tv Campaign 2020 Julian Castro at Iowa State Fair CSPAN August 9, 2019 1:48pm-2:29pm EDT
some of the food, taking questions from reporters. a real sense of what you is like for these candidates as they mix and mingle at the iowa state fair. 450 acres just outside of downtown des moines. day two of the fair. five of the democratic presidential candidates will be speaking. coming up in a couple minutes we will hear from marianne williamson, and later, representative tulsi gabbard. that is scheduled to get underway at 2:30 eastern time, and gabbard at 3:15 is the temples of the democratic candidates at the iowa wing ding dinner. all of it live as part of c-span's 2020 coverage. we are back tomorrow at 10:00 eastern time, 9:00 in the central time zones, with governor jay inslee, followed by
senator kamala harris and then ohio congressman tim ryan from the youngstown area. time, senator amy klobuchar of minnesota. senator kirsten gillibrand. governor john hickenlooper at 4:00 eastern time. then senator elizabeth warren, and that would be followed by senator court worker -- senator cory booker of new jersey. bit of political news from south carolina, senator tim scott says he will run for reelection in 2022, but that will be his last political race. he took over when jim demint resigned the position. he was appointed as a member of the house to the senate seat by then-governor nikki haley. he will step down when his term is completed. he is up again in 2022. this is an aerial view of the iowa state fair.
coming up from this morning, julian castro, housing secretary in the obama administration, former mayor of san antonio, among the speakers this morning at the "des moines register" political soapbox. [applause] mr. castro: good morning. 'alls great to be with y in des moines at the iowa state fire. thank you for -- iowa state fair. thank you very much, rachel, and all those who helped organize this. i note des moines is proud of the state there and you have reason to be. i'm excited because i'm here with my family. my wife, erika, and our daughter and son. [cheers and applause] mr. castro: this is a real treat for me because i don't often get to travel with my family.
i think they are looking forward to the bumper cars and maybe the bacon thatnd that y'all sell on a stick. [laughter] mr. castro: i want to talk to you this morning about what we're going to become as a nation. wentink of we went -- if we around his car and listen to the stories of your family, we would hear a lot of stories that reflect the best of our nation, of the american dream coming true. that is true in my case, too. i grew up with my brother joaquin and my grandmother and mom on the west side of san antonio. my grandmother had come to san antonio when she was seven years old with her younger sister because their parents had died. they came from northern mexico through eagle pass, texas, in 1922, and ended up on the west
side of the city. she got yanked out of school in elementary, so she never got a formal education. she worked her entire career as a maid, cook, and a babysitter. she raised my mom as a single parent and my mom raised my brother and me as a single parent, too. my mom became the first in a family to get to graduate from high school and go on to college. my brother and i had the opportunity to go to stanford and then to harvard law school. we went together, because you can't get rid of my brother. [laughter] mr. castro: he likes to say that the way to tell us apart is i'm one minute uglier than he has. [laughter] mr. castro: but it's not true, i'm a minute older. i got a chance to come home and be elected to the city council and be the first in my family along with my brother to be a professional as an attorney. yearsen server for four on the city council in san antonio until i ran for mayor at
30. i was trying to become the youngest elected mayor in san antonio at the time, running against a gentleman who was 70 tried to be the second oldest. but hein a close runoff, had term limits so i came back four years later. it is a city of falls 1.5 million people now. i got a call in 2014 from president barack obama. i remember the date because it is not everyday day that the president calls you and asks if you want a job. i had just driven through the drive-through at hand that express -- at panda express. [laughter] mr. castro: you know how on your "unknown" ors blocked call? it said "private." if you ever get a call that says fivprivate, answer the phone.
i ended up serving as secretary of housing and urban development. 64 field offices across the united states. all ofo see in that time the ways that communities across this country are grappling not only with housing but with everything that goes along with that, the fact that where you live often determines the quality of your child's education, what kind of job opportunities you have. it determines in many communities, especially rural the kind here in iowa, of helped her axis you have, because too many hospitals have had to close, or they have had to close psychiatric care or ob/gyn care. in places like flint, michigan, it determines something as simple as whether you can drink clean water. i'm running for president because i believe that we live in the greatest nation on earth,
because i know that we need a president that understand that in the years to come we need to move forward as one nation with one destiny. and i am convinced that our destiny in the years to come is to be the smartest, the healthiest, the fairest, and the most prosperous nation on earth. smartest from healthiest, the fairest, and the most prosperous nation on a. we need to start with universal pre-k for three- and four-year-olds. [laughter] --[cheers and applause] mr. castro: when i was mayor of san antonio, we did something about that. so somein texas, and people wondered about that. but more than 52% of the voters in san antonio said yes to investing in our four-year-olds. [cheers and applause] mr. castro: today san antonio
has one of the best pre-k programs in the country because of it. education by12 paying teachers what they deserve, by reducing class sizes, by making sure that no matter the need of the child they can have been met by the school they go to. because too often times the parents of special needs children feel like there have to be lawyers to argue with the bureaucracy to get what they need for their child. that should not be the weight it thannd we can do better that. for the first time in our nation's history, we are competing and collaborating with countries around the world that are producing tons and tons of young people that are intelligent and ambitious and creative and innovative. that means on our end we don't have a single person to waste. we need to do two things. number one, we need to make sure that higher education is available and affordable to everybody who graduates from high school, tuition free public state universities, community
colleges, job training and certification programs. and that we reinvest trade programs into our high schools so that folks can get gainful employment and make a good living if they choose not to go to higher education. [applause] mr. castro: if we are going to be the healthiest nation on earth, we need a different health care system. like many of y'all, i grew up with a grandmother, and maybe for you it was your parents or a sibling or other relatives, but my grandmother had diabetes. she was a type two diabetic. i watched her get worse and worse as i got older and older. until she had to have one of her feet amputated for she passed away. that whole time she had medicare. i want to strengthen medicare for the people who are on it and make sure it is available to every single person who wants it in this country.
[applause] mr. castro: i also believe that if you have a private health insurance plan that is strong and solid that you want to hold onto, you should be able to hold onto that. we should be able to do both of those things. what i don't believe is that the profit motive of big pharma or big insurance companies should ever determine whether somebody gets the health care they need in our country. [cheers and applause] mr. castro: nobody should have to travel to canada or mexico to get medication or a dental procedure or a medical procedure. we need to end this distinction between physical health care and mental health care and invest in mental health care. [cheers and applause] mr. castro: if we are going to be the fairest nation on earth, we need to reimagine our criminal justice system. too many young people of different backgrounds from different places get caught up in a criminal justice is an that puts a big black x on their record, that means they cannot
get a good job in the future, they cannot get housing, they can never get on the productive path in life they want to be on. we need t sentencing reform, we need to do cash-bail reform, and do things like legalized marijuana and invest in diversion programs so people don't get caught up in the system in the first place. [applause] mr. castro: and we also need to make sure that no matter what the color of your skin is, how much money you have, or what neighborhood you live in, you are treated the same way by law enforcement. i'm the only candidate was put forward a plan to reform policing and united states. -- policing in the united states. [cheers and applause] mr. castro: we have seen video after video after video that shows us that unfortunately, especially if you are young black man in the united states, oftentimes you are treated differently in this country, and that shouldn't be the case. my plan would add transparency and a con ability to the police
department and make sure we invest in groups that are trying the criminal justice system begins with a cop on the street. so many cops do a great job but i believe it is not the case of bad apples out there. the system is broken and we need to fix it. my plan would fix it. [applause] mr. castro: we also need to do things like pass the equality act so no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity you can't be discriminated against. we won't have second-class citizens in united states of america. [applause] up with a: i grew single mom. i watched how hard my mother worked to support me and my brother and her mom, my grandmother. we need to ensure women get equal pay for equal work in our country. and that we passed the equal rights amendment.
defend athat we woman's right to choose because it is under assault right now in our country. [applause] going too: if we are be the most prosperous nation on earth it has to mean prosperity for everybody. recently congress, the house of representatives passed legislation to raise the minimum weight to $15 an hour. the senate needs to pass that as well and the president should sign it. we need to make sure people can earn a good living and provide for their families. means that we need to support labor so unions can represent workers and worker productivity that has been on the rise for so many years can be matched by the wages and benefits people get. right now that is not happening in our country. too many people that are working 40, 50, 60 hours a week are struggling to pay the rent. you see that in des moines. you have seen the rents go up
tremendously over the last several years. that means we need to do things like invest in housing that is affordable for the middle class and for the working poor and the poor. i have a plan to create more photo -- affordable housing so we can do just that and people can have a safe, decent, affordable place to live because i see housing as a human right. i don't believe in this, the wealthiest nation on earth anyone to sleep on the streets. especially our veterans. too many veterans make up the homeless in this country. i know we can do it because in the obama administration i, along with many others worked hard and we reduced veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2016 by 47%. imagine that. washington working the way it should. we can do that again. if we are going to be the most prosperous nation, it means we
need to reform our immigration system. we need to harness the potential of immigrants. raidaw just yesterday the in mississippi where they rounded up 680 people. there were little kids, little children that were wondering whether parents were. they got out of school and they did not know where they were. we can do better than this. we can fix our broken immigration system so we put undocumented immigrants as long as they have not committed a serious crime on a pathway to sit his ship. we end family separation and detention. and we fix the legal immigration system because people have to wait too long to become a citizen right now. like a 20o do things marshall plan for honduras, el salvador, guatemala, so people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of having to come to the united states. that is the smarter, more
effective, more humane way to do immigration than what we are doing right now. finally, if we are going to prosper in the years ahead when need to address the most existential threat to our country. we need to combat climate change. my first exec it of what it would be to rejoin the paris climate accord, then to invest in agree new deal so we can create jobs and also get the net zero in the years ahead. you weet anybody tell can't do both of those things. you know that here in iowa. we know it in texas in the wind energy, the solar energy. we can create great jobs in the economy and also attacked our planet and ensure we get to net zero that we have clean water and clean air. all of that is possible. before we do that we need new leadership. i don't want to make our country anything again. i do want us to go backwards.
i want to make our country better than it's ever been. i want to move forward going into the future to create great opportunity for everybody. [applause] i got tested very early on in my tenure. i went back home. i got a good job. i bought a house, a car. i had nine intra-$50 in student loan payments. -- nine intoplane $50 in student loan payments. i got elected to the city council. the city council only paid $1000 a year back then even though we were a city of one million people. the law firm i was at got a client. they wanted to do a land deal. the land deal was they wanted to put a golf course over our water supply. we relied on an underground aquifer. i was against it because i had a concern about their environment a plan. i did not think it was strong enough. i thought the chemicals you use
on a golf course might seep into the water supply and compromise it. i wanted to vote against it. under the ethics rules for lawyers in texas, because there are ethics rules for lawyers believe it or not, you can't just go against the client like that. i was stuck. on the one hand my constituents want me to vote against it. they wanted me to represent them and do the right thing. on the other hand, my livelihood depended on me shutting up and saying i had a conflict of interest. one day i walked into my law firm and i quit my job and that i went and i voted against that land deal on the city council. because before i ever went into politics i worried i would have to change who i was to succeed. you hear that policies can be dirty or corrupting. you have to play this game with people that usually get their way or special interests that have a lot of control.
i was happy that when that first test came when i was 27 years old that i stood up and do the right thing -- did the right thing for the people i was there to represent. nobody gets tested more than the president of the united states. this president has failed that test. i want you to know if i'm elected president, i will keep my eye on the ball. i will work hard every day for the -- so you and your family can have good health care, that your children and grandchildren can get a good education so they can reach their dreams, and you can have good job opportunities whether you live in a small town or in a big city. i'm not taking any federal lobbyist money or packed money in this campaign -- pac money in this campaign. this campaign is fueled by the people of the united states. little by little, week by week, month my month we are getting stronger. i believe we will keep working hard. i believe there are many folks here it will be ambassadors of this campaign and spread the
good word throughout iowa because y'all go first. we need you. talk to your friends, your neighbors, your families, your coworkers. i hope we will keep getting stronger and that by february 3 when the iowa caucuses come around i can be a front runner and go want to do well on super tuesday and defeat donald trump on november 3, 2020. 2021, we will say adios to donald trump. thank you very much. thank you all very much. [crowd talking]
>> what was the question again? >> what was the intent of your brother's tweet? mr. castro: i believe americans have the right to freely associate. there are all types of newspapers. all types of organizations that put out information about who contributes to who. that is nothing new. was that heintent
was lamenting the fact you have so many folks, these big businesses in san antonio who made their livelihood off the hispanic community in san antonio that are propping up a president who is clearly racist, who is encouraging hate and division against the hispanic community. i believe people need to know what businesses in that city that are profiting off the backs of hispanic customers are turning around and putting that money into the pockets of a politician in donald trump that is actively making the lives of hispanics in this country worse. >> on guns you have been very critical of the president. we are hearing him say just now he wants to see meaningful change on background checks. do you give him credit for trying to push traction on this? mr. castro: i will give him credit when i see him signed legislation that an annex common sense gun safety legislation. the media of all people should
have figured out what his playbook is by now. his playbook very clearly is that he says what he needs to say in the heat of the moment. you will notice for instance he will say we will have a plan on that in a few days, or we will do x, y or z. of ours the nature american public in attention span is that it's very short. that he creates some other issue that gets in the way and everybody's attention go somewhere else and he never actually follows up on what he said in the first place about whatever the issue was. what do i expect the president? i expect probably was going to happen is in a few days the president will drop this like he did last time. he had a meeting at the white house with a whole bunch of advocates, then he talked to the nra and he embraced the nra again. i'm tired of a president that constantly just appeases the nra because he's afraid of losing an election without theirs worked. he is bought and paid for by the national rifle association, and americans deserve better.
we don't need any happy talk from this president. what we need is for him to actually push mitch mcconnell and the senate to annex common sense gun safety legislation. i'm not holding my breath. kidsu said yesterday poor are just as bright as white kids. is that racist? mr. castro: i don't believe the vice president was being racist in that moment. like a lot of us when we are speaking he just got tripped up in his words. what i do believe is we need to make sure no matter what the color skin of a kid in america today, no matter where they live in a rural community in iowa or in a big city like my hometown of san antonio that they have a good education. weret to schools that grappling with segregation. thated in neighborhoods were basically still feeling the effects of segregation. i know what it's like to go to the schools and see a lot of
people around you and not be able to make it out of there. we need to invest the resources and do the right policies so no matter who you are or the color of your skin you can reach your dreams in this country. do you expect president trump to attack your family? how did you prepare your family? mr. castro: my family has been standing up for civil rights longer than donald trump's family has been trying to tear those rights down. donald trump is not going to scare me, my brother or any of my family. i know what is right and wrong, and this president on so many occasions has demonstrated he simply is not up to the job of president. that is why i'm running to replace him. you have talked about reimagining ice. what is your response to the latest ice rates in but would it look like in your administration? how can you ensure border
security to those who are concerned about it? mr. castro: we will always maintain border security. we will maintain the resources that need to be maintained so we have border security. in mississippi has any kind of threat to the. they were simply trying to live their lives and provide for their sons and daughters. they are making our country stronger. i would put undocumented immigrant as long as they have not committed a serious crime on a pathway to citizenship so we would not have that type of situation where people who have been here for years and years, who have roots in this country, who have little children that are american citizens, i would not put them in that situation. reporter: how would you get us there a senate failing to passively measures? mr. castro: with the policy effort for this morning on
combating domestic terrorism, white nationalism, that includes gun safety legislation, how would we get that passed in the senate that mitch mcconnell may still be in control of? i believe we will have a democratic president and a democratic house and senate come january 20, 2021 at 12:01 p.m. we will use everything we can to put pressure on republicans who represent swing states and who are up for reelection. in congress republicans who represent swing districts. some still do exist. what those republicans who are in swing states, senators and swing states are seeing right now is an outpouring of frustration and anger at them for standing in the way of things like universal background checks that 90% of americans support. you saw what happened in ohio. that ohio governor thought he was going to get up there and
make this happy talk speech. the people of ohio were having none of it. we are tired of politicians just talking about keeping our families safe through common sense gun safety legislation. we want them to act. you are seeing mitch mcconnell yesterday and today talking as though he might do something. he has a reelection coming up next year. he's afraid. we want them to be afraid of the people voting against them if they don't pass gun safety legislation and whether it's in kentucky or texas or other places, they are having to take notice. people are fed up. people that usually go republican are fed up enough that they may withhold their vote or they may vote democrat because they see that these folks are not keeping their families safer. if you have a child, like i do, you think about the fact your child is going to school every day and they are less safe than they should be. we have people that are copycat
nasa shooters that are going shootersols -- mass that are going into schools, shopping malls and walmarts. the only way to keep our families safer in this country is to pass common sense gun safety legislation. the republicans are starting to feel the heat from the people who had enough of this. cbs released a report of policing. there is a lot of racism within police forces. you see a lot of races facebook posts. how do you specifically -- how you change the culture of some of these departments to combat this? mr. castro: whether it is customs and border patrol or police departments across the united states, what we see is this epidemic of racism and white supremacy. the report you're talking about and one or two others i have seen looked at facebook posts
and other social media posts of police officers. he had a lot of them that were making these races posts. these are the people on the streets that is supposed to be treating all people equally. what we do about that? my policing plans calls for better recruiting, better forening, antibias training police officers, and the ability who don'tte officers live up to the expectations we have of them and police department across the country. i believe we need to find ways for the department of justice to reward those departments that are doing the best in terms of best practices for recruiting and keeping good police officers with a diverse police force. whatever the background or their skin color, they are able to do a good job with the people they are supposed to work within the community. we have that in some places. we have a lot of officers that
are doing a good job. we also have this epidemic of racism. recruiting and retention of good training to make sure officers understand how to treat people the same instead of profiling them. reporter: what is your message to iowa farmers around climate change? the last year had the highest levels of rain in the state followed by a drought the year before that how would you go about addressing that? mr. castro: iowa farmers know that climate change represents a threat to their livelihood. a couple of days ago the united nations put out another report that said climate change is going to negatively affect our food supply. we need to act. my hope is that more iowa
farmers will leverage the influence they have because iowa is an early state to push for climate change legislation. it's an existential threat to our country and the world. iowa farmerse understand how badly this president has betrayed them. china is now basically stopping buying agricultural products from united states. have losts here contracts that may never come back because this president has too big of an ego to actually what we wante out to do with china instead of just this erratic, go alone, haphazard trade war. this haphazard trade war is costing jobs and costing farmers their livelihoods in iowa. they are just watching it go by. i would tell the farmers this is not what you bargained for. this man is not who he says he would be.
he has caused you to lose your livelihood. he is costing you money out of your pocket right now and costing jobs. we can make a change. we can do something better so we can improve your livelihood and also make sure americans come out on top in the years ahead. reporter: some are being targeted and harassed. why is that ok? mr. castro: it's not ok. it's not ok for anyone to harass anybody else. it does not matter where somebody is coming from, the right or the left. it is not ok for people to harass other people and nobody said it was. reporter: why post the list online? my brother put out a list of names of people who had maxed out to the trump campaign. that is public information. that information is put out all the time. for anybody to suggest it's not, that's untrue. down anybody's
private information. he did not put down their addresses or their phone numbers. reporter: he singled them out. mr. castro: he is not doxing. he did not do that. is put forward publicly available information already out there. the right wing wants to make this a story because they want to pretend in some way that's equivalent to the hate or division but donald trump is fostering this country. wants is therump donors to be secret. he does not want you to know who is donating. he does not want you to know who is donating to him because that is inconvenient for him. maybe he believes these people are embarrassed they are donating to him. plan can on your gun you explain why it's different from your rivals? mr. castro: we will.
>> these are not personalized for you. -- we screen out -- this is a roe v. wade. you should note that according to jewish law, jews have a different take on the fetus is viable. indelible's are putting conditions on the jewish population. it is not right [crowd talking] >> wonderful job today. mr. castro: thank you. secretary castro, you support reparations. can i have my money now? mr. castro: is that a --
>> you support reparations? do you enjoy the get paid now performative aspect of all of this? >> only 26% of americans support reparations. how do you explain that to the rest of america? [crowd talking] thank you, thank you. >> julio, can i get a picture? i'm in a wheelchair. can i get a picture please? i'm all the way from minnesota. i'm sorry.
>> i will take your picture. get in there. >> 1, 2, 3. >> maybe one more. >> 1, 2, 3. >> thank you so much. this is autumn. mr. castro: the twin cities. billy is from right outside minneapolis. thank you for being here. >> thanks a lot. mr. castro: there you go. catherine. bloomington. >> thank you. mr. castro: good luck with everything.
[scream] [crowd talking] >> secretary castro? >> this is how they begin at the iowa state fair with hooley and castro.- julian he served as a housing secretary in the obama administration. an aerial view of the iowa state fair, day 2. two candidates yesterday, three candidates today. eight scheduled for tomorrow. coming up, mary williamson will tolive at 2:30 p.m. eastern liver remarks at the iowa state fair. that is followed by tulsi gabbard at 315 eastern time. eastern time. they are traveling to northwestern went to speak
tonight. we will have that live on c-span. tomorrow back to des moines for more coverage from the iowa state fairgrounds with governor jay inslee beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern, followed by senator kamala harris and tim ryan will join us later for your calls and questions. in the afternoon, amy klobuchar, followed by senator kiersten gillibrand at 3:15 eastern time. john hickenlooper speak at 4:00 eastern time. that is all live. well into the afternoon it will be senator elizabeth warren at 4:45 eastern followed by cory booker at 5:30 eastern time. live on c-span and on c-span radio and the free c-span radio app. they call this area the political soapbox organized by the des moines register as the candidates to liver remarks for about 15 to 20 minutes and -- deliver remarks for about 15 to 20 minutes. up next, mary williamson lived on c-span.