tv Road to the White House 2020 Hillary Clinton in Selma Alabama CSPAN March 4, 2019 5:14am-5:23am EST
up with this. we have to have a national standard. "the communicators" tonight at 8:00 on c-span two. >> former democratic presidential nominee hillary clinton and current presidential candidate senator cory booker speak at the annual bloody sunday commemorative service at the brown chapel african methodist episcopal church in selma, alabama. senator clinton: this is the day the lord has made. let us rejoice and be glad in him. and then let's get to work. i am so thrilled to be here with my friend and your congresswoman, to thank her for the work she is doing. and the ie
toerstands has to be met once again have a voting rights act that protects and defends the right of every single american to vote. thank you for presiding over this. you have been a wonderful host. thank you for opening with more. to all the clergy and the elders, the deacons, everyone associated with this church. it is a great honor to be back among you. especially at this moment that is fraught with peril for our country. and reverend green, when those and when that spirit is breathed into them and they start climbing out of that valley, the first place they go is to register to vote.
[applause] sec. clinton: i am grateful to be here with a longtime friend of mine, reverend jesse jackson who forged so many of the trail that others are still following today. personal also a great pleasure to be here with senator sherrod brown and his wife connie schultz. and my friend senator cory booker. i will not stand in the way of them getting their fast. i have heard corey preach. you know. just get ready. i want to say a few quick things. you for this incredible
commitment that you evidence every single day to protect the fundamental foundational rights that we all have. breakfastat the earlier this morning, there is no way that we can get to an economy that works for everybody and produces good jobs and rising incomes if we don't protect the right to vote. we can haveway guaranteed quality affordable health care flea protect the right to vote. there is no way to deal with any problem that you are worried about if we don't protect the right to vote and if people don't get up and actually go to work. when you hear the report from the lvf, i hope you paid attention. i was in the senate. i'm not sure if you were there yet, corey. but we were there when we passed 98-0 thes. senate
reauthorization of the voting rights act. we had a republican president, , who said heh would sign it and he did. thousands andn thousands of pages of testimony as to why we still, as a nation, devoted to the law and liberty that should guarantee everyone of us he quality -- us the quality -- guarantee everyone of us equality. republican president, it found its way to the supreme court. i want you to just never forget that there is another side in america. and they never give up. they never quit. they are never discouraged. they are motivated every single
day to try to pull back rights, suppress rights, prevent people from fulfilling their own god-given potential. they did go to work and they found a receptive supreme court who came up with the most absurd decision. this is, in many ways, the most absurd. supposed to legislate based on evidence and facts. the supreme court says, you don't need that anymore. we don't need that voting rights stuff. you don't need to hold states and municipalities accountable. we are beyond all that now. what nonsense. absolute, absurd nonsense. they gutted the voting rights act. i was the first person to run after theynt to run gutted the voting rights act and i
will tell you it made a difference. -- ade it difference
difference in wisconsin were between 40000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin. because of their age. because
of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow american citizen from voting. are looking to a new presidential election, thank goodness. it will not make a difference if we don't bring the lawsuits and win them. if we don't register everybody the way stacey abrams has been doing since 2014. just think about it. between 2012, the prior presidential election where we still have the voting rights act and 2016 when my name was on the ballot, there were fewer voters registered in georgia than there
had been those prior four years. friends.ut it, my we have a calling. a mission. we need to redouble our efforts for the 21st century civil rights movement. don't just come to selma once a year. don't just walk across the bridge. don't just join hands and sing. we've got to get to work. and that means registering every person and it means persuading them, no matter how disappointed or discouraged they might be that their future depends on them showing up to vote. leaders that would work for them and produce for them. so let us celebrate the 54th .nniversary
it let us not mistake what our mission must be. i, too, come from a faith tradition of being a doer, not just a hearer of the word. part, that if we do our we can take back this country and put it back on the path that selma 54 and forged in years ago. god bless you, brown chapel. sen. booker: all right. all right. all right. thank you. thank you. don't use it down.