tv Road to the White House 2020 Joe Biden in Hampton NH CSPAN May 13, 2019 9:50pm-10:41pm EDT
we thought of our responsibility to make sure we did everything we could to protect the citizens . privilege. >> voices from the road on c-span. >> former vice president joe biden is in new hampshire this week for the first time since announcing his candidacy for president. one of his stops included a pizza parlor in hampton where he talked about health care, education costs, and environmental issues. .> joe biden [cheers and applause]
[applause] mike: as was mentioned, my name is mike edgar. i am a representative here in hampton. i'm going to read this to you because i will forget the words because i'm so excited about this. it is hard to describe how thrilled i am that i have been given the privilege to talk about joe biden and then .ctually introduce him still amways been and a supporter of joe biden. [applause] mr. edgar: i talk about it a
lot, sometimes when it's appropriate and sometimes when it's not. this country needs a person of joe's character, demeanor, decency, courage, and intelligence. he knows what needs to be done and also how to do it. joe knows our country, the world and the world leaders, so who would be better than joe? >> nobody! individualwe need an we can trust. energy will not be wasted trying where his focus. we know his vote will be for the good of the citizens. health care, equal rights, when you work, you actually get a good pay for working, which you are supposed to. we need to have an individual we have confidence in to make the right decisions for the good of the people in this country.
in the middle of the night, it's the president must make a decision, i want it to be made by a person i trust that has done their homework and can act in a rational, thoughtful manner with the country and its people in mind. individual in the white house that can attract and assemble a solid team to help run this country in an effective and productive way for all .itizens i strongly believe joe is a person that meets these requirements and exceeds them. we need joe. the country needs joe. i hope all of you will join tom and i and vigorously support joe biden. [applause] mr. edgar: and what i like to say is right the ship, set the course, full speed ahead now.
[applause] edgar: so, to everyone, i give you the former vice president and the future president of the united states. [applause] : hey, everybody. good to be back in new hampshire. of -- i was just giving a list of everybody who is
here. tom here, state senator sherman, pat -- there's a whole lot of folks. i'm not sure where the recognition starts, but let me start by thanking my colleagues for welcoming me here, and, you a bigr mommy owes favor for taking you to this. whatever you need -- ice cream or whatever. look, folks, i plan on doing everything i can to the respect
and the support of the people of new hampshire. i am going to be here a lot. bad news for you is him coming back. good news for me is i'm coming back. but i want to i'm your support and, folks, the fact of the matter is we are in a situation right now where you all know that this election is bigger than any you have been engaged in. not because i'm running
or anybody else who is running, but because of who occupies the office. this election is, quite frankly, bigger than politics, more important. the fact of the matter is i'm running for three basic reasons that i'm going to be clear about it as i move along and go into great detail about it as we get down the road here because this is a marathon and i don't want to keep you standing a long, long time or even sitting a long time. reasons -- for three i want to restore the soul of this country. secondly -- [applause] mr. biden: i really want to, quite frankly, rebuild the backbone of this country,
ringing everyone along, the middle class who built this country, and thirdly, i want to do what we talked about earlier, unite the country. i know i get criticized for saying i think we have to unite the country. the truth of the matter is we cannot get anything done in this country without a consensus. it's the way our constitution is written, the way it runs. we're in a situation where you have to be able to generate a consensus to get anything done. if you do not do that, you end up where we are now. you end up with a president who can divide a country based on the ability to garner more power for himself or herself, depending who it is, and be in a situation where you just cannot get anything done. when things do not get done, that is what executives reach out and claim more power than they are entitled to. my dad used to have an expression. he said a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about your dignity, your place in the community, you're being able to turn and look at your kids and say, "honey, it's
going to be ok" and mean it. so few people can do that today. so few people wonder if their children will ever be in the position they were to be able to lead a good middle-class life, and there's a lot of folks that are doing well and that's good. i'm happy people are doing well, but so many people are being left behind. we are in a situation as well where, you know, there used to be a basic target in america. the basic bargain was if you participated in an enterprise and it made some money and it did well, you got to share in the benefits of that, but that's not the case anymore. the iowa cartoon hanging in my office and barack used to kid me about it, it's from "the new yorker." it shows a picture of a great, big guy sitting at it looks like an interrogation table. it's out of "the new yorker" magazine. he's wearing a black turtleneck sweater, black beret, black mask across his face, and there's a table withbag on the
a dollar sign on it, edit saying, "you know, how was i supposed to know he was a job creator?" think about it, guys, all kidding aside, our republican friends and the president have adopted the notion that if you are not the ceo of a corporation or not a stockholder, you have no real equity because you don't create any jobs. only the job creators are the ones who get the benefits of the changes that take place. corporate profits are up gigantic, but what has happened? people are being left behind because i don't know about you, but my dad ran a large automobile agency. did not own it but ran it for years and years. he created a heck of a lot of jobs for a lot of people. the people on the assembly line at the general motors plant that used to exist in delaware, they created a lot of jobs for people. the people out on the fields bringing in the soybeans or whatever they are growing, they are creating jobs for people,
but we've lost our sense of who we are, it seems to me, and we have to reestablish it. the way to start is to get back to the business of beginning to reward work over well. i'm happy to see people do well, but here is where we are now -- warren buffett said it best. he said, "because i pay only capital gains for everything i make, basically, i pay at a lower tax rate than my secretary here is where we are now. heren buffett said it best, said, because i only pay capital gains for everything and make, i pay a lower tax rate than my secretary does. and it is a fact. folks, we have to get back in the business of making sure people have an opportunity to make it, and the way to start that is to make sure we get rid of this darn tax cut this guy put in that really helps the
wealthy. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: and eliminate a significant number of loopholes, so far, exemptions in the law. when reagan was president, there were over $300 billion in taxes that weren't collected because of a rational offer, that if you contribute to charity, he would get a tax cut. but here's the deal. $1,640,000,000,000, over $600 billion in loopholes in the law. at least 300 to 400 of them have no justification. there is no rationale except rewarding the very wealthy. and they are doing just fine. the vast majority, if you talk to them, say, i get it, i give up this come about in the other thing to make the country better. it has created a deficit of $2 trillion. when it past, said at the
time, i don't want to sound like i told you so, but i said at the time, when it created this debt, you $2 trillion know, we have to do something about that that we created, and what are they doing? they are going to try to eviscerate the social safety net -- social security, medicare, medicaid. you think i am joking. before we took back the house of representatives, the republican head of the budget committee called on cutting down medicare by half $1 trillion. 90 here the head of the senate saying that we have to do something about the entitlements, social security, etc. all those who are trying to help your children or grandchildren go to college, raise your hand if you don't think it is difficult. [laughter] no one is putting their hands up. there are a few things you can do to restore dignity.
the first one is to make sure health care is a right, not a privilege. [applause] -- and the way to start with that is to reestablish what barack and i did with affordable care act. when the act passed, said it was a big deal, or something to that effect. [laughter] i thought no one could hear,. [laughter] thank god my mom wasn't around, i would have been in big trouble. all jokes aside, it was a gigantic thing. speaking of iraq, he doesn't get nearly the kind of credit, he was one heck of a president. a man of integrity, honor, decency and a backbone like a ramrod. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: what we've got to do is best we have to restore the affordable care act and not continue to see it eviscerated. talking,magine
speaking about dignity, i can't imagine how apparent can maintain their dignity, look at their child has a pre-existing condition and there is nothing you can do about it because you can't afford it. or when the insurance company says, you have opted out, you spend too much money. i can imagine what jill and i would have done when our son beau was there for a year. when you it was a terminal illness. . if they said halfway through, i am sorry. no more insurance company. no more palliative care. i can imagine. it is about dignity. how can a man or woman go to bed at night knowing there is no way if they get sick that they can take care of their families? folks, it is about more than just a job. it is about your dignity. the second thing, education. today,of 100 jobs
today, require more than a high school degree. today. whether or not it is training, skill, an associates degree, come and 80 college or beyond, 65 out of 100 -- common 80 college degree or beyond, 65 out of 100. 12 years is not enough to get an education any longer. my wife was a junior comminuted college professor and she says that any country that competes us -- that out-educates us will out-computers. it is a basic and simple proposition. we can afford to do all these things. healthtake a look at the care piece, i said every single person in america should be about to restore the affordable care act, improvement and make it better than it was for into ady, to be e-verify medicare-like plan. we can insure the whole country that way.
and allow people to keep their private insurance if they wish, and if they don't like it, they can buy into a medicare-like plan. the other thing is, when we talk about education, we are in a situation where the cost has become so expensive to send someone even to state universities, let the university of new hampshire, university of delaware, where i went. the cost has skyrocketed for a whole lot of reason including state legislatures, usually run the republicans have cut assistance to those schools. can. tough we pay for this with a tax cut that we are going to reverse as well as eliminating some of the loopholes that don't make any sense. [applause] let me give you an example. i don't want to be generic about it. for example, you could send everyone in this state to a company to college for free, the entire united states for free, if they are qualified.
canning half -- cutting in half the cost of a four-year degree because you are able to transfer these credits to a four-year college. but here's the deal, it costs $6 million a year. there goes that big spending democrat biden, look at him. i can eliminate one of the $1.6 trillion of loopholes. it is called stepped up basis. i hope you know what it is. i did not know. that means you make capital gains and you are going to cash it in, god forbid you get hit by a truck and we lose you and it gets left to your son or all.ter, no taxes paid at it costs the government $17 billion every year. it is a tax deal five seconds before god forbid something happens. ofyou eliminate that1 out
$1,600,000,000,000, every student can go to community college for free, cutting in half the cost of their for your education, including productivity by 2/10 of 1% as well as dollars to put toward the deficit. we can do all those things. i will not go into it now, i will be laying it out in great detail. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: this is about fair. what should we be investing in? have, you know, how can we come maintain our dignity. looking at the beautiful young girl sitting there with her mom or any of the young kids here, and not being able to guarantee their generation clean air and clean water, and an environment that is real -- really and truly. folks, i know some of you may have read an article written about -- biden takes the middle
ground on the environment. posk you to go to litifact. it is on of those groups that challenges what is said, truth or no truth. i said, i was in this area before anyone else was. and the record basically says, biden is right to he has been a leader in climate change. look at what we did when barack and i got in. we invested $90 billion in renewable energy at the front end, we doubled the mileage standards for automobiles, saved hundreds of millions of barrels of gasoline. and we did it all, and no one complained, even automobile companies said it was all right. because they knew they had to compete with foreign companies, building more fuel-efficient cars, they knew they had to
companies with electric cars. we propose electric charging stations. you wants to have electric automobiles, we'll guess what, you need these charging stations. i will not go into it now, i onl be laying out everything the environment. past when mythe bills on this, i sat on the floor, we are in an existential threat. we are in a situation where if we don't act quickly we will lose everything we have. it is even more urgent now. we do need to finish this green revolution in a way that is rational, and we can do it, afford it, and get it done now. there is so much we can do that allows us to be in the position to do it because of the fair tax structure and eliminating all these tax loopholes.
lastly, i don't want to keep you guys too much longer, that guy standing by the auburn is perspiring, -- [laughter] fmr. vice pres. biden: i am always told that i am an optimist. .ell, i am an optimist i am more optimistic today about the prospects for the united states of america than i have been since i got elected as a 29-year-old kid to the senatem not old enough to be sworn in. it is time we remember who we are. this is the united states of america. we have more great research universities out of which every major breakthrough in the last 20 years has come, and you own those great research universities. they are monetized by corporations, which is a good thing. but it comes out of these great research universities than all the rest of the world combined. second you, we are in a situation where we not only have the most powerful military industry in the world, we have
led the world, by the example of power --, not by the not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. that is why they are walking away no. we are embracing dictators. the president is embracing oligarchs. he is in the business of calling his good friend vladimir putin in his private calls, he stands before the world and says, no, i have to trust my friend, paraphrasing, my friend putin here, he didn't do anything to interfere in our elections. he is poking the finger in the eyeball of our allies as well. it is an example that we have stood for in the past it has inowed the world to unite the greatest alliances in human history. that has what has kept the peace in the last 60, 70 years. lastly, we also have the
most productive workers in the world, three times as productive as the workers in asia. that does not mean it want to see people in asia do well, but we don't have to take a backseat to anybody. we are so well-positioned in this nation to be able to seize hold of the opportunities to century.he 21st there is no reason we can't own the 21st century. i could go on, but i will not. let point is, let's remember who we are. this is a united states of america. anything we set our mind tell, we have never -- our minds to come up we have never failed to accomplish. it in gradeo school, and the kids still do it now, they would read john f. kennedy speech about why we went to the moon. everybody can quote parts of it. the one part that at the time and now i think was the most
prescient thing he ever said, he said we are doing this because , i refuse to postpone refuse" to postpone in a longer the possibilities for this country, and we have to end it now. this administration. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: i have got the chance to talk to you a lot more, why don't i take any questions? they will give you the microphone. >> i heard you say that you want to take $11 billion from that tax loophole that you wanted eliminated and take that and put it into the deficit. will bring in the deficit down the of a part of your campaign? fmr. vice pres. biden: that is not the focus. the focus is to restart and regenerate the economy. not to waste money. the focus. is to focus on the things we have to do, and we have to in fact, giving you as an example what we could do with it, we shouldn't spend money that way,
we should be strengthening medicare, social security. we should not be cutting it. we should be investing in education. a significant part of a child's brain is developing before they get to kindergarten. we know all the statuses and thus the stats and the details. we should be investing. in post-high school education, trade schools. things that we can afford to do. the second thing i would argue is we should be spending a lot of money on future research. --ks, we are in a position when i announced i was not going to run for the president last time, and i wasn't going to run against hillary, she is my friend. i want to 83 major events for hillary, i had planned on running before and i put together an organization, but my son, beau, made me promise.
when he got the diagnosis -- by the way, a peopl of people have gone through a lot more than i have in my life without the help i have had. i have had significant help. i have a great family. think of all the people everyday who have gone through what i have gone through and more, and get up every day, put one foot in front of the other and just do it every day without the kind of help i had. there are some real heroes out there. so i am not saying mea culpa, look at me. my generic point is that when beau knew he was dying, and we knew he was dying, because nobody gets passed a matter of months with his diagnosis, i promised him i would not tell anybody how seriously ill he was. he was he attorney general of delaware and he insisted on serving out his term even though he had aphasia. he would go to therapy early in the morning in philadelphia for
a couple of hours then he would come back to delaware and work his job. he was insistent. he said, dad anybody ask you, look at them and say, he is good. so i can tell anybody but the president, who was a close friend. i had to tell the president because i have been given so , that anynsibility president has to do if they are smart. so much had landed on his plate. everything had landed on his desk but locusts the first year. [laughter] fmr. vice pres. biden: i mean it. so i had to tell him. but he was he on the one that i told. so when i decided afterwards that there were still people pushing me to go, i told the president that i would formally announce after beau had passed that i was not going to run. he said, come and announce it with me in the rose garden. one of the things i said
spontaneously, i said i have one regret, i will not get to be the president who presided over and and of cancer as we know it. president puthe me in charge of the moonshot. i spent, went all around the world and spoke at almost every major cancer center around the world. we put together a group of people including 21 heads of major cancer hospitals and five nobel laureates on the board, summoning more things we did. we made significant progress. ofks, we are on the cusp being able to fundamentally alter cancer in terms of making it a chronic disease or curing much of it. the same with alzheimer's, with drug addiction. they know where opioids -- i was going to go into it but i will not now -- we met this guy -- anyway, i shouldn't. my point is, there are so many things on the cusp that we are able to do if we invest money in
that instead of useless things. so many things we can do in terms of other great technologies. but we have stepped back from it and we're not making those investments, and that is where we should be making the investments as we eliminate some of these ridiculous tax cuts for only the super wealthy, and some of the ridiculous, about $300 billion or more in terms of loopholes that make no sense. yes? >> thank you for being here. fmr. vice pres. biden: thank you for being here. my husband recently passed away from younger onset alzheimer's disease after living with it for 12 and a half years. my mother was living with us, she was diagnosed with alzheimer's seven years ago. my sister was diagnosed with it last summer. by 2050, 20% of americans will have alzheimer's at a projected
cost of $1.1 trillion in today's dollars. in effect the entire family. i know firsthand what families are going through across the mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. my sister will be given the same medication my husband was given in 2010, the same medication that came to market 23 years ago. how will you deal with this public health crisis that is impacting all of us? thank you very much for being here, vice president biden. fmr. vice pres. biden: thank you. i am sorry about your family. i really mean that. is thathat i do know there are three things we have to do as it relates to research and to a number of these diseases, including alzheimer's. to insistt we have that researchers share their data. what is happening now is that
cancer and alzheimer's, there are no more dedicated people than there are in researchers in these medical fields, they do incredible things. when we started, i will use cancer as an example, when nixon declared the war on cancer, he meant it, he was serious about it. he had no army, no means to share data, no way to get data from hospital to hospital. the notion was that it would be jonas salk who would walk into a laboratory answer how to cure polio like it was with the silver bullet. back then we thought there was one cancer that resided in different parts of the body. we now know that there are over 204 strains of cancer that require different kinds of therapies, as many of these other diseases do as well. i have traveled around the world and met with a lot of people,
literally thousands of researchers. and they are really good folks. but folks, what happens is the data is not shared very well. theine if we could take caseload of every single cancer specialist in the world, anyone who has had their cancer gene sequenced, and know exactly what it is, and put it all on one place, one repository, we can do a million billion calculations a second on computers. if we could have all those located in one place, we would be in a position where we could do with a computer, why a particular cancer that got from it i have, or you have, is the same strain, given the same therapy that is the only one available, or one of several, why it works on you, and not me? and it works on him. but it is a refusal to share the
data with one another. it is a different mindset about how we do this. we have the capacity to share data and we can change the culture. and it is beginning to change. office, a out of group of leading scientists said , we would like you to continue the moonshot. what we call the biden kaiser initiative. i said, why me, i am not a scientist. to do things are well, you can change. why are you putting your work in this? thing ishe same happening with all of diseases. there has to be much more collaboration so we can move much more quickly to find answers. secondly, there are some with,es that we can deal with opioids and other drugs, there was no willingness on the part of the drug companies to spend the money it takes to get engaged in the effort, because
in many faith find a cure, there is not enough people they believe, to justify them making enough money out of it. so we should drive incentives on how they should in fact be awarded if they invest in finding an answer, so it is financially worth their while. rather than spending $6 million a year advertising on television and half of it, not half, literally, advertising opioids, giving doctors bonuses if they support, if they write prescriptions, etc. by the way, i think we should take away their deduction for advertising. but anyway -- [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: and by the way, you know it is the same drug, but there are a lot of drugs in experimentation, that there is no willingness to spend the time and money to really go in because it costs a lot of money. this is a place i think we can make significant progress going beyond the generic answer that has been given. but i am happy to talk to you in
some detail about it if you give me your name and telephone number. i will be happy to make sure i get back to you on it. no's. try to give yes or yes. >> i want to know, outside of your family and outside of your work, what are you a big fan of? what are you most passionate about, outside of work and family? fmr. vice pres. biden: well, my dad used to have an expression family is the beginning, the middle, and the end. what i am most passionate about his doing something about the abuse of power. my dad used to have an expression, for real, not a joke. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: everybody asks why i am so passionate about having written the violence against women act and that. everybody thinks god for bid it was maybe my mom or my sister, or somebody. it was not, it was my dad. my dad used to say, jewelry, the greatest sin -- joey, the greatest sin of all is the abuse
of power, whether it is political, economic. the cardinal sin of all was for man to raise his hand to a child or woman. i will be very blunt with you. beau, the one who passed away, i was his high school graduation speaker, his college graduation speaker, his law school graduation speaker, etc. [laughter] my son hunter is the brightest of all the kids, and he never asked what her do anything. [laughter] but he joined a thing called the jesuit volunteer corps, because he had believed that teaching english, not proselytizing, but he ran an emergency service shelter in an african-american community out in portland, oregon along the willamette river. anyway -- he said, dad, before we go out, all those who joined the volunteer corps are having a
retreat at gaston hall -- he went to georgetown -- so he asked whether i would come in and speak on it. i said, of course. then, a great priest who was the president of georgetown at the time said to me, joe, what i would like you to speak on is how your faith has informed your politics. i thought, my lord, i have never gone out and talked about that. i have tried to practice it but i don't do enough proselytizing about my faith. so i spent more time on that speech than any speech have ever delivered. i realized that when i look back in my career, the one thing that always animated my concern, whether it was the civil rights movement when i was a kid, and i am not making myself out to be a great civil rights leader but i got engaged because my, state was segregated by law,. . we had the eighth largest black population in the country. or, whether it was dealing with what was happening in terms of
the way the vietnam war was going on, or when a solid was happening in bosnia and her zegovina and the genocide in kosovo, i looked back at all the things i had thrown myself into, from violence against women, to one of the first bills ever introduced to eliminate the requirement that a wife had to get the signature of her husband to go and get a bank loan. i thought that was an abusive -- [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: thank you. i looked at everything have ever been involved in and they have all been about the abuse of power. so i find myself getting very, very -- that has been my focus. , probably like a lot of you you -- probably like a lot of you, you get enraged when you see some of these things happen. i guess what it is is the thing that generates my passion, i
have never liked belizbullies. [laughter] [applause] by thece pres. biden: way, i was the runt of the letter. i used to stutter badly. t-t-t-talk. p-p-p-promgo to the with me? it is one of the only things you can still make fun of and everybody will laugh at. if i told you i had a cleft palate as a kid, you wouldn't. so, i was the runt of the litter. i think it freshman year of high sixol i was about five foot inches, 70 pounds or something. -- iy point is, i never
was tough on my dad -- i was told by my dad, if you see something going wrong, intervene. get engaged. gentle, he never once raised his hand to any of us. the greatest think he ever said you disappointed me. it was like hitting hit in the back of the head with a baseball bat or something. it was always, if you see it, get engaged. said, if i could bring the violence against women act inside the white house, and i started the program, it's on us. i was so excited when he passed the law. things were moving well. i had a brilliant staff of women who helped me write the act. a woman called cynthia hogan who worked with me. i used to check the bureau of statistics on what the progress had been on violence against
women and the reporting of cases and a lot of things. she came back and said that cases of women over 40 were significantly down. 38% reduction. but for women between the ages of 15 and 25 it had not changed a bit,, not a single thing that happened. not a single thing happened. so i started this movement called, it is on us. i did a survey at this virtual town meeting, i don't know how many people there were, they tod me there were thousands, high school and college students, to say, this is what the numbers are, what should i be doing, what do you think? i give a website, and so on. and i was embarrassed. i should have understood. the single most important thing they said to me, -- open-ended , they came back and said, get men involved in the problem. notion,was my dad's
it's on us, it is on all of us to speak up. it is on us to engage. is on us. , go to campuses and i said freshman year, you are in a fraternity and you see a brother taking a young woman who is in the preheated up the steps -- who is in everinebriated up the steps, if you don't say, not in this house, i don't want to hear it. you can say something. here's the deal. the only thing, if a woman come in the matter what the circumstance, if she is unable to say yes, it is rape. unable. i don't care how inebriated, i don't care what -- no man has a right to put his hand on a woman without her knowing consent.
period. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: anyway. the lady with a baby. >> [indiscernible] fmr. vice pres. biden: congratulations. >> thank you. , -- the president came here he made all these promises. [indiscernible] fmr. vice pres. biden: first of all. mexico to then mexican president. first of all, i think it is to a state orfer any state like that, number one. then, you know what he did, instead of doing the one thing that does make a difference that
can help, is making sure medicaid is available, he wanted to cut it. then, he wanted to also make it work so that we cut the health care benefits across the board. s, there is a lot that can be done. there is a lot of talk about. -- biden and the crime bill. biden voted crime bill that had two big things in it. one third of it, $10 billion of it was for prevention. some of you are old enough, i got made fun of because biden's spending money not fighting crime, on prevention. they had ads of people dancing in tutus, that is all biden. second piece of it was a significant investment in dealing with rational gun policy without. violating the second amendment we eliminated assault weapons. we were in a position where we eliminated the numbers of bullets that could be in a
magazine, background checks that had not occurred before, et cetera. the third thing was the violence against women act. upthe process, we also set drug courts so we could divert people. they should be in treatment, not in jail. treatment, not jail. number one. secondly, we should be in a position where we invest a great deal more not only in research to be able to get better withation, to deal whatever the problem is, but we should be engaging in a way that we invest in the comity to be what have the resources -- invest in the community to be able to have the resources to work on these conditions. i will send you a layout of what exactly that means and how you do it programmatically. but i am so proud of you. [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: i don't even know you. i am so proud of you. i really mean it. [applause]
>> sorry. we are out of time now. ] rowd groaning >> but how lucky we were, right? [applause] fmr. vice pres. biden: whoa! i like it. [laughter] know,ice pres. biden: you place, we still have a lot of work to do, i am speaking of the need for treatment in mental health facilities and all of that. don'ty with me, if you mind my showing this, i carry with me every day, i have for the last 12 years, i have my staff contact the defense department. if you look at my schedule card. says.de, look what it it lists the number of u.s.
troops who have been killed or wounded in iraq or afghanistan. it always drew me crazy. it always drove me crazy that we would say, about 6000. 6866 because everyone left behind an entire community. 1, 50 2785. -- 52,785. numbers i apologize for doing this. what we are not measuring here is over 300,000. 300,000 of our forces. this is the most incredible generation ever. i know the greatest generation was world war ii. but let me tell you something. over a million and a half of these kids signed up knowing they were going to battle. they came home, went back, came home, went back.
last time i flew into iraq, i was laying in a thing called a silver bullet, landing, and it worked up into the cabin. eight folks in the cabin, i asked, how many folks are on your first tour? nobody. second tour, nobody. third tour, three. fourth tour two. fifth tour, the rest. mym not taking it away from father's generation, my grandfather, but these are amazing as people. but we need right now at least 79,000 more registered nurses to deal with mental health. we need them right now. we can afford to do this. is real.og people are in real trouble. post-traumatic stress is a big deal. that, when io
wrote the violence against women that anaid, i believe awful lot of women who have been abused suffer from posttraumatic stress affecting their immune system, affecting everything. so i got legitimately criticized because i cannot prove it. but now, the cbc has proved that a significant -- the cbc has d.c. hashat -- in the c. proved that a significant portion of those women suffer from posttraumatic stress. every time your husband comes home and the dinner is in ready and he smacks your head against the wall, guess what. it is real. we need a lot of help for these folks. they should not be ashamed to get the mental health treatment that they need. we need more people. the reason i said, when i saw you, are you a soldier? yeah? >> no.
fmr. vice pres. biden: i saw the coin in the flag. anyway. but there's a lot we can do. we have the capacity to do it. it is just time to get the double up. every time i walk into my grandfather's house, he says, joey, keep the faith. my grandpa says, no, joey, spread it. go spread the faith. thank you. [applause] announcer: we will have more road to the white house coverage with joe biden this weekend when he holds his official kickoff rally in philadelphia. watch it at 1:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. c-span's newest book, the presidents. noted historians rank america's best and worst chief executives,
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