tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Norfolk VA CSPAN October 22, 2019 3:28am-5:01am EDT
live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, florida republican congressman ted yoho joins us to talk about the trump impeachment inquiry and syria. then the latest on the house democrats' impeachment efforts and a discussion of how u.s. troops are being used in syria and saudi arabia. be sure to watch "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. >> senator elizabeth warren holds a town hall in norfolk, virginia, the second largest city in the commonwealth and home to the world's largest naval base. the campaign event took place -- [cheers and applause] >>
>> good evening. how are you? you don't sound excited. we need some enthusiasm in this room. i represent the second senate district here in virginia. and i am also the chair of the senate democratic caucus. we have an election coming up on november 5, and it is your task and my task to ensure we do win big on november 5. [applause] it's time for a change in richmond. know our colleagues may how to win, they do not know how to govern. democrats know how to govern. accomplishing to
objectives to combat climate change and sea level rise. [cheers and applause] ise in hampton roads, it costing us $34 billion to combat climate change and sea level past 70nce over the years, sea level rise is up 14 inches. we are second only to new orleans, as the largest population center at risk for sea level rise. 45,000 properties in our area are at risk from tidal flooding. we need solutions, not people talking about science is not real. [cheers and applause] they want to call it "coastal flooding."
it's climate change and sea level rise, people. [applause] our communities are hurting from gun violence, from poverty and lack of access to jobs. we are hurting from being in food deserts, from inadequate housing and eviction. we are hurting from a lack of health care. democrats will bring solutions, not talk. [applause] will bring solutions, with sensible gun prevention laws, and now adjourn in 90 minutes. [applause] we will bring solutions with minimum wage increases. we will bring solutions with bringing groceries closer to underserved communities. we will develop eviction
diversion programs. we will protect medicaid expansion and the affordable care act. [applause] we will not say that we supported medicaid expansion when we didn't. democrats are about solutions, but we can only bring solutions with your help on november 5th. help us flip the house of delegates and virginia senate by giving democrats control. [applause] forill be youer voice change and positive governance. you know who else will be your voice, for change and positive governance? is a veryevening strong democrat, with a plan for environmental justice.
[cheers and applause] isn't it nice to have someone who has a plan? a plan for health care. a plan for economic equity and justice. a plan for criminal justice reform. a plan for our military families and veterans. who actually has a plan to go into effect to support our families in our communities. ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to bring to this stage this democrat, who has a strong voice and a plan for positive change. i bring to you senator elizabeth warren!
we have many special guests. i also want to say a very special thank you to a man who has given me a lot of good advice and is always there, has served our country so honorably, admiral smith. wherever you are, admiral smith, thank you. [applause] thank you for getting us started. thank you. we also have another very special guest in the house. the man who helped lead the united states house of representatives, who is on one of the most critical committees, who leads that committee, on health and labor, congressman bobby scott is here. please stand up. [cheers and applause] congressman scott and i are hatching all kinds of plans around labor and education. am i right?
[applause] as long as we're doing all this family stuff, i also brought along my husband bruce. where are you, sweetie. [applause] he's the man with the very debonair black cast on his arm. he defended bailey from another dog and bruce ended up with the broken bone over it. but he's on the mend. he's on the mend. and with us. and i am just so glad to be here with you all today. thank you. 18 days. virginia is going to get this done! [cheers and applause] in 2017, you inspired our nation. and what you did in 2017, the rest of the nation doubled down
on in 2018. now in 2019, we're turning to you again. do it again and inspire us for 2020. [applause] yeah. so i thought what we'd do tonight is i'll tell you a little bit about myself, we'll take some questions, and then if anybody wants to, i'll stay as long as you want and we'll do selfies. [applause] yes, the core part of democracy, there we go. so, i was born and raised in oklahoma. [applause] we got a few okies here. there aren't so many of us. got one over here. good. i was the baby in the family. i have three much older brothers.
i was what used to be called a late in life baby. my mother always just called me the surprise. now, all three of my older brothers went off and joined the military. my oldest brother, don, was career military. he spent about five and a half years off and on in combat in vietnam. we were really lucky to get him back home. very, very lucky. [applause] my brother john was stationed overseas for a little over a year. my brother david, the youngest of the three, david trained as a combat medic. and to this day, we have a rule in our family. never choke around david.
he is convinced that he could perform an emergency tracheotomy, ready to go. always has a sharpened pocket knife with him. it makes for some very exciting thanksgivings. anybody goes -- [clears throat] and david is ready. the rest of us are like, whoa, back, brother. i love my three brothers. they are to this day referred to as the boys, to distinguish them from the surprise. [laughter] they're all retired. they live back in oklahoma, close together. when we were growing up, our daddy had a lot of different jobs. he sold fencing. he sold carpets. he sold housewares. he sold paint. when i was in middle school, the boys were all gone by that point, it was just my mama and my daddy and me. my daddy had a massive heart attack.
and for a long time we thought he was going to die. the neighbors came in, folks from church brought covered dishes, everybody spoke in quiet tones. daddy made it through. and we were deeply grateful. but he couldn't work. not for a long, long time. and that meant no money coming in. i can still remember the day we lost our family's station wagon. i remember learning words like mortgage and foreclosure. i remember how every night my mother would tuck me in, she'd kiss me on the forehead, she would pat me and i knew what was coming next.
she'd walk outside, close my door, and lean back against it and start to cry. she didn't want to cry in front of me. and one day i walked in to my folks' bedroom. and laid out on the bed was the dress. now, some of you in this audience will know the dress. it's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals, and graduations. and it's laid out on the bed. and i see it and i look at the end of the bed and there's my mama. in her slip and her stocking feet and she's pacing. and she is saying, we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. she was 50 years old. she had never worked outside the home.
and she was terrified. and finally she sees me standing there in the doorway, i'm just a kid. and she looks at me. and she looks at that dress. and she looks at me. never says a word. wipes her face. pulls that dress on. puts on her high heels. and walks to the sears and gets a full-time minimum wage job answering phones. that minimum wage job saved our house. and more importantly it saved our family. [applause] now, i always think of this as the lesson my mama taught me. that no matter how scared you are, no matter how hard it looks, when it comes down to it,
you reach down deep, you find what you have to find, you pull it up and you take care of the people you love. that's what she taught me. [applause] it was years later, years later, that i came to understand, that wasn't just what my mama taught me. that's what millions of americans do every day. no matter how hard it looks. no matter how scared they are. they reach down deep, they find what they have to find, they pull it up and they take care of themselves and the people they love. that's what we do. [applause] but it was only years after that that i came to understand that same story is also a story about government.
it's also a story about government. because understand this. back when i was a girl, a full-time minimum wage job in america would support a family of three. it would pay a mortgage, it would cover utilities, and it would put food on the table. today, a full-time minimum wage job in america will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. that is wrong and that is why i am in this fight. [cheers and applause] and understand this. that difference is no accident. it's about who government works for. when i was a girl, go back and
look. the question asked about minimum wage is, what does it take a family of three to survive. what does it take a family of three to get a foothold in america's middle class? what does it take a family of three to have something secure that they can build on? today, the question asked in washington is, where should the minimum wage be set to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations? i don't want a government that works for giant multinational corporations, i want one that works for our families. [cheers and applause] so, like i said, three boys.
they went off to the military. that was their path. that was their ticket to america's middle class. me, i had a different plan. i have known what i wanted to be since second grade. you may laugh back there, you didn't decide until, like, what? fourth grade? fifth grade? i can tell. no, me, i have known what i wanted to be since second grade and never wavered from it. i wanted to be a public schoolteacher. can we hear it for america's public school teachers? [cheers and applause] yes! whoa! yes, this is what i wanted! i wanted to teach public school. i got to tell you, i invested early. i used to line up my dollies and teach school. i had a reputation for being tough but fair. [laughter] it's all i wanted. by the time i graduated from high school, my family didn't
have the money for an application to college. much less to send me off to four years at a university. so here's the deal. like a lot of americans, i have a story that's not exactly a straight line. got a lot of twists and turns. here's how mine goes. graduated from high school and i got a scholarship to college. yay! and then at 19 i fell in love, got married, dropped out of school and got a minimum wage job. not to that guy. to somebody who is currently referred to as husband number one. never a good sign when you have to number your husbands. [laughter] it's true. but back to the story. so. here i am.
look, i chose it. it could be a good life. it was my decision. nobody made me do this. but i thought i had given up the dream. that that was it. i stepped off and i would never get to be a teacher. and then i found it. we're living down in houston at the time and i found what was then a commuter college, it was about 45 minutes away, it cost $50 a semester. and for a price i could pay for on a part-time waitressing job, i finished my four-year diploma, i became a special needs teacher, i've lived my dream job. [cheers and applause] so let's see. we've got public school teachers in here?
yes! yes! we got any special needs teachers in here? a few? yeah, good. you're going to have to back me up on this. this is not a job for teachers. it's a calling. i loved the work. i loved those babies. i had 4 to 6-year-olds. mostly. and to this day i can remember faces, names, i can remember successes. i can remember places we didn't get it done. i loved it. and i probably would still be doing that work today but my story has another twist in it. here's the twist. by the end of the first year i was visibly pregnant. and the principal did what principals did in those days. he wished me luck and hired someone else for the job. so there i am.
i'm at home. can't get a job. i've got a baby. what am i going to do? got to do something, right? got to do something. so i decide i'll go to law school. [applause] so. baby on hip, by this time we're living in new jersey, i head off, we got everybody here. i head off to a public law school. back then cost $450 a semester. woohoo. and graduate, visibly pregnant -- you will discover a pattern to these stories. took the bar. and practiced law for 45 minutes. and then went back to my first love. teaching.
i traded little folks for much taller folks. but always in teaching. also traded out husbands, that's how i ended up with bruce. [applause] a lot of change in that period of my life. but that's how i spent most all my life is teaching in law school. so you know, i don't know, maybe this is what happens to everybody who kind of grows up at the ragged edge of the middle class. but i'll tell you what i taught. money. if it was about money, i mastered it and i taught it. so i taught contract law and commercial law, i taught secure transactions. feel free to cheer at any point. i taught the uniform commercial code. woo-hoo. law and economics. corporate finance. partnership finance. i taught it all. but there was always one central
question that i worked on. and that is, why is america's middle class being hollowed out? why is it that for families that work every bit as hard as my mom and dad did two generations ago, find the path today, so much rockier and so much steeper. and for people of color, even rockier and even steeper. [applause] and the answer is just like the answer around minimum wage. the answer is about who government works for. think of it this way. we have a government that works fabulously. wonderfully. terrifically. for giant drug companies.
just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. am i right? [applause] works great for people who want to invest in private prisons and private detention centers. just not for the people whose lives are torn apart by those institutions. [applause] a government that works terrifically for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere. just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. [applause] here's the thing. when you see a government that works great for the wealthy and
the well connected, and isn't working for much of anyone else, that is corruption pure and simple and we need to call it out for what it is. corruption. [cheers and applause] corruption. and think of it this way. whatever issue brought you here today, climate, health care, the cost of prescription drugs, gun violence, whatever it is. immigration, you bet. whatever is the issue that brought you here today, if there is a decision to be made in washington, it has been touched by money. it has been influenced by money. it has been nudged by money.
it's had an exception created by money. in fact, let me tell you a quick story around this. so back in the early 1990's. we're beginning to get it about what's happening on climate. don't have quite all the words, global warming, but they're getting it. science is there. people are starting to say, wow, this could be -- this is a real catastrophe that could be headed our way. here's the amazing part. democrats and republicans basically are working together. think about that. they're talking about, what do we need to do? do we need to give more power to the e.p.a.? do we need laws? because all of us have to care about the future of this country and the future of this earth. and then, along come the koch brothers. [audience boos] i see you've heard of the koch brothers.
nice, nice. along come the koch brothers. and let's be clear, and the giant oil companies, and the big polluters. and in effect they get together and say wow, if congress gets really serious about this climate thing, that's going to cut into our bottom line. that's going to cost us money. so they've got a decision to make. they've got an investment decision to make. think about it that way. they have to decide. they could have decided, they could decide, let's see, we see this happening. what we're going to do is stop doing carbon-based fuels. we'll pull ourselves out of that and go into -- no, they don't do that. they could decide, we're going to really double down on investment. r&d investment in how to clean carbon out of the air. how to clean it out of the water. they don't.
you know what they invest in? politicians. they invest in politicians. they invest in washington. and yeah, it's campaign contributions. but it is so much more. it's about lobbyists. it's about p.r. firms. it's about -- oh, it's about bought and paid for experts. have you thought about these experts -- i'm a doctor of [mumble] and climate blah, blah, the dinosaurs loved it -- whatever it is. they don't support those guys and put money into the think tanks for them because they're fooled. they do it because those guys, those climate deniers, they build an umbrella over the politicians. so the politicians can stand under it and continue to take koch brother money, big oil money, big polluter money and
say, oh, i don't know. i'm not a scientist. let me tell you, you want to understand the climate crisis that we face right now? it is 25 years of corruption in washington that brought us here. [applause] so here's the thing. the corruption is felt everywhere. if we are going to make change in this country, it can't be one statute over here, a couple of little regulations over there, maybe one more piece over here. what we've got to have in this country is big structural change. there it is. not little. [applause] and let me tell you where big
structural change starts. it starts by attacking corruption head on. you ready? yeah. and i've got a plan for that. in fact, here's good news. i have the biggest anti-corruption plan since watergate. yay! here's the bad news. we need the biggest anti-corruption plan since watergate. ok. so this thing is big because money is felt in lots of places around washington. so let me just give you a little sample out of this plan. here's part of it. end lobbying as we know it. [applause] yeah.
here's another. block the revolving door between wall street and washington. [applause] yep. here's one you might not have thought about but it matters. make the united states supreme court follow basic rules of ethics on conflicts of interest. [applause] yep. yeah. i could do these all night long. but let me do -- i could. but let me do just one more. just one more. and that is, anyone who wants to run for federal office, underline anyone, has to put their tax returns online. [applause]
yeah. yeah. ok. so that's part one. attack the corruption head on. no, think of it. if you disrupted, if you disrupt the influence of money if you knock it back if you get it off your back foot and on your front foot, so much more is now possible. ok. so let's talk about what we can do. and that is, part one, attack the corruption. part two, we need some basic structural change in this economy. yep. and let me tell you how this starts. we've got a huge problem with these giant corporations that have swallowed up little businesses, medium sized , they have shoot swallowed up what used to be big businesses. and the problem is, they are so
big, they run over their own employees. they run over their customers. they run over the communities where they are. shoot, they call the tune in washington. that's how much power they have. so, what do we do about that? well, part one, i say it's time to break them up. let's enforce the antitrust laws. i'm there. [cheers and applause] big tech, yes, mark zuckerberg, i'm looking at you. [applause] and big ag. i mean we can just keep doing this. but the point is, we got to start by having the courage to enforce our antitrust laws. we got to give little businesses a chance. that's a key part of it. but here's the other part. i think of this in structural terms. and that means we've got to have some balance in the system.
we can't have all the power in the corporations. we need more power in the hands of workers. make it easier to join a union. and give unions more power when they negotiate. [applause] yep. unions built america's middle class. unions will rebuild america's middle class. [applause] that's how we make structural change. let me give you one more idea for making structural change. it's time for a wealth tax. [cheers an applause] and mark zuckerburg, i'm still looking at you. all right. so here is the idea behind the wealth task. just so everybody gets this. your first $50 million is free and clear.
i see people say, oh. you're in. you're good. you're good. ok. yeah, people say, ok, i can do business with this woman. she's reasonable. ok. first $50 million free and clear, but then your first dollar after $50 million, you have to pitch in two cents, and two cents on every dollar after that. and just so everybody understands about a wealth tax, anybody in here own a home or grow up in a family who own a home? yeah, you've been paying a wealth tax. they just call it a property tax. all i'm doing different is for the guys who are really rich is to say your property tax is not just your real estate, it's also your stock portfolio, the diamonds, the rembrandts, and the yachts. [applause]
and here's the thing. i want us to do this. i want you to think about this. i'm not pushing a wealth tax because i'm cranky. [laughter] or punitive or mean, oh, poor billionaires. [laughter] it's none of that. you know, people who have built great fortunes understand that $50 million threshold on assets, that's the top 1/10 of 1%. it's about 70,000 families in this country. that's all we're talking about. 1/10 of 1%. you build a great fortune in america and they say, i got out there, you know, i worked hard. i stayed up late at night. unlike anybody else, you know, but ok, you had a great idea. you caught the moment. good for you. good for you. but if you built a great fortune here in america, i guarantee, you built it at least in part
using workers all of us helped pay to educate. [applause] you built it at least in part getting your goods to market on road and bridges all of us helped pay to build. [applause] you built it at least in part protected by police and firefighters all of us helped pay the salaries for. [applause] and here's the thing. we're happy to do it. we're americans. we believe in making these investments. all we're saying is fair is fair. when you make it big, i mean really big, i mean top 1/10 of 1% big. pitch in two cents so everybody
else in this country gets a chance to make it. [cheers and applause] yeah. two cents. two cents. oh, and here comes the fun part. what can we do for two cents? ok. you ready? first thing we can do is universal childcare for every baby in this country age zero to five. all of them. [cheers and applause] >> universal pre-k for every three and four-year-old in america. [cheers and applause] and enough of the exploitation of largely black and brown women, raise the wages of every childcare worker and preschool teacher in america.
[applause] yep. two cents, we can do all of that , and i'm not through yet. all of that and we can provide tuition-free technical school, two-year college, and four-year college for anyone who wants to get an education. [applause] we can expand our pell grants so that low income students have a real chance to get an education. [applause] >> and we can help level the playing field by putting $50 billion directly into historically black colleges and universities.
[cheers and applause] yep. we can do all of -- two cents, we can do all of that plus we can cancel student loan debts for 95% of americans. [cheers and applause] yeah. you ready? two cents. two cents. that's what we can do for two cents. and just for a minute -- let's start with two. let's start with two. but two cents, and we can make an investment in an entire generation. all right, so that's part two. structural change. just a couple of structural pieces in this economy. part three. we need to protect our
democracy. [cheers and applause] oh, i want to see a constitutional amendment that guarantees the right of every american citizen to vote and to get that vote counted. [applause] and here's one we can do through federal law. let's outlaw political gerrymandering once and for all. [applause] let's roll back every racist voter suppression law in this country! [cheers and applause]
yep.>> and just one more. . and just one more. overturn citizens united. democracy is not for sale. [cheers and applause] so there it is. i just want three things. attack the corruption head on. make a couple of structural changes in our economy. and protect our democracy. three things. and here's the thing. those three things to me are all related to the same question. who gets opportunity in this country? who gets a chance to build a future? who has that opportunity? you know, you're born into wealth and privilege, you will have plenty of opportunities, but not so much for everyone else. those three and we make this a
country of opportunity for everyone. so understand this. for me, this is the heart of it. opportunity for every single one of our children to get a first rate education. there it is. [cheers and applause] opportunity. opportunity to get a good job. opportunity to be able to start your own business. opportunity, opportunity. remember, i'm a special needs teacher. opportunity may mean opportunity to live independently. [laughter] [applause] opportunity. opportunity to love who you love and build the family you want to build. [cheers and applause] opportunity.
it's the best of what america can be. my daddy, he ended up as a janitor, but his baby daughter , she got the opportunity. [applause] the opportunity to be a public school teacher. the opportunity to be a college professor. the opportunity to be a united states senator, and the under to be a candidate for president of the united states of america! [cheers and applause] dream big, fight hard, let's win! [cheers and applause]
[chanting "warren"] >> let's do some q&a. all right. we've got some. where are the people with our microphones? behind me. here we go. fabulous. hi. i understand you guys came in drew in advance before i got out here. >> my name is chris. hi, chris. >> despite the stock market -- >> i love your fashion choice. >> thank you. >> let's good on you, man. ok. >> so despite the stock market doing really well, we know that a lot of americans are struggling. what would the warren administration do to change the way we talk about the health of our economy in a way that's more holistic and doesn't cause us to
lose sight of that suffering? >> ok. it's a great question, chris. you know, there used to be a time when there were like two or three economic indicators, how the stock market is doing, how gdp is going, how unemployment is going, two of them up and one of them down, and that meant generally america was doing pretty well. not everybody, but we were all kind of moving in the same direction. and then about four decades ago, i don't, like when ronald reagan got elected, i'm just saying. it -- they start to divide. so gdp keeps going up. stock market keeps goes up. unemployment sometimes goes up, sometimes go down. but hard working middle class families, wages just flatten
out, and i don't know about the rest of you, anybody's housing cost go up? yeah. anybody's health insurance cost go up? oh, yeah. cost of childcare? yeah. cost of sending somebody or going to college? right. so costs go up, incomes are flat , and hard-working people are just squeezed in the middle. and so, you are exactly right. when we talk about our economy, right now, what we're also doing often doing is just talking about how is it working for the richest? how is it working -- listen, it's working great for them. the top 1/10 of 1% are doing fabulously. top 1% is doing pretty darn good. right? the problem is the 90%. it's not just the poorest, it's all of them. it's everybody on the way down. so, here is how i think about this. i like to reframe this as a values question. show me your budget and i'll
tell you your values. show me how the federal government's budget works. tell me where you think money should be. do we need to leave two cents with the top 1/10 of 1%, or two cents that we invest in every kid in this country in building a future for them? and by the way, i will throw this out quickly because you gave me an opening to do this. and that is, because i've got some other plans, i just want to give a quick mention to, i've got a plan to build about 3.2 million new housing units across this country. [applause] it gives opportunity for housing to middle-class families, to working class families, to the working poor, the poor, homeless, seniors that want to age in place, people with
haveilities so they will housing opportunities. yeah. best independent estimate is that it will bring down rents across this country. by about 10%. it is not huge, but it's the right direction to start doing it. we make that investment. and it's a place for me to say something else. housing a perfect example. we make a big investment in everybody because we should. housing is america's middle class number one way to build wealth. for each family and generation after generation, that's why the federal government for decades subsidized the purchase of housing for white people. and for black people said, not you. we will actively discriminate against african-americans who are trying to get mortgages and subsidize whites. so my housing plan is a big housing plan for everyone. and then has a special section to say people who live in formerly red lined areas or who
were targeted during the last housing crash, that targeted people of color, are going to get home buyers assistance to get back into the housing market. [cheers and applause] but that's the basic idea. we're going to keep doing this. thank you, chris. hi! >> senator warren, how are you doing? first, it's a pleasure to hear you. thank you for the hard work. >> thank you, tell me your name. >> it's jose feliciano. >> it's nice toe so you to cu. see you. >> nice to meet you. i born to bolivia and moved to the united states in 2014. within five years i saw how my community started to become discouraged and afraid, how they don't participate any more because of the political change that we had in 2016. my question is, as president how will you help the hispanic community to get back that trust and love for the country that we
worked to be part of? >> thank you. [applause] so let me start by saying i'm very glad you're here, not just tonight but you've been here for five years and glad you're a part of our country. [applause] let's talk a little bit about immigration, and then let's talk a little bit about respect. ok? so first, about immigration. i've got a plan for that. and i just want to lay it out because i want everyone to hear this. and it starts with a basic statement of our values. immigration does not make america weaker, it makes america stronger. [applause] yep. [applause]
it makes our economy stronger and it makes the fabric of our nation stronger. so my immigration plan has basically three parts to it. part one, we need to expand legal immigration across this country. families have been held apart. it's not right. trump has been shrinking legal immigration. we need to expand it and that's also true for people who are here on temporary protected status. people who are here seeking asylum, refugees, it's every part of this. part two, we need a pathway to citizenship for the people who are here. [applause] yes, the dreamers, but it doesn't stop there. it is about our dreamers, about grandmas, little kids,
it's about people who came to work agriculture, about people who overstayed student visas. these are our friends, these are our neighbors, these are people who contribute to our economy, and the vibrancy of our country. we need a path to citizenship that is fair and achievable and we need it now. so that's part two. [applause] part three, we need to stop this trump-made crisis at our southern border. [applause] this crisis turned into a crisis first when the trump administration withdrew help from the countries of central america. when people see nothing around
them but destruction, wiwhen thy have a government that's not functioning, that's when people fear for their lives and have to run. we need first to restore our help to central america, help stabilize those governmenting , and help stabilize those economies. [applause] so that's part of it, but it's not all of it. we need to live out our values. uh, when it first came out that the trump administration was separating children from their families, i went down to the border. i went down to mcallen, texas, before they started locking people from congress out, i went briefly i wantst
everyone to keep your image in mind about what was happening and still is. picture an amazon warehouse, only, it's dirty, it smells bad , and it's full of cages of people. and that's what it was like. cages of women, on my left. maybe 10 feet wide and 40 feet deep, a toilet in the back corner. so crowded with people they couldn't all lie down at the same time. cages of men. and then walk into the main area, and there they were, the free-standing cages of little girls. another cage of little girls over there. nothing. they had nothing. they had aluminum foil blankets and that was it. no toys. nothing. there was a guard tower in the center, a little wooden guard tower so one person could watch all those little girls. i dashed back in one corner was a cage of nursing mothers. and i -- i stopped and talked with the mothers. one mother told me she had given
a drink of water to a policeman in her home country in central america, and she said the next day the word came back that the gangs believed she was working with the police and she knew what that meant, she and her baby would be killed. she wrapped up her baby an ran for the border. when people come to our borders, frightened for their lives, frightened for the lives of their children, we're a country that welcomes them and tries to help them. that is who we are. [applause] one last small part on this, i could go on for a long time on this, but one last small part on this that i just want to add, we need to get rid of for profit detention centers and for profit prisons. [cheers and applause] no one should make a profit from locking people out.
so, the last thing i want to say about this, is do understand, that what's going on right now with the trump administration, with donald trump himself, this is not accidental, this is strategic. donald trump believes that if he can turn people against people in our country, white against black and brown, straight against gay, and trans -- particularly against trans. [applause] um, christian against muslim and everybody against immigrants, particularly black and brown immigrants. he believes that if he can get that going, and stir it up, that kind of hatefulness in america, that that no one will notice that he and his corrupt buddies are stealing this country blind. [applause] we're not going to fall for this. we're going to build a better america.
thank you. thank you. thank you. ok. we've got time for one more? hi! >> i'm a senior at odu. >> wait a minute, what are you major in? >> geography and international studies. wow. cool. du i am president of o democrats. >> od democrats. >> both my professors are the one that's recording me is right over there. >> does she get extra credit for this? ok. good. you're getting extra credit. i know how to negotiate, right? [applause] >> so i told my mom i had no idea what i wanted to ask. >> this is your help line.
you called mom and said, what would you ask -- >> my mom means the world to me and i had to call her what we came up with, what is the single most impactful event of your life that's made you who you are the woman you are today? >> you mean other than marrying bruce? you know, that's a hard question. but i, i actually think it's the story i told you. i mean, you know, if i spent more time, maybe, i think it's the story i told you, about when i was 19, and i got married to the guy who had been my first boyfriend. first guy whoever dated me. first guy whoever dumped me. [laughter] it's true. and when he came back into my
life and proposed, i said yes in a nano second. i -- that was going to be my path. and i thought, i have given everything else up, and when the little glimmer was out there that, that little bit, that i had on the far horizon, it looked like the time, the chance for me to finish my education so i could do the work i wanted to be able to do. it was, it was like something opened up in me and it was the idea that somebody somewhere had helped build that thing that gave me a chance. that let me fall off the track and get back on. and when i did, i held on for dear life.
i still remember how much i sweated about the books, about the classes, about the commute, you know what that's like. but so afraid that i would screw this up, and i wouldn't be able to finish it. and by the time i graduated and i got my first job, working with the little ones, for me it became a kind of pattern that things opened up in my life and then i got a chance to reach and help somebody else out. and sometimes it was little tiny kids, later it was big kids. this is what ultimately pulled me into politics. not in a million years did i ever think i would run for
public office. i was just going to be the dork. it's true. the researcher, man, i would feed the information over. i would go and try to talk to people. i would tell them here's what's broken. here's what you can do about it. i spent eight years saying, there's a crash coming. there's a crash coming. and no one wanted to hear it. but what i started to figure out when i made the decision to run for public office, you can actually build structures that open up more possibilities for everybody else. it's great to do it hand over hand, but it's also great to do it big time. i have to tell you all, running for president is just an extraordinary experience for me. [applause] sen. warren: alright, alright. in that case, i'm not going to
get. i'm just going to say it's extraordinary. it's extraordinary because this is the moment. this is our moment. you know, when i first started running, people said to me, i would go back to washington and experts, also known as senators, would say to me, hey, i saw you were out on the trail, what you're doing isn't going to work. it's too hard. people do not want to hear plans. that sounds bothering, it's complicated. what you need to do, talk in generalities and smile more. it's true. that's what people told me. it's too hard. what you're asking of people is too hard. the first time i heard that, i thought, what do you think they said to the abolitionists? right? it's too hard, right? we're going to try to make that
kind of change. that's way too hard. what do you think they said just of the over 100 years ago to the suffragettes? too hard, give up now. what did they say to the early union organizers? too hard, give up now. what did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? too hard, give up now. what were they saying a decade ago to the lgbtq+ activists that wanted equal marriage? right? too hard, give up now. but here's the thing. they didn't give up. [applause] sen. warren: they got organized. they built a grass-roots movement.
selfies. get ready. amazing. so, folks on the floor and folks in seats, you can hang tight. our ushers will come to you and bring you down to be part of the selfie line. we'll start the front of the selfie line over here. we'll have some volunteers with placards who will be at the front of the line. you can see right over there, for jennifer warren, we're going to loop around, and the line will circle back this way. and we've got ada, we'll come right over to you. hang tight. we'll be right there. and any families, little ones, babies, remember, it's like pre-boarding. you can come to the front of the line and we'll take care of you. so the line is actually going to loop around and start up that way.
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views on voter fraud on c-span.org. cabinete beginning a meeting at the white house president trump spoke with reporters about several issues, including his decision to use his golf course for the upcoming g7 summit. president trump: thank you very much. we have a cabinet meeting. we'll have a few questions after grace and if you would, please do the honors. >> we're so thankful for the many blessings that you have bestowed upon us in this country. we're thankful for the people of courage who have been here before us, who have fought hard for the rights of our country. and we thank you for president trump who has great courage in the face of constant criticism. we ask that you give him