tv Wisconsin Primary Election Night Speeches CSPAN April 6, 2016 6:36am-6:51am EDT
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: democracy is not a complicated process. it means that you have a vote in you have about he had you have a vote. into the majority 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. into 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: in 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. $13 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?
and they fought and they fought. and suddenly, a few years ago, seattle, washington -- $15 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: los angeles, san francisco -- $15 an hour! [applause] sen. sanders: oregon, $15 an hour. and in the last several weeks in both california and new york, governor signed legislation for $15 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: what is my point? my point is that yes, we can change the status quo when we think big and when we have a vision.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: im not naive. i know the power of wall street and their endless supplies of money. i know that corporate america has shut down. if they can make another five dollars in profit. i know that billionaires are funding candidates whose job it is to represent the wealthy and the powerful. i know about the corporate media that will give us all of the information we need except what is most important for working families. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: i know about all of that at this is what i also know. i know that's what history 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 in a job that has no power over those jobs. we will not continue to have segregation or racism 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 and 50 states. [applause] sen. sanders: so that is what i
have learned from history, is that 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 do not allow the trumps of the world to divide us up, by whether we're were born in america or born abroad, whether we are muslim or jewish or christian -- [applause] sen. sanders: it when we stand together whether we gay or straight male or female -- yes, we can create a government that represents all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors. [applause] sen. sanders: now, this campaign has one won 7 out of the last caucuses and primaries. with your help, we are going to win on wednesday in wyoming. mr. sanders: and then we are headed to new york. [cheering] and i know a little bit about new york because i spent the first 18 years of my life in brooklyn, new york. [applause] no, please keep this a secret. do not tell secretary clinton. she is getting a little nervous
and i don't want her to get more nervous, but i believe we have got an excellent chance to win new york and a lot of delegates from that state. [applause] and then, we are going to head, after some other states on the east coast come out to the west coast. we all have an excellent chance to win in oregon and california. [applause] i think a lot of these superdelegates will be looking around and will be saying which candidate has the momentum. which candidate is bringing out huge numbers of people and creating huge -- [cheering] which candidate can bring out
large numbers of people. i cannot use the word "huge" anymore. we will win in november if there is a large voter turnout. democrats and progressives win when there is a large voter turnout. republicans win when people are demoralized. this campaign is getting energy and enthusiasm to millions of americans. [applause] [chanting "bernie"]
mr. sanders: 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 political revolution. [cheering] and, if you ignore what you hear on corporate media, the facts are pretty clear. we have a path towards victory, towards the white house. [applause] and, wyoming can give us an enormous boost forward if 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