Campaign 2018 House Minority Leader Post- Election News Conference CSPAN November 7, 2018 1:26pm-2:04pm EST
here. we saw a two-minute warning seconds ago. she will come out and answer questions. the presumed next speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. we will watch that and its entirety. we will come back and hopefully, we can get some of your phone calls in. more of your reaction as we continue our campaign 2018 coverage here on c-span. >> good afternoon, everyone.
and a good afternoon it is on a great day for the american people. the biggest winner yesterday was the health care for american people for our seniors and hard-working american families. health care was on the ballot and health care won. americans elected an extraordinary class of dynamic and diverse democratic candidates. embody thected will diversity of our nation. women led the way to victory with at least 30 new women coming to the congress. is that not exciting? there are still races not finalized. there could be more. winsrats also secured the and the governorship across the country. winning the governorships is essential to good policy in our
country and open elections. the victories in wisconsin, illinois, kansas, maine, michigan, and nevada. that our colleagues in new mexico is now the governor. in colorado, our colleague is the governor. minnesota, our colleague, again winning in minnesota. seeing thet extraordinary leadership of these members going into the governor's offices. it was a great night. beginning, we focused on health care. two years ago today, the day
after the election, the same day after the election, everyone came together and said, we see the urgency. we want to take responsibility. that gave us an opportunity to protect the affordable care act. that was so essential to the financial security of american working families. we knew it would be a target of the trump administration. time, we had mobilized many of the groups. dependinge together on where we might be on the spectrum on other issues, to say this was our focus. we made a plan to launch our campaign on the weekend of martin luther king jr. day.
health care was an important issue. when it comes to health care all politics is personal. again we made our own environment. the gop try to distract and divide our politics. when i say our candidates, our candidates for reelection as well. a resoundingred verdict against congressional republicans attacks on medicare, medicaid and pre-existing conditions in districts everywhere in america. they went in a new direction. now they want a new direction. a house that will move to make progress in the lives of america's families. democrats pledge a new majority.
lower health care costs, bigger paychecks, building infrastructure. corruption to make america work for people's interest. not special interest. it was about to restore the health of our democracy. he health of our democracy. branchttle legislative is the article one, the first branch of government. right after that preamble stating our purpose, article one, as a coequal branch of the other branches of government and a check and balance. american people have put an end to unchecked gop control of washington, restoring the checks and balances envisioned by our
founders. that was a responsibility we have when we take that oath to protect and defend the constitution. we as democrats are here to strengthen the institution in which we serve and not to have the rubberstamp for president trump. oure democrats will honor promise to the constitution. we will open the congress with a rule that will insist upon openness and transparency so the american people can see the impact of public policy on their lives. putting an end to what the republicans did with their tax scam with no hearings on a bill that would have trillions of dollars of impact on our economy. that is over. we will strive in that openness with the american people.
we will strive for bipartisanship. we believe we have a responsibility to seek common ground. where we can. where we cannot we must extend our ground. but we must try. openness and transparency, accountability, partisanship, part of how he will go forward. we believe it is the responsibility we have to honor the vision of our founders. they gave us in their declaration a call for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. how beautiful. they also gave guidance on how to achieve that. from many, one. they could not imagine how many we would become or how different we would be from each other but we had to strive for oneness. recognizing this is a marketplace of ideas.
we do so with confidence and our proposals, with our humility to listen. that will be the kind of congress that we have that honors the guidance of e pluribus unum. last night i had a commerce asian with president trump about how we could work together. one of the issues that keep legend, building infrastructure and of america. he talked about it during his campaign. that issue has not been a partisan issue in the congress of the united states. we have been able to work ,egionally, across the aisle and down pennsylvania avenue.
a good paying job, water systems, my colleagues. the digital ride into rural areas and urban areas. schools, housing and the rest, those jobs, those initiatives will pay good paying jobs and generate other economic growth. hopefully we can work in a bipartisan way. the other issue is lowering the cost of prescription jet -- drugs. it 12 years ago when we won the house. we could not get 60 votes in the senate for was enabling a secretary to
negotiate lower prescription drug prices. we hope to get that done now. that is a big impact. caffeinated issue for us is integrity in government to reduce partial -- special interest money for their commitment. to the health care agenda, to the paycheck agenda. they want hr one, which is our battered democracy which is something they vote on. , you willome here have an impact on what that legislation is. you may want to make some additions or tweaking. of newcomers will be part putting together how the agenda goes forward. we look forward to that
invigoration of the congress. i spoke to leader mcconnell this morning. i welcome that. the concern that he was expressing was about his colleagues that would no longer be serving. election, we are on the right side of the future. about thelk when we talk about our success, it is about the grassroots operation, all of
these groups, many of them out there to help. most importantly the quality of our candidates, they are spectacular from every walk of life. some of them from different walks of life. when they come here they will theirtheir experience, knowledge and values to the congress. seat to win this election. when you think of how ,errymandered the country is
nonetheless how we were able to succeed in this election is a tribute again to the quality of our candidates, the determination of our grassroots across the country and the values we shared with the american people. in terms of working with the president, im -- i would say that i work productively with president bush when we had the majority and he had the presidency. we passed one of the biggest energy bills in the history of our country. taxassed one of the biggest bills in terms of stimulus for low income people and no income people in this -- and his presidency. pet far. the war in iraq. we worked together. we can send something but the fact is, we like to work
together. so our legislation will be be bipartisan. boldestoing for the common denominator. consensusional be a within our own party of what we can support, also welcoming other ideas. era in forward to a new terms of what is happening. time ind like a long terms of the path that has taken us down. i think our founders, their courage and vision, what they i thinkine for us, when of the american people and how beautifully diverse we are, and newcomers constantly reinvigorated. when i think of our beautiful country, god's gift to us, and how it has been neglected and degraded in this
past couple of years, i think that there is plenty of opportunity for us to match legislation with the rhetoric that we are hearing. it might surprise you to know the president i quoted the most who wouldpaign trail, you think? ronald reagan. you a just read paragraph. ronald reagan said this is the last speech i will make as president of the united states. i want this to be one final thought about a country which i love. that is quite a headliner. ronald reagan's last speech. he says thanks to each new wave of new arrivals to this land of new opportunity we are a nation forever young, bursting with ideas on the cutting edge. always leading the world to the next frontier. this is vital to our future as a nation.
he goes on to say if we ever close the door to new americans, our leadership in the world will be lost. , our ever close the door leadership would soon be lost. from that, from the vision of of ournders, the duty land with the values in our constitution first and foremost, we think there is an opportunity to work together. a sign of good faith, for them to withdrawal their assault on pre-existing conditions benefit which the republican attorney general across the country put forth in this administration said they will define the law of the land. they will do it in that lawsuit. that is wrong. that is just wrong. , in keeping with what they are saying on the campaign trail, prove it.
withdraw the lawsuit. that will be one place we could start. in any event you look forward to welcoming our new class of freshmen. .e will celebrate the diversity be broughtmmediately forward in an open transparent bipartisan unifying congress. any questions? president investigation ,nto the white house [indiscernible] said tax returns wouldn't be released necessarily. aboutu concerned democratic overreach?
[inaudible] >> the president also said this was a good day for republicans. have a constitutional responsibility to have oversight. that is a balance of power. i an appropriate. intelligence committee. bipartisanship. we could be left to our own devices and find our solutions. that has changed now when the poison pill rains down from on high. but we have a responsibility for oversight. ofefully in the course asking for information we could just make the request and the information will come in. we are concerned about what is happening at epa to degrading
the air we breathe and the water we drink despite what the president said today. we will have a responsibility to honor our oversight responsibilities and that is the path we will go down. we will try to unify our country. committees, i'm a big believer in the committee system. our committees will make their recommendations to the caucus. you can be sure when we go down these paths we will know what we are doing and we will do it right. >> there is going to be an historic number of women. how are they going to take the institution when you and your team's day at the top. how will they have room to advance?
they have to decide they want to run. many people like making their mark in their committee and that is a decision they have to make. , nowpeople have said to me that we have more women coming in will we have more emphasis on childcare? we have a big emphasis on that. we need to make it stronger in the majority. in our across the board caucus. i don't want women only. women's rolent to in the workplace. i want women to not just be talking about those issue. we view every issue as a women's issue. country security of our , national security, issues that relate to energy.
they are women's issues. dot i have always tried to with everyone is, if they are interested, to introduce them and tried to be interested in a security credential. , mr. cummingsrs committee of government oversight. security credential. this is important. with all due respect to their terrific leadership, for women to take standing on those issues. many bring standing with them already. i do think that in terms of the waters, we have maxine
at financial services. there is already a record of high leadership that relates to the economic security of our country. we have four new women members on ways and means committee this past year. again, all of these issues, i want women to take ownership of not as high a visible role with them. that is one of the ways they will change the congress so when people, when the white house or administration has to report to leadership in the congress at any level about the safety of our country they will be talking to the full diversity of our country.
think that is a positive thing. they are concerned about making decisions about the security of our country. >> they are not sure they can support you. are you confident you are going to be the next speaker of the house? i say to those women, congratulation. welcome. she beou know why speaker? >> i heard the president say i deserve to be the speaker. i don't think anybody deserves anything. it is not about what you have done. it is about what you can do. it is about what you can do. i'm the best person to go forward to unify, to negotiate.
i'm a good negotiator. so far.an see the only one we did not win was .he gop tax scam dark of night i think my case is about being the best person for how we go forward. i'm not going to answer more questions on that subject. we saw something this morning that challenges the conscience of our country. the effect for the diversity of our country. we have to try to bridge that gap, to bring people together. that i think i can do a good job with. i would rather answer questions about policy and the rest. clearfollow up, he made any hopes for bipartisanship is
off. do have concerns it could jeopardize your opportunity to legislate? oure will not relinquish responsibility for accountability, for oversight and rest. this doesn't mean we go looking for a fight but, if we need to go forward we will. that will be the work of our committee. every committee has oversight. energy and commerce, that is a big oversight. concernslly to some the president may have, the d -- the judiciary committee, -- aight committee, the number of committees depending on how we go down that path. intelligence.
homeland security committee. of course we are shamed as a nation by a policy that takes babies out of the arms of their mothers, that builds tents and all the rest. we want to look into that. we hope we can do that with sibley having oversight. i hope not, but so be it. next you think it was a mistake to stay silent on the rhetoric from the president and some republican senators. theblicans cap control of senate. some ran on this anti-immigrant rhetoric. are you in hindsight thinking that was a mistake? >> no. i urged our colleagues not to take the bait and with the
president was putting out. very dangerous issue because of misrepresentation put out there. a five by fighting that same five. you win by sticking with the program for the people. lower health care costs. cleaner government. that produced a victory for us in spite of the gerrymandering the president has done. >> they are pledging to vote on the border wall and border security funding that he claims democrats pushed back on. >> i am sorry. i did not watch his press conference. what i will say is this. one of the biggest resources we ase have, representatives, is public sentiment. , abrahamheard me say
lincoln, president lincoln said public sentiment is everything. almost nothinge without it. see, the impact of what is being proposed on their lives, on their values, on our country. that is -- president ronald reagan, george bush, president clinton, george w. bush, president obama all valued the contribution of newcomers to our country. with their optimism, their courage. they're all american trades. when they come with those values that.r presidents saw with the president the armonk ran, i don't think that is
right. to fightto a position it we had to win on the issues that strike to the financial security of america. >> you and the president spoke about bipartisanship, president trump said he believes there will be less gridlock with divided washington. what gives you confidence that with democrats in control you can reach issues that you have not been able to reach on? >> public sentiment. our biggest ally. thein luther king said ballot. legislation, legislation legislation. your life, your life your life. voting was important because what happens legislatively can impact their lives.
we intend for people to see the impact of legislation on their lives. that is our strength. another person who marked dr. decisions made at by whate are overturned happens in homes. people have to see more clearly the connection to voting policy and their lives so that they will vote. they will have an impact on the public policy. i feel confident about it. democrats come in to this majority with responsibility not to democrats. the united states of america. it is about the country ronald reagan talked about.
obligation tot honor the vision of our founders and what they were courageous and fighting for. present -- brilliant presenting to us. we have a responsibility to our men and women in uniform to keep this the land of the free and the home of the brave. we have a major responsibility to our children and their future. elections are all about the future. be,ink the needs of have to a place we can find common ground to in the situation in one in five children goes to sleep hungry at night. in theld it be wealthiest country that ever existed in the world, how did the change that? lifting up everyone in our to the biggerak paychecks for everyone including
the bottom. backbonee class is the of america. some of us believe they have a union label on it. having involvement in the determination of their fate, they know the five. why they were running. they know what they cared about. they knew how to communicate with their constituents and relate to their concerns. ourife has always been children who live in poverty. it is a symptom of something else, everybody not participating in the full prosperity of america. ton i say that i say that say there are many ways to solve problems. some is direct. some not.
peopleink the american have a good heart. i respect to them. -- who votevoke with us and don't vote with us. it was the bill of rights. i do believe freedom of the , we may not always like the press that we get that is not the point. the point it is important that you are there to speak truth and hold us accountable. i don't think it is a good idea to undermine freedom of the press in our country. .e are an example to the world ronald reagan talked about it. the beacon of hope to the world. americatruly blessed with our founders.
people anderican their beautiful diversity. with this beautiful land that god gave us. i work some evangelicals that because -- because we believe this is god's creation. when we build the infrastructure way.ve to do so in a green for these and other reasons i look forward to working with you along the way. we are excited about our new members who will be coming next week to start in the new congress. thank you very much.