tv Road to the White House 2020 Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame CSPAN June 9, 2019 6:40pm-7:50pm EDT
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troy: all right! good afternoon, iowa democrats. how are you? [cheers & applause] troy: it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 iowa democratic party hall of fame celebration. it is, by the way come as welcome you to not only the largest but the longest iowa democratic party hall of fame celebrations. this really is a celebration as well, a celebration of our volunteers, a celebration of our leaders, a celebration of the rich diversity that exists within our party. before we get going, i want to recognize a few folks who are here with us today. first of all, we have several former party leaders, former elected leaders with us here today. please welcome former governor and secretary of agriculture tom vilsack. [cheers & applause]
troy: former first lady christie vilsack. former lieutenant governor patty judge. former congressman dave nagle. former senate leaders michael gronstal and rob hogg. we also have with us today some of the great volunteer leaders who make up the backbone of our party, so if you would not mind standing so we can recognize you for all of the artwork and -- hardware and contributions you make to our party. [cheers & applause] troy: we are fortunate to have some party leaders that come from outside of iowa. please give an iowa welcome to new hampshire chair ray buckley.
[applause] troy: minnesota chair ken martin. [applause] troy: u.s. representatives bonnie watson coleman and dean phillips. [applause] we have and a lot of other folks who have made the trek in. we thank you all for being here and we hope you enjoy your time here in the hawkeye state. we have leaders right now working hard to move our state forward and to fight for everyone. we have with us two of our newest voices in washington, representatives abby finkenauer and cindy axne. [cheers & applause] troy: attorney general tom miller. [cheers & applause] troy: treasurer mike fitzgerald. [applause]
troy: our new state auditor rob sand. [applause] troy: senate democratic leader janet petersen. [applause] as well as legislators, county officials, and city leaders. so if you are an elected official, and we have a lot of folks here who are hoping to join the ranks, if you are an elected official or a candidate running for office, please stand up so we can recognize you for all of the work that you are doing out there. [cheers & applause] troy: i want to recognize some of the people who work so hard every day to fight for our workers. we have a lot of representatives from labor here today. we have planned parenthood with us as well. we have environmental groups. we have so many different organizations here today, so i want to thank all of you for being here. and we are very fortunate to
have with us 19 candidates, people who are running for president of the united states. [cheers & applause] troy: so i want to thank them and their campaign staffs for being here not only today but for being here in iowa and working so hard all across our state to help organize and connect with voters and rejected people in all corners of our i want to congratulate our award winners today, fred and charlotte, ross, cindy, elwood, megan, and the sioux county democrats. all of you represent some of the best advocates and volunteers not only in our statement in the country. all of you help shape our party and continue to play an integral role to move our party forward. so on behalf of democrats everywhere, i want to say thank you, thank you to all of you for the work that you have done, the work that you continue to do, and the work that you will do to make sure that the iowa democratic party remains one of the best state parties in the
entire country. [applause] troy: and, finally, i want to thank all of you for being here. now, as you can tell, by the large amount of press we have in the back of the room and the crowds that you so when you walked in, this is the largest gathering of presidential candidates in the democratic primary to date. [applause] troy: and so all of you today come all of you being here today represents once again that iowa's democrats take our role as first in the nation seriously. you are here because you want to learn more about the candidates some of the issues facing our
communities, schools, towns, and urban centers. we begin this process because of the work that you and others like you all across the best way to kick the tires and test our candidates. and we keep this process, because when iowa commits, some of these candidates will discover that there are no harder working volunteers in the country than iowa democrats. [applause] troy: so i want to thank all of you for being here today and being a part of this process not only today but every day in your communities. this year, we certainly have a lot of choices to choose from. you know, there have been some who have poked fun at the size of our field. just before i came in here, i saw the counterparts of the republican party of iowa calling this a circus. you know what? we will be the ones who will have the last laugh. [applause] troy: because this outstanding field of presidential candidates demonstrate the amazing diversity of our party, the diversity of thought, the
diversity of experience, diversity of background. this field demonstrates that we are the party of many, and that everyone has a home in the iowa democratic party. [applause] troy: now, this stands in stark contrast to the republican party, because that party has become the party of one, and that one is donald trump. [laughs] troy: it does not matter what donald trump does, republicans continue to stand by him. he unilaterally announces a trade war on twitter and in the process screws over farmers and rural communities, and chuck grassley and joni ernst stand by his side. he alone implements a policy that splits families on the border. no plan to reunite their kids and republicans cheer. they take action to systematically destroy the very institutions that make our country the beacon of hope for the world. the gop says it is about time. and when he sets an example for our children and adults that it is ok to harass and attack
people just because they might be different than you, they cheered even louder. the republican party is nothing more than the party of trump. but while they are the party of one, we are the party of many. i am proud to be part of a party -- [applause] troy: i am proud to be part of a party that embraces our diversity, that celebrates our diversity. this diversity is our strength, and because of that, when everyone is doing better, it is why democrats are going to win up and down the ticket in 2020. it is why we will take back the legislature. [applause] troy: it is why we are going to win all four seats in congress. [cheers & applause] troy: it is why we are going to send joni ernst into an early retirement. [cheers & applause]
troy: and it is why we will make sure that donald trump's party of one only serves one term, when we turn iowa blue and take back the white house. [cheers & applause] troy: we will do all of that because of the strength of our party and the strength of our people. so thank you all for being here, thanks for everything you folks are doing all across the state and in your communities. and now, let's go out and win this thing. [applause] troy: and now, let's get this party started. [laughs] [applause] troy: our first speaker today is someone who many of us saw at our last idp party, the fall gala. senator cory booker hails from new jersey, but his family traces its roots to the old mining community of buxton. since joining the race for
president in february, senator booker has made trips to iowa with events in 24 counties. he has put forward bold solutions to some of our most difficult challenges, including gun violence, housing, and women's reproductive rights. cory was a great friend to the iowa democratic party last year, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our candidates and for the party in campaigning all across the state, and we are proud to welcome him back to the iowa democratic party stage. please welcome senator cory booker. ♪ [♪ bill withers' "lovely day" playing ♪] sen. booker: hello, iowa! and thank you, troy. i want to congratulate this year's honorees. that is what this gathering is actually about. it is about these grassroots
leaders that give us what we truly need to win. we have a lot of presidential candidates here this afternoon, but our strength as a party comes from the grassroots. our party does not need a savior -- we need each other. we need -- [cheers & applause] sen. booker: to deepen our bonds, we need to organize, we need to build community strength. i am here, literally, because of that tradition. my grandma was born and raised in iowa. [cheers & applause] sen. booker: my family comes from a mining town called buxton, where blacks and whites went down to the mines together to carve out of the earth their american dream, where we had a community that lived together, built communities together. they built a more beloved community together. they were affirming that we in america have a common purpose, a common cause, a common american dream, and destiny.
but today, those bonds are being tested, leading many to believe that the forces tearing us apart are stronger than the bonds holding us together. we are being tested. when millions of americans work full-time jobs, pick up extra shifts when they can, but they still need food stamps to feed their family. when there are shrines on the streets to shooting victims, like in front of schools and houses of worship across our country, when we have a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than poor and innocent, we are being tested. [cheers & applause] sen. booker: this is a moral moment in america, and we must meet this test! [cheers & applause] sen. booker: i am running for president, because we cannot take four more years of donald trump! [cheers & applause]
sen. booker: i am running for president to beat donald trump, and i am running for president, because beating donald trump is not enough. we must have bigger aspirations and bolder dreams than just that. beating donald trump is the floor. it is not the ceiling. beating him will get us out of the valley, but it will not get us to the mountain tops. democrats, we cannot let this election be about what we are against. it must be an election for what we are for, who we are for. we are for every american worker, because they deserve a living wage, a right to unions, and to retire with dignity and security. we are for public school teachers who are valuing them, supporting them, and raising their pay. we are for every american having
access to health care. and make no mistake, abortion is health care, and health care is a right, not a privilege. [cheers & applause] sen. booker: we are for ending mass incarceration, and in the name of every shooting victim in america, we will take a fight to the corporate gun lobby, and we will win! [cheers & applause] this is the call of our country. we come from generations that no matter what the challenge, they kept their eyes on the prize. they came up from the mines of buckston together. together they boarded buses knowing that they could be bombed crossing bridges, knowing that they could be beaten. they did not turn against each other in the face justice. -- in the face of injustice. they stood with each other and for each other, they beat the demagogues and bullies and those who tried to push them down.
they did the work, the struggle, and the sacrifice to lift people up. and iowa, it is our turn. this election is not a referendum on one person in one office. it is a referendum on who we are and who we must be to each other and for each other. donald trump wants this election to be about him on his terms -- and his turf. we win when we rise with great and grit. rise with patriotism, love of country and love for one another. we will not stay in the valley of darkness and fear. we will rise. we will lift up our voices, we will raise our sights, we will win this election. and america, we will rise! thank you! [cheers and applause]
[crowd chanting: corey] troy: thank you, senator booker. our next speaker is someone that many iowans have had a chance to get to know over the last couple of years. a native iowan, eric swalwell of california has made numerous trips to iowa. since joining the race for president in april, he has invited us all to dream about the possibilities for our country. please welcome congressman eric swalwell. ♪ mr. swalwell: thank you, iowa.
congratulations to tonight's honorees and welcome to my fellow candidates. i consider us all a part of being the avengers. the republicans in 2016, that was the hunger games. we are in this with your help and support to save this country we love so much. but you've already done some of that work. the work that you did in 2018, by making history and sending the first two women to the house of representatives, were you done when you did that work? no. were you done when you gave us the majority? >> no. >> i didn't think you were done. i'll tell you what you did, you cut our time in hell in half. you gave us a shot to save the country. but i think it is time that we don't just play defense, but we actually go on offense. i was born in western iowa.
my dad was a cop. my mom worked a number of odd jobs. they had a simple dream. that if they worked hard enough, dug deep enough, sacrificed enough, that their first-born son could be the first of the family to go to college. their hard work paid off. but for too many people of my generation, we are at risk of being the first generation that does worse than our parents. the only way to change that, the only way to reverse that is to go big on the issues, be bold with the solutions, and do good in the way that we treat each other and the way that we govern. we need a president who lives like you live. we need a president who has the grit that you have, and we have a president right now that doesn't understand the dreams that you have. i will be that president, because i have lived that struggle and i know how hard you worked and what you expect it to add up to, but i will always be
real with you. i will be bold without the bold -- without the bull. my wife and i fight insurance companies when the surprise bills come, we stand in line at the pharmacy and see how expensive it can be. here's what we should do. we should have medicare for anyone who wants it in america, but also strive to invest in cures in our lifetime to believe we can solve the unsolvable, find the unfindable and invest in a way that will allow us to cure the incurable. i also believe when it comes to starting a family, for our family and every family in america, it is my wife's body, it is a woman's body. it is her choice. [cheers and applause] >> i will only appoint judges that uphold the roe decision.
but let's not aim so low. let's repeal the discriminatory hyde amendment. when it comes to education, the lessons and memories of college, those should last a lifetime. the debts should not. we should have zero percent interest on every student loan in america. more money to start a family, buy your first home, take a good idea and start a business. we sent my 2-year-old to his first day of summer preschool last week, and we worried about something that a generation before us did not, whether he would come home. i know you worry about that, too. let's have background checks in every single state. make me your nominee and you will get sick and tired of seeing me, iowa, because i'm going to come back here every single month so i can beat joni ernst.
so we can pass that in the senate. i'm also the only candidate who wants to ban and buy back 16 million assault weapons. take them off of our streets, out of our churches, out of our schools. but on this issue of gun violence, it was summed up to me in philadelphia by a trauma counselor. he said the best they can do it to save lives is to put a tourniquet on every corner where they have the most shootings. i was stunned, and that i realized he was telling me the stop the bleeding was to apply tourniquet's where they know the shootings would happen. he had failed to imagine bigger solutions. washington,that in we have a failure of the will to bring bigger solutions. i ask you today, are we in this, when it comes to gun violence to stop the bleeding, or do we
think we can be so bold and do such good that we can stop the shootings? i think we can stop the shootings. so on these issues, i ask you, iowa, go to ericswalwell.com. go big, go bold. thank you so much, iowa. thank you! [applause] ♪ troy: thank you, congressman swalwell. a bespectacled senator from vermont came to iowa and launched a revolution. senator bernie sanders won supporters across the country by advocating for a progressive vision for our future. after 2016, sanders continued this fight by standing up to the trump administration an fighting for legislation that would restore the power for the people.
senator sanders has been fighting for his beliefs, which includes workers rights and medicare for all. so that we can all have a future to believe in. please welcome back to the iowa center stage, senator bernie sanders. [cheers and applause] power to the people ♪ senator sanders: congratulations to the honorees, and thank you for inviting me to be with you, and thank you all for what you are doing to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country. the american people do not want a president who is a liar, a
racist, a sexist, a homophobe , a xenophobe, a religious bigot, and someone who believes he is above the law. together, we will put an end to the ugliness and divisiveness that comes from this administration. let me be frank with you for a moment. while we are all united in the need to defeat trump, there are disagreements amongst us as to the best way to do that. in my view, we will not defeat donald trump unless we bring excitment and energy into this campaign, unless we greatly expand voter turnout, and unless
we give millions of working people and young people a reason to vote and a reason to believe that participating in politics will improve their lives. the status quo, same old, same old, kind of politics will not do that. the only way we win is with a democratic party that, from the top of the ticket to the bottom, is prepared to stand up and fight for the working families of this country, black and white, latino, native american, and asian american, a democratic party that has the courage to take on the powerful special interests who have so much
control over the economic and political life of our country, a democratic party that creates a government and an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. [applause] senator sanders: now i understand there are well-intentioned candidates who believe the best way forward is a middle-ground strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands up to nobody, and that changes nothing. in my view, that approach is not just bad public policy, but it is a failed political strategy that i fear could end up with the reelection of donald trump. the american people want change, they want real change, and we have to got to provide that change.
and that means -- and that means if we believe in medicare for all as a human right, we must take on the power of the insurance industry. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: if we believe that we must cut prescription drug costs in half, we must take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: if we believe that we must end endless wars, we must take on the political dominance of the military industrial complex. applause]d senator sanders: if we believe
we need to combat climate change and save our planet for future generations, we must take on the lies of the fossil fuels industry. [applause] senator sanders: history reminds us that real change never comes easy. it requires millions of people standing up for justice and together, we can do that. we can create a nation where all people, regardless of their income, have health care and unlimited educational opportunities as a right. where veterans are not sleeping out on the street and where children are not going hungry, and where we finally put an end to sexism and racism, homophobia , and religious bigotry. thank you very much.
[applause] [chanting bernie] >> it takes togetherness, and it takes a conversation between two people and two people become four and four become six, and that's exactly what happened in sioux county. in 2017, while myself and many other democrats were really basically licking our wounds, sioux county was just putting one foot in front of the other. they did not let it get them down. what's neat is how this whole thing has evolved into a great, strong, stable county party in the reddist county and iowa. they have found their niche. >> the sioux county residents show how tenacious and strong they are. sioux county is not an easy county for the democratic party.
they have shown and served as a beacon that we are fighting for rural iowa and win in rural iowa and they are the reason why we're going to win in 2020. >> kim came to our district work shop and everyone said, who is that lady? she had been introducing herself. and someone said, i think she said sioux county. and sure enough, we went around the room and she said she was from sioux county and everybody applauded. they could not believe it. one of the things i really like this year is that we have an organizer who has been to all 39 counties, and that's making a huge impact. after the election, they, you know, pushed back against steve king all that they can, and so they got together with independents and republicans, immigrants, and natives of sioux
county, and they had a big old rally outside the county courthouse, and what was impressive is there was 500 people there. that wasn't because they woke up a week ago and said, you know what, we should do this rally. this was because of all the work they did behind-the-scenes. they opened up conversation by plain conversations and inviting independents and some republicans. they demand respect and they are always respectful of our people. we have an idp-4 caucus check-in call. when it came to sioux county, nearly the first call, they had already secured every location and they had all their volunteers set. so these guys are going after it. if they can do it in the reddest county in iowa, the rest of us can do it. it is never just about one person.
it is really about the group and working together and that's sioux county in a nutshell. that's sioux county. they are on the picket line together, they are knocking doors, making phone calls, and it is always together and they are stronger for it. the reason why they should have a plaque on the wall at the idp is simple; is because they are what iowa is. it starts here. they work together, that's how you get it done. i'm proud and thank you. [applause] troy: as you can see, the sioux county democrats have done tremendous work. and so it is my honor and privilege to induct into the democratic iowa hall of fame,
our 2019 county party of the year, the sioux county democrats. come on up. ♪ downon't back you can stand me up at the gates of hell, but i won't back down. , won't bend my ground turned around. and i will keep this world from drowning me down. i will stand my ground. and i won't back down ♪ >> thank you, troy. kim is very sorry she couldn't be here with us today and join us, but i would like to say what hundredor it is to accept this
award from the idp. you look around and you see great leaders and organizations and states and we see great advocates that make us proud to be democrats that stand for our values. if you told us a year ago we'd be standing on the stage with one presidential candidate, we might not believe you, so to be here with 19, that kind of floors us, especially being in the northwest red corner of the state. [applause] >> i'd like to thank those that nominated us. it is such an honor and we could not do this without the support and encouragement from those people. this recognition is from the county and the volunteers. it is my honor to work with such great leaders and dedicated individuals. it is such an honor. we're excited to see what the future has in store for all of us in iowa. [applause]
♪ troy: congratulations to the sioux county democrats. it is definitely a well-deserved honor. our next speaker is the first female combat veteran to run for president. representative tulsi gabbard has -- is a major in the army national guard and has served for 16 years and deployed twice to the middle east. tulsi served on the homeland security foreign affairs and armed services committee. to bring aing soldier heart to the white house. please welcome congresswoman tulsi gabbard. ♪ listen, baby. ain't no mountain high, ain't no
valley low, ain't no river wide enough ♪ tulsi: aloha, iowa democrats. it is so good to be here with all of you. thank you for your hard work and a huge congratulations goes out to all of you deserving honorees. our nation was founded on the principles of a government that should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. but that's not what we have today. instead what we see is a government that is of, by, and for the rich and powerful. leaving we the people behind. this must end. as your president and commander in chief, i will bring the spirit of service above self to the white house, putting people ahead of profits, putting the well being of the american people above all else. i'll crack down on big phrma and insurance companies who extort
the sick, who put their profits ahead of the health and well being of the people and to work on medicare for all. to make sure that everybody who is sick will get the care they need. [applause] tulsi: as your president, i will reinstate the glass-steagall act and break up the big wall street banks that are gambling with our future. i'll crack down on the overreaching intelligence agencies and these big tech monopolies who take away our civil liberties in the name of national security an corporate -- security and corporate greed. i'll protect our constitutional right to privacy and free speech. i'll tackle climate change by ushering in a green century. ending the agri-corporate business organizations, and harness the ability to provide
better opportunities for our farmers to make a good living, keep more of our food dollars local here at home and protect our soils and water and air. [applause] tulsi: i'll fight for criminal justice reform, get rid of private prisons, end the federal marijuana prohibition and enact true sentencing reform. [applause] tulsi: the reality is there's many needs we need to address, but we will not have the resources that we need to invest in our people and our communities unless we deal with one central issue, and that issue is the cost of war. most important responsibility that the president has is to serve as commander in chief. i served as a soldier for over
16 years, deployed to the middle eased twice and in congress served on the foreign affairs and armed services committees. i know the importance of our national security, and i know the cost of war. i've seen it first hand. for too long we have war mongers from both political parties who have been dragging us from one counterproductive regime change war to the next, who are hyping of a new cold war and nuclear arms race now. as commander in chief, i will end our longstanding policy of waging regime change wars that has cost us trillions of taxpayer dollars and undermined our national security. [applause] tulsi: i'll work to end this new cold war and nuclear arms race and lead us away from the abyss
of a nuclear war that would destroy our entire world in mere minutes. i'll take the trillions of dollars, your hard-earned taxpayer dollars that have been and will continue to be wasted on these programs and instead invest them in serving the needs of the american people, things like quality health care for all, truly sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, clean water, clean air, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, improving education, and so much more. i'll build partnerships with other countries based on shared interests and cooperation rather than conflict. i'll have the courage to meet with both adversaries and friends in the pursuit of peace and national security, understanding that if we fail to exercise that courage, the only alternative is war. finally, i'll bring a soldier's principles of service above self
to the white house restoring the values of integrity and honor and respect to the presidency. [applause] tulsi: now, we know the road ahead will have many challenges, but when we stand united by our love for our people, our planet, and our country, there's no obstacle we cannot overcome. so i ask you to join me. visit tulsi2020.com and help me build peace, prosperity, and justice for all. thank you so much, everybody, and aloha. thank you. ♪ [applause] troy: our next speaker has many titles. mayor, lieutenant, rhodes scholar, and hopes to add president. first came on as a candidate for
the dnc chair, vowing to bring a midwestern voice it our party. now as a presidential candidate, he has continued to bring the fight to make sure everyone's voice is heard in politics and to make sure that we win the era. and if he does get elected, he will beat me to my childhood dream of being the first openly gay president. please welcome mayor pete buttigeig. ♪ mayor buttigeig: hello, iowa
democrats! thank you to the iowa democratic party and thank you to the honorees being acknowledged today, for demonstrating that democratic politics and progressive values are alive and well in the american heartland. my name is pete buttigeig, they mostly just call me mayor pete back home. i'm here to tell you who i am, what i believe, and why we're doing this. we're doing this because our values are on the line, and this season, in the life of america's political development, is one to end the idea that american values are the property of conservatives and republicans. starting with freedom. freedom is not a conservative value. it is an american value. and while our republican friends like to talk about freedom like it is theirs alone, we know that freedom includes economic freedom and you're not free if you don't have a living wage in this country. [applause] mayor buttigeig: the gop has sacrificed its ability to claim to be the party of freedom, especially when we see an attack on women's reproductive freedom that all of us, especially men, ought to be standing up to
defend. [applause] [cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: and, yes, here in iowa where you turn heads around the nation ten years ago, we know that you are not free if some county clerk gets to tell you who you ought to marry based on their idea of religion. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: we know that freedom comes by way of organizing, that's why we stand shoulder to shoulder with labor, and we know that freedom comes by way of education, which is why on day one the president needs to appoint a secretary of education that actually believes in public education. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: freedom doesn't belong to the republican party, and neither does patriotism. when i got on that gray tail
c-17 that took me into afghanistan on the order of our president, the flag on my shoulder was not a republican flag, it was an american flag, representing all of us in the republic for which it stands. [applause] mayor buttigeig: so don't let anybody tell you that they own national security, not when their vision of security goes no further than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea, because that's not going to help with cyber security, that's not going to help with election security, that's not going to help us name and confront the violent white nationalism that presents a clear, present threat to our country. [applause] mayor buttigeig: and i don't have to tell cedar rapids that the time has come to treat climate disruption as a security issue. which is why we should not only
join the paris accords, we should have a pittsburgh summit to bring together american counties to do something about support. freedom is not a conservative value, patriotism is not a conservative-only value, and god does not belong to one political party, least the one that produced this current president. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: now, we've got a lot of work to do to vindicate our values, to establish a new democracy where money can't outvote people and politicians can't choose their voters by drawing districts the way they like. a democracy where all citizens, including those of d.c. and puerto rico enjoy proper representation in our political capitol. [applause] mayor buttigeig: and maybe we might go about choosing our president by giving it to the person who got the most votes.
[cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: we are more or less of one accord on our values. the big question is, how are we going to win? we're not going to win by playing it safe. or promising a return to normal. normal broke. we can no longer promise to return to the 1990's than republicans can return us to the 1950's. the only thing we can do is to look at that show that this president's created, whatever you want to call it, reality show, horror show, game show, and we're going to change the channel to something completely different. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigeig: help me change the channel. help us win the era. help us bring about a new era in the life of this country, and we will be glad that it started right here in iowa. thank you, and i'll see you on the trail. thank you! [applause and cheers] ♪
troy: thank you, mr. mayor. our next speaker has been breaking down barriers throughout her career. kamala harris is the first african-american woman to be a district attorney in california the first south asian , to be elected to the u.s. senate, and the second african-american to the senate -- african-american woman to the senate. throughout her career, kamala harris has been a fearless advocate for the voiceless and vulnerable and a vocal and determined fighter on behalf of all people. in the senate, she has been a key voice in the fight to hold the trump administration accountable, asking tough questions on behalf of the american people. and now, as a candidate for president, she is running to make sure our government lives up to the ideal that it is truly for the people. please welcome senator kamala harris. ♪
senator harris: what's up, iowa? it is good to be back with you. it is great to be back with you. and i want to thank the people of iowa, because ever since the first trip i came here as a presidential candidate, you have been informing in helping me to be a better candidate and you undoubtedly will help me be a better president. [cheers and applause] senator harris: so i want to thank you. one of the first meetings i had was with a group of teachers here, and during that meeting you said to me, this issue of teacher pay is a national issue. it is because of the conversation that we had, that as my first policy proposal, i am prepared to make the first
federal investment in our country in closing the teacher pay gap. i thank you. [applause] senator harris: and so that's part of the backbone -- part of the backbone of what i believe needs to be done right now, which is to make the case for america, make the case for our america, an america where health care is a right, not a privilege, america, where teachers are paid their value, an america where women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies, an america where somebody has to work only one job to put food on the table and a roof over their head, an america where our children do not have to go to school every day and be concerned about some mass shooter roaming the hallways of their schools, an america where we have a president of the united states
who knows it is a sign of strength not to beat people down , but to lift people up. so i'd like to tell you a little bit about my background. so i was raised as a child, as a daughter of the civil rights movement. my parents met when they were active in that movement. my sister and i joked that we were raised by adults who spent time shouting. my mother is five feet tall. if you ever met her, you would think she was 7 feet tall. she was the type of person, if you ever came home complaining about something, the first thing she would do, put a hand on a hip, look at you and say, "so what are you going to do about it?" so i decided to run for president of the united states. [applause] senator harris: so the other thing i can tell you about my background is i spent a career as a prosecutor.
i prosecuted those that pray on the most vulnerable, murderers and rapists. i prosecuted banks, i prosecuted big pharmaceutical companies who were preying on the most vulnerable consumers. i prosecuted the big banks and for-profit colleges who were defrauding home owners and consumers. i will tell you someone who has defrauded the american people, donald trump. [applause] senator harris: he promised the american people that he would take care of dreamers, that he would protect farmers and help working people. but what did we get instead? we got a president of the united states who made a whole lot of promises and betrayed the american people. what did we get? a lot of broken promises. so we need to prosecute the case. and, iowa, i'm going to tell you , there's a rap sheet full of evidence to make the case. let's look at what happened. he promised health care and then
he tried to rip health care away from millions of people. what's that called? health care fraud. he said he was for working people, then he passed a tax bill benefitting the 1% and biggest corporations of this country. that's tax fraud. he believes the president of russia and a north korean dictator, and then he claims to be the best president we've seen in a generation. securities fraud. i'd say let's call barack obama, because that's identity fraud. [applause] senator harris: so i'm here to ask for your support. i am here to ask for your support because i am prepared to make the case for america and to prosecute the case against donald trump. thank you, iowa. [applause]