tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Norfolk VA CSPAN October 18, 2019 6:09pm-8:57pm EDT
whoa and it feels good hey all right now ♪ ♪ chaus [cheers and applause] >> i've got someone important behind me. my name is mike smith i'm a retired navy rear admiral and i'm thrilled to be here tonight. [applause] i was stationed in norfolk three times. my wife and i still have a house here so every hurricane season we keep our fingers
crossed and hope we make it through. hey, i'm here for two reasons tonight. the first one is that i want to validate that veterans can be democrats. cheers and applause] the armed forces have to be nonpartisan. when i was on active duty i was absolutely so frustrated that everybody just assumed i was a republican. the jokes never stopped, comments. i'm here to say that veterans and active duty service members can be democrats as well. [applause] we all swore to defend the constitution. and the values that are in that constitution are in the bedrock of the platform of the democratic party as well.
cheers and applause] it's time for democrats to push back on the republican party. the republican party does not have a lock on patriotism. [cheers and applause] they don't have a lock on love of country and they don't have a lock on serving your country. and by god, the department of defense is not a part of the republican national committee. cheers and applause] but if you're a veteran, if you're active duty if you're a military family member, you guys out there, stand up, raise your hand. let's give them a great -- look at this! come on! this is awesome! [cheers and applause] the real reason i'm here, or
the main reason i'm here of course is because i support senator elizabeth warren. cheers and applause] i love how her plan to support the veteran, support the service members and they support military families. love the fact that, well, the hardest job there is is a military spouse. there's no doubt about that. they have earned our respect. but they also earn our support if they want to pursue their wn independent career. universal childcare will allow them to flex -- allow them the flexibility and the ability to pursue meaningful employment and not have to worry about at the end of the month are they going to be able to pay their bills. no matter where our servicemens
are stationed, or where our veterans end up transitioning to, they deserve spobrt -- to be supported. senator warren's plans are going to do exactly that. not to mention if you take a look at the medical care issues. our reservists deserve to be fully covered, medical and dental, between their deployments. it's a readiness issue. and our veterans who don't fall under the v.a. medical system, they need to be covered too. this is a national security issue. it's time for americans to accept that universal health care is a human right. [cheers and applause] every american deserves to be covered. so it's time for us to embrace this very bold policy and
accept it as something that we have to bring forward in this next election. i love senator warren. i love her passion. i love her brilliance. and i love her support for the middle class and the little guy. you know, she believes what we learned in the military. that every american counts. every american has value. every american contributes and every american deserve ours full respect. [applause] that's why i'm here tonight. i just wanted to put a shout out to our democratic veterans and servicemens and their families and i wanted to endorse senator elizabeth warren because i believe that she has the courage and she
reflects the core values that those of us in the military strive to obtain. i am a warren democrat. cheers and applause] thank you for putting up with me. i don't know why i got up here. but thank you. i hope you have a great night. and now i'm going to introduce zack, the organizer here and i'll let him talk next. [applause] >> hello. hi, everybody! how are we? all right. i am here for the raffle portion of the evening. so when you came in today you had an opportunity to receive a raffle ticket, so we are going to draw three tickets for lucky folks who will get to ask senator warren some questions
tonight. so if you hear your ticket number called, search for them in your pockets now, you will go over to that direction where i'm pointing now, over there, to that direction of the space where there's a -- where pla cards are being held up and you will meet our q&a volunteers and they'll tell you what to do. ok. are you ready? we got this. all right. 6612171. number is [cheers and applause] >> that was amazing. > i think we found the winner.
>> head over to the volunteers over there. you'll be able to get back to the spot, i promise. hey'll let you back. > 3854508. >> we got it in this section. all right. one more chance, folks. one more. 3854468. [laughter] >> right there. >> nobody? >> they have it down there again. awesome. this is a lucky section. >> that is a lucky section. >> so make sure you folk guess and find your volunteers over there at the dream base pla
cards. thank you so much, admiral. all right. hi, virginia! oh, you sound so good. hello. my name is zack mooney, i'm so proud to be on the organizing team here with wide receiveren for president. and i am sent out to give you a few updates and housekeeping items for tonight but before we get started i want to thank you for coming and i wanted to ask if you could give a round of applause for all the amazing volunteers who helped sign you in today. they've been here for so long. cheers and applause] ok. down to business. here we go. number one. i want to remind you all that senator warren will be staying to do selfies for anyone who wants one after tonight's town hall. we love selfies. we've got some selfie fans. but if you are in the a.d.a. section this evening stay put. she'll come to you first. [applause]
and if you have a baby or little one with you tonight, yay, please come to the front of the line or the stage an just wave at one of the staff members. we'll make sure that you get in first. you can think of it like preboarding. let's just make sure that you can get, we want to make sure you get out as quickly as possible. our ushers will be looking out for families throughout the line as well to help pull you up and get you through the line quickly. when we get to the end i will come back on out and i will communicate to you all clearly where the selfie will be starting and how you get there. ok? so just stay put and we'll give you clear instructions after the event. ok. virginia. are you ready for elizabeth warren? [cheers and applause] oh my gosh. ok. i can tell y'all are ready. i can tell you're ready. i want us all to pause far second and to just touch base
quickly about why we're all here tonight. we all have a story as to why we've shown up and chose to come out on a friday might for a town hall. i wanted to briefly tell you a little bit about mine and then we're going to practice with one another sharing yours. so for me, this fight was personal. i grew up, i was born and raised just outside of lowell, massachusetts, so i'm come do you think here to hang with you all tonight my parents were divorceding, my mom raised me and my two siblings pretty much completely on her own. if that wasn't he roibling enough she did this while also doing something else i consider to be very heroic. he's been a public school teacher if 26 years. yes. i love it when i hear it for public school teachers. and for as long as i can remember, my mom has also worked between two and three part-time jobs to make ends meet for my family and to put me and my two siblings through college.
and i saw firsthand her struggle to make ends meet in an america where the middle class is shrinking . the times it all worked out, and the times it didn't, like in 2015 when my family lost our home. i am in this fight because in the united states of america, the wealthiest country on the -- on the planet, one couldn't i ry -- one job should be enough to survive. period. [applause] and it is time that we elect a president that will fight every single day for an america where economic and political power rests in the hands of people like my mom, not in the wealthy corporations or big special interests that are having a great time under the current administration. so let me tell you this. there is no one in this race that will fight harder for you and for families like mine than elizabeth warren will. and i want you to fight just as hard for her as she fights for
all of us. so this is a grassroots campaign, driven every diby people like all of us in this room and that starts right here, tonight. so, here's what you're going to do. you are going to turn to the person next to you, even if you do not know them, that is ok, we're going to make friends tonight. and i want each of you to exchange your 60-second version of why you're here tonight and why you're in this fight. just a 60-second version. we'll circle up. i'm going to bring you back in in a few. you've got two minutes. here we go. making friends. many indistinct voices]
grassroots donations an by the people in this room, you can -- we're going to send a text to everyone who signed in tonight with a link so you can plug in and start volunteering in your local virginia elections that are coming up in just 18 days. [cheers and applause] this is great. you can vote. what could be better. but you can also text to our knockva, two xt words, knock va, 2477 and you can get a special update from the virginia democratic party. knock va to 24477. 18 days, virginia. ok. are y'all ready? ok. we have just one more thing to practice and really one more thing to do which is to show elizabeth warren how excited we all are for here. so here's our chance.
here's the tissue here's our chant. here's the chant we're going to do. when i say dream big, you say -- you already know. fight hard. here we go, let's practice a few time. dream big. >> fight hard. >> dream big. >> fight hard. dream big. >> fight hard. >> dream brig. >> fight hard. >> ok, you're ready. i think she knows we're excited. let's go. thank you all so much. cheers and applause]
>> good evening. how are you? you don't sound excited. we need some enthusiasm in this room. my name is mamie lock, i represent the second senate district here in virginia. [cheers and applause] . and i'm also the chair of the senate democratic caucus. we have an election coming up on november 5. and it is your task and my task to ensure that we do win big on november 5. it's time for a change in richmond. while our colleagues may know how to win, they do not know how to govern. emocrats know how to govern.
we are working to accomplish objectives to combat climate change and sea level rise. here in hampton roads, it's costing us $34 billion to combat climate change. and sea level rise. since over the past 70 years, sea level rise is up 14 inches. we're second only to new orleans as the largest population center at risk for sea level rise. 45,000 properties in our area are at risk from tidal flooding. we need solutions. not people talking about science is not real. cheers and applause]
they want to call it coastal flooding. it's climate change and sea level rise, people. [applause] our communities are hurting from gun violence. from poverty and lack of access. to jobs. we are hurting from being in food deserts. we are hurting from inadequate housing and evictions. we are hurting from a lack of health care. democrats will bring solutions. not talk. [applause] we will bring solutions with sensible gun prevention laws and not adjourn in 90 minutes. cheers and applause] we will bring solutions with wage increases. we will bring solutions with
bringing groceries closer to underserved communities. we will protect medicaid expansion and the affordable care act. [applause] we will not say that we supported medicaid expansion hen we didn't. democrats are about solutions. but we can only bring solutions with your help on november 5. help us flip the house of delegates and the virginia senate by giving democrats control. [applause] we will be your voice for change and positive governance. and you know who else will be your voice for change and positive governance? here this evening is a very strong democrat with a plan for
environmental justice. [cheers and applause] isn't it nice to have someone who has a plan? [applause] a plan for health care. a plan for economic equity and justice. a plan for criminal justice reform. a plan for our military families and veterans. someone who actually has a plan to go into effect to support our families in our community. ladies and gentlemen, it is now my honor to bring to this stage this democrat who has a strong voice and a plan for positive change, i bring to you, senator elizabeth warren! [cheers and applause]
♪ working 9:00 to 5:00 what a way to make a living barely getting by they just use your mind and they never give you credit it's enough to drive you crazy if you let it ♪ cheers and applause] ms. warren: hello, virginia! oh, virginia is for lovers. i love this. so let me start by saying a very big thank you to -- i love you too. to senator locke. fabulous. thank you. [applause] just wonderful.
and we have many special guests, i also want to say a very special thank you to a man who has given me a lot of good advice and is always there, has served our country so honorably, admiral smith. wherever you are, admiral smith, thank you. thank you for getting us started. thank you. we also have another very special guest in the house. the an who helped lead united states house of representatives, who is on one of the most critical committees, who leads that committee, on health and labor, congressman bobby scott is here. please stand up. cheers and applause] congressman scott and i are
hatching all kinds of plans around labor and education. am i right? [applause] as long as we're doing all this family stuff, i also brought along my husband bruce. where are you, sweetie. [applause] he's the man with the very debonair black cast on his arm. he defended bailey from another dog and bruce ended up with the broken bone over it. but he's on the mend. he's on the mend. and with us. and i am just so glad to be here with you all today. thank you. 18 days. virginia is going to get this done! cheers and applause] in 2017, you inspired our nation. and what you did in 2017, the
rest of the nation doubled down on in 2018. now in 2019, we're turning to you again. do it again and inspire us for 020. [applause] yeah. so i thought what we'd do tonight is i'll tell you a little bit about myself, we'll take some questions, and then if anybody wants to, i'll stay as long as you want and we'll do selfies. [applause] yes, the core part of democracy, there we go. so, i was born and raised in oklahoma. [applause] we got a few okies here. there aren't so many of us. got one over here. good. i was the baby in the family. i have three much older
brothers. i was what used to be called a late in life baby. my mother always just called me the surprise. now, all three of my older brothers went off and joined the military. my oldest brother, don, was career military. he spent about five and a half years off and on in combat in vietnam. we were really lucky to get him back home. very, very lucky. [applause] my brother john was stationed overseas for a little over a year. my brother david, the youngest of the three, david trained as a combat medic. and to this day, we have a rule in our family. never choke around david.
he is convinced that he could perform an emergency tracheotomy, ready to go. always has a sharpened pocket knife with him. it makes for some very exciting thanksgivings. [clears throat] and david is ready. the rest of us are like, whoa, back, brother. i love my three brothers. they are to this day referred to as the boys, to distinguish them from the surprise. they're all retired. they live back in oklahoma, close together. when we were growing up, our daddy had a lot of different jobs. he sold fencing. he sold carpets. he cold housewares. -- he sold housewares. he sold paint. when i was in middle school, the boys were all gone by that point, it was just my mama and
my daddy and me. my daddy had a massive heart attack. and for a long time we thought he was going to die. the neighbors came in, folks from church brought covered dishes, everybody spoke in quiet tones. daddy made it through. and we were deeply grateful. but he couldn't work. not for a long, long time. and that meant no money coming in. i can still remember the day we lost our family's station wagon. i remember learning words like mortgage and foreclosure. i remember how every night my mother would tuck me in, she'd kiss me on the forehead, she
would pat me and i knew what was coming next. she'd walk outside, close my door, and lean back against it and start to cry. she didn't want to cry in front of me. and one day i walked in to my folk's bedroom. and laid out on the bed was the dress. now, some of you in this audience will know the dress. it's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals, and graduations. and it's laid out on the bed. and i see it and i look at the end of the bed and there's my mama. in her slip and her stocking feet and she's pacing. and she is say, we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. she was 50 years old.
she had never worked outside the home. and she was terrified. and finally she sees me standing there in the doorway, i'm just a kid. and she looks at me. and she looks at that dress. and she looks at me. never says a word. wipes her face. pulls that dress on. puts on her high heels. and walks to the sears and gets a full-time minimum wage job answering phones. that minimum wage job saved our house. and more importantly it saved our family. [applause] now, i always think of this as the lesson my mama taught me. that no matter how scared you are, no matter how hard it
looks, when it comes down to it, you reach down deep, you find what you have to find, you pull it up a and -- you pull it up and you take care of the people you love. that's what she taught me. [applause] it was years later, years later, that i came to understand, that wasn't just what my mama taught me. that's what millions of americans do every day. no matter how hard it looks. no matter how scared they are. they reach down deep, they find what they have to find, they pull it up and they take care of themselves and the people they love. that's what we do. [applause] but it was only years after
that that i came to understand hat same story is also a story about government. it's also a story about government. because understand this. back eni was a girl, a full-time minimum wage job in america would support a family of three. it would pay a mortgage, it would cover utilities, and it would put food on the table. today, a full-time minimum wage job in america will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. that is wrong and that is why i am in this fight. cheers and applause] and understand this. that difference is no accident. it's about who government works
for. when i was a girl, go back and look. the question asked about minimum wage is, what does it take a family of three to survive. what does it take a family of three to get a foothold in america's middle class? what does it take a family of three to have something secure that they can build on? today, the question asked in washington is, where should the minimum wage be set to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations? i don't want a government that works for giant multinational corporations, i want one that works for our families. cheers and applause]
so, like i side, three boys. they went off to the military. that was their path. that was their ticket. to america's middle class. me, i had a different plan. i have known what i wanted to be since second grade. you may laugh back there, you didn't decide until, like, what? fourth grade? fifth grade? i can tell. no, me, i have known what i wanted to be since second grade and never wavered from it. i wanted to be a public schoolteacher. can we hear it for america's public school teachers? [cheers and applause] yes! whoa! yes, this is what i wanted! i wanted to teach public school. i got to tell you, i invested early. i used to line up my dollies and teach school. i had a reputation for being tough but fair. [laughter] it's all i wanted.
by the time i graduated from high school, my family didn't have the money for an application to college. much less to send me off to four years at a university. so here's the deal. like a lot of americans, i have a story that's not exactly a straight line. got a lot of twists and turns. here's how mine goes. graduated from high school and i got a scholarship to college. yay! and then at 19 i fell in love, got married, dropped out of school and got a minimum wage job. not to that guy. to somebody who is currently referred to as husband number one. never a good sign when you have to number your husbands. [laughter] it's true. but back to the story.
so. here i am. look, i chose it. it could be a good life. it was my decision. nobody made me do this. but i thought i had given up the dream. that that was it. i stepped off and i would never get to be a teacher. and then i found it. we're living down in houston at the time and i found what was then a commuter college, it was out 45 minutes away, it cost $50 a semester. and for a price i could pay for n a part-time waitressing job, i finished my four-year diploma, i became a special needs teacher, i've lived my dream job. cheers and applause]
so let's see. we've got public school teachers in here? yes! yes! we got any special needs teachers in here? a few? yeah, good. you're going to have to back me up on this. this is not a job for teachers. it's a calling. i loved the work. i loved those babies. i had 4 to 6-year-olds. mostly. and to this day i can remember faces, names, i can remember successes. i can remember places we didn't get it done. i loved it. and i probably would still be doing that work today but my story has another twist in it. here's the twist. by the end of the first year i was visibly pregnant. and the principal did what principals did in those days. he wished me luck and hired omeone else for the job.
so there i am. i'm at home. can't get a job. i've got a baby. what am i going to do? got to do something, right? got to do something. so i decide i'll go to law school. [applause] so. baby on hip, by this time we're living in new jersey, i head off, we got everybody here. i head off to a public law school. ack then cost $450 a semester. woohoo. and graduate, visibly pregnant, you will discover a pattern to these stories. took the bar. and practiced law for 45 minutes. and then went back to my first
love. teaching. i traded little folks for much taller folks. but always in teaching. also traded out husbands, that's how i ended up with bruce. [applause] a lot of change in that period of my life. but that's how i spent most all my life is teaching in law school. so you know, i don't know, maybe this is what happens to everybody who kind of grows up at the ragged edge of the middle class. but i'll tell you what i taught. money. if it was about money, i mastered it and i taught it. so i taught contract law and commercial law, i taught secure transactions. feel free to cheer at any point. i taught the uniform commercial code. woo-hoo. law and economics. corporate finance. partnership finance. i taught it all.
but there was always one central question that i worked on. and that is, why is america's middle class being hollowed out? why is it that for families that work every bit as hard as my mom and dad did two generations ago, find the path today, so much rocke -- rockier and so much steeper. and for people of color even rockier and even steeper. [applause] and the answer is just like the answer around minimum wage. the answer is about who government works for. think of it this way. we have a government that works fabulously.
wonderfully. terrifically. for giant drug companies. just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. am i right? [applause] works great for people who want to invest in private prisons and private detention centers. just not for the people whose lives are torn apart by those institutions. [applause] a government that works terrifically for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere. just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. [applause] here's the thing. when you see a government that
works great for the wealthy and the well connected, and isn't working for much of anyone else, that is corruption pure and sio call it out for what it is. corruption. cheers and applause] corruption. and think of it this way. whatever issue brought you here today, climate, health care, the cost of prescription drugs, un violence, whatever it is. immigration, you bet. whatever is the issue that brought you here today, if there is a decision to be made in washington, it has been touched by money. it has been influenced by money.
it has been nudged by money. it's had an exception created by money. in fact, let me tell you a quick story around this. so back in the early 1990's. we're beginning to get it about what's happening on climate. don't have quite all the words, global warming, but they're getting it. science is there. people are starting to say, wow, this could be -- this is a real catastrophe that could be headed our way. here's the amazing part. democrats and republicans basically are working together. think about that. they're talking about, what do we need to do? do we need to give more power to the e.p.a.? do we need laws? because all of us have to care abthe future of this country and the future of this earth. and then, along come the koch brothers. [audience boos]
i see you've heard of the koch brothers. nice, nice. along come the koch brothers. and let's be clear, and the joint oil companies, and the big polluters. and in effect they get together and say wow, congress gets really serious about this climate thing, that's going to cut into our bottom line. that's going to cost us money. so they've got a decision to make. they've got an investment decision to make. think about it that way. they have to decide. they could have decide, they could decide, let's see, we see this happening. what we're going to do is stop doing carbon-based fuels. we'll pull ourselves out of that and go into -- no, they don't do that they could decide, we're going to really double down on investment. r&d investment in how to clean carbon out of the air. how to clean it out of the water. they don't do that you know
what they invest? politicians. they invest in politicians. they invest in washington. and yeah, it's campaign contributions. but it is so much more. it's about lobbyists. it's about p.r. firms. it's about -- oh, it's about bhouth and paid for experts -- about bout an paid for experts -- about bought and paid for experts. have you thought about these expert, i'm a doctor of [mumble] and climate blah, blah, the dinosaurs loved it -- whatever it is. they don't support those guys an put money into the think tanks for them because they're fooled. they do it because those guys, those climate deniers, they build an umbrella. over the politicians. so the politicians can stand under it and continue to take koch brother money, big oil
money, big polluter money and say, oh, i don't know. i'm not a scientist. let me tell you, you want to understand the climate crisis that we face right now? it is 25 years of corruption in washington that brought us here. [applause] so here's the thing. the corruption is felt everywhere. if we are going to make change in this country, it can't be one statute over here, a couple of little regulations over there, maybe one more piece over here. what we've got to have in this country is big structural change. there it is. not little. [applause] and let me tell you where big
structural change starts. it starts by attacking corruption head on. you ready? yeah. d i've got a plan for that [applause] in fact, here's good news. i have the biggest anti-corruption plan since watergate. yay! here's to bad -- here's the bad news. we need the biggest anti-corruption plan since watergate. ok. so this thing is big because money is felt in lots of places around washington. so let me just give you a little sample out of this plan. here's part of it. end lobbying as we know it. [applause]
eah. here's another. block the revolving door between wall street and washington. [applause] here's one you might not have thought about but it matters. make the united states supreme court follow basic rules of ethics on conflicts of interest. [applause] eah. i could do these all night long. i could. but let me do just one more. just one more. and that is, anyone who wants to run for federal office, underline anyone, has to put their tax returns online. [applause]
yeah. yeah. ok. so that's part one. attack the corruption head on. think of it. if you disrupt it if you disrupt the influence of money if you knock it back if you get it off your back foot and on your front foot, so much more is now possible. ok. so let's talk about what we can do. and that is, part one, attack the corruption. part two, we need some basic structural change in this economy. yep. let me tell you how this starts. we've got a huge problem with giant corporations that have swallowed up little businesses, medium sized businesses, they've swallowed up what used to be big businesses. the problem is, they are so big, they run over their own
employees. they run over their customers. they run over the communities where they are. shoot, they call the tune in washington. that's how much power they have. so, what do we do about that? part one, i say it's time to break them up. let's enforce the antitrust laws. i'm there. cheers and applause] big tech, yes, mark zuckerberg, i'm looking at you. [applause] and big ag. i mean we can just keep doing this. but the point is, we got to start by having the courage to enforce our antitrust laws. we got to give little businesses a chance. that's a key part of it. but here's the other part. i think of this in structural terms. that means we've got to have some balance in the system.
we can't have all the power in the corporations. we need more power in the hands of workers. make it easier to join a union. give union more power when they negotiate. [applause] >> unions built america's middle lass, unions will rebuild america's middle class. [applause] structural e make change. let me give you one more idea change.ing structural it's time for a wealth tax. [cheers an applause] ] >> and mark zuckerburg, i'm still looking at you. behind the dea wealth task. just so everybody gets this.
$50 million is free an clear. see people say, oh. you're in. you're good. you're good. okay. people say, okay, i can do this woman.h she's reasonable. $50 million free and clear, but then you have to cents, and two cents on every dollar after that. nd just so everybody understands about a wealth tax, a home or ere own grow up in a family who own a home? been paying a wealth tax. property tax. all i'm doing different is for are really rich is to say your property tax is not it's alsoreal estate, our stock portfolio, the rembrandts and the
yachts. yachts. thing.'s the i'm not pushing a wealth tax cranky. i'm or punitive or mean, oh, poor billionaires. of that. ou know, people who have built great fortunes understand that $50 million threshold on assets, that's the top 1/10 of 1%. families in ,000 this country. that's all we're talking about. 1/10 of 1%. you build a great fortune in america and they say, i got out worked hard.ow, i i stayed up late at night. know, butody else, you okay, you had a great idea. you caught the moment. you. for good for you. but if you built a great fortune
america, i guarantee, ou built it at least in part helped rkers all of us pay to educate. partu built it at least in getting your goods to market on all of us idges helped pay to build. [applause] in partuilt it at least protected by police and us helped s, all of pay the salaries for. >> here's the thing. we're happy to do it. we're americans. making these investments. ll we're saying is fair is fair. when you make it big, i mean top 1/10 of mean
1% big. pitch in two cents so everybody a chances country gets to make it. [cheers and applause] cents. two cents. oh, here comes the fun part. we do for two cents? okay. are you ready. is t thing we can do universal childcare for every baby in this country age zero to five. all of them. [cheers and applause] universal pre-pre-k for every three and four-year-old in merica and enough of the exploitation of largely black and brown women, raise the wages
childcare worker and preschool teacher in america. [applause] >> two cents, we can do all of and i'm not through yet. that and we can provide tuition-free technical school, two-year college and four-year to ege for anyone who wants get an education. [applause] >> we can expand our pell grants income students have an education.get [applause] the d we can help level playing field by putting $50 directly into
historically black colleges and universities. [cheers and applause] >> with two cents we can do all plus we can cancel 95% of loan debts for americans. >> two cents. two cents. do for two we can cents. let's start with two. with two.t but two cents, and we can make in an entire generation. part two. structural change. just a couple of structural
this economy. part three. protect our democracy. mra [applause] > i want to see a constitutional amendment that guarantees the right of every to ican citizen to vote and that vote counted. [applause] >> and here's one we can do through federal law. let's outlaw political gerrymandering once and for all. [applause] > let's roll back every racist voter suppression law in this
country! [cheers and applause] and just one more. overturn citizens united. democracy is not for sale. so there it is. i just want three things. on.ck the corruption head make a couple of structural economy.in our our democracy. three things. and here's the thing. those three things to me are question.o the same who gets opportunity in this country? who gets a chance to build a future? who has that opportunity? you know, you're born into privilege, you will have plenty of opportunities but for everyone else.
hose three and we make this a country of opportunity for everyone. so understand this. this is the heart of it. every single one a first ildren to get grade education. opportunity. job.rtunity to get a good opportunity to be able to start your own business. opportunity, opportunity. remember, i'm a special needs teacher. may mean opportunity independently. >> opportunity. opportunity to love who you love build the family you want to build.
>> opportunity. it's the best of what america can be. he ended up as a janitor, but his baby daughter got the opportunity. the opportunity to be a public school teacher. a college nity to be professor. the opportunity to be a united states senator, and the under to be a candidate for president of america!d states of dream big, fight hard, let's win! [cheers and applause]
let's do some q&a. all right. we've got some. where are the people with our microphones? behind me. here we go. fabulous. hi. i understand you guys dmru got out here. i >> my name is chris. hi, chris. market -- the stock >> i love your fashion choice. >> thank you. you, man.d on okay g. so despite the stock we et doing really well, warren t administration do to change the way we talk about the health of
economy in a way that's more toistic and doesn't cause us lose sight of that suffering? >> okay. it's a great question, chris. used to be a time when there were like two or three indicators, how the stock market is doing, how gdp how unemployment is going, two of them up and one meant generally america was doing pretty well. not everybody, but we were all in the same g direction. and then about four decade ago, elected, d reagan got i'm just saying. you watch and they start to divide. gdp keeps going up. stock market goes up. unemployment sometimes goes up, go down. but hard working middle class amilies, we just flatten out,
and i don't know about the rest housing cost y's go up? anybody's health insurance cost up? oh, yeah. cost of childcare? sending somebody or going to college? right. so costs go up, incomes are flat hard-working people are just squeezed in the middle. you're exactly right. economy, lk about our right now, what we're also doing is just talking about how is it richest?or the how is it working -- listen, it's working great for them. top 1/10 of 1% are doing fabulously. top 1% is doing pretty darn good. the problem is the 90%. the poorest, it's all of them. it's everybody on the way down. think about i this. a ike to reframe this as
values question. your budget and i'll tell you your values. show me how the federal government's budget works. tell me where you think money should be. leave two cents or two top 1/10 of 1%, cents that we invest in every kid in this country? them?lding a future for and by the way, ail throw out a couple of quick ones because you opening to do this. and that is, because i've got some other plans, i just want to give a quick mention to, i've got a plan to build about 3.2 housing units across this country. [applause] it gives opportunity for housing class families, working class families, to the working poor, the poor, homeless, seniors that want to age in place, to have
housing y, opportunities, yeah, best independent estimate is that it across ng down rents this country. by about 10%. it's not huge but it's the right doing it.to start we make that investment. to say a place for me something else. >> housing a perfect example. big investment in everybody because we should. middle is america's class number one way to build wealth. each family and generation after generation, that's why the decades overnment for subsidized the purchase of people.for white and for black people said, not you. we will actively discriminate against african-americans who mortgages and et subsidize whites. o my housing plan is a big housing plan for everyone. and then has a special section in ay people who live
formerly red lined areas or who targeted during the last housing crash, that targeted going to color, are get home buyers assistance to into the housing marke market. >> but that's the basic idea. we're going to keep doing this. chris.you, >> senator warren, how are you doing? first, it's a pleasure to hear you. for the hard work. >> thank you, tell me your name. >> it's jose feliciano. nice toe so you >> nice to meet you. and moved to via the united states in 2014. my in five years i saw how community started to become how theyed and afraid, don't participate any more because of the political change 2016.we had in my question is, as president how will you help the hispanic
to get back that trust and love for the country that we be part of? [applause] start by saying i'm very glad you're here, not just tonight but you've been here for five years and glad you're a part of this country. a little bit about immigration and let's talk a about respect. so first, about immigration. i've got a plan for that. and i just want to lay it out because i want everyone to hear this. starts with a basic statement of our values. make ation does not america weaker. makes america [applause]
[applause] >> it makes our economy stronger and it makes the fabric of our nation stronger. o my immigration plan has basically three parts to it. to expand e need legal immigration across this country. apart.s have been held it's not right. rump has been shrinking legal immigration. we need to expand it and that's also true for people who are protected porary status. eople who are here seeking asylum, refugees, it's every part of this. pathway to need a for the people who are here. >> yes, it doesn't stop with the dreamers.
grandmas, dreamers, little kids, it's about people agriculture, rk overstayed e who student visas. these are our friends, who contributele to our economy, and the vibrancy of our country. a path to citizenship that is fair and achievable and now.eed it two.at's part part three, we need to stop this at our de crisis southern border. [applause] this crisis turned into a risis first when the trump administration with drew help central countries of
america. when people see nothing around them but destruction. see an economy that doesn't work. government ve a that's not functioning, that's for their lives and have to run. our ed first to restore help to central america, help governmenting and those economies. >> so that's part of it but it's not all of it. we need to live out our values. out that the came trump administration was separating children from their i went down to the border. texas, own to mcallen, before they started locking i wentfrom congress out, down, and -- because i want veryone to keep your image in
mind about what was happening amazon l is, picture an warehouse, only, it's dirty, it smells bad and it's full of of people. and that's what it was like. left. of women, on my maybe 10 feet wide and 40 feet deep a doyle let in the back corner. crowded with people they couldn't all lie down at the same time. men.s of and then walk into the main rea, and there they were, the free-standing cages of little girls. girls cage of little over there. nothing. they had nothing. hey had aluminum foil blankets and that was it. no toys. nothing. it was a guard tower in the little wooden guard tower so one person could watch girls.se little back in one corner was a cage of mothers. and i stopped and talked with the mothers. giventher told me she had
a drink of water to a policeman home country in central america, and she said the next word came back that the gangs believed she was working with the police and she knew meant.at she and her baby would be killed. she wrapped up her baby an ran border. when people come to our borders, rightened for their lives, frightened for the lives of heir children, we're a country that welcomes them and tries to them. that's who we are. one last small part on this, i could go on for a long time on last small part on this that i just want to add, we get rid of for profit and for profitrs prisons. no one should make a profit from
people up, so the last thing i want to say about this, s do understand, that what's going on right now with the trump administration, which this is ump himself, not accidental, this is strategic. believes that if he an turn people against people in our country, white against brown, straight and trans -- particularly against trans. christian against lim and everybody against immigrants, articularly black and brown immigrants, he believes that if he can get that going, and stir up, that kind of hatefulness n america, that that no one will notice that he and his are stealing s
this country blind. fall for going to this. we're going to build a better america. okay. more?got time for one odu.'m a senior at >> wait a minute, what are you major in? -- geography and studies.onal democrats. >> both my professors are the that's recording me is right over there. >> does she get extra credit for this. okay. good. you're getting extra credit. to negotiate, right? told my mom i had no idea what i wanted to ask. >> this is your help line.
mom and said, what would you ask -- >> my mom means the world to me what we to call her came up with, what is the single your mpactful event of who you aremade you the woman today? other than marrying bruce? [boos] that's a hard question. but i actually think it's the told you. i mean, you know, if i spent it's the i think you, about when i was 19, and i got married to the who had been my first boyfriend. first guy whoever dated me. me.st guy whoever dumped
it's true. and when he came back into my proposed, i said yes in a nano second. my path.going to be and i thought, i have given else up, and when the little glimmer was out there that little bit, that i had on it looked like to time, the chance for me finish my education so i could o the work i wanted to be able to do. was, it was like something and it was the idea that somebody somewhere had that build that thing gave me a chance. let me fall off the track and get back on.
and when i did, i held on for life. i still remember how much i weated about the books, about the classes, about the commute, you know what that's like. so afraid that i would screw this up, and i wouldn't be it.e to finish and by the time i graduated and working witht job, the little ones, for me it kind of pattern that things opened up in my life and a chance to reach and help somebody else out. sometimes it was little tiny kids, later it was big kids. what ultimately pulled me into politics. did i a million years ever think i would run for public office. be the dork.ing to
the researcher, man, i would feed the information over. go and try to talk to people. i would tell them. here's what's broken. do about it.ou can i spent eight years saying, there is a crash coming. here is a crash coming and no one wanted to hear it. i started to figure out when i made the decision to run public office, you can that ly build structures for up more possibilities everybody else. it's great to do it hand over hand but it's also great to do it big time. all, running you for president is just an extraordinary experience for me. [applause] >> all right. n that case -- i am just going
to say it's extraordinary. it's extraordinary because this moment. this is our moment. first started i running, people said to me, i back to washington and experts also known as senators, hey, i saw you , were out on the trail, what isn't going to work. it's too hard. not want to hear plans. hat sounds bothering, it's complicated. hat you need to do, talk in generalities and smile more. it's true. told me.at people it's too har. what you're asking of people is too hard. heard that, i i thought what do you think they abolitionists? right? it's too hard, right? we're going to try to make that
change. that's way too hard. what do you think they said just a little over a hundred years up now.- too hard, give to the early say union organizers? hard, give up now. what did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? now.ard, give up decade e they saying a go to the lgbtq activists that wanted equal marriage? too hard, give up now. but here's the thing. they didn't give up. they got organized.
everyone.ght, >> amazing. folks on the floor and folks in tie., you can hang our ushers will come to you and bring you down to be part of the selfie line. start the front of the selfie line over here. we'll have some volunteers with be at the o will front of the line. you can see right over there, warren, loop around, back e line will circle this way. and we've got ada, we'll come over to you. tight. and any families, little ones, babies, remember, it's like pre-boarding. you can come to the front of the and we'll take care of you. andhe line will loop around start up that way.
virginia.od to be in question?got a > why didn't you talk about medicaid for all? question. get a >> i'm sorry. >> the churches that oppose same what do you feel about that? lgbtq nderstand with the community until everyone in this treated equally and fairly. we have a long tradition in our permitting country to make their own decision about worship. i respect that tradition and i would not change it. > we've had experience with medicare in our country. surecs say that you're not
what it would cost -- but taxing it.top 1% won't pay for what do you say? >> i made my -- wealthy people big corporations will see their costs go up and hard families ddle class down.see their costs go >> senator, over here. >> can you tell us your strategy wanted to come to virginia? >> i want to be out and get a face-to-face with the great people across this country as i can. town halls are all about. 141st town hall, and i have had thousands of sessions. it gives people in every part of this country and puerto rico a me a little bit about their lives. a chance to tell me why they
waiting in ours line, listening to speeches, listening to the questions. waiting for the selfies. to say, this is what matters to me about government. a lot of optimism to be here, a lot of belief that if we and fight side by ine, we can make real change this country. we can make this question have our best values. talking about fundraising and some of the restrictions that you applied to this campaign apply to your senate run. >> so i was up for re-election 2018. raised about $20 million in grassroots donations. away or directly million for $11 other democrats running from around the country. the decision to run for president, a part of that
how i would run. i just decided i'm not going to up to y time sucking wealthy donors and corporate executives. to spend my time doing town halls and so far, 27 states rico, all around the country. what has kept me rebuildd, and has helped american democracy. we're building something new here. people that believe -- everyone own more cars and houses than everyone else but get to own -- understand hat i about how it works. i just decided i'm not going to up to the wealthy. this way.to do it
and -- how do you plan to activate and commit -- visited hbcu and i will that.doing i also will reach out with plans that directly affect the -- including my plan to put $50 hbcu to help level the playing field. out to hbcu, reach graduates.udents and that's partly with student loan debt forgiveness. things like with closing the entrepreneurship gap. investment in l people of color, who are their own businesses.
so i've got lot a lot of pieces plans. you can go to my website, elizabethwarren kopp. elizabethwarren.com. chance to change this country. >> go ahead. given on how you you sen. warren: i see it as the administration going after consumers across this country. when i first had this idea for the consumer financial protection bureau, it was pretty straightforward. i thought banks should not be able to boost their profits by cheating people. that we needed a cop on the beat to make sure that that did not happen. and the big banks fought us. the republicans fought us.
they chunk of the democrats fought us. they told us not to even try to get the agency through. but i ignored them. i stayed in there. i thought for that agency. resident obama for that agency. it was signed into law and it has made a big difference. those big banks have been forced to return more than $12 billion directly to people they cheated. makes thet is still republicans really unhappy, because it shows that we can make government work for the people. and i don't make the big banks unhappy, because shoot, they have already had to cough up $12 billion and give up a lot of their cheating schemes. so i know. the agency has a lot of enemies and they will be keep coming after it. what i'm president, that agency is going to do just fine. i'd like to ask you, japan? sen. warren: japan is an
important ally to the united states. that there a year ago and was many officials in the japanese government, toured our base. and i heard a lot about the challenges the japanese economy faces, and how committed the japanese people and the japanese government are to their alliance with the united states. andn is a strategic partner aptly critical, not only in the region but around the world. >> thank you. >> ok. -- a strategic partner and absolutely critical, not only in the region but around the world.
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