tv Road to the White House 2020 Beto O Rourke in New Hampshire CSPAN March 21, 2019 5:35am-6:59am EDT
so youer, and he said, are the young fellow who thinks he is going to write a book about me? >> robert caro, sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. paid a visit to new hampshire for the first time since announcing his candidacy. the congressman talked about several topics and met one-on-one after local residents. how's everybody doing tonight? kellyhear it first on r.
-- let's hear it for senator kelly. let's hear it for -- let's hear it for new hampshire. thank you for welcoming a .tranger from far west texas we bring you greetings from el paso, the town in which i was raised, the town in which amy and i were raised and our three kids. her littlelly, and brother henry. go to the sameem world-class public schools that i went to when i was a kid in el paso in an extraordinary dual language program where one day they are morning -- they are learning math in spanish, the
next day in english. they are making the most of the fact that we live in the largest by national community in the western hemisphere. 3 million from two countries speaking two languages with two cultures, joined by a river in the heart of the desert at the foot of the rocky mountains, an extraordinarily beautiful place, something that is greater than the sum of the parts for the people involved. it also so happens that el paso, texas, my hometown, the defining border community along the 2000 miles of the u.s.-mexico border, is one of if not the safest city in the united states of america. [applause] secure,urke: safe, strong, successful, not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants, but i would argue because of the fact we are a
city of immigrants. it, those elabout quarter of those with whom we live, were born somewhere else. they chose us, left the comfort of their home, their families, their nations, because they were called to work. they wanted to get ahead, wanted their kids to get ahead, but they also wanted to contribute to shared success. that makes us that much stronger, safer, and that much more likely to be successful. in the sight of that fact that we are comprised of asylum-seekers and refugees for as long as we have been a country. we lose sight of that at our own peril. when we do, this is what happens. we greet our fellow human beings who are leaving the deadliest
places in the western hemisphere , some of the deadliest places on planet earth, whose own governments can no longer protect them. and most importantly, the lives of their kids. there is no other explanation for what could compel you to scoop up your baby girl, your little boy, and walked 2000 miles. if you are lucky, you were on top, not inside a train known as the beast, to come here to this country, our front door at the texas-mexico border, penniless, not knowing the language, just wanting to get that little kid of yours to help you need. seeking salvation, the refuge this country has promised to the tempest-tossed and those who have no home for as long as we have been a country. at our most desperate and vulnerable moments, this is what we have done to too many. we have literally taken that
child from the arms of her -- sent toe mother the mother back to the very country from which she fled, placed that child in a cage, separated them with no hope, in too many cases, of ever being reunited. unless we think this is just linked to one man in one position, for as long as we are a democracy, the people are the government and the government is the people. until every one of those children is reunited with every one of those families, it is on us. [applause] mr. o'rourke: i want us not only to honor our own asylum laws, which this president is failing to do, i want us to rewrite our existing immigration laws in our own image. in the image of our communities, yours and mine alike, reflecting our values, the reality on the
ground, and our own self-interest. we can begin by freeing every single one of the more than one million dreamers from any fear of deportation. today so u.s. citizens they can contribute to their maximum potential over the course of their lifetime. price of this at the their parents, the original dreamers, those who made the god-awful decision to come here in the first place because perhaps they had no other choice. doy did what you and i would in the same set of circumstances , what any human being would do in the same set of circumstances. let's make sure that the more than 11 million undocumented people in this country, very often working the toughest, the most backbreaking jobs that no one born in this country can be found to work or able to come out of the shadows, get right
with the law, by that very act making us safer and more secure, knowing exactly who is in our communities, and ensuring that those who have contributed so much can continue those contributions ultimately as u.s. citizens in the greatest democracy this world has ever known. [applause] i am excited for all of us to work together for all of us on an economy that works for everyone, not so well for the very few, and not well enough for the far too many. on meeting schoolteachers, educators, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, those who are responsible for the education of our children and the welfare of this country, who are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet, when they have the most important job -- unlocking a lifelong love of learning within
every single child. i want them focused on that. i want them paid a living wage. i want every working american to know that we have got their back, that they can earn a wage that allows them to live with dignity, to focus on their kids in their homes and provide for degeneration to calm. to accumulate wealth in those families and communities, especially communities of color that have been actively prevented from accumulating wealth from the very beginning of this country. we are a country of asylum-seekers, refugees, and immigrants, but we are also a country that brought people here in bondage and through their slave labor literally built the foundation and wealth we are so proud of today, and were able to share in almost none of it. there is 10 times the wealth in white american today as there is in black america.
the ability to make a down payment on a home, to start a business, to afford to come to kings state, is out of reach too far too many of our fellow americans. this economy has got to work for absolutely everyone. we have never had as deep a division between the haves and have-nots. we have never had this kind of income and wealth inequality unless you go all the way back to the last gilded age. thatrogressive response to concentration of wealth, power, and privilege provoked, including people like theodore roosevelt, who said, you will never have something approaching popular democracy if you don't have something approaching economic democracy. every single one of us and especially our kids have to see a future in this country, and that future is fading for far too many or never really was an option for too many more.
we are going to meet the challenges, the challenges of a health care system. the wealthiest, the most powerful country the world has ever known, the most technologically and medically advanced. in the year 2019, there are people in this country dying of diabetes. there are people dying of the flu. there are people dying of curable cancers because they cannot see a doctor. they may be insured but cannot afford the co-pay on their life-saving medications. they cannot take their child to a therapist. , the home state of texas largest mental health care provider in the state is the county jail system. withllow texans schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, literally getting arrested on purpose because the jail is the one place they are guaranteed a roof over their head, the ability to be fed and
clothed, prescribed psychotropic medications that will temporarily make life bearable. maybe they see a therapist or social worker, than they are back on the streets. not only is that unconscionable and immoral, it is an incredibly expensive way to fail one another. losing out not just on that person's earning potential over their lifetime, the things they will create, the poem they will write comedy punk rock band they are going to start -- the family they are going to raise, the job they will work, the taxes they will pay. but as they get closer to a premature death, they have no insurance and no way to pay for hospital care at the emergency room. you and i will pick up that bill together in higher premiums and taxes. that's why we must come together as a country, not as a party. transcend the differences and
divides of geography and party and any other difference that does not matter at this defining moment of truth and guarantee every single american high-quality health care without exception. [applause] mr. o'rourke: that means primary health care, mental health care, and that means every single woman makes her own decisions about her own body. [applause] mr. o'rourke: for those during the wake of an administration that does not believe in the facts, doesn't deal in the truth, rejects the science that is available to us as beyond a shadow of a doubt, for those of you who are marching for science 300 years after the enlightenment, we salute you. we should not have to do it in this country, but we are grateful you did.
it is a reminder that those scientists have concluded that not only is climate change real, not only is it caused by our own excessive in action, but that it is harming us, taking the lives of fellow americans and human beings all over the world. right now as we stand together in new hampshire, in texas, and houston, 58 inches of rain fell in 2017, a landfall record in north america for as long as we have been keeping records. year floodhird 500 in just the last five years in southeast texas. people who have not rebuilt their homes from the last blood were flooded again -- the last flood were flooded again. lives lost. scientists say-- climate change will produce more of these floods, more devastating and more frequent.
the same message for farmers in west texas. the droughts from which they have just emerged will become more severe. they will undermine our ability to grow food, feed and clothe ourselves, feed and clothe so much of the rest of the world. ,he civil war in syria wildfires in california. we literally are making it happen, and unless we act in the 12 years which the scientists also agree within which we still have time, there will be a hell visited on our kids and grandkids that we can only imagine. if you are worried about 400,000 apprehensions at the southern border with mexico last year, wait until some of the countries in the western hemisphere are no longer inhabitable by human beings. the refugee crisis then here and all over the world is beyond our imagination right now, but we
still have time to act. inthe time ulysses is my age 2050, i want him to look back on all of us right here at this at the this country defining moment of truth, and be proud of what we chose to do together. we did not do it by half measure and did not do it by half of us. it was rural and urban, republican and democrat coming together to face the singular existential challenge of climate change before it was too late. dependence on fossil fuel, investing in communities that have disproportionately borne the brunt of climate change thus far, making sure we don't disengage from the larger economy and that the gains are shared with everyone and not just concentrated in the hands of a few. if we put our minds to it, this country can meet that challenge and reassert its global
leadership to assure that the nations of the world are convened around a shared, otherwise intractable problem. i know we can do it. this country when the call has come in the past has always answered it. this is our moment of truth right now. are you with me on this one? [applause] lastly, i was in pennsylvania earlier today. let's hear it for the one gentleman from pennsylvania. drove, the 8s we hour drive from penn state to hear, we were calling into new hampshire, my good friend annie custer, with whom i sat on the house foreign affairs committee for six years, calling your amazing senators, your state reps.
called folks from all over the state finds out -- all over the state to find out what's going on here. so proud of your response to the crisis. you have endured more than any other state opioid abuse, overuse, and death. in the face of using 70,000 americans to drug overdose deaths, you as a state and a people have decided, this will not be a problem of criminal justice, this will be an opportunity for public health. we are going to show compassion for those who are struggling. [applause] mr. o'rourke: and we are going to acknowledge an incredibly warped system of justice in this country. when folks like those at purdue pharma can sell addictive opioids to prescribers, when nine out of 10 -- maybe four out of 5 -- but the vast majority of those who are addicted to
opioids today began with a legal prescription, and those executives understood the addictive properties of what they sold but did not share that with the public, and not a single one of them has done a single day in jail. and yet we have the largest prison population on the face of the planet, disproportionately comprised of people of color, far too many for possession of a substance that is legal in most states, marijuana. and though americans of all races use marijuana at the same rate, only some are more likely than others to be arrested, deserve time, to upon release be forced to check a box that they are unlikely to get a job because of a past conviction, ineligible for student loans and scholarships to attend university and better themselves. we need real criminal justice reform. we need to end the prohibition on marijuana. [applause] mr. o'rourke: expunge the record
of everyone arrested for possession of something legal in so many places, and make sure we have accountability for those responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of americans in this country. [applause] mr. o'rourke: all of this is only possible if all of us come together, the greatest mechanism humankind has ever devised for tackling challenges of this scope and scale is democracy. our democracy right now is so badly broken, our institutions corrupted by dark, unaccountable money, by the concentration of power i just described, by a system of suppression that keeps some out and allows others in. in texas, we ranked 50th in the nation by voter turnout, not because we love our democracy any less then you, but our state legislature was so successful on
drawing some people out of a congressional district based on their race or country of national origin, that we really did produce a system where some people's votes counted for more, and some just dropped out. no longer a reason to vote, literally dropped out of their democracy. we have to make sure that not only do we get big money out of politics -- that's why i don't take a dime of pack money -- pca money, we need a new voting rights act so every american can participate in the democratic process. we have to end racial gerrymandering and gerrymandering at all so citizens decide the boundaries of their district and have every chance to compete. if we fix our democracy, we will be able to fix every single one of these challenges. there has been no better, no greater moment for us to define ourselves by our ambitions, to
assure ourselves that our promise to each other and the generations that follow -- our kids and grandkids -- is kept. it is on every single one of us. that is why i am so grateful to be here with you, to tell you i want to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. thank you for having me out. takegoing to do my best to as many questions or comments or suggestions or ideas or guidance or advice as we can and get as many people into the conversation. we have another mic. if you look for cynthia, she will try to bring you the microphone so everyone can hear your question. thank you all for having us out. [applause] >> thank you. i wrote this down. what would you do to reestablish our relationships with our allies and solidify the role of
nato around the world? mr. o'rourke: great question. we were in west burlington, iowa, talking about climate change. a farmer said, all these things you are talking about we have to do to meet this challenge, why does america always have to do this? why do i have to ask my family to do more and sacrifice? she really had a point. even if we did everything within our power -- stop emitting an ounce of greenhouse gases from this country -- we need the rest of the world to contribute if we have any shot at getting this solved. ,t is really going to be tough because we already lone country in the world today that is not a signatory to the parents climate agreements. we used to be an indispensable nation. now we are set apart from every other nation. we have to reinforce our
alliances, partnerships, agreements with the countries of the world. nato. we also have to build new ones, especially those in some cases we don't agree with. it is the only way we will face these challenges. the trade war the president has entered us into with china, the toiffs that hurt our ability export foreign markets, heart our farmers and managers -- and ranchers and producers, hurt the people who make things destined for other markets around the world. it is hurting our economy and families and also defying an ironclad rule of american foreign policy, which is we never go to war -- including a trademark -- without allies. the president alienated the eu, mexico, canada. imagine if we had all those countries at our back.
we would be prepared to take on china, the manipulation of their currency allows them to dump steel and compete unfairly on the global stage. i want to make sure we see the strength in numbers, partnership, friendship, and alliance. it is the only way we will beat these challenges. >> our next question, right here. >> i wrote this one down, but over the past 100 years, thousands of palestinian citizens have been killed or exiled by the israeli government. when you were running for senate, you accepted over $200,000 from poe or israel lobbyists. do you support palestinian citizens experiencing genocide and discrimination in their own homes? if so, why did you accept this money? mr. o'rourke: thank you for the question. senatecampaign for u.s. in texas, as i mentioned, we nott take pac money and did
take money from any concerted effort from any group. anyone can make any contribution up to the federal limit. folks will say, you are the single greatest beneficiary for that group for this industry. we raised more money in small dollar contributions then any other senate candidates, so there are a lot of groups represented in that. if you are asking if the groups connect the policy i support, the answer is no. i believe in peace and dignity and full human rights for the palestinian people and the israeli people. there will probably be a lot of whole smarter on this issue can achieve a two state solution. if we are not going to be able to achieve a two state solution unless we display american leadership. in some cases, facts on the ground are being changed as we
speak, making it harder for there to be a contiguous palestinian state. we need to make sure we keep settlement construction limited, that there is no future construction or expansion in the west bank. we also need to make sure that the lives and safety of those who live in israel is guaranteed as well. we don't have the best negotiating partners on either side. we have a prime minister in israel who has openly sided with racists, who warned the arabs were coming to the polls. on the palestinian side, we have an ineffectual leader, mahmoud abbas. tohave to have the humility understand we cannot impose a solution on any people anywhere. see 18 years and counting in afghanistan. plenty of other examples. this is something the palestinian and israeli people
must decide for themselves, but given our role and support for both sides, we have a seat at that table and we should acknowledge it. we should do everything we can to ensure there is peace for both people on both sides of that line. thank you for asking the question. >> i am above you on the stairs, up here. >> thank you for coming out tonight. i was curious what changes you would suggest be made to allow every citizen the right to vote in this country. mr. o'rourke: great question. what changes do we need to make so every citizen can vote. i speak for all our experience in texas. i would get rid of these racist voter id laws that have been so tens oful in stripping thousands of voters.
in texas, you can use your id to carry a firearm to prove who you are at a ballot box. you cannot use your student identification at any institution of higher learning to prove who you are at the ballot box. that's one step. i mentioned we need a new voting rights act in this state of the former confederacy that have a consistent history of keeping some voters out of the election or running for office or having any say who they are representing or being those representatives themselves. we need to make sure there is federal oversight of the voting system. we have caps too many people out for too long. we need same-day voter registration in this country. [applause] mr. o'rourke: as i mentioned, right now we have a practice by which members of congress choose their voters, literally get behind closed doors and draw out their own congressional districts. we need citizen led,
nonpartisan, no politicians allowed in the room redistricting commissions that draw the districts fairly so everyone has an even shot of getting elected or voting for the person they want. there are so many ways to bring so many millions more americans into the process. lastly, this is the point of why i am here right now. we are asking for your vote for your trust for this position of power. we need to campaign everywhere for everyone. in texas, we went to each one of the 254 counties of our state, no matter how blue or red. i went to king county, not only the reddest county in texas, the reddest county in the united states of america, voted for donald trump by 96% in the 2016 election. everywhere,show up then we can expect what we have
gotten for the last 10 or 20 years. everyone is worthy of being fought for and served regardless of who they voted for last time or next time. the way we campaign last time is the way we are campaigning in this one. we can expect greater support and to build a coalition with the consensus necessary to hit the ground on day one. thank you for your question. >> [inaudible] there we go. >> my question is about nuclear weapons. the president just withdrew the united states from the inf and we don't seem to be able to find a solution with north korea. so my question is, where do you stand on nuclear weapons? mr. o'rourke: a couple of ideas here. are $22a time that we trillion in debt and deficit spending to the tune of $1
trillion annually adding to that , the words we have been fighting going back to 1991 in the first invasion of iraq. six presidential administrations, we are still there. afghanistan, syria, somalia, yemen. those wars cost money. the countries we rebuild after we have invaded cost money. tax cuts, two of them in the george w. bush administration, a $2 trillion tax cut in the trump administration, the benefits of which flow to the wealthiest and the corporations. why would we spend more than $1 trillion to modernize our nuclear arsenal at a time that our goal should be to denuclearize this world? the arsenalke sure is safe and ensures the national security of the united states and the security of our allies to whom we are treaty bound by the nato agreement.
but i also want to make sure that as fiduciaries of your tax dollars, we are responsible with how we spend that tax money at a time of record military spending. you mentioned north korea. though the president has shared with us that he has fallen in love with kim jong-un, a brutal dictator who has the blood of otto warmbier on his hands, who tortures and kills and starves his own citizens -- he has done nothing to reduce that country's nuclear potential or the capability of delivering a nuclear warhead to this country. i go back to the barack obama administration. at a time that iran was racing towards obtaining a nuclear weapon, which can be used against our forces in the released, might be delivered to the continental united states,
might be used against our allies -- we are peacefully, without firing a shot -- i'm sorry, i keep kicking you -- without invading another country in the middle east, we were able to halt their progress towards obtaining a nuclear weapon, and by so doing halted an arms race that would have seen saudi arabia and other countries in that region trying to maintain a nuclear weapon. so the pursuit of peace, but an effective pursuit is what we need. judicious spending for the armed forces and servicemembers who are overseas and making sure we don't add to the nuclear proliferation we see around the world. our goal should be to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, not increase them. >> to your right. thank you very much for coming tonight. i am very concerned about the division in the democratic party
between the progressive branch and the more established branch. i want to know what you think we can do to bring the democratic party together. we are really lucky that there are -- i am not sure how many candidates running for president. between 13 and 37. [laughter] mr. o'rourke: they represent such a wonderful cross-section of our country in the expertise, the experience, the skills, the life stories they bring to bear on the challenges and opportunities. i think that is a good thing. world'srport to be the greatest democracy, then we have the capacity to have these conversations and debates. we should do so respectfully, civilly. we may come to different conclusions. it does not make us any less of a democrat or american.
you will never hear me denigrate or vilify anyone who is running. i am grateful they are running. we should always remember the hope that come summer 2020, we will be on the same team behind the same nominee to want them to be successful against president trump and successful as the next president with our full support. that thisy tell you philosophy i have that we try to demonstrate in the campaigns we have run is to be there for everyone, listen to everyone. it may help explain in the endorsements i have received so far for my former colleagues in the house, an endorsement from the blue dog caucus, the most conservative democratic caucus in congress. i have an endorsement from the more moderate congress, the new democrats, and i have an endorsement from the more progressive caucus. we can bridge these differences, define ourselves by what we want
to accomplish. many different paths to get to universal health care and true criminal justice reform, many greater pads to get to greater economic opportunity. listen to everyone because it is going to take as many of us as we can get. let's find the common ground, and large it where we can, and invite everyone to the conversation. that's the way i am going to pursue this nomination. it is the way in which i hope to serve. i look forward to the conversation and debates. i am thinking the united states of america has the capacity and it will make us better for doing so. >> i am here, far right. i have time for two more questions. >> i drove two hours to see you from massachusetts, and i am honored to ask you a question. i hope to go to that school this this-- go to vet school
year, which is the profession with the highest suicide rate and highest debt to income ratio. i would like to know what you would do to undo what donald trump is doing to current student loan reform and how you would make it better. [applause] all,'rourke: first of thank you for making the drive here. i am honored you would do that and grateful i have the chance to meet you. hope to come over to shake your hand at the end of the town hall and the events tonight. one of the things i learned by listening to the folks who live in new hampshire and the people who represent the folks who live in new hampshire is i believe you have the highest level per capita of outstanding student loan debt in the united states of america. there is nothing to cheer about there. trillion in$1.5 outstanding student loan debt, i
think last year on average graduating college seniors had $37,000 they are paying back. this year is $40,000. it is climbing, so the first thing we should do is stop digging the hole. let's make sure every graduating high school senior is not just college ready, but career ready. let's make sure we make investments that connect with community colleges, we are at 18 years old without a dime of debt, you might be able to graduate with an associates degree or one year toward a welding certification, the second year hooking up with a local union, starting the apprenticeship program. by the time you are a journeyman, you are making $30-30 five dollars, in texas making six figures. an in demand profession we are not producing enough trained americans to fill. if you are willing to do public service and you have debt, let's
find a way to forgive it. budget thely, in the president just announced, in order to finance this wall with mexico that will cost you only $30 billion, that will require us to take our fellow american'' lands through eminent domain, because it will not be billed on the international boundary line, which is the rio grande river, it will be built sometimes miles in the interior on americans' property -- he is taking resources out of the student loan forgiveness and financing program. there are 49,000 funded, authorized, unfilled position at the v.a. we lose 20 veterans a day every day by their own hands. orof those 20 were unable unwilling for whatever reason to go to the v.a. and see the provider who could literally make a life or dents -- life or
death difference for them. if you want to work at the v.a. in your hometown for a community that needs your intellectual capital and talent, let's forgive that debt that you have accrued. if you are willing to teach school in a community that needs you, kids that need you, let's forgive your debt. if you are willing to invest in a community that is losing talent and young people, let's invest in you. stop digging the hole by making it easier for people to get an education or career. let's make sure you don't accrued that by attending a publicly financed two or four year institution. ,f you already have that debt that's refinance it at a lower rate if you commit to public service. those are some ideas to make it better for more people. thank you for making the drive. >> this is the last question, but if folks want to stay, we
are doing a line by the door. mr. o'rourke: if anybody wants to stay, we will be on this side of the hall to say hello to everyone. hours, if youwo live right here, we want to thank you for coming out. >> thank you so much for coming. a really important issue to many college students is campus sexual assault. this administration has proven their disinterest in this issue, so i want to know what your administration would do to combat sexual assault. [applause] student one: every every campus should be assured of their own safety and should be treated with respect and dignity. every woman, every man. makeschange to title ix it less likely that we can do that.
i would ask that we would restore title ix to its previous standard. i would make sure that the department of education plays a role both in the authorization and funding to make sure we have the resources to investigate domestic assault, violence, interviews on campus. i would make sure that perpetrators and assailants are held to the highest level of justice and that there is true accountability going forward. thank you for asking the question. i really appreciate you being here. thank you all for having us out today. thank you, keene state. we are grateful this is our first stop in new hampshire. we will see you soon. thank you. [applause] >> reddy, 1, 2, and 3. exit that way.
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>> my name is mila. mr. o'rourke: thank you for being here. thanks for coming out. appreciate it. thanks for joining us, appreciate it. >> 1, 2, 3. mr. o'rourke: thank you very much. >> 1, 2, 3. we got it. mr. o'rourke: thanks for being here. >> nice to meet you. thank you for coming. mr. o'rourke: thank you for welcoming us. thank you for joining us. thanks for having us out. >> we got it.
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mr. o'rourke: thank you for being here. >> 1, 2, 3. there we go. mr. o'rourke: thank you for coming out, appreciate it. >> thank you so much, that was awesome. >> my friend and i drove for an hour. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. thanks for coming out. nice to meet you. hi. >> i believe in you. mr. o'rourke: i believe in you, too. >> here we go, awesome. mr. o'rourke: thank you. how are you? >> it's nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: right on. >> that's a great picture. .> thank you so much >> 1, 2, 3. all right.
ready? on the count of three, 1, 2, 3. i was happy to. this is a great response, so thank you for being part of it. thanks for coming out. really appreciate it. >> how are you doing? >> i am well. i wanted to have a deeper conversation on health care because i know you ran on medicare for all, then pivoted away from that. i am also basically running a medicare for all campaign and have been briefed by debbie singles -- finkles. i love her, met her for the launch. my question is because you don't support that bill what do you support and will you protect us
from corporate greed of insurance companies? i am going bankrupt like in a year. and i have a good job, so i know there is people way worse off than i am. sorry, i'm taking up all your time. mr. o'rourke: i am glad you are asking. i love what camilla is doing. something called medicare for america. if you want to keep your insurance -- there are some who don't -- but if you want to keep it, you can. i think that reduces some anxiety. everyone else who does not have insurance or wants to move from employer insurance is enrolled in medicare. it is my opinion that it is the fastest way to get us to universal health care. >> as a transition?
mr. o'rourke: i agree with everyone -- >> that's the vision of what we need to get to and i want people to get on board with that. mr. o'rourke: thank you. >> thanks so much for taking the time. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. make sure that picture with the dalmatian gets uploaded? you.ce to meet mr. o'rourke: thank you for coming outcome i really appreciated. >> can we take a picture with you? mr. o'rourke: absolutely. >> we loved your senate race. >> thank you, i appreciate it. >> thank you so much.
>> thanks for coming. >> you are great. >> i love it. mr. o'rourke: thank you very much. >> that's right. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. how are you? what do you teach? .> i teach english it has been a great lesson. mr. o'rourke: you have done alright. >> thank you for what you do. >> thank you. mr. o'rourke: thank you for the public service. >> thank you. mr. o'rourke: hi, nice to meet you. >> thank you, we appreciate it. right on!ke: hey,
>> thank you for coming. >> thank you for coming. >> i wouldn't miss this. mr. o'rourke: thank you very much. >> we really appreciate it. mr. o'rourke: thanks for being here. thank you. >> i am in the high school robotics competition, an amazing program. the country needs more of it, and robotics education. we overhauled our country's education system and this is the time for programming. every high school in the country
, and i believe there are around 3000 schools who partner professional mentors of high school students. i think it is a great idea. mr. o'rourke: i will check it out. i had not heard of this before. >> absolutely great. mr. o'rourke: thank you, man. >> thank you. >> hi, nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. thank you for being here, i really appreciate it. tell me your name. >> i am isaac. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. >> i am really impressed that you are not taking any money from corporate pacs. it is really healthy for the system. mr. o'rourke: thank you.
how are you doing? >> great. mr. o'rourke: thank you so much for being here. >> that is nothing in particular. just looked cool. mr. o'rourke: cool. thank you. >> hello, nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you too. >> we got it. thank you! mr. o'rourke: hi. how are you. >> i appreciate you talking about the dignity of people. mr. o'rourke: thank you. >> 1, 2, 3, smile! >> thank you for supporting people of color. mr. o'rourke: thank you. nice to me either. thank you for welcoming us. >> it felt good.
>> hi, i am bacbeto. thank you for being here. >> thank you for coming up. i appreciate how you are treating climate change. i was wondering, do you support the green new deal? mr. o'rourke: i do. i know many of the details have yet to be worked out and i think that is part of the leadership we are working on. absolutely. i love this melenchon. -- i love this ambition. >> thank you. mr. o'rourke: hi, thanks for coming out. >> i am also one of your test -- -- one of your testers.
mr. o'rourke: thank you for helping us in the race. >> am already testing. i was testing when waiting for you. mr. o'rourke: tell me your name. >> ruth. mr. o'rourke: thank you so much. >> thank you so much for running. here.an, i am a professor mr. o'rourke: thank you. what do you teach? >> occupational health -- mr. o'rourke: nice. what is your name? >> jack. mr. o'rourke: right on, jack. jail? i am beto. thank you for coming out. hi, beto. >> sarah. thanks for coming out. mr. o'rourke: i appreciate it, thank you for the warm welcome here.
hi, beto. nice to meet you. >> thank you so much. they don't fish thank you. beto, nice to meet you. >> your question was really good. >> hello. beto: hello, nice to meet you. there you go. thank you. >> thank you so much. what is your name? >> andrew. thanks, andrew. thank you so much. i will just grab -- a little water break. thank you so much. hey, how are you. >> hi. can you commit to a green new a plan to get us entirely off fossil fuels including natural gas? mr. o'rourke: yes, i support the growing new deal. i think the goal has to be zero
emissions which as you know, we are both reducing our emissions but also capturing more of the in the air, i think that allows estimate the transition necessary. and it may just answer the specifics of the question, to completely stop emitting natural gases and to get tonight zero emissions. that is the language in the green new deal that i support. >> ok. mr. o'rourke: i appreciate it, thank you. >> thank you. >> same phone? >> yes, same phone. >> thank you. >> hi, i am mike. mr. o'rourke: great to see you. >> i have feeling an awful lot shorter. [laughter] mr. o'rourke: thank you for coming out.
jack, want to take a photo? let's do it. >> thank you. mr. o'rourke: thank you for coming out. really nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. nice to meet beto you. thank you for coming. >> thank you. beto.rourke: hi, thank you for coming out. nice to meet you. hey, there. >> nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you! >> thanks, a lot. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. thank you so much. how are you? thanks for being here. >> thank you. i am great.
mr. o'rourke: i am beto, what is your name? >> -- mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. >> there it is. all right, we've got it! told you like to check it make sure? all right. next. mr. o'rourke: thank you for coming out. >> thank you so much. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. what is your name? >> paul. mr. o'rourke: paul, great to meet you. sign right here. ok. >> thank you. i will get out of your way. mr. o'rourke: you've got it. >> thank you so much. mr. o'rourke: thank you, paul.
.i beto. nice to meet you. >> we were so worried that we would not get to do this. >> just bought that and didn't even think about this today. i made him go out to the car to get it! o'rourke: oh! all right! thank you so much for coming in. we appreciate it. nice to meet you, lord. >> thank you for coming out. .> i wouldn't miss it, laurie thank you. >> we are doing everything that we can. >> i appreciate it. mr. o'rourke: hello, how are you? >> nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you.
thank you for coming out. brian, nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. mr. o'rourke: thank you. what is your name? >> meg. mr. o'rourke: nice. nice to meet you. >> nice shot. >> thank you. mr. o'rourke: you're welcome. here you go. thank you for coming out. thank you so much. beto, what is your name? aaron.m mr. o'rourke: nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. i appreciate it. mr. o'rourke: do you have a camera you would like your picture taken with? >> yes. here you go.
right here. got a. mr. o'rourke: thank you very much. how are you? we've got it. thank you very much. hey, how are you? thank you. >> i appreciate it. are you a baseball fan? i am.rourke: [laughter] >> thank you. >> please to meet you. best of luck. mr. o'rourke: thanks for coming out. thank you very much.
>> hi. o'rourke: i like your phone case. >> thank you so much. the city you make of so far? mr. o'rourke: i love it. i really warm welcome. good questions, some tough questions, and a lot of kind words. at the end people came up and had, they were glad i was here. some traveled up to two hours to meet us. this is democracy at its finest. takes itsstate that responsibility to the rest of the country very seriously and i am grateful to participate in the process. >> in a tough swing state like the hampshire, how do you appeal to all voters. mr. o'rourke: you show up to everyone. we will go to every single county in new hampshire. we will never distinguish between red or blue, moral or arbor and, at the end of the day we are american -- rural or urban, at the end of
the day, we are americans first. that is the way i feel most comfortable running this race and that is what we are going to do in new hampshire. when you travel, you will go to a lot of rural places where industry is fading away. voters you tell those who are going for opportunity and looking for more jobs to coming to your direction? mr. o'rourke: we have to be able to invest in their communities. we also have to look at some of this president or to policies which have done significant and eventually lasting damage to so much of america. i was just in lordstown, ohio, where you see a shuttered gm plant. in i hear a lot of anxiety new hampshire about proposed cuts to the portsmouth navy yard and the jobs that are located there, so we are going to make
sure we are investing in our communities, investing in the workers who built this country's strength and success in the place. . . guaranteeing a living wage, ensuring that unions are strengthened and not diminished so that more people have a skill, trade and disciplined a command a living wage. we need a president that reflects all that ambition for people and communities, not corporations and the powerful and the wealthy. reporter: lowering the federal voting age to 16? mr. o'rourke: it isn't lost on me that so many people who come to these town hall meetings across the country are young. they are the leaders right now this minute on gun violence, on climate change, on health care for all. very often the youngest among us are leading this fight and demanding answers from those who seek positions of public trust. so i am open to the idea of a younger voting age. i want to listen to people, learn more about it. it is a new idea to me but i
have to tell you, there is merit in it just given the young number of people leading the conversation right now in so many parts of this country. reporter: new hampshire is struggling with an opioid epidemic. how would you address that? mr. o'rourke: i would listen to the people of the hampshire. i was talking to congresswoman any customer today -- c today.an annie we talked about accountability for those responsible for this in the first place. vast majority of everyone who overdoses on opioids first began with a legally prescribed medication. then they very often turn to street drugs like heroin or fentanyl. those who marketed the opioids to the public and said they were not addictive must face justice, consequences and accountability. those edits are to opioids must not face jail terms but instead
receive compassion and care and help long-term getting back on their feet. and the first responders, the techs, police officers, firefighters, often on the front line, and should be given every resource to be able to prevail in this fight. so i will listen to those communities and the leaders to make sure we and this scourge in america. reporter: you talk about d.r.e.a.m.e.r.s., we heard you talk about undocumented immigrants. what is your immigration policy? mr. o'rourke: left free those d.r.e.a.m.e.r.s. who already continued is so much to our country success. many fear of deportation to a country whose language they don't speak,. or they don't have family by making them u.s. citizens in this their home country, where there are as american as everyone else, even though it is not reflected in their documentation. let's not do that at the price of their parents, the original d.r.e.a.m.e.r.s., let's make
sure they have a path to citizenship. let's acknowledge that there are millions of americans who are working some of the toughest jobs in the shadows, sometimes paid less than the minimum wage. let's bring them out of the shadows, it will demonstrably make us safer. it will that is know who is in our communities. let us honor our asylum laws and international obligations for those who have no other home and have no other prospects than to come to this country. we don't need walls, we don't need to militarize our borders, we need to rewrite our immigration laws in those ways i just described that reflect our values about the reality of this ground, and the best tradition of this country. reporter: you have expressed support for changing the supreme court, changing the electoral college. is there any concern about these drastic changes to democratic institutions? mr. o'rourke: absolutely. at a time that almost every
single democratic institution, from the press to the judiciary, to the integrity of the ballot box is under attack from without this country and from within, i think we have very soberly decide these issues. but also at a time that our democracy is so corrupted and ineffectual, unable to pass budgets, unable to keep itself from closing down, and given the challenges we face, we need to do everything we can to make sure that it works. so, you are right. if we were to change the composition of the supreme court , shouldn't be done by democrats or republicans, it is a conversation for the entire country. may be reset term limits on those justices so we have more regular turnover and a greater ability to infuse new experiences and perspective on the highest court in the land. when it comes to the electoral college it is hard to explain to ourselves, we who purport to be the world's greatest democracy, that the person who got 3
million more votes was the loser in the last presidential election. we want more people to vote, we want everyone's vote to count and we should be but a count on the fact that the person who gets more popular votes will be the next president of the united states. . i want to make sure the conversation we have is a country, republicans and democrats, rural and urban communities, we need to free this democracy from the capture of big money. and we have to look at some of these institutional reforms, whether it is the supreme court, the electoral college, the filibuster in the senate, we have to get democracy in our institutions working again. reporter: do you support eliminating the filibuster? mr. o'rourke: it is something we should seriously consider. ensuring that every single american can see a doctor, an economy that works for all, a living wage for everyone working in this country, and combating climate change in the 12 years
left to us, we will need sure action out of our congress. so i want to make sure that there isn't the obstruction that stands in the way of getting that action and that changes that so many americans desperately want to see. reporter: yesterday bernie sanders says he was unionizing his campaign. is that something you would consider for your campaign? mr. o'rourke: absolutely. in those who work on this campaign and who comprise what hope will be the largest grassroots u effort this nation has ever seen, i want to unionize. in a want to make sure that we are paying the living wage for everyone working in the campaign, excellent health care, child care, so everyone can work, whatever their conditions are. if the employees want to unionize, i absolutely support that. i will release an update tomorrow morning on my fundraising and i'm very excited to share that with you. reporter: the topic of gun rights continues to be an issue. mr. o'rourke: i'm sorry, this
tournament has been waiting patiently. come forward. wondering onas student loan forgiveness, or are some things you would want to add to the public service loan forgiveness program that started in 2007. would you elaborate on that a little bit? mr. o'rourke: sure, there is no shortage of knees in this country, no shortage of communities that are shrinking and diminishing in size that need people to move back over to the first place. i mentioned service to veterans who put their lives on the line for this country, and a v.a. that is putting a thousand positions unfilled right now. i mentioned teaching in schools. that are lacking or school teachers who are not moving into the profession or not moving to a given community. if we look back to one of the greatest efforts of building and
rebuilding in this country in the wake of the great depression, as we still recover from the great recession, conservation corps, improving access to public lands, making sure our communities receive the attention and care that they need, whether that is infrastructure or upkeep, or whether it is quality-of-life amenities that make those communities competitive and livable, think all of those are forms of public service that we should expect from one another. reporter: a lot of talk about 5g right now. in new hampshire, there are pretty substantial broadband issues. with all that debate and the ideas about huawei in china, or would you do to try to keep rural communities involved in keepe innovations and them from lagging behind in the country? mr. o'rourke: i didn't know that
about hampshire. in pennsylvania a representative told me that it'd percent of rural pennsylvania does not have broadband internet. texas, 50% of the role part of the state can't get online. education,sh her starting a business, anything involving the internet becomes almost impossible. back to this point about dwindling smaller and rural communities. a tracking people back if they can't get online is going to be close to impossible. the fdrtioned administration in your last question and i will mention it again. fdr devised the rural electrification administration to make sure communities around the country could have electricity. so that the first grader could by electric light in texas the same way they could in new york, boston, or london. i think a partnership with communities for broadband
internet makes sense. every single person i have talked to in these rural communities doesn't want to hand out, but they want to partner work.hom they can the model from 1937, where you establish cooperatives, where everyone came together to ensure you could make this communities competitive might very well be the model we are looking for. going forward in this country. thank you. one more. reporter: what are your advantages compared to the other democratic candidates? mr. o'rourke: that will be something for the voters of the hampshire and this country to decide. some things and want him to know about me, i am a lifelong thesident of u.s.-mexico border, small business owner who met a payroll every week and know what that is like to hire, create jobs, expand economic development and opportunity in a community that was desperate for those kinds of jobs, like el paso. served on a nonpartisan city
council, we just had to get things done for those constituents that we served. every year there was in congress, i was in the minority, so the only thing to get anything done for veterans, for preserving public lands, improving border safety, all was done with the republican finding common ground. conceding a little bit so that the party do not become the enemy of the good. iran in a state that was called democrat, run it as a that was 50th in the nation in voter turnout, we went to every county. voter turnout amongst young people up 500%, saw a state that went from that last to moving up, to being a state that is at the table, a state that some believe will have a seat at the table and a democratic -- in the democratic nominating process and a seat at the table at
selecting the next president. going to texans are become a priority for the presidential candidates, and that is good for texas, it is good for this country, and it is something i hope to be able to bring to this national campaign. reporter: do you think you could win texas if you were the nominee? mr. o'rourke: yes, i think we could win texas, i think we have proven that we know how to campaign. we went to each of those 254 counties, we listened to the stories our fellow texans told us and we incorporated it in the way we campaign and the way i serve. so thank you for coming out. i hope to see you in new hampshire the next coming days. thank you. thank you for coming out. [chatter] >> once tv was three giant
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