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the free c-span radio app. >> illinois representative cheri bustos is chair of the democratic congressional campaign committee. she joined the organization's executive director to talk about the democrats' strategy of winning house seats in the election. 2020 hosted by the american university women in politics institute, this is just under an hour. we are delighted to have congresswoman cheri bustos of illinois. she is currently the chairwoman of the democratic congressional campaign committee. she has served four years in the house and in her previous life, she spent nearly two decades working as a journalist. with18, she was reelected the largest victory for any democrat from a district which trump won in 2016.
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we are delighted she is with us. thelso have lucinda guinn, executive director of the d triple c since september of 2019. she is the first latina to hold that position. previously, she was vice president of campaigns at emily's list. and she worked at the dnc, so she has now come full circle. we're going to talk about their efforts to expand their house majority and build on the success we all saw in 2018, year of the woman. they will give us the landscape, how it looks now, then i want to go through some of the democratic women to watch in the districts they are targeting. the bottom of your screen, you will see a ask a question
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send a so feel free to question. it is always my favorite part of the evening. so we hope you fill that out and ask a question. if you want to watch any of this then, the replay will be on website. with that, welcome. thank you for being here. >> thanks for having us. betsy: congresswoman, the red to blue program, can you give us a sense of what that is and why it is important to something like the d triple c -- like the dccc to have. rep. bustos: the name of it kind of describes what it means, all of the attempts we will make honestly and ethically to flip a state from red to blue. you mentioned the kind of business i came from, in 2012, i
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was one of those red to blue candidates. this cycle, we have 24 candidates from across the country on how red to blue list. that is not a static number. that number will grow. inhave primaries coming up july, august. this is an evolving list. of the 24, 20 are women. another diverse group of people that we think we have a great shot of flipping many of these seats from red to blue. why solucinda, tell us many of these women you think are poised to flip these seats. lucinda: 2018 was a very important year for women in politics. i had the fortune of working
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and theirwoman bustos team at emily's list where we were able to flip congress into democratic control. the first two latinos ever elected to congress. the first two muslim american women in congress. reaction to women's donald trump's reaction has been so strong. women's march.he we ran, we voted, we took over city council meetings. there is so much math and science that goes into all of the work we do in elections. but the candidates matter. all of the candidates we were working with for stepping up to run for office, truly remarkable, from -- we had farmers, teachers, veterans,
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lawyers, supreme court justices from all over the country. authenticity and have helped them with voters. betsy: i wanted to ask you, congresswoman, currently there are 85 democratic woman incumbents running. can you give us a sense of the landscape of the women that are already there serving? how does it look in terms of the reelection prospect? rep. bustos: we have another group at the democratic congressional campaign committee called front liners. they are in the toughest strengths in the nation they are currently serving in congress. we had 42 of those this election cycle. , meaningr freshman they are brand-new, serving in their first term. why we think they will do well,
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just like a red to blue candidate, they fit their districts like a glove. they come from all different backgrounds. many of the women got some publicity when we were first starting this last session of congress because they had a service background. they served in the cia, the military, the navy, the army. and they stuck together just like you would if you were in the military. just amazing stories, amazing women. noting, not that we like to talk about money, but you have to have resources to be able to tell you -- tell people who you are. these front-line women are just doing amazingly well at getting support from all over the country, these low dollar
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donations coming in five dollars, $10 at a time because they have this deep belief in women. these stories are just amazing of the kind of women we have serving in congress right now. 2018, there was a lot of handwringing of, will we be able to maintain this, expand upon it? or is this just a one off? as you said about early on last cycle, doing some of those recruitment efforts, what did ?ou learn from that process after 2016, is this still the case or other other
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issues? rep. bustos: if i could start that off, then please join in. with a candidate .unning right now she is from my hometown of springfield, illinois. i have known ansi since we were little girls. this is what motivated her to run. betsy: i'm going to pull up her picture right now. there we go. rep. bustos: this story can be repeated for other people who have made decisions to run. health care is the number one issue in these districts all over the country. about, what people care what they worry about. case, she had a young son that was on his deathbed, that was given last rites not
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once but twice. her family would have gone bankrupt had they not had good health insurance. she sees her opponent, rodney onis, after he took a vote the house floor to get rid of the affordable care act, he is on the white house lawn to proudly cast his vote, celebrating like a frat boy. in our heart, to think, this is not ok, and i am going to run against this guy. she makes the decision then and there that she is going to run against rodney davis. this is her second time running. votes per lost by two precinct. she made a decision that she is going to try again. i have the deepest faith that
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she is going to win. it is amazing to see a candidate running for a second time, just how much they grow. she is wonderful, she is running for the right reasons, she cares about people deeply. we have a lot of faith in her. that health care story could be repeated in different ways by the various candidates, but that would be one example. betsy: rematches and running again, why is that so important, especially for women, to get back up on the proverbial horse and run again? lucinda: we have several rematches we are proud to have to talk about today. betsy dirksen londrigan. denise jones. by 432 votes,lost
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and she is running again. we have these amazing women stepping up to the plate to do this thing again that is very challenging, where you have to ask for help over and over again. they are remarkable, they have learned a lot. i think it says a lot that you can grow. the investment they made in themselves, in their profile, in their brand, in their district, they have made real investments in connecting with their communities, and that does not go away. they started with a different base of support not only in polling and fundraising, but in volunteerism and grassroots support. women whortant to see got so close in 2018 step up and try. we will see so many of these women as a result of their tenacity and pushing through.
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rep. bustos: you mentioned gina in texas. tell us a little bit more about her. she is actually -- the cook report, which we all look at for the rankings, she is in a district that is lean dem. position in a good competitively speaking in that district. notnda: for folks who have spent any time with -- who have spent any time with me, you know that i am obsessed with this race. she is an incredible candidate. she is a veteran. she also has a very powerful health care story, caring for her mother in san antonio. this is a sprawling district. it goes from el paso, texas, all the way to san antonio. geographically very large. to suburban pockets.
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thean talk about kind of revolt of the suburbs. then there is a giant swath of rural areas between. in the gerrymandering and party partisan redistricting taking place in texas, this has been probably the only competitive seat in the state of texas that hasn't gone back and forth between democrat and republican control. gina ortiz jones did an incredible job last cycle, came votes of winning. william heard saw the writing on the wall and decided he was not going to run for office anymore. we do not know who she will run against yet. the republicans are doing a runoff set for this tuesday. a lot more advantages the cycle
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in terms of where she is building from and also who we are running against. but the climate is also just right for someone with her profile. she is an air force intelligence officer, a veteran, with very deep ties in the district. we are ecstatic that she is coming to congress next year, we think. betsy: let me move on to some of the races that are more tossup related. california, she is a state assembly woman, and she is another one that is in a rematch. in fact, she actually ran for the seat in may for the special election and she is able to run again now. to. bustos: she just had participate in a special election. it was the only election on the
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entire balance. seat that katie hill served in and she resigned and it is an open seat. kristy, who serves in the legislature, she did very well in the primary. she was the top vote getter in the democratic primary. so, she has the special election in march. it is worth noting, unless you study this stuff inside and out, it is a little bit hard to understand. but that was the only election on a special election ballot when it was almost entirely vote i mail. we were learning as we went along. a guy named mike garcia won, so she will face him in the general election. in a general election, when you have the presidential at the top of the ticket and all of the
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other races going on. all, the dynamic, the voters who turn out change. we think she is the right candidate. we think that after mike garcia has a voting record that will be intertwined like this with donald trump, where he will do what he can to harm health care, we think she will be successful. she is revamping her campaign and this will be a hard-fought battle. we are confident she will be successful. just mention could one other thing about how much we have learned. it was the first election we participated in in the middle of covid. entire field apparatus to run a more traditional campaign. she has completely revamped.
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about thearned a ton best ways to campaign and benefit. betsy: let me move to georgia. another tossup race, caroline bordeaux. tell us a little bit more about that race. within 432 votes of winning against a republican incumbent in 2018. he also saw the writing on the wall and decided he was going to retire because carolyn bourdeaux was coming for him again. as you mentioned, she is a professor. while she was in college, our parents had to file for bankruptcy. which also has this story
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she is hoping residents -- resonates with people all over the district. obviously, we need to make sure votes are counted in suburban atlanta and all over the state in georgia. but, she has worked across the aisle in georgia's last economic crisis. in her leadership is so needed right now in congress and in the state of georgia. we are thrilled that she is running again. i want to throw in one other. we just talked about these republicans who were running away. if we want to talk about inistina hale, also running an open seat in atlanta. i love following dave wasserman of the cook political report.
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he had this recent tweet that was one of my favorites. wheninted out that president trump took office in 241ary of 2017, there were republicans in the house. 48% have either retired, announced their retirement, resigned, or have already been defeated. more than half of those people who were in office when he was sworn in. you are seeing kind of a trend with what lucinda just talked about with the will hurd seat, now the carolyn bourdeaux race. and i know that you had susan brooks on your show. i like susan brooks. but, i am glad that it is an
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open seat. this is christina hale. continuing ofr the trend of notable first women in congress. latina everecond elected to serve in the indiana state legislature. as a cuban-american candidate, she would be the first latina to represent the hoosier state in congress. was on love if christina the show right now because we would be laughing. she is like a standup act. she is funny, she is real, she loves animals, she is smart, web smart. incredibly hard worker. this is a seat that, back in the day, we would not have thought we had a shot at. it is an open seat, her polling
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looks great, and we think we can pick this up. it would be fun maybe in october to get some of these candidates on to talk to folks. she is running, and there are a couple of matchups like this, against another woman in the general election. rep. bustos: some of these candidates, i like to say, to know them is to love them. i say that repeatedly about jackie gordon, also running in another open seat, peter king's seat out of new york. you can get in the conversation with her and i will bet three minutes into it, you will go, i have to vote for this woman, she is phenomenal. we would love to tell you a little bit about jackie, too.
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to know jackie gordon is to love jackie gordon. she is a combat veteran who served in the military for 29 years. she also served as a school guidance counselor. democrats have gone after this seat. seat for ater king's long time. we have come very close. this is a district that should be in democratic control. he also saw the writing on the wall after last cycle. opponent named couple of days ago because counting the vote is taking longer these days. that has very good dna for democrats to win. this is a candidate who is stellar and has an incredible
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ability to connect with voters and constituents in our area. betsy: while we are talking about new york, there is another candidate from new york that is in new york 24. tell us about her. at is also a professor syracuse university. is a competitive rematch. john katko is- the incumbent. dana leads in the most recent poll. the cook political report just shifted the race for democrats. this is one of two remaining clinton district's. of holocaustghter refugees.
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her work with americans with disabilities was inspired by her brother, who has cognitive disabilities himself. she has a background as a special education teacher. ae was a director of nonprofit service. you hear these stories, these are just real people who would bring their real life experiences from all these areas to congress. we are very excited about her win in the primary and we think she is ready to take on katko in the polling. move to ohio. another former senate staffer, kate schroeder, is running against an incumbent. tell us a little bit about her. she has a very personal health care story.
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she is a cancer survivor. her personal story with health care really does help her make her case to flip this district. she is a fifth city -- fifth-generation cincinnati in. diligencene our due over the years, he is ripe for the picking. that we saw was that she possesses a serious threat to her opponent. she is mounting eight strong campaign. we are really excited to work with her. betsy: here is someone who does not need much of an introduction because so many people remember her hard-fought race for governor of texas, wendy davis. she is now running against the freshman in the 21st district.
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how does that campaign look ? rep. bustos: it looks really good. wendy is raising unbelievable amounts of money, as you can imagine she is a hero to women all over the country. this is a quick reminder, it was wendy, if you remember, standing on the floor of the texas legislature, her historic 13 hour filibuster. that put her name on the map. she built her brand working across the aisle. when you look at these district's, these are tough districts. your politics can't be too far out this way or that way to be successful in some of these really tough districts. thatnk of her in filibuster, she is known for working across the aisle as a state senator. roy,s running against chip
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who has literally built his reputation as this unoriginal loyalist to donald trump. ari great bigina part of why texas has been ground zero since day one in this election cycle. betsy: speaking about trump loyalists, i want to ask you about amy kennedy, who just won her primary yesterday. of course, she is married to former, richmond patrick kennedy. facing congressman van drew. i know there is a tweet you guys sent out that said jefferson van drew is a turncoat, con artist, and political opportunist who cannot be trusted by anyone. how do you really feel?
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[laughter] rep. bustos: you know what, literally, the week that he leaves the democratic caucus to become a republican, he is raising money, asking other democrats to contribute to his reelection effort. that all of he is on fox news, holding donald trump's hand. we feel really good about amy kennedy winning the primary. this is hot off the presses. i actually called her late last night. we've been playing phone tag today. amy has what it takes to win this. committedwe are very to wanting to beat jeff van drew this election cycle. she just released a poll showing her with striking distance of jeff van drew.
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there is a little bit of an ax to grind here. betsy: let's move to arizona. in the sixth district, she ran twice in the eighth district and is now running in this district. again, on our health emergency, she is an room physician. she is phenomenal. she ran for office in a different district. she decided to run in this district as this is where she lives. she is running against a candidate who has a ton of ethical issues right now. she is doing an incredible job. seat in theburban
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northern part of phoenix. suburban area is growing very rapidly, much like a lot of the suburban areas we are talking about. kind of suburban area of her district. the suburban is -- suburban revolt is very, very real. we think that is making arizona as a whole competitive and this district is ripe for the picking as well. jill whiles bring up we are on the topic. in st. louis.s i will give her a shout out, even though ime lifelong illinois in, i am a st. louis
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cardinals fan because i was closer to st. louis growing up than chicago. businesswoman, state senator. the health care scene has been a fight of hers to make sure health care is more affordable. unbelievablen fundraising success, several months, from april to june, that short amount of time, running for congress for the first time, she raised $800,000. she closed out the second quarter with more than $1.5 in the bank. going to taket is to compete in a race like that. she is running against ann wagoner, was elected the same year i was in 2012. fits her district like a glove and we feel really good about that race. betsy: let me move to montana. the at large seat.
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a this is essentially statewide campaign. former state senator kathleen williams. to the congressman who is now running for governor, in 2018. so she is running for a second time as well. she is.tos: she is also doing an incredible job. in terms of the at large category, we are having serious conversations about montana at large and also alaska at large. we have data about the states that obviously don't fit the suburban mold we have been talking about. we have incredibly encouraging data. she did an amazing job in her 2018 race. she put 75,000 miles on her car. advocate for the outdoors, the
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environment. she certainly has over $1.2 million cash on hand. we are excited about montana. betsy: nebraska, this is another rematch. rep. bustos: it is. that is kerry eastman -- that is kara eastman. on donagain taking bacon. so you kind of see that theme. a little bit about kara. she is a lifelong midwesterner. she grew up with a single mother. she has run high-powered nonprofits. she has led homelessness programs. she has run domestic violence shelters.
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she has helped people with lou gehrig's disease. omaha health and kids alliance. so she has got this great big background, helping so many different people. the grassroots, that is her thing. .he gets people so fired up every time i talk with her, she talks about all the prospective voters she is talking with. she is not only doing well on the fundraising front, but also doing great on the grassroots front. betsy: one more person we want to talk about, then we will take some questions from the audience. so if you have not had a chance to,o to the ask a question feel free to do that. i want to ask you about hilary shelton in michigan. she does not know who she is running against yet because they
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are in the primary on the republican side on august 4. tell us a little bit more about her. lucinda: hilary is an immigration attorney. she served in the obama administration, in the department of justice. she is a native of west michigan this is the open justin amash seat. early this cycle, we looked at this seat and thought, this looks like a pretty republican seat. it is a mystery as to whether or not justin amash will run as a third-party candidate. he has until early august to decide. there is a republican primary. but biden is up five here. that is going to have a very good down ticket effect. we have data with justin amash
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on the ballot and without him. ,e feel excited about hillary the amount of service she has already done for her country. we think that she has a really good shot. betsy: great. since get some questions we have gone through and seen some of these terrific candidates. here is a question from nicole. she says, what do you believe are the top issues preventing ?omen from being reelected rep. bustos: i am going to spend that around and make it a positive. i just think women are going to do great. i think women are going to show up in huge numbers to the polls. i think they have had it with donald trump. he was one of the best recruiters for us. and he is one of the best motivators for us.
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when you break down the polling, look at suburban women and how they are just running as fast as they can away from donald trump and towards the democrats running. they women that we just went over coming you have images on their screen come a little bit are relatablehese women. there is nothing stuffy about them. people youack to the like and want doing out with, these are people you want to hang out with. i just think it is going to be a plus. acannot think there is negative of women running for these seats this cycle. betsy: the authenticity factor, that women are really starting to embrace in their own narratives now in campaigns over
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the last couple of cycles. -- how important is that in elections? rep. bustos: the candidate matters. when we talk about the science and the art -- the science is, are you going to have the money? numbers,olls, are the can you move those your way? this democratic performance index, are they such that you can make progress? but the art of it is the candidate. politics atrted in an elected level when i announced in 2006 when i was going to run for city council in illinois, population of 21,000. ,y base, i represented one ward 3000 people.
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int-forward to announcing 2011 that i was going to run for congress. i remember how hard it was for me to talk about personal things. you sit down with the people who are going to do your television ads your mail, all that, they keep digging deeper and deeper. for somebody who was a reporter for years, i was always more comfortable asking the questions then answering them. in 2020, you've got to be willing to talk about your personal background, personal struggles. now,k at these candidates they -- i feel like they are perfectly comfortable talking about struggles. have a littleto bit more of a comfort level. they are real and not afraid to
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share it. lucinda: that is right. barriers toe are entry for women that we have to work very hard to overcome. more fear ofve stepping up to run for office, how do i raise money, i am not a lawyer, i am not good at public speaking. years --or the last 10 it is so important that women candidates, but women, share strugglestories about whatng up, because that is americans see every day. the more authentic our candidates are, the more they will connect, and to better service they will provide to their constituents when they are elected.
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i think it has been remarkable to see women continue to shed the persona of who they think they are supposed to be and just be themselves. betsy: i want to ask you about the fundraising component. there is been some criticism that there is too much emphasis on the fundraising and donor list. i was talking to wanda fox, who ran in north carolina and that primary. she wrote a blog post about her experience running. one of the things she said, this emphasis on fundraising and the size of the donor list can disproportionately hurt younger and maybe more diverse candidates. fordo you think of that someone who does not have an automatic donor list of people who might not get the endorsements or support because they don't rank higher on the fundraising component? rep. bustos: i don't think
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anybody starts out at being good -- i was terrible at it when i started. by the end of my first election running for congress, i had raised more money than any democrat in the history of my district. the district i represent is not affluent. all it is is that is what you need to be able to get your messaging out. none of us like it. if you are a democrat and you support campaign-finance reform. we had a great bill that addressed this. we passed it. of course, it is sitting on the senate side where mitch mcconnell has it hidden in his desk. another reason why i will do a shout out so we can also take back the senate so we can pass and have joeings biden sign them when he is president.
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it is just something that you learn, you get at her at it -- get at her -- get better at it. hopea, good person, and i she sticks with politics. she is a good person. i started a program years ago in illinois called build the bench. i recruit into this program a focus on women, young people, and people of color. that is the focus of who i bring into the building bench program, to teach those fundamentals of how to run and how to win. fundraising is a necessary part of being successful in running for office. we have a program called we lead, where we do a similar thing for young women, helping them run for office.
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we do spend a significant amount of time on fundraising as well. so, let me go back to some questions. this is a question from ross. how do you feel the impact of having a woman on the ticket with joe biden will affect turnout among women? rep. bustos: again, we are going to have great turnout. women are motivated, whether there is a woman on the ticket or not, to beat donald trump, to make sure we are holding onto this last firewall, the only firewall right now in washington, d.c., is the house democrats, hopefully trying to trump and the bad in -- the bad impulses coming out of that guy. i think that whoever vice president biden picks as his
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running mate, he will pick somebody remarkable. i know almost all of the women he is venting, there is only i think one on that list i don't know. he won't go wrong by picking any woman who is there. i just think women are going to be motivated. democrats are going to be motivated. people who want to get our country back on the right track will be motivated. betsy: congresswoman, i saw an op-ed the other day with somebody flooding your name as a potential running mate. rep. bustos: i am not on that list. i am focused on running the dccc and making sure we hang onto it grow our majority in the house. great,: you would be congresswoman, but to be clear, i need you. rep. bustos: i'm not going anywhere. betsy: we talked a little bit
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about this earlier, the impact of covid-19. caitlin was mentioning the kristi smith race. covid-19 impacted the election landscape? rep. bustos: i will start again lucinda, then turn it over to you because you get the credit for this. speaker pelosi, i think it was march,, maybe -- in maybe april, comes to me. folksid, these grassroots are chomping at the bit to try to do something and we are in lockdown. so, as any chair would do, i turned to my executive director, lucinda, and say, let's figure this out. we built from the ground up what we call the virtual action center. lucinda, i will turn it over to you to talk about what that is.
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lucinda: so, we launched the virtual action center at couple of months ago now. it is a way for volunteers from home to get involved in the safety and comfort of your own couch. we can connect people to virtual events, candidates all over the country. you can register voters, phone, text bank. people can sign up to volunteer in foreign languages for us. we have a lot of non-native english-speaking voters out there. we have had volunteers sign up in over 24 languages to be able to reach out on our battlefield. last month alone, we reached almost 800,000 voters through volunteering and our virtual action center. we are really excited for people
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to get that up and running in this environment. we are not going to go door-to-door elicited safe. using our virtual action center. congresswoman bustos and the dccc made the decision to invest on the ground in field capacity more than ever before. that has paid dividends in the covid environment where we have really deep roots and deep relationships that we have been working for a full two-year cycle to form. to be able to get some of the grassroots activism frustration out. we are happy to be that vehicle. up additional field
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investments. to really help make sure that we were being as smart as possible about each individual district and the digital outreach and volunteerism strategy we are using in this new environment we are living in. just one other piece i would be remiss that i did not mention, that i know the chairman -- the chairwoman can talk about a lot as well. people are afraid for their health. people are afraid for their family's health and safety. in the middle of all of that, you have a republican party ,orking to dismantle the aca and you have a trump administration who refuses to open up the aca marketplaces to make it easier for people who are losing their jobs as a result of covid to sign up for health insurance.
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when we talked about health care and the economy, what is motivating voters across our battlefield, focusing on the differences between what a congressional republican and congressional democrat stand for. we will continue to drive that home aggressively through the next few months. betsy: here is another question on political participation from eli. given the current administration's threat way to deal with -- ministration's threatening way of dealing with people of color, including ice, -- gettingions for -- getting people to vote in north carolina? lucinda: we are eager to not
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in thet more volunteers communities, we are working very want to makeut we sure that voters are being reached out to in a confident way. one other way worth noting, we along with our committees and state parties have invested somewhere around $10 million. we are filing lawsuits and are in the middle of litigation and have won lawsuits all over this country. almost half of our state now where there have been voter suppression attempts. let me give you an example. carolina.ase in south think about these voter registration drives. i've been involved in these and i've seen these.
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there is somebody standing outside who says, hey, lucinda, are you registered to vote? lucinda says, no, i'm not, but i would like to be. well, let me register you right now. in south carolina until we won the suit, the person would say we need your full social security number to register you. think about that. all that is is a way for people to go, i'm not going to give you my full social security number. we filed a suit and one that. we filed a suit in michigan where there were attempts to tap down voter participation among college students. this is literally case after case after case where there have been these attempts to throw up barricades to people voting. we are not afraid to get involved. we are unafraid and more than willing to spend what we need to to make sure we are opening up people's voting rights. betsy: great. we have time for one more
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question. before we do that, i want to let everybody know about two of our upcoming events in the next few weeks. next wednesday we have nikki haley, who will be with us. she of course the former governor of south carolina and the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. at the beginning of trump's term, and she will be with us next week. on july 29 we have jim call mary, who of course -- jim palmeri who was the communications director for president obama and hillary clinton's 2016 campaign. she will be here on the 29th on women wednesdays, so please join us for that as well. i think we have one or two more questions here. let me go to the questions and bring them up. so let's see. natalie -- this is
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a great question -- what are your thoughts on electoral quotas for women in office. so many national legislators have quotas. would that work here? rep. bustos: wow. i don't see it working here. i hope that it happens naturally. look, we have more women in congress now than who have ever served in congress. our hope is that number continues to grow and that it is the norm to see a woman in congress, in the house, in the senate come in governor's seats. and hopefully as president sometime in the near future. you know, lucinda, i don't know if you have any other thoughts. lucinda: yeah. rep. bustos: the state of iowa for quite a while has had quotas on, like, state boards, those sorts of things, which i'm
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intrigued by that idea, but i don't know why the electoral process -- i don't know if i see that working in our country. lucinda: i mean, i would love to have the house, the senate, and the white house so we can debate things like that. if we win all three chambers, you know, i think that would be a really cool thing to get pass ed. but we are making strides, right? you have the nevada legislature that has a majority of women. i think we have a long way to go. majority are democrats in congress, but i think we have to and fighting the fights hopefully get to the point where we can have those conversations. rep. bustos: great -- betsy: great, well, that is a great place to end. i thank you for being with us.
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we will be watching and hopefully we can gather again on the program. rep. bustos: yes. we really appreciate your time and we will be watching the campaigns. thank you, everybody, for joining us, and hopefully we will see you next week. if you want to re-watch any of this, you can check out our channel or go to our website and there will be a recording on there for you very shortly. thank you >> the republican and democratic parties and campaigns of president trump and joe biden are adjusting plans for next month's political conventions, already reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. the democrats will convene for a scaled back convention in milwaukee starting august 17. the republicans begin their convention the following week, august 24 spnspn in charlotte, increase before moving on to jacksonville, florida. the democratic and republican national conventions live on
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