tv Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally in Las Vegas CSPAN February 18, 2016 11:00pm-12:00am EST
i want to be attacked on the ideas i believe in. i want it to be a debate about the future of this country. if you do not have the convictions, what is the campaign going to be about? it will be about nonsense. it should be about ideas that change the direction the country. i am all in. i respectfully disagree with the political view that you might have. yes, ma'am. >> first thing i wanted say, thank you for coming here today. can i be sure that you can change america for my generation and bring hope to the u.s. again? mr. bush: yes, you can. that is what the mission is. i find it interesting that not your generation, but the one right before you, whatever the millennial generation or the college kids right now, are all into socialism.
in the exit poll four years ago, millennials by two to one believe socialism is a better economic policy that capitalism. wowzer. no place in the world has that worked out that way, and you have a candidate like bernie sanders is proposing a bunch of free things. and we are in a heap of trouble and they want to triple it and make it worse. there should be people marching in the streets saying fix this mess because i do not have to clean up after you. instead, they are doubling down on more free college, single-payer system for health care, as he has proposed, and people think that is the right approach. it would destroy the country. it would create burdens of debt on your generation that would be completely unsustainable. the debt levels we have today are horrific. $19 trillion with anemic
economic growth will create a huge burden for your generation. we got to fix this. hope comes from doing things, not just talking about it. hope comes from beginning to recast the political system where we start seeing solutions again rather than having this massive gridlock where nothing seems to happen. yes, sir. >> i am a small business owner. there are many small businesses and restaurant associations. i have looked up the other night, in this great country, anybody can be a candidate for president. you have five pages of forms to fill out. i am sure there is more than that. if i hire a 16-year-old high school student for a summer job, 66 pages.
they have got to fill out 66 pages of forms to work. they create jobs, but those are not jobs we want to create. it has gotten ridiculous. mr. bush: that is the burden we now have. if ease of doing business, which this is the example of it, as we are 49th, russia and afghanistan are ahead of us, it is time to fix it. this is what i know something about. i was governor and i had a keen interest in this. i knew it because i had 32 years in business. i started a business with my partner that became the largest commercial real estate company in south florida. we went through the credit crunch. you remember that? 1990's. we were a company's largest borrower. we do not know that we were the
company's largest borrower. the credit crunch comes, and all of a sudden the regulations change and we became their biggest burden. we had to recast how we went about our business. we were challenged, and we got through it. our business continued to grow. the fact is that is the way the real world works, and the more barriers and friction you place on how business operates, the harder it is to start a business, much less sustain it. the 67 pages, think about this -- security clearance, that is 100 pages, i think, right? the chinese have every one of those. 23 million unique files because we are so inept that we cannot protect, we do not have firewall protection. think of the treasure trove of information that the chinese have now for everyone who has a security clearance. it is more information that is necessary. that is how bureaucracies will,
and if you do not challenge it and say -- the greatest joy in my life has been to answer the following question -- if we were not doing it this way, how would we do it? then create that environment where you get to do it. that is why we need the leadership, as we have lost our way across the board. having the experience of signing the front side of the paycheck as well as a backside has given me more advantage. they give the other people running. trump has business experience. he certainly does. he has been successful. he has seen the downside of business. he has been bankrupt four times. his success should give him some sense that we are in trouble. we do not need more rules, we need to simplify the rules and lessen friction for people to create investment. i have that experience. the other guys do not. they have no life experience. they have not had a setback in
their personal -- business life, or political career that would alter how they think, allow them to grow -- but we need someone who has a proven leadership record. yes, sir. which team are you wearing? >> manchester united. mr. bush: there you go. a lot of people my age have concerns with the bush name, not because it is a bad name, because you are the third bush. what is your message to that concern? mr. bush: i can tell you, you can hear it from the horse's mouth, i'm not trying to break the record. i hope people will hear what
are your concerns are how am i going to pay off my student loans? the student loan program was nationalized by obamacare. the federal government now operates it. it has doubled in the last six years. the forbearance rate had grown exponentially. default rates are growing. they are financing this higher education system, once the best in the world, much more efficiently than it was, but the costs are out of control because we are financing on the backs of young people. my plan is to eliminate the student loan program for those going forward and replace it with a line of credit of 50,000 bucks to every graduate from high school that you can use for a.a. degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees. you pay it back not with interest, not on a recourse basis, you pay it back as a percentage of the income you earn. for every $10,000, you pay out of your tax return. it is a less burdensome way of dealing with it. it will require universities to
reduce costs. that is one way of offering a reversal of the status quo for something that is important for young people. growing the economy at 4% will help a lot. if you're not growing at that rate, you end up with people stuck. there are people still sitting on their parents' couch with cheetos stains on their t-shirts because we have an anemic recovery. if we get rid of obamacare, it should warm the hearts of young people because the whole obamacare, the basis of its existence is to mandate that young people have to participate because they are healthy, because without them, this is a disaster. they are forcing young people to do what they do not want to do
so that less healthy people, older people, can get health care at a subsidized price. this has not worked out well for young people. the last seven years, there has not been a lot of hope, and restoring hope means reversing policies to get people a chance to rise up again. yes, sir. you are about ready to burst. >> a lot of espresso this morning. thank you. i know there are people praying with you. you have a lovely mother. do not lose heart. i did outreach work, and i know you know more than anyone the difference between homelessness as a way of life and homelessness as no option. from the clients of people i worked with him from veterans that could not readjust, to elderly that has alzheimer's and
did not have support of placement, there may be lofty plans behind the curtains, but as someone in the trenches, i do not think that mental health is being adequately addressed in this country. mr. bush: i agree. this is a place where i think there is a convergence of left and right. there is a growing belief that we have huge gaping holes in our mental health system. and when you deal with addiction, the diagnosis of mental health and addiction is an overwhelming problem. if you can imagine a world where people reach their full potential, this is an area that needs to be addressed because people are being held back because of their addictions and their mental health challenges. a couple points are important. one, we talk about moon shots, these aspirational goals.
one has to be a moon shot to discover the brain, because think of the challenges that exist today in america that are growing, alzheimer's, dementia. it is a huge problem. finding the means by which to defer or delay or eliminate dementia or alzheimer's would be a phenomenal gift for our society. autism. autism is growing, for whatever reason. we do not know exactly why it is. it is a growing challenge for families. that is a neurological disease. addiction. if we could figure out why some people are more disposed to be addicted and others are not, you would find a solution to a pressing problem that crosses all lines. this is a challenge that there
are no -- everybody knows somebody that has the challenge of alcoholism or drug addiction, and the mental health challenges that go along with that are so compelling and costs are so amazing. first and foremost, research and development to do with the brain. we have medical devices and drugs to deal with physical ailments. we lead the world. it has been extraordinary, the advancements. but the brain has not had that same kind of advancement, which would be a great gift for mankind and a great benefit for our society. we should fill the gaps. there should be no homeless veterans in this country. none. it sounds to me like you are in a ministry of some kind. we should not push you away, because you're acting on your faith. you are driven by your faith in
the lord. it sounds like, the way you talk. we should have partners in this. this should not be federal government responsibility solely. it should be a responsibility where we are focused on outcomes and benefits, and getting back to the way that american works, from the bottom up, where the federal government plays the role of supporting communities and agencies that are focused on this. yeah. >> homeless shelters downtown -- they are also a ministry of faith. that is the driving force. you are talking about people who are ill qualified to handle this, because people get sent to psychiatric facilities, given medication, and then be released on the street. the people that are trying to work in the field to help, they are not equipped to handle that. mr. bush: i'm getting to that third part. it is an important point. i think there's a pushing aside of community-based organizations
driven by their faith, and we need to restore them as part of this. the third point, which is the point that you were making, as we need reforming our criminal justice system. the federal guidelines -- 50% of people in the federal system, the most expensive, surprise, the federal government has the most expensive prison costs. 50% are drug related, and there is a tendency for dual diagnosis in this, then these are mental health challenges as well. i am not suggesting when people commit crimes there's no consequence, but i think there are better alternatives, drug courts, where you have a second chance, and where you deal with the addiction and be the means by which people are less likely to commit the crime. this should not be criminal justice issue exclusively. it ought to be looked at as a treatment and health issue. it would save money, by the way,
if we were serious about this. on left and right, there is a convergence of that as well. it costs 32,000 bucks to keep someone in a florida prison. if you can provide with half that money the kind of care that would give them hope that they could live a life of purpose and meaning and be on the streets, reaching a full capacity, live in a productive life, that sounds like a better alternative. i appreciate what you are doing. yeah. >> hi. each year, 5.9 million children under the age of 5 die from preventable diseases. u.s. leadership has done a great deal in reducing this since 1990. the number has been cut by 50%. i was wondering what initiatives would you support to continue to
reduce this number? mr. bush: i believe as long as you have power, that you are committed to the kind of security support that is necessary to keep us safe, soft power is an element of foreign policy that can be effective. this is an area of soft power that has been the best example. phenomenal success leveraged our resources with many other foundations and others and millions of people have been saved from death from aids and malaria. that kind of approach is a very helpful thing for our national security, very helpful for how people view america around the world. i support those initiatives. as you may know, since you come to my meetings, i have not made a specific commitment of any kind. i think from a domestic point of view, focusing on early childhood literacy is a hugely important objective. in florida, a limited government state, we have 80% of our 4-year-olds going to a
literacy-based program for a half day, and they can extend that if they want. we have had the greatest gains of reading as measured by the nation's report card by far. we were 29th of 31 in fourth grade reading in 1998, the year before i got elected. we did all this crazy stuff, end social promotion, putting reading coaches in every elementary school, and teach teachers how to teach reading, we created voucher programs, created this for early childhood literacy effort, and in 10 years time we went from 29th of 31 to sixth out of 50. i think this is right, that low-income hispanic kids do better than the south carolina average in the reading test. i'm tired of people saying, it is not fair to have standards
for kids in poverty. what you talking about? you better do everything you can to make sure the reach them. that is the objective. i support the initiative. yeah. i am sorry, i have not been looking back here. >> last saturday donald trump said he did not want to be allies with israel or saudi arabia. at least he didn't think that was a good idea. what is your stance? mr. bush: yesterday he said he would not want to take sides between the palestinian authority and israel. that is a naive view. it is the wrong view. it is a dangerous view. but is not a surprising view from donald trump. just about everything he says, putin flatters him and he says that putin is our ally.
putin is not there to deal with isis. he is there to prop up assad. to reestablish a russian presence in the middle east. they were kicked out by sadat in 1973, i think, and kissinger and nixon in a very adroit diplomatic effort brought egypt into the security umbrella of the united dates, and the camp david accords in after that. putin is not after security. nor is the question of dealing with israel and palestine as though you are a neutral are ready -- a neutral party. we have to have israel's back. we have to be -- i have made this commitment that i would move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem as i think we have to send a signal to the world that we have israel's back, not just because of the
security relationship, but because the rest of the world wonders whether we are serious. if you talk to arab leaders, they say, how can we get a deal from the united states if israel cannot? they do not think it is the way we might think. they think differently. they see the abandonment of the united states and their relationships as a serious challenge that makes them adjust to this new reality. the dangerous reality. for consistency purpose, for security purposes, we cannot say we will be a neutral party. it just will not work. what we should say is that if there is to be any agreement , it needs to between that palestinian authority and israel, it cannot be forced down the throat of the parties by the united states or europe, and in order to get to that point, someone on the palestinian side has the capability of delivering.
my brother, one of his contributions to foreign policy big was to say we cannot deal with arafat, until they recognize the right of israel to exist, until they stop fomenting hatred of jews and israel to their schools, until they stop supporting terrorism and the attacks inside of israel. they have to be serious about reaching an agreement where israel has the right to exist as a jewish state. that is the only way you get to -- and you do not do that by forcing as a neutral party -- you do not get there. it does not happen. it would be a disaster for stability in the region. i think trump's idea that he can negotiate his way out of anything, and sometimes you got to stand on principle, let the
negotiations happen in a more organic way, where you have a chance to reach an agreement, which requires patience, and us having the back of israel. one more. >> [inaudible] mr. bush: you got a microphone coming your way. >> i have been to all the rallies this week in south carolina. i am undecided right now. you are the first person i have heard this week talk about education. i know that is an issue. it is near and dear to the heart of the bush family. i would like to ask, do you think education policies should be directed down from the federal government, or should it be more at the local level? mr. bush: i will get on my hands and knees and ask for your vote after i handle this.
the federal government should create no role in the creation of content, for curriculum standards. none. zero. none. 2016.com, i have the most provocative stance on education. it shows the environment we're in. normally, the things i've proposed are so radical, it would have been like i was expecting a hurricane-force wind coming back at me, but it has not happened. i've proposed education savings account living near the poverty level from the get go where parents are empowered to make choices if they want to go to a school, in k-12 they should have that power to do it. if they want to say that money for higher education, they should. i would take the $22 billion of
education programs in the form of 44 separate programs, put them in a block grant, and give them back to the states to allow them to great early childhood literacy programs that best suit the needs of people in south carolina. you can do it at a lower price and get better outcomes. all i want, if my ideas were to be implemented, the federal government would be a partner in reform. in florida, you have kids with exceptional challenges. every child in america gets an individual education plan based on the federal law, iep. a lot of families have that. in florida, as a parent, you do not see your child is getting a proper education, you can take the state and local dollars and go to private school. no questions asked. no litigation, no food fight. we have 30,000 families that do that in florida, the largest voucher program with kids with learning disabilities in the country, by far. we've had the greatest gains on
the nation's report card for kids with learning disabilities, because everybody gets better when you empower people with choices. if south carolina wanted to expand that, i would take the i.d.e.a. money, whatever it is, and shift it back to and power south carolina to expand -- to use the federal dollars. or low income kids, there's theh that comes to fund beast. in florida, we have the largest voucher program for low income kids. if florida wants to expand that, let them use the federal dollars. just demanding that we move forward in terms of rising student achievement, that we use gaps lever possible -- the that exist today are a disaster going forward. we have kids that will never get a job, children born today in
america -- if the path they are on, a kid living in poverty -- it is impossible to teach that child -- there's no way we should have accountability -- the life circumstances make it impossible, that is the attitude that exists. it is called the soft bigotry of low expectations. it exists in america and it is a present danger. we should eliminate that by making sure we are all in at the local level of challenging that orthodoxy. born today in a public hospital will never get a job the way we are moving. you will have people that won't be able to be qualified to get a job unless we radically change the course by making education a higher priority. i'm not running for the chairman of the federal government school board, but no one on this stage,
no one running for president has any idea what it is like to take on these interests, other than me. they don't even talk about it. they just say, bush is for common core. that is bogus. i've had the greatest success challenging these broken systems of any governor in the last 30 years. that is my record. my record is a record of accomplishment. one more. yes, sir. this will be the last one. >> thank you for running a inspirational and substantive campaign, not a shallow and accusation all caps a. [applause] know,s is a circus, as we this campaign. mr. bush: there's a show. the circus is actually with us today. showtime on sundays.
>> i didn't know that. sanity back to this process this year so that we don't end up with the clown? look, south carolina has a pretty good tradition of reshaping races. y'all have that ability to do it. people are angry for legitimate reason. the angst that people feel isn't made up. you look at the path we are on, where as i said, more businesses are closing than being formed, workforce participation rates are lower than they were in the , income is down in a recovery, never happened before, disposable income is down $2300 since the day barack obama was peopleated, 6.5 million
living in poverty, and you look over the horizon and you see the gridlock, the over promises, the division, i can see why people are angry. they are angry for a good reason. the question is, latching onto the strong horse isn't going to solve their problems -- the perceived strong horse. i perceive the strong horse being pretty weak myself, based on how he behaves. that is not strength, that is real insecurity and weakness. you can see why people feel the way they do. i think giving them some hope that things can get better will resolve the problem of what you call the circus. that has to be ultimately the solution. the tragedy would be that we pursue this path, where trump wins the nomination, and he will just be obliterated in the general election. i don't care what poll say today.
i don't care what polls today say. i just know enough about american politics. that kind of language won't work. he'll lose anyway. how he's gotten here is the wrong way. and it's not offering hope which is, and a solution to the problems people face. that's ultimately going to be the way we get back to a little more civility. the final thing i'll say which is a little troubling if i'm right which is politics is embedded in our culture. it's our culture that's the problem today in america as much as our politics. it's a mirror image. a circus mirror. but be politics is a mirror image of us. the culture is defined by how we interact with one another. are we as loving as in the past? are we as civil to one another? you know, do we use the proper language that is not as divisive or profane? i'll let you be the judge of that.
[applause] back to how i started, my little georgia, this extraordinarily beautiful genius 4-year-old, who can explain to you the solar system in perfect detail at the age of 4 and probably do it in three languages. she's perfect. trust me. little georgia in my mind represents what the future could look like if we find the set of things that don't separate us but unite us. this if we have common purpose again and we eliminate the hyphens if you will and focus on the things that make us americans, that nothing will stop us. that's the mission. and if you believe m that mission, i hope you get 10 people to support me on saturday. thank you all very much. [applause]
>> more road to white house coverage live now. hillary clinton hosting the get out the caucus events. tonight in east las vegas at the laborers' international union and tomorrow campaigning with her husband former president bill clinton and her daughter chelsea. we're live in las vegas now for her remarks scheduled to begin shortly. right now u.s. labor secretary tom perez is speaking. >> she fights for us. she's a dreamer and dreams of a better america in which everybody has access to opportunity no matter where you're born, no matter who you love, no matter who you worship. she dreams of an america in which labor unions have the power they earn and deserve. she dreams of an america in which women shatter glass ceilings. she dreams of an america in which everybody can worship. free from discrimination. she dreams of an america in which we have comprehensive
immigration reform. that's what she does. but she's not simply a dreamer. she's a doer. and she's been a doer all her life. whether it was when she entered college, shea could have gone to wall street but she didn't even do that. she was helping african-americans in dothan, alabama. she was making sure kids went housed in adult facilities in south carolina. she was registering latinos in the rio grande valley. she was making sure kids with disabilities had access to equal educational opportunities. you get a window into someone's moral compass by looking at what they were doing when the spotlight wasn't on them. when she was the first lady of arkansas, what was she doing? she was doing legal aide work. i'm married to a legal aide lawyer. you know what legal aide lawyers do for the living? they fight the establishment, my friend. that's what she did.
when she was first lady she redefined the role of the first lady. shea fought the establishment to establish health care for all. and when she did not succeed, she did not give up. and that's why i'm so excited. can you figure out i'm a little excited? [whoa] >> she did not give up. she understood. i've had the privilege of working for two people. a number of people. the two that will come to mind because i'm doing my closing argument and i don't want to take too long. ted kennedy. [cheering] and barack obama. those are two proud progressives and i had the privilege of learning from them both. you know what? they understand that progressives are passionate, principled, and they are pragmatic. they understand that idealism and prague matism are not mutually exclusive. they understand that, you know
what? we want universal health care and we'll get it one way or another and that is why the affordable care act is the most transformational piece of a safety net this medicare and medicaid. we can do better. we can improve it and we will under secretary clinton's leadership when she becomes president clinton. but she understands that you know what? people want results. she understands that the dreamers we talked to, they're not talking about revolution. they're talking about -- [speaking in other language] they are dreamers. you know what? we can't afford the luxury of waiting for the perfect. there are differences and this is the other part of the closing argument. what are the differences between the candidates?
i have profound respect for senator sanders. he has good values. and these two candidates are light years better than anything the other side has to offer. that's a reality. [cheering] but there are differences. differences are significant. because, you know what? we need dreamers and doors. because if we say to people we can eat cake and lose weight, that ain't going to happen. i tried. and i keep getting a fat gut. you know what? if we give people promises we can keep, those aren't dreams. those are pipe dreams. and that is why we need dreamers and doers in america. that is why when you see her not succeed in health care, she comes up two years later and works with senator kennedy and others on the children's health insurance program, which helps millions of people. that is why she continues to work for women's rights as
secretary of state. as first lady. as senator. that's what she's doing. she's been delivering results. she's been delivering that progressive vision of a shared prosperity america. and you know what? when i hear criticism of the clinton administration and now recently the obama administration, let me give you one data point on job creation. one of the best rights you can have is the right to a damn good job that pays a decent wage. and let me tell you, over the st 35 years we have had 20 years of republican presidents and 15 years of democratic presidents. under the republican president, we've had 15.8 million net new jobs. under democrats, we've had over 30 million net new jobs, folks. and the reason
african-americans, latinos, whites, everybody, asian americans did so well in the end of the clinton administration is because the nemployment rate was 4%. everybody. and that is what this is about, folks. creating good jobs. making sure that our union movement is protected. that we have your back. that we move forward together. and that is why i am so excited to be here. i want to leave you with one other thought. i have had a front seat to governance. it's an unmitigated pleasure to have that front seat. what i have seen with this president is someone who inherited the worst mess of our lives and with your help and your leadership the auto industry is back. with your help and your leadership we have 71 months in a row of private sector job growth. with your help and your leadership and with no help
whatsoever from the republicans, none whatsoever, we're moving forward. but we know this economy is out of balance. we know we have unfinished business. what i have seen with this president and the reason why i'm so excited about the next president that you're going to meet shortly is because if i've learned one and only one thing from my experience it's that the president is the multi tasker in chief. i have been with meetings with president obama where he gets interrupted because he has to take a call with a foreign head of state and a significant issue of national security. i've been in meetings where he's had to leave to deal with ebola or to deal with some other emergency. every day. you have to count on the unexpected. you heard her talk tonight in response to the question on cuba. burma.er experience in unbelievable command. we need someone who can be the
multi tasker in chief. and that is hillary clinton. so tell your friends to get out there saturday. tell your friends to bring some friends. [speaking in other language] [chanting] hillary! hillary! >> what is a fighter? today a fighter is someone who won't give up. >> to me a fighter is someone who is passionate about what they believe in. that will make a difference in people's lives. >> before secretary of state, senator, first lady of the country. she was just a caring, young, bright, creative student. who cared about chish and those
left behind. who cared about children and those left behind. hillary came to work for the children's defense fund when we were a fledgling, beginning organization. >> the children i met lived harsh lives. it was so overwhelming because people were being treated like they weren't even human beings. >> it's hard work. it's sticking with it. it's percent virnse. >> through the years she has made i think a significant impact for children. >> it's perseverance. >> in september, 19 the 5 i was at the u.n. conference on beijing. the history of women has been a history of silence. many people in our own government, in our congress did not want me to go but you don't shy away from confronting human rights abuses. >> it is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food or drowned or suffocated
simply because they are born girls. >> it was loaded with energy and enthusiasm. >> human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all. >> she taught me there are no limits to what i could do. >> bill asked me to lead up our efforts to try to see if we couldn't get quality affordable health care for every american. now is our chance to beat the historical odds and give people the health security they need. we worked really hard. we weren't successful. i was really disappointed but you have to get up off the floor and you keep fighting. so i got to thinking, let's see what we can do to help kids. you want universal health care for children. you seem to be floating against the tide. >> that's because i think the tide is not going in the right direction. >> i was very proud when the
children's program passed. >> we have a report this morning that a plane has crashed. >> i'm very proud of being part of -- >> one of the firefighters just said to me, you know, senator, please, please don't let anybody forget what happened here and don't let anyone forget us. >> i was so overcome by their courage and their compassion. i knew that i had to also pay attention to what happened to those brave men and women. >> she stood up day in and day out fighting for our medical treatment. she has made a huge difference in my life. >> ladies and gentlemen, u.s. secretary of state hillary rodham clinton. >> i was a foreign service officer for 25 years. the fact she was willing to work for a former rival president obama restored my faith in the political process. >> he won and i lost and he
asked me to be the secretary of state and i agreed for the same reason. we both love our country. >> she was the most dogged, determined secretary of state i think i've ever seen. she mended relationships with countries that had been frayed but she didn't just fight for american values abroad. she fought for the families who served the state department. secretary clinton is exactly that kind of person. >> everyone deserves a chance to live up to her or his god given potential. that's the dream we share. that's the fight we must wage. my dad is a son of a factory worker that started a small business. my mom who never got to to go college could see her daughter go to college. every day americans and their families need a champion. a champion who will fight for them every single day. i want to be that champion. i want to get up every single day, going to work for you. standing up for you. and i think by now people know don't quit.
and you have to be brave for them, too. because they want you to be happy. they want you to be successful. they don't want
you to worry too much. let me do the worrying. i'll do all the worrying. that a deal? i'll do the worrying. i'll do everything i can to help. okay? >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, delores merita, congresswoman marsha fudge, and hillary clinton. [cheering] take back my life ♪ i don't really care if obody else believes ♪
♪ losing friends and i'm chasing everybody's worried about me ♪ ♪ ♪ still believe yeah i still bleamb ♪ ♪ still believe yeah i still believe ♪ those things i didn't say those wrecking balls inside my brain can you hear my voice this time ♪ ♪ this is my fight song take back my life song ♪ >> how are you? how are you guys doing? fantastic. let me just say, oh, my gosh. this is incredible. this is nevada. his is clark county, nevada.
listen, i have the honor of serving and now i'm running for the united states senate. to continue solving the problems that we face every day. but i'll tell you what. on saturday, i'm caucusing for hillary. [cheering] because she is -- the champion nevadaans need to address the challenges we face every day, right? >> my grandfather came from chihuahua, mexico. because of his courage and the heart of my parents, my sister and i were the first in our family to graduate from college. will tell you what.
comprehensive reform, immigration reform is not just important to me. t is important to all of us. hillary is fighting for all of us. thank you all for getting out and caucusing and being a voice. most importantly, let me introduce you to the next president of the united states! >> thank you very much. oh, my gosh. thank you. i'll tell you what. shaur hope catherine will be the next united states senator because i'll need her when i'm in the white house to get the work i want to get done. i want to thank the laborers for having us at your home. i appreciate your endorsement. i'm on your side. i always have been. i always will be. i'll fight for the workmen, the
wages and working conditions hat you deserve. i've got some friends with me. you heard from catherine. you also heard from tom perez the most dynamic labor secretary who goes to work every day trying to figure out how to enforce the labor laws so that you don't get disadvantaged in the marketplace, that you have your rights protected. thank you, tom, for your work and being here with me. i want to thank two members of congress here with me. congresswoman marsha fudge from ohio and she is a great leader in the united states congress. you know, the congressional black caucus endorsed me. it made my day, my month, my year. and another great champion and advocate who's been on the front lines fighting your
battles is maxine waters, congresswoman from california. i've -- i'm going to invite them up when i finish so you can take a look and take a picture because they are dynamic. there is somebody else i want you to meet. you know, we take for granted a lot of things in our country. ut one thing that took years to realize was forming a union for farm workers. cesar chavez and delores werta who is with us here. she is an icon of american history. she never gave up. she never gave in. she made it possible for farm workers and their families to have better wages, better living, and working conditions. she is one of my dearest friends. i'm so proud she's here in
nevada campaigning for me. thank you, delores, for your lifetime of work. well, you got to see the town hall, right? [cheering] answering just love questions and making clear where i stand, where i've always stood, what i'm going to do as your president. i am going to fight for you. because we've got to knock down every barrier that's holding americans back. and there are a lot of them. there are economic barriers. i know what i'm against. i've been very clear about that. i'm going to stop the bad actors from ever wrecking our economy again. and i know how to do it and i've got the plan that people say is the toughest and most comprehensive to do it. but you know what? after you finish saying, okay. let's stop the bad stuff from happening, what about maybe some good stuff happening? how about creating more jobs for hard working americans? how about raising incomes?
how about defending unions? how about maintaining a prevailing wage? how about making sure that every american has a chance to fulfill his or her dream by making sure there is no barrier that holds you back? and it's not just economic barriers. we've got to knock -- we have to go after barriers that really still leave people behind. you know? we got to go after systemic racism. we've got to go after the treatment of women. we've got to go after making sure we don't have barriers that prevent the lgbt community from getting ahead. we've got to go after the barriers that some states are trying to put up to prevent people from voting. we've got to defend a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. we've got to defend planned arenthood.
we have to fight for and achieve comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. we've got our work cut out for us. and, you know, i'm always a little bit bewildered when, you know, somebody says, well, why are all these unions supporting you? unions like -- most of the building trades, most of the unions. it's because i have worked with them. i have led fights for them. i am no johnny or janie come lately to this. i did not just discover that unions were under pressure from the republicans and the right. i did not just wake up one day and say oh, my goodness. workers are being mistreated. i've been on the front lines. i represented new york for eight years.
i was there day in and day out fighting against the obstruction and the barriers that business, the right wing, the republicans were putting up. why do you think i have so many scars? it's because i've been taking on these vested interests my entire life. you know, before there was obama care they called it hillary care. i tried to get us universal health care coverage. i wanted to make sure we didn't have people being denied health coverage for themselves and their families. the stories i heard literally made me sick. i'll tell you just one. i went to a children's hospital in cleveland. to meet with parents of sick kids. to figure out what they were up against. they all told me, this is back in 1993 and 1994 when the insurance companies were totally in charge. that they couldn't get health care coverage.
didn't matter what they could pay. they still couldn't buy it. they were disqualified because of preexisting conditions. and one man said to me, i'm successful. i've done well. i have a business. i provide health care for my employees and their families. i can't buy it for my two daughters who have cystic fibrosis. i said, what do they tell you? he said, well, you know, i go, i show them my financial statement, the medical records, i say i just need a little help here. what do they say i asked him? he said i'll tell you what the last one said to me. he said you don't understand. we don't insure burning houses. the man looked at me with tears in his eyes. he said they called my little girls burning houses. so after we weren't successful i got to work and helped create the children's health insurance program which provides health coverage for 8 million kids. [cheering] that wasn't everything. but you know i know a little bit about how you make progress in america. i'm a progressive who actually
likes to make progress. i don't want to give you speeches and rant and rave. i want to get things done. i want to produce results. i want to make a real difference in your lives. so i was thrilled when president obama passed and signed the affordable care act. for the first time, our country has a path to universal coverage. i'm going to build on it. i'm going to get costs down. i'm going to go after the drug companies again to get the prescription drug costs down. we're going to go after them to get medicare, the authority to negotiate for lower prices, and i'm going after those predatory pricers, those companies that are upping the price of drugs four, 5,000 percent. when i get done with them they won't be able to put their greed over the health of patients and customers ever again. [cheering] 's important for you to know
that the republicans want to repeal the affordable care act and go back to those days where we're all at the mercy of insurance companies. you know, no. bernie sanders wants to start all over again. he wants to throw us into a big, contentious national debate about health care. first of all i don't think we need that. we need to work on the economy. we need more jobs. we need rising income. we need to make sure that we get equal pay for women long overdue. [cheering] and here's my, you know, my comment on this. we're at 90%. now, i think to get from 9 o% to a hundred percent is easier than to start over to get from zero to a hundred percent. and a lot of people can't wait. people can't wait. they can't take a risk with what they have achieved here. so i will make sure it works.
for the reasons why i opposed the cadillac plan tax. because i don't want people who have good health care to lose their good health care. i want everybody to have better health care. so there's a lot that i want to get done and i can't do it without your help. you know, i believe our country is still the greatest country in the history of the world. i am proud to be an american. i'm not going to spend my time insulting americans the way some of the republicans do. i'm not going to spend my time sort of being pessimistic about america. we've always rolled up our sleeves, goten to wourk, and fixed things. that's what we're going to do again. if we are able to have an election that's about real change, not promises you can't