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TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG ARNOLDS PARK IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI 011620 2020 EMMETSBURG, IA - Pete Buttigieg is avoiding getting caught in the middle of the feud between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I'll leave it to the pundits to talk about horse race stuff," Buttigieg told reporters following a town hall this afternoon and pivoted to driving in the message of his campaign as the caucus gets closer. "What I'll say is that I think we've got a winning message. And I also think that, you know, this race is very fluid, which is why we've got to continue getting that message out all the way until the day of the caucuses. I imagine the competition will increase but the values of the message aren't going to change." ABC followed up, asking if Buttigieg thinks that sort of infighting weakens Democrats as they try to unseat President Trump. "Look, at the end of the day, we are one party and we share the overwhelming majority of values and ideas that are at stake right now. The nature of the primary process is that we're competing not just on our ideas, but on our different approaches. Naturally I think that I have something to offer that's different outside of Washington - with generational change and a different perspective from on the ground. But we've got to make sure even or especially as we're in the heat of competition, that at the end of the day, we are prepared to come back and rally around our nominee no matter whoever - who it is." [143242 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG EMMETSBURG IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI] Despite the passage of the USMCA deal in the Senate, Buttigieg says "at the end of the day, the President's trade policy has been disastrous for farmers." "I'm glad he's been able to take a step, one by the way that was made dramatically better by the intervention of Democrats who negotiated more labor protections, and more enforceability. But I just met a corn and soybean farmer on the ropeline here who's is talking about how, with the announcement of China corn's, actually down quite a bit today. I haven't had a chance to look at the numbers, but I think it shows that a lot of this is just putting out fires that he himself starting. He may claim credit for this, but frankly, we should be demanding much, much better with Washington when it comes to supporting our communities and our members." [143114 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG EMMETSBURG IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI] During a town hall in Arnolds Park this afternoon, a female voter who said she recently moved to Iowa to take over a family farm, said the USMCA deal seems to be on the right track, but they are still struggling. She asked Buttigieg for his plan. "The number of farm bankruptcies, and family farms folding is alarming right now and we got to turn it around. There's some good news in things like the, the USMCA, and this China package but honestly you look at the China package and a lot of what they're doing is putting out a fire this president started in the first place." [155706 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG ARNOLDS PARK IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI] Buttigieg said farmers, consumers and workers need to be the priority going forward and not "multinational corporations" looking for tax breaks. As Democrats try to win back Obama/Trump voters in Iowa, something Buttigieg has campaigned heavily on, he says those voters are focused on what's happening in Washington and take each election as its own. "I'm speaking to some of the same communities that the President claims to speak for and speak to. In fact, I come from the kind of community that he claims to speak for and speak to. And it has been striking, especially as we speak to I think some of the voters who have maybe been taking their time before really paying attention, but now they are, that they're not necessarily tribal partisans. They are taking each election on its own terms. And these are folks who may have voted for President Trump last time but that doesn't mean that they're committed to him." [142937 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG EMMETSBURG IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI] During a town hall in Algona this morning, a woman said she voted for Trump in 2016 because she thought he'd fix problems in this country. She said she watching Buttigieg during Tuesday's debate and thought he skirted a question on how he plans to defeat Trump on the issue of the economy. "So, the way I see it, the only economic promise that this president has kept is when he went and passed those big tax cuts for corporations and all that other stuff about the working man and the forgotten men and women and farmers and workers. We haven't seen a lot, come about there," Buttigieg told her. [120118 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG TOWN HALL ALGONA IA ABC UNI] "So now I think it's time to call him out on those promises and yeah putting me in is not sending a billionaire to deal with another billionaire, that's true, sending me in is actually sending the one person who's not a billionaire or a millionaire running for president to speak to and for our communities in our economies, with the policies they're blocking." [120323 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG TOWN HALL ALGONA IA ABC UNI] Another moment from this morning's town hall in Algona was when a high school student asked Buttigieg to explain his position on wanting to abolish the electoral college and how that would impact presidential candidates from campaigning in small cities. "It's a fair question. But, but here's why I don't think that'll happen. Think about, think about every other election we run in the country, whether it's for Congress, for mayor, county commissioner, for governor, for senator. We just give it to the person who got the most votes, right? Now, if somebody is running for governor of Iowa, they gotta go to the Des Moines, they got ta to Sioux City, they gotta go to Davenport. But they also better turn up in Algona and in Winterset and in Knoxville. You got to be everywhere." [120641 - TVU 20 PETE BUTTIGIEG TOWN HALL ALGONA IA ABC UNI] [15:37:45] Mike Allen, so much after meeting you, I'd want to vote for me. So that's exactly what we're counting on from volunteers. Thank you to Kirk. Thank you to everyone in our organization. BECK Let me ask anyone. Our organizers, our precinct leaders, volunteers, just give a quick wave so you know afterwards who to come up to if you want to be a little more involved there. They're all all around the room. And thanks to all of you. [15:38:08] Thanks for making me feel right at home with a classic subzero lakeside gathering says Midwestern as it gets. And for caring enough about where we're headed as a country to join us as part of the process of changing together some of those things that Ellen was talking about, because I get how exhausting it is to watch the news now. I mean, I'm living and breathing politics and I find it exhausting. To see what's going on in Washington. To see this sense that things are a foregone conclusion before they even get to the floor of the Senate. I think it creates a temptation to just turn it off and walk away. [15:38:52] And the fact that you're here means you see the alternative, which is not to switch it off, but to change it, to change the channel to a whole different show. And that's our opportunity. And Iowa, as you know, has a thumb on the scale in deciding how we're going to do that, we are just days away from the caucuses in which Iowans are going to come together and send that first message after a year of campaigning that began for us with four people on an exploratory committee. Nobody able to figure out how to say my name. [15:39:28] No money. Not a big mailing list. An office about the size of the space where I'm standing right now. And now we have come to this point and I'm asking you to caucus for me so that we can turn the page on where we are as a country. I'll be very brief in my remarks because I think we have just the right kind of room to have more of a conversation. But I want to share a little bit about the values and the vision that are propelling this whole thing. The vision is about the first day a day I want you to picture in as much detail as you can. Will be probably a cold day, might be iced over just like this, but it will be the first day that the sun comes up. And Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. [15:40:15] This campaign is about that day, and it's not just about bringing that day about. And I think if we want to make sure that that day comes sooner rather than later, we're going to have a nominee who is from outside Washington, who comes from the industrial Midwest, who's opening the door to a new generation, who can challenge this president on issues from the economy to the military to just the decency that we are missing in the White House. [15:40:39] But I'm also asking you to picture that day to think about what this election really is over, which is not just how to get there and not just how to defeat this president and change the course of the country. But then one thing about how it'll actually be how you actually feel on that day, we're going to be exhausted from fighting torn up over politics. We will be a divided nation on that day, needing a president who is focused on bringing us back together. We're also going to be a country dealing with some of the toughest issues we've ever faced. [15:41:13] And they're only going to be worse at that moment because they're not taking a vacation for the impeachment process or the election or the rest of it. We're still going to be in a climate that is this close to the point of no return. We are still going to be in a gun violence crisis that has kids learning active shooter drills before they're old enough to learn how to read. We're still going to be in an economy where the president wants us to think everything's going great because the stock market's looking good and meanwhile, so many communities and so many families are saying when it does any of that going to get to us, because even when pay does go up, it's not going as fast as the cost of health. [15:41:49] The cost of. Education, the cost of long term care, which barring some medical miracle miracle, each one of us gets one year closer to needing each passing year. We've got to be preparing for this. We've got to be acting on this and we've got to do it fast. That means we're going to need a president ready to unify us and undertake big actions at the same time to be energetic and original and vigorous and bold in order to solve those problems. And at the same time, I'm offering you a way to do it. That would have you when you are watching the news, actually start to feel your blood pressure go down a little bit stead of up to the roof. [15:42:26] That's what this is about. And if we follow the values that unify us as Americans in the direction that they can lead us, we're going to get just that if we pay attention, for example, to what love of country requires of us. But take it seriously. That's going to lead us forward. Now, when I say love a country, I'm not talking about a president throwing himself a military parade. That's not my version of patriotism. I'm talking about honoring our troops by seeing to it that they are never sent into harm's way when there is an alternative. That's how we make good on the way we feel about our country and our military. [15:43:05] Others I'm talking about a love of country that looks forward and looks around us and realizes that love of country starts right here at home. Our country consists of people who can't love a country if you hate half of the people in it. If we're serious about protecting this country, let's protect our country's future, let's protect our climate from reaching the point of no return and rise to meet that as a national security emergency. Let's protect each other from gun violence and not allow the Second Amendment to become an excuse for doing nothing at all. When most Americans get that, we need to take commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. These are questions of national security, and that's where the values of protecting our country and loving our country ought to lead us. That's how it will work in my White House. You will see the same values that are being used to divide Americans today. Instead used to unite us, even values like faith. We got a president out there trying to fit God into the boundaries of the Republican Party. What I'm offering is a White House that you wouldn't have to watch and scratch your head and ask yourself as they cut food stamps. [15:44:10] Whatever happened, I was hungry and you did not feed me or as they refused refugee resettlement in Texas. Whatever happened, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I'm offering a different view to where these values can take us that we can do. And at the same time, lift up the principle that this country belongs to people of every religion and of no religion. Equally. Talking about the way we value work as a country, and if we really value work, let's make sure that we're not taxing work more than we tax wealth. Let's make sure that the biggest multinational corporations, the world aren't paying zero in taxes. When you and I have to pay on what we earn. I'm thinking about values like democracy, but really honoring the value of democracy means making sure that we don't have districts drawn where politicians get to pick out their voters or elections where money is able to outvote people. [15:45:03] And if the only way we can deal with Citizens United is constitutional reform, then that's exactly why the founders invented the process of amendment in the first place. Let's not be afraid to use it. These are our values, democracy, freedom. But but we're not free just from cutting every tax and regulation and program out there. That's not enough to make us free. Freedom means being able to live a life of our choosing. Sometimes that is about getting government out of the way. I'm for keeping government out of the business of dictating to women what the reproductive health care choices ought be. For example. [15:45:42] Other times, it means the public sector stepping up. We are made more free because we have roads and bridges and schools. Speaking of schools, how about a secretary of education who believes in public education and supports those schools and the teachers who work there? [15:45:57] And I think you're not free if you don't have health care. That's why I believe we've got to step up and create what we're calling Medicare for all who want it public program that anybody can get in on. But I respect your freedom to decide whether you want it, because if you'd rather be on some other plan, that's fine by me. The point is not for the government to be your health insurer. The point is to make sure there is no such thing as an uninsured American. [15:46:18] And that's what we're gonna do together. So you see on the urgent issues that this country faces where we can't wait any longer, from climate to gun violence to racial and economic inequality to mental health and addiction, there is a strong American majority ready to come together and get big things done. But we have to engage that majority. We've got to galvanize and not polarize that American majority to come together. And that is why this campaign is reaching out to Democrats. We are reaching out to independents. [15:46:51] We are seeing an awful lot of what I like to call future former Republicans who maybe aren't going to agree with me on everything, but can agree that we've got to change the course that this country is on. And this is our chance, our only chance to defeat this president, replace him and do it so big that Trump ism goes into the history books, too. And we can build a better future for all of us. That's what this campaign is about. Built on the idea that the presidency has a purpose and the purpose of the office. The purpose of the presidency is not to glorify the president. It is to unify and empower the American people to get big things done together. That's what I'm asking you to help us with. [15:47:31] That's why I'm asking you to caucus for. [15:47:36] So hopefully that gives you a sense of the values that motivate this campaign. But like I said, I want to be short on monologue and really have a conversation. So I think we might have folks with drab mike runners. Great. So, Michael, come to you and let's talk about whatever is on your mind. [15:47:55] Give me that shit I've got over the Midwest. But think like. [15:48:02] Nice to meet you. I've been waiting for an opportunity to hear you speak most of the time. It's during the day when I'm at work. So today I took the afternoon off during the trouble. Yeah. Yeah, I appreciate it. My question. I work for a small community financial institution. Obviously, you know, in the financial district, we don't like regulation. I understand that it has its place. We have to protect the consumer. One of the things that I'm not sure you're aware of is that community credit unions. No, they pay absolutely no federal income tax. That was built into their charter. Long time ago because they were serving. [15:48:48] A different set of community, they have gotten away from that. That mission. And they pay nothing in federal income tax. I pay more as a single mom with two kids than they do. What I would like to see is something built into your ear, your fiscal plan that would make them pay for the same amount that a regular financial institution pays for. Take that free ride away from them, especially if they're off their mission. I think that would free up some money for Medicare for those that want it. So wanted to just not really a question, but just to make you aware that that is an inequality within the financial institution area. So thanks. [15:49:40] Well, let me mention a couple of things that that makes me think of. The first is, are you. Is your institution a CFI or can you develop? There's a federal category of community development, financial institution. I'm not sure whether yours meets that definition or not, but they they provide a very important role. And I think we've got to get more capital to them. A lot of times they're making loans and they're making credit available in the very areas of communities that are the most underserved. And it's actually a pretty good deal. [15:50:12] They have a lower level of loss than a lot of routine commercial banking, but they're not getting nearly enough capital. And so part of what is in our plan would be a five times multiplier on your CRM credit. So I'm geeking out here on financial stuff I think is real port to get more of that capital into these institutions in the first place. And I do think without being ready to make any blanket statement about tax exemption, I do think we should make sure that any organization that Joy's a federal charter like these credit unions is hewing to the kind of mission and the kind of community benefit that explains why that category was created to begin with and also a level of transparency around making sure that lending is fair. [15:50:51] We want to create a unnecessary burden of paperwork, but we do need to make sure at a time when a lot of the institutions have not been able to demonstrate that they can flow funds to where they need to go. And you see so many thinking, especially about minority and women owned businesses with a great track record of creating opportunity for others, but a much harder time of getting the support that they need. And so we've got to act on that. Now, the other thing that that really fires me up about who's paying what taxes you and I also paid more taxes last year than Amazon did on billions of dollars in profit. [15:51:27] Chevron met. In fact, they paid negative taxes. I don't even know how that works, but I know that it's wrong because they made billions and billions of dollars of profit. And if we're serious about investing where we have been disinvesting schools, health care, infrastructure, roads and bridges, we've got structurally deficient roads and bridges all over this country. We were just in. We're just in a community where a couple of folks talking about how they can't even count on clean water from right. [15:51:58] Right here in Iowa. They don't have good water. And if we continue disinvesting in those things while creating loopholes, billions of dollars wide for some of the biggest countries companies in the world to walk through, it shows just how upside down our tax code is. And it's what we've got to fix. [15:52:17] Thanks for being here. [15:52:31] Two questions. I have two questions. First off, college kids getting out of college today have huge college debts and they have to consolidate those and they're paying 6 percent or more interest. I think that's wrong when you can't even get 1 percent interest at a bank or anything on your savings account. What do you have in mind for that? Second question is with your house health care plan, say you work for a company that has the Cadillac benefits, OK? And you have while you don't. You can choose them or something else. Well, what makes the companies say we're not going to do that anymore? Choose something else. Right. [15:53:15] So on the latter, what we've got to do is make sure that we set a floor, not a ceiling. [15:53:20] So the floor is that there's gonna be this plan that is good. That is strong. That's available to everybody. And then if a company wants to set themselves apart. If an employer either because a union negotiated for it or because they want that to be their competitive edge, then they will continue to go beyond that. That's actually how health insurance, as we know it got started. So during World War Two period, there were a lot of controls on wages. And companies were looking for other ways to appeal to workers. So they threw in health otherwise. I mean, you never we never would've invented the system we have now from scratch. It got here because of employers trying to differentiate themselves. [15:53:56] But then we got to a situation where if your employer didn't offer good health care coverage or if you're part timers, they call your contractor, even though you're really working full time, they just don't give you the credit for it, then you're stuck. The ACA got us part of the way toward dealing with that. But we're still seeing how many people are left without care. Now, the truth is, I think my plan will be so good that most people want it anyway that people will actually walk away from those private plans and come to ours. But I'm not willing to assume that's true. I'm going to let people decide for themselves. So I think our plan is great. I think anybody would want it. But if I'm wrong in anybody's individual case, I don't want to force it on you. And that's why we're going to make sure that optionality remains in the policy that you can choose. Instead of me saying by a certain date, everybody come over to our plan on the student loan thing that's kind of personal for us. [15:54:46] So I'm married to a teacher and have a whole other thing about teacher pay. You know, as a household now, we have six figure debt because he did the right thing and went through school and and became a teacher as a master's degree, I think got paid more working as a bartender, trying to earn the master's degree, then as a teacher when he had it. But again, leaving aside the issue, I think teachers ought to get paid more. I understand very personally. But we can agree on that, right? But I understand very personally that we can't go on with so many households living with six figure student debt. [15:55:24] So there are several things we got to do now. Part of it is on is on the back end. For example, loan forgiveness for different kinds of public service. Now it's on the books, but the program now is so hard to take advantage of that almost nobody actually, if anybody here has tried it, probably. All right. I see a head nodding here, the public service loan forgiveness program. It takes 10 years before you get any benefit. Most loan forms don't qualify. It's unbelievably complicated. We've got to make it more user friendly, more generous. And I would have it apply to things like being a medical provider in a rural area. Maybe you're not technically working for a government or a nonprofit. [15:55:55] But as far as I'm concerned, that's public service right now because we need more of it and we can connect loan forgiveness to that. We also got to make it more affordable on the front end. Now, our proposals would expand Pell Grants and would make public college tuition free for the first 80 percent or so of Americans. Because I don't want anyone to not go to college when they want to or when they seek to cause a cost. Now, if you're in that top bracket, I think you ought to pay your own tuition. I have nothing against you. Wish you well. I just think we could say those tax dollars for other things. [15:56:25] And I just think it's a commonsense position. So that's how we attack the problem of affordability and debt with moves like that that make sure that cost is never a barrier to getting higher education. But also, let's make sure that you can thrive in our economy, whether you went to college or not. So I think some folks are getting the message that if you didn't get a college degree, too bad the economy has got nothing to say to you. Now, where I live, three out of four people don't have a degree. And we've got to make sure that people can afford to thrive, to prosper, to be generous in their own communities and families, whether they have a college degree or not. That's why we've got to take so many more steps to make life affordable and to empower workers to earn more. [15:57:13] Hi feet. So my partner and I, we just moved from Washington state to take over a family farm. I am a micro business owner, a small business, and my partner is a federal employee. So this trade deal that just happened, I know I'm probably in a room with many people who are farmers in this trade deal, does seem to be on the right track. But we're struggling and. What's your plan, right? [15:57:42] I mean, the number of farm bankruptcies and family farms folding is alarming right now and we got to turn it around. There's some good news in things like the U.S. DMCA and this China package. But honestly, you look at the China package and a lot of what they're doing is putting out a fire. [15:58:02] This president started in the first place. And you've got farmers dealing with a effect. I haven't had a chance to look this up, but somebody at last event we were at mentioned that corn prices were getting worse on the on the China news. [15:58:14] And what was it? Down success today. [15:58:18] So. So, you know, clearly this is not exactly solve the problem or got us to the next level, right? I mean, even the MFP was just taking the edge off of a problem we didn't need to have. And I think didn't make most folks whole on the inside. So we've got to have an actual strategy here. And the closest thing to a strategy I've seen out of this president is poking other countries in the eye and seeing what will happen. Usually they poke back and then it comes down on our farmers. Right. Or consumers. Typical family paying six hundred bucks more last year just in the price of goods because of what's going on with trade. [15:58:51] And we've got to have a strategy that does several things. First of all, puts farmers, along with families and consumers and workers as the priority over the interests of multinational corporations trying to get out of paying taxes and any other accountability when it comes to how we frame up these trade deals. That's first. Second, make sure that we are enlisting farmers, especially family farmers, in the future of conservation oriented farming and fighting climate change. [15:59:21] Now, that's not just a matter of telling farmers what to do and saying, oh, you you ought to do more cover crops, but don't make your whole. Oh, you had to practice better soil management, but not nearly enough resources. It's why we to have a lot more going to things like the Conservation Stewardship Program and equip and new efforts to do the research and put the funding in to invite farmers to be leading the world on that. [15:59:43] The way I think of it is in the same way that America and Iowa take such pride in things like the Green Revolution, feeding millions based on things like the research that Norman Borlaug led right here in Iowa. We ought to be the country that leads the way on global farming as part of the answer to climate. And we ought to be willing to put the dollars into it. If we can find the money for taking the edge off of the trade war with the MFP, then we can find the money to actually pay farmers and not just encourage farmers to do this. And we also need to have a food policy in the country that has regard for American agriculture and health and how those two go together. We put all that together, and I think the way of life that you represent can be very much at the cutting edge of the future and where we need to head as a country and where we need to head globally. And I'm glad you're back. You're practicing that right now. [16:00:39] Just one more. Okay, last word. [16:00:49] I have a daughter in San Diego, she's a schoolteacher and she absolutely adores you could tell her thanks. I'm sure you won't have any problem. It's in California. But anyway, she her partner is also a school teacher. But she's she was born in Mexico. She migrated to the United States as a very young girl and she's a member of DACA. What can you do to make. These people feel more secure about their future in the United States. [16:01:19] I mean, first of all, let's recognize we're talking about especially with dreamers who came over at a young age. We're talking about people who are as American as we are. They just don't have the paperwork to show it. I've actually had the experience in South Bend from time to time of somebody that I know is a mayor as an important part of our community come out in effect and reveal to me that they are dreamers, that they're undocumented. [16:01:41] And it means that they have this pressure going through life, this fear of deportation, being at the mercy of a president or a court decision, not being able to participate fully in the economy, even though they're paying tax or paying sales taxes, property taxes and often payroll taxes and others. But not being. Right, and then there are the costs of trying to engage the system when you're doing the right thing. It's why it's not enough to protect dreamers, which we've got to do. It's why we have to settle this with the path to citizenship. And dreamers should be at the front of the line. Again, these are folks who are American. [16:02:14] They a lot of folks wouldn't know their way around a place like Mexico. This is often the only country that they know. And we need to recognize the contributions they are making. This is not about doing anybody a favor. This is about the fact that not only individuals impacted, but our communities and our country are stronger when they are free to fully participate in the blessings and the responsibilities of citizenship. So it's why it's why a pathway to citizenship is such an important part of the reform that we've got to undertake. Yes, we'll move on day one to reinforce DACA. But then we got to clear it up once and for all and make sure that there is citizenship there so that you don't have to live with this uncertainty all the time. Thank you. [16:02:58] All right, so I got the high sign that I guess we're about let's do one more to. [16:03:06] I'm cheating here, but. Thanks for joining. [16:03:26] OK, good. Good. Glad you asked. So here's where we are. African-American voters who know me best support me, whether that's in South Bend, where it's how I came to office and was returned office. And now we've got the most endorsements or whether it's in the Midwest now the South. We've got more work to do. [16:03:41] Competing with someone who has been known for decades. But what we're finding is when we engage and present the vision that we're offering, that's very well received. And the vision has to do with recognizing all of the work we've got to do to dismantle systemic racism in this country, because right now some of the numbers are and experiences of folks are heading in the wrong direction. Whether we are talking about the experience of homeownership was actually on decline for African-American families since the fair, you know, some of the worst level since Fair Housing Act was passed to what's happening in emergency rooms. A woman lost her life in Milwaukee after going into an E.R., basically because her symptoms were not taken seriously. [16:04:23] And this is happening over and over again around the country all the way through to changes we got to make in criminal justice and voter suppression, which is making it harder for a lot of black folks to have their voices heard in the political process. We're just hearing news out of Florida that has shown that a court decision that's going to make it harder disproportionately for voters of color there. And it's why we've got to be intentional about this. So we will continue to make sure that we're engaging voters with the support that we do have and growing it as we go toward building a coalition. That's got to have room for all of us, because all of us stand to lose if this presidency continues. [16:05:02] And this is a good note to end on, because this is our opportunity to build the most inclusive coalition that we have seen in modern times with ideological, racial and economic diversity and regional diversity is why I'm spending a lot of time in different parts of this state and different parts of the country. We have to recognize that without agreeing on everything. This is our chance to build together that strong American majority that wants to see a more decent White House and wants to see real reform to build an economy that works for us, to make health care available to everybody, to get on the right track with education and internationally to make sure this country is kept safe and is credible. [16:05:43] These are priorities that we share as Americans and we have so much on the line in this life or death decision. So I'm asking you to be part of this effort to become involved and to spread whatever sense of hope propelled you here on an exceptionally cold day to talk with me about these issues, because even though I know that hope went out of style a little bit in our political vocabulary because we're in such a bleak and difficult moment, I also think running for office is an act of hope. [16:06:12] I think that's the reason they call us candidates hopeful. You notice this. That calls the hopefuls candid, I guess, because running for office is an expression. Hope you only do it if you believe that it matters who's in charge and who has their hands on those pulleys and levers of government. And we need to make sure that we reach out to those in our lives who maybe are this close to switching off the whole thing and invite them to use the power that is placed in their hands in just a few weeks to be the answer to the exhausting spectacle of dysfunction that we see in Washington right now. I hope I can turn to you to do that. I hope you'll support us on the 3rd and I hope you reach out to those in your life who will be more responsive to a word from you than they will to an ad for me to make sure that we send a resounding message that allows us to look back on 2020 with pride. [16:07:01] Thank you so much for joining us today. I look forward to seeing you on the trail. Thank you.
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