2020 Candidates Answer HuffPost Questions At AFSCME Forum

2020 Candidates Answer HuffPost Questions At AFSCME Forum


[ APPLAUSE ] >>GOOD MORNING ! GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING, IT’S A THRILL TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY. THANK YOU, MY NAME IS STEVE SISLACK AND I’M PROUD TO SERVE AS THE GOVERNOR, THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR IN 20 YEARS. I WANT TO THANK AFSCME AND PRESIDENT LEE SAUNDERS FOR HOSTING THIS FORM HERE IN LAS VEGAS. NEVADA IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE THE FIRST IN THE WEST EARLY PRIMARY STATE BUT BECAUSE NEVADA REFLECTS THE GROWING DIVERSITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE BROADER AMERICAN ELECTORATE. SO IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT IN NEVADA, WE ARE BUCKING NATIONAL TRENDS. AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE NEVADA JOINED THE US CLIMATE ALLIANCE AND INCREASED OUR RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS TO 50% BY 2030. PAVING THE WAY TO BE THE NATION’S LEADER IN CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND A STRONG CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY. AS STATES AROUND THE COUNTRY DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS, WE HAVE EXPANDED ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX. AND FURTHERMORE, WITH THE FIRST FEMALE MAJORITY LEGISLATURE IN THE UNITED STATES, YES ! [ APPLAUSE ] AS THEY LIMIT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE WE INCREASED ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES. AND AS THEY TRY TO DISMANTLE PROTECTIONS FOR UNION WORKERS, WE PASSED, GET THIS, AND I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS ONE, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. [ APPLAUSE ] THE FIRST STATE TO DO SO IN NEARLY 2 DECADES. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS THEIR POLICIES, TO CREATE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND THAT STARTS WITH ENSURING THAT LABOR HAS A SEAT AT THE TABLE. IN NEVADA NEARLY 14% OF OUR WORKERS ARE UNION MEMBERS. MAKING THIS FORUM EVEN MORE CRUCIAL TO EACH OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. CANDIDATES MUST BE ABLE TO LAY OUT THEIR PLANS TO HELP AVERAGE NEVADA FAMILIES SUCCEED. AND WE KNOW THAT DOING WELL IN NEVADA IS A TESTAMENT TO A CAMPAIGN’S VIABILITY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. IT IS NO SECRET THAT THE RESULT OF NEVADA’S CAUCUSES, THE THIRD IN THE NATION’S NOMINATING PROCESS, WILL BE A BELLWETHER FOR THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY AND SERVES AS A CRUCIAL TEST FOR CAMPAIGNS. OUR STATE HAS INCREASINGLY BECOME KEY TO DEMOCRATS ABILITY TO WIN, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND CONGRESS. SINCE 2008 WE’VE PROVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WESTERN STATE INVOLVED IN THE EARLY NOMINATING PROCESS. AND ENSURING THAT OUR ISSUES AND INTERESTS REPRESENT, AND ARE REPRESENTED IN THE NATIONAL DISCOURSE. AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE I CLOSE, OUR STATE HAS BATTLED THE FEDERAL EFFORTS FOR DECADES TO STORE NUCLEAR WASTE AT THE REPOSITORY OUTSIDE LAS VEGAS. LET ME BE CLEAR. NEVADA, AND IT’S PRONOUNCED NEVADA, DOES NOT WANT TO BE THE NATION’S NUCLEAR DUMPING GROUND. WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE THAT HERE. ANY CANDIDATE HERE TODAY SHOULD TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LOUDLY AND PLAINLY STATE THEIR OPPOSITION TO STORING NUCLEAR WASTE AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN. NEVADA WILL BE LISTENING AS WELL YOU AND I. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND HAVE A GREAT FORUM TODAY, THANK YOU ! >>>WELCOME TO THE AFSCME PUBLIC-SERVICE FOREMAN, AFSCME IS — FOR AFSCME SERVING THE PUBLIC IS NOT JUST A JOB IT IS A CALLING. AFSCME ADVOCATES FOR VITAL SERVICES THAT KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES STRONG. SISTERS AND BROTHERS ARE YOU READY? I SAID ARE YOU READY? THEN LET ME HEAR YOU. I SAID LET ME HEAR YOU PLEASE ! GET UP ON YOUR FEET. THAT’S RIGHT, GET UP ON YOUR FEET AND GET READY FOR AFSCME PRESIDENT LEE SAUNDERS ! >>>MORNING ! MORNING EVERYBODY ! MORNING AND WELCOME. IT’S AN HONOR TO JOIN WITH HUFFPOST AND THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT TO BRING YOU THE AFSCME PUBLIC SERVICE 2020 FORUM . ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US. WHETHER YOU ARE HERE AT UNLV OR WATCHING ON LIVE STREAM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND PLEASE JOIN THE CONVERSATION TODAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. USING THE HASHTAG AFSCME FORUM. THANK YOU GOVERNOR SISLACK, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR MAKING IT A TOP PRIORITY TO SIGN LEGISLATION GIVING 20,000 STATE EMPLOYEES THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN THIS STATE !, THEY DESERVE IT. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE NEVADA STATE LEGISLATORS IN THE ROOM FOR PASSING THAT HISTORIC LAW THIS SPRING. FOR FINALLY GIVING STATE WORKERS A SEAT AT THE TABLE. AFSCME IS A UNION OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN PUBLIC SERVICE NATIONWIDE . WE ARE SOCIAL WORKERS, CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS. WE MANAGE YOUR PARKS AND DRIVE YOUR SCHOOL BUSES. WE ARE LIBRARIANS, BRIDGE INSPECTORS, AND HOME CARE PROVIDERS. WE ARE THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON THE FRONTLINES OF BATTLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. WE WORK IN HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE. IN SANITATION, TRANSPORTATION AND ALSO EDUCATION. FROM PRE-K AND HEADSTART TO OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. AND GET THIS, WE EVEN HAVE ABSENTEE MEMBERS WHO WORK RIGHT HERE AT UNLV. WE TOUCH EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE IN THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVE. AND WHERE WE WORK. NOTHING MATTERS TO US MORE THAN MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER, SAFER, AND STRONGER. THAT IS OUR NORTH STAR. FOR US, PUBLIC SERVICE IS MORE THAN JUST A JOB, IT’S A CALLING. WE MAKE AMERICA HAPPEN. AND WE NEVER EVER QUIT. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS FORUM IS HOSTED BY A PUBLIC SERVICE UNION BUT THE CONVERSATION TODAY WILL COVER ISSUES THAT MATTER TO ALL WORKING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BECAUSE OUR WORK AFFECTS EVERYONE. BECAUSE OUR ISSUES ARE AMERICA’S ISSUES FROM HEALTHCARE, TO TAX FAIRNESS TO CLIMATE CHANGE, TO FIXING THE RIGGED ECONOMY. IN RECENT YEARS WEALTHY CORPORATE INTEREST HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER, EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO SILENCE OUR VOICE. EVEN IN LISTING THE SUPREME COURT. IN THEIR SCHEMES. MANY PUNDITS HAVE PREDICTED THE DEMISE OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT AND OF UNIONS LIKE OURS IN PARTICULAR. BUT SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES THOSE PUNDITS ARE WRONG. NO OFFENSE TO OUR MODERATORS OR ANYONE ELSE HERE TODAY. ABSENTEE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DEFIANT, WE’VE BEEN DETERMINED SHOWING COURAGE AND RESILIENCE, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE, IN THE ORGANIZING TRENCHES AND IN STATE CAPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THAT IS WHO WE ARE. UNIONS, UNIONS ARE NOW FRONT AND CENTER IN THE POLITICAL CONVERSATION WITH THE HIGHEST PUBLIC APPROVAL RATINGS IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS. WE HAVE A FULL AHEAD OF STEAM AND A STRONG WIND. AT OUR BACK. AND NOW WE ARE PREPARED TO ASSERT OUR ROLE IN THE 2020 ELECTION. TO DO THAT WE NEED TO HEAR FROM THE CANDIDATES DIRECTLY. WE WANT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE CARE ABOUT. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR WORK AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIONS AND KEEPING PUBLIC SERVICES STRONG. IN KEEPING AMERICA STRONG. SO THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. ONCE AGAIN WELCOME. AND LET’S GET STARTED ! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>PEOPLE WHO WORK IN PUBLIC SERVICE WILL BE HEARD IN 2020. YOU CAN BE SURE OF THAT. AFSCME MEMBERS GIVE EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY STRONGER, HEALTHIER, AND SAFER. AND WE KNOW HOW HIGH THE STAKES ARE IN THIS UPCOMING ELECTION, ANYONE WHO WANTS OUR SUPPORT HAD BETTER BE PREPARED TO SHOW HIS OR HER COMMITMENT TO WORKING PEOPLE. THAT MEANS A RECORD OF STANDING UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE EVERYDAY HEROES WHO PROVIDE PUBLIC SERVICES. AND IT MEANS A PROMISE, A PROMISE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY TO JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATE CEOS WHO ARE DETERMINED TO ROB WORKING PEOPLE OF OUR VOICES. WE DEMAND MORE THAN PROMISES. WE DEMAND BOLD IDEAS. BUT MOST OF ALL, WE DEMAND ACTION FROM THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO LEAD. JOIN US, INPUTTING PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST.>>>PLEASE WELCOME THE PUBLIC- SERVICE FORM MONITORS, HUFFPOST WASHINGTON CHIEF, AMANDA TERKEL AND EDITOR OF THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT, JON RALSTON. >>>HI THERE EVERYBODY I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS ROOM PACKED. I’M CURIOUS BEFORE WE GET STARTED HOW MANY CAME FROM OUT OF TOWN? WOW. FOR THOSE WATCHING ON THE LIVE STREAM WELCOME TO YOU, TOO, ALMOST HALF THE ROOM I THINK CAME FROM OUT OF TOWN AND I WANT TO THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK AFSCME FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE AND HUFFINGTON POST FOR ASKING ME TO CO-MODERATE THIS IN THE MOST IMPORTANT STATE IN THE NATION. I JUST WANT TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT AMANDA AND I HAVE ONE GOAL TODAY AND THAT IS TO ILLUMINATE ISSUES ABOUT EACH OF THESE CANDIDATES, WE ARE GOING TO HOPEFULLY JUST HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT ISSUES THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM AND EVERYBODY WATCHING CARES ABOUT. AMANDA IS GOING TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FORMAT. >>>SO THANK YOU AFSCME AND THANK YOU JON, WE WILL BE HERE FOR 19 CANDIDATES TODAY SO IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG DAY AND WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE EVERYONE HERE. EACH CANDIDATE GETS A MINUTE FOR AN OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENT AND IN BETWEEN JON AND I WILL ASK THEM QUESTIONS BUT WHAT WE’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT IS THAT THEY WILL GET QUESTIONS FROM AFSCME MEMBERS. THOSE OF YOU IN THE ROOM SOME OF YOU WILL BE ASKING QUESTIONS AND WE WILL BE GETTING VIDEOS FROM PEOPLE WHO COULDN’T MAKE IT TODAY. SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT DAY AND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CHEER FOR THE CANDIDATES BUT LET’S KEEP HECKLING DOWN. >> WE ARE GOING TO GET STARTED RIGHT NOW BUT I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT AMANDA SAID, IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR YOU TO RESTRAIN YOURSELVES FROM CHEERING FOR CANDIDATES ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY SAY THINGS YOU WANT TO HEAR, I HAVE A FEELING SOME OF THEM I DO THAT. THAT IS FINE BUT PLEASE NO HECKLING, LET’S CONDUCT THIS IN A CIVIL MATTER AND AMANDA AND I WILL TRY TO BE AS CIVIL AS WE CAN POSSIBLY BE. SO THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYBODY WHO IS HERE AND FOR WATCHING ON THE LIVE STREAM, WANT TO GET STARTED? ALL RIGHT, LET’S GET STARTED. OUR FIRST CANDIDATE OUT OF THE 19, JULIAN CASTRO IS HERE FOLKS.>>>HEY, Y’ALL ! IT’S GOOD TO BE HERE. ALL RIGHT. WEDNESDAY IS, GOOD MORNING. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU TO AFSCME , IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU HERE IN NEVADA, BECAUSE YOU MATTER. BECAUSE I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE LIKE MANY OF YOU, I KNOW THAT WE LIVE IN A WONDERFUL NATION. BUT IN THE YEARS TO COME THAT WE CAN MAKE IT EVEN BETTER. I SPENT THE LAST SIX MONTHS OF THIS CAMPAIGN TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE NEED IN THE YEARS TO COME. I AM CONVINCED THAT WE NEED A PRESIDENT THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AS ONE NATION WITH ONE DESTINY. AND I AM CONVINCED THAT OUR DESTINY IN THE YEARS TO COME IS TO BE THE SMARTEST, THE HEALTHIEST, THE FAIREST AND THE MOST PROSPEROUS NATION ON EARTH. AND THAT HAS TO INCLUDE WORKING PEOPLE. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CONVERSATION TODAY. THANK YOU. >>>I WANTED TO START OUT BY ASKING YOU ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT I THINK IS ON THE MINDS OF A LOT OF AFSCME MEMBERS HERE IN NEVADA, AND THAT IS THAT THE GOVERNOR RECENTLY SIGNED A LAW ALLOWING STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW GRANTING ALLSTATE EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE NATION THIS RIGHT? >>I DO. I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE THAT, I KNOW THAT THERE IS LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS THAT FOLKS ARE WORKING ON ON THE PUBLIC SECTOR, TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT. I SUPPORT THAT LEGISLATION. THAT IS IMPORTANT. I WAS MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO AND ALSO SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MANY PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS, AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL THAT THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN FOR WAGES, FOR BENEFITS, FOR THOSE THINGS THAT WILL MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE EFFORT THEY PUT INTO IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE, WHETHER AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, THE STATE LEVEL OR THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT THEY ARE COMPENSATED WELL FOR THAT. SO I DO SUPPORT THAT. >>>OKAY WE STARTED WITH THE EASY ONE ARE YOU READY? LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IMMIGRATION, ESPECIALLY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED AT THE DEBATE. YOU SEEM TO THINK THAT PRES. OBAMA ATE A MISTAKE IN ALL OF THE DEEP OR DEPORTATION AND VP BIDEN SEEMS NOT TO HAVE LEARNED THE LESSONS OF THE PAST, WHAT ARE THOSE LESSONS? >>I’VE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION GOT BETTER OVER TIME ON IMMIGRATION, I JOINED THE ADMINISTRATION IN JULY 2014 AND BY THAT TIME, AS YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE NUMBER OF DEPORTATIONS WENT DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY. IN 2012 THE ADMINISTRATION DID –, AND THEN THEY DID –. SO I THINK IT MADE IMPROVEMENT OVER TIME BUT THERE ARE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN. THIS IS NOT ABOUT CRITICIZING PRES. OBAMA, THIS IS ABOUT OKAY WHAT IS THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION HAVING TO DO IN THE FACE OF PRES. TRUMP THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN OBAMA AND TRUMP OKAY? PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS TRYING AND THAT ADMINISTRATION MADE ADJUSTMENTS AND IMPROVED ON IMMIGRATION. HOWEVER, TRUMP HAS WEAPON EYES TO CERTAIN SECTION OF THE LAW TO INFLICT CRUELTY ON MIGRANT CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS SO THERE ARE LESSONS THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS AND I SAID NUMBER ONE IF I WERE PRESIDENT ONE WET LESSON THAT I LEARNED IS THAT IN 2009 AND 2010 THERE WAS A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT AND A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE AND 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE. IF WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN OR EVEN IF WE DON’T, EVEN IF WE JUST HAVE 50 VOTES IN THE SENATE WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM AND WE CAN’T WAIT THIS TIME. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD. THE SECOND THING I WOULD SAY, IS IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO DEPORT, HOW COOL YOU ARE, THAT IS NEVER GOING TO GET YOU ANYTHING AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH MITCH McCONNELL. SO WE SHOULD NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF BELIEVING THAT THE NUMBER OF DEPORTATIONS EQUALS CURRENCY AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. IT WILL NOT. I HAVE SAID THAT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO PUT ALL UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AS LONG AS THEY HAVEN’T COMMITTED A SERIOUS CRIME ON A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP AND THEN FINALLY, THE LESSON THAT I’VE LEARNED FROM TRUMP IS THAT WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY THIS TOOL, THIS LAW THAT HE HAS USED TO INFLICT CRUELTY ON MIGRANT PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN AND WE CAN DO THAT BECAUSE THIS WAS A LAW THAT WAS NEVER REALLY ENFORCED FROM 1929 UNTIL 2004. IT IS UNNECESSARY BUT IT GIVES HIM THE WEAPON THAT HE NEEDS TO INFLICT CRUELTY AND I WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS. >>SO YOU WOULD DECRIMINALIZE BORDER CROSSINGS BY TAKING AWAY THE CRIMINAL PENALTY? SO WHAT PENALTIES WOULD SOMEONE WHO CROSSES THE BORDER ILLEGALLY FACE? >>ALL OF THE OTHER PENALTIES THAT THEY ALREADY FACE RIGHT NOW. MOST FOLKS DON’T REALIZE THAT, FOR INSTANCE, THE ASYLUM PROCESS AND THE DEPORTATION PROCESS ARE ACTUALLY A CIVIL PROCESS NOT A CRIMINAL PROCESS, TRUMP IS TAKING THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT AND USING IT SPECIFICALLY TO INFLICT CRUELTY ON MIGRANT PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. THAT IS NORMALLY HANDLED IN A CIVIL WAY, THE DEPORTATION PROCESS. THAT IS A CIVIL ACTION NOT A CRIMINAL ACTION. SO I THINK PART OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS UNDERSTAND THAT. LET ME JUST ALSO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE VERY DIRECT LEE IN TERMS OF SOME PEOPLE SAYING IT IS SCARING SOME PEOPLE, THIS, IS THIS OPEN BORDERS? THIS IS NOT OPEN BORDERS. WE HAVE 654 MILES OF FENCING AND THOUSANDS OF PERSONNEL AT THE BORDER, WE HAVE PLANES AND HELICOPTERS AND BOATS, WE HAVE SECURITY CAMERAS, ONLY RIGHT- WINGERS CALL THIS THING OPEN BORDERS AND THEY ARE GOING TO SAY OPEN BORDERS NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. THE LAST THING I WILL SAY IS LOOK, IF YOU ELECT ME PRESIDENT YOU ARE NOT ELECTING ME TO FOLLOW, YOUR ELECTING ME TO BEAD AND I WILL LEAD. I WILL LEAD. >>LET ME JUST STOP YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME AND I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION AS I KNOW YOU DO. OPEN BORDERS IS JUST A SOUNDBITE AND A WAY TO LABEL PEOPLE BUT DECRIMINALIZING THE BORDER AND TAKING OUT THAT STATUTE, AREN’T YOU INVITING MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, YES THERE ARE ALREADY WALLS UP AND THERE ARE DRONES, BUT YOU ARE INVITING, YOU ARE SAYING TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW WHAT? I’M TAKING AWAY CRIMINAL PENALTIES, COME IN ILLEGALLY. >>I DON’T SEE HOW THAT IS THE CASE BECAUSE I THINK THAT FIRST OF ALL WHAT IS DRIVING PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE IS THE DESPERATION IN THE COUNTRY THEY ARE COMING FROM. SO I HAVE SAID THAT THE SMARTEST THING, THE SMARTEST THING WE CAN DO ACTUALLY IS TO DO A 21st CENTURY MARSHALL PLAN, AND PARTNER WITH THOSE COUNTRIES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN FIND SAFETY AND OPPORTUNITY THERE INSTEAD OF HAVING TO COME HERE. SO THEY CAN FIND THAT AT HOME. THE SECOND THING IS, THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO THINK ABOUT THIS. FIRST OF ALL THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE TRYING TO COME NOW THAN WHEN TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. CAN WE SAY THAT BEING AS CRUEL AND TRYING TO CRACK DOWN SO TO SPEAK AS HE HAS HAS NOT DETERRED ANYBODY IT HASN’T WORKED? THE SECOND THING I WOULD SAY IS THINK ABOUT WHAT HE SAID, THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. IN OTHER WORDS, HE WANTS TO GO BACKWARD. CHOOSE A DECADE, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, WHENEVER HE WANTS TO GO BACK, THERE WASN’T A WALL AND THEY WEREN’T ENFORCING THIS IS A CRIMINAL PENALTY. SO THEY WERE ACTUALLY DOING IT THE WAY I WOULD LIKE US TO DO IT NOT THE WAY HE IS SUGGESTING. >>AS I SAID WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME, MORE TIME THAN YOU WERE GIVEN IN ANY OF THE DEBATES AND I KNOW YOU’RE HAPPY ABOUT THAT. BUT ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE HERE IS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM SOME MEMBERS AND THERE ARE A COUPLE WHO WANT TO ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS SO LET’S GO TO THE FIRST ONE. DO WE HAVE A MEMBER? >>THE FIRST AFSCME MEMBER. >>HI, MY NAME IS SONIA WOOTEN AND I’M AN INVESTIGATOR FOR THE NEVADA DIVISION OF INSURANCE AND I WORK IN PUBLIC SERVICE BECAUSE I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY COMMUNITY. BUT I SEE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING MULTIPLE JOBS AND THEY STILL CAN’T MAKE ENDS MEET, AND WHEN THE WEALTHY AND MOST POWERFUL MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR US TO ORGANIZE IT JUST MAKES IT HARDER ON ALL OF US. SO I AM WONDERING WHAT WILL YOU DO TO STOP BILLIONAIRES AND BIG CORPORATIONS FROM MAKING IT DIFFICULT AND ATTACKING OUR RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE ON THE JOB? >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND FOR THE QUESTION. I WOULD DO SEVERAL THINGS, NUMBER ONE AS WE DISCUSSED I WOULD SEEK TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR WORKERS TO ORGANIZE SO THAT THEY CAN COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. I WOULD DO THAT ON THE PUBLIC SECTOR END AND ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THERE IS THE PRO-ACT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALSO MAKE IT EASIER FOR WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ORGANIZE. I SUPPORT THAT AS WELL. BUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT REWARDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO WORK. YOU SAW THAT AMAZON FOR INSTANCE MADE OVER $11 BILLION BUT THEY DID NOT PAY ANY FEDERAL TAX. WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT ACTUALLY EXPECTS MORE FROM WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP AND REWARDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO WORK. I AM COMMITTED TO DOING THAT BY RAISING THE TOP MARGIN TAX RATE, BY REPEALING AND REPLACING THE TAX CUTS THAT ACTUALLY BENEFIT, WITH ONES THAT ACTUALLY BENEFIT THE WORKING CLASS AND ENSURING THAT WE ALSO CLOSE LOOPHOLES THAT BENEFIT A LOT OF SPECIAL INTEREST THAT ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR LOBBYISTS TO PUT THINGS IN BILLS. FINALLY I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 AN HOUR SO THAT PEOPLE CAN PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FOLLOW THAT UP WITH A 20%, A 21st CENTURY SAFETY NET IN HOUSING, IN UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE AND THOSE THINGS THAT WORKERS NEED TO BE ABLE TO LIVE A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE 21st CENTURY, THAT IS WHAT I SUPPORT. >>I HAVE A QUICK FOLLOW-UP, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE TAX CODE, DO YOU THINK THE TAX CODE SHOULD BE CHANGED SO THAT A SICKLY BILLIONAIRES CAN’T EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY? DO YOU THINK ANY INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE ABLE TO AMASS SO MUCH MONEY THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE? >>IT IS MIND-BOGGLING THAT SOMEONE IS WORTH $100 BILLION SO YES I THINK WE NEED A DIFFERENT SYSTEM. WHAT I SAY IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYBODY TO EVER REACH THAT? NO. BUT WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THAT WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT ACTUALLY INVEST SOME MORE OF OUR RESOURCES IN PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING AND IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND THE POOR. BECAUSE WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT WE DON’T OFTEN TALK ABOUT THE POOR ANYMORE. I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR IN THIS CAMPAIGN. SO YES, I WOULD JUST TURN THAT ON IT SAID. >>WILL QUICKLY WE’RE GOING TO GET TO THE NEXT ONE AND EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE NEVER IN THE SENATE YOU MAY BE AN EXPERT AT FILIBUSTERING, WE HAVE TO CUT THAT OFF. WHAT SHOULD THE HIGHEST MARGINAL TAX RATE TO BE, >>I THINK THAT IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE WOULD NEGOTIATE IN CONGRESS, BUT WHEN RONALD REAGAN TOOK OFFICE I THINK IT WAS AROUND 72%. IT HAD BEEN ALL THE WAY UP TO SOMETHING AS HIGH AS 91% UP TO THE 1960S. I DON’T KNOW THAT WE NEED TO RAISE IT THAT FAR UP BUT RIGHT NOW IS THAT LIKE 35%. SO I WOULD SAY SOMETHING WELL IN BETWEEN 35 AND 72%. WE WOULD NEED TO RAISE IT UP. >>>OKAY I THINK WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. >>>HI, MY NAME IS ONDREA DUDLEY AND I’M A HOME CARE PROVIDER AND I TAKE CARE OF MY 12-YEAR-OLD SON WHO IS AUTISTIC. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT FOR ME AND I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE. WITH BABY BOOMERS AGING, THE NEED FOR LONG-TERM CARE IS REACHING A CRISIS POINT. WHO WILL CARE FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE? THAT IS ONE. AND HOW CAN WE RECRUIT PEOPLE TO DO THIS IMPORTANT WORK WHEN THE AVERAGE PAY IS $11 PER HOUR? >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION. AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO. YOU ARE RIGHT, WE HAVE BABY BOOMERS THAT ARE TURNING 65 IN RECORD NUMBERS AND WE HAVE MORE NEED FOR HOME HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND SIMILAR WORKERS THAN EVER BEFORE. THAT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO RAISE THEIR WAGES, I SUPPORT THAT. AND WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN EFFECTIVELY ORGANIZE. I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR ENERGY ON BOTH OF THOSE THINGS AND ALSO IN OUR POLICY CONNECT THE DOTS. BETWEEN THINGS LIKE HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE. WHEN WE TRANSITION TO A UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, ALSO LINK THAT TO HOUSING SO THAT PEOPLE CAN AGE IN PLACE AND GET THE HELP THAT THEY NEED WHERE THEY ARE. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT I SUPPORT. [ APPLAUSE ]>>REAL QUICKLY I WANT TO GET A CHANCE TO HEAR A CLOSING STATEMENT AND I WANT TO TALK TO EVERYBODY ABOUT THIS, HOW DO YOU GET THIS DONE EVEN WITH THE DEMOCRATS IF THEY WERE TO TAKE THE SENATE, I MEAN, IT IS GREAT TO GET THE APPLAUSE LINES BUT HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET THIS DONE? >>I THINK ON JANUARY 20 ON 2020 AT 12 PM WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE IN A DEMOCRATIC SENATE. BUT LET ME ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DIRECTLY. IF MITCH McCONNELL IS STILL THERE, THEN WE WILL DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PUSH THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT ARE IN SWING DISTRICTS OR SWING STATES AND OF COURSE NEGOTIATE WITH THEM BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO THAT, WE WILL ALSO MAXIMIZE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO GET ALL OF THESE, AS MUCH OF THESE THINGS DONE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. >>EXECUTIVE ORDERS ARE GOOD FOR DEMOCRATIC RESIDENTS BUT NOT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS? >>I THINK EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT ARE LEGAL ARE PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE. >>YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT? >>ALL RIGHT. IN MY ONE MINUTE LEFT, LET ME JUST SAY, THAT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND MY CAMPAIGN AND A LOT OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGNS AND I KNOW YOU ARE, BECAUSE THERE ARE 24 PEOPLE RUNNING, IT IS THAT I AM GOING TO BE BOLD. AND FEARLESS. WHETHER IT IS TALKING ABOUT CREATING JOBS AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYBODY CAN PROSPER OR TAKING ON THIS ISSUE OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO REFORM IMMIGRATION AND NOT BACKING OFF OR BEING BASHFUL ABOUT IT, OR ENSURING THAT EVERYBODY CAN PROSPER AND THAT WE FIGHT FOR THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO ORGANIZE, I SERVED AS SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND AS THE MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO AND I HAVE STRONG EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE AND A TRACK RECORD OF GETTING THINGS DONE. AND I HOPE THAT Y’ALL WILL FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN OF JULIAN CASTRO.COM AND CHECK OUT THE PLANS I PUT OUT BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO KEEP WORKING HARD AND DOING WHAT OUR FAMILIES DO WHICH IS KEEPING OUR HEADDOWN AND GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER AND STRONGER IN THIS RACE AND WORK TOWARD AN AMERICA THAT IS HEALTHIER, SMARTER, AND FAIRER AND THAT IS MORE PROSPEROUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ! [ APPLAUSE ] >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU.>>>THEY ARE GOOD FRIENDS, ALL THESE CANDIDATES BUT I DON’T THINK THEY WANT TO DRINK OUT OF THE SAME CUP. SO WE’RE GOING TO SWITCH THAT OUT. OUR NEXT CANDIDATE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM IS ELIZABETH WARREN ! [ APPLAUSE ] >>HI ! IT IS SO NICE TO SEE YOU. IT IS GOOD TO SEE YOU. HELLO ! SO, LET ME JUST SAY A WORD TO GET STARTED. I GREW UP OUT IN OKLAHOMA, I AM THE BABY. I’VE GOT THREE MUCH OLDER BROTHERS AND I AM STILL VERY CLOSE TO MY BROTHERS AND THEY THINK THEIR JOB IS STILL TO BE TEACHING THEIR LITTLE SISTER. SO ALL THREE, SOME OF YOU KNOW HOW THAT WORKS, SO ALL THREE OF MY BROTHERS JOINED THE MILITARY AND ALL THREE OF THEM PUSH ME EVERY TIME I TALK TO THEM. MY ELDEST BROTHER DON REED WAS CAREER MILITARY AND HE REMINDS ME EVERY DAY THAT WE HONOR OUR PROMISES TO OUR MILITARY AND OUR VETERANS, THAT IS WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. MY BROTHER DAVID, AFTER HE GOT OUT OF THE MILITARY HE STARTED HIS OWN LITTLE BUSINESS AND WHEN THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT HE STARTED ANOTHER ONE AND WHEN THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT HE STARTED ANOTHER ONE. TODAY HE IS RETIRED AND HE REMINDS ME EVERY DAY OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. MY THIRD BROTHER JOHN, WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE MILITARY HE JOINED THE UNION. AND TODAY HE HAS A PENSION BECAUSE OF THAT UNION. HE REMINDS ME EVERY DAY, UNIONS BUILT AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS AND UNIONS WILL REBUILD AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS. THAT IS WHY I’M HERE. SO LET ME JOIN YOU. >>>SO SEN., AMANDA AND I WANT TO START OUT BY GETTING EVERYBODY ON THE RECORD ON THIS ISSUE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. NEVADA IS VERY PROUD TO HELP PASS THIS LAW HERE, THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THAT SHOULD BE A FEDERAL MANDATE AND WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW AND IF SO WHY SHOULD IT TAKE FEDERAL ACTION AS OPPOSED TO LEAVING IT TO THE STATES? >>YOU DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE STATES WHEN YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING WORKERS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND I BELIEVE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR ALL OF OUR WORKERS, IT IS A PART OF BASIC RIGHTS FOR THEM. SO I STRONGLY SUPPORTED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. [ APPLAUSE ] >>A HALLMARK OF YOUR CAMPAIGN OR, ARE THESE BIG POLICY IDEAS, MEDICARE FALL, ELIMINATING STUDENT DEBT SO I WANT TO ASK YOU, CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT HOW YOU THINK YOU’LL GET THESE THROUGH CONGRESS, SAY YOU BECOME PRESIDENT AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE IN DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, IN THE SENATE THE ROAD TO THIS LEGISLATION STILL RUNS THROUGH PEOPLE LIKE KRISTEN CINEMA OF ARIZONA AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SUPPORT THESE THINGS SO HOW DO YOU GET THEM PAST? >>LET ME START BY SAYING I THINK WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A DEMOCRATIC SENATE AND A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE AT A DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE. I AM OUT THERE WORKING FOR IT EVERY DAY. AND IT IS PART OF THE REASON THAT I THINK THIS IS ABOUT NOT JUST ONE PERSON RUNNING BUT BUILDING A MOVEMENT ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. BUT LOOK, LET’S START WITH THE WEALTH TAX, I THINK IT IS TIME FOR AMERICA TO PUT IN PLACE A WEALTH TAX. THAT IS A TWO CENT TAX ON THE TOP 1/10 OF 1% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE GREATEST FORTUNES IN THIS COUNTRY. YOUR FIRST A $50 MILLION, FREE AND CLEAR. I KNOW THAT HELPS YOU RELAX. BUT YOUR 50 MILLIONTH AND FIRST DOLLAR YOU’VE GOT TO PITCH IN TWO CENTS. AND TWO CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR AFTER THAT. HERE IS THE DEAL. THAT IS NOT ONLY SUPPORTED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS, IT IS NOT ONLY SUPPORTED BY INDEPENDENCE, A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THAT. SO THAT IS A GOOD PLACE TO START FROM. TO SAY THAT EVEN THE RICHEST IN THIS COUNTRY OUGHT TO PAY A FAIR SHARE. WE ARE GLAD FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE IT BIG IN THIS COUNTRY, ALL WE ARE SAYING IS WHEN YOU MAKE IT TO THE VERY TIPPY TO BE TOP, BUT IN TWO CENTS SO EVERYBODY ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY GET THE CHANCE TO MAKE IT. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HERE IS THE THING, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH TWO CENTS? LET ME JUST TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH TWO CENTS. YOU CAN DO UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR BABIES AGE 0 TO 5. YOU CAN DO UNIVERSAL PRE-K FOR EVERY THREE-YEAR-OLD AND FOUR-YEAR-OLD IN THIS COUNTRY. WE CAN RAISE THE WAGES OF EVERY CHILDCARE WORKER IN PRESCHOOL IN THIS COUNTRY TO THE PROFESSIONAL LEVELS THEY DESERVE. WE CAN PROVIDE UNIVERSAL TUITION FREE COLLEGE FOR EVERY KID WHO WANTS TO GO TO SCHOOL, WE CAN PUT $50 BILLION DIRECTLY INTO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND MINORITIES SERVING INSTITUTIONS, AND WE CAN CANCEL STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR 95% OF THE KIDS WHO GOT IT AND START TO CLOSE THE BLACK-WHITE WEALTH GAP IN AMERICA. >>I HAVE TO CUT YOU OFF, YOU ARE A SENATOR SO YOU DO KNOW ABOUT FILIBUSTER. AND ALL OF THESE FOLKS HERE LOVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE SAYING BUT AMANDA ASKED THE LEGITIMATE QUESTION, YOU’RE IN THE SENATE AND YOU KNOW EVERYONE IS GOING TO GET UP HERE AND SAY THERE WILL BE A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE IN A DEMOCRATIC SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, YOU KNOW THE SENATE IS NOT A NORMAL PLACE. IT IS NOT WHERE MAJORITIES RULE, THAT IF MITCH McCONNELL IS STILL GOING TO BE A LEADER, THEY CAN BLOCK THIS. THERE IS NO WAY YOU WILL GET THE REPUBLICANS TO SUPPORT THIS OR IS THERE A WAY OR IS THERE A MIDDLE GROUND. >>I JUST STARTED WITH THE FACT THAT THE DATA SHOWS ALREADY THAT REPUBLICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY >>THAT IS POLLING BUT THAT DOESN’T AFFECT HOW THEY VOTE IN THE SENATE, DO YOU NO THAT. >>REALLY, WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY REPEAL HEALTH CARE, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? >>YOU ARE MAKING MY POINT NOT YOUR POINT. >>THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT. I WAS THERE. I SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE HOUSE REPEALED HEALTHCARE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND HIGH-FIVED EACH OTHER AFTERWARDS, WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEINGS HIGH-FIVE EACH OTHER AFTER TAKING AWAY HEALTHCARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS? BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, WHEN IT CAME TO THE SENATE I WAS ON THE FLOOR, WHEN WE PICKED UP ENOUGH REPUBLICAN VOTES TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MITCH McCONNELL WORKED AGAINST US EVERY INCH OF THE WAY. AND HOW DID WE GET IT DONE? WE DID IS BECAUSE PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY GOT ORGANIZED, GOT MOBILIZED, MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK. >>CAN YOU MAKE YOUR STUDENT LOAN PLAN, YOU SAID YOUR STUDENT LOAN PLAN HAS A CAP, I BELIEVE THE MOST SOMEONE CAN HAVE FORGIVEN IS $50,000. SO SEN. SANDERS PUT OUT A SIMILAR PLAN EXCEPT HE WOULD FORGIVE ALL STUDENT LOAN DEBT, SO WHY DIDN’T YOU GO THAT FAR? >>I THINK ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY. I AM A KID WHO HAD A DREAM, MY THREE BROTHERS WENT TO THE MILITARY AND ME, I WANTED TO BE A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER. BY THE TIME I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WE DIDN’T HAVE THE MONEY FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS MUCH LESS TO SEND ME OFF TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE. MY BIG OPPORTUNITY WAS A COMMUTER COLLEGE, THAT’S WHAT IT WAS BEST AND THEN, THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON COST $50 A SEMESTER. A PRICE THAT I COULD PAY FOR ON A PART-TIME WAITRESSING JOB. I GOT TO FINISH MY FOR YOUR DIPLOMA, BECOME A SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER, I’VE LIVED MY DREAM JOB. I LOVE THAT WORK. BUT HERE IS THE DEAL. THAT OPPORTUNITY IS NOT OUT THERE. NOT FOR OUR KIDS TODAY. SO WHAT I AM PROPOSING IS STUDENT LOAN DEBT CANCELLATION, 95% OF THE KIDS WHO HAVE GOT IT, AND DOING IT IN A WAY, AMERICA HAS HAD AN ISSUE FOR A LONG TIME ABOUT MOVING IN AND WIDENING THE BLACK-WHITE WEALTH GAP. THE GAP BETWEEN WHITES AND EVERYBODY ELSE. I HAVE PICKED DELIBERATELY THE NUMBERS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP SHRINK THAT WEALTH GAP AND MAXIMIZE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS. >>SO FORGIVING ALL STUDENT THAT YOU THINK WOULD ACTUALLY NOT CLOSE THAT GAP? >>THE WAIT OF THE ECONOMIC EVIDENCE IS THAT WHEN YOU MAKE THIS WORK ON ALL OF THE NUMBERS, YOU ACTUALLY EXPAND THE GAP AND THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO. I THINK THIS IS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY. I THINK THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IN 2020 IS WHO GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR AND WE NEED TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES THE WEALTHY AND WELL- CONNECTED PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND THEN MAKE IT WORK FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT FOR ME. >>AND I JUST JUMP BACK TO HEALTH CARE, I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE TALKING ABOUT HEALTHCARE, I’M KIDDING. I THINK EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM, MAYBE EVERY PERSON WATCHING IN THE LIFESTREAM CENTER IS WORRIED ABOUT HEALTHCARE IN SOME WAY OR OTHER AND THERE IS THIS DEBATE AND IT’S QUITE A LIVELY DEBATE, GOING ON IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ABOUT MEDICARE FOR ALL VERSUS KEEPING PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES INVOLVED IN HOW YOU DO THAT. ONE OF THE CRITICISMS OF MEDICARE FOR ALL, AND YOU’VE HEARD THIS, AND I EVEN HEARD FROM A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT THIS, HE’S GOT A GREAT PLAN NOW. IF YOU TRANSITION TO SOMETHING ELSE AM I GOING TO LOSE MY PLAN? HOW DO YOU ANSWER THAT. >>LET ME JUST START, WE TALK ABOUT THE GREAT DEBATE RIGHT NOW IN HEALTHCARE, IT IS NOT DEMOCRATS VERSUS DEMOCRATS IT’S DEMOCRATS VERSUS REPUBLICANS. REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE AWAY HEALTHCARE. FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY ARE ACTIVELY STILL TRYING TO DO IT. THEY CAN’T GET THE VOTES FORD IN CONGRESS BUT THEY SURE AS HECK ARE STILL PURSUING IT IN THE COURTS AND THEY ARE STILL DOING IT >>BUT TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATS >>YES THAT’S FINE AND I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, THAT IS >>WHAT DOES THE TRANSITION LOOK LIKE SENATOR FROM PRIVATE PLANS TO PEOPLE HAVING MEDICARE FOR ALL. >>THE FIRST FOR THE TRANSITION AS I SEE IT IS THE UNIONS ARE AT THE TABLE. NOBODY DOES ANYTHING WITHOUT WORKING PEOPLE WELL REPRESENTED. THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS WHO ARE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS IN TERMS OF HEALTHCARE PLANS. AND WHAT MATTERS MOST IS WE GET EVERYBODY AT THE TABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW EVERYBODY GETS FULLY COMPENSATED FOR WHAT THEY’VE NEGOTIATED FOR. THIS IS A MATTER OF BOTH RESPECT AND A MATTER OF ECONOMICS. BUT BEYOND THAT, WE ALL HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THIS SYSTEM. WE CANNOT HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR PROFIT COMPANIES, THAT ARE LITERALLY SUCKING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT OF THE SYSTEM. YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, WHAT IS THE BASIC BUSINESS MODEL FOR A PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANY? IT IS TAKING AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN IN PREMIUMS, AND THEN SAYING NO AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN ON HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. THAT IS NOT WORKING FOR AMERICA. THE PRIVATE INSURERS SUCKED OUT $23 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR, THAT DOESN’T EVEN COUNT THE MILLIONS THEY PAID TO THEIR EXECUTIVES AND SO ON, ALL OF THOSE FORMS, THAT EVERY HOSPITAL AND EVERY DOCTOR AND EVERY NURSE HAS TO FILL OUT, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE FORMS ARE FOR? THEY ARE TO GIVE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY NO. THAT HAS TO COME TO AN END. WE NEED A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DELIVER HEALTH CARE TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. >>SEN. I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM THE MEMBERS AND THEY HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AS WELL SO LET’S HAVE THE FIRST ONE. >>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS TIM PIRLO’S AND I WORK PLACING KIDS WITH ADOPTIVE FAMILIES. OFFICES LIKE MINE ARE OFTEN UNDERSTAFFED AND IT’S TOUGH TO FIND GOOD PEOPLE TO DO JOBS LIKE MINE, WHERE PUBLIC SERVICE WORK HAS FACED SO MANY –. WILL YOU HELP PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS TO GET THE RESPECT THAT THEY NEED FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY DO ? >>OH THANK YOU TIM AND LET ME START BY SAYING TAKE YOU FOR THE WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY, IT MATTERS IN THE LIVES OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE IS HOW I SEE IT. FOR DECADES NOW WE’VE HAD AN AMERICA THAT HAS WORKED BETTER AND BETTER FOR GIANT CORPORATIONS, BETTER AND BETTER FOR BILLIONAIRES AND FRANKLY WORSE AND WORSE FOR EVERYONE ELSE. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HEART OF HOW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN? IT IS HAD TWO PARTS. ONE IS UNDERCUT THE POWER OF THE UNIONS. UNDERCUT THE POWER OF THE WORKERS. SO THERE IS NOBODY THERE TO PUSH BACK WHEN CORPORATIONS SAY WE ARE MOVING THOSE JOBS TO MEXICO. A CORPORATION SAYS WE WANT A BIGGER SLICE OF THE PIE, WE WANT TAX BREAKS AND WHAT HAS BEEN THE SECOND PART? IT HAS BEEN TO ATTACK GOVERNMENT. IT HAS BEEN TO SAY OH, GOVERNMENT, REMEMBER RONALD REAGAN’S FAMOUS LINE, ONE OF THE MOST POISONOUS LINES THAT HAS BEEN UTTERED IN THE LAST 40 YEARS, HIS LINE ABOUT WATER THE NINE WORST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE? I AM FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I’M HERE TO HELP YOU. THAT IS AN ATTACK ON OUR GOVERNMENT AND ON EVERYBODY WHO WORKS FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. AND IT IS WRONG AND IT NEEDS TO STOP RIGHT NOW. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE ON OUR SIDE AND IN A DEMOCRACY IN 2020 WE’VE GOT A CHANCE. TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. BUT I PROMISE YOU THIS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, I WILL BE SOMEBODY WHO STANDS UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, WHO STANDS UP FOR THE BEST OF WHAT WE SEE IN GOVERNMENT WORKERS AND HOW GOVERNMENT WHEN IT IS ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE MAKES THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE AMERICA. SO I’M WITH YOU ON THIS ONE TIM. THANK YOU. >>I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FILLED ITS UPPER RANKS WITH CORPORATE LEADERS. SO IF YOU BECOME PRESIDENT WOULD YOU PUT UNION LEADERS AT THE TOP RANK SEVERE ADMINISTRATION? >>YOU BET. THIS IS THE PART THAT ALWAYS JUST ASTONISHES ME. THAT DON TRUMP RAN ON DRAINING THE SWAMP AND WHAT DID HE TURN AROUND AND DO? HE BROUGHT IN THE BIGGEST SWAMP RATS AND PUT THEM IN CHARGE. CAN I JUST TELL THE STORY, THIS ONE JUST KNOCKED ME OVER. THE GUY MAKES A BAZILLION DOLLARS, WORKING AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND THEN DONALD TRUMP SAYS WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME AND DESIGN THE TAX POLICY THAT WILL AFFECT GOLDMAN SACHS AND THE OTHER WALL STREET BIG BOYS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOLDMAN SACHS DID ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR? THEY GIVE GARY COHEN A PRE-BRIBE OF SEVERAL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, A QUARTER OF $1 BILLION AS HE WALKS OUT THE DOOR, SO HE WILL REMEMBER HIS FRIENDS AT GOLDMAN SACHS WELL. HE THEN GOES, WRITES THE TAX POLICY, THAT SAVES GOLDMAN SACHS JUST ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT HE WALKED OUT THE DOOR WITH IN THE VERY FIRST YEAR. THIS IS THE KIND OF REVOLVING DOOR, NO, THIS IS THE KIND OF CORRUPTION THAT WE SHOULD CALL IT OUT FOR WHAT IT IS. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS IS THE KIND OF CORRUPTION THAT HAS MADE THIS THE WHITE HOUSE THAT IS THE MOST CORRUPT IN LIVING MEMORY. 2020 WE’VE GOT TO THROW THOSE GUYS OUT. AND GET SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO WORK. >>WE HAVE THE NEXT VIDEO QUESTION, WOULD YOU SET A UNION LEADER AS YOUR LABOR SECRETARY ? >>YOU BET YOU. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS ANOTHER ONE WHERE YOU HAVE WATCHED THIS. I’VE ALREADY COMMITTED. I WILL NOT HAVE A SECRETARY OF EDUCATION WHO HAS NOT BEEN A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>I CAN’T LET YOU RUN OUT THE CLOCK SENATOR, THAT’S OUR JOB. REAL QUICKLY WE ARE GOING TO GO TO ANOTHER QUESTION. BUT LET ME JUST PUSH A LITTLE MORE ON WHAT AMANDA ASKED, WILL YOU PLEDGE YOUR NOW, THAT I WILL HAVE A LABOR LEADER AS MY LABOR SECRETARY ? >>THAT IS WHAT I WANT. IT’S NOT HARD. >>OKAY YOU HEARD IT. WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ON VIDEO AND IT’S GOING TO SHOW UP RIGHT HERE FOR YOU. >>HELLO MY NAME IS SAM, — I AM WONDERING IF YOUR PROGRAM ENTAILS A TOTAL FORGIVENESS OF STUDENT LOANS OR AFTER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME IF THE BALANCE IS FROZEN IN AN ACCOUNT AND DOESN’T ACCRUE INTEREST, I NEED A LITTLE CLARIFICATION ON THAT AFTER THE LAST DEBATE. THE SECOND PART OF THE QUESTION IS FOR ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID OFF STUDENT LOANS EARLY, WITH A BEGINNING CREDIT BACK FROM THE GOVERNMENT SEEING AS HOW THEY PAID IT OFF EARLY? I JUST WANT SOME CLARIFICATION ON THAT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. MAC THANK YOU. >>THAT GUY SHOULD BE UP HERE ASKING QUESTIONS. >>THAT’S RIGHT. SO THIS IS ABOUT STUDENT LOAN CANCELLATION, ONCE THE DEBT IS CANCELED IS CANCELED, GONE AND FINISHED AND THAT’S THE END OF IT. IT IS ALSO, I SHOULD SAY IF YOU JUST WANT TO EXPAND ON IT A LITTLE BIT, GO TO ELIZABETH WARREN.COM/DEBT AND YOU CAN DO THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT CALCULATOR AND SEE EXACTLY THE DOLLARS AND HOW IT WOULD AFFECT YOU. I WILL ADD ONE MORE PIECE ON THIS, AND THAT HIS FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES. FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES PRAY ON STUDENTS OF COLOR, THEY PREY ON OUR YOUNG MILITARY MEMBERS AS THEY COME OUT OF THE SERVICE, THEY PREY ON MOMS WORKING THREE JOBS WHO ARE TRYING TO PULL IT TOGETHER AND GIVE THEIR KIDS MORE OPPORTUNITIES. WHAT I HAVE IN THIS PROPOSAL SAYS THE FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES THAT CHEAT PEOPLE AND TREAT PEOPLE AND TRAP PEOPLE THAT CHARGE THEM A LOT OF MONEY, THE ONLY WAY THEY ARE IN BUSINESS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING FEDERAL LOAN DOLLARS. IF THOSE COLLEGES ARE NOT DELIVERING FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND MOST OF THEM AREN’T, THE ANSWER IS THEY ARE GOING TO BE CUT OFF FROM ACCESS TO STUDENT LOAN MONEY GOING FORWARD. >>WE HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE LEFT BEFORE YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT, I WANT TO ASK YOU THE SAME QUESTION AMANDA AND I TALKED TO SEC. CASTRO ABOUT, THE HIGHEST MARGINAL TAX RATE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHAT SHOULD IT BE? >>I THINK THE PLACE WE NEED TO START IS WITH A WEALTH TAX. WE’VE HAD THIS ARGUMENT OVER AND OVER AND OVER ON INCOME TAXES. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MARGINAL RATE, IT’S ABOUT ALL OF THE EXCEPTIONS AND LOOPHOLES, HAS ANYBODY SEEN THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE? AND HOW MANY EXCEPTIONS THERE ARE TO IT NOW? RIGHT NOW WE TALK ABOUT THE HIGHEST MARGINAL RATE FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE ANSWER IS THE CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PAYING IT ANYWAY. LOOK AT AMAZON LAST YEAR. AMAZON GOT OUT AND PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THAT IT MADE $10 BILLION IN PROFITS. PROFITS. DO YOU NO HOW MUCH IT PAID IN TAXES? ZERO. ZERO. SO I AM USING ANOTHER APPROACH TO TAXES. I’VE DONE THE WEALTH TAX FOR THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES, THAT IS THE TOP ONE 10th OF 1%. AND THEN ON THE GIANT CORPORATIONS, THE ONES THAT MAKE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS OF MORE THAN $100 MILLION, IN PROFITS. THE ANSWER IS A FLAT 7% OFF THE TOP. MAKE THOSE CORPORATIONS AT LEAST PAY SOMETHING, NO MATTER HOW CONVOLUTED THE REST OF THE TAX SYSTEM IS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MONEY THAT WOULD RAISE? BY THE WAY THEY MAKE THESE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT CORPORATE CEOS SALARIES ARE BASED ON. THEIR SALARIES AND BONUSES. THAT IS WHAT DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS ARE BASED ON. THAT IS WHAT STOCK PRICES ARE INFLUENCED BY. SO THEY HAVE A REASON TO REPORT THESE, THEY HAVE SEC RULES FOR REPORTING THEM. IF WE MADE A 7% ACROSS-THE- BOARD, JUST SAYING YOU GUYS WANT TO MAKE A PUBLIC REPORT, WHATEVER ELSE YOU ARE DOING WITH YOUR MARGINAL TAX RATES AND LOOPHOLES, YOU ARE GOING TO PAY 7%, THAT WOULD PRODUCE $1 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS THAT WE COULD INVEST IN AMERICAN JOBS, IN AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE, IN AMERICAN BUSINESSES, IN AMERICAN WORKERS RIGHT HERE. >>ALL RIGHT WELL, I DON’T THINK AMAZON IS GOING TO FARE TOO WELL ON THIS STAGE. IN THIS DISCUSSION. >>G THAT’S TOO BAD. >>SEN. WARREN HAS MAGICALLY MADE ALL OF OUR CLOCKS UP HERE FREEZE BUT IT IS TIME FOR YOUR CLOSING AND I KNOW WE ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING BY GETTING YOU TO SIT DOWN FOR AS LONG AS WE DID. SHE’S LIKE THE SUNDANCE KID SHE LIKES TO MOVE. >>I DO. TAKE YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE. THE BIG QUESTION IN 2020 IS WHO GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR. YOU’VE BEEN OUT THERE DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY TRYING TO MAKE IT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE BUT THE GAME IS RIGGED. AND IT IS RIGGED TO HELP THE WEALTHY AND THE WELL-CONNECTED. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY USE THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY IN ORDER TO MAKE EVERY RULE, EVERY PIECE, EVERY DECISION, JUST TILT A LITTLE MORE IN THEIR DIRECTION. BUT HERE IS THE DEAL. THERE IS A WHOLE LOT MORE OF US THAN THERE IS OF THEM. [ APPLAUSE ] WE GET OUT THERE IN 2020 AND WE BUILD THE KIND OF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT THAT PULLS IN EVERYBODY TO VOTE. WE HAVE PLANS THAT ARE REAL PLANS THAT WOULD TOUCH PEOPLE’S LIVES, THINGS LIKE UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE SO EVERY MAMA CAN FINISH HER EDUCATION SO THAT SHE CAN GET A GOOD JOB. THINGS LIKE CANCELING STUDENT LOAN DEBT SO KIDS WHO TRY TO GET AN EDUCATION ARE NOT PENALIZED FOR DOING SO. THE THINGS THAT TOUCH PEOPLE’S LIVES, WE CAN BUILD ON AMERICA OF OUR BEST VALUES. FOR ME, THIS IS ALL ABOUT OPPORTUNITY. MY DADDY ENDED UP AS A JANITOR. BUT HIS BABY DAUGHTER GOT THE OPPORTUNITY, 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 OPPORTUNITY TO BE A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO DREAM BIG EMMA FIGHT HARD AND WIN ! THANK YOU !.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANKS FOR HAVING ME. THANK YOU.>>HOW WE DOING SO FAR? OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS SETH MOULTON, COME ON UP. >>HEY, HOW ARE YOU. IT’S GOOD TO BE HERE. >>– >>THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME, I WAS SPEAKING LAST YEAR AT AN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN MASSACHUSETTS, THAT MADE SOME OF THE GEAR THAT WE USED IN THE MARINES. I WAS VERY PROUD TO KNOW THAT IT WAS MADE RIGHT HERE AT HOME SO I GAVE A SPEECH TO EVERYBODY AND SAID THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A PART OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RIGHT HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THEN I SAID DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? AND JUST LIKE THIS THERE WAS SILENCE. AND I SAID LOOK, YOU CAN ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS, THIS IS MY JOB AS A POLITICIAN. THERE WAS STILL SILENCE. AND THEN FINALLY A WOMAN WAY IN THE BACK RAISED HER HAND AND SHE SAID WHO ARE YOU? SO I LEARNED MY LESSON ABOUT INTRODUCING MYSELF FIRST. SO HERE GOES. I’M SETH MOULTON, I’M A FOUR TOUR COMBAT VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. LEADING TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ, A WAR I SPOKE OUT AGAINST. I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR OUR VALUES. AND I HAVE BEEN PROUD AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO STAND WITH AFSCME EVERY SINGLE DAY WHERE I HAVE A 100% AFSCME VOTING RECORD. I BELIEVE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND THAT IS WHAT YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. >>I WANT TO START OUT WITH THE QUESTION WE ARE ASKING EVERY CANDIDATE WHICH IS WOULD YOU SUPPORT A FEDERAL LAW ALLOWING STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS THEY DO HERE IN NEVADA? >>YES, NOT ONLY DO I SUPPORT THAT BECAUSE I THINK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, MY SISTER IS IN A TEACHERS UNION, BUT I AM ANNOUNCING RIGHT HERE THAT THERE IS A BILL THAT I’VE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF IN CONGRESS THAT WHEN I GO BACK TO WASHINGTON I’M GOING TO FORMALLY COSPONSOR IT AND PROBABLY SUPPORT GETTING THAT THROUGH OUR CONGRESS. [ APPLAUSE ] >>CONGRESSMAN YOU MENTIONED YOUR COMBAT SERVICE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOUR MAIN ARGUMENT SEEMS TO BE USING THAT SERVICE ESSENTIALLY, I’VE SEEN MUCH WORSE THAN THIS, I’VE BEEN IN COMBAT, I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TAKE ON DONALD TRUMP AND I’M WILLING TO DO IT. BUT ISN’T THAT KIND OF SOPHISTRY, THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH MUCH MORE EXPERIENCE THAN YOU DO RUNNING SO HOW DO YOU MAKE THE CASE AND IS IT DIRECTLY TRANSFERABLE THAT YOU WERE IN WARTIME AND THAT YOU CAN COME BACK HERE, YOU’RE THE BEST PERSON TO TAKE ON TRUMP? >>I DON’T THINK I’M THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN TAKE ON TRUMP BUT I THINK THE EXPERIENCE THAT I HAD WHICH IS UNIQUE IN THIS RACE OF LEADING TROOPS ON THE GROUND WHICH FUNDAMENTALLY MEANT THAT I JOB AS AN INFANTRY PLATOON COMMANDER WAS TO BRING TOGETHER AMERICANS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS WITH DIFFERENT BELIEFS, DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL BELIEFS AND GET THEM UNITED BEHIND A COMMON MISSION TO SERVE AMERICA. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD THE WINNING COALITION THAT IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO DEFEAT THIS PRESIDENT. AS WE NEED A COALITION THAT INCLUDES EVERYBODY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WE CAN’T LEAVE ANYBODY OUT. PLUS INDEPENDENT, THOSE OBAMA TRUMP VOTERS AND EVEN SOME DISAFFECTED REPUBLICANS. I’VE BROUGHT TOGETHER COALITIONS LIKE THAT IN SOME OF THE MOST DIVISIVE CIRCUMSTANCES, IMAGINE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR THAT HALF OF US DISAGREED WITH. SO I JUST THINK THAT PARTICULAR LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE IS RELEVANT TO THE TASK BEFORE US IN WINNING THIS ELECTION. >>SO LET’S GO TO HEALTHCARE WHICH IS SOMETHING WHERE YOU REALLY WILL HAVE TO BRING A LOT OF PEOPLE TOGETHER. SO, YOU SAY THAT YOU STILL SEE A ROLE FOR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED CARE AND PRIVATE INSURANCE? WHY IS THAT. >>IS IF YOU ARE IN A UNION AND YOU FOUGHT HARD FOR YEARS TO GET A PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PLAN THAT YOU LIKE I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD COME IN AND JUST TAKE IT AWAY. I’M NOT OPPOSED TO MEDICARE FOR ALL AS A BAD IDEA I JUST THINK THAT PRES. OBAMA’S PLAN WAS BETTER. PRES. OBAMA’S PLAN WHICH I SUPPORT WAS TO HAVE A PUBLIC OPTION THAT COMPETES AGAINST PRIVATE HEALTHCARE AND THAT LOWERS COSTS FOR EVERYBODY. I SAY THAT IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE IN THE RACE WHO ACTUALLY GETS SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE TODAY BECAUSE I MADE A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE GOING TO THE VA EVEN AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I SAID THAT IF MY FELLOW VETS, THE MARINES I SERVED WITH ARE GOING TO THE VA AND THAT SYSTEM IS NOT UP TO SNUFF I’M GOING TO SEE IT FIRSTHAND MYSELF. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I’VE SEEN THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY OF A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM LIKE THAT. THE GOOD IS THAT THE VA ACTUALLY NEGOTIATES PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES WHICH MEDICARE DOES NOT, WHICH IS WHY I DON’T THINK MEDICARE SHOULD BE THE MODEL FOR A PUBLIC OPTION. I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER THAN A PLAN DESIGNED IN 1963. THE SECOND THING THOUGH IS I ALSO HAVE SEEN WHEN THE VA HAS FAILED. I GOT SURGERY THERE A FEW YEARS AGO. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT THEY SENT ME HOME WITH THE WRONG MEDICATIONS. NOW LOOK, LUCKILY THEY SENT ME HOME WITH ADVIL WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE ME A SERIOUS PAINKILLER. I MEAN I HAD ABDOMINAL SURGERY WHICH I SOMETIMES POINT OUT, I THOUGHT THIS WAS A REALLY SERIOUS SURGERY UNTIL MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN AND MY WIFE HAD A C-SECTION AND I REALIZED OKAY THIS WAS NOT SUCH A BIG HILL. BUT IT HURT A LOT AT THE TIME. THANK GOD THEY DIDN’T SEND ME HOME WITH A MORE SERIOUS ADDICTIVE PAIN MEDICINE THAN WHAT I WAS PRESCRIBED. WE ALSO HEARD THE STORIES OF PEOPLE DYING ON VA WAITING LISTS, A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE CALLED BECAUSE HE SAID FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE AFTER COMING BACK FROM IRAQ HE FELT SUICIDAL. HE CALLED THE VA AND IT TOOK THEM 48 HOURS TO GET A CALL BACK TO HIM AND THEY OFFERED AN APPOINTMENT IN THREE MONTHS. THAT IS NOT THE PLAN I WANT TO FORCE EVERYBODY TO HAVE. SO DON’T GET ME WRONG, EVERY DEMOCRAT BELIEVES THAT HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND EVERYBODY IN AMERICA DESERVES GOOD AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE. WE JUST HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT HOW TO GET THERE AND I THINK COMPETITION IN THE SYSTEM WHICH WILL BRING DOWN PRICES FOR EVERYBODY IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. >>SO YOU THINK RIGHT NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ABLE TO OFFER GOOD QUALITY HEALTHCARE. >>I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER IF THE VA, THE VA DOESN’T HAVE ANY COMPETITION, FROM MY BUSINESS AND THEY WOULD BE THRILLED IF I LEFT. IF I LEFT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE LESS COST FOR THEM. I WANT A SYSTEM WHERE HEALTHCARE PLANS INCLUDING A PUBLIC OPTION ACTUALLY COMPETE FOR YOUR BUSINESS THE SAME WAY THAT FEDEX AND UPS COMPETE AGAINST THE POSTAL SERVICE. THE POSTAL SERVICE EXISTS TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO THINGS LIKE FIRST-CLASS MAIL THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOESN’T HAVE THAT I DON’T THINK IF THE NEXT PRESIDENT CAME IN AND SAID YOU KNOW WHAT WERE GOING TO DO? WERE GOING TO GET RID OF UPS AND FEDEX AND PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS SO YOU HAVE FEWER CHOICES FOR DELIVERING YOUR PACKAGES, I DON’T THINK THAT IS THE WAY THAT AMERICAN INNOVATION WORKS. AND JUST LIKE YOU HAVE CHOICES FOR DELIVERING PACKAGES I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE CHOICES OR SOMETHING MUCH MORE IMPORTANT BY DELIVERING HEALTHCARE. >>I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM MEMBERS BUT YOU’VE CALLED IT AN EMPTY PROMISE, YOU’VE ACCUSED SOME OF YOUR FELLOW DEMOCRATS OF MAKING EMPTY PROMISES THAT IT’S NEVER GOING TO PASS. >>NO NO I BELIEVE MY PANIC PLAN WILL PASS. WE CAN GET IT PASSED BUT I ACTUALLY DO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT, I WAS WATCHING SEN. WARREN, WHO I’M SO PROUD TO SERVE WITHIN CONGRESS AND WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF HOW WE WOULD DEAL WITH THE SENATE BECAUSE THERE IS NO ONE IN THIS RACE WHO FOUGHT HARDER TO WIN BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE 40 SEATS WE FLIPPED, HALF OF THEM WERE CANDIDATES THAT I DIRECTLY SUPPORTED, CAMPAIGNED FOR ON THE GROUND IN MANY I WOULD ACTUALLY RECRUIT TO RUN THROUGH MY SERVE AMERICA INITIATIVE. IF I AM THE NEXT PRESIDENT I WILL TAKE THAT MODEL AND RUN IT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE DO NOT WIN THE SENATE IN 2020, WE WILL WHEN IT BACK IN 2022. BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS THAT YOU CAN WORK WITH AND THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS YOU JUST HAVE TO BE. AND BY THE WAY, ONE OF THOSE CANDIDATES I SUPPORTED IS AMY McGRATH WHO IS TAKING ON MITCH McCONNELL RIGHT NOW. IN KENTUCKY. >>WANT TO GO TO SOME OF THE MEMBER QUESTIONS CONGRESSMAN, SO FIRST WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LIFE ONE RIGHT HERE. GO AHEAD. >>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS CHRISTINA CON AND I WORK WITH FAMILIES WHO HAVE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT ANY OF THEM FACE IS FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND I DON’T THINK THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS GETTING ENOUGH ATTENTION. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PLAN TO ENSURE THAT ALL FAMILIES HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING? >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR QUESTION. I HAVE A NINE-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER. I ALSO HAVE AN UNCLE WHO WAS BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME. AND WHEN MY UNCLE CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL, THE DOCTORS TOLD MY GRANDPARENTS THAT HE SHOULD GO STRAIGHT TO AN INSTITUTION. AND THEY REFUSED. THEY TOOK CARE OF HIM, MY MOTHER AND HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS TOOK CARE OF UNCLE ANDY. AND WHEN HE DIED A FEW YEARS AGO, 300 PEOPLE CAME TO HIS FUNERAL. THAT IS THE IMPACT THAT HE HAD ON THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO I THINK THAT YOUR DAUGHTER >>I WORK WITH FAMILIES. >>I THINK THOSE KIDS ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT FUTURE. AND WE DO NEED TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT THEM. AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS, YOU ARE RIGHT, AN ISSUE WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ENOUGH AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED TO GET RID OF RESTRICTIVE ZONING LAWS THAT WERE ACTUALLY FOUNDED WITH RACIST INTENTIONS IN THE 1920S. IT MAKES SURE THAT COMMUNITIES CAN DEVELOP MORE DENSE HOUSING, THAT YOU CAN LIVE CLOSE TO WHERE YOU WORK AND THAT THE SEGREGATED COMMUNITIES THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF ZONING LAWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECOME INTEGRATED COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. THE SECOND THING WE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION. I LIVE IN BOSTON. OR RATHER I LIVE OUTSIDE OF BOSTON I SHOULD SAY BUT BOSTON HAS A MAJOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROBLEM. AND THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH LAND IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON TO BUILD A LOT MORE HOUSING. BUT THERE ARE GREAT HOUSING AREAS IN CITIES LIKE LYNN WHICH I REPRESENT AND IT’S ONLY A 20 MINUTE TRAIN RIDE FROM BOSTON THE PROBLEM IS THERE IS ONLY ONE TRAIN EVERY HOUR. SO WE NEED TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION SO PEOPLE CAN ACCESS THE JOBS THAT THEY WANT TO HAVE AND THE HOUSING THAT THEY CAN AFFORD. I WAS ASKED TO SPEAK OUT IN SAN FRANCISCO NOT TOO LONG AGO AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I AM ONE OF THE ONLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH A DEGREE IN SCIENCE. I THINK THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF MORE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BELIEVED IN SCIENCE. I’M ALSO ONE OF THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SO I FIGURED THESE FOLKS IN SAN FRANCISCO WHICH IS ACTUALLY A TECH TROUPE, WANTED ME TO TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY. SO I ASKED THEM WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT, SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION, THE NEXT PHASE OF INNOVATION, HOW WE ARE PROTECTING INNOVATION FROM BEING STOLEN BY CHINA? THEY SAID NO, WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. BECAUSE THAT IS THE CRISIS IN SAN FRANCISCO TODAY. SO THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP AND THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND THANKS FOR HOLDING US ACCOUNTABLE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO HAVE A PLAN. >>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>SO CONGRESSMAN I AM GOING TO SPARE YOU THE DIFFICULT TASK OF EXPLAINING WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE RED SOX THIS YEAR. AND WE ARE GOING TO >>I LOVE GIVING EVERYONE ELSE A CHANCE ONCE IN A WHILE. >>WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM A MEMBER AND THIS WENT ON VIDEO RIGHT THERE. >>MY NAME IS JOHN HARRIS AND I’M A POLICE OFFICER — OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, HAVE PUT THEIR OWN LIVES AND WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. MANY OF THESE TRAGIC EVENTS WERE PROTECTING — AND MENTAL HEALTH RELATED INJURIES. IN CONNECTICUT WE WORK THROUGH OUR UNION TO PASS A HISTORIC LAW THAT PROVIDES ONE YEAR OF WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION FOR THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD. SOME ARE NOW DESCRIBING THE LAW AS A POTENTIAL — MY QUESTION IS WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS PRESIDENT TO ENSURE THAT ALL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO HELP END THE STIGMA WHICH PREVENTS SO MANY FROM SEEKING THE CARE THEY NEED?>>THAT IS A VERY PERSONAL QUESTION FOR ME. IT IS SOMETHING I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT AND THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO END THE STIGMA TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IN AMERICA GETS THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. I DECIDED A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT IF I AM APPLYING FOR THE TOP LEADERSHIP POSITION IN THE COUNTRY I SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE. SO AS MUCH AS I’VE BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN CONGRESS ESPECIALLY FOR VETERANS DEALING WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS AS MANY OF MY FRIENDS HAVE I DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT PERSONALLY. SO I DECIDED TO TELL MY OWN STORY. OF DEALING WITH IN SURMOUNTING — AND SURMOUNTING THE CHALLENGE OF POST DRAMATIC STRESS WHEN I CAME BACK FROM IRAQ. IN DOING SO I DIDN’T REALIZE THIS BUT I APPARENTLY BECAME THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN AMERICAN HISTORY TO TELL HIS OR HER OWN STORY ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. AND SINCE THEN, FRANKLY THE REASON WHY I HADN’T SHARED IT BEFORE WAS BECAUSE I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES. BUT SINCE SHARING THAT STORY I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY VETERANS HAVE COME UP TO ME, HOW MANY NONVETERANS, A GUY WHOSE DAUGHTER DIED IN A CAR CRASH NOT TOO LONG AGO SAID THAT BECAUSE OF HEARING YOU TELL YOUR STORY I AM GOING TO THERAPY FOR THE FIRST TIME. VIETNAM VETERANS WHO SAY I HAVEN’T TOLD THE STORIES FOR 50 YEARS BUT NOT TALKING ABOUT IT AND GETTING HELP. I HAVE THE MOST AMBITIOUS MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL OF ANY CANDIDATE IN THE RACE. IT WILL DO THREE THINGS. FIRST IT WILL USE VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS AS AN EXAMPLE AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY GETS ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS WHETHER THEY ARE SICK OR NOT JUST LIKE YOU GET AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL. THAT WILL SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. SECOND I WILL EXTEND THAT TO EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA. THERE ARE SO MANY HIGH SCHOOLERS RIGHT NOW WHO ARE DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE, BECAUSE OF THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND I WANT TO MAKE IT TOTALLY ROUTINE, JUST LIKE YOU GO TO GET A PHYSICAL, JUST LIKE YOU GO TO GET YOUR TEETH CLEANED, YOU SHOULD GET AN ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN ISSUE THEY WILL JUST TALK TO YOU ABOUT HOW TO BE MENTALLY STRONGER LIKE HOW TO PRACTICE MEDITATION WHICH I DID FOR 10 MINUTES THIS MORNING BEFORE I CAME HERE. BECAUSE THAT MAKES YOU STRONGER. AND THIRD I WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONWIDE 511 HOTLINE SO THAT EVERYBODY IN AMERICA KNOWS YOU CAN DIAL THAT LINE AND GET IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT 48 HOURS OR THREE MONTHS LIKE MY MARINE BUDDY THAT I DESCRIBED EARLIER. SO THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE MENTAL HEALTH CARE ROUTINE AND TO END THE STIGMA IN AMERICA. AND I’VE BEEN PROUD TO SHARE MY OWN STORY TO LEAD THIS FIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] >>CONGRESSMAN THANK YOU AND IT’S TIME FOR YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT. >>THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME HERE TONIGHT. TODAY. THIS PAST WEEK IN THE DEBATE YOU SAW AN AWFUL LOT OF CANDIDATES GET UP AND TEAR EACH OTHER APART AND TEAR DOWN THE OBAMA LEGACY TO TRY TO HAVE A VIRAL MOMENT TO QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT BAIT. THAT IS NOT THE CAMPAIGN THAT I AM RUNNING. I AM RUNNING A CAMPAIGN BASED ON THE GROUND, LISTENING TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU. BECAUSE YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ULTIMATELY SHOULD DECIDE WHO OUR NOMINEE IS AND WHO THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS. AND I BELIEVE YOU SET A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR HOW WE ARE GOING TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER, NOT ONLY TO WIN THIS ELECTION BUT TO ACCOMPLISH OUR VISION IN 2021. BECAUSE AMERICA HAS ALWAYS MET ITS GREATEST CHALLENGES TO SERVICE. THAT IS HOW WE PULLED OURSELVES OUT OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WON WORLD WILL TOO. — WORLD WAR II. FROM AMERICANS STEPPING UP TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AND THAT IS WHAT YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY, SO I’M SO PROUD TO STAND WITH YOU IN THIS FIGHT. WE CAN RECLAIM PATRIOTISM, WE CAN TAKE PATRIOTISM BACK FROM A PRESIDENT THAT THINKS HUGGING THE FLAG IS WHAT IT’S ABOUT WHEN FIGHTING FOR PATRIOTISM MEANS STANDING UP FOR OUR VALUES EVERY SINGLE DAY. I BELIEVE IN AMERICA, I BELIEVE IN AMERICA AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO BELIEVE IN AMERICA SO THAT EVERYBODY WILL BE A PART OF STANDING UP AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY, WINNING THIS ELECTION AND ACCOMPLISHING THE DEMOCRATIC VISION FOR THE FUTURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THREE DOWN 16 TO GO I THINK. NEXT UP IS — >>CONTINUE JOHN. >>YOU CAN EXIT TALK A LITTLE BIT. >>THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME TODAY, I COME FROM A STATE WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP, LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES HE WILL BE HARD TO BEAT. YET IN THOSE DEBATES IT SOUNDS LIKE FOLKS ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT SCORING POINTS ARE OUT DOING ONE ANOTHER WITH WISHLIST ECONOMICS, THEN MAKING SURE THAT AMERICANS KNOW WE HEAR THEIR VOICES AND WILL HELP THEIR LIVES. TALK IS TALK. I’M A FORMER UNION SIDE LABOR LAWYER. I AM A PRO-CHOICE PRO-UNION POPULACE DEMOCRAT, THAT ONE THREE ELECTIONS IN A RED STATE, NOT BY COMPROMISING VALUES BUT BY GETTING STUFF DONE. THAT IS HOW WE WIN BACK THE PLACES WE LOST. SHOWING UP, LISTENING, FOCUSING ON THE CHALLENGES OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS, FOR THAT FARMER GETTING HIT BY TRUMPS TRADE WARS OR THAT AFSCME WORKER WORKING A SECOND JOB TO AFFORD HER INSULIN , THEY CAN’T WAIT FOR REVOLUTION. PROBLEMS ARE IN THE HERE AND NOW. I’M A PROGRESSIVE, EMPHASIS ON PROGRESS, RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO ACTUALLY GET STUFF DONE FOR ALL THOSE FOLKS THAT WASHINGTON IS LEFT BEHIND. IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] >>SO GOVERNOR WE ARE GOING TO START OFF, EVERY ONE OF THESE CONVERSATIONS BY TALKING ABOUT COLLECTIVE-BARGAINING WHICH IS A BIG ISSUE FOR EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. SOME PEOPLE THINK IT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE STATES, NEVADA JUST DID IT AS YOU KNOW, SHOULD THERE BE A FEDERAL MANDATE EMMA SHOULD CONGRESS PASS A FEDERAL BILL ON COLLECTIVE-BARGAINING. >>AS I NOTED, A FORMER UNION SIDE LABOR LAWYER, I REPRESENTED TEACHERS AND TEAMSTERS AND THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN FOR BETTER WAGES AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS I THINK IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE COUNTRY. AS YOU KNOW, NEVADA JUST PASSED IT. IMAGINE TAKING THAT LAW, AND MONTANA IS ONE OF THE FEW STATES THROUGHOUT THE WEST WHERE WE ARE NOT RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS. WHY? BECAUSE I’VE STOPPED EVERY SINGLE ATTEMPT FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. [ APPLAUSE ] AND UNION MEMBERSHIPS HAVE WHAT IT WAS IN THE 1980S BECAUSE THERE’S BEEN A COLLECTIVE ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE AND COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN, I THINK THERE SHOULD BE GREATER PROTECTIONS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL BUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING OVER THE LAST FOUR DECADES, ESSENTIALLY IS MORE CORRUPTING MONEY GETS INTO OUR SYSTEM, IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, TWICE AS MANY NOW AS UNION MEMBERS AND WHY? BECAUSE WASHINGTON DC HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THAT OUTSIDE MONEY AND IT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO BUILD UP WHAT WE CAN DO IN THE UNION MOVEMENT, BUT IT’S BEEN ATTACKED. >>SO THAT’S A YES. >>THAT WOULD BE AN EMPHATIC YES. BUT IT’S MORE THAN THAT, TOO. THINGS LIKE SECTORAL BARGAINING, FIGURING OUT WAYS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO ORGANIZE AND COLLECTIVELY BARGAINING, NOT MAKE IT A LOT HARDER. >>SO AFSCME REPRESENT ABOUT 85,000 CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, MONTANA CURRENTLY HAS FOR-PROFIT PRISONS IN THE STATE, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON FOR-PROFIT PRISONS? >>LOOK IT IS ONE OF THESE WHERE, AND I STARTED MY FIRST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS WHEN I GOT ELECTED GOVERNOR I SAID MY NAME IS STEVE AND I WORK FOR THE STATE. LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS, GETTING UP EACH DAY AS PUBLIC SERVANTS. AND THERE IS A CONTINUING EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC SERVICES. AND WE KNOW THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY THOSE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES CAN SERVE BETTER BECAUSE IT IS ALSO NOT ABOUT A PROFIT MODE AT THE END. I THINK THAT THE MOVE IN MONTANA AND OTHER STATES TO PRIVATIZE PRISONS, TO TRY TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF LOCKING FOLKS UP, IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT STARTED LONG BEFORE I GOT INTO OFFICE AND IN AN IDEAL WORLD ALL THESE ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES THAT PEOPLE RELY ON WOULD BE PROVIDED BY PUBLIC SERVANTS NOT CORPORATIONS MOST CONCERNED ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE. >>SO DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD BE BANNED? >>SHOULD PRIVATE PRISONS BE BANNED? I WOULD LOVE TO SEE EVERY INDIVIDUAL STATE AND AS A GOVERNOR I THINK THERE’S A DIFFERENCE, I THINK THAT WASHINGTON LIKES TO TALK ABOUT THINGS BUT AS A GOVERNOR YOU GOT TO ACTUALLY GET STUFF DONE. I DON’T KNOW THAT YOU COULD BANDED IN EVERY STATE BECAUSE A GOVERNOR HAS TO COMPETE WITH REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURES, MAKING SURE THAT YOU ARE HAVING FOLKS THEY CAN GET STUFF DONE TO SAFELY HOUSE PEOPLE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A WORLD WHERE THERE ARE NO PRIVATE PRISONS IN OUR STATES ARE ON THE BORDER FOR SURE. AND IF WE COULD GET THAT THROUGH IT WOULD MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. >>SAW 2018 YOU EXTENDED THE CONTRACT FOR A PRIVATE FOR- PROFIT PRISON, CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU DID THAT? >>AND ANOTHER THING THAT I THINK THAT SOME OF THE RALLIES ALONG THE WAY, I WORK WITH A LEGISLATURE THAT IS 60% REPUBLICAN. I HAVE TO ACTUALLY GET THINGS DONE. AND THAT PRIVATE PRISON WAS GOING TO BE THERE WITH OR WITHOUT ME SO WHAT I DID WAS SAY ALL RIGHT, WE WILL ONLY EXTEND IT FOR ONE YEAR, A YEAR AND A HALF, AND I EXPECT MORE THINGS OUT OF THE PRISON. LET THE NEXT GOVERNOR DEAL WITH ACTUALLY KICKING IT OUT BUT THERE’S NO WAY, I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TERMINATE.>>AND A LOT OF REPUBLICANS SAID YOU WERE CRAZY AND KIND OF A CRAZY CRAZY LIBERAL FOR MAKING IT SHORTER. >>ALL RIGHT, LET’S TALK ABOUT SOMETHING YOU SAID IN YOUR OPENING STATEMENT. AND THAT IS THAT YOU’VE ESSENTIALLY SAID MANY OF THE OTHER FOLKS RUNNING IN THIS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ARE PRACTICING WHAT YOU CALLED WISHLIST ECONOMICS. DO YOU MEAN THEY ARE SAYING WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR, THAT THEY CAN’T GET THIS STUFF PASSED OR THEY ARE JUST SAYING WHAT A BUNCH OF AFSCME MEMBERS WANT TO HEAR? >>I THINK ALL OF THE ABOVE IN SOME RESPECTS. I THINK WASHINGTON DC HAS BECOME A PLACE WERE TALKING ABOUT THINGS IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR DOING THINGS, WHERE PLANS ARE WRITTEN FOR PRESS RELEASES WITHOUT ACTUALLY RECOGNIZING HOW YOU COULD EVER GET THIS DONE. FOR ME IT’S ALSO A POLICY DIFFERENCE. WHAT I TRY TO DO IS FIND WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE BEST POLICY AND THEN FIGHT LIKE TO GET IT DONE. AND IT’S INTERESTING AS WE GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION, THE DIFFERENCES IN HEALTHCARE. NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN THE LAST SIX WEEKS DONALD TRUMP WAS IN FEDERAL COURT TRYING TO RIP HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM EVERYONE. NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT OBAMA CARE WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STEP WE PROBABLY TOOK SINCE MEDICARE. SO BUILD ON THIS, MAKE SURE WE CAN TAKE STEPS AND LET’S NOT, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I’M ONLY ONE GUY, BUT LET’S NOT TURN AROUND AND SAY OKAY WE ARE GOING TO COMPLETELY JUNK THE WHOLE SYSTEM, INCREASE TAXES ON EVERYONE, LET’S ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE THAT ARE IMPACTING FOLKS HERE AND NOW, NOT SAYING ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO START ALL OVER ON EVERYTHING OR WE’RE GOING TO MAKE PLANS THAT I DO THINK ARE OFTEN JUST FOR PRESS RELEASES. >>WHAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED IN OBAMA CARE IF YOU WANT TO KEEP IT ? >>ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY, WE GOT 25 MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE ZERO COVERAGE RIGHT NOW. I THINK OUR LEGISLATURE IS ABOUT TWO THIRDS REPUBLICAN WHEN WE EXTENDED MEDICAID. WE GOT 18 STATES THAT HAVEN’T EXPANDED MEDICAID. IN PART BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH DEMOCRATS IN THOSE STATES THAT WOULD COVER ABOUT 50 MILLION FOLKS, 12 MILLION, THE OTHER 12 MEN THAT DON’T HAVE SUBSIDIES ON THE EXCHANGE ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED. WHAT I WOULD DO IS WE OUGHT TO ALL AGREE THAT HEALTHCARE SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE. I WOULD START WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION. MAKING SURE YOU COULD BUY IN AND THAT ADDS COMPETITION. BUT WE PAY MORE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAN ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. AND THE BIGGEST PURCHASER OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN NEGOTIATE PRICES. I WOULD NEGOTIATE PRICES DOWN. SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING, OUT- OF-NETWORK CHARGES, THESE ARE THINGS YOU COULD DO TO BUILD ON THIS BUT I DON’T THINK THE BEST WAY TO GO FORWARD TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE HEALTH INSURANCE IS TO DISRUPT ABOUT 165 MILLION PEOPLE THROUGHOUT ALL EMPLOYER SPONSORED INSURANCE AND START OVER. >>ALL RIGHT, I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM SOME MEMBERS AND THEY WANT TO TALK TO YOU SO LET’S START WITH THE FIRST MEMBER QUESTION. >>HI MY NAME IS — AND I WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. YOU PRETTY MUCH ANSWERED THE QUESTION BECAUSE MY QUESTION WAS ABOUT HEALTHCARE. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO MAKE QUALITY HEALTHCARE A RIGHT AND EQUALLY AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. >>YEAH, USE THE SAME WORDS YOU USED BEFORE. >>I CAN’T REPEAT THE SAME THING I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH AT TALKING POINTS. LIKE LITERALLY WHEN YOU MEET FOLKS THAT ARE SAYING THEY HAVE TO TAKE A SECOND JOB TO PAY FOR INSULIN, THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN THE VA FINALLY GOT A CREATE ITS OWN FORMULARY MEANING THEY GOT TO NEGOTIATE DRUG PRICES, SAVE $650 MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR. THE FIGHT OF MY CAREER HAS ALSO BEEN ON CORRUPTING INFLUENCE AND MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS, RIGHT? BEFORE CITIZENS UNITED ABOUT 2% OF ALL SPENDING WAS BY GROUPS THAT DON’T DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS, NOW IT’S OVER HALF. YOU SEE THE RULES BEING WRITTEN FOR WHO MAKES THE MOST MONEY. WHEN LINDSEY GRAHAM LITERALLY SAYS WE HAVE TO GET THIS TAX CUT THROUGH TO MAKE OUR DONORS HAPPY WHEN 44% OF AMERICANS WOULDN’T HAVE 400 BUCKS IN THEIR POCKET, THIS SYSTEM IS RIGGED. WHY CAN’T WE NEGOTIATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES? BECAUSE OF THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY IN OUR SYSTEM. SO THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD DIVERSIFY. BUT WE DO HAVE TO LOOK AT WAYS TO MAKE SURE, WE ARE THE ONLY INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE HEALTHCARE IS A PRIVILEGE. AND WE CAN BUILD OFF OF WHERE WE ARE. WITH COMPETITION. A PUBLIC OPTION. WITH WHEN I GOT MEDICAID EXPANSION THROUGH, WE WENT FROM 20% UNINSURED TO 7% IN MONTANA TODAY. WITH SAYING WHERE ALL THE REAL CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE FACE AND IT IS OFTEN THE ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO START ALL OVER TO GET THERE. AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE PROMISES THAT I THINK ARE PRETTY DARN HARD TO KEEP. REMEMBER WHEN BARACK OBAMA FINALLY GOT THIS THROUGH AND HE SAID IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT. WELL, WHEN THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN FOR SOME FOLKS YOU WOULD THINK THE WORLD COMPLETELY FELL APART. SO LET’S ACTUALLY CELEBRATE THE GAINS WE’VE MADE AND LET’S BUILD ON THAT. AND LET’S MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS HEALTHCARE BECAUSE IT IS SO DARN IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY AND IT’S PERSONAL TO PEOPLE. WE ALL HAVE OUR PERSONAL STORIES, I HAVE A 12-YEAR-OLD SON WHO HAD A HEART ATTACK WITHIN 24 HOURS OF BEING BORN. HE SPENT HIS WHOLE FIRST MONTH AT PRIMARY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? BECAUSE I HAD QUALITY INSURANCE, MY 12-YEAR-OLD SON IS NOW MAKING ME EXHAUSTED. SO I DON’T WANT TO BEGIN WITH ANY PREMISE OF IF PEOPLE HAVE QUALITY INSURANCE OR HEALTHCARE, TAKE IT AWAY AND START ALL OVER. LET’S ACTUALLY BUILD ON WHAT WE HAVE. THANKS FOR THE QUESTION. [ APPLAUSE ] >>ALL RIGHT, GOV. WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FROM A MEMBER AND THIS ONE IS ON VIDEO. >>HI, MY NAME IS JAY MUNROE AND I’M AN ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES ON THE COMBAT OF THE — WHAT WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WORKERS LIKE ME HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO FIGHT THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE TODAY AND WHAT WILL YOU DO TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE FROM GETTING WORSE? >>TAKES FOR THE QUESTION JAY, JADE? FROM WASHINGTON STATE. BECAUSE WE IN THE WEST KNOW IT, OUR FIRE SEASONS ARE 78 DAYS LONGER THAN THEY WERE 40 YEARS AGO. RIGHT? THIS IS ONE WHERE WE NEED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE AND DURABLE STEPS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE. AND FROM MY PERSPECTIVE STEPS THAT, SCIENTISTS SAY WE’VE GOT TO BE CARBON NEUTRAL NET 0 X 20 50. I THINK WE CAN DO IT BY 2040 OR BEFORE. RE-JOINING THE PARIS ACCORDS BECAUSE WE CAN’T DO THIS ALONE. [ APPLAUSE ] NOT EVEN THE AUTO INDUSTRY WANTED TO GET RID OF THE FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS RIGHT? WE CAN TAKE STEPS THERE. INVEST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IN TECHNOLOGY BUT THERE ARE TWO THINGS I THINK THAT REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS AT LEAST AREN’T TALKING ABOUT. ONE, THE FIRST GEORGE HW BUSH, THE FIRST ONE, HE SAID WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT WE WILL ADJUST THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AFFECT MEANING REPUBLICANS WERE SAYING LEAD FROM THE TOP IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE, REPUBLICANS CAN NO LONGER EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL BECAUSE THE COKE OTHERS IN THE OIL COMPANIES AND EVERYTHING ELSE. SO WE’VE GOT TO LIMIT THEIR INFLUENCE. SECOND, LIKE IN MONTANA WE DOUBLED OUR WIND AND QUADRUPLED OUR SOLAR, AS WE TRANSITION TO THIS CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY, WE’VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE FOLKS WHO SPENT THEIR WHOLE LIFE POWERING THIS COUNTRY. FAR TOO OFTEN, DEMOCRATS SOUND LIKE THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. AS WE MAKE THIS TRANSITION, WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT LEAVING COMMUNITIES BEHIND WITH WORKER TRAINING, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BETTER LIVES, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS. WE CANNOT WAIT ANOTHER 30 OR 40 YEARS, WE CAN TAKE ACTION, WE NEED TO MAKE IT IN A WAY THAT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FUTURE NOT JUST A PROBLEM. MAC THINK YOU GOV. IT IS NOW TIME FOR YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT. >>THAT QUICKLY? DANG. THANKS AGAIN FOR HAVING ME. LOOK, I BELIEVE IN AN AMERICA WHERE EVERYBODY HAS A FAIR SHOT. BUT WE’VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT SHOT NO LONGER EXISTS. FOR FAR TOO MANY COMMUNITIES, THAT SHOT NEVER HAPPENS. SO I AM RUNNING TO BOTH MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN EAT DONALD TRUMP AND GET THIS ECONOMY AND THIS DEMOCRACY WORKING FOR ALL OF US, I’LL GO TO THOSE PLACES WHERE TRUMP ONE. AND I’M THE ONLY ONE IN THIS BUILDING THAT ACTUALLY WON A TRUMP STATE, WE GOT TO BOTH BRING OUT OUR BASE AND WIN BACK SOME OF THE PLACES WE LOST. I’LL GO TO THOSE PLACES AND REMIND THEM OF HIS EMPTY PROMISES, PLACES LIKE WHERE WE WERE IN MICHIGAN WHERE HE SAID HE WOULD HAVE YOUR BACK. WHOEVER CLEANS UP THIS PLACE TONIGHT WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES THAN 60 FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES BECAUSE INSTEAD OF HAVING THEIR BACK HE GAVE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS. I WILL GO TO THOSE PLACES THROUGHOUT MICHIGAN TO MONTANA TO IOWA AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT FARMERS HE SAID YOU WOULD BE DOING BETTER. AND INSTEAD HIS TWITTER TRUMP TRADE WARS AND TARIFFS ARE MAKING LIFE THAT MUCH HARDER FOR FOLKS. FOR PLACES LIKE WISCONSIN, PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE HE LOST, WHERE WE LOST, WHERE HE PROMISED THEM BETTER HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? HE SPENT THE LAST 2 1/2 YEARS TRYING TO RIP HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND THE REST OF THE FOLKS IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGH ELECTION, WE’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP AND WIN BACK THE PLACES WE LOST IT ALSO GIVE PEOPLE A REASON TO VOTE FOR US NOT AGAINST HIM. TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE BOTH THE ECONOMY AND POLITICAL SYSTEM WORK BETTER FOR YOU BECAUSE WE ARE ALL EQUAL. AT LEAST ONE DAY EVERY TWO YEARS AND THAT’S ON ELECTION DAY. AS AFSCME MEMBERS AND EVERYONE ELSE, YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE AND IT IS STRONGER THAN ANY CORPORATION IN THE COUNTRY. SO I ASK YOU TO EXERCISE THAT BOAT AND I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO GET STUFF DONE, FOR ALL OF US AMERICANS, THAT WASHINGTON LEFT BEHIND I SO APPRECIATE YOU HAVING ME TODAY. >>THANKS FOR COMING. MAC ALRIGHT FOLKS, — >>>ALRIGHT FOLKS OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS CORY BOOKER. >>IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. JON IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU, YOU’RE STILL NOT SAVING YOUR HEADER? >>YOU KEEP ADVISING ME TO DO THAT. >>HEY EVERYBODY I GOT A MINUTE AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICIES AND IDEAS BUT CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT FIRST AND FOREMOST TO DO TWO THINGS? ONE THING IS TO THANK AFSCME, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ABOUT, THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS GREATER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER. AND WE MUST BE ABOUT ORGANIZING WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE SECOND POINT, THIS IS A TEST WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW, IT’S NOT A TEST ABOUT WHAT WE ARE AGAINST, IT’S A TEST ABOUT WHAT WE ARE FOR. IT IS NOT ABOUT WHO HE IS, THE REFERENDUM IN THIS ELECTION, THE ONE THAT’S GOING TO DETERMINE WHETHER WE WIN OR LOSE, IS THE REFERENDUM ON WHO WE ARE. WHO WE ARE FOR EACH OTHER, WHO WE ARE TO EACH OTHER, HOW MUCH CAN WE STAND TOGETHER AND LET FOLKS KNOW THAT IN A DEMOCRACY THIS IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT. AND FOLKS SITTING ON THE SIDELINE, WE KNOW FROM PAST ELECTIONS, WILL TURN OUT AND THAT’S THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE. SO I TELL FOLKS ALL THE TIME THIS IS A MORAL MOMENT, ARE WE GOING TO BE A NATION TORN DOWN BY HATE OR ARE WE GOING TO BE A NATION THAT IS GOING TO BRING THE LIGHT AND THE HEAT AND THE LOVE AND FOCUS ON EACH OTHER AND THE VALUES AND THE ISSUES THAT HAVE HELPED THE NATION OVERCOME DEMAGOGUES AND HATEMONGERS AND FEAR MONGERS FOR SO LONG FOR SO MANY GENERATIONS? THIS IS THE TIME THAT WE THE PEOPLE, THE ORGANIZERS, HAVE TO FIGHT TO PUT MORE INDIVISIBLE BACK INTO THIS ONE NATION UNDER GOD. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU. >>WE WANT TO START SEN. WITH HOW WE ARE GOING TO START WITH ALL THE CANDIDATES AND THAT IS TO TALK ABOUT THIS BIG AFSCME VICTORY IN NEVADA, THEY GOT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES PAST. THERE IS TALK THAT THIS SHOULD BE A FEDERAL MANDATE AND THERE IS A BILL THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT, PUBLIC SERVICE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT, WHY IS THAT A GOOD IDEA? >>SO FIRST OF ALL I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE BILL, I’M A COSPONSOR OF THE BILL. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? LIKE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE DESCENDENTS OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS AND EASTERN EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS AND FOR ME, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, I WOULD NOT BE SITTING HERE IN THIS SEAT IF IT WASN’T FOR THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE. THE GRANDFATHER WAS A UAW WORKER AND ACTUALLY WAS SECRETARY FOR THAT UNION, HIS ORGANIZING HELPED MY FAMILY BREAK OUT OF POVERTY AND GET BETTER BENEFITS AND GET INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS. MY GRANDMOTHER COMES FROM BUXTON IOWA, THAT’S WHERE HER FAMILY COMES FROM, IF IT WASN’T FOR THOSE FOLKS BEING ABLE TO ORGANIZE AND FIGHT FOR BETTER WAGES I WOULDN’T BE HERE RIGHT NOW. AND THIS IS THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IN AMERICA, A LOT OF FOLKS WHO CAME UP A LADDER WHEN IT HAD ALL THE RUNGS THERE AND ALL THE SUPPORTS, SUDDENLY WANT TO PULL THAT LADDER UP AND BEGIN TO ERODE THE VERY IDEALS OF OUR NATION. CORPORATE POWER IS GROWING IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVE SEEN IN STATES, HALF OF OUR STATES, SO MANY REPUBLICANS TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THE COLLECTIVE — THE COLLECTIVE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE. THIS IS A SACRED IDEAL IN OUR COUNTRY THAT IS UNDER ASSAULT. IF I AM PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I WILL MAKE SURE THAT WORKERS ARE EMPOWERED, THAT THE JANUS DECISION FROM THE SUPREME COURT, THAT WE FIGHT AND OVERCOME IT. THERE IS AN ASSAULT ON UNIONS BUT IT WILL STOP AND UNION POWER UNDER MY LEADERSHIP WILL EXPAND. >>SO AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK YOU SUPPORTED CHARTER SCHOOLS AND NOW WE HAVE TEACHERS IN STATES LIKE WEST VIRGINIA FIGHTING CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANSION AS THEY ARE AFRAID THEY WILL TAKE MONEY AND RESOURCES AWAY FROM UNDERFUNDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER WHO MIGHT BE LEERY OF VOTING FOR YOU BECAUSE OF SOME OF WHAT YOU STOOD FOR IN NEW YORK. >>FIRST OF ALL IS A GUY WHO GOT IN FORCED — GOT ENDORSED BY MY TEACHERS UNION TWICE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE IN THIS NATION ARE SEEING AN ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT IS ON ACCEPTABLE. I FLEW OUT OF DETROIT LAST NIGHT, IN MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS HAVE WRITTEN CHARTER SCHOOL LAWS IN A WAY THAT I WOULD OPPOSE DRAMATICALLY BECAUSE THEY ARE DESIGNED IN A WAY THAT HAS NO ACCOUNTABILITY, ALLOWING CHARTERS NOT TO OPERATE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS DISTRICT SCHOOLS IT REALLY IS AN ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION AS WE KNOW IT. I AM THE ONLY PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES AND AT THAT LIVES IN A LOW INCOME INNER-CITY COMMUNITY, THE MEDIAN INCOME IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE I’VE LIVED FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS IS ABOUT $14,000 PER HOUSEHOLD. I LIVED IN SOME HIGH-RISE PROJECTS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. AND YOU HAD PEOPLE THERE THAT WERE DESPERATE FOR A GOOD EDUCATION, OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS UNDER STATE TAKE OVER AND WE JUST SAID TIMEOUT, WE HAD TO HAVE A GREAT EDUCATION FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR CHILDREN SO WHEN I BECAME MAYOR I HAD NO FORMAL AUTHORITY OVER THE SCHOOLS BUT I TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROBLEM AND FOUGHT FOR MY KIDS. I SHUT DOWN BAD CHARTER SCHOOLS WHO WEREN’T SUPPORTING MY KIDS AND I EXPANDED EVERY SCHOOL THAT WAS FROM MAGNET SCHOOLS TO YOU NAME IT. NEWARK NEW JERSEY IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN ALL OF AMERICA FOR BEATING THE ODDS SCHOOLS, HIGH POVERTY TO HIGH- PERFORMANCE. IF YOU ARE A BLANKET IN NEWARK WHICH IS THE MAJORITY OF OUR KIDS, YOUR CHANCE TO GO TO A SCHOOL THAT MEETS THE WEALTHY SUBURBS HAS GONE UP HUNDRED PERCENT. I JUST BELIEVE THAT THE GREATEST NATURAL RESOURCE THAT ANY NATION HAS, IS NOT OIL GAS OR COAL IT IS THE GENIUS OF OUR ALDRIN. AND THE SAME WAY THAT I FOUGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE KID IN NEWARK, AS IF THEY WERE MY OWN, I WILL FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE KID IN AMERICA TO HAVE A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL AND LET ME TELL YOU HOW WE STARTED, WHEN I TOOK OVER THE FIRST THING WE DID, THE MONEY THAT WE SPENT AND I RAISED EVEN PRIVATELY, THE BIGGEST AMOUNT OF THAT MONEY DO YOU KNOW WHERE IT WENT? RAISING TEACHER SALARY. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE A NATION THAT DOES NOT DRIVE TEACHERS INTO POVERTY WAGES BUT ELEVATES THAT PROFESSION TO WHERE IT SHOULD BE. IF I AM PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IT’S THE FIRST THING I’M GOING TO DO. IF — WORKERS PAY A SMALLER PERCENT OF THEIR SALARY IN TAXES THAN ARE TEACHERS AND WE HAVE PERVERTED THE VALUES OF OUR NATION. I WILL MAKE SURE >>SO YOU SEE A ROLE FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS BUT THEY HAVE TO OPERATE >>I DO NOT SEE A ROLE WHERE YOU HAVE THESE REPUBLICAN SCHEMES TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION, TO KILL THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CHARTERS RIGHT NOW ARE ONLY 3% OF THE NATION’S SCHOOLS BUT THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND I PLAN ON BEING THAT PERSON, MUST FOCUS ON EMPOWERING PUBLIC EDUCATION TO VERY COMMONSENSE THINGS, RAISING TEACHER SALARY, FULLY FUNDING SPECIAL EDUCATION IN AMERICA BECAUSE THAT IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT LOW INCOME AREAS, MY FOCUS IN MY PRIORITIES WILL BE PUBLIC EDUCATION, STOPPING THE REPUBLICAN SCHEME TO ATTACK EDUCATION, ELEVATING THE TEACHER PROFESSION AND DEALING WITH WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION WAS CREATED. WHETHER IT IS STOPPING THE PUBLIC EDUCATION PRISON PIPELINE, WHETHER IT IS HELPING LGBT KIDS, WE HAVE A LOT TO DO TO MAKE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WORK FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THAT IS MY FOCUS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >>SEN. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND I KNOW YOU MUST FEEL SYMPATHY FOR A LOT OF PARENTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM AND SEE CHARTERS AS A WAY TO GIVE THEIR KIDS A BETTER EDUCATION. >>PLEASE DON’T GET WRONG. IF ANYBODY WANTS TO COME AFTER SCHOOLS IN MY CITY THAT ARE SERVING LOW INCOME INNER-CITY CHILDREN THEY HAVE TO COME TO ME. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SCHOOLS THAT ARE WORKING, WE HAVE A ONE IN COMMON ENROLLMENT SYSTEM, WE’VE INVITED COLLEGES IN TO RUN SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS, NOT ONLY ON THE CHARTER BUT ON THE DISTRICT SYSTEM, I JUST GOT A TEXT FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT TELLING ME THAT WE BEEN CRATED THIS INCREDIBLE NETWORK OF HIGH- PERFORMING SCHOOLS, WE’VE SET A MODEL IN MANY WAYS FOR HOW THIS SHOULD WORK SO I AM NOT SAYING TO YOU TO THE INNER-CITY KIDS, I KNOW HERE IN LAS VEGAS SOME PEOPLE LOVE THEIR SCHOOLS THAT ARE SERVING THE GENIUS OF THEIR CHILDREN. WHAT I’M SAYING IS WE NEED TO BE A COUNTRY COMMITTED, THAT PARENTS ARE NOT PUT IN THE ANGUISHED POSITION WHERE THEY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL. EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD SHOULD HAVE A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL TO SERVE THE GENIUS OF THE CHILDREN AND AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I HAVE THE PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS. IT IS THE SAME WAY I’VE FOUGHT FOR THE KIDS THAT ARE TOO OFTEN LEFT OUT OF THE EQUATION AND WE SEE THIS IN RURAL AMERICA TO URBAN AMERICA, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND AS A GUY WHO IS ONE OF THE FUELS — THE FEW PEOPLE IN THIS RACE WHO’S DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, WE KNOW HOW TO GET THIS DONE AND WE NEED TO FIRST AND FOREMOST HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT IS FOCUSED ON PUBLIC EDUCATION. AND BY THE WAY WHEN I AM PRESIDENT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION IS ACTUALLY SOMEONE WHO HAS TAUGHT IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AND BELIEVES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. >>I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM SOME MEMBERS SEN. SO WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERS, WE HAVE A LIVE ONE FIRST. >>GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME SEN., MY NAME IS KEN EVANS AND I WORK IN A CARE FACILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. I LOVE THE WORK THAT I DO. AND THE CLIENTS THAT I SERVE. BUT SOMETIMES MANAGEMENT DOES NOT LISTEN TO US. THEY DON’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT WE DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR DECISIONS. AS PRESIDENT, HOW WILL YOU MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE LIKE US WHO WORK ON THE FRONT LINES ARE ABLE TO ORGANIZE SO THAT WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR OUR PATIENTS? WE MAKE JUST DESCRIBE REWORK AGAIN? >>I WORK AT A FACILITY WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DEVELOPMENTAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES. WE CARE FOR THEM 24/7. SO >>FIRST AND FOREMOST THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT WE DO. WE DON’T DO ENOUGH TO FUND OVERALL THE OPERATIONS THAT YOU ARE DOING AND YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE TIMES IN AMERICA WHERE YOUR APPARENT WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS KID AND WHEN THEY TURN 18 ALL OF THE SERVICES SEEM TO DROP OFF. NOW THAT PARENT IS STUCK IN A TERRIBLE SITUATION WHERE, DO THEY KEEP WORKING THEIR JOB OR DO THEY HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO STOP WORKING AND TRY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT KID? WHAT YOU DO RIGHT NOW, TO ME POINTS TO WHAT WE NEED TO DO BY EXPANDING, WHEN I TALK ABOUT VALUES LIKE EMPATHY, WE DIDN’T — WE NEED A NATION THAT IS EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE LIFE AND MAKING SURE THAT IF YOU ARE HOME, THIS IS THE INSANITY IN OUR NATION, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE HOME RIGHT NOW TAKING CARE OF KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS LIKE MY MOM WAS, SHE WAS TAKING CARE OF MY FATHER WITH PARKINSON’S AND DEMENTIA, WE DON’T VALUE THAT IS WORKING AMERICA AND UNDER MY LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT I WOULD PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT SAYS THAT IF YOU ARE’S DATING HOME AND TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS YOU SHOULD QUALIFY FOR THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT THAT I WILL VIRTUALLY DOUBLE AND GIVE MONEY BACK. SO I’M SORRY TO PIVOT OFF YOUR QUESTION BECAUSE I GET UPSET LIVING IN AN INNER-CITY WHERE I SEE SO MANY FOLKS WHO DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES WHEN THEIR KIDS AGE OUT OF A LOT OF THE FACILITIES AND WE GOT TO HAVE A NATION OF, WELL YOU JUDGE THE GREATNESS OF A NATION BY HOW THEY TREAT CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT A NATION? I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, GO TO PRISONS AND LOOK THERE AS WELL. I WANT YOU TO KNOW NOT ONLY WHAT I BE MAKING YOUR JOB A LOT BETTER BY PROVIDING MORE OF A COMMITMENT TO THE POPULATION TO SERVE EVERYDAY WITH LOVE BUT GOD BLESS AMERICA, YOU WILL HAVE THE POWER TO ORGANIZE, YOU WILL HAVE THE POWER TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, YOU WILL HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLKS CLOSEST TO THE PROBLEM, THIS IS THE SAME THING WITH NURSES AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS, WHAT WE ARE DOING IN TERMS OF STAFFING LEVELS AND OTHER THINGS, IS ENDANGERING PATIENTS IN THIS COUNTRY. SO ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I WILL BE THE PRESIDENT WHO RETURNS THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CANNOT ONLY REPRESENT WHAT IS BEST FOR LIVING WAGES, RETIREMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, WORK WITH DIGNITY, BUT THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE LOVE YOUR GIVING EVERY DAY, I WILL BE FOCUSED ON EMPOWERING THOSE PEOPLE TOO. [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE CAN’T PUT A SEATBELT ON CORY BOOKER, HE’S GOING TO JUMP UP. >>I PLAYED FOOTBALL AND I STILL HAVE THIS PTSD WHERE I THINK IF I STAND STILL SOME LINEBACKER WILL HIT ME. >>WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FOR YOU BUT IN THE INTEREST OF TIME YOU WILL HAVE TO BE A LITTLE SHORTER IN YOUR ANSWER. >>OKAY. >>DO YOU PROMISE? SUMAC AS A GUY WHO IS 6’3″ I STILL GO SHORT. >>GOOD EVENING I’M SUSAN SHEEHAN AND I LIVE IN NEW YORK, I’M A DIVORCED WOMAN IN MY 50s, GOING TO RETIRE IN ABOUT SIX YEARS PAYING OFF MY SONS A STUDENT LOANS, AND SCRAPING BY JUST BARELY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I HAVE A GREAT JOB AND GET PAID WONDERFULLY, I’M A LABORATORY OPERATOR FOR A NEARBY MUNICIPALITY, I’M A MEMBER OF AFSCME LOCAL 1000 IN LOCAL NEW YORK STATE AND SO PROUD TO BE A UNION MEMBER, WILL ALWAYS PAY MY UNION DUES AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE SAME. I’M A UNION ACTIVIST BUT MY QUESTION TO THE CANDIDATE TONIGHT IS HOW IS THIS GOING TO GET EASIER FOR ME? SIX YEARS AWAY FROM RETIREMENT AND I’M STILL LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, I’VE GIVEN MY CHILDREN A GOOD LIFE, I HAVE A GOOD LIFE AND A LOVELY HOME BUT I’D LIKE A NEST EGG. I’D LIKE TO FEEL LIKE I’M GETTING SOMEWHERE. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR ME? >>REAL QUICK, NUMBER ONE, THE FIRST THING I’M GOING TO DO FOR WORKERS LIKE THAT IS TAKE AWAY TOXIC TRUMP TAX CUTS AND GIVE A MASSIVE INCREASE TO THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT WHICH WILL GIVE 150 MILLION AMERICANS A PAY INCREASE, REDEFINE WORK LIKE WE’VE DISCUSSED. NUMBER TWO WHAT I’M GOING TO DO FOR YOU IS MAKE SURE WE HAVE DEBT FREE COLLEGE AND LOAN FORGIVENESS SO THAT YOU ARE NOT SUFFERING AND STRUGGLING AS YOU ARE. NUMBER THREE, IT IS ALL ABOUT RETIREMENT SECURITY. ALL ABOUT RETIREMENT SECURITY. I HAVE A LARGER RETIREMENT PLAN BUT ONE THING I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS WE ARE GOING TO EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY AND MAKE IT SECURE BY LIFTING THE CAP BECAUSE IT IS A REGRESSIVE TAX AND THERE IS NO REASON WHY, SOMEONE WHO IS MAKING $70,000 A YEAR SHOULD BE PAYING MORE OF A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR INCOME IN SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES THAN A PERSON MAKING $1 MILLION A YEAR, THAT IS NOT FAIR AND WE ARE CHANGING THAT. AND THE FINAL THING I WANT TO SAY TO GIVE HER MORE STRENGTH AND SECURITY IN RETIREMENT IS I WANT HER TO KNOW THAT IF SHE GETS IN HER OLDER YEARS, SHE’S IN HER 50s, MY MOM IS NOW ALMOST 80, WE HAVE A TERRIBLE SYSTEM THAT SAYS IF YOU WANT TO RETIRE AT HOME OR EVEN QUALIFY TO GO INTO A NURSING HOME, YOU HAVE TO DEPLETE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE SAVINGS BEFORE YOU GO ON MEDICAID. THAT IS CRUEL AND HEARTLESS. SO, AS YOUR PRESIDENT I’M GOING TO CHANGE THAT. I’M GOING TO LIVE TO THE INCOME CAP IN THE SAVINGS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF IN POVERTY JUST SO YOU CAN LIVE IN A NURSING HOME OR RETIRE WITH THAT KIND OF DIGNITY. >>SEN. THANK YOU AND IT’S TIME TO ADDRESS THE MEMBERS. >>I WANT TO TAKE YOU OUT TO WHERE I LIVE, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU BUT I LIVE IN THE CENTRAL WARDEN NEW YORK — NEWARK NEW JERSEY, I GOT — MISS VIRGINIA JONES, TENANT LEADER IN THE PROJECTS I MENTIONED THAT I LIVED IN, I KNOCKED ON HER DOOR AND I WAS LIKE A MEMO HERE TO HELP AND SHE LOOKS AT ME LIKE YOU NEED SOME HELP. I WILL NEVER FORGET HER TAKING ME TO MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD. AND SAYING WHAT DO YOU SEE HERE AND I DESCRIBED THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THERE’S A CRACK HOUSE AND PROJECTS AND A LOT OF CHALLENGES. THE MORE I TALKED THE MORE UPSET SHE LOOKED AND WHEN I FINISHED SHE SAID YOU CAN’T HELP ME AND SHE STARTED WALKING AWAY AND I WAS CONFUSED AND I RAN AFTER HER AND GRABBED HER FROM BEHIND VERY RESPECTFULLY AND SAY WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT AND SHE GOES BOY YOU NEED TO KNOW SOMETHING THE WORLD YOU SEE OUTSIDE OF YOU IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT YOU HAVE INSIDE. IF YOU ONLY SEE PROBLEMS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS ALL THERE’S EVER GOING TO BE BUT IF YOU ARE A STUBBORN PEOPLE WHO EVERY TIME YOU OPEN YOUR EYES YOU SEE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITIES AND LOVE, YOU SEE THE FACE OF GOD THEN YOU CAN HELP ME. THE FOCUS IN THIS ELECTION IS NOT THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THE FOCUS IS US. THE LOVE WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER. HOW WE CAN INSPIRE AND ENGAGE OUR TRUE POTENTIAL. HE WILL LOSE THIS ELECTION, WE WILL BEAT HIM AND DEFEAT HIM AND UNSEAT HIM IF WE AS A PEOPLE RECORD NICE WHO WE ARE AND SHOW LOVE FOR EACH OTHER BECAUSE PATRIOTISM IS LOVE OF COUNTRY AND YOU CANNOT LOVE YOUR COUNTRY UNLESS YOU LOVE YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN. THAT IS NOT A SENTIMENT, LOVE IS SACRIFICE, LOVE’S STRUGGLE, LOVE IS ORGANIZING, LOVE IS STRENGTH AND THAT IS WHAT I’M ABOUT. THAT IS HOW WE BEAT SLUMLORDS IN NEWARK AND THAT IS HOW WE TURNED AROUND THIS CITY, NOT BECAUSE OF ONE LEADER BUT BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE. I AM YOUR LEADER, I’M NOT SOLVING THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS, WE ARE. WITH A VISION FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT IS A VISION THAT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]>>I’M SORRY, AFTER THAT WE HAVE NO MORE TIME FOR THE FORUM, THANKS FOR COMING DOWN. I’M KIDDING. UP NEXT EVERYBODY FORMER VP JOE BIDEN.>>HOW ARE YOU? >>WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE YOUR OPENING STATEMENT FIRST? >>FOLKS LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR HAVING ME BACK , I SPOKE TO YOU WHEN I WAS VICE PRESIDENT NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES WHO BROUGHT ME TO THE DANCE WHEN I WAS A COUNTY COUNCILMAN, I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT WITHOUT AFSCME AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NOTHING FUNCTIONS. WE COULD GET RID OF, I HEARD COREY TALK ABOUT HEDGE FUND FOLKS, WE COULD GET READY OF EVERY HEDGE FUND AND NOTHING CHANGES. IF WE GET RID OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NOTHING CHANGES. EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON YOU WHETHER IT IS TURNING ON STREETLIGHTS ARE GETTING SOMEONE TO THE HOSPITAL, WHEN 911 IS DIALED, TAKING SURE THAT THERE ARE ORDERLIES AND NURSES AND TEACHERS IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU. SO I THINK IT IS TIME WE STOP APOLOGIZING TO ANYBODY FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, YOU LIVE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND YOU TAKE CARE OF US WHENEVER THERE IS A CRISIS, YOU ARE THE ONES THAT TAKE CARE OF IT AND DAY TODAY YOU CHANGE EVERYTHING FOR US. IT IS TIME YOU WERE ABLE TO ORGANIZE IN EVERY SINGLE STATE NATIONALLY, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU BEING ABLE TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND I’M HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS WITH YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>SO WE WANT TO START OUT WITH THE QUESTION EVERY CANDIDATE IS GETTING, HERE IN NEVADA STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NOW HAVE THE RIGHT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW SAYING THAT EVERY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE STATES SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT? MECH YES I DO, I’VE ALWAYS SUPPORTED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR AFSCME AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND IT IS BASIC COME A WHY WOULD YOU NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHAT IS IT THAT KEEPS THAT FROM HAPPENING? SO I THINK THE GOVERNOR DID A GREAT JOB HERE, IN THE LEGISLATURE AND BY THE WAY A MAJORITY FEMALE LEGISLATURE. AND THEY GOT IT DONE. I THINK IT SHOULD BE THAT NATIONALLY. >>IMPRESSED WITH THE MATTER KNOWLEDGE THEIR PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SO LET’S MOVE RIGHT ON. LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOMETHING THAT CAME UP IN THE DEBATES, YOU SAID AFTER THE LAST ONE THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED THAT SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES WERE GOING AFTER BARACK OBAMA MORE THAN THEY WERE DONALD TRUMP. ON THE OTHER HAND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU WANT TO CHERRY PICK WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT THAT YOU DID IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND WHAT YOU DIDN’T BECAUSE YOU JUST ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO ANSWER WHEN YOU’RE ASKED ABOUT DEPORTATIONS. TALK ABOUT THAT. >>I THINK WE LEARNED A LOT IN THE PROCESS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT GOT ELECTED EVERYTHING LANDED ON HIS DESK BUT LOCUSTS. WE WERE ABOUT TO GO INTO DEPRESSION. I’M NOT KIDDING, THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS, MY MOTHER HAD AN EXPRESSION, SHE USED TO SAY THE GREATEST GIFT GOD GAVE MANKIND IS THE ABILITY TO FORGET OTHERWISE WOMAN WOULD ONLY HAVE ONE CHILD. THE POINT OF THE MATTER IS WE’VE FORGOTTEN HOW BAD THINGS WERE. IT TOOK AN ENORMOUS, ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME AND ENERGY JUST TO GET THE RECOVERY ACT PASSED. WHICH THE PRESIDENT ASKED ME TO MANAGE AND THAT WAS $89 BILLION SPENT IN 18 MONTHS WITHOUT ANY WASTE OR FRAUD. WE ALSO FOUND OURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE EVERYTHING WAS FALLING APART INTERNATIONALLY AS WELL. SO THE FACT WAS THAT, I THINK WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE PRESIDENT, WE THOUGHT AT THE BEGINNING WOULD BE ABLE TO GET SOME MORE RATIONAL APPROACH TO THE WAY WE DEALT FOR EXAMPLE WITH IMMIGRATION BY THE MIDDLE OF THE TERM IT WAS CLEAR THAT WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN AND THINGS CHANGED. SO WHAT DID HE DO? HE CAME ALONG WITH THE DREAMERS PROGRAM AND INTRODUCED A PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR THE 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED’S, HE WENT ON TO A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS. I’M NOT CHERRY PICKING ANYTHING AT AS SOMEONE ONCE SAID BEFORE I’LL TAKE ALL THE BLAME IF I HAVE TO CREDIT. >>I GUESS WHAT I’M WONDERING ABOUT WERE DEPORTATIONS, THE CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU HAD DURING THAT TIME. WAS IT AGONIZING, THERE IS AN ARGUMENT MR. VICE PRESIDENT THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE DEPORTED FOR CERTAIN REASONS WHICH I THINK IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT ARGUED AT THE TIME. THE ONES WHO WERE CRIMINALS ETC. AND WHETHER IT WENT TOO FAR, DID YOU SAY HEY BARACK I THINK WE ARE DEPORTING TOO MANY PEOPLE. >>LOOK, FOR ME TO GO INTO PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS THAT I HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT, >>YOU CAN PARAPHRASE. >>I’LL PARAPHRASE. THE PARAPHRASE IS THE FOCUS WAS ON DEPORTING FELONS, THE FOCUS WAS ON DEPORTING PEOPLE WHO HAD BROKEN, COMMITTED A FELONY. THAT WAS THE FOCUS, IT WAS NOT LOCKING UP PEOPLE AND SEPARATING THEM FROM THEIR CHILDREN. AS A MATTER OF FACT BY THE TIME THE CAMPAIGN GOT UNDERWAY, OUR ADMINISTRATION GOT UNDERWAY, WE FOUND THAT PEOPLE COMING HERE FOR ASYLUM DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE LOCKED UP OR PUT ANYWHERE, THEY WERE ABLE TO BE TOLD HERE IS THE DATE YOU SHOW UP AND THEY SHOWED UP. THEY DID NOT FLEE. THE FACT WAS THAT THE IDEA THAT SOMEHOW WE DITCHED, COMPARING WHAT WE DID TO WHAT TRUMP DID IS I THINK ABSOLUTELY OFF-THE- WALL. IT JUST IS NOT TRUE. BUT THERE IS AN AWFUL LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT IMMIGRATION WITH THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION, ALL THE CABINET MEMBERS AND SO IT WAS MOVING, DEALING WITH THE ISSUE AS IT MOVED. FOR EXAMPLE WHEN ALL THOSE UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN WERE APPEARING AT THE BORDER, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WAS I WAS IN EUROPE TRYING TO WORK ON ANOTHER ISSUE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND I GOT A CALL SAYING JOE COME HOME AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, TAKE IT OVER. I CAME HOME AND I MET WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF THE THREE COUNTRIES THAT WERE THE SOURCE OF THE IMMIGRATION COMING FROM AND WE PUT TOGETHER A $750 MILLION PLAN TO DEAL WITH THOSE FOLKS REQUIRING THEM SPECIFICALLY TO CHANGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THEIR COUNTRY WHETHER IT RELATED TO POLICING, GANGS, EDUCATION, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ETC. AND THEY HAD TO GET X NUMBER OF DOLLARS, YOU HAD TO DO A SPECIFIC THING. THINGS BEGAN TO SLOW DOWN AND WE BEGAN TO MOVE IN A DIRECTION WHERE IMMIGRATION SLOWED UP AND ALONG COMES TRUMP AND TALKS ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO FUND IT. EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT WE HAVE TO HAVE A MARSHALL PLAN. THERE WAS A MARSHALL PLAN, 750 MILLION ADDITIONAL DAUGHTER DOLLARS, AND I WOULD REINSTATE THAT. BUT THERE WAS A MOVEMENT AS WE WENT FORWARD THAT BEGAN TO MAKE MORE PROGRESS AND THEN THE ADMINISTRATION ENDED. >>SIR, WE HEARD FROM SOME CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT DECRIMINALIZING UNAUTHORIZED BORDER CROSSINGS AND I’M ASSUMING YOU DON’T SUPPORT THAT.>>I DO NOT. >>CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHY BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD THAT THERE ARE ALREADY CIVIL PENALTIES THAT THEY FACE, WHY ADD CRIMINAL ON TOP OF THAT? >>IT WILL BE AN INVITATION TO COME. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS KEEP PARENTS IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES FROM GIVING THEIR CHILDREN TO A COYOTE TO TAKE THEM ACROSS WHETHER IT IS 200 MILES OR 2000 MILES TO GET THEM TO THE BORDER. BECAUSE YOU GET THERE AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IN, THERE’S NO PROBLEM. I’M GOING TO BE SPEAKING LATER TO THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS GROUP AND THEY HAVE A SERIOUS DILEMMA, THEY WANT ACCESS AS WELL. AND THEY SHOULD HAVE ACCESS BUT EVERYBODY HAS TO SORT OF GET IN LINE. IF YOU ARE COMING HERE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEEKING ASYLUM YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME, HAVE YOUR CASE HEARD IN THE UNITED STATES, NOT HAVE TO BE MOVED AWAY LIKE THIS PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DO, BUT WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON IS WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DREAMERS OUT THERE? WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THOSE UNDOCUMENTED THAT ARE HERE NOW, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT DEALING WITH ASYLUM PLANS? WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT WHO WE ARE SENDING BACK UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES? I DON’T THINK THAT ELIMINATING THAT PROVISION OF THE LAW THAT SAYS IT’S A CRIME TO CROSS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION UNLESS YOU ARE SEEKING ASYLUM SHOULD BE CHANGED BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, I TRAVELED THE WORLD AND WHETHER I’M IN ASIA OR AFRICA OR EUROPE OR AFGHANISTAN, PEOPLE WILL SAY WHY NOT ME? CAN I GET IN LINE? WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING AND WHAT BARACK AND I TRIED TO GET DONE AS WE TRIED TO UP THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF IMMIGRATION THAT WAS ABLE TO COME TO THE UNITED AIDES OF AMERICA, WHAT LEGALLY WAS ABLE TO COME, WE CAN ABSORB A LOT MORE PEOPLE BUT THERE HAS TO BE AN ORDERLY PROCESS TO DO IT AND NOT ONE THAT IS GOING TO JUST INVITE PEOPLE TO MOVE AHEAD OF THE LINE UNLESS THEY ARE SEEKING ASYLUM. >>SO I WANTED TO TURN TO LABOR, DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RATES OF UNIONIZATION WENT DOWN AND A BIG LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY DID NOT PASS. I WAS HOPING YOU COULD TALK ABOUT WHY AND IF THERE ARE ANY THINGS, ANY LESSONS THAT YOU LEARNED AND SORT OF PROTECTING YOUR UNIONS. >>I’VE BEEN IN LABOR MY WHOLE CAREER. I HAVE HAD A CLOSE TO PERFECT VOTING RECORD IN LABOR AND IS NOT LABOR IT’S UNIONS. I SAY THE WORD UNION. WE DON’T SAY IT OFTEN ENOUGH. BUT HERE IS THE DEAL. >>DO YOU THINK DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TOO HESITANT TO TALK AND BE PROUNION?>>I’M NOT SURE OF THAT, BUT I AM SURE WE LOST THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WE HAVE GOT IT BACK NOW, OUR ABILITY TO MAKE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE, THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS IS A DIFFERENT DEAL. THESE GUYS ARE NONTRADITIONAL REPUBLICANS, THESE GUYS ARE RIGHT WING FOLKS WHO HAVE TAKEN ON THE MANTLE OF THE FAR RIGHT AND THEY DON’T REPRESENT EVEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. BUT IT USED TO BE THERE WAS A BASIC PARTY IN THE COUNTRY AND IT WAS SHARED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND IF YOU WERE IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE OPERATION YOU WORKED WITH YOU GOT TO SHARE IN THE BENEFITS AND WHEN IT WENT BAD EVERYBODY SHARED IN THE LOSS AND WHEN IT DID WELL EVERYBODY SHARED IN AND IF IT BUT WHAT HAPPENED IS THESE GUYS MOVED OFF TO A SORT OF ELTON FREEMAN NOTION THAT IN FACT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTITLED TO DO WELL ARE THE STOCKHOLDERS. NO ONE ELSE. YOU NOTICE THEY DON’T REINVEST IN EMPLOYEES, THEY DON’T REINVEST IN PLANT EQUIPMENT OR JOB TRAINING, THEY WENT BACK AND BOUGHT $1 TRILLION WORTH OF THEIR OWN STOCK TO FEATHER THEIR OWN NEST, RAISING ABOUT 85% OF ALL SALARIES FOR CEOS IN THE FORTUNE 500, THEY COME FROM STOCK OPTIONS AND IN FACT WHAT’S HAPPENED IS THE WORKERS ARE LEFT OUT. AND THAT HAS BECOME AND BY THE WAY IT’S NOT JUST WITH UNIONS, WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE. YOU HAVE A SITUATION THAT WE DEALT WITH WITH OUR SECRETARY OF LABOR TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU COULDN’T AUTOMATICALLY RECLASSIFY PEOPLE AND TO DENY THEM OVER TIME. THE REASON WHY BY THE WAY YOU’RE GETTING MORE HELP FROM PEOPLE WHO AREN’T MEMBERS OF UNIONS, THEY ARE ALREADY FIGURING OUT THEY WOULD HAVE NO 40 HOUR WEEK AND NO MINIMUM WAGE AND NO OVERTIME PAY WITHOUT UNIONS, THAT’S THE ONLY REASON IT OCCURRED. SO WHAT IS HAPPENING? I PASSED BY A JIMMY JOHNSON BEFORE I STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT JIMMY JOHN’S WOULD MAKE YOU SIGN A NONCOMPETE AGREEMENT THAT YOU CAN GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN, AND THESE ARE HOURLY WORKERS NONUNION, YOU COULDN’T GO ACROSS TOWN TO SEE IF YOU COULD GET $.10 MORE WORKING AT McDONALD’S. IT’S ALL ABOUT SUPPRESSING WAGES. LAST YEAR OVER $1,400,000,000 IN OVERTIME PAY WAS DENIED TO 4 MILLION WORKERS BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO BRINGS OUT THE CANS OF SPAGHETTI SAUCE TO PUT ON THE SHELF IS ABLE TO CONTROL THE PERSON RUNNING THE FORKLIFT AND NOW THEY ARE A MANAGER AND THEY ARE DENYING OVERTIME. IT’S WRONG. THIS HAS BEEN AN ALL-OUT WAR ON SUPPRESSING WAGES IN ORDER TO INCREASE PROFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS. FOR CORPORATIONS. >>SO WAS ENOUGH DONE TO PASS THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT? >>LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY, WE PRESSED AND PRESSED BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE WERE OTHER THINGS HAPPENING AS WELL AND IT LOOKED EVERYBODY KNOWS IN OUR ADMINISTRATION THAT I’M A LABOR GUY. AND I’VE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ABOUT LABOR. AND I’VE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ABOUT THE NEED TO DEAL WITH IT BUT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING AS WELL. AT THE SAME TIME. WE DID NOT HAVE A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND WE DID NOT HAVE A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO GET IT DONE. >>SO WE ARE GOING TO TAKE QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS AND A SECOND BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING THIS, MAYBE SOME PEOPLE IN THE ROOM, IT’S ALMOST 10 YEARS SINCE OBAMA CARE PAST AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE MR. VP WHO STILL DON’T HAVE HEALTH CARE OR DON’T HAVE THE HEALTHCARE THAT THEY WANT. THAT IS THE APPEAL THAT I THINK THAT BERNIE SANDERS AND ELIZABETH WARREN ARE PLAYING INTO WITH MEDICARE FOR ALL. DO YOU STILL AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THINK OBAMA CARE WAS A B FD. >>I DO THE GET WAS BECAUSE SEVEN PRESIDENTS TRIED TO GET IT DONE AND LOOK HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET IT DONE. WE GOT IT DONE WITHOUT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTE AND BY THE WAY WE SHOULD BE BUILDING ON OBAMA CARE WE SHOULDN’T SCRAP OBAMA CARE, IT’S THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET A FULL COVERAGE. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT WE ADD A MEDICARE OPTION FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO BUY IN, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR PRIVATE EMPLOYER-BASED INSURANCE IF YOU WANT IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP IT IF YOU DON’T WANT IT YOU CAN BUY IN. YOU CAN GET A GOLD PLAN WHERE YOU HAVE $1000 DEDUCTIBLE AND LOWER PAYMENTS, WE ARE GOING TO INCREASE SUBSIDIES FOR PEOPLE TO GET INTO THE PLAN, THAT IS THE WAY TO BUILD ON WHERE WE ARE NOW. NOT TO GO OUT AND TRY TO PASS QUICKLY OR EVEN PASS A $30 TRILLION PLAN. MY PLAN COST A LOT OF MONEY, AN ADDITIONAL $750 BILLION BUT IT’S NOT $30 TRILLION AND WE CAN GET IT DONE. I WILL POINT OUT ONE OTHER THING, PEOPLE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT OBAMA CARE WAS AND STILL THEY UNTIL THEY STARTED TAKING IT AWAY. I WENT INTO 24 STATES AND CAMPAIGNED FOR 69 CANDIDATES ON HEALTHCARE AND GUESS WHAT? I SAID WE ARE GOING TO WIN BACK OVER 40 SEATS IN THE HOUSE AND WE DID. AND WE TOOK IT RIGHT FROM THE REPUBLICANS. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THERE ARE TWO THINGS YOU DO AND ONE OF THOSE IS CHANGE, WE ARE IN A SITUATION NOW WHERE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GOES OH MY GOD I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS HOW WE GOT THIS. THE ONE THING THAT THE PRESIDENT AND I DID DISAGREE ON I KEPT SAYING YOU GOT TO TAKE A VICTORY LAP AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE’VE DONE, WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO TAKE A VICTORY LAP, THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS TO DO BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL THEY STARTED TO TAKE AWAY THEN GUESS WHAT? HOW MANY WANT TO GIVE UP THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE THERE IS OVER 100 MILLION PEOPLE WITH PRE- EXISTING CONDITIONS WERE COVERED NOW? KIDS CAN STAY ON THEIR POLICY OF THEIR PARENTS FOR UNTIL THEY ARE 26 YEARS OLD. WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION ANYONE WHO QUALIFIES FOR MEDICAID WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED WITHOUT ANY COST. ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO BUY INTO THE PLAN BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THEIR EMPLOYER PLAN OR THEY DON’T LIKE THEIR PRIVATE PLAN CAN BUY IN. AND THEY CAN BUY INTO A GOLD PLAN AND SO FOLKS THIS IS THE WAY TO GO, QUICKLY AND THOROUGHLY AND WE WILL GET EVERYONE COVERED. >>I GOT YOU GOING HOT? >>IT DOES GET ME GOING BECAUSE I AM AGAINST ANY REPUBLICAN WHO WANTS TO GET RID OF OBAMA CARE AND ANY DEMOCRAT WHO WANTS TO GET RID OF OBAMA CARE. SUMAC DID YOU STOP IT JIMMY JOHN’S TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE? >>I DON’T GO TO JIMMY JOHN’S. >>THAT’S WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. LET’S HEAR FROM SOME MEMBERS. >>I DO GET EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE. >>GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE YEARS OF SERVICE YOU’VE GIVEN TO OUR COUNTRY. MY NAME IS LYDIA — AND I’M A BUSINESS MANAGER RIGHT HERE AT ELIZABETH WARREN SEVEN AND WE SEE STUDENTS EVERY DAY WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT BEING SADDLED WITH DEBT. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS CAN GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION WITHOUT PILING UP GIANT STUDENT DEBTS? >>TWO THINGS. RIGHT OFF THE BAT RIGHT NOW THE PRESIDENT ASKED ME TO DO A STUDY, HE USED TO LOVE AT THE STATE OF THE UNION SAYING JOE WILL DO THE FOLLOWING. AND HE’D NEVER TELL ME, HE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY TO GIVE ME THE ASSIGNMENT IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. DO A STUDY ON WHAT THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE ARE RIGHT NOW, 65 OF EVERY 100 JOBS IN AMERICA REQUIRES SOMETHING BEYOND A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE. RIGHT NOW AT THIS MOMENT. ANYBODY THINK 12 YEARS OF EDUCATION IS ENOUGH TO COMPETE IN THE 21st CENTURY IN THE US? SO I DO THREE THINGS, NUMBER ONE I EQUIP CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO GET TO THE PLACE WHERE THEY ARE QUALIFIED FOR EXAMPLE, I TRIPLE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR TITLE I STOOLS AND FUND FULLY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS A SHOT SO THAT REQUIRES THREE, FOUR AND FIVE YEARS OLD AUTOMATICALLY HAVE PRESCHOOL EDUCATION. THAT INCREASES EXPONENTIALLY THE LIKELIHOOD THEY WILL SUCCEED THROUGH SCHOOL. IN THOSE TITLE I SCHOOLS I WOULD ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE CHALLENGED, WHAT I REALLY RESENT IS THE NOTION THAT BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A POOR FAMILY REGARDLESS OF YOUR COLOR YOU CAN’T DO AS WELL AS SOMEONE WHO COMES FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY. NOT TRUE, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY EARLY TO HAVE A REAL EDUCATION IT SHOWS THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST 45% OF THOSE STUDENTS STAY OUT OF DRUG PROBLEMS, STAY OUT OF JAIL, THEY STAY IN SCHOOL. BUT WHEN THEY ARE IN SCHOOL I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE THEM, THERE ARE ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES, THEY HAVE EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO GO ON TO A TRADE SCHOOL AND/OR CERTIFICATE OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOULD BE FREE. CUTTING IN HALF THE COST OF ALL COLLEGE EDUCATION. IN ADDITION TO THAT IF YOU GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE YOUR DEBT WOULD IN FACT BE REDUCED, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY BACK IF YOU DO THE PUBLIC SERVICE FOR 10 YEARS, YOUR DEBT WOULD BE FORGIVEN. SO THERE’S A LOT OF WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS DON’T END UP OR CHILDREN DON’T END UP WITH SIGNIFICANT DEBT BECAUSE IT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING HOLDING BACK THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION, THEY ARE NOT GOING INTO BUSINESS OR BUYING HOMES OR GOING OUT AND BUYING NEW AUTOMOBILES BECAUSE THEY HAVE STUDENT DEBT. SO THE LAST THING I WOULD DO IS MAKE SURE THAT RIGHT NOW, IF YOU IN FACT ARE ENGAGED IN HAVING TO PAY BACK YOUR DEBT, IF YOU GET OUT OF SCHOOL AND YOU HAVE A DEBT AND YOU MAKE LESS THAN $25,000, YOU PAY NOTHING WITH NO INTEREST UNTIL YOUR SALARY INCREASES BEYOND THAT. IF AND WHEN IT DOES INCREASE YOUR IN A SITUATION WHERE RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE TO PAY 10% OF YOUR DISPOSABLE INCOME, I WOULD CUT THAT TO 5%. IT DOESN’T ELIMINATE ALL DEBT BUT IT MAKES IT SIGNIFICANTLY MORE MANAGEABLE UNLESS YOU ARE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND THEN YOU WOULDN’T PAY ANY OF IT BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] >>I HAVE A QUICK FOLLOW-UP, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION, IN JANUARY YOU GAVE AN INTERVIEW AND TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU’VE HEARD FROM SOME PEOPLE IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION ABOUT HOW TOUGH THINGS ARE AND YOU SAID I HAVE NO EMPATHY FOR IT GIVE ME A BREAK. I WAS HOPING YOU COULD EXPLAIN THE COMMENT AND DO YOU THINK PEOPLE, YOUNGER PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES THAT PEOPLE IN YOUR GENERATION DO OR ARE THERE STRUCTURAL BARRIERS WERE IT’S HARDER? >>LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEANT BY THAT, I WAS AT A UNIVERSITY. I TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA IN DELAWARE AND I WAS BEING TOLD THINGS ARE TOUGH AND WHEN I DID A COMMENCEMENT SPEECH THREE YEARS AGO I WAS TOLD AT THAT PARTICULAR SPEECH THAT JUST BEFORE THAT THE UNIVERSITY HAD JUST DONE A STUDY AND ONLY 17%, HOW CAN I SAID, THE MOST PROGRESSIVE GENERATION AND THE BEST EDUCATED GENERATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THE MOST OPEN AND MOST GENEROUS BROUGHT ONLY THEY SHOULD ONLY 17% SAID THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE AND A KID RAISED HIS HAND AND SAID I DON’T WANT TO BECAUSE I BECAUSE IT’S SO BAD. AND I SAID GIVE ME A BREAK EMMA THE ONLY TWO POLITICAL HEROES WERE ROBERT — WERE KILLED THAT SEMESTER. I COME FROM VERY MODEST MEANS, WE LIVED IN A THREE-BEDROOM, I WASN’T SURE NOT UP ON MY BOOTSTRAPS BUT WE LIVED IN A THREE-BEDROOM HOUSE WITH FOUR KIDS IN A SPLIT LEVEL HOME IN A DECENT NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A GRAND POP LIVING WITH US SO WE WERE FINE BUT WE WERE NOT, WE WERE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS IN TERMS OF INCOME. I DIDN’T KNOW, I’M THE FIRST SENATOR I EVER KNEW AND I WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE DETERMINED TO DO TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE I WAS GOING TO END THE WAR IN VIETNAM WHICH WAS A PROBLEM, I WAS GOING TO WORK FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT AND IF YOU GO BACK TO LOOK I INTRODUCED THE FIRST SERIOUS PROPOSAL FOR GLOBAL WARMING BACK IN THE 80s. MY POINT IS THAT WE GOT UP, OUR GENERATION PRIOR TO THAT MY GENERATION SAID DROPOUT ADOBE INVOLVED, DON’T GET ENGAGED AND WE SAID WE’VE HAD ENOUGH. ENOUGH. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO GET ENGAGED AND Y’ALL HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO GET ENGAGED. SO I MAKE NO APOLOGIES, GET ENGAGED AND BE INVOLVED. DON’T TELL ME HOW BAD IT IS, CHANGE IT. CHANGE IT. CHANGE IT. MY GENERATION DID, WE GOT THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT PASSED, ACROSS THE BOARD. SO I JUST DON’T WANT TO HEAR PEOPLE TELLING ME ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS WOE IS ME I HAVE ALL THIS, I’M NOT GOING TO GET INVOLVED BECAUSE IT’S BAD. COME ON. >>MR. VICE PRESIDENT WE ARE GOING OVER TIME BUT LEE SAUNDERS IS GONNA KILL ME IF I DON’T TAKE ANOTHER QUESTION SO I’M GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER QUESTION BUT YOU NEED TO CURB YOUR PENSION FOR VOLUME ABILITY JUST FOR THE ANSWERS AT LEAST. >>I WATCHED YOUR LAST TWO SPEAKERS MAN I’M THE LOWER BUTTON. COME ON. VOLUME ABILITY. BLESS ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED.>>IF ANY OF YOU KNOW ME I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN LABOR MOVEMENT MY ENTIRE LIFE AND I WOULD GO TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE AND WHAT IS AT STAKE, WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHETHER OR NOT IT IS A LABOR LEADER OR A LABOR LAWYER OR A PROFESSOR WHO HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ABOUT THE NEED FOR ORGANIZED LABOR TO BE INVOLVED, LOOK, EVERYBODY OUT THERE UNDERSTANDS THAT WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER CORPORATE STOOGE — I SHOULD NOT SAY IT THAT WAY. WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER CORPORATE CRONY WHO IS OUT THERE DEALING WITH THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT AFFECT PEOPLE’S LIVES. YOU GUYS GET IT. I REALLY MEAN IT TOOK AND ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO YOU ALL IN CLOSING AND TO THIS QUESTION GOT YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BECOME A SOCIETY WHERE I KNOW I HAVE BEEN STAYING SINCE CHARLOTTESVILLE IS WE HAVE TO RESTORE THE SOUL OF OUR COUNTRY. MY DAD USED TO SAY THAT A JOB IS ABOUT MORE THAN A PAYCHECK. IS ABOUT YOUR DIGNITY AND YOUR PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY AND BEING ABLE TO LOOK A KIDNEY I AND SAY IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND MEAN IT. WE DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE. THE MORAL FABRIC OF THIS COUNTRY IS BEING RIPPED. SOCIETAL VALUES ARE BEING TRASHED. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION. YOU ALL ARE THE ONES OUT THERE TOUCHING PEOPLE, TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE. YOU KNOW THAT WHEN SOMEONE GETS — I REMEMBER WHEN THEY PUT ME IN AN AMBULANCE GOT THERE WAS SOMEONE HOLDING MY HAND. I REMEMBER WHEN MY KIDS WERE GOT YOU KNOW, TRAPPED IN A CAR AFTER THE MOTHER AND MY DAUGHTER WERE KILLED, PEOPLE’S SPENT THREE HOURS TRYING TO GET THEM OUT. I REMEMBER THE ORDERLIES AT THE HOSPITAL WHO CAME IN AND TOUCHED THEM AND KISSED THEM AND THEY WERE FOUR YEARS OLD AND FIVE YEARS OLD AND TOLD HIM IT WAS GOING TO BE OKAY. I WATCHED MY SON — MANY OF YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS WITHOUT THE HELP I HAD. I SAW MY SON COME HOME FROM IRAQ AND BE A DECORATED HERO. HE WAS GIVEN ONLY MONTHS TO LIVE. AND I WATCHED HOW THE DOCKS WOULD COME IN AND SAY YOU HAVE TO DO THIS AND THE NURSE WOULD SAY, NOT NOW, DR. AND I AM DEADLY HONEST. AND IF THERE ANY ANGELS THERE ARE MALE AND FEMALE NURSES. IT IS THE MOST UNDERRATED PROFESSION IN AMERICA. AND HERE IS THE DEAL. THINK ABOUT IT. WE ALL HAVE CELL PHONES, RIGHT? I THINK WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS WE HAVE BECOME LESS COMMUNICATIVE. HOW MANY OF YOU WHEN YOU LEFT THE HOTEL THAT YOU STAYED IN WALKED DOWN AND FOUND A WOMAN OR MAN WHO CLEANED THE ROOM AND SAID THANK YOU. HOW MANY PEOPLE WALK BEHIND THE COUNTER WHEN YOU GO INTO A RESTAURANT AND YOU STICK YOUR HEAD IN AND SAY THANK YOU. WE DON’T DO IT ENOUGH. WE DON’T LET PEOPLE KNOW. EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW THAT WHAT THEY DO IS UNDERSTOOD AND APPRECIATED. THEY JUST WANT TO HAVE SOME IDEA. WE HAVE TO REACH OUT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BRING IT BACK TOGETHER. IT MATTERS. IT MATTERS. AND THAT TEACHER WHO CONVINCES A KID TO READ THE FIRST BOOK — AND THIS MODERATOR IS GOING TO THROW ME OFF THE STAGE IN A SECOND. I’M SORRY. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO.>>WE ARE GETTING YELLED AT.>>REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE. AS BAD AS THINGS ARE WE ARE BETTER POSITIONED TO ON THE 21st CENTURY THAN ANY TIME IN OUR HISTORY. I’VE NEVER BEEN MORE OPTIMISTIC. WE HAVE TO PICK UP OUR HEADS AND REMEMBER WHO WE ARE. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SINGLE SOLITARY THING THAT WE SET OUR MIND TO THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO IF WE DO IT TOGETHER. GET UP AND REMEMBER WHO WE ARE. WE CAN DO ANYTHING. DON’T BE DEPRESSED. WE CAN DO THIS. I AM OUT OF HERE.>>YOU HAVE DEFEATED CORY BOOKER IN SPEAKING TIME. I HAVE TO TELL EVERYBODY REALLY QUICKLY. THIS IS MY DREAM. WHEN I WAS ON TV THE THING IN MY EAR IS NOT WORKING SO I CANNOT HEAR THEM YELLING AT ME. AND WE WILL GET TO THE NEXT CANDIDATE. SO I APOLOGIZE FOR LETTING THAT GO A LITTLE LONG, BUT WE WANT TO BRING UP OUR NEXT CANDIDATE. MARIANNE WILLIAMSON IS HERE. THANK YOU FOR COMING.>>IT IS NICE TO MEET YOU.>>THE ESTABLISHMENT IS OUT TO GET HER.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I GREW UP IN THE TIME WHEN LABOR WAS SEEN VERY DIFFERENTLY IN THIS COUNTRY. IT WAS NOT SEEN AS A COMPETING INTEREST. IT WAS SEEN AS THE PILLAR OF THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY. I GREW UP IN A HOME WHERE IF YOU CROSS THE PICKET LINE, DON’T THINK ABOUT COMING HOME. I GREW UP IN A HOME WHERE SCAB WAS, WAS IT BETTER OR WORSE THAN A BANK ROBBER? BUT IN AMERICA TODAY THERE ARE PICKET LINES AND YOU MIGHT SAY TO SOMEBODY, YOU CAN’T GO THERE AND PEOPLE GLAZE OVER LIKE, YEAH,. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS. BECAUSE A DOCTOR CANNOT PRESCRIBE MEDICINE UNLESS AND UNTIL HE ADEQUATELY UNDERSTANDS THE DISEASE. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHY LABOR IS UNDER ATTACK. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED 40 YEARS AGO. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE WHAT HAPPENED 40 YEARS AGO THE AMERICAN CORPORATION WAS EXPECTED TO CARE. IF SOMEONE WORKED FOR THE CORPORATION FOR DECADES, THE CORPORATION WAS EXPECTED TO CARE WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD A DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT. AT 40 YEARS AGO THIS COUNTRY ADOPTED A PURULENT FORM AND A PURULENT STRAIN OF CAPITALISM. A CAPITALISM THAT REQUIRES CHEAP LABOR IN ORDER TO THRIVE. AND SO AS MUCH IS WE MIGHT TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT CANDIDATES ARE TALKING ABOUT ABOUT WHICH I AGREE, HAVING TO DO WITH HEALTHCARE, HAVING TO DO WITH PENSIONS, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THERE IS A WAR ON THE POOR OF AMERICA. WE HAVE ACQUIESCED TO AND UNFORTUNATELY BECOME TYRANNIZED ECONOMICALLY BY FORM OF CAPITALISM WHICH DOES NOT PROACTIVELY WISH FOR LABOR TO THRIVE AND THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT. THERE IS AN ATTACK ON THE RIGHTS OF LABOR BECAUSE WE HAVE TRANSITIONED INTO WHAT IS BASICALLY AN ARISTOCRATIC, OLIGARCHIC, CORPORATE WHERE IT ONLY BELONGS TO A FEW PEOPLE. UNTIL WE AS DEMOCRATS NAME THAT AND SEE IT FOR THE WAR THAT IT IS, WE WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING FOR YOU. OH, PRETTY PLEASE, CAN WE HAVE A PENSION. PRETTY PLEASE, CAN WE HAVE HEALTHCARE. READY PLEASE, CAN WE HAVE $15 PER HOUR. WE NEED TO SAY THAT WE ALL GET TO THRIVE HERE. THIS IS AMERICA. AND FOR THAT YOU NEED LABOR. AND FOR THAT YOU NEED THE DIGNITY OF LABOR. YOU NEED TO SEE MORE THAN IT IS AN ASSAULT ON LABOR. IT IS AN ASSAULT ON DIGNITY AND A RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE TO THRIVE AND THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS THAT ALL OF US GET TO THRIVE. AND BECAUSE I SEE THIS WITH THE LARGER CONTEXT OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN AMERICA, YOU CAN TRUST I WILL HAVE YOUR BACK IN A WAY THAT FEW PEOPLE WOULD. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. SO WE WANTED TO ASK YOU A QUESTION WE’VE BEEN ASKING EVERY CANDIDATE. HERE IN NEVADA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS. SHOULD THERE BE A FEDERAL LAW ENSURING THAT RIGHT FOR EVERYONE?>>ABSOLUTELY, THERE SHOULD BE. THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT IT EFFECTUATES ITS PLANS IS BY LEAVING THINGS TO THE STATE SO THAT IN EVERY STATE WE ARE FIGHTING. THIS STATE HAS TO FIGHT AND THE STATE HAS TO FIGHT. THAT IS HOW YOU WEAKEN THE MOVEMENT SO THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL MANDATE AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. WHEN THEY CANNOT COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN, THEY ARE DISEMPOWERED AND THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IT IS ABOUT POWER AND WE MUST ASSUME OUR POWER AND REFUSE TO GIVE ONE MORE INCH AWAY.>>SO LET ME PIVOT OFF OF THAT. IF YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT THE CORPORATE WANTS AND THEY HAVE TO FIGHT STATE-BY-STATE, WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE ON THAT? SHOULD BE MANDATED FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND SHOULD THERE BE NOTHING LEFT TO THE STATES, THEN?>>ALEXANDER HAMILTON SAID STATES ARE THE LABORATORY OF REFORM. THERE PLACES OR THINGS BEING LEFT TO THE STATES AND THE POWER OF DECENTRALIZATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN AN AMERICAN PRINCIPAL. WE ARE THAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE PLACES AND SITUATIONS, EVEN IN TERMS OF SOMETHING LIKE THE ENVIRONMENT. ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN CALIFORNIA KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE FIRES IN CALIFORNIA THEN AN ENVIRONMENTALIST NECESSARILY AT THE EPA DOES AND SAME TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CLOSE TO THE GROUND WHO UNDERSTAND THE FLOOD SITUATION IN IOWA. THERE ARE MANY SITUATIONS IN WHICH — THAT BALANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND I ASKED I RESPECTED.>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU TALKED ABOUT AS ELIZABETH WARREN HAS TALKED ABOUT PLANS IS YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT PLANS. YOU CAN CORRECT ME IN THE SECOND. BUT I GUESS PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE SPECIFICS FROM WHAT A MARIANNE WILLIAMSON ADMINISTRATION WOULD LOOK LIKE. WE UNDERSTAND THE OVERALL CONCEPTS. AND IN YOUR VERY LONG OPENING STATEMENT.>>I APOLOGIZE.>>CAN YOU GIVE US SOME SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOUR PLANS MIGHT BE ONCE YOUR ADMINISTRATION STARTS?>>FIRST OF ALL, I’M SORRY THAT I TOOK TOO LONG AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE PLANS. OBVIOUSLY, A COUNTRY MUST HAVE PLANS AND POLICY AND ANYONE THAT LOOKS AT MY WEBSITE AND THIS WAS FROM THE BEGINNING OF ANNOUNCING MY CAMPAIGN, I AM FILLED WITH POLICIES AND PLANS. MY CONVERSATION AT THE DEBATES, WHICH IS WHAT I ASSUME YOU ARE REFERRING TO IS WHAT I BELIEVE IT WILL TAKE TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP. IF ALL WE DO IS TALK ABOUT PLANS BECAUSE THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT INTELLECTUALLY ANALYZES AN ISSUE IS NOT THE SAME PART OF THE BRAIN THAT DECIDES WHO TO VOTE FOR. SO THERE SO MANY ISSUES AND LABOR WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE WHERE AMERICA IS A FAIRLY PROGRESSIVE COUNTRY. POLL AFTER POLL WE TEND LEFT, BUT TOO MANY TIMES THE VOTES HAVE COME DOWN IN A WAY THAT EMPOWERED PLANS AND POLICY THAT WENT AGAINST. I AM A PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT AND I’M A LEFT-WING DEMOCRAT AND SO MANY OF THE THINGS I’VE HEARD MY FELLOW CANDIDATES TALKING ABOUT HERE TODAY. I WANT A $15 PER HOUR MINIMUM WAGE. I WANT TO REPEAL THE 2017 TAX CUT THAT GAVE $.83 OF EVERY DOLLAR TO THE VERY RICHEST AMONG US. I WANT TO PUT BACK IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. I WANT TO CLOSE THE CORPORATE SUBSIDIES. WHY DID WE GIVE $26 BILLION ALONE IN SUBSIDIES TO THE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES LAST YEAR WHEN WE HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY IN SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT HAVE THE ADEQUATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITH WHICH TO TEACH A CHILD TO READ. AND IF A CHILD CANNOT LEARN TO READ BY THE AGE OF EIGHT YEARS OLD, THE CHANCES OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION ARE DIMINISHED IN THE CHANCES OF INCARCERATION ARE INCREASED. WE HAVE ABOUT 13 MILLION HUNGRY, FOOD INSECURE CHILDREN ALONE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO GO TO SCHOOL ASKING THE TEACHER, DO YOU HAVE ANY FOOD THAT I COULD EAT? AND YET WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM NOW BOLSTERED BY SUCH A CORRUPTED POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT OUR POLICIES DO MORE TO ADVOCATE FOR SHORT-TERM PROFITS FOR THESE HUGE MULTI NATURAL CORPORATE ENTITIES THAN IT DOES TO ADVOCATE FOR US. I HAVE PLENTY OF FRIENDS, I GET WHAT IS HAPPENING. IT WAS BAD PUBLIC POLICY THAT CREATED THAT AN GOOD PUBLIC POLICY WILL DISMANTLE THAT.>> YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU SUPPORT THE PROGRESSIVE POLICIES THAT THE OTHER CANDIDATES TO. WHY SHOULD VOTERS BELIEVE THAT — GETTING THESE TURNED INTO REALITY IS ANOTHER THING SO WHY SHOULD VOTERS BELIEVE THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE MORE ABLE TO TURN THESE INTO A REALITY. YOU DON’T HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CONGRESS AND UNDERSTANDING THE INS AND OUTS AND WHAT IT TAKES TO GET SOME OF THESE LAWMAKERS ON BOARD. WHY SHOULD VOTERS THINK THAT YOU WOULD BE BETTER? >>THERE IS A WIZARD OF OZ ELEMENT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND THE MAGIC — I’M TRYING TO ANSWER. >>YOU STILL NEED THE VOTES OF THE SENATE.>>OF COURSE YOU DO. THERE IS A SUGGESTION THAT ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE CAN DO THAT TECHNICAL WORK. MY MAIN PARTNER IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASON WHY I CAN GET THIS DONE. I SPEAK — PEOPLE HEAR YOU ON THE LEVEL THAT YOU SPEAK FROM. I’M OLD ENOUGH AND DISCERNING ENOUGH, AND IF I MAY SAY SO, ARTICULATE ENOUGH THAT I CAN LAY DOWN THE PEOPLE WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY IN A WAY THAT MAKES THEM WAKE UP. BECAUSE UNTIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WAKE UP, NONE OF THIS WILL FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE.>>DO YOU THINK THAT WILL BE ENOUGH TO GET LAWMAKERS TO GET ON BOARD?>>ANY DEMOCRAT WHO WINDS, IF MITCH McCONNELL IS STILL IN THE PLACE WHERE HE IS NOW, IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR ANY DEMOCRAT. BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT, PART OF THE POWER THAT WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY IS LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG. WE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS OCCURRED. IF YOU ELECT ME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, CLEARLY I WOULD WISH FOR MY VICE PRESIDENT TO BE SOMEONE WHO WAS WELL ADAPT AT THE ACTUAL WORKINGS OF WASHINGTON. I THINK PEOPLE WOULD EXPECT THAT AND WANT THAT, AND I WOULD WANT THAT. HOWEVER, FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, A FRIEND OF THE WORKING MAN AND WOMAN, THERE WAS NOT A WORKING WOMAN AT THE TIME, BUT HE WAS A FRIEND OF THE WORKER, HE SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECT OF THE PRESIDENCY IS SECONDARY. HE SAID THE PRIMARY ROLE OF THE PRESIDENCY IS MORE LEADERSHIP, AND THAT IS WHAT I FEEL I BRING. WE NEED A POLITICAL VISION MORE THAN WE NEED A POLITICAL DEMOGRAPHIC. AND ALSO THE SECRETARY OF LABOR.>>LET’S TALK TO SOME FRIENDS OF LABOR HERE. WE HAVE A LIVE QUESTION FROM A MEMBER.>>HELLO. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING HUMANISM TO THE NATIONAL STAGE. THANKS. I GOT RID OF MY QUESTION. I AM A WELFARE ELIGIBILITY WORKER AND I WORK OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE. I GO INTO THE AREAS THAT YOU HAVE MOST INTEREST IN. MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS UNITS, PRISONS, HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, HOSPITALS, AND FIND WHERE THESE OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS COORDINATE WITH US TO ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ELIGIBILITY IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT THEY CAN HAVE AND RECEIVE MEDICAID CARE BASED ON THEIR ELIGIBILITY. SO MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY IS I HAVE BEEN WITH AFSCME FOR LONG TIME AND WE HAVE BENEFITS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE AND SO ON AND SO FORTH, BUT MY QUESTION IS MY FAMILY AND THE FAMILY OF MANY OTHERS, IF OUR FAMILY HAS STRUGGLES WITH, LET’S SAY THEY NEED TO SEE A SPECIALIST, WE HAVE TO PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THAT. BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE WAGES AND BENEFITS THAT WE DO HAVE PUT US INTO A DEBT CYCLE. IN OTHER WORDS, A $75 CO-PAY EVERY WEEK CAN BE BURDENSOME TO US. SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION TO HELP PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE THAT COVERAGE — THAT $75 IS PAID OUT-OF-POCKET. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?>>THE REASON WE NEED A MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN AND WE NEED THE $15 PER HOUR MINIMUM WAGE AND THE REASON WE NEED ALL OF THESE CHANGES IS BECAUSE YOU ARE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND YOU SHOULD NOT LIVE IN SUCH AN EMOTIONALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY ABILITY DID STATE, WHICH IS CONSEQUENCE OF THE FACT THAT YOU ARE SO ECONOMICALLY SQUEEZED , WHICH IS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE FACT THAT FOR 40 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN EFFECTUATING A TRANSFER OF WEALTH, WHICH WERE I COME FROM IS CALLED LEFT OF THE MAJOR RESOURCES OF THE U.S. TREASURY INTO THE HANDS OF THE VERY FEW PEOPLE. SO I COULD TELL YOU, OH, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THESE DIFFERENT POLICY THINGS AND WE CAN HAVE MENTAL HEALTH AVAILABLE AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE — IT IS MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE IF THAT IS ALL WE DO, THEN LET’S SAY WE WIN. THOSE SAME FORCES WILL BE BACK IN 22 AND THEY WILL RIP IT FROM YOU AND THEY WILL BE BACK IN 2024. AND FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO AWAKEN. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. I WILL TELL YOU THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PUTTING UP WITH THIS. THAT IS THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. AND UNTIL WE FUNDAMENTALLY GET THAT, EVEN IF WE ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO WANTS TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR YOU, WE WILL NOT HAVE THE POLITICAL FORCE TO UNDERSTAND WHY. I WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE DREAMS. BECAUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ALL THIS WORRY THAT YOU HAVE OF HOW I GET IT AND WHAT WILL I DO WITH THE CO-PAY AND I CAN’T AFFORD THE CO-PAY AND THAT DEBILITATE PEOPLE. IT IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY HAS PUT MILLIONS OF AMERICAN PEOPLE LIKE THIS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE LIKE THAT. WE SHOULD BE HAPPY AT WORK. WE SHOULDN’T JUST BE WORKING, YOU SHOULD BE AT JOBS YOU LIKE AND YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY TO GO TO WORK AND AN EMPLOYEE THAT IS HAPPY. IN OTHER WORDS, ALL PUBLIC POLICY SHOULD HELP PEOPLE THRIVE. AND IT IS NOT JUST YOURS AND IT IS NOT JUST HEALTHCARE AND IT IS NOT JUST MENTAL HEALTH OR ANY OTHER PARTICULAR SYMPTOM. IT IS WATERING THE ROOTS OF THE SITUATION AND RETURNING PUBLIC POLICY TO ADVOCACY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>WE WOULD LIKE TO NOW GO TO VIDEO QUESTION AND WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME SO –>>MY QUESTION IS FOR MARIANNE WILLIAMSON. I AM AN LPN IN MINNESOTA AND HAS BEEN CONFUSION IN YOUR POSITION ON VACCINES. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING PEOPLE SHOULD BE CONFUSED ABOUT. AS A NURSE I CAN TELL YOU THAT EVEN TAKING A POSITION LIKE I THINK VACCINES WORK BUT IT SHOULD BE AN INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, IT MAY SOUND POLITICALLY POPULAR BUT IT IS DANGEROUS AND CAN LEAD TO OUTBREAKS AND DEATHS IN THE COMMUNITY. SO, FROM A NURSE, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON VACCINES?>>THANK YOU. I ACTUALLY NEVER SAID VACCINES WORK BUT IT SHOULD BE AN INDIVIDUAL CHOICE. THAT IS NOT WHAT I HAVE SAID. VACCINES WORK. THAT HAS NEVER BEEN MY ISSUE. WE ALSO, HOWEVER, HAVE AN OPIOID ADDICTION PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY AND RIGHT NOW ATTORNEY GENERALS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE INDICTING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY EXECUTIVES FOR THE ROLE THAT WE KNOW THEY PLAYED IN THE OPIOID CRISIS. AND THE ROLE THEY PLAYED THE OVER MANUFACTURER, OVER MARKETING OF PAINKILLERS, OF COURSE WE NEED PAINKILLERS, BUT WHAT BIG PHARMA HAS DONE –>> YOU SAYING VACCINES ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS? >>I THINK IT IS NACVE FOR US TO BELIEVE THAT BIG PHARMA, WHICH ON ONE HAND, WHICH ON ONE HAND HAS PROVEN THAT THEY HAVE PUT MONEY BEFORE PEOPLE IN ONE AREA, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE IN ALL AREAS THAT BIG PHARMA ARE PART OF A LEGITIMATE AND RESPONSIBLE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. ANYTIME THERE IS A MEDICAL INTERVENTION, THERE IS RISK AND BENEFIT, AND, OF COURSE, THE GOVERNMENT POLICY MUST COME DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH. >>IT IS OKAY THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS MANDATE THAT?>>IN SOMETHING LIKE A HEALTH CRISIS LIKE MEASLES. BUT OVERALL — RIGHT NOW BIG PHARMA PAYS FOR 75% OF DRUG REVIEW. AND I WANT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE FDA TO HAVE COMPLETE, INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT OF ALL DRUG REVIEW. RATHER IN 1986 WHEN WE PASSED THE VACCINE IMMUNITY LAW, THERE HAS BEEN $4 BILLION PAID IN VACCINE INJURY CLAIMS. IT IS NOT THAT I AM ANTI-VACCINE –>>MEASLES IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS UNTIL PEOPLE OPTED OUT OF THE VACCINE. >>THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE RISING CHRONIC ILLNESS, THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT ALL KINDS OF POLICIES, SO THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY — >>JUST A SIMPLE YES OR NO QUESTION. DO YOU THINK THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAY TO PARENTS, YOU NEED TO GET YOUR KID VACCINATED, THEY CANNOT COME TO SCHOOL.>>I AM FINE WITH THAT, AND WHEN I’M PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WE WILL HAVE FAR MORE INDEPENDENT RESEARCH HAVING TO DO WITH THE AMOUNT OF VACCINES, HAVING TO DO WITH THE BUNDLING AND NONE OF THAT RESEARCH WILL BE PAID FOR BY BIG PHARMA.>>CAN YOU HAVE A ONE MINUTE CLOSING STATEMENT.>>I BELIEVE THAT THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES IS A PILLAR. A PILLAR NOT ONLY OF A DEMOCRATIC IDEAL. IT IS A PILLAR OF ALL THAT IS THE EVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE MOVING FORWARD FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THAT IS THAT WE REALIZE THAT LABOR, AND NOT ONLY PEOPLE WHO WORK, MOTHERS, ALL OF US LABOR. THAT WHICH MAKES US WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND NOT ONLY KNOW WHO WE ARE, BUT WHAT WE ARE HERE TO DO. THE IDEA THAT WE COULD GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING I DID SOMETHING THAT CONTRIBUTED. I DID SOMETHING THAT WAS GOOD, AND THE SOCIETY DID GOOD ON YOU. NONE OF US SHOULD WAKE UP IN THE MORNING LABORED IN SOME WAY AND FEEL THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS THWARTING US OR THAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE MANAGEMENT RECAPPING OUR DREAMS. I WANT AN ECONOMY IN WHICH EVERY AMERICAN CAN FEEL LIKE SPREADING YOUR WINGS AND BECOMING EVERYTHING YOU ARE AND BECOMING AS STRONG AS POSSIBLE SO THAT YOU CAN GO HOME AND YOUR KIDS LOOK AT YOU AND THEY HAVE RESPECT AND YOUR SPOUSE LOOKS AT YOU AND THEY HAVE RESPECT AND YOUR COMMUNITY HAS RESPECT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND YOU HAVE RESPECT AND EMPLOYEES HAVE RESPECT AND THAT IS HOW HE WILL CREATE PEACE AND THAT IS HOW WE WILL CREATE PROSPERITY. I BELIEVE IN AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM WHERE YOU HELP PEOPLE THRIVE, THEY WILL CREATE, THEY WILL PRODUCE, THEY WILL BE HAPPIER AT WORK, AND EVERYONE HAVE MORE MONEY. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU FOR COMING.>>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS. A COUPLE MORE CANDIDATES. COMING UP NEXT. BETO O’ROURKE.>>MORNING. I HAVE TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH YOU THAT I JUST LEARNED ON MY WAY OUT HERE TO SEE YOU. IN MY HOMETOWN OF EL PASO, TEXAS, THERE ISN’T ACTIVE SHOOTER OR SHOOTERS AT A MALL. WE HEARD FROM INITIAL REPORTS THAT A HIGH NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED. AND I’M THINKING ABOUT EL PASO AND I WANT YOU TO BE THINKING ABOUT THEM AS WELL. JUST AS I GOT THIS NEWS I CALLED MY WIFE, AMY, SHE’S DRIVING WITH MY DAUGHTER AND IT IS A REMINDER OF WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR ALL OF US AND ANY ILLUSION THAT WE HAD THAT PROGRESS IS INEVITABLE FOR THE CHANGE THAT WE NEED WILL COME OF ITS OWN ACCORD, SHATTERED IN MOMENTS LIKE THESE AND THAT IT IS UPON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, THERE IS NO LUXURY IN THIS DEMOCRACY OF SITTING THIS ONE OUT. WHETHER IT IS GUN VIOLENCE OR THE ISSUES THAT WE DISCUSSED TODAY ABOUT ECONOMIC INCLUSION IN THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE OR THE ABILITY TO SEE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, OR CONFRONTING THE FACT THAT WE HAVE KIDS IN CAGES ON THE US-MEXICO BORDER. IN A DEMOCRACY THIS IS NOT THE DECISION OF ONE PERSON GOT NO MATTER HOW MUCH POWER HE MAY HAVE. IT IS ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US TO MAKE THIS RIGHT. AND I WANTED TO TELL YOU I’M GRATEFUL TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND GRATEFUL TO BE IN THIS WORK WITH YOU. INTO THE PEOPLE OF EL PASO GOT ANY OF YOU WHO ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, WE ARE THINKING ABOUT YOU AND WE WANT TO MAKE THIS BETTER GOING FORWARD. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.>>I AM SORRY TO HEAR THIS TERRIBLE NEWS AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT GUN SAFETY AND WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. BUT I WANT TO GET OUT OF THE WAY THE QUESTION WE’VE BEEN ASKING ALL OF THE CANDIDATES, WHICH IS ABOUT NEVADA HAVING PASSED THIS LAW TO ALLOW STATE WORKERS TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. SHOULD THAT BE A FEDERAL MANDATE ? SHOULD THERE BE A LAW PASSED THROUGH THE CONGRESS?>>YES. I THINK WE ALSO HAVE TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE. WE COULD HAVE SUBMITTED TO THAT AND ACCEPTED OUR FUTURE AND FATE AND FORTUNE AND DECIDED BY THE SUPREME COURT AND REINFORCED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION EVERY DAY. BUT LEE SAUNDERS AND AFSCME GOT OUT THERE AND LISTENED TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS AND THANKS TO THE GOVERNOR WAS ABLE TO INCREASE THE BARGAINING POWER OF 20,000 STATE EMPLOYEES. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR AFSCME, BUT FOR THE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THAT WILL SERVICE MY INSPIRATION TO MAKE SURE WE EXTEND THIS TO PUBLIC WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. HE SERVED IN CONGRESS AND YOU UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO GET THINGS THROUGH. BUT RIGHT NOW THE LOCAL REPORTS ARE THAT MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT. WITHOUT AFTER SANDY HOOK THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE ACTION. AND WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO PRIORITIZE THIS AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN? >>WE HAVE TO FIND A REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND HOPE OR WE CAN SIGN OURSELVES TO A FUTURE WHERE NEARLY 40,000 PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE AND I CANNOT ACCEPT THAT. MY CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM COMES FROM YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE THOSE IN FLORIDA, WHO IN THE WAKE OF THE PARKLAND SHOOTING HELPED TO CHANGE THE LAWS IN THAT STATE. WE ARE NOT WHERE WE WANT TO BE YET, BUT WE MADE PROGRESS THANKS TO THEM. THOSE STUDENTS WHO LED THE MARCHES GOT THOSE MOTHERS WHO DEMAND ACTION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE MEETING THIS CHALLENGE WHICH THE URGENCY THAT DEMANDS AND IT IS OWING TO THEM THAT YOU HAD HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. IT CLOSED THOSE LOOPHOLES AND IT WILL BE THAT PUBLIC PRESSURE THAT FORMS THE POLITICAL WILL THAT WILL ULTIMATELY FORCE THE SENATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. IN MY READING OF AMERICAN HISTORY ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE — WE JUST CELEBRATED THE 55th ANNIVERSARY OF THIS CIVIL RIGHTS ACT. I’M GRATEFUL TO LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON WHO VOTED FOR IT, BUT IT WAS THOSE KIDS IN BIRMINGHAM ALL WHO FACED FIRE HOSES AND WHO WERE ARRESTED ON THE FIRST DAY OF THAT CHILDREN’S CRUSADE WHO GALVANIZED THE PUBLIC CONSCIENCE AND FORCE THIS COUNTRY TO ACT. I THINK IT IS THAT SAME KIND OF DIRECT ACTION AND URGENCY AND NONVIOLENT, IN SOME CASES, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE THAT WILL FORCE THIS COUNTRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, A STOP TO ALL SALES OF WEAPONS OF WAR AND THE FIRST REPORTS THAT IT WAS A MILITARY STYLE WEAPON, KEEP THAT ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND DID NOT BRING IT INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. I DON’T WANT TO SEE IT IN THE SCHOOLS OR ARE SYNAGOGUES OR OUR CHURCHES. AND I BELIEVE IN THIS COUNTRY AND I BELIEVE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THIS DONE, BUT IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO FORCE IT TO GET DONE. AND IT IS THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOSE MONTH WILL NOT TAKE IT.>>AS YOU KNOW, JUST A FEW MILES AWAY FROM HERE WAS THE BIGGEST MASS SHOOTING EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. WHILE A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT SAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE OPTIMISM AND YOU CANNOT GIVE UP ON AN ISSUE LIKE THAT, I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD HAVE STOPPED THAT GUY FROM GETTING THAT GUN. MAY BE THE OUTLAWING OF BUMP STOCKS, WHICH THEY DID HERE. THE REAL QUESTION IS I REALLY EXPECT RESPECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT BUT THAT SETS OFF ALARMS. WHEN YOU SAY WEAPONS OF WAR SOME PEOPLE WILL DISAGREE ABOUT WHAT THOSE ARE. SO THE DETAILS MATTER IN THIS DEBATE, DON’T THEY?>>THE DETAILS MATTER. YOU COULD SAY I RESPECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY BUT, YOU CAN SAY AND. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS AND I DON’T THINK THAT THOSE THINGS ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE AND I DON’T THINK THIS HAS TO BE DEFINED BASED ON GEOGRAPHY OR PARTISANSHIP OR YOU VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT LAST YEAR. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE WE TRAVELED EVERY SINGLE COUNTY IN TEXAS AND IN THAT VERY PROUD GUN OWNING AND GUN USING SECOND AMENDMENT DEFENDING STATE, I HEARD REPUBLICANS AND GUN OWNERS ALIKE TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES AS WELL FROM A COMMON SENSE PERSPECTIVE. A TOWN HALL MEETING IN BROWNSVILLE, A WOMAN STOOD UP AND SAID I AM AN INDEPENDENT AND MY MOTHER SAID THAT IS CODE FOR REPUBLICAN. AND I WAS BORN ON A RANCH AND I WAS BORN WITH A GUN IN MY HANDS. AND WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHETHER YOU WILL STAND UP FOR MY GRANDKIDS OR YOU’RE GOING TO STAND UP FOR THE NRA. SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GUN LOBBY HAS NOT JUST PURCHASED INFLUENCE AND ACCESS, BUT THE COMPLICITY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO LITERALLY STOPPED THE CENTER OF DISEASE CONTROL FROM STUDYING GUN VIOLENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE LEST THEY FIND THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT OF BEEN POSED. SO I THINK THE POLITICAL WILL IS THERE. I THINK WE NEED PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF PUBLIC TRUST AND LEADERSHIP TO LISTEN TO HUMAN BEINGS, NOT CORPORATIONS OR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES AND THAT IS WHY I DO NOT TAKE MONEY FROM CORPORATIONS AND I’VE NOT TAKEN PAC MONEY.>>MASS SHOOTING’S GET QUITE A BIT OF ATTENTION. BUT IN RURAL AREAS THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF SUICIDE BY GUNSHOTS. AND OBVIOUSLY MENTAL HEALTH IS AN ISSUE BUT IT SEEMS THAT PEOPLE WHO COMMIT SUICIDE HAVE MORE ACCESS TO GUNS BECAUSE THEY OWN THEM AND IS THERE AN ISSUE OF JUST SIMPLY HAVING TOO MUCH ACCESS TO GUNS, EVEN IF THEY CAN BE OBTAINED LEGALLY?>> THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES. THAT IS WHY I ALSO SUPPORT RED FLAG LAWS. IF SOMEONE IS DISPLAYING A TENDENCY TOWARD HARMING THEMSELVES OR HARMING SOMEONE IN THEIR LIFE OR YOUR LIFE, I WANT THEM TO BE A LEGAL DUE PROCESS TO STOP THEM. HOW MANY TEACHERS HAVE WE LISTENED TO AFTER ONE OF THESE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS THAT HAS SAID I KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THIS PERSON BUT MY HANDS WERE TIED. AND VERY OFTEN THAT PERSON WAS REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT LOCALLY AND SOMETIMES EVEN TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION WITH NO ABILITY TO STOP THAT PERSON BEFORE THEY HARM OR KILL SOMEONE ELSE OR HURT THEMSELVES. SO THAT IS THE FIRST STEP. SECOND, LET’S ENSURE THAT MENTAL HEALTH CARE IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE NOT AS MATTER OF FATE OR LUCK OR CIRCUMSTANCE. BUT A HUMAN RIGHT. IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, THE NUMBER ONE PROVIDER OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IS THE COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM. THE LARGEST INPATIENT PROVIDER OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES, THE HARRIS COUNTY JAIL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. PEOPLE GETTING LOCKED UP ON PURPOSE TO TREAT THEIR BIPOLAR DISORDER OR CLINICAL DEPRESSION. I THINK UNIVERSAL GUARANTEED HEALTHCARE, NO CO-PAY TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST, A SOCIAL WORKER, THERAPIST, IS A BIG PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THIS CHALLENGE.>> WE DID NOT PLAN ON TALKING ABOUT THIS OBVIOUSLY, BUT I’M SORRY FOR THE REASON THAT WE HAD TO TALK ABOUT THIS. BUT I’M SURE EVERYONE CARES ABOUT THIS AS MUCH AS THEY CARE ABOUT ANY ISSUE. WE WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT. SO LET’S HEAR FROM OUR FIRST MEMBER QUESTION.>>GOOD MORNING. I AM A MOTIVATION SPECIALIST WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A LESS SERIOUS SUBJECT. WE GOT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. AND BECAUSE OF THAT I WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A SAY IN THE WORKING CONDITIONS WERE I WORK AT. BUT I KEEP HEARING A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO I WORK WITH SAYING UNIONS ARE OLD-FASHIONED, NOT REALLY APPLICABLE TO TODAY’S SOCIETY. I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?>>GORDON, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND YOUR ADVOCACY. I THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT IS TO ENSURE THAT WE DON’T JUST DELIVER THIS MESSAGE HERE AT AFSCME OR ANY LABOR UNION IN THE COUNTRY. THE CASE HAS TO BE MADE TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO DOES NOT BELONG TO A UNION TO ENSURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE BENEFITS ACCRUE NOT JUST TO UNIONS OR THEIR MEMBERS, BUT TO THIS COUNTRY. HOW DID WE CREATE THE LARGEST MIDDLE-CLASS AT THE TIME IN THE WORLD? HOW DID WE PULL THE UNITED STATES OUT OF THE GREATEST DEPRESSION THAT WE HAD EVER SEEN TO MAKE THIS THE GREATEST POWER OF THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN? UNIONS WERE CENTRAL TO THAT AND THAT BENEFITED NOT JUST THE MEMBERS OF THOSE UNIONS, BUT EVERYBODY ELSE. THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIREFIGHTERS IN EL PASO, WHEN I WAS ON THE CITY COUNCIL, HE MADE THE CASE TO ME THAT WHAT WE WERE ARGUING FOR RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF PAY AND BENEFITS AND SAFETY IN THE STATIONS AND AT THOSE FIRES THAT WE WERE FIGHTING OR THE PEOPLE TO WHOM WE WERE DELIVERING LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL HELP, THAT IS GOOD NOT JUST FOR US, IT IS GREAT FOR THE COUNTRY. INSURANCE RATES ARE DOWN BECAUSE RESPONSE TIMES ARE UP AND WE ARE SAVING MORE LIVES IN THIS COMMUNITY. A STRONGER PUBLIC SAFETY UNION IS GREAT FOR THE MILLION PEOPLE THAT WE WANT TO SERVE IN THIS COMMUNITY. WHEN I WAS ON THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MAKING THE CASE THAT THEY MEMBERS WERE DOING WELL NOT JUST FOR THEMSELVES BUT I COULD POINT TO SPECIFIC EXAMPLES. ENSURING THAT WE DID A BETTER JOB ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AND COORDINATING THAT WITH MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVISION WAS SAVING LIVES AT THE VA AND THE ULTIMATE BENEFICIARY, NOT THE MEMBER, BUT THE VETERAN. SO LET’S MAKE THAT CASE NOT JUST MEMBERS OF UNIONS BUT EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY. 320 MILLION STRONG. THANK YOU. I APPRECIATED.>>WE ARE SHORT ON TIME HERE. NOT THAT I’M SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT HOW LONG YOUR NEXT ANSWER SHOULD BE, THAT I AM.>>HELLO. I’M A REGISTERED NURSE FOR THE STATE OF IOWA. TWO YEARS AGO IN MY STATE LEGISLATORS PASSED A LAW THAT TOOK AWAY ALMOST ALL OF MY RIGHTS AS A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE AND AS A UNION MEMBER. AS PRESIDENT, WOULD YOU SUPPORT THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT?>>YOU ALREADY ANSWERED THAT FOR US.>>THANK YOU, SUSAN.>>I GUESS IN THE MINUTE THAT WE HAVE REMAINING, DO YOU THINK THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE SHIED AWAY TOO MUCH FROM BEING PROUNION AND TALKING ABOUT UNIONS, AND YOU DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS PRESIDENT?>>YES. AND GOT YOU KNOW, FOLLOWING UP ON GORDON’S QUESTION. I THINK IT IS SO CRITICAL THAT WE MAKE THE CASE TO THE COUNTRY ABOUT WHY THIS IS GREAT FOR THE COUNTRY. I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. I WAS RECENTLY IN IOWA AND LISTENING TO SCHOOLTEACHERS AND PUBLIC EDUCATORS. IN 2017 THAT STATE PASSED A LAW SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR THAT REMOVED THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE AND COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS AN EXODUS OF SCHOOLTEACHERS FROM IOWA TO MINNESOTA, WHICH HAS ENJOYED A BUMPER CROP OF PHYSICS TEACHERS AND KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS PAID FOR IN PART BY THE TAXPAYERS OF IOWA. SO WHAT WE ARE HEARING IS THAT DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS, AND REPUBLICANS, ARE COMING TO THE REALIZATION THAT THE ABILITY TO ORGANIZE AND COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN WAS GOOD NOT JUST FOR THE SCHOOLTEACHERS BUT FOR THE KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM. UNLESS WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CAN MAKE THAT CASE TO THE COUNTRY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THE DIMINISHMENT OF UNIONS IN AMERICA, AND BY EXTENSION, THE DIMINISHMENT OF AMERICA AT LARGE.>>YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE TO WRAP UP. YOU CAN DELIVER A CLOSING STATEMENT IF YOU WOULD LIKE.>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. AFSCME, PRESIDENT SAUNDERS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU AND TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE THAT I TRAVELED TO EACH ONE OF THE 254 COUNTIES OF TEXAS. A STATE THAT WAS WRITTEN OFF AS TO READ TO BE COMPETITIVE FOR A DEMOCRAT. ESTATE THAT WAS RANKED 50th IN VOTER TURN OFF. AND IN THAT STATE BY GOING EVERYWHERE, SHOWING UP WITH THE COURAGE OF OUR CONVICTIONS, A BOLD, PROGRESSIVE MESSAGE, INCLUDING EVERYONE IN THE SOLUTION SAYING YOUR GEOGRAPHY AND WE WON MORE VOTES THAN ANY DEMOCRAT HAD IN HISTORY OF THE STATE. WE WON INDEPENDENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES AND WE WON NEARLY HALF 1 MILLION REPUBLICANS. THAT KIND OF MOVEMENT THAT BRING EVERYONE IN IS WHAT WILL TAKE TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP AND BRING THIS VERY DIVIDED COUNTRY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO DO THAT. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US OUT HERE TODAY. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] . THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>NEXT WE HAVE TOM STEYER úJOI.>>ONE MINUTE.>>MY NAME IS TOM STEYER AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME HISTORY ON MY RELATIONSHIP WITH LABOR. 10 YEARS AGO — FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS I HAVE BEEN ORGANIZING COALITIONS OF ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS AGAINST UNCHECKED CORPORATE POWER. MY FIRST AND BEST PARTNER HAS ALWAYS BEEN ORGANIZED LABOR. 10 YEARS AGO WE TOOK ON OIL COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA. PEOPLE SAID WE COULD NEVER BEAT THEM. WE GOT 70% OF THE VOTE AND BEAT THEM. IN 2012 THERE WERE TWO PROPOSITIONS. THERE WAS PROP 32 THAT ATTEMPTED TO TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTS OF WORKING PEOPLE TO ORGANIZE POLITICALLY AND I WAS RUNNING A PROPOSITION TO CLOSE A BILLION-DOLLAR CORPORATE LOOPHOLE AND GIVE THE MONEY TO FIX SCHOOLS. WE RAN THOSE PROPOSITIONS TOGETHER. I GAVE $500,000 PERSONALLY TO DEFEAT PROP 32. WE WON BOTH OF THEM. AND THAT WAS ONE MORE STEP FORWARD TOGETHER. IN 2016 I WAS RECRUITED BY LABOR TO COCHAIR A PROPOSITION IN CALIFORNIA TO HAVE A TWO DOLLAR TAX PUT ON CIGARETTES AND GIVE THE MONEY TO MEDI-CAL. THE TOBACCO COMPANIES HAD WON 17 TIMES IN A ROW AND WE GOT 60% OF THE VOTE AND WE WON AGAIN. IN ADDITION, FOR THE FUTURE, WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION OF NATIONAL LABOR UNIONS TO GO DOOR TO DOOR IN THE SWING STATES HAS ONE PARTNER THAT IS NOT A UNION AND IT IS MY NEXGEN AMERICA ORGANIZATION. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED, WE KNOCKED ON 15 MILLION DOORS TOGETHER IN SEVEN SWING STATES IN 2017. WE KNOCKED ON 10 MILLION DOORS TOGETHER IN 2018. NEVADA, THE STATE WE ARE IN, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FOCUSES. WHEN WE STARTED IN 2016 IT HAD A REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE AND A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR. IN 2018 WE FLIPPED BOTH OF THOSE THINGS. IN 2019, WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN IS A CHANGE IS A CHANGE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE FROM $7.50 TO $12. YOU’VE SEEN EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN IN THE SAME JOBS AND YOU HAVE SEEN THE RIGHT OF STATE WORKERS TO ORGANIZE AND THAT IS AS A RESULT OF THOSE WINDS IN 2018. MY FIRST AND BEST PARTNER — MY FIRST AND BEST PARTNER IN ORGANIZING AROUND THE UNITED STATES IN DIRECT DEMOCRACY AND DOOR TO DOOR HAS ALWAYS BEEN ORGANIZED LABOR. IT WILL ALWAYS BE ORGANIZED LABOR. AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE. THANK YOU.>>YOU’RE GOING TO GET THE SAME QUESTION WE’VE BEEN ASKING EVERY OTHER CANDIDATE. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NATIONWIDE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHTS THAT NEVADA EMPLOYEES DO, WHICH IS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS?>> ABSOLUTELY. UNEQUIVOCABLY YES.>>BY THE WAY, I DID NOT KNOW UNTIL THAT MOMENT THAT YOU ARE TAKING CREDIT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC VICTORIES HERE.>>ACTUALLY, IN NEVADA IN 2018 WE WENT DOOR TO DOOR AND WE ORGANIZED ON HER OWN IN 10 CAMPUSES TO TURNOUT PEOPLE UNDER 30 TO DOUBLE THE TURNOUT AND WE RAN A PRO CLEAN ENERGY PROPOSITION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE AFL-CIO THAT ONE MAN. WE WERE ALL OVER. >>I SHOULD HAVE REALIZED THAT IF I GAVE YOU A LITTLE RIBBING LIKE THAT, YOU WOULD TAKE IT FURTHER. LET’S GO TO THE SERIOUS TOPIC. YOU ARE AN OUTSIDER BY ANY DEFINITION COMPARED TO MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING. A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE, AND AMANDA AND I HAVE TALKED TO OTHERS ABOUT THIS, THE HAVE EXPERIENCE IN GETTING THINGS DONE IN WASHINGTON. THE LAST TIME THAT A GUY RAN THAT SAID WE NEED TO ELECT AN OUTSIDER, A BUSINESS GUY, HOW DID THAT TURN OUT?>>HE IS A TERRIBLE GUY. AND, IN FACT, IF YOU’VE NOTICED, I’VE COLLECTED MORE THAN 8 MILLION SIGNATURES TO IMPEACH HIM AND THROW HIM OUT OF OFFICE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. SO LET ME SAY THIS. BUT THAT AWFUL GUY WAS MAKING A POINT THAT IS TRUE AND THAT IS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN AND THERE HAS BEEN HOSPITAL CORPORATE TAKEOVER AND UNTIL WE BREAK THAT STRANGLEHOLD ON THE GOVERNMENT AND GET TO BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE, WE WILL NOT GET ANY OF THE POLICIES THAT WE WANT. AND MY ARGUMENT IS TO DO THAT WE NEED GRASSROOTS ENERGY AND AN OUTSIDER LIKE ME THAT HAS BEEN DOING IT WITH THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM AND BEATING CORPORATIONS FOR 10 YEARS DIRECTLY TO GO INTO WASHINGTON AND MAKE THAT CHANGE. I ASK YOU, DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE A WASHINGTON INSIDER WHO HAS BEEN THERE FOR DECADES, OR WILL IT BE GRASSROOTS ENERGY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES INSISTING ON A CHANGE.>>LET ME ASK YOU A QUICK FOLLOW. WHY SHOULD THE UNION FOLKS IN THIS ROOM AND ON THE LIVE STREAM TRUST A HEDGE FUND GUY TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR INTERESTS?>>IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND SEE WHO HAS BEEN LEADING DIRECTLY IN THIS FIGHT, HONESTLY, WE HAVE BEEN THESE PEOPLE CONSISTENTLY. IT IS NOT JUST THE OIL COMPANIES WHO WE BEAT. WE BEAT THEM IN NEVADA, WE BEAT THEM IN CALIFORNIA, WE BEAT THE DRUG COMPANIES, WE HAVE BEATEN THE TOBACCO COMPANIES. WE HAVE TAKEN THESE PEOPLE ON. I KNOW THESE PEOPLE. LOOK, I WORKED WITH INVESTORS FOR A LONG TIME AND I GAVE UP THAT JOB AND I GAVE UP MY BUSINESS. I TOOK THE GIVING PLEDGE TO GIVE MY MONEY TO GOOD CAUSES AND I HAVE BEEN ORGANIZING COALITIONS OF AMERICANS BECAUSE THIS IS THE JOB. THE JOB IS TO TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT. IF WE TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT, WE WILL GET HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. WE WILL GET QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION, WITH SKILLS TRAINING ONGOING FOR YOUR LIFE. WE WILL GET A LIVING WAGE. WE WILL GET CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER. BUT IF WE DO NOT TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT, ALL OF THOSE PROMISES AND THOSE THEORIES ARE JUST THAT. YOU CAN LOOK AND SEE, WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN THEM IN THE PAST AND THERE IS A REASON, AND IF THIS IS NOT A POLICY DISCUSSION RIGHT NOW. THIS IS A QUESTION OF HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET IT DONE. MY ARGUMENT IS I HAVE BEEN GETTING IT DONE WITH THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM FOR 10 YEARS SUCCESSFULLY. [ APPLAUSE ]>>YOU HAVE BEEN GENEROUS IN DONATING YOUR MONEY TO LIBERAL CAUSES. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE TAX SYSTEM SHOULD BE SET UP IN A WAY THAT ALLOWED YOU TO MAKE THAT MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE, OR SHOULD BE CHANGED SO THAT BILLIONAIRES CANNOT EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY?>>THAT IS TWO QUESTIONS. I HAVE SAID FOR A LONG TIME THAT THE TAX SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY IS REMARKABLY UNFAIR. THE PROOF THAT CORPORATIONS HAVE TAKEN OVER THIS GOVERNMENT IS THE TAX SYSTEM. BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK SINCE 1980, ALL OF THE INCREASE IN INCOME IN THIS COUNTRY HAS GONE TO THE CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WORKING PEOPLE HAVE NOT GOTTEN A REAL RACE IN TWO GENERATIONS. THAT IS PROOF THAT THEY ALL RIGHT. THE FIRST PERSON IN THIS RACE TO HAVE PROPOSED A WEALTH TAX IS ME. I LOOK AT THIS TAX SYSTEM, INCLUDING THAT RIDICULOUS, AWFUL, TAX BILL THAT MR. TRUMP PUSHED THROUGH. IT IS PROOF THAT WORKING PEOPLE ARE GETTING SCREWED. SO, OF COURSE, I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A CHANGE IN TAXES. I THINK THAT WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 40 YEARS — ANNE CUTLER, I’M LOOKING AT UNION PEOPLE. YOU KNOW WHY THEY LOVE TO TAKE ON UNIONS? AND IT IS THEY DESTROY THE ARMS AND LEGS AND THEY KEEP ALL THE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES. WE HAVE 40 YEARS TO UNDO SINCE RONALD REAGAN CAME IN AND WENT AFTER ORGANIZED LABOR SPECIFICALLY. AND ECONOMIC REASONS.>>AND SO, IN YOUR IDEAL ECONOMIC SYSTEM, SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU DID?>>I SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO KEEP AS MUCH MONEY AS I DID. IT IS NOT A QUESTION ABOUT — THERE ARE TWO THINGS GOING ON. THERE IS THE TAX SYSTEM AND HOW MUCH PEOPLE MAKE. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHY WE HAVE UNIONS. WE HAVE A THREE POINT 7% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. THAT IS LOWER THAN PEOPLE THINK IS NORMAL THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THAT PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE ON THE JOBS THAT EXIST IN THE SOCIETY. PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE TWO JOBS OR THREE JOBS. THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON. AND PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS. WE HAVE A HEALTHCARE COST CRISIS. THE COST OF HEALTHCARE HAS ESCALATED SO MUCH THAT IT EATS UP EVERYONE’S RAISES. AND THAT IS A BIG PART OF THE REASON WHY PEOPLE HAVE NOT GOTTEN MORE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR 40 YEARS. SO WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REDOING THE SYSTEM, IT IS BROAD- BASED. THERE ARE A BUNCH OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO. BUT THE NUMBER ONE THING TO MAKE ANY OF THIS HAPPEN IS TO TAKE BACK THE DEMOCRACY. IF WE DO NOT TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT FOR OURSELVES AND BEAT THESE CORPORATIONS, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BEAT UP ON ORGANIZED LABOR, BEAT UP ON WORKING PEOPLE AND KEEP ALL THE MONEY. THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO AND THEY ARE DOING IT, BY THE WAY.>>THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY, SO I WILL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. WE WILL HAVE A QUESTION FROM A MEMBER.>>I AM A CORRECTIONAL SERGEANT. I’M VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THE FIGHT THAT ONE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN THE STATE OF NEVADA. WE ARE NOW ORGANIZING THOUSANDS OF STATE EMPLOYEES. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A STATE EMPLOYEE WAS ON THE FENCE ABOUT JOINING A UNION?>>LOOK, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE FROM STRENGTH. IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WORKING PEOPLE TREATED FAIRLY, THEY NEED TO BE JOINED TOGETHER SO THAT THEIR VOICES ARE TAKEN TOGETHER. I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE, GO INTO WALMART AND NEGOTIATE YOUR WAGES AND SEE HOW THAT WORKS FOR YOU. WE NEED ORGANIZATIONS, UNION SPECIFICALLY, TO ORGANIZE THE POWER AND THE VOICE OF WORKING PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN GET A FAIR BREAK. WITHOUT THAT, YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT A CORPORATION WITH 100,000 LAWYERS AND THE ABILITY TO HANG OUT AND BEAT ON YOU. SO, FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IN A NEGOTIATION TO COME IN WITH SOME STRENGTH AND TO COME IN TOGETHER. YOU HAVE TO JOIN THE UNION. OTHERWISE YOU’RE TRYING TO LET EVERYBODY ELSE TO THE FIGHT AND YOU TAKE THE MONEY. I KNOW THAT.>>QUICKLY, BEFORE I PLAY A VIDEO QUESTION, AT THE RISK OF ASKING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR A YES OR NO ANSWER, BASED ON WHO JUST ASKED THAT QUESTION, DO YOU THINK PRISONS — PRIVATE PRISONS SHOULD BE BANNED IN AMERICA?>>THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE MONEY FROM. I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING. YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE MONEY FROM TEACHING LITTLE KIDS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL. IF YOU SAVE MONEY, GIVE IT BACK TO THEM. GIVE THEM A BETTER EDUCATION. THERE IS NO PROFIT MARGIN IN TEACHING LITTLE KIDS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PROFIT MARGIN IN SCHOOLS. CAN I GO A LITTLE FURTHER ON THIS?>>I CAN TRY TO STOP YOU. DO WANT TO TELL THESE FOLKS — >>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE MARKET. PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT AND THERE IS ALWAYS RULES. AND SO WHENEVER YOU SEE ONE SUPPLIER SERVING ONE CUSTOMER, WHICH IS EVERY GOVERNMENT FUNCTION, IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET AND THERE IS NO EFFICIENCY. THAT IS A DREAM THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TRIED TO FOIST OFF ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.>>THERE SHOULD NOT BE PRIVATE PRISONS.>>WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THE NEXT VIDEO QUESTION TOO WE WILL GIVE YOU A MINUTE FOR YOUR CLOSING REMARKS.>>YOU CAN TELL FROM WHAT I HAVE SAID THAT I BELIEVE THAT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US IS A QUESTION OF RETAKING THIS DEMOCRACY. I BELIEVE THAT THE CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT IT IN THE JOB STARTING ON JANUARY 2021 IS TO RETAKE IT AND IT WILL BE A FIGHT ALL THE WAY. THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM SHOULD BELIEVE AS MUCH IS ANYBODY IN THE WORLD THAT I CAN DO THAT BECAUSE, IN FACT, WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER FOR OVER A DECADE. IN FACT, WE HAVE TAKEN ON THESE CORPORATIONS AND PEOPLE HAVE CONSISTENTLY AT THE STATE LEVEL. WE CAN DO THAT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BUT TO DO THAT WE WILL HAVE TO NAME IT, WE WILL HAVE TO SAY THIS IS THE ISSUE. WE WILL HAVE TO WIN THIS ELECTION REALLY BIG, AND, BY THE WAY, I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR. MY ORGANIZATION WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR AND WE WILL BE DOING THE WORK TO GET A HUGE VICTORY. IF WE NAME IT AND WE GET THAT VICTORY, WE WILL CHANGE STRUCTURALLY. I WILL PUSH FOR TERM LIMITS IN CONGRESS, I WILL PUSH FOR A NATIONAL REFERENDUM, I WILL MAKE SURE IT IS EASY TO VOTE, AND WE WILL GO AFTER THE IDEA THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE THAT FOREVER BECAUSE THAT IS THE LIE ON WHICH THEY HANG THE CONTROL OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND IT IS PREVENTING US FROM GETTING THE THINGS THAT MAKE WORKING AMERICANS SAFE AND SECURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.COMING RIGH AFTER LUNCH. . >>>WE KNOW HOW THE STAKES ARE IN THIS UPCOMING ELECTION, ANYONE WHO WANTS OUR SUPPORT HAD BETTER BE PREPARED TO SHOW HIS OR HER COMMITMENT TO WORKING PEOPLE, THAT MEANS A RECORD OF STANDING UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, IN THE EVERYDAY HEROES WHO PROVIDE PUBLIC SERVICES. AND IT MEANS A PROMISE. A PROMISE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY TO JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATE CEOS, WHO DETERMINE TO ROB WORKING PEOPLE OF OUR VOICES. WE DEMAND MORE THAN PROMISES. WE DEMAND BOLD IDEAS. BUT MOST OF ALL, WE DEMAND ACTION FROM THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO LEAD. JOIN US IN PUTTING PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST. . >>>WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE HAVE MORE CANDIDATES IN THE SECOND HALF THAN WE HAVE IN THE FIRST, WHO KNOWS, PEOPLE MIGHT ANNOUNCE DURING THIS, WE’LL LET THEM COME UP AT THE END. BUT SERIOUSLY, THANKS FOR BEING WITH US, THE QUESTIONS FROM THEMEMBERS HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL. WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU, AMANDA, LET’S BRING UP OUR FIRST CANDIDATE OF THE AFTERNOON, BERNIE SANDERS IS HERE. >>>ALL RIGHT. LET ME, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, LET ME BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING YOU AND FOR THE STANDING UP FOR THE WORKING CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY, WHEN I LOOK AROUND AMERICA TODAY, FRANKLY, I AM SICK AND TIRED HALF OF OUR PEOPLE ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, I KNOW ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I LIVED IN A FAMILY THAT LIVED PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. MEANWHILE, 49% OF ALL NEW INCOME GOES TO THE TOP 1%. I AM TIRED AROUND TO GOING AROUND, CITY AFTER CITY, INCLUDING LAS VEGAS, SEEING NATIONALLY, I HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS, MILLIONS MORE PAYING 45, 50, 55% OF THEIR LIMITED INCOME IN HOUSING. I AM TIRED OF SEEING 87 MILLION AMERICANS HAVING NO HEALTH INSURANCE OR BEING UNDER INSURED WITH THE UNITED STATES BEING THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH NOT TO GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL, AND I WANT TO THANK AFSCME. I AM TIRED OF A TIME LIVING IN A COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD TO GO TO COLLEGE, 45 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE DEALING WITH OUTRAGEOUS LEVELS OF STUDENT DEBT. AND THAT IS WHY I AM PROUD TO HELP LEAD THE EFFORT TO MAKE PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TUITION FREE AND CANCEL ALL STUDENT DEBT IN AMERICA. I’M TIRED OF SEEING SO MANY OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS WORKING FOR STARVATION WAGES $8, $9, $10 AN HOUR. I’VE BEEN VERY PROUD TO WORK WITH AFSCME, AND OTHER UNIONS TO ADD THAT MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 AN HOUR, MAKE IT EASY FOR WORKERS TO JOIN UNITS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I SAY THIS NOT BECAUSE I’M HERE TODAY IN FRONT OF AFSCME, I SAY THIS ALL THE TIME. IF WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ON THE GREED AND THE POWER AND THE CORRUPTION OF THE CORPORATE ELITE OF WALL STREET AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE DRUG COMPANIES, AND THE FUEL INDUSTRY, THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, IF WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THEM ON, WE NEED AN UN PRECEDENTED GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT TO — SECOND OF ALL, TO CREATE A ECONOMY AND A GOVERNMENT WHO WORKS FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE, AND NOT JUST WEALTHY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS. SO, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE HAVE GOT TO GROW THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT, I HAVE LEGISLATION TO DO THAT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AN UN PRECEDENTED MOVEMENT FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THE TRADE MOVEMENT HAS TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT MOVEMENT. AS PRESIDENT, WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ON ADMINISTRATION, ON ONE END, WE HAVE UNIONS ON ONE HAND, ON THE OTHER END, WE HAVE CORPORATE AMERICA. I SAY THIS WHO HAS A LIFETIME 100% VOTING RECORD WITH THE AFL, CIO , WHO HAS NOT ONLY VOTED, MARCHED ON MORE PICKET LINES THAN I CAN REMEMBER, WHO WORKS WITH THE WORKERS AT AMAZON AND DISNEY TO GET THEM A $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE. OUR JOB IS TO CREATE A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR THE WORKING CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY, AND NOT JUST THE 1%. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. SORRY, SENATOR, THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE. I’M KIDDING. I WANT TO START WITH A QUESTION WE’VE BEEN ASKING EVERY CANDIDATE JUST TO GET ON THE RECORD HERE TODAY AFTER NEVADA JUST RECENTLY PASSED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM STATE EMPLOYEES, SHOULD THAT COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SHOULD EVERY STATE HAVE TO HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR EMPLOYEES? >>OF COURSE THEY SHOULD, AND THE LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED CALLED THE WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY ACT WILL IMPLEMENT THE MOST SWEEPING LABEL LAW LEGISLATION SINCE THE 1930’S. IT WILL PROVIDE CARD CHECK, WHEN THEY SIGN THAT YARD, THEY’LL HAVE A UNION AND THAT JOB HAS A WAY WITH RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION. >>SO, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS STACKED ITS UPPER RANKS WITH CORPORATE LEADERS, IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION, WOULD YOU APPOINT UNION LEADERS AND PEOPLE IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT AND, NOT ONLY IN TOP ROLES, EVEN AS LABOR SECRETARY. >>GUYS, YOU HAVE TO START ASKING ME HARD QUESTIONS. NO, I WILL APPOINT MULTIBILLIONAIRES, WHOSE JOB IT IS TO TAKE JOBS IN AMERICA AND MOVE THEM TO CHINA, I’LL APPOINT AN EPA DIRECTOR WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, I’LL APPOINT THE SECRETARY OF THE ENERGY WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE, WHAT I JUST SAID, YOU KNOW, OUR CAMPAIGN IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. IT IS GOING TO BE A GOVERNMENT OF WORKERS BY WORKERS AND FOR WORKERS. JUST TO BE CLEAR, AND NOT GET ANOTHER ACCUSATION, SENATOR, WOULD YOU PLEDGE RIGHT HERE TODAY TO APPOINT A UNION LEADER AS LABOR SECRETARY I WILL EITHER APPOINT A UNION LEADER OR THE STRONGEST PERSON THAT I KNOW WHO IS GOING TO STAND UP FOR THE WORKING CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. ALL RIGHT. BUT THERE WILL BE, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, I DON’T LIKE ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE IT DEPENDS UPON WHO IS OUT THERE, BUT THERE IS NO QUESTION, I KNOW I THINK ON MY FEET, I DON’T THINK ON MY BACKSIDE HERE. YES, I DO PROMISE YOU, THAT THERE WILL BE NO LABOR SECRETARY, STRONGER IN THE DEFENSE OF THE WORKING CLASS AND TRADE UNIONS THAN THE ONE THAT I WILL APPOINT. >>OKAY. SO LET’S MOVE ONTO YOUR FAVORITE TOPIC, THAT IS MEDICARE FOR ALL. THERE WAS A ROBUST DEBATE GOING ON, I THINK YOU’D AGREE NOW, WITHIN THIS PRIMARY ABOUT WHETHER MEDICARE FOR ALL IS THE BEST POLICY, I MENTIONED EARLIER, I HAD A GOOD FRIEND WHO IS A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TEXT ME JUST YESTERDAY, SAYING, HE HAD A GREAT PLAN, HE JUST BECAME A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, IT IS A WONDERFUL PLAN. YET THE CULINARY UNION, THEY HAVE NEGOTIATED FOR A CADILLAC PLAN FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORRIED THAT MEDICARE FOR ALL, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO LOSE PLANTS THAT THEY REALLY, REALLY LIKE. HOW CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT THEY WON’T. >>I WROTE THE BILL. FINE. WE GET IT. ALL RIGHT, FIRST OF ALL, FIRST OF ALL, THERE IS A DEBATE, BUT A LOT OF THE ENERGY AND THE MONEY FROM THAT DEBATE COMES FROM THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY. WHEN YOU SEE THE ADS ON TELEVISION DEMONIZING BERNIE SANDERS, UNDERSTAND, THAT THOSE ADS ARE PAID FOR BY AN INDUSTRY, THAT’S THE DRUG COMPANIES, THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND OTHERS, THAT LAST YEAR MADE $100 BILLION IN PROFITS PAY THEIR CEO’S COMPENSATION PACKAGES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME 87 MILLION AMERICANS ARE UNDERINSURED AND UNINSURED AND WE PAY THE HIGHEST PRICES IN THE WORLD FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. >>I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT. >>IN TERMS OF THE UNION WORKERS, LET ME SAY THIS. MEDICARE FOR ALL PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE TO EVERY UNION WORKER AND EVERY AMERICAN, COVERS ALL HEALTH CARE NEEDS INCLUDING HEARING AIDES, EYEGLASSES, DENTAL CARE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND UNLIKE THE KERN SYSTEM, I WAS THE MAYOR, I HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS STUFF, ALL OF YOU KNOW THAT CITY GOVERNMENTS EVERY YEAR ARE LOOKING AROUND, HOW CAN I GET A BETTER DEAL? I HAVE TO MOVE FROM BLUE CROSS, UNITED, THIS ONE AND THAT ONE, UNDER MEDICARE, BY THE WAY, SOME 50 MILLION PEOPLE EVERY SINGLE YEAR LOSE THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE. UNDER MEDICARE FOR ALL, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE STABILITY. ALL WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS TAKE A VERY GOOD PROGRAM, MEDICARE, EXPAND ITS BENEFITS, AND OVER A 4-YEAR PERIOD, GO FROM 65 TO 55 TO 45, TO 35, AND THEN COVER EVERYBODY. SO THE ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, THE ADVANTAGE FOR UNION WORKERS IS THAT RIGHT NOW EVERY TIME YOU GUYS SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE WHAT YOUR CITY SAYS, THE CITY OR THE TOWN, WE’LL GIVE YOU 3%, BUT, BY THE WAY YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY A HIGHER DEDUCTIBLE OR HIGHER CO-PAYMENT, IS THAT RIGHT? THAT IS IN THE MIDST OF EVERY LABOR NEGOTIATION, PUBLIC SECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR. WE WILL DO WHAT EVERY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH DOES, GUARANTEE ALL OF YOU HEALTH CARE RIGHTS SO YOU CAN SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE DECENT WAGE INCREASES. AND, IF AN EMPLOYEE, IF WILL BE THE CASE, ENDS UP SAVING MONEY, THEY ARE GOING TO PAY LESS IN TAXES THAN THEY DO IN PREMIUMS AND BENEFITS TO YOU, THAT SAVINGS WILL GO TO THE WORKERS UNDER OUR LEGISLATION. >>AMANDA WILL JUMP IN HERE, THIS IS A YES OR NO QUESTION, I KNOW ALL OF YOU PEOPLE NEVER ANSWER YES OR NO. >>NO. YES. >>CAN YOU GUARANTEE TO THESE WORKERS HERE AND TO A CULINARY WORKER IN LAS VEGAS THAT IF MEDICARE FOR ALL BECOMES THE LAW OF THE LAND THAT THE PLAN MAY GET UNDER THE SANDERS MEDICARE FOR ALL, WILL BE AT LEAST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER, CAN YOU REALLY GUARANTEE THAT. >>ABSOLUTELY. WE CAN. LOOK. BECAUSE WE DO AWAY WITH ALL DEDUCTIBLES, ONE OF THE DISINGENUOUS ASPECTS OF THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE, PEOPLE SAY, WELL, YOU’RE INSURED, YOU’RE INSURED. YOU MAY BE INSURED BUT HAVE A $7,000 DEDUCTIBLE, A SIGNIFICANT CO-PAYMENT, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR WHEN YOU ARE SICK, BY THE WAY, LET US NOT FORGET, 500,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THIS YEAR WILL GO BANKRUPT AFTER THEY LEAVE THE HOSPITAL. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN UNDER MEDICARE FOR ALL. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THIS, WE HAVE TO FIGHT HARD TO GET THROUGH A LOT OF THE MEDIA BLOCK OUT ON THIS, YOU GO TO CANADA, YOU HAVE OPEN HEART SURGERY, YOU HAVE CANCER TREATMENT, YOU ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A MONTH. ANYBODY KNOW WHAT THE BILL IS WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THE HOSPITAL? ZERO. YOU GO TO ANY DOCTOR YOU WANT, ANY HOSPITAL THAT YOU WANT. SO THE ISSUE ISN’T JUST INSURANCE TRUMP BELIEFS THE INSURANCE IS JUNK INSURANCE THAT COVERS NOTHING, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE, WITHOUT ANY DEDUCTIBLES, WITHOUT ANY CO- PAYMENTS, WITH VERY, VERYCOMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE. >>SENATOR, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT STUDENT DEBT. WE TALKED TO SENATOR WARREN EARLIER, WHO ALSO HAS AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT RELIEF PLAN, HERS WOULD GIVE ABOUT 95% OF DEBT, YOURS WOULD DO 100%. PART OF THE REASON SHE CHOOSE THAT NUMBER IS BECAUSE SHE LOOKED AT THE NUMBERS AND DOING 100% COULD WIDEN THE RATIO WEALTH GAP. WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT? >>NO, I DON’T THINK SO. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, I DON’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS IN MY HEAD NOW, OUR PLAN WILL REDUCE THE RATIO WEALTH GAP FROM 12 TO 1 FROM YOUNGER PEOPLE TO 5 TO 1, THAT’S PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE DECIDED TO DO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN TERMS OF CANCELING ALL STUDENT DEBT, BY THE WAY JUST TO BE CLEAR, WE PAY FOR THIS EXPENSIVE BILL, IT IS A $2.2 TRILLION LEGISLATION OVER 10 YEARS WHICH INCLUDES MAKING PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TUITION FREE, WE DO THAT WITH A TAX, A MODEST TAX ON WALL STREET SPECULATION. WE BAILED OUT WALL STREET, IT IS WALL STREET’S TIME TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT, AMANDA, ONE OF THE REASONS WE DID WHAT WE DID. AND CANCEL ALL STUDENT DEBT, ALSO HAS TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE AND THE NUMBER OF OTHER PROGRAMS. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF FILLING OUT FORMS, THE COMPLEXITY. YOU KNOW, IN HEALTH CARE YOU HAVE TO FILL OUT A MILLION FORMS, GET REJECTED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY, YOU ARE GOING TO ARGUE WITH THEM, IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CANCELLIZATION OF STUDENT DEBT, WHAT HAPPENS, I HAVE TO FILL OUT ANOTHER FORM, I THINK WE HAVE A MILLENNIAL GENERATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY WILL HAVE A LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING THAN THEIR PARENTS. THEY WERE TOLD, GO TO COLLEGE, TAKE ALL THIS DEBT, NO WORRIES, YOU’LL GET OUT AND PAY IT OFF, NOT THE CASE. FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, UNBELIEVABLE, I JUST LEARNED THIS RECENTLY. LISTEN TO THIS. FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUNG PEOPLE 12 YEARS AFTER THEY TOOK OUT THAT DEBT, THEY ARE MORE IN DEBT THAN THEY WERE WHEN THEY TOOK IT OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE OF INTEREST RATES. THAT IS REALLY CRUSHING AN ENTIRE GENERATION. I SAY, LET’S GET RID OF THAT DEBT ENTIRELY, WE’LL PAY FOR IT BY A TAX ON WALL STREET SPECULATION AND WHEN ALL OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE, I BELIEVE, A HUGE INCREASE IN JOB CREATION AND ENTREPRENEURIALSHIP BECAUSE PEOPLE NOW HAVE THE MONEY TO DO WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO. >>SENATOR, I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM THE MEMBERS, AND THEY HAVE SOME QUESTIONS NOR YOU. SO LET’S START WITH THE FIRST LINE OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. >>GOOD AFTERNOON, SENATOR. MY NAME IS CALVIN CHUNG. I AM A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, I WAS RECENTLY INJURED BY THE INMATES. AND I’M HOPING WITH THE COLLECTIVE BARGAININGS WE CAN HELP MAKE OUR JOB MORE SAFER. WE KNOW THE NEGOTIATION WITH THE UNION MEANS THE CEO LIKE ME, ARE BETTER TRAINED AND SAFER. MY QUESTION IS, PIRATE PRISON, CEO PUT THE PEOPLE AT RISK, WHICH IS . >>>WHICH IS WHY, AS A PRESIDENT, WILL YOU BAN THE PRIVATE PERSON FROM THE FEDERAL SYSTEM AND ENCOURAGE MORE STATE TO DO THE SAME. >>VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. IN 2016 THREE YEARS AGO, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NATIONAL CANDIDATES TO SAY THAT WE MUST BAN PRIVATE PRISONS AND DETENTION CENTERS. AND FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS, FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS, FOR MY MORAL PERSPECTIVE, AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A MAJOR CRISIS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, A BROKEN SYSTEM, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT LARGE CORPORATIONS SHOULD BE MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY LOCKING UP FELLOW AMERICANS. I THINK THEIR PRIORITIES ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE WANT FEWER PEOPLE IN JAIL, NOT MORE PEOPLE IN JAIL, WE WANT, WHEN PEOPLE GET OUT OF JAIL, WE WANT THEM TO BE EDUCATED, TO BE ABLE TO READJUST TO SOCIETY AND NOT COME BACK INTO JAIL AGAIN. SO THE ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY WE WILL BAN PRIVATE PRISONS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN AT THE STATE LEVEL AS WELL. >>THE PRIVATE SECTOR GOOD FOR ANYTHING. >>YES, IT IS. GOOD QUESTION. THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF SOCIETY CREATES WEALTH IN AMERICA, I WANT THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. BY THE WAY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MEDICARE FOR ALL, AND PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE TO STAY IN THE JOB THEY ARE IN JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LEAVE THOSE JOBS AND GO OUT AND START BUSINESSES AND CREATE NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW INDUSTRIES. BUT HERE IS THE OTHER HALF OF THAT EQUATION, OF COURSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATES THE BULK OF THE WEALTH IN AMERICA, WHAT WE ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IS THE FUNCTION OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS IT POSSIBLY CAN. THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. WHAT WE NEED IS A VIBRANT PUBLIC SECTOR, WHICH SAYS, HOW ARE WE GOING TO HAVE THE BEST CHILD CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD AND MAKE IT AFFORDABLE FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES IN AMERICA. PRIVATE SECTORS AROUND INTERESTED IN THAT THEY CAN’T MAKE MONEY FOR LOW INCOME AND WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. HOW DO WE REBUILD OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, HOW DO WE ADJUST CLIMATE CHANGE? RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE SCANDALS THAT WE HAVE IS NOT ONLY THE WEALTH OF THE CORPORATE ELITE, I’M TALKING ABOUT WALL STREET AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE DRUG COMPANIES BUT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE CORRUPTION OF ALL OF THESE ENTITIES. ALL RIGHT. IF YOU LOOK AT WALL STREET, THE CAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AT 11 YEARS ACK, IF YOU LOOK AT THE INSURANCE COMPANY WHERE PRICE FIXING IS RAMPANT. WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE INDUSTRY COMPLEX, ET CETERA. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT IS, ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS AND THE CRISIS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT MEANS GRANTING HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE AS A RIGHT. IT MEANS MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR KIDS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME, CAN GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION, AND THAT WE CANCEL STUDENT DEBT. IT MEANS ADDRESSING THE CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY LIES TO US EVERY DAY AND IN DOING THAT THEY ARE ENDANGERING NOT ONLY THIS COUNTRY BUT THE PLANET. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION OBVIOUSLY THE PRIVATE SECTOR PLAYS AN ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN CREATING WEALTH, THE FUNCTION OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS, AND THERE ARE MANY, OF THE WORKING CLASS AND LOW INCOME PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. >>WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FROM A MEMBER ON THE VIDEO SCREEN RIGHT HERE, SENATOR. >>MY NAME IS MONICA, I’M A MEMBER OF AFSCME UNIT 99. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IN IRVING WHERE WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING INEQUALITY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO PROTECT WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR LIKE OUTSOURCING? ADDITIONALLY, WILL YOU COMMIT TO HAVE WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR REPRESENTED IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION. >>IT’S FUNNY SHE MENTIONS, I WAS AT A RALLY IN CALIFORNIA, I THINK LOS ANGELES, SPEAKING WITH MANY OF THOSE WORKERS. SO NUMBER ONE, VERY IMPORTANTLY, AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS A RACIST, A SEXIST, A RELIGION WE ARE BLACK AND WHITE AND LATINO, ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, WE ARE GAY AND WE ARE STRAIGHT, WE ARE NATIVE BORN, WE ARE IMMIGRANT, THAT’S WHAT WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, THAT’S WHAT CABINET AND ADMINISTRATION WILL BE, IT WILL REFLECT WHAT AMERICA IS. AND SECONDLY, I WOULD SAY TO THE QUESTION, LOOK, I SPENT YEARS IN OPPOSITION THE DISASTROUS TRADE AGREEMENTS IN WHICH THE GREED OF CORPORATE AMERICA IS SHUTTING DOWN PROFITABLE ENTERPRISES IN AMERICA, IN ORDER TO CAPTURE THE CHEAP LABOR THAT EXISTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. I WILL TELL THOSE COMPANIES THAT ARE OUTSOURCING IN AMERICA THAT IF THEY WANT FEDERAL CONTRACTS, THEY’D BETTER BE GOOD, CORPORATE CITIZENS, THAT MEANS NOT HAVING SITUATION WHERE CEOS MAKE 300 TIMES MORE THAN THEIR WORKERS, NOT WHEN THEY ARE CUTTING BACK ON THE BENEFITS THEIR WORKERS RECEIVE. WE CAN USE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN MANY, MANY WAYS TO MAKE SURE THE CORPORATIONS TREAT THEIR WORKERS WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY THAT THEY DESERVE. >>THANK YOU, SENATOR. NOW IF IT IS TIME FOR YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT, WHICH I HAVE A NAME FOR, BY THE WAY, “ONE MINUTE FOR ALL.” >>OKAY. MANY OF THE IDEAS THAT I TALKED ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON AND I’VE TALKED ABOUT THROUGH THE YEARS, THE MEDIA CHARACTERIZES, ITS RADICAL, EXTREME, TO SAY THAT WORKERS IN AMERICA SHOULD EARN A LIVING WAGE AND NOT LIVE IN POVERTY IS NOT RADICAL, TO SAY THAT WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE EARNING 80-CENTS ON THE DOLLAR COMPARED TO MEN, THAT’S NOT RADICAL? TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD GROW THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT, THAT’S NOT RADICAL, TO DO WHAT EVERY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH DOES AND GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE IS NOT RADICAL, TO SUGGEST THAT WHEN WE FACE THE ESSENTIAL CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WE ARE AGGRESSIVE ON TAKING ON THE FUEL INDUSTRY AND TRANSFORMING OUR ENERGY SYSTEM TO SAVE THE PLANET FOR OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, THAT’S NOT RADICAL, THAT’S COMMONSENSE, ALL RIGHT. TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR KIDS FROM CHILD CARE, TO GRADUATE SCHOOL, CAN GET THE EDUCATION THEY NEED IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, THAT IS NOT RADICAL. BY HERE IS WHAT I THINK DISTINGUISHES OUR CAMPAIGN FROM THE OTHERS, THAT IS, I AM TELLING YOU TODAY POINT BLANKLY, THAT BERNIE SANDERS ALONE CAN’T DO IT, NO PRESIDENT CAN, WE ARE TAKING ON INCREDIBLY POWERFUL PEOPLE WHO HAVE UNLIMITED SUMS OF MONEY, THEY WANT IT ALL, THEIR GREED AND CORRUPTION HAS BEEN DESTROYED FOR 45 YEARS, THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY, WHAT I AM ASKING OF YOU TODAY, IS YEAH, I WANT YOUR HELP FOR ME TO WIN THE DEMOCRAT PRIMARY, I WANT YOUR HELP FOR ME TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP, BUT I WANT YOUR HELP FOR SOMETHING ELSE, TO HELP WITH THE ENTIRE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT, THAT IS TO BRING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY, TO DO THE THINGS THAT MANY OTHER COUNTRIES ARE ALREADY DOING SO THAT WE HAVE A NATION THAT WORKS WELL FOR ALL OF OUR PEOPLE AND NOT JUST THE 1%. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]. >>>AMANDA AND I ARE WAITING FOR THE AMANDA AND JOHN CHANCE, YOU CAN SAVE THOSE FOR LATER. >>OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS BILL DE BLASIO. WELCOME. GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. EVERYBODY, FIRST OF ALL, I HOPE YOU APPROVE OF MY NECKWEAR CHOICE THIS AFTERNOON, THIS IS THE LATEST IN HIGH FASHION, I WANT TO SAY, BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, I WANT TO GIVE A THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO AFSCME, WHEN THE JANIS CASE CAME DOWN, YOU RELOADED AND GOT STRONGER, YOU ARE JUST AS STRONG AS EVEN STRONGER TODAY SINCE THAT DECISION THAN YOU WERE BEFORE, GOD BLESSYOU FOR THAT. GOD BLESS YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU LEE SAUNDERS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE AMERICA IS NOT WORKING FOR WORKING PEOPLE. IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT. AND WE ALL KNOW IT. WORKING PEOPLE ALL OVER AMERICA FEEL IT, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OF AND BY AND FOR THE 1%, IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BUT WE’VE KIND OF GOTTEN A LITTLE TOO USED TO IT. WE’VE GOT TO RATTLE THAT SITUATION, SHAKE THAT SITUATION, CHANGE IT, AND WE CAN BUT IT IS VERY CLEAR WE HAVE TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE AGAIN THAT WE CAN PUT WORKING PEOPLE FIRST. I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE I RUN THE NATION’S LARGEST CITY. WHEN I RAN FOR MAYOR, WE WERE DEALING WITH THE TALE OF TWO CITIES. A CITY WHERE WORKING PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE, POOR PEOPLE, WERE NOT MOVING AHEAD ANYMORE, AND ALL THE WEALTH AND POWER WENT IN THE HANDS OF A VERY FEW. I SAY WE CAN MAKE CHANGES. IN THE LAST 6 YEARS, WE’VE GIVEN PREK TO EVERY CHILD FOR FREE. EVERY SINGLE CHILD. WE SHOULD DO THAT IN THIS WHOLE COUNTRY, THE LAST 6 YEARS WE GIVE THE WORKING PEOPLE PAID SICK DAYS, IN THE LAST SIX YEARS WE ENDED POLICIES LIKE STOP AND FRISK, FOR PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, WE’VE BECOME SAFER. IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, WE’VE PUT THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE IN PLACE, ALL THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY SAID WHEN YOU GO TO $15 MINIMUM WAGE WHEN YOU GIVE BETTER BENEFITS TO WORKING PEOPLE, THE ECONOMY WILL GO TO OR LOSE JOBS, GUESS WHAT, WE HAVE GAINED HALF A MILLION JOBS WHILE RESPECTING WORKING PEOPLE. WE’VE PROVEN IT CAN BE DONE. BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HERE IS MY POINT TODAY. WE, AS DEMOCRATS HAVE TO BE THE WORKING PARTY OF THE PEOPLE AGAIN. WE, AS A COUNTRY, HAVE TO PUT WORKING PEOPLE FIRST. IF WE EXPECT THERE TO BE CHANGE, PEOPLE HAVE TO BE BELIEVE IT. I AM RUNNING BECAUSE I’VE SEEN CHANGE, I KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN WITH YOU. BECAUSE, IN NEW YORK, WE PARTNERED WITH AFSCME, WE ADDED 30,000 PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS AND GOT STRONGER, WE ADDED JOBS, WE GAVE RAISES FOR 4,000 EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKERS NOW THEY ARE GETTING THE PAY THEY DESERVE. WE HAVE SHOWN THAT WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN DO THOSE THINGS. I BELIEVE THIS IS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE. GOVERNMENT WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THE PEOPLE THAT DO THE WORK, AND THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO EXCITE THAT ENERGY, THAT INTEREST, THAT PASSION TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN. WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN DO IT. THANK YOU. >>>SO WE’RE STARTING OUT WITH A QUESTION WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE, DO YOU BELIEVE NATIONWIDE THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW ALLOWING STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AS WELL AS THE WORKERS IN NEVADA HAVE HAD? >>I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IN THAT, A COUPLE WEEKS AGO I PUT OUT A 21st CENTURY BILL OF RIGHTS FOR WORKING PEOPLE. BECAUSE WORKING PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ARE NOT PROTECTED IN AMERICA TODAY. I SAID KNOWLEDGE, PUBLIC SECTORWORKERS HAVE THAT RIGHT TO BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY AND ORGANIZE. LET’S DO SOMETHING FEDERALLY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LONG TIME AGO. LET’S GET RID AND BAN ALL THOSE STATE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS, THEY SHOULD BE MADE ILLEGAL. LET’S UPLIFT WORKING PEOPLE. HOW ABOUT THE LAW IN THIS COUNTRY THAT SAYS YOU CAN’T BE FIRED WITHOUT JUST CAUSE, THAT SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO REBALANCE THE SCALES. WE HAD A PRICELESS MOMENT IN 2009. I’M SAYING THIS TO YOU BECAUSE WE NEED TO REMEMBER THIS HISTORY AND NOT REPEAT IT. >>IN 2009 IT WAS THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT THERE ARE NEW IDEAS, STRONGER IDEAS INCLUDING MY BILL OF RIGHTS, WHEN WE TACKED BACK THE WHITE HOUSE, WHEN WE TAKE BACK THE SENATE, THE LABOR AGENDA CAN’T BE AT THE END OF THE LINE, THE LABOR AGENDA NEEDS TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DO BECAUSE WHEN WE SECURE THE RIGHTS OF WORKING PEOPLE, EVERYTHING ELSE BECOMES POSSIBLE, THE PROGRESS WE MADE IN THIS COUNTRY ON CIVIL RIGHTS, THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS WE MADE, THE BUILDING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, THAT CAME FROM A STRONG LABOR UNIT THAT ACTUALLY HAD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKING IT UP A LOT OF THE TIME. YOU’LL NOTICE THAT REPUBLICANS THE RIGHT WING, WENT THROUGH A LOT OF TROUBLE TO TEAR DOWN THOSE RULES AND LAWS PIECE BY PIECE. WE, AS DEMOCRATS, HAVE THE COURAGE OF OUR OWN CONVICTIONS. IF WE TAKE POWER BACK, THE FIRST THING WE DO IS GIVE POWER TO WORKING PEOPLE SO WE CAN EXPAND JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE. WHEN UNIONS ARE STRONG, THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IS STRONG, THERE IS ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR ALL, THAT HAS TO BE THE TOP OF THE AGENDA, THAT CAN’T SLIP THROUGH OUR HANDS. ALL OF THE LAWS THEY TOOK AWAY FROM US, WE HAVE TO PUT BACK, EVERY AMERICAN HAS TO FEEL THAT’S ABOUT THEM, WE LOST A LOT OF LABOR-UNION MEMBERS, STAYED HOME IN 2016. A LOT OF LABOR UNION MEMBERS DRIFTED AND ENDED UP IN SOME CASES EVEN VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE DEMOCRATS WERE ON THEIR SIDE. YOU KNOW WHAT WILL TELL LABOR UNION MEMBERS REGARDLESS OF THEIR IDEOLOGY, YOU KNOW WHAT WE’RE TELL THEM, WE’RE ON THEIR SIDE, IS PASSING THE STRONGEST PRO-LABOR LAWS THEY’VE EVER SEEN IN THEIR LIVES, THAT’S WHEN THEY KNOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE ON THEIR SIDE AGAIN. >>SO, MAYOR, NOT SURPRISINGLY, YOU’RE TALKING A GOOD GAME ON UNIONS IN FRONT OF A UNION CROWD, BUT THERE ARE THESE THREE UNIONS FROM BACK HOME THAT DON’T THINK MUCH OF YOU, CALLED YOU AGGRESSIVE, FRIEND WITH WORKING PEOPLE. >>TALK TO UNIONS THAT REPRESENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK CITY WORKERS, I REPRESENT ABOUT 380,000 WORKERS. UNIONIZED WORKERS. WHEN I CAME INTO OFFICE AS MAYOR, ZERO WERE UNDER CONTRACT. WE HAD 20 YEARS REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS. >>I CAME INTO OFFICE, ZERO UNDER CONTRACT. IN MY FIRST TERM, I GOT EVERY SINGLE WORKER UNDER CONTRACT. SO, JOHN IS RIGHT, THERE ARE SOME UNIONS THAT DISAGREE WITH ME POLITICALLY, I WANT TO BE OPEN ABOUT IT. WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH SOME VERY INTENSE ISSUES ABOUT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS, YOU’VE ALL SEEN SOME STUFF PLAY OUT EVEN IN RECENT DAYS IN NEW YORK. IT SHOULD NOT SHOCK YOU TO KNOW THAT SOME OF THE POLICE UNIONS DISAGREE WITH ME PHILOSOPHICALLY, THAT IS A TRUE STATEMENT. THERE IS SOME OTHER UNIONS HAVE OTHER POLITICAL DIFFERENCES. BUT THE QUESTION IS AS A LEADER, NOT SOMEONE WHO JUST GIVES SPEECHES OR ISSUES POLICY PROPOSALS, BUT SOMEONE WHO RUNS THE NATION’S LARGEST CITY, WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH AND FOR WORKING PEOPLE? I’VE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT WE NEED TO BREAK DOWN THE CONCEPT OF MANAGEMENT AND LABOR BEING ON DIFFERENT SIDES, IN FACT, INSTEAD OF THINGS LIKE OUTSOURCING, WHICH WERE THE NORM FOR 20 YEARS IN NEW YORK CITY, I SAID, LET’S DO IN- SOURCING, LET’S ADD PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS, LET’S PROVE THE PUBLIC SECTOR CAN DO IT BETTER THAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WE DID THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, AND OUR CITY GOT STRONGER. TALK TO THE MEMBERS OF AFSCME, OF NEW YORK, TALK TO THE UNIONS WHO HAVE SEEN THEIR RANKS GROW, OF FAIRNESS AND RESPECT, THE MAYOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A GENERATION, TALK ABOUT THE VALUE OF PUBLIC WORKERS, THE WAY YOU MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR EVERYONE ELSE, NOT SOME HOW A BURDEN, BUT A BLESSING, PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS ARE A BLESSING TO OUR CITY AND OUR NATION. I SAY IT ALL THE TIME, I ALLOWED, NOT JUST FIRST RESPONDERS, TEACHERS, SANITATION WORKERS, I MAKE IT A POINT TO SHOUT OUT AND THANK THEM. WE’VE CHANGED THE WHOLE REALITY IN OUR CITY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WORKING TOGETHER, WE PUT MONEY BACK IN THE HANDS OF WORKING PEOPLE. WHEN I TOLD YOU ABOUT PREK FOR ALL, FOR A TYPICAL FAMILY THAT MEANT $10,000 OR MORE A YEAR THEY HAD TO SHELL OUT WORKING PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T HAVE $10,000, NOW, FOR EVERY CHILD THEY GET PREK FOR FREE, THAT MONEY STAYS IN THEIR POCKET FOR THEIR FAMILY, THAT’S HOW YOU HONOR WORKING PEOPLE. >>YOU REALLY COULD HAVE STOPPED THERE WHEN YOU SAID “JOHN IS RIGHT.” >>WE WANT TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERS HERE IS THE FIRST ONE. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE, BEING HERE, GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY. MY NAME IS STEPHANIE DUBY, I’M A CUSTODIAN HERE AT UNOV. >>THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY HAS MADE MAJOR STRIDES IN RECENT YEARS, BUT WE AREN’T DONE FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS, WHAT IS THE TOP PRIORITY WHEN IT COMES TO LGBTQIA AREN’T TREATED LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. >>THERE IS SO MUCH WE HAVE TO DO, I AGREE WITH YOU, THERE IS PROGRESS, NO ONE KID YOURSELF. I WANT TO COME BACK TO THE POINT TO THE 21st CENTURY WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS IN AMERICA TODAY, IN SO MUCH OF THIS COUNTRY, JUST FOR BEING A MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY, YOU CAN BE FIRED FROM YOUR JOB STILL. THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY, SOME HOW, ALLOWABLE IN MUCH OF THIS COUNTRY. ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL THINGS TO DO IS TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS TO EVERYONE, TO SAY YOU CANNOT BE FIRED, BUT FOR JUST CAUSE, YOU ACTUALLY HAD TO HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG TO LOSE YOUR JOB AND YOU GET DUE PROCESS, EVERY AMERICAN WORKER DESERVES DUE PROCESS. THERE ARE THOUSANDS ANDTHOUSANDS OF FOLKS WHO, BECAUSE OF WHO THEY LOVE, HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS OVER THE YEARS. AND I WISH I COULD TELL YOU THAT WAS ANCIENT HISTORY,, BUT IT COULD STILL HAPPEN TODAY, I BELIEVE, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS ELECTION AND THE ISSUES THIS ELECTION, START WITH WORKING PEOPLE. THERE ARE MANY OTHER POWERFUL ISSUES TO DISCUSS. I KEEP COMING BACK TO THIS CENTRAL NOTION. IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE, RECOGNIZING THAT WORKING PEOPLE OF EVERY BACKGROUND, EVERY ETHNICITY, EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC ARE DEALING WITH THE SAME STRUGGLES TO GET BY, AND SO MANY FEEL POWERLESS. AND THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY. IF WE, AS DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF THE WORKING PEOPLE, IF WE AS DEMOCRATS ARE STAND UP TO PEOPLE ROBBING PEOPLE OF THEIR RIGHTS, WOULD CHANGE THE DYNAMIC OF THIS COUNTRY. BUT WE KNOW FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, THEY STOP BELIEVING THAT. AND IT IS EXACTLY FOR THE REASON WE’RE DISCUSSING HERE, THEY SAW THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER WORKER FIRED AND NO ONE WAS THERE TO STOP IT. THEY THINK, WELL, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ON BOTH THEIR WATCHES THESE THINGS HAVEN’T CHANGED. I URGE US ALL TO DEMAND MORE OF EVERYONE INCLUDING OUR OWN DEMOCRAT PARTY. YOU REALLY THINK THIS IS A MOMENT, EVEN THOUGH WE DESPERATELY WANT TO WIN, WE MUST WIN NEXT YEAR, THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD LEAVE OUR DEMANDS ASIDE, THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD ACCEPT SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE BEST FOR WORKING PEOPLE. IT BEGINS WITH MAKING SURE THAT NO ONE IS EVER FIRED WRONGLY. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD MAKE THE PRIORITY. THANK YOU. >>ALL RIGHT, MAYOR, YOU SEE THAT CLOCK COUNTING DOWN, IT IS ALMOST AT THE END, THAT’S YOUR FAULT, BUT WE DO WANT TO TAKE ANOTHER QUESTION FROM THE AUDIENCE HERE, HERE IT IS. ANSWER NEEDS TO BE BRIEF, THOUGH. >>HELLO, I AM A FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDER, I TAKE CARE OF 14 CHILDREN ALL OF WHOM COME FROM DISADVANTAGE FAMILIES. I DO EVERYTHING FROM CHANGING DIAPERS TO CREATING INDIVIDUALIZED LESSON PLANS. I SERVE THE WORKING POOR, ALSO WORKING POOR. BETWEEN EXPENSES AND PAYING SALARIES FOR ASSISTANCE, I’M LEFT WITH BARELY ENOUGH INCOME TO GET BY. MANY CHILD CARE WORKERS FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES THAT I DO, MANY ARE RELYING ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, WHAT WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILD CARE WORKERS WHO ARE RAISING THESE CHILDREN, ARE VALUED AND RESPECTED, AND WHAT IS YOUR PLAN SO I CAN SUPPORT MY FAMILY. >>VERY QUICK. THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK EVERY KINDERGARTEN STUDENT, PREK STUDENT, 3K STUDENT IN AMERICA, THERE SHOULD BE UNIVERSAL EDUCATION ON ALL THOSE THREE LEVELS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, WHICH WOULD MEAN HIRING 500,000 NEW PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS TO PROVIDE THAT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR KIDS 3 AND UP. THAT’S THE FIRST THING. SECOND, $15 MINIMUM WAGE ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, THE BILL OF RIGHTS, GUARANTEE THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE ALL WORKERS, CHILD CARE WORKERS, EVERY WORKER, LASTLY, WHAT I JUST SAID IN NEW YORK, WE MAKE SURE CHILD CARE WORKERS GOT A RAGE. WE MADE IT A PRIORITY BECAUSE WE SAID, WE’RE GOING TO BE SERIOUS IN THIS COUNTRY IN BRINGING UP OUR KIDS, MAKING THEM ALL THEY CAN BE? IS BETWEEN BIRTH AND 5, THAT’S WHEN CHILDREN DEVELOP, ALL THEIR POTENTIAL GETS BUILT. THAT MEANS PEOPLE LIKE YOU DESERVE SUPPORT IN ORGANIZING, BARGAINING, GAINING THE SALARIES THAT YOU DESERVE, WE’LL BE THERE FOR YOU. MAYOR, YOU HAVE A MINUTE FOR CLOSING STATEMENT. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JOHN. YOU’RE RIGHT, JOHN. SEE, I LEARNED. VERY QUICKLY. EVERYBODY, THERE IS THIS RAGING DEBATE OUT THERE. DO WE NEED TO NOMINATE A MODERATE TO WIN IN 2020, YOU HEAR IT EVERYWHERE, I WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, I BELIEVE WITH WHOEVER JUST SAID THAT, NO. IT IS A TRAP, BECAUSE WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THE MODERATES, I DON’T DISRESPECT THEM, I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM, BUT I DON’T FIND THEM INSPIRING. I DON’T FIND THEM UPLIFTING, I DON’T FIND THEM VISIONARY, I DON’T FIND THEM BEING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO MOVE ALL THOSE DEMOCRATS WHO STAYED HOME, OR FEEL LIKE THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE. WHEN YOU LISTEN TO PROGRESSIVES, FOLKS LIKE ME THAT NEED TO BE PART OF WORKING PEOPLE, TO GET PEOPLE UP AND WILLING TO VOTE, WE NEED TO BE THAT PARTY AGAIN. AND I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE THIS DEMOCRAT PARTY THE PARTY OF WORKING PEOPLE, AND I WANT THIS TO BE A COUNTRY THAT PUTS WORKING PEOPLE FIRST, WE MUST MOTIVATE BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING ELSE, MOTIVATE DEMOCRATS TO COME OUT TO VOTE. MOTIVATE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COME OUT TO VOTE, MOTIVATE LABOR UNION MEMBERS TO COME OUT TO VOTE, IF PEOPLE HEAR SOMETHING THAT’S THE TRUTH THAT’S ABOUT CHANGE, A LOT OF MODERATES WILL COME AWAY, A LOT OF INDEPENDENTS WILL COME AWAY, IF THEY DON’T HEAR PASSION AND CHANGE, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE DONALD TRUMP GET FOUR MORE YEARS. AND WE CANNOT LIVE WITH THAT, CAN WE. SO LET’S BE THE PARTY OF WORKING PEOPLE AGAIN, THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU ALL. [ APPLAUSE ]. >>>YOU KNOW, ONE THING THAT’S REALLY IMPRESSIVE IN THE AFTERNOON, I SEE ALMOST NOBODY HAS LEFT. IT IS A TRIBUTE TO YOUR DEDICATION AND WANTING TO GET TO KNOW ALL THESE CANDIDATES, I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE. OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS AMY KLOBUCHAR. >>>THANKS AMANDA. THANK YOU. I’VE NEVER BEEN INTRODUCED BEFORE WITH THE WORD, NO ONE HAS LEFT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STICKING AROUND. I WANTED TO FIRST THANK YOU AND LEE AND JUST ALL THE AFSCME MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STARTING HERE WITH WHAT YOU’VE JUST DONE WITH THIS LAST ELECTION IN NEVADA, TURNING IT AROUND TO EXPAND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS TO 20,000 PEOPLE, OKAY. THAT IS AN AMAZING, AMAZING THING OR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN MINNESOTA WHERE YOU’VE WORKED, WHERE IS OUR MINNESOTA PEOPLE, WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH US, WITH OFFICIALS THAT BIG, BUT WE’VE ALSO MADE THE ECONOMY GOOD THERE, IT IS A GOOD STATE FOR WORKERS. WE’VE DONE IT TOGETHER AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, WE CAN WIN ON UNION ISSUES AND STRONG UNIONS, LOOK AT MY NEIGHBOR IN WISCONSIN I HAVE FOUR WORDS FOR YOU, FORMER GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER, ALL RIGHT. AND THEN ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL WITH JANIS, THE HEAD WINS YOU RAN INTO, YOU DIDN’T LET IT GET YOU DOWN YOU GOT STRONGER AND STROKER STRONGER. 15 FEET UNDER GROUND HIS WHOLE LIFE, HE STAYED ALIVE BECAUSE UNIONS MADE THOSE MINDS SAFER. I AM A DAUGHTER OF A TEACHER MY MOM WAS IN WISCONSIN MOVED TO MINNESOTA BECAUSE THEY HAD A STRONG TEACHERS UNION, SHE WAS IN ONE OF THE FIRST STRIKES IN MINNEAPOLIS, SHE TAUGHT SECOND GRADE UNTIL SHE WAS 70 YEARS OLD MY DAD WAS PART OF THE NEWSPAPER GUILD, I STAND TO YOU AS A UNION IRON MINER, THE DAUGHTER OF A UNION NEWSPAPER MAN, THE DAUGHTER FROM THE U.S. SENATE FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY OF SHARED DREAMS, NO MATTER WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE THAT YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET AHEAD IN AMERICA MY BELIEF IS WHEN UNIONS ARE STRONG AMERICANS ARE STRONG. >>>I’M SURE WE START OFF WITH THE INTERVIEW BY ASKING THAT YOU’LL SUPPORT THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR WORKERS. >>I’M A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL, THE SENATOR WAS THE LEAD ON THAT BILL, I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CANNOT JUST BE DOLED OUT, IT IS A RIGHT FOR THE WORKERS OF OUR COUNTRY. >>SENATOR, AFSCME REPRESENTS EMPLOYEES, YOU’VE PUT OUT A PLAN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE’S RELIANCE ON NONFOR PROFIT PRISONS, WOULD YOU DO THE SAME FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WOULD YOU SUPPORT AND PUSH FOR SOME SORT OF BAN AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL. >>YES. I DO SUPPORT I HAVE AN UPDATED PLAN THAT THE PRIVATE DETENTION CENTERS THAT ARE USED BY HOMELAND SECURITY, THIS IS ACTUALLY BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE. I WAS A LOCAL DA, WE HAD INCREDIBLE AFSCME, 9,000 EMPLOYEES IN OUR COUNTRY, I SAW THE WORK THAT WENT ON WITH PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING CORRECTIONS I BOURQUE WITH AFSCME CORRECTIONS ALL THE TIME. WHEN I CAME IN WE WERE OUTSOURCING BEFORE I GOT THERE, A LOT OF THE LEGAL WORK TO LAW FIRMS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO WE ALL MET AND THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE CAN DO JUST AS GOOD OF JOB, WE BROUGHT A BUNCH OF IT BACK IN HOUSE, WE SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY, WE GOT BETTER RESULTS. OKAY. SO INJUST THINK THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT VALUE OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT THAT WAY, I’VE HAD MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND I’VE ALSO HAD MY OWN EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CORRECTIONS. I DID WANT TO NOTE I JUST WAS LOOKING AT THE NEWS ON THAT EL PASO SHOOTING, IT IS RELEVANT TO ALL OF YOU. BECAUSE, AS WE TALK ABOUT CORRECTIONS, I THINK WE KNOW HOW MANY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE ON THE FRONTLINE WHETHER IT IS IN SCHOOL, WHETHER IT IS IN CORRECTIONAL SETTINGS, WHETHER IT IS IN GOVERNMENT CENTERS, MY OWN GOVERNMENT CENTER HAD A SHOOTING WHERE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT ONE POINT. OUR HEART JUST GOES OUT TO THESE PEOPLE IN EL PASO, IT IS MULTIPLE, MULTIPLE DEATHS AND INJURIES, THE GUY IS IN CUSTODY, IT JUST MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ON THE FRONTLINE, THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT SHOWED UP AT THOSE SCENES, HAVE TO DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT YOUR WORK AS A CALLING, AND THAT’S TRUE, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT YOU IN THE WORK THAT YOU DO SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. >>SENATOR, WE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A COUPLE OTHER CANDIDATES ABOUT STUDENT DEBT, CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG, WHILE SOME ARE SUGGESTING CANCELING STUDENT DEBT, YOUR PLAN CALLS FOR REFINANCING OF STUDENT DEBT, WHY. >>WELL, IT IS MORE THAN THAT, ACTUALLY, I THINK IT IS VERY RELEVANT TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WHAT I’M LOOKING AT DOING. >>THAT’S WHY I ASKED. YOU ARE A GOOD REPORTER. SO THE FIRST THING JUST TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE, I THINK, I SUPPORT FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, IT IS SOMETHING BOTH MY DAD AND MY SISTER, MY SISTER DIDN’T GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, SHE GOT A GED, WORKING IN MANUFACTURING AND GOT A 2-YEAR DEGREE, WENT ONTO GET A FOUR- YEAR DEGREE, I’VE HAD MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE WITH THIS, THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO SUCCESS WITH ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES WITH THIS. THE OTHER EXPANDING PELL GRANTS, DOUBLING THEM TO $12,000 A YEAR AND EXPANDING THE INCOME LEVEL THAT THEY CAN BE USED FOR UP TO $100,000. BUT THEN THE LOAN REPAYMENT THAT YOU ASKED ABOUT, JOHN, TO ME, ONE REFINANCING, YES, IMPORTANT TO BRING THE RATE DOWN, YOU FIGURE BILLIONAIRES CAN REFINANCE THEIR YACHTS, MAYBE WE CAN REFINANCE STUDENT LOANS. BUT, THE OTHER PIECE OF THIS, IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PUBLIC SERVANTS IS THE PAY BACK PERIOD THE 10 YEAR PAY BACK, HOW THAT WORKS FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS FOR STUDENT LOANS. IT IS A MESS RIGHT NOW. IT IS NOT WORKING WELL, LOOKING INTO IT, I’VE REALIZED A PRESIDENT CAN CHANGE THAT HERSELF. SO THAT WOULD BE ONE OF MY MAJOR GOALS, IT IS RIDICULOUS, YOU WORK IN DIFFERENT PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS, THEN THEY MAKE IT HARD TO DO, WE SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO DO BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE. I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR A LOT OF PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES IF THEY WERE ABLE TO CHANGE THOSE PROVISIONS AND MAKE IT EASIER. AND THEN THE OTHER PIECE OF THIS IS JUST MAKING SURE THAT WE CHANGE OUR TAX CODE. SO WE ARE MAKING SURE THE MONEY GOES TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP AND NOT TO THE WEALTHIEST. >>WHY NOT DO A MASSIVE DEBT FOR GIVENESS PLAN, THE ARGUMENT WOULD AMONG OTHER THINGS HELP REDUCE THE RATIO WEALTH GAP. >>SO I THINK MY PLAN ACTUALLY WOULD WORK WELL. YOU CAN, FIRST OF ALL, TO AFFORD COLLEGE, SOME OF THESE PLANS RIGHT NOW, HONESTLY, THE MONEY WOULD GO TO PEOPLE NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE. I SAID THAT ON THE DEBATE STAGE THE OTHER DAY, IN MY 30 SECONDS WHICH WAS SOME OF THE PLANS THEY COVER EVERYONE. I WOULD HAVE THE MONEY FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT THE MOST INCLUDING THOSE THAT ARE MOST VULNERABLE INCLUDING OUR RATIO AFRICAN AMERICAN ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR THERE COMMUNITIES AND I WOULD DO EVEN MORE THAT THAT I THINK YOU CAN INVEST IN THOSE COMMUNITIES SENATOR BOOKER AND REPRESENTATIVE HAVE A BILL THAT SUPPORT IN UNDER SERVED COMMUNITIES, I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. I AM CONCERNED THAT IF YOU GIVE FREE COLLEGE TO EVERYONE, AND FREE REFINANCING TO EVERYONE, THAT ACTUALLY WOULD PUT SOME OF THE MONEY IN THE HIGHEST WEALTH SECTORS AS WELL, AND THEN YOU HAVE LESS MONEY FOR EVERYONE ELSE. >>ALL RIGHT, SENATOR, I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE MEMBERS, SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU. HERE IS THE FIRST ONE. >>OKAY. >>I AM SO EXCITED TO BE HERE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TOO. MY NAME IS DOLCY, I WORK IN CONTRACOSTA COUNTY CALIFORNIA, I AM VERY INVOLVED IN OUR UNION, I KNOW HOW IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A VOICE, AS A FORMER TEACHER I’M WORRIED THEY DON’T HAVE BENEFITS TO GET SKILLS FOR A LIVING WAGE. WOULD YOU FACILITATE A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LABOR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP SKILLS THAT LEAD TO CAREERS WHERE THEY’LL HAVE A UNION VOICE YES, THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION. I’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH APRENTISHIP. THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO AS PRESIDENT, GET RID OF BETSY DEVOS.S, IN TERMS OF HOW SHE IS STRUCTURING THEM, I WOULDN’T DO THAT, BUT I THINK THERE IS WAYS WE CAN WORK WITH UNIONS AND EXPAND TO GET THOSE SKILLS IF THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE FOCUSED ON, OF COURSE K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION AS A WHOLE MAKING SURE THAT THAT WORKS. AND I WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MY DAUGHTER WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SHE WAS IN SCHOOLS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS THAT WERE NEARLY 90% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH, SO I’VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND WHY WE NEED TO INVEST IN OUR SCHOOLS, I WOULD INCREASE TEACHER PAY ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND SOMEWHERE, MY MOM IS LOOKING DOWN AT ME MAKING SURE I SAY THAT. BECAUSE I HAD SAW MY MOM GOING OUT AND BUYING HER OWN SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IT IS NOT JUST TEACHERS, IT IS ALL EDUCATORS. I THINK ALL THOSE THINGS WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WE’VE GOT TO COMPETE GLOBALLY, THE BEST THING TO DO IT IS TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE WE WORK WITH, STUDENTS ARE WELL PAID, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE GOOD PROGRAMS IN PLACE SO KIDS ARE LEARNING THE SKILLS THAT ARE GOING TO GET THE JOBS THAT ARE OUT THERE TODAY. >>WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION, THIS IS GOING TO BE ON VIDEO. >>MY NAME IS TONY, I’M A LOAN CARE PROVIDER WITH LOCAL 3930, PROUDLY TO SAY, I AM A HOME CARE PROVIDER, I’VE BEEN A HOMECARE PROVIDER FOR OVER 10 YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO STAND AGAINST THE CUTS THAT ARE MADE TO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, WHICH KEEPS OUR CLIENTS AT HOME SAFELY, GIVES THEM A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO TO STAND AGAINST THESE CUTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE PRIVATELY FUNDED WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO STAND AGAINST THE UNIONS AND DESTROY THEM. WE HAVE TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO PROTECT THIS. >>OKAY, THAT WAS GOOD. SO, I THINK ONE OF THOSE, THERE IS DISAGREEMENT ON THESE THINGS, THERE IS MORE THAT UNITES ON THIS STAGE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE THAT DIVIDES US, THAT’S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, ONE THING THAT UNITES US IS WE’RE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE DONALD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THEY WANT SOMETHING WHICH I CALL MEDICARE CUTS FOR ALL, THEY HAVE PUT FORWARD BUDGET AFTER BUDGET THAT DOES THAT. SO I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS FIRST BUILD ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, TO ME THAT MEANS A PUBLIC OPTION, THAT’S THE ONE I FAVOR, YOU CAN DO THAT WITH MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. TAKE ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE WAY TOO LONG, THE PRICES ARE GOING UP AND UP, COSTING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID A BUNCH OF MONEY, AND INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS A BUNCH OF MONEY, I UNLEASH THE POWER OF 43 MILLIONSENIORS FOR MEDICARE TO NEGOTIATE PRICES. WE COULD REALLY BRING DOWN PRICES THAT WAY AS WELL AS BRINGING LESS EXPENSIVE DRUGS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. THEN I THINK THE OTHER THING WE NEED TO DO IS TO FOCUS ON LONG TERM CARE. IT IS LIKE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM THAT NO ONE IS DEALING WITH. WE WILL HAVE 14 PEOPLE BY 2050, 14 MILLION PEOPLE, I HAVE ACTUALLY PUT SOMETHING OUT WITH A FOCUS ON SENIORS AND IT IS ABOUT MAKING IT EASIER TO GET LONG-TERM CARE, OF COURSE KEEPING MEDICAID STRONG, THEN MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO AFFORD LONG TERM CARE AND LOOKING FOR A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S. IT IS WONDERFUL THAT WE’RE SEEING AN AGING OF OUR POPULATIONS PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER. I USED TO CALL IT THE SILVER TSUNAMI, THEY TOLD ME THAT WAS TOO NEGATIVE, I CALL IT THE SILVER SURGE. WE HAVE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME TO DEAL WITH IT. I HOPE WE TALK MORE ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT DOING THAT. >>>SENATOR THANK YOU, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT. >>ALL RIGHT. WELL, THANK YOU. >>I WAS IN JUST KIND OF A SOMBER MOOD MORE THAN USUAL WHEN I COME OUT HERE, I AM USUALLY A HAPPY WARRIOR, SEEING THAT SHOOTING AND THINKING WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW, I’M SOMEONE THAT BELIEVES WE NEED TO TAKE ON THE NRA. I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. WHEN YOU GUYS HELPED US WIN THAT ELECTION LAST TIME, WE CHANGED HISTORY, WE TURNED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BACK INTO THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE, RIGHT, THAT MEANS STANDING UP FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND THAT MEANS WORKERS SAFETY AS WELL. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THAT IS THE HOUSE PASSED A BACKGROUND CHECK BILL FOR GUNS, RIGHT, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THAT BILL IS RIGHT NOW? IT IS SITTING ON MITCH MCCONNELL’S DOORSTEP IN THE SENATE. I JUST WANT YOU TO REMEMBER AS WE READ THE STORY TONIGHT, I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE WITH US, THEY ARE WITH US ON WORKERS RIGHTS, THEY ARE WITH US ON PROTECTING OUR SAFETY, THEY ARE WITH US AS WE SIT HERE IN NEVADA, THAT MASS SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED IN LAS VEGAS, THEY ARE WITH US ON TAKING ON THIS ISSUE. THAT INCLUDES HUNTERS AND THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, SO I HOPE THAT JUST GIVES YOU SOME ADDED PUSH TO NOT JUST MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON LEADING THE TICKET HAPPEN TO THINK IT IS ME, I WON EVERY RACE EVERY PLACE EVERY TIME, BUT ALSO THAT WE HAVE A TICKET WHERE WE CAN LEAD THE COUNTRY AND WININ THE U.S. SENATE AND TAKE BACK THE SENATE AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE A STRONG HOUSE. THAT’S HOW WE MOVE THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. >>>YOU KNOW, ITS BEEN GREAT TODAY, AMANDA, SO FAR, EVERY SINGLE CANDIDATE HAS PRACTICED HOW TO SAY NEVADA, NOT ONE OF THEM HAS MESSED IT UP, YOU GUYS NOTICE THAT, RIGHT? PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. ALL RIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP GOING, I THINK WE HAVE LIKE 17 CANDIDATES LEFT, NO, I’M KIDDING. NEXT CANDIDATE UP IS JOHN DELANEY. >>NICE TO SEE YOU. NICE TO SEE YOU, THANKS FOR HAVING ME. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. IT IS A GREAT DAY, UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A VERY SAD DAY IN EL PASO, I MEAN, SUCH A WONDERFUL DAY TO CELEBRATE WORKERS, BUT ALL OF OUR HEARTS ARE OBVIOUSLY WITH THE FOLKS IN EL PASO AND THE TRAGEDY THAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH INCLUDING, OBVIOUSLY, THE FAMILIES AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE DEALING WITH IT. SO, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. >>>SO, I GREW UP IN A UNION FAMILY. MY DAD WAS AN ELECTRICIAN, HE WAS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS FOR 60 YEARS, THAT UNION TOOK REALLY GOOD CARE OF US. HE WAS PAID WELL, ONLY HAD ONE JOB TO PAY FOR HIS FAMILY ALWAYS HAD HEALTH CARE EVEN WHEN HE DIDN’T WORK, WHEN I WENT TO COLLEGE, THAT COLLEGE GAVE A SCHOLARSHIP TO PAY HALF OF MY TUITION. I WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES I HAD BUT FOR THOSE UNION ELECTRICIANS, THAT IS A REMINDER THAT NONE OF US DO IT ALONE IN THIS WORLD. BUT FOR THE FACT THE UNION ELECTRICIANS REACHED IN THEIR POCKET PROBABLY LITERALLY THREW MONEY IN TO A HAT, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES I’VE HAD. WE DIDN’T HAVE — AROUND THETABLE, ECONOMICS VERSUS REDISTRIBUTION, MY DAD DID HAVE ONE LESSON FOR ME, I’LL BET HE TOLD ME THIS A THOUSAND TIMES. HE SAID, IF YOU CARE ABOUT WORKERS, YOU VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THAT WAS HIS MESSAGE. YOU KNOW IT IS A PRETTY DARN GOOD MESSAGE. IT IS A SIMPLE MESSAGE AND I THINK WE’VE LOST OUR WAY. BECAUSE IF WE GET BACK TO THAT MESSAGE, IF WE GET BACK TO THE NOTION OF PUTTING WORKERS ALT THE SENATOR OF EVERYTHING WE DO, NO MATTER WHAT WE WANT TO DO, WE SHOULD ASK OURSELVES, HOW IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR COUNTRY? AND UNLESS IT IS GOOD FOR THEM, IT IS PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. AT THE CENTER OF THAT CENTER, ARE UNIONS. THE CENTER OF THAT CENTER ARE UNIONS BECAUSE UNIONS ARE THE ONLY GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WAKE UP EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND FIGHT FOR WORKERS. EVERY PROTECTION ANY WORKER HAS IN THIS COUNTRY I WOULD ARGUE IS BECAUSE A UNION FOUGHT FOR IT. IT IS TRUE, YOU DRIVE DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND YOU SEE FOLKS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD DOING CONSTRUCTION WORK, WEARING A HARD HAT AND A SAFETY VEST, UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF THEM AREN’T IN UNIONS, BUT YOU KNOW WHY THEY ARE WEARING THAT EQUIPMENT, BECAUSE THE UNION FOUGHT FOR IT. AND YOU GO DOWN THE LIST. SO WE GOT TO GET BACK TO THAT, THAT’S WHAT MY CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT. RUNNING ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO HARD-WORKING AMERICANS, THINGS LIKE BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE, DOUBLING THE EARNED-INCOME TAX CREDIT, MAKING SURE THERE IS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE, STUFF THAT REALLY MATTERS FOR WORKERS THAT I’M SURE WE’LL TALK ABOUT. BUT BEFORE WE BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY, AND YOUR COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF THE WORK YOU DO, COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY ARE SUPPORTED. OUR KIDS, AND THEIR SCHOOLS, WHEN WE HAVE TO GO TO HOSPITALS, THE ROADS WE DRIVE ON, EVERY ASPECT OF OUR SOCIETY IS TOUCHED BY YOUR UNION, I’M GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU DO, I’M HAPPY TO BE IN FRONT OF YOU AND HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO YOU. >>THANK YOU. I THINK I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS, BUT WE’RE ASKING EVERYONE ANYWAY. DO YOU SUPPORT THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT MANDATORY NATIONWIDE THAT STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? >>YES I DO. IT IS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT FDR DID NOT DO RIGHT, ONE OF THE THINGS TO PUT IN PROTECTIONS FOR NON-PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS, SO, YES, I FULLY SUPPORT THAT. >>WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE THE DEBATE AND, IT OCCURRED ON STAGE, THERE’S BEEN SOME COMMENTARY AFTER WORDS, I’M GOING TO PUT THE QUESTION TO YOU ABOUT THIS DEBATE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY AND YOU’VE HAD TO ANSWER THIS IN DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT, AREN’T YOU RUNNING IN THE WRONG PRIMARY? >>NO. >>SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE THINGS I’M RUNNING ON, CREATING A UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHERE EVERYONE HAS A HEALTH CARE AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT FOR FREE. I JUST ALLOW THEM TO HAVE CHOICES, I ALLOW YOU TO HAVE CHOICES, IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THE HEALTH CARE, THAT, BY THE WAY, YOU PAID FOR, BOTH OUT OF YOUR POCKET AND BY SACRIFICING WAGES OVER THE YEARS, IN MOST PLACES, IS A REALLY GOOD HEALTH CARE PLAN. I THINK YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT. BUT I DO BELIEVE EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE HEALTHCARE AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, IN MY OPINION, BETTER CARE PROVIDES FOR THAT FOR FREE. THAT WOULD BE THE WIDEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE SINCE THE CREATION OF MEDICARE. I ALSO SERVED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND I WATCHED THE REPUBLICANS TRY TO TAKE HEALTH CARAWAY FROM 20 MILLION PEOPLE, 60 TIMES. SO, I’M TALKING ABOUT THE GREATEST EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE SINCE THE CREATION OF MEDICARE. AND THE OTHER PARTY IS TALKING ABOUT TAKING HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE, THE GREATEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN SINCE THE CREATION OF THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM. IT WILL CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, PUT A LOT OF DEMAND IN THE LABOR MARKET WHICH BY THE WAY, TRANSLATES INTO HIGHER WAGES, IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR CITIZENS AND MAKE OUR BUSINESSES MORE COMPETITIVE, I’M CALLING FOR THE BASIC, WE HAVE TO CURE THINGS LIKE ALZHEIMER’S, WE HAVE TO CURE THINGS LIKE CANCER, IN THE RESEARCH BUDGET SO WE CAN COME UP WITH THE BATTERY OFTECHNOLOGIES, THE THINGS WE’RE DOING. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT INVESTMENT IN BASIC RESEARCH SINCE NASA. I’M TALKING ABOUT EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, THE BEST PROVISION OF TAXES WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE ONLY PROBLEM, IT IS A TERRIBLE NAME, WHO KNOWS WHAT THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT UNLESS YOU GET IT, IT I PAY FOR THAT WHOLE PLAN BY RAISING TAXES ON HIGH NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS. I THINK I AM IN THE RIGHT PARTY. >>I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT HEALTHCARE. IN THE DEBATE, YOU HAD EXPERIENCE IT EXCHANGES. ONE OF THE THINGS, ONE OF THE REASONS YOU DON’T LIKE IT IF YOU ARE A UNION MEMBER WITH A GENEROUS PLAN YOU HAVE FOUGHT FOR, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP IT. I HAVE ALSO HEARD UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY DON’T JUST BARGAIN FOR THEIR OWN GOOD HEALTH CARE, THEY TRY TO BARGAIN SO EVERYONE GETS IT. WHY SHOULD IT BE THAT THEY DON’T GET MEDICARE FOR ALL, WHY SHOULD THESE EMPLOYER PLANS STILL BE ON THE TABLE? SO THAT EMPLOYERS CAN USE IT AS A BARGAINING CHIP AGAINST LABOR UNIONS. AND HAVE THIS HANGING OVER THEIR HEADS INSTEAD OF FOCUSING THEIR ATTENTION. SUSPECT IF I COULD JUST MAKE ONE POINT BEFORE I ANSWER YOUR QUESTION. PART OF THE PROBLEM WE HAVE WITH HEALTHCARE RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GETTING SOME TERMS CONFUSE. UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, WHICH I HAVE CALLED FOR, AND THEN SOMETHING CALLED THE SINGLE- PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHICH IS THE MEDICARE FOR ALL BILL WHICH BASICALLY SAYS THE ONLY HEALTH INSURANCE WILL COME FROM THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEN THERE IS THIS PUBLIC OPTION. WHICH IS BASICALLY JUST ANOTHER INSURANCE OPTION. I AM TOTALLY FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION. I DO NOT THINK IT GOES FAR ENOUGH. I THINK EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE HEALTHCARE AS A BASIC RIGHT. I LIKE THEM TO HAVE CHOICES. THERE ARE TWO REASONS I FAVOR CHOICES. THE FIRST IS PRACTICAL. POLITICALLY. 150 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. A WOMAN CAME UP TO ME IN MY DISTRICT. I WAS AT DINNER WITH MY WIFE. I HAD MET HER BEFORE AT DEMOCRATIC EVENTS IN MARYLAND. WE GOT SOME GREAT MARYLANDERS HERE BY THE WAY. HEY GUYS. SHE WAS WEARING A PLANNED PARENTHOOD T-SHIRT. SHE CAME UP TO ME AND SAID I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR MY FAMILY’S ABILITY TO KEEP OUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. AND I SAID, WHY DID YOU SAY THAT? AND SHE SAID, MY HUSBAND WORKS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND HE HAS HEALTH INSURANCE THAT WE LIKE AND THE REASON WE LIKE IT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A DISABLED CHILD. THE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT MY HUSBAND HAS ALLOWS FOR A CHILD TO BE TAKEN CARE OF AT HOME. AND WE HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY AFRAID THAT HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO GO INTO A FACILITY. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO OUR FAMILY. I DO NOT THINK I COULD VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT WHO IS RUNNING ON TAKING THAT INSURANCE AWAY. FROM US. IN MY POINT WITH THIS, WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE THE PARTY OF SUBTRACTION? WHY CAN’T WE BE THE PARTY OF ADDITION? WE SHOULD BE RUNNING ON GIVING EVERYONE HEALTHCARE AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT FOR FREE. WE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD. AND I BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE UNWAVERING IN THAT. I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD MAKE CHOICES ALSO. IF OVER TIME THE BASICS GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE PLAN BECOMES SO GREAT THAT PEOPLE WILL JUST DROP THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE AND JOIN. AND SIGN UP FOR IT. WHY DO WE HAVE TO FORCE PEOPLE OUT OF IT? BUT THE OTHER PROBLEM I HAVE, IS A MATTER OF HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS. I USED TO BE IN THE HEALTHCARE BUSINESS. I RAN A COMPANY THAT LENT MONEY TOO SMALL TO MIDSIZED HEALTHCARE COMPANIES LIKE RURAL HOSPITALS. IF ANY OF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH WHAT IS GOING ON WITH RURAL HEALTHCARE, MANY HOSPITALS ARE UNDER PRESSURE AND MANY ARE CLOSING. THE REASON THAT IS HAPPENING IS BECAUSE THEIR MIX OF BUSINESS WHICH USED TO BE ONE THIRD COMMERCIAL INSURANCE, ONE THIRD MEDICAID AND ONE THIRD MEDICARE, IS NOW BECOMING ALMOST ALL MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. THE PROBLEM WITH MEDICAID AND MEDICARE IS IT DOES NOT PAY ENOUGH. SO YOU CAN’T OPERATE YOUR HOSPITAL ON JUST THE GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS. IN THE SINGLE-PAYER MEDIC CARE FOR ALL BILL SAYS IN IT, THAT MEDICARE PAYMENTS WILL STAY THE SAME. WHEN YOU GO TO HOSPITALS, SOME OF YOU MAYBE HOSPITAL WORKERS. WE SHOULD ASK THE ADMINISTRATORS, THEY GET PAID TWICE AS MUCH FROM A COMMERCIAL INSURANCE COMPANY AS THEY DO FROM MEDICARE FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE. AND SO ALL OF THOSE BILLS WERE PAID AT MEDICARE RATES, A LOT OF THESE HOSPITALS WOULD CLOSE. I DON’T THINK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SHOULD BE RUNNING ON THAT. SPECTRA HATE TO INTERRUPT YOU. I AM AMAZED AT ALL OF THESE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, BUT KNOW ABOUT THE FILIBUSTER, >>IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. >>WE HAVE, WE ONLY MAKE IT TO ONE EXPECT I WILL BE FAST. >>HI THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. >>I’M A CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR HERE IN NEVADA. AND I WORK WITH CLIENTS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS. INCLUDING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. FOR EXAMPLE, A DOCKER RECIPIENT ON TOP OF MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS THEY ARE BATTLING WITH, HAVE THE STRESS OF WORRYING ABOUT THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS BEING PICKED UP OR DETAINED BY I.C.E. DAILY. WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THAT RECIPIENT? >>GOING TO PASS REFORM WHICH WILL MAKE DREAMERS, THE LAW OF THE LAND. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD TO DO DOCKER, BUT COULD NOT GET COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM PASSED. I AM FOR THE DREAMERS LEGISLATION WHICH GIVES DOCKER RECIPIENTS PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS. AND A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. I WOULD PASS THAT AS A STANDALONE LAW, WHEN I WANT TO DO IS PATENT WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THANK YOU. >>I LIKE IT. THE CONGRESSMAN DOES NOT KNOW IT BUT HE HAS GRACIOUSLY AGREED TO GIVE UP HIS CLOSING STATEMENT SO WE CAN HEAR FROM ANOTHER MEMBER WHO IS ON VIDEO. >>MY QUESTION IS, MY NAME IS PRECIOUS. YOU SPENT TIME IN THE DEBATE TALKING ABOUT WHAT CANNOT BE DONE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE. AS A NURSE I SADLY SEE CONSEQUENCES OF PUTTING PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES PROFITS ABOVE PATIENT’S NEEDS. JUST ME IT IS NO FAIRYTALE. HAVING HEALTHCARE MAY COME EASY TO MULTIMILLIONAIRES BUT IT DOES NOT FOR THE REST OF US. DO YOU THINK THAT EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE? AND WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO STOP CRITICIZING AND ACTUALLY GET IT DONE. >>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. I ADDRESSED MY VIEW ON HEALTHCARE, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE HEALTHCARE AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT AND THAT COVERAGE SHOULD BE FOR FREE. BUT THEY SHOULD MAINTAIN OPTIONS. THAT IS MY VIEW ON HEALTHCARE. AS FAR AS THE QUESTION ABOUT BIG IDEAS, I’M RUNNING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST IDEAS, BUT I ALSO THINK THEY ARE SMART IDEAS. I AM RUNNING ON CREATING A FORM OF UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE WHICH WOULD BE THE BIGGEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE THE CREATION OF MEDICARE. PEOPLE CAN HAVE CHOICES. I AM RUNNING ON THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN BASIC RESEARCH THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN SINCE NASA. I AM RUNNING ON AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THAT WILL BE THE LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM. I AM RUNNING ON DOUBLING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, WHICH IS THE BEST THING FOR WORKERS. IT PUTS MONEY RIGHT IN THE POCKETS OF HARD-WORKING AMERICANS. AND I HAVE A BIG FAN ON CLIMATE THAT GETS US TO NET ZERO BY 2050. THESE ARE BIG IDEAS, THESE ARE TRANSFORMATIVE IDEAS. ALL OF MY IDEAS ARE WORKABLE, I TELL THE PEOPLE HOW I AM GOING TO PAY FOR THEM, AND I TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW I WILL GET IT DONE. WE HAVE TO HAVE A DEBATE, WE HAVE TO HAVE A DEBATE OF IDEAS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MAKES A STRONG. THAT IS WHAT MAKES US THE PARTY THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS. I WILL CLOSE, BY QUOTING JOHN F. KENNEDY. WHO FAMOUSLY SAID, WE SHOULD NOT BE SEEKING THE REPUBLICAN ANSWER, THE DEMOCRATIC ANSWER, WE SHOULD SEEK THE RIGHT ANSWER. THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED. THEY NEED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO PUT FORTH THE RIGHT ANSWERS. BECAUSE OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS AND DEPEND UPON IT. WE ARE NOT LEAVING THE WORLD BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT. THAT IS OUR MOST SACRED, IN MY VIEW, MORAL OBLIGATION. BUT WE CAN’T DO IT. THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY. WE HAVE EVERY ADVANTAGE ANY NATION COULD POSSIBLY WANT TO HAVE. EXCEPT FOR ONE THING. WE HAVE A BROKEN GOVERNMENT. THE SALVATION IS TO WORKERS, BY MAKING SURE WE PUT THE NEEDS OF WORKERS FIRST. BECAUSE IF WE DO THAT, IF WE BECOME THE PARTY THAT IS TALKING ABOUT THOSE KITCHEN TABLE POCKETBOOK ISSUES. NO ONE WILL STOP US. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THAT WAY? >>THAT WAY. >>THANK YOU. ONE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS FOR THEM. HOW GREAT THE WORKER QUESTIONS ARE. WE CAN REALLY SEE HOW REAL PEOPLE ARE LIVING. AND ASKING QUESTION BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. I THINK IT HAS BEEN GREAT. OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS JAY INSLEE. >>YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY NAME IS JAY INSLEE. I AM YOUR FORMERLY CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVING BULLDOZER OPERATING HOUSE PAINTING DISHWASHING GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. I’VE COME HERE TO SAY THIS, IT IS TIME TO STOP TRASH TALKING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND START PAYING THEM A LIVING WAGE. THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE. AND THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY WHAT I’VE BEEN WORKING ON AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. NOT JUST BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER-IN- LAW WAS A BRILLIANT, ASHLEY MEMBER AS A FORENSIC SCIENTIST AT THE WASHINGTON STATE CRIME LAB, BUT BECAUSE I SEE PEOPLE WHEN WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIP, WE CAN GET GREAT THINGS DONE. I AM PROUD OF OUR STATE. FOR MANY REASONS. JIMI HENDRIX, RUSSELL WILSON NOTWITHSTANDING. ANYMORE PROUD, I AM MORE PROUD TO BE THE GOVERNOR WHO MADE SURE THAT WE HAD GOOD COLLECTIVE-BARGAINING RELATIONSHIPS WITH STACEY ABRAMS NINE AND ALL OF OUR UNIONS IN WASHINGTON. I AM MORE PROUD THAT WE GOT A DECENT PAY INCREASE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. I AM MORE PROUD THAT AFTER THE JUNEAU DECISION, WE PUT OUR SHOULDERS TO THE WHEEL AND OUR UNION MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED 10%. SINCE THAT DECISION. WE KNOW HOW TO GROW UNIONS IN OUR STATE. IN MY STATE, WE UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMY GROWS NOT FROM THE TOP DOWN, BUT FROM THE MIDDLE OUT. SO I AM PROUD TO BE A GOVERNOR WHO IS HELPED WHEN THE HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO BE THE GOVERNOR WHO HAS GOT THE BEST PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE IN THE UNITED STATES. I’M GLAD TO BE THE GOVERNOR OF A RADICAL STATE. WE ARE RADICAL IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. WE THINK WOMEN SHOULD GET PAID THE SAME AS MEN FOR THE SAME WORK. SO I AM PROUD TO BE THE GOVERNOR WITH THE BEST GENDER PAY EQUITY LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WE KNOW THAT THE LABOR COMMUNITY IS A TEAM ACROSS MULTIPLE UNIONS. SO I AM PROUD AS A SON OF A BIOLOGY TEACHER TO SAY I HAVE THE HIGHEST EDUCATOR PAY INCREASES IN THE UNITED DATES THIS YEAR AND KEEP THOSE GOOD EDUCATORS IN OUR CLASSROOMS. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DISCUSSION, AND YES, IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, I AM THE CANDIDATE WHO HAS WHAT IS BEEN CALLED THE GOLD STANDARD OF HOW TO DEFEAT THE CLIMATE CRISIS. WE KNOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN A GRASSHOPPER INFESTATION HERE IN NEVADA. IT IS EITHER DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE OR REPUBLICANS BUT I REPEAT MYSELF. >>BY THE WAY I’VE NEVER HAD ANYONE ANSWER A QUESTION I DID NOT ASK. THAT WAS GOOD. THIS IS NO SURPRISE AT THIS POINT. WE WANT TO GET EVERYONE ON THE RECORD HERE. AFTER NEVADA PASS THIS COLLECTIVE-BARGAINING BILL, THEN MARK LEGISLATION. DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW THAT MANDATES COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC WORKERS? >>YES. EXPECT SEE HOW EASY THAT FIRST ONE WAS? NOW WE CAN MOVE ON. >>THANK YOU FOR GETTING STEVE CORRECTED. >>I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR CLIMATE PLAN. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO GET SOME OF THE UNIONS, ESPECIALLY TRADE UNIONS, ON BOARD WITH THE CLIMATE PLAN CONSIDERING THAT ALL OF THEM OPPOSED THE GREEN NEW DEAL? >>IF I MAY, IQ. DONALD TRUMP IS WRONG IN MANY WAYS. I BELIEVE WHITE NATIONALISM DOES NOT BELONG IN OUR WHITE HOUSE. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT. BUT WE ARE WHERE, HE HAS HIS BIGGEST FAILURE, WHEN HE SAYS THAT, WE KNOW THAT THE COST JOBS. WE KNOW THAT ONE OF THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR GOOD CLEAN ENERGY, UNION JOBS IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY. WE KNOW WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DEVELOP A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY. THE SCIENCE IS CLEAR. AND WHEN WE DO THAT, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE JOBS ARE HERE, NOT JUST IN CHINA. MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE GOOD PAY UNION JOBS, NOT LOW-PAYING JOBS. AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DO IT IN A TIMELY FASHION NOT TOO LATE. HERE IS WHAT I SEE HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. I HAVE MET DAVE AND DES MOINES, WHO WAS IN WIND TURBINE TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE THERE. I ASKED HIM WHY ARE YOU GOING INTO THAT INDUSTRY? HE SAID, WELL, DUCK ON THE FUTURE. THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IS DRIVING A SPIFFY NEW GENERAL MOTORS ALL ELECTRIC BOLT PROBABLY MADE BY UAW MEMBERS. WE WANT UNION MEMBERS MAKING CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTS AND SELLING THEM AROUND THE WORLD. IN MY PROPOSAL, WE HAVE INVESTED A VERY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF OUR ENERGY MAKING SURE WE HAVE WHAT I CALL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MEANS THAT EVERYONE PROFITS IN THIS TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY. UNION MEMBERS, AND PEOPLE IN POVERTY, THE FRONT-LINE COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, WHO ARE THE FIRST VICTIMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS NOT RIGHT THAT BLACK AMERICANS READ 56% MORE POLLUTION THAN THE REST OF THE POPULATION. OF THE UNITED STATES. AND IT IS TIME TO HAVE A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION THAT FOCUSES ON HELPING ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A WAY WE WILL GROW JOBS, THIS IS A WAY WE WILL BE UNITED, AND I AM GLAD WE ARE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS IN MY STATE WHERE WE HAD VIRTUAL TOTAL UNANIMITY PASSING A 100% CLEAN ELECTRICAL GRID BILL. I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIONS IN MY STATE THAT IT CREATED THE BEST CLEAN ENERGY LOSS IN THE U.S. THAT IS WHERE WE DO IT IN WASHINGTON STATE. >>LET ME ASK MORE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. WHAT I WONDER IS, THERE ARE SOME CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS, THEY ARE THE FRENCH, GENERALLY. BUT YOU NEED TO GET THIS PLAN, IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT, THROUGH THE SENATE. YOU NEED TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE RESISTANT TO THIS. IT SEEMS TO ME, NOT WHETHER CLIMATE CHANGE IS OCCURRING, BUT HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT. THAT IS THE DEBATE. THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT WHAT THE RIGHT POLICIES ARE. WHERE IS THE PLAN THAT CAN ACTUALLY BE ENACTED IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT? NOT WHAT YOU’RE WISHFUL THINKING MIGHT BE. >>WHEN YOU’RE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE, YOU HAVE SOME ADVANTAGES BECAUSE YOU CAN GET THINGS DONE INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT THEM. I’VE HAD EXPERIENCE OF HOW TO GET THIS DONE. AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN WASHINGTON BECAUSE OF OUR GOOD ALLIANCE WITH UNIONS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PASS A BILL THAT REQUIRES 100% CLEAN ELECTRICITY WITH NO FOSSIL FUELS. WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO PASS THE BEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILLS, NOW WE WILL BE PUTTING CARPENTERS AND LABORERS TO WORK RETROFITTING OUR BUILDINGS SO THEY DON’T WASTE ENERGY. WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO PASS GOOD LEGISLATION TO HELP PEOPLE GET ACCESS TO GOOD ELECTRIC CARS. I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO DO THAT BY GETTING PEOPLE TO SEE SHORT- TERM ECONOMIC GAINS AS WELL AS LONG-TERM SURVIVAL. HERE IS THE TRICK. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ME HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THIS. WE HAVE CERTAIN TIMELINES WE HAVE TO MEET. THOSE TIMELINES ARE SET BY SCIENCE, NOT BY POLITICIANS. THE TIMELINE SAID WE HAVE TO GET OFF OF COLE. WE HAVE TO GET OFF FOSSIL FUELS. THOSE ARE SET BY THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS. I KNOW THIS. DONALD TRUMP CANNOT REPEAL THE LAW OF GRAVITY. HE CANNOT REPEAL THE THIRD LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS. IN THE WAY WE ARE GOING TO DEFEAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS TO MAKE HIM A BLIP IN HISTORY. THAT’S WHAT I INTEND TO DO. >>I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM SOME MEMBERS. WE HAVE OUR FIRST QUESTION COMING UP. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. WELCOME GOVERNOR. MY NAME IS COREY BAKER. AMY FORMER TAX AUDITOR SUPERVISOR, AND I’M VERY PROUD, I’M A PROUD AFSCME RETIREE. MY QUESTION IS, SOMETIMES I GO TO THE PHARMACY TO PICK UP A PRESCRIPTION. AND THE PRICES KEEP GOING UP. I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT I WAS TOLD THAT A 90 DAY, ONE PRESCRIPTION, WILL COST ME OVER $300. AND THAT WAS FOR A GENERIC BRAND. MY QUESTION IS, ALSO, HOW CAN OTHER COUNTRIES ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET THEIR MEDICATIONS FREE OR CHEAPER? WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO MAKE SURE ALL AMERICANS CAN AFFORD MEDICATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. CAREEN. YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU NEED ANY MEDICATION. I WILL ANSWER THAT QUESTION. IN OUR STATE, WE HAVE BEEN BREAKING THE MOLD. IN SHOWING NEW WAYS OF DOING BUSINESS. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS, WHAT WE NEED TO DO NATIONALLY. THAT IS BEING VERY AGGRESSIVE TO GET MORE REASONABLE DRUG PRICES FOR AMERICANS. IN SEVERAL WAYS. NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE CREATED A NEW WAY TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO REDUCE THE COST OF PHARMACEUTICALS. AND SINCE WE HAVE BASICALLY ROLLED OUT OUR HEALTHCARE REFORM, WE HAVE RESTRAINED THE RATE OF MEDICAL INFLATION PROBABLY AS MUCH OR MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE UNITED STATES. SECOND, WE BELIEVE THIS. WE BELIEVE TWO THINGS. EVERYBODY DESERVES HEALTHCARE,.. IT IS A HUMAN RIGHT. AND WE HAVE TO HAVE MECHANISMS TO KEEP DOWN THE RATE OF PHARMACEUTICAL INFLATION. WE HAVE BROKEN THE MOLD YET AGAIN. I AM PROUD TO BE THE FIRST GOVERNOR AND THE ONLY GOVERNOR IN THE U.S. WHO CAN SEE THIS. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OPTION IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE, EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE TO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. THOSE OF THE TWO BIGGEST THINGS WE HAVE DONE. WE DO A THIRD THING THAT IS RELATED. I BELIEVE IT IS TIME THAT WE FORM A MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHERE PEOPLE GET ADEQUATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AS WELL AS PHYSICAL HEALTHCARE. I THINK THAT THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FUNDAMENTAL TO BE ABLE TO RESTRAIN COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AS WELL AS CASTLE EVERYONE CAN GET ACCESS TO MEDICARE. IQ. >>WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON VIDEO FOR YOU. >>I’M A PROUD MEMBER OF COUNSEL 13 LOCAL 2112 MAINTENANCE AND TRADES. MY QUESTION IS, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR ORGANIZED LABOR? WHAT WILL YOU DO IN CASES, IN WHICH THEY ARE TRYING TO STRIP ALL OF OUR ORGANIZED LABOR FROM HER RIGHTS, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WILL DO TO STAND UP FOR THE MANY WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY THAT HAVE MADE THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE WORKFORCE. AND FOR SOME REASON LATELY, WE ARE TAKING A BEATING. AND NOBODY WILL STAND IN OUR CORNER. WHAT WE YOU DO TO PROTECT ORGANIZED LABOR AND THE MEN AND WOMEN TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT? >>NUMBER ONE YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE A CONGRESSIONAL LOT TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO HAVE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES. NUMBER TWO, WE WILL FINALLY PASS A CARD CHECK PROVISION SO WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE AN ORGANIZED UNIT THEY GET AN ORGANIZED UNIT. NUMBER THREE WE WILL HAVE AN NLRB THAT FINALLY DOES NOT HAVE THE FOX IN THE CHICKEN HOUSE AND HAVE LAWS SO MANAGEMENT CANNOT ABUSE LABOR. NUMBER FOUR, WE WILL HAVE A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION SO PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT OF ACTION AGAINST THE EMPLOYER WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE ABUSED. NUMBER FIVE, WE WILL PROHIBIT WHERE THE BOST BROW BEATS PEOPLE AND SILENTLY INTIMIDATE THEM SO THEY CAN’T VOTE FOR A UNION. WERE THE BOSS SILENTLY INTIMIDATE THEM. I WANT TO TELL YOU WHY I FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT THIS. USED TO HAVE A CONCRETE TRUCK. ONE SUMMER, WHEN I WAS DRIVING AT LUNCH, WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT FORMING A UNION. THERE WAS AN OLD GUY IN THE CORNER, HE WAS 50, REALLY OLD. AND HE SAID NO. I CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH A UNION. WE SAID WHY NOT? HE SAID, I’M AFRAID I WILL LOSE EVERYTHING I HAVE, MY JOB, THEY WILL FIRE ME THE MOMENT THEY HEAR WE ARE EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT. AS A FAIRLY YOUNG GUY TO SEE A 50-YEAR-OLD MAN HAS FEAR ON HIS FACE, AND HE DID. THAT HAS STUCK WITH ME. THERE IS NO WORKING PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY THAT OUGHT TO HAVE TO FEEL ANXIETY AND FEAR ABOUT HAVING THIS RIGHT TO BE ORGANIZED. AND IF I AM PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE IN FEAR, THEY’RE GOING TO BE STANDING UP ON BOTH LEGS WITH AFSCME MAKING SURE THEY HAVE ORGANIZING RIGHTS. >>YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT. >>I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. THERE IS SOMETHING I WANT TO SAY THAT DOES NOT GET SAID ENOUGH. YOU ARE HELPING THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT OF ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL JUSTICE IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU ARE HELPING YOUR MEMBERS. BUT YOU ARE HELPING YOUR NONMEMBERS AS WELL. YOU ARE HELPING THE CAUSE OF RESPECTING DIVERSITY AS A VIRTUE RATHER THAN A WEAKNESS. IN THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SOUGHT TO DIVIDE US. EVERY SINGLE WAY. TO USE THE POWER OF FEAR AND ANXIETY AND RACIAL ANIMOSITY EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND I FEEL ALLIED WITH YOU, BEING PROTECTIVE OF EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT IN YOUR PARTICULAR BARGAINING UNIT. THAT IS WHY I AM PROUD TO SAY I WAS THE FIRST GOVERNOR TO STAND UP AGAINST THE MUSLIM MAN IN THE U.S. I AM PROUD TO TELL YOU , AS YOU KNOW, WE JUST HAD A GREAT LOSS IN EL PASO TEXAS, OUR HEARTS ARE SICK ABOUT THAT. THIS IS CLOSE TO ME AND THE ISSUE OF GUN SAFETY. WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN CONGRESSMAN, FROM A REPUBLICAN DISTRICT IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN CAME UP IN 1984. IN I KNOW THAT IF I VOTED TO BAN IT I WOULD LOSE MY SEAT IN CONGRESS. BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU I VOTED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. I LOST MY SEAT IN CONGRESS. BUT I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED THAT VOTE FOR ONE SINGLE SECOND. THAT WAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE THEN, IT IS THE RIGHT VOTE NOW. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE AFSCME MEMBERS WHO ARE HELPING TO FEED CLIMATE CHANGE. I AM AN OPTIMIST, I’M CONFIDENT THE UNITED STATES CAN DEFEAT CLIMATE CHANGE. BECAUSE WE CAN STILL DO BIG THINGS. WE INVENT, CREATE, BUILD, THIS IS OUR NATURE. ORGANIZED LABOR OUGHT TO BE AT THE CENTER OF THAT. I DO WANT TO ASK YOU, IF YOU SHARE MY VIEWS ABOUT THESE MATTERS, YOU HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO GO TO JAY INSLEE.COM AND IF YOU HAVE A DOLLAR, I TALKED TO LEE ABOUT THIS, PAY YOUR AFSCME DUES FIRST, AND THEN SEND A DOLLAR TO JAY INSLEE.COM. SPECULATIVE TO REMIND EVERYONE WE STILL HAVE ABOUT A HALF- DOZEN CANDIDATES COMING UP. WE HAVE SENATOR HARRIS, AND YOU WANT TO STICK AROUND FOR THE AND BECAUSE MAYOR PETE IS LESSON YOU WILL WANT TO HEAR ME MANGLE HIS LAST NAME. I ASSURE YOU. DEFINITELY STICK AROUND FOR THAT. NEXT UP WE HAVE TULSI GABBARD. >>NICE TO SEE YOU. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE TO JOIN ALL OF YOU TODAY. I WANT TO THANK AFSCME AND THE LEADERS YOU HAVE GATHERED FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY, FIGHTING FOR OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I COME FROM THE STATE OF HAWAII. WHERE I GREW UP. ALL RIGHT, WE HAVE SOME HAWAII IN THE HOUSE. OUR STATE HAS THE HIGHEST UNION MEMBERSHIP PER CAPITA OF ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT.’S MY FATHER WAS A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER A PROUD UNION MEMBER, AND WALKED THE PICKET LINE AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE STATE WHEN WE HAVE NEEDED TO STAND UP FOR BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AND A LIVING WAGE FOR OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. WE HAVE A STRONG UNIT STATE BUT IT IS NOT ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. WHEN WE LOOK BACK IN THE DAY, WHAT WE HAD WAS A STATE GOVERNED BY WEALTHY PLANTATION OWNERS. THE VAST MAJORITY OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WERE WORKING ON THIS PLANTATIONS. TERRIBLE WORKING CONDITIONS. BEING ABUSED BY THE RICH AND POWERFUL. THESE VERY FEW WHO NOT ONLY WERE IN CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY AT THAT TIME, BUT WHO HAD ALL THE POLITICIANS IN THEIR POCKETS. WHO WERE ABLE TO GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED. UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGED. THE ONE THING THAT CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY FOR OUR STATE AND OUR PEOPLE, LABOR UNIONS.’S LEADERS WHO CAME TOGETHER WHO DID WHAT WAS UNPOPULAR WITH THE BIG BOSSES AT THE TIME AND STOOD UP AND FOUGHT FOR OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. FOR BETTER PAY, FOR HEALTHCARE. FOR BATTLE WORKING CONDITIONS. WHAT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR OUR STATE AND PEOPLE BUT AT THAT TIME, THESE LABOR LEADERS WERE LABELED AS COMMUNIST, THEY WERE LABELED AS UNPATRIOTIC, AND UN- AMERICAN. BY THESE PLANTATION OWNERS. PEOPLE TRYING TO SQUASH THIS MOVEMENT AND SILENCE THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE. ALL OF YOU KNOW I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS, THROUGHOUT TIME, AT THAT TIME AND AS WE CONTINUE TODAY, IT IS OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEER TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. WHO ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR MILITARY, THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY, THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. TO CALL OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN UNPATRIOTIC AND UN- AMERICAN IS AS OFFENSIVE BACK THEN AS IT IS TODAY. I CAN TELL YOU WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME AS A SOLDIER, I CERTAINLY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD FOR OVER 16 YEARS. AND DEPLOYED TWICE TO THE MIDDLE EAST. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE OUR COUNTRY, WHAT COULD BE MORE PATRIOTIC, THEN STANDING UP AND FIGHTING FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. THEN STANDING UP AND FIGHTING FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. STANDING UP AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO IS SICK IT’S A HEALTHCARE THAT THEY NEED. THAT NONE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE GOING WITHOUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. THAT WE HAVE SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS AND THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY ABLE TO HAVE THAT QUALITY OF LIFE THAT LEADS US TOWARD THAT BRIGHT FUTURE. TOWARDS THAT AMERICAN DREAM. FOR ME IT IS THAT HISTORY OF GROWING UP IN HAWAII, A PLACE RICH WITH A HISTORY OF STANDING UP FOR PEOPLE. THAT I BRING MY COMMITMENT TO SERVE YOU AS PRESIDENT, TO CARRY THROUGH ON THAT PROMISE. TO STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH OUR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, AS WE STAND TOGETHER WITH THIS LOVE AND A HALF FOR EACH OTHER, FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR FUTURE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOU HERE TODAY. THANK YOU. >>WE ARE ASKING EVERY CANDIDATE, DO YOU BELIEVE IN SUPPORT A FEDERAL LAW, THAT WOULD ALLOW STATE AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES EVERYWHERE, NO MATTER WHAT STATE, TO HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS? BACK ABSOLUTELY. A QUESTIONABLY. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A QUESTION WE HAVE TO HAVE IN THE POLITICAL CONVERSATION TODAY. THE FACT THAT WE ARE, SPEAKS TO THE RELEVANCE AND NECESSITY OF LABOR UNIONS NOW. DEALING WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE FACING, THE THREATS WE ARE FACING. I HAVE SERVED IN CONGRESS FOR NEARLY 7 YEARS, THEIR CONSTANT THREATS TO OUR RIGHTS. THE RIGHTS OF WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. CONSTANT THREATS TO WEAKEN THE NLRB. TO SPEAK OF THE THREATS WE HAVE SEEN HAPPENING IN SOME STATES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. UNQUESTIONABLY, AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND TO THE STATES, I WOULD STAND UP FOR EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. >>YOU MENTIONED YOU WERE A SOLDIER. I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD NOT FORGET YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE. PEOPLE SHOULD THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I DO WANT TO DISPENSE WITH THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. YOU HAD TO TALK ABOUT IT A BIT. AFTER THE DEBATE. A CONTENTIOUS INTERVIEW WITH ANDERSON COOPER. USING COMMENTARY ABOUT YOUR VISITS TO A THOUGHT OF HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT SYRIA. IF WE CAN LET’S CLEAR IT UP. YOU PROBABLY WANT TO CLEAR THAT. YOU PROBABLY THINK THERE ARE MISPERCEPTIONS OUT THERE. I SAID ONE THING YOU SAID WHICH WAS A THOUGHT IS NOT THE ENEMY OF THE U.S., BECAUSE SYRIA IS NOT A DIRECT THREAT TO THE U.S. IS THAT ALL THAT GOES INTO IT? IS THAT THE DOCTRINE? SOMEONE COMMITTING ATROCITIES, AND ANOTHER COUNTRY, BUT THEY AREN’T A THREAT? THAT’S OKAY? WE WON’T DO ANYTHING? >>NORDER FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHERE I’M COMING FROM, LET ME GIVE YOU BACKGROUND. I AM LISTED AFTER 9/11. LIKE SO MANY AMERICANS. BECAUSE I WANTED TO DO MY SMALL PART IN GOING AFTER THOSE TERRORISTS WHO ATTACKED US ON THAT DAY, TAKING THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. I WANTED TO DO MY PART TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. WE WERE LIED TO DO. WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE LIED TO. OUR LEADERS THAN SENT US TO GO FIGHT IN THE WAR IN IRAQ TO TOPPLE A BRUTAL DICTATOR, SADDAM HUSSEIN, BECAUSE THEY SAID HE WAS WORKING WITH AL QAEDA, THEY HAVE WEAPONS OF MASS STRUCTURE, THEY ARE GOING TO COME AFTER US. WE WERE LIED TO. WHAT WAS THE CONSEQUENCE? THOUSANDS, OVER FOR THOUSANDS OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS KILLED IN THAT WAR. COUNTLESS MORE WERE INJURED. COMING HOME WITH BOTH VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WOUNDS. I WAS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 2005 DURING THE HEIGHT OF THAT WAR AND I SERVED IN A FIELD MEDICAL UNIT WHERE EVERY SINGLE DAY I SAW THAT TERRIBLE HIGH HUMAN COST OF WAR. THE VERY FIRST THING I DID EVERY DAY WAS GO THROUGH NAME BY NAME LIST. OF EVERY AMERICAN CASUALTY AND INJURED THAT IT OCCURRED IN THE PREVIOUS 24 HOURS. AND IT WAS HEART WRENCHING. EVERY SINGLE DAY, KNOWING THAT BEHIND EVERY ONE OF THOSE NAMES WERE PARENTS, CHILDREN, BROTHERS, SISTERS, SPOUSES. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING THE PRICES FOR THESE WARS. I WILL APOLOGIZE TO NO ONE FOR DOING EVERYTHING THAT I POSSIBLY CAN TO STOP LEADERS IN OUR GOVERNMENT FROM CONTINUING TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM, FROM FIGHTING IN THE SENSELESS, WASTEFUL REGIME CHANGE WORSE. >>[ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERING ] >>IF THAT MEANS MEETING WITH A BRUTAL DICTATOR IN THE PURSUIT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE PURSUIT OF PREVENTING MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM BEING SENT IN HARM’S WAY, ON MISSIONS THAT MAKE OUR COUNTRY LESS SAFE, BUT CAUSE MORE LOSS OF LIFE. THAT I WILL DO SO. BECAUSE HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE. THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO DIPLOMACY HIS WAR. THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO DIPLOMACY IS WAR. AND WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. >>BUT DO YOU BELIEVE WAS MAX >>THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT. TO HAVE A LEADER WHO HAS THE COURAGE TO HAVE THOSE MEETINGS. TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS. TO MAXIMIZE ALL DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS IN THE PURSUIT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY AND PEACE. BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE WHAT THAT ALTERNATIVE IS. WHETHER IT IS A RACK, LIBYA, SYRIA, WE HAVE TO STOP BEING THE WORLD’S POLICE. WE HAVE TO STOP ENDING THESE WASTEFUL WARS AND INSTEAD OF PENDING TRILLIONS ON THESE WARS AND WEAPONS THAT CAUSE SUCH HARM, DEVASTATION AND LOSS OF LIFE, WE NEED TO TAKE THIS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND INVEST THEM IN SERVING THE NEEDS OF OUR PEOPLE. MAKING IT SO THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS HEALTHCARE. SO EVERY AMERICAN HAS CLEAN WATER TO DRINK. MAKING IT SO WE ARE INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATING JOBS. LENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY. THAT IS THE LEADERSHIP I SEEK TO BRING AS YOUR PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. >>DO YOU BELIEVE THAT ASAD AND HIS ALLIES ACTED APPROPRIATELY SINCE PROTESTS BROKE OUT AGAINST HIS REGIME? DO YOU THINK THAT ASAD AND HIS ALLIES HAVE BEHAVED APPROPRIATELY SINCE PROTESTS HAVE BROKEN OUT AGAINST THE? >>I DO NOT. THIS IS NOT THE POINT WE ARE MAKING HERE. THE POINT WE ARE MAKING HERE, THE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEING MADE BY LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, WHO ARE DECIDING THE FATES OF OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AND THEY MAKE THESE DECISIONS, AS THEY HAVE FOR SO LONG, WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT VIETNAM OR IRAQ OR LIBYA OR SYRIA, OR AFGHANISTAN, WHERE WE JUST SAW TWO SOLDIERS KILLED A FEW DAYS AGO, WHERE WE STILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DEPLOYED. ACTING AS THE WORLD’S POLICE, WE ARE GOING TO OVERTHROW THIS DICTATOR, AND THAT DICTATOR. WITHOUT THINKING THROUGH WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE. WITHOUT THINKING THROUGH IN IRAQ AND LIBYA AND SYRIA, HOW OUR ACTIONS, THE ACTIONS AND DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE LEADERS IN OUR COUNTRY, HAVE CAUSED TREMENDOUS LOSS OF LIFE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HAVE TAKEN TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS OUT OF OUR POCKETS AND GUESS WHAT, THEY HAVE MADE THE LIVES WORSE OFF FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRIES WHERE WE WAGE THESE WARS. THERE ARE OPEN SLAVE MARKETS IN LIBYA TODAY. ISIS AND AL QAEDA AND TERRORIST GROUPS ARE STRONGER IN LIBYA NOW MORE THAN THEY WERE BEFORE WE WENT IN AND TOPPLED THAT BRUTAL DICTATOR. SO THE LEADERSHIP THAT I WILL BRING IN THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE WITH REGARD TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY, WILL ANSWER THREE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. WILL THE DEPLOYMENT OF OUR MILITARY STRENGTH IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY? OR WE CAN IT. ARE THEY BEING DEPLOYED TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE? OR WILL IT HAVE THAT COUNTERPRODUCTIVE EFFECT AND STRENGTHEN TERRORIST GROUPS AS WE HAVE SEEN TOO MANY TIMES. SECONDLY IS THAT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY? AND THIRDLY, WILL THIS ACTION ACTUALLY HAVE THE INTENDED RESULT OF HELPING PEOPLE OR WILL IT MAKE THEIR LIVES WORSE? AND IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY’S EVEN RECENT HISTORY AND GOING WAY BACK TO OFTEN THESE QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED. WHEN YOU LOOK AT HISTORY, THE ANSWERS HAVE BEEN UNACCEPTABLE IN MAKING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WORSE OFF AND CAUSING MORE HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BOTH OUR SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS AND EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO IS PAYING THE PRICE. >>WE WANT TO GET A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IN. HERE’S OUR FIRST LIFE WHEN. >>LIFE ONE. >>MY NAME IS CHARLIE MUELLER. I’M A RETIRED CORRECTIONAL ATTENDANT. A LOT OF PEOPLE MY AGE, I RELY ON MEDICARE. IT COVERED A RECENT SURGERY I HAD. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO PROTECT MEDICARE FROM CUTS AND DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND? >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN, IT IS THESE KINDS OF QUESTIONS THAT I GET ASKED MOST OFTEN. BECAUSE THIS IS THE ISSUE THAT CONCERNS PEOPLE ABOUT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILY, AND THEIR LOVED ONES. I THINK THAT MEDICARE FOR ALL IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY GETS QUALITY HEALTHCARE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE MONEY THEY HAVE. STRENGTHENING MEDICARE, PROTECTING MEDICARE, AND EXPANDING IT SO THAT WE DON’T LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND. I ALSO THINK THAT, MANY LABOR UNIONS FIGHT VERY HARD TO NEGOTIATE FOR GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THEIR MEMBERS AND THE RETIREES. THAT CHOICE NEEDS TO BE THERE FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN YOUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE PLAN. OR TO JOIN A TO CARE FOR ALL PLAN. I THINK OUR FOCUS HAS TO BE ON HOW WE CAN BRING DOWN THE OVERALL COST OF HEALTHCARE IN THIS COUNTRY. STOP BIG INSURANCE AND BIG PHARMA FROM BREAKING ALL OF US OVER THE COALS JUST TO PAD THEIR POCKETS AND INCREASE THEIR PROFITS, EXPLOITING SICK PEOPLE JUST TO IMPROVE THEIR BOTTOM LINES. IF WE STAY FOCUSED ON THIS OBJECTIVE, OF ACTUALLY TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER AND PROVIDING THAT QUALITY CARE, AND I KNOW WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THAT AND LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. >>I’M AFRAID WE ARE OUT OF TIME. YOU HAVE SOME TIME. >>WE ARE FACING INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING TIMES. I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT. THE RIGHTS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ARE UNDER ATTACK EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE SO DIVIDED, WE FIND THE PATH FORWARD TOWARDS THE SOLUTIONS BY BEING REMINDED ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. WHAT IS IT THAT BINDS US TOGETHER, WHETHER FROM HAWAII OR ANY OTHER STATE, WHAT IS IT THAT WE SHARE? IT IS THIS LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR THIS COUNTRY, WE CALL HOME. IN THIS LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER. TOO OFTEN WE SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO DRIVE WEDGES BETWEEN US SAYING, WE ARE GOING TO PUT YOU IN THIS BOX, AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THAT BOX, AND FOMENT FEAR AND BIGOTRY AND RACISM. TO KEEP US FROM STANDING TOGETHER, TO KEEP US FROM MAKING THAT KIND OF PROGRESS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE. I SPENT MY FIRST SIX YEARS IN CONGRESS SERVING IN THE MINORITY, WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, AND IT IS TOUGH. IT IS DIFFICULT. BUT THE WAY I’VE BEEN ABLE TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN OUR COUNTRY IS BY BUILDING THAT FOUNDATION. OF UNDERSTANDING THAT COMMON HUMAN UNDERSTANDING, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER. WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR COUNTRY IS GREAT WHEN EVERY SINGLE PERSON IS ABLE TO EARN A LIVING WAGE. WHEN NO ONE IS HAVING TO FEAR FOR WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE A DOCTOR WHEN THEY NEED TO. THAT WE ARE STRONGER WHEN EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN AS CLEAN WATER TO DRINK AND CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE. THERE ARE MANY THREATS THAT WE FACE, MANY CHALLENGES, BUT I KNOW THAT WHEN WE STAND UNITED, IN THIS UNIFIED PRINCIPLE OF LOVE, BUT WE HAWAII, ALOHA, STANDING TOGETHER AS PEOPLE, THERE IS NO OBSTACLE WE CANNOT OVERCOME. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO EVERY DAY. FOR THE SERVICE YOU PROVIDE TO OUR COUNTRY. I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON. ALOHA. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>A LOJA. >>ANYBODY ELSE FEEL LIKE THEY WANT TO BE IN HAWAII RIGHT NOW? LATERAL DRY HEAT THING REALLY ISN’T TRUE. WE ARE ON THE HOME STRETCH. FIRST UP IS TIM RYAN. >>HELLO. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY. HOW ARE YOU DOING? MY MOM HAS ASKED ME, MY GRANDMOTHER HAS ASKED ME, I AM IN A FAMILY REUNION HERE. LET ME SAY, QUICKLY, AMERICA IS GREAT. BUT NOT EVERYONE CAN ACCESS AMERICA’S GREATNESS. THE SYSTEMS IN THE U.S. ARE BROKEN. THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM, THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN, THE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WE USED TO HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT WOULD CRANK OUT 30 OR 40 OR $50 AN HOUR JOBS. NOW PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO WORK TWO OR THREE JOBS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE WE ARE CAUGHT IN THIS LEFT RIGHT DIVIDE. IN THE U.S. AND I THINK WE ARE ALL EXHAUSTED. BECAUSE OF IT. AND I THINK IT IS TIME FOR NEW AND BETTER. IT IS TIME FOR NEW AND BETTER SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, NEW AND BETTER HEALTHCARE, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ECONOMY. THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY. AND WE CANNOT DO IT IF WE ARE TRAPPED IN THE LEFT RIGHT DIVIDE. I LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU MORE ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>WE WILL START YOU OFF WITH A SURPRISE QUESTION. WHICH IS, WHETHER OR NOT YOU WOULD SUPPORT A FEDERAL LAW MANDATING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC WORKERS. >>I WOULD. MOST CERTAINLY. WE WERE ON THE FRONT LINES IN OHIO, SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER, IT WAS OHIO AND WISCONSIN, AND OHIO PASSED A LAW TO BASICALLY GET RID OF THE UNIONS, PUBLIC- SECTOR UNIONS. AND POLICE AND FIRE AS WELL. AND I WAS ONE OF THE TOP PEOPLE CAMPAIGNING AGAINST THAT. AND WE ENDED UP BEATING IT BACK IN THE EXAMPLE I USE, ALL THE TIME IS THAT ONE. WE GOT 63% OF THE VOTE IN OHIO, THE REPUBLICANS PUT IT ON, THE PASTOR, AND WE DID A BALLOT INITIATIVE, BECAUSE WORKING- CLASS PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER, WE GOT 63% OF THE VOTE. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHEN WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE, WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, COME TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE BIG CHANGE IN THE COUNTRY. >>I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HEALTHCARE. IN THE LAST DEBATE YOU WERE CRITICAL OF MEDICARE FOR ALL SAYING THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRIVATE PLANS THEY LIKE SHOULD NOT LOSE THEM. IN THE HOUSE, YOU ARE COSPONSOR OF MEDICARE FOR ALL. WHAT IS GOING ON? DO YOU SUPPORT IT? >>I SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL, I DON’T SUPPORT US FORCING PEOPLE TO GET RID OF THEIR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. I JUST DON’T THINK THAT IS A GOOD IDEA. >>BUT THE HOUSE MEDICARE FOR ALL PULSES PRIVATE INSURERS WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM SELLING PLANTS. >>THE IDEA IS, HOW DO WE COVER EVERYBODY? IN MY ESTIMATION THAT IS, I’M ON A LOT OF BILLS THAT I DON’T AGREE WITH EVERY LITTLE ASPECT OF THE BILL. BUT THE BILL IS DRAMATICALLY MOVING IN THE DIRECTION THAT WE NEED TO MOVE IN. THAT IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE MEDICARE FOR ALL BILL. >>YOU DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH IT ALL. >>NO, I DON’T. AGREE WITH ALL OF ANYTHING. >>THAT’S NOT A LITTLE ASPECT OF THE PRIVATE INSURANCE PART IS NOT A LITTLE ASPECT OF THE BILL. WHAT WE ARE GETTING AT, YOU CAN’T REALLY HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU EITHER ARE FOR KEEPING PRIVATE INSURANCE, OR YOU ARE NOT. >>I AM NOT. I’M FOR KEEPING PRIVATE INSURANCE, I’M NOT FOR US FORCING SOMEONE TO GET RID OF IT. >>LIKE I SAID, THERE’S A LOT OF BILLS THAT I SUPPORT IN CONGRESS, THERE’S A LOT OF BILLS I VOTE FOR IN CONGRESS, WERE I AGREE WITH A VAST MAJORITY OF THE BILL. THE QUESTION IN THE U.S. IS, SHOULD EVERYBODY, IS HEALTHCARE RIGHT? YES. SHOULD EVERYBODY HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE? ABSOLUTELY. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT, SHOULD WE HELP YOU PAY FOR? THE ANSWER IS YES. SHOULD INCLUDE MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE? YES. AND ALL THE REST. MY POSITION, I’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR IN THIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN, I WANT UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, I WANT AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, BUT I DON’T THINK AS DEMOCRATS WE SHOULD BE CAMPAIGNING IN THIS NEXT ELECTION SAYING, TO MAYBE UNION MEMBERS WHO HAVE NEGOTIATED GOOD CONTRACTS, THAT YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF IT. WHEN YOU SACRIFICE WAGES ALONG THE WAY. I THINK IF WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, UNIONS NEED TO BE AT THE TABLE. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT IGNORE THE UNIONS. BOTH THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS. I’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THIS. >>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO UNIONS WHO DO NOT LIKE BEING PUT IN THE MIDDLE? SAY THAT, THEY DON’T WANT EMPLOYERS, THEY DON’T WANT PRIVATE PLANTS. AND THEY DON’T WANT EMPLOYER- BASED COVERAGE BECAUSE IT GIVES EMPLOYERS A LEG UP IN THE NEGOTIATIONS. SOMETHING TO HOLD OVER THE HEAD OF THE UNIONS. AND THEY WANT TO TAKE IT OFF THE TABLE. SO THAT THEY CAN FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS. LIKE BARGAINING ON OTHER THINGS. >>THERE SHOULD BE A PUBLIC OPTION. AS LONG AS THERE IS AN OPTION OUT THERE, WHICH I SUPPORTED, AND VOTED FOR, WHEN WE DID THE HEALTHCARE REFORM BILL. THAT WOULD BE THE COMPETITION FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND THEN OVER TIME, IT IS GOING TO DISCIPLINE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, I JUST DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE ABOUT TAKING IT AWAY. YOU HAVE THE PUBLIC OPTION. PROGRAM I THINK IS THE BEST NEXT STEP IS FOR US TO BRING MEDICARE DOWN TO 50. AND ALLOW 60 MILLION AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO BUY INTO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, KAISER PERMANENTE SAID THOSE SENIORS, THOSE PEOPLE 50 TO 64 WITH THE A 40% REDUCTION IN THEIR HEALTHCARE COSTS. IT WOULD DRIVE DOWN COSTS OF PRIVATE INSURANCE, BECAUSE YOU ARE MOVING THE 50 TO 64 PEOPLE INTO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM SO THE POOL OF THE INSURANCE POOL WOULD BE 27-YEAR-OLDS TO B,49. THAT WOULD DRY THINGS DOWN. HERE IS THE THING. WHAT CAN WE GET DONE? WHAT CAN WE GET DONE? THAT IS REVENUE NEUTRAL, THAT PLAN. IT IS REVENUE NEUTRAL. WE CAN HAVE A PUBLIC OPTION. WE HAVE TO GET 50 VOTES IN THE SENATE. WE HAVE TO GET 50 VOTES IN THE SENATE. I’M GETTING VERY CONCERNED ON SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE, TAKEN POSITIONS ON, SOME OF THE LEADING CANDIDATES, ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES AROUND DECRIMINALIZING THE BORDER, AROUND UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS, BE ABLE TO GET FREE HEALTHCARE. I THINK THEY SHOULD GET HEALTHCARE. BUT THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. HOW ARE WE GOING TO GO TO WORKERS IN OHIO, AND MICHIGAN, AND WISCONSIN AND SAY, YOU WORK HARD, YOU BUST YOUR REAR END EVERY SINGLE DAY, YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE, BUT, IT IS GOING TO BE FREE FOR THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE. THANKS FOR ASKING THE QUESTION. >>LINUX QUESTION, THESE FOLKS OUT HERE, A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING, HEALTHCARE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE VERY AFRAID OF WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. AND THEY HEAR POLITICIAN AFTER POLITICIAN PROMISING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET AFFORDABLE CARE. YOU HAVE BEEN IN WASHINGTON. YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF THE DYSFUNCTION IN WASHINGTON. WHICH IS PROBABLY WORSE THAN WHAT THEY THINK. PRESENT THESE FOLKS HERE, AND WATCHING, WITH A REALISTIC WAY THAT IS GOING TO GET THROUGH. YOU JUST MENTIONED THE BIGGEST IMPEDIMENT, EVEN IF DEMOCRATS WERE TO TAKE THE SENATE, IT TAKES 60 VOTES. WHERE IS THE MIDDLE GROUND? WHERE PRESIDENT GOES OVER AND TALKS TO MITCH McCONNELL AND YOU TWO ARE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE SHAKING HANDS THING, HERE IS OUR BILL. >>I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MITCH McCONNELL. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU’LL FEEL. I DO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. WHAT WE DO NEED IS, WE NEED A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. AND I THINK THAT MEANS WE NEED A CANDIDATE WHO IS GOING TO BE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, THAT CAN HELP CHANGE THE BRAND OF THE PARTY. WE ARE PERCEIVED, AND I GET PEOPLE MAD ALL THE TIME WHEN I SAY, WE ARE PERCEIVED AS A PARTY OF BEING VERY COASTAL, AND VERY IVY LEAGUE. LOOK, IF MY SON OR DAUGHTER, IF THEY CAN GO TO IVY LEAGUE, I COULD PAINT HOUSES IN THE SUMMER TO SEND THEM. BUT THE PERCEPTION IS, WE HAVE ALL THESE REALLY SMART PEOPLE THAT COME IN TO PLACES LIKE YOUNGSTOWN OHIO AND SAY, WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS TRADE DEAL CALLED NAFTA AND ALL THE SMART PEOPLE AT HARVARD TOLD US HOW GREAT IT WAS GOING TO BE. AND 40 YEARS LATER THE COMMUNITY IS WIPED OUT. OR WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS WITH STUDENT LOANS, OR THIS WITH HEALTHCARE, EVEN THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES THERE. AND THERE IS A DISCONNECT WITH THE WORKERS. IN THE COUNTRY. AND IF THE DEMOCRATS DON’T BUILD THIS CONNECTION, THEN WE CANNOT, WE CANNOT WIN NATIONAL ELECTIONS. WHAT I’M SAYING IS, IF I AM THE NOMINEE FROM OHIO, WORKING- CLASS, BLUE-COLLAR, ONE OF THE BEST LABOR RECORDS IN CONGRESS, AND HAVE FOR 17 YEARS, WE CAN SHIFT THE BRAND OF THE PARTY. TO THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY. TO BLUE-COLLAR, WORKING-CLASS, AND A GUY LIKE ME, I CAN GO TO KENTUCKY, AND CAMPAIGNED AGAINST MITCH McCONNELL, I CAN GO TO SOUTH CAROLINA AND CAMPAIGNED WITH HER SENATE CANDIDATE AGAINST LINDSEY GRAHAM. I CAN GO TO NORTH CAROLINA AND HELP US WIN THAT SEAT. THERE IS A C TO IOWA, AN OPEN SEAT IN KANSAS, WE HAVE GOT TO WIN. IF THERE IS A REVOLUTION IT IS GOING TO START WITH GETTING RID OF DONALD TRUMP. THAT IS WHERE IT HAS TO START. ME AS A CANDIDATE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, IS SOMEONE WHO CAN GO TO ALL THESE AREAS SO THAT WE AT LEAST GET 50 VOTES. AND THEN FIGURE OUT AS FAR AS WE CAN TAKE THIS THING, AND I LIKE ABOUT MY PLAN, YOU BRING IT TO 50, IT IS REVENUE NEUTRAL. IT DOES NOT COST ANY MONEY. BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL PAY OUT OF POCKET, AND THEY WILL SAY 40% FROM HEALTHCARE COSTS NOW. >>YOU TALK ABOUT THE DISCONNECT WITH WORKERS. A CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH SOME WORKERS. WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS, HERE’S THE FIRST ONE. >>GOOD AFTERNOON CONGRESSMAN. I AM A RETIRED ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST. I SPENT MY CAREER MAKING SURE PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA HAD ACCESS TO THE HELP THEY NEEDED. NOW THAT I AM RETIRED, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR PLAN IS TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS HAVE ACCESS TO ALL OF THE BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE EARNED. AND I WANT TO UNDERLINE, EARNED. >>ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A MARQUEE PROGRAM. IN THE UNITED STATES. FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. I AM PART OF THE PLAN THAT IS CALLED SOCIAL SECURITY 2100. THAT GETS RID OF THE CAP, LEAVES THE CAP WHERE IT IS. AT 130,000 WHATEVER. HAS A LITTLE GAP AND PUTS THE TAX BACK ON IT AT $400,000 PER YEAR. AND EXTENDS THE LIFE OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM TO THE YEAR 2100. IT INCREASES BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS. BECAUSE IT HAS A BUMP FOR THE POOREST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. SO THAT THEY GET A BUMP IN THEIR PAY. AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE GUARANTEED A SOMEWHAT HIGHER COST OF LIVING EVERY YEAR. THAT IS THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF THE PLAN. AND EXTENDS IT TO 2100 AND THERE IS LITERALLY A TAX CUT IN THEIR FOR ABOUT 12 MILLION PEOPLE BECAUSE WE MOVED THE RACE UP IF PEOPLE WANT TO WORK ON THE SIDE. WE MOVE THE RATE UP TO $50,000 PER YEAR THAT YOU CAN MAKE WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY TAXES ON IT. SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE MORE MONEY. SO I’M VERY COMMITTED TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND THAT WOULD BE MY PLAN, AGAIN, WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMEBODY WHO CAN BRING EVERYBODY TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PASS THAT. >>THANK YOU. I THINK WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. >>ARE YOU GOING TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY? >>I’M NOT. A YOUNG PERSON. >>I WORK WITH FOSTER KIDS WHO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. UNION MEMBERSHIP HAS BEEN IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE, I WANT TO PROTECT UNIONS. WE HAVE SEEN LOTS OF ATTACKS ON THEM FROM THE COURTS. WHAT WE DO TO TURN THIS AROUND AND MAKE SURE THE COURTS PROTECT OUR RIGHTS? >>OBVIOUSLY MAKE IT A FEDERAL, BUT I WILL CAMPAIGN, I WILL TELL YOU THIS, I SPOKE ABOUT THIS THE OTHER NIGHT. I WANT A DOUBLE UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE U.S. I THINK THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, WE HAVE TO GET KENNY GET TO TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, WE ARE GOING TO FIX THE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IN THE ECONOMY WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE, WE HAVE TO TRY TO TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT THAT. WE WERE CLOSE TO GETTING A PASS IN THE SENATE, TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO ORGANIZE, WHEN THE STATES TRY TO GET RID OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, WHEN THEY TRY TO DO RIGHT TO WORK, AS PRESIDENT, I WILL GO INTO THAT STATE, WITH THE UNIONS, AND CAMPAIGN EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THE BALLOT INITIATIVE, WHATEVER IT IS, TO HELP THE UNIONS. THIS IS ESSENTIAL, I TALK ABOUT THE NEW ECONOMY. SOLAR PANELS, WIND, WE ARE GETTING OUR CLOCK CLEANED BY CHINA ON THESE ISSUES. I WANT ALL THESE JOBS TO BE UNION JOBS. I VOTED FOR THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE THE OTHER DAY. BEEN ON THE BILL MY WHOLE CAREER. BUT AS A PARTY WE HAVE TO STOP JUST TALKING ABOUT $15 PER HOUR. WE NEED 30, 40, $50 AN HOUR JOBS AGAIN IN THE U.S. PEOPLE ARE JUST, PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING BY. THE ENTIRE CONVERSATION, EVEN IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IS ABOUT, THE BAND-AIDS THAT GO ON THE MAIN PROBLEM. I AM FOR MOST OF THE BAND-AIDS. BUT THEY ARE BAND-AIDS ON THE MAIN PROBLEM. THE MAIN PROBLEM IS, PEOPLE ARE WORKING HARDER, AND STILL NOT GETTING AHEAD. AND THAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM. WE NEED AN ECONOMY THAT CREATES THOSE 30, 40, $50 PER HOUR JOBS. AND THE FASTEST WAY TO GET THERE IS IF THEY ARE UNION JOBS.>>YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT. >>WE ARE SPEED DATING TODAY. YOU CAN GO TO MY WEBSITE, TIM RYAN FOR AMERICA.COM. WE HAVE OUR PLANS OUTLINED AND I’M VERY EXCITED, I WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE. I WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO AFTER DONALD TRUMP. WE KNEW AND WE NEED BETTER. THAT CAME TO MY COMMUNITY OHIOANS AND WE WILL BRING BACK THE STEEL MILLS, THE COAL MINES, RIGHT? AND WE LOST AN ENTIRE GENERAL MOTORS PLANT. THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES NOW FOR 40 YEARS. WARTY YEARS. WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING. TO GET AHEAD. WHILE THE CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1% HAVE GOTTEN EVERYTHING. AND I’M TELLING YOU, I WILL REBUILD THIS ECONOMY. I WILL APPOINT A CHIEF MANUFACTURING OFFICER, WE’RE GOING TO START MAKING THINGS AGAIN IN THE UNITED DATES, CHINA IS CLEANING OUR CLOCK IN ALL OF THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES. I WANT US TO REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS. REBUILD THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. MAKE SURE WE HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR IN EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL, IN THE UNITED STATES. SO WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OUR KIDS. PICTURE WE HAVE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING. NEW AND BETTER NOT LEFT AND RIGHT. MAKE SURE WE REDUCE HEALTHCARE COSTS BY USING FOOD AS MEDICINE. AND ACTUALLY INCENTIVIZING PEOPLE TO REVERSE CHRONIC DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES WHICH IS THREE QUARTERS OF OUR COSTS. I HAVE A REALLY BIG AGENDA, GO TO TIM RYAN FOR AMERICA.COM, TAKE A LOOK AT IT. IT IS BOLD, IT IS REALISTIC, AND IT IS A COMPLETE BREAK FROM THE PAST. AND I WILL SAY LASTLY, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY. I AM READY FOR THE FIGHT. I AM IRISH. YOU KNOW THE OLD IRISH THING. IS AS A PRIVATE FIGHTER CAN ANYONE JOIN? I READY FOR IT. BUT IT WILL NOT BE EASY. IT IS GOING TO BE ALL OF THIS. AND I BELIEVE THAT I WILL BEAT DONALD TRUMP, I WILL SEND HIM PACKING. BUT IT IS GOING TO BE ALL OF US. AND I WILL JUST SAY, I WILL END WITH THIS, BOBBY KENNEDY USED TO SAY THIS AT THE END OF HIS BRIEF CAMPAIGN. I DO NOT PROMISE YOU EASE, I DO NOT PROMISE YOU COMFORT, BUT I WILL PROMISE YOU THESE. I WILL PROMISE YOU WARINESS, I WILL PROMISE YOU HARDSHIP, AND I WILL PROMISE YOU SACRIFICE. AND WITH THESE I PROMISE YOU VICTORY. LIKE YOU SO MUCH. FOR A SECOND THERE I THOUGHT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT US. WE WILL KEEP GOING. MICHAEL BENNETT IS THE NEXT CANDIDATE. >>HELLO, EVERYBODY. YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >>IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU. BEFORE GOING INTO THE SENATE 10 YEARS AGO I WORKED FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER AND I WAS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE DUMBER PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANY ONLINE WORK SO HARD IN MY LIFE AND IN THOSE JOBS I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYONE SHUT DOWN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OVER POLICIES. NOW THAT I’M IN THE SENATE I THINK ABOUT ALL THE TIMES I’VE LANDED AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND WISH I HAD A PAPER BAG OVER MY HEAD BECAUSE I WAS SO EMBARRASSED ABOUT WHAT IT HAPPENED THE WEEK BEFORE. IT WAS IN THE MIDST OF A SHUTDOWN LED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO PAY FOR THE WALL AND I SAID MAYBE I CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION BY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. IF I AM ELECTED, I WILL NEVER SHUT DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT FOR POLITICS. I WILL NEVER ALLOW THE POLITICIANS TO LEAVE UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT IS REOPENED. THESE PEOPLE BEHAVED THE WAY THAT PEOPLE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL BEHAVED, THERE IS NO PROBLEM WE COULD NOT SOLVE IN THIS COUNTRY. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP OVER WHAT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT DECADE AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL IN MANY LACES AND THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS WELL. THE GOOD NEWS IS, WE ARE CLOSE TO HAVING THIS CHANGE. I AM MICHAEL BENNETT FROM COLORADO. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME WITH YOU TODAY. >>DO YOU SUPPORT A FEDERAL LAW ALLOWING STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS? >>I DO. I THINK THE ASSAULT ON COLLECTIVE MARKETING RIGHTS WE’VE SEEN HAS SHOWN THE NEED FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION AND I WOULD SUPPORT THAT. >>, WE TALK ABOUT HEALTHCARE A LOT. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT A LOT OF DEMOCRATS HAVE TALKED ABOUT AND THAT IS THE RURAL HEALTH CARE AND PROBLEMS WITH RURAL AMERICA. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT? >>YES, URBAN AMERICA HAS A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH HEALTHCARE BUT THEN WE FORGET ABOUT RULE AMERICA AND PLACES RELYING ON THE RURAL HOSPITALS THAT ARE GOING AWAY IN MANY PLACES. THERE ISN’T ENOUGH WORKFORCE, PRIMARY CARE NURSES IN THESE RURAL COMMUNITIES. THE REASON I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IS, I DON’T THINK WE CAN ACCEPT THE PARTISAN DIVIDE ON HEALTHCARE. CAN’T ACCEPT THIS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES BUT ON HEALTHCARE I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WILL PARTS OF AMERICA AND URBAN PARTS OF AMERICA ARE FACING SIMILAR CHALLENGES. I’VE SEEN IT AS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO GO OUT THERE AND SAY I KNOW THAT IN THESE COUNTIES IN MY STATE I KNOW I WILL NEVER GET MORE THAN 30% OF THE VOTE. BUT, THAT IS WHY I HAVE CREATED A PUBLIC AUCTION, OPTION THAT STARTS IN ALL AREAS. 10 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS VOTING FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IF I HAD BEEN IN RURAL IOWA FOR COLORADO WITH A PLAN LIKE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE SAID WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR SOCIALIST BOLSHEVIK PLANNED. TODAY THEY SAY THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF US AND I THINK THAT WILL FORM THE BASIS OF TRYING TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW POLITICS. >>BUT, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT THAT THERE ARE JUST TWO AMERICAS IN THE SENSE OF POLITICS. LIFE IN URBAN AMERICA IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN LIFE IN RURAL AMERICA. DOES A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL PLAN WORK? >>I ACTUALLY DON’T THINK A ONE SIZE FITS ALL PLAN WOULD WORK. MY PLAN DOES BECAUSE IT’S SIMPLY AN OPTION THAT ANYONE IN AMERICA CAN BUY. AN OPTION IF YOU ARE IN RURAL AMERICA FOR URBAN AMERICA. WITH THE BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR CURRENT HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND MY PROPOSAL IS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE A NATIONWIDE POOL. ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THESE POOLS TO KEEP THE COSTS LOW AND TO THE INSURANCE THAT IS REQUIRED TO KEEP THE PRICES LOW AND THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE BEING IN AMERICA BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE IN RURAL NEVADA OR COLORADO OR IOWA TO SUPPORT A HEALTHCARE PLAN THAT DOESN’T HAVE RIDICULOUS CO-PAYS OR RIDICULOUS INFLATION. >>AT THE DEBATE THE OTHER NIGHT YOU NOTED THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT BUSING POLICIES. YOU SAID THAT IT’S CRAZY WHEN OUR SCHOOLS ARE SEGREGATED TODAY AS THEY WERE 50 YEARS AGO. SURE PLAN TO ADDRESS SCHOOL SEGREGATION? >>I WAS THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR FIVE YEARS. THEY HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK ON THIS. IN THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE WE WERE DEAD LAST WITH STUDENT GROWTH, LITERALLY LAST, WE NOW LEAD THE STATE IN STUDENT GROWTH. THERE WAS A STUDY DONE BY STANFORD UNIVERSITY THAT CONCLUDED THAT THE KIDS IN DENVER ARE GROWING FASTER THAN THE KIDS AND THE REST OF THE STATE. THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF HAVING 60 ADDITIONAL SCHOOL DAYS. THAT IS A LOT. WE HAVE DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO KIDS GRADUATING GOING ON TO COLLEGE. WE HAVE REDUCED THE DROPOUT RATE BY 75% AND WE HAVE DESEGREGATED OUR SCHOOLS TO A GREAT DEGREE. WE STILL HAVE HUGE ACHIEVEMENT GAPS AND I’M NOT CLAIMING THAT WE DON’T, BUT I DON’T THINK AMERICA WILL EVER BE AMERICA IF WE CONTINUE TO LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE, IF YOU ARE BORN IN POVERTY YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A COLLEGE DEGREE OR ITS EQUIVALENT ARE FINE OUT OF 100. WE NEED TO THINK DEEPLY ABOUT THIS. THESE KIDS NEED TO EARN A LIVING WAGE, NOT JUST THE MINIMUM WAGE. IF WE CHANGE THE WAY THAT THIS WORKS I GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN DO THIS. ON THE SEGREGATION QUESTION, I DON’T THINK THERE IS A BIG APPETITE FOR BUSING. WE WENT THROUGH IT 50 YEARS AGO. THERE ARE WAYS TO DRIVE ATTENDANCE WITH OTHER KINDS OF THINGS THAT CREATE MORE ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AND RACIAL DIVERSITY. I THINK THAT IS PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT. >>DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE JUST AS SEGREGATED IN 2019 AS THEY WERE IN 1969 DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT? >>I DO BELIEVE THAT. >>THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL? OVERALL, THE SEGREGATION IS AS IT WAS. IT’S SHAMEFUL BUT TRUE. >>CAN YOU DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT? >>I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE. IT USED TO BE AND THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THAT REMEMBER THIS. MAYBE NOT HERE, BUT YOUR MOM AND DAD WILL REMEMBER. THERE WAS A TIME AFTER WORLD WAR II WHERE EDUCATION WAS THE WIND AT OUR BACK. THE G.I. BILL WAS IN PLACE. WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR STARTED TO GO TO COLLEGE. THAT TRANSFORMED OUR ECONOMY IN THE 20th CENTURY. YOU’VE HEARD A LOT ON THIS STAGE ABOUT THE FACT THAT OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS THERE HAS BEEN NO ECONOMIC MOBILITY FOR THE BOTTOM 90%. WE HAVE THE AUGUST INCOME INEQUALITY SINCE 1928. IN ONE CENTURY. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS REINFORCING THIS, NOT LIBERATING PEOPLE FROM IT. WHY? THE BEST PREDICTOR OF THE QUALITY OF YOUR KID’S EDUCATION IS WHAT YOU MAKE. THE BEST PREDICTOR OF WHAT YOUR INCOME IS GOING TO BE IS WHAT YOUR PARENTS MADE. THAT’S NOT THE WAY AMERICA IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. THAT IS NOT THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS WORKED BUT THAT’S THE WAY IT IS WORKING TODAY. >>I HAVE A QUESTION. MANY CANDIDATES TODAY SUPPORT A $15 MINIMUM WAGE BUT I BELIEVE YOU HAVE SAID YOU DON’T. >>NO. I SUPPORT A $15 MINIMUM WAGE AND I’M PREPARED TO LISTEN TO SOME RURAL COUNTIES WHERE $15 MAY NOT BE ABLE TO WORK. OVERALL I SUPPORT THIS. >>SO THERE ARE AREAS? >>MY WIFE IS FROM A TOWN IN ARKANSAS. LEE COUNTY. DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE DELTA. I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE THAT $15 WOULD PUT SMALL BUSINESSES THERE OUT OF BUSINESS AND THEREFORE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. >>YOU WOULD ALLOW CARVEOUTS FOR COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES? >>I THINK I NEED TO WORK WITH PEOPLE TO FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO THIS BUT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE SOME PLACES IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THIS MAY NOT — LET ME SAY AT THIS WEIGHT — IT WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO DO THIS. >>I WANT TO GIVE SOMEONE A CHANCE TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M A PSYCHIATRIC REGISTERED NURSE. I AM A U.S. ARMY VETERAN. I WORK AT A FACILITY HOUSING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT USUALLY DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. I’VE DEDICATED EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. AS PRESIDENT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US LIVE IN DIGNITY? >>THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO. IN MY EXPOSURE TO THE POPULATION THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE WE INTEGRATED PEOPLE AS WELL AS WE COULD. IN THIS COUNTRY WE STAND ALONE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, NOT PROVIDING UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE. MENTAL HEALTH INSURANCE. I WILL MAKE THAT COMMITMENT. THERE IS NOT A PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY THAT COULDN’T END UP LIVING LIKE THIS. WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY. WE HAVE MADE IT TOO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE WE HAVE PASSED RULES FOR MEDICAID, MAKING IT HARDER TO WORK. WE HAVE MADE IT HARDER FOR THE LEAST VULNERABLE PEOPLE TO LIVE A LIFE IN DIGNITY. WHILE WE HAVE DONE THIS WE HAVE CUT TAXES BY $5 TRILLION SINCE 2001 AND THE BENEFITS OF GOING TO THE WEALTHIEST IN THE COUNTRY. WE SPENT $5.6 TRILLION IN THE MIDDLE EAST ON WARS. THAT IS 11 FOR $12 TRILLION THAT WE COULD’VE USED TO INVEST IN WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE SHOULD. I WOULD START BY DOING THE STUFF WE HAVE BEEN DOING THE LAST 20 YEARS AND INVEST IN AMERICA, BOTH OF HER MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WILL DRIVE JOB GROWTH HERE IN AMERICA. >>QUICKLY, DURING LUNCH, THROUGHOUT THE DAY, SOME OF YOU FILLED OUT CARDS. I WANT TO READ ONE. THIS IS FROM A PROBATION OFFICER IN CALIFORNIA. HE ASKED, HAS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TAKEN THE UNION ENDORSEMENT FOR GRANTED? >>WE BETTER NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. >>DO YOU THINK THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS? >>I THINK WHAT WE TOOK FOR GRANTED IS THE FACT THAT AMERICA’S WORKERS WOULD VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN TAKING THE UNION ENDORSEMENT FOR GRANTED. THE REALITY IS, THERE ARE A LOT OF UNION PRESIDENTS WHO ENDORSED HILLARY CLINTON AND WHOSE MEMBERSHIP VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP. THIS DYNAMIC WILL NOT REPEAT ITSELF. IN OTHER WORDS, WE NEED THE MEMBERSHIP OF THESE HUMANS TO FEEL LIKE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE WHO I HOPE IS ME IS STANDING WITH YOU SO THAT THERE IS NO AMBIVALENCE ABOUT WHETHER IT’S IMPORTANT. SOMEBODY WHO HAS GONE TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND DAY AFTER DAY TRIES TO DESTROY YOUR RIGHT TO ORGANIZE AND TAKE AWAY YOUR ABILITY TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND YET STILL IS WINNING THE VOTES OF WORKING PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE UNPERSUADED THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS FOR THEM IS A BIG PROBLEM. NOT THE WORKERS’ PROBLEM BUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S PROBLEM. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY AND OVER THE EDGE. THAT IS, CLIMATE. WE LOST AN ECONOMIC ARGUMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A CLIMATE DENIER IN THE WHITE HOUSE. TRUNK SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THE CASE THAT FIGHTING CLIMATE IS BAD FOR OUR ECONOMY AND DENYING THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY, BUT HE DID. OUR NOMINEE IS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THE PLACES LIKE THESE DATE THAT I REPRESENT, COLORADO, THESE SWING STATES LIKE ARIZONA AND NEVADA AND BE ABLE TO MAKE THE CASE THAT WE ARE FOR THE ECONOMY AND THAT RAMP IS THE ONE DESTROYING IT. THE FACT THAT WE LOST THAT ARGUMENT IS NOT DONALD TRUMP’S FAULT, OUR PHONE. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT REPEAT THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. >>SENATOR, YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT. >>I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU. PEOPLE FORGET, I THINK, THE SACRIFICES THAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS HAVE MADE FOR US. YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES BECAUSE YOU REMEMBER THE ORIGINS OF THIS UNION IN MEMPHIS WHEN THE GARBAGE WORKERS WERE GOING TO ON STRIKE AND LUTHER KING WAS THERE. THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS ASSASSINATED HE SAID I’M HERE TO MAKE YOU, AMERICA, KEEP THE PROMISE YOU WROTE DOWN ON PAPER WHEN YOU WROTE THE CONSTITUTION. EVERY GENERATION HAS DONE WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY MORE DEMOCRATIC, FAIR AND FREE. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN PERFECT BUT WE HAVE MOVED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN YOU OR THE RULE OF LAW OR IN THE SEPARATION OF POWER. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY. WE HAVE TWO WORK TOGETHER TO BEAT THIS GUY, NOT JUST TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP TO GOVERN THE COUNTRY SO THAT WE HAVE OUR CHANCE AS AMERICANS TO BUILD ON THE LEGACY THAT THESE GREAT AMERICANS BUILT FOR US. I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT WORK WITH ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY. >>THANKS, EVERYBODY. GOOD TO SEE YOU. >>AMANDA, IT MIGHT SEEM SILLY TO ASK THAT FIRST QUESTION. IF ONE OF THESE FOLKS BECOME PRESIDENT, IT’S RIGHT THERE ON TAPE, RIGHT? YOU’RE WELCOME. >>NEXT, KAMALA HARRIS. >>THANK YOU. HELLO. IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. >>I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY AND THE WORK THAT SO MANY OF US HAVE DONE TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS. I HAD A ONE MINUTE PRESENTATION BUT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN EL PASO AND THE NUMBERS ARE GOING OUT. 21 FATALITIES. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT — FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE WORKED MY ENTIRE CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND I APPLAUD THE WORK THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY. IT IS YOU THAT DO THE KIND OF WORK THAT WILL BE RESPONSIVE TO THE SHOOTING IN EL PASO. IT IS ABOUT COUNTY AND STATE WORKERS AND PUBLIC SERVICE AND FIRST RESPONDERS. YOU KNOW, WE JUST HAD THIS HAPPEN IN GILROY LAST WEEK. I THINK THAT THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHO IS OUR AMERICA AND WHO ARE WE AND WE HAVE TO AGREE THAT WE CANNOT TOLERATE THIS KIND OF GUN VIOLENCE AND THESE TRAGEDIES. I WANT TO SAY THAT. FOR THE OCCASION I THINK AND APPLAUD YOU. IT IS ORGANIZED LATER, LABOR. THE LEADERS THAT EVERYDAY FIGHT FOR WORKING PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WEATHER YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A UNION OR NOT YOU BENEFIT FROM THE WORK OF THESE LEADERS. IT IS THESE LEADERS THAT BROUGHT US THE FIVE DAY WORK WEEK AND SICK LEAVE AND VACATION TIME AND WEEKENDS. WE MUST HONOR THIS WORK UNDERSTANDING THAT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IT HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK. IN FACT, THIS IS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE WORKING PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I PROMISE WHEN ELECTED I WILL PUT IN A SECRETARY OF LABOR WHO UNDERSTANDS THE DIGNITY OF WORK. I PROMISE THAT AS PRESIDENT I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO STRIKE AND THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE. I WILL SUPPORT A $15 MINIMUM WAGE. I WOULD WORK AGAINST THE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS AND MAKE SURE THAT CORPORATIONS THAT VIOLATE THESE LAWS ARE FIND AND RECEIVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY THEY DESERVE SORT SUPPRESSING WORKERS AND THEIR ABILITY TO WORK ON THE BEHALF OF WORKING PEOPLE. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, AT ITS CORE, WE MUST REMEMBER IT’S ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE. UNDERSTANDING THAT REQUIRING THAT ONE EMPLOYEE TO WORK AND HAVE A VOICE THAT WELL BE AS STRONG AS A PERSON THEY WORK FOR IS REASONABLE. WE NEED TO ALLOW WORKERS TO UNITE AND SPEAK IN THE COLLECTIVE ABOUT ALL THEY DESERVE IN TERMS OF THE DIGNITY OF LABOR RELATED TO WAGES AND WORKPLACE SAFETY AND BENEFITS. I STAND HERE IN SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT OF ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY. THANK YOU FOR WELCOMING US TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION. THANK YOU >>SO, WE WILL START WITH THE EASY ONE. I THINK IT’S EASY. YOU COULD BE THE FIRST BASIN, PERSON TO SAY NO. SHOULD THERE BE A FEDERAL LAW MANDATING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC WORKERS? >>THERE SHOULD BE. WE’VE SEEN IT UNDER ATTACK IN SO MANY STATES. THERE IS A REASON MANY OF US HAVE ALWAYS ARGUED FOR THIS KIND OF THING BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA STATES HAVE PUT IN PLACE LAWS. THESE LAWS HAVE VIOLATED PEOPLE’S RIGHTS. THEREFORE, WE HAVE TO HAVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN CORE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES THAT MUST BE DEFENDED AND MUST BE HELD AS STANDARDS, EVEN WHEN THE STATES FAIL TO DO SO AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ISSUES. >>YOU MENTION WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN A LABOR SECRETARY. WITH THAT PERSON BE A UNION LEADER? >>I WANT THAT PERSON TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCE BEING A WORKER UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE ARE NOT CONCEPTUAL, THEORETICAL ISSUES. I WILL TELL YOU THAT WITH JUST AS MANY ISSUES AS I HAVE WORKED ON I WOULD WANT LABOR TO BE THERE INFORMING AND ADVISING A DECISION. IF THE DECISION IS THAT THAT IS WITH A PERSON SHOULD BE, I WOULD WELCOME THAT. >>I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT HEALTHCARE. YOU HAVE OFFERED A VERSION OF MEDICARE FOR ALL BUT PRIVATE INSURERS WOULD STILL BE ALLOWED TO OFFER PLANS. YOUR PLAN WOULD HAVE A 10 YEAR TIMELINE. WHY SUCH A LONG TIMELINE? >>LISTEN, STARTING FROM WHEN I ANNOUNCED OUR CAMPAIGN IN THE PLACE OF BIRTH, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, UP UNTIL NOW, I HAVE SAID THAT FOR ME IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO LISTEN AS MUCH AS I TALK BECAUSE I WILL TELL YOU THAT I FULLY INTEND TO WIN THIS ELECTION. AT THE END OF THIS PROCESS THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS WILL BE THAT AND FOR ME THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS WILL ALSO BE THAT WE ARE RELEVANT. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO A LOT OF FOLKS INCLUDING THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF LABOR WHO HAVE SAID LOOK, WE NEGOTIATED CONTRACTS BUT WE HAVE GIVEN UP WAGES FOR THESE HEALTHCARE BENEFITS. UNDER THE MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN WE WOULD LOSE THEM OR WE WOULD BE IN FEAR OF LOSING THEM. I HEARD THAT. I SAID, OKAY, INSTEAD OF A 4- YEAR TRANSITION LET’S DO A 10- YEAR AND THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR TWO CYCLES OF NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS WHICH WOULD GIVE FOLKS ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE THOSE DECISION ABOUT HOW THEY WILL NEGOTIATE UNDER THE MEDICARE FOR ALL SYSTEM. IN TERMS OF THE PRIVATE PLAN, THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS WHO HAVE NEGOTIATED PLANS THAT ARE PRIVATE PLANS THAT THEY WANT TO KEEP. I DON’T WANT TO BE IN THE BUSINESS OF TAKING THAT KIND OF CHOICE AWAY FROM FOLKS. HOWEVER, UNDER MY PLAN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WON’T GET TO PLAY THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING. THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOLKS. THEY HAVE BEEN JACKING UP HEALTHCARE COSTS AND DEDUCTIBLES AND HAVE HAD LONG- STANDING MARKETING PLANS THAT THEY’VE PUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO TO CONVINCE AMERICAN WORKERS THAT THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE WHEN IN FACT WHAT FOLKS WANT IS TO KEEP THEIR DOCTOR. EVERY DAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS A PARENT WHOSE CHILD WITH A FEVER AND THEY CALL THE DOCTOR AND THEY TELL THEM TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE PARENT DRIVES TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEY ARE SITTING IN THE CAR WITH ONE HAND ON THE FOREHEAD OF THE CHILD AND LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW AT THE DOOR — WHY DID THEY PAUSE? THEY HAVE INSURANCE BUT THEY KNOW IF THEY WALK THROUGH THOSE DOORS THEY WILL BE OUT OF POCKET A $5000 DEDUCTIBLE. THE INSURANCE COMPANY NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT INTO, BASICALLY, GET CORRECT. UNDER MY PLAN, THERE WILL BE NO MORE CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES. THEY WILL HAVE TO BRING THE COST DOWN AND THEY WILL HAVE TO PLAY BY OUR RULES. PRIVATE INSURANCE WILL HAVE TO GET CERTIFIED AS A MEDICARE PRIVATE PLAN. IF THEY DON’T PLAY BY OUR RULES, THEY DON’T PLAY. >>A 10 YEAR TIMELINE MEANS YOUR PLAN WOULD BE IMPLEMENT IT AFTER YOU LEFT OFFICE IF YOU SERVED TWO TERMS. >>THAT’S NOT CORRECT. IMMEDIATELY CHILDREN WOULD BE BORN INTO MEDICARE FOR ALL. IMMEDIATELY 4 MILLION CHILDREN WERE GOING TO THE MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN. CURRENT MEDICARE RECIPIENTS GO IN IMMEDIATELY AND EITHER WAY, WE WILL EXTEND THE BENEFITS SO THAT IT WILL INCLUDE DENTAL AND VISION AND HEARING. THIS IS IMPORTANT. HEARING AIDS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. WE WILL EXTEND THAT. IT WILL HAVE ANY MEALY. WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY IS THAT WE FOLD IN MEDICAID RECIPIENTS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO FINE IN, IN TERMS OF PRIVATE PLANS, CAN DO THAT IMMEDIATELY. EXPERTS HAVE SAID THAT OUR PLAN , MY PLAN, IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE AT GETTING THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE INTO A SYSTEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE EXPERTS TELL US THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL BE IN OUR PLAN BY THE FIRST FIVE YEARS. >>ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR OPPONENTS CHIPPING AWAY AT THIS AFTER YOU ARE IN OFFICE? >>OF COURSE THEY WILL TRY TO DO THAT BUT THAT’S NO REASON TO DO NOTHING. >>WHAT WOULD YOU DO? >>HERE IS WHAT I WOULD SAY. I ARRIVED IN THE SENATE TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THIS GUY CAME INTO OFFICE. REMEMBER, THEY CAME IN AND THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM WAS TO GET RID OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THEY PUT EVERYTHING THEY HAD INTO IT. FOR A GOOD SOLID NINE MUSTACHE AND THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO DO IT, BY THE WAY — FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS. I WILL NEVER FORGET WATCHING THOSE TOWN HALLS AND REPUBLICAN JURISDICTIONS WERE FOLKS WHICH OPENS A YES, GET RID OF THAT OBAMACARE. BUT THIS HEALTHCARE I’VE GOT NOW, KEEP THAT. SOMETIMES THEY FOR TWO IT AS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHAT BECAME CLEAR IS, DON’T TAKE HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM AMERICANS. IT IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE. SO, WE’VE SEEN THAT PLAY OUT. WHEN YOU GIVE HEALTHCARE TO PEOPLE, THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT AND WHEN THEY DO HAVE IT AND WHATEVER THE PARTY AFFILIATION, THEY WILL STAND UP AND SAY DON’T TAKE MY HEALTHCARE AWAY. WE’VE SEEN THIS. I’M CONFIDENT THEN WHEN WE PUT TOGETHER MY MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN IT WILL BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS. IN FACT, I KNOW THE EXPERTS HAVE SAID IT. MY PLAN, UNLIKE OTHERS, MY PLAN WILL COVER EVERYBODY. AND BY THE WAY, IN 2019 KNOW DEMOCRAT SHOULD BE ON THAT STAGE THAT DOESN’T HAVE A HEALTHCARE PLAN THAT DOESN’T COVER EVERYBODY. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT, SENATOR. THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. THERE IS A FINE LINE AND YOU TALK ABOUT HOW YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU ARE ON YOUR SECOND PLAN YOU’VE PRESENTED WHICH MAY HAVE COME FROM LISTENING TO PEOPLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN YOU ANNOUNCED YOU WERE GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, SHOULDN’T YOU HAVE HAD A FULLY FORMED PLAN FOR WHICH YOU WOULD NOT CHANGE THE MAJOR ASPECTS? THAT YOU HAVE THESE CORE BELIEFS AND YOU WILL STICK TO THOSE AND NOT BECAUSE, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, SOMEWHAT AT THE TOWN HALL GIVES YOU ANOTHER IDEA AND YOU WILL JUST CHANGE YOUR PLAN. >>I DISAGREE. >>YOU DON’T ACCEPT THIS PREMISE? >>I DO NOT. YOU WHO ARE A COMPLEX THINKER, KNOW THAT THAT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE. >>I THINK THAT MOST OF US SAY IT’S A GOOD IDEA AND I SUPPORT IT. THE QUESTION BECOMES, IS IT THE BEST IDEA? FOR ME, THAT MEDICARE PLAN THAT ALMOST EVERYONE SIGNED OFF ON, I REALIZE IT’S NOT THE BEST PLAN. I DECIDED TO COME UP WITH MY OWN. PEOPLE LIKE THE ARCHITECT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS ENDORSED IT AS BEING THE MOST EFFECTIVE. THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET TO THE GOAL. THAT’S WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT. GOAL IS THAT HEALTHCARE SHOULD NOT BE A PRIVILEGE FOR THOSE THAT CAN AFFORD IT BUT IT SHOULD BE A RIGHT. AND WHAT WILL WE DO TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS WITH A PLAN THAT CAN WORK? WORK IN A WAY THAT MEETS THE NEEDS AND DESIRES OF THE PEOPLE? AS SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEEN IN PUBLIC OFFICE MY ENTIRE CAREER, I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE AND RESPOND. BE WILLING TO SAY, YOU WANT BETTER? OKAY, I’M GOING TO DO BETTER. >>LET’S TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOU TO INTERACT WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS. HERE’S THE FIRST ONE. >>I A SOCIAL WORKER IN NEVADA. RESEARCH SHOWS HOW CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE OFTEN SUBJECT TO HARSH DISCIPLINARY MEASURES LIKE EXPULSIONS. I HAVE SEEN THIS. ONE OF THE REASONS I’M ACTIVE IN MY UNION IS BECAUSE THEY FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY. WHAT WILL YOU DO AS PRESIDENT TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT AND THAT TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR DON’T FACE THESE DANGERS? >>THANK YOU. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS. THERE IS THE WORK I’VE DONE MOST OF MY CAREER THAT HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE FACT OF UNDIAGNOSED, UNTREATED TRAUMA AMONG CHILDREN GROWING UP IN COMMUNITIES WITH VIOLENCE WHERE POVERTY. PROPERTY IS, INDUCING. I CAN GO INTO GREATER DETAIL BUT THAT IS ONE AREA OF FOCUS. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE A NURSE IN EVERY SCHOOL. EVERY SCHOOL IN AMERICA. BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ADDRESSING THE PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN. WE ARE PAYING A COLLECTIVE PRICE FOR THAT, NOT TO MENTION THE MORAL COST OF THAT WHICH IS LEADING A CHILD WHO IS CLEARLY IN NEED OF HELP GO WITHOUT THE HELP THEY NEED. IN TERMS OF DISPARITIES ON RACE, IN ADDITION TO THAT, BECAUSE WITHOUT ANY QUESTION CHILDREN GROWING UP IN COMMUNITIES WITH RESOURCES ARE GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED. RACIAL DISPARITY IN TERMS OF EDUCATION, I HAVE BEEN A PART OF SOME LEGISLATION IN MY EARLIER DAYS INCLUDING WHAT WE NEED TO DO AROUND TRACKING AND RECOGNIZING THAT, IN PARTICULAR, BLACK AND BROWN BOYS ARE SUSPENDED AND EXPELLED AT FAR GREATER RATES THAN ANY OTHER CHILDREN, INCLUDING CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, INCLUDING KINDERGARTNERS. AND WHAT THAT MEANS. LET’S RECOGNIZE ANOTHER SITUATION WHICH IS, BY THE TIME A BLACK CHILD IS AT THE END OF THIRD GRADE IF THAT CHILD HAS A BLACK TEACHER THEY ARE 13 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO GO TO COLLEGE. WITH TWO BLACK TEACHERS 32% MORE LIKELY TO GO TO COLLEGE. I HAVE A PLAN FOR EQUAL PAY FOR TEACHERS. RIGHT NOW WE ARE PAYING TEACHERS 11% LESS THAN SIMILARLY EDUCATED PROFESSIONALS. TOGETHER WITH THE FACT THAT BLACK COLLEGE GRADUATES SUFFER FROM GREATER STUDENT LOAN DEBT, IF THAT GRADUATE WANTS TO FOLLOW IN THEIR PASSION TO TEACH, IT IS VERY UNLIKELY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE LOW SALARIES AND STUDENT DEBT. WHAT WILL THE BENEFIT BE WITH A RESIDUAL HARM FOR THE CHILDREN THAT WOULD’VE OTHERWISE HAVE THAT TEACHER? THERE’S THAT AND ALSO THE ISSUE OF THE RACIAL WEALTH CLAP GAP IN AMERICA. I WOULD PUT MONEY INTO FAMILIES THAT LIVE IN HISTORICALLY RED LINE COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING FAMILIES LIVING IN FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED HOUSING TO GIVE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE DOWN PAYMENTS AND COVER THE CLOSING COST OF A HOME. WHY? WE’VE HAD SYSTEMIC RACISM IN AMERICA ON THIS ISSUE. LOOK AT WORLD WAR II. ALL THESE WONDERFUL PATRIOTS CAME HOME AND THERE WAS A PLAN TO GIVE THEM SUPPORT. BLACK FOLKS WERE DENIED AND EXCLUDED FOR THE MOST PART FROM THOSE BENEFITS. FAST-FORWARD JUST A LITTLE BIT TO REDLINING, INSTITUTIONAL RACISM THAT PRECLUDED BLACK FAMILIES FROM HOMEOWNERSHIP. THEN SOMETHING THAT I WORKED ON, TAKING ON THE FIVE BIG BANKS OVER THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS WHEN THEY WERE SIGNING FORECLOSURES AND THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF THE FORECLOSURES ON FAMILIES OF COLOR. BLACK AND LATINO AND IMMIGRANT. >>SORRY TO INTERRUPT BUT IF YOU KEEP GOING WE WON’T GET TO THE NEXT QUESTION. >>THIS IS OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT TO ME. THIS IS ABOUT INTERGENERATIONAL WEALTH AND THE IMPACT ON THESE THINGS. >>YOU ARE LUCKY THAT WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME BECAUSE I HAVE ABOUT 500 MORE QUESTIONS. >>HELLO. I AM FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. I WORK WITH FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. A HUGE PROBLEM IS FINDING AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE. >>YES. >>ON THE OTHER HAND, MANY OF THE CHILDCARE WORKERS ARE PAID RIDICULOUSLY LOW WAGES CONSIDERED, CONSIDERING THE RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAVE. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE WORKERS GET THE INCOME THEY DESERVE? >>I’M SUPPORTING THE CHILDCARE WORKERS ORGANIZING. IN FACT, WHEN WE HAD THE LABOR COUNCIL MEETING IN CALIFORNIA, I’M IN FULL SUPPORT OF THEM ORGANIZING TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS AND THE PAY THEY DESERVE. AGAIN, THIS GOES BACK TO WHAT WE KNOW. HISTORICALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT CHILDCARE WORKERS AND HOME HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THE WORD IS PINK COLLAR JOBS. THE JOBS THAT WOMEN NORMALLY DO , CARING FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS AND GETTING PAID SUBSTANDARD WAGES. I SUPPORT THEIR ABILITY TO ORGANIZE. >>SENATOR, YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT. OR I CAN ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION. >>I’VE GOT A LOT TO SAY. MY AGENDA IN THIS CAMPAIGN, I CALL IT THE 3 AM AGENDA. THE PRIORITIES FOR ME HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP IN THE MIDDLE THE NIGHT. THE 3 AM THOUGHT, SOME PEOPLE CALL IT THE WITCHING HOUR. I THINK ABOUT THESE PRIORITIES BECAUSE IF WE DON’T HANDLE THAT ALL THIS OTHER STUFF WE ARE DOING DOESN’T MATTER. AND I KNOW THAT THE THINGS THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP AT 3 AM FOR THE VAST MAJORITY HAVE TO DO WITH A FEW THINGS. PERSONAL HEALTH, HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN AND PARENTS, GETTING A JOB AND KEEPING A JOB AND PAYING THE BILLS AND RETIRING WITH DIGNITY. FOR MANY FAMILIES, CAN I HELP MY FAMILY MEMBER GET OFF THEIR DRUG ADDICTION? THESE ARE MY PRIORITIES. I CANNOT FULFILL MOST OF WHAT I HAVE AS A PLAN TO ADDRESS AND SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS WITHOUT YOU. BECAUSE IT IS THE MEMBERS OF AFSCME THAT DO SO MUCH OF THE WORK THAT BRINGS MEANING TO THESE IDEAS. I HAVE A PLAN FOR HOW TO INCREASE PAY AND TO DEAL WITH CREATING PRIORITIES. YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES OUT THERE DOING THE WORK EVERY DAY. YOU ARE ON THE GROUND MAKING THIS STUFF WE’LL. SO, I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW WHICH IS, YOU ARE HEARING A LOT ABOUT DIFFERENT PLANS AND YOU WILL MAKE A DECISION. I’M CLEAR THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS IDEA HIT THE GROUND AND IMPACT PEOPLE YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES THAT WILL MAKE THIS WORK BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE IT WORK EVERY DAY. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>THANK YOU >>CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? 18 DOWN AND ONE TO GO. I SPEAK FOR AMANDA. WE APPRECIATE HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE STUCK AROUND. SOMEONE THAT WILL APPRECIATE THIS IS OUR FINAL CANDIDATE, PETE BUTTIGIEG. >>HELLO. >>ONE MINUTE FOR AN OPENING STATEMENT. >>I HAD A STATEMENT READY AND I CAN’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE SEEING WHAT IS COMING OUT OF TEXAS. AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK. AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK FROM HOMEGROWN, WHITE NATIONALIST TERRORISTS. WE HAVE TO TALK AND ACT ON TWO THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. FIRST, WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH MORE GUNS THAN PEOPLE. IT HAS NOT MADE US SAVOR. WEEKEND RESPECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND NOT ALLOW IT TO BE A DEATH SENTENCE FOR THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS. WHITE NATIONALISM IS EVIL. IT IS INSPIRING PEOPLE TO COMMIT MURDER. IT IS BEING CONDONED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. AND THAT PAST TWO END. — THAT HAS TO END. THE FIRST TIME I WAS AWARE OF MY COUNTRY UNDER ATTACK AS MOST PEOPLE, WAS 911. FOR A MINUTE WE SWORE UP AND DOWN THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. THIS WAS GOING TO CHANGE US. BEING ATTACKED WAS GOING TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT’S WHAT WE SAID. HOW ABOUT THIS? WE GOT DECISIONS TO MAKE. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE LINING UP DOWN THE BLOCK IN EL PASO TO GIVE BLOOD. JUST LIKE THEY DID HERE AFTER OCTOBER 1. THEY ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN DO SOMETHING AND THEY ARE CLOSE AND THEY CAN DO SOMETHING. SO CAN WE. IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE. WE HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE. ARE WE PREPARED TO STAND UP TO THE CORPORATE GUN LOBBY AND WE PREPARED TO STAND UP TO THE EVIL OF WHITE NATIONALISM IN THIS COUNTRY? AND I’M SORRY THAT IS OFF TOPIC. I AM PROUD OF MY LABOR PLANNED. YOU WILL LOVE IT. THAT IS THE ONLY THING I COULD THINK ABOUT WALKING ONTO THIS STAGE. I AM THANKFUL AND IT’S INSPIRING TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN NEVADA TO ADVANCE THE WELL-BEING OF WORKERS. >>QUICKLY, WE ARE ASKING EVERY CANDIDATE AND EVERYONE HAS SAID YES, YOU COULD BE DIFFERENT AND SAY NO, DO YOU SUPPORT A FEDERAL LAW ALLOWING STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS NO MATTER WHAT STATE THEY ARE IN? >>YES, OF COURSE. IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT HAPPEN HERE IN NEVADA. IT TOOK LEADERSHIP. YOU HAD THE ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE AND THE GOVERNOR ALL ALIGNED. THE LEADERSHIP OF DAVID PARKS AND MAGGIE CARLTON WERE READY TO SIGN THIS. IF WE HAVE A IS IN WASHINGTON THIS WOULD HAPPEN. >>EVERY CANDIDATE ON RECORD SUPPORTS THIS. >>YES. MAYOR, I WASN’T PLANNING ON DOING THIS. AMANDA AND I HAVE BEEN HERE ALL DAY. WE DON’T KNOW THE DETAILS. YOU KNOW MORE THAN US. EVERYONE HAS MENTIONED IT. I KNOW IT IS ON YOUR MIND. I TAKE IT AT FACE VALUE THAT IT IS ALL THAT’S ON YOUR MIND. IT SOUNDS TERRIFIC. BUT, WE HEAR FROM YOU AND OTHERS THAT WE CAN’T TOLERATE THIS ANYMORE. IT’S NOT REALISTIC, IS IT, TO PROMISE PEOPLE THAT THESE KINDS OF THINGS WILL NOT HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT WE CAN DO AS PRESIDENT OR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS? YOU CAN TO STOP IT, CAN YOU? >>THAT’S NOT THE IDEA. IN THE REAL WORLD, NO PROBLEMS ARE ELIMINATED COMPLETELY. WE DON’T JUST BOTHER NOT DEALING WITH INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM BECAUSE WE CAN’T PREVENT 100%. WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SAVE AS MANY LIVES AS WE CAN. WHEN IT COMES TO GUN SAFETY, AMERICANS THINK WE OUGHT TO HAVE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. MOST GUN OWNERS AND MOST REPUBLICANS THINK WE SHOULD. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT LAWS DISARMING DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, WILL IT SAVE EVERY LIFE? OF COURSE. WE STILL HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SAVE EVERY LIFE WE CAN. WE HAVE SEEN THIS TOXIC GROUP. EVEN DOING THINGS THAT MOST AMERICANS THINK WE SHOULD DO, THIS IS NOW COMING TO AN PEOPLE DOMINATION WITH DOMESTIC TERRORISM. ALMOST ALL OF WHICH IS INSPIRED BY WHITE NATIONALISM. IF WE DON’T CONFRONT THAT, AND SOME OF IT IS POLICY, BUT A LOT OF IT IS CULTURE, A LOT OF IT IS, HOW OUR LEADERS TALK ABOUT WHETHER THIS IS ONE COUNTRY OR WHETHER WE WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE PITTED AGAINST EACH OTHER BY MANEUVERS LIKE THE WHITE IDENTITY POLITICS PRACTICED AT THE WHITE HOUSE. LIVES OR ONLINE. >>WITHOUT TALKING IN GENERALITY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT CONFUSES PEOPLE — ASSAULT WEAPONS — FIRST, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS WITH GUNS, WHAT LAWS CAN YOU PASS? I UNDERSTAND THE BULLY PULPIT OF THE PRESIDENCY IS IMPORTANT. >>SURE, A LAW FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND A BAN ON HIGH-CAPACITY SCENES AND THE WEAPONS THAT IT APPEARS WERE USED TODAY. AND ENDING THIS BAN, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR THE CDC TO RESEARCH GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE. WHEN THEY ARE MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO RESEARCH SOMETHING, YOU GOT TO ASK, WHAT IS IT THEY DON’T WEIGH YOU TO FIND OUT? THAT IS A PRETTY QUICK CHANGE WE COULD MAKE. WILLIE CHANGE, SAVE EVERY LIFE? OF COURSE NOT, BUT HOW CAN WE NOT DO SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW WOULD SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES A YEAR? >>TO ADDRESS WHITE NATIONALISM AND DOMESTIC TERRORISM, IS A CONFRONTING THE TECH COMPANIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? >>SOME STATES LACK A CRIME LAWS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PUSHING FOR THAT TO HIM. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED A COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGY THAT’S A LITTLE MORE WILLING TO LOOK AT EXTREMISM. THE REALITY IS, IT’S NOT A POLICY THING, BUT A CULTURAL THING. AS LONG AS WHITE NATIONALISM IS SPOKEN OF AS A KIND OF QUIRKY THING VERSUS AN IDEOLOGY KILLING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, I THINK WE WILL STRUGGLE WITH THIS. >>DO YOU BELIEVE DONALD TRUMP IS A WHITE NATIONALIST? >>AT BEST. I MEAN, AT BEST HE CONDONES AND ENCOURAGES NATIONALISM. IT IS FLOURISHING UNDER HIS WATCH. THIS IS NOT AN ACCENT. AND IT’S ALSO NOT LIKE IT JUST STARTED WITH DONALD TRUMP. PART OF THE CONVERSATION THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN LARGELY IN WHITE AMERICA, FICA, IS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT A LOT OF WHITE PROGRESSIVES ARE SHOCKED ARE GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS COMES AS NO SURPRISE TO A LOT OF ACTIVISTS OF COLOR THAT THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN PERMISSION TO COME INTO THE DAYLIGHT. >>I WANT TO SWITCH A LITTLE BIT AND ASK ABOUT HEALTHCARE BEFORE WE GET TO THE AUDIENCE QUESTIONS. YOU KNOW, ONE FEATURE OF MEDICARE FOR ALL IS THAT IT WOULD HAVE NO FOR CHRISTIAN, PRESCRIPTIONS COSTS. I BELIEVE YOU PUT FORTH A VERSION OF THIS. WHY IMPOSE THOSE COSTS ON THE CONSUMER? >>FIRST, WE HAVE TO HAVE AN OUT-OF-POCKET CAP. THIS IS PART OF A CONDITION. I WANT US TO GET TO THE MEDICARE FOR ALL ENVIRONMENT. I THINK THAT IF YOU ALLOW WORDS LIKE MEDICARE FOR ALL TO ESCAPE YOUR LIPS YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EXPLAIN HOW TO GET FROM POINT A2 POINT B. THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE KICKING AMERICANS OFF HEALTHCARE PLANS THAT THEY LIKE IS TO START WITH A MEDICARE-LIKE OPTION. MEDICARE FOR ALL IF YOU WANT TO CALL AT THAT. AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EXCHANGE. OVERTIME WE COULD MIX THE PREMIUMS AND SUBSIDIES BASED ON THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I BELIEVE IT ENDS WITH UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE AND THIS IS THE MOST RESPONSIBLE WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. >>THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OPPOSED. HOW TO YOU GET THEM ON BOARD? >>SOME PEOPLE WHOSE PROFITS ARE PUT AT RISK BY US DOING THIS WILL RESIST UNTIL THE END. UNFORTUNATELY, IF WE CANNOT PERSUADE THAT WE WILL HAVE TO BEAT THEM. >>LET’S TAKE A BREAK FROM THESE QUESTIONS AND LET YOU CONNECT WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE UNION WITH QUESTIONS. IS THE FIRST ONE. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. I WORK AT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. WE KEEP HEARING OVER AND OVER THAT THE ROADS AND SCHOOLS AND BRIDGES ARE CRUMBLING ACROSS AMERICA. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO BUILD AN INFRASTRUCTURE WORTHY OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD? >>THANKS FOR RAISING THAT ISSUE. IT’S NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH. IT WAS THE ONE BUYS ARTISAN, BICEP, BIPARTISAN PROMISE. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WAS TO HAVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO THIS. IN OUR COMMUNITY WE GOT ENOUGH FUNDING TO REPAVE EVERY ROOM IN THE CITY. THE PROBLEM IS, I CAN’T FIND THE ASPHALT THAT LASTS THAT LONG. IF WE WANT TO BE A WORLD-CLASS COUNTRY AND COMPETE WITH CHINA WE GOT TO HAVE WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORLD-CLASS TRANSPORTATION. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FUND IT. WAY TOO MUCH OF THIS CONVERSATION HAS BEEN ABOUT CUTTING AND REMOVING REGULATIONS AND TAXES AS IF THAT ALL IS ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE AMERICANS FREE. I BELIEVE IN FREEDOM INVOLVES LIVING YOUR LIFE AND I DON’T THINK YOU ARE FREE IF THERE IS NOT A GOOD ROAD TO GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE GOING. I THINK OF THIS ALL THE TIME. WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF INFRASTRUCTURE. I DON’T KNOW THE MEANING OF LIFE FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL I KNOW THEY WILL BE BETTER TO LEAVE A, LEADING MEANINGFUL LIFE AROUND WHATEVER GOALS THEY HAVE A CAN GET CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER AND HAVE GOOD ROADS AND KNOW THAT THEIR KIDS ARE IN A GOOD SCHOOL AND THAT THEY ARE SAFE AND THE TRASH GETS PICKED UP. THIS IS BASIC. WE CAN’T KEEP FALLING ON THIS AND CALL OURSELVES THE GREATEST COUNTRY. >>BEFORE WE GO TO THE NEXT QUESTION, THERE IS A POINT THAT MIGHT BE WORTH TALKING ABOUT. HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST? >>THINK OF IT THIS WAY. MOST COUNTRIES IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THEIR ECONOMY GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT. FOR US IT’S ABOUT ONE QUARTER. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE COST IS THAT THE SCHOOLS AREN’T AS GOOD AND THE ROADS ARE FALLING APART AND OUR PUBLIC LIFE IS DIMINISHED. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO RAISE REVENUE TO BUILD UP INFRASTRUCTURE, TO BUILD UP THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, TO DELIVER HEALTHCARE. IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. THAT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE PAID FOR. I WOULD BE LYING IF I DIDN’T SAY THAT INVOLVES TAXES. WHEN YOU’VE GOT CORPORATIONS MAKING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFIT AND PAYING LESS IN TAXES THAN ANYONE IN THIS ROOM, ZERO, WHEN YOU HAVE MASSIVE TAX CUTS BLOWING HOLES IN OUR BUDGET GIVEN TO CORPORATIONS AND WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE IT’S CLEAR WHERE TO LOOK IN ORDER TO RAISE THIS MONEY. >>DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR HOW MUCH THIS WILL COST ACROSS AMERICA? >>ARE WORKING ON THE TAB FOR THESE THINGS. WE HAVE NOT ROLLED OUT THE FULL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. WE ARE GOING TO BE HONEST EVERYTHING WE PROPOSE TO DO. PEOPLE NEED TO SEE IT. WE’VE GOT TO STOP TALKING ABOUT IT — WE TALK ABOUT TAXES IS LIKE GOING TO A RESTAURANT AND IGNORING THE PART WHERE THE FOOD IS AND JUST LOOKING AT THE PRICE ON THE MENU. YOU DON’T KNOW, IF YOU JUST TOOK THE NUMBER AND CIRCLED IT, YOU DON’T KNOW WHETHER THAT GOES FOR THE FRIED PICKLES OF THE STATE. WE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS. WHAT WE EXPECT IN TERMS OF VALUE AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO PAY FOR IT. >>I WANT TO UNIFY THIS AND YOU WILL SEE THIS IN OUR PLAN. >>IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FRIED PICKLES AND STEAK — >>WE HAVE ANOTHER AUDIENCE QUESTION. >> I AM IN NEW YORK CITY. AMERICA SEEMS LIKE IT IS BEING TORN APART. WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS PRESIDENT TO UNITE ALL AMERICANS? >>IT FEELS LIKE WE ARE ENDING WHERE WE BEGAN. IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE CLOSED THIS PLAN TO AND SYSTEMIC RACISM. SOME FOLKS HAVE LOOKED AT IT AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I INVITE YOU TO GO ONLINE TO SEE IT IN FULL DETAIL. A QUICK SUMMARY — IT HAS ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT RACISM HAS DIMINISHED AMERICAN LIFE, FROM MAKING SURE THAT WE MAKE IT EASIER TO ACCESS CREDIT AND TO BOOSTING THE LEVEL OF BUSINESS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL DO WITH THE ENTREPRENEURS TO THINK LIKE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND DEALING WITH REDLINING AND GENTRIFICATION. IT IS HEALTH AND HOMEOWNERSHIP AND EDUCATION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND THIS ALL HAS TO GO TOGETHER. THE BIGGER IDEA IS, WE CAN’T JUST REPLACE RACIST POLICIES WITH NEUTRAL WANT AND EXPECT THINGS TO GET BETTER. IT TURNS OUT THAT THIS IS COMPOUNDED. IF YOU SAVE A DOLLAR IT TURNS INTO TWO DOLLARS AND THEN $100. IT’S THE SAME THING IF A DOLLAR IS STOLEN. WE HAVE TO FACE THAT. AGAIN, THE OTHER THING THAT HAS TO HAPPEN ALONGSIDE ALL THE POLICY WORK IS, THE CULTURAL AND POLITICAL WORK. THAT’S WHAT, FRANKLY, THAT IS WHAT UNIONS HELP REPRESENT. IN UNIONS WE GET THE ANSWERS TO THIS STUPID QUESTION OVER WHETHER WE CARE ABOUT RACIAL EQUITY FOR ECONOMIC TO TABLE ISSUES. I SEE A TREMENDOUSLY DIVERSE LABOR MOVEMENT HERE. THIS IS A REMINDER THAT BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN TABLES AND OUR INTERESTS ARE WELL ALIGNED. WE TALK ABOUT OUR EVERYDAY LIVES AND HOW WE MAKE THEM BETTER, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEFEND WORKERS RIGHTS AND GIVE YOU RAISES AND PRESERVE HEALTHCARE AND GET PAID FAMILY LEAVE. IT TURNS OUT THAT MOST AMERICANS CAN BE UNITED ACROSS THESE LINES AND THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ALLIES ARE SKILLFULLY DIVIDING US OVER THIS TO THE DETRIMENT, IN PARTICULAR, OF THOSE WHO ARE ON THE WRONG END OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND TO THE DETRIMENT OF EVERYONE IN AMERICA. >>I HAVE A QUICK FOLLOW-UP. AND YOU HAVE RISEN IN THE POLLS YOU’RE PULLING AMONG BLACK VOTERS IS ABOUT 1%. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS AND HOW ARE YOU TRYING TO CHANGE THIS? >>WHEN YOU ARE NEW ON THE SCENE AND NOT FROM A COMMUNITY OF COLOR AND FROM A CITY WITH A LOT OF ISSUES, YOU GOT A LOT OF EXTRA WORK TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE SHARED YOUR VISION AND BROUGHT PEOPLE INTO THE CAMPAIGN. VOTERS OF COLOR ARE TIRED OF POLITICIANS TALKING ABOUT HOW GREAT IT WILL BE FOR THEM AND FEELING TAKEN FOR GRANTED. BY POLITICIANS IN GENERAL BUT WE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. THE REASONING WE ARE FINDING OUR SUPPORT IS GROWING IS BECAUSE WE ARE PRESENTED THE SUBSTANCE OF POLICY IDEAS AND WINNING A CAMPAIGN THAT REFLECTS OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THIS COUNTRY BELONGING TO THE MOST DIVERSE GENERATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT WE REFLECT AND EMPOWER THE ENTIRE RANGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WORKERS. >>MAYOR, YOU HAVE A ONE MINUTE CLOSING STATEMENT IF YOU DESIRE. >>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. YOU FOR THE LEADERSHIP THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES REPRESENT. I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. EVERYONE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN MY PARTY HAS LOOSELY SIMILAR VIEWS AND WE ARE ALSO RECYCLING A LOT OF THE SAME POLITICAL ARGUMENTS, SOMETIMES SOME OF THE SAME FACES, THAT HAVE DOMINATED WASHINGTON AS LONG AS I’VE BEEN ALIVE. BEING FROM THE INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST, A PLACE ON THE WRONG END OF AN ECONOMY THAT DID NOT WORK FOR MANY PEOPLE, I KNOW WHY THE GREAT ECONOMY ISN’T GREAT IF MOST PEOPLE ARE GETTING AHEAD AND THE GDP GOES UP AND THE LIFE EXPECTANCY GO DOWN. WE NEED TO CHANGE. I’M WORRIED THAT THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO DEAL WITH CLIMATE AND GUN VIOLENCE AND SYSTEMIC RACISM AND TO DELIVER AN ECONOMY WHERE THE RISING TIDE DOES LIFT EVERYONE. I BELIEVE IT’S NOT TOO LATE. I’M CONVINCED IT’S NOT TOO LATE IF WE ARE WILLING TO UNDERTAKE BOLD ACTION THAT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HAVING THE RIGHT POLICIES AND HAVING THE COURAGE TO GET IT DONE. WE WILL NOT DEFEAT THIS PRESIDENT BY PROMISING A RETURN TO NORMAL. WE ARE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS WITH A PRESIDENT LIKE HIM BECAUSE NORMAL IS WORKING FOR NEARLY ENOUGH AMERICANS. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THAT. I’M ASKING YOU TO JOIN ME. THANK YOU >>FOLKS, I WANT TO SAY WHAT AN HONOR IT HAS BEEN TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU AND TO BE INVITED BY THE HUFFINGTON POST AND WHAT AN HONOR IT HAS BEEN TO BE HERE WITH AMANDA. I THINK I SPEAK FOR AMANDA IN SAYING THAT THIS HAS BEEN A REAL PRIVILEGE. I HOPE YOU GOT SOMETHING OUT OF THIS. I THINK WE GOT A LOT OUT OF THIS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. AMANDA AND I ARE GOING TO SAY SO LONG. WE WILL INVITE YOUR PRESIDENT, LEE SAUNDERS. >> THANK YOU. DID YOU ENJOY YOURSELF? A LOT OF INFORMATION, RIGHT? IF WE COULD ALL STAND, I’M ASKING FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE AFFECTED FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN EL PASO, THE EL PASO COMMUNITY. I’M ASKING FOR PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER. BETTER THAN THIS. A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO GIVE IT UP ONE MORE TIME FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES THAT WERE HERE TODAY. THEY DID A GREAT JOB, DIDN’T TODAY? TO OUR HOST, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO AMANDA TERKEL AND JON RALSTON FOR NFL JOB AS I WAS MODERATORS. GIVE THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. THANKS TO THE MANY SPECIAL GUESTS. ALLIES AND PARTNERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED PUBLIC SERVICE. MOST OF ALL, THINK BACK TO THE GREATEST UNION ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH, AFSCME. 52 THE AFSCME MEMBERS WHO JOINED US TODAY IN PERSON AND REMOTELY. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ASK GREAT QUESTIONS. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTION CYCLE. WE WILL BE ASKING QUESTIONS EVERY DAY, ENSURE THAT THE CANDIDATES UNDERSTAND OUR VALUES AND UNDERSTAND OUR PRIORITIES. INSISTING THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIVE TO THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ALL FACE. THE IOWA CAUCUSES ARE SIX MONTHS FROM TODAY. THE GENERAL ELECTION IS EXACTLY 15 MONTHS FROM TODAY. THE STAKES ARE HIGH FOR US ALL. WE WILL BE MOBILIZING IN BIG, HUGE NUMBERS, MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD EVERY SINGLE DAY AND BEING CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE WANT THIS COUNTRY TO BE EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO, I URGE ALL OF YOU TO GET INVOLVED. TO INVEST YOUR TIME AND ENERGY AND POLITICAL ACTION OVER THE NEXT YEAR. TEXT 2022 237623 TO GET UPDATES AND TO VOLUNTEER IN THE 2020 ELECTION CYCLE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EVERYTHING AFSCME IS DOING, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR ATTENDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO THIS UNION AND TO YOUR COUNTRY AND TO YOUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SAFE TRAVELS. GOD BLESS.

Danny Hutson

42 thoughts on “2020 Candidates Answer HuffPost Questions At AFSCME Forum

  1. White straight millennial males are the most hated group in the world thanks to the left. 1 in 3 millennials have no friends. Millennials have produced more mass shooters than all other generations combined. Its time for the left to end the hatred towards white men. Buttigieg is an idiot

  2. Hey Huffpost, are you going to upload the video to view??? All this video is, is 4 hours of the placeholder image…

  3. Bernie did great. Don't like how y'all held Tulsi to Assad smearing though. Wasn't expecting that because the forum was great even the candidates I won't give the time of day and y'all led with Assad for Tulsi and wouldn't let up . Y'all didn't even touch Kamala on her record in Cali. Now it just looks like you got a bug from Kamala's campaign.

  4. All that matters to me is Bernie showed up for our strike no one else did or even tried. He flew from Wisconsin all the way to UCLA. Took time out of his busy schedule. He has my vote. No one else has earned it.

  5. Joe Biden is a twit. The Democrats had the White House, Senate and House when they didn’t pass the Employee Free Choice Act, the last President to raise the minimum wage was George W. Bush, Obamacare is Mitt Romney’s health care plan and the subsidies for it are subsidizing the FOR-PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY, and it’s patently insulting to tell young people facing costs of college and housing in the stratosphere to Stop Complaining, when Joe Biden is standing in the way.

  6. I don't like how they all have stolen Bernie's stump line about health care being a human right. I don't know who I will vote for, but its unethical to repeat someones words without a citation.

  7. Who among these candidates were saying the same thing from the beginning of their public life…Which of the candidate is Morally correct and not Politically correct

  8. This may not be the appropriate time to point out that Amanda Terkel has GREAT legs… but it's hard not to notice gams of her sexy caliber.

  9. You don't get to work for the public. We're not interested in your mentality of harming the USA for others. Take all these losers running for President's security away! They might be traitors!

  10. A convenient timestamp to your favorite candidate:
    Castro- 13:30
    Warren- 29:50
    Moulton- 53:00
    Bullock- 1:10:49
    Booker- 1:28:15
    Biden- 1:46:21
    Williamson- 2:13:52
    O'rourke- 2:34:34
    Steyer- 2:51:31 🙄
    Sanders- 4:02:19
    De Blasio- 4:27:47
    Klobachar- 4:44:34
    Delaney- 5:00:42
    Inslee- 5:17:00
    Gabbard- 5:34:04
    Ryan- 5:50:15
    Bennet- 6:07:25
    Harris- 6:23:40
    Buttigieg- 6:45:20

  11. I guess they've seen what happened when they let Tulsi Gabbard speak. So apparently they're pushing a narrative and not letting her talk, using Kamala Harris's talking points, and giving Kamala soft questions. Media is corrupt…no way…. go figure 🙄

  12. 1. (Mike Gravel)*
    2. Tulsi Gabbard
    3. Bernie Sanders
    4. Andrew Yang
    5. Elizabeth Warren
    6. Marianne Williamson
    7. (Richard O’Jeda)**

    *(dropped out July 31st)
    **(dropped out January 26th)

  13. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the two most qualified candidates for president. I also like their fellow Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, even though those two used to take corporate cash. ANY Democrat could beat Donald Trump in a debate, even non-politicians who will never become the party nominee : Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson.

  14. Hi Joe Biden, Millennials are going to change the system by not voting for you. Go take the silver spoon out of your ass.

  15. The Hillary doctrine got Syria to where it is at, and Libya. Do we want the Hillary Doctrine? There is a three way civil war in Syria, we are supporting Al Qaeda there, and there is a three way war in Libya, we were supporting one faction but now the Russians are supporting him and we're on to another faction. Let's not do this anymore!

  16. I cannot believe those newscasters kept asking Tulsi Gabbard about Assad. She already said she doesn’t want American soldiers to die in unnecessary wars that make everything worse. Why don’t they ask the candidates about the terrible human rights record of Saudi Arabia? Why are other candidates excusing Saudi Arabia’s record, unlike Tulsi who is calling out the Saudi regime? Why aren’t they calling for an invasion of Saudi Arabia to liberate the Yemeni people, or invade Israel to liberate the Palestinian people? Why keep singling out one dictator, while ignoring the other dictators (that just happen to be allies of the US military-industrial complex)? This is a forum about working-class people and union rights, and they keep asking her about Assad. What the hell, this is why we hate the mainstream corporate media!!!

  17. since refusing to fund and afford the advanced details on our italian brunette ladies projects, it seems huffy hasnt been itself and has flopped between low energy narratives of depressing leftist 'persuasion' and low quality substitutes for intermission type events that werent solicited and rarely even encountered. when we easily subtract the traditional biden sanders career congratulations ceremonies, members only, and remove chief warrens multiple ford flopped spirit dances, we can evaluate the tulsi kamala context. that is quite a circumstance of chaotic accusation and fundamental leftist expectation for fairness or at least honesty, isnt it. furthermore what is some genuine popularity and party specific support at the base level being thoroughly ignored and disrespected by the intern impeached press priorities. maybe its time for huffy to take things a little more seriously.

  18. Biden won’t be getting my vote this man is too contradictory the younger generation will slaughter him In the polls mark my word

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