tv 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention CSPAN September 19, 2015 2:00pm-5:21pm EDT
work. foreclosures on the houses. it was tough times but we turned the state around. we turned rhode island around and we had the biggest drop in unemployment of all that nevada in my four years. timeln chafee: at the same we did good things. we are the best rollout of the affordable care act. that was not easy. getting people to sign up for the exchange. all the problems that happened across the country. they did not happen in rhode island. we passed marriage equality. they tried before time and time again in rhode island. i put it in my inaugural address and we made it happen. the dream act so that undocumented students could go to our in-state colleges for in-state tuition. [cheering] lincoln chafee: we raised the
minimum wage three times in my four years as governor. [cheering] that is a solid record. through all that i have been honest with the people on every thing i do. i have had courage to take tough votes. showed some guts under pressure. and always had high ethical standards. animals 30 years of public service i have not had any scandals. [cheering] lincoln chafee: as we look to the future i believe in prosperity through peace. [applause] lincoln chafee: on the prosperity side there is a disparity of wealth. it is real. how do we close this gap between
the haves and have-nots. for raising the minimum wage as a senator and a governor. we did it three times in my four years, but i think we should do more than that. right now there are seven marginal rates and our tax structure. $464,000.te is for that is 39.6%. that is not that high. when you think of all the millionaires and billionaires out there. listen to this. filers are the tax in this bracket. but this .6% generates 30% of the revenue that comes in on income tax.
my point is that the wealthy are doing just fine. the rest of america is struggling and yet there is a lot of money still to be had out there. i believe. [applause] i propose a new bracket. this is the eighth bracket. for over $750,000 and put it at 45%. this will generate a lot of revenue. [applause] wecoln chafee: and how do help those that need it most? i would propose raising the personal attention, that is now at $4000. this would best benefit the lower income taxpayers i believe. let's put that top bracket on, tax the wealthy. and put it to the best use possible. increasing personal exception of the $4000.
-- above $4000. i think this is a better way to accomplish how we address income inequality. also, as we look to the future, i served on the senate foreign relations committee and i chaired the western hemisphere subcommittee so i've traveled all through central and south america. in the nature the middle east subcommittee, so i've traveled to pakistan, afghanistan, . iael, lebanon, egypt, iraq have been all through the region. this is one of the biggest challenges facing america right now. i cement to you -- i submit to you doesn't make sense that somebody from -- who saw through all the lies of going to iraq should be someone you would trust to help solve this chaos
that has spread from pakistan to nigeria? doesn't that make sense? [applause] lincoln chafee: the whole reason we have this chaos is because we made a colossal mistake of invading iraq. now the hard work is a front of us of how we fix it. in afghanistan, iraq, yemen, syria, libya, nigeria. i'm running for president because i saw through all the provocations. i took the time to go down to the cia and said i have to vote on his iraq war. show me everything you have on weapons of mass destruction. over an hour-long meeting there was not much. there was no reason to vote for that war. i did my homework. [applause] and i dohafee: believe, and i'm sure there are people that are saying we cannot
get peace in the middle east, it's never going to happen. i disagree. you have to believe it is possible that they do want to have to make it did happen -- you want to have to make it happen. i believe it is possible and i want to get these in the middle east and across north africa. [cheering] lincoln chafee: i believe it is possible. thank you for inviting me here as you look at who you are going to support. your record, your character, your vision, and let's have a great year in 2016. democrats are right on the issues. thank you for inviting me. you are terrific new hampshire. [applause] >> please welcome congressional candidate sean o'connor.
sean o'connor: hello my fellow new hampshire democrats. when they asked me why i file for congress in february of this year, three words come to mind. "service, opportunity, and responsibility." my parents taught me about service. my mom who is here today was a member of the nea. she was a proud member of the nea. and a teacher for 30 years. doctor who passed up lucrative opportunities to open a clinic in his poor neighborhood where he accepted anything or nothing at all as
payment for providing health care for his community. [applause] sean o'connor: having learned about service and education for withmily, when i graduated 5000 hours which represented -- $5,000 in a dream i opened a copy called stratus prep. we've heard -- helps more than 4000 students get acceptance to the college of their choice and be able to afford attending. [applause] sean o'connor: i have been fortunate to also serve the people of new hampshire as a tiyear herer of ci in new hampshire. a board member and concord and a proud of her of the vestry of saint matthews episcopal church.
number two, opportunity. i will forever be grateful for the opportunity that i had to attend georgetown and harvard law school and harvard business school because of the affordable fixed-rate student loans that were available than that are no longer available to students today. grateful forever social security disability insurance. when i was 16 years old my father suffered a life-threatening brain injury and he was permanently disabled. my family could only make ends meet because of social security disability insurance. this is why on thursday i took what i am calling "the people's pledge." $15,080 is mycept
congressional salary. make if youhat you work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year for the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour. why should i be paid more than minimum wage workers in this country? [cheering] sean o'connor: the remainder will be donated by a citizen's commission i am putting together people from around the district to new hampshire charities. this will generate $159,000 for deserving after charities -- new hampshire charities. i will introduce legislation that will anchor mentally increase the federal minimum bye over five years to $15 2021. [applause] sean o'connor: at the same time
i will protect our small businesses because 96% of our businesses here in new hampshire are small businesses. for all small businesses of 100 workers are less i will give a 50% tax credit for that anchor mentally increase so not a single job will be lost while we raise the middleweight to a living wage -- the minimum wage to a living wage. according to the federal board of reserve, my plan would generate $100 billion in additional consumer spending and create millions of jobs across this country. it is simply unconscionable for members of congress to on the one hand tell average americans to accept $15,000 as a living wage. and at the same time continue to vote pay increases for themselves and even worse, pay
year when $174,000 a the government is shut down and they have furloughed without pay all of our federal workers. i challenge every president of candidate and every congressional candidate to join me in signing this people's pledge. excepting only $15,080 has their salary, donating the rest to charity, and paying a living wage of $15 an hour to all their campaign workers. [applause] i am a pragmatic progressive. i will fight tirelessly to ensure that every woman in america has the right to make her own health care choices. male, ienly and out gay will ensure full lgbt quality by enjoying my good friend
represented david cicilline and advocating for and on the bus -- on the best nationwide civil rights bill so you can get married today -- can't get married today and fired on monday. [applause] sean o'connor: i will protect and enhance social security and medicare because i know what it is like to live dependent on social security. i will safeguard our economy and our environment by opposing any new natural gas lines in this state. natural gas is not a transition fuel. natural gas is a commitment to 30 more years of significant carbon emissions. [applause] sean o'connor: i will oppose the death penalty because it undermines the legitimacy of government and it is simply unconscionable. [applause]
i will fight for universal background checks and i won't be afraid to sponsor an assault weapons ban. [cheering] sean o'connor: i will work every day to bring the federal funds necessary back your to the granite state to fix our dilapidated roads and bridges. [applause] sean o'connor: i have seen how bad things are on wall street. you think they are bad? they are worse. elizabeth warren was a professor of mine. i will be the elizabeth worn in the u.s. house of inresentative's -- warren the u.s. house of representatives. we will win together or we will lose together. my campaign and i have already over countless hours and $25,000 to support candidates for state senate, candidates for
the state house, municipal candidates including my good friend and the next mayor of manchester joyce craig, and my good friend, state senator david waters from dover and the next senate majority leader and concorde, jeff woodburn. [applause] sean o'connor: like our great governor and like senator -- i chose new hampshire is my home. because of the natural beauty of our mountains and our lakes in our seacoast. but even more importantly because of the extra near he people that i've been fortunate to get to know better over the last six months as i have traveled from north conway to portsmouth. from manchester to dover. from rochester to exeter. as your next congressman, you can count on me every day to fight for you, to fight for new
hampshire, to fight for a better america. [applause] sean o'connor: i will ensure that this state remains a state that our children and our grandchildren are proud to call home and that attracts more people to the granite state. harder no one will fight for new hampshire in this country and against whoever the gop nominates and i will. as the candidate and your congressman, i will always be available. in fact, on every piece of campaign literature you receive from me in the mail or at the booth, my personal cell phone is a number that is listed. unlike our good frank -- i actually answer the phone. i look forward to a robust debate over the next year into building a democratic party together that will win back the
state house, win the state senate. we have important work to do. never again should a new hampshire family have to worry about making in the on $15,080. never again should a new hampshire worker have to work two part-time jobs and still not have enough health coverage. and never again should 40,000 granite staters have to worry about if they will be covered by medicare -- medicaid next year. electiontion -- this is a watershed moment. it will define our future. this election is not about me. it's about all of us. together we must dece if we are going to look backwards or if you will join me in promoting service, opportunity, and
responsibility to attain the stability in washington and concorde that is necessary to build a brighter future we all know is possible. we need to do this work. our kids are counting on us. our grandkids are counting on us. they are counting on you and they're counting on me. i ask you to join my team. we have so much work to do. thank you. [cheering] >> please welcome professor lauren lessing.
>> i don't play baseball well but the one thing and do well is obey the time limits. this will be a speech that fits. an incredible range of people speaker today and one think we can be certain of is that we can be proud of the choices we are offering americans today. they push, our rights in the right direction of justice and they will rally millions behind us. but we must speak openly and honestly about how incomplete we are. whoe are millions like us rally to celebrate our party. there are millions who rally to celebrate the other party but these millions added together are still but a fraction of
america. the biggest political party in america is none of the above. most of america has turned away from politics. most have given up on democracy. and who could blame them? governmentks to her and sees not themselves reflected in the congress, but someone else. they see not a congress standing -- bending over backward to answer the calls of average voters. they see a congress standing -- bending over backwards to answer the calls of their funders. we know this. political scientists have shown us what our congress does has no relation to the views of the average voter. our congress, our democracy is responsive to the few, not to the many. how could it be otherwise when
400 families have given half the money in this election cycle so far? [applause] lawrence lessig: we cannot ignore this truth. we cannot pretend it is ok to just rally us. we must think bigger than that. we must aspire to more than just winning an election. we must win that we must win in a way against america a reason to believe that they can get their democracy back. we must win with a commitment that would make the promises of these campaigns, the promise to address income inequality, to take on wall street, to pass climate change legislation, the promise to honor the children murdered at sandy hook, bypassing the of the most modest background check legislation credible. [applause]
because,lessig: because, because these promises are not credible now. they inspire us. they give us hope. but until we fix is democracy they are but dreams. and i fear we will lose a generation from this democracy if we want again promise the moon but deliver just partisan stalemates. almost eight years ago barack obama said this in philadelphia, "if were not willing to take up that fight, real change, change that would make a lasting difference in the lives of ordinary americans will keep getting blocked by the defenders of the status quo." his words were true then. his words are true now. we must take up this fight to get democracy back and claim its fundamental principle. the equality of citizens.
if we could achieve that equality, we could crack the corruption that holds washington hostage. we would make it possible to solve the problems that we must address and we could then say with integrity and truth that black lives matter in america because in america all citizens are equal. [applause] the truth isig: that fight is not partisan. as i walked the length of this stage in the footsteps of a next-door new woman, granny dee i did not beice, republicans. i did not meet democrats. i met citizens. ed out ofe who rac their houses did not offer his
secret party handshakes, the artist thanks. because all of them, conservatives and liberals alike does really want a democracy they felt represented them. them, to thoseo citizens first. we must make restoring their democracy our first task. not someday, but on day one. not one promise among many, but the one everybody knows will be achieved because as much as we like our party, as much as we ase a particular candidate, much as we like the idea of winning an election, we must love our country first. if we let ourselves get trapped, if we let ourselves get trapped on this partisan field, we will have failed that first love.
enemies it's not a political party. america's enemy is not even a terrorist living in caves. apathy's enemy is the and hopelessness and frustrated anger that has grown within america about the one institution we were once most proud of. this democracy. [applause] lawrence lessig: we democrats have an extremely opportunity. it is we and only we who could rally america, all of america to fixing this democracy by establishing equality first so that citizens of america from ferguson to philadelphia and the americans that should be citizens from the central valley of california to the streets of miami have a reason to believe in all the hope that the store near he candidates that you have
seen here today promise. that is opportunity. it's our responsibility. [applause] party wasessig: our not born as the party of the quality. we can make it so now. we did not fight for equal democracy a century ago. we can fight for it now. but we made equality our cause 50 years ago and we must do it again. we must elevate this debate to that great and moral ideal because only then could we aspire and inspire enough of america to look up from their machines and to listen and to respond and we need america to respond if are going to do any of the great and hard things we know we must still do. party that martin
luther king taught bobby kennedy to dream of. because what will be left of this democracy if we are not that party? thank you, new hampshire democrats. thank you, citizens first. thank you very much. [applause] >> we have 45 more speakers. [laughter] >> new to adjourn the convention? all those in favor say i. thank you everybody. [applause] [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] ♪
♪ >> i get knocked down and i get up again you're never going to keep me down i get knocked down i get knocked down but i get up again you never going to keep me down i get knocked down but i get up again you're never going to keep me down ♪ ♪ southern new hampshire democratic party wrapping things up here today. we are screening some of your thoughts on twitter on the candidates who spoke your today. you may have noticed that candidate jim webb was missing along the group of candidates. his campaign released a statement this morning, explaining that the former
senator's absence was due to a former commitment in iowa, but he was looking forward to "meeting fellow democrats in the weeks to come." we are going to again show you all of the remarks from democratic candidates who were attending the convention today. we begin with hillary clinton who spoke for about 45 minutes. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [applause]
this election in 2016? [applause] ms. clinton: yes, we are. thank you. my heart -- my heart is just racing. [laughter] so, so excitedam to be here and grateful for everything that you and this to me and mynt family. i am honored to have the support of so many proud new hampshire democrats and -- [applause] ms. clinton: -- especially, especially your terrific governor. [applause] you're amazing senator who used to be governor. [applause] ms. clinton: you know, maggie
are women who know how to solve problems and they bring common sense and common purpose to every thing they do. i also want to thank congresswoman annie custer and all of the state senators and representatives and executive counselors, local leaders, grassroots organizers, and especially, volunteers who are working their hearts out for this campaign. [applause] ms. clinton: i have a great idea. i think we should just transport all of you everywhere we go -- everywhere we go, the country, anywhere we go together.
atmosphere here he is -- we have work to do as democrats. i want to be your partner. party here in this state and across our nation and to keep our progress going. way, haven'ta long we, in these six and a half years? [applause] ms. clinton: and thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the american people and to the leadership of the democratic president in the white house, barack obama -- [applause] ms. clinton: -- we are standing again, but we are not yet running the way america should. wages still aren't rising for most people. the cost of everything from college to prescription drugs keeps going up.
inequality is still too big a problem. in america, if you work hard and you do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. that is the basic bargain of this country. [applause] ms. clinton: you know, that's the promise that my grandfather believed in when he went to work every day in the scranton lace mills. i am the granddaughter of a factory worker who believed in america and that life could be better for his children. and it was. his three sons went to college. , after serving in the navy in world war ii, he started a small business. he saved and he sacrificed because he believed his small
business printing fabric in chicago could provide us with a middle-class life. and you know what? it did. and now within three generations from that factory worker to that small business owner, i'm standing here asking for your support to be president of this great country that we love. [applause] ms. clinton: and so -- crowd: hillary! hillary! that is what we are fighting for as democrats. we are fighting for that dream that is just as real tomorrow and the years later as it was for my grandfather and my father. husband puten my
people first -- [applause] -- in the 1992 campaign where new hampshire was so supportive, when he got into the white house, he realized that he had inherited real economic problems from his republican predecessors. that seems to happen, have you noticed? [laughter] ms. clinton: you know, i say this without trying to be partisan or personal, but the economy just works better when we have a democrat in the white house! [applause] ms. clinton: and so after eight years of hard work, a lot of political heavy lifting, the end of bill's second term, there was
a really important set of statistics that track the progress that we made. what he 3 million new jobs -- 23 million new jobs. a balanced budget. but you know what was important for me? for the first time in decades, everybody benefited. not just those at the top. but people at the middle. people at the bottom. everybody saw their incomes go up. [applause] ms. clinton: you know, i went to the senate, the good people of new york sent me to the senate , and i was excited because i thought, "look at what we've accomplished.
we have turned around the economy. we have taken control over our fiscal future. " just think of what we could have done with that balanced budget and the surplus. we could have solved problems for as far as the eye could see. we could have been the best in education and science and research to make us stronger and richer. but you know what happened. the republicans went back to trickle-down economics. do,of the worst ideas ever out of the 1980's, right along with the care -- with big hair. [laughter] ms. clinton: they took their eyes off the financial markets, took their eyes off of the mortgage markets, and president obama inherited an even bigger mess. i remember when he called me right after the election. asked me to come see him in chicago.
i didn't know why at the time. me to up he wanted to ask be secretary of state, but when i got there -- [applause] ms. clinton: -- when i got there, what he wanted to talk about was how dangerous the economic situation was. he said "it is so much worse than they told us." he was worried about a great depression, not just a great recession. hard. had to really work under his leadership and thanks to the sacrifice of so many americans, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved curbed wallustry, street abuses, and provided health care to 16 million people. [applause]
ms. clinton: now the only way that republicans can win is if they count on a collective amnesia from the american people. president obama deserves a lot more credit than he gets for helping us avoid an economic catastrophe. [applause] ms. clinton: and -- and i know that it is very inconvenient for our republican friends, but the facts used before themselves. economic is stronger under democratic presidents. i do plummet is lower. the stock market rises faster. businesses do better and deficits are smaller. [applause] ms. clinton: and one of my favorite inconvenient facts:
under republicans, recessions happen four times as frequently as under democrats. whyne would have to wonder, would anyone who cares about the economy -- which is all of us -- why would anybody who cares rise seeing paychecks again, fighting inequality, rising at minimum wage problems, fighting challenges that are problematic for us, would go back to the policies of trickle-down economics would help anybody except for those people at the top? running foram not my husband's third term or president obama's third term, i am running for my first term. [applause] crowd: hillary! hillary! hillary!
hillary! hillary! hillary! and i will: and -- probably carry forward this record of democratic achievement. we know what works and what doesn't. we know that middle-class families can get a raise. that will be my mission for my first day as president and through the last. is strong,wth that fair, and long-term. the rewards of success won't just go to those at the top. you know, when a company does well, shareholders and executives aren't the only ones who should and effect. the people who work at that company should as well! [applause] ms. clinton: the people who actually produce the profits canld share in them if it
work for market basket across new england, it can work across america. [applause] ms. clinton: but here's what doesn't work. when 25 hedge fund managers earn more each year than all of the kindergarten teachers in america combined. crowd: boo! ms. clinton: there is a tax loophole that lets them treat their pay like their investment pays, you have heard of it, and investment loophole, more than anyone else. i am calling for the end -- i have called for the end of that loophole since 2007. i am sick of multimillionaires paying a lower tax rate than a teacher or a nurse. that is wrong. i will close that loophole. [applause] ms. clinton: and i will reform
our tax code so that everyone pays their fair share, particularly for those who can have the most benefits. investment long-term and to target communities and -building our- country. not speculation on trading that goes on. i want to see tax credits of that encourage apprentices and profit sharing. i want young people brought into our economy again so that they have a better future. [applause] ms. clinton: i will raise the minimum wage so that no one who works hard in america will have to live in poverty. i will work for small businesses that create the jobs in america! [applause]
we are a small business country. i want to be a small business president. i don't think we should be changing our tax code, our economic -- tilting our text code, our new economic problem -- our economic plans, to go towards the top. i want small businesses to get loans and to avoid red tape. i want to help americans avoid getting gouged on drug prices who don'tp people have unions to protect workers. [applause] ms. clinton: and that is just the beginning. we are going to do what works because it's important as economic worries are, and i hear them everywhere. ones thatot the only
families face today, are they? if you get out there and i shall he listen to people, as i've done all over new hampshire, you hear about problems that rarely make the headlines, but that keep families up at night. i've listened to those stories. i've heard about the heart aches heartaches and- the hopes. it really has caused me to roll up my sleeves and to want to create a difference for families here and everywhere across our country. for example, i never expected that substance abuse and mental health would be major issues in my campaign until i came to keene on my first trip. and then i started listening and i heard story after story about , alcohol,lls, meth
and other addiction. grandmother who has taken responsibility of raising her grandchild because her daughter is struggling with addiction. she can't be the parent she should the. --should be. to moms and listened and dads who have lost their children. wholars and police officers have done everything they can to help save people. one man said to me the other day, "i don't want to go to more funerals." , it you hear those stories is hard not only to be moved and -- it is alsoso motivating. in my first town hall about this issue, hundreds and hundreds of people packed into the gymnasium and they told their stories. and then in laconia just a few
days ago, we heard about solutions. i've got a plan to do something about this epidemic. more and better treatment and prevention, especially for young people. making sure that everyone who writes prescriptions is trained in addiction. putting rescue drugs in the hands of first responders. [applause] ms. clinton: criminal justice reform so that nonviolent drug users get time to heal instant of time in jail. [applause] ms. clinton: there are so many stories that people share with me. that's what drives my campaign. that's what gets me up every day.
often i'm asked, "how can you do this?" well, it is challenging. [laughter] ms. clinton: but it is also incredibly rewarding because there are people with resilience and so filled with purpose and hope. i want to be the president who takes on the big challenges. look, we have to worry about how i ran never gets a nuclear weapon, we have to worry about the refugee crisis in europe and so much else, but i want to be the president that keeps listening, who hears about your challenges that you talk about around your kitchen table, like a student debt -- like student debt. [applause] here inton: a student new hampshire -- a student really summed it up for me, saying that paying for college shouldn't be the hardest thing about going to college. the governor and i were at the university of new
hampshire where we were talking about my plan. studentsard from two who had very clearly and emotionally talked about what their challenges were, trying to get the education they always dreamed of. i call my plan the new college compact. as president, i will ensure that families can afford to send your kids to college. everyone with student debt can refinance that debt, just like a mortgage or a car loan. [applause] ms. clinton: cost won't be a barrier anymore and debt won't hold anyone back. i also have to say that i've heard a lot about another challenge of the gets too little attention in our long-term looking forward into the future
about what kind of country we are going to be and how we can help people live up to their potential. and that is the caregiving crisis in america. [applause] ms. clinton: i met a woman in dover who was caring for her husband with alzheimer's and her mother with alzheimer's. backstage a young man who has had to go to part-time work so he can take care of his mother who has alzheimer's. people don't know where to turn. they don't know where to get help. as a senator, i passed a law giving family caregivers more support. and as president, i will make this a national priority for families, number one. [applause]
every one of us knows somebody who could benefit. the veterans, who deserve better care. [cheering] [applause] of children with autism, who need help and solutions. [cheering] [applause] families who cannot find facilities to provide mental health treatment for their loved ones, no matter how hard they try. [cheering] [applause] it was summed up for me by a single mom who is juggling a job and courses at a community college while raising three kids alone. she said i do not expect anything to come easy. theree asked me, isn't anything we can do so it is not quite so hard? these are all challenges leaders should care about. problems that do not get nearly
enough attention on the campaign trail or in washington. attention,ly paying as president, we will get results together. because if you want a president who will tell you everything that is wrong with america and who is to blame for it, you have got plenty of other choices. [laughter] [cheering] [applause] we heargoodness, didn't enough of that the other night at the republican debate? but if you want a president who will listen to you, work her heart out to make your life better -- [cheering] build ather to stronger, fairer, better
country, then you are looking at her. [cheering] [applause] >> hillary! hillary! hillary! hillary! hillary! knowlinton: because, you -- >> hillary! hillary! hillary! this election, ultimately, is about finding a leader with a vision for the future broad enough to encompass this great country of ours. and the skill and determination to lead us there. and buildo can defend on the progress we have made, not let it slip away or get
ripped away. i will stand up to all the attacks from the super pacs and the koch brothers every chance i get. [cheering] [applause] and i will do what i have always done to try to overcome the dysfunction in washington. actually to get things done, like i did when i was first lady. we did not get health care that time. then i turned around and worked with ted kennedy to get the children's health care program to take care of more than 8 million kids. [cheering] [applause] , anden i was in the senate i realized that our national guard did not have the same act as to health care, and i teamed up with lindsey graham and we passed it. single one of our
national guard has that same options that they should have had before. [cheering] [applause] i have been fighting my whole life to even the odds for people who have those odds stacked against them. that is what i am going to keep doing. for families, fighting for fairness, fighting for you. and i have learned through a lot of experiences. but i really learned it first from my own mother. by hered and mistreated family, she was out on her own at 14, working as a housemaid. she channeled her hardships into a deep commitment to working -- to serving and respecting others. ,he has been my touchstone guiding me through my life of service. my first job out of law school was not at some big new york law firm, it was with the children's defense fund, standing up for
kids. [cheering] [applause] every step along the way, i have stood up for women, for children, for families, for underdogs. needs a champion. and i am just getting warmed up. i believe -- [cheering] [applause] i believe in america, but i believe in america, we should have each other's backs. we should lift each other up, not tear each other down. and that is especially true when it comes to lifting up women, who deserve equal pay for equal work. [cheering] [applause]
everyat means, too, family deserves access to quality, affordable childcare so they can actually go to work. [cheering] [applause] every american should have access to paid family leave, so you do not have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of your baby or your mom or your dad. [cheering] [applause] i am a proud democrat, because we are the ones who stand up and -- who stand up and say the affordable care act is here to stay. [cheering] [applause] we have come too far, fought too
hard, to let anyone take it away. we are the ones also who understand we have to make social security even stronger. and especially for widows, divorced and single women, who were the poorest single women in america. [cheering] [applause] we're the ones who support teachers, not scapegoat them. [cheering] [applause] who will invest in university -- who will invest in universal prekindergarten childcare so all the -- so all of us get the best start. it is time for us to get over the toxic debates about education that have paralyzed us for too long.
let's focus on what actually is works to help teachers teach and children learn. [cheering] [applause] as president, i am going to actually listen to teachers and learn what they know from being in those classrooms every single day. i will fight for strong public schools in every zip code and community across america. and i am honored, i am honored, to have earned the endorsement of the nea right here in new hampshire. [cheering] [applause]
and, democrats believe we do not have to choose between protecting our environment, combating climate change, and growing our economy. we can do that by embracing clean, renewable energy. [cheering] [applause] i want us to set big holes in this country again. i can remember -- i think there are a few of you who can also remember -- when president to send aallenged us moon mission that would land a man on the moon and bring him back within a decade. and a lot of people thought it was impossible. beeny knew what would have i was sure because the president set that goal that america could get it done. and we did. that is the kind of president i want to be. i want to challenge us again, particularly young people again.
[cheering] [applause] the end of my first term, we will have installed half a billion more solar panels. second, weend of my will produce enough renewable energy to power every home in america. he can do this -- we can do this. we can take on climate change, not deny it. but take it on. and at the same time, create millions of new jobs and businesses that will make america the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. [cheering] [applause] boy, democrats believe, and we are the only ones left who
believe this, we have to stop the flow of secret unaccountable money that distorts our elections and drowns out the voices of american voters. [cheering] [applause] you know, it is predicted by some that our next president may have as many as three appointments to the supreme court. you were not convinced to vote for a democrat before, i hope you are now. i will appoint justices who will ghttect every citizens' ri to vote incident every corporation's right to abide elections -- to buy elections. [cheering] [applause] and if necessary, i will work to pass a constitutional amendment
to undo the supreme court's decision in citizens united. [cheering] [applause] and we democrats believe that, no matter you are, with what look like, what a few practice, or who you love, america has a place for you. and you should have the same opportunity as everyone else to live up to your potential. agenda.ve a great we know what it means to be a democrat. we will fight that against those who will do, say, and spend whatever it takes to turn our country in a very different direction. who watch the republican debate the other night? uttons for punishment, you. 15 candidates. five hours. not a single fighter for the middle class.
and the fact checkers are having a field day with their answers. positions are' not just factually inaccurate, they are deeply out of touch and out of date. not one of them offer a credible plan to make college more affordable or combat climate change. did you hear anything about family leave or preschool? >> no. ms. clinton: are what about putting an end to the nonviolence that plagues our communities every single day -- and what about putting an end to violence of that plagues our communities every single day. not one of them is willing to say loudly and clearly "black lives matter." [cheering] [applause]
and of course, no solutions for skyrocketing prescription drug costs. no ideas about how to raise income. no ideas at all, when you stop to think about it. but there was one statement i had to agree with. yeah. hard to believe, right? as lindsey graham said, hillary mile longs a list a to help the middle class. [laughter] [cheering] [applause] that.ight about absolutely right about that. i do. it was the most honest ring anyone said that night. and i am going to keep adding to that list, keep writing for the
thate class, keep showing the middle class has a voice. do not be -- the way he handled the question about president obama were shocking but not surprising. trafficking in president -- and prejudice and paranoia this entire campaign. tell you, if you look at the policies of the other republican candidates, they are just trmump without the pizzazz or the hair. he says hateful things about immigrants -- they do not support a real path to citizenship. we need comprehensive reform, not demagoguery and deportation. [cheering] [applause]
and, we have heard mr. trump insult and demean women. by the way, donald, when you say you'd cherish women, that really does not make it any better. stop cherishing women and start respecting women? [cheering] [applause] listen closely. he is not the only one. although the republican candidates want to defund planned parenthood. many are willing to shut down matterernment for it, no the consequences for our country. we are talking about a woman's health service that provides half a million breast cancer exams every year. that is what they want to stop.
here in new hampshire, you know about this. last month, your executive council cut off funding to planned parenthood in the state. on they, three men executive council voted to deny women access to health care across new hampshire. i would like them, along with the republican candidates to meet the moms who caught her cancer early thanks to a screening. or the teenager who avoided an unintended pregnancy because she had access to birth control. or the survivor of sexual assault who got emergency contraception. [cheering] [applause] you know, these extremist views may be right for the republican primary, but they are dead wrong for america. i know that when i talk like this, some of the republicans say i am playing the gender card. equal payalling for
and paid leave and women's health is playing the gender card, deal me in. [cheering] [applause] >> deal me in! deal me in! hillary! i am going to keep fighting. i will fight until every woman has the rights, the opportunities, and the respect she deserves until every little girl in america knows without a doubt she can grow up to be anything she wants. even president of the united states. [cheering] [applause] friends, let's go out and wage this campaign and elect democrats at every level. let's take back school boards.
let's take that be legislatures. let's take back every position all the way to the white house. because if this election is about america's future, not america's fear, democrats will win. [cheering] [applause] hear mr. trump saying he wants to make america great again, respond america is great, we just have to make it work for all of the people in our country again. so, i think we are going to have a great campaign. it is going to be fun. because what makes the other folks uncomfortable is what makes america what we are today. our diversity, our ingenuity, our innovation.
the signs of american dynamism. our immigrant culture. all we do to build a country where everybody has a place. limits one are no what we can achieve when we put our, and interests in front of self interests and common sense in front of nonsense. i am fighting or that america. i am fighting for all americans, not just some. struggling, the striving, and the successful. i am running for everyone who has been knocked down but refused to be knocked out. -- i amhting for you to fighting for you, democrats. let's go out and make america the future. [cheering] [applause]
very much. [chanting o'malley] o'malley: thank you very much. it is great to be here with all of the once again in new hampshire where democracy is still alive and well and every person matters. [applause] knowing that new hampshire has the third-largest legislature in the world, i would like to see a show of hands how many of you who are currently serving in the legislature or have served in the legislature? and let us all salute your service in democracy. [applause] like greato knowledge a couple of other people. i would like to acknowledge joyce craig and jim duncan is on their recent successes and i were some every success. [cheering] once to a knowledge to
supporters of my campaign, dan o'neill and commissioner paul martin and their success on tuesday. [cheering] in theow americans granite state, my name is martin o'malley. i am a lifelong democrat. i am running for president of the united states, and i'm running for one reason and that is to rebuild the truth of the american dream that we share and i intend to win. [applause] opened last four weeks, we have but twod not one, unanswered route of nationally televised republican presidential debates. racistthat anti-immigrant donald trump.
[applause] their party once had leaders and visionaries. lincoln asserted our unity and common humanity. eisenhower liberated the world and built our nations highway system to better connect us. create traffic jams, they denigrate new american immigrants, shut down our federal government, threaten to unfunded planned parenthood and the say awful things about women and they dismiss everything from climate, science, to vaccines. they can have their anger and their fear, but they cannot go unanswered. anger and fear never built a great country. [applause] what our nation needs is new leadership, new divisions. a newur country needs is
consensus, not new hates. for the progress of our nation and the dream we share, that new leadership must come from the democratic party. [cheering] you and i are part of living, self creating mistry called the united states of america. the promise at the heart of that extraction, not some big idea floating out there somewhere, it is the very real promise, a covenant between us as a people that wherever you start, whatever your parents background or zip code, you start you start put three-year-old hard work, your own grit, talent and determination. you can get ahead. call it an economy that works for all of us. call it a country that works for all of us.
call it the american dream. whatever you call it, the truth of the matter is it worked very well for 240 years as a country and it can work again. [applause] the genius of our country as plainly as i can state it is this -- that we take action in every generation to include more theur people more fully in economic, social, and political life of our nation. this is the genius of american capitalism as well. when it is not rigged, manipulated by the powerful wealthy interest, annapolis, or economic or a list at the expense of small and family-owned businesses. it is about fuller dissipation, fuller education, the dignity of every person, opportunity for all, this is who we are when we are truly ourselves. let me ask all of you a question. show of hands, how many of you
firmly believe that you have enjoyed a better quality of life than your parents and enjoyed?nts raise your hands if that is true for you. almost every hand. let me ask you a second and tougher question. how many of you believe just as firmly that your children and your grandchildren will enjoy a better quality of life/ ? some. and that my friends is the central question on this table of democracy that i share and we must answer the question with hope and optimism but most importantly with action and thought words. i campaign -- and not words. my campaign is not about digging trenches around those who are already entrenched. it is about us. it is about we the people, ,rogressive champions
well-respected activists, and new leaders. i am not the only candidate for president who will come before you who holds progressive values, but i am the only candidate for president with 15 years of executive experience as a big city mayor and as a governor actually turning those progressive values into actions. real results. [cheering] new leadership, getting things done, solving problems, actions and not worth as mayor and governor. i forged a new consensus for progress that reduced violent crime to 30 year lows and reducing incarceration rates to 20 year lows and repealing the death penalty. those were actions, not words. [cheering]
while other states tried to cut their way to prosperity. in maryland instead, i forged a new consensus to increase funding for public education by 37%, making our schools the best in america five years in a row. [applause] re-froze college tuition for four years in a row to make college more affordable for more families, became the first state in the nation to pass living wage, we raised the minimum wage, those were actions and not words. we passed fair share and expanded collective bargaining so that workers could bargain for better wages for all of us. [cheering] the u.s. chamber of commerce named this the number one state in america for innovation and entrepreneurship as a defendant the highest media may come all the way through the recession. these were actions, not words. andwe expanded family leave instead of making the party for
people to fill, we made it easier for people to vote and drivers license for newell for american immigrants. [applause] after the slaughter of innocent in newtown, connecticut, we passed comprehensive gun safety legislation with background checks and a ban on combat assault weapons. [applause] actions.e these were actions. not words. we also passed the dream act and marriage equality. now republican brothers and sisters tried to petitioner to referendum to do. we took our justice the people at the polls and we won by overwhelming margins with actions and not words. [applause] wife katie and i have four
great kids. our oldest daughter grace is a first grade teacher in baltimore city public schools. [applause] true story. after her father announced for president about 100 days ago, she returned to her first grade class at walter elementary, adorable, eager to learn and one hundred percent african-american kids. a little girl came up to her and there was a buzz in the classroom and she talked to by the sleeve and she said -- miss o'malley, i am not so sure about this idea of your father when he for president because quite frankly, i kind of like barack obama. [laughter] [applause] well, a lot of us like barack obama. [cheering]
we have come a long way since the wall street crash and the bush recession of 2008 when our country teetered on the brink of a second great depression, we elected a new leader and barack obama to move our country forward and that is exactly what president obama has been. [applause] the good news is this, our country is now creating 66 months in a row of positive month over month job creation and that is the good news. [applause] our country is doing better, and that is the good news for these unanswered republican debates that are keeping the american people from hearing. what but we elected a president, didn't we? not a magician and no one person can fix in eight years of bad
policies of the prior 30 years. we still have work to do. for the hard truth of our times us are earning the same or less than we were told use ago. that is not how our economy is supposed to work. that is not how our country is supposed to work and that is the first time that has happened this size since world war ii. there is a growing injustice in our country and economic inequality veterans to terrorist a part -- that threatens to tear as a part, the hands of very few that it is taking opportunity out of the homes and in neighborhoods of the many, and this did not happen by accident. powerful, wealthy, special interests have used our government to create in our own country and economy that is slowly leaving the majority of
our people behind. look up far we have strayed from the choices of our parents and grandparents. my dad went to college on the g.i. bill and 50 years ago, the average employee at general motors could send a kid to college, get this, average employee to send the kid to weeks wagesust two for the years tuition. today, we settled whole aneration of kids with amount of debt, which no other nation on the planet does. meanwhile, last year alone on wall street, bonuses totaled more than all the own needs of every american working at minimum wage combined. this is not the american dream. this is not how our economy is supposed to work and this is not our country is supposed to work. [applause]
in time for times than these, franklin roosevelt told us not to be afraid. in changing times, john kennedy told us to govern is to choose. progress is ahat choice, job creation is a choice. whether we give our children a future with more opportunity or less opportunity is also a choice. to succeed again, we must only returned to our true selves and remember that our economy is not money, it is people. it is all of our people. [applause] middle-class is not the consequence of economic growth. a stronger middle-class is the cause of economic. [cheering]
know what american family that works hard and plays by the rules should have to raise their children in poverty. we must take action together to serve the minimum wage to $15 an hour however and wherever return. [applause] we must return to the economic justice of paying overtime pay for overtime work and we must make it easier for workers to join labor unions and bargain collectively for better wages for all of us. [applause] isn't that right, firefighters? we must advance the cause of andle pay for equal work paid family leave so that women can't dissipate fully in the economic life of our nation. [applause] fully in theipate economic life of our nation. [applause]
because when women succeed, america succeeds. [applause] , i put forward 15 strategic goals to rebuild the american dream that we share, increasing every day wealth of american families by at least $25,000 within 10 years, making wages go up by 4% a year within four years, full employment for american veterans, taking big money out of politics by implementing publicly financed congressional elections within five years. [applause] reducing deaths from overdoses 2020, making national service a universal option for every young person in america. [applause] and instead of cutting social security, we need to expand social security. [applause]
do we want to make wages go up for all americans? then let us bring 11 million of our neighbors out of the off the books, underground shadow economy i passing comprehensive immigration reforms. [applause] the enduring symbol of our nation donald trump is not the barbed wire fence, it is the statue of liberty. [applause] so let us take the actions necessary to make debt free college degrees the reality for all family within five years. i the first candidate in the democratic party and let us hope not the last to put forward a plan to move forward our country to a 100% clean electric energy grid by 2050 and create 5
million jobs along the way. [applause] these are the ambitions that are worthy of a great people, but none of these rings can be accomplished by words alone. they will all require action and new leadership. why the leadership? because there are also a couple of things that as a country and as a party and to stop doing. first among them, we must stop giving a free pass to the boys in the big banks' to run over the common good of the american people. [applause] you tell me how it is that not a was everll street ceo convicted of a single crime related to the 2008 economic
meltdown? not a single one. [applause] pass ave we come to country that you can get pulled over for having a broken tail light, but if you reclamation's economy, you are totally untouchable? we must reinstate and prosecute financial crimes. [applause] if the bank is too big to fail and too big to jail, and too big damnnage, then it is too date and it needs to be broken up before it breaks us up. [applause] the second thing we need to stop
doing is a party and as a country is to stop sending american jobs and profits overseas with bad trade deals like the transpacific partnership. [applause] many of us remember nafta. many of us remember nafta. we traded away good manufacturing jobs and in return we got back empty promises and empty pockets. i am fundamentally and adamantly opposed to secret trade deals that are congress has forced to vote on before we are allowed as citizens to repent. -- to read them. [applause] it is not what the other countries are doing to us, it is what we are not doing for ourselves. we need to build up our own american economy. [applause] world is role in the
to lead by example, the cause arising global middle class free .rom oppression, hunger, fear the images of the humanitarian refugee crisis in syria that all of us have seen, that little , parentsy washing running for their lives with kids in their arms, those images tell us that as a nation we can and must do better if we will have credibility as a moral leader among nations. [applause] our own policies of forcibly detaining women and children refugees in for-profit detention camps on our southern border tells us we are not leading up to our principles, even at home. [applause]
we can and we must bring forward new thinking in the conduct of our foreign policy as a nation. we can and we must forge new alliances for a more effective and farseeing national security strategy that takes action to reduce threats before we get bored into military actions or other actions that might diminish us as a nation. all of these things are connected, and all of these on makingend ourselves stronger at home. they depend on the choices we make, the better choices because of concern and care for one another as americans, because of the compassion we have for the larger family of humanity for which we are apart. the poet laureate of the american dream, bruce springsteen, [applause]
once asked, is a dream alive if it don't come true or is it something worse? whether or not the american dream is made a living reality again for our children and grandchildren really is not about the big banks, not even about the big money that seeks to take over politics, it is about us. od, us, period. it is about whether we have the determination and grit to forge ford with new american progress. i believe we do and i bet that you believe it, too. we are good people. we are compassionate people, and we are a generous people. we stand on the threshold of a new era of american progress. together we must take the necessary actions to walk through that door.
it is a toughat fight, and yes, i know that there are many among this that's a we face tough odds. i never bet against america. i kind of like tough fights. maybe it is the toughness that are hidden in god lets us know we are fighting for something worth saving. the american dream is worth saving, our children's future is worth saving, this and it is worth saving, and the democratic party is up to this fight. four hours is the party of the people, ours is the party of action, and ours is the only party today that can result the american dream and make the promise real for all americans again. i need your help in this fight. may god bless the people of new hampshire, god bless, america,
>> [crowd chanting] bernie, bernie, bernie! [applause] bernie sanders: it certainly sounds like some people are ready for a political revolution. [applause] bernie sanders: let me thank all of you, not only for being here today, but for the enormously important work you do day after day come understanding that new
hampshire plays a unique role in the political process. you are fighting not only to improve the lives of people in new hampshire, but people all over this country. thank you very much for what you do. [applause] bernie sanders: when i announced my candidacy 4.5 months ago, i think it is fair to say that a lot of people did not take our campaign terribly seriously. it is also fair to say that in haslast 4.5 months, change taken place. [applause] bernie sanders: what looked like
inge campaign is now seen as a campaign standing up for working americans that is prepared to take on the billionaire class. [applause] bernie sanders: it's not just that all across this country we have drawn some of the largest turnouts at our rallies, is not just that we have over 400,000 people in this country who have made individual --tributions to our campaign [applause] bernie sanders: let me say a word about that. you are looking at a candidate who does not represent the agenda of corporate america.
[applause] who does nots: represent the agenda of the billionaire class. i stand before you today to say loudly and proudly, i don't want their money, i don't want a super pac, we will do it on our own. [applause] bernie sanders: i understand that when you have a super pac, you can walk into a room of millionaires and billionaires and come out with a heck of a lot of money. i get it. but we are going to do it a different way. we will raise our funds from working people averaging $31.20
a piece and i'm proud of that. [applause] bernie sanders: let me begin by uniong you about an old song. some of you are member it. just remember it. which side are you on? i'm not going to sing it for you. i cannot sing. [laughter] up in sanders: but i grew a working-class home in brooklyn, new york. roomved in a 3.5 rent-controlled apartment. my family never had money. but i knew from a very early age
which side i am on. [applause] i am a prouds: progressive. [applause] i am proud to: stand with the working families of our country. prepared to take on the powerful special interests which wield incredible power over our economy and our political life. that is what i did yesterday, that is what i did 25 years ago, that is what i will do tomorrow. [applause] bernie sanders: and that is what i will do if elected president of the united states. [applause]
bernie sanders: let me also take a moment to tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you or perhaps ever has told the american people. it is a simple truth, but not widely reported. , no president, not bernie sanders, not anybody else , can bring about the enormous changes we need to rebuild our , to dong middle-class all the things we have to do for the elderly, for the children, the sick and the poor. we cannot do it. no president can do it alone. unless we have a political revolution -- [applause]
bernie sanders: unless tens of millions of americans are prepared to stand up to get actively involved in the political process and make it very, very clear that this great country and our government belong to all of us and not just a handful of of billionaires and campaign contributors. [applause] bernie sanders: i am here today, not just to ask for your help in winning here in new hampshire, in winning across the country. if we are going to transform america, we need millions of people to stand together to
take on corporate america, to take on wall street, to take on the big money interests. that's what this campaign is about. [applause] bernie sanders: let me tell you something else. some of you may agree with me and some of you may not. in my view, the republicans did not win the last midterm elections. we lost those elections. [applause] the americans: people did not vote for a party that wants to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and cut social security, medicare, medicaid, , which does not even
recognize the reality of climate change. that is not what the american people voted for. what happened is we had a voter turnout that was worse than abysmal. millions of americans looked out and said, you know what, not for me. i'm not going to vote, i'm not going to participate in the political process. electionhat last because voter turnout was low and because all across this country, people are giving up on american democracy. so, let me be very clear. in my view, we will not retain the white house, we will not regain control of the senate, we orl not gain the u.s. house
be successful in dozens of governors races across america unless we are the party which generates excitement and momentum and enthusiasm and which reduces a huge this produces a huge voter turnout. -- and which produces a huge voter turnout. [applause] bernie sanders: democrats win when the voter turnout is high. republicans win win the voter turnout is low. our job is to make that voter turnout skyhigh. [applause]
how do we do it? how do we generate the excitement on the ground? how do we get those disillusioned back into the political process? how do we get young people involved? how do we get working-class votingcans to stop against their own best interests? [applause] bernie sanders: and with all due respect, that will not happen with politics as usual. will notold same old likely be successful. [applause] the people of: our country understand that we
are much better off today than leftre when president bush office and we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. of course, we are much better off today. [applause] bernie sanders: they also understand something else. yes, we are better off than where we were under bush. but they also understand that for the last 40 years, under democratic and republican presidents, the great middle class in this country, once the envy of the world, has been disappearing. all over new hampshire, all over my state of vermont, all over
america, despite an explosion of technology and worker productivity, you've got millions of people working longer hours with lower wages. you have people in my state in your state not working one job, working two jobs, working three jobs, just trying to cobble together an income that will sustain their families. , we have almost more people living in poverty than at any time in american history. what the american people understand and what we cannot run away from and what we have to have the courage to address is that while the middle class continues to disappear and while people work harder hours for low wages come almost all the new income and wealth being generated is going to the top 1%
and that has got to end! [applause] bernie sanders: very few people in america, no matter what their political views are, believe it is morally acceptable or economically sustainable when 1/10 of 1% of the american than theve more wealth bottom 90%. think that it is acceptable when you have people all over this country working so along and crazy hours, parents who cannot stay home 58% of allkids, yet
new income is generated today going to the top 1%. that is not the economy we need. [applause] bernie sanders: we need an economy that works for the working people of this country and not just the billionaire class. [cheering] need asanders: we political movement which is prepared to stand up to the most powerful people in this country integrated government -- i know this is a radical idea, but imagine having a government that is not controlled by large campaign donors and corporate america, but represents all of us. [cheering]
bernie sanders: we need a political movement in this country which takes on the economic and political establishment, not one which is part of it. we need a movement which tells corporate america and the wealthiest people in this country that yes, they will start paying their fair share of taxes. [cheering] thate sanders: multinational corporations are not going to continue stashing billions of dollars of profits in the cayman islands, bermuda, and other tax havens while children in america go hungry.
it ain't going to happen anymore. [cheering] no, the ceos of large corporations are not going to continue to receive huge compensation packages and incredible pensions while at the same time they cut the wages and health care and pensions of their workers. not going to continue to happen. [applause] no, we are not going to continue to have disastrous trade policies like or primitive trade relations with china. shutting down plants all over this country, moving to low-wage countries, bringing their
products back. we need trade policies which create jobs in america, not just in china. [cheering] way, thatders: by the means that together we are going to defeat this disastrous transpacific partnership. [cheering] bernie sanders: we need a political movement which tells wall street that when a bank is it is too big to exist. [applause] bernie sanders: i understand the power of wall street. i really do. i have stood up to them for a very long time.
not,hether they like it or we will reinstate glass-steagall and we will create a financial is to createjob it affordable loans to small and medium-sized businesses so we can create jobs in america, not a financial system as it currently exists which is an island unto itself only concerned about their profits. we are going to break up the major financial institutions on wall street. [cheering] bernie sanders: when we talk about the economy all of you know that throughout this country there are millions of
americans who are working for wages which are just too damn low. [applause] bernie sanders: in my view the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. we've got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. $15 an hour over the next few years. [cheering] i hope thatrs: every man in this room will stand with the women and fight for pay equity for women workers. [cheering] bernie sanders: there is no rational economic reason why women are earning $.78 on the
dollar compared to men and women have pay equity for women workers, when we raise the minimum wage to a living wage, millions of mothers will then be able to raise their kids with security and dignity and they deserve that. [cheering] bernie sanders: i know here in new hampshire you see a lot of politicians dropping through your state. you are suddenly a very popular destination. and you have heard many republicans talk about family values. ever hear that? they just love families. but you know and i know what they mean by family values. what they mean is that the women of america should not have the right to control their own bodies.
i disagree. [cheering] bernie sanders: what they mean by family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not have the right to marry. i disagree. [cheering] bernie sanders: i have four kids, seven beautiful grandchildren, and jane and i have been married for 27 years. we believe in family values that are valleys are little bit different the republican family values. we believe that the united states has got to end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on
noth, the only one, that is guarantee paid family and medical leave. [cheering] bernie sanders: it is not a family value to tell a working-class woman who has a baby that she has to be separated from that baby in a week or two weeks after birth because she has to run back to a job in order to earn income to sustain that family. that is not a family value. that is the opposite of what a family value is. [cheering] and that is why i will fight for 12 weeks paid family and medical leave. [cheering] bernie sanders: brothers and
sisters, here is the truth about unemployment. real unemployment is not 5.1%. that is official unemployment. counting those people who have given up looking for work and our parking -- working part-time, it is over 10%. let me tell you something of huge consequence which few people talk about and that is the tragedy of youth unemployment. here are the facts. real youth unemployment, if you're a white kid, high school graduate, 33%. hispanic, 36%. african-american, 51%. [boo's] bernie sanders: we need a major jobs program to put our people back to work. [cheering] bernie sanders: the fastest way
to do it is to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, how railroads, our airports, our water system. and let me tell you something else that i feel passionately about. the united states of america today has more people in jail than any other country on earth. [boo's] bernie sanders: it makes a lot more sense to me for us to be investing in jobs and education for our young people than jails and incarceration. [cheering] bernie sanders: i want us to end this distinction of having more people in jail and i want to replace it with the distinction
of us having the best educated population on earth. [cheering] bernie sanders: and when we talk about politics let me say this and i think most of you know it. financehe campaign system we operate under is corrupt and it is undermining american democracy. [cheering] "corrupt" is the right word. can spendoch brothers $900 million on this election --le, more money than i've either the democratic party or the republican party, we are not talking about democracy. we are talking about oligarchy and together we are going to overturn citizens united. [cheering]
bernie sanders: i am likely the most progressive member of the united states senate and i am proud of that. it goes without saying that i have very large areas of disagreement with my republican colleagues. that is obvious. but there is one area he goes beyond a disagreement and he goes to an embarrassment. some of you may have seen it just the other day at the republican debate. community isc virtually unanimous. no longer and debate.
climate change is real. it is caused by human activity. it is already causing devastating problems in america and around the world. [applause] our republican colleagues are prepared to reject science. that is a dangerous situation for the most powerful country on earth. i will tell you something else. it is not that these guys are dumb, it's that they get their money from the fossil fuel industry. [applause] moree sanders: they are worried about their campaign donations than their kids and their grandchildren. that is a shame. [cheering] we must leave: the world in transforming our
energy system. working with china, russia, india. and we can do it. for the sake of our kids that is exactly what we have to do. [applause] when we talks: about american needs, there is something beyond comprehension for me. i don't understand this. i don't understand how and in -- incredibly global economy, hundreds of thousands of bright, qualified young people are unable to get into college only for one reason. that is their family's lack the money. that is crazy and counterproductive to the future of america. that is why i have introduced legislation and will fight for as president to make every
public college and university in this country tuition-free. [cheering] bernie sanders: it is not a radical idea. it is common economic sense to say that when young people need more education they should be able to get the education regardless of the income of their family. [cheering] that legislation also deals with the travesty that millions of americans are experiencing today and outrageously high student debt and outrageously high interest rates. [applause]
bernie sanders: a lower interest rate on student debt and to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities is an expensive proposition. i will tell you how we will pay for it. we will pay for it based on a tax on wall street speculation. [cheering] bernie sanders: the middle class of this country bailed out wall street. now it is time for wall street to help the middle class of this country. [cheering] [applause] when we talks: about bringing our country together, it's not just the need for major criminal justice reform.
i do not want to see kids'lives destroyed because of mandatory minimum sentencing. [cheering] bernie sanders: i think it is time we took a hard look at the so-called "war on drugs" and the lives that in lost as a result of it. [cheering] bernie sanders: i think it is high time we make sure that when a police officer breaks a law like any other public official, that officer will be held accountable. [cheering] bernie sanders: when we talk about creating the kind of nation we want to become we cannot forget that there are 11 million people in this country who are undocumented. in my view we need comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship.
[cheering] bernie sanders: you are looking at a senator and a former commerce meant -- congressman who do not believe what george w. bush or dick cheney and don iraqeld were saying about and who voted against the war in iraq. [cheering] bernie sanders: i heard the evidence. i heard what they had to say. i did not believe it. go to youtube or my readte, go somewhere, and what i said back then, and i am
not happy. it does not agree happy to say this. much of what i feared would happen in terms of the destabilization of that region did happen. so what we have got to understand, and i speak to you as the foreman chairman -- former chairman of the veterans committee, someone who will make sure our veterans get the health care and the benefits they need. [cheering] bernie sanders: i am also someone who has spoken to hundreds of veterans and learn something about the cost of war. the terrible cost of four. -- war. hundred --e 60's 6700 rate would -- brave men and women who came -- about the 500,000 men and women who came
home with post-traumatic stress disorder and dramatic brain injury. -- traumatic brain injury. and the tens of thousands of families who a been disrupted in a way they may never recover from. and the children who have been hurt. and the divorces and the suicides. anybody who does not understand the cost of war should not be in the united states congress. [cheering] bernie sanders: that is why it astonishes me, and it really hurts to hear many of my republican colleagues talk so easily and loosely about getting into another war in iran. and secretary
kerry have worked long and hard for one simple goal and that is to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon and that is something we must do. but what they have put together is a process and an agreement which allows us to accomplish that goal without going to war. and i hope we all support that. [cheering] conclude,ders: let me and i have probably gone on too long and i will get yelled at by somebody -- [cheering] bernie sanders: let me conclude
by begging you to do one thing. and that is think big, not small. do not get into the argument of whether we should cut education by 2% or 4%. do not get into the debate about whether climate change is real or it is not real. what i want you to think about is what we in the wealthiest country in the history of the world can accomplish. please do not tell me that in the united states of america we cannot join the rest of the industrialized world and cap -- guarantee health care to all people as a right. [cheering] bernie sanders: which is why i support by medicare for all single-payer system. [cheering]
bernie sanders: do not tell me that will be have a massive level of income and wealth inequality that the united states should continue to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any other country on earth. please don't tell me that. [cheering] [applause] bernie sanders: please don't tell me that when mom and dad go to work that they should not be able to find high quality and affordable childcare. [cheering] bernie sanders: and please don't tell me that the united states cannot lead the world in transforming our energy system in combating climate change. we can do that. [applause]
brothers ands: nation, we can create a in which every man, woman, and child regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of the country they came from, regardless of whether they are gay or straight, man or woman, we can create a nation which fulfills the birthright of all americans and that is a society of dignity, of security, and ending all forms of discrimination. thank you all very much. [cheering] ♪
thursday it was my mom's 89th birthday. she was born in dublin, new hampshire. her family is from dublin. back then you were born in the house you are raised in. she was born at that house in dublin. it is good to be here in new hampshire. i've been here maybe 25 times in the last few weeks. it's great to have the first in the primary status here. you take that responsibility very, very seriously. will, do, and i know you look at three things as you decide you will support for president. first of all the record of the person running. second the character of the person running. and third, what is the vision of the future? for me, i'm the only one running, republican or democrat,
that is been a mayor, a governor , and a united states senator. [cheering] lincoln chafee: that is good background to run for president of the united states. snow,or i plowed the educated the children, and cap property taxes down or i would not have been reelected three times. i served four terms as mayor and two as a councilman. that is a hard job. you can't miss a snowstorm. then i went to the united states senate and i was in the middle of many controversial bush-cheney initiatives in my time in the senate. first, the tax cuts which i voted against. they favored the wealthy who were doing just fine. then it was the war in iraq. as senator sanders articulately pointed out, you do not enter into war lightly and i voted against that.
[applause] then all thee: environmental issues. regulating carbon dioxide, not drilling in the arctic refuge. libertiesp for civil time and time again. live free or die. [cheering] lincoln chafee: standing up for abortion rights, and that is one of the reasons i voted against sam -- in the supreme court. i did not think you get the exception for the health of the mother and i was right. 14 theye of the gang of got together to try to bridge the partisan divide. i was proud to be part of that group getting together, meeting, ink trying to bridge the gridlock -- and trying to bridge
the gridlock we suffer from today. on a rights record -- gay rights. proud of that. [applause] lincoln chafee: way back in 2005 there was a bill for a pathway to citizenship for our 11 million undocumented americans and their only nine cosponsors. their only nine that stepped up and i was one of the nine in favor of the path to citizenship. we should have passed it back then. there are many tough votes under political pressure and i am proud that i always made the right choice. governoras on to being and those were tough times. i was elected in 2010. rhode islanders were out of work. foreclosures on the houses. it was tough times but we turned the state around.
we turned rhode island around and we had the biggest drop in unemployment of all that nevada in my four years. timeln chafee: at the same we did good things. we are the best rollout of the affordable care act. that was not easy. getting people to sign up for the exchange. all the problems that happened across the country. they did not happen in rhode island. we passed marriage equality. they tried before time and time again in rhode island. i put it in my inaugural address and we made it happen. the dream act so that undocumented students could go to our in-state colleges for in-state tuition. [cheering] lincoln chafee: we raised the minimum wage three times in my four years as governor. [cheering] that is a solid
record. through all that i have been honest with the people on every thing i do. i have had courage to take tough votes. showed some guts under pressure. and always had high ethical standards. animals 30 years of public service i have not had any scandals. [cheering] lincoln chafee: as we look to the future i believe in prosperity through peace. [applause] lincoln chafee: on the prosperity side there is a disparity of wealth. it is real. how do we close this gap between the haves and have-nots. for raising the minimum wage as a senator and a governor. we did it three times in my four
years, but i think we should do more than that. right now there are seven marginal rates and our tax structure. $464,000.te is for that is 39.6%. that is not that high. when you think of all the millionaires and billionaires out there. listen to this. filers are the tax in this bracket. but this .6% generates 30% of the revenue that comes in on income tax. my point is that the wealthy are doing just fine. the rest of america is struggling and yet there is a lot of money still to be had out there.
i believe. [applause] i propose a new bracket. this is the eighth bracket. for over $750,000 and put it at 45%. this will generate a lot of revenue. [applause] wecoln chafee: and how do help those that need it most? i would propose raising the personal attention, that is now at $4000. this would best benefit the lower income taxpayers i believe. let's put that top bracket on, tax the wealthy. and put it to the best use possible. increasing personal exception of the $4000. -- above $4000. i think this is a better way to accomplish how we address income inequality.
also, as we look to the future, i served on the senate foreign relations committee and i chaired the western hemisphere subcommittee so i've traveled all through central and south america. in the nature the middle east subcommittee, so i've traveled to pakistan, afghanistan, . iael, lebanon, egypt, iraq have been all through the region. this is one of the biggest challenges facing america right now. i cement to you -- i submit to you doesn't make sense that somebody from -- who saw through all the lies of going to iraq should be someone you would trust to help solve this chaos that has spread from pakistan to nigeria? doesn't that make sense? [applause] lincoln chafee: the whole reason we have this chaos is because we
made a colossal mistake of invading iraq. now the hard work is a front of us of how we fix it. in afghanistan, iraq, yemen, syria, libya, nigeria. i'm running for president because i saw through all the provocations. i took the time to go down to the cia and said i have to vote on his iraq war. show me everything you have on weapons of mass destruction. over an hour-long meeting there was not much. there was no reason to vote for that war. i did my homework. [applause] and i dohafee: believe, and i'm sure there are people that are saying we cannot get peace in the middle east, it's never going to happen. i disagree. you have to believe it is possible that they do want to have to make it did happen --
you want to have to make it happen. i believe it is possible and i want to get these in the middle east and across north africa. [cheering] lincoln chafee: i believe it is possible. thank you for inviting me here as you look at who you are going to support. your record, your character, your vision, and let's have a great year in 2016. democrats are right on the issues. thank you for inviting me. you are terrific new hampshire. [applause]
proud of the choices we are offering america today. our ideals are right. they push in the right direction of justice and i will lead millions behind us but we need to speak openly and honestly about how incomplete we are. there are millions like us who rally to celebrate our party. there are millions who rally to celebrate the other party, too. but these millions added together are still but a fraction of america. the biggest political party in america is none of the above.
most of america has turned away from politics. who could really blame them? america looks to her government and sees not themselves reflected in what congress does, but someone else. they see not a congress bending over backwards to answer the cause of average voters, they see a congress ending over backwards to answer the calls of their funders. indeed, we know this. the political scientists have shown us that what our congress the has no relation to views of the average voter. our congress, our democracy is responsive to the few, not the many. how could it be otherwise when 400 families have given half the money in this election cycle so
far? [applause] we cannot ignore this truth. we cannot pretend it is ok. we must think bigger than that. we must aspire to does more than winning an election. we must win in a way that gives america a reason to believe that they could get their democracy back. the promise to honor the children murdered at sandy hook to pass background legislation. [applause] because the promises are not credible now. they inspire us.
but until wehope,, fix this democracy, they are but dreams. i fear we will lose a generation from this democracy if we want to get promise the moon but just deliver partisan stalemate. almost eight years ago, barack obama said this in philadelphia -- "if we are not willing to take up that fight, then real change, change that will make a lasting difference in the lives of ordinary americans will keep getting blocked by the defenders of the status quo." his words were true then, his words are true now. we must take up this fight to get a democracy back, to claim its fundamental principle. the quality of citizens, because if we could achieve that equality, we can crack the corruption that holds washington hostage.
we would make it possible to solve the problems we must address and then we could say with integrity and truth that black lives matter in america because in america all citizens are equal. [applause] is, but the truth is that fight is not partisan. as i walked the length of this footsteps of extraordinary woman in january twice, i did not meet republicans. i did not meet democrats. i met citizens. the people who raced out of their house in zero degree weather did not offer us handshakes, they offered us thanks. because all of them, conservatives and liberals
alike, desperately wanted a democracy they felt represented them. we must speak to them, so those citizens first. we must make restoring their not oncy our first task, sunday, but day one. not just one promise among many, but the one that everybody knows as muchachieved because as we like our party. as much as we like a particular candidate. as much as we like the idea of winning an election, we must love our country first. trappedt ourselves get on this partisan field, we will have failed that first love. enemy is not a political party. terroristsnemy
living in caves. america's enemy is the apathy and hopelessness and frustrated anger that has grown within america about the one institution we were once most proud of -- this democracy. [applause] lawrence lessig: we democrats have an extremely opportunity. it is we and only we who could rally america, all of america to fixing this democracy by establishing equality first so that citizens of america from ferguson to philadelphia and the americans that should be citizens from the central valley of california to the streets of miami have a reason to believe in all the hope that the candidates that you have seen here today promise. that is opportunity. it's our responsibility.
[applause] lawrence lessig: our party was not born as the party of the quality. we can make it so now. we did not fight for equal democracy a century ago. we can fight for it now. but we made equality our cause 50 years ago and we must do it again. we must elevate this debate to that great and moral ideal because only then could we aspire and inspire enough of america to look up from their machines and to listen and to respond and we need america to respond if we are going to do any of the great and hard things we know we must still do. let us be the party that martin luther king taught bobby kennedy to dream of. because what will be left of this democracy if we are not
that party? thank you, new hampshire democrats. thank you, citizens first. thank you very much. [applause] >> harvard law professor lawrence lessig speaking today at the new hampshire democratic party convention. one of five democratic presidential candidates speaking today. we also heard from hillary, martin o'malley, bernie sanders and lincoln chafee. we would like to hear from you, get your thoughts on what you heard from the democratic candidates today. jim webb, another democratic candidate, was not in new hampshire today. he is campaigning in iowa. now, your chance to weigh in on
your thoughts. the numbers for democrats -- republicans -- independents and all others -- you can tweet us or join the conversation on our facebook page. let's go right to your calls. the democratic line -- brian joins us from north carolina. go ahead. looked at the convention and i was pretty impressed particularly with bernie sanders. i think bernie sanders is on point. he is covering the topics. hillary was really strong, too. she was talking about raising the minimum wage, addressing global warming, transitioning into clean renewable energy. all of the main topics. we have citizens united.
restoring sanity and honesty into our let's were a process, because right now there is no -- when you have the koch brothers standing up with you million dollars -- that is more than any other outside group trying to front the election. you cannot really call that an election. that is more like a billionaire or somebody that is super rich trying to buy the election. i will vote for bernie sanders. i think he is the strongest candidate. he is really hitting on the issues. i'm really hoping he will win because i think we need to change the paradigm in this country. we need to change the way we run this country. we need to have free education, medicare for all. we need to address global warming and transitioning into cleaner noble energy. host: thank you for the call.
edward, you are next, from massachusetts. caller: i just wanted to say in light of the fact, i think we have had two less than average presidents in a row -- george w. bush and barack obama. the media seems hell-bent in destroying hillary clinton and donald trump. i really believe they are the two best candidates. all this talk of vice president biden entering the race, it is getting unfortunately -- i'm saddened -- but it's getting a little bit old that he is weighing oin on his son's death and valerie jarrett seems to be calling the shots. thank you for your time. host: stephen in south carolina, republican caller. what did you think about the democrats in new hampshire today? caller: i really don't have a
lot of opinions on either one. it is too early in the race. is that we need someone -- i worry about donald trump, but i think he is a very good businessman. forink he is smart enough anything he is not aware of, he will surround himself with people in tune with the way the government is handling things at this point. thinkood businessman, i he has a good way america to go and he wants a good strong military. host: thank you. charles from south dakota on the line for independents. your thoughts about the democrats in new hampshire today. caller: you cannot really trust hillary clinton because she was fired from the white house because of her scandal.
that distorts her integrity. that was running her campaign was employed -- it is the gmo movement going on right now. year whichn this shows we are moving forward in a positive direction. we cannot nominate hillary because she would nominate santos into the white house again. we will have this problem all over again with large business and the tpp which she is trying to send jobs overseas which is a big part of what her husband was doing when he was in the white house. i remember that. i was only around 13 or 14 years old -- this is nafta. i knew that was a political disaster because it was going to destroy the country and the middle class. host: thank you for calling. a couple of tweets.
folks who watched the democratic is eventual contenders at the new hampshire -- presidential contenders in new hampshire today. this is somebody who liked lawrence lessig, the harvard law professor who was last to speak. america needs a president that will put our greatest institution first. lessig will fix our democracy. inspiring speech, larry. bobby writes, listening to senator sanders -- yes we can chant came to mind. am i beginning to feel the bern? this from cynical girl who t weets regarding jim webb -- actually, no. jim webb wasce missing which says a lot about jim webb, really. we saw froms tweet cameron who writes democrats
deserve earlier, more frequent debates. we need to hear the candidates. that is a theme that martin o'malley had been talking about -- the need for more democratic debates. back to your calls. your thoughts on the presidential candidates today in new hampshire. rebecca in kentucky on the democrats line. caller: hello. host: hi. caller: hi. i'm voting for bernie. host: why is that? caller: well, people need to stand up in solidarity. we cannot be complacent and bernie is right. we need political revolution. i mean, he's right. we need to end citizens united about theis is crazy koch brothers taking over
basically. host: thank you for your call. joe in elizabeth, new jersey. republican caller. caller: listening to the candidates today, bernie and h illary and o'malley -- none of them really impressed me. air ina breath of fresh the white house. i think that is donald trump. he's refreshing. he tells it like it is. all these politicians, they go on and on. hillary with benghazi and the e-mails -- that turns me off. host: thank you for calling. john in washington, an independent caller. go ahead. not surprised i'm
to see hillary ignore the rules again and continued to talk past the time limits. i'm sorry i did not get to hear jim webb. i would like to hear what he has to say. host: jim webb was not there today. he was in iowa campaigning today. go ahead. caller: i understand that. that is what i am saying -- i'm sorry that he was not there and i did not get to hear him. i would like to say the republicans and the democrats all talk about all these things they will do, but they fail to say how the money to pay for it will be raised. besides building the largest, most powerful army in the world and whatnot from the republicans. the democrats will give freebies to everybody that does not pay into the system and welcome everybody with open arms across open borders and give free health care, free day care, free
education, free college. -- the low waged earners do not pay into the tax base and they qualify for tax rebates. i don't remember the term. but, does anybody take the time to explain that, by the way, all these freebies sound free in the beginning, but in the long run, you will pay for it because it is being added to the national debt. sides are just talking out of both sides of the mouth. it is all platitudes. there is not a spine to be had in any of them. the buffoonery of trump -- at least he speaks honest idiocy about what he will do.
hillary is just the same old rehash of the stuff she has gotten by with forever. i'm sorry to see her involved at all. she should be behind bars, just like some of the republicans. anyway, that is all i got. host: thank you for the call. chris is texas is a democratic caller. what did you think about the democrats in new hampshire today? caller: i really like to lawrence lessig. i think he is really refreshing in the sense that, if you were citizens united, social changes could be done. people controlling -- host: thank you for calling. this piece from the center for political integrity talks about lawrence lessig and nine things
you need to know about him. at the top, you're in for a most unconventional presidential candidate, you will love lawrence lessig who promised to run on exploratory effort and raised $1 million by labor day. the harvard university professor enters the democratic primary, if elected, resigning the presidency as soon as possible. indeed, he says he would serve as what he calls a referendum president, occupying the white house as long as it takes to win passage of a bill that would reform the nation's elections and end gerrymandering. time for a couple of more phone calls. let's go around to rancho cucamonga, california. caller: i'm calling more so because i am saddened by how the democratic convention was organized. -- you can seet
that there was not very many people there. instead of letting the people that brought in a large group of bodies into the convention like sanders and hillary, they should have gone last instead of going first, because of some of the speeches, some of the things the other candidates have to say was important. i'm really saddened i that. by that. they were speaking to an empty room, yet the lawyer from harvard had a good deal of things to say. he was putting the country first. i think that is something that the people should have heard. if it was organized differently, it would have happened. host: thank you for calling. mary in california on the democratic line. go ahead. caller: i just wanted to say i did not catch hillary. i caught it halfway through bernie's representation. i think hillary would make an
excellent president but i don't like dynasty, that is why i'm leaning towards bernie. most people are in love with donald trump right now -- he is a businessman. business does not equate with the government. it is not the same creature at all. that is why i like bernie because he knows how that miserable institution works. he has been there long enough. he has always been a social democrat which i totally agree with. he has always spoken for the middle class person as long as i have been listening. i have an awful lot of respect for the whole democratic line of. i feel very comfortable with the first top three. i would have liked to hear more from professor lessig, but that is neither here nor there. people will hear one small thing -- foxnews -- and blow it totally out of proportion. a person says one thing and by the time it has been interpreted and reinterpreted, it means opening the doors to 120,000
from san salvador. they take things too extreme. pull it back a little bit. let's take little bites and see what we can do. obama made a good start. now we need to go have health care for everybody. it will somehow pay for itself. we don't need to have the biggest military in the face of the air. ways --many infrastructure, oh, my god. we need to cover it coast-to-coast. i can go on all day long but that is essentially where i'm coming from. people worry about the dollars and they should. that is a serious part of the conversation, but that is not the entire conversation. host: thank you for calling. staying in california, campbell, california. this is derek joining us. touch on would like to
what the one caller said about having a big military presence. that is a big part of the reason we arecannot provide -- subsidizing their military. s that havethe one to pay all the money. we have to rebuild all these countries and it will come out of our pockets. buildingo stop dynasty and getting involved in every skirmish and we cannot have these privileges. these smaller countries have more freedom than we do. they like to talk about the rebel war. um, what. these are paul. these are libertarian issues.
this has been a libertarian issue for years. people saying they want bernie sanders as their guy, they need to take a look at libertarians and one in particular is rand paul. host: time for one more caller. m.j. is with us from north carolina. you will have the last word. your thoughts about the democratic presidential candidates. caller: my heart belongs to bernie sanders, but i'm also have lived long enough to have anderson --govern, sometimes the heart does not lead you to the right place. that is the concern i have. many of the candidates who have the loyalty of many progressive democrats would not necessarily
win a national election and that is important. being here in a red state, i can see how the appeal is to so many of the republican candidates who have very regressive points of view. democrats need to look at not only who represents their ideals, but who can get elected in the national election. that is a very important issue, i think. host: thank you for calling. thanks to all of our callers. if you did not get a chance to see any of the speeches or missed some of them from the convention, we will re-air the speeches tonight on c-span starting at 8 p.m. east coast time. our run to the white house coverage continues. we will be covering senator bernie sanders.
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similarities between donald trump and 1992 presidential candidate ross perot. overlapping. are perot has a distinct personality like trump. the celebrity factor is not there like people are attracted to trump. people are throwing themselves at him. there is a personality that perot did not have. being outside of the republican party -- the parties relationship with trump has been rocky. trump did not tone it down on immigration. now he is trying to pledge. who knows what the pledge is for? it is a political document. we can see it this year what happened with perot. he keeps talking about wanting to be treated fairly. trump is unpredictable and could easily be in as a independent. announcer: sunday night at 8 p.m. eastern and pacific on q&a.
is the president's pay to be at undersecretary for terrorism and intelligence. members of the senate banking committee asking several questions regarding the iran nuclear agreement and the easing of sanctions. this is just over one hour. >> the hearing will come to order. this morning, we will hear testimony on the nomination of mr. adam zubin, a washington, d.c. to be the undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial crimes. he will be the third undersecretary of the treasury with the responsibility for the office of terrorism and financial intelligence.
the undersecretary receives a number of policies and enforcement offices such as the office of terrorism and financial crimes, the office of foreign assets which control the analysis. the treasury executive office asset forfeiture and the financial crimes enforcement network. over 14 years of government experience. he has participated in several international negotiations, including the president's recent iran nuclear deal that is being considered in the senate. ironically, the nominee has
helped assemble and enforce the most againstnsive sanctions the world's leading state sponsors of terrorism. may now be tasked by the president to dismantle it. given that context, today's hearing is important and timely. the committee looks forward to szubin's testimony and his answers to the questions. >> i appreciate your willingness to allow a hearing. adam szubin has served in both republican and democratic positions regarding economic sanctions are in countering terrorism financing. he is qualified for this position. children, his wife, his parents. undersecretarybe szubin, i want to underscore a
point. my democratic colleagues and i have been making it to chairman for months about pending banking committee nominations. for nine months, the committee has failed to act upon the president's nominees. we had not held a single nomination hearing before today. we have been unhappy for eight plus months about this. contrast, when the senate and white house control were also divided, the banking beforeee held a three the recess and they nominated more than a dozen. given all the concern around terrorist financing, you would think this financing would be a priority. undersecretary stuart leavy was
confirmed just three weeks after it was sent to this committee. his immediate predecessor took three and a half months. some nominees have been waiting since january just for a hearing. they deserve hearings and a vote. i hope the chairman will move it onto this and ie senate floor. i'm delighted undersecretary szubin is before us to describe the critical role in the u.s. government's broader control of terrorist financing. the enforcement functions with the dual aims of safeguarding the financial system against illicit use and combating rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, weapons of mass destruction, drug kingpin's and other national security threats. he has distinguished himself as a tough, aggressive enforcer of a nation sanctions laws against
countries like russia and iran and north korea and money launderers, terrorists and narco traffickers. he was aning a degree, fulbright scholar in israel before joining the department of justice. he served as counsel to the deputy attorney general. he was a trial attorney on the litigation task force, receive and the justice department special commendation reward. 2015, he directed for assets control where many knew him as a thoughtful policymaker and a superb lawyer. the anti-defamation league endorsed adam's nomination. they described him as an intellectual heavyweight who has worked effectively with global amplify to amplto the effects. i cannot agree more. i look forward to your testimony
today. thank you very much. >> mr. szubin, will you stand and raise your right hand? the testimony you were about to give is the truth and the whole truth? mrthe agreed to testify before any duly constituted committee of the senate? you may sit down. will betten testimony made part of this record in its entirety. before you begin your remarks, i invite you to introduce your family members today. mr. szubin: thank you very much. of the like to introduce my beloved wife miriam, my son and i, my father in law want to thank in particular my wife miriam for her unwavering support over the past years.
this job will be difficult and i could not have done any part of it without her. >> you can proceed as you wish. mr. szubin: distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to be appearing before this committee today. to have been nominated to serve as underage secretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial -- undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial. i want to thank the president for his strong support. i will not take this opportunity for granted. i don't take for granted the fact that have been allowed to serve my government at all for the last 16 years. my father was not born here. he was born in poland in 1933. ents were captured by the soviet army in siberia where they lived out the war years. siberia was a place of great hardship, but it turned out there capture index file saved their life.
nearly all of my fathers on's, uncles and cousins were wiped out by the noazis. witt is a remnant of the family that should have numbered in the thousands. people not as an abstract concept, but it is real threat they have seen in the lifetimes. we were not raised in an environment of fear or anger or sadness. we were raised to save her life, seek out joy and be aware of and grateful for the many gifts we enjoy. i among those gifts was the ability to grow up in america. the golden land to which my father had con. he had never stopped marveling at this country and are brilliant constitution and legal system. our work ethic and are enduring hopefulness that we can improve the world and leave it a little better for our children. i was talking to grateful for all of these. sought not a surprise i
out a career in government service, i have been amazed this country allows the child of an immigrant to take on positions of trust and participate in shaping our national security policy. this truly is a country like no other. significant the responsibilities of this office are. 11 years ago, i followed my mentor from the justice department when he was named the first undersecretary. i served in treasury ever since as a directory of the sanctions office for nine years and most recently as the acting undersecretary for the last six months, overseeing the more than 700 exceptional individuals who make our organization what it is. congress created it to bring together under one roof an array of capabilities, intelligence and policy to confront and challenge our adversaries on the financial battlefield. it is an easy mission to describe but a challenging one to execute. nonetheless, i believe the office has accomplished amazing
things in its short history. when i started, the conventional wisdom in schools of international affairs was that sanctions could not work. the targets of sanctions would always find ways to circumvent them. money being like water that would find its way downhill. thanks to the remarkable and dedicated women and men, i don't hear that conventional wisdom much anymore. people have seen the smart and persistent creative efforts when supporty thie superb of the intelligence community can shake regimes and change their behavior. our efforts have been a key plank in the government's efforts against terrorism groups, murderous groups like al qaeda, isil and hamas. we continue to have somewhat critical work ahead of us, but every bank account frozen, every charitable front exposed, every good german company neutralized and every fundraiser strikes a blow against these groups.
we have worked with government and financial institutions around the world to strengthen their canceled terrorism laws and procedures and to empower them to track money flows. the world financial system is in every arena and on every continent more transparent, more resilient than it was 10 years ago. in the field of human rights, we use sanctions to combat government oppression, abuse, facility changes in places like burma but there are still more to be done. in the arenas of narcotics trafficking and money laundering, we have dealt powerful cartels major setbacks by exposing and bankrupting their financial holding companies and money launderers, hitting them where it hurts most -- in their wallets. northsanctions to combat korea's attempts to access the world financial system. closing out banks that were willing to launder the regime's money for a cut. when we saw a russia violate ukraine's territorial
sovereignty, we worked with our allies to design a powerful set of sanctions that not only when after the key cronies and businessmen surrounding president putin, but also cut off russia's largest banks and energy companies from the things they depend on -- western technology and finance. our ultimate goals have not been reached. we are making a concrete difference in advance your countries foreign policy. finally understood what levy and then david cohen's leadership, we have developed a strategy to intensify the pressure against the government of the rack -- iraq. its new to the program is chief among them. offere able to cut iran from the world financial system s. in 2010, congress with this committee at its center, advance the effort, passing bipartisan efforts that brought the
oilfields down by 60% and ira -- in iraq and insured iran's leaders knew it would not recover economically until it verifiably close off all pathways to a nuclear weapon. these efforts led to the election of president rouhani and culminated in the democratic process that produced the plan of action. the women and men of my office have worked incredibly hard over the past decade to build and enforce these measures and combat every effort to circumvent them. even now as we prepare to defend our sondary nuclear sanctions, should iran fulfill its commitments, we are simultaneously readying a battery of sanctions against iran's activity outside of the nuclear file. if human rights of bruce is abuse is inside, we will do so. we will be