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history. on friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, we look back on the shooting and provide some reflection on the tragedy. >> at that time columbine had never happened, and neither the parents nor the school counselor looked at the issue of a violent paper as something that was indicative of the possibility of some real deterioration in thinking. announcer: watch our special on the 1999 columbine high school shooting friday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. mayor pete indiana weekgeig is in iowa this for the first time since formally announcing his candidacy. one of his stops included an event put together by the asian and latino coalition. from des moines, this is just one hour.
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[applause] >> [chanting "pete!"] [cheers] [laughter] >> mayor, thanks for joining us,
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mayor. always good to see another mayor. we want this to be long on interaction and short on lectures, that's the format we are going for. hopefully we will get to questions after we talk about what we are doing, but first i want to say how thrilled we are with the way that we found our message is resonating. what we have learned is that the very things that had initially looked like reasons it would be hard to picture someone like me being in contention for the oval office is one of the biggest things we have going for us right now. obviously, for one thing a mayor is not always the first thing that comes to mind when people think about the american presidency. >> [inaudible] mayor buttigieg: what's that? yes, you start with the pothole s and then you go from there. the pothole is the mortal enemy of the american mayor. can you hear me now? wave if i'm not talking loud enough. in washington right now i see an environment where we would be better served in washington started running more like our best run cities and towns. one thing you never sees a city with its government shutdown because of a disagreement on policy, ok? is unthinkable.
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we literally deliver the water. and you need water to live. so you're not going to see us shutdown, we just have to figure it out and get things done. we would be well served to see more of that at not less of that and our federal politics, too. [applause] i also think it's time for more nationally visible democrats to come out of the american heartland. i trust i'm preaching to the choir on that one. you know, nowhere is it written that the middle of the country ought to or has to be conservative. think of the progressive tradition over the last hundred years. the progressive movement was born out of the midwest in so many ways. the concerns of workers, the concerns of farmers have led to the kinds of policies that really make sure we are putting people first. that is what our party is all about and i'm sick and tired of the idea that the only way we can advance in our communities in the midwest, whether they are
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industrial communities or small cities or rural communities, the only way to advance is to turn back the clock. and that's what the current white house wants us to believe. that the only place we can find greatness is in the past. we have got to turn back the clock and make america great again. it doesn't work that way. first of all, there are some reasons why some things were not quite as great as advertised to begin with. but also, for all the things we do want to emulate, the best moments in our past, they were brought to us by people in our past whose attribute was that they cared about the future. that they kept their eyes asked -- they kept their eyes fixed forward. that is why i believe there is no such thing as an honest or constructive politics that revolves around the word again. things are going to be different. change is coming at a tectonic pace in this country. we are going to have to respond and in some ways you could argue that even now we are under -reacting. but our responsibility is not to make sure that the changes stop.
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that the technology stops, that the communication stops. that developments in society stop. our responsibility is to make work for those changes us, that they make us that are off in our everyday lives. it's what good policy does and what good government does and i believe that good government is more important than the size and scale of government in deciding whether or not our lives will get better in the face of these kinds of changes. i also believe it has turned out to be an asset that i come from generation. that i may be don't look the part in terms of having as many silver hairs as you would expect a presidential candidate to have. because what i see and what i see in this room is the potential to build a generational alliance of people focused on the future. [applause]
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mayor buttigieg: we have got to have a democratic message that makes sense, even when 2020 comes and goes, even when this presidency comes and goes. that means it's got to make as much sense in 2030, 2040, and 2054, when god willing i come to the age of the president today. [laughter] mayor buttigieg: that it makes as much as sense then as now. meaning that by definition it can't be a message that revolves around the present. we all have very strong reactions to this white house and the campaign that brought this white house. we have got to confront falsehoods and policies that are harmful. but the more that we allow ourselves to let it all be about him, the less it will be about you, about us and our everyday lives. so, we have a chance to change the conversation. a horror show is a hard thing to look away from. but our responsibility is to change the channel and change it to something better. so, that's why were here. [applause] now, the message that i am
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trying to spread from coast to coast is about freedom, security, and democracy. it is my answer to those who say that us democrats have trouble putting what they believe on a bumper sticker. freedom, democracy, security, that ought to be a bumper sticker. they are three words that express things that are universal values. nobody can be against freedom, democracy, and security, etc. i would argue that if you dig into what those subjects mean, they actually point you in a decidedly progressive direction when it comes to policy. we just have to make sure that we're looking at each of those issues in their richest sense. that is what i mean when i talk about freedom. our conservative friends talk about freedom all the time. right? yet when they talk about freedom, it's as though the only thing that could make you unfree were government. they forget about all the other ways that we could be made not free. your neighbor can make you
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unfree, if you don't have rules deciding on how people are going to live. your cable company can make you unfree sometimes. your county clerk can make you youee if they get to tell who you are to marry. that is why health care is freedom. delivering health care to more americans so that you can, for example, feel free to start a small business because you're not afraid of losing your old job means losing a health care, that is freedom too. [applause] mayor buttigieg: if we're the ones defending your ability to organize for a good days pay and fair conditions for a fair day's supportingwe are your freedom. public school educators want the
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freedom to do their jobs and not have their job performance reduced to a number on a page. let's talk about that kind of freedom. [applause] and let's talk about the freedom for women to make their own reproductive health care choices without a male politician imposing it on them. [applause] that's what i think it means to talk about freedom in its richer, thicker sense. and it's not going to happen unless we are out there to advocate for it. ibecause the right kind of government policy can secure that freedom just the same way the wrong kind can infringe upon it. let's talk about freedom. let's talk about security. as a veteran i am so sick of the idea that security or patriotism belong to one party. these are american values. the flag that was stitched to my shoulder, actually it was
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velcro'd on when i went into afghanistan was not the property of one party or the other. but i will say that only one party seems to be concerned with some of the security threats that will face us in the 21st century. you know, we need to come out and talk about how there is more to security than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea. [applause] mayor buttigieg: global security means that we are actually competing with the chinese model, which is being held up as an alternative because america looks so divided, confused, and weak right now. we need to talk about cyber security at a time -- talk about something or you can put up a wall to deal with it, not when cyber security threats are only going to increase. it would help if we had people in charge who understood what cyber security is. [laughter] mayor buttigieg: it would also help, when we are getting ready to deal with what i think is the security challenge of our time, to be ready to act on climate. and to define climate as a security issue.
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[applause] mayor buttigieg: extreme weather events are happening more and more often, just like they warned us they would. i was just in marshalltown, where they recovered from a devastating tornado. our river cities from iowa to south bend have suffered under increased severity. in my city we had to fire the emergency operations center twice in less than two years for floods that should have been more rare than once-in-a-lifetime. yearirst one up was a 1000 flood, the second one was a 500 year flood. either the laws of mathematics are changing or the climate is changing around us. we know this. lives are on the line. so, why not talk about it as the security issue that it is? [applause]
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mayor buttigieg: now i want to talk about democracy. all the other issues that we care about, climate, public education, health care, you name it will be very hard to address until we have a democracy that is working better for us. that means we have to be willing to talk about the destruction -- talk about the structure, and reform. i don't think we are the kind of democracy that we aspire to be if districts are drawn to where politicians are choosing their voters instead of the other way around. that's not my idea of democracy. [applause] mayor buttigieg: why wouldn't we reform our politics so that people get more of a vote than money does? [applause] mayor buttigieg: if we are serious about our democracy, we have to be serious about making sure the supreme court stops sliding down this slippery slope toward being regarded as a nakedly political institution. the problem isn't that it's just more conservative than the
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american people, the problem is that it has become politicized and that's bad for the court, and the country. and we have to do something about it. [applause] mayor buttigieg: and at risk of sounding a bit simplistic, when it comes to the presidency, i believe the best way to pick the leader of a country that calls itself a democracy is to have an election, count the votes, and give it to the woman or the man who got the most votes. [applause] call me simplistic, 's how i would do it. so, as i travel the country talking about these issues, i find that people are ready to think big. we are at one of those moments between eras in american politics, and i hope this is well understood. as high-stakes as this election is, as much as the next four years will decide a lot of things in our lives, what's really being decided is the shape of an era to come. i find that american politics, american history often moves through eras that are 30, 40, 50 years at a time. there was one that kicked off
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with fdr and the new deal. it explain how our politics worked for a good 40, 50 years or so. to even republicans in the 50's and the 70's sounded a lot like democrats do today. and then something changed. the right got very organized, they were very disciplined, patient, and clever. they built a reagan era, not just a reagan presidency, -- if you start the clock in 1980 and take it all the way almost to today or a few years ago, it's a certain way of doing things, a certain set of assumptions that dominated how we thought about politics that explained how democrats and republicans behaved. at the time, it was going without question am for example, that if you just cut taxes and made sure the wealthiest are wealthy, it would trickle down to the rest of us. democrats even bought into that to some extent. then we tried it and it turned out it doesn't work. this is the dawn of the new era. the rest of my life is going to be decided by the decisions made
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in these next few years. and we have a responsibility to win not just an election, but an era. which has the potential to be beautifully enlightened or incredibly ugly, depending largely on what happens in the next few months and years. as much as i like talking about the grand sweep of history and political theory, the one thing i want to turn our focus to his everyday life. because that is what motivates me to be in politics in the first place. i come at this from a very personal place. first of all, from military service. because i think anytime you have that experience, packing your bags, putting a letter in a drawer and writing just in case on it, and putting it where your folks can find it if you don't come back, you never again forget the stakes of political decisions. you never forget that it is not about who looked good in a committee hearing or who sounds good on cable, it is about how this cashes out foreve for
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everyday lives, including those whose lives depend on the wizard and judgment of the commander-in-chief. it has also happened in my vulnerable moments and one that we have been learning to share with others, because it has helped me illustrate what i think is on the line. it's one of the toughest days of my life, when i left the bedside of my mother to go notify my father, across town in the middle of a chemotherapy treatment, that the doctors were saying she was going to need immediate open-heart surgery. i didn't want to put that in a text, so i got in the car. spoiler alert, mom is fine, she's right over there. [applause] mayor buttigieg: she came roaring back, but we didn't know that that morning and it was a tender and difficult time for our whole family. but i had a few things going for me. i had father brian, priest from st. james, our faith community leader there at the family with me.
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the us there at the hospital with my family and with me. i also had going for me the fact that my caring and amazing, loving husband was there with her throughout that whole situation. [applause] mayor buttigieg: i think he's in here, too but i lost track of him. [laughter] mayor buttigieg: back there somewhere. oh! all the way in the back. hey, love! [applause] [laughter] mayor buttigieg: i guess what i'm saying is that the important thing for us is that it was natural for him to be at the hospital bedside with my mother. in the eyes of the hospital and the law, not just in our hearts, he was my lawfully married spouse. [applause]
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mayor buttigieg: by the way, i would like to thank the people of iowa for proving that the midwest could get on board with that before everybody else. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: in the weeks and months that followed, as things got better for mom and worse for dad, we also learned dependingch we were on policy to make sure that our family was going to be bankrupted by all of this. because for all its imperfections medicare is the , reason we had the freedom to concentrate our family decisions on one thing, what was right for us as a family. what was medically right for mom and for dad. what we didn't have to think about was -- will this break our family, financially? because before i was born in those big white buildings in washington, some people made some decisions and decided that this shouldn't be something that would destroy a family.
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and it is why i motivated to make sure that not just people who currently qualify for medicare, but every single american enjoys that kind of health care. [applause] mayor buttigieg: that's why we have politics. because our everyday lives depend on these things. they depend on whether our wages are going up or whether they are stuck. they depend on whether we can get good benefits. they depend on these choices made by politicians. i think it's a very midwestern thing for us to keep our politics ground of that like. it's going to be hard. it's going to take incredible discipline. because what we have right now is a show. what we have got to do is concentrate on what really matters. but i believe that solutions will come from the community. the right kind of politics and the right kind of ideas will come from our communities. i seem to be hitting a cord around the country. we will keep spreading the message all the way to the iowa caucuses. i'm thankful to be her annual
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-- i am thankful to be here, and i promise not to lecture the whole time. i'm going to pause. i believe there have been some questions brought up? [applause] >> mayor? we have something special for you. andrea? >> just a quick word. iowa is known for a lot of things to do first. brown v. board of education, iowa is the only state that has , andn named after a muslim is a city named after a muslim mayor. it is not possible without everyone of you to stand up.
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we might be a small state, but we make global differences. with that, the asian and latino theition has followed mayor, as andrea said, she really followed him, and would like to give -- advocacy is what makes us best. so mayor, on behalf of our coalition -- mayor buttigieg: thank you, thank you very much. [applause] mayor buttigieg: really appreciate that. all right. >> ok, we are getting started with the questions. we have six questions from the coalition. each one of the members. amanda will be the facilitator, she will read off each name and then we will go ahead. is the portable mic over there? andrea: ok.
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so happymayor pete, could be with us today. question comes from brandon bennett and it will be on gun control. >> brandon is right over here. brandon: hi, mayor. thank you for coming. i'm from des moines. i grew up in rural ohio on a farm. we are millennials from the school shooting generation. my question is surrounding responsible gun reform. i am a hunter and responsible gun owner. however, i am tired of seeing our children and teachers murdered at school. you hunted with your father-in-law. and you are a member of the mayors against illegal guns group. you've also advocated for universal background checks and possibly banning assault rifles. if elected, what policies and measures will you seek for responsible gun laws? mayor buttigieg: thank you for raising that issue. it is so important to us. i think it has been used to
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divide americans who have the same values and interests against each other. as you mentioned, like you, i come from a place where gun rights are taken very seriously. and that's ok. the reality is the gun safety measures we are calling for are completely compatible with the second amendment. we know this to be true. and, by the way, they are widely popular. one of the reasons we have to , you haver democracy to ask yourself, on something like background checks, where 80% of americans, including most republicans and gunowners, believe we ought to do this, how is it that washington can to make it happen? [applause] mayor buttigieg: how did the center of gravity of the american people move so different from the center of gravity of the american congress? --know some of the answers money in politics, redistricting, everything else. that's why we have to do these structural reforms.
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that being said, as president, i plan to continue to advocate for things like universal back on -- background checks, and for us to tighten up the ability of the federal government to enforce some of this gun trafficking that goes on, which has been one of our focuses in the mayors against illegal guns. mayors care about this issue because it's the worst part of our job, getting that message or phone call that we lost another person, usually a young person, to gun violence or guns suicide in our community. as a mayor who has seen that time and time again and does not -- when we swear in our cops with their spouses and sometimes with their children by their side, and a mayor who doesn't want to see them outgunned in our neighborhoods. as someone who is very familiar with military training with weapons of war, who carried a rifle and a pistol around a foreign land under the orders of
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the president, there are some weapons that don't belong in our neighborhoods in peacetime in america. [applause] mayor buttigieg: we've already decided this is within the secondment. we have decided that somewhere in between a slingshot and a nuclear weapon, we can draw a line. that is not unconstitutional. that is common sense. [applause] mayor buttigieg: that's why i think assault rifles need to be on the table, too. thank you. andrea: thank you, mayor pete. our next question comes from ed. it will be on climate change. ed: andrea is right, you're awesome. [applause] have been an activist and politician since 1977, and i have never seen such an impressive field of democratic
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candidates. climate change -- it is not an issue, it's a crisis. and theke you come home painting has fallen off the wall and there's glass everywhere -- and there is a flaming wastebasket. we have to attend to the flaming wastebasket first. there are nations that will be lost due to sea level rise. there are farmers who can no longer form because of climate change such impact on their country. i'm waiting to hear the distinction between the issues we have to address and the fact that we have a crisis that if we don't reduce emissions by 45% by 2030, none of this will matter. i guess i am looking for a candidate that will make that clear so that the media understands it, so that other candidates start hearing that there are people out there talking about that. and i'm hoping that might be something you might consider a flagship, to make people understand the crisis of climate
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change. mayor buttigieg: you will hear a lot from us on this. part of the way i view it is hitting those targets by 2030 -- there's a lot of handwringing over whether we can do it. which first of all is an american, when we set an ambitious target, we can make it happen. [applause] mayor buttigieg: i mean, think of the things have done as a country. if we can't lead on this, who are we? also, making clear that that timeline isn't being set by congress. it's being set by science. those deadlines will come and go with or without us. so the only question is whether we are prepared to do what we already know as a matter of reality has to be done. it's why i talk about this as a security issue. i also think, by the way, the good news is we can gain a lot through the national mobilization to deal with this as our top crisis we are confronting. the thing about confronting major issues -- the cold war,
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world war ii, the great depression, our country came together and worked on it. our country needs a national project right now. it needs a way to rally people together and call on us to do something greater than we've been doing. it is perhaps morally healthy that this time, unlike the other conflicts we have faced, the wolf at the gates is not other human beings. it is something that all of us need to change. and that is why we need to be very aggressive in dealing with this. some of it is through policy mechanisms we are to be can do, like carbon pricing, the carbon tax. i know the t word is not when one you're supposed to use when running for office, but when we do that, we will change the pricing structure to make it more responsible so that the true cost of carbon emissions is seen. because we are paying one way or the other. the true cost of carbon emissions is seen. the other exciting thing is that we can create a lot of jobs here.
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think of the jobs from the building trades, from the retrofits that we have to do. in my community, we have union autoworkers working for a start up making electric vehicles. those are good jobs. we need to invest in research and technologies we don't have yet, too. throughovernment research programs literally invented the internet, -- you can leave the al gore joke behind -- if we invented the internet why can't we invent , better means of energy storage and carbon storage? if that takes federal investment, what would have a better return on investment than heading off a trillion dollar problem that we are staring at in the barrel? as a matter of strategy, we have to talk about this as something that is up close and personal. something happening around us and to us today. on tv when they talk about climate, they usually show pictures of the arctic. i've been to the arctic. it's beautiful. the problem is happening to us here in our homes. it is the homes that were
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theroyed in south bend by historic floods, the homes lost in california to the wildfires, and all the destruction that is happened right here in iowa. so let's talk about this is what it is. it is not something that is theoretical or happening somewhere else, but something that is happening to us right now and we can't act fast enough to do something about it. thank you. [applause] andrea thank you, mayor : pete. our next question comes from sally. party the iowa democratic latino caucus chair and her question will be about daca. mayor buttigieg: thank you. >> they call me sally because they can't say my name. [laughter] is, a lot of things -- being focused on,
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[indiscernible] you have a lot of people under temporary protected status, living in iowa. i went around and asked people, what do you think about this? got aboutreaction i this was that they were taking away jobs from all the people who are here undocumented, the refugees that are brought into our country. and the other thing was that the population explosion we are having in this country, that our country cannot support all these people. what is your response to that? >to the super saying things -- that we don't need these people here? mayor buttigieg: we need people here, we need to grow. [applause]
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mayor buttigieg: in my community, if we got responsible, able-bodied people on a path to citizenship, send them to south bend. job growth and population growth go hand-in-hand. there's a political strategy that's clearly been adopted by the president to try to divide us around the issue of immigration. and i get it. look, and appeals to a certain sense that i think all of us share, that there should be a process for these things. my father is an immigrant. he went through the process. he arrived as a student and became an american citizen. we cannot expect that process to work if were not willing to fix it. when it comes to what we ought to do with immigration policy, most americans agree broadly on what to do. we need a pathway to citizenship, we need temporary protected status and protections for d.r.e.a.m.e.r.s. commit we need to improve our lawful immigration processes, that are bureaucratic and backlogged and we need to do whatever is appropriate and necessary on border security. i think we can agree on all of that. if leadership has to do with
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taking a divisive issue and bringing people together around it, i guess the opposite of leadership is when you have a consensus issue and divide people around it, which is what is being done right now out of the white house. and it is unfortunate because we know, despite what they say about us here in the heartland, we know how much our communities benefit from the growth that happens through immigration. of course we wanted to be a lawful and orderly process, but we have to fix the process, because it doesn't work. the senate passed comprehensive immigration reform, and it died in the house. that is another example of washington you broken, but i think with presidential leadership, we can get it done. we have to. because our economy and the trajectory of this country depend on it. if somebody thinks america is full, i can tell you that my community in indiana is not full. i have enough fire stations and roads and police officers and
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water capacity to take 30,000 more people. and i could use 30,000 more taxpayers to help us fund it. [applause] bree [speaking in spanish] immigration should be a priority for every candidate for president. [applause] andrea: thank you, mayor pete. our next question comes from mitchell ramirez from pro-choice iowa, and her question is about reproductive rights. rachel: hi. first i went to say, thank you for your military service. mayor buttigieg: thank you. [applause]
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for you is, women in the military fight for our freedom everyday, it our government blocks of them from having the freedom to choose abortion if they have an unintended pregnancy. would you fight for their freedom to have health care options? mayor buttigieg: just to expand on that a bit. i understand why this issue is politically challenging. where i come from, there are many people who view it differently. there are people i consider friends, people who are my supporters, who don't share the same view on this issue that i do. when i think first of all about the nature of freedom, and also when i think about decisions that women face that frankly are not even possible for me to they have tohat face because of challenging medical or personal i understand how
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it might be useful for them to have a doctor involved in those decisions. it wouldunderstand how be useful to have the intervention of a male politician in those decisions. [applause] mayor buttigieg: health care is health care. we need to make health care available to everybody that the united states is in charge of supporting and protecting. [applause] andrea: our next question comes from matt mccoy. olkis our democratic popp county supervisor. he will be asking you about mental health. >> i just wanted to first of all county, on anyk given day, we have 1100 people in our jail. of that, a large percentage,
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we are estimating somewhere around 40%-50% either have a serious substance abuse issue or issue.us mental health as mayor, how did you deal with mental health, and as a country, as our president, future president, how will you deal with mental health and how will you support communities county in addressing their mental health needs? mayor buttigieg: thank you for your service in local government, obviously, that is close to my heart. like you, we faced this challenge. in many ways. the first line of contact on mental health is our law enforcement system. our law enforcement system is not set up to be a mental health provider. yet in many ways, for many people, it is the closest thing they get, and maybe it is the only thing they get. we are confronting the lack of resources for mental health, and it is costing us more than it
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would in the first place to resources. there's clearly a resource deficit. the waitlist, the limited availability of clinical help is costing us immensely. we do need to wire some of that up to our criminal justice system, just because there is so much overlap. but more broadly, we need a culture and a policy. the policy part is mental health parity. making sure that every health decision we make, we treatment of health the same way we do physical health. the culture thing that has to change is breaking the silence around mental health issues, because it has been stigmatized to wear a lot of people who are confronting some kind of issue or have a loved one confronting some kind of issue, believe mistakenly that they are alone. we are talking about issues that touch a quarter or a fifth of our population. that seems somebody that everybody knows or loves, or one
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of us. these issues are particularly acute in communities like the communities of veterans or the committee of lgbtq americans come both of which i am part of. simply making sure that we talk about these issues. and a culture that is still inclined to look at mental ,ealth as a moral issue not a medical one, is something leadership at the highest level can do, even as we are trying to align on everything from medicare reimbursement policies to the way we invest in basic .h., to makethe n.i sure that mental health parity is a part of our policy foundation. it would also like to do about the fight on opioid crisis because obviously, there is some overlap there. we have learned that was things like medication assisted treatment can go a long way toward addressing these issues, making them less fatal and
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helping people get their lives on track. which means we need more resources on that. again, some of it is culture. there was a needle exchange set up in indiana. it was controversial, that it had to be done. this was in southern indiana a few years ago. because there was an h.i.v. outbreak. it was shocking, in low income areas, a shocking number of people were addicted to injection drug use. when they set up the needle notange, they were able only to break the growth of the h.i.v. epidemic, but there were also able to get more people enrolled in medicaid and connected to services. and became the front gate which otherwise is often law enforcement. i was told when i visited the needle exchange that when they set up a mobile unit to help people in neighborhoods, because they had very isolated people who couldn't even make it across the county to get help, that sometimes the shower foot have a vehicle following the vehicle
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delivering this health care support so that they would know who to arrest. so, we need to make sure that we establish what our priorities are culturally. that wenstrate understand that addiction issues are medical issues. in order for all of the other policy pieces to fall into place. thank you. [applause] andrea: our next question comes tamra harris about d.c. statehood. >> thank you for being here. there are over 713,000 americans living in this country that are disenfranchised who don't share the same equal rights as everybody in america. to know if you were to shine a spotlight on this, because we need to keep this in andconversation between now the caucuses, the primary, and the election. it's not enough to say that you
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support statehood for washington, d.c., we need to keep it in the conversation. i want to know how you will work to build a bipartisan bridge to actually make this finally happen for the people of washington, d.c. mayor buttigieg: thank you. yes, d.c. ought to be a state. these are americans, citizens, who lack political representation. it's one of the things i'm getting at when i talk about why democracy ought to rise on our list of parties. it's an example of one of those things that's always important but never seemed urgent. we always cared about it. i think most of us have always felt that it is kind of wrong or strange to have some of these on democratic qualities -- undemoc ratic qualities, whether it is the lack of d.c. statehood or the lack of money in politics or whatever. a lot of times, it feels like the house is on fire. yet, i think if 2016 taught us anything, it's that we get
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terrible outcomes, and will continue to get terrible outcomes and to have our democracy repaired, and part of that is simply making sure that u.s. it is in have fair representation. now, there are partisan political reasons that is being blocked. they are not good reasons. nobody has a good reason, in principle, for why a server at a restaurant who lives in an apartment in d.c. ought to be treated any differently than her counterpart in des moines or south bend. i have not yet heard a remotely convincing moral argument or even political argument other than one side thinks it will make them more soft. which i am sorry, but that is not an acceptable reason. by the way, i recently spoke with the governor of what a -- of puerto rico. what happened to them in response to hurricane maria, i think would have never happened if they had electoral votes on the u.s. presidency. [applause]
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so you will hear a lot about that from me, and we're going to have to keep pushing. and again, is mickey sure that it stays high enough on the list that it actually gets action. just making sure that it stays high enough on the list that it gets action. [applause] andrea: we have one last question. most of us in this room have watched you speak online and were really excited by your ability to communicate calmly and intelligently, especially when a topic is contentious or even divisive. given the polarization in our nation and even more so in congress, how do you build the necessary bipartisan coalition to enact your ideas in a sustainable way. mayor buttigie the question the next president has to face. i am under no illusion that it will be easy. it's one of the reasons why we have to prioritize democratic reform. and by the way, we may have to change some norms in washington.
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the filibuster has a pretty mixed history to begin with. we should consider doing away with the filibuster so the next president can get something done. [applause] mayor buttigieg: also, if the american congress gets far enough away from the american people, then there will be some accountability for that, even with the twisted redistricting we have right now. we saw in 2018, including in this state, how many people were sent to congress in areas that had voted more conservatively. i think it shows that if a president is willing to get out there, willing to go to the district or a member of congress whose constituents know the right thing to do, where the member just what do the right thing, go there and apply the pressure, in person if necessary, in order to get a better outcome. so some of this will be kind of hard knuckle politics but the
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thing is, you don't have to be a jerk about it. [laughter] [applause] that is the part we have been missing. don't get me wrong. we will fight fiercely for what we believe in, but there is a way to do it that can draw people to the right side. i see it. when we are having conversations -- most of us have friends of the other persuasion. i think most of us have the community to know that we are not shining -- have the humility to know that we are not shining, morally perfect human beings because of the way we voted, anymore that we think they are defective human beings for the way that they voted. we need to have the humility to recognize that people are capable of good and bad things. everyone of us. just ask somebody that you love that you have also hurt in a we can all do bad things.
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but also ask someone you've done a lot of good for. not just political leadership but more leadership. it is the leadership that calls us to do good things more often than bad things. sometimes it is a matter of substance. sometimes it is a matter of tone. most of the times i've really earned my paycheck were moments when there was a moral strain on our community. and i had to figure out some way to call that community, as divided as it was, to higher values. we need a president to do that, too. it might be the most important thing we need our president to do. [applause] andrea: thank you mayor pete. up, we wente wrap to thank some people here today. we want to thank the machinist for being with us. [applause]
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we also want to thank ken, president of the iowa federation of labor. [applause] we also want to thank -- [indiscernible] [applause] >> also, we want to thank some members of our coalition who helped us out today. matt, our audio technician. [applause] roseanne is our arrangements chair -- [applause] amanda, our secretary, thank you very much. [applause] thank you suzanne for helping with the media -- [applause] >> we would also like to thank our friends in the media, we enjoyed having you, please come
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by more often. [laughter] and to mayor pete, come back next month. i promise, we will give you triple the crowd. [applause] [laughter] >> thank you very much. for answering all the questions. it was very important for the coalition to make sure that this message is carried forward to , that everyone is part of the same conversation. [indiscernible] [applause] thank you for making the time. >> if you are here, please raise your hand. [laughter] [chatter]
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>> thank you very much, everyone. now, the mayor's closing remarks. mayor buttigieg: mainly, just a big thank you to the coalition for hosting us, to all the leaders for what you do. know, and a know from our first visit that we had on a today, darker day the than that what you're doing here is more than just an opportunity for the 20 or so of us to come through and get our message out, but really, you're building social capital. at a moment when we are really being pulled apart, social capital is built in a community of people who share th similar values, in a company that is on labor, in our party, that is going to get us through this moment. i'm very mindful that -- of course, i'm doing this because i think policies matter and whaticians matter, but
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matters the most, i think, is the human interaction that happens around it. doesn't this room just make you feel more hopeful? [applause] mayor buttigieg: i'm honored to be part of that. we will try to emulate that in the way we design our own campaign. which right now is a very small but very mighty team, and will continue to grow and organize around you. if you are attracted to this message, i hope you will take a minute to visit peteforamerica.com. and make sure we know how to stay in touch with you. this will be the first of many visits and interactions, i trust. the biggest thing i have to say is that i really believe that this is worth it. even in a moment, especially a moment like the one we are in, which is a tough one for our country and our communities, and our family. you feel it at the thanksgiving dinner, and you feel it after church, you feel the concern and the division, and yet that means we have the opportunity to do
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something historic. the we are going to change the trajectory of the country. i believe it can be done and i believe that the american presidential election is one of the best mechanisms america has to heal itself. i can't wait to continue visiting iowa and hopefully to earn your support of the iowa caucuses. thank you. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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