tv Road to the White House 2020 Beto O Rourke in Bedford NH CSPAN May 11, 2019 11:43am-1:11pm EDT
everybody,o welcome into our home. i learned this morning that we so ilso live on the span want to welcome the seven people who are watching us on c-span. sorry i am trying to be funny. it is cool that new hampshire matters every few years and that we can have parties like this and outcome and the feeling that speak.after hearing beto
that is very cool. i don't take it for granted. we have a crowded democratic field, everybody knows, and regardless of who you are supporting, i think it's most importance that whoever it is because the pants off the current president. candidates,all 178 the one candidate that is the best in a head to head matchup is here today. that's really cool. is on climateto control, health care, i think initiative-- recent is very important. , six years as a city councilman in el paso,
elected to the house of greatentatives from the state of texas, in 2018 there he successful so close senate bid. we are very happy to have him here. welcome. .eto o'rourke [applause] : thank you.e thank you all for joining us. good morning. thank you for having us out, thanks to ashley and greg thank you for opening up your extraordinarily beautiful home to some strangers from texas and to your friends and neighbors and to the team who put this together, shayna and millie and
katie came together to do this. thank you for your effort. two-state representative sue who just- mullin, gave me the most inspirational story i'm likely to hear today. she is the first of a credit to be elected to serve this 1934.ity sense congratulations to you and everybody who made this possible. very good news. signaled, i am hearing know from both. thanks for trying. we have our backs of the cameras so, i'm much sure what to do now.
i guess we're just going to keep talking. but things are fine. getting a nice shot of the back of our heads. i'm lucky today to be joint by my wife amy, who is here with me. her first trip to new hampshire, but it is her first trip with me as a candidate to get to see and meet so many amazing people. she is here to see it for herself. she spent a full day with us yesterday at house parties like these and big town halls that we held in lebanon. tough questions. this morning we woke up in the same community and went for a run.
it was gorgeous. this is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. i want to tell you a little bit where amy and i are fried -- brought and raising our kids. in the same community that i was raised by pat and melissa o'rourke. one half of the largest biracial conjoined,connected, cities,n of us from two two countries, two cultures and histories who are joined, not separated by the rio grande river, forming something more powerful than those from of our parts with a number of people involved. paso, which he was passing through 15 years ago after having taught in guatemala
and was teaching school. club, her to the kentucky where they say that they invented the margarita. we had a margarita at this historic are that's been there walkede than 100 years, to the customs house where for the first time that a president of the united states and the , neitherof mexico met of them needed a translator because they both spoke english and spanish. we walked to the mission of 300 30pe, been there for years, stood the test of time and in front of that cathedral , we were -- mission able to take in the sights and
the sounds and the smells and the lights of this by national community. it made me who i am, and to which i was inviting amy into. i think it were, because within a year i was married at the year after that we had our first child, in ulysses. -- theseising this kids in this place that i am fears about. a is the safest -- one of the safest cities in the united states. immigrants and asylum-seekers and refugees. a quarter of those with whom we you, c-span.to see a quarter of them were born somewhere else. they chose us. they let their comfort, their
family, their hometown, their country, so offer their language and culture to start a new with strangers in a new land, to come here to do better with their kids and grandkids but also to do better for all of us, call to thatexceptional premise defines us and founded this country. we are not defined by race or common genealogy or ancestry. we are defined by this notion that we are our all created equal, 243 years into this experiment, people are traveling in some cases thousands of miles , fleeing some of the deadliest places anywhere on the planet to come here just to do better for themselves, but also called it to us and want to take from ournot
shared success in this country greatness. that's who we are at the roots of our success. people of the planet who have found a home here in the united states of america, not just tolerate and respect one another but embrace the differences. it is what has made us so strong and successful and exceptional. this flies in the face of the rhetoric and the racism and the paranoia being stoked, president of the united states of america it is what has made us secure. kids putee images of in cages who just survived that 2000 mile journey when we know their mothers were deported back to the very country from which read an article that amy and i just saw today about a woman in presidio taxes
who picked up three stranded people on theung brink of dehydration and starvation and get them care. she has been arrested and prosecuted. we take no comfort that this was decided by one man of one political party in this democracy where the people of the people and the government is the people. it is up to -- it is on us until we make it right. there is a power even preceding the next election. when we found out we were warehousing these kids who survive this journey in a tent , texastside of el paso under the blazing sun, those of us i could make it there bore witness to what was happening, testified to our fellow americans and created the pressure that form the political will to get this administration
to stop separating those .amilies and caging those kids the public pressure that so many performed is what we need right now to make sure that we never again take kids from their parents and reunite all those who have been separated so far, spare no expense and make sure we do everything as the wealthiest, the most powerful country on the face of the planet to make this right. we rewrite this countries immigration laws in our in -- on image reflecting our potential and our history and our best traditions. dreamers in this country every bit as american as anyone else in this room, brought here at an and know full well that if we can put them and they are successful against those long odds they will be
successful. we could if we decided to forever free them from any fear of being deported i'm making them citizens and their true, home country, not doing it at the price of a $30 billion wall that cannot be built on the international boundary. we buy all -- we build it miles into the interior of the u.s. forcing u.n. me to take u.s. farms and homes and private property to build a solution that is in search of a problem. they know that last year there were 400,000 apprehensions on the border and so many of these were families who did not try to evade detection by turn themselves in, trying to follow this countries asylum laws which this president has turned his back on.
i want to make sure if we pursue this doing what is right by our loss, refashioning our laws so they it reflects our reality on the ground we do it not as democrats or as republicans or as independents but as american spirit this should be something that brings all of us together. . applause] of the other many challenges that we face, that we hear about as we travel the country in the last seven and a been to 15we have states, answered more than 800 questions at forums just like this one. without exception, we are hearing from people who cannot afford to be well enough to live to work full potential, a job, raise the child, to write
80's of poetry or compost something that will improve and change our lives were the better . tens of millions of our fellow americans unable to see a doctor , for their medication, go to a mental health care provider. in some states like the largest jail.er is the county the harris county jail. for every night one of those who has clinical depression or bipolar disorder got arrested to go to the one place it there are guaranteed care. everything they could do on this planet locked up with them, it cost the taxpayers of harris county $110. for a fraction of the cost we could provide consistent
world-class health care and allow that person the freedom of what they were supposed to do in their time with us. year 2019 you have fellow americans who are dying into many cases of diabetes, of the we do not lack or want the resources. we have failed them and forming the political will to make sure we address this, insolent, invented 97 years ago, and sold to the government of canada by the scientists who developed it for three dollars canadian because they wanted to make sure it got out to those whose lives could be saved. why do we have people who are rationing their insulin or cannot afford it or crowdfunding it just to stay alive? why in this country today are we in the midst of a maternal mortality crisis, three times as
deadly for women avenue color -- for women of color in the united states? why do we settle the law of the land and close down family clinics upon which women depend not just for a safe legal abortion, but for a cervical cancer screening which may save their lives, family planning, make informed decisions for themselves and their family or to see a provider in the states especially that of not expanded medicaid like my home in texas. when we talk about guaranteed high quality health care for every american, it means we can afford prescription medications. we can go to a provider. we can see a mental health care specialist, not in a jail, but a clinic, because we have mandated access. and we ensure that every woman and make her own decisions about her own body because she has access to the care that assures
that she can. [applause] that asd be able to do well. i know that we can. when we look at the challenge, perhaps the greatest of them before us of climate, the fact that this globe, our planet, has cooked a degree celsius just since 1980, and that warming was brought about not by god or mother nature, but by you and our emissions and excesses and inaction in the face of the facts of the science. we were just in iowa. on one side of the state you have the missouri river, seeing four times the runoff into the payson of an average year. the greatest since they have been keeping records on the river, and the town and the farms and the farmers already underwater in debt are now
lakes. we were just in pacific junction, when in its history, had never flooded, at least not substantially. every home there is underwater. or it was, every single possession of those homeowners ruined forever. so many will not be able to be rebuilt. it is unclear if that community make it. at the same time we are there, visiting farms that are now lakes, on the others of the state, up against the mississippi, in davenport, the highest floods that community has seen for as long as it has been keeping records, they broke those set in 1993. in my home state, houston, 58 inches of rain fell in a single storm. the landfall record for all of north america for as long as they have been keeping records, and the third 500 year flood in that community, meaning that --
in five years for that community, inning that people had not finished rebuilding from the last disaster before the next one hit. the cost to them, to you as a taxpayer, is getting greater every year. you add to this the fires in california, the droughts in the panhandle where farmers try to persist in growing the food and fiber that feeds and clothes t this country, and we understand it will get worse over time unless we change course right now. those scientists who brought this to our attention tell us there are 10 years left to the human race to get this right. if we can free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuels, completely embrace renewable energy, and best in communities like those i described on the front lines of climate change
today to be sure they are resilient and enough to survive these changes, and if we invest in the next generation of technologies for wind and geothermal and the technology to make sure we can distribute the andr after the sunshine wind is no longer blowing, if we make sure the united states takes the lead, then we can convene other powers of this planet together as well and play our role as the indispensable nation and do for ourselves what no other country is capable of. it is going to take everyone of us could we cannot do this by half steps or half measures or only half the country. cannotot be democrats, be one person or one president. it will have to be the united states of america. got our work cut out for us.
[applause] divided, as polarized, as partisan as ever. the ability just to keep the lights on or the federal government, much less move on any of these significant and in some cases existential challenges, is in question. a democracy can only her works verb so many of our americans, in 2018 innked 50th voter turn eight. that is not because we love our democracy less than you do here, although i take it you really love it here in new hampshire, it is because based on your race or ethnicity, you are likely drawn out of the state rep district or a congressional district to deemphasize and diminish the power of your votes and make it less likely that we hear the power of your voice.
you add to that id laws that say you can use your license to carry a firearm to prove you are at the ballot box, but you cannot use your student id at the university of texas to prove who you are. this is not by accident. this is 100% by design. there is a way to overcome this. we saw it in texas. over the last two years we campaigned in every single one of the 254 counties in texas. it didn't matter how big or blue. we showed up to listen to you just like we are today to find out what was on your mind and incorporate your story into our campaign. it did not matter how rural, we showed up. we did not write you off or presume anything about you. we not to -- we went to not the reddest county in the state of texas, but the reddest county in the united states of america. voted for trump 96% and the election, but they are every bit
as deserving of being listen to and fought for, served as anyone else in our state regardless of their affiliation or geography. we showed up there as well. sue, i thought you would like this. we were in archer county, archer city. you know it from munson of -- lonesome dove, and we are going to hold a town hall meeting just like this, only smaller. about 11 or 12 people showed up. theount 20 when we include eight ends in a sense -- innocents who were eating breakfast when we walk in. this gentleman stops me, and he's got an envelope. he pulls an eight by 10 lack and white photo. it's his dad talking to congressman lyndon baines johnson, and he explained to me that this just dropped out of
that -- he had just dropped out of the helicopter and walked over to the american legion hall and there he was having coffee s dad, wanting to understand these people so they could that she could serve them. this guy tells me, my dad lived in archer city his entire life, and so have i, and this is the first time since 1948 that a senate candidate from either party showed up here to listen to us and to be able to service. 70 years. here is the result, though we did not win the election, we were down by 2.6 percent on election night, we won more votes than any democrat in the history of the state of texas. independents for the first time in 10 years. [applause]
two new members of congress, both democrats replacing republicans that had served and you probably know what that is light, helping to flip the house of representatives, change the composition of the state legislature. 17 african-american women and harris county won election to positions, changing terminal justice and that community, the most diverse in the united states. and half a million of my felon -- fellow texaco and -- texans, all republicans, on that same ballot voted for me, without requiring us to show up with anything less than the courage of our convictions, talking about gun violence in a gun owning state, universal background checks, talking about climate change in an oil and gas
state. talking about reproductive rights and health care in a state that a close down so many family planning clinics. we show up everywhere and listen to everyone and include all of us in the solutions, there is no stopping us. and that is the way i have served and that what's -- what brings me here today to learn from you. i am grateful for the opportunity. thank you all for having us out. i appreciate it. thank you. [applause] , she's got a microphone. , excuse me.stion in terms of climate change. i think the bigger issue is the corporations. what can we do about the exxon mobile's? beto o'rourke: you are
absolutely right. it extends to every issue we care about. how is it that you and i invest in research and development for the cures and medications that are then sold back to us at the most expensive rates on the planet? despite the fact that we have leverage and purchasing power of medicare, medicaid, federally insured employees pretty follow the money from the political action committees, from the corporations who not only by the ability to sell these back to us, but if you look at purdue pharma, they purchase impunity against what they have caused to this country. you look at a bill signed into law by the president passed by both chambers of congress, it allows internet service providers to sell your private data without your consent to the highest bidder. wherever you have been on the internet, they can now buy that without your permission. it makes no sense unless you follow the money. who cuts the checks to congress
who voted for. on climate change, the scientists have known going back to the 1950's that we are cooking this planet. there's been a political consensus as far back as the 1980's under the george h w bush administration about what it would take. yet here we are, what explains this disconnect between what we know and what we actually have done about it? it is the political action committees, the ability to purchase access and outcomes of both elections and legislation. in our campaign, beyond saying we want to end the ability for federal candidates to receive back contributions -- contributions, we walk the talk, and we want to make sure there is no conflict or perceived conflict of interest, that you know that i only serve you and other americans, human
beings, not corporations. it is the only way we will confront every single challenge and be successful. thank you for the question. that is the way we get it done. thank you for coming. my question is offkilter. in 2016 we learned that turnout is key, getting people to the polls. we saw that candidates that did not win their primary nomination did not go all out to make sure that happened. with 20 plus candidates, in the unlikely event you don't win the nomination, how are you going to ensure that your followers, people who believe in you, get out and vote? all, irourke: first of 100% endorse the spirit of the question.
whoever the nominee is, let's commit that we will do everything in our power to make her or him as successful as possible against trixie. [applause] agree, moreope you important, as successful as possible in bringing the country together in 2021 and getting after these challenges. i will do everything i can, now 's electoral royal play,ctoral votes are in i will do everything i can to campaign in that state for orelf if i am the nominee, someone else if they are. together. in this spanish]
we are going to reach everybody, everywhere appeared that is what we have been doing in this campaign so far. 15 states, more than 140 town halls, and we will keep this up. it is the only way to bring everyone in. thank you for answering -- asking the question. [applause] another question on climate change, china and that's as much carbon dioxide as the united states and europe combined. that region excluding russia and the countries of the former soviet union and met more carbon dioxide than the rest of the world combined. there are over 1000 new coal burning plants planned or under construction across africa and
asia. they are financed largely by chinese and japanese banks. coal is the cheapest way to generate power in those countries. they understand climate change. they have scientists who know how dangerous it is, but they have hundreds of millions of , that as a matter of survival, they have to lift out of poverty in the cheapest way possible. as president, how will you address that? beto o'rourke: what a great question. we were in west burlington, iowa, meeting with farmers at an ethanol plant. they were making the case to me that this technology develops -- developed more than four decades ago had freed them from a commodity market that they were depended upon, created high wage jobs in that community that had brought young people back when
beyond that there wasn't a reason for them to come back. they helped to replace more than 10% of the gasoline on the market with a biofuel. so i took their lead and began talking about climate change in much the same terms as i use today, and this one farmer stood , not cast out, but she said maybe you're right, and maybe you are right about climate change and what we need to do, but i don't want to be the one to bear the burden of this. why is it always america that has to do that? there was something to that question because you are right, even if we were at the step of our fingers to stop admitting all greenhouse gases, china has three to four times the coal-fired plants that we do right now. india and africa coming online as we speak. obviously we are all connected.
it is an opportunity for a more conscientious capitalism and a government that is focused on this problem, to bring to market cheaper ways to generate the power the rest of the word neat -- world needs. i will give you an example, el paso electric company is building out utility scale solar not so much because they care about the planet, although i hope they do. it is just the cheapest way with them to generate the electricity they are sending out onto the grid. some country, and i much rather it be the united states then china, will come up with the next technology so all of that solar and wind energy that we generate, store it, and then the opportunity and the markets are ours and all the places that we just mentioned to be able to ensure that those technologies, renewable energy technologies, are employed instead of what we
are using now. the other opportunity or another one, is this, much in the same way american farmers let the green revolution or the world, to help feed itself, a similar challenge to this one, american farmers can help lead on this challenge of climate change. i have learned that right now under our current farm bill and policies, we incentivize them -- the only way they make a profit is by cultivating every single square inch that they own. in iowa it is for soybeans and corn. if we paid them for the public good of planting cover crops, rotating other small grains on their fields, using less chemicals and fertilizers and improving the soil and water, paying them at a profit to conserve more of their land so that its highest use is helping to meet the challenge of climate change, decorative -- that could
be the model for the rest of the world at the same time we are improving yields throughout this country. i look at your question as a challenge for us. i don't want to turn our backs on it. i don't want to be the one country that refused to sign the paris climate agreements. the one country that doesn't allow the phrase climate change should appear in any of our international agreements today rate i want us to be the indispensable country leading on all of these things, and government has a big role to play, but i would argue are thatators and technology come out of this country has a big role to play as well. thank you for the question. [applause] parent of a son who graduates from college this week and commissions as a second lieutenant, what is your vision of the u.s. military? >> congratulations and thank you
for your service. we are in our 20th year of war in iraq. i will be 47 this year. i was 18 years old, a senior, when brush first announced we would use military force there. we have been there through six presidential administrations without a commonly understood strategy or end in sight. we are in our 18th year in afghanistan. the authorization for that passed in 2001. only one member of a -- of congress voted against it. i remember listening to the news at the time and wondering who is this one un-american member of congress who does not understand what is going on. i have gone back, and i watched her speech, and you can see she
is struggling because she wants to make sure there is accountability. she wants to make sure we are not attacked again, but she is concerned that we are writing a blank check for war. that authorization that she voted against is the underpinning for our presence tonight in syria and libya and yemen as well. this has metastasized over time, and we envision people serving in these wars who were not even born when this authorization was passed. the challenge, and it is not easy, is to bring these wars to a conclusion, to prioritize our diplomatic efforts. and our willingness is to work with other countries, not only our allies, sometimes our enemies, to find non-violent, peaceful ways to end these wars and address the underlying concerns. , withama administration
the comprehensive plan of action, where they negotiated with iran, the permanent members of the security council in germany, to keep that country from developing weapons without firing a shot or sending a single u.s. member to invade yet another country, to me that is a model. it is not perfect. no agreement with that many partners is going to be perfect. but it was a step in the right direction. i want to make sure and it is fallingrea, instead of along with kim jong-un, and do nothing to do neil cries that peninsula, that we work not just with north korea, but south korea and china, a player in that region, and when it comes to syria, we will have to work with folks we don't like. or we can look forward to a continued presence in that country as well. north africa, the middle east and beyond.
,ere is a great opportunity this president has decided his best friends will be kim jong-un and these arein ban the very definition of dictators and strongmen great at the moment that the world wonders whether the future is autocracy or democracy, our signal is for the former. at the same time we have turned our backs on nato, and the president openly questioned the alliance whose article five mutual defense clause has been invoked once, and that is when we were attacked on 9/11 in 2001, inviting more russian --entures is him adventurism. i want to make sure those alliances forged in sacrifice, going back to world war ii, are
renewed and add to our defense and strength. i want to make sure we use our unique position on the world stage to bring the world together around challenges like climate stained -- change and nuclear disarmament, and making sure that we withdraw from wars in a way that is good for this country and others involved. i want to make sure we elevate priorities that have been missing from our foreign policy. i want to make sure we invest in the solutions, not just through money but through diplomacy it will keep families from having to flee 2000 miles to come here. right now our foreign policy is born disproportionately by 18, 19, 20-year-old women and men in uniform, and i would love for the diplomats in peaceful ways to replace that with leadership that ensures we don't have to go to war to achieve our aims. thank you for the question. >> i have time for two more
questions. if you get the nomination, will you put one of the amazing women candidates on your ticket? [applause] yeah, yeah.e: they are all amazing. nonprofit forn a women. beto o'rourke: thank you for that question and for being here and reminding us what is at stake. as the gentleman pointed out earlier, i am one of 21. a long way to go. i feel it to be a little bit presumptuous to begin selecting or divining -- defining a running mate. >> not to us. beto o'rourke: i hear you.
it is hard for me to escape the conclusion that if i were lucky enough to be the nominee, i would not select one of these extraordinary women with whom i am running right now or some other extraordinary women not running right now. we have the greatest field of public servants in my lifetime, those who make up these 21 potential nominees and people who are not running for the nomination but are every bit as extraordinary. stacey abrams comes to mind for me right now. [applause] taken, and definitely something that makes a lot of sense to me. thank you very much. bit ofnt to ask a little a regional question. in the northeast, the majority for a long time of our economy was industrial trade as the economy changed, a lot of those jobs went overseas and people were left without jobs and ways
to make ends meet. a lot of the economic success in these regions went to the big cities. were now we are finding a lot of the big cities in the northeast are booming, but it is too expensive to live there. there is nowhere to expand, and then all of the other areas outside, there's no jobs. affordable places to live, but no connectivity between the big cities and all of these not even necessary world, but just regular areas not connected to that success. one of the answers i think israel access. -- is rail access. a week couldn't to the areas with affordable places to live, -- if we could connect to those areas, how do you commit making transportation an important issue? beto o'rourke: expanding rail access to the country?
beto o'rourke: all of this is connected. we were talking about climate earlier. part of our climate plan we only $5d last week, not trillion over 10 years, not only getting to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but making sure people live closer to where they work. lots of great jobs serving the tourists who come to el paso, texas, but so many those people are driving two hours to work and back home in a car, burning gasoline and emitting carbon dioxide into the air. housing unaffordable for too many. they are not making enough to make ends meet. an investment in transit and
rail, in affordable housing closer to where people work makes life more livable for them, allows them to make ends meet, meet our commitments to this planet and to the generations that follows and will require choices for us. we will need more inclusionary zoning in our communities. rich people are going to have to let people who are not so rich live close to them. we are going to have to expand programs like section eight housing vouchers to make more use of capacity that is in private ownership right now for single-family homes for apartments or condominiums. we are going to have to acknowledge that we cannot continue to sprawl our way out to success. we are going to have to invest in those communities that have stood the test of time, who have the infrastructure, who have the services, but may not have the density.
it sounds like a tangent, but it is connected in new hampshire. you created 10,000 more jobs than you could fill last year in the state. haveccupants of those jobs purpose and function and dignity in their lives. i learned you have the highest level of student loan indebtedness in the u.s., and too many people cannot afford to move back to new hampshire because they cannot find the job that pays enough to pay back that student loan, find housing that is affordable, and make ends meet at home. affordable,ge more white and clear some of that debt, refinancing the remainder is out of the path to getting more young people to work those jobs, connecting them with higher education, with unions and skills and trade that will provide the skilled workforce we need going for the i want to meet that challenge, but i think
>> what do you say to them you should that are just overwhelmed by everyone in the race? >> mansion democrats understand the responsibility and the weight they carry for the rest of the country to vet the candidates who come through here. really tough questions at every house party, every town hall that i have been to. with these conversations come the solutions to ensuring we have affordable housing, that we make college education something everyone can obtain if they so choose, that we have a higher minimum wage so that folks can work one job instead of two or
three. dominatesssue that almost every conversation, confronting climate change before it is too late. i'm inspired. i feel stronger for having visited the state so often, having so many of these town hall meetings and learning so much from those i hope to serve. i will continue to show up and compete. i'm grateful for everyone who is engaging. >> what do you make of the terrorists imposed by the srumpet minute -- tariff imposed by the trump administration on china? tariffs aree: these hammering the american consumer, and no one hotter than the american farmer. the food that feeds the u.s. and the rest of the world is locked farmers whond struggle with their fields underwater are now underwater with debt and will be unable to
pass these forms onto the next generation. this trade war, these tariffs are punishing us. we have to get out of it. the best way to do it is to enlist the help of our allies, traditional trading partners, and friends. we have seen going alone is hurting us more than anybody else. may ask, jay have ais proposing to debate solely on climate change. would you be open to doing a climate change debate? beto o'rourke: yes, i am very open to doing that. that we want to do for one another, for this country depends on our viability and ability to withstand the ,orces that we have unleashed
the fact that this planet is cooking, the floods, fires, the droughts, the storms producing greater loss of life and property and even entire communities. this is the defining issue of our moment, and i think it is important that we have that conversation, that competition of ideas and proposals and solution and vision and allow the american people to make an informed decision. a group of ladies that asked if you would be open to a female running mate. you said you'd be open to the women running and the ones that are not running. we know you speak highly of stacey abrams. if you wereone chosen as a nominee you would choose as a running mate? is she on the mind of someone to consider? beto o'rourke: i want to try to answer this question as respectfully as possible, both i am one of 21, a
long way to go between here and whoever our next nominee is. i would be ahead of myself to start talking about a potential running mate. i don't want to presume that anyone would necessarily want to accompany me on the ticket if i were the nominee. i mentioned stacey abrams because i think she is one of the most gifted leaders in public life in the united states of america today. country'sling this attention and focus on the and i think that is fundamental to our being able to solve any other issue, that we are making sure we are all participating in the solutions for climate, for gun violence, for housing , werdability, health care need to make sure everyone is reflected at the ballot box. so she is a hero of mine, and i
want to support her in whatever she does. i certainly think that we can look forward to her playing a greater role in public life in america. can you circle back -- >> can you circle back to china and the trade deals? where should we go now? what should be the next steps for the u.s. in tackling this problem? >> look, i want this country, this administration to be successful in holding china to account for manipulating their currencies or dumping on u.s. markets at below of the cost -- below the cost of production. i want there to be justice for breaking the international rules that govern trade. but when we go it alone, we are less likely to succeed, and that are doing.what we it is punishing the farmers throughout this country, and the very viability of rural communities and the farms that sustain them.
you asked for a different not enlist the help of our allies, our friends, traditional trading partners to whom we turned our backs. the european union, canada, mexico, to go into this fight in a true alliance, to make sure there is strength in numbers and there is a far better chance that we get what we are pursuing in the first place. right now, it does not look like we are any closer to achieving our goals, and we are ratcheting tariffs,essure and the reciprocal tariffs are going to be ratcheted up against our farmers and producers as well. we need to join a larger alliance to make sure we get to the solutions we are looking for. [inaudible] >> in arlington, you said that you wanted to focus on face time with voters over, at the time, big media interviews.
you have some pretty big ones coming up next week. does that marked a shift in where you are, a new chapter for your campaign? don't think so. while we do prioritize town hall meetings, direct voter engagement, conversations like the ones we are having here have alsoedford, i done hour-long interviews on cnn , i was just on the show on for an interview onboth english and spanish, almost every major network and certainly almost every day we are on the road, we are engaging with television viewers across the country. being on another msnbc show with rachel maddow, i am excited to do that, but and chris hayes, getting to be on the view on tuesday, which i am looking forward to, again, is in the
secession of -- a succession of tv interviews that allow me to introduce myself to more of the country and also answer questions about why i am running and how i propose to achieve the vision that i have laid out. insenator klobuchar is puerto rico today. do you plan to visit the island on the campaign trail, and if so, when? visit puerto rico. we don't have a date that we can announce yet, but i hope to be able to do that soon. that part ofthat america is going to get the attention and the resources and the representation and public service it deserves is if candidates for higher office show up and hold until the accountable to those whom they wish to serve in the first place. that is why we are here today in new hampshire and have been to 15 states so far, and it is why you will also find is in puerto rico. goofy question and a serious
question, which one do you want first? >> i will take the serious one first. >> i have heard you make a , goinge of afghanistan in with no plan. i forgot you were a high school senior when we first got in there. how do you differentiate a long-term commitment to places like that from the long-term military commitment in places like the korean peninsula or germany and europe? that the two or three examples you have given are really comparable. for us toedingly rare lose the life of a u.s. service be forcedkorea or to to take the life of a north korean servicemember. our troop despite presence in some of the
countries in the european union, to ever fire a shot against an enemy soldier or to have shots fired against us. in afghanistan, we are engaged in active hostilities that have claimed the lives of american service members and will continue to do so for as long as we are there. we are taking the lives of our fellow human beings in the name of this country under ever-changing rules of war, and under wars that metastasize to involve a troop presence in syria and iraq, yemen and libya, so thoses well, and are two different kinds of ways that we have used the united istes military, and my fear that without bringing an end to these wars in the middle east, without finding peaceful political, nonviolent solutions to the challenges we face, then act of be at war, an
war, not a stalemate or a peacekeeping mission, for the for siebel future. questionewhat goofy is, why does someone who is bilingual and fluent in spanish riverue to say rio grande ? >> it might be the same reasons i say el paso and san antonio differently as well. ask the people of texas. that is a silly question. [laughter] grand instead of rio , which is river river? >> why do you say that instead of rio bravo?
go figure, just the way i was raised. >> thank you, i appreciate it. >> thank you, thank you, appreciate it. [indiscernible] >> we will have more live road to the white house coverage on monday. former vice president joe biden will make a campaign stop in hampton, new hampshire at the community oven, a local pizza place. watch live at 12: 30 p.m. eastern on c-span, law online at c-span.org, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. >> on american history tv, tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern on two films from
the 1970's dealing with the vietnam war. >> for quadra years, american boys have been fighting and dying in vietnam. for 12 months, our negotiators have been talking with the other side in paris, and yet the fighting goes on, destruction continues, and brave men still die. the time has come for some new initiatives. >> each day, it becomes clear to us that we consumers must act in self-defense. we must stop buying war. >> sunday at 6:00 p.m. on american artifacts, tour the rise of exhibit on the lgbtq rights movement at the exam -- museum on the anniversary of the stonewall riots. on the gate preyed mail wall street workers socializing going on there.
it was not the nicest place, but it was a place gay people could call their own. >> and hear about the watergate tapes 45 years later from jeff sheppard, who worked with president nixon's defense team. >> if you listen to these tapes -- the president said this, -- todecreed that, told do a thorough investigation, and you will not find anything that says the president gave in order or acknowledged criminality. it is just not there. this weekend on american history tv, on c-span3. >> up next, presidential candidate john delaney holds a town hall meeting in new hampshire. up next, adam schiff and steve scully's talk about the mueller report. later, a farewell ceremony for rod rosenstein, who is leaving his position as deputy attorney
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