tv Presidential Remarks at House Democratic Issues Conference CSPAN January 28, 2016 10:07pm-10:24pm EST
thank you. [applause] thank you. all right, everybody sit down, sit down. you are going to make me choke up. it's good to see you, democrats. everybody's looking good. the members and the families and the folks who are here and staff, everybody who does such hard work it is wonderful to be with you again and i want to obviously start off by thanking somebody who i believe will go down as one of the finest democratic leaders and speakers we have ever had, my dear friend nancy pelosi. [applause] who also has adorable grandchildren. [applause] is hard to find more photogenic
grandkids, i am telling you. they look like they just jumped out of the magazine. to the rest of the leadership, steny, jim, javier and so many others who have worked in the white house to make a profound difference in the lives of the american people i am looking forward to one more year of hard work and fulfilling work and i know that carolina, colorado delegations may be a little distracted right now by the super bowl and the bets that they are laying. if it's buffalo versus barbecue, i am in. but i wish you guys all the luck and i congratulate you on
unbelievable championship games. >> go broncos. >> there you go. >> she is still talking about alabama. [laughter] so i'm not going to speak long because i want to make sure we have a chance for some q&a and i just had a long discussion with a lot of you and the american people in the state of the union. obviously it's election season. the press has been focused on debates and divisions that they can drum up with in the primary and within our party. i'm not worried though about this party staying united. the other side may have some stuff to work out but our trajectory is clear and everyone is scouring my every word to find some deeper meaning to see if i'm trying to put my finger on the scales so let me simplify
things. tonight i have an announcement to make about the presidential race. democrats will win in november and we will have a democratic president succeeding me just in case there's any confusion about that. [applause] the reason i can say that with confidence is because we focus on the things that matter in the lives of the american people. think about the poor questions i've posed during the state of the union, how do we give everybody a fair shot at opportunity of security in this new economy? how do we harness the american spirit of innovation to solve some of our biggest challenge is? how do we keep america safe in lead the world without becoming the world's policeman? and how do we make sure that our politics reflects what is best in us, not what is worse?
our party has the right answers to each of these questions. we have shown that during these past seven years. as democrats we believe everybody who works hard should have a fair shot. our policies rescued the economy from the worst crisis in generations. we have now seen the longest streak of private sector job creation in our history, more than 14 million new jobs. the best two years of job growth since the last time a democrat was in the white house. nearly 18 million americans newly covered by health insurance. [applause] sometimes i get a little frustrated that we don't run back the tape to what the republicans said that ben. at each juncture every single one of the steps we took they said the opposite, wanted to go in a different direction claimed
that her policies would crush jobs and destroy the economy. do people remember that? they said gas would get $6.50 a gallon. it is now around $1.80 paid they said deficits would explode. we cut them by almost three-quarters. my opponent in the last election promised 6% unemployment and by the end of 2016 we got 25% by the end of 25th team. [applause] our policies are the ones that work. so we can't let republicans roll back this progress by letting big banks were big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everybody else. we can't let attacks on collective bargaining go unanswered. we have to build on the progress we have made with education and training for jobs that pay a good wage with benefits and
protection to make sure these jobs provide patient -- basic measure of security and by the way of one of the things i've talked about with many of you is a deepening problem in puerto rico that threatens the world 3.5 million americans paid my administration has put forward a comprehensive proposal to give puerto rico the necessary tools to address its crisis to create a path to recovery and the most urgent tool that we read -- need right now a conference or for structuring authority cost taxpayers nothing and will help more americans regain control of their own economic security. that is the kind of thing that democrats believe in. that's why we support a minimum wage. that's why we support paid leave that's why we support making sure that working families, not folks who are doing just fine,
have access to the opportunities that this new economy is generating. and on the other side other than some slogans you did not hear a single policy that they are putting forward that you can say would help middle-class families are help middle-class families. that is what this election is about. as democrats who believe in science. i know it's a radical proposition. we believe in the power of american ingenuity and innovation and over the past seven years her policies have helped put tens of thousands of americans to work in clean energy jobs that pay better than average. we have been able to double the amount of clean energy we generate some parts of the country when power solar power are not cheaper than dirt greed fossil fuels. we have cut our oil imports by nearly 60% and we have cut our
total carbon pollution more than any other nation on earth. that is what we have done. [applause] so we can't let republicans roll this progress back by giving fossil fuel companies the ability to run roughshod and destroy our environment for future generations and rather than subsidize the past we should be investing in the future. and the incredible opportunities that come with it. that is what all democrats believe in. democrats are top national security priorities and the thing that i think about every single day when i wake up it's how do we protect the american people and keep them safe from terrorist attacks? [applause] for more than a year americans led a coalition of more than 60 countries to hunt down and destroy isil including with nearly 10,000 airstrikes.
we are not going to build progress with a bunch of phony tough talk and over-the-top claims that plane to isil's hands. we are not going to strengthen our leadership around the world by allowing politicians that insult muslims are pit groups of americans against each other. that's not who we are. that's not keeping america safe. [applause] keeping america safe and strong and respected requires using every element of our power. that's how we work to prevent a nuclear-armed iran and again you'll recall the other side was claiming this would never work. they were going to cheat and get a few months later we now know and have certified that massive amounts of existing nuclear stop files and their infrastructure have been dismantled or shipped out. [applause]
and even those who were skeptical are now having to admit that without firing a shot we achieved something that all of us have an interest in end up in work and on for years. that's how we stop the spread of ebola in west africa. our leadership, our military, our public health workers, our scientists. this way we ended it tears a failed policy of by restoring diplomatic connections with cuba. that is what we believe in. we believe politics should reflect what is best in us. you now i'm not going to claim democrats are perfect. i'm not going to claim we are right on every single issue or we have a monopoly on wisdom. but i do know that we hold ourselves to a higher standard. we know that we have got to do
better and we believe structural problems in our democracy that we can fix because there's too much money in our politics and a true democracy doesn't discourage people from voting but in tries -- and that tries to encourage people in voting and participating in making sure their voices heard. [applause] because we believe every vote in every voice matters whether it's black or white hispanic or asian or native american,, straight, people with disabilities. everybody's voice matters. everybody's voice counts. that's what we fought for. like john lewis who was sitting here today. [applause] we believe that no matter who you are what your first or last name as winzip code you were born in that you deserve a shot,
an opportunity of success. that's what we believe and we believe yet the government has a role to play in making that happen to give a hand up to people. if we stay true to those principles, our party is not going to just have a good year, america will have a good year and we will have more good years after that and future generations to come. during this election season there is a lot of noise and a lot of talk about america in decline and as i stood -- said of the state of the union i don't believe in the facts to show it. we are doing a lot better than we were seven or eight years ago and we have got a long way to go
but the same approach we have taken of listening to the daily struggles and hopes and aspirations of people and making sure those voices are represented in the corridors of power, making sure that the loss that we seek to pass are ones that are going to help them and not a bunch of special interest or try to either hang onto what they have already got or get more that they don't need, that is what the democratic party stands for. that is why i am so proud to have worked with all of you. i've said this in interviews, guest democrats aren't perfect but you know we are on the right side of this debate. and we are not cynical.
we genuinely believe that everybody should get a shot because most of us had to struggle and work hard and we watched her parents and grandparents and others work hard. we believe in immigration or form because we remember the history of our own families coming to this country. [applause] and how they were able to forge a better life. we care about health care because we remember what it was like for someone in our family if they didn't have health care and couldn't pay the bills, didn't get decent care. we care about the minimum wage because of lunch of us worked in minimum wage jobs. and remember what it was like to try to scrimp and save. we care about making sure colleges affordable because a lot of us here benefited from loans and grants and support. otherwise we wouldn't have gotten an education because we
work born with the silver spoon. that is what we stand for. what we believe in. i could not be prouder of the work this caucus has done. i could not be prouder of the partnership i have had with you and i intend to spend every minute of every day between now and january 20 of next year making sure that your legacy continues, not just mine because that's what the american people need and that's what they deserve so we will get to work. thank you everybody. [applause] thank you. thank you. [applause] thank you everybody, thank you. house democrats heard from vice president biden. it's gussied administrations necr