tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders Holds Town Hall in Rindge NH CSPAN February 11, 2020 12:30am-1:26am EST
be since second grade. i wanted to be a public school teacher. [applause] i committed early. i used to line my balls up and teach school. i had a reputation for being tough but fair. but throughout time in america and oklahoma, my mother didn't think i should go to college. she thought my path was to get married and find a man who would take good care of me and be a homemaker and that is a good path, but no school for me so
year after year i was growing up and conversations would come up i would say i'm going to be a teacher and my mother would say no you're not. i still remember i was 16-years-old and i didn't know where the path was. i found a book that had pages of college in it and i looked through fo the ones that had scholarships in my area, spoiler alert it wasn't going to be a sports or music that had debate to scholarships and i ended up telling my mother saved my babysitting money and going to the 7711 and buying money orders
to send college applications. i finished my degree and became a special education teacher. i have lived my dream job. [applause] i tell you that story because it is a story about fighting and i want to tell you one mor more os more recent and that is in 2012 in your neighboring state of massachusetts we had a very popular incumbent republican senator he had a 60% approval rating and $10 million in the bank, had a great story and
happy to be very confident woman, very strong smart woman in a senate race a couple of years earlier. he was coming up for reelection and there were a lot of good strong democrats in massachusetts that have a lot of electrical experience and said you could walk into a buzz saw running against that guy and didn't get into the race. now i'm not somebody that ever dreamed of running for public office, but i looked at that and said this guy goes to washington every week and looks at things i care about and votes against the people i care about, so i'm not going to wake up on the day after this and know that i've done anything less than everything i possibly could to take that away so i jumped in that fight and started out 19 points down and i've got to tell
you my first campaign i got knocked down multiple times during the campaign but you know what i did every single time i got back up and a bunch of folks were saying not sure which way this is going to go, could go this way or that way. i beat him by 7.5 points. [cheering] it's about staying in the fight. three years ago last friday i was on the floor of the united states senate trying to read a letter from coretta scott king that she had written about jeff sessions, a racist who had been nominated to the attorney general of the united states. i was trying to read her letter when mitch mcconnell came to the floor of the senate and got me tossed off the senate indicates
us those words that have since been put on t-shirts and embroidered on pillows, coffee mugs and people would tattoo on their bodies nevertheless, she persisted. [applause] so that's how i think of this. i think of this in terms of the fight we are up again. the fight against donald trump, you bet but it's the fight against so much more. a country that will let a man like donald trump for president is a country that is already seriously in trouble. we cannot try to be the america that elected donald trump. we have to be a different
america. a better america. i look at this as all of the issues we face. what holds them together, what is the uniting for peace and for me a huge part of this is how government works for, who's aside his government on in the cathedral a distinction for you. my family didn't have much, my dad ended up as a janitor. when he had a heart attack it turned our family upside down financially. the long weeks he was out of work with no money coming in. we were on the edge of losing it all. my mother got a minimum-wage j job. the way that it saved our family is a minimum-wage job at the time in america when the minimum
wage jo job would cover a mortg, the utilities and put groceries on the table. a minimum-wage job in america will not keep a moment and 80 out of poverty. it's about who's aside government is on. the question asked in washington about the minimum wage is what did it take a family of three to survive, what does it take a family of three to get a hold in america's middle class and what does it take a family of three to build something solid that they can then build a future for themselves and their children today the question about the minimum wage is where do we set the minimum wage to maximize the profits of giant multinational
corporations. or i don't want a government that works for the multinational corporations, i want one that works for our families. we had a governmen have a govers great for the company's. we have a government that works great for people that want to make some money by investing in private detention centers at the border just not for the people whose lives are destroyed by those places. we have a government that works great from giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere just not from climate change bearing down upon us. and when you see a government that works great for those with
money and can hire lobbyists and lawyers, works great for those who've already made it big that isn't working for anyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call about. corruption. it's about the influence of money everywhere in washington. it's about campaign contributi contribution. it's about lobbyists and pr firms. it's about money and understanding it this way whatever issue really gets you going. whether it is climate change, student loans, child care, if
there ithere's a decision to ben washington, it has been influenced by money. it has been shaped by money and if we are going to fix that we can't just nibble around the edges. we are going to have some structural change. are you ready for that? where i start with this is i've got the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. now here's the bad news we need the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. think of it this way. the things we can do together if
we don't back the influence of money. i told you just a little bit but has a lot of pieces part of it ends lobbying as we know it. [applause] the revolving door between wall street and washington. [applause] make the supreme court follow basic rules of ethics. overturn citizens united. [applause] one more, i promise. take every single person that runs for federal office put their tax returns online.
by the way, in the meantime, stand up and say hello he's been my technical support is in second grade. he's picked up a second line and that is support your mother when she runs for president of the united states. [applause] bailey is here also. we have a question are we ready? >> this question is about gerrymandering and the fact the last 20 years they have not won the popular vote. what can we do to get out the
vote results are decided by electoral districts set by the partisan parties. what do you think should be done about that and what would you be able to do if you got elected? >> first let's do this at the federal level i want to be the last president elected by the electoral college and first elected by direct. [applause] but it's not just at the federal level. think about how gerrymandering undercuts everything and if the electoral college because it means some are worth more than others. it means politicians at the local level are picking their constituents rather than their constituents picking them.
so, i have a plan. you're not surprised. i have a plan to outlaw all political gerrymandering nationwide. think about that, no more political gerrymandering and we are done. this seems all votes are going to count. that should be the heart of our democracy. we really need to have them laid out and for me one of the important one is to guarantee the right of every american citizen to vote and to get the vote counted. gerrymandering is going to be part of that. thank you. great question.
>> every one week at its that unemployment is down, jobs are up and that is a positive message that doesn't reveal the whole story. how would you counteract that message to show the soundbite that really we are not in good shape? >> let me start by saying how much i agree. our job is to be donald trump whoever the nominee is because we've got to get that done you've asked specifically about economics. just give me a minute when i don't have to do it by soundbite. we will try to get soundbites by the end but let's start with this. it's time for us to declare nationally that trickle-down
economics has been a disaster for our country. [applause] >> trickle-down economics. it helps the rich and powerful get more powerful. cut taxes for those at the top and cut regulations. that's what trickle-down economics is about and has hollowed out america's middle class it should working people on the ropes and has crushed the working poor and kicked dirt in the face of the poor. it's time for us as a country to say we tried the experiment for 40 years and we want an america that grows and th economy from e grassroots up. so how does that work, i have an
idea i think it is time for the wealth tax and america and here's the basic idea behind it. your accumulated wealth, first 50 million is free and clear of their 50 million you've got to pitch in to send on every dollar after that. you pay a wealth tax. all i'm saying is the property tax ought to include the real estate and stock portfolio.
[applause] and i just want to make sure everybody understands the equity here and how much you've been getting cheated on this deal, so collectively the 99% last year paid 7.2% of your total wealth in taxes. they paid 3.2%, less than half as much so all i'm saying is pitch in to sense and there are billionaires who don't like this, you may have heard that. some go on tv and cried, others run for president. [applause]
[cheering] they say i work hard for my money. i have a great idea i follow through and my answer is good for you. i guarantee you built it at least in part using workers all of us help pay to educate. [applause] and getting your goods to market on bridges and roads, at least in part protected by police and firefighters all of us help pay their salary. [applause] and we are glad to do it. we are americans. we want to invest in opportunity. we want to create opportunities for people. happy to do it.
all we are saying is when you make it big, top ten of 1% big pitch in so everybody else gets the chance to make it in this country. now i want to tell you just one thing we could do. it would cover a lot of things but one thing, we could provide universal child care, early education, pre- k. for every baby in this country ages zero to five. here's how it goes on building an economy from the ground up, and that is if a lot of moms can finish their education -- and what does that do, it's more productive in the workplace. a lot can go back to work if that is what they want to do to work full-time, to work a night
shift if they know that god put childcare available. that's good for everyone. and when they have money to spend when they are not writing checks for six or $700 per child care, when they are not spending that kind of money that is money they can spend in the local economy and they can spend their restaurants or that can be used to buy cars, money they can use to buy a home or they put in the economy that grows real jobs and real wealth and supports small businesses. that's how we make this economy work from the bottom up, from the grassroots up. so you raise the right question can we get this message across because yes we've got an economy right now where the stock market keeps growing, gdp keeps going up, unemployment is low. it's working great if you are already rich. it's just not working for much of anyone else. but herbut here is the part thas
me hope. when i talk about corruption, understand this, when i talk about the influence of money in washington and how it's not just democrats who get it, it's the nicotinic republicans. and when i talk about a wealth tax because you are getting cheated on the wrong end of the stick, it's not just democrats who sign up. it's republicans across the country. americans understand that this government and this economy is not working for them. i have to work on what the bumper sticker looks like that i guarantee they are going to pull within democrats and republicans didn't make this work. thank you. [applause] we are going to do it and have fun doing it. i'm ready.
>> [inaudible] from stockholm sweden. >> it's good to see you. >> thank you for being here. >> godspeed, madame. >> thank you. >> we have two autistic son's -- i'm sorry for my accent. my wife has two autistic sons, 23 and 21 and they need if theyd assistance 24/7. they have assistance because sweden is the most progressive country in the world. it's paid for by the government.
but i understand that this isn't really the case. you have a great country, but so what will you do for those that need assistance 24 hours? >> thank you for being here and for the question. i think what anders reminds us of is what this election is about and who we are as a people and i talk a lot about economics, i know. i speak nerd, and i'm not embarrassed about it, but it's about our values and how we see our responsibilities to each other. for me this is the heart of it when you frame the question this way.
i believe in the worth of every single human being and i believe that a good country lives that value every single day. [applause] it was important to me in putting together my plans in running for president and i got a lot of plans if you want to get something done you need a plan to get it done. but in putting together plans, i put together plans with people with disabilities. people who have a lot of different issues that they've got to deal with to make it and sometimes it's about little babies and sometimes it is all l the way up to seniors. when i got ready to do this, i said instead of my building and buy myself for pulling in a handful of experts, i went to the communities and said help me
break this plan and get this right, and what it's about is a plan that talks about education. by the way, that wealth tax, one of the other things that would let us is 100% for the first time in history, 100% funding so every single child with a disability gets the educational opportunities they need. [applause] so it's about education and it's about housing opportunities. i have a housing plan -- we have a housing problem in this country, a shortage for middle-class families and working families and the working poor and the poor poorer, the homeless, veterans, and for seniors who need a place and for people with disabilities. they need adapted housing, so that is a part of the plan. there's also people that need
full-time long-term care and that is what medicare for all is all about, full-time long-term care for those who need it became sure we cover everyone. so, i see this and you've raised it on one specific issue. but this is a miniature. who are we as a country, what kind of a people do we want to be? .. >> two more questions.
4740. >> great job. jaime c. former special ad in eighth grade. [applause] fabulous. >> i have small grandchildren i cannot imagine the sense of trauma of them forcibly being taken from their parents. what is your plan to deal with these children in cages quack. >> i just want to start to say how much i appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
[applause] it so important. we are only a few months away that two years this has been going on that we have known nationally but when it first came out the trump administration was taking children away from their families and went straight down to the border and for a minute i want to tell you about it. i want everyone to picture the amazon warehouse and on the left there were cages 10 feet wide 40 deep and a single toilet that they could not all lay down at the same time on
the far right the same thing with women page after page after page. and i thought this is horrible then i walked into the main room and there were cages freestanding cages of little girls. just little girls. no television, no toys and just sitting quietly somewhere crying somewhere just sitting. they did not even know the other girls they were with and then a cage of little boys than a cage of nursing mothers. i spoke with one of them and they come from central america.
she said the reason she was here is that she had given a drink of water to a police officer. the next day the word that gangs believed she was working with them so that meant she and her baby would be killed. so with no thought or planning she wrapped her baby up and ran for the border and made her way to our border as a dangerous journey and then put in a cage. a great nation treats every human being with dignity for what is happening at our borders must stop. [applause] must stop. so how do we do that?
this problem is in no small part made by donald trump it starts down in central america , taking away eight from central america to destabilize the government that has a tenuous hold anyway. i will restore a two central america and work on economic development so that people are not forced to flee because they are afraid of the gangs and see no future. that the second part we must stop the business of for-profit detention centers nobody should make profit from locking people up ever. [applause] and i will do that. we must abide by international
law and international norms and those that arrive here with dignity and compassion if they are asking for amnesty they need help to make the claim. if they are refugees that we need to take our share of refugees from around the world. we lead by example donald trump is leading in the wrong direction i promise you i will turn this around starting on the first day. we will not be a nation that treats people like this. thank you. [applause] >> my first name is sanders. [laughter] sanders for warren. i love it. [applause] you and me.
>> that's a good leader. >> i am interested so tell me about a time you made a plan with people helping to make decisions. >> what a good question. [applause] >> i already laid out part of it. during my campaign talk about education on the special education teacher so wet about the appropriate funding rex i built one part of the plan and i call people who were education specialists.
and to pull them in and i should say this is not an area that it should be done one way so what are the right tools for the federal government to be a good partner and how much is it there to make sure we have real standards in place. that's where it started around education with the affordable housing plan at the same time. i talked about the reasons for it but with the general outline if we use a wheelchair what about with special ad mead one - - need a different
type may be group housing so they can learn to live independently. so i talked to people that housing facility i said i need to reach out to people across the disability communities. because there are many for people who are deaf or use wheelchairs or developmental disabilities or have autism. people could have different issues they are coping with every day. and for all of these different folks help me understand so let's start by thinking big. and now let's narrow it down to the appropriate role of the federal government. so that's when i came up with a disability plan.
so when i started this campaign you may remember we had 26 people running for office 2954. [laughter] good people were running who had good ideas they were in this because they wanted to see a better america. so as people left the race one of the things i tried aggressively to do is to integrate their good idea ideas, their energy into this campaign. so take a look at my client one - - my climate plan you will see whole sections and they have darn good pieces.
when kamala harris was forced out of the race, i thought it was so wrong. her voice was strong to be out of the primary process. and the fact she was forced out over many on the same day billionaire bought his way onto the democratic debate stage is just wrong. i have known her for a long time. when she was no longer in the race i called her and said what i would really like to do is pick up your terrific idea on how we protect women's reproductive health. she had some great ideas on that i said how would you feel if i added that into my plan and i will give you full credit. she said great. let's do it i did the same thing with kirsten gillibrand on her plans for paid family
leave. talking with corey booker not only great ideas of three and four -year-old pre- k. fabulous stuff. pull people in because the whole idea is we are not looking to elbow each other out but the best ideas for our country and the people who really love our country and want to make it work that is what my campaign is about and i guarantee that so my presidency is about. thank you. [applause] >> my name is judith. >> i made it i am so excited.
>> i want to tell you something first i sent you a check for years ago and said i wanted you to run for president. [laughter] >> if we all had a time machine. >> it is a medicare question. my husband is a nurse but if you do medicare for all will the salaries go down quick. >> do this the right way. it all depends on the reimbursement rate. there are two ways we think about healthcare going forward in the terms of cost one is where we set the reimbursement rates we need higher
reimbursement rights especially for general practice. we need more nurse practitioners and more people working in mental health fields. so we have to have resources. so think about the cost right now in the health care system of trying to satisfy five different insurance companies are ten different or 15. but to doctors and six people filling out insurance forms. and somebody arguing with the insurance company and that you send the bills to folks to get paid right now we have built
an enormous cost into this health care system because the insurance companies keep it complicated why don't they use a form cracks they want different chances to say no. to trick people and change which drug is being covered. so we have to do both we have to get the reimbursement rate right to bring down the cost overall. it is very important we do reimbursement rates that are high enough to make sure that we have all community hospitals in rural hospitals open they are critical part for our communities. and the last thing i will say is we have to make change and make it fast.
in this sense 36 million americans last year could not afford to have their prescriptions filled. just think what that means they were sick enough or worried enough to go to a doctor the doctor looks at them and is concerned enough to write a prescription then they left so fill it or buy groceries or pay the rent on time. and they decided not to fill it because of cost and that includes a lot of people who have health insurance. that should not be happening in america. healthcare is basic human rights. [applause] two things i will do on my
first day as president first i will suspend on - - defend the affordable care act we have to hang on. second i will bring down the cost of commonly used prescription drugs. insulin, at the ten, hiv drugs the president has the power to do that we can save families hundreds of dollars to get as much help to as many people as quickly as possible. that's what we need to do. [applause] >> final question. make it a good one. >> my name is april. if you win the nomination do you continue the pledge not to take campaign donations from
wealthy individuals quick. >> sure. to make sure everybody understands, this is important. when i made the decision to run for president, i made a decision how i would spend my time and build the campaign. so for me, i will not spend 70 percent of my time with rich people, corporate executives and lobbyists raising money for them. i will not spend my time selling access to me. just because you are rich and that will not change. but here is the thing. right now, we have a problem in america. not just in the economy but our democracy. if you have to be a
billionaire or suck up to billionaires to get the nomination to run for president as a democrat then tough luck because we will have an america that works better for billionaires and worse and worse for everyone else. i am in this fight to recover our democracy and build democracy that works from the grassroots up. i am in it all the way on this one. thank you. so let's wrap this up. let's talk about one more and this starts with a toaster. here is how it goes. toasters could burn down houses do you know the little toaster ovens? they did not have an automatic shut off switch. you can do something like a
slice of bread hear the baby cry stay down there longer than you thought it when you come back the flames are leaping off the toast about 8 inches and catches the curtain on fire than the cabinets. asked me how i know. [laughter] all i will confess to one year my daddy got so frustrated with me he bought me a fire extinguisher for christmas. [laughter] but then along came a federal agency consumer product safety commission said you cannot sell those that catch people's houses on fire. everybody put a safety switch and that's it. now toaster fires in america stopped. in the early 2000's home mortgages had gotten so complex and dangerous they
cost one out of five families their home through foreclosure. think about that. only this time the federal agency that is responsible was in the pocket of the banks they said keep selling him because that's how you make profits and that is what crashed of the economy in 2008. so i had an idea for an agency like the toaster agency although keeping from cheating people from student loans and mortgages. i'm not elected to office i go down to washington basically to pitch the idea to anybody in congress who will listen to me. we are in a crisis we will do something on financial reform. i knock on doors democrat and republican, i don't care.
i want the idea behind this agency. after a while i was getting the same two answers pretty much from everyone. the first was that's a good idea. you could make a real difference of structural change. the second was don't even try. don't try you are up against big money and all republicans and half the democrats. you will never get it done. i get it big structural changes hard. but it's the right thing to do. so we took on big money and got people engaged and in 2010 president obama signed an agency into law. we want - - we want. [applause]
we won the fight. and that little agency has already forced the banks to return more than $12 billion directly to the people they cheated. we make government work for the people. we can do this. [applause] so now it's been three years of donald trump. a lot of people are afraid for their families, their neighbor neighbors, children locked in cages and on our borders, afraid for children on lockdown in our public schools afraid for women or people of color lgbtq people
whose rights are up for grabs in this united states supreme cour court, afraid for our country and our planet. the danger is real our democracy hangs in the balance. so new hampshire what are we going to do in the face of this danger? will we cower or are back up and be timid or are we going to fight back? i am fighting back. i am fighting back. fighting back is an act of patriotism. fighting back. weht