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he was furious with them when they misused emails because that is what he had gone after hillary clinton with. that forced him to say, can you get rid of them? make life so unpleasant they do not want to work here? trump can't pull the trigger on his own daughter. he seems to forget about it. >> sunday on c-span2. democratic candidates were among the featured speakers people"019 "we the summit on monday. this is about one hour 25 minutes. >> hey, all. wow. all right.
how are we doing? good. [chanting in a foreign language] ok. all right. welcome back. are you ready for some real democracy? [applause] ok. now that everyone is fed, let's get going with our next candidate. senator amy klobuchar is the first woman in the united states senate in minnesota's history. of an the granddaughter iron ore miner, the daughter of a newspaper man, and elementary school teacher, and has spent her career asking tough
questions and working to get things done. she was run as the most effective democratic senator in the last congress. feat. she hasll taken on dark money, voter suppression, and you might remember her as playing a powerful role in the nomination of brett kavanaugh to the supreme court. welcome,ve her a warm amy klobuchar. hey, everyone. i wore my planned parenthood pink. alsold have worn purple, the color of minnesota's prince.
it is wonderful to be here. they say the ark of the moral universe is long. you are the welders that are short you probably saw that i announced my candidacy for presidency in the middle of a blizzard. like a foot of snow coming on my head. after i did that, the president took me on on climate change in one of his tweets and actually called me snow woman. you know what i said to him? i would like to see how your a blizzard,air in mr. umbrella. i chose that plays to announce my candidacy because i want to make the point that it is time for us to cross the river of our divide. to take something that you take care of every day, a bridge of our democracy to a higher plane
in our politics. we have someone in the white house right now that is trying to fracture our sense of community every single day. he somehow thinks that organized hate is more powerful than unorganized love. maybe he is right but how do we respond to that? we organized. we organize and that is how we went. here is my background. it is an organizing background. my grandfather worked
went on to get to go all over the world because of that the great. my mom grew up in milwaukee, the site of our convention in 2020. she got a teachers agree and moved to minnesota. why? because they had strong teachers union. she ended up teaching second grade until she was 70 years old. i still have people come up to me and tell me she was their favorite teacher. i stand before you today as a granddaughter of an iron or miner, the dot or of a teacher and newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the united states senate from the state of minnesota and a candidate for president of the united states. [applause] dreams in this country are all about. no matter who you know, the matter what you look like in the matter who you love, you can get
ahead in this country and that is why i am running for president. what i have seen in this white house is a tear down every day of our democracy. i no one of the things that unite all of you is this work to make sure that we have a strong democracy. when you look at what has been going on, this is what i think we need to do. number one, restore the voting rights act. number two, pass my bill to register every eligible voter when they turn 18. that would fix all of this stuff. number three, stand up for civil liberties. we have a president in the white house that literally tweets what he wants every single day but does not respect the amendment that allows him to do it. we don't just tolerate the first amendment, we embrace it. stand up for an independent judiciary and stop these judges
that are trying to take us back to 1972 when women did not have a right to choose what they do with our bodies. that means funding planned parenthood and that means standing up against -- this guy thinks that doctors should not be making your decision and working with you. he thinks he should. we stand up against that. we also spend up against racial inequality and for civil liberties in this country. that means not just the first step back, but the second step back. finally, immigration reform. i'm so tired of hearing in talk about immigration the way he does, because to me, immigrants do not diminish america. they are america. [applause] things that we have seen this president to is he tries to talk about the game. instead, we see more and more
dark money coming into our politics. i'm someone who thoroughly believes we need to judge people on the merits. we need to allow people to run. in my life, when i first ran for senate, no one could pronounce my name and i ended up calling people all over the country because no one would call me back. i finally ended up calling everyone i knew in my life and raised an all-time senate record. i raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends. i did that. as my husband has pointed out, it is not an expanding base. if we want a real democracy, we need to pass aggressive finance reform and get the dark money out of these politics. guess what?we can do two things at once . maintain our democracy and have an optimistic economic agenda. that means supporting unions and raising the minimum wage to $15
an hour, right? that means making sure that we take on and get to universal health care and take on those big pharma companies to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. i want you to remember that we can do this. i'm someone who has gotten everywhere i have gotten, when i was running against someone who had a lot more money than me and a lot more connections. i did it because i've got grit. i know you have that too. you look at what you have done since the president got sworn into office. peoplet day, millions of marched all over this world. we marched easily and we marched. the next day, 6000 women signed up for office and now we are up to 30,000. on day 10 after that mean-spirited muslim then, the horrible refugee order. people spontaneously showed up at the airports all around the
country and protested. who does that on a saturday night? you did it and they did it. family --, my favorite march. the march for science. what do we want? science. when do we want it? after peer-reviewed. we march for science and we march to do something about climate change. as you are president, i will get us back into the international climate change agreement on day one. you go through the summer when we stood up against the mean-spirited repeal of the affordable care act, every single democrat stood together in the united states senate and said no, you were not going to kick off little toddlers with down syndrome off of their parents insurance for pre-existing condition. we took them on and we won. you go through the fall and that incredible, incredible victory against racism and for decency and for dignity.
doug jones won that race in the state of alabama. that happened. or my favorite legislator races in virginia, new jersey, where a woman actually won and she beat a guy who at the days of the women's march who said i hope they will be home in time to make dinner. he got beaten by a woman. then, you go forward into the rest of the year where you saw those students marched in unity, those parkland students joined by kids all across the country that said no, we're not going to take this anymore. law enforcement tried, everyone has tried. guess what? after those kids marched, they voted. we get bested by a bunch of 17-year-old to get common sense gun legislation. that is the right thing to do. that is what has happened in this country. and then you go to 2018 where all of you stood and we worked together.
i was leading our ticket in minnesota in the state donald trump almost won. you know what we did? i went to every single county. i went to every single congressional district. i led the ticket of two senate needs, the governor seat. i won for the third time in a row from rural to urban, every single congressional district, including michele bachmann. then, you look at what we did. we won the governor's race together in the state of kansas and beat kris kobach. we did that. we won in wisconsin and beat scott walker, the antiunion activist. we did that. you look at the arc of the moral universe where we are headed. as long as we stay together and we organize and we beat out the organized eight with organize people, we will win in 2020 together. thank you, everyone.
[applause] >> thank you. all right. come on and join us, senator. thank you for that. you talk about those wins and there is no group that knows better that when we fight, we win. when we organize -- >. w> we win. >> i want to let you know we have a few questions. just in case you get a little bit too excited, i will give you a tap on the shoulder. the first question for senator klobuchar is coming from douglas sloan. a lifelong washingtonian. douglas serves as the first vice president of the d.c. naacp chapter. he's deeply politically engaged in the district, having served in the mayor's office of community affairs, the judiciary committee of the d.c. city council and as a liaison between the council and local business associations and the local school board. douglas hurley works --
currently works with the national capital strategy group. douglas, it is you. >> thank you. thank you. thanks for coming, senator. thanks for everyone out here for showing up. give yourselves a hand. love to see all of this energy. central election cycle, 700,000 residents of the district of columbia are effectively disenfranchised because we do not have voting senators in congress -- and congressmen. thee are 700,000 residents, majority of which are people of color. subvertscontinually the will of the people in the e district of columbia, often through gun control or a woman's right to choose. this is un-american. my question to you is will you
support the existing legislation that was introduced by a nonvoting delegate eleanor holmes norton? h.r. 51 for statehood. what will you do to ensure that statehood and self-determination for the citizens of the district of columbia happens during your tenure if you are elected president? [applause] sen. klobuchar: thank you. i'm proud to support statehood for washington, d.c. i don't think you should have a big group of people that don't have anyone to represent them in congress. it is that simple. it means you have many people that actually don't have a say over these important federal policies that influence our lives every day. i think the most important thing to getting it done, because president obama would have gotten it done. the most important thing in getting it done as you have done it for us by taking back the house of representatives.
guess what else we have to do? take back the united states senate. that is exactly right. if we can have a coalition. one of the things i have always seen -- i come from the state of paul wellstone who saw politics as improving people's lives. a mentor to me. always out there on that green bus advocating for people. he said he went to washington for the people who did not have representation like the kids who cannot write the checks. i think that is exactly what is going on right here. what we need to do is to make it a major priority. it is about d.c. it is also about people who are not represented right, like getting puerto rico money for the horrible damage they had, the storm. it is also about voting rights and look at what has been going on since the supreme court stepped in and took back big chunk of the voting rights act. you see what has happened in so
many states. one great example, north carolina where the circuit court said they actually discriminated -- an exact quote -- surgical precision. that is what is happening in our country to african-americans. that is what is happening to latinos, to so many people that have a right to have a say at the table. because what they always say in washington is that if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. that is why d.c. should have statehood. that is why we have to bring back the voting rights act. that is why we have to make sure the people of puerto rico get the help that they need. that is why i believe we need a new president in the white house. [applause] >> all right. president, icome guess this is a test of how much a priority that would be. how early in your presidency would you bring up the issue of d.c. statehood, for example? sen. klobuchar: i think you've got to do it right away, in the
first 100 days. what i have said is on day one, there is some stuff you can do without passing it. i will sign is back into the climate change agreement on day one. in the first 100 days, we have to put comprehensive immigration reform on the table. we've got to get it done. we've got to get it introduced. the bill, we have a great model from 2013 about a bill that has support from the migrant workers were so the farm group. we have to bring back a strong immigration bill and get that done. we have to take on big pharma. you've got to get it done now. people are literally dying from rationing their insulin. we have to move to universal health care and get a public option introduced. -- when iays believed started my first job in politics as county attorney, i would do a 100 day plan and a year and plan. i got a letter from a judge and
he said you better start viewing your time as more of a marathon that a sprint. i think you can have your marathon but you also have to have your sprint. we have to set a different tone in washington right now and that is what we see that the work you did on h.r. 1. this is the people's city. >> all right, thank you so much. just like you said, we cannot wait. the issues are so urgent. another person in the audience has an equally urgent question to ask. the next question is going to be from david tucker. all right. david is also from right here in the dmv. david tucker started working at reagan national airport in 1962. he was two years old at the time. he's a father of seven with hour canof $3.77 an have to pay out of pocket for
family expenses. he is finally receiving his first ever living wage. yes. all of that so, that these compd make more money for themselves. americans vote for politicians who promised to fight this corporate greed, but the very richest keep getting richer and they keep getting more power to attack our jobs, our pay, and our community.
when a handful of voices at the top have more sway with our elected leaders than the rest of us everyday people, our democracy is broken. [applause] >> what will you do to stop these powerful abuses from attacking american workers and american jobs, all while undermining our democracy? sen. klobuchar: thank you so much. i'm so sad you worked for so hard for so long without getting a raise. my first answer is to pass the $15 minimum wage. literally, it has been nearly a decade and we have not had an increase to the federal minimum wage. that is an outrage. the second thing we need to do is make sure we address income
inequality and racial inequality. that means everything from housing policy, which has gotten way too expensive for a lot of people. to childcare policy, including early childhood. to making sure that we are giving people the benefits that they deserve. especially in this economy the way it is now, we've got to make it easier for people to bring the benefits with them wherever they go. i find the republican tax -- people say how will you pay for this, right? look at what they did with that republican tax bill. they brought the corporate tax rate down to 21%. and every single point it moves was $100 billion that should be going to you, that should be going to our pension, that should be going to infrastructure, which would help to upgrade so people can get to work and transit systems and everything that they need. but that is what they did. there is one other thing i want to bring up which i think is really important that does not
always get talked about when you look at power and where the money is. that is the way we see more and more consolidation of big companies in this country. we're literally entering, or are in, another gilded age. when you look for the online travel sites, you are trying to get a deal, have you ever done that? you know that nearly 80% of them are really just two companies, ok? that is true. one,ail is down to class four railroad companies carrying 20% of the traffic. that is as many on the monopoly board. i was just out on iowa. a point where 78% of the farmers' feed from just two companies. that is why when you look at unfairness and power and why this is going on. whenook through history, the workers in chicago stood up and took on the monopoly.
when the granger movement in the midwest did that. yes, it is about organizing and making sure we have a strong rules in place. it is about passing federal policy that allows for better benefits are our workers, but it is also about taking on these monopolies with antitrust and making sure that we do not allow monopoly power to squelch entrepreneurs, new ideas and squelch the workers of this country. [applause] n you talk a little bit about how that monopoly and concentration of corporate power is showing up in our democracy? and how you would enact and pass -- you're famous with working across the aisle. what would you do working with republicans in making sure these monopolies are not dominating the economy?
sen. klobuchar: mostly it has been our side, but there have been people, few republicans talking about monopolies, especially in the tech industry. you have to find those people. the two bills i put out, one is a fee on the megamergers, those really big mergers. them, but then fines they tax on them and says that money has to go to make a stronger federal trade commission. that is the one that looks at all these deals. also, stronger justice department. the second is just changing the standards that are in the law right now. so, if you have one of these big mergers, they, not the government, they have to show it does not reduce competition. that what isshow happening in how it will affect people. right now, we have a situation where the laws are not as sophisticated as these titans making these deals.
we need to be able to look back -- you look at some of the things through history that worked. we brought the long-distance space down. we were able to do better in a number of areas where we were strictly enforcing those antitrust laws. now you got situations -- i was with the cwa workers in minnesota. [applause] sen. klobuchar: there we go. i'm opposed to this deal, but where sprint and t-mobile -- they were down to almost three long-distance companies. this is going on across the industry. we have to take legislative action. by the way, teddy roosevelt, trust buster. you want some modern-day trust busting going on with these companies in what is happening to help our workers. >> thank you. [applause] >> we have one more question for you. i'm so proud to introduce this person. valencia has been called the
a criminal-- she's justice program manager and founder of the smiles trust inc. she has been a faithful advocate, fighting alongside the residence of her community to ensure they receive fair and just treatment. she is a returning citizen with a leader on passing amendments in florida, which restore the right to vote for 1.5 million floridians. [applause] >> valencia, the mic is yours. >> thanks for your work. >> thank you. hi, everybody. i want to start by saying america is the first world country that creates second-class citizens that have to deal with third world situations. [applause] >> i'm valencia gunder, for miami, florida. the beautiful sunshine state. in 2010, i was actually done it across the state of florida --
extradited across the state of florida for writing a check for my college tuition. while i was being extradited and both in and out of these different facilities, i finally got my day in court. at that time, i was charged with a felony for passing a worthless check. i did not understand what it meant to be a felon, so i asked my lawyer. my lawyer then explained to me the rights i would lose and the one that stuck out to me the most was voting. that takingknow people's voting rights is racist witht's deeply involved jim crow laws. so, i was deeply hurt because before that day, i was actually very involved in voting. being a part of different campaigns. i really enjoyed in participating in democracy, so it crushed me i would no longer
be able to. in 2015, i met a wonderful organizer by the name of desmond. to desmond.out he explained to me about all the work about getting rights back. since that day, i had did everything in my power to make sure that amendment 4 past. in 2018, we won. [applause] >> 1.5 million floridians actually got a true second chance. i just registered to vote last week, y'all. [applause] in 40ever, roughly one adults in the u.s. cannot vote due to felony convictions. for african-americans, that number is one in 13. as president, what would you do to restore the rights of formerly incarcerated people?
and how will you ensure everyone is able to cast a ballot regardless of a past felony conviction? sen. klobuchar: well, it sounds like we should put you in charge to begin with. i think we need to pass nationwide, right, the ability for people to be able to vote when they get out of prison. it is a crazy situation that you would have people who are actually in the community, working in the community and with their family, paying their taxes, that they cannot vote. i am glad in my state, we are trying to follow your lead in florida. with our new governor, he has now put forward the effort to put forward people can vote when they get out of prison. i visited someone in prison for years and years through a community program. she had a major conviction. i got to see a lot of the families there. i got to see their kids trying to visit at the women's prison. i also got to see their hope
when they were going to get out, because most people get out, except for the most heinous criminals. -- withe should come that hope should come the ability to be part of america. that means you should be able to vote. that is the first thing. the second thing is, as i mentioned before, we have to make it easier to allow people to vote. that means everything from the bill i mentioned, allowing kids to automatically register when they turn 18. whiche-day registration, we have in our state and a bunch of states that have that have some of the highest voter turnout in the country. to reauthorize the voting rights act so we cannot allow these individual states to discriminate. i actually -- one of the things that really bugged me is the things like the commission. they were saying there is all this voter fraud. we have seen study after study
that shows that is not true in they are doing this to scare people from voting. i know this personally because in my job before i was senator, we had a republican secretary of state. she was sending up all these cases where she said there was fraud in voting. i had to make sure we followed up on every single case to show that was not true. fathers andf them, sons with the same names. they were not committing fraud, they just have the same name. he had the same name. i saw that time and time again that there was a minimum of people violating the law. if we don't allow people to vote in this country is violating the law. we must allow every person eligible to vote in this country or we don't have a true democracy. [applause] >> if you want to get the things done we are talking about with
climate change and him him wage increase and the work that needs to be done, we can't get it done iswe've got big money that making it so people can't vote. every time we take over the race, we've got to change those laws and make it easier for people to vote and do what we can fetch really. >> thank you so much. thank you for these amazing questions. you have two minutes. you want to thank all of for working across your group lines. we can get divided into groups, even for progressives. you did that in 2018 and you are doing it now. coming from a state that has a big metro area and having spent
time this weekend with the floods in iowa, one thing i did not talk about was climate change and how important that is to what we need to do. minutespend my last few talking about that. having a voice from the midwest is important. you want voices from all over the country. we have the rising sea levels. our issues.lot of we have to make the case that we have problems in every single state of the country including the flooding right now in the midwest. i was at a home of someone somet was flooded. a woman named fran. horse hair in the plaster. 2.5 mil from the
river and is probably gone forever. she started to cry when she talked about, her kitchen, where she would sit with your kids every day. we have to talk about the tornadoes, the wildfires, and the most moving thing, that video in northern california, paradise was burning. the dad was driving with his fires girl and with the over their car and he is singing calm her down. think you for everything you're doing, for the people of this country. climate change is not some as a tarik scientific fact -- some esoteric fact. it is something we have to do work on right now. [applause] >> thank you so much.
all right. one more time for the senator. [applause] >> all right. we've got work to do and we are going to be doing it together. fast, gont to go alone. if you want to go far, go together. we are together to win. are you with me? all right. i know somebody that knows about a movement. the next candidate is a fourth generation texan, born and raised in el paso. beto o'rourke. he ran for congress in 2012 and representing a binational community. he is a leading voice on immigration and an advocate for
the border. thearch of 2017, he ran largest campaign the lone star state has ever seen and received more votes than any democrat in the state of texas. welcome him to the stage. >> how is everybody doing? here?ena out sitting behind you on the southwest flight and you were pumped to be here. good to see you. kelly, thank you for the introduction. you for the clash and for what you are doing for this country. i am so grateful to be able to run to serve u.s. president. it is an honor to take your questions today. i was listening to amy klobuchar
in the green room. so respect her, grateful for her leadership and love the questions you are asking her and her responses. it made me think about where we are right now is a country. we've never had these kinds of challenges in the lifetimes of anyone in this auditorium regardless of how young or old you are. this economy, this concentration of wealth and power and privilege, we have not seen since the last true progressive era that produced teddy roosevelt and some reforms. the health care system where people are dying of diabetes and year 2019, ine the wealthiest and most powerful
country on the face of the planet. you think about climate change. at this point there can be no shadow of a doubt our own excesses and omissions and as a country and democracy, where each of us comprise the government, have led to the warming we have seen so far. along this current trajectory, the fires, the droughts, the floods, the devastation we are witnessing will only become profoundly worse and those who will bear the consequences are the generations that follow ours. you've got to ask, how in the world do we find ourselves in this position? i direct you to valencia from florida. how does this first world country create second-class
citizens who face third world conditions? let me take you to the state of last twore i spent the years campaigning to serve that state in the senate with the help of many who are in this room. thank you if you are a part of this campaign. a couple of things to set the stage. texas has been successful in shutting down half of the family planning clinics in our state. exacerbating a maternal mortality crisis three times as deadly for women of color. texas ground zero for a schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline that begins not in high school, for children of color, and at five years old where if you're a child of color five
times as likely to be disciplined or suspended or expelled as a white kid in the same classroom. teachers 50% of school are working a second or third job. important job is that child in front of them whose love of learning will make the kid in this country unstoppable. check outange, houston. 58 inches of rain fell from the sky. the landfall record for as long as we have been keeping records. the third 500 year flood in five years. had not finished repairing before this mother of .ll floods hit them we understand these challenges in texas and we understand their connection to the question
because we are 50th in the country in voter turnout. not because we like our democracy less than anybody else, but we were drawn that way . in 2017, the courts found the state legislature had drawn people out of a district, therefore their very democracy based on the color of their skin , their country of national origin. state wheres in our you can use your license to carry a firearm, the cannot use at texasent id southern university to prove who you are at the ballot box. there is a connection between the policies i described that have led to be harm and death we have suffered and the inability for enough of our fellow texans and americans to get to the ballot box to ensure this
democracy can reflect our experiences, the lessons we have learned over the course of our lives. if we are going to confront any of these challenges to the economy or health care were public education or climate change before it is too late within the 10 years we have, the single greatest mechanism devised to call forth the power of the people, democracy, must be fixed. a news why i will sign voting rights act to every citizen can vote in every vote is counted. we will end the practice of members of congress choosing their own voters. no more gerrymandering. we are going to get big money out of politics. no corporations. need an amendment to show
corporations are not people and money is not speech, and corporations cannot spend unlimited amounts, so be it. in every state, same-day registration so we bring everyone into our democracy. countrye only way this will be up to this moment, this set of challenges so we can tell our kids with pride instead of disappointment. when we face this moment, we were up to the test and we brought this country together. anything of any success i have been a part of has involved bringing people together. six years in the minority in congress, every major piece of legislation came from a town hall meeting just like this, expecting mental health care. somebody had the idea. american families united act to make sure those hard from
reentering the united states, a bill we were able to introduce, came from a meeting like this. the ability to turn around the a. in theforming v. country came from a meeting like this and protecting public lands where we saved 7000 acres from destruction or development signed into law by donald trump, although he may not have known it. came from a meeting like this. that is why as precedent i will sign an executive order single cabinet secretary to hold a town hall meeting like this every month to listen to you and be accountable so we deliver for you. democracy is what we need if this country is going to make it. thank you for having me today.
again, i am grateful for the invitation to be here. [applause] >> all right. take a seat. this is very exciting. we get to ask some questions. three questions. we will have six minutes. and go pesterited time, kelley will tap your shoulder. she may have a follow-up question. so the first question for congressman or rourke, comes from a member of the sierra club. as a millennial, degeneration transforming the world, she can on climatetion change. from working on political
with the, her work sierra club, she is determined to create a better world for her generation. can we hear it for all the young people that are leading the fight for climate justice? the floor is yours. hello. good afternoon. there is a light there. when there is corporate capture in our government, democracy suffers. to represent the american public the executive branch must be made up of people who reflect the diversity of the american people and who will put our interest first. too often this goes to insiders. perhaps nowhere is that more lobbyisthan a former heading the epa and oil and gas lobbyist running the interior department.
they have leverage their position to run roughshod over the clean water act and the endangered species act to help their former clients. of the hundreds of former theirsts, many will abuse position. what will you do to ensure your staffed by senior officials who have the experience and willingness to hold powerful people accountable? [applause] mr. o'rourke: thank you for the question. only do we not take political action committee money in this campaign, we don't take money from lobbyists. those cabinet secretaries for agencies will be before you, not a hand-picked audience. not just to answer questions,
but to be held accountable. your description right now is accurate. it is captured and corrupted. how do you explain the outcomes that are in noow way to the benefit of the average american, but to benefit corporations? the $2 trillion tax cut when we debt, therillion in benefits went to those corporations, the very wealthy, the people of the future will not be able to believe that is what we did. nominating people in the senate confirming those who have no interest in the agencies they lead and actually want to abolish the agency, although he could not remember its name on the debate stage. there are 48 water systems in the state of texas where it is unsafe to drink the water.
we are not where we need to be in flint, michigan. so we want those who will lawrous in pursuit of the and will put the public health and welfare first beyond anything else. i want to make sure our cabinet in the executive branch reflects the diversity and ingenuity and genius of the country of 330 million people. making sure that is the become position of the cabinet is important. we will not have people with corporate interests serving this country in public trust. people who have the public interest. thank you for the question. [applause] to follow up on that, there's a generation whose
livelihood was at risk right now. matters of the environment are urgent. what would you prioritize to really do everything you can to protect the environment? mr. o'rourke: a couple of low firstg opportunities implemented by the obama administration and reversed by the trump administration. clean power plant rules to take into account pollution and those who are polluting. higher standards for vehicle emissions, withdrawn by the trump administration. arefirst day make sure we signed up for the paris climate accords, which are not ambitious enough. the next thing we need to do is lead by example. to come back to texas, we generate more wind energy than any other state in the union. we are close to closing the distance on solar.
the fastest growing jobs today, wind jobs and solar jobs. let's make this about saving the planet and connect people that provide purpose and function and a living wage and a skill and a trade they will have for the rest of their lives. connecting with unions and prioritizing and strengthening instead of diminishing the ability to organize and equip people with the skills they will need for the rest of their lives . such a great opportunity for us. i've got to tell you, those who have helped to champion and to write the green new deal are right on the money. their comparison to this country in the 1930's coming out of the great depression at the same time we confronted the threat ofnazi germany, we harnessed the political will of hundreds of millions of physical will and
win that war and to lift .illions into the middle class we have such an opportunity right now to free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuels, investing in technology, beating china at the game of inventing those next generations of technology upon which the world will depend. economygalvanize this and allow the united states to do what no other country can do, to convene the nations of the world around otherwise intractable problems. these are things we can do right off the bat. i love what you said about the generation that is taking the charge. if you think about change, and i just met one of the friendship nine who led the citizen at the lunch counters. we know about those in greensboro. the freedom riders. all of those young people who
took their lives into their hands, it was not lbj or anyone else to whom we owe the victory of the civil rights progress we have made. it will be too young people against climate change. katie, thank you. ana: it is the young people. the next question comes from south carolina. southker of columbia, carolina has been a teacher and today is organizing. metand her comrades have some incredibly creative actions, you're going to like this one. i think a video called i want to marry you for your health care. really good.
senators lindsey graham and tim scott. i want to learn how to do that. viral.s video went .he helped lead parades she is bad ass and is here to ask you a question. >> hi, beto. i want to say as someone who is organizing in an extremely red state it is discouraging to cast .y vote everyone for my city council rep to my u.s. congressman and even my flip-flopping senator is so confident in what they have done through gerrymandering and voter suppression they mock us openly. i had my senator stand on a
stage and mock us when we disagreed with something he said. they don't hold town halls. with a smirk,id you don't like it, you don't like me? try to vote me out. just try. i can be here the next 200 years if i want to be. i can't tell you how infuriating that is as is edison who hangs in there and tries to change things. that one ofon is the times this feels discouraging with the voter suppression, the gerrymandering, is in national presidential elections and the effect the electoral college has. riggedlike the system is otese everyday voters' v
don't count and i feel like two out of the past three presidents ascending to the white house despite losing the popular vote is something that cannot be tolerated in this country anymore. [applause] so i would like to know first of getting ridsupport of the electoral college? how do you plan to address the distortion of our democracy and ensure the will of the people is reflected in who serves our nation and the white house? [applause] kim, thank you. you are a schoolteacher? dedication toyour
public service. with three kids in public schools, we are grateful. against the hurdles public school teachers face, i mentioned working two and three jobs, teaching to the test, not having a retirement system you can count on. .t is true public service to answer your question, yes. abolish the electoral college. [applause] the night after the presidential and i were 2016, amy like, how are we going to that theo our kids person who got 3 million more votes lost the election? we were like, how do explain that to ourselves? why is this ok? this is one of those bad day one in we made this country. there are many others. they are all connected,
including the value of some people based on the color of their skin. there is a legacy and a series of consequences that remain with us to this day. this conversation about how we repair the damage and make onngs right and how we keep committing the same injustices is connected to the reason we are here today, fixing our democracy. yes, if we got rid of the electoral college, we would get closer to one person, one vote. all of ake yours sudden matter a lot more in the national conversation. right now they are taken for granted and written off. the same is true for blue states when it comes to an election year. if there were no electoral college or if we were to reform it so each state awarded
proportionate to the popular vote, you would have to have every candidate showing up to talk with and learn from everyone. that which ranks in our democracy. the answer is yes. it is warped. it is captured. it is corrupted. if we cannot fix it, not only do we lose opportunities we described at the outset, we are democracy itself. thank you for championing this dock your seed to make it better. thanks, kim. [applause] for thathank you answer. when we talk about the system ged, it is something we have to find a solution for. is there a policy you would want
to sign into law as president to fix our broken democracy? mr. o'rourke: absolutely. so many good ideas have come these, overs like to a guy who represents a district in california. we wrote this bill which would prevent any member of congress from taking political action committee contribution. he was a new member. i was a veteran of congress. doesn't work like this. somebody has written the bill. it is such a popular idea. we looked. there was no evidence of anyone doing this. we wrote the bill which probably has a 98% approval rating nationally. % in congress because it compromises their ability to get reelected. if we were to remove big
money, more members of congress and candidates would be required to be in rooms likely's and to listen to you to win or to be reelected. the second thing we talked about automatic voter registration so in turn 18 you are registered to vote. in texas, the law is on the books. forne follows the law, understandable reasons about who we are trying to keep out. ending gerrymandering, political or otherwise, is important. this idea that corporations are people, money is speech, citizens united, we were not on a good path to begin with in terms of corporate control of our government and that solidified and made it much worse. i think reversing the decision is important. we want power to be with people. not because it sounds good.
that is where we get our best ideas and the only way to marshall the energy and creativity to meet these challenges we are talking about today. thanks for the question. >> thank you. we talk about democracy is the way we take care of each other. it is the mechanism that we have to take care of the people that we love, those that are dear to us, those with whom we share committee desk community, and also -- community, and also the people that come after us, the ones we love and lead lives of dignity. and so the next person who will ask a question will talk about this very idea, and not just the idea of democracy when it comes to elections, but the idea of democracy in the workplace. our next question asker is the
executive vice president of local 1014 and works for the city of camden, new jersey, at the library system at the camden county library. library, sheto her was a leader in the two-year contract fight, a fight that led to a 62% wage increase for workers. and, by the way, 75% of library workers are women. and now she's fighting for crossing guards in the city of camden who are in their third year without a contract. she's a union member through and through. her son is a member of cwa. her husband is a retired member of cwa. and her mom was a union school bus driver who raise for kids on her union job -- raised four kids on her union job salary. take it away. [applause] >> good afternoon, congressman.
thank you for being here today. just to reiterate, my mother was a single parent who was able to raise four children on her own because she had a union job. [applause] and that is something that is very difficult to do today, which is the ordinance to push the fight for 15 in our unit. i'm proud to say, as of december 2018, every member of the library support union went up to $15 an hour. [applause] bigfor the past 30 years, corporations and right-wing fanatics have systematically taken control of our federal courts. extreme special interests, like the federalist society, are handpicking federal judges. these judges put corporate profits ahead of people's lives. they want to limit women's rights, and they think the courts have no role in any
discrimination based on race, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation. one example that affects me directly is the supreme court's recent decision, which was aimed at destroying public-sector unions like mine, the cwa. i spend time fighting for members, we spend thousands of hours making sure we're not swapped by free writers, -- free riders, who take union benefits without paying their fair share. [applause] >> the jazz decision resulted from -- janus decision resulted from decades of right-wing plotting weaken the power of working people. if elected president, how would you reclaim the judicial system for the people? and what will you do to fill the courts with judges from diverse
backgrounds to support civil rights and are pro-democracy, pro-worker, and pro-choice? [applause] thank you so much. for everything you just said, and also for your personal story and your family story, to illustrate why unions matter to everyone. [applause] mr. o'rourke: you're talking about the courts, which long after the term of next president, will have an impact on our lives and the lives of our kids. courts who can decide our reproductive freedoms, civil rights, and the ability of workers not just to be paid a fair wage, but to have safe and decent working conditions, and to protect and improve the public safety and those whom they serve. members of the afg have made the case to me that official time at the v.a. is not to the benefit of the union or the union
member. dayre losing 20 veterans a by their own hands in this country. and its members of these public-sector unions who bring to members of congress ideas how to connect counseling for substance abuse and mental health care health so we save more lives and get more veterans connected to care and have better outcomes going forward. so understanding the folly of the janus decision, that it doesn't just hurt the employee or the member of the public sector employee -- union, it hurts others. our ability to see people lead lives of dignity, purpose, and be able to provide for themselves, and one job, in the example of your mother, being enough for any single one of us. no american working full-time should have to work a second or a third job just to make ends meet. [applause]
mr. o'rourke: this president, to illustrate the judicial challenges we're up against, in texas, nominated a guy named jeff midtier. he believes in conversion therapy. jeff called trans children part of satan's plan. jeff has no business passing judgment on anyone in any courtroom in this country. we believe in the full civil rights of every single american as we stare in the face of the largest prison population on the face of the planet, disproportionately black and brown. we look at a state like texas, where it's perfectly legal to fire you for being gay. or 30,000 kids in the foster care system, some sleeping on death because we didn't spend the money to find them homes. and you can be too gay to adopt them. we look at states that close family planning the next, not
only at the epicenter, but now leads the country in repeat team pregnancies -- ten pregnancieen -- teen pregnancies. justices,upreme court and everyone nominated to a federal bench, should believe in a woman's right to make her own decisions, should believe in the full civil rights of every single american. and when the question comes, do i believe in corporations or do we believe in people? it is people every single time, including the people leading these public-sector unions and making this a stronger country. thank you for your question. appreciate it. [applause] >> so, you have two minutes to close. mr. o'rourke: i'll do it. thank you for welcoming me.
i'm grateful to be here. i started with the story of texas and some of the challenges we face that are indicative of the challenges this country faces, all coming back to the state of our democracy and the need to fix it if we're going to be up to these challenges in these moments. let me close with a positive story. thanks to so many of you in this room, from claude cummings to gerard butler to others part of this campaign in texas, that we ran in every single one of the 254 candice -- counties, no matter how rural or red or blue or urban, no matter how conservative or liberal the audience, but also showing up willing to listen to and learn from those who my thoughts to serve. we got really close, closer than any democrat has come since 1988 to representing that state in the u.s. senate. but more importantly to that,
all of us together, it was no one person absolutely transformed and changed our politics and democracy in texas forever after. some indications, young voter turnout in texas up 500%. [applause] mr. o'rourke: two new members of the u.s. house of representatives called all red, elected to safe republican seats, and they were both democrats. and in houston, texas, 17 african-american women elected to judicial positions, literally changing the face of criminal justice in this country's most diverse city. when we campaigned that way, when we listen to everyone treat everyone with respect, we can do things we previously thought were absolutely impossible. that's the way i'm running this campaign to serve you as
president. and i'm grateful, so grateful to be with you today. very grateful. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you so much. thank you. alright, let's give it up one more time. [applause] >> all right. whew, how are you feeling, ya'll? are you fired up? we've got to make a little bit of noise this afternoon. i need everybody to hear what's going on. when our rights are under attack, what do we do? when our rights are under attack, what do we do? when workers rights are under attack, what do we do? when women's rights are under attack, what do we do? when child's rights are under attack, what do we do? what do we do? what do we do?
what do we do? ya'll, give it up for all of our speakers so far. come on, come on, come on. alright, so we got a packed afternoon ahead of us. i'm really pleased to introduce one of my favorite movement speakers. we're going to have christina gimenez join us in just a minute. if you don't know, you don't have to ask somebody. she's going to be right here. she came to the united states from ecuador at age 13 as an undocumented immigrant. she cofounded united we dream. today, she's the executive director of that organization. yeah, you can clap it up. we're absolutely essential to the dream act and the adoption of daca. she put a face on the struggle of immigrant views and continues to fight for a better way forward for immigrants in this
country. please give me around -- round of applause for christina gimenez. [applause] ♪ everyone. thank you, how are you doing? i am the executive director and cofounder of united we dream. yes. we are the largest network led by immigrant youth and you know what? we are undocumented. we are unafraid. and we are here to stay. [applause] christina: it is so amazing to be with you in this room, especially because i feel the true spirit of democracy here. do you feel it? spirit in i feel the my bones. and because every time i see every single one of you, as we are engaging in this space, i
just have a better hope for tomorrow. do you feel that, too? [applause] christina: because i'm going to be very real with you. in 2016, when donald trump was declared the winner, i wasn't feeling very hopeful. and you know what? one of our chance is that we are undocumented, unafraid. but that night, when my mom looked at me with tears in her eyes, asking what are we going to do now? and i couldn't respond to her. i felt really scared. in after coming promising to kill daca, the program that protects my brother and almost one million young immigrants from deportation. thelso promised to send in deportation force to hunt down my parents, moms and dads,
people who i love. he even went after impartial judges, and he laughed at our pain. i felt like the walls were closing in around me. i felt that the future had no more hope for people like me or my community. do you remember feeling that way that night? raise your hand if you did. so, i wanted to be real about that, because all of us felt that. it was the same feeling that i've had as a woman and a person of color, as an immigrant, when obstacles just seem too big to overcome. when i thought i couldn't go to college when i was in high school because i was undocumented. when my family and i didn't have enough food to eat. when there's no accountability when we see police murders and
brutality. the feeling of white supremacy and misogyny. and the hate just pressing down on you, pressing down so hard that sometimes it is hard to breathe. but my friends, i know that we know that we also have another feeling, the feeling of solidarity. of community power, of strength. just as we feel it in this room. do you feel it? [applause] christina: the feeling of everyday people doing extraordinary things. the feeling of our ancestors, who have survived and who have thrived. were built systems by people. and so, people, just like you and i, can transform and change those systems, too. do you believe in us? [applause]
know, aftero you the election, the first person that reached out to me to show was plannedty parenthood action fund. [applause] cristina: it was literally the first message i got as i was crying, terrified. she said planned parenthood stands with immigrants and she still ready to fight for our right to exist. and i will never forget that in january of 2017, right after the election, with many of you here, members of planned parenthood action fund, sierra club, devos action, labor unions, cwa, and so many more, showed up. and with one voice, we said that immigrants are here to stay. [applause]
we said that our communities were united to fight because the people and the issues we care about are linked. and because we knew that we were fighting for the sole of our -- soul of our democracy. and for the last two years, we have seen what we were truly up against, if it wasn't clear to some people. trump promised to strengthen the deportation force. and as you have seen, he did. over the last decade, democrats and republicans have been responsible for building the deportation force up. but today, under this administration, th ey're more massive and more on accountable than ever. deportation force leaders and/or umpong direct -- endorsed tr during the campaign trail.
they stood next to him when he vetoed the bill congress was trying to pass to block his wall. they know racism alone cannot guarantee their power. so now, there's this big money system that was build up to rig the game so they can keep checks flowing. their contractors are getting rich for profit detention camps, and there is now a whole industry of campaign contributions, lobbyists, and judges that ensures big money continues to flow to this racist system. are you outraged about that? so we've got to rid the money out of politics. we need to hear the presidents or candidates tell us how they're going to deliver on that. because we know that the same people who say and support children ripped away from their parents at the border are the same people who attack women's
rights, the same people who push for immigration at the workplace are the same people going against unions and workers rights for collective bargaining. and the same corporations that build immigration detention camps are the same corporations building more jails to lock up black and brown people. that the next president needs to break apart the detention force, take the money away, and hold them accountable, we mean it. [applause] when we say the flow of money from detention camps and prison corporations must stop flowing to politicians and judges, ew me -- we mean it. the vast majority of the american public supports citizenship for undocumented people, and opposed deportation. but for too long, with have only seen deportations grow and no
protections, like citizenship. so the next president must pass immigration reform laws that help people without hurting people. the next president must join with us to turn the page and it stopped the cancer in our democracy that is the deportation force and money out of politics. so are you ready to do this? are you ready to fight? so when i say people, you say power. people. >> power. cristina: people. >> power. cristina: people. >> power. cristina: thank you, my brothers and sisters. [applause] journal,'s washington live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up, former official nate snyder discusses reports that
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kennedy and the great space race. >> a goes back to fdr, who thought the new deal was too big. but what fdr did well was beyond social security and things, but fdr built the tba grant coulee dam. eisenhower had the highway system. kennedy's thinking, what's my administration's big public works thing? he picked the right number, technology. the computer chip, we think of it today, gets developed in the late 1950's. modern aviation starts kicking in. 1960,ack kennedy runs in there are no computer science classes at universities. by the time he's killed in dallas, there are computer science classes everywhere. air travel is replacing train travel in many ways. people are flying more and more, hub airports being developed across the country. it was the jet age, the space age.