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Charles Schumer
  Campaign 2018 Sen. Schumer News Conference on Election Results  CSPAN  November 7, 2018 6:04pm-6:24pm EST

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will bekes changes, we dealing with whoever is set up. -- thepresident democrats will be testing the waters the next couple of months. what effect will that have on the president's reelection? it will be fun to watch the democratic presidential , of which we have a number in the senate. chuck may have attendance problems from time to time. it will be interesting to watch. >> do you plan on running for reelection? >> i do. >> are you confident president trump will support your
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reelection? >> i would not be surprised. thanks a lot, everybody. >> good afternoon, everybody. i scheduled this event for two reasons. -- missed you.ou
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when i heard the president a few hours ago, i could not believe my ears. i thought it needed a little bit of rebutting. what about last night? last night was a really good night for democrats. what happened last night does not bode well for president trump and republicans in 2020 and beyond. obviously, we took back the house. that is far and away the most significant change. there is now a check on donald trump. that is great news for america. i want to praise all of the candidates, particularly the men and women who did a great job.
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leader nancy pelosi did a wonderful job in trying and succeeding in creating a majority once again. we did very well in governorships. we picked up seven, including kansas and wisconsin. wisconsin was especially sweet. we did well in state legislatures, where we picked up large numbers of legislative seats. meanwhile, republicans lost women, minorities, and suburban voters across the country by such margins that they should worry every republican candidate in 2020 and president trump. but i would like to talk about what happened in the senate where some pundits and president trump are claiming more -- sorry. what i want to do is rebut the fact that what happened in the senate is equal or even close to equal to the losses that the
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president and republicans suffered elsewhere because nothing can be further from the truth. the president never seems to let reality get in the way of a good story. but when the president says that what happened in the senate more than on does the losses they suffered across the board elsewhere -- undoes the losses they suffered across the board elsewhere, he is delusional. i won't mince words. it hurts to lose such talented and accomplished senators, dear friend like claire mccaskill, heidi heitkamp and joe donnelly. the senate and the country will miss them dearly and be the lesser for their absence. but when you look at the map democrats were facing an 2018, democrats did much better than most expected and president trump did a lot worse than many predicted. if you had said a year ago when many were saying democrats could well drop below the magic 40 number in the senate, if we had told you a year ago we are only going to lose two or three
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seats, people would have said forget it, what are you smoking? second, as you know, there were 25 senate democrats up for reelection. 10 of those in states that donald trump won. of those 10 states, democrats won six. a majority of senators who ran in states donald trump won in 2016 won in 2018, many by nice margins. and the most amazing fact of all, in three states were -- where democrats ran for the senate, pennsylvania, wisconsin, and michigan, the very states that put president trump over the top in 2016, not only did our candidates run strong races and win by strong margins, two of them double-digits, but the president could not even set foot in pennsylvania, michigan,
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and wisconsin because his presence there was so harmful to republican senate candidates. that certainly does not bode well for him in 2020. he did make gains in the reddest states, states he won by 19 points or more. but let me tell you, you cannot win the presidency or run the country by just focusing on a handful of states that you won overwhelmingly. to brag that because he won north dakota that makes him a national strong, political presence, especially given in light of everything else that
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happened last night makes no sense. i think all the crowing that donald trump is doing is way overstated. given the map, we had a much better night then he is claiming. finally, if you can only campaign in the reddest states that you won by 30 or 40 states -- points in the last election and no one wants you in larger parts of america, that does not bode well for your political future. that is what i say to president trump. the president claiming that wins in the senate offset the devastating loss he phases in the house -- he faced in the house, the governorships and state legislatures, and to not even win a majority of senate seats in states he won in 2016
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is bad math. it's nice spin. no one should buy it. so, i know the president just spent an hour and a half yelling at some of you, but also trying to spin the results by talking about how great he is and how great his party did. but if i am him or the republican party looking at 2020 and beyond, i would be very, very nervous. your first. >> what about the decision requesting him to resign? mr. schumer: i just heard the news, but i would say this, protecting robert mueller and his investigation is paramount. it would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to
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ending or greatly limiting the mueller investigation, and i hope president trump and those he listens to will refrain from that. let's see what we should do here. i know you will want to have other questions on this but let's do first the subject i talked about and then on this, and then on this, ok? i am going to stick to it. we will get your questions on the newest announcement. >> in your opinion, did kavanaugh negatively impact the numbers, the losses last night? mr. schumer: the bottom line is, we did not move forward and push forward on this nomination. the president did and he has a right to do it. but what they did is show the nation that republicans and president trump want to fill the bench with judges, justices who are anti-women's health care, who would side with radicals on no gun control. who would hurt though right's of women, minorities, voting rights, -- hurt the rights of
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women, minorities, voting rights, lgbt writes, and i think that did as much to galvanize people to vote democratic as it did to vote republican, and in the long run, it is going to hurt them much more. >> on immigration reform, the president throughout the campaign showed -- pictured the migrant caravan as criminals invading the country and a crisis on the border. first of all, just respond to the statement of whether he used that -- of how he used that and second if there is any chance of immigration reform. mr. shuman: -- senator schumer: this president has a tendency to rely on theater and to try to scare people, and to try to win elections that way.
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the repudiation he received last night shows that does not work with the majority of americans. immigration reform is something i have been passionate about 430 years -- for 30 years. comprehensive immigration reform such as senator mccain and i and the gang of april together is something i would seriously look at. it would have a chance in a bipartisan senate for passing. there are a bunch of things i would want to get done on infrastructure. >> what do you think about his language question mark mr. schumer: i answered that question. >> what do you think about the map in 2020? senator schumer: the map looks much better. we will have a very good shot in 2020. i think republicans thought they could hold us down to 40 or 41. this will ensure that in 2020 our map is better and in 2020 to our map is better still. >> bill nelson in florida, do you think you could win there?
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mr. schumer: there are a lot of ballots that have not been counted from what i have been told, in the hundreds of thousands. this election is not a foregone conclusion. we are in the recount stage because it's below .5% i believe. there are a lot of votes that have not been counted and a lot of them come from counties that are democrat. upwith republicans picking senate seats has anything , changed with regard to the
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border wall? would you still do a daca fix in exchange for a border wall in the lame duck? mr. schumer: as we have seen, the president is a poor dealmaker on those issues. he makes a deal and then backs off. on the general issue of border security, we have had great discussions in the appropriations process. they have been bipartisan. we have come to agreements without any muscle or fuss -- muss or fuss in a bipartisan way. about 70% of the budget has been passed. there are good agreements on border security and other things in homeland security appropriations. a few more have to be done. i would hope the president would not interfere and we would get something done. >> in order to win a majority,
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don't democrats have to win in states beyond just states that were obama's and clinton's question mark right now i think tester and joe manchin are the only two left? mr. schumer: that's not true. there are several others. >> how do you win in those states? mr. schumer: our focus, which we decided early on on health care, proved very, very beneficial to us, because that is the number one issue facing the american people. why focusing on middle-class issues that affect average voters such as health care, drug prices, things like that, i think we will expand our majority. suburbia, which used to be so republican, is now democratic. and by the way, suburbia did
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very well for us in states like missouri and indiana. we did better than we have ever done. our coalition is growing while theirs is shrinking. because in a few states they won doesn't undo that fact at all. >> obviously, 2020 will be heating up sand -- soon. some of your senators will be running for higher office. how does that affect your caucus? mr. schumer: our caucus has shown tremendous unity. just about every single member
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of our caucus on things like health care, on things like the tax bill, have pulled together. i expect that to continue. some will be interested in running for president. so far, it has not stood in the way of caucus unity or whatever has to get done for our caucus, and i think that will continue. >> as far as a replacement for attorney general, is there any requirement? mr. schumer: i am not going to say much until i read what they have said and why. i find the timing very suspect, number one. number two, our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one, should not be able to interfere with the mueller investigation in any way. they should not be able to end
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it or interfere with it going forward. that will help guide us as we go through this process. >> is there anything you as democrats can do to stop a nominee? mr. schumer: we would hope if there is a constitutional crisis that our republican colleagues would join us in supporting the -- -- thwarting the president from creating that crisis. we don't know because he has not done it so far. >> do you have any hope of a deal on taxes? mr. schumer: one of the things democrats proposed in both the house and senate was reducing some of the huge tax breaks that went to the wealthiest and and corporations in putting that -- and putting it into
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infrastructure. that is something i hope the president will consider. >> democrats campaigned on a $15 minimum wage. we have not heard more about that. >> we want better jobs and better pay and we will look at different ways to get there. >> just now, leader nancy pelosi said she was calling on the trump administration to with -- withdraw their support for the texas lawsuit against the affordable care act. mr. schumer: i would join her in that. >> would you call on your republican counterparts? mr. schumer: they say one thing, that they want to keep pre-existing conditions. on the other hand, they support a lawsuit that would get rid of them. it are come clean and you don't want to protect pre-existing conditions or drop the lawsuit. >> what are your expectations on
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working with the new republican senators? mr. schumer: i will work with anyone i can to move the country forward but we are not going to sacrifice our principles for that. thank you, everybody. that's it. >> chuck schumer is still the minority leader. smallery getting a bit footprint as a result of the 2018 election. the balance of power in the senate was still a couple of seats to be decided. the remaining races yet to be decided. let's go to mississippi first republicans.ent they will face-off in a runoff election