tv Campaign 2020 Rep. Katie Porter Campaigns for Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-MA in... CSPAN January 14, 2020 2:38am-3:15am EST
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me here and everyone. i have had an amazing today's. left, a few people were saying i'm going to have a great weekend because i'm going to go to iowa. i was like suckers, because they are going to be so cold. this is my third time as a national cochair and i'm incredibly excited to be part of that includes everyone who wants to send our country in the right direction. when i was in middle school, i went to a tiny town, about 100 went to a middle
school in iowa and i had a long wayride, 45 minutes each and one day i was in middle school and a bus was driving through athens and it has a tiny town square and the bus came to because there was an honest to god traffic jam in aston, iowa and the bus was stopped in kids started to get rowdy. , she shut the back and some smart alec shattered of course it is closed, it is 4:00 because remember back then, those were the hours. what i understood it when i got home and saw the crowd of people
standing in front of the locked doors was that the bank was had come ande fdic there was a long line of black cars that had come from minneapolis to help. that was a really long weekend and i remember asking my parents what is going to happen to our town, what is going to happen to our farm, to our family, grandparent, to us and i and wer all of that fear are lucky that towne bank got purchased and people's deposits thought the bank got saved. ,hen farmers began leaving remember the farmer who walked into hills i would?
my dad left to become a loan officer and i remember when that happened and wondering if my dad was going to get shot for helping people work out loans in so growing up, i kept waiting for washington to come help rebuild our economy and be there as a kid, there is one being drilled into you is that we iowans pick the president. we understand our responsibility and so i thought we needed them here in iowa. we are very party people, so for us to ask for help meant that we really needed it and that help did not come in having to been to iowa so many times as an they make fun of my
daughter for being born in california. you are not six generation i went. having seen what happened across in trying to , whystand as a young adult didn't farmers get the help they needed? why didn't washington, support the working class families of iowa? was sitting in elizabeth warren spanking class. i was a third-year law student. you had to be highly motivated for that class and elizabeth had quite a reputation as in many -- as an amazing teacher and at the time she was the only person who had one a harvard were twice.
i sat in the front and looks nice because i thought she would not call me. it did not work. she called on me all the time. i remember listening to the first day lecture and i remember to this day feeling like she understood what my family had gone through in what was at stake for my family. about capitalism that creates an opportunity for every hard-working american, for small businesses, for workers, people who want to take risks and make sure people can afford health care. she talked about that kind of an economy and understood what it meant for kids and their parents when that economy did not have it. she talked about the importance of consumer protection, the , thatance of antitrust
these are guardrails that keep our economy vibrant. i watched elizabeth get involved in politics and i saw her learn firsthand what special interests were in washington, why she would go to washington with a good idea, it would get pushed officials and credit card companies. i really proud to have elizabeth support in my race. i have a hard race this time. my district is republicans plus five. iran with elizabeth warren's full on endorsement and ran on the policies she championed
including campaign finance reform and i want democratic votes, republican votes, and produce record high voter turnout. lection, 312,000 people voted. they voted in 2008 and and they took a break because they did not believe their vote mattered. we got people to turn out. ande people were critical one of the things that is so important to me and how she is running her campaign is for candidates up and down the ballot. leader ofhe de facto the party movement and we have
to want someone who is committed to building our party and building our movement. we have to win not we have to build a durable majority. the folks that came in my amazing freshman class, including my terrific cochairs, we understand that this energy that people felt on the ground in 2018 has to not just be sustained in 2020, it has to be grown in 2020, and we have to elect a president that will grow again in 2022. i am 46 years old. i am not young. [laughter] kevin showed me something on the phone today and i went -- we have more than one now generation of people who do not believe in democracy. for many of these people who are
in their 30's, early 40's, late 20's, their first memory of an election might be hanging chad's, and it has been going down since there. ago,ens united 10 years with the election of donald trump, we have to restore faith in democracy and we have to have a candidate who runs her campaign in a grassroots way which gives people the belief that their votes and their participation matters. [applause] elizabeth warren is running that campaign. alone, everywhere i have been across the state, i going to come back on caucus day. and my constituents in california, they know why i am here in iowa this weekend and
not with them. because what you are going to do in iowa, when you send elizabeth warren out of the iowa caucuses as the winner, you are going to set this country on a path to tackling corruption, to restoring faith in democracy. and therefore, being able to build a coalition of the energy to make the changes we need to. to do right by people with disabilities and mental illness, to create inclusive communities, to build more housing, to protect our planet and our environment. all of those things come out of being willing to stand up for what is right and run a grassroots campaign. so i am incredibly heartened by what i've seen in iowa. i have seen people across the state this weekend, young, old, white, black and brown, rural and urban, being excited about her campaign. i am incredibly proud of what she is building. wanm so proud to be an io this weekend and i will be
really proud to be an iowan on february 3. i know this is a tough decision. i know the weight of this election and your role weighs heavily, and i love you take you are -- your civic response about you so seriously. but the time to commit is now and the person to step up and commit is you. donald trump is counting on discouraging each one of us from believing that we can make a change in this country. and the only way we can combat that is by going in and caucusing for the candidate we believe can lead this function -- country forward and are moving forward. i'm going to close with a story about iowans, californians, and the difference between iowa and california. when i started my campaign, it was my first time as a campaign -- as a candidate and i decided to run the day after donald trump was elected.
and i never thought i would run. i thought i would work on policy, i would be appointed something. i was working at housing policy at the time. so i packed my suitcase to go to washington to work on the clinton transition team on housing policy. elizabeth had suggested me to the secretary. i went home that night, i unpacked my winter clothes, i took them all back. there was a very disappointed nordstrom personal shopper. i literally rolled the entire suitcase back into nordstrom, took out all the clothes, and return to the mall. all.- returned them two weeks later i told elizabeth i was going to run for congress. i want to share what she said. one is, i will be with you every single step of the way. and she was. by the way, my republican head won the district -- had won the district by 17 points.
so this was not looking like a sure winner, here. this conveyed her deep belief in me and what hard work and what people who really get out and have values and work hard can accomplish. the second thing she said is you are going to love being a candidate. and i was so sure at that point that that was going to be true. i said, why? and she said, because every single day you are a candidate, if you are doing it right, you will learn something new about your committee. someone will teach you about some issue. you will go into a neighborhood or knock on a door, have a conversation with someone who has had a different life experience than you. am an iowan, at i i have one campaign a week. before state and met with him, is the orangeer county equivalent of the pizza ranch, and i'm ready to get elected. and he said well, this is
california. you just need to sit in the closet for the next two years and make money. when do i get to talk to voters and knock on doors and make phone calls and look people in the eye and hear what is on their mind and talk to them about what they want this country to be? he said maybe in the last week of the election, if you raise enough money. and i worked hard to change that culture in my campaign, and i did get to knock on a lot of doors and ahead an amazing time. i'm still not sure orange county still has something like the pizza ranch, but to the extent it does, i tried to find it. i said to to someone, someone on my campaign early on, there were not a lot of democrats. not a lot of longtime democrats in orange county. but there are a couple. there are lots more now, but there were a couple then. i went to them and said may i have your endorsement. and he said yes.
i was thrilled. and i said i grew up in iowa, and he said i am from iowa. and the guy was a lawyer. did you have a case there or something? he said no, i want to caucus. and i said well, how did you like iowa? he said well, iowans are so slippery. i said, what? these are my people. these are my people, iowans. they are not slippery. he said well, you knock on a door, it is cold and i am bundled up, i knocked on a door and i said to the guy, i am come visit -- i am canvassing for john edwards, can i ask who are supporting. the iowan said, kind of leaning towards obama. this guy was a well-trained campaigner, he did exactly what i hope you will do.
standard textbook canvassing. he said, may i ask what would make up your mind? what is the deciding factor? i havean said, come on, only met barack twice. [laughter] i know you take your time to make up your minds. i know how seriously you take this. but this is really the moment to make a difference. there are 22 days left, and this is the time to make that commitment, to sign up to caucus, to get out and do it, and to be part of this movement. being part of this campaign has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life, much less my political career. and that says a lot about the kind of grassroots movement that elizabeth has built. so i hope very much you will join us. i thank you for attention -- for your attention and i look forward to your questions. thanks again. [applause]
>> our son has intellectual disabilities. we need leadership who will pay attention to that. in iowa what keeps happening since 2016 when medicaid was privatized, is benefits and funding for those with intellect with disabilities is being chipped away quietly on the backs of those who cannot speak for themselves. can you speak to that? rep. porter: so, the question is what has been going on in iowa, particularly in the wake of medicaid and reduction in benefits of those with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities. it will not surprise you to hear elizabeth warren as a plan for this. she rolled out her plan for people with different disabilities. two plan i think says really important things about elizabeth. one is that that plan was built
in partnership with communities. it was built through talking with people who live with different kinds of abilities and disabilities, talking with people work in the advocacy community and understanding from their experiences what they need. so, that plan really reflects her ability and willingness, not to go at it alone, but to go at it in partnership with community. the second thing is it reflect the fact that elizabeth sees constituencies that some other people do not see. country across this have people who are dealing with different kinds of disabilities and it is very hard. it is hard for their families, their teachers, their school districts when funding is being cut. importance ofhe harnessing the energy and the commitment those people have. so i encourage you to look at her plan for more detail about it.
elizabeth you may or may not notice started her career as a special education teacher. and when you see her in the classroom -- i guess you will not because she will be president, but i have seen her in the classroom, and how she teaches, and how she reaches voters i think reflects the fact that she has that ground in special ed. she believes in everything a person's potential to reach whatever that full potential is. have, all three of my children have iep's. one still does. my cousin has intellectual disability. so this is something that is very important to me. it is important to voters across the ideological spectrum. i think the fact that she has a plan for that and she has spoken to that community to come up with that plan is incredibly important. so you see the reaction i think from the disability community, they are very enthusiastic about her plan. and it is about funding, but it
is also about empowering those to support people with disabilities to be able to take care of themselves and those they love. that plan reflects a really important thing about who she will be as our president. questions, buty i appreciate her comments. it speaks to a fundamental fairness about who is and will not be on the stage, what has happened with the way the national party is going. i appreciate her speaking up about that, because i do think we should have the full thing. the other thing is i went down to south carolina for the first presidential environmental justice forum, that one of my mentees helped put together, amy goodman, and ran on democracy now. i appreciated so much that only six of the candidates showed up, and elizabeth was one of the candidates who showed up. i will say, she clearly has one
of the most comprehensive environmental justice platforms. it is incredibly thoughtful. it is historically accurate. many of the plans that even are good now do not bring along how it is and why it is we need to do this. is not so much a question but maybe an opportunity for you to speak to that, because the connection between what has happened in terms of front lining communities, which are still being exposed to toxins, which are still being visited by harm, what is happening outside of houston, as more and more climate change creates more damage, the chemicals, the exposures, the damage to our nature base has only increased. and i do appreciate, so much, her commitment to and her speaking and addressing those things. maybe want to say something about that. rep. porter: she has a terrific plan on protecting our planet and working to address the consequences of climate change.
she is very clear right about it. climate change is not coming, climate change is occurring and has occurred and will continue to occur even as we work to try to slow it and reverse the harm. she is very clear eyed about taking that on. and she understands it is a justice issue as well and that certain communities are being affected disproportionately, and have been for generations. and that is not a coincidence. the disproportionate effects of pollution, whether it is air or water, on communities of color and lower income communities, is part of the structural racism of this country, and elizabeth is willing to call it out, name it, talk about it, and talk about what we are going to do to address it. and her willingness to tackle these hard issues and be fearless about talking about them, she does not tap dance around them. she clearly acknowledges the suffering that communities have face and will continue to face
because of that. so i have every confidence in her to do the right thing on the environment. toin, her willingness understand the ways in which client -- campaign-finance and the influence of big money has prevented us and stymied us from taking action on climate change. for virtually every issue that you look at, when people ask me why haven't we done something about that, yes, the science on climate is evolving. we understand that methane plays a much bigger role than we used to understand. but the biggest reason we have not done anything is because there were big, powerful comfort -- corporations that did not want us to, and they were buying and paying for legislative votes to keep us from doing it. i will end by saying this. when we look across the 2018 group of freshmen that were elected, we have a lot of different areas. in trump areas.
areas that won in have never had a democrat before. we represent a wide range of key issues and backgrounds and ideology. but the thing that we have in common as essential class is our commitment to weed out corruption, our commitment to changing how campaigns are financed and run. that is the energy. if you look at the collective energy of the freshman class, that is the energy, and that is the energy that is really changing washington. i have a lobbyist from the fossil fuel industry that i met at an event, and he said, well, was very i -- i friendly, i said nice to me. he said nice to meet you. he didn't think it was nice to meet me. i said how are you and what are you working on? he said, i don't understand why you're talking to me.
, my husbandth is would say i could talk to a fence post, and that is true. but i was interested to know what he was working on. he said you don't take corporate pac money. i said correct. he said, but you still want to talk to me? i said listen, you come to my office and bring a big idea, and i will listen to you. you just cannot bring a big check. and you know what? it has been interesting. i said that to a lot of lobbyist and it has been interesting how many of not showing up with any ideas. and i think that is really telling about the environmental movement as well. so we really need to hold industry's feet to the fire and force them to be part of the solution. and the only way we're going to do that is if we are not having our votes bought and paid for. on dismantling 45 years of environmental work in these last
three years. it is nothing short of criminal. elizabeth's experience in setting up an agency, she had the idea for the consumer protection bureau. she move that from idea, to legislation, to an agency she helped start and lift up and run. a lot of that kind of building work will be necessary to rebuild what donald trump has done, as well as advance priorities we have not taken action on that we need to. a lot of those agencies, she has executive branch experience as well, that record and he being effective. >> so she has a plan for everything. what is her plan to overcome
russian in -- interference, voter suppression, and shenanigans that we know the suppose it president will pull right up until the last day? rep. porter: elizabeth is very, very committed. she has a cybersecurity plan, and i will let the campaign talk more about the details of that. let me talk about how important it is that we have a president who understands those risks. it is not the good old days. i don't know if there ever were any good old days. so, really understanding the need to actively counter voter suppression to take action to secure our election. and we in the house have passed bills to do that. we passed hr-1, restoring the voter rights act. we passed an elections security bill. all that stuff is just sitting, sitting, waiting for the senate to take action on it. so we have to have a president
who is going to be a partner in solving those problems and we have to have a president who is going to work tirelessly to flip the senate and retain seats in the house at the same time so we can take action on that. but it is not enough to just say i will fight for it. you really have to understand all the different levers you can pull. part of those levers are about winning races next secretary of state races in all 50 states. that is a really important down the ballot initiative. one of my favorite new grassroots movements, and i have some folks in my district who are involved in this, they are working and calling to elect democratic secretaries of state in all 50 states. understanding how important that is. and so, i think she really understands that you have to work on the ground. the other antidote to some of that, because let's face it, going into 2020 we will not get these bills passed in time.
makesat is what grassroots community-based organizing so important. everywhere i go in iowa people tell me, i love my organizer. i love my warren organizer. they are so great. i love them, i love them. they are really a part of their community, and those people will produce turnout and be there with you on caucus night and working to make sure the caucuses are fair and accurate. they are already in 30 plus states doing that organizing work. the last thing i will say, and i heard someone ask adam schiff about election security at an event i was at the other day. i thought to myself, this is so great. this is so great, because i am going to hear what adam as chair of the committee says about election security, and then i will be able to just give the same answer, and it will be so
fabulous. asically adam said, it is real problem. ooh, that is a toughie. one of the things he said i thought a lot about his election interference and voter suppression all occurs at the margins. right? it is all about getting .5%, 1%, 1000 voters here, 10,000 voeters there, to do something you want them to do, usually staying home. the best counter to that at the margin is huge turnout. the fact that elizabeth excites so many different kinds of voters, the fact that she has this huge coalition across different kinds of people, that is really our best defense at this point until we can elect a president who will be able to pass enduring solutions. so, i think that is part of the
reason that having this huge turnout and exciting voters of all kinds is incredible important, because that is our best defense in the short term against voter suppression. there will be someone who gets turned away, but there are five more in line that matters. i think we saw that in georgia. it is because the turnout was so big in georgia that we were able to really see so clearly what -- what was happening, and now the great work stacey abrams and others are doing to try to counter that. having a president who will produce the kind of turnout will help us. thank you all for being here. i am certain that some organized war in volunteer -- warren volunteer has cars. john, i want to introduce you quickly. this is the first time i have got to meet john. i have heard about john from the day i endorsed, because one of my first questions was, what is elizabeth doing in rural iowa.
remember the story i started with, about where i come from. when i got to iowa city as an adult, i could not believe how nice it was. i mean, it was so different from the communities and the small towns and what has happened to them that i grew up in. john his elizabeth's rural coordinator, and we are going to win 99 towns. [applause] i may be the only campaign surrogate who, when i made my second trip to iowa, first trip i told them i could come back again. i said but i have one condition. i will not go to des moines or cedar rapids or iowa city. they said you only go to des moines. i said no, i will not go to dude going -- go to des moines or cedar rapids or iowa city. i want to go to the small towns.
there were amazing volunteers and supporters at each one of those communities. my preschool teacher turned up. my childhood librarian, got her to sign a card. it is really important. i just want to introduce john, what he is doing across the state, coming to rural america, it tells you again something about the coalition she is building, something about the fact that she sees american from every corner of this country. so thank you also much for being here. please sign up to caucus for elizabeth, sign up to volunteer if you can. be a part of this. i said this before but this really is a joyful, joyful campaign. be part of it. is really an incredible moment. thank you again to bonnie and steve for having us. thank you. [applause]
thank you so much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the impeachment of president trump. this week, the house will vote on impeachment managers, sending the articles of impeachment to the senate. onlow the process live c-span and listen on the free c-span radio app. c-span followed democratic presidential candidate tom steyer as he campaigned for a day in new hampshire about a 's firstfore the states
in the nation primary. mr. steyer spoke at a community college in laconia in the state's lakes region and then took some time off at his hotel in concord. he later met with voters at a house party and spoke with the press about news he had qualified to appear in the seventh democratic debate scheduled for january 14. >> i would like to welcome mr. steyer. thank you for joining us. we really appreciate you being here. busy campaign schedule, so we are delighted to have you join us at this event cohosted by the community college system and goldman sachs, with whom i understand you share some connection with in your past. mr. steyer: i worked for them for two years when i got out of business school. those are the facts. >> in your campaign, you have clearly made the economy a centerpiece of your pitch to american voters, and these forums are intended to focus on the economy, particularly of interest to the many business owners who register in the small program.