tv Campaign 2018 Sen. Schumer News Conference on Election Results CSPAN November 10, 2018 12:01pm-12:20pm EST
which we have a number in the senate. may have some attendance problems from time to time. it will be interesting to watch. >> do you plan on running for reelection yourself? are you confident president trump will support your reelection? sen. mcconnell: i would not be surprised. anyone else? thanks a lot, everybody. [crowd talking]
sen. schumer: ok, good afternoon everybody. i scheduled this little event for two reasons. first, i missed you. i have not been in this gallery for four weeks. it's sort of cold turkey. 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? look, last night was a really good night for democrats. what happened last night doesn't 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 many women who did a great job. i want to praise leader pelosi . she did a wonderful job in trying and succeeding in creating a majority once again. we also did very well in governorships. we picked up seven, including kansas and wisconsin. wisconsin was especially sweet. and we did great 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 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 undoes the losses they suffered across the board elsewhere, he is delusional. now i won't mince words. it hurts to lose such talented and accomplished senators, dear friends like claire mccaskill, heidi heitkamp, joe donnelly. the senate, their states, and the country will miss them
dearly and will be the lesser for their absence. but when you look at the map that senate democrats were facing in 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 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 donald trump won. of those 10 states, democrats won six. a majority of senators who ran in states that donald trump won
in 2016 won in 2018, many by nice margins. and the most amazing fact of all, in three states 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 when by significant margins, two -- win by strong margins, two of them double-digits, but the president could not even set foot in pennsylvania, michigan, and wisconsin because his presence there was so harmful to republican senate candidates. that certainly does not bode well for him in 2020. now, he did make efforts in the reddest of states, states he won by 19% or more. but let me tell you, you cannot
win the presidency and 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 what everything else that 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 than he is claiming. finally, if you can only campaign in the reddest states that you won by 30 or 40 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'd say to president trump. for the president to claim that winning these types of seats in the senate offsets the devastating losses he faced in the house, the governorships,
and state legislatures, and to not even be able to win a majority of the senate seats in states he won in 2016 is bad math. it's a 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. -- nervous about what lies ahead. you are first. oh. >> are you concerned about the decision requesting him to resign? sen. schumer: i would say this. i just heard the news, but i would say this, protecting
mueller and his investigation is paramount. it would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to 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 stick questions if we can first on the subject i talked about and then on this. and then on this, ok? i am going to stick to it. yes? questions onyour this new, recent announcement. >> in your opinion, did kavanaugh negatively impact the numbers of those who lost last night? do you regret moving forward and pushing so hard on that nomination? sen. 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 i think what we democrats
did is show the nation that the republicans want to fill up the bench and president trump wants to fill up the bench with judges, justices who are anti-women's health care, who would cut back on health care, who would side with the radicals on no gun control, who would hurt the rights of women, minorities, voting rights, lgbt rights. and i think that did as much to galvanize people to vote democratic as it did to galvanize people to vote republican. and in the long run, it is going to hurt them much more. >> on immigration reform, the president throughout the campaign pictured this migrant caravan as criminals and people of unknown middle eastern dissent invading the country and a crisis on the border. first of all, just respond to
those statements and what you make of how he used that to drum up his base and whether or not there is any chance for immigration reform. sen. schumer: first question. this president has a tendency to rely on fear to try to scare people and win elections that way. the repudiation of what happened to him last night shows that it does not work with the vast majority of americans. i think immigration reform is something i have been passionate about for 30 years. i have been in the house and senate. i would hope we could in a bipartisan, smart way we could get something done. comprehensive immigration reform such as senator mccain and i and the gang of eight put together is something i would seriously look at and maybe would have a chance in a bipartisan senate for passing. there are a bunch of things we
would want to get done. infrastructure, drug crisis. -- prices. that would be something on my list to >> the vitriolic language -- sen. schumer: i answered that. >> what do you think about the map going into 2020? sen. schumer: the map in 2020 is much better. >> do you need to hold more of these seats to have a good shot? sen. schumer: we will have a very good shot in 2020. originally, the republicans hoped they could hold us down to 40, 41. this will ensure that in 2020 our map is better and in 2022 our map is even better still. they did not do that. we have lost 1, 2, 3 seats tops. >> what about bill nelson in florida? do you think you could win there? sen. 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. in fact, we are in the official recount stage because it's below
.5% i believe. i would say an arizona it is not close to over. there are a lot of votes that have not been counted and a lot of them come from counties that have been democrat. yes? >> with republicans picking up seats after campaigning on border security, has anything changed with regard to the border wall? could you still do a doctor fix -- daca fix in the lame-duck? mr. schumer: as we have seen, the president is a poor dealmaker on those issues. we are dubious of sitting down with the president and making that kind of exchange again when twice he has shaken hands and then backed off. on the general issue of border security, we have had great discussions in the appropriations process. they have been bipartisan. leader mcconnell, speaker ryan, leader pelosi and myself have come to agreements without any 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 that are in the homeland security appropriations. which is one of a few that have to be done. i would hope the president would not interfere and we would get something good done. >> can i ask about the sessions news now? sen. schumer: no. you can, but not yet. >> ok. in order to win a majority, do democrats have to win in states beyond just states that were obama's and clinton's? right now i think tester and joe manchin are the only two left and the caucus than one states -- won states that are not -- sen. schumer: that's not true. there are several others. >> how do you win in those states? sen. schumer: look, i think 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. by 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. we are delighted that suburbia, which used to be so republican, is now democratic. and by the way, suburbia did very well for us in states like missouri and indiana. st. louis county or marion county. we did better than we have ever done. focusing on those types of issues -- our coalition is growing while theirs is shrinking. because in a few states that are very red that trump won by a lot does not undo that fact at all. yes, we will go to subject b, whatever it was. >> obviously, 2020 will be heating up soon.
many of your senators will be running next year for higher office. sen. schumer: say that again? they were giving me a note. >> 2020. so many of your senators are probably running for the higher offices. how does that affect the democratic caucus? sen. schumer: we have had people interested already at least according to all the rumors. our caucus has shown tremendous unity. just about every single member of our caucus on things like health care, on things like the tax bill, have pulled together. i expect that to continue. they will be some who are 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. >> how many do you expect to take the plunge? sen. schumer: i have no idea. ask them. ok, now we will go to the other subject. you go >> as far as a first. replacement for attorney general sessions, are there any
requirements you are looking for? 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. but 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 it, limit it, or interfere with mueller going forward and queuing what he thinks is the right thing. that will help guide us as we go through this process. >> considering republicans picked up a couple seats, is there anything u.s. democrats -- u.s. democrats can do to stop -- you as democrats can do to stop a nominee? sen. schumer: nominees just need 51 votes, so the seats they picked up don't matter. we would hope if there is a constitutional crisis that our republican colleagues would join us in thwarting the president from creating that crisis. we will see.
we have never known because thank god we have not had it so far. >> bread and butter issue. the president said he still wants a middle-class tax cut and he would consider raising corporate tax rates to pay for that. does that give you any hope of a deal? sen. 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 corporations and putting it into infrastructure. that is something i hope the president would consider. >> democrats campaigned on a $15 minimum wage. we have not heard more about that. now that you have a house, is there any way to try to negotiate? sen. schumer: we want better jobs at better pay and we will look at different ways to get there. ok? >> question on health care. just now, leader pelosi said in a press conference that she was calling on the trump administration to withdraw their support of the texas lawsuit against the affordable care act as an act of good faith. sen. schumer: i would join her
on that. >> would you call in your republican counterparts? sen. schumer: yes. 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. you can't have it both ways. either come clean and you don't want to protect pre-existing conditions or dropped the darn lawsuit. last one. you went already. >> what are your views on working with new republican senators? sen. 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. crowd talking]