tv Campaign 2020 Pete Buttigieg Meet Greet in Webster IA CSPAN September 27, 2019 3:05pm-4:02pm EDT
campaign trail and make if your own. c-span's campaign 2020. the unfiltered view of politics. >> 2020 democratic provides and mayor of south bend indiana pete buttigieg talked about what he would do as president. [applause] [cheers and applause] >> thank you. this is the official stop. thank you for joining. thank you, jerry, thanks to our faction organizes and volunteers like sarah whose full-time job is to get to know you and invote you to be part of the change we're trying to make for the country. i'm here to mostly listen and have a conversation what you think is most important, but i want to make sure we don't miss the opportunity to share the
vision of this campaign. i'm seeking the presidency in order to respond to the crisis that has come over our country, a crisis even bigger than the one represented by the presidency we're living through. don't get me wrong. if think we can't go on with four more years of the president that we have now and recognize the america we live in and that we love. but i also think that we wouldn't have a president like the one we have got right now unless there was some more serious going on the country. inside in other words a guy like this doesn't usually get within cheating distance of the oval office and everything is not going along just fine in this drown and i happened been for some time and happen felt that in our communities. i come from -- which way is east? i come from about six hours that way up i-80. northern indiana, industrial town, and the kind of place
that's just less behind -- left behind after the factories closed. we found a way toward a better future but it's taken years of struggle and their neighborhoods where i live like the economic recovery never happened and i meet so many folks who talk about the ways in which our political and economic systems have let them down. we see it in the fact that the dow jones is going up and our life expectancies are getting shooter, shouldn't be possible. we're seeing it in the fact that we're having the exact same debate about how to keep kids safe from gun violence than we were having the day after i came home from junior year in high school to see the columbine shooting on the news. the same conversations happening over and over again and nothing getting done. and now is our chance. now it is our obligation to make sure that this time really is different. to do that, i am making the case that we need to do two things at
once. one of them is to be bolder than we have been in my lifetime. and the second is to unify the american people around the vision. accomplish the problem is we're being told we have to pick one. we're being told the only way we can be bold enough to meet the challenge of the moment here is if we chase each other into purity test that turn off half the country before the voting happens. other folks who say the only way we can unify the american people goes have earl toward the other party, pretend to be michigan we're not and water down oval us the real choice is to put forward ideases that will actually fix the problemmed and have on our hands and invite the person people to be part of it. that's the kind of president -- excuse me -- popcorn in my throat. -- the right kind of president
can unite us. take patriotism right now. the american flag is being used to tell some people they don't belong. which is the opposite of why we have a flag, which is to remind everybody that we're all part of this country together, and so when i'm president, patriotism will never consist of telling some people who speak up to disagree, that they don't belong here. you won't see us telling people to go back where they came from because they say things critical of those in power. you're skiing asking everybody to express what they believe in and keeping america secure in a way that's going to work in the 201st century. that -- the 21st injure, make sure that gun violence does not claim anymore lives special she month ouring you. [applause] >> especially among ouring you and understanding where the violence is coming from confronting white nationalism but if claims one more life in
this country. [applause] >> if we're serious but security that men's recognizing they climate disruption is a national security threat and rising to meet that threat before it creates anymore problems for us in the fewer. that's how we protect the country going forward. [applause] >> we are being divided over faith which is supposed to be something that can unify us. i believe when you run for offers you speak for people of every religion and people of no religion equally because that's what aerostation is about. -- what our constitution is wind. i believe now is a good time to remind voters motivate by faith but where faith might lead us. in particular, it might lead is to have a choice, because i haven't seen any scripture that says it's okay to tear children out of the arms of their parent weather then running for their lives or that says it's okay to cut the budget that gives food to hungry children. i was hungry and you fed me.
i was a stranger and you welcomed me. don't let anybody tell you've that god belongs to a political water. voters have a choice, especially guide idbid moral and religious feelings. >> you are going to see when i am president how freedom can be honored with a different idea than just cutting taxes and saying that makes you free. freedom is a lot more than amazon's freedom not to have to pay any federal income tax. to me freedom means make sugar we can live lives of our choosing and you're not free if you don't have access to health care which is who is we see to it with a program called medicare for all who want it and everybody has the opportunity to get quality coverage, and because as medicare for all who want it versus medicare for all whether you whatnot it or not we have a way to put forward the boldest change northern health
care system than medicare ousts without forcing people accept something they don't want. i'm not going to order you to take it. we'll put it out there and make it possible for every american to have access to medicare if and when they're ready. [applause] >> i'm asking you to picture a presidency when you turn on the news your blood pressure goes down instead of up. that's what we are shooting for. [cheers and applause] >> and that doesn't mean shrinking from the things we believe in. i'm al going to be appointing people who share my vision about what has to happen in this country. i will appoint a head of environmental appreciation 'owho pulley believes in protecting the environment and will do something about climate change. [applause] >> i will appoint a secretary of education who sports teachers and actually believes in public education. [cheers and applause]
>> i will appoint jumps and justices who trust women to make their own reproductive health care decisions instead of having dictated by government. and the important thing we have to remember is theres an american majority to do all of those things the american people are with us on this, which i exactly why this president wants us arguing about him him wants outcook but his tweets. about his hair, about his vision to buy greenland or argue. with the super model on twitter so we're not talking about a our wages and our health care and how to end endless were and deal with climate change and handle immigration in a way that's consistent with our values and laws but the lease we're talking about him, the more we talk about you and the way to win is to make sure our everyday lives in communities across the country, especially communities that have been pass ode by, by the political system. that is at the heart of our
policy, of our governing and our politics. when we do that i believe that's how we win, and i believe that's how we deserve to win and that's what i'm asking you to be part of. i promised not to talk at you. i want this to be a conversation. eyeful excited and would like to take up whatever questions or idea on your mind. yes, ma'am. >> hello. i would like to know, having heard your medicare for all who wont it, how this works with the apa. >> aca was an important step forward. no question. matter of fact, my mother-in-law's life depends on it. she has cancer, they have a mom and pop landscaping business in northern michigan, and she is able to get the health nashens that gets her the chemotherapy she needs through affordable care act. i don't believe many of us thing the job is done when it comes to health care not when prescription drug costs are out of control and millions of
people go without health care if i talked to a guy who is talking about in line at a grocery at the pharmacy section and a person in front of him was short five dollars for the medication she needed, and he reached into this pocket and came up with the five bucks but said i wonder what will happen to her next time. i'd like to believe this is country full of people who would help something but this is not the country do have. to we're the wealthiest, biggest, richest, most powerful advanced country in the world we like to think of ourselves,s what does it say about us that can happen in a pharmacy in america in 2019? there's more to be done that than just tweaking the aca. i will defend it against attack because those are attack begin me major but we have to go further. ing making sure there's a version of medicare anybody can get access to and cap the cost of it.
when identity premier 8.5% of your income will be the maximum to pay in and also acting on things like prescription drug costs. makes no sense that medicare is not allowed to negotiate, even negotiate, drug price us. of course prices are too high. we are going to empower the department to negotiate and when a private health care plan is negotiating with a drug company and they're not acting in good faith, we're going to empower the secretary of health and human services to step in and negotiate on behalf of the american people because what we are saying with drug prices isn't right. [applause] >> yes, ma'am. [inaudible question] >> i'd leak to more about your climate change plan and also in iowa, the dnr says that the most of the greenhouse gas emissions come from the conversion of
nitrogen in our fields to -- and converting that to nitrous oxide and that's the biggest contribution near africaal communities. can you -- agricultural communities. >> was everybody able to hear the question? she's think of her two-year-old grandkid and what kind of world will he live in and climate change, and this important for me because i'm think what kind of world i'm going live in 25 years. i expect lord willing to be here in 2050 when i propose we become a car mon neutral -- carbon neutral country and be held account everyone this is a matter of justice between generations because the longer somebody is planning to be here the more their life depends on us insuring the climate change doesn't make our communities less liveable, the waterways less full of life, and really constraining the possibility of
making it with increased frequency severity of extreme weather, and as we know here, this is not just something happening on the north and south pole, something happening on the coasts. it's happening in the middle of the country. live in a river city and we had to fire up our emergency operations center twice to deal with floods that are exposed to happen one every mill -- millena. twice in 18 months and we have to act. what does that look like quadruple our research and development of energy storage, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, and carbon storage. we should be doing this on a level comparable to the moon landing if he mean business, which means much more investment than right now. we need a carbon tax and dividend. the dividend part is important. this is making sure the prices truly reflect the cost of what is being done to the environment and so i propose we take those funds raised through the carbon
tax and rebate them back out to the american people on a progressive basis. so most of us are made more than whole but at the same we get the economic bent fit of an economy that reflects our true responsibilities when it comes to bar carbon emissions. i'm glad you raise the point about farming and fertilizers and every democrat running for president has a proposal that will get to us 20505 -- 2050 carbon neutral. so it's not who has the most clever plan. i think that's met but the important thing is whose plan is going to get -- we have been debating in circumstances for too long. and -- circles in order and to get it done we have to find a way that everybody can be part of the exclusion far to many friends and neighbors in agriculture are being told their the problem, and you can't blame somebody for hesitating to jump
in on a debate about this on our side if we're telling them they're the problem. farming could be a huge part of the solution. science tells that soil has the ability to absorb as much carbon out of the ware as what the entire global transportation sector putting. in science says can be done but technology don't know how. things we already know we already have the technology around cover crops and other soil management in addition to alternative fertilize he can techniques but we can't just pressure farmers or order farmers to do it because often they can't afford to do it. they're sweating squeezed. fewer and fewer places to buy supplies and fewer places to sell if the product too and they're getting squeezed. so we eninvest. if we can find billions of
dollars to take the ago. problem the president created with the trade war we can find billion of dollars to invest with supporting farmer with things like the conservation stewardship program, to pioneer farming techniques and if we get that right we can be to proud of it. iowa is rightly proud of the green revolution and millions of lives saved with tech nicks developed the american midwest and brought across the world to increase crop yields yields andp feed millions. i want to be just as proud of what we cook up here in the middle of the country that make the entire global agriculture sector more sustainable, until a carbon neutral farm is as much a symbol of dealing with climate change is an electric vehicle. when we do that it's an example how we're enlisting the entire country in a national projection because climate change is too
important to be a partisan fight. we have to all work on this or we'll never get there. [applause] >> talk about $15 minimum wage. i'd loaf to ean increase but also a realist and i'm a mayor in a small town about an hour from here, where 100% off our businesses is a family owned business. and $15 minimum wage would kill a lot of them. what do you tell peel who come from ural areas like -- rural areas like us. she owns a gross tristore and can't by the high school kid that work there $15 an hour and keep the doors open. what's the answer for those of people and communities like us. >> thank you for all you do as mayor of a community. obviously i have a soft spot for american mayors. that's why i think a reasonable
ramp that brings into it place over several years will work, and that's what is in the house bill proposed, that is just one more example of a good piece of legislation that mitch mcconnell is killing in his senate. and when we do that overtime people have more in the economy benefits. we have 50 years of data to tell us what happens when you rates the minimum wage but sometimes its opponents talking about like we have no idea that will happen but could be scary. butey know if we do it in the right way and give people an opportunity to just, then the -- we have to recognize that the economy is not the same as on the coasts and so the right living wage in a place like oak land or boston or miami is going to be different than it's going to be in a place like suggest bend -- south bend or here and we should reflect that with the
standard thursday difference regions. the other thing we need for small family owned business is is to make sure there's a level playing field. one reason a lot of these shops and places struggle to compete is that there's in effect an inissible sub dieses into the samsons of the world if they're not paying a pen iny in -- pend iny federal texas toss because they have enough lawyers to send revenue around the world and put it in different buckets and that's not fair and makes it harder for local beens to seat and why we need to have a fairer tax code and fairer policies for dealing with giant corporations who are buying each other and easting the shops that employ people we rely on in smaller communities. [applause] >> support the proposal to add additional -- >> adding seats to supreme
court. i think we do need to reform the truck tour of the supreme court but it's not just about getting -- more yatess who agree with me. when i'm president i will appoint ones who share my philosophy but the what we have to change is the court is a naked political -- the most interesting reform i've seen proposed is one that would have 15 seat on the court, but ten of them are appointed in the traditional partisan fashion, five of them can only be seated by a unanimous agreement of the other ten. so what it does is it gets you more justices who think for themselves like sit tier and kennedy. an interesting idea being floated by people smarter than me about constitutional law in the yale law journal. maybe that's the way to do it. maybe we should look at term
limits, rotate segregates on or all the appellate bench. awful of feelings are constitutionally appropriate, and -- all of these are constitutional appropriate. it's not just the court. as country we have gotten how to do basic democratic reforms. the court has been adjusted half a dozen times enemy 70s we were undertaking constitutional amendments like the one that made it possible to vote at the age of 18. even the equal rights amend that didn't make it. that's how we got title aren't 9 and i haven't given unon the era. it's good policy. so my opinion is when the democracy isn't working for us, we should ask how to make it more democratic and goes for campaign finance reform and districts being drawn in ways that have politics picking vote evers instead of the other way.
all kinds of things related to the able to vote and for the structure of the supreme court. d.c. taught be a state bauer their problems in d.c. are just as important ago yours or mine. why don't they have somebody in the senate fighting for them? so where along the line we forgot how to do these constitutional and systemic reforms and i think the most emgant quality of our constitution is it's design he for self-healing and there's a press to improve it and whether it's the court or any other aspect of our system that is failing us, we should have the courage to have the debate about change and if it takes years, all the more rope to work on it from day one, which we will be in my white house. [inaudible question] -- hospitals struggling to get
reimbursement. our reimbursement is the worst state for medicare. >> thank you for asking. the question, if you're out of hereshot, the question is critical access medical facilities and the risk of losing medical providers especially in rural areas bass the reimbursements have not kept up. i believe with need to adjust reimbursement rates to reflect the fact there's an added benefit to having care in underserved area. secondly a new designation -- reinforce the designation of a rural emergency medical center that has the ability to qualify for certain kind medicare funds. their, we have to incentivize more providers. why win i've proposed a public
service loan forgiveness program to be expand, there's ways to get your student debt french for doing something in the public interest and that should apply to people who are providers of services who are hard to obtain in ural -- ural areas and we have to do a much better john of mental health care in this country, especially rural areas. the take beaut it like its just affects a few people but every family, every workplace, every neighborhood, is impact by mental health. we have to break the silence around it and have to apply real see sources to make sure that communes are able to build up the sense of belonging that can help get ahead of mental health issues and a system of care to look after people. we need mental health first aid for teachers and make sure that law enforcement officers aren't always the closest thing we have no -- to a mental health system.
jail others not be the primary mental health'll treatment and we'll be getting somewhere when it's as easy to get a mental health health of emotional health checkup as a physical. we have to break the silence and get that done. [applause] >> my wife is a critical care nurse. i have my the doors mitch 12-year-old is a huge fan of yours. if she was old enough you would have her vote. i wrote it down so i wouldn't forget and thin forgot. we have had to discuss active shooter situations at their age. i've had to run active shooter situations drill friday the nursing home i work in. how would -- what additions would you add to gun control to put forward and also how would you implement those to get peace
of mind to younger people to anybody. there's a lot of people here that have had to go through an active shooter drill and it's not fun, and how do we get to a point where we can have peace of mind when you go to work or school? >> there's enough going on in school to keep you busy without your having to worry if you're going to be safe. what grade are you in? >> seventh grade. >> how about you? >> third grade. >> i remember what it was like to be in third grade or seventh grade. it's hard. it's fun but it's hard. and the last thing on your mount ought to be whether you're safe and the last thing on your dad's mind is whether you're going to be safe. we have a responsibility and by "we" i mean not just everybody in office but everybody old enough to vote. has a responsibility. to protect our kids to protect anybody who is vulnerable. the idea that some of our kid
get active shooter drills before they learn how to read tells us how far we have allowed things to go and that's dead wrong. we need to start with the basics that the american people already want but congress won't deliver. universal background checks have 90% support, including among republicans and gun ownerses how is it possible we still haven't differed it? money can outvote people, single issue lobby organizations look the nra, which speak more for gun companies than for gun owner -- can have a stranglehold on our congress. we need red flag laws to make sure that people who present an extreme risk cannot have access to a weapon in the first place. need to do something but sales of the kinds of weapons i train on in the military. i know what they can do and they do not belong anywhere near a school or nursing home or a neighborhood center or anywhere in our communities. [applause] >> when we do that. when we find the courage to do
that which might require to us have the right policies and be wailing to do things like do away disthe filibuster being used to block good legislation. lives are on the line and so is peace of mind. >> i'm getting the high sign we're down to one last question. you're in front of me. there's a hoock disparate between the haves and have nots in public education system. what will you do as approximate to help public schools narrow the gap and have opportunities for everybody? >> education be the great equalizer. it should create the means, the resources and the freedom for everybody to be able to make into it the middle class and at our best, we have done that, but that's not where we are right now. resources are being drained from our public schools. it's why we need to support public education.
and that includes massively increasing the funding for title 1 aren't, which gets resources to the schools that need it most. in most countries if you have a school or community that has more need where the students are worse off economically, you get more spending per pupil. in our done trip it's less often because of the way property taxes work and we need to have ick make there is more funding well lon communities are being been issued fort not having resource. we also need to support the teaching profession. we rely on teachers to deliver. [applause] >> we ought to honor teachers a little more like soldiers and pay them a little more like doctors because what they're doing is so important. i'm not just saying that because i married a teacher. for the first time in vary long
time, the majority of teachers say they would discourage their children from becoming teachers that's a warning sign. we'll need to rely on education more than ever the workplace is changing, needs of communes are changing. we need teachers who are motivated and cablable and can put few on the table, my husband made more money working as a bartender whale he was working threw school than he did as a teach and got his masters degree. it's no sense. i know of a family in south bend who hosted exchange students and had a student from japan and when the finished high school she wanted to become a teacher, and she went back and she was going to take the exam to get into the program that allows you in university to train to start to become a teacher and we got touch with her after she went back to japan. she cooperate quite make it. she was good, very talent but
academically couldn't make the cut do become a teach are so it's a high bar. she did what lot of over people do in the country. she became a doctor instead. that was her fall-back plan. that's what it can be like in country that teak -- country that takes teaching seriously and that is just and situation and need to cut the shortage in rural areas of teacherred with grow your own programs that encourage people to serve the very communities that produce them and put funding behind that. we'll be better off. one more thing on teaching and education. no question we need to make sure we have more programs like the code school we have in south bend that helps kids prepare for how to be fluent in tech nothing and -- technology and survive in the machine age but let not forget arts education. we're not just training worker, we are educating citizens and it's a necessity not a luxury.
i got the high sign our time is up. other other ceremony pleased to spend time with you. right on the edge. that would give you something to remember me by. a lot of questions that came up were about kids and making sure we're doing right by kids, and the people who should be at the center of this campaign are people not quite old enough to vote yet because they're trusting us with their lives. without even know it they trust us with our lives and i want to be able to look in the eyes of anybody who is here now under the age of 18, and be able to get together ten years later, come up to me and say, -- ask me how we did and i'll ask you how you think we did and i want to be able to say, i'm sorry itself got to where it was in 2019 but hwa look what we need 2020. look how we made sure the climate -- by the time your
two-year-old grandson can talk but climate change i want to be able to say this grandmother asked me and we did something. i want us to be able to say that by the time you're old enough to run for president, that we fixed this, we delivered an economy where rising tide actually does lift all boats, that climate is not going limit your opportunities in life-that race was not a driver whether you could be healthy or wealthy and win we're president we get to two, on other stu and i get to watch you've solve problems we haven't not thought of instead of arguing over the oned that have been with us us. that's something we can't let wait for four year from now or ten years from now. we have to act and rung for office is an expression of hope we can do it. it's not a nye ear hope -- eye eve hope. -- naive hope. my marriage exists by the grace of a single vote on the u.s. supreme court and i'm not going
back and neither should weapon that's what this election is about and that's what i'm asking you to help us achieve. so talk to friends and neighbors and get to know our organizer, insist on a better future and i believe you'll help me become the inches president of the united states. thank you for joining us. see you on the campaign trail. thank you. [applause] [cheers and applause] [inaudible conversations]
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