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against women act or for gun control in a little bit more of a comfortable position, because the nra can chin up their supporters to call into congress and urge them to vote for this and that, and they are going to be grading members on how they vote on this bill. and members could potentially go back to their district and say yes, i voted against the violence against women act, but it is not because of the violence against women portion, but because of guns. >> daniel neuhauser, we will keep following your 'sporting at national journal website and on your twitter. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. >> ♪ oh say can you see by the don's early light. once so proudly we hailed at the
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it is so good to see all of you here today to celebrate the launch of a historic presidential campaign. [cheers and applause] everyone who is here from out of town, everyone who is here from all over the united states, welcome to the beautiful, magical, [inaudible] [cheers and applause] my friends, we have so much to celebrate, and be excited about. the eyes of the nation are upon us. the eyes of the nation are
watching. [cheers and applause] and we have two people who have made that happen. the first is donald trump. [booing] the second is our friend beto o'rourke. [cheers and applause] we are living through an incredible time in american history. andlast couple of years every day, every moment leading is an incredible moment in american history. and indeed, it is a test for all of us in american history. us is about how we face the biggest challenges of our generation.
and the border has been at the center of that test. [cheers and applause] we have, unfortunately, borne witness to some of the worst cruelty of our generation that is emanating from the oval office and the white house. [booing] is a moment in american history when our grandchildren will be reading about what has happened in our history books, and they will be asking, how did anyone let that happen? when they read about children, even a newborn being taken from the arms of her mother, put into cages, children put into cages at the hands of the american government, our grandchildren are going to ask, how did we let that happen?
when they read about asylum seekers being turned away at ports of entry, they are going to ask, how did we let that happen? when they learn the who diedf children seeking a better life once they crossed our border and came into our custody, they are going to ask, how did we let that happen? when they see the photographs of this week of families being corralled under a bridge, they are going to ask, how did we let that happen? but i will tell you, my friends. in that history book, there will be a chapter on the border and on el paso. will be written about how a deal -- how to deal challenges ofest
our generation with charity, goodwill, kindness and generosity, because that is who we are. [cheers and applause] in the face of crushing cruelty, the crushing cruelty has not broken us. it has not crushed us. in fact, our community, el paso, texas, the u.s.-mexico border has risen to the challenge, and we have been a shining light in a moment of darkness. [cheers and applause] arms andpened up our we have embraced the vulnerable. we have closed, we have cared for and given respite to some of the most vulnerable people arriving at our front
door, and we have done is because it is the right thing to do and we have done it because we want to show the rest of the country what it means to be american. [cheers and applause] >> at this moment in american greatestwith the challenges before us, challenges about how we are going to educate our kids, how we will create an economy that works for everyone, how we will ensure face climate change in a way that we preserve our planet for future generations. [cheers and applause] we need a leader. we need a leader, and we need to that those monumental challenges are not bigger than us. we are bigger than them. we are bigger than them. [cheers and applause] than to take on
this challenge with the border at the center of so many to date than a son of the border? beto o'rourke. [cheers and applause] >> [inaudible] we are sending them our best. [cheers and applause] we are sending a candidate who is so deeply rooted in the -- theof goodness and values of goodness and charity, the values that have in on display in america here in our hometown. i candidate who has given everything he has -- a candidate who has given everything he can to public service. a family that has given everything they can in sacrifice
for service. when we watched beto take on the senate race, we saw a public servants that wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. power to the powerless. someone who wants to [inaudible] [cheers and applause] and now we are going to do this at a national level. but we need all of you. we need all of you, my friends. this is a huge battle. and i'm not talking about the battle against democrats, because we are not going to insult our fellow democrats. inare not going to engage the way that others are engaged in. we are going to lift each other
up. we are going to lift each other up and we are going to win. that is what we are going to do, and we are going to win. [cheers and applause] now, we are going to win in a way that gets all of us dignity and pride, in the same way that we engage with one another here in el paso, we are going to frome with the country, every state, every community, every pocket. how proudot tell you i am to know that someone, a islandfrom the new ellis will be leading us on that journey. [cheers and applause]
so thank you, el paso. thank you for the privilege you have given me to be your congresswoman, and thank you for the support that you are giving our next president of the united states of america, beto o'rourke. [cheers and applause] [inaudible] our next speaker -- >> we need beto -- >> beto. beto. beto. >> our next speaker is a dreamer, the exact type of person who example five the hope and the dignity of the american immigrant's experience.
please welcome them to the stage. [applause] >> all right. thank you for that wonderful introduction, and to congresswoman veronica escobar. i hope you are excited as i am today. [cheers and applause] i am a former daca beneficiary and a proud el pasoan. [cheers and applause] i cannot express, i cannot express how happy i am to be a part of this city. for decades, el paso, a city of immigrants, has been at the forefront for social justice. it is also home to the university of texas el paso. [cheers and applause] one of the largest universities to have a majority mexican-american student
demographic. [cheers and applause] many of those are sons and daughters of immigrants. throughout the year, we had experienced with these consequences firsthand. a --ve seen it become research university. a top producer of hispanic engineers. [cheers and applause] ms. cheda: all while maintaining our city's rich culture and demographic. the city of el paso has seen similar success. it is one of the safest cities in the united states of america. [cheers and applause] two if you want potential, el paso and el pasoans have a strong history of social reform. and it is no prize that we stand here today with one of those leaders. ready to take on one of the most
drastic campaigns this country has ever seen. [cheers and applause] ms. cheda: i remember almost exactly two years ago, in the gallery of the plaza, where bento and amy --beto and amy announced his bid for senate. he was so patient and so incredibly genuine with every single person that, right at that moment, i knew he was not like any other candidate we had ever seen. , i raced toited find ways to help his campaign. that feeling was shared by so many, and it is evident in how successful his campaign was. [cheers and applause] 's impact wasto felt nationwide, energizing voters not only in texas, but across this country. now, we are here today, feeling more empowered than ever before, inspired not only by beto,
but the people he has reached. i support beto because he will support us, not deny us. [cheers and applause] ms. cheda: he will listen and not dismiss. include, not reject. regardless of your party, race, or gender. this is what our country so desperately needs, to stand up for each other and those who cannot do so currently in this country. for showing, beto, us what politics should be. [cheers and applause] ms. cheda: and thank you to amy o'rourke. not only because none of this would be possible without you, but for everything you have done
for this community. i have had the pleasure of interacting with amy on multiple occasions, and there is no doubt you are standing in front of a leader. one with her character who has impacted this community in so many ways. caring for families and kids, guiding our community for a better education for the future generations. amy o'rourke is going to help lead this nation. [cheers and applause] in a sense, they are here for every child in america, and there is a bright future in every single one of us, no matter your record. see what willd to happen on the campaign in the years to follow. on behalf of everyone here, beto and amy, we are so proud of you. [cheers and applause] ms. cheda: with that being said, please welcome amy o'rourke.
ms. o'rourke: good morning. >> good morning! ms. o'rourke: i am so, so excited to be here with everyone today. so many familiar faces, so many people that have been with us from the very beginning. it's amazing. [cheers and applause] as many of you know, i was not raised in el paso. i moved here in 2004, thinking i would be here for a year max. i wanted to be close to family. i wanted to get more experienc , teaching, and little did we know, that was not at all what was in store. a few months after moving here, beto and i were set up on a blind date.
[cheering] ms. o'rourke: it was a magical first date. we walked over the border, had to drink that the kentucky pub. -- had drinks at the kentucky pub, and strolled around for hours. and what was so clear to me was that beto was deeply passionate and committed to el paso. [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: he was, on our very first date, trying to get me to change my plan and give el paso a shot. [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: later on, when we were engaged, he won his longshot race for city council. we married a few months later, and like some of you, the first few years of marriage were not necessarily easy, but they were so exciting because we were so in love and needed to work in this community.
we were also starting a family. we had three babies in four years. [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: we are so proud of them, and they are here now. [cheers and applause] [inaudible] ms. o'rourke: i love you! served on the city council for six years, and i do not think this is a secret, but when he first approached me about running for u.s. congress, i was not excited. i was very concerned. it wouldaid about what do to our family, and i was afraid it might change who beto was. so, just like the city council race, we got after it, started knocking on doors, talking to people, and what was so clear to me was there was so much important work before us that we
needed to put everything behind, to work for the people of el paso. [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: and there is nothing more he loves the to come home, being in el paso, hiking in the mountains, to explore the wilderness and be with friends. beto has not changed. so when the time came, i was confident about our decision to run for the u.s. senate, and i cannot tell you what an amazing experience that was. i saw how so many of you here today supported everything that you had in that campaign. [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: i was inspired by your endless energy, your
dedication, your willingness, and everything else that was going on in your lives. you worked tirelessly for the campaign, for the state of texas, and this country. [cheers and applause] [inaudible] ms. o'rourke: in your homes, in parks, at cafes, thousands of people were making their voices heard. it was unbelievable. [cheers and applause] the decision to run for president was not an easy one. beto and i thought how difficult it had been to spend so much time apart, and we also thought how amazing it was it had been to finally be back together, so we needed that, and we needed the time to be able to
do that. but at the end of the day, we knew that we had to do everything we possibly could in this moment. this is a very, very challenging time for our country. [cheers and applause] if we do this the way we have always done it, stay positive, bring as many people as we possibly can in -- [cheers and applause] ms. o'rourke: we will only strengthen our democracy. givese people is what beto strength. it gives him a context in which he can think about policy and the things you want to do for this great country. [cheers and applause] the people -- ms. o'rourke: the people of this country are its greatest gift, and we are so excited to embark on this journey with all of you together.
mr. o'rourke: thank you. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: thank you all for being here. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: let's hear it for veronica escobar. let. fo -- let's hear it for mariel, and let's hear it for amy o'rourke, who killed it. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: i love you. so grateful for everyone who is here today. so grateful to this community of el paso. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: and i am very grateful to each one of you who made the trip to come here and join us in our hometown in this community. [cheers and applause] >> we love you.
it was really important for amy and me to launch this campaign from el paso. this is the city where i was born. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: it's the city where melissa and pat o'rourke raised me, my sisters erin and charlotte, it is the same city where amy and i are raising our three kids. [cheers and applause] and perhaps, most -- perhaps, mostand importantly, el paso to me represents america at its very best. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: for more than 100 hass, this community welcomed generations of immigrants from across the rio grande, souls having traveled that hundreds of miles, some having traveled
thousands of miles. trying to escape from violence and crushing poverty to find a better life in this country for themselves and for their kids, that's for sure. but also because they were called to contribute to our share in success and live in this country's greatness, and they have. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: el paso has been home to leaders in the struggles of civil rights and workers rights. the mexican-americans who led the chicano movement. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: the women in this the strike.anized [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: and black el paso ns like selma wright, who not only secured voting rights in this state, but were sure that el paso would be among the first state in the former confederacy -- first places in
the former confederacy to desegregate and implement further education. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: with the largest binational community in this hemisphere. running, weears -- citiesone of the of the united states of america. -- safest cities of the united states of america. we are saved, we are a of immigrants and asylum seekers. we are safe because we are a of immigrants and asylum seekers. we have learned not to fear our differences, but to respect and embrace them. we see the languages spoken in this community, the traditions, the cultures as a strength for el paso. understandnd, we that we are, in the words of dr.
king, caught an inescapable network. time is a single garment of destiny. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: this community has offered me my inspiration in life and every single opportunity that i have had. from the world-class public school teachers at my elementary school who believed in me and sought to bring out the very best in me. to the small business community, who allowed me to work for them as we were starting our own small business here in this community, and those who joined this, creating high skill, high wage, high-value jobs in this community and so much talent, and looking for a way to express itself. for those community leaders, border network for human rights, annunciation house, the women's
march, you have shown me what leadership is. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: you elected me in 2005 to serve this community on the city council. not as a democrat, not as a republican, but as an el pasoan. working with our fellow el improve this community, turn around our mass transit system, to invest in neighborhood that peoples, to protect ours public -- our public spaces and to never shy away from the fights above us. [inaudible] regardless of the recall elections that would follow. we won a race against the odds and against the establishment to represent el paso in the united states congress.
[cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: we ran by talking and listening to you about tough issues, like the veteran suicides that follows the fact that we had the longest cut for mental health care in the country. we talked about a war on drugs ,hat has come a war on people and thanks to you, once in office, we were able to deliver. we helped to turn around the v.a. in el paso, expand mental health care for veterans nationally -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: expand our protected public spaces, improve our security and our connections with mexico in investing in our ports of entry. having the backs of every single iesvicemember and their family stationed here or around the world. you helped or you helped me to fight.
those are public and colleagues -- -- those republican walkagues that i can across the aisle or drive across the country to get the job done for el pasoans and the united states, and we did. and el paso, it was your story that i told all over texas, in every single one of these 254 counties. pacs, all the time. [cheers and applause] everyonerke: counts, everyone matters, so we showed up everywhere to listen to mehdi -- everyone. nevada are how red, how blue, or how purple. we showed up. we encouraged willingness and ability to learn from those who saw in the senate. and although we did not win that
race, we came awfully close. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: we all got to be part of something absolutely transformational in our lives and in this democracy of this state. votes from republicans and independents, and expanded the number of democrats that voted in an election in this state. this state, which before 2018 had -- in voter turnout, this year we saw voter turnout approaching presidential year levels. this state sought young voter over the last0% midterm election. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: this state and its 38 electoral votes count like they have never counted before, all of us have a seat at the table.
all of us matter. the united states house of representatives, two new members of congress from texas, both democrats, elected into what we were told to believe were safe republican seats. the composition of the state legislature has changed, and in houston, texas, 17 african-american women went into judicial positions. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: literally changing the face of criminal justice in our cities. and you did that. you did that. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: your votes, your willingness to volunteer, the offices that you hunted in your home, that is how we made this happen. and that is why i am so glad to be here with you today in my , totown, in my home state
announce that i am running to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. beto. -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: thank you. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: this is a campaign for america. for everyone in america. like so many of you here, like so many more across the country, at this defining moment, amy and i want you to know that we have done everything within our power for this country. and although we know it comes that some sacrifice to our family, especially to our kids, we also know that our children and that your children and the generations that follow them are depending on us.
now, at this moment, this is our moment of truth. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: this is our moment of truth, and we cannot be bound -- found wanting. the challenges before us are the greatest of our lifetimes. and an economy that works too well for too few, and not at all for too many more. wherealth care system, millions are unable to see a doctor or are well enough to live to their full potential, and the catastrophe that will follow additional climate change, fading before our very inaction. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: we must overcome these challenges, but we must ,irst ask ourselves how this the wealthiest, the most powerful country on the face of the planet, the most powerful
, hasry in world history found itself in such a perilous position? for too long in this country, the powerful have maintained their privilege at the expense of the powerless. fear and division in the same way that our current president use and -- uses fear and division. [booing] mr. o'rourke: based on the differences between us between race, ethnicity, geography, or religion to keep us apart, to make us angry, to make us afraid of ourselves and of one another. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: unrestrained money and influence has warped the priorities of this country. it has corrupted our democracy. it has invited recidivism and
mistrust and the endangerment of millions of federal of -- of fellow americans who see the government in thrall to buy the powers of those who pay for access and outcomes. this is the only check against this inner shell of power, the only way to free our institutions of their capture and corruption, and the only which we can lift the lives of our fellow americans. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: but when the safeguards of this democracy are manipulated by those in power, wind members of congress can -- when members of congress can choose their own voters, when the supreme court decides that corporations are people and money is speech, when pacs and special interests and by the
outcomes -- can buy the outcomes of elections, and would voting rights are not expanded, but fundamentally withdrawn, we run the risk of becoming a democracy in name only. and the idea that we are founded on the principle of we are all created equal to it will opportunity is seen as a lie to experiencedve gross differences in outcomes with education, health care, economic advancement, or justice. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: so, whatever our differences, where you live, who , forve, to whom you pray whom you voted in the last election, let those differences not define us or divide us at this moment. forward,ee -- going before we are anything else, we are americans first.
[cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: we are americans -- thisnd we will country before us. so, if you believe in guaranteed, high quality universal health care -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: because you have seen the cost and the consequence of millions of our fellow americans who have no health care or do not have enough health care, then let us and policy will begin by prioritizing , tocription -- medications bring down the cost of our premiums and deductibles in this country. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: and in this ourtry, where too many of
fellow americans are dying of diabetes in the year 2019, dying of the flu, dying of curable in ars in a community, state, in a country where one of the largest providers of mental health care services is a county jail system, and in a nation that is in the midst of of a maternal mortality crisis, three times as deadly for women of olor, let us ensure that universal health care means we can see a primary care provider, all of us can get mental health care and that universal means every woman makes her own decisions about her own body. [cheers and applause] we could give every american, every business in this country the choice to enroll in medicare without
eliminating plans that many americans like for their family, because those plans worked for their families. to see a doctor, everyone able to afford their prescriptions, everyone able to take their child to a therapist. no one left behind. no one priced out. we must get to universal guaranteed, high-quality health care as soon as we must. we can. economy that in an works for all, i want to make sure that everyone has a chance begin with so let's the very youngest among us and invest in a world-class public school system, pre-k through 12, everywhere in every community. [cheers and applause] let's dorke: and then
this -- let's pay our teachers what they are worth. a living wage. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: there is no reason that any educator, any teacher should be working to work three jobs when they have the most -- two or three jobs when they have the most important job of all -- once we do that, there is no stopping those kids. there is no stopping this country. when they graduate from high school, let's make sure they are college ready and career ready. ready to go on to get higher education. [cheers and applause] ready to go tond a job that provides purpose and pays a real paycheck. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: speaking of that, let's also insist that we will not continue to diminish the power of unions. we will strengthen unions in this country. unions who insist that one job
should be enough for every single american. unions who will help us to for thatpprenticeships young woman or man graduating from high school. the grandparent raising their kids, the worker whose job has been automated out of existence. apprenticeships will make sure we have the skills to command a living salary or the rest of your life. let's strive for that going forward. [cheers and applause] and in rural america, we want to lift up rural america. listeningn by to rural america. partner with them in hospitals, schools, infrastructure, and ensure that every borrower, every rancher, every grower, every producer can make a profit what the globe, not just america -- grow to feed
the globe, not just america, but across the world. those farmers, like anyone else, want to make sure we are meeting the challenge of climate change before it is too late. let's open up technologies to for to provide an incentive town during the particles we are currently imaging in the air. i want to make sure that your gender, your race, your family does not prevent you from benefiting in this economy, so let's do a few things. pay women equal to what men make in this country. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: let's sign into law paid family leave for every single family in this country. let's ban workplace discrimination. and let's do this -- let's make sure there is access to capital for communities who have
effectively been shut out of access to capital, loans and the ability to build well in this country for generations. [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: and if we believe in justice for all in the face of the largest prison population onecapita on this planet, disproportionately comprised of olor, we must do the following -- not only end the federal prohibition on marijuana -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: not only expunge the arrest records of everyone arrested for possession of something that is legal in more than half the country -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: we must not only cash bailail -- end and for-profit prisons in the united states of america -- [cheers and applause] mr. o'rourke: but we must also confront the c -- the legacy of
certain communities that have been criminalized and cut down based on the caller of their legacy and the consequences of slavery and segregation and the continuing suppression of our fellow americans is the only way we begin to repair the damage and keep ourselves from committing the same injustices. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: if we truly believe we are a country of immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees, the very premise of our strength, success and our security, lettuce free every single dreamer from any fear of deportation. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: let's bring millions more out of the shadows and onto a path to contribute to their maximum potential.
let us not only follow this but let'sasylum laws, make sure we never take another child from another mother at the most desperate and vulnerable moment. let us reunite every single one of those families that are still separated today. let us remember that every single one of us, including those who are just three or four blocks from here dick cheney under the international bridge -- behind chain-link fence and wire, they are our fellow human beings and deserve to be treated like our fellow human beings. [cheers]
']hanting 'bet mr. o'rourke: we will find security, not through walls, not through militarization. on the ports of entry that connect us to the rest of the world so we have an idea of who we want coming in here, to facilitate the trade and travel. our officers and border patrol agents. we will treat every single american for the dignity and respect they are owed as americans and as human beings. if we are really serious about security, we have a golden opportunity. republicans, independents, democrats alike to work on comprehensive immigration reform, to rewrite this country's immigration laws in our own image. with our own values.
and in the best traditions of the united states of america. [cheers] ]chanting 'beto' mr. o'rourke: for all of the veterans here in el paso, a community that has distinguished itself in service to this country going back to marcelino serno in world war i. he went to france for the u.s. army and quebec the most highly decorated -- and came back the most highly decorated veteran of the state of texas. vietnam, toers in every man and woman who has their life on the line for this country, if we truly appreciate your service, not only will we make sure that we made the investment in the v.a. to care for you when you return from having borne the battle, connected to service in combat,
post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, we will ensure that is a roof over the head of every veteran who is sleeping on the street tonight. it,then if we really mean if we really mean it, we will ensure this country does not start another war before every peaceful diplomatic nonviolent alternative is explored and pursuit, and those wars that we ask our fellow americans, the service members to fight on our behalf 17 years and counting in afghanistan, 27 years in iraq, we will bring these wars to the close and bring these service numbers back home to their families, to their communities, and to their country. [cheers] yearsrourke: if after 300
of the might meant we can still -- of the and lighten meant -- nlightment listening to the scientists who tell us this world has warmed one degrees celsius since 1980, in the fires and the drugs and the man-made natural disasters will only get worse if this warms is our degree, this moment with little more than 10 years to spare to do everything in our power to free this economy, dependence on fossil fuels, free it from gas emissions, and to ensure as we made the investment in new technologies and renewable energy that everyone has the chance to benefit from this new economy, especially those
communities, lower income and too often of color that have born the brunt of climate change so far. this country has shown that we can do it. when the western world faced the existential threat of nazi germany or than 80 years ago, this country harvest the political will of hundreds of millions in the western democracy not only to win the the following in the years to make the world safe for democracy and deliver millions into the middle class. this is our opportunity to do something for a far greater existential threat, not just for those with us today but for the people of the future, our kids and grandkids and every generation that succeeds them. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: we have to once again reassert our role on the world stage. in order to do this, but if we
do that, we have to strengthen these historic friendships and alliances. so many of them forged in sacrifice, the service of men and women who put their lives on the line and lost their lives to this country. let us make sure that sacrifice was not squandered. let us make sure we strengthen those alliances. these love affairs with dictators and strongmen all over the world. [cheers] respect of thehe people around the world, not just by how we treat those in other countries, but how we treat those within our country. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: and how we treat those at the borders of our country. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: if we do that, we can make sure we want to get become the indispensable nation, convening the other nations
around some of our shared challenges. like climate change, nuclear disarmament, like ending these wars we are currently engaged in. we can do for ourselves what no other country can, and we have an opportunity at this moment to reprioritize this hemisphere, those countries and people who are literally connected to us by land. we can try and solve the problems of central america here at our front door at the texas-mexico border. we can invest in the opportunity to help people in central america where they are at home. it is our choice. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: but to do any of this we have got to understand that our country's success depends on the success of this democracy. it is the single greatest mechanism that humankind has ever devised to call forth the power, the potential and the
genius of a people around their challenges and opportunities. so, every single citizen must be able to vote and every vote must count. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: as president i will sign into law a new voting rights act. together we will end gerrymandering. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: we will get big money out of politics. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: and all across this country we will have automatic and same-day voter registration. that is what we must do. [cheers] a bold political democracy is only possible if we pursue a true economic democracy. every child, everyman, every woman in this country must be able to see a future for themselves in this country. otherwise this country will have no future as a democracy.
[cheers] mr. o'rourke: [speaking spanish] [cheers] [chanting] we will not allow ourselves to be defined by our fears or differences. instead we shall be known for ever after by our ambitions, our aspirations, to resolve, the creativity, the service and sacrifice we brought to bear in order to achieve them. our ability to campaign in this way with people, not cs, thetions or pas
people who come together to ensure that we win the nomination, to ensure we defeat donald trump. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: but people in every state and every territory, from every walk of life coming together to show the power of people is what is necessary to ensure for us to accomplish our priorities. i am so grateful to be able to run, to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. [cheers] mr. o'rourke: i am so grateful for everyone if you who has joined or will join this sacrifice some parts of your life towards success of this great country. together we can make sure that america fulfills its promise for
>> on capitol hill the house would consider reauthorization of the violence against women act, which expired in february. it is aimed at preventing abuse and providing resources for victims. members are expected to take of a senate resolution to end u.s. military involvement in yemen's civil war. in the senate work continues on a bill to provide $13 billion in aid to areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. also, a resolution to shorten the amount of time the senate has to consider certain nominations from 30 hours to two hours. you can watch the house live on c-span, and the senate live on c-span2. night on "afterwards,"
george papadopoulos details his role in the 2016 presidential campaign in his book "deep state target: how i got caught in the crosshairs of the plot to bring down president trump." arus interview by n avishwanava. believe it was in the interest of the campaign for candidate trump to meet with vladimir putin. >> you believe it was a primary foreign-policy objectives? >> yes, donald trump and in espousing for months they need to work with russia at a geopolitical level, economic level to combat isis. sundayh "afterwards," night on book tv on c-span2. ♪ washington journal,
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