tv Pete Buttigieg CNN Town Hall CNN March 10, 2019 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
pete buttigieg. he would also be the first veteran of the war in afghanistan to serve as commander-in-chief. he will take questions from voters. in our audience are democrats and independents who plan to vote in the caucuses. please welcome mayor pete buttigieg. >> good to see you again. thank you. >> have a seat. all right. before we get to the important questions. you really have to settle this. because you and your husband seem to have a disagreement on how to pronounce where are last name. according to your twitter biographies, your husband says
it's boot-edge-edge. how do you pronounce your last name? >> either way gets you there. >> back home they just call me mayor pete. >> very diplomatic. i feel like you said your way was right but then did not throw your husband under the bus. which that is the right apath. but let's get to the serious questions. we have a lot of questions about your experience. our first question comes from a junior at the university of texas. >> thank you for taking my question. as someone who never held statewide office or represented the population the size of a congressional district, what makes you qualified as president? >> that's fair game. i shouldn't be running if i weren't prepared to answer it. but i would argue that being a mayor of a city of any size, especially in the strong mayor
system that we have in my community, where there's no one else to call when there's an emergency or major policy issue, is arguably the best kind of preparation you could have. i know it's more traditional to maybe come from congress to have a background in washington, but i would also argue that we would be well served if washington started to look more like our best runs cities and towns rather than the other way around. one thing you never heard of it is is a city shuting down buzz they couldn't agree on a policy. it's literally unthinkable. we would never do it. we couldn't do it because we deliver water. you need wart to live. we just figure things out. and that's the kind of attitude that i think we need more of in washington today. i get that it might sound cheeky, but us think experience is one of the best reasons for
somebody like me to be in this. i have more years of government experience under my belt than the president. that's low bar. i know that. i also have had more years of exec government experience than the vice president. and more military experience than anybody to walk into that office on day one since george h.w. bush. i get i'm the yuck guy in the conversation, but experience is what qualifies me to have a seat at this table. >> the next question comes from angela, a business manager from seattle. >> thank you for this opportunity. you have very effectively pinpointed job automation as a key pivot this our near future. your understanding of the psychological implications of losing your work identity are are on point. but how do you tactically propose we avert an unemployment crisis can and how will you shepard our country's people
through this change? >> thank you if that question. it's so important. automation is transforming our economy. and we can't pretend that it can just be stopped or reversed. i think part of the core falsehood of the current white house and the campaign that got us here was the idea that we could somehow turn back the clock. i don't think you can ever have an honest politics that revolves around the word again. it's thot about stopping or reversing technology. it is about making sure that the tech tonic social and economic changes that it could drive are changes that can actually work for us. because the pace of change is is only going to accelerate. you mentioned the word tactical. some of these are technical. making sure that the united states is keeping pace with our competitors like china when it comes to the investments weav'r making in ai and automaigs. so hopefully they are made but our country. but it rises to a higher level,
which is how do we make sure that when those job transitions happen, ask there's just going to be more of them. our generation is likely to change careers more frequently than our parents changed job titles. and what we have to do in that environment is make it less of a disruptive event in your entire life when they occur. it's why the conversation is for working people as a policy to help smooth the edges of that. and then at the highest level, we have to pay attention to the fact when somebody loses their job or is transitioning jobs, what's at stake isn't just their income, it's their identity. i think we don't always recognize that. we get community, purpose and identity from the workplace. and yet we can no longer count on a lifelong relationship with a single employer as a source of community and identity and purpose in the same way. that's okay as long as we have other things to replace that lost sense of identity.
i think there's some very good answers for that. as a mayor, i see it happening a lot in terms of community its f itself. people who go through all kinds of jobs, but i know where they fit in and that is stable. we can also come from answers thought of as conservative like faith and family. but the most important is to build up answers. it's a negative thing if we don't from substance abuse to the worst kind of white identity politics that i think we were served up this had 2016 could rush into n to fill the void. >> let me follow up. what do you mean by a guaranteed income? >> we're at the outset of learning about what these policies could do on the ground. there's an experiment going on now in the city of stockton with what's called universal basic income where they are simply distributes payments to people to make sure that income floor is lifted. the idea is there are too many americans who couldn't find even $400 in an emergency to get them
through that. now i'm not yet sure we know that that's the right way to go, but i think it's the bold policy we should contemplate if we can construct it in the way it's connected to work. but maybe we ought to broaden our definition of work. so for example, if you're taking care of a parent or raising a child, isn't that work? shouldn't we honor that too? >> i want to bring in a physician here from austin. >> thank you for taking my question this evening. as an er physician, i work on the front lines of the fractured health care system. and whether that's uninsured patients coming in for health care, or patients sick with medicare who can't get follow up because they are insured under medicare. the system just seems broken either way. so if you're elected president, what changes do you intend to bling to office and to america's health care system to help bring more effect quitable assets to
health care? >> thank you for what you're doing on the front lines of the medical community. it's an incredible important question that involves ourwell being as a country. we have uninsured people. millions. it's one of the reasons why we can't be satisfy ied with wheree are. the aca made a great difference for members of my own family. but it hasn't gotten us all the way there and it's vulnerable to being undermined. right now, it's under attack by the current administration. that's why i i believe we need to move in the direction of a medicare for all system. i think anyone in politic ticks who let's medicare for all escape their lips has a responsibility to explain how we would goat there. because as you know from working on this every day, it's not something you can flip the switch and do. in my view, the best way to do that is a medicare for all who want it. we take some flavor of medicare, you make it available on the exchange as a public option. and you invite people to buy
into it. so if people like me are right that it's going tort more efficient and cost effective, you'll see that naturally become the path. but you mentioned something else. even within medicare, there are a lot of issues, delays, concerns about whether the rate sut sething is is done until the right way. so there's also technical work we have to do under the hood. we as a country pay out of our health care dollar a less on patient care and more on bureaucracy than any other country in the developed world. so it's clear we have to do some unglamorous technical work. some of the benefits of automation could come in that sense. how many hands have to touch a prior authorization and the right answer should be seetzerot we're not there yet. we have to do that unfashionable technical work to make the system more efficient. we have also just got to broaden assets until everyone has health care. i refused to accept that when citizens of just about every
developed nation in the world enjoy this, that we should settle for less. it's become very personality for me too. we lost my father a few weeks ago. and it was to cancer. it was a brutally difficult it time for our family. i make decisions firefighteror and i was not prepared for some of the decisions we had to face. but what i'll say is the decisions that we made only had to be about what was medically right for dad and our family. we didn't have to think about whether our family would be financially ruined. because of medicare. and i want that to be available, that kind of security, that kind of freedom, to be able to every american. >> i just want to take a moment. i want to ask you about your father joseph. we're going to show the audience a picture of him. he was an english professor at notre dame. he passed away a few days after
you announced your presidential bid. we wanted to ask. >> he was excited. he came to this country from a tiny nation. a place where buttigieg is a common name. he came here for the educational opportunities that this country offered he became an american citizen after that. he believed in education. he believed in this country, but he also was very passionate about all the ways it was falling short. so i don't think he ever guessed i would be doing this. we didn't either until about a year ago. but when i was getting ready to make the announcement, he was already in pretty rough shape. and i wasn't sure i should go, but i knew he wanted it to happen. i said i hope i make you proud. ask he said, you will. i and i'd like to think we are.
>> let's go fwook some of the questions. this is kelly an accounting professor. >> thank you, mayor pete. if you are nominated, you'll be the first openly lgbtq candidate. how do you think this would affect the lives of lgbtq people in america? >> first of all, it helps me to understand what's at stake in politics. sometimes politics gets covered or talked about like it's all about a show. especially now because it's kind of a horror show. and it's all about who looked good in the hearing and what's going on in washington and it's not very much about everyday life. but philosophically, the whole point of politics is everyday life. and part of how i understand that is that the most important thing in my life, my marriage to
my husband, who is here. yeah, he deserve ises a round of applause. i married a teacher. so i married up. that intimate thing in our lives exists by the grace of a single vote on the supreme court. and it's a reminder that the freedoms -- our conservative trends talk about freedom. they are talking about freedom from as if government is the only thing that can make you unfree. that really important free in my life that the freedom to marry came about because of choices that were made by policymakers who had power over me and millions others. we got to equality. i never guessed that would be possible. and mike pence is indiana.
i came out in the middle of reelection campaign because it was that time of my life when i had to do that. pence was governor. we weren't sure what it would do to my political future. i wound up getting reelected with 80% of the vote. but let's be under no illusions. there are attacks on transgender americans from the oval office. picking on troops, people willing to lay down their lives for this country, not to mention teenagers in our high schools, i can't think of a more -- high school is an intimidate itting and frightening place when you're not transgender. and for a transgender teen to get the signal from the white house at the highest officials of the land can't tell the difference between her and a predator and make it harder for
her to go to the bathroom shows how out of whack the climate is. we need a federal equality act to say you can't be fired because of who you are or who you love. >> i want to keep on this topic. bring in a professor of neurosurgery at stanford. professor? >> thank you for your service and your position in politics. the question i'd like to ask, vice president pence is quite conservative. in regard to the conservative views and religion and sexuality, in comparison to the average voter or the voter in indiana, let's say, are his views an aberration or is this representative of the state? or are most people more like you and more liberal views about us as humans? >> please don't judge my state by our former governor.
i think the views are so out of line with where anybody is. this was a difficult journey for a a lot of people. if you were conservative and from an older generation and you were brought up by people you trusted to believe that it was morally wrong to be, for example, in a same-sex marriage and then the pace of change happened so quickly. i benefitted from the pace of that change. but i also understand how disorienting it must be for people to have gone through that. so when we had this huge and painful controversy in 2015, when mike pence divided our state with this so-called religious freedom restoration act, which was really a license to discriminate. when that happened, we worked really hard to invite people struggling to come on to the
right side of history but wanted to get there to feel we weren't going to judge them because we struggled. we just wanted them on our side. but the amazing thing that happened in indiana was that democrats and republicans rose up. there was a coalition of mayors, business leaders, sports leaders, i think even nascar said they were fits appointed. and the republicans in our state revolted right alongside us progressive. so there's a belief in decency that really does stand against that kind of social extremism. and my hope is that same decency could be commoned from our communities in red states and blue states to change what's happening in the politics of our country before it's too late. >> do you think vice president pence would be a better or worse president than president trump?
>> does it have to be those two? >> politics is about choices, you know that. >> it's really strange. i used to at least believe he believe -- i disagreed on these thing, but at least he believes in our institutions and not personally corrupt. but then how could he get on board with this president? how could somebody who his interpretation of scripture is different than b mine to begin with. my understanding of scripture it's about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea. that's what i get in the gospel when i'm at church. his has a lot more to do with sexuality and certain view of rectitude. but even if it you buy into that, how would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency?
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ago. and at the time, then they told us it was ending. and it's still going object. now there may need to be special operations capability to make sure that there's never an attack launched against the united states as a consequence of what's going on there. i'm encouraged to see peace talks that are taking place. the taliban are serious about being ready to lay down their arms. that's a good sign. but i'm also concerned that the afghan government seems to be an afterthought of this process because the peace needs to be sustainable. at the end of the day, we can't be the guarantees of peace this afghanistan. >> you pointed out that if elected president you would have the most military experience of a commander-in-chief since george h.w. bush who fought this world war ii. barack obama didn't have military experience. does it matter? it's an important part of your biography, but does it matter as
a parking lot of your resume for president? >> i think so. i think it brings a lot of p perspecti perspective. you can never lose touch with why politics matters. why it matter who is sitting behind that desk. when you write a letter and put in an envelope just in case and put it where you know your family can find it, you have a sense of the gravity ask the weight of the decisions that are made in the white house. but there's something else about serving that i think the generation of george h.w. bush experienced. which is that it brings you together with other americans. when i got into the vehicle, a big part of my job was driving and guarding vehicles in movement. and somebody got in my vehicle, they didn't care whether i was a republican or drat cat. they didn't care if i was going home to a boyfriend or
girlfriend. they wanted to know if i was doing my job well and keep them safe. we learned to trust each other with our lives. even though our lives back home were so different. i think we need to get back to that. it shouldn't require going to war to get that, but one reason i'm a big believer in expanding service is we need more common experience that's divvied up into ideological ecochambers. we need more experiences to bring us together even when we have nothing in common except the fact that we're american. >> i want to bring in alecia she's a marine corps veteran. she lives in the san antonio area. >> mayor pete, as a veteran, you understand the hardships service members encounter upon leaving active duty and the strain it can place on families when leaving. if elected, what initiatives do you plan on creating that will ensure that our nation's most selfless men b and women will be
able to effectively leave service and transition into civilian life without need ing to apply for social services and state aid. >> first of all, thank you for your service. anyone who is married to a member of the military is also serving. so when you're both a military member and spouse, it's an incredible gift to the country, so i want to honor that. so thank you. as you know, coming back is a challenge. leaving active duty is a challenge. even i with the best day job to come back to, i felt the disorientation and the challenge coming back. as i think you said, it's not just a matter of making sure
that the minimum social services are available for somebody who can't find anywhere else to go. it's about making sure that that reintegration takes place not just through things like the va and other entities that are designed to make sure we keep that mutual promise with our service members, but something that goes wider than that, which is recognizing that service members who return want not so much to be given things as to be able to continue to give. and that sense of community, identity and purpose that we were talking about in the workplace, there's no workplace that gives you that better than the military, in my view. in south bend we were one of the first cities to do vets community actions. the idea was not another website or program, but enlisting, so to speak, anybody in the community who wanted to say more than just thank you for your service. to help people coming off active duty or deployment navigate their way around a community and
embrace them. even base account things not only just finding a job, find a trombone lesson for their kid. i believe the way we think about veterans shouldn't be as a problem to be solved, but frankly as a class of people to be competed over. i think about the gunny sergeant who was my right-hand man in afghanistan about to retire at the tender age of 40 or so. after active duty. when their four kids are looking for a place to support them and welcome them as he thinks about getting another degree and start ing the second part of his career, i want south bend to be a community of choice. i think the federal policy should be to support communities in doing that and find other ways to enlist ordinary americans in going above and beyond saying thank you for your service. >> i want to bring in gretchen bella, a senior at the university of texas at austin. >> thank you for having me. as a veteran of afghanistan, what's your taik on the swa
situation in venezuela and how would you respond if you were in office? >> the situation in venezuela is highly disturbing. the regime lost its legitimacy. that's why it's 50 countries that have declined to recognize the legitimacy of that regime. that being said, that doesn't mean we carelessly threaten the use of military force, which appeared the national security adviser was doing at one point. hinting that troops might be sent to south america. i don't understand how somebody leading us into the iraq war is allowed that near the situation room to begin with. but i don't mean to disagree that we need to support democratic outcomes in that country. so to the extent that sanctions can be targeted and can be focused on trying to bring about free ask fair elections so there can be self-determination by the people, that puts in a government that it i think hasl.
we should do our part through the diplomatic tool kit in order to try to bring that outcome back. >> i want to bring in a journalism ph.d. student. >> thank you for being here. i'm a student here. you're two years older than me and i don't have my stuff together to be president. so what advantages does your age grant you to being the next president and what limitations does it offer and how you overcome those? >> thank you. maybe i should start with limitations. i get that as anybody would walking into that office, it's an audacious thing for anybody to think they belong in that office. so when you go in, you have to recognize how much you don't know. no matter where you come from and surrounding yourself with people and more importantly being prepared to listen to them is something that's served me well in south bend and i want to bring back to the white house as
president. but i also think age can be an advantage here. if only because it allows me to communicate to the country a vision about what our country is going to look like in 2054. that's the year i get to the current age of the current president. and when you take -- it's not like an achievement opt my part. it's just the math. but when you take that personally, when it's not just something but personally preparing what the world is going to look like. i think it gives you a different sense of urgency. we belong to the the generation that experienced school shootings as the norm. i was in high school when columbine happened. i belong to the generation that provide d a lot of the troops fr the post 9/11 conflicts. the generation that's going to be on the business end of climate change we don't have the luxury of treating it like
somebody else's problem. and statistically, we run the risk of being the first generation in american history to actually be worse off economically than our parent if nothing is done to change the trajectory of this. that's not just a concern for our generation, it's a concern that calls on us to build an alliance among generations to try to make sure the future really is better than the past. you don't get that by promising by turning back the clock. before we're all diserupted. >> graduated from business school. he works for a community bank in the suburbs. >> thank you very much. when mitt romney was asked how to reduce the size of government, i would at least have some structure that
mackenzie put in place. what's your biggest takeaway? >> my specialty had to do with grocery prices. so there's some ways that's relevant and some ways it's not. what i did learn a lot about was business. and the power of business in order to propel prosperity and grow our economy. and i believe that business working within the right framework of the rule of law is the engine of our growth. i also learned about data. and data is something we have to pay frankly a lot more attention to in our policies in this country. when we talk about what's being done with the personal data we give, often there's very little limitation about what will happen to that data. we need to establish a nationally harmonized policy instead of asking states to figure it out one at a time. and i think i first got my understanding about the power when it was my job to crunch
millions of lines of data relate ed to grocery prices, but i also began studying the way data gets used. we need a kpre hence i-data law to establish the rights we have oufr the value that's being extracted from data that is collected about it. including the right to be forgotten. and certain rights of understanding how our data is use asked who is accessing it. that's something that's not what you had in mind, but it's something on my mind a lot. we do need to work to make government more efficient. one thing i did was kind of a band phrase around the county city building was we do it this way because we have always done it that way. we subjected everything to rigorous analysis. because at the city level, i don't get to print money. and if i want to do more, we just have to figure out a way to do what we're doing more efficiently or less of something else. ask sometimes that's it the right answer too.
so on the ground knowledge of how to get something done that i began to get in the business community, but put to work in public service at the local level will be useful at a time in federal budgeting woor being told we can get something for nothing. and things that are completely unaffordable like the tax cuts for the wealthiest are being passed off. like investing in infrastructure and education and the things that we know have a payback. >> susan kenyan is a retired attorney from massachusetts. >> hi there. do you believe that congress should begin impeachment proceedings against president trump? >> i would like to see this president and the style of politics that he represents sent off through the electoral process. decisively defeated at the
ballot box. because i just don't think what america is. i understand how it happened. believe me. i come from the industrial midwest. there are a lot of people who voted for him and also voted for me. and also voted for barack obama. so these things are complicated, but part of how it happened was a lot of people felt that the system was letting them down and frankly kind of voted to burn the house down. and that's, in some ways, what we got. i don't think he put forward a real program for how to turn our country forward. the best way to defeat and end this is through an election. having said that, these investigations may return information that congress just morally can't ignore. and it may well be the case they are left with no choice. just in the name of justice then to begin impoochment proceedi s proceedings. they will have to make that determination quite soon. >> we'll be right back with more
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welcome back to cnn's democratic presidential candidate town hall with mayor pete buttigieg. thank you for being here. let's bring in megan, a sophomore at the university of texas at austin. she's currently interning for the austin american statesman. a great newspaper. please ask your question. >> as a graduate of harvard, you were one of the first people to be introduced to facebook. since then it's grown to be used by millions of americans but it's also been involved in a lot of controversy with private and i the spread of misinformation. do you think congress should be doing anything to regulate companies like facebook? >> i do. and there are two ways to think about this. the first and the one that's getting a lot of press the last couple days has to do with monopoly policy. it's important for agencies to be empowered when a company gets so large that it could use dominance of one market to get an unfair advantage in another that they can take action on that. but i think the real reason most
of us are concerned about some of these companies is that question about data. it's that question of what happens to the information that we often freely give. it's kind of a bargain going on. the reason that so many of these products are free for us is that the companies are able to get revenue from the data. it's not even clear exactly how much in dollar terms it's being generated from the data that's being collected. what is clear it's an awful lot. we have all had that experience. where maybe you do a google search on something or don't remember searching it you just remember mentioning you were out of dog food and you check the weather channel and it's all dog food. and to some extent, it might seem harmless, but we know there are other applications that have really raised questions about privacy and they can even be a problem for our democracy if that data is used in order to undermine our democratic processes. again, the u.s. lacks a national data policy that clarifies these
things. we have to fix that. the europeans have a model, which i think we should learn from. it may not work to do the exact same thing, but at least it's beginning. >> let me turn to the first part of your answer. one of your competitors elizabeth warren introduced a proposal that would break up the big tech companies like amazon and facebook and the the regulations would force facebook to rollback deals for businesses when they purchase instagram. do you agree that these businesses are too big ask theed to be broken up? >> potentially to me, it's about fairness. the size itself isn't the biggest problem in my view. it's not how big they are. it's how they act. and that's the thing we need to be regulating and targeting. >>let me bring delaney, a ph.d. student. >> hi, mayor. my question is about the electoral college.
you have been very vocal about the decay of the electoral college. from your per spect i-what needs to be done to fix the democratic process in america? >> it's such an important question. and at risk of sounding simplistic, one thing i believe is in a presidential election, the person who gets the most votes ought to be the person that wins. i can see twitter mentions blowing up now. if we're not a democratic society, what are we? if we can't come together on an equal vote, how can we say're a democratic society? we ought to make sure that everybody has the same voice. in indiana write live because our state is very conservative,
most years we have no voice at all in the presidential process. the same is true for some big states and some small states. some because they are liberal. all of them disfranchised and without a voice in the presidential process. your question was a little broader than that about our democratic society and our condition of our democracy, i think it's hugely important. i worry that it's in decay. the general trajectory of america has been that it became more democratic over time. we extended the vote to more people. we made it possible for individuals to vote on their senators instead of state legislators. that changed in the grand scheme of things. and we stand now to be a jeb ration that sees democracy in retreat. even the international rankings of how free and democratic different country are, we're slipping in the rankings. it's incredibly troubling because barriers are being put up for the ability to vote. because there's some in politics
who think if some vote, they are going to louz. if more people voting means you're going to lose, the problem is with your policies. you should look to fix that first. >> let me ask you a follow up if i can. because eliminating or whatever you want to do with the electoral college is not the only radical change. you have also suggested that the supreme court go from nine justices to 15 to take the politics out of it a little. but how would a liberal president adding six justices to a conservative court take the politics out of it a little? >> sure, what we need to do is stop the supreme court from sliding toward being viewed as a nakedly political institution. i'm for us contemplating whatever policy options will allow that to be possible. one of them involves having 15 instead of 9 justices, but i'm not just talking about suppose i get elected as president and daring the next president who
might be conservative to throw on a couple more. that's the last thing we want to do. what we need to do is stop every vacancy from becoming this iowa pock liptic battle that harms the country. the proposal i mentioned that is one of many we should probably consider does expand the court to 15, but it changes the structure a little bit. only ten of them are politically appointed by democratic or republican presidents. the other five can only be seated by unanimous consent of the remaining ten. so the idea is that those it five by necessity will be those who command the respect of the other ten and can be counted on to think for themselves. i don't know that's nestly the right option, there's others that have been floated that would involve a rotation of people up for the bench. i know you used radical in the question, but there's some legal scholars who think this could be done just by statute, not with a
change to the constitution. so i think that it whichever particular mechanism is best, we need to begin to debate on what it will take to make sure our supreme court is less political. i don't think there's anything about this approach that's anymore radical than the shattering of norms they have gone through to get the court to where it is today. >> let me bring in michelle. i'm sorry, joe silver. he's from new york and works with clean energy startup. >> good evening, mayor. i know and most americans know that climate change is a crisis. how will you move the debate in conversation forward in d.c. in washington to focus on realistically dealing with this challenge and implementing solutions to prevent catastrophic future impacts to climate change and mitigating the current impacts that we're dealing with today? >> thank you. so we've got to do two things. one, change the way we talk about the problem and two, change our level of commitment
when it comes to the solution. the way we talk about the problem, i think even now is often in theoretical tierms. if you close your eyes and think of the cable news b-roll that comes up when there's a story on climate change, it's going to be a the interesting thing in my mind when climate change comes up is a family in fredericksburg because i found myself there the day before school started to try to help a family trying to figure out what they were going to do having been run out of a house in a catastrophic flood. we had two. they were 18 months apart. so, the time has ended for us to debate whether it's happening and to take it seriously but not as something happening somewhere in the arctic or even just on
the coast, it is happening in our communities, in the heart of america today. not to mention parts of california catching on fire. and my fellow mayors, when i meet them from florida, worried about sea level rise happening right now. we have to treat this like the emergency that it is and treat it as a security issue because we need our expectations of 21st century security to include the concept of kilometer security. you would think it would just be table stakes to acknowledge it's a problem. what are we going to do about it. it's not like it's going to be easy. to some extentware already in adaptation mode because of what's occurred. we have to be introducing carbon levels at least to the commitments in the paris accord we should rejoin immediately when the new president takes office. [ applause ] more investments in renewables are going to be needed. we are going to have to
contemplate a carbon tax. there are ways to do it most americans would be office scali and return it to the american people. in so doing would help capture the true cost because it's in your and my lifetime that cost is going to be paid one way or the other. >> thanks for your question. more from cnn's presidential town hall with south bend pete buttigieg. teacher: you did?! oi can't wait to read it. >> tech vo: so when she had auto glass damage... she chose safelite. with safelite, she could see exactly when we'd be there. >> teacher: you must be pascal. >> tech: yes ma'am. >> tech vo: saving her time... [honk, honk] >> kids: bye! >> tech vo: ...so she can save the science project. >> kids: whoa! >> kids vo: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace ♪ and your mother told me all her life that i should fix it. now it reminds me of her.
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welcome back to cnn's democratic presidential candidate, town hall with south bend indiana mayor, pete buttigieg. let me bring in jeffrey meyer an artist from new york city. >> thank you. which former president do you most admire and why? >> got to go with lincoln. there are a lot of former presidents i admire. we're in this moment of tectonic and deep and difficult change. whenever i worry about our country, i remember that at one time part of our country broke off and declared war against the other part.
president lincoln led us through that and brought us together and did so with a spirit, i think, of service and empathy, that i certainly aspire to emulate in my public life. >> let me ask you, in 2000, you fist became famous or at least of note when you won an essay contest. >> not even sure if i'm famous now. thank you. >> we gave you a town hall. you won an essay contest from the presidential library and you wrote to senator sanders increasing, candor and conviction and ability to bring people together stand against part tanship which runs rampant on the political scene. do you still feel that way? >> in many ways, yes. i really admired. in 2000, he was an obscure member of congress. i was looking for people as i was tasked with writing this essay on political courage who just said what they were for. it seemed people out grew their
convictions and say whatever was safe. he was different and i respected that. i still do. it's also the case i represent a somewhat different message and very different messenger. i admire a lot of people in this 2020 conversation. i think the more voices there are in this debate the better. >> let me bring in ailly, a senior at the university of austin. >> hi, pete. what do you wish you new before going into your first race. >> i wish i knew how challenging the dimension of money can be. not just a public policy concern, something that affects the way people in politics have to spend their time. i wouldn't be doing my job well if i didn't mention since we're not taking corporate pact money, people who like what they hear tonight should go to
america.com. we have to show we have at least 65,000 people donating at any level to get to the debate stage. not how many zillions you can raise but get many people to believe in the idea you should be there. i'm not sure what i would have done with that knowledge other than intimidating. the other side of the coin is, the thing i learned through the process and wish i could say to myself when i was in my 20s trying to figure out if somebody like me had a place in public life. it turns out everybody, including the most impressive people that you will encounter, deal with, negotiate with, or even compete with in public life, they're just people. we're all just people. that's what politics is really about. it's why i'm trying to take the way we talk about our politics off of the kind of the washington show and back to the level of everyday life because that's why the political process matters. the more we can keep our focus on that the better i think our country will be for it.
>> our thanks to mayor pete bea buttigieg. and south by southwest and tomorrow from jackson, mississippi, where i will moderate a democratic presidential town hall with senator elizabeth warren from massachusetts. the presidential series, "the bush years" starts right now. george h.w. bush is determined to get to the white house. and his former rival puts the dream within his grasp. from one generation to the next, the bush family are on a mission to win. >> mr. bush, over here! >> will scandal destroy h.w.'s chances? >> i waswa