tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 10, 2016 2:00pm-4:01pm EDT
some resurgence is in the area of mental health and behavioral health benefits. we talked about telehealth in that most companies offer telehealth today. we are seeing a growth until have been offered a month large employers on the behavior health site. about 34% are offering how the behavioral health services where it's allowed by state. we are seeing i would see a resurgence of on site mental health counselors. most all companies offer it today but a lot of it has become telephonic. we are seeing a migration back to putting resources on site, possibly in health centers, merging them with primary care or just making them available on site to give people access. access and mental health is a big challenge in this country to providers, and by bringing them on site it's an enabler but also it makes it more convenient for people to access as well.
just a few other comments, one on private exchanges. we've seen interest in private exchanges declined over the last several years. if you think in 2014 the peak at around 35% of employers were considering them for the future. it's dropped over time to about 10%, and we've only seen about 4% of employers actually move to private exchanges. we have seen more activity on the retiree side were 26% of employers have moved their retirees to private exchanges and we will see that 20% are considering moving over the next several years. it's a strategy that seems to make sense for retirees but it hasn't been for the active employees. if you look on the next slide, it will give you some sense as to why. so the question we asked in the survey and asked for sober years is how confident are you in the building of private exchange to
do the following better than you do today. if you look at the bottom of the slide, it's really about your ability to control costs is that an up or down, your ability to advocate on behalf of of my employees, better than i can. and your ability to drive engagement and health programs better than what i asked an employer can do today. that confidence is pretty low. the model is still evolving. employers are not willing to take a leap of faith to jump into this until they can get a better sense of the ability to reduce costs and sustained that cost reduction over time. in effect change within the , underlying delivery system. i think that's what they're waiting to see before they are willing, more willing to move into private exchanges. >> this briefing is available at www.c-span.org.
we are going to the pentagon to hear from the secretary of the air force and the chief of staff to hear about some changes in policy. staffh our 21st chief of general david goldstein. i think we actually won the lottery when he agreed to be our chief of staff. he certainly hit the ground running. i would yield to him in a couple of motives to share his thoughts from his first month on the job and also about our globally engaged air force, the first i want to touch on a few issues that are affecting us right here at home in washington. specifically some of the budget challenges associated with a long-term continuing resolution. i also want to give you an rpa, remotely piloted aircraft get will plan, and another -- other initiatives. first, a long-term cr. we certainly hope that is not the case. we know the congressional staff
is working hard, even while their members are back at home this summer. we are hearing either a six-month crr 1-1 cr is a possibility, and i want to display why this would be a bad deal for the u.s. air force. first of all, more than 60 air force acquisition new starts and upgrades could be affected, including those to existing rebirths like the mq9 and the c-130 and the b 130, all of these systems require upgrades. number two, the production of joint direct attack munitions s would be to fy i-16 quantity, which would be on acceptable, in light of current operations around the world. number three, kc 46 production would be capped at 12 aircraft. that would delay operational fielding of this platform. number four, the v-21 would be
capped at f i-16 levels, which would slow everything down, and risk a long-term deterrent capability, which we hope to 2020 decade timeframe. number five, there are many projects that would be affected, including projects associated with the bed down of the f-35, new recruit dormitory, and important missile maintenance facilities. cr woulda long-term fund the air force at about $1.4 billion less than the amount we were tested in fy 17, and would cause many perturbations in our system. the number one capability that our combatant commanders as to the u.s., all around the world, isr, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. specifically, what we are doing in the world of our rpa's to
listen the strain and improve quality of life. the airrecently at force base, and the bottom line i which are with you with respond to our get will plan is that it is proceeding at pace, it is not done yet, but there is a lot in process. we are well on the way to having 100% manning at our training units, and of course, having all of those in structures in the schoolhouse means that we are going to be producing more rpa pilots, and, indeed, we are. we have roughly doubled the graduate and undergraduate pilot output in this arena of fy 15 to fy 17. more pilots of course means a better quality of life for all of our rpa airmen because it will give them more family time and more opportunities to pursue developmental opportunities. we have mobilized additional guard units, and they are flying alongside their active-duty and other
counterparts, with an additional three air combat controls. we are also providing more contractor support for non-strike missions. this fall, we will release candidate bases for locating a new wing of rpa airmen, at up to two locations. one will host an operations group with mission control elements, and the other will potentially host a full and q nine wing. buildings were our people can relocate to is another aspect of our quality of life plan. we are pleased to announce that no later than october 1, we will pay a $35,000 rpa pilot retention bonus for those who are at the end of their active-duty service commitment, and who agree to stay with us. this 35,000 level is up from the ,urrent 25,000 for your level and all rpa pilots flying today will be eligible for this bonus. there will be more details to
follow on this one. turning to our other pilots, we are still working with the congress to update the retention bonus for everything i just was for the arcade pilots. we need resources for others as well. we need this now because we need to address a number of shortfalls, most important of which at the moment is the 700 fighter pilot shortfall that we are currently facing. by the end of the year, with 1000 fighter pilots that were projected to be short in just a couple of years from now. why is this so? forecasted tore be hiring more, they already are. we also need to increase our pilot production. soon we will announce the standard of new f-16 training units. we expect to select candidate locations for up to two new training locations by the end of december 2016.
in the meantime, we intend to augment up to two of our existing training units to jumpstart pilot production by the end of september 2017. back to compensation. we are working with congress also to ensure that basic allowance for housing, which is a key factor in total compensation for military members, that this remains robust and does not change substantially for our airmen. there is a proposed change on capitol hill that could reduce overall compensation and disproportionately affect our dual military couples and members living together, and we think we need to get that fixed or all of our airmen. finally, i want to say money is important but it is not everything. the be-all and end-all. quality of life, quality of the work environment, these are also important factors. to that end, we will soon announce ways to reduce assigned additional duties, to give airmen some of their precious time back.
i want to emphasize, this will be a first step, will be followed up by a review of computer-based training, and other ancillary requirements that take up a lot of our airmen's time at present. with that, i am pleased to yield to general goldstein. thank you. i am honored to lead with you side-by-side as we lead these active and reserve airmen that make up the world greatest air force. the pentagonu to press corps. this is the first of what i hope are many engagements with u2's tell the story of our air force. in the five weeks since secretary james sworn in as a 21st she for staff, i have an opportunity to travel to the u.k., hawaii, seven u.s. bases to me airmen and their families. along the way, we promoted new commanders, air force reserve command, air force special operations command, and welcomed
steve wilson as the 39th chief of staff. tomorrow, like the opportunity to promote our newest four-star, general todd walters, as he takes command of forces in europe and become the nato air chief, followed by an extensive visit across the middle east to see our warriors in action as they lead the fight against dae sh. the air force is fully engaged from china to russia to iran, north korea, and violent extremists, while simultaneously standing watch over the nations , manage enterprise space constellations, operating cyber, and sends alerts to defend the homeland from attack. tooperate below the surface a cockpit above the surface, to the outer reaches of space. we are everywhere. air power has become the oxygen the joint team breeds.
don't have it and it is all you think about. , space, sick or your he lift, just a few examples. as secretary james outlined, we do all of this despite financial uncertainty and the risk of sequestration still looming on the horizon. make no mistake, we will be unable to execute and defend strategic guidance and perform these missions to the level the nation requires if we return to a sequestered budget. despite the uncertainty ahead, however, i'm optimistic about the future of air is for one reason. our airmen, who continue to deliver 24/7, 365. i am proud to serve as their chief and honor to work side-by-side with secretary james as the 21st sheet in the 21st century. hi, thanks for doing this. some of theut how
concerns you talked about is affecting the operations of ongoing -- recently, the president authorized new, more sustained operations in libya. can you talk about how these budget and other shortage concerns are affecting your day-to-day operations? how is the pilot shortfall of 7000 affecting this? see the impact most strongly, iraq, syria, more reliance off ships, the marines for libya? where is the more specific impact on a daily airstrike operations? deborah: maybe i could begin, and, chief, please jump in. i am so extremely proud of our airmen, because of regardless of thomas strain there is, regardless of what they are asked to do, they step up time and again. the types of strains we are speaking of our frequent
deployments, a lot of family separation, and even when they come home, frequently, they merely have to go up to a major exercise to train up again for the high-end fight. it is the busiest airports that certainly i have ever seen in my 35 years of working on defense matters. but they are doing it. terms of what is the specific impact on operations of libya, i will tell you, we have known for some time that we were going to isilerever they cancerous and other exceed this would spread, particularly in failed or lawless state. livia certainly count in that category. surprising, certainly not to those of us tracking a closely. we have done strikes in libya before. this is an opportunity to give a push to some of the local ground forces on the ground as they attempt to contain and hopefully sirte.ut the forces near
the ammunition is holding because we put our best forces or work. david: i would just add, i will give you a vignette. this is what to let -- weeks in the life of a wing commander looked like not someone ago. squadron.deployed a in 24 hours after arrival, they northerncking daesh in syria. in the second week, we deploy the second squadron in libya against a high-value target. 24 hours after that strike occurred, and aircraft returned to home, a nuclear security inspection team arrived to give them a major inspection. that is the kind of tempo we are dealing with forces. to your point of words we absorb those impacts? very often, to get the little of readiness to be able to engage with -- where combat commanders
need us most and quickest, we end up informing that risk at home station. build secretary and i, to on her point, it is our ability to ensure we are simultaneously ready for not only the continuous fight we are involved in against violent extremism, but also as the secretary of defense explained, for challenges that we have to ready for. korea, andia, north that is very had to absorb the risk. >> do you see the libya site being absorbed by the navy, think the air you force will be more involved, in terms of strikes and also the additional isr? maybe you could update us on the all caps. david: it is a combined arms engagement. the combatant commander, specifically joint task force commanders uses all four components as required, sometimes together, sometimes
individually, as that is part of his campaign plan. i don't predict you will see one particular component that will be more or less engage in any others. in fact, we are the most joint force we had been in our history today. areerms of where we operating out of, that would be a detail that i would not get into. >> [inaudible] now, depending on how you measure, approximately 60. also been supporting government owned contractor operating cap's as well. right now we have that for you are of those, and we are grown to 10. >> how confident are you that you will be able to operate out of -- given the turmoil out of the group -- coup? deborah: there has certainly been a lot of turmoil, but we attended coop.
we are beyond that now, many thousands have been arrested. we refer to the government of turkey as to who needs to be arrested, punished for this action. intellect is a key location. turkey is an important ally. i would simply report, within the first week or so, i had the opportunity to speak with the base commander and he reported team had been treated with the utmost professionalism. we spoke to one of the higher-level commanders the other day and he reiterated that point, that has been ongoing. turkey has been a good ally, they have an effective air force , but it is concerning, because with so many members of the leadership gone, it will take them time to grow new leaders and replace -- it remains to be seen what happens next. obviously, they are our ally, we stand with them. they are an effective ally.
in the back. i am interested in the fighter pilot shortfall. if you could talk about what is the universe of fighter pilots in the air force right now. 700 shortfall would be what percentage? what needs to be done in terms of pay or other benefits to retain them. what are the real incentives for the fighter pilot to leave? just pay? what can you do in conjunction with the airline? david: i will you yield to my chief fighter pilot on this one. for me, it is a combination of quality of service and quality of life. airlines have been in the hiring mode before. we have had to work our way through that. this one is no different. what is added to this is, for the air force, we are coming out of 26 years of continual combat.
the force has been engaged at a much higher level. that translates to more time away from home. although the uncertainty that goes with that. in terms of how the secretary and i are looking to attack quality is a combined of service, quality of life. quality of life has to do with what the secretary talked about, aviation bonus. point we get that to the where we can remove some financial burdens and provide incentive, our studies have shown the force will respond. but we do need to change the levels that we are authorized to pay, because we have not changed those in years, and in fact, we have to make sure we remain competitive. there is another part of quality of life that is uniquely important. air force is a family. we take care of each other. there is a culture in the air or's such that when an airman is deployed, we take care of that family. that does not happen always in the private sector. ensuring that we continue to
take care of each other with those financial issues are really important. of life.se two quality quality of service is being the best you can be at whatever protection you have chosen, within the air force or whatever service. pilots who do not fly, maintainers who do not maintain, controllers who don't control are not going to stay with the company, because we are not allow them to be the best they can be. for me, as a new chief, it is about a balance of quality of service and quality of life. i am confident we will be successful. defense daily. secretary james, the air force put out its latest rfi for icbm motors last week. i wonder if you received permission from the president to move forward with this effort? deborah: we have not. his is a request for information. we are requesting information, we have been asked to look at this arena of the excess icbm motors by the congress.
although the bills have not yet become law, we are getting a jumpstart on the task. but, no, we do not have any change in law or policy which would swing in one way or the other. we are simply trying to become better informed. icbm's can you give us an update on the strategic deterrence program? on august 3, apparently they went to the air force, try to find a way to fund this. can you give us a sense of what the issues are, and what is the current cost estimate of the program? at years ago it was pegged six into $.3 billion. what is it today? general, in march, you had a shortage of 511 violence. now 700. it will grow to 1000 in a year. inthere a crisis in morale the manned aircraft community? it seems like a major jump, you
said you had been there before. deborah: i would say, with respect to the exact cost estimate of today and what not, we will have to get back to you on that one. i do not have that the top of my head. if there was something that we when wethat the dab recently went through it, the this type of icbm work, we have not collectively done it for more than 40 years. so there is a level of complexity that has to be worked through. we are now engaged, working with osd offices to try to ensure that we all have a of theunderstanding assumptions that we have to put down on paper, in order to gbsd.ly cost out the as to the new position, we do not have one. as to verify the number that you said a moment earlier, i will have to get back to you. >> does that mean the program is
on hold right now? as youstone a on hold come up with fidelity in terms of dollars and the requirements? deborah: the rfp, i will remind you, has gone out. the program is not on hold. we owe some additional information, we need to get on the same page of the assumptions and the costs going forward. we have not done such a thing in 40 years so we are all getting on the same page. the program is moving forward. the rfp went out. sense.oesn't make ,eborah: this is a tmrr technology maturation risk and regulation. the secretary and i penned an article together, and we stated, it is a crisis. having said that, here is the reason i believe it is a crisis. air superiority is not an american birthright.
it is something you have to fight for and maintain. --n we take a look at the what the air force does for the nation, which at its foundational level, is to get control and exploit airspace for the joint team. we have to have all of our andtors able to do that, specifically fighter pilots, because they are the one leaving at a higher rate. it is a crisis. the secretary and i are fully engaged. of serviceuality will be equally important to everything we can do on quality of life. ,f we take a balanced approach i'm hoping we can get these folks to stay. >> the air force just released jdam.. lucky recently had their guided missile --
sorry -- they are positioning that as a possible jdam alternative. is the air force seriously considering an alternate source jdam right now, are you confident that bone will be able to supply the numbers that you need through lot 23? are keeping our options open. this is a matter of getting more demand for, the high the precision weapons, so information can be powered here. we want to know what else is out there, and we will make a final judgment call after that time comes. >> can you elaborate on those negotiations with boeing earlier this year? there wasnd conversation about getting more production capacity out of the facilities. working withre boeing actively on that, working with other industry partners involved with ammunition and precision weapons as well. morehat is not to say that
could not be helpful, which is why we are exploring these other options. in a couple of weeks, it will be six months since they be 52's were deployed to the centcom area of operations. when that was announced, it said would come back in to receive an upgrade. since then, they have been sent out to the pacific. general brown said it took a while for infrastructure to build up. tothe plan still for b-1's come in on the short term, or will this be a b-52 mission for the short-term future? commander frome 2011 22013 and was working with the countries over there to support the b-52. the issue was the wider wingspan , required wider taxiways, runways. once that was complete, we began rotations of the b-52s in the country. our plan right now is to continue to have a bomber
presence, and it will be a combination of the b-1 and b-52 rotation. general rant, our global strike commander, is working now with to centcom and the generals ensure we have a continual presence there. you will see both the ones, rotating with b-52s, and you will see that happen as we manage the bomber force not only in centcom, but also what we are doing in the pacific. right now, we have all three bombers in kuan for the first uam for the first time. all three in the pacific. is there a possibility of all three in centcom? david: i doubt it. i say that only base on what the bomber contributes to the joint fight. i do not see in the current operational tempo, the requirement for more operational bomber squadron to be there at one time. cap's, twothe
questions. general, you said you are at four instead of 60. can you tell us when you can get to 10? the insatiableut for these things. it osd comes back to the air force and says, can you do more than the 60 plus 10, are you stabilized as a community, would you consider doing that? for these things. david: right now we are in accordance with the get well plan which was built, as you know, from 2001 until now, we have been in a continual search operation. just about the time when we thought we were going to stabilize and get the community a little bit healthier, we got request from a combatant commander for more gaps. it has been pretty much full afterburners the whole time.
now based on the fact that we ended up with a challenge of water in, water out, meaning we have folks locked up in their enterprise for so long, our projections were so long. if we didn't stabilize and get this to a mature weapon system, we would have more folks leave the enterprise then we could train to bring in. and allow us to build up the instructor force and double like the secretary says. he's been supportive allowing us to stay on track. between now and then, we are hoping to hold a line to get this weapon system healthy.
>> can you talk about nondeployed training capability? >> on average, i would go to three flag exercises a year into with the army. it would be a normal battle that would play out for me personally on the first night and the first day of desert storm when i come a along with the rest of my pilots got in the combat of the very first time. we are a little uncertain about
how we're going to perform. aaa and we all just stared at it. dirt an aircraft hit the and i had not seen that before. call, every visual. everything i saw, i had seen it all before. youhat moment, i can tell the confidence that came over my cockpit, we know how to do this. today's pilot, based on the size and age of the force, the continued up-tempo demand in central command, they are getting half of that. that's why i say we are able to the billit forward but
payer is the home station. i'm a believer that morale and readiness are linked. quality of service is high. and where we have low readiness, we have the largest morale issues. that's for we are committed to attacking this from both fronts. how many flight hours a month the nondeployed units, much are they getting? >> i'm not sure but we will get you that. out a schedule, it's been almost a year now. how much thats initiative is going? programs like on that? and when are we going to see the milestone?
>> let me start with casey 46. the key meeting for that is going to happen later on this month. we believe that the aircraft has met everything required to meet milestones see. with respect, let me come back to you on that. on thehaps a full update initiative that we announced a year ago. >> if you met that decision, what are you waiting on? >> we have to go to the formal meeting and present it. he has to have the opportunity to ask questions. goes andee how that shortly after get the decision.
i had a follow-up question. have you determined what a lesser production rate would impact that decision? what it puts the decision back further? fenced off some funding for the follow-up program. letter to thea armed services committee asking that funding be released so that you can meet some of the contractual requirements. can you talk about having those funds released? and what are the implications? >> i believe the funds have been released.
and that would permit partial funding on the pathway to the weather system. to casey 46, i have not done the in-depth analysis. the quantity were delayed, it would not help but push back. the other thing that concerns me , would such an approach reopen the contract? if we couldn't purchase the same number, would that reopen the contract? favorable terms and we don't want to reopen the contract change requirements in any way. i will have to go back and double check those matters. cause multiple perturbations and we hope to get them on time.
>> there are reports comparing the chinese to the u.s. 35. evaluate a new chinese fighter jet? and how would development of this change the situation in the south china sea in the east china's? >> is a first generation low observable pilot, it is a more relevant comparison. technologyeneration was reasonable one-for-one comparison because it was a platform centric discussion.
i had a switch creatively named the stuff switch. and when i pushed it, all of my radios turned off. is, it was single domain and a closed system and a sequential way of applying airpower because i was going to be out in front. f-35 is a completely different mindset. it starts talking in the network before the pilot times the latter. it starts comparing information and placing symbology replicated in the displays but across the network of everyone it has joined. so when we apply fifth it's noon technology, longer about a platform. it's about a family of systems and that gives us an asymmetric
advantage. almost an irrelevant comparison because you have to think about a network versus a network. it's his combat in the information age. you will see us focusing far more on the family of the stems and how we connect them together and far less on individual plant warms. >> one more. north korea has launched a series of ballistic missiles and the last one went over 600 yards. are you seeing an increase in north korea's capability? >> we are seeing an increase in the missile launches. belief based on our sources and what we know to be a fact. although these missile launches appear to be failures, they
don't reach the target and whatnot. what we learned. it is a worrisome activity. >> we have seen an increase in the claims of increased capability. i'm not so sure the intelligence would bear that out. >> are you surprised by how well the russian air worse is able to perform in the year-long deployment? >> for 50 years, we have been intercepting each other in international airspace. -- we haveof a large standard rules of behavior that we have adhered to overtime.
i am very concerned about recent russian behavior. and you have seen the examples of that. my message to my counterpart is i have seen the russian air force in action. it is a professional force and they are far better than that. >> thank you. [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] >> an update on the schedule in prime time.
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american free trade agreement, 800 or pages of rules and regulations, my book would be very different. when these two are being negotiated, you act as an official advisor. >> on c-span and c-span.org. >> congress on break from legislating on capitol hill. here's a look at what they are doing. senator rand paul addressing folks. they visited the georgetown kentucky hospital for it meeting with the state senator. rick allen stopped by the agustin control tower.
pres. clinton: had you feel? talking asked age and it might be interesting we have some people with us the first time. they all admire the service that you've done. take us back a few years. i pledge allegiance to jimmy carter in 1975. we've known each other a long time. blessed farave been longer than we were in office.
but harvard university, the united nations, the who. that's what we started on. we take care of health programs, over 100 elections. we came back from in africa trip. i wanted to do something at home. atlantan analysis of and 500,000 people who live in the southern part of atlanta. we couldn't get a job and so forth. people it at how many took.
we went into the neighborhoods that i had not been in much before. we decided to organize the atlanta project. higher education, business, and people that knew how to take an application. we can adopt them. we had it for five years. and we treat people like they should of been treated to begin with.
it was a very interesting thing to see. airlines put out a call for flight attendants, they would publish it in the atlanta constitution. they learned how to advertise. they can pay about $15 or 15% to cash a welfare check as they couldn't get a chance to have a bank account. without the banks to let them have bank accounts.
pres. clinton: how do you keep a project going over several years? when it takes so many years to do. we started working on it 30 years ago. in 20 onended countries, 23,600 villages, 3.5 million cases. there is no medicine for it. we've got to teach them how to change their life. and last year, we had 22 cases. year, we're working on getting rid of it. let people do for themselves
people are surprised that they know anything. backstage,ng about the american economy is different than it was. it's challenging and different. and we talked about this huge problem with prescription drugs and heroin abuse across the country. and a lot of it is rooted in the are that so many people stuck economically. if you were approaching this from a service point of view as opposed to being in political office, you have any idea what
we can do about that? and to help take this huge , it is ancollege debt enormous frustration. you are never going to get that off of your shoulders. first, colleges and universities have raised the tuition a lot. it has reduced the contribution. they are still in debt. it would go with relatively low tuition. and i hope we will see that come back again.
as far as the drug and the hopelessness is concerned, i believe we need to change our policy on drugs here. i made a public statement in 1979, i think it was in may, and it called for the decriminalization of marijuana. not to make it legal, but to stop putting people imprisoned -- in prison. we concentrated on people that had drug addiction. it has become a counterproductive effort. we had a competition with other governors.
to minimize the number of people in prison. 1980 -- in 1976, 1 out of a thousand were in prison. people, it as many because of the incarceration of people. the addictedet person to go to his or her own correction and salvation. if you target them and punish them, i think that is counterproductive. if you let people be involved, it is the best approach. mr. clinton: you know, we were
talking about this backstage. i cannot remember a time in recent history when there has been so much agreement between the republicans and democrats, that the drug problem ought to be treated like a medical problem and there are also a lot of party agreement for spending someone in the penitentiary not as good as preparing someone to live. i do think and where i am going with this, we need to have those kinds of projects we just announced for homeless people, people looking for improvements into the workforce. we cannot have people out of prison discriminated against when applying for jobs. and we have to train them for
jobs. i cannot -- the government can do what it ought to do to change the laws but i think it is unrealistic given all of the present problems that the government has to think we will adequately prepare them. in new york there is a very active prison program. that proves what he said. intelligence is equally distributed. if you are leaving the white house tomorrow and you had to design a service, how would you think about it? mr. carter: you are still talking about prisons?
mr. clinton: anything. mr. carter: you know, i think we need some innovation that would involve not only the people that have been caught by the police and accused of a crime but also the general public, the successful leaders and businesses and education. one of the things i did when i was governor, we had a program of getting volunteer probation officers. i was a leader in the lions club. we call the members of the lions club to volunteer to be probation officers. we would bring the volunteers to atlanta and the prison director and i would give them instructions and they would have to agree before they came up here that each member of the
lions club would take one probationer and they had to visit that prospect and their families. they had to promise me as governor that they would guarantee that that person when they got out of prison but have a job, and so we gave them rudimentary instructions and they became voluntary probation officers. it not only let us keep people from going back into prison because they had a job when they came out, but it also but the business committee learn how much more effective it was to get people out of prison and joined the job market than stay in prison. that is an innovative think we might try again. [applause] mr. clinton: that is a really
good idea because we do not have enough probation officers to handle now much less the people that ought to be let out. mr. carter: the same way then, we did not have enough probation officers. they were come obviously with the probation officers. these volunteers would only have one probationer to be responsible for and make sure they would not go back in. that is the kind of thing we need to try more of and i think the governor's or the president themselves or herself should encourage people to do it. [applause] mr. clinton: that is all we need. i think this is good. everyone of you, wherever you are from, i bet you anything wherever you are from, that you anything that be probation
system in your state is inadequate to properly serve the number of probationers that exist today, much less the number we would have for all of his own people imprisoned. that is a good idea. we did not rehearse this. it just came to him. that was really good. if you were not doing something with come of justice and you were walking out of the white house, what else would you do? mr. carter: you got me answering all of the questions. i do not mind. [laughter] mr. clinton: they know what i think about everything.
i am boring. mr. carter: let me take another problem. that is the decreasing number of people that vote in america. as you know, there is a lot of efforts i would say among republicans and democratic legislatures. they ought to minimize any change in the electoral system, and i think most of it is on the opposite party. i see the expression in your face. [laughter] mr. carter: this is something republicans are doing. how do you get young people registered to vote? if i have my preference, i would let everyone be automatically registered when they are 18 years old. [applause] mr. clinton: yes. mr. carter: but, another idea that i tried in a work really well in georgia was we passed a
law deputizing every high school principal to be a voting registrar. every may as governor, i called the high schools to have a contest about who could register the most upcoming 18-year-olds to be registered as voters. that was a way to do it. when i got to the white house and tried a similar proposal, both democrats and republicans opposed it because they did not want to change the constituency that have put them into congress. all of the republicans wanted to keep african-americans and old people and others from voting. i think of sides were reluctant to change the constituency that had put them in office. that is something that the president can speak to the people about it maybe get something like that done. i think the main thing is to let them have last-minute registration and a registration by mail or registering everybody when they are 18 and high school
principals to be registrars. these ideas can be attractive. mr. clinton: you know, we have, and i agree with that and we should have automatic enrollment and a lot of other things. it's more states would adopt systems like california withdrawing legislative boundaries. in california, it is a heavy democratic state so they are more likely to put more seats of but it looks better because then the candidates and more and more districts have to appeal across the board. we have a different problem i was going to ask you about but i think it is contributing to a lot of this polarization in america. that is that two different america's show up in presidential elections and midterm elections, much more than 40 years ago. if you remember, you were a pretty good mentor after he became president, but turnout was down in uniformly down. now, it is breathtaking the
difference. the political makeup between people voting in the presidential elections in midterm elections which makes the democrats suspect when we want to expand voting and republican suspect when they went to make it harder to vote because they want the presidential election to look like the midterm election. we need to come up with some system that can get the midterm vote up. if the american profile was more or less united, both parties would have to commit. it will be difficult in the long
run for the democrats. they would both have to compete for every demographic. i think that is important. you have any bright idea? i do not. i fell on my face the last time. i worked very hard in 2014 to try to bridge the turnout gap the two presidential elections and i failed. i think there has got to be a way we can do it. mr. carter: there is. i think there have been some mighty changes that have taken place since both you and i have run for president. the stupid decision by the supreme court of citizens united. [applause] mr. carter: the other one is increasing gerrymandering of congressional districts.
i think in enlightened supreme court could reverse both of those things. one of the things that would be very easy for even the conservatives to do would be every state had to have a blue-ribbon commission to outline congressional districts. that would go a long way to reducing the polarization because now in georgia, for instance, the republican legislature and republican governors, we have a division in georgia because they want to put all of the white people in one district and get all of the african-americans in another district. the only possibility for a congressman to get elected is to live in an african-american district. the rest of the districts vote republican. that kind of division in a state would go a long way. universal registration, if we
can get those three things done, there may be a democratic system as good as when you and i were president. [applause] mr. clinton: i think it is really important. it is not healthy to be an elected representative of the people and realize you could never be defeated again unless somebody gets to the right of you if you are a republican on the left of you if you are a democrat. it keeps people from working together and i do not think it is healthy. mr. carter: about is the way it is in this country. california has corrected that to some degree. mr. clinton: it is really interesting watching, i have seen california change their system, have seen the change in the quality of participation. it is a really heavy democratic state but the talk more about
the practicalities of progressive reforms there. they feel safe to talk about what may not be as easy as it sounds. that is the thing. you do not want to put into a system where people cannot have an honest debate what is on their mind and heart. mr. carter: another thing that we can do that would improve the situation is to go back to the presidential elections-- as you know, and i ran gerald ford and we raised zero money. i think you probably did the same thing, did you not? we need to go back to that.
i would personally like to see public finance involved. i think that would be a good move as well. mr. clinton: it would require a change in the supreme court decision because you could say, you cannot have this public money unless you follow the strings but that was the deal before, so much money could be raise. mr. carter: change the supreme court. [applause] mr. clinton: that is important. we think when looking at interpretations of the constitution, let me ask you something else. i think this is important. help us all to understand because you continued to travel
the world with all of the things going on. people are worried about the extremely divisive things said in america. the truth is, they are all over the world. they feel the combined impact of stagnant economics and kind of identity threat and a diversity crisis. you have the biggest refugee crisis in europe since world war ii. you have a lot of tension between china and southeast asia because of the economics and nationalism there. you have a lot of candidates elected who are saying rather divisive things including the new president of the philippines that suggested the navy general be threatened.
what is your take on this? what if anything can be done about it? do not make it about america, just think about the rest of the world. it is just going on everywhere. these kinds of things are happening everywhere at the same time. it is not just america. what is your take on what should be done globally? mr. carter: 2009 i made two speeches, one was in taiwan and they asked me to speak on my greatest concern about the next century. i said my greatest concern is the increasing division between rich people and poor people. not only between rich people and poor people in the country like
china or the united states but also between rich countries and poor countries. i think that has become the most serious problem in the world now. a lot of people think that the world is more in conflict now, war's going on. we have a low-level compared to most of the time. that division between rich and poor is becoming greater and i think that causes a lot of polarization and it causes people like in our country to take the radical stance that appeals to the people that are left out. one thing that needs to be done
broadly is to let the people feel like they are being treated fairly by their own government. i think a lot of folks in the united states feel they are being treated unfairly by the government and i believe that my children can have a better life than i had. we have lost that sense of optimism that each generation is going to be better off. i think those two things have caused the radical nature of political campaigns which you just asked me about in other countries and i think as well in this country. mr. clinton: if you look, by and large, the present has had more economic inequality and upward mobility. there are these kinds of tensions. the only places where you see it, but i have seen it, a slight exception in countries in europe particular with the refugee
crisis. austria house almost no inequality and a fair amount of upward mobility but they still have an identity crisis. do you think that all the diversity we have in our country in the end we are better off dealing with it? mr. carter: i hope so. i think there is going to be a reassessment in america by individual citizens and collectively after this election experience we are involved with
now. i think a lot of people feel not only alienated but disgusted with some of the campaign rhetoric and the violation of human rights is a proposal by a major candidate. that is something that i think is going to be corrected in the united states. what we need to do, in my opinion, is to look back at the only time in history where we have ever had a commitment to the basic moral and ethical principles that shape our great religions. that was at the end of the second world war. we formed united nations to prevent war. we wanted to treat everybody fairly. we have pretty well abandon both of those things as well. united nations, the security council does not prevent wars and even our own country is violating a lot of the
universalities of human right paragraphs. i think these can be changed. the political idealism of fairness, amnesty, friendship, i think we will have a reaction to make our country even better. [applause] mr. clinton: what about, let's talk about the carter foundation -- we are nonstate actors, not government. we do things with government. we have worked very closely with government, but isis is the one state actor. one of the problems that i think being presented by all of the rises, conflict related to one
state actors is how to apply norms to them and dealing with them when if every country in the world follow the same norms and they do not, more people may die. do you think we could have some sort of international convention? take the gates foundation that has done a heck of a lot of good. have you ever given any thought to that? mr. carter: we are supposed to have international standards on
monitoring elections and we have had a lot of progress in that respect. some countries now are outlined nongovernmental organizations. we have been welcomed 15 or 20 years ago into a lot of countries and now we find that we are no longer welcome in this country because we make decisions that the increasingly oppressive governments do not like. i think the ngos can work together in harmony and see where our common goals and commitments are and that would be very helpful. i do not think you and i have ever set them together to see how the cgi and the carter center might cooperate and benefit each other's gaps and cooperate where he could but i think if we can do that and get other organizations, it could be good for us to have a meeting someone. [applause] mr. clinton: i agree with that. i know what you are saying about the government.
let me ask you one other thing. i do not want this to be too political. mr. carter: you do not want to be, what? mr. clinton: too political. [laughter] mr. clinton: one of the things that bothers me is all of these surveys which show that there's really not a lot of baselevel knowledge that you normally take for granted among the electorate of many countries. they do not know if they are getting a fair deal or not. they do not necessarily know how the government system works or what the options are. it was a big deal, you could knock it out of the third grade unless you had a really good
civics teacher. do you think we should do more of that? mr. carter: have more restraint? mr. clinton: basic civic education about how the system works, how does the state government work, the federal government work, how the law is made, one midterm elections are important. how does it relate to the rest of the government? i get the feeling that most kids get out of high school and never get really serious education in that. mr. carter: that is true. that is also true of universities. i think that is true. i would agree with you that the average citizen ought to have a base. there is an interesting and exciting way to learn about
their own government process between executive, legislative and judicial branches of government but the principles are involved. there is only one country in the world that can take the leadership in something like this and that is our country. you know, i think we ought to be a superpower in every way, not just the strongest military in the most economic influence and cultural influence, but i think we ought to be the number one nation on earth for peace. [applause] mr. carter: i think we have been in conflict with other countries 30 times since the second world war.
other countries that are almost as powerful as ours very carefully avoid war. since in 1979, china has not been a conflict with anybody. i think united states ought to be that way. and someone is a potential conflict in the country they are to say, why don't we go to washington because the united states is for peace always. i think we have to be number one in human rights and number one in environmental protections. [applause] mr. carter: you know, i say number one in generosity with people that need help around the world. we need to be number one in admirable things so other people will emulate and admire the united states as a true superpower in every way, not just because we are the strongest. [applause] mr. clinton: i agree with that. we actually have this, most
people think the one thing our citizens do not know about, most people think that we give 10% to 15% of the federal budget away in foreign aid. these polls have not changed in 30 years and i have watched them. in fact, we give a very small percentage-- mr. carter: like one fourth of 1%. mr. clinton: anything you could broadly construe. we saw an enormous change in that with the middle east. we justified in for a long time in the cold war because we were
essentially providing defense over europe and never giving 100% of their gdp back to the world in developing world in the form of assistance. i think that one of the things that would do a lot of good is getting continuous updates with the comparative performance our country and others have in areas with positive things. our development programs can do a lot of good but they are still nowhere near as generous percentagewise as norway for example. the british, i have to defend. i have been very close with the prime minister's. i have to give prime minister i have to give prime minister cameron credit. one thing he refused to do even after the financial crash was to decrease the percentage of their gdp that was going to developing
systems and they deserve a lot of credit for that. let me ask you something, since we are talking about this, how much do you think people feel the government does not treat them fairly with their incomes in the wiki movement of the union movement and how much do you think is the inevitable result about moving away from manufacturing toward a more service-based economy? mr. carter: i think the reason most americans feel they are not treated fairly by the government is because they are not being treated fairly by the government. [applause] mr. carter: because, you know, i will say since i left the white house, every administration except one, yours, has reduced taxes on the richest people in
the taken care of the middle class and improve people and i think that the brakes the come along are caused by the changes in congress because the lobbyist who are putting constant pressure on congress members to run for reelection, and i think that change in the tax structure and brakes going overseas to get your income, those kinds of things are having a very permeating adverse effect on the country and it affects the average person who feel they are not getting a fair share and i think that is accurate. we need to change that and i hope in the next administration we see that change. mr. clinton: to be fair, i have to defend president obama.
his main bump on taxes was the income tax rate raised. but then, there was also a health care tax, i know this because we did this last year. with our family. i think the actual rate now is higher than it was when i left office because of health care. but the real problem is the absence of what warren buffett wants. people that come from backgrounds with relatively low income do not have high income taxes. that is why he said oh million dollars or more -- that is why he said, $11 million or more should pay 30%.
admirable: that is that he has done that. aimee: yes. -- you mr. clinton: yes. , when they run out of the opportunity to make it, they will be giving it all away. anyway, i do think that tax fairness is important but the real thing is all of these tax shelters and giveaways. and all of that. that is why we need some extensive rules that say, ok, if you make x amount you have to pay this. they will always outsmart us. on the way out, because we are about to run out of time, what would you say to the young people in the audience about how they should decide what service
, when to do it, what it has meant to you? i do not think there is any question that the service life you have lived since you left the white house, you look as good as you do, you feel as good as you do, you are in the shape you are in -- [laughter] [applause] i do not think there is any question happy , heart, suppose you are, what do you know now that you did not know when you are 20 that you could say to the young people here? learned,r: one thing i extremely poor people are underestimated. it is very hard to say. i think i have learned that more with dealing with habitat for humanity than anything else and the carter center sometimes. but, you know, we just deal with
people that have never had a decent home, we work side-by-side with them to build the house and they pay full price for the house, but they do not pay interest and did they repay the loan. that is a way to let people, by their own bootstraps without feeling obligated to anyone else. i think the main thing is to have a feeling that all of our christian and i say other religions because everybody is equal in the eyes of god and we do not look down on anybody else, but i think in our country we still have an element of renewed understanding that we have not solved the race issue yet. when i was in office and when you were in office, we had a feeling of relief to finally resolve the race issue because of martin luther king junior and people like that, but now that we have got to do see it again -- we have begun to see it again
that are african-american neighbors and others as well are treated unfairly, do not get as good of an education, jobs, job s, and they are put into jail and they are discriminated against. and they are beginning to realize that as well. i think if we listen to what is going on and try to take steps to correct the problems that we face, then we will be much better off as a nation. it takes a lot of political courage to admit that we have made some mistakes and now let's correct them. america has always had the right and ability, maybe it would take too long to say, ok we have made a mistake, let's correct it. mr. clinton: let's give him a hand, jimmy carter. thank you. [applause]
[applause] mr. clinton: i had no idea he was going to say that at the end, but i read several months ago somebody was making fun of me in one of these internet articles because they acknowledge all of the things i acknowledged error on. they said, this guy must be worthless. there are things he said he made a mistake on. i have made millions of decisions that were not too bad. i did not think of it as a sign of weakness. i think of it as a sign of er ror, not to constantly reassess what you are doing. i do not want to talk about this
orlando thing because we are still learning about it. but i was really impressed to see the director of the fbi say that the one thing i did was immediately review what we did to see if we made a mistake when the person who perpetrated the killings came under the radar screen a few months ago. he said, i obviously do not believe we know what we did yet but we have to keep looking. if we made a mistake, we honor , the future of the people that will need our help to be honest about it, forthright about it and figure out what we are doing. i am so glad to hear president carter say this. everybody walks around on egg shells, but we are not perfect. i got used to it years ago. [laughter] -- if you want to be judged in this nongovernmental work, if you
want to be judged in a way that inspires other people's confidence and continues to get other people's support, we have to be willing to constantly assess what we are doing and not to be afraid of making a mistake and acknowledging it and changing course. that is the one thing i would say i have found sort of rewarding in the years since i left office and have been working with my foundation, you know, i is to have a lot of sympathy for the people in politics that were afraid to , make mistakes and get beat up on. if you are not running for anything, you should try to set a good example because everybody is making mistakes every day and it is the unexamined life that in the the -- being unsatisfied,
not that one that is rigorously examined, including looking for error. i was proud to hear president carter say that. >> cnn reporting that the secret service has spoken with the donald trump campaign regarding his comments yesterday about the presidential candidate hillary clinton. the campaign told the secret service that donald trump do not intend to insight violence. meanwhile, donald trump is campaigning today in virginia. he was given a lamp by the coal energy alliance. and hillary clinton is in iowa, visiting local shops and given a speech on the economy. coming up tonight, with the obama administration and the campaigns officially engaged in transition planning, this is been present -- c-span will present a conference about the chiefs of staff about what is going on behind the scenes. here is josh bolten. josh: one thing i will mention that we did, we asked homeland
hadrity, the secretary, who planned a vacation with his wife beginning at 1:00 p.m. on january 20. [laughter] josh: we asked him to stick around for a day and during the inaugural -- inauguration day, he was at an off-site in a control center where they could monitor all of the information and so on. and we asked him, even though his authority would be eliminated as of noon on january 20, we asked him to stick around, be there, you know, be there for advice and so on for the new secretary as she takes the reins. it turned out to be important because there was a threat on inauguration day. a credible threat that turned ,ut not to be an actual threat
in actual incident, but there was an incredible intelligence that was suggesting an attack at the inauguration in itself, on the mall. with the former chief of staff for bill clinton and all that discussion coming up this evening at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> book tv on c-span2, 48 hours of nonfiction books and authors every weekend. here are some future programs for this weekend. on saturday at 7:00 p.m., the supreme court chief justice burger is the focus of a new book, the burger kurt -- court, .he speaks in washington dc and at 10:00 p.m., afterward, with dana lasch, she argues that the u.s. is splintering into two countries, coastal america and flyover america, in her new book
. you cannot run a country that you have never been to. she is interviewed by guy benson, the town hall political editor. likeems like, not just those in the flyover nation, although they are targeted, you have a yanking back and forth, the right and left pulling them in one direction or another. and it goes to, you need to support this particular issue, but that divide is scary, because politics is affecting whether or not we will be able to defend ourselves against a major threat. p.m., lookingt 7 at how some school policies are having a negative impact on the lives of black female students. she argues that schools and other institutions that are supposed to help are the places that are criminalizing black girls.
>> and now, progressives talk about the future of the supreme court and diversity in the judicial system, in light of the presidential election. this is one hour, 20 minutes. >> good afternoon. good afternoon, everyone. thank you for joining us. amazing panel of experts and conversation coming up for you today. there are two things that we need to be thinking about in the middle of this very important election year. we have a presidential campaign that is being settled with just next week the republican national convention, then the
democratic national convention. and we have the senate campaigns that will determine whether the democrats will wrest control in the senate. we have so much at stake. but what we have found it is that our politics need to evil, that the political system, how campaigns are run, who are the prime voters, what are the issues, how do we talk about and talk to the voters, how do we strategize to win as a progressive movement -- all those things are directly influenced by how dramatically our demographics have changed. the fact that i literally speaking -- select poorly speaking, we actually have the numbers to win. -- wee alex oral majority have a majority comprised of those that elected president obama in 2012.
and those who continue to move the united states into a country is the a majority, that reality in seven states and it will be the reality across the country. this new american majority, this progressive majority, is going to need new strategies in order to engage and make sure that not only our politics reflect the new strategies, but our leadership and issues reflect the hopes and dreams and division -- and vision of those of us that are the majority. this session is about a new kind of politics that goes deep into how we run our political system and also our vision of who should be involved and who should be the center, not only in democratic party politics, by the progressive movement and the vision for the party's future. i am thrilled to have a panel of
national experts in the new politics for a new american majority here. first, i am aimee allison, senior vice president of power pac plus, an organization, pac, that promotes the new american majority, politically, and has recently released democracy in color, a multimedia platform as the voice of the new american majority. podcast, new blog, a and the idea is to examine these kinds of issues. so today the recording will be , on a future democracy in color podcast, as well as your questions. hour will spend about an in conversation, then we will invite your questions, coming up. introduce our panel, first i want to introduce the president of new american
leaders project. that is the only organization in our country that is dedicated to bringing new americans into the political process. so please welcome sayu. [applause] aimee: and chuck rocha is president of solidarity, the largest person of colored political consulting firm in the nation. so thank chuck for joining us. a democratic media firm owned by a women and media of color, thank you so much for joining us. i would like to do this. i would like each one of our panelists to come up and talk with us for a couple moments, and and we will come together in conversation. sound good?
we're looking forward to the conversation. let's begin with chuck. you, and thank you for not staying at your lunch too long. about one of the most important issues to me, personally. working color whose campaign has lasted 29 years. 1994, i shaved all of my gray hair off. fromu can tell, i am not st. louis or washington, d.c.. i am from texas, so i speak like an old white man. so, man of color who speaks like a white man is now the majority. we come in all shapes and sizes. what is the new american majority? who is this rising new electorate? we are rising people, people of color.
multiethnic.onal, we are who america talks about a lot, but our politicians do not talk to. i will show you all the different faces when i was thinking about the new american majority. for a reason.aces these spaces because all of these people are either current or former employees of mine. solidarity strategies has hired 54 different people in the six years we have been in existence. and over 15 of those have been people of color. the ones in red are our current employees. the stuff together, we wanted to represent america. luis, a dreamer, born in mexico. roberto, the vice president, now a managing director at a women of color-owned pr firm in washington, d.c.
america whosemiss family is from russia, she is an immigrant. whose father was killed in africa, and he came here as a refugee. now the national latino vote director for hillary clinton. what do you get when you work around people who have like-mindedness like yourself? you can mentor and network and meet other people, be inspired, share your ideas. i tell people all the time, they bring me new ideas every day. i like the way the modern new person of color thinks about politics. solidarity strategies was one of the lead consulting firms behind bernie sanders. revolution media, and others. bernie sanders spend more money on people of color than anybody in the history of presidential
primary elections. let me say that again in case it did not sink in. tohired more people of color do regular consulting or any consulting at all than anybody in the history of presidential primary elections. my firm was the biggest recipient of that. he did not higher solidarity strategies to go talk to other mexicanlks or other rednecks like myself. we did the general electoral work. i got to sit at the table. he put us in charge of hiring, guess who we hired? more folks like us. and that makes us better as a campaign. some of the topics we will talk why bernie sanders did as well as he did with people under 35 and people of color under 35, how did an old white man from vowedt, a self-of socialist, when people of color under 35? they are not normally in your win numbers. why was he winning these people?
anduse we targeted them went and talked to them. yes, we had a lot of money to figure out different models. let's take for example one state, where everybody signed up on a website whether they loved bernie sanders. let's talk about texas, the reddest state. year, 157,000this people had signed up on the bernie sanders website. we've -- wee did, created models of people that were likely bernie sanders supporters. they did not fit the campaign and a box. the reason our new american majority gets overlooked, is that they may not be prime voters, the way persuadable voters should be. they areare black, -- berniey are asian
sanders did not operate his campaign that way. for several reasons. he was not going to win the primary on regular, democratic votes. they were locked in for hillary clinton. he expanded his universe this way. most of the time, they expand into suburban housewives or suburbanite people. never any of us. lastly, a nontraditional approach, thousands of new registrants in four months. in oregon alone, 121,000 new registers -- registrants. the orlando area, 13,000 latinos with some of voting history. i am running the campaign. said, how many new people of
color have registered there in the last six months? 8500 people of color have registered in the next six months. guess what, nobody will ever target those people because they have never voted. i will, i will send them some mail. we are also going to call them and set up digital advertising to see if they are interested in a young state senator named eric soto. an old only because mexican is running the campaign. that is the difference here. when we are in charge of this at every level we think outside the box. this is why things need to change. i will turn it over to the next people and we will talk about some of the strategies and how you put them into effect. the last time, was a lot of the programs, hiring
lots of beautiful black, brown, asian faces in the campaign to deliver that message in a very powerful way. thank you. [applause] >> carol mcdonald. >> give me just a second. how is everybody? how are we doing today? .hank you, thank you i am from the south, so that is very important. we practice before we got here. that is fine. i want to show a picture of my daughter, because i feel like when i come to places like this, i am in a room of experts.
when the presentation goes sideways, i always turned to my girl because she is adorable and it is a great way to deflect. my name is carol mcdonald, i 76k -- work at a firm called -- one thing i want to piggyback on, we're the firm owned by women and people of color, there are four of us. me and in african-american woman, a latina woman, latino man, and a white man. we keep him on for good measure. there are very few media firms that look like us. a lot of the interns are young people of color. us is it does for changes the way we have the conversation. we thinks the way that about our clients and how we represent them. both our clients of color and our clients that are not people of color.
notice whenhings i i am in places like netroots, although i will give this organization a lot of credit over the last years over being very deliberate about diversifying their participants theyll as the presenters, have been doing politics and political work for 20 years. you go to places like washington, d.c., american votes, i was recently at a speak on topics. a lot of what i hear from my fellow consultants, and this will be a loving calling in of our community and people who do is that you have a lot of a white consultants, those in messaging and media like i am, and they talk about how they take the general message that they have developed for whatever campaign or candidate, and how to adapt it
to communities of color. how to adapt it to a latino audience, or a younger audience. as we have talked about before, if the demographic of our voters is shifting, if are becoming more black and brown and yellow, why are they the side audience and where we not treating them as the main audio -- audience? when you do not treat them as the primary audience, everything has to shift. it has to look different than how it has now. we are at a tipping point where we can no longer considered votersnd brown your -- as a secondary audience. as he mentioned, if we look at nontraditional approaches and you stop just looking for those voted who have consistently in the last few elections, it changes the
picture completely. -- what wanted to show i do is messaging and media. what i have an example of is, how does the product to differ when people of color, women, and young folks, and those in a nontraditional blend of families come up when we are at the decision making table what the message looks like, what are the differences? when a some of our other speakers have gone, i will try to figure this out. to help us illuminate and point out some of those differences. a very amazing clip that i want to share with you. but before i let go of the mike -- mic i want to a knowledge one of our audience members in the room.
she is the city treasurer here in st. louis. she is running for reelection. i am super thrilled and will be helping her in that effort. what we need are more of her in the world. we are talking about the electorate and those of us in office and running for office. she has been a tremendous asset to the city of st. louis. ad as a black woman, brings very different perspective to the politics, one that is very much needed. we are thrilled to support candidates like her. and we want to support women of color as they seek elected office. [applause] >> clap for that. i will send it over to my fellow panelists. >> thank you, carol.
i have my own show and tell. alum, they did not know they will be called up. then you can calmly out if i say things that are not true. [applause] ballot for them on the from arizona and orange county. i am the founder of the new american leaders project, and that want to talk about the organization and what we do. i am doing the long view, but actually, we have 30 people on the ballot