tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders in Louisville KY CSPAN August 27, 2019 8:48pm-9:33pm EDT
announcer: campaign 2020, watch our live coverage of the presidential candidates on the campaign trail, and make up your own mind. c-span's campaign 2020. your unfiltered view of politics. 2020 democratic presidential candidate senator bernie sanders held a rally sunday afternoon in kentucky, the home state of leader mitch mcconnell. senator sanders called on leader mcconnell to allow debate on gun legislation as well as election security and the minimum wage bill on the senate floor. this is about 45 minutes.
♪ [cheering] [crowd chanting "bernie"] senator sanders: louisville, thank you! let me thank relic for their great music. let me think aaron bridges for his remarks, richard becker for his union organizing work, robert bell for the great work he is doing, and let me thank your great member of the united states congress, john yarmuth.
let me thank all of you not only for being here today, but for the support you gave me during the last campaign. [cheers and applause] sanders: in 2016, we were not expected to do well in kentucky. turns out that we came within a few votes of winning, and i'm very grateful for your support, and this time around, we're not gonna come within a few votes of winning, we're gonna win. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: not only are we gonna win here in kentucky, we're gonna win the democratic nomination, and we're going to defeat donald trump. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: the reason i am
here in louisville today is not just to ask for your political support. i am here as a united states senator to ask mitch mcconnell, the majority leader in the u.s. senate, to do the right thing. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: and that is to stop using his office to simply represent the wealthy and the powerful and billionaire campaign contributors -- [cheers and applause] senator sanders: -- but to start representing the working families of kentucky and the united states. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: and here is -- here is the simple truth. at a time of massive income and wealth inequality, when three people now own more wealth than
the bottom half of america, when the top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 92% -- when large corporations are earning record-breaking profits, and ceo's make 300 times more than their workers -- [crowd booing] senator sanders: it is not the billionaire class that needs help today, it is the working class. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: senator mcconnell, take a look around you, take a look at kentucky, take a look at america and tell your wealthy campaign contributors that enough is
enough. they can't have it all. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: today, in kentucky, in vermont, and throughout our country, half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck. and i come from a family and grew up in a household that lived paycheck to paycheck, and i know a little bit about that, and that means that if you get sick, or a family member ends up in the hospital, you're worried about how you're gonna pay that bill. and if your car breaks down, and you can't get to work and you can't get to work and get a paycheck, you can't get a paycheck and feed your family. that's living paycheck to paycheck. and today, in america, we got 87 million people who either have
no health insurance at all or who are underinsured. and we got millions of people in kentucky, vermont, and around this country who cannot afford the prescription drugs they need to stay alive or to ease their pain. here in kentucky and in vermont and throughout this country, we have hundreds of thousands of bright, young people who cannot afford to go to college or are leaving school deeply in debt, and tonight, we're gonna have a half a million americans sleeping out on the street. -- streets. so today, here in louisville, i say to senator mcconnell, stop worrying about your billionaire friends, they're doing just fine. [cheers and applause]
senator sanders: start worrying about the working families of your state and around this country who are struggling to keep their heads above water. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: today, i say here, in kentucky, to senator mcconnell, stop blocking legislation from coming to the floor of the senate. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: now, if you want to, senator mcconnell, you could vote against that legislation, but we live in a democracy, and the senate is entitled to a debate, and the american people are entitled to the vote. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: the truth is that there is no state in this country, including vermont, where working people and low-income people are not
struggling. but the crisis facing the working class of this country is especially acute right here in kentucky, where 10 out of the 25 poorest counties in america are located. hear that, senator mcconnell? 10 out of the 25 poorest counties in this country are located right here, in your state. stop turning your back on your constituents. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: we're talking about counties where 30% to 40% of people are living in poverty, where many thousands of residents and senior citizens are trying to get by on 10, 15, $15,000, $20,000 a
year. we're talking about a state here in kentucky where over 22% of the children are living in poverty, where more than a -- 190,000 workers are earning extremely low wages and we're -- and where over half a million people are trying to get by on $15 an hour. senator mcconnell, listen to the pain of those people. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: brothers and sisters, i don't have to tell anyone here that we are living at a pivotal moment in american history right now. our country faces more challenges and more crises than at any time in the modern history of our country. i am talking about a growth in
oligarchy. i am talking about a disastrous citizens' united supreme court decision pushed by senator mcconnell which allows billionaires to spend huge amounts of money to buy elections. [crowd booing] senator sanders: i am talking about a presidency which is moving this country toward authoritarianism. . this this country and i am the crisis of climate change. talking about a dysfunctional health care system. and with 30,000 americans die every year. ecause they don't get to a doctor on time. broken talking about a
criminal justice system. a broken immigration system. senior about millions of citizens who are unable to dignity and housing cation crisis. a immediate for women to control bodies.wn for talking about the need pun safety legislation and protect the to of our elections. those are just some of the issues out there that the
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