tv Road to the White House 2020 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in New Hampshire CSPAN December 3, 2018 4:25pm-6:01pm EST
>> live coverage of the state funeral for former president george h.w. continues today on c-span. 4:45 p.m. eastern. of the u.s. capital, where his remains rely in state. house and senate members including ice president, mike prints taking part in the summary. wednesday, live coverage of the departure ceremony from the u.s. capital and at 11:00 a.m. eastern, the funeral service at the national cathedral in washington d.c. the state funeral for president george h.w. bush, watch live coverage all this week on c-span and c-span.org. listen with the free c-span radio up. >> over the weekend, hawaii congresswoman visited new hampshire, the first state to vote in primary elections. the trip considering a run for the white house in 2020.
meet and greet with democrats yesterday, this runs about one hour and 20 minutes. [applause] >> to reiterate what george said, alone. it has nothing to do with the cold, i went outside. this is the beautiful thing. no matter where you are, it brings the ones out in our hearts. i waste like to start conversations with this for that very reason. a lot of visitors, see and feel how had is been used to say hello and light. the real meaning is, so much more powerful than just that. the reason that we greet each other with a low, is to recognize that interconnectedness that we all have. family. we are all brothers and sisters.
i am coming to with a low with respect. compassion, with love, regardless of ethnic differences, racial differences maybe the way we choose to worship or if we choose to worship. who we choose to love, how we live our lives, all of these things that two often segments in different boxes. this aloha recognizes that we are all brothers and sisters. with that, aloha, without love and care, and compassion that comes with that, then that drives us to action. to see how we can best take care of each other. how can we best take care of this planet? a place that we get to go home. so when we have this foundation of aloha, and love, then we had the power to truly come together. as people. as americans and to think about how we can find a solution to the challenges that we face. to deal with the threats, to our
brothers and sisters. in a whole variety of ways. whether we are talking about here, or a threat to our planet. when we start on this foundation of aloha, we are inspired by this love. then, we can truly have that strength and that power to be able to take on the tough challenges that are before us. like so many of you, it is painful and disheartening to me to see the direction of our country today. to see how much divisiveness and hatred is being formatted by those who wish to tears apart. based on things like our political party, the color of our skin, who we love, or the way we worship.
the things that make us diverse as a country. they are using these things for their own selfish gain. we see this and politicians, who are trying to ferment this hatred and divisiveness to get more votes, we see it in the media, by those who are using these tactics to drive up the ratings, we see them big corporations. who are driving this forward for their own greed. for their own selfish purposes. in the common through this, it drives it home, the problem is, the source of the problems are that we are facing at the country, and as people, we have people in positions of power, we have leaders and influencers who are abusing those positions, not thinking about the impact the consequences and well-being of the people. and our planet. our future. this is by recognizing the problem, then we can begin to seek and find the solution.
always keeping at the forefront, what matters the most. our families. our communities. the people of our state, people of our country. this special place we could call home. i first ran for office in hawaii when i was 21 years old. i ran for the steakhouse, they laughed at me then, too. [laughter] they said, what are you thinking? [laughter] i was really driven by a desire to be of service to my community and my state. and to really bring to light issues that were not being addressed. as a teenager, i started to get involved in activism. i didn't know what was at the time, but i was concerned about our environment. hawaii is a beautiful place. i was concerned about actions being taken, both by people in leaders who were not respecting or taking care of our home.
it wasn't about politics. se, was about taking care of our home. i ran for the office, a crowded open primary and i made it through and got elected nile never forget what happened the day after i got elected. i went through the race, knocking on every door in the district, two and half times. i was honored and privileged to earn the trust of the voters of the 42nd house district in hawaii. the next day, i was standing on the side of the highway with one of my yard signs that had a sign on top that said, hollow. thank you. in hawaii. to say thank you to the people of my district for giving me at the trust and honoring me with their support so i could work for them. finally, a big tradition in hawaii. it's essential to anyone who wants run for any office.
i was standing there on the side of the road, but the traffic was slowly rolling by, when i saw some activity in the passenger's seat of a car coming toward me. it caught my eye and there was a woman who had written a note on the back of a file for the period was a sherbet marker. i thought as she shoved this note in the windshield with her eyes peeking over. catching mine. making sure that i saw her. with that note said was, don't let us down. i've never forgotten that moment. that's what it's about. this is why we fight. this is who we are fighting for. this is the gravity and responsibility that we all share.
yes, those who run for elected office at every level. but each of us and our communities. we know that in order to make the kind of change that we need to see, it takes every single one of our hands, our hearts and voices, motivated by this love and aloha to take action and fight like hell for each other. for our future. for our home so this is where the answer lies. this is how we stay focused. this is where we draw our strength. from, to take on those who are leading and dividing and caring -- tearing our country apart driven by eight and selfishness. casting this dark shadow. he have the power to overcome this, motivated by love. we hear oftentimes, i do anyway, people say, that's great, love sounds good, love is weak.
how do you take on these big corporations? how do you take on donald trump? howdy take on those who are undermining who we are as a country? not recognizing that there is no force more powerful than love. there is no force to more powerful than love. we don't have to look too far back in our history to see shining examples. for us, in leaders like nelson mandela. he showed us through his words and through his actions and his example. how to lead with love. doctor king. he showed us through his word, and his example and life, how to take on those forces of darkness and divisiveness and hatred and violence. i combating them with love.
we remember how he shared with all of us, inspired all of us for generations that darkness cannot drive out darkness. only love can do that. that hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can do that. this must be our rallying cry. now with an ever. this is the solution. this is how we come together as americans. this is how we come together as people. and draw from love, the strength and courage and fearlessness that we need to take on those forces and obstacles that can seem insurmountable. it can seem to great to overcome. we see examples of the courage this love provides. a parent whose child begins to wander across the street. what they will do to put their
life to stay on the line to save the child's life. i've seen personally, first-hand examples of this in my brothers and sisters in uniform. who put their lives on the line. willing to sacrifice everything. out of love for our country, love for the principles that we hold dear. love for each other. we see this courage, driven by love, motivated by love in our first responders. our firefighters, those in california. they've been putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others. we can see examples of this in our everyday lives. of how we draw this courage and strength. keeping that at the forefront of what we are doing.
it is driven by this love that we fight for things that are near and dear to us all. we all know people who are sick. one way or another, who need healthcare. we see threats to this health and those with pre-existing conditions happening now. inspired by love, we fight for our brothers and sisters. to make sure they get the care they need. we fight for those who are suffering from a broken criminal justice system. and a private prison industry that is profiting. off of keeping people in this cycle of incarceration. we draw strength from this love to fight against the big pharmaceutical companies, the big insurance companies, those who are influencing the policies being made in washington right now. that serve their interests and hurt the people they are meant to help. pharmaceutical companies who are continuing to perpetuate and
proliferate our streets with these highly addictive with your drugs. they are devastating people's lives. we find the strength to take on big fossil fuel companies, big defense contractors. we can go down the line of industry after industry after industry. we are seeing selfish interest benefiting and been and people suffering. it is only when we people gather together to take on these interests. hold leaders accountable, we can start to see the shift in priorities that put our people, our planet and our future first. so that's really where the ball in his in our court. for the future is in our hands. our collective hands. it is up to us to make that choice. to be the change, except for us and our own relationships in conversations, whether we are
having them with people we disagree with, to choose love or hate. to recognize we can is a great without being disagreeable. we can have respect and we must have respect for those who have a different idea or different approach or come from a different place. to lead without love in our hearts. recognizing that that is what finds us together. as people. this is how we build that path forward. to a brighter future. it's up to us to choose that inclusion and love. to fight like hell, to defeat the darkness divisiveness and hatred. understanding that when we do that, there is no challenge too great. for us to overcome. thank you very much. thank you for coming today. [applause] >> never are going to do questions and answers. i like to -- sorry, do it in an
orderly way. [laughter] i'm going to take several names of people, to keep calling on folks. i would ask that you get to the question. we don't need -- that's for the candidate, okay? >> there's a ton of people here. we can scoot over. [laughter] >> there we go. thanks for coming everybody. >> there is more room here. >> what is your name?
touched upon it. i think every decision in this country, seems to flow from money. i'm just wondering whether or not you are willing to maybe make some article moves to try to reduce or eliminate the influence of money in politics. whether it's election for -- or the existing incumbent. i just want to a tab established, it has hope -- >> i think there's potential. i think the bill we are introducing congress, hr one, begins to tackle that challenge. in a few different ways. i think there are others we need to look at her as well. public financing is one thing. i think the immediate low hanging fruit, previous
something that you all can do to help bring about that change. create the new standard for elected officials to not accept lobbyist or past money. we seen a number of newly elected members who have just gotten elected in november who have made that commitment throughout the campaign. and who are beginning to change the standard for leaders in washington. i think that is something that doesn't require legislation to happen. citizens united continues to be an issue. the democrats are the majority in the house, have an opportunity to put forward what we've never been able to bring to the house for before. to address that. but you mentioned something that i think doesn't get talked about more often but it should. the other modes of corruption that exist within washington. leaders and elected officials are able to benefit financially and in other ways, based on their influence on legislation policies. one example of that, the stock act. it was passed and slowly repealed in weekend, in many different ways, making it still possible for members of congress
to own stock and purchase stock directly. they could benefit from, good example. there are others. so there's anticorruption legislation being introduced in january. i'm working on a liberal that addresses some of the things you talked about. it addresses the revolving door we see. between those in government, whether they are elected or not. and how they flow through, making decisions, making policies and going and working for industries of the contractors who have benefited from those decisions. these are things that we really do need to address to stop the flow of the influence of big money in our politics and decisions being made that serve those interests rather than the interest of the people. >> priorities. >> absolutely. >> in our recent congressional
election, there was a candidate woman who did not win. she moved to the states two weeks before she was here. she had been a marine and it seemed to me, but she was fighting an all out war here. she made -- she was showing her military rifle. i was told, i have regarded very well, been here before, was going along with her campaign when i was asked by doing this, he said because she was a marine. and he was a marine. it's a marine thing. a loyalty to each other. he wanted more of that in congress. i am now very concerned on a number of candidates running who
have been in the marines. i personally my congress and primary really and only institutional loyalty to be to this district. not to some other organization. i also am aware that this country has worked hard to craft a government there was civilian, not military. you have been a marine. please be honest. i've never been in any but -- >> i will speak to my own experience. i listed in the army national guard in 2003. driven largely by what happened on 9/11.
wanting to do my part to serve our country and to serve the people of my home state. and to do that through the national guard, it allowed me to do that. to respond to national disasters at home and serve our country. to defeat those who attacked us on 9/11. i've deployed twice to the middle east and continue to serve in the national guard today. coming back from both of my department to the middle east, is largely what drove me and motivated me to run for congress. to be a voice of influence, to stop our country from continuing to wage actual counterproductive regime change worse. they are so costly to our country. to our minute and women and uniform. devastating for the people in these countries. [applause] i appreciate and respect the service of every veteran. wherever they come from. however they served. as elected leaders, it is important to know where they, like everyone else stand on issues critical to us.
to assume that those who have served our country all believe a certain thing, and fall walk step on any issue, i think is a wrong assumption to make. so as all of you have done here, in that congressional race, it is your opportunity now it's a response ability, to question those who are running, veterans and nonveterans alike, where they stand on these issues. my own personal expense and amongst many parents who i have a chance to get snow, to my own service and the cross country in hawaii, i've seen time and again, how more often than not, veterans who have seen and experienced firsthand, the cost of war, are those who fight hardest for peace. this is not theoretical. it is something that is very real. that's what's driven me as a member of congress, but i have been fighting for and what i will continue to fight for.
>> i am a very practical question for you. that is, when biden was sedentary, and vice president, he trained every friday. to delaware. [laughter] you can't train to hawaii -- [laughter] how are you able to get around the practical difficulties of the distance between hawaii and washington d.c.? >> that's a great question. i get back, to the district in hawaii, usually at least a couple of times a month. so what that requires is on average, about a 12 or 13 hour airport to airport, me. when i plant, i get the benefit of getting five or six hours back. because of the time change. but when that happens, i wake up at 2:00 o'clock in the morning, the time to wake up in
washington, then i get to go and go surfing with the sunrise and start my day after that. is a commute, no doubt but how many of you been to hawaii? a good number of you. you understand what i'm saying, as soon as you step off the air plane, and you brief the ocean breezes, coming across the airways, our airport is open, you forget your on the plane for 13 hours. you look forward. i am grateful, hawaii is a special place. i'm grateful to call it home. thank you. >> questions is my question. the me ask you a hard question. what is your thought on the crisis in israel and palestine and how to get away from education of this? >> that is a complex question.
it requires peace, being able to have the conversations, to build a path toward peace. the short answer is, unfortunately, the current leadership in place, we are getting -- they are getting further and further away from the possibility or building that pathway toward peace and toward the two state religion -- recognizing the respect and community of all the people living within that region. >> robin. >> i'm retired last year, 33 years. at this age, i'm dependent on -- the loyalty, marines and veterans, at the expense of the people, there is something wrong
-- anyway, i also had a brother who served in the middle east. he came home 21 marines less than he deployed with. i'd like your stance on the foreign-policy. you're probably familiar and i know it's not necessarily an issue, there's a problem on both sides. how do you work with that? i know you you worked with, the used to be a set of republicans that try to go to do something. how do you get past whatever level they are in? >> thank you for your service. thank you for coming back and finding other ways to continue to serve. you're exactly right. this is not a partisan issue. this is an issue that affects every single one of us. as americans and it affects the planet.
it affects people around the world. there are republicans who work closely with, who are of like mind and who share this worldview and who are willing to put themselves forward. in the fight for peace, even if it may not be that popular thing to do. one example is congressman, walter jones. he's republican from north carolina. who openly shares and talks about how the greatest grit of his life, that he carries with him every single day, was that he voted for the war in iraq. his regret for casting that vote and carrying personally, the cost of that who has paid the price, has driven him to fight so hard for peace and to make sure that we as a country, that leaders in this country, don't
continue to make those same costly decisions. so there are others of like mind, both in office, activists and leaders and organizers in our community but this is a question that i hope more people bring to the forefront. it is too often justified as one of many issues. the fact is, as we talk about the cost of war, it is not only our veterans who pay the price for that. those who make that ultimate sacrifice, friends of mine, people i served with, who never made it home. , whose families never got to say goodbye. veterans who did make it home but who are dealing with ruins, that are most -- wounds that are
both visible and invisible. those who survived battles overseas only come home and lose that battle with those invisible winds and take their own lives. yes, our veterans pay the price when leaders in our country decide to go to war. without thinking through the cost or consequences but also, the reality is, everything one of us pays the price. since 9/11 aloha, we have sent spent trillions of dollars on paying for these regime change worse. these unnecessary wars of choice. they've been counterproductive in every single way. resources e very real and urgent and pressing needs of the people in our communities here. this is something that we need to challenge the leaders of our country with. the decisions that they are making. as they beat the war, to go to
war with another country. this country or that country. how does that serve the interest of the american people? what objectors every accomplish? these are the questions that are unfortunately, too often not asked or answered. we need to change. to make this essential part of the national conversation that we need to have. >> lane. >> i am a donor, i care about civil liberties, and incarceration. my question for you is, what would you do at the federal level to end this? >> there's a bill that we recently passed through the house of representatives called the first act. does exactly that. the first step toward dealing with our broken criminal justice system and the problem we have of this endless revolving door of those were put into our
judicial system and end up cycling through their throughout most of their lives. the first step act start the prison reform issues to reduce those rates. the senate is still going through changes but some of the changes that they are making will add some of those reforms. in needs to be included whether in this bill or the next generation of legislation. it actually has bipartisan support. one of those issues where we have to continue to press to make these reforms because we have this supportive aclu but also, people like the coke brothers are supporting this legislation. you have far left and far right, liberal conservative, democrat republican, coming together and saying it is urgent that we make these changes. for our country and for our people. we have to look at the failed
war on drugs. and how far too many of our brothers and sisters being incarcerated when really, what they need is treatment and help. and services. i've introduced legislation and the federal marijuana prohibition. this is one of many things that we can and want to do. to address the heart of the problem here. for everyday americans criminalized for things they have no business being criminalized for. is a big topic and there's a lot of issues there but these are some of the apps we can begin to take to make those changes. thank you. >> come in here for a second. >> my union worker.
a factory in 2007, mexico and china. where do you stand on first, trade with china and relations, especially military relations in china? >> that's a big topic. both of those. as we deal with the trade in balance we have with china and other countries, i would say two things. one, we need to look at how our trade relationships are impacting us here at home and our job and our domestic industries and we need to have a plan, to be able to get to where we need to be to strengthen our economy and strengthen american jobs here at home. i think both of those things are not happening currently. this was one of the biggest concerns that i had around tpp
trade deal. it was being negotiated and being brought to congress in the previous administration. it did not take into account the impact on our domestic jobs, our american workers or the impact on our environment. it actually had provisions that would undermine the sovereignty of our government. in our ability to make decisions and enforce the laws of our own country. ... and as we deal with countries like china and others, we have to recognize there are consequences to ratcheting up tensions in taken adversarial
positions that could lead down a path towards another military conflict. we have to be careful in how we are building relationships and how we deal with the challenges that exist with china and the region as a whole. >> i'm going to take seven more names appeared on the back, what's your name? can i believe. tom. yes, what's your name? >> liam >> what's your name? [inaudible] >> all right, dan. i'll get to you if there's time. we're going to and at a quarter
to 5:00 here go ahead. what's your question. >> hi, dan. >> things are coming out. >> speak up, dan. >> you can't hear me, i'm sorry. my interest is monetary policy. i think it's undermined our economy going off the gold standard in 69, making the deal in 74. we have a $21 trillion that estimating that we have $200 trillion of debt in unpaid liabilities because of all the promises the government has made. i think about universities and how they have endowment as opposed to debts and the government -- yet we have all this debt and the federal reserve is happy to hand out money in print money for war and
for welfare and i wondered what your thoughts were in terms of monetary policy. >> i have supported an audit of the side, something that hasn't happened and i think needs to. you know, what to what we're talking about, bring up the national debt and the deficit. in the six years that i've been in congress, i have watched when it's politically advantageous to talk about the need to pay for what we are spending in this country then it becomes a conversation and a factor. what is not politically advantageous than you want to push something through, it is lamely set aside. not thinking about what the impact is or how we pay for it. kicking it down the road for our young people and their children and their children to come.
i think it's a big topic to cover and there's a lot of ideas that need to be brought to the forefront that aren't in a usual conversation like this, but as we talk about the cost of war, as they talk about the cost of education come as we talk about the cost of health care, i think we need to take a different approach to each of these things looking at the tools we have available to us to make sure we can use the resources that are available to provide for the needs of our people and have an economic policy that is based on the needs of our citizens, the needs of the american people rather than the greed and selfless interests that drive many of the policies taking place here. if i come at it from that perspective, we can have a different view, in different contexts on how we look at economic policy and where we need to go.
thank you. >> been themes we've been in a republican process of incurring these tax cuts the forces to recession and increase the income caps. how is that going to be dealt with? [laughter] >> this is the big problem with the tax-cut bill that went through that i and every other democrat opposed is that while they were marginal tax-cut that were temporary for working people, those with the most got the most tax breaks and are benefiting as a result of the many promises we saw were made about giving that corporation. we're going to give bonuses, do this, give people raises over time once the issue has gone out
of the headlines, promises have been broken. we've also lived through this before. it's not like we don't know how the story and. similar to the last question, if we get my name out of politics and we reshape the conversation on our economy, on the tax dollars that come into our government and reprioritize does come in and we can have a tax policy that actually works for the people rather than the very few were making most of the decisions that we have in this country. this has to apply across the board and i'm so happy your question was the first question because when you look at a lot of these different challenges we are dealing with and start following the line of money and connecting those dots you can get to the heart of the problem.
>> i'm curious to know how you think the new congress may be able to look at violence in this country as a medical issue, especially as it relates to children. >> i think certainly in the house where we've been able to take the majority it will be central to the debate we will have in legislation coming forward. i think the leadership of our house is dirty made that very clear. the bigger challenge still in the outside of congress and the conversations that need to happen amongst the communities and our country were unfortunately the issue of gun safety has become so toxic words one side versus the other side of most conversations are really happening much. i've been inspired to see how the kids from parkland and florida are doing what many
others haven't done before in reaching out in just a picture of seeing those kids going in having the conversations across the country, even as they are being protested, going and talking to those protesters in seeing coming you know, this will auto call aloha, have a conversation they still are hot and respect for each other even if we disagree on an issue because then you can find those common values we share his people. in order for us to pass legislation that will ultimately make people in this country more safe, that will make her kids more safe committees are the conversations that need to happen. >> there was someone named tom. >> that was me i think. how could you forget? [laughter] thank you.
i'm one of the people responsible for this event. i like to thank everyone for being here. when i put up a facebook event i was surprised. i don't know you very well, but i was surprised i immediately got responses from people i know who are concerned about some of the influences in your past that you have supported, particularly i think [inaudible] i'm not sure i have the correct pronunciation, both of whom raised issues in their mind about lgbt and race issues and i fully support the idea people can evolve and move the on their instruction for their past influences and learn new things. but i would like to hear your response to those people i bite to hear an impractical sense
about how you might address which you know will be a kind of negative ad for anything like that in your past training. >> my past training? >> learning, leadership, however you'd like to say, education and perhaps. >> sure come a few things i would like to mention first of all. i grew up in a very kind of conservative household. a multiethnic, multiracial, multifaith home, diverse in our makeup and diverse interviews and held views growing up that i no longer hold. and to route my life interrupt my experiences, particularly in the middle east, during those deployment were both just as an american, but also as a woman i saw firsthand the destructive
effects of having governments who act as moral arbiters for their people and that caused me to really deeply reflect and be introspect dative on the values and beliefs that i had grown up with, with what i was experiencing their and then coming back and eventually running for office again in the conflict that i saw there. in standing for believing strongly and in writing for these ideals of freedom and liberty that we hold dear in this country means that a quality, that our laws, our government must apply that respect for every single individual, for people who choose to love or marry someone whether they be of the same gender or not.
that respect is not freedom for every woman to be able to make her own choice about her body and her family and her future. it was a process that i went through that changed my views in many ways and in many big ways to the views i hold today and for those critics i asked them to look at my record. i've served in congress now for six years and have a strong record that reflects what i've just shared. i want to bring up the issue of religion because it is one we have seen for too long and we continue to see being used to foment bigotry and illicit fears and suspicions and people because as someone who holds a religion that may be different from the most spirit i took my oath of office on the back of the year when i was first sworn into office in 2012. i'm a practicing hindu and my
spiritual practice, my relationship with god is something that is near and dear to my heart. whether it is hindus, muslims, buddhists, christian, atheist, whatever the past people have chosen for their life, it is important that everyone of us stand out, call out and condemn those seeking to incite bigotry based on religion for what it is. and not allow them to try to use that as a driver to divide us because that is not who we are in this country of freedom. we cannot allow that to happen to those who may share our faith are those who may have a different faith or a different practice. we see this in politics all the time. you know, most glaringly we saw
with president obama coming you know, president john f. kennedy went through this test when he ran for president were people question how his catholic faith would drive and influence his policies as a leader. so again, especially now, especially in this time where we are seeing this kind of hatred and bigotry having such an influence over our politics politics and how we saw devastatingly the impact of bad intent third with the shooting at the synagogue. this is what happens when mrs. allowed to continue without being condemned and stopped. this is where the result ends up. with people being shot and killed in their place of
worship. so as we stand for peace abroad, we have to stand for peace and freedom at home amongst our brothers and sisters and recognize that interconnect events and we have to stand in because one. thank you. [applause] >> spoke about the need to and the regime change wars that we have a fascination with for decades and both parties. because of those wars we have created anger and hatred towards us and towards other ethnic groups throughout our country, but also around the world. short answer, how do you begin to feel that nature had to avoid any future kinds of wars. >> that such an important question and the answer really
isn't that long. it is by acknowledging what the united dates policies have been, the pain and harm and destruction they have caused and therefore making that change in our policy going forward. acknowledging what is happening the new hot paid the price so that we, you know, the american people can recognize the problems with those policies that have been held and driven by leaders from both parties as well as for those in other countries that you're talking about. to see that there is a better way for us both at home and for her place in the world. i had a meeting several months ago with some representatives from the vatican at the u.n. and i forget how the conversation went, but one observation they
made was we were actually talking about the issue of regime change wars. and they said tulsi, do you know the second most -- what was the word they used? the country that is the second most disrespected country and the u.n. people have bad feelings towards. the united states. so we have to do our part here to recognize the problems of where we've been in order to fix our policies and build that better path forward and others will recognize that and to begin to see the opportunity for us to rebuild many relationships and the trust that has been broken. >> hi, congresswoman.
[inaudible] >> that's a great question. i'm working on legislation that will be reintroducing in the new congress because they think it's important for us to look at the many different ways foreign countries try to influence our elections and influence our policies. the one that's gotten the most attention has been, you know, russia's actions online and on facebook and so on and so forth. what is also coming to light as other countries to seek to influence or infiltrate or hack into our election system using the internet. i'll address up front first. the vulnerabilities in our election system are highly recognized and talked about and yet, little to no action has been taken to harden our elections infrastructure to protect against them. i think it was called the
hackers devcon conference in vegas they have every year. do you remember what it's called? [inaudible] >> yeah, exactly. part of that conference is dedicated to election security in the vulnerability within our election security system. it made a lot of headlines. i think a 14-year-old girl was able to hack into a replica of florida's election system in less than 15 minutes. this point to the extreme vulnerabilities that we have. the fact that we still have states in this country that have no paper backup, no paper hardcopy backup to odd it is vote in the event that attacked. i introduced a bill called the securing america's elections act, which is very short and very simple and direct in saying use their -- either use a paper ballot you have a voter verified
paper backup if you want to use an electronic system. this is something that works very well in my home state of hawaii where i can go and look on the printed sheet of paper before it hit the button to cast my ballot to make sure everything printed accurately reflect the choices that i've made and therefore if there's a question of integrity or hacking or interference in some way, you have that paper backup. virginia is a state to recognize their vulnerabilities before they are 2017 statewide elections and rather than say you know, this is something we have to address, but too big of a challenge. they took action within weeks, had the paper systems in place. they came and testified before congress on this issue and talked about how for the first time they did not have a single complaint about the integrity of those elections since they made those changes. so this is something especially with the many issues we have seen just occur across the state of florida and georgia and other
states why we have to get this right and how urgent it is. we also have to recognize how other countries are trying to influence our policies, our policymakers and our elections. there are many countries who spend a lot of money like saudi arabia, for example, you'll find a lot of our foreign policy think tanks in 10. those who come and testify before congress. those who put out papers talking about different issues and different foreign policies without disclosing to their funders are so you know where their angle is, you know, who was talking those efforts. that is one area. you know, recent report about reporters working for major cable networks were funded by different countries. we have to have this transparency first of all and second of all, make it so that those in these natural positions
are not able to take foreign money. i don't believe members of congress who leave congress should work for a foreign country. there are holes within our foreign agent registration act that have to be filled. they are very loose right now and so you have people again trying to influence policy. you have no idea whose interests they are actually representing. thank you. >> bob. i [inaudible] i would love to see them come of age in a time where we actually believed health care -- enacted into law. how do we get there. the last time president obama came into office he wasn't even willing to consider something like the public option. since then things have obviously changed a lot. now roughly something like half
of the democratic caucus is a medicare for all single-payer system. first of all, what are your beliefs on a true single-payer system, how can we get there in what you see this in terms of differentiation versus people who will say the right thing to get through this issue that health care should be a human rights and some proper health care system like they have. >> i'm a cosponsor of the medicare for all bill in the house of representatives. [applause] i believe as you do that this is an urgent and pressing issue that we can afford to wait until your children are grown up to try to address because we still have too many people even under the affordable care act but as
it exists today are still not able to afford the care that they need for dealing with the.bulls that are too high for getting to the moment of crisis where they need to go and and get the care that they need but simply can't afford a. this is where medicare for all comes in. i think we need to take it a step further and look at the different tools we have at our disposal to really change the way we are delivering health care, making it accessible to people, focusing on preventive care so that we are actually saving money, driving down the cost of health care rather than continuing to drive it up. i really hope we have a more comprehensive debate are around how to make sure that every person in this country has access to health care and the quality of that care being delivered. i think we can do that by addressing this issue as a way
that we as a country and as a people can actually save money rather than something that is going to drive us further into debt. the way we can talk about this, this is one of those issues that unfortunately can sometimes be relegated as a partisan issue rather than an issue important to every single person in their family, every single person they care about in this country. we've got to be able to have those conversations to move forward. we've made a lot of progress. there's still a lot of progress to be made, but it has become essential part of the debate in the standard to which our voters will hold leaders accountable, too. thank you. >> we have time for tumor questions. somebody out there, what's your name? [inaudible] india, go ahead.
>> clearly the situation come in the crisis in theory it is one of our most pressing foreign policy issues. you've gotten some flak and like to hear what you have to say about that. >> furia is one of the many examples of power regime change war policies have been so costly for us, for our country and for this theory in people who continue to suffer greatly. we have not war allied with countries like saudi arabia, turkey, qatar and others who driven by not care for the serious people, but their desire to overthrow a regime that they were not aligned with and
install someone who they could work with, which really means control through the syrian people have suffered as a consequence. what they have done with the united states and the support throughout the process and providing r&d equipment i'm offending to armed militants who are either directly or indirectly allied with members of the terrorist groups like al qaeda, who were attacking civilians, who are killing and harming and a and pillaging. we are fighting against the authorization congress passed since 9/11 still exists and is being used to go after al qaeda. on one hand we have our military deployed to fight against al qaeda and isis, but on the other hand we are providing the arms in the fund that are
strengthening terrorist groups like al qaeda and actually not going after them at all. he introduced a bill called the stop arming terrorist act to put in and to this madness. this is not how your taxpayer dollars should be used. they are making our country less safe. to speak of continuing to escalate the pain and suffering of the syrian people. as we go forward and things are taking a different path in syria ultimately the syrian people need to be german and decide their future. we seem to our country's history and many will others are we have intervened militarily or through the cia were fiscally to topple regimes that we didn't like, the negative and detrimental consequences of those policies not just for the people of those
times, but for generations to come. we cannot continue this. it is not in our interest or the interest of the people of those countries and ultimately while it is not a clean or quake or pretty process, ultimately it is only the people in these countries who can make those kinds of changes to their constitution to their leaders, to form the kind of future that they want to see for themselves. on that note, though as syria and people are trying to rebuild, our sanctions everyday business donors, trying to provide for their families, people are suffering because they are on the receiving end of the sanctions in place and it is impossible to see how they can build the economy was not a
single one of them can have a bank account. it is very basic and this is why it's important as we look at the sanctions that our country puts on other countries around the world. we have to think through what is the object to the sanctions and who is going to suffer as a result. unfortunately, that is not off in what happens when sanctions are put in place as a mechanism to punish without thinking through what the consequences are and who pays that price. thank you. [applause] >> already common in the. [inaudible] our schools are funded by her property taxes in its really i guess harder to get money.
their obvious programs in and different things happening at the state and federal level and i'm interesting to know -- interested to know -- >> we need to provide the funding resources to provide the education which church do it for a kid. it is really as simple as that and the policies and the things that are being pushed to further erode those resources away from our public education system cannot be supported. it undermines exactly what we've charged you to do. and thank you for your service. i went in and -- [applause] i went an entire high school class in hawaii for two. one day. i honor you and thank you for what you do and i know you do it
because you love it and the challenges and the obstacles that are in place, both of the local level and federal level are things we have to address. my father-in-law is a public school teacher in hawaii and, you know, we hear from him and we see him working late into many nights grading papers. he also teaches high school students and how much you and your colleagues do on your own time, on your own dime because you love what you do. it is our responsibility as a country to support and empower you as you are setting our next generation up for success. thank you. >> congresswoman coming thank you for coming and sharing your thoughts today and as a memento of our appreciation we have a
2019 calendar and stanley's first, great organization providing social services. [inaudible] >> thank you very much. can i give you a hug? [applause] >> congresswoman will be hanging around for a while to talk with you. >> thank you. that's a beautiful introduction. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
thank you very much. >> during your talk about regime change and sanctions are not sorted again. [inaudible] how do you reconcile foreign policy with self-determination in brazil? i [inaudible] as it relates to our country is in policies and relationship to our country -- [inaudible] and use whatever leverage we have been that way. i [inaudible]
friend. i thank you so much -- [inaudible] thank you for making the time to come tonight. what's your name? [inaudible conversations] been meeting with job and that's one of the people i tell all that you have the guts to do that, go outside of the box. so there's a lot of people here who respect that. and i respect their comments if you do run them seriously considering supporting you. you do the same things when you run for office in become
beating at trump tower, what was that like? >> was interesting. it actually ended up being a subset of foreign policy discussion. close to an hour. there was some others who reached out i think i was awesome. thank you. >> see you again, take care. [inaudible conversations] i know, i know. [inaudible conversations] >> i've been hearing a lot about
brazilian. she has been part of the whole campaign. doing the same thing that you're doing, [inaudible] >> yeah, thank you. thank you for coming. [inaudible] great to see you. love your question. >> and now for a spot is coming. >> i haven't met him. looking forward to meeting him, though. >> these are elected officials. thank you very much.
>> miyashiro -- [inaudible] [inaudible] q&a plans, you know, for you'd like to see happen? >> yes. i mean, we have to be very clear there's two sides to this. one is putting up the forefront to protect our water and to have the infrastructure in place to do that. yesterday reminding us all the most fundamental right that every single one of us has the right to clean air and water.
[inaudible] -- rather than looking at the central issue. >> you can't have an economy or job unless you have clean water and clean air. it's a starting point, exactly. this is one of the main things that got me involved in politics in the first place you know why there was a push when i was a teenager. i forget how old i was, but there is a big developer and the guy very influential politically trying to build a landfill of her one of her biggest water aquifers in the tape. that very clearly would make it more likely than not that at one point that aquifer with you, and contaminated and therefore unable to use for a generation
or two. that would leave us in an island state with the only option of shipping bottled water in poorer people. so this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. we've got to build a post-legislation and policies of air and water, the big things that we need as well as invest the name and economy and job better not a reliant on whether its natural gas or fossil fuel or any other use other industries in our country that are contaminating our water. i [inaudible] >> i hope to hear more about how were going to do that together.
[inaudible] >> we work with them a lot. >> would we talk about legislation coming up in the next year. an overall kind of message [inaudible] >> i think you're on it. there's debates around climate change and all these other things and fortunately they've become so polarized, but if you break it down to what is necessary for everything. water is life. >> exactly. thank you. happy hanukkah. >> there we go. >> can you take a picture? that would be great.
and willing to visit the place. you look for proof are things you just aren't told. he must have people in your family who are opposed to that. so i might have a little bit of fighter and you dare. >> for a whole number of reasons. and ultimately it comes down to what i talk about, knowing and understanding my purpose and who i'm fighting for and understanding what is at stake. >> in hawaii is such a beautiful place. i've never been there, but i'm going.
i [inaudible] >> ron paul mentions you ever want a while. i heard that. >> even say that for a long time. >> hi, how are you? [inaudible] a lot of policies -- [inaudible] and issues come up all the time. what process do you go through? [inaudible] that i have valid washington and i think is generally the way we should look at things is how do
these policies affect people? does it help people or does it hurt people and when we look at it through the unfit, then you get a lot more clarity on who you're working for and working for amateur purposes, what our purpose is that people were elected to to serve those in our constituency. so, it helps to take away a lot of the noise and you know it -- that is what it's all about. >> also my decision analyst so i'm curious from a process perspective as well how you go about going from an issue coming up to get into an actual legislative act for administrative policy. >> to go a layer deeper on this issues that come forward, too often they become partisan issues.
the people end up losing out in not proud of because good ideas ideas -- and so on the votes we have come and the bills come before us, what i do is put forward kind of those sides are all sides in what they're saying and why in supporting these issues and i can create the whole day of. you understand an issue in a complete way rather than just listening to those who i may agree with. i [inaudible] >> is it going to help people? [inaudible] thank you for coming. can i give you a hug?