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bigger than ourselves. >> at 9 p.m. eastern, university of toronto professor margaret on the treaty of versailles and its impact on world war ii. >> what you had working at was a war as the states struggle to rep territories from their neighbors and establish themselves on the map as of thell said, the war giants has ended and the war of the pygmies is starting. >> this weekend, on c-span3. of elizabethges warren, who launched her presidential bid in massachusetts before departing for rallies in various states. this is just over an hour. good morning. it is so great to be here with you today in this historic city
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during these historic times. this wonderful city of lawrence embodies all of our american values. the dignity of work, the contributions that americans make to our national identity, and most recently, since last september, what it means to pull together as a community during difficult times. [applause] councilwoman trahan: the states in this presidential bash stakes in this presidential campaign could not be higher. -- the states in the -- the states and the american people are watching to make sure we get it right. it is critical that we elect a president who acknowledges the fact that while this economy might be working well for the
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wealthiest among us the vast majority of hard-working americans are losing an opportunity to earn a living for -- living and a support their families. i grew up in a working class family right in lowell. by dad was a union ironworker , portuguese immigrants. [applause] my mom worked multiple part-time jobs while raising my three sisters and me. because of the dignity of hard work that my parents instilled in my sisters and me, i got a job at age 11, and like so many of you, i have not stopped working sense. i know and understand the current value of hard work and i will always be on the side of workers. the truth is, despite what the stock market appears to say, wages have been stagnant for decades. health care and prescription
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drugs continue to climb, but gender pay gap persists across industries. and more young people than ever before are being crushed under student loan debt, limiting their options from the moment they graduate. it is so clear to me that we need to fundamentally reorient our economy around helping hard working families like yours, like the one i grew up in, and to do this, we need a champion in the white house. we need a champion like elizabeth warren. elizabeth will put her finger on the scale for working families, not banks, not multinational corporations, and not those who can afford to give millions of dollars to political candidates. it is my honor to be here today
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to support elizabeth because she has fought for working class families her entire career. elizabeth warren has been unapologetically against the status quo to invent a progressive agenda for workers and women, long before she got to the united states senate. since becoming a senator, we have felt her fight. she has brought the fight for economic fairness and for decency right to the white house and is a tireless champion for the commonwealth of massachusetts. for too long, washington has taken around the edges, our most pressing issues, while middle-class families struggle to stay afloat no more. ,>> no more. >> no more.
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rep. trahan: we could count on a president to wake up each and every day to enact in during an -- to enact real and significant change. elizabeth has proven time and again that she is up to this challenge and i am proud to be with her in this fight. over a century right here in lawrence, it was women who helped lead the 1912 lawrence textile strike. [applause] rep. trahan: historians look at at this event and agree it not a tipping point for workers in new orleans, but -- for workers in lawrence, but for the entire labor movement across the united states. i believe we are in another such tipping point in the history of
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our nation, and i believe it is time for lawrence to kick off another wave of change by sending elizabeth warren to the white house as our 46th president. [applause and cheers] rep. trahan: i have the distinct honor of introducing another champion for working people. a giant in massachusetts politics that never shies away from a worthy fight. in fact, he proved that to us this week by his leadership in the senate to make sure that we have a new green deal. [applause and cheers] i have a pleasure of serving alongside him in the united states congress. please join me in welcoming senator ed markey. [cheers and applause]
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♪ ["walking on sunshine" playing] thank you to lori trahan, and we thank lori for making merrimack valley proud, for being an incredible representative, for all of the people here in massachusetts and across the country. she is a star, and it is my honor to be here with her today. i'm honored and humbled to be here today with my dear friend
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and phenomenal partner in the united states senate, elizabeth warren. [applause and cheers] warren holds a special place in my heart. this is where my father grew up on the first floor of a triple-decker on 88 phillips street in lawrence. in the shadow of the mills. this is where my family worked. this is where i am from. my father is a graduate of the vocational program at lawrence high school and his son is a united states senator. that was a dream for a family from lawrence. and for my family, and for so
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many other families, lawrence is a place where dreams come from. dreams born of hope and fueled by hard work, dreams of opportunity and equality, dreams supported either government that knows that the dreams of its people are a nation's greatest currency. elizabeth warren knows that those dreams are worth fighting for. [cheers and applause] sen. markey: that is exactly what i have seen her do in the united states senate. for six years, she has been fighting in the trenches for what is right for the people of massachusetts and our entire country. from her one woman protection detail, fighting to ensure the -- that wall street reforms stay
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on the books, so the retirement could be about dignity and not despair. [cheers and applause] fighting to raise the minimum wage so that no one working 40 hours a week still lives in poverty. [cheers and applause] sen. markey: fighting for our brothers and sisters in puerto rico to make sure they get the housing and support they deserve as american citizens. and she is fighting for the people in lawrence and andover and north andover so they are the natural gas explosions and fires last year. and the gas company is held accountable. i have been in congress for a while now, and no one knows how to fight for what is right
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better than elizabeth warren. [cheers and applause] sen. markey: these days, these days, fighting for what is right means fighting the dangerous, divisive, hateful agenda of donald trump. the good news is that no one knows how to get under donald trump's skins better than elizabeth warren. [cheers and applause] donald trump may have his tweets but elizabeth warren has her peeps. we will always have her back because she will always have our back when she is in the white house. [cheers and applause] she knows this
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country is not about what one man can tear asunder, but what millions of people can build up together. and that true leadership is not about the beliefs you tear down, but about the dreams that you build up. elizabeth knows it was the dream of fair treatment and a safe work place in lawrence that moved the mill workers to strike in 1912 and demand protections. she knows that it was the dream of a good job and a quality education that brings immigrants to our shores and that our democracy is stronger for those immigrants coming to our country. [cheers and applause] she knows that the dream of a -- that it is the dream of a quality education that drives a mother to take night classes and take two jobs and count pennies. she knows it is the job of government to support the dreams
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of every man, woman, and child in this country so that their dreams can come true. [cheers and applause] sen. markey: that is why i am here today, and that is why we believe in elizabeth warren and her dreams for our country. a dream in which women are paid one dollar for every man's dollar and paid family leave is the law of the land and universal health care should also mean universal childcare and free kindergarten. and there is one more dream that i know all of us agree with, the dream that elizabeth warren will be the first female president of the united states of america, and we will make that dream a reality. elizabeth warren is as
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passionate a passionate legislator that i have had the honor to serve. we are blessed to have her serving here in massachusetts, and we will soon have her bring her passion and brilliance and see her service -- serve us in the oval office. that is our dream. let us get to work electing elizabeth warren as the next president of the united states. and now ladies and gentlemen, one year after he brilliantly gave the democratic response to donald trump to his state of the union address last year, now, to introduce our greatest response to donald trump in 2020. i give you the great congressman from the state of massachusetts, joe kennedy. [cheers and applause]
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♪ sen. kennedy: good morning, everybody. welcome to sunny and warm lawrence massachusetts. i am so honored today and i am so thrilled to be able to introduce the next president of the united states, elizabeth warren. almost. [speaking spanish] rep. kennedy: i want to tell you
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for a second why i am here on the very first day of this historic campaign. i am here because i represent places like fall river and taunton. these are proud massachusetts home towns. like lawrence. woo, lawrence! lawrence, where there is a legacy of work, of hard work. and where folks don't ask for much in return, just the ability to care for the ones that they love, to do right by themselves and their families. i am here because their story is your story. it's a story i've seen in
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mcallen, texas, tampa florida, and in charleston west virginia. , cities like detroit and phoenix and south bend. community that are full of grit and fight, and the country whose broken economy takes every single ounce of it for granted. a system that has made it middle-class,e excruciating to be poor, and downright impossible to be poor and -- poor and black. poor and brown. poor and female. poor and gay.
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poor and old or sick or addicted. [cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: folks, today, we are a country of soaring stock prices and global profits. we are also a country of working rich places.er and and a deep worry for what tomorrow brings. this has been our fight, the painful disconnect that we have seen for decades. another young senator named discussed 50y years ago who said our gross
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national product, if we judge the united states by that, does not allow the health of our children, the quality of their education, and the joy of their life. it measures neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. it measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile. it tells us everything about america, except for why we are proud to be american. [cheers and applause] half a century later, economic injustice remains the challenge with every, tangled other cause we carry. racial discrimination, immigration, climate change, health care.
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so, friends, i am here with you all today because there is one candidate in this race, one u.s. senator, there is one adopted daughter of our commonwealth who has dedicated her entire life to this battle, to our cause. for decades before anyone in power noticed something was wrong there was elizabeth. ,[cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: before democrats stood up and said yes, we passed the civil rights act and the fair labor standards act, and the fair housing act, and even. frank, but it's not enough -- dodd frank, but it's not enough. before editorials lamenting about economic equality,
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elizabeth warren new stock prices don't allow a full accounting of our country's economic story. medical bankruptcy, foreclosures, and paychecks are part of that story too. and the most powerful nation on earth, with the most powerful economy in human history, does not have to sacrifice people for progress. [cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: that is the truth that echoes through these rafters, where workers fought not just for their livelihood, but their dignity. hearts starve as well as bodies. give us bread, but give us roses. [cheers and applause]
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rep. kennedy: love and beauty, their drudging spirits new, yes, it is bread that we fight for, but give us roses, too. ladies and gentlemen, that truth is the truth that has angered -- truth that has incurred -- anchored elizabeth warren's career. i wondered why of all things on , earth, why of all of the things you could have chosen, why bankruptcy? the incredibly arcane bankruptcy. and her response, because bankruptcy is about how our system treats people after they lose everything. when rock-bottom comes, and the
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meaning she took from that, is that ours is a country of second chances, of redemption, of horizons that fate givespear when you a tough hand. it is how we do when folks are broken, when they are on their knees, when they are broken, and when they want to rise again. in elizabeth warren's america, we pull them up, we fight by their side, and we refused to leave them behind. [cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: we will not splinter and we will not segregate. we refused to accept the status quo that tells us big things are not possible. that dreams are unreachable, and we refuse, we reject a president
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who tells us that we are each other's enemy. [cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: who forces america to fight over the scraps in a system instead of uniting that is onlyystem worthy of scraps to begin with. i am here with you today because this country, our country, needs a leader who will restore the solidarity that donald trump stole. [cheers and applause] who will not cower from the big, tough battles, and the ugly injustice and oppression that still finds its way to american soil. >> preach it, joe.
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rep. kennedy: a leader who will bring this country together to take on our greatest threat, a system that protects the powerful and the privileged, while the rest struggle to get by. that leader, ladies and gentlemen, is a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. that leader is the next president of the united states. [cheers and applause] rep. kennedy: that leader is elizabeth warren. please, join me in welcoming the next president of the united states of america, senator elizabeth warren. [cheers and applause] ♪
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sen. warren: good morning, lawrence. >> [chanting usa] sen. warren: so, in the 12 years that i have known joe kennedy, i have watched him up close as he fights every day for what he believes in.
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joe is a good man and a good friend. thank you for being here today, joe. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: thank you. and thank you to all of the dynamic speakers who is keeping everybody fired up and warmed up this morning. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and thank you to the best partner ever in the united states senate, he has been fighting for climate change and now he is fighting for a green new deal, ed markey. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: let's elect him to the senate next year. and thank you to a woman who is now making her own way in the
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halls of congress, lori trahan. thank you, to counselor michelle wu and to mayor danny rivera, brave leaders and friend. and thank you karen skelton the colleagues in the statehouse and others all of those with us today. thank you. [cheers and applause] most of all, thank you to everyone. >> i love you, elizabeth. sen. warren: i love you, too. thank you to everyone who has traveled here to lawrence. i am deeply grateful that you came here on this cold and blustery day to be part of this announcement. thank you. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i want to tell you a story.
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a little over 100 years ago, textile mills, like the one behind us today employed tens of , thousands of people. immigrants came from more than 50 countries for a chance to work in these looms. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: lawrence was one of the centers of american industry. business was booming. the guys at the top were doing great, but workers made so little money that families were forced to crowd together in dangerous tenements and many lived on beans and scrapped up -- scraps of bread. inside of the mills, working conditions were horrible and children were forced to operate dangerous equipment. workers lost hands, and arms, and legs in the gears of the machine. one out of three mill workers died by the time they were 25. on january 11, 1912,
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they discovered that their bosses had cut their pay. -- the women discovered that their bosses had cut their pay. and that was it. the women said enough is enough. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: they shutdown the looms and they walked out. soon, workers walked out at another lumen town, and another, and another, until 20,000 textile workers across lawrence were on strike. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: now, these workers, led by women, did not have much. they did not even have a common language. nevertheless, they persisted. [cheers and applause] organized,: they they embraced common goals, they
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translated the minutes of their meetings into 25 different languages. the english and irish workers who had been here for years, and the slavic and syrian workers new to america, could all stand together. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: they hammered out their demands. fair wages, overtime pay, and the right to join a union. [cheers and applause] big businesses, at that time, called those demand the threat to the survival of america, and the bosses were determined to shut it down. they spread rumors and fear about the strikers. even paidy owner someone to plant sticks of around town so he could show the workers as a violent mob.
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he owned city government and they declared martial law and called in the militia. some strikers died in violent clashes with the police. understands it was a hard fight. ,families that were already going to bed hungry had to make do with less. they were called. they were under attack, but they stuck together and they won. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: higher wages, overtime pay, everyone back at work, and those workers did more than improve their own lives they changed america. , within weeks, more than a quarter of a million textile workers, throughout new england, got raises. within months, massachusetts became the first state in the union to pass a minimum-wage law. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: today, there are no children working in factories. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we have a national minimum wage and national worker safety laws. workers get paid overtime and we now have a 40 hour week. that is right. that is right. because of the workers right here in lawrence and across the country, we have weekends. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: the story of lawrence is a story about how real change happens in america. it is a story about power, our power when we fight together. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: today, millions and millions and millions of american families are also struggling to survive in the system that has been rigged,
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rigged by the wealthy and well-connected. hard-working people are up against a small group that holds far too much power, not just in our economy but also in our democracy. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: like the women of lawrence, we are here to say enough is enough. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we are here to take on a fight that will shape our lives, our children's lives, and our grandchildren's lives, just as surely as the fight that began in these streets more than a century ago. [cheers and applause] because the man in the white house is not the cause of what is broken, he is the
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latest and most extreme symptom of what has gone wrong in america. a product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. [cheers and applause] once he is gone, we can't pretend none of this ever happened. it will not be enough to undo a terrible acts of this administration. we cannot afford just to tinker around the edges with a tax credit here or regulation there, our fight is for big, structural change. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: this is the fight of our lives. the fight to build an america where dreams are possible, an america that works for everyone. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and that is why i stand here today to declare that i am a candidate for president of the united states. [cheers and applause] ]> [chanting warren
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[cheers and applause] >> [chanting warren] sen. warren: the truth is, i have been in this fight for a long time. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i grew up in oklahoma, on the ragged edge of the middle class. when my daddy had a heart attack, my family nearly tumbled over the financial cliff, but we didn't. my mother, who was 50 years old and had never worked outside the got awalked to sears and
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minimum-wage job answering the phones. that job saved our house and it saved our family. i ended up in a commuter college that cost $50 per semester. [laughter] sen. warren: but think about it, that is how the daughter of a janitor managed to become a public school teacher, a law professor, and a united states senator. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i believe in an america of opportunity. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i have spent most of my life studying what happened to families like mine caught in a squeeze, families , that go broke. what i found was that year after year, the past economic security
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had gotten tougher and rockier for working families. and even tougher and rockier for people of color. i also found this was not an accident. it was not inevitable. no. over the years, america's middle class has been deliberately hollowed out and families of color have been systematically discriminated against and denied their chance to build security. [cheers and applause] it started very quietly. the richest and most powerful people in america, they were rich. i mean really rich. but they wanted to be even richer and they did not care who got hurt. so, every year, bit by bit, they lobbied washington and paid off politicians to tilt the system just a little more in their direction. and year by year, bit by bit, more of the wealth and
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opportunity went to the people at the very top. that is how, today, in the richest country in the history of the world, tens of millions of people are struggling to get by. since the early 1970's, adjusted for inflation, wages in america have barely budged, but the cost of housing has gone up nearly the cost of college has nearly two thirds. tripled, and 40% of america's could not find $400 to cover an emergency. that is millions of hard-working people in this country whose lives would be turned upside down if the transmission fell out of the car or somebody got sick and missed a week of work. the middle-class squeeze is real and millions of families can barely breathe. it is not right. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: it's not right. >> [chanting it's not right] sen. warren: this disaster has touched every community in america. and for communities of color that have stared down structural racism for generations, the disaster has hit even harder. take homeownership, the number one way for middle-class families build wealth and our country. in 1960, it was legal to discriminate against families of color. the gap between white
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homeownership and black homeownership rates was 27 percentage points. that is a lot. >> it is a lot. sen. warren: over time, we changed the law to prohibit that discrimination and the gap began to close. today, the homeownership gap between black and white families is 30% -- 30 percentage points, bigger than it was in 1960 when housing discrimination was actually legal. race matters and we need to say so. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we cannot be blind to the fact that the rules in our country have been rigged against other people for a long time. women, lgbtq americans, latinos, native americans, immigrants, people with disabilities, and we need to call it out.
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[cheers and applause] -- chanting call it out] sen. warren: but over the course of a generation, the rules of our economy had been rigged so far in favor of the rich and powerful that everyone else is at risk of being left behind. listen to this. in 1940's, 90% of all kids were destined to do better than their parents. by the 1980's, the odds slipped to 50-50. now, we could be the first generation in american history where more kids do worse than their parents. and meanwhile, the rich and powerful seem to break the rules and pay no price, no matter what
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they do. they grow richer and more powerful. bailouts for bankers that cheap, tax cuts for companies that scam, subsidies for corporations that pollute. that is what a rigged system looks like. too little accountability for the rich and too little opportunity for everyone else. [cheers and applause] >> [chanting enough is enough] sen. warren: when i talk about this, some rich guy screams, class warfare. let me tell you something. these same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades and it is time to fight back. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: to protect their economic advantages, the rich and powerful have rigged our political system as well. they fought off and bullied politicians in both parties to make sure that washington is always on their side. some of them have even tried to buy their way into public office. today, our government, we are still great for oil companies, defense contractors, great or private prisons, great for wall street and hedge funds, but it is just not working for anyone else. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: when it comes to climate change, our very existence is at stake. but washington refuses to lift a finger without permission from the fossil fuel companies. that is dangerous and it is wrong. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: and it isn't just climate change. look at any other major issue in america. gun violence, student loan debt, the crushing cost of health care, mistreatment of our veterans, a broken criminal justice system, an immigration ,ystem that lacks common sense and under this administration, lacks a conscience. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: overwhelming majorities of americans want action. huge crowds march on washington demanding change. letters, phone calls, protests, but nothing happens. nothing. why? because if you do not have money
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and you do not have connections, washington does not want to hear from you. [boos] sen. warren: when government works only for the wealthy and well-connected, that is corruption, plain and simple, and we need to call it out. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: corruption is a cancer on our democracy. and we would get rid of it only with strong medicine. with real structural reform. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: our fight is to change the rules so that our government, our economy, and our democracy work for everyone. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i want to be crystal-clear about exactly what i mean when i say that. first, we need to change the
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rules to clean up washington and end the corruption. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we all know the trump administration is the most corrupt in living memory. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: but even after trump is gone, it won't do just to do a better job of running a broken system. we need to take power in washington away from the wealthy and well-connected, and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and that is why i have proposed the strongest and most comprehensive anticorruption law since watergate. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: let me give you some examples.
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shut down the revolving door between wall street and washington. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: end lobbying as we know it. [cheers and applause] while we are added, ban foreign governments from hiring lobbyists in washington. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and make justices of the united states supreme court follow a basic code of ethics. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: ban members of congress from trading stocks. how is that not already illegal? [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and, just one more. [laughter] sen. warren: make every single candidate for federal office put their taxes online. i have done it. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: that is one. root out corruption in washington. now, two. change the rules to put more economic power in the hands of the american people. workers and small businesses. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: middle-class families and people of color who have been shutout of their chance to build wealth for generations. again, that requires real, structural change. right now, giant corporations in america have too much power, and they roll over everyone else. we need to put power back in the hands of the workers. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: make it quick and easy to join a union. unions built america's middle class, unions will rebuild
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america's middle class. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and make american companies accountable for their actions, wage raises by putting workers in those corporate board rooms where the real decisions are made. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: break up monopolies when they choke off competition. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: take on wall street banks, so that the big banks can never again threaten the security of our economy. [cheers and applause] and when giant corporations, and their leaders, cheat their customers, stop the competitors,their and rob their workers, let's prosecute them. [cheers and applause] one more thing. i am tired of hearing that we cannot afford to make real investments in child care,
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college, and medicare for all. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i am tired of it. i am tired of hearing we cannot afford to make investments in things that create economic opportunities for families. i am tired of hearing we cannot afford to make investments in things like housing and opioid treatment. we cannot afford to address things like rural neglect and the legacy of racial discrimination. i am tired of hearing what we cannot afford because it is just not true. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. of course we can afford these investments. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: but we need a government that makes different
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choices, choices that reflect our values. stop handing out enormous tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: stop refusing to invest in our children. [cheers and applause] stop stalling on spending money, real money, on infrastructure and clean energy and a green new deal. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and that includes real tax reform in this country.
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reforms that close loopholes and giveaways to the people at the top. and an ultra-millionaire tax to make sure that rich people start doing their part for the country that made them rich. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: ok. that is one. clean up washington. [laughter] sen. warren: that is too -- change the rules in our economy. two,now, three. change the rules to strengthen our democracy. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and that starts with a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every american citizen to vote and to have that vote count. [cheers and applause]
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sen. warren: and that is just the beginning. [laughter] sen. warren: overturn every single voter suppression rule that racist politicians used to steal votes from people of color. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: outlaw partisan gerrymandering by democrats or republicans. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and overturn citizens united, our democracy is not for sale. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and by the way, if we truly believe that, then we also need to end the unwritten rule of politics that says anyone who wants to run for
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office has to start by sucking up to a bunch of rich donors on wall street and powerful insiders in washington. so i am opting out of that rule. , i am not taking a dime of pac money in this campaign. [cheers and applause] >> [chanting war and] -- [chanting warren] sen. warren: there is more. [laughter] sen. warren: i am not taking a single check from a federal lobbyist. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i am not taking applications from billionaires who want to run a super pac on my behalf. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and i challenge every other candidate who asks for your vote in this primary to
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say exactly the same thing. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: so it is not just elections. real democracy requires equal justice under law. >> equality! equality! sen. warren: it is not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. we need reform. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: it is not equal justice when, for the exact same crime, african-americans are more likely than whites to be arrested, more likely to be charged, more likely to be
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convicted, and more likely to be sentenced. yes, we need criminal justice reform and we need it now. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and one more thing we need to do to strengthen our democracy, we must not allow those with power to weaponize hatred and bigotry to divide us. sen. warren: more than 50 years ago, dr. martin luther king jr. went to montgomery and warned us about the dangers of division. he talked about how bigotry and race baiting are used to keep black americans divided from white americans so that rich americans can keep picking their pockets. that playbook has been around forever. whether it is middle-class
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families against new immigrant families, the story is the same, the rich and powerful use fear to divide us. we are done with that. [applause] sen. warren: bigotry has no place in the oval office. [applause] sen. warren: this is who we are. we come from different backgrounds. different religions, different languages, different experiences. we have different dreams. we are passionate about different issues and we feel the urgency of this moment in different ways. but today, today, we come together, ready to raise our voices together until this fight is won. [applause]
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sen. warren: our movement will not be divided by our differences. it will be united by the values we share. [applause] sen. warren: we all want the country where everyone, not just the wealthy, everyone can take care of their families. we all want the country where every american, not just the ones who hire lobbyists and lawyers. a country where every child can dream big and reach for real opportunities. we are in the fight to build an america that works for everyone. [applause]
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sen. warren: i get it, this will not be easy, there are a lot of people out there with money and power and armies of lobbyists and lawyers. people who are prepared to spend more money than you and i could ever dream of to stop us from making any of these solutions a reality. people who will say, it is america where every family has -- it is extreme or radical to demand an america where every family has economic security and every kid has a real opportunity to succeed. i say to them, get ready, because change is coming faster than you think. [applause] sen. warren: look.
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this fundamental change will be hard. a lot of people, including friends will tell us it is going to be so hard it is not worth trying. we will not give up. [applause] sen. warren: i want to tell you one last story. when i was home with my first baby, i got this notion that i would go to law school. it was a crazy idea but i persisted. and it took me time but eventually i figured out, the admissions tests and applications and i worked on how to pay my tuition and mapped out the 45 minute commute to campus. weeks out, i had one thing left on my checklist.
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childcare. my daughter amelia was nearly two years old and i looked for childcare. i looked everywhere. i struck out over and over. we are down to the weekend before law school, which is supposed to start and i finally found this small place with a teacher and a nice play area and nothing smelled funny. i could afford it. but the place would only take children who were dependably potty trained. i looked at amelia. [laughter] sen. warren: dependably potty trained. i now had five days to
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dependably potty train an almost 2-year-old. i stand before you today, courtesy of three bags of m&m's and a cooperative toddler. i have never let anyone tell me anything is too hard. [applause] sen. warren: how they have tried. people said it would be too hard to build an agency that would stop big banks from cheating americans on mortgages and credit cards, but we got organized. we fought back, we persisted and now that consumer agency has forced banks to refund nearly $12 billion directly to people they cheated.
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when republicans try to sabotage the agency, i came back to massachusetts and ran against one. now no woman had won a senate seat in massachusetts and people said it would be too hard for me to get elected. we got organized. we fought back. we persisted and now i am the senior senator from the commonwealth of massachusetts. [applause] sen. warren: no, i am not afraid of a fight. not even a hard fight. when the women of everett mills walked out from their machines and out into that cold january air all those years ago, they'd -- they knew it would not be easy. they were not going to let anyone tell them it was too hard. doubters told the abolitionists
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it is too hard. skeptics told the suffragettes it is too hard. senate stole the trust busters it is to hold. naysayers told the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement it is too hard but they all caps going and they changed the history of america. [applause] sen. warren: sure. there will be plenty of cowards and armchair critics this time around. we learned a long time ago you do not get what you do not fight for.
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we are in this fight for our lives, for our children come up for our futures and we will not turn back. my daddy ended up as a janitor. his little girl got the chance to be a public school teacher, a college professor, the united states senator and a candidate for the president of the united states. [applause]
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sen. warren: i am grateful all the way to my bones, grateful and determined. here is the promise i make to you today. i will fight my heart out so every kid in america can have the same opportunity, a fighting chance to build something real. i will never give up on you or on your children and their future. i am in this fight all the way. [applause] sen. warren: it is a long way to
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election day but our fight starts here and it starts with every one of you. it starts with your decision to get involved right now. join us on elizabeth warren -- elizabethwarren.com. help us organize. pitch in five dollars. we need everyone in this fight. [applause] warren: more than 100 years ago, won their fight because they refused to be divided. today we gather on those same streets, ready to stand united again. [applause] sen. warren: this is our moment in history, the moment we are called to.
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this is our moment to dream big, fight hard and win. thank you. [applause] ♪
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the democraticf party's in two key early presidential states, raymond an newi -- quickly of hampshire talk about the candidates running for president and what it means for the campaign. whittle themaybe importance of the early states? if there is only 16 serious candidates i will be surprised. i think there will be more than that.
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whoe is a history of folks will drop out after iowa and new hampshire and keep going right through super tuesday. i would hope none of the candidates dropped out. states thes many opportunity to go on the candidacy as possible. discourageething we is we don't want to be deciders -- if candidates are not but we are making a recommendation on who we think the top three or four are. >> there are some who think there is a real chance that the nomination will not be decided after the caucuses have taken place, how much of a risk is that for democrats or we could have a convention where we do not know the nomination in the beginning? >> i think that is the fantasy
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of most political reporters. the idea of being able to actually lived through that sort of an experience. i am on the reverse side. i think we will have this nomination wrapped up by easter. i think the size of the delegates being decided early on you will see great movement and we will not get anywhere near the convention where the superdelegates would have an impact. >> on "newsmakers" the democratic party chairs in iowa and new hampshire talk about the 2020 campaign. >> 2020 democratic presidential candidate cory booker visits with local and state representatives in iowa. this is 90 minutes.

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