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this is life and it is not under way get so we spoke with dave reporter earlier today. here is a look. >> let's begin with the senate democratic leadership rate - - race the changing of the guard senator schumer leading the post but what other surprises quick. >> it is an open question with the democratic whip spot and with that senate campaign that day did not announce today that they
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were heading into this. >> so what was he trying to accomplish what. >> but then to stay of the leadership came team to bring on the factions of the caucus to have the reason of which weighed those with an odyssey through 2020 but then bernie sanders came up in the leadership. >> sell some new titles for senator warren and senator warren from virginia. >> they were already in leadership with the vice-chairman and then tammy
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baldwin to broaden the team. >> and senator herb bernie sanders remains a democrat what was looking for quick. >> so going into this meeting with the aberdeen sanders looking at the number three spot to think about it then that david be working on not reach that that is a natural fit to for him to tap into the younger voters.
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>> so ask about those changes and the two key committees senator feinstein is not the ranking democrat and the senator from vermont will move over for the senate appropriations committee but regard to senator feinstein there is hell least one supreme court nominee front and center. >> and then in them president trump will get to that point and with that happens with the court with her being the ranking member. with the democratic caucus
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to check on the trump white house. >> of republicans in leadership vote today as much mcconnell was nominated by senator rubio who will be getting his second term in january. white did he make the nomination? >> that is a pretty good question we were talking to staff but then to lead the charge and there was a mentum to get the republicans on the track said he was up part of that. and then to be very involved in the indiana senate race.
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>> so with no significant changes except for the senator from colorado? greg. >> he is in charge of us senate campaign facing what looks like a favorable map on the inside dozens of democrats are up for reelection that could favor the republicans in the midterm those that say that donald trump won. saw how they can move that to their vantage. >> two underscore your earlier point they are filling that position on the democratic side of the aisle until early next year? >> they're having difficulties finding someone to fill that position for
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earlier gcs because 2018 is difficult but also not a wide swath of people even in a good year that would want to line up against trump. >> followed jordan online joining us from capitol hill. >> thanks for having me on. >> we are still waiting for the children's defense fund awards ceremony to get under way. hillary clinton is expected to give remarks they're honoring her for her contributions to child advocacy taking place in washington d.c. and should be starting momentarily. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> we're still waiting for the awards ceremony to get underway with hillary clinton giving remarks with the children's defense fund. we are told that will be under way shortly. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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t11 >> we're still waiting for their children defense fund ceremony to get under way for the hillary clinton remarks. while we wait here is a portion of today's washington internal. >> the third movement of the
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>> our children can do anything any child can do and we are so proud of this young man. [applause] so glad you can command year tonight to celebrate these extraordinary young people to hear their stories. and to live through things that most of us could not manage and come down at extraordinary levels so thanks for coming. tonight we're here to celebrate a great child advocate and a great friend who has for our dear friend
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hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] i am so proud of her in so many ways. and that is why so to go back very long way and has made such a difference in the lives of the children's defense fund. i first heard of her when she hit "time" magazine as the next democratic senator from massachusetts on his cold war stance from vietnam so we called her up peter
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and i times come to the league of women voters conference in ohio and that was the beginning of a long friendship. after an asset at the loss school i went up to speak there and she came up to me after incident of a bike to work for you i said you can work but i will not pay you you have to find your own money but she did. i have always appreciated her for that. and delays did whatever was necessary with internship she went to the academy down south and then she went to look at the conditions of
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children living in migrant camps and she did that and when she got out of law school she severed like to come work we were just then forming the project you know, how badly we pay you but she came to cambridge as the staff attorney with our first mission to figure out if this was a national problem we saw there routinely in not enrolled in english schools 750,000 were not telling us why they were out of school. so we knocked on thousands of stores and you have to go behind the data to knock on doors and get to know them. now those children between
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seven and 13 as well as that large portion for disabled children so that was the first big legislative victory that hillary was knocking on the doors. but then she says to my shock that she was going down to arkansas. . .
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the persistence of commitment that she has reflected with children and families all of her adult life. [applause] and this was 1992 but she came to washington with president bill clinton in the first thing they did was they came to celebrate young people like these tonight who have been beating the odds. then as first lady began to work together and immunizations and chip and all the things our children need to get ready for school, so she became in 2,002,008 the first former first lady after she went to her stent and the white house to run for political office in new york and as you know she won the seat in new york and the junior united
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states senator bayh landslide and she was a very good senator. in 2000 she becomes the first woman to launch a major campaign for president of the united states in a hard-fought primary. senator barack obama prevails but in 2009 in 2012 he appointed hillary rodham clinton secretary of state, former first lady to serve in the cabinet position and in 2016 as senator and secretary of state hillary rodham clinton becomes the first woman to win the nomination of a major party for president of the united states of america. [applause] and to win the popular vote. [applause] so we are going to say she is the people's president. [applause] and as of the most recent count,
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1,221,480 have said she is our president and she is our president. [applause] and i wanted to thank her because my two granddaughters are here tonight and because of all the paths she has paid for them one day soon her daughter and my daughter and our granddaughters are going to sit in that oval office and we can thank hillary rodham clinton. [applause] so i'm delighted to have her come and share this evening and let her know that we love her and that we appreciate all the hard work that she has done and to say it's not going to be for not that she is our president for the future. hillary. [applause] [applause]
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[cheers and applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you, thank you. [applause] it is so wonderful to be here with all of you on behalf of the children's defense fund. i was listening backstage as marian wight edelman went through the 45 years that we have known each other and even reminded me of some things that i had not recalled, namely that this event was the very first event that my husband and i went to after he was elected president, and so it's especially poignant and meaningful to me to be here
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again with all of you. i want to start by congratulating the terrific young people that we are celebrating tonight. [applause] you will hear more about each of them because each has faced painful challenges, violence and poverty, abandonment that they never gave up. they never stopped reaching, never stop dreaming and yes they have beaten the odds. they call troy the little poet who could. he is an artist on the basketball court in a flourishing writer in the classroom and he dreams of becoming a filmmaker. bethany lives in one foster home after another but with the help of a wonderful teacher and her own determination, she is thriving and hopes to become a
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doctor so she can care for others. carlos left a difficult childhood in guatemala, made it to america all by himself. then he took a second journey, make it all the way to college where he is studying to become an engineer. janet's secret weapon is her beautiful voice and her musical talent. music has helped her overcome every obstacle that life has thrown in her path. and -- persevered to domestic violence at home and o. leang at school and found her voice producing a student television show at school and now she has set her sights on becoming a journalist. these fearless, generous openhearted determined young people represent a rising generation that should give us
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all much hope for the future. and they represent the continuing commitment of the children's defense fund and marian wright edelman. now i will admit, coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me. there have been a few times this past week when all i wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again. but, if there is anyone who knows how to pick yourself up and get back on your feet and get to work, it is marian. [applause] she has been doing it all her life and she has been helping the rest of us do it too. i am as inspired by marian today as i was the first time i met her 45 years ago. and she told the story, i was a
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young law student, i had lots of hopes and expectations about what a law degree would enable me to do. i had the words of my methodist faith ringing in my ears to all the good you can from the people you can and all the ways you can whenever you can. she was the crusading legal activist, also a graduate of yale law school and she was translating her faith into a life devoted to children, service and social justice. observing that being part of that is one of the greatest gifts anyone has ever given me. i often thought about marian's cherny about the stony road she walked, and how she never lost her faith and kept her eyes on the prize. i think of for taking the bar exam in mississippi, the first black woman ever to do so and then opening offices for the
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naacp and a head start program for children hit desperately needed it. i think of her with robert kennedy in a tiny shack in the delta opening his eyes to the realities of poverty in america. i think of her with dr. martin luther king jr. starting the poor people's campaign and dreaming of an america of equality and opportunity. you have to look at marian's life and ask, how did she beat the odds when so many gave up the hopes hope in those early days. for marian it has always been about children and families. that's what matters and that's what has kept her going, helping to open public schools to children with disabilities in the 1970s and effort i was honored to be part of, working to expand medicaid and the 1980s to cover more pregnant
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women and more children in need. standing with me and others in the 1990s to create the children's health insurance program, improve foster care and create early head start, fighting in recent years to build a bipartisan movement to dismantle the schools to prison pipeline and reform our criminal justice system especially for juveniles and spending countless hours mentoring and training the next generation of leaders and activists. under marian's leadership the children's defense fund works to give every child a healthy start , a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life. i cannot think of a more noble or necessary mission. no matter what the setbacks, she has always believed in the words of dr. king often repeated by
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president obama, and the arc of the moral universe is long but it tends toward justice. now sometimes it can feel awfully long, believe me i know, but i also know it does then. it bends towards justice because people like marian in so many of you, and their people in this audience i've had the privilege of working with and admire for so many decades, and you refuse to stop pushing and when you get knocked down, you get back up. i often quote bears her when she says that service is the rent we pay for living. you don't get to stop paying rent just because things don't go your way. i know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. i am too, more than i can ever express but as i said last week, our campaign was never about one
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person or even one election. it was about the country we love and about doubling an america that is hopeful, inclusive and -- i didn't get into public service to hold high office. [applause] 45 years ago that would have seemed an absolute incredibly long headed view but i did decide to be an activist and use my law degree to help kids. every child deserves to have the opportunity to live up to his or her god-given potential and i believe the measure of any society is how we treat our children. as we move forward into a new and in many ways uncertain future, i think that must be the task for america and ourselves. despite the progress, and we
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have made progress under president obama, more than 31 million children still live at or near poverty in america. and i hoped to have had the opportunity to build on the progress that president obama has made because i know that we are stronger together when we are lifting each other up. let's be clear, when i talk about children in or near poverty, this isn't someone else's problem. these aren't someone else's children. this is america's problem because they are america's children. child poverty isn't just an urban challenge or a black or latino challenge, although children of color continue to suffer disproportionately from high rates of poverty, but make no mistake, there are poor
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children of every race and ethnicity. three out of every 10 white children in america are at or near poverty. that is more than 11 million kids. when you add in 11 million latino children, more than 6 million black children, 1.5 million asian and american indian children, nearly 2 million children of two or more races the scope and scale of this challenge becomes clear. poor children live in every state and in every congressional district, so they deserve the attention and efforts of everyone of our representatives and leaders. the measure of success must be how many children and families climb out of poverty and reach the middle class? we know what works to support kids and give them opportunities to succeed. parents need good-paying jobs,
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affordable quality health care and childcare, to have helped daunting the demands of work and family. communities need investments that let families up, not neglect them and let them fall further behind. there are millions of children who will go to school tomorrow in classrooms with crumbling ceilings, empty bookshelves and walls covered with mold. there are children in places like flint, michigan drinking water poisoned by lead and children all over our country face the daily danger of gun violence. we have to ask ourselves, what are we doing to give them the safe and healthy lives they deserve? there are also children who are afraid today like the little girl i met in nevada who started to cry when she told me how scared she was that her parents would be taken away from her and be deported.
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no child should have to live with fear like that. no child should be afraid to go to school because they are latino or african-american or muslim or because they have a disability. we should protect our children and help them love themselves and love others. [applause] so there is a lot of work to do as long as any child in america lives in poverty, as any child child -- as long as any child in america lives in fear, as long as any child, not just here but in the world faces these challenges, there is work to do. girls as well as boys in every country on every continent deserve that chance to fulfill their own potential. and it is going to take all of us doing our part. i wrote a book 20 years ago called it takes a village. a lot of people asked, what the heck do you mean by back? i meant what was understood from
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the beginning, none of us can raise a family, build a business, he'll peel a community or lift the country by ourselves. we have to do it together. [applause] so i urge you please don't give up on the values we share. look at the young people we are honoring tonight. if they can persevere, so must all of us and if marian has taught us anything, it is there are so many ways to make a difference. organizations like cdf have never been more important. businesses, philanthropists, foundations, congregations of every faith to step up too as there is work to be done in every community, debates to be joined in city halls and state capitols and even if it may not seem like it right now, there is common ground to build on.
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a lot of governors and legislators and mayors are pioneering new ways to support parents and provide children with early learning in red states as well as blue states. many of our most important accomplishments for the well-being of children and families have come from both parties working together like the children's health insurance program. that could never have happened without republican leaders. now it covers eight alien kids and even in this presidential campaign, for the first time ever a broad consensus emerged about the importance of affordable quality childcare and paid family leave. [applause] so we have work to do and for the sake of our children and our families and our country, i ask you to stay engaged, stay
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engaged on every level. we need you. america needs you. your energy, your ambitions and your talent. that's how we get through this. that's how we help to make our contributions to bend at the arc of the moral universe poured justice. i know this is an easy, i know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether america is the country we thought it was. the divisions laid there by this election run deep but please listen to me when i say this. america is worth it. our children are worth it. believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up because over the past two years i have met so many people who reaffirmed my faith in our country, all kinds of people. young people starting businesses, people working in every way they could to make the
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world a better place, police officers who put their lives on the line, members of community who work with the police to try to keep everybody safe, immigrants who worked so hard to become citizens and so many people who work long hours caring for children and elderly even when the pay is not enough to support their own families. i met and had the chance to work and travel with mothers who lost children and turned around and started a movement for peace and justice. a pastor in south carolina shared his bible with me open to first corinthians. love never fails that tells us and i believe that. way back when i was in college, and they gave the commencement speech, i said to my classmates then that our goal should be to make what appears to be
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impossible, possible. i possible. i've made these older now, a mother and a grandmother. i have seen my share of ups and downs but i still believe that we can make the impossible possible. [applause] i will hope that the stories of the people we are honoring tonight, marian's story, although she is achieved, the children's defense -- defense fund has often made the impossible possible. and then finally as some of you heard me say during the campaign, i draw hope and sustenance from another person who influenced my life instilled those every day, my mother. i have talked about her difficult childhood. she was abandoned by her parents when she was just eight years old. they put her on a train to california all by herself in charge of her little sister who was three years younger.
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she ended up in california where she was mistreated by her grandparents, ended up on her own working as a housemaid. she beat the odds. she found a way to offer me the boundless love and support she never received herself. i think about her every day and sometimes i think about her on that train. i wish i could walk down the aisle and find the little wooden seat where she sat, holding tight to her younger sister all alone and terrified. she doesn't yet know how much more she will have to face and even suffer. she doesn't yet know she will find the strength to escape that suffering. that is still years off. her whole future is unknown, as it is for all of us as she
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stares out at the vast country moving past her. and that dream if going up to her and sitting next to her and taking her in my arms and saying look, look at me and listen. you will survive, you will have a family of your own, three children and as hard as it might e2 imagined, your daughter will grow up to be a united states senator who represents our country as secretary of state and win more than 62 million votes for president of the united states. [applause] now i can't and you can't go back in time and hug all those children that preceded us but we can do that now.
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we can reach out to make sure every child has a champion because i am as sure of this is anything i have ever known. america is still the greatest country in the world. this is still the place where anyone can beat the odds. it's up to each and every one of us to keep working to make america a better and stronger and fairer. thank u.. god bless you and god bless the work of the children's defense fund. [applause] [cheers and applause] [applause]
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incoming senate democratic leader charles schumer of new york spoke following leadership elections. he announced three additional members of the party leadership including independent vermont senator bernie sanders as outreach chairman. this is 10 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> okay, good morning everyone and we had a great meeting. it went very smoothly and i am humbled, truly humbled and honored to receive the support of my colleagues to be the next
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leader of the senate democratic caucus. i am even prouder to introduce the team joining me appear appeared today which i will get into very soon. i came into this job fully aware of its challenges and what it needs that my colleagues trust me to live up to a high standard set that my friend, mentor and my foxhole buddy, harry reid. hairy. it's like an older brother to me his supporting counselor and valuable and i speak for the entire caucus when i say we are grateful for his leadership, his service, his friendship. now i want to say to the american people exactly what i just said to my caucus. i'm going to wake up every single day focused on how senate democrats can effectively fight for america's middle last and those struggling to join it.
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last tuesday night was something none of us expect. i suspect that's true for many of you in the press as well. it certainly didn't go the way we democrats hoped. it was a tough night, no doubt about it and when you lose an election like this you can't flinch. you can't ignore it. you need to look it right in the eye and ask why, analyze it and learn from it. one thing we know is that we heard the american people loud and clear. they felt that the government wasn't working for them. they felt that the economy was rigged against them in many places and that the government was too beholden to big money and special interests. now there's a debate going on about whether we should be the party of the diverse obama coalition with the blue-collar american heartland, something we need to make a choice on and
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spend all of our energies focused on one group of americans or another. i believe that there does not have to be a division. in fact, there must not v-8 division. we need to be the party that speaks to and works on behalf of all americans and a bigger, bolder, sharper edge that talks about how people in the middle class and those struggling to make it there can do better but also deals directly with the unfairness in the american economic system. we will unite our caucus and blue-collar work in west virginia, michigan as well as the people who live along the coast. under leader reid we had seven members and leadership. i've decided to expand the team and add three new members and i'm so proud of each of them. bernie sanders, joe manchin,
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tammy baldwin. .. which so many feel is against them the one that works for the people. the leadership team stretches. there will be some differences of opinion of course. but on the core economic issues, we are united in fact on this
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point we are far less divided. indeed a silver lining in the crowd is that on many economic issues, president elect trump was closer to us than republican leadership which always seems to wind up in the corner of the interest. so, as republicans returned the majority is next year and get set to take over the white house democrats are beginning to determine our way forward. we take it issue by issue and case-by-case, but i can tell the american people this yard ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with republicans on issues where we agree that we will go toe to go against the president elect whenever our values are the progress we've made is under assault. today i want to focus on the
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leadership team. they are a great team. >> we will send you a blessed of the members of the team. i'm going to lean on the group for advice and counsel. we are going to move forward in the same direction. we are a big tent party but united has a caucus and purpose. the leadership team is a perfect example of that and they are the right group to lead the caucus. thank you and wish that with tl take your questions.
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>> what do you think the relationship will be going forward, how will that relationship help do that? i told him what i told you. we are not going to just as some have done in the past to say just because it is his idea or thought we are going to oppose it. when we can work together, we will but i've also said on issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight and some of those issues i named coming and that is how the issue is going to be. >> [inaudible]
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i think that it was two days ago the things he said are reprehensible and we are just going to keep a careful eye on the president and on him if they dhand ifthey do anything from ty forward they've done so much awful and we will go after them in terms of bigotry. >> [inaudible] >> stay tuned. >> what did you learn the following for election? >> a stronger, bolder, economic message and we needed to let the american people understand what we believe that the system isn't working for them and we are going to change it. >> first we are deeply
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disappointed in the way your colleagues treated merrit garland and i will undermine we didn't change them because they thought on something as important as this, there should be a degree of bipartisan agreement. last question. >> can you talk about what that means for the future supreme court -- >> there is a huge respect and she will be a superb ranking member. she's going to have a very important job making sure that every aspect of the president's nominee is explored and brought before the public. thank you, everybody.
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[inaudible conversations] thank you for being with us. >> let's begin with the senate democratic leadership race the changing of the guard with the senator easily winning at the leadership post but what other surprises were there? >> it's still an open question on if there would be a fight between senator durbin for the number two spot. there is still an open question on who would head up the
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democratic senate can aim in the one position they didn't announce today so that's a couple things everyone was watching heading into this meeting. >> what were the goals of the te senator, why was he trying to accomplish in setting up the team? >> he would expand the leadership team and bring all of the factions int into leadership especially coming out of an election in which way it goes and how do they appeal going into a difficult year so he tried to pull and bernie sanders tried to pull everyone together. >> let me ask about some new titles from the senator from massachusetts and senator mark warner of virginia.
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>> they were already in the leadership and he moved them up to the vice-chairman and then we've got sanders and nan chen and tammy baldwin into leadership to broaden the team. >> an >> and new position for senator bernie sanders that remains an independent. what was he looking for? >> going into the meeting bernie sanders challenged durbin and looking at the number three sp spot. he said thinking about it i'm not going to challenge durbin but what he called them he's going to be working on outreach. that was a natural given his
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presidential bid and the more liberal wing of the party and excite the base. >> let me ask about the changes in the key committees. the ranking democrat on the judiciary committee and the senator from vermont patrick leahy will move over as the senate appropriations committee but with regard to senator feinstein, we know there will be at least one supreme court nominee front and center. where does this put her? >> at the forefront of the upcoming if they feel it's created by justice scalia has a chance presiden president trumpt to the point depending on what happens so it puts her at the center of the fight with her being the ranking member on the judiciary and acting as a check
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you've heard them talking about the justice in the democratic caucus. >> senate republicans also the leadership vote today with a familiar face returning as the senate republican leader nominated by senator marco rubio who will begin a second term in january. why is he making the nomination >> shia led the charge to come back to the senate which as i'm sure people will remember added some momentum earlier this year to getting republicans on the track where they can keep the senate majority so he was very much a part of that and was very involved in the race.
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it was a nice symbolic gesture that he helped to keep in the senate. >> and no changes in the leadership team except for the senator of colorado. what is his new role? >> he is and urge of the campaign for 2018 they are facing what looks like a favorable map on the outset spending roughly eight seats, but they've got dozens of democrats up for election that could favor. he is going to be the point person to figure out how they can move all of that to their advantage and a favorable senate map. >> filling that position until early next year, could?
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>> they are having a difficulty finding someone to fill that position and he said it's partly because it is a difficult math but it's not a wide swath of people who are whining and chomping at the bit. >> more details available online. jordan is joining us on capitol hill. thank you for your time. >> the senate majority leader spoke to reporters after being chosen to continue in his current position. he was joined by other members of the committee to talk about their agenda. it's about ten minutes. >> good afternoon, everyone.
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we have a new chairman who will make some comments shortly. i was goals is to wrap this up as soon as possible, and we intend to have a very busy year next year beginning january 3. there are some conferences in progress and we hope to be able to finish. i'm particularly interested in the 21st century though which has really broad bipartisan support we hope to wrap that up and we are in ongoing discussions obviously about how to fund the government and for how long.
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>> since the eisenhower administration there have been 14 occasions where the same political organization has both houses and the white house and 11 times under democratic the dc control, three times under the republican-controlled we see this on november 8 as a historic opportunity for us to make real progress on behalf of the american people. he american people believe overwhelmingly that the country is headed in the wrong direction and we have now been given a tremendous opportunity. we intend to take advantage of every opportunity that we can to be responsive to the message that the american people sent us and make progress on their behalf. >> this was a combated election
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process. the american people came out in big numbers and voted for change. the republican senate was listening. we want to address the american people's biggest concerns, the biggesbiggest priorities that we believe are improving the economy and better paying jobs in the economy and defending and protecting the homeland and keeping america safe. the other take away is that people are extremely frustrated and tired of business as usual and of the status quo in washington, d.c. and i think all of us need to hear that message and it's my hope that here in the senate with the white house coming weekend work together to restore the trust of the american people and put up a record of accomplishment and address the most basic and highest concern and priorities in the coming years.
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>> the administration came out with new rules and regulation on the public land. you said that they were going to be using audacious executive actions. i would caution the administration because anything they come up with after the first of june will be subject to something called the congressional review act and we used that at least five times and put things on president obama's desk that he vetoed and we didn't have the votes to override a. now i feel assured that president trump will find those things to reverse the late regulations coming out by the obama administration and we plan to use that technique rigorously in the next administration. so, in the six years that i've been in the senate, every time i go home over 2,000 town meetings in the state the issues were
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always jobs, stronger families, but then you go to the rolling disaster of obamacare, out-of-control regulators and concerns in the last six or eight months every time i was anywhere talking to the people i worked for about what coul coule been in the supreme court. i think on all those fronts, this congress working with the next congress into the next president to head in the new a w direction at least on behalf of the american people i worked for in the direction they would like to see us go. >> the speaking order is going right height, so i'm last. the talk of the past two years a majority as we went on transportation and energy and as we have led to great success over the past two years with bipartisan efforts and accomplishments. and that led to the majority this november and it will lead
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to keeping the majority in november of 2018. it's making sure we take care of every man and woman in the country [inaudible] >> i'm not going to comment on the white house personnel choices [inaudible] >> american campaigns are pretty robust and don't realize we've had a boss like this in the pa
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past. thinking of 1824, andrew jackson, henry clay, john adams. almost anything occurred in the course of the campaign pales in comparison usually be unsigned documents. american campaigns are pretty spirited and robust. what's different is with the internet and 24 hour tv everyone gets a constant, they are constantly confronted with all this. i think that it's time for the election to be over. president obama should be commended for the way that he handled himself after the election and vice president biden, hillary clinton. it's time to accept the results and lower the tone and see what we can do together to make progress in the country has the president given any indication?
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>> obviously having some conversations about a whole variety of things it won't surprise you to know that i'm not terribly interested in sharing it with you today. >> [inaudible] >> we are working on how to fund the government. >> [inaudible] >> what i think we are going to do here is make as much progress for the american people as we can on the things that will affect their lives and the feeling and replacing obamacare and things like comprehensive tax reform and things like appointments to the supreme court and other records we are going to address the real
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concerns of the american people do not go back and re- litigate what anybody may have said during a hotly contested presidential race. >> [inaudible] >> vr going -- we are going to pass that. i think it's already held.
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we are asking students to participate in the documentary competition by telling us what is the most urgent issue for the next presiden president in the g congress to address in 2017. our competition is open to all
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middle school and high school students grades six through 12. students can work together or any group to producina group too seven minute documentary on the issue. a grand prize of $5,000 will go to the student or the team with the best overall. $100,000 of cash prizes will be awarded and shared between 150 students and 53 teachers. january 20, 2017. that's a inauguration day. for more information, go to the website, students can.org. can.org. >> former presidential candidate senator bernie sanders spoke about the impact of the 2,016th elections and took questions from the "washington post" columnist. this event was hosted by george washington university and it's about one hour and 15 minutes. [cheering]
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let me thank all of you for coming out today. i understand there are a lot of people out there today. before we do, i just wanted to say a few words about where we are today. i know there are a lot of people who are frightened and a lot of people i wouldn't be telling you the truth is i could tell you tuesday night was a very depressing evening for me. i want to maybe begin by telling you that as a result of having the privilege and the opportunity of coming all over the country coming to 46 states
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during my campaign, i ended the campaign far more optimistic than when i began the campaign and the reason for that is all over the country i saw extraordinarily beautiful working people, young people who love this country and who are determined to do everything they can to make the united states of america the kind of nation that we know we can become. [applause] the other point i want to make as we move into this era is to understand real change and real politics never takes place from the top on down. it always occurs from the bottom
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up. [applause] and what that means in my view is that when millions of people stand together and refuse to allow them to divide us by race, by the country that we were born, by our sexual orientation, when we stand together by the millions, we can stop mr. trump or anyone else from doing bad things to this country. [applause] [cheering] >> as lisa just mentioned, election day is our important,
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but politics is not just about election. if you think of our history as a nation and a profound change just that have taken place, if you understand is that the change ultimately takes place when millions of people wicker down to them and say that the status quo isn't working for the social justice. >> so i want to make three points. number one, in case you don't know and i'm sure most of you do, hillary clinton ended up winning the popular vote by what we think after they are counted by about 2 million votes.
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[applause] number two, if you are a progressive on issue after issue, whether it is raising the minimum wage to a living wage, whether it is pay equity for women, whether it is rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and creating millions of decent paying jobs, whether it is reforming a broken criminal justice system or broken immigration system, whether it is making public colleges or universities tuition free, demanding that the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes on all of those issues and more, the american people are on our side. don't ever forget that. [applause]
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during the course of his campaign i should tell you i was as active as i could be during the last week of the campaign. i was in 12 battleground states giving 21 speeches and rallies all over the country because they felt that it was absolutely imperative that we do everything we can to make sure that hillary clinton was elected and not donald trump but it didn't turn out that way. here we are today. seems three things come up for things. number one, five things, we don't know. during the course of the campaign that clearly we have to acknowledge was one of the most unusual campaigns ever invite a
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candidate. he said a whole lot of things i think sometimes they just come off the top of his head. he was using the term saying he was going to be the champion of the american working class. that's what he said. while, we have a list of everything that you said, and we are going to hold you to accou account. [applause] we need major reforms of the democratic party. [applause]
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>> it's something the pundits here in washington have not a clue about into the corporate media has very little understanding about. and that is that what he understood to be true is despite the fact that today we are far better off economically than after eight years of obama then we were when bush left office but that is true there is another reality, all across the country there are millions and millions of decent good people who are frightened about the world but they are living in. there are mothers out there making 30, 40, $50,000 a year. mom and dad are working and need child care for their children yet it costs ten or $15,000.
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how do you afford $15,000 for child care when you are making 40 or $50,000 a year? there are workers in my state to see an explosion in technology. they see the very wealthiest people in this country becoming phenomenally rich and large corporations enjoying record-breaking profits and they are working not at one job but two jobs or three jobs. there are people all over the country that are 55, 60 years of age. they worked their entire life and they are going to be retiring soon. there isn't a michael and the bank for retirement. there are young people that went deeply into debt 30, 50, $80,000
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in debt in order to go to college, but when they leave school, they find that the only jobs they can get other jobs which pay than 12, 1 them 12, 1n hour, not enough to repay their debt. that is the reality for millions of people in this country and that is the reality of a middle-class which has been in decline for the last 40 years. that's the reality of 43 million americans who today are living in poverty, something that we do not talk about at all and i will not mention on television and some in dire poverty and a nation that has a grotesque level of income inequality which the top one tenth of 1% now has almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. and that is the reality that he
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proceeds to be true and he said you are hurting and i hear and understand you are worried about the future for your kids, and i alone can do something about it and people voted for him. let me tell you some of what mr. trump talked about. and we are going to hold him accountable. mr. trump said -- [applause] [cheering] he said unlike many republicans, the vast majority, he said he will not cut social security, medicare and medicaid. i believe that we should expand social security. i believe in a medicare for all program but that is what he
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said. and pay attention to see what he now does. the question that will be resolved pretty quickly is whether or not everything he was saying to the working families of the country was hypocrisy, dishonest or whether he was sincere and we will find that out soon enough but number one, no cut to the social security, medicare and medicaid. mr. trump says he wants to invest a trillion dollars in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. that is a good sum of money and that is exactly what we should be doing and we could create millions of good paying jobs if we do that that's what you said on the campaign trail. that's what we look forward to seeing from you. [cheering] now, i have been to believe the
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federal minimum wage of $7.25 today is a starvation wage and that it should be raised to $15 an hour. [applause] [cheering] he didn't say that that's what he did say is we should raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. not enough, the it's a start and we will hold him to those words. he said wall street though dangerous and doing bad things come he wants to reestablish the legislation. i look forward to working with him. [applause] he said he wants six weeks of paid maternity leave. every other major country on earth has i think at least 12 weeks of medical leave but this
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is a start. we look forward to working with him if he is honest about that. he said throughout his campaign he wants to change our disastrous trade policies and somebody that voted against every one of these, i look forward to working with him to make that happen. so i think what you will see on capitol hill is many democrats will be prepared to work with mr. trump if he turns out to be sincere about the promises he made during the campaign. if they turn out to be hollow and if they bring nothing more than campaign rhetoric, we will not only oppose his economic policies, we will expose that
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hypocrisy as well. [applause] but there is an area where i come and i think i can speak for virtually every member, will not be working with mr. trump. we will not be involved in the expansion of bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia. [cheering] this country as you all know since our inception has struggled to overcome
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discrimination of all forms. that is racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. for hundreds of years, extraordinarily brave people have stood up and some of them died in the struggle to end discrimination in america and i say to the bottom of my heart, and i know that i speak for millions of fellow americans, we are not going backwards in terms of bigotry. we are going to go forward in creating a nondiscriminatory society. and in that regard, i call upon him to rescind the appointment that he made of mr. gannon.
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[applause] a president of the united states shouldn't have a racist at his side. unacceptable. [applause] and there is another area that concerns me very much. and that is despite virtually all of the scientific evidence, throughout his campaign, he proclaimed that his view is that climate change is a hope created for whatever reason in china, couldn't quite figure that out. [laughter] and i say to mr. trump, climate change isn't a hoax.
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it is a great planetary crisis that we face. and if we do not act boldly to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planets that we will be leaving to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be far less healthy and in habitable than the ones we have today and this is an issue in which millions of americans and people all over the world, this is a global issue because the united states backs out and gets up on the effort to combat climate change over th all over the wor, china, russia, india, other countries are going to say why are we transforming our energy system. millions of us have got to stand
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up and tell mr. trump to read a little about science. ask a [cheering] so start listening to the scientific community and not the ceo of the fossil fuel industry. [cheering] let me just read a few more words a couple pages. when we began the race for the presidency in april of 2015 we were considered by the political establishment and the media to
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be a fringe campaign something not to be taken seriously for her to we were taking on the entire democratic party establishment, and by the way we were also running against most powerful political operation in the country, the clinton machine had won the presidency twice and almost won the democratic presidential nomination to hillary clinton in 2008. when our campaign finally came to a close in july, 2016, it turned out that the pundits had gotten it wrong big-time. we had made history and run one of the most consequential campaigns in the history of the country, a campaign that would in a very profound way change america. we received 13 million votes in
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primaries and caucuses around the country. we won 22 states more than a few by a landslide proportion. we won 1846 pledged delegates to the democratic convention, 46% of the total. importantly, in virtually every state, we won a strong majority of people for future of america. we won by large percentages of the vote from white, black, latino, asian-american, and native american youth. he said the agenda for the america of tomorrow. thank you. [applause] [cheering]
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[cheering] we love you, bernie. >> we love you too. this gimmick it is an honor to be here with senator sanders at an event organized by politics and prose which isn't just a bookstore, but a great institution in the city. it is you might say if you were in the community organization, what they do to organize public discussion and public debate is extraordinary and i am very happy to be here for that. this is a grave and serious moment. and i will give to this. senator sanders in his book has really nice things to say about the media -- [laughter]
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but precisely because it is a great moment and you've written this book, senator, there are a few moments at the beginning of the book about yourself that i didn't know and i think people in the audience as they approach the book might be interested in knowing. i didn't know for example that the boy scouts made your political career possible in a manner of speaking. for every student athlete i want you to know bernie sanders got cut from his high school basketball team. she went on to become a track star runner.
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you are a very competitive person and i'd like you to talk about those experiences. then i have one other life experience before we get to the other questions. by the way, thank you all. i went through hundreds of questions. you asked excellent questions and i tried to lump som sum of m together in categories and there are some i will ask specifically. but the boy scouts running and basketball sports. >> i grew up in brooklyn new york. some of you have heard of brooklyn. [cheering] i grew up in a lower middle-class neighborhood in a rent controlled apartment. our family didn't have a whole lot of money. what i mentioned in the book, which i think had a profound
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impact and it's one way the world has changed, when we were kids, what we would do is go out into the street or the school yard, and we've played all from morning to night. we didn't have any coaches were referees. and as i think about it in retrospect, it turned out to be democratic. people knew you couldn't bullshit anybody. there was no argument about it. and we worked it out for second base or not, who brought the bats, who crossed the ball. it was a means of young people without adult supervision working things out so that they could play and to decide who wins or loses if we are playing basketball as a three-man game, if my team beat yours, another
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team comes on, they beat me, we go off to the side. everybody understood the rules. it was very interesting and very much a democratic approach to how we do things. what happened is our families didn't have a lot of money and in the summertime, my parents would send my brother and me to boy scout camp and while we were at boy scout camp in new york we went up there and i said my god, look at this. this is the country. there are stars at night. who knew that. we slept in small structures without any doors. the match versus we had were literally hate into sheets. it was a way of living but i loved it, i really did. and so that was my first introduction to the world life and certainly influenced my
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decision early on to move the state of vermont. >> by the way, senator sanders still remembers, i ran a mile in four minutes 37 seconds, fast enough for third place in the new york city indoor mile championship. [cheering] leader in the book you talk about a group of organizations who joined when you were in college and you talk about the congress and the racial equality. in the book you don't actually talk about why you joined the socialist league. what was at that moment when most americans didn't think of themselves as democratic socialists i guess not that many do now but for them then. what made you join? >> you were asking a very profound question of which i
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cannot answer. you're asking how do we turn out the way we turn out and why do we become the people we become. it was since i was a little kid i really did not like to see the leaves were stronger kids picking on bk. i didn't like discrimination. that was just kind of instinctual. as a kid i felt strongly about racism and when i went to the university of chicago i wasn't a good student i spent an enormous amount of time down in what they call the stacks of the library. i would bury myself in their reading everything i could read about history and politics and sociology and economics. i wasn't a good student let's
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say that, but i di get a whole t of reading. what it davis helped me put two and two together in other words, we don't like poverty, we don't like racism, we don't like the war, we don't like exploitation. what do they all have in common. people say i'm against poverty. about why for example at the time when we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world why do we have 43 million people living in poverty? why do we have such an unfair distribution of wealth and income, what does wealth and power mean, how does that influence politics? money always played a very important role in who gets elected and now as a result of citizens united, it is far worse. who decided world war i would take place and who even knows why we went to the war? what was that about and who makes these decisions?
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so with my studies tried to do is put two and two together. that's why i kind of evolved into an analysis that tries to explained to me what goes on in the world today and then. >> one of the things i noticed in the book is you come back to closing a number of times and one of the first crisis debased when you were elected was purchasing clothing suitable to the mayor. at the time i didn't own a suit. it wasn't my intention to become the best dressed meir or even to wear a tie all that often. i thought however that a little sprucing up with and hurt and overnight my wardrobe doubled in size. [laughter] that is absolutely true for the
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people of burlington vermont well attested. but it's also true if i had the distinction of being named by some inside the beltway to be the worst dressed member of the united states senate. [cheering] and all i can say, if you think that i am badly dressed -- [laughter] >> i liked button-down shirts myself. let me move to the political a little bit, and this will move us to the questions. when you talk in the book about thinking of running for president, you have some interesting things to say. on the one side, you talk about an experience you had with her
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explaining the health care program and you write for she knew it backward and forward and he answered the question 25 years later this is when president clinton was trying to pass health care reform. i still marvel at that performance. you were also very critical of her on the same page. the approach was to try to move the interest of wall street and corporate america with the needs of the middle class and an impossible task while the administration had positive accomplishments i supported bill clinton and there were major policy falls. to tell me about after this is all over, what is your attitude towards the clintons and the politics and mrs. clinton in the campaign? >> the section that you referred to is an event i went to the dartmouth medical school.
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i was in the congress and hillary clinton was the first lady waiting for healthcare reform. i was able to hitch a ride with her and we chatted for a while and went to dartmouth. what blew me away she got up there and i'm guessing now a long time ago but maybe for an hour, she spoke without any notes whatsoever on an enormously complicated program which was a health-care approach but she knew it all. my point was she was a front person for the plan. she knew it and answered questions flawlessly and this tells me we have an extraordinarily intelligent person and that hasn't changed. i have a lot of respect for larry clinton.
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we've known each other for 25 years and got to know each other for better or worse a little bit more the last year and a half. [laughter] and she's a very impressive -- i like her a lot. on the other hand, what is very clear is her politics and bill clinton's politics are very different than mine in terms of their policy views and in terms of their understanding of how you change america. in terms of policy, it was the clinton administration that brought forth nafta and i think that was the beginning of a series of disastrous trade agreements done at the behest of the corporate world, big money wanted these trade agreements and they wrote these trade agreements. it was the clinton administration that brought about the deregulation of wall street led by robert rubin,
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formerly from citibank i think at that point, a major wall street force. and the point that i am making is i happen to believe at the te end of the day politically, you have to make a decision and this is really a debate that we are going to have in the democratic party right now. and that debate is which side are you on. can you go out and raise substantial sums of money from wealthy and wall street and other powerful wall street interests and then convince the american people that you are on the side of workers and the middle class. or do you finally have to say that we are going to take on the oligarchs. we are going to take on wall street and the drug companies and the insurance companies and corporate media and we are going to bring millions of working people together to create a very
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different type of democratic party than exists and that is a fundamental difference that exists between bill and hillary clinton and myself. >> i was going to ask you this next question later but i will put it to you now. looking through the hundreds of questions, there were a number of people in the audience who basically talked about how the democratic party treated you unfairly and what were you going to do about that and what was going to have an. when some clinton supporters, just people that knew i was doing this, they wanted me to ask you in a rather pointed way, do you think what you did in the primary hurt hillary clinton? i'm sure you saw and didn't like it, distinguished scholar tim where she talked about the told you so message that you were giving and now i will just quote her, mr. sander's refusal to concede in a timely way, his
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constant harping that she was corrupt further administered mr. trump's message and contributed to the catastrophic victory. what do you say to those critics critics? the ..
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>> >> and if you read those females, i think that you learn at the very least the dnc was not dutiful to save the least. [applause] and that we had to take on and i am proud of it, we had to take on virtually the entire democratic establishment. fin do i think our campaign made hillary clinton a better candidate?
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yes. i will tell you why by the end of the campaign she was against the keystone pipeline, by the end she was against the tpp. [applause] by the end of the campaign campaign, she was supporting to make college tuition free. [applause] and fighting those and other ideas that we incorporated into the democratic platform which is the most progressive platform in the history of this country, and later a stronger candidate. [applause] >> it was of critique after a the votes were counted. >> but the people in california:june 7 should
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have the right to determine who they want to see. after california my approach was to say i am fully prepared to support hillary clinton went by the way very people worked harder than i did let's be clear about that. [applause] but cuevas' also determined to do with 13.4 million votes and one e.u. to have those notes but speak to what they told me during the campaign. they want to expand health care. they want you to be more progressive candidate and that was an asset in a
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positive thing. [applause] >> there were a number of questions and i will just read a paragraph from your book, but according to a study of media coverage from media politics only 11 percent of coverage of a the policy positions and leadership ability i find that hard to believe in that that number is much too high. of so talk about the critique of the corporate media and what about donald trump waging a campaign and that is clearly trying to
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discredit the media? how does that go up against the trump critique and? >> adhere -- here is the issue. this is serious. all the more it will be in most newspapers. to have six major media conglomerate who now control 90 percent of the media which means a handful of giant conglomerate exercises enormous power of what they see in here and read. and to have the idea because
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of the objective and the referees that function of corporate media is to make money. i hope but no shock anyone anyone, it is. in fact, correct me if i am wrong but cbs and cnn said he was great for them he was at regis their ratings went up, put him on again. attacking somebody. in then to have the misfortune that we should viciously attack our opponents. i tried to run as positive a campaign as they could. [applause]
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and i also believe a campaign is to take a hard look at the real issues facing the country but i could not do that in three seconds and that is not with the media is interested in. but most of us of television coverage that works very well for television this blew me away and the book. so the study say they want to say how much discussion on television that turns out two-thirds of poverty was
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based on bicep. that one candidate has two-thirds of the discussion the know how much there is about climate change? virtually none. how much discussion about preparing american health care system compared to the industrialized world where every country guarantees health care? virtually none. but the point was is a democracy with serious discussion mysterious issues . that is not with the corporate media is giving us. [applause]
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>> but trump's problem is he was a pathological liar. many republican friends would disagree but every day he would say something is the only one that would see muslims celebrating. nobody saw that on television except donald trump the media had a hard time. and then he bottega offense to that. -- then he would take offense to that. >> i'm looking for a follow-up like what in the
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heck happened during third grader would ask why did so many people vote for trump if that was the case website tried to cover that in my earlier remarks. there are those who are racist and sexist and homophobic use of in those very ugly remarks made by president-elect trump that they were also comfortable but i also believe that those people are a small minority. but there are millions of working class people totally ignored by the establishment
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with those studies that have recently come out in many parts of this country working class people to see a decline in life expectancy >> airlifting shorter life than their parents because of what leads them to drugs and alcohol. they're making $10 an hour and they're not going anyplace they worry what happens when they get old. die alone know how the system works and to give up the democratic party but let
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me also say that he enters the white house the least popular person in this position in the history of this country several think everybody agrees with his remarks were attacks on when and that is not the case said think there are a lot of people that i ever heard nine in pain i am worried so i will give him a shot. >> [applause] i'll always thought that study explained a lot about this election that refers to the working class. but the 380 is to come together is a half to give a shout to make in -- may
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again is because today is our 21st birthday and she skipped the happy hour when she could have her first legal drink. [laughter] and she asked a question i will read it the way she put it, there are so many people who say young people are only active this because they are millenials but i think that you combat this when you were 21 so wedded vice would you correct. >> so what do we do know about the election of donald trump? in your remarks he said
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working with him honorable series of issues but to be criticized as racism there is a strong fear in the progressive community to normalize children of that authoritarian streak as a courageous russian dissident about autocracy and autocrats very slowly make us think the abnormal is normal. but he is been very vocal to say trump has to win. , is working with him resister and what do tell the people out there who ask what do we do not quite. >> i will follow up on first
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to say as it tried to suggest early on that every person is enormously powerful if you are prepared to use your power. in any democracy we are strong when people stand up and flyback. we are weak and we do not do that. so what i say to everybody here and in this country the majority of the people are not racist recesses or homophobes and if we stand together mr. trump cannot implement policies that are racist or sexist or homophobic. second, what we also have to recognize that the media does not understand is those
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millions of people that are hurting. so we need to say to mr. trump in the campaign he said would take on all street but now vice ears are flocking to your campaign so are you a hypocrite or will you do the right thing? really rebuild that infrastructure? our job is when he comes up with ideas for working people, i think we should be working with him but otherwise we would be an opposition. otherwise there is no compromise. [cheers and applause] >> but mostly getting back to transforming the democratic party, ordinary
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people have got to know that the democratic party has the guts to stand up to some very powerful people that is destroying the middle and working-class. if we can do that nioc much of a future for the democratic party. [applause] >> i want to pass along a plot that the canadian leaders are looking for a new leader in that will put that aside. somebody ask for the internship with they question mark and there phone-number. [laughter] there were a lot of questions about what democrats should do with the supreme court vacancy. recently they said democrats
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should not oppose any nominee because it is the illegitimate nomination what do you think about that and now that you are irresponsible leadership. [laughter] [cheers and applause] >> i can only speak for myself. the republican party has been extraordinarily arrogant with the idea that they wouldn't even hold a hearing for garland that our constitution provides for the president to nominate an individual to become a supreme court justice and the senate holds hearings to go about their business
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whether or not want to approve in the republicans refuse to abide by the constitution. i think they think we will bring forth our person expect you to go along with the hearings to say the least i think they better think twice about that. [applause] >> but obviously it is terribly important what happened but it is far more important what happens at the grass-roots level in this country. today as you indicated from leadership the title is to be the head of the army jeffords. so whether it is the supreme court bigotry, a climate change, our job is to bring
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millions of people together. republicans are many things but this specially with regard to young people, if they see millions of young people demanding action on climate change in demand the energy system if they see young people with $100,000 in debt if they are prepared to stand up and demand a minimum wage to demand that pay equity or free are prepared to fight for a woman's right to choose. [cheers and applause] is no secret. republicans will control the
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presidency, house, senate, t wo-thirds of the state legislatures around the country it is a fact. take the power outside of capitol hill and mobilize. [applause] if the republicans mitch mcconnell or paul ryan if they say we will lose an entire generation within we have to move and become more reasonable in our approach. but our job is to mobilize people. >> let me ask you a bernie sanders type of question if you focus over and over about corruption in the power of political money the young people have voted against the republicans over the last four elections and a row. people have mobilized on climate change.
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so how can this penetrate through the series of questions with the links between the protest politics and movements against donald trump? and other forms of political action? have audience that? if what you say is true, there should have been some movement from the republicans. >> the political difficulties that we have and a frightened me very much is we are rapidly losing our american and democratic tradition so we have town meetings one-person one-vote said no it is a result of citizens united with the ability of
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billionaires' to buy the election and let me be very clear. mitch mcconnell and many republicans believe that citizens united did not go far enough. they believe we shed end of campaign finance restrictions. billionaires' should give directly, not independent expenditures but if you want to run for office the koch brothers will say here is $1 million we will support your campaign we will give the staff you work for us as a paid employee of the koch brothers. that is number one. also we have voter suppression all over this country. [applause] line just spoke with jesse jackson today he is deeply
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concerned what is going on in north carolina. designed by republican governments and the attorney general who make a harder for people of color. we have a lot of work on our hands. they sat went to a demonstration yesterday but that is not the way that it happens. but to be in historical context think of the struggle of what the workers went through of the dignity on the job. think about what's with them went through for very long period of time to get the right to vote or have the right to have an education or for the job that they want or those that died in the struggle or the hunger strike.
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think about the struggle for the gay community in how many decades with their allies to be sure people have the right to marry me gardens of their gender. we are in a struggle against very powerful people who wanted all. but the good news there is a hell of a lot more of less than there is of them. [cheers and applause] >> there were two questions that i thought lot of people might be interested in hearing an answer what did you think of how oh you were played on saturday night live? also if you were stuck on a
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desert island with three politicians who would you pick? that doesn't mean you want to me. >> larry david. [laughter] i have to tell you i am larry david. [laughter] [cheers and applause] i fooled the you. i am here. sanders is in vermont. >> i have always wanted to meet larry david. also on saturday night live a lot of people know you that did not know you before.
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he is brilliant. it was scary to watch him do me. but in the second question before i ran for mayor i did a video. to try to talk about political figures in our history who were wiped out or were not talked about very much. there are some extraordinary people throughout our history who done remarkable and courageous things i did a video of the great people one by the name of eugene. [applause] i would be surprised if most people knew him but that was
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one of the original great leaders of the american working class to uphold the american railway union in fact, developed a program with the socialist party to run for president six times including ones from a jail cell because he opposed world war i. he got 1 million votes from the jail cell. so from a historical perspective he was an extraordinary man i would not mind being on an island someplace. but what the media has done
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he was brave he was great deal to breakdown the segregation of the south with the voting rights act but what they do not tell you in they try to be race is a hope you all know that when martin the 13 was assassinated he was not on demonstration he was helping garbage workers in memphis, tennessee who were working for terrible wages and a terrible working conditions. he was also in the process of putting together a poor people's march for blacks and whites in the americans to demand changes of national piracies peseta
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spending limited sums of money on the military but the point i am trying to make is you understand he was courageous to stand up to do anti-establishment purple you are a great civil-rights leader. thank you but nothing to. its data not want to hear that but they said i think we need to change our national priorities to take on the wealthy and the powerful. so this was a man of great courage and magnitude would not spend - - mind spending time on a desert island. >> with the fbi intervention to put those two together is odd.
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>> i don't want to speak about more than i know but i think it is true that that's there was no question about it the few days before the election they decided there was nothing new. but those situation of cybersecurity with what we think the russians have done raises unbelievable issue of whether or not what we have all mine is private or secure. medical records, e-mail's can somebody access and that makes me think that we
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really need legislation to ensure privacy for the american people. [applause] >> to other issue questions that camelot is -- came up allot one was what can be done about the electoral college and gerrymandering? how with obamacare can that be expanded quick set is the theme of a lot of the questions. >> again i know some democratic friends are in disagreement but i voted for the affordable care act and it did expand community health centers.
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but at the end of the day the question we have to ask ourselves is simple. how does it happen we're the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care as a right? how does it happen people that have no health insurance we end up spending far more per capita on health care? and the outcomes in many cases are not better. we have a health care system that is basically dysfunctional and i have to believe we need to move forward for all single payer programs. [applause] but then terms of the electoral college, as we all know, hillary clinton maybe
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got to million more votes but she will not be president of the united states. on the surface that doesn't seem to make coladas cents in a democratic society but on top of that the absurdity firsthand that the entire campaign was played out with 15 errors 16 states so the assumption is california is a lock nobody have to worry wyoming and south dakota are republican you don't have to pay attention to the needs of the people in those states wyoming does it get candidates california's largest eight their problems are ignored. so i think we need to rethink poll but toro college we should not have a campaign where two-thirds of
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the states or ignored every vote matters candidates for president should have to go after every one i think that would create a better democracy. [cheers and applause] >> i will ask the last question. >> then you have to more. >> i will ask one question it goes back to what we have hit on all the way through kuipers' late think it is more important that ever everybody stays engaged in politics we've really need
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you know,. [applause] so short-term give people advice how to act between now and the inauguration and how to build a lasting movement. and with this particular crown have to ask a you going to run in 2020? [cheers and applause] >> i think what appeared to be a never ending campaign in 2016 the last thing the american people are worried about its 2020. but the first question is more important. what do we do?
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here is what i think. we make it clear we will not except for one second bigotry of any kind, racism kind, racism, sexism is is, phobia, and we will mancera by while a handful of people decide to destroy families. we will not sit by and allow that to happen. second is with issues like rebuilding a crumbling middle-class dealing with climate change and transforming the energy system we have to mobilize people around progressive politics the good news right now is the vast majority of the american people not the republican leadership in congress but they believe we
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should raise the minimum wage and when we mobilize millions of people the white house and the leadership at their peril it becomes that to ignore the reality climate changes a tough issue because those campaigns in opposition but this is an issue we will have to mobilize and the future of the planet is a stake in remus transform our system. [cheers and applause] >> senator sanders thanks for this extraordinary crowd never surrender to indifference 42 fear.
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thanks for being here tonight. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] [inaudible conversations]
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>> he is angered vasquez republican from north carolina with the house g.o.p. leadership elections be a election, should this re-read as a signal that you enter fellow conservatives have a threat about the house republican the ship? is this a sign your fully behind the new leadership quick. >> it is a sign the vast majority of americans want something to get done.
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they are tired of gridlock gridlock, fighting and it ist all about trying to make sure we return washington d.c. to the rightful owners of the american people. for us it looks at what is important to the american people whether jobs or fighting licensor immigration and refocused wholeheartedly to make sure that we not only of finance the agenda but we have a few weeks before we take a break at christmas we have to hit the ground running.he >> as a member of the freedom caucus to align completely with the house republican leadership. >> bet that priority has not changed about giving a voice to millions of americans that their elected official
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had forgotten and that had not changed in terms of policy differences. just like in constituencies in my district it would bein very different than the laurence district in michigan. so it should not stop us to find that common ground.bren we have been able to look as some of those issues if she represents today always a line? though just like in the g.o.p. conference the priorities for my district may not aligned with the leadership but it is incumbent upon me to find the common ground with thers leadership to know what is significant to work on those pieces of legislation. >> staying with the freedom caucus, is that more formal
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elections? >> we need to. they will be happening after thanksgiving actually we have nominated new board members we have for that will be elected then the chairman will come out of that we created two new positions which is a vice chair coalition director and go with the operation wer will not know the folks so becoming more focused. >> i know you some have some interest in the past with the current chairman to step down? to my he is one month of myfr best friends we met last night to discuss something as if he decides to stay hen, will have 110 percent of my support and in fact, criticism has not been made we did not even take it to
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the members at this point there is a lot of speculation will he stay onon or or food can best serve and the strategy may be shifted a little bit but to talk about that new minister asian the phone lines are open. it is still 8:20 a.m. this morning. you can start dialing as you talk about the new minister asian into the gold and policy priorities with those that you are hearing fromng
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the incoming trump administration. >> obviously job security security, border security, national security and all of those are for helping veterans to make sure we have and what the phils the promises we have made in. >> i think all what has been talked about that when mr. to give their robust economy some of those decisions become much easier to address. but certainly deficit spending is not something the members of the freedom caucus would work but at the same time we have a plan it is just like a mortgage that if we know we have a plan to pay off the debt we are
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willing to make some toughak decisions short-term to make sure on the back and we are fiscally sound and do what is right on behalf of our children or grandchildren. >> like raising the debt ceiling that became such a fight? to rais >> hasn't been thece opposition to raise the debt ceiling if there is a plan. one of the concerns of the continuing raise the debt ceiling without mortgage haveogy a 30 year mortgage then say now i have forties or 50 year you never make the payments. if we have a plan to pay that damage think we'll understand the deficit or the debt ceiling will increase in the short-term to hopefully bring in better sounding fiscal policy. >> from the republican line good morning. >> caller: good morning. how are you?o there is so many things
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going on lately. c-span is wonderful i cannot get over how wonderful you are. first of all, i would like to say something before the election when the caucus shutdown the house to have the private telephone with nancy pelosi is it the black caucus? that di and did they address that quick. >> you are talking about the gun issues question mike yes. we saw back and watched it on c-span. can you address something like that ever happening again of that whole scenarioaret second century were on tuesday station i watched
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about the program and with that infrastructure and through that area i will hang up and listen. >> and referring to the trade data came in with the port of entry. >> as you mentioned there is an unbelievable amount of people crossing the border. i have been addressing data from the national security standpoint and was advised to 1 million different transfers back and forth across the border on an annual basis. as we look at that a part of
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what the president-elect has talked about is looking to make sure those proponents are there whether obviously those are many times coming to the united states and manufactured in mexico. i don't want to pretend to speak on behalf of the nude ministrations but i do know he has committed to renegotiate nafta. but i remember the border security wall. i know number are willing to look at appropriating money right away to start the construction. the american people want to see something happen in. this second part with the sit-in as it related to the democrats protesting the
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lack of initiatives with and done control with thee horrific event and orlando. was a violation of house rules. there are some that are a more egregious and fund-raising office that andrean those consequences betting is a result but. >> 84 month penalty question make you could have of reprimand from the house. also there would be other areas because that violates the federal luxury and bought and their ethics.
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>> henry have falsely will be so but then to strengthen some of those that that is followed and the way that it should be but thanks for asking.he >> we're getting further away from the set in and what do you expect for them to come down the before or the end?n? >> some of the people will be leaving obviously so anything that has to be addressed would need to be addressed in this congress but any rules is for future congress and that would have to be addressed. >> to the tar heel state the independent line good morning. >> caller: i am calling to
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let you know, that this past presidential electionin pla was stolen from places like north carolina or michigan and ohio. they were republican states but due to suppression you need to get rid of the electoral college because the last two out of four elections have been stolen by this corruption that is going on in. and. >> cumene going to your polling place quick. >> no. it is rigged to and that is why the people are protesting because they feel their vote has been stolen.
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the people of this election it was stolen by the republicans. >> what do you say that it is radar stolen by. >> to make sure we have the proper voting to do that is key obviously with the integrity of the voting system is key but don't confuse having lost the election with fraud. the fact you can vote i applied u.s. was in selma north carolina with the president-elect so in this area from where i live and there were 20,000 people along the side and in fact, to be a place that i could not have imagined to be that many people to show up. as we look at that, all of this mother unaffiliated
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against voter fraud but many people don't even exercise their privilege so those that are registered of good 32 percent so it is more of voters suppression. >> the democratic line good morning. >> caller: good morning representative. i was hoping to get your response to both of these and also like to mention something that my first question your feelings i read that trump was going to put his business interesthose
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into the hands of his children and he feels that's as good as a blind trust also now asking for security clearance for his 12 year-old then you have to ask why but so the people who are responsible for the project making in him if and then to seek the. >> is one to get to the potential for scandal.frequent second the democratic side also use the term because of what the americans want committee is important to realize that many studies have shown in congress there is no statistical correlation if it appears
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50% or more wanted particular piece of legislation and what and into doubt last colorado they he was talking so much about fraud but, the people in wyoming many red states or small states they get three electoral votes in each of those represents0 people 165,000 people and in each vote in california represents 700,000 so they have three names towards the purchasing it is that kind thing simic but we have to
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win knowledge that is the case. >> those are very insightful comments and analysis i will hit the second first that ist will come back to the blind trust but if there is a lot of people every year to have in election people say we need to get rid of it or go straight with the popular vote her but the rest of the country would be left out of all of that. so as to look at that campaigning in those 12 swing states we saw the election, to make clothes. at.
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. . centers around new york city, perhaps around chicago and illinois if you added in. and around los angeles, these mega-urban centers. that is not really representative of the country as a whole. system, thet the best system we have to make sure both majorities and minorities that, voice and as we see if you look at a map and you can see what states voted for what, you can see that in this election from a popular vote standpoint, hillary clint obviously hillary clinton rightl now is pulling in the popular vote and it looks like she will have won the popular vote. but if you look at the blue won, areas compared to the red areas across the state, it's very
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different and eliminating you might say in terms of where those votes came from, so i think it's important that we make sure every citizen has it. but your point is about making sure that's fair in terms of that representation. let me get back to the blind trust of the business. one of the things as a member of congress i found when i got here is i ended up having to divest i was in the real estate business and i had to not only divest my business, but the interest there was a potential conflict of interest aspect. so putting in assets and running the company and a blind trust is something that not only president-elect trump has committed to do that it becomes difficult because of the holdings in giving those to his children. but it's not just there. there's a whole lot of accountability in terms of the ethics requirements and
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financial disclosures. every quarter that we are filling out. i can tell you there's a numbert of watchdog groups both conservative and liberal that kind of weigh in on any potential conflicts as it relates to being insider trading on all of that so we have toe make sure that we hold that. it's so much college of what's going on to the longer he's in office, the more he will know about the internal runnings of that. >> host: is it an option for you or your colleagues to turn over any business to their children? >> guest: it is now. for example, i could turn it over to my children or my wife in termlifein terms of the busi. >> host: their skills to cope this ethical walls against that
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if it iit ifit is in my wife's y children's name for paperwork, in fact it's fraudulent so you can't actually do that so it's not just a paper transaction as you mentioned on the blind trust. it's truly that he's going to have to divest himself of the decision-making. i know there will be a number od us. i've actually talked to the president elect before he was elected and he's committed to the country.e they interviewed me the other night and i think that speaks to the heart of who he is wanting to make sure he serves the country the best way he can. >> host: let's had outside of, a dc, joseph on the republican line. good morning. joseph, are you with us? >> caller: yes. >> host: go ahead. you are on. >> caller: i was listening to the previous call for talked
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about [inaudible] i think a lot of the public need to be educated on this process. if your candidate lost you don't have to protest. [inaudible] it helps to know what state by state. my question for the congressman, how will the congress work with the president elect -- >> host: i thought you were done, joseph. >> caller: >> guest: i think what it's going to require is to make sure we hit the ground running. i mentioned that earlier but the other part is to take those four or five priorities and make sure that we are ready for that.
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i will give you one and this will probably prompt some calls on the repeal and replacement of obamacare. very passionate on both sides of those issues. we are working right now in this congress to do the working committee said that in the first couple of weeks we can come back and put before the house not only the repealing vote but certainly a replacement vote as well and as we look at that and get into the senate, we are actually working on a budget now to provide a tool to allow avi lower threshold in the senate so that we don't run into a 60 vote cloture issue in the senate. you are going to see a whole lot of friends and work to do that and i think the most productive but we have seen in modern history. when you get beyond that, thatat is perhaps where some of the you
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differences come and how you tackle that strategically to make that work but i do believe that there is a lot of interest in a real way to people that may not have voted for him here in congress to get our economy moving again and making sureuris that national security is paramount. and i for 1 a.m. committed to working in the halls of congress to make sure we have a good plan moving forward but thank you foo your comments. >> host: on the democratic line, good morning. >> caller: my question for the representatives and all the legislature in washington is how are you going to pay for it and you keep talking about raising the debt ceiling and all ofthe these policies. how are we going to pay for these and please, be specific.
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i am so tired of the rhetoric of we are just going to have to reach across the aisle. please be specific in how we are going to pay for all of these policies. >> guest: you are right a lot of people talk in generalities so let me be specific as we look to the transportation infrastructure needs. i can probably speak to that better because that is on one of my subcommittees as we've looked at that and it's been a conversation that actually i've had with john delaney of maryland who is a democrat. he came in at the same time four years ago. we talked about in infrastructure bank and whether we do that or not. but some of the payment on infrastructure can be looked at in terms of the repatriation of earnings and corporations
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abroad. i don't want to suggest that i'm setting national policy on c-span this morning but you asked for a specific and here's one of the ideas we can look at the 2.4 and 2.5 and some suggested more than that, $2.4 trillion abroad that actually are being invested and provide a vehicle for those to come back either at a much reduced were some have suggested zero tax to get them back in the united states and offer that as a vehicle to perhaps provide a stimulus that would be the largest we've ever seen in terms of an economic boom and have that work where it's invested back in infrastructure. whether it's invested inements i infrastructure or other capital improvements is a decision that will be made by the president elect and their cabinet and then
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confirmed by the senate and congress but as i see that, that is one of the specific areas that we see. i know president-elect trump talked about the wall and doing that in terms of either a transportation tariff as it comes across. all of that will have to be debated but there's other vehicles other than justes. increasing taxes and the final thing is this. when we get back to the 4% gdp growth which would be a healthy but robust economic growth, what we will see is the revenues go up and we have seen that throughout history we will see additional dollars that will come in just under the normal cost we have right now so as we look at that, it will provide a little bit of relief in those
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areas that have been very, veryt tough to try to stretch the dollar but it's a great question and i think the evolution that detailed. we will be debating that. >> as the policies gets put into place a lot of the focus will be on the people donald trump picks to surround himself. i'm sure you saw harry reid yesterday on the senate floor and his comments about the newly named chief political adviser. here's the story in today's "washington post" one of the outside groups decrying and others hold fire hoping to keep this seat at the table. do you know him personally? >> guest: i do. we don't have a very long relationship which i find this
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interesting. one of the things i can say is i serve on the foreign affairs committee and the reason i asked for that is my love for israel and the jewish people. when you look at where i am in terms of my particular point of view, i will be speaking in new york on anti-semitism and the rise in our world and how we need to not only come them that the company to fight that so some of the comments that have been made about bannon don't represent species that is an individual.. that's one of the travesties anybody to get over the next 30 days will be met with resistance. i can tell you steve bannon personally -- >> host: how did you get to know him? >> guest: more on the campaign trail than anywhere else. north carolina was a key state.
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we have numerous visits to north carolina across the state. i mentioned that we were there in selma with donald trump andnd his team. but here's an individual who is not only more soft-spoken andat analytical in the way he does that. this really brings out the best in those people around him. so, i think that's been the fascinating thing for me is jus to see the way they worked on the team when you have rants previous and steve bannon willing to work together and complement each other when the cameras were not rolling at t reporters were not there, i think it makes for the great team and sometimes what we do is look at the diversity of opinion and then start to criticize th that. racism and those kind of things that are being alleged in the headlines have no place in any administration and i know that he would agree with me on that. >> a couple minutes left.
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union in washington, republican, good morning. >> caller: thanks for taking the call and thanks to c-span. a couple quick comments and two quick questions. >> guest: may not be able to get them all.st can you pick one for us? >> caller: i want to say i hope the republican congress on my side of the aisle doesn't blow it as bad as george w. bush term but pas passed on $8 trilln to the next president, grew the government more than clinton etc.. the questions i have, i looked up the voting tax plan and theya voted for trump and was supporting him early on but i can see from the tax bracket iei get a 3% reduction of taxes, 3% and i think that is typical. i would also like to ask the congressman about the poor ryan speakership.
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if you go online and go to breitbart.com it says 76% of democrats polledemocrats are puy 34% of republicans so i would to ask the representative to put him on the hot seat do you support speaker ryan? >> guest: thanks for putting me on the hot seat in the last question. obviously yesterday paul ryan was dominated by the republican conference and i think that's the key is as long as paul ryan's agenda is that of the american people and really wanting to make sure that those agendas are first and foremost, which he has articulated and supported but certainly i'm going to support our leadership in that.th the minute he goes a different direction, the minute that we are in a situation where it's not supporting those things important to you in washington or anybody else, moms, dads, aunts and uncles across the
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country we need to make sure that we keep our focus. you are right we also need to make sure that as we look at this we don't fumble. i think it's time we bring it into the end zone and make sure we hold the government accountable to the american people and i'm not sure what the other question was focused on. it was nice of the caller to bring the conversation .-full-stop go. always appreciate your time on the washington journal. >> guest: always great to be with you. thanks.
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next, michigan representative brenda lawrence on the role in the 2016 the election and the prospect of hillary clinton related hearings. from the washington journal, this is 25 minutes. we are joined now by democrats from the detroit area and i want to begin with michigan and what appears to be donald trump's victory in the electoral college, the state that was supposed to be part of the blue wall booted from a criti unaccrd
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presidential elections for over two decades.n? what happened in michigan this cycle? >> guest: a lot of people are asking that question. i think michigan was reflective of what happened across the country. there was a segment of the white lower income population that typically are not considered that really came out. i kno know i won my district for over a clinton, but the people who have spoken across the country, and we are doing a lot of analysis of that and what is the democratic message. >> guest: do you consider what happened in michigan to be a donald trump victory or hillaryl clinton lost, who gets the credit of the blame? >> guest: a hillary clinton lost. the people i know, i ran statewide as lieutenant
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governor, and when i talk to the people of michigan and other issues, i think that they were giving the other candidate a shot. they didn't hear their voice or see their place and so they went with the alternative. hilla >> host: with a better message from hillary clinton have helped in michigan? >> guest: obviously we have to do something different, because our base, the right lower income has been the base for years, decades. why did they leave us?we are that's something we are analyzing and i'm committed to working with the democraticc party because we do, our coree values and what we believe in and fight for and do represent but all the citizens of this great country but this segment
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didn't stay with us so that's a wake-up call for us and we heard it loud and clear. >> host: let's open up the phones to the calls. with us for about half an hour you can call in democrats, 202-748-8000, republicans, 202-748-8001, independent, 202-748-8002 as the viewers are calling in, you said we have to do something different. does that seem different leadership of the democratic party in congress, house leadership elections have now been pushed to later this month. are you looking for a change at the top? >> guest: i'm looking for a change in direction. i have a lot of faith in the current leadership but it has to look at we cannot continue to do operate and message in the same way. so we had an opportunity not to lay down and cry about what happened. the people spoke and when they
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speak we should listen. what is the desire of the democratic party, that is to be a voice and fight for those who are sometimes left out. we have a history of being the voice of the conscience of america so we will be working hard on that. where does that stand on the leadership race and what are you hearing from your colleagues? >> guest: my colleagues have been very involved in the dialogue on the leadership and the protection of the democratic party and so we are very much engaged in looking at both the new leadership be able to be
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comprehensive and expand and to be able to lead. this is something that is very telling. of the democratic partthe democa responsibility to be the voice of so many people that if you ge on his election they are not included and we are not seeing it even represented in thethou administration. ourse so we call ourselves the conscience of congress and its greait'sgood to be extremely im. >> host: are there other things that interest you, somebody else you are looking at that could possibly? >> guest: i haven't been given any other names that we have been in a dialogue with the
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current administration and leadership in the democratic party that we cannot continue to do things the same way. >> host: beckley west virginia, independent, david, good morning. >> caller: they keep saying donald trump doesn't have a mandate. when president obama was elected, the american people gave him a mandate and super dot majority, two years he could do anything he wanted to. >> host: does president trump have a mandate?ough t >> guest: i hope it's not a mandate. it's very concerning to me if
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president trump continues to be candidate trump with his devices and racist and sexist agenda ase that iagendasthat is not the maf america. that's why the administration is a little unsettling because what is going to be his agenda. he said that the rhetoric that he used will not reflect upon his administration. people that i know that knew hi say that isn't a donald trump that we will see as president. we don't know. >> host: here's the front pag page, nonviolent demonstration held at michigan university campus by one of the students.
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>> guest: yesterday in washington there were thousands of young people from highnd schools who walked in protest. something that has been very thlling and i hope that donald trump really seized the young people, though no one he knows to b be for -- millennialist, 5o not embrace stereotypes. this new generation is so lovin and accepting of different people comin, and it is unaccepe to them. you see love trumps hate andre that they are not talking about foreign policy. they are talking about hell do you treat people that are different from you. how do you bring people to the table and create a quality in america and there's a major concern that this president
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elect must address. >> host: linda, good morning. >> caller: i want to go on to say i was a democrat and i changed to republican and i will tell you when this election started, it proved to me every reason why i changed them every single solitary reason why i changed. we are sick and tired of thisnd wall not being built and immigration people, the president and people on down, people are coming here and breaking the law. you can't come to this country, you get in line like everyone i else has. you come here, do a job, you fre don't get it for free forever. we are sick and tired of it.s
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i will be working until the day i die. i will go from the office to the morgue. i'm tired of all these younger kids that have been dvd from the time. it's not about love so much, it's that they are so uneducated about what it takes to run a country, to have safety, security, job security. there's a lot going on in this world and it's not just loving and hating people. i'm a christian and i love people that i will tell you what i do not love and that's when cr people are breaking the law andg everybody in congress is fighting it like the democrats fighting for the ball. the other thing about trump saying that he's racist and
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sexist i'm so sick of the termss thrown out. >> guest: let me address the y issue of immigration. president obama has deported for criminals and illegal immigrantt than any other president on record comes with a democratic administration has embraced that if you are a criminal in the united states and you are not a citizen that you will be deported. second, the wall, the concept o, the wall based on our financial and budget issues, building a wall versus increasing the budget for customs is more a priority for me than building a wall. second, young people, every generation will define this country.
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i am a baby boomer and we were very concerned about medicare, social security, national security. so it's not a good thing for america to discount the voice of the next generation who will be eventually ruling and making decisions. so i don't discount, i' i liste. is thilisten.is this a generatis been given more than me as a baby boomer that had to work for everything i got and understand the value of hard work but the reality this is our country, who's going to be making decisions about this country. >> host: illegal immigrants are preparing to ask president obama to pardon than 750,000 saying it's the last best hope to stave off what they fear will be the wave of deportation once donald trump takes office.
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leaders are planning a rally today as of september of the thy notes wanted 740,000 have been approved for the deferred action for child arrivals program and that amnesty program by grantsds young adult a two-year stay and iinthe issue with work permits. something you think president obama should do? >> guest: he should look at it.. we are not talking about criminals or people who are he here. they don't have a legal status.s this is something that troubles me when they talk about immigration all the talk abouton is the wall. why haven't we established an immigration policy? this is something i know i've asked for until we get a policy we can and force, it's all over the place.beca president obama was criticized
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because he enforced some executive orders in lieu of nothing. we need an immigration plan. how do we deal with the influx of immigrants into the country that want to stay here we criticize immigrants and then we employ them. how many are actually building in the new construction landscape individuals that have skills and talent they bring from other countries that we have a backlog of visas when it comes to processing people for citizenship in this country some of it is because we don't have the staffing and we just don't e have policies that we are enforcing so this comes to the point of while i don't know the value to that i do know there is extreme value in establishing and i have donald trump who made
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immigration a major part of his campaign, i hope that he has the fortitude having the house and the senate to come forward and make an immigration plan so that we have an expectation because now people are making decisionsi or criticisms about people here in this country who are law-abiding when they are here. their parents are not citizens. we need to address that and it's not fair to label people when we know sometimes they are living in our neighborhoods and working in jobs and we are hiring them.a >> host: your home state, andrea is on the line for democrats. >> caller: i'm a registered democrat but i did vote republican and i just want to say that i feel very disappointed in therepres representation even from my own
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congress person. i voted on the platform and i don't see how one of the biggest issues in addition to the immigration, abortion. how we are bringing people over here but we are killing millions of babies. i'm a christian and i want to k know how with a straight face the democratic party can support to plannethe planned parenthoody to skirt it off on women's health issues but i am talking specifically on abortion and hillary is for the full term and partial-birth abortion. i've been very disappointed and i think that is one of the main reasons donald trump won overwhelmingly. we've lost our morals and respect for life and i think that was the biggest thing
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because evangelists came out more than ever before. i wish the democratic party would stop making excuses. there's nothing wrong with protesting but they are not friendly and peaceful if you are burning and hanging things, so anyway, i think that it's plain why he one and i don't know why even obama doesn't come out and tell them to calm down. >> guest: thank you for calling in.congre i am currently now your congresswoman and if some people make political decisions based on one issue. i've heard a number of people say that it was based on rights and abortion. i am a christian as well. god has given me two amazing children i was able to give birth to.on
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i never considered an abortion, but i've never been raped and i've been a victim of incest. i've never had to look at my husband in the eye and say it's a choice between my life for the baby's life. for any woman that has that issue in their life, i want them to be able to make a decision. i want them to have that choice and i don't apologize for that. i am not in favor of abortion just for recreational purposes like i changed my mind that kind of thing. but there are some examples dec where women must have the decision about her own body. we don't legislate men having vasectomies.ha we don't legislate men who used viagra, but we are very comfortable legislating what
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women do with their bodies and their decisions they make. there's even discussions abouttt women not having birth control. this is a slippery slope. the planned parenthood, i'm not going to apologize for my support of them. they've been in areas that have given women health care in areas where there was nothing else for them. the fact that on that 1% of whao are abortions, they help women have healthy babies in rural areas where they don't have anyd other care. they screen for breast cancer. so, there are some hospitals, healthcare systems that provide abortions. look at office of care they provide to keep people alive and to get healthy births. i always want support of all of my constituents, but i am not one that's going to say that i'm switching my issue. i feel very strongly about a
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woman's right to choose, and i will continue to support that. if donald trump received votes on one single issue, i question the voter because there were so many other issues.hild is so if you were african-american and your child is subject to stop and risk or you are a muslim and you are now being called a terrorist but you don'u care about anything that happens to your family or the community at large or you have daughters and that frederick didn't meant anything to you you are voting for one single issue, that is your right to me i look at the whole candidate. i look at all of those issues to make my decision. >> host: daniel is waiting. an independent. go ahead. >> guest: thank you, congresswoman for your service.
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i'm independent and i voted for the first time in my life i voted for neither one of the candidates. i had a have a write in candidad ii voted for ron paul. the question i have i heard you say that the democrats -- and i changed my party from democrats to libertarian and now i am independent. one of the things you said is democrats are for all people but yet the midwest hands-down voted for donald trump is why flash and white racist. when you are saying that you want to bring the country together, how do you address that and second and quickly, california. boxer wants to change the electoral to the popular vote and introduce legislation.
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how can you bring that when you have california that we know for a fact house while over 500,000l undocumented illegals, whatever you want to call them, th the tl says illegal aliens that you've changed thatr frederick. with all those people that are carrying a mexican flag, i would like your answer when you say you're trying to bring america together, california isn't the united states of america. that is one state out of the united states of america so until we get a hold of the citizens and however you want to do that i think that's what matters but i do thank you for your service and thank you for being humble. i know you'll do good things in congress. i agree with a lot of your message. the >> host: it's what the congresswoman answer the questions. you mentioned some numbers i had been in front of me today about
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illegal immigrants in california almost a quarter of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants within california according to the public policy institute of california with an undocumented population of nearly 815,000 los angeles county has more undocumented residents than any other county in the state. >> guest:, first of all, let's talk about the electoral versus the popular vote. you should know the history of why we hav we established the ee electoral vote. basically part of what he talket about is if we do that, certain parts of the country would have a greater influence on the outcome of the election. and it was established the intent was to make sure every state have an equal vote in the process. we are looking at that now. here we are we have two
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candidates one on the popular vote and one of them won the electoral college. so it's worked for us all these years. i'm not opposed to looking at it. i'm a little concerned making sure every state has an equal voice. let's talk about the state of california and is clearly part of the united states. in california there's a lot of agricultural industries. it's interesting to me how we criticize the undocumented but we employ them. are we going to put a fallacy to cover penalty on these individuals that are here intha america that is something that i think should be on the table as well. the other thing about bringing
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the country together, donald trump has an opportunity after this one of the worst elections i'd seen in my lifetime we have debated issues so hard in the previous presidential elections, but then we come together and stay on the policies and what we want for our country. we have been so off track talking about the rhetoric of women, hispanics, immigrants, religion that we haven't talkedv a lot about policy. donald trump has an opportunity. he said it the night he won the election. that means you respect the fact half the country is when men and women should be treated equally. you have to respect the fact there are different religions in
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the united states and you must respect that and have a comprehensive immigration plan for all of these individuals who are coming as a part of our community every day, every immigrant is not a criminal. you're going to have to lead the minister president elect, to make sure that we move theruly country forward. and if you truly do not want to govern what you campaign on, then you're going to have to show us what you do. >> host: one more call. mike is waiting in wisconsin, republican. >> caller: i wonder if you can comment on -- you mentioned before, the statistics. even the two parties both democrat and republican are now using the same logic to totally miscalculated that i called in a couple of months ago over the
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discretion of the fbi investigation and i think it was determined though reasonable prosecutor would bring charges and there was a process that everything would move forward. my question now when we look at the protesters they are and i primarily no one kneels and i wondered if that is the block through the election because they feel disenfranchised by how they treated the candidate that's statistically they supported. >> guest: i'm not quite sure when you say the dnc. they were in support of three clinton. there's a lot of things that went into the investigation of. hillary clinton. it was frustrating for me to watch because i sat on thes beig
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oversight committee and i saw the questions asked because they didn't render the decision and then to watch them in the middle come in and put out a statement that threw off so many people and then came back and retracted it, the fbi agent director is i questionable in his ability to bleed. let's talk about how we now have a president elect that has two criminal hearings or trials, and we had candidates who had been cleared of any criminal activities. they said it wasn't the smartest thing to do or the best decision to make, but nothing criminal.
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so the country has a lot to look at and how we evaluate and what we are facing on the candidates. a donald trump has some criminal allegations he must address and he is now our president elect going into office. >> host: we will have to end it there with brenda, democrat from michigan. always a pleasure. >> guest: thank you so much.
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>> spoke to reporters on the state of the transition and plans for the president elect trump to hold a press conference. i was in dc yesterday i and the transition offices and it's something to talk into and see everybody and look around the room and see millennialist [inaudible]
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>> we don't see it that way. that's false. [inaudible] shortly i would say, sometime soon. obviously he's meeting with heads of state and members of the cabinet and senior team. a lot of activity going on upstairs. i know that he looks forward to addressing all of you. [inaudible] >> i'm sure it will be soon. putting together a federal government [inaudible] >> they are all a priority to him. i haven't talked about that. [inaudible] >> we haven't talked about that. i think that he has been very clear [inaudible]
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it's a very productive meeting and again leaders, members of congress, senators, governors, heads of state outside advisors, people helping him with transition. you don't form a federal government overnight and these are very serious issues and appointments into consideratio considerations. i was reading public the code earlier and we are pretty much on track with their other administrations have been. it's definitely in terms of getting different candidates and interviewing different people. it's not the kind of thing to rush through. [inaudible] >> the vice president-elect will be the number two person in our federal government and people in dc were happy to have him there
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and talk with him and also in terms of transition, we have all the different issues that are in place and at many different people working on them. when i was in dc yesterday at the height of the activity and all of those individuals are being probably vetted and addressed as we speak. we feel good about the transition. i actually would say, it's false to say that it's not going well. [inaudible] he is very happy with how the transition is going and from his perspective, presented with a number of choices within each piece of the department and he's making the decisions and obviously more choices than one. [inaudible]
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federal reserve chair janet yellen testified for the beforee committee and will deliver her report on the economic outlook. that is at 10 a.m. eastern on c-span three. thursday supreme court justice clarence thomas speaks about the life and legacy of his friend and colleague justice antonin salina, who passed away earlier this year. here are the remarks of the federalist society 2015 national lawyers convention annual dinner at 9 p.m. eastern on them. sunday night on "after words," author sebastian talks about the life of the former federal reserve chair alan greenspan in his book" the man who knew the life and times of alan greenspan." he's interviewed by alice
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rivlin, senior fellow with economic studies. >> alan greenspan had an unusual upbringing in the sense that phrase iwere used in the 1950s,s the child of a single mother. his father left his mother when he was only three independent was a unreliable but sometimes say he would come and not show up and that reinforced the tendency that he had to live inside his own head. >> sunday at 9 p.m. eastern on "after words." go to booktv.org for the complete weekend schedule. next, the hearing on cyber security issues related to electronic and internet connected devices. the house energy committee's public joint committee on wednesday. this is two hours and 15 minutes.
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[inaudible conversations] all called to order the subcommittee on communications and technology and the joint committee hearing with the subcommittee on commerce manufacturing and trade.
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good morning, everyone. i will start with opening statements for our side and our subcommittee. then i think we will go back and forth. i want to thank the two subcommittees for coming together on this important topic that i think we all share a deep concern. we live in a world that is connected. our smart phones are capable off locking and unlocking our front doors at home, turning on lights, checking the camera for packages on the doorstep we are able to measure steps and check of her baby monitors and record favorite programs from wherever we have connectivity. we will be able to communicate -- we can communicate with our offices but commute to the offices and driverless cars, trains, buses, have your child's sugar checks remotely and go from town to town and efficiently. these are incredible and potentially life-saving benefits to society is learning to embrace that we are also learning that these do not come
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without a cost. in fact, recently we encountered a denial of service attack on a scale never before seen. this effectively blocked access to sites like netflix and twitter by organizing the network connected devices. once peace devices came under the command and control they were used to send a flood of requests and ultimately rendered the servers ineffective. they are from other normal traffic to mitigate against attack.
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they are designed to make the american manufacture the devices so they don't capture the millions of devices purchased by the millions of people around the world come, so the vulnerabilities might remain. any sustainable and effective solution will require input from all members of the ecosystem of the so-called internet of things. we will need a concerted effort to improve not only device security to coordinate and improve the relationships between industry and security researchers. we are all in this together and the industry government researchers and consumers need to take responsibility for securing this internet of things so today we'll hear from a distinguished panel of witnesses to be brought to bear on this challenge and my hope is that the hearing will help us sustain and accelerate conversations on the security and foster the innovation that makes it the best the world has ever seen. i think the witnesses for being here. we appreciate your willingness
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to share your expertise it is helpful in our endeavors and i look forward to your testimony. at this time i thought he will give you could -- i will yield for an opening statement. i want to welcome the witnesses and we appreciate your time. we did a internet of things hearing and at that point we talked a lot about the convenience but this brings to us in our daily life and about the opportunities that it will open for us. i think now as we look at it you look at the cost and the maximized use that exists and the expectation is 3.4 billion devices that would be in this universe of connected and that means we have vulnerabilities
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that exist. they know as the chairman said there is a security. with that i will yield back. i will yield back the balance of my time as well and turned to the gentle lady ms. eshoo for opening comments. ..
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