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averages than the rest of the communities. that's the first point. we have been in contact with some of these organizations. them at ven worked for one point in our professional lives. and what this campaign -- this campaign comes to add value to those efforts. it's not substituting anything. and our focus is to go back to the families. this is what's different about this campaign against the others. we are going back to the original communities, to attack the program from its roots. what we have learned in our years working in latin america thehere in the u.s. is that cultural -- democratic culture and democratic values are learned at home. so we're going back home to the countries of origin to promote and educate on those values and that's what is different.
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no other campaign or no other effort in mobilizing latino voters is -- is done in the countries of origin. all of the -- all of the efforts are done here with -- with the voter. i think that's the main difference. speaking in spanish] speaking in spanish]
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speaking in spanish] >> i'm bill lamb "the san antonio express news." i'm a little unclear. do you anticipate that the ads will be running widely in the u.s. as well as other countries? will it be also -- whether it be a lot on television as well as the internet? and what kind of a budget do you have here for this project? >> well, first of all, the ads
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are going to be running mainly online and these are going be viral. our intention is for them to be the first -- in the first -- in this first phase. they are free for anyone who wants to run them, any medium that wants to run. these ads can run them. the three. three. if we produce more then we will have more. we have -- produce it, yes. that's up to how we go on that appear. e're doing this with -- with self-resources. it's our own resources we're informs yitting here. we have invested right now around $10,000. and a lot of professional time. that's what's costly right now.
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i don't know if you want to add something. speaking in spanish] >> what evanjo said is our cost is less because we do this -- we have -- we have a producer -- no you're a producer and the advertising agent. so our costs are really low. and we're playing those costs right now. i don't know if i answered your question.
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>> where? would that by widely in the u.s., do you sneapt >> it depends on the public's response in the u.s. but what we are promoting and we have the resources, again, professional resources in latin america. >> in latin america, this campaign is going to be well dribt because of our -- because of our professional -- because of all the professionals that are involved in this. we have communications, experts from five, six countries. they have their resource there is and i'm not talking about money. i'm talking about public elations and the capacity of viralizing this content. speaking in spanish]
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>> will you translate it to spanish what he stated during the first -- yeah, before. and i'm going to answer your question. why are we doing this? the question in english would be this.oves us to it's a professional challenge, first of all. we've been working in campaigns for many years.
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m been working for 10, 123 years now. for 20 years in campaigning in latin america. we -- we had experienced -- we've had some experience this year with n. g.o.'s. with the family vote in particular. and that is insired us to go forward i have a personal story that if you have two minutes i will share with you. my grandmother actually was born and raised in brooklyn. and she was an american immigrant that went to mexico. and inteeducated us and in my house we were educated in american democratic values. i. she was an american citizen. i ay, and maybe personally
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hink that the american should be ulture widespreading in our countries. and that will help obviously -- that will help democracy but we're also in the business of campaigning. and if we don't have democracy we would be out of a job. >> we're doing this really convinced with that. and i think that's baisley it. there's no more. . [speaking in spanish].
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speaking in spanish] >> i will repeat my question. i want to know why what drove you to the conclusion that motivating these people's families in other countries in central and latin america is going to make them vote here? -- jose alberto wants to answer this question. >> hi. speaking in spanish]
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>> what jose adolfo said, what we have learned in our research and our experience is that there dynamic and a constant relationship between the american -- latino electorate and their families and their family. and due to new technology the distance is shortening. and then the influence held that families have on their friends here and on their family's here is still very large. latin didn't to that
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america is that most of the decisions are taking in the primary circle, most of the -- most of the latin americans tend to vote in communities, tend to vote in groups. it there o device for cal choices. this is what they've learned. you know, so that's -- that's another thing that makes us know that it is a families who are to g to -- who are going to popularize this. >> this 2016 we're seeing legses where one of the candidates have called mexicans who live here, rapists, narc traffic kerrs.
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it's very hard for me to believe that that han influenced what you're doing here today. not that there's no feel of that nothing's at stake here. the stuff that's going on in honduras and el salvador. is it true that dad has had no influence to see that there's need for it for him to have a stake in the election in 2016? >> as we have stated before, we believe that the latino voice is not recent enough. we are here to help the latino boys rise. >> it will be up to the campaign to decide. >> donald trump campaigned in he election. >> well, we started to vote with
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last year and -- and i insist i don't know what if those campaigns that are mentioning are the consequence of the latino voice not to have recent enough to the past. probably with the latino voice rising more. those campaigns will probably -- have a different study to do in the future. speaking in spanish] >> hello. hi.
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he was asking if people in latin america, families, would be interested in american politics and, what we are saying, is that the campaigns,to it is interesting for latin americans back home, what is happening. theconversation about american election is on the everyday table in latin america and that is what makes this campaign also possible. is also possible. it's an opportunity to resonate because there is a conversation back in our countries. back in a conversation our conversation tables in all of our countries, and we are adding a new ingredient to that conversation.
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>> [speaking in spanish] >> [speaking in spanish]
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she asked us what our numbers and what our expectations. decisively, the spanish electorate has an expected voters, 12% of all
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the eligible voters. it isly our goal because not about this campaign only, but we want to contribute to all the efforts mentioned here. reach the average voter to try to reach the average turnout, which is a little bit above 50%, so we are talking about a little bit less , 50 50 million voters million latino voters. that is the goal. >> thank you very much. if there is no other questions, we will be out here for additional remarks. what? two more things. sorry. thet of all, let me mention content director. andas been writing speeches
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messages for all of his life for mexican and latin american ivan, david,and who brought us some merchandising which is for you, in the table -- back there. instead of a coffee station, we have merchandise. , sorry., pins please, feel free to grab your own merchandise. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> it is one month until congress returns. here on c-span, we are keeping track and keeping an eye on what members are up to during the august recess, and that includes sports. it is baseball season, and football training camp season. a couple of tweets, this one from senator bob casey of pennsylvania as a "great morning with the philadelphia eagles. things are looking good for this year." stateng with the arkansas red wolves. "things for letting me stop by your practice." walters, a congresswoman from irvine, california, tweeting about the return of the in irvine. that is the 45th district of california. back to baseball, in rhode
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who you willr know run into in rhode island." that is a part of it red sox in of theor league team boston red sox. you can follow more he going to cspan and look for our members of congress list. >> respectabilityusa, an organization that -- for the disabled. we will hear from democratic national committee disability outreach director ted jackson, plus, remarks on delaware governor jack markell and house speaker paul ryan's chief of staff. this is about three hours. respectability, a disability rights organization, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, i want to welcome people who are
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watching us today. the speaker that is about to speak has been involved in partisan activity. i want to be sure that you know that we invited the republican national committee and the trump campaign to participate and that we followed up repeatedly invited them to precipitate -- to participate in this event. i want to remind them how much we want to to be at this forum. i don't want anyone to think that the fact that there is somebody has been working with democrats and not somebody on the republican side is because organization.san we are a nonpartisan organization and we are just absolutely delighted that ted jackson is here. i did ask him however to be very nonpartisan in his comments, so there is not any missed medications out there about who we are as an institution.
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i do want to credit the dnc and the hillary clinton campaign for caring and enough about these issues that he is fully present. let me tell you a little bit about ted jackson. he most recently served as office of public engagement in communityty -- ada engagement special at the democratic national convention in philadelphia, where he helped to create an accessible environment for people with disabilities and folks who needed an accommodation at that convention. theiously, he worked for organizing director at the california foundation for independent living centers and the disability organization network. that is the donetwork. during his time at the donetwork, they celebrated advocacy, success, which includes california's online voter registration system, the ada compliantly
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system in the nation. redesign ofility the bay area rapid transit's new train cars. prior to working in the disability community, he was a lgbtq advocate working on a marriage equality campaigns. in 2000 four, jackson was the field director for the 2004,sful campaign -- in jackson was the field director for the successful campaign. he was appointed by california secretary of state alex padilla, for the voter accessibility advisory committee. he is a man of incredibly high energy and talent. even though he is like a california guy, and people think t as ah guy whoi has been in californiam, there is not a person who cares about voter
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rights for people and disabilities in america that does not know ted jackson or has not been touched by him in some way even if they do not know it. ted jackson, thank you for being with us here today. [applause] >> do you prefer to sit or stand? host: i'm a big guy. i'm afraid i'm going to block the captions, so i am going to sit down. mr. jackson: thank you. i just wanted to make sure i did not block the captioning. , i'm pleased and honored to be here today. this is really awesome that respectability is bringing all these folks together to have these different conversations about elections and voting and candidates and voters and the issues that play and mix through all of them. i first want to thank jennifer
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and respectability, and i have to say, i think it was two years or three years ago that i discovered respecter ability and the work they were doing -- respectability and the work they were doing. in california, they had done a poll. i went, wow, someone did a poll. for those of you who are really involved in this stuff, you know how amazing that is. there is no voter data on voters with disabilities in voter registration files. the fact that an organization worked with posters to do the painstaking work of matching of water data with people with disabilities from other data streams was amazing and it is something we need more of, and i am going to touch on that in my remarks, probably a little bit later. i was so excited that i reached out and started this
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relationship and it has been great. the place i want to start at camemy comments is that i politically, i always was a person with a disability, but was not a disability advocate. i had advocated for myself in situations, but politically, i had been an lgbtq advocate in the gay community and i had been a political operative and worked on campaigns. i kind of dropped out a little bit early from that lgbtq movement because i wanted to work on electoral campaigns. that was where i came from and it was through working on the fair education act in california that i came to work in the disability community. what that law in california does is it implements disability and lgbtq history and the california's k-12 classrooms in public schools. the world just really opened up to me. it it was interesting for me
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because it was at a time when the sea change is happening on marriage equality and many issues in the legislature. here i was going into the legislature or organizing people across the state of california, on disability issues, and was getting knocked down. knocked down. meanwhile, all of my friends, who are still in the lgbtq are still finally getting their bills passed. it seems like each session, we are coming up against in-home support services. we do everything differently in california, so in home support services, which is what you folks in the rest of the community would call home and community-based services, every year there was a negotiation in the legislature, every year, there was something they were trying to take away from it or change or something like that but we were fighting to keep onto. and then, california of course is the state of notification
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bills. notification bills that chip away at people's rights and the americans with disabilities act. every year, we would fight them and beat them down. some of them got past. my time, i had to watch two of and signed and it was terribly painful to see that. meanwhile, all of my friends who worked on a dvt stuff were still getting all of their -- lgbtq stuff were getting their stuff passed and signed. what was the power that they built up? that they can present these bills, they can get votes on both sides of the aisle, and that a republican governor or democrat governor during that period of time would sign them? really what it was was electoral power. , our community has done a lot to build up advocacy power, and there are a lot of gains that this community
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has put together. the one thing we do not have his electoral power. and that is the power of votes. that is the power that hold elected officials accountable to the ballot box. it is not necessarily meaning, a metal thing we do not vote because we do. in some places, weaver larger than what the studies show. what it is is matching that person to something in a voter file. and being able to catalog and do list building and be able to walk in to an office and that person knowing that this 500,000 members who are registered to vote. toy have the ability communicate with those members about whatever issue it is. that is really what electoral power is and that is what the lgbtq community had been over the course of several marriage battles in the states, is that they had organized their
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community in response to attacks, but in the process, had ,ssentially done list building had done voter registration, had increased their community's ability to turn out and vote, and because of the list building piece of that, could recontact them in an emergency moment to do grassroots lobbying. in between election cycles. that is kind of the picture. we have been very successful in the disability community. we are always coming back sometimes to fight the same battle and i would really like to get onto the next thing. [laughter] ?ost: you know questio mr. jackson: i would like to talk about self judging cars. i began -- self driving cars. i started having these conversations a couple of years ago with folks in disability
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world, people like mark johnson at the national -- independent living, who works at the shepherd center in atlanta, georgia. last year, they were building up all of this amazing energy around the 25th anniversary of the ada. if anyone went to the nichols conference, last year's conference was incredible. it was such a huge celebration, and literally, marketing johnson said we cannot let this go. we have to turn this into voting. that is our next big thing. i think what happened in that year was that people naturally gravitated towards it because they understood the 25th a lot ofry of the ada folks to take a look back at the .eft 25 years to remember the fight that they went through to get it passed
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and to remember all the advocacy that this had to happen in the poor cases to defend it and then to dream about the future and where we can take it. there were lots of youth panels across the country. my organization in california did a 200 person national conference where we dreamed about the future. in dreaming about the future, folks realized that in order to do those things, we are going to happen have our elected officials at the helm of our centers of government, not just here in washington, d.c., it all the way down to your local townships. we started thinking about voting. building this electoral power. i started speaking on it and more people came to the table, or people came to the table, and what we eventually did was we build a training program. if so, last year, we trained about 50 people at the nickel conference. we in trained about 100 people
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in geo tv skills it and how to develo strategy. develops and how to strategy. this was all nonpartisan. this year, we went on and , did 10 trainings throughout california, trainings in georgia and trainings in and a larges, conference of a couple hundred people in california that was a national conference. training went on further. i stepped out at the nichols conference this past year, this past summer, just a couple weeks called --hen a group spun together. they are taking off like wildfire. really committed to voter registration. they formed the national disability voter registration .eek
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over 40 fed late organizations in states participated. just to give you a picture of how the is coming together, i down thatstate participated. groups from d.c., illinois, missouri,achusetts, montana, new jersey, california, pennsylvania, texas, virginia, west virginia, wisconsin, and texas and virginia had a dozen sites in each of them. this is really starting to kind of explode. it is really absolutely wonderful to see. , asaution for the community we really develop these andartisan voter outreach geo tv efforts is that we are maintaining data practices. and that we are learning from the history of the suffrage movement. we are learning from the history
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of the civil rights movement. we are learning from the history of the lgbtq movement. we are than in from the history of the women's movement. how we are learning about these folks brought people together, got them organized, and then maintained their data, their name, their phone number, their address, checked off that they were registered to vote, so that they could call on them in the future, and they could continue to build, because right now, you know, counting is everything. i always tell folks, my organizing teams when i am working on campaigns, my mantra is that everyone counts. what everyone counts means is that, double entendre, we don't anted.nyone for gr numbers are the only lane which on the earth that is really going to tell you where you were, where you are now, and what you need to get to where you want to go. we need to start putting
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in some of these grassroots quality to the work that we are doing a round that it is not just about registering as many people as possible, but it is about registering people with disabilities and maintaining a relationship with them through holding onto their data and reporting those numbers. letting our elected officials know that our organization registered 122 people last month. of thisperfect example i think is a test campaign we ran in california, this past year before i left and came to the dnc. i said, we spent the time training folks all over california. over the past year, we trained almost 500 disability organizers across the country. not sure how many of them are actually going to activate themselves and do geo tv
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campaigns, but one group that we trained in hayward, california in the east pay, said "let's go for it, let's do a campaign for the primary." they got some funding, always an important thing. russians about funding and accessibility in the last panel. funding always is necessary. campaign.onpartisan youth ran an equitable social media campaign. the youth got really involved with it. these are disabled youths who went out every day and registered voters. they did pledge gathering and went beyond people with disabilities. they went into the community at large and asked people if they cared about issues that were important to people with disabilities. the catalog that information. we began to build a voter base. in total, i think there were people in their
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voter base. the concentrated only on the city council elections that were happening at the california primary. and then, of course, we layered a list building vendor, so we did list enhancement. we were able to marry the list from this particular center to their list, plus the ones that we had. in that city, we identified 2500 who were registered to vote and who were people with disabilities. of course, we did what every campaign does, the phone banks began. we did knock on doors, we did phone banks, and we reached out. we did a little bit of direct mail, a little bit of e-mailing, but we did phone banks every day in contact with these voters. piece with acation forearm and engaged with the candidates to let them know we were doing this, and
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interestingly, four candidates decided to talk about disability issues on the campaign trail. which was surprising. ios had a good relationship with city council, but the candidates never talked about disability issues on the campaign trail. when the election came and was candidatesthe four that talked about disability issues on the campaign trail re the four -- whe the race.on the vote spread between the fourth position and the fifth position, that was 2300 votes. this little organization, the center for independent living, now has a level of power with their elected officials in their home community that they never had before, and that is what a literal power is. if i can do anything today, or if i do anything in my life, and my professional life in the disability world, that is to
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really paint that picture for folks but also helped make it a reality in communities where they can see this. the flip side of this, the hard as they decided to engage on this was they had to give up their other activities. you cannot do everything all at once. you really cannot. while it was important that, in may, the budget is going on in california, that is when all the advocacyand i visite happens in other programs, they had to say that this year, we are not going to participate in that. that is painful. -- ing is what keeps our going. it keeps our programs going. that is very, very, very painful. that if theyod took the risk and build this power, that they were then going to recruit greater energy from
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government, greater support down the line and in the future and that is always the hardest thing i think that when i talk to different disability organizations is to tell them, " ok, it is election time, we need to maybe not spend as much of our staff time on the policy piece is right now." i would encourage everyone to be thinking about that. days, what is the most important thing that you can do? is the most important thing that homean do to do a study on and community-based services or to write a memo on it or go talk to staff here in the building? orson most important thing you can do is to say "i am going to write that in november or december. i'm going to do that in november or december. for the the days, if i have the structure and the funding, maybe
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what we ought to do with our time is make sure our members get out to vote, maybe we ought to call them on the phone and concentrate solely on that, and build some power for ourselves." electoral power, the easy persuasion of what electoral power is organized people plus organized money. the number one thing i hear from disability organizations is "we have no money." i think it is true. we don't have membership bases that drive our fundraising. a lot of our organizations have lists of people, number one, that we cannot use for stuff like this because they are protected. -- and they are folks that are lower income. we do have organized money. we have a lot of education dollars. you can use that for voter education.
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nonpartisan, and there are groups now that i have been talking to that are starting to get that understanding that, you know, we have a ton of voter education money and we consistently have not used it for that. we have put into having a hotline on election day. developing a flyer. you know, doing things like that , plus a hotline on election day. of course we can develop a flyer. of course we should do community outreach. are we using that money to wisely -- that money wisely enough? can we at something onto it for those of us that have a kind of money to do better education pieces that go directly to the voter? making sure they know when election day is, making sure they know where to get their materials, making sure their materials are available to them in accessible formats, doing the advocacy pieces. the most painful part for me is that i do a lot of voting
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advocacy. you know, i helped work on getting online voter registration made accessible in california, and that the aclu did a study that we are the only fully accessible one in the nation. do stuffy, i love to like that, and that his election related, but even i have to go i'm going to organize people for this period of time so i have a better strength-based to donetwork after the election -- do that work after the election." what is our time look like? to talk a little bit about electoral power, which i just did. i also wanted to get a picture of our community and where they are regarding voting. i think we heard some of the statistics in the last panel. i snuck in part way through.
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there was some really great information. one of the things i think is important for all of us to understand as we go into discussions about statistics and what our trends show is that none of our numbers seem to be as perfect as other communities, and the reason is is that we are not on voter registration cards. is thelly believe that single point. if we were to do one thing that would change everything, or that would open doors, it would be to get a request for accommodations or a request for voter education materials in alternate formats added to the voter registration card. the doors -- [indiscernible] definitely going to buy not. we are not on voter registration cards. we are not in voter databases from the states or campaigns and polling companies to pull from.
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asare also not being studied significantly by universities around the country, and i just did a study, after two years or three years of pushing, sometimes i push a little bit, with the university of california davis. what they tell us is that we , andt do a random sampling that is really huge. you really cannot do a random sampling of people with disabilities throughout the united states because the list that exists really only have part of the community, they have a lower income part and they are protected. >> let me just jump in. so, ted is so advanced, but when consultantolitical or candidate and you want to talk to voters, you want to get a list, and you want to have information about the people on that list.
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when somebody registers for their drivers license, they record when you were born and whether you are male or female and whether you were right, black, -- white, black, hispanic, etc.. is keptabout disability or there. when a candidate wants a list of voters with disabilities, it does not exist. that is what he is talking about, is that voters, that candidates might say as you heard from congressman brad sherman in an earlier segment, they want to do some in for a community and they want to communicate to that community that they did it. but if they do not have a list, how are they going to communicate it to them. >> the media is not reporting on
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us because they are not reporting on the polls. the candidates are not talking about our issues. there is a direct thread a goes through there. it's even bigger than this. in california, when we launched the health-care benefits exchange, they did a market research. mr. jackson: what was the dotted they used? -- the data they used? voter data. they would sign people disabilities up for health care. people withr that disabilities that are employed are underemployed -- we all know that people with disabilities are underemployed. is more than just the relationship between studied media in campaigns or as jennifer brings up, being able to connect and contact directly
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with that voter. that data is being used in other places now. so, getting on a voter registration card, i think, is the single most important thing that we could actually be advocating for in our states. because, i will tell you, the pushback on it, and you will hear this at the county level, is, "well, we ordered a have to provide all of the accessibility pieces." and that is true. but under federal law, we already have to provide all of the languages, you know, based upon a formula in counties around the country, but we have added language and it has made it easier for campaigns to connect with ethnic groups and cultural groups based upon race and ethnicity, so these things all work together. it is the real important piece, i think, for me, and it is why our numbers can be so different.
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jennifer's organization with two pollsters, a democrat and republican input 14 ran an excellent poll. an excellentn poll. numbers are so far apart from one another in the same year, it is very interesting. i say that going into this, but basically, up until 2000, we had about an 11% voter gap. 11% lessunity voted than people without disabilities. closed ithat gap had almost 6%, closed by half, 50%. what happened in between? well, help america vote act, the andram that came out of it, all of a sudden, counties had money for accessible voting machines, they had money for making things accessible, adding
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ramps, doing whatever they could. what we know about that first half of the voter gap group is that physical access that was ved by this funding brought them to the polls. what was keeping them away were these to the core barriers. i worked with uc davis and we actually did our own study in 2014 to take a look at the second group. the thing that is interesting about the second group is why do not they come? well, a lot of this is anecdotal evidence because we cannot do that random sampling stuff. what we're finding is that folks feel like the candidates are not talking to them, they are not talking about their issues, they are not connecting with them, they do not, and knock on their so, there is just a whole world of feeling lost in this election thing. focuse talked to them in
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groups and we talked to them in small groups about these issues and what would happen if a candidate talked to you, the interesting thing is, they become more engaged, they become more interested. the physical access piece is still the cherry on the sundae. you can do all this, but you have got to have the physical access. ms. laszlo mizrahu: we want to be able to take questions from the audience here. if you have a question, please come to the front of the microphone so that you can ask the question. if you are watching via c-span, pwdsvote.eet with the # that persons with disabilities vote. if you want to ask a question, #pwdsvote. let me ask justin what your question is. primary inioned the
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california, where they were able match update so they could no voters that had disabilities. what types of recommendations that you give of the data is currently available that people throughout the country could access legally to be able to match up and -- that is a really, really good question. i mentioned several times that the list that mostly what we have are protected through it hipa and other ways, they used their consumer list. using, in their minds, again, these lists all sit with different nonprofit organizations are your own organization has to figure out, read the law, figure out for yourself how you are going to deal with this.
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they felt that they were not selling anything, giving it the information away, and they were simply doing a voter match. it was ok to use valid. it was their organization that was contacting these people and reminding them to vote and not using it for any other purpose. so, i think that is completely appropriate. other organizations have read the law and feel different about it. ms. laszlo mizrahu: let me add that with facebook, you can actually buy an ad that his zip code driven and you can put in keywords like disability, ada, autism, down syndrome, etc., and area.n buy just about if you have no voter file, and you are running for city council or county commissioner, you can just buy the ad for that particular geographic area with
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those keywords. it works very successfully. i will give you an example. the new tv show "born this way," which stars seven individuals with down syndrome, was launched on a&e network. "born this way" was driven by facebook viewers. a any originally did not put &e originally did not put any advertising. .t was just based on facebook it has over one million fans at this point in that has been nominated for three emmy awards pure that was done through the facebook advertising, which is highly targetable, and that is a work around for these lack of lists that ted very rightly points out. other questions from the audience before we go to our next panel? yes. hello, everyone.
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i am a fellow with respectability. just recently, in north carolina and the state of wisconsin, voter identification laws were actually overturned by federal court rulings, and that actually significantly repealed the voter id laws, which among other things, really disadvantaged voters with disabilities. i want to ask you, what do you think are going to be the implications of those overturned, both in wisconsin and north carolina, and perhaps in other states to come, and what do you think still need to be done in terms of laws like the voter identification laws, which wind up disenfranchising people with disabilities and remove their ability to participate in the electoral process? mr. jackson: first of all, i think all voter id laws need to, my personal opinion, they need to go. we need to be equal and fair to
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people withor disabilities, it is significant. a lot of people with disabilities do not carry a traditional state id or drivers license. there's 19 forms of id that are kept of all, so they may carry re aof those, and they' great barrier to voting for many folks. the implications when this court rulings came in, they opened a door. the applications really belong with the people in the state. it's the kind of stuff i've been talking about. there is a responsibility to it. when the door opens, a community of its own makes a decision whether it is going to walk in that door, you'll in that door, get in that door however again. it's up to the people of north carolina in the disability community. it's up to the people in wisconsin in the disability community, to say we have fought, this barrier is gone. what are we going to do with
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that? i am always going to help them. you can find on twitter. i'm more than happy to help you. in my current job, i'm going to help you turn it blue. that is because what i am going to do in my job. [laughter] mr. jackson: there's a certain level of responsibility in any of these opportunities that happens. from a 30,000 split you level, myself, jennifer, anyone else, we cannot make the community do what we think they ought to do. we can talk about our experiences in building power or policy or whatever it is, but wantommunity has to to do it and has to want to make the priorities. it is like what i said earlier about prioritizing the fall election period, you know? you have to want to put the policy book down and do the geo tv stuff to return to it. ms. laszlo mizrahu: i'm going to
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take moderate his prerogative. susan, go ahead. i asked a question. we have a question on twitter. nonprofit,h a nonpartisan veterans service organizations that represent veterans with disabilities. i'm sorry that the trump campaign is not here because i would have asked it of them as i am directing this. earlierreached out to by the rnc and dnc to our veterans legislative staff because they viewed us as a veterans organization, but we the disability organization. i'm curious, are you coordinating with your veterans to amplifythe dnc the disability vote through the voices of veterans with disabilities? ms. laszlo mizrahu: how many veterans with this ability,
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would you say there are? forn: there are data veterans with service-connected disabilities that you can find on v.a..gov and broken down by state and congressional districts. you can also get some data off of social security's website about veterans with disabilities so that may be, i think there's something like one million veterans with service-connected disabilities on ssdi, for example. i just wondered about that. mr. jackson: the answer is yes. of outreach for coordinate. do each have kind of our own area, but we are also
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working together, so we identify whether there is crossover areas. in the work that we do, if something like disability comes up, we figure out who the best messenger is for this, who is with this particular situation, program is the best reach out to this particular constituency group. that type of crossover is important because people with disabilities are not just one at the city, right? people with disabilities are women, men, black, white, i, younger, aging, and talk about aging with disability. our group is really going to be growing in the next few years. i heard someone mention the baby boomers earlier. i'm generation x. i will be 50 in three years. john hughes films, 80's, high school, i will be 50 in a few years. 50 plus is that range of aging
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and disability, so we are typically designed, and our society, in the way we have our 5, orms to handle about 1.2 1.5 generations aging into disability. in three years, we are going have generation x, the yuppies, s, and the baby boomers. we are going to have four different groups aging into disability. lauren, ifmizrahu: you can read the different questions from twitter from our c-span viewers, that would be great. laura asks, specifically how can people with community get disability to be on the voter frustration cards for data collection? what specific steps can people take? should of the buses? how do we address crosscutting identities in polling and you
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see this changing the way we interpret and use these poll results? i wanted to add a question onto to our panel earlier, we were told that neither donald trump or hillary's website are fully accessible. what steps, i know you just started, what sets will you do to ensure that hillary clinton's website will become fully accessible? underscore and go to them in order. with voter registration cards, it is advocating with your legislators at the state level and secretaries of state. a lot of states have a voter accessibility advisory committee that are pointed by secretaries. get on that committee, advocate with that committee and advocate with the secretary's office in your state. nondriving, that is one of the things that i think that i have been pushing, i did not talk about today, was organizing pool rides. that is an incredible thing we could start right now.
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organizing people with disabilities, making sure they have their paratransit reserve, making sure we have shuttles. california is considering an early vote model with vote centers. one of the reasons i supported it early on with some conditions wasn't that i suddenly realized, wow, they could have a shuttle and read it every day on our for three weeks and just run it and test run it every day for three i suddenly realized they could have a shuttle and run it every day for three weeks. currently, if you cannot get to the polls in the united states, they are responsible to bring that ballots or that machine out to your house. so, i think people ought to know that. there is a precinct in california that is to have miles long, out in the middle of the that county actually does it drive the machine because at the end of it, on the nevada border, there is a person in a power chair, and they
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derided all the way out there. crosscutting identifications, totally important. i think the more that we get data or data places like the voter registration card, where we can start, you know, getting across cutting, is important. also, just like advocating with your elected officials, start advocating with these pollsters and the press. one of the things we did at nichols at this year at the ,oting rights subcommittee was some of our members and started meeting directly with members of the press and members of polling firms. one of them had a series of meetings with pew. this is the right thing to do. as far as the website, i cannot speak for mr. tod's website and i cannot speak for it -- mr. website and i cannot
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speak for disability. he did not really speak on it . he did some live-action for us once. he speaks for himself on that. hillary's campaign, as far as i know, the website is accessible. i know that, early on, when i was in my old job, i had our folks run through it. it came back accessible. i know that they have had folks working on it. i do not know the particular pieces. one of the things in listening last time was accessibility is so hard to judge when it comes to websites because of the level of technology your matching up to other technologies. it is one of the things that i had to bring to the state of california's attention in the online voter registration situation because the original online voter registration was accessible to a brand-new
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the state,t but not accessible to the computers and that may be 5, 6, 70 years old at a living center or library -- seven years old at a living center or library. the universally accessible situation is really optimal, especially for a candidate like hillary who has stepped out on issues important to people with disabilities, made them a major part of her platform, the party's platform, in a significant way that has not been matched by any other presidential candidate in our history. i will take that information back, and if i can get some specifics, i will certainly communicate those. as far as, i have always been under the impression because of our own run through it, this is like, maybe eight months ago, six months ago, it had been accessible.
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we maybe werenot, using a newer version, that type of thing. >> i want to remind everyone that we are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. we did invite the trump campaign and the rnc to participate in this panel, and unfortunately, they did decline. i'm very happy that ted jackson is here and that he has addressed his comments in a nonpartisan way for the majority of the presentation. i want to think the dnc -- than k the dnc for sharing him with us. his comments i think were very enlightening and helpful, and i am very energized by his desire people developed serious lists and data tracking. we are getting ready for a very exciting panel with a group of individuals that have been on the front lines of reaching out to the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle.
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these are individuals with and without disabilities who went to iowa and new hampshire and really experienced this. they are going to talk to everybody about how they can do that at home in their governor's races and in their senate races. we are going to take about a five minute break and turn around for the next panel, ted jackson, thank you very much for your comments. [applause] mr. jackson: thank you. i always speak for myself. a nonpartisan organization here. i'm only speaking for myself and my point of view on that. thank you very much. it was wonderful to be here. [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] >> thank you, thank you very much, jennifer. good afternoon.
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i am the special assistant to the president at respectability. nonpartisan, nonprofit advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. respectability's fellowship program allows people with disabilities and those interested in disability issues to gain first-hand knowledge of disability issues and working center's nonprofit in washington, d.c.. fellowship and policy communications, religious inclusion, and development. op-ed, learn to write social media outreach, fundraising, and research, amongst other tasks. mr. spangenberg: fellows are given a $250 per month travel stipend, lunch every day, and invaluable training and coaching.
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today, we have three wonderful speakers who, along with me, traveled to iowa and new hampshire during the primary election season to ask presidential candidates substantive policy questions on disability issues. the issues were a part of respectability's presidential campaign questionnaire, which you may have seen published on our blog at www.thcampaign erespectabilityreport.org. senator tom harkin said it best when he said, if you are not on the table, you are on the menu. too often, people with disabilities do not engage with elected leaders and candidates, and imagining, as a piece of pie , and if we exercise our political power, it will be taken from others. in truth, political power is like a flame, passed from one
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candle to the next. each candle making the room that much brighter. respectability has turned its attention to competitive gubernatorial campaigns and come out with a new questionnaire to talk about how you can get involved in ensuring candidates fill out the questionnaire. i want to know introduce our panel. justin chappell, democracy and outreach coordinator. justin spent months on the trails, engaging presidential candidates in early primary states. previously, he worked for senator tom harkin, the national council on independent living, and the white house. justin has served on several nonprofit and local, civic organizations and as an elected official focusing on employment, affordable housing, education,
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environmental protection, lgbt, and mental health issues. james trout, our policy and democracy he joined respectability because he wants to work in an environment that helps people with disabilities successfully achieve employment. spentolicy fellow, he months on the trail engaging presidential candidate in early primary states. he also conducts research on the creates policies and contact databases. joseph is a former fellow at respectability. she spent months on the trail of presidential candidates. her reporting and videos from the trail can be found on
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respectability reports. in addition, she created graphics to be used on social dailyand assisted on the maintenance of social media accounts. she also ensured that all youtube videos that we have posted have captions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. we are happy to have you here with us today. james, would you like to start us off? james: can you all hear me back there? now, you may be wondering why all of us thought this issue was important. voting isis issue of important and getting people with disabilities involved in the voting process is important because there are 56 -- 56
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million americans with disabilities and many are not currently working. if you think that sounds alarming, it is because it is and it is the same amount of people in terms of when the ada was first passed into law 26 years ago. -- i have been working with respectability as a fellow since june 2015. from the start, i have been following presidential candidates here in the vc area and in new hampshire, cleveland, ohio, and iowa. the my discovery and discovery of my team, we have bestvered that the more politicians are more likely to become active and involved and
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talk about and handle disability issues if they are repeatedly and relentlessly pursued on the question, over and over again. countrythat it is our also and that as people with disabilities, we have the right -- the same rights and responsibilities as just about everyone else. now, for example -- here is an example of me at work. betweenristmas break, semesters, i am currently a graduate student at george mason university in arlington, virginia but i had the privilege of asking john kasich about disability employment -- not just disability employment but about voting issues and
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accessibility in des moines, iowa in a coffee shop. i asked him about an article in the des moines register about voter accessibility. in the iowa caucus, in many cases, homes were not ada accessible so people were often left out. i asked him that if he had any intention of talking to republican state officials in iowa, those that ran the caucus, and he told me that he and heely would do so mentioned and he did in fact pursue that with officials. you will see some photos of me on the campaign trail. attend and -- what is the best way to attend events? come to thecally
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conclusion after spending months on the trail, we found that the best places to go for campaign events is to go on to the individual candidates websites. they list events whether you are a presidential candidate or a low level county or city official. state whether there is a rally or a town hall. we found that town halls, were much more effective when it comes to asking the individual candidate questions because at your standard rally, the politician just goes up there and makes the speech and then leaves when they cam. a, oftentimes, during q and you can and will get called on if you put in the effort. we have also suggested that when you go to these individual
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rallies that you arrive early, 1-2 hours early because oftentimes the ada section gets taken out. studies show the closer you are to the front, the more likely you are to be called on by the individual candidate. in new hampshire and iowa, these full and it be would be difficult to ask questions. that when you go to these events, you go to the front and ask the first question. the earlier you asked the question, the more likely you will get a response. in concord, new hampshire. just before christmas. i am asking governor kasich a question about disability unemployment. i made sure in this situation
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that i was centered fairly close to the front and i asked my question early so i would be called on and the disability issue would be addressed. i am shaking hands with secretary hillary rodham clinton at an event in des moines, iowa. the dayto was taken before secretary clinton revealed her autism plan. she was the first candidate from either major political party to have a substantive plan on the issue of autism. my fellow dahlia and mr. applebaum and senator marco rubio. this was taken at an american legion event in new hampshire
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just before christmas. about people with disabilities being the victims of violent crime and what he would do to help solve the issue. o'malley with martin in manchester, new hampshire at an american legion event. this was about a month before the iowa caucus. he, at the time, was still in the race for president. and here i am, again, in concord, new hampshire being interviewed by a member of the bloomberg press. i believe this was taken at the kasich event that i was attending at the time. am -- here we have a list of all of the gubernatorial and senatorial races that we are
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going to be asking questions of. the eventual goal of respectability is not just so we can work with a presidential andidate and the senatorial senatorial candidates. for those of you who may have noticed, we had a list of all of the races coming in. for your information, as of tomorrow, lamont has its primary for governor. that will change. but it pretty much will be the same deal. goal is to -- not just for our organization, but of asking questions representatives all the way down the ballots. link tohave contained a our organizations questionnaire which we have included in the back -- as you came in. here are some sample questions
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from our questionnaire. here i have listed my information. i can be reached at james ebtrout@gmail.com. you can also contact me on twitter. now, i would like to turn the microphone over to my coworker, justin chapell. justin: good afternoon. a show of hands -- how many of
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you here today has -- have a family member with a disability including chronic conditions like diabetes? a show of hands. what about a friend or family or you yourself as the person with the disability including chronic conditions. show of hands. justin once said get into politics as if your life depends on it because it does. we are going to talk about today, how respectability built alliances as we went around the country to iowa and new -- building alliances with disability organizations in the states and reaching out to both campaign staff as well as media on a local and national level. i will also talk about how we toe ourselves more visible
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candidates as we went on the campaign trail. and how we made ourselves more visible to media as we moved around on the campaign trail. prior to heading to iowa and new hampshire, respectability built with disability community stakeholders, campaign staff and local and national media, we worked with a number of other disability organizations on a national level to find out what types of local chapters that they may have and we reached out to them. we were going around to town halls interviewing candidates about issues that affect people with disabilities, there were a number of other terrific efforts being made on a national level that have been mentioned
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throughout the day including a -- the vote. in addition -- once we build these lists and i've reached out to the organizations on the local level, respectability facilitated opportunities that allowed the stakeholders, particularly the disability organizations as well as the campaigns of the presidential candidates, to meet. whether it be through coffees or other meeting opportunities. when of the other important things that respectability made sure to do was to consistently coordinate and follow up with these stakeholders about upcoming events and key issues to ask the candidates. e-mail wherehrough
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we talked about where we had been and we coordinated and recruited individuals to come to upcoming events as well as through social media that allowed us to communicate stories about where we had been and also about where we were going to be heading that day and letting people in the local community know that we wanted them to join us. we want to encourage those that are watching at home on c-span and following us on our twitter chat that you can do this too and that we need your help. in particular, as james mentioned, we have gone out now to the candidates in competitive andopen senate gubernatorial races, and we need your help to contact those
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individual candidate and encourage them to fill out a questionnaire. you can find that list, for those of you watching at home on c-span, you can find that list which isbsite respectabilityusa.org. want to talk about being visible to the candidates because myself as well as everyone that you see here today and others were part of a very close-knit team that went out particularly to iowa and new hampshire and met with the presidential candidates, particularly as james mentioned, going to town halls. as you do that, as you attend events, you want to make sure that you know a candidates position on key issues before you meet with them. one of the reasons that is so important is because what i
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would always do is frame a candidates usual talking points in my own questions so that i would prompt a candidate to talk about something new. there were candidates for example would talk about the dignity of work or the need to give people with disabilities the freedom to find jobs. and so i would incorporate their language in my question so i would get more in-depth anthers -- answers from them. as james mentioned, you want to arrive 1-2 hours before the doors open. you also want to make sure that you get seated next to one end of the rope line. one of the reasons why that is so important is by focusing on getting seated not only on the rope line which is the closest that you will be able to get to the candidate, but by focusing on sitting on the end as opposed
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to the middle means you have less competition from those around you that are trying to speak to the candidate. if you sit in the middle, you always have to worry about the person on one side that is trying to hold onto the candidates of attention and the person on the other side that is waiting for the first opportunity to speak to that candidate. by going on the end, you have an opportunity to get as much one on one time with that candidate. i have found it beneficial to be exitre of the candidates and entrance doors and where their security is standing. whether it is secret service or on the local level, if they have a county police officer or a state trooper that follows them around as far as their security. i can think of two experiences postdebate at a
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rally for one of the candidates while all of the other media was going directly at the candidate to compete and ask their question, i had noticed where the secret service was standing and had noticed where the exit door was. i went berry carefully over to the staff and the secret service, because i did not want to concern anyone as i was approaching the candidates exit route, and i politely asked the staff member -- i have a question i want to ask the candidate as they are leaving. the candidate is getting towards the exit door, they scooped me up and pulled the backstage. i had several minutes where i had an opportunity to talk one on one with the candidate about
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issues that respectability is following. there was another experience where, it was a very packed event, and we were in a group of toee, one of us was trying go towards the stage where the candidate was speaking and of course, there was -- it was a very competitive environment with all of the other attendees trying to speak to the candidate. another individual in our group went around the back and was able to stand right next to the tour bus of the campaign and was actually waved in by the candidate after they had already finished speaking with everyone else. to come backstage and get an opportunity to speak one on one. so, that example in and of itself, emphasizes my next point which is you want to have a
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group and you want to assign individuals in your group to speak to the candidate, to film the candidates response, and to meet with the media. when are certainly times every individual in your group needs to be prepared to do all three of those activities at crowd,cause in a large you may get separated and your camera person may not be with the person who was prepared to ask the question. so you want to make sure that everyone has the resources to be able to fulfill all three of those roles. did i go too far? ok -- sorry about that. the next thing i want to talk about is being visible to the media. with regards to the beginning of the event -- that is the best
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opportunity to meet with campaign staff and the media -- prior to the beginning of a campaign event. you want to make sure you collect business cards. it is very important to build relationships with these individuals at the campaign event and once the campaign even gets started, it is very difficult to be able to speak to them and once the campaign event is over, a lot of times, they are quick to leave the room. you want to be sure to get an opportunity to speak to them prior to the beginning of the event. mentioned, you want to find seating on the rope line but you also, particularly with regard to the media, want to in our cableat news age, the media is always looking for the best site line
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and the best visual for asking a question or filming a candidates response to a question. if you want -- you want to have a sense of where the media cameras are positioned and the direction they are looking at. you do not want to ideally have your back to the media camera. position you want to someone -- you want to know the fact that the media often times will leave as soon as the event is over so you want to position someone in your group to be at the exit door prior to the event to meet with all of the media before they leave and before you lose that valuable connection. -- we have meet the candidates 2016. we have a picture of me speaking after i had spoken with donald
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trump as well as a picture of me with another one of our prior fellows, ryan noble after we had spoken to the former secretary of state, hillary clinton. of course, the official democratic and republican nominees for president. we also have several first-person experiences on our website which for our campaign reporting is respectabilityreport.org. main website, respectabilityusa.org. i want to read one passage before i close from a first-person piece that was written by our moderator, ben spangenberg.
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crowds, bitterge temperatures, and snow prevent -- provide challenges to wheelchair users like me. those were inconveniences that i in mytered on every event recent iowa trip but they pale in comparison to the issues that people with disabilities deal with throughout the u.s. every day. close by saying that respectability wants to work with those that are in the audience as well as those that are watching on c-span that want to go and ask candidates on a local level, particularly those that have not yet filled out the candidate questionnaire for u.s. senate, and to renew tutorial -- gubernatorial candidates. you can reach me, my name is justin chapell.
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and you can also e-mail me at @respectability.org. and we have our facebook and that i would also encourage you to follow and like. i now turn it over to dollar-yen joseph. joseph.a i am a former communications fellow with respectability. i did a variety of work on the campaign trail that ranged from eating a videographer to uploading and captured -- captioning videos on youtube and making documents accessible. it is very important to be prepared. andput in a lot of effort time into researching events and positioning yourself when you get to the event so you get a
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chance to speak to the candidate or a representative. it is just as important that you document that moment. your validation, your proof that your encounter with the candidate or representative happened. i want to touch a little more with my experience on the campaign trail and tips to make the process a little easier. i do not know if many of you are familiar with the phrase that they say -- if you did not document it, it did not happen. it is totally applicable here. video documentation holds a lot of power. it is proof you got to speak to a candidate and they heard your concerns. writing an article on a campaign event is great but with the competition of video, it is even more powerful.
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recording videos is also great for references. if a candidate says something and you cannot remember it, you can always go back and reference the video. video documentation is also great for creating transcripts which he discussed on an earlier panel today which is just a document of what exactly was said. and the transcripts are also a great addition to articles as well. they are also really helpful for captioning videos as well which i will talk about in a little bit. how does one go about taking videos? positioning yourself and preparation are key. as justin and james said, you want to position yourself so you get a chance to talk to the candidate. roomocess upon entering a is scoping out the room and seeing where i can get the best angle or the best sound.
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in order to do that, you should get there as early as possible. here is an example of an event we attended in iowa. it was a martin o'malley event. we arrived pretty early. in doing so, we were able to get seat in the front. that is james in front of me. towards the front. we got great footage. another great example is when we attended john kasich 100 town hall. as you can imagine, it was a very crowded event. i actually positioned myself next to his security and i explained to them that we would love to get a comment from him and possibly some video and take pictures. at the end of the event as he was exiting, we were able to take victors with him and ask him questions as well. you do not need to be a professional to take videos. of your encounter with a candidate or a representative. fancy equipment.
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i used a simple camera that i heard he had and on occasion, my iphone 6 when i had no more memory on my camera. and most smartphones work as well. now that you have video of your footage -- now that you have footage of your encounter with the candidate, what do you do with it? there are many options. one is to send it to lauren applebaum and we can have a captioned and at a transcript. you do decide to upload the video yourself, you should create a transcript. that can accompany the video and be used for the closed captioning. this can be done in microsoft word or pages if you are using a mac operating system. if this is -- if this is the type of document you intend to share with people -- if you wanted to use this transcript
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and create a document with images and graphs, it is really important that the document is accessible. to make a document accessible, you should use text that is easy to read. no fancy text. a great text to use is georgia font or rodana. also use properly formatted heading. it is not enough to make the text large. it needs to be formatted as a heading. otherwise, if the person is using a screen reader, it will not identify the header. if you are using images, be sure to provide alternate text otherwise it will refer to the image as the file name. always provide alternate text description of the image. if you decide to add images into your document, make sure the column headings and everything are in the correct reading order.
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if you do decide to upload the video yourself, it is really important that the video is accessible. thankfully, youtube allows -- has accessibility features. the videos on the respectability website and the youtube page all go through a cloud -- a process. they are captioned and they are given a transcript. as i said, it is important that you captioned videos. there are a few options you can go for when captioning videos. i prefer to not use automatic captioning a majority of the time because a lot of times it can be incorrect. , would rather use a transcript like creative transcripts, especially if the video is longer. anything more than three minutes, i would prefer to create my own transcript and use that or you can manually input the captions in youtube. of captionsxample gone wrong. this is a youtube cooking
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the automatic captions on this video say -- that is -- i am sure that is not what they mean to say nor does it make a lot of sense. what it should say it -- now it looks like it has been cooked. the banana cakes well not look good until to you put on your apron. those are two very different captions. every now and again, the automatic captions are salvageable. a lot of the time, this is what the captions and up looking like. the first step to captioning your videos is to log in. go to your channel page which is under the home button. to your channel page, go straight to the video
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manager which you can find in the left corner of your youtube banner. step three, it should take you to a page that looks like this where all of your videos are listed. and then you choose a video that you would like to add captions to why clicking edit and then a box should appear and select subtitle and closed captioning. there are a few options. the first is uploading a file. i preferred this especially if it is a longer video. you can do this by using a transcript you wrote. when you are finished creating the transcript, instead of saving it as word or a pdf, save it as notepad if you're using microsoft and if you are using a
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mac, save it as a plain text document and it should upload like normal and the captions will automatically be available on that video. is to transcribe in autosync. with this option, you are presented with a box that you manually type everything in. everything that is spoken in the video. boxvideo will be beside the that you see here. and youtube has a great feature where every time you type a video, it posits so you are not overwhelmed. --n you are finished, the youtube will automatically sync your captions with the speech in the video. your third option is to create new subtitles in closed captioning. what this means is that you do
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everything manually. you type in the subtitle manually and you match up the timing to the text manually as well. this is probably my least favorite way of doing captions because it takes a little bit longer. when you are completed with the captions, you would save it and they would automatically be available on your video. ok, and if you have any questions about youtube accessibility or captions, please visit respectability usa.org. thank you. thank you forg: all of those insights from the panel. does anyone have any questions in the crowd? if you do, please come up to the microphone and say who you are and what organization you are from.
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>> hello. is timothy young and i am a fellow at respectability. i want to ask those of you on the campaign trail, and those of you that pat toomey the nominees, what did you generally find that the candidates' views were on autism, for example? justin: as you know, we are a nonpartisan, non-endorsing organization. so i do not want to go in depth that wouldthing favor one candidate or another. there were a number of candidates that did talk about disability issues including autism. i would say that in general, the
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interaction that we had with the candidates was always respectful and a lot of them gave quite a lot of time and in-depth response to our questions. james: regardless of how good or for the candidate was in terms of answering the question, i basically found and i am sure that the others here can say some other things but we found generally that the more we asked the individual question about autism or disabilities in general, the more responsive to disability issues in general. persistence is key. another question for our every one of the
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presidential candidates multiple times. for everyone in the panel, did the candidates stopped calling on you after seeing you at so many events? if so, how did you make sure to still get your questions answered? there were certainly times when candidates stopped answering the questions that i was asking. for example, in one situation in --a, one of the candidates and again we are nonpartisan so i will not name names, but the candidate did deliberately not call on me but after the event told me thator she they had called on me at previous events. to be perfectly honest, i because when a
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candidate sees someone with a suit and a boston accent, you become fairly recognizable. , we oftended up doing ended up dividing it up among those that had seen the candidate several times so we would not have that situation multiple times. my recommendation for those watching us is that they may want to go ask questions to the same candidates on a regular basis. one of the things that i learned that the candidates were very respectful and for most part really did want to answer our westerns. while there were a number of them that while they would see
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me five times in the same week and would eventually not have me beat up first person that they answered a question from, they wanted to see if there were other undecided voters that they from, theyuestions would still give me an opportunity when the event was over to meet with them, either on the rope line or a lot of them were very accessible. i mentioned the candidate we met at the tour bus. even if i did not get a chance to ask the question during the general forum, they would stick around and i would have an opportunity to make sure to ask it then. mr. spangenberg: were there any other questions from the crowd? go ahead. obviously, -- mr. spangenberg: could use say your name. paralyzedfrom
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americans. did you have an opportunity to engage with some of the other reporters who regularly followed the candidates from place to place. we have all seen on television over the past many months, reporters who we have become familiar with. i wondered if you had a chance to chat with those folks and educate them about disability issues. whenever there was an event where there was media we would be sure to talk to those noticed that the second week on the campaign trail in a particular state, whether it was a media person assigned to a candidate, the second or third time seeing me at the candidates town hall, they would come up to me and talk to me saying -- i recognize
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that i have seen you at several of these forums. it definitely gave us an opportunity to make sure that whenever we went into a community that we built localonships with the media or the national media that was following them around. cases there were also where members of the secret service or security guards in myself were recognizing and probably these three as well . oftentimes in iowa and new hampshire, the secret service and other security are covering different candidates and there were situations where the andrity would recognize us though they were not always following the same candidate because they would switch them up depending on their territory
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and where they were. justin: i remember leaving iowa agent whog into a tsa said -- didn't i run into you at a political rally? that was at the airport. mr. spangenberg: what did you find most enjoyable about our time? wasia: my favorite time town halls. i enjoyed those because they are were personal and it is a more intimate setting and you get to speak to the candidate and here there issues. -- and listen to their issues. as someone who has spent 15 years on disability rights, it is very encouraging when you get a candidate to give you a response to an important issue. this is definitely very important work we are doing and
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i certainly encourage people to join us. one factoid that i remember that i think is a source of accomplishment for all of us is the fact that in the two weeks that we were in iowa, just two weeks in december and january, we had two teams of individuals that together had driven nearly 5000 miles in just two weeks in just one state. james: just about everything for me. everything was enjoyable. and newaround both iowa hampshire and being a transplanted new englander, i felt right at home in new hampshire. seeing the sights. going to the town halls. eating a lot of local food in iowa and new hampshire. experienced both
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the iowa caucus and the new hampshire primary, i have come to the conclusion and i say this as a person that has been active in politics my entire adult life, there really is no substitution for actually being there in person and seeing the candidate up close. when you are watching it on television, even if you are a political junkie, you oftentimes candidate.t from the but when you are there and interacting with them and looking them in the eye, there a no substitution to face-to-face contact. concerned, there was nothing except for fun. no complaints whatsoever. mr. spangenberg: thank you so much for this panel. this was a really good panel.
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it brought back some great memories. and now, i will turn it back finalo jennifer for our event. jennifer: i think they were just fabulous. [applause] roome going to turn the quickly in a moment but i want to give a special mention to a couple of people. first of all, we have nine people in iowa and new hampshire and two individuals wrote checks to make that happen. one is jonathan murray and the who made andrew tish this possible along with our fellowship program. i want to thank joan and stanford alexander for supporting the fellowship program. these young leaders are so incredible and i want to let people across the country know that they also can apply to be a part of our young leadership system so you also can have
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amazing experiences like meeting presidential candidates and being on the front lines. we will turn the room quickly so we can prepare for our two honorees, our board members. in the meanwhile, we will let the panelists exit the podium. thank you very much. it was fabulous. [applause] jennifer: i want to thank ccac who made this particular event
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possible. i really want to thank them for the live captioning that we have that made this even so much more accessible. i also want to thank our sign language interpreters and our incredible team. to my team and my counterparts, after this panel with our amazing leaders, we will take a picture so do not disappear. we want our young leaders to have their picture with these amazing leaders who are our role models. if you want to calm in -- donna and doc. honoreesy, both of our will take questions and we are delighted because they have agreed to stay an hour so we can introduce them appropriately and thank them appropriately. they will speak and do a little q and a. without further i do, i am jennifer and i am president of respectability. we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to enabling
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people with disabilities to have a better future. for us that is about opportunity. it is a hand up, not a hand out. it is the ability to achieve the american dream and have a better future that everyone regardless of their ability, race, creed, that is a part of what america is all about. fornding opportunities everyone equally and fairly. i am really delighted that donna our -- will be giving out awards and i am incredibly delighted that we have such amazing honorees. thank you. >> hello folks. honoring governor jack markell from delaware. i have been in politics for 35 years working on campaigns and
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helping people get elected. and i would say that jack is without question one of the most decent and smartest people i have ever come across in public service. unique have to. he was successful in business with an mba from chicago. he was employed at nextel. at comcast. a very successful business career and he chose public service. he became treasurer of delaware. he taught financial literacy to women across the state and then ran for governor in 2009 and became governor of delaware. he was reelected with 69% of the vote. i am biased but i would argue that jack is as good a governor if not the best in the u.s. his ability to create jobs, understand the economy, sets him apart. he took delaware, and took it to
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coast inn the east jobs. he also did something special which was to make those jobs inclusive. 2012, he became head of the national governors association. as chair, you get to champion an issue, one issue for the year for all of the other governors. and i said -- this is great. i will call him up. he is an expert in small business and jobs. this is an important issue for all of america. --i called him up and i said jack, this is its. -- this is it. going too me, i am champion people with disabilities. i did not think i've heard right. in all of the years i have been doing this, i have heard people
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champion for veterans, seniors, black, white, brown, even endangered species but i have not heard people in politics champion for people with disabilities. -- ihung up and i thought will take another shot. he does not know what he was thinking. i called him back and i said -- jack, you are good at this job thing and creating jobs. you are at this democrat that nose jobs and business. that makes you unique. and he stopped me and said -- let me tell you a story. he was in southern delaware where a plant opened up and there were 700 jobs. and a young man came up to him with down syndrome. he had a conversation with him. he said -- what are you doing? and he said -- thank you. this is my first job. and jack said --your first job? you are 25.
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what have you been doing? have beend -- i sitting at home and waiting for this opportunity. that is what respectability is all about. people getting an opportunity. he did not choose the politically correct thing to do. he listened to this kid and his story and understood the issue and became a champion for it. that is why he is getting an award today. today, we have other states following his lead. in wisconsin, pennsylvania, they have expanded and meet critical investments in work programs for people with problems. in mississippi and arkansas they have adopted new policies. he has made such a difference by promoting these practices and he continues today as president of
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the council and state --. it is an honor to present this award to jack. i will say this -- he is one of america's greatest governors. he has championed this issue for people with disabilities as well as anyone in the country. he is certainly one of america's greatest public servants. an honorhat -- it is to know you and to present this award to you. [applause] gov. markell: thank you. it is great to be here.
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what he did not say is that i would not be governor were it not for him. sincee worked together 1998 and he embraced my campaign and we have won five elections working together including when i was not supposed to win which got me to be the governor. i am glad he told that story. i tell that story all of the time that the guy that got me elected governor called me and said i was crazy. he really got the story right. therettom line is that are so many people across the country that want to work who could add extraordinary value to a place of employment if they were only given a shot. and that is what they need. this story i put in the back of my mind and i knew if i ever had a chance to work on an issue at the national level that this
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would be the issue. not only did that job represent an incredible quality of life improvement to that young man -- it gave him a reason to get up, get dressed and be part of something bigger than himself and earn a paycheck -- it represented an extraordinary improvement in the quality of life of his family. his parents did not have to sit with him at home and they were so proud of him and he was so proud of himself. and there are millions of people around the country like this young man. when i did have this opportunity to chair the national governors association, there are not any perks to that position other than the ability to choose one issue for all of the governors to focus on. i knew there would be a side benefit -- we live in a world where it is so rare for democrats and republicans to work together for a common cause -- i knew this issue would be something that all governors
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would agree on. every governor in the country wants to be the jobs governor. that is exactly what happened. i have been so proud to see the know-- you really do not if you are talking to a governor about this issue, you do not know if they are democrat or republican nor should you. when you're talking about opportunity and giving people a chance to live out the american dream, it is not a republican or democratic issue. i find that people across the spectrum have really signed onto this as an issue. when we had the chance to work on this for a year at the national governors association, it was such a fantastic learning experience. we learned from the self advocates. people across every disability. many advocacy organizations that
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also many self advocates. to go across the country and listen to them tell their stories and from that to do -- to develop best practices about what is needed like we really need to change the way that we do workforce development. for too long, that issue for people with disabilities has the statene from government going to end employer and saying -- please find jobs for these people. we have to turn that on its head. so many people with disabilities can add extraordinary value. when we focus on the ability rather than the disability, it is amazing what we can accomplish together. it was a real eye-opener, who was the ceo of walgreens. tom harkin senator invited me to a meeting at walgreens in connecticut where watson had invited the ceos of many large companies to listen to what walgreens was doing.
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when greg watson said to the other ceos, walgreens employs people with disabilities, not as a matter of charity, but because it is in the best interest of our shareholders. incrediblyyees are hard-working. they are grateful for their jobs. they are less likely to be absent. turnover is lowered. they do a phenomenal job. when i heard that, that was the key. the key cannot be about government officials asking an employer to do a favor. it is about employers talking to other employers about why their company is better because they provide these job opportunities. i also knew that we as government had to step up. facteded to talk about the that we as government are providing these employment opportunities to people with disabilities and we are better
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off as a result. we have also found that one of the most important things we can do is do a better job for young people. we have to make sure that when it comes to the young people that are still in school with disabilities, we have to prepare them for an expectation of a lifetime of employment. for ant to prepare them expectation of a lifetime on public support. it can make ant, extraordinary difference. i am delighted to be here. it is really nice to receive because i truly would not be governor without him. when i found out that he and jennifer were working together, i was not surprised because they two extraordinary people. jennifer, you came along for me at the perfect time. have taken this issue and used it and frankly you have created something that every
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-- no one is surprised to see jennifer coming at them at every national governors association meeting. i am sure that is the same here in congress as well. i am thrilled to be here so thank you for all you are doing. honornice to receive this but i accept it on behalf of millions of people across the country who feel passionately about this issue, who will benefit as we all get our acts together. when we do, this will be a better world. so, thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, governor. i have a great honor and privilege of presenting and davis --. i had the privilege of working
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for a member of congress who ironically is also a board member of respectability usa. congressman tony quell a. besides learning about the importance of supporting people disabilities, i learned the value of building good relationships with hill staff. it can really make a difference in what we do. what i learned about you, david is that you are start -- smart, strategic, and a straight shooter. that is what we appreciate about folks that work on the kill. building a stronger society with more economic opportunities for people with disabilities is a work of a lifetime. has devotedthat himself to improving america and advancing the causes in which he believes by working through elected officials.
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his decades of work in the legislative branch of government has touched the lives of millions of americans. if you do not know him, i would like to tell you a little bit about his work. he brings to his work a wealth of experience to his current role as chief of staff to speaker of the house. directed with offices -- whip offices. in both positions, he oversaw and coordinated the flow of legislation through congress that both required working with political personalities on both sides of the aisle as well as the white house to achieve passage of many important bills. in his years in washington, he incredibleon an range of issues including welfare reform, tax policies and education reform. the laws he has helped to
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develop are almost too numerous to mention however there is one in particular that deserves our attention today and that is the law called the -- individuals with disability education act. ago and in thers time of great gridlock and partisanship. but with his help, he led the fight to find common ground and strengthen the laws that govern special education. our children and our families are the beneficiaries of his work. he built consensus because he personally understood the importance of improving educational opportunities for young people with disabilities. downon gregory has syndrome and the love that they share has inspired the policies that he has worked to create and continues to help benefit millions of students with disabilities to this day.
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i encourage each of you here with us and who watch television to google and see from the archives of the usa today and article entitled "how one boy moves congress." it is by richard wolf. hoppet article, david talks about coming home every day to someone whose life would be deeply impacted by the choices made by congress. i know many of you in this room today and those of you watching on television can personally relate to that and no what that means to build -- to bring that passion to your work. i am also proud today that one of my fellow board members, jonathan murray has created a new television show called "born this way." stars the cast of seven
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people with down syndrome. i encourage you to watch the show every tuesday night and you will see how talented and amazing these folks are on the show and how incredibly talented so many people with down syndrome and many other disabilities are as well. today's children with disabilities have the legal rights to a free and appropriate public education. intervention,ly and high expectations are now a reality for many and to a large extent it is because of david's work. in 2003, he left the hill to work for a public affairs firm 2007ng as president from until 2000 11 when he returned briefly to the senate. he also led the presidential campaign of john -- of jack cap. left thehe has never critical work of being a champion to the disability
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community. anderved as senior advisor worked on crucial issues affecting social security. david also serves as of the board of easter seals of the district of columbia, maryland, and northern virginia. he was chairman of the national governors association for down syndrome. a group of organizations working to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve greater independence. quite a few roles to have. recently, david played a major role in the creation of the new able act which were the first time enables parents of children with disabilities to help prepare their children for the future financially. this is a game changer. we thank you so much for all of your efforts to make able a reality.
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a testament to how love and experience can shape the political process. his humility and efforts are numerous. we are pleased to honor you with this award and to thank you for everything you have done. we are eager to hear your comments and i know that you and governor markell are willing to take a few questions. thank you so much. [applause] mr. hoppe: thank you very much.
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am profoundly honored and deeply humbled by this award. if you are known by the company you keep, i am truly in high a long with you governor is truly an honor. thank you. one of the things i love about respectability which is not communitye about the is that you are so inclusive. you want to help everyone and everyone gets ahead because of that. thank you jennifer. the disability community is doing more things together than they have done in the past. let me talk a little bit about where we have been and where we are going in disability. have -- ak back, i friend of our family who has a daughter born 33 years ago with down syndrome and significant heart defects.
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and the doctor said -- you ought to think about institutionalizing her. 33 years ago. look at what has happened in the last two generations, the .orld has changed it has to change of a lot more but the world has changed for people with disabilities. early intervention. education. which passed in 1975. and then you had --. if you look at the people who worked so hard for their children, for their friends, and for other people in society with disabilities, we stand on the shoulders of giants. people who have changed this , thatin profound ways most of us only dream about. so let us inc. about that. the firstk at this as
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mountain was early intervention. i remember when our son greg was born, he was three months old before he was taking classes, physical therapy and my wife was working with him three times a week in therapy classes and every day at home. , we got himr that into therapeutic riding which was marvelous and i never understood why he became a kid who could not climb and after about the first six months in therapeutic riding, this kid was climbing all over. i still do not understand it. the doctors tell me what it is but i do not understand it. those are things that change the world, not only for my son, but for millions of others. the next mountain to climb was education. a changed that, at first look for you, what over time we
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were able to make other changes and to improve the law for people with disabilities but it was that second mountain that we had to change legally to provide the opportunities. ada came along shortly after that broadly making changes and forcing inclusion of people with disabilities in a way that our society had never done before. we now are looking at the third mountain. we now have kids who through early intervention and schooling have been brought up with their peers. wonder that they want to stay with their peers? and moreeing more programs throughout the country of post secondary education for people with disabilities but the next big hurdle is independent living and jobs and housing and
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transportation. all of the things that people with disabilities need to be a part of everyday society the way they ought to be. these are things that will take some time. let thatould never slow us down. we know that we are going to have to work hard and push and move things around but as we start doing this, what you find is that this is a wave and the wave builds. as we move towards this next mountain, there are things that we will have to do legally but there are also changes -- the governor spoke of some, in the private actor. things are going to have to change. people in the private sector are going to have to look at people see, notbilities and their disability, but there ability. and i think this next mountain we have to climb -- if you look -- there are people doing this.
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economictute for empowerment is doing work in utah and northern virginia and other areas throughout the country where they are trying to match up people with disabilities with the right job. through internships to make sure the job fits the person so it will be a long time, lifelong job. there is a lot more work being done throughout the country and what we really have to start said, wehink is, as i have found ourselves measuring the wrong things. is unlike,ink this if you look at poverty. we are measuring the wrong things. how many people are poor and how much government aid are they getting. all of those are necessary but the real goal ought to be -- how to get them back into society so that their talents are being used in society like
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everyone else's. that is what we have to do for people with disabilities. make sure we find the place for them to use their abilities and talents in the best way possible so that we can take all of those talents and build a bigger, better, society for all. we are losing their talents, their abilities and what they can give us as a society. for every person who is unemployed, we are losing those talents. as a country, we cannot afford to lose those talents. just as we have to look at welfare to make sure it is a net of, someone can move off our disability programs and the private sector have to look at people with disabilities and provide them the first step on the ladder. my son greg has a job working at area resident in -- marriott resident inn.
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and there is no one prouder to bring home a paycheck then greg hoppe. he brings home the paycheck and we go to the cardinal bank where he has banked since high school and they take his check in. the tellers all know him and he also gets -- he always gets two dollars out for each sunday of the month and two dollars out to get a soda. come sunday, if you do not take the collection twice, he chases you around the church to give you the second dollar because you are going to get that second dollar. and he often likes to get a drink on the way home and he can pay with it with his own money. the talents and opportunity that are starting to multiply, that mountain we are climbing, is the key. i want to talk about two other
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things that we have to start to work on. we have so many things stovepipe in the government and we do things for people with disabilities over here and over there but they have to be combined. we have to find a way to do that. one of the things i want to do working for the speaker of your is to start our committee people looking at that. it is pretty hard to get jurisdictional differences on committees which is really important stuff. we will start working on that. we have to do that in the federal government as well to make sure the different departments, they have different pieces of the role of responsibility and that they start to work together. one thing i think is -- would be helpful would be to have a tsar of disability. a person close enough to the president to have the president's ear because all of the members of the have to know that when this person calls, if
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they do not answer, the next person they are getting a call from is the president. i think this is a way we can break this down. as the bible tells us, it is our we have to use which are important. and making use of the talents of every person in society is our goal. and our work here. i want to thank all of the people that have gone before us who have raised us up to the level where we can start doing path toike taking a climb this third mountain. climbing this third mountain will truly bring people with disabilities on an equal level throughout our society and provide them the opportunities and the talents that our society needs. all of using to take working together, government, private sector, organizations, places. -- all of those
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those intermediate organizations. all of those are going to have to be a part of this process. likehanks to groups respectability and leadership like governor markell's, we are well on our way. thank you. [applause] jennifer: wow. what amazing leaders. we have an opportunity for so,tions from the audience do not be shy. come up to the microphone and introduce yourself and ask your amazing of these two leaders, one from the democratic party and one from the republican party. each of home have made a massive difference on behalf of the 56 million americans with disabilities. yes, please, come on up.
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>> good evening gentleman and congratulations on your award. well deserved. my name is susan and i am with paralyzed veterans of america. to government -- to governor markell, i would be interested to know what happened to your initiative in the aftermath of your year and what has been ongoing in the nga on that and be mr. hoppe, i would interested in knowing in an era of fiscal austerity, how do you see working through some of the advances that you talked about in your remarks. so a question for each. say, ingoing to response to your second question -- gov. markell: one of the great things about this issue is that even in times of this goal tightness, that should not define what happens here.
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what has encouraged me so much is dizzy governors from both parties embrace this issue and embracing this issue does not always take a lot of money. it is really about a change in mindset within the government and within the private sector and it certainly is a mindset between -- in terms of how the government interacts with the private sector. important to what hasphasize encouraged me the most is to see people starting to think differently about how to address this issue from a governmental perspective. ok, my of just saying -- job is to work with these jobs for to find people with disabilities. more and more, we are seeing the
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state, the departments of labor saying -- our responsibility is to help the employers in our state find people of talents. and when you approach it that joband you say -- ok, my and the department of labor is to understand at a granular level, what are the needs of your particular business. what kind of talent are you looking for? and then i can say in response -- that is great, because i have a lot of people that are looking for work and they have all kinds of abilities. focus on the the disabilities and people bring different things to the table. that is a big change in mindset. i have been encouraged and jennifer l sent to be fairly often an update from one state to another. i'm a democrat but scott walker twoed about this in consecutive states of speech. governor branstad and others
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have embraced this. this is just an issue. to seebeen exciting different folks take it in different directions but all with the same goal. just to add onto a bit to what the governor said, once again, it is not necessarily how much money is that, it is how well we spend the money. and making sure that it goes to the best use. saveurpose is not to money. the purpose is to spend money wisely so it works so people who are getting help from the programs are ultimately able to move off the programs into full-time work. some of that will be with the government, some in the private sector. i think we all know that if we are talking about tens of millions of people with disabilities getting jobs, a lot of those jobs will have to be in the private sector. to maketo look for ways that work and help the employers
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understand the attitudes and help them see. let me use as an example -- my son greg is a great reader. he likes doing puzzles and he likes playing games and he loves performing. that there are retirement homes, where right doing have trained nurses all of those things which is great because they are wonderful people that you do not need a trained nurse to read to someone. you do not need a trained nurse listen to a story. as my mother aged, she used to tell stories may be more than one time a day. i guarantee that greg does not care if he hears the same story. he would love to read to people. if they have a song time, there is no one that will be singing louder than greg. there are opportunities out there which we have not thought about. let us examine. let us hold this apart.
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let us figure out where those opportunities exist. that is why i think we really this is an area where you have to watch deficits but the question is how well you spend the money, not how much you spent. if you spent it right, you will get more back because these people will become workers in society and contributing fully to society in the way they want to and we need them. jennifer: if people on c-span want to ask a question, they #pdvote. so with i think we had a question here. >> good afternoon. my name is philip and i and the policy director for respectability. first, to the governor, i am
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wondering if you could speak to our c-span audience about the with -- ande done the high tech jobs that people with disabilities have been getting through that partnership. -- then i want to shift and part of my responsibility is to work with the fellows. projects andlicy communication issues. i see these incredibly bright young people with and without disabilities. you are at one of the policy wonk dream jobs. you are impacting our nation. i am wondering, what career advice would you give to a young person with a disability who is interested in policy and politics? how can they get a job and get involved? and go on a career georgia -- trajectory to volume? -- to follow you?
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the advice is the sink and if you care about politics, look to where you can get involved. andtimes it is a campaign sometimes it is back and forth into the office, looking for the opportunities very it is also being willing to take on any job in the office. we would all like to come in and rewrite the constitution. that is usually not the first job you get. the first job is doing everything and anything they need. the purge -- the people who do that with a smile, with a positive attitude, as well as they can, always asking for more things to do, are the people that others in the office notice and say -- this is someone who cares about the work. i would also say you have to have some good political common sense. , that hasn these jobs to be a part of it. do you enjoy it? do you like working with people?
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do you like time to figure out a way to solve a problem that is a political problem? partisan it can be a problem or sometimes it can be a substantive problem. those talents are the basic talents a person has to have. attitude,g a positive digging in, doing every job, and doing it happily and well is the start to every good career i know on capitol hill. just like every place else, jobs are hard to find a peer so be there, and be available, let them know you are ready. whatever it may be -- those are the kinds of things you have to be available and present. those things are the same for everyone. i think that is where the opportunities lie. reading that first or second step on the ladder. i had my first job -- i came out
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of graduate school to the grand salary of $12,000 a year. like most other kids that started on the health, you tried to find the free receptions to get some food for dinner. you do not start high on the scale but you can have a great opportunity to work and provide and help people. and there are some pretty good jobs. i have worked more than 30 years here and they had their -- and they have their rewards. when you work in the government, when you go to your car at night, you think about what you have done or your country. if you can do that, you would probably be a good staffer on the hill. ago, irkell: six years was reading a blog entry in the new york times about a man in denmark who was working in the i.t. industry. he was on the fast track doing well. who was two years old at
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the time was diagnosed with autism. the more this man worked about autism, the more concerned he was about his son's future. indecided to leave his job the fast track of the i.t. industry to start an organization to help people with autism many people. not all, but many people can do really good work when it comes to software, testing, data analysis, and the like. i read an article about him, and to make a long story short, i called him, and said, we need you. so, he moved with his family to delaware because he wanted to break into the global market. he has trained more than 50 people in delaware. he has started a movement. it is a national movement.
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organization is called special eastern. now, what you found is companies , a massively , hasdibly great company the read to commit a percentage employees. it is incredible to see employees relate with such pride that they are employed. these are folks who has great ability, but perhaps had , theculty in the interview
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employed. when you focus on the ability, rather than the disability, it is incredible that we can pu accomplish together. >> people with disabilities really want to be seen as equal and gain political power each of you understand what political power takes. have to have to the disability community, no matter what the disability is -- health ? mental >> i will refer to something is thevid said, which disability community working together. although the issues may vary
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somewhat from one group to the aroundhe truth is i've -- everyone wants nothing more americanare of the dream. one of the positive things to come out of our work was to see people all around the same table coming from many different backgrounds all working together. i too think this is important if this community is fractured, i think it makes it less likely that we make the progress we all want to make. i think it is probably true of ,very group that i deal with would you are willing to check your egos at the door and not worry about who gets the credit, it is amazing what we can get done. >> one of my incarnations on capitol hill, i worked for jack
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camp. jackie's to say the great thing we built ana is idea. that idea is no person is restricted. every person has the opportunity to be everything they can be. that is the great thing about america. that sense has to be the sense that everybody has. biasve got to overcome a that people have in their mind peoplehat limitations with disabilities have. to change.e have people have to look and think. people don't have to do this because they have some dark heart in their sole. they do it because they don't think.
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horizon't open up the wide enough. professionaly football. he was pretty good at it. i barely played high school football and i was pretty bad at it. of of a sudden things -- all us have things we do better and things we do worse. let's find them out. those things we do better, but find the opportunities. that attitude is really the big thing that needs to be changed. it is a mountain we have to climb. it is starting saying i will not narrowed by be anyone think. let's broaden it out. candidate question now that we have given to each of the presidential candidates. now we are doing it with
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governors and senators. we hope the people watching will encourage their candidates for this job to fill out the questionnaire. can you talk about the process for the questionnaire. this is the first one on disability issues on a national scale. how important are they? ways of the kinds of people can engage with ?andidates jekyl sometimes they are defined questions, sometimes people refrain from answering them. , theeeper the dialogue
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candidate, better. in 2008, there was actually a disability issues. both candidates agreed to got fairlyd reaction deep into the issues in a fairly constructive apolitical way. i don't think you can tell who the democrat is the republican because that is not how these issues work. it is not sufficient to send survey to the candidates. i would try to develop a deeper relationship with the campaign to let them know there are a lot of people interested in the answers to the question as opposed to sending it blindly. the would emphasize what
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governor said which is reaching out on a personal basis. it might take some time to develop a relationship, and it candidatee with the in all likelihood, but the campaign. those are the type of people you try to establish a relationship with. >> is there an individual with a disability that comes to mind as a case study of someone who came to you with an issue and opened up your mind. how can someone follow in their footsteps? let me tell you how i got involved. 1986. the summer of it has gone through the house and passed with a large margin.
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i was working for a said at the .ime she said, i have to be seeing things, that is child with down syndrome. they said, we have this one not workedst have out yet. basically what they wanted to do was make sure that records followed the student. make perfectme to sense. isn't that better for the student to have the record
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followed? , aot two people together democratic staffer and a republican staffer and said, can you talk about this? so, they talked about it. iceberg.rt of like the i was seeing 10% of what the problem was. talking to them and working -- like iat problem said, they sort of full me and got me hooked. i tried help, but the real policy work started doing ita. >> i think it is very much about the personal relationships. he told me about the man with
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down syndrome and share this sat homeh me that he for six years, watching tv with his parents. the statistics are important. it is just as important that the candidates know about the people behind us. the same is true about the able at. 10,ung girl, probably about her name is kayla, she has down syndrome. i got to know her from my first moment as governor. she tells me every year about in school.are going she came in with her friends to talk about the importance of the able act, so now the able act as law in delaware. the statistics are important, but we do not go into
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office for statistics. we go to office because we want to help everybody. basing leaders and we are deeply honored that you are and on behalf of respectability, i want to thank you for a lifetime of achievement. each of you is still young. awardst like the academy . for many of you, we expect many great things to come in only building from here for a better future. i just want to say something personal from my heart each of you. when we started respectability and you bet some of our boar board members, i myself wanted to do it and i wanted a really solid business plan and build on what other people had done.
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draft to the two panelist, who are both extremely they see people, and both took the time to review. anytime we come to junction in the road, i can e-mail one of these people and say, we are having a problem with this, what is your advice, or can you help, or can you introduce me to somebody? they will take my e-mail and asked me for help. they are pointing me and my team in the right direction. they understand it is not about the government alone. they understand so many other stakeholders have so much at stake that each of them have
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ftsve he rising tide that all ships. i want to thank you for your amazing leadership that we think is only just starting. thank you. [applause] if you are a fellow of respectability, if you can come up front, we will take a picture if that is ok.
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>> it is one month until congress returns, and here on c-span we are keeping track to what members are up to on their district work.
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>> those of the red sox in the minor leak. you can follow more if you go and look for our members of congress list. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with issues that impact you. coming up this morning, jason hacker, director at yale
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university and co-author of the book, "american amnesia." he will join us to discuss the economic performance of states and how historically blue and red states stack up over ,axation, education levels among others. then, peter gleeson will be on. he will discuss an effort by top ceos to overhaul corporate ance.n join the discussion. tonight on c-span, former president bill clinton and jimmy carter on public service and policy changes since they left the white house. turnout,ook at photos and dealing with isis. wisconsin's first
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congressional district where speaker of the house paul ryan is running against paul meehan. we will bring you live coverage on c-span. >> how did he do today? behavior.on his best you could see him gritting his engaging, delivering of teleprompter speech, trying to make a contrast with hillary
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clinton, talking about the largest tax cuts in american history. the contrast he is trying to draw with hillary is pretty stark. the beginning, perhaps, of a streamlined message. taxes seem to be the center of the speech with a real focus on reaganomics. >> that's right. republicanood solid principles and he is taking notes from republican thinkers on tax policy. he has not really given a lot of attention to these issues in the past. he has been much more to talk about -- much more likely to talk about immigration and national security before the economy. his advisers know the elections tend to come down to economics.
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people are not feeling the economic recovery that the numbers would suggest. fake, andare phony, , castingther than that himself in that business light. this is clearly the result of a lot more deliberate thought than the proposals we have seen so far. host: wall street has seen a pretty good summer. the unemployment rate hovers 4%-5%, but by all accounts the economy seems to be stable, if not grooving. supporters do not numbersthe same way the would suggest they would. talks to angst ridden voters,
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people who feel like they just cannot get ahead, or they know people who are out of a job, and do not understand the news reports. his for trail of where things are right now is important in understanding where the appeal lies. him just asto trust much as hillary clinton right now. that is one of the issues where he can run closely with her. anding back to the basics undermining the confidence in the system is this out there are important in understanding donald trump right now. by all accounts, donald trump had a rough week last week. nationally, hillary clinton was in the high single digits or low single digits in key battleground states like virginia.
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where does this put the trunk campaign? what is he need to do specifically to turn the tide? it, heto be blunt about needs to be boring for a while. he needs to not get in front of his own news. people to felix we are on the wrong track even if the presence ,pproval rating is pretty high people do not want a third term of barack obama. they see a different fission out vision out there. trumps problem is he cannot get out of his own way. streamlining what he needs to achieve in terms of messaging, and keep himself on a normal track. part of it is not letting trunk
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be trump. when he is trump, he attacks and his outlandish and outrageous and makes headlines that he does not want to make. host: who can get to him, is it a family member, a member of the party, or just donald trump council on what to do next? guest: i think it is the kids first and foremost. as for republican party officials, i'm sure that the would love to believe he has a kind of sway, by don't think he does. i think the frustration just last week on the family shows how little sway republican officials have. even paul ryan disputed with some of the brightest lights in the republican party. i don't think it's a question of him taking advice from rnc
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officials. i think he does trust them and his children, but ultimately he trusts himself more than anyone else. host: let's talk about third party candidates. today, there is worth it is in macmillan -- evan mcmullen is running a race. who is the? -- he? guest: he is a former cia operative, and a lifelong republican. he is the anti-trump, the never trump republican who has put himself forward as part of a new generation to take on both of the candidates. was the statement he put out was as harsh on hillary clinton as it was on donald trump. my colleagues that down with him
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.oday he is the answer to the question. i don't know if the question posed is who will be the next president of the united states? people are looking for a .onservative outlet on theery late take kid ballot. it is the easy prediction to say he will not be the next president, he could be a relevant candidacy for republican votes, a place for people to park their support if they are not comfortable supporting hillary clinton or donald trump. host: in order to win the electoral college votes you have to be on the ballot, and you indicate it is a steep climb. guest: that's right. deadlines have already past, and the clock is ticking. it has already passed the alarm
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stage for many critical states. i have talked to lawyers who think that smart work on the state and federal level could get you on some ballots, but the way to do this through the front door has already come. i do not expect this will be a nationwide campaign. and look at a couple of states, utah in particular, where he is from, and where mitt romney is from and -- mitt romney was very popular and donald trump is very unpopular. opportunitye is an in a couple states. at the margins, it's not hard to imagine a scenario where he and the libertarian ticket gives people enough places to put their support, it's nice donald trump the majority. ick klein, thank you
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for your time. >> gop senator susan collins of maine says she will not be voting for donald trump for .resident in november s she wrote, this is not a decision i make lightly, because i am a lifetime republican, but double trump to scott reflect republican values. our road to the white house coverage on the c-span networks. >> on the campaign trail yesterday, donald trump unveiled his plans for the economy at the detroit economic club. a coordinated group of protesters interrupted his speech more than a dozen times during the remarks. this is about one hour.
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>> thank you. thank you members of the board, members of the reception committee and the detroit economic club. i am grateful for that warm welcome. it was a few short weeks ago as a fellow myth -- midwesterner, as a governor from the state just south of here that i was humbled to accept the republican nomination, to run and serve as vice president of the united states of america. [applause] in the midst of the we get akest economic
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recovery since the great recession, today at this historic forum, the republican nominee for president of the united states will do what so many american leaders have done before, at this very podium. simply put, today, you will hear your keynote speaker outline a vision, a new economic vision to make america great again. [applause] it is an honor for me to introduce him, and man who i have just gotten to know, personally over the last couple of months, but we have become fast friends. it seems like someone i have known all my life. like so many other american entrepreneurs throughout our history, donald trump is a dreamer, a builder, a driver. he is a man who speaks m

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