tv Washington This Week CSPAN March 12, 2016 2:00pm-4:01pm EST
little bit. we have been hiring a lot of unemployed people. some costs have gone up for business. it is a way that is actually supporting working-class people. there are a lot of examples of what we can do for immigration. another area that deserves some details is his tax plan. he is talking about having a 10% tax plan for individuals. all the deductions and depreciation schedules, [applause] those are some of the things that a cruz administration would do good security, growth and liberty. with that, i will take the off script to answer some questions. we've had an incredible leadership team in illinois. to tell you two things about our campaign could we build a ground game in 2015 that this country has never seen since ronald reagan.
we had over 12,000 people volunteering in iowa and many the same in early states. 800 texans went and walked the neighborhood. we have a ground game to get the message out. campaigns usually fail, not because they decided no longer want to run, but because they run out of money. campaign that everyone said there is no way you will be able to raise the money. you usually have a moderate in the race that has all the money and a bunch of conservatives cash.plit the small we've raised to million dollars, most of it online, with an average donation size of $60. -- we raised $70 million. it has been because each and everyone of you has given sacrificially, the business community has stepped up and we really appreciate that support. thank you. [applause] heidi!s hear it for we have a lot of questions,
which is exciting. we will go through them as quickly as we can. full policy had a team and i am not on it. [laughter] ms. cruz: i said what can i do that is most useful and i can help ted win by going out and meeting voters, by fundraising muscle i will do my best to answer your questions. , so i will do best to answer your questions. if i do not know the answer, i will refer to the team. first question from david heller. would you please discuss plans on entitlement reform? specifically how would a president cruz make entitlements solvent? ms. cruz: i will answer in general terms.
this has been the third rl of politics for so long and we know if you look at the budget, there is no way to get this country back on track unless you reform entitlement. whoever wins this election, we will take on difficult issues. if this election sent any signal, it is that the time is now. we have an incredible turnout because people want change. ,ed will take on entitlement get the deficit under control and do so in a couple ways. we must keep our promise to seniors. i have people all over the campaign trail asking me if we will cut benefits. this election is so important because people in my generation -- the average age of our presence has been best president -- the average age of our president has been 47. our promise to seniors that our generation knows that we are not going to
be retiring at age 60 and living off of government funds. this is the time to say let's have personal savings accounts that run in the private sector. end the benefits to inflation and raise the retirement age. those are very specific things that it takes care of a large part of the problem. >> another question. we do not have a name on this. a story that navy seals currently do not have adequate weapons come either in terms of quality or in terms of quantity. billhe recent omnibus include funds for arming serviceman, such as navy seals? omnibus bills do not provide individual legislator accountability. ms. cruz: this is a question about the equipment and our military. i've looked at a graph of our
funding of the military and it is catastrophic. the numbers have declined throughout this administration. men and womento around the country, their parents say to us all the time, you are sending my son and with old equipment -- you cannot just have a threat of the strongest military in the world unless it is real. we will keep going to war and not winning unless we pose such a threat to our enemies that send people over here to kill us. ted will spend more resources on that. the most recent bill, i'm not sure of all the details of it, but ted has voted against an obama budget because he feels it does not have the right priorities and it. -- in it. >> bob graham asks would president cruze willing to
compromise on issues such as legit, health care, etc. to be a president for all of the people? ms. cruz: these questions are great because they get at bigger issues. people ask me, can ted negotiate? i come from the business world. i understand that question very well. what is so interesting -- i say this to my business friends, if you were in the senate or in this congress, this is an environment that you would exist in for about two minutes in business before you would say, listen, i will get another job. this is an environment in which there is been no compromise by either side, no willingness by the republicans to have any strategy to get anything done and no come from mice by the democrats. obama has been an extremely effective president for the left. he has not compromised at all and that has been effective or that set. we have to have someone who will
advance the ball of reducing the debt and deficit and advance the ball of having a better health care system. if we are advancing the ball forward for growth, for liberty, for security, ted will compromise and come back for more. this has been a stalemate. [applause] asher is with the little heroes pediatric cancer foundation. before the a portable care act, my health insurance premium for my family of four was six figures. $100,000 a year annually. my eldest is a two-time cancer survivor. familiesd protect such if he is intent on repealing the affordable care act? ms. cruz: ted has always said
for diseases and for things that have really impacted families, a lot of that is in pre-existing conditions. we have to address that. when you look at the cost of alth care, we have a system where the insurance companies are running away with big profits at the expense of all of us. we went off of our corporate health care to be on this campaign, it was important that we do that. the cost of our health care has gone through the roof. i cannot tell you how many checks i write every month. a servicely not doing to men and women who don't work for big companies. experiencing this first hand, my heart goes out to that family. we have to have a health care system that will make it affordable. one way is by having competition between states. we need to make the companies compete. that is ted's answer to many
things that are costly. if we have fair competition. we have to have health care be affordable for all people. the time when people need health care the most is often when they do not have a job or get laid off. every other insurance stays with you as an individual. the health care system is complicated, we have policy team on it developing this plan in detail. we must address the skyrocketing costs. from nazarene , does ted have a plan to help maintain religious freedom in for-profit businesses? ms. cruz: yes, he has a plan. it is called the constitution. [applause]
there has been no one more outspoken on religious liberty than ted. it is not just for people of his religion. he's reminded this country over and over that we are a nation founded for people coming to worship freely. we are a nation of people seeking freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. it is an important distinction. ted has fought for the 10 commandments to be on the capitol state grounds of texas, but for veterans to maintain the cross they wanted to put on the mojave desert federal land. there is a young woman in texas who was in high school, she wanted to offer a prayer at her graduation, she was the valedictorian of her class and she went to the administrators and said here is my speech come i will talk about how strong my parents were in my life and how much faith was an important part of my upbringing and they said
if you do not -- do that on stage, you will be arrested. you are not allowedo refer to god or pray and people got involved in the ceremony and they did not allow them to have an indication or benediction. the liberty institute in texas got involved and when that case -- won that case. ted as president would defend any religion's ability to have prayer and it -- prayer in a public place. [applause] >> we are now getting into the political questions. would you say something nasty about person x or y? from roosevelt university says why did it take so long for senator cruz to regnize the danger of trump and to return fire? ms. cruz: let me rephrase that
question. why did it take the republican party a couple of decades to get that they must represent working people in this country? [applause] ms. cruz: the republican party is they party of principle, people who earn it and believe in the private sector. this election is demonstrating that. there's been a pent-up anger for a long time of people who left be -- who have felt left behind. this campaign started with 17 candidates in the race. can you believe it? and really good candidates. this has been an exciting race to be part of. who would have thought, from the republican party? this is a great thing. it is now narrowed down to four or some might argue two.
h been run a race that rebuilding this coalition that is the party. it is exciting to see different parts of the republican party come together. the doctor from safe haven all could stop the fighting by announcing a trump-cruisz or something like that, would you accept that as a win-win deal? ms. cruz: i will leave those strategic questions to our political strategist. i do not do a ton of strategy. did, i probably would not tell you in this public forum. it is important that we as the american people reflect -- elect someone that reflects our values. in what they have done in their career and how they speak and
how they speak of others. the our kids are sitting on living room floor, that we are proud to have them watch our president. that is what i will say on that. [applause] asks, you are speaking tonight at the pickwick restaurant in park ridge, illinois, just four blocks from the childhood home of hillary clinton. do you have any thoughts you would like to share with us on hillary clinton? the thought i would like to share is that i believe that the republican party will beat hillary clinton in november of 2016. [applause] brandon asks what are the prospects for rubio and kasich
dropping out and supporting ted? ms. cruz: i don't know. i do know what we are doing in our campaign and we will keep doing the same thing that we've done for almost a year now. there are a lot of people with dropped out as a result of each one of us running their own race. i have no idea what the other campaigns are doing, but i know today, i need to meet as many voters as i can and we need to raise a lot of money. asks, why aren't any republican senators endorsing senator cruz? ms. cruz: i've gotten the question of it differently. why is ted not more beloved in congress? that is what this election is about. why he is a front runner in this race amongst 330 million
americans. and donee has gone up top things and sometimes people who are good people, they are there because it is a nice job and fun and some can make a decent living and enjoy the lifestyle, they do not like being called out. the thing that voters and people who are working, giving money and time and treasure to promote democracy, what they love is ted's calling it like it is. the first chapter of his book is called tenacity. what goes on behind closed doors. clear.retty , likeler another question, but hits a similar point -- if you believe the long process allows the
american public to get to know how would's values, you explain the traction that someone like donald trump has generated with republicans, including even with evangelical voters? ms. cruz: donald trump has been a master of one-liners, a master marketer, of calling out some of the problems that has been on the hearts and minds -- immigration was not a big issue in this campaign until some of the candidates spoke out on that. it is important to understand that people are frustrated enough that whoever is an outsider, whoever is actually speaking things that they are thinking, they are voting for. i believe that ted will be our nominee because we are saying over and over that we identify with the anger of the american people, people who are outside of a private school who have to deal with common core and are working really hard in their
minimum wages are reduced because of the influx of illegal immigrants. not a big problem in certain neighborhoods, but when you go out and meet the vast majority of americans, these are real issues affecting their lives. there is a reaction to the years of an activity. ms. cruz: our final question -- >> our final question is from a student who was a poly psy major. -- is a political science major. she has a question in the personal realm. .olicy to politics to personal one that many have considered. tot is it like as a spouse have an argument with someone who is a champion debater? [laughter] [applause] we choose our battles. we actually don't argue. someone asked caroline a similar question.
simple. it is pretty that doesn't really talk at home. -- dad doesn't really talk at home. [laughter] [applause] >> i can relate. thank you very much. heidi cruz, we will ask you to join us for free. i'm sure that has to be reported to somebody. [laughter] >> we want to have our little memento in thcruz household. i spoke to the city club of chicago, the award-winning city cruz household! [applause] >> a big city club thank you and we are adjourned. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> campaign 2016 continues on tuesday with primaries taking
place in missouri, illinois and swing states ohio, north carolina and florida. live coverage of the election results and viewer reaction beginning at some neglect p.m. eastern. taking you on the road to the white house. this year's student cam documentary competition was our largest yet. nearly 6000 students took part alone or in teams of up to three. fromceived 2900 entries schools as far away as taiwan and united arab emirates. awardt is time to $100,000 in prize money to our winners. students were asked to produce document is using our road to the white house team and to document which issue they most wanted the candidates to discuss. students told us that the economy, equality, education and
immigration were all top issues. our judges have finalized their decision for one grand prize winners and were first-place winners. irst place winners. our grand prize winner is olivia, a 10th grader from jenks, oklahoma. $18 trillion of debt. this did not happen overnight, people. how did america get up to its debt?in spending received $1.1 trillion. the second section is mandatory trillion dollars.
lastly, the interest on the received $229hich billion. >> she wins $5,000 for her documentary and the c-span bus will travel to her school so we can present her with a check for the grand prize. mia andprize winners, ava from blacksburg, virginia. their winning documentary is titled " what should be done about money in politics?" >> this is the way that politicians try to get elected. politicians spend millions of dollars on their campaigns. every day that congress is in session, there are fundraisers all over the country. in 2012, the presidential election cost $2.6 billion. where does all this money come
from? arehe first prize winners 12 graders, griffin, michael and ben from troy, michigan. the documentary is entitled "the 1%." >> americans are drowning in overly debated issues such as immigration, terrorism, leaked e-mails. the issues that will affect the most americans, the issue of the 1%. >> 1%. >> 1%. >> not that 1%. this 1%. the shining blue jewel of the united states, the great lakes. >> one of the unique resources in the world. the largest freshwater resource in the world. >> from the high school west sophiay, daniela and
from phoenix. "rethinking reform: prisons in america." >> the prison systems around the united states have changed in the last 20-30 years. none of them address arizona. 20 years ago, our prison population was about 20,000 able. has our state prison system over 40,000. the composition of the prison population has also dramatically changed. >> are fan favorite was selected through your online voting. , the first prize winners from the high school east category.
ben, william and charles from silver spring, maryland. >> americans love moving around. we love the fast cars, big trucks, road trips, horsepower and 70 mile-per-hour speed limits. we drive more cars than any other country in the world. we tend to take what we drive on for granted. america's 2 million miles of roads and 600,000 bridges are aging congested and often dangerous. congratulations to all of our winners. 21 winning entries will air on c-span in april and all the winning entries are available for viewing online at studentcam.org. democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders was in illinois last night for a campaign rally at a local high school.
while speaking to supporters, senator sanders compared his record to that of his opponent, hillary clinton on issues like wall street, trade and foreign policy. he also spoke about decreasing the minimum wage -- increasing the minimum wage, the criminal justice system and health care. this event is just over one hour. [applause] >> all the bernie supporters, let me hear you [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, -- all the bernie supporters, let me hear you! i'm jonathan jackson from chicago state university. also the national spokesman for the rainbow push coalition. i would like to do something very special. i will bring on the person who will introduce our presidential candidate, but first, let me share a word with you that is
very personal. 1984, i was 18 years of age and i had just had my first opportunity to vote. jesse jackson had one in vermont in 1984, 1988, senator sanders was there and he greeted us with open arms. [applause] [applause] why am i so proud to be here today? because it was 1962 when senator sanders fought to desegregate housing. [applause] >> there is a saying that where you stand in your letter years is a function of where you stood early in life. why did senator sanders do it? he is a firm believer in civil rights. he believes america --
[applause] stand withhe reverend martin luther king in 1963? because it was the right thing to do! [applause] in 1984 and 1988, he was with my father because it was the right thing to do. [applause] >> in 2008, he did not run against president obama. he embraced him, endorsed him because it was the right thing to do. [applause] this man is huge, a hero of mine, personally. everyone talks the talk, but they do not walk the walk. he believes it, he fought for it. compromiseranother
or negotiator, we need a fighter for the students, a fighter for the workers, a fighter for all of america. [applause] >> it is my privilege now to introduce a great man who needs no long introduction because he is great, a friend of mine. .r. chua garcia [applause] [applause] yes, yes.: illinoisnd brothers of
-- [applause] mr. garcia: the wind that blew hasss the state of michigan crossed that great lakes and is blowing in illinois. [applause] the landa: illinois, of lincoln is on fire! [applause] mr. garcia: it is burning up -- berning up! >[applause] mr. garcia: the people of illinois are feeling the bern! [applause] mr. garcia: bernie sanders has -- as on a new at for a new for a real democracy for ordinary people. [applause] us garcia: this will enable
,o create good paying jobs ensure access to higher education for all and health care for all as well! [applause] but, we are not there yet. we've got three days that require little if any sleep. in those three days, we've got to put illinois in the winning column. are you with me? [applause] mr. garcia: here is what we've done so far and why we need everyone to be on their best for the next three days and nights. we've opened up 15 offices over the past 3.5 weeks across illinois. [applause] have a phonee banks operating out of hundreds of homes across illinois.
[applause] marchesia: we have had from colleges and high schools all over illinois to earn the boat across the state of vote acrossearn the the state of illinois. we have thousands and thousands and thousands of volunteers ready to bring a winner on tuesday, march 15! [applause] you stood: we know outside for a long time, we know you've been standing for the last two or three hours inside here. much --thank you so [applause] mr. garcia: so now, youngsters, sisters and brothers, ladies and gentlemen, everyone within earshot, it is my pleasure to introduce to you the man who has been leading this american
[applause] sen. sanders: you know why we are going to win this election? because the american people are sick and tired of its apple spent -- sick and tired of establishment politics. [applause] sen. sanders: they are sick and tired of establishment economics. [applause] sen. sanders: all across this country, what people are saying is we demand a government that represents all of us! [applause] and not just a handful of billionaire campaign contributors. [applause] what this campaign is about is bringing our people together. [applause] not letting donald
trump or anybody else divide us up. we are not going to hate mexicans. [applause] sen. sanders: we are not going to hate muslims. [applause] sen. sanders: we are not going to hate women. [applause] sen. sanders: we are not going to insult veterans. [applause] sen. sanders: we are not going to insult african-americans. [applause] sen. sanders: we are going to bring our people together to make sure -- [applause] [applause] "bernie"]nting
sen. sanders: the united states of america today is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but very few people know it. is reason they don't know it that people in illinois and vermont and all over this hoursy are working longer for lower wages. working to or three three jobs trying to cobble together some income and health care. and then we end up with a situation in which the top 1/10 of 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 90%. saying? what people are they are saying enough.
enough! [applause] sen. sanders: and people are standing up and they are fighting back against a corrupt campaign finance system. [applause] women allrs: men and over our country have put their lives on the line to defend american democracy. but american democracy is not buyingillionaires elections. [applause] sen. sanders: where you have the koch brothers and a handful of --er billionaires
[crowd boos] sen. sanders: you've got it. [laughter] sen. sanders: when you have a handful of feeling or spending more money in this election cycle than either the democratic or republican party, that is not democracy, that is oligarchy. [applause] we don't like oligarchy. we like democracy. [applause] sen. sanders: and that is why we are going to overturn citizens united. [applause] sen. sanders: and why we are going to move toward public funding of elections. [applause] sen. sanders: while we are on this subject, let me mention some fundamental differences between secretary clinton and myself.
[crowd boos] sen. sanders: now, when we began this campaign, as many of you know, about 10 months ago, we were 3% in the polls, about 70 points behind secretary clinton. we had no money, no political organization and nobody in america was. knewnobody in america who i was. we had to make a decision early on. all the political geniuses said look, the only way you can raise the kind of money you need is to set up a super pac. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: well, we thought about it for about a 10th of a second. [laughter] sen. sanders: we said, look, we don't represent wall street. we don't represent corporate america. [applause]
sen. sanders: we don't represent the billionaire class. we are not going to back them for money. we don't want their money. we are not going to have a super pac. [applause] and what we did and honest to god in a million years i would not have told you that this would have been what we said is to the working families of this country, look, if you want real change, if you want an economy that works for all of us, help us out. what happened in the last 10 months is we have received over 5 million individual campaign contributions. [applause] sen. sanders: anybody know what that average contribution is?
shouts "$47"] sen. sanders: that's right. run ashown that you can successful independent campaign without running on wall street and big money. [applause] clintonders: secretary chose to go in another direction. the way every other candidate is going. to establish a super pac. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: actually, to establish several super pac's. who are already spending millions of dollars against us in this campaign. what she reported in her recent raised 25 that she
million from her super pac, 15 million alone coming from wall street. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: and millions more coming from other special interests like the fossil fuel industry and the drug companies. top of that, as many of you know, secretary clinton has given speeches behind closed doors to wall street financial institutions and received $225,000 per speech. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: now, what i think, if you are going to get $225,000 per speech, it must be a phenomenal speech. [laughter] [applause]
[crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: it must be , and int, insightful think if it is such a great speech, it should be shared with the american people! [applause] now, secretary clinton has said, her response is, well, if other people will , shese their transcripts will release hers. so, tonight, i want to make a dramatic announcement. release all ofo the transcripts of my speeches to wall street.
[applause] sen. sanders: and that is pretty easy, because there were no speeches to wall street! [applause] sen. sanders: now, i just don't mind, why boggles my wall street invited secretary clinton time and again to give speeches, but they did not invite me! [laughter] sen. sanders: maybe it's because, if they did invite me, if they did invite me, what i would have told them is that their greed, their recklessness and their illegal behavior helped destroy this economy! [applause]
sen. sanders: and i would have told them that it is time to reestablish a 21st century glass-steagall bill. [applause] and i would have told them that we are going to break them up! [applause] sen. sanders: so, that is -- i always find it amusing that people say, well, i'm an agent of change. walli get money from street and drug companies and the fossil fuel industry, but i am an agent of change. i don't think so! [applause] you know, and that people also say, yeah, i'm
getting billions of dollars, but it will not influence me. [laughter] sen. sanders: that is what every politician always says. you can say a lot about wall street. you can say they are running fraudulent operations, they are greedy, they've helped destroy the economy of the united states. you can say all of that. what you cannot say is that they are dumb. the question is, why would they be giving millions and millions of dollars to secretary clinton? there are other differences i want to spend a moment on. one of the differences is that secretary clinton has received the endorsement of many senders -- senators and congressmen and some of them are my friends and good people, but she has also received the strong endorsement
secretary clinton and myself on a very, very important issue. that has impacted the entire country and especially the midwest. and that is our disastrous trade policies that have cost us millions of decent paying jobs. [applause] sen. sanders: now, when i was elected for congress in 1991, i what these trade agreements were about. not complicated. theseate america wrote agreements with china for a simple reason. they want to shut down factories in the united states of america, not pay workers here a living wage -- [crowd boos] sen. sanders: and then take their factories to mexico, china
, exploit the people there and bring their products back into this country. [crowd boos] 2001, weers: since have lost almost 60,000 factories in america. not all of it attributable to trade, but a lot of it. we have lost millions of jobs because of these disastrous trade policies written by corporate america. i am proud to tell you that i have not only opposed, i've helped lead all the efforts against these disastrous trade agreements. [applause] hand,anders: on the other secretary clinton has supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade agreements.
[crowd boos] sen. sanders: let me tell you, right now, i'm helping to lead the opposition to another disastrous trade agreement called the transpacific partnership. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: let me assure all of you that when american would be asked to compete against people in vietnam who make 62 five cents an hour as a minimum wage, if i'm elected president, that agreement will never be implemented. [applause] sen. sanders: i believe we have an obligation as a wealthy nation to do everything we can to help poor people all over america. that's what we do. [applause] but, you don't
have to destroy the american middle class to do that. [applause] everybody here is a that foreign policy very important part of what a president does. house2, when i was in the , secretary clinton in the senate, congress debated the most important foreign-policy issue in the modern history of our country. to whated very closely president bush and vice president cheney and all these guys had to say. concluded that they were not telling the truth and i voted against them! [applause] sen. sanders: secretary clinton
heard the same argument, she voted for the war in iraq. [crowd boos] sen. sanders: it gives me no you, no pride to tell , if you go to my website and listen to the speech i gave on the floor of the house in 2002 and it predicted much of the kind of instability and chaos that would take place after saddam hussein was gone. we need a president that not only has experience, but has judgment. [applause] sen. sanders: now, our campaign is doing well and we have now
won primaries and caucuses in nine states. [applause] we've won lastly in michigan when nobody thought -- [applause] [crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: we won when we were 20 points behind in the polls a few days before the election there. [applause] becauseders: and we won there was a record-breaking turnout in michigan. [applause] if there is a record-breaking turnout in illinois, we will win right here ! [applause]
[crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: what i have said throughout this campaign, i'm the only candidate who will tell importants is an point. alones that no president can address the crises facing our country. we need a political revolution. [applause] sen. sanders: and that is not just campaign rhetoric. that is reality. today, reality is, because of the power of wall street and corporate america and the corporate media and the large campaign donors, no
president, no matter how well-intentioned, can do what has to be done for working families. the only way we bring about the isnge this country needs when millions of people get involved in the political process in a way that we have not seen in a very long time. [applause] sen. sanders: and that is what the political revolution is about and that is how we transform this country. [applause] now, the big money interests, what they hope and pray for is low voter turnout. they don't want people participating in the political process. they own the system, they want to continue to control the system. the antidote of that is millions
of people saying, sorry, this country belongs to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires. [applause] sen. sanders: our campaign does not go to mansions and listen to the needs of billionaires. they are doing just fine. what our campaign is doing is going around the country in meetings like this, listening to the needs of the middle class and working families of our country. [applause] is what irs: and this am hearing. i am hearing from workers -- we were just in florida yesterday near disney world. people there are making nine dollars an hour. nine ornot make it on
10 dollars an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: you can do the arithmetic as well as i can. nobody can take care of a family on $10 an hour. you can even take care of your self. the is why we need to end starvation minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: we are going to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: it is not a radical idea to say that if somebody in america works 40 hours a week, that person should not be liberating -- be living in poverty. [applause] sen. sanders: and when we talk
about equitable wages, this campaign is listening to women! [applause] and what women are saying is why does it happen that they go to work, doing the same work as the guy in the other room and they are making $.79 on the dollar? [applause] minority women are making even less. and i know, i know that every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity. [applause] sen. sanders: a great nation and ,ometimes we forget about it
bad news for them. we are not going to cut social security. we are going to expand social security. [applause] bernie, bernie, bernie! mr. sanders: this campaign is andening to the many women many men who put their lives on the line to protect us, our veteran community. and they are asking to make sure that they get the health care and other benefits that they deserve, and if i am elected president, they will! [applause] this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the african-american community. [applause] and they know and
we all know that we have a broken criminal justice system. what this campaign is about is thinking outside of the box, outside of status quo thought, and i want all of you to think about this for a second. we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world, yet we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. [booing] mr. sanders: that's right. is a communist, authoritarian country, they don't tolerate dissent all that well. therefore bank times our size and we have more people in jail are foura -- they
times our size and we have more people in jail than china. we need to reform our criminal justice system in america. [applause] mr. sanders: let me very briefly touch on a few of the points. for a start, i am a former mayor, i have worked with police officers throughout my career. most police officers are working hard and doing a very difficult job. but like any other public officer, if a police breaks the law, he must be held accountable. [applause] mr. sanders: secondly, we have got to demilitarize local police
departments. third, we have got to make our local police departments look like the communities they serve in their diversities. fourth, in my state of vermont, neighboring new hampshire and all over this country, we are suffering from a major epidemic of heroin abuse and overdosing and opiate overdosing. this is a national crisis and the time is now to recognize that drug addiction and substance abuse our health issues, not criminal issues -- abuse are health issues, not criminal issues. [applause] mr. sanders: people who are
abusing drugs and alcohol need need -- theythey don't need to be in jail. [applause] criminal justice reform demands that we that to a very significant degree, the so-called war on drugs has been a failure. today as part of the controlled substances act, marijuana is listed as a schedule one drug. [booing] mr. sanders: right alongside heroin. and i hope everybody
heroin is ahat , but to lift to marijuana -- to lift marijuana to the same schedule as heroin is basically insane. [applause] and that is why i have if it isd education -- legislation to take marijuana out of the controlled substances act. now it is a decision of the to decide to legalize marijuana and as you know, four that. have already done but at the federal level, we should not make it a federal crime for people to possess marijuana.
[applause] mr. sanders: and when we talk about criminal justice reform, what we have got to do is to make certain that when people get out of jail, they have the education and job training to that they don't get back into that same environment which got them into jail in the first place. and when we talk about preventing a young people from getting into jail, let me tell you something. i asked some economists in washington to do a study a number of months ago on youth unemployment. this is what they found. no one talks about it, but it is a huge issue. yuge issue!
[applause] 17 sanders: from kids through 20 who are high school graduates, not dropouts, for white kids, real unemployment is 33%, latinos, 36%, african-american kids, 51%. [booing] mr. sanders: you know what we are going to do? we are going to invest in our young kids in education and jobs . [applause] mr. sanders: we are not going to be investing in jails or incarceration. i was in flint, michigan a week and i had the opportunity of
talking with some people there in a private conversation. and i must tell you that i was shattered after hearing what they had to say. by parents that they have observed in their beautiful kids mental deterioration because of the lead in the water in flint, michigan. can you imagine? can you imagine watching a beautiful, vivacious, right kid bright kidvivacious, school to twoin years later going into special education because of cognitive disabilities? , honest to listen god, i could not believe i was hearing this discussion in the united states of america in 2016.
and i cannot believe that i'm hearing chicago schools being shut down. [booing] mr. sanders: or universities being closed. what is going on? how does it happen? 58% of all new income goes to the top 1% and we don't have to provide safe or clean drinking water to schools our children. that is crazy stuff. [applause] we are going to fight for a $1 trillion investment in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
13 million decent paying jobs for building our water systems, our wastewater plants, our schools, our airports, our levees, our dams, our roads, our bridges. [applause] mr. sanders: and we are going to pay for that by ending an outrageous loophole that allows profitable corporations making billions of dollars every year in profit to stash their money in the cayman islands and not pay a nickel in federal taxes. now everybody in this room iserstands that education inherent to who we are as human
beings. we want to be learning until the day that we die and we also understand -- [applause] we also understand that in a competitive global economy, we need the best educated workforce in the world. we are thinking outside the box and this is about asking a simple question. how does it happen that when we need the best educated workforce, we got hundreds of thousands of bright, qualified young people who cannot go to college for one reason: their families like the income. that is crazy! [applause] you know, today a
college degree in many respects is the equivalent of what a high school degree was 50 years ago. 50 years ago, you got a high school degree, you can go out and get yourself a pretty damn good job. that was a lot of education back then. the world has changed. the economy has changed. [applause] needanders: people today more education than they used to. and that is why i believe that when we talk about public 2016, it's not good enough to talk about first grade through 12th grade. we have got to make public colleges and universities tuition-free! [applause]
bernie,ernie, bernie, bernie, bernie! mr. sanders: people say that is a radical idea. it is not a radical idea. exists in germany, it exists in scandinavia, it exists a countries all over the world. and you know what? it used to exist in this country 50 years ago when public colleges and universities were virtually tuition-free! [applause] mr. sanders: and here is something else that is pretty crazy. we've got millions of young people and not so young horror being crushed by very high levels of student debt. anybody here? [applause]
i talked to a doctor, a young doctor about her dream of going to medical school. she did. she came out $300,000 in debt. in iowa went to dental school and we need a lot of dentists, $400,000 in debt. a young man, two years in college, had to drop out $60,000 in debt. nevada, 55 years of age, he has been paying off his 25 years, he is more in debt today than he was when he took it out. [booing] mr. sanders: brothers and sisters, that is crazy stuff. int we're telling people
this country is you need an education. get the best education that you can. and then what we are doing is punishing them with decades of debt! [applause] mr. sanders: we've got legislation in and i will make this happen if elected president, i will make public colleges and universities for free and it will allow people with student debt to refinance of those loans at the lowest interest rates. [applause] mr. sanders: now the establishment, "the wall street post,"," "the washington they say, bernie, you are too
radical. how are you going to pay for that? let me tell you about how we are going to pay for that proposal. as country bails out the crooks this countryt -- bails out the crooks on wall street but i believe we should impose a tax on wall street speculation. street, nowt wall it is wall street's time to help working families in this country. that is not a radical idea. that is a commonsense idea. i am a member of the u.s. senate committee on the environment. [applause] mr. sanders: i have had the opportunity of speaking with
scientists all over our country and all over the world, and let me tell you that the debate is over. climate change is real. [applause] climate change is and ifby human activity we do not get our act together in the very near future, a bad situation will become much worse in future years. we have a moral responsibility to leave this planet in a way that is healthy and inhabitable for our children and our grandchildren. [applause] mr. sanders: many of my republican colleagues are running all over the country,
and they talk about family values. how much they love family. beant everybody here to crystal clear about what they mean by family values. what they mean is that no woman in this room, in this state, or in this country should have a right to control her own body. i disagree! [applause] mr. sanders: what they mean, brothers and sisters, is that gay people should not have the right to be married. i disagree! [applause] i. sanders: my wife, jane and , we have been married 25 years. we believe in family.
we believe strongly in family. but when we talk about family values, what we mean is ended the international disgrace in which the united states is the only major country on earth not to guarantee paid family and medical leave. [applause] mr. sanders: i am getting into this thing. i am working up a little sweat. it is good. [applause] crowd: u.s.a.! we talkers: now when about unfinished business, where we have to go as a nation, i
what everybody here to understand that there are 11 million undocumented people in this country. many of those people are living in fear. the right thing to do is for congress to pass comprehensive .mmigration reform [applause] mr. sanders: with a path towards citizenship. [applause] mr. sanders: and if congress does not do its job, i will use the executive powers of the presidency to do everything that i can do. [applause]
mr. sanders: now when we think outside of the box, when we think outside of the status quo, i want you all to consider that today in this world, there is one major country that does not guarantee health care to all people. the united kingdom does it. france does it. germany does it. holland does it. italy does it. canada does it. the guarantee health care to all people. i am a member of the committee that helped write the a formal care act and the affordable care act has done some very good things. and i thank president obama for his leadership in that fight. [applause] but despite the
gains of the aca, 29 million americans have no health care today. many of you are underinsured with large deductibles and large copayments, yes? continue to be ripped off in an unconscionable way by the drug country -- drug companies that charge us the highest prices in the world for medicine. if you want to talk about crazy, understand that about one in five americans cannot even fill the prescriptions that their doctors prescribe. that is crazy. and on top of all that, we have to pay much more for personal health care than for individuals
in any other country. that is why i believe that health care is a right for all people, not a privilege. [applause] mr. sanders: and that is why i will fight for a medicare for program.h care [applause] now one of the criticisms thrown at me as a candidate is, well, bernie is a nice guy, he combs his hair beautifully, he dresses really well -- [laughter] [applause] but despite all of that, he can't win a general election. [booing] mr. sanders: so let me take the pleasure of informing you that the last wall street journal poll had me beating donald trump
by 18 points! [applause] mr. sanders: in fact, in fact we are beating them in the polls and in every national poll by significant higher margins of that hillary clinton. a poll came out last week in michigan, we were beating trump by 19 points. down buts go up and the real reason that together we are going to beat trump if he is , theepublican candidate real reason is because the will not accept
a president who insults mexicans , do yousults muslims know, i don't know how many of you know this, as you know, the united kingdom is our oldest ally. they had a debate in the united kingdom a few months ago as to whether or not they would allow donald trump to even visit the united kingdom. [applause] the american people are not going to elect a president who insults women. [applause] who insults african-americans. some of you may have forgotten this, but please don't. a few years ago, donald trump
was one of the leaders of the so-called birther movement. vicious movement was a effort to undermine the legitimacy of president barack obama. that's what it was. now i have always found it very funny that president obama's , myer was born in kenya father was born in poland. [applause] mr. sanders: that's right. in chicago, we got a few people from poland, right? [applause] mr. sanders: but here is my point. isn't it interesting that they all wanted to see barack obama's birth certificate. nobody wants to see my birth certificate.
be thet just happens to color of my skin? [applause] mr. sanders: the american people will defeat trump. they understand that bringing our people together trumps dividing us up. [applause] we will defeat from trump because america understands that communities helping each other can defeat trump's selfishness! [applause] mr. sanders: and most importantly, the american people
that every religion, christianity, judaism, islam, buddhism, and what they teach us, and that is at the end of the day, love trumps hatred. [applause] crowd: bernie, bernie, bernie, bernie! now what this political resolution -- clinical revolution is about as i said earlier is about millions of people standing up and fighting back. on tuesday here in illinois, you will have an opportunity to have ad the countryv in moving towards a political revolution. [applause]
the former secretary of state has maintained a lead above sanders throughout the primary season. delegatesof 1227 includes more than 450 superdelegates and has her own little bit more than 11 delegate short of the nomination. donald trump leads the field with 459 delegates. he is followed by ted cruz with 360 and marco rubio with 152 and john kasich with 54 delegates. all of the candidates will be looking forward to increasing their delegate counts. many of those candidates are visiting these primary states this weekend. among them is donald trump in dayton, ohio today where a protester tried to get on the stage. during a trump rally, that happened after a trump rally, i should say, and this is following the incident
in chicago involving security concerns. here's a look at what happened today in chicago. mr. trump: go back home to mommy. go back home. go back home to mommy. go back home. guy looks like he is 15 years old. what is going on over here? take him back home to mom. she will lock him in his bedroom. so folks, so folks, here is what happened. i have to do this myself, i know that it is not -- [indiscernible]
warning. i was ready for him but it is much easier with [indiscernible] [applause] mr. trump: don't you agree? what a great job. what a great job. and to think that i had such an easy life. what do i need this for? you know why i need it? country, love this this country is great, i own this country. !t is payback time announcer:? meanwhile, hillary clinton was at a campaign last night. these are her comments in st. louis. ms. clinton: let me say a few words about what happened last night in chicago.
you know, we will always have our differences. that is what happens in a democracy, and it is healthy for us to debate, to dialogue, to disagree. the ugly, divisive rhetoric we are hearing from donald trump and the encouragement he has given to violence and aggression is not only wrong, it is dangerous, my friends. [applause] mr. sanders: if you play with -- ms. clinton: if you play with matches, that is a fire that you cannot control. that is political arson. and oft of leadership citizenship is absolutely the opposite in our country. if you see bigotry, you should oppose it. if you see violence, you should condemn it, and if you see a bully, you should stand up to
him! [applause] ms. clinton: now look, i know that it is no secret that many people are angry on both the left and the right, and for some very good reasons. many people haven't recovered from the great recession. many people have gotten a raw deal for a long time. our economy and our politics have failed to deliver results the way we should expect. but i believe with all of my heart that we can only fix what is broken if we stand together divisionhe forces of and discrimination that are trying to divide america between us and them. senator marco rubio also spoke about the events last
thank you very much. thank you. thank you for coming out so early on a saturday morning for us. you should be voting. you should be voting. good. already voted. well, first of all, thank you for coming out so early for me. i think the weather is going to hold up. that cloud is perfect. facesa lot of familiar and friends and people who have been helpful to us and i'm really grateful to you. i thank you. i thank you for your help. and i ask you to continue the hard work over the next 72 hours. if you have already voted, make sure you go out and encourage others to vote as well. i appreciate you coming out for us, i know it is a saturday and it is early and you have other things to do, what i appreciate you coming out today. i want to about america.
i want to talk about our campaign. it is an important campaign and what i want to talk about is a big part of it. for over 200 years, a republic has been given the opportunity to be an exceptional nation. today,k around the world and many untries still solve their problems through war and violence. those countries in the world, if you lose an election, if you are out on the outside of a political connection, you are exiled or you go to jail. we used to tell people, what is the worst that could happen if you lose an election? family, youto your go back to the private sector. the worst thing that happens in america in the political process is they run a nasty ad about you. we are blessed. i signed ever ties but last night that showed america as a third world country. thateople who showed up at rally last night in chicago are professional and they are not
blameless. there are things about that speaker that i don't agree with. that is the reason i am running for president against him. developing trend among the american left where if they don't like it, we are going to go disrupt your event, we are going to blow up your event, and they have done this all across america. so i'm not saying that they are blameless in all of this. they were acting like dogs last night. too many of them. but i would also say that -- acting like thugs last night. too many of them. but i would also like to say that there were many police officers doing a great job last night. [applause] but we should examine discourse in our own party because there is no doubt that people are angry and frustrated. you know what? people have a right to be angry and frustrated. i understand it. int is the reason why iran
2010. i don't come from wealth or privilege or power -- why i ran in 2010. i don't come from wealth or privilege or power. higher education has failed us. college costs more than ever and they are raising prices for degrees that often don't lead to jobs. our media has failed us. all of these things you see happening on tv, i think the media needs to stop and examine their role in all of this. [applause] mr. rubio: because i will tell you something, and i said this the other day, i am not proud about some of the things i said about donald trump as a person, and that will never happen again. i don't have a problem attacking people on policy, but i want to tell you something, i spent 10 months not doing that. i spent 10 months and 28 days on talking about the issues and nobody covered that.
and the mid-ice or talking about somebody, a started listening to my speeches. so the media has failed us in minute i started talking about somebody es.sonally, they started so the media has failed us in this. they want to perpetuate themselves in power instead of being agents of change. our political leaders have failed us. far too many are in office to win election. they want to win the next election. not to make a difference. organized religion, you name it. we have serious problems and people are frustrated. they are frustrated because they go to college, they get a degree, and they are told their whole life that if they go to college and get a degree, there is good to be a job waiting for them is that is the american dream. but then they can't get a job and then they can't pay for
their degree and then they feel worthless. in america, if you work hard and you are willing to sacrifice, you may not be rich, but you can at least achieve a certain standard of living. they are willing to work hard. they can't find a job that pays enough. meanwhile, they know someone who is cheating the system. they know someone who isn't paying their mortgage because they know they can go for a year and a half before being foreclosed on. they know that there are people getting paid in cash under the table. i understand the frustration. i understand that. especially when they go into work and are told that a machine is replacing their job or that someone is coming in from another country and that they are taking your job and that you have to train them. that is frustrated. but here is what i want you to understand. the job of a true leader is not to stoke people's anger. leader is totrue
say, i know that you are in pain. but they should not make you more painful and more angry , because when you do that, there are consequences. [applause] mr. rubio: there are consequences. there are consequences to that and they are playing out before our very eyes. they are playing out before our very eyes. what i saw last night and just the days before it, put aside last night. we have a major presidential candidate that encourages people in the crowd to beat up on people who heckle and protest against him. him, i amave to boo just telling you that that is what is happening. that is what is happening. the other day, a guy sucker punched a guy at his event. i have had protesters. they are obnoxious. some are paid to be there.
some are speaking their minds and a right to do it. but never in my wildest dreams, i never thought it would be a good idea to punch a guy or gal in the face. punched him in the face, and i will pay for your legal fees. guy was punched in the was, the gentleman arrested, i shouldn't say ntleman, he was arrested and he commented, next time i should have killed him. but president cannot say whatever is on their mind. they can't -- presidents cannot say whatever is on their mind. they can't. we don't allow our children to say what is ever on their minds. at least, i hope we don't. there are a lot of things on your mind.
there are a lot of things on my mind. but there are some things you don't say as they are not politically correct. you don't say it because it is wrong to do it. every society must be governed discourse because once it you lose the rules of discourse, you lose the discourse. and that is what we are careening towards and the saddest part is that the republican party is hosting that debate and that activity. i tell you that if donald trump if he is oure, nominee, this is what our party is going to be defined by. this is what it is going to mean to people to be a conservative. let me tell you, ronald reagan was a real conservative. [applause] mr. rubio: is there anything about donald trump that remind you of ronald reagan?
and he was just as conservative as anyone who has ever run for office in this country. well, that is a whole different story. my point is, this is the consequence of this election. look, i'm asking for your vote. i want you to vote for me. i am asking for your support. [applause] mr. rubio: but our politics have become the comment section of a blog. ? to any of these blogs, you read the top stuff, it is amazing what people are willing to say when they are anonymous and hiding behind the screen -- blogs,to any of these you read the top stuff, it is amazing what people are willing to say when they are anonymous and hiding behind the screen. their twitter trolls. trolls.are twitter it is like an episode of
"survivor." we've got to take a deep breath, guys. we were at a debate a few weeks debate onen we had a cnn the other day and it was all about issues, and the first question from the media was, why didn't you attack them? debates likethese a cage match. a fight. think it was but what is at stake here is the most important country in the world. the most important country in the world. civil society. when we arewhy frustrated and angry, we should not lose hopefulness. here is why we must remain optimistic for our future. for over 200 years, this nation has proven that americans can do anything. there is no challenge we cannot confront, there is no problem we cannot solve, and we have proven
this time and again. i think it is time to remind people who we are. who we are as americans. do you know who we are? we are descendents of go-getters. you comeare where from, we are all the descendents of go-getters. we are the descendents of pilgrims who refused to accept the rules of the old world. we are the descendents of slaves who overcame the most up noxious, the most dangerous, the most evil institution that mankind has ever had. we are the descendents of individuals who knew that there had to be more. that is literally in our dna. that is the blood that runs in our veins. that is who we are as a nation. [applause] forrubio: and that is why over two centuries, americans have been capable of solving every problem and every challenge we have ever confronted and for anyone who pretends that america has had uninterrupted
prosperity and eight years of problems, you are ignoring history and you are lying to people when you say it. itn this nation was founded, was founded by declaring independence from the most powerful empire in the world. that was an extraordinary challenge and it wasn't clear that it was going to work. than 100 years later, we had a civil war that almost ended the country. literally, families took arms against each other and americans who studied together in our weretary academies going to war against each other and it wasn't clear if our nation was going to survive that. then our nation was called to the first world war. , thisng after that country had a great depression that wiped out communities and our entirend
economy. the greatsoon as depression ended, this nation was tossed into a second world war, which it wasn't clear we >> it wasn't clear we were going to win. our life in the world would look very different. almost as soon as the second world war ended we began a cold war. it ended in arms if that is still in place today with the divided korea. this long cold war lasted into the 1980's. think of the 1960's. we had multiple political leaders assassinated, i got president gunned dow
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