tv Road to the White House 2020 Elizabeth Warren in New Hampshire CSPAN February 22, 2019 11:36pm-12:57am EST
innovative strategies. shortly after 11:00 a.m., the j.p. morgan chase chairman on the modern economy. on sunday, our live coverage continues at 9:00 a.m. eastern as governors discuss the u.s.-canada-mexico trade agreement. watch the national governors association winter meeting live this weekend on c-span, c-span.org, or listen with the c-span radio app. >> next, presidential candidate senator elizabeth warning speaking at the democratic party national dinner in manchester. this dinner series started in 1959 as a way to support the party. senator warren announced her support for universal childcare for american families.
♪ senator warren: hello, new hampshire! it feels so good to be back in new hampshire. i never thought i would get into politics in a million years, but when i got into this fight, i quickly learned that nobody does it alone. i wanted to start by taking a few minutes to say thank you to some of the hardest working democrats in the country. terrific united states senators jeanne shaheen and maggie hassan. i cannot do this without you. these are two women i have had the honor of traveling with across this great state.
i have been fighting shoulder to shoulder to make change. they are remarkable and we are blessed to have them. thank you. [applause] i also want to say to congresswoman annie kuster in congressman chris pappas, it is so good to be with you today and so great to be in washington with you, you make a big difference. [applause] senator warren: and i want to acknowledge the recipients of the legacy award. thank you for all of your work. i am also excited to be here tonight with fearless fighters like the leader of the new hampshire democratic party. [applause] warren: i'm also deeply
grateful for the warm welcome from mayor joyce craig. thank you good -- thank you. i'm also here to say thank you for your hard work and to celebrate all of your wins. ouri'm also here because country faces a moment of crisis and new hampshire will help figure out where we go from here. for me, the fight is personal. on theup in oklahoma ragged edge of the middle class. one of those paycheck-to-paycheck families. daddy was growing up, my had a lot of jobs. -- he ended up agenda. i had three older brothers. i was what was called a late life baby.
my mother used to refer to me as a surprise. all three of my brothers joined the military. my oldest brother was career military, for 280 eight combat missions in vietnam. we were lucky to get him back. my brother john -- [applause] senator warren: my brother john was stationed in morocco, my brother david trained as a combat medic. my brothers found their ticket to the middle class through the military. me, my lifelong dream was to become a public school teacher. but to teach, you need a college diploma and to get a college diploma, you need money to pay for college. there was no money. the rest of my story has a lot of twists and turns, falling in love at 19, dropping out of school, getting married, finding a commuter college that cost $50
a semester. but i made it, i became a public school teacher. can we hear it for america's public school teachers? applause]and so my firsten: teaching position was as a special needs teacher. [applause] senator warren: there we go. i loved that job. but by the and of the first school year, i was quite visibly pregnant. and the principal did not invite me back for the next school year. so i found myself at home with a baby and those were the days. and i got this idea that i could go to law school. so i headed off to a state law school, it cost $450 a semester. with a little one on my hip.
but first, i needed childcare. as i'm about to head to law school, my daughter amelia is almost two. in order to do this, i have to find daycare. i found out how hard it was. i spent weeks visiting all kinds of places. and none of them were right. the kids looked miserable, there was a funny smell, the waiting list was a mile-long, the cost was way outside our budget. so finally, it is getting down to the last week before law school classes are going to start. i am starting to sweat and then i find a truly great place, cheerful teacher, nice play area, nothing smells funny, there was only one problem. they only took children who were dependably potty trained.
amelia was not quite two years old. i could not let that stop me. i had five days to get my toddler dependably potty trained. i want you to know that i stand here today courtesy of three bags of m&m's and a very cooperative toddler. that is why i am here. [applause] senator warren: but here's the thing. childcare never stopped being an issue. for me, like for so many working parents today, it was this weight i had to carry around every single day, and it never let up. eventually, i graduated from law school, hugely pregnant with baby number two. you may detect a pattern here. and then i got this teaching job
at a law school in houston and i was beyond excited. tenure-track, i love teaching and i knew that teaching was what i was meant to do. so i did whatever it took to make it work. i taught sunday school, i made cookies for the bake sale, i got dinner on the table every night, even if most nights it was late because the kids were cranky and we ate a lot of stuff with just add water out of the box. a lot of you in this room know this story. washing dishes, bathing children, doing laundry at 11:00 at night and then starting to prepare for the next day. falling into that sometime -- falling into bed sometime in the early hours of the morning. it was hard, but i could do hard. it was exhausting, but i could do exhausting. but the thing that eventually sank me, childcare.
in the space of a few months, i tried everything. a babysitter, a day care center, another day care center, a neighbor. one day i picked up my son alex from daycare, he had been left in soggy diapers for heaven only knows how long. i was upset with the daycare people, but more than anything else, i was upset with myself. i was angry with myself. i was failing my baby. and so one night after i put both kids to bed, my 78-year-old aunt called me long-distance from oklahoma just to see how i was doing. and i said fine in that thin, thready voice. and then it was over, i started to cry. i could not hold it together any longer. i told my aunt i was going to quit my job.
i had not thought about it, but it all crashed down and the words just fell out of my mouth. cried, i sobbed. i loved that job. that that was it. and finally, i blew my nose and got a drinking water and then my aunt said 11 words that changed my life forever. i can't get there tomorrow, but i can come on thursday. [applause] senator warren: two days later, she arrived at the airport with seven suitcases and a pekingese named buddy and she stayed for 16 years. [applause] senator warren: here's the thing about that story. without childcare, i was a
goner. today, i am a united states senator. [cheering] senator warren: in part because my aunt rescued me on a thursday about a zillion years ago. [applause] senator warren: i tell you that story because i want you to know the story that is part of my heart forever. it tells a basic truth, nobody makes it on their own, nobody. and without childcare, millions and millions of american families simply will not make it. if every mom in the country had bea, we would all be cool. but think about that. i stand here today as someone who eventually wrote a 11 books, got tenure at harvard, built a
consumer agency and beat a republican in congress to take this seat in the united states senate. woohoo! [applause] senator warren: and yet, childcare nearly knocked me out. childcare, or the lack of childcare, nearly sent me packing twice. could i have gotten back in the game later? after amelia and alex were old enough to go to school, or maybe once they hit high school? maybe. but maybe not. and today, parents are getting crushed. right now, in more than half the states in america, one year of childcare costs more than a year of in-state tuition at a public university. here in new hampshire, care for
an infant costs nearly $12,000 year. try working a budget around that. and then try it with two kids or with three. it does not work. we are failing mamas and daddies across this country and we are failing our kids as well. we know from study after study that providing quality early learning education is one of the single most valuable things we can do to set our children up for success. [applause] senator warren: yes. but high cost, millions of kids cannot get access to the care they need or the early educational opportunities that are so critical to their development. and let's not kid ourselves
about this, more often than not, it is women whose career opportunities are limited when childcare is hard to find. [applause] senator warren: it is women who get pushed out of the workforce when they do not want to be. [applause] senator warren: and that is just wrong. we are the richest country in the history of the planet, access to high-quality care and education during the first five years of a child's life should not be a privilege reserved for the rich. [applause]
senator warren: high-quality child care should be a right for every child in america. [applause] senator warren: and so that is why this week, i put out a proposal for big structural change, universal childcare and early education. [applause] it would provide high quality care and education for free to millions of families and at low cost for everyone else. i am in new hampshire, you guys know me, this is not just a vague idea. it is a detailed plan, so let's get wonky for a minute here. [cheering] senator warren: you guys are ready for it.
so here is how universal childcare would work. for starters, it would expand our network of licensed centers, preschool centers, and in-home childcare options. federal government currently provides childcare for all military families and we have 900,000 kids in top-notch headstart programs. basically my proposal is about building out so that every family has access and keeping it affordable for every family. [applause] senator warren: local communities would be in charge but providers would be held to high national standards to make sure that wherever you live in america, your child will have access to quality care and to early learning. [applause] and one other: part of this, childcare and preschool workers would be doing
the educational work that other teachers -- we will pay them like public school teachers. [applause] warren: under this proposal, millions of families could send their kids for free and the cost would be capped at 7% of income for all other families. everybody can do this. so look, every democrat who runs for public office claims to be on the side of working people. that is true running for president and it is true running for school board. but here's the deal. pretty much every republican claims the same thing. and while people in this room might give a huge eyeball roll when republicans say it, democrats should notice that a lot of america believed them and
did not believe us. so here is my offer to you. loud make a commitment, and long, for something that democrats will do for every working family in america. let's make it clear, let's make it concrete, let's embrace it and show how if we have the chance, we can make government work for hard-working families. [applause] senator warren: let's embrace universal childcare and early education and let's show families the difference it will make in their lives. right here, right here in new hampshire. the typical family with two young children pays on average a
whopping $21,000 a year for child care. under my plan, that same family right here in new hampshire would pay a maximum of $6,000. think about that. [applause] think about what that would mean. that family would have another $1200 a month to spend on housing, to pay down loans, to put in savings, to do what they want to do with the money. and for a family of four, making under $50,000 here in new hampshire, the program would be entirely free. [applause] senator warren: we can keep pushing the point home, for a single mom working two jobs and pulling and $30,000, her childcare costs would drop to zero. or for the young couple trying to start a small business or the
young family where one parent is still in school. think of all the families who would have real money in their pockets and first-rate care for their children. [applause] senator warren: and we can do it without raising taxes one thin dime for working families. [applause] senator warren: let me show you how. the ultra millionaire tax that i have been talking about, oh, yeah. it requires families with a net worth above $50 million to pay 2% tax on just that part of of -- part above $50 million.
understand, that one change, one change in our tax laws would bring in all the money we would need to completely cover the cost of universal childcare and early education plans and still have a couple of trillion dollars left over. [applause] senator warren: yep. this is what it means to be a democrat. think about that, asking the 75,000 wealthiest families in this country to pay a little more would cover the cost of providing affordable high-quality childcare and early education options to every child in our country.
and to everyone who says, it is just too hard, here is what i know for sure. it is not easy to make big changes. but you do not get what you do not fight for, and i am in this fight for working families. [applause] senator warren: because working families in this country are getting crushed and it has been that way for a long time. i spent most of my life studying how america's middle class has been hollowed out. i studied families that go broke . and what i found is that year after year, the path to economic security has gotten tougher and rockier for working families and even tougher and even rockier for people of color. [applause]
that is how when a working family here in new hampshire is paying a quarter of their income to cover childcare, a republican controlled congress decided it was more important to pass a $1 trillion giveaway to the wealthiest people and giant corporations instead of helping that family, i am in this fight because i want a government that does not just work for the billionaires and giant corporations. i want a government that works for a little families trying to make it from paycheck to paycheck. [applause] sen. warren: the squeeze on working families is real.
since the early 1970s, adjusted for inflation, wages in america have barely budged but the cost of housing has shot up nearly two thirds, the cost of college has more than tripled and 40% of americans could not find $400 to cover an emergency. the middle class squeeze is real and millions of families can barely breathe. when government worked only for the wealthy and the well-connected, and when it abandons anyone who is not a big campaign donor, or cannot hire an army of lobbyists, that is corruption plain and simple, and it is time to fight back. [applause] the impact of a government that year after year has worked for the rich and left families behind has spread throughout
america. and for communities of color that have lived with the impact of structural racism, generation after generation, the disaster has hit even harder. think about this. [applause] for every $100 of wealth that the average white family owned in america today, the average black family has five dollars. that is racism and we need to say so. [applause]
sen. warren: we cannot be blind to the fact that the rules in this country have been read to other people for a long time. women, people with disabilities, lgbtq americans, latinos, native americans, immigrants, rigged against people and we need to call it out for what it is. [applause] the rich and powerful have rigged our political system. look at any major issue in america and you can see the impact. whatever it is that brought you here tonight, that causes you to volunteer, to get you in the game, whatever moves you deeply, i guarantee that somewhere right at the center, decisions that
are made in washington are corrupted by money. [applause] gun violence, student loan debt, the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, the crushing cost of health care, a broken criminal justice system, drugs and overdoses, oil companies that have more say at the epa then the millions of people who see with their own eyes the destruction of climate change that is coming our way. [applause] money affects nearly every decision in washington. i am in this race to fight back. [applause] sen. warren: out on the campaign trail, i talk a lot about
changing the rules so that our government, our economy and our democracy work for everyone. i am going to be crystal clear about exactly what i mean when i say that. we need to change the rules to clean up washington, to end the corruption in washington. we need to change the rules to put more economic power in the hands of the american people, and workers, unions, small businesses. [applause] we need to change the rules to strengthen our democracy and that starts with a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every american citizen to vote and to get that vote counted. [applause]
sen. warren: i've got a lot of details and a lot of ways that we will make structural change in washington and our economy and in our democracy. but i wanted to use tonight to talk about universal childcare. because if you have small children or not, we always have an interest in the future of this country, and that means we all have an interest in investing in america's children. until we decide, until all of us decide, men and women, married and single, black and white, old and young, that we are willing to invest more in our children then we cannot build a country in which women have equal opportunity. [applause]
that means electing more women, putting more women in positions of power. [applause] oh yeah! i like the sound of that. electing more women. putting more women in positions of power. from committe rooms ro board that nice oval-shaped room at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. [applause] last week, i was in nevada. a woman came up to me afterwards. she came up because she wanted to tell me how now, in her 60's, she was about to graduate from college.
[applause] she explained her first baby, one thing after another. only now was she back in school and about to graduate into the world and to tackle her lifelong dream of social work. education, starting a business. how many women of my generation were sidelined? how many women of my daughter's generation were sidelined? how many men and women are sidelined because they cannot get decent care for their kids? how many were not ready for kindergarten.
how many were parked in front of television sets for hours on end because it was the cheapest way to take care of them? all because we would not invest in our kids. it comes to us. we can make the change. a big change in this country. change for ourselves. change for our children. we need universal childcare. [applause] senator warren: and more. we need to cut the student loan debt burden. [applause] senator warren: we need 21st century infrastructure.
sen. warren: i am sure going to try. i voted in favor of legalizing marijuana in massachusetts. i believe we should national -- legalizing nationally. it makes no sense for it to be a national schedule one drug. saying there is no medicinal value. it is very difficult to do research. i also have a bill with senator cory gardner of colorado that says if states have legalized marijuana -- i support -- i am a cosponsor. i will work with republicans state by state. i am going to talk in more detail in plymouth about how it is we build real structural
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