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tv   Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren Holds Get- Out-the- Vote Rally in...  CSPAN  February 11, 2020 6:49am-7:54am EST

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we were on the edge of losing at all. my mother got a minimum wage job at sears and that minimum wage job saved our family and the way it saved our family is a minimum wage job at a time in america would cover a mortgage, the utilities and put groceries on the table. today a minimum wage job in
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america will not keep a mother and baby out of poverty. that is wrong. and that is why i am in this fight. [applause] >> and why the difference? it is about whose side government is on. the question asked in washington about the minimum wage, what takes a family of 3 to survive? what does it take a family of three to get a toehold on america's middle-class? what does it take a family of three to build something solid that they can build a future for themselves and their children on. the question asked in washington about minimum wages where do we set the minimum
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wage to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations? i don't want a government that works for giant multinational corporations. i want one that works for our families. >> we have a government that works great for drug companies, and the prescription filled. we have a government that looks great for people who want to make some money by investing in private detention centers down at the border and private prisons, just not for people whose lives are destroyed by those places. [applause] >> we have a government that works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere. just not for the rest to see climate change bearing down on us. and if you see a government that works great for those with money, works great for those
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who can hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers, works great for those who made it big but is not working for anyone else, that is corruption pure and simple and we need to call about. corruption, corruption. it is about the influence of money anywhere in washington. it is about campaign contributions. it is about lobbyists. it is about lawyers. it is about pr firms. it is about bought and paid for experts. and understand it this way, whatever issue gets you going whether it is the price of prescription drugs, whether it is gun violence, climate change, student loans, childcare, a decision made in washington that has been influenced by money it has been
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shaped by money, had exceptions created by money. and if we are going to announce that around the edges, we can't look the other way, it is reality. if we are going to fix it we've got to have some big structural change. are we ready for that? [applause] >> big structural change and where i start with this. i have the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. here is the bad news. we have the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. the things we can do together if we just don't back the influence of money. let me tell you a little about this.
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some part of it, end lobbying as we know it. block the revolving door between wall street and washington. make the supreme court follow the same rules of ethics. overturn citizens united, democracy is not for sale. one more and i promise. you want to hose out some corruption make every single person who runs for federal office but their tax returns online. [applause] >> we can do this. we can do this. this is about winning
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unwinnable fights. people think the folks with the money are always going to win, they don't know what they are up against. it is the folks with persistence who are going to win. [applause] >> let's do some questions. who has the questions? come on up, you two. all righty. good to see you here. okay. okay. we will do hugs. you bet. >> the last four numbers are 4730. 4730. over here? fabulous. stand up and yell persist and come line up over here for me. let's make this happen.
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>> the next number is 4774. 4774. you got it. all right. way to go. this is like bingo. the next number is 4735. 4735. all right. got it. one more. 4770. we got it? 4770. all right. is that going to go start it? get us started, that sounds good and by the way, in the meantime my son has arrived,
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stand up, say hello, alex. his wife, elise. just so you know who alex is, he has been my tech support since second grade. he runs his own small business now but he picked up a second line and that is support your mother when she runs for president of the united states. [applause] >> and he is doing that by being the advanced man. we've got it. we got a question? are we ready? high. tell me your name. high, amy. >> this question is about gerrymandering and the fact that in two elections in the last 20 is the winner has not won the popular vote. what can we do to get out the vote? the results are decided by
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electoral districts and decided bipartisan bodies. what should be done about that? what will you be able to do? >> i want to do two things. the first one, let's do this at the federal level, it is time to get rid of the electoral college. we need direct vote. [applause] >> i want to be the last president elected by the electoral college and the first elected by direct vote. can we do that? that is what i would like to see. but it is not just at the federal level. think about how gerrymandering undercuts everything. how the electoral college, it means some votes are worth a lot 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
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political gerrymandering nationwide. that is what we have got to do. so that is it. let's do it. think about that. pass a federal law, no more political gerrymandering and we are done. all votes are going to count. that should be the heart of our democracy. that we should have it. we are talking in some places we should be lining up where we want to make constitutional changes and i know those are hard but we need to have them and have them laid out and for me, one of the important elements is guarantee the right of every american citizen to vote and to get that vote counted. gerrymandering is going to be part of that. thank you. thank you. great question. high. >> my big concern is electing someone who can beat donald trump. >> me too.
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>> we get stats from the white house that unemployment is down, jobs are up and that is a very positive message which we now doesn't reveal the whole story. how do you counteract that message to show the world who only listens to soundbites the we are not in good shape? >> thanks very much for the question. let me start by saying how much i agree with you. our number one job is to beat donald trump. whoever the nominee is i am in 100% because we have got to get that done. but you have asked specifically about economics. the economic part of this and just give me a minute when i don't have to do it by soundbite and we will get it to soundbites by the end. it is time for us to declare nationally that trickle-down economics has been a disaster for our country. [applause]
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>> trickle-down about comics, you know what it basically is, help the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful and i am not kidding about that. cut taxes for those at the top and cut regulations for giant corporations. that is how they get more powerful. that's what trickle-down economics is about and that is how it has hollowed out america's middle class and put working people on the ropes, has crushed the working poor and kicked dirt in the face of the poor. it is time for us as a country to say we tried that experiment for 40 years and we want an america that grows and economy from the grassroots up. [applause] >> how does that work? i can give you one example. i have an idea. i think it is time for a wealth tax in america.
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[applause] >> you bet. here's the basic idea behind it. basic idea is you -- your accumulated wealth, how much you owe in your first 50 million free and clear. your 15 million and first dollar you got you pitch in $0.02 and $0.02 on every dollar after that, you get $1 billion a couple pennies more. anybody in here own a home or grow up in a family that owns a home? we paid a wealth tax. this is called property tax. for the property tax, out to include the real estate and the stock portfolio.
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[applause] >> i want to make sure everybody understands the equity here. understands how much you have been getting cheated on this deal. collectively the 99% last year paid 7.2% of your total wealth in taxes. that top one tenth of one%, the folks with $50 million in assets, they paid 3.2%, less than half as much. all i am saying here is pitch in $0.02, $0.02, and billionaires don't like this, you've heard about them. some have gone on tv and cried. others have run for president. [laughter and applause]
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>> here's the argument they make. i worked really hard for my money. i had this great idea and followed it through, worked late at night. my answer is good for you. you built a great fortune in america, good for you. but keep in mind you built a great fortune in this country, i guarantee at least in part using workers all of whom helped pay to educate. you built it at least in part getting your goods to market on roads and bridges all of us helped pay to build. you built it at least in part protected by police and firefighters who paid their salary. and we are glad to do it. we want to invest in opportunity. we want to create opportunities for people. happy to do it. always say is when you make it big, really big, top one tenth
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of one% big, pitch in $0.02 so everyone else gets a chance to make it in this country. [applause] >> now i want to tell you just one thing, just one thing we could do. that will cover a lot of things but one thing. we can provide universal childcare. early education, pre-k, for every baby in this country age 0 to 5. $0.02. and now here is how it goes on building an economy from the ground up. that is it is that a lot of mamas can finish their education. what does that do? more productive in the workplace. a lot of mamas and daddys can go back to work if that is what they want to do, work full-time, work a night shift if they know they have good childcare available. that is good for everyone and
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when they have money to spend, when they are not writing checks for $600 for two weeks of childcare, when they are not spending that kind of money, that is money they can spend in the local economy, money they can spend at restaurants, many they could use to buy cars, money they could save up to buy a home. money they put in the economy that grows real jobs and real wealth and helps support small businesses. that is how we make this economy work from the bottom up, from the grassroots up. so here is the thing. you raise the right question. can we get this message across? we have an economy right now where the stock market keeps going up, gdp goes up, unemployment is low. it is working great if you are already rich. it is not working for much of anyone else. this gives me real hope. when i talk about corruption. not just democrats who get it,
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democrats and republicans. when i talk about the influence of money in washington and how we need anticorruption bill it is not just democrats who get it but democrats and republicans, when i talk about a $0.02 wealth tax, you're on the wrong end of the stick, not just democrats who sign up. it is republicans across the country. americans understand that this government and this economy is not working for them. i'm working on the bumper sticker but i guarantee we are going to pull in democrats and republicans and make it work. thank you. we are going to have fun doing it. >> from stockholm, sweden. >> good to see you.
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>> i came here for you. i am going back tonight. >> thank you for being here. that is so kind. >> thank you. >> my wife has two artistic sons. i'm sorry for my accents. >> it is okay. some say i have one too. what can i say? >> they need assistance, 24/7 and they have assistance because the most progressive country in the world paid for by the government. this is not really the case,
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not really the case here so what will you do for assistance 24 hours? >> thank you for being here. and thank you for this question. anders reminds us, what this election is about. a measure of who we are as a people. i talked a lot about economics, not embarrassed about that. it is really about our values and responsibility to each other and when you frame the question this way, i believe in the worth of every single human being and that a good country lives that value every single
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day. 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 want to have a plan to get it done. in putting together plans around people with disabilities. and a lot of issues people deal with, sometimes it is about babies and all the way to seniors. when i got ready to do this i said instead of my writing it by myself or putting in a handful of experts actually went to the disability community and said help me write this plan, help me get this right and it is a plan
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that talks about education, that $0.02 wealth tax, one of the other things that will let us do, it is 100% for the first time in history, 100% funding so every child with a disability gets a full educational opportunity. so it is about education, housing opportunities, i have a housing plan. we have a housing shortage, shortage for middle-class families, working families, the working poor and the poor poor, the homeless, and seniors who age in place and disabilities, they need adapted housing. that is part of the plan. there are people who need full-time long-term care and medicare for all people,
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full-time long-term care, make sure we cover everyone. you raise it on one specific issue but this is the measure. who are week? what people do we want to be. you ask those at that top to pitch in a little more so that we have a country that sees value in every single human being and every single human being to be all they could be. thank you for being here, thank you. thank you. we will draw some more questions. all right. let's hear a couple more or however many more you want to
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do. >> two more questions. and yell out so we know it is you. the last four numbers are 4726. >> 4726. >> it is a couple weeks ago, long silence and this woman said, i put my used chewing gum in the ticket but she had the numbers. 4726, move along. the next number 4738. nice. the last number 4732. all right. come over. >> we are going to do one more. >> you are going to keep me working here. >> 4740. >> all right, come on over. good deal.
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>> my name is macy. >> that is another one. >> two grandchildren. i cannot imagine the extent of trauma if those children were forcibly taken from their parents and put in some situation. what is your plan to hit the ground running, putting children cages the loan reuniting families. >> i just want to start with you and say how much i appreciate that you raised this and don't let this fallout of our attention nationally. this is so important.
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[applause] >> a few months away from it being two years this has been going on but we have known about nationally. when it first came out the trump administration was taking children away from their families i went to the border, i went to mcallen, texas. i want to tell you about it. i come from a witnessing tradition and it is important, you have to keep talking about it. i want you to picture and amazon warehouse. i walked in and on the left were cages. they were ten feet wide, a single toilet back in the corner and packed so densely with men that they couldn't all lie down. on the far right the same thing with women, cage after cage after cage after cage and i
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thought this is hard and i walked into the neighborhood. there were cages bigger than this center section freestanding, free cages of little girls, little girls, they had no toys, no television and mostly were just sitting quietly. some were crying, some were just sitting, they were sad. they didn't know the other girls they were with. and another cage of little girls, a cage of little girls, back in the corner there was a cage of nursing mothers and i spoke with one of them, they came from central america, most everyone in that facility came from central america and she said the reason she was here is she had given a drink of water
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to a police officer. the next day the word came back to her. that meant she and her baby would be killed. with no time for planning she wrapped her baby up and ran to the border. and made her way, a dangerous journey, where she had been put in a cage. a great nation teaches -- treat every human being with dignity. what happens in our borders must stop, must stop. [applause] >> think about the origin of the problem. this problem is in no small part made by donald trump. it is a problem that started in
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central america, taking away 8 from central america, destabilized the governments that had only a tenuous hold any way, restore aid to central america, work on economic developing, get our allies to work so that people are not forced to flee because they are afraid of the gangs and see no future for themselves or their children. but the second parties here and what we do in america. we must stop this business of for-profit detention centers. nobody should make a profit from locking people up ever. [cheers and applause] >> i will do that. we must abide by international law and international norms and we must treat the people who
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arrive here with dignity and compassion. if they are asking for amnesty we need procedures, they need help to be able to make that plane. if they are refugees then we need to take our share of refugees from around the world. we lead the world 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, not be a nation that treats people like this. thank you. thank you. >> my first name is sanders. >> and i to meet you. >> sanders for warren. >> sanders for warren. i love it. >> you and me. >> good leaders make sense of
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complex important things. >> what a nice thing to say. >> interested in your team building. tell me about a time you made a plan and called on advisors how did you get people to help you with making decisions and what did you learn from that? >> what a good question. i already laid out part of this time to a disability plan during my campaign. i recognized i was talking about education. i am a special education teacher. how did we make sure we had appropriate funding. i built one part of the plan and called people who were education specialists who do specialists -- and pulled them in and i should say people of
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different perspectives, this is not an area that is unitary. some folks believe things should be done one way, some see it another way. bring them in, listen to all of them, think about what are the right tools for the federal government, how much is the government there to be a good partner and how much is it there to make sure we get some real standards in place. that is where it started, around education. working on a housing plan at the same time we have a housing shortage in america and what about people with disabilities, people who use a wheelchair and in special ed who needed different kind of housing situation, maybe group housing, to live independently. talking to people who had
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housing specialty was their part of the disability issue and the third time i felt i need to reach out to people across the communities. there are many, for people who are deaf, people who use wheelchairs, people who developed mental disabilities, people who have autism, people who have different tissues they are coping with every single day and said to all these folks help me understand let's start by thinking big, what is everything we could do and let's narrow it down a little to the appropriate role for the federal government and that is how i came up with a disability plan and i will give you one more that has come out of the campaign because it is important. if when i started this campaign you may remember we had 26
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people running for office, 131, 2954. i'm trying to remember what the numbers were but good people who were running, but they have good ideas and they love their country. they were in this because they want to see a better america and as people left the race, one of the things i tried to do, is integrate your good ideas, into the campaign. the, climate plan and you will see whole sections that jay inslee originally came up with and they are good pieces. when kamala harris was forced out of the race which just i
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thought was so wrong, her voice was strong, should be a part of the primary process. the fact that she was forced out over money on the same day that a billionaire bought his way onto the democratic debate stage, that is just wrong. i have known kamala for a long time and when she was no longer in the race i called her and said what i would really like to do is pick up her terrific idea on how we protect women's productive -- reproductive health. how would you feel if i just added them into my set of plans, give you full credit because i'm happy to do that and she said great. i said the same with kirsten gillibrand on her plans for paid family leave and then julian castro, not only great
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plans around immigration but great plans around paris k, 3 and number 4-year-old pre-k, fabulous stuff. the whole idea is we are not looking for elbowing each other out but looking for the best ideas for the country, looking for the people who really love our country and want to make it work. that is what my campaign is about and what my presidency will be about. thank you. [applause] >> my name is judith. >> good to see you. >> let me tell you something, my dad sent you a check and a letter with it and want you to run for president.
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i hope you cashed that check. okay. >> we all had a time machine. >> it was a decent amount. the medicare question. my husband is a nurse. i don't want to look like a greedy went here but medicare for all, physicians, nurses and pas, will the salaries go down? >> the answer, let's do this the right way. it depends on what the reimbursement rates are. and there are two ways we think about how to pay for healthcare in terms of the cost. one is where we set our reimbursement rates. we hire reimbursement rates for some parts of healthcare
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particularly those in general practice. we need more people. we need more nurse practitioners. we need more people working in mental health fields and that means we have got to have resources. the second thing we are going to do is cut costs. think about the costs in the healthcare system, trying to satisfy five different insurance companies or ten different insurance companies or 15 different insurance companies. i go to my doctor, two doctors and six people filling out insurance forms, right? and somebody on the phone arguing with an insurance company and somebody else who has to do the billing that you send the bill to folks to get paid and somebody else who has to do the collection. we have built right now enormous cost into this health care system because the
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insurance companies want to keep it complicated. why do not use a unitary form? they use different forms because they want to have different chances to say no and to trick people into full people and have people fill out the wrong thing or didn't ask the right permission were changed which drug is being covered over time. we have got to do both of these things. we have to get the reimbursement rate right and we have got to bring down the cost. one more thing. it is very important that we do reimbursement rates that are high enough to make sure we keep all of our community hospitals open. they are a critical part of public health for everyone. and for our community. the last thing i will say is we have got to make a change and make it fast. 36 million in this sense.
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36 million americans last year couldn't afford to have their prescriptions filled. think for a minute about what that means. they were sick enough or worried enough to go to a doctor. the doctor looked at them and was concerned enough to to write prescriptions for treatment. they have been -- what did that prescription, fill the prescription or buy groceries. fill the prescription or pay rent on time. and they decided not to fill the prescription because of cost and that includes a lot of people who have health insurance. that should not be happening in america. healthcare is a basic human right and we fight for basic human rights. [applause] >> two things i will do on my first day as president.
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first, i will defend the affordable care act from the trump administration's sabotage. we have got to hang on. the second thing is i will bring down the cost of commonly used prescription drugs. insulin, epipens, hiv-aids drugs. the president has the power to do that. we can save families hundreds of millions of dollars. my overall package on healthcare. as much help to as many people as quickly as possible. that is what we need to do. thank you. [applause] final question, make it a good one. >> my name is april. >> hi, april. >> if you win the nomination do you plan to continue to pledge to not take campaign donations from wealthy donors? >> sure. i want to make sure everybody understands, this really is
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important. when i made the decision to run for president, i made a decision how to spend my time and how to build this campaign. so for me i am not going to spend 70% of my time with rich people, with corporate executives and with lobbyists raising money for them. i am not going to spend my time selling access to me to be able to tell me about your issues just because you are rich. that is not going to change. here is the thing. right now, we have a problem in america and the problem is a problem not just in our economy. it is a problem in our democracy. if you have to be a billionaire or suck up to billionaires to get the nomination to run for
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president as a democrat, then buckle up. we are going to have an america that works better for billionaires and worse and worse for everyone else. i'm in this fight to recover our democracy, to build a 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. i want to talk about one more unwinnable fight that you get in anyway. this one starts with a toaster. here's how it goes. when i was a young mom, toasters could burn down houses. the way that worked, you know those little toaster ovens? they didn't have automatic shutoff switches. you could put four slices of bread in one of those toaster ovens, lick the thing on, go to the other end of the house, stay down there longer than you
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thought you had and when you come back the flames are leaping off of the toast about 6 to 8 inches, catches the kitchen curtains on fire and then the kitchen cabinets. ask me how i know. all i will confess to is one year my daddy got so frustrated with me he bought me a fire extinguisher for christmas. but along came a federal agency. consumer product safety commission, they said enough. you can't have toasters in america that sets people's houses on fire. put a little safety switch on them and that is it. toaster fires in america stopped. in the early 2000s home mortgages have gotten so complex and so dangerous they
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cost one in five families their home through foreclosure. think about that. only this time, the federal agency that was responsible was not on the side of the people but in the pocket of the banks. deep in the pocket of the banks, they keep telling us things because that is how you make big profits and that is what crashed our economy in 2008. after the crash i had an idea for an agency that is like the toaster agency only at that you can't make a profit from cheating people on mortgages, credit cards, student loans. i am not in a lecture office. i would go to washington, pitched the idea to anybody in congress who will listen to me. we are in the middle of a crisis and we will do something on financial reform so i knock on doors, democrat, republican, i will talk to anybody about the idea behind this agency. here's the amazing thing. i realized after a while i was
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getting the same two answers pretty much from everyone. the first answer was that is a good idea. you could make a real difference, structural change. the second was don't even try. he will be up against big money, you will be up against wall street and all the republicans, and half the democrats. you will never get it done. i get it, big structural change is hard but it was the right thing to do. we got enough light. we took on big money. we got people engaged. in 2010, president obama signed that agency into law. we won. [cheers and applause] >> we can win these fights.
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and that little agency, that little agency has already forced the banks to return $12 billion to people directly. you can make government work for the people. we can do this. [applause] >> so now it has been three years of donald trump. and a lot of people are afraid. afraid for their families. afraid for their neighbors. afraid for children locked in cages at our borders, afraid for children on lockdown in our public schools, afraid for women, for people of color, for lgbt q people, for trends people all of whose rights are up for grabs in this united states supreme court. afraid for our country, afraid
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for our planet. and the danger is real. our democracy hangs in the balance. it comes to you, new hampshire. what are we going to do in the face of this kind of danger. are we going to cower? are we going to back up? or are we going to fight back? i am fighting back. i am fighting back. i am fighting back. you bet. fight back. fighting back is an act of patriotism. fighting back. we fought back against a king to build this country. we fought back against the scourge of slavery to save this
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union. and to rebuild our economy. we find back against fascism, america is at its best when we fight back. this is no time for small ideas. this is no time to nibble around the edges of our big problems. this is the time to see a problem, attack it head on. this is the time for big structural change. [applause] >> i don't have a campaign that
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was put together by a bunch of consultants. i don't have a campaign that has a bunch of proposals that have been -- i will sit down if you want. i don't have a campaign that has been carefully -- worked out a bunch of proposals that have been carefully designed not to offend big donors. i am running a campaign from a lifetime of fighting for working families. i am running a campaign from the heart because i believe in you and i believe in what we can build together. i believe in the america we can build together, and america where everyone has value, and america where every child is worth investing in an america where people, not money are the most important part of our
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democracy. [applause] >> i believe in that america and if you believe just a little that that america is possible and worth fighting for then i am asking you, get in this fight with me. be in this fight for me. go to and volunteer. get in this fight because understand, this is our moment in history. this moment will not come our way again. this is our moment to choose hope over fear. this is our moment to show courage. this is our moment to dream big, fight hard and win.
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