tv The Kennedy- Clinton Dinner CSPAN November 23, 2017 2:02am-4:18am EST
announcer: the second annual new hampshire democratic party kennedy-clinton dinner in hollis, new hampshire. the event featured remarks by 2020 presidential candidate congressman john delaney of maryland, congressman tim ryan of ohio, and dnc vice chair and congresswoman grace meng of new york. in 2017, new hampshire democrats won eight out of 10 special elections, including the mayors seat in manchester. this event is two hours and 15 minutes. >> new hampshire democrats, please welcome to the stage chairman ray buckley. [applause] ♪ ["game of thrones" theme]
mr. buckley: we have a message for christopher sununu. 2018 is coming. [cheers] [applause] mr. buckley: yesterday we launched a project to keep sununu accountable for his out of touch policies that are favoring his family, his friends, and corporate special interests instead of average granite staters. we are tired of phony doublespeak and his aw shucks act, so we are calling him out. our focus is five key issues where his policies are hurting new hampshire -- education, the economy, health care, the environment, and ethics. we can't hold him accountable alone. we need your help, so follow @sununureality, like sununu
reality check on facebook, go to our website www.sununurealitycheck.com to learn more about his record, and share it to hold him accountable. chris sununu won by 2% in 2016, so let's get to work and make sure he loses by far more than 2% in 2018. [applause] mr. buckley: is everyone clear? [applause] mr. buckley: everyone clear what our focus is for the next 11 months? all right then. good evening, democrats. i am pleased that we are joined by congressman and presidential candidate john delaney. [applause] mr. buckley: congressman tim ryan. [applause] [cheers] mr. buckley: my good friend,
congresswoman and dnc vice chair grace meng. [applause] mr. buckley: congresswoman annie kuster. [cheers] mr. buckley: congresswoman carol shea-porter. [applause] mr. buckley: and our extraordinary senator, maggie hassan. [applause] mr. buckley: tonight's dinner is a chance to pause and reflect on the year we have had. while we have plenty of work to do, new hampshire democrats have a lot to celebrate. this year we celebrated and have sworn in the first ever all democratic, all-female congressional delegation in american history. [cheers] [no audio] mr. buckley: -- congresswoman kuster, fight for us in washington every day, and they are winning incredibly important
battles to protect all the progress we have made. this year we sent donald trump a message on his very first day in office by showing up in concord, across the state, around the country, and throughout the world at the women's march. [applause] mr. buckley: this year we have won eight out of 10 special elections. [applause] mr. buckley: five in republican districts. and our first state senate special election victory since 1984. [applause] mr. buckley: we have won house special elections across the state. in carroll county, merrimack county, sullivan county, hillsboro county, and rockingham county. simply put, there is no district
that a democratic candidate who works hard can't win in 2018. [applause] mr. buckley: that would be enough to celebrate, but it is not all we did. this november, we broke records across the state with our incredible municipal victories. joyce craig became the first woman elected mayor in manchester's 171 year history. [applause] [cheers] [applause] mr. buckley: her victory flipped the largest city from red to blue for the first time since 2003.
and in nashua, sweet nashua, we pulled off a clean sweep of the at large alderman seats. thanks to dave tencza, shoshanna kelly, and brandon laws. [cheers] [applause] mr. buckley: shoshanna kelly and linda harriott-gathright became the first women of color elected to nashua's board of aldermen. [applause] think about this. two years ago today, nashua had a republican mayor and had had one for over 25 years, with republican majorities of
aldermen and school board members. today we have mayor jim donchess with overwhelming majorities on both boards. let's hear it for the nashua city democrats. [applause] mr. buckley: and gerri cannon became the first ever transgender school board member in all of new hampshire. congratulations, gerri. [applause] mr. buckley: it has been a long time coming. jeremy hutchison became the first lgbtq city councilor in rochester history.
an openly gay rochester mayor dana hilliard was reelected to his third term. berlin mayor paul grenier was reelected to a record fifth consecutive term. concord mayor jim bouley was elected to a record sixth consecutive term. election night was a historic night of record of 110 women, young democrats, persons of color, the lgbtq community, and a great night for democrats. but folks, we have a lot to accomplish. we need to make chris sununu a one term governor. [applause] mr. buckley: we need to hold on to the first and second congressional districts. we need to win majorities on the council, the senate, and the house. democrats, with our success of 2017, we have the team, the energy, and attitude to win in 2018.
so let's go do it. [applause] mr. buckley: so there is another line here that they added in since i last saw it. i was reading it and i was thinking, there is another line. the line is -- for all of you wonderful yankees this will be the best line of the night -- please don't forget, take the pumpkins at the conclusion of the program. the centerpieces are yours. [applause] mr. buckley: we have got a full program tonight, but i want to start and take a moment to acknowledge our fantastic staff. our executive director, amy kennedy. [applause] mr. buckley: communications director wyatt roden. political director aaron trammell.
finance director dallas thompson. operations director peter kramer. communications assistant sarah guggenheim. deputy political advisor donald stokes. north country organizer aaron cotton. deputy operations director ethan moorhouse. our phenomenal intern. and let's also acknowledge our caucus director nick taylor. the house and senate caucus finance director, michael kennedy. and the new hampshire young democrats executive director, representative amelia keane. we are so lucky and so proud to have the best damn party staff in the country. let's take a moment to acknowledge our officers. first vice chair, senator martha fuller clark.
our second vice chair. our secretary. our treasurer brian mast. legal counsel bill christie. finance chair katie wheeler. dnc woman county sullivan. dnc man bill shaheen. and dnc at-large member joann dardell. thank you, everyone. let's have a great night. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, to lead us in the pledge of allegiance, please welcome the newly elected at-large members of the nashua board of aldermen,
shoshanna kelly, dave tencza, and brandon laws. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, please welcome to the stage manchester's mayor elect, joyce craig. ♪
[applause] ms. craig: the manchester folks are the loudest. good evening new hampshire democrats. i am honored to welcome you here tonight as the mayor elect of manchester. and as the first woman elected to lead the queen city. [cheers] ms. craig: it is so wonderful to be here with all of you. so many of you joined the hundreds of manchester residents
in knocking on thousands of doors, making phone calls, sharing our campaign's message with your friends, neighbors, colleagues. your work over the many months really make a difference, and i will forever be grateful for your support. i want to offer a special thank you to senators hassan and shaheen and congresswoman kuster and shea-porter for their support and encouragement. new hampshire has led the way in demonstrating that we all do well when women serve in leadership roles, and i am thankful -- [applause] i am so thankful to have four outstanding role models. thank you to chairman buckley and the staff for your support of the campaign and for organizing tonight's festivities. i would also like to thank congressman delaney and ryan for their support during our campaign, and also congresswoman meng for being with us tonight.
while i'm extremely proud of our efforts to bring change to city hall, i know the real work begins now. as mayor, i will focus on improving schools, making streets safer, bringing businesses to our city, and making real and lasting progress against the opioid crisis. [applause] thank you. manchester's best days are still ahead of us, and i hope you all will join me in building a better future for the people of manchester, because we all know that when manchester prospers, so does the rest of our great state. thank you all, and i look forward to this wonderful evening. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, please welcome to the stage congresswoman carol shea-porter.
>> ♪ you are still the one i want to talk to in bed still the one that turns my head we are still having fun and you are still the one ♪ [applause] rep. shea-porter: it is i who have to thank all of you. i am so grateful for the gift that you gave me to serve new hampshire and all the help that came from across the state over and over again. i want to thank all of you and say we are not done yet. we have a lot of work to do. you heard what the chairman had to say. i am sitting here with some wonderful colleagues and i know we are going to turn this around in 2018. a full reckoning is coming -- [applause] soon, very soon. when i decided to run in 2006, i said i was running for the rest of us.
we have had different slogans that we have used, keeping that, for the rest of us, the bottom 99%. i am sure you are all very familiar with those phrases. then it started to be serious since donald trump came. i started running through some slogans that would help me every single day. one of them was from winston churchill, very helpful lately. he said when you are going through hell, just keep going. [laughter] rep. shea-porter: he said a number of things like that. then i started thinking of my own slogans, because we have to stick together. we have shown what we do when we stick together. we have done great things and we will continue to do great things. sometimes there are things we don't like, somebody said this or thinks that or something out of washington. now when i look at myself in the mirror every morning, i say to myself, shut up and row. [laughter]
that is our message, at least my message right now. we are definitely in turbulent waters, we know that. we are confronted with a president that we never could have imagined even in our worst nightmares. nobody would have written a story about it because nobody would have believed it. if it was a screenplay, we would have laughed and said not possible. but we are confronted with an administration and president that challenges all of us and our understanding of our great country. the wonderful thing is that we are a very good people, and we know what we need to do, and we are working on it every day. [applause] on wednesday night, i had the privilege of hearing tony bennett, and he received the gershwin award for american music. absolutely beautiful, 91 years old. he came running out faster than joyce and i. he came bounding out on the stage. when it was time for him to give
his speech -- there was nothing wrong with him, he belted out "left my heart in san francisco" -- he just sat there and said, i was not really prepared -- america is the greatest country in the world. it was the best speech i ever heard. because that is who we are, that is what we are. and we will overcome this. so yes, we are in turbulent seas. if we broke together, and when we get to shore -- and we will -- we can pull out our maps and say, should we go left or right? i prefer to go to the left for some may want to go a little right. but we will get ourselves out of this. we are the people we have been waiting for. we are here. you can see the energy, feel the excitement. joyce, i can't tell you -- if i didn't have a wonderful mayor in rochester, i would be looking to move to manchester. we have everything we need, new hampshire young democrats, which
have done tremendous work. we see the deep bench. i love the candidate in my seat, i think it is awesome and i think it will help amplify our message and the rest of our state will be able to hear what we stand for, because we know what we stand against -- tyranny, the deconstruction of the administrative state, the violation of human dignity and rights and all that. but we also stand for economic security. we stand for advantage for everybody, fairness, supporting business and families and individuals. we have something we can be very proud of, we have a marquee that has all of our good stuff on it. now we just need to stand together and put this message out across our state. we will win and we will win because we have something they don't have -- we are right. we are on the right side of history. [applause]
no question about it. and people are realizing that around the country. they are realizing that this agenda is the agenda that will help lift them and their families. i just want to say thank you for your confidence in me and the hard work you have done, and say i'm not going away. i plan to be very involved. we will get through 2018 and have a really big list, which is called the 2020 presidential election. we will get it done right here in new hampshire. thank you, everybody. i love all of you and i am so grateful. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, please welcome former nhdp chair kathy sullivan.
>> ♪ this girl is on fire this girl is on fire ♪ [applause] ms. sullivan: i know, i came on stage before they did my walk on music, i was so anxious. i want to say a few things about carol shea-porter, because she was my congresswoman, and i was always so proud to have csp as my congresswoman. [applause] every vote she took was always the right vote. and she was always there, as she said, fighting for the rest of us.
i remember the first time i met carol, she came to my office and talked about running for congress. i was quite impressed. at that point, she had stood up and protested the policies of george w. bush. [applause] she went to geoff riley's town halls, knew his record better than he did and was able to ask him the pointed question that drove him crazy. one thing i will always remember about carol shea-porter is she made me cry once. she may not know this story, but a lot of people do because some of you were there when this happened. it was the night of the election 2006, when she was running for congress the first time. and i was in manchester at the coordinated campaign headquarters. people say, you must have known you were going to have a good
night. no, i always think we are going to lose. i had a good feeling about john lynch, ok? other than that. judy and i had been driving around all day going to different goals. -- different polls in manchester. at one point i called to headquarters and said, how's it looking? mike and nick were like, the turnout is not the way it should be in some of the districts. i was like, i knew it. then of course, it was really the best night of my political life, because we came from losing badly in 2002 to coming back in 2004. and then 2006, the results are coming in and we are all standing there, numbers are coming up, this town, that down. -- that town. john lynch was winning, things were looking good, some senate races, we are all feeling really good. but things in the first district, a little close.
and then epping came in, and carol won epping. [applause] and i started crying. paul was there and he was like, i'm going to take a picture. i was like, get that camera away from me. i am crying because when carol won epping, i knew she was going to be our congresswoman and i knew we were winning everything that night. that is the night that carol shea-porter made me cry, because she took epping. she has been, through her political career, one of the most courageous people you could ask for. [applause] this is someone who -- no secret -- when she ran for congress, people were like, i don't know about this. people in washington were not
necessarily supportive. but she came out and surprised the heck out of everybody and won that primary and said -- and then won the general election, was reelected, and then lost a race in a republican wave year. but she came back, she did not give up, she came back and she ran again. when we had another republican wave year and her opponent lied about her and ran a tv ad lying about her and unfortunately defeated her, she came back again. she never said, i'm done in the light of events where some people might have -- i have done enough. but she always came back and picked herself up.
it is not just because of the work she did in congress for veterans and the middle class and working people, but also because she just always came back and fought back. that is why i am so proud to give you -- and i'm going to cry again because i'm going to miss you -- the kathy sullivan courage award, because you deserve it, congresswoman. rep. shea-porter: thank you. i just said to kathy, i wondered why you kept talking about me. thank you very much, i am so honored. what kathy sullivan does not say about herself is there might be a tougher irish woman around, but i don't think so. thank you, everybody, i am so honored.
>> new hampshire democrats, please welcome congresswoman grace meng. >> ♪ tonight is the night we will fight till it's over put your hands up like the city can't hold us like the city can't hold us ♪ [applause] rep. meng: thanks, ray. good evening, everyone. it is great to be in the granite state. thank you for dialing the temperature up 10 degrees for me. thank you, chairman buckley, for your wonderful welcome and your friendship. it truly means the world to me. ray is one of the reasons i was elected to be the vice-chairman of the dnc. on a good dnc newsday, i am so
thank all to him. [laughter] which means on most days of the year, i am not. [laughter] but in all seriousness, it means the world to me to share the stage this evening with three of the four great women who represent the state of new hampshire. you have heard lots already tonight about congresswoman carol shea-porter, who was my classmate going to congress. she gives a new meaning, as you know more than anyone else, to the phrase, never give up and always keep getting up. thank you for your service. [applause] to senator maggie hassan, who has broken so many barriers, not just for women but for all americans.
no big deal. she only saved health care for the whole country. [applause] and to my closest friends in congress, also my classmate, congresswoman annie custer. [applause] who really has no ego and the fights that she leads in congress. whether it is working on workforce development or combating opioid abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace, annie just gets it done and never cares about whether her name is on the bill or news conference. [applause] i'm also honored to be here with two of my colleagues and friends, congressman john delaney and congressman tim ryan
and his wife, as well. ney and congressman tim ryan and his wife, as well. [applause] now, the national media is still focused on a democratic victory that occurred in virginia recently. victory of that the 2017 began right here in new hampshire. [applause] happen, winning a special elections, resulting in four [indiscernible] mayor of manchester. [applause] averaging 53% of the votes in haveicts where republicans a registration advantage is incredible no matter what state you are from.
i will be honest. path we're taking in congress in 2018 and in the white house in 2020 will not be an easy one. just as the wins we witnessed were not easy. but those were the result of days, months, and years of hard work, often unseen and underappreciated. it is that same dedication that will make future victories possible. frankly, to each of you here tonight, i say now more than ever, we need you to continue to fight. to fight on behalf of every single american. party'spart of our message. we do fight for everyone. no one gets left out. winning races is a great feeling, but ensuring our
citizens are heard in the process is a much better one. at this point in american history, we are not just fighting for a new deal again. we are fighting for the basic right to a fair deal. republicans have tax cuts for the wealthy and want to slash medicaid and social security, we must say no. [applause] when corporations try to offshore even more american jobs, we must say -- >> no! seeksn the president residentsillions of from their health care and separates dreamers from their families and the only home they have known, we must say -- >> no! >> these issues are not available. they are about common -- debatable. there are about common decency and dignity. there about our shared economic
security. everywhere we go into -- and i am sure my colleagues herat r it -- people keep asking, what is our message. there are many places in america through the last election and the last two years where we might not even have had a messenger. we keep debating amongst ourselves, within our democratic family. whether we should be talking to the communities of color, people in rural communities, or the white working class. whether you are part of an emerging community of first-generation americans, or whether you are part of a community that is emerging into a new era with new ideas and new industries that your parents and grandparents could never have dreamed of, it is the democratic party that will fight to give you the fair deals that we need to succeed.
that is not what our party is about. we can do it all. we fight a major every single voice is heard and valued. it is not just the urgency of our fight, but it is the quality of our fight. it is our democratic party, as we just saw with the tax votes in congress. it is our party that fights for every american. dnc,vice chair of the new that is our message. swooping into a race a few weeks before election day isn't helpful. it is not effective and not respectful. [applause] >> the work put in everyday between today and election day, whether fund-raising, building better tools for our activist, crafting better messages, or ensuring state and local parties
have the resources we need to succeed, that is the task at hand and we do it so we can talk and communicate with every american. i am committed to ensuring these things are happening at the dnc, and i need every person here to remain committed to specific fights that you are fighting here at home. we need you. we cannot be successful without you. i am all in. i have two young boys at home, ages eight and nine, the i look forward to checking into bed tomorrow night. but tonight, i stand here with you and our shared fight to build a better future for their generation, to offer them a better view than the ones that we were offered. story, my me of a husband and i always tell our boys to keep fighting, never to give up when they do that on their math tests, when they miss
that soccer goal during soccer, when they have trouble with the friends to keep trying, keep persisting and never give up. one day, i was putting my son to bed. he was seven at the time. he said he wanted to go to the toy store. it was dark out. it was late. i said, you know what's, it is probably closed. i do not think it is going to happen. he looks at me with all seriousness and he says, mom, you told me to never give up. [laughter] >> as i mentioned, we need you. our party needs you. we need you and we need new people. we need more people. america needs you. we need to be there for that was savede life
because her breast cancer was detected early enough that the local planned parenthood clinic. [applause] we need to be there for our neighbors and brought america -- topural america, whose export has become grandchildren. we need to be there for the families, multigenerational families for dealing with the serious effects of substance abuse. [applause] we need to be there to fight with our allies and friends in labor for a living wage for americans. [applause] >> so that a single mom is working -- that is working two to three jobs cannot come home and tell her kids that she still cannot afford to get them a christmas gift. [applause] >> our work is not done. it has just begun.
>> good evening, new hampshire democrats and welcome to the resistance. [applause] thank you for spending the day with me in new hampshire. thank you for your incredible leadership and courage and for hanging in there when times get tough and never taking no for an answer. i'm really grateful to have you as my colleague. thank you. i am excited to welcome my colleagues, john delaney and tim ryan. this is, how we choose the next president of the united states so welcome to new hampshire. [applause] >> we are missing her tonight, i am glad she is keeping the world safe for democracy. to maggie, who literally has her
finger in the dike. you all elected her by 1000 cast.out of 700,000 votes without her, tens of millions of 110 thousandding people right here in new hampshire, would have lost their health insurance to get maggie a big cheer, and thank you for electing her. [applause] >> while you are standing, give yourselves a big chair. he knocked on doors, if you wrote a check, if you made a difference, you turned this country around last tuesday. inc. you. -- thank you. [applause] keep asking me how i
am holding up a nice a much better since last tuesday. i can see the light at the end of the tunnel. because of you, i am hopeful tonight. it is your voice, it is your calls, it is your letters that have made the difference and help maggie and jeannie and everybody else hold the line on health care for the united states of america. it is your voice that is making the difference, and we will need god damn taxthis bill. [laughter] >> this last week, republicans in the house and senate committee advanced a partisan text when that is -- partisan tax plan that is a raw deal for hard-working new hampshire families. do not be fooled when republicans talk about tax reform. no, this is nothing more than a tax scam for millionaires and billionaires and corporate special interests, and you are
paying for it. [applause] >> celebrity walk you through it and i will try to be quick at 429 pages. i will not hit every single one. here's what happens. the republican tax plan eliminates the reduction for interest on student loans. seriously? that is just plain cruel. [booing] >> the tax plan eliminates the deduction, listen to this one, designed to encourage employers hire veterans, people with disabilities, and very low-income people that cannot find a job and are unable to attend work. that is just plain cruel. that eliminates the deduction for teachers to buy paper and pens for their students. and that is just plain cruel. [booing]
>> this republican tax plan eliminates the home mortgage and the real estate tax reduction for individuals but maintains all those seductions for big corporations. thus, even more cruel. congressional republicans think corporations are much better than people. knowampshire democrats people are people, and we need to stand up for every single last one of them. [applause] >> so keep your calls and letters coming. , thee ask us all the time answer is yes, we will vote right but then we can tell her
colleagues i just got 1000 or 2000 or 3000 phone calls. the other thing you need to do as he did with health care -- and you did this and thank you -- you need to call your friends in maine, and alaska, and arizona, and every other state, and if they are lazy you can write the mill for them and have them forward it, but we have got to put the pressure on the tax bill in the united states senate. [applause] here's why. the bill that was passed in the house, over our dead bodies, is a terrible bill. i convinced you of that. the senate bill is worse. the reason is the senate bill theped in eliminating , soate for health insurance all of us will pay more.
i have lost track of the exact number. i have voted over 55 times. i've only been there for five years. not to repeal the affordable care act. i still do not think we should repeal -- repeal the affordable care act. we can lower the rates and make it sustainable in the long run. while republicans in washington are giving us a raw deal, i think democrats are fighting for a much better deal. we need better wages and better jobs and a better future for all the american people. grace was with me today. we had an amazing tour at nashua community college. they have an amazing program for advanced manufacturing and electronics. .4have great jobs but to percent unemployment. we have tremendous opportunity. you do a two-year program at nashua community college, there
is a job waiting for you with $55,000 in income. that is real money where i come from. we can do better for young people, for people that are changing careers, for people that just opportunities. we had an amazing day talking about fighting the opioid epidemic. this morning -- and i hope tim is in the house -- we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the state stations program in nashua. 1200 people getting their help. [applause] we have the opportunity to sit down with people in recovery, and let me tell you. there is nothing like sitting and talking to somebody who is turning their life around, getting the help they need, getting the treatment and the recovery. ,ut this is a long-term lifelong chronic disease. this is not a 28 day, one in done program.we're excited revivete the folks that
recovery in nashua. i know there are a great recovery programs all over the state. we have to increase the number of beds, focus on education, prevention, law enforcement. get people into treatment and lifelong recovery. he hit there may hardest in the country by this epidemic, but we will be the first out of this and we will lead the way, teaching communities all across this country how to do this right. [applause] >> that is why was proud to create the task force. we now have 100 members of congress. republicans and democrats working together. you will not hear about it in the press. they do not write about it when we work together but it is happening. at the end of the year, president obama signed into law $1 billion in funding. guess what? it is not another. now, we are coming back with a new agenda. 2,0. calling it cara
we will make sure -- 2.0. we'll make sure the funding we earn comes here and make the difference all across the state. we will make a difference and get this done. [applause] >> times do change. i say to young people in my andce, i remember as trays restaurants of smoking on airplanes. i remember the death toll from highway accidents for cars without seatbelts. i remember the tragic death in the collective fear we all felt from hiv -/aids. through is the deal. ordinary people living ordinary lives can make extraordinary change. month,last week and last i had a chance to witness this campaign.metoo
thank you for standing up for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. we are drawing the line right here, right now. [applause] >> we have had enough. it is not funny. we are not amused. ? guess what -- guess what? every single person in the workplace deserves to be treated with dignity. we deserve to be treated with respect. [laughter] -- [applause] >> we are going to make a difference. there are young people in this room who deserve a chance, and i am going to stand up and fight for them every single day. thank you for all you are doing. thank you, new hampshire. let us go out and change the world. [applause] new hampshire democrats,
please look into thie stage, william. [applause] ♪ >> i do not get any respect. [laughter] >> you know, i was in washington on wednesday and jeannie said to me, i cannot come friday night, will you give my speech. i said, yeah, i will give your speech. look at what she gives me. one page. [laughter] >> i guarantee you, if she were here, she would have a book appear. [laughter] -- up here. she gives me one page. no respect. [laughter] >> for those of you who know me,
i have three sisters and the brothers. i have three daughters and no sons. be a good idead to make my wife a governor and a u.s. senator. [laughter] >> is tough. -- it is tough. [applause] you fori got to tell the men in the audience, i am holding out for you. do you understand? i love the fact that we have an all-female delegation. things, but i still represent some of the men. so i have made three things that i am never, ever going to do. you're never going to hear me think we areey, i lost. we need to stop and ask for directions. not going to do it. you're never going to hear me say, jeannie, let us not watch the football game. let us try to find a true
romantic story on tv. [laughter] >> you're never going to hear me go oney, honey, let us shopping and loving watching trial" i hold your purse and -- and let me watch you try on" i hold your purse. not going to happen. well she has been in washington, i had to make some changes. i had to learn how to make my bed, do the dishes, but the dishes in the dishwasher. i gave a shot at trying to do laundry. that is a difficult thing for guys, i am telling you right now. so i asked her to help me with this situation. so i decided i'm going to do laundry and i said, honey, what setting should i put on the washing machine, and she says, what does it say on your shirt? i said, if the university of new hampshire. [laughter]
>> no respect. no respect. i told her the other day i was going to make her the happiest woman in the world. she says, i will miss you. [laughter] don't laugh too hard. that is not that funny. ok, so, she is not here tonight, and i do miss her. i wish she was here and i know wishes she she -- were here. she was asked to stand in for john mccain in canada. she is the only senator that lineup to him -- that went up to meet with leaders from around the world to represent the united states of america, and i am very proud of her. [applause] >> she wanted me to thank raymond for doing such a great job and all the people in the democratic party. she wanted me to thank carol and
annie. she told me, of course, one of my newest and biggest u.s. senators, maggie. [applause] me,nd then she writes to but i am partial to the senior senator. that is what she said. [laughter] >> and she wanted me to welcome and give a warm welcome to three congress -- that have come to join us here in new hampshire. did i get them all right? jesus christ. [laughter] [applause] huh? i'm doing all right? i am doing ok? i never get a chance to speak. -listen all the time. [laughter] work have a lot of
in front of us democrats. a lot of work. i grabbed a quote from john adams when he was writing to his son as to why he should write -- run for office. he was thinking about not running. he sends this letter to his son and he said to his son, public business, my son, must always be done. and it will be done by somebody. if it is not done by good people, it will be done by bad. if it is not done by honest people, it will be done by dishonest if it is not done by the wise, it will be done by the unwise. that is why we all have to continue this fight. if jeannie was here tonight, she , don't take. there is no room for dates, even though you could clearly justify it. needeed to be focused, you to be determined, and you need to be together, because we have -- do stuffgh
inside and outside. we need to take it to the house. we need to take the u.s. senate. god bless you. [applause] >> celebs and night, i got a call from stephanie. -- so wednesday night i got a call from stephanie. she got a call from her mom. stephanie, you have to be there with daddy to make sure she stays on script. and she said, i cannot because i have got something at m.i.t.. i will call raymond. raymond will watch daddy. i am so dead. [laughter] >> thanks, billy. so we have a number of great yankees i want to ignore knowledge. performance congressman -- our
congressional candidates -- and our first district congressional candidates. mark mckenzie. mindy mesmer. harris aurora. lincoln. your shoes are so big, it takes seven of them to fill it. visionn roosevelt, words and strength of character, killed the nation and saved the world. fdr was determined to use his division to improve the lives of others. ach year, we present deserving democrat that fdr award for his commitment to justice, both social and fdromic this year's
recipient's entire life has been about justice. justice in the courtroom as a at the housein the -- and then at the house and the senate. from a victory 22 years ago, he has consistently used his position to support progressive causes here in new hampshire and nationally. as has democratic whip, senate majority leader, attorney general of new hampshire, he more than deserves the fdr award. i'm honored to present the 2017 fdr award to former attorney general jeff foster of nashville. [applause]
>> i really honored to have this award. his -- it is a total surprise for me. there are some people from my law firm who are not democrats, and i guess i should have realized. [laughter] syllabus are not that quick. i'd -- some of us are not that quick. i want to say thank you and i am honored to serve the people of new hampshire. it really has been the love of my life. thank you very much. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, is welcome to the stage congressman
john delaney. ♪ >> this walkout music is a new concept for me. we do not do it in maryland. fana big bruce springsteen because i'm from new jersey. i have been to 30 concerts. walkout asked what music would you want, i said one of my favorite bruce springsteen songs and he said it is taken. [laughter] from new great senator hampshire. site that i will not take youngstown is i know tim ryan will come out with youngstown, so i had to go down the list and come up with another song. it is a good tradition, ray.
thank you all for having me. it is a great privilege to be here with you all and to share an evening that is full of such affection and love toward each other. you can really feel it. as someone who is not part of this community for a long time, it is really an impressive thing to feel. it is great to be your the amazing federal delegation you have your in new hampshire. friend of mine wrote a book a few years ago called "why women should rule the world." you have read that book here in new hampshire, haven't you? [applause] >> so we give you another book tonight, because you've already read that one. it is great to be here with grace. we do have four members of the class of 2012 at our table there. she is doing a great job with the dnc. prior to people like race getting involved, your instincts were we should sell the building and move the place out of d.c. and get it closer to the people, but we got new good leadership there. it is a real blessing that we have you, grace, here.
to be here with my great friend tim, who we will hear from in a few minutes. i do not want to get started until i think the chairman, mr. buckley. as best as i can tell, he is a real singular talent for the democratic party. no, seriously. he runs a tight ship. he represents you well. we are blessed to have you as a democrat around this country. [applause] >> you make is all theater -- feel very welcomed. thank you. almost two weeks ago, we started taking our country back. we started taking our country back. we did it with terrific candidates like joyce, like so many other people. like the governor-elect of virginia. these people ran by doing two things. gey tapped into the entered
-- the energy that exists in our party right now and they also talked to people about what they care about. they do not just run a campaign saying how that the republicans were and how bad the president is. it is a real lesson -- there is a real lesson to be learned from these campaigns that i really hope we do not forget. we are in a tough spot right now as a nation. not across the long-term. i am a huge optimist about the long-term prospects of this amazing country. you cannot think of a country better positioned to succeed for itself and for its people in the next century. right now, we're in a really tough spot. i'm not just talking about the wrecking ball in the white house. it is really deeper than that. in many ways, this is the punctuation of everything that is wrong with our politics. hyper partisan politics is country apart.
next week, we will sit at thanksgiving tables. people will sit at this uniquely american holiday. and some of just talking about new ways to cook the turkey and the nfl game on television, they will be divided over politics had did we let this happen in our country print? -- country? the biggest problem is it prevented us from doing anything. we have had huge opportunities in this nation across the last several decades, and very significant challenges we should have dealt with it but we did not do it. why question mark because hyper partisan politics prevented us .rom getting anything done if you go around this country, you see huge parts that have left behind by rapid change. we made the decision to become part of a global economy for what happens. clearly, that was the right thing to do. how could we not have become part of a global economy
question mark but the fact that soknew this would happen, many communities around this country and we did nothing about it and we still, to this day -- as i have been in congress, five years, i have never voted on anything that is actually going to help the communities, that have been left behind by the pace of the rapid economic change in this country and it is going to happen again. it will not be because of globalization, it will be because of technology, automation, artificial intelligence hearing whatever you want to call it. if you go outside of politics and you talk to people in business, academia, they are upset with how these changes are fundamentally changing everything. they are changing our society, our economy, the jobs of the future, what our security risks are, the demographics of this country. anything to prepare our country and our citizens for these changes? no.
fundamentally changing everything and policymakers are doing nothing about it. in the gist of our inability to confront the change that has already happened, our inability to do with the changes that are about to happen, we are putting at risk when of the most sacred, fundamental ideals of this country, the american dream, the notion that if you work hard, you play by the rules, you and your family can live a better personal this is very to me, like it is for so many of you. my parents did not go to college. my dad was a construction worker. he was an electrician. when he worked, which is most of the time, like was good. to support enough our family.
at work, we add health care. why question mark because he was in a labor union and they gave him health care. [no audio] -- why? because he was in a labor union and they gave him health care. [applause] i was an entrepreneur before i ran for congress. 11 years after i graduated in college, i was taken my first -- taking my first company public on the new york stock exchange. i was against ceo there. i remember walking into the building and lower manhattan and i looked over my shoulder at jersey city, new jersey, which is where i'm from. and i thought of the union hall for local 164, my dad's union. i thought about how every year in college, i would go to that union. and i think those electricians. you don't i was thanking them for ther? they pay for me to go to college.
-- paid for me to go to college. i was thanking them for giving me an opportunity not of them had. , when i looked to the left eye can see ellis island, where my with hiser came i seven brothers and sisters. they let them all in and he was detained. it was because he had one arm. back then, we did not let people in this country who is disabled because we do not think they could contribute to our economy. after a while, he had an appeal. he was sitting in a big room. hundreds of people speaking dozens of languages. the judge came and. my grandfather -- judge came in. he notices when the judge walks in and puts on his robe, the judge had one arm. used to tell the story over thanksgiving. that is when he knew he would be an american.
these are the stories of this great country. [applause] these stories are not unique to .e you have these in your own families. countrye coming to this for hope, trimming of opportunity, settling in, building their communities. building their country. people work hard, play by the rules. they are not asking for riches. they are just asking for a fair deal. people dream about their children and make sacrifices so that they can live a better life. again, there is no guarantee. they want institutions that can support them in doing that. are the stories of the american dream. these are the fiber of the american dream, but it is framed now. 60% of the kids in this country live in a county where there is absolutely no evidence of any
economic upward mobility. we are writing off two thirds of the children in this great country from the american dream. they do not have that shot. with that means is this is becoming not a country of opportunity, but a country of birth rate we have to be -- birthright. we have to be born into the right country or go to the right schools to have a shot. we know that this story's end. -- stories end. we need a president who cares about us, like you do, like i do. you have lived the american dream, numbers of your family have built the american dream, and this country is built on these stories. we need a president will go out to parts of the country who have been left behind by this rapid change and not put forth a tax plan that will cement and a dynastic form of wealth in this country and fundamentally change the trajectory of this country
forever. we need a country will look at the tax code and say, i'm going to reform it to generate some revenue so that we can spend $1 trillion on infrastructure building our country. [applause] >> and guess what. that is a bipartisan idea. that is a bipartisan idea. we need a president who will look at the tax code and instead of creating incentives for companies to move jobs overseas by going to a territorial tax system, we line president would change the text of to create incentives for people to invest in communities that have been left behind. that is a bipartisan idea. [applause] >> president -- we want a president will change how the government contracts so that it only does business in places that have been left behind economically. that is a bipartisan idea. instead of ramming down the throat of the american people
based on people buying and selling out, we need a president will use the tax go to take their places left behind, because that is our obligation. we need a president will look into the future and understand what thomas friedman was talking about in his book. he understands the world is changing and we need to do something about it. we need to make our country more entrepreneurial, because that is how you succeed in the future. we need to make our country more competitive. we need a new social contract. the social contract i succeeded under needs to change. we need to be were pairing -- we need to be preparing our kids for new worlds. people need to be trained across their life. they will not have one job. they will have four or five. retirement not linked to employment. as long as it is, people will not leave their jobs and pursue opportunities. presidente kind of and leadership we need. we need a president who does not want to repeal the estate tax
but change the income tax credit, a bipartisan idea. 2 >[applause] >> but if we're going to do any of these things, what we really need a president to do is to bring us together. to restore stability to respect -- totar restore respect for public begin a to actually dialogue about the things we alwaysn instead of talking about the things we don't agree on. president kennedy said it well in baltimore, maryland in 1958. shouldn't think the democratic answer the republican answer. we should seek the right answer." that is the kind of president we need. [applause]
>> and it is not only a matter of substance the right answer for this country, but it is, as a matter of politics, the right position for the democratic party to take. we believe government can and should do transformative things to list of our people, take care of those left behind, and prepare us for the future. so how can we not become the party that wants government to work? that wants government to be civil? that wants there to be confidence in government? this is what the american people are creeping for -- craving for. the kind of leadership that puts countries ahead of party. that does not mean you stop fighting for your values. that does not meet you stop trying to advance causes where there is a broad agreement. but that does mean is you take things where there is agreement, where there is broad agreement and you get them done and you
leave the country. that is the kind of president we need. if you do not -- if we do not start doing that, the grandson of the one-armed immigrant who worked on the floor of the joseph dixon pencil factory for 50 years, the son of the electricit electrician who did't whose union pay for him to go, anyone who thinks you'll get alone in this world is not following stories carefully, goes on to found two new york stock exchange companies before i was 40 and served in congress with amazing people and now has the opportunity to stand before you and ask for your support. it is not going to become and stay that country unless we actually bring this country together. the democratic party can do it. it can never happen while donald trump is in the white house.
he can never make the republican party and party that will bring us together, but we can and this is our moment. [applause] >> donald trump became the president of this amazing country because of two things. one, democrats did not turn out. two, we stopped talking to people about what they care about. i think the first part is going to take care of it all. the energy you are showing, the enthusiasm this party is showing, is extraordinary. , we haveve to remember to talk to people about what they care about, not we care about. we, as democrats, have so many issues we care about, and i believe we will be proven right by just about everyone of them. that does not mean it moves people's hearts and minds.will lose people's hearts and minds is their job, their pay, the
opportunity for their kids. every time we are not talking about that, every time we're talking about how that the republicans are, it is a missed opportunity for us. that is how we take this country back in my opinion. you saw it last week here in and we saw all around this country. if we outwork them, if we outsmart them, and if we out value them we can win. we can outwork them with a sense of urgency that we are losing our country. we're losing representative democracy and people know it. we can outsmart them by talking to the american people about policies they care about based on what is happening in the world. we cannot value them by talking about with this country wants. they want us to be brought together. they want civility back in politics. they want a president who will spend the first 100 days only doing bipartisan things. we want leaders who do not talk
about half of the country as if they're wrong about everything they believe. they want the truth, transparency, confidence, -- confidence. if we do that, we will restore some of their lost faith in our government. the american people have an extra near connection with our government. we are proud of it and we're proud of the good and noble things we have done around this world. we have not been perfect. we have not been perfect. thewe fundamentally changed trajectory of humankind, and we're proud of it. when our government is dealing, we're feeling -- failing, we are failing. we can restore faith and trust in government, we will restore people's faith in themselves. and then we can actually take advantage of the extraordinary -- we have is a nation, but results on the right trajectory, take care of those we put that we left behind, and rid this
country for a future that can and will be brighter. god bless you. thank you. [applause] >> there is no cause of the democratic party is more important than organized labor. please join me in recognizing our brothers and sisters and labor, one bracket. bracket. new hampshire firefighter president vilma: -- bill mc cullen. afc new hampshire president representative. entree gene from air traffic --
gene from air traffic control. letter carriers. beverly from the uaw. let us give them a big round of applause. [applause] we change our name two kennedy clinton. we wanted to celebrate the changeable presidencies. last year, our emerging leader award was presented to dan. this year's recipient is already
so accomplished and she's only 26. an army medic in the u.s. army reserves, graduating this year from unh with a degree in biology, a freshman state on thentative serving veterans affairs committee all of the same time along with being the executive director of the new hampshire young democrats working with a great team of officers. she is creating such a success that she is nationally recognized for her skills and talent. i'm so pleased to present the 2017 kennedy clinton emerging leader award to representative keen ofen -- amelia nashua. [applause] >> thank you.
thank you, everyone. fork you, chairman buckley presenting me with this award. i must say, i am very surprised. i'm shocked. this is actually the second surprise i have gone tonight. the first one was having a whole table filled with my family and friends, and now i know why. [laughter] >> this is very exciting. -- i justin politics started in politics, going on to my second year. i literally filed to run for office and started working as the executive director for the young democrats in the same week. that was my introduction to politics and it has been great since. i am proud of everything we've done over the past year. this certainly couldn't have been done without lucas myers and the rest of the young democrats. [applause] thank you again to everybody who helped along the way.i grew much look forward to 2018 and was to come. thank you.
-- what is to come. thank you. [applause] >> if you're a young dem in the room, we will be taking a photo after the program, so just come up onto the stage. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats, please look into the stage senator maggie hassan. ♪ >> thank you. have a seat. good evening, new hampshire democrats. thank you to chairman ray buckley and the great and hdp staff for this
wonderful event. this full room. thank you all. [applause] >> it is truly great to be here with congresswoman carol shea-porter and congresswoman ann kuster. carol, and has been an honor to serve alongside you. i want to thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the people of the first district and our wonderful states. thank you so much. [applause] >> and to the incomparable billy. [laughter] or two.old a favoib you said you don't know how to make a better you are a captain in the united states army, so i know that is not your. and i will tell -- not true. and i will tell jeannie. but what a pleasure it is to be --with gene and to
jeannie. she does great service for this day and country and we should all be so incredibly grateful to her. [applause] >> i also want to recognize all the elected officials here. local and eight, particularly partly because i had the privilege of serving in our state legislator, but particularly our great democratic leaders in the house and senate in new hampshire. thank you all. just a word on that, we are all talking about the critical importance of making sure that we worked each and every day to protect our communities and our stay in our country and work for the change that we know is so essential to our future. here,ry single person
please do not take your eye off the ball. the importance of our state legislation -- legislation seats. whether you're talking about voting rights, a woman's right for reproductive health care. the right to form a union and collectively bargain, it starts here at the level. -- the state level. [applause] and for those of you who, as we move into 2018 and you look at how you can make a difference, if there are not enough people running for the house and district -- house and senate in your district, sign up. we need you. the importance of state service and what we do here that makes me so glad that amelia won her award.
thank you, thank you, thank you. i also want to congratulate and say a special word about jill foster. almost 15 years ago, i was knocking on doors in new hampshire the night before the 2002 elections. and it was jill. -- and it was joe. he was wishing me well and wishing me success. i lost the election but he continued to encourage me to run. i had the pressure -- i had the pleasure of serving with joe and
there has never been a more dedicated public servant to doing what is right and following through and finding the right way to do it. my privilege to serve as governor, there was no question of my mind who my attorney general should be. there is no one with more integrity, no one who understands the need and cause of justice better than joe foster. we are incredibly grateful, joe. [applause] think tim ryan, john delaney and grace tang for joining us. we are so glad you are here. most of all i want to think everyone here, new hampshire
democrats. with eons against us, you have -- with the odds against us you have shown up and spoken for our values and i am grateful. for joyce craig who i am so pleased to see tonight. as we head into thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for as new hampshire democrats. theave enjoyed successes in state house and senate. we 18 special election victories. won eight special election seats. joyce's nothing, with success, with the special elections, there is nothing more inspiring than watching the next
generation step forward and take charge. i want to commend the new hampshire young democrats. [applause] senator, i am focusing on the work you sent me to washington to do. fighting for a future where everyone who works hard has the opportunity to get and stay at head. where middle class is growing and thriving. where each generation is better off than the one before. where we are unleashing economic growth. i'm committed with working with anyone who is focused on solving problems for our people, businesses, and economy. unfortunately, too many republicans in washington are focused on an agenda that
rewards the wealthy few while leaving middle-class families and small businesses behind. just take a look at the republican tax plan. , do youshire democrats think it is right to raise taxes on millions of hard-working americans while corporate special interests gets a tax break? do you believe we should risk a $25 billion yearly cut to medicare all to give the wealthiest few a tax break? and do you think a tax bill should be used to sabotage our health care system? me neither. thethat is exactly what republicans want to do. it is no wonder that president trump's top economic adviser admitted that it is big corporate ceos who are in his
words, the most excited about this plan. my republican colleagues ron johnson has voiced his opposition, saying under this proposal, there will be a real incentive to keep manufacturing overseas. we need your help to fight against these proposals. to make your voices heard loud and clear as they were in the fight against trumpcare. we have to keep up our momentum and harness the success we have seen this year and carry it into next year and beyond. next year we will have the opportunity to keep our congressional allegation blue. the state house and senate blue. [applause] must continue to
, to engage with our fellow citizens, to stand up for the values that make us strong. i am confident in the dedication and ability of everyone here to make a difference. i have witnessed it firsthand. we have proven that we have what it takes to remain strong and determined to fight our people, state, and economy, and to build a better future. carol quoted winston churchill in her remarks. that a littleaid differently. he said the only way out is through. and as as citizens protects is to love and
our country, state, communities, and each other. that is what americans have always done. , the way we love each other is we fight for justice for each other. [applause] understand the value of inclusion because we were founded by people who said that every single one of us matters. our founders did not count everybody at first. but the had the confidence that every generation of americans would work to bring more and more people in from the margins into the heart and soul of our community and economy. they understood that when you do that, you unleash talent and
energy that is important for the cause of independent freedom and talent, but it is also and energy that helps us all compete and grow and thrive. that, more than anything, is what this moment in time is about. there are rough patches throughout american history. go back and look at any of the times where everything was the most fraught, including right after this country won the revolutionary war. we continue, in the case -- in andface of challenges intensely partisan differences, to find our way forward and through. us resilientmakes americans.
we fight for each other, we love each other, and as we do that, we continue to form a more perfect union with liberty and justice for all. thank you all. think you very much. --thank you very very much. [applause] you sito over the list, down, is everyone here, make sure you don't miss anybody, and then you get a text from the .ormer senate president
[applause] perfection still eludes me, billy. sponsors dr.nk our .effrey clark and district council member number 35. bridge communications. that pay the guys might want toou be a little enthusiastic. the american federation of teachers. the uaw. john on april delay knee. congressman tim riney. the human rights campaign.
[applause] the national association of letter carriers. [applause] let's give them all a round of applause. [applause] >> eleanor roosevelt was a fearless fighter for justice. her entire life was spent working to make the world a better place for all. , theore than 25 years democratic party has been honoring an outstanding woman who has fought hard and succeeded in providing an opportunity for life and success. this year's recipient of the eleanor roosevelt award embodies
eleanor's spirit. during her decades of service in our community in the house and .enate, her record is exemplary she is always fighting on the side of righteousness. eight years ago in a closed-door senate caucus, she implored her colleagues to support marriage equality. she grew up knowing what it was like to be treated less than. she always worked toward the goal of making sure no one felt less than. honored to present this award to senator betty lasky. [applause]
>> wow. thank you all. i could not be more surprised or honored. in this season of thanksgiving, i just want to tell you how grateful i am and have been for the last 30 years. to have served all of you and the people of new hampshire and the people of our great country. so ithink you so much -- thank you so much and i will treasure this always. thank you. [applause] >> new hampshire democrats
please welcome congressman tim ryan to the stage. [applause] ♪ >> thank you. we have a few ohio guys here. i want to say i wish i had brought our 13-year-old daughter there tonight to hear these amazing democratic women that we have up here. [applause] but i did bring my beautiful wife, so everybody say hello to andrea ryan. [applause] and maggie, thank you for
your amazing leadership on the senate side. it has been an incredible battle over the past few weeks and months and you guys have been there. sheryl and any, you guys are the best. annie, you guys are the best. there is not a day that goes by where carol and in any are not rabbing people -- carol and annie are not grabbing people and saying we need to stay organized. john, i enjoyed your words tonight, thank you for contributing your message here tonight. paul from waydy back is here. [applause]
say, way back. has it been that long? i just want to say something. you get into politics to make a difference. when you see people presented with the opportunity, after being in a place like congress, where you can clearly make the easy decision and cling to your job and staff and title. but when push comes to shove and there is an opportunity to give every single american access to health care, it was representatives from places like new hampshire like carol and paul who literally put their jobs on the line to make sure that happened. we want to thank you for doing that. [applause]
those other heroes. buddy from, my old way back. i mean old. here. buddy donny who is when i went to law school back here, i worked in congress for a couple years. . caught the political dog i was in my first year of law school. anyone in the first year of law school knows you are looking for --tractions for anything from anything but loss cool. i wandered down to the democratic party headquarters and i met somebody who was running for the state senate. we had a great campaign and almost pulled it off. my old buddy steve is here who ran a while back. andhis wife ellen is here
they took me and when i did not have any family in new hampshire. thank you so much for that. [applause] for most of my career in congress, i was single. not married. it is late, i want to make sure you know where i am coming from. [laughter] that is a certain lifestyle, as you know. then four and a half years ago, i got married. i met my wife andrea and helen love and we got married. and we fell inea love and we got married. i married a woman who had two children. so i went from being single to being married with two kids. definite change in lifestyle.
when we first got married, she got rid of her place and i got rid of my place and we went to get some neutral territory. what is the first thing you do after you get married and you have two kids and a new house? you go out and get a dog. single toom being being married with two kids and now we're on a way to get a dog. so we go to the shelter to pick out a rescue. what happens when you go out to get a puppy with two kids? -- two two copies puppies. ago three and a half years we had brady. so, single. married, three kids, two dogs. just the one wife.
[laughter] a few years back i was in the family room and i noticed something. silence. the house was completely silent. i looked around and everybody was upstairs in bed. probably in the same bed, but that is a whole different story. what is a guy from northeast ohio to do when he is alone and used to watching things like nick at night and all the kids shows? you get the remote control. and you say, oh my god, i can't believe i have the remote control. i started with the news stations. so you find a sports. you find a sports station that has a documentary from the old jimmyball court -- coach
the. he is getting a speech. speech. giving a giving a speech and says god must have loved ordinary people. because he made so many of us. but he said, every day, ordinary people do extraordinary things. every day, in so many different dos, ordinary people extraordinary things. as i am listening to that, as somebody involved in the work we are involved in, i thought to myself, when we are at our best as a party, that is what it means to be a democrat. everything we do is about giving
ordinary people and opportunity to do something extraordinary. [applause] all of the speakers tonight touched upon this in one way or another. whether you are in ohio or some where in new hampshire or in the deep south or you are black or white, gay or straight, you should have an opportunity to do something extraordinary if you are willing to put the work in to be able to do it. that is what this whole game is about. it is about us giving ordinary people an opportunity to do something extraordinary. the problem we have now is that the systems in which we are trying to allow our kids and fellow workers and entrepreneurs
and innovators, we are stuck in these broken systems that will not allow people to do something extraordinary. make it so difficult. look at the broken health care system. we spent 200 half times more -- we spent 2.5 times more than anyone in the world. the education system is not working the way it should. we rank 30 in science, 19 in math. look at our food system. we have half the country that has either diabetes or prediabetes. look at the agricultural system that is causing algae blooms in the great lakes. dead zones at the mouth of the mississippi river. years if we do0 not do anything, we will have a six degree increase in the
aperture of the planet. these systems are broken. here is the problem. dad from back home is a steelworker. we celebrated in our community and in adversity -- anniversary a few years back. we have an anniversary called black monday. that is when the u.s. sheet and -- there is no warning notice , you have 90 days and then we are closing it down. you just showed up and there were locks on the gate.
there.er-in-law worked i remember when the new york post to the story. story to myt of the wife's side of the family. what her momforget sent back. she said, i will never forget that day. home dirty faced, lunch bucket in hand, and we had no idea what we were going to do. we had just borrowed $4000 from his parents for a down payment on a house and got a loan for the house. and now everyone around him lost
their job. no idea what they were going to do. is thisfrustrating broken economic system that we have, that was 40 years ago. 40 years and we have still failed to fix and economic system that has thrown millions of americans under the bus. [applause] that my friends is what this is all about tonight in the organizing and everything else. old roganystem, these systems, the republican party is doubling down on the old system. in every way. the tax system that the senator
talked about. they are doubling down on that. like john said, and you're going to lock this in. just the way it is right now. double down. because there are a lot of people that have a lot of money that like it just the way it is. this tax bill, they are going to go to the chinese banks and chinese government and borrow $2.3 trillion and bring the money back here and not invested in our people, not invested to rebuild the country. we are going to give it away to the wealthiest people in the country. that is insanity. especially when you look at the that over the last 30 years
since we did tax reform the last growth went income to the top 10%. of the wealth 90% of the country. and we are going to give that group a tax cut and borrow the money from china to give it to them? they are doubling down on the old system. we see what is happening with the climate. and a global climate warming denier is head of the epa.
ohio has less of a chance of survival than a baby born in iran. and we have the republican party saying we are going to throw 20 of the more people off health care. we are going to undermine the program that provides health care for our citizens. this is not right. this is why we are here. this is why we have come together. this is the job before us. has gotcratic party's to be the party that builds the new system. we have to build the new system. [applause] there has been a concentration of wealth and as congressman
delaney said a concentration of opportunity depending on your zip code. we have continued to prioritize capital over labor and it must stop. the challenges are great. [applause] let me tell you a story. those of you who were in manchester a few weeks ago for joyce. i love joyce. she is phenomenal. [applause] there was an old basketball .oach named john wooden i know the celtics are on a roll , so you had to get irving here and steal a cleveland town earlier to make it happen, but that is ok. if you want to send tom brady to the browns, we would be happy to
take him. [laughter] might even make tom .rady a loser it is like a disease we have in the cleveland browns organization. [laughter] i just threw myself off. [laughter] there was this great basketball coach named john wooden. back in the day, possibly one of the best ncaa basketball coaches of all time. he was coaching a young kid named lou. he could dunk basketball, a tall kid from new york city. so they dominated and kept winning. he was so good that the ncaa had to come in and say, no one is allowed to dunk anymore. they banned dunking. can you imagine?
so lou was out of his mind, he did not know what he was going to do. john wooden came by and said to lou, this ban on the dunk is going to be your greatest opportunity. lou thought he was insane. this is going to be your greatest opportunity. lou went on, in order to survive, learned the sky hook and went on to the nba and became kareem abdul-jabbar and they won many championships for the lakers because of the sky-hook.
, celtic fans, you do not mean that. [laughter] i was a celtics fan growing up, i don't like the lakers. and man took that challenge he turned it into an opportunity. the lesson for us as we look at these staggering challenges that we have is that we have to take these challenges and turn them into opportunities. the opportunities are there. they are there. when we need to address climate change we are looking at industries like wind and solar that are growing at 25% a year. this country needs to double down on wind and solar and
renewable energy. [applause] the rogan health care system. this is an opportunity for us to come in and say there is a link between global warming and food and health care and out education system. if we start using regenerative agriculture we will pull carbon out of the air and put it back into the ground where it belongs, and we can get rid of of our food deficit and make sure people have healthy food and start spending money on health care in the united states by seeing that all of this is connected. [applause] we need to build a system. think about how revolutionary this could be. we need to start building systems that put the people
first and then the old the system around the people -- and then put the system around the people instead of having people feed into the system. paying intoople are health care and not getting coverage. working andng and just cannot get ahead. work.ter how hard they that is not right. you should be able in the united states, if you put an honest days work in, and honest week of have you should be able to a good and happy and successful life in this country. that is what hangs in the balance. [applause]
me wrap up by saying that we have done this before. we just gave awards away that recognize the power of the roosevelts, the power of the new deal. think about the changes in the economy now and think about the changes in the economy when we moved into the industrial age. there were all kinds of changes. the government was not keeping up. together, led by our brothers and sisters in the union movement in the u.s. [applause] jobs werefacturing not good jobs. they were tough. we have a museum of labor and
industry in downtown youngstown. youngstown,ver in come on by. better chance of ohio people coming than new hampshire, i got it. [laughter] but go see what is happening. go see what happened in this place. how people lives and died and lost limbs and did not make any money and how the company screwed them over at every turn. we all came together and said we are not going to live that way anymore. there were battles. people died. there is an old irish saying, is this a private fight or can anyone get into it? [laughter] i see we have a few other irish people in this place. i am in the right room. [laughter] but we had to fight for it. no one is going to give it to
us. no one is going to give it. like my old football coach said, you have to go take it. you have to get it. we did not have 40 hour work weeks am a we went and got them. we did not have an eight hour workday, pensions, social security, medicare, medicare, civil rights, we went and got it. we went and got it. [applause] building america 2.0 is going to party strong am a credit -- strong democratic party. we're only a country of 330 million people competing on a globe of 7 billion. we're competing with 1.3 billion people in china.
we need every american citizen on the field playing for us with a team usa jersey ready to go out there and kick some but. t. [applause] i never once played a lot of sports in my day, a long time ago. play a lot of sports. once was i on a successful absolutelyid not love each other. so needed --knitted together by love and respect and appreciation for what everyone on the team had to do. in the weight room, the training
, whatdoing sprints position you played, even if you did not get in the game. you practice hard to make us better. you contributed. that is what we need to get back to in the united states. the attitude that everybody matters. union, nonunion, professional, worker. whatever you do, you matter in this country. you make our economy work. if you are a health care worker or a hospice worker or a waitress trying to make ends meet, you matter in this country. you belong in the democratic party. we are going to go out and make sure you work -- you belong in this party. [applause] otherhave to love each and respect each other.
we have to continue to work hard as we move forward. i will leave you with what bobby kennedy used to end a lot of his campaign speeches with. you need is and comfort. but i promise you we're enough, hardship -- but i promise you , andness, hardship sacrifice. and with these, i'd promise you victory. thank you very much. [a >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you.
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