tv Campaign 2018 Obama at Rally for Nelson and Gillum CSPAN November 3, 2018 4:31am-5:45am EDT
reaction to the election taking live during lls "washington journal." c-span, your primary source for 2018.ign barack obama campaigned with florida senator bill nelson who term.ning for a fourth he's being challenged by rick scott. real clear politics lists it as a tossup. ndrew gillum was also there running against former congressman ron desantis for the governor seat. mr. gillum has less than a 3 3-point lead according to polls. >> welcome senator bill nelson.
i will never forget this. town hall meeting macedonia it in the mickels baptist church in edenville florida. the only place that would hold a congregation. and so many people turned out to senator obama that day. they were hanging from the rafters. now, years se, ater, he's coming back to help some more of us and he's doing it is so he knows important because think of the he has had and what in order rying to tdo to undo his legacy. and we are not going to let them do it.
[cheers and applause] there another reason, and he's oming here because tired of all of the untrue .hings that are being said the former president was that about s ought to be honesty and integrity. [cheers and applause] he, of all people, can contrast to reat what we see in the occupant of right nnsylvania avenue now. what this election comes trust and honesty. trust.bout who do you
a great honor for me as a , i believe that public office is a public tru trust. and the people have responded me over the ly to years by placing their trust in me. i'm proud that now you have a the senate in election between the record of opponent. .y opponent has cut education i support education. the e tried to protect
environment. opponent has savaged the environment. nd you see the results of the green algae and the red tide, tide rick.d i have tried to protect healthcare. he, of course, has tried not for , toyear but for seven years repeal the affordable care act. , now, he has allowed the aate of florida too good with suit in federal court that is rying to declare your protection, if you have a preexisting condition, to that unconstitutional. this is what we are up against.
ladies and gentlemen, you have given me the privilege of working on the jobs for the future. aerospace program, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to mars! [cheers and applause] jobs, those high paying the spinoffs from the new achievements in space, it all into american leadership in space and the jobs right here in florida. and then let's don't forget what mitch mcconnell said just the other day. he said because of the big tax for the corporations, now he's got to find revenue. going?s he he said he is going to cut medicare and social security.
as long as i'm around. [cheers and applause] so come election day we all have a lot at stake. it means voting for leaders that really care about the they represent. leaders ans voting for that really care about our state. so, i ask for this opportunity ight now to come to introduce you to someone that i saw early as the student .ody president at florida a&m had asked andrew
to come talk to a gathering that for college lly of ent leaders on the issue values. and that young man has been one earliest, youngest city .ommissioners in tallahassee reign as mayor, and now he is going to be the florida.rnor of mayor andrew gillum! [cheers and applause] >> hello, everybody. what is going on, everybody? what is going on?
to flip the dy blues. that is a little better. i have to tell you. is such a beautiful sight from up here. whrebgs ld hold the today i think we would -- election today we would run away ahead of our opponent. democra emocrats, independents, even some of our republican friends that are joining us today, are ready it flip floor the the first time in 20 years? it lieve we are going to do this time, y'all. ou all have heard me as i have moved around this wonderful ,tate of ours for now 21 months and you have heard me over the do my very best
you ntroduce myself to u through my experience talking who my mother frances birthed us in jackson hospital right down here in miami. y mother frances, who was a school bus driver for the miami-dade school bus system. who was a arles construction worker and when my ad didn't have construction work to do you would find him on the street kevin selling fruits folks on les to saturday morning he would set his truck up in the open field cross the street from the cemetery and sell flowers to bereaved families. the best examples of hard work that i know to this day. rb, i'm so, so, u my ery honored to have mother here with me today, frances gillum.
[cheers and applause] >> what is up, ma? i love her. to this.ting used she's starting to give the royal wave. we have come a long way from dade.nd heights and south we now find ourselves in this where we sit at the precipice of something great, transformational in our state. the opportunity to put the everyday working people of our state back at the of public policy and decision making and results that of tallahassee. i'm here in south florida today for the only thing in life my mother ever told me to a chance.d that is i want a chance. a chance.
i want a chance to be your next give. i want a khapchance. i want a chance to get to as your next governor so that we can work to they are worthat for doing the most difficult job that exists in society. we are talking about teachers admit i would not be standing before you as mayor democratic ee and nominee for the state of florida teachers.ot for those those individuals who worked behalf.e on my they poured into me and toouraged me and inspired me do the work that i thought that i couldn't get done by myself. encouraged me to reach beyond my limitations and poured me as they pour into our young people every day of the week. absence of our parents
these are the people who are responsible for the shaping, inspiring and cultivating of the minds of our most pressure gifts, our children. -- most precious gifts our children. them s why we have to pay a wage they can live on along with the support staff that make that possible. i want a chance. i want a chance. be a governore to who will go to tallahassee and will actually believe in science. it is more than a notion. become so used under red realizing that global change is the same thing. florida and you are surrounded by water on three it has a direct impact. i want a chance to go to achieve real d
criminal justice reform here in the state of florida. ot only the kind of reform where once you have paid your you get out ty and and you re-enter our communities and in my opinion you ought to your right to vote. you ought to have your constitutional right to vote. just that, y'all. you also ought to be able to get right to work,ur your right to earn a decent wage, earn a living for yourself and when we win this race we are going to reform the criminal justice system in that gives people lift and opportunity and makes the tate a safer state in process. y'all, when we win this race for a e you are going to have governor who will work to expand 800,000 of thever most medically needy people in our state. chance.hat
it is not only important that we medicaid but those that don't have access to insurance do it for tant to those who do, who want to have around our ty insurance rates that are increasing year over year over because folks are getting access to healthcare in our emergency rooms. better and when we win there race we will do better than that. i want a khapchance to go to and to take on the know --nd let them [cheers and applause] >> that's right. i want to let them know that of running tallahassee has come to an end. to know that the value of our children's lives standing up for
th them. no parents ought to have to send their kid it cancel worried to school worried whether they will pick them up bag.e or in a body no neighborhood deserves to be everyday by the violence that pervades too many neighborhoods that you can't let outside.s play that is unacceptable. second espect the amendment and at the same time protect our families. you want to carry the power f god at your waist belt you ought to have a background check. if you are a convicted domestic violence abuser you should not access to weapons that you an snuff out the lives of your loved ones. that want to shoot a gun can fire off 60 bullets in 60 econds you ought to join the military.
those weapons have no place in everyday society. stand up for that kind of a stake. don't know how many of y'all saw the debates. he -- if atch any of t you saw the debates you saw that y opponent mr. desantis had repeated opportunities to tell the people of this state what he wanted to do for them. so quick to get my name out there that it was the only thing coming out of his mouth. i'm flattered, y'all, but the eople of the state of florida deserve to hear when wants to do for us and unfortunately he failed the test that is most that is he d couldn't be honest with you and level with you about what he he voted o and that over a dozen times to appeal obama care.
we have an opportunity to send mr. desantis and mr. trump a november 6. [cheers and applause] , let phame put some more on that. to send them an unapologetic message, right? one that will not confuse them. that their brand of politics is acceptable in the state of florida. at all. at all. so, y'all, i want you to know i, we are going to put everything we have into there. be joined on o this mission by the woman who is efinitely and without a doubt the wind beneath my wings. baby, will today, you stand up? [cheers and applause] >> if you don't like me, vote could be your she
first lady. we travel to red counties, blue counties, purple counties. where we en crowds didn't have room to hold everybody. putnam county. county. escambia county. this e been all over state. reason we have gone to some of these deep red counties because i want to beo know govern governor, too. i want them to know when i'm elected governor i'm going to be for all of the people of the state of florida. not just some of the people. i want you to know that none of this will be possible unless we job.ur we can't just tweet about it, facebook about it, snapchat about it.nd not be
what does it mean to be about it? polls and go to the vote like our lives depend on it, y'all. we have to do it. because the truth is that our next do depend on who the governor is of the great state of florida so we have to bring this thing on home. talkof y'all have heard me about bringing it home. i want to do it here before i next speaker. i want to remind you of what this thing is about for me. y'all know because my mother and father would have to get up so early in the morning loadead to work they would me and my siblings and drive us house where ma's she would let us sleep a little longer about she got us up. grandmother will two ritual. he would get the bottle of olive oil or cooking oil, whatever the greasiest thing get and she would -- she
could get and put a cross on our forehead. was a way to send us out in the day with a blessing that no our way.d come then the mantra is boys, go to your teacher, get your lessons and one day bring it home. bring it home for your little brother, your little sister, for that boy down the street you play with down the street. bring it home for your mama and addy who get up every day and slave on somebody else's job and keep a roof on your head and your back and food on the taliban. bring it home did on table. she was arned communicating it was not just me but it was about all of us and went far in life we would all go far. if i did good we would all do life.n under trump's america they are rying to brainwash us into
thinking the only way we do good is wishing for the failure next to us. reject that brand of politics. i reject it. we are all in the same ought to put all our oars in the water and row in if we do irection and that we all go further. we do do better when better. we have an opportunity in this election to send a message not state of florida but across the nation that that derisive visive and politics has no place any more nd that message will resonate outside our state around the nation and around the world that america is still america again stkaoepbts si and common -- decency and common sense and over bad.can win out , i want you to join us and bring this win home not just for but for the faces i can't
recognize and names i cannot and the communities neighborhoods who need their fair shot at life as well. god knows i have been blessed over the course of my life to there point. the state thatte works for everybody again. if we get out and vote and if we vote like our lives depend on it we can have that kind of state. not do it without you. so, y'all, let's bring it home. home.bring it let's bring it home. [cheers and applause] >> now i have the opportunity to the stage -- y'all got o let me get his name out, please. i want to now ask that you give welcome to our forever president, barack obama.
good to see all of you. irst and foremost, give it up or your next representative, mary florez. from the u. .onna somewhat laila a leader that we are going to to the united states sena senate. , bill nelson. nd give it up for an outstanding mayor, one of the most inspiring, gifted candidates that are running this year, the next governor of the andrew ate of florida,
gillum! cheers -- oers [cheers and applause] . >> let me make a confession. i love you back. knew that. that is not a confession. there are a lot of good reasons back.e get a little to cooler back in d. krfpc. fplt leaves are falling and the wind er.etting a little brisk around this time of year you i woepuldn't mind being in miami. , you have tkpwgot cuban sandwiches.
you have tkpwgot very nice look people. so, there are a lot of good to come to miami. ok.know, [chants of obama] mr. obama: we are ok. we're ok. this is what i look forward to, having a few hecklers to get me back into the mood. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: i enjoy that. you always got to have a few to
know you are on the campaign trail. these are all the reasons i've come down to miami. but the real reason i came down to miami is because this tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes. politicians will always say that, but this time it's actually true. the stakes really are that high. the consequences of us staying home really are more dangerous. because america is at a crossroads. the health care of millions -- hold on a second. hold on a second. sir. sir.
crowd chanting "bring it home"] mr. obama: hold on a second. listen. here's the deal. here's the deal. here's the deal. if you support the other candidates, then you should go support the other candidates. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: don't be here. i never -- one of the things i never understood was why if you are supporting the other guy you come to my rally. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: go to their rally.
go talk about what you are for. don't come hollering here. where was i? so, america is at a crossroads. the health care of millions is on the ballot. making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. but maybe most of all, the character of our country is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: in the closing weeks of this election, we have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and to make us fearful. it is designed to exploit our
history of racial and ethnic and religious divisions that picked us against one another. make us believe that order will somehow be restored if it weren't for those folks that don't look like we look. or don't love like we love. or pray like we do. [crowd chanting "bring it home"] mr. obama: you know what? it is an old playbook. it is one that the powerful and the privileged turn to whenever control starts slipping away. [cheers and applause]
mr. obama: they will get folks riled up just to protect their power and their privilege. even when it hurts the country. even when it puts people at risk. it is as cynical as politics gets. but in four days, in four days, florida, you can reject that kind of politics. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: in four days, you can be a check on that kind of behavior. in four days, you can choose a bigger, more prosperous, more generous vision of america. an america where love and hope conquer hate.
an america where we the people, whatever we look like, whoever we love, however we choose to pray, however our ancestors came here, we can come together to shape our country's course. that's what andrew gillum stands for. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that's what bill nelson stands for. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: i am hoping that is what you stand for. that is what you can do when you vote on tuesday. and then, we have been at this crossroads. we have been at crossroads like this before. and each time, we made the right choice not by sitting back, not by waiting for history to happen
to us, but by marching and by mobilizing and by organizing and by voting to make history happen. that time we abolished slavery in this country, that time we overcame a great depression. that's how we won women's rights and workers rights and civil rights. lgbt writes and immigrant -- rights and immigrant rights. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that's what made the story of america's progress, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. but progress never comes without a fight. for every two steps of progressive change, we often take one step back in conservative retrenchments. every time we start pulling ourselves closer to our founding
ideals that all of us are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, every time we start including more people in that promise, some folks start pushing back. the status quo pushes back. you win the right to make a union, but then somebody comes around and tries to bust your union. you win a higher minimum wage, then congress decides we won't raise the minimum wage for a decade. you win the right to vote, they try to make it harder for you to vote. making this country better has never been easy. i love you, too. [cheers and applause]
mr. obama: 10 years ago, 10 years ago, i was campaigning for president. i was in game shape back then. that is why i did not lose my voice, i could talk all the time. now i am not used to talking this much. but 10 years ago, we had just gone through a period of conservative retrenchment. republicans had been cutting taxes for the rich. they had been cutting rules for big banks and polluters. we had just gotten hit with the worst financial crisis in our lifetime. and guess what? the democrats had to come and clean up. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: bill remembers because he was there. and so with the help of
democrats like bill nelson we got the economy growing again. we covered another 20 million people with health care. we doubled the amount of clean energy we generate. we put tougher rules on banks and credit card companies. we cut our deficits by more than half. in part by making sure that wealthiest pay their fair share. so by the time i left office, wages were rising, the uninsured rate was falling, the economy was growing. and by the way, that growth has just kept on going. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: you know, i know -- i do have to make this point because right now, republicans are all, look, the economy is so good. where do think that started? [cheers and applause]
mr. obama: when did that start? they are talking about look how many jobs we created. the economy created more jobs in the last 21 months when i was in office than the 20 months after i left office. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and at the time, they were saying how terrible the economy was. anyway, we will get to that. that is what a progressive agenda did. now, we didn't get everything we wanted to do. we could not reverse 40 years of economic trends in only eight
years. you could not bring back all the jobs from overseas. you could not eliminate all the inequalities that had built up. especially not after republicans took over congress and blocked everything that bill and i and others tried to do. but now republicans have been in control for two years. everything in washington, white house, house, senate. they have won governorships, including here in florida. what have they done with that power? it's not true they haven't done nothing. that's not true. they cut taxes for the rich. just like they did the last time. they stripped out rules to protect our air and water. just like they did the last time. they ran up the deficit. just like they did last time. just like the last time. and by the way, they actually
know none of this is possible, which is part of the reason why just like the last time, they are actively trying to disenfranchise voters to keep them from voting. they are also resorting to the same tactics that they did the last time, which is to try and scare folks with whatever bogeyman or defensive social -- divisive social issues they could come up with, just like they did the last time. let's take a look at what they have been up to. they promised to take on corruption. instead, they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: you know, i didn't have anybody in my administration get indicted.
i mean, i just thought that's how you're supposed to do things. they pledged to fight for the little guy. instead, they doled out $1.5 trillion in tax cuts aimed at billionaires and corporations. [booing] mr. obama: don't boo. let me tell you something. republicans cannot hear you boo, but they can hear you vote. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: so they didn't pretend to pay for these tax cuts, and of course, deficit shot up. that is what happened. except just two weeks ago, the republican leader in congress said, now that we got our tax cuts passed, we are very disturbed with the deficit. we need to bring them down. we are going to have to cut programs like medicare and medicaid and social security.
hey, don't take my word for it. look it up. that is what he said. in fact, look up anything i say today because i promise, i believe in a fact-based debate. -- campaign. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: the point is that cutting medicare and social security and medicaid to pay for tax cuts for folks like rick scott does not sound like fighting for the little guy to me. you want somebody -- [crowd chanting]
mr. obama: actually, hold on a second. there is an interesting observation i want to make. why is it that -- hold on, hold on, hold on. [crowd boos] mr. obama: why is it that the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time? [cheers and applause] mr. obama: it is an interesting question. i mean, like, when i won the presidency, at least my staff felt pretty good. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: you know, i don't
know why -- it tells me something interesting. that even the folks who are in charge are still mad, because they are getting ginned up to be mad. that is the mindset. so, you want somebody who is actually going to work for working people? andrew gillum is somebody for working people. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: andrew's mom is right here. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that is where he got his good looks from. andrew was raised by a construction worker and a school bus driver, had to work his way up the hard way to become mayor of tallahassee. he knows the promise of this country, so he is not going to work for people who had it handed to them, he is going to work for people who had to work their way up, just like his
parents did. to look after their family. andrew has lived the american dream, and if you give him your vote, he will fight to make sure every child in florida has the same chance that this state and this country gave him. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: let's talk about health care for a second. eight years ago, democrats passed the affordable care act. that law helped cover almost 1.6 million people just here in florida. that law made it illegal for the first time for insurers to
discriminate against folks who had a pre-existing condition. and by the way, for the young people here, you may not think about pre-existing conditions, but when you get to be 57, because insurance companies, they categorize all kinds of things as pre-existing conditions. if you had asthma, you might not get insurance, or it might be really expensive. if you had cancer, they might not give you insurance. just being a woman was considered a pre-existing condition, because they would charge women more than men for insurance. which, when you think about it, makes absolutely no sense because the condition women have is the power to give birth to us. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and it seems to me you wouldn't want to charge somebody more for bringing us
into the world. that is just my opinion. so, we put in a law that said no, you have to charge women the same as men. you can't discriminate based on pre-existing conditions and -- ok. great. --[laughter] mr. obama: and by the way, on that vote, not a single republican joined us, not one. zero. nada, zilch, goose egg, none, none of them supported us. now, suddenly it is election season, and what happens? you've got republicans out there saying we will protect pre-existing conditions. let's look at the record.
andrew's opponent was in congress and voted to sabotage or repeal the aca and protections for people with pre-existing conditions every chance he got. bill's opponent, rick scott -- [booing] mr. obama: don't boo, vote. opponent is literally suing the government to work to overturn pre-existing conditions as we speak. when i was president, republicans voted more than a dozen times to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. last year, they fell one vote short. one vote. if they win this tuesday, they will finally succeed.
if they keep control of congress, you better believe they are coming after your health care. florida, we can't let rick scott become the deciding vote on pre-existing condition protections. in all of his time in office, rick scott could've extended medicaid and covered 800,000 more floridians with health care, 800,000. those are families. rick desantis wouldn't even try. so if you want change, andrew gillum will expand medicaid coverage. if you vote for him and vote for a democratic state legislature, nor vote could give 800,000 floridians, just like that, the security of health care coverage. [cheers and applause]
mr. obama: democrats are not going to let republicans gut your pre-existing conditions protections. democrats are not going to let republicans gut your medicare to pay for their tax cuts. they are going to protect your care, period. but here's the main point i want to make, florida. if republicans thought their tax cut for billionaires was popular, they would be campaigning on it. you don't hear a peep out of them. this was their main legislative accomplishment in congress. they have not mentioned it in a single ad. if republicans thought their endless votes to sabotage or take away your health care was popular, that is what they would be campaigning on. you don't hear a peep from them about that. in fact, right at election time, suddenly republicans are saying they are going to protect your
pre-existing conditions, when they have literally been doing the opposite. [crowd jeers] mr. obama: that is some kind of gall. that is some kind of chutzpah. let's call it what it is. it is a lie. they are lying to you. a former republican congressman, david jolly, just cast his vote. he voted for andrew gillum. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: he said the reason is simple. it's because i have served with ron desantis. that should tell you something. let me tell you, if somebody who served with me in my party voted for the other guy, i would feel bad.
i don't imagine congressman jolly and mayor gillam agree on a lot, but maybe they, just like all of us, agree there is something bigger than politics. and that is on the ballot right now. what kind of politics do we want? do we want politics where people are yelling at each other? d gestures in front of the children? can't do that. in front of mama. look, throughout human history politicians have made promises that turned out to be harder than they expected, so they pump up the good things they did, downplay the stuff that didn't work out. they tried to put a positive -- they try to put a positive -- we are ok. they try to put a positive spin on things. it's not just politicians that do that, y'all do that, too.
sometimes i am at home and i do the dishes and i say honey, look, i did the dishes. she says, that is the first time in a month you've done the dishes. [laughter] mr. obama: don't brag about it. i'm putting a positive spin on things. then she asks me, what did you do wrong? otherwise, you wouldn't be doing the dishes. [laughter] mr. obama: we all try to put a positive spin on things, but what we have not seen the way we are seeing right now is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying just making stuff up. , that is what they are doing right now all the time. and by the way, it is not the first time. they do this every election
cycle, try to terrify folks, and then the election comes and the problem suddenly, magically vanishes. you never hear about it again. in 2010, they said bill and i were setting up death panels to kill your grandmother. remember that? in 2014, they said, ebola is going to kill all of us. shut the borders. in 2016, it was hillary's emails. they were all wound up about that. and the mainstream press picked up about that. this is terrible, this is scary. you know they do not care about that because if they did, they would be worried about the current president talking on his cell phone while the chinese are listening in. they didn't care about it. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: they said it to get folks angry and ginned up.
now, in 2018, they are telling you the existential threat to america is a bunch of poor refugees 1000 miles away. they are even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border. and the men and women of our military deserve better than that. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: so they are just constantly fear mongering to distract from the record. now the administration suddenly says, we are doubling down on outdated cuba policy, which all that does is hurt families and entrepreneurs trying to open up the cuban economy. we need to get back to politics that support the cuban people to make their lives better. that's change. that's what bill believes in and what andrew believes in.
the point is, florida, they make stuff up, but here also is the problem. too often we fall for it. too often we fall for the distractions. you all remember peanuts, right? maybe some of you are too young. charlie brown and lucy with the football, and she would say i'm holding it, you can kick it, and charlie brown would say, ok, and then she would pull the ball away and he would fall on his back. but he kept on doing it every time. don't be charlie brown. [laughter] don't fall for the okey doke, don't be bamboozled, don't be hoodwinked. [cheers and laughter]
mr. obama: because when you get distracted, while you are distracted with all this stuff they are making up, they are also robbing you blind. they will be like, look, look, look, over there, and giving tax cuts to billionaires. look over there, and then they let polluters poison your air and water. they will absolutely take health care away from millions the first chance they get, while you are distracted with stuff that is not true. it's like the con where a door to door salesman says you need a security system, while his buddy sneaks in the back to steal your stuff. but it is not just the practical effect of policy. when words don't mean anything, were to doesn't matter, where people can lie with abandon,
democracy can't work. in our own lives, our marriages and families, if consistently the people we are dealing with can't believe what we say, if our children see that it doesn't matter that you actually accomplish things, all you do is just make stuff up whenever it is expedient, society doesn't work, democracy does not work, and that is what is happening at the highest levels. and the only check on that behavior is you. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: the only check on that behavior is you and your vote. and on tuesday you can vote for politics that is decent and
honest and lawful and tries to do right by people. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: if you are a democrat, you had better be voting for andrew gillum and bill nelson and the whole ticket. if you are not a democrat, you should still be voting for them, because it shouldn't be democratic or republican to say we don't lie with impunity. it shouldn't be democratic or republican to say, we don't just punish our political opponents and try to use a justice system, that we don't threaten the freedom of the press because they say something we don't like. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: it shouldn't be
democratic or republican to say, we are not going to target certain groups based on what they look like or how they pray. it shouldn't be democratic or republican to know that climate change is real and threatens our future and our kids' future, and florida is going to see some of the worst effects of climate change unless we change course right now. i know republicans may think that government should only perform a few functions, but one of those functions should be taking care of folks after a hurricane in puerto rico. [cheers and applause] i know there are conservatives that think we should be fiscally prudent, but there is nothing fiscally responsible about $1 trillion deficits. i know there are sincere conservatives who are
compassionate, and must think there is nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border. i am assuming that they recognize that a president doesn't get to decide on his own who is an american citizen and who is not. applause] mr. obama: that's not how the constitution of the united states works. that's not how the bill of rights works. that's not how our democracy works. [cheers and applause] people who think it is wrong to spend eight years trying to take away people's health care, and then spend the final days pretending you are mother teresa or florence nightingale. i am assuming people must get
upset when they see folks who spend all their time vilifying others, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people, and then suddenly pretending they are concerned about civility. and we don't need more mealy mouthed elected officials who say, i am very concerned, or i'm terribly vexed by this bad behavior, but there's nothing i can do about it. we need leaders who will actually stand up for what is right, regardless of party, leaders who represent the best of the american spirit like andrew gillum and bill nelson, folks who will stand up for anyone whose fundamental rights are at stake, our neighbors out there somebody else's kids , getting bullied, who will
stand up if they see their gay harassed, who will stand up for the god-given right to worship without fear. that is what all of us need to stand up for, with clarity, patriotism and purpose. the values that bind us to our fellow citizens no matter who we , are, no matter what we look like, that is what americans do. that's what america is. that's what andrew gillum believes. that's what bill nelson believes. that's what you believe. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: a better vision of america. that is where i am hopeful, florida. i'm hopeful we will cut through the lies, block out the noise, and remember who we are, and who
we are called to be. i'm hopeful that out of this political darkness, i see a great awakening of citizenship all across the country. i can't tell you how encouraged i have been to see so many people getting involved for the first time, for the first time in a very long time, marching and organizing and registering people to vote. these incredible, inspiring, parkland students. i do not usually wear bracelets. applause] mr. obama: i saw some of the families backstage, trying to transform unspeakable grief into a better world. young veterans of iraq and
afghanistan, record numbers of women who are running for office, you know what we need more women. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: it's a movement of citizens who maybe never had much interest in politics but they said, this time it is different. this time, it is too important to sit out. they are lacing up those marching shoes, grabbing a clipboard, because they believe in an america that is better, that is kinder, that looks out for one another. the antidote to government by the powerful few is government by the organized, energized many. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: the antidote to a politics based on division is a
politics based on a sense that we are in it together. that is what this moment is about, and i have to tell you, florida, one election won't fix everything. sometimes i hear young people especially saying, i don't know, all politicians are the same, nothing changes. you know what? it is true that one election is not suddenly going to eliminate poverty in this country. one election won't eliminate racism or sexism or homophobia. one election will not suddenly give everybody health care all at once, or ensure that every child in florida gets the kind of education they deserve. it's not going to happen in just one election, but it will be a start.
[cheers and applause] mr. obama: it will be a start. it will make things better. and when you start down that path of making things better, momentum starts to build, and then it gets even better and it gets even better. so don't just sit back. if you don't like what is going on right now, don't just complain, don't get anxious and freaked out, don't throw up your hands in despair, don't boo, don't hash tag, vote. when you vote for an attorney general and state reps, they will have the power to protect our voting rights and make sure the criminal justice system treats everybody fairly.
when you vote, you have the power to make sure we strengthen laws that protect women in the workplace from harassment or discrimination, and make sure their pay is the same as men for doing the same job. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: when you vote, you have the power to make it easier for a college student to afford college, and harder for a disturbed person to shoot up places where our kids learn, and where our seniors gather to worship. when you vote, you have the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance. you could save somebody's life. that power rests in your hands. and if you get involved, if you knock on some doors, if you talk with some of your slightly trifling friends, you get some souls to the polls.
if you turn out on tuesday to vote for this whole, incredible florida ticket, i promise you something powerful happens, change starts to happen, hope starts to happen. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and with each new step we take in the direction of fairness and justice, equality and opportunity, that hope spreads. it starts rippling. it enters into each of us. we get a sense of what is possible, and we remind ourselves of those better angels of our nature. it's up to you. let's make history happen right here in florida. let's get to work. let's go vote. god bless you, miami.
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