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radio app. >> go shopping and see what's c-spanilable at the online store including our all t-shirts.gn 2020 c-spanstores.org. colorado senator and 2020 presidential candidate michael bennett was in new hampshire for politics and breakfast hosted by the new hampshire institute of politics and new england council. the democratic lawmaker spoke his tax proposal, his views on bipartisanship and the inquiryimpeachment against president trump.
>> he said the reason why i do this is nobody would ever know me otherwise. >> because of the relationship we have with neil and his extraordinary team, i think them. -- i think them. them.hank to all of them. he was very kind to talk about how it dinner, one of the reason why we had 1800 people, one of the four recipients was senator maggie hassan. who we all know.
a great choice and great public servant. today is the second politics and eggs event. many of you were here earlier what we had andrew yang. we will be hosting events throughout new england and in washington. richie neil from the commonwealth of massachusetts. custer will be speaking to the new england council in the next couple of weeks. we have not taken our foot off the gas pedal at all. we also have some other events in the works so stay tuned for some future announcements to be made. today, we are honored to welcome united states senator michael bennet for the 17th seven -- for
the 17th politics and eggs event. my cholesterol level is going to the roof. we have to end this. he is the colorado senior inator having been appointed 2009. when he became the secretary of the interior. senator bennett was reelected in 2010 and 2016. he has a long history of public service and his state -- in his state of colorado. schoolsuperintendent of in the great city of denver. he has a wealth of experience in the private sector. restructuring failing businesses and helping to create the world's largest movie theater chain. he serves on the senate agricultural, finance, and intelligence committee.
he has worked to transform public education to give schools more flexibility to innovate as well as to modernize higher education so that students are not burdened by overwhelming debt. he has been a champion in the fight to combat climate change, advocating for commonsense solutions that will reduce carbon pollution and increase sustainability while growing the economy. in may of this year, he announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential nomination pledging to build opportunities for all americans and restore integrity to our government. we are so pleased and honored he will join us today as he campaigns in this great state. join me in welcoming michael bennet. [applause] >> good morning. good morning.
morning, everybody. jim, thank you for that introduction. thank you for hosting me today. larry, thank you for inviting me. ray buckley, thank you for doing the amazing job you are doing under trying circumstances. when i was deciding whether to run for the presidency, which i never thought of in my entire life, i consulted my three daughters. they are 20, 19, and 15. the 15-year-old was incredibly enthusiastic about it. she said, you absolutely should run. i said, that is really impressive and i am glad you care about my career and the positions i have taken. it longer we talked the more became clear that she just wanted me out of the house and away from her. she is probably burning the place down this morning. the 20-year-old said to me, if
you run and tell the truth and you lose, no one can fault you for. i said to her, there was no other reason for me to run. there was no other reason for me to win. a month or two ago, the des editorialister rented -- ran an editorial that said michael bennet pounds truth into this campaign and i was able to send that to caroline. i may not be winning but i am doing what we agreed i should be doing. i think that is important for all of us at this moment when our democracy is under siege. donald trump is much more symptom of our problems that he is the essential cause of our problems although he has made matters much worse. starting with an understanding of where we need to be as a country and where we need to go is important if we are going to have a chance to win this
election. jim mentioned a little bit of what i have done outside of politics. i spent time in the private sector. we did create the largest movie chain in the world and it also spawned another business which was 20 minutes of digital advertising at the beginning of the movies, which my kids have still not forgiven me for. it was a lot better than when they just had a slide from the local muffler shop. now you can watch coca-cola being poured. they are completely unconvinced. i had the chance to run a very large school district, 95,000 kids, a billion-dollar budget. that is a large budget, three times the size of some other places. south bend, indiana, is one example. just to pick one place on the map. [laughter]
senator -- run two senate races in the purple state of colorado. once a tough state to win and it is a tough state to win twice. that will be critically important for us as we think about not just winning the presidency in 2020 but also winning the majority back in the united states senate. that will require us to win places like colorado and maine and arizona and north carolina. these are tough places to win. we have got to win. just this week, donald trump disgraced the united states again. he said, foreign policy is what i will be remembered for. i think he has that right. i guarantee you the kurds will never forget. not the soldiers who fought beside us to destroy isis only to be abandoned.
stand up here and abroad. to do that, we need to focus on the enormous challenges that led to donald trump selection in the first place. -- donald trump's election in the first place. 9 million people were so fed up with our broken politics and a bunch of politicians, so unresponsive to the challenges they were facing every day that for a- that they voted reality tv start to lead us in washington. i do not think we will trick those people into voting for us with empty promises. you might be able to win in democratic primary that way, maybe, but you will not be able to win a general election.
we need to tell the truth. we need to heal our division and we need to drive economic opportunity for everybody in america. just as i do in colorado and just as jeannie shaheen does here in maggie hassan does here, we need to say the same thing in the primary that we do in the general election. the day they are running, they are running for the general election and they know what they are saying in the primaries will affect whether they will be able to win at the end. that is what we have to do today. vote, youmes time to know it is important to nominate somebody who has a vision that can inspire a broad coalition to beat donald trump. here's what that vision looks like. an economy that works for everybody, not just the top 10%. my tax plan cuts childhood
poverty by 40% in less than two years. a public option that finishes obamacare so we can cover everybody in this country in three years and cut costs, including prescription drugs. that is not medicare for all. other candidates have proposed without admitting the only way to do it is to raise middle-class taxes massively. democrats who won seats last year, including right here in new hampshire, flipped the house of representatives, supported a public option -- not medicare for all. most of those people beat people in the primaries who supported medicare for all. as the only school superintendent who has ever run for president, i can tell you how important education is to driving opportunity and how important it is to our future, and one set of kids has access to preschool and another set
does not, equal is not equal. when one set of kids has access to high-quality k-12 schools because of where their parents live and the other does not, equal is not equal. when one group of kids has access to guidance counselors and two parents who went to college and two summer jobs to put on the resumes and people to help them fill out their college applications and the other does not, equal is not equal. that is why today in america, our education system is reinforcing the brutal income inequality we have rather than liberating people from it. as long as that is true, the promise of american land of opportunity is for close to anybody who was born poor -- foreclosed to anybody who is born poor in this country.
i can tell you from my perspective and more importantly , from their perspective, instead of pandering on free college, what we should be offering is free preschool for every kid who needs it. that is every kid in america. we should be telling the kids who are graduating from high school but not going to college, which is 70% of our kids, you can earn a living wage when you graduate from high school not just the minimum wage. i was in manchester months ago meeting with students at a vocational educational program and there was a young woman working on a hovercraft, which was the class project. they are an airplane next year. she is graduating this year and i asked her, what are you doing after you graduate and she had this huge smile on her face and she said, i am becoming an underwater welder. . said, i bet that pays well she smiled and she said, yes, it
does. speaking of all that, we have to pay our teachers like the professionals they are. we are running a system of public education that was designed when we had a labor market that discriminated against women. we will pay you a ridiculously low salary that no one else in your college class will ever accept. that made sense in the labor market when we were discriminating against people. we are not doing that anymore and we have to find a way to update that for the 21st century. that will not be easy to do. we need a climate policy that does not allow the other side to rip it out in two years. we have to create a durable solution.
i hope somebody will ask about that and we will talk about it in the q&a. comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the bill i wrote in 2013 as part of the gang of eight with a pathway to citizenship and 21st century border security. a return to government of, by, and for the people. we have to end partisan gerrymandering in this country and i have the bill to do it. sure everymake single american in every single election is able to cast their vote and i have the bills to do that. if i am elected president, i will go across this country to every single state and lead an effort in every one of those states to overturn citizens united to get the money out of politics and put people back in. is not more complicated than that. that is the agenda that will win
blue states and purple states. that is the agenda that will bring back those 9 million voters who voted twice for barack obama and once for donald trump. bringing together democrats and independents and even some trump voters. won.is how maggie has i do not believe it is any more complicated than that. if you remember just one thing, remember how you do it in new hampshire because that is the way it will work in the rest of the country. that is the way we will drive opportunity to preserve our democracy and secure our children's future and america's role in the world. i will need your help to continue in this race and i will try to do it because i think it is important that we have somebody he was thinking about the general election. thank you very much for being here today. i am happy to take any questions
, any criticisms anybody has. i was a former school superintendent and there is no way for you to hurt my feelings. [applause] >> we have students who have microphones. --you wait until they come you mentioned about the tax cut for middle-class families. i think it is called the american family act. you sponsored it with sherry brown. >> thank you. >> let's start with a softball. >> it is called the american family act and it dramatically increases the child tax credit in this country and it makes it payable on a monthly basis instead of an annual basis so
families can have the money to childcare,spend on higher education, housing or on food. if i had to summarize the last 10 years of town halls, people coming and saying, we are killing ourselves. this is a way of dealing with that. for people who are not coming to my townhouse because they are working two or three jobs to get their kids out of poverty, what they would say, michael, we are killing ourselves. no matter what we do, we cannot get our kids out of poverty. combine that with an increase in the minimum wage and you are starting to grow the economy. medicare for all is of no interest to the kids and families i used to work for.
that is not their priority. how do we drive an economy that works for everybody so it is not just about the top 10%? it.mbia university studied reducear, you could childhood poverty by 40%. singleithout adding a bureaucrat to the federal government and for 3% of the cost of medicare for all. that is what democrats should be standing for. >> you also said if we don't deal with climate change, we will destroy our economy. >> this is one that is particularly irritating to me. there is a climate denier in the white house because we lost the economic argument to trump last time. he said if we dealt with climate, we would destroy the economy.
true.posite is obviously if we don't contend with climate, our economy will be destroyed and the global be destroyed. destroyed.e will be we will not win the argument with policies that are invented in a test tube by politicians. we will do it by proposing strategies like the one i proposed that would engage farmers and ranchers across this country to sequester carbon in their soil, to pay them to do it. to create a coalition of americans to close over -- i want to dwell on this for a minute. if you care about climate change, and if you care about the country and our children, it is not enough to beat trump peered we have to fix the broken policies -- it is not enough to beat trump. we have to fix the broken policies.
mcconnell does not have to fix it. all they want to do is either nothing or put judges on the courts or occasionally cut taxes for rich people. if you want to solve climate change, you cannot accept a world where we put in our proposals and they last for two years and the other side rips it out. people on the campaign trail say, we need to act urgently on climate. it, myd not believe daughters would not let me come home. we also have to have a solution that will endure for a generation. you have to build a broad coalition of americans to overcome washington, d.c.
it would be a big mistake for us to go down the road of thinking that we could substitute our version of one-party rule for their less preferred version of one-party rule. >> you were one of the members of the gang of eight. you worked on immigration reform. will we ever get back to the days where we can work together on both sides? it seems like every piece of one-party. is all will we ever have both sides work together on legislation? >> we have to find a way to do it. we are treating our current political reality as if it is a permanent state of things.
there were writers who described it when the roman empire was collapsing, they said the parties have lost such confidence in themselves that they could not find a way to work on anything and it became a permanent state of things. that is what i am worried about. in the 10 years i've been in the senate, there are other examples but there is no example as good as the gang of eight bill on immigration. if you remember that old saturday morning cartoon about how a bill becomes a law, schoolhouse rock, there is a reason it is set up that way. it is supposed to work that way because when the founders set up this country, they did not set it up thinking we would agree with each other. they thought we would disagree with each other. no kinglic, there was or tyrant to tell you what to think. as enlightenedve
thinkers, out of those disagreements, we would fashion more durable solutions than any one person could come up with on their own. the worst decisions i make are the ones i make by myself. the best decisions i make are ones when i contend with other people's points of view. that is how it is supposed to work. that is why the legislation is set up that way. if it was all about one person's opinion or one-party's opinion, there would not be a need for a legislature. you could have a king or a governor or president. they have lost the ability at the national level to do what you guys do on an annual basis when you come together and say, what is the budget for the town going to be? that is the same system. it is what we have to get back
to and when you go through a process like the gang of eight process where you spent seven months negotiating behind closed doors, democrats and republicans youing in good faith, then give it to the judiciary committee and they have 150 amendments they considered and then went to the floor. we have had something like 18 amendments this year in the senate. i think we have past four of them. that is how broken your national legislature is. is, in our system of government, there is no other way to create a durable result. it is true that this has not been an equal opportunity sabotage of our government. the freedom caucus that came in
10 years ago deliberately attempting to immobilize, to sabotage our government, to destroy it. they were effective. the last six years of the obama administration, we were able to enact no legislation. if we accept that as a permanent state of things, we might as will except that democracy cannot solve climate change or do something meaningful to educate our kids or change the tax code. i dwell on this because there are people running for president on the democratic side who do not share that view. they think more of the same will lead to something better and i completely disagree with that theory. colleagues of running for president believe we ought to abolish the filibuster. your thoughts? made,ould say, we have
because of what politicians in washington thought was an expeditious idea, we have turned the constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on judicial nominees, we have made that into a mockery. we have made that into a completely partisan process and i predicted that people would start to audition to become judges by saying, i am the most orht wing judge, pro-choice i am the most liberal person. we wouldever imagined --think people on courts to my knowledge, i am the only person in the senate who has gone to the floor to apologize
for my role in changing those rules when i voted to change those rules. you better be careful of unintended consequences. mcconnell said, you will regret this sooner than you think and he was right about that. he was much more strategic than the democratic caucus was. i hate to say that but it is true. why do we debate when mitch mcconnell is no longer in charge? there is only one person in america who can decide we have the filibuster or not and that is mitch mcconnell. as long as he is the majority leader, i would rather not have 51 votes who decide if we will privatize medicare or strip women of their reproductive rights. firm oneem to be very saying a candidate who is running on medicare for all,
green new deal, free college, will have a very hard time winning in november. very hard. >> i believe it. you can have the point of view that donald trump has wounded himself so badly that anyone of us could beat him. i would not take that risk. i do not think we should take that risk. we lost to him once and we should never have lost to him to begin with. he is a reality tv star. everybody here knows the list of things he did that should have disqualified him. there is no guarantee that he cannot win this race again. i think it is important for us to nominate somebody who is thinking about how to win, not just on the coast but in the rest of the country. or in new hampshire, for that matter. good morning, senator.
i am with aarp. remarks,oned in your health care and prescription drugs. if you are elected president, what is the first thing you would do to lower the high prices of prescription drugs? >> everything i could do by executive order to give the government the opportunity to negotiate prices. we have got to pass weather station -- we have got to pass legislation to do it. seniors are having to make decisions about buying food or buying their prescription drugs and there is a broad consensus that this is a problem we now have to overcome. that is what i would do to reduce prices. right there.
thank you for being here, senator. , but i do notn think the answer is simple. how does someone who many people might see as not being on the french public opinion -- on the fringe of public opinion, find their way to the center of the televised debate stage? >> it has been a real challenge. rules have been unfortunate because what they have incentivized is the same stuff that has been incentivized by the cable and social media, which is a whole different primary than we used to have. it is nationalizing the primary prematurely instead of having people come here and do the work they are supposed to do.
there is a national criteria for whether or not you can get to the center of the debate stage. we will have to figure out how to do it because the obvious ways of supporting pieces of legislation -- there is a leading candidate in this race, of the stuff she has proposed, she has proposed how to pay for 15% of it. are these bold ideas? is it responsible to have these plans and only pay for 15% of it? should you be saying something different to the american people? i do not test to learn this the hard way which is why i have stayed in this race. even though i have not made it on the debate stage. we have to figure out a way to communicate with the american people. is -- it ironic but it am reminded that most people are
not focused on the cable at night and politics all day long. most people are just trying to support their family, build their business, build their community and what their expectation is of people like me, that we are doing our job like the schoolhouse rock video suggest. it is not any more complicated than that. to the extent we have abandoned our ability to do that, we have abandoned the american people and their priorities and their interests. if it looks totally broken anyway, you might as well send a reality tv star there because you cannot do any worse. i think we can do much better. >> good morning. i am an advocate with the alzheimer's association. thank you for signing on to approving the hope for alzheimer's act. what would you do to continue to
cure by 2025?nd a if you are elected president,, what would you do to stay on track to find a cure for alzheimer's? >> we have talked about this before so thank you for your advocacy. the cost will eat us alive if we don't find a care. i believe we can find a cure. i would dramatically increase investment in nih, not just for alzheimer's but other basic research as well. we have cut our investments in our country, which includes nih, by 35% since ronald reagan was president. all of our investments in
infrastructure, education, national forest, we have slashed it by 35% while we have told ourselves our priorities are borrowing $5 trillion from the chinese for the privilege of giving the wealthiest people in america tax cuts. it has been our priority. it has been trump's priority. we could have invested in giving the teacher arrays or giving every kid in america preschool, making social security solvent, paying down some of our debt and deficit so the next generation is not crushed by the lack of responsible choices that we have made. we could have done everything --
every single thing i just talked about. from the vantage point of people weuggling in this economy, use pressures coming down on . you would have to ask yourself, what in the world have we been doing? set of not been our priorities? it is staggering -- why has that been our set of priorities? it is staggering to me. if you were looking at this planet from another planet and use our record for the last 20 years, you would ask yourself, do these people even care about their children? planet, we care about the next generation and we care about what our country's role in the world is going to be.
>> other questions? i have two final questions. >> i did not mean to depress everybody. [laughter] don't be depressed because the answer is stop doing that and start investing in america. >> joe flanagan from the college here. senator, i lost a member of my family in iraq in december 2005. my question for you, if you are elected president, what are you going to do in the middle east ?s with this mess in syria >> i am very sorry for your loss.
i remember one day, i was sitting at my desk in the senate and the tv was on and these tv commentators were saying, trumbull never went in south carolina -- trump will never in in south carolina. i just shook my head. that is exactly the opposite of what is going to happen. people in south carolina know what the cost has been and they have a question about the gains there. what is incredible to me is while trump supported the iraq war and ran claiming that he did not support it, he has learned the wrong lessons. look at the syria mission that he just unwound. it is the opposite of what we were doing before. we have been there for five years and we lost six american
service people. the kurds lost 10,000 people. we were able to dismantle isis for the moment. that sounds like a successful engagement in the middle east. that is the one he has chosen to end. bizarrely, he is talking about protecting an oil rig in southern syria that is not even part of the mandate he has for our troops. they are not there to protect oil rigs. they were there to help the kurds destroy isis. opposite ofhe everything donald trump has done in the middle east. he should never have torn up the iran deal. that was not perfect but it was a moment in our history where we were trying to manage the problem in the middle east rather than go to war. i would restore our alliances
with the people in europe and in the region so we are not acting alone when it comes to stuff in the middle east because we tend to make bad decisions when we are acting alone. iwould do everything that could to try to help build civil institutions that exist in that region that have not been -- other, that are opportunities for us to help rebuild architecture of civil society. this is not an easy thing to do and it will take the rest of my life and the rest of your life to start moving things in the right direction. we have a big job to do to restore our alliances with europe and pushed back against the threat from russia and to lead in our own hemisphere to deal with the refugee crisis that is on our border and begin
to dig ourselves out from underneath the causes of those problems in the northern triangle countries. haveve in america -- if we an america that has led the way we historically have led, we can make progress. if we have in america that continues to retreat, i hesitate to say what it will look like four years from now but we will not remotely have the role to have.e historically we are the world's largest live democracy and we are still a beacon to people all over this world and they are waiting for us to lead. we have to lead. think congress abdicated their responsibility by given the executive -- giving the executive branch --
>> we should be voting on this. >> quick question, please. i am also from aarp new hampshire. there are people in the country who rely on medicare and social security to ensure a quality of life and decent health care. there have been talks of cuts to the medicare and we do not know about social security, how long it will last. what would you do to strengthen medicare and social security? >> there not just been talks about it. president trump's budget, notwithstanding his promises, will cut medicare over and over again. the biggest cuts that will ever been made. he has not been able to do it because congress has not supported it. on social security, we should lift the cap on the payroll tax.
we should be increasing social security payments for the most vulnerable americans among us. if we did not have these programs in place, the poverty among seniors would be twice what it is today. our child poverty rate is twice the size of our seniors rate which thy -- which is why i am so interested in the american family act. with medicare, we have to change our way -- change the way our health care system delivers medicine in america. it does mean reducing the cost of health care. we are spending twice as month -- twice as much as any industrialized country. we are spending twice as much our abilitypend --
to invest in the next generation and deal with a 35% cut would be better than it is today. >> maybe i will just ask the final question. would you support opening a formal impeachment inquiry into the president? >> i am glad the house has opened the inquiry. this is an opportunity for us to try to heal our democracy and remind americans about why the rule of law is important. nobody, including the president, is above the rule of law. >> my name is sean thompson. going off the whole impeachment process, how can members of both house and senate continue
legislative progress on infrastructure, health care, taxes, foreign policy while this is taking over every cable news outlet, social media? this seems to be the only thing people are talking about on the air. obligation to walk and chew gum at the same time. we have to do our job. let me give you a more honest answer. for the 10 years i have been in the senate, we barely have been doing any of the stuff you're talking about. we cannot even pass a basic infrastructure bill. while we spend seven or eight months consumed with the $6 billionf trump's of the wall mexico is supposed buildingr, china is fiber-optic cable to connect latin america with africa and
china. we cannot even pass an infrastructure bill in america that is real. the last infrastructure bill we passed was a bill that sold reserves from our royal -- are oil reserves at some ridiculously inflated amount of money. not i am saying is if we do want to be the first generation of americans who leave less opportunity to our kids and grandkids, we need to get our act together. we need your involvement in this now. i know we can do it. i am optimistic. i really am optimistic because americans have always stepped up. nobody in this room is being slavery --d human
end human slavery. nobody in the room is being storm the beaches of normandy. all we are being asked to do is rescue our democracy. there is nobody else in a democratic republic to do it but us here at i mean all of us. -- democratic republic to do it but us. i mean all of us. we are not doing is not because of politicians in washington. it is because we are not fulfilling our role as citizens. we have an expectation of greater leadership. we are living in a world where instead of doing the stuff this young man is talking about, we
have people mugging for the cameras, running into a secured briefing to make sure congress cannot do its job of investigating the president. they want the president to be able to see them on national television so he will call them up and say, you are doing a good job. we are living in a country where we have cut and run on our allies in a way that no other president in the history of the united states has done. that is not the country i was raised in. those are not the values i was raised by. you, itm here to tell is as bad as it looks and the only people who can fix it is us . the time i have spent in new hampshire, and iowa, south carolina, reinforces my view that we are up to this. and that we can satisfy the
>> i am going to school for public education. something has to be done. there such a gap between the rich and poor. >> how are you? >> thank you so much for coming. >> enjoy your weekend. >> i am writing my senior thesis on bipartisanship in congress and you are in it. >> glad to hear that. have you been over to denver?
>> a couple of times. >> my wife teaches at the law school. >> thank you for coming today. >> good to see you guys. >> i have to go to class right now. >> what class? >> new hampshire primary. managedow my daughters not to have classes on fridays. when i was in college, you went to class on fridays. >> thank you, senator. you were inspiring. >> i enjoyed the talk. >> how are you? >> thank you very much, take care.
>> how is it going? >> thank you for coming. >> good luck on the campaign trail. >> thank you for your question. >> thank you for your continued support. >> thank you for your continued work. >> we appreciate everything that you do. how are things going on the trail? >> one foot in front of the other. great. here we go. >> you signed every egg. >> thank you.
should play? >> we have to overturn citizens united and reform our campaign finance system. i do not think people should unilaterally disarm a situation like this because we have to beat donald trump and he is raising all kinds of dark money but it is a terrible system. follow-up, ask a couple of days ago, mark zuckerberg testified before congress regarding a new policy to put cash on facebook but he was questioned on facebook sad policy-- facebook's ad which has been accused of misinformation. outrageous. they did not even take seriously what the russians did on facebook and now they are saying
it not the responsibility to police advertising that is paid for. this is paid for ads and facebook does not feel the need to make sure they are accurate, they are not inciting the american people against each other? it is an outrageous position they have taken. >> in your remarks, you talked about the house republicans, their stunt with using cell phones in the classified area, etc. how do you move forward with the impeachment messaging in a way that gets republicans on board and is not just a fight over process? make it ae trying to fight over process because it satisfied's donald trump's -- satisfies donald trump's need to treat this like a kangaroo court.
the american people know this is not a kangaroo court. at a certain point, the republicans have to decide whether they will engage in a dereliction of duty or stand up for the constitution. my hope is over time, they will get their act together and the american people will begin to learn what their view is of what the president did. this is about finding fax for the american people -- finding facts for the american people. these guys are making a mockery out of it and it is deeply regrettable. you can just see it. trump says jump, and they say, how high? look at me, look at me. it will not help us get to the truth. as long as they allow the republican party to be the party of donald trump, it will be hard to expect them to play the role they should play which is to help us get to the truth.
havet many republicans been outspoken about the impeachment inquiry publicly. have they been expressing support privately? >> there is a lot of worry about this president and what he has calland the record of the he had with the ukrainian president. there is a suggestion that he may have done the same thing with china. people are worried. i think he has created a real sense among republicans that there is a huge cost to having this guy is president. >> the author of the anonymous op-ed in the new york times is coming out with a book. what are your thoughts on the trump administration being able to make revelations in a private setting? is almost interesting
none of this happened during the obama administration because was behavingma consistent with the rule of law. we need a president that will do that again. it does not surprise me that people would be coming out the way they are. >> to bring it back to the 2020 race, i know you spoke a lot -- the tensionre is on the progressive medicare for all transformational change -- on the debate stage, those kinds of ideas are riling up grassroots donors. how are you as a more moderate voterste able to excite in a way --
>> we talked today about the american family act, which is part of a series of proposals i have with senator brown to make work pay again in this country and dramatically reduce poverty. it would be the most substantial anti-poverty we have had since medicaid past. that is a bold progressive idea. it is not elizabeth's idea for medicare for all. i do not want to spend the next 10 years fighting a losing battle. we could be beginning to end childhood poverty in america and addressing the needs of schoolkids all over this country for preschool, when we could be dealing with climate change and winning races that will allow us
to make a durable solution. that is what we should be focused on and i regret that so much attention in this race has been placed on medicare for all because it is another sign of washington politicians out of touch with what the american people really need. if you set down in denver and asked people, what are your list -- what is your list of priorities? say, -- everyone in denver has to give up their private insurance and they would say, do you have another plan? we are not going to do that here . if there was a plan to dramatically reduce childhood poverty and increase middle-class wages, they would say, that sounds pretty good. it is difficult in the environment we are in right now to be able to cut through this but it is important because the reason trump got elected is the
american people thought washington's priorities had nothing to do with their priorities and i am worried we are going to nominate somebody who is for medicare for all and free college when what people want is for free preschool and for the 70% of kids who graduate from high school to earn a living wage and what they really want is a climate plan that can drive economic growth across this country for everybody. ed we set ourselves up in a position where this guy could be reelected, which would be shameful. >> thank you so much. >> good to see you guys. thank you. ♪ our livegn 2020, watch
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