tv Road to the White House 2020 - Gov. Steve Bullock CSPAN April 15, 2018 6:34pm-7:49pm EDT
,eal, to build a trump tower and secondarily, part of that is to meet vladimir putin. we talked a moment ago about how to build a tower, you needed to have putin's permission, but to do anything in moscow really, trump had to hook up with an oligarch. he is already in bed with this corrupt regime. >> watch "afterwords" tonight at 9:00 p.m. >> now, montana governor steve bullock speaks to a group of democrats at a fundraiser for the attorney general of iowa, tom miller. the event was hosted by paul
pulled iowa democrats -- iowalled -- polk county, democrats. it is about an hour and ten minutes. [applause] >> thank you, sean, thank you so much. i am karen derry and i am running for the iowa house of representatives. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. and it is my pleasure to welcome you, governor bullock, to johnston. my family and i have been fortunate to live in this community for the last 19 years , and it is a wonderful community. and welcome to the great state of iowa. you know, we have so many things to be proud of in this state. the weather, not so much today, but -- [applause]
come back some time when the weather is as nice as the people. [laughter] >> you know, iowa does have so much to be proud of. great public schools led by world-class educators, safe communities, and warm, caring, and welcoming neighbors. but iowa, like so many other states around this country, seems to have gotten off track. the iowa i know was the first state to send or to set barack obama on the road to the white house when he won theiowa -- the iowa caucuses in 2008. [cheers and applause] the iowa i know was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage. [cheers and applause] you know, the iowa i know once proudly supported our public schools yet today we are under , funding our schools and we're stripping away collective bargaining rights from public employees. the iowa i know welcomed refugees in the 1970's under the
leadership of republican governor bob ray. he yet just this week wepassed a -- we passed a law banning sanctuary cities. the bad news is that we've lost our way. the good news is that that's all about to change. [cheers and applause] my campaign, like so many others in this country and in the state is energized by committed , supporters. we are going to flip the iowa house of representatives blue this november. [cheers and applause] have no doubt, the blue wave is coming across this state, and it will not just be a blue wave, it's going to be a blue tsunami. [applause] and we're going to get iowa and the rest of the country back on track, back to prioritizing the interests of everyday americans rather than the interest of rich donors and corporations. i so confident about our future? well, just look at the crowd here. look at this energy. >> all right! [cheers and applause]
and i'm also confident about our future because we have leaders like governor bullock who are going to help us to get there. and i want to share a few things about governor bullock. he's a two-term governor, and former attorney general of montana who has spent his career fighting forworking people and the common good. he led successful fights to raise montana's minimum wage and protect access to public lands and water, and he hasgrown -- has grown montana's economy by making record investments in public education. [applause] thank you. under his leadership, more people are working in montana than ever before and the state consistently leads the nation in new business creation. withs successfully worked a republican legislature to enact meaningful campaign finance reform and to expand medicaid. [applause] and he was our nation's first
governor to sign an executive order protecting net neutrality. [applause] governor bullock has repeatedly vetoed republican bills that would have undermined public education, civil rights, and a woman's right to choose, and that's the kind ofleadership -- of leadership that we need in this country. [applause] he is a husband and a father of three children in publicschools. -- public schools. governor bullock knows public service is about more than politics. like so many of us, he knows that for him and for his family and for families across this country, it's personal. welcoming join me in to johnston, governor bullock. [cheers and applause]
governor bullock: thank you. thank you so much, karin. thanks all of you for coming out today. you know, i had a chance to talk a little bit with karin before, with karin and her team. i have no doubt that she can win 214 days from now come november. [applause] governor bullock: i've also had a couple great days in iowa. i had the chance to meet with senator hogue and therest of the -- the rest of the senate democrats as well as most house democrats yesterday. we were in colfax, we were in ames, we were in marshall town today and really talking to folks about what it means to be a democrat and what we need to do for this 2018 election going into 2020. here, and i think he's on his way -- karin mentioned i was attorney general
before i became governor and i started out kind of as a baby lawyer in the attorney general's office. rose up to chief deputy. i got to meet this guy named tom miller. if you're like a beatles fan, it would be like meeting paul mccartney. i'll never forget the first time. he goes, i'm tom miller. and i'm like, the tom miller? [laughter] because fundamentally and what you may not appreciate in iowa is what you have and what influence he's had not only to your state but for the country. when you look at many of the major things that attorneys general have done, from tobacco settlement to when there is a financial meltdown, the a.g.s will step in, help people keep their houses, to when i became attorney general i wanted , to model what he's done in agriculture. so, we literally sent folks out from my office to spend two weeks learning from him. tom has shaped what consumer protection is for our country and he's also shaped it for individuals. so, i think tom will be here in a little while. i've been doing some campaigning
for him, but i hope you remember how amazing this guy is because he really does make a meaningful impact across the country. now, i know you have a lot of people that come to iowa and try to make some connections. i'm not going to talk about the fact that my mother was born in tumla. [laughter] governor bullock: not going to talk about my great great grandfather in 1856 coming to henry county and starting a farm. i'm not going to talk about that. [laughter] governor bullock: instead, i want to talk about -- first a in so about 2016 because many ways i think november of 2016 was disastrousnot only for cash disastrous not only for our country'sut our
standing in the world. and i hope also for democrats it's a wakeup call. i'll take you to my 2016. running for reelection for governor, running against a guy running more ads in the state of montana than any state in the nation. running against the wealthiest, second wealthiest, now he's a member of congress. put in $4.5 million of his own. on election day, donald trump took my 10 of by 20 points, and i won by four points. [applause] governor bullock: get your head around this. 20% of the folks that voted for me also voted for donald trump, and there's a piece as we go forward because people have wanted to say, what's wrong with those voters? i think what we have to be saying is, what did they not understand about the democrats? how were we not connecting and speaking with them so that they understood that their values for a lot of these folks are our values? and even if you go today,
looking back in 2016, a lot of the strategy was we need to find all of our democrats and drag them to the polls. not just actually talking and showing up at places. even today, the question is what's going to be more important going forward you could turning out our base or persuading trump voters? my question is why the hell can't we do both? >> yeah! [applause] >> fundamentally and philosophically, and i'm not going to say that i have allthe -- all the answers answers for -- governor bullock: fundamentally and philosophically, and i'm not going to say that i have all the answers for going forward, but to get elected and to serve in government, i have to go a lot of places where there's not a lot of democrats in sight. i have to talk to people. i have to listen to people and it's not just about winning elections. why does karen jerry -- why does rry want to run? not so they can call her
representative, but so she can meaningfully impact people's lives and do it in a way where her community and those three kids will have a better life. in montana, as she mentioned, my legislature's 2/3 republican. we fought for 15 years to get an earned income tax credit passed. we did it last session, montanans.0,000 we've never was compromised on a woman's right to make their own health care decisions. [applause] governor bullock: we never undercut montanans' labor lives either. she mentioned the corporate amount of spending, with happening now. we actually passed one of the most progressive laws when it comes to adding sunshine into our elections. i'll take you back a little bit. i was attorney general when this little case came up called citizens united. i wrote the brief that the majority of states at that point republican a.g.s a handful joined on, too, saying the vast
majority of elections happen in the state and local level. and let's not allow these elections to be bought by corporate interests because montana had an incredible history of corporate domination of our overall system. in 1908, a newspaper said the greatest living issue confronting us today is whether the corporation shall control the people or the people shall control the corporations. we finally took our system back and made it so there could be no corporate spending in our election. so citizens united came up, right, it was important for 100 years of montana history. we lost that case. every other state said game over. as attorney general, i said, no, wait a minute -- we actually could build a record to talk about the fact that corporate spending and just the thread of it could corrupt our system. i had testimony from democrats and republicans saying make sure that elections are decided by people, not others. and unfortunately -- well, fortunately we won at our state supreme court. we went all the way to the u.s. supreme court.
the first case after citizens united. two years later and on a 5-4 decision the u.s. supreme court threw out 100 years of montana history. now, we can turn around and say we just have to accept it, but what i did is brought democrats and republicans together. the law that we passed is no matter what tax status you want to try to hide behind, 501 c-3 , whatever mailbox you are living in, if you're going to spend money in our elections, you actually have to disclose where that money is coming from. if we're going to make it so our elected officials i like nascar, bought and paid for by all kinds of things, people ought to at least know who is writing that check. [applause] so, working with even republican majorities, we passed this law that said 60 days out you have to disclose all your spending, all your contributions, and even the koch brothers stayed out of our elections last cycle. [applause]
governor bullock: if we can do that in montana we can do that , in iowa, we can do that everywhere in the country. it's -- everywhere in the country. it's more than just about that, though. it's great to be here because by some respects i shouldn't be , based on those numbers, based on the spending. i'm optimistic because i am here, and i'm optimistic and determined not only for that, but also for what can happen going forward. my background, i was -- had regular access to the governor's house as a kid. that's because i was raised in a single parent household four blocks away and i delivered newspapers to the governor's house. literally i've gotten four blocks in life. [laughter] governor bullock: i went to college out of state. the first time i ever went there was the first day of school because the idea of college
family'ss beyond my financial means. i worked my way through college. i borrowed my way through law school. i had the opportunity to live in places like new york and washington, d.c., and philadelphia for a little while, but i moved home, and i moved home because that's where i wanted to raise my kids. in many ways from where i cameto -- where i came to where i was is from my perspective the american dream. i'm optimistic about that. that's one of the things that drives me, but now having a 15-year-old, a 13-year-old, and an 11-year-old, that's what makes me optimistic continually because knowing that we need to make sure that they have those same opportunities that we did growing up and more, but let's not kid ourselves -- the american dream is getting further out of reach for a whole bunch of folks. and not only that, it's under attack. i'm not going to say everything is great. it's hard to actually listen to the news or read a newspaper without seeing the threats to things that are so important to
so many of us. for medicare and health care, to our standing in the world from climate to fair trade to russian interference. and if it's nothing else, i've worked darn hard with my kids and i know you have with your kids and grandkids. we try to teach them to be respectful, to be thoughtful. we now expect less of our president than we do of our preschoolers. that's not the representative democracy we want. [applause] governor bullock: i think, though, that this is something that we can change, and i'm optimistic about the ability to make those changes. a few things that i learned in montana, both in governing and in running for office, i hope we can all learn. first of all, while it seems simple, we need to show up. showing up is not just talking to people that always think the same way, but it's not just going to polk county. if you are going to jasper county, it's going to other places. we cannot just sit here speaking to ourselves if we think we're
going to win. before i came to iowa i actually went to places like michigan and wisconsin. in 2016, we did not even show up in those states. if the idea is that nationally, democrats, all we can do is grab both the coats and we can grab groups that traditionally support us and win and skip over the rest of the country, even if you could win an electoral majority, you're not going to win the ability to govern. you're not going to be able to win the ability to govern if we're not talking to folks all across this country in places like this. showing up isn't just winning elections. never forget i wanted to get medicaid expanded in montana. i went to a town called shodo. the population is 1,700. they seemed to know -- most of the folks knew i was going to
be showing up because koch brothers were nice enough to fill everybody's mailbox and call everyone and say bullock is going to bring his obamacare stuff. walked into this big community room and you could lookaround, -- look around, not a lot of bullock voters there, but i got them talking. and the hospital said 40% of the people that walk through the hospital doors did not have health insurance. a county commissioner said this hospital saved my life twice. if this hospital wasn't here, not only would i not be here, but this town would be gone. so, their recognition, they're talking to me, me not talking to them gave that republican legislator the support to buck party leadership, to buck the koch brothers. as a result we went from 20% uninsured in 2013 to 7% uninsured today. [applause]
governor bullock: showing up means going places and actually talking and engaging. it's not about micro targeting. it's not about slicing dicing the election. it's actually listening to people and giving them a reason to vote for us. second of which, i think at times we think that the values of folks in different places may not be the same. there's a town in montana called manhattan, has 1700 people. now, folks in manhattan, montana, and manhattan, new york -- their lives are too busy for politics. do most folks want and value? they want a safe community. they want a roof over their head, decent job, clean air, clean water, quality public schools, and the belief that you can do better for your kids or grandkids that even for yourself. those are the values of most americans, and you are darn
right those are the values that democrats in iowa and montana, across the country have been fighting for for a heck of a long time. [applause] governor bullock: we have to help people understand that not only do we share their values, but we are fighting for their values. we also have to be for something, not just against something. it's so easy to be against everything that's happening in washington, d.c., right now. it's so easy to say, this is not the direction our country and our world should be going. but it's not enough just to be against him. we have to have voters understand that we are for something and we are for them. at the end of the day, there has to be an economics message, a jobs message as part of this. i'm so proud -- please at least with what we've done with investing ineducation, whereas other states have been gutting education. but i'm also pleased with the fact that we'veincreased
-- we've increased apprenticeships, workplace learning by 30%. so there are folks that can be a phlebotomist to a welder to an i.t. person that is making a better living while they're learning skills. we need to make sure that as our economy changes, as things change, that folks know that we are going to be a partner with them. we are going to be for it. we're not just going to be tweeting against things and giving speeches. give people a reason to vote for us, not just against him. fourth and finally, i think there is no such thing as a national issue, and i'll tell you what i mean by that. i did a lot of work in my first term on the gender pay gap. how is it we could be over 50 years since john f. kennedy signed the equal pay laws and women are still making 67, 70 cents on the dollar?
how could we be in that place? so, i did a lot of work. changingings, interviews, summer executive. we tried legislative stuff. i wanted to make that part of my campaign. folks said, no, that's a national issue. you can't talk about national issues. it's hillary clinton, our national democrats. even though we'd done all that work, so the ad we ran at the time was my 14-year-old daughter and i playing basketball, her talking about what she wants out of a state and a country. what we had been trying to do so that she knows when she starts her first job after college that she'll get paid equally for equal work as her male counterparts. the point is there are no such things as nationalissues. -- national issues. every issue we as democrats fight for, every issue we as democrats believe in actually are around a pub table or a kitchen table. we need to figure out the way to communicate so they understand
that these are the issues that matter to them. it's not an abstract what we work on as we are working for better lives and better jobs and for the quality. it is not just something that impacts people elsewhere. we need to make sure people understand it impacts folks in every corner and every one of your homes. and i think we can do it. it's not that hard. we have to at some point stop looking backwards, too. ran for, mo udall, he congress -- he actually ran for president in he was at the 1976. national convention. he said, you know, when democrats assemble a firing squad, we usually do it in a circle. [laughter] governor bullock: there is so much to be upset of what's happening in washington, d.c., right now. there is so much for senator hogue and others to be upset and all of you what's happened at
your statehouse. and it is time now with 214 days before these 2018 elections to make sure that as democrats, democrats,nt of we're not pointing at one another, but we're saying we want to make sure we wake up the day after the 2018 midterms saying, i was back on the track. we want to make sure that we are leading into 2020, knowing we won't wake up on election day, the day after 2021 and still say, what, president trump? and we can do that. you here in iowa have 214 days between now and the election. not that i end up counting those. when i was running, my kids put my phone, soon every day, i'd have to look at it. we know that elections aren't won by money, though money is important for your candidates. elections at the end of the day
are won by people talking to people. we are still a state and a country where we are all equal on election day. our vote is our voice, and we have the opportunity equally to impact this representative democracy that we live in. so, i hope the energy that i see here in april here -- i hope for the next 217 days you make sure so karinit forward derry is your next representative from this community. [cheers and applause] have ar bullock: you state treasurer's race. you have a state auditor's race. you have an attorney general's race. you have an ad commissioners race and a governor's race that if you take this energy, you can make sure that iowa is as blue as it should be. [cheers and applause] governor bullock: so i ask you
to give of your time and your energy and make sure we don't waste one of these 214 days. go out, talk to people say , what's wrong, but tell folks we are fighting for them, not against them, and make that discussion valuable for every kitchen table across iowa. so appreciate you having me out today. [cheers and applause] and there is tom miller, why the way. way. the [applause] thank you very much. did he say any bad things about me? good. i will be brief. thank you for all you have done for me. i feel very lucky to have been attorney general a few times. it is a great job because you get to use the law to serve the interest of ordinary people.
you get to follow the rule of .aw in a legal way it is a great job and i feel there a fortunate. it is people like you know have given me -- people like you who have given me the opportunity to get to be attorney general so far. we need to be ready for competition and to help me keep this job i have. i want to underscore how important this year is. i think steve has touched on this well. we have not done as well in iowa for a while. it has slipped away from us. this is the year we can grab it back. we really have to. this is our best chance to do that.
in a way, president trump is providing that opportunity, perhaps. it would be quite fitting if he victory.a wonderful but we will only achieve that victory if we go out and grab it ourselves and do everything we can. steve bullock and i have been friends a long time. i met him while he was working at the attorney general's office in montana. then he got elected attorney general. and he was quickly one of the leaders in the country because of his idealism and ability, because of the way he traded people. office,ran for another he ran for governor and got elected and then reelected. and as you know, probably by now, trump carried montana by 20% four years ago.
steve carried it by 4%. he was out talking with people, bringing together his skills on norma'ses and a political's -- and enormous political skills. think about this guy. hopefully he will be back to iowa a few times in the very new few -- very near future. [applause] you have to come back after that reaction, steve. best wishes to karen. she is working hard and deserves to get elected. [applause] a.g. miller: and let's do all we can to win in november. it is our chance.
thank you very much. usually at our events you can but yell out your question, we have a c-span microphone that nathan will be carrying around so that people at home can hear your questions. do we have any questions for the governor? >> what can we do to convince people that health care is an issue for everyone? i think that is where we need to begin. health care is not a privilege, it is a right. every other industrialized country has figured this out. and i can turn around and look
at the ways we have expanded medicaid, and not only has it been good for the health of people, when somebody comes up to you and says your actions literally saved my life, and i have had several of those, i know what it does for the overall economy and going forward. begin from the baseline that it is a right, not a privilege. recognize and let's not take 12 steps back. the affordable care act made strides in 70 ways and we have an administration that wants to sabotage the gains that have been made, to add more in certainty -- more uncertainty so that people drop out.
let's not isolate one another as we are figuring out the best path. let's a that this is our goal and a grad way to get this together. what we have seen in the affordable care act, good and bad, was that lives have been improved as we expanded medicaid. and the last thing we want to do in montana, in iowa, or anywhere else is to start taking major steps back. we have momentum we can be used -- we can build on. within theo this general parameters of, here is our overall goal, let's work together. [applause] any other questions for the governor?
>> knowing that you come from a state that voted for the president, and knowing that you have oil resources in your state emma would you support building ?ut energy infrastructure oftenullock: i have said that as soon as texas system needs from the nation, we will have the best win potential. we are a state where there has been both. i have put together a energy blueprint that said, where do we want to go as a state? i think we as a country need to say, where do we need to go? a recognize this is not just moral obligation. fish,tana, we hunt, we
and i am not unique in that way. we have 70,000 people work in whooor recommendation -- work in outdoor recreation. down riverso close because they got to warm. our planting seasons are changing. the u.s. is not going to take a greater role by advocating our as we didnal road from backing out of the paris accords. there are parts of pipeline development that are far beyond we president's capability if continue to work on the technology and opportunities to move to a cleaner energy well recognizing that in our lifetime
governors have an opportunity to write a proclamation and decide if we want to lower flags. i will never forget, after the vegas shooting, i did not even know what to write in the proclamation. a young staffers said, a we now have a template for mass shootings. so i looked. under president obama and president trump, i have been over 40 lower the flag times. 12 of them have been for mass shootings. i approach that as a governor, as a parent. i talked earlier about how we share more values than i think we do -- then we think we do. i fundamentally believe, look, i took my 11-year-old son hunting.
commonality. the responsible gun owners want to keep their families safe. saying, we do not trust the way the guns are right now, this is not working and we want to keep her family's eighth here i think of we start taking a -- we want to keep our families safe. majority of americans want a universal background check system. it is time that we do that right now. [applause] gov. bullock: five or six states have passed red flag loss. the idea that law enforcement or a family member can say, this person is at risk, it is time to go to court and take the gun out of their hands.
dofive or six states can this, we know it makes a difference. domestic violence situations, where there are domestic issues. are in danger of losing their lives is a much more substantial when he gun is present. when a gun is presidents. democrats do not want to take everyone's guns away. when a gun is- present. democrats do not want to take everyone's guns away. but no parent wants to work about their child at school. i do not know if any of you are educators. i do not want you having a gun. [applause]
gov. bullock: we had a with fellow governors at the white house with the president and what they said is, we have to harden our schools. no, you harden military institutions. [applause] i would like a follow-up question. nra member. i have my first bb gun when i was seven. but the position of the nra has gotten way out of hand. democrats have enough guts to refuse to accept donations from the nra so that they do not have
such a broad say in general matters. santorum appear and completely confuse everything, speaking on behalf of the nra. understandneeds to there is a difference between an ar-15 and a hunting rifle. the average citizen has no understanding of what the different guns are. my question is, will the democrats have enough guts to say no to the nra contributions? gov. bullock: i think we sometimes learn a lot from our kids. parklands in part -- have finally opened up a discussion and it is time we learned from our kids. seeing what you will be is not only a whole lot of democrats, but a whole lot of
republicans, too. continue to listen to those kids. the marchreat rally, for our lives in our state capital. and they wanted me to speak. i said i was not going to speak. time elected about officials start listening, and not speaking. so instead, i showed up with my kidsand applauded those who were saying, we can do a whole hell of a lot better here. thank you again for welcoming me in polk county. thank you for so much for what you are going to do for kerry karin derry. thank you so much.
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