria. , mounts inke baghdad
jar had the is edie's -- had the -- them about to be wiped out. president obama decided to send bombers but we didn't just send american bombers, we build a coalition. we got the arab countries together and for the first time countries --rab sunni arab countries bombed sunni arabs because they understood what was at stake. , promises,lks away rattles the man he says he loves, who happens to be the worst tyrant on the face of the planet. i want a man with racing decency and strength who understand the difference between who was a friend and who isn't, and that is joe biden. i ask you just to think about the difference between two people. the difference between joe biden and donald trump is the
difference -- that is not donald trump, i hope. [laughter] he is an interrupter, a disruptor, that's what he does. this is serious. think about lifestyle. think about life choices, think about the history of a lifetime. hisk about a man who lost wife and child, two kids, survived, days after he was elected. before he's even old enough to be sworn in. that, gets through thinking i should not go to the senate, i've got to take care of my kids. think about that. this is a man who has been tested publicly. and so have his skills as a leader. as a senator, he stood up or criminals. he passed arms control agreements. he wrote one of congress's first ever climate agreements.
again and again i saw joe fight the fights that needed fighting and women. i say to you -- and win them. i say to you very simply, we need a president of the united states fought and passed the landmark violence against women act. i think we need a president of united states who stood up and beat the nra in order to win an assault weapons ban. [applause] >> i think we need a president who can do what i saw him do, something that eluded every president since harry truman and pass the biggest health-care reform program in history that today, we proudly call obama care. [applause] and now, we need a president that will build on obamacare and make sure that every single american can choose a public option.
[applause] >> and remember that joe biden was trusted president obama on every top issue. he was put in charge of the recovery act. he had presidential power to make that happen. and act literally saved us brought us back from another great depression. he was designated to face down the problem of unaccompanied children pouring in from central america. remember that? we need a president who knows how to protect foreigners without trampling on the rights of our fellow human beings. [applause] >> you know, you can find an issue where you don't agree with him. anycan find an issue with of the candidates were you don't agree with one or the other. but unless it's the difference between life and death, what we
need to make certain is that we actually remove donald trump from the white house. what we need to do -- [applause] >> when i hear some people draw these distinctions between some of the candidates, i must say to you, i'm tempted to be a little bit like butler and gone with the wind and say frankly, i don't give a damn. the difference is whether or not we are going to have a president who is decent, who knows how to lead the nation, who has relationships all around the world, who on day one can begin broken a wound that is because of what donald trump has done to pull it apart. all over the world, people are wondering who we are today. 16 years ago, you voted for me and i thank you profoundly for that. together in november of that year, we turned new hampshire blue again. we carried michigan, carried wisconsin, carried pennsylvania.
we came within one state and several thousands of votes of defeating a wartime incumbent president of the united states. i'm proud of what we did together. you knew the stakes then, and they are even higher now in 2020. i would never come here to tell anybody in new hampshire how to vote, that is not what i do. i am here to tell you what i am working for and what i am voting -- why i am voting for joe biden. the world is still wondering what happened in america. if he gets eight years, they will be wondering who we really are. new hampshire, when you vote in february, don't just send a message. send us a president. send us a president who will fight for the middle class. send us a president who will put our nation back together. send us a president who is from the middle class, send us a president who can make america america again.
send us a president joe biden. thank you. [applause] >> i know who i'm voting for. joe!, >> it's good to be back. good to be back in nashville. himme start off by thanking for being my friend for so long and all the hard work she does in congress and being willing to stand by me again. you know, john has been a friend for a long time. together also worked in some really, really difficult issues. --dmire, and you all do, too i am not going to spend a lot of
time, because you know him well. but i admire john for his courage. what i admire more than his courage is is moral courage. the courage to come back from vietnam and begin the end of a war that should have never been started in the first place. [applause] i've never found anybody with more guts than john. know, the expression john kennedy said, moral courage is a rare commodity than physical courage. john has demonstrated both. there is of things that john has covered, he's given the credit, some of which i don't deserve because john was the guy in the fight in some of these foreign-policy issues. what john and i have intellectually and politically has gone for a long time.
you chose very well when john ran and like john, i'm not here to tell you that i deserve your vote. i'm telling you i don't want you to look me over. i would knockrom, on doors and say my name is joe biden, democratic candidate for united states senate. look me over. if you like what you see, help me out, if not, vote for the other person. but give me a look over. that's all i'm asking you to do. you are really the starting gun in the primary race for the united states presidency. you have an incredible obligation. not to me, but to yourselves. because what you do here in iowa , what you do here in a primary, and in new hampshire, is set the tone for who is likely to be the nominee for president of the united states. and you always take it seriously, you really do. you always taken seriously.
but i don't think it has ever been a more serious voice. not because i'm running, but because of the man who holds the office of the president now. i don't think any of you, at least i didn't, i knew he didn't know much, when right after he got elected, before that, remember, he said, i didn't realize this job would be harder than running a real estate empire. [laughter] >> bless me, father, for i have sinned. [laughter] >> but he meant it. he meant it. folks, there is so much at stake. so, so, so much at stake. and you have a lot of good candidates to choose from. you're going to have to make some tough choices. but what i want to do rather than talk to you about specific issues from health care to global warming which is the existential threat to humanity right now, john together a
coalition of over 70 world leaders, both political parties, all around the world, that deal with this climate crisis. john and i agreed, and john has been a leader on this in the days before the u.n., the reason we have a paris climate accord. almost 200 nations together to say we have to deal with this problem. [applause] i spent an awful lot of time of my career in the middle east, dealing with iranians. john was the guy that was able -- john was the guy on the ground. putting together the single most invasive regime of inspection that had ever been put together in all human history. we knew exactly what every single solitary day the iranians
were doing relative to trying to get a nuclear weapon. john was able to put together a coalition of our allies in europe along with russia and china to be able to put a stop to what they were doing. and it works. and along came the guy in the art of the deal. the art of the deal, my lord. look what he did. america first now makes us america alone. america alone. the last thing i'm going to say, because i want to go to , i said early on, i come out of the civil rights movement. my state has the eight largest black population of any state in the nation. that excited my passion and anger when i was a kid. and that's why i got so deeply involved in my community with the civil rights movement.
but you know what? i never thought i would see the day after we got in through so much and elected an african-american president who i was proud to serve with, that we would see a group of people come out of the fields carrying torches in charlottesville, virginia in 2017, accompanied by the ku klux klan, chanting anti-semitic bile, the same exact bile chanted in germany in the 30's, carrying nazi flags and torches. i really need it. think about it when you get home. close your eyes and remember what you saw on television. the hatred. the hatred in one of the great cities of america. and a young woman was killed in the melee. and the president was asked to speak to it and he said "there are very fine people on both sides."
no president, no president in american history has ever said anything like that. guy has quoted george wallace when he meant george washington. oxygen toas given white supremacy. divided the nation like everybody, every single scam artists out there has done when trying to gain power, dividing us. dividing people. have worked so hard and spent so much time talking about the middle class is there is a moral center of who we are. when you conclude that this is a rigged game, they can't benefit by playing by the rules, that is when they begin to take it vantage. -- take advantage. folks, the words presidency use
matter. people listen. at home and around the world. the words matter. a president by his or her worst can send a nation to war. it can bring peace, it can make markets rise or fall. also, it can appeal to the deepest, darkest elements of american society and give them oxygen. that has happened here. i initially was criticized for saying we are in a battle for the soul of america. we are in a battle for the soul of america. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal, endowed by their creator, you know it all. thinkrned in school, we it's almost corny sometimes that we talk about it, but it's real. we have never lived up to it.
but no leader has ever walked away from it like we have now. open, theration is aperture of opportunity, more and more and more. this guy shut it down. folks, we have to. not only for our sake at home, but internationally. restore the soul of america. things,said those remember, angela merkel, the chancellor of germany wondered out loud what has happened to america. other leaders throughout the world said what is going on? we have always led not just by the example of our power. we are the most powerful nation in the history of the world. by the powere led of our example. that is what united the world. now it's in jeopardy. folks, we've got a lot of work to do.
a lot of work to do. it's not just going to be the president. it's going to be all of you. whomever the next democratic president is, god willing. and the reason why it has got to be all of you, because we have to change the rhetoric, the way we treat one another. we have to get back to some degree of civility. the next president is going to , the nextt only begin president is going to inherit a world in disarray. and they had better be ready on day one. they had better be ready on day one. the reason i'm running is because of my experience. not in spite of it. because of my experience. with the help of an awful lot of getle, i've been able to more major legislation passed than everybody else running and the entire democratic field. they are good people, but i've
been able to get things done. i don't treat all republicans as my enemy. this is not your father's republican party. any republican party that votes to say that this guy is better than abraham lincoln, god almighty. i pray for the return of a republican party. president is going to have to be able to stand on the world stage and on day one, when knowsshe speaks,know he who he is and who that person is. can speak our allies when he or she says something, that they are going to keep america's word. it's important. it's important. i'ms, why don't i stop, more anxious to hear was on your mind. you have an opportunity. i have an opportunity to hear what you're thinking because
this election is about you. it's not about me. it really is not about me. it is about you. it is about my kids and my grandkids. it is about this country that is the most incredible, most unique nation in the history of the world. because we were built on an idea. unlike any other country. and that has to be restored. from scrantonr would say, hush up and take any questions you all have. fire away, razor hand. gentleman right there. [applause] >> what will your rebuttal be when donald trump insults you on the debate stage? >> what i say is i would turn and i would say everybody knows who donald trump is. let me tell you who i am. everybody knows who donald trump is. [applause] >> what i'm not going to do is i'm going to try my best to keep my arteries in check. [laughter]
yeah.way, really and truly, everybody knows who donald trump is. i need to let them know who i am, who we are. we choose hope over fear. we choose science over fiction. we choose unity over division. most importantly, we choose truth overlies. lies. got to make sure that i let people know who i am. [applause] >> what is your position on the electoral college? >> what is my position on the electoral college? it is not going to change. we need a constitutional amendment to be able to change it and there is some early rationale for a. the reason we got the
connecticut compromise was because states like new hampshire and delaware and others who have very small populations, who have no impact on the outcome of an election, and no one would show up. i still think there's value to it, but i do think it's worth us going back and considering. i've taught constitutional law for over 21 years and i think it's worthy to be considered looked at again in a serious way by scholars. see if there should be any change or alteration to it. the fact of the matter, it is what it is. for example, if it was not in a position where there is an electoral college, you all would not get a chance to do anything. vote, and it to think it requires -- the whole
purpose was, if you remember, is not only to get the constitution passed, but to bring disparate parts of the country together. we have very different concerns then people have in mississippi. howjust about race, about the folks in north dakota have different problems than the folks in virginia. a reason we have to bring each other together in a federal system. i'm going to start to sound like a law professor instead of a candidate but it is what it is. we are going to deal with it and beat them both ways, the popular vote and the electoral vote. [applause] i'm sorry, can you holler your question? i don't think they planned on me taking all these questions? he's getting out his cell phone. [applause] >> i hope you are not calling
the president. >> thank you. vice president joe biden, john kerry, thank you for your service to our country. it is much appreciated in new hampshire. [applause] >> as you know, donald trump is the most reckless president in the united states history. by his vulgar message and language. i strove to be a politician but might not make it due to the abuses of power from the president. mr. vice president, what would you do to deal with china, and how would you reassure the kurdish forces and our allies of our support, and would you ever endorse a green new deal? >> i have a green new deal. we did the first green new deal. there are four or five different versions of how to deal with climate change. all of the environmental groups
have ratec my group b plus to a plus. that goes with what john said. who could get it done? the first thing i'll do as aboutent beyond talking how to joke is to rejoin the paris climate accord. all over the nation back to the united states, just like the president did with the nuclear proliferation, to bring them to the united states. america say here is the deal, we made a commitment. you are going to have to live up to us. because we make up 50% of the problem -- 15% of the problem. with regards to what he's talking about, what would i do about the people in china? there's one million muslims being put in concentration camps in the west. i would and i have been speaking out on that from the beginning.
, if we doot speak out not speak out about human rights, nobody else will. a flashing green light, go, go, go. look how far out of hand what has happened in hong kong has gotten. would think barack and i have waited 10 seconds to talk about that? we reminded the rest of the world that they made an agreement. got the rest of the world to say and stand up for the united nations and say you are wrong, you cannot act that way. and so you got to speak up. it's not about sending hundreds of thousands of troops to fight anywhere, it's about mobilizing the world to say you will pay a price that at least relates to your reputation as well as possibly trade and other areas if you continue to act in a way
that is empowered and intolerable. we've got to speak out. we are underestimated the incredible power, the moral power of the united states when it speaks out. it has a profound impact. for example -- look at my photographer here. [applause] >> you are awful good, man. what is your name? >> sam. >> good to see you, maybe we can talk afterwards. a little bit of a distraction. look. remain a morald center of gravity for the world. and it has impact. just take a look at what is going on now in venezuela. we are silent. you know what that means?
you may see columbia in real trouble, not able to handle the millions of people across the world are in bolivia -- border in bolivia. you may see things that fundamentally affect our physical security. and we don't say a word. he has no notion of what to do. much more to say but i've answered your question to thoroughly. my lovely wife next to me is a refugee from the soviet union who came here thanks to some votes that you helped cast. >> thank you for choosing us. [applause] >> i'm not sure she had much choice. last month in november, the united states resettled 1400 refugees and in october, it was zero for the first time since they started keeping records. my question to you and secretary kerry would be, what would your policy be for resettlement, and what is an ideal number of refugees? >> the ideal number is what we
can handle and we can tolerate a significant increase in the refugees who are going from oppression. i am the guy that started the effort a long time ago to deal with the resettlement of russian jews in the united states of america. seriously, think about it. i was raised by what the jewish community calls a russian christian. my dad would come home for dinner, dinner with one time we were all together every single night. he worked and came home from dinner and then went back to work. our dinner table, there were two things required. you had to have perfect manners. indad was insistent upon -- the middle of summer, you could not come in with a teacher and a baseball hat on. you never put your elbows on the table, you had to know which fork to use. but the other thing my dad was
about, our dinner table was a place where you had conversations and incidentally eight. -- ate. you think i'm joking, i'm not. my dad used to talk about how he was a student of the holocaust. he used to talk about why didn't we bombed the railroad tracks? why didn't we do this, why didn't we do that? what we do inhat the united states of america has profound impact. look how it changed the soviet union, our attitude. act thisu are going to way, we are going to not do the following. and it was not about not going to war. we pointed out to the whole world exactly who they were and what they were doing. which leads me to this last point on this issue. there's a lot that we could talk a lot about, but there was a poll in february of this past
year. you know what it said? that the chinese leadership was more respected than american leadership around the world. click aboveust a russia. we yield our moral leadership. think about it. think about the power. the power of the moral leadership when we speak up. look what we are able to do in africa. before we are able to do, beginning to change -- he is a good friend, by the way. look what one has done. it has changed the lives of millions of people. why does that matter? it matters in terms of generating leadership in countries that are only now beginning to emerge, that look to the united states not as a problem or the enemy, but as a solution.
it matters what we say, it matters what we do, and i think the idea that we are unwilling, that we said barack and i and john thought we should increase the number of refugees, and at least at a minimum, temporary status, like we should be doing in venezuela now. we have enough problems in central america. and i'm the guy that wrote the legislation to provide $750 million to get those countries where all the movement from central america is coming, to move them in a direction or they had to repair the corruption in their countries to get a, had to set up school systems. we did not get any money directly to the governments, there is no street lighting in tough cities. electric just being able to turn on.
you flip a switch because they don't have it. what happened? the flow began to diminish significantly. it's not like everybody sits around the world saying i've got a great idea, let's leave everything we know, let's get up and go to the united states. won't that be fun? seriously. lovee leave what they because they can no longer live there because of what is happening to them. that doesn't mean we are the repository of every lost soul in the world. but it does mean we have a responsibility to have a moral leadership to get the rest of the world united. look what happened when we can. when we are unable to deal with what happened in europe with the from afghanistan and iraq and from libya. we have brexit now. we have a broken system in europe that this president
thinks should be broken anyway. >> thank you. what was your chance on committing on the appeal of the hounds heard amendment -- helms amendment? >> relating to what issue? he had four major amendments internationally. >> of the abortion amendment. hyde amendment. when you move in a direction ist all of the health care available to be able to go through a federal system, the amendment which every single member running for office has voted for, every single one, the amendment was designed to say that when there is an alternative that was available when you work
cutting off everything from , then it madehood sense to say that would be available. once you go out and say medicare for all or you go out and you pose what i do, that you increase obamacare and provide a public option, then what you're saying is that that roe v. wade is not available. and so i came out a while ago saying we have to get rid of that amendment because it is no longer doable and usable and no longer a serious option for anybody. you have all these states going out and not only challenging whether or not, they are saying that it's a criminal offense. the best way to say it. if i get elected president of the united states, the supreme court overruled roe v. wade, i'm
going to send the legislation of the united states congress to pass and codify it. [applause] come from delaware, to keep people standing more than 15 minutes, you lose them all. but let me conclude. like i said, john and i got started very young. we ran for office when we were in our 20's. i got elected united states senate before i was old enough to be sworn in. in fact.irst senator i was always labeled as the idealistic young guy who was optimistic. i can say without fear of contradiction, i am more optimistic today about america's chances to lead the world than i
have ever been in my career. and i mean it, think about it. we are all walking around with our heads down like, whoa is me w --oe -- woe is me. think about it this way. we have more great research universities in the united states of america than all the rest of the world combined. it is owned by the people. life single solitary, altering change that has come out of your research university. it did not come out of the private sector. it is owned by you, monetized by the private sector. whether it's los alamos or any other great research university. and secondly, we are in a -- ition where our workers
am going to take your question. she's not going to quit. let me finish my thought here and i will take this last question. thirdly, we are in a situation where the american people, john and i have met every major world leader. i haven't found a single one, and i mean this sincerely, would not trade places in a heartbeat with the united states of america for the president. a heartbeat. the largest economy in the history of the world. the most advanced research people in the history of the world. the most diverse population in a democracy that generates enormous ingenuity. we are in a position where we have a significant venture capitalism that knows how to get things done. we have the most powerful military in the world. what are we doing? we are forgetting who we are.
this is the united states of america. there has never been a single, thatary aim in our history we have not set our mind to do that we have been unable to a college, literally. not a single solitary thing. my message israel clear. let's get the hell -- my message is real clear. let's get the hell up and taken it back and lead the world once again. i will come over and answer your questions. ladies and gentlemen, every time i walk out of my grandfathers house of in scranton, he would yell jodey, keep the faith. spread the faith. we can do anything. [applause]
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