tv Road to the White House 2020 Former Vice President Biden in Delaware CSPAN March 18, 2019 11:05am-11:48am EDT
officers who were hacking the election. the indictment was issued in july of last year. if you read this indictment, you will discover that robert miller had access to the emails between one russian gru agent and another agent. he had access to all of their emails. he had access to the bitcoin payments they used to try to shield their payments. everything they thought was secret, he has access to. in addition, he has access to wiretaps, witnesses, subpoenaing banks and everything. why the time is done, if there is collusion, we will know it and if there is not, we will know it because he knows everything. >> you can see the entire conversation with bill browder tonight on c-span starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. former vice president joe biden spoke at a delaware democratic party fundraiser over the weekend. he discussed the potential run for president. this is about 40 minutes.
w so many of youe owe about our son beau. identically want to thank the all the who was there, elected officials were there but the governor who is basically wife --long with his one of the things you do if you are really a smart public official, you smart -- you hire people smarter than you and that's why i hired his wife.
i'm serious. it's not a joke. she's one of the brightest people i have ever known in my life. david, and the way you not only treatedbeau when he was coming up, the way you treated him when he was dying. continue toyou treat his memory. i think it's every father and child.s dream to raise a my dad used to have an expression -- he would say you know you are a success as a parent when you turn a look at your child and realize they turned out better than you. beau is better than me. [applause] i just want to say thank you for remembering him, thank you for
and iy you treated him and not exaggerating and you know this, he loved you. he loved what you did. governor, we have known each other for well over 30 years and tracy, even longer. greatestne of the contributions i made to this state was you guys. [laughter] [applause] i want to also recognize one of my closest friends in the world who was supposed to sit at the but shine the limelight as he always does, one of the brightest guys i have ever known, senator ted kaufman. where the hell are you, ted? [applause]
and the last time i ran for united states senate under the delaware rules, i was nominated after it was too late to get off the ticket as vice president. iran is vice president and senator on -- i ran as vice president and senator at the same time. bertde clemente was the candidate. i won by the biggest margin ever one by any candidate. bert, thank you very much for all you've done [applause] . i want to thank my dear friends, all my was of the congress, tommy you have been my friend and ally for a long, long time. we have never had a crossword.
we have never failed to agree. we have never failed to be able to work out whatever needed to be done. i'm so glad you are still there. as well as [applause] kunz. he holds the seat that i held. chris has done more in his first term than i did in three terms. chris, thank you. [applause] sure the for making biden legacy looks good. that, as you don't have to be told, lisa blunt rochester is a star. [applause] she is a superstar. she is one of the best and the brightest new leaders in the united states house of representatives and that's not hyperbole. the last two classes we elected
and took over the house. the last class has some of the most talented women and men but mostly women that i have ever, ever seen in congress. [applause] i cannot -- i went into 23 states for the candidates and most of them are women. all of them one but it's a new breed. five of them were graduated from the naval academy or west point. fighter pilots, women and men who have done extra ordinary things. but most of all, who have great character like lisa. and she has gotten a seat which respect the leadership has for her in the house energy and commerce committee. that's really a big deal for the state of delaware, a big deal for the state of delaware.
lisa, we are lucky to have you. [applause] her dad, all-conference, all tournament, winston-salem all-american at winston-salem set university -- state university. you are better than they were. you would've been drafted as well except for those flat feet of yours. [laughter] ted, you have been a friend a long time. as they say in many parts of the stay, you done good fellow with that young woman, thank you for what you did. [applause] chair when, or state all the elected officials and activists, thank you, thank you for all you have done. and thank you and
congratulations to our honorees. i have a special a relationship with sunny. sunny not only help me get elected but she was the one to call and say what the hell did you just say? what are you doing? [laughter] she was very proud of the fact and almost cost me to elections that i had a 100% rating with the aclu. you didn't make it any easier. il, thank you for all the support you have given me as well. you have to talk to sunny if you don't know her. listen to her and learn from her. you know what it means to be a democrat, to be an american to be a delaware he and and to be something bigger than yourself. and to all my fellow democrats, and i mean this from the bottom my heart, thank you for allowing me, the guy who doesn't hold any public office anymore, to come back home in the your keynote speaker tonight. thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause]
folks, i have been in every state and campaigned for people in every state. i have been somewhere in access of 80 nations. i think that's a number but don't hold me to the exact number. i always talk about delaware. tommy knows this because i spent a lot of time in central america. you picked up the gauntlet and you're making sure we do the -- we have the right policies. i always talk about delaware. the thing i talk about delaware is what's special about this state. there is a lot of reasons we are special but i think the most special reason to focus on delaware is our political culture. we have an expression, sometimes fra but an expression that has been sustained. yed power politics, we do with the delaware way.
matter,truth of the compared to other states, as toughest things has gotten, it's still better than other places the delaware way. we don't demonize our opponents. we don't belittle them. we don't question their motive. we question their judgment another motive, we don't treat the opposition as the enemy. we might even say a nice word every once in a while about a republican when they do something good. [laughter] some people think we do this because we are a small state and we will run to that person on the other side of a debate again or in a grocery store were in church or a little league field or at the beach. all true but i think it's more than that. [laughter] please to be kitted because i would repeat 1000 things. as michelle writes in her book, she said joe is like baqrack's big brother so i could be completely candid with him and waited ask for a vice, i tend to
do what i've always done and that's pass on the advice i got for my mother and father and i would say all politics is personal. and it is personal. one of the reasons why things get on better in delaware than other places is we know one another. as much as you disagree with a man or woman across from you on the merits or a political problem, you also know they may have a son or daughter who is ill. you may know that someone's wife or husband is suffering from breast cancer or prostate cancer. you may know they have fallen on hard times. it makes awful hard to dislike them when you know somebody, when you know the struggles they go through. it makes it hard to dislike them. it used to be that way in the united states senate and the house. we used to know one another. democrats and republicans had lunch together. we talked it over, we traveled together around the world.
when a man is sitting next to and is a republican and he cries that his wife is dying of breast tocer, it's awful hard dislike that man even though i disagree with him 100%. one of my closest friends, one of my closest friends in my entire career was john mccain. john went after me hammer and tongs. [applause] everybody talks about our relationship but we went -- he's the one who said joe biden should be taken off the ticket. joe biden should be etc. it was tough but we had the same value set. never questioned one another's motives. it's hard to question a man or woman's motives when you know them personally. even though you have found them mentally disagreeing. i said jon, you have not seen a war you don't want to fight.
he said you haven't seen a problem you don't want to fix. [laughter] we had real serious arguments. folks -- we've got to get to know one another again. understand that for this democracy to work, there's only one way to make it work. it's just the way the constitution is written including state constitution. you have to arrive at consensus period. without consensus, nothing can get done for the people. that means you need to listen to the other guy or the other woman. work with one another and respect one another no matter how badly you disagree. that's why the most unique thing and they know about it in mumbai, india and i know in london and they know about in beijing, returns day. think about the unique gist of that in all of america.
and probably in most all democracies in the world. it was a brilliant idea. conceived hundreds of years ago. the winner and loser and it's hard when you lose. carriage andat ride for an hour as nancy can tell you. [laughter] nancy didn't lose the nancy can tell you what it's like. think what happens. it takes the venom out, the hatchet gets buried, and for two more years, there is some basic accommodation. once you question another man or woman's motive, you can never reach agreement. could have au you stupid idea about this or that, health care or whatever, but we can still compromise. if you are in the pocket or you are not honest or your motive is to try to undermine, we can or a positiono
where you can reach a consensus. when did more of the delaware way. we got to make it more the american way. mean,litics has become so so petty, so vicious that we cannot govern ourselves. in many cases even talk to one another. it can't go on like this, folks. i get criticized by the new left. i have the most progressive record of anybody running for -- who would run for president. [applause] anybody who would run. [applause] folks, we have to bring this country back together again.
i believe we are at an inflection point. i really mean it. i believe we are at an inflection point. the election of 2020, without hyperbole, will be the most important election this country has undergone in over 100 years, not a joke. there is so much at stake. our core values are being shredded. our standing on the world stage is at risk. i still travel the world and meet with heads of state all over the world. they are confused. they are concerned. they wonder where we are. our democracy, our democracy is under threat. posed by this administration to this nation is not hypothetical or exaggerated. it's real. it's existential. in many of our republican and independent friends know it as well as we do. look at what happened in
charlottesville. i played a very bit part in the civil rights movement in this state. and beingt side engaged in early desegregation efforts and the like. but i thought five years ago, would never again see anything like and i bet you thought the same, never see anything like what happened in one of the most historic cities in america. we saw klansmen, white supremacists, neo-nazis, slowing out from their darkened rooms and digital hideaways. their crazed faces illuminated intorchlight, veins bulging the faces of racism. the same anti-semitic bile, the same anti-semitic bile was heard across europe in the 1930's. word for word.
and they were met by a courageous group of americans and a violent clash ensued. [applause] woman namedoung then we heard the words of the president of the united states -- that stunned the world, not hyperbole, stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. " some very good people on both sides, very fine people on both sides." think about this, is not about just booing. think about what was said. our children are listening. our silence is complicity. with these words, the president of the united states assigned the moral equivalent between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. at that moment, i knew that the
threat to this nation was unlike any i have seen in my lifetime. that, he is embracing autocrats across the world from putin to kim jong-un, turning our backs on her most important and trusted allies. , the world's worst dictators are using his own words to justify their abuse of power. what do you hear coming out of the philippines are out of north korea? fake news has become a phrase of choice for every desperate terrorizing his people -- despot terrorizing his people. the president systematically tearing down the guardrails of our democracy, going after the institutions our founders placed in the constitution to serve as a check on presidential power, a free press, an independent judiciary, a coequal legislative branch. think of this, he maligned the
with republicans as well as democrats. the more you weaken the power of these institutions which are set up to prevent the abuse of power , prevent the accumulation of power, the more power rises to the presidency. folks, we better wake up to its happening right in front of our eyes. if you asked me a few years ago, if you asked me a few years ago whether our american democracy could ever crumble i would have laughed at you even though as a student of history, i know that every democracy has failed in the last 100 years and not one has failed because of a gunshot corridor being better down. they have failed because of a democratic election and whoever is elected began to take the guardrails down.
tear down the legitimate elected officials, tear down the constraints on their power. this tond i say democrats as well as republicans, we have to remember what makes this nation so special. as corny as it sounds, it's what we believe. we hold these truths self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. it sounds corny but that's who we are. and while we have never lived up to jefferson's words, we have never wholesale walked away from them. we've never walked away from them. my dad used to have an expression, a lot of you knew my dad -- he said joe, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, everyone, everyone single person. [applause]
my dad would never let us walk by anybody who was in trouble begging for money and he would say do you think they would do that if they had a choice? the guy driving me down tonight, we had a problem as we turned into dover off the four blade. with aas a young woman sign saying please help me. i asked him to stop. that way i could take out what i had my pocket and he did to and gave her the money. it's not about me, it's about who we are as democrats. that's the essence. that's the essence. don't expect our government to solve all our problems. my dad would say but we expect the government to at least understand their problems. -- six -- to understand our problems.
i am an admirer of, because i is a brilliant writer, the conservative columnist david brooks. he has written a lot about this. , heree with david brooks calls theirs in the -- and itis being shredded. it has made up the basic value that defines us best. one of the reasons why around the world, and i have been traveling the world my entire adult life as asenator, why people think we are naive, because weuse phrases in our diplomacy like honesty and decency, we talkabout treating everybody with dignity and respect, giving everyone a fair shot, leavingnobody behind, giving hate nosafe harbor, demonizing no one, notthe poor, the desperate, the immigrants, or theother. and leading bythe power of our example,not just the example of our power.
that is why we have been able to stand as a beacon to the world. understanding asamericans, we ae part of something much bigger than us individually. that is whoamericans are, that is who we are, but this president sneers at those values, literally. he thinks they makeus weak. he thinks we are suckers. well, he is dead wrong. it is these values that makeus so strong. he doesn't understand that you can't define an american by race,ethnicity, religion, or tribe, as he tries to divide us into those categories. think about this. if thereis an essay question i asked each of you to write, define an americanfor me, you can't do it, like youcan in almost every other country inthe world. we can only be defined by our sharedvalues that are emblazoned in the
constitution. people aren't going to be able to quote the constitution,but those sharedvalues, no matter where we come from, no matter how longwe have been here, no matter howsoon we got here. this is not chauvinism. unlike any other nation in the world, america is unique in one overwhelming way. america is an idea, it is an idea. from the outset it was anidea, an idea that goes bk to our founding,which keeps us pushing toward justice,toward a more perfect union. we are nowhere nearthere, but it keeps us pushing there. it has beenfor over two centuries and it isstill, today, our northstar, theidea of america. i have spent more time with g chinxi jinping, the president of china than anybody,
leader, andny world we were having a private dinner and he's asking me all these questions and he looks at me and he said, can you defineamerica for me? not a joke. and i said yes, i can do it in one word, one word. promise. promise. think of any other country in the world compared to us. it is the promise of america. it is the notion inour dna that, given ashot, everybody deserves a shot, the promise that we cando anything that is within our capacity. lisa, when your dad was being raised, hewasn't at all certainthat his daughter could be a u.s. congressman, or he could be thesuccess he was. but it was the promise of america that he never gave up on it.
tommy, the same withyou. what made it so thata guy with your background,a good backgroundbut normal, middle-class, could be a united states senator and head p major committees? it is an ideathat is stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, morepowerful than any dictatoror tyrant. it gives hope to the most desperate people on earth. and if you travelthe world, you know i am not exaggerating one scintilla. it is instilled in every single person in this country, the belief that no matter where they start out in life, there is nothing they can't achieve ifthey work at it. that is who we are. there is nostratification in america, except the racism that existed and still exists in many places. here's something else the president doesn't understand. he doesn't understand who built this country.
i knowwho built this country, yu know who built thiscountry, because as i look at the room and see you all, i see the people who built thiscountry, you,your parents, your grandparents. not a joke. [applause] you built this natio. [applause] this country wasn't built by wall street bankersand ceos and hedge fund managers, they are notbad guys but they sure as hell didn't build this country. you built this country. your parents built this country. ordinary americans built this country. the great middle-class built this country. that is literally the story of america, a storythat ordinary people from neighborhoods you and i grewup in could do extraordinary things given half a chance. look at all the incredible things that have been done, they have been doneby ordinary americans whobelieve because it is
stamped intheir dna that if they tried, there wasn't a dam tn think they could do. that is how we built the greatest nation onthe planet. i know it sounds corny,but that is thegod's truth. we got to remember that. but the president has turned his back onthe very people he promised hewould help, farmers, construction workers, teachers, home health care workers, so manyfolks in places like delaware, pennsylvania, ohio,michigan, wisconsin werewhipsawed by a changing world economy andleft behind by the draconian policies of this administration. folks, there used to be a basic bargainin america. i know you are tired of hearing me say this,i have been saying it for 20 years, abasic bargain in america, abargain that built the middle-class. it went like this.
if the outfit or enterprise you are associated with succeeded,you got to share in the benefits. that used to be thedeal, not a joke. in corporate america, a used to be the deal aswell. and if things went bad for the outfit you worked with everybody shared theloss, from , the ceo to the secretary. that bargain has beenbroken. that bargain hasbeen broken, and it has happened gradually but consistently. it is broken badly. we need a new corporateethic in america,which i won't take time to go into now but youare going to hear a hell of a lot more about it from me. [applause] justlook, look at that tax cut last year. look at that tax cut. $1.9 trillion. how quicklyrepublicans forget hw the deficitmake a difference.
i don't know how that happened, tommy. $1.9 trillion. the vastmajority of it went not only to thetop 1%, the top1/10 of 1% of the taxpayers of america,with little or nothig going tohard-working people struggling to put three squares on the table. even worse,it added 1.9 trillion dollars to the deficit, and not asingle economist will tell you it canbe sustained long-term. and they know it can't be sustained. my dad hadanother expression, when someone would tell him, joe, this is what i value he said,don't tell me what you , value, show me your budgetand i will tell you what you value. [applause] show me your budget and i will tell you what you value. those of us who had known him for awhile don't have to guess what donaldtrump and his supplicant republican
members of congress these days, and there are a lot ofgood women and men there, but they have to screw upsome courage, they have to screw up some courage and start acting like they believe,but, [applause] doyou want to know what they value? i've been saying this for two and a half years. just take a look at the budget they announced lastweek. you don't have to guess anymore. here is what it contains. they cut 2.7 billion dollarsfrom epa, nearly cutting the budget by athird, at the very moment weare at an existential crisis if we don't begin to acton the environment and global warming. they cut 8.8 billiondollars in education funding. $8.8 billionat a time when we all realizethat 12 years is no longer enoughto learn theworld, 12 years of education.
as jill was saying, she is still teaching full-time and she would say,any nation that out-educatesus will out-compete us. they cut $3.8 billion from energy, $12.4 billion cut in human services. add to that another $25 billion cut in socialsecurity, and another attempt to repealthe affordable care actthat includes protections for pre-existing conditions. they cutmedicare by $845 billion,not to sustain the universal health care plan we built but tofill in the holes in the deficit becauseof the tax cut. they also call for, as jill they cut, google it,
$1.5 trillion inmedicaid, as we know it not expanding , medicaid like wedid and is presently covering an additional 12 million people in americain the states where they have expanded. i could go on. but these cuts are drivenby the same thing. they made a basic value judgment. they wouldrather reward the supr wealthy and hope something tricklesdown, then help anybody else. and that is why they haveto pay for the tax cut,and they are coming after us, the people we care about. and i just don't mean people making $50,000,i mean making 150 grand, raising three kids. we have got to close this monstrous deficit they created, they keep saying.
that's the only reason we are doing it,they say, we don't want to make these cuts. folks, we are literallyin a battle for the soul of america. [applause] andan overwhelming need to restore thebackbone of america, the working class, the middleclass. but as tough as things are rightnow, i'm optimistic, me optimistic than i have everbeen in my political career. and it is not about me and whether irun or not, it is about the capacity to restore america and once again become that shining city ona hill in lastyear's midterms, i said i traveled 24states and campaigned for 63candidates, and the last sixdays alone in 13 differenttowns for something different, fundamental and profoundthat i saw going on. i'm a tactile politician.
i always have been and that gets me in trouble as well, because i think ican feel and taste what is goingon. everywhere i went, everywhere i went therewas an insatiable desire by republicans as well as democrats, for womenand men of high character inpublic office. [applause] look at the pollingdata, people are making decisions more onwhat they believe tobe the character and authenticity of a candidate, then a particular position they take on an issue. voters understood that thevery character of our country was on the ballot. they stood up and they spoke, they spoke. and we won. you may remember i got criticized early on saying, we willwin 40 states. -- we will win 40 seats. thank god we won 41 or i would never be able to forget i. [applause] itwasn't because i ws taking a number out of the air.
i could feel it. you all could feel it. you are all good at it. whether i was in memphis, whether i was in alabama aspointed out by one of my african-american colleagues, i'm the only white boy that gets togo to alabama as a democrat and campaign. when i was up inmontana, where the president oneby a 30, 40 pointplurality, one of the traditional, democratic areas. they all were looking for the same thing. i will say it again. i have to tell you i'm more optimisticabout the prospects of ournation today than when you electedme as a 29-year-old kid to the united states senate. there is no reason why the 21st century will not be the american century. just think about it. we have the wealthiest and most prosperous economy in the world in the history of the world, including china. we have the most powerful military in the history of the world.
if we continue withour values, if we lead them tobe able to unite the world, on common are seeinge something that was virtually impossible a few years ago. we are the most innovative entrepreneurs inthe world, the most agileventure capitalists, the most productive workers. i hear these stories abouthow china is going to eat our lunch, give me a break. i was theguy thatwent up to horton school in thelate 1990's when it was japan inc., all theprofessors were talking about,japan is going toeat our lunch and i made a speech that saidthat is not even remotely possible,for a lot of reasons including our value system. we have more greatresearch universities than all the rest of the wood universities and every
major, life-changing onlife altering situation has come out of a researchuniversity, not out of a corporation, they monetize it. folks, no other nation in the world can match us. there is nothingbeyond our capacity, there is nothing beyond our capacity. the only thingstrong enough to tear americaapart as america itself,and we have seen it start, and itis our obligation as democrats in america to stop it. we must be clear. everybody knows who he is. we have to be clear who we are, who we are. [applause] wehave got to understand that we democrats,we choose hope overfear, we choose unity over division, andwe
choose truth overlies. [applause] itmatters -- truth over lies. [applause] it matters. folks, it is stillour century. we have to remember we have to , stop walking around with our headsdown, we are in so much trouble. there is no other country in the world that has comeclose to our capacity. none. it is time to get up, get off our back, remember who the hell weare. this is the united states of america. there is nothing beyond our capacity. god bless you all, andmay god protect our troops. go get them, folks, go get them. thank you. where my going? -- where am i going?