tv Campaign 2020 Mike Bloomberg Speaks in Norfolk VA CSPAN November 26, 2019 5:42pm-6:01pm EST
foreign-born. the antismoking movement of the first two decades of the 20th oftury kind of rode a wave nativism and thinking about what type of behavior is appropriate for nativeborn healthy americans. announcer: watch an extended version of book tv this holiday weekend and every weekend on c-span2. announcer: former new york city mayor michael bloomberg traveled to norfolk, virginia for his first campaign stop since announcing his candidacy for president. mr. bloomberg spoke about his decision to enter the race and took a few questions from reporters. : thank you and good afternoon, it is great to be here. in norfolk. let me start by saying i was glad to support nancy's campaign for the house of delegates. she is going to be a strong leader on the big issues facing this community and the whole
state, including climate change. and i'm happy to also say that i supported 14 other virginia democrats will also -- who also won elections, thanks to the good work of so many volunteers and supporters who knocked on doors. and in january, democrats will take charge of the state government for the first time in 25 years. it's about time. in 2018, i also supported two congressional candidates here in virginia who won. jennifer wexton and elaine l., who represent this area. their strong campaigns helped the democrats capture the u.s. house of representatives and began holding president trump accountable for his dangerous abuse of power. and i think that is one of the pieces of good news we have had recently. now, you may ask why am i gigging my campaign off right
here in norfolk. it's because southeastern virginia proves that with the right candidate, we can turn areas from red to blue. and we need to do that all across this country. and today, i'm glad to announce that i am running for president to defeat donald trump and to unite and rebuild america. we cannot afford four more years of president trump's reckless and unethical actions. he is an existential threat to our country, to our values, and our national security. and every day, it seems to bring another example of just how unfit he is to serve as our president. -- president and commander in chief. and this week was no exception. yesterday, as many of you read -- as many of you read, the president forced out the secretary of the navy. a marine veteran. for upholding the navy's commitment to the rule of law.
secretary spencer wrote, and i quote, "i cannot in good conscience obey an order that i believe violates the sacred oath i took to support and defend the constitution of the united states." that is an extraordinary rebuke. here in the city home to the largest naval base, i salute secretary spencer for not flinching for his duties. but the fact remains, we have a president, a commander in chief who has no respect for the rule of law and no concern for ethics or honor, or for the values that truly make america great. if president trump wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage. the stakes could not be higher. we must win this election. and we must begin by rebuilding america by investing here at home and restoring our nation's
credibility and moral leadership abroad. i believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to both win and lead. as a candidate, i will rally a broad and diverse coalition to win. will havesident, i the skills to fix what is broken in our great nation, and there is a lot broken. we have an economy that is tilted against most americans. we have a health care system that costs too much and doesn't cover everyone. we have communities ravaged by gun violence. including here in this region. sadly, mass shootings like the one earlier this year just 17 miles from here in virginia beach have become almost routine. we cannot accept that. we have to put an end to this madness. i will be making gun violence a major issue of my campaign as i
in myade it a major issue life, government, and philanthropy. i have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the nra to win common sense laws, and i am not going to stop now. across the country, we have schools that are not preparing our children for success in this increasingly high-tech world. we have an immigration system that is cruel and dysfunctional. we have climate change growing worse by the day. and we have special interests that corrupt washington and block progress on all of these issues. as a child and a boy scout, i was taught to believe in the promise and potential of america. and i have never been more worried about our country as i am today. -- about our country's future as i am today. america is at its best when we work together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to our big challenges. we need a president who understands that -- who
understands the truth and who can do it rather than just making promises. i offer myself as a problem solver. and a doer. and not a talker. we say we have to beat trump. i took on trump on gun violence and won stronger gun laws and -- in states across the country. i took on trump the climate denier, and led efforts to close more than half of the nations dirtyf of the nation's coal-fired power plants. trump is carrying water for big tobacco. i have taken on the dangers of e-cigarettes to protect our kids. i know what it takes to beat trump. because i already have, and i will do it again. defeating trump and rebuilding america is the most urgent and important fight in our lives -- fight of our lives, and i am going all in. my resolve is to stand up to the bigotry and hatred and wrongheaded policies he is anchored in, and in my belief in
government as a force for good. i have spent my career bringing people together to tackle big problems and fix them. it has worked well in business and in running the country's largest and most progressive city. and it can work in washington as well. -- and it can work in washington, as well. let me just tell you a little bit about myself. growing up, my father never earned more than $6,000 per year. i worked my way through college and got an entry-level job in new york. and then, when i was 39 years old, i got laid off. i did not know what to do next, but i did have an idea to start a company. so, i took a chance, and today, i am glad to say our company employs 20,000 people and generates large profits, all of which goes to help people across the country and around the world. my company's employees get well page. -- well-paid. we provide the best health care benefits that money can buy, and if someone in our family has a
baby, the primary caregiver gets six months paid maternity leave. with my companies integrity, and inclusion. i will run my country with integrity and inclusion. the same thing that i brought to city government. i first ran for mayor because when i looked around, i became more frustrated about stories of senseless gun violence, failing schools, and lack of opportunity for those born poor or discriminated against because of their faith, religion, or gender. most people said to me -- that is just the way it is. and i said to myself, why? why can't we do better? or rather than just complain about it, why don't we do something about it? so that is exactly what i did. i was lucky enough to be elected mayor of america's most diverse city just weeks after the attack of 9/11. it really was a frightening time for our city and country. but we rebuilt the economy with
new jobs and new opportunities for people on all rungs of the economic ladder. we worked with our teachers to negotiate the largest raise in america. and we improved graduation rates by 42%. -- rates, working together, by 42%. we reduced incarceration by nearly 40%. we also cut the city's carbon footprint by 14% and create new -- and created new programs to combat poverty. and, we expanded health care. -- and, we expanded health care and strengthened immigrant communities. as mayor, my priority was to help the millions of new yorkers who needed it the most. i know government can improve people's lives, because when i ran new york city, that is exactly what we did. and we should never settle for anything less. this is america. since leaving city hall, i have founded the largest gun safety group in history and took on a campaign to take on the biggest polluters of climate threats.
-- and climate threats. as mayor, i banned smoking in restaurants and bars and then cut teen smoking by 50%. and today, today we continue to win battles against the tobacco industry. and their sleazy attempts to hook young kids on e-cigarettes. i know how to take on the powerful special interests that corrupt washington. i know how to win, because i have done it time and time again. we need a president that is ready to lead us where we need to go in ways that we can be proud of. someone with the experience to hit the ground ready to go. i am that person, and that is why i am running. i will be the only candidate in the race who will not take a penny from anyone and will work for a dollar a year just as i did for 12 years in new york city hall. over the course of this campaign, i will tell you what i will do as president and how i will do it. i will outline plans to provide good paying jobs, providing good quality health
care for every american, stopping gun violence reducing -- stopping gun violence, incarceration, fighting climate change, fixing our broken immigration system. raising taxes on wealthy individuals like me. protecting women's and lgbtq rights, supporting our veterans, and reestablishing america's place in the world. as a force for peace and stability. more than plans, i offer the leadership to turn plants into reality. to roll up my sleeves, to motivate our country. to unite and rebuild america and make it fairer and better. i'm ready to get to work, so let -- let's get it on. i would be happy to take a question or two. sir, you have your hand up. i thought you were going to jump out of your seat. reporter: fox news. have you had a chance to reach to president obama, hillary clinton, to get their thoughts on your campaign? mr. bloomberg: i was lucky enough to receive
some very flattering calls that will stay between whoever made the call, and if they want to talk about it for them. i would not violate their confidence. i didn't grow up in a world where i knew famous people. when you get a call from one of them, i pinch myself a little bit. reporter: a lot of your democratic opponents are saying you're going to be spinning a lot of money -- spending a lot of money, that you are trying to buy your way into this race. are you trying to buy the presidency? mr. bloomberg: i have been using my resources for the things that matter to me. i was lucky enough to build a very successful company. it has been very successful and i have used all of it to give back to help america. i am committed to stopping climate change. i am committed to fighting gun safety. -- i am committed to stopping climate change. which is a disaster for us. i'm committed to doing things that i was lucky enough to be
able to help flip the house from republican to democratic control, so that the house provided some oversight of the president. which the republican house before that had not done that. i was using my money to do things like turning virginia from red to blue, both houses are now blue. and a lot of it was because of the moneys we provided on gun safety. it was one of the big issues that people cared about. i am now in the race, and i'm fully committed to defeating donald trump. i think he is an existential threat to our country. i'm going to make my case and let many smart voters make their choice. this in lady is up next. -- young lady is up next. >> some are saying they see your decision to run now is because you view the other candidates as weak. is that accurate? mr. bloomberg: let me phrase it this way, i think there is a greater risk of having donald trump being reelected than before.
we just cannot let this happen. if you remember the democratic convention in philadelphia in 2016, i said donald trump was not suited to be president of the united states. unfortunately, not enough people listened to me. but, we have to do something about donald trump. i think i know how to beat him. i have been him a number of -- beaten him a number of times before. i think i know what this country needs, and that's what i'm going to focus on most. >> on impeachment, do you believe the hearings will fire -- will backfire on the democrats and potentially turn voters away from the democrats? mr. bloomberg: nobody knows, but i have come to the conclusion that while impeachment is a very fundamentally we should let the voters in november make a decision, i think the conduct we have heard described in these hearings is
such that if i were a congressman, i would vote for impeachment. yes, sir? >> i know you apologized last week, but how do you plan to win over some of the minorities you need to win a democratic nomination? bloomberg: well, i think that i have done an awful lot of things that should attract people. i have worked very hard to make make sure -- make sure that we tackled discrimination wherever i saw it. new york city has had a record that's not perfect, but i think we should be proud of in terms of making it a city open to everyone. i have been a big supporter of gay rights, and against any kind of discrimination i see. i worked very hard in minority communities and brought the crime rate down and saved an awful lot of lives. unfortunately, we have high crime.
we would have lost a lot of young people. i have never done anything perfectly, but i did the best job i could. yes? >> have you talked to the dnc about how that might work? it is up tog: no, the dnc, they can set the rules, and if they set the rules where i qualify, i would certainly debate. what i want to do is talk directly to the public and explain what i have done and what i would do and give them some comfort that because of what i did in the past, i will deliver in the future. they are not just empty promises. and if you can say that in a debate, ok, although it is hard to do that. i think i would be much better off talking to the public as i am doing now. thank you, all and i just want to thank the people from virginia. going to phoenix, arizona tomorrow. >> are they too liberal?
are the current democrats too liberal? : i have no idea, but we are going to do that test, and it is called voting. thank you. announcer: president trump holds a camping rally in sunrise, florida, his first since changing his residency from new york to florida in late october. you can say that at 7:00 p.m. eastern today on c-span. -- see that at 7:00 p.m. eastern today on c-span. for 40 years, c-span has been providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington dc and around the country, so you can make up your own mind.
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