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ivanka: how's it going? good. >> [indiscernible] ivanka: yeah. >> thank you very much. >> [indiscernible] ivanka: [laughter] thank you. >> we have one more. one more. thank you. good to meet you. ivanka: i appreciate it. thank you.
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>> one more. media please. >> thank you. ivanka: i see you have beautiful flowers around here. >> can we have one of their cameras? >> i -- [indiscernible] >> all right. ivanka: thank you. >> thank you. you ladies --
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that's it. thank you. all right, guys. that's it. thank you. thank you, mrs. trump for coming. ivanka: thank you. ivanka: thank you. >> thank you guys. >> chelsea clinton was also in new hampshire recently, campaigning on behalf of her mother. spoke to -- she students at keene state college about why she feels her mother is most qualified to be president. this is about 20 minutes. chelsea clinton: i want to thank keene for welcoming me so warmly.
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particularly all of you for taking your time out of your day for being your. i want to thank everyone who spoke. dr. knight. molly kelly. andrew lewinsky. andy. i think all of them demonstrate why it really matters who is elected at every level in government. and, i just really want to thank -- and why it is so important to turn out on tuesday so we can turn new hampshire blew up and down the ballot. ue up andmpshire down the ballot. and i just really want to thank the more than 100 organizers , including emily who are , working so hard to do that, to support my mom and support democrats up and down the ballot. i want to thank the 12,000 people who have volunteered throughout the state as part of
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my mom's campaign. for knocking on 6000 doors and making 2 million phone calls. i am so grateful. i know that our work is not done. as we have four more days, depending on your perspective that feels around the corner or oh my gosh, four more days. i feel both of those things. this is the most important election in my lifetime. i'm going to do everything i can them make the case of why we have to defeat donald trump and elect my mom. both of those are important. i am deeply biased. i make no claim to the contrary. as a mom i hope my two kids are
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someday as proud to be my children as proud as i am to be my mom's daughter. her me this election is about my children. about the country, the world in the future i want for them to grow up in. so, i want to share a few thoughts about what i think is at stake in this election. i love my mom. and why i think we can't sit on the sidelines. goodness gracious. they can talk about whatever they want to talk about. we are going to talk about whatever is at stake in this election.
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[cheers] i do believe everything is at stake in this election. as you heard in the earlier speeches, everything is on the ballot. whatever it is you care most about, it is on the ballot. as you heard, science is on the ballot effectively. college affordability, graduate school affordability. a woman's right to make our own decisions is on the ballot in this election. whether or not we protect marriage equality is on the ballot in this election. whether or not we raise the minimum wage is on the ballot in this election. whether or not we get to equal pay for equal work is on the ballot in this election. something that matters a lot to
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me, whenever my mom talks about the need to raise the minimum wage she always talks about the need to get to equal pay for equal work for women, and for americans with disabilities. the only legalized discrimination is still exists in our country, it is legal for employers to pay americans less than the minimum wage. that is unconscionable the 21st century. whether you care about any of those things that have been talked about today, or you care about criminal justice reform, or directing our heroine overdose epidemic, or addressing teenage suicide, all of this is on the ballot in this election. my mother is the only person who has real plans to address the challenges that we face.
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sometimes i think i have an old-fashioned view in this election season. beyond the fact that i believe in science. what someone has stood for and fought for is a good indication of what they will stand for and they will deliver on in the white house. for me, i want to do everything i can to talk to as many people as possible about what is at stake in this election. i'm never going to forget the stories that bring this home to my heart. the stories i carry with you every day -- with me every day, that we have to prove love trumps hate is not a slogan. and that stronger together isn't just a slogan. just a few stories. i was in pennsylvania in september. after an event like this was shaking hands and urging people to the registered to vote, hopefully to vote for my mom. a woman said can i share with you part of the reason i'm supporting your mom, and i said
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yes, thank you. i came to the united states from guatemala to go to graduate school at penn state. i came to go to graduate school because i thought if i got a graduate degree, i could provide a better life for my six-month-old son. maybe get a better job back in guatemala, or a job here in the united states. i got a job here. my son and i are now proud american citizens. he went back to school. two weeks ago. he has had three different kids in his middles josé go back to mexico -- middle school say go back to mexico, or i can't wait to build a wall to keep people like you out. i was urging people to register to vote. a little girl said your mom must win. i said i agree. but why do you think she must win? she was eight years old.
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she said two reasons. one, it is time for a girl. i said i agree. it is time for a girl. she said something that broke my heart. she said she also has to win because the boys in my school say if donald trump wins my dad is going to have to go back into the closet, and there are monsters there. i said there are monsters there and we are not going to let that happen. that is not rhetorical. the trump of fact, the rise in bullying, is very painfully real. i've lost count of the stories i've heard from young people who say they know they had health insurance because of the
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children's health insurance program. that health insurance save their life. it enabled them to have the heart surgeries they needed or early intervention they needed to treat diabetes, or get the key opec this chemotherapy -- or to get the chemotherapy. i know people in the adoption system, to make it easier for qualified foster parents to adopt their foster children. or the young people i have met who know that their parents who were 9/11 first responders are still getting health care because of my mother's work. or the young woman who is a graduate of head start and harvard, and believe she would
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not have been the second without the first. my mom had led the effort to double federal funding for early head start programs. she was recipient of that. that is the top of -- that is the type of president i want. what more can you always be doing to expand more opportunities for more people? i just couldn't imagine a clearer contrast in this election. i couldn't imagine a better grandmother for my children. but truly a contrast to her opponent with a real record of delivering better schools and other health care, and someone who has really only been interested in himself. so when i think about what is at stake in this election on think every thing is at stake in this election. i was listening to the earlier speeches. the underlying theme is that it is just not an option to stay on
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the sidelines. because since we are on a college campus, you wouldn't let someone pick out what classes you are taking this semester. you would let someone pick out what you are going to wear next tuesday. why would you let someone else decide the future of our country? or the future of your state, or your community? [cheers and applause] chelsea clinton: whatever issue you care about, whether that is protecting and improving on the affordable care act, whether that is putting teachers back at the center of respecting education, whether that is recognizing climate change is real, a real threat, and a real opportunity, whether that is indigenous rights. my mother has had an indigenous council sense -- i'm going to respond. my mother has had an indigenous council since the first day of her campaign. she absolutely believes we need to honor indigenous rights.
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she believes it's not only about water rights and the environment. it should be about investing in the indian health service, it is about ensuring that communities in general are at the center of self-determination. that should be true for indigenous communities, for teens, for anyone anywhere across our country. i would argue that represents a clear difference between my mother and her opponent. and i think that makes the perfect place to close. i don't mind. you can raise your -- oh. i am responding. yes, ma'am. this can be interactive. i'm not going to shot back
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because of not a shouter. i'm happy to respond. i would hope that it would matter. that my mom has had an indigenous council from the beginning of her campaign. she has a platform to address climate change, to address indigenous rights. that we can't only see indigenous rights through climate change and water rights and land rights, as important as those are. we also have underfunded the indian health service, we need a president understands all of that. i've never heard donald trump talk about any of that. so i would say, whether this is what you care most about or whether you care most about anything that has been discussed here, please use that to drive you to the polls. however you get to the polls. as you have already heard, we
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don't want to wake up november 9 and think we could have done more. this is truly the future of our country. so many people here are not old enough yet to vote. if you need another reason, think about the stories i shared about the kids were being bullied, think about the kids here you may now in your own life, and what you hope and want for them. this election is ultimately about the future. so as a parent, i did not know i could care more intensely about politics. i have spent a lot of time at events like this in my life. with signs my passing out stickers. waving american flags. advocating, participating.
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as a parent this feels intensely personal to me. clearly so many of you feel the same way otherwise you would not be here. anything you can do, talk to your family, your friends, strangers alike about what is at stake, whatever it is you care about. whether it is something you share today or care in your heart. we have to win. we have to turn new hampshire blue. thank you for all you have done. thank you very much. ♪ >> ♪ this is my fight song take back my life song prove i'm alright song starting right now i'll be strong i don't really care of nobody else believes
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i still got a lot of fight left in me ♪ [indistinct lyrics] this is my fight song take back my life song prove i'm alright song my powers turned on starting right now i'll be strong i'll play my fight song and i don't really care
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don't really care if nobody else believes cause i've still got a lot of fight left in me got a lot of fight left in me like a small boat on the ocean sending big waves into motion like how a single word can make a heart open i might only have one match but i can make an explosion this is my fight song take back my life song prove i'm alright song my powers turned on starting right now i'll be strong i'll play my fight song
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and i don't really care don't really care if nobody else believes because i've got a lot of fight left in me a lot of fight left in me ♪ [song changes] [indistinct lyrics]
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i guess you know you're not the first you may not be the last but you have shown me a better way and now i'm learning fast you got a go where the feeling flows i take it while it's hot
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you've got to give if you want to get and i want all you got i'm breaking down the barriers making up my mind i'm breaking down the barriers of time i'm taking down the barriers and loving what i find i'm breaking down the barriers that lie ♪tween your love and mine ♪
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do do do do do do do do do do ooh ohh do do do do i'm breaking down the barriers making up my mind i'm breaking down the barriers of time i'm taking down the barriers and loving what i find i'm breaking down the barriers that lie mine ♪ your love and ♪
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barriers of time i'm breaking down the barriers of love oh do do do of love breaking down barriers of love oh, breaking down barriers of love ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> while donald trump travels to several states, his running mate, governor mike pence, is also on the campaign trail. he shared these photos on twitter adding two stops in wisconsin and virginia rid at
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our campaign coverage continues today with hillary clinton's tim kainete senator live from fort myers, florida. watch the live today at 4 p.m. he's turn on c-span. 4 p.m. eastern on c-span. hillary clinton will appear at a rally at 8 p.m. in philadelphia. that includes katy perry. that gets underway at 8 p.m. eastern time. we recently spoke to a correspondent from "time" magazine about how a election results are reported in how the media has gotten better at it in recent years. "time"recent edition of magazine and available on --
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haley sweetland edwards joins us. 2000, they messed up a lot, categorizing for gore, for bush. they changed a few things. the first term of a form to the national election pool. they change their name, hired a new pollster. they hired edison research. very well-respected. they pledged before congress that they would not call an election based on exit poll results before the polls had closed. that was a major difference. did that wasg they really interesting -- instead of allowing exit poll data to leak newsrooms, to reporters, to
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atome available to anchors the desk, the pressure to report on that is huge -- they chose to quarantine. data analysts to a room with no phones, no where theyno tablets look at this data all day long and analyze it, question it, poke it, product, make sure it is robust before reporting back to their individual outlets. >> how does edison research to determine where they are sending s water they asking?
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>> that the good question. ap has their own army of stringers and members that have people reporting back from county seats. those outlets, there is an enormous amount of money -- number of people on the ground. big mediahired by the outlets. there is a one-page questionnaire with two sides. there are about 20 questions. we do not know what those questions are right now. they are arrived at by committee. randomlywill go out to selected precincts. that is an interesting
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difference. they will not choose key precincts. they are randomly selected in the states and whatever data they get, and the surveyors will talk to 100,000 people leaving the polls. withwill be combined telephone poles edison research collecting over the .ast week is this combined with not only who they voted for but why they voted the way they did? has my guest. we know generally every voter who is called ahead of time, absentee or early voter, they will be asked who they voted for in state and national elections. they will be in gubernatorial
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races. they will be asked why. they will be asked their general feelings about the candidates. euthanasia, marijuana, big coupling issues like that. come a long way from 1948, when the "chicago tribune" named in the win over truman. >> that is right. there is a "chicago tribune" headline that says "dewey defeats truman," and it hangs over the media on election night. you do not want to screw it up that badly again. there is a very robust understanding and i talked to a lot of people who will be in the quarantine room. this is very profound feeling that this time they absolutely have got to get it right. if there is a question, if it
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comes down to close calls, most of this has been counted but it is a tight race and the loser could pull it out. they will not call it. nine.will be reporting on haley sweetman-edwards, thank you for being with us. the election night on c-span. watch the results and be part of the national conversation about the outcome. the on location of the hillary clinton and watch victory and concession speeches and key senate house and government races. watch live on c-span, on demand at or listen to our live coverage using the free c-span radio up. -- radio app. the candidates for u.s. senate in illinois met yesterday for their final debate ahead of election day. republican senator mark kirk and
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representative tammy duckworth were asked about gun control, health care, the supreme court and fbi investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. this is one hour. both 2016.n presents here's our moderator, kathy brock. moderator: good evening and welcome to the debate between the candidates for u.s. senate. tammy duckworth and mark kirk. joining me to ask questions this evening, abc seven politico reporter charles thomas and univision chicago's aaron maldonado. each candidate will have one minute to answer. they will have a chance for 32nd rebuttal. -- 32nd rebuttal.
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they will have the opportunity for rebuttal. we will wrap things up with a closing statement from each candidate and begin with opening statements. congresswoman duckworth, you begin. rep. duckworth: thank you so much. i would like to thank you for holding this form. i want to work with for hard-working families across illinois. what i am hearing is that people say the economy is supposed to be growing but they do not see it in their hometowns and in normal illinois, and auto plant is shut down, a steel mill shut down, or wherever we are and they also hear that people are worried about being able to afford to send their children to college. they're coming out of university with tremendous student loan debt, 10, 20, $30,000. the way we do that is to invest
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in each other. that means you should be able to afford to send your kids to college, pay off your mortgage and have a dignified retirement or eat it is time we have a nation that rewards work as opposed to reward them off. i really look going to this discussion tonight. moderator: thank you. senator kirk, one minute. sen. kirk: i would like to take this moment to thank tammy for accepting my apology when i disparaged her families admirable military record. thank you. i think that having lost two legs in iraq war, you are to be we repaynd the way that debt is by honoring your service, especially that of you and your family. sen. kirk: thank you. -- rep. duckworth: thank you. sen. kirk: i would in my opener senti would like to be back to the senate race, to make sure we have a republican moderate, who is pro-choice, goesun-control, it always
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into the senate that tries to serve as the senate between both of the parties and as someone who makes the system work for everybody. in my service to this date, i have saved the export and import bank which is responsible for $40,000 -- 40,000 jobs in illinois. moderator: thank you. our first question comes from abc sevens charles thomas and it goes to congresswoman duck. charles thomas: homicides and shooting crimes have reached epidemic proportions the city of chicago. if you are elected, after you are sworn in, what would you propose in the united states senate to mitigate the violence here? rep. duckworth: well, such an important question. we certainly need then violence legislation, universal background checks, and let's reduce the number of backgrounds. i am the first candidate to put out a comprehensive criminal justice reform proposal before
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anyone else running for senate, including the incumbent, so we need to have criminal justice reform. that's get rid of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, first-time drug offenders. we need to take a look at that. when we talk about gun violence, we also need to talk about economic justice. if you can find a job, if you would actually involved and invest in companies that bring jobs to the south side of chicago, and i had a job, i would not be involved in gangs. anything we do must involve economic justice, as well as gun violence legislation and criminal justice reform. all three of those are important when we come to this issue. moderator: thank you. senator kirk? sen. kirk: recently, charles, i met with tamara, who has put artists against senseless killing in englewood on 75th and stewart. i backed her effort to get a
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vacant lot to meet with the ladies there who would stop gun violence on the streets there. i would say that the way to handle this problem is based on my legislation that i have put forward with senator gillibrand of new york to ban gun trafficking to criminal organizations. we have got to shut down the relationship that gun stores that cpd tells us are responsible for over 500 crimes just in the city. we cannot build the 21st century economy if we will be the headquarters of murder incorporated. moderator: you have the opportunity for rebuttal. rep. duckworth: i have a comprehensive plan that does not just involve then violence legislation but we have to deal with economic injustice. the difference is that my thenent has said he lacks capacity in his office to deal with police community relationships. if you elect me to the senate, i
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will make sure that not only don't have the capability to communitypolice relationships but i will lead in the issue. as a senator, it is a responsibility to do that, especially when you deal up gun violence in the southside of chicago. moderator: our next question is to sen. kirk: erica maldonado. -- ericaden nodded: maldonado: they have failed to work together in past comprehensive gun legislation while mass shootings seem to happen more frequently in america. what do you propose to preserve the second amendment right while keeping guns out of the wrong hands? sen. kirk: i think that the necessary thing is to make should the wrong people do not get guns. i was the only republican in the onate to vote for the ban anybody who was on the no-fly list to be able to buy a firearm. if you are too dangerous to fly in an aircraft, in my view, you
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are too dangerous to buy firearm. i want to make sure that no-fly-no by position is adopted by a bipartisan majority of the congress. i think that is the best job we have going. moderator: miss duckworth? rep. duckworth: we have gun legislation and some things we need to do that are universal and bipartisan, universal background checks. 91% of republican voters say that they support universal background checks. there is a bipartisan bill waiting to be voted on on the house of representatives right that i there is another am cosponsoring that would close a loophole that allows gun store owners to convert their inventory to personal use and sell them without background checks, and both of those are bipartisan. we had a sit in in washington and i participated, demanding a vote on gun violence legislation. many senators came over to support us. my point -- my opponent did not.
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he said he is pro-violence but one of the senators was missing in action. we should also work on things armoret's get rid of body piercing bullets. the only reason to buy those is to pierce body armor. there are sensible things to do without taking away the second amendment rights. moderator: senator kirk? sen. kirk: i would like to make sure we have a magazine limit that i have voted for and the assault weapons ban to make sure the cops are better armed than the criminals. in these commonsense measures, we also need to ban bullets to make sure that police officer can go home that night. moderator: our next question to congresswoman duckworth. realow there is a connection between education of violence. over half the people incarcerated to not graduate from high school. it is no surprise that the lowest graduation rate is in the
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toughest neighborhood of chicago. what can we do to make sure that these at risk kids in their communities have the opportunity for the right kind of education and the path toward college? there is arth: lack of hope in the communities, especially in our black and brown communities. if you are a ninth grader, what is going to keep you motivated to stay in school? why would you work toward that high school diploma if there are no jobs in the community? if the only choice you have this to get involved in drug trafficking, to get involved in the gangs, why would you stay in high school if you have no hopes of going to college? it is wire worked hard to put together an economic plan that would deal with economic injustice in our black and brown communities. but support entrepreneurs, support allowing helping businesses that would move jobs into the area and also make sure that we make college affordable, so that a young person would
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stick it out. when i was in high school. i do not know if i could go to college and there was upheld brent and there was a way for me to do this. students do not see that. let's make college affordable, let's make community college free. that would be an element of hope for the communities. moderator: senator kirk? sen. kirk: the best way is without a free government program like my opponent says per she was asked three times, how much are free college isgram cost and the answer $60 billion. remember, it only costs $25 billion [indiscernible] i want to make sure that we passed a commonsense legislation like the one i put forward that would allow every mom and dad in kid deferredart a account to save for college. in that financial education of next generation, it is probably the biggest payoff. if the statement comes in to my
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father, he sits down with my atter and her name is right the top of the statement and that the misprinted financially as a financial education. dad could say, this is what you did with stocks and bonds. child and train that that daughter to make sure that she knows what a lifetime of saving and investing can do. that would help. moderator: two you are. -- thank you. congresswoman? rep. duckworth: the difference between us is that my opponent has a 401(k) plan. mine is a mainstream solution. when my family went into extreme poverty because my dad lost his job and his 50's and cannot find another for six years, we went through everything. if there had been a 401(k) plan, we would have cashed it in. we cashed in my birthday money. you have to have a plan that would be beyond wall street and 401(k) plans, so let's make sure
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college affordable for everyone who qualifies. moderator: our next question from charles thomas to senator kirk. charles thomas: i want to go back to your apology at the beginning of the debate. you have apologized, but some pundits are questioning your statement and say that your question to her last week had racist undertones. how do you respond to those critics question mark -- critics? sen. kirk: i am not a racist. i work with an african-american entrepreneur program at chicago state university and it shows how much i care about a long-term solution to create african-american entrepreneur classes that will help us. to fix neighborhoods like englewood and the south side. i would not say -- i am actually not a racist but i offered an apology to tammy. charles thomas: what were you
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thinking? sen. kirk: i was not thinking. it was a mistake on my part. charles thomas: any response, congresswoman? rep. duckworth: i accepted his apology and at the we should focus on the issues. the problem is he often says things he does not think through. he recently called the president a drug dealer in chief and he therred to him as barack same obama using a dog whistler term to disparage him. that is not acceptable language coming from united states senator. let's talk about the issues. i would like to touch back on what we should be doing for folks in underserved communities. i talked about making college affordable and we must invest in our educational system and that means we should be there in our schools, we should provide for infrastructure development, provide for the stem education programs so these kids have a shot at the american dream like any other kid, no matter where they live. moderator: senator, you have 30
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seconds to respond. sen. kirk: i would say sometimes, charles, i have been too quick to turn of phrase. some of those things i have already apologized for. once you comes out, you realize it was inappropriate. it was such a heated environment and we are in a top senate race. moderator: our next question from erika maldonado to congressman. maldonado: are you helping enough to perform the duties of the senate and to serve the house of the people from eleanor if you are elected? rep. duckworth: very much so. i just finished the chicago marathon. i had so much fun going through the neighborhoods. it is my fourth marathon. i released hundreds of pages of my medical records. i believe in full transparency and was proud to release my medical records for it i could -- records. like everyone else, i could lose
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a little weight. i had my baby girl and still working to take off some weight, and it probably should not have had that donut. i have supported transparency by releasing michael medical records -- releasing michael medical records. they received those copies. if you would like to see them, you're more than welcome and we will provide you with a copy to see what the doctors say. they go back over one decade. moderator: senator kirk? sen. kirk: i would say that i have released a letter from a doctor that said that from my still, i have made a full recovery. i am also training to climb the tower for the fifth time. last time, i did 37 stories. i told my staff that if they fall behind, i would rebuke them. moderator: congresswoman, 30 more seconds question mark rep. duckworth: i would like to ask -- 30 more seconds? rep. duckworth: i would like to ask the senator why he does not
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release his full records. i take him at his word. my problem is he is not done the job. i have gone to places over the state, where the carbondale, granite city, and he simply has not been there. he simply has not voted to help the students in the state to be able to refinance student loan debt, not different manufacturers, and he supports businesses that send jobs overseas. i think he is capable of doing his job but he is not doing it. moderator: thank you. senator kirk, you have criticized your opponent overwork plays retaliation lawsuits filed against her while she was the head of the department of veterans affairs. the two women involved in that action are featured in one of your campaign ads, and they were your invited guests to a debate last week. why is this issue important? sen. kirk: it shows that well tammy duckworth has served as a war hero, that as an administrator, like the chicago
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tribune when they rebuked most of her vitamins outreach effort -- her veterans outreach efforts, they said they had fallen flat rate in our case, our campaign has not invented anything said by those women. they are only statements of people who actually worked for tammy. moderator: congresswoman? rep. duckworth: from the moment i woke up in my hospital bed after having been shot down, i have dedicated my life to serving veterans. veterans of my life work. i get up every day trying to figure out what to do better for veterans. it is why when i was a freshman, i passed legislation to help them deal with mental health care and dry when i was at the state of illinois, we opened 80 additional beds. work ony i continue to issues that deal with them veterans coming home and still needing to find jobs. i am proud of the work that i did to reduce the number of homeless veterans by 50% when i was the national cosponsor for that. veterans of my life's work. i will never give up on my
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vets and i will not let lawsuits, political, commercial prevent me from doing what is right by veterans. it is why i go to heinz vs. -- va. i turned that entire program for insurance over to them and i sit in that room like the other veterans because they are my life's work. moderator: senator? sen. kirk: i would say that i have led the charge to make sure that we have uncovered the poor care that has been offered to illinois veterans at the feet a -- va. i was told that they have cockroaches in the cafeteria and even served on to a veteran. what he got back for dinner, he stopped eating for two days. we understand from they had nots that sent any embalming work in the weree until the veterans
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just sitting in the body bags until a local funeral director said to us that the remains came in liquefied form and were not usable. moderator: thank you. sen. kirk: we need to make sure we bury her veterans with dignity. we undercovered all of that. therator: congresswoman, next question from charles thomas. charles thomas: this question is about change of policies under which syrian refugees might be admitted to the country. should religious beliefs and associations attending to religion be considered at all when a refugee applies for admission to the united states? rep. duckworth: i do not think we should create a litmus test for who can come to the nation, but i think anyone who comes to the nation, especially syrian refugees to be fully vetted by the agencies that do the work -- charles thomas: does it include a look at their religious beliefs and associations? rep. duckworth: i believe it
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will include looking at everything, including religious beliefs, as well as looking at their backgrounds. they do biometric checks, then being done by the fbi, cia, homeland security, the state to 36ment, and at last 18 months. this is a thorough process. i did not serve in the uniform and defend this nation to ever do anything to endanger this nation, so i think we must have a robust process and allow the refugees to come. you cannot in this country go back on our founding values of who we are as a nation. they would not be religious -- a litmus test for those who come to america, not on those you love, your gender or your background. we are a nation of free people that welcome immigrants and we must remain true to that. moderator: senator? sen. kirk: my opponent says that we should accept a minimum of 200,000 syrian refugees, even though the director of national
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--elligence says he cannot in the test when he gave to , the director of the fbi, james comey, said that the common sense point that you cannot deploy fbi agents throughout syria in the middle of the syria civil war. i took testimony of the general and director of the fbi seriously. i think the wise and prudent action mr. p the policy that -- of theof the policy that president, when they found [indiscernible] he widely thought to postpone the program to figure out to these people were. moderator: congresswoman? my opponent is misquoting the fbi director. in fact, he was called that by "the washington post" and "the chicago tribune" that says the fbi director did not say that and he is most quoting myself --
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ms. quoting myself. bottom line, let's continue to allow people clean murders -- inganing murders -- flee murders. we are adding to the isis topic and a machine that says america hates islam, muslims, and i will not allow us to endanger american servicemen and women in harm's way by feeding that propaganda. moderator: the next question to senator kirk. erika maldonado: depending on whom we elect as president, your conference at immigration reform , would you go against a republican president and your own party proposal if it contemplates building a wall, massive dictation and separation of family? me answer this
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question in a language most important to the people on this issue. [speaking spanish] she does not speak spanish. i think we need a reform immigration system. the reason i voted for the immigration reform bill is it contains the kirk amendment that says if you are not an american citizen, you are serving in the military and it you come under in tillh the combat true badge and you become a united states citizen immediately. that is led on the principle that if you fight alongside us, you are one of us. i was one of the bipartisan majority to make sure that we passed conference of immigration reform. congresswoman,: would you vote against that kind of plan? run, wek: in the long need more border security.
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border security opens up the bipartisan space to have immigration performed and to bring the 525,000 people who are undocumented in illinois out of sociedad. en nuestra eso in this community. moderator: congresswoman? rep. duckworth: the problem with the senator is he is not concerned on this issue. when he is up for election, he votes one way and not up for election, he boats the other way. in 2007, he said the best way to combat, in his words illegal distribute, was to free contraceptives in mexico and also voted against the dream act before voting for it. he was not consistent and could not answer your question. i believe in comprehensive immigration reform that must be fair, practical, and humane. when i moved back to the u.s. when i was 16, when my dad lost
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that job, even though i was a daughter of the american revolution, the sister of an american, my mom could not come with us. for those months when we were separated, those nine months, we suffered and i needed my mom there. i cannot imagine what it would be like to be six years old and to have your parents supported overseas and you -- because you are american-born and they are not heard whatever we do, it must become preventive and we must humane about it. we need to get to work on this. moderator: congresswoman duckworth, u.s. intelligence officials identify isis as the number one terrorist are in the world right now. the u.s. response has primarily been one of airstrikes and special ops forces. do you believe that that strategy goes far enough? if not, do you believe that we should have more american troops on the ground in syria and iran -- iraq? rep. duckworth: i think the problem we have right now -- first off, we must destroy
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crisis. they are an enemy of the american people and freedom loving people everywhere. they are an enemy of our allies in the middle east, israel. the problem we have right now is that the american people do not know how many american troops are engaged overseas. i fully support airstrikes, special ops, the use of drones, but my position, why went to go to the united states senate, is to be there when the proposal is to ramp up and to say, but, if that is the case, then we need to have the new discussion of the authorization for use of military force, which is the guidelines by which we send american troops overseas. we must have an exit strategy. this is what it is going to cost in lives, and we need to do right by military men and women, so we are going to do this and that would make sure we have that discussion. the american people deserve to know. moderator: do you always know the cost upfront? not duckworth: you do always know, but here's the problem, too often we have hidden the cost from american people.
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an example of when this came up recently as when the president proposed to the tune of $500 million armie's in syrian rebels and sending them back with three weeks of vetting, i have posted because there was a hidden cost to did not bring up. when you give troops american-made weapons, you have just committed america to a long-term resupply of american caliber bullets, so someone with combat experience, it is a point out with that task. i opposed it, i stood up to my president, i think the senator was wrong to support it. weapons aree working for america and now and hand devices. moderator: senator kirk? sen. kirk: i think the current policy of using special force in the united states air force, a point that we do not need boots on the ground but we need over the ground. the u.s. air force is very good at hitting targets. iraqi military is moving forward identify american
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air force and that would make rapid progress against isis. i would say that using this strategy, we are likely to capture mosul. at minimal cost to the united states, and the key thing is to look at what happens afterward. afterward, when we had the iraqi military, which is muslim, speak arabic, and represent the armed wing of the elected government of iraq, it is much more likely to hold the character in the long-term the territory. senator, thank you very much. senator kirk: when i met my opponent after the election, i
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would ask you that maybe we can haveafter the election to a beer. show the american people that democracy is the best way forward. uptake a diet: coke. i'm actually allergic to alcohol. if you will let me have a diet coke, then i will certainly meet with you there. congresswoman, your question now. rep. duckworth: you courted some of the most sexist legislation. women on average make about 12 thousand dollars a year less than men do. i do not understand how you could vote against it and call it a sexist piece of legislation when it hurts not just women by their families as well. thatis $12,000 less families have to spend on
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everyday necessities. how could you possibly called the paycheck act a sexist piece of legislation. remember, i am for equal pay. i voted for the -- the senator for the brusca, her legislation -- the senator for nebraska, her legislation to allow anyone to be paid fairly. in the case of the lily led better act, it was written by a house democrat with the american trial lawyers at her side. the troubling part of the legislation was that it gave the right of a big, democratically connected law firm to take control of the rights of women just because they were democratically controlled. should that as an american female in the workforce, you do not deserve to have a politically correct law firm take control of your life
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just because you are female. i thought that was the sexist part of it. it was a very cynical piece of legislation. i know the tagline equal pay is a good one. in this case, i felt that if you are in the workplace, you should not have legislation passed that would allow a politically connected group take control of your place in the workplace. that is what it was incredibly sexist to me. moderator: response? rep. duckworth: i think the sender does not understand the act or paycheck fairness. it was not sexist legislation. it will allow women to work and earn the same as men. it is something that i enjoyed as a member of the military and as a member of congress. i think that all women should be assured that they will receive the same pay for doing the same work the matter where it is that they work. so, i disagree with my opponent. equal pay for equal work is not
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sexist legislation. moderator: we turn back to our panelists now. >> sender, six years ago you promised during the campaign of 2010 to work to repeal obama care. does that remain your position? in the case of obamacare, i think we should keep some of the pieces. agehould cover people up to 86, and make sure that pre-existing conditions to come in. was against obamacare, i wrote the first republican alternative. the way to lower health care -- inin america is to illinois, we have vast, open deserts of places where you cannot get competent ob/gyn treatment because of malpractice concerns.
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we want to make sure that with the form -- with reform lawsuits, that we can lower the barrier. there is one to perform that we need. you as an american citizen deserve the right to be able to purchase any insurance from any's desk any institution in the state. should be of the have full competition across the country. has duckworth: the senator tried to repeal the affordable care act in every chance he has had to vote against the act. he has voted consistently to try and repeal it. i voted to fix it and to preserve it. i voted to get rid of the medical device tax, because hospital told me they would have to pass the costs onto individuals. tore are things we can do fix the affordable care act without throwing people back onto the street. one of the fixes is to allow
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people to close up loopholes that currently allow people to sign on it during the race. period, ande grace then drop it. there is a loophole that says that if you sign on during the d andenrollment perio receive a major treatment, then you have to keep the affordable care act with the rest of the year. there are many things that can be done. we cannot put millions of americans out onto the street without health insurance. moderator: response? withor kirk: i would agree it was saidton when that it was a crazy system. with the mixer that we offer -- you have to remember that we had had increases on the order of 15% in illinois. the higher that we make health care costs, the more we restrict health care. it is taking things in the wrong direction. erica, your next
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question it to congresswoman it's worth -- ducks worth? >> most people my age will not be able to sign up. how to the 60 million plus people in the system and future generations can count on some form of government aid when they retire? rep. duckworth: that is an excellent question. one of the things we can do that has bipartisan support would be to raise the payroll contribution cap. right now, if you make $1 million, that you only pay into social security based on 10% of your income. while hard-working americans will pay more percent of their income. so, you could actually expand the lifetime of social security by 30 or 40 years.
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one thing i am not willing to do is what my opponent has done which is to raise the age of enrollment.ity when i go down and speak with home health care workers, a tell me that they need social security to retire. i do not know how i'm going to make it. i am counting on it to be there. another thing we can do to extend the life of social security is apprehensive immigration reform. we have 11 million people in this country. many are paying under the table and not into the system. that would help the system. senator kirk: the best way to save the security is to not break the bank of the american government. more,onent wants to spend tax more, and borrow more. i want to spend less, tax less, and get us out of the red. if we had eight spending have spendingf we
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-- big spending proposals, it will hurt the people of illinois. the duty of illinois voters is to make sure that we protect people from the state that has already departed people in puerto rico and greece. we have the social systems collapsing there because the government is defaulting on their death. we have to make sure that does not happen to the people of the united states. moderator: congresswoman? rep. duckworth: my opponent says he is a fiscal conservative, and his vote on leadership in iraq in the bush tax cuts -- it will account -- it will account for 50% of our national debt i 2019. that is a must $8 trillion. the person who is been spending money to get us into the mess that we are in is sitting right across from me. what we can do is make sure that social security is there. we can let the cap, and we can make sure that the top 1% pay their share.
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yes, i do want to invest in the economy. i want to invest in the next generation of workers. moderator: thank you. the next question to senator. nominee judgea merrick garland to the u.s. supreme court should to date -- u.s. supreme court. to date, there's been no senate meetings about that appointment. many are saying that they want to wait until the new president. now, the same republicans are saying that it hillary clinton is elected president, they will not accept any nomination. senator kirk: i was the first justicean to meet with merrick garland, and after meeting with him i encourage other republican senators to meet with him. to lead people against their own
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party like that -- moderator: where are we right republicans saying that we should keep the supreme court as just eight justices. senator kirk: it is not right for the senate to hold off on for years. the reason why i was the first republican to meet with mayor garland is because i said to my colleagues, "unless you meet with the guy, how can you provide any dissent?" i do not think it is reasonable. you cannot hold up the system for years and years. it is not reasonable. it is not what the constitution says. if the democrats win the presidency, they have their right to bring forward their nominee. that is the way the system works. my opponentth: would like to portray himself as a leader on this issue, but he
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is not. did meet with merrick garland, but at no point did he say to his leadership that he would not vote for senator mcconnell unless you allow the vote. he did ask him to please meet with merrick garland, but after he did that he got on conservative talk radio and said that he knew that the meeting would never happen. he was just encouraging these meetings to happen. what he should've have done instead was to gather his colleagues and send a letter to his leadership to say that they will not be voted for until you have these hearings. he did not do that. it is about smoke and mirrors. i think the system is broken. we need to have these hearings. it is what i hope the democrats take control of the senate, because then at least the nominees will get that hearing and the american people will see if the nominees are fully qualified to do the job. you say the system is
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broken. how do you fix it? if democratsh: have control of the senate, will make sure that those hearings happen. the american people could then see how qualified the candidates are. what is happening right now is pure obstructionism on the part of republicans cannot even allow us have the hearings. moderator: senator kirk, final word? i would say that i disagree with republican leadership, and i told senator mcconnell that an interest -- that a hearing with merrick garland would be in the interest of the market public. -- of the american public. it would allow them to hear from the nominee answering questions from senators. to theery helpful country. we should do a hearing because it is the right thing to do. the constitution gives the
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impetus to the president to make a nomination, and we have to advise and consent. the next question for congressman duckworth? for senatoru vote mitch mcconnell given that you have such profound princes within -- differences with him and other members of your party? senator kirk: i told him that i was pro-choice and pro-gun-control. i am going to be whatever illinois needs. the need understand that someone from illinois is going to tend to the interests of the state. >> why vote for him? case, mitch: in my mcconnell is pro-life and anti-gun control. so, i disagree with him. i disagree without being disagreeable. moderator: congresswoman? rep. duckworth: i think he just
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made my case. he has the meetings that he does not really take a leadership role. i think you should be that leader in the senate. he should tell mitch mcconnell that he will not vote for him unless you agree to have these hearings and the vote. he is not willing to do that. >> this is to congresswoman the prolabor economic policy institute reports that your home state of illinois, the land of lincoln, has the highest african american unemployment .ate among all 50 states if elected, what would you do to reduce the african-american unemployment rate in illinois? specifically for african-americans? rep. duckworth: one of the things i am looking at right now is my work on federal procurement reform and working on the state. i've been talking to senator
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clybourn of southern illinois. we would decouple some federal contracts. if we get a massive federal infrastructure improvement plan to go forward, we can hold the government accountable. the contractors accountable for hiring minority owned businesses. >> we are talking about african-americans here, specifically. that is why when i talked about the gun violence in chicago, and economic plan is part of what i am proposing. we provide tax incentives for businesses that locate into these communities. we provide support for training of the workforce. that is what i think we should have free technical education progress for the young people and are black and brown communities so that they can go into the work force them easily. moderator: time. senator kirk? senator kirk: in regard to
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african-americans specifically, i would ask oxford numeral -- i would ask african-american entrepreneurs to put their interest forward. are watchinge you out there. i opened up my rolodex and i saw a quite racism that is often times in the capital committee. -- i saw the quiet racism that is often times in the capital community. sharad went to cornell university. when we went to the wealthiest cornell graduate and asked them to back the business, he said he is not going to even talk with us unless you have done $2.5 million of revenue. so, i could not break through to make sure that he got a hearing. i thought that this effort -- to learn by doing and make should i
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can get a business off the ground -- moderator: thank you. congresswoman? rep. duckworth: limited you a specific example. when we had the dan ryer improvement, we did not hold the contractors accountable to the heart. so, many people from indiana came in. we need to make sure the jobs remain in the unity said that we can reinforce federal guidelines. i will do that to make sure that we have those set aside for minority owned businesses in these communities, so that they can have a chance of eating on and winning those contract -- bidding on and winning those contracts. if you have a vacant lot where nothing significant has happened in the past few years, and if you put new investments there, there will be no federal --
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you want to operate without federal tax for the first year? they go into the big, vacant lot in this committee. question? in next -- your next question? as lots for medical use of marijuana, would you support the legalization of cannabis? supportkirk: i do not -- this country has seen long use of marijuana and lower physical and mental performance. i am word -- i am worried about young drivers out there. the roads would become even more unsafe. -- with medical marijuana and places in colorado, the clinics are prescribing 10 times the amount
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that would be normally prescribed for people in the area. it seems like backdoor legalization. i'm worried about the effect it would have on our young people. >> we do not have enough data to support 13 or another. senator kirk: right. in general, i think it lowers intellectual and physical performance. congresswoman? rep. duckworth: i disagree. i think in illinois, we should expand the use of medical marijuana. it has the potential to help those with severe medical issues such as children with epilepsy. veterans that are fighting post-traumatic stress and brain injuries. opposesent said that he there are too many high veterans. i think veterans are suffering from post-traumatic stress and brain injuries that deserve
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help. it also seems to be helping with a lot of other neurological disorders and cancer patients to be able to eat and maintain nutrition. i think that if we expand and fully implement, in a controlled way, and medical marijuana program and we can get that data that is missing. it can inform us if we should move forward in any other direction. >> would you support it on a federal level? rep. duckworth: yes, i would. i would support allowing federal doctors to talk to their patients in a federal facility about the use of marijuana in a state that has approved it. we have a problem here where someone that is allowed medical marijuana in their state, there is actually a gag order. it is simply wrong. moderator: final word senator? senator kirk: i laid -- i would
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highlight the words of my colleague about cigarette smoking. we know there is about 7000 chemicals that can come in on the inhalation of a cigarette. most people would not consume marijuana with a filter at all. i want to make sure that all the things we know that our bad about smoking and ingesting carcinogens, it creates a long-term health risk for people. moderator: our next question goes to congresswoman duckworth. ago, james comey informed congress about an investigation into a new set of e-mails that he believes are relevant to the hillary clinton private e-mail probe that wrapped up in july. as a result, he has been harshly criticized over the potential impact on the election just four days from now. you believe that he overstepped his ounce -- bounds? should there be rules that govern this kind of release so
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close to an election? rep. duckworth: this is going to be one of those things we are going to be dealing with once i get back to washington. i am looking forward to hearing from both sides on the issue. i think there should be, at the very least, some kind of died lines. i'm calling for the director to come forward with everything he has. heshould bring every thing has to the table. if you can't because there is some classified information to the general public, that he should still do a full briefing to members of congress with a security clearance. i do not think it is helping our democracy. moderator: do you think you stepped?at? -- miss rep. duckworth: i want to hear from them. i think greater can spare -- greater transparency is required here. moderator: it is about the timing of the revelation is what i'm trying to get to. comes toworth: when it
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law enforcement, you have to follow what you think is right. i trust the judgment of this man. i will give him the benefit of the doubt. that only goes so far. i believe in greater transparency. i want him to come forward with what he has, and then i will pass judgment on whether or not he has overstepped his ounce. nds.ou i've not yet seen what he has, but i will do my job back in washington to see what he has got. senator kirk: i admire james comey. i think he is in a standing civil service. -- he is an outstanding civil servant. everyone in this country is under law. just because you are a candidate for president does not mean you can violate the law. investigation should go wherever the investigator wanted to go. if you are running for president
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, you should not have a get out of jail free card. moderator: do you think that because he sent this letter to congress so close to the election that it was a bad idea? senator kirk: i think the idea that director comey, who also votes for -- who also works for thatta lynch -- the idea he is conspiring with republicans is not credible. i will hold my judgment into what he brings to members of congress. it is highly suspect him of but suspect, but ily trust the man who has shown himself to be accountable. i want to hear what he has to say in committee. i last question is going to be 45 second response from each of you with no rebuttal. it starts with charles thomas to senator kirk. >> both of you are outspoken in your opposition to donald trump candidacy for president of united states.
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what if he is elected? what will be your relationship? senator kirk: i have not endorsed donald trump. as soon as he said that one mexican american judge is -- >> how would you work with them? him -- with him? senator kirk: we would not have a good relationship. i do not think he will win. i think you should have stepped down from the nomination. -- he should have stepped down at the nomination. i will not support them. i will always call it the way i see it. just because he is a republican nominee does not make him the best of best the best choice for this country. i will tell the people of --
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does not make him the best choice for this country. i will tell the people of illinois back. rep. duckworth: i think the people of illinois are sick and tired of a government and congress that does not work. they are so tired of hearing from mitch mcconnell that there is a coalition of republicans that will oppose re-think that a democratic -- everything that a democratic president proposes. it is not working for the people of illinois or this great nation. i'm going to assume he loves this country as much as i do. he will be the new commander in chief, but i will hold him accountable for making good decisions. when they are bad decisions, i will oppose him. thank you very much. it is now time for closing statements. each get one minute. -- you each get one minute. rep. duckworth: thank you
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everyone for holding this today. i am running for senate because i want a nation that rewards hard work and not wealth. understand what families are going through throughout the state. you are trying to save money for a down payment or your mortgage. you want to put a little bit of money aside so that your child can go to college, and you want a dignified retirement. that is all people are asking for, and yet they are not seen in their hometown weather it is on the south side of chicago or across this great state. i have traveled all over the state, and i see that we have real work to do. if you elect me to the united states senate, i promise you that i will work for an economy that invests in hard-working andlies of illinois first, will put those that seek to put jobs overseas -- moderator: congresswoman, thank you.
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senator, you have a minute. senator kirk: i would ask for your vote, and i would ask that you consider a man that is independent from his party and has always put illinois earth. so many in washington, tc put their party first. illinoisways put first. so many in washington, tc put their party first -- washington, put their party first. i want to work in senate as the glue for both parties. i want to make sure the entire senate will work for the people. moderator: that concludes this debate for the candidate for u.s. senate. we think both candidates for joining us. we also thank abc political reporter charles thomas. we hope that what you have heard here will help you make an informed decision on election day. please get out and vote.
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the election day is coming up on the eighth of november. thank you. have a good night. >> the senate races that will determine which party controls the chamber and the 115th congress. joining us is jennifer duffy, senior editor for the cook political report. thank you as always for being with us. steve: what is the broad overview? democratsas you know,
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are fighting for the majority. and to do that they need for seats that would tie the chamber. five for an outright majority if trump are to be elected. where does the stand today? we have been on a little bit of a roller coaster in senate races. republicans were holding their own. they are probably going to lose the majority but not by much. before the access hollywood take came out on october 7. then they took a dip. races that were close, they started the trail democrats. last friday's news of more e-mail and possibly an fbi investigation into the clinton foundation has changed things again. whatever republicans lost they seem to have picked back up.
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on election day we think the democrats are poised to figure between four and six seats. they marginally get the majority if they only take up four, and have 52 if they pick up six. steve: seven races that will determine what will happen tuesday evening. new hampshire. this is a race that is remained ready much again from the beginning. jennifer: absolutely. from the very beginning of the cycle i predicted this might end up being the very closest senate race of the mall. the poll has born i don't over 24 months. it has been very close. it is on the edge. this is going to be one of the races, but i don't think either party feels confident enough to claim a win. steve: pennsylvania? jennifer: democrats feel increasingly good about this race.
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donald trump is not doing well, particularly in suburban philadelphia, in pittsburgh. that is hurting pat toomey at the moment. while the polling has been all over the place, you get the sense that democrats and their candidate katie mcginty have a edge right now. steve: there are senate races some might consider surprises because the heaven so close. first in north carolina. jennifer: i called north carolina to 10 layer cake of this election. there is a lot going on in north carolina. you have competitive presidential race, competitive gubernatorial race. then there are things that are shaping the political environment like hb 2, the so-called transgender bathroom bill that is really polarized voters. causedings like -- which
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-- hurricane matthew that caused devastating flooding in the state. you have the riots in charlotte. all of this is playing a role in this election. in some ways it is not surprising that senator has found himself in a close race. this is one of the closest, within the margin of error. it could go either way. a democrat with an ad in this campaign cycle that really broke through and got a lot of attention. now you have this as a close race with the incumbent senator seeking a second term. this i think is maybe the biggest surprise of the cycle. missouri in presidential elections is so red. you would not expect a republican senator to have much problem. what jason kander is doing is very interesting. he is piggybacking on trump's message.
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antiestablishment, anti-insiderism. training the swamp in washington. sen. blunt: doesn't fact that senator blunt doesn't reflect some insiders of washington. the focal point of the ad has been blunt's family. his wife and three adult children who all are lobbyists. the ads also pretty much routinely feature his house in probably atwhich is $1.6 million is a little bit out of the range of most missouri voters. it's interesting. he is playing this card. that is what has made this race very close. trump should win here, by between eight and 10 points. is that enough to help
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blunt? maybe. steve: wisconsin and indiana. oneformer senators, defeated in one retired who are trying to come back to washington. jennifer: i think indiana is the book in to missouri. while it is about a democrat who wants to come back, the same argument is being made. h was in the senate and is in retirement and part of the problem with washington. that has been made effectively. he started this race 21 points ahead. that race is now tied for all intents and purposes. i think this is another state bayhtrump wins big and may have a problem. wisconsin is a new one on the list.
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we essentially have given this want to democrats in september because senator ron johnson had trailed him and just about every poll. it hase past seven days been interesting to see. sometimes instead of following the poll numbers, follow the money. first andwent in surprised a lot of people by spending $2 million in last-minute ads. republicans followed them and they put up $2 million in after-tax feingold. we finally saw a poll and that race looks even. i would still put one on the scale for feingold but it is a tossup. steve: let's take a look at nevada, a state where republicans hoping for a pickup with the retirement of the democratic leader, senator harry reid. what is your assessment of that race? jennifer: that has been an
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interesting race. the republican joe heck has been doing well. when the access hollywood take came out he walked away from trump. he unendorsed him. that angered a lot of republicans in the state which did not help him. yesterday he seemed to change course again, which i'm not sure is a winning proposal. the hispanic voters will make the difference. they are going to turn out to vote. democrats have a very strong ground game. republicans who are accountable -- uncomfortable for voting for heck have a place to go. they have the option to vote for none of the above. i think democrats hold the seat. steve: jennifer duffy from the cook political report, an assessment on the senate races to watch on tuesday. thank you as always for your time. jennifer: thanks a lot. >> one of those key u.s. senate races we are following.
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the race for the cook little desk political report tossup is new hampshire. both on the campaign trail today and tweeting this from kelly ayotte. it is chilly outside but nice and warm in lancaster with this lively group. her challenger, the governor maggie hassan. thanks to these canvassers in laconia, to capture this -- new hampshire this grand game is unparalleled. election coverage starting tuesday night on c-span. the story today from the hill. the cook political report. election forecaster charlie cook is backing off his: the presidential race is over. he made headlines last month when he tweeted, take a close look at the fox news poll. the race is over.
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now with polls tightening the nationally and in several key states, cook says he still thinks donald trump will lose but no longer considers it implausible that the gop nominee takes a presidency on tuesday. he noted he still believes trump's chances are barely small -- fairly small. this news out of arizona today. the u.s. supreme court on saturday reinstated and arizona law that makes it a felony to collect early ballots, dealing a blow to democratic get out the vote efforts just before the presidential election. the order from the nation's highest court overturned an appeals court decision from a day earlier that blocked the new law. democratic groups that already geared up to begin helping voters deliver their ballots to the polls. as a decision called to do? happens to the ballots -- called into question what happens to the ballots.
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collecting early ballots is especially effective among minority communities. democrats allege the law hurts minorities' ability to vote. that's from the associated press concerning outlawing arizona. on newsmakers this weekend our guests look ahead to election day. we look ahead with two officials who have a role in making sure voting process is efficient and fair. we will hear from national association of secretaries of state president denise merrill and thomas hicks, who chairs the election assistance commission. here is a preview of the interview. >> rigging the election is something that a lot of folks have talked about in terms of people casting votes who should not be casting votes, or suppressing the vote by preventing other people to cast their ballots. one of the things i want to ensure with this is that it's the way the scenarios are being described, you would need an
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army of tens of thousands if not millions of people to pull off the reading of the election the way that things are being described. the machines are not hooked up to the internet. they are secure by election officials and poll workers. eac has guidelines on securing voting equipment. we want to ensure that if you have any sort of suspicion that those things are taking place, you need to report those. it is still a felony to commit voter fraud. it is still a felony to suppress people's votes. that isto ensure -- and not something the eac would do but something that local law enforcement would participate in or the department of justice. there are a number of efficacy groups you can -- advocacy groups you can call to express your opinion if you feel the vote is rigged. >> the republicans want more than a vacation at the polls in spite of the fact there is little evidence that in person
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voter fraud. a just to be sure kind of thing. i don't think it rests on the evidence one way or another. it is just a sense there are a lot more people who are not citizens, perhaps not legal in the country, everyone to make sure those people are not voting. i don't think evidence plays into it very much. sense oft is more this distrust that is now pervasive in the country about almost all our institutions. if youstion is always, need to get a specific kind of id to get on an airplane, why shouldn't it be required to vote? that ignores the fact there are plenty of people in this country who don't have those kinds of ids for one reason or another. that battleground is really not so much on ids themselves, whether a not you should have to say who you are when you get to the polls. it is more about what kind of id
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should be required in order to prove you are who you are. it comes back to a more profound distrust now than before. you can watch that newsmakers interview in its entirety on sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. -- our road to the white house comes continuing today in the battleground state of florida and pennsylvania. at 4:00 eastern we are with tim kaine, the democratic vice president nominee. he speaks in fort myers, florida. then on the philadelphia tonight at 8:00 eastern for campaign rally with hillary clinton. she will be accompanied by singer katy perry at that event. our road to the white house coverage continuing on c-span. sessionsn senator jeff is traveling through new hampshire today to speak with volunteers and some of his of donald trump. one of his stops was in the town of window or he was a company i
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former u.s. senator bob smith. >>whoo! >> weight at the front of the bus. faced this way. [indistinct chatter] [laughter]
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>> this way. ok?you >> i got it. >> hi, how are you? [indistinct chatter] >> great to see you. great to see you. how are you doing? thank you. >> coming out, guys. [applause] >> thank you. >> glad to see you. >> senator jeff sessions. [laughter]
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this hat has been signed by everybody he was anybody. kelly ayotte. honored.d be you were now famous for the first time in your life, right? so very >> welcome to new hampshire. great to be with you. thank you. >> we're going to do pictures. >> this is our local senator. >> nice to be with you. >> nice to meet you. >> we are from mississippi.
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>> rene powers. a good friend of mine, i went to elementary and high school with her. guy from thewith a very beginning and i can't tell you how proud of you we are. you are not quite dressed for this weather, are you? [laughter] >> i still want a quick picture with you. >> how are you, young lady? >> look at that. [laughter] hi, rebecca. ek-a-boo. >> i'm sorry. >> thank you everybody for coming out. >> thank you, thank you.
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>> you are going to win for sure. >> i think so. >> the barbecue in beer bash. thank you so much. >> you get moving. >> are you in charge? >> camera get a quick picture? >> we will do pictures afterwards. we will delay couple of speeches. if we can bring it in, the senator will say a few words. >> it is good to be in your neighborhood.
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it is a real privilege for me to have an old friend, a really great guy, a great conservative. it's exciting to have senator sessions here today from alabama. he is not dressed quite appropriately, but he will be all right. we will keep him warm. it will be a great night on tuesday. thank you. [cheers] >> i will let senator sessions say a couple of words the. senator sessions: thank you for coming here and working. i have been told repeatedly you probably have the best organized. state in the nation you are knocking on doors. making phone calls, doing the bread and butter work that takes a close election to victory. that is where i think we are headed, don't you? [cheers] >> this is a people's movement. you can feel it. there are people who are never been engaged in politics before.
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manchester. two guys came up to me. they left connecticut and are traveling around here to try to make a difference. they have never been active in politics. trump back ind the early part of the year i said this was a movement. it was more than a normal political campaign. i believe that is true. i believe people are not happy with washington. they are correct. they should not be happy with washington. it has not delivered for them. the economy has not done well. we have not had the standards of ethics and management we need to validate the money we send to make sure he gets spent wisely. we need a lawful system of immigration. not the end of immigration, but i national system that serves the national interest. -- theree been here
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are people that it is every years and there's nothing unkind about that. we do not need to be engaged in problems around the world if we can make a positive difference. it tends to make things worse in a lot of areas of the globe. i think donald trump is where we need to be. bob and i serve together. he is a great american patriot. i love this guy. he stood every day for what he thought was right. we discussed the course. how important it is that we have judges that respect the constitution, it will understand they serve under it, who don't believe they have the power to just redefine the words of the constitution so it says what they want it to say. reinterpretnt to the words of the constitution. i am excited about it.
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i think the american people are excited about it. they want to change. they want management, integrity. they are not happy with the powerful special interests that meet in meat and plot and get their agenda accomplished while our agenda is lost. and nobody pays attention to the people. we need to speak. >> absolutely. [cheers] >> we want to hear them all away. they want to know what we think about this country, where we want it to go. and the great classical american heritage of justice and prosperity. [cheers] do?nything else we need to [laughter] >> camera get a picture with you? we're going to do this
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organized. everybody will have an opportunity to take pictures. [indistinct chatter] very good. how long were you there? >> i went back twice. trying to get our county attorney here with us. >> where is the senator at? regina? [indistinct chatter] >> there we go. i like this.
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>> we need a group photo. everyone stand behind here please. everybody.t bring them all out. everyone in one big line. and. -- come on in. senator, we need you in the photo. over here. . . -- looking good. >> here we go. [laughter] >> can you hold on one second?
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>> not really. >> get your camera ready. [cheers] >> thank you. >> their ago. everybody smile. one more. this is really tough to do. there you go. >> can i get one with you? >> do you even know us? >> yeah.
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>> i will give it to you right away. >> thank you. [indistinct chatter] >> cami get our picture? -- can we get our picture? thank you. hi there. >> thank you for what you do. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming to new hampshire.
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[indistinct chatter] >> i am going to warm them up. >> in the $100 for this picture. good deal. >> perfect, thank you. >> we are working hard. >> thank you. >> take a photo. [indistinct chatter]
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>> yet to take a picture with mike. get on the other side. >> thank you. >> 1, 2, 3. >> i will take it with my camera. 1, 2, 3. perfect. he is going to our veterans issues. >> you have a lot of vets here. >> that is right. >> in new hampshire two weeks ago --
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my former boss. [indiscernible] >> how are you? >> ok, great. >> did you get a picture? >> thank you. >> thank you for your support and service. >> how are you, sir? ok. [indistinct chatter]


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