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tv   Road to the White House 2020 Hickenlooper Presidential Announcement  CSPAN  March 9, 2019 4:45am-5:15am EST

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court justice and members of congress that were completely confident, 100% about politics, and were not noticeably different from a letter than a man would write and they wrote ack to her in the same vene. >> obon thursday former democratic colorado governor formerly announced his run for president in denver. this is about 30 minutes.
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cheers and applause] > wow. all right. night we meet against this backdrop of the great rocky mountains, in this place we love, in the heart of the american west, a place that one of the great writers of the west described as the home of hope. now, as americans we all deserve to feel that hope. we're a young country in a
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wondrous, bountiful land teaming with possibility. we're innovative, filled with the strength that dwells in the toughest hours, the magic you et from providing all the -- dividing it all into something resilient and wonderful. [cheers and applause] a little bit like what happens when you put music into politics. we all have every right to live in a land that's called the home of hope. but these days that's not how it feels in america. it feels like we're living in a heaving crisis years in the making, spawned by dysfunctional politics, defined above all by this president.
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donald trump is alienating our allies, ripping away our health care, andangering our planet, nd destroying our democracy. the daily insults that he hurls out range from shocking to unconscionable. but it's more than tweet storms. real people are being hurt. hi closed down the the government. hate crimes are up. he's forcibly taking kids from their parents. out here in colorado we call that kidnapping. he measures progress by the number of enemies he creates. he believes that by tearing others down somehow he raises himself up. these are not the metrics of
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america's greatness. [cheers and applause] we are a nation that tracks our progress by the number of working families who end the day feeling more secure about their future. we count our wins by the number of children who have enough to eat, who feel safe in their homes and feel safe in their schools, who have access to the skills for a changing economy. we broadcast america's values by celebrating those who may not have been born in america ut america was born in them. we define our gains by the number of us who look at a fellow american of a different race or sexual orientation and feel in our hearts neighbor you
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belong here. we gauge our standing in the world by the number of allies who trust us and stand with us hrough the worst of times. we record america's greatness by our ability to come together and despite differences achieve bold things for our children and for our country. now, this isn't about unity for unity's sake. america stops working when we work against each other. our country stops making progress when with we hunker down on opposite sides of the continental divide, red versus blue, rich and poor, urban and rural, it's time to end this american crisis of division.
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it's time to bring all americans together and that is why i am running for president f the united states. now, i understand clearly that i'm not the first person in the race. or the most well-known person in the race. but let me tell you, at four sill bills and 12 letters, for now the biggest name in the race. let me tell you something else. growing up as a skinny kid with with with coke bottle glasses and a funny last name i've dealt with my fair share of bullies. i'm running for president
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because the only way to end the trump crisis of division is with with a leader who knows how to bring people together nd get stuff done. it is a strength unique to america required to resolve and solve america's unique challenges. to build a future that every american feels part of. this isn't just my vision -- t's my record. as mayor, as governor, i got people to put down their weapons, sit down together, and listen to each other -- really listen -- to establish trust, which is always the first starting point for building collaboration. for those who don't know colorado's recent history it
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may seem like our current prosperity was inevitable. well, let me tell you, with when i took over as governor things were upside down. we had just ended the worst year for job seekers in a generation. we were bitterly divided. we weren't solving any of our biggest challenges. but things got worse. the most destructive fires in the history of colorado, a mass shooting in aurora, and then biblical floods, so many lives lost. i went to 32 funerals in my first four years. but you know, in the aftermath of that devastation the roads and the bridges broken, we saw the good was not broken. instead of resignation we saw communities. instead of anger, we saw kindness.
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instead of despair, we saw neighbors finding ways to reach one another, lending a hand, lending a truck, listening, helping. that's how we rebuilt better than with with we were before. p and that's how we chart an entirely new course for our state and that's how we overcame the recession. we expanded medicaid with bipartisan support, we built one of the most innovative health care exchanges in the country. and as a result, nearly 95% of our people now have health care overage. after aurora we stood up to the nra. and we passed universal background checks and limits on high capacity magazines in a
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western state. e brought envirmentalists into the same room to craft the toughest methane regulations in america, the equivalent of taking 320,000 cars per year off the road every year. more than a year of negotiation but in the end the oil and gas industry agreed to pay for it. with we brought cities p and suburbs and rural counties together and created a progressive water plan that made sense for everyone. we investd in high quality pre-k, scholarships for young adults who couldn't afford college, preantistship, light rail, so much more. and in just eight years we
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moved from 40th in job growth to becoming the number one conomy in america. now, that's what you can do hen you bring people together. and there was another secret ingredient. sheer persistent. now, i learned persistance the hard way. i lost my dad when i was -- when i just turned eight. my mom used to say to us, you can't control the bad things that life throws at you, but you can control with whether they make you stronger or weaker. shortly after moving to col in the 1980s i lost my job and my career as a geeologist during that recession. a whole profession disappeared for almost a generation. i was unemployed for pretty
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much two years. and when you're unemployed that long you begin to see a different person in the t mirror. so with with a few friends we got a library book on how to write a business plan from the library and 34 investors and three loans later with we started the the thing that was called a brew pub in an abandoned forgotten part of denver. our persistance paid off and that brewery took off and an entire neighborhood grew up around it. and along the way, i learned something that donald trump never quite figured out. it isn't how many times you yell you're fired. but instead, how many times you ay you're hired.
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and in our first ten years opening brew pubs across the midwest with we said you're hired 1,000 times. and you know the best part of hat story it's not unique. our small businesses spawned othernd and in turn helped create vibrant communities. we worked hard but also built alliances with other businesses. we played a part in revitalizing whole communities. now it's time to do that for all of america. [cheers and applause] now, let me tell you, defeating donald trump is absolutely essential. but it is not sufficient. with we need to walk out of
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this canyon of division to a higher plain of progress. america is ready. and i know i'm ready. [cheers and applause] now, let me tell you, when i'm president, we will declare the -- that as a country, that health care is a right. [cheers and applause] this means universal, affordable coverage where everyone has a doctor who knows them, knows their family, where everyone can get a checkup, a real medical home. we will declare that everyone deserves to share the benefits of being an american. and to get there, everyone's going to have to pay their fair share. we're going to close the corporate loopholes, no more tax cuts for the wealthy, and ensure every profitable corporation is carrying their weight. [cheers and applause]
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we'll bring the same innovation we used to land on the moon to save our planet. [cheers and applause] and we will reclaim our global leadership and the first thing we're going to do is rejoin the paris climate accord and exceed its goals! and together we will build a green economy that creates jobs that can't be shipped overseas while combating generations of climate change. we'll create a whole new understanding about the future of work, the majority of today's young adults who want tomorrow's skills, will be able to shape a 21st century economy with better jobs for everyone. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: and by
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bringing unions and good corporate citizens and schools together, we'll invest in the largest expansion of skills training and community colleges in this country's history. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: now, in the next two years, by the end of 2020, colorado will have broadband connecting every single school, hospital, and town across the entire state. universal broadband will instantaneously become national policy the day i'm elected. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: we'll renew our commitment to the fundamental strength behind american success. it's right there in the great seal of our country. out of many, one. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: but this promise is predicated on the fact that we are all created
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equal in the eyes of god and that equality demands social justice for every single one of us. we will renew our commitment to a reformed justice system that addresses our long history of slavery, segregation and racial bias. [cheers and applause] we will undo years of efforts to disenfranchise the african-american voters and latino voters and evening young voters and we will end this assault on the foundations of our democracy. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: we will make it easier for every qualified voter to register and to vote because the ultimate power in america should reside in the hands of the people, all of the people. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: at the end of my presidency, i want americans
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to say, it feels like the cloud has lifted. and we feel closer to our neighbors and we've gotten some big things done. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: and we feel hope. [cheers and applause] someone saidoper: the power of imagination makes us infinite. now, just imagine how different our country will feel when we start moving toward each other again. imagine, imagine a country where families go to bed knowing a serious illness won't be hurdling them into bankruptcy. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: imagine a world where our young people are part of a new greatest generation, the one that helps us save our planet. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: imagine a new
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american economy where anyone can be whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: now, are these big dreams? sure. but my story is proof that big dreams can be made real. it's one of america's greatest talents. building dreams tomorrow we didn't even know were possible today. and i'm proud to be part of a political party that over decades has rallied to the call of so many dreams and dreamers. like king's vision of a country where children are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: i'm also proud to be in the party that not only dared to dream big dreams, but had the persistence to get them done. from creating social security
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and medicare, to enacting civil rights, to putting a man on the moon. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: that's the other half of my d.n.a. i am a dreamer and a doer. and we need both to make real progress. not just big ideas, but making them happen. finding common ground when it seems like there's nothing out there but the mountains between us. imagining, yes, imagining but then building. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: being a pragmatist doesn't mean saying no to bold ideas. it means knowing how to make them happen. that is my record. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: and that will be my promise as president. now, no one person can heal the fractures in america today.
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but if enough of us accept the challenge, if we work hard enough, we can make the impossible possible. [cheers and applause] together, letper: me emphasize, together, we can turn this winter of division into a season of hope. [cheers and applause] gov. hickenlooper: thank you all for coming out here tonight! thank you, colorado! thank you, america! let's get to work! [cheers and applause] thank you! ♪
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[cheers and applause] ♪ >> how is everybody doing? [cheers and applause] cold andt is not too always get to be home. >> washington journal live every day with news and policy issues
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that impact you. , someone this morning from medstar washington will discuss veterans medical care and the executive order by president trump. bloomberg news investigative journalist peter robinson talks about his article on changes to school nutrition standards and a role of the u.s. dairy industry and national popular will discuss his efforts to have states award all of the electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote. watch washington journal live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. sunday night on q&a, a penn state history professor discusses her book. >> i was astounded with what sarah polk did, she wrote
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letters to a supreme court justice and members of congress confident,ompletely 100% about politics, and were not noticeably different from a letter a man would write and they wrote back to her in the same vein. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern. >> president trump spoke to reporters as he was leaving the white house to tour alabama. he responded to questions on the economy, the sentencing of former campaign manager, paul manafort, and also on north korea's nuclear development program. president trump: the economy is doing very well. we are seeing wages rise more than they have at any time. for a long time.


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