tv Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally in Laramie Wyoming CSPAN April 6, 2016 12:30am-1:32am EDT
, soon see a supreme court of protects their religious liberty. [applause] the fundamental freedom of every one of us to live according to our faith and our conscience. we will see a supreme court that protects the second right to keep and bear arms. [applause] and our fundamental right to protect our family and our homes and our children. we will see a president who stands with israel. [applause]
clearly and unapologetically, instead of negotiating with terrorism, we will rip to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. [applause] we will defeat radical islamic terrorism and we will utterly destroy isis. [applause] we will have a president who keeps us safe. to the soldiers and sailors, the airmen and marines, the police
officers and firefighters and first responders who risk their lives so -- to keep us safe, we will have a commander-in-chief who has your back. [applause] jobs freedom and security, that , is what this next election is all about. in 1980, milton and rose friedman wrote free to choose. they explain that the american free enterprise system has been the greatest engine for opportunity and prosperity, that the world has ever seen. too much government can stifle opportunity. but if we get washington out of
the way, then there is no limit to what we can accomplish. [applause] it is what allowed my dad to leave cuba and come to america with nothing, washing dishes making him $.50 a day to start a business and today to be a pastor traveling the country. [applause] it's what allowed my irish italian mother to become the first in her family to go to college, to smash glass ceilings by becoming a pioneering computer programmer. [applause] it's what allowed my wife heidi -- [applause]
missionaries, my best friend in the world, and she has become a successful business leader, a loving mother and every day, she is teaching our daughters caroline and catherine that strong women can accomplish anything in the united states of america. [applause] that's america. it's what we are fighting for. our children, our future, and wisconsin has made clear we are free to choose. [applause] for centuries, america has been a shining city on a hill, a "pretty to the world, and we can
and will be once again. [applause] so i ask you at home to join us as we continue to unite republicans and independents and libertarians and reagan democrats and americans who care about our future who want jobs, freedom, security just as we've done in wisconsin we are doing all across this country. [applause] and governor let me tell you, my look for work to coming back to the state of wisconsin this fall.
thank you very much for coming out and let me remind everybody that we have got a really important caucus here on saturday. doors open at 9:00 a.m. let's be there. let's win. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, i do not know if the audience here knows it -- i do not see any televisions here, but it has been projected by think all of the networks that we won in wisconsin! [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "bernie!"]
sen. sanders: now let me say word about what momentum is all about. it meant starting this campaign 11 month ago and the media determining we were a fringe candidate see. momentum is starting a campaign 60-70 points behind secretary clinton. momentum is that within the last couple of weeks there have been national polls which have had us one point up or one point down. [applause]
sen. sanders: momentum is that when you look at national polls or you look at state polls, we are defeating donald trump by very significant numbers. [applause] sen. sanders: and, in almost every instance in national polls and staples, our margin over and state polls, our margin over trump is wider than is secretary clinton's. with a victory of the wisconsin tonight, and let me take this opportunity to thank the people of wisconsin for their strong support. [applause]
sen. sanders: with our victory tonight in wisconsin we have now one seven out of eight of the last caucuses. [applause] sen. sanders: and we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers. [applause] sen. sanders: what momentum is about, is that at a time in contemporary politics when every major candidate has a super pac, we have said no to super pac's, said no to the billionaire for fundings. [applause] and what we have done is in an
unprecedented manner in history we have up until this point in the campaign received over six million individual campaign contributions. [applause] sen. sanders: anyone here know what the average contribution is? that is exactly right. smart crowd. $27. to paraphrase abraham lincoln at gettysburg, "this is a campaign of the people, by the people, and for the people." [applause]
sen. sanders: we have decided that we do not represent the billionaire class. we do not represent wall street or the drug companies or the fossil fuel industry. [applause] sen. sanders: and we do not want their money. what momentum is about is my belief that if we wake up the american people and if working people and middle-class people and citizens and young people begin to stand up, fight back, and come out to vote in large numbers there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. and what's we have been seeing a throughout his campaign is
extraordinary voter turnouts in state after state after state. [applause] i am particularly grateful and pleased that at a time when many of the pundits said, you know, those young people they do not , want to get involved in politics. they are not really concerned about the major issues facing our country. they are too busy with their video games or whatever. well, you know what is happening? all over this country, young people are standing up and saying, you know what? we want to help determine the future of this country which we love. [applause]
sen. sanders: what momentum is about is all across this country, the american people are looking around them. and they understand that real change in our country's history, whether it is the trade union movement, whether it is the civil rights movement, whether it is the women's movement, the gay rights movement, they understand that real change never, ever, takes place from the top on down. it always takes place from the bottom on up! [applause]
sen. sanders: in today -- today, coast-to-coast, i have been in california, maine, and a whole lot states in between. what people are saying is why is it that in america we have grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality? why is that that the top 1/10 of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%? why is it that for the last 30 years the great middle class of this country has been shrinking and almost all due income and wealth is going to the top 1%? the american people are asking, why is it that women go to work tomorrow and they are earning $.79 on the dollar compared to men?
[applause] sen. sanders: people are asking, how does it happen that the united states of america -- our great nation -- is the only major country on earth not to guarantee paid family and medical leave? [applause] sen. sanders: there are women giving birth in wyoming and wisconsin and vermont today but they are going to have to go back to work in two or three week because they do not have the income to take your of their families. which is why, together, we are going to pass three months paid family and medical leave. [applause]
sen. sanders: and the american people, from coast-two-coast are saying, yes, the affordable care act has done a lot of great things. thank you president obama for your leadership. but, in terms of health care there is much, much more that has to be done. [applause] sen. sanders: the american people are asking, why does it happen that every other major country on earth -- united kingdom, france, germany, holland, scandinavia, canada -- every other major country on earth guarantees health care to all of their people as a right except the united states. together we are going to change that international conundrum.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and the american people are asking -- and young people are asking -- why is it that when we are living in an increasingly competitive global economy, why is it that kids are graduating college 30,000, 50,000, $70,000 in debt? [applause] sen. sanders: and in some cases, in some cases spending decades having to pay off that debt? we should be rewarding people who get the education they need. not punishing them. [applause] sen. sanders: and the american
people are asking, how does it happen when the scientists all over our country who studied climate change and scientists all over the world are in virtual unanimous agreement, that climate change is real. that it is caused by human activity. that it is already causing devastating problems in our country and around the world. how do we have a republican party that refuses to even a cknowledge the reality of climate change? [applause]
sen. sanders: and the american people are asking, how does it happen that we can spend trillions of dollars fighting a war in iraq that we never should have gotten in in the first place? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but in flint, michigan, and in cities all over this country -- our inner cities are crumbling. unemployment is off the charts. health care system, not acceptable. kids dropping out of high school. too many being arrested and sent to jail. how come we can rebuild the infrastructure of iraq and afghanistan but we cannot rebuild our own crumbling infrastructure?
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and the american people are asking, as they assemble all over this country, why can we not end a campaign finance system which is corrupt and which is undermining american democracy? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: democracy is not a complicated process. it means that you have a vote in vote andave a
democracy wins. what democracy is not about is billionaires buying elections! [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the american people are asking another very important and profound question. that question is, how does it happen in the wealthiest nations in the history of the world that we have more people in jail they and any other country on earth? [applause] sen. sanders: and what the american people are saying is that now is the time to invest in our younger people in terms of jobs and education. not jails and incarceration. [applause]
sen. sanders: some of you have recently heard about the discovery and revelations about the tax-dodging that is taking place in panama which is one of the reasons that i oppose the free trade agreement with panama. [applause] sen. sanders: and one of the reasons i was on the floor of the senate talking exactly about what i feared happened, and that is wealthy people and large corporations figuring out ways to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. [applause] sen. sanders: and what the american people are asking is, at the time of massive income and wealth inequality, how does it happen that you have large
profitable, multi-national corporations who in a given year pay zero, not a penny, and federal income taxes? [booing] sen. sanders: now change, real change, comes about whether it is fighting racism, worker exploitation, sexism, homophobia -- real change comes about when people stand up and they look around them and they say, you know what? the status quo is not working. we can do better. [applause] sen. sanders: and let me give you -- i can't give you many examples -- but let me give you the most contemporary example of what happens when people stand up and fight back.
if we were here in this beautiful auditorium five years ago, not a long time from a historical perspective and somebody were to jump up and say, you know, i think a $7.25 federal minimum wage is a starvation wage and it has got to be raised to $15 an hour. now, if somebody stood up five years ago and said that the person next to them would've said, you are nuts. $15 an hour? you want to more than double the minimum wage. you are crazy. maybe, maybe we could get up to eight dollars or nine dollars an hour but $15 an hour? you are dreaming too big. sound familiar? you are unrealistic. it cannot be done. think small. but then what happened is fast food workers, people working at
mcdonald's, people working at burger king, people working at wendy's, they went out on strike. and i was very proud to join with those workers in washington. [cheers and applause] [applause] nd they went out and they said fellow americans, we can't live on $7.25 an hour. we can't live on $8 an hour. you've got to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. and they fought and they fought. suddenly, a few years ago, seattle, washington, 15 bucks an hour. [applause] los angeles, san francisco, 15 bucks an hour. oregon, 15 bucks an hour.
and in the last several weeks, in both california and new york, governors signed legislation for 15 buck an hour. -- bucks an hour. [applause] what is my point? my point is that, yes, we can ange the status quo when we think big and when we have a vision. [applause] i am not naive. i know the power of wall street and their endless supplies of money. i know that corporate america will shut down plants in america and move to mexico or china if they can make another $5 in profit.
i know that billionaires are funding candidates whose job it is to represent the wealthy and powerful. i know about the corporate media that will give us all of the information we need except what is most important for working amilies. i know about all of that. but this is what i also know. i know that what history is about is that when people stand up and they say, the status quo is not acceptable, we will not have children working in factories, we will not have working people on the job who have no power over those jobs, we will not continue to have segregation or racism or big tri, we will not have -- or bigotry, we will not have women unable to vote or go to the
schools they want or do the work they want. we will pass gay marriage in 50 tates. [applause] so that is what i have learned from history. when we are prepared to think big, when we are prepared to take on the greed and recklessness of wall street, when we stand together and we don't allow the trumps of the world to divide us up by whether we were born in america or born abroad, whether we are muslim or .ewish or christian [applause] when we stand together, whether we're gay or straight, male or female --
[cheers and applause] yes, we can create a government that represents all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors. now, this campaign has won seven out of the last eight caucuses and primaries. with your help on saturday, we're going to win here in wyoming. then we are headed to new york. cheers and applause] and i know a little bit about
new york because i spent the first 18 years of my life in brooklyn, new york. cheers and applause] no, please keep this a secret. do not tell secretary clinton. she's getting a little nervous and i don't want her to get more nervous. but i believe we've got an excellent chance to win new york and a lot of delegates in that state. cheers and applause] and then we are going to head, after some other states on the east coast, out to the west coast. and we are -- we have an excellent chance to win in oregon and to win in california. cheers and applause]
and i think that a lot of these super delegates are going to be looking around them and they are going to be saying, which candidate has the momentum? which candidate is bringing out huge numbers of people and huge -- [applause] which candidate can bring out large numbers of people, cant use the word huge anymore. but we will win in november if there is a large voter turnout. that's what always happens. democrats and progressives if there's a large voter turnout. republicans win when people are demoralized. this campaign is giving energy and enthusiasm to millions of americans.
cheers and applause] i think the people of this country are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics. i think the people of this country are ready for a olitical revolution. and if you ignore what you hear on corporate media, the facts are pretty clear. we have a path toward victory, a path toward the white house.
[applause] and wyoming can give us an enormous boost forward. f we win here on saturday. we often win, almost always win, when the voter turnout is high. we do poorly when the voter turnout is low. let us see on saturday a record breaking turnout here in the wyoming caucus. cheers and applause] and let us have wyoming democrats making it clear that this great state is part of the political revolution. thank you all very much. [applause]
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>> good afternoon, everybody. we are delighted to have you here. it shouldn't be this cold in april. i can down from new york where it was snowing in wilmington, and i thought, what the hell? we are to warm up this afternoon and we are going to have an excellent opportunity to talk with secretary carter. thank you all for coming. a brief security announcement -- he has a security detail. they're going to watch out for him. i'm going to watch out for you. if we have a problem, follow my nstructions. exits are here behind us. s the door closest to the steps that go down to the street. if there's a problem out in the front we're going to go in the back an over to the "national geographic" society, we have an arrangement with them. if there's a problem in the back, we go over to the cathedral, count heads and say grace. we're going to be fine but i look forward to -- please follow my instructions.
ashton carter is a man i've had the privilege of working with from his 40 years. he was at the office of assessment years ago. i remember distinctly once when i interviewed -- he interviewed me i should say for a job and -- at a place then called pa&e diddecided i was not a -- i not have what it took to to be a success there. i do not resent that. [laughter] since that time, we have had the privilege of working closely together for many years. i'm very honored he is here. he is doing just a spectacular job. with your applause, would you please welcome ashton carter and thank him for coming? [applause] secretary carter: thanks very much, john, for that warm introduction, but more importantly, for many years of friendship, of guidance, and of wonderful service to our country
over some many years, not to mention your leadership of this institution. it is a pleasure for me to be here at csis this afternoon. since it was founded over 50 years ago, the center for strategic and international studies has come to be considered one of the preeminent security focused think tanks here in the nation's capital. you provide important ideas and scholarships on pressing issues, ranging from matters of defense strategy and budget to america's strategic future in the asia-pacific to the growing threats that we face in the domain of cyberspace. to reviewing the goldwater nichols act that makes up so much of dod's institutional organization. it is because of that last piece of scholarship that are one to come here today. as many of you know, i recently issued my posture statement for the defense department for fiscal year 2017.
the first to describe how we are approaching five strategic challenges -- russia, china, north korea, iran, and terrorism. it is in this context that i will speak to you today about some key long-term strategic management questions. the dod will be detailing and discussing with congressional defense committees and the very next coming weeks. as a learning organization, the u.s. military and the defense department has a long history of striving to reform our command structures and improve our strategies and policies like how they're formulated come and amented, and integrated. indeed, even when world war ii was being fought and before the defense department was established, military leaders were -- and policymaking officials were discussing how military services could be
unified and explored ways to evelop stronger policy processes and advice. the result was the national security act of 1947. its amendments, which among historic changes, establish the position of the secretary of defense, the joint chiefs of staff, and the national security council. ater reforms come up quickly eisenhower year changes help strengthen the office of the defense secretary and gave new authority to the joint hiefs. but it was the goldwater-nichols act, enacted 30 years ago this fall, that's most responsible for today's military and defense institutional organization. with memories of vietnam and the tragic desert one raid still fresh, officials in defense and policymakers again considered reform. after nearly four years of work, not to mention strong opinions i my former boss, then defense secretary caspar weinberger, the resulting transformation is what we now refer to as goldwater nichols.
it solidified the chain of command from the president to the secretary of defense to the combatant commanders. it affirmed civilian control of the military by codifying and -- codifying in law that the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff is outside the chain of command. in order for him to be able to provide vital, objective, independent military advice to the defense secretary and the president. at the same time, it also strengthened the chairman's role, created the position of the vice chairman of the joint chiefs and centralized the role and voice of combatant commands. it reinforced the concept of jointness, especially with respect to the careers of senior officers by requiring them to gain professional experience outside of their service in order to advance further in their careers. all senior offices -- officers know these policies today.
they're integral to career advancement and achievement and reflect the reality of how our service members train and fight very day as a joint force. right around this time, albeit unrelated to goldwater nichols itself, important changes were made to reform acquisition. these were based on the recommendations of the packard institution, led by former secretary of defense dave packard. as it happens, implementing the packard recommendations was another one of the first challenges aworked on early in my own career. as a whole, all these changes were overwhelmingly beneficial, a credit to the work of not only the members of congress to pass legislation, but also their staff. john henry being one among them, should say. what they put into law has given
us generations of sole jerks sailor, air force and marines who have grown accustomed to operating together as joint force. overcoming many frictions before and has enabled our administration to draw greater benefit from the advice of chairman from general colin powell and desert storm to general joe dunford today. this year as goldwater-nichols turns 30, we can see the world has changed since then. instead of the cold war and one clear threat, we face a security environment that's dramatically different over the last quarter century. it's time we consider practical updates to this critical organizational framework while still preserving its spirit and intent. for example, we can see in some areas how the pendulum between service equities and jointness may have swung too far. as in not involving the service chiefs enough in acquisition decision making and accountability. or where subsequent world events
suggest nudging the pendulum further as in taking more steps to strengthen the capability of the chairman and joint chiefs to support force management, plan, and execution across the combatant commands. particularly in the face of threats that cut across regional and functional combatant command areas of responsibility, as many increasingly do. with this in mind, last fall i asked d.o.d.'s deputy management office levine and lieutenant general come walthauser to lead a department wide review of these kinds of organizational issues spanning the office of secretary of defense, the combatant commanders and the military departments to identify redundancies, inefficients or other areas of improvement. i'd like to discuss those preliminary recommendations with you today. over the coming weeks we'll excute these decisions under our
own existing authority. for others, where legislation is needed, we will work with the house and senate armed service committees on implementation as they consider this year's national defense authorization act. of course, both committees have their own important reviews of this issue under way as well. making this area ripe for working together. something i'm pleased to report we have been doing effectively and will continue to do on this topic. i applaud chairman mccain, senator reid, chairman thornberry, each of whom i was able to speak to earlier this morning, and also congressman smith. i look forward to continuing to work closely with all of them in their committees because when it comes to these fundamental matters of our national security, that's what we have to do. work together. now let me begin with transregional and transfunctional integration and advice, imperative considering
the challenges we face today are less likely than ever before to confine themselves to neat regional or functional boundaries. our campaign to deliver isil a lasting defeat is one example. as we and our coalition partners have take then fight to isil both in its parent tumor in iraq and syria, and where it's metastasizing, our combatant commanders from central command, european command, africa command, special operations command have had to coordinate efforts more than ever before. increasingly, i've also brought strategic command and cybercommand into these operations. as well. to leverage their unique capabilities in space and cyberto contribute to the defeat of isil. beyond terrorism, we also face potential future nation state adversaries with widening geographic reach. but also widening exposure.
something we may want to take into account in order to de-escalate a crisis and deter aggression. in other cases we may have to respond to multiple threats across the globe in overlapping time frames. an increasingly complex security environment like this and with a decision chain that cuts across the combatant commands only at the level of secretary of defense, we're not postured to be as agile as we could be. accordingly, we need to clarify the role and authority of the chairman and in some cases the joint chiefs and joint staff in three ways. one, to help synchronize resources globally for daily operations around the world. enhancing our flexibility and my ability to move forces rapidly ross the seams between our combatant commands. two, to provide objective military advice for ongoing operations, not just future planning.
and three, to advise the secretary of defense on military strategy and operational plans. for example, helping ensure that our plans take into account in a deliberate fashion the possibility of overlapping contingencies. these changes recognize that in today's complex world, we need someone in uniform who can look across the services and combatant commands and make objective recommendations to the department's civilian leadership about where to allocate forces throughout the world and where to apportion risk to achieve maximum benefit for our nation. and the person best postured to do that is the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. we will pursue these changes in line with goldwater-nichols' original intent, which is to enable the military to better operate in a seamless way while still preserving both civilian control and the chairman's independence to provide professional military advice
outside of the chain of command. some have recommended the opposite course, to put the chairman in the chain of command but both chairman dunford and i agree that would erode the chairman's objectivity as the principal military advisor to the president and secretary of defense. we appreciate the csia reached the same conclusion in its own review of goldwater-nichols. second area where we need to make updates in our combatant commands, continuing to aggressively streamline headquarters. adapting to new functions will include changes in how we manage ourselves in cyberspace in accordance with the emphasis i placed on cyberin my posture statement and that the president made in his fiscal year 2017 budget. there i made clear that in each of the five challenges facing d.o.d., we must deal with them across all domains, not just the traditional air, land, sea, and
space, but also cyberspace. where our reliance on technology has given us great strengths and great opportunities. but also some vulnerabilities that adversaries are eager to exploit. that's why our budget increases cyber investments to a total of $35 billion over the next five years and why we should consider changes to cyber's role in d.o.d.'s unified command plan. some of you may know d.o.d. is currently in the process of reducing our management headquarters by 25%, a needed step. we're on the road to accomplishing that goal, thanks to the partnership of the congressional defense committees, which once again we deeply appreciate. we can meet these targets without combining northern command and southern command or combining european command and africa command. actions that would run contrary to why we made them separate.
because of their distinct areas andmfa says and -- emphasis increased demands. and those demands have only increased in recent years with each command growing busier. instead of combining these commands to the detriment of our friends, allies and our own command and control capability well, need to be more efficient by integrating function like logistics and intelligence plans across the joint staff. the combatant commands and subordinate commands eliminating redundancies while not losing capability. and much can be done here. a-- additionally, in the coming weeks the defense department will look to simplify and improve command and control where the number of four star positions have made headquarters either top heavy or less efficient than they could be. the military is based on rank priority.
where juniors are subordinate and ranked to their seniors, this is true from the platoon to other levels. this gets complicated at the combatant command headquarters where we have a batch of extremely talented leaders. where we see opportunity to be billets cient, currently filled by four star generals will be filled by three-star generals in the future. the next area i want to discuss is acquisition. 30 years after the packard it's clear we still can and must do more to deliver better military capability while making better use of the taxpayers' dollars. six years ago, when i was under secretary -- undersecretary of defense for acquisition and logistics, d.o.d. began what i call better buying power.
an initiative to continuously improve our acquisition system. under the current undersecretary, frank kendall, we're now on our third iteration, better buying power 3.0. while we're seeing compelling indications of positive improvements, including areas like reduced cost greth and reduced cycle time, there's still a constant need for improvement. particularly as technology, industry, and our own missions continue to change. one way we're improving is by involving the service chiefs more in acquisition decision making and accountability. consistent with legislation congress passed last year. including giving them a seat on the defense acquisition board and giving them greater authority at what's known as milestone b. we're engineering and manufacture -- where engineering and manufacturing development begins. that is, where programs are first defined and a commitment to fund them is made. as i've discussed with the service chiefs,