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kind of surprised me, the degree of criticism. before, i have told you god love you, you have been covering me a long time now, but this is a marathon. i feel good. i think we have passed the quarter mark and i am feeling good. you told us in the earliest days of your campaign that you are not going to speak ill of a fellow democrat. you were pretty tough on some of your opponents last night, why the change in strategy? >> because i responded. next debate, i hope we can talk about how we can fix the things trump has broken, not have barack obama made all these mistakes. he didn't. he didn't. i want to make it clear, going back 10, 20, 30 years, this is a game that is a game to make sure that we hand the republicans on election. look, folks. there's a lot of things everybody has done in the past and votes that no longer have a context today. they are taken out of context.
and i just wanted to make the point that some of these assertions being made were absolutely -- how can i say it nicely -- knots true and taken out of context and if they really meant what they said, they wouldn't have said a lot of things they did. do you think your party has fallen too far to the left? >> what are you going to do differently than barack obama? changed sinceas obama. it is about the future. it is about taking the same kind of integrity and moving beyond it. by the time the president's term ended, he was be able to -- he was able to focus in ways and not just keeping the car from going over a cliff, he was able to begin to focus, and he focused on immigration. what he did was serious. he changed the dialogue and the whole question. he changed what was going on. the idea that somehow it is
comparable to what this guy is doing is absolutely bizarre. look, this is three years later. the world has changed. president trump has turned it upside down internationally. he has turned it upside down economically. . -- economically. people are hurting badly. we face a different problem 10 years of growth when the economy collapsed because of republican policies. now we face a problem, the economy as well as the soul of this country is collapsing because of this presidency. it is a different problem, but the same basic principle. we have to be honest, straightforward, and authentic about what we are going to do, and i'm looking toward on being able to go to some detail and explain and deal with the difference is that we have. they are all good people, but here is my plan for health care -- what is yours. party ishink your moving too far to the left, even
though some of your democratic candidates say they want to decriminalize those who cross the border illegally? >> it is not about going left and right. i think i represent the party. there are a lot of really, really good people that have elected -- that have got elected who are really pushing the envelope. the idea that they represent what the program does today does not comport with who gets elected or how we won in 18. it does not comport. it is a totally legitimate debate to have. the one thing we have to focus on and the one thing i agree with chorion mostly, let's focus on what we can do together. we are so different. every one of those people on that stage has a fundamentally different views than barack. they talk about barack, but they have a fundamentally different view than what the president of the united states does. let's argue who has the best path forward to lead this country to greatness. ok.
are you supportive of the debate stage shrinking going forward? of having aortive debate, not one minute assertions. look, it is not anybody's fault the way it has works, there are 20 candidates and that is a good thing. but the idea that we do not have a chance to explain our policies in less than one minute -- if you are not asked a direct question about your policy, you get 30 seconds. you get 15 seconds -- to me, that is not a debate. be that way, but i am looking forward to getting to a place where we can actually exchange ideas. >> could you clarify your position on nafta? house democrats were talking about four concrete changes to trump's deal. me whethert you ask or not what trump's plan was offered. >> will you accept their
changes? >> as long as i got to make sure that this time, they are written in stone. they must be imposed, because last time, remember, there was a proposal that said, you are going to have to. this is 27 years ago. you have to make sure you provide for alternatives to people who may get caught in the crossfire. that did not happen. it is a different deal. to last night, is there anything you would do differently about last night's debate? go, i would saying have said text. i was so focused on making a case for joe, i said joe and i gave the number. it was text. you guys have printed it 15 times and it is getting big results. [laughter] is down voter turnout
in key states like michigan. you invoke president obama a lot when you talk about race, but i am curioow obama level turnouts in 2020 as a white politician. >> i have run in a state that has the eight largest black population in a country. ornever i have run, on your off year, have i ever gotten fewer votes in and on your and more than anyone has in delaware, black or white. i come from the community, they know my heart and they know me, and i think that is why so many are supporting me. i think the black community is no different than any other community in the sense that they are being hurt badly. they want to know someone, first of all, are they telling you the truth, or are they laying out exactly what they are going to do? secondly, do i believe you understand? do i believe you know my heart? i have spent my whole career -- i am not a black man, to state
the obvious, but i have gone out of my way to understand as best i possibly can that what t are,e legitimate. you have so many african-american businessmen and women in the world with greatpos to capital. i started out in my political life trying to deal with redlining of banany bank that ee black community should have to lend in the black community, period. we should be in a position where we fundamentally change the way the education system works. we dat lott night. i laid out a plan in great detail -- and i am glad they're talking about it -- everyone agrees it is good. i look at what is going on. if you don't have access to education, everything gets backed up. that is why i propose increasing from 15 billion to $45 billion a year for at-risk schools, title i schools. it has to be spent. we challenged children, black or white, poor children, black
children, hispanic children today can do as well as anybody else, given the chance. we have 3, 4, and five-year-olds having preschool is not a choice. we know the numbers. you have great universities. find me a university in this state that doesn't say the education points out that the education department points out it if you provide 3, 4, and five-year-olds genuine education, they do not crease -- increase their chances exponentially. and we can pay for all this. we do not have to go out and spend $30 trillion or all of these billions and billions. we can do this for another, for example, $35 billion a year just in education. we should make sure that every coming back to school because they lost their jobs -- everyboau -- no,'y
etat, i'm going to g- the point is, there is a real concern among people who have jobs now about this for the. i have been speaking about it for six years. people are deathly afraid. areof you press people, you in jeopardy. i'm not joking. you are great people, but look at what is happening to you. you are in a situation where the digital world is changing you. you have a totally different deal. if you are a print newspaper, hang on, baby. it is changing. i do not expect you to agree with me -- [inaudible] >> what do you see being your biggest challenge in this state, since he won last time? >> i can win michigan. they know me. i have worked my whole life and i come from the middle class. i understand it and i know what is going on. and i promise you, if i get the nomination, i will win michigan. i promise you that. i will win pennsylvania, i will win ohio, i will win that
-- i will win these states he got extra votes on to give himself an election. it is not just the great migration to him. it didn't occur. we are talking about 72,500 votes in three states and change, hillary clinton would be president by a margin of 3 million votes. can you say something quickly about health care? >> skin you contrast the more liberal elements of the democratic party? would you say that some planners are more moderate -- >> it is not more moderate. in thentire career senate, i was listed one of the most liberal people in the united states senate, ok? i wish you guys would have called me a moderate when i was running for reelection in delaware. i would have won by 80%. here is the deal. there is nothing moderate about what barack did in obamacare. nothing.
no president had come close. they tried, they tried, and they tried. seven presidents. this guy did an incredible thing. in addition to that, he covered 100 million people who have pre-existing conditions. on theird kids to stay parents policies until they are 26 years old. he covered 20 million more people. we tried to get the medicare option out to it. we could not get it done. i will get it done this time -- look, one of the things i wife and michelle did, veterans are being left behind .n so many ways , and ita card with me has my schedule on it. every single day i have the staff checked with the defense department how many people have wounded in these
wars. everyone left behind a community . precisely have died so far. here is the thing it is not told. 350,000 -- we have more veterans clinic suicide that are getting killed in battle. we need to care for them. -- had to prove the circumstance that they in fact, their immune system was compromised because it it. .ust prove it happens to you so many people are coming back with brain injuries because of
the concussions. more entities and more brain injuries than any war that i am aware of on a percentage basis. here is the deal. now all you have to prove is there -- that you are in an area there is a concussion and you have something wrong, and you get covered. i have to go, thank you, guys. >> how do you step up -- stack up against elizabeth warren? >> is president going to be joining you next time? >> there's been a shooting in el paso, texas. police are reporting multiple fatalities. about a half hour ago, been overworked commented on the shooting in his hometown of a -el paso, texas. congressman was at a forum in las vegas. >> are got to share something with you that i just learned when i was on they way out here to see you.
in my home town of el paso, texas, there is right now and active shooter or shooters at vista mall. we heard multiple reports of a very high number of people who have been injured right now, and i am thinking about el paso. i want you to be thinking about el paso as well. as i got the news, i called my wife, amy, to talk to her. my daughter,g with molly, and to talk to her. a real reminder of what is important at the end of the day for all of us, and any illusion that we or that the change we need is going to come of its own accord, shattered in moments like these. it is upon every single one of us. there is no luxury in this democracy of sitting this one out, whether it is gun violence, whether it is many issues we economic today about
inclusion on the right to organize, the ability to see a health care provider, confronting the fact we have kids in cages along the in amexico border democracy, this is not the decision of one person, know how -- one person, know much power he has. i'm grateful to be here with you, in this work with you, and we arepeople of el paso, thinking about you and we want to make this better going forward. thank you all. announcer: sunday morning at 10:30 eastern on c-span, the second route of -- the second round of democratic debates in detroit hosted by cnn. watch sunday at 10:30 eastern on c-span, c-span.org, or listen with the free c-span radio app.
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