tv Campaign 2020 Mike Bloomberg Holds Get- Out-the- Vote Rally in Houston CSPAN February 27, 2020 8:38pm-9:02pm EST
>> on friday, 2020 democratic presidential candidate senator amy klobuchar speak to voters on the campaign event in virginia. watch live at 11:15 a.m. eastern on "c-span2", online at cspan.org, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. >> earlier today, democratic presidential candidate mike bloomberg held out a get-out-the-vote rally event, he spoke about efforts to prevent and coronavirus epidemic and you the u.s. and president trump's treatment. >> good morning houston.
the weather is great, the sun is shining and i think it's going to be a great day for mike bloomberg. let me, i am the pleasure of introducing mike. i want to acknowledge again, i was commissioner, give it up again. to mayor garcia. i want to thank you for allowing me to be new york mayor. the me just say to you, what is important for a mayor, is getting things done. because what is important to you is what happens at your home, or your street and in your community and in new york city and mike bloomberg was the mayor of new york city for 12 years and then, you can talk a good game but at the end of the day with people want people want
results. they want things to happen that is positive and impacts them in their lives. they want to make sure when it comes to infrastructure, we are making those things take place. when job creations, and when i look at what mike bloomberg did in new york for 12 years, the creation of nearly 500 jobs, 500,000 jobs, 500,000 jobs that's a long ways from 500. 500,000 jobs in new york city. when it comes to expanding healthcare, which is critically important, affordable and accessible healthcare, is a critical component. and for me on a personal note, is not to be being about being mayor, the growing up in the city and coming out of the household neither parent graduated from high school, or we didn't have private health insurance, but literally would go to the hospital and get there early in the morning and stay there all day long, daddy died
of cancer when i was 13. because we did not have any private health insurance so he literally would go and get painkillers and just took him until he died. it is held to be four and is how not to be or have access to affordable healthcare. when i looked at what mike bloomberg has done, expanding healthcare services for over 700,000 people, mike is someone who is gotten it done and when you're focusing on communities that have been underserved and under resourced, that community in which i was born in and raised in, mike has gone in to five of those areas, major areas in new york city and literally turn those areas around. so we talk about closing the achievement cap, for education because if you want to move people up, you have to provide them with opportunities, educational opportunities, job opportunities. all of those things are
important. mike bloomberg has gotten the job done. so when it comes to being the next president, and is not about just the rhetoric, it is about the action and it is about being able to be in a position to make sure that our future is better than our past has been. and putting someone in the white house who can get it done, it can maintain respect and integrity and can pull us together and not divide us and separate us apart. [applause]. i when i look at all of those things, as someone who i believe, can get it done, can defeat the president that is there, that will impact me. it is very clear pretty ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to bring to the state, someone who i believe will be the next president of the united states of america, the honorable mike bloomberg. [applause].
mike bloomberg: hello houston. i am honored to have your endorsement and support. i am pleased with the introduction. you run it the way i wrote it. [laughter]. i also want to think entering garcia for being here and for his kind words and support as well. i think you'll for this long welcome although i did have to put a sweater on today. if you think this is called, wait until you get to new york. it is really cold there. let me wish every one here a happy early independence day from texas. we do not celebrate that in new york. surprise surprise. this on monday. the next day is super tuesday. nominated candidate who will
liberated us from the insanity of donald trump. carmack i thought you would like that. this is my fourth visit to houston since christmas so it is feeling like this is my home away from home. i considered waking many a couple more weeks with a combination of romeo but it was pretty tempting. [laughter]. i cannot wait that long for another box of candies. before i talk about this campaign i first want to say a little bit about the crisis facing our country in the world. many watch the president's press conference yesterday. the fact is that the president trump was briefed on the coronavirus, two months ago. but he buried his head in the sand and is failing to prepare is crippling our ability to respond now that it is at our doorstep. these are not things you can jump into. you have to plan and have a
staff ready to go . on the president/funding for the center of disease control and other essential health agencies. he fired the entire white house people in charge of the responders to pandemics a couple of years ago and he predicted that this time that this whole thing will be over in a couple of months. the president is not a scientist . that is a nice way to put it. he doesn't even believe in science . and he is not leaving, he is reacting and much too late. and his incompetence really does put as at risk. and in times like this, we need proven leadership in the white house, we need somebody who has led during a crisis and who believes in science and invest in prevention and preparation and listens to experts. we need somebody who understands, yes you should apply that because that is really true pretty. [applause]. we need somebody who understands that the u.s. is responsible both for keeping american states from pandemics and help to lead the global response to combat it
and contain it. when an president who will make protecting the health of the american people the number one priority at all times. i can promise you that is the kind of president i would be. [applause]. over the past few months, i've been across the great state of texas, i took our campaign bus. as we call it, let's get it done express. from san antonio, to austin to waco to dallas, and along the way, i picked up one of the most celebrated justices in american history. i am talking about the one and only, judge judy. [applause]. i'm glad to have her support and i can just tell you if republicans in the senate were half as tough as she is, they would've convicted president trump on the impeachment charges. but since they did not vote to remove him from office, we are
going to do it in november. imac i can also tell you that judge judy and i ate more brisket than i ever have in my life. across all of texas, we have built a campaign led by houston's own ashley turner. emma got almost 20 field offices and hundred and 80 staff on the ground across texas and everyone is hard at work. voting is in full swing and we now have only five days until super tuesday. so what we need, is the city to come through. we need to wrap up this morning, i hope all of you will help us with the get-out-the-vote rally. and i hope you will tell your friends and neighbors how important their vote is. if they ask about my campaign what it's all about, just tell them, i am running a campaign
for change, for sanity, honesty, for inclusion, and compassion into campaign for human decency and we do not have that in the white house right now. come back i am running to restore honor to our government and to build the country that we are proud of and to start getting things done. and to start putting the united back into the united states of america. [applause]. and all of that starts with beating donald trump. back in 2016, if you remember 2016, not that long ago, i spoke at the democratic convention and i warned the donald trump was not fit for office. and then in 2018, i worked to hold him accountable by flipping 21 house seats including lifting, houston right here. and that made nancy pelosi speaker and allowed us to begin
holding donald trump accountable through the impeachment process. that's where that all came from. and in this year, we know trump standard strategy, attack democrats to make the funds look unrealistic and unaffordable and undoable. but that is not going to work against me and is not going to work against you. [applause]. i the record and we have the resources to defeat him in the swing state, the democrats lost in 2016. and to finally turn texas blue. [applause]. and capture those 38 electoral votes. and flip the texas house. [applause]. i know we can do it. my friends show that we are getting close. but to get it done, we need to nominate someone at the top of the ticket who can build a broad coalition of valleys democrats attracts independents and moderate republicans. and that is what i have done in all of the pre- races that i've
run in new york city i have one them all. i know how to do this. , i am not a typical politician. i think i should than a week or so ago in the debate . i never worked at a place where everybody talks it over into the predicament believe it. my mother wouldn't shock me if i would've done that. i've never worked in washington . i don't make pie-in-the-sky promises and adult talking to the cows come home. and as you've seen in the debates whom i am not someone who just yells at slogans even when they're not true. that is what they did. they had the same answers no matter what the question was. i don't know how you do that. i believe we need a leader, one who is ready to be commander-in-chief. not the college debater in chief. [applause]. so if you want someone who talks turkey, and was a record of accomplishments and all of the
big issues facing our country, and he was somebody who has the resources to beat trump, that is me. come back i give virtually all of my money from profits, spending to defeat donald trump. and if you think this campaign is expensive, just imagine what four more years of donald trump would cost us. i think it would be a catastrophe in the i am in this race to stop it. [applause]. even though in this will surprise you, donald and i are both from new york. we couldn't be more different. in fact i campaigned, to say i am the un- trump. just think about it. he breaks promises, i keep them. he divides people, i united. his equipment denier, i am an engineer, actually believe in science and imagine that.
hey tweets, i follow facts and respect data and tells the truth. he inherited his wealth, i started with nothing but my parents teaching me hard work and ethical behavior. and i will raise taxes on the wealthy to get the revenue we need to start fighting income inequality and pay for infrastructure and investing in emergency preparedness and extending healthcare and improving education at all of the other things that we need to strengthen our great country. my whole career, i have been a tour. and i believe we need less talk, we need less partisanship, less division, less tweeting. in fact, and do this in every speech, and shameless about this. what about an agreement, no tweeting from the oval office ever again. [applause]. and it is easy for me to say because i cannot spell.
but then again, neither can donald. [laughter]. now i've been pretty blessed in life. there is nothing the truck can do to stay or her me. but all kidding aside he has heard a lot of people and that is why i'm running. to stand up for every american who has lost their job or lost their insurance or can't pay their college tuition. you fall heard the slogan, mike will get it done. it is on our literature. if you have not heard it, and we spent a lot of money for nothing. but let me tell you what the it is and get it done. it means winning this november and sending donald trump back to morrow largo permanently. that is just the beginning because getting it done, finally means providing health insurance to every american, will exit and lowering to everyone else. would you do that without kicking hundred 55 million
people off of the health insurance that they have no and imposing a massive tax increase i'm working people. we just cannot do that. , getting it done means passing common sense gun safety laws to protect our children and communities. it back getting it done means making america a global leader in the fight against climate change. [applause]. getting it done means creating good jobs and higher wages. getting it done means addressing discrimination and inequality. getting it done means finally fixing our broken immigration system and creating half the citizenship for 11 million people living in the shadows. [applause]. getting it done means protecting a woman's right to just and appointing justice it will defend that red it won't be easy but i know that we can do it. unlike other candidates, i don't
just talk about doing things. i have a record of reaching across the aisle and getting them done. i just want to give you a couple of examples. how can i reach across the aisle maker government work. other candidates talk about raising teachers salaries and as mayor i raised teacher salaries in new york city by 43 percent. [applause]. if your teacher, you would be happy. in the bottom line is the results cancer . the tech about, raising public schools, making them better. in our case graduation rates went up 40 percent during the 12 years that i was in office. [applause]. in new york city, because the uninsured by 40 percent improving care for babies, and for mothers and rising life expectancy in new york city by three whole years. [applause]. so if you want to live longer, i'm not saying you should do this. i don't want to say anything derogatory about texas, but if you want to live three years
longer, vote for me. [applause]. others talk about climate change and fighting it. in new york city, we cut our carbon footprint by 13 percent my foundation has helped work with us the sierra club and replace street and 35 power plants with cleaner energy some more and more on the way to get rid of all 530 coal plants. green jobs and meaner planet, we really can get them done together and we know how to do it. we've been doing this. we are not just talking about it . we really close 304, qualified power plants. and were starting to work on modified power lands in europe as well. their pollutants are the same stuff that we breathe. it does not matter where we live. in new york city i helped create a gun safety booth with 6 million members that is working best common sense gun laws and states around the
country. most men action. [applause]. that is all part of that. we've gotten i can see the stars. there you go. i just take pictures with you. all kidding aside, i do know how to bring people together to solve problems. this way of run my company that is iran new york city. if you go back and think about it, i was elected just seven weeks after the devastating terrorist attack of 911. our city was in tatters. our economy wasn't session, there were still smoke coming out of the void for the two towers were. but it brought people together . people from around this country including from texas, came and helped us pretty for people from around the world him as well. we created nearly 500,000 jobs and hundred 35000 units of affordable housing after that. we reduced street homelessness
by 28 percent. we launch new programs to fight poverty and we rebuilt our city stronger than ever. and what i've learned there is how to put things together and deal with crises like the virus, like hurricane sandy that we had on the east coast, like a lot of these things. you have to prepare and have people in place and delegate to them and let them do it. that is what i do well. i still team te a.m. and i say note i in team. and month donald trump only has the letter i in team and that's why it doesn't work. in the past two decades we have taken on the toughest fight and one. i am taken on donald trump and one many times on gun safety, the median . pollution, we've close all these power plants . a said that they were never) we flipped the house blue in 2018 election. and 21, congress people were
elected that were given guns, good of the climate, pelosi in charge. in this for the impeachment process started. so i know how to play against donald trump and i know how to beat him and i'm ready to do it again. [applause]. but i will say i cannot do it alone. i need your help. and i need your support and your vote. i need you to talk to your friends and your families and knock on doors and make phone calls. tell everybody what our campaign is about and how important this is pretty and when you talk to them, just tell them, if you want health insurance for everyone, and not just empty promises, if you want to combat inequality and vendor jobs, if you want to support my commitment to quality education no matter what zip code you live in, if you share and i believe,