tv Democratic National Cmte. Chair Tom Perez CSPAN March 13, 2018 3:51pm-4:19pm EDT
local 25, can we give it up for the people who have made this stay as good as it is? can we give it up for the labor movement more generally who brought us the weekend and is taking it on the chin from this supreme court? we're not going to -- we're never going to give up. we will continue to fight. we will continue to organize. we will continue because collective bargaining is what brought us the middle class in this country and when you will organize, you win. so thank you so local 25. thank so you everyone in this room and the labor movement for what you're doing. that's what's going to make america great. that's what always made america great. you know, folks, speaking of the labor movement, i have a friend, keith has a friend, many of us in the labor movement have a friend who is here in spirit today. his name is paul booth. paul booth was a champion and
paul booth and his wife, heather, are a power couple. they have done so much for the labor movement. paul passed away in january fighting the fight to the very end. i'm quite confident there's ag an organizing campaign going on in heaven right now and they needed him. because that's the only reason i can think of as to why the lord took him. but i know that heather's going to keep the fight up. heather has been working with the dnc helping us build the democratic fight for everyone. we also lost a colleague, jennis endright. who was not only an allied partner with our friend, hair ol harold hicky. she did so much. she spent her career on the front lines of democratic politics working to elect the likes of david dinkins as the
first african-american player of new york city and on hillary clinton's senate campaign. they were both trailblazers. in their absence we have to work twice as hard for democrats. but i want to take a moment because it is so important. i can't help but note the tragic irony of the fact that when we were in las vegas, for our meeting last fall, it was in the aftermath of a senseless shooting that occurred about a mile or so or less from our hotel. and here we are today. tragically, preventably. just a few weeks after another massacre in parkland. so if i could ask us all to please take a moment of silence to pray both for our allies, paul, janet, and our friends, the mothers and fathers who have lost their loved ones, lost
their teachers. victims of parkland. and for the thousands of americans whose families have been shattered by gun violence. und undeniably our thoughts and prayers matter. but as the student of stoneman douglas tell us, thoughts and prayers are not enough. this is a moment in our history that demands action and moral leadership. you know, i had the chance the other day to speak to someone who demonstrated leadership. ceo dicks.
he was telling me about their process. for why they did what they did. and he said, you know, tom, if the young people can lead, why couldn't corporate america lead. and lead he did. they were preparing for the worst. they understood this could have serious economic consequences. but this is doing what dr. king says, which it is always the right time to do the right thing. and you know what, he was wrong in his assessment that there would be a backlash. what they have gotten is an unrelenting response in the positive from people, members of the nra included, who have said, second amendment freedoms and common sense gun violence reduction measures can coexist. thank you for your moral
leadership. that's what we wethey were sayi him. and you know what they said? if young people can exercise leadership, then we can exercise leadership in corporate america. if we can exercise leadership in corporate america, why can't elected officials exercise leadership? and you know what? the way to make that happen is to elect more democrats. that's exactly what we're doing. and you know, i've been doing my best to get around the nation. and everywhere i go, i see moral leadership at work in the democratic party. everywhere i go, i see people fed up with the modern republican party. let us make one thing clear, the party of lincoln is officially dead. it's been replaced by the party of trump. the rule of law is in jeopardy. because the rule of trump is what is happening all too frequently here in washington. i see it all over the country. people fed up with the party of lincoln. or the former republican party.
out in oklahoma, i met those folks who won those elections. they are inspirational. and i was speaking to school children, going to school four days a week, as your former labor secretary, who talked a lot about the future of work, we never once had a future of work summit. where someone suggested that future of work in the 21st century is to send your kids to school four days a week. that's just morally bankrupt. and you know why they're doing it in oklahoma and in kansas and missouri and actually in a few other places? because they cut their budgets to the bone. through the bone. so they can give tax cuts. that is morally bankrupt, my friends. and i want to say, thank you to teachers who are standing up in west virginia. teachers who are standing up in
oklahoma. thank you to john o. stocks. thank you to efb who helped those folks. they fought in west virginia. they saw the power of collective action. in west virginia. we are going to see the power of collective action in oklahoma. and it's not simply about the teachers. it's about the kids. because if you don't pay people, they can't survive. this is what it's about, my friends, collective action. democrats have their backs. i've seen it in tennessee. when i was there. the moral bankruptcy of the republican leadership in tennessee. eight, count them, eight rural hospitals in tennessee have been shut down in the last two years. because of the idiological
leadership and people like marcia blackburn, nominee, in all likelihood for the senate, who is going to lose to phil bredson, their idiological aversion to obamacare. so the family suffering with opioid addiction, they've got nowhere to go. and as you know, in rural america, these rural hospitals are not only the health care hub, they're withe employment h. and people have lost their jobs. that is morally bankrupt, my friends. i had the privilege of being in indiana recently with the remarkable chair and others doing great work in indian where we will re-elect joe donnelly to the united states senate.
indiana, home of the carrier plant that this president promised. i will save your jobs. talk to the workers. the exact opposite has happened. lies, lies, lies. we need a president who's honest. and we've gotten just the opposite. you good to wisconsin where i had the privilege of being recently with rhett markable chair martha landing and her team. and you know what, folks? we talk about this tax cut bill and there's a koch brothers funded campaign to tell people that this tax cut bill is wonderful for america. trickle down economics is a great thing. well, talk to the kimberly clark employees in washington. because couple lettkimberly cla something like $700 million in tax breaks from the recent tax
bill. and you know what they did with it? overwhelming majority went to stock buy back so they could artificially inflate the value of their stock. and what else did they do after that? they laid off 5,000 workers. including $6 600 workers in wisconsin alone. that's what they did. that is morally bankrupt, my friend. i speak to dreamers all over this country. including one of the most recent appointees to the dnc. elly bettis from arizona. elly is a superstar. she is every bit as american as my three kids. and you know what? we're going to continue to work to make sure they have the piece of paper to prove it. we're working together on that, folks. this is the moral bankruptcy of the republican party. and i am so proud to be a democrat because you saw in the
people who came up and spoke to you this morning. you saw america at its best. and we see it elsewhere. we see it everywhere. where we go. the work you are doing to elect people day in and day out. this is indeed the most credible stress test. and you no he what, folks, democrats are stepping to the plate to make sure we take back our democracy. we put 39 seats since trump took off. as you know, we are winning elections coast to coast, including that remarkable victory in alabama. i want to thank the alabama democratic party. i want to thank the black caucus. i want to thank everybody. i was so proud we have been involved in that case. and we know that victory would never have happened without the organizing power down there and without african-american women, the backbone of the democratic party. 98% of whom voted for doug jones.
i hope you recall last october, one of the videos we had. a video about doug. he wasn't on the map as much back then. but i wanted to make sure he was on your map that last october. i've known doug for 20 years, and he's the real deal. you know why we keep winning elections? because we field excellent candidates. we had doug jones fighting for good jobs. we've got roy moore who is fighting the culture wars. and you know what? that's how we win. and i'm so proud of the work that i saw in texas. wi the enthusiasm for democratic candidates in texas. it's remarkable. in the 15 biggest counties, democratic early voting saw 105% increase from 2014 and for the first time since 2002, more than 1 million democrats cast ballots in the texas mid term primaries.
that is remarkable, folks. and nearly half the candidates who finished first in texas's democratic primaries were women. including veronica and sylvia garcia. who are poised to become the first two texas latinas to ever serve in congress. thank you, chairman niahosa. those nones ought to scare the heck out of rafael cruz. i tell you, folks, democrats are back in a big way. ohio's flooding the zone. so many others are flooding the zone by fielding candidates everywhere. south dakota's organizing an indian country and so are so many others because we should never take any voter for granted and we should always build those relationships. wisconsin democrats are organizing in communities of color and we're proud to have provided them an innovation grant. we went all in in virginia last year. thank you so susan sweker and
virginia folks and everybody else who was there. virginia taught us that we can win. alabama taught us we could win everywhere. thank you so much. and you know what, folks? we should be given the shoutout to some of the unsung heros as well. our colleagues at dmo. democratic municipal officials. colleagues at dlcc. colleagues at democratic governor's association. i'm proud of the work we do with the ds and the d triple c. but every alphabet in that alphabet soup are partners is important and i'm proud to work with all of them. by the way, my good friend john curry is now presiding over new jersey that no longer has chris christie. i was proud to be up there with you, mr. chairman. we lift up democrats across the board. phil murphy is kicking butt. he is taking back the progressive values that chris
christie took away. and it's not just phil murphy. i remember going to new jersey with chairman curry. we went down state in the belly of the more conservative parts of the state. mammoth county, i believe it was. a guy named vin paul, who if he came here today, he would say what you said to yourselves after all these speaksers, this guy's got game. he wasn't supposed to win. because nobody wins in that district. well they were wrong. seven-point upset victory for paul. that is real work. i was in washington state last week, my friends. and you know what? the election of dingra transformed the state legislate tour in washington state. how is it so, you might ask? she just got aelected. because they flipped the state they were able to finally take up and pass and sign a series of
sweeping voting rights reforms that the republicans had been able to stimy for years. we believe that all eligible voters should be able to cast their right to vote. the republicans don't. they want to make it harder for people to vote. that's what they did for years. in washington state. until dingra got elected. we were proud to invest in that. i must give a shout out to my friend, ryan ramirez, who helped us raise the money in washington state so we could support dingra. we are investing in these places. i was so excited about kentucky. a district that trump won by 49 points. carried democrat linda belcher to a 36-point victory. i don't understand that. although, i do understand that. people finally figured out that donald trump is bad for them.
that's what's going on. we're winning but you know what's equally important folks? we're finning the right way. i want to thank my friends and democrats abroad because they've been helping us win. they've been, new hampshire in 2016. north carolina for roy cooper in 2016. you look at how many democrats broadcasted votes. they were difference makers. so we're winning the right way by getting everyone involved. not just here in the united states, but quite literally around the world. and i'll be going to the uk next month so we can have a conversation with demes abroad. we are putting our values into action. that's why we're kin winning. we saw those historic victories in virginia. 15 white guys, former house delegate members, replaced by women, including first two latinas. including first openly
transgender member. first asian-american woman, kathy tran. they all won for one simple reason. they are spectacular candidates. just like all of yours. that's what we're doing, folks. and you know what? even in the races where we fell short, we saw massive swings and democratic support. we invested in that congressional in montana. we didn't get to the mountain top quite there. but you know what, i'm proud of our investment. and that investment is paying dividends in the year 2018. because we invested in infrastructure and the montana party is taking advantage of that infrastructure today to make sure we re-elect john tester. same thing in parnell's race in south carolina. democrats can win in south carolina. jamie knows that because jamie's done that. we see progress. as i said to some the other day, the best evidence of our progress is our good friend steve bannon.
who said after alabama, and i quote, the dnc did an amazing job organizing in alabama. you got give the devil its due. when steve bannon is calling us the devil, i'll take it. you know you're doing something, right, my friend. the republicans talk a lot about we outraised democrats. that's a dog bites man story. they outraised us 2-1 in 2005. you know what happened in 2006, we took over the house of representatives. you know what happened two years later? we did the same thing. we raised more money last year than in 2015, 2013, 2007, 2005 and did that despite the fact we were shut down effectively. for the first couple months of the year. we were able to do that and we're winning because you know what, as i've said repeatedly, they are morally bankrupt. they are spending their money to help roy moore in alabama.
to help joe arepaio. and you know where the lion's share of the money will go, the donald trump legal defense fund. because those legal bills are piling uch, my friend. so i'm excited. but you know what, folks, we got some unfinished business we are about to get to. i think it's important. i think everything we've been up to is not simply rebuilding the infrastructure across states. it is about rebuilding and regaining the trust of voters. so we have to do both. and everything we do each day, pivots around those goals of rebuilding our infrastructure and regaining that trust. we have so many people who share our values but aren't quite sure they want to be democrats. especially young people. our largest constituency. and that is why we continue to work. that's why we will take up as soon as i am done. the report of the rules and bylaws committee. i want to say thank you to all
of the members of the unity reform commission who are here. and if you're not here, i want to say thank you as well. i want to say thank you to the rules and bylaws committee who have been working tirelessly. your work is so important. and you know what, folks? what the report says in a nutshell that will be coming to your consideration is that the status quo is not good enough. we have to change. we owe it to our voters. we want to regain their trust. we have to communicate we are the party of everyday americans. that's what the report is about. a bold roadmap for reform. and i'm proud of that. and as i promised you before, and i will reiterate again, it is a red map that is not going to land in a political graveyard. it is a roadmap we will put into action. and put it into action today. the report is not lip service. i think it is a public service. it is not a paper for the
shredder. it is a blueprint for action. we're not patting ourselves on the back. it is a report that tells the american people, we will have your back. that's what it's about. my mentor, my original mentor and politics ted kennedy taught me that politics in many respects is about arithmetic. you want it wto win voters, youe to have not just the right values but you have to have the capacity and the demonstration that you can earn their trust. that's what we're doing. and i'm competent we will get through it. and i'm confident we will reach our goal and our i will vote program of reaching 50 million voters. the work we are doing and rules and bylaws committee. thank you, larry. thank you so many other people who i saw working tirelessly into the night last night. i felt guilty walking out of a restaurant at 10:30, having just add beer. and i see those folks walking out of their committee. thank you.
i hadn't eaten all day so i was getting squeamish. thank you to all of you who have done your work. we are all in this together, folks. that's what it is about. we will meet the goal of 50 million voters. when we get excited. we communicate our values. that's what we are doing. i said last year, our unity is our greatest strength and it is donald trump's worst nightmare. we've always been the agent of positive change. we've always been those warriors for progress. when we work together and lead with our values, whether it is from the local level or the national level, we are unstoppable. we have always had everybody's backs. we've had the backs of those school teachers in oklahoma and west virginia and everybody fighting to ensure that our secretary of education actually believes in public education. we've always had the backs of students marching to reduce gun violence.
we will always have the backs of those dreamers who deserve a place in our land of liberty that they call home. we will always have the backs of our carrier workers and those kimberly clark employees and others who have been betrayed by this president. we will always have the backs of our tribes who are fighting against trump's infringement on tribal sovereignty. we will always have the backs of our fellow americans with disabilities who want us to stop focussing on the first three letters of that word and start focussing on the last seven letters of that word. we will always have the backs of our union brothers and sisters, whether in the janice case or any other context. we will always have the backs of women who deserve equal pay. paid family leave. and a right to make their own health care decisions. we will always have the back of black women, backbone of our democratic party. we will always have the back of the people of flint and people elsewhere who want and deserve
and are entitled to clean air and clean water. we will always have the backs of our lbgqt americans who deserve full equality. we will always have the backs of our veterans who serve our nation with distinction. only to come home and confront injustice. we will always have the backs because we've always been the party of working families who need health care. who are struggling with opioid addiction. and wh want a party that believes. that health care is a right for all. and an privilege for a few. that's what it is about, folks. we've got 240 days until the weekend. that's election day. those who know me when i was at the labor department, they saw a sign back in this is honest to god's truth, they saw a sign starting in 2015 that said, 392 days until the weekend. because you know what, folks,ive
live everyday with a sense of urgency. let me tell you why, because i really mean this, when you lose your dad at 12 and when your mom was sick before your dad died and your mom got really sick after your dad died, it gives you a sense of urgency. everyday i'm vertical is a good day. and you know what? everyday i'm vertical is a day you have to live with a sense of urgency. because you know what, folks, we've got to be nonstop. we've got to make sure these 240 days, we're fighting for all of the people that don't have a voice. that's what the democratic party is about. we can't focus on these little things. we have to focus on the big things. we have to have the urgency so we win in november and take it on to 2020. let's do it together. let's get to work. 240 days until the weekend. it shod