tv Campaign 2020 Joe Biden in New Hampshire CSPAN October 9, 2019 4:40pm-5:32pm EDT
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c-span.org and on the free c-span radio app. campaigning in new hampshire today, presidential candidate former vice president joe biden called for the impeachment of president trump. he spoke to supporters in rochester, new hampshire. >> ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to congresswoman carol shay porter. [applause] >> thank you all and thank you very much for being here. so excited that we have the next president of the united states with us today in rochester where i live. [applause] so i've had the pleasure of knowing joe for quite a while and what i have seen on his personal side is his warmth and
his caring and the way he takes time out to hear people. >> and it's a lovely beautiful trait, but there's so much more that defines joe biden. joe biden's intellect is incredible. joe biden's understanding of the world and our place in it and his understanding of what people live through in this state and in america every day. he comes from working-class roots. he understands working-class people and he has been able to be an advocate for all of us through these years. i'll tell you on the vice presidents against women act. i had a friend of mine who worked on that with him say to me, it never would have happened without joe biden. but after he got that passed, he didn't leave it be. he made sure women would have
their voice. joe has stood there through the years for all of us in legislation to make sure that women get heard, get seen get believed. next thing that joe did that was very life changing for so many in this room and for others is that he worked so hard on that affordable care act. he understood about how sickness affects families and about loss. and he heard these stories from his own community and area and across the country. i was there when he was working on the affordable care act and it was a hard pull. and we want to think are we ever going to get this done? not joe biden. joe stayed on it because he knew americans needed to have this so he was there and i was privileged because i was one of the people that worked on the affordable care in the house and
to watch his place and we had children whose lives changed for the better in the room with us and to watch joe biden's face was to know everything you need to know about joe biden that he was there from the beginning and understanding and caring and making sure it happened and working with the house and the senate to make sure that this went through. i spent almost nine years on the house services committee and during that time, i had the privilege of traveling around the world and talking to world leaders as we do, congressional and hearing what was on their mind and their worries and concerns in talking about the united states and our role, as well. and it was so wonderful, always joejoe biden's name brought the greatest response, knowing that
joe biden cared about our allies and cared about what was happening in the world. what we're seeing right now is outrageous, frightening, devastating in every way. when joe biden becomes president what we will see is somebody a world leader welcomed on the stage, he already is if you hear comments that people make abroad, you would know how they feel about him. he'll be able to turn this around and he'll be able to prove that this is just a moment in history that we are far better than what we are seeing right now and that we're still the greatest, strongest nation in the world. [applause]
this matters. [applause] >> this matters great so having traveled while we saw joe biden as vice president and having traveled while i was serving and president trump was in the office, the difference could not be starker so i'm asking all of you to please go out and tell all of your friends that we have an opportunity to elect a man that has the greatest respect around the world and that he will bring us back to the point where we really are the shining city on the hill. so i'm ready, are you ready? [applause] >> it gives me great pleasure now to introduce it because joe biden spent a lot of time in new hampshire as you know, loves us. i will tell you very quickly that when i was in portsmouth, i
had lunch with joe biden and 5,000 people from portsmouth. it was a wonderful, warm experience and that is who joe biden is. joe biden is your friend, joe biden is your leader, joe biden is a man who will make us feel proud every single day and make us feel safe. so in that, it's my great pleasure to introduce joe biden. [applause] >> hello folks. [applause] [applause] >> hello, hello. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> a lot of you have been involved in public life, some of you have run, some of you have been elected. a lot of you have worked for
other candidates. i must tell you as i listen to her talk, one of the great great benefits that comes from serving in public office and i mean this sincerely, i hadn't thought of it until i started to listen here is that you get to make some of the deepest most profound friendships in your whole life. because you watch people going through great difficulty. you watch them taking political risks to do what they think is right. and you can find the ones who always are guided by basic morality, basic decency and basic sense of honor and carol you're at the top of the list. thank you. [applause] and the fellow you heard from earlier has gone way out of his way to be helpful to me.
senator chris kuntz is now -- now occupies the seat that i held for many years in the united states senate and the only thing i can say is in the several years he's outdone by 36 and i'm proud of him. this is a man who again, has a moral center that is real, profound and deep. and i remember years ago talking about when he had other jobs, he's been elected to other offices and i was -- because when i first got elected, i was elected at age 29. and people would come up to me and say what's the secret? there had to be a special secret if i won. and i would say there's one secret: the secret is have you figured out what's worth losing over? have you figured out what is worth losing over? that you will not compromise on certain things that are deep
abiding consequences to you? he figured out from the very beginning without any help from me what's worth losing over and therefore, that's why he's won so handily in delaware. chris, thanks for being my friend. [applause] folks with your indulgence i have a fairly serious series of comments i would like to make. this state was built on fierce pride in your independence, pride in your reputation and pride in the character of new hampshire. and that's been true from the earliest days of our nation when live free or die wasn't a motto it was an imperative for survival before it became your state's motto, saying. it sprung from the granite-hand determination that no one, no one would decide for the american people, who, who would
control our future. only the american people. and when those freedom fighters earned their independence and cobbled together a nation capable of self-governance, of meeting threats both foreign and domestic, they knew and we forget this sometimes, they knew that the battle for our nation didn't end at yorktown. at the time, one of the biggest concerns was foreign nations would interfere in our democracy, in our experiment. that's why we have an emoluments clause to prevent presidents from being secretly bribed or paid off by foreign governments. in his farewell address, george washington specifically warned against foreign nations meddling in our affairs. here's what he said. since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful, one of
the most baneful foes of republican government, we have to be alert. over 200 years plus has followed and we have been consistent in our vigilance to keep foreign nations out of our elections. that was until president donald trump. last week, on the white house lawn, president trump invited china to get engaged in deciding our election and who our nominee would be. he did it while standing in front of reporters and cameras like i am this moment, in the broad light of day. it was a third foreign power that we know of that he's asked in clear unmistakable language, clear, unmistakable language, to interfere on behalf of the democratic proceedings in the united states of america
interfere with them. quote, russia, if you're listening, or quote, i would like you to do us a favorite though end of quote to the president of ukraine. quote, china should start investigation, end of quote. it's wrong. it's the very thing washington warned about. it undermines our electoral process. it's un-american. go in any city or town in this nation or state. go in any schoolhouse go into any town hall any vfw post, any football or baseball game and ask the question, is it okay for a foreign nation to meddle in our elections? to spread lies about opponents? specifically at the direct invitation of a sitting president? the answer is obviously, no.
as americans it offends every bone in our body. the ballot box is sacred ground in america. that's where we make our voices heard. that's where we decide who leads us. that's where we chart america's future. it's where we fulfill our duty as citizens. it's not complicated. it's called democracy. we believe americans should decide american elections period. but donald trump will do anything to get reelected including violating the most basic forms of democracy. it's stunning. and it's dangerous because it directly threatens our democracy. this is not hyperbole. it's a fact. no president in american history has ever dared to engage in such
unimaginable behavior. with his words and his actions president trump has indicted himself by obstructing justice refusing to comply with the congressional inquiry. he's already convicted himself in full view of the world and the american people. donald trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed in peachable acts. [applause] to preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached. that's not only because of what he's done. to answer whether he's committed acts sufficient to warrant impeachment is obvious.
we see it in trump's own words we see it in the texts from state compartment officials that had been made public. we see it in his pulling much of the united states government into his corrupt schemes individuals, his appointees. we have to remember that impeachment isn't only about what the president's done. it's about the threat the president posed to the nation. if allowed to remain in office. one thing about this president is absolutely clear and i don't think anyone can contradict this: he is seeing no limits to his power regardless of what the constitution says. he believes the entire united states government can be corrupted into furthering his personal political needs. he's even willing to hold
congress and aid to a foreign nation hostage to person political demands. he believes if he does something, it's legal, period. and perhaps most importantly he believes there is nothing we can do about it. he believes he can and will get away with anything he does. we all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. it's no joke. he's shooting holes in the constitution. and we cannot let him get away with it.
[applause] >> we should have no illusions. this is a president who has decided that this nation doesn't have the tools or the power or the political will to stop fim from doing whatever he wants. trump isn't just testing us, he's laughing at us. he has no sense of decency. he doesn't care about the law. he doesn't believe that people and nations that follow the rules are anything other than suckers or fools or losers. we have to prove him wrong. we have to demonstrate that our constitution our government, our elected officials including republicans are up to this moment and you see the especially a dangerous moment for this nation because we know the pressure on trump is only going to increase. and when that pressure increases he's only going to grow more volatile, more self-serving and more destructive.
he has another year in office. no, i'm serious, think about that. think about that. he'll stop at nothing to save himself. no individual, no institution nothing, nothing that we've held nationsacred in this nation more than 200 years will be safe. if donald trump was just a reality tv star it wouldn't matter, but he's responsible for the largest economy in the world. he's commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in the history of the world. he's supposed to be a leader of the free world. with the free world under threat of advancing authoritarianism he has embraced those autocrats and the time china is engaged in human rights butches that are staggering, more than 100
muslims are imprisoned in so-called reeducation camps in the west. in hong kong, protesters are increasingly being met with violent repression as they demand the democratic rights they were promised. they were guaranteed by us and the rest of the world. does he speak out for human rights and stand for the people in hong kong? or the people in reeducation camp? no. he promised to stay silent. trump and his emissaries have sought repeatedly to extort the existential fears of ukrainian leaders for political advantage holding up political support of vitally needed military aid to pressure ukraine at a time when it's engaged in a live war with russia. most people don't realize in the west there's a war going on now.
a war that's costing thousands of ukrainian lives. this isn't a game. it's deadly serious. the united states cannot afford to have a president who will abuse whatever power is available to him to get reelected. that's what it's all about and here's the kicker. the people around the president knew that what he was doing was wrong, profoundly wrong. what did they try to do? they tried to cover it up by hiding the evidence, classifying it like no other president has had to classify these conversations. we only know about this thanks to the courageous actions of a whistleblower who has been joined by others stepping up to protect our country. trump's scheme has been exposed. look, folks, trump did it because, like every bully i've ever known and every bully we've read about in history, he's basically a coward, he's afraid.
he's afraid. [applause] he's afraid about how badly i will beat him next november. [cheering and applause] folks, he's targeted me and my family with lies and distortions and smears. that's only -- he thinks he will undermine my candidacy for the nomination as well as the presidency if i'm the nominee. he's just flat doing what he's always done: lying. even though the main stream has called him out for his lies
while the president trump interrupted him saying he's lying? maybe. i don't remember. and he's spending tens of millions of dollars isearly in the campaign to engage in the democratic primary to spread lies. he's trying to orchestrate a campaign where truth and the facts are irrelevant. you say it long enough often enough, people may believe it. and he's lying is matched only by his manifest incompetence. [applause] i believe at the outset of my
announcement that there would be no level to which he will not stoop. he's insinuated that people who have spoken to the whistleblower should be executed. here's what trump said in the closed door meeting with u.s. diplomats, quote: i want to know who's the person? who's the person who gave the whistleblower the information? because that's close to a spy i'm still going quoting. you know what we used to in the old days when we were smart right? and i'm still going quoting, right? spies andtreason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now. what president has ever used such language? think about this: what president has ever used such
language? and now, allegedly i don't know for a fact the whistleblowers are worried about their safety, thanks to our president? >> shameful. >> it is shameful. he has no shame though. trump even dared to say if he's removed from office, quote, i'm not positive of the quote. i'll be very precise. that it will spark a civil war. [inaudible] >> right wing media outlets are full of baseless conspiracy theories, in the darkest reaches of the internet ruwash with those vile attacks and he's spending millions of dollars right now, right now, of campaign money from special enter b groups who hate me and most democrats to spread his
lies. and that's what they are they're lies. there's no truth in his charges in the attacks against me and my son, zero. every independent news organization that's reviewed his charges at length found them to be flat out lies. and trump knows it. but the old method he has used very well since he was a businessman, repeat, repeat, repeat the lie. my insistence that a prosecutor who was viewed as corrupt be replaced was the official position of the president of the united states, the united states government supported by republican senators who sent a letter sent a letter in 2016 calling for the removal because of corruption.
supported by the european union. the international monetary fund. our allies, including the u.k., france germany. what trump did in ukraine was to carry out a secret policy for his on personal political benefit and hope that he wouldn't have to face me and my guess is anyone else who he thought was likely to win. what i did was to seek to replace a weak prosecutor with one who we helped would go after corruption that was holding ukraine back. the rest of the world was threatening not to continue to support ukraine, unless they dealt with the corruption. what trump did was hold hostage political support and hundreds of millions of desperately needed dollars to a country at war to advance his own political
demands. if it had been written as a sitcom, it wouldn't be believed. think about this. and now, there's a report that nobble did trump send rudy giuliani, a man of great integrity -- [audience reacts] his personal lawyer, to carry out his scheme and co-opt the stage, that the allies of giuliani were working him a side deal at the same time to make millions of ukraine. just alleged, i don't know for a fact. a corrupt scheme with the additional helping of corruption and self-dealing on the side. classic trump. look the abuse of power is a defining characteristic of trump's presidency.
he acts, he reacts, he twists, he turns according to what he thinks is good for him. for his ego. for personal politics, for campaign money. virtually every day he launches a barrage of tweets to disparage, threaten, anyone who not only doesn't criticize him but doesn't bathe him in praise. think about it. you ever been to a cabinet meeting where they say yes, mr. president, you're the greatest person in the world. think about it. we've become so inured by this ridiculousness. anyone who challenges his outrageous behavior, behavior that's beneath any president at any time under any circumstances. think about the way he tweets and talks about women of color. who dare to speak their minds against him and happen to be
sitting members of congress. think about the way he turned on the fbi and america's intelligence services who were just pointing out to him that russia and putin were directly engaging and trying to deal with our sovereignty by engaging in our electoral process. nobody nobody doubts it. and on the world stage he dissed them and said i believe putin. he's repeatedly demonstrated his desire to advance his own personal gain ahead of the public good. and he's ready to do anything it takes to stay in power to protect himself because when he's out of power he may be a lot more vulnerable. we need to be clear about something. this isn't just an academic exercise and political theory. a president who puts his own
self-interest ahead of the public good and national security also poses a threat to each and every american in our daily lives. he's already threatened the whistleblower and anyone who talks to the whistleblower. now, additional whistleblowers are coming forward. i don't know it for a fact, i just know what you know. some with information about how he was pressuring ukraine. others about pressure he may have put on the irs about his taxes. and by the way, even though nixon released his taxes. [applause] where are his taxes? what's buried in those returns. why can't the american people say them? why can't he release them? [applause]
>> every penny i've made is there for the public to see and trump? it's all hidden. why? why? [inaudible] >> well, he's proven he'll use the justice department against anyone he believes threatens his power, his ability to stay in office. now, the justice department is intervention on trump's behalf in his personal lawsuit to hide his finances from the public eye. trump has proven that he'll use the state department against anyone who believes, he believes threatens his power or his ability to stay in office. he will order the removal of career diplomats who won't carry out his whims without question. does anyone doubt he would use any other part of the
government, any other power available to him as president to destroy anyone? he believes threatens his ability to stay in power and stay behind the veil? the ability to stay in office? when i announced my candidacy and i did it here as well, i said i was running in order to restore the soul of america. it was not hyperbole and it wasn't just what we saw in charlottesville, virginia, people coming out of the woods and fields carrying torches chanting antisemitic bile accompanied by white supremacists and ku klux klan. it's been repeated and repeated and repeated. so folks, restoring the soul of america, that's what's at stake in 2020. that's why this election is so
important. it's why we're not going to let donald trump take the democratic nominee for president period. i'm not going to let him get away with it. he's picked the a fight with the wrong guy. [applause] >> i'm not going to be distracted by all his lies and smears and distortion. everybody knows who donald trump is. they know me, as well. none of these attacks are true and i'm going to stay focused on your lives. that's what this election is about.. it's about your families your children and your grandchildren and you can't wait, you can't
wait for affordable healthcare. you can't wait to get paid a decent wage in a job you have. you can't wait to have access to education. you can't wait for us to do something rational about guns. you can't wait for us to take on what is happening to our climate and the existential threat to the world. it can't wait. [applause] and the world can't wait for america to lead a stable, peaceful international order. without once we're all in trouble. the world is in trouble. i've said it before and i'll say it again like jfk said when he spoke about taking america to the moon. he said i am willing to postpone the work that has to be done for you, for america, our possibilities are limitless, but it takes vision and yes, it takes plans, but that's not enough. it takes a proven ability to get
big things done. and no one in this race has had a stronger record of passing important, consequential pieces of legislation than i have or promoting them when i was vice president from the voting rights act renewling to the ban on assault weapons, to the violence against women act, to obamacare to the recovery act which kept us from sliding into a depression. i've been there. i know what it takes to get these things done. so let me finish with this. a lot of my primary opponents and they're good people, we have to do more than just defeat trump. i agree. we have to do more than beat donald trump. we have to beat him like a drum. that's what we have to do. thank you for listening. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you.
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