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tv   Campaign 2020 Pete Buttigieg Holds Get- Out- To- Caucus Rally in Waterloo Iowa  CSPAN  February 2, 2020 1:09am-2:31am EST

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democratic presidential candidates have campaign through on what head of the presidential caucus. now, it's time for the results. watch the iowa caucus monday, online, or on the free c-span radio app. >> the senate impeachment trial of president trump continues monday the kills and -- for the closing argument. c-span2,e coverage on on, or listen under free c-span radio app. >> democratic presidential candidate pete buttigieg held a get out to caucus rally at the national cattle congress in waterloo, iowa. he talked about his campaign agenda, took questions from the audience, and greeted supporters afterwards. [applause]
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[applause] >> can we hear me? are we all good here? hello, everyone. thank you so much for coming out -- to hear mayor pete. louder? awesome. thank you also much for coming out to hear mayor pete buttigieg speak today. i am super pumped and happy to
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have him back in the area. i am one of our organizers here in waterloo and cedar falls. [applause] and i joined our team here back in july. and i have to thank everyone who has welcomed me and made it feel like home. over the past seven months, i have somehow accumulated a collection of what i call iowa moms. [applause] who make sure that i am well fed and i'm taking care of myself on a daily basis. some of these women are here today from michelle holt, philip, lindsay peters, molly, and a handful of others. my iowa moms have brought out the best in me as we've embarked on this journey together. and from the bottom of my heart, i cannot thank them enough for
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all that they have done. [applause] truly become aas family affair. and we need you. this family needs you. pete needs you. if you believe in pete and this campaign, we need your help to talk to as many caucus-goers as possible. this family has worked so hard to get to where we are today and now we are only a few days out from the caucasus, which is unbelievable. [applause] before you all leave today, we need you to sign up with, another organizer or a volunteer to knock on doors and make some phone calls, even serve as a volunteer leader in your precinct on caucus night. introduce yourself to our precinct captains and team members who have dashing large yellow buttons on today. that's hard to miss.
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i must say, the urgency of this movement right now must be met by direct community level action by everyone in this room. i want us all to wake up on tuesday, february 4 knowing that we gave every last ounce of ourselves to this campaign. [applause] alright, so finally, i want us all to take out our phones right now. i'll wait. and we're going to text caucus to 25859. you will receive updates from the campaign and more about the caucus itself. again, text caucus to 25859. additionally, you can go to
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so you know what that means. selfies! [laughter] alright, let's do this. smile. there we go. all right. how's everyone doing? is everyone ready to do this? are we ready to do this and take this thing home? who needs a button? alright, catch. [laughter] who else? alright, who else? you got to be african-american, though. i just have african-american. who else? who wants african-american? there you go. pseudo-african-american who else? [laughter] one more, there you go. how is everyone? we're at the home stretch,
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aren't we? home stretch. what does that mean? we have to win the caucus, right? pete has two win it. he has to do it. where are my precinct captains? raise your hand. these big yellow buttons mean we are going to work. we are going to work. first of all, i'm excited. i endorse this man because he's got new ideas, right? [applause] and you all look really good by the way, too. really good. he's got new ideas. the old way of doing politics is not going to work to beat donald trump. it's not going to work. we need new, fresh ideas. we need bold moves. we need an agenda that's going to change this country, bring
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this country back to what it used to be. right? [applause] and in my view, in all of our view, there is only one candidate that is going to do that. and who is that? >> pete! >> who is it? >> pete! he's got that experience. a former mayor, which means he has executive experience. what you need and what else? military. he's been there. he was there. he didn't say oh, i have a bone spur problem and i can't do it. [laughter] he didn't do that. he said i want to stand for our country. and that's what he did, right? [applause] pete buttigieg is just an amazing person. and what i want to say to you guys before i leave is to stay focused.
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we got a winner here. we've got a winner. we do. i'm telling you. i don't need all that. just talk to me straight with the facts and tell me how are you going to make my life better? and that's what pete buttigieg does. doesn't he? he makes it straight. he makes it plain and that's what we like about him. so, who's going to the caucus on monday? [applause] can i have the precinct captains -- did i have the precinct captains raise their hand already? ok, i already did that. look for your precinct captains. show up, show out, tell everyone you know we want to change this country, make this country what it used to be, a country for
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everybody. right? that's it. that's all. see you monday. let's win this thing. [applause] >> is this the one? >> that's the one. i'm senator build ostler. [applause] says she'sry excited about endorsing mayor pete. i'm one level above that. i'm all jacked up. i really am. some of you haven't been here before. this is an historic place. buddy holly played here in the summer before his tragic accident.
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and not coincidentally, but coincidentally, his accident happened on our caucus day, february 3, 1959. and i was old enough to remember it. actually, i lived here in waterloo at that time. you know, that was a different time. we had just elected a new president earlier. and -- dwight eisenhower, republican. those times when people got along. they listened to each other. they weren't so polarized. it definitely was a different time in history. i think mayor pete is the individual who can bring us back because he listens to everyone. [applause] they said that was the day that democracy died. my mother was a friend of the guy that took the famous
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photograph of buddy holly in the back room there, with his sunglasses on and he wrote on the bottom of that picture, the music didn't die. it's up to each and every one of us to make sure that democracy doesn't die. [applause] so monday, you need to go to the caucuses and exercise her right -- you're right like all of the veterans have fought for in this country, including mayor pete, for your right to vote and express your opinion. now, i'm a veteran and i know mayor pete has the experience that it to be commander-in-chief. he was in the military during afghanistan. he had a top-secret clearance in military intelligence. he knows how government works and what goes on behind the scenes. and as a veteran, i'm standing up for him. [applause]
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hayes the person that doesn't promise things that can't be delivered. he has a true understanding of our health care system and what it's going to take to make sure that we can get health care for all who want it. how about that? [applause] so, you know, as a mayor, he has already worked through those issues. he's worked through those type of problems in a bipartisan way because mayorships are supposed to be nonpartisan because you stand up and fight for your community whether that individual who is complaining to you is your friend or not. that's the kind of attitude that we need to have in the president of the united states. [applause] i mean i could go on forever and
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a lot of people know me i can go on forever. i just want to say this. i know he is working so hard. i think he's got five or six different locations to go today. he has the energy to carry this thing on. so i want you to think about democracy on monday, go to the caucus. and just like they said the music didn't die, our campaign for mayor pete is not going to die. democracy is not going to die because you are going to show up and the people who show up are the ones who run the world, trust me. thank you. and at this time, my favorite mayor of waterloo -- he's the only mayor of waterloo so he has to be my favorite. but a real leader, a national
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leader. i can't say enough about him. mayor quinton hart. let's hear it. [applause] >> good morning. and thank you, senator. you know, all of you need to know that in des moines, when it comes to fighting the good fight for people here in our local community, the senator is at the forefront so let's give him another round of applause. so, i had the incredible opportunity this morning to be able to introduce mayor pete. and i'll tell you, of course we know, pembroke graduate, herbert -- harvard rhodes scholar, oxford. of course we know he stepped up to the highest challenge to stand on behalf of this country with his military service. of course, we know that he's
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been a mayor that lives have changed since he has taken office. but i don't even want to talk about that. i just want to say about a year and a half, almost two years ago, i had the great opportunity to meet mayor pete in las vegas. within 30 minutes of that first meeting, our conversation shifted to talking about the least of those within our community. to talk about those that have been not able to meet and live the american dream. to talking about our minority communities and the potential that we have and some of the innovative things that were done within his community. we had an opportunity after las vegas to go to philadelphia. we went to the enterprise center to see how economic development for all sectors of our community can be a reality when we put forth the effort. we traveled across the inner-city community. and then in june, we had an
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opportunity to visit waterloo, iowa and go to the bridge and talk about some of the same challenges that he's seeing as a mayor in south bend. because earlier on, we realized that whether you're in south bend, waterloo, cedar falls, every voice matters. every person matters. [applause] and so do you all -- anyone know what the number 57 represents right now? does anyone know? [inaudible] [laughter] year the hawks won the rose bowl, alright. [laughter] let me tell you 57, 57 is
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important. 57 hours from right now -- yeah. [laughter] from this very moment, we have an incredible opportunity as the state of iowa, as the cedar valley, to make sure we change what happens on pennsylvania avenue. right? [applause] 57 hours from now, we can make sure that we put mayor pete in office. [applause] but within 56 hours and 59 minutes, we have a chance to get on those calls to those that may not know who they're going to support yet.
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56 hours, 59 minutes is the amount of time we can make sure that the person who is disgruntled or doesn't want to vote steps up to support the candidate that is going to put our communities first. and that is mayor pete. [applause] so, i want you to get out and work. i want you to get out and canvas. i want you to do that because this is not over yet. but also right now, i want to make sure that you give a fellow colleague, a good friend of mine , a tremendous round of applause as we bring up mayor pete. [applause] ♪
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>> usa! usa! usa! usa! mayor pete: thank you. [applause] mayor pete: thank you so much. thank you, mayor hart. i remember well the first conversation we had, when we were part of an organization working to make sure that economic opportunity, which is every community. when a mayor sits down with another mayor, it's like two cities meeting. i have seen how much he pours his energy and his intention and his skill into serving this community. that kind of work that mayors do, mayors who don't have anyone else to call when something's got to get fixed, mayors who don't have the luxury of allowing city government to ever shut down because two parties can't get along. mayors who, when doing the
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budget, if it's not quite adding up, don't get to print waterloo currency. they have to actually make it add up. mayors get things done and we would be better served to make our cities and towns instead of the other way around. thank you, senator, who shared with me the remarkable work going on in the facility nearby and showing that america has a very bright future when it comes to making things as long as we are going to stay on the cutting edge of how things are made. [applause] and representative barry, who lives and breathes and is so full of passion for everybody to seeing we make sure all of our communities are
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lifted up. we need more of that energy in washington, in leadership and the state capitol and i'm so happy to have you on my team. [applause] mayor pete: and thanks all of you for sharing this saturday morning as we gather before those last critical hours that are going to lead to the historic iowa caucuses on monday night. 57 hours, is that it? hard to believe because we've been at it for more than a year. i've been reflecting on those first visits turning up here in iowa, showing up in diners trying to introduce myself. people puzzled about how to say my name. [laughter] mayor pete: then you all solved it for me. first name mayor, last name pete, that seems to get it done. caucuses are multiple-choice. there's no pronunciation or
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spelling test. you just have to stand in the right corner. [laughter] [applause] mayor pete: but i've come to feel right at home in iowa and i knew we were making progress when i meet folks and they said the speech is now impressive that i was in the top seven. [laughter] mayor pete: in the classic iowa way. here we are. now, i have one more chance i , to aske, eye to eye you to support me on february 3, this coming monday and to explain why. nothing could be more pressing, more urgent, or more important than the decision that's going on right here in iowa. i've seen and i admire how seriously you all take the influence, the thumb on the scale that you have. how carefully you have been weighing the different considerations. how to make sure we have a president who can lead us forward and how to make sure we get a nominee who can defeat donald trump and help us turn the page.
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[applause] mayor pete: so i'm always thinking about what it will be like the first time the sun comes up over the cedar valley and he's out of the white house and in the rearview mirror. [applause] mayor pete: i don't even think that's a partisan statement anymore. because fellow democrats want that to happen for sure. but i've met a lot of independents who are equally committed to making sure that happens. we're even seeing quite a few of what i like to call future former republicans coming to our events and you are more than
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welcome to help us get that done. [applause] mayor pete: how are we going to get it done? i'm worried that a message is going around telling us you have to choose between the best way to govern and the right way to win. i'm here to insist that the right way to do both of those things is to focus on the future. if you think about it, every time we have earned the white house in the last 50 years, it has been with a candidate who was new to national politics, focused on the future, not caught up in the ways of washington, and opening the door to a new generation of leadership. that's how we win. [applause] mayor pete: and that's how we're
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going to need to govern, too, because think about what it's going to be like when the sun comes up that day i'm talking about. we're going to face challenges different from what we were facing a few decades ago. we'll live in a climate where the conditions of climate change have left off the pages of the scientific journals and into our lives. every river city from cedar falls to waterloo to indiana, is facing the prospect of wants in a century flood happening on an annual basis. this is happening now and it will require us to do everything we haven't managed to do as a country. we'll be in an economy that is being profoundly shaped and changed by technology, globalization and automation in ways that were not even thought of a few years ago. we will be facing challenges and threats from global health security, if you've been watching the news in china, to climate security to cybersecto
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be dealt with in a climate of partisan division and dysfunction the likes of which we haven't seen in modern times. that is why we need a fundamentally new approach and a focus on the future. we cannot afford to get tied up in the politics of the past. and i'm not just talking about the distant past. i'm talking about the recent past. i think we've all seen some of the tensions emerging among those who share the same values. but maybe a different approach. i'm here to say the less 2020, in our party and in our country, the less 2020 resembles 2016, the better. it's time to do something different. [applause] mayor pete: this is a respectful difference of approach among those who share the same values
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and goals. to about -- what rally around the nominee we have and make sure that person wins. [applause] mayor pete: but of course, i'm here to make the case about why i'm the nominee you want contending with donald trump. and that's where those respectful but meaningful differences in approach come in. because the vice president is suggesting this is no time to take a risk on someone new. i'm suggesting this is no time to take a risk on trying to meet a fundamentally new challenge with a familiar playbook. it's going to take something to -- [applause] mayor pete: senator sanders is offering an approach that suggests that is either revolution or status quo and there's nothing in between. i'm here to remind us that we actually have an american
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majority. more than we've seen even 10 years ago when president obama was making extraordinary change. we have a bigger american majority today around what we're for than what we're against. to deliver on things like health care, a game changing transformation in the availability of health care making sure there is no such thing as an uninsured american. not completely sure about forcing it on anybody. [applause] mayor pete: america ready to support a game changing expansion the biggest we have seen since the g.i. bill and the ability to pay for college. just not so sure about making sure the children of billionaires have zero college cost at all and also insisting we act to support people thriving in this economy whether you went to college or not. that's what most americans are ready to do. [applause]
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mayor pete: so i know that this is groundhog day eve. but i think it's fitting that the iowa caucuses will come the day after groundhog day as we look to the future and leave the politics of the past in the past. [applause] mayor pete: and i can feel in my travels across this country and across this state have already -- how ready we are to bring about these changes. ready to put an end to a time where the giant corporations can pay precisely zero in taxes on many billions of dollars and profit and instead, start rewarding work over well with higher wages and more empowerment for organized labor. [applause] mayor pete: ready to act in the name of our safety and security as a country to see to it that the second amendment can no longer be twisted into an excuse to do nothing at all on
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common sense gun law that would save american lives. [applause] mayor pete: ready this first day of black history month to insist that this become a country where your race has no bearing on our health or your wealth, your life expectancy, or your relationship with law enforcement. [applause] mayor pete: to empower everybody to succeed in this economy. [applause] mayor pete: ready no matter what party you voted for in the past , agreeing that we've got to support our educators and backup our schools with a secretary of education who believes in public education. [applause] mayor pete: and ready for a president you can turn on the tv
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and watch and feel your blood pressure may be go down a little bit instead of going up through the roof. wouldn't that be nice? [applause] mayor pete: that's what we're offering today. i have seen in my travels in the faces of the people that i'm meeting the expression of the fact that all politics is not just local. it's personal. all of the things we talk about, the things we negotiate and debate are deeply personal. for people across iowa and across the country. i'm thinking about someone i was reunited with three weeks ago in a totally chance encounter. i saw her walking with her teenage son, a service member i had not seen since we were both in afghanistan. i had not seen her since she was injured in an insider attack while we were both deployed there.
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and i asked her how she was doing. she had a t-shirt on from the wounded warrior project that says, "some assembly required." [laughter] mayor pete: when i asked how she's been, she lifts up her name and taps on her prosthetic leg and says the navy fixture up just fine and then lets me know that she's still serving and looking forward to her next deployment because they will do whatever is required of them in the united states military. that's why they deserve a commander-in-chief who backs them up and will not send them into harm's way without a good reason. that is personal for every family that has served. [applause] mayor pete: i'm seeing it in the faces of iowans i meet all the time sharing their stories and letting me know what has to change. someone who introduced me at an event who is a highly qualified preschool educator, but she
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also, she let me know, we are lucky the date of the event was when it was because she only gets one day off every two weeks because she is also working at a grocery store to make and make because one job is not enough in this country and it ought to be. [applause] mayor pete: i am seeing something else remarkable, which is the moral imagination of iowans that could be the solution to our problems if we could get washington to respond to us in our lives a little bit more and a little bit better. i was in ebensburg and a high school student asked a question about what was going on at the border. not because, i think, she had ever been near the border, but it was still personal for her because she explained what it was like when her father had left her family couple of years earlier. and when she was watching the news about the border, she is thinking about what family separation meant to her family
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and doesn't want to see that happen to anyone else and puts herself in the shoes through the pain that she shares with someone totally different from her. let's say a five-year-old boy from el salvador, caught up in this president's policies on the border in texas, a thousand miles away from where she lives. she wants to know what were going to do to make sure that can't happen again. if she has the moral imagination to see why that issue is personal for her, as well as the people caught up in it, then let us finally make sure that moral imagination reaches washington before it's too late. [applause] mayor pete: i am seeing an american majority that can disagree on policy particulars without attacking one another, that can bring our different views of faith into the public square while making it a place that belongs to people of every
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religion and no religion and insisting that god does not long -- belong to a political party in the united states. [applause] mayor pete: this is our chance to make good on that. so if you're watching the news out of washington, feeling discouraged, feeling exhausted, and it is exhausting to watch what's going on out there. remember, they may be the jurors today but we're the jurors tomorrow. that's what it means to be voting in 2020. [applause] mayor pete: it all comes down to you. that's why we're counting on you to spend the next 56.5 hours to reach out to those you know who are tempted to give into that
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sense of exhaustion, and that sense of helplessness. that's exactly what the cynics want, to draw you in what is bringing you into this process. let me get another wave from our precinct captains and team members. thank you. that's who you should talk to afterwards if you want to get more involved. and a big thank you to this community and all the communities we visited for the ways that you have adopted our organizers. i know i'm biased, but don't we have the most wonderful, kind organizers on this campaign? [applause] mayor pete: so, the monologue is over. i want to make sure we have a conversation, too. we have microphones handy. they will come to you and they'll hold it and everything and i will do my best to make it concise summary we get to as many questions as we can. yes, sir? >> i'm going to ask a couple of
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questions, if i may and i may peopleas nice as the want me to be. mayor pete: are you willing in the next debate or on your inauguration mr. president -- mayor pete: i like how you're beginning. 10to say that, in the first days, i will take away all of the executive privileges -- executive orders of president trump? and second question is will you submit a plan of legislature to the house and the senate, lock the doors, make them stay -- [laughter] have them use the outhouses in
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chamber -- [laughter] give them a couple of meals a day, put cops out there and set you ain't leaving until you give me legislations i can pass? [laughter] mayor pete: i definitely share the sentiment. i'm not sure that's constitutional but i am right there with you in terms of the feeling. [indiscernible] mayor pete: i will to you this much. we will raise the bar from what we expect from the united states congress when i am president because it can't go on like this. [applause] mayor pete: when it comes to the executive orders, there's probably one in there that's not all bad but there are a lot of bad policies that will need to be reversed right away. they just expanded the travel ban. that does not make america safer and it needs to end. the idea that there is any such
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thing as a for-profit prison for children on the american border, that is something we take action to end on day one. [applause] mayor pete: the way they roll back the protections for our air and our water, that needs to be reversed swiftly. [applause] mayor pete: so yeah, i think my signing pen hand might be a little sore by the end of day one but we will get to work right away on those executive orders. [applause] >> how do you plan to bridge the gap between different political parties to show people we're more alike than different, despite our political beliefs?
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mayor pete: great question. and this is instinct for a mayor because as a mayor, you don't get to wallow in political partisan divisions. we have to get stuff done. i'm a democrat from indiana, one of the most conservative states in the country. we have hoosiers here helping to spread the message. it's important to me to work across the aisle. i've been through three republican governors but we found ways to work together to create opportunity in my community. that will be my first instinct. what i'm finding, though, is that there's more good faith and more overlap among americans than there is on the floor of the u.s. senate. and we've got to make that more responsive to us. [applause] mayor pete: think about folks in your family who may voted differently and you still love them.
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it's worthwhile -- we're doing our best to love them, right? [laughter] mayor pete: we have to have a little humility. how you vote doesn't make you a bad person or a good person. we have to reach out and call out the best in one another. the trouble is we have a president calling out the worst in all of us. and it matters that we have a leader that instead called out the best. that's not just about ideology. it's about making sure we set a time that sends the message to people even when they disagree, especially when they disagree, that they still belong to the same national ever, the same country, the same communities that we are. the good news is, there is a strong agreement. not 100% but a strong agreement with american people of what we need to do. raising wages, paid family leave, making it affordable to go to school, health care for everyone. even things that are around controversial issues like immigration and guns, there is a big common sense majority. what we have to do is insist that elected representatives
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start reflecting the overlap that we already have among themselves. and that's going to take presidential leadership. that's my idea to how to use the big blue and white airplane that comes with the office is to take it to the people and make sure they become more represented. [applause] >> my question is, is how can you help us with our chapter 20 that we lost as educators, police officers. a lot of us lost our bargaining rights. mayor pete: that's right. >> we go ahead and we have to follow what the district does with the handbook. we do not have many things that we used to be able to bargain for. right now, we can only bargain for wages, which is not a lot.
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most of us are working two, three, or four jobs to support our families, living on welfare because we can't support ourselves with the education money we make. i want to know if there is something that you'll be a will -- able to help us with. [applause] mayor pete: absolutely, and i'm not just saying that because i married a teacher, although that's one reason why i strongly support teachers. [applause] mayor pete: let's talk about collective bargaining. this has been the backbone of the ability to extend opportunity and lift up the middle class in america. whether you're in the public johnr, whether you're in deere or at the companies in south bend that build our city starting 100 years ago. think about it this way. manufacturing jobs are so important to us. they're precious to us because
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they're viewed as such good jobs. they didn't used to be. 100 years ago, they were considered terrible jobs. have they become good jobs? the workers organized and saw to it. they bargained not just for wages. wages are important but a whole lot more. when i'm meeting with educators around iowa, wages aren't always the top thing. i hear the teachers are not just fighting for their kitchen table. they're fighting for the students. [applause] mayor pete: that's why they want to see more resources going into the schools. they're fighting not to have their job automated by standardized testing, fighting to make sure that there are more paraprofessionals and support staff to help those kids. [applause] mayor pete: insisting on support for mental health for students.
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[applause] mayor pete: that's so important. it's precisely why they need to be at the table, just as all of our public sector workers should be able to do. i am proposing that we set a goal of doubling the level of organized labor participation in the country and we back it up by legal moves to expand the right to negotiate, the freedom to negotiate and do something about these right to work for less laws that make it harder for workers to get ahead. [applause] mayor pete: that's true across the board. >> [inaudible] ah, citizens united. under citizens united, it is pretty much the law of the land that a corporation has the same political soul as you and i do and spending money to change the results of election is pretty much the same as you or i do.
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it's considered free speech. when a company is trying to change the outcome of an election or when they are giving to both sides and that happens also, that is not an expression of speech and conscience. so we've got to face the fact that this decision has opened the floodgates of money into our politics even worse than before. now, when it comes to our democracy, there are a whole bunch of steps we can take right away. because of hr one, a bill that came out of the house only to die in mitch mcconnell's senate. automatic voter registration. dealing with these purges that amount to racial voter suppression and are leading to worse about -- election. there's got to be a 21st century voting rights act so that can happen in the future. [applause] mayor pete: election day ought to be a holiday.
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if election day is a holiday, it's easier for people to vote. [applause] mayor pete: especially people working three jobs. iowa has shown that we can do something about districts drawn by politicians taking out their voters instead of the other way around. we have to reform the way our districts are drawn. there are so many ways we can make our elections freer, forever and stronger. citizens united itself, it may not be possible to overturn without a constitutional amendment and if that is the case, let's get to work on the constitutional amendment right now because it's the right thing to do and we don't have anything to lose to protect our democracy. [applause] >> we have time for e question. mayor pete: you're going to get the last word. >> as a student in school and being the daughter of a police officer, i know that police need guns. what is your plan for gun laws? mayor pete: great question. [applause]
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[booing] [applause] [booing] mayor pete: this should not be your problem at the age of 14. [applause] we are supposed to fix this so you don't have to. to expect you to have to deal with the active shooter drill to expect teachers as some politicians are now suggesting to turn into a highly trained armed guards when there is a problem shows you just how upside down our priorities are.
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there are some common sense steps that we should take and it's a good example of something where there is actually more agreement than you would think among americans. universal background checks, that is something that the best majority of republicans and gun owners agree that we should do. the question is, what's wrong with washington that we can't get it through? we know what is wrong. with presidential leadership, we can change that. with young people speaking up and talking about why it's personal we can change that. we need red flag loss that disarmed domestic abusers and make it possible that someone we know can be a danger to themselves or others to do something about it. this is common sense. when it comes to the kind of weaponry that is out there, whether it is your family members and being worried about a family member who is a police officer or just being worried about keeping our schools safe, the bottom line is that any weaponry remotely resembling the stuff i had to train on in the military to go to war has no business doing sold for profit anywhere near your school.
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[applause] mayor pete: that's a good note to end on. when i talk about solving problems and looking to the future, this is what i'm thinking about. i was part of the first school shooting generation. i was alive when the columbine shooting happened. now, there is a second generation that has been through that. shame on us if there is a third. only talk about gun violence, and economy is going to work better, mental health and addiction, incarceration, climate change. on behalf of everyone enough to vote right now, our responsibility is to figure that stuff out so that by the time you're old enough to run for president, you are dealing with a whole different set of issues.
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we are going to take care of these things very at that our moral responsibility to the next generation. [applause] mayor pete: that's what we have a chance to bring about. that's why i am asking you to be a part of this. in 56 hours and 10 minutes. [applause] mayor pete: i am one to leave you with the case for hope. i know the word hope when out of style in american politics because of the bleakness and division and meanness and cruelty we are seeing right now. i believe that some sense of hope must be what propelled you into this room this morning. i think you wouldn't be here if you didn't have some hope that matters what the next president is going to be. [applause]
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mayor pete: that is why i am here. i don't think it is a coincidence that they took the were hopeful i don't know if you ever noticed this, they took the were hopeful and turned it into a noun and they use it as another word for candidate. i am a 2020. that's what i'm doing here. [laughter] mayor pete: how fitting because running for an office is an act of hope and so is caucusing. i am depending on you to spread whatever sense of hope that you into this room to tell your story, not mine. to those in your life who may be on the fence about whether to get involved, whether to come out whether it's worth the trouble. to let them know why you think it matters, who gets their hands on the levers of american government and what values are guiding those hands. the great and about iowa is you have a neck for changing what the public is possible -- possible. the first time i set foot in the state in 2008, it was about as cold as this or colder.
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i was here is a volunteer knocking on doors for senator obama. [applause] i saw iowa change what america thought was possible on caucus night. then a couple years after that, about a decade ago, i wasn't here in iowa but i was watching when you all changed what people that was possible once again and give someone like me permission to believe that one day i would be able to wear this wedding ring i have on my hand. you did that. [applause] mayor pete: are you ready to make history one more time? [applause] mayor pete: are you ready for caucus night? are you ready to bring your friends? [applause] mayor pete: i believe you can make me the next president of the united states and i will
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work every day to make you proud and heal this nation. thank you. thank you. [applause] mayor pete: thank you for caring and thank you for being here. we will see you on monday night. [applause] ♪ >> thank you for everything. it you're the first person i have ever come out to see. mayor pete: that means a lot thank you. thank you for coming. thank you for coming.
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[inaudible] >> thank you for being a man of reason. and one of integrity. [inaudible]
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>> what is your message to democrats who may think trump is their best option? mayor pete: if you are concerned about whether you will thrive and is company as a farmer, seeing how american farmers have been kicked around in the trade war, you might when two people to look in kids in the and explain this president. i think we will see note on the a lot of democrats, but also independents and republicans looking to cross over. reporter: [indiscernible] mayor pete: [speaking in french]
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>> the state of the union. in your opinion, what is the state of the union? mayor pete: i think it is divided, troubled and precarious. this is an opportunity to take the steps most americans think should have been not only in politics, but across our communities. >> [indiscernible] [inaudible]
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mayor pete: for that to happen, we need to unite, not just progressives and democrats, but independents and republicans, who, when it comes down to it, the grievances are a lot alike. that is why we need to break down the trouble grievances. i think a better way to shake up the behavior of members of congress and senate, is when we divide people from across the spectrum. >> do you need to win iowa? mayor pete: we need to do very well in iowa. >> with the ballooning deficit climate change is a big issue from a generation. mayor pete: i would say that the longer you are planning to be here, the more you have a stake in the decisions that need to be made. i am seeing the activism and energy of a new generation, some
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not even old enough to vote, really changing the conversation. the fact that the person of the year in "time" were not be eligible to vote, i think you people have shifted at what i think is possible on policies against gun violence. if i am the nominee, our party will be ready to have a more direct conversation about getting the on top of our financial issues in the country. this is exactly what happens when young people use the moral authority to call those in office and in authority into account. >> can you talk about how important your presence is here in iowa? mayor pete: it is one of many examples where we should learn from the us to dinner gains the democratic party made dust extraordinary gains the democratic party made in 2018. we made those gains partly by engaging with people who may not have been democratic voters, but who recognized the urgent need
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for change in the tone, center and policies of this president. this campaign is about protecting the rural and urban areas of life. and you will see that. >> we will go over here. >> can you talk about what vice president biden has mentioned with regard to your campaign -- [indiscernible] mayor pete: i am looking at the lessons in history. our party wins when we have a nominee who is looking to the future. that has been almost an iron wall of the presidential elections across the past half-century. i recognize that this may be a unique election, but certainly, i think we should remember those the us and with absolutely cannot afford to lose. >> thank you. >> oh my god.
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mayor pete: thank you. [indistinct conversations]
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>> hey, we love you in wisconsin! mayor pete: thank you! thanks for coming. >> thank you. [indistinct conversations]
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mayor pete: my father came through that process, too. right. >> [inaudible] mayor pete: because the economy is -- yeah. >> [inaudible] mayor pete: that is why we need to fix the whole system. if you wanted in more detail, we can discuss right now. supporting the status for children, and across the board. when the economy needs people, but the system will not let them
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in. we have a plan that i have, and it is available for anybody online. we need to make sure everybody's healthy. that is the short answer. the long answer is in the paper that we published. >> i wanted to hear what you have to say about that. because i belong to that group. the system worked for me. i am good. but millions of others are dying because they don't have insurance, because they don't have the job opportunities. mayor pete: they don't have the protections. >> no, we don't. it is so personal to me. i am a social worker. it is important. mayor pete: and they are contributed so much. >> exactly. we are part of the society.
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we are contributing to the economy. they say we don't pay taxes -- we pay taxes. not everybody sees it that way. we will support people like you that want to support us. mayor pete: thank you so much for coming. thank you for sharing such a personal story. i think it is a question for a lot of people. most people will support real reform. we have a president now who wants it unsolved, which is all the more reason to get him out of office. thank you so much for being here. >> can i get a photo?
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mayor pete: sure. thank you. >> honey, i am on your team. mayor pete: wonderful. >> good luck. [indistinct conversations]
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only did the states where it is -- >> mississippi and iowa are
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the only did the states where it is a misdemeanor? mayor pete: we definitely need to step up on that. >> thank you so much. [indistinct conversations] >> i haven't been there for a long time, but i wondered if he could sign my license. good luck to you. >> thank you so much. mayor pete: thanks so much! [indistinct conversations]
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