tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders Speaks at Las Vegas Rally CSPAN February 18, 2020 9:03pm-9:23pm EST
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thank you. give it up for corey bush and amy for their remarks. this is, as i think all of you , the most consequential election in their modern history of america, maybe even modern history. what our campaign is about are our two fundamental issues. number one, we must and we will defeat the most dangerous president in the history of america. [applause] the american
people regardless of their political views understand that for the sake of the future of this nation we cannot continue to have an office of the president who is a pathological liar, a president who is running a corrupt administration, a president who is undermining america's democracy and does not understand the constitution of the united states of america. that we cannot continue to have an office, a president who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and/or religious. and -- and or a religious bigot. and those are his good
qualities. but our campaign is about more than defeating trump. our campaign is about creating an economy and the government that works for all of us, not just with wealthy campaign contributors. [applause] the working families of this country are sick and tired of their grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that exists. they are working longer hours. they are working two or three jobs and almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1%. the working people of this country are tired of a corrupt political system in which alien airs think they can buy elections. today we say to
all those billionaires who think they can buy elections we are a democracy not an oligarchy. you are not going to buy this election. [applause] and the reason that we are going to win here in nevada with your help, the reason that we are going to win the democratic nomination with your help, the reason we are going to defeat trump is because we have an agenda that speaks to the needs of working families not the billionaire class. [applause] our agenda is not complicated. it says that if you work 40 hours a week you should not live in poverty. we are going to raise the federal minimum wage 15 bucks an hour.
[applause] it says to women that we are going to end the absurdity of women making 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. equal pay for equal work. it says for the millions of workers who want unions to get better wages and working conditions, we are going to make it easier for you to join a union. doubled union membership in four years but it says to the young people of this country you should not have to go deeply into debt in order to get a .igher education [applause] we have got to redefine what public education means in the year 2020 and what it means to me is that we make public colleges and universities tuition free. [applause]
and it means that we cancel all student debt. throw a modest tax on wall and when welation talk about an agenda that works for working families, it means that we will end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people as a human right. now, if canada can do it in the u.k. can do it in france and germany and holland, if they can guarantee health care to all , don'tas a human right tell me we can't do that in the united states.
[applause] the function of a rational and humane health care system provide quality care to all, not to make billions in profits for the insurance companies and the drug companies. [applause] the american people are sick and tired of paying by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. we are paying in some cases 10 times more for the same exact medicine that was sold in canada or in other countries. so we have got news for the drug companies. we are going to end her corruption, their price-fixing and we are no longer going to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. [applause]
donald trump's wrong on almost everything but he used dangerously wrong on the issue of climate change. today we tell the president, mr. president climate change is not a hoax. climate change is an existential threat to this country and the planet. [applause] and unlike donald trump, unlike trump our administration, are you ready for a very radical idea here? our administration believes in science. not right wing escapism. [applause] and as all of you know i'm sad ay are telling us that the
crisis of climate change is even worse than they had previously thought and what they are telling us is we are going to have to act in an incredibly old and aggressive way to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel energy efficiency and sustainable energy as quickly as we possibly can. [applause] and that is why we have introduced the most sweeping climate change proposal ever introduced by a candidate for federal office based on the principles of the green new deal. [applause] and what that means, what that means is we can create up to 20 million good paying union jobs as we move away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy and energy efficiency. and here in nevada
you have a very precious natural resource. shining on us right now. this state could be the leader in the country in terms of solar energy. [applause] and when we talk about an agenda that works for working families we are going to completely reform that broke him them in racist criminal justice system. [applause] i don't want to live in a country in which we have more people in jail disproportionately african-american, latino and native american, more people in jail than any other country on earth. we are going to invest in our young people in jobs, and
education, not more jails and not more incarcerations. [applause] we are going to end private prisons and detention centers. [applause] and we are going to and the district of war on drugs. -- end the distraction of the war on drugs. [applause] on my first day in office as an executive order we can legalize marijuana in every state in this country. [applause] we will move aggressively to expunge the records of those arrested for marijuana. [applause] and when we talk about broken systems we are also going to end a broken immigration system. as
the son of an immigrant my dad came to this country at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket and a very limited education. he couldn't speak a word of english. i'm sick and tired of trump and his friends demonizing the undocumented. we are going to end that. [applause] on our first day we are going to resend all of trump's racist immigration executive orders. [applause] on our first day in office we are going to sign an executive order reestablishing the legal status of 1.8 billion young people and their parents eligible for daca. [applause] we are going to and the current -- end the current border policies under our administration. federal agents will not be snatching babies
from the arms of their mothers. [applause] and under our administration we will do with the american people want us to do immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for the 11 million undocumented. [applause] i know that nevada and not only nevada but nevada has seen some horrible horrible gun violence and mass killings, i know that . . here is my promise to you. our gun policy, our gun safety policy will be determined by the american people now the nra. [applause] and that means we will have universal background checks. people with violent pasts should not be owning guns. we are going
to end the gun show loophole. we are going to end the strawman provision and do what the american people want us to do right now and that is to end the sale and distribution of assault weapons in this country. so here we are in a pivotal moment in american history. here we are in nevada where there will be a caucus on saturday at noon where there is early voting which will end today. my plea to all of you and i'm happy to take a little walk with you over to the polling place. [applause] and that is let us have in this
nevada caucus, let us have the largest turnout that the iowa, the iowa, the nevada caucus has ever seen. [applause] now our young generation and let me say this to the young people here, you are the most progressive young generation in the history of this country. [applause] your generation is more antiracist, anti-sexist, anti- homophobic, anti-religious bigotry, anti-xenophobia than any generation in american history. [applause] and you should be proud of that. that's the good news and here's the bad news. the bad news is though we are seeing good changes, the bad news is that
young people still do not vote in the kinds of numbers they should be voting. if young people under 29 for example voted at the same rate as people 65 or older we would transform this country. [applause] so my plea to you is that you know we won the iowa caucus, we won the popular vote there. [applause] we won the new hampshire primary and if there is a large voter turnout here in nevada i believe we are going to win the caucus here. [applause] and if we win the caucus here we
are going to do really well in south carolina, california and if we do well on super tuesday we are going to win the democratic nomination. [applause] and if we win the democratic nomination we will defeat donald trump. [applause] so let us do everything that we can and i hope that some of you will be able to vote this afternoon. if not this afternoon comes to the caucus on saturday but let us have a huge voter turnout. that's when here in nevada. thank you all very much. [applause]
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