tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN February 26, 2016 3:00pm-5:01pm EST
>> bill clinton campaigning for his wife in south carolina ahead of the state's primary. the former president made appearances in virginia. and the hill reporting on the south carolina race. hillary clinton has a massive lead over bernie sanders, according to a new poll. former president bill clinton
at his wife, she has a lead 64%. now despite his big deficit in south carolina, bernie sanders has drawn close to clinton in new hampshire and winning by narrow margins. the clemson poll was 650 likely democratic primary voters. there is a 3% margin of error. and our "road to the white house" coverage. we have a pair of events from south carolina as tomorrow's carolina at south university. live coverage starts at 4:45 and we will take your phone calls. at 5:30. senator sanders who trails hillary clinton has a rally in orangeburg.
live coverage on c-span 2. >> the son of a polish immigrant ho grew up in a brooklyn ten hement. he has fought injustice and speaking truth to power. moved to vermont. in congress, he stood up for working families and principles, opposing the iraq war, supporting veterans and now taking on wall street and a corrupt political system. tackling climate change, equal pay and tuition-free public colleges. >> people are sick and tired of establishment politics and they want real change. [cheers and applause] >> bernie sanders, husband, father, grandfather and an honest leader, building a
movement with you to give us a future to believe in. senator sanders: i'm bernie sanders and i approve
this message. >> one were to look at the qualifications of the candidates and reflect on what our country can be and get us to that place, i think it's hands down, hillary clinton. >> hillary is the only candidate i trust and not rip it away. my heart has always been with hillary clinton. mr. mcclintock: i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. >> no fresh clean water source. >> we can't drink the water. >> we can't bathe with the water or cook with the water. >> nobody heard our story. >> i am here because for nearly two years, flint's water was
poisonned. >> hillary clinton came here and she is standing with us. >> brought it to another level of attention. hillary clinton it what has been happening in flint. i think we all know we would have had a solution yesterday. >> hillary clinton really cares about people. >> she's awesome when you have someone like that fighting for you, you can't ask for much more. mr. mcclintock: and i will fight r you in -- i approve this message. >>
c-span's campaign 2016 is taking you on the road to the white house. on live coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with speeches from the democratic candidates, hillary clinton and bernie sanders and reaction from your phone calls and tweets.
if people ning, ohio want to be president, they need to come through b.w. i got to give a shutout. you are going to need coffee after you listen to humble g. this morning, sisters and brothers, it is my honor to introduce the next president of the united states of america! [cheers and applause] nd i want you to know that the cause is right and the time is now. senator bernie sanders has been a consistent champion for civil rights and social justice.
[cheers and applause] >> he's not new to this. and for the students in this room when he was around your age, he stood up at the university of chicago as a member of core fighting against segregation in public housing. as the mayor of burlington, vermont, he used his leadership to transform that city. he is not new to this. he's running for president of these united states of america to make sure in the words of my grandmother that everybody has opportunities in these united states of america. [cheers and applause] he's running against the status quo. i don't know but i'm comfortable with having the next president of the united states of america talk about universal health care
as a right. the time is now. the time is now and the cause is right. i don't know about you, but when i hear that young folks in this country are saddled with trillion worth of dollars of debt the next president is talking about tuition-free college. the time is right and the cause is now. and speaking of a first generation college graduate, somebody who understands the power of higher education to transform somebody's life, the cause is right and the time is now. [cheers and applause] now folks, i don't know about you, but all the people talking about how this cannot be done needs to get out of the way of those who believe will work to make sure that it is done.
the cause is right and the time is now. senator sanders has been a steady champion speaking up for the working poor and the middle class in this country and oh, by the way, there is a thing as the working poor and we need to talk about that. we need to talk about that. the time is right and the cause is now. almost new wealth in this country is going to the 1%, it is wrong and the 99% of us are in the same boat. the cause is right and the time s now. he doesn't say one thing to one group of folk in one decade and thing to another group of folk in another decade.
the cause is right and the time is now. when senator sanders talks about a rigid economy and rigid political system, like you and me we have a champion who is going to tell it right. the cause is right and the time is now. senator sanders is not progressive when it's convenient. the cause is right and the time is now. senator sanders does have a plan to lift everybody in this country and he fully understands -- i have traveled all over the country for and with the senator and when he was in baltimore with dr. bryant and walking those streets in the african-american communities to see where the tragedy happened against brother freddie gray.
he didn't shrink from that. every day were lining up saying we need jobs. we believe in you. thank you for making this run and during that meeting, they were talking about not only black lives matter, but black prosperity matters. the cause is right and the time is now. senator sanders stood up when he didn't have to stand up as a young man, the way to define the character of a person is what they do when the cameras are not on and when they don't benefit from it personally. he is a champion for civil rights and social justice. the time is right and the cause is now. senator sanders understands that we must we as a country, black, white, asian, african-american,
eight christian, jews, yesist, all of us together. all of us together. and when he talks about running for president of the united states of america, you don't hear him say the word -- he says this race is about us, we the people and we need a champion like bernie sanders. and to my sisters in the audience, it's been a long time coming, but we deserve our whole damn dollars. say whole damn dollars. and senator bernie sanders understands tcha women earn their whole dollars to support themselves and their families. the cause is right. the time is now.
and it is black history month, brothers and sisters, martin luther king through this month we talk about the plight of african-americans. senator sanders has been fighting for a very long time. but he has the most comprehensive racial justice platform to deal with the five types of violences perpetrated against black folks in this country, political, economic, environmental and legal. we are all banding together. we must stand up and fight out against institutional racism. the call -- the cause is right and the time is now. so for us, if we can build a
nation, we can have universal health care. if we can abolish slavery, we can have universal health care. if willing to get the right to vote, we could have universal health care. if a man can go to the moon, we can have universal health care. we are a country of progress, not regress and we need to check the type of leaders that we elect to office who want to move us from yes, we can to know, we can't. the cause is right and the time is now. >> they want an america as good as its progress.
that's why senator bernie sanders is running, because he wants to have an america that is good as the planet. the cause is right and the time is now. so sisters and brothers, our mission is so high, we can't get over it. and it is so low, we can't get under it, and it is so wide, we cannot get around it. united we stand, divided we fall and senator sanders is working to unify this nation so everybody no matter who their parents are can enjoy the american dream, the fruits of their labor, people who work 40 hours a week should not still live in poverty. the cause is right. the cause is right. the cause is right and the time is now. this is about we. i had the opportunity to have a
conversation can with killer mike. and they keep calling our candidates a one-issue candidate and killer mike said the following, he said he is a one-issue candidate and the issue is the citizens of the nited states of america. you are the issue. the people of the united states of america. now for a political revolution to come, the senator cannot do it alone and constantly talks about this isn't about us, but we. those of you have a cell phone, pull out that cell phone, pull out the cell phone -- everybody got a cell phone. this is a people-powered campaign. senator does not take money from super pacs. at the end of the day, when all
is said and done, only folks he will have to answer to are the american people. we need to help keep this people power moving. right here, right now, we have to invest in this mission. to want you to text 82623 donate to our people power movement. the average donation to senator sanders campaign has been $27. if each and every one of us will donate $10. i want you to do that. we are going to text that right now and do this for the senator. now, while you're doing that, we got to bring him on out. e number again text the word
to 82623. that's 82623. set want you to help me the mood. we got to raise the roof on the mother, is that all right? when i say feel. you say burn. feel. feel, feel. oh. we got to do that one more time. when i say feel, you say burn. feel. feel. feel. feel. feel. feel, feel feel. feel feel. feel feel. feel feel. i think you are setting the mood. it is my honor, my absolute honor to bring to you the next president of the united states of america senator bernie
feels very warm in this room. i tell you that. i thank senator nina turner not only for her support in this campaign but for her years of work on behalf of working people, a fight for racial and social justice. and i want to thank rachel and andelle and curt and gerald humble g all for participating in this event and mostly on a beautiful morning that was a joke -- it's not a beautiful morning, i thank you for coming on out to discuss some very serious issues. as senator turn indicated, what this campaign is about is taking
a hard look at where we are and where we want to go. and one of the differences i think in this campaign between i believets and me is that our nation, when we stand together, when we don't allow the donald trumps and others of this world to divide us up, i believe that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. cheers and applause] senator sanders: so this campaign is about understanding that we today are the wealthiest country in the history of the world. but most people don't know that. and they don't know that because they are too busy working 50 or 60 hours a week to know that
almost all of the new wealth and income being created is going to the top 1%. so what this campaign is about is not only asking people to vision a new america, but also to understand that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else can do it alone. and this is what senator turner was talking about. every person in this room is enormously powerful if you choose to use your power. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and every person in this room is enormously powerless if you choose not to use that power. >> we're with you, bernie.
senator sanders: here's the issue. the issue is that when millions of people come together and they stand up and say, you know what? in america, men and women have fought and died and as the former chairman of the senate veterans committee, i have had the opportunity to meet heroes and put their lives on the line from world war ii on up to defend democracy. we take democracy kind of for granted. democracy is a very, very radical idea. and what that means is in the course of world history, almost always you had on king, queen or czar. you made those decisions. i said you are going off to war, you are paying taxes, i'm taking your land. i made that decision. it doesn't matter what happens or what you think of your life
what democracy is about is saying that all of us together have the right to determine the future of this country. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: in the last election in november, 2014, 63% of the american people didn't vote. 80% of young people didn't ote. and what happens when ordinary people working people, low-income people, middle class people, young people don't vote, hat political vacuum is filled by wealthy campaign contributors and lobbyists who say, hey, this is great, young people aren't voting. that is fantastic.
we can now make the decisions for this country. older people are not voting. that's great. because the world changes when you have a handful of billionaires making the decisions as opposed to ordinary americans making decisions. cheers and applause] senator sanders: what this campaign is about is calling for a political revolution. what that means, what that means is no president, not bernie sanders, or anybody else can do it alone. why is that? i'll tell you why, and this is the truth that many politicians will not tell you. the truth is that wall street, corporate america, the corporate media, large campaign donors have so much influence over the political and economic system of
our country today that no president, not the best intentioned in the world, can take them on. the only way we take them on is when millions of people, black nd white and latino and native americans and asian americans, gay, straight, men, and women when people stand up -- cheers and applause] senator sanders: and when they demand something that is not really terribly radical, when they demand that the united states government starts epresenting ordinary americans rather than wealthy campaign contributors, when that happens we transform america. that's what this campaign is about.
[applause] senator sanders: now, over the last 9 1/2 months, since we began this campaign, a lot has changed. when i began the campaign, what the pundits were saying, bernie, you comb your hair really great. you wear your g.q. outfit. you have all the requirements to be the president, but, two things. two things. number one, to run for president in this day and age you need a huge, and i say huge, amount of money. just need hundreds of millions of dollars if not more than that. we made a decision early on, a very important decision, which distinguishes my campaign from my opponent's campaign. what we said is, we do not represent the billionaire
class. we do not represent corporate america. we do not represent wall street. we do not want their money. we are not going to have a super p.a.c. cheers and applause] senator sanders: that's a great speech to give. the next question is how do you raise the money you need to run a winning campaign? thank you very much. the answer is grassroots. that's right. cheers and applause] senator sanders: so we did something that is unprecedented in politics today. what we said is, look, we are not going to go to billionaires' homes and raise millions of dollars, we are going to ask middle class and working families of this country for the help. you know what's happened in the last nine months?
we have received over four million individual contributions. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and that is more than any candidate in the history of this country up to this point. cheers and applause] senator sanders: you know what the average campaign contribution is? 7 bucks! and all of the political geniuses out there, they are figuring out, they are saying how can it be? how can you actually run a winning campaign with an average contribution of $27?
i think what people are saying is not only are they supportive of what we are fighting for, but they are saying something else. they are saying, we are going to do everything that we can to make sure that billionaires do not buy elections in the united states of america. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: i'll tell you what else has been going on. when we began the campaign, we were at 3% in the polls. very few people outside of my own state of vermont actually knew who i was, let alone what we were fighting for. we have come a long way in the last nine months. in the last week or so there were three national polls that actually had us in the lead. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: when you do some these polls, which has bernie sanders against trump or hillary clinton against trump, almost all of those polls have us beating trump by wider margins. cheers and applause] now, ohio, as you all know, is one of the important political states in this country. you're having a primary here on march 15. with your help we can win this primary and help us go forward to victory. [applause] senator sanders: now, i think the reason that we have come so
far and are doing so well is pretty simple. we're doing something very, very radical. we're telling the american eople the truth. now i know that is a radical idea, but, hey -- and that is what we are saying is, look, before this country, before any country is you got to really look honestly at the problems and the realities even if they are unpleasant realities. you know, unless you lock what goes on, you don't have a foundation in which to go forward. and what we have been doing in this campaign is listening to ordinary people, not just big money contributors. we are listening to millions of orkers in this country who are telling us they cannot make it
n $9 or $10 an hour. and i have been proud to be on picket lines with fast food workers who are saying just that, saying, you know, we have families to raise, we can't do it on 10 bucks an hour. we need decent health care, and i have been proud to stand with them in the fight for $15 an hour and the right to organize a union. so when we talk about america and we understand the massive levels of income and wealth inequality. we are the top where the top .1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90% in america. we can create an economy where f you work 40 hours a week you
are not living in poverty. and in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we should not be having millions of senior citizens and disabled veterans trying to scrape by on $11,000 or $12,000 a year social ecurity. i just want you for a moment put yourself in the place of that 80-year-old, 90-year-old person, health care needs, prescription drug needs, got to keep your home warm in the wintertime. go home and do the arithmetic and see what happens when you receive $11,000 or $12,000 a year.
a country, a great country is judged not by how many millionaires and billionaires it has but on how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us. cheers and applause] senator sanders: that is -- that is what a great nation is about and that is what every religion in the world, christianity, judaism, islam, buddhism, that's what they tell us. they tell us morally we cannot be human beings if we turn our backs on people sleeping out on the streets or children who are hungry. cheers and applause]
and what being human is about is i've got four great kids and seven beautiful grandchildren. i want you to worry and be concerned about my kids and my grandchildren and i will worry about you and your kids and your grandchildren. that's a society. cheers and applause] and as i go around the country and i talk to young people, what they are saying is, why is it that we are leaving college $50,000 in debt? why is it we are being punished for what crime? the crime of trying to get a
good education? we shouldn't be punished for that. cheers and applause] so what this campaign is about is asking everybody in america -- think outside of the box. just think for a second. everybody here knows that if our country is to do well, now and in the future, we need the best educated work force in the world, right? everybody knows that. we want to encourage. we want to encourage people to get a higher education. we want to make it easier for those people who are not going to college to learn how to become plumbers and carpenters and sheet metal workers. a lot of good jobs out there. cheers and applause]
we should not be punishing people. we should be rewarding people who want to get an education. this is not a radical concept. it is what other countries are already doing. you go to germany, college education is free. i was in a meeting in washington last year and i was giving a speech and i said, well, you know, in scandinavia by and large college education is free. and some guy jumped up and said, no, senator. you're wrong. i'm from finland. you're wrong. it's not free. they actually pay us to go to college. ut here's the point.
thinking outside of the box if we want a strong economy, i want to encourage people to felt all the education they need without having -- have all the education they need without having to worry about paying off their debt. when talking to people, his campaign is listening to women and women are asking us -- cheers and applause] senator sanders: women are asking us, why is it that we make 79 cents on the dollar compared to men? why is that? and if we are african-american women, the discrepancy is even wider. and that is why i know that every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: every psychologist who studies the issue tells us that the most formative years, the most important years of a human being's life are zero to 4. that's when we develop emotionally and intellectually and all over this country moms and dads come up and say, how is it that these four years are so important -- mom is working, dad is working, why can't we find high-quality, affordable childcare? cheers and applause] senator sanders: as a country we
should have a world-class pre-k childcare system, and together we're going to develop that system. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and to those of you who are in school right now, young men, young women, i hope you will give some thought to going into childcare, to fighting to make sure that childcare workers have a career they're proud of, they earn god wages and good benefits for doing some of the most important work in america. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and when we listen to people, we are listening to our brothers and sisters in the african-american community. and they are asking us -- they
are asking us, why is it that we see on television unarmed african-americans being shot by police officers? cheers and applause] senator sanders: now, i was a mayor, mayor of the city of burlington, vermont. anybody here from vermont? all right. a few. we're a small state. all right. and i was mayor of the largest city there for eight years and i worked closely with the police. and the vast overwhelming majority of police officers are hardworking people, honest people trying to do a very, very difficult job. that's right. [applause] senator sanders: and by the way, by the way, when we talk about young people thinking about careers, we need some great police officers out there. think about law enforcement.
but -- and here is the but. like any other public official, if a police officer breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable. cheers and applause] senator sanders: i have talked to people in the african-american community, community with ph.d.'s who say, you know, if i'm driving across the country, i get kind of nervous. i get kind of nervous and the reason for that is that african-americans are stopped a lot more for traffic issues than are whites. we have got to take on this issue of institutional racism and a broken criminal justice system. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: that is why i believe -- and, again, i speak as a former mayor -- that we have to demilitarize local olice departments. some of these local police departments look like occupying armies. what the function of a good police department is about is to be part of the community, to be trusted by the community, not to be seen as an oppressive force in the community. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and we need to make police departments look
like the diversity of the communities they are serving. cheers and applause] senator sanders: we also need to take a whole lot of looks at criminal justice, in general. for example, we need to rethink the so-called war on drugs. cheers and applause] senator sanders: over the last 30 years, millions of americans have received police records for possession of marijuana. right now under the federal controlled substance act, marijuana is listed as a schedule 1 drug, alongside of heroin. audience booing]
senator sanders: now, i trust everybody in this room knows -- this is a real problem in my state, in new hampshire and around this country, heroin is a killer drug. stay away from it! cheers and applause] senator sanders: now, there are people and scientists who argue the pluses and the minuses of marijuana, but no sensible person believes that marijuana is anything like heroin and that's why i believe -- now, that is why i believe we should take marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: stays -- states have the right to legalize marijuana or not. that's a state decision, but from the federal perspective, possession of marijuana should not be a crime. cheers and applause] senator sanders: when we talk about criminal justice, let me make some connections here. t's not only that we are dealing with institutional racism, it's we are dealing with a situation where youth unemployment in this country is off the charts. no one talks about it very much. but here's the facts. if a kid is 17 to 20 years of age, graduated high school and is white, that kid is 33% of
those white kids are unemployed or underemployed. if that kid is latino, the number is 36%. if that kid is african-american, that number is 51% unemployed or underemployed. audience booing] senator sanders: so are you ready for a radical idea? [cheers and applause] senator sanders: together, we have got to invest in education and jobs, not jails and incarceration. cheers and applause] senator sanders: we are spending -- we are spending $80 billion a year to lock up 2.2 million americans.
in my view, it makes a lot more sense to send a young person to the university of ohio than lock them up. it's a lot cheaper. [applause] senator sanders: and when we talk about criminal justice, i will tell you a story. we did a meeting on this. actually, senator turner was with me. we did it in iowa a couple months ago. we had a couple guys there. remarkable men who had served prison time, and one guy said, you know, i was in jail and then on one day somebody said to me, oh, by the way, you're going to be released tomorrow and here is $75, lots of luck. he ended up back in jail. we need to understand that if we want to cut the rates of recidivism, we need to make sure
that people have the education and the jobs they need to find a good life in civil society. cheers and applause] senator sanders: now, my dad came to this country at the age of 17 from poland without a nickel in his pocket. never made much money. dropped out of high school. my mom graduated high school. so i'm a little bit sensitive to the issue of immigration. i want everybody here to know that in america today, we have 11 million people who come to this country to try to get a little bit better life for themselves and their children. and what we're seeing now is a horrendous level of bigotry and racism in attacking these people. when you have people like trump saying that mexicans are rapists
or criminals, that is an outrage which we will not accept. cheers and applause] senator sanders: we need comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship or the undocumented. now, i think the reason that our campaign is doing well is that we are touching a nerve in america and people are responding very strongly. vast majority of the american people -- you could be conservative, progressive, moderate, democrat, republican, hatever.
very few people think it is right that the 20 wealthiest people in this country now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million americans, half of our people. [audience booing] senator sanders: and when i talk about a rigged economy, i am talking about the fact that one family in this country, the walton family who owns wal-mart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people. does that sound like what america is supposed to be about? >> no! senator sanders: let me tell you what a rigged economy means. what a rigged economy means is that the wealthiest family in america, the walton family, pays wages at wal-mart that are so low that many of their employees have to be on medicaid, food stamps and subsidized housing.
and you know who pays for that medicaid, food stamps? you do. so on behalf of the wealthiest family in the world -- in the united states, worth some $60 billion or so, i want to thank you. they are very appreciative that you are helping to subsidize their company. [audience booing] senator sanders: that was a joke. in fact, it's an outrage. why should the middle class of this country have to subsidize employees who work for the wealthiest family in america? that's pretty crazy stuff. so i say -- i say to the walton family, get off of welfare, start paying your workers a living wage. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: now, when we talk about politics in america, you got a lot of republicans running around the country talking about family values. they love families. you all know what they mean by family values. what they mean is that no woman in this room, in this state, in this country should have the right to control her own body. i disagree! cheers and applause] senator sanders: what they mean is thatour gay brothers and isters
cheers and applause] senator sanders: what they mean is that our gay brothers and sisters should not have the right to get married. i disagree. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: now, i know i will not shock anybody when i suggest to you that on occasion there is a bit of hypocrisy in politics. i know you're all shocked to hear that, but in this issue, i think the hypocrisy reaches an all-time high and this is why. you got republicans running around this country and they say, government stinks. government is the source of all evil. we hate government. we're going to cut social security. we're going to cut medicare and medicaid and the postal service because we hate government. but when it comes to a very personal choice that a woman may have to make, they love the government and what -- want the government to make that choice for that woman. cheers and applause]
senator sanders: that, my friends, is called hypocrisy. when we talk about the need to rebuild the middle class, we are talking about a massive federal jobs programs to put our people back to work. we should be hiring teachers, not firing teachers. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: tonight -- tonight, if memory is correct, i'm heading to flint, michigan, and it's not a meeting that i look forward to because i know what i'm going to hear because i've already spoken to people in flint. i spoke quietly to a number of people what they told me literally is incomprehensible that we are seeing what we're
seeing in the united states of america in 2016. thousands of children being poisoned by a broken water system, a poisonous water system. now, my point is, flint is maybe the worst example of a collapsing infrastructure but it is not the only example. we can create millions of good-paying jobs by rebuilding our water systems, our waste water plants, our roads, our bridges, our airports, our rail system. cheers and applause] senator sanders: and the other thing we have got to do is not only create jobs, because real unemployment in america is close to 10%, not 5%.
the other thing we have to do is prevent the continued loss of millions of jobs because of our disastrous trade policies. cheers and applause] senator sanders: one of the differences between secretary clinton and myself is that she supported nafta, she supported permanent normal trade relations with china. [audience booing] senator sanders: i helped lead the opposition to those trade agreements. i was right, she was wrong. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: look, you on't need -- you know, i suppose we have some ph.d.'s in economics here, but you don't need one to understand what these trade policies are about. it's not complicated. you have a large corporation, nd right now you're paying a
worker in the united states $15, $20, $25 an hour. you have to provide health care, you have to protect the environmental legislation and regulations. why would you want to do that when you could shut down in america, move abroad, pay people pennies an hour, not orry about unions, not worry about the environment and bring your product back into america? that's what these trade agreements are. nothing more complicated than that. since 2001, we have lost 60,000 factories in america, a lot of that having to do with disastrous trade agreements. if elected president, we will fundamentally rewrite trade agreements in this country. cheers and applause] senator sanders: corporate america, every night turn on the tv, they say buy this product, buy that product. well, if they want us to buy
these products, maybe they better start manufacturing those products in ohio and america. all of you are aware that as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior, wall street drove this country too the worst economic downturn since the great depression. that's a fact. e bailed out wall street against my vote, but congress bailed out wall street because the big banks were too big to fail. i.e., if they went under they take half of the economy with them. turns out that today three out of the four largest banks are much bigger than they were when we bailed them out because they were too big to fail. turns out that the six largest banks in america issue 2/3 of the credit cards that you have,
and write 1/3 of the mortgages. in my view, if teddy roosevelt, the great trust buster, were alive today what he would say when you have that much concentration of economic and political power, what you have got to do is break them up and i agree. cheers and applause] senator sanders: people often ask me, what, bernie, is the most important issue? and i can't give you one issue because they're all important, but this i will tell you. there is one issue that impacts all other issues. and that is a corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining american democracy. he koch brothers, wall street,
billionaires should not be able to buy elections in the united states of america. together we are going to overturn citizens united! cheers and applause] senator sanders: as i said earlier, if this country is to do well economically, we need to have the best educated work force in the world and what that means to me right now are wo major things. number one, as a nation we have got to understand that in the year 2016 when we talk about public education, you're not just talking about first grade through 12th grade.
you have got to understand that a college degree today is in many ways the equivalent of what a high school degree was 0 years ago. so we got to do two things. umber one, anybody in this country, regardless of his or her income -- i came from a family that didn't have a whole lot of money. anybody in this country who is smart, does well in school and is qualified should be able to go to a public college or university tuition-free. and second of all, we have got to do deal with this crisis of student debt. anybody here with student debt? [applause] senator sanders: all right. we have legislation that will significantly reduce student
debt by allowing those with the debt to refinance their loans and get the lowest possible interest rates they can ind. i'm a member of the u.s. senate committee on the environment and the senate committee on energy. and let me be the first to tell you what i think you already know. climate change is real. cheers and applause] senator sanders: climate change is caused by human activity and it is already doing devastating -- causing devastating problems in our country, all over the world. we need to have the courage to tand up to the fossil fuel energy, transform our energy
ystem. we cannot allow the fossil fuel industry to think that their short-term profits are more important than the kind of planet we're going to be leaving to our kids and future generations. now, i've been criticized in this campaign for many, many things every day and that's ok. >> i love you! senator sanders: there you go. i love you too! cheers and applause] and here is one area that i have been criticized. bernie, they say, why do you think the united states of america can do what every other
major country on earth does, .k., france, germany, holland, scandinavia, canada, why do you think that in america we can guarantee health care to all people as a right? well, you know what, let me be as clear as i can be. i believe that health care is a right, not a privilege! cheers and applause] senator sanders: and i believe that when 29 million americans today, despite the gains, the real good gains of the affordable care act, but when 29 million americans have zero health insurance, many of you re underinsured with large deductibles and co-payments, and when we pay by far the
highest prices in the world for prescription drugs from a pharmaceutical industry which is ripping us off in unbelievable ways -- [applause] senator sanders: you want to hear crazy? this is crazy. one in five americans who receive a prescription from a doctor cannot afford to fill that prescription. that's crazy stuff. so we are going to take on the drug companies. we are going to take on the insurance companies, and we are going to pass a medicare-for-all program. cheers and applause] senator sanders: this campaign is not just about electing a
president although, of course, 'm here for that purpose and would appreciate your support on march 15, but it is more than that. it is more than that. what this campaign is about is pushing forward for a political revolution, which revitalizes american democracy which demands that our government represents all of us and not just the 1%. [applause] senator sanders: there is nothing, nothing that i've talked to you about this morning that is radical, that is outside of the mainstream, that the american people do not want to see happen. they know that the rich are getting richer while everybody else is getting poorer. the issue is, do we have the
ourage to tell the billionaire class that they cannot have it all, that this country belongs to all of us, not just a few? cheers and applause] senator sanders: and if we have that courage, we're going to win here on march 15, and ogether we're going to transform america. thank you! cheers and applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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one of the defining issues in the next little bit. we have had a classified hearing already in the judiciary. i believe we could be on a very slippery slope. i think apple is fighting back, and i think they should be fighting back. i believe -- i guess, where does this stop and start? it is not just a one-off. it is not simply saying, can apple give me phone from just this information? it does not really need to be handled in the courts. this needs to be solved on capitol hill. we need to make a determination in congress on what this issue is and how we are looking to best protect the country. i served in iraq and have been overseas. i understand the terrorist threat. but there is very much a concern here that the government is
coercing someone to do something come and not to stop something. they are saying -- you will give us a way in. is there at saying, skeleton key for everybody's house? does a balance needs to be struck? yes, but not in the courts. it needs to be struck in capitol hill in the starting with hearings next week. host: the fbi director spoke on capitol hill yesterday. [video clip] cases acase and all very important, but there is a broader policy question that is far larger than any individual case that we have to grapple with. i think the answer would best come from a technical expert and good lawyer. i am neither, but i will take a shot at it. i do think that it is potentially, whatever the judge 's decision is in california -- i am sure it will be appealed no matter what. there may well be other cases that involve the same kind of
phone and the same operating system. what the experts of tommy is the combination, and i'm -- what the experts have told me is the combination on this operating system is unusual and it is unlikely to be a trailblazer because of technology being limited in principle. but the decision by a judge, all of the decisions will ride how other courts handle similar requests. .uest: some of what i just said he talks about a judge in california and a judge in new york, judges from different areas. do we really want to take an issue in which most people carry areiphone or a data phone, we going to really leave that up to multiple jurisdiction's opinions? in this case, they make a compelling case that it is just
one phone of a dead terrorist. but the next question is, if you get a court order for them to do that to that phone, what is the next step to get a court order for the next thing they wanted to do? that is the concern and the bigger issue. it is why i disagree with the has good who i believe intentions, but i have a healthy skepticism on the privacy aspect come especially with national security interests, as the reason for an exception. host: doug collins, this is from thereill" this morning -- seems to be quite a bit of talk about a budget resolution and whether or not republicans can pass it. guest: i, for one, voted against the deal. we have to get back to priority spending them a something i have talked about says i have been elected. there not in the i'll is spending anymore. we are looking at ideas and saying we have about 80% of our
budget that we do not touch. we do not deal with medicare, medicaid, big items driving the smaller percentage of our discretionary spending. we have done a good job and continuing the process on discretionary spending levels. we have lowered it from 2010 levels. the deficit has come down. so are we going to make a conscious decision that many republicans, the vast majority, voted against? and now we are saying, is this the way we want to go forward? how is paul ryan doing, in your view? guest: exactly what he said he was going to do. he has been working with individuals and with different members. has he always made decisions i might have made? no, but he never promised he would. whiched in situations in we now have members who were openly critical of previous members and now serve on the steering committee.
paul ryan actually gave us power. if anybody thinks he is like the last speaker, look at things that have happened. i serve on the rules committee, and we are seeing better debate and more amendments. host: yesterday in the "new york times comes out there was an article about the house at about paul ryan. and i'mng to sum it up, going to be incorrect, but i hope i get it right. essentially, paul ryan is trying to develop a conservative platform and use the house as the model. the senate is not. it is more of playing a little bit of small ball here. is the congress going to be relevant this year in the political debate? guest: i want it to be. i do not believe my kids and my wife back home come up and go through the motions. i like that we're trying to look
at a big agenda. or other presidential times, will affect our debate process. from a conservative perspective, take any major issue in this country over the last two to three years, the house has taken it up, passed it, and sent it to the senate. many times the senate does not take it up. they will not discuss the filibuster issue. it is very frustrating. , and at one home, they would ask a question, and i would say, well, here is what we passed on it. they would ask what happened to it, and i would say, well, it went to the senate and they did not vote. the senate, even in an election -- but the american people are simply saying, get up there and fight for what matters, fight or getting our country back fiscally in order, let us
get up and go to work and let government ofthe a light touch, not the heavy touch. we are seeing the electorates discuss that in a passionate way. you originally supported scott walker for president. who are you supporting today? guest: after scott walker left at race, i am still looking it. i am getting ready for the process in georgia. ted cruz has a good message. we agree on a lot of things. marco rubio has a consolidated message. trump isump -- donald -- he is presenting what a lot of people feel. i would like to see more specifics. voice to many, and it can't be concerned -- it be concerning review have
states with solid conservative resumes for many years, and people had gotten so frustrated. so it will be interesting. host: representative doug collins is also reverend doug: spirit you served as senior pastor at the chicopee baptist church, which is where? guest: just south of gainesville, georgia. host: we want to get to your phone calls. a lot of topics, congressional, political, whatever you would like to talk about. we have a call from arizona on our republican line. caller: well, hello, c-span. monthlying use of my call, because i think i have some the very important to say to the congressman. i know congressman do not have a lot to do with picking a supreme court justice, but the democrats are getting ready to viciously attack because they would not
.ake up obama i think you need to make it simple for folks, tell them you are invoking the biden doctrine and the schumer doctrine are not picking a supreme court justice as a president is finishing up his term. people should understand that it is the same thing that the democrats were doing six and 10 years ago, and now they want to accuse republicans of screwing up i not doing it. host: i think we got the point. this reflects a lot of our constituents. i agree -- it is amazing and really highlights -- i think it reflects something. on our side, we have viewed this president as the most ideological and political president on most issues. in an election year, i would we
see anything less? we are now looking at a court that is changing and would really change the landscape of the next 20, 30, 40, 50 years. i think i supported the senate or they will hold up on this year it lets look at how this political season is playing out. but also giving the next administration that possibility. i think the president should nominate somebody. i think it will be an interesting choice. but i think there will be a clear dissension on the priorities. host: using think he should nominate somebody? guest: it is his constitutional responsibility. and then they can follow the democrat doctrine of not playing politics. host: anthony in st. paul, minnesota, democrat. caller: what i would like to ask
the senator is -- we were talking about national defense and the phone. i have to wonder why there is so much interest put on this particular phone. it has been on the news. those people are not just walking around with these same phones in their pockets 2, 3 months later. another thing with national defense, we should be addressing , so, educating our young they can keep up with all of these high-tech weaponry's that we're building. if we're going to start stopping aliens, only allowing aliens to come in with education, that is discrimination to me. but we need to spend a little is on building bombs and putting them to the people that will have to operate these systems and do infrastructure with the pipes. as i yesterday about the water pipes and stuff like that. that is national security. when you do not have good water,
your electrical grid is faulty, i mean, this is absolutely ridiculous. host: a lot of topics on the table. guest: what is interesting for phonethe interest in this is that it is a very public case. this has been discussed in classified hearings. we have been talking about this in the judiciary committee. the issue of encryption is not new. they might feel this is something that will be something and want to get fixed gear the phone in this case actually becomes the focal point. it is not particularly this phone and what it may offer. i think the reason i and many others are skeptical in this case is it is not just this phone. it is the precedent set going forward. i do not think it is about apple or these other issues. these are issues in the marketplace. the market will handle that. the bigger question is privacy.
holding that privacy and how we access the information. do need tochools, we continue our stem education. we need to grow in that as we continue to move forward. thethe phone has become object, if you would, for the whole debate. host: part of the debate last night and houston was about insurance, health insurance, and interstate -- if you were able to sell insurance over state lines. should that happen? guest: yes. host: why doesn't it? guest: it goes back historically with the insurance industry and the way it was set up to sell in sure and said how they would deal with different markets. in georgia, we passed legislation to allow others to sell. it is part of a comprehensive plan that needs to be looked at. insurance needs to cross state
lines spirit we need a more patient-centered approach with the health care situation. we need the axis and terminology that says, here is what is opening and expanding the markets, but at the same point, we get caught up on the issues. one of the things that was moving forward, but then obama over,- obamacare took some of us have continued to look at other alternatives on how to make it a competitive and fair market so people can get affordable health insurance. in my district, which is very , sometimes folks have access to health care issues. some have ang that lower premium, but they get a low monthly rate, but then there co-pays and deductibles are out of their range. so it is a false promise. the get a policy, but they cannot afford to go through with the policy because of the deductibles and co-pays being too high. from my perspective, i think
that is a step we can easily take. host: the representative reverend collins is also a lawyer. we have a call on the independent line from wisconsin. caller: good morning. you know, it is so interesting now about apple and the phone. called the first 48, and authorities always get search warrant's to go through these people's phones, you know, suspects or whatever. ism not understanding why it so difficult to just do what they normally do. get a search warrant and go through these people's phones. you know, is this some kind of special phone that is exempt from the search warrants? i am just not understanding. frankly, as far as i am concerned, apple really said just go ahead and do with the
do, becauseants to our privacy is already, you know, out the window. host: all right, we get the point. guest: if the phone was yours, would you want them to look into your phone just one time? i am not sure. the issue is not the process that law enforcement went through, it is the fact that the encryption in the phone cannot be unlocked. apple does not have the "backdoor." that is what is being discussed. is there a way that they could go in under the encryption and get what is being asked for? it needs to be held up here in congress. what is the rights of companies and the balance of national security? that is what congress is supposed to be doing. he wrote question here is, again, maybe this phone is not attached to you, but the next
question is, when is the next warrant going to be to your phone that is encrypted and you do not know it was there? host: we have a tweet -- i do not want your unhealthy state of georgia buying health insurance in iowa and forcing up my costs. guest: i appreciate accurate he is welcome to come down anytime and visit the great state of georgia. host: jackson, tennessee, democrat line. doug,: yes, reverend congressman. my concern about the same-sex marriage case and the ruling of that, and if you really take a real look at that from the perspective of chief justice roberts saying it had nothing to do with the constitution. justice alito said dealing -- the question now is whether
or not congress should actually deal with the rule of law. justice scalia pointed out that no social transformation without representation -- they questioned the constitutionality of that decision and also the fitness of the supreme court to deal with the rule of law. so what really needs to take place is to address what is going on within the supreme thet itself, because until supreme court is in the position to actually address the rule of law, then they cannot carry out the responsibility of the supreme court. host: thank you. guest: he hits on something that a lot of people are concerned about and have been in many cases, the actual undertaking in the supreme court and the rules that have come out and then the balance between, which seems to state, andimes to a at times it takes the backdoor settlement. it is interesting.
the reason why the next supreme court choice is a crucial in the history of our country, because it will determine on many issues how states and how they federal government interact with each other. he has hit on that sort of black box, if you would, of when they get together and decide their cases, what is being put into it and what is not being put into it, who is having the arguments made, and it also of the damage in a moment ago. oning on court, ruling constitution, ruling on law, or is it ruling on preference? if you have multiple rulings out there, especially now witha 4-4 quart, they will hold. host: the syria cease-fire is supposed to take effect tonight. guest: we will see. i think the issue there is not only syria but the weak application from this
administration, and we have now had russia come in, someone who served in iraq. we have isis leading over into iraq. ,e have the kurdish fighters which i think need to be armed and we need to help more and give them the tools they need to fight. there are concerns in the region about that, but we can begin to work. , this is notnot something we can bomb our way out of. there will be times we have to make the call that bombing works, but when you are dealing with three or four people they gather themselves in civilian groups, our country would never support a mass bombing of civilians and terrorists in the same place. the question is, how do we take groups from us and others in the arab world that have a direct impact on this and begin to solve it? we will see how long this cease-fire lasts, but i am not sure it will last very long. host: rochester, new york,
independent line. caller: about the apple telephone controversy, what bothers me is whatever power the government gets, at some point, they always of use it. i was reading an article the other day about the u.s. 6000als secretly tracking cell phones. i am also tired of government trying to manipulate us and making as constantly afraid. then these technologies go down to the local police level, and god knows what they are doing. guest: it is. and before people out there said to could care less about national security, i will remind them that i am still in the air force. a father that was a state trooper, too. balance, and good police work has always run up against the next technological problem. they have always found ways to do the work and do the job. are we getting into something much more difficult here with
encryption that we never would have had 15 to 20 years ago even? yes. but the interesting thing here is, what is that next step? i have yet to have the fbi director, who says this is isolated and unique, every time i hear this is just the first step, on many of these issues you see is liberally -- a slippery slope. host: you have the general counsel of apple coming to the hearing next week. who else? of thethe fbi director general counsel, and i think we have some other experts in the field. host: c-span will be covering that hearing. daniel is in baltimore, republican line. caller: hello, thank you for allowing me to be on. representative collins, thank you for your continued service. we are talking about the government. i think the american people, at
least this american people, and i have served 24 years, and when we see the government not play the same game with themselves as they do us, it is kind of making us unhappy. hillary clinton as a good example. why 45% to 50% of the american people are supporting someone that has given up so many classified documents -- you know , even one i do document, you are in trouble. another thing i would like to say real quickly is we have got five candidates out there, and it is kind of scary. guest: i want to go back to one thing you said. as someone who has been around classified information, and we get trained on it in the military all the time, the revelations of classified game.al, she runs her own
hillary should suspend her presidential campaign viewed the fbi should get direct answers, and they should get this solved. for most of us that deal with this, i have gotten e-mail after e-mail from friends in the military, and they say there is no way you do not know that that is something that should not be on a nonsecure account. for her to continually say this is no big deal and this is a witchhunt, that is doing a great disservice to this country and to those who properly work with our security and properly understand that there are positions that you have been interested with homage of handle information that has very few eyes upon it. frankly, she should stop what she is doing. being president may be her goal, but she owes it to the american people to answer for what she did. she needs to solve it now. host: baltimore, independent line. hello. wasi, -- hi, i was
going to address the question to the congressman about hillary clinton, but you said it much more cogently than i could have. but i would like to make a wantingt about the fbi the information on the apple iphone. agents hundreds of fbi to whatthe equivalent the brits had in world war ii, and when they want to get access to a complex code, if they cannot break it, we should just retire them all and save a whole lot of money and just ask apple to come up with that particular piece of information that they need out of that phone, if that is possible. if not, look, we have to have
some downside risk. i am living in a free country. i am a world war ii veteran. i am 88. and i think i understand the problem. and i was so happy that the congressman is so cogent on this point. thank you. guest: it is not everyday i get to talk to a world war ii veteran. thank you so much for your service and what you meant to our country. the question here is not -- again, so many times we want the bumper sticker answer in our world, the easy one. one-off,imply not a not something that you can get in a room and sold with one company. we have multiple companies who have encryption. i know some other tech industries are beginning to weigh in. know, i try is, you to keep things simple sometimes.
and this is not a simple topic. it is like a children's book, if you give a mouse a cookie, next thing, they will want a glass of milk. in this case, you're dealing with millions of transactions and lives. host: part of the discussion , does itis phone is have to be a master key? do you know? can they unlock just this phone? guest: according to apple, they cannot. they said it is not builds in. there have been interesting discussions from apple. when you start saying, if we could or if we did, then i am saying, ok, there may be a pathway to get into it. so that tells me, even if you gave it to -- somebody once said give it to apple and just let apple have it and give us only the information we want. but this is a dead terrorist, a dead phone. we can gety, well,
this anyway. but what about the next alive person who may or may not be rightfully accused? then they will say, well, we just have one more. again, i understand security risks. bet is something that has to balanced. the question is, is there a balance we can live with that does not make a lot of these advances mute? the: if donald trump win republican nomination, will you endorse him? thet: i think he will be republican nominee, and anybody else on the right side i [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. 2016]
>> we'll have it for you live. we expect the candidate to appear at south carolina state university in orangeburg in just a few minutes. we'll have it live here on c-span. in the meantime, more from today's "washington journal." and an update on her opposition, senator bernie sanders. "washington journal" continues. byt: now we're joined here ben wikler, the washington director of moveon.org. mr. wikler, why did moveon endorsed bernie sanders? is a national grassroots progressive organization with about 80 million members. we only indoors when our members vote to endorse a candidate. his january, we put the question to moveon members with four options. bernie sanders, martin o'malley, hillary clinton, or do not endorse. bernie sanders can through in a landslide, 70 8.6%. that is more than any candidate
had ever received in a presidential nomination vote in percent.story -- 78.6 so perhaps this was a totally clear winning endorsement by our members. host: what was the reason for what you called the overwhelming response? guest: we have been asking our members about why they're so drawn to the sanders campaign. the message is very clear, which is that sanders represents the fight against our big system and the fight for an america that works for everybody and not just the people at the very top. he wants to break up the big banks and fight income inequality. more than that, he wants to make sure that at each step of life, government is serving all interests, rather than just interests that happened to write giant checks to campaigns. that includes to seniors, paid family medical leave for newborn expanding funding for
planned parenthood, reforming the criminal justice system, combating climate change, all these fundamental issues. in one way or another, stalled by the power of big money and special interests to prevent legislation that most americans would strongly support. ben wikler, donald trump also has, in some ways, a populist message. did any of your members vote for him? was he considered viable? guest: no. as clearly as our members support bernie sanders, they are adamantly opposed to donald trump. there is a simple reason. every time donald trump opens his mouth, it is clear that he would like to chop us up he would like to ban muslim spirit he like to break up families and build a giant wall. is tapping into real anger and concern for how this system works, but he is not proposing
solutions to bring people together. far from it. host: one of the issues that or put outworked on press releases on is the supreme court and whether or not the president should nominate somebody. i want to get your response to what then senator joe biden had to say about 1992, and this is from the c-span archives. [video clip] my view that if a supreme court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks or resigns at the end of the summer, president bush should consider following the practice of the majority of his predecessors and not, and not, name a nominee until after the november election is completed. president, too, mr. must consider how it would respond to a supreme court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year.
it is my view that if the president goes the way of presidents fillmore and johnson and presents an election year nomination, the senate judiciary committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over. host: a lot of "nots" in there. guest: a lot of "should seriously considers" in there. we should consider the contest. that was the summer, not the end of winter, in an election year. it was totally hypothetical. and he was saying we should consider, we should seriously consider, and that is different from having an actual vacancy in the supreme court in february and having the entire republican caucus in the senate judiciary committee and across the senate now say they blanketly will
not even meet with a nominee. what they are doing, speeches people have made, what they are doing now is unprecedented. there is no precedent for blake refusing to do their constitutional duty, saying there is no way they will consider any nominee. that is irresponsible and extremely partisan, and it is making a political move in a wayess that is about the the justice system was constructed by the constitution of the united states. host: the numbers are up to talk with ben wikler of moveon.org. we have a lot of political topics on the table are ready. we will introduce one more and then go to calls. 3763 delegates at the democratic convention this summer in philadelphia. 2383. to win
plus, 15% that 4700 of them are so-called superdelegates. guest: >> we'll leave this to take you to orangeburg, south carolina. mr. clyburn: as many of you know, when she graduated from law school, hillary clinton, not clinton then, came to south carolina. with the children's defense fund. she came here on a mission to help young boys who were incarcerated but forced to serve their sentences with adults.
she came here to reform that system. she didn't stop there. she went to alabama, worked undercover to reform the school system which many of us remember was originally segregated. and she did not stop there. she went on down to louisiana nd no arkansas running a legal aid program. she's been first lady of arkansas. she's been first lady of the united states of america. she's been a united states senator. and she has been secretary of state. [applause] can be elieve that it
contested successfully when i say nobody in the history of for ation has ever run the presidency with the resume in this lady has. [applause] and so i am proud to stand with her. i said to someone the other day , from day one my heart has been with hillary clinton in this race. [applause] and when i was asked why, i said one word, she is a fighter. as much s suffered castigation as this lady has suffered. she's resilient and she's
weathered those storms. and so when i think about continuing the significant progress that we have made since eight years ago, continuing to build upon the health care system that's now in place, many of you may not remember but a long time before access to health care was called obamacare, they used to call it hillarycare. because back in 1993, my first year in the congress she set out to establish universal access to health care. she did not succeed in getting it done. but