tv Washington Journal CSPAN January 27, 2016 2:37am-3:26am EST
we have to build up our country again. $19 trillion in debt, tremendous deficits, and the real number in jobs is not 5.2%. when someone gets up looking for a job, it is statistically taken off the rolls. we have to build up our country. to do that, you have to get along. you have to have a semblance of something. people do not like ted cruz. they do not like him. the evangelicals like me better than ted cruz. they understand i am a christian, a good christian in and the evangelicals have found that out. how about one more?
>> [inaudible] mr. trump: i just want to make america great again. i have had a great life. i have employed thousands of people, that means education, health care. i built an unbelievable company. when i filed with the sec, all of you people ran down because you are trying to see if i was not as big as you expected, but i have one of the biggest assets in the world. i have very little debt. i say that because that is what our country needs. our country needs that kind of thinking. we have $19 trillion worth of debt with a horrible deal that was just made that is adding another $2 trillion. we are spending money like a bunch of people who do not have any clue of what is happening. we have leadership that is incompetent.
when i hear kerry saying the other day, some of the $19 billion -- $1920 is going to be spent for terror, it is interesting. supposedly i said today, spending all of this money in europe, iran, there were 100 and 14 -- 114 jets made in europe. where is boeing? when i look at the stupidity of our leadership in this country, i say, i have no choice. i love my life and i have enjoyed my life. i have a great family in a great company but i have to do this. we are going to make america great again. thank you very much. thank you.
[chatter] >> on the next washington journal, former congressman alan mollohan on reforming federal prisons. with six days before the iowa caucus, our guest is benjamin ginsberg. is liveton journal" every morning at 7:00 a.m. et. >> republican presidential candidate senator ted cruz is joined by former governor and presidential candidate rick perry wednesday at a pro-life campaign rally in west des iowa.,
now, hillary clinton talks to supporters at a campaign rally in marshall to an, iowa. this is 45 minutes. >> please welcome, hillary clinton. [applause] you are great. thank you. you, it was worth it trying to get here. we are so generous -- you have been so generous with your time. have this chance to talk with you with less than a week until the caucus monday night. it is really meaningful to me that you would be here and be part of this ross us. -- process.
i have learned a lot in the last think that really spending all of this time in small groups and big ones -- thank you for everything you have done to make that possible. want to thank mark smith for his endorsement. i am thrilled. thank you very much, representative. i hope that we will be able to make him the majority leader of the house of representatives in the state legislature. think of all the good things he could do for you and people
across iowa. it is getting close and when all of you decide to go caucus, you will be the first people in the world to get to express an opinion about who should be the next president and commander in chief for our country. nsknow how seriously iowa take this. i have been talking to you and listening to you but i want to spend a few minutes really discussing what is at stake. this is one of the most consequential elections we have had in quite some time. there are very big differences between us and the republicans. thatis what a special -- puts a special responsibility on you and voters to try to decide where you stand. i will tell you where i stand. i believe that the republican by this being promoted
crop of candidates traveling across our state and country would set our country back. the progress we have made and undermine our future. that is true across the board. let me take a few of the most important issues. let's take the economy. you heard from them. they are spouting the same failed economic policies. trickle down economics. cut taxes on the wealthy, get out of the way of corporations. we have tried that and it does not work. it is important to know the facts. the facts are our economy does better when we have a democrat in the white house who cares about creating jobs and raising incomes for americans. [applause] sec. clinton: the last two democratic presidents we have had, both of whom i know, which i kind of am proud of.
they each inherited economic problems from their republican predecessors. in my husband's case, it was a recession. a huge national debt that had been quadrupled in the prior 12 years and a big deficit. when he got to washington, people said, what do you especially bring to washington that can make a difference? he said i guess i bring arithmetic. we will make it out of begin for the american people. at the end of eight years, we did. 23 million new jobs. most importantly, incomes went up for everybody. not just those at the top. hard-working, middle-class families, working families, poor
families. more people were lifted out of poverty then in recent time in our history. and we ended up with a balanced budget and a surplus. we were on the right track. well, back came the republicans and that came trickle-down economics. george w. bush slashed taxes on the wealthy and got out of the way of the corporations. the man he put in charge of keeping an eye on wall street took a chainsaw to a big stack of regulations and had a great big smile on his face. now we know what happened, don't we? we went into the greatest financial crisis since the great depression. and when barack obama became president, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. i don't think president obama gets the credit he deserves for digging us out about big ditch the republicans put us in during their administration. [applause] sec. clinton: and it was not
easy. i know, i talked to him about it. when he asked me to be secretary of state, he said we have to focus on the economy at home. we have to fix the problems we inherited around the world. what did he do? well, we are back on track with 14 million new jobs. the affordable care act was passed. we are now at 90% health care coverage in america for the first time. he passed and signed the toughest regulations on wall street since the 1930's, the dodd-frank law. saved the auto industry which was on the brink of collapse, which would have taken another couple of million jobs down with them. we ended up losing 9 million because of that great recession. 5 million homes were lost and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. if you want to go back there, you've got a lot of folks, including one here today, who are spouting that same stuff because that is where we will end up again.
in fact, you are four times more likely to see a recession in america when you have a republican in the white house. the economy is going to be at the core of this election. you should ask everybody running what they are going to do about it. i have got to tell you, i am proud of what we have been doing on the democratic side. we have our differences, but we have differences over issues and that is what we talk about. not insults, which is what happens among the republicans. so i put out a plan. here is what i think we need to do. we need more infrastructure jobs. our roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, rail systems, sewer systems, water systems. we have work to do in our country, and those are jobs that cannot be exported. they need to be done right here.
put americans back to work building our economy, making us more competitive. and then we are going to take the tax system and get rid of the incentives that encourage people to take jobs and move them overseas, take factories and build them overseas. we are going to reverse that so we start investing in america again. advanced manufacturing. i know it can be done because i have been to some of your community colleges. i have seen the work happening there, the training going on. i also know it can be done because while we are going to combat climate change, we are going to create more clean, renewable energy jobs. that will be a huge economic opportunity. [applause] sec. clinton: that is directly linked to what i have been doing. the republicans, when you ask them about climate change, they all said the same thing. "i don't know, i'm not a scientist." there is an easy way to remedy that. go talk to a scientist, learn about what is going on. that is bad enough that they are
in denial. what is really troubling is they are missing this huge economic opportunity. when i tell people that, i see sometimes folks around the country have a little bit of skepticism on their faces. here is what i tell them. i know we can create those jobs because look at what iowa has done. i want you to thank representative smith. thank you. it started with tom vilsack and the democrats making a commitment. you have 7000 people already working in the wind industry in this state. you are doing research on advanced biofuels that the defense department thinks may be able to fuel navy vessels and air force planes. iowa is in the forefront of the energy revolution because some
country is going to be the 21st century clean energy superpower. it is either going to be china, germany, or us. i want it to be us. we need to make up our minds it is going to be us and we are going to be doing the technology, innovation, and exporting to the rest of the world. we also need to be focusing on small business because that is where most of the jobs come from in america. i want to be the small business president. my dad was a small businessman. i want to clear away the underbrush so people can start businesses again. especially young people. a lot of young people tell me they would love to go into business, but they cannot get credit. part of it is they have such student debts they cannot get credit. we have to fix that. we need to make it easier to start and grow a small business. there are two ways we can raise incomes real quick. one, we have got to raise the minimum wage. people who work full-time should not still be in poverty.
[applause] there should be a ladder of opportunity. the other way is to guarantee equal pay for women's work. that will raise incomes and families will be better off, the economy will be. [applause] sec. clinton: everything i have just said to you the republicans do not agree with it, every bit of it. they don't believe in any of it. they don't really tell you what they will do except get out of the way and let corporations do whatever they want and let their big donors do whatever they want. that is not going to work. we know it won't. we can't be sold that bill of goods again. the other thing we have to do is to change the tax system so that it is fairer. i am the only candidate running on either side who has made this pledge. i will raise your incomes. i will not raise middle-class taxes. i do not think it is right to be
going to people who suffered because of the republican recession and asking for you to help us make the investments for the future. i want you to take advantage of them, but i want to go where the money is. the money is at the top. that is where we need to be shifting our tax system. we need to close the loopholes and the special gimmicks corporations and the wealthy use, like this thing called the carried interest loophole that i have been against for years. we also need to do what warren buffett suggested. i was really very happy he endorsed me. i went to omaha with him. we were standing there --
[applause] sec. clinton: he said, you know, i am not too popular among my rich friends these days because i think people like me should pay more money into our tax system to support our country. he has something he calls the buffett rule. anybody who makes $1 million should have to pay a 30% effective tax rate. i have adopted the buffett rule. we will try to get that done. [applause] then i want to go further, i want to impose what i call a fair share surcharge on incomes of $5 million or more. there are not very many of those, but there is a lot of money there. i want to use that money to make college affordable. i want to use that money to invest in clean energy. i want to use that money to move toward paid family leave so families get more support to be able to do their work at home and take care of their families. i want to use that money to bring down the cost of childcare, which in some states is as expensive as college tuition. there are things we can do that will relieve the burden on
middle-class families, and the money should come from those who have it. people say, how will we get that done? i have a political strategy. i've seen a bit of this in the last 20 plus years. there are not that many people who make $5 million or more in america. i think we can make a very clear case, mr. congressman over there, are you in favor of clean energy, affordable college? are you in favor of early childhood education? the way we are going to get it is to tax the two in your district who make more than $5 million. or are you going to deny that to the 350,000 people who live in your district? we are going to make a tough case about why we have to make the tax code fairer. you can talk about it, but i have a plan to do it, not just a plan of substance, but a political plan. because i want you to know what i aim to do for you and what it will cost you. i want everybody to be able to look at that and make your own judgment.
i also have what has been described as the toughest, most effective, comprehensive plan to go after wall street. i totally agree with my esteemed opponents, senator sanders and governor o'malley, that we have got to keep our eyes on the big banks. and no bank is too big to fail, and no executive is too powerful to jail. but we are to have the authority to go after them. that was in the dodd-frank bill. we don't have to do that. we just have to implement it. i have said if they pose a systemic risk to our economy, and will go after them. i will use the process president obama signed into law. but here is where i differ with my two friends. that is not enough. this is what we have been arguing about on the debate stage. it was not just the big banks that caused our problems. it was an investment bank like lehman brothers.
it was a big insurance conglomerate called a.i.g. it was a mortgage company called countrywide. it was another bank, not one of the big five, and others who are what is called the shadow banking sector. i said we are going after risk wherever it is in the financial system. paul krugman, the nobel prize-winning economist, said i have the best plan. barney frank, who is the frank in dodd-frank, set i have the best plan because i am trying to look at not just what happened in the past prevent that from happening again but what could happen in the future. the best evidence i have that i have the best plan is that the republicans and their billionaire allies are running
ads against me. it started a few weeks ago. these two hedge fund billionaires formed a super pac to run as against me to convince them across not to support me. along came karl rove, the errand boy for the billionaires. he is now running an ad against me. another billionaire has jumped in, and he is now running an ad against me. you've got to stop and think, why are they spending all this money to convince them across not to support me? i think you know the answer. because they know i say what i mean, i do what i say i will do, and i know how to get it done, to prevent them from pushing an agenda on us that hurts the economy. [applause] sec. clinton: another area where i have very strong feelings and share exactly the same goal as senator sanders is health care. i believe in universal health care coverage. every american should have it. before it was called obamacare, it was called hillarycare when i was trying to get universal health care.
we were not successful. that was really disappointing. the drug companies, the insurance companies spent millions of dollars against us. so we did not succeed. i got to thinking, what can i do now? my view is when you are knocked down, you share the human experience with everybody gets knocked down about something. the real question is whether you get back up. i started thinking, what can i do to help 70 make a difference in their lives? i remember and i was traveling around the country trying to get universal health care, meeting so many people who did not have health insurance per they could not afford it. they had a pre-existing condition and the insurance companies would not give it to them.
i met so many really good, decent people so overwhelmed by what was happening to them. i remember i was at the children's hospital in cleveland meeting with a group of parents whose kids were really sick with chronic diseases. one man said to me i have gone everywhere to try to get insurance for my daughters. i have two girls with cystic fibrosis, and nobody will sell it to me. i said, what do you say when you ask them and tell them you want to try to pay for something? they say no. he said i will say what the last person told me at the insurance company i visited. he said, we don't ensure burning houses. this man said they called my little girls burning houses. that stuck with me, that and the stories i heard. so i started to work with democrats and republicans and we created the children's health insurance program. it now ensures 8 million kids. [applause] sec. clinton: when you run into a problem, you have got to keep going. you cannot ever stop. if you are trying to accomplish something that will help other people. i was thrilled when the
president passed and signed the affordable care act. we have been trying to get that, the democratic party has been trying to get that accomplished since harry truman. and now, i meet people all the time who are benefiting from it. i want to build on it, and i want to improve it. republicans want to repeal it. that is what they will do if they get the white house back. we can't let that happen. here is what i want to do. i want to decrease costs, out-of-pocket costs. decrease prescription drug costs. [applause] sec. clinton: i want to make sure we get the authority for medicare to negotiate for lower drug costs with the drug companies. i want to go after the predatory pricing drug companies are using to raise the price of drugs. i want to take away their tax benefits. they get a tax benefit for advertising all that stuff on tv to us. i cannot understand what they are talking about. they have people walking through
fields of wildflowers, walking on beaches. they have the name of the drug which is unpronounceable. and then under the music, they have somebody saying if you take this drug, your nose will fall off. [laughter] sec. clinton: it drives you crazy. they spend more money advertising on tv than they do on research. we will take them on. i don't want to start over. that is the disagreement i have with senator sanders. i want us to build on what we have and make it better, and go from 90% coverage to 100% of americans. i don't want to start at zero. [applause] sec. clinton: and have to fight it all over again, have the national battle we have had over 25 years. i am determined we will make this work for everybody. i know it is the right thing to do. i hope we will be able to get your costs down, your co-pays, your deductibles.
what a lot of people are telling are starting to pinch again. i will defend social security against privatization. republicans still want to privatize it. they are still talking about that. it is a terrible idea. you know the worst part of the idea? they want to turn the entire social security trust fund over to wall street. that is what this is all about. take all that money people have been paying in for 75 or 80 years and turn it over to wall street. i will never let that happen. [applause] sec. clinton: that is the worst idea imaginable. i will also not let them voucherize medicare or privatize the v.a. we will not take away guaranteed benefits for veterans who have earned them through their service. that is not going to happen! [applause] sec. clinton: when it comes to
national security, we have a lot to do to keep our country safe and i have some ideas i have been putting out based on what i did in the senate after 9/11, based on my work as secretary of state. it is imperative we do everything we can to defeat isis, to stop the flow of foreign fighters and funding to fight them on the internet where they are quite effective, without putting american troops back on the ground in either syria or iraq. [applause] sec. clinton: that will not happen. it is not going to happen on my watch. then we have to do a better job working with federal, state, and local law enforcement to keep us safe at home. we have to do a better job sharing intelligence, getting intelligence that will help us prevent attacks.
when i was a senator after 9/11, i would be kept up-to-date on all the threats that still were facing new york. we had a very dedicated group of police and federal law enforcement and everyone who worked together. but one of the best things we did was a campaign what said if you see something suspicious or hear something suspicious, report it. people were picking up the phone and telling the police or maybe calling the f.b.i., and it really provided kind of the eyes-on help we needed. people could then follow-up. we prevented attacks. the reason i mention that is because of this. the republican candidates, led by the front runner, have been attacking muslims, right? you have heard that, attacking
american muslims, attacking muslims around the world. that is not only shameful, it is dangerous. we need everybody in this country to be on the same team when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks. [applause] sec. clinton: and we need people who are in the community who hear something, see something, to report it and not feel they are being demonized, defamed, insulted, pushed out. certainly if we are going to defeat isis, we need a coalition that will include muslim nations. i built a coalition imposed sanctions on iran. i know a little bit about how you do this. you don't start by insulting people's religion and then asked them to be part of your effort to defeat a common adversary. [applause]
sec. clinton: that is not the way it works in the real world. so we have to be smart about how we protect ourselves. and that will be my highest priority. i also want to continue to move toward comprehensive immigration reform, which i think is in the best interest of our country and our economy. [applause] sec. clinton: and i want to let you know where i stand on a lot of issues the republicans have taken positions on, because they seem to be against so many of the fundamental rights i support. i am for a woman's right to make her own health decisions, and i am against defunding planned parenthood. [applause] sec. clinton: i am for marriage equality, and against discrimination against the lgbt community.
i am against citizens united, which is a terrible decision that has opened the doors to floods of unaccountable money from the koch brothers and others. i would do everything i can to reverse that decision. i also want to keep pushing for criminal justice reform and reform in the incarceration system. and i want to fight for commonsense gun safety measures that will help keep americans safe without infringing on gun owners' rights. [applause] sec. clinton: we are a smart people. we can do this. what i don't understand is how when we know we have on average 90 people a day dying from gun violence, 33,000 people a year, we cannot figure out how to protect people, protect first-graders going to school, people going to a movie theater, churchgoers going to bible study. we can do this. we can't stop every murder were every suicide or every tragic, avoidable accident.
but we can stop a lot of them without infringing on anybody's rights. 92% of the american people agree with that. and 85% of gun owners agree with that. so we need somebody who will stand up to the gun lobbyists and stop them from intimidating commonsense reforms in our country. [applause] sec. clinton: we have a lot of work to do, my friends. and you have been really patient. the children who are still here have been especially patient. i don't want to keep you any longer. i just want to say a few closing comments. and then for those of you who want to stay, i will shake your hands and take pictures and you can ask me questions. but everybody else can go home and not feel bad about it because i need you to get up tomorrow and help work to get more people to go to the caucus next monday! [applause]
sec. clinton: i am all about making progress against the odds. i am all about working with people. i have worked with republicans as first lady, as senator, as secretary of state. i worked to get results for the people i represented in the senate as well as our country. i worked when i was secretary of state to make our country safe and have our values and interests promoted. and i know how to find common ground because i have done it. i think i do believe probably every republican i served with at one time or another sponsored a piece of my legislation. actually when i'm not running for something, they say nice things about me. [laughter] sec. clinton: even in the case of mr. trump, they give me money because they think i am so good as a candidate and senator. this is politics.
this is all that that goes on. once the election is over, i will work as hard as i can to find that common ground, to get good things to happen for you, for your families, for your country. and make it possible for young people to feel like i felt, that really the american dream was available. you had to work for it. but if you did, you could get ahead and stay ahead. that is what i think about when it comes to my granddaughter. i am the granddaughter of a factory worker. she is the granddaughter of a former president. i think it should not matter. the grandchildren of everybody should have the same opportunities in our country. [applause] sec. clinton: and that is what i am going to stand up for and fight for. with your help, starting at the caucus next monday night, that is what we will do together! thank you all so much! [cheers and applause]