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one of the first. he just called me and said, it is a movement you have got going. we have got to do something because i tell you what, it is an incredible movement and dr. ben carson endorsed me and i tell you what, he is an incredible man. and we want to keep him totally involved because we are going to win. we're going to win in november. [applause] mr. trump: and we are going to win big. it's going to be america first. they do not respect us and they do not take your of us and they do not treat us right in many cases. that's not going to happen. we're going to keep things going very closely. trillion now. 19 million now, but with the budget recently passed, it will be $21 trillion. we are not in the position we were in 30 years ago, 40 years ago with a lot of these things began taking place. we are going to have unbelievably good relationships
with other countries. but likewise, they have to treat us fairly and understand what we have been doing over the years has been so wrong and so unfair to the united states and to its people, and to its taxpayers. that will change. and i will tell you, they are going to end up liking us better than they do right now. they are going to respect us. in this building, right upstairs -- [applause] mr. trump: in this building right upstairs, i have the largest bank in the world from china. the relationship is fantastic. we have great relationships with many foreign countries. but they have to respect us and understand where we are coming from. and you know, it is a two-way street. the two-way street means we are going down one side and they are coming up the other. we are going to meet and we are going to have something that is going to be fabulous. now, if that can't happen, if for some reason they want the system to continue the way it is going now, which is unfair and not good, where we are spending trillions and trillions of dollars in the middle east, and
we have to rebuild our infrastructure, our roads, our bridges can our airports and hospitals, we have become close to a third world country. you look at some of the airports, it is third world. then you go to other places and you see places like you have never seen. so i have to tell you that we are going to build that our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before. it's the cheapest thing we can do. and we are going to have to take out isis and we are going to have to take them out fast. we can't allow that cancer to continue. we cannot allow it. you know the one group has been so incredible to me. the veterans. they have been treated so badly. so, we going to get that. we are going to get that
straightened out. now, one of the things that just happened, which is very exciting, the rasmussen poll came out yesterday. and in that poll, i am now leading hillary clinton. isn't that incredible? a lot of great things. [applause] [crowd chanting "trump"] mr. trump: that is going to continue. they are not going to be able to do it. they are not going to be able to make great trade deals. they are not going to be able to do what we are going to do with the military and the border, including the wall. we are going to have unbelievably great relationships with the hispanics, who have been so incredible to me. they want jobs. everybody wants jobs. the african-americans want jobs. you look at what is going on. they want jobs.
[applause] mr. trump: and we are going to bring back our jobs and save our jobs. people are going to have great jobs again. this country, which is very divided in so many different ways is going to become one beautiful, loving country. we are going to love each other, cherish each other, take care of each other, and we are going to have great economic developments. we are not going to let other countries take it away from us. that is what has been happening for far too many years. we are not going to do it anymore. we are not going to do it anymore. [applause] mr. trump: i want to thank and congratulate the republican national committee, and reince priebus. it is not an easy job. when he had 17 egos. now, i guess he is down to one.
i don't know, is there a second? is there a second? i don't know. [applause] mr. trump: i will have to ask you folks to explain the status of that, but he has done an amazing job. we're going to see something really fantastic. i want to thank my staff, paul, corey, hope. i mean, these people. what we have been doing is incredible. the work, the work has been unreal. and jared. married to my daughter ivanka. honestly, you know, jared, jared
-- he is a very successful real estate person, but i think he likes politics. i did not expect this. and what ted cruz did was a brave thing to do. and a good thing to do. because we want to bring unity to the republican party. we have to bring unity. it is so much easier if we have that. and many, many people are calling. like you would not believe. you would the press, not believe. people who have said the worst things about me. i have never had things said about me like this. in my businesses, i have been very respected. people did not talk to me this way. the worst things. they are calling us and they are saying, we would love to get on the trump train. the trump train, they call it. but we would love to get on the train. and i actually spoke to one today and -- who was vicious -- i mean, this guy was unbelievable. and i said, i love having you and, you know, i think it is
terrific that after what you said about me, how can you possibly join my team? and he said, mr. trump don't even think about. do not worry about. there is no problem. in other words, he is a politician there is no problem. i would have had a hard time. but we have a lot of people coming. a lot of congressmen. i have to thank senator jeff sessions. one of the most recent active -- one of the most respected man or people in congress. and i have to thank sarah palin. jerry falwell, junior, liberty university. i mean, he is something. he is really a special person. they have done an incredible job. everybody goes through liberty.
we all go through liberty. somehow he like what i was saying and the way i said it. but he is an incredible guy and has really helped me. 70 pastors and ministers. tonight i see i want with the evangelicals. the evangelical vote was for trump. there is no greater honor. just no greater honor. we are going to work together for many, many years. we are going to make it so good. we're going to be saying "merry christmas" again. we are going to be saying it. remember, we are going to be saying it. and i won with women. i love winning with women. i won with women. i won with men. we won with hispanics. we won with african-americans. we won with virtually every category, so it has just been an amazing evening. so again, i want to congratulate ted cruz. he is a tough, smart competitor. i want to thank my wife and
family. it is an incredible family. i want to thank my staff. both my staff and my thousands and thousands of people that work for the trump organization. and, perhaps in all fairness, more importantly on this evening and for what we are doing currently, my staff. where we are running for the
presidency. and remember this, our theme is very simple. it is "make america great again." we will make america great again. we will start winning again. you will be so proud of this country very, very soon. thank you very much. thank you very much. [music playing "start me up" by the rolling stones] ♪ announcer: during campaign 2016,
c-span takes you on the road to on c-span,ouse c-span radio, and the span.org. in with edcheck o'keefe of the "washington post," who has been keeping a close eye on delegate totals. first, let's talk about the democratic race. who would have thought the republican nominee would be more in place, based on
what happened in indiana and with all eyes on kentucky and west virginia? -- i use our
ed: it will be embarrassing for the clinton campaign, looking for a way to see if they can wrap this up quickly. that is not expected. he says he plans to stay until the convention. i heard your last caller get very excited about sanders. the math still works against him. he may want to push for a contested convention. he may fight for every last delegate. there are not that many left for him to have. he would need 2283 delegates to win the democratic nomination. if clinton remains on track, even if she loses kentucky and west virginia. sanders needs a hefty supply of the 719 superdelegates. he only has 39. 160 have not publicly announced what they would do. that is not enough to make up the difference. again, sanders' people will be happy tonight and they should be.
it shows vulnerability for secretary clinton in midwestern states. his popularity is sustained tonight with younger voters. there are a lot in indiana, about one in five tonight. is not a lot there left for him to overtake her in the delicate lead -- in the delegate lead and win the nomination. steve: taking that into account, as you look at the delegate math and momentum, why has hillary clinton had struggles? she won last week, the new york primary. the map seems to favor senator sanders. she seems to be losing momentum. ed: she has won the larger states, the swing states likely to be in play, with the exception of iowa, new
hampshire, and possibly michigan. it was expected that in smaller, more rural states, the clinton campaign anticipated they would not do well. similar things happened eight years ago. she was clocking up a bunch of wins at a time when obama was in the lead. ultimately, obama held on. in california, i think that is the last one to look at. if he continues to do well in kentucky, west virginia, does well in washington, the four, five, or six states that remain, and in california, if he has enough money to compete in california, that would be one to watch and certainly a setback for her.
again, in california, she has the lead. if you add up what is left, he cannot overtake her. steve: we are talking with ed o'keefe. let's turn our attention to the republican race. the headline is ted cruz suspending his campaign after losing indiana in a rout. there is this from the john kasich campaign. chief strategist john weaver issued a statement that says in part, "our party is facing a clear choice between positive solutions that can win in november, and a darker path that will solve nothing and lead to hillary clinton in the white house. the governor is staying in for the next couple of weeks. ed: read the next sentence. steve: the kasich campaign had
secured a plurality of delegates as part of the pre-nomination process. ed: they also say, as long as it is possible, governor kasich will fight for the higher path. that is slightly different from what he told my colleague earlier tonight when he said absolutely he is staying in. that was about an hour or two before the rnc chairman tweeted out that trump would be the presumptive nominee tonight. he told us that kasich is absolutely not quitting and the campaign would continue until someone has 1237 delegates. trump will have that soon. he will have to wait until california to really hit it. with cruz out, and he was doing well in places like nebraska and south dakota, with kasich having no hope in either of those
places, at this point, it is all over but the voting. the delegate count will put trump just over the top if he wins the majority of the delegates in california. there is a chance that kasich runs house races in california. in california, you have to win every congressional district. if he was able to pull in half a dozen districts, there is a chance he could pick up delegates that way, especially among conservative republicans. we will see. it is all but said and done at this point. i think the real question we have to focus on is, at what point does the rnc start to take
its grip off the balloon, so to speak, and allow trump to hold it? at what point do they give access to the voter files? though allow them to begin really reaching out to voters and all fit the state. them to begin really reaching out to voters in all 50 states. at what point do they start coordinating fundraising activities? trump has not done much fundraising. he has self-funded so far. the republican party could certainly use the money. there is no clear sense of what will happen. i was reading something a few minutes ago that pointed out that, at this point in 2012, mitt romney's joint fundraising with the rnc was already a month into its existence and had raised about $140 million by the end of june for the romney victory fund and the rnc. nothing like that has been set up between trump and republicans. clearly, if trump is the nominee, the party is signaling that they would like to get down
to some of those races. steve: we read this tweeted earlier that is one of the biggest stories tonight. the chairman of the republican national committee saying it is time to unite and focus on defeating hillary clinton with the hashtag "neverclinton." this,ur colleagues said , some ump as the nominee #nevertrump types are coming through.
that some are going to bolt the gop and back clinton. what is happening inside the so-called establishment? ed: you are seeing intellectual types announcing that they are due registering as members of the republican party or voting for hillary clinton. you will see the washington beacon or washington examiner, weekly standard, national review, sort of the begin to talk, openly about bucking trump or voting for clinton. i am seeing it on twitter among republicans supporting cruz or someone else. the more intriguing part to keep an eye on is the national security wing. if you want to call it that. the former cia directors, security advisers, ambassadors for the bush administrations. do they break away? do they say they will vote against trump? will they support clinton? will they find somebody else? or will they sit on their hands? there was talk of starting up an independent bid for james mattis. who then came out very quickly and said, no thank you.
but that was being driven by conservative folks that are concerned that donald trump does not have the temperament or composure to serve as commander-in-chief. there has been talk that perhaps hillary clinton needs to make a bid for those people, speak to republicans who are concerned. look, i may have said something about your party in the past, but if you're looking for a serious commander-in-chief, i am there for you. if that happens, it is difficult for trump to make a compelling argument to the americans that think about those issues when they go to the ballot box. even more so they and their party affiliation. -- even more so than their party affiliation. steve: we are talking with ed o'keefe of the washington post. this tweet saying ted cruz is heading back to houston after suspending his campaign. final question for you. how does the party try to come
together in all of this? ed: if i knew the answer to that, i would be a wealthier man at this point. i think it is going to be really difficult. look at, we still have two months until the party convention. that is a long time in american politics. a lot can happen. a lot of hard feelings. a lot of the panic and concern might dissipate. eight years ago, there was concern about democrats that said, i can never vote for barack obama. i am going to always be with hillary clinton. look what happened. they united and easily elected him president in 2008. we may see that again here. you know, we talk about the republican party and the need to unite. the democratic race continues. sanders has made no qualms about sticking it out until the philadelphia convention in july. we have to pay attention and scrutinize the situation as much as the republican one at this point. because like it or not, republicans are united around one guy.
and two months is a long time. if you can put together a unified campaign, it could become easier for him. you might see the numbers shift. but certainly, there is a real crisis right now in the republican party about who it is, what it is supposed to be about. who its leader should be. and we will just have to continue tracking that. do not discount the divides among democrats. steve: which makes this campaign one for the record books and one of the more interesting we have seen in our lifetime. ed: indeed. absolutely. steve: thank you very much for being with us. work is available online at washington post.com. announcer: coverage continues this morning with a bipartisan american enterprise institute. is this morning live at to
8:45 a.m. on c-span two. bernie sanders speaks now to supporters in louisville, kentucky. ♪ [applause] ♪ [crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: louisville, thank you! in case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here tonight and i appreciate that. [applause] sen. sanders: this campaign began just about a year ago. and when we began, people were saying, bernie is a nice guy, he combs his hair beautifully. [laughter] sen. sanders: but none the less, he is a fringe candidate. well, well -- all right. well, a lot has happened in the
last year. as of today, we have now won 17 primaries and caucuses. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we have received some 9 million votes. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: when we started this campaign, we were 60 points behind secretary clinton in national polls here and a few of the polls actually have us ahead a few points. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and i will tell you what is extremely exciting for me, and that is in primary after primary, caucus after caucus, we end up winning the vote of people 45 years of age
or younger. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: and that is important because it tells me that the ideas that we are fighting for are the ideas of the future of america. [applause] sen. sanders: and the future of the democratic party. i am running for president because we live in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, but most americans don't know that because the economy is rigged and almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1%. [applause] sen. sanders: the issue of
wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time. it is the great economic issue of our time, the great political issue of our time and together we will address that issue. [applause] sanders: let us be very clear. in america today, the top 1/10 of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. [crowd booing] sanders: the top 20 people in this country in wealth now own more wealth on the bottom
-- more wealth they and the bottom 150 million americans -- half of our population. we've got one family, the walton family of wal-mart. they are worth $149 billion, more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: and when you talk about a rigged economy, that is exactly what walmart and the walton family are all about. they pay their workers wages that are so low that the american taxpayer has to pay for the food stamps and the medicaid -- [someone shouts, indiscernible] [cheering] >> bernie! bernie! sen. sanders: the american taxpayer is paying for the food stamps and medicaid that many
walmart employees need because their wages are too low. now, it is a little bit nuts to my mind when the middle class of this country has to subsidize the employees of the wealthiest family in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but it is not just wealth. it is not just wealth, it is income. in america today we have millions of people working longer hours for lower wages. we have families today where mom is working 40 hours, dad's working 40 hours, the kids are working and they are still not earning enough money to provide for their family. and that is why together we are
going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. [cheering] sen. sanders: together, we are going to end this absurdity of having a national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. together, we are going to create a minimum wage which is a living wage, 15 bucks an hour. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: it is not a radical idea to say that in america, in kentucky, in vermont, if you work 40 hours a week you should not be living in poverty. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: and when we talk about equitable wages, we are going to end the embarrassment of women making 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. [cheers and applause] america, today our infrastructure, our water systems, flint michigan, i was in flint michigan a couple of months ago. what i saw was something that i will never forget. poisoned byng
excessive lead in their water. this should not be happening in 2016.ountry in the year flint thatot just has problems with this water, hundreds of communities have similar problems. it's not just water. it have the rose and the bridges and and our airports and our rail system and our levees and our dams. this is america, our infrastructure should not be crumbling. and that is why together, we are going to invest in rebuilding our infrastructure. when we do that, we will create
13 million distant paying jobs. -- decent paying jobs. about the needs of the american people, all of us understand that we live in a competitive, local economy. that means that we need the best educated workforce in the world. there is something a little bit crazy one young people go to college, get the best education they can, and then they end up -- being $50,000 or $70,000 in debt. anybody here was student deck? -- debt?
in my view, we should be encouraging people to get an education, not punishing people for getting that education. that is why we are going to do two things. surveyone, and the world -- today it is no longer good enough to talk about public education being first through 12th grade. the truth is a changing economy and changing technology requires people to get more education. 50 years ago, you had a high school degree you are doing pretty well. you could make it into the middle class. that is not the case today. my view, when we talk
about public education, we must be talking about making public colleges and universities tuition free. [cheers and applause] view that wein my have hundreds of thousands of bright young people, who are qualified to go to college, but are unable to do so because their families lack the income. unfair to them, unfair to the future of this country. we don't know how many scientists and businesspeople and doctors cannot get the education they need area --. , it is absurd that we have millions of people in our country today that are being crushed by high levels of
student debt. i have talked to people all over vermont,ry, doctrine vermont,a doctor in $300,000 in debt. a guy who is 55 years of age in nevada, he has been paying off ,is student debt for 25 years he is more in debt today than he was when he took it out. not's, it is nuts. them tooing to allow refinance and debt at the lowest interest rate they can find.
what this means, it says to kids in kentucky and in vermont and west virginia, it says to those kids in the fourth grade and the sixth grade, that if you study hard, if you do well in school, income ofdless of the your family, you will be able to get a college education. throughout this campaign, my critics have my opponent has been saying bernie, you're a nice sky, you want to give out free tuition at public colleges and universities. ,ou want to reduce student debt how are you going to pay for it? i will tell you exactly how we will pay for it.
to enclose attacks -- impose a tax on wall street speculation. eight years ago, when wall recklessnessand brought this country into the worst economic decline since the againdepression, congress bailed them out. view, now is the time for wall street to help the middle class of this country. this campaign is listening, the
senior citizens, disabled veterans, and people who have disabilities. nation is not judged by the number of millionaires or nuclear weapons it has. a great nation is judged by how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable among us. today in kentucky, and in vermont and it states all over this country, there are millions of seniors and disabled vets who 10 trying to get by on thousand dollars $11,000 $12,000 he year social security. this. can get by on
you cannot buy the medicine you need, the food you need, pay the rent. you can't do it. what the republicans say when they say weis is are going to cut social security benefits. we are not going to cut social security benefits. we are going to expand social security benefits. let me for a moment talk about some of the differences that exist between secretary clinton and myself. differences -- one of the difference is important because it deals with how you
raise the money you need for your campaign. is that in the year 2016 at costs hundreds of billions of dollars. -- two run for president. when we began this process, we had to make a very simple decision. do we do what every other doing,n for president is and establish a super pac? do we beg wall street and and the drugrica companies for campaign contributions? well we agreed with you. we concluded that we don't ,epresent the billionaire class we don't represent wall street or corporate america. , andn't want their money
we are going to raise our differently.s i would never would have believed that this could have happened. in the last year, we have million over 7.3 individual he and -- individual contributions. seven point 3 million. anyone know what the average contribution is? what is revolutionary about that is we have shown the world that we can run a winning national campaign without being dependent on powerful and wealthy special interests.
secretary clinton has chosen to raise her funds in a different way. she has a number of super pac's. in the last filing. , her major super pac reported 25 million from special interests, including $15 million from wall street. that, secretary clinton has given a number of speeches to wall street , butcial institutions $225,000 a speech. 225 thousand dollars that is a lot of money. if you give a speech for that kind of money, it must be a
brilliant, earth shattering his reach. it must the a speech that will help resolve all of our global problems. it must be a speech written in shakespearean rose. -- pros. extraordinary should be shared with all the people. secretary clinton has said she will release the transcript when other people do the same. let me make here in louisville tonight, let me make a special announcement. prepared to release the transcripts of all the speeches i have given on wall street.
here it is. did you get all of the transcripts? ok. not for two dollars, no speeches behind closed doors at all. [cheers and applause] i have my cell phone on, and i am waiting for that call from , inviting me to give them a speech. i will make it easy for wall street. i don't want to hundred 25,000, i don't want $25. i do want the opportunity to tell them face to face with their greek and illegal bandit
-- greed and illegal behavior have done to this country. result of what they have know,as many of you millions of our fellow americans have lost their jobs, they have lost their homes, they have lost , and wall savings street has to understand that. i want to tell you a brief story that encapsulates everything that this campaign is about. , few weeks ago, goldman sachs they reached a settlement with the federal government for $5 billion. and they reached that settlement
because they had been selling worthless packages of subprime mortgage loans. and were ripping people off operating in a fraudulent manner. sachs,air to goldman they were not the only one. that's what everyone of the banks were doing. here is the other thing to understand when we talk about america today, and why it is too late for establishment politics. goldman sachs and other major wall street banks operated in a fraudulent manner. that's not all. over the last 25 years, the political power of goldman sachs through the revolving door had two top executives
at goldman sachs went on to become secretaries of the treasury. executives assumed a very important positions in democrat and republican administrations. you know what the revolving door means? it means you work on wall street, you go into the government, you represent wall street and the government, then you go back to wall street area --. what goldman sachs has done over the years like other institutions, they have made huge campaignan oftributions to politicians all stripes. here's the last thing we need to know about what is happening to goldman sachs.
really gets he american people angry. today in kentucky or vermont, some kid gets picked up marijuana, and that kid will get a criminal record that will last his entire life. hang on, we'll deal with that in men. here's my point. if you're a kid with marijuana, you got a crop -- you get a criminal record, which is no joke. you try to get a job with a criminal record, it may not be easy. but if you are an executive on , if street, if you are a 1% you are part of the most powerful institution in america, you can commit illegal acts which wrecked the lives of millions of people. you know what happens to you? increase in your
compensation package. you know what we will do together? we are going to bring justice back to the criminal justice system. justice means that even if you are wealthy and powerful, and if you break the law, you have got to pay the price. let me talk about just a few of the other difference between secretary clinton and myself. all of you know that one of the very important things that a president of the united states has to deal with, foreign and military policy. the most important debate -- the
most important debate that we have had as a country in the modern history of the united states has been over the war in iraq. 2002, very closely to what back to 2002. -- here's the issue. that there are no more important issues than the issues of war and peace and i know that as a congressman and senator. you you vote for a war,
know that some of the young people in your state who you send off, and you say god bless you, you know that some of those young men and women will not come home. and i listen very carefully to what bush and cheney and all the rest were saying about iraq, and note -- not only did i vote against the war, i helped to lead the opposition to that war. pleasure -- i wish i could tell you otherwise -- to tell you if you go to my website, listen to what i said on the floor of the house in 2002. much of what i said about the destabilization that would take place in the middle east turned out to be true. secretary clinton, then a senator, she heard the same evidence that i heard.
she voted for the war in iraq. are on issues of war and peace, we are -- all know defeated,d isis be isis must be crushed. but we also know that this country, and our brave men and women in the military should not be involved in perpetual warfare in the middle east. [cheers and applause] heard many of my colleagues, my republican colleagues especially on the floor of the senate. they are really tough. they want to go to war here. they want to go to war there. kids who areir going to go to war.
it is the children of working families in this country. understand that war and military sometimes of course force has to be used. it is a last recourse, not the first recourse. there is another area that secretary clinton and i disagree. she wants to raise the minimum $12 an hour. not good enough. to have stood on the picket lines with fast food workers from mcdonald's and , and they understand that in this country we need a $15 an hour minimum wage.
i will stand with those workers in that fight. this campaign is asking the american people to think outside of the box, and outside of the status quo thinking. campaign is asking people why it is that there is only one major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people. [cheers and applause] i have been criticized for saying this, so let me say it again. big deal.s a in my view, health care is a
right of all people, not a privilege. tonking outside of the box, think why it is that if you are wealthy in this country you can get great health care. but if you are working class or poor, you may not have any , or verysurance at all high deductible and copayments. lose dozens of people every year who do not have the money to go to the doctor when they should. view, when we understand that 29 million americans have no health insurance, even more are
and they are crying out for reforms of a broken criminal ustice system. i was a mayor for 8 years, and i worked very closely with my local police department and police departments all over this country. the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard-working and are doing a very, very difficult job. they deserve our support. but like any other public official, when a police officer breaks the law, that officer ust be held accountable. we need major reforms of local police departments. we have got to start
demilitarize and local police departments. we have to make local police departments reflect the diversity of the communities hey serve. we need as a nation to understand that lethal force, the killing of somebody, is the last response, not the first response. we need to end, and i have got legislation in to do this, private corporate ownership of prisons and detention centers. we need to re-think the o-called war on drugs. ver the last 30 years,
millions of people have received criminal records because of possession of marijuana. today, today under the federal controlled substance act, marijuana is listed as a schedule i drug next to eroin. i have introduced legislation that will implement as president getting marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act. states, it is the decision of the people of the state to decide whether they want to legalize marijuana or not and more and more states are doing that but it should not be a federal crime. and when we talk about drugs, in my state and all over this country, we are facing an enormous crisis with opiate
addiction and heroin addiction. every day, people are dying from overdosing on those drugs. now in my view, if we are going to deal effectively with that crisis, what we have got to understand is substance abuse and addiction should be treated as a health issue not a riminal issue. and that means, that means that we need in this country a revolution in mental health treatment. right now in virtually every part of this country people who are suffering mental health crises, people that are suffering with addictions, people who are suicidal, people who may be homicidal, they cannot get the treatment they
eed when they need it. nd that has got to change. ou know, we spent trillions of dollars on the war in iraq. we have spent billions rebuilding infrastructure in iraq and afghanistan. and yet, if you look at the inner cities of this country, what you see is outrageous levels of un employment and poverty, people who cannot find a form housing and you're seeing schools that are crumbling. if we can rebuild the infrastructure of afghanistan, we damn well can rebuild the inner cities in america.
and when you have no legal that tion that, means when you go to work, you are, can be exploited by your employer, because you have no legal rights to protect yourself. and that is happening all over this country, and i have talked to undocumented people who are scared to death that their families will be separated, somebody will be deported tomorrow. in my view, we need to move aggressively towards comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship. and if congress does not do its job in passing immigration reform, i will use the executive powers of the presidency to do all that i can.
this campaign is listening to a group of people, a group of people whose pain is almost never heard, and that is the native american community. all of you know, all of you know that from before this country became a country, when the settlers first came here, the native american people were lied to, cheated and treaties hey had signs were broken. all of you also know that we owe a debt of gratitude to the native american people we can never repay. [applause] they have taught us so much. and one of the important lessons that they have taught us, which we must, must learn, is that as human beings, we are
part of nature. [applause] that as human beings, we must exist with nature, not destroy ature. [applause] and that takes us -- [chanting] berny! bernie! bernie! >> and that takes us to an enormous only of importance for our country but of enormous importance for the entire planet. and that is as a member of the u.s. senate committee on the environment i have talked to scientists all over this country and all over the world. the debate is over.
climate change is real. climate change is caused by human activity. climate change is already causing devastating problems in this country and throughout the world. we have a moral responsibility as custodians of this planet to make certain that we leave this planet in a way that is healthy and habitable for our children and our grandchildren. that means we must stand up to the fossil fuel industry and tell them, and tell them their short-term profits are not more important than the future of this planet. now, i understand, i understand
that as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency, to sustainable energy is like wind, solar, geothermal and other technologies, there will be economic dislocation. and there will be innocent people, people who want nothing more than to provide for their families who will be hurt in that transition. and that is why in the legislation i have authored in the senate, the most comprehensive climate change legislation ever offered in the senate, that we provide $41 billion to help workers who might be dislocated. i know that all over this
country, there is a fear that donald trump will be elected president of the united states. i am here to tell you that on't happen. it won't happen, it won't happen because in every national poll that i have seen for a long time, we beat trump by double-digit numbers. [crowd chanting] >> bernie, bernie! senator sanders: but it is not only the polls. polls go up and down. it is all the fact that the american people will not elect a candidate who insults every group you can think of
virtually every day. we are not going to elect a president who insults mexicans and latinos. who insults muslims. who insults veterans. who insults women. who insults african-americans. the american people understand that our strength is in our diversity. they understand that when we come together as one people, black and white and latino and asian american and native american, gay and straight, whatever we may be -- we are stronger. [applause]
and the american people understand that coming together always trumps dividing us p. and the american people also understand that what america is about and which makes us great is supporting each other. that when your family is in trouble, my family and our country are therefore you. when my family is in trouble, your family in this country are here for us. and the american people understand that supporting each other always trumps selfishness.
most importantly, i think the american people understand what every major religion on earth has taught us for centuries and that is that at the end of the day love always trumps atred. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie, ernie, bernie, bernie! senator sanders: history has taught us one very profound lesson. and that is real change never takes place from the top on down. it always takes place from the ottom on up.
whether it is the history of workers standing up and fighting for their rights and orming unions. whether it is the civil rights movement where millions of people came together and said we will end racism and bigotry in this country. whether it is the women's ovement. people forget that less than 100 years ago, women in america did not have the right to vote, did not have the right to get the education or the jobs they wanted. but women came together and some of them went to jail.
some of them went to jail. some of them died in the struggle. but they and their male allies said that in america women will not be second-class itizens. if we were here 10 years ago, no time at all, and somebody jumped up and said, i think in the united states of america by he year 2015, gay marriage will be legal in every state in his country -- most people would not have believed that that would be possible, but what happened? is over the decades the gay community and their straight allies stood up, fought back
and said that in america, people should have the right to love whoever they want. that is the history of hange. change is about people by the millions looking around them and saying, the status quo does not work. the status quo is wrong. we are going to change the tatus quo. and today, all over our country, coast to coast, people are looking and they are saying, you know what? this grotesque level of income and wealth inequality is wrong. it is wrong that the middle class for 40 years has been in decline. it is wrong that people have to work two or three jobs to
survive. it is wrong that young people are leaving school $50,000 in debt. it is wrong that women are making 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. it is wrong that we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid amily and medical leave. or that all of our people do not have health care as a right. and when people begin to look at those issues, they begin to challenge. the establishment thinking and when people begin to look at these issues they say, you know what? this is the united states of america. e can do better. what this campaign is about is
telling you that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can transform this country in the way we need change all by himself. cannot be done by one person because the powers that be on wall street and corporate america and the corporate media, and wealthy campaign contributors, these folks are so powerful that no one president can do it alone. what we need, and what this campaign is about is a olitical revolution. what that revolution means is that millions of people today are beginning to stand up and fight back and demand a government which represents all of us, not just a handful of illionaires.
next week, there is going to be of very important primary here in the beautiful state of kentucky. and what we have learned so far on the campaign is that if there are large voter turnouts, e win. let us make certain that for the kentucky democratic primary, we have the largest voter turnout in history. thank you all very much! [applause] >> [crowd chanting] bernie! ernie!
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candidate talked to campaign supporters and she outlined her -- her plans. this isability 407 minutes. hillary clinton:you know, over the past few days i have had some extraordinary question met with -- we met with railroaders who have watched the decline in steel and it's led to cuts in rail service and it has cost jobs matchup to and will cut more jobs later.
so to everyone 20 took the time to tell me about their lives. both the good and the bad, i'm really grateful, and thank you. i will not forget that generosity. thanks to you, i've learned a lot. which is what i came here to do. we started in ash lon kentucky where i met with dozens or steel workers who were laid off then we drove williamson, west virginia, a town deep in the coal fields where they are working hard to build a more diverse economy after losing hundreds of jobs. today we had a conversation in charleston, west virginia that was both sorrowful and inspiring with people in recovery for addiction and the doctors and counselors and recovering addicts and others
who are helping them get back on their feet. i'm ending my trip here in athens, because small businesses like jackie o's are what makes this a dynamic entrepreneurial community. and we need more of that. [applause] it shouldn't have to be said, but i will say it. a latcha is a vital part of the united states. and -- [applause] all of you here today and people across this region are vital to america's future. and i know that too often people feel like they are not treated that way, but you should be. a latcha is home the some of he most resilient,
heart-working people on this planet. and you deserve every chance to get ahead and stay amade the heck. our country succeeds only when working people everywhere can succeed. not just in in the big cities but in the hills of eastern kentucky right here and southern ohio, deep in the coal fields of west virginia, the small towns that dot this part of america. we need to break down all the barriers that hold people back. not just here in a latcha but across america so everyone can share in the promise of our country. families here like families everywhere want the same things. good jobs that pay enough to provide a middle class life. good schools for kids and opportunities when they graduate. safe and welcoming communities to grow up in and grow old in.
and something less tangible but just as essential, faith in the future. and confidence that your kids and grandkids will have all the choices and opportunities they deserve. that shouldn't be too much to ask. especially for a place that has done so much for america. for generations, appalachian coal put the lights on in people's homes and schools and kept assembly lines rolling in factories. steel plants hoped the build our sky 1cr5eu7ers and win world war ii. helped chemical plants and they were tough jonzon but provided a ticket to the middle class, but it wasn't an easy ride. more than 100,000. let me repeat that, more than
100,000 miners died on the job in the 20th century in america. more than twice that many succumbed to black lung disease. the uniteded mine workers put their ifes on the line hard won victory helped strengthen the movement nationwide. and unions, but countless workers have benefited in all kinds of industries. there is no question that the workers of appalachia made america more prosperous and more secure. that legacy should be honored. is a rich chapter in our history, but as a debt.
we all must -- always should strive to repay. i know that for a lot of people in this region these words may sound nice. but it's not so easy to believe them. you've had a lot of politicians make a lot of promises to you over the years. that they couldn't keep. i'm not going to do that. if i can promise you that have the honor of serving as president, i will fight for you and your families every day, whether you vote for me or not. , i will your partner be your partner and i will not for one minute give up on appalachia. not in your workers, your
children, your retirees. some of you may be wondering, how can i say all of this? because in ohio during the sounded like i said something differently about coal miner jobs. plainly i misspoke. it's one reason i took this trip, to make sure you know where i stand, because i would never disrespect the people here. , i am that some may say talking about coal country, steelworkers, the region because of the election. let's be honest. , this broader region isn't one where a lot of democrats running for president tend to win a lot of those these days. i know that there are people in this region, i met with some of them yesterday, who find it hard
to think of voting for any democrat, or me particularly. but i am going to keep trying to convince people otherwise. that's not what this trip is about. i am here because i do want to be your president because i believe that our best years can still be ahead of us. i am absolutely sure of that. not justng to require what a president does, but what all of us do. it will require people to be -- we don't diagnose our problems we've roll up our sleeves and solve them. for me, learning more about the lives of the people here, and about what you want for your futures is critical to a kind of president i would like to be. there is nothing i take more seriously than that. i say to people, i am going to
try to earn every vote that i can. even if people don't vote for me , i will be with them and with you every single day. let me be clear. at a time when our energy sector is changing rapidly, we need to invest in coal communities. we need to figure out how to bring new jobs and industries to them. we need to stand up to the coal company executive trying to shirk their responsibility to their workers and retirees. the facts are clear, the energy market is changing in america and around the world. but coal is still part of our energy supply. although it reduces far less of our electricity, than it once did. even china is starting to burn less call.
that's good for the planet. they have hurt america coal exports from this region. no matter what some politicians tell you, these trends are here to stay. panels on top of this burry. we are not going to go back to an energy system that looks like it did in the 20th century. protect oureed to children's health and futures by combating climate change and accelerating the transition to clean energy economy. that is still a transition. anyone who pretends that we can isn'ts which -- a switch being honest with you either. we need to try everything we can
to cut carbon pollution. that includes supporting cutting-edge work being done right here in appalachia in institutions working on carbon capture technology. to taketoo important any possible solution off the table. thee are going to go around country talking about the benefits of a clean energy economy, which i have done for more than one year. we have a responsibility to come to this region of our country and look people in the eye and talk about what that really means. impact on appalachia is compounded by other economic challenges. the chinese are dumping cheap steel in our markets. trying to fix their domestic economic problems on the back of american workers. still haven'ties recovered from the great
reception, which wiped out jobs, homes, and savings. interday i met a man named west virginia. area.t his job last fall he showed me a picture of his three beautiful little children. he was trying to keep a brave face for them so they wouldn't know how worried he and his wife are. proudirginia means are people he said. we take pride in our faith in god, we take pride in our families, we take pride in our jobs. we take pride in the fact that we are hard workers. why, he asked, are there programs in place already to help people like him? why isn't there more help to turn to?
jobsre we going to get new there not years from now but right now? i will bet everybody in here knows somebody in the same boat. and he was clear, he is a republican. he is not voting for me. but i really don't care about that. we need to do better for him and his family and families like his across appalachia and america. and that means coming together, making a real plan to invest in the foundations of a strong middle class, mainly good jobs. and quality education for our kids. and a level playing field for american workers. that's what my plan for revitalizing communities here will do.
we have to honor our obligations to minors past and present and stand with steelworkers who are fighting for their livelihoods right now. for months i have been speaking out against the coal companies like patriot and peabody and arch coal quik-trip t-shirt their responsibility to worker and retirees. minors, power plant workers and railroad employees deserve the benefits they are and the respect of all americans. among the $100,000 -- miners who died in the last century, we have lost miners in this century , who i join with them in sacrifice. 29 brave men who are as at the upper big branch mine. the owner of that mine, don
blankenship had neglected workers safety for years. and because of weak laws, when he was finally caught, finally charged and finally convicted, he only received a one-year prison sentence. one year. 429 deaths. that is totally unacceptable. we need to strengthen those laws and hold executives who neglect workers health and safety to account. that is why as support to bills in front of congress right now that shared reference. the minors protection act, and the mine safety protection act. to keepingitical -- protectingng workers on the job. i hope that congress will pass
them and the president will sign them as quickly as possible. by the way, i heard mr. blankenship was outside my event yesterday protesting me. well, if donald trump wants to support someone like that, he can have it. [applause] at a time when chinese cheating is killing americans still jobs, i will not leave our steelworkers to fend for themselves. as president, i will make sure we step up and initiate cases against china before jobs are lost, not after. i intend to appoint a special trade prosecutor and push for stronger rule of origin standards. doesn't have al
backdoor to american markets, as part of -- foreign cars. i oppose any effort to grant market economy status to china, because it would weaken our ability to stop china from dumping cheap steel on the global market. it is illegal. it is hurting american workers and we have to make it stop. i am proud to be standing up here with your senator, because he has been on the frontlines of this. together we'll make it happen. we need to invest in creating more good paying jobs here and i'll appalachia. we know this region is rich in assets far beyond cold. willso know economic plans
not see results for family. i want to support local treatment priorities. my plan creates a new coal community challenge fund to support investment by appalachians for appalachians. when i was in mingo county yesterday in williamston, i heard from members of the community who are talking about how they are trying to generate more small business to create more jobs. they started and incubator to hope entrepreneurs get more ventures off the ground. they've needed better housing infrastructures so putting people to work refurbishing houses. they realize that many of their neighbors were struggling with opiate addiction and other chronic health issues like diabetes. they opened a nonprofit health clinic. meanwhile, the county there is stepping up by repurpose thing
mine landmind plan -- that is bringing an end has the potential to bring in more big employers. this is the kind of locally driven development that i think can really work. the federal government should do more with work. in kentucky are learned about a company that trains former miners to be computer programmers and matches them to jobs in eastern kentucky. silicon valley tech companies are learning about these minors are hiring them. this is not a silver bullet by any means, but it is helping. and we need to grow that kind of creative entrepreneurial approach, mix hard-working people with skills that are needed and create those jobs and attract investment. with more assets to fast,
affordable broadband we could do even more in this region. eight years ago i spent a lot of time driving the roads in west virginia. yesterdaylot of time and today riding the roads of west virginia. you're disconnected. west virginia deserves just as much broadband access as any place else in america and so does southern ohio and eastern kentucky and all of the rest of the region. goals. one of my just like we had to finish electric fire the country because you know what happens. they will go where the business is. businesses want to go to cities and suburbs and come to a great universities like this one.
we have to finish the job of contact -- connecting america. i am convinced on we do, we will see a whole bunch of new small businesses and creative ideas to put into action. i do want to support what i learned about yesterday. let's read per post power plants to support new jobs like the industrial park in holden. expand new markets tax credits, something my husband started in the 1990's. to steer investment in private enterprise more to appalachia. having a good job is about so much more like getting a paycheck. it is about dignity and a sense of purpose. i don't want young people to have to leave home to find those things. i want them to be able to stay in the region to be family and friends and earn a
good living, be able to give their kids a great life. you shouldn't have to leave home when we are such a connected world now. let's connect ourselves up and get creative. a bright can create future. the third part of our plan for revitalizing appalachian me andes is investing in education and training. of advanced education, doesn't have to be college or university's. it can be technical education, apprenticeships, community colleges, but it makes a difference. we are going to make community college free, and get all young people-- give all young freence to graduate debt from any college or university, like the university of ohio.
we will make it easier to pay off existing student that, if you are an entrepreneur, we will let you defer your student loan payments and pay no interest for up to three years why you get your business off the ground. i want young people to take advantage of those opportunities . i want to see young people be ofe to take advantage of incubators like here in southeast ohio. it supports up to 30 startups every year. think oftiply that, what we will create together. people to make sure that who don't go to college get the education and training they need to get a good job. there are a lot of ways of doing that. jobs out a lot of there. the last number i saw was 1.2 million jobs for people with
skills in the trade. that begins earlier with good schools and teachers no matter what zip code or chavez and. child lives in. that is a particular challenge for a lot of areas, because when mines close, power plants shut down, steel mills go idle, school district loses tax revenue. what is happening in waterford, ohio, after a power plant shut down, the school than $1 loss more
million out of a $7 million budget. they laid off dozens of teachers. that is no way to get our kids the education that they need. i was looking for ways that we could help. back in the 90's, when the timber industry was in decline in the pacific northwest, we started a federal program to keep local schools open as they face declining tax revenues. let's make a similar commitment to appalachian communities, by steel sure that coal and if they have problems, it is not taken out on the students and teachers. we will take a hard look at retraining programs, to make sure they are delivering results. the last thing anybody needs are more retraining programs for jobs that don't exist. we have a whole bunch of those.
let's learn from programs that really work. in williamston i met a young man named brandon. his dad was a minor, he thought he would be too. then his dad lost his job and that got brandon thinking about his future. well he was in high school, he learned about a training program offered by the coal field development corporation. workers spend 33 hours a week on the job getting paid, six hours and the classroom working towards an associate degree, three hours learning life skills like financial management. that is the path brandon is taking. when he is done he will have skills that employers want, a two-year degree, some money in the bank, and he will be able to build the kind of life that he wanted in his own hometown. fourth and finally we have to invest in families. raising a family is hard work anywhere, and i think it is harder today than it was not so
long ago. i talk to a lot of young parents. now is ang in on this new grandmother. i pay a lot of attention to the struggles of young parents are facing, no matter what level of income and education, there are different challenges. we have to be more helpful. to balancehard family and work as we can. that's why we need family leave. and why we have to continue to work under the affordable care get the cost down and get more competition in this distant. system.e we need to look at specific withems, too many miners
black lung disease have been denied health care they need because coal company funded lawyers and doctors withheld evidence, or willfully misdiagnosed them. i know a little bit about this because way back in arkansas there, weand i were took on a bunch of black lung cases. he and i would travel to meet with them miners and their families to see what could be done to help them. unfortunately, the problems never stopped. that this region loses too many young people. they go to college, and they don't come back. they don't see a way to make a living. others stay and it is a struggle. for many people, these problems are too big to bear. we have drug abuse, alcohol abuse and suicide all on the rise across appalachia.
some, especially middle-aged white women, life expectancy is on the decline. war, that'simes of never happened before in the united states. my husband and i have been talking about this for months. opioidare dying from one-'sheroine -- hair eyesight. bill said do you know what they are really dying? they are dying from a broken heart. this is a problem that should concern every american. we need to make a national effort. we cannot go on like this. we have got to commit to treating substance abuse disorders and mental health issues.
[applause] we should bring the same urgency and resources to bear as we do for heart disease or cancer. not a moral failing, it is a disease. and mental health is just as important as physical health. that is why we have to commit ourselves to doing. these are complicated problems. they all intersect. there are no easy solutions. we cannot just ignore them, we cannot deny them.
we need a full-court press, government, business, university, business groups, advocates, people pulling together, learning from each other. that is exactly what i want to do. the ideas that i am putting out today are just a start. i am going to take everything i have heard these last two days and add it to everything else i have heard over a lifetime, and work with leaders to come up with plans. it is truly not worth running for and serving as president if you do not help struggling americans get ahead and stay ahead. it is fair to ask what is the other side offering? it is the same old trickle-down economics that has failed us
before. donald trump does not talk about these issues on the campaign trail. his tax plan would give 3.2 trillion dollars to millionaires and billionaires. the people in our society who need it the least. you know it -- what we can do at that kind of money. we could make social security and medicare solvent for the next 75 years, for example. repair, replace and expand our entire national infrastructure. i just don't get it. the other side wants to give that money to the rich. what a waste. and they don't bother to come up with solutions to most of the problems people talk to me about. they say things like let let's get out of the epa are, closing
the epa is not the answer to rebuilding our region as we clean, breathable energy. and closing the department of education is not going to stop reversing the decline in jobs, it won't keep it schools open. we have got to stay focused on what we can do together and we know how to do this my friends. to working with everybody. i think part of the job of being a president will be the convener and chief. ring people to the white house. set around a table, talk and listen to each other. have a can of beer to get rings going. we don't have time to waste. people are discouraged.
people feel like our government and politics and our economy have failed them. let's make the wealthy pay their fair share instead of giving .hem more tax breaks let's invest in appalachia, give the families here to -- the opportunities that you deserve. i want to close with a letter i recently received from another young man in west virginia also by the name of brandon. his dad is also a retired miner. here's what he wrote. the coal industry has always been up and down. we are was made it through the tough times because of the people around us. we know what it is to be a community here in west virginia. we come together when someone needs help. , not not just his story