tv Campaign 2020 Iowa Democratic Party Liberty Justice Celebration CSPAN November 6, 2019 12:18am-2:00am EST
the first time i came to the state was as a volunteer to knock on doors for presidential candidate a young man with a funny name. [cheers and applause] and we knew the stakes were high then. the stakes are colossal now. if countries cannot afford more for more years that cannot recognize it. we know what is at stake and we know he will do everything he can to hold onto power. but if you nominate me his
playbook will not work this time around. [cheers and applause] >> i don't get a golf course with my name on it while pretending to care about the working class. i don't even golf. i drive a chevy that was built in ohio by the very same workers this president has led down. [applause] and i don't go to work in an office in washington dc. it is six hours that way on iad. here in the midwest.
and we can see the outline of our ethanol plant which is why understand the measure of this president's betrayal of american farmers and i know how to talk about it. [cheers and applause] and i do have to throw a military parade to see what a convoy looks like. [cheers and applause] is right about he was doing celebrity apprentice i was in gaffe - - afghanistan. that will not work against me. i'm here to end the era of donald trump.
i am here to launch the era that must come next. [cheers and applause] because in order to win and lead ill take a lot more than the political warfare we have come to accept from washington dc. [cheers and applause] we already have a divider in chief. i am offering a white house you look at the white house your blood pressure goes down instead of through the roof. i am asking you to picture that first day when donald trump is no longer the president of the united states. [cheers and applause] that would end the chaos in the corruption and the tantrum
and the tweets but what comes next but still a 14 -year-old who has written out a will because she's afraid her next day at school will be her last. a 12 -year-old will be waiting for action who asked me about healthcare not because she is he in policy buff but because she has juvenile diabetes and is afraid parents will lose their coverage. [applause] i am wanted to make up the pieces to do right from those who have waited far too long.
[applause] with that majority that is hungry for change. to see that hunger across the country shenandoah iowa where a young man from a farm family instead of asking what role agriculture will play in climate change in a diner in indiana filled with those who are worried about deportation and i will see this in a few weeks on the morning of thanksgiving day because in 2019 in rural michigan you see a man going deer hunting with
his husband's father. this is a majority ready to deliver the most regressive one - - progressive reform for the last 50 years in medicare for all that want to honoring your decision. [cheers and applause] even to do something about gun violence and climate change to ensure the dignity of every american to pass the senate races to build your health and wealth and your life expectancy or a relationship with law enforcement. people are ready to get this
done. so stand with our teachers. [cheers and applause] let people of faith know you don't have to shake your head and ask yourself. iowa is a stranger and you welcomed me. [applause] i will not waver from our commitment to the boldness of our ideas are attire from the efforts to include everyone in the future we are trying to build. progressives, moderates and republicans who are ready for a change. the time has come.
[applause] we will fight when we must fight but i will never get so wrapped up in the fighting that we think fighting is the point. the point is what lies on the other side of the fight. [cheers and applause] and what is on the other side of that fight is the hope of the american experience defined by belonging and that is what we are here to deliver. [cheers and applause] and talking about hope and belonging call it optimistic but do not call it naïve.
your vote for president of the united states. [applause] [cheering] that's why i believe in this country. [applause] i would ask you to caucus for me on february 3 because i know what the presidency is for this and the glorification of the president it is the unification of the american people. that is why we have the office.
let me get right to it. you all know this election is more important than anyone you've ever voted in, no matter your age and it's not because of us running but the man that holds the office. the very character of america is on the ballot next november. the very character of the country. donald trump is lacking any character we need. you know, folks, hate only hides. it's never leave. it comes out from under the rock anincludes everything. this is a man who started this campaign based on hate and division, dividing people in
ways whose embrace, he's looked at people like vladimir putin and embraced them. there's a couple things i've learned the past couple of weeks. number one is vladimir putin doesn't want me to be president. [applause] and number two, donald trump doesn't want me to be the nominee. he spent a lot of money to make sure that i'm not. i'm flattered. we have got to beat this man. it's not enough that we just be
ten. we have to beat him so everyone knows we are not going back to the time when another president like kim can hold that office. i will beat him like a drum if i am your nominee and he knows it. he breathes nothing but oxygen into hate. look what happened in charlottesville. people coming out of the woods and fields carrying torches, preaching hate and division. the comment on that or did he
say he said they were very fine people on both sides. no president in the american history has ever said that including andrew johnson before the civil war. look, folks i learned something early on from my family. they said nobody is better than you but everyone is your equal. think about it, how we are treating people, how he has treated people. look my dad used to say it's all about dignity. i said after charlottesville we
were in a battle for the soul of america and we are. if you doubt it, think about it. the middle class is under siege and it is the soul of america. wall street bankers didn't build america. the middle class built america and unions built the middle class. [cheering] how can a parent maintain their dignity when they look at a child with a pre-existing condition something they can't afford to get insurance for th them, how can a parent maintain their dignity when they have a child or husband or wife who's terminally ill and the insurance company can come along and say
sorry, you have run out of coverage, die in peace on your own. how can a parent have the dignity? that's why we have to build on the affordable care act and not abandon it. that's why we have to provide a public option. that's why we have to make sure everyone has access. ladies and gentlemen, we can do this quickly without taxing the middle class and make sure 160 million people that have health insurance they like him keep it if they like and if not, they can buy into a medicare like proposal. ladies and gentlemen, it will not take four or five or ten years to happen, it will happen
immediately. [applause] [cheering] we know the increase in taxes. how can a parent maintain their dignity and have to look into say like many people did this fall at the breakfast table sorry we can't borrow the money or figured out how to get you there. there's nothing we can do i'm sorry. we have to change this. my wife, jill, teaches full ti time. 12 years of education is no longer enough to make it in the middle class that's why we have triple the amount of money that we spend paying teachers 60
grand making sure her children can go to school and making sure community college is free and those that have college debt if they volunteer and engage in public service their debts can be forgiven. that's what he can do. how can we look at our children knowing that this issue facing america is climate change and we are doing nothing about it or how can we walk into a situation where today children went to school learning how to duck and cover because they may get shot in school, talk about a troubled soul in the country, that's trouble. we have to go out and take on the nra and beat them. i'm the only one that has beat
them and i will beat them again. assault rifles, there is no room for them. in addition to that, what rationale that is a sick system ladies and gentlemen. and talking about climate change first thing i will do as your president is rejoined the paris climate accord which i helped train together. and the nations that joined that i will up the ante on them to make sure they keep it and that we put in place a climate change plan. we make up 15%. what we will do we will have
locked in standards that cannot be changed. ladies and gentlemen how can we talk about not restoring the soul of america if we don't do that? ladies and gentlemen we think about the way we work now. as i said, why in god's name should a firefighter, school teacher, nurse pay a tax rate higher than a trader making millions of dollars. it's wrong and under my proposal i promise we will begin to reward and we are going to change the tactics. [applause] [cheering] we are in a situation where the next president of the united
dates is going to face a world in chaos. it's going to require a president that on day number 110 unite the country has the experience to put together major initiatives to bring the country together. i know some of my colleagues say that's naïve but i've done it. i promise you i know how to do it and i will do it again. if you can't bring the country together we are in trouble. ladies and gentlemen, think about it. the next president is going to be commander in chief in a world of disarray. there will be no time for on-the-job training knowing that
our allies know what you are doing and that you will keep your word. [cheering] folks, look. the united states of america is so much better prepared than any nation in the world. we are the wealthiest country in the world it has the most productive, three-time as productive every major change taking place in more of them in the united states than all of the rest of the world combined. [cheering] so what are we doing? democrats, republicans and independents walking around with their heads down like what are we going to do.
the first thing we have to do is get rid of donald trump, get him out of office. once that happens, the road is cleared for significant change. there is no reason why we will not lead the world in the 21st century. it's time for america to lift their heads up and remember who in god's name we are. this is the united states of america. we have never, never failed a conflict he set our minds to once we decide what you're going to do. it's time to decide and vote. [cheering] here's the deal. the only thing that stands in the way is donald trump. he's spending so much money running ads against me in a
[cheering] i did the math. do you know how many californians each of you is worth? 1,000 each. when i look around at the arena tonight i do not just c. 14,000 iowans, ic 14 million californians. that is the power in this roomhave the power to change the course of history. that's why it is a thrill to be back here and a privilege to address the wall. i'm a presidential candidate, yes i am also a parent. how many of you are parents. my wife is here with us tonight. we have two young boys, christopher and damien. i'm running because of a thought that we have had unafraid to
express and it is this, our kids are not all right. we have left them a future darker than the lives that we have learned. many of you think of me as a business guy but for the last seven years i've been a nonprofit guy. i started a nonprofit called venture for america that helped create thousands of jobs in cities like detroit, cleveland, st. louis, baltimore and you know what i saw during this seven years? millions of young people who are not starting families let alone businesses because they couldn't pay their bills. i sold millions of young people buried under a mountain of debt and trapped in their parents basement. [cheering] iphone record high levels of anxiety, stress, depression, mental illness and even suicide and drug overdoses.
first time in 100 years it's happened and if you turn on cable news today why would you think donald trump is our president? go-ahead and shouts something now. russia, racism, hillary clinton, e-mails, all mixed together. but i believe many of you know different. i am a numbers guy into the reason that he is our president, the reason that he won your state by eight points is that we gave away 40,000 manufacturing jobs right here and you saw all those towns go from blue to red as it happened. and it didn't just happen here in iowa, we did it in chicken, ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, missouri. all the swing states he needed to win. 4 million manufacturing jobs and unfortunately we are not stopping there.
how many of you have seen stores close where you live and work in the state? and why are they closing, it is a one-word answer. amazon. that's right. $20 billion in business every year causing 30% of choice for us and all stood close. how much do they pay in federal taxes last year? if your math, 20 billion hours, zero back. 30% of your stores and malls closed. the most common job in your state is retail. a 39-year-old woman making between nine to $10 an hour. when her store closes, what is her next move going to be? im a numbers guy but you don't need the numbers. look around your communities. you see it when you walk into cvs and the grocery store. we see our neighbors and kids addicted to drugs and headlines
where they are working on cars that can drive themselves. these are the problems of donald trump elected, more and more are feeling left behind. experts are calling this economic transformation, this period before the industrial revolution. when is the last time you heard a politician even say the word industrial revolution? just now, right? and i'm barely a politician. these are the problems i got donald trump elected and this is what you must solve and use your power. ask yourself for a moment how is a man you never heard of eight months ago going after joe biden and elizabeth warren? [cheering] how did a man you never heard of before raise $10 million last quarter in increments of only $30 each? my fans are almost as cheap as bernie. it's because i know what the
true nature of the problems are and how we can solve them. [cheering] it is up to you to take these to present a new way forward as fast as possible. what is this new way forward, what is the vision? if you don't know anything about me or my campaign, an asian man running for president that wants to get [inaudible] the first time you heard that it sounded like a gimmick too good to be true but it's not my idea and it's not a new idea. martin luther king fought for it in the 60s. economists endorsed it, the house of representatives passed it twice in 1971 and 11 years later once they passed the dividend between one to $2,000 a year no questions asked" a status that and how does alaska pay for its?
what is the oil of the 21st century? technology, software, so driving cars and trucks. our data is now worth more than oil. raise your hand if you got your data check in the mail. where do they go, facebook, amazon, google and a trillion dollar tech companies that are paying zero. think about what a thousand dollars a month would've been in the hands of you and your friends and neighbors who need a lower stress level it would mean fewer arguments with your spouse, being able to retire with dignity. it would mean not having to choose between car repairs and new clothing for your kids. it's not about the money but it's about what it means to us. i've been getting a thousand dollars a month to families for a number of months now. i recommend it. one of them is here tonight who lives in iowa falls. thank you, kyle.
so he lives in iowa falls with his mom is recovering from cancer. when i saw kyle on my last trip he said he'd taken care of some bills and was playing shows for the first time in years. it was a guitar in for jodi it was car repairs to visit her daughter, mallory in florida it was going back to school at the age of 68. this is what the freedom to spend would mean for us in real life and the reason you can make the reality like this because it is your power and your power alone. [cheering] now, my first move was sent to run for president of the united states, because i am not insane. [laughter] i worked for the obama
administration, went to washington, d.c. and said what are we going to do to help our fellow citizens understand it isn't immigrants causing the problems come its technology and an economy of pushing more and more of us to decide. and folks in bc had very little to offer. one of them gave me guidance that led me here to all of you tonight. he said you are in the wrong town. no one in washington, d.c. will touch this because fundamentally it isn't a town of leaders is a town of followers. the only way we will do anything to create a wave in the rest of the country and that's why i'm with you tonight, i am iowa. i'm running for president because i fantasize about being for president, i'm running because like so many of you in this room, i am a parent and patriot. i see the future that lies ahead
for our children, and it's not something i am willing to accept. [cheering] in iowa you know what the future holds if you look up. you saw it happen to your farms and your factories. now it's on your main streets. soon it will hit your highways. it's up to you and you alone to turn the tide. you must be the way that helps us rewrite the rule of the 21st century economy to work for us, to work for you how the people of this country. [cheering] you must be the way of that helps the entire nation have a way forward and gives me and millions of parents around the country the ability to lock our children in the eye and say with truth in our heart your country loves you, your country values you, and you are going to be all
[cheers and applause] >> hello iowa. [cheers and applause] i am here to talk about something people all across iowa at america no. our democracy has been hijacked by the rich and the powerful. the make it work for themselves and leave everyone else behind. every time executive threatens to cut pay every time an insurance company denies a
treatment and access to the doctors they trust. we see it with the criminal justice system tears apart black and brown families and the list goes on. those that are crushed by student loan debt. we see it over and over. we see it. any vote on sensible legislation we see it when the oil industry continues to drill and call all the shots in washington. that is corruption plain and simple we need to be willing to call it out for what it is. [cheers and applause]
to see the big challenges of our time, it will take big structural change and that starts with you, iowa. [cheers and applause] you know, a lot of people are afraid of big structural change. afraid because there are already rich and powerful. they are afraid because they are sucking up to those that are rich and powerful. they are afraid because they see an america where they will not be able to make the changes they need. they are afraid because they are too downtrodden to believe that change is possible. not me.
i believe in change and i know we can get it done. [cheers and applause] and why do i know we can get it done? let me tell you a story when i was a young mom we did not have a shut off switch you can leave the room and come back and toast would literally be in flames along with the kitchen curtains and cabinets. and then a federal agency steps in and says enough. you cannot sell toasters in
america has a one out of five chance to burn down your house. no more toaster fires. in early 2000 mortgages had gotten so complicated and so dangerous they had a one out of five chance to cost a family their home. not because of fire but because of foreclosures. only this time the federal government was not on the side of the families. it was in the pockets of the big banks. and they were so deep in the pockets of the big banks they closed millions of those mortgages to be sold. that was 2008. so i had an idea to start a
consumer agency to protect people. [cheers and applause] that would protect people when they got mortgages or credit cards in those agencies that protected people. so i went to washington and i started to talk to everybody i could about this idea. they told me two things. first, that is a great idea. you can make a real difference. that is structural change in the second thing is don't even try. big money and big banks they will fight you and the democrats will fight you. you will never get this done.
my friends, big structural changes hard. but it was the right thing to do. so we kept on wall street and we kept on the big money. [cheers and applause] and we won. and that little consumer agency has now cause the big banks to return more than $12 billion to those people they cheated. [cheers and applause] we know how to make government work for the people. so what did i learn from the site? that notwithstanding the millionaires will tell you big banking or what big pharma will tell you that it is worth it to me as a challenge of our time, we need big ideas.
[cheers and applause] big ideas. big ideas to inspire people. to get them out to caucus and get them out to vote. [applause] big ideas to be the lifeblood of our party and show the world who and what bureaucrats will fight for. [cheers and applause] >> so to take that incentive and put mitch mcconnell out of a job.
we need big ideas and here is the critical part. we need to be willing to fight for them. it's easy to give up on a big idea. but when we give up on big ideas we give up on the people whose lives were touched by those ideas. [cheers and applause] and those people are already in a fight. those who are struggling to pay their medical bills are already in a fight. people who are crushed with student loan debt are already in a fight. people who are denied a chance to vote are stopped by the
police because of the color of their skin are already in a fight. [cheers and applause] and those fights are all of our fights. [cheers and applause] anyone who comes on the stage and doesn't understand that we are already in a fight is not the person who is going to win that fight. [cheers and applause] anyone who comes on this stage and tells you they can make change without a fight is not
going to win that fight. [cheers and applause] and anyone who comes on the stage and tells you to dream small and give up early is not going to lead our party to victory. [cheers and applause] this is a time of crisis of washington insiders and even those that don't want to admit it they think running a campaign that nibbles around the edge edges, that the most
we can promise is business as usual as democrats we will lose. when we offer solutions big enough to touch the problems that are in people's lives. fear and complacency does not win elections. hope and courage win elections. [cheers and applause] >> i am working with some consultants who have big ideas to try not to offend anyone. i am running a campaign based
on a lifetime of fighting for working families. [cheers and applause] i am running a campaign from the heart. because 2020 is our time in history. 2020 is our time to win the fight for the green new deal and save this planet. [applause] 2020 is our time to win this fight for medicare for all and save our people. [applause] 2020 is our time to win the time against a whole generation in the wealth tax.
where we need to fight for this country that we love, the rule of law, our system of justice and for our very democracy. [cheers and applause] so we are all here to fight. we are all here to fight to end that national nightmare called donald trump. [applause] and plant democrats to win. and it can't be anything other than looking at yesterday we need to be focused on tomorrow. [cheers and applause] to win. we have to fight against those
who will try to put hate and division among us to have america turn upon each other. to win, we will have to fight for what i know in my heart and soul to be true. because the beauty of who we are as a nation. [cheers and applause] we have so much more in common than what separates us. [applause] and we will need a nominee who has the ability to go toe to toe with donald trump and you are looking at her.
[cheers and applause] i have spent my career as a prosecutor. i have only had one client my entire life and that has been the people. [cheers and applause] i have never represented a corporation, or special interest. and i started my career fighting for the people the first day walked into a courtroom i said five words. kamala harris, for the people. [cheers and applause]
those words those words for the people capture our system of justice. when we say for the people, number one we have set a harm against one is a harm against everyone. and for the people when i stood there and when i stand here today we mean all the people regardless of race. regardless of sexual orientation. regardless of the party of which they are registered to vote. regardless of the language her grandmother speaks, it means all the people. [cheers and applause]
and it was for the people a large part of the early part of my career was about fighting against those that deserve justice and safety without judgment. [applause] for the people when i was elected district attorney of san francisco the claim that were on drugs was a failure so i made models of what it means to give jobs to people who were arrested for drugs. for the people. [applause] and i was the attorney general of california the second largest department of justice in the united states second only to the united states profit of justice.
[applause] taking on the biggest banks in the united states engaged in predatory lending practices bringing back $20 billion to homeowners of my state. [applause] and for the people, as a united states senator taking on jeff sessions. [cheers and applause] taking on bill bar and brett kavanaugh. [cheers and applause] and i stand before you today for the people fully prepared to defeat donald trump. [cheers and applause]
and that's why i am running, for the people. [chanting] [chanting] and i will say in the name of the people, i believe in 2020 justice is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] justice is on the palate. on - - ballot. when someone holds down two jobs trying to figure out how to get to the end of the month and paying more taxes than the richest families in america then economic justice is on the ballot. [cheers and applause]
i am running for president to pass the middle-class tax cuts you know how we will pay for it? and we will pass against the richest 1 percent of corporations in america. in america there is a mother in a parking lot of a hospital afraid to walk through those sliding glass doors with her child because she knows when she walks through those sliding glass doors it will be out of pocket 4000-dollar deductible. healthcare justice is on the ballot. [applause] so i running for president to make sure there is medicare for all. not medicare for some to bring down costs. [cheers and applause]
and to ensure because i heard don't take away my opportunity i have a private plan. this is depending on your choice. [cheers and applause] when we are looking at teachers across america and here in iowa holding down two and three jobs to get to the end of the mont month, education justices on the ballot. [cheers and applause] so i am running for president to put in place to be the first in our nations history to take home $12200 per year went all over america there are women who are being attacked for their constitutional right to make decisions about their own
bodie bodies, reproductive justice is on the palate. [cheers and applause] i am running to ensure women have constitutional rights and not having republican legislators telling women what to do with their bodies. [applause] when children in america are afraid to go to school because they are afraid they may get shot there is a gun man roaming the whole - - the hallways of their school justice for children is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] so i am running for president and to take executive action if necessary to implement what
they have done to take on the gun lobby in washington dc. and i will give a shout out to beto o'rourke because he has the courage to say you cannot walk around talking about gun safety but you don't have a plan to take 5000 assault weapons off the streets of america. [applause] justices on the ballot. it is time that we fight. and this is a fight that is about all of us. because yes a harm against any of us is a harm of all of us. but here is the bottom line iowa, i do believe, i do believe that when we overcome these injustices, we will
unlock the promise of america and the potential of the american peopl people. and i do believe that this is what we want and need and this is the america that i see. that is the america i believe in. that is the america i know of and that is why i am running for president of the united states. [cheers and applause] please join me and caucus with me. thank you. [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ [applause]
to hear of a lot of great plans and policies for real democratic leaders. and we should all remember that everybody you hear today is more honest, more coherent and more patriotic than the criminal who resides at the white house. [applause] and i know the people in this state are thinking of 2020. but you should know that for me the big iowa day is decembe december 152019 because i am told i have to be there when she turns 100. so i know these policies everybody in this room and on the stage shares the same values we know we need a
change. we know we need to do to win. we know what we need to do to turn the page. but we will not get to do that unless we break the corporate stranglehold controlling our government. those that fought the government in washington dc you'll have to break that corporate veil that's why i'm running for president. because i know to break it we have to tell the truth and take strong and bold action. let me tell you a story of somebody who did that in iowa. in 2016 mary rose was living in iowa falls, 90 years old and she watched donald trump get elected with horror. she was upset and worried
about the future for her grandchildren. when i started the need to impeach campaign she immediately signed up. [cheers and applause] that she is 90 years old. so she can't go door to door. she can't make a series of phone calls. what can she do? she wrote over 1000 cards to other americans asking them to hold the most corrupt president in american history accountable. [cheers and applause] she knew that mister trump is a fraud and a failure and a criminal. so when people say to us it is not politically smart, i am with mary. not as what is politically convenient but the question of what is right.
truth in action is what everybody needs. we are talking about turnout. we are talking about grassroots. i started one of the biggest grassroots in their - - organizations in this country. with our partners in the labor movement, we have knocked on tens of millions of doors, and have organized young people across america living in iowa. in 2018 we had the largest youth voter motivation in american history. we more than doubled the turnout of your people in those districts also elected cindy asked me. truth and action is how america faces our biggest challenges at home and abroad.
we have a huge challenge in front of us in the shape of climate change. i said i would make it my number one priority. there is no doubt in my mind we need to address it on a real-time basis in emergency basis if we are going to handle it and i have a decades long history of winning around the country on climate change. i have taken on the oil companies and beat them i have pushed for clean energy at the ballot and one in my partners in the labor movement we have protected and created hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs across this country. [applause] in addition, especially when the harm is pointed at the
most vulnerable communities in this country, low income communitie communities, i have worked to hold elected officials accountable to make sure. truth and action. if we are going to break the corporate stranglehold on our government, i'm talking about term limits in the senate. twelve years. earlier talking about congress looking like america then what about term limits. congress is not supposed to be a lifetime appointment. if you want the strongest term limits that i know mitch mcconnell, chuck grassley and lindsey graham. get rid of them? term limits.
we don't have a failed society. we don't have a failed society we have the most successful society in the history of the planet we have a failed government. if we can get back to governing by the people for the people and control the climate crisis, we are in the best condition of any people in the history of the planet. we will get everything. we will get the right to an equal vote for every american. we will get a right to clean air and clean water. nobody poisons the water for profit. [applause] we will have a right to a living wage because one job should always be enough. [cheers and applause] we will have a right to quality education because
schools should never be curtailed. and we will get health care as a right with affordable healthcare as a right for every american because companies should never be able to dictate our care. so actually we are looking at the best position to be in. so now how i got on the stage. started a company by myself one person in the room, no employees no windows. i took away the pledge to give way the bulk of my assets while i am alive i walked away from the company and spent the rest of my life building coalitions of americans to take on corporate power and to push for broader democracy. you may wonder why does that
make sense? because my mom was a teacher from minnesota. [applause] she ended up teaching in public schools and brooklyn housing detentions my dad was a first generation of his family to go to college. my father was so grateful for the opportunity he left his law practice went into the navy in world war ii and prosecuted the nazis at nuremberg. [cheers and applause] if you get back at least as much to this country as you get because that is what you do and actions speak louder than words. my mom said that to me every day of my life. actions speak louder than words. so they are too rich and too
powerful you will never win but we went ahead and one and i delivered on that promise. they said the tobacco companies have won 17 times in a row don't waste your time or money. we beat the tobacco companies and i delivered on that promise. [applause] when people said impeaching the president as a liberal pipe dream. forget it will never happen you are ridiculous. look at where we are now. [applause] i have delivered on that promis promise. let me say this. if you support me there are three things i promise you. i will tell the truth. i will take bold action. and i will deliver on the promise. iowa, that day of the year of democrats is today. we will have huge victories next fall.
[cheers and applause] that is no small feat. the iowa democratic party is on the move and i look forward to working with you for this vitally important battleground state. we take back iowa in the general election and beat trump and defeat him badly. [cheers and applause] and i will do everything possible to make that happen. i am very happy to announce tonight at 20000-dollar donation from my campaign to the iowa democratic party. [cheers and applause] tonight, all of us, no matter what candidate we are supporting are in agreement we must defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country. [cheers and applause]
a man who is a pathological liar, a man who is running the most corrupt administration in the history of our country, a man who doesn't understand the rule of law for our constitutio constitution. and a man who will soon be impeached. [cheers and applause] now, that is what we all agree on. but we do have some disagreements. at the end of the day the democratic party of iowa, vermont have got to make a fundamental decision.
do we continue status quo politics which has enabled the wealthiest people in our countr country, the largest corporations and their lobbyist to have extraordinary influence over these developments. >> no. >> no is the right answer. [laughter] that is where the republican party is and has always been. and democrats, it seems to me we must chart a very different path. it is time for income and wealth inequality the democratic party must become the party of the working class of this country. [applause]
not a super pacs or corporate interests. and with that regard i am very proud to tell you that our campaign has received more campaign contributions than any candidate in the history of presidential politics. [applause] i want to thank this opportunity for the teachers and the waiters and waitresses and amazon workers and others of the working class who have supported our campaign so strongly that i want to take a moment to acknowledge one of the great political leaders of the last century in 1936 fdr
said the following as he reflected on his first term in office and i quote we had to struggle with the old enemies of peace reckless banking exceptionalism and war profiteering. and the government of the united states was a mere appendage we know now government by organized money that never before in all of our history have they been so united against one candidate
and today they are unanimous in their hate for me and i welcome that hatred. [applause] what was true in 1936 is perhaps even more true today when three people own more wealth than the bottom half of america over the last 30 years the top 1 percent has seen a 21 trillion-dollar increase in their wealth in the largest most profitable car corporations in america don't pay a nickel in federal income tax i understand that real
change never takes place without struggle. [applause] without having the courage to take on the corporate elite whose greed and corruption defies the middle class of this country. tonight i stayed if i am fortunate enough to accept the nomination of our party in milwaukee, that convention will not be funded by corporate interests or their lobbyist. [applause] that convention and our victory over donald trump will be funded by millions of americans who are sick and tired of politics. [applause]
but in order to defeat trump with the turnout that we need with that regard let me quote another great historical figure, nelson mandela. this is what he said it always seems impossible and tell it is done. [applause] the establishment in the money interest know that change is possible let me respectfully disagree.
healthcare is a human right not a privilege and we will pass whether the insurance companies like it or not, medicare for all. [applause] we will end starvation wages in america and a living wage $15 an hour and making it easier for workers to join unions. [applause] every person in our country regardless of income is entitled to a quality education which is why we have universal pre- k and funding for public schools with the
income and respect they are due. [applause] public colleges and universities tuition free to cancel all student debt in america. and when it comes to whether or not we save our planet that is not a debatable issue, we will take on the greed of the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy away from fossil fue fuel, and yes we will pass a green new deal. [cheers and applause]
together we will reform a broken and racist criminal justice system to end the war on drugs and legalize marijuana. [cheers and applause] and for those that are arrested and convicted of marijuana we will end the broken immigration system of comprehensive immigration reform for the citizenship for those 11 million that are undocumented. and we will make certain it is the women in this country have the right to control their own bodies. not politicians.
we will stand up to the nra. we will not be intimidated by the nra burger thank you to my good friends for helping to lead the effort to end the horrific level of gun violence we see in this country. [applause] brothers and sisters good policy is good politics. now is the time to stand with the working class in our country without outrageous level of greed and corruption now is the time to create a
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