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the domestic violence is a huge in central america right now. you also have climate change issues. crops that used to be enough to a family are no longer producing. we talked to this one woman who was traveling north with, i believe, her two children and a iece or nephew, and she was saying, you know, i can stand two but g for a day or can't.ldren these are the kinds of situation that is people are leaving. in other parts of the world, in and asia you ica see mass immigration of people for better jobs, better opportunities for their children, better healthcare, education, fleeing government persecution, fleeing sexual they are of a orientation that's persecuted. it's hard to put your finger on it but one thing we heard time
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nd time and time again in interviewing these migrants, is that the decision to pick up and walk out the door with your family is the hardest decision you can make so these people are because they have to. >> she's saying, no, politics then i say, g, and lucy, come and just do a few phone calls. no, politics isn't my thing. say, lucy, why don't you come and knock on a few doors with your sister. thing and s isn't my the first debate between hillary clinton and donald trump happened. a family are no get involved, but she would knock on doors every day for the last week of her election. -- bring her friends ucy learnem out. so after the election i remember shoulder, in my hat faithful day in november,
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when she knew that everything hat she had fought for was in jeopardy. but she didn't see this as a moment of sadness. of saw this as a moment action and opportunity. [applause] did she get only involved in the next election, he organized the march for our lives here in des moines. nd this girl who said that politics isn't my thing is now studying political science at of iowa.rsity [applause] want to take a lesson from my good friend lucy, and i want follow her lead is a time for ow actio action. i want you guys to do me a favor. cell phones, and text iowa, the word iowa to
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40203. it's on the signs. you don't have to do it right now. actually, i would like you to do it right now. text iowa to 40203. up to volunteer. you might even get a phone call me.m we can go get coffee. okay. out ofn also, on the way here, i want everybody to stop by someone with a clipboard and up to volunteer. sign up to get involved. sign up to have us contact you for you towould love be a part of our team because we've got the best team in the usiness and we've got the best business, too.e so i talk to you about this girl who said politics isn't my thing and is now a super star, political person, and i don't talk about her anymore. i want the opportunity, i want to ive you the opportunity meet her and i want her to come out here right now. one of thegentlemen, best young activists in the state and my very good friend,
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lucy -- [applause] morning, school board member, langford. -- councilman josh [applause] -- epresentative jennifer [applause] kristen -- andve leader janetratic peterson. [applause] . a so excited to welcome candidate who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. enator bookcer the only candidate to goes home to a low community.r-city he's a champion for women's ights, workers' rights, environmental justice and criminal justice. last week he released his campaign launch video. inspired by it, let's
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watch it now. in america we have a common pain lacking a sense purpose. i grew up knowing that the only is when n make change people come together. hen i was a baby my parents tried to move up into an area with great public schools but wouldn't allow us because of the color of our skin. would of white lawyers watch the courage of civil activists to help families in their own community including mine. they changed the course of my entire life. america, courage is contagious. my dad told me, never forget or how many e from get e had to sacrifice to you where you are. so 20 years ago i moved into the central ward of newark to fight
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and help families stay in their homes. i still live there today and i'm home ly senator who goes to a low income inner-city community, the first community took a chance on me. interwoven ter by destinies, those born here and home.who chose america as who took up arms to defend our country and those who linked and change it.ge i believe that we can build a ountry where no one is forgotten. one is left behind. good paying jobs with good benefits. neighbor. where our federal justice system instead of afe shuffling more children into cages and coffins. see the faces of our leaders on public television and
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shame.ide, not it's not a matter of can we. we have the of do collective will the american will, i believe we do. together we'll channel our our common back into purpose. together, america, we will rise. 'm cory booker and i'm running president of the united states of america. >> ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome senator cory beeker. booker. everybody, this is
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better. i cannot tell you what it means to be up here. lot of my friends have gotten to know me when i and my team help iowa in the past elections that we had but i ant to start off by saying in 10 minutes or so why this is such a powerful personal moment and why i'm very moved by seeing such a big crowd here. i already went down and talked overflow room. because, as much as my story has always been about new jersey, reality is, my roots are moines.ere in des and so you know my grandmother raised in this city. [cheers] >> and some of my family members now.ver here right give it up. [applause] but yet my family mining started in a town. my grandmother's grandmother
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from alabama to buxton, iowa. ome of y'all know buxton was this incredible town ahead of its time. uxton was a place where descendants of slaves and european immigrants came went down into the mines and worked side by side. it was ahead of where this was.try they had common quilting bees, together, it was a neighbor that showed who we ould be when we put our spirit and energy into earth. we could fuel the region with coal they got but more importantly this town was a gateway for so many of us who are in iowa, around the nation now, into the working class. growing up dma was she had an incredible community of support. her parents were domestics. my grandmother's father was a and her mother was a domestic cleaning buildings and
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omes and yet that work had dignity. it was work that helped get my grandmother off to college. quite have enough money. it was a church right here in the city that took a collection o make sure she had more college.s to enroll in [applause] >> this is our story, and it is our story. it is the american story. nd it has much to do with why i'm running for president. look, i hope we have a chance, nd i've got a great group behind me, to talk a lot about broken es, the savagely healthcare system, starving of public education, killer debt, eople working now full time jobs and not being able to raise their families. all of this is an american spirit that we must again.o it's a spirit of not just my our story.ory but let me tell you a story from my family that everybody here can
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relate to. especially iowans. this doesn't have to do with the state. and my o do with my dad om, when they met in washington, d.c. my dad had the fortune of eeting my mom and play mom had my grace and mercy to marry dad. they were two young people, had raduated from historically black colleges and universities. came to d.c. at a time that my encountered they such conviction and commission around the issues of justice. get qualifiedg to african-americans their first jobs, with companies that had them before. my dad was ibm's first black salesman hired in the entire when you let and a ple who are excluded have lgbtq, give able, them a chance to compete,
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everybody does better. better.made the top my dad made the top 5% of global salesman, gets a promotion up to madison avenue, and then they new looking for homes in jersey and they find that in the northern suburbs every time they in a whiteat a house neighborhood, this is 1969, they would be met by folks that would say, i'm sorry this house has already been sold. real estate agents would tell them, no, this house was pulled the market recently. let me show you another one and they would take them out of the community. so what did my parents encounter? ncredible grace, incredible commitment. groups of people, a lot like this room, small groups used to eet in living rooms and they decided they were going to break the housing discrimination, and activists joined with incredibly committed lawyers so they set up a sting operation. at a ents would go look home, and they would be told it was sold. they would leave and a white ouple would come behind them pretending like they were home buying, too, find out that the sale, and still for then this white couple, on the
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my e that i grew up in, parent were told it was sold. comes in finds out it's still put a bid on they the house. the bid was accepted. papers, they set up a closing, and on the day of the couple didn't te show up. my father did. and his volunteer lawyer. always imagine this lawyer must have practiced a great speech for hours the night before because he walked in with he walked over to the real estate agent, you're violation of american law, moral law, but he didn't get a hance to get into the speech because the real estate agents dad's up and punches my lawyer in the face and then he every a dog on my dad and time my dad would tell the story as i was growing up the dog get bigger.
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[laughter] moved into that house. my father used to call us the raisins in a tub of ice cream. just imagine me by the time i'm i'm president of my class in high school. shall all american football scholarship off to stanford. 4.6, 1600 stanford, receiving yards, i was sitting home eating my cereal at getting ready for my life on the west coast and my dad would look say, boy, don't you dare walk around this house look you hit a triple. on third base. work here because you hard. you study hard, play hard, all of those things. real story of why you're here is underneath all of that, folks came because together for you. they stood for you.
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they fought for you. for you.bbed toilets they cleaned office buildings for you. you. bled for they died for you. forget where you came from. [applause] > and then he told me the truth. you can't pay it back. you owe debt that you can't pay back but you've got to pay it forward because country, as great as we are, every generation has an to make it a more perfect union. wrongs, injustices, folks being left out. you've got to get involved. so i went off and got my education and went out west. studied, came back to law school and yale and my dad looked at me and said, more degrees in the month of july but you ain't hot. ife is not about the degrees the service about
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you give. and -- [applause] to run at decided problems. i'm offended by american of cism because the story america is a perpetual testimony to the achievement of the mpossible and even in the darkest moments of our history, he depths of slavery, people still had a vision for freedom and because of their vision and women, who d, and were denied the right to vote, had a vision for full suffrage, so because of downof cynicism we've torn that barrier in sweatshops and labor. people stood up and said i will not give into what is. i will fight for what can be and they shaped this country into a workers' rights and universal public education. we're a nation that should never try to candy coat or whitewash our past. difficult times but
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we're defined by the ability to them, and so -- i'm running for president, running for president, not just because ideas i have, we'll talk our p they are ideas i have, we'll ta about them but i'm running for president because people are starting to have their faith shaken, and the ability of our ountry to solve having their fh shaken because they are feeling left out or left behind. they are having their faith shaken, starting to believe that maybe the force is tearing us apart as a country are stronger han those forces that are binding us together. our politics cannot become one pitting each other against each other. it can't be one about trash and trolling while we're demeaning and degrading our fellow americans. patriotism is love of country nd you can't love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women. i tell you -- [applause] i tell you, love means
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your see you, i see worth, i see your dignity. we may not always agree. there are some days we won't like each other that much but and i ys i see you understand that your destiny is my destiny, this because they are feelingn together. your children don't get healthcare, if your children don't have great public schools my children suffer as a result. e're a nation founded by imperfect geniuses. they are imperfect because, in the founding documents, some of the bigotry native it into, to as ns were referred savages in the decoration of independence. women were not mentioned at all. they were imperfect geniuses. geniuses because they broke with the course of human events. of ren't a monarchy theocracy. water not founded like other nations because of our triballism. we were founded based upon ideas that were bigger than the men it on paper. [applause] >> one of the things that these
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olks understood is they understood that in order to make this nation real and possible, ecause we don't have those bonds of a common religion, we have those bonds of a common race, we have to have an extraordinary commitment to one another. that's why they wrote at the end of the declaration of independence, we're a nation that must pledge to each other. our lives, pledge our fortunes and our sacred honor. you ink about that, when turn on the tv and listen to people that are trying to tell you to hate other americans. a nation of me power, as if that's the height society. go home tonight and tell tolerate you.i [laughter] to greatest leaders call us be a more beloved community. so i want you all to know, this for.at i'm fighting i think that we still have a lot of work to do to make our nation liberty and justice
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for all. there is a lot of heart right now, and i'm telling you, it's worse than people are willing to admit. workers ers to factory to waitresses, in my city, there being hurt hat are by the way we're conducting business. we have places in this country easier to find unleaded gasoline than unleaded water. nation with a criminal justice system, as stevens says that treats you better if you're and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. >> we have a nation where eachers, even those public teachers that reach into their own pocket to pay for things for heir kids, school supplies, clothing sometimes, sanitary products, i hear it all from my neighbors who are teachers, but yet they get treated clothing sometimes, sanitary wo tax code than a 25-year-old stockbroker who pays less a in taxes in income does.that teacher that's wrong.
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[applause] but i know one way to fight. the way we fought against war lards in europe, by rganizing, bringing people together, it's the way we took a city on the brink and turned it biggest economic development in 60 years. more jobs, safer communities. improved public schools. is by we did that bringing people together, not driving them apart. in washington,sm i got down to d.c., you can't get things done. got on the floor of the senate, they tried to draw up a criminal justice reform, can't will neverne, people vote on it, it will be hard to vote on things that releases people from prison. i said, no, i'm going to do it. i get down there. presiding over the senate as junior senators often do and as the guy on the floor, who is the judiciary the committee speaking out against know him, ou might his name is chuck grassley. no, don't boo it. i didn't boo it.
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a dissertation about all my disagreements with him but you've got to get things done in america. city didn't care. my state didn't care how much i disliked senators who disagreed me.h they sent me down there to get things done. went to his office. [applause] on started talking to him the floor. i started asserting our common values because as much as people divide us, everybody in this country knows we shouldn't live in a nation where people aside life saving prescription drugs because they afford them. we live in a nation where everybody knows someone who works a full-time job should be able to raise a family. we live in a nation where we share more common values and i ent to work for years, and grassley and i started agreeing, e went back to work in the congress and now the law of the land. we passed the largest criminal justice reform bill. got it done.
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[applause] >> and i was able to -- ban on solitary confinement for children in this i ntry, and i tell you, reject cynicism. i know the power that we have as start working we together, standing together and i'm a g together, and senator now, and i decided to write a book but if you have a like mine you've got to fact check stuff. of wolves or not so i go back to find the people nation who helped my now.y get into it i go back to find the head of the fair housing council. she's easy to find because she's head of the fair housing council now. this woman from the 60s is now old.ears and now she doesn't represent black families moving into communities. she represents same sex couples. muslim families.
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americans with disabilities. why? because your justice is my justice. injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere. we're all in this together. a great had conversation with her. i said, i've got to meet these awyers and she sent me to the lawyer that organized a sting operation and i find him, call him up. he's now 84 years old. i say, hello, i'm cory, i know who you are. we talked for a long time. you know what you did for my family? >> i know what you did for my family. all the facts. it was not a pack of wolves, it was a dog. i had to know, why? why would this white guy in the who had just started a business, who had a family to he take so much time to help black families move into his neighborhood at a time whipping were people up fear, oh, lower real estate up?ces, why would he stand all of that to help black people come into his neighborhood.
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question.im that and when he told necessity answer it blew me away because testimony to our interdependence. it was a testimony to the power our ideals. he says to me, i was sitting at one night watching tv. and i was relaxing. after a long week, and i'm tv, and we all do this. but he was watching back in the when we had three channels, 11:00, the tv went off. somebody remembers what i'm talking about. thank you very much. anthem yed the national and no more tv. i think that's why we had higher rates back then. [laughter] he's watching tv, and the movie i actually looked it the movie he was watching
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judgment at nuremberg. and then they break away. breaking news. now we have breaking news all the time. breaking seconds, news. melania has a jacket. ut back then, they rarely did it but this time they broke away something that was happening in alabama on a bridge. 600 of these marchers, them, started in selma, and they were trying to march to they got stopped on a bridge called the edmond get bridge, and they stopped there by alabama state troopers who were refusing to to their o on destination. decided to turn around, but first they were going to pray. now, i know this because i marchers.one of those a 20 something-year-old man. now he's a congressman.
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his name is john lewis. [applause] >> and john tells me that they to kneel and pray and turn around and leave but before they can get on their knees and pray, they get gassed. tear gas shot at them and then alabama state troopers start charging in with billy clubs beating them. john says to me with humility, i hared a little bit of blood on that bridge that day. i said, no, congressman, you had bledhead cracked open, you profusely. you bled that bridge red with your own blood. here's this man in new jersey, a thousand miles away, tv, and he doesn't do what i do sometimes, i call it of seven terry agitation, some nights i'm rachel.g she's getting me all upset about something, and i'm like somebody should do something about that. and i think about it, wait a you're a united
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states senator. no. a s young white man with family, with a business, he doesn't just sit there. realizes that in life, you can't let your inability to do verything to undermine your determination, to do something. [applause] he said, i'm not a governor. i'm not a senator. world elieve in this you've just got to do the best you can with what you have where you are. he starts up and calling around. does anybody need a little bit of legal help and he find this named leeport, a young woman, she says, oh, hallelujah, you, i definitely need lawyers. the two of them, this was 1965, go to work. starts organizing other lawyers to do the same thing and he gets a case file, carey, carolyn, booker, my arents, and then he goes on to help us move into the home that i grew up in with great public that s, a great community sent me off to college. now, think about this for a
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second. reaction?at chain what is that interdependence, that interconnection that we all are dark when things and bad, do we fight fire with fire? ran a fire department when i was mayor. that's not a very good strategy there is a fire. these are people that match darkness with their light. they matched hate with their love and standing on that bridge, with their patriotism country, withe of their love of country, men and women, they failed to get to destination on that day but on that moment just by tanding up doing what's right, their love of country, instantaneously jumped up from and jumped a thousand miles and touched the heart of one man in new jersey on a andh, who would then get up go to work. a little bit every single day, destiny uld change the of a generation yet unborn. i would not be here right now if chain 't for that reaction of patriotic love, of people committed to our ideals.
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committed to our principles. action.ed to [applause] >> and i'll tell you right now, we're in a place in america people are questioning, people are people are worried, people are understandably afraid but the question for us as americans is not what happens to us. in this we respond, and election, yes, it's about an election. it's about an office but it's about so much more than that. in this election we can choose now, not just to seek to win an election, triangulation we can tics and polls, higher.o go >> we can choose to run elections like we want to govern. each choose to treat other like we want this country
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to be treated. we can choose to move forward, to deal with injustice, inequity with aairness with a united force, a course of conviction. nation, with nd hardships, as much as we've been pulled down low by some folk i know we as a country will rise. hank you very much. been pulled down low very much.u thank you. mra[applause] >> thank you. i'm very blessed to have a panel up here with me. i don't know if they heard that failing so they said let's do a chorus, cory,
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you guys tolove for go through, introduce yourself, and just talk about you all have been involved in elections from the school board, to the state senate. aybe you can talk about things that you've learned that no matter how many challenges, and i know you just faced an uphill battle, and i talked a lot -- we a lot during this process. i rarely have met somebody that an match her lernerville of toughness and determination. maybe we can talk a little bit about, in tough times, tough battles, what ill are some of the very important essons that you all have learned to help us through these times. go ahead. you for being here and thanks -- for being in iowa. 19th year in the legislature. [applause] >> and i am fortunate to represent the neighborhood where
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i grew up. a quarter of a mile from the house that i grew up in, and of serving he honor in both the majority and the minority, and i can tell you more fun to sever in the majority than the minority, as you know. yes. >> the past couple of years have tough. but i think for me, the thing i can tell you it is much more fun to serve in the majority than the minority. the past couple of years have been tough, but for me the thing i have learned is it shows what you are made of. we had 500 people filled the statehouse. i am excited we have a lot more female colleagues in the state legislature. [applause] we have a historic number of women representing polk county
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and the iowa house of representatives is, for the first time, the democratic party is majority women. [applause] sen. booker: thank you, you want to pass the mic? >> hi, everyone time i am kristen sunday. i represent house district 42, the west part of polk county as well as warren county. incumbentt a 10 year who spent an awful lot of money against me. and it was a hard-fought race, but one thing that i think is important is that when i was knocking on doors and we started early, because i wanted to talk to as many people as i could get to -- but when we were knocking on doors, a lotta people over the summer were not ready to think about the election yet.
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i was talking to a lot of independence and even republicans, who could not understand why i was at their door already. i was talking about education and health care. those are things they care about. but their faces lit up and they started nodding when i started talking about the tone of politics today. i think that has a lot to do with why i won. people are fed up with ugliness. they are ready for candidates, legislators, leaders to work together to understand that half of our friends, family, colleagues, neighbors might not have the same opinions as us, but we can find common ground if we work hard, and we need to elect leaders who are willing to do that. i am the one married to a republican. we figured it out at our house, there is no reason we cannot figure it out at the iowa capital, at the capital in washington, d.c. [applause] i think that is what we need to keep focusing on. >> i am jennifer converse, a
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state rep or that of from house district 73. i was a loser. i lost the first time i ran at wasn't going to run again. then i woke up and watched what was happening at the capital and said, i am going to run again. that was scary and hard. i will tell you the difference between running before and after 2016 is the level of engagement, and it is the fact that people are awake now. there is no more taking things for granted, no more sitting back and letting someone else do it. it is our turn and we are awake. that is what has been so exciting for me, so i am honored to be here. >> i am josh mandel brown, a des moines city councilmember. [applause] one of the lessons -- and part of it i got the opportunity to learn this -- i used to work for governor bill sak early in my
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career. one of the things i learned from them is if you take the opportunity you have in service, every day you go to work you have the opportunity to make people's lives a little better. but you can't do that without listening to the people that you serve, and that is true whether you are on the school board or city council, the state legislature, all the way up to the federal level. to represent the people you are working for, you have to listen to them and bring your voice forward. that is one of the most important lessons i have learned and that i try and take with me every single day. [applause] >> my name is deanna langford and i have the pleasure of serving on the des moines public school board. i just started my second term.
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inm in year three, so i ran 2015. i was 22 years old, a year out of college. i knew nothing about what it would take to run a campaign. i think two of the most prominent lessons i learned was one, nobody does it alone. i had a phenomenal team of people around me who helped me win that election. the second piece is i want to speak to the women, particularly young women. i remember i had two men i ran against, both great candidates, but i remember always thinking about -- my initial thoughts were all the reasons why i wasn't qualified, all the reasons why i didn't have what it takes to do that race. i think we do that as limit. we -- do that as limit. we tell ourselves why we can't do something or are not capable. those are all lies. representation matters and what you have to give to a space is important. what i had to give to that space was important, and that is one
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of the things i learned. [applause] sen. booker: i wanted to see if you guys have some questions that are on your mind if you want to throw any questions out. i can keep asking you guys questions. >> tell us what you think about the president's state of the union, if there was anything in there you thought might actually happen. [laughter] sen. booker: look, i don't think i need to tell you this. the media knows this, everybody knows this. we have a president that has a real problem relationship with the truth. can't squaretrump with the twitter trump. there is a lot of things in there that i thought were mean-spirited ask her adjuration's -- mean-spirited exaggerations, the way he talks about immigration, demeaning the dignity of others. the way he talked about on the
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one hand saying i want to bring everybody together, then basically calling all the congresspeople socialists. when i hear speeches like that, i definitely listen for things that i agree with. i was applauding on some things, standing up, because i also know i serve with congress, still a coequal branch of government. let me give you one example. we have a real big problem with the pain points for americans. i don't care what your party is, your background is. you can't go to one state in this nation without hearing real pain that people feel about what is happening with prescription drugs. you have epipens that have seen a 300% increase. opioid drugs where they have gouged people, profiteering off people's pain. even a cancer drug that has been out for decades was recently jacked up in price dramatically. this is the second time he has said something about it.
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excuse me, the second state of the union address. last year he had the same line about the people's pain, but he did nothing. so i turned to one of my republican colleagues and said, we all stood up for that. he talked about that last year. we are an equal branch of government. we can do things now. i have introduced a number of bills and co-authored some, but this is not a partisan problem. republicans and democrats agree with some of the things i'm about to say. we should say we will use our collective bargaining power because they buy a lot of prescription drugs, but we don't use that to negotiate down costs. we have legislation to address that. my senior center ran against a pharma executive, and this guy got called out for the truth, said his company had a drug that
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was out there, the same drug being sold in a different country. this happened to be russia, which really caught my eye. it was for dramatically lower costs. so we decided josh some of us senators -- to sponsor a bill that should be bipartisan, it but she said if she a price higher than the average of other countries, you should lose your patent and exclusivity and allow generics to charge a fair price for that drug. [applause] you could say that idea to any party on any side, and that just sounds fair, and it comports with our values. i don't trust this president to do those kind of things, but i know if we campaign on our common values, we can get those kind of things done that will drive down prescription drug
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costs and turn his fake words into a new reality for all of us. [applause] >> it is no secret -- sen. booker: this is our first time meeting, which is exciting to me. >> i had a huge fan girl moment backstage. i am still getting over the fact i am looking at his face. on a serious note, under this administration we have seen outright attacks on the lgbtq communities and have seen this administration effectively work to dismantle policies that protect that community. people are rightfully afraid. as a candidate for the presidency, how can you speak to people's fears? ms. ness: -- sen. booker: that's a great question, because in my community in new jersey, there are groups that feel afraid. they are feeling afraid not
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because of something imagined, because we have seen attacks on minority groups going up in this country, from attacking a synagogue in pittsburgh, a church in south carolina, to even on new jersey subways, people with turbans on our being yelled at and heckled. for people who don't think words matter, this is a president giving license to those who hate. they are using those words on white supremacist websites. people have reason to be afraid. since 9/11, we have had 80 or so terrorist attacks in our country, the majority from right wing extremist groups. the majority of those have been white supremacist groups. we live in a time when people are right to be afraid, but remember, this fear does not have to do with donald trump. i still remember when you were talking to your parents and you try to joke, and then you see the look in their eyes and they are serious. my ference -- my parents tried
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to talk to me when i got my drivers license about what to do when i encounter a police officer, because they were afraid their son would not come home, because there 6'3" african-american sans might be perceived as a threat. the fears of the lgbtq community. in a nation before donald trump, the attacks on trans african-american women -- there were dozens of trans people killed a couple of years ago just because they were transgender. many people remember the name matthew shepard. we had a woman in newark killed. a man hit on her in one of the intersections, she yelled she was gay, and the man got out and beat her to death. you asked a question that resonates with me, how do we speak to people's fears? it is hard because we are in a nation that is using language --
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what does it mean when you call country? an s-hole what does that mean to sudanese immigrants in this city? so i don't know. but my history and but our history. i think the only way you can help to address fears is not just with words but by our people, that we are a that when we see other people attacked, if you see a woman being demeaned and degraded, if you sit there and do nothing, you are complicit in what is going on. [applause] it is not enough in life to say, i am not a racist. if racism exists, you need to be antiracist. you need to be actively working against that. it is not enough to say, i am not an anti-semite.
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you need to be actively working against anti-semitism. when dignity is denied to one american, it is an assault on the dignity of all americans. the only way i know to do this is continue my activism every day. it does not have to be large actions every day. i use legislation to try to protect people. andfact that betsy devos the justice department are rolling back productions for lgbtq youth is outrageous and unacceptable. i want to fight that. but we need to work in our own communities right now. we need to work right now in our own communities to strengthen the bonds between us, to reach out to people who pray differently and look differently to us. find out how you can be a better ally, a better accomplice. the last thing i will say is one of the reasons why i am running for president is in answer to this question. i cannot stood still -- cannot
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sit still and watched someone preach bigotry and hate, who literally started their campaign for president trying to blame mexicans and muslims for our problems. i am fighting to create an america where we have a beloved community. [applause] sen. booker: i just want to say -- i started my career as a city councilman. i have great respect for city council people. and i know one of the great challenges and joys of being a city council person is that when you go to the supermarket, you have to allocate an hour more than usual. you might just be picking up a carton of milk, but you have to get ready, make sure you have a pen with you to write things down. i know your wife and kids are backstage. but when you don't come home one time, i hope they give you the sympathy act deference you deserve for your position. >> working on that.
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i am never getting home on time. one of the things -- this relates to what you said. one of the challenges that we have is a community -- and it is not just a wine, it is our entire metro -- is figuring out how to provide more affordable housing. that is a critical issue where we need partners, including at the federal level. i was hoping you would talk about what we can do to work on solving our affordable housing challenges. ms. ness: -- sen. booker: i had the privilege of being invited to your home, and this was one of the issues we talked about. i started a clinic at yale moving -- talking about these issues. the familyo had denied housing, this is an issue i take seriously. we have gotten to a point in america where you see middle-class families spending 30% to 50% of their income providing housing for their families.
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we have found lots of people doing great jobs who cannot afford to live in the communities where they are working. what a shameful thing it is for us to have teachers who teach in communities who are not paid enough money to live in those communities. i think a lot about housing. i don't want to get technical, because there are a lot of streams of resources for the localities, from low income housing tax credits and more. i want to make an argument for overall federal funding for affordable housing. that's something that can be controversial, but i think the federal government can do a lot. the one area of housing i want to talk about -- because when we talk about housing, we often leave people out of the equation. we were able to double d production of affordable and workforce housing, but there was one housing that was a struggle, supportive housing for americans with special needs. [applause] sen. booker: one of the things i want to let you know about is --
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especially those of us in this room that say we are progressives -- immediately people say you are fiscally responsible. i will tell you, progressives are the most fiscally responsible folks, because the issues we fight for -- and i will give you data. doing the morally right thing to do on housing, especially special-needs housing, is also for a city the fiscally responsible thing to do. our federal government, who should be looking to invest in people -- we used to be an nation that did that -- invest in infrastructure, grow your economy. , invest inducation the success of all. a dollar invested in education in prisons lowers taxpayer expense is four dollars. when you research in research and investments, the dollar produces multiples.
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but housing issues, why should localities be struggling so much? seattle washington did a study for mentally ill americans who get stigma and shame cast upon them. homeless, mentally ill folks. they decided to do a study of what it costs for them to live on the street homeless versus supportive housing. supportive housing is very expensive. they did the study. they took 23 people from the states -- from the streets, calculated their total cost from the year before they were put in supportive housing and the year after. they found out that they saved the taxpayers $1 million for --t 23 people forgot your people for that year. where do mentally ill americans often end up if they are left on the streets? hospital emergency rooms. absolutely, tremendously expensive. somebody else said jail.
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absolutely. you want to know our character of the country? look at our jails and prisons. other countries imprison the media. don't worry, we don't do that in america. other countries lock out political prisoners. don't worry, we have not gotten there. we will never get there. but we imprison the mentally ill, the addicted, the poor, and minorities. , moreat is so expensive expensive than treatment or housing. so this is a crisis that i will have a lot of depth on. we talked about a lot of things, from dealing with exclusionary selling that undermines the ability of cities to take their fair share of affordable housing. we can use the tax code to incentivize investment. i am very proud that one of the most significant piece of legislation i got done is opportunity zones, which allow
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tremendous tax incentives to invest in the lowest income parts of america. it will be -- this is not being braggadocio's -- the most significant economic housing bill for low income areas in america in the last generation, because of the way we structure the tax code. my appeal is going to be for this nation to remember that we can always -- we should always measure ourselves by the most vulnerable communities. what we are doing to the populations i discussed is not only morally objectionable, it is costing our society more, costing moral standing as well as taxpayer dollars. [applause] >> we are really fortunate in iowa to have the opportunity to have so many puzzle capital candidates -- so many presidential candidates spend time with us. people love meeting you. there are a lot of candidates so
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far this year, some of them your colleagues in the senate. what went into your decision to run? how do you set yourself apart when it is such a crowded field? ms. ness: haircut -- sen. booker: haircut i think. i have friends in this race, people i have stood side-by-side with. i was a mayor for a long time. the mayor of south bend, former mayor of san antonio. there are a lot of good democrats, and god bless we have a lot of good choices. the first thing i will say -- something we should all agree on now -- is whoever ends up being the nominee, we all support that nominee. [applause] sen. booker: and that's going to be my pledge. i really appreciate you asking the question about what distinguishes me in this race.
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the first thing is, as a lot of my colleagues have different lines of experience, i have a very different line. the wall street journal said there were only 21 americans who have done the career path i have done, going from a big city mayor to a united states senator. i was a mayor during a very difficult time. i was running a city during a recession. when the country has a recession, inner cities have difficult circumstances. i had to turn the city around at a time people were giving up on the work -- on newark. we took on the most difficult problems. our school system had failing schools, and now we are number one fruit beat the odds schools. hi property, high-performance. our city had tremendous problems where we were losing businesses, and i had to think of strategies and work with other people to get investment to come back, and
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do it in a way that did not gentrified our city and move out the people who live there. we thought of a lot of creative strategies. i went all around the country trying to work with folks to ark and build supermarkets in food deserts. we had not had a new hotel in 40 years, and we got it done. we got unions and developers to come to the table, people with the resources. we sat around and discussed the rules. you are going to construct here, use local residents. that means people with criminal convictions, that means giving people shots who don't often get them. an apprenticeship program for kids. by the time i was leaving newark , we were only about 6% of the state population, but 103 permits taken out in new jersey for residential and commercial construction work going on in
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the state of new jersey. i want people to examine the track record of taking on the toughest problems and showing they can be solved. even in the senate, from the bills i have mentioned, they are going to drive billions of dollars into low income communities for new investments to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform. i am going to extinguish myself by having a record of taking on tough things and getting things done. there are going to be different theories of how you fight in this election. everybody is tough, he a lot of great fighters. i have learned i never want people to think in order to be tough you have to be mean. in order to be strong you have to be cruel. i want to campaign like i want to govern, which is not just saying we are going to beat the republican nominee. yeah, maybe i am writing to join others in making sure we do that, that's important. but the larger call is not just how we beat republicans, but how
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we unite all americans in the cause of our country. [applause] message is: so my about a revival of civic grace, trying to create that beloved community so we can unite as a nation again and deal with the persistent injustices and lack of fairness in our country. [applause] during ourtext conversation. i was listening closely, but i did get a text saying i am the last question before we go to the crowd. i also go on twitter every now and then. 2 yes. -- sen. booker: yes. >> no, it is not good. twitter tells me positive is not going to win this time. can you tell me why it will? i hear this all the time.
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like i said before, people want to fight fire with fire. i am sorry, i am sorry, i am sorry. the people we respect in our history, our greatest heroes, are people who were tough, , whog, who took on bullies took on folks that were mean and bigoted, and they took them on not by emulating what they were against but by demonstrating what they were for. my greatest heroes -- john lewis, who i mentioned already -- he did not bring out firehouses and dogs to take on the opposition. if you fought them like that, that was what people wanted. what he did was he stood up with a more courageous strength, a defiant love, and a determination not just to speak to his opponents, but to act in a way that you awaken tomorrow imagination of other people -- that you awaken the moral investigation of other people.
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i respect individualism, but rugged individualism did not get us to the moon. rugged individualism did not happen in iowa when people plant the greatest infrastructure project this country has seen, the underground railroad. we have always been a great nation when we found ways to come together despite our differences, not by degrading people, but by lifting people up. this election is going to test our strength. do we have strength to hold to our morals, our values, and our ideals? or are we going to get down into out-muddy and try to and dirty our opposition? if we do that, i don't know if we win the election, but i know the whole country is going to get dirtier. let people say they think i am weak, please. if you think i am weak, though online tonight and watch a movie called street fight.
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some of you have seen this movie. in my first race for mayor, i ran against the entire machine of politics. there issee a video -- violence, meanness. it was such a powerful movie that it was nominated for an oscar and lost to a movie called penguins.he dagnabbed they are not cute. they are just not. [laughter] sen. booker: but a lot of that movie, people like because it was about someone fighting against forces, but doing it in a way that you don't lose your dignity. i lost that election, and that is a piece of advice -- if you are going to run for office and have a spectacular failure, have a documentary team to capture it. i did lose that election. sometimes you lose elections. we found that out painfully recently. but i went right back to work.
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in the next election, i set a record for the biggest lopsided victory we ever had. the way i conducted myself in that election set up for the bigger victory. i want a bigger victory for america. i want us to reclaim our dignity and our life. i am going to go three questions. then we are going to go over here, 3. did you see my numbers? the one woman here, two the gentle man sitting here, and the young lady here. what does that say? simpson college is the last question. all right, three questions. >> i get to go first, right? my voice sounds kind of like yours. sen. booker: what's your name? >> tony. my question is something you have talked a lot about, voter suppression. one of the biggest ways voter
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suppression happens, in my opinion, is the electoral college. what can we do about that so that the majority of votes are counted, not the electoral college boats? sen. booker: voter suppression is happening in so many ways. in iowa there is felony disenfranchisement. we changed that here so if you pay your debt, you should be able to vote. [applause] i don't know if you can tell me anything about this, but it happens sometimes when you draw legislative maps, and i am very worried about that in this state and what might happen with this legislature and governor. there is a lot of things we need to be doing. i think there is corruption and voter suppression. when so much money pours into politics, people don't see it as voter suppression, but it is. we allow corporations and lobbyists -- that is why i am
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not taking corporate dollars, not taking lobbyist dollars, not taking far my exact -- not dollars.arma exec changing the electoral college is going to be very difficult. it means changing the constitution. we can do difficult things, but ending voter suppression has to start by getting more people to vote. i love what was said on this panel. the best, most helpful thing we have seen is how much activism there is. if this is an issue for you, talk to it, ask candidates, activate people. if we can move the senate to get 60 votes, you might have a chance of getting this done, through congress, and out to the states. the road is very long. it is like the depression i had when i was a little kid and i watched schoolhouse rock and i was like, oh my gosh, he is just a bill. it is so hard.
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[laughter] sen. booker: but we have made a regular occurrence of achieving hard and impossible things. [applause] >> it is just a souvenir sweatshirt from washington, d.c. sen. booker: is that the presidential seal? >> yeah. i will give it to you once you win. [laughter] anyway, i am dr. alan cause low, a retired surgeon here in town. my cousin wanted me to say hello to you. sen. booker: good family. >> and i worked in newark for three years. interestedian, i am in medicare for all. now undern is, right the affordable care act,
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obamacare, all companies with more than 100 employees are required to pay for medical insurance. why would that not continue if we had medicare for all of them? sen. booker: ok, first of all i am glad you recognize the medical system is broken. we have the most expensive health care in the country and we get the worst results and people are still being left out. >> definitely. sen. booker: this is a system that is broken and is closing in on 20% of our gdp. i hope i can get a hallelujah on this, we have a system designed to treat problems on the backend. it does not do enough intervention, early detection, wellness. it is kind of stuck in treating illness. >> how lou yeah, amen! sen. booker: i a very strong feelings on this, and i believe
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we should have medicare for all. i believe that is a goal we should shoot at. but it is going to be hard and thus we can start picking up more seeds to get there. if i understand your question correctly, you are asking when it comes to big missus picking up -- >> their fair share. if you have gar medicare -- if you have medicare for all, they would get a windfall. sen. booker: if people could buy into medicare for all, it would create healthier profits for businesses and drive down the costs. this is an intermediate step. just by taking down medicare eligibility to 55 years old or bring it to 50 -- i am 49, i kind of like that -- taking older people out of the pool for businesses lowers the cost. i am with you on what pragmatic steps we can take to get to the goal, but this is where i want to challenge you. you and i have run stuff.
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i had to run a city. one because they could not control -- i was good at creating accountability and transparency and lowering cost -- but the one cost i could not control was health care costs. my insurance was going up double digit percentages every year. if we have an american business that is sending stuff over to sell goods internationally and are competing against firms in europe, southeast asia, those firms don't have to pay health care costs, because their countries have health care. there firms have a competitive advantage our firms do not. we are hurting businesses by having them do the same thing i did, by raising those costs. where i agree with you is i am not sure -- i am not just going to stand here and make wild statements -- i am going to tell you to truth. we have to take back lots of senate seats to lay the
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groundwork for where we need to be, medicare for all. if we need to do an intermediate step, what you are talking about should be something we need to get done to overcome mitch mcconnell's blocks. we need to have a system where everybody is determined to get down that long road. you cannot have life, liberty, and the rizzuto of -- the pursuit of happiness without health care. two what? you can't have great public education without health care. why? because children in this country are born -- we say all men and women are created equal. that right now is aspirational. why? we are the richest nation, but among the industrial theorist, we have the highest infant mortality rates, maternal mortality rates. for black women, it is twice white women. that is insane.
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this is starting to develop in the younger years, in the womb. if you don't get adequate health care -- i need some more hallelujahs. even if you are a kindergarten teacher, there are kids coming to you who are already behind because we do not provide adequate health care. we do not provide adequate environmental justice. inse children having lead their water are having permanent brain damage. we need to start seeing that these are interrelated problems. if we are really about justice every single congress, we should work to increase access to medicare, do more environmental justice, expand health care to more women, improve medicaid access so women can stay in the hospital longer and drive down rates. don't tell me we can't do this. it is a matter of collective will. >> amen. [applause] all these amens and
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hallelujahs -- hallelujah, brother -- if you like what you are hearing, pass the collection plate. booker.com. what is your name? >> my name is jaelyn seabrooks. i am a sophomore at simpson college, studying political science. i will throw you a softball. sen. booker: that was my major. this is what we call a reversal. i am going to ask you a question. you see this panel, which is gender imbalanced as it should be, and you see these phenomenal women. some of them were afraid the first time they ran, as was i. you see how they were trailblazers, how people told them they could not do it, they should wait their turn. my question to you is will you one day think about office --
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think about running for office? >> i will one day, yes. [applause] my question to you is in iowa, we care a lot about our colleges. we have a log, private and public, which means we have a lot of people in the 18 to 21 age group and we see a lot of presidential candidates. it seems like candidates come to iowa, do photo ops on campuses, then forget about students until the next election. i want to know, if we are so lucky to have you as our president, what are you going to do about issues that really matter to people my age? whether that is the incredible problem with student loans or the fact there is not health care that applies to people in my age group, and that i know people with diabetes and different things you have not reached the point where we get a job and begin health care, and
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my friends are being hurt by that. sen. booker: this is the way i am going to campaign and govern. you can take my last 24 hours. on my road, i met with a group of college students. i was in arday -- bar yesterday. >> i saw that on twitter. [laughter] sen. booker: i think i stayed there past midnight going from table to table with college students, talking about their issues. because i know one thing -- that you all are -- i don't know if you are the tail end of millennials. >> i think i am generation z by like one year. is. booker: your age bracket literally the largest population bubble in the country. you all will determine where this country goes. i hate to say it -- right now you are determining it not by
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your participation, but by your lack of participation. this gift to this blooded community that i am so interested in creating. ,f you pull millennials republican and democrat, they agree on a lot of things the older generations don't. it is not just legalizing marijuana, but it is climate change and the urgency to do something about it. you all believe that. you believe on both sides that money is corrupting politics and we need to end citizens united, on both sides of the aisle. cost of college is going up too much. issues thatsexy nobody puts on their tender profile, like infrastructure. you all know you are going to be inheriting over a $1 trillion infrastructure deficit. the powerful thing about millennials and generation z is that you have the power in this next election to transform politics as we know it.
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it is just a matter of voting. you don't have to occupy anything, you have just got to vote. that is the power you have. i recognize that power. i will be on college campuses, not just doing photo ops. i will sit down. if you can't find people on the campuses, you got to go to the bars. i will be chasing down high school students -- because a lot of 18-year-olds will be able to vote -- and college students, but i'm not going to stop there. we have got to stop telling the college life. americans haveof a college degree. we have to have a conversation about all-americans. i was sitting down once in a democratic panel, and somebody was talking about free college. i am the first person to tell you that what we are doing to our kids is morally objectionable. why?
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because we are a sustaining attack system that gives advantages -- something called carried interest -- to the richest of the rich, and our government is making a profit off the student loan program. we make billions of dollars in profit off of the backs of our students. talk about not having a budget that reflects our values. [applause] fact that youhe can't refinance your loans is objectionable. the fact that community college is not free to me is on acceptable. we should have that as our goal. the fact that we are not finding ways to make sure kids are not graduating with crushing debt, that is hurting our economy. these are things i will have detailed policy statements on. i want to challenge everybody to understand that there is dignity in all work and career
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professions. [applause] as much as i love majors -- -- poly sci i have a degree in political science and history. my father told me all the time, the only thing you are qualified to do is be a united states senator with those degrees. the dignity of work of home health care aides, the dignity of work of medical professionals, advanced manufacturing. there is training we need to be doing in this country that people often have to pay for themselves that leads to work. why don't we have a nation that has a bold apprenticeship program where people can learn and earn, that elevates the dignity of work and pathways to career professionals? we have to understand the warning. we have0% of the jobs now will not be there this century.
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they are disappearing. jobs will take more and more specialized training. not a general college degree, but specialized training. we have to be a country that gets ahead of where everybody else is going. switzerland, germany, most of their kids are going to apprenticeship programs. they have such good programs that if you have a midcareer change, you can go into an apprenticeship program, make money, learn new skills, and go to work. why aren't we like that in america? as opposed to a 55-year-old factory worker when their job disappears, they don't feel hope? thank you for that question. i want to end on that word. hold on, i am going to get criticized. they are going to say, gosh, more candidates talking about love and hope. how are you going to be donald trump with that -- going to beat donald trump with that? that i havell you
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been known to hug some folks. i had this year or so of ugs, one a guy from new jersey named chris christie. he may sound familiar. they ran ads against him in new hampshire during his primary. trump,actually behind below bush and rubio, and they ran ads against him, criticizing him for hugging barack obama. , that hethe whole ad hugged another human being. we in new jersey know that hug. it was a big hug. the air force flew and after hurricane sandy, the whole state was in brief, and the two of them hugged.
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it was not that great of a hug , it was awkward where you don't know what to do with your other hand. i am going to give you another hug. i am on the senate floor and john mccain comes to the senate floor. that was before the health care decision. tension was high. i was angry. but john mccain just came to the floor after getting a cancer diagnosis that turned out to be terminal. i crossed the senate floor in front of the c-span camera, so 14 americans -- [laughter] sen. booker: my mom, 15 americans, saw me. and i hugged john mccain. i grabbed this guy until i realized he was a little weak, and i did not go too hard on him. but he smiled at me. it was a moment. [applause]
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sen. booker: you can clap. i get home at night, as you said about twitter, i look at twitter and i am getting savaged by progressives. how could you hug that man? calling him baby killers and all of these things. americave we come in where we have gotten to the point where human contact, hugging somebody, shaking their hand, looking them in the eye, meeting with them, has become some kind of betrayal of a tribe? when there is only one group in america, and that is americans. so i am sorry. i think this is a problem we have got to in our country, that even dialogue now that is civil and respectful is frowned upon. even two people as different as chris christie and me who try to find common ground, and it is criticized.
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that you could literally have your best fundraising quarter by haggling. miss i miss obama, and i her husband, too. [laughter] about how shameful it was that a south carolina congressman heckles a president during the state of the union address, and then has his best fundraising quarter because people want to reward that behavior. what i want to see is what i have seen that is hope, because it is not a weak word. this is hope. hope is when i saw the inaugural address of a new president and i was hoping malice toward none, charity toward all, but there was a lot of malice and very little charity. i am sitting there getting a headache, thinking, we have got the white house, senate, health care, counting votes. by the time i went to bed, i
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curled up with a headache in my apartment in washington, d.c. guess what happened? the next morning, people of hope , millions of them from coast-to-coast, came out and said, this is not a time to shut up, to give up, it is the time to get up, speak up, rise up. there where women in the women's march saying, we are going to answer this darkness, not by complaining, but by getting up and working. not by agonizing, but by organizing. let me give you my last example. it was a muslim man. i was outraged that my nation that rode into its founding documents freedom of religion would put a religious test on people coming. i ran to dulles airport with a federal court order to make sure the detained muslim families could get access to lawyers. but i get stopped in my tracks
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because in that concourse in dulles airport, there were hundreds of people singing and chanting patriotic songs. and when muslim families, not even citizens, like abraham welcoming strangers in the desert, they started cheering. werewith yarmulkes cheering muslim families coming into our country. that's what america looks like. [applause] sen. booker: it is not demeaning, not degrading, and dividing. it is lifting people up. i went back to the senate floor and told joe donnelly -- he goes, the same thing happened to me in indianapolis. all these people were there. we were coming off planes, hugging each other, except there was no international flights, just people hugging folks from detroit. [laughter] sen. booker: we are americans. it is not who we are.
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this is our moment. how will we respond to darkness? respond to the pain of our brothers and sisters? how will we respond? that is in the balance in this election. that is the crossroads we are on. we have a log of candidates running, and i want to win just as bad as every single one of them. i want to see that man out of the white house. i want to see dignity return. [applause] sen. booker: but i was called to dream bigger than that. my ancestors call on us to dream bigger than that. an electoral victory, as important as that is. we are called to dream bigger than that. have a we have got to bigger dream, greater expectations. we have to use this moment, especially as democrats, not to show how much we can hate or
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beat up on republicans. this is a test to see how much we can unite americans. a farmworker, factory worker, domestic, home health aid, this is the time to say we have common pain in this country. it is time to unite around a common purpose. if you believe like i do that we can solve american problems, if you believe like i do that we can address fear and hurt and pain, if you believe that we can do these things by coming together, if you believe like i do that any study of american history says there is nothing we can't do, then please join me on this campaign. sign up at corybooker.com. let's work together to help this nation rise again. thank you. [applause]
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[indiscernible conversations] >> thank you, senator. >> did you get it? >> i got it. appreciate it. >> how you doing?
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good to see you. my phone died. >> thanks for visiting. come back soon. [indiscernible conversations] >> did you see the report about climate change in a major city? we can't do anything about it. we didn't have the chance. ?re you going to find out we need to talk more about that. great, thank you.
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[indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much. thanks, i appreciate it. [indiscernible conversations] >> very brief. [indiscernible conversations] >> do you want to volunteer? we have three groups of people. >> do you want to volunteer, but
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you don't know how? [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you for coming, senator. thank you for your service. thank you. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. how are you? [indiscernible conversations]
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>> he has been trying to get through, but it is really hard. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. >> yay, go get 'em. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much.
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>> thank you so much for your service. [laughter] >> what was your question? >> oh, no you didn't. >> senator? [indiscernible conversations] thank you so much. >> you are very welcome. >> i am worried about your head. [laughter] i don't need anything. i don't need a picture. i wanted to shake your hand. you deserve it. >> it is a real struggle for him to get up your. -- for him to get up here. >> perfect. >> we need that bill. we should talk about how you
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can help with the senate as well. >> i have taken up over 20 bills. >> i will find out which one it is. >> i am a vietnam vet. i went over when i was 17. that's right. give me the information. >> thank you. >> can i get your name and phone number? >> did it change the video? my bad. thank you. there we go. [indiscernible conversations] it is hr-299.
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all right? thank you, sir. we will be calling. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for coming out, i know it is hard. >> thank you. thank you. [indiscernible conversations] [laughter] [indiscernible conversations] >> we will try to get around. i'm sorry. >> great. >> thank you so much.
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i don't have a smartphone. thank you very, very much. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. [laughter] [indiscernible conversations] >> i got it. >> oh, good. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. it was nice meeting you, too. [laughter] >> definitely. >> thank you. >> you could be the running
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mate. grandma.re is mom and not this trip, but i will. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> we are with you. >> thank you for your work during the kavanaugh. -- during the kavanaugh hearing. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much. i really like you. >> thank you so much. >> working together. the me booker, part of too movement and a.m. a survivor survivor.m a of one to thank you for your work during the kavanaugh
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hearing and your willingness to stand up for all women and your -- i wills to say never forget. i have been following you for years. that was hard to watch, but what you did that day was so inspiring. thank you. thank you. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much, and good luck. we are with you. >> it is for the next generation. thank you very much. >> folks, we have to head downstairs to the overflow room. [indiscernible conversations]
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>> there we go. >> senator booker? [indiscernible conversations] [indiscernible conversations] thank you so much. don't know each other, but
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we want to get one together. thank you so much. thank you. >> thank you. [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much, senator. iran this last race. -- i ran this last race. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> we have to get downstairs. we've got to go. >> what about downstairs? [indiscernible conversations] announcer: there are nearly 100 new members of the house of representatives this year. virginia, maryland, mississippi, and washington are five of the states that aadd one new member. anthony gonzalez was a football player for the indianapolis in 2007.fted him after injuries cut short his professional football career, representative gonzalez earned his mba at stanford business school. he is the first latino elected to ohio's congressional delegation. representative carol miller
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