tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN April 3, 2016 6:00am-7:01am EDT
president obama's leadership in making sure that excellent legislation was what that legislation did was end this obscenity called pre-existing conditions. it ended the discrimination against women in terms of the price they paid for health premiums. it added over 17 million americans to the ranks of the uninsured. it provided health insurance for young people to be on their parents programs. all of that is very good. we should be proud of that accomplishment. [applause] but, we should not forget that despite the gains of the aca, 29 million americans today still have no health
insurance. many of you have health insurance, but you are underinsured with large deductibles and copayments. and every day in this country, we are being ripped off in an unconscionable way by drug companies, for charging us higher prices in the world of prescription drugs. [applause] mr. sanders: if you want to talk about crazy, crazy is one out of five americans getting prescriptions from their doctors and not being able to afford those prescriptions.
crazy is seeing senior citizens dividing their pills in half because they do not have the money to buy the medicine they need. and that is why, in my view, at a time with this country -- don't tell me that health care, don't talk about the cost of health care without understanding that in our country, we are spending far more per capita on health care than on the people of any other country. we spent almost three times more than the british do. 50% more than the french, for more percent -- four times more than the canadians. that is why i believe we must move towards a medicare for all single payer programs. [applause] now, secretary clinton and i disagree on many issues. but on one issue, we surely do not disagree, nor do i think anybody in this room disagree. that is, we have got to do everything in our power to make sure that donald trump or some other republican does not become
president of the united states. [applause] mr. sanders: on that issue, we are all united. and let me just say this, and i say this as honestly and a straightforwardly as i can. i happen to believe, based on all of the polling that i have seen, and on other factors, that i am the strongest candidate to defeat donald trump. [applause]
and i say this with no disrespect to secretary clinton or anyone else. in virtually every poll i have seen -- and i know opinion polls go up and down. the last cnn poll had bernie sanders defeating donald trump nationally by 20 points. a significantly higher margin than clinton. last poll done just a week or so ago here in wisconsin had us beating donald trump in this battleground state by 19 points. [applause] mr. sanders: a higher number margin then secretary clinton. it is not just polling. here are the facts with which
some will agree and others will not. here is an objective assessment of what is going on. there is one campaign that has created an enormous amount of excitement and enthusiasm and that is our campaign. what i am very proud of is that for the democratic party to succeed we need a fiber and see and an energy, a level of grassroots activism that we do not have at this moment. we need to bring in millions of young people who have never voted in their lives and i'm proud to say they are coming into our campaign. [applause]
band -- and if you go to some of the rallies, 25,000 people coming out, and you look at the eyes of those young people and their spirit and their love for this country and their desire to improve this country. you have enormous confidence in the future of our country. [applause] mr. sanders: i am enormously proud not only that we have created that kind of energy and grassroots enthusiasm but that we have revolutionized campaigns financing in the united states. i don't have a super pac. i don't get money from wall street. [applause]
or anyone else. and i am proud of that. we have received over $6 million in individual campaign contributions averaging $27 each. in my view, if i may be so bold, and i know not everyone will agree with me. i believe that is the future of the democratic party. [applause] mr. sanders: i believe we have got to tell wall street and the drug companies and the fossil fuel industry and all the big money interests sorry we are not on your side we don't want your money.
let me conclude as i began. in this country today we have a series of serious crises. i wish that i could tell you that the same old establishment politics could solve these problems. i don't believe that. what i believe right now is like every other great movement in american history, the trade unions, the civil rights movement, women's rights, gay rights, what we need right now is a movement of millions of people to stand up and fight back and demand a government that represents all of us not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors. thank you all very much. [applause]
democratic party also heard from secretary of state hillary clinton. her remarks are 30 minutes. hillary clinton: thank you. thank you. hello, milwaukee. [cheers and applause] thank you. i want to thank marco lanning and the democratic party of wisconsin. it is great to be here with some of your best.
milwaukee's mayor, tom barrett. your fearless congresswoman, glenn more. your fantastic senator tammy baldwin. and won't it be a great day when we can once again talk about your two fantastic senators with russ feingold. i want to thank my friend, cecile richards, for being here tonight. there is a lot about cecile that i admire, including the poise
she showed when speaking truth to adverse republicans. trust me, that is not easy. and i am so grateful to have been endorsed by the planned parenthood action fund. [applause] i also want to thank my friend, your neighbor, senator al franken, for campaigning here for me. and i'm told that congressman andre carson from indiana's here, and congresswoman maxine waters from california. to all of the city, state and local leaders, who pour your hearts into building the democratic party across wisconsin, please know this. i will help you take back the governorship and the state legislature.
you see, i am a proud democrat and i support democrats up and down the ticket. always have and always will. and to the union members and representatives of organized labor who have faced a hostile agenda in this state, please know help is on the way. we are here tonight because we want, together, to build a future where every american can live up to his or her god-given potential, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or do you love. we believe no one who works full time should have to live in poverty in america and that every american deserves the peace of mind that comes with
quality, affordable health care. we believe that, when a governor attacks teachers, nurses, and firefighters, it doesn't make him a leader. it makes him a bully. [applause] we believe america's diversity is a strength, not a weakness. and this all makes us, joined together as democrats. and i'm proud of the campaign that senator sanders have been -- senator sanders and i have been running. it has been hard-fought all across our country. and here in wisconsin, it is no exception. but we have tried to stay focused on the issues, as compared to the republicans who
have been focused on insults. [applause] and i am deeply honored to have received nearly 9 million votes so far. -- and now tell you, that is a you that is alyou million more than donald trump has received. it is also two point 5 million more than senator sanders, but i am not taking anything or anyone for granted. i hope to earn your support this tuesday. and here is what i believe about this race. anyone running for president faces three big tests. first, can you deliver results that improve people's lives? second, can you keep a safe?
third, can you bring our country together? i think every candidate should be judged i those tests. so let's talk a minute about what it takes to make a real difference for people and families. i know right now a lot of americans are frustrated. they are worried that their best days and our country's best days are behind us. and i understand why. 9 million americans lost their jobs in the great recession. 5 million homes were lost. $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. and a lot of americans haven't recovered from that. working people on average haven't had a raise in 15 years. and they wonder, because they tell me they do, how they are ever going to give their kids the opportunities they deserve. that's why i believe we have to break down all the barriers holding people back. we have to come together to build ladders of opportunity in their place. we have to make the promise of
america real for all of our people. and that starts with creating more good jobs with rising income that provide dignity and pride. the good jobs of the future are going to end up somewhere in the world. i want them to be here in wisconsin, and across america. [applause] and every candidate owes it to you to come up with a real ideas for how to do that. that's why i have laid out a national manufacturing strategy, so we can make it in america. and just this week, i've proposed a new $10 billion investment to bring together workers and unions, businesses and universities, and government at every level to create those new jobs. and i want everybody to come up with their own manufacturing plan. because, when you think about
it, this election should be held, carried out, fought over agendas. what is it you say you are going to do? and how do you expect to get it done? i have also offered specific reforms to force companies that ship jobs overseas to give back every penny in tax breaks and they ever got right here at home. [applause] and if they try to move their headquarters to a foreign country to cut their tax bills, they will get a tax to help the communities they want to leave behind. [applause]
i've also laid out approaches that will make it harder for wall street to force businesses to treat workers at cost of the cut instead of assets to be invested in. [applause] and it's important we keep our eye on where a lot of the problems for tomorrow are coming from. let us reward companies that provide high quality training and share profits with their employees. that's the kind of approach that will begin to push back on quarterly capitalism. and the pressures from activist shareholders and others who are only interested in just stripping companies of their assets, including their employees. so i will lead the fight against republican attacks on president obama's financial reform under the dodd frank legislation. and fact, i don't think the president gets the credit he deserves for saving this economy
and cracking down on wall street. [applause] we are going to protect that progress and go even further. and, yes, we need smarter, fairer trade policies. there have bn a lot of distortions of my record on trade. so tonight, i want to set things straight. to every worker in wisconsin and across america, if i am fortunate enough to be our president, i will stand with you. i will have your back. and i will stop dead in its tracks any deal that hurts america. and what i want you to know is i opposed, when i was in the senate and actually had a vote, i have posed to the only
-- i have opposed the only multilateral trade deal they came out. it was called casta, because i thought it was bad for american jobs. and as secretary of state, i considered the pacific trade program and i opposed it. it is true that senator sanders is very consistent. he has opposed all trade deals all the time. but i don't agree with that either. because when trade is done right, it helps thousands of wisconsin companies in a better
position to export billions of dollars. [applause] -- billions of dollars worth of products. in my opinion, we need a president who does not rail against trader who does not enforce trade, but a president who knows how to compete against the rest of the world and win for america and for american workers. [applause] that is what i did when i was a senator. that is why i have so many people who go to bat for me, to talk about why they trust me, why they count on me. because i stood up for them. i stood up against unfair treatment by china and others. i testified for steelworkers against dumping of steel in our country. i want you to know, when i am president, if i am so fortunate to be there, no one will take advantage of us. not china, not wall street, and not overpaid corporate executives. [applause] but i believe we can't stop
there. it is not enough for us to tell you what we are against. we have to tell you what we are for. we have to make investments in education and training, to give americans the skills they need to succeed at the good jobs of the future. that starts with being sure all our kids have access to good schools and good teachers from early childhood through high school and beyond, no matter what zip code they live in. because when we invest in our kids' education, we are investing in our country's future. we are creating a stronger economy. [applause] we know that, still today, a worker with a college degree earns half $1 million more over there working lifetime.
and when we invest in higher education, it in riches life be on the classroom. it allows an to spread from campus labs to businesses throughout the state and the country. this is a principle so fundamental to this state that it is called the wisconsin idea. [applause] you know, i was born in chicago. i grew up in the suburbs. i came to wisconsin when i was a young person. i came to church camp you i came to girl scout camp. we would travel around wisconsin on many weekend occasions.
and i love have you to fall this date was. and as i got older and i learned about the progressive tradition in wisconsin, i became such an admirer. i thought, wow, wisconsin was ahead of the curve on somebody important issues that really improve lives for americans. stood up for fundamental rights. and the wisconsin idea sparked my imagination. so it is terrible to see the damage governor walker and his allies in the legislature have done in just five years. they have cut hundreds of millions of dollars from wisconsin's colleges and universities. they rolled back financially. they even blocked a proposal to help people refinance their student debt. so instead of investing in higher education, they are gutting it.
this is so wrong. and he has to stop because a world-class education is the birthright of every child, every person in wisconsin, every american, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it. senator sanders and i both agree on this. we want to help more young people get a quality, affordable college education. but we have different ideas about how to do that. under my plan, you won't have to borrow a dime for tuition at any public college. you will be able to finance existing debt at more affordable rates. which will save millions of people thousands of dollars. and because my plan is a compact, we will work with states and schools to control costs and provide incentives for greater public investment in higher education over time. by contrast, my opponent is counting on governor walker in the legislature to come up with $300 million in new funding for higher education up front. that's ironic because that is how much governor walker wanted to cut last year. he ended up coming as i'm told,
cutting $250 million. so if you're precollege planned counts on republican governors like governor walker, that will take some major change of heart. now i do believe in deathbed conversions -- [laughter] [applause] so maybe it will come to pass. but i am not counting on that. i want you to get debt free tuition regardless of what your republican governor has to say about it [applause] and besides, if your idea does not get passed in the congress we have or they don't work because the numbers do not add up or they depend on republicans, well then we are not going to give people the help they need right away. that is what i want to do. i think that is what it is supposed to be about.
how are we going to help you right now? and there is one more pillar of a good jobs agenda -- and that is getting serious about supporting unions. unions help build the strongest middle-class in the history of the world. [applause] just think about it. think about the history in wisconsin. unions led the fight for affordable health care, safe working conditions, better wages. and today, they are
at the forefront of the movement to raise the minimum wage, which would lift millions of families out of poverty. [applause] but here in wisconsin, governor walker has spent the last five years stripping workers of their rights, limiting collective bargaining, and devastating public unions. you have seen that firsthand. in these attacks on unions are not just bad for unions and their members. they are bad for everybody. they drive down wages for everybody. they undermine the kind of changes we need for everybody. they stopped our progress. [applause] and what's really scary is ted cruz and the other republicans -- say they want to do across the country what scott walker has done here, imposing national right to work laws of that would depress wages and benefits undercut unions, concentrate power in the hands of corporations and their allies. this is something else that is not only wrong, but we must stop them from ever having the chance
to try that. [applause] organized labor will always have a champion in the white house if i'm elected president. [applause] in fact, all wisconsinites and americans will have a president who helps break down all the barriers holding americans back to not just some, but all. now look, taking back income in equal -- taking on income inequality is critical to but so is taking on racial inequality and discrimination in all of its forms. [applause] and so is standing up to the gun lobby and fighting for common sense safety reform. [applause]
now most people don't have the luxury of living in a single-issue world. you face a complex set of intersectional challenges. and our next president has to be able to take them all on in order to make a real difference in people's lives. and the second big test for our country safe. at a time when terrorists are plotting new attacks and countries like russia, china and iran are making aggressive moves, protecting america's natural security -- national security cannot be an afterthought. our next president has to be just as passionate about defending our country as about fixing our economy.
on the republican side, well we are hearing is truly scary. when donald trump talks casually about using torture and nuclear weapons, or when ted cruz calls for treating american muslims like criminals and religiously profiling their neighborhoods, that does not make trump and cruz sound strong. it makes them sound in over their heads. [applause] you know, loose cannons tend to misfire. [laughter] and in a dangerous world, that is a gamble we cannot afford. but the test republican candidates fail most terribly is the third one. instead of bringing us together, they seem determined to divide us even further. their entire campaigns are based on pitting us versus them. donald trump played coy with white supremacists. he wants to roundup millions of
latino immigrants and kick them out of the united states, a nation built by immigrants. he wants to ban all muslims from entering america, a country founded on religious freedom. where founded on religious freedom. now a lot of republicans may be a wringing their hands over the you rise of donald trump, but look at wisconsin. it's clear mr. trump is just say what other republican politicians have long believed. [applause] you have seen governor walker pit wisconsinites against one another for years, scapegoating teachers, demonizing public workers, going after unions, claiming they destroy our country. he has made it his personal mission to roll back women's rights. he is defunded planned
parenthood and banned abortion for 20 weeks with no exception for victims of rape in incessant. he defends burdensome some, medically unnecessary, and unconstitutional texas-style regulation to restrict women's rights to make our own health decisions. and right now -- right now, there is a walker-appointed judge running for the highest court in this state. [booing] she has actually said -- i had to read this three times -- [laughter] she has actually said birth control is morally abhorant and doctors who provided, namely birth control, and women who use it, namely birth control, our party to murder. levy say that again. she -- let me say that again.
she compared birth control, which millions of women use every year, to murder. there is no place on any supreme court or any court in this country -- [applause] no place at all for rebecca bradley's decades-long dangerous record against women, survivors will of sexual assault and the lgbt community. so tonight, i am adding my voice saying no to discrimination, no
to hate speech, and no the bradley. [cheers and applause] this is not some sideshow or distraction. the assault on women's are inthe assault on women's are productive right is a serious issue, which states across america are doing everything they can to put up new barriers, holding back women's access to health care. and when the supreme court is considering the biggest .-- roe v to row wade in a generation. which is why we need to stand by -- behind president obama and his right to fill the vacancy on the court.
[cheers and applause] and every republican running for president wants to make abortion illegal and it is not simply to oppose attacks on women's rights. we need leadership to defeat them. when i talk like this, and i often do -- [laughter] republicans accuse me of playing the gender card. well, if fighting for equal pay, paid family leave and planned parenthood is playing the gender card, then deal me in. [cheers and applause] you know, i come to these issues is a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a lawyer, a former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and i've traveled the parts of the world where government control over women's
bodies confines them to second-class status. have been in the trenches trenches alongside groups like planned parenthood for decades, fighting the attacks on women's reproductive rights, women's equality to make decisions here at home and around the globe. and i am honored that they have endorsed me in this campaign because i will keep fighting. i will fight against anyone anywhere who wants to set women's lives and writes back. rights back. we are going to keep going forward. that is the direction that we will have together. [applause] now for me, everything i've
heard from donald trump, ted cruz, the other republicans, have convinced me they have no respect for women or our rights. one of my favorite americans, maya angelou, said, when someone shows you who they are, believe them. [cheers and applause] well, today's republican leaders are showing us who they are and we should believe them. we need to stand up for that -- stand up to them at every level. we know they are going to come after us with every sort of smear. we need to stand up to them at every level. we know they are coming. they will do whatever they can to get the white house. this may seem obvious to you, but we need a nominee who has been tested and that it already. and for a 25 years, they have thrown everything they could,, but i am still standing. [cheers and applause]
and i am ready to take on this fight and win with you and for you. so, yes, we need to keep a democrat in the white house. but we can't stop there. if i'm fortunate enough to earn the democratic nomination, i will have your back against governor walker and the tea party legislature here in wisconsin. i will campaign to elect democrats at every level. together, we will take back the state legislature. and in 2018, we will defeat scott walker. [applause] and i am the only candidate in this race who has pledged to raise money to help pledge our party. -- to help build our party. i want to be your partner for the long haul, not just when i'm on the ballot, not just in election years. we are going to take back the
state, this progressive state of the follett and nelson and coal and feingold and baldwin! [cheers and applause] so my friends, please join us. go to hillaryclinton.com. contribute what you can. but most importantly, i need your vote on tuesday and the primary. please, come out and vote. come out and go for results that will make a positive difference in people's lives. come out and go for a commander in chief that will keep our country safe. come out and vote for someone who will, as she has always done, find common ground while standing my ground. ear down all the
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woodrow wilson center talks about the recent nuclear security summit in washington and what the international community is doing to ensure that nuclear material stays out of the hands of terrorists. ♪ host: good morning welcome to "washington journal". with wisconsin preparing to vote this tuesday we begin with politics and pose this question. is hillary clinton a progressive? bernie sanders says he's the true progressive in this race. what is your take on this? if you support the former secretary of state 202-7 48-8000. if you are supporting another candidate