tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN April 5, 2016 2:00pm-4:01pm EDT
announcer: the senate foreign relations committee held a hearing today on the iran nuclear agreement. the state department undersecretary testified. you can watch the hearing tonight over on c-span 2 starting at eight -- at 8:00 eastern. >> this month, we showcase our studentcam winners. this year's theme is road to the white house. students were asked what issues do you want presidential candidates to discuss? one of our second prize high school central winners is from jean, oklahoma. disability employment. her video titled "talent on the
table." sen. sanders: did most areas problem facing this country is a lax of good paying jobs. >> the fact is, it is double digits. jeb bush: the worst since 1978. >> to many of our people do not have the education or skills required for the jobs being created. >> as americans, we're all about getting our hands dirty. increasing the labor force, putting people to work. throughout our history there has been one group left behind. >> the unemployment rate for adults with developmental disabilities, is 73%. if you are in a doll with a -- if you are an adult with a dell developmental -- with a developmental disability, you ar your unemployment rate is muh higher than the national
average. >> the development disability limits one or more of your life skills. life abilities. and it is going to continue at your life and at your life and it occurs during the developmental stages of life which is zero to the age of 22. >> in the year 2015, it is unacceptable that over 80% of adults with disabilities are unemployed. people need work. they need jobs. >> in the state of oklahoma, billions of dollars are lost annually when you have folks that are not gainfully employed. it goes beyond it just the individual with intellectual disabilities. many times, they are caregivers, so you have family caregivers that have to leave the workforce to provide day-to-day support for their loved ones. so you have now lost two incomes. >> there have been some efforts made to lessen the problem. >> in 2010, the president issued an executive order which made it so there would be job increases for people with disabilities.
we've made progress. in fiscal year 2012, new hires of people with disabilities isaled about 16,253, which almost a 15% increase compared to 2011. so, and at no point in the past 32 years have people with disabilities been hired with a higher percentage than they were in that fiscal year. so it is progress but it is true with not reached our goal and we have a lot of work to do to make sure we reach it. >> a new leaf is a non-profit organization and we have one thing we do here. create independence. we help of adults with disabilities become more independent. we do that by employing them. teaching them job-training skills so they can go in the community and work alongside people without disabilities and earn a wage and become contributing members of society. >> we do things not other people
-- we do things any other company does. christmas parties, social gatherings. it is like any other is this. -- it is like any other business. we just happened to be adults with disabilities. bags i come out to new leaf and work with developmental disabilities and teach them the life skills i am so passionate about. filmmaking. >> you need to come over here. >> the goal is to bill out and create stories about the community and pitch them. candidates do not often talk about candidates with developmental disabilities during the election season because they do not vote and they do not have the funding to help their campaign. >> not every business, like a new leaf, has the money to train people. where does the funding come from? >> the government is better funded and much larger than most nonprofit agencies and they have the ability. it just has to be a priority.
we have coined it as the invisible population because many of those folks do not have to drive to a capital or state r -- or washington, d.c., and the affect of lobbyist. >> they made recently posted -- the main reason people should care about integrating people with disabilities into the workplaces that if you are an adult with a disability and you were on social security, you would be at the poverty level. you only learn between $500 and $700 a month. why shouldn't people with disabilities are no living like -- earn a living just like we do, just so they do not have to rely on government assistance? we want to a country filled with people you can hard, get ahead, move up the economic ladder. >> but believe it or not for , some there is a dissonance with going to work. >> if you are receiving ssi, if you go to work you lose one dollar of your cash benefits for every two dollars you make.
there are better ways to provide incentives and remove barriers that are there with people with disabilities. i think the government could invest in more progressive employment strategies for people with developmental disabilities. rather than continuing to invest in sheltered workshops. if they would invest in innovation. things like customized employment, which is shown great promise for putting with very significant disabilities to work. >> think about when women were not employed. the country felt women should not employed. they did not have the skills. they did not have the ability to be a play. -- to be employed. now women are employed every day and look at the impact they are making in our country. adults with developmental disabilities are the same thing. >> if they have money, they can buy things. that is a boost to the economy. >> i like working here.
it is better than staying at home and it gives you a chance to interact with people and it gives you a chance to -- it gives you a chance to really find out what you are good at. >> i had an opportunity to be part of a conversation the president had put young leaders and the disability rights community. that is something we cannot afford to do if we are going to grow and grow our economy and create opportunity in the way the president has outlined. we cannot afford to leave talent on the table. >> once those with developmental disabilities are able to find jobs, they are no longer a tax burden. instead, a tax revenue. >> i am very impressed. you are a filmmaker. you are good. i mean, you are ready to make some motion pictures.
>> to watch all of the prize-winning documentary is, visit studentcam.org. announcer: yesterday, the treasury department issued new rules to discourage companies from shifting profits overseas to avoid american taxes. today, president obama called on congress to close loopholes. here is a look. obama: good afternoon, everybody. i am honing in on josh's time for just a second. last week, america's economy added 250,000 jobs in march. that means that our businesses extended the longest streak of private sector job creation on record. 73 straight months, 14.4 million employment about
half of what it was six years ago. this progress is due directly to the grit and determination of hard work and the fundamental optimism of the united -- the american people. would always stands out around the country the fact that the overwhelming majority of folks work hard and the play by the rules. and they deserve to see their hard work rewarded. they also deserve to know that big corporations aren't playing by different set of rules, that the wealthiest among us aren't able to gain the system. pushinghy i have been for years to eliminate some of the injustices in our tax system. that theery please treasury department has taken new action to prevent more corporations from taking advantage of one of the most insidious tax loopholes out there and fleeing the country just to get out of paying the taxes.
this got some attention in the business press yesterday. i wanted to make sure that we highlighted the importance of treasury's action and why it did what it did. this directly goes out to what it calls corporate inversions. they are not new. simply put, it is when big corporations acquire small companies and then change their address to another country on paper in order to get out of paying their fair share of taxes here at home. keeppractical matter, they most of their actual business here in the united states because they benefit from american infrastructure and technology and rule of law. they benefit from our research and our development and our patents. they benefit from american workers who are best in the world. but they effectively renounce their citizenship. they declare that they are based somewhere else. thereby getting all the rewards of being an american company without fulfilling the
responsibilities to pay the taxes the way everybody else is supposed to pay them. when companies exploit loopholes like this, it makes it harder to invest in the things that are going to keep america's economy going strong for future generations. it states the rest of us with the tab and it makes hard-working americans feel like the deck is stacked against them. so this is something i have been pushing for a long time, since i became president. we have made our tax code fairer and taken steps to make sure that our tax laws are actually enforce, including leading efforts to find offshore invasion. we have continued to emphasize the importance of basic tax enforcement. in the news over the last couple of days, we've had another
reminder in this big dump of data coming out of panama that tax avoidance is a global problem. it is not unique to other countries because, friendly, there are folks here in america who have taken advantage of the , there areankly folks here in america who have taken advantage of this stuff. designedare so poorly that they allow people who have enough lawyers and enough accountants to wiggle out of responsibilities of ordinary citizens. here in the united states, there are loopholes that only wealthy individuals and powerful corporations have access to. they have access to offshore accounts. and they are gaming the system. middle-class families are not in the same position to do this. in fact, a lot of these loopholes come at the expense of middle-class families because that lost revenue has to be made up somewhere.
that weively, it means are not investing as much as we should in schools, in making college more affordable, in putting people back to work, rebuilding our roads, averages, our infrastructure, creating more opportunities for our children. so this is important stuff. and these new actions by the treasury department build on steps we have already taken to make the system fairer. but i want to be clear. while the tragedy department actions will make it -- while the treasury department actions will make it more difficult, only congress can close it for good. and only congress can make sure that all the other loopholes that are being taken advantage of our closed. i've often said the best way to irresponsibleof behavior is with tax reform, that lowers the corporate tax rate, closes wasteful loopholes,
simple five's the tax code for everybody. in recent years, i have put forward plans repeatedly that would make our taxes more competitive for all businesses, including small businesses. so far, republicans in congress have yet to act. my hope is that they start getting serious about it. when politicians perpetuate a system that favors the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class, it's not surprising that that people feel like they can't get ahead. it's not surprising that often times it may produce politics that is dreck did at the frustration. rat -- that is directed at the frustration. we should keep building an economy where everybody has a fair shot and everybody plays by the same rules. rather than attacked wasteful tax loopholes for those of the top, we should be investing in more things like education and job ration and job training that
we know will grow the economy for everybody. rather than locking tax picks for million it -- tax breaks for milliners or actually enforce existing laws, let's give tax breaks to working families for child care or for college and let's stop rewarding companies that are shipping jobs overseas and profit overseas and start rewarding companies that create jobs here at home and are good corporate citizens. this is how we are going to grow america together. this is how we battled back from this great recession. the story of the past seven years can be the story for the next several decades if we make the right decisions right now. so i hope this topic ends up being introduced in the broader political debate we will be having leading up to the elections the season. ok? with that, i turn it over to mr. josh earnest. >> given that to the release of these millions of pages of financial information, are you
concerned that that reflects on the ability of the treasury to be able to see all the financial transactions across the globe and whether that suggests that the sanctions regime you put in place and a bunch of places around the world may not be a strong as you think it is? president obama: we know the sanctions regime is strong orals iran, -- or else iran, for example, would not have agreed to the deal. but there is no doubt that the problem of mobile tax avoidance generally is a huge problem. it has been brought up in g-7 meetings, in g 20 meetings. there has been some progress made in coordinating between past authorities of different countries so we can make sure we are catching some of the most egregious examples. before, one of the
big problems we have, michael, is that a lot of the stuff is legal, not illegal. states andthe united other countries lead by example in closing some of these thanoles and provisions, in many cases, you can trace what is taking place, but you can't stop it. there's always going to be some illicit movement of funds around the world. but we shouldn't make it easy. toshouldn't make it legal engage in transactions just to avoid taxes. and that is why i think it is onortant that treasury acted something that is different from what happened in panama. the corporate inversions issue a financial transaction that is brokered among major fortune 500 companies to avoid paying taxes.
us the basic principle of making sure that everybody is paying their fair share and that it we don't just have a few people who take advantage of tax provisions, that is something we really have to pay attention to because, as i said, this is all -- that is outflows of money that could be spent on the pressing needs here in the united states. and the volume that you start seeing when you combine legal tax avoidance with illicit tax avoidance or the activities that we are seeing, this is not just billions of dollars. estimates are that it could be trillions of dollars worldwide. and it could make a difference in terms of what we could do here. one more question and then i will turn over to josh. >> the republican front-runner today outlined -- president obama: oh, no. [laughter] >> deporting undocumented
immigrants who are sending money back home. obama: the answer to the latter question is yes. i think i have been very clear that i am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders wackierme of the suggestions that are being made. i do have to emphasize that it is not just mr. trump's proposals. you are also hearing concerns cruz's proposals, which in some ways are just as rick tony and -- just as draconian. and legal immigrants undocumented image individuals
are sending money back. the notion that we are going to track every western union bit of money being sent to mexico, good luck with that. then waved at the issue of the applications for the mexican if it iswhich in turn, collapsing, actually sends more immigrants north because they can't find jobs back in mexico. but this is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption. as i have tried to emphasize throughout, we've got serious problems here. we've got big issues around the world people expect the president of the united states and the elected officials in this country to treat these problems seriously, to put forward policies that have been
examined, analyzed, are effective, where unintended consequences are taken into account. they don't expect half-baked notions coming out of the white house. we can't afford that. all right? i'll turn it over to josh good think you, guys. announcer: campaign 2016 continues today with the wisconsin primary. live coverage begins tonight at 9:00 eastern. results.or a live taking on the road to the white house on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. announcer: bernie sanders held a "get out the vote" rally at the university of wisconsin madison. the rally was about an hour. ♪
♪ >> [chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: thank you, madison! [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: thank you all very much for coming out. let me think linda, exception gave 3/4 of my speech. [laughter] i'll get back to the point in the moment, but let me thank the mayor, solidary sing-along choir -- [cheers and applause] former lieutenant governor barbara borden.
beth coast. benjamin brown, leisure cruz, shailene woodley, rosario dawson -- [cheers and applause] she's been doing a great job for us. and linda, again, linda. your mayor and i have known each other for a long time. i used to be the mayor of burlington, vermont, and i think we had some contact with back then. i want to pick up on the point that linda made, because it is maybe the most important point of the evening. that is if you accept the status quo, if you accept media's definition of what we can do and
what we cannot do, i guarantee you, you will go no place. he will go no place as a country at all. our job is to think outside of the box, to think outside of the status quo, to ask the hard questions, questions like why not? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and if we ask why not, and if we do not allow the trumps of the world to divide us up, the truth is there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: as i go around the country, i become increasingly optimistic about where we can be as a nation, and want to tell you why. a year ago, i heard from all of the pundits and all the media and all the political geniuses, "well, these young people, you know? they aren't interested in politics. they are busy with their video games or whatever else they do." [laughter] they aren't going to get involved, and maybe if they come to a rally they will not vote. but you know what? the last many months have proven that thesis entirely wrong. [cheers and applause] i go around the country, and i feel a lot of young people. i see so much hope in their eyes. people who love this country, who know that they are the
future of this country, and they damn well want to help determine that future. [cheers and applause] so one of the very gratifying aspects of this campaign is the fact that we are bringing millions of young people into the political process. we're redefining american democracy, and we should all be very proud of that. [cheers and applause] what this campaign is about is taking on the status quo politics, the status quo economics, the status quo media. it is about a campaign which is more than just electing a president of the united states, although i would very much appreciate the support -- [laughter]
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but it is more than that. it is about creating a political revolution. [cheers and applause] it is about the understanding that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. because the powers that control our political system today, the powers that control our economy today, have so much money and so much influence that no president alone can successfully take them on. we need millions of people, working people,, middle-class , young people, to stand up and say enough is enough. [cheers and applause] we need -- this
is not a radical idea. we can do this. we need a government which represents all of us, and not just wealthy campaign contributors. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, here in wisconsin, probably the easiest way to define a bernie sanders presidency and a sanders administration is to tell you that it would be pretty much the exact opposite of a scott walker administration. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: now, scott walker and i disagree on many, many things, and i will talk about some of them. but i want to tell you where i viscerally disagree the most. i have conservative friends; we disagree. it's called democracy; that's fine. but i will not accept for one second republican governors like governor walker and many others who are working overtime to suppress the vote. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: democracy is not a complicated concept. it really is not.
what it means is you have a vote, and you have a vote, and you have a vote. you may want to vote for me, you may want to vote against me, that's fine; that's called democracy. democracy is not about billionaires buying elections. democracy is not about governors like governor walker making it harder for people to participate in the political process. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the united states today has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country on earth. our job is to increase voter turnout, not lower voter turnout. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: our job is to open the doors of democracy and welcome more and more people
into the political process. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: not to make it harder for poor people, for young people, for old people, or people of color, to participate. i have run for office of whole lot of times in the state of vermont. i've lost and i've won. but it has never occurred to me, not for one second, to say "how can i make it harder for people to vote, who might be voting against me?" never occurred to me for one second. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so i say to governor walker, and to all of the other republican governors who are trying to suppress the vote, that if you are not
prepared to run and be involved in free and open elections, get out of politics. get another job. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: in a democracy, people can disagree with everybody. that's part of the democratic process. but you cannot deny people the right to vote. that is un-american. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and let me tell you -- if elected president, we will take on governor walker and all of these other republican governors. our goal is, if you are 18 years of age and an american citizen,
you have the right to vote, end discussion. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker has spent much of his tenure attacking organized labor. [booing] sen. sanders: we are going to reverse that as well. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the middle class of this country was built on the backs of organized labor. people who struggled to form unions, to engage in collective bargaining, to make sure that workers in this country received decent wages and decent benefits. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: governor walker wants to destroy trade unionism. i want trade unionism to grow and expand. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and i will fight for legislation that makes it easier for workers to join unions and negotiate contracts. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: on a number of occasions, i have talked to teachers here in wisconsin -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: -- and we thank them all very much for what they do for our kids. but i am also hearing some very, very sad and scary stories about the educational situation here in wisconsin today. i am hearing, unbelievably, that
teachers salaries have been cut. i am hearing that young people are no longer interested in getting into education and being teachers. and that is certainly a sad, sad state of affairs. because if we do not have a great public education system, if we do not have the best and the brightest of our young people getting into education and teaching our kids, i worry very much about the future of this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker wants to cut funding for education and give tax breaks to large corporations. [booing] sen. sanders: my view is exactly the opposite. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: i want to make sure that large, profitable corporations in this country start paying their fair share of taxes so we can increase funding for education. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker has allowed his right wing ideology to prevail, and to deny some 120,000 people in wisconsin options to get into medicaid, and maybe for the first time in their lives, have health insurance. i think that that is a disgrace. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: as a result of that decision, there is no question that people will die. people will become much sicker than they otherwise would have become.
we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people. in my view, not only should those 120,000 people here in wisconsin have access to medicaid, we have got to go further than that. health care is a right of all people. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and that is why we have got to join every other industrialized nation by passing a medicare for all, single-payer program. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, i understand -- not that i am all that knowledgeable about local
politics -- but i understand that governor scott is trying to maintain control of the supreme court. [booing] sen. sanders: with a justice who should not stay on the supreme court. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: that is why i hope that a large voter turnout on tuesday will help elect joanne koppenburg to the supreme court. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is doing something very unusual in american politics, and that is it is treating the people of our country with intelligence.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and it is also tackling and dealing with many enormously important issues, that many would prefer to sweep under the rug. but this is what i believe and what i have always believed. whether it is in our own personal lives or whether it is in the political life of this nation, you cannot run away from reality. you cannot run away from truth. the only way you address those problems is by facing them squarely and by dealing with them. that is what we are doing in this campaign, and that is what i will do as president of the united states. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: now, truth is not always pleasant. not always happy. but we have to deal with it. and let me give you some examples of truths and realities that must be dealt with. i am a fervent believer in democracy. and what i see today all over this country is that, as a result of this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision, our democratic foundations are being undermined, and we have a corrupt campaign finance system. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and when i talk about thinking outside of the box, and when i talk about thinking outside of the status
quo, i do not want one person in this arena tonight to accept the reality, that it is acceptable in america for billionaires to buy elections. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: do not accept that for one second. governor walker's good pals, the koch brothers -- [booing] sen. sanders: -- and a handful of other billionaires are prepared to spend in this campaign cycle $900 million. $900 million to elect candidates who will represent the wealthy and the powerful. that, my friends, is not democracy. that is oligarchy. we will not accept that. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: but it is not just a corrupt campaign finance system. it is a rigged economy. the united states today is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. but most people don't know that. and they don't know that because almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. they don't know that because we have more wealth and income inequality than almost any major country on earth. the top 1/10 of 1% owns almost as much as the bottom 90%. [booing] sen. sanders: worse today than any time since 1928. today in america, you've got families where mom is working, dad is working, the kids are working.
we worked the longest hours of any people in the industrialized world. marriages are suffering; kids don't get the attention they need from their parents. everybody is out working. but at the end of all of that, 58% of all new income generated today goes to the top 1%. [booing] sen. sanders: you guys ready for a radical idea? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: why not? this is madison, wisconsin. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but in truth, it really is not such a radical idea. it is a simple statement. that in america, together, we are going to create an economy that works for all of us,. not just the top 1%.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is not only about ending a corrupt campaign finance system; it is not only about ending a rigged economy. it's about also ending a broken criminal justice system. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: today, in the united states of america, we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. [booing] sen. sanders: we have 2.2 million people, disproportionately african-american, latino, and native american, in jail. we are spending $80 billion per
year locking up fellow americans. [booing] sen. sanders: [laughter] that is a saved and interesting way of putting it, yes. but what we have to do is think through the situation. let me talk a little bit -- just a little bit -- we have a lot more information on our website about criminal justice reform -- for a start, we have to understand why people end up in jail. fact: today, we have outrageously high rates of youth unemployment. white kids between 17 and 20 who graduated high school, real unemployment is 33%. latino kids, 36%. african-american kids, 51%. that is outrageous.
here's a radical idea. together, we are going to invest for our young people in jobs and education. not jails or incarceration. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: truth is, through this, it costs more to lock up some kid than to send them to the university of wisconsin. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but we talk about criminal justice, and it is also about making profound changes in local police department throughout this country. we are all, all, all tired of seeing videos on television of unarmed people, often people of color, being shot and killed by police officers. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: i was a mayor for eight years. i worked very closely with my police department, and i have worked with police departments all over the country. the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard-working, and doing a very difficult job. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but when any police officer, like any other public official, breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we need to de-militarize local police departments. [cheers and applause] we need to make police departments reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we need to end private prisons and detention centers. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: corporations should not be making profits through the imprisonment of fellow americans. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we need to rethink the so-called war on drugs. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: over the last 30 years, millions of americans have received police records for possession of marijuana . [booing] sen. sanders: today, under the federal controlled substance act, marijuana is listed as a
schedule i drug, alongside heroin. [booing] sen. sanders: now, we can argue, and scientists do, the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but everybody knows that marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and that is why i have introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: it should not be a federal crime. and this becomes a racial issue, as well, because it turns out that blacks and whites smoke marijuana at about equal levels; blacks are four times more likely to get arrested for marijuana than are whites. [booing]
sen. sanders: this campaign is doing well because instead of listening to billionaire campaign contributors, we're listening to the american people. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we are listening to workers who tell me they cannot make it on $8 or $9 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: and that is why we, together, are going to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and i know that every man in this room will stand with the women in the
fight for paid equity for women workers. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to senior citizens and disabled veterans. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and they are telling me that they cannot make it on $11,000 or $12,000 a year social security. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, my republican colleagues in the senate, they want to cut social security benefits. together, though, we will raise those benefits. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to women. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: and what women are telling me is they are sick and tired of earning $.79 on the dollar compared to men. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: they want the whole damn dollar! [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to young people. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and what young people are telling me is why is it that we are being published because they did the right thing and got an education? [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: i have talked to young people all over this country who are $30,000, $50,000, $70,000 in debt, and they will be paying off that debt for decades. anybody here facing student debt? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we're going to do two things. number one, in a highly competitive global economy where we need the best educated workforce in the world, we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and secondly, we're going to give those people, millions of people, with
student debt the opportunity to refinance that debt at the lowest interest rate possible. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: people say to me, bernie you are a nice guy, but you are santa claus giving away free tuition, lowering student debt -- how you pay for it? i want tell you exactly how we are going to pay for it. this country bailed out wall street after their greed and illegal behavior destroyed our economy. [booing] sen. sanders: i believe that right now, we need to impose a tax on wall street speculation -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: -- which will bring in more than enough money to provide free tuition at
public colleges and universities and lower student debt. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we bailed out wall street, now it is wall street's time to help the middle class in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the latino community. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: there are 11 million undocumented people in this country; many of them being exploited and living in fear. the latino community and i want a path toward citizenship, to a comprehensive immigration reform. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the african-american community. and what they are asking me it happen that we have trillions of dollars to spend in a war in iraq we should have never gotten into but we do not have available fines to rebuild inner cities like flint, michigan? [applause] sen. sanders: in inner-city after inner city, including milwaukee, wisconsin. unemployment rates are high, health care access is very poor.
schools, disgraceful. we are going to rebuild inner cities in america and when we do that we are going to create millions of decent paying jobs. [applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the native american community. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: everybody knows that from day one, we have the native american people having been lied to, cheated, into their treaties have been abrogated. we owe the native american people more than we can ever
repay. [applause] sen. sanders: they have given us so much in our culture. they have given us and taught us about how we respect the environment. [applause] sen. sanders: they have taught us that we have got to live with nature, not destroy nature. [applause] sen. sanders: i am on the senate committee on the environment and let me tell you unequivocally i have talked to scientists all over the world. climate change is real. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: it is caused by human activity and it is already
causing massive problems in our country and around the world. we have the moral responsibility to leave this planet in a way that is healthy and inhabitable for future generations. [applause] sen. sanders: we can and we must take on the fossil fuel industry. transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energies. and we are going to tell the fossil fuel industry their short-term profits are not more important than the future of this planet.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: there are republicans running around this country talking about family values. and let us all be clear as to what they mean by family values. what they mean is that no woman in this arena, the state, this country, should have the right to control her own body. i disagree. [cheers and applause] sen. 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: there is one
country in the industrialized world that does not guarantee health care to all people and you are living in it. [booing] sen. sanders: so let me repeat you what i have said many times and have been criticized for saying many times. and that is, in my view health care is a right of all people, not a privilege. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the affordable care act, and i am on the committee, has done a lot of good things but we have got to go further. today in america, 29 million people have no health insurance. many of you are underinsured. deductibles, copayments, every
day at many of us are getting ripped off by the drug companies that are charging us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. but after all of that, we end up spending far more per capita on health care than do the people of any other nation. what i believe is now is the time for us to pass a medicare for all single-payer program. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: when we do that, we guarantee health care for every american and at the same time we save the average middle-class family thousands of dollars a year on their health care cost. every person here understands
that real change in this country has never taken place from the top on down. it has always been from the bottom on up. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: whether it is workers 100 years ago coming together and say, we're not animals. we will not be exploited. we will have some say on our jobs. we are going to negotiate contracts. we will form unions. whether it is the civil rights movement, where for hundreds of years african-americans and their allies said, no segregation, bigotry, racism in america is not acceptable. [applause]
sen. sanders: whether it is the women's movement. people forget, 100 years ago women did not have the right to vote. the right to get the education they wanted. the right to do the work they wanted. but women stood up. they fought back. they went to jail. some of them died. and they and their male allies said, women will not be second-class citizens and this country. [applause] sen. sanders: if we were in this room 10 years ago, not a long time. in summary jumped up and said, you know bernie i think gay marriage will be legal in 50 states in this country, the person next to them would've said, you are crazy. that cannot happen. that will never happen. and yet, in 2015 at happened.
it happened because the gay community and their straight allies stood up, fought back, and said that people in this country should have the the right to love whoever they wanted regardless of gender. [applause] sen. sanders: and here is a more contemporary example of how real change takes place and how you can defeat the status quo. if we were here five years ago, no time at all, somebody jumps up and says, you know bernie, i this $7.25 rate is unlivable and it should be $15 an hour.
the person next to them would've said, that is nuts. you want to more than double the minimum wage? you are radical. you are crazy. you're thinking too big. maybe eight dollars, $10 an hour. $15 an hour, that can happen. stop thinking that big. then what happened? this is extraordinary. workers in the fast food industry, workers at burger king at wendy's, you know what they did? they went out on strike. they started demonstrating. [applause] sen. sanders: they showed tremendous courage and they told the world, we cannot make it on $7.25 an hour or eight dollars an hour. and you know it happened a few years ago? seattle, $15 an hour.
san francisco, los angeles -- $15 an hour. california, $15 an hour. new york state, $15 an hour. in other words, what was thought to be impossible, what was thought to be extraordinarily radical, has happened. and it happened because people stood up and fought back. [applause] sen. sanders: and i believe -- i believe that today we are onto a moment in history when all across this country millions of people are looking at the status quo in this country.
they are looking at massive levels of income and wealth inequality. they are looking at a situation where we have a proliferation of millionaires while we have the highest rate of child poverty of any country in earth. they are looking at families where people are working two or three jobs to survive. they are looking at a country which is the only major country not to guarantee health key to all or have paid family and medical leave. they are looking at a country where young people are leaving the school deeply in debt while others cannot even afford to get a higher education. they are looking at a country where we're not doing everything we should to combat the planetary crisis of planet -- climate change. they're looking at a country where it's intentional racism and a broken criminal justice system continues unabated. we are looking at a country where women are still not
getting a fair shake in the marketplace. and all over this country people are saying, you know what? the status quo is not working. it is not good enough. it has got to change. [applause] senator sanders: and we can do it. we can do it. [applause] sen. sanders: as linda said when she introduced me, we do not have to accept the status quo. we can change it. and that is where we are right now. at the only way we change it is when millions of people come together. when we do not allow the donald trump's of the world to divide us up. when we stand together.
[applause] sen. sanders: when we stand together as black and white and latino and asian americans and native americans. when we stand together as gay and straight men and women. people born in this country, people who have immigrated into this country. and at the end of the day, these guys may have unlimited sums of money, they may control the media, they may control the economy, they may control the political system. but when millions of people stand up to gather united and demand change, we will not be stopped. [applause]
[crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: and that is what political revolution is about. it is not just burning. bernie cannot do it alone. we need to do it together. on thursday, in two days, there is going to be a very important democratic primary election here. now, we have won six out of the last seven caucuses and primaries. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we have one those primaries and caucuses by landslide victories.
according to a recent cnn poll, we are 20 points nationally ahead of donald trump. [applause] sen. sanders: and here in wisconsin a came out a few days ago, had us 19 points ahead of donald trump. [applause] sen. sanders: now, donald will not become president. let me assure you of that. donald trump will not become president because the american people will not elect a candidate who insults mexicans and latinos, who insults muslims, who insults women, who insults african-americans, who insults everybody who is not quite like him. and, fortunately, most of us are
not quite like him. [applause] sen. sanders: donald trump will not become president because in america we understand that bringing a our people together is always more powerful and significant band dividing us up. and, the american people understand that supporting each other -- when your family is in trouble i have got to be there for you -- you have got to be there for my family -- that's when we support each other where much stronger they end up when we are selfish and only concerned about ourselves. [applause]
sen. sanders: and most importantly donald trump will not become president because the american people understand what every major religion on earth has taught us, whether it is christianity, judaism, islam, buddhism, whatever. that is that at the end of the day, love trumps hatred. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: on tuesday there is a very important primary election. and, what i have learned so far in this campaign is that if there is a large voter turnout, we will win.
if there is a low voter turnout we will likely lose. so i ask you this tuesday, please come out and vote. bring your friends, your answer, your uncles, your friends, your coworkers. let us have the largest turnout on a primary day in wisconsin history. thank you all very much. [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]
>> ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york island from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me >> ♪ as i went walking that ribbon of highway and saw above me that endless skyway and saw below me the golden valley i said this land was made for you and me ♪ >> ♪ i roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps
to the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts and all around me a voice was sounding this land was made for you and me >> ♪ was a high wall there that tried to stop me a sign was painted said "private property" but on the back side it didn't say nothing -- this land was made for you and me ♪ >> ♪ when the sun come shining then i was strolling in wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling the voice was chanting as the fog was lifting this land was made for you and me ♪
>> ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york island from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me this land was made for you and me ♪ [applause] ♪ >> ♪ there's a starman waiting in the sky he'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds ♪
the road to the white house on c-span, c-span radio, and www.c-span.org. new york presidential primary is two weeks from today. yesterday, hillary clinton held a campaign rally in upstate new york north of albany. she was joined by paul tonko, who represents the district new york, and kristin hillebrand, who replaced hillary clinton in the senate. this is 15 minutes. stage yourto the team in washington, upon -- congressman paul tonko. gillibrand.sten and the next president of the united states, hillary clinton! ♪
hillary is an awesome leader who personifies great intellect and great empathy that equals phenomenal results. she has been there throughout her career, fighting for america's families. let me tell you about the intellect. when i first had real working issues with this wonderful person, it was over the energy issues. and it is a complex issue. i was energy chair of the new york state assembly, the most thoughtful, provoking question coming from hillary rodham clinton about clean energy. about strengthening our grid. and, about producing energy independence. is that the kind of leader we want? [applause] she also has been a big
proponent, we worked with her in congress, because of her concern about infrastructure including clean drinking water. she has been there fighting for our infrastructure. she knows it is billions of gallons of water lost and it is not just water through those leaking pipes. it is tax dollars because it is treated water. hillary clinton is about doing it wisely, effectively, and efficiently. that is the kind of leadership we require. [applause] let me tell you about the empathy. she went into flint, michigan, and met with the families and children and said, we need to do something now. and it is not just election-year activity and empathy with her. 10 years ago she was in my region in the assembly speaking to those communities and families that were impacted by floods. where she looked them in the ion
-- eye and said we will do , something. and she delivered. that was 10 years ago. 12 years ago she visited with a gold star mom. charlene is with us today and she is still filled. her broken heart was mended by the grace hillary clinton shared with her and expressing her concerns, compassion, and love. hillary rodham clinton, excellence, intellect, serving us with great empathy, that is the leadership we need. so what does that produce? [applause] that combination of keen intellect, awesome intellect, and great empathy has resulted that dant listener promotes, encourages, and outspoken determined voice that
leonard lance to a relentless advocate for america and her families. that is why we are supporting hillary rodham clinton for president. our former senator and secretary of state. she is undoubtedly a true champion. speaking of true champions, i've had the honor of serving in the house of representatives with the person whom i'll introduce so you can formally hear from hillary rodham clinton, kiersten gillibrand and i served in the house together. it was there that we saw great leadership on the half of upstate new york. i have some of that old district that was served so well and wonderfully by senator gillibrand. with that partnership, i got to see firsthand her leadership skills, her ability to work with colleagues across the aisle. and it is that kind of
determination that senator gillibrand brings to office, to be there, to make certain our bypuses are a safe place which to grow, learn, and live, and supposed to make a difference. she is fighting for economic justice for our american families and she believes in addressing that drug academic that has gripped far too many communities across this country, the heroin epidemic. i am proud to serve with our senator in the other house and i senator, you our great our upstate person that came from the east, wonderful catholic district region, senator kiersten gillibrand. [applause] >> thank you, paul tomko. give it up for paul. i am so happy and honored to be
here today. i grew up just a stones throw from here in my whole life since i was a little girl in me, i have been lucky to have somebody role models and mentors who happen to be strong and brilliant women. i want to tell you about three of those mentors that were most important to me. the first one was my grandmother. my grandmother was a secretary in our state legislature. she didn't have a college degree. she didn't have a fancy title. but she was never afraid to raise her voice about the issues that mattered to her and to this community. she also wanted to make her community a better place. she learned that if she wanted to make it better while her voice might be important, the voice of many women was even more important. she and other women created an organization with all of the women in the capital region joining her to elect leaders that shared their values. they learned how to run
campaigns. they knocked on doors. they made phone calls. they put bumper stickers on cars. they did everything they could and eventually, you couldn't get elected in albany without the blessing of my grandmother and lady friend. my grandmother taught me that women's voices matter. that what to do with your time matters. she taught me that fighting to make a difference matters. my next one is my mother. my mother was one of three women in her law school class. by the time she was my age, she earned a second degree black belt in karate. i asked her why she didn't want to play tennis. she was one of the only professional women my friends i knew. every single one of us wanted ty friends and i knew, and
everything the one of us wanted to be like her. she taught me to dinner to be different, she taught me to own your own ambitions, and she taught me to never ever give up. [applause] third then there is my and greatest mentor, her name is hillary clinton. [applause] was just a young lawyer in new york city, when hillary made her famous speech in beijing, where she said that human -- women's rights are human rights, once and for all. [applause] >> now, that was a life-changing moment for me. ioli's cared about making -- always cared about making the world a better place, but it was not until hillary stood on that
stage in beijing, not until i watched that speech that i knew i had to follow hillary and get off the sidelines. i decided to join a women's group just like my grandmother, and before long i was in a room watching hillary. and she was speaking to a packed room and she was looking out and she said, decisions are being made every day in washington and if you are not part of those decisions and you do not like what they decide, you have nobody to blame but yourself. i was in the back of the room -- [applause] >> i started to sweat, and i start thinking, she is telling me i need to run for office now. well, it's about 10 years for me to actually run for office. but she has always inspired me my entire life to make a difference. not surprisingly, she gets all of this from her own mother. hillary's mother was only eight
years old when she was sent away from home. she was 14 years old when she started to work as a housekeeper for three dollars a week. instilled experiences in her mother a sense of great -- grit, a sense of hard work making a difference, and the recognition of kindness to one another always mattered. passedre the values she down to her daughter, and a look at what hillary has done with her life. look at where she has come from. when she finished lost go, she could have worked anywhere, but she went to work for the children's defense fund and thought for children with disabilities. [applause] >> as first lady of the united states, she fought for millions of americans who are sick and had no access to health
insurance. as a senator, she fought for our first responders, men and women ed up thed -- rac towers when everybody was coming down. she fought so that they would have health care. neverretary of state, she stopped fighting for equal rights at every corner of this globe. she has spent her entire life fighting for everyone else, so now let's fight for her. [applause] voicess keep raising our to support her, make those phone calls, knock on doors, go to everyone you know and tell them how you feel. tell them it is time to get off the sidelines, convince them why this election matters to you. convince them why hillary will be the best president of the united states. convince them to vote for her, hillary has never stopped
fighting for us and we will never stop fighting for her. introduceonor now to to you my mentor, my role model, my friend, the first woman president of the united states of america. hillary clinton. [applause] ♪ >> this is my fight song take back my life song prove i am all right song my powers turned up ♪ mrs. clinton: thank you so much. it is so great to be in new york. to be in the capital region. standing ond to be this stage with two friends and former colleagues. i am grateful for their service, leadership and support.
i was listening to paul as he was talking about the work we did together. caset is absolutely the that he has tackled some of the most difficult challenges facing our state and country. anotherhe is taking on challenge, he is focused on fixing the infrastructure of our water system here in new york and across america. supports trying to get from congress and i will do everything i can, if i am fortunate enough to be your president, to make sure that you all -- you know, when you think about all the challenges we face here in america and around the world, although it may not be in the headlines, water is one of them. that is why we need to protect
our water resources. i was proud to work with so many to clean up the hudson. we need to make sure that water systems across the state are so thatd peer -- pure we can take confidence in the water we drink and use and new york is in such a critical position, because so much of the rest of the country does not have enough water. we have to be good stewards of our water, so paul, i look forward to working with you. and i need to tell you, it was a really hard decision for me to leave the senate. senator.being your [applause] mrs. clinton: i love representing new york. it was the greatest honor imaginable.
the people of new york to get chance on me and -- took a chance on me and let me serve you, then reelected me in 2006. askedresident elect obama me to be secretary of state, i said, i am so honored, so flattered, but i love representing new york in the senate. well, with all of the problems we are inheriting from the bush admin assertion, he said, i trust you to be my secretary of state. [applause] him,clinton: and i, i told thatnce but twice, b although i understood the importance of the job, i wanted to represent all of you in the senate. so he said, i do not want to talk to you again until you say yes.
[laughter] mrs. clinton: so i said to my husband, you know, i am so flattered that the president elect has asked me and he keeps telling me that he does not want to talk to me until isaiah. said yes.- until i and bill said, i asked you to marry me twice, so maybe there is a pattern here. and eventually of course, i did say yes and it was an incredible experience working for closely with the president to undo a lot of the damage that had been done the prior eight years. [applause] mrs. clinton: i have to tell you, i felt so much better about making this decision when kiersten was asked to succeed me and to fill this senate seat.
because has she said, i had known her since 2000. this bright young lawyer from albany. i saw her in action. she supported me. she raised money. she made speeches. she made phone calls. she just did everything she could to get me elected to the senate. when she decided to run for the house some years later, i was was helping her speaking for her because i knew , what a great representative she would be. then of course, she has been a superb senator along with chuck schumer for new york. [applause] mrs. clinton: so i know what , good hands new york is in. i want to just take a few
minutes to tell you what you probably already are thinking. this election is one of the most serious, consequential elections we've had in a long time. it is for a number of reasons. the differences between the two parties are stark. now i believe the facts prove , that our economy does better when we have a democrat in the white house. [applause] and we saw that in the 1990's when my husband was president and 23 million new jobs and incomes went up for everybody. and then what happened? we reversed course. the republicans came back with their failed economic policy of trickle down economics. [booing] mrs. clinton: it deserves a lot
of boos. when i was in the senate, i was arguing and voting against these policies. because i believed then, it would reverse the economic progress we were making. we had a lot of work still to do here in upstate and other places. but, they got their way. slashed taxes on the wealthy. take their eyes off the financial markets and the mortgage market. we know what happened. when president-elect obama called to ask me to come to chicago to talk about becoming secretary of state, before we talked about the world and our challenges, he just looked at me and said, it is so much worse than they told us. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. 9 million americans lost their jobs. 5 million homes were lost and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. why am i telling you this? because i want you to remember it.
i want you to know what the real different choices are. we have people running for president on the republican side led by donald trump -- [booing] mrs. clinton: he is not the only one. he may be the most flamboyant. but they all want to take us back to trickle down economics. and we cannot allow that to happen. we cannot. the most important economic issue in this campaign will be ensuring that we have a democrat in the white house come next january. [applause] here is what i have been advocating. because it's not just enough to keep going along and making progress.
i want to really have broad based inclusive prosperity again. more good jobs rising income. that's why i laid out plans to get more infrastructure jobs including creation of a national , infrastructure bank to fund what we need to do with roads, bridge, tunnels and airports. [applause] mrs. clinton: it's not just what we see, we also have to fix our water systems. our sewer system. leaking pipelines under the ground. we have work to do. these are good jobs. these are mostly union jobs, where people can make a good living. [applause] mrs. clinton: then, i was in syracuse a few days ago. announcing my manufacturing agenda, because i want us to make it in america. i know we can do that.
[applause] mrs. clinton: we see what's happening right here in the capital region. with nanotechnology and biotechnology and chips and other things being made in america right here in new york. [applause] mrs. clinton: i remember when i first worked on nanotechnology, i was telling people in the senate, i wanted to get some funds to really begin to invest in nanotechnology right here in the capital region. it seem like a long time ago. but look at the progress we've made. that's what we need to do across upstate. indeed across america but the , reason i emphasize upstate is because we have the skills. we have the heard working -- hard working people. we have the infrastructure. i will be the president who brings manufacturing back to upstate new york and america. [applause] another way we're
going to create a lot of new jobs is by combating climate change. [applause] mrs. clinton: i care deeply about this issue. i worked on it. i thought we were making progress when i was in the senate. there were republicans who would actually make a speech about it. take a trip. i took trips with people like john mccain. we went to some of the northern most places in america. and in the world, to look at what was happening. up in alaska, northern most inhabited island in the world. i thought we were making progress. all of a sudden, between extreme partisans and the koch brothers, you can't get republican anymore -- republicans anymore to say the word "climate change." when they're asked, those
running for president, they all say the same thing. i don't know, i'm not a scientist. i keep saying, well go talk to a scientist and listen to a scientist. [applause] mrs. clinton: i bet they can talk to a teacher right here at the high school and get a good lesson about climate change. you know, they're afraid to even face it. back in 2009, when i became secretary of state, i immediately began working with the president. to try to lay the ground work. we had to get fast growing countries like china and india and others to sign on to cutting their emissions. it took years, but we finally got it done. i was really proud that thanks to american leadership, we got that agreement signed in paris. that commits the rest of the world to taking steps to deal with climate change.
now we have to figure out not only how we continue to lead but how we can be the leader. some nation is going to be the 21st century clean energy super power. right now if i were guessing, i'd say it's germany, china or us. i want it to be us. i intend for it to be. [applause] mrs. clinton: because it's not only the right thing to do to protect our environment, to protect our people's health, to protect our planet, but it's also smart. there will be millions of new jobs and businesses coming out of the efforts to combat climate change. i set two big goals. i want us to deploy a half billion more solar panels by the end of my first term. and enough clean energy to power every home in america by the end of my second term.
[applause] mrs. clinton: you know, my friends, it is easy to tell somebody what you're against. i want you to know what i'm for. i want you to know what my plans are. why i think we can do this together. we do more for small businesses. they would create about 75% of the new jobs. i want to have a much more supportive environment for that. i especially want to focus on young people who want to start jobs, new businesses and job creation and entrepreneurialism. [applause] mrs. clinton: i have to say, i was very proud to stand with governor cuomo today in new york city as he signed the increase of minimum wage. which i think is important. [applause] mrs. clinton: first and
foremost, to lift people who work full time out of poverty. here's what i want you to understand, we are a 70% consumption economy. you know what that means? if people don't have money in their pockets to spend, we don't grow. so the more money we get back into the most pockets, instead of the most money going to the fewest pockets of people at the top, the faster our economy will grow and more jobs with rising incomes will be good for everybody. [applause] mrs. clinton: you know what one of the best ways to quickly raise incomes? is to finally guarantee equal pay for women's work. [applause] mrs. clinton: again, to me this is about growth and fairness.
is it a woman's issue? of course it is. but it's also a family issue. any family who has a woman working who is not being paid fairly is penalized. when you go to the store and you check out with what you're buying, they don't say okay, you only make $.78 on the dollar. that's not the way it works. we've got to think. we need to grow the economy and we need to be sure the economy is fair. one of the ways we have to do that too is to penalize those companies that want to ship jobs overseas, because -- [applause] mrs. clinton: there is less and less reason for them to do that. here is what i'm proposing. if any company ever got one penny of taxpayer help from a local county, state or federal government, then they have to pay it all back. because they got that help to keep jobs right here in new york and america.
[applause] mrs. clinton: if any company wants to move abroad, and some of them do what's called an inversion, which i call a perversion. they move their headquarters, they pretend to move so they can avoid paying taxes. anybody who does that, we're going to slap the biggest exit tax on them to make them think twice about leaving our country. [applause] we are going to enforce trade agreements like i did when i was in the senate. i pushed hard to enforce trade agreements. i voted against the only multinational one that came before us. i said, i'm against the
transpacific partnership because i don't think it will raise incomes and produce jobs for new yorkers and americans. [applause] mrs. clinton: everything just about i've said, the republicans disagree with. that's going to be a real choice. we can go back to the old ways, the old snake oil. or we can do what works. i think we have a pretty good idea of what that is. it's also true for education. we need to start with early childhood education. [applause] mrs. clinton: universal prekindergarten, then in elementary school and secondary school, i want to be a good partner to our teachers. i want to support our teachers. i am tired of all of the
scapegoating of our educators. what we need to be doing is helping to support our teachers and our educators to get the resources they need to do the job we ask them to do. i also have plan to make college affordable again. i share that goal with senator sanders. [applause] mrs. clinton: we have a different way of doing it. i want you to understand the difference because i think it's important. i said, look, we need to have debt free tuition. you d't have to borrow a penny. if you're wealthy, you have to pay. i believe that is a great
moreat is a fairer and affordable way to get to get to affordable college. what i have said is, i'm going to work to make sure everybody who needs it, gets to go to a public college or university without borrowing a penny. [applause] and i want to work to get the cost down. students to work ten hours a week. if they do work at the college or university, that would help lower the cost. we can get the cost down for more people and that will help us send more to college. [applause] for clinton: and i will pay wealthy, ig the afford to do that.
senator sanders has the same goal. he advocates free college. that means free for everybody , including donald trump's kids. i don't think we need to do that. i think we need toe focus on -- to focus on where the problem is. middle class families, work ing families and poor families. senator sanders plan depends upon governors shipping in about quarter the cost. think about that. about 30 of our governors are republicans. they are working as hard as they can to take money away from higher education. i spent time this last week in wisconsin, where their governor scott walker, cut $250 million from higher education. under senator sanders plan he would be expect did to contribute $300 million. counting on scott walker having a change of heart.
i don't want to make a promise i can't keep. i can make and keep the promise of debt free tuition so that more of our young people can get to college. [applause] then, we are and going to make it easier for you to pay down and end your student debt. [applause] mrs. clinton: how many people here currently have student debt? oh yes, lots of hands. does anybody know if they have an interest rate higher than 8%. anybody higher than 10%? feel like i'm in an auction. i want everybody in the audience to hear this. we have young people who are 8, even 12% interest. nothing has that kind of interest, except credit card
debt. mortgage,finance your your car, we are going to make absolutely clear that you can refinance student debt and get down and out from under high interest rates. [applause] mrs. clinton: we will save millions of people thousands of dollars. then we will move people into programs like i had. when i got out of law school, i did work with the children's defense fund. i was paid about working i was paidllars -- 4,000 $40,000 a year -- $1 a year. but got it paid off. we're going to have people pay back as a percentage of their income. then we're going to end your obligation after 20 years you're done. i'm not going to keep this going.
[applause] mrs. clinton: we are going to stop our government from making a profit on lending money to young people to get an education. [applause] and the other part of whether or not you can produce results for people, is whether we get everybody access to quality affordable healthcare. something i care deeply will. -- deeply about. you know before there was , something called obamacare, there was something called hillarycare. some of you can remember we had quite the battle with the drug companies and insurance companies. they really won that time. they really knocked us down. but then i got back up and i said okay, what can i get done.
created a health insurance program which provides , health insurance to kids. that's why i was so thrilled when president obama passed and assigned the affordable care act. we have been trying to do this since harry truman. now we've got it done and 90% of americans are cover. ed. i want to get the costs down. i want to get the choices up. i want to go right after the drug companies to rein in prescription drug costs. and we will start by requiring them to negotiate for lower prices with medicare. that will ripple through the these are some of the issues that i've been talking about and setting forth ideas and plans about how to address it.
i think the first test that you should hold anybody running for president is to see whether or not they meet. can they actually make your life better. can you -- i want to tell you what i want to do. i also want you to know where i stand on rights. because the republicans want to strip away, under mine, erode, every single one of our rights. civil rights, gay rights and rights for people with disabilities. >> i will stand to make a of -- i will depend planned parenthood from these partisan political attacks.