tv Washington This Week CSPAN July 19, 2015 3:00pm-5:01pm EDT
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and your comments by phone, facebook, and twitter. brought to you as a public service by your local cable or satellite provider. >> last friday in cedar rapids, the democratic party held their hall of fame dinner with the five candidates to of announced they are running for the white house. this is the first time the hillary clinton, lincoln chafee, martin o'malley, bernie sanders in jim webb have shared the same stage. this is an hour and a half. ♪ >> thank you, dr. mcguire. thank you very much. congratulations to all of the hall of fame inductees. a great group of people working to get democrats elected in
iowa. congratulations, inductees. and thank you for inviting me to this exciting night in cedar rapids. tonight you will hear from five good candidates with a wide range of passions and experiences and it is good to be in iowa. i am a college wrestler and i have long admired the many hot and cyclone champions. [applause] as you may know, i am the only residential candidate who has been a mayor, a u.s. senator and a governor. i have tried to earn a reputation for honest he. i also have strong convictions sometimes under in norma's political pressure. i am enormously proud of social programs that have helped to hold the middle class. my long commitment to a tech structure where the wealthy pay
their fair share. my long supports to minimum the minimum wage. -- the minimum wage. my long supports to protecting the environment's and addressing climate change. my long support to quality health care for all. my long support for a woman's right to choose. my long support for lgbt rights. my long support for reform. my long support for investing in education. my long support for investing in all public infrastructure. and my record will stand up to scrutiny on these and many other issues. in this campaign, i also place a
high-priority on addressing what is happening overseas, especially the middle east and north africa. as general petronius family sleigh -- famously asked during the invasion of iraq in 2003 tell me, how does this end? the 2016 presidential election will go a long way to answering my question. how does this end? we have a choice in 2016. prosperity through peace or endless war. we had the great news of a breakthrough with iran. what a change. let's give all of those who helped make it happen a big hands, especially president obama and his team. [applause] avoiding war is worth every bit of our energy. the iran agreement was crafted with the help of russia, china the united kingdom, france, and germany. this is the right way to make the world safer.
[applause] yes, working with our united nations partners. this is the model. absolutely. this is a different course than the failed, bellicose, arrogant republican approach to the world. that is the choice we have in 2016. we need to reject once and for all the belligerent advocates of conflict. as governor and senator i attended to many funerals of servicemen and servicewomen killed in iraq, a sad and avoidable chapter in american foreign policy. as one who voted against the iraq war, as the chair of the middle east subcommittee -- i
have long been supporting the course that president obama and secretary kerry are now charting. not only with iran, but also with cuba. this has been an historic few weeks. if we are smart with our diplomacy, we can avoid these endless wars and create savings that can be better spent at home. diplomacy is the ultimate test of leadership. [applause] thank you, iowa democrats. leadership is also about seeing the future. i see a future with a strong and well supported diplomatic corps that is a complement to our military strength. i see a future where america is the united nations leader, working with mutual respect on climate change world food and health issues, and fair trade. i see a future where less of our
resources are going to quagmires overseas, and more are going to students getting their education without crushing debt. more going to struggling families so they can have true economic opportunity and have a chance to buy their own homes. more going to help seniors enjoy the dignified retirement they worked so hard to earn. i see a future where the word coexist really mean something. where those of different races religious believes, genders, sexual orientation and cultural backgrounds can live and work together. ica future where once again everyone has a chance at the american dream. that is the future i see. the way we are going to do that
is first of all to believe it is possible. i believe it is possible and that is why i am running for president and respectfully ask for your support. [applause] we have a special country and a special planet. let's take care of both. thank you, iowa democrats. have a great evening. [applause] dr. mcguire: thank you so much governor chafee. that was wonderful. now i am proud to welcome our next keynote speaker hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause]
[crowd chanting "hillary."] dr. mcguire: as first lady as senator from new york, and as secretary of state, hillary clinton has been a to nation advocate -- a tenacious advocate for women and their families and a source of american strength around the world. throughout her life, she has been devoted to the cause of human rights and equality, working to make our world a more peaceful and inclusive place for all. she has led the fight on the
most pressing issues of our time from education to health care, and has gotten us closer to an america where all have the opportunity to succeed. please join me in welcoming hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] mrs. clinton: thank you. thank you so much, iowa. thank you. [laughs] thank you all. thank you so much. it is really a great delight to be with you and with my fellow candidates. i want to congratulate all of the inductees, and andy, thank you for what you are doing to bring back the democratic party in iowa. [applause] just look around this room and you can see that democrats are
united, we are energized, and we are ready to win this election. [applause] now i know, and you do as well, that elections are always about the future. but this time, i feel that even more powerfully. maybe it is because our country has worked so hard to come back from the financial crisis with president obama's leadership and the determination of the american people, we are standing again. [applause] but we are not yet running. the way america should. and now we have to choose whether we are going to return to the failed top-down policies that wrecked our economy before
or move forward to chart a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous future. now, maybe it is the grandmother in me, but this is deeply personal. there is something about becoming a grandparent. it is truly transformational. some of you know what i am talking about. it angers you in the present and you suddenly have this and credible -- incredible, and amazing little person who commands a lot of attention, but it also forces you to think of the future in a new way. what kind of world will be waiting for her? what kind of country will we have when she becomes an adult? and what ourare our responsibilities to shape it? i am thinking a lot these days
about my own mother and what she did for me. advance and and mistreated -- abandoned and mistreated by her own family, she was out on her own by 14 working as a housemate. id. but she did not give into bitterness or despair. and i asked her, how did you keep your resilience, your faith in the goodness of people and a future that would be better than the past? and here is what she said. way believed she mattered. the first grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and without embarrassing her brought extra food to share. the woman whose house she clean suggesting she go to high school , so long as her work was done. as long as those people believed
in her, she was able to believe in me and to give me the great gift of believing in others and in our country. so, my mom was not surprised that my first job out of law school was at the children's defense fund. she was not surprised i spent my life fighting for women, children, families, and our country. after all -- [applause] that is what she taught me to do. and she never stopped pushing me to fight harder for others, to have the same opportunities she never had. i can still hear her saying life is not about what happens to you. it is about what you do with what happens to you, so get back out there. that is why i am here with you
today. [applause] that is why i am so determined to build a better future. not just for my granddaughter but for all of our children and grandchildren, and that is why i am never going to let the republicans rip away the progress we have made. [applause] you know, we democrats are in the future business. but from the republican candidates for president we see the opposite. now they may have some fresh faces, but they are the party of the past. we democrats we look at america and we see limitless potential.
we believe in a basic bargain. if you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. and we believe that the measure of our success should be how much incomes rise for hard-working families, not just for ceo's and money managers. [applause] well, republicans believe something very different. their answer is always the same. cut taxes for the super wealthy let big corporations write their own rules. that's it. trickle down economics has to be one of the worst ideas of the 1980's. [applause]
it is right up there with new coke, shoulder pads, and they care. [laughter] mrs. clinton: i lived through it and there are photographs and we are not going back to that. [applause] this past monday, i laid out an agenda for raising incomes so hard-working americans can afford a middle-class life. and agenda for strong growth, fair growth, and long-term growth. that will be my mission. from the first day i am president to the last, and this campaign has to be about how we unlock the potential of every american, because that is how we unlock the potential of america itself. now i am having -- [applause]
i am having a great debate already with republicans about what that means for our country. in the past week, governor bush scrambled to explain his statement that americans need to work longer hours. [audience booing] mrs. clinton: he now says that he just was part time workers to find full-time jobs. so do i. there is just one problem. his policies and the policies of all of these republican candidates would make that harder, giving more tax cuts to those -- would make that harder. giving more tax cuts to those of the top will not do anything for part-time workers. rolling back rules for wall street will not help families get ahead. it and getting rid of the affordable care act certainly will not help entrepreneurs. just ask folks in the sharing economy.
americans do not need lectures. they need raises. [applause] so, if republicans really want to help us, why don't they join us and breaking down the barriers so more americans can answer and succeed in the workforce, especially women? now -- [applause] now i know that when i talk about this some people think -- i can see it in their eyes -- there she goes again with the women's issues. well, i'm not going to stop, so get ready for a long campaign. [applause] you see, i have this
old-fashioned idea. we can't afford to leave anyone on the sidelines. women should be able to work without worrying every day about how to take care of their child or what would happen if a family member gets sick. that is not a luxury. that is a growth strategy. paid leave, earned sick days childcare, minimum wage. these are not women's issues. they are family issues. and they are economic issues. [applause] i will keep fighting for them and ask you to join and i am going to keep fighting for each will pay because when women get shortchanged, families get shortchanged and when families
get shortchanged, our economy and our country gets shortchanged. unlocking potential though goes beyond dollars and cents. it's really about our values. how we treat each other. the kind of country we want to build. on that historic day last month when marriage equality became the law of the land -- [applause] republican candidates were complaining, not cheering. we even heard a call for abolishing the supreme court's itself. instead of trying to turn the clock back, republicans should be joining us and saying loudly and clearly no to discrimination once and for all. [applause]
lgbt americans should be free, not just to marry, but to live, learn, and work just like everybody else. [applause] and then there is immigration. we have heard a lot recently from the new republican front runner -- [laughter] mrs. clinton: donald trump. finally a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine. [laughter] [applause] mrs. clinton: but there is nothing funny about the hate he is spewing towards immigrants and their families. it really is shameful. and so is the fact that it took
weeks for most of his fellow republican candidate to stand up to him. the sad truth is, if you look at many of their policies, it is hard to tell the difference. just look across the border. in wisconsin -- [audience booing] mrs. clinton: governor walker kicked off his campaign by rolling back reproductive rights for women and stripping union workers of their rights. we don't need any more politicians to shame and blame women for making our own reproductive health decisions or attacking unions for fighting for middle-class jobs. [applause]
and i know there are challenges right here in iowa, because you have been talking to me about them. just listen to this. iowa and has -- iowa has fewer than 750 beds for 128,000 people in your state with serious mental illnesses. families worry about relatives who need help and can't get it. and the islands i have talked to do not understand -- the iowans i have talked to do not understand why your governor would veto a partisan compromise without offering a viable alternative. and that is not all. the government also said no to investing in iowa's students,
teachers, and schools. i am adding my voice to yours. governor brand, put down your veto pen -- [cheering and applause] mrs. clinton: i will of do not need a standoff. they need solutions. that is why we cannot let the republicans take us back like they would like to do. we are not going to go back to trickle down economics or the wild west on wall street. we are not going back to insurance companies charging women more for the same coverage. we are not going back to denying climate change. if you ask most of these candidates about that, they will say, i don't know i'm not a scientist. well, why don't they start
listening to those who are scientists? i am not a scientist either. i am just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and i am not going to let them take us backwards. [cheers and applause] mrs. clinton: so, please, iowa democrats, join me. let's build up this party in every corner of the state and country. take back school boards and state houses all the way back to the white house. i am running to make our country work for you and for every american, the struggling, the striving the successful. for the food servers who have taken care of us tonight. for the veterans who served our country, for the farmers who feed us and the small business owners who take a risk, for the nurses who work the night shift and the truckers to drive for
hours -- i am running for everyone who has ever been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out. i am running for you. we are going to build an america where we do not leave anyone behind. where if you work hard you will do your part and get ahead. and where a father can tell his daughter yes you can be anything you want to be, even president of the united states. thank you all very much. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "hillary"]
dr. mcguire: i am now excited to welcome to the stage our next keynote speaker, martin o'malley. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "o malley'malley"] dr. mcguire: throughout his 16 years of elective experience, martin o'malley has established himself as a bold leader eager to solve problems. he has served in nearly every level of government. hearst as a member of the baltimore city council, then
mayor of baltimore and then finally as governor of maryland, delivering results for his constituents. as mayor of baltimore, he improved education, crackdown on crime, while improving police accountability, and investing in the local community, and as governor he signed marriage equality into law, passed the dream act, sought environmental protection, and maine maryland's public schools some of the best in the -- made maryland's public schools some of the best in the country for five years in a row. no matter the role, martin o'malley has always put working families first and fought for the american dream. please join me in welcoming martin o'malley. [crowd chanting "o'malley"] mr. o'malley: thank you.
thank you. dr. mcguire, thank you very very much. it is a great honor to be here tonight with all of you fine members of the iowa democratic party in the resilient city of cedar rapids. my name is martin o'malley. i am running for president, and i need your help. and tonight, i would like to talk with you about the american dream that we share. you and i are part of a living, self creating mystery called the united states of america. we have been given a gift -- not an old car, to be tossed aside or traded and when we are done with it, but a country. and we must accept this gift with an open mind and an open heart if we are to give it to
our children and grandchildren in a stronger and healthier condition than we received it ourselves. make no mistake about it. our ability to give our children a better future depends on the strength of our country. now let me ask you all a question. how many of you firmly believe you have enjoyed a better quality of life and your parents and grandparents, raise your hands? second question. how many of you believe just as firmly that your children and grandchildren will enjoy a better quality of life? raise your hands. that, my friends, is the question at the center of our
table of democracy. we are still our own country. where you can still get ahead. we are still that nation that finds the way in every generation to include more and more of our people more fully. fdr told my parents in their day not to be afraid -- my grandparents and their day not to be afraid. john kennedy told my parents. it is a choice. i am not the only candidate who holds progressive values, but i am the only candidate for president with 15 years of executive experience. [applause] as a big-city mayor and as a
governor turning those progressive values into actions, getting things done -- new leadership action, not words. in baltimore, we took action to save lives i reducing record high violence to record lows. we increased drug treatment to free thousands of our neighbors from the scourge of drug addiction. in maryland, we took action to raise the minimum wage, to create jobs, and to make our state number one in innovation and entrepreneurship. drivers licenses for new americans, marriage equality, and a ban on assault weapons. and we did not just talk about it. and we got it done. [applause] we took greater action, not less, to make our public schools number one in the country. we took action to freeze college jewish and four years in a row
to make college more -- follo college tuition for years in a row to make college more affordable. we passed the dream act. because when families succeed america succeeds. as a nation, we have come a long way since the wall street crash in the wish recession of 2008 -- and the bush recession of 2008. we elected a new president and barack obama to move us forward and that is exactly what president obama has done. a [applause] 64 months in a row of positive job creation. our country is clearly doing better. but most american families are not. the hard truth of our times is
this. 70% of us are earning these same or less today than we were 12 years ago. and that is the first time that has happened this side of world war ii. there is a growing injustice of economic inequality that threatens to tear us apart. wealth and power have been so concentrated in the hands of so few, that it has taken opportunity out of the homes and the neighborhoods of the many and make no mistake about it, this did not happen by accident. powerful, wealthy, special interests. they have created an economy that is leaving a majority of our people behind. a promise of the american dream
is on the ropes. and you know it is not even a fair fight. 50 years ago, the nation's largest employer was gm and the average gm employee could send a kid to college with the equivalent of two weeks wages. my father, like so many of his generation went to college only because of the g.i. bill. but now we are settling more of our kids with more college debt than any other nation on the planet. meanwhile, as wages decline family-owned businesses and farms are finding it harder and harder to compete with ever larger concentrations of corporate power and monopolies get this. last year, wall street bonuses alone totaled twice what every american working at minimum wage earned combined.
tell me how it is that not a single wall street executive was convicted of a single crime related to the 2008 meltdown? not a single one. [applause] what have we come to as a nation that you can get pulled over for a broken taillight, but if you directly nation's economy, you are untouchable. main street struggles while wall street soars and this is not the american dream. this is not how our economy is supposed to work. this is not how our country is supposed to work. we can do better.
we must return to our true selves. our economy is not money. our economy is people. all of our people. a stronger middle class is not the consequence of economic growth. a stronger middle class is because of economic growth. [applause] therefore, we must take actions that lift incomes and wages again for all americans. can we all agree that no american family that works hard and plays by the rules should have to raise their children in poverty? [applause] so, let's take action to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour wherever and however we can. let us return to the economic justice of paying overtime pay
for overtime work and expanding social security. [applause] and let's make it easier and not harder for any worker to join a labor union and collectively bargain for better wages. [applause] can we all agree that every american family should have the option of sending their kids to college debt free? then let's take the action to make debt-free college a reality and an option for every american family. [applause] a new era of american progress calls for a new agenda to
rebuild our cities as places of justice and opportunity. it calls for a new national security strategy, and new alliances that are more forward seeing and forward acting to reduce threats, and what is more, a new american era of progress calls for a cleaner greener renewable energy future. [applause] and i am the first candidate, but let's hope i am not the last to call for moving america forward by 2050 two a 100% clean electric grid, creating more energy and more opportunity. [applause] none of these things happen by chance. they do not happen by accident. to get wages to go up is another
thing we need to do and that is to get 11 million of our neighbors into the underground economy and into the light by passing comprehensive immigration reform. but there are also a couple of things we need to stop doing, as a party and as a country. among them, giving a free pass to the bullies of wall street. we must reinstitute glass-steagall and we must do it today. we must prosecute financial crime and if a bank is too big to fail, too big to jail, then it is too damn then take and it needs to be broken up before it breaks us up. [applause] we need to stop sending american
jobs overseas with the bad trade deals like the transpacific partnership. [applause] many of you remember the return on nafta. it was notada. we traded away good manufacturing jobs, and in return we got empty promises and empty pockets. i am fundamentally approached to -- opposed to secret trade deals that congress is expected to vote for before we are allowed to read them. [applause] your republican governor terry branstad has shown us -- [audience booing] mr. o'malley: the direction their party would take us. telling you that iowa does not have the money to invest in your
child's education. welcome to today's republican party. they once had leaders and visionaries. lincoln, eisenhower. now they dismiss science. [applause] and now the leading candidate for president is donald trump. [laughter] mr. o'malley: after his racist comments, true story, "the los angeles times" ran a column and said, i quote "republican field divided on donald trump's comments." divided? they are not sure he is wrong? he needs to go back to the 1840's and run for the nomination of the know nothing party. [applause]
my friends, i leave you with these final thoughts. in this summer of anger and frustration and discontent, if you become doubtful of this country's future, just talk to her young people. you will seldom find a climate change denier, someone who discriminates against gay couples, or someone who wants to vanish. to quote that great poet of the american dream bruce springsteen -- ask wants, is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse? whether that dream is made true again for all american families is not up to the big banks or the big money trying to take over our elections. it is really up to you and me. whether we still have the
ability as a people to move our country forward. you have a vital choice to make and i need your help. after this election is over with a child with a world of learning in front of him as few who you voted for, i want you to be able to tell that child i voted for you. when you see a dad sweating through a long shift to give his daughter a better future, i want you to be able to tell him, i voted for you. when you see a mom working long hours and two jobs to send her son to elledge, i want you to be able to tell her i voted for you. and when you see a young father who hungers for a job to feed his family i want you to be able to tell him, i voted for you. we are democrats. ours is the party of action. ours is the party that will rebuild the american dream and
dr. mcguire: bernie sanders is in his second term in the u.s. senate. prior to that he served 16 years in the house of representatives. senator sanders was appointed by the democratic senate leader as the chairman for the committee on veterans affairs and is the ranking democrat on the budget committee. in 1981, he was elected to his first of four terms as mayor of burlington vermont, during which time, u.s. news named him one of the 20 best mayors in america. [cheers and applause]
dr. mcguire: as a student and civil rights activist in the 1960's, sanders was a frontline champion for equality. he was arrested protesting segregation and marched on washington with dr. martin luther king jr. [applause] dr. mcguire: senator sanders was consistently defending working class and middle class families and stood up against the excesses of corporate america. please join me in welcoming senator bernie sanders. [cheers and applause] [neil young sings "rockin' in the free world"]
mr. sanders: thank you for that generous introduction. my wife and i are so delighted to be with you in this great state tonight. i am also delighted to be here following other remarks from great democrats who have dedicated their entire lives to public service. it is a great team and i thank them. [applause] let me begin by suggesting something to you that i think very few candidates ever say and that is given the reality of economics and politics in america today, no president can bring about the changes we need in this country unless there is a political revolution. [cheers and applause] mr. sanders: and what that means
-- what that means, in all honesty, is the powers that be in washington, the billionaire class, the koch brothers, the lobbyists, the corporate interests are so powerful that nothing will get done unless millions of people stand up and loudly proclaim, enough is enough. this country longs to all of us and not a handful of billionaires. -- this country belongs to all of us and not a handful of billionaires. [applause] my point is that no president's does it alone. we need a mass movement from coast to coast so that
republicans understand that when they give tax breaks to their millionaire friends, when they try to cut social security or medicare, we know what is going on, and that vote will be their last term in congress. [applause] and here is something else that all of us should know. today in our great country, we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world. today, in the history of the world. but most americans do not know that because almost all of the wealth rest in the hands of the few. america now has more wealth and
income inequality than any major country on earth and it is worse today than at any time since 1928. the issue of income and wealth inequality is the great moral issue of our time. it is the great economic issue of our time. it is the great political issue of our time, and together that is an issue we will address. [applause] let me be as clear as i can be. there is something profoundly wrong when the top 1/10 of 1% own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. there is something profoundly
wrong when one family, the owners of walmart own almost as much as the bottom 20% of the american people. there is something profamily wrong when workers are working longer hours for low wages when we have by far the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world, and all of that income goes into the hands of the few. enough is enough. that has got to end, and together, we will end it. [applause] this campaign is sending a profound message to the billionaire class. you can't have it all. you can't get huge tax breaks
when children in america go hungry. you cannot continue to send our jobs to china when millions of americans are looking for work. you cannot hide your profits in the cayman islands and other tax havens -- [applause] mr. sanders: when there are massive unmet needs in this country. the greed of the billionaire class has got to end and we are going to end it for them. [applause] but it is not just income and wealth inequality. it is the fact that we have millions of people working longer hours for low wages, and that is why we have got to raise the minimum wage to a living
wage. nobody in america works 40 hours a week and should be living in poverty. [applause] and that is why i led the effort in the united states senate, not only against permanent auto relations with china, but that is also why i am leaving against this disastrous tbp -- tpp trade agreement. when 70% -- 17 percent of white kids graduating from high school are unemployed, 136% of hispanic -- when 36% of hispanic kids who graduate from high school
are unemployed 151% of african-american kids are unemployed, we need a jobs program. and when our infrastructure, our roads, our bridges our water system, our rail system is struggling, there is more than enough work to do. let's rebuild our infrastructure. [applause] today the united states of america embarrassingly remains the only major nation on earth that does not guarantee health care as a right for all people. i voted for the affordable care act and it has done a lot of good, but there are still many americans without health
insurance and many more underinsured. now is the time to say loudly and proudly, america will join the rest of the industrialized world with a medicare for all finger player -- single-payer program. [applause] and when my republican colleagues, as they have done for years, tell us we have to cut social security, despite the fact that seniors are trying to survive, what we say is, no, you are not going to cut social security. you are going to spare his social security by lifting the cap on taxable take home. [applause]
my republican colleagues in the senate talk about family values. you know what they are talking about. their family values say that a woman does not have the right to control her body. i disagree. [applause] they say a woman should not be able to get the contraceptives she needs. i disagree. they say -- they say that our brothers and sisters who are gay should not be able to enjoy the same marriage rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. we disagree. [applause] but we also have family values not based on hatred, but based on love and compassion. our family values say that when
a woman has a baby, she should get 12 weeks of family and medical leave to stay home with the baby. [applause] now, there is another issue out there that must be addressed because perhaps it is the most important issue at all. and that is to understand that the supreme court's decision on citizens united is moving this country into another form of society because it is allowing billionaires to buy elections with super pac and unlimited money. it should not be acceptable for any american, conservative moderate progressive, that the koch brothers alone and extreme
right-wing family, will spend more money in this campaign cycle than either the democratic or the republican party. when one family spends more money than either of the two major political parties brothers and sisters, that is not democracy. that is that is not democracy, that is the path of oligarchy. that's why citizens united must be overturned. 2[applause] i have not made many promises in this presidential campaign. here's one that i have made. no nominee of mine to the supreme court will he made unless that man and woman -- man or woman is clear that he or she will vote to overturn citizens
united. [applause] furthermore, we have got to go further. we have got to move the public funding of elections, so that anybody that runs for office without independent on the wealthy in the powerful. at my table here this evening i have seven or eight wonderful young people. the reason i asked them to join me tonight is to highlight a tragedy in this country. these young people collectively owned more than $1 billion in student that. -- student debt. i have introduced legislation that will fight as president of the united states to make
certain that every public college and university in america is tuition free. [applause] we must also significantly reduce student debt. it is insane that people in this room are paying a cent, 9%, 10% on student that when you can refinance your home at 2% or 3%. we are going to do that. when we talk about our responsibilities as adults it means we have a moral obligation to make certain that we leave this planet for our kids and grandchildren in a way that is habitable. it is an international
embarrassment that my republican colleagues refuse, by and large to even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone are prepared to do anything about it. [applause] in my view, this nation must and can leave the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy like wind, solar, and geothermal. [applause] like everybody in this room, i want to see in america where when young, black men walk down the street they will not be harassed by police officers. they will not be killed, they will not be shot. [applause]
to his credit, to his credit, to his credit president obama did something extraordinary the other day. he had the courage to go to a federal jail and talk about the absurdities of a criminal justice system in which it we don't change it, one out of four male african-americans born today will end up behind bars. that is not the america the we believe in. [applause] that is why we believe that it makes more sense to invest in jobs, not jail -- not incarceration. [applause]
so to our 11 million brothers and sisters, to our 11 million brothers and sisters living in the shadows today, we say loudly and we say clearly that we are going to bring you out of the shadows and on a path towards citizenship. [applause] we are not going to divide up families. brothers and sisters we are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. please don't think small. inc. big. think about a future where our kids get the best education in the world. where our young people have the jobs and education that they need. where women's rights are protected. that is the america that we can
jim webb's career is defined by a lifetime of public service. he started out serving his country as a marine in vietnam where he was awarded the navy cross, the silver star medal, two bronze star medals and two purple heart. [applause] he then served as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs before becoming secretary of the navy in 1987. in the process he became the first naval academy graduate to serve as the civilian head of the navy. in 2006 he was elected to the united states senate where he wrote, introduced, and guided the passage of the post-9/11 g.i. bill. [applause]
jim has always stood up for those in need and we are so honored to have his passion in the democratic party. please join me in welcoming jim webb. [applause] senator webb: thank you very much. [applause] i have to say, i've had the pleasure of serving the ernie. we were elected during the same campaign cycle. i followed him many times on the senate floor. i am here to turn the lights out tonight, folks, i appreciate the opportunity and invitation to be here. this is the center of where we need to change america right here. the democratic arty area and it's been amazing to see the energy here tonight.
i would like to ask those who served our country to stand and be recognized. [applause] one of the great moments in my life, of my life, in my professional life is when we were able to pass the post-9/11 g.i. bill. before i was sworn in i introduced it on the first day when i was a senator. a lot of people thought that we would not be able to pass this, the most comprehensive veterans legislation since world war ii but we built the prototype and i would like people to consider this when we talk about those who would like to be your president. we built a leadership prototype in the senate. a bipartisan commission and
within 16 months over the objection of the bush administration to the last day of our vote we pass this bill. since that time more than one million of our post-9/11 veterans have been able to have the kind of education that bernie sanders just talked about. buy your books, pay your fees, get your stipend and get if -- get a true first-class shot of the future. i noticed on the program tonight the support was mentioned on the bath -- the back page and 10 of them are from organized labor. i know a lot of people are here tonight i'm organized labor. [applause] i would like to say that i am very out of the fact that i believe i am the only statewide candidate in the history of virginia to walk a union to get line during a am pained.
i am also the only statewide candidate ever elected to office with a union card, two purple hearts, and three tattoos. [applause] so, when we see so much demonizing of organized labor these days, when i look at what we would probably consider the most successful economic system today in the world, if you want to measure it by the balance of payment, the strength of the industry -- germany actually has a higher balance of trade on average than china does. if you look at the corporate boards they have for many years had organized labor as members of their corporate boards. we need to get the message out to america that organized labor is not the enemy. it is the friend of the working people. it is the voice, the way to start turning the economic
fairness issues around. [applause] we have got a lot of problems in our country. we have heard eloquent remarks tonight about those problems. i would like to ask you to consider here tonight what you would want in a president in order to start turning these issues around again. i would suggest that first of all we should have a president who can articulate the values of the democratic party and work at the same time across party lines , achieving bipartisan solutions in moving the country forward in a way that we can govern. we have had it in the past, we can have it again. bernie sanders just mentioned criminal justice and the fact that this week it was a federal prison and actually there was an
amnesty program for some people who had been convicted on rarely in terms of long sentences i would like to say that when i ran for the senate i started talking about the need for this country to solve our criminal justice is -- criminal justice system. i had advisers telling me i was committing political suicide in virginia. we had two years of hearings when i got to the senate about how to fix the system holistically. we put a piece of legislation forward. in terms of creating a commission it would examine all the different intersecting holistic issues that have affected our criminal justice system. we got a buy-in from 100 different takeovers across the country supporting us, including supreme court justice kennedy and the american bar association
and organizations all the way from the national sheriffs association. it is the only bill in the history of the senate where they were both on it. 57 both -- 57 votes. it was filibustered. we lost on the senate floor. i suggested that with an 18 month commission we could put that into an executive order and truly bring the best minds of america together to put together the right kind of solutions that would affect this kind of thing, the kind of thing that the president is talking about today. i would say tonight that it has now been nine years since we started working on this issue and i would ask that the president consider taking one
day writing this executive order, getting this commission together and looking forward to fixing the whole criminal justice system. not just one aspect or another. [applause] i will also say, and i hope you will consider this, of all of the responsibilities of the president, none is greater than that of being your commander in chief. i have spent my entire life in and around the united dates military. i grew up in the military. i served in vietnam as a marine. five years in the pentagon. four of them is an executive sitting on the defense resources toward. i served as a journalist around the world covering the united states military. including beirut in 1983 when the marines were in beirut. some of you may remember the horrible explosion there at the
airport that killed over 200 of our american military people in one day. i was in afghanistan as an embedded journalist. i understand how our american military work. i understand foreign-policy issues and i assure you that if i were your president i would never have urged an invasion of iraq. as a senator i never would have voted to authorize that proposal . i wrote a piece in the washington post warning that this would be a disastrous strategic failure of historic proportions that we do not belong as an power in that part of the world. that it would empower iran and in the long run, china particularly economically, unleashing sectarian violence inside a rack, turning our soldiers into terrorist targets.
if i were your president, i would not have authorized the use of military force in libya during what was called the arab spring. i warned, repeatedly, that use of military force in libya did not meet the test of a grave national security danger and that it would have negative impact on the entire region. now, i have to say that i am still looking with some concern with some great concern, about the agreement that was just signed with respect to iran. i would not, as president, sign any executive agreement establishing a long-term relationship with iran if it in anyway kit the balance of power in that fight a region of our world.
in particular if it accepts their acquisition of nuclear weapons. i will say that again, i would never accept directly or indirectly iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons. [applause] at the same time, i will make it clear that we have strong national security interest and we need to address them. we have talked a lot about these other issues. let me speak just for a few minutes about my view of what the american dream really means. i call it the american trifecta. what i mean by that is that when our system works right, we have a safety net under people who need it. have fallen onto hard times and retired with absolute fairness in the middle. if you can truly make it, you
can go all the way in this country. that is the american dream. what does it look like when it does not work? what does it look like when it does work? when i think about a time that it didn't work i will never forget the.'s is that my mother had growing up in utter poverty in eastern arkansas. she was one of eight kids, three of whom died in childhood. not childbirth, but childhood. her father died when she was 10. there was no educational opportunity. no medical. there was not social security at that time. she chopped cotton, pick strawberries. when my dad met her he said that her hands felt like a bought -- felt like the bark from a tree from having worked so hard. she gave me the energy i have today to be standing in front of you, but it was franklin roosevelt potts programs that gave the people in that part of america a safety net under them
and a chance for true fairness. [applause] when it works, i think of the story of my wife. in 1975 the entire extended hunt family got on a boat off the south china sea, like hundreds of thousands of other vietnamese at the time. they did not know if they would live or die. if you think about our obligations as a country, we have no legal obligation to go out and save them and take them to refugee camps. but we had a moral obligation, it was the greatness of our country that we did that. they took them off the ocean when they did not know if they would live or not. she went to two different refugee camps, grew up in new
orleans and started working in a factory when she was 11. neither of her parents ever spoke fluent english. we could have said, as we hear people saying right now -- well, wait a minute. we don't have any obligation. they are not our kind. or whatever language people use. but we did not new -- did not do that. guess what? they made some of the greatest americans in this country today. she worked, she studied, she went to the university of michigan and cornell law school. she had a fair shot and lived the american dream. that is what i'm hoping for when i tell you that i would like to be your president. that is the vision that i have for this country. i have been able to put that vision into specific action in a
way that i think i can guarantee you, if you give us support and help us in this journey. thank you very much. i am one minute 20 seconds under schedule for you. thank you for being here, all of you. [cheers and applause] >> let's give another round of applause for our fantastic presidential candidates. [applause] let's give another round of applause for our wonderful hall of fame inductees. [applause] i want to thank you all again for joining us on this special an incredible night for being in iowa democrat. i know it is the end of the evening and i will keep it short
, but i want to see you and all of your neighbors all out on caucus night. i know that i am going to see all of you knocking doors making phone calls, talking to your neighbors, friends, and emily about why it is so important to elect democrats to put ioan families first. we will be electing them a kratz up and down the ticket, turning iowa blue -- elect democrats up-and-down the ticket, turning iowa blue. please have a good evening and be proud to be democrats. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015]
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>> that they are newsmakers, thomas perez discovered -- discusses employment issues overtime pay and the current jobless numbers. "newsmakers" airs today at 6 p.m. and right after that the road to the white house coverage continues with two profile interviews of 2016 candidates. we will start with lindsey graham, who announced in early june that he is running for the white house and you can see his remarks at 6:30 p.m. eastern. an interview with john kasich he is expected to announce his intention to join the large 2016 republican field this tuesday.
that interview starts at 7:20 p.m. eastern here on seas and. >> tonight, on q&a molly crabapple and her use of drawings to tell stories from around the world. >> drawing aztec patterns or even having a tattoo. pelican bay is not alone. around the country you can land in solitary for your art, the least, gender status sexual orientation. i draw out of the sketchbook. often that is not to show the finished drawing, it is to show report with evil. often when you have a camera you have a distance between the -- between you and the person. they cannot see the image you're taking. the thomas them. in its way, even though you see -- it's it's almost them.
-- vampiric in its way. a lot of times i draw people because i like to. i like talking to them when i do it. >> tonight at 8 p.m. eastern and pacific on "q&a." >> next, the discussions on three shootings in chattanooga, tennessee, from "washington journal." \ cities tour. we want to welcome leo shane. have seen horrific scenes out of chattanooga tennessee. our new debate over the security of military facilities including recruitment centers. what more should be done? guest: that is what the debate
is going to be. we have quite a few congressional officials looking at this issue. ash carter has issued a full review of military facilities security. looking at the report by the end of the week. the immediate issue for congress and a lot of folks is going to be what should be done with arming these folks. folks at the recruiting centers some of the -- we have a piece of legislation from duncan hunter that would allow folks at recruiting centers to be armed or have security with them. there's also defense authorization bill which has provisions regarding troops carrying their own personal firearms in the scans of facilities. -- these kinds of facilities. we are looking at bringing the gun debate into military
facilities. issues of whether or not folks can carry them on base. some of these provisions would allow discretion to say you can carry personal firearms. a lot of questions surrounding how secure these areas are and whether they are targets for extremists of any sort. host: one of the ironies is that some of these marines, including tommy sullivan who served two tours of duty only to come back to chattanooga tennessee presumably a safe area to face a shooter. a makeshift memorial becoming far too common shooting victims. we saw developments in florida where these recruitment centers are being moved to safer facilities. guest: i think there are six or seven states now where the governor has said national guard
recruiting centers should be armed. these folks should have some sort of security for them because they are too out there. the point of these recruiting centers is to bring civilians in to get them to join the military. that puts them in places like shopping malls, places that are vulnerable. times square, the site out there. these are places out in the community that do not have the security of a fort hood. a big military installation. there is this question of, if these folks will be targets what needs to be done? what personal security should they have? host: you look at some of the photographs, those shopping mall
facilities, bulletproof glass is in place. that is a measure that has established. it was an unmanned barricade as a suspect goes through that area . the issue is whether or not these officers should have been armed. you can see the vehicle from the suspect who was later shot by chattanooga police. guest: i think that is what the poise -- the point of the secretary of state's review is going to be. do we have facilities that are too easy to get into? there will be an intense debate of whether or not arming these folks, if they had personal firearms or military issued, whether or not they would stop them. the chief of staff of the army has set he wants a review. he has concerns about letting too many guns out for military folks who are serving stateside. not in a war zone.
i think it is easy to see how this is going to turn into a wider gun control debate. folks who believe if these individuals were armed, these military folks who are highly trained in understand how to use firearms, they could've prevented some of this. on the other side you have folks who say more guns will be more shooting and more death. we will see were congress goes with this. a few weeks before their august break. i expect this to be a hot topic as they finish up the defense authorization bill and review other proposals. host: since fort hood, how many shooting incidents have there been? guest: i actually don't know. i counted up there have been seven shooting incidents involving multiple military fatalities. when you start to factor in individual shootings, domestic disputes, to get into numbers that go higher. the fact that i can come up with
seven real quick, the tragedy at fort hood in 2009. another one at fort hood. this is becoming more commonplace. in the past we thought of military institutions -- installations as separate from workplace violence attacks. that is another issue. was this workplace violence? was this a terrorist attack? in some cases it is domestic disputes and in some cases it was someone inspired by isis, al qaeda, whatever extremist group overseas. we do not know what the details are of this attack and what may have inspired the shooter. it is clear these folks can be vulnerable and they are seen as easy targets. host: the president from the oval office had these remarks. [video clip] >> i just received a briefing
from fbi director komey about the shooting that took lace and chattanooga today -- took place in chattanooga today. we know that what appears to be alone gunman carried out attacks. we have identified a name. at this point, a full investigation is taking place. the fbi will be in the lead, working closely with local law enforcement. we have been in contact with the secretary of defense to make sure our facilities are properly attended and vigilant as we sort through what happened. as details proceed, we will make sure the fbi as well as local law enforcement are providing the public with all the information involved. my main message now deepest sin
but these to the american people. -- deepest sympathy to the american people. it is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who served our country with great valor to tbe killed in this fashion. although the families are in the process of being contacted, i want them to know i speak for the american people in expressing our deepest condolences. host: comments from the president from the oval office on thursday. four had died on thursday. the fifth, the sailor who passed away yesterday. our guest is leo shane of the military times. (202) 748-8000 for those of you
in the eastern or central time zones. (202) 748-8001 if you are out west. we have aligned set aside for those of you more active military. (202) 748-8002. the president will be in pittsburgh to address the vfw convention on tuesday. guest: it would not surprise me if he refers to this tragedy in solidarity with the military community. this is just before the veterans of foreign wars. expect him to discuss key veterans issues. we have seen improvements in the department over the last year. also continued blows from congress over problems with wreckage keeping and wait times. -- record-keeping and wait times. these kinds of events turn into a mini foreign policy discussion as well. i expect conversation about iran, the future of military
budget and cuts. the fw has been hammering the issue of mandatory spending limits and sequestration. i expect all of those points to hit on, just as he is speaking to a military base. is a folks who are into with active-dutyhost: and at comments yesterday of donald trump saying senator john mccain is not a war hero. quick reaction from republicans and veterans groups? guest: i'd expect to hear conversation about that at the convention as well. john mccain has taken plenty of the system, and i haven't -- criticism, but i haven't heard anyone attack him for being a vw in the past. veterans groups are taking issue with the idea that somehow john mccain failed because he was
taken captive. they are demanding apology from donald trump, and so far it hasn't been given. host: joining us from florida good morning. caller: good morning. i entered the military at 17 and spent several years in the military police. i know that some of the troops that i was with were very proficient and, you know, used a lot of judgment with weapons. we all carried side arms. when we were in the military police, we were trained on different types of weapons and we carried a side arm all the time. some of the guys were, careless they played with their weapons. one or two was shot. my personal opinion is if they want to issue weapons to the troops on the base, they should
restrict it to the senior ngos. when i say senior, i am talking about and i-5 -- e5 or above, someone with some maturity. the young guys seem to think it makes them a tough guy or something, we needs to be extremely careful about issuing weapons to all the people on base, because i can tell you my personal experience. i've spent 26 years in the military. some of them are simply not mature enough to handle a weapon. host: thank you. we will get a response, leo shane? guest: it brings up a great point. there are two different issues working through congress right now. you've got a bill that would allow someone in recruiting center, in a facility, to be armed.