tv Road to the White House 2020 Joe Biden Campaign Rally in Pittsburgh CSPAN April 30, 2019 5:45am-6:58am EDT
sec. pompeo: thank you all very much. [applause] bob: thank you. >> c-span's "washington journal," live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. this morning, need to impeach founder will discuss efforts to impeach president trump. attorney at law professor alan dershowitz will join us to talk about his opposition to efforts to impeach the president. kaiser health news is fred schulz will be with us to discuss electronic medical records. be sure to watch "washington journal" live at 7:00 this morning. join the discussion. >> following his online announcement last week entering the 2020 race, former vice president joe biden held his first campaign event at a union hall in pittsburgh. he raised $6.3 million the day
after his announcement, and his first week on the campaign trail will include a two-day swing through iowa. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the general resident of the international association of firefighters. [cheering and applause] [cheerin] great to see you. good afternoon to all of my sisters and brothers in the great labor movement and -- movement in pittsburgh and beyond. to the members of the iff, the proud gold and black. it's so great to be with you. and it's also so much of a thrill to be with the hundreds of you in this hall. but the overwhelming crowd that's still outside unable to get in, good afternoon to each and every one of you. [cheering and applause] harold: now let's be clear why
we are here. and it's really simple. and that's to elect joe biden as the next president of the united states. [cheering and applause] harold: there is no question, joe is the one candidate in 2020 who stands above the rest when it comes to a career standing up to people who work for a living and hold a union card. he understands the value of a hard days work and the dignity of getting your hands dirty and doing a job you're proud of. he knows labor and unions built the middle class, they built this country. [cheers and applause] [whistling] harold: and all of you are part of who is responsible for building this great country. he speaks to and connects with those workers who didn't believe
the last democratic nominee heard them, cared about them and felt that their historic votes for a democratic candidate were maybe just being taken for granted. i'm pretty straight when i say what i have to say to all of you, and that is that i know that joe biden is going to be a president that will stand up for all of the patriotic americans who want nothing more than to earn a decent wage, send your kids to college, have affordable health care and enjoy a decent and secure retirement. do you agree with me? [cheers and applause] harold: joe is a lot like our firefighters and a lot like so many of you. he's a problem solver. he's one who's dedicated to making this country better. this morning i had the great privilege of announcing that the international association of firefighters, the iaff, has endorsed joe biden to be our
next president of the united states. [cheering and applause] want joe!ing] we and let me tell you, we endorsed him because we know he'll be a champion for the public safety in america, fighting for policies and legislation that improves the lives and livelihoods of not just firefighters, but all of you who work hard for a living. and at noon today, we celebrated and honored workers who have been killed while doing their jobs, and our members who lose their life sacrificing in the line of duty to serve others. joe biden understands that sacrifice. joe biden is a compassionate, personal, and decent leader who
when the going gets tough is always there with those in times of need. he's a good man, cares deeply about his fellow americans and our great nation. [cheering and applause] harold: and joe biden is genuine. there's nothing phony or artificial about joe biden. [cheering and applause] and he is not only focused on making a better america for working families his , experience on the national stage throughout his public career, establishing strong relationships with leaders across the globe will restore america as the beacon of hope and democracy around the world, where we once were and where we will be again. [cheering and applause]
and at a time when the political arena has become so damn nasty, so much rancor and personal attacks, joe will bring civility and decency and enhance the political discourse that our country needs right now. because he's just like all of you here, he truly believes we must be unified and strand together as americans. his years in the u.s. senate as -- senate, as vice president of the united states, brings the experience that is needed to get things done. and while we can debate and argue over policy issues, we must put personal differences aside to solve the big problems for the american people, and joe biden will help us do just that. [cheering and applause] so let me ask you -- just let me ask you a few questions, ok? do we need a president who opposes right to work laws?
>> no! harold: do we need a president who will fight for collective bargaining for every worker? >> yes! harold: do we need a president who opposed a supreme court ruling last year that was meant to cripple public sector unions? >> no! harold: ok, and do we need a president who recognizes a strong economy isn't just gdp, not just stock market index increases, not just lines on a graph, but a president who believes a strong economy has to work for a working people. is that a president we want? [cheering and applause] harold: listen, those great jobless numbers we're hearing about, to my belief, is somewhat misleading, particularly if they're made up by how many of
you whose families have both people and that family working. how many are working part time? how many are not getting paid a decent, fair living wage? how many are working multiple jobs to make ends meet? we need to fix that. so do we need a president who will fix that? >> yes! harold: do we need a president who's going to protect prevailing wage? >> yes! harold: do we need a president who supports a strong secure guaranteed retirement for workers who have fulfilled their careers? >> yes! harold: we need a president who doesn't want to just turn retirement plans into 401k cash cows for wall street. is that who we need? >> no! harold: do we need a president who will work to make sure -- who said no out there? we've got to get this right. [laughter] harold: that was a yes. do we need a president who's going to make sure that you get paid a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, to have a
little something to save after you pay your bills to help ensure your children will have a better chance than you did, man we did? >> yes! harold: you're damn right that's what we need and joe biden will , be that president. [cheering and applause] joe!hanting] we want harold: let me hear you. i can't hear you. let them hear you outside. far too many -- listen, this is union town. this is union state. this is union county. and far too many politicians today treat the word union like it's a dirty word. but i truly believe our nation is seeing once again the real value of our unions, the real value of your work, the history of how unions built america,
that unions did build a middle class, that unions are fighting for a fair work force, that unions can provide a voice of protection for every american who busts their ass every day to make this country stronger. [cheering and applause] harold: and joe biden isn't afraid to say union. joe biden has stood with unions , and joe biden will support our unions because he knows you are the backbone of the middle class and the foundation of our strong nation. are you ready to stand with him? >> yes! harold: well, then let me hear you. [cheering and applause] harold: we want joe, we need joe. we need joe more than joe needs to be president. this country needs joe. [cheering and applause] harold: and finally, with a
field of good people putting themselves forward in this primary season, the most important factor we must determine in the democratic nomination process is who can win. who has the necessary experience to win? who's got the mettle to win the general election? and let me shoot straight with you, and this may not be popular in parts of the democratic party, but we have to have a nominee and can't have a nominee that is too far left. it's just that simple. a candidate that has high-minded ideals, maybe honorable ideals , but little chance of winning. and there's no question that the candidate who can win, the candidate who can and will be our next president is joe biden. [cheering and applause] t joe!anting] we wan
harold: we need joe. we need joe. so that's why this iaff, and that's why we're going to count on every one of you to work your asses off to elect our friend, joe biden, the next president of the united states. thank you for being here. god bless you. god bless all hardworking union members all across this great country. [cheering and applause] we want joe! >> ladies and gentlemen, is dr.ome to the stage jill biden. >> ♪ your love is lifting me
higher than i've ever been lifted before ♪ [cheering and applause] this is so exciting to be here today in pittsburgh! you know, some weeks are just a bit more exciting than others, and this has been an incredible week for joe and me. >> go jill! dr. biden: [laughter] [cheering and applause] iden: as you know, last thursday my husband announced that he was running for president of the united states. and what did i do to celebrate? the same thing that all of you probably did, i went to work. [laughter]
because, hey, those research papers -- weren't going to get collected by themselves. so teaching -- thank you. teaching is more than just a job for me. it's a calling. and can i ask how many teachers are in the audience today? [cheering] thank you. i can see by your shirts. now that i see you. yeah, that's right. i know a lot of you teachers feel the same way. our students give us so much. they keep us grounded and inspire us. most of my students at northern virginia community college are the first ones in their family to pursue an education. [cheering and applause] dr. biden: they work full-time jobs and have a lot of people counting on them. they come to my class after
their military service in iraq or afghanistan. they come as single parents or some are women returning to school to make a better life for themselves and for their families. despite their differences, they come looking for the same simple thing, the opportunity to work hard and build a future. and that's what we all want, isn't it? >> yes! more than that, it's what we all deserve. >> yeah! dr. biden: when we turn on the news today, we are told that we are a nation that is more divided than ever. we're told that our differences are irreconcilable. that we must close the door on people who think differently. we're told that there is a war between them and us.
but when i travel this country and i meet people like all of you, that's not what i see. i see neighbors who pick up groceries for the mom whose husband is deployed. i see middle class families who are giving record-breaking amounts of donations to causes that they care about. i see americans who drive their pickup trucks into the floods of a hurricane and run towards fires to help their neighbors. [cheering and applause] dr. biden: i see people speaking out against bullying, bigotry , and racism. [cheering and applause] that's who we are.
that's the america i know and love. that's what this nation is about. working hard and building a better life for our kids. coming together to create something that is more powerful than anything we could achieve alone. we are a nation of faith. the belief that together we can rise to our greatest aspirations and that our best days are yet to come. [cheering and applause] dr. biden: that faith has shaped my husband's life. it has led him through tragedy and triumph, through his time in the senate and through eight incredible hopeful years as your vice president.
[cheering and applause] dr. biden: and that's why i know that with your help, he will bring that hope, that vision, that faith in the promise of america to the white house. [cheering and applause] dr. biden: ronise sermons and i love teaching. she is a middle school math teacher who has served in some of pittsburgh's most challenging schools. she is a proud member of the pittsburgh federation of teachers. [cheering and applause] and was recently
appointed to the executive board. she's a mom of five children and a surrogate mom to many of her students and her colleagues alike. she's been described as well loved and a firecracker. so you know she and joe have a lot in common. [laughter] dr. biden: so please help me welcome to the stage ronise sermons. [cheering and applause] ronise: hello, everyone! i would like to thank dr. biden for that wonderful introduction and for giving me the opportunity to induce -- introduce, excuse me, our special guest.
first, i would like to share a little of myself with you all. i was born and raised in pittsburgh to a young couple with the american dream, to provide a better life for their child than they had. my mother was a nurse's assistant for over 25 years and my father is a recently retired union painter, over 49 years. [cheering and applause] [ronise chuckles] ronise: the reason i speak of the work they did is because they were hard-working, middle class african-americans who grew up with low income and little money. they both showed and instilled in me that hard work pays off and that knowledge is power. [cheering and applause] i was raised on that
proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child," to respect my elders, to be honorable, work hard and take pride in every job i had, become a productive citizen in the world and to always honor god. i went to pittsburgh public schools, where i now teach today. [cheering and applause] i am a proud wife and mother of five children who all work and are currently educated in pittsburgh public schools. [cheering and applause] ronise: i know that my task as a teacher and a mother is that i am not raising children but future adults. today i am honored to stand before you as someone who was
often told what i couldn't be, i was looked down, counted out and even thrown away by many, but my family and the teachers who pushed me when i wanted to quit is why i am standing here today. [cheering and applause] i encourage my children to be better than me and soar higher than me. i want them to know that in life , it's not how you start but how you finish. [applause] ronise: we need a president who will bring back the words of the pledge of allegiance, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all! [cheering and applause] ronise: not -- not for all who are in a certain class or race,
but for all people, regardless of race, class or gender. we must have a leader that has a vision, experience and integrity. we must have a leader that is honorable and will speak to what is right and wrong and stand firm on the truth. [cheering and applause] ronise: laying aside pride, laying aside pride and self-elevation, but serving the people of the united states of america and willing to do the work necessary to regain the trust of all americans. [cheering and applause] ronise: we must come together and build each other up and not tear each other down. no longer creating division with hatred and fear.
i believe that joe biden is that person. [cheering and applause] ronise: joe biden is from pennsylvania and comes from a working class family. he was the vice president of the first african-american president. [cheering and applause] ronise: he is history. he still has work to do and build on the work that he and president obama began. it is my honor and pleasure to introduce vice president joe biden, the next president of the united states of america! [cheering and applause] >> ♪ we take care of our own ownake care of our wherever this flag is flown
we take care of our own ♪ mr. biden: my name -- [cheering and applause] mr. biden: thank you. my name is joe biden and i am jill biden's husband. [laughter] mr. biden: that's how i'm known back home. that's how i'm known most places. thank you. before i begin, i want to take a moment, quite friendly, to reflect on something that happened here in the state not long ago. as a matter of fact, very recently. reflect on the anti-semitic attack that took place this weekend in poway synagogue in california. one dead, three injured. but, folks, we saw hate in
charlottesville, we saw it again in pittsburgh at the tree of life synagogue in the attack of the deadliest in american history on a jewish community. and we're reminded again that we are in a battle. we are in a battle for america's soul. >> yes we are. mr. biden: i really believe that. and we have to restore it. [applause] mr. biden: so, folks, i want to thank rich fitzgerald, the county executive, for being here and mayor nezby, city of ducane is here as well. you are here somewhere. [applause] mr. biden: international firefighters general president and my friend for a long, long time, one of the guys in the union, as they say along with the teachers, brought me to the dance when i started. thank you, harold. [cheering and applause] mr. biden: and thank you for your endorsement.
and kevin schmitt, president of teamsters local here. thanks for the use of the house. i appreciate it, the help. [cheering and applause] mr. biden: to the president of the firefighters, dave where are you? the pennsylvania firefighters. dave -- there you are. passed right by you. dave, thank you very much. and also, a real -- a union that helped me in the very, very beginning of my career and i've had great respect for, the united steel workers. bobby mack. bobby mack, president. [cheering and applause] mr. biden: and the building trades. frank. frank's here, too. so, look -- you got it, pal. look, i -- the pennsylvania federation of teachers. the pennsylvania state education association. [cheering and applause] mr. biden: the american federation of government employees, afge. the united brotherhood of the carpenters, service employees
union, seiu, united food and commercial workers. by the way, i make no apologies. i am a union man. period. [cheering and applause] mr. biden: let me tell you -- want joe!ng] we mr. biden: thank you. thank you. thank you. joe: thank you. let me tell you why -- thank you. let me tell you why i chose pittsburgh to begin this effort. i believe that pittsburgh and my native town of scranton and my hometown of wilmington and claymont represent the cities and towns that make up hardworking, middle class americans who are the backbone of this nation. that's not hyperbole. the backbone of the nation. i also came here because quite frankly, folks, if i'm going to be able to beat donald trump in
2020, it's going to happen here. [cheers and applause] joe: and went through pennsylvania -- in western pennsylvania! with your help! [chanting] we love joe! we love joe! we love joe! joe: thank you. with your help, i think we're going to be table to do that. we're going to be able to do it in pennsylvania. western pennsylvania. northeast pennsylvania. places where a little lately we've had a little bit of a struggle. but the truth of the matter is, i think we are coming back. so please, please go to joebiden.com and sign up and join our campaign. we need your help. we need your help. [cheers and applause] joe: there are three basic reasons i'm running for president of the united states. the first is to restore the soul of the nation.
the second is to rebuild the backbone of this nation. and the third so to unify this nation. we always do better when we act as one america. today i want to speak about the second of these three and that's rebuilding the backbone of america. that is, we have time, all my time in public life i've gotten involved, i've been referred to as middle class joe. it's not always meant as a compliment. let me say this simply and clearly, and i mean this, the country wasn't built by wall street bankers, c.e.o.'s and hedge fund managers. it was built by you. it was built by the great american middle class. [cheers and applause] the american middle class is built by unions. by you. look, folks. you know, that's the story of america.
when ordinary people from neighborhoods like yours and mine, we grew up, go out and do extraordinary things, that's how it happens. when i look out at this crowd, i see the folks from my neighborhood in claymont and wilmington and scranton. and i am not being solicitous, i mean it. i see people with physical courage and brains. i see people who've busted their backs their whole lives to care for their families. i see people like the millions across this nation who get up every single day to work like a devil to raise their family, pay their taxes and volunteer in their communities to make this country work. i see people understand that being middle class is not a number. it's a value set. it's being able to send your kids to a park where you know they're safe. being able to own your own home and not just have to rent it. it's being able to send your kid to a good school and if they do well they can go beyond high school. to trade school or college or beyond.
it's about being able to take care of your geriatric mom when , and not worrys that your children will have to and plan fo of you for a solid retirement. that's not asking a lot. [chanting] >> we want joe! we want joe! we want joe! we want joe! joe: everybody knows it. the metaclasses hurting. it's hurting now. people in america don't think the children in america will have the same standard of living as they had. that's the first time that's happened in a long, long, long time. the stock market is roaring. but you don't feel it. there's
$2 trillion tax cut last year. did you feel it? did you get anything from it? [crowd grumbles] joe: of course not. of course not. all it went to the folks at the
top and corporations that pay no taxes. the number of corporations that pay no taxes now has doubled since that. look, guys, this is not good. what's happened here has happened for a lot of different reasons. but for me, one of them stands out. the basic bargain used to exist. the democrats and republicans used to agree to has been broken. and that is you contribute to the welfare of the enterprise you work for, you got to share in the benefits and the profits. if the enterprise hits hard times, everybody took a hit. up and down the line. from the secretary to the c.e.o. but that bargain's been broken. now the only people who benefit when a company does well are the c.e.o.'s and the shareholders. and the people at the top. now, people get hurt when a company gets hit hard times. there are the workers. it's a one-way street these days. just look around. g.m. i worked like the devil to see
to it that g.m. stayed alive in the white house. union workers, the u.a.w. took incredible cuts in their future and their pensions to get g.m. working, to keep it alive. the taxpayers bailed them out. they paid it back and paid it back with interest. but what happened? the c.e.o.'s and the executives did quite well. and the second they hit hard times, what did they do? they closed plants. they announced they're going to lay off or transfer 14,000 workers. they also got that last year, over in tax breaks. $192 million they could have given every one they laid off severance pay if they had to. could have given everyone. they did nothing. they bought back their stock. raised their benefits. raised their salaries. announced they were going build a new truck in mexico. [crowd booing] joe: folks,
folks, no. look. i just did a rally for workers in boston. 31,000 workers went on strike to protect their wages, health care benefits and retirement benefits. was stop n' shop in trouble? no, their parent company had made $2 billion the year before. $2 billion. it's what they do. they were going to decide, notwithstanding that, they're going to buy back their stock and try to cut wages or freeze wages for their people. it's not right. now here, upmc, upmc, one of the largest employers in the state. [crowd booing] no. but i think people have to understand this. you understand it. the sciu is engaged in one of the most important organizing fights in this country. folks, 200 years ago in steel mills and coal mines is true today. -- what was true hundred years ago in steel mills and coal mines is true today. our big hospital systems.
the same thing is happening in our big hospital systems. it's going to take a strong union to get justice for health care workers. stop the union busting, stop. [applause] stop trying to keep your workers from organizing. i want you to know, umpc workers, i have your back, and fiamma president, i will fight like the desk toil make sure you -- fight like of a devil to make sure you are not blocked, unions are not blocked unfairly by this. [cheers and applause] it's economically wrong. and it's morally wrong. so what do we do? folks, i think we have to rethink how we define what constitutes a successful economy. it's not enough for the stock market to rise. let's not a bad thing. but it's just not enough. -- that's not a bad thing. but it's just not enough. workers feel powerless. too often humiliated. i call it an abuse of power.
and i can't stand it. never have been able to. when i think about work, i think about dignity. i think about a lot about my dad. a proud gentleman. my dad had an expression. he said, joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about your dignity. it's about respect. it's about your place in the community. it's about being able to look at your kid and say, honey, it's going to be ok and mean it. but, folks, too many people, they can't look at their kids today. and say it's going to be ok. and mean it. that's what we got to change. i think about so many people across this country today. who are just not getting respect, not treated with respect. how do you get to a place, how did we ever get here, where people who teach our kids, take care of our sick, transport our
goods, build our bridges and repair our roofs, keep our water systems safe? people who race into burning buildings, people who race into danger to protect us, people who pick up our garbage off our streets, iron workers, steel workers, boilermakers, plumbers, electrical workers, sales people, how did we get to this place where they don't think we see them or hear them or know them? and maybe most importantly, respect them? respect. [cheers and applause] -- i think the question today is, how did we get here, how did it happen, what are we going to do about it? all across america, communities are hurting. with too many people left out or left behind. our political system is broken. we're tearing america apart instead of lifting it up. and the major, in my view, the major moral obligation of our time is to restore, rebuild and respect the backbone of america.
the middle class. as we rebuild it, we need this rebuilding to be all inclusive. opening the doors to opportunity for all americans. no matter their race, their gender, who they love, no matter who or where they're from. no matter whether or not they have a disability. all america has to be included as we rebuild. all america. [cheers and applause] and i guarantee you, this is, remains and will be my measure of a constitute the second i'm in success. the dignity of work is my measure. which is about being able to provide security and share the joy with your families. how can a person's dignity be maintained if they can't afford to care for their sick child or family member, because of a pre-existing condition? or because they've reached a point where their health care has run out and insurance company says no more?
jill and i, my family, like many of you, went through a year knowing our son was terminally ill. i couldn't imagine what it would be like if we were told that he's run out of the amount of money in his insurance policy and they're going to have to cut him off from the palliative care he was getting. my lord. think about it. how can a parent maintain the dignity, their dignity, if their child wants to go beyond high school, trade school, community college or college and they can't afford it? how do you get them there? folks, it's not just that that child is not going to have an opportunity. to grow and be better. but think about it. think about it. i'll never forget the day my senior in high school, going down to my dad's office to borrow a car for the prom. driving down an old car to pick up a car for the senior prom. i asked the secretary where he was.
she said, he is out in the alley behind the office. dad gentle,, my , a decent man, was pacing back and forth. this is a true story. i walked in, he said, joey, i'm sorry. i'm so sorry. i thought, my god, what happened? did something happen to mom or my brothers or sisters? before cell phones. i said, what's the matter, dad? he said, i went to the bank today to try to borrow the money to help you get to school. but they won't lend it to me. i'm so ashamed. how many people in america today are in that situation? hardworking, decent people , because the cost of education has skyrocketted so badly and access is to difficult? folks come dignity. immanuel kant,-
a philosopher, said dignity, the definition of dignity is that people should never be treated as a means to an end, but an end in themselves. that's how today's corporate culture works. c.e.o.'s and this administration see it a different way. they see workers as a means to an end. not the end in themselves. look at the record. they treat their employees in a way that it is only about how can they maximize their profit? not how can they maximize the circumstance for the employees who help them build the operation. they're squeezing the life out of workers. you know, when you look under the hood of a labor market, you see how tough it is for workers to negotiate. i don't have to tell you union folks that. you see how companies have become so adept at squeezing every last penny out of their payroll. how good they've become at tilting the scales in their favor. but it is not only making it harder and harder to meet our basic needs, they're doing it across the board. not only stripping away unions' rights to negotiate, but your
personal day. just take a look. they're not only going after labor and unions to try to take away and diminish the right to bargain, they're going after individuals. all to suppress their wakes. why on earth would an hourly worker making sandwiches have to sign a noncompete clause? promise, i will not compete with this -- because -- and i know we laugh about it. but here's the deal, guys. they can't go across town to another sandwich place and get a 15-cent raise if they could. they can't even advertise themselves. they can't move, because why? all to suppress wages. all to suppress wages. i've seen these agreements at least once during the career. 40% of them. it's wrong. it's immoral. and it should be made illegal in the states where they try to do it. [applause] but they do the same thing.
with occupational licenses. why should someone who braids hair have to get 600 hours of training? it makes no sense. it's designed to keep the competition down. look, folks. you can't just transfer your licenses across one state to another. they're making it harder and harder. in a whole range of professions. all to keep competition down. why should we get rid of these unnecessary hoops out there? because we have to restore america's ability and individual americans to be able to fight for their own dignity. you know, we should stop companies from classifying low-wage workers as managers. you see it all the time the we tried it in our administration. why do they do that? so they don't have to pay overtime. it cost more than four million workers last year $1.2 billion in lost overtime pay. reclassification.
by the way, speaking of overtime, it's well past time that the minimum wage, nationally be a minimum of $15. , [cheers and applause] it's time to start rewarding work over wealth. the first step is reverse president trump's tax cut for the very wealthy and corporations. we need to eliminate these special tax breaks in the tax code. that reward special interests. let's get rid of capital gain loopholes for multimillionaires. warren buffett said it best, he shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than his secretary does. that's because of capital gains. it's wrong. [applause] it is wrong! and i am going to change that, so millionaires and billionaires don't pay lower taxes than firefighters, teachers and i go on and on. we need to reward work in this country. not just wealth. [cheers and applause] joe: look!
there is much more we need! there's much more we need to do to build the middle class. in the coming weeks, i am going to go into more detail about this. it starts with access to affordable education. so that everyone can get the skills they need. [applause] joe: 12 years of education in the 21st century is not enough. simple. there's got to be affordable. 65 out of 100 jobs today require training beyond high school. 65 out of every 100. but, boy, we have to make it -- make a postsecondary education, make training affordable, make sure an economy works. not just for the wealthy folks, not just for people who get four-year college degrees, but those who compete for job training and trades and programs. look, guys. we can do all this. it means being able to have a quality health care. care for all americans. affordable health care was a huge step forward.
the a.c.a. in our country. [cheers and applause] joe: we made historic progress. by extending health care to 22 million people. americans who didn't have it before now have it. 22 million. we have to stop this administration's effort to gut it first, and then command we have to move on and finish the job, and make health care a right! health care is a right. not a privilege. [applause] we have to give everybody the peace of mind they deserve. when you're covering it through your employer or on your own or not, you all should have a choice to be able to buy into a public option plan for medicare. your choice. [cheers and applause] if the insurance company doing the right thing by you, you should have another choice. it means rebuilding america's clean, renewable energy. cleaner transportation that will not only make us safer and make our commitment to our children, but it will provide millions of
good-paying, middle-class jobs. it means investing much more in medical research to conquer devastating diseases like cancer and addiction and alzheimer's. we have the ability to do that. invest in it. [applause] look, folks. we can do all this without punishing anybody. you know, when reagan was president, there were 800 billion dollars in tax expenditures. meaning tax loopholes. know what it is today? it's over $1,600,000,000,000. we could send every one in america to a community college for free, six million folks. six million folks. by doing one thing. eliminating one loophole. the $1.6 trillion. it robs the country of every -- it robs the country of $17 billion a year. if you get a capital gain, you're about to cash it in. got for big you get hit a truck,
you leave it to your child they , pay no tax. it's not inhittered tax. if you eliminate that one, you can cut every college cut cost in half and you can in fact have $11 billion left to reduce the deficit. [applause] so, folks, quite frankly, the only thing that standses in our way is our broken political system. that is the liberty being undermined by our president to best is deliberately being -- that's deliberately being undermined by our president to continue to abuse the power of the office. donald trump is the only president who has decided not to represent the whole country. the president has his base. we need a president who works for all americans. and we can afford this. we can do this. and i'm optimistic for two reasons. one, i know the history of the journey of this country. when ordinary americans like my family are given an even chance, just an even chance, they could extraordinary things. -- they do extraordinary things.
they have never, ever, ever let the country down. and the second reason i'm optimistic is that i know we are in better position than any nation in the world to on the own the 21st- to century. we not only have the strongest military in the world, we have the most productive workers in the world. three times as productive as the workers in asia. north american energy makes us independent. the u.s. has more great research universities where all these major breakthroughs come from than the rest of the world combined. no other nation in the world can match us. we can bring in be a positive force for everyone. folks, the only thing that can tear america apart is america itself. folks, everybody knows who donald trump is. and i believe, i believe and hope they know who we are. we have to let them know who we are. we democrats, we independents who have the same view, have to choose hope over fear. unity or division.
maybe most importantly, truth over lies. truth over lies. [cheers and applause] folks. [chanting] >> we want joe! we want joe! we want joe! joe: there is not a single thing beyond our capacity, not a single thing. so god bless you all and may god protect our troops! thank you! [chanting u.s.a.] [cheers and applause]
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