Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -
[Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -] [smithfield, mo usa] 2004 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR JOHN KERRY AND RUNNING MATE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IN SMITHFIELD MISSOURI. TAOE 2 OF 3 1343 - Campaign Event at family farm NY 1 / X79 Kerry in Smithfield, MO 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better.
Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -
[Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -] [smithfield, mo usa] 2004 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR JOHN KERRY AND RUNNING MATE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IN SMITHFIELD MISSOURI. TAOE 2 OF 3 1343 - Campaign Event at family farm NY 1 / X79 Kerry in Smithfield, MO 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better.
Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -
[Kerry and Edwards Campaign Event in Smithfield, MO 2 of 3 1343 -] [smithfield, mo usa] 2004 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR JOHN KERRY AND RUNNING MATE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IN SMITHFIELD MISSOURI. TAOE 2 OF 3 1343 - Campaign Event at family farm NY 1 / X79 Kerry in Smithfield, MO 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better.
PRES GEORGE W BUSH REMARKS @ IOWA STATE FAIR POOL STIX
August 14, 2002 POTUS Remarks at Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IOWA RS 20 POOL STIX 15:48:57 bush walk out on stage 15:49:05 push in to ts of bush on stage 15:49:49 intro to bush 15:50:04 ms of bush on stage President Bush Statement 15:50:40 to podium 15:50:54 thank you all very much 15:51:01 thanks for coming out 15:51:19 thank you for that warm welcome.. came off my ranch in crawford and not many places will lure me way but iowa state fair is one.. good to see so many friends.. it is a beautiful state god has blessed iowa and the great citizens.. 15:52:02 hope to get here for the chicken or hog calling contest.. I think Laura called this morning.. send Laura greetings.. she is a great first lady 15:52:35 I am really lucky she said yes when I asked her to marry me.. so glad that you all came make sure that the economy is strong.. doing your best to win the war on terror.. I appreciate so very much congressman on his great efforts.. 15:53:23 want to thank ag sect ann veneman.. she understands farming. thank gov bill sect for being here 15:53:51 thank dave hanker.. and set up a place to chat about America 15:54:08 appreciate hard working Americans for being here.. the economy of ours is challenged.. to me we have a problem.. can't find a place to work, then we have to do something about it.. we had three quarters of negative growth and a scandal that had been brewing came up 15:55:00 some people were found cooking the books.. these are pale in the strength of America.. our farmers are the most productive in the world.. our working people can outwork any one 15:57:26 understand that if you .. you do what you are good 15:59:17 one of things we are going to do is.. and our nation is interested to do so for our working people.. 15:59:44 want you understand 16:00:08 they are the best in the world. Someone else is going to find work here. It is within our worker's interest to do so .. john deer is with us here today 16:00:46 one of your fellow citizens will be likely to 16:01:01 trade is good for the working people. 16:03:26 farmers and ranchers who are there.. only way to keep the family farms in tact is not to tax them. 16:03:59 strongly urge.. demand that you are elected in the death tax once and for all 16:04:19 for the other things 16:04:47 healthy amount of money to fight the war on terror .. 16:05:11 either you spend it all or you spend what is needed.. well you made that decision and you made mine.. 16:05:35 there is a lot of things to do to get a terrorism plan in tact 16:05:49 congress needs to pass a good bill.. one thing we need to do is .. talking about values of heart.. 16:06:15 love the priorities of our farm families and corporate America.. the majority of our business leaders are good people.. want to assure you that if we find someone cooking the books, they would be prosecuted and held to account.. can't hold corruption to corrupt America *** 16:07:20 I understand America,, know we have great people and hard working citizens.. know there are knew businesses.. that road is going to smooth out.. people wonder why an enemy would want to hit America.. we value a society that we have all the freedoms and the enemy can't stand it 16:08:24 they are out there and they hate us and they don't value life.. they don't believe that and so long as they are out there, they will protect America .. every time we get a hint or do something 16:09:05 new dept of homeland security want our gov to be more effective. There is over a hundred agencies and it has something to do with homeland security.. in order to protect our borders better. Give them one chance to protect the society 16:09:52 protecting the homeland is our number one priority.. there fore I expect it is necessary.. the senate looks a little shaky and they want to micro manage 16:10:43 expect the senate to help on behalf of the American people.. the best way top secure the homeland is to protect and that is what the country will do.. it will take a while.. see these battalions and visions this is one of the war that people will hide in caves.. we are patient 16:11:38 we are united that understand that history has called us to action 16:12:04 called on congress to pass the appropriations bill 16:12:27 secondly sending a pretty good message to the rest of the world.. she is vigilant and strong .against those.. all in .. brought them to justice.. they are still out there and have to hear the message .. slowly but surely, bring them to justice.. hoping to get back 16:13:36 congress sometimes likes to play politics on the defense appropriations bill. Believe that we have some hurdles ahead.. it is a fantastic country.. out of the evil, will come some good 16:14:22 by being steadfast., it is 16:15:43 se the great strength of America people don't need govt law.. people say what can I do, I say love some people in need.. people now are understanding the patriotism 16:16:33 a patriot is somebody who assumes the personal responsibility.. in the culture.. f you got a problem blame somebody else.. fortunate enough to be 16:17:12 you are responsible for helping people in need.. if you want to help in war against terror this is the gathering momentum. the enemy hit us.. when they realize.. this is a strong 16:18:11 walk away from podium 16:23:10 ts of girl wearing crown 16:29:58 push in to top of bush's head as he is glad-handing in crowd 16:31:00 compression shot of iowans 16:38:02 ws of stage area
NELSON FAMILY FARM CUTS / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)
[NELSON FAMILY FARM CUTS / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)] ****NOTE THIS IS CUTS ONLY, THE LOG WILL NOT BE ACCURATE [NELSON FAMILY FARM / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)] [SMITHVILLE, MO USA] [KERRY/EDWARDS - Event, Nelson Family Farm, 5800 NE 142nd St, Smithville, MO] 12:53:09 man talking about his farm 12:54:56 edwards takes microphone 12:55:01 thank you for having us, thank all of you for being here i have to tell you grew up in a small town... 12:55:59 important work to do in this country. 12:56:09 job growth figures way below what everyone was hoping for 32,000 new jobs, last month 300,000 children not quite keeping up 12:57:09 strengthen and lift up our families, john has a copy of it right here 12:57:21 the vice president to be is served... 12:57:35 important to put it in writing, plan going in to what we want to do for America, what we want to do in peoples lives, his involvement in this issue, two decades, importance of America getting away from dependence on oil in middle east. Huge economic issue, saw what happened yesterday what it did to stock market, price of oil, economy as whole, as long as dependent on oil in middle east, leadership and i believe this man will provide it. Where we will go and how we will g et there, what we need to do to create energy independence in America. 12:59:14 all of us believe this is a very important step in right direction, reason in this setting alternative sources of energy, bio-mass, create jobs and bring jobs to areas where jobs lost, one of way to do that is use alternative sources of energy, bio-mass refineries, where jobs needed, anytime knows economy struggling, farmers struggling jobs leaving factories closing. 13:00:06 john and i have a clear rural plan, includes incentives for small business to bring jobs to places we need them the worst, broadband Internet so that rural communities competitive in global economy. 13:00:35 also makes, whats the word I'm looking far, connect hospitals medical services, direct access to the technology sophisticated Medicare what word I'm looking for tele-medication 13:01:01 always count on my wife to keep me straight 13:01:07 where jobs badly needed, quality of public schools, incentive to come ot those communities, move to energy independence, create jobs in rural communities, jobs so badly needed. We want to use tax system and credits, building cars of future, don't want to lag behind rest of the world. Real incentives in our tax system, creativity, developing and building those cars, and make sure government using serious conservation members, both of us believe what most Americans believe. Leadership to accomplish that, somebody with vision of where we need to go and plan to get us there. 13:02:32 say something about of man to introduce today. Whole issue of energy independence, across waterfront, timing as lieutenant governor and senator, write laws, work across isle to make sure American people have clean air and water, this is an issue he has shown lifetime commitment to, if we are going to continue to stay on cutting edge, very important kids grandkids, vision idea and commitment to this issue, i introduce sen john kerry. 13:03:56 thank you so much, wow, i gotta tell you, thank you all of you for an absolutely wonderful welcome to a little bit of paradise, Jim and Ruth thank you so much for opening up spot to us, 13:04:21 hugs woman 13:04:28 we are going to have a talk Jim about cattle got crowded out by wife's horses, that bears discussion gentlemen no I'm just joking. John and I i can't tell you we feel so comfortable right here, have a conversation, we are not here to talk at you, an awful lot of partisanship, shrillness, and it's always attack attack attack john and i are tired of it and so are you, what we want is to talk about things that really make a difference to lives of fellow citizens., 13:05:32 someone mentioned to me talk at coffee shop, where business gets done in America, how talk to republican friends and those friends don't have any answer when it comes to energy policy, i don't think they have any answers on schools, health care and deficit 13:06:55 a gift from America to Americans and to us, for running and meeting you and looking in eyes of people who come out, 12:30 at night, a thousand people cheering and hoping, cheering about the USA, the future, their hopes that we can make smart choices about our country, john and i believe deeply that way down in our gut and in our toes, that the best days for the USA are ahead of us because we are the can do country and we know how to make things happen 13:07:57 both sustained by two extraordinary women, readily admit we married up, happy about it, want you to meet my wife, extraordinary women on health, children, arts, environment, that's the next first lady, Teresa Heinz Kerry. And John's wife Elizabeth willing to tell truth to speak her mind.. 13:09:01 lawyer, educator, marvelous.. Elizabeth edwards, and you know it's tough on kids, we choose to do this it's our life and the kids get dragged into it and it becomes their life. Our kids embraced this campaign cause they care about this country, i want you to welcome Cate Edwards, my daughter Alex Kerry, and Andre Heinz works in environment. 13:10:05 now I'm a little embarrassed to comes to smithville and stop by and not get a chicken fried steak at loemans, but can i tell you on a personal level what a pleasure it is to be here. when i was a kid... foreign service.. aunt uncles farm in MASS, uncle knew how to put me to work, when i was 12 / 13 / 14 got to drive a john deer nothing more rewarding being dirty and seeing furrows knew you done that sense connection to earth and what was going to grow there, clearing a field or two, at end of day, piling rocks into cart, again covered in dirt, go in back door, uncle came up and gave me a quarter and said this is for your days work son I learned the value of a days work. 13:11:56 experience always stayed with me, not something i had to do, but i had a great introduction, a great sense of connection to growing things, power of our land and as we campaigned in Iowa, wherever you go Minnesota and Wisconsin not as much but a lot lately, measured my life by height of corn. Power of America's land. What we can do if we put our minds to it. 13:13:22 net negative loss of jobs in USA, jobs created pay 9,000 less on average than jobs we are losing overseas, 4 our of 5 jobs created are created in low paying different sectors than ones we want to create. My friends in last few days people positions of leadership on other side saying that America has turned the corner, must have been a u turn, the fact is this is unacceptable to the united states, we can do better and put people to work, countless ways to do it. 13:14:25 it's particularly important out here on a farm to think about possibilities of America's future, particularly important at a moment we are at war, where much of focus is on middle east, guess what else, Oil. WE import 61% god only gave us 3% of reserves, whole Alaska oil shelf, Colorado, Wyoming, into Mexico. If US gonna have what truman told you which is our independence, own security controlled in our own hands, control our energy future in our country. I believe John and i are going to put in place principle, no young American held hostage to America's dependence on oil in middle east. 13:16:15 in doing of it, whole bunch of things happened, whole lot of product created, Gore-Tex, digitalization, microwaves, microwave ovens, when we push curve of discovery we open up possbility, cape Canaveral, when he went up there, when latest time, he was doing research that can benefit people on earth. Let me tell you what we can do on earth now. We can be smart, show leadership, build future for children, beginning to move towards energy independence for our country, start putting people to work, you got two ethanol plants, growing some in Iowa, we can be doing more, bio-diesel, mass, three hundred different standard for gasoline additives, localities, all of which makes refining process more complicated, expensive, go tell republicans friends to have uniform standard that we can all agree on, build additional refineries, 13:18:14 We can put in place tax incentives, joint venture incentives to build independent fuel based America, fuels you can produce in Missouri and parts of mid west. I want to get figures correct. 13:18:44 I think, farmer are paying 1 billion extra money today because of the increase cost of gasoline, coming right out of pocket, here it is, farmers are spending 1.3 billion on gasoline. WE haven't taken these kinds of steps, truck drives who deliver goods are spending extra 6 billion on fuel, and households is spending 500 dollars or so, if you have a teenager out driving on one year your paying 800 bucks to go to Friday night game. 13:19:51 We can do better, why can't that teenager go down there and find a car that gets 100 miles to gallon, know who's making most? Japanese Germans, good they're doing it but i want those cars made by American Companies by American workers. 13:20:25 McCain and i joined together to create incentive to buy one of those car, 5,000 tax credit, can't find them, starting, coming, Ford is about to build the escape hybrid, guess who are on waiting list, Edwards and Kerry's. we tried to get past an incentive to help buy, everyone on other side against it. That doesn't make sense, save consumers money, less dependent on oil. 20 billion energy conservation trust fund, royalties of off shore Gas, not raising anyone's taxes, divert it into help people to create new vehicles of future, billion dollars a year, assist in process of making this feasible, efficiently not raise prices for tax codes. 13:22:09 Just quickly, a lot of people tried to scare people, most ridicules ads ever in my life. Little old purple Volkswagon with a harvest or behind it, if we passed this you'd plow your fields with mini-van. WE don't affect tractors pickups trucks. I want Americans to drive, giant SUV terrific, that's America, don't you think it makes sense to get better fuel miles and more efficient. Bunch of other things we are going to do, most important, right now as we sit here nation at war, we are paying a premium for foreign policy of this administration. 13:23:31 8 to 15 dollars, 10 dollars, 12 a barrel of oil is for instability for problems we are facing i know doing this for 25 years, i can run a war on terror that is more effective that makes Americans safer and brings other countries to our side,e doesn't rush to war, never send young American men and women to war. Respect. 13:24:36 instability, restore kinds of changes and protocol... most important election of lifetime, quality of jobs, help to farmers, i know affected... all farmers clobbered and you know why. Big guys are getting all of money, system tilted against small people. Tell me how that makes sense. Tired of hearing small family farms and vertical ownership, John and I are determined to make this system fair and smart and work for average people in our country. 13:25:56 AS you measure us, we want you to look in gut and heart, spent 20 years, lead fight to put 100,000 cops on streets, stood up for welfare, faith based services, but draw constitutional line of separation of church and state the Bush seems to walk over Fought for school reform, want ot measure what our kids are learning but if you don't' have a teachers with a class size that's adequate, we're not going to open the doors of equal opportunity in America. So... 13:27:08 john and i would love to take your questions, just want to say this to you, we are the most blessed people on planet, look at what we got, no one is going to jail for saying what they're going to say, they did once upon a time in America, stood up against British and plenty of moments of peril, we deserve leadership deserves how to make American stronger at home, respected in world. Huge amount of optimists, knowledge if we make good decisions, trust American people with truth, there is nothing Americans can't accomplish, done more for other people in world than any nation in human territory, spilled more blood in democracy and spirit, hope is there the sun is rising, make sure democracy works for all Americans. 13:29:51 put this in our face and said i thought you said you were going to do this, and that's what this is about... 13:30:14 whats it going to take, i believe it's going to take a president who has relationship with many leaders, i do, knows how to work in international community and has record for doing it, bring fresh start, new credibility to table, begin to do things in the first place, build a legitimate coalition and respect to the behavior of system. 13:30:59 I will never cede our security to any international institution or country, no vetoes the security of the US. I will make that decision but i know though life experience we are stronger with other people at our side, international community, rushed around united nations, rushed to war without/ a plan to win the peace. 13:31:45 i began that effort when i came back from Vietnam stood up against the war, some people still don't like that, still trying to fight that, that's 35 years old. Stood up learned a lot. Changed policy towards Philippines, resulted in democracy, negotiated with Cambodia, hold them accountable for terrible killing that took place in 1970's, negotiated with Vietnam with POW's and MIA's. move forward, personally conference on global warming, worked with those delegations, bring 20 years of experience as a leader, chairman of narcotics, chairman of Asia committee, look you in eye and say to you i can run a more effective smarter war on terror i will make America with new credibility and leadership. 13:33:31 EDWARDS: abstract academic question. What has to keep America safe, most of problems with America's relationship with world is Iraq, associated with this administration and most Americans, if we are going to go after terrorists, aggressive war on terror, but to be successful in finding where they are, we have to have strong relationships where they are. To get at them, we have to be leading in way to bring others to us, direct connection to safety and security of American people, and strong relationships, with new president and fresh start, we'll stop those terrorists before they ever get to. 13:36:05 both of us will say something. Elaine thank you Elaine. What you are describing is what i hear from North Carolina, you leave year to year, what you get for your crops are not going up, costs going up, this is by the way true in a different way, peoples wages aren't going up but cost of health care going up, trying to have child care. Those things going up dramatically. Farmers in my view are facing that in a more intense way. 13:37:29 a lot of things we need to do, growth of agra-business, dominating farming business, price of food goes up it's not cause family farmer making money, cracking down on vertical integration. both of us believe and committed to making sure we provide safety net for farmers, can't operate unless safety net available to you. Farming is a hard business, limits to what government can do, we can help with safety net, there are things we can do, it's a hard world out there for farmers. There are things we can do i don't think there is a magic pill for this. I think its' important to tell you the truth, better safety net, making it all go away i don't think we can make it happen but we will work as good as we can. 13:39:25 KERRY: i think i heard two questions, same old, same old. How will we be different. There other john talk about. Add to John i agree, but there are a lot of things that could be happening that have been promised that not followed through on, conservation security test component of farm bill, a lot of assistance of better / different farming practices. when i was in Iowa 100 million requests who wanted to do farming practices but not help promised. You tell me where value system is OK to fight for tax cuts but short change veterans, children and farmers and conservation act. That's going to be funded and provide assistance. I'm going to have an Attorney General of Anti-Trust laws. Ought to be applied. That an have an effect, three when i talked about earlier today, changes the whole picture for farming i want farmers to hear what I'm saying, raise value of soy, coin crop, use all over world, put people to work, raise value of farming. Fourth more and more Americans are learning about nutrition, learning about food value, looking for organic foods. 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better. 14:55:34 Cuts follow on tape 2 / there are seperate cuts fed on a different tape
NELSON FAMILY FARM / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)
[NELSON FAMILY FARM / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)] [SMITHVILLE, MO USA] [KERRY/EDWARDS - Event, Nelson Family Farm, 5800 NE 142nd St, Smithville, MO] 12:53:09 man talking about his farm 12:54:56 edwards takes microphone 12:55:01 thank you for having us, thank all of you for being here i have to tell you grew up in a small town... 12:55:59 important work to do in this country. 12:56:09 job growth figures way below what everyone was hoping for 32,000 new jobs, last month 300,000 children not quite keeping up 12:57:09 strengthen and lift up our families, john has a copy of it right here 12:57:21 the vice president to be is served... 12:57:35 important to put it in writing, plan going in to what we want to do for America, what we want to do in peoples lives, his involvement in this issue, two decades, importance of America getting away from dependence on oil in middle east. Huge economic issue, saw what happened yesterday what it did to stock market, price of oil, economy as whole, as long as dependent on oil in middle east, leadership and i believe this man will provide it. Where we will go and how we will g et there, what we need to do to create energy independence in America. 12:59:14 all of us believe this is a very important step in right direction, reason in this setting alternative sources of energy, bio-mass, create jobs and bring jobs to areas where jobs lost, one of way to do that is use alternative sources of energy, bio-mass refineries, where jobs needed, anytime knows economy struggling, farmers struggling jobs leaving factories closing. 13:00:06 john and i have a clear rural plan, includes incentives for small business to bring jobs to places we need them the worst, broadband Internet so that rural communities competitive in global economy. 13:00:35 also makes, whats the word I'm looking far, connect hospitals medical services, direct access to the technology sophisticated Medicare what word I'm looking for tele-medication 13:01:01 always count on my wife to keep me straight 13:01:07 where jobs badly needed, quality of public schools, incentive to come ot those communities, move to energy independence, create jobs in rural communities, jobs so badly needed. We want to use tax system and credits, building cars of future, don't want to lag behind rest of the world. Real incentives in our tax system, creativity, developing and building those cars, and make sure government using serious conservation members, both of us believe what most Americans believe. Leadership to accomplish that, somebody with vision of where we need to go and plan to get us there. 13:02:32 say something about of man to introduce today. Whole issue of energy independence, across waterfront, timing as lieutenant governor and senator, write laws, work across isle to make sure American people have clean air and water, this is an issue he has shown lifetime commitment to, if we are going to continue to stay on cutting edge, very important kids grandkids, vision idea and commitment to this issue, i introduce sen john kerry. 13:03:56 thank you so much, wow, i gotta tell you, thank you all of you for an absolutely wonderful welcome to a little bit of paradise, Jim and Ruth thank you so much for opening up spot to us, 13:04:21 hugs woman 13:04:28 we are going to have a talk Jim about cattle got crowded out by wife's horses, that bears discussion gentlemen no I'm just joking. John and I i can't tell you we feel so comfortable right here, have a conversation, we are not here to talk at you, an awful lot of partisanship, shrillness, and it's always attack attack attack john and i are tired of it and so are you, what we want is to talk about things that really make a difference to lives of fellow citizens., 13:05:32 someone mentioned to me talk at coffee shop, where business gets done in America, how talk to republican friends and those friends don't have any answer when it comes to energy policy, i don't think they have any answers on schools, health care and deficit 13:06:55 a gift from America to Americans and to us, for running and meeting you and looking in eyes of people who come out, 12:30 at night, a thousand people cheering and hoping, cheering about the USA, the future, their hopes that we can make smart choices about our country, john and i believe deeply that way down in our gut and in our toes, that the best days for the USA are ahead of us because we are the can do country and we know how to make things happen 13:07:57 both sustained by two extraordinary women, readily admit we married up, happy about it, want you to meet my wife, extraordinary women on health, children, arts, environment, that's the next first lady, Teresa Heinz Kerry. And John's wife Elizabeth willing to tell truth to speak her mind.. 13:09:01 lawyer, educator, marvelous.. Elizabeth edwards, and you know it's tough on kids, we choose to do this it's our life and the kids get dragged into it and it becomes their life. Our kids embraced this campaign cause they care about this country, i want you to welcome Cate Edwards, my daughter Alex Kerry, and Andre Heinz works in environment. 13:10:05 now I'm a little embarrassed to comes to smithville and stop by and not get a chicken fried steak at loemans, but can i tell you on a personal level what a pleasure it is to be here. when i was a kid... foreign service.. aunt uncles farm in MASS, uncle knew how to put me to work, when i was 12 / 13 / 14 got to drive a john deer nothing more rewarding being dirty and seeing furrows knew you done that sense connection to earth and what was going to grow there, clearing a field or two, at end of day, piling rocks into cart, again covered in dirt, go in back door, uncle came up and gave me a quarter and said this is for your days work son I learned the value of a days work. 13:11:56 experience always stayed with me, not something i had to do, but i had a great introduction, a great sense of connection to growing things, power of our land and as we campaigned in Iowa, wherever you go Minnesota and Wisconsin not as much but a lot lately, measured my life by height of corn. Power of America's land. What we can do if we put our minds to it. 13:13:22 net negative loss of jobs in USA, jobs created pay 9,000 less on average than jobs we are losing overseas, 4 our of 5 jobs created are created in low paying different sectors than ones we want to create. My friends in last few days people positions of leadership on other side saying that America has turned the corner, must have been a u turn, the fact is this is unacceptable to the united states, we can do better and put people to work, countless ways to do it. 13:14:25 it's particularly important out here on a farm to think about possibilities of America's future, particularly important at a moment we are at war, where much of focus is on middle east, guess what else, Oil. WE import 61% god only gave us 3% of reserves, whole Alaska oil shelf, Colorado, Wyoming, into Mexico. If US gonna have what truman told you which is our independence, own security controlled in our own hands, control our energy future in our country. I believe John and i are going to put in place principle, no young American held hostage to America's dependence on oil in middle east. 13:16:15 in doing of it, whole bunch of things happened, whole lot of product created, Gore-Tex, digitalization, microwaves, microwave ovens, when we push curve of discovery we open up possbility, cape Canaveral, when he went up there, when latest time, he was doing research that can benefit people on earth. Let me tell you what we can do on earth now. We can be smart, show leadership, build future for children, beginning to move towards energy independence for our country, start putting people to work, you got two ethanol plants, growing some in Iowa, we can be doing more, bio-diesel, mass, three hundred different standard for gasoline additives, localities, all of which makes refining process more complicated, expensive, go tell republicans friends to have uniform standard that we can all agree on, build additional refineries, 13:18:14 We can put in place tax incentives, joint venture incentives to build independent fuel based America, fuels you can produce in Missouri and parts of mid west. I want to get figures correct. 13:18:44 I think, farmer are paying 1 billion extra money today because of the increase cost of gasoline, coming right out of pocket, here it is, farmers are spending 1.3 billion on gasoline. WE haven't taken these kinds of steps, truck drives who deliver goods are spending extra 6 billion on fuel, and households is spending 500 dollars or so, if you have a teenager out driving on one year your paying 800 bucks to go to Friday night game. 13:19:51 We can do better, why can't that teenager go down there and find a car that gets 100 miles to gallon, know who's making most? Japanese Germans, good they're doing it but i want those cars made by American Companies by American workers. 13:20:25 McCain and i joined together to create incentive to buy one of those car, 5,000 tax credit, can't find them, starting, coming, Ford is about to build the escape hybrid, guess who are on waiting list, Edwards and Kerry's. we tried to get past an incentive to help buy, everyone on other side against it. That doesn't make sense, save consumers money, less dependent on oil. 20 billion energy conservation trust fund, royalties of off shore Gas, not raising anyone's taxes, divert it into help people to create new vehicles of future, billion dollars a year, assist in process of making this feasible, efficiently not raise prices for tax codes. 13:22:09 Just quickly, a lot of people tried to scare people, most ridicules ads ever in my life. Little old purple Volkswagon with a harvest or behind it, if we passed this you'd plow your fields with mini-van. WE don't affect tractors pickups trucks. I want Americans to drive, giant SUV terrific, that's America, don't you think it makes sense to get better fuel miles and more efficient. Bunch of other things we are going to do, most important, right now as we sit here nation at war, we are paying a premium for foreign policy of this administration. 13:23:31 8 to 15 dollars, 10 dollars, 12 a barrel of oil is for instability for problems we are facing i know doing this for 25 years, i can run a war on terror that is more effective that makes Americans safer and brings other countries to our side,e doesn't rush to war, never send young American men and women to war. Respect. 13:24:36 instability, restore kinds of changes and protocol... most important election of lifetime, quality of jobs, help to farmers, i know affected... all farmers clobbered and you know why. Big guys are getting all of money, system tilted against small people. Tell me how that makes sense. Tired of hearing small family farms and vertical ownership, John and I are determined to make this system fair and smart and work for average people in our country. 13:25:56 AS you measure us, we want you to look in gut and heart, spent 20 years, lead fight to put 100,000 cops on streets, stood up for welfare, faith based services, but draw constitutional line of separation of church and state the Bush seems to walk over Fought for school reform, want ot measure what our kids are learning but if you don't' have a teachers with a class size that's adequate, we're not going to open the doors of equal opportunity in America. So... 13:27:08 john and i would love to take your questions, just want to say this to you, we are the most blessed people on planet, look at what we got, no one is going to jail for saying what they're going to say, they did once upon a time in America, stood up against British and plenty of moments of peril, we deserve leadership deserves how to make American stronger at home, respected in world. Huge amount of optimists, knowledge if we make good decisions, trust American people with truth, there is nothing Americans can't accomplish, done more for other people in world than any nation in human territory, spilled more blood in democracy and spirit, hope is there the sun is rising, make sure democracy works for all Americans. 13:29:51 put this in our face and said i thought you said you were going to do this, and that's what this is about... 13:30:14 whats it going to take, i believe it's going to take a president who has relationship with many leaders, i do, knows how to work in international community and has record for doing it, bring fresh start, new credibility to table, begin to do things in the first place, build a legitimate coalition and respect to the behavior of system. 13:30:59 I will never cede our security to any international institution or country, no vetoes the security of the US. I will make that decision but i know though life experience we are stronger with other people at our side, international community, rushed around united nations, rushed to war without/ a plan to win the peace. 13:31:45 i began that effort when i came back from Vietnam stood up against the war, some people still don't like that, still trying to fight that, that's 35 years old. Stood up learned a lot. Changed policy towards Philippines, resulted in democracy, negotiated with Cambodia, hold them accountable for terrible killing that took place in 1970's, negotiated with Vietnam with POW's and MIA's. move forward, personally conference on global warming, worked with those delegations, bring 20 years of experience as a leader, chairman of narcotics, chairman of Asia committee, look you in eye and say to you i can run a more effective smarter war on terror i will make America with new credibility and leadership. 13:33:31 EDWARDS: abstract academic question. What has to keep America safe, most of problems with America's relationship with world is Iraq, associated with this administration and most Americans, if we are going to go after terrorists, aggressive war on terror, but to be successful in finding where they are, we have to have strong relationships where they are. To get at them, we have to be leading in way to bring others to us, direct connection to safety and security of American people, and strong relationships, with new president and fresh start, we'll stop those terrorists before they ever get to. 13:36:05 both of us will say something. Elaine thank you Elaine. What you are describing is what i hear from North Carolina, you leave year to year, what you get for your crops are not going up, costs going up, this is by the way true in a different way, peoples wages aren't going up but cost of health care going up, trying to have child care. Those things going up dramatically. Farmers in my view are facing that in a more intense way. 13:37:29 a lot of things we need to do, growth of agra-business, dominating farming business, price of food goes up it's not cause family farmer making money, cracking down on vertical integration. both of us believe and committed to making sure we provide safety net for farmers, can't operate unless safety net available to you. Farming is a hard business, limits to what government can do, we can help with safety net, there are things we can do, it's a hard world out there for farmers. There are things we can do i don't think there is a magic pill for this. I think its' important to tell you the truth, better safety net, making it all go away i don't think we can make it happen but we will work as good as we can. 13:39:25 KERRY: i think i heard two questions, same old, same old. How will we be different. There other john talk about. Add to John i agree, but there are a lot of things that could be happening that have been promised that not followed through on, conservation security test component of farm bill, a lot of assistance of better / different farming practices. when i was in Iowa 100 million requests who wanted to do farming practices but not help promised. You tell me where value system is OK to fight for tax cuts but short change veterans, children and farmers and conservation act. That's going to be funded and provide assistance. I'm going to have an Attorney General of Anti-Trust laws. Ought to be applied. That an have an effect, three when i talked about earlier today, changes the whole picture for farming i want farmers to hear what I'm saying, raise value of soy, coin crop, use all over world, put people to work, raise value of farming. Fourth more and more Americans are learning about nutrition, learning about food value, looking for organic foods. 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better. 14:55:34 Cuts follow on tape 2 / there are seperate cuts fed on a different tape
NELSON FAMILY FARM / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)
[NELSON FAMILY FARM / SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)] [SMITHVILLE, MO USA] [KERRY/EDWARDS - Event, Nelson Family Farm, 5800 NE 142nd St, Smithville, MO] 12:53:09 man talking about his farm 12:54:56 edwards takes microphone 12:55:01 thank you for having us, thank all of you for being here i have to tell you grew up in a small town... 12:55:59 important work to do in this country. 12:56:09 job growth figures way below what everyone was hoping for 32,000 new jobs, last month 300,000 children not quite keeping up 12:57:09 strengthen and lift up our families, john has a copy of it right here 12:57:21 the vice president to be is served... 12:57:35 important to put it in writing, plan going in to what we want to do for America, what we want to do in peoples lives, his involvement in this issue, two decades, importance of America getting away from dependence on oil in middle east. Huge economic issue, saw what happened yesterday what it did to stock market, price of oil, economy as whole, as long as dependent on oil in middle east, leadership and i believe this man will provide it. Where we will go and how we will g et there, what we need to do to create energy independence in America. 12:59:14 all of us believe this is a very important step in right direction, reason in this setting alternative sources of energy, bio-mass, create jobs and bring jobs to areas where jobs lost, one of way to do that is use alternative sources of energy, bio-mass refineries, where jobs needed, anytime knows economy struggling, farmers struggling jobs leaving factories closing. 13:00:06 john and i have a clear rural plan, includes incentives for small business to bring jobs to places we need them the worst, broadband Internet so that rural communities competitive in global economy. 13:00:35 also makes, whats the word I'm looking far, connect hospitals medical services, direct access to the technology sophisticated Medicare what word I'm looking for tele-medication 13:01:01 always count on my wife to keep me straight 13:01:07 where jobs badly needed, quality of public schools, incentive to come ot those communities, move to energy independence, create jobs in rural communities, jobs so badly needed. We want to use tax system and credits, building cars of future, don't want to lag behind rest of the world. Real incentives in our tax system, creativity, developing and building those cars, and make sure government using serious conservation members, both of us believe what most Americans believe. Leadership to accomplish that, somebody with vision of where we need to go and plan to get us there. 13:02:32 say something about of man to introduce today. Whole issue of energy independence, across waterfront, timing as lieutenant governor and senator, write laws, work across isle to make sure American people have clean air and water, this is an issue he has shown lifetime commitment to, if we are going to continue to stay on cutting edge, very important kids grandkids, vision idea and commitment to this issue, i introduce sen john kerry. 13:03:56 thank you so much, wow, i gotta tell you, thank you all of you for an absolutely wonderful welcome to a little bit of paradise, Jim and Ruth thank you so much for opening up spot to us, 13:04:21 hugs woman 13:04:28 we are going to have a talk Jim about cattle got crowded out by wife's horses, that bears discussion gentlemen no I'm just joking. John and I i can't tell you we feel so comfortable right here, have a conversation, we are not here to talk at you, an awful lot of partisanship, shrillness, and it's always attack attack attack john and i are tired of it and so are you, what we want is to talk about things that really make a difference to lives of fellow citizens., 13:05:32 someone mentioned to me talk at coffee shop, where business gets done in America, how talk to republican friends and those friends don't have any answer when it comes to energy policy, i don't think they have any answers on schools, health care and deficit 13:06:55 a gift from America to Americans and to us, for running and meeting you and looking in eyes of people who come out, 12:30 at night, a thousand people cheering and hoping, cheering about the USA, the future, their hopes that we can make smart choices about our country, john and i believe deeply that way down in our gut and in our toes, that the best days for the USA are ahead of us because we are the can do country and we know how to make things happen 13:07:57 both sustained by two extraordinary women, readily admit we married up, happy about it, want you to meet my wife, extraordinary women on health, children, arts, environment, that's the next first lady, Teresa Heinz Kerry. And John's wife Elizabeth willing to tell truth to speak her mind.. 13:09:01 lawyer, educator, marvelous.. Elizabeth edwards, and you know it's tough on kids, we choose to do this it's our life and the kids get dragged into it and it becomes their life. Our kids embraced this campaign cause they care about this country, i want you to welcome Cate Edwards, my daughter Alex Kerry, and Andre Heinz works in environment. 13:10:05 now I'm a little embarrassed to comes to smithville and stop by and not get a chicken fried steak at loemans, but can i tell you on a personal level what a pleasure it is to be here. when i was a kid... foreign service.. aunt uncles farm in MASS, uncle knew how to put me to work, when i was 12 / 13 / 14 got to drive a john deer nothing more rewarding being dirty and seeing furrows knew you done that sense connection to earth and what was going to grow there, clearing a field or two, at end of day, piling rocks into cart, again covered in dirt, go in back door, uncle came up and gave me a quarter and said this is for your days work son I learned the value of a days work. 13:11:56 experience always stayed with me, not something i had to do, but i had a great introduction, a great sense of connection to growing things, power of our land and as we campaigned in Iowa, wherever you go Minnesota and Wisconsin not as much but a lot lately, measured my life by height of corn. Power of America's land. What we can do if we put our minds to it. 13:13:22 net negative loss of jobs in USA, jobs created pay 9,000 less on average than jobs we are losing overseas, 4 our of 5 jobs created are created in low paying different sectors than ones we want to create. My friends in last few days people positions of leadership on other side saying that America has turned the corner, must have been a u turn, the fact is this is unacceptable to the united states, we can do better and put people to work, countless ways to do it. 13:14:25 it's particularly important out here on a farm to think about possibilities of America's future, particularly important at a moment we are at war, where much of focus is on middle east, guess what else, Oil. WE import 61% god only gave us 3% of reserves, whole Alaska oil shelf, Colorado, Wyoming, into Mexico. If US gonna have what truman told you which is our independence, own security controlled in our own hands, control our energy future in our country. I believe John and i are going to put in place principle, no young American held hostage to America's dependence on oil in middle east. 13:16:15 in doing of it, whole bunch of things happened, whole lot of product created, Gore-Tex, digitalization, microwaves, microwave ovens, when we push curve of discovery we open up possbility, cape Canaveral, when he went up there, when latest time, he was doing research that can benefit people on earth. Let me tell you what we can do on earth now. We can be smart, show leadership, build future for children, beginning to move towards energy independence for our country, start putting people to work, you got two ethanol plants, growing some in Iowa, we can be doing more, bio-diesel, mass, three hundred different standard for gasoline additives, localities, all of which makes refining process more complicated, expensive, go tell republicans friends to have uniform standard that we can all agree on, build additional refineries, 13:18:14 We can put in place tax incentives, joint venture incentives to build independent fuel based America, fuels you can produce in Missouri and parts of mid west. I want to get figures correct. 13:18:44 I think, farmer are paying 1 billion extra money today because of the increase cost of gasoline, coming right out of pocket, here it is, farmers are spending 1.3 billion on gasoline. WE haven't taken these kinds of steps, truck drives who deliver goods are spending extra 6 billion on fuel, and households is spending 500 dollars or so, if you have a teenager out driving on one year your paying 800 bucks to go to Friday night game. 13:19:51 We can do better, why can't that teenager go down there and find a car that gets 100 miles to gallon, know who's making most? Japanese Germans, good they're doing it but i want those cars made by American Companies by American workers. 13:20:25 McCain and i joined together to create incentive to buy one of those car, 5,000 tax credit, can't find them, starting, coming, Ford is about to build the escape hybrid, guess who are on waiting list, Edwards and Kerry's. we tried to get past an incentive to help buy, everyone on other side against it. That doesn't make sense, save consumers money, less dependent on oil. 20 billion energy conservation trust fund, royalties of off shore Gas, not raising anyone's taxes, divert it into help people to create new vehicles of future, billion dollars a year, assist in process of making this feasible, efficiently not raise prices for tax codes. 13:22:09 Just quickly, a lot of people tried to scare people, most ridicules ads ever in my life. Little old purple Volkswagon with a harvest or behind it, if we passed this you'd plow your fields with mini-van. WE don't affect tractors pickups trucks. I want Americans to drive, giant SUV terrific, that's America, don't you think it makes sense to get better fuel miles and more efficient. Bunch of other things we are going to do, most important, right now as we sit here nation at war, we are paying a premium for foreign policy of this administration. 13:23:31 8 to 15 dollars, 10 dollars, 12 a barrel of oil is for instability for problems we are facing i know doing this for 25 years, i can run a war on terror that is more effective that makes Americans safer and brings other countries to our side,e doesn't rush to war, never send young American men and women to war. Respect. 13:24:36 instability, restore kinds of changes and protocol... most important election of lifetime, quality of jobs, help to farmers, i know affected... all farmers clobbered and you know why. Big guys are getting all of money, system tilted against small people. Tell me how that makes sense. Tired of hearing small family farms and vertical ownership, John and I are determined to make this system fair and smart and work for average people in our country. 13:25:56 AS you measure us, we want you to look in gut and heart, spent 20 years, lead fight to put 100,000 cops on streets, stood up for welfare, faith based services, but draw constitutional line of separation of church and state the Bush seems to walk over Fought for school reform, want ot measure what our kids are learning but if you don't' have a teachers with a class size that's adequate, we're not going to open the doors of equal opportunity in America. So... 13:27:08 john and i would love to take your questions, just want to say this to you, we are the most blessed people on planet, look at what we got, no one is going to jail for saying what they're going to say, they did once upon a time in America, stood up against British and plenty of moments of peril, we deserve leadership deserves how to make American stronger at home, respected in world. Huge amount of optimists, knowledge if we make good decisions, trust American people with truth, there is nothing Americans can't accomplish, done more for other people in world than any nation in human territory, spilled more blood in democracy and spirit, hope is there the sun is rising, make sure democracy works for all Americans. 13:29:51 put this in our face and said i thought you said you were going to do this, and that's what this is about... 13:30:14 whats it going to take, i believe it's going to take a president who has relationship with many leaders, i do, knows how to work in international community and has record for doing it, bring fresh start, new credibility to table, begin to do things in the first place, build a legitimate coalition and respect to the behavior of system. 13:30:59 I will never cede our security to any international institution or country, no vetoes the security of the US. I will make that decision but i know though life experience we are stronger with other people at our side, international community, rushed around united nations, rushed to war without/ a plan to win the peace. 13:31:45 i began that effort when i came back from Vietnam stood up against the war, some people still don't like that, still trying to fight that, that's 35 years old. Stood up learned a lot. Changed policy towards Philippines, resulted in democracy, negotiated with Cambodia, hold them accountable for terrible killing that took place in 1970's, negotiated with Vietnam with POW's and MIA's. move forward, personally conference on global warming, worked with those delegations, bring 20 years of experience as a leader, chairman of narcotics, chairman of Asia committee, look you in eye and say to you i can run a more effective smarter war on terror i will make America with new credibility and leadership. 13:33:31 EDWARDS: abstract academic question. What has to keep America safe, most of problems with America's relationship with world is Iraq, associated with this administration and most Americans, if we are going to go after terrorists, aggressive war on terror, but to be successful in finding where they are, we have to have strong relationships where they are. To get at them, we have to be leading in way to bring others to us, direct connection to safety and security of American people, and strong relationships, with new president and fresh start, we'll stop those terrorists before they ever get to. 13:36:05 both of us will say something. Elaine thank you Elaine. What you are describing is what i hear from North Carolina, you leave year to year, what you get for your crops are not going up, costs going up, this is by the way true in a different way, peoples wages aren't going up but cost of health care going up, trying to have child care. Those things going up dramatically. Farmers in my view are facing that in a more intense way. 13:37:29 a lot of things we need to do, growth of agra-business, dominating farming business, price of food goes up it's not cause family farmer making money, cracking down on vertical integration. both of us believe and committed to making sure we provide safety net for farmers, can't operate unless safety net available to you. Farming is a hard business, limits to what government can do, we can help with safety net, there are things we can do, it's a hard world out there for farmers. There are things we can do i don't think there is a magic pill for this. I think its' important to tell you the truth, better safety net, making it all go away i don't think we can make it happen but we will work as good as we can. 13:39:25 KERRY: i think i heard two questions, same old, same old. How will we be different. There other john talk about. Add to John i agree, but there are a lot of things that could be happening that have been promised that not followed through on, conservation security test component of farm bill, a lot of assistance of better / different farming practices. when i was in Iowa 100 million requests who wanted to do farming practices but not help promised. You tell me where value system is OK to fight for tax cuts but short change veterans, children and farmers and conservation act. That's going to be funded and provide assistance. I'm going to have an Attorney General of Anti-Trust laws. Ought to be applied. That an have an effect, three when i talked about earlier today, changes the whole picture for farming i want farmers to hear what I'm saying, raise value of soy, coin crop, use all over world, put people to work, raise value of farming. Fourth more and more Americans are learning about nutrition, learning about food value, looking for organic foods. 13:42:00 you know that hear it, we have in our farm bill, incentive to encourage people to move to those farming, if your crop gets polluted boom your all gone. you gotta take a risk, insurance type of structure to transition in to that and if they were to loose crop... 13:42:59 let me tell you how i know, Edwards spend a life time fighting for little person, helping people discarded by corporations and helping them to make their lives whole again, and all my life the only US senator who has been elected 4 times to senate who voluntarily refused to take PA money, only people i accepted contributions from were individual Americans, this group, that group is not what is pushing my agenda, free-er from bonds and ties of any president and we will stand up and fight for people. 13:44:15 I have a long record, told me in our country, you can't do that, you're just a county prosecutor, you don't have ability to protect witnesses, i got 24 hour protection for witnesses, and we put that crime figure behind bars and we stood up and made it happen, stood up against drilling in Alaska, stopped drilling. Arctic wildlife preserve. Tell you what John and I will fight harder for your jobs than our own. 13:45:30 "can you make a date and promise to come back here in two years" you got a date, so long as you promise me a day as beautiful as this one. 13:48:26 within the farm agenda absolutely top priority, I'll tell you i visited those larger confinement, but i remember i visited them in Iowa, the pollution problem are serious but we can deal with them, we have to grow livestock, regulated like industry, what's happened is, in some parts, property gets devalued, all of a sudden that farm's value gone down, that's not right folks, that's not the way we do things. I know a lot about this, huge issue in NC. 13:49:54 Both of us believe same thing, concentration, bad for family farmers, not just adjacent farms, it's the community, talked about Iowa being in Iowa talking to woman literally had to move her family kids getting sick, had to move family because devastation to health, we have got to have not just state standards but national standards, truth is some states done a lot of good work, we should know KFOES as called, animal farming operations, pollution is not devastating people around them, trying to run as family operation to compete in this environment. 13:51:52 john and i have real common sense approach to environment, no overbearing regulation big beaucracy only way to do something, I've learned last 20 years, haven't learned very effectively. Bring people to table and many different ways to doing sometimes to get to particular objective. Least intrusive least cost most effective way of getting something done. Sometimes that's not going to work for bottom line for business we're working with, you don't put people out of business you work with and achieve jobs, keep people in business keep people with clean water and drink. 13:53:22 kerry given note. 13:53:47 mister Ellis from thorton i can do for hogs what you do for this, they developed an organic plan for raising farms, he supervises family farms, coordinates sale for them and you can eat liman pork, from Iowa, visited farms in middle of winter, really inspiring to do work they did, fields, 4 or 5 crop field, the fifth year they have hogs here, it can be done, economical, huge market in America for products that are quote not going to cause you cancer, we have to organize that, i think fed government could help organize that so people don't get ripped off. 13:55:25 man in red shirt without microphone speaks: all right... fine i appreciate what you said, i have 4 reason i got them, bank lending me money to stay small like i was, only way to stay hog business 13:58:18 you are dead right i know people respond that way. Elizabeth edwards say that way, back when i had a personal life, i use to do bankruptcy, saw hog farmer 13:58:44 Elizabeth edwards: what happened in vertical, if they want to move profit to feed.. 13:59:06 you have no idea how many farmers, you're trying to do what's right, one of reasons mentioned this. take animal waste to turn it into something good and productive. Trouble making money right and responsible I'll speak for the two of us and four of us. 13:59:44 we understand, small business people like you heart of country, make sure stay in business, make sure we don't squeeze you out, i want you to know we understand in our gut what will not work, want ot keep you in business, family hog farmers we do fine with, its the corporate one with bush. We want to be with you we are glad you said what you said. I think the sun rises, says it all. 14:00:42 we are going to work closely with all ways just described, i know how hard it is to get capitol. *break log* 14:07:01 it couldn't have been a better question. Just go out and buy your own, get it through place you work. How many don't have any? Anybody in those categories, premiums gone up 60%, co-pays up, deductibles up, benefits gone now. Bush president for four years, almost four years, no plan at all to deal with this problem. NO plan, just getting worse. John Edwards and i have a real plan. Here's what we are going to do, there are a lot of reasons Health care has problems, part of it is government run program, part of it for profit, private sector, depends on reimbursements. Interdependent. President who is going to bring all people together and put system together, introduce first piece of legislation, day one, first bill that comes out of Kerry Edwards administration, health care plan i have to get us to 97% covered within 3 years of passing bill and look to see other 3% are. Here is the plan, learned a lesson in 93. Great effort, not saying anything about it, didn't work. 14:09:40 American live by certain values, choose own doctor, don't' want government to tell them where to go, American's want several plans to choose from, doctors making medical decisions, i took those principles and put them on table... we are going to offer all businesses in America... savings onto employees, health wellness program, teach people about nutrition, early screening for cancer and diabetes, not a business person i met who haven't said I'll do that in a flash, we government pay for 75% of cost for most expensive cases, so everyone's premium capped at 50K a risk, any case we are paying 75% of cost at federal level, reduce 14:12:11 ask America to roll back unwise tax cut wealthiest people so we can invest in fund to lower cost of health care for all Americans, not whole plan, lower cost of doing business. 14:13:01 better competition in marketplace. If you don't like plan you got, this year we're only going to give you 60% hospital coverage, I'm going over here to the plan senators and congressman have, we will we watching that plan like hawks, put competitive structure, work swap with states, take over medicade children form states, we take over children and exchange states in return is they agree to cover individuals up to 200% of poverty 300% of poverty. Sliding scale of assistance, people will come in and buy insurance. They hate doing medicade children, net plus to state to do it. Grab money, more efficient. Build health care system no mandates, no new bureaucracy, works on incentive you get benefit in exchange for benefit. Let me tell you one of benefits will be 100 billion on diabetes alone. 14:15:14 350 billion on administration on health chare. None of you run overhead of your businesses, we can reduce that by getting technology in health care system, john and i create incentive to get technology into system, go to johnkerry.com. whole plan is there, real plan, lower premiums, 1000 a person, put preventive medicine in place, make system more efficient and a darn sight better than nothing which is what you got today. 14:16:47 describing plan, allow prescription drugs to be reimported to reduce costs, crack down on price gauging and i think it's important that both of us shown over lives that we have a willingness to stand up to drug companies. Use power of government to negotiate better prices, we think that's an important piece of prescription drugs. 14:17:56 that's very important make grid accessible, met farmers in Minnesota making more money putting energy into system than from farming, make this so feasible, excite people to do it, this is the future, not whole solution but boy will it make a difference cut dependence on mideast oil without/ any question whatsoever. WE want to spend a little time chatting with every person... ask everyone to pick up their... 14:19:05 let me just say in closing but, this is about our future, really better choice for how we create jobs, kind of jobs, how we make air clean, water clean, I'm a hunter and fisherman, hunter since i was 12 years old, i believe in second amendment but gotta have a habitat we are going to hunt, 28 states you can't eat the fish, that's unacceptable, i want to work cooperatively, we've been losing jobs over last four years, worst record, i know we can do better, Americans know we can do better, go out and do better. 14:55:34 Cuts follow on tape 2 / there are seperate cuts fed on a different tape
SENATOR JOHN KERRY DELIVERS MAJOR SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY IN DES MOINES, IOWA / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -
[SENATOR JOHN KERRY DELIVERS MAJOR SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY IN DES MOINES, IOWA / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -] [SENATOR JOHN KERRY / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -] [DES MOINES, IOWA USA] With only two weeks left before Iowans go to vote, everywhere I go people are looking for someone who will stand on their side. I am running for President because I'm going to fight for you - and I am ready to get things done. As the time for campaigning wraps up and the time for caucusing approaches, we're out there on the trail morning, noon, and night. But a few weeks ago, we decided that even that wasn't enough time to reach out. So we spent a full twenty-four hours straight visiting Iowans in the places they work - on factories and farms, in hospitals and day care centers. When December turns to January and the caucus draws near, it sometimes seems that ears on politicians have become about as rare ears on corn. So I spent the day doing more listening than talking. No yelling, no pointing. No ranting or raving. I just listened. What I heard wasn't that surprising, but it was important. People told me about their struggle to make a decent living and to give their children the chance to live out their dreams. I heard factory workers worry about jobs in Sioux City disappearing to Singapore - about their employers finding cheaper labor in Malaysia than Marshalltown. I heard mothers and fathers talk about how hard it is these days to be good parents and good workers at the same time. I heard farmers share their frustration that huge corporate hog lots that are squeezing family farms and shrinking the chance of everyday Iowans to make a living off the land. I heard nurses talk about patients who battle HMOs for hospital visits, and women working two jobs tell me about their struggles to get by on a minimum wage. These quiet struggles of everyday Americans are at the heart of what this campaign season should be all about. Too often, they're drowned out by all the political shouting and spinning, but you don't have to listen too carefully to hear them loud and clear. We should never forget that this election is not about the ads or the attacks, the polls or the pundits, or even about the nine of us running for President. It's about all of you, and the opportunity - the responsibility - you have been given to replace George Bush with a President who will wake up every day ready to fight for you - and fight for what's right. And with your help, that's just what I'll do as President of the United States. But we've got competition in that fight. Today, big corporations and K Street lobbyists trip over themselves to fund the Bush-Cheney campaign. And it's no surprise. In the Bush Administration, you get what you pay for. And if you have the right connections and a fat bank account, you can afford the access to the inner circle and the Oval Office. That's wrong, and when I'm President, we're going to let the American people back in. We need to end an Administration that lets companies like Halliburton ship their old boss to the White House and get special treatment while they ship American jobs overseas. We need to end an Administration that lets WorldCom bilks Iowa taxpayers out of their jobs and savings and then rewards them by letting them go without paying any taxes of their own. And we need to end an Administration where polluters who contribute to the Republican Party get invited to secret meetings in the White House where they're allowed to rewrite clean air and clean water laws. It used to be that lobbyists and CEOs slipped in and out of the revolving door between government and corporate America. But in this Administration, they've kicked in the revolving door, torn down the wall between public service and private profit, and stampeded into positions of power all over the White House. Today's cabinet members are yesterday's corporate board members, and former foreign lobbyists are put in charge of the very laws that send American jobs overseas. If you're a lobbyist looking for a secret task force, you're invited right in. But if you're laid off and looking for unemployment benefits, they'll make you cool your heels in the front hall. And if you're with big oil, big pharmaceuticals, or big HMOs, you'll get a big time slot for your meeting. But if you're a firefighter trying to get the equipment you need, they'll tell you the calendar's full. 14:54:24 In this White House, if you're a corporate crony calling for another tax giveaway, they'll put you right through. But if you're a middle-class family calling for some tax fairness, you'll have to leave a message, 14:55:08 I'm running for President because the American people are calling for help and it's about time that someone in the White House picked up the phone. Because middle-class families have an agenda too and it's about time someone in the White House held a special meeting for them. Because hardworking Americans who are building this economy want fairness and it's about time someone in the White House cut them a deal. Here's our message for the special interest lobbyists and crooked CEOs who call this White House home: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. We're coming in and we're cleaning house. That's what this fight is all about. We're fighting for a government that listens to the voices of every American, not just those with the connections and the campaign cash. Where the humble hopes of hardworking families are not smothered by the heavy hand of special interests. We're fighting for an America where the decisions that shape our country's future are made not in the smoky backrooms of K Street, but by citizen activists in the open air of Main Street communities all across our country. We're fighting for a White House that's not the site of a daily reunion by old buddies looking for new favors, but a place for the union of voices with nothing but one fancy word in their title: "American." When I'm President, with your help, these are the fights we're going to win. I'm ready to wage this fight - and I'm ready to win this fight. I've been there for the tough fights - and I haven't backed down. I've beaten them before - and I'm ready to do it again. I've been there when the doors are closed and the smooth lobbyists get down to business. But I've stood my ground and fought for what's right. I took on corporate polluters when acid rain was threatening our children. I took on the big insurance companies to help make sure people could keep their health care when they moved from job to job. I led the fight to stop drilling in the Alaskan wilderness, and I'm fighting now to stop George Bush from letting special interests with special access rewrite the Clean Air Act. I've taken on the special interests and won. And as President, I'm going to do it again. And I'm going to keep doing it until we've given everyday Americans the country they deserve. I'm going to stand up to the special interests and stand on the side of ordinary American families. And I won't leave their side until the job is done. It seems like every campaign season, we're always talking about sharing prosperity and bringing back jobs and making health care affordable. And for hardworking Americans, it always seems like a better life is just beyond their reach. Just when parents think they've put enough savings away for their kids' college tuition, big corporations lobby Congress to eliminate their overtime pay. Just when families think they can afford health care, insurance companies get to raise their premiums to a price that's breaks their budget. Just when children think it's safe to breathe the air and drink the water where they live, corporate polluters get the green light to dump toxic waste in their neighborhood. Bringing jobs and prosperity to America have been a core commitment of our party since the beginning, and we have stood up for affordable health care ever since Harry Truman first fought for it in the 1940s. But many times, powerful special interests have beat back our efforts at reform. Well this time, we're gonna beat them. And we're going to start by changing the rules of the road in Washington. In my first 100 days, we will reinstate the five-year ban on lobbying so that government officials cannot cash in by peddling influence. And we'll shine the light on the secret deals in Washington by requiring every meeting with a lobbyist or any special interest deal inserted into a bill by a lobbyist be made public. "We the people" is the first line of our Constitution. And when I'm President, the American people won't be last in line in our country anymore. And once we've changed the rules of the road, we can start putting America on the road to prosperity, good jobs, and health care that Americans can afford. You deserve better than a special interest recovery. Last month, the headlines read "Bush Trumpets Economic Recovery," but the only thing certain about that trumpet is that its sound is heard only by a privileged few. They may be celebrating this so-called recovery in the White House and on Wall Street, but it's not so rosy in places all over Iowa and across America. In an economy that grew at 8 percent last quarter, the average American got to bring home an extra three cents for every hour of work. Three cents. That's the slowest wage growth in 40 years. America has a problem when the workers who help build this economy are pocketing pennies while the few bragging about a recovery are bagging billions. America can do better than a Bush-league recovery - we can have a real recovery that reaches every American. And as President, we'll fight together to get us there. In my first 100 days as President, I will fight to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so that we can invest in education and health care. And we will increase the minimum wage so that working families can make ends meet. We'll beat back the special interest job market. In this economy, corporate profits are up a record 46 percent. But George Bush has lost more jobs than any President since Herbert Hoover. I'm not satisfied with a job-loss recovery, and to put America back to work, we need to put George Bush and Dick Cheney out of work. When I'm President, we will scour the tax code and close every single loophole for companies that take jobs offshore. We will reward companies that create jobs here in America with a new manufacturing jobs tax credit and by helping with health care costs. And we will give the American people the information they need so that they can choose to support American jobs staying on American soil. A quarter of a million call center jobs have been sent overseas in the past three years. That's why today I'm announcing that if you're doing business over the phone, you have a right to know if the company you're calling is using American labor or sending the calls - and the jobs - overseas. You deserve to know whether your calls are answered by workers in Iowa or India. And when I'm President, you will. It's bad enough that companies are sending so many jobs overseas, but the last thing we need is to send government jobs overseas. Today, the jobs for taxpayer-funded government services in New Jersey are being filled by offshore labor. When I am President, I'll make sure that if government contracts can be performed by American workers, then they'll get the jobs. If you need a reminder of what's at stake in this election, consider this: Starting up the country of origin labeling program is going to be delayed for two years - in a vote that's scheduled to occur on January 20th - the day after the Iowa Caucuses. It's no surprise that the Iowa Cattlemen support country of origin labeling even though the National Cattlemen oppose it. And we need a President who will hear the voice of small farmers and everyday Iowans who know we need this important legislation - and need it now. Finally, we need to beat back the special interest health care system. George Bush promised us action on health care when he ran for President. But every year he's been in office, your premiums have risen by double digits. Every year he's been in office, another million Americans have lost their health insurance. And this President hasn't lifted a finger to help. Instead, he's been fighting for the big insurance companies and HMOs that line his campaign coffers-the same ones that have caused so much of the hurt in the first place. In my first 100 days as President, I'll offer affordable health care for all Americans by cutting costs and stopping skyrocketing premiums. The average health care cost per person in Iowa is about $4,000. Under my plan, you'll see real savings of up to $1,000 on that bill. No one in this race will fight harder than I will to cover the uninsured and get to universal coverage, but I also think it's time someone in government stood up and fought for the Americans who have health insurance but are getting killed when they try to pay their bills. And I'm going to fight for them. If you want to see a prime example of Republican's working for powerful interests, just look at this latest Medicare bill. This bill is less about prescription drug benefits and more a prescription to benefit big drug companies. Right here in Iowa, the price of prescription drugs has risen by over 10% in one year! Not surprisingly, the big drug companies and HMO's spent $139 million lobbying Congress and they're going to get $139 billion in return. That's not a bad investment. Say what you want about President Bush, its clear his powerful campaign contributors get what they pay for. But we're getting left with the tab. But drug companies aren't ready to settle for making millions of off seniors in the free market - they're also pulling every string they know of to stifle competition and create their own special interest market where it's illegal to send back cheaper versions of the same exact drugs from Canada. American seniors would save millions a year on the very same prescriptions that Canadian seniors take, but big drug companies just won't give them a break - and this President stand on their side. I'm going to stand on the side of seniors who need our help. As your President, I will wake up every day ready to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. That also means standing up for those who hardly ever have someone fighting for them. America's poor and working poor - and Americans with disabilities. I think of my friend Max Cleland - an American hero who overcame these barriers. He left three limbs on the battlefield after serving his country bravely in Vietnam, but never stopped moving when he returned home to America. He moved obstacles that stood in his way, he moved people with his courage and strength, and with a lot of hard work, he eventually moved into the United States Senate. No one in America has done more than Iowa's Tom Harkin to advance the cause of Americans with Disabilities. And when I am President, the voices of the disabled - and the whisper of all those to weak to shout - will reach the White House once more. Today, as our campaign launches "Women's Voices on the Trail," I also want to say how grateful I am for the support of the many talented and accomplished women who will take their voices on the campaign trail in the coming weeks and months. Women know what it's like to be shut out of this White House just as well as anyone. Their voices have been silenced and their choices threatened by an Administration that welcomes ring-wing special interests and extremist judges with open arms. It's time those voices were heard once again. The issues that were once consigned to a corner called "women's issues," need to be the concern of all of us. It's time for an equal day's pay for an equal day's work to become a reality and not just a slogan. And whether it is choice or Title Nine or affirmative action - all Americans pay the price when progress is reversed. When I am President, women's voices will not just travel on the campaign trail, they will sound openly from the workplace to the doctor's office, echo in the White House, and ring proudly from positions within my Administration. I'm running for President because I'm going to fight for Americans who need someone on their side. Unlike George Bush, I believe America's strength doesn't just come from captains of industry or corporate leaders on the cover of Fortune. I believe it flows from the dedication and productivity of millions whose lifestyles aren't rich or famous but who work hard and do what's right. They get up each morning, go to work, raise their children and pay their taxes. They don't ask for special favors or special recognition. They simply want fairness. A salary that pays the bills. A health care system where a check-up doesn't empty the family checkbook. A workplace that's fair. College tuition that's affordable. And a chance for their children to have a better life than their parents. That's not too much to ask for. And the American people have waited too long for someone to deliver. The time for waiting is over. I'm ready to get it done. And I ask you to join me in this fight.
SENATOR JOHN KERRY DELIVERS MAJOR SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY IN DES MOINES, IOWA / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -
[SENATOR JOHN KERRY DELIVERS MAJOR SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY IN DES MOINES, IOWA / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -] [SENATOR JOHN KERRY / RS 109 / CBS / 1:40 PM -] [DES MOINES, IOWA USA] With only two weeks left before Iowans go to vote, everywhere I go people are looking for someone who will stand on their side. I am running for President because I'm going to fight for you - and I am ready to get things done. As the time for campaigning wraps up and the time for caucusing approaches, we're out there on the trail morning, noon, and night. But a few weeks ago, we decided that even that wasn't enough time to reach out. So we spent a full twenty-four hours straight visiting Iowans in the places they work - on factories and farms, in hospitals and day care centers. When December turns to January and the caucus draws near, it sometimes seems that ears on politicians have become about as rare ears on corn. So I spent the day doing more listening than talking. No yelling, no pointing. No ranting or raving. I just listened. What I heard wasn't that surprising, but it was important. People told me about their struggle to make a decent living and to give their children the chance to live out their dreams. I heard factory workers worry about jobs in Sioux City disappearing to Singapore - about their employers finding cheaper labor in Malaysia than Marshalltown. I heard mothers and fathers talk about how hard it is these days to be good parents and good workers at the same time. I heard farmers share their frustration that huge corporate hog lots that are squeezing family farms and shrinking the chance of everyday Iowans to make a living off the land. I heard nurses talk about patients who battle HMOs for hospital visits, and women working two jobs tell me about their struggles to get by on a minimum wage. These quiet struggles of everyday Americans are at the heart of what this campaign season should be all about. Too often, they're drowned out by all the political shouting and spinning, but you don't have to listen too carefully to hear them loud and clear. We should never forget that this election is not about the ads or the attacks, the polls or the pundits, or even about the nine of us running for President. It's about all of you, and the opportunity - the responsibility - you have been given to replace George Bush with a President who will wake up every day ready to fight for you - and fight for what's right. And with your help, that's just what I'll do as President of the United States. But we've got competition in that fight. Today, big corporations and K Street lobbyists trip over themselves to fund the Bush-Cheney campaign. And it's no surprise. In the Bush Administration, you get what you pay for. And if you have the right connections and a fat bank account, you can afford the access to the inner circle and the Oval Office. That's wrong, and when I'm President, we're going to let the American people back in. We need to end an Administration that lets companies like Halliburton ship their old boss to the White House and get special treatment while they ship American jobs overseas. We need to end an Administration that lets WorldCom bilks Iowa taxpayers out of their jobs and savings and then rewards them by letting them go without paying any taxes of their own. And we need to end an Administration where polluters who contribute to the Republican Party get invited to secret meetings in the White House where they're allowed to rewrite clean air and clean water laws. It used to be that lobbyists and CEOs slipped in and out of the revolving door between government and corporate America. But in this Administration, they've kicked in the revolving door, torn down the wall between public service and private profit, and stampeded into positions of power all over the White House. Today's cabinet members are yesterday's corporate board members, and former foreign lobbyists are put in charge of the very laws that send American jobs overseas. If you're a lobbyist looking for a secret task force, you're invited right in. But if you're laid off and looking for unemployment benefits, they'll make you cool your heels in the front hall. And if you're with big oil, big pharmaceuticals, or big HMOs, you'll get a big time slot for your meeting. But if you're a firefighter trying to get the equipment you need, they'll tell you the calendar's full. 14:54:24 In this White House, if you're a corporate crony calling for another tax giveaway, they'll put you right through. But if you're a middle-class family calling for some tax fairness, you'll have to leave a message, 14:55:08 I'm running for President because the American people are calling for help and it's about time that someone in the White House picked up the phone. Because middle-class families have an agenda too and it's about time someone in the White House held a special meeting for them. Because hardworking Americans who are building this economy want fairness and it's about time someone in the White House cut them a deal. Here's our message for the special interest lobbyists and crooked CEOs who call this White House home: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. We're coming in and we're cleaning house. That's what this fight is all about. We're fighting for a government that listens to the voices of every American, not just those with the connections and the campaign cash. Where the humble hopes of hardworking families are not smothered by the heavy hand of special interests. We're fighting for an America where the decisions that shape our country's future are made not in the smoky backrooms of K Street, but by citizen activists in the open air of Main Street communities all across our country. We're fighting for a White House that's not the site of a daily reunion by old buddies looking for new favors, but a place for the union of voices with nothing but one fancy word in their title: "American." When I'm President, with your help, these are the fights we're going to win. I'm ready to wage this fight - and I'm ready to win this fight. I've been there for the tough fights - and I haven't backed down. I've beaten them before - and I'm ready to do it again. I've been there when the doors are closed and the smooth lobbyists get down to business. But I've stood my ground and fought for what's right. I took on corporate polluters when acid rain was threatening our children. I took on the big insurance companies to help make sure people could keep their health care when they moved from job to job. I led the fight to stop drilling in the Alaskan wilderness, and I'm fighting now to stop George Bush from letting special interests with special access rewrite the Clean Air Act. I've taken on the special interests and won. And as President, I'm going to do it again. And I'm going to keep doing it until we've given everyday Americans the country they deserve. I'm going to stand up to the special interests and stand on the side of ordinary American families. And I won't leave their side until the job is done. It seems like every campaign season, we're always talking about sharing prosperity and bringing back jobs and making health care affordable. And for hardworking Americans, it always seems like a better life is just beyond their reach. Just when parents think they've put enough savings away for their kids' college tuition, big corporations lobby Congress to eliminate their overtime pay. Just when families think they can afford health care, insurance companies get to raise their premiums to a price that's breaks their budget. Just when children think it's safe to breathe the air and drink the water where they live, corporate polluters get the green light to dump toxic waste in their neighborhood. Bringing jobs and prosperity to America have been a core commitment of our party since the beginning, and we have stood up for affordable health care ever since Harry Truman first fought for it in the 1940s. But many times, powerful special interests have beat back our efforts at reform. Well this time, we're gonna beat them. And we're going to start by changing the rules of the road in Washington. In my first 100 days, we will reinstate the five-year ban on lobbying so that government officials cannot cash in by peddling influence. And we'll shine the light on the secret deals in Washington by requiring every meeting with a lobbyist or any special interest deal inserted into a bill by a lobbyist be made public. "We the people" is the first line of our Constitution. And when I'm President, the American people won't be last in line in our country anymore. And once we've changed the rules of the road, we can start putting America on the road to prosperity, good jobs, and health care that Americans can afford. You deserve better than a special interest recovery. Last month, the headlines read "Bush Trumpets Economic Recovery," but the only thing certain about that trumpet is that its sound is heard only by a privileged few. They may be celebrating this so-called recovery in the White House and on Wall Street, but it's not so rosy in places all over Iowa and across America. In an economy that grew at 8 percent last quarter, the average American got to bring home an extra three cents for every hour of work. Three cents. That's the slowest wage growth in 40 years. America has a problem when the workers who help build this economy are pocketing pennies while the few bragging about a recovery are bagging billions. America can do better than a Bush-league recovery - we can have a real recovery that reaches every American. And as President, we'll fight together to get us there. In my first 100 days as President, I will fight to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so that we can invest in education and health care. And we will increase the minimum wage so that working families can make ends meet. We'll beat back the special interest job market. In this economy, corporate profits are up a record 46 percent. But George Bush has lost more jobs than any President since Herbert Hoover. I'm not satisfied with a job-loss recovery, and to put America back to work, we need to put George Bush and Dick Cheney out of work. When I'm President, we will scour the tax code and close every single loophole for companies that take jobs offshore. We will reward companies that create jobs here in America with a new manufacturing jobs tax credit and by helping with health care costs. And we will give the American people the information they need so that they can choose to support American jobs staying on American soil. A quarter of a million call center jobs have been sent overseas in the past three years. That's why today I'm announcing that if you're doing business over the phone, you have a right to know if the company you're calling is using American labor or sending the calls - and the jobs - overseas. You deserve to know whether your calls are answered by workers in Iowa or India. And when I'm President, you will. It's bad enough that companies are sending so many jobs overseas, but the last thing we need is to send government jobs overseas. Today, the jobs for taxpayer-funded government services in New Jersey are being filled by offshore labor. When I am President, I'll make sure that if government contracts can be performed by American workers, then they'll get the jobs. If you need a reminder of what's at stake in this election, consider this: Starting up the country of origin labeling program is going to be delayed for two years - in a vote that's scheduled to occur on January 20th - the day after the Iowa Caucuses. It's no surprise that the Iowa Cattlemen support country of origin labeling even though the National Cattlemen oppose it. And we need a President who will hear the voice of small farmers and everyday Iowans who know we need this important legislation - and need it now. Finally, we need to beat back the special interest health care system. George Bush promised us action on health care when he ran for President. But every year he's been in office, your premiums have risen by double digits. Every year he's been in office, another million Americans have lost their health insurance. And this President hasn't lifted a finger to help. Instead, he's been fighting for the big insurance companies and HMOs that line his campaign coffers-the same ones that have caused so much of the hurt in the first place. In my first 100 days as President, I'll offer affordable health care for all Americans by cutting costs and stopping skyrocketing premiums. The average health care cost per person in Iowa is about $4,000. Under my plan, you'll see real savings of up to $1,000 on that bill. No one in this race will fight harder than I will to cover the uninsured and get to universal coverage, but I also think it's time someone in government stood up and fought for the Americans who have health insurance but are getting killed when they try to pay their bills. And I'm going to fight for them. If you want to see a prime example of Republican's working for powerful interests, just look at this latest Medicare bill. This bill is less about prescription drug benefits and more a prescription to benefit big drug companies. Right here in Iowa, the price of prescription drugs has risen by over 10% in one year! Not surprisingly, the big drug companies and HMO's spent $139 million lobbying Congress and they're going to get $139 billion in return. That's not a bad investment. Say what you want about President Bush, its clear his powerful campaign contributors get what they pay for. But we're getting left with the tab. But drug companies aren't ready to settle for making millions of off seniors in the free market - they're also pulling every string they know of to stifle competition and create their own special interest market where it's illegal to send back cheaper versions of the same exact drugs from Canada. American seniors would save millions a year on the very same prescriptions that Canadian seniors take, but big drug companies just won't give them a break - and this President stand on their side. I'm going to stand on the side of seniors who need our help. As your President, I will wake up every day ready to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. That also means standing up for those who hardly ever have someone fighting for them. America's poor and working poor - and Americans with disabilities. I think of my friend Max Cleland - an American hero who overcame these barriers. He left three limbs on the battlefield after serving his country bravely in Vietnam, but never stopped moving when he returned home to America. He moved obstacles that stood in his way, he moved people with his courage and strength, and with a lot of hard work, he eventually moved into the United States Senate. No one in America has done more than Iowa's Tom Harkin to advance the cause of Americans with Disabilities. And when I am President, the voices of the disabled - and the whisper of all those to weak to shout - will reach the White House once more. Today, as our campaign launches "Women's Voices on the Trail," I also want to say how grateful I am for the support of the many talented and accomplished women who will take their voices on the campaign trail in the coming weeks and months. Women know what it's like to be shut out of this White House just as well as anyone. Their voices have been silenced and their choices threatened by an Administration that welcomes ring-wing special interests and extremist judges with open arms. It's time those voices were heard once again. The issues that were once consigned to a corner called "women's issues," need to be the concern of all of us. It's time for an equal day's pay for an equal day's work to become a reality and not just a slogan. And whether it is choice or Title Nine or affirmative action - all Americans pay the price when progress is reversed. When I am President, women's voices will not just travel on the campaign trail, they will sound openly from the workplace to the doctor's office, echo in the White House, and ring proudly from positions within my Administration. I'm running for President because I'm going to fight for Americans who need someone on their side. Unlike George Bush, I believe America's strength doesn't just come from captains of industry or corporate leaders on the cover of Fortune. I believe it flows from the dedication and productivity of millions whose lifestyles aren't rich or famous but who work hard and do what's right. They get up each morning, go to work, raise their children and pay their taxes. They don't ask for special favors or special recognition. They simply want fairness. A salary that pays the bills. A health care system where a check-up doesn't empty the family checkbook. A workplace that's fair. College tuition that's affordable. And a chance for their children to have a better life than their parents. That's not too much to ask for. And the American people have waited too long for someone to deliver. The time for waiting is over. I'm ready to get it done. And I ask you to join me in this fight.
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Stix
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Addresses rally at the 2004 Farm Progress Show Des Moines, Iowa RS 20, X83 Stix Tape One RS 20 / X83 President Bush live remarks at Farm Progress Show in Des Moines, IA STIX Slugged: 1545 WH IA X83 Tuesday, August 31, 2004 15:58:00 McCain walkout 15:58:07 bush walk out 15:58:31 wave 16:01:00 by the way Rudy g gives a good speech 16:01:07 we need to get him down here to IA to eat some real food 16:01:20 we are in a struggle that's going to last a long time, this president will not falter, fail, we ill 16:01:41 shake hands at podium 16:01:50 ws 16:01:52 thank you all for coming, it's great to be 16:02:02 as you can see I am traveling in good company 16:02:11 set the message straight 16:02:20 hero, and great US Senator 16:02:40 the heart and is right here in IA 16:03:00 Laura is warming up for her speech tonight 16:03:15 I'm really proud of her 16:03:27 most important so that Laura is the first lady for four more years 16:06:26 hog raisers!!! 16:06:38 I'm asking for your vote 16:08:12 I'm running with a good man DC, 16:08:21 I did not pick him for his looks, for sound experience 16:08:38 more that needs to be done 16:09:26 medicare called mediscare - no one would touch it 16:10:57 in order to make sure health care is affordable and available we need to stop these frivolous lawsuits 16:11:19 I don't think you can be pro, dr. pro plaintiff, 16:11:29 my opponent has made his choice and he put him on the ticket 16:11:40 I am for medical reform now 16:11:50 made by you, not by bureaucrats in dc 16:12:03 we have been through a lot 16:12:21 small 16:12:38 pay taxes you ought to get relief 16:12:47 I think the tax code ought to encourage marriage not discourage marriage 16:13:31 unemployment rate in your great state is at 4.? % 16:13:45 a strong farm econ is good for our nation's economy 16:14:05 that is good for the USA and I intend to keep it that way 16:14:16 there is more work to be down to make sure the economy grows 16:14:28 energy - clean coal technology 16:14:39 recognizes 16:14:44 I believe in ethanol and I believe in bio-diesel 16:15:00 corn crop is up and we are less dependent on foreign sources of energy 16:15:23 we open up our market 16:15:34 demand at better price and better quality 16:15:45 people treat us the way we treat them 16:16:13 all you need is a chance 16:16:29 everyday is earth day when you own your own land 16:16:44 strong believe in the crp plan 16:16:54 right now we have 35 million acres 16:17:08 make sure plan protected I have dir the sec of ? 16:17:26 there's more work to do 16:17:32 be smart how we spend your money in Wash, DC 16:17:42 keep you taxes 16:17:49 I'm running against a fellow who is promising 2 trillion 16:18:01 oh, we'll just tax the rich 16:18:09 if you hear him, hold onto your wallet 16:18:16 we won't let him b/c we are going to win IA and the country in 2004 16:18:30 we have more to do 16:18:36 America's future depends on our willingness 16:18:46 the world will drift towards tragedy.this will not happen on our watch 16:19:03 we have changed the world 16:19:37 b/c we acted many young girls go to school for the first time 16:19:52 b/c we acted, America and the world are safer 16:20:07 Libya - 16:20:16 the leader of Libya has abandoned his weapons and America and the world are safer 16:20:41 missiles at pilot 16:20:49 he harbored terrorist, subsidized, killed thousands, source of great source of instability 16:21:12 I saw at threat 16:21:15 after September 11 we must deal with threat b/f they fully materialize 16:21:31 when we see a threat, we must deal with those threats 16:21:47 I went to congress, looked at info, 16:21:57 including my opponent 16:22:05 we must try all means necessary 16:22:13 went to UN and said saddam is a threat 16:22:23 they came to the same conclusion 16:22:37 the world spoke with one voice 16:22:44 he defied the demands of the free world 16:22:56 deceived UN inspectors 16:23:02 I had a choice to make, given that choice, I will defend America every time 16:23:22 even though we did find the stockpiles, saddaam had the capabilities 16:23:39 risk we couldn't afford 16:23:43 I would have made the same decision 16:23:57 America and the world are safer w/ Saddam 16:24:07 now almost two years after he voted for the war..7 mo 16:24:20 now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq 16:24:38 thank him for clearing that up 16:24:45 still over 60 days for him to change his mind again 16:24:57 I'm running b/c I know there is more to do 16:25:07 you can't talk sense, can't negotiate, or hope for the best 16:25:18 we must pursue them around the world so we don't have to deal with them at home 16:25:32 we are winning this war against the terrorist and we will win the war against the terrorist 16:25:49 we must lead 16:25:53 more than 40 nations 16:25:59 over the next four years I will continue to build strong 16:26:12 not turn over decisions to leaders of other countries 16:26:25 we will keep out commitment to help 16:26:33 be peaceful, democratic, and 16:26:42 keep our commit b./c it's in our interests 16:26:53 same time we will help them emerge 16:27:09 completely mission as soon as possible so our troops do not stay a day longer than necessary 16:27:31 US has a fantastic military 16:27:40 I have seen their decency and courage 16:27:50 that's why I went to congress to purpose supplemental funding, ammo.spare parts 16:28:13 funding was necessary 16:28:19 support so strong 16:28:23 only 12 against it -2 of whom are my opponent and his running mate 16:28:49 hey.finally said, it's just a complicated matter 16:29:01 there is nothing complicated about it 16:29:18 a free and democratic will serve as powerful examples 16:29:50 io belie in the transformational 16:30:02 your dads fought against the Japanese 16:30:10 b/c liberty can transform people 16:30:17 now self governing nation 16:30:23 think about the fact that I am talking to the leader of a former enemy 16:30:33 someday US and leader of Iraq will be talking about making the work a safer place 16:30:58 serving deepest ideals 16:31:03 freedom almighty Gods gift 16:31:15 we will continue to work hard to protect you at home 16:32:15 many like status 16:32:28 we're getting the job done 16:32:37 when it comes to health care reform we are getting the job done 16:32:50 economy.we are getting the job done 16:33:01 securing peace.getting the job done 16:33:09 when it comes time to choose a pres.do me a favor - vote for someone who can get the job done 16:33:31 at my convention speech Thursday 16:33:41 talk about fact about the changing world 16:33:51 promote an ownership society 16:34:02 health care.take from job to job 16:34:10 personal savings account 16:34:18 baby boomers 16:34:42 more and more people are owning their own homes 16:34:55 when you own something you have a vital stake 16:35:29 we stand for institution like family and marriage 16:35:40 we stand for a culture for life .every person counts 16:35:53 judges.don't just legislate from the bench 16:36:03 stand for culture of responsibility 16:36:17 we are responsible for our decisions in life 16:36:26 if you are a parent, you are responsible to love your child 16:36:35 if you care about education 16:36:45 CEO is corporate in America you are responsible 16:36:58 love your neighbor 16:37:17 time resolve 16:37:26 none of us will never forget 16:37:51 do not let me down 16:37:55 I have a duty that does not 16:38:01 I will never relent on defending America.I will do whatever it takes 16:38:17 we've come through a lot together 16:38:40 more to be done to spread freedom 16:38:48 if you gave me the honor I would uphold the honor and dignity 16:39:00 I will do so for the next four years 16:39:12 standing ovation 16:39:19 ws 16:39:23 ms Bush on stage glad handing 16:40:30 various 16:50:22 various glad handing 16:50:47 mws bush
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Stix
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Addresses rally at the 2004 Farm Progress Show Des Moines, Iowa RS 20, X83 Stix Tape One RS 20 / X83 President Bush live remarks at Farm Progress Show in Des Moines, IA STIX Slugged: 1545 WH IA X83 Tuesday, August 31, 2004 15:58:00 McCain walkout 15:58:07 bush walk out 15:58:31 wave 16:01:00 by the way Rudy g gives a good speech 16:01:07 we need to get him down here to IA to eat some real food 16:01:20 we are in a struggle that's going to last a long time, this president will not falter, fail, we ill 16:01:41 shake hands at podium 16:01:50 ws 16:01:52 thank you all for coming, it's great to be 16:02:02 as you can see I am traveling in good company 16:02:11 set the message straight 16:02:20 hero, and great US Senator 16:02:40 the heart and is right here in IA 16:03:00 Laura is warming up for her speech tonight 16:03:15 I'm really proud of her 16:03:27 most important so that Laura is the first lady for four more years 16:06:26 hog raisers!!! 16:06:38 I'm asking for your vote 16:08:12 I'm running with a good man DC, 16:08:21 I did not pick him for his looks, for sound experience 16:08:38 more that needs to be done 16:09:26 medicare called mediscare - no one would touch it 16:10:57 in order to make sure health care is affordable and available we need to stop these frivolous lawsuits 16:11:19 I don't think you can be pro, dr. pro plaintiff, 16:11:29 my opponent has made his choice and he put him on the ticket 16:11:40 I am for medical reform now 16:11:50 made by you, not by bureaucrats in dc 16:12:03 we have been through a lot 16:12:21 small 16:12:38 pay taxes you ought to get relief 16:12:47 I think the tax code ought to encourage marriage not discourage marriage 16:13:31 unemployment rate in your great state is at 4.? % 16:13:45 a strong farm econ is good for our nation's economy 16:14:05 that is good for the USA and I intend to keep it that way 16:14:16 there is more work to be down to make sure the economy grows 16:14:28 energy - clean coal technology 16:14:39 recognizes 16:14:44 I believe in ethanol and I believe in bio-diesel 16:15:00 corn crop is up and we are less dependent on foreign sources of energy 16:15:23 we open up our market 16:15:34 demand at better price and better quality 16:15:45 people treat us the way we treat them 16:16:13 all you need is a chance 16:16:29 everyday is earth day when you own your own land 16:16:44 strong believe in the crp plan 16:16:54 right now we have 35 million acres 16:17:08 make sure plan protected I have dir the sec of ? 16:17:26 there's more work to do 16:17:32 be smart how we spend your money in Wash, DC 16:17:42 keep you taxes 16:17:49 I'm running against a fellow who is promising 2 trillion 16:18:01 oh, we'll just tax the rich 16:18:09 if you hear him, hold onto your wallet 16:18:16 we won't let him b/c we are going to win IA and the country in 2004 16:18:30 we have more to do 16:18:36 America's future depends on our willingness 16:18:46 the world will drift towards tragedy.this will not happen on our watch 16:19:03 we have changed the world 16:19:37 b/c we acted many young girls go to school for the first time 16:19:52 b/c we acted, America and the world are safer 16:20:07 Libya - 16:20:16 the leader of Libya has abandoned his weapons and America and the world are safer 16:20:41 missiles at pilot 16:20:49 he harbored terrorist, subsidized, killed thousands, source of great source of instability 16:21:12 I saw at threat 16:21:15 after September 11 we must deal with threat b/f they fully materialize 16:21:31 when we see a threat, we must deal with those threats 16:21:47 I went to congress, looked at info, 16:21:57 including my opponent 16:22:05 we must try all means necessary 16:22:13 went to UN and said saddam is a threat 16:22:23 they came to the same conclusion 16:22:37 the world spoke with one voice 16:22:44 he defied the demands of the free world 16:22:56 deceived UN inspectors 16:23:02 I had a choice to make, given that choice, I will defend America every time 16:23:22 even though we did find the stockpiles, saddaam had the capabilities 16:23:39 risk we couldn't afford 16:23:43 I would have made the same decision 16:23:57 America and the world are safer w/ Saddam 16:24:07 now almost two years after he voted for the war..7 mo 16:24:20 now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq 16:24:38 thank him for clearing that up 16:24:45 still over 60 days for him to change his mind again 16:24:57 I'm running b/c I know there is more to do 16:25:07 you can't talk sense, can't negotiate, or hope for the best 16:25:18 we must pursue them around the world so we don't have to deal with them at home 16:25:32 we are winning this war against the terrorist and we will win the war against the terrorist 16:25:49 we must lead 16:25:53 more than 40 nations 16:25:59 over the next four years I will continue to build strong 16:26:12 not turn over decisions to leaders of other countries 16:26:25 we will keep out commitment to help 16:26:33 be peaceful, democratic, and 16:26:42 keep our commit b./c it's in our interests 16:26:53 same time we will help them emerge 16:27:09 completely mission as soon as possible so our troops do not stay a day longer than necessary 16:27:31 US has a fantastic military 16:27:40 I have seen their decency and courage 16:27:50 that's why I went to congress to purpose supplemental funding, ammo.spare parts 16:28:13 funding was necessary 16:28:19 support so strong 16:28:23 only 12 against it -2 of whom are my opponent and his running mate 16:28:49 hey.finally said, it's just a complicated matter 16:29:01 there is nothing complicated about it 16:29:18 a free and democratic will serve as powerful examples 16:29:50 io belie in the transformational 16:30:02 your dads fought against the Japanese 16:30:10 b/c liberty can transform people 16:30:17 now self governing nation 16:30:23 think about the fact that I am talking to the leader of a former enemy 16:30:33 someday US and leader of Iraq will be talking about making the work a safer place 16:30:58 serving deepest ideals 16:31:03 freedom almighty Gods gift 16:31:15 we will continue to work hard to protect you at home 16:32:15 many like status 16:32:28 we're getting the job done 16:32:37 when it comes to health care reform we are getting the job done 16:32:50 economy.we are getting the job done 16:33:01 securing peace.getting the job done 16:33:09 when it comes time to choose a pres.do me a favor - vote for someone who can get the job done 16:33:31 at my convention speech Thursday 16:33:41 talk about fact about the changing world 16:33:51 promote an ownership society 16:34:02 health care.take from job to job 16:34:10 personal savings account 16:34:18 baby boomers 16:34:42 more and more people are owning their own homes 16:34:55 when you own something you have a vital stake 16:35:29 we stand for institution like family and marriage 16:35:40 we stand for a culture for life .every person counts 16:35:53 judges.don't just legislate from the bench 16:36:03 stand for culture of responsibility 16:36:17 we are responsible for our decisions in life 16:36:26 if you are a parent, you are responsible to love your child 16:36:35 if you care about education 16:36:45 CEO is corporate in America you are responsible 16:36:58 love your neighbor 16:37:17 time resolve 16:37:26 none of us will never forget 16:37:51 do not let me down 16:37:55 I have a duty that does not 16:38:01 I will never relent on defending America.I will do whatever it takes 16:38:17 we've come through a lot together 16:38:40 more to be done to spread freedom 16:38:48 if you gave me the honor I would uphold the honor and dignity 16:39:00 I will do so for the next four years 16:39:12 standing ovation 16:39:19 ws 16:39:23 ms Bush on stage glad handing 16:40:30 various 16:50:22 various glad handing 16:50:47 mws bush
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Stix
President George W Bush remarks at 2004 Farm Progress Show Addresses rally at the 2004 Farm Progress Show Des Moines, Iowa RS 20, X83 Stix Tape One RS 20 / X83 President Bush live remarks at Farm Progress Show in Des Moines, IA STIX Slugged: 1545 WH IA X83 Tuesday, August 31, 2004 15:58:00 McCain walkout 15:58:07 bush walk out 15:58:31 wave 16:01:00 by the way Rudy g gives a good speech 16:01:07 we need to get him down here to IA to eat some real food 16:01:20 we are in a struggle that's going to last a long time, this president will not falter, fail, we ill 16:01:41 shake hands at podium 16:01:50 ws 16:01:52 thank you all for coming, it's great to be 16:02:02 as you can see I am traveling in good company 16:02:11 set the message straight 16:02:20 hero, and great US Senator 16:02:40 the heart and is right here in IA 16:03:00 Laura is warming up for her speech tonight 16:03:15 I'm really proud of her 16:03:27 most important so that Laura is the first lady for four more years 16:06:26 hog raisers!!! 16:06:38 I'm asking for your vote 16:08:12 I'm running with a good man DC, 16:08:21 I did not pick him for his looks, for sound experience 16:08:38 more that needs to be done 16:09:26 medicare called mediscare - no one would touch it 16:10:57 in order to make sure health care is affordable and available we need to stop these frivolous lawsuits 16:11:19 I don't think you can be pro, dr. pro plaintiff, 16:11:29 my opponent has made his choice and he put him on the ticket 16:11:40 I am for medical reform now 16:11:50 made by you, not by bureaucrats in dc 16:12:03 we have been through a lot 16:12:21 small 16:12:38 pay taxes you ought to get relief 16:12:47 I think the tax code ought to encourage marriage not discourage marriage 16:13:31 unemployment rate in your great state is at 4.? % 16:13:45 a strong farm econ is good for our nation's economy 16:14:05 that is good for the USA and I intend to keep it that way 16:14:16 there is more work to be down to make sure the economy grows 16:14:28 energy - clean coal technology 16:14:39 recognizes 16:14:44 I believe in ethanol and I believe in bio-diesel 16:15:00 corn crop is up and we are less dependent on foreign sources of energy 16:15:23 we open up our market 16:15:34 demand at better price and better quality 16:15:45 people treat us the way we treat them 16:16:13 all you need is a chance 16:16:29 everyday is earth day when you own your own land 16:16:44 strong believe in the crp plan 16:16:54 right now we have 35 million acres 16:17:08 make sure plan protected I have dir the sec of ? 16:17:26 there's more work to do 16:17:32 be smart how we spend your money in Wash, DC 16:17:42 keep you taxes 16:17:49 I'm running against a fellow who is promising 2 trillion 16:18:01 oh, we'll just tax the rich 16:18:09 if you hear him, hold onto your wallet 16:18:16 we won't let him b/c we are going to win IA and the country in 2004 16:18:30 we have more to do 16:18:36 America's future depends on our willingness 16:18:46 the world will drift towards tragedy.this will not happen on our watch 16:19:03 we have changed the world 16:19:37 b/c we acted many young girls go to school for the first time 16:19:52 b/c we acted, America and the world are safer 16:20:07 Libya - 16:20:16 the leader of Libya has abandoned his weapons and America and the world are safer 16:20:41 missiles at pilot 16:20:49 he harbored terrorist, subsidized, killed thousands, source of great source of instability 16:21:12 I saw at threat 16:21:15 after September 11 we must deal with threat b/f they fully materialize 16:21:31 when we see a threat, we must deal with those threats 16:21:47 I went to congress, looked at info, 16:21:57 including my opponent 16:22:05 we must try all means necessary 16:22:13 went to UN and said saddam is a threat 16:22:23 they came to the same conclusion 16:22:37 the world spoke with one voice 16:22:44 he defied the demands of the free world 16:22:56 deceived UN inspectors 16:23:02 I had a choice to make, given that choice, I will defend America every time 16:23:22 even though we did find the stockpiles, saddaam had the capabilities 16:23:39 risk we couldn't afford 16:23:43 I would have made the same decision 16:23:57 America and the world are safer w/ Saddam 16:24:07 now almost two years after he voted for the war..7 mo 16:24:20 now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq 16:24:38 thank him for clearing that up 16:24:45 still over 60 days for him to change his mind again 16:24:57 I'm running b/c I know there is more to do 16:25:07 you can't talk sense, can't negotiate, or hope for the best 16:25:18 we must pursue them around the world so we don't have to deal with them at home 16:25:32 we are winning this war against the terrorist and we will win the war against the terrorist 16:25:49 we must lead 16:25:53 more than 40 nations 16:25:59 over the next four years I will continue to build strong 16:26:12 not turn over decisions to leaders of other countries 16:26:25 we will keep out commitment to help 16:26:33 be peaceful, democratic, and 16:26:42 keep our commit b./c it's in our interests 16:26:53 same time we will help them emerge 16:27:09 completely mission as soon as possible so our troops do not stay a day longer than necessary 16:27:31 US has a fantastic military 16:27:40 I have seen their decency and courage 16:27:50 that's why I went to congress to purpose supplemental funding, ammo.spare parts 16:28:13 funding was necessary 16:28:19 support so strong 16:28:23 only 12 against it -2 of whom are my opponent and his running mate 16:28:49 hey.finally said, it's just a complicated matter 16:29:01 there is nothing complicated about it 16:29:18 a free and democratic will serve as powerful examples 16:29:50 io belie in the transformational 16:30:02 your dads fought against the Japanese 16:30:10 b/c liberty can transform people 16:30:17 now self governing nation 16:30:23 think about the fact that I am talking to the leader of a former enemy 16:30:33 someday US and leader of Iraq will be talking about making the work a safer place 16:30:58 serving deepest ideals 16:31:03 freedom almighty Gods gift 16:31:15 we will continue to work hard to protect you at home 16:32:15 many like status 16:32:28 we're getting the job done 16:32:37 when it comes to health care reform we are getting the job done 16:32:50 economy.we are getting the job done 16:33:01 securing peace.getting the job done 16:33:09 when it comes time to choose a pres.do me a favor - vote for someone who can get the job done 16:33:31 at my convention speech Thursday 16:33:41 talk about fact about the changing world 16:33:51 promote an ownership society 16:34:02 health care.take from job to job 16:34:10 personal savings account 16:34:18 baby boomers 16:34:42 more and more people are owning their own homes 16:34:55 when you own something you have a vital stake 16:35:29 we stand for institution like family and marriage 16:35:40 we stand for a culture for life .every person counts 16:35:53 judges.don't just legislate from the bench 16:36:03 stand for culture of responsibility 16:36:17 we are responsible for our decisions in life 16:36:26 if you are a parent, you are responsible to love your child 16:36:35 if you care about education 16:36:45 CEO is corporate in America you are responsible 16:36:58 love your neighbor 16:37:17 time resolve 16:37:26 none of us will never forget 16:37:51 do not let me down 16:37:55 I have a duty that does not 16:38:01 I will never relent on defending America.I will do whatever it takes 16:38:17 we've come through a lot together 16:38:40 more to be done to spread freedom 16:38:48 if you gave me the honor I would uphold the honor and dignity 16:39:00 I will do so for the next four years 16:39:12 standing ovation 16:39:19 ws 16:39:23 ms Bush on stage glad handing 16:40:30 various 16:50:22 various glad handing 16:50:47 mws bush
AMY KLOBUCHAR ANKENY IA POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT ABC UNI 2020
TVU 18 AMY KLOBUCHAR ANKENY IA POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT ABC UNI 080719 2020 This is my husband, Craig and we'd like to welcome you here this morning. This is a family farm, that spinning Creek family for our grandkids are the seventh generation. So. So, we'd like to get started this morning and have him Johnson. Introduce. Good morning everybody. And it's great to see such a good crowd here. I'm Pam Johnson. I'm a farmer from Northern Iowa six generation. I hate to move on, but my grandkids will be eight. It is my distinct pleasure to be able to introduce to you a true champion for Iowa families and for our farmers and for our rural communities. Amy clover char is the first woman elected to the United States Senate in Minnesota History. And And even more importantly, she's known for getting things done. In the Senate. She's committed to improving the lives of families in the heartland, and ensuring that our kids who grow up here in rural America have a chance to work and live here. When she first entered Congress, her first number one asked to was to be on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Because she understands that America's prosperity depends on the success of our farms. She has worked hard to pass the farm bill that provides farmers the support they need, including the 2018 Farm Bill, It strengthens a safety net for farmers and ranchers invest in conservation, and supports homegrown renewable energy made right here in Iowa. And today, building on everything she's achieved in the Senate, She is announcing her plan as president to strengthen our agriculture and rural communities and bridge that rural urban divide As our senator next door, She is no stranger to Iowa. And we're grateful that she could come here today for this announcement. So please help me give a warm welcome to the senior senator from Minnesota and the candidate for president of the United States. Amy Kolbert. Thank you. What a beautiful Iowa day. Thank you. This is amazing. And I want to thank so much. First of all, Pam, for that kind introduction, Yvonne, and Craig, for welcoming us to your firm today. My husband, john, where are you in here with us. We are about to embark on a 20 County Iowa Tour, which is good for any marriage, I would say. So this will be fun all over this state. And this farm is a special place. It's been in their family for five generations since 1862. And This is exactly why family farming is not only a part of history in Iowa, but our future. And that's how we want to keep it And That's why I'm here today to talk about agriculture. So I know there's a little rivalry between my state and Iowa, I get this. Like you pride yourself on a lot of things being first in corn to hogs right to food on a stick well, okay, so we're first We are first in sweet corn, sugar beets, peas, and turkeys. And there's nothing I would like to make fun of more than that Minnesota is first in Turkey. So I get that I've heard it, I understand it. But The other thing that we both have in common as is coming up soon, Is our love of our state fairs. And I'm very much looking forward to the Iowa State Fair and I kind of challenge challenge some of my competitors. Let's say I'm no stranger to state fairs, going way back to growing up. And in fact, I have a booth at our own Minnesota State Fair that I have stayed with my neighbors because I always believe in keeping with our neighbors but my neighbors include a haunted house not good for a politician right where my booth is. Pork Chop on a stick True story. And we are right strategically located in front of a snake zoo. So all these kids come screaming and fear out of the snakes Zoo and end up right in our arms at our booth so we enjoy it. But one thing we have in common, of course as strong dairy states is the butter carving. And I am looking very forward to seeing your butter cow at the at the Iowa State Fair, I'm going to have to decide if it holds a candle to our princes kids the Milky Way and her 12 court princesses all carved in butter bus in it. We've all been refrigerator. So we'll be in it for a big competition. So I just want to thank you. I also wanted to mention also with us today is Karen, Karen, dairy state representative. Big leader Thank you very much. As well as Dave Frederickson, various right over here, who is the former head of the National Farmers Union then came to work for me when he retired in my state office worked for me for years, was a mentor to so many young people in our office, gave them everything from agriculture advice to romantic advice, and then ended up as a Minnesota aG Commissioner. So where he just stepped down. So he literally has had three retirement parties. And I'm honored to have him with me and Iowa quite a bit. So on this beautiful I will morning we're here to talk about an optimistic economic agenda for the heartland of our country. But we know we do so in the shadow of the tragedies from this weekend. I was said today I wrote a something out on Twitter about how the flag that hangs on this farm is the very same flag thats hanging today in El Paso and in Dayton. And we know that this gun violence affects us everywhere, whether we are in Dayton or El Paso, or in Iowa. And I just want to say spend a few moments on this because I think it's important Before we get to our topic, that we talked about this not only in urban areas, that we have a leader that's willing to talk about it everywhere as I have in my home state. First we think of the courage, the incredible courage of the people. This weekend, we think about mom who literally shielded her baby from death, She perished herself to gunshot wounds, but she kept her little baby alive. That happened in El Paso. We think the grandpa died shielding his wife and granddaughter, the off duty show soldier who carried children away to safety. We think of those first responders in both towns. But the ones in Dayton that got there, within a minute, nine people had already been killed. But they got there to save so many lives. That is courage. That's the courage of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And I believe that that courage has to be matched in Washington, DC. We have. We have extraordinary power, extraordinary power in Washington, DC. But there has not been extraordinary courage. The courage has not matched those first responders that we saw this weekend Are those ordinary citizens that did extraordinary things and stepped up to save lives. We know that there are bills that have passed through the House of Representatives. I have worked on them. bills that finally this year, thanks to the shift in the house that passed on universal background checks and waiting times and my bill on closing the boyfriend loophole which would protect victims of domestic abuse and stalking those bills right now on mitch mcconnell's doorstep. And those bills right now are really in the hands of the President of the United States. I actually went to the White House after Parkland and was seated right across from the President. And I noted, just like in Iowa, that my state is a strong hunting state. I said that right there in the White House. And I actually look at these proposals and I say, do they hurt my uncle deck and his gear stands? Right? Are they going to interfere with hunter hunting and they are not. And I think one of the things that has changed over the last year really since Parkland is that kids got motivated across this country, not just the kids in Florida, really all across the nation. And they talk to their dads, and they talk to their grandpas, they talk to their moms, and they said we know we love hunting in our house. But why can't we just pass some of these sensible bills, That has been the shift. And it's part of this shift that brought us these great representatives out of Iowa new representatives in right, that we've gotten in Abby and Cindy right, right here in Iowa. But it's part of the shift that we have to see across this country. And just this week, I had some people come to my state office, the one I have up in Morehead, which is a county, you know, near the right on the North Dakota border near Canada, we had a number of people show up to show their support for making some changes, and one man stood up and he said this, I come here as a gun owner, and a hunter and an outdoorsman. Just like my father, my grandfather, my great grandfather, my brother is my son and their sons, Many are sure to disagree. Some of them are my dearest friends. But sometimes one needs to take a stand for something, or one stands for nothing. So we need to stand for something. And I think we know what that is we need to stand up to lies, we need to stand up for our immigrant community. And we need to see change. And That's why I think it when you leave here today, I Hope you're going to be armed with all my great facts about about rural agriculture and what we can do and how we have to make the case that food just doesn't magically show up on people's tables, right. But I also hope you'll remember this moment because this has got to be a Christ. So many good things have started in Iowa, right, not just a sweet corn. Right? Not just all of the great work that you've done, you think of Norman Borlaug, you think of the Granger movement, which took on big power coming out of Iowa. And so I think we need rural voices in this gun debate as we head into the next few months. So let's remember to take the memory of those people that we lost with us and remind them that we're not just thinking about them in El Paso and date today. But we're also thinking about them in rural America. So What can we do to move forward? So I would argue that we need an optimistic I like that word with the man in the White House an optimistic economic agenda from the Heartland. This doesn't mean that this is just an agenda for the Midwest, it means it's an agenda from the heart. And for me, that means bridging the rural urban divide, Right? That's one of the reasons I love state fairs, by the way, because they bring in people from the urban areas, and then they get to see where food comes from, and see the biggest pig and everything else. But they get to be reminded of this connection that we have between people that make the food and make the fuel and make all kinds of things right now for our nation and the people that consume it. And so bridging the rural urban divide for me has been a passion. I grew up in the metro area, but I grew up very close to farmland, my earliest memories of hanging out with my friends. were riding our bikes to some farms. Okay, we thought some of them were haunted, but that's a whole nother story. And my best friend who's still my best friend whose name is Amy, of course. She and I would always go to her parents dairy farm, we'd ride our bicycles, we get to milk a cow, The sugar family farms, right near Hamel, Minnesota. And that was a big part of my life. Ironically, She went on to become a cook, and then owned some incredibly successful restaurants in New York City, I went on not to be a great customer, but I like to eat things. And so we That was a big part of my life growing up. And then I got started running for office. I remember one of my first visits calls I made was to Collin Peterson. And now the chairman of the House AG committee. And I remember I said if I Drive Four hours or however three and a half hours to meet with you, Will you meet with me for 20 minutes are a bunch of Democrats running at the time for US Senate not and similar to when I'm in not dissimilar to what I'm in right now. And so he said he would and I remember I met with him for a really really long time. And I had memorized how counter cyclical payments work and everything down. And he finally looked at me and he said, You know what, what our farmers want is really a fair shake, okay, they want to have parody, they want to have fairness. And just said it just so you know, he said I there's only like 10 people in the whole country that understand these issues Anyway, and most of them live in North Dakota and Iowa. But What I did learn from that moment was that he knew a lot and he became a mentor to me, I learned a lot from him. I went on, as was mentioned, requested a position on the Agriculture Committee of the US Senate. And I'm now one of the most senior members of that committee. And I have been able, In fact, I think with next in line, to be the chair ranking member. And I have learned from time that there are great leaders in agriculture. And by the way, when their leaders in agriculture, they focus on farms, but they also focus on everything to do with agriculture, economic development for our rural towns, and housing and healthcare and making sure that we're looking out for the economic interests of rural America as a whole. And that includes two incredible mentors of mine and leaders in agriculture. First of all, Tom Harkin, who was the chair of the Agriculture Committee, When I worked on my first Farm Bill. And then secondly, someone who was out of town right now, but gave a nice statement about our ad called Sam putting forward, and that is your former governor and the former Agriculture Secretary under Barack Obama. That is Tom Vilsack. And he's also been a great mentor to me. So one of the ways that I got out there, after I got to the Senate, I pledged I was going to visit every county in our state every year at seven counties. And I got some of the rural areas I swear to God, I met every single person in that county after a decade. And I got to see that not only the farms, which I visited multiple farms, with both the Farmers Union and the Farm Bureau, and so many of our ad groups all over Minnesota, and I got to see firsthand the businesses as well. And I remember there was one county where we had visited like literally every business so we found a new one, and it was called insect Inferno. And what it was was a truck, it won an award and they drove the truck around to get a bedbugs out of mattresses, and they would turn the heat up in the truck. And the sign on the side said, insect Inferno. We killed bedbugs with heat. And somehow we decided that I would go inside that truck. All right. So I went in that truck. And I thought at that moment, they only turned the heat halfway out, by the way. But that was when I thought you know, you go not just where it is comfortable, but you go where it is uncomfortable, Right. And I think that's a lot about one of the problems in our politics today is that people have tended to just go where it's easy, where everyone's cheering for them, Instead of trying to meet people where they are and try to figure out how we can bring people together to come up for solutions for things like our rural economy. And so that is my first answer to some of this rural urban divide, like the you got to go there, Okay. And you've got to make sure then that you don't just go there and see it and take a photo, you got to make sure that you bring back the news and the information to In my case, our colleagues in the Senate about what really works and what's not. And I come at this with this simple premise that kids that grow up in rural America should be able to live in rural America. All right. So that is a good way to begin, how we think about all of them. And that means, as I mentioned, just new ideas all the time. And the best example of that out of Iowa, of course, is Norman Borlaug, I actually got to go to the unveiling of his statue in the capital. Now here's the funny part. The whole time when I was growing up, I was told that Norman Borlaug was from Minnesota. That's just because but you know, he had done a lot of his research there, right. And then I get to the statue unveiling and I realized everyone there is from Iowa, Okay. And that is where I learned a lot more about every great thing that he did. And what he did is he saw people suffering around the world, and he use science to start the Green Revolution, to save more than a billion people from dying of hunger. He said, this civilization, as it is known today, could not have evolved, nor can it survive without an adequate food supply. So we have our challenges of today that were equal to those that they had back then. But what we need to do is to develop that same kind of imagination that he had, right? And getting at those challenges. Where do we see today, We see low commodity prices contributing to net farm income that's down 50%. From 2013. We see tariffs that make it hard to ship everything, from soybeans to strawberries, We always have the weather, which never changes, but has been exacerbated in recent years, because of climate change. And I think, by the way, when it comes to that you think of that as an issue that if Norman Borlaug was around today, I think he would have tackled with that same zest, because it is not just about our country, it is about countries around the world. It's about subsistence farmers in Africa, that can't make it anymore. And they're now heading up its refugees to other countries. It's affecting our economy and our security all over the world. And we have to start thinking about it that way. I think by the way, a voice on the heartland when it comes to this scientific challenge is going to be important, because so much of the talk understandably, has been about rising sea levels, and that is a real serious threat. But we also have to remind people that it is the tornadoes. It is the wildfires. It is the odd hail storms. It is the flooding that we've seen just this last year in Iowa and Nebraska and in Missouri, in farm country. It's a woman named Fran, on the Nebraska border in Iowa near Pacific Junction, who handed me her binoculars and said look through these, She says this is my farm. I love the kitchen, My husband and I got this farm. We live there with our two four year olds. And I want to retire in this farm. And I love the way the light comes through the kitchen. are right now that kitchen is underwater. She said when we bought this farm it had been here for nearly a century, they're still horsehair in the plaster. And then I said, well, where did the water come from? Is this the river right here that rages by this water? She says no, no, no, it's two and a half miles away. It's number come this close. That's what climate change is all about. And I see the solution is not necessarily in Washington, DC, although we can do a much better job. And I've got some great plans that you can check out on our website. But It comes from the Heartland. There's so much incredible innovation and work, you look at the work that's going on with renewable energy out here in Iowa, you think of the innovative ideas we have with soil conservation and other things that can make a huge difference. So Let me talk through this plan. And what I think we need to do, because I'm actually really excited about this in a Hubert Humphrey happy warrior way. Okay, because we know we can get this done. There's this incredible will right now to move ahead some of its the headwinds that we're headed into. And some of its this realization that we're all in this together, and we got to take this on. So the first part of the plan is what I referred to as heartland economics, We need to make sure that our farmers have the resources and incentives to overcome today's challenges. You know, one of these challenges, of course, is a trade war that's hitting even harder, I was talking to a soybean farmer up back, before I get out here, and I talked to soybean, I literally have closed the door in rooms where there's no media, with our farmers back at home, and they're just sobbing. They said, you know, Yes, we'll take this money. But that's not what we want. And we want to be able to carry on the work of generations of our family before us, we want to be able to sell our goods to market. And the problem we're encountering as this escalates instead of the president going back to the negotiating table, is that more and more of these contracts from other countries are being led out to farmers in other countries, and they're not necessarily just one shot contracts, their contracts that go on for a year or two years. And I can tell you one thing, it's your President, I'm not going to treat our farmers and our world communities like poker chips in a bankrupt casino. All right, I'm going to create them as the producers that they are as an integral part of our economy that we don't just play them as pawns. So Why do we need to do going forward? I mentioned one of those challenges. But the other is making sure we keep in place Some of these hard fought safety nets that we have from the farm bill. I've been there through some really good farm bills. And each time we have built on where we've had, we've looked at what we need, how can we improve the safety net, So we're not dependent on foreign food, the way we were for too long dependent on foreign oil. We have always upgraded and must continue to upgrade the conservation provisions. We know support for dairy farmers, a major challenge that we saw so many small dairy farms shut down In the last few years. And the farm safety net must reflect the challenges facing our farmers from the cost of production to the low commodity prices I mentioned to the terrorists that are punishing them. It means making sure these programs are reaching the family owned farms and beginning farmers and making sure we have provisions that keep that core part of our ag community strong. It means changing our bankruptcy laws, something that center grassy and I literally just passed a bill at the end of last week to do we are the leads on the bill So that farmers and ranchers can keep their farms and reorganize when they fall on hard times is especially important right now, with this terror for that's going on. I wish we wouldn't have had to come up with that bill, actually, and introduce it and pass it. But it is a consequence of the policies of this administration, we should be making it easier for farmers to sell their products abroad not harder. Our farmers produced the food, fuel feed and fiber and they need export markets to sell their products. And again, my approach on this when it comes to these tariffs, When I get in, I'm going to review all of them. I can tell you this, I will not be using a meat cleaver or should I say a tweet cleaver. When it comes to our policy and trade. We should be working with our allies and be targeted our approach and my first 100 days I'm going to restart the President's Export Council. I actually served on that Export Council. Right. I served on that under President Obama for years, As we worked on export policy and taking on barriers to selling our goods to market. And ironically I think I'm still on it, but we just haven't met we used to meet in the White House. We also as I mentioned have to support our new and beginning farmers and ranchers and Iowa State University study shows that the age of Iowa farm land owners continue to rise 60% of farmland owners were over the age of 65, which is five percentage points higher than just 10 years ago, I consistently heard that some of the biggest challenges that new farmers face are access to land and capital. My plan expands access to capital and loans for small and family owned farms and expands assistance and training for beginning farmers and ranchers. Another challenge for family farmers, the concentration across ag markets has resulted in increasingly anti competitive industry. Nationwide, we lost nearly 70,000 family farms between 2012 and 2017. I don't have to tell you this, you live it. Many years ago, there was a movement. As I mentioned, it started right here and I walk called the Granger movement. Farmers thought they weren't getting the right price for their goods because of monopoly power. People stood up and said we want to see a change in our loss. And By the way, when you look way back, that wasn't some partisan movement. It was Democrats and Republicans. And when they finally got action in the Sherman Act, center, Sherman, He was a republican senator from Ohio, right, Teddy Roosevelt, who took on the trust took on the railroad companies because they were so much a part of making it hard for farmers to get things to market Use a republican president. So I don't see this as a partisan issue. But I see it as a issue where we've seen a lack of leadership. I am the ranking member of the aggregate of the antitrust subcommittee and the US Senate. And I know a lot about this, and I am ready to make antitrust enforcement cool again. All right. So and I know there's a lot of talk about with this with the tech area, and there should be right. But it is more than that. It's also pharmaceuticals. It's also AG, it's also rail. And we have to remember that a lot of the importance of getting goods to market means having a strong rail system investment in rail, right investment in transportation, but also make sure that we don't have captive customers, right, that the prices are something that we can afford. Okay, that's the first part the pure economics of this second part, conservation and renewable energy. Our farmers and rural communities are being hit hard by climate change. So we have to do more to protect our climate and our environment. I long supported farmer conservation efforts and farming practices that reduce soil erosion and improve our air and water quality. Let's build on the progress we've made by expanding initiatives like our state's like these initiatives, very much CRP CSBNE. Quick, Okay. Yeah, only only and I was out in the plotline. We can do more to improve soil carbon sequestration, which both improves soil health and reduces carbon levels. We started with a pilot program, by the way in the farm bill on this, and it's kind of exciting what we can do to make this part of our conservation efforts. And I mentioned we can do more, because we live in this place that has always been innovative. And that means things like investment in our research universities, right. And investments in new practices, and making them work for all of Iowa and our country. Renewable energies and renewable fuel, have become a home grown jobs generator for the Midwest, and particularly our two states. And that includes biofuels, wind and solar and the manufacturing that comes with it. A few months back, I visited the Lincoln way, ethanol plant where I saw they were creating jobs to help our farmers and workers in the Midwest ideas simple. Why don't we invest in the farmers and the workers of the Midwest instead of the oil sheiks of the mid 80s? Okay, not a bad idea. Across Iowa, and I know there was just a closure. Again, we're dealing with a lot of headwinds, which I'll get to one second, But you have over 40 ethanol and so elastic plants and generate 2.3 billion of income for this state and support about 43,000 jobs through the entire Iowa economy. But a strong renewable fuel standard is just the beginning. Here's my plan when it comes to home grown energy, I mentioned the research that's going to be important. So we keep moving forward. But I will completely overhaul the refinery waivers. All right. We need transparency. And memo to the Trump administration, they should not be giving these waivers which were designed for a very small refineries and particular situations, but they have been granting them to major oil companies. And that must stop right. No one, When this guy put into place thought it would cover Chevron and Exxon and behind closed doors, oil refinery waivers. Other things we need to do. And by the way, as you know, I have led that fight on those waivers. And Senator Grassley and I have been pushing this on a bipartisan way. I have been, was particularly interested It was only when Secretary then Secretary Pruitt of the EPA visited Iowa and the farmers greeted him with protest signs that he had to resign. I'm sure there was no connection. Okay, what else we need to make sure the renewal identification number, you know, the Rin the rain markets account for the secret waivers. And to remove regulatory uncertainty, we must pass legislation that would allow for year round II 15 sales, we know those are in place. Now. We're glad about it, but they should be protected by law. At the same time, wind and solar represents some of the fastest growing jobs in the country, and is a major driver of job growth here. I was when sector already supports some 8000 jobs in this area. Let's keep that going with clean energy bonds, tax credits, and new investment in our grid infrastructure. Let's help rural electric co ops develop energy storage and micro grid projects for renewable energy. I have done a lot of work with CO ops. In fact, last night at the hotel in Des Moines a bunch I don't know why they were here, Minnesota rural electric cars came up and say, hey, yeah, you went up in the bucket and our Co Op. I'm like, Yes, I did. And so I have done a lot. And I've also seen these great ideas, one of our co ops actually started telling customers, okay, if you buy a solar panel, and it's not for your house, you just buy it right right here. And we're going to give you a free water heater, large water heater, large capacity that you would use in farmhouses, and it was a brilliant idea. And they've done very well with it. So it's just kind of one of these things big guys wouldn't think of things like that. But for small electric co Ops, it makes a difference. Okay, The third part of the plan. And The last part of the plan for those of you sitting in the sun, is well everything else that we need to do. Closing the urban rural divide is not just about agriculture, it's about everything from housing, to health care. It's about investing in our rural infrastructure. I mentioned what happened with the flooding, we all know that we need to make changes to our levees and to do things that maybe aren't as sexy like water infrastructure, right, particularly in rural areas, sewer, and those kinds of things. But one thing that is sexy that I know we can do, and that is getting internet to every high speed internet to every household by 2022. Right? I figure if Iceland can do it, we can do it. Now The last time I said that to a big group was at my announcement in the middle of a snowstorm. I went it looked like Iceland, and it was literally 100 degrees colder than it is today. But I truly believe we've looked at this and we know we can do it. This is also about making it easier for workers to afford childcare, housing and education that is shared prosperity. I think a lot of times people think of housing as more of an urban issue, well, then they should be in Iowa City with the people that I met with a few weeks ago about the housing issues that they're having their it's hard to attract businesses and manufacturing in rural Iowa and in rural America, if you don't have the housing to support it, right. It's like a chicken in the egg. As we say it's a no, it's my agriculture policy. It is also it is also about childcare. I remember Marshall, Minnesota meeting there and their businesses, their number one concern right now, because they don't have enough childcare for the workers. And we have to realize some of this is a workforce issue. What does that mean? That means training, that means good pay for childcare, that means federal policy changes. And it also means immigration reform, Something that would make a big difference Economically, when it comes to people to work, and not only run small businesses and come up with innovative ideas, but to work in our farms, to work in our fields to work in our factories, and to work in our hospitals and nursing homes and the like child poverty, again, something that people always think of right, they think of it as urban. But in fact, one in five rural households with children still faced food insecurity. As President, I will cut child poverty in half in 10 years and end child poverty within a generation. Okay, this isn't. And By the way, you guys have the food here that we just have to get there. Right? Because what is going on here, right now there was a National Academy of Science report. And it actually laid out how we can do this, right. And one of the major ways we do this, of course, is getting food to the families that need it. But it is again about housing and those kinds of things. And I think if we look at positive, optimistic economic agenda for this country, embracing this idea of ending child poverty is one of those things like landing on the moon, right, this is something we can actually get. And then something I've talked at length about it other forms here in Iowa, healthcare, understanding one size doesn't fit all making sure we keep our critical access hospitals and something that I've been working on and a bipartisan basis designating hospitals with emergency rooms, so we make sure that those remain strong. And part of this, of course, has to be mental health. Right? You know, how many beds you have public health beds, and I will right now 64 for mental health. That's it. So part of this is mental health. Part of this is addiction. I've recounted my own dad story, he had three dw eyes when I was growing up. And the third one, he finally faced the choice of treatment, or jail, and he chose treatment. And in his words, he was pursued by grace. I believe that everyone should have that right. And it's not going to work in rural Iowa or rural America. And we don't make sure that we have the resources to do that. Example, right from the Heartland. Our country has experienced a 30% increase in suicides in just 15 years. So when you hear these stories, they're not just stories, they're backed up by the numbers, especially high rates among farmers. And you all know why, with what's going on right now. I think of Theresa Gilly, someone who I know well, who lost her husband, Keith to suicide in 2017. They had worked together for over 30 years on their farm, including on land that had been in the family for almost 120 years, two straight crop seasons of bad weather, including hail and floods, had put them in tough financial circumstances and had as had the prices. And they were considering quitting farming. And they talked about it. But in his head, Keith just could not deal with it. He felt his obligation to carry on the work of that family farm that had been in their family for over a century. And he ended up taking his own life. Today, Teresa is still farming a portion of the land are working to raise awareness about mental health issues and increase resources. That's what my plan does. And so one of the things that I want to make clear, as I end this, today, is when I was out talking about this plan, Our reporter actually says to me, well, no one else is talking about this. Does it do well in the polls? Maybe not. But I know that one in five Americans right now in their families, One in five Americans have suffered from mental health problems. And I know that one out of two Americans know someone that's either in their family or close to them that has suffered from addiction. And I suppose they could say the same thing about this plan that I'm unveiling today, Does it do well in the pools? I don't think what this is about With this is about when you're supposed to lead, you're supposed to step back and look at our whole country. And What do we need. And I think one of the things we need is to bring back the respect across the country, for rural America, and have people understand that we are in this together. Because when we embrace our whole country as one, and we acknowledge that there are problems in the cities, just as there are in the rural areas, then that brings our country together. So It's not just about other resources have to go here to it's not just about that at all. It is about how we as a nation talk about this. So we see ourselves as one America and not a divided America. And I think one of the best ways you do that, whether it is for gun policy, which I lead off with today, whether it is for ag policy or health policy is by talking about what unites us and how we can move forward on this together. Closing I think, for many years, and boy, did I hear this people would say, Oh, the heyday of rural America is behind us, right? You've heard all this right now the towns are going away. And they would think of it as kind of flyover country. I don't think that anymore. I think we've come roaring back. We've come roaring back economically, we've come roaring back as part of the solution as I laid out when it comes to wind and solar, and biofuels and all these things that we can get off our land, We've actually come to the forefront when it comes to things like how expensive is to live places, and you want to have innovative ideas. And now with the internet, as long as we expand it, you actually want people to live in small and medium sized towns, you don't want them all living in one place. There's a very strong argument for America's innovation. And that it is based in part on the fact that we're not just in one or two or three or four or five places that we're all over this land. But we have to make sure that that thinking economically is reflected in how we do our politics. So my husband, who hopefully is still standing back there in the sun. He is the third of six boys. And they grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, which is not too far from here. His dad is now a retired biology professor and he taught biology at men, men, men, Kato state now Minnesota State, and his mom was also a teacher. And they raised six boys, okay, they had four boys, and they wanted a girl and she got pregnant again and had identical twin boys. It's true story. Okay, so they raised six boys in this trailer home for until my husband was in sixth grade With triple bunk beds, All right. And they would go on that limited means and they would go on one family trip every summer, somewhere in America, in their station wagon, they'd load all the kids in there. And my husband was the third boy, the quiet boy, the good boy, right, he was just always hard. And I were always afraid that they were going to leave him behind at the gas station, because maybe they almost didn't want All right. So when they got in the car, they would count off 123456 and make sure they were all in that car. So I can tell you this as your President, I will not leave the Midwest behind at the gas station. I will not leave Iowa and the Midwest behind when it comes to this campaign. Because I think in the general election, that you have to win this not just in the easy states, but you have to win it all over the country, that you have to win it not just at the top with some margin of victory, but you have to be willing to win it for the whole ticket. And that means bringing people along with you, like in these congressional districts and in the Senate, see in the state of Iowa. So I have always viewed my races in that way is that you don't just run for yourself, and you can check on my record in Minnesota. It's not just words, it's action. I've won and I've won and flip the house almost I think every time It is because I view it as running as a ticket and running together and running for something. Right. So that is what this is about not leaving the Midwest behind. It's also about what we're going to advance the cause of rural America. We need to get things done. We stand our ground, but we also look for common ground. And that's how we win. And so let us remember as we go into this election, not just in the primary, that the Midwest is going to matter, and it's going to matter big time. Minnesota matters. Wisconsin matters. Nebraska matters. Michigan matters. Ohio matters. And Yes, Iowa matters. So Let's go forward. Let's win this election. But most importantly, Let's never forget why we want to win this election. Right? And you can see it right in your neighbors. You can see it in the soybean farmers eyes. You can see it in those kids that want to stay and grow up and work here and live here and teach at the colleges and be involved in be the next great Norman Borlaug, right. So Let's remember why we're doing it and that's the only way you win it. Thank you, everybody. GAGGLE NBC REPORTER: What's the price tag on your plan? And What about your timeline for an attic? KLOBUCHAR: Sure, Most of you know, I've put forward a lot of price tag for the infrastructure plan, which is part of this, which is a trillion, but it's paid for, by repealing part of that corporate tax rate, I have put forward the plan for how we're going to pay for the mental health care and the opioid addiction. And the I basically Showtime and pay for all of these things. I think the important part of this plan now is different than some of my others. And that is to make this point, which is policy, but it's also political, that we need to bridge the gap between world and urban, that we are not going to be able to move forward as a nation together to tackle these big challenges, like climate change, and gun safety and other things that we don't at least look at each other in the urban areas say, okay, the food doesn't magically appear on my table. And in the rural area, see, okay, these are my customers, how are we going to work together, we've got some challenges, too. So a lot of the theme of my talk today, whether it was the fact that I wanted to leave with the gun safety in a rural area, because I think it's important that we make the case, not only in our city streets, but that we also make the case to rural America, because we know where the support has been and has not been when it comes to gun safety. People in rural America are hearing a lot of stories right now, from the NRA in other places that just are true. And I think that we've got to the only way you take it on is by speaking the truth and saying, okay, here's some sensible ideas. I noticed that a Republican House member in Ohio, in the district that represented stage just came out today for assault weapon ban. And for our limit, I'm magazine first way because I'll See you in one minute, kill people and kill nine people, and then think that that is okay. They have in the public policy United States and someone like that is able to get an assault. Why do I bring it up here, because I really have done this throughout my career, I have brought this out to wherever I am. And wherever I go, instead of just hiding behind it. I've been for the assault weapon ban, since I was Hennepin County attorney. That is in the late 1990s. and ran with that is my position in the purple state and in rural areas and one rural areas. And so I think that what you do is united Now, you know people on other things as well. I mentioned some of them, actually, a lot of people don't know about the huge housing and childcare desert crisis we're having in Iowa and another world state, we need to make that case. And then all of a sudden, when we look at how we're going to get results for public policy, we look to our red and purple states and our rural legislators and our rural members of Congress as part of the solution. We're like, Okay, how can we make this work the solutions for how can we look at immigration reform such a controversial issue right now, when it shouldn't be controversial? If you approach it in a sensible way that we need workers in our fields in our factories in our nursing home? We need workers, how do we make sure that we have a path to citizenship and a way to do that, That is legal and brings a deficit down? Which is exactly what comprehensive reform does. That's why my speech here today was not just about the Farm Bill. All right. I've been a leader on the farm bill, as I said, one of the most senior members of the Agriculture Committee working on everything passing provisions, and a lot of people are just talking about, I Pass it revision or vaccine bank, I Pass the provision on a huge increase in funding for Rural Energy and justice. Last farm bill, the prairie pothole provision that I did was senator food, when it comes to conservation. Those are real things I've gotten done. They're not just promises. So you need someone that understands AG, but also gets that that's not the only thing in rural America, that there are a lot of other issues we have to tackle if we're going to move forward. And I believe, not just politically but policy wise, I am in that place where I could do that as someone that's been able to bridge that divide in such a big way between rural and urban. Unknown Speaker 4:25 Democrats have spoken about gun control as a solution. And that's what I say, based on this weekend. But do you see any legislative solutions for white supremacy and combating racism, of course, Unknown Speaker 4:35 and I've spoken to this today, On the morning show, and all weekend, actually. And I see this as First of all, we have to start with the ball, We have to make sure that we are putting the resources into it that we should. And that is everything from the way it's investigated, to the way we look at what's going on with social media and how we communicate, and how we can find evidence to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place like kill lists and rapes, lists and things like that. Now, I think most likely the best way to do that coming out of local law enforcement is getting the resources to local law enforcement, as well as beefing up the federal efforts. I made hate crimes, one of my signature prosecution efforts when I was county attorney for eight years, so much so that when Bill Clinton was president, he actually invited me to the White House to introduce him when he unveiled the Matthew Shepard hate crime bell. So this isn't just something I came upon to talk about this year. And that was because we prosecuted a guy that on martin luther king day said, I'm going to go out and kill a black kid. And he's luckily didn't die. But he did shoot that kid, or a man who beat someone over the head with a two by four for speaking Spanish, or a Korean church, or mosque that had hateful rhetoric written all over the outside of their walls. So I went after these cases. And that's why I was one of the people that was involved in making sure that federal law work, then I got to the Senate and got to cast one of the deciding votes to get it passed. So that's my background. So I actually get the resources, I get some of the issues that you have with trying to go after these cases. And I think we can do a better job. Okay. That's the micro level, the macro level is the rhetoric. And we all know this and to stop the divisive rhetoric to talk about what brings us together and to stop the hatred. So Unknown Speaker 6:40 El Paso today, despite community leaders, residents saying that he should stay away, is that sensible for him to be visiting by you know, those? Unknown Speaker 6:49 What I am most focused on right now is how he handles it. I haven't been I've been here with all of us. So I don't know what he said since he got there. But each family, the families will have to decide if they want to meet with them or not. I would imagine some will and some won't. And what's key to me is, what does he do when he comes back? No, right? It's words mine. But what about the action? And I'm the one that sat across from him in the White House, where nine times there's a video of it. And we put out nine times. He said to me that he wanted to get universal background checks done. 11;54;05 He said it again this week. Now, come on, he controls the White House and the us senate his party does there's absolutely no way when his party seems to always be how high? Can I jump to keep you happy as their motto? There is absolutely no way he couldn't get this done before if he wanted to. And I would add to that with a republican congressman in Ohio coming out for the assault weapon ban, as he calls it, military style assault weapon, that he should also do that as well. He has the ability our party is there on most these issues. Right. Most of our members are. So he has the ability in his hands to get things done. Has The Unknown Speaker 8:01 President done irreversible damage with the tariffs? And Unknown Speaker 8:05 I think the time will tell I think if he keeps this up, and he keeps doing it, he certainly will. And That was my point about these long term contracts. There's no doubt he's done irreversible damage to certain farmers, right ones that have already gone under or have had to sell their farms or just can't handle it. And those were some of those stories I was telling. And that suicide story was came before he was president. I want to make that clear. Okay, just finished finishing. And so I think that the key is again, what does he do going forward? And he seems to think the best way to do this is by tweet, Instead of engaging and trying to focus your tariffs and trying to focus on things that will make the biggest difference. I had personal experience with this with steel dumping from China. iron ore industry, really important in Northern Minnesota, gives us a steal for our cars. We had a bunch of those mines broke down. last few years of Obama's presidency. I went to Dennis with Jana and asked him to come to Northern Minnesota. We were there with the workers with the owners with everyone and made clear to him. What a damn damaging effect this illegal practice of illegally dumping steel on our shores what's happening. And I still remember one of the steel workers named Dan Hill, he had a shirt, a skilled worker shirt, and he threw it across this huge room of people to Dennis McDonough and he told the story about how his son was in preschool and at their graduation from the preschool. They asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up in Dan Hills kid, all the kids were saying a teacher they wanted to be a sports star. Danielle's kid said I want to make I want to be a steelworker like my dad. And so Dan Hale takes that shirt, throws it to McDonough, who used to be a football player, right and says, make it come true. Mr. McDonald, make it come through. And I thought Please catch the shirt. And he did. And then what went from there was this incredible change in policy that we push through there were some bills we passed, as well as the administration taking this on. Why do I tell the story about last year of the Obama administration, a bunch of those iron ore plants opened up again, that continued with the enforcement With the Trump administration. But I saw that by using targeted, targeted, right measurements of enforcement, you can get this done. And I think that's one of the issues with our Trump has handled this. It hasn't exactly been targeted. As I said he's used a meat cleaver or tweaked flavor Instead of some public policy. Unknown Speaker 10:42 All right. Well, my guys, we have to get to Next up. Some other kinds of candidates have said that the rhetoric that seems by Donald Trump has contributed to the shootings. before boarding the plane passes. Donald Trump said that the shooters responded to Bernie Sanders. Unknown Speaker 10:58 What do you think the role is here? I think the role of a leader is to talk about how we bring people together. And by the president. He is the president. He's in a different place than anyone in the United States. So his role is not to start the day by tweeting against as he did last night, and this morning, a member of Congress about a standing in the polls. I mean, give me a break. And I think the role of a president is to lead and sometimes you've got to take incoming when you're leading, but you've got to be able to handle it. And so I am I've been clear, I think his I actually, interestingly enough, you look back at the tape a few weeks ago, before the shootings was at the Judiciary Committee when Christopher Ray testified the FBI director, and Senator Durbin also asked a bunch of question about this. Maybe others afternoon, I don't know. But Yeah, about the hate crime rise and what we're saying. So I would say that we all know that this general anger out there has contributed to a rise in hate crimes. And the President doesn't try to put out the fire. He adds fuel to the fire every day. All right. Unknown Speaker 12:05 Okay, thank you.
AMY KLOBUCHAR ANKENY IA POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT ABC UNI 2020
TVU 18 AMY KLOBUCHAR ANKENY IA POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT ABC UNI 080719 2020 This is my husband, Craig and we'd like to welcome you here this morning. This is a family farm, that spinning Creek family for our grandkids are the seventh generation. So. So, we'd like to get started this morning and have him Johnson. Introduce. 105630 Good morning everybody. And it's great to see such a good crowd here. I'm Pam Johnson. I'm a farmer from Northern Iowa six generation. I hate to move on, but my grandkids will be eight. It is my distinct pleasure to be able to introduce to you a true champion for Iowa families and for our farmers and for our rural communities. Amy clover char is the first woman elected to the United States Senate in Minnesota History. And And even more importantly, she's known for getting things done. In the Senate. She's committed to improving the lives of families in the heartland, and ensuring that our kids who grow up here in rural America have a chance to work and live here. When she first entered Congress, her first number one asked to was to be on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Because she understands that America's prosperity depends on the success of our farms. She has worked hard to pass the farm bill that provides farmers the support they need, including the 2018 Farm Bill, It strengthens a safety net for farmers and ranchers invest in conservation, and supports homegrown renewable energy made right here in Iowa. And today, building on everything she's achieved in the Senate, She is announcing her plan as president to strengthen our agriculture and rural communities and bridge that rural urban divide As our senator next door, She is no stranger to Iowa. And we're grateful that she could come here today for this announcement. So please help me give a warm welcome to the senior senator from Minnesota and the candidate for president of the United States. Amy Kolbert. 105855 Thank you. What a beautiful Iowa day. Thank you. This is amazing. And I want to thank so much. First of all, Pam, for that kind introduction, Yvonne,and Craig, for welcoming us to your firm today. My husband, john, where are you in here with us. We are about to embark on a 20 County Iowa Tour, which is good for any marriage, I would say. So this will be fun all over this state. And this farm is a special place. It's been in their family for five generations since 1862. And This is exactly why family farming is not only a part of history in Iowa, but our future. And that's how we want to keep it And That's why I'm here today to talk about agriculture. So I knowthere's a little rivalry between my state and Iowa, I get this. Like you pride yourself on a lot of things being first in corn to hogs right to food on a stick well, okay, so we're first We are first in sweet corn, sugar beets, peas, and turkeys. And there's nothing I would like to make fun of more than that Minnesota is first in Turkey. So I get that I've heard it, I understand it. But The other thing that we both have in common as is coming up soon, Is our love of our state fairs. And I'm very much looking forward to the Iowa State Fair and I kind of challenge challenge some of my competitors. Let's say I'm no strangerto state fairs, going way back to growing up. And in fact, I have a booth at our own Minnesota State Fair that I have stayed with my neighbors because I always believe in keeping with our neighbors but my neighbors include a haunted house not good for a politician right where my booth is. Pork Chop on a stick True story. And we are right strategically located in front of a snake zoo. So all these kids comescreaming and fear out of the snakes Zoo and end up right in our arms at our booth so we enjoy it. But one thing we have in common, of course as strong dairy states is the butter carving. And I am looking very forward to seeing your butter cow at the at the Iowa State Fair, I'm going to have to decide if it holds a candle to our princes kids the Milky Way and her 12 court princesses all carved in butter bus in it. We've all been refrigerator. So we'll be in it for a big competition. So I just want to thank you. I also wanted to mention also with us today is Karen, Karen, dairy state representative. Big leader Thank you very much. As well as Dave Frederickson, various right over here, who is the former head of the National Farmers Union then came to work for me when he retired in my state office worked for me for years, was a mentor to so many young people in our office, gave them everything from agriculture advice to romantic advice, and then ended up as a Minnesota aG Commissioner. So where he just stepped down. So he literally has had three retirement parties. And I'm honored to have him with me and Iowa quite a bit. So on this beautiful I will morning we're here to talk about an optimistic economic agenda for the heartland of our country. But we know we do so in the shadow of the tragedies from this weekend. I was said today I wrote a something out on Twitter about how the flag that hangs on this farm is the very same flag thats hanging today in El Paso and in Dayton. And we know that this gun violence affects us everywhere, whether we are in Dayton or El Paso, or in Iowa. And I just want to say spend a few moments on this because I think it's important Before we get to our topic, that we talked about this not only in urban areas, that we have a leader that's willing to talk about it everywhere as I have in my home state. First we think of the courage, the incredible courage of the people. This weekend, we think about mom who literally shielded her baby from death, She perished herself to gunshot wounds, but she kept her little baby alive. That happened in El Paso. We think the grandpa died shielding his wife and granddaughter, the off duty show soldier who carried children away to safety. We think of those first responders in both towns. But the ones in Dayton that got there, within a minute, nine people had already been killed. But they got there to save so many lives. That is courage. That's the courage of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And I believe that that courage has to be matched in Washington, DC. We have. We have extraordinary power, extraordinary power in Washington, DC. But there has not been extraordinary courage. The courage has not matched those first responders that we saw this weekend Are those ordinary citizens that did extraordinary things and stepped up to save lives. We know that there are bills that have passed through the House of Representatives. I have worked on them. bills that finally this year, thanks to the shift in the house that passed on universal background checks and waiting times and my bill on closing the boyfriend loophole which would protect victims of domestic abuse and stalking those bills right now on mitch mcconnell's doorstep. And those bills right now are really in the hands of the President of the United States. I actually went to the White House after Parkland and was seated right across from the President. And I noted, just like in Iowa, that my state is a strong hunting state. I said that right there in the White House. And I actually look at these proposals and I say, do they hurt my uncle deck and his gear stands? Right? Are they going to interfere with hunter hunting and they are not. And I think one of the things that has changed over the last year really since Parkland is that kids got motivated across this country, not just the kids in Florida, really all across the nation. And they talk to their dads, and they talk to their grandpas, they talk to their moms, and they said we know we love hunting in our house. But why can't we just pass some of these sensible bills, That has been the shift. And it's part of this shift that brought us these great representatives out of Iowa new representatives in right, that we've gotten in Abby and Cindy right, right here in Iowa. But it's part of the shift that we have to see across this country. And just this week, I had some people come to my state office, the one I have up in Morehead, which is a county, you know, near the right on the North Dakota border near Canada, we had a number of people show up to show their support for making some changes, and one man stood up and he said this, I come here as a gun owner, and a hunter and an outdoorsman. Just like my father, my grandfather, my great grandfather, my brother is my son and their sons, Many are sure to disagree. Some of them are my dearest friends. But sometimes one needs to take a stand for something, or one stands for nothing. So we need to stand for something. And I think we know what that is we need to stand up to lies, we need to stand up for our immigrant community. And we need to see change. And That's why I think it when you leave here today, I Hope you're going to be armed with all my great facts about about rural agriculture and what we can do and how we have to make the case that food just doesn't magically show up on people's tables, right. But I also hope you'll remember this moment because this has got to be a Christ. So many good things have started in Iowa, right, not just a sweet corn. Right? Not just all of the great work that you've done, you think of Norman Borlaug, you think of the Granger movement, which took on big power coming out of Iowa. And so I think we need rural voices in this gun debate as we head into the next few months. So let's remember to take the memory of those people that we lost with us and remind them that we're not just thinking about them in El Paso and date today. But we're also thinking about them in rural America. So What can we do to move forward? So I would argue that we need an optimistic I like that word with the man in the White House an optimistic economic agenda from the Heartland. This doesn't mean that this is just an agenda for the Midwest, it means it's an agenda from the heart. And for me, that means bridging the rural urban divide, Right? That's one of the reasons I love state fairs, by the way, because they bring in people from the urban areas, and then they get to see where food comes from, and see the biggest pig and everything else. But they get to be reminded of this connection that we have between people that make the food and make the fuel and make all kinds of things right now for our nation and the people that consume it. And so bridging the rural urban divide for me has been a passion. I grew up in the metro area, but I grew up very close to farmland, my earliest memories of hanging out with my friends. were riding our bikes to some farms. Okay, we thought some of them were haunted, but that's a whole nother story. And my best friend who's still my best friend whose name is Amy, of course. She and I would always go to her parents dairy farm, we'd ride our bicycles, we get to milk a cow, The sugar family farms, right near Hamel, Minnesota. And that was a big part of my life. Ironically, She went on to become a cook, and then owned some incredibly successful restaurants in New York City, I went on not to be a great customer, but I like to eat things. And so we That was a big part of my life growing up. And then I got started running for office. I remember one of my first visits calls I made was to Collin Peterson. And now the chairman of the House AG committee. And I remember I said if I Drive Four hours or however three and a half hours to meet with you, Will you meet with me for 20 minutes are a bunch of Democrats running at the time for US Senate not and similar to when I'm in not dissimilar to what I'm in right now. And so he said he would and I remember I met with him for a really really long time. And I had memorized how counter cyclical payments work and everything down. And he finally looked at me and he said, You know what, what our farmers want is really a fair shake, okay, they want to have parody, they want to have fairness. And just said it just so you know, he said I there's only like 10 people in the whole country that understand these issues Anyway, and most of them live in North Dakota and Iowa. But What I did learn from that moment was that he knew a lot and he became a mentor to me, I learned a lot from him. I went on, as was mentioned, requested a position on the Agriculture Committee of the US Senate. And I'm now one of the most senior members of that committee. And I have been able, In fact, I think with next in line, to be the chair ranking member. And I have learned from time that there are great leaders in agriculture. And by the way, when their leaders in agriculture, they focus on farms, but they also focus on everything to do with agriculture, economic development for our rural towns, and housing and healthcare and making sure that we're looking out for the economic interests of rural America as a whole. And that includes two incredible mentors of mine and leaders in agriculture. First of all, Tom Harkin, who was the chair of the Agriculture Committee, When I worked on my first Farm Bill. And then secondly, someone who was out of town right now, but gave a nice statement about our ad called Sam putting forward, and that is your former governor and the former Agriculture Secretary under Barack Obama. That is Tom Vilsack. And he's also been a great mentor to me. So one of the ways that I got out there, after I got to the Senate, I pledged I was going to visit every county in our state every year at seven counties. And I got some of the rural areas I swear to God, I met every single person in that county after a decade. And I got to see that not only the farms, which I visited multiple farms, with both the Farmers Union and the Farm Bureau, and so many of our ad groups all over Minnesota, and I got to see firsthand the businesses as well. And I remember there was one county where we had visited like literally every business so we found a new one, and it was called insect Inferno. And what it was was a truck, it won an award and they drove the truck around to get a bedbugs out of mattresses, and they would turn the heat up in the truck. And the sign on the side said, insect Inferno. We killed bedbugs with heat. And somehow we decided that I would go inside that truck. All right. So I went in that truck. And I thought at that moment, they only turned the heat halfway out, by the way. But that was when I thought you know, you go not just where it is comfortable, but you go where it is uncomfortable, Right. And I think that's a lot about one of the problems in our politics today is that people have tended to just go where it's easy, where everyone's cheering for them, Instead of trying to meet people where they are and try to figure out how we can bring people together to come up for solutions for things like our rural economy. And so that is my first answer to some of this rural urban divide, like the you got to go there, Okay. And you've got to make sure then that you don't just go there and see it and take a photo, you got to make sure that you bring back the news and the information to In my case, our colleagues in the Senate about what really works and what's not. And I come at this with this simple premise that kids that grow up in rural America should be able to live in rural America. All right. So that is a good way to begin, how we think about all of them. And that means, as I mentioned, just new ideas all the time. And the best example of that out of Iowa, of course, is Norman Borlaug, I actually got to go to the unveiling of his statue in the capital. Now here's the funny part. The whole time when I was growing up, I was told that Norman Borlaug was from Minnesota. That's just because but you know, he had done a lot of his research there, right. And then I get to the statue unveiling and I realized everyone there is from Iowa, Okay. And that is where I learned a lot more about every great thing that he did. And what he did is he saw people suffering around the world, and he use science to start the Green Revolution, to save more than a billion people from dying of hunger. He said, this civilization, as it is known today, could not have evolved, nor can it survive without an adequate food supply. So we have our challenges of today that were equal to those that they had back then. But what we need to do is to develop that same kind of imagination that he had, right? And getting at those challenges. Where do we see today, We see low commodity prices contributing to net farm income that's down 50%. From 2013. We see tariffs that make it hard to ship everything, from soybeans to strawberries, We always have the weather, which never changes, but has been exacerbated in recent years, because of climate change. And I think, by the way, when it comes to that you think of that as an issue that if Norman Borlaug was around today, I think he would have tackled with that same zest, because it is not just about our country, it is about countries around the world. It's about subsistence farmers in Africa, that can't make it anymore. And they're now heading up its refugees to other countries. It's affecting our economy and our security all over the world. And we have to start thinking about it that way. I think by the way, a voice on the heartland when it comes to this scientific challenge is going to be important, because so much of the talk understandably, has been about rising sea levels, and that is a real serious threat. But we also have to remind people that it is the tornadoes. It is the wildfires. It is the odd hail storms. It is the flooding that we've seen just this last year in Iowa and Nebraska and in Missouri, in farm country. It's a woman named Fran, on the Nebraska border in Iowa near Pacific Junction, who handed me her binoculars and said look through these, She says this is my farm. I love the kitchen, My husband and I got this farm. We live there with our two four year olds. And I want to retire in this farm. And I love the way the light comes through the kitchen. are right now that kitchen is underwater. She said when we bought this farm it had been here for nearly a century, they're still horsehair in the plaster. And then I said, well, where did the water come from? Is this the river right here that rages by this water? She says no, no, no, it's two and a half miles away. It's number come this close. That's what climate change is all about. And I see the solution is not necessarily in Washington, DC, although we can do a much better job. And I've got some great plans that you can check out on our website. But It comes from the Heartland. There's so much incredible innovation and work, you look at the work that's going on with renewable energy out here in Iowa, you think of the innovative ideas we have with soil conservation and other things that can make a huge difference. So Let me talk through this plan. And what I think we need to do, because I'm actually really excited about this in a Hubert Humphrey happy warrior way. Okay, because we know we can get this done. There's this incredible will right now to move ahead some of its the headwinds that we're headed into. And some of its this realization that we're all in this together, and we got to take this on. So the first part of the plan is what I referred to as heartland economics, We need to make sure that our farmers have the resources and incentives to overcome today's challenges. You know, one of these challenges, of course, is a trade war that's hitting even harder, I was talking to a soybean farmer up back, before I get out here, and I talked to soybean, I literally have closed the door in rooms where there's no media, with our farmers back at home, and they're just sobbing. They said, you know, Yes, we'll take this money. But that's not what we want. And we want to be able to carry on the work of generations of our family before us, we want to be able to sell our goods to market. And the problem we're encountering as this escalates instead of the president going back to the negotiating table, is that more and more of these contracts from other countries are being led out to farmers in other countries, and they're not necessarily just one shot contracts, their contracts that go on for a year or two years. And I can tell you one thing, it's your President, I'm not going to treat our farmers and our world communities like poker chips in a bankrupt casino. All right, I'm going to create them as the producers that they are as an integral part of our economy that we don't just play them as pawns. So Why do we need to do going forward? I mentioned one of those challenges. But the other is making sure we keep in place Some of these hard fought safety nets that we have from the farm bill. I've been there through some really good farm bills. And each time we have built on where we've had, we've looked at what we need, how can we improve the safety net, So we're not dependent on foreign food, the way we were for too long dependent on foreign oil. We have always upgraded and must continue to upgrade the conservation provisions. We know support for dairy farmers, a major challenge that we saw so many small dairy farms shut down In the last few years. And the farm safety net must reflect the challenges facing our farmers from the cost of production to the low commodity prices I mentioned to the terrorists that are punishing them. It means making sure these programs are reaching the family owned farms and beginning farmers and making sure we have provisions that keep that core part of our ag community strong. It means changing our bankruptcy laws, something that center grassy and I literally just passed a bill at the end of last week to do we are the leads on the bill So that farmers and ranchers can keep their farms and reorganize when they fall on hard times is especially important right now, with this terror for that's going on. I wish we wouldn't have had to come up with that bill, actually, and introduce it and pass it. But it is a consequence of the policies of this administration, we should be making it easier for farmers to sell their products abroad not harder. Our farmers produced the food, fuel feed and fiber and they need export markets to sell their products. And again, my approach on this when it comes to these tariffs, When I get in, I'm going to review all of them. I can tell you this, I will not be using a meat cleaver or should I say a tweet cleaver. When it comes to our policy and trade. We should be working with our allies and be targeted our approach and my first 100 days I'm going to restart the President's Export Council. I actually served on that Export Council. Right. I served on that under President Obama for years, As we worked on export policy and taking on barriers to selling our goods to market. And ironically I think I'm still on it, but we just haven't met we used to meet in the White House. We also as I mentioned have to support our new and beginning farmers and ranchers and Iowa State University study shows that the age of Iowa farm land owners continue to rise 60% of farmland owners were over the age of 65, which is five percentage points higher than just 10 years ago, I consistently heard that some of the biggest challenges that new farmers face are access to land and capital. My plan expands access to capital and loans for small and family owned farms and expands assistance and training for beginning farmers and ranchers. Another challenge for family farmers, the concentration across ag markets has resulted in increasingly anti competitive industry. Nationwide, we lost nearly 70,000 family farms between 2012 and 2017. I don't have to tell you this, you live it. Many years ago, there was a movement. As I mentioned, it started right here and I walk called the Granger movement. Farmers thought they weren't getting the right price for their goods because of monopoly power. People stood up and said we want to see a change in our loss. And By the way, when you look way back, that wasn't some partisan movement. It was Democrats and Republicans. And when they finally got action in the Sherman Act, center, Sherman, He was a republican senator from Ohio, right, Teddy Roosevelt, who took on the trust took on the railroad companies because they were so much a part of making it hard for farmers to get things to market Use a republican president. So I don't see this as a partisan issue. But I see it as a issue where we've seen a lack of leadership. I am the ranking member of the aggregate of the antitrust subcommittee and the US Senate. And I know a lot about this, and I am ready to make antitrust enforcement cool again. All right. So and I know there's a lot of talk about with this with the tech area, and there should be right. But it is more than that. It's also pharmaceuticals. It's also AG, it's also rail. And we have to remember that a lot of the importance of getting goods to market means having a strong rail system investment in rail, right investment in transportation, but also make sure that we don't have captive customers, right, that the prices are something that we can afford. Okay, that's the first part the pure economics of this second part, conservation and renewable energy. Our farmers and rural communities are being hit hard by climate change. So we have to do more to protect our climate and our environment. I long supported farmer conservation efforts and farming practices that reduce soil erosion and improve our air and water quality. Let's build on the progress we've made by expanding initiatives like our state's like these initiatives, very much CRP CSBNE. Quick, Okay. Yeah, only only and I was out in the plotline. We can do more to improve soil carbon sequestration, which both improves soil health and reduces carbon levels. We started with a pilot program, by the way in the farm bill on this, and it's kind of exciting what we can do to make this part of our conservation efforts. And I mentioned we can do more, because we live in this place that has always been innovative. And that means things like investment in our research universities, right. And investments in new practices, and making them work for all of Iowa and our country. Renewable energies and renewable fuel, have become a home grown jobs generator for the Midwest, and particularly our two states. And that includes biofuels, wind and solar and the manufacturing that comes with it. A few months back, I visited the Lincoln way, ethanol plant where I saw they were creating jobs to help our farmers and workers in the Midwest ideas simple. Why don't we invest in the farmers and the workers of the Midwest instead of the oil sheiks of the mid 80s? Okay, not a bad idea. Across Iowa, and I know there was just a closure. Again, we're dealing with a lot of headwinds, which I'll get to one second, But you have over 40 ethanol and so elastic plants and generate 2.3 billion of income for this state and support about 43,000 jobs through the entire Iowa economy. But a strong renewable fuel standard is just the beginning. Here's my plan when it comes to home grown energy, I mentioned the research that's going to be important. So we keep moving forward. But I will completely overhaul the refinery waivers. All right. We need transparency. And memo to the Trump administration, they should not be giving these waivers which were designed for a very small refineries and particular situations, but they have been granting them to major oil companies. And that must stop right. No one, When this guy put into place thought it would cover Chevron and Exxon and behind closed doors, oil refinery waivers. Other things we need to do. And by the way, as you know, I have led that fight on those waivers. And Senator Grassley and I have been pushing this on a bipartisan way. I have been, was particularly interested It was only when Secretary then Secretary Pruitt of the EPA visited Iowa and the farmers greeted him with protest signs that he had to resign. I'm sure there was no connection. Okay, what else we need to make sure the renewal identification number, you know, the Rin the rain markets account for the secret waivers. And to remove regulatory uncertainty, we must pass legislation that would allow for year round II 15 sales, we know those are in place. Now. We're glad about it, but they should be protected by law. At the same time, wind and solar represents some of the fastest growing jobs in the country, and is a major driver of job growth here. I was when sector already supports some 8000 jobs in this area. Let's keep that going with clean energy bonds, tax credits, and new investment in our grid infrastructure. Let's help rural electric co ops develop energy storage and micro grid projects for renewable energy. I have done a lot of work with CO ops. In fact, last night at the hotel in Des Moines a bunch I don't know why they were here, Minnesota rural electric cars came up and say, hey, yeah, you went up in the bucket and our Co Op. I'm like, Yes, I did. And so I have done a lot. And I've also seen these great ideas, one of our co ops actually started telling customers, okay, if you buy a solar panel, and it's not for your house, you just buy it right right here. And we're going to give you a free water heater, large water heater, large capacity that you would use in farmhouses, and it was a brilliant idea. And they've done very well with it. So it's just kind of one of these things big guys wouldn't think of things like that. But for small electric co Ops, it makes a difference. Okay, The third part of the plan. And The last part of the plan for those of you sitting in the sun, is well everything else that we need to do. Closing the urban rural divide is not just about agriculture, it's about everything from housing, to health care. It's about investing in our rural infrastructure. I mentioned what happened with the flooding, we all know that we need to make changes to our levees and to do things that maybe aren't as sexy like water infrastructure, right, particularly in rural areas, sewer, and those kinds of things. But one thing that is sexy that I know we can do, and that is getting internet to every high speed internet to every household by 2022. Right? I figure if Iceland can do it, we can do it. Now The last time I said that to a big group was at my announcement in the middle of a snowstorm. I went it looked like Iceland, and it was literally 100 degrees colder than it is today. But I truly believe we've looked at this and we know we can do it. This is also about making it easier for workers to afford childcare, housing and education that is shared prosperity. I think a lot of times people think of housing as more of an urban issue, well, then they should be in Iowa City with the people that I met with a few weeks ago about the housing issues that they're having their it's hard to attract businesses and manufacturing in rural Iowa and in rural America, if you don't have the housing to support it, right. It's like a chicken in the egg. As we say it's a no, it's my agriculture policy. It is also it is also about childcare. I remember Marshall, Minnesota meeting there and their businesses, their number one concern right now, because they don't have enough childcare for the workers. And we have to realize some of this is a workforce issue. What does that mean? That means training, that means good pay for childcare, that means federal policy changes. And it also means immigration reform, Something that would make a big difference Economically, when it comes to people to work, and not only run small businesses and come up with innovative ideas, but to work in our farms, to work in our fields to work in our factories, and to work in our hospitals and nursing homes and the like child poverty, again, something that people always think of right, they think of it as urban. But in fact, one in five rural households with children still faced food insecurity. As President, I will cut child poverty in half in 10 years and end child poverty within a generation. Okay, this isn't. And By the way, you guys have the food here that we just have to get there. Right? Because what is going on here, right now there was a National Academy of Science report. And it actually laid out how we can do this, right. And one of the major ways we do this, of course, is getting food to the families that need it. But it is again about housing and those kinds of things. And I think if we look at positive, optimistic economic agenda for this country, embracing this idea of ending child poverty is one of those things like landing on the moon, right, this is something we can actually get. And then something I've talked at length about it other forms here in Iowa, healthcare, understanding one size doesn't fit all making sure we keep our critical access hospitals and something that I've been working on and a bipartisan basis designating hospitals with emergency rooms, so we make sure that those remain strong. And part of this, of course, has to be mental health. Right? You know, how many beds you have public health beds, and I will right now 64 for mental health. That's it. So part of this is mental health. Part of this is addiction. I've recounted my own dad story, he had three dw eyes when I was growing up. And the third one, he finally faced the choice of treatment, or jail, and he chose treatment. And in his words, he was pursued by grace. I believe that everyone should have that right. And it's not going to work in rural Iowa or rural America. And we don't make sure that we have the resources to do that. Example, right from the Heartland. Our country has experienced a 30% increase in suicides in just 15 years. So when you hear these stories, they're not just stories, they're backed up by the numbers, especially high rates among farmers. And you all know why, with what's going on right now. I think of Theresa Gilly, someone who I know well, who lost her husband, Keith to suicide in 2017. They had worked together for over 30 years on their farm, including on land that had been in the family for almost 120 years, two straight crop seasons of bad weather, including hail and floods, had put them in tough financial circumstances and had as had the prices. And they were considering quitting farming. And they talked about it. But in his head, Keith just could not deal with it. He felt his obligation to carry on the work of that family farm that had been in their family for over a century. And he ended up taking his own life. Today, Teresa is still farming a portion of the land are working to raise awareness about mental health issues and increase resources. That's what my plan does. And so one of the things that I want to make clear, as I end this, today, is when I was out talking about this plan, Our reporter actually says to me, well, no one else is talking about this. Does it do well in the polls? Maybe not. But I know that one in five Americans right now in their families, One in five Americans have suffered from mental health problems. And I know that one out of two Americans know someone that's either in their family or close to them that has suffered from addiction. And I suppose they could say the same thing about this plan that I'm unveiling today, Does it do well in the pools? I don't think what this is about With this is about when you're supposed to lead, you're supposed to step back and look at our whole country. And What do we need. And I think one of the things we need is to bring back the respect across the country, for rural America, and have people understand that we are in this together. Because when we embrace our whole country as one, and we acknowledge that there are problems in the cities, just as there are in the rural areas, then that brings our country together. So It's not just about other resources have to go here to it's not just about that at all. It is about how we as a nation talk about this. So we see ourselves as one America and not a divided America. And I think one of the best ways you do that, whether it is for gun policy, which I lead off with today, whether it is for ag policy or health policy is by talking about what unites us and how we can move forward on this together. Closing I think, for many years, and boy, did I hear this people would say, Oh, the heyday of rural America is behind us, right? You've heard all this right now the towns are going away. And they would think of it as kind of flyover country. I don't think that anymore. I think we've come roaring back. We've come roaring back economically, we've come roaring back as part of the solution as I laid out when it comes to wind and solar, and biofuels and all these things that we can get off our land, We've actually come to the forefront when it comes to things like how expensive is to live places, and you want to have innovative ideas. And now with the internet, as long as we expand it, you actually want people to live in small and medium sized towns, you don't want them all living in one place. There's a very strong argument for America's innovation. And that it is based in part on the fact that we're not just in one or two or three or four or five places that we're all over this land. But we have to make sure that that thinking economically is reflected in how we do our politics. So my husband, who hopefully is still standing back there in the sun. He is the third of six boys. And they grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, which is not too far from here. His dad is now a retired biology professor and he taught biology at men, men, men, Kato state now Minnesota State, and his mom was also a teacher. And they raised six boys, okay, they had four boys, and they wanted a girl and she got pregnant again and had identical twin boys. It's true story. Okay, so they raised six boys in this trailer home for until my husband was in sixth grade With triple bunk beds, All right. And they would go on that limited means and they would go on one family trip every summer, somewhere in America, in their station wagon, they'd load all the kids in there. And my husband was the third boy, the quiet boy, the good boy, right, he was just always hard. And I were always afraid that they were going to leave him behind at the gas station, because maybe they almost didn't want All right. So when they got in the car, they would count off 123456 and make sure they were all in that car. So I can tell you this as your President, I will not leave the Midwest behind at the gas station. I will not leave Iowa and the Midwest behind when it comes to this campaign. Because I think in the general election, that you have to win this not just in the easy states, but you have to win it all over the country, that you have to win it not just at the top with some margin of victory, but you have to be willing to win it for the whole ticket. And that means bringing people along with you, like in these congressional districts and in the Senate, see in the state of Iowa. So I have always viewed my races in that way is that you don't just run for yourself, and you can check on my record in Minnesota. It's not just words, it's action. I've won and I've won and flip the house almost I think every time It is because I view it as running as a ticket and running together and running for something. Right. So that is what this is about not leaving the Midwest behind. It's also about what we're going to advance the cause of rural America. We need to get things done. We stand our ground, but we also look for common ground. And that's how we win. And so let us remember as we go into this election, not just in the primary, that the Midwest is going to matter, and it's going to matter big time. Minnesota matters. Wisconsin matters. Nebraska matters. Michigan matters. Ohio matters. And Yes, Iowa matters. So Let's go forward. Let's win this election. But most importantly, Let's never forget why we want to win this election. Right? And you can see it right in your neighbors. You can see it in the soybean farmers eyes. You can see it in those kids that want to stay and grow up and work here and live here and teach at the colleges and be involved in be the next great Norman Borlaug, right. So Let's remember why we're doing it and that's the only way you win it. Thank you, everybody. GAGGLE NBC REPORTER: What's the price tag on your plan? And What about your timeline for an attic? KLOBUCHAR: Sure, Most of you know, I've put forward a lot of price tag for the infrastructure plan, which is part of this, which is a trillion, but it's paid for, by repealing part of that corporate tax rate, I have put forward the plan for how we're going to pay for the mental health care and the opioid addiction. And the I basically Showtime and pay for all of these things. I think the important part of this plan now is different than some of my others. And that is to make this point, which is policy, but it's also political, that we need to bridge the gap between world and urban, that we are not going to be able to move forward as a nation together to tackle these big challenges, like climate change, and gun safety and other things that we don't at least look at each other in the urban areas say, okay, the food doesn't magically appear on my table. And in the rural area, see, okay, these are my customers, how are we going to work together, we've got some challenges, too. So a lot of the theme of my talk today, whether it was the fact that I wanted to leave with the gun safety in a rural area, because I think it's important that we make the case, not only in our city streets, but that we also make the case to rural America, because we know where the support has been and has not been when it comes to gun safety. People in rural America are hearing a lot of stories right now, from the NRA in other places that just are true. And I think that we've got to the only way you take it on is by speaking the truth and saying, okay, here's some sensible ideas. I noticed that a Republican House member in Ohio, in the district that represented stage just came out today for assault weapon ban. And for our limit, I'm magazine first way because I'll See you in one minute, kill people and kill nine people, and then think that that is okay. They have in the public policy United States and someone like that is able to get an assault. Why do I bring it up here, because I really have done this throughout my career, I have brought this out to wherever I am. And wherever I go, instead of just hiding behind it. I've been for the assault weapon ban, since I was Hennepin County attorney. That is in the late 1990s. and ran with that is my position in the purple state and in rural areas and one rural areas. And so I think that what you do is united Now, you know people on other things as well. I mentioned some of them, actually, a lot of people don't know about the huge housing and childcare desert crisis we're having in Iowa and another world state, we need to make that case. And then all of a sudden, when we look at how we're going to get results for public policy, we look to our red and purple states and our rural legislators and our rural members of Congress as part of the solution. We're like, Okay, how can we make this work the solutions for how can we look at immigration reform such a controversial issue right now, when it shouldn't be controversial? If you approach it in a sensible way that we need workers in our fields in our factories in our nursing home? We need workers, how do we make sure that we have a path to citizenship and a way to do that, That is legal and brings a deficit down? Which is exactly what comprehensive reform does. That's why my speech here today was not just about the Farm Bill. All right. I've been a leader on the farm bill, as I said, one of the most senior members of the Agriculture Committee working on everything passing provisions, and a lot of people are just talking about, I Pass it revision or vaccine bank, I Pass the provision on a huge increase in funding for Rural Energy and justice. Last farm bill, the prairie pothole provision that I did was senator food, when it comes to conservation. Those are real things I've gotten done. They're not just promises. So you need someone that understands AG, but also gets that that's not the only thing in rural America, that there are a lot of other issues we have to tackle if we're going to move forward. And I believe, not just politically but policy wise, I am in that place where I could do that as someone that's been able to bridge that divide in such a big way between rural and urban. Unknown Speaker 4:25 Democrats have spoken about gun control as a solution. And that's what I say, based on this weekend. But do you see any legislative solutions for white supremacy and combating racism, of course, Unknown Speaker 4:35 and I've spoken to this today, On the morning show, and all weekend, actually. And I see this as First of all, we have to start with the ball, We have to make sure that we are putting the resources into it that we should. And that is everything from the way it's investigated, to the way we look at what's going on with social media and how we communicate, and how we can find evidence to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place like kill lists and rapes, lists and things like that. Now, I think most likely the best way to do that coming out of local law enforcement is getting the resources to local law enforcement, as well as beefing up the federal efforts. I made hate crimes, one of my signature prosecution efforts when I was county attorney for eight years, so much so that when Bill Clinton was president, he actually invited me to the White House to introduce him when he unveiled the Matthew Shepard hate crime bell. So this isn't just something I came upon to talk about this year. And that was because we prosecuted a guy that on martin luther king day said, I'm going to go out and kill a black kid. And he's luckily didn't die. But he did shoot that kid, or a man who beat someone over the head with a two by four for speaking Spanish, or a Korean church, or mosque that had hateful rhetoric written all over the outside of their walls. So I went after these cases. And that's why I was one of the people that was involved in making sure that federal law work, then I got to the Senate and got to cast one of the deciding votes to get it passed. So that's my background. So I actually get the resources, I get some of the issues that you have with trying to go after these cases. And I think we can do a better job. Okay. That's the micro level, the macro level is the rhetoric. And we all know this and to stop the divisive rhetoric to talk about what brings us together and to stop the hatred. So Unknown Speaker 6:40 El Paso today, despite community leaders, residents saying that he should stay away, is that sensible for him to be visiting by you know, those? Unknown Speaker 6:49 What I am most focused on right now is how he handles it. I haven't been I've been here with all of us. So I don't know what he said since he got there. But each family, the families will have to decide if they want to meet with them or not. I would imagine some will and some won't. And what's key to me is, what does he do when he comes back? No, right? It's words mine. But what about the action? And I'm the one that sat across from him in the White House, where nine times there's a video of it. And we put out nine times. He said to me that he wanted to get universal background checks done. 11;54;05 He said it again this week. Now, come on, he controls the White House and the us senate his party does there's absolutely no way when his party seems to always be how high? Can I jump to keep you happy as their motto? There is absolutely no way he couldn't get this done before if he wanted to. And I would add to that with a republican congressman in Ohio coming out for the assault weapon ban, as he calls it, military style assault weapon, that he should also do that as well. He has the ability our party is there on most these issues. Right. Most of our members are. So he has the ability in his hands to get things done. Has The Unknown Speaker 8:01 President done irreversible damage with the tariffs? And Unknown Speaker 8:05 I think the time will tell I think if he keeps this up, and he keeps doing it, he certainly will. And That was my point about these long term contracts. There's no doubt he's done irreversible damage to certain farmers, right ones that have already gone under or have had to sell their farms or just can't handle it. And those were some of those stories I was telling. And that suicide story was came before he was president. I want to make that clear. Okay, just finished finishing. And so I think that the key is again, what does he do going forward? And he seems to think the best way to do this is by tweet, Instead of engaging and trying to focus your tariffs and trying to focus on things that will make the biggest difference. I had personal experience with this with steel dumping from China. iron ore industry, really important in Northern Minnesota, gives us a steal for our cars. We had a bunch of those mines broke down. last few years of Obama's presidency. I went to Dennis with Jana and asked him to come to Northern Minnesota. We were there with the workers with the owners with everyone and made clear to him. What a damn damaging effect this illegal practice of illegally dumping steel on our shores what's happening. And I still remember one of the steel workers named Dan Hill, he had a shirt, a skilled worker shirt, and he threw it across this huge room of people to Dennis McDonough and he told the story about how his son was in preschool and at their graduation from the preschool. They asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up in Dan Hills kid, all the kids were saying a teacher they wanted to be a sports star. Danielle's kid said I want to make I want to be a steelworker like my dad. And so Dan Hale takes that shirt, throws it to McDonough, who used to be a football player, right and says, make it come true. Mr. McDonald, make it come through. And I thought Please catch the shirt. And he did. And then what went from there was this incredible change in policy that we push through there were some bills we passed, as well as the administration taking this on. Why do I tell the story about last year of the Obama administration, a bunch of those iron ore plants opened up again, that continued with the enforcement With the Trump administration. But I saw that by using targeted, targeted, right measurements of enforcement, you can get this done. And I think that's one of the issues with our Trump has handled this. It hasn't exactly been targeted. As I said he's used a meat cleaver or tweaked flavor Instead of some public policy. Unknown Speaker 10:42 All right. Well, my guys, we have to get to Next up. Some other kinds of candidates have said that the rhetoric that seems by Donald Trump has contributed to the shootings. before boarding the plane passes. Donald Trump said that the shooters responded to Bernie Sanders. Unknown Speaker 10:58 What do you think the role is here? I think the role of a leader is to talk about how we bring people together. And by the president. He is the president. He's in a different place than anyone in the United States. So his role is not to start the day by tweeting against as he did last night, and this morning, a member of Congress about a standing in the polls. I mean, give me a break. And I think the role of a president is to lead and sometimes you've got to take incoming when you're leading, but you've got to be able to handle it. And so I am I've been clear, I think his I actually, interestingly enough, you look back at the tape a few weeks ago, before the shootings was at the Judiciary Committee when Christopher Ray testified the FBI director, and Senator Durbin also asked a bunch of question about this. Maybe others afternoon, I don't know. But Yeah, about the hate crime rise and what we're saying. So I would say that we all know that this general anger out there has contributed to a rise in hate crimes. And the President doesn't try to put out the fire. He adds fuel to the fire every day. All right. Unknown Speaker 12:05 Okay, thank you.
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TVU 22 DES MOINES IA PEOPLES PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ABC UNI 092119 2020 JULIAN CASTRO and it was hundreds of people with decent paying jobs in clean energy, both of those things. We also need to dedicate the resources to get there and so I have set down a plan that follows James Lee's plan with a clean energy standard complete transportation standard that are big that go with big investments to get us to zero, we can do these things, and we have to. And for me, one of the things that I found most inspiring, is how many young people out there are leading despite on climate change and advice like yesterday, not only in places like that happen but here in Iowa. And a lot of our country and the world. I was in high school in Cedar Rapids yesterday, or right around Cedar Rapids. And it was amazing. As we had this conversation about what we need to do different prices how active and involved or young people are they see it, they get it. We need to follow their lead and as President, I will. Somebody believes and people planet, over process. This means fighting corporate power. So how will you fight corporate greed, protect our communities with your green new plan. We do that in different ways. Number one, we need to get big money out of politics need to overturn citizens united. United States. Secondly, we need a currency, and one that is balanced, the one that goes after the biggest polluters, we do expect more in our tax code from big corporations, there's no reason that Amazon should make $11 billion in profit and pay no federal taxes and then there's 60 other American companies. Last year, that made billions and billions and didn't pay anything in taxes, we need a tax code that works for people who have to work for a living. Those are the kinds of things that I would do in addition to avoiding an EPA director that actually believes in environmental protection will make sure that those agencies are in the hands of people that truly care about our planet are going to do the right thing. Thank you so much for your question about Medicare for All. My name is Carolyn, and I have a veteran and board member of CCI action My name is Kevin bowling, and I am a veteran and board member of CCI action. I suffered from hepatitis C for over 14 years and in 2014. After two failed attempts to eradicate the virus. My company insurance plan rejected the opportunity for a third attempt, using a completely new drug protocol to cure my Hep C. They said it was too expensive. My doctor personally intervene and said that if I didn't get the coverage, I wouldn't get the treatment, and without the treatment, I would die eventually insurance company agreed to coverage. I was treated, ensure free and hepatitis C. I still had stage four psoriasis. I'm sorry. Yes, rice, cirrhosis is one of those things. was killing me. And I also have liver cancer in 2015, I got a liver transplant. And by that time I was on Medicare and Medicare covered the entire cost of the procedure Ysn suppresses suppressants for the rest of my life, my wife, my wife's Medicare Part D plan as an example, it would cost me nearly 1500 dollars annually for those two drugs, and that does not include the plans monthly premiums, the CO pays and deductibles. I was a veteran. I'm entitled to be a benefits and going through the VA, I can get those exact same to drugs for less than $200 a year. There are no premiums, there are no co pays and there are no deductibles. This is my story is one many, most of which are far, far worse. I'm going to go lucky. A nurse and a member of the CCI action. Typical because healthcare insurance companies are out there to make profit, rather than provide care. And so what we need is a moral defibrillator in the way of Medicare for All. Why should we continue to subsidize insurance company profits. While many of us are left with the choice of unaffordable care and denial of care, sometimes we face consequences. Like I've been like a lot of folks here in this room. I grew up with a family that knew what it was like to struggle. I grew up on the west side of San Antonio and a single parent household where my mom was raising my brother me, and also my grandmother lived with us. And we knew what it was like to worry about whether you're going to have the money to pay for the rent at the first of the month, or pay the light bill, and also the challenge of health issues. My grandmother had type two diabetes. And as long as I knew her from before the time my brother that was born, she struggled with that and her condition got worse and worse. In fact, right before she passed away she had to have one of her feet amputated. Which is, people probably know is very common or not uncommon for people with severe, diabetes, but that entire time she had Medicare. And so we could rest assured that she had good coverage. I want to strengthen Medicare for the people who are on it, and then make sure that everybody has Medicare wants it. And I would also. I will also do things like ensure that our reimbursement rates were sufficient for rural hospitals, because in too many rural communities hospitals are funded down either completely, or they're closing down to make decent psychiatric units or ob gyn units. I would also add this distinction between physical health care and mental health care. I also want to be very straightforward with focus. I believe that we should set very strong standards based our system offered back here with what I consider a private option. If somebody wants to have the private health insurance, and the effort actually should be allowed to have one. As long as it is it is a strong plan they need certain regulations. But we should base our system off of Medicare. And I believe that the vast majority of Americans are going to choose Medicare, because it does not respond to the public. It won't almost anybody out there so we also need to understand how we have to rebound back here I don't really need that support for the books were on. And I think we're going to have a conversation as well about the ways that we should do that for instance, one of the things that we worked on. During housing, was the link between housing and Healthcare Foundation, and how we can make sure that we connect my dots them so that people with their goal these backers are able to get the wraparound service the healthcare services they need, closer to where they live, to live a better quality of life. So those are some of the things that we need right Medicare and a system by ni rocketing growth comes many people are more to choose essentially taking the necessary medications. So, how will you bring in the powerful device price for this misery. That is a wonderful question plan in my neck of the woods in Texas. We see a lot of people that have to go to Mexico to get their drugs, or they have to go get a dental procedure medical procedure, folks up in New Hampshire when I'm in New Hampshire they talked about going to Canada to get their medication, there's several things I would do to answer your question. Number one, I will make sure that we're we're investing federal taxpayer dollars in creating these pharmaceuticals, that the people have an interest, and are able to keep the prices low, there's no reason that insulin should cost 10 times more in the United States, than it does in Canada. importation and allow the federal government to negotiate your prices directly, and we need patent reform, so that these companies can't just get an extension on their patents and continue to own them is proprietary and charge whatever they want. Y'all have probably see. But, my time is about me up but y'all have probably seen that oftentimes these drug companies jack up the prices because they can. When I'm president. They can't quit and ready to have a question, universal family. My name is William She's a member of citizen action and the Democratic Party Wisconsin's years ago my mom moved in with me and my fiance because she has Alzheimer's. She went from being able to walk a few blocks to the grocery store to not remembering we have one nearby in that time period. She doesn't need a nurse though so we hired care workers to come in and help while we were at work, but it was really expensive caregiving is really difficult it's harder than raising children. These are adults with adult bodies with adult needs and wants and everything is negotiation, including, you have to finish your dinner or without pajamas. Doug and I are now struggling to pay the bills, and we have to balance, her care with how much we can work. I need what millions need. I needed a respite care few hours every day. I need some help to coordinate and connect with resources. I needed for those resources to actually exist because I've been handed phone numbers that go to deadlines. You may become president of the United States. And I know standing here that there's nothing you can do to help me, because it's too late. But there is someone in this room who doesn't know it yet but it's three to five years, they're going to be scammed you were item. And we need to do better for them. Host Casper. My name is Reginald, and I'm the Board Chair of seniors and, actually, I'm also a caregiver for my best friend of many years. I know firsthand that channel workers are not paying you know, given that 43.5 million people across this nation are friends and caregivers for children, or parents, or in the best friends as myself, can no, will you commit to ensure that we will be able to access, affordable, high quality, universal families and children supporting the workers who need to be part of the solution. Thank you, as well. And really thank you very much for sharing your story and share your story as you say your story unfortunately it's the story of a lot of other families out there, and thank you for talking about. Yes, I will. I believe that at every stage in life, every stage in life. We need to make sure that people are well taken care of. That is the commitment that our nation should make. And so I have called for universal childcare. In my working families first plan for universal pre K, or universal higher education. I also believe the universal family care of long term care. I have proposed the plan already going to expand. Hey, family. Family Medical. We would expand the ability to for caregivers to spend time away from their women to take care of family members, but they also need to make. I also want to make sure that is this baby boomer generation turned 65 as they've been doing for a few years now. And they have housing needs, they have health care needs, and as future generations have those needs that we have a plan to make sure that they're well taken care of. And that includes a place to live. It includes good health care. It includes making sure that they have a quality of life, that this nation can be proud of. And so that is something that I will put forward as possible. Thank you, Secretary. Secretary. The time for action is now. How would you take action in the first 100 days over your presidency to address our priorities. In the first 100 days. I will work with Congress to put forward legislation that would fund the robust transition to a health care system based off of Medicare and then will include funding for long term care. So that we ensure that seniors in our country. Have a safe decent affordable place to live, and the services that they need for a good quality of life. That's what I'd like to sneak toward. In addition to that, we're going to scour everything that this administration has done in terms of regulations and helping Human Services at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other departments to turn it back to where we were under President Obama, and then take them to the next level to provide greater care and work on those connections between housing and healthcare, that we need to invest in. In the secretary. Now I want to invite, I've got a new co host for me day yes you got enough to have a question about integration is a vehicle in Congress, so. Good afternoon, my name is Heidi Dr. Nicholas and I'm in a Wi Fi is come up real fast. Unfortunately the corruption and the efficiency that I felt in my home country. Maybe half the leading cause of Wait a minute. One thing. This happened when my husband was threatened to be murdered. I can name my gang members, when they go off I love the child is exposed to the 10 million pages. I will throw a scenario of these gang members for trying to extortion him, they asked him to pay 20,000 festivals and when he refused to do so they murdered him. Yeah, the idea, given us the sea level. May be his MBA with four days after he was killed, they found me, and they started threatening the murder, go Let me see here. Hold on one second. lovey lovey see goes with all the pain in my soul. I knew that I had to leave. I had to leave to just save the life of my kids and say my own life goals you know corporate america Hola, Rosie hosts. As part so get to work again okay when you come into this, they have the quad. Like any mother, I know that we would give her life for kids. I had to leave and walk from a Buddhist, all the way to Texas, essentially, so for me it didn't feel as if the live event, giving you real football come You know, my son suffers from epilepsy and throughout the cub caravan. He said, I suffered with him to get set up with a name for him. qo yellow arrows gimbal Girona visa you've come you know somebody had to be strong and face my fears, because there was a lot of cameras that lost their lives in this caravan. I are going to see a Mega Man, this young man amigo. He will. When I arrived at the border, I was asking for help for my son, because he suffers from epilepsy. Unfortunately, we were met with more discrimination and bad treatment. The agents treated us really bad, and they put into these very small cold rooms. Was your location. Yeah. I didn't leave my home country because I wanted to, I love, because the gang members they're forced me out of my country, out of the Obama meals so this one. That was in with England. Now I live with a fear of being deported back to include us to make that very proud, who is fighting and working to lose money in the for profit prisons. I know firsthand with Dean and okay station. Our first integration process perpetuates. Again, I am media activists in Wisconsin and I'm very proud Daughter of one undocumented immigrants held the caravan to one having a partner who is fighting his own asylum case and working to release money in the for profit prisons. I know firsthand that the dehumanization our current immigration process perpetuates Secretary custom. How will you address the crisis at the border, the treatment of children and families in the camps and the root causes of the migration price or was the, a lot of facilities for this experience here. We'll see at homestead media. Nice aware of it. Yes. I was just saying that. Sorry, to the stories about what happened with your family. Thank you for talking to us about your experience. Like, I don't think there's anything that has been more depressing than the way that this administration has treated families at the border does not reflect who we should be not only as Americans, but as human beings. Your question is about what I will do to make sure that we're protecting our children and our families. I was the first candidate to put out an immigration plan. And I did that because I believe that when you're facing the bully like Donald Trump was treating people with cruelty and the answer is not to backpedal and pretend like they don't have our own vision is to lay down the vision that represents something completely different from this president that says, we do treat people with compassionate common sense and manage our immigration system instead of treating people with cruelty. So under my administration we're going to stop separating families. No more children in cages and sleeping on floors. No more playing games with people were trying to get asylum at the border. While you're treating people like they're less than human scapegoating of immigrants and other people like they are also the most exciting, people. And we are going to have to have this and we're going to monitor asylum claims from families who often have been subjected to violence like this bonus is going to make sure that if you've experienced gang violence or domestic violence that is a reason again that you can claim the site. We're gonna end with a new mexico program because they're sending people to Mexico the dangerous circumstances on the other side of the border. People were often getting kidnapped and ripped off because they're sitting here, sent there by the US government when they come to claim asylum. We're gonna make our immigration court separate from the Department of Justice, their independence. I'm talking to immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, our dreamers and their parents but also all others because we're not going to separate you please. Good immigrants and bad immigrants, anybody who hasn't committed a serious crime should have the opportunity to get on a path to citizenship, a legal immigration system to, so you don't have to wait years and years to become a citizen. Heard to 14 check in with us that sentence for her as well as thousands of other immigrants in similar situations. The other situation or have control over the situation. He wants to know if you will work with us and use your campaign to sign up shine a light on the planet, generally, her family, refugees facing this crisis and on immigrants in this. I wouldn't be proud to do that. I very much right now I want to find out for you. It is Shannon Walker for going to ask a question about family farms and the environment. Secretary Castro and Kim Stevens I'm an Air Force veteran and a mother to three young boys. We live in a small town about 45 minutes north of here, and last November. Three applications were submitted for hot consignments that would place 15,000 within two miles of our community. That ain't right. And people were concerned, and hundreds showed up to our Board of Supervisors meeting in opposition to the applications. Two hours to get through the testimony from the community that was concerned about air and water quality issues. Despite our resistance the Board of Supervisors approved, all three sides, the worse than that one of the sites has manure application sites, about in our town. But many people don't realize is that hog waste is equivalent to human waste, except that hogs produce nine to 10 times as much face. That's like adding 135,000 people to our community and putting all that waste on our agricultural fields. Yeah, yeah. All the stuff that makes human waste so disgusting is being laid on the land next door homes with ditches that runs into our town by our schools and through our soccer fields, and all of the protections that are in place are not enforced, we're left at the mercy of the producers to get to decide if they're going to be good neighbors or not. And instead, our towns are disintegrating or children are moving away and we're losing rural America. My name is Shannon Walker and I am from Clarion Iowa, I, I joined the fight against factory farms when I learned precedential who's proposed to bring a slaughter house to my county. Just like you know my local elected officials bent over backwards for the destructive industry, Secretary posture. In our questionnaire you say that you would be in favor of a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms. Thank you for taking this fan, but can you give me any specifics on how you would plan to take on such a powerful and intimidating industry. Thank you very much for your question. Shannon. I absolutely do support that moratorium because I know of the environmental hazard that has been created by many of these operations, and I want to make sure that we have better environmental standards in place for any kind of expansion happens where new factory farms are put out there. I also believe that, you know, we have to consult neighbors in the process, and engagement better in this policy making around where these are IP phones are cited before permits are given. Those are the that's the type of process that I would like to see in place that is more responsive to the needs and the concerns of neighbors. I come from local government I was a city councilman in San Antonio and then I was mayor of San Antonio, and I know that too often times the concerns of neighbors are overlooked in these things, and it's you know, it's often the poorest communities you get hit the hardest. And with basic things like clean water, and sometimes in other places clean air, that are effective. The federal government has a role to play. I'll do several things. Number one, I'll appoint people in the Environmental Protection Agency that are going to enforce our laws. And then we're going to strengthen those laws. We also. We also want to work with our private sector to incentivize the right behavior, right to incentivize in agriculture, generally, and in this type of farming people to do a better job by water quality, and by air quality, and also animals on the only, I was the first I think that may be better candidate, I was the first candidate to put out a plan to protect animals and wildlife. How to look at certain angle repeated in the agricultural industry. Now obviously, we need our agricultural industry or agricultural industry needs to thrive. Right. I believe that when it comes to the quality of a water when it comes to the nuisance that's created in neighborhoods and communities, and when it comes to the treatment of animals that we can do better. I would both use a carrot and a stick the carrot of incentivizing the right behavior by regulation and by law, and then also the stick a better enforcement. When people step over that line. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Aside from the moratorium what environmental protections are you going to put in place to protect our communities from continued environmental degradation. In addition to milk the moratorium, I would like to see us improve our clean water standards, would like to see us improve our clean air standards. I would also like to see us be able to work with communities who have been impacted by these factory farms, so we invest in those areas, and we're able to remediate the damage that has already been done. There's a whole remediation effort that needs to happen. And so as we consider brands and the environment the EPA and other other departments, I would look to see what we can do when it comes to remediation. Thank you so much. We have our. One final question for you including your closing closing remarks on housing. Hello, my name is Mark Burnett and I believe is the one people's campaign. Folks guarantee that be unable to work. I lost my job and I became homeless. I stayed in shelters for two years until my SSD came through. This allowed me to move into a single occupancy hotel where the rent was $280 a month, the living conditions with the portable, the summit was made the chicken wire and falling apart. We had shared toilets of 150, in which that will work. The heat and water off the car at the middle of the Chicago went. My neighbors got sick and died due to these conditions, but I stayed. it was how was it, I could afford and have a roof over my head was better than living in shelters. Two years ago and investor came through and bought the building and displace 150 million, who lived there. Flipping into a luxury low rents will go from $340 to 1200 dollars, which is not good enough for working class people in those years I wouldn't put it use public housing. But instead of was passing policies to disadvantaged public housing in Chicago, we've seen down the thousands of units public housing torn down and not replace the Department of Housing and Urban Development as film, people like I'm Tiana Caldwell, I am here with Katie kids in action. Last year, my lady live or you get to me. I ended up in a place owned by an estate landlord sewage came up to the pipes on the first night that we slept there. The landlord never did anything. We had to leave, and we were homeless for six months. Why are we forced to live like this and the wealthiest country in history. I can't take it anymore. I guarantee. In your closing remarks, would you tell us how your approach will be different than when you were head secretary, and whether or not you can commit to a home's guarantee that includes 12 million social housing units, massive reinvestment in public housing and national tenants bill of rights, including universal rent control, and a commitment to end homelessness and the commodification of how I served as Secretary of Housing Development for President Obama from the middle of 2014 until the end of 2017. I'm proud of the progress that we did make, you know, during the administration we reduce homelessness overall by about 10%, we reduce veteran homelessness by 47% between 2010 2016, we call in Congress for more money to address homelessness and create more units. But look, there's still a tremendous amount of data that just starting to scratch the surface of what we need to do. And so I have a housing plan that I put out there reflects my way to make sure that everybody has a safe decent affordable place to live, because I believe that housing is a human right. And originally created by what I planned is what made me the investment to end homelessness in our country by 2028 youth homelessness chronic homelessness family homelessness. He would invest, dollars to create 3 million more housing units over the next 10 years, it would create also a refundable renters tax credit, because the rent is spiking and so many communities, big and small, in our country. it would invest in the low income housing tax credit to expand housing units out there, and also in community development block grants and in home funding, so that we can both create more housing units for people that need this, and make sure that people can afford the rent. The final thing that you would do is create an entitlement program out of our voucher programs so that if you make less than 50% of the area median income you to go to a Housing Choice Voucher so you could get housing there's affordable to you and your family. When you go into the private market. Those are the kinds of things that I would like to do, Let me just tackle this squarely, there are some differences between what I understand the home guarantees and what my plan is right. I don't want to sugarcoat that, that's true. But I believe that mine is the most ambitious plan that any candidate has put forward, and that would help ensure that everybody has a decent affordable place to live. Thank you so much for your day. I'd like to introduce Kathy blossom. I was president of the SEIU, and I was a member. Oh, y'all do it out there we go awesome and I got a quiz for all of you out there. And then I asked you a question I want to stand up and answer a couple questions. When working people are under attack. What do we do when clean air and our water under attack. What do we do when affordable housing is under attack. What do you do when our communities of color and immigrants are under attack. What do we do when our health and healthcare, are under attack. What do we do. And when working people are under attack. What do we do is have you had to sequoias. Good afternoon. Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Kathy gloss and I'm a registered nurse and proud CCI action member, former Democratic candidate for governor and the current president of the Service Employees International Union here in Iowa. And I am so proud to be joined by several leaders of my union here today. First I'd like to recognize you know executive Executive Vice President of SEIU is with us here today. And another leader of our union will be our next speaker, and I am so honored to introduce her in 2001, I left bedside nursing to step into a new role. I became an organizer, helping more nurses and hospital workers in Missouri, Colorado, and Texas, understand that the only way we have power on the job is by joining together in a union. I didn't see myself as a leader, or an organizer, but our next speaker challenged me to step up. She challenged me to be a bill to help step up and build a powerful voice for nurses, and healthcare workers, her leadership is rooted in the belief that when individuals join together we can make the impossible possible through her leadership members of our union are fighting for good jobs union jobs are fighting for a $15 minimum wage. We're standing together for a better life, every working family through her leadership, we are changing, Iowa, and America for the better. That's why I am so proud and honored to be able to introduce her today. Please welcome the President of SEIU Hi, heels in a union of 2 million already people, Mary Kay. Hey. Thank you. Hey Jude and Kathy, Watson for working families and thank you to people's action, and thank you to CCI action, we are together in our fights on every Friday. Friday. I am joined on this stage by courageous, I will McDonald's workers who are on strike today, demanding. Have you ever been on strike in this audience, or have ever had to make a decision where you talked to your families about you could lose your job. If you decided BERNIE SANDERS 162846 Q: . if you would share your vision on how you plan to cogovern with people's organizations like Iowa's CCI and People's Action when you are elected president. 162900 SANDERS>> Well thank you. That is an enormously important question. And you know what, I'm almost never asked that question. And the answer is, the message of our campaign is, as some of you may know, it's us, not me. And that is not just a bumper sticker, although it's a pretty good bumper sticker. It's what I believe. 162931 And the reason for that is I will tell you what no other presidential candidate will tell you. And that is, no one, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else can do it alone. And I'll tell you what. And you don't see this in the corporate media, you're not gonna hear it on radio, you're not gonna hear about it in congress. And the reason for that is that the power elite in this country, and I'm talking about Wall Street and the insurance industry and the drug companies. 163009 I'm talking about the fossil fuel industry, the prison industrial complex, the military industrial complex. These guys have enormous power, and no president goes in and say, hey, Wall Street, be nice guys do the right thing. Hey fossil fuel industry, stop reducing the carbon that's destroying the planet. That ain't the way it works. The only way that real change has ever taken place, and will ever take place is when millions of people stand up and demand justice. 163051 And that is what this campaign is about. I cannot do it alone. I cannot do it alone. We gotta do it together. 163327 Q: . What is your plan to transition the investor owned utilities to public ownership with democratic control? 163334 SANDERS>> Let me just say this, I am very proud, I truly am, to have introduced a proposal, consistent, consistent, the only presidential candidate to have introduced a proposal consistent with the IPCC, which transforms our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy as quickly as humanly possible. 163410 Our legislate -- our proposal, it's not a legislation, is consistent with the Green New Deal. And it is the most comprehensive proposal ever brought forth by any candidate running for federal office to combat climate change. So, in order to do this, I have been criticized, some of you may have heard that $16 trillion proposal. And folks say, that's a lot of money, well you know what, it is a lot of money. But I don't know what the alternative is when we're fighting for the future of the planet. 163449 So we are going to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and say exactly what you said. We're gonna end all of their subsidies, we're going to end all of their tax breaks, and we are going to tell them loudly and clearly that their short term profits are not more important than the future of this planet. 163516 Our green new deal proposal creates up to 20 million good paying union jobs, because we're going to undertake a massive effort at retrofitting all of the buildings in this country, moving to the electrification of our transportation system, and investing heavily in sustainable energy. Now, what we do in this bill, we understand you can't go to corporate america and say, do the right thing. So what we do is greatly, greatly, greatly expand what the TVA and other public energy producers are doing and create a massive effort to produce to wind. 163606 And congratulations, you're doing great. We got to do better together. We got introduced to introduce sustainable energies like wind, solar, geothermal, and other technologies. And we put tens and hundreds of billions of dollars into the production of that sustainable energy. Q: How will your plan include black, brown, and Native people who've been traditionally excluded from the system? 163637 SANDERS>> I'll tell you how. We put tens of billions of dollars into the understanding that it is poor people, black people, brown people who are almost always most impacted by climate change and environmental degradation. So we put a substantial sum of money to invest in those communities, to protect those communities. 163709 Anybody saw what happened in Bahamas recently? You saw the poor people's homes destroyed, rich people, not so much. We are aware of that, and I just -- read the bill, read the proposal. Tens and tens of billions of dollars specifically designed to help those most vulnerable communities in America. 163947 Q: ...How will you strengthen and support a powerful youth movement of Black and Brown students? 163958 SANDERS>> Well, let me answer in a couple of respects. First of all, some of you may remember. I came to Iowa four years ago, and I want to thank many of you for the support you gave me four years ago. And I came to Iowa, and I had a very radical idea. I said that maybe just maybe we rethink public education in America and make public colleges and universities tuition free. And four years ago, that was perceived to be a very radical idea. You know what's happened over the last four years? 164036 In California, in New Mexico, in New York, in Tennessee, in states and communities all over this country, it ain't such a radical idea anymore. So I want to thank Iowa for supporting that concept. And by the way, we're also going to end all student debt in this country. So when I talk about making public colleges and universities tuition free, an idea that I introduced four years ago, of course, it applies to all Americans. And most importantly, the people who benefit the most are the lowest income people who are most often black and Latino. 164129 Right now, we have a situation where if you're a young African American student, 12 years after you leave school, you will have as much debt as you did the day you took out that loan. That is insane. And we got people all over this country who are paying off their debt for decades. I met a guy recently, who said that he's worried that his social security payment is going to be garnished because of student debt. 164202 So what we need, and your point is quite right. I agree with it. Like everything else. Like taking on the fossil fuel industry or the insurance companies or the drug companies or the military industrial complex, we need a mass movement. And when millions of people, not just young people, their parents and their grandparents stand up and say what I believe to be true, that education is a human right, that college should be available to all people regardless of their income. That is how we win that struggle. Q: I also want to ask how even now during the election cycle you can use your platform as a leading candidate for president to support a powerful student movement. 164256 SANDERS>> Well we do. We work right now -- look. Let me say this. Thank you for this question.The future of America, in fact given climate change, the future of the world, depends upon young people getting involved in the political process in a way that we have never, ever seen. Now the good news is that the younger generation is the most progressive younger generation in the history of this country. 164332 Anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobia, anti-religious bigotry. That's the good news. The bad news is, and let me be honest, is that young people do not vote in anywhere near the level that they should. If young people under 30 voted at the same level as people over 65 years of age, we will transform this country. I am proud that last time around, I ended up with more votes from young people than Clinton and Trump combined. And we are making progress in bringing young people into the political process. That has to happen. We need to do that if we're going to transform this country. 164818 Q>> how you will address this crisis at the border, how you will address the treatment of children and families in the camps, and how you will address the root causes of this migration crisis 164836 SANDERS>> Well, let me begin by apologizing to you, as a United States Senator. Tragically, we have a president who was a racist and who is a xenophobe, and who thinks that he is going to win reelection by demonizing you. By making you into a criminal. I don't believe that somebody who travels for six months, who is pregnant, is a criminal.
SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) / KERRY TOWN HALL MEETING W/ JOE LIEBERMAN / TAIL END AND CUTS CAMERA / 2
[SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) / KERRY TOWN HALL MEETING W/ JOE LIEBERMAN / TAIL END AND CUTS CAMERA / 2 ] [KERRY - Town Hall w/Sen. Joe Lieberman, Palm Beach Community College, 4200 South Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL] 11:57:31 LET ME TELL YOU, I'LL TELL YOU EXACTLY, WHEN I WAS OUT IN IOWA AND ILLINOIS I TALKED TO A LOT OF FARMERS, JUST LIKE SEEING BIG DRUG COMPANIES... SAME THING HAPPENING IN FARMING. WE VOTED TO TRY AND STOP VERTICAL OWNERSHIP OF GROWING OF HOGS SO LIVESTOCK CAN'T BE OWNED BY PEOPLE WHO PACK IT. SAME THING HAPPENING .. AGRIBUSINESS IS SQUEEZING OUT SMALL FAMILY FARMER, 131 BILLION IN FARMING BUT GUESS WHAT, EVEN AS WE DID THAT WE LOST 274,000 FARMS REASON IS THERE IS A LOOPHOLE IN SUBSIDIES, BIG GUYS GET MULTIPLE SUBSIDIES WHILE SMALL GUY GETS LESS. WE ARE GOING TO FUND CONSERVATION SECURITY TRUST FUND, ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES ARE ENCOURAGED AND PROVIDE FAIR SUBSIDY TO SMALL FARMER. 11:59:45 WELL I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN FOR COMPENSATE FOR LEARNING CURVE, I BELIEVE MY EXPERIENCE TODAY IS MUCH BIGGER THAN BUSH'S TODAY. AND I THINK THAT THROUGH THE YEARS I'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR MY COUNTRY FOR 35 YEARS AND FRONT LINES FOR VETERANS THIS ADMINISTRATION IS CREATING A NEW GENERATION OF VETERANS BUT CUT THE VA BY 1.8 BILLION. YOU GOT VETS WAITING SIX MONTHS TO SIGN OFF ON PRESCRIPTION DRUB BILL. 400,000 DENIED BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WE HAVE MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO GET TAX CUT BUT WE ARE DENYING VETERANS LIFE, THAT'S THE LEARNING CURVE. IN FOREIGN POLICY AND I WARNED THIS PRESIDENT BEFORE INVOLVED, THAT THE UNITED STATES IS STRONGER WHEN THE US SHARES BURDENS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND WORKS WITH OTHER NATIONS AND BUILDS SUPPORT. 12:02:18 LET ME JUST SAY.. TRADE, HE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ABOUT FREE FOR FAIR. I THINK WE HAVE TO TRADE, I'M NOT GOING TO COME HERE AND SAY US BRING DOWN BIG BARRIER, BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS FIGHT LEGITIMATELY FOR WORKER TO HAVE FAIR PLAYING FIELD. IN CHINA PLAYING FIELD ADMINISTRATION CAN FIGHT BACK IF THEY DUMP PRODUCTS OR URGE SURGE OF IMPORTS. OPPORTUNITY TO ENFORCE NAFTA, DO THEY DO IT? NO. WE WILL REVIEW TRADE AGREEMENTS OVER 120 DAYS AND FIND OUT WHAT IS WORKING FOR US AND WHAT IS NOT. IF THE CHINESE IS VIOLATING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS, NO ACCESS TO MARKETS, MANIPULATING CURRENCY WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT BACK AND STAND UP BECAUSE IF YOU GIVE AMERICAN WORKER TO COMPETE ON, NO ONE WORKER CAN COMPETE WITH. 12:04:18 WELL THE MOST CRITICAL THING IS 55% OF COST OF MEDICARE GOES TO 5% OF MEDICARE POPULATION. ONE OF MOST EXPENSIVE THINGS IN AMERICAN AND YET THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CUT OUT FROM UNDER US GREAT HOPES. RESEARCH NECESSARY TO PUSH CURVE OF DISCOVERY. SAVE US MONEY IN LONG RUN AND THAT' S WHAT I AM GOING TO DO. *** 12:05:33 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN NOT ONLY DO I STAND FOR THAT PUT I PUT TOGETHER A LEGAL TEAM ALREADY AND ARE GOING TO BEING LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THOSE WHO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO REGISTER AND CHALLENGE ANY PLACE IN AMERICA WHERE YOU CANNOT COUNT VOTE. 12:06:51 DO THEY ACCEPT NOTES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE. LOOKS TO ME YOU ARE ALREADY OUT OF CLASS. POVERTY IN USA IS GROWING. POVERTY IS AT LARGEST LEVEL IN YEARS AND GAP BETWEEN HAVES AND HAVE NOTS IS GROWING. IN 1973 1% OF AMERICA OWNED THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT 44 MILLION OWN. 1% OF AMERICA OWNS EQUIVEL4ENT OF WHAT 100 MILLION OWN. CONCENTRATION AND COME ABOUT THROUGH TAX CODE AND WORK. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN PREMIUMS GO UP, HOW MANY SEEN COPAY GO UP, AND DEDUCTIBLE UP AND BENEFITS GO DOWN, NOT A GOOD EQUATION. HOW MANY SEEN TUITIONS GO UP, GAS AND ENERGY PRICES GO UP, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE WAGES GONE UP. ONE HAND. ONE GUY IS DOING REAL WELL. THAT IS STORY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE HAVE GOT TO... 12:08:42 TYCO BUYS A 27,000 MAILBOX IN BERMUDA AND CHANGE CORPORATE ADDRESS BUT STILL DO WORK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT TAKE 400 MILLION OFF TAX ROLLS AND YOU GET STUCK WITH BILL. I'M GOING TO LOWER THEM BY ROLLING BACK TAX CUT FOR WEALTHIEST AMERICAN AND INVESTING IN EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE. 12:09:44 YOU'RE DOING REALLY GREAT. JOE AS AN OBSERVER HERE. I REQUEST JOHN AT THE MOMENT COMING OUT WITH POLICY ON ISRAEL. WE ARE LOSING VOTES AFTER BUSH DID WHAT HE DID, MOST OF OBSERVANT JEWS ARE SWITCHING OVER TO BUSH. 12:10:39 I HAVE SERVED WITH JOHN KERRY FOR 15 YEARS IN SENATE AND LET ME TELL YOU THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF EITHER PARTY WHO HAS A MORE CONSISTENT SUPPORT TO ISRAEL AND RELATIONS THAN JOHN KERRY. PEOPLE WATCH THESE VOTES, GIVE YOU A SCORE CARD, THIS GUY GETS 100% SO TELL THAT TO ANYONE BUT TELL THEM SOMETHING ELSE, THIS IS ABOUT LIFE HERE IN AMERICA. IT'S ABOUT VALUES WE HOLD DEAR, ABOUT ALL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING JOHN AND THAT HE'S SPOKEN TO ABOUT MIDDLE CLASS DREAM AND HEALTH CARE AND GOOD JOBS, THAT AS BILL SAID, YOU DON'T WANT TO SURVIVE, HE WANTS TO THRIVE, WE WANT A PRESIDENT PUT STRENGTH AND VALUES IN WORLD. 12:12:26 YOU SEE THESE GUYS IN THE YELLOW? THESE ARE FIREFIGHTERS OF AMERICA. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW SOMETHING UNDER BUSH'S HOMELAND SECURITY 2/3'S OF FIREHOUSES ARE UNDERSTAFFED, 50% DON'T HAVE COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT *BREAK LOG* BOB GRAHAM 12:13:45 SIR WHAT IS YOUR NAME? WILLIAM LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING DO YOU THINK DELAY IS GOING TO IMPEACH BUSH. THERE IS SOMETHING WORSE THAN BEING IMPEACHED AND THAT IS BEING KICKED OUT OF OFFICE. WE ALL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT, AND WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE IN CONDUCTION A SECRETIVE DECEITFUL AND HIGHLY COSTLY WAR THAT HAS TAKEN OUR ATTENTION OFF THREATS. THOSE ARE THE TERRORIST WE OUGHT TO BE GOING AFTER AND REASON WHY BUSH SHOULD BE REMOVED. KERRY 12:15:50 THE ANSWER IS WE HAVE TO DO BOTH, THIS ADMINISTRATION AS YOU KNOW HAS WALKED AWAY FROM WHOLE SET OF ENFORCEMENT METHODS AND WE HAVE AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO DOESN'T COME OUT O F POLITICS BUT OUT OF LAW AND REVERENCE OF POLITICS OF UNITED STATES NELSON 12:16:52 FIRST OF ALL WHAT YOU CAN DO I MAKE SURE THIS IS NOT CLOSE ELECTION IN FLORIDA, BIG STEAM ROLLING EFFECT. THIS COUNTY WAS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE ME 117,000 VOTE MARGIN LET'S GIVE KERRY 150,000 VOTE MARGIN. THAT'S HOW YOU CAN DO IT. ALL CROSS THIS COUNTRY. YOU KNOW, I SERVED IN MILITARY WORE THE UNIFORM OF THIS COUNTRY, AFTER SEPT 11TH, THERE WAS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THIS NATION TOGETHER TO BRING RECONCILIATION INSTEAD OF DECEITFULNESS. THIS PRESIDENT DIDN'T DO IT, BUT NOW YOU GOT ALTERNATIVE WHO'VE I'VE SEEN OPERATE IN HALLS OF CONGRESS, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. KERRY 12:18:48 (PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT) YES I WILL ABSOLUTELY AND I THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION 12:19:50 CAN I STEAL YOUR CHAIR A MINUTE? LET ME JUST DO THIS, THIS IS ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS AND TAKE A MOMENT TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. WE HAVE 43 MILLION WHO HAVE NO HEALTH CARE AT ALL, SENIOR POPULATION MOST OF WHICH LIVE ON FIXED INCOME. MET A LOT OF SENIORS 82 YEARS OLD GOES TO SCHOOL WORKS WITH KIDS AND TRIES TO SHARE EXPERIENCE BUT GET 360 A MONTH. HER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS RUN 600 BUCKS A MONTH. THE PROBLEM OF LONG TERM CARE WE HAVE NO LONG TERM HEALTH CARE BUT WE HAVE A BABY BOOM GENERATION COMING AT US. 12:21:08 WE HAVE GOT TO START TO HAVE A SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS, MY HEALTH CARE PLAN I THINK INCIDENTLY MY HEALTH CARE PLAN ON WEBSITE YOU CAN GET WHOLE THING. BUSH HAS NO HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR AMERICA, THAT'S ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES HERE. HE HAS A HEALTH SAVINGS PLAN, IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU MIGHT PUT MONEY AWAY BUT I INCLUDE EARLY DETECTION, PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE, SCREENING WHEN YOUNG, BEFORE EXPENSIVE AND I'LL TELL YOU THIS I CAN TALK ABOUT THIS CAUSE I LIVED WITH IT. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER, I AM CURED I'M FREE. I HAD BEST HEALTH CARE, ONE I COULD AFFORD IT AND I'M A SENATOR, AND THANKS TO YOUR POCKETBOOKS SENATORS GIVE GOOD HEALTH CARE. 12:22:33 HOLD THAT UP AS GOLD STANDARD AND ASK AMERICA TO START TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS OBESITY? WHAT WE GO POP MACHINES. WHY ARE THEY THERE? SCHOOLS NEED INCOME FROM MACHINES RATHER THAN HAVE NUTRITION PROGRAMS, WE NEED COMMONS SENSE BACK INTO POLITICAL. AND WE ARE GOING TO GET LONG TERM CARE. 12:23:46 MY PLAN FOR HAITIAN PEOPLE IS TO DO WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION SHOULD HAVE DONE A TREATY TO DO IN CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY TO RESPECT DEMOCRACY AND HELP PEOPLE TO HELP DEVELOP. SOME PEOPLE SAY WHY DO THAT, BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT OUR TROOPS TO GO THERE WE BETTER DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW. 12:25:39 I'M IN FAVOR OF CHOICE AND WE WILL PROTECT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. 12:25:57 SHE'S IN COLLEGE, BUSH HAS LOST 2.6 MILLION JOBS. HE IS FIRST PRESIDENT SINCE HOOVERT TO PRESIDE OVER LOSS O JOBS AS PRESIDENT AND WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT HE'S PROMISED WITH LAST TAX CUT AND AFTER SEPT 11TH HE PROMISED CREATE 5.1 MILLION JOBS, SINCE THAT PROMISE MADE HE LOST 2 MILLION AND HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID OUTSOURCING IS GOOD FOR AMERICA. HE DOESN'T STAND UP FOR FIGHT OF CREATION OF JOBS WE NEED. UNDER CLINTON GRAHAM LIEBERMAN AND I PASSED DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT. HAD LOWEST INFLATION, UNEMPLOYMENT, MORE WOMEN INTO BUSINESS OWNERSHIP, LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY. 12:27:19 3 MILLION JOBS IN AMERICA. WE DID IT BY BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SMART IN POLICIES BECAUSE WE INVEST IN THINGS THAT CREATE JOBS. 500,000 NEW JOBS BY PERUSING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. 20% OF ELECTRICITY PRODUCED FROM ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE SOURCES AND WE WILL CREATE THOSE JOBS. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT STATES, EVERY STATE I GO TO, SHOWS ME HOW MUCH JOBS IS BEING LOST IS PAYING AND JOBS CREATED PAYING, IN EVERY CASE AMERICANS ARE BEING UNDEREMPLOYED, GOING INTO JOBS THAT PAY LESS THAN THEY WERE. WE NEED TO CREATE A HIGH VALUE ADDED JOBS. PRODUCTS OF FUTURE. AND THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN LIFE SCIENCES, COMMUNICATIONS, ADVANCE MATERIALS, WE HAVE TO PUSH CURVE OF EDUCATION, THIS ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T EVEN BELIEVE IN SCIENCE. WE ARE GOING TO WORK CAUSE WE ARE GOING TO CREATE JOBS IN FUTURE. 12:29:33 I CANNOT COME HERE IF I DIDN'T SAY SOMETHING ABOUT WAR. ONE OF LESSONS I LEARNED IN VIETNAM IS ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY LEADERS HAVE TO FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WEAR A UNIFORM AS TO HOW YOU SEND THEM TO WAR. THIS PRESIDENT PROMISED AMERICA THAT HE WOULD BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION AND HE WOULD GO TO WAR AS LAST RESORT. I BELIEVE HE BROKE EVERY ONE OF THOSE PROMISES TO AMERICA. NOW I BELIEVED THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAND UP TO SADDAM AND DISARM HIM THERE WAS A RIGHT WAY, AND A WRONG WAY. HE CHOSE THE WRONG WAY, WHAT DO WE DO NOW? IT IS THE JOB OF A PRESIDENT TO MAXIMIZE THE CAPACITY OF A MISSION TO BE SUCCESSFUL TO MINIMIZE COST TO TROOPS AND TAX PAYERS. DO YOU BEST DO THAT AS WE PROCEED ALMOST ALONE OR BY BUILDING A COALITION THAT HAS STAKE IN OUTCOME BY NOT HAVING FAILED IRAQ. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IN F FIRST PLACE, HOW YOU TAKE TARGET OFF AMERICAN TROOPS AND ABILITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL 12:31:37 THIS PRESIDENT STUBBORNLY REFUSING TO DO WHAT IS IN BEST INTEREST IN SUCCEEDING. THIS COUNTRY DOESN'T EVER GO TO WAR BECAUSE IT WANTS TO WE GO TO WAR BECAUSE WE HAVE TO. 12:32:09 YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION BUT IT IS WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT ME AND MY PLAYMATES WILL NEVER FIGHT IN AN UNJUSTIFIED WAR 12:32:26 KERRY SHAKES HANDS WITH A YOUNG BLACK CHILD. 12:32:33 I'LL TELL YOU I'M GLAD I JUST ANSWERED HIS QUESTION, BUT I'LL TELL YOU HE JUST STANDING UP AND ASKING THAT QUESTION IS THE BEST ANSWER YOU COULD POSSIBLY PROVIDE. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH, THANK YOU MAN. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING OUT, I WANT TO SAY THIS TO YOU, WE CAN BE ANGRY, FRUSTRATED AND WALK ABOUT WITH MEASURES OF DISAPPOINTMENT, HAVE POWER IN THIS COUNTRY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE SIX AND A HALF MONTHS NOW TO COMMUNICATE TO AMERICANS TO TALK ABOUT TO PHONY ADVERTISEMENTS. TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, DO NOT FOR INSTANT LET ELECTION PASS BY WITHOUT MAKING COMMITMENT OF STRONGEST GRASSROOTS EFFORT LETS RECLAIM OUR COUNTRY AND DEMOCRACY. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
ELIZABETH WARREN CLIMATE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION CEDAR RAPIDS IA
TVU 18 WARREN CLIMATE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION CEDAR RAPIDS IA ABC UNI 2020 Cedar Rapids, IA Warren at a small community convo on climate with activists -- [19:21:57] So thank you. [19:21:59] And really thank you for running for office. It's important for all of us idiots. It's fun. It's about the world. Yes. [19:22:06] It is fun. So I'm just going to say a couple of things as we get started. And the first is how glad I am to have a chance to spend just a little bit of the day of the Climate Strike. [19:22:18] With all of you. And to this day in a very tangible way I hope this day is a turning point not just for our country but for our world. As more and more people speak out and make it clear that climate matters to them that this world matters to them and that we've had enough that's the kind of short term treatment of our love. Of our world over water or air. If we we are determined to do better. So two quick points. First one is I know that. [19:22:54] Democrats are putting out different climate plans but here's how I see is. We cannot overstate the urgency of the moment. One of the things that scares me the most is it seems that every time the scientists go back through it they say oh wait it's worse than we thought. The amount of time we've got left is less than we thought the moment is closer up on us and we need to act and we need to act now. [19:23:23] Thinking of this as one climate plan I think is just the wrong way to think better. It's that we've got to pick up every tool in the toolbox and we've got to be willing to use them and use them. Effectively. So I think of it. As what is a bit oppressive. [19:23:43] I love saying this can do all by herself. What can you do on the first day. And I've got plans for that. It's what can we and I'm glad to talk about knowledge of this. We do this during Q and A. [19:23:55] It's what do we need from Congress to make changes. And I'm glad to do that. And the third part is what do we need to pick up on the regulatory. Front. I'm. Glad to do that. In fact. Urgently move on. All of the above and other good ideas. We also need to prioritize. Right now. Three. Industries are producing 70 percent of our carbon. Output. And this means we can make change. [19:24:27] This is the good news right because we can make change if we said and this is what I've done. Set as our target. That by 2028 no more new building that has any carbon footprint by 20 30 no more cars or light trucks they have any carbon footprint. And by 2035 no more producing electricity with any carbon footprint. Three things and we can cut our carbon emissions by 70 percent. The other 30 percent so we're going to take a lot of work in the other 30 percent is really important. [19:25:07] But I just think it's important to keep that perspective on where we're going. You just got to be tough enough to be willing to do it. We know places we can move the needle a lot. We also have to think about this globally and I hope we get a chance to talk about it. But there's one last point I want to make. Before we turn this over. Q and A and that's to pick up on a point so you may go back to the early 90s. And history and quite have the language we were talking about is global warming a greenhouse effect. [19:25:37] But here's the deal in Washington. Democrats and Republicans were working together. [19:25:45] They were talking in terms of just the EPA need more tools do we need to pass other laws. What do we need to be doing here. We need to make other investments in planning and infrastructure. So you should pause to ask yourself. What happened from the early 90s to here. It's not just the last two years. [19:26:06] What's happened. In that period of time is the fossil fuel industry figured out that if Washington started to act it was going to bite into their bottom line. The the big polluters figured out that if Washington really got serious about climate change it was going to bite into their bottom line. The Koch brothers figured out. Washington. Really starts making change. It's going to bite into their bottom line. So they had an investment decision to make. [19:26:36] Think about it this way they could have decided at that point twenty five years ago you don't want the future of pulling carbon out of the ground. It is not a good one. We're not going to go there we're going to invest instead in renewables. We're going to help there they are doing for ourselves to make profit. That's what they did do. They could have said. This is a big problem. So what we're going to do is we're going to invest in how clean carbon out of the air how to clean carbon with water. They didn't do that. When they invested in. Politicians. [19:27:09] They invested in making more contributions to politicians and hiring more lobbyists and hiring more PR firms in hiring bought and paid for experts who came in and denied science. Why not because they didn't understand the science but because it built an umbrella that politicians could hide under and say Oh well I don't know why they continue to take money from big oil companies while they continue to take money from big polluters why they continue to take money from the Koch brothers. [19:27:41] We are in a crisis today because you're 25 years of corruption in Washington. So when we think about climate change I'm all in. But understand this. We've got to change the system itself. [19:27:57] If the oil companies are still calling the shots if we're still getting the big polluters are the ones who are kind of making it all happen the Koch brothers are still out there stirring it all up and try to get everybody's coming to look for their money. If that happens. We'll get laws that have great titles cleaned up all the world ever forever but at their heart. [19:28:22] They won't make the differences we need to make. So the way I see this is to make real change the change that saves our planet. We've going to be willing we've got to be brave enough we've got to be courageous enough we're gonna to be determined enough to be organized enough to take on the corruption. Head on. And for me this is the fight worth having. We've got to do it. [19:28:52] Thank you Senator Warner. One of the messages that came through loud and clear there at the end is that. [19:28:57] Nevertheless we must pursue it. That's right. Absolutely. [19:29:02] Absolutely. OK. So we have time for a few questions so we'll give you a minute. To. [19:29:08] Formulate some. Right. Dave. [19:29:19] You talked about the plan for a long term plan and an initial plan as soon as you take off. What measures you will take the day you take office. OK. So on the day. [19:29:29] I am sworn in. OK. I am going to put a moratorium in place on all new fossil drilling. And mining on all federal lands and offshore. I want to say all. [19:29:46] This is actually a pretty big deal. Realize. It's about a quarter of all our lands on this earth and right now we're selling that stuff off for pennies on the dollar and instead of our federal lands being part of our solution right now they're part of the problems we can turn that one around. Right there. And. [19:30:06] That's what I want to do. A few others like I would like to have. The head of the EPA who is not a coal lobbyist. Really shocking stuff. Right. But a lot of pieces around this one of the things I want to do is I want to establish the opportunity for 10000 people to go work in our national forests and our national parks be able to spend a year doing that to be able to contribute to our Earth into our future. There's a lot of pieces we can do right on the first day. And we can introduce the legislation and we're going to keep fighting for. So hell on a busy first day. OK. Good. Good. Very. [19:30:51] Good. Next question. I'm. So. [19:30:58] We're doing the atmosphere. Yeah. OK. Regarding climate policy climate change how do you plan to appeal not only to liberals on the left but also to moderates who are not really sure. OK. [19:31:10] So let me tell you about a plan I am. And let's start with. That just like a. [19:31:21] Business plan. All right. We could clean up everything in America. And. [19:31:29] Our earth would still be in trouble. We're only 20 percent. Of the problem. So we make it to let's say. Net zero. By 2030. By itself that's not going to be enough. But here's the estimate the estimate is that worldwide. Over a decade there's going to be a 17 trillion dollar market for green meaning the blades for how you produce green wind. Right. The the clean up device. STEVE SALMON ization live it hadn't even been invented yet. [19:32:04] So here's my plan. Let's do what we do best and that is take our investment in science and NSF other scientific that we're doing around the country. And let's ratchet it up tenfold. Let's put real money. Into science and let's invent research develop for every part of this. And then. Part two is let's say anybody who wants to use the new developments this clever way we come up with for desalinization of water or for cleaning carbon out of here you can totally do it. But you got it man to use our science. You got a manufacturer right here in the United States of America. [19:32:49] Right. You think about that. Taxpayers pay more energy than. Manufacturing. [19:32:56] Here in the United States of America. Then Part 3 on this is that. We sell it where we can sell it. And we'll give it away where we have to give it away but we make sure it makes it around the world. And I'll just give you one little piece on that right now. For every dollar we spend here in America to market our goods around the world. [19:33:18] Our government spends. China spends one hundred dollars. So it's about spending some more money on marketing it. And spending some more money on subsidizing it. So what does that mean. Now you ask me the question about allies. So the independent analysis of that is it would produce about one point two million new manufacturing green manufacturing jobs good union jobs. Right here. [19:33:48] In America. When I first introduced this plan I did it in Michigan Indiana and Wisconsin and they like the idea. And that's what we need. We need allies in this fight. [19:34:04] We need people who say you know I could be part of the climate solution and it could be a good future for me for my kids for the community I live in. Think about the the the manufacturing infrastructure. [19:34:19] That we already have the buildings that sit idle next to rivers. Right. This is this is good infrastructure. The first part we'll do the R and D. One point two million new jobs. I think that's how we pull in a lot of allies. So. That's my plan. Good. [19:34:39] Point. We. Have a group of young people that join. And. That's all the good stuff. No no. I got a couple of more seats I go sit down for I want him. I just want to give a shout out to all of you young folks who are here today and I congratulate you on the work that you're doing to bring vital change to the forefront of. The. [19:35:01] Discussion. So thank you very much. [19:35:03] So we have time for a couple more questions Bill. Yes that should focus. [19:35:14] Our minds. Yes. I. Have been doing a lot of reading about your plans for. [19:35:22] Leveling the playing field for the family farmer. Also your. Ideas about. Climate change. I. Would like to ask you to elaborate on how. How you would ally. With the farm community to address climate. OK. So it's a great question. [19:35:41] And let me do two parts on this. The first one is we need to be a good partner in Washington to make it possible for independent farms for our medium sized farms for our small farms to be good stewards of the earth. [19:36:00] So that means we need to be willing to put a little money in it to help people who are willing to move from let's maximize the yield and of course part of how you do that is you plow fence post fence post to plant same crop over and over. You put in your poor the fertilizer into which that of course ends up in the river which kills the oxygen. [19:36:24] We know how that cycle goes that farmers know how it is. I've been. Met with. Lots out right here. In Iowa who know the importance for example of crop rotation the importance for example. They're fine with raising hogs. You just can't do it in giant operations. That's hard on the yard. [19:36:44] It's hard on our water. I've had farmers talk to me you can do some and you hold them in the same place for three years while you're growing two different crops. [19:36:56] On a third and a third of the rest of your land. And then you move on and then you. [19:37:00] Grow crops where they've been and you can make this work. This is sustainable we can do it. We need to be willing to make it economically feasible for farmers to do this and to encourage farmers to be the ones who produce green energy. I think of wind. There are a lot of farmers who have diversified where they are in and there's gonna be more. Again this goes back to we invent it. We develop it. Farmers should be part of this. [19:37:29] But I also want to make the picture in the other direction. I talk a lot about things like antitrust law and how giant corporations are just become so powerful politically in this country how they've swallowed up little businesses and medium sized businesses and what used to be big businesses and now they are so big. They run over their employees they've run off their customers they want other communities where they are should they call the shots in Washington. [19:37:58] So I've called for the breakup of Big Ag. I've called for the breakup of big tech. I've called for the breakup of big banks. I make a lot of friends out there. [19:38:08] But I want to come back on the breakup of Big Ag and why it is so important as a climate issue not just an economic issue not just a political power issue. It is big bang. It is driving this now. Maximize the yield that's posed defense budget. [19:38:28] Pour the fertilizer to it. Go with modern crop. Right. Year after year after year because they're investors they're not long term stewards of the land. [19:38:39] They're short termers. How much do I increase my profits over this quarterly period. [19:38:45] The next quarterly period and it is destroying not just independent farms. It's destroying our farmland and breaking them up so that we can have medium sized farms small farms so we can have genuine diversity in our farming. [19:39:06] People who try something different people have tried different techniques. It's critically important. So it's a reminder on so many of these issues how they intersect. So break up big at the next time you hear it. Don't just think about the economics of. Political power think about the climate implications of that. We've got to have the courage to step up and do that. [19:39:31] Thank you. Good. Thank. You for your. Time. I. Mean. I just wanted everyone to know that Saturday morning will stick around for a bit afterwards if you'd like to do photos with her. [19:39:42] Known as selfie. So we have time for one more quick question. [19:39:51] It was a good segue with your last discussion and what about the Clean Water Act. Isn't it time to look at them again. Well we have worked all these problems and. The changes are voluntary. It's a time to strengthen clean water. [19:40:04] I think it is. I also think we know so much more now about what we're doing to the water tables that. We didn't know back when we first wrote this back when we first put the regulations in place to watch now simultaneously here in Iowa. Flooding and the water table is going down and again as the farmers have explained to me your plan. The. [19:40:31] The corn closing off your plant crops closing if the water doesn't actually have time to get into the earth and penetrate. It washes off makes it straight into the river and the river runs deeper and faster and the aquifer. Is being drained. So I think we need more protection of our aquifers and we need to make sure. That we are keeping our keeping that we are making our water clean. Again this goes back. Hartley 1 we need to invest in science again. [19:41:07] We've already found much of our water so it's not just a case of let's not dump more bad stuff in it. It's that it's already got a lot of trouble. And this is part of why I think of this as we got. We got a cap on our innovation skills on research and development and science for how it is. We've got to clean this up and give our aquifers a chance to refill. And be a part of a long term sustainability of our entire continent. I hope that's helpful. Good good. [19:41:51] Science is trusted and facts are actually believed. And thank you so very much for taking time out of your day to come and talk to this group of folks who are really concerned about. Climate change. So if we could give Sarah Ward One more.
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TVU 22 DES MOINES IA PEOPLES PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ABC UNI 092119 2020 ELIZABETH WARREN 132929 WARREN>> Hello people's action! >> In your opening remarks, we'd like you to address how you plan to deal with the corruption of our democracy by large and powerful financial institutions? 132945 WARREN>> Alrighty. So, let's start with this. 2020 is gonna be all about who does government work for. By the way, we have a government right now, it works great, it works fabulously for giant drunk -- drug companies just for people who are trying to get a prescription filled. 132957 Bu the way, we have a government right now, it works great. It works fabulously for giant drug companies just not for people who are trying to get a prescription filled. We have a government that works great for those who want to invest in private prisons and private detention centers, just not for the people whose lives are torn apart by them. We have a government that works great, great for giant oil companies who want to drill everywhere, just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. 133036 When you see a govenrment that works great for those at the top, and not for the rest of America, that is corruption pure and simple, and need to call it out for what it is. And I got a plan for that. 133058 I have the biggest anti corruption plan since Watergate. That the good news. Here's the bad news. We need the biggest anti corruption plan since watergate. Money has flowed through every part of Washington. So this plan has lots of parts, let me just tell you a couple: end lobbying as we know it. Yup. 133129 Block the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. And make everyone, everyone who runs for federal office put their tax returns online. [REMARKS FROM FARMERS] 133428 Q: . Senator Warren. Do yo usupport a moritorium, parody prices, supply management, what will you do to take on the these corporate tyrants that pushed this system on us and our communities. 133442 WARREN>> Oh, I like this question. Alright. Because you have it framed exactly right. We know what to do. We know what works for family farmers, we know what works for independent farms, we know what works for our food supply, we know what works for our earth. And yet we're not doing that. And the reason we're not doing it is corruption. It's about campaign contributions. It's about lobbying. It's about bought and paid for experts. 133515 It's about spreading around money because big AG has figured out that they can keep raking billions off the farm lands of this country so long as they can keep congress doing basically nothing. So I think what this is all about, is really about courage. Right now we have the laws to break up big AG. And I have the courage to enforce those laws. It's time. [applause] 133556 And I want to make a pitch about the importance of breaking up big AG. For me, this is not only about the importance of the farming practices. That big AG right now keeps farming practices that are the ones that work for them. Maximize the yield of a monocrop, right, plow fence post to fence post, pour on the fertilizers, if half of washes off into the river, that's somebody else's problem, right? 133629 Big hog farming. Such up the water from the aqufier and let somebody worry about that somewhere else, right? In other words, pull out all the profits for yourself and leave all the costs to everyone else. Why do they get to do that? Because they have figured out that if they invest in Washington, in senators, in people in Congress, then no one will stop them. 133701 The reason I wanted to be here with you today is you get the heart of this, and that is in a democracy there's a whole lot more of us than there is of them. We'll fight em back and we'll do this. So. We're gonna break up big egg (?) 133728 We're going to adopt the policies and I really want to underline: We need the economic policies that will let our farms be good stewards of the earth. That's right. Wait for Washington to be a good partner in this. We can do this. It just takes making democracy work again. And that means one very determined woman backed up by millions of people across this country. . 133800 Q>> We know Senator Ward that when it comes to fighting against corruption and corporate control and eggs. You got a plan for that. WARN>> Yeah, I do. Q>> What should a drive to rural America look like in 20 years. 133840 WARN>> So it should be about smaller farms, about more diverse farms. It should be about farmers who farm for generations. But it should also be about new farmers. People who haven't farmed before, or people who maybe their grandparents or great grandparents farmed but now's their chance to be in farming. 133902 It's also about small communities. For me, it's about protecting our community hospitals, our rural hospitals. When I drive around, I'm gonna trust that I'm gonna have good cell service everywhere. I'm gonna have -- no, but this is important, right? We've got to have internet service everywhere so that everyone is connected. You know, we've been subsidizing, once again, giant corporations and what have they done? They maximized their own profits and then left small towns and rural communities behind. 133943 So for me, it's about the revitalization of our communities. When young people don't have student loan debt, they can afford to move back home. And when we invest in childcare, it will be in small communities as well as urban centers. >> And we'll have to stop there. WARREN>> Oh no. 134248 Q: Senator Warren, will you commit to a homes guarantee that includes 12 million new social housing units, massive reinvestment in public housing, a national tenant bill of rights, including universal rent control and a commitment to end homelessness and the commodification of housing once and for all? 134314 WARREN>> I just think this is fabulous. Good for you. I am so glad you are in this fight. So let's talk about housing, because I got a housing plan that I want a chance to talk about. And I know I have to watch my time here. So let me start. I've got a housing plan that starts out with 3.2 million new housing units in America and they're all paid for. So I got a way to do this. Okay? That's what the plans starts with. This is housing for working families, for the working poor, for the poor poor, for the homeless, for seniors who want to age in place, for people with disabilities. 134352 It is to expand our housing supply in America. It's for urban areas, it's for rural areas, it's for small towns and big cities, because we need more housing in America. That's part one. We also need to address head on on how housing policy has expanded a racial wealth gap in America, and I got a plan that addresses it head on. So here's how it works. For generations, homeownership has been the number one way that middle class and working families have built up wealth. They buy an asset, it appreciates over time. 134440 Number one retirement plan, try to pay off your house, live in your home. If grandma and grandpa can make it through, and when they pass on, they pass on house to the next generation, and that's how generation after generation gets wealthier. What happened in America? It should be no surprise to anyone. Our federal government decade after decade after decade subsidized the purchase of housing for white people. 134510 And for people of color, discriminated. It was called redlining. That is what created a black white, wealth gap in America. And that was legal up through the 1960s, and the impact of it is still felt today. So my housing plan attacks that problem head on. And it says, anyone who lives in a formerly redlined area or who lost a home during the crash, when communities of color were targeted for the worst mortgages and the worst foreclosure practices will have homeownership buying assistance. 134557 So they get an opportunity to move into their own homes. One more quick, I know you want to hold me on time here, is to talk about the importance of tenant protections. Where I am on this is I have in my bill that we cannot have state restrictions on the ability of cities to develop whatever are the right tenant protections for them, the right protections on rent control, and I have specific parts to this that help reduce costs for tenants. 134634 I understand the importance of housing for everyone, for those who own their homes, for those who rent their spaces. Housing is a basic human right, and I got a plan to make sure everyone gets it. Q: The reason we need 12 million years of social housing is that they are nearly 12 million people who are currently extremely cost burdened, spending over 50% of their income on rent. We know it's going to cost at least 150 billion dollars to reinvest in all existing public housing units, and I can't live on the whims of private landlords anymore. 134719 I need universal rent control. This is important to me and all of us. It's not a homes guarantee until you commit to these big numbers and ideas. Are you ready to do that? WARREN>> So, I've got the money to start us on public housing on making sure that we've got social housing for everyone. And I've got it paid for, a way to put money in. I also believe when we talk about rent control that what we have to do is we have -- this, this varies from community to community. 134755 What I want to make sure is no one can prohibit communities from developing the rent control plans that work for them. Writing a rent control plan in Washington may work for Chicago, but it's not going to work for Iowa City, or it may not work for Dallas. What I want to see, and I have in my plan is protection so that every community empowers its tenants to be able to write grant control plan that works for them. 135059 Q: Senator Warren, with your powers, when you get, if you get elected -- WARREN>> Oh, when. Q: -- What will you do to ensure that all workers, black, brown and white have a seat at the table? 135112 WARREN>> Oh, thank you. So, let's just start, I've been part of the fight for 15 from the beginning. We're gonna do this nationwide. But let's talk about what a president can do all by herself. And part one is we can get a secretary of labor that's on the side of workers. And when we get an NLRB that's making decisions about unionship that is on the side of unions. 135156 And that's exactly what I intend to do. As you know, in the final years of the Obama administration, we had the decisions, and they would coming down to say that McDonald's was a single employer, and that meant you could unionize all the way across, make a huge difference for fast food workers. And then, after Donald Trump came in, after he put his nominees in, now all that they're trying to unravel. Now we've been fighting a fight. 135229 I've been in this fight. Oh yeah. They put people in who had conflicts of interest, they just put in basically a bunch of pro management lawyers in this and a bunch of union busting lawyers. So it's about fighting back, because this is an area, the one you identify, this is an area where we don't have to push all of this through Congress. We got a lot we can do through the Department of Labor, through the NLRB. We just got to have the right people to do it. 135300 So here's my commitment to you. For Secretary of Labor, for the NLRB, I guarantee, we're going to have people who are on the side of workers, people who believe in the ability to join a union and give unions more power when the negotiate. That's what this is all about. Because one job should be enough. 135328 Because everyone who gets out there and works should be able to do this. I just want to take my last little bit of time here to say how personal this one is for me. I grew up, born and raised in Oklahoma. My three older brothers went off and joined the military. When I was in middle school, it was just my mama and my daddy and me when my daddy had a massive heart attack. And we lost our family station wagon. I'd hear my mama cry every night. 135400 But we came this close to losing our home. My mom was 50 years old, she never worked outside the home, she was terrified. But she went to the Sears, and she got a full time minimum wage job. That job saved our home, and it saved our family, because I grew up at a time in America, when America believed that a minimum wage job should give a family of three real foothold in America's middle class. Today, today in America, a full time minimum wage job will not support a mama and a baby and keep them out of poverty. That is wrong and that is why I am in this fight. 135527 Q: [about unions] What kind of policies, are you hoping to put in place? 135530 WARREN>> Well, let's start. We get Congress, and we get all of us in this fight. Then, I think we need a national prohibition on so called right to work laws all across this country. We do that, because think about what that means, I was in that fight with you over Andy Pudzer, you remember, but it is the reminder of what we can do together. 135605 You fought fighting from the inside and lots of people from the outside. And that's how we kept that guy from becoming Secretary of Labor. Never forget how much power we have when we fight side by side and hold our elected officials accountable. 135920 Q>> Will you support universal family care? 135923 WARN>> So, I want to start if I can, with a wealth tax. It's time in America for a wealth tax. This is the tax on fortunes above $50 million. Your first 50 million is free and clear. But your 50,000,001st dollar you got a pitch in two cents and two cents for every dollar after that. And I just want to talk to people about what we can do for two cents, and what I propose we do. 135959 We can pay for childcare, universal childcare for every baby in this country age 0 to 5.I already got that plan. Universal pre k for every three year old and four year old in this country. And raise the wages of every preschool teacher and childcare worker in America. 140031 Now there's more to this plan. It also has universal college. It has leveling the playing field, so that we invest $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities and cancel student loan debt for about 95% of the folks who've got student loan debt. So what about the baby part of this? 140057 The rest of it -- I just put out a proposal to add $200 to every social security check in this country. $200 for everybody, this is a month, $200 a month for everybody who collects disability in this country. And to extend the life of our Social Security system so that it's good for another -- into the 2050s. 140128 I see this -- I'm still working on all the pieces, we're going to work on the child -- the family leave for this, but I see this as a question of our values. We can decide it's more important to leave, two cents with the top one 10th of 1% in America, or we can decide to invest that two cents in Grace, and Joe and all the rest of our families. I'm with Grace and Joe on this one. Thank you. 140202 Q>> How do we prevent these programs from getting pitted against each other. 140221 WARN>>I think the way we do that is we have independent funding for them. And that's why I've done it exactly this way. The reason I started when you asked me a question about childcare, that I actually started with a wealth tax is, I want you to understand how real this is and how we get that two cents, that produces enough money, go check the math on this, it produces enough money to cover all of the programs that I identified. 140251 In fact, it produces enough money, and produces a couple hundred billion more than that, which we can talk about different ways we would -- may want to work on spending that. I did the same thing with the social security plan. This is not just hand waving because as long as you say, it's out there generally and somehow we're going to tuck it into the budget, then you're exactly right. The pieces get pitted against each other. 140319 So it's been powerfully important to me that when we talk about making these changes so we're investing in our children, so we're investing in our family, so we're investing in care, there's a clear funding stream for it, and ultimately a clear values decision to be made. Are we a country that runs only for the thinnest slice at the top, or are we a country that runs for everybody else? I want us to be the country that works for everybody else. 140613 Q>>Can you explain how you as president would help us here in Des Moines stop racial profiling. 140622 WARN>> Okay. So, thank you and I know what you mean about being a mama and sending them out there. So, we have a criminal justice system that needs to reform throughout. A criminal justice system that has locked up far too many people of color. And that has broken lives and broken communities. And race cuts right through the center of this, and we aren't going to make this any better by ignoring it. 140701 If I can, I just want to say one thing about what we know; study after study after study shows that for this exact same crimes, African Americans are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be detained, more likely to be taken to trial, more likely to be wrongfully convicted, and more likely to receive harsher sentences. Race cuts through this system, and we need to attack these issues head on. 140732 You asked specifically about profiling and you're right to ask about it and what can the federal government do. And the answer is, the federal government has a couple of tools. The first one is How about if we had a Department of Justice, that is actually on the side of the people who are being profiled? 140756 So there's part one, we get the right people at the Department of Justice and we empower them to do their work, but also in my criminal justice reform plan, a part of this is, let's develop best practices. Let's get it out there. Let's do it. With the department of justice with local communities about what best practices look like for police. And then, let's put some federal money on the table. You know, the local police forces get a lot of help right now from the federal government, well if you want to get help from the federal government, then you better be following some good practices here. 140833 The kind that help communities, not the kid that damage,. And just one more that I want to mention on this, and that is the importance of getting good information. You know, when you count it, when you collect the information about what's going on, that's when you dig out the truth, and you have the power to make it public. And to bring in the power of the people so I think that's an important part too. Thank you. Q>> Talk about overcriminalization? 140912 WARREN>> So when you talk about the underlying causes, look, It's It's everything from what we make illegal. But let me just start with one. Best information is that whites, and people of color, use marijuana at about the same rate. But people of color are about three to four times more likely to be arrested. My view on this, let's just make marijuana legal. That one goes away. 140950 But the other part is for each part of what I work on, on housing on healthcare on immigration, 141000 Every piece that I work on, I not only think how it's working across the nation, I stopped to ask the question, how does it affect people of color. What's the history behind this? Where do they stand? And on many of these plans, call out specifically that we're going to put extra money in, extra attention, change the rules, because you're not going to create a level playing field by pretending that it's already level. 141028 What we have to do is acknowledge what's broken and face it head on. 141251 Q: Senator Warren, in your closing remarks, can you share how if elected, you will assure that people like me have a voice in building policy and we can cogovern with a movement like ours? 141302 WARREN>> Oh, I love this. It's a great question. So I'll tell you how people are gonna have a voice when I'm elected president, because they have a voice right now. They are part of this presidential campaign from the beginning. But let me tell you, there are kind of two ideas on how to run for government -- for president, I'll get this straight. 141326 One is, you spend your time with millionaires and billionaires and corporate executives listening to their serious problems. And you then come out and you spend a little time with folks, and you count on the fact that you built a big enough bank account that you can run a bunch of TV ads at the end. And if that is how our democracy keeps working, then we're going to have a country that keeps working better and better and better for a smaller and smaller group at the top. 141403 And everything you know to be right about criminal justice, about housing, about child care, about every part of it just gets further and further removed from our government, because those folks are about increasing their wealth and their profits, and they're just willing to leave everyone else behind. When I made the decision to run for president, I never in a million years thought I'd be here and doing this. 141428 I knew what I'd be fighting for. I'd be fighting for in America that works, not just for those at the top but works for everyone, but it was also how I would be fighting. I said from the beginning, I'm not going behind closed doors. I'm not selling access to my time just to people who can make big campaign contributions. I'm going to fund this $5 at a time and $10 at a time, and people who volunteer an hour. If you think that's good, go to Elizabethwarren.com and be part of that. 141500 But I'm going to fund it, I'm going to make it work. The heart and soul of this campaign, people, people like you, and because you're the part of the heart and soul of the campaign, you'll be the heart and soul of this presidency. Thank you! ### JULIAN CASTRO Thank you. Thank you. So now it's time for our second candidate of the day. Please help me welcome secondary to en faster. Welcome. Welcome. You have a boss. You have to pay for your opening remarks, and we invite you to share your vision for the government, when people's organizations like auction. CCI auction and student action at the base and thank you very much for your question. Thank you to IO action to CCI action, and to all of the organizations people that actually that have organized this year the day when I was like, I grew up with my mother, my grandfather and my grandmother was an immigrant from Mexico they came here when she was 17 she was both her parents worked as a maid to cook a babysitter because she never got out of elementary school. She raised my mom is a single parent. My father was a Hellraiser when she was young. She got an activist Mexican American civil rights activists. And when I think about the work that y'all are doing I think about the importance of movements. She was part of the old Chicano movement. She ran for city council when she was 23 years old. On April 6 1971, with a slate of people in San Antonio called the committee provider betterment. All of them last. But the night they lost they asked my mom, you know, but offered a beat and she said we'll be back. 30 years later in 2001, I was elected at the age of 26 as the youngest city councilman in that city's history. Well it was never happens by accident. Because of advocacy because people pushing the agenda in every way that you can merge you know getting people paying for office posts making the time to volunteer and do the hard work of making sure that we move in the right direction. That's what you're doing. And you know what, that's going to be more important than the next president, because we want to get universal health care. We want to raise the minimum wage, if we want to fight climate change is going to take more than one politician, or even one Congress, it's going to take you a movement. First question Sony has Deanna and Alexandra they will ask the question on climate change and the green New Deal. Hello. Hello. My name is Stephanie Garcia, I'm for Bloomington, Illinois. I'm also a member of one people's campaign. 4545 minutes ago I was recently rated the worst city in the USA for African Americans who live. This is due primarily to a coal fired power plant that has polluted the air, and that immediate area for decades. This pollution has caused disproportionately high rates of asthma for the African American community that lives in people that surrounding that plant. The Edwards. The Edwards coal fire pain in Peoria, Illinois had 6000 clean air violations, essentially poisoned communities of color for generations. Recently the plan about the plan announced a plan to close in 2020. Although this is a victory for the movie The community is still left holding the bag for the economic transition for the loss of jobs, and for the coal ash cleaner. The industry is not only left awake for multi generational destruction, but it's washing their hands any responsibility to the, to the thousands of lost family and friends, due to their poisoning of the air, and their corporate greed. That same corporate greed, that made them choose to break the law and poison the air in your Illinois, not once, not twice, but 6000 times. And it's the only time that we build it any energy economy that is both 100% clean and 100% controlled by our communities. My name is Allison, and I'm a proud son with Brazilian immigrant, and I'm proud, I was shy action member. I have seen living in the Midwest, where big energy companies and for profit over the lives of people in the communities time and time again, and that ain't right. As President, will you commit with 100% locally democratically controlled green energy economy that is owned by the working class, and communities of color requested. Yes, that's what I believe that we should work toward that's what I believe in you know I released the Climate Action Plan A few weeks ago and they balls for us to get to net zero in the United States by 2045 with the latest lead the world to get there by 2050 by investing in a green New Deal. And when I was mayor of San Antonio and San Antonio we own public utility, which is what we're talking about public utilities instead of the most best home utility. When I sat on the board of the public utility CPS energy. We shuttered one of our coal fired plants and instead invested in a 400 megawatt solar facility, so that we can move towards a little bit of energy and addition to that we also incentivize the creation of hundreds of jobs that went with the manufacturing of those solar panels. I believe that climate change, presents us not only a crisis that we have to address and address urgently. You know I have a four year old son, and by the time he's in high school, we're going to have, we're going to have to act in a good way. It's also a wonderful opportunity to unleash a revolutionary clean energy economy that could benefit millions of Americans, and about three four weeks ago I was in Dubai. In New, maybe there's some folks here in the audience. They had a Maytag facility that produced the manufactured washing machines and then it closed today, they have a company TPI that manufactures wind turbines, and it was hundreds of people with decent paying jobs in clean energy, both of those things. We also need to dedicate the resources to get there and so I have set down a plan that follows James Lee's plan with a clean energy standard complete transportation standard that are big that go with big investments to get us to zero, we can do these things, and we have to. And for me, one of the things that I found most inspiring, is how many young people out there are leading despite on climate change and advice like yesterday, not only in places like that happen but here in Iowa. And a lot of our country and the world. I was in high school in Cedar Rapids yesterday, or right around Cedar Rapids. And it was amazing. As we had this conversation about what we need to do different prices how active and involved or young people are they see it, they get it. We need to follow their lead and as President, I will. Somebody believes and people planet, over process. This means fighting corporate power. So how will you fight corporate greed, protect our communities with your green new plan. We do that in different ways. Number one, we need to get big money out of politics need to overturn citizens united. United States. Secondly, we need a currency, and one that is balanced, the one that goes after the biggest polluters, we do expect more in our tax code from big corporations, there's no reason that Amazon should make $11 billion in profit and pay no federal taxes and then there's 60 other American companies. Last year, that made billions and billions and didn't pay anything in taxes, we need a tax code that works for people who have to work for a living. Those are the kinds of things that I would do in addition to avoiding an EPA director that actually believes in environmental protection will make sure that those agencies are in the hands of people that truly care about our planet are going to do the right thing. Thank you so much for your question about Medicare for All. My name is Carolyn, and I have a veteran and board member of CCI action My name is Kevin bowling, and I am a veteran and board member of CCI action. I suffered from hepatitis C for over 14 years and in 2014. After two failed attempts to eradicate the virus. My company insurance plan rejected the opportunity for a third attempt, using a completely new drug protocol to cure my Hep C. They said it was too expensive. My doctor personally intervene and said that if I didn't get the coverage, I wouldn't get the treatment, and without the treatment, I would die eventually insurance company agreed to coverage. I was treated, ensure free and hepatitis C. I still had stage four psoriasis. I'm sorry. Yes, rice, cirrhosis is one of those things. was killing me. And I also have liver cancer in 2015, I got a liver transplant. And by that time I was on Medicare and Medicare covered the entire cost of the procedure Ysn suppresses suppressants for the rest of my life, my wife, my wife's Medicare Part D plan as an example, it would cost me nearly 1500 dollars annually for those two drugs, and that does not include the plans monthly premiums, the CO pays and deductibles. I was a veteran. I'm entitled to be a benefits and going through the VA, I can get those exact same to drugs for less than $200 a year. There are no premiums, there are no co pays and there are no deductibles. This is my story is one many, most of which are far, far worse. I'm going to go lucky. A nurse and a member of the CCI action. Typical because healthcare insurance companies are out there to make profit, rather than provide care. And so what we need is a moral defibrillator in the way of Medicare for All. Why should we continue to subsidize insurance company profits. While many of us are left with the choice of unaffordable care and denial of care, sometimes we face consequences. Like I've been like a lot of folks here in this room. I grew up with a family that knew what it was like to struggle. I grew up on the west side of San Antonio and a single parent household where my mom was raising my brother me, and also my grandmother lived with us. And we knew what it was like to worry about whether you're going to have the money to pay for the rent at the first of the month, or pay the light bill, and also the challenge of health issues. My grandmother had type two diabetes. And as long as I knew her from before the time my brother that was born, she struggled with that and her condition got worse and worse. In fact, right before she passed away she had to have one of her feet amputated. Which is, people probably know is very common or not uncommon for people with severe, diabetes, but that entire time she had Medicare. And so we could rest assured that she had good coverage. I want to strengthen Medicare for the people who are on it, and then make sure that everybody has Medicare wants it. And I would also. I will also do things like ensure that our reimbursement rates were sufficient for rural hospitals, because in too many rural communities hospitals are funded down either completely, or they're closing down to make decent psychiatric units or ob gyn units. I would also add this distinction between physical health care and mental health care. I also want to be very straightforward with focus. I believe that we should set very strong standards based our system offered back here with what I consider a private option. If somebody wants to have the private health insurance, and the effort actually should be allowed to have one. As long as it is it is a strong plan they need certain regulations. But we should base our system off of Medicare. And I believe that the vast majority of Americans are going to choose Medicare, because it does not respond to the public. It won't almost anybody out there so we also need to understand how we have to rebound back here I don't really need that support for the books were on. And I think we're going to have a conversation as well about the ways that we should do that for instance, one of the things that we worked on. During housing, was the link between housing and Healthcare Foundation, and how we can make sure that we connect my dots them so that people with their goal these backers are able to get the wraparound service the healthcare services they need, closer to where they live, to live a better quality of life. So those are some of the things that we need right Medicare and a system by ni rocketing growth comes many people are more to choose essentially taking the necessary medications. So, how will you bring in the powerful device price for this misery. That is a wonderful question plan in my neck of the woods in Texas. We see a lot of people that have to go to Mexico to get their drugs, or they have to go get a dental procedure medical procedure, folks up in New Hampshire when I'm in New Hampshire they talked about going to Canada to get their medication, there's several things I would do to answer your question. Number one, I will make sure that we're we're investing federal taxpayer dollars in creating these pharmaceuticals, that the people have an interest, and are able to keep the prices low, there's no reason that insulin should cost 10 times more in the United States, than it does in Canada. importation and allow the federal government to negotiate your prices directly, and we need patent reform, so that these companies can't just get an extension on their patents and continue to own them is proprietary and charge whatever they want. Y'all have probably see. But, my time is about me up but y'all have probably seen that oftentimes these drug companies jack up the prices because they can. When I'm president. They can't quit and ready to have a question, universal family. My name is William She's a member of citizen action and the Democratic Party Wisconsin's years ago my mom moved in with me and my fiance because she has Alzheimer's. She went from being able to walk a few blocks to the grocery store to not remembering we have one nearby in that time period. She doesn't need a nurse though so we hired care workers to come in and help while we were at work, but it was really expensive caregiving is really difficult it's harder than raising children. These are adults with adult bodies with adult needs and wants and everything is negotiation, including, you have to finish your dinner or without pajamas. Doug and I are now struggling to pay the bills, and we have to balance, her care with how much we can work. I need what millions need. I needed a respite care few hours every day. I need some help to coordinate and connect with resources. I needed for those resources to actually exist because I've been handed phone numbers that go to deadlines. You may become president of the United States. And I know standing here that there's nothing you can do to help me, because it's too late. But there is someone in this room who doesn't know it yet but it's three to five years, they're going to be scammed you were item. And we need to do better for them. Host Casper. My name is Reginald, and I'm the Board Chair of seniors and, actually, I'm also a caregiver for my best friend of many years. I know firsthand that channel workers are not paying you know, given that 43.5 million people across this nation are friends and caregivers for children, or parents, or in the best friends as myself, can no, will you commit to ensure that we will be able to access, affordable, high quality, universal families and children supporting the workers who need to be part of the solution. Thank you, as well. And really thank you very much for sharing your story and share your story as you say your story unfortunately it's the story of a lot of other families out there, and thank you for talking about. Yes, I will. I believe that at every stage in life, every stage in life. We need to make sure that people are well taken care of. That is the commitment that our nation should make. And so I have called for universal childcare. In my working families first plan for universal pre K, or universal higher education. I also believe the universal family care of long term care. I have proposed the plan already going to expand. Hey, family. Family Medical. We would expand the ability to for caregivers to spend time away from their women to take care of family members, but they also need to make. I also want to make sure that is this baby boomer generation turned 65 as they've been doing for a few years now. And they have housing needs, they have health care needs, and as future generations have those needs that we have a plan to make sure that they're well taken care of. And that includes a place to live. It includes good health care. It includes making sure that they have a quality of life, that this nation can be proud of. And so that is something that I will put forward as possible. Thank you, Secretary. Secretary. The time for action is now. How would you take action in the first 100 days over your presidency to address our priorities. In the first 100 days. I will work with Congress to put forward legislation that would fund the robust transition to a health care system based off of Medicare and then will include funding for long term care. So that we ensure that seniors in our country. Have a safe decent affordable place to live, and the services that they need for a good quality of life. That's what I'd like to sneak toward. In addition to that, we're going to scour everything that this administration has done in terms of regulations and helping Human Services at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other departments to turn it back to where we were under President Obama, and then take them to the next level to provide greater care and work on those connections between housing and healthcare, that we need to invest in. In the secretary. Now I want to invite, I've got a new co host for me day yes you got enough to have a question about integration is a vehicle in Congress, so. Good afternoon, my name is Heidi Dr. Nicholas and I'm in a Wi Fi is come up real fast. Unfortunately the corruption and the efficiency that I felt in my home country. Maybe half the leading cause of Wait a minute. One thing. This happened when my husband was threatened to be murdered. I can name my gang members, when they go off I love the child is exposed to the 10 million pages. I will throw a scenario of these gang members for trying to extortion him, they asked him to pay 20,000 festivals and when he refused to do so they murdered him. Yeah, the idea, given us the sea level. May be his MBA with four days after he was killed, they found me, and they started threatening the murder, go Let me see here. Hold on one second. lovey lovey see goes with all the pain in my soul. I knew that I had to leave. I had to leave to just save the life of my kids and say my own life goals you know corporate america Hola, Rosie hosts. As part so get to work again okay when you come into this, they have the quad. Like any mother, I know that we would give her life for kids. I had to leave and walk from a Buddhist, all the way to Texas, essentially, so for me it didn't feel as if the live event, giving you real football come You know, my son suffers from epilepsy and throughout the cub caravan. He said, I suffered with him to get set up with a name for him. qo yellow arrows gimbal Girona visa you've come you know somebody had to be strong and face my fears, because there was a lot of cameras that lost their lives in this caravan. I are going to see a Mega Man, this young man amigo. He will. When I arrived at the border, I was asking for help for my son, because he suffers from epilepsy. Unfortunately, we were met with more discrimination and bad treatment. The agents treated us really bad, and they put into these very small cold rooms. Was your location. Yeah. I didn't leave my home country because I wanted to, I love, because the gang members they're forced me out of my country, out of the Obama meals so this one. That was in with England. Now I live with a fear of being deported back to include us to make that very proud, who is fighting and working to lose money in the for profit prisons. I know firsthand with Dean and okay station. Our first integration process perpetuates. Again, I am media activists in Wisconsin and I'm very proud Daughter of one undocumented immigrants held the caravan to one having a partner who is fighting his own asylum case and working to release money in the for profit prisons. I know firsthand that the dehumanization our current immigration process perpetuates Secretary custom. How will you address the crisis at the border, the treatment of children and families in the camps and the root causes of the migration price or was the, a lot of facilities for this experience here. We'll see at homestead media. Nice aware of it. Yes. I was just saying that. Sorry, to the stories about what happened with your family. Thank you for talking to us about your experience. Like, I don't think there's anything that has been more depressing than the way that this administration has treated families at the border does not reflect who we should be not only as Americans, but as human beings. Your question is about what I will do to make sure that we're protecting our children and our families. I was the first candidate to put out an immigration plan. And I did that because I believe that when you're facing the bully like Donald Trump was treating people with cruelty and the answer is not to backpedal and pretend like they don't have our own vision is to lay down the vision that represents something completely different from this president that says, we do treat people with compassionate common sense and manage our immigration system instead of treating people with cruelty. So under my administration we're going to stop separating families. No more children in cages and sleeping on floors. No more playing games with people were trying to get asylum at the border. While you're treating people like they're less than human scapegoating of immigrants and other people like they are also the most exciting, people. And we are going to have to have this and we're going to monitor asylum claims from families who often have been subjected to violence like this bonus is going to make sure that if you've experienced gang violence or domestic violence that is a reason again that you can claim the site. We're gonna end with a new mexico program because they're sending people to Mexico the dangerous circumstances on the other side of the border. People were often getting kidnapped and ripped off because they're sitting here, sent there by the US government when they come to claim asylum. We're gonna make our immigration court separate from the Department of Justice, their independence. I'm talking to immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, our dreamers and their parents but also all others because we're not going to separate you please. Good immigrants and bad immigrants, anybody who hasn't committed a serious crime should have the opportunity to get on a path to citizenship, a legal immigration system to, so you don't have to wait years and years to become a citizen. Heard to 14 check in with us that sentence for her as well as thousands of other immigrants in similar situations. The other situation or have control over the situation. He wants to know if you will work with us and use your campaign to sign up shine a light on the planet, generally, her family, refugees facing this crisis and on immigrants in this. I wouldn't be proud to do that. I very much right now I want to find out for you. It is Shannon Walker for going to ask a question about family farms and the environment. Secretary Castro and Kim Stevens I'm an Air Force veteran and a mother to three young boys. We live in a small town about 45 minutes north of here, and last November. Three applications were submitted for hot consignments that would place 15,000 within two miles of our community. That ain't right. And people were concerned, and hundreds showed up to our Board of Supervisors meeting in opposition to the applications. Two hours to get through the testimony from the community that was concerned about air and water quality issues. Despite our resistance the Board of Supervisors approved, all three sides, the worse than that one of the sites has manure application sites, about in our town. But many people don't realize is that hog waste is equivalent to human waste, except that hogs produce nine to 10 times as much face. That's like adding 135,000 people to our community and putting all that waste on our agricultural fields. Yeah, yeah. All the stuff that makes human waste so disgusting is being laid on the land next door homes with ditches that runs into our town by our schools and through our soccer fields, and all of the protections that are in place are not enforced, we're left at the mercy of the producers to get to decide if they're going to be good neighbors or not. And instead, our towns are disintegrating or children are moving away and we're losing rural America. My name is Shannon Walker and I am from Clarion Iowa, I, I joined the fight against factory farms when I learned precedential who's proposed to bring a slaughter house to my county. Just like you know my local elected officials bent over backwards for the destructive industry, Secretary posture. In our questionnaire you say that you would be in favor of a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms. Thank you for taking this fan, but can you give me any specifics on how you would plan to take on such a powerful and intimidating industry. Thank you very much for your question. Shannon. I absolutely do support that moratorium because I know of the environmental hazard that has been created by many of these operations, and I want to make sure that we have better environmental standards in place for any kind of expansion happens where new factory farms are put out there. I also believe that, you know, we have to consult neighbors in the process, and engagement better in this policy making around where these are IP phones are cited before permits are given. Those are the that's the type of process that I would like to see in place that is more responsive to the needs and the concerns of neighbors. I come from local government I was a city councilman in San Antonio and then I was mayor of San Antonio, and I know that too often times the concerns of neighbors are overlooked in these things, and it's you know, it's often the poorest communities you get hit the hardest. And with basic things like clean water, and sometimes in other places clean air, that are effective. The federal government has a role to play. I'll do several things. Number one, I'll appoint people in the Environmental Protection Agency that are going to enforce our laws. And then we're going to strengthen those laws. We also. We also want to work with our private sector to incentivize the right behavior, right to incentivize in agriculture, generally, and in this type of farming people to do a better job by water quality, and by air quality, and also animals on the only, I was the first I think that may be better candidate, I was the first candidate to put out a plan to protect animals and wildlife. How to look at certain angle repeated in the agricultural industry. Now obviously, we need our agricultural industry or agricultural industry needs to thrive. Right. I believe that when it comes to the quality of a water when it comes to the nuisance that's created in neighborhoods and communities, and when it comes to the treatment of animals that we can do better. I would both use a carrot and a stick the carrot of incentivizing the right behavior by regulation and by law, and then also the stick a better enforcement. When people step over that line. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Aside from the moratorium what environmental protections are you going to put in place to protect our communities from continued environmental degradation. In addition to milk the moratorium, I would like to see us improve our clean water standards, would like to see us improve our clean air standards. I would also like to see us be able to work with communities who have been impacted by these factory farms, so we invest in those areas, and we're able to remediate the damage that has already been done. There's a whole remediation effort that needs to happen. And so as we consider brands and the environment the EPA and other other departments, I would look to see what we can do when it comes to remediation. Thank you so much. We have our. One final question for you including your closing closing remarks on housing. Hello, my name is Mark Burnett and I believe is the one people's campaign. Folks guarantee that be unable to work. I lost my job and I became homeless. I stayed in shelters for two years until my SSD came through. This allowed me to move into a single occupancy hotel where the rent was $280 a month, the living conditions with the portable, the summit was made the chicken wire and falling apart. We had shared toilets of 150, in which that will work. The heat and water off the car at the middle of the Chicago went. My neighbors got sick and died due to these conditions, but I stayed. it was how was it, I could afford and have a roof over my head was better than living in shelters. Two years ago and investor came through and bought the building and displace 150 million, who lived there. Flipping into a luxury low rents will go from $340 to 1200 dollars, which is not good enough for working class people in those years I wouldn't put it use public housing. But instead of was passing policies to disadvantaged public housing in Chicago, we've seen down the thousands of units public housing torn down and not replace the Department of Housing and Urban Development as film, people like I'm Tiana Caldwell, I am here with Katie kids in action. Last year, my lady live or you get to me. I ended up in a place owned by an estate landlord sewage came up to the pipes on the first night that we slept there. The landlord never did anything. We had to leave, and we were homeless for six months. Why are we forced to live like this and the wealthiest country in history. I can't take it anymore. I guarantee. In your closing remarks, would you tell us how your approach will be different than when you were head secretary, and whether or not you can commit to a home's guarantee that includes 12 million social housing units, massive reinvestment in public housing and national tenants bill of rights, including universal rent control, and a commitment to end homelessness and the commodification of how I served as Secretary of Housing Development for President Obama from the middle of 2014 until the end of 2017. I'm proud of the progress that we did make, you know, during the administration we reduce homelessness overall by about 10%, we reduce veteran homelessness by 47% between 2010 2016, we call in Congress for more money to address homelessness and create more units. But look, there's still a tremendous amount of data that just starting to scratch the surface of what we need to do. And so I have a housing plan that I put out there reflects my way to make sure that everybody has a safe decent affordable place to live, because I believe that housing is a human right. And originally created by what I planned is what made me the investment to end homelessness in our country by 2028 youth homelessness chronic homelessness family homelessness. He would invest, dollars to create 3 million more housing units over the next 10 years, it would create also a refundable renters tax credit, because the rent is spiking and so many communities, big and small, in our country. it would invest in the low income housing tax credit to expand housing units out there, and also in community development block grants and in home funding, so that we can both create more housing units for people that need this, and make sure that people can afford the rent. The final thing that you would do is create an entitlement program out of our voucher programs so that if you make less than 50% of the area median income you to go to a Housing Choice Voucher so you could get housing there's affordable to you and your family. When you go into the private market. Those are the kinds of things that I would like to do, Let me just tackle this squarely, there are some differences between what I understand the home guarantees and what my plan is right. I don't want to sugarcoat that, that's true. But I believe that mine is the most ambitious plan that any candidate has put forward, and that would help ensure that everybody has a decent affordable place to live. Thank you so much for your day. I'd like to introduce Kathy blossom. I was president of the SEIU, and I was a member. Oh, y'all do it out there we go awesome and I got a quiz for all of you out there. And then I asked you a question I want to stand up and answer a couple questions. When working people are under attack. What do we do when clean air and our water under attack. What do we do when affordable housing is under attack. What do you do when our communities of color and immigrants are under attack. What do we do when our health and healthcare, are under attack. What do we do. And when working people are under attack. What do we do is have you had to sequoias. Good afternoon. Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Kathy gloss and I'm a registered nurse and proud CCI action member, former Democratic candidate for governor and the current president of the Service Employees International Union here in Iowa. And I am so proud to be joined by several leaders of my union here today. First I'd like to recognize you know executive Executive Vice President of SEIU is with us here today. And another leader of our union will be our next speaker, and I am so honored to introduce her in 2001, I left bedside nursing to step into a new role. I became an organizer, helping more nurses and hospital workers in Missouri, Colorado, and Texas, understand that the only way we have power on the job is by joining together in a union. I didn't see myself as a leader, or an organizer, but our next speaker challenged me to step up. She challenged me to be a bill to help step up and build a powerful voice for nurses, and healthcare workers, her leadership is rooted in the belief that when individuals join together we can make the impossible possible through her leadership members of our union are fighting for good jobs union jobs are fighting for a $15 minimum wage. We're standing together for a better life, every working family through her leadership, we are changing, Iowa, and America for the better. That's why I am so proud and honored to be able to introduce her today. Please welcome the President of SEIU Hi, heels in a union of 2 million already people, Mary Kay. Hey. Thank you. Hey Jude and Kathy, Watson for working families and thank you to people's action, and thank you to CCI action, we are together in our fights on every Friday. Friday. I am joined on this stage by courageous, I will McDonald's workers who are on strike today, demanding. Have you ever been on strike in this audience, or have ever had to make a decision where you talked to your families about you could lose your job. If you decided
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TVU 20 ELIZABETH WARREN AMES IA TOWN HALL ABC UNI 102119 2020 194709 Hello Ames and hello, Iowa State! And thank you to Alejandra. Let's give her another round of applause. Fabulous. I'm so glad you all are here. Its gloomy out there. it looks like it's about to snow. Nevertheless we persist. Right? No, I really am. This is my second time back here, and delighted to be here. It feels like family now. In fact, so much so I brought my son with me, where's Alex? 194746 Guy in the blue shirt. Just so you all know Alex. Alex, he's been my tech support since second grade. It's true. It's true. He runs his own little business now, but he's picked up a second line and that is---help your mother when she runs for president of the United States, great business. 194821 So I thought what we'd do tonight is, I would tell you a little bit about myself, tell you a little bit about what I'm in this race for, what I'm fighting for. And then we'll take some questions. And then if anybody wants to I'll say as long as you want. We'll do selfies. [cheers] So, I was born and raised in Oklahoma. Oh, we got a couple. 194850 There aren't that many people in Oklahoma. Born and raised in Oklahoma, I have three much older brothers. I am what used to be called a "late in life baby." My mother always just called me the surprise. And my three older brothers who, to this day, are referred to as "the boys," in order to distinguish them from the surprise---my three older brothers all went off and joined the military. 194928 My oldest brother, Don Reed, was career military. he spent about five and a half years, off and on, in combat in Vietnam. we were very lucky to get him back home. My second brother, John, was stationed overseas for a little over a year. My third brother, David, was trained as a combat medic which actually has had an impact on our family. 194958 Anybody chokes at Thanksgiving dinner, David is ready to perform an emergency tracheotomy. Yeah, we've had lots of excitement, where people are saying, "I'm fine. I'm fine uncle David. we're all good here." I'm close to my three brothers. I love my three brothers. They're all retired. they all live back in Oklahoma now. When we were growing up,Our daddy had a lot of different jobs. He sold paint. 195029 He sold carpet. He sold fencing. He sold housewares. And by the time I was in middle school, the boys were all gone by then so it's just my mama and my daddy and me, and my daddy had a massive heart attack. And for a while, we thought we're gonna lose him. He pulled through, but couldn't work for a long, long time. 195100 And even now, I remember the day when we lost our family station wagon. I remember how my mother, every night, would tuck me into bed. She'd kiss me on the forehead, pull up the blankets, pack them. She'd smile. And she'd walk outside my bedroom door and close it. And then I could hear start to cry. Never wanted to cry in front of me. 195131 This was the time when I learned words like "mortgage" and "foreclosure." And one day I walked into my folks bedroom and laid out on the bed was "the dress." Now some of you in this room will know what the dress is. It's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals and graduations, and I saw the dress. And then I looked up and saw my mother. 195201 And she's at the end of the bed, pacing. And she's in her slip and her stocking feet. And she's saying "We will not lose this house. We will not lose his house. We will not lose this house." She was 50 years old. She had never worked outside the home and she was terrified. 195231 And she looked up and she saw me standing in the doorway. I'm just a kid. And she didn't say a word. She looked at me and she looked at that dress. And she looked at me and she wiped her face. She pulled on that dress. she put on her high heels. And she walked to the Sears, where she got a full time, minimum wage job, answering phones. 195301 That minimum wage job saved our house and it saved our family. And it was the lesson my mother taught me is, no matter how scared you are and 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, and you take care of the people you love. That's what she taught me. 195339 It was years later that I came to understand that wasn't just what my mother taught me. It's what millions of people do across this country every single day. No matter how scared they are, no matter how hard it looks. 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 did. But it was only years after that, that I came to understand that same story is also a story about government. 195417 Because when I was a kid, A full time minimum wage job in America would support a family of three, it would pay a mortgage, it would cover the 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. 195456 And understand this. The difference is not just because time passed, it is not because of gravity. The difference is about who government works for. When I was a girl, the question asked in Washington about the minimum wage is: what does it take a family of three to survive? What does it take a family of three to get a toehold in America's middle class? What does it take a family of three to have some basic security, so that they can build a solid future? 195532 Today, the question asked in Washington is: where do we set the minimum wage to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations? Well, I don't want a government that works for giant multinational corporations. I want one that works for our families. 195603 So, like I said, all three of my brothers joined the military. That was their path. That was their chance to get into their America's middle class. Me, I had a different path lined up. I knew what I wanted to be starting in second grade. And I've known ever since then and I've never wavered from it. You laugh, you didn't decide until what? Fourth grade, fifth grade in the back. Okay, I get it. 195630 No, I've known what I wanted to be since second grade. I wanted to be a public school teacher. Can we hear it for America's public school teachers? Yeah. And I want you to know, I invested early. I used to line up my dollies and teach school, I had a reputation for being tough but fair. But it's all I wanted. 195702 By the time I graduated from high school, my family didn't have the money for a college application, much less to send me off to four years at a university. So, like a lot of Americans, I don't have a straight line story. I have a story that has some twists and turns, so here's how my twists and turns go. I got a scholarship to college. Yay. Let's hear it for high school debaters. Right, yay. 195731 And then, at 19, I fell in love, got married dropped out and got a minimum wage job. Yay? Look, It was my choice. It's going to be a good life. But I'd given up the dream. I'd given up the thing I wanted so much and I thought that's it, it's over. We're living down in Texas and then I found it. 195800 45 minutes away, a commuter college that cost $50, a semester. Yeah. And for a price I could pay for on a part time waitressing job, I finished my four year diploma, and I became a special education teacher. I've lived my dream job. There it is. And do we have any public school teachers in here? Oh, there we go. Any special ed? Yeah, there we go. 195842 So, you got to back me up on this, okay. It's not a job. It's a calling. I love that work. I had four to six year olds. And to this day. I can remember what they look like. I can remember things we worked on. I can remember successes. Like I remember some not successes. [19:58:54] And to this day. I can remember what they look like. I can remember things we worked on. I can remember successes. I can remember some not successes. And to this day, I probably still beat you. Except my story has more twists and turns and that is how it ended in the first year I was visibly pregnant. [19:59:19] And the principal did what principals did in those days. He wished he locked and hired someone else for the job. So there are a. I can't get a job here or so baby on here. I could say I go to law school. But this time we're living in New Jersey. I've come to public law school. And it cost four hundred and fifty dollars this semester. [19:59:57] I did three years of law school. By my final year, I was visibly pregnant. You will discover a pattern to these stories. Fortunately, that baby waited until after graduation. That was Alex. Thank you, son. Yes. I graduated from law school and then with two little babies, I took the bar exam and passed and I practiced law for 45 minutes. [20:00:29] And I went back to my first line. T.J., I've treated little boys for 15 minutes and spent most of my life teaching in law school. I also enjoy making changes in here. Husband number one, it's never a good sign when you have to remember your husband's husband, number one, a nice separated. [20:00:55] But I found husband number two, and I'm still with him. That's my husband's. Here I am teaching law school. And I know maybe this is what everybody does. For me, I kind of grew up on the branded into the middle class. [20:01:16] But if we I I learned about it and taught all of the courses about money. If it was about money. Count me in. So I taught contract law and in commercial law, I taught school transactions. I taught payment systems. I taught at a creditor wall. Bankruptcy law or finance, partnership finance law. And. Was about money. I used in your. I was teaching. But there was always one central issue that I worked. [20:01:48] And that is what's happening to America's middle class. What's happening to working families in this country? Why is America's middle class being hollowed out? And why is it that people, families that work every bit as far as my mother worked two generations ago, find the path today so much? [20:02:12] Rob later. It's so much deeper and for people of color, even rockier. And that is why the answer. It's like the answer around the minimum wage. It's who government works for. So think of it this way. We have a government that works that fabulous wonderfully for joint drug companies. It's just not working for people who are trying to get a prescription filled. But I have an e-mail that I think of at. [20:02:52] We have a government that is working tremendous. For people who wanted to invest in private prisons and a private detention centers is just not working for the people whose lives are torn apart and whose communities are destroyed. We have a government that's working wonderfully. For giant oil companies that wanted to drill everywhere, it's just not working for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon. [20:03:38] When you see a government that works great for those with money and it isn't working for much of anyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call it after Watergate. So here's the deal. What issue brought you here today? Whether it's the price of prescription drugs, whether it's gun safety, whether it's education, whether it's student launched, whether it's decline, what ever issue brought you here today? If there is a decision to be made in Washington, I can guarantee it's been influenced by. [20:04:29] It's been nudged by my feet and moved by the monitor. It's been shaped by money, money, money, money. Let me tell you a quick story around this. You know, you go back and look in the early 1990s. We had the basic sort of what was happening on a client. We don't have all the right words. We do have a point. Well, we had the big picture that putting this much carbon into the air, was it enormously dangerous to this planet that it threatened the very existence of life on this earth? [20:05:07] We knew this. Here's the part you may not remember or may not know. And that is in Washington. Democrats and Republicans were working together. [20:05:21] They were they were all interesting. What do we need to do? Do we need to expand the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency? Do we need two new laws? We need to put more resources into cleanup. In other words, this wasn't a political issue. This was a we got to worry about our country. [20:05:38] We've got to worry about our earth going forward. And then along came the Koch brothers. Oh, you've heard of the pope? Yes. Along came the Koch brothers. Along came the big oil companies, the fossil fuel industry, the giant polluters. And in effect, they got together and said, Huh? [20:06:05] If Congress is serious about this climate business, if they really start changing the regulations, they really start making some changes. That's going to cut into our profits. And so we said we got an investment decision making here. Now, what other options they could have said, you know what? [20:06:28] We see the handwriting on the wall. We are going to stop investing in fossil fuels. We're going to move to clean it. No, they didn't do. They could have said we're going to invest in R and D and R and D money into how to clean carbon out of the air and Carbon Hathaway. [20:06:47] They didn't do that. What kind of investing? They invested in politicians. They invested in Washington. They invested in getting what they wanted. And in fact, they did it not just with campaign contributions, lobbyists, PR firms, right. They did throw these bought and paid for think tanks open to the bought and paid for experts. [20:07:17] I think it's to the climate experts who did not like climate that are the ones that really affected me about this. You know, these are the guys who stand up and say, oh, Dr. Doom and. I don't know about this one thing. I mean, after all, it was good for the dinosaurs and great for growing salad or whatever it is. [20:07:43] They say that you need to stop and think, why were people funding? To put that, to elevate it, put it up on here. You know what the answer is? They did it because it was one of that the climate deniers could do. [20:07:57] They built an umbrella. An umbrella that the politicians could hide. The politicians could benefit if take any money from the Koch brothers could keep taking money from the big oil companies to keep taking money from the big polluters who say, gee, I'm not you know, I'm not a scientist. [20:08:16] If you understand the climate crisis we face today, it is 25 years of corruption in Washington that brought us to. So the fact of money is everywhere in Washington, it is influencing decisions everywhere. And we are going to fight back. It's not going to be enough to save one little statue over here, a couple of regulations over there. It's going to take big structural change. That's. Structural change. I'll tell you where to start. We need to attack the corruption head on here on our back. [20:09:19] So here's the good news. I have the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. That's a good. Here's the bad news. We need the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. The it's true. So this is a plan. You wouldn't be surprised if money stopped a lot of different ways. His plan. He's got a lot of different moving parts, too. [20:09:49] So let me just give you a sample. I'm just gonna pull out some of the pieces. Here's why. And lobbying, as we know. Lock the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. Thought about make the United States Supreme Court follow basic rules of ethics on a. OK, I can do these all that, but don't just give me one more. [20:10:39] You really want a hose outside of corruption in Washington? Here's a way. Every candidate who runs for federal office should have to put their tax returns on. So here's part one. Take that corruption head on, not get it back right. Stop playing defense. Let's go on offense. [20:11:14] Let's let's get a head in there and it just drop it. Well, of course we do there. There's so much more we can do. So here's more to. We need some structural change in our economy. Here's the problem. We've got these giant corporations that have eaten up little businesses eat not medium sized business shoot. [20:11:38] They eat not what used to be called big distances and just keep getting bigger and more powerful. And what happens in industry after industry, you know, we've got these giants who just roll over their own employees, roll over their customers, roll over to the communities where they're located and call to in Washington. [20:12:04] It's time for a president with the courage to enforce the antitrust laws that brought these guys. But we have to do more, I think of it at this time. It's kind of a bounce in the system. Yeah. We need a government and an end of government with the courage to enforce the laws. There's more we need more power in the hands of workers. [20:12:48] And that means making it easier to join a union and pay dues more. Unions of America's middle class and unions will rebuild America's middle. So that's how we can get us into structural change to the economy. Here's another way. It is time for a wealth tax in America. I've got a plan for that. So let me tell you how it works. Here's the idea. Your first 50 million dollars is pretty clear. Yeah, I see he was head coach. [20:13:41] You know, I can deal with this one first. 50 million is pretty clear, but on your 50 millionth and first dollar, you got to pitch in two sets. A two cents on every dollar. After that. And just so we all get what how wealth tax works. Anybody in your own home grow up in a family that owned a home or far right. [20:14:11] You guys been paying a wealth tax? It's just called a property tax. The only one that is different is to say for the folks who got more than 50 million dollars in assets. It's not just a real estate. It's also her stock portfolio. The diamonds to the ring ran out. We just got a. [20:14:37] As I know, there are some billionaires who are really freaked out by this. But look, I don't want to propose sickness because I'm a prick. I'm not mad at it. They say things like, well, you know, we're out for. [20:15:02] Right. So a lot more people. But look, you worked hard and had a great idea. Good for me. You made it big. That's bad. It's good for you. But here's the deal. You've built a great fortune in America and understands what I'm talking about. These fortunes. Fifty million in a bar. That is to top one tenth of one percent. OK, so you've built a great fortune in America. [20:15:28] I guarantee you built it, at least in part using workers. All of us have pay. As you noted, at least in part. Getting your goods to market on roads and bridges is all of this help pay the bills. At least you are protected by the police and firefighters. All of us still pay the salaries for. And we are glad to do it. We're Americans. We want to make these investments so people have a chance to make it big. [20:16:13] All we're saying is if you make it better. I mean, really big. I mean, top one tenth of one per cent, then pitch it to the Senate so everybody else gets a chance to make. And here's the deal. What can we do with two cents? Harrisburg gets to be far to since we can provide universal child care for every baby in this country. Agency run by. Universal pre-K for everyone. [20:17:00] 3 year old, 4 year old in America. And we couldn't stop exploiting the women, largely black and brown women who do this work by raising the wages of every preschool teacher. We could do all that and we can do so much more. We can quadruple our funding that it does indicate well for children to grow up in low income households. Let's give them a real. [20:17:50] We can't treble our funding for children with disabilities. So then you have a real opportunity to learn our. We could put a hundred billion dollars into all of our public schools, that averages out to about one million dollars for each of our public schools. For those schools to make the decision how to spend the money to make that an excellent schools for every child they to. [20:18:36] All that and I'm still riding on the same, too. Since we can do all of that, plus we couldn't put by tuition free. Technical school till your college and for your college for every one who wants to get an education. We couldn't help level the playing field and it put 50 billion dollars directly into our historically black colleges and universities. [20:19:19] And I'm still not through this same to the soonest we can do every bit of them. Plus we can cancel student loan debt for 95 percent of the folks who got. I just want to think about the math on that. I didn't come here today to think you you're going to have to do a math problem, but I want you to think about. How to sense. On fortunes above 50 million dollars, that's about 70000 fortunes in this country. [20:19:58] Two cents can provide the opportunity to invest in every single person for an entire generation. Right now, there is structural change in an economy that is working for. One more a structural change, because I think it's important and it starts with a basic just for me, just kind of a statement of values. After a lifetime of hard work, people should be able to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security. [20:20:42] That's an increase in payroll taxes for me. Top 2 percent will give us enough money to extend the financial viability of Social Security for decades to come. [20:20:58] Plus, a two hundred dollar a month increase for every person who receives Social Security or disability. Right now think about it. [20:21:13] We found that almost five million people out of poverty. And we can provide some flexibility in the budgets for millions and millions more. [20:21:27] We just have to get out there and fight for. So for me it is two things. One, attack the corruption head on to make some structural change. [20:21:39] In the second part, three, we thought to protect our democracy. [20:21:53] We need a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every American citizen to vote and get a bad vote. Canada. We need a federal law to ban political gerrymandering. It's time to roll back every racist voter suppression law in this country. Just one more overturn Citizens United. [20:22:49] So there is just one three things. Attack corruption. Get some structural change in the economy and protect our democracy. And I know this might sound like three disconnected things, but they're not deeply tied to each other. For me, they addressed the final question about who gets opportunity in this country. Do we want to be a country where opportunity is available only to those born into privilege? Or do we want to be the country that is about opportunity for everyone? [20:23:25] The opportunity for every single kid in America to get a first rate education? Zero. Opportunity to get a good job opportunity. Start your own business opportunity to move back to the family farm or to start crying. Remember, I'm a special needs teacher. I get the opportunity means different things to different people. Opportunity may mean an opportunity to live independent. Those were investments worth making. Opportunity, opportunity to love the person you love and build the family. You to go. [20:24:23] Not a million years did I think I would ever run for public office. Just didn't think so. But here's the deal here. He ended up as a Jan. But his daughter. That 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 an opportunity to be a candidate for president of the United States. Q&A Q: I'm Charlie Bruner and for the first time in our country's history, children face the prospect of growing up less healthy living less long lives, and not being equipped to compete and lead in a world economy, unless we take action. He spoken a lot about this already, but I really look at when kids want too many parents when they start out they're overstressed under resourced, and often lack the skills and the knowledge, really, to deal with parenting and raising their kids in our climate and what will you do to restore hope to that population and ensure that when families are starting out, they really can nurture their children and see success? 202627 WARR>> So, here's how I see this Charlie. I see it as, we have policy decisions to make. That's what most people think of this, but they're really values questions. Look, think about the wealth tax. It's a math question. You bet it is. It's a policy question. It's a values question. Is it more important to leave two cents with the richest people in this country, these great fortunes that, by the way, right now, have their own money managers? 202705 They have their own---right? They have their own PR. They have their own thing going there, and just so everybody gets how this works. The 90% in America, last year, all-in paid about 7.2% of their total wealth in taxes. That's across the board. That's kind of about how much people pay. That top one 10th of 1%, they paid 3.2% [boos] yeah and you know why that happens? 202735 Because government, our government, the government that we have a right to elect---our government decided it was more important to leave that two cents with with them, than it was to invest in our children. So, it's why I get out and talk about these policies and do more than talk about them, get out and fight for them. Because I believe we make these investments in educating not some of our children, not just for a little while, but we make the investment in educating all of our children. 202810 That's how we build a country of our best values, a country that will lead the world [applause] By itself, it's not enough, but it is a step in the right direction. I also have a plan on housing. You know, we've got a real housing crisis in this country. And the bottom line on housing is, again, just understand where the trend lines have gone. 202839 Developers, private developers, they don't build a house I grew up in. I grew up in a two bedroom,one bath. garage converted for my three brothers to sleep in. Today, private developers go to the high end. They go to the management. You want to buy a McMansion, plenty of opportunity for you. I'm not mad at 'em. That's just where the profits are. And at the same time, the federal government has withdrawn from housing. So my proposal is we've got to put more of our collective resources into housing. 202910 We need to build. I've got a plan for about 3.2 million new housing units all across this country---in cities, in small towns, in rural areas all across America. We've got to replenish our housing stock. This will bring down rents at, independent analysis says, by about 10%. But while we're at it, it also gives us a chance to build housing for middle class families that are trying to get a toehold, for working class families, for the working poor, for the poor poor---it gives us a chance to build some housing for people who are now homeless, for people who are seniors who want to age in place, for people who have disabilities, and who want a chance to live independently. 202956 We can build this housing. We can do it together. It's about our kids, it's about our future. It's about an America that doesn't just work for a thinner and thinner and thinner slice at the top. It's about an America that says, "We care about you. We value you, and we're going to show that by making the investments in you, in every one of our children, in every one of our families." I think that's how we do this, and that's what I'm committed to. Q: Hi, Senator Warren, thank you so much. My name is Morgan. I grew up here in Ames, I graduated from Iowa State with a masters in city planning and sustainable agriculture. 213107 WARR>> Morgan I'd like to be talking to you about a job, give it maybe another year and a couple of months. Q: So I guess my question is about something that I feel like it's forgotten about a lot in politics. So agriculture. The extranalaties from agriculture like huge they go into climate change and, and then equity, just in in people's lives, especially for people of color and and low income people, as well as people who are trying to get into farming. So I guess my question. My question is, what will you do to address the issues in agriculture to make it more sustainable? 203202 WARR>> Good. Thank you, Morgan. So let me start. I feel safe because I'm here on a college campus. Let me start by saying something really controversial---controversial when I'm in Washington, but like I said I feel okay here. I believe in science. [applause] 203235 Climate change is real, and it threatens every living thing on this planet. And we are running out of time. So, this is about the urgency of the moment. So I'm going to talk about agriculture, but I've just got to start by making sure that we all see it's about a whole lot of things we need to be doing. This is not, we're going to do one thing, and then it's all going to be fixed. We have got to be willing to talk about environmental justice, and get out there and fight back. 203309 You know, this is a world right now where children who are black and brown are more likely to grow up where the air is polluted because the dumps have been located near them because the factories that pollute are located near their homes, and we have done this collectively as a country to an entire generation. So environmental justice has to be part of what we talk about. We have to be willing to use regulatory authority in Washington. This is not just put money on the table to entice. 203343 Three industries are responsible for 70% of our carbon emissions, here in America. We can change this. Part one, by 2028, no building new homes or buildings that have any carbon emissions---zero carbon emissions. By 2030, all new cars and light duty trucks---zero carbon emission. And by 2035, All electrical production---zero carbon emission. 203423 That's not everything but it means we bring down 70% of what we're doing while we work on the other 30%. Another big part of what we need to do is we need to invest in research and development. We need to invest and we need to double down and double down again. And I'm going to be blunt about this, we need the research universities all across this nation, not just on the two coasts. We need the research universities like Iowa state that look in particularly to the Ag issues, and we need those research universities to be independent of the money of big ag. 203513 And that's only going to happen if we're willing to put in the federal resources. So, all of that is a part of what we need to do. I've got a green manufacturing plan on this. I support the green New Deal. We've got to move forward, all of it. One of the areas that gives me great hope is agriculture, because I understand that we can now put some incentives on the table, put some financial assistance on the table to help our farmers, particularly our independent farmers, our family owned farms, to be able to engage in the sustainable practices and make it economically feasible for them to do so. 203605 Farm should be part of the solution, not part of the problem on climate, and we can do this. So I could get totally dorky with you about, and totally down into the weeds literally because I love this stuff, about how it is, here in Iowa, that because of farming practices, because of how hogs are raised, because chicken practices, right, this factory farming, that literally at the same time, you could be having floods because of how tightly compacted the earth is so the water runs off and into the rivers. At the same time, you're depleting the water table underneath. 203651 it's like drought and flood in the same place, but we really do know how to fix this. I go out and visit with these farmers who talk about "here's how we can do it, sustainable practices, crop rotation. we can still grow hogs, we just can't do it so intensively, and we got to be able to move them around from one piece of land to another, we can make the pieces work." And here's what I believe---most of our farmers, not at the big Agribusiness but our farmers, the people who really farm. 203721 They want to be the good stewards of the land. What the responsibility is of the federal government is to be a good partner to every farmer who wants to do that and I believe we can do it. Thank you. Good, thanks Morgan. Q: Hi. Hi. Senator Warren My name is Sean hi Sean, I'm an Iowa State student, a non traditional. So, environmental science and forestry so I'm in the school of a ag, everybody. Okay, there we go. So, uh, my mother also worked for minimum wage at Sears, she's in the second row about halfway down she might be gray hair. Today I wanted to talk to you talked about student loan forgiveness. Currently public servants like firefighters and teachers and our policemen aave they been guaranteed public loan forgiveness. Yeah, it hasn't happened, how are we going to make sure that the money gets to students? Sorry. 203832 WARR>> No, no Shawn, you've just given me a grind-my-teeth moment on this. So just for any of you who are not up to date on this, let me just explain how this works. So back in 2007, before I got to the United States Congress. There was a law passed that said anyone who worked in public service---Firefighters, teachers, police officers, municipal employees, work in public service for 10 years and meet certain payments, don't fall behind on your payments. And at the end of 10 years, you're done. 203911 Whatever your your debt load still is, we'll just cancel the rest of your debt, and it caused a lot of people to say "I'm going to stay in a teaching job that doesn't pay as well. I love the work, but I know for sure, at the end of 10 years, I'll be okay. I can start saving for a home, I can help support my family more. I can do things that are important." It's a promise the federal government made in law ---in law. And then, just so you understand this, the federal government doesn't actually administer your loans. 203945 They pay private for-profit outfits, bazillions of dollars to handle your student loans. Okay, I'm sorry, who does government work for again? But that's where it is. Okay, so they pay these private outfits and guess what? The private outfits are out there to make profit. And what's one way you can make a profit? hire people at minimum wage and make them rush students through as quick as they can, so when you call in or you write in and you say, "Hey listen, I'm a public school teacher. I'm a firefighter. I want to make sure I'm in that program where at the end of 10 years all my student loan debt is going to be forgiven, that you're putting into the right program." Right. 204033 Well, the folks who are just hustling them through at minimum wage. Right. They don't care. They want to do what works best. So what they have discovered is that now that people are getting to the end of their 10 years and they send in the paperwork and say, "Okay, I'm ready. This is it. I'm ready for my student loan forgiveness." I just saw the latest data. 99% are not getting their student loan debt forgiveness. Why not? 204104 They got put in the wrong program. "Sorry, somebody put you in the XYZ problem instead of the public interest loan forgiveness program. Now if you would like to start over, 10 years from now, you will be eligible, assuming of course now that we get you into the right program." That was our federal government and our federal government's agent that put people into those loan programs. 204136 So, let me say that's wrong. Right? That is just wrong. So, when this started coming out what was happening. I think it's been about a year and a half ago, I sunk my teeth into this, and during the budget negotiations I said, "Okay, here's what I want. We know that people are coming up on 10 years. I want money set aside in that particular case what I negotiated for was $700 million, to at least catch the first wave of people, to forgive their student loan debt, and then we'll come back the next year to put in mor. We'll come back the next year to put in more. We'll come back the next year to put in more." 204224 Because you have to have a budget offset in Congress. So, got the money, got it put aside, and guess what the obstacle turned out to be? Her name is Betsy DeVos [boos] And whose side is Betsy DeVos on? Not the side of the students. she's on the side of these companies. And so the consequences been, even with the money sitting there to be able to forgive the student loan debt, even for people who got put into the wrong program--- if they've done 10 years of payment to be able to forgive their student loan debts, she is still blocking. 204302 I am fighting her every inch of the way in Washington. And I will keep fighting her. In fact, let me just make a little point out to the side. When I am president of the united states---i love saying that---I will have a secretary of education who has been a public school teacher, and who believes in public education. 204338 So I'm going to keep fighting on this issue, Sean, right now, but understand this. My plan is just to overtake the whole thing, that I want to cancel student loan debt for 95% of the folks who have got it, because a nation does not build a future by crushing people who tried to get an education. So we're going to overtake it. That's my plan. Thank you. 204408 So, I'm going to wrap this up. it's great to have questions. I know we didn't get to talk about everything. But I want to say something here because I talked a lot about policy. I talk a lot about hard and complicated things we need to do, and I've done that since I first showed up in Iowa. When I first decided I was going to run for president I came here, and the first weekend I came to Iowa, I went back to Washington, and the experts, also known as senators, told me "Saw that you're running for president. You already put a lot of stuff out there, a lot of plans. Um, it's too hard. It's not what people care about. This is not how you run for president. you run for president by making some general promises. you run for president by talking about some big things. You run for president by smiling more. But, what you're doing is too hard." 204514 And I thought about, when I heard this, I thought "I wonder what they said, the naysayers said, to the abolitionists." "Too hard, give up now. America is never going to make changes like that." What did they say just over 100 years ago to the suffragettes? "Too hard, quit now." What did they say too early union organizers? ""Too hard, quit now." 204548 What did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? "Too hard, quit now."What did they say just a decade ago, to the LGBTQ activists who wanted equal marriage? "Too hard, quit now." But they didn't quit. They got organized. They built a grassroots movement. They persisted. And they changed the course of American history. This is our moment in American history--our moment to dream big, fight hard, and win.
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HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for legislative business. Five One Minutes Per Side Last Vote expected 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. H.R. 1591 - U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act (Rep. Obey - Appropriations) (Complete Consideration) 13:00:10.1 bill was largely closed and i hate to see us headed down that path. i think it is going to be much harder to get our appropriations work done. i know our appropriators are concerned that a long standing tradition on appropriations 13:00:26.3 bills has been violated and i hope we don't see that same thing happen on the budget resolution coming to the floor next week. . i yield, rather. mr. hoyer: i understand his concern. 13:00:41.0 although i do observe there was no motion made to either add or subtract from the bill we just considered in a motion to recommit. and i do expect, more than hope, i expect substitutes will be made in order. mr. blunt: i think the 13:00:57.6 gentleman's suggestion if we don't take advantage of whatever small rule -- small parliamentary procedure that we're allowed, that justifies 13:01:12.5 us not allowing any amendments on the bill is not a very good excuse for that. i hope that we don't continue to see that happen. i was concerned about the c.r. and the way it was handled. i was concerned about this 13:01:30.0 bill. the next logical step when we get to the appropriations bills is they, too, would not have the opportunity for debate and amendment. that is as this was violation of long standing -- that is 13:01:50.2 when the gentleman was in the majority party. and i hate to see us revert back to that debate. i hope the gentleman will work with me and others to try to move the process along, not only rapidly but also 13:02:06.0 appropriately. and i really have -- unless the gentleman has any information -- mr. hoyer: if the gentleman will yield. mr. blunt: i will. mr. hoyer: having been in the gentleman's position for too long, i honestly empathize with 13:02:23.3 his position. it is my understanding that the appropriations bills will come to the floor mid may and continuing through june. we hope to complete the appropriations bills by june. 13:02:36.8 my expectation is that they will be traditionally on the floor with open rules or at least structured rules. if you have 500, 600 amendments from all the folks, we may not get finished. 13:02:51.7 but certainly the gentleman is correct, that that's the tradition. i would expect us to follow that tradition. on supplementals, over the last 15 supplementals, i was looking around to see if i had it immediately in front of me and i don't, but over the last 15 13:03:08.6 supplementals there have been a variety of them -- seven of them were open. eight of them were less than 13:03:15.3 open. some of them more structured than others. i understand the gentleman's representation. and i certainly look forward to working with the gentleman. mr. blunt: well i think to make the gentleman's point, none of them were closed. and the -- none of the wartime supplementals came in the 13:03:30.5 fashion that this one did today, and i'm disappointed with that. would the gentleman -- what's the gentleman's sense on when the work that was stopped in the middle, right before a vote yesterday on the d.c. bill, when will we see that again? 13:03:47.7 mr. hoyer: as soon as possible. mr. blunt: do you think we'll see that next week? mr. hoyer: i don't think we'll see it next week, although i'd like to see it next week. as the gentleman knows -- if the gentleman will continue to yield? 13:04:03.1 mr. blunt: i'll yield. mr. hoyer: i was concerned about the interpretation of germaneness. and frankly, that wouldn't have been a problem either had the minority been willing to offer the traditional motion, which was to recommit and have it immediately reported back to 13:04:20.5 the floor. i would have told my friend we would have voted on that. we would have prevailed substantially -- not substantially -- we would have prevailed on the bill. it would carry that rider with it, of course. the minority chose to, from our perspective, tried to defeat 13:04:38.0 the bill by not just making a motion to recommit to adopt the proposition that you offered but sending it back to committee. for that purpose, which was obviously not that necessary, which leads me to believe -- i want to tell you honestly, my friend, it was a procedural 13:04:56.7 device to kill the bill rather than let the bill tom to the floor on its merits. i feel very strongly and personally that we ought to extend full voting franchise to the representative who sits on 13:05:09.2 this floor and represents 600,000 of our fellow americans. but the answer to your question is, i hope to bring that to the floor as soon as possible. under conditions where we will protect ourselves from procedurally losing a bill which has the majority votes on 13:05:25.3 this floor. i yield to my friend. mr. blunt: i thank my friend for that response. but on the issue of merit, i'd suggest that the use of the procedural availability to the minority wouldn't be nearly as necessary if this bill has 13:05:41.1 merits and has a majority of votes on the floor to actually have a debate where the bill is amendable, where there's substitutes available, where the other side of this debate has an opportunity to truly offer other ideas. 13:05:56.3 and so far in this year we've really not seen an openness on any bill that was a bill that didn't pass in the last congress on suspension to competition of real ideas and debate. and i think that's what we saw on that bill. 13:06:12.5 that's one of the reasons that that is one of the few 10ths we had to -- alternatives we had to push back the bill, that had significant constitutional issues. 13:06:29.7 i yield back to my friend. mr. hoyer: i appreciate the views. as the gentleman knows, that bill was reported out of the government reform committee, chaired by a republican, with the majority of republicans voting for the bill to report it out of the committee in the 13:06:47.0 last session. so that while i understand your view, it's not as if we were taking up a bill that hadn't already been processed by your committee in the last congress, reported out of that committee, and because obviously there is 13:07:01.9 opposition to it on your side of the aisle, not brought to the floor. but i understand the gentleman's point. but very frankly, the only reason it's not passed because it has the majority of votes on this floor was because the 13:07:17.9 motion that was made was not the traditional motion of adopting a proposition. in this case, the gun control issue. and reporting it immediately back out without an amendment attached. i appreciate what the gentleman is saying, but i can't feel too 13:07:34.6 guilty about bringing to the floor a bill that was reported out of a republican chaired committee with a republican majority. i'd say to my friend. mr. blunt: well, i appreciate my friend's sense to that. if this bill had such broad support and such unquestioned 13:07:50.7 merit, there shouldn't be any fear in having a full and open debate where the bill's amendable, where alternatives could be proposed and where the only opportunity to slow this process down would not be to take advantage of the only possible rule available to us 13:08:08.0 under a rule that was otherwise closed. and that's my view of that. i thank my friend for his 13:08:15.8 comments, and we look forward to the budget debate next week. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the majority leader. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. monday next for morning hour 13:08:32.6 debate. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the business in order under the calendar wednesday rule be dispensed with on wednesday next. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair will entertain 13:08:48.9 one-minute requests. the gentleman from new mexico, what purpose do you rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: proceed. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ever since 9/11, law enforcement agencies have been 13:09:02.6 telling the american people they should immediately report suspicion activities. it's one of the best ways to stop terrorism. sadly last week americans who were trying to protect themselves and their country have been found themselves subject to a lawsuit in a 13:09:19.3 lawsuit filed against u.s. airways, six imans removed have named john does as defendants. they called to report those suspicious activities and now they're going to be terrorized in our court system in this 13:09:36.5 country. mr. speaker, i think that that is unconscionable. so i'm presenting the legislation to protect the american people. 13:09:50.4 i urge my colleagues to support this important measure to help us be able to police ourselves and report suspicious activity. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman 13:10:06.1 from illinois rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, today the house passed a bill claiming to be the u.s. troop readiness act that included billions in pork barrel spending unrelated to the needs of our troops. the funding restrictions 13:10:22.5 included in the bill were so unpopular that the congressional leadership loaded a $25 million bailout for spinach farmers, a $74 million payment for peanut storage, and a $283 million subsidy for milk producers. 13:10:39.9 all to attract votes for the unpopular bill. as the "usa today" stated, votes were won for peanuts, or to be more accurate, for peanut subsidies. the bill declares all of this spending for spinach, for milk, and peanut subsidies as 13:10:59.5 emergency wartime supplemental appropriations. this bill passed $23 billion over budget. it only passed by four votes. calculating a pork to vote ratio, that means that the 13:11:14.2 congress spent over $5 billion in pork spending per vote just to win passage for this legislation. and it's only march. how much more will the taxpayer be charged to pass other unpopular bills? 13:11:32.9 the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house 13:11:46.6 revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material -- mr. mchenry today, monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: 13:11:59.7 without objection. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise ms. woolsey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, of the 13:12:16.7 following members may be permitted to address the house for five minutes, to revise and extend their remarks and include therein extraneous material. mr. cummings, maryland. mr. sarbanes, maryland. ms. woolsey, california. mr. al green, texas. 13:12:35.2 the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 18, 2007, and under a previous order of the house, the following members 13:12:48.7 are recognized for five minutes each. dryer of california. -- dreier of california. without objection, the gentleman is recognized for 13:13:03.5 five minutes. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise with a heavy heart. recently a good friend of mine, 13:13:15.7 sheriff gary clarke of caldwell county, passed from this earth. caldwell county lost a true leader and public servant, and many of us lost a dear and 13:13:28.1 beloved friend. when sheriff clarke went home to the lord after a brief fight with cancer. those of us that knew him grieve the loss of his friendship but grateful to know 13:13:41.2 that he's no longer in pain and no longer suffering. the sheriff cared deeply for the needs of families, and recently and relentlessly pursued drug dealers and 13:13:58.7 criminals in caldwell county. he made a career of that. it was sheriff clark's passion for fighting against the scourge of methamphetamine and drugs that brought the white house drug czar to caldwell county. 13:14:14.3 his progressive, innovative leadership, his visionary leadership for law enforcement will create enormous benefits for years to come, not just in caldwell county, but across western north carolina. caldwell county lost a hero and 13:14:31.6 having gained a treasure. my prayers are with his family and with his friends in this time of loss. he lived a determined life, a proud life. and the legacy he leaves continues on because the good a 13:14:50.0 man does lives long after he's gone. mr. speaker, we mourn the loss of gary clark, a great public servant and leader in north carolina, a true law 13:15:03.0 enforcement leader and a hero to those of us in western north carolina. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. mr. cummings of maryland. for what purpose does the lady 13:15:19.8 from california rise? ms. woolsey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. woolsey: thank you very much. mr. speaker, today is a very solemn day for our nation. the house just voted to pass a bill that will continue to fund 13:15:35.1 the ongoing occupation of iraq. i know all too well how my colleagues anguished over their decision, but we must be clear what this vote means. this supplemental, the largest in the history of our country, 13:15:51.1 will pass for the president's escalation, an escalation that he calls a surge that we voted against just a few weeks ago. . it will include benchmarks and requirements that the administration can waive with 13:16:07.8 the bat of an eye. most importantly it could keep our troops on the ground for another year and a half at least. let's remember the public did not elect democrats to bring our troops home in 2008. they elected us to bring them home now. 13:16:25.5 i am truly and insearly sad to say as we debate our troops -- as we debate, -- debate the future of our troops our troops are being targeted by terrorists, are being wounded 13:16:40.0 by i.e.d.'s and the most tragic and heartbreaking part of all, they are dying and they are killing. the american public knows the simple truth, mr. speaker. you can't be against the occupation and vote for this supplemental of at least $100 13:16:56.8 billion. the democrats were elected in november because the american people want us, are expecting us, and are demanding of us that we bring our troops home 13:17:11.7 as soon as possible. they do not trust the administration to do the right thing. they want us to hold the administration accountable. we must stand up to an administration that has lied to get us into this war and will keep lying to keep us in it. 13:17:30.0 it is sad when a nation cannot trust its commander in chief to put the lives of the troops above his political legacy. but in that position a congress must take real and enforceable steps to bring an end to the occupation. 13:17:46.4 i have come to this spot over 195 times to speak about the unmitigated disaster that is iraq. this is my moral obligation and that of our country. to those who are watching and wondering about the future of 13:18:01.9 our iraq policy, i say i will not stop, i will not rest, and will i not back down in my 13:18:10.6 fight until every single last soldier and marine is home safe with his or her family. this fight is far from over. over the next several months we will revisit this issue many, many times. 13:18:26.0 i will work with my colleagues to make each measure stronger and each measure more effective and to bring our troops home to their families earlier rather than later. it is with their families that they belong. today will be marked in 13:18:42.3 history. i know that the future of our standing in the world and the future of iraq depends on us being bold and brave and taking the actions that will bring our troops home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. 13:19:00.1 burton of indiana. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. poe: request permission to reclaim my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. according to a memo that was just released from the u.s. justice department from 2005 13:19:20.9 and reported in the "houston chronicle" today, it reveals procedure and criteria for arresting, detaining, and deporting and prosecuting illegals that come into the united states. it's a very interesting memo. apparently the department of 13:19:37.6 justice for some time did not want to reveal and make this memo public. now we understand why. according to this memo texas prosecutors along the texas-mexico border generally do not prosecute illegals until the sixth offense. 13:19:56.0 in other words they've got to come over get caught, come over, get caught, come over, get caught, come over get caught, come over, get caught and the sixth time our federal government decides, ok we get the message. we are going to prosecute you for your sixth illegal entry 13:20:12.1 into the united states. so we don't prosecute them the first time like most americans would want. and of course the illegals on the other side of the border from whatever country they come from know that this is our procedure. according to this department of justice memo, it says, because 13:20:28.3 of a lack of resources and bed space to detain and prosecute every illegal entry violator, we are not able to prosecute them the first time. mr. speaker, this ought not to be. this is bad american policy. and according to the border 13:20:43.8 agents who work on the texas-mexico border and throughout the south, they arrest one mill ellyles a year coming into the united states. and we are telling them, you got to work six times harder because the first time just doesn't count. 13:20:59.8 according to t.j. bonner, the head of the border patrol association, he says it's devastating to morale. our agents are risking their lives out there and then they are told, sorry, that doesn't meet the criteria and they must be released. so what does this mean, mr. 13:21:15.6 speaker? it means first of all that the federal government, the department of justice, the prosecutors, and the federal justice department along the texas-mexico border and the entire border with mexico need to get their act together and prosecute people that illegally 13:21:30.7 come in the united states. they need to kind of quit prosecuting the border protectors and spending all american money going down to mexico, finding drug smugglers, giving them immunity for bringing drugs in the united states, and prosecuting border agents like ramos and cam peon. 13:21:47.3 they need to quit making deals with seven or eight illegals that came into texas and were caught by deputy hernandez and then they were given a deal to stay in the country, given green cards all to prosecute deputy hernandez because he 13:22:00.9 fired his gun. we need to find the resources to protect our border, whatever it takes. we have to froket the border. it is the duty of our government to protect the off rent of this nation. and today this house just spent billions of dollars dumping money for spinach farmers and 13:22:17.7 peanut farmers and all kind of special pork projects in this country. maybe that money would have been better well spent to find more facilities to detain the illegals, to find more immigration judges to hear these cases, and to find more prosecutors that will do their 13:22:31.9 job and prosecute the illegals in this country and deport them back where they came from, no matter where they are. mr. speaker, it is the first duty of government to protect its people. that includes the people that live in the united states. part of that protection is to 13:22:47.9 keep us protected from the unlawful invasion of foreigners who come to this country without permission. whether they come here just for illegal reasons, whether they come here for criminal intent, whether human smugglers, drug smugglers, or whether they are terrorists they need to stay out and when caught they need 13:23:03.7 to be deported the first time not the sixth time. this sixth time rule, five get 13:23:10.2 out of jail free cards by our federal government and this absurd policy, needs to be eliminated immediately. i yield back the balance of my time. saying that's just the way it is. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. 13:23:23.3 for what purpose does -- pardon me. the chair would recognize mr. sarbanes of maryland. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- mr. cummings: i ask to speak out of turn. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. 13:23:39.4 mr. speaker, today we -- just a few days ago we commemorated the fourth anniversary of the united states invasion of iraq. today we pause and we voted for the u.s. troop readiness 13:23:55.8 veterans health in iraq accountability act and we took a very pivotal step in responding to the mandate issued by the american people. i have opposed this war from the very beginning. however i voted for this 13:24:12.5 legislation because i'm realistic about our circumstances. as long as our brave men and women are serving this country, we have a moral obligation to ensure that they are trained, equipped, and rested when they 13:24:27.7 go into battle. supporting this measure was not easy. especially in light of the fact that a young man from baltimore, kendell waters bay who lived only a few blocks from me, was the first to die in the iraq war. 13:24:45.6 however after many discussions with my constituents and much contemplation i strongly believed that h.r. 1591 was in the best interest of our brave men and women, the people of iraq, and the people of these 13:25:01.0 great united states. although i am opposed to the war, i have a responsibility to vote my conscience and responsibility to help protect the service members while they are risking their lives in iraq. however it is more important 13:25:17.1 that we take care of those wounded warriors when they return home. when they have risked so much we must respect them enough to provide the quality of medical treatment that they deserve. of the $124 billion to be 13:25:34.2 spent, $900 million will be dedicated to two areas i feel are utmost importance. injuries that some military doctors say have become the signature wounds of the iraq war. 13:25:48.3 traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. this is in addition to the $20 million dedicated to addressing the problems that we saw at walter reed. while h.r. 1591 provides $2.8 billion for military health 13:26:07.2 care, this is not nearly enough for the thousands who have already returned or for those who are expected to need that care in the future. however it is my hope and my intention to revisit this issue 13:26:21.6 at a later date. this legislation is monumental because it marks the first time during our efforts in iraq that congress will hold the president accountable. no more blank checks. 13:26:36.9 we have established benchmarks for the war in iraq that the president himself has repeatedly stated must be reached to resolve this crisis. if these benchmarks are not met, this legislation requires the troops to be fully 13:26:52.4 redeployed by august of 2008. i know that there are many reasons that others oppose the legislation, however, the reality of the situation is very simple. our troops will be in iraq. in fact more troops are being mobilized as we speak. 13:27:08.4 we can no longer remain silent. we do not have the right to remain silent. failing to pass this legislation was no option. and so because if we had failed to pass the legislation we would have been in the 13:27:22.8 situation where we would have sent to the president the possibility of a stripped down supplemental. so we have a moral obligation to provide the equipment and adequate health care that our troops need. we have done that with the passage of 1591. i congratulate the democratic 13:27:41.1 leadership, our speaker, nancy pelosi, certainly to steny hoyer, and to our whip, jim clyburn, and all of our other leadership members. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. 13:27:56.5 king of iowa. ms. woolsey of california. 13:28:08.7 mr. poe of texas. mr. defazio of oregon. mr. pence of nebraska. 13:28:23.4 al green of texas. mr. green, the gentleman is 13:28:37.5 recognized for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the leadership and today, mr. speaker, i would like to address the house for 13:28:53.7 five minutes and i ask permission to revise and extend my remarks. mr. speaker, today we passed h.r. 1591, the u.s. troop readiness veterans health and 13:29:08.6 iraq accountability act of 2007. mr. speaker, in so doing we will do at least three things. we will help our troops and support those troops who are in the field. we will provide assistance and 13:29:27.0 care for our veterans who are at home. and we will also provide some assistance for the friends, the family, and the people who are in this country at the same 13:29:44.6 time we are helping our troops. i do want to remind people that the troops are there risking their lives so that we can have 13:29:58.7 a better life here. and in so doing we want to make sure that we take care of them, but we should also be mindful that their families and their friends back home have needs as well. . this bill addresses troops in 13:30:16.1 the field and family and friends who are left behind. let's just talk for a moment, if we may, about what happened today. we had a bipartisan bill to pass the house. 13:30:36.4 democrats and republicans supported this effort. members of congress voted their consciences, and i do not begrudge any member for any vote that a member took. 13:30:53.7 i do want to talk for a moment about what this bill will mean to the american people and especially to our soldiers who are in the field. 13:31:07.7 this bill provides $1.2 billion, approximately, for afghanistan. it provides $2.8 billion for defense health, for veterans' health, $1.7 billion. 13:31:22.7 for readiness, military readiness, which is important. we want our men and women, our soldiers to be prepared, $2.5 billion. but at home we have some needs as well. 13:31:37.7 and this bill addresses many of our needs at home. aviation security is important to us, $1.25 billion. port, transit and border security is important to us, 13:31:57.1 $1.25 billion. disaster relief is important to people who are left behind, $910 million. 13:32:08.0 and there are those who have made comments about agriculture and the assistance that we are providing. many of those persons who are in the field, who are in harm's way, came from the farmlands of america, and they have 13:32:32.0 relatives still in need here. we need to support the troops, and we can do it and support the friends, relatives and others they left behind. so, yes, for agriculture disaster, we have $140 million. 13:32:46.7 we also have many children in this country who are not getting proper health care. many children without health care in the richest country in the world. if we truly want to leave no 13:33:01.0 child behind, we have to do 13:33:03.9 more than fund schools. if we want to leave no child behind, we have to make sure that every child that goes to school is healthy, that every child is mentally ready to embrace the learning process. 13:33:19.3 we have $750 million for the chip program. this will help children have good health care. there are wildfires in this country. 13:33:33.6 many family members and friends of our troops may have to suffer from an incident that could be prevented. so we do have wildfire supression, $500 million. but there are people who may 13:33:51.7 not be related to the troops who may not be a friend of a member of our armed services in harm's way, and they, too, deserve some assistance. $400 million for the energy assistance program. i will close with this, mr. 13:34:09.6 speaker, and i thank you for the time, we must protect and defend our country and we have to protect our military in harm's way and the people who are left behind. i yield back the balance of my time. 13:34:27.7 the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 18, 2007, the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. smith: thank you, mr. 13:34:40.2 speaker. i rise today to honor our nation's agriculture producers. u.s. agriculture inowe -- is innovative, adaptive and certainly adaptive. i'm here to celebrate national ag week, which ends tomorrow, and celebrate national a g'day, 13:35:00.4 which we celebrated wednesday. it's important to my district and to the nation as a whole. and i hope you join me in celebrating everyone who works so hard to provide nutrition for the world. i represent one of the largest agriculture districts in the country. 13:35:14.9 my district ranks first in the value of sales of grains and oil seeds, second in total value of agriculture products sold, and first in cattle and calf inventory. according to the nebraska department of agriculture, my 13:35:31.8 state ranks first in commercial red meat production as well. cash receipts contributed to more than $11 billion to nebraska's economy. over 20% of all nebraskans are employed in farm or farm-related jobs. 13:35:47.1 every dollar in agriculture exports generates $1.48 in additional economic activity, such as transportation, financing, warehousing and production. cash receipts from farm marketings contributed to more 13:36:01.9 than $11 billion to nebraska's economy in 2005. as impressive as those facts are, i do want to make sure that the rural way of life is enhanced and certainly encouraged to grow. as a member of the house agriculture committee, i look forward to helping draft the 13:36:18.0 re-authorization of the next farm bill before it expires in september. my goal is to create a workable, compre hencive package that -- comprehensive package that will provide long-term stability for our nation's producers. any attempt to make major reforms of the current farm 13:36:33.6 program must be in the long-term interest of american agriculture. we know that we need good, sustainable policy. taxpayers appreciate that, markets appreciate that and we can achieve that with a good, harty discussion. 13:36:48.8 we must pursue new markets and break down barriers with trade with other countries. in doing so we must remain mindful of other aspects of rural life, and that's the shrinking communities throughout nebraska and other rural areas. i serve as a member of the house agriculture subcommittee 13:37:05.2 on rural development, as well as the house rural caucus. and i know we mist do all we can to strengthen and protect our rural communities, the backbone of our values and way of life. i look forward to helping create strong, sustainable, rural economies and responsible tax policies to encourage 13:37:22.6 economic development for these areas. as a member of the house science and technology committee, i'm also putting a priority on expanding modern technology in our district to support new and existing businesses, attract new employers and make our rural communities more competitive in 13:37:37.5 the modern economy. so what are well really celebrating this week? national a g'day is a day to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture and our nation's agriculture industry. every year producers, agriculture associationses, 13:37:54.2 corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across america join together to recognize the 13:38:02.1 contributions of agriculture during this week. this year nationaling a day was sell -- national ag day was served -- celebrated first in 1973. 13:38:15.9 this is the 34th day of celebrating this on the first day of spring. i'm proud to make these remarks to take part in this celebration. the agriculture council america hosts the campaign on a national level. however, the awareness efforts in communities across america 13:38:31.7 are as influential, if not more, than the broad scale effort. if you're interested, i recommend checking out www. agday.org. once again, www.agday.org. the website has a tremendous 13:38:47.8 amount of information, and i thank the a.g.a. for using their information here today. ag day is about recognizing and celebrating agriculture in our everyday lives. the national ag day program helps people understand how 13:39:08.1 foods are produced, maintain a strong economy, appreciate the role of agriculture and providing safe, abundant and affordable products. why do we celebrate agriculture? 13:39:23.0 certainly agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. but too few people truly understand this contribution, and certainly may not appreciate it as we should. this is particularly the case in our schools where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in the very specific and related 13:39:42.5 vocational training. by building awareness, the agriculture council of america is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture. each american farmer feeds nearly 130 people, a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 13:39:58.6 1960's. let me repeat that. each american farmer feeds nearly 130 people and certainly a dramatic increase from the 25 people that each american farmer fed in the 1960's. quite simply, american 13:40:13.7 agriculture is doing more and doing it better as -- and as the world population soars, there is a greater demand for the food and fiber that is produced in the united states. from a team of horses in the 13:40:29.2 early 1900's, to tractors with the power of 40 to 300 horsepower today, farmers provide consumers with more and better quality food than ever before. in fact, one farmer now supplies food, as i mentioned earlier, for about 129 people, 13:40:46.6 very specifically in the u.s., and abroad, compared to just 25.8 people in 1960. the efficiency of american farmers pays off in the price american consumers pay for food as well. 13:41:00.8 united states consumers spend roughly 9% of their income on food compared with 11% in the united kingdom, 17% in japan, 27% in south africa, and 53% in india. 13:41:16.4 that's a pretty good deal. this great value is due in large part to improve equipment deficiency, enhance crop and live stock genetics and advances in information management. all americans are asked to enjoy and admire the wonders of american agriculture as 13:41:36.1 national agriculture day is celebrated on the first day of spring, as it has this last week. today's farmers work nearly 3 1/2 times more land than their predecessors from 1900. their needs are different, the crops are different and the rules governing production 13:41:51.8 practices are different. most american farms are still family farms. today almost 99% of all u.s. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations. less than 1% of america's farms and ranches are owned by 13:42:08.5 nonfamily corporations, according to the census of agriculture. it produces product quality. it's another factor in the efficiency of american farmers in their ability to provide more and certainly higher 13:42:24.7 quality food and live stock. -- livestock. biotechnology is in a more controlled environment and with faster results. advancements made in plant biotechnology provide consumers 13:42:39.6 with better quality products in many areas, and those benefits are just beginning. there are many products in the biotechnology research pipeline that will provide better live stock -- livestock feeding. it will lessen the 13:42:55.1 environmental impact of livestock production by reducing waste and/or the 13:43:01.3 chemicals found in animal waste. pharmaceutical companies are actively working with farmers to develop crops that will go directly from the fields to pharmaceutical production, eliminating some of the steps that occur. 13:43:16.3 it will reduce the costs required to produce many lifesaving drugs. corn, soybeans and various grains are used. use of products like ethanol 13:43:33.9 will reduce american dependence on fossil fuels and improve air quality throughout the united states and the world. ethanol is the largest industrial use of these commodity crops, but soy diesel and others are emerging every year. 13:43:48.9 when it comes to ethanol, america's farmers don't just produce fuel for our bodies. crops such as corn and soybeans are used to produce fuel for our vehicles. renewable fuels contribute to a cleaner environment, reduce pollution and reliance on foreign oil and creates 13:44:07.7 commercial markets for crops. with the record production of 2.81 billion gallons of ethanol in 2003, one billion bushels of corn and soy grain crop were used to fuel our vehicles. in 2003, 73 ethanol plants were 13:44:24.8 in operation in the united states, several in my district and in nebraska. in fact, according to the usda, one in every 10 rows of corn went into ethanol production in 2003. 13:44:37.8 in both 2006 and 2007 state of the union addresses, president bush called for making renewable energy resources a national priority. his recent call for 35 billion gallons of renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel has led to crop producers and 13:44:54.7 customers alike of how we meet the challenge without disrupting traditional markets. the demand for corn for ethanol production grew in 2006 and it will grow rapidly this year. that's caused concern among corn and other end users, including the livestock 13:45:09.1 industry and importers like japan. there's no question that a big transition is taking place as producers will have to react more quickly to the market, so will our customers, the livestock industry, elnot 13:45:25.1 industry. . e-85, ethanol today is largely a blend component of gasoline. e-85 is a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. the ethanol blend adds octane and displaces toxic which helps 13:45:42.9 refiners meet clean air specifications. clean air act specifications. there are about 600-e-85 refueling stations across the country. new market opportunities include e-85 and ethanol fuel cells. 13:45:55.8 today there are millions of flexible fuel vehicles capable of using e-85, but they make up less than 3% of the total u.s. motor vehicle fleet. a valuable co-product of ethanol is dried distiller green solubles. a high protein feedstock. 13:46:13.0 a bushel of corn used in this process used 2.8 gallons of ethanol, 17 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 16 pounds of distiller's greens, wet greens go to dairy and cattle rations, dry goes to hog and poultry. 13:46:30.3 the majority is fed to beef and darery, however swine and poultry consumption is increasing, although a very small percentage can be used now as the feed industry gains a better understanding how best to utilize the product and those rations. according to commodity 13:46:46.4 specialist companies, dairy accounted for 45% of 2005 distillers grains consumption in north america while beef accounted for 37%. swine accounted for 13% of the north american distillers 13:47:01.3 greens use while poultry made up 5%. in the 2005-2006 marketing year, 8.35 million metric tons of grains were produced. in 2006 and 2007, more than 10.8 million metric tons will 13:47:15.8 be produced. by 2011 and 2012 the industry is expected to produce more than 20 million metric tons. the supply of distillers grains has a displacement on the corn feed market. in 2005 and 2006 the grains 13:47:32.2 displaced an estimated 3.89 million burbles of corn from feed markets making that corn available for other uses. ethanol and biodiesel are just the gick. research continues to find new uses for agriculture 13:47:45.8 commodities and wastes. for example, livestock manure is being used to create electricity. commodities such as soybean and canola are being developed as lubricants to replace petroleum based products. 13:48:00.1 cornstarch is replacing plastics. it's exciting to see these advancements. american agriculture can also be celebrated for its effort in environmental conservation. farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for approximately 75% of this 13:48:14.8 nation's wildlife. the current farm bill has provisions for farmers to create environmental habitats that will ensure protection of the land and water resources of this country. farmers use computer and satellite technology to map their fields for production 13:48:29.8 inputs. this increases yields and reduces crop inputs like fertilizer and crop protection chemicals. with today's technology, farmers are better able to match seed characteristics and production practices to soil type and climate conditions. the result is higher yields 13:48:47.3 with lower input costs for more efficient use of chemicals, fertilizers, and tillage. ultimately that results in more food at a lower cost for consumers. today's farmers understand the importance of improving the quality and quantity of food 13:49:02.4 available to the world. according to the u.s. census bureau it is estimated that there will be 7.5 billion people in the world by the year 2020. we currently are at 6.2 billion. it's agriculture's job to find a way to feed those people. 13:49:19.8 advancements in crop technology, equipment technology, and information management will make that possible. american farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry have met and will continue to meet this challenge again and again. world population growth is 13:49:34.7 creating needs for food and fiber obviously. world population at 6 $6.2 billion today expected again to reach 7.5 billion by the year 2020. there will be millions of new mouths to feed, many of whom reply on united states food 13:49:50.5 production to meet this need. the united states is best positioned to meet this growing need as agriculture is america's number one export. again agriculture is america's number one export. about 17% of raw u.s. 13:50:07.3 agriculture products are exported yearly. u.s. farmers and ranchers produce more than 200 raw commodities yearly for domestic and export markets. 1/4 of the world's beef and nearly 1/5 of the world's grain, milk, and eggs are 13:50:21.9 produced in the u.s. through research and changes in production practices, today's food producers are providing americans with the widest variety of foods ever. research and advancements in biotechnology are now in the marketplace with tastyier 13:50:38.2 fruits and vegetables that stay fresh longer and not damaged by insects. consumers did he rife health benefits from changes in farm production including less fat in meat, longer lasting fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as tofu, has been shown to 13:50:55.4 reduce risk of some cancer. certainly technology leads the way in today's agriculture production. precision farming boosts crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer, and crop protection 13:51:09.3 applications to local soil conditions. sophisticated global positions systems as we call g.p.s., can be specifically designed for spraying herbicides and pesticides. a weed detector equipped with infrared light ice specific 13:51:25.4 plants by the different rates of light they reflect and sends a signal to a pum top spray a preset amount of herb side on to the we'd. -- weed. biogenetics is another technology being use thized. a particular trade is implanted 13:51:40.7 into the seed to protect the seed against certain pests. artificial insemination of livestock is producing more and certainly better meat supplies. farmers are utilizing four wheel drive tractors with up to 300 horse power requiring fewer passes across fields, saving 13:51:57.6 energy and time. huge combines are compeedspeeding the time it takes to harvest crops. that leads to more efficient use of energy. with modern methods, one acre of land in the u.s., about the size of a football field, can produce 42,000 pounds of 13:52:16.4 strawberries, 11,000 heads of lettuce, 25,400 pounds of potatoes, 8,9500 of sweet corn, or 640 pounds of cotton lint. america's producing not only 13:52:30.1 more food but certainly higher quality and lower cost. two out of every three burbles of corn in the world originate in the united states. -- bushels of on in the world originate in the united states. american consumers spend the lowest percentage of their 13:52:45.4 annual income on food. just 9.3%. nearly 19 billion pounds of pork, the most widely eaten meat, were processed in 2001. cotton is by far the most 13:53:02.0 dominant fiber produced in the united states and used for apparel, home fabrics, as well as industrial uses. fertilizer and pesticides contribute to increases in production as crop protection products have tripled the output of resource intensive 13:53:15.8 food like cooking oil, meat, fruit, and vegetables. crop protection products have doubled the production of world food calories since 1960. without synthetic crop production chemicals, american farmers certainly cannot feed 13:53:29.6 the world. farmers are good stewards of the land and environment as well. farmers and ranchers are the first environmentalists maintaining and improving the soil and natural resources to pass on to future generations. farmers use reduced tillage practices on more than 72 13:53:45.8 million acres to prevent erosion. farmers maintain over 1.3 million acres of grass waterways, allowing water to flow naturally from crops without eroding soil. contour farming, planting crops on hillsides instead of up and 13:54:03.6 down, keeps soil from washing away. about 26 million acres in the united states are managed this way. cattle ranchers and others control water runoff with sod waterways and diversions. erosion control structures, and 13:54:18.7 catch basins. just as urban families recycle grass, newspaper, and aluminum, farm families practice recycling for a long time by applying manure to fields to replace nutrients in the soil. food scraps are used to make 13:54:35.5 animal feed. agriculture land provides habitat again for 75% of the nation's wildlife. let's discuss the profile of the farmer. more than three million people farm or ranch in the united 13:54:50.0 states. individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations operate almost 99% of u.s. farms. over 22 million people are employed in farm or farm related jobs, including production agriculture, farm inputs, processing, and 13:55:06.2 marketing, and wholesale and retail sales. according to the 2002 census of agriculture, 50% of the farmers are 55 years of age or older, up only 3% from 1997. the average age of the 13:55:20.7 principal operator is 55.3 years. 41% of u.s. total land area is farmland. in 1900 the average farm size was 147 acres compared to 441 acres today. 13:55:38.3 the top five agriculture commot its are cattle and calves, dairy product, broilers, corn, and soybeans. u.s. farmers produce 46% of the world's soybeans, 41% of the world's corn, 20.5% of the 13:55:54.2 world's cotton, and 13% of the world's wheat. let me repeat that because i believe that we are losing sight of how important these markets are. u.s. farmers produce 46% of the world's soybeans. 13:56:10.9 41% of the world's corn. 20.5% of the world's cotton. and 13% of the world's wheat. farmers and ranchers are independent businesspeople who provide for their families by growing and producing food and fiber. 13:56:26.6 farmers and ranchers are producing meat lower in fat and cholesterol. this has resulted in retail cuts that are 15% leaner, giving consumers better value for their dollar. for example, a pork tenderloin now has only one more gram of 13:56:42.8 fat than a skinless chicken breast, one of the true fat lightweights, so to speak. much leaner beef cuts are being produced much more now than 20 years ago resulting in 27% less fat reaching the retail case 13:56:57.4 than in 1985. research and advancements in biotechnology are now in the marketplace with better fruit and vegetables that stay fresh longer and are not damaged by insects. a new technique called precision farming boosts the 13:57:12.9 crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed fertilizer and crop protection applications to local soil conditions. as the amount of meck anization and horse power and farm machinery has increased, the time needed to complete tasks 13:57:29.5 has decreased. combines, these huge machines used to harvest grain such as corn, soybeans, and wheat have dramatically changed agriculture. in the 1930's before the machines were available, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a nine-hour day. 13:57:46.7 today's combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour or 100 bushels of corn in under seven minutes. the efficiency of u.s. farmers 13:57:58.8 benefits the united states consumer an the pocketbook. americans spend less on food than any other developed nation in the world. on average again in 2004 americans spent only 27% of their disposal income on meat and poultry compared to 4.1% in 13:58:15.3 1970. i think it's important as we reflect on all of these numbers it can be a little overwhelming, but it's important to reflect the importance of agriculture as we look at national ag week and 13:58:29.4 certainly as we look to the fuhr. hopefully we can learn from our past. the policies that perhaps discouraged trade or policies that come down in a draconian manner on farmers and ranchers. i'll get to more of that in a few minutes. 13:58:45.3 but meanwhile i would like to yield to my friend from iowa as he would like to discuss american agriculture as well. mr. king: i thank the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, for yielding and for bringing the highlight on to agriculture here because this is ag week. 13:59:03.1 i'm confident there have been some ag weeks go by in this congress without mention. such an important event. and i'd like to take this discussion, if i could, mr. speaker, i'd like to take this 13:59:18.1 discussion to a broader point, overall umbrella point, over the components that mr. smith has laid out here and try to put it into a perspective where we are today on agriculture and what it means for the fuhr of agriculture, what it means for 13:59:31.6 the future of the world. i look back upon some of the great movements that have taken place in the history of humanity and those movements being, for example, we go back to the stone age, and then from the stone age we moved into the bronze age, then the iron age, 13:59:48.0 then the industrial age. and so the industrial age we figured out how we could -- how we could have labor that would be compartmentalized in its approach so that it wasn't one person that made all the components of a machine and put
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HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for legislative business. Five One Minutes Per Side Last Vote expected 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. H.R. 1591 - U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act (Rep. Obey - Appropriations) (Complete Consideration) 13:00:10.1 bill was largely closed and i hate to see us headed down that path. i think it is going to be much harder to get our appropriations work done. i know our appropriators are concerned that a long standing tradition on appropriations 13:00:26.3 bills has been violated and i hope we don't see that same thing happen on the budget resolution coming to the floor next week. . i yield, rather. mr. hoyer: i understand his concern. 13:00:41.0 although i do observe there was no motion made to either add or subtract from the bill we just considered in a motion to recommit. and i do expect, more than hope, i expect substitutes will be made in order. mr. blunt: i think the 13:00:57.6 gentleman's suggestion if we don't take advantage of whatever small rule -- small parliamentary procedure that we're allowed, that justifies 13:01:12.5 us not allowing any amendments on the bill is not a very good excuse for that. i hope that we don't continue to see that happen. i was concerned about the c.r. and the way it was handled. i was concerned about this 13:01:30.0 bill. the next logical step when we get to the appropriations bills is they, too, would not have the opportunity for debate and amendment. that is as this was violation of long standing -- that is 13:01:50.2 when the gentleman was in the majority party. and i hate to see us revert back to that debate. i hope the gentleman will work with me and others to try to move the process along, not only rapidly but also 13:02:06.0 appropriately. and i really have -- unless the gentleman has any information -- mr. hoyer: if the gentleman will yield. mr. blunt: i will. mr. hoyer: having been in the gentleman's position for too long, i honestly empathize with 13:02:23.3 his position. it is my understanding that the appropriations bills will come to the floor mid may and continuing through june. we hope to complete the appropriations bills by june. 13:02:36.8 my expectation is that they will be traditionally on the floor with open rules or at least structured rules. if you have 500, 600 amendments from all the folks, we may not get finished. 13:02:51.7 but certainly the gentleman is correct, that that's the tradition. i would expect us to follow that tradition. on supplementals, over the last 15 supplementals, i was looking around to see if i had it immediately in front of me and i don't, but over the last 15 13:03:08.6 supplementals there have been a variety of them -- seven of them were open. eight of them were less than 13:03:15.3 open. some of them more structured than others. i understand the gentleman's representation. and i certainly look forward to working with the gentleman. mr. blunt: well i think to make the gentleman's point, none of them were closed. and the -- none of the wartime supplementals came in the 13:03:30.5 fashion that this one did today, and i'm disappointed with that. would the gentleman -- what's the gentleman's sense on when the work that was stopped in the middle, right before a vote yesterday on the d.c. bill, when will we see that again? 13:03:47.7 mr. hoyer: as soon as possible. mr. blunt: do you think we'll see that next week? mr. hoyer: i don't think we'll see it next week, although i'd like to see it next week. as the gentleman knows -- if the gentleman will continue to yield? 13:04:03.1 mr. blunt: i'll yield. mr. hoyer: i was concerned about the interpretation of germaneness. and frankly, that wouldn't have been a problem either had the minority been willing to offer the traditional motion, which was to recommit and have it immediately reported back to 13:04:20.5 the floor. i would have told my friend we would have voted on that. we would have prevailed substantially -- not substantially -- we would have prevailed on the bill. it would carry that rider with it, of course. the minority chose to, from our perspective, tried to defeat 13:04:38.0 the bill by not just making a motion to recommit to adopt the proposition that you offered but sending it back to committee. for that purpose, which was obviously not that necessary, which leads me to believe -- i want to tell you honestly, my friend, it was a procedural 13:04:56.7 device to kill the bill rather than let the bill tom to the floor on its merits. i feel very strongly and personally that we ought to extend full voting franchise to the representative who sits on 13:05:09.2 this floor and represents 600,000 of our fellow americans. but the answer to your question is, i hope to bring that to the floor as soon as possible. under conditions where we will protect ourselves from procedurally losing a bill which has the majority votes on 13:05:25.3 this floor. i yield to my friend. mr. blunt: i thank my friend for that response. but on the issue of merit, i'd suggest that the use of the procedural availability to the minority wouldn't be nearly as necessary if this bill has 13:05:41.1 merits and has a majority of votes on the floor to actually have a debate where the bill is amendable, where there's substitutes available, where the other side of this debate has an opportunity to truly offer other ideas. 13:05:56.3 and so far in this year we've really not seen an openness on any bill that was a bill that didn't pass in the last congress on suspension to competition of real ideas and debate. and i think that's what we saw on that bill. 13:06:12.5 that's one of the reasons that that is one of the few 10ths we had to -- alternatives we had to push back the bill, that had significant constitutional issues. 13:06:29.7 i yield back to my friend. mr. hoyer: i appreciate the views. as the gentleman knows, that bill was reported out of the government reform committee, chaired by a republican, with the majority of republicans voting for the bill to report it out of the committee in the 13:06:47.0 last session. so that while i understand your view, it's not as if we were taking up a bill that hadn't already been processed by your committee in the last congress, reported out of that committee, and because obviously there is 13:07:01.9 opposition to it on your side of the aisle, not brought to the floor. but i understand the gentleman's point. but very frankly, the only reason it's not passed because it has the majority of votes on this floor was because the 13:07:17.9 motion that was made was not the traditional motion of adopting a proposition. in this case, the gun control issue. and reporting it immediately back out without an amendment attached. i appreciate what the gentleman is saying, but i can't feel too 13:07:34.6 guilty about bringing to the floor a bill that was reported out of a republican chaired committee with a republican majority. i'd say to my friend. mr. blunt: well, i appreciate my friend's sense to that. if this bill had such broad support and such unquestioned 13:07:50.7 merit, there shouldn't be any fear in having a full and open debate where the bill's amendable, where alternatives could be proposed and where the only opportunity to slow this process down would not be to take advantage of the only possible rule available to us 13:08:08.0 under a rule that was otherwise closed. and that's my view of that. i thank my friend for his 13:08:15.8 comments, and we look forward to the budget debate next week. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the majority leader. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. monday next for morning hour 13:08:32.6 debate. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the business in order under the calendar wednesday rule be dispensed with on wednesday next. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair will entertain 13:08:48.9 one-minute requests. the gentleman from new mexico, what purpose do you rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: proceed. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ever since 9/11, law enforcement agencies have been 13:09:02.6 telling the american people they should immediately report suspicion activities. it's one of the best ways to stop terrorism. sadly last week americans who were trying to protect themselves and their country have been found themselves subject to a lawsuit in a 13:09:19.3 lawsuit filed against u.s. airways, six imans removed have named john does as defendants. they called to report those suspicious activities and now they're going to be terrorized in our court system in this 13:09:36.5 country. mr. speaker, i think that that is unconscionable. so i'm presenting the legislation to protect the american people. 13:09:50.4 i urge my colleagues to support this important measure to help us be able to police ourselves and report suspicious activity. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman 13:10:06.1 from illinois rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, today the house passed a bill claiming to be the u.s. troop readiness act that included billions in pork barrel spending unrelated to the needs of our troops. the funding restrictions 13:10:22.5 included in the bill were so unpopular that the congressional leadership loaded a $25 million bailout for spinach farmers, a $74 million payment for peanut storage, and a $283 million subsidy for milk producers. 13:10:39.9 all to attract votes for the unpopular bill. as the "usa today" stated, votes were won for peanuts, or to be more accurate, for peanut subsidies. the bill declares all of this spending for spinach, for milk, and peanut subsidies as 13:10:59.5 emergency wartime supplemental appropriations. this bill passed $23 billion over budget. it only passed by four votes. calculating a pork to vote ratio, that means that the 13:11:14.2 congress spent over $5 billion in pork spending per vote just to win passage for this legislation. and it's only march. how much more will the taxpayer be charged to pass other unpopular bills? 13:11:32.9 the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house 13:11:46.6 revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material -- mr. mchenry today, monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: 13:11:59.7 without objection. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise ms. woolsey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, of the 13:12:16.7 following members may be permitted to address the house for five minutes, to revise and extend their remarks and include therein extraneous material. mr. cummings, maryland. mr. sarbanes, maryland. ms. woolsey, california. mr. al green, texas. 13:12:35.2 the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 18, 2007, and under a previous order of the house, the following members 13:12:48.7 are recognized for five minutes each. dryer of california. -- dreier of california. without objection, the gentleman is recognized for 13:13:03.5 five minutes. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise with a heavy heart. recently a good friend of mine, 13:13:15.7 sheriff gary clarke of caldwell county, passed from this earth. caldwell county lost a true leader and public servant, and many of us lost a dear and 13:13:28.1 beloved friend. when sheriff clarke went home to the lord after a brief fight with cancer. those of us that knew him grieve the loss of his friendship but grateful to know 13:13:41.2 that he's no longer in pain and no longer suffering. the sheriff cared deeply for the needs of families, and recently and relentlessly pursued drug dealers and 13:13:58.7 criminals in caldwell county. he made a career of that. it was sheriff clark's passion for fighting against the scourge of methamphetamine and drugs that brought the white house drug czar to caldwell county. 13:14:14.3 his progressive, innovative leadership, his visionary leadership for law enforcement will create enormous benefits for years to come, not just in caldwell county, but across western north carolina. caldwell county lost a hero and 13:14:31.6 having gained a treasure. my prayers are with his family and with his friends in this time of loss. he lived a determined life, a proud life. and the legacy he leaves continues on because the good a 13:14:50.0 man does lives long after he's gone. mr. speaker, we mourn the loss of gary clark, a great public servant and leader in north carolina, a true law 13:15:03.0 enforcement leader and a hero to those of us in western north carolina. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. mr. cummings of maryland. for what purpose does the lady 13:15:19.8 from california rise? ms. woolsey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. woolsey: thank you very much. mr. speaker, today is a very solemn day for our nation. the house just voted to pass a bill that will continue to fund 13:15:35.1 the ongoing occupation of iraq. i know all too well how my colleagues anguished over their decision, but we must be clear what this vote means. this supplemental, the largest in the history of our country, 13:15:51.1 will pass for the president's escalation, an escalation that he calls a surge that we voted against just a few weeks ago. . it will include benchmarks and requirements that the administration can waive with 13:16:07.8 the bat of an eye. most importantly it could keep our troops on the ground for another year and a half at least. let's remember the public did not elect democrats to bring our troops home in 2008. they elected us to bring them home now. 13:16:25.5 i am truly and insearly sad to say as we debate our troops -- as we debate, -- debate the future of our troops our troops are being targeted by terrorists, are being wounded 13:16:40.0 by i.e.d.'s and the most tragic and heartbreaking part of all, they are dying and they are killing. the american public knows the simple truth, mr. speaker. you can't be against the occupation and vote for this supplemental of at least $100 13:16:56.8 billion. the democrats were elected in november because the american people want us, are expecting us, and are demanding of us that we bring our troops home 13:17:11.7 as soon as possible. they do not trust the administration to do the right thing. they want us to hold the administration accountable. we must stand up to an administration that has lied to get us into this war and will keep lying to keep us in it. 13:17:30.0 it is sad when a nation cannot trust its commander in chief to put the lives of the troops above his political legacy. but in that position a congress must take real and enforceable steps to bring an end to the occupation. 13:17:46.4 i have come to this spot over 195 times to speak about the unmitigated disaster that is iraq. this is my moral obligation and that of our country. to those who are watching and wondering about the future of 13:18:01.9 our iraq policy, i say i will not stop, i will not rest, and will i not back down in my 13:18:10.6 fight until every single last soldier and marine is home safe with his or her family. this fight is far from over. over the next several months we will revisit this issue many, many times. 13:18:26.0 i will work with my colleagues to make each measure stronger and each measure more effective and to bring our troops home to their families earlier rather than later. it is with their families that they belong. today will be marked in 13:18:42.3 history. i know that the future of our standing in the world and the future of iraq depends on us being bold and brave and taking the actions that will bring our troops home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. 13:19:00.1 burton of indiana. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. poe: request permission to reclaim my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. according to a memo that was just released from the u.s. justice department from 2005 13:19:20.9 and reported in the "houston chronicle" today, it reveals procedure and criteria for arresting, detaining, and deporting and prosecuting illegals that come into the united states. it's a very interesting memo. apparently the department of 13:19:37.6 justice for some time did not want to reveal and make this memo public. now we understand why. according to this memo texas prosecutors along the texas-mexico border generally do not prosecute illegals until the sixth offense. 13:19:56.0 in other words they've got to come over get caught, come over, get caught, come over, get caught, come over get caught, come over, get caught and the sixth time our federal government decides, ok we get the message. we are going to prosecute you for your sixth illegal entry 13:20:12.1 into the united states. so we don't prosecute them the first time like most americans would want. and of course the illegals on the other side of the border from whatever country they come from know that this is our procedure. according to this department of justice memo, it says, because 13:20:28.3 of a lack of resources and bed space to detain and prosecute every illegal entry violator, we are not able to prosecute them the first time. mr. speaker, this ought not to be. this is bad american policy. and according to the border 13:20:43.8 agents who work on the texas-mexico border and throughout the south, they arrest one mill ellyles a year coming into the united states. and we are telling them, you got to work six times harder because the first time just doesn't count. 13:20:59.8 according to t.j. bonner, the head of the border patrol association, he says it's devastating to morale. our agents are risking their lives out there and then they are told, sorry, that doesn't meet the criteria and they must be released. so what does this mean, mr. 13:21:15.6 speaker? it means first of all that the federal government, the department of justice, the prosecutors, and the federal justice department along the texas-mexico border and the entire border with mexico need to get their act together and prosecute people that illegally 13:21:30.7 come in the united states. they need to kind of quit prosecuting the border protectors and spending all american money going down to mexico, finding drug smugglers, giving them immunity for bringing drugs in the united states, and prosecuting border agents like ramos and cam peon. 13:21:47.3 they need to quit making deals with seven or eight illegals that came into texas and were caught by deputy hernandez and then they were given a deal to stay in the country, given green cards all to prosecute deputy hernandez because he 13:22:00.9 fired his gun. we need to find the resources to protect our border, whatever it takes. we have to froket the border. it is the duty of our government to protect the off rent of this nation. and today this house just spent billions of dollars dumping money for spinach farmers and 13:22:17.7 peanut farmers and all kind of special pork projects in this country. maybe that money would have been better well spent to find more facilities to detain the illegals, to find more immigration judges to hear these cases, and to find more prosecutors that will do their 13:22:31.9 job and prosecute the illegals in this country and deport them back where they came from, no matter where they are. mr. speaker, it is the first duty of government to protect its people. that includes the people that live in the united states. part of that protection is to 13:22:47.9 keep us protected from the unlawful invasion of foreigners who come to this country without permission. whether they come here just for illegal reasons, whether they come here for criminal intent, whether human smugglers, drug smugglers, or whether they are terrorists they need to stay out and when caught they need 13:23:03.7 to be deported the first time not the sixth time. this sixth time rule, five get 13:23:10.2 out of jail free cards by our federal government and this absurd policy, needs to be eliminated immediately. i yield back the balance of my time. saying that's just the way it is. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. 13:23:23.3 for what purpose does -- pardon me. the chair would recognize mr. sarbanes of maryland. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- mr. cummings: i ask to speak out of turn. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. 13:23:39.4 mr. speaker, today we -- just a few days ago we commemorated the fourth anniversary of the united states invasion of iraq. today we pause and we voted for the u.s. troop readiness 13:23:55.8 veterans health in iraq accountability act and we took a very pivotal step in responding to the mandate issued by the american people. i have opposed this war from the very beginning. however i voted for this 13:24:12.5 legislation because i'm realistic about our circumstances. as long as our brave men and women are serving this country, we have a moral obligation to ensure that they are trained, equipped, and rested when they 13:24:27.7 go into battle. supporting this measure was not easy. especially in light of the fact that a young man from baltimore, kendell waters bay who lived only a few blocks from me, was the first to die in the iraq war. 13:24:45.6 however after many discussions with my constituents and much contemplation i strongly believed that h.r. 1591 was in the best interest of our brave men and women, the people of iraq, and the people of these 13:25:01.0 great united states. although i am opposed to the war, i have a responsibility to vote my conscience and responsibility to help protect the service members while they are risking their lives in iraq. however it is more important 13:25:17.1 that we take care of those wounded warriors when they return home. when they have risked so much we must respect them enough to provide the quality of medical treatment that they deserve. of the $124 billion to be 13:25:34.2 spent, $900 million will be dedicated to two areas i feel are utmost importance. injuries that some military doctors say have become the signature wounds of the iraq war. 13:25:48.3 traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. this is in addition to the $20 million dedicated to addressing the problems that we saw at walter reed. while h.r. 1591 provides $2.8 billion for military health 13:26:07.2 care, this is not nearly enough for the thousands who have already returned or for those who are expected to need that care in the future. however it is my hope and my intention to revisit this issue 13:26:21.6 at a later date. this legislation is monumental because it marks the first time during our efforts in iraq that congress will hold the president accountable. no more blank checks. 13:26:36.9 we have established benchmarks for the war in iraq that the president himself has repeatedly stated must be reached to resolve this crisis. if these benchmarks are not met, this legislation requires the troops to be fully 13:26:52.4 redeployed by august of 2008. i know that there are many reasons that others oppose the legislation, however, the reality of the situation is very simple. our troops will be in iraq. in fact more troops are being mobilized as we speak. 13:27:08.4 we can no longer remain silent. we do not have the right to remain silent. failing to pass this legislation was no option. and so because if we had failed to pass the legislation we would have been in the 13:27:22.8 situation where we would have sent to the president the possibility of a stripped down supplemental. so we have a moral obligation to provide the equipment and adequate health care that our troops need. we have done that with the passage of 1591. i congratulate the democratic 13:27:41.1 leadership, our speaker, nancy pelosi, certainly to steny hoyer, and to our whip, jim clyburn, and all of our other leadership members. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. 13:27:56.5 king of iowa. ms. woolsey of california. 13:28:08.7 mr. poe of texas. mr. defazio of oregon. mr. pence of nebraska. 13:28:23.4 al green of texas. mr. green, the gentleman is 13:28:37.5 recognized for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the leadership and today, mr. speaker, i would like to address the house for 13:28:53.7 five minutes and i ask permission to revise and extend my remarks. mr. speaker, today we passed h.r. 1591, the u.s. troop readiness veterans health and 13:29:08.6 iraq accountability act of 2007. mr. speaker, in so doing we will do at least three things. we will help our troops and support those troops who are in the field. we will provide assistance and 13:29:27.0 care for our veterans who are at home. and we will also provide some assistance for the friends, the family, and the people who are in this country at the same 13:29:44.6 time we are helping our troops. i do want to remind people that the troops are there risking their lives so that we can have 13:29:58.7 a better life here. and in so doing we want to make sure that we take care of them, but we should also be mindful that their families and their friends back home have needs as well. . this bill addresses troops in 13:30:16.1 the field and family and friends who are left behind. let's just talk for a moment, if we may, about what happened today. we had a bipartisan bill to pass the house. 13:30:36.4 democrats and republicans supported this effort. members of congress voted their consciences, and i do not begrudge any member for any vote that a member took. 13:30:53.7 i do want to talk for a moment about what this bill will mean to the american people and especially to our soldiers who are in the field. 13:31:07.7 this bill provides $1.2 billion, approximately, for afghanistan. it provides $2.8 billion for defense health, for veterans' health, $1.7 billion. 13:31:22.7 for readiness, military readiness, which is important. we want our men and women, our soldiers to be prepared, $2.5 billion. but at home we have some needs as well. 13:31:37.7 and this bill addresses many of our needs at home. aviation security is important to us, $1.25 billion. port, transit and border security is important to us, 13:31:57.1 $1.25 billion. disaster relief is important to people who are left behind, $910 million. 13:32:08.0 and there are those who have made comments about agriculture and the assistance that we are providing. many of those persons who are in the field, who are in harm's way, came from the farmlands of america, and they have 13:32:32.0 relatives still in need here. we need to support the troops, and we can do it and support the friends, relatives and others they left behind. so, yes, for agriculture disaster, we have $140 million. 13:32:46.7 we also have many children in this country who are not getting proper health care. many children without health care in the richest country in the world. if we truly want to leave no 13:33:01.0 child behind, we have to do 13:33:03.9 more than fund schools. if we want to leave no child behind, we have to make sure that every child that goes to school is healthy, that every child is mentally ready to embrace the learning process. 13:33:19.3 we have $750 million for the chip program. this will help children have good health care. there are wildfires in this country. 13:33:33.6 many family members and friends of our troops may have to suffer from an incident that could be prevented. so we do have wildfire supression, $500 million. but there are people who may 13:33:51.7 not be related to the troops who may not be a friend of a member of our armed services in harm's way, and they, too, deserve some assistance. $400 million for the energy assistance program. i will close with this, mr. 13:34:09.6 speaker, and i thank you for the time, we must protect and defend our country and we have to protect our military in harm's way and the people who are left behind. i yield back the balance of my time. 13:34:27.7 the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 18, 2007, the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. smith: thank you, mr. 13:34:40.2 speaker. i rise today to honor our nation's agriculture producers. u.s. agriculture inowe -- is innovative, adaptive and certainly adaptive. i'm here to celebrate national ag week, which ends tomorrow, and celebrate national a g'day, 13:35:00.4 which we celebrated wednesday. it's important to my district and to the nation as a whole. and i hope you join me in celebrating everyone who works so hard to provide nutrition for the world. i represent one of the largest agriculture districts in the country. 13:35:14.9 my district ranks first in the value of sales of grains and oil seeds, second in total value of agriculture products sold, and first in cattle and calf inventory. according to the nebraska department of agriculture, my 13:35:31.8 state ranks first in commercial red meat production as well. cash receipts contributed to more than $11 billion to nebraska's economy. over 20% of all nebraskans are employed in farm or farm-related jobs. 13:35:47.1 every dollar in agriculture exports generates $1.48 in additional economic activity, such as transportation, financing, warehousing and production. cash receipts from farm marketings contributed to more 13:36:01.9 than $11 billion to nebraska's economy in 2005. as impressive as those facts are, i do want to make sure that the rural way of life is enhanced and certainly encouraged to grow. as a member of the house agriculture committee, i look forward to helping draft the 13:36:18.0 re-authorization of the next farm bill before it expires in september. my goal is to create a workable, compre hencive package that -- comprehensive package that will provide long-term stability for our nation's producers. any attempt to make major reforms of the current farm 13:36:33.6 program must be in the long-term interest of american agriculture. we know that we need good, sustainable policy. taxpayers appreciate that, markets appreciate that and we can achieve that with a good, harty discussion. 13:36:48.8 we must pursue new markets and break down barriers with trade with other countries. in doing so we must remain mindful of other aspects of rural life, and that's the shrinking communities throughout nebraska and other rural areas. i serve as a member of the house agriculture subcommittee 13:37:05.2 on rural development, as well as the house rural caucus. and i know we mist do all we can to strengthen and protect our rural communities, the backbone of our values and way of life. i look forward to helping create strong, sustainable, rural economies and responsible tax policies to encourage 13:37:22.6 economic development for these areas. as a member of the house science and technology committee, i'm also putting a priority on expanding modern technology in our district to support new and existing businesses, attract new employers and make our rural communities more competitive in 13:37:37.5 the modern economy. so what are well really celebrating this week? national a g'day is a day to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture and our nation's agriculture industry. every year producers, agriculture associationses, 13:37:54.2 corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across america join together to recognize the 13:38:02.1 contributions of agriculture during this week. this year nationaling a day was sell -- national ag day was served -- celebrated first in 1973. 13:38:15.9 this is the 34th day of celebrating this on the first day of spring. i'm proud to make these remarks to take part in this celebration. the agriculture council america hosts the campaign on a national level. however, the awareness efforts in communities across america 13:38:31.7 are as influential, if not more, than the broad scale effort. if you're interested, i recommend checking out www. agday.org. once again, www.agday.org. the website has a tremendous 13:38:47.8 amount of information, and i thank the a.g.a. for using their information here today. ag day is about recognizing and celebrating agriculture in our everyday lives. the national ag day program helps people understand how 13:39:08.1 foods are produced, maintain a strong economy, appreciate the role of agriculture and providing safe, abundant and affordable products. why do we celebrate agriculture? 13:39:23.0 certainly agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. but too few people truly understand this contribution, and certainly may not appreciate it as we should. this is particularly the case in our schools where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in the very specific and related 13:39:42.5 vocational training. by building awareness, the agriculture council of america is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture. each american farmer feeds nearly 130 people, a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 13:39:58.6 1960's. let me repeat that. each american farmer feeds nearly 130 people and certainly a dramatic increase from the 25 people that each american farmer fed in the 1960's. quite simply, american 13:40:13.7 agriculture is doing more and doing it better as -- and as the world population soars, there is a greater demand for the food and fiber that is produced in the united states. from a team of horses in the 13:40:29.2 early 1900's, to tractors with the power of 40 to 300 horsepower today, farmers provide consumers with more and better quality food than ever before. in fact, one farmer now supplies food, as i mentioned earlier, for about 129 people, 13:40:46.6 very specifically in the u.s., and abroad, compared to just 25.8 people in 1960. the efficiency of american farmers pays off in the price american consumers pay for food as well. 13:41:00.8 united states consumers spend roughly 9% of their income on food compared with 11% in the united kingdom, 17% in japan, 27% in south africa, and 53% in india. 13:41:16.4 that's a pretty good deal. this great value is due in large part to improve equipment deficiency, enhance crop and live stock genetics and advances in information management. all americans are asked to enjoy and admire the wonders of american agriculture as 13:41:36.1 national agriculture day is celebrated on the first day of spring, as it has this last week. today's farmers work nearly 3 1/2 times more land than their predecessors from 1900. their needs are different, the crops are different and the rules governing production 13:41:51.8 practices are different. most american farms are still family farms. today almost 99% of all u.s. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations. less than 1% of america's farms and ranches are owned by 13:42:08.5 nonfamily corporations, according to the census of agriculture. it produces product quality. it's another factor in the efficiency of american farmers in their ability to provide more and certainly higher 13:42:24.7 quality food and live stock. -- livestock. biotechnology is in a more controlled environment and with faster results. advancements made in plant biotechnology provide consumers 13:42:39.6 with better quality products in many areas, and those benefits are just beginning. there are many products in the biotechnology research pipeline that will provide better live stock -- livestock feeding. it will lessen the 13:42:55.1 environmental impact of livestock production by reducing waste and/or the 13:43:01.3 chemicals found in animal waste. pharmaceutical companies are actively working with farmers to develop crops that will go directly from the fields to pharmaceutical production, eliminating some of the steps that occur. 13:43:16.3 it will reduce the costs required to produce many lifesaving drugs. corn, soybeans and various grains are used. use of products like ethanol 13:43:33.9 will reduce american dependence on fossil fuels and improve air quality throughout the united states and the world. ethanol is the largest industrial use of these commodity crops, but soy diesel and others are emerging every year. 13:43:48.9 when it comes to ethanol, america's farmers don't just produce fuel for our bodies. crops such as corn and soybeans are used to produce fuel for our vehicles. renewable fuels contribute to a cleaner environment, reduce pollution and reliance on foreign oil and creates 13:44:07.7 commercial markets for crops. with the record production of 2.81 billion gallons of ethanol in 2003, one billion bushels of corn and soy grain crop were used to fuel our vehicles. in 2003, 73 ethanol plants were 13:44:24.8 in operation in the united states, several in my district and in nebraska. in fact, according to the usda, one in every 10 rows of corn went into ethanol production in 2003. 13:44:37.8 in both 2006 and 2007 state of the union addresses, president bush called for making renewable energy resources a national priority. his recent call for 35 billion gallons of renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel has led to crop producers and 13:44:54.7 customers alike of how we meet the challenge without disrupting traditional markets. the demand for corn for ethanol production grew in 2006 and it will grow rapidly this year. that's caused concern among corn and other end users, including the livestock 13:45:09.1 industry and importers like japan. there's no question that a big transition is taking place as producers will have to react more quickly to the market, so will our customers, the livestock industry, elnot 13:45:25.1 industry. . e-85, ethanol today is largely a blend component of gasoline. e-85 is a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. the ethanol blend adds octane and displaces toxic which helps 13:45:42.9 refiners meet clean air specifications. clean air act specifications. there are about 600-e-85 refueling stations across the country. new market opportunities include e-85 and ethanol fuel cells. 13:45:55.8 today there are millions of flexible fuel vehicles capable of using e-85, but they make up less than 3% of the total u.s. motor vehicle fleet. a valuable co-product of ethanol is dried distiller green solubles. a high protein feedstock. 13:46:13.0 a bushel of corn used in this process used 2.8 gallons of ethanol, 17 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 16 pounds of distiller's greens, wet greens go to dairy and cattle rations, dry goes to hog and poultry. 13:46:30.3 the majority is fed to beef and darery, however swine and poultry consumption is increasing, although a very small percentage can be used now as the feed industry gains a better understanding how best to utilize the product and those rations. according to commodity 13:46:46.4 specialist companies, dairy accounted for 45% of 2005 distillers grains consumption in north america while beef accounted for 37%. swine accounted for 13% of the north american distillers 13:47:01.3 greens use while poultry made up 5%. in the 2005-2006 marketing year, 8.35 million metric tons of grains were produced. in 2006 and 2007, more than 10.8 million metric tons will 13:47:15.8 be produced. by 2011 and 2012 the industry is expected to produce more than 20 million metric tons. the supply of distillers grains has a displacement on the corn feed market. in 2005 and 2006 the grains 13:47:32.2 displaced an estimated 3.89 million burbles of corn from feed markets making that corn available for other uses. ethanol and biodiesel are just the gick. research continues to find new uses for agriculture 13:47:45.8 commodities and wastes. for example, livestock manure is being used to create electricity. commodities such as soybean and canola are being developed as lubricants to replace petroleum based products. 13:48:00.1 cornstarch is replacing plastics. it's exciting to see these advancements. american agriculture can also be celebrated for its effort in environmental conservation. farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for approximately 75% of this 13:48:14.8 nation's wildlife. the current farm bill has provisions for farmers to create environmental habitats that will ensure protection of the land and water resources of this country. farmers use computer and satellite technology to map their fields for production 13:48:29.8 inputs. this increases yields and reduces crop inputs like fertilizer and crop protection chemicals. with today's technology, farmers are better able to match seed characteristics and production practices to soil type and climate conditions. the result is higher yields 13:48:47.3 with lower input costs for more efficient use of chemicals, fertilizers, and tillage. ultimately that results in more food at a lower cost for consumers. today's farmers understand the importance of improving the quality and quantity of food 13:49:02.4 available to the world. according to the u.s. census bureau it is estimated that there will be 7.5 billion people in the world by the year 2020. we currently are at 6.2 billion. it's agriculture's job to find a way to feed those people. 13:49:19.8 advancements in crop technology, equipment technology, and information management will make that possible. american farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry have met and will continue to meet this challenge again and again. world population growth is 13:49:34.7 creating needs for food and fiber obviously. world population at 6 $6.2 billion today expected again to reach 7.5 billion by the year 2020. there will be millions of new mouths to feed, many of whom reply on united states food 13:49:50.5 production to meet this need. the united states is best positioned to meet this growing need as agriculture is america's number one export. again agriculture is america's number one export. about 17% of raw u.s. 13:50:07.3 agriculture products are exported yearly. u.s. farmers and ranchers produce more than 200 raw commodities yearly for domestic and export markets. 1/4 of the world's beef and nearly 1/5 of the world's grain, milk, and eggs are 13:50:21.9 produced in the u.s. through research and changes in production practices, today's food producers are providing americans with the widest variety of foods ever. research and advancements in biotechnology are now in the marketplace with tastyier 13:50:38.2 fruits and vegetables that stay fresh longer and not damaged by insects. consumers did he rife health benefits from changes in farm production including less fat in meat, longer lasting fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as tofu, has been shown to 13:50:55.4 reduce risk of some cancer. certainly technology leads the way in today's agriculture production. precision farming boosts crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer, and crop protection 13:51:09.3 applications to local soil conditions. sophisticated global positions systems as we call g.p.s., can be specifically designed for spraying herbicides and pesticides. a weed detector equipped with infrared light ice specific 13:51:25.4 plants by the different rates of light they reflect and sends a signal to a pum top spray a preset amount of herb side on to the we'd. -- weed. biogenetics is another technology being use thized. a particular trade is implanted 13:51:40.7 into the seed to protect the seed against certain pests. artificial insemination of livestock is producing more and certainly better meat supplies. farmers are utilizing four wheel drive tractors with up to 300 horse power requiring fewer passes across fields, saving 13:51:57.6 energy and time. huge combines are compeedspeeding the time it takes to harvest crops. that leads to more efficient use of energy. with modern methods, one acre of land in the u.s., about the size of a football field, can produce 42,000 pounds of 13:52:16.4 strawberries, 11,000 heads of lettuce, 25,400 pounds of potatoes, 8,9500 of sweet corn, or 640 pounds of cotton lint. america's producing not only 13:52:30.1 more food but certainly higher quality and lower cost. two out of every three burbles of corn in the world originate in the united states. -- bushels of on in the world originate in the united states. american consumers spend the lowest percentage of their 13:52:45.4 annual income on food. just 9.3%. nearly 19 billion pounds of pork, the most widely eaten meat, were processed in 2001. cotton is by far the most 13:53:02.0 dominant fiber produced in the united states and used for apparel, home fabrics, as well as industrial uses. fertilizer and pesticides contribute to increases in production as crop protection products have tripled the output of resource intensive 13:53:15.8 food like cooking oil, meat, fruit, and vegetables. crop protection products have doubled the production of world food calories since 1960. without synthetic crop production chemicals, american farmers certainly cannot feed 13:53:29.6 the world. farmers are good stewards of the land and environment as well. farmers and ranchers are the first environmentalists maintaining and improving the soil and natural resources to pass on to future generations. farmers use reduced tillage practices on more than 72 13:53:45.8 million acres to prevent erosion. farmers maintain over 1.3 million acres of grass waterways, allowing water to flow naturally from crops without eroding soil. contour farming, planting crops on hillsides instead of up and 13:54:03.6 down, keeps soil from washing away. about 26 million acres in the united states are managed this way. cattle ranchers and others control water runoff with sod waterways and diversions. erosion control structures, and 13:54:18.7 catch basins. just as urban families recycle grass, newspaper, and aluminum, farm families practice recycling for a long time by applying manure to fields to replace nutrients in the soil. food scraps are used to make 13:54:35.5 animal feed. agriculture land provides habitat again for 75% of the nation's wildlife. let's discuss the profile of the farmer. more than three million people farm or ranch in the united 13:54:50.0 states. individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations operate almost 99% of u.s. farms. over 22 million people are employed in farm or farm related jobs, including production agriculture, farm inputs, processing, and 13:55:06.2 marketing, and wholesale and retail sales. according to the 2002 census of agriculture, 50% of the farmers are 55 years of age or older, up only 3% from 1997. the average age of the 13:55:20.7 principal operator is 55.3 years. 41% of u.s. total land area is farmland. in 1900 the average farm size was 147 acres compared to 441 acres today. 13:55:38.3 the top five agriculture commot its are cattle and calves, dairy product, broilers, corn, and soybeans. u.s. farmers produce 46% of the world's soybeans, 41% of the world's corn, 20.5% of the 13:55:54.2 world's cotton, and 13% of the world's wheat. let me repeat that because i believe that we are losing sight of how important these markets are. u.s. farmers produce 46% of the world's soybeans. 13:56:10.9 41% of the world's corn. 20.5% of the world's cotton. and 13% of the world's wheat. farmers and ranchers are independent businesspeople who provide for their families by growing and producing food and fiber. 13:56:26.6 farmers and ranchers are producing meat lower in fat and cholesterol. this has resulted in retail cuts that are 15% leaner, giving consumers better value for their dollar. for example, a pork tenderloin now has only one more gram of 13:56:42.8 fat than a skinless chicken breast, one of the true fat lightweights, so to speak. much leaner beef cuts are being produced much more now than 20 years ago resulting in 27% less fat reaching the retail case 13:56:57.4 than in 1985. research and advancements in biotechnology are now in the marketplace with better fruit and vegetables that stay fresh longer and are not damaged by insects. a new technique called precision farming boosts the 13:57:12.9 crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed fertilizer and crop protection applications to local soil conditions. as the amount of meck anization and horse power and farm machinery has increased, the time needed to complete tasks 13:57:29.5 has decreased. combines, these huge machines used to harvest grain such as corn, soybeans, and wheat have dramatically changed agriculture. in the 1930's before the machines were available, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a nine-hour day. 13:57:46.7 today's combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour or 100 bushels of corn in under seven minutes. the efficiency of u.s. farmers 13:57:58.8 benefits the united states consumer an the pocketbook. americans spend less on food than any other developed nation in the world. on average again in 2004 americans spent only 27% of their disposal income on meat and poultry compared to 4.1% in 13:58:15.3 1970. i think it's important as we reflect on all of these numbers it can be a little overwhelming, but it's important to reflect the importance of agriculture as we look at national ag week and 13:58:29.4 certainly as we look to the fuhr. hopefully we can learn from our past. the policies that perhaps discouraged trade or policies that come down in a draconian manner on farmers and ranchers. i'll get to more of that in a few minutes. 13:58:45.3 but meanwhile i would like to yield to my friend from iowa as he would like to discuss american agriculture as well. mr. king: i thank the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, for yielding and for bringing the highlight on to agriculture here because this is ag week. 13:59:03.1 i'm confident there have been some ag weeks go by in this congress without mention. such an important event. and i'd like to take this discussion, if i could, mr. speaker, i'd like to take this 13:59:18.1 discussion to a broader point, overall umbrella point, over the components that mr. smith has laid out here and try to put it into a perspective where we are today on agriculture and what it means for the fuhr of agriculture, what it means for 13:59:31.6 the future of the world. i look back upon some of the great movements that have taken place in the history of humanity and those movements being, for example, we go back to the stone age, and then from the stone age we moved into the bronze age, then the iron age, 13:59:48.0 then the industrial age. and so the industrial age we figured out how we could -- how we could have labor that would be compartmentalized in its approach so that it wasn't one person that made all the components of a machine and put
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TVU 17 ELIZABETH WARREN NORTH LIBERTY IA RALLY ABC UNI 122119 2020 Note: There was no news from Warren's first event of the day in North Liberty, Iowa. She will gaggle at the next event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we will ask her about the AP story. Her campaign's response at the moment mirrors the response we saw over the summer when Gov. Ed Rendell and other former Warren donors started calling her a hypocrite, which is that others are threatened. This article, however, comes at the same time as she is attacking Buttigieg over transparency -- a fight her campaign has been gearing up for for months by building out her pledges on campaign finance, though perhaps they didn't always know Buttigieg would be the target. TVU 17 ELIZABETH WARREN NORTH LIBERTY IA RALLY ABC UNI 122119 2020 [11:58:02] How long? North Liberty. Well, it is good to be back here. In fact, I'm so happy to be back, Rick, run along, family. My husband, Bruce. Where are you, sweetie? Here he is. [11:58:25] Oh, it is good to be here with you all. I know that on Saturday before the holidays, there are a lot of things you could be doing. [11:58:34] But we also know that this election coming up in 2020 is not about the next four years of the next eight years. This is about where our country heads for generations to come. [11:58:45] And I'm deeply grateful to the people of Iowa for investing heavily in getting this right. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. So I thought what we do today is I try to do something relatively short at the top, relatively after all, but relatively, and then we'll take some questions and then we will do that. Most important part of democracy selfie is. Well, have fun. So I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. Dead silence. One okay. One okay. One okay. That's okay. There aren't that many of us. I am. I have three much older brothers. [11:59:38] I am what used to be called a late in life baby. My mother always just called me the surprise. My three older brothers are now retired and back in Oklahoma. To this day, they are referred to as the boys to distinguish them from the surprise when we were growing up. [12:00:04] Our daddy had a lot of different jobs. He sold paint. He sold carpet. He sold fencing. He sold housewares. That's that's what he did for a living. As Amy said, he ended up ultimately as a janitor. My three brothers all went off and joined the military. [12:00:26] That was their path to America's middle class and also their chance to serve me. Yes. Thank you. That's very nice. Thank you. [12:00:37] I'm proud of my brothers. [12:00:40] Now me. I always had a different plan. I have known what I wanted to be since second grade. You laughed. [12:00:48] You didn't decide to, what, like fourth grade, fifth grade in the back row up there? I can always tell. Yeah, I have known what I wanted to be since second grade and I've never wavered from it. I wanted to be a public school teacher. Can we care for America's? And I want you to know I invested early. I used to line my dollies up and teach school. I had a bit of a reputation for being tough but fair. It's what I wanted always. It has been the dream for me since second grade. [12:01:30] By the time I graduated from high school, my family didn't have the money for a college application, much less to send me off to four years at university. So like a lot of Americans, I don't have a straight path story. I got a story that's got a lot of twists and turns. [12:01:48] So here's how my story goes. I was a high school debater and I got a scholarship to college. [12:01:54] Yeah, you bet. Debaters are tough, right? Yeah. Yeah. We got this one going. [12:02:02] And then at 19, I fell in love, got married and dropped down. Yay! [12:02:12] Not to that guy. Yeah. It's. No, not you. I met my husband. No, no. The story of Bruce is coming up in season two. So anyway, so I dropped out, got married, my choice. It's going to be a good life. [12:02:33] But it's not the jury. I thought I'd given up on the chance to teach school. I thought that one was gone. And then we're living outside Houston and I found it a commuter college that was 45 minutes away that cost fifty dollars a semester. Yeah. And for a price I could pay for on a part time waitressing job. I finished my 4 year diploma, I became a special education teacher. I have lived my dream job. [12:03:14] Now we go to public school teachers in here. Oh, yes. Oh, well, we got some. [12:03:22] OK. [12:03:23] I'm going to need you to back me up on this. It is not a job. It is a calling. I love this work. I had four to six year olds in special education and I loved my babies. It was it was wonderful work. And I probably would still be doing that work today. But my story has some more twists and turns. [12:03:46] By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant and the principal did what principals did in those days. Wish me luck and hired someone else for the job. So by now, we're living in New Jersey. I'm at home. I got a baby. I can't get a job and I gotta do something. That's just who I am. I got to do something. So I will go to law school. [12:04:18] Found a state law school costs 450 dollars this semester. Baby on hip did three years in law school, graduated visibly pregnant. [12:04:31] You will discover a pattern to these stories and took the bar past the bar and practiced law for 45 minutes and then went back to my first love teaching. [12:04:48] So I traded the little ones for big ones. [12:04:50] And I have spent most of my grown up life teaching in law school. Other big changes in my life around that time. Husband number one hint it is never good when you have to number your husband's husband number one. [12:05:06] And I parted ways, but I found Bruce that I've held on to him ever since. [12:05:18] So here I am. I'm teaching in law school and I don't know, maybe it's because I grew up in a family that was barely hanging on to our place in America's middle class, but I taught the money courses. That was the part I always wanted to do. [12:05:34] So contract law, commercial law, secure transactions, payment systems, corporate finance, partnership finance, law debtors and creditors, bankruptcy law and economics. [12:05:45] If it was about money, count on me. I will be there. But there was always one central issue to my work, and that is what's happening to working families in America. Why is America's middle class being hollowed out? Why is it that people who worked every bit as hard as my folks work two generations ago today find the path so much rockier and so much steeper and for people of color, even rockier and even steeper? [12:06:22] And the answer is about who government works for. Who is our government in Washington? Really looking out for four decades now. Here's the deal. Think of it this way. We have a government that works great for giant drug companies, just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. Works great for someone who wants to make money investing in private prisons or private detention centers down at our borders. Just not for the human beings whose lives are destroyed by those places. [12:07:05] Works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere, just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. And when you see a government that works great for those with money and not so great for everyone else. That is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call it out for what it is. [12:07:40] Think of it this way the money in Washington is everywhere. It's about campaign contributions. You bet it is, but it is so much more. It's about the lobbying. It's about the PR firms. It's about the bought and paid for experts. It's about the think tanks. Think of it this way. What ever issue brought you here today? Gun safety, right? The cost of prescription drugs. Climate. What ever issue gets you up in the morning if there is a decision to be made in Washington? I guarantee it's been influenced by money. [12:08:19] Yup. [12:08:24] Money, money, money. So here's the thing. We have this extraordinary opportunity in 2020 to say enough, we have had enough of government corruption. [12:08:38] We have had enough of what's broken in this system. And that Donald Trump has made so much more broken in this system that people are off the sidelines. People are ready to make big structural change. And that's why I'm in this fight. So thank you. [12:09:03] So let's do some questions, see if we can get to some other pieces on this. Anything anybody wants to talk about. Hi. [12:09:12] Hi, Senator. Hi. My name is Omar. Hi, Omar. I'm from someone Iowa just up the road. But now I live in Orlando and I work for a wind turbine manufacturer. [12:09:21] Wow. Terrific. [12:09:23] So my question for you is, if even if we win the Senate, the House, the presidency, oh, I'm liking this already. [12:09:33] Could I could I just kind of roll around in that? Yeah. Huh. [12:09:38] How do we pass, maintain and continue to pass the bold legislation that we need, like the Green New Deal, when 40 percent of the country appears to live in a different media universe that is at many times detached from reality. What are your ideas on how we can get to a place where we can at least agree on the basic facts and have a good faith arguments on how to solve issues like climate change? [12:09:58] OK, that is a great question. Omar. [12:10:06] So here's how I think about this. I want to push back a little bit on the premise of the question, because I know this is very much how the media frames it. It's always about our differences. Right. What we argue about, look, I meet folks where there are big differences. But understand this. The boys I was telling you about, my three brothers. [12:10:25] One is a Democrat. Do the math. Two are Republicans. But here's the thing. There are a lot of things we actually agree on and that, in fact, Democrats and Republicans agree on across this country. So let me just start with what I was talking about. Democrats and Republicans. The numbers are clear on this. Want to see us pass effective anti-corruption legislation. [12:10:53] They want us to try to get the money out of Washington. [12:10:57] Think of it this way. My three brothers. They may not agree on a lot of stuff, but I'll tell you one thing they do agree on, and that is they agree on Amazon. Not not the part about delivering your coffeemaker. [12:11:10] They agree that it is wrong when Amazon reports more than 10 billion dollars in profits and turns around and pays zero in taxes. [12:11:22] Yeah. Think about that. [12:11:26] If you paid a single penny in taxes last year, you paid more than Amazon. [12:11:34] Right. Think about that. So what my brothers and I want to do and millions of people across this country is that we want to pass anti-corruption legislation. [12:11:44] Here's the good news. I have the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. Yes. Here's the bad news. We need the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. Now, because money is felt in a lot of different ways. We'll make a quick pitch here just to tell you some of the samples out of this big bill that I've got. First one and lobbying as we know it. [12:12:09] We can do this. [12:12:13] BLOCK the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. And just one more that I'll mention, and that is you really want to hose out some corruption in Washington. Make everybody who runs for federal office put their tax returns online. [12:12:37] So the first thing I want to do when I get to Washington is I want to push this anti-corruption bill. I want people across this country pushing for it. That's the way we come together. This doesn't have to be about Democrat versus Republican. This is about people who are stealing the great wealth and dignity of this country. That's where I want to start. I'll mention a couple more just because lots of folks are in on this. Again, Democrats and Republicans want to see us extend the long jeopardy of Social Security and raise the payments. [12:13:10] I've got a plan for that. [12:13:15] One more. [12:13:16] Democrats and Republicans want to see us pass a 2 cent wealth tax. [12:13:26] So here's my plan. [12:13:27] Omar, let's start with the things that we get and that we agree on. Let's show people across this country, let's cancel student loan debt for 43 million Americans. Democrats and Republicans. We build on that and then we start to have a government that works for everyone. We start to have a country that works for everyone. I think that's how we heal this rift in America. Thank you all. [12:13:58] Thank you. Hi. [12:14:04] Hi. My name is Tracy. Hi, Tracy. I'm happy I'm in for the last nine years. Oh, good. OK. Are you an unhappy Iowan before? Oh, I spent I spent 40 years in Texas. Oh, yeah, me. But it actually is sort of related to my question. [12:14:23] I wanted to ask you about gun safety. I have to say, I'm from Texas. They have very strong opinions. And I have been the happy recipient of a lot of deer sausage. So I'm not anti-gun. I am appreciative of our hunters. But what I have seeing is an outbreak of violence from children getting guns. And we also have our problems with our schools. And some of the children are getting guns. But unfortunately, right now, they do not have anything encouraging parents to lock up their guns at home. [12:14:59] So there is nothing that stops this young child from going out and killing the kid that wouldn't let him play with his puppy. And that is actually a case that was in the news. And I think it is a responsibility of our government to lead our people to a safe environment. What are we going to do to make sure that these parents actually lock up their guns and their children do not have access to it? [12:15:23] Because not only is it a risk to their environment and inverse to their other children, it is a risk to each and every child in that home. Since when they get into high school, they're more likely to have maybe a depression, maybe have risk of suicide. What can we do with this problem? Because no one is addressing it. Right. OK. And you see it in the news over and over again. [12:15:46] So thanks for the question, Tracy, and thanks for your advocacy on this. It's really important. I want to, if I can, just back up just a little bit and frame how I see the overall issue. We have a gun violence problem in America. And it is yes, it is very much about mass shootings. We should it should be a national. Embarrassment that our children have to do active shooter drills. [12:16:16] That is not the country we want to be. [12:16:25] It's about mass shootings, but it's about more. It is also about what happens on street corners, in playgrounds and sidewalks every single day. One here, one there. Does it make the same headlines? But our children are at risk and dying exactly as you identify. It particularly hits hard in communities of color. But it's happening all across our nation. It's a third part, and that is the lethality of suicide because of the availability of guns. [12:17:01] And we need to talk about this. And there's a domestic violence problem. The increased likelihood that it's usually a woman will be killed if she is in a home with an abuser and a gun. So we have a gun violence problem in this country. The reason I identify it that way is that you are right. We need more on locking up guns, but we need a whole lot of other things as well. We need reasonable background checks. We need to get weapons of war off our streets. [12:17:36] We need to treat this like the public health emergency that it is. So here's how I think of this. [12:17:49] I don't think of this as a one plan issue or your plan is better than his plan. I think of this as we're going to have to do a lot of things and we're going to have to keep revisiting the problem. So here's my model. Decades ago, we began to notice the number of deaths on the highway. And anybody who remembers this time, it was described all the time in the press, carnage on the highways. And we decided as a country, we're going to reduce death by auto. We're going to reduce the number of people who die. [12:18:24] Some of it was obvious seatbelts, safety, glass. Some of it hadn't yet been installed in cars like airbags and automatic braking systems. But the point was, we started. We study. We worked more on the things that worked. We dropped the things. It didn't work and we went back to it. We didn't treat it as one and done. We went back to it over and over and over and over the space of years. We reduced deaths on the highway by more than 80 percent. While I am president, I want to reduce deaths by guns by more than 80 percent. [12:19:05] So I get. [12:19:16] Hi. I'm Mackenzie. I'm a dietetic student at the University of Vermont. [12:19:21] OK. You're a long way from me. Yeah, I'm from Iowa City. [12:19:27] I learned a lot about the food system in school and I'm wondering how you'll address the current issues within our food system, specifically the subsidies which subsidize commodity crops, which destroy our ecosystems. Mystery animals and released a lot of methane and carbon into the atmosphere. [12:19:46] OK, so how about if we just start with again describing a big problem? And one of the the the huge problems we've gotten our country right now are giant corporations. [12:19:59] The corporations that have swallowed up the little businesses, swallowed up the medium sized businesses, swallowed up what used to be big businesses. [12:20:07] And the problem is it has given them enormous power, power over their employees, power over their customers, power over their communities, power over the people they sell to, power over the people they buy from power in Washington. It is time for a president who has the courage to stand up to big ag and other giant corporations, enforce our anti-trust laws and break these guys up. [12:20:41] So for me, that's the heart of it. [12:20:44] That's that's where I start, this is we need to break up big AG. I talk to independent farmers around Iowa who tell me about what it's like. They've got one place, maybe two, where they can buy seed. [12:20:58] They've got one place where they can sell their product. I talked to the hog farmers. Right. Basically who are just caught in this. They take all the risk. Right. And do the hard labor. Well, all the money sucked out and all of the farming practices, they're driven into farming practices that are bad for our land, bad for our food chain. So part one. Let's break up big AG part two. It's time for Washington to put our farmers to offer our farmers the opportunity to be on the front lines in the battle against climate change. [12:21:33] We can make this possible economically. Put the money out there so that farmers, independent farmers who want to have a chance to use sustainable methods, who want to have a chance to grow locally and sell locally, who want to be able to do that, can do so and know that they can make a good living doing it. [12:21:58] It's good for the farmers, good for the people who eat and good for all of America. So why can't we? Let's do it. [12:22:10] Hi. Hi. My name is Caitlin. Hi, Caitlin. That was my daughter Mackenzie. Oh, you're kidding. We lived just down the street in Coralville, so you must be very proud. I am very much into this junior high. Oh, all. So I have to say that I'm deeply concerned about the voice for hate that is becoming so prevalent. Every day I'm devastated to watch small and large actions against people of color, women and Jews. This is personal for me. My grandmother came to this country because she was kicked out of Russia for being a Jew. [12:22:55] How do we counter that movement of hate? [12:22:59] Let's start with an acknowledgement that white supremacy is domestic terrorism that threatens our country. [12:23:06] Everybody, everybody's. [12:23:21] We need a president who not only will call it out. We need a president who will have a Justice Department that will make rooting out white supremacy a national priority. [12:23:34] That's where you. [12:23:41] And by the way, we just throw in we need to enforce our civil rights laws. We need a federal government. [12:23:51] So the good news here is this is not about a lot of new laws that we need to get through Congress, there may be some places that we could ramp up. But the key is that we need a president who really understands the risk that this poses. To everyone in this country, how white nationalism tears at the fabric of who we are as a people. We need a president who celebrates our differences and wants to lift them up. And that's who I want to be. [12:24:31] Whoa. You look a little like Red Riding Hood with that basket over your arm. OK. [12:24:38] Only I'm not red. [12:24:39] OK, so I'm gonna go ahead and pick a couple more tickets for Q and A. So if you guys want to listen up for the last three digits on your tickets, those tickets again, I'm gonna ask if you guys can stand up, yell processed and wave your hand in the air. And then you'll walk over to Brian with the placard that says, Dream big, fight hard. [12:25:03] 2 6 9 0 0 0. Sounds like we got one. All right. Fantastic. [12:25:13] 3, 5, 3. [12:25:15] Oh, yeah. [12:25:22] 3 0 0. [12:25:25] Three hundred. All right. Come on over. Applause. [12:25:32] 2 4 9 2 4 9. Too far, right? Come on down, man. You guys are on this. OK. 2 5 2 2 5 2. We have another 1 2 5 2 0 0 2 people sitting next to each others at right to 5 2. All right. OK. Good. All right. Let's do some more. [12:26:01] This is fun. So. [12:26:04] This is not like it was in Iowa City a few weeks ago, called out a number and there's this long, long pause and find, this woman said. It's mine, but I put my used gum in it, so I'm glad everybody kept their tickets gun free. All right. Hi. Hi. [12:26:26] I'm Marcus Miller from Wellman, Iowa. [12:26:28] Hi, Marcus. High school teacher and coach. Fantastic. [12:26:36] My wife has chronic illness. I live in a small town that is well, North Liberty is growing. Wellman is struggling to continue growing and exist. We deal with clean water and all that kind of stuff. But I'm interested in foreign policy. Okay. And I haven't. At the events I've seen you, I haven't heard that really addressed. I'd like to know what you think about our role in the world, how we can cut the budget of the military. Saw that just increased by 7. Anyway, that's what I'm interested to know. [12:27:08] OK, thank you for the question, Marcus. [12:27:15] The United States plays a leadership role in the world. The problem is right now we're just leading in the wrong direction. We are we're leading in the wrong direction on climate, right? We're giving a lot of cover to a lot of countries that don't want to have to take hard steps, that don't want to have to stand up to their own industries and say you've got to clean up and we give cover for all of that. [12:27:38] We also have in the past three years with Donald Trump as president, burned a lot of our goodwill around the country, around the world. So let me just try to tell you a little bit about how I approach this and how I would approach this. First is, as president, I will know the difference between our allies and the dictators who will do us harm. [12:28:12] And I'll treat our allies better than I'll treat the dictator's. [12:28:21] I also won't run out on allies who bravely fought beside us like the Kurds. [12:28:28] It was wrong for us to do that. [12:28:33] Because here's the thing, when we run out on people who stand and fight beside us, who's gonna stand and fight beside us next time when we treat our allies shamefully around the country? Who's going to stand with us? You know it in these trade negotiations. We've seen how Donald Trump is just taking the legs out from underneath. Farmers has taken the legs out from underneath other manufacturers. But what we've also seen is in the back and forth with China. Just how dumb the approach has been. I'm sorry. I don't know what else to call it. [12:29:12] So here's China. Big, powerful country. There are some things we need to push back on, China on. [12:29:19] So if we're going to go into a trade battle with China, how about we don't simultaneously go into trade battle with Canada, out with South Korea, with Japan and with Europe? [12:29:38] We want our allies to stand with us because that's what makes us all stronger around the world. That's what gives us the chance to be heard around the world. That's how we work together. You raised the question specifically, so I want to be sure to address it about our defense budget and understand this. [12:30:01] As I said, all three of my brothers went off and joined the military. I know that people who serve in the military have agreed to make the ultimate sacrifice. They and their families have put it all on the line for us and we are deeply grateful. But it is critically important to remember that that is not the military is not our only tool of foreign policy. [12:30:33] Donald Trump has hollowed out the State Department. And this again, is a real problem for our country. Our State Department. [12:30:42] These are our eyes and ears on the ground all around the world. These are people who understand the local language, who understand the local culture, who understand the local issues. And when we undercut our State Department, we lose the strength of diplomacy and understand as many of the problems we face today around terrorism. Many of the problems we face of economic pressure around the world are not going to be solved by the military. They require diplomatic solutions. And to do that, we're going to have a strong State Department. That's my second part. One more. One more. [12:31:27] One more. [12:31:27] How do we cut the military? How do we cut the defense budget? I'll tell you how you want to understand corruption. Just take a look at our Department of Defense and the Pentagon. Our secretary of defense right now, the one sitting in that job, you know what he did earlier for seven years. He was chief lobbyist for Raytheon, one of the biggest defense contractors in this country. So when he was nominated by the Trump administration. [12:32:00] I thought this was just fundamentally wrong. Right. Because think about it this way, you've got somebody in their house. How does he see defense? He sees defense. More contracts for the people he worked with in the past and scuse me is likely to go back and work with again in the future. So I asked him two questions. I'm on Senate Armed Services Committee. I asked him two questions. I said, so will you commit that while you are secretary of defense, you will at least not be involved. You will recuse yourself from decisions involving your former employer on contracts? [12:32:41] Answer no. Second, I said, would you commit not to leave your job as secretary of defense? It goes straight back to working for one of these companies. So you're not looking over the edge as you're doing business with him on behalf of the U.S. government on who you're making friends with for your next job? Answer no. And you still got confirmed by every Republican and a lot of Democrats who voted for him. [12:33:11] This is what corruption is about in Washington. This is about the lobbyists who just circle through the revolving door. This is about people for whom the American the American voter has to wonder, is that guy working for me or has he just working for himself? This is what my anti-corruption bill is about. We really want to reform our defense budget. [12:33:39] Let's start by ending the revolving door between the defense industry and the. [12:33:53] Hi, ma'am. Hi. [12:33:56] My name's Doug, I'm also from Wellman. OK. Nice to see you, Doug. And I work for the University of Iowa in the health care field. [12:34:05] And good to see you. Thank you. [12:34:07] Just a quick aside, as a veteran, I don't disagree with a single thing you just said. You're spot on. [12:34:12] Thank you. [12:34:13] I don't know about anybody else here, but I am just furious over the comments he made at that rally in Michigan. Debbie Dingell deserve better. Her husband deserve better. And every American should be just spoiled. My question, though, is on Medicare for all. Sure. Because, quite frankly, I think it's a fantastic idea. I think it'll start out grotesquely expensive and you'll work out some bugs and we'll just get to be moderately, grotesquely expensive. [12:34:39] But I want to know how we're gonna do this deal where we get the transition going and keep insurance companies from bailing out when they realize they're not going to be making as much money as they used to. Does that happen with Obamacare? Obamacare? He made the promise of, hey, you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor. [12:34:57] And he didn't realize those insurance companies were going to go. Wait a minute, we're not making money here. And they canceled their plans and people thought the man lied to one. He just didn't realize the ramifications. Right. So what are you going to do in regard to that? [12:35:10] OK. So it's a great question. Let me start just with one part. There are many places we could do this. I just to start with one part of understanding our health care system. [12:35:21] Thirty six million Americans last year didn't have a prescription filled because they couldn't pay for it. Think about that. They went to the doctor, the doctor wrote him a prescription and said, this is what you need for your high blood pressure. This is what you need for whatever is wrong. And I couldn't get it done. And these are people, many of whom have health insurance. [12:35:45] But between the high deductibles and the high co-pays and that medication is not covered. Families are literally put to the choice between having the prescription filled and making the rent payment on time. Nobody should be making that choice in America. Well, you should. [12:36:09] So how do we get from here to there? Right. And your point about the health insurance companies, you said they weren't making as much profit. So they dropped out under the Affordable Care Act under Obamacare. I just want to say, before anybody whips out a hanky to worry about the fact that the health insurance companies are not making the profits that they intended to make. We're talking about roughly about 20 billion dollars in profits last year. They make a lot of money in profits, but they just want the most. They want to skim the cream off the top. OK, so how do we think about this? [12:36:45] Families are getting squeezed on costs. So here's how I approach this. As president, I want the most help to the greatest number of people as quickly as possible. [12:36:57] So that straight is that straightforward. [12:37:01] So I'm going to start with. Oh, and I love saying this. What a president can do all by herself. [12:37:14] And that's two things. I'll start by defending the Affordable Care Act. As you know, the Republicans are doing everything they can to take the legs out. They won't defend it in court. So I'll defend it. I'll defend where we are. So people are not falling behind. Millions of people have lost health care coverage since Donald Trump became president. So we're moving in the wrong direction. I'll reverse that. But the second part is I want to attack the high cost of prescription drugs head on. [12:37:42] Anybody in here use insulin or knows somebody who uses insulin? Oh, lot of hands, right? EPI pens. Yeah, there's there's another one. High prices for these drugs. The president has the power to use what are called marching orders and reduce the costs of these commonly used drugs. And on my first day as president, that's exactly what I'm going to do. [12:38:14] We got more pieces, but that that looks like we're in a good place. Doug is happy, so we'll stop there. OK, go ahead. Hi, I'm Bill. Hi, Bill. [12:38:24] I'm a professor at the University of Iowa. And so the question I'm going to ask is actually for my 2 year old because I'm your 2 year old. Yeah. He doesn't articulate things super well. So I ask for. That's OK. So he'll be voting age in 16 years. [12:38:38] So eight years after an eight year war and administration. And that's good. [12:38:46] So what he'd like to hear is what is your vision for what America will look like in 15, 16, 20 years after this election is done in this administration is done. [12:38:59] OK. So can I just give you a couple of key pieces for me? The first one is that we'll be we will be an America that values every single human being in this country. Applause. [12:39:19] And I say that because it connects with so many pieces. You know, I have a housing plan, for example, just because anybody in here worried about the rising cost of housing. Yeah. Short version. Why is the cost of housing going up? Well, supply has gone down. So the kind of house I grew up in, two bedroom, one bath garage converted to whole my three brothers built by a private developer. They're not building that house anymore. They're building mansions. Plenty of supply. If you've got the money for a McMansion, not so much if you're doing entry level housing. [12:39:55] The second is the federal government has just basically quit making new investments in housing and affordable housing, in housing for middle class families and working class families and for the working poor. But this is why I just picked this one. It's not just about housing for working families. It's not even just about housing for the homeless. It's about remembering that we need to make an investment in housing for people with disabilities. [12:40:20] We need to be treating everyone as valuable part of every policy. So that's a big part of what I will do. And it'll just intersect with pretty much everything I do and I hope get us rolling in a better direction. I want to do a second one, I must say something sort of controversial and shocking. If you're in Washington, D.C., but I feel safe here in Iowa, I feel like I've got a space where I can do this. I believe in science. If we are going to address this climate crisis and save our world, we need to go tenfold in our investment in science and research and development, and we need to do it all across this country. [12:41:23] We can't concentrated it at a handful of universities. We need a lot of different people looking at this problem from a lot of different angles. There is no one right answer. It's like the point I made about guns. We need science. We need people are going to collect data who are going to stay after it, who are going to say this is working. And that's not working. OK. [12:41:42] I am making it clear I'm a data nerd, but I think it's time to have a data nerd in the White House. [12:41:55] Applause And then the third part is that I just mentioned it. We have a golden retriever named Bailey who thinks it's time to have a dog in the White House again. Thank you. [12:42:09] Applause. Hi. My name is Loni and Loni. Yes. Good to see you aligning, too. You touched a little bit on affordable housing. But in Lyndon Johnson County, our state. United States, homelessness is real. I mean, I can't even say how much it is real. And even if we look at affordable housing, then we get somebody and we get a roof over their head. But they don't have furniture. [12:42:38] They don't have resources. How do you look at addressing that? And then secondly, in that whole realm also becomes that we have a huge epidemic of what meth we're really on the streets is ice, which is the addiction that is just destroying people. [12:42:59] Also, how is that being addressed in your world? [12:43:04] Good. So thank you for the question. Let's just start on housing. [12:43:09] You know, we talk a lot about health care as we should, and that health care is a basic human right. But we also have to understand as a country, if people don't have safe, dependable housing, then they are constantly at risk. So we need to invest in health care. We need to invest in housing. It's about food security, it's about keeping your kids in school. And it is exactly as I've tried to describe it. It's up and down the line. It's about housing. [12:43:45] As I said, for middle class, for working class, for the working poor, for the poor, poor for the homeless. It's also about housing for people with disabilities. Housing for seniors who want to age in place. Housing for our veterans. Housing. We need to invest in a bigger housing stock. And it's not just in our cities. We need it in our cities. We need it in our small towns. [12:44:09] We need it in rural America. We are a population that has grown at the same time that housing has shrunk. So we end up surprise, surprise that people are paying more to get less. This is a federal investment. We need to make in our future. And why don't we do it? It's not because we don't understand housing. [12:44:31] We know what housing is, right, and we pretty much know how to build it. The problem is the folks at the top just don't want to pay taxes to make it happen. We gave away a trillion. I say we are country. [12:44:45] The Republicans gave away a trillion and a half dollars in tax cuts to giant corporations and wealthy individuals. A couple of years ago when they first got into office. Think what just a third of that would have done in building housing across this country. Same kind of issue on addiction. It's not that we don't know what to do. It's that we're not willing right now as a country to spend the resources. So some of you get. [12:45:25] We need to be willing to ask those at the top to pay a little more so that we can actually make an investment in our future and understand this piece I was reading, I happened to see it came across my desk. Oh, maybe a month ago. And it said, you know, Elizabeth Warren wants to spend money on housing. She wants to spend money on health care. She wants to spend money on education to save wealth tax. So we can.
ELIZABETH WARREN NORTH LIBERTY IA RALLY ABC 2020
TVU 17 ELIZABETH WARREN NORTH LIBERTY IA RALLY ABC UNI 122119 2020 Note: There was no news from Warren's first event of the day in North Liberty, Iowa. She will gaggle at the next event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we will ask her about the AP story. Her campaign's response at the moment mirrors the response we saw over the summer when Gov. Ed Rendell and other former Warren donors started calling her a hypocrite, which is that others are threatened. This article, however, comes at the same time as she is attacking Buttigieg over transparency -- a fight her campaign has been gearing up for for months by building out her pledges on campaign finance, though perhaps they didn't always know Buttigieg would be the target. TVU 17 ELIZABETH WARREN NORTH LIBERTY IA RALLY ABC UNI 122119 2020 [11:58:02] How long? North Liberty. Well, it is good to be back here. In fact, I'm so happy to be back, Rick, run along, family. My husband, Bruce. Where are you, sweetie? Here he is. [11:58:25] Oh, it is good to be here with you all. I know that on Saturday before the holidays, there are a lot of things you could be doing. [11:58:34] But we also know that this election coming up in 2020 is not about the next four years of the next eight years. This is about where our country heads for generations to come. [11:58:45] And I'm deeply grateful to the people of Iowa for investing heavily in getting this right. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. So I thought what we do today is I try to do something relatively short at the top, relatively after all, but relatively, and then we'll take some questions and then we will do that. Most important part of democracy selfie is. Well, have fun. So I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. Dead silence. One okay. One okay. One okay. That's okay. There aren't that many of us. I am. I have three much older brothers. [11:59:38] I am what used to be called a late in life baby. My mother always just called me the surprise. My three older brothers are now retired and back in Oklahoma. To this day, they are referred to as the boys to distinguish them from the surprise when we were growing up. [12:00:04] Our daddy had a lot of different jobs. He sold paint. He sold carpet. He sold fencing. He sold housewares. That's that's what he did for a living. As Amy said, he ended up ultimately as a janitor. My three brothers all went off and joined the military. [12:00:26] That was their path to America's middle class and also their chance to serve me. Yes. Thank you. That's very nice. Thank you. [12:00:37] I'm proud of my brothers. [12:00:40] Now me. I always had a different plan. I have known what I wanted to be since second grade. You laughed. [12:00:48] You didn't decide to, what, like fourth grade, fifth grade in the back row up there? I can always tell. Yeah, I have known what I wanted to be since second grade and I've never wavered from it. I wanted to be a public school teacher. Can we care for America's? And I want you to know I invested early. I used to line my dollies up and teach school. I had a bit of a reputation for being tough but fair. It's what I wanted always. It has been the dream for me since second grade. [12:01:30] By the time I graduated from high school, my family didn't have the money for a college application, much less to send me off to four years at university. So like a lot of Americans, I don't have a straight path story. I got a story that's got a lot of twists and turns. [12:01:48] So here's how my story goes. I was a high school debater and I got a scholarship to college. [12:01:54] Yeah, you bet. Debaters are tough, right? Yeah. Yeah. We got this one going. [12:02:02] And then at 19, I fell in love, got married and dropped down. Yay! [12:02:12] Not to that guy. Yeah. It's. No, not you. I met my husband. No, no. The story of Bruce is coming up in season two. So anyway, so I dropped out, got married, my choice. It's going to be a good life. [12:02:33] But it's not the jury. I thought I'd given up on the chance to teach school. I thought that one was gone. And then we're living outside Houston and I found it a commuter college that was 45 minutes away that cost fifty dollars a semester. Yeah. And for a price I could pay for on a part time waitressing job. I finished my 4 year diploma, I became a special education teacher. I have lived my dream job. [12:03:14] Now we go to public school teachers in here. Oh, yes. Oh, well, we got some. [12:03:22] OK. [12:03:23] I'm going to need you to back me up on this. It is not a job. It is a calling. I love this work. I had four to six year olds in special education and I loved my babies. It was it was wonderful work. And I probably would still be doing that work today. But my story has some more twists and turns. [12:03:46] By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant and the principal did what principals did in those days. Wish me luck and hired someone else for the job. So by now, we're living in New Jersey. I'm at home. I got a baby. I can't get a job and I gotta do something. That's just who I am. I got to do something. So I will go to law school. [12:04:18] Found a state law school costs 450 dollars this semester. Baby on hip did three years in law school, graduated visibly pregnant. [12:04:31] You will discover a pattern to these stories and took the bar past the bar and practiced law for 45 minutes and then went back to my first love teaching. [12:04:48] So I traded the little ones for big ones. [12:04:50] And I have spent most of my grown up life teaching in law school. Other big changes in my life around that time. Husband number one hint it is never good when you have to number your husband's husband number one. [12:05:06] And I parted ways, but I found Bruce that I've held on to him ever since. [12:05:18] So here I am. I'm teaching in law school and I don't know, maybe it's because I grew up in a family that was barely hanging on to our place in America's middle class, but I taught the money courses. That was the part I always wanted to do. [12:05:34] So contract law, commercial law, secure transactions, payment systems, corporate finance, partnership finance, law debtors and creditors, bankruptcy law and economics. [12:05:45] If it was about money, count on me. I will be there. But there was always one central issue to my work, and that is what's happening to working families in America. Why is America's middle class being hollowed out? Why is it that people who worked every bit as hard as my folks work two generations ago today find the path so much rockier and so much steeper and for people of color, even rockier and even steeper? [12:06:22] And the answer is about who government works for. Who is our government in Washington? Really looking out for four decades now. Here's the deal. Think of it this way. We have a government that works great for giant drug companies, just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. Works great for someone who wants to make money investing in private prisons or private detention centers down at our borders. Just not for the human beings whose lives are destroyed by those places. [12:07:05] Works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere, just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. And when you see a government that works great for those with money and not so great for everyone else. That is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call it out for what it is. [12:07:40] Think of it this way the money in Washington is everywhere. It's about campaign contributions. You bet it is, but it is so much more. It's about the lobbying. It's about the PR firms. It's about the bought and paid for experts. It's about the think tanks. Think of it this way. What ever issue brought you here today? Gun safety, right? The cost of prescription drugs. Climate. What ever issue gets you up in the morning if there is a decision to be made in Washington? I guarantee it's been influenced by money. [12:08:19] Yup. [12:08:24] Money, money, money. So here's the thing. We have this extraordinary opportunity in 2020 to say enough, we have had enough of government corruption. [12:08:38] We have had enough of what's broken in this system. And that Donald Trump has made so much more broken in this system that people are off the sidelines. People are ready to make big structural change. And that's why I'm in this fight. So thank you. [12:09:03] So let's do some questions, see if we can get to some other pieces on this. Anything anybody wants to talk about. Hi. [12:09:12] Hi, Senator. Hi. My name is Omar. Hi, Omar. I'm from someone Iowa just up the road. But now I live in Orlando and I work for a wind turbine manufacturer. [12:09:21] Wow. Terrific. [12:09:23] So my question for you is, if even if we win the Senate, the House, the presidency, oh, I'm liking this already. [12:09:33] Could I could I just kind of roll around in that? Yeah. Huh. [12:09:38] How do we pass, maintain and continue to pass the bold legislation that we need, like the Green New Deal, when 40 percent of the country appears to live in a different media universe that is at many times detached from reality. What are your ideas on how we can get to a place where we can at least agree on the basic facts and have a good faith arguments on how to solve issues like climate change? [12:09:58] OK, that is a great question. Omar. [12:10:06] So here's how I think about this. I want to push back a little bit on the premise of the question, because I know this is very much how the media frames it. It's always about our differences. Right. What we argue about, look, I meet folks where there are big differences. But understand this. The boys I was telling you about, my three brothers. [12:10:25] One is a Democrat. Do the math. Two are Republicans. But here's the thing. There are a lot of things we actually agree on and that, in fact, Democrats and Republicans agree on across this country. So let me just start with what I was talking about. Democrats and Republicans. The numbers are clear on this. Want to see us pass effective anti-corruption legislation. [12:10:53] They want us to try to get the money out of Washington. [12:10:57] Think of it this way. My three brothers. They may not agree on a lot of stuff, but I'll tell you one thing they do agree on, and that is they agree on Amazon. Not not the part about delivering your coffeemaker. [12:11:10] They agree that it is wrong when Amazon reports more than 10 billion dollars in profits and turns around and pays zero in taxes. [12:11:22] Yeah. Think about that. [12:11:26] If you paid a single penny in taxes last year, you paid more than Amazon. [12:11:34] Right. Think about that. So what my brothers and I want to do and millions of people across this country is that we want to pass anti-corruption legislation. [12:11:44] Here's the good news. I have the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. Yes. Here's the bad news. We need the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. Now, because money is felt in a lot of different ways. We'll make a quick pitch here just to tell you some of the samples out of this big bill that I've got. First one and lobbying as we know it. [12:12:09] We can do this. [12:12:13] BLOCK the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. And just one more that I'll mention, and that is you really want to hose out some corruption in Washington. Make everybody who runs for federal office put their tax returns online. [12:12:37] So the first thing I want to do when I get to Washington is I want to push this anti-corruption bill. I want people across this country pushing for it. That's the way we come together. This doesn't have to be about Democrat versus Republican. This is about people who are stealing the great wealth and dignity of this country. That's where I want to start. I'll mention a couple more just because lots of folks are in on this. Again, Democrats and Republicans want to see us extend the long jeopardy of Social Security and raise the payments. [12:13:10] I've got a plan for that. [12:13:15] One more. [12:13:16] Democrats and Republicans want to see us pass a 2 cent wealth tax. [12:13:26] So here's my plan. [12:13:27] Omar, let's start with the things that we get and that we agree on. Let's show people across this country, let's cancel student loan debt for 43 million Americans. Democrats and Republicans. We build on that and then we start to have a government that works for everyone. We start to have a country that works for everyone. I think that's how we heal this rift in America. Thank you all. [12:13:58] Thank you. Hi. [12:14:04] Hi. My name is Tracy. Hi, Tracy. I'm happy I'm in for the last nine years. Oh, good. OK. Are you an unhappy Iowan before? Oh, I spent I spent 40 years in Texas. Oh, yeah, me. But it actually is sort of related to my question. [12:14:23] I wanted to ask you about gun safety. I have to say, I'm from Texas. They have very strong opinions. And I have been the happy recipient of a lot of deer sausage. So I'm not anti-gun. I am appreciative of our hunters. But what I have seeing is an outbreak of violence from children getting guns. And we also have our problems with our schools. And some of the children are getting guns. But unfortunately, right now, they do not have anything encouraging parents to lock up their guns at home. [12:14:59] So there is nothing that stops this young child from going out and killing the kid that wouldn't let him play with his puppy. And that is actually a case that was in the news. And I think it is a responsibility of our government to lead our people to a safe environment. What are we going to do to make sure that these parents actually lock up their guns and their children do not have access to it? [12:15:23] Because not only is it a risk to their environment and inverse to their other children, it is a risk to each and every child in that home. Since when they get into high school, they're more likely to have maybe a depression, maybe have risk of suicide. What can we do with this problem? Because no one is addressing it. Right. OK. And you see it in the news over and over again. [12:15:46] So thanks for the question, Tracy, and thanks for your advocacy on this. It's really important. I want to, if I can, just back up just a little bit and frame how I see the overall issue. We have a gun violence problem in America. And it is yes, it is very much about mass shootings. We should it should be a national. Embarrassment that our children have to do active shooter drills. [12:16:16] That is not the country we want to be. [12:16:25] It's about mass shootings, but it's about more. It is also about what happens on street corners, in playgrounds and sidewalks every single day. One here, one there. Does it make the same headlines? But our children are at risk and dying exactly as you identify. It particularly hits hard in communities of color. But it's happening all across our nation. It's a third part, and that is the lethality of suicide because of the availability of guns. [12:17:01] And we need to talk about this. And there's a domestic violence problem. The increased likelihood that it's usually a woman will be killed if she is in a home with an abuser and a gun. So we have a gun violence problem in this country. The reason I identify it that way is that you are right. We need more on locking up guns, but we need a whole lot of other things as well. We need reasonable background checks. We need to get weapons of war off our streets. [12:17:36] We need to treat this like the public health emergency that it is. So here's how I think of this. [12:17:49] I don't think of this as a one plan issue or your plan is better than his plan. I think of this as we're going to have to do a lot of things and we're going to have to keep revisiting the problem. So here's my model. Decades ago, we began to notice the number of deaths on the highway. And anybody who remembers this time, it was described all the time in the press, carnage on the highways. And we decided as a country, we're going to reduce death by auto. We're going to reduce the number of people who die. [12:18:24] Some of it was obvious seatbelts, safety, glass. Some of it hadn't yet been installed in cars like airbags and automatic braking systems. But the point was, we started. We study. We worked more on the things that worked. We dropped the things. It didn't work and we went back to it. We didn't treat it as one and done. We went back to it over and over and over and over the space of years. We reduced deaths on the highway by more than 80 percent. While I am president, I want to reduce deaths by guns by more than 80 percent. [12:19:05] So I get. [12:19:16] Hi. I'm Mackenzie. I'm a dietetic student at the University of Vermont. [12:19:21] OK. You're a long way from me. Yeah, I'm from Iowa City. [12:19:27] I learned a lot about the food system in school and I'm wondering how you'll address the current issues within our food system, specifically the subsidies which subsidize commodity crops, which destroy our ecosystems. Mystery animals and released a lot of methane and carbon into the atmosphere. [12:19:46] OK, so how about if we just start with again describing a big problem? And one of the the the huge problems we've gotten our country right now are giant corporations. [12:19:59] The corporations that have swallowed up the little businesses, swallowed up the medium sized businesses, swallowed up what used to be big businesses. [12:20:07] And the problem is it has given them enormous power, power over their employees, power over their customers, power over their communities, power over the people they sell to, power over the people they buy from power in Washington. It is time for a president who has the courage to stand up to big ag and other giant corporations, enforce our anti-trust laws and break these guys up. [12:20:41] So for me, that's the heart of it. [12:20:44] That's that's where I start, this is we need to break up big AG. I talk to independent farmers around Iowa who tell me about what it's like. They've got one place, maybe two, where they can buy seed. [12:20:58] They've got one place where they can sell their product. I talked to the hog farmers. Right. Basically who are just caught in this. They take all the risk. Right. And do the hard labor. Well, all the money sucked out and all of the farming practices, they're driven into farming practices that are bad for our land, bad for our food chain. So part one. Let's break up big AG part two. It's time for Washington to put our farmers to offer our farmers the opportunity to be on the front lines in the battle against climate change. [12:21:33] We can make this possible economically. Put the money out there so that farmers, independent farmers who want to have a chance to use sustainable methods, who want to have a chance to grow locally and sell locally, who want to be able to do that, can do so and know that they can make a good living doing it. [12:21:58] It's good for the farmers, good for the people who eat and good for all of America. So why can't we? Let's do it. [12:22:10] Hi. Hi. My name is Caitlin. Hi, Caitlin. That was my daughter Mackenzie. Oh, you're kidding. We lived just down the street in Coralville, so you must be very proud. I am very much into this junior high. Oh, all. So I have to say that I'm deeply concerned about the voice for hate that is becoming so prevalent. Every day I'm devastated to watch small and large actions against people of color, women and Jews. This is personal for me. My grandmother came to this country because she was kicked out of Russia for being a Jew. [12:22:55] How do we counter that movement of hate? [12:22:59] Let's start with an acknowledgement that white supremacy is domestic terrorism that threatens our country. [12:23:06] Everybody, everybody's. [12:23:21] We need a president who not only will call it out. We need a president who will have a Justice Department that will make rooting out white supremacy a national priority. [12:23:34] That's where you. [12:23:41] And by the way, we just throw in we need to enforce our civil rights laws. We need a federal government. [12:23:51] So the good news here is this is not about a lot of new laws that we need to get through Congress, there may be some places that we could ramp up. But the key is that we need a president who really understands the risk that this poses. To everyone in this country, how white nationalism tears at the fabric of who we are as a people. We need a president who celebrates our differences and wants to lift them up. And that's who I want to be. [12:24:31] Whoa. You look a little like Red Riding Hood with that basket over your arm. OK. [12:24:38] Only I'm not red. [12:24:39] OK, so I'm gonna go ahead and pick a couple more tickets for Q and A. So if you guys want to listen up for the last three digits on your tickets, those tickets again, I'm gonna ask if you guys can stand up, yell processed and wave your hand in the air. And then you'll walk over to Brian with the placard that says, Dream big, fight hard. [12:25:03] 2 6 9 0 0 0. Sounds like we got one. All right. Fantastic. [12:25:13] 3, 5, 3. [12:25:15] Oh, yeah. [12:25:22] 3 0 0. [12:25:25] Three hundred. All right. Come on over. Applause. [12:25:32] 2 4 9 2 4 9. Too far, right? Come on down, man. You guys are on this. OK. 2 5 2 2 5 2. We have another 1 2 5 2 0 0 2 people sitting next to each others at right to 5 2. All right. OK. Good. All right. Let's do some more. [12:26:01] This is fun. So. [12:26:04] This is not like it was in Iowa City a few weeks ago, called out a number and there's this long, long pause and find, this woman said. It's mine, but I put my used gum in it, so I'm glad everybody kept their tickets gun free. All right. Hi. Hi. [12:26:26] I'm Marcus Miller from Wellman, Iowa. [12:26:28] Hi, Marcus. High school teacher and coach. Fantastic. [12:26:36] My wife has chronic illness. I live in a small town that is well, North Liberty is growing. Wellman is struggling to continue growing and exist. We deal with clean water and all that kind of stuff. But I'm interested in foreign policy. Okay. And I haven't. At the events I've seen you, I haven't heard that really addressed. I'd like to know what you think about our role in the world, how we can cut the budget of the military. Saw that just increased by 7. Anyway, that's what I'm interested to know. [12:27:08] OK, thank you for the question, Marcus. [12:27:15] The United States plays a leadership role in the world. The problem is right now we're just leading in the wrong direction. We are we're leading in the wrong direction on climate, right? We're giving a lot of cover to a lot of countries that don't want to have to take hard steps, that don't want to have to stand up to their own industries and say you've got to clean up and we give cover for all of that. [12:27:38] We also have in the past three years with Donald Trump as president, burned a lot of our goodwill around the country, around the world. So let me just try to tell you a little bit about how I approach this and how I would approach this. First is, as president, I will know the difference between our allies and the dictators who will do us harm. [12:28:12] And I'll treat our allies better than I'll treat the dictator's. [12:28:21] I also won't run out on allies who bravely fought beside us like the Kurds. [12:28:28] It was wrong for us to do that. [12:28:33] Because here's the thing, when we run out on people who stand and fight beside us, who's gonna stand and fight beside us next time when we treat our allies shamefully around the country? Who's going to stand with us? You know it in these trade negotiations. We've seen how Donald Trump is just taking the legs out from underneath. Farmers has taken the legs out from underneath other manufacturers. But what we've also seen is in the back and forth with China. Just how dumb the approach has been. I'm sorry. I don't know what else to call it. [12:29:12] So here's China. Big, powerful country. There are some things we need to push back on, China on. [12:29:19] So if we're going to go into a trade battle with China, how about we don't simultaneously go into trade battle with Canada, out with South Korea, with Japan and with Europe? [12:29:38] We want our allies to stand with us because that's what makes us all stronger around the world. That's what gives us the chance to be heard around the world. That's how we work together. You raised the question specifically, so I want to be sure to address it about our defense budget and understand this. [12:30:01] As I said, all three of my brothers went off and joined the military. I know that people who serve in the military have agreed to make the ultimate sacrifice. They and their families have put it all on the line for us and we are deeply grateful. But it is critically important to remember that that is not the military is not our only tool of foreign policy. [12:30:33] Donald Trump has hollowed out the State Department. And this again, is a real problem for our country. Our State Department. [12:30:42] These are our eyes and ears on the ground all around the world. These are people who understand the local language, who understand the local culture, who understand the local issues. And when we undercut our State Department, we lose the strength of diplomacy and understand as many of the problems we face today around terrorism. Many of the problems we face of economic pressure around the world are not going to be solved by the military. They require diplomatic solutions. And to do that, we're going to have a strong State Department. That's my second part. One more. One more. [12:31:27] One more. [12:31:27] How do we cut the military? How do we cut the defense budget? I'll tell you how you want to understand corruption. Just take a look at our Department of Defense and the Pentagon. Our secretary of defense right now, the one sitting in that job, you know what he did earlier for seven years. He was chief lobbyist for Raytheon, one of the biggest defense contractors in this country. So when he was nominated by the Trump administration. [12:32:00] I thought this was just fundamentally wrong. Right. Because think about it this way, you've got somebody in their house. How does he see defense? He sees defense. More contracts for the people he worked with in the past and scuse me is likely to go back and work with again in the future. So I asked him two questions. I'm on Senate Armed Services Committee. I asked him two questions. I said, so will you commit that while you are secretary of defense, you will at least not be involved. You will recuse yourself from decisions involving your former employer on contracts? [12:32:41] Answer no. Second, I said, would you commit not to leave your job as secretary of defense? It goes straight back to working for one of these companies. So you're not looking over the edge as you're doing business with him on behalf of the U.S. government on who you're making friends with for your next job? Answer no. And you still got confirmed by every Republican and a lot of Democrats who voted for him. [12:33:11] This is what corruption is about in Washington. This is about the lobbyists who just circle through the revolving door. This is about people for whom the American the American voter has to wonder, is that guy working for me or has he just working for himself? This is what my anti-corruption bill is about. We really want to reform our defense budget. [12:33:39] Let's start by ending the revolving door between the defense industry and the. [12:33:53] Hi, ma'am. Hi. [12:33:56] My name's Doug, I'm also from Wellman. OK. Nice to see you, Doug. And I work for the University of Iowa in the health care field. [12:34:05] And good to see you. Thank you. [12:34:07] Just a quick aside, as a veteran, I don't disagree with a single thing you just said. You're spot on. [12:34:12] Thank you. [12:34:13] I don't know about anybody else here, but I am just furious over the comments he made at that rally in Michigan. Debbie Dingell deserve better. Her husband deserve better. And every American should be just spoiled. My question, though, is on Medicare for all. Sure. Because, quite frankly, I think it's a fantastic idea. I think it'll start out grotesquely expensive and you'll work out some bugs and we'll just get to be moderately, grotesquely expensive. [12:34:39] But I want to know how we're gonna do this deal where we get the transition going and keep insurance companies from bailing out when they realize they're not going to be making as much money as they used to. Does that happen with Obamacare? Obamacare? He made the promise of, hey, you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor. [12:34:57] And he didn't realize those insurance companies were going to go. Wait a minute, we're not making money here. And they canceled their plans and people thought the man lied to one. He just didn't realize the ramifications. Right. So what are you going to do in regard to that? [12:35:10] OK. So it's a great question. Let me start just with one part. There are many places we could do this. I just to start with one part of understanding our health care system. [12:35:21] Thirty six million Americans last year didn't have a prescription filled because they couldn't pay for it. Think about that. They went to the doctor, the doctor wrote him a prescription and said, this is what you need for your high blood pressure. This is what you need for whatever is wrong. And I couldn't get it done. And these are people, many of whom have health insurance. [12:35:45] But between the high deductibles and the high co-pays and that medication is not covered. Families are literally put to the choice between having the prescription filled and making the rent payment on time. Nobody should be making that choice in America. Well, you should. [12:36:09] So how do we get from here to there? Right. And your point about the health insurance companies, you said they weren't making as much profit. So they dropped out under the Affordable Care Act under Obamacare. I just want to say, before anybody whips out a hanky to worry about the fact that the health insurance companies are not making the profits that they intended to make. We're talking about roughly about 20 billion dollars in profits last year. They make a lot of money in profits, but they just want the most. They want to skim the cream off the top. OK, so how do we think about this? [12:36:45] Families are getting squeezed on costs. So here's how I approach this. As president, I want the most help to the greatest number of people as quickly as possible. [12:36:57] So that straight is that straightforward. [12:37:01] So I'm going to start with. Oh, and I love saying this. What a president can do all by herself. [12:37:14] And that's two things. I'll start by defending the Affordable Care Act. As you know, the Republicans are doing everything they can to take the legs out. They won't defend it in court. So I'll defend it. I'll defend where we are. So people are not falling behind. Millions of people have lost health care coverage since Donald Trump became president. So we're moving in the wrong direction. I'll reverse that. But the second part is I want to attack the high cost of prescription drugs head on. [12:37:42] Anybody in here use insulin or knows somebody who uses insulin? Oh, lot of hands, right? EPI pens. Yeah, there's there's another one. High prices for these drugs. The president has the power to use what are called marching orders and reduce the costs of these commonly used drugs. And on my first day as president, that's exactly what I'm going to do. [12:38:14] We got more pieces, but that that looks like we're in a good place. Doug is happy, so we'll stop there. OK, go ahead. Hi, I'm Bill. Hi, Bill. [12:38:24] I'm a professor at the University of Iowa. And so the question I'm going to ask is actually for my 2 year old because I'm your 2 year old. Yeah. He doesn't articulate things super well. So I ask for. That's OK. So he'll be voting age in 16 years. [12:38:38] So eight years after an eight year war and administration. And that's good. [12:38:46] So what he'd like to hear is what is your vision for what America will look like in 15, 16, 20 years after this election is done in this administration is done. [12:38:59] OK. So can I just give you a couple of key pieces for me? The first one is that we'll be we will be an America that values every single human being in this country. Applause. [12:39:19] And I say that because it connects with so many pieces. You know, I have a housing plan, for example, just because anybody in here worried about the rising cost of housing. Yeah. Short version. Why is the cost of housing going up? Well, supply has gone down. So the kind of house I grew up in, two bedroom, one bath garage converted to whole my three brothers built by a private developer. They're not building that house anymore. They're building mansions. Plenty of supply. If you've got the money for a McMansion, not so much if you're doing entry level housing. [12:39:55] The second is the federal government has just basically quit making new investments in housing and affordable housing, in housing for middle class families and working class families and for the working poor. But this is why I just picked this one. It's not just about housing for working families. It's not even just about housing for the homeless. It's about remembering that we need to make an investment in housing for people with disabilities. [12:40:20] We need to be treating everyone as valuable part of every policy. So that's a big part of what I will do. And it'll just intersect with pretty much everything I do and I hope get us rolling in a better direction. I want to do a second one, I must say something sort of controversial and shocking. If you're in Washington, D.C., but I feel safe here in Iowa, I feel like I've got a space where I can do this. I believe in science. If we are going to address this climate crisis and save our world, we need to go tenfold in our investment in science and research and development, and we need to do it all across this country. [12:41:23] We can't concentrated it at a handful of universities. We need a lot of different people looking at this problem from a lot of different angles. There is no one right answer. It's like the point I made about guns. We need science. We need people are going to collect data who are going to stay after it, who are going to say this is working. And that's not working. OK. [12:41:42] I am making it clear I'm a data nerd, but I think it's time to have a data nerd in the White House. [12:41:55] Applause And then the third part is that I just mentioned it. We have a golden retriever named Bailey who thinks it's time to have a dog in the White House again. Thank you. [12:42:09] Applause. Hi. My name is Loni and Loni. Yes. Good to see you aligning, too. You touched a little bit on affordable housing. But in Lyndon Johnson County, our state. United States, homelessness is real. I mean, I can't even say how much it is real. And even if we look at affordable housing, then we get somebody and we get a roof over their head. But they don't have furniture. [12:42:38] They don't have resources. How do you look at addressing that? And then secondly, in that whole realm also becomes that we have a huge epidemic of what meth we're really on the streets is ice, which is the addiction that is just destroying people. [12:42:59] Also, how is that being addressed in your world? [12:43:04] Good. So thank you for the question. Let's just start on housing. [12:43:09] You know, we talk a lot about health care as we should, and that health care is a basic human right. But we also have to understand as a country, if people don't have safe, dependable housing, then they are constantly at risk. So we need to invest in health care. We need to invest in housing. It's about food security, it's about keeping your kids in school. And it is exactly as I've tried to describe it. It's up and down the line. It's about housing. [12:43:45] As I said, for middle class, for working class, for the working poor, for the poor, poor for the homeless. It's also about housing for people with disabilities. Housing for seniors who want to age in place. Housing for our veterans. Housing. We need to invest in a bigger housing stock. And it's not just in our cities. We need it in our cities. We need it in our small towns. [12:44:09] We need it in rural America. We are a population that has grown at the same time that housing has shrunk. So we end up surprise, surprise that people are paying more to get less. This is a federal investment. We need to make in our future. And why don't we do it? It's not because we don't understand housing. [12:44:31] We know what housing is, right, and we pretty much know how to build it. The problem is the folks at the top just don't want to pay taxes to make it happen. We gave away a trillion. I say we are country. [12:44:45] The Republicans gave away a trillion and a half dollars in tax cuts to giant corporations and wealthy individuals. A couple of years ago when they first got into office. Think what just a third of that would have done in building housing across this country. Same kind of issue on addiction. It's not that we don't know what to do. It's that we're not willing right now as a country to spend the resources. So some of you get. [12:45:25] We need to be willing to ask those at the top to pay a little more so that we can actually make an investment in our future and understand this piece I was reading, I happened to see it came across my desk. Oh, maybe a month ago. And it said, you know, Elizabeth Warren wants to spend money on housing. She wants to spend money on health care. She wants to spend money on education to save wealth tax. So we can.
SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) / KERRY TOWN HALL MEETING W/ JOE LIEBERMAN AT PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE / 1
[SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) / KERRY TOWN HALL MEETING W/ JOE LIEBERMAN AT PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE / 1 ] [PALM BEACH FLA, USA] [SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MASS) / KERRY TOWN HALL MEETING W/ JOE LIEBERMAN / TAIL END AND CUTS CAMERA / 1 [KERRY - Town Hall w/Sen. Joe Lieberman, Palm Beach Community College, 4200 South Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL] 11:06:45 ARRIVALS 11:09:07 KERRY AND LIEBERMAN WALK OUT 11:09:29 KERRY SHAKES HANDS WITH PEOPLE ON PODIUM 11:09:45 KERRY RAISES HANDS AND WAVES 11:10:22 JOE LIEBERMAN 11:10:32 TAMERA KEELS INTRODUCTION 11:11:10 SHOTS OF CROWD FROM BEHIND 11:11:44 KERRY AND LIEBERMAN 11:11:58 PEOPLE ON PODIUM 11:12:00 WELL THANK YOU TAMERA AND LET ME SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK IN PALM BEACH COUNTY. 11:12:14 AND THIS TIME WE ARE NOT CHASING BUTTERFLIES, WE ARE GOING TO ELECT THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S GOING TO START RIGHT HERE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY... WHO CAN BEST PROTECT SECURITY, THAT'S WHAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY, SAY TO YOU BASED ON 40 YEARS OF KNOWING THIS MAN THAT JOHN F KERRY IS READY TO BE THE PRESIDENT WE NEED IN 2005 11:13:05 IT WASN'T EASY FOR KERRY TO BE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE, HE HAD TO DEFEAT EXTREMELY ABLE PEOPLE, GRAHAM AND I AGREE ABOUT THAT BUT WE ARE TOGETHER BECAUSE CAUSES WE FOUGHT FOR PARTICULARLY OF AMERICAN DREAM, HEART AND SOUL OF MIDDLE CLASS, THAT BANNER NOW BEING CARRIED PROUDLY BY JOHN KERRY. 11:13:49 I DON'T SUPPOSE ANY OF YOU WATCH DONALD TRUMP AND APPRENTICE, SO WE ARE INTO YOUR FIRED YOUR HIRED MOOD, AND I WANT TO TELL YOU TODAY VERY BRIEFLY THIS NOV. AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SAY.. JOHN, YOU'RE HIRED. I KNOW KERRY SINCE WE WERE STUDENTS AT YALE AND THE YOUNG MAN I MET THEN SHOWED SO MUCH OF GREATNESS WE SEE TODAY IN CANDIDATE, SURPASSING COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE, INSPIRED IN HIM BY ANOTHER SENATOR BY JOHN F KENNEDY. 11:15:02 JOHN KERRY THEN AND NOW IS A MAN OF GREAT PRINCIPLE, GREAT INTELLIGENCE STRENGTH, HE COMBINES WITH THAT TODAY THE EXPERIENCE OF SERVICE TO NATION IN WAR AND PEACE AND DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF BRAVERY, WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU. SERVED AS A PROSECUTOR, THAT EXPERIENCE SEASONED HIM, HE WAS A STATE ELECTED OFFICIAL, DID THINGS NO ONE IN MASS GOVERNMENT HAD DONE BEFORE, JOHN AND I KEPT IN TOUCH, IN 1988 I WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CONNECTICUT AND CONVINCED ME TO RUN FOR SENATE. HE'S THE GUY WHO GOT ME JOB SO I'M HERE, LET ME SAY THIS IN 2000 AL GORE AND I DID NOT HAVE A MORE FAITHFUL SUPPORTER THAN JOHN KERRY 11:16:29 WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER IN CONGRESS OF UNITED STATES VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY AND COMMUNITY, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUILD PARTNERSHIPS IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR. PRIVATE SECTOR CREATES JOBS, HELP TO INVEST INNOVATE, CREATE WORKERS AND JOBS THAT GROW AND PROTECT MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT AND KERRY HAS RECORD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN 11:17:21 WE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE, DOESN'T BUCKLE TO SPECIAL INTERESTS. WE STOOD TOGETHER WHEN PEOPLE SAID WE HAD NO CHANCE AGAINST BIG OIL WHEN THEY WANTED TO DRILL IN ALASKAN OIL REFUGE AND WE WON DIDN'T WE BROTHER. 11:17:52 WORLD IN WHICH AMERICA IS NOT ONLY RESPECTED BUT LIKED, NOT ONLY ADMIRED BUT PEOPLE HAVE A FEELING OF FAMILY TOWARD US. KERRY HAS STUDIED AND WORKED IN FOREIGN POLICY AND IS READY TO BE PRESIDENT AMERICA NEEDS. 11:18:22 SO AS YOU CONSIDER THIS HIRING AND FIRING DECISION, I'M HERE TO GIVE THIS APPLICANT THE HIGHEST CHARACTER. HE IS A GOOD MAN AND WILL SERVE IT ABLY. HE KNOWS HOW DREAM HAS BEEN THREATENED WITH HEALTH CARE COSTS RISING AND JOBS LOST PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SENIORS WORRIED ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN HEALTH CARE, ENVIRONMENT BEING SPOILED, PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE. 11:19:14 BEYOND STATISTICS THEY DESCRIBE THE MIDDLE CLASS SQUEEZE WE HAVE TO END IT. I'VE HEARD STORIES ABOUT MAN LAID OFF FROM FACTORY, HE GOT ANOTHER JOB IN A STORE MAKING ABOUT HALF OF WHAT HE MADE BEFORE WITH NO BENEFITS. WORKER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE GOT A RAISE LAST YEAR BUT PREMIUMS WENT UP MORE THAN RAISE, AVERAGE AMERICAN WAS GOING BACKWARDS. THE FEELING OF HURT WHEN I MET PEOPLE AROUND COUNTRY, A MAN WITH MS WHO SAID TO ME A MOTHER WITH DIABETES PLEASE DO SOMETHING. HOLD ON A SECOND FOLKS, YOU HAD YOUR FOUR YEARS AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE OUR FOUR YEARS COMING UP. 11:20:41 I'LL JUST TELL YOU, THE FOLKS WITH ILLNESS COME TO ME AND SAY YOU GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT STEM CELL RESEARCH, GIVE KERRY A CHANCE HE'LL RESCIND THAT REGRESSIVE ORDER. 11:21:10 THIS IS ABOUT AMERICAS FUTURE AND VALUES, AMERICA PLACE IN GOVERNMENT, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOOD CHOICE TO BRING US BACK TO WHERE COUNTRY BELONGS, TAKE US FORWARD TO KEEP AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE, DEAR FRIENDS I AM PROUD TO PRESENT YOU MY FRIEND, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES, JOHN KERRY! 11:22:04 THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY AND LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT LIEBERMAN, 11:22:27 *GOOD KERRY NATS* 11:22:40 I'M GLAD TO BE HERE AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE SOUND. CAN WE CHECK. IS JOHN ASHCROFT HERE, SOMETHING HAPPENED HERE. IS IT STILL NOT WORKING? NOT WORKING CAN'T HERE. LET'S TAKE A MINUTE, WE'LL TRY TO HAVE SOME FUN HERE. 11:23:08 DO WE HAVE A TECHNICIAN? LET ME TRY THE OTHER MIC HERE. IS THAT WORKING NOW? STILL NO SOUND THERE EWE GO. 11:23:30 AS I SAID IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE AT PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LAKE WORTH. AND I'M PROUD TO BE INTRODUCED BY A MAN WHO NOT ONLY SHOULD AND WAS ELECTED AS VP BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN INAUGURATED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 11:24:00 ITS' AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE INTRODUCED BY JOE, KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR 40 YEARS, STUDENTS, PASSION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, PLEASURE TO SERVE WITH HIM, I DID WORK MY HEART OUT FOR HIM AND GORE, I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE LEADERS OF OUR GENERATION BUT FATE AND OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH WE NEVER ALLOW TO BE REPEATED AGAIN STOLE THAT OPPORTUNITY FROM US AND I'M PROUD THAT LIEBERMAN IS AT MY SIDE AND AT YOUR SIDE, THANK YOU JOE. 11:24:57 NOW WE GOT A LITTLE TURNED AROUND IN PROGRAM HERE, I WANT TO THANK TAMERA KEELS... BUT I PARTICULARLY WANT YOU TO WELCOME AND TAKE A MOMENT TO DO PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, FIRST LIEUTENANT. HE IS BACK HERE SAFE FROM IRAQ THINKING OF HIS FELLOW SERVICEMEN, WE ARE PROUD OF HIS AND THEIR SERVICE AND I'M PROUD HE'S HERE TODAY. 11:25:55 PLEASE JOIN ME AS I RECITE PLEDGE...(PLEDGE)... 11:26:24 WELL YOU KNOW THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY CROWD FOR A TOWN MEETING, I'M GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND I DON'T' WANT TO TAKE TOO LONG TALKING AT YOU. THANK SO MANY PEOPLE COMING OUT TO SHARE HOPES, 11:26:53 THERESA WILL BE IN DAYTONA AND THEN SHE'LL BE HERE, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THERESA A LOT A LOT MORE THAN I AM. WE ARE ALMOST 3,000 STRONG LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND THAT IS NOT A KATHERINE HARRIS COUNT. 11:27:29 ALSO I BUMPED INTO A GUY WITH A MARLINS HAT, I LISTENED TO HIM COMPLAINING TO ME, I DON'T KNOW IF MARLINS WILL WIN ANOTHER WORLD SERIES, I CAN'T WAIT TOO YEARS. I SAID DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO, I WAITED 86 YEARS FOR A TITLE. 11:28:06 I WANT YOU TO JOIN WITH ME TO RECOGNIZE SERVICE OF MINE, PRIVILEGE TO SHARE PUBLIC STAGE WITH, PASSIONATELY ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. ALL OF CAUSE THAT MAKE DIFFERENCE. NO ONE GREATER CHAMPION THAN THAT THEN YOUR SENATOR BOB GRAHAM AND WE WELCOME HERE TODAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. 11:28:55 BILL NELSON WHO IS ABOUT TO BECOME SENIOR SENATOR, I SAID I'M JEALOUS, CAUSE I'VE BEEN JUNIOR SENATOR OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR 20 YEARS. I WAS SECOND LONGEST JUNIOR SENIOR ACT, LONGEST WAS FRITZ HOLLINGS AND STROM THURMAND. AND SINCE KENNEDY IS GOING TO BE SENATOR FOR ANOTHER 6 TERMS I BETTER RUN FOR A NEW OFFICE. 11:29:45 I ADMIRE ENORMOUSLY HIS JOURNEY TO SPACE AND LISTENED AND DESCRIBED WHAT HE SAW, CONNECTS YOU. EXTRAORDINARY SENSE OF WHAT ATMOSPHERE LOOKS LIKE FROM THAT DIFFERENCE AND WHAT RESPONSIBILITIES ABOUT CHILDREN, PASSIONATE... JOIN ME IN THANKING SENATOR BILL NELSON. 11:30:34 BILL HAVE YOU GET CHANCE TO TALK YET? I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU THE PERSON WHO TELLS A STORY. WHEN SOME OF THESE PEOPLE START SHOUTING FOUR MORE YEARS I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO BILL SOWERS AND THINK ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN LAST ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. 11:31:13 MORNING, MY NAME IS BILL SOWERS CAUSE I'M HERE AND I WANT TO TELL YOU MY STORY. WORKING FAMILIES NOT ALONE IN STRUGGLES, KERRY HEAR CRIES FOR HELP AND HAS PLAN. DESPITE HARDSHIPS I'M BLESSED BECAUSE I HAVE THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND I HAVE THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND GREATEST COUNTRY ON GODS EARTH 11:32:02 THANKS TO MOTHER, MY CHILDREN ARE SMART KIND AND HEALTHY. I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM AND RAISING MY FAMILY, TAKING CARE OF THEM THE BEST I CAN, GREAT ACHIEVEMENT OF LIFE. NO JOBS OR MATERIAL POSSESSION CAN EVER TOP BEING A GOOD HUSBAND AND FATHER. 11:32:37 BUT TODAY IT'S HARDER AND HARDER TO DO THAT. EVERY TIME YOU THINK YOU MIGHT SAVE A LITTLE MONEY EXPENSES GO UP. DOING EVERYTHING YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO DO, WORK HARD TO PAY BILLS, BEING A GOOD LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN? TOO MUCH MONEY? HAS THAT EVER HAPPEN TO YOU. TRY TO PAY MORTGAGE AND ELECTRIC BILLS GO UP.... GOVERNOR AND REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATOR NEED TO CHARGE YOU MORE MONEY FOR PHONE SERVICE, 30 DOLLARS TO FILL UP TANK OF GAS AND MILK COST 50 CENTS MORE, PAY FOR SONS AND DAUGHTERS EDUCATION. 11:34:02 AT THE END OF THE MONTH NOTHING ADDS UP AND USE CREDIT CARDS TO PAY FOR GROCERIES. HUMILIATED CAUSE YOUR BEST IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. MIDDLE CLASS DREAM TURNED INTO NIGHTMARE TURNED INTO THE RAT RACE, BUSH DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT BUT KERRY DOES. 11:34:39 I KNOW THAT FAMILIES WILL BE BETTER OFF AND AMERICA STRONGER WITH KERRY WORKING FOR US. HIS PLANS ARE THE RIGHT PLANS FOR WORKING FAMILIES. HEALTH CARE PLAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES, PAY 7500 TO INSURE FAMILIES, AND I WONDER WHEN I HAVE TO DROP THAT COVERAGE CAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD IT. EDUCATION PLAN I COULD SAVE TO HELP PAY FOR DAUGHTERS EDUCATION, AFFORDABLE IN EXCHANGE FOR SERVICE. 11:35:49 ALL IT TAKES IS A PRESIDENT WHO UNDERSTANDS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IS ALL WE ARE ASKING FOR. WE DON'T' WANT A GOVERNMENT HAND OUT WE WANT A GOVERNMENT TO GIVE US A HAND TO PULL US UP. KERRY UNDERSTANDS THAT. I WORKED FOR A GREAT COMPANY AND I LOVE MY JOB, A LOVING FAMILY AT HOME, BUT NOTHING PREPARES YOU FOR THE MOMENT WHEN YOU ARE SITTING AT THE TABLE WONDERING HOW YOU PAY FOR BILLS. YOU HAVE TO SELL YOUR HOUSE CAUSE YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT. IT'S HARD TO PAY FOR WIFE AND KIDS. TOO OFTEN CAUSE BUSH DOES NOTHING TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES, BUSH HAS NOTHING TO OFFER BUT BUSH'S EXCUSES WHY NOTHING IS HIS FAULT. 11:37:14 WITH KERRY PLAN I'LL GET A TAX CUT, I'LL GET HELP I NEED FOR FAMILY AND COLLEGE EDUCATION AND GET A CHANCE TO START OVER, THAT'S ALL I WANT, AN OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE NOT JUST SURVIVE. KERRY'S PLAN GIVES ME HOPE, THE AMERICAN DREAM OF BUILDING A BETTER LIFE CAN THRIVE, I'M A BLESSED MAN CAUSE I'M AN AMERICAN AN D I HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE ON NOV. 2 COME OUT AND VOTE FOR JOHN KERRY. 11:38:27 I THINK WE ARE GOING TO START RECRUITING HIM QUICKLY, I'M TAKING HIM ALL OVER COUNTRY. THAT WAS ELOQUENT FROM THE HEART AND GUT AND I'LL TELL YOU HAT IT UNDERSCORES, THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RACE OF LIFETIME, WE CAN DO BETTER IN UNITED STATES FOR ALL AMERICANS 11:39:04 I'LL TELL YOU LISTENING TO BILL'S COMMENTS AND MEETING HIS FAMILY THAT WE ARE NOT HERE TODAY TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. 11:39:41 I WANT TO SHARE A FEW THOUGHTS AND THEN I WANT TO HAVE CONVERSATION I TALKED ABOUT. I'D LIKE TO COMMENT BUSH HIDES IN BUBBLE AND STAYS AWAY FROM AMERICA. NO WONDER HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT AMERICANS GO THOROUGH BUT BILL'S STORY TOOK COURAGE, HUMILITY AND A WHOLE LOT OF HOPE THAT THINGS CAN AND WILL BE BETTER TOMORROW IF WE PUT THE WORD OUT AND DO WORK, WE'LL PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK AND MOVE IT IN A NEW DIRECTION. THAT'S WHAT THIS RACE IS ABOUT, PUT FAIRNESS BACK INTO WORKPLACE. I KNOW JOE AND I ... SAY HI TO CONGRESSMAN KENDRICK. 11:40:49 EVERYONE OF US CAME INTO PUBLIC LIFE MAKE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES, NOT IN A FEW OR MOST POWERFUL OR REWARD FRIENDS BUT THE AVERAGE WORKING PERSON IN AMERICA, PEOPLE DESERVE TO DO BETTER FOR WORKING WEEK, AND MORE FAMILIES JUST LIKE BILL. UNDER CLINTON INCOME WENT UP 7,100 OVER EIGHT YEARS. UNDER BUSH FAMILY INCOME GONE DOWN 1,200 ACROSS AMERICA, PEOPLE HAVING HARDER TIME MAKING ENDS MEET, AND I WANT AMERICA WHERE FAMILIES CAN TAKE PART AND BELIEVE IN AMERICAN DREAM, TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITIES, YOU'RE NOT JUST GOING TO WORK FOR THE ECONOMY, THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU AND HELP YOU DO BETTER. 11:42:17 I MET TOO MANY PEOPLE LIKE BILL ACROSS COUNTRY, PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU STORIES ABOUT 35 / 40 WHO NEVER AFFORD HEALTH CARE. OUT OF WORK A YEAR OR TWO YEARS AND THEN WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER... LOOSE HEALTH INSURANCE. NOT IN OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD PEOPLE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT KIND OF FEAR. *** 11:43:15 I LISTENED STATE OF UNION WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING ONCE THESE REAL CHALLENGES THAT ARE FACED BY AMERICAN AND BY AMERICANS. NO MENTION, NOT ONE MENTION EVEN OF VETERANS I MIGHT ADD DURING THE COURSE OF THAT SPEECH, AND TODAY WE DISCOVER THAT NOT ONLY DO THEY ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THESE NOT ONLY DO THEY NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXISTANCE OF WHAT BILL TALKED ABOUT THEY ARE POSSIBLY EVEN TAKEN STEPS AND HAVE TAKEN SOME STEPS TO MAKE IT WORSE. *** 11:43:40 LAST NIGHT ON 60 MINUTES, IT WAS REPORTED BY ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST RESPECTED AND REPUTABLE REPORTERS THAT IN THE OVAL OFFICE DISCUSSIONS AROUND WHETHER TO INVADE IRAQ, THAT THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MADE A DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA THAT WOULD DELIVER LOWER GAS PRICES BUT HER'S THE CATCH 11:44:07 HERE'S THE CATCH, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE ELECTION, UNTIL NOV OF 2004 THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION UNTIL SAUDI'S LOWER THOSE PRICES, NOW IF THIS SOUNDS WRONG TO YOU THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND IF AS BOB WOODWARD REPORTS IT IS TRUE THAT GAS SUPPLIES AND PRICES IN AMERICA ARE TIED TO THE AMERICAN ELECTION THEN TIED TO A SECRET WHITE HOUSE DEAL THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 11:45:05 NOW I OFFERED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO I OFFERED A PLAN FOR HOW YOU CAN BEGIN TO LOWER PRICES, AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THAT PLAN WAS? PUT PRESSURE ON SAUDI'S TO LOWER THE CURRENT, INCREASE CURRENT PRODUCTION AND LOWER PRICES TO AMERICA, THAT'S THE FIRST. THERE ARE OTHER STEPS THEY COULD TAKE, RIGHT NOW THERE PEOPLE ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE LITERALLY GOING THROUGH THEIR PURSES AND POCKETBOOK, LOOKING UNDER THE SOFA AND BEHIND THE CUSHION AND UNDER THE CAR TO FIND PENNIES AND EXTRA MONEY TO PAY ADDITIONAL COST OF GASOLINE, THEY'RE GIVING UP CHOICES FOR KIDS AND FAMILY TO PAY FOR EXTRA THIRTY DOLLARS TO FIFTY DOLLARS A WEEK IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR GAS. THOSE AREN'T EXXON GAS PRICES WE SEE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THOSE ARE HALLIBURTON PRICES AND WE DESERVE A BREAK IN THIS COUNTRY. 11:46:13 IT'S MY PRAYER THAT AMERICANS ARE NOT BEING HELD HOSTAGE TO A SECRET DEAL BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE SAUDI PRINCE, BUT UNLIKE GEORGE BUSH AND HIS FRIENDS AT THE BIG OIL COMPANIES I'M GOING TO WORK FOR A REAL ENERGY POLICY FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT DECREASES AMERICA'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL AND HELPS LOWER THE COST TO AMERICAN FAMILIES. YOU KNOW TO GEORGE BUSH AND TO TOO MANY PEOPLE IN HIS ADMINISTRATION, THE JOB NUMBERS THAT COME OUT EVERY MONTH AND THE STATISTICS ABOUT PRICES ARE JUST THAT, STATISTICS, BUT TO PEOPLE IN AMERICA THEY ARE A LIFELINE. THEY'RE THE ABILILTY OF PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF FAMILIES AND TO GET BY AND WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS IS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT DRIVES AMERICA, AND WHEN OUR WORKING FAMILIES DO WELL OUR COUNTRY DOES WELL AND OUR ECONOMY GROWS 11:47:24 CLINTON UNDERSTOOD THAT, DO YOU KNOW WHAT, BUSH LOOKS AT NUMBERS HE FINDS ANOTHER WAY TO HELP PEOPLE MOST COMFORTED IN AMERICA, DEFICIT UP DOWN, SURPLUS, IT'S A JOHNNY ONE NOTE POLICY MOSTLY FOR WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN NATION AT EXPENSE OF OTHER CHOICES. I SAY TO YOU ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS, I INVITE EVERY BUSH REPUBLICANS, CAUSE THERE ARE NON BUSH REPUBLICANS AND THEY'RE COMING OVER HERE FAST. ONE OF BEST BOOKS THAT DESCRIBES TRANSFORMATION, THE TWO INCOME TRAP. BY PROFESSOR ELIZABETH WARREN AND 11:48:41 20 YEARS AGO, THAT MEANT THERE WAS MORE MONEY TO BUY. TODAY TWO INCOMES BARELY COVER NECESSITIES. FAMILIES ARE IN DEBT, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES AT ALL TIME HIGH, AND THIS YEAR MORE MIDDLE CLASS CHILDREN WILL LIVE THOROUGH PARENTS BANKRUPTCY THAN DIVORCE. I'M NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN TO BILL'S FAMILY, MIDDLE CLASS, PEOPLE ACROSS COUNTRY PUT FAIRNESS BACK INTO AMERICAN ECONOMY. 11:49:43 THAT IS WHY I HAVE A PLAN TO CHANGE TAX CODE THAT WORKS AGAINST YOU. IT'S YOUR TAX CODE, BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY BELONG TO YOU, GONE FROM 14 TO 17.000 PAGES. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND HOW MANY PAGES APPLY TO YOU AND HOW MANY ARE COMPANY SPECIFIC BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY MILLIONS TO WASHINGTON ROBBING AMERICANS OF THEIR VOICES, CREATE 10 MILLION NEW JOBS IN FIRST 4 YEARS OF ADMINISTRATION. 11:50:38 I WILL WORK AND AS PRESIDENT I PLEDGE TO YOU I WILL GET UP AND WORK EVERY DAY FOR MAIN STREET NOT JUST WALL STREET IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I WILL MAKE SURE ECONOMY MAKE CHOICES WHERE COMPANIES CAN COMPETE WITH OTHER COMPANIES. YOU ARE SUBSIDIZING CHOICE TO TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS. IF YOU ARE A COMPANY IN LAKE WORTH YOU PAY STANDARD TAX RATE BUT IF THAT COMPANY GOT UP AND WENT TO MALAYSIA, THEY GET TO DEFER THEIR TAXES. 11:51:40 YOU'RE PAYING 12 MILLION TO SUPPORT COMPANIES THAT TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS, WE WILL PUT TAX CODE UP TO DAYLIGHT OF DEMOCRACY ANY REWARD OR INCENTIVE THAT GIVES ANY INCENTIVE TO TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS RATHER THAN KEEP HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 11:52:19 I'LL TELL YOU, I ALSO WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS A TRUTH DEFICIT, SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MISLEAD AMERICANS ABOUT RECORD. UNDER MY PLAN FOR AMERICA, 98% OF AMERICANS GET A TAX CUT AND 99% OF BUSINESSES WHO STAY HERE GET TAX CUT AND WE WILL PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK WITH FAIRNESS. ALSO HAVE PLAN TO LOWER COST OF HEALTH CARE OF AMERICANS AND PROVIDE A REAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT. 11:53:30 MY DRUG PLAN AND MAYBE WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT BUT WE ARE GOING TO LOWER COST BY TAKING CATASTROPHIC CASES OUT OF PREMIUMS... LOWER PREMIUMS BY 1,000 PER PERSON AND LOWER COST OF DOING BUSINESS IN USA 11:54:07 LAST WEEK I ALSO ANNOUNCED PLAN TO MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE, 4000 TUITION TAX CREDIT TO PAY FOR COST OF GOING TO SCHOOL, UNDER BUSH COLLEGE TUITION GONE UP 28% IN 3 YEARS, AND THIS PRESIDENT WHO WENT TO SAME UNIVERSITY AS LIEBERMAN AND I WENT TO, THAT OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE OUGHT TO HAVE SAME OPPORTUNITY, THIS PRESIDENT DOESN'T SHARE THAT, CUT PELLGRANTS I WILL RAISE LOANS BACK UP AND PAY DOWN LOANS OF STUDENTS WHO SERVE COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY. 11:55:17 AMERICA IS GREATEST COUNTRY ON FACE OF PLANET AND WE ALL LOVE IT AND BECAUSE WE LOVE IT THAT WHEN WE MOVE IN WRONG DIRECTION, WE WILL MOVE IN RIGHT DIRECTION AND MAKE THINGS BETTER. THIS IS OUR GENERATIONS MOMENT TO STAND UP AND DEFINE WHAT IS RIGHT FOR US. THE EXAMPLE OF GREATEST GENERATION OF 50 YEARS OF PEACE, AND EXAMPLES OF HARD WORK AND FAIRNESS, WE WILL STEP UP AND WE WILL MAKE THIS COUNTRY STRONGER, WILL FIGHT A WAR ON TERROR MORE EFFECTIVE, WE WILL RESTORE AMERICA'S STRENGTH, PROSPERITY AND TRUTH. LET'S GO OUT AND GET IT DONE, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. 11:56:48 NOW LETS HAVE SOME FUN, I WANT TO GET LIEBERMAN INVOLVED IN THIS, GRAHAM INVOLVED, I WANT TO ANSWER AS MANY QUESTION AS I CAN. 11:57:31 LET ME TELL YOU, I'LL TELL YOU EXACTLY, WHEN I WAS OUT IN IOWA AND ILLINOIS I TALKED TO A LOT OF FARMERS, JUST LIKE SEEING BIG DRUG COMPANIES... SAME THING HAPPENING IN FARMING. WE VOTED TO TRY AND STOP VERTICAL OWNERSHIP OF GROWING OF HOGS SO LIVESTOCK CAN'T BE OWNED BY PEOPLE WHO PACK IT. SAME THING HAPPENING .. AGRIBUSINESS IS SQUEEZING OUT SMALL FAMILY FARMER, 131 BILLION IN FARMING BUT GUESS WHAT, EVEN AS WE DID THAT WE LOST 274,000 FARMS REASON IS THERE IS A LOOPHOLE IN SUBSIDIES, BIG GUYS GET MULTIPLE SUBSIDIES WHILE SMALL GUY GETS LESS. WE ARE GOING TO FUND CONSERVATION SECURITY TRUST FUND, ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES ARE ENCOURAGED AND PROVIDE FAIR SUBSIDY TO SMALL FARMER. 11:59:45 WELL I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN FOR COMPENSATE FOR LEARNING CURVE, I BELIEVE MY EXPERIENCE TODAY IS MUCH BIGGER THAN BUSH'S TODAY. AND I THINK THAT THROUGH THE YEARS I'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR MY COUNTRY FOR 35 YEARS AND FRONT LINES FOR VETERANS THIS ADMINISTRATION IS CREATING A NEW GENERATION OF VETERANS BUT CUT THE VA BY 1.8 BILLION. YOU GOT VETS WAITING SIX MONTHS TO SIGN OFF ON PRESCRIPTION DRUB BILL. 400,000 DENIED BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WE HAVE MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO GET TAX CUT BUT WE ARE DENYING VETERANS LIFE, THAT'S THE LEARNING CURVE. IN FOREIGN POLICY AND I WARNED THIS PRESIDENT BEFORE INVOLVED, THAT THE UNITED STATES IS STRONGER WHEN THE US SHARES BURDENS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND WORKS WITH OTHER NATIONS AND BUILDS SUPPORT. 12:02:18 LET ME JUST SAY.. TRADE, HE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ABOUT FREE FOR FAIR. I THINK WE HAVE TO TRADE, I'M NOT GOING TO COME HERE AND SAY US BRING DOWN BIG BARRIER, BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS FIGHT LEGITIMATELY FOR WORKER TO HAVE FAIR PLAYING FIELD. IN CHINA PLAYING FIELD ADMINISTRATION CAN FIGHT BACK IF THEY DUMP PRODUCTS OR URGE SURGE OF IMPORTS. OPPORTUNITY TO ENFORCE NAFTA, DO THEY DO IT? NO. WE WILL REVIEW TRADE AGREEMENTS OVER 120 DAYS AND FIND OUT WHAT IS WORKING FOR US AND WHAT IS NOT. IF THE CHINESE IS VIOLATING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS, NO ACCESS TO MARKETS, MANIPULATING CURRENCY WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT BACK AND STAND UP BECAUSE IF YOU GIVE AMERICAN WORKER TO COMPETE ON, NO ONE WORKER CAN COMPETE WITH. 12:04:18 WELL THE MOST CRITICAL THING IS 55% OF COST OF MEDICARE GOES TO 5% OF MEDICARE POPULATION. ONE OF MOST EXPENSIVE THINGS IN AMERICAN AND YET THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CUT OUT FROM UNDER US GREAT HOPES. RESEARCH NECESSARY TO PUSH CURVE OF DISCOVERY. SAVE US MONEY IN LONG RUN AND THAT' S WHAT I AM GOING TO DO. *** 12:05:33 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN NOT ONLY DO I STAND FOR THAT PUT I PUT TOGETHER A LEGAL TEAM ALREADY AND ARE GOING TO BEING LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THOSE WHO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO REGISTER AND CHALLENGE ANY PLACE IN AMERICA WHERE YOU CANNOT COUNT VOTE. 12:06:51 DO THEY ACCEPT NOTES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE. LOOKS TO ME YOU ARE ALREADY OUT OF CLASS. POVERTY IN USA IS GROWING. POVERTY IS AT LARGEST LEVEL IN YEARS AND GAP BETWEEN HAVES AND HAVE NOTS IS GROWING. IN 1973 1% OF AMERICA OWNED THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT 44 MILLION OWN. 1% OF AMERICA OWNS EQUIVEL4ENT OF WHAT 100 MILLION OWN. CONCENTRATION AND COME ABOUT THROUGH TAX CODE AND WORK. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN PREMIUMS GO UP, HOW MANY SEEN COPAY GO UP, AND DEDUCTIBLE UP AND BENEFITS GO DOWN, NOT A GOOD EQUATION. HOW MANY SEEN TUITIONS GO UP, GAS AND ENERGY PRICES GO UP, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE WAGES GONE UP. ONE HAND. ONE GUY IS DOING REAL WELL. THAT IS STORY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE HAVE GOT TO... 12:08:42 TYCO BUYS A 27,000 MAILBOX IN BERMUDA AND CHANGE CORPORATE ADDRESS BUT STILL DO WORK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT TAKE 400 MILLION OFF TAX ROLLS AND YOU GET STUCK WITH BILL. I'M GOING TO LOWER THEM BY ROLLING BACK TAX CUT FOR WEALTHIEST AMERICAN AND INVESTING IN EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE. 12:09:44 YOU'RE DOING REALLY GREAT. JOE AS AN OBSERVER HERE. I REQUEST JOHN AT THE MOMENT COMING OUT WITH POLICY ON ISRAEL. WE ARE LOSING VOTES AFTER BUSH DID WHAT HE DID, MOST OF OBSERVANT JEWS ARE SWITCHING OVER TO BUSH. 12:10:39 I HAVE SERVED WITH JOHN KERRY FOR 15 YEARS IN SENATE AND LET ME TELL YOU THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF EITHER PARTY WHO HAS A MORE CONSISTENT SUPPORT TO ISRAEL AND RELATIONS THAN JOHN KERRY. PEOPLE WATCH THESE VOTES, GIVE YOU A SCORE CARD, THIS GUY GETS 100% SO TELL THAT TO ANYONE BUT TELL THEM SOMETHING ELSE, THIS IS ABOUT LIFE HERE IN AMERICA. IT'S ABOUT VALUES WE HOLD DEAR, ABOUT ALL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING JOHN AND THAT HE'S SPOKEN TO ABOUT MIDDLE CLASS DREAM AND HEALTH CARE AND GOOD JOBS, THAT AS BILL SAID, YOU DON'T WANT TO SURVIVE, HE WANTS TO THRIVE, WE WANT A PRESIDENT PUT STRENGTH AND VALUES IN WORLD. 12:12:26 YOU SEE THESE GUYS IN THE YELLOW? THESE ARE FIREFIGHTERS OF AMERICA. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW SOMETHING UNDER BUSH'S HOMELAND SECURITY 2/3'S OF FIREHOUSES ARE UNDERSTAFFED, 50% DON'T HAVE COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT *BREAK LOG* BOB GRAHAM 12:13:45 SIR WHAT IS YOUR NAME? WILLIAM LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING DO YOU THINK DELAY IS GOING TO IMPEACH BUSH. THERE IS SOMETHING WORSE THAN BEING IMPEACHED AND THAT IS BEING KICKED OUT OF OFFICE. WE ALL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT, AND WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE IN CONDUCTION A SECRETIVE DECEITFUL AND HIGHLY COSTLY WAR THAT HAS TAKEN OUR ATTENTION OFF THREATS. THOSE ARE THE TERRORIST WE OUGHT TO BE GOING AFTER AND REASON WHY BUSH SHOULD BE REMOVED. KERRY 12:15:50 THE ANSWER IS WE HAVE TO DO BOTH, THIS ADMINISTRATION AS YOU KNOW HAS WALKED AWAY FROM WHOLE SET OF ENFORCEMENT METHODS AND WE HAVE AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO DOESN'T COME OUT O F POLITICS BUT OUT OF LAW AND REVERENCE OF POLITICS OF UNITED STATES