tv Campaign 2020 Mike Bloomberg in Richmond VA CSPAN February 18, 2020 2:54pm-3:21pm EST
we reduced homelessness by 30%, launched new programs to fight poverty, and rebuilt our city stronger than ever. some of you may have heard the slogan mike will get it done. "it"e tell you with the is. that means sending donald trump back to mar-a-lago permanently. [applause] getting it done means providing health insurance to every american who lacks it and lowering the cost for everyone else. sense gun safety laws that protect our children and communities. getting it done means making america a global leader in the fight against climate change. [applause] creatingt done means good jobs with higher wages. getting it done means addressing
discrimination and inequality. getting it done means finally fixing our broken immigration system and creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million people living in the shadows. [applause] getting it done means protecting a woman's right to choose and appointing judges who will defend that right. [cheering] getting it done means providing health insurance to every single american. [applause] decades i've two taken on the toughest fights and won. i've taken on donald trump and one many times. beat among gun safety, co-pollution, and in flipping the house blew and i am ready -- blue and i am ready to do it again. i cannot do it alone. if you want health insurance for everyone, if you want to combat jobs, ify with better
you support my commitment to quality public education matter what zip code you live in, if you share my belief and opportunity for all -- not just of the few --, if you are ready to defend the constitution of the united states and if you are ready to clean out the oval office and get things done, i would be honored to have your help, your support, and your vote. coming andor supporting this great organization. [applause] ♪
[applause] >> thank you all for coming. i want to introduce you to a young lady that i met outside, francine mckay. her father owns this place. [applause] i thought it would be nice to introduce her or we might get thrown out. [laughter] she is 11 years old. you don't drink beer yet do you? good. [laughter] thank you for having us. [applause] i am shameless. [laughter] how are we doing? [applause] this is some crowd. i don't know if you came out for the campaign or the craft beer. [laughter] to be clear, i am here for both.
[laughter] way to save aonly nation with a little libation. [laughter] campaign isur building momentum in virginia and across the country. super tuesday is just two weeks away and we are going to make every second count. [applause] thank charisse for supporting us and the kind words when she introduced me. the good news is she said them exactly the way i wrote them for her. [laughter] thank you for your leadership in the house of delegates. you and your colleagues showing the country how much progress is possible when democrats are in charge. [cheering] remember of you might virginia was the first state i came to when i launched my campaign a couple of months ago and since then i have been to 62
cities and 25 states. but i have been to virginia more than anywhere else. [applause] in fact, i was here just last week in norfolk. i was meeting with veterans starting businesses including one that opened a bakery and yesterday was my birthday so i went back and got a piece of cake. [laughter] thank you very much. andpe i have a few more will make a deal with all of you -- don't catch up and i will not extend the difference between us. [laughter] these entrepreneurs reminded me of what it was like when i started my business. to this day, i never had more fun than i did back then and i was crawling under desks and doing the basic jobs myself. somebody said, you can always tell who owns the place since they are the last one there sweeping up. that is what i
and we can't wait until the campaign starts here. our work starts right now, today, and as many of you know, i have been involved in virginia politics long before i came a presidential candidate. in 2013, i was a big supporter of terry mcauliffe in his race for governor. i've always said he is a great guy and i'm glad because he proved virginia to help the way to a better future for our whole country.
virginia was forced to grapple with its past and the events in charlottesville invoke some of the darkest chapters of our history. that history is one of the reasons americans felt so much pain when donald trump said there were very fine people among the nazis and klan marching. as tragic as the day was, it was a galvanizing moment for many people because across virginia and the country, americans stood up and said we cannot accept that and we are not going to do it. i was honored to stand with those who spoke out for what this country really stands for and i was glad to support candidates here in virginia in 2017, 2018 and 2019 who would fight against the hatred displayed in charlottesville. last month, all of that work paid off when for the first time in more than 25 years, democrats took control of both chambers of legislature. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: i'm happy they
won, but i'm even happier about what they have done. it has only been a month since they took office and already, they have taken action on everything from gun violence to reproductive rights to lgbtq plus discrimination and even ratified the equal rights amendment. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and they did it half a century after it was first proposed, declaring once and for all that women deserve a quality -- deserve equality under the law. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: now, this progress made tonight didn't happen overnight. it happened because of all the virginians who made phone calls and got voters to the polls, never losing faith in a red commonwealth turning into a blue commonwealth. that is what we did. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: but before we see anything else, i just want to thank all of you who made all of that possible. it was done by a lot of people and a lot of hard work and it is
just great for this state and for the country. yes, you can applaud for that. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: let me be clear why i am in this race. i am running to defeat donald trump. [cheers and applause] and i am running to restore honor to our country. and to build a country that we are proud of and to start getting things that we need done. and to start putting the united back into the words "united states of america." [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: back in 2016 in philadelphia at the democratic national convention, i warned -- ok, thank you very much. [crowd booing]
mr. bloomberg: ok. ok. thank you. that's ok. thank you. [booing] chanting "mike!"] mr. bloomberg: i just want to thank you for making me feel at home. [laughter] mr. bloomberg: back then, i warned donald trump was not fit for office and in 2018, i worked to help with the house, 21 seats. [crowd chanting] ok, we will get over it. [booing]
[crowd chanting] mr. bloomberg: thank you, thank you. the easiest thing to do is just to wait them out. anyways, we flipped 21 seats in the house and that put nancy pelosi in as speaker, and began -- and it allowed us to begin holding president trump accountable through the impeachment process, but since the republican senate didn't have the courage to remove trump from office, it is up to us to do it this november and we are going to do it. [cheers and applause] i got into this race 10 weeks ago because i was deeply concerned donald trump was on track to win the election and i couldn't sit by and let that happen. our campaign is getting great response all over america. we are running a campaign for change, a campaign for sanity on a campaign for honesty,
inclusion, compassion, and a campaign for human decency, and we are running hard here in virginia because, make no mistake, virginia is still very much up for grabs in 2020, and we are not waiting until the general election to organize here. we've already knocked on more than 32,000 doors, made more than 72,000 phone calls, and we've hired more than 87 staffers in virginia. so we are working hard here. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and i want you to know that i'm here no matter who comes out on top of this primary, god forbid, and so we can elect democrats up and down the ballot. we are not just doing one thing. and so we can say goodbye to donald trump. [cheers and applause] let me tell you
why i believe i am the best candidate to take on donald trump and win. to start, i have achievable plans to deal with all the toughest challenges facing this country and i will get them done. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and that is the message we need in order to win voters all over this country and beat trump in the swing states that will decide this election, because we all know trump's strategy. attack democrats, make their plans look on a realistic, -- look unrealistic, unaffordable, and the undoable but that won't work against me and it won't work against you. i have a record of getting things done and that is what voters want. and we need a nominee who can deliver it. but that is not all we need to win because let's face it, donald trump is the biggest -- world's biggest schoolyard bully. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: with no respect for civility, decency, or even facts and honesty, and our party
needs a candidate who can go toe to toe with him and take the fight to him. just think about the past few weeks. you have been reading in the papers and seeing on television, the president has been busy insulting democratic candidates. and he does that a lot. i guess when you can't defend your record on health care or wages or environment, you resort to insults and that is what he is doing. well, donald trump's insults don't bother me. i've never run away from a fight, and neither have you. the people of this state no one what -- state know what they want and we will not get it for them. -- and we will get it for them. he is not going to bully me and he is not going to bully you, either. now, i've been pretty blessed. that is nothing trump can do or say that can hurt me. i'm from new york. that's why i'm standing up for every american who has lost their job, for every american
who can't pay their tuition, who has lost their insurance, my whole career has been as a doer. believe me, we need less talk, less partisanship, less division, less tweeting. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: i will make you a commitment right now. when i am in the oval office, no more tweeting. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: in all fairness, it is easy for me to say that because i can spell. [laughter] mr. bloomberg: then again, neither can donald. even though donald and i are both from new york, we couldn't be more different. i bill myself as the un-trump. think about it. he breaks promises, i keep them. he divides people, i unite them. he's a climate denier.
i'm an engineer. i actually believe in science. imagine that. he tweets, i follow facts, respect data, and tell the truth. he looks out for people who inherited their wealth and i'm self-made. i will raise the estate tax to toerate the revenue we need start fighting income inequality. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: he is stubborn, i may later who can be honest about my mistakes and i believe when you make a mistake, you must learn from it and next time, do it right. when i first took office in new york city, families in new york city were losing their children to gun violence at alarming rates. my focus was clear. i wanted to save lives and respond with urgency to the crisis plaguing our communities. while many of the ways we tried to reduce gun violence and invest in communities were right, and we did reduce murders by 50% in new york city, there is one approach that, in all fairness, i deeply regret. it is the abuse of a police
practice called stop and frisk. i've gotten a lot of grief for it lately. i've defended it for too long and it is because i didn't understand the pain, i should have acted sooner and stopped it and i didn't, and i apologize for that. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: sometimes come you make a mistake and decided -- and i think a sign of leadership is standing up and learning and doing it better. i've spent a lot of time with black leaders and community members. i've listened to their stories. i've heard their pain, their confusion, their anger, and i've learned from them and grown from them. tonight, let me make it clear. for those of you who want to know, as president of the united states i will work to dismantle systems that are plagued by bias and discrimination. i will invest in communities that have borne the brunt of the systems for generations and i will put this work at the very
top of my agenda. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: now, it won't be easy but i also know we can do it. why? because unlike other candidates, i don't just talk about doing things. i have a record of reaching across the aisle and getting them done. let me give you a couple of quick examples. other candidates talk about raising teacher salaries. as mayor, i raised teacher salaries by 43%. they talk about improving public schools. i raised graduation rates by more than 40% and the raise was part of that. they talk about improving health care. in new york, i cut the number of uninsured by 40%, improved care for mothers and babies, and raised life expectancy by three whole years. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: so if you have people that you really love and you want them to stay around, you can send them to new york.
i can't guarantee that everyone will live three years more, but if you send enough people, i can guarantee the average. [laughter] mr. bloomberg: others talk about fighting climate change. i cut new york's carbon footprint by 13% and create a grassroots movement to close dirty coal-fired power plants. green jobs and green plan, and we really can have both. others talk about stopping gun violence. in new york city, we cut murders by 50% and i have taken on the nra by creating a gun safety group with 6 million members across the country. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and we've passed stronger gun laws from background checks in more than 20 states and our thanks go to the moms demand action volunteers who made it happen. i was elected mayor just seven weeks after the devastating terror attacks of 9/11. our city back then was in
tatters. there was still smoke coming out of the void and our economy was in recession. but thanks to a lot of people, new yorkers and people from virginia and all over this country and the world, we brought the city together and created more than 500,000 jobs, 175,000 units of affordable housing, reduced homelessness by 28%. we launched programs to fight poverty, and we built our city stronger than ever. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: somebody told me a fact the other day, when 9/11 happened, there were five hotels downtown. today, there are 25 hotels, so you can recover and we can do that all over this country wherever we have problems. some have heard the slogan "mike will get it done," and if you haven't heard it, i've been wasting a lot of money on campaigning. [laughter] mr. bloomberg: let me tell you what the "it" is. it means winning this november
and sending donald trump back to mar-a-lago permanently. [cheers and applause] but that's just the beginning. getting it done means finally providing health insurance to every american who lacks it and lowering the cost for everyone else. getting it done means passing common sense gun laws that protect our children and communities. getting it done means making america a global leader in the fight against climate change. getting it done means means creating jobs with higher wages. getting it done means addressing addressing -- means addressing discrimination and inequality. getting it done means finally fixing our broken immigration system and creating a path to citizenship for 11 million people living in the shadows. [cheers and applause] getting it done means protecting a woman's right to choose and appointing judges
who will defend that. [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and getting it done means providing health insurance to every single american. over the past years, i've taken on the toughest fights and won, and i've taken on donaldson -- donald trump and won many times. we beat him on gun safety for background checks, we beat him on coal pollution. he promised to keep lots of mines open and they are not. db -- we beat him on turning the house blew with 21 new delegates and nancy pelosi. and i'm ready to beat him again. [cheers and applause] can't do itg: but i alone. if you want to qualify for health insurance for everyone, if you want to combat inequality with fairer taxes and better jobs, if you support my commitment to quality public education no matter what zip code you live in, if you share my belief in opportunity for all, not just a few, if you are ready to protect and defend the constitution of the united
states of america -- [cheers and applause] mr. bloomberg: and if you are ready to clean out the oval office and get things done, then i would be honored to have your support, your help, and yes, your vote. thank you for having us. you are the greatest. [cheers and applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: coming up within the hour, government officials discuss lessons learned from the war in afghanistan and respond
to the latest developments in the peace process live from the u.s. institute of peace, 4:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. news out of afghanistan after months of delay, it is official, the afghan president has won a second term. the washington post writes, the announcement by afghanistan's independent election commission comes at a critical time for afghan politics, u.s. and taliban negotiators have announced a conditional peace deal that could be signed by the end of the month. if the election results are met with substantial challenges from opposition leaders, it could plunge the country into a political crisis just as the government needs to unify ahead of in afghan peace talks with taliban. . you can read more at washingtonpostdoc him. when is more 2020 coverage there is a debate between senator ed markey and his challenger in the 2020 massachusetts democratic primary. congressman joe kennedy. watch that live at 7:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span.
senator bernie sanders speaks to supporters at a get out the early vote rally at the university of nevada las vegas. early voting for the nevada caucus and's today with her caucus coming up this saturday. watch that live at 5:30 p.m. eastern over on c-span two. >> fierce debates, especially between my husband and vicki's husband, they believed in what it was but they were never enemies. they were friends. and they would walk off the floor, how many times did we see them slap each other's back and laugh all the way out the floor. it is a different time and i'm sad about that. >> how do you remember? >> john himself said he didn't like teddy very much when he first met him. maybe saw aeally lot of myself in him. he said, he grew to respect him. they were both on the armed services committee and he saw in teddy and teddy saw in john real patriotism. love of this country.
and even though they came at it from a different place, they both knew that they cared about the country and they loved it. they just developed a bond. and they found these little nuggets of common ground where they could work together. announcer: tonight on c-span, cindy mccain, the widow of senator john mccain, and vicki kennedy, the winner of senator kennedy, discussed their husbands careers and legacy in a conversation about public service at the kennedy school of government at harvard. watch the entire program at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. students from across the country told us the most important issues for the presidential candidates to address our climate change, gun violence, teen vaping, college affordability, mental health, and immigration. we are awarding $100,000 in total cash prizes. the winners for this year studentcam competition will be announced march 11.
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