Skip to main content

tv   Virginia Senate Town Hall  CSPAN  September 20, 2018 11:28pm-12:21am EDT

11:28 pm
for senate.swort >> i'm corey stewart and i ad.ove this >> i served two years in the coast guard. >> i served two tours in iraq. my parents served in the army. cominging a job after home was tough. when tim kaine heard that, he promised to do something about it. wrote a law making it easier for veterans to find work. >> i'm a republican and i like able to getne was the republicans and democrats to work together on this. >> that's rare these days. made a difference. >> i'm tim kaine and i approve message. i want to keep virginia a leader in research technology, and the jobs they bring. i helped create the virginia tech medical school and research in it's now a major employer that saves lives with cutting edge research. we have fallen behind china in research. investing in centers like this can change that. i'm tim kaine and i approve this
11:29 pm
message, because medical buildsh creates jobs, local economies and makes health virginians.for all >> in lynchburg, virginia, on the cam pugs of liberty candidates senate tim kaine and corey stewart spoke at a town hall meeting. they discussed domestic policy economy. you're watching c-span, your campaignource for 2018. >> good evening and welcome to tonight's u.s. analyst town hall between the democrat senator tim kaine and his republican challenger, corey stewart, brought to you by the center for law and government at liberty university, and hampton university's center for public policy. like tonight's of course are extremely important as we head into a crucial mid term election. vote is onhe november 16. tonight's town hall is going to focus primarily on domestic issues. the next town hall at hampton university will focus more on military.licy and we are live in the beautiful concert hall at the center for
11:30 pm
worship arts, here at liberty university. i'm len stevens, executive of external communications at liberty university. mark spang, in lynchburg, us,k you for being with tonight we'll bring the candidates out one at a time. each candidate will begin by forering questions from me the first half of their appearance. i and my co-moderator len the only two shall have seen these questions prior to tonight's event. q and a, we'll send things over to you. >> and that is when things are more to get much interactive, mark. i'm going to be with dozens of liberty university students who over the country, they will be allowed to ask questions directly of the candidates. ended,at segment has each candidate will have one minute to make a closing statement. know these young voters have thought a lot about the issues, they are ready to go. are.t's hope they let's hope the candidates are ready for them. we want to remind our studio
11:31 pm
cheerse to refrain from or applause during our question and answer sessions. to applaud,riate however, when we welcome each candidate onto the stage. gentlemen, please welcome corey stewart. [applause] good to see you. >> great to be here. >> we interviewed each other several weeks ago, so this is lastecond time in the month or. so >> we planned the whole thing out ahead of time. joke. a >> all right. we've got some important issues to get to. judge bretton of kavanaugh. the supreme court is under fire, as you know. dr. christine blasey ford alleges that kavanaugh sexually
11:32 pm
her nearly 40 years ago. you've called the agencies a bunch of crap. the president said it's very hard for me to imagine anything happened between the pair. you say democrats are just nominationerail his for political gain. winwhat's your message to voters especially in this me too era? >> well, thank you, and first of thank theke to university for hosting this event yet again, and thank you, mark. many times have we been through this? in the 11th hour, whether you're democrat or or liberal or conservative, that all this time goes by and then the week that the senate judiciary committee is set to this comes up. i just find the timing highly suspect. not the only one, obviously. i think most of you do too. and then you've got senator feinstein, she knew about this weeks ago. why didn't she come out with it then? why did senator feinstein not,
11:33 pm
or know, inform the f.b.i. other law enforcement officials. nothing, why did she sit on this allegation until the week that the judiciary on it?ee was set to vote i just find it, frankly, it's become very typical of the left to do this. at the 11th hour and a very dirty trick to try to take down a very good man who even the law school, not exactly a conservative, who has is an eminent scholar, lawyer, an eminent judge and somebody who is eminently qualified for the supreme court. >> should the f.b.i. do an investigation? vote.hink it's time to i think americans are frustrated become aof these, it's circus up there. they're tired of republicans and democrats bickering, these dirty tricks at the latest hour. they just want an up or down vote. americans want to move on. courtng the lines of the
11:34 pm
with judge kavanaugh if he makes it through this process, there thinking that roe v. wade could be gone by the way side. would likeething you to see happen? >> yes, i would, and i'll tell you why. decided.ongly there is, and at this point, let this.t say earlier this year senator kaine when he was running for governor, i don't know what happened in the meantime, but when he was running for governor said there was a moral imperative to limit abortions in the final term, to limit late term.n the but suddenly he runs for vice president and then something happened. now senator kaine who wouldn't even vote for a bill in of this year to limit abortions up to the 9th of pregnancy, he knows political but for expedience he's willing to allow abortions right up to the moment of birth.
11:35 pm
morallyhat reprehensible. and in one of our jobs, in fact jobs that wertant have whether we're representing the people on a local or state or federal level is to protect the lives and the rights of the serve.s we >> the mueller probe is looking the russian interference in 2016 election. the president calls it a witch hunt. you're for ending this investigation that's already led to five people connected to pleading guilty to federal charges and a number of indictments including more than a dozen, two dozen russians. why ending? >> if you're looking for voter fraud, if you're looking for people who try to influence the elections, why don't we have the department of justice look into some of these precincts where votes thanmore voters? why don't we look at that? if you're looking for corruption system, you know we have some of it going on right here in virginia.
11:36 pm
yes, we require a voter i.d. you go to vote. but we don't require proof of citizenship when you go to and that's aote massive loophole. and every vote by somebody who not authorized to vote, by somebody who is not a citizen or everydy who is not 18, single time somebody votes twice or is not authorized to vote or here illegally and they vote, that's a vote stolen from an american citizen. and that's a much bigger problem than all these unsubstantiated what the russians did. the russians have been spying on us since 1917. number ofw that a intelligence agencies say that they were involved. not a single intelligence agency or any law enforcement agency in the federal, state or local has ever said that the russians actually had an election.the national >> the census bureau's annual report on income and poverty who holdt among those bachelors degrees, about
11:37 pm
or 4.8% were living in poverty in 2017. from 3.3 million in to 16. bachelors degree recipients were the only educational group to see the number or the share of people in poverty rise among their ranks. do you reverse that trend for college grads here in virginia? number of these people want to hear about that. >> i do too and i want to make here, because we have a problem with debt. libertygo through, now is a great university and liberty has an excellent track record of making sure that their graduates have jobs in the fields in which they study, but not all colleges and say can and it's not just the amount of money, it's not just the student students arese facing after they graduate. it's something that nobody can ever give back to them and time. your you spend the prime of your and when you get out of school for many of these schools you can find a job, or
11:38 pm
job in the field that you were rained in and received your education. a way to fix and that is since the early statesthe united departments of education has of --n charge if you want to get a student loan or a federal grant, that needssity or that school to be credited. it's time to take that power away from the federal government the states,back to and here's why. the states are better positioned together with industry, with business associations, with of commerce, and what it. what is the education that you a business be, and only accreditingt and specific courses can we be students that they'll
11:39 pm
waiting for them once they graduate from an institution of higher learning. say that every illegal imgrant should be deported no ifstions asked and that elected you'll oppose any form of amnesty. there are roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the country and data suggest that many have been here for 10 years or more. of a --n favor if you get the chance to sponsor such a bill, what would it look like? >> it would be simple, we need immigration system again as we once did on merit. want to words, if you come to the united states, we welcome you, you can have a criminal background, you need to be able to support yourselves families, and you need to be able to become a full-fledged proud american. and right now what we have is this. chaos at the border, and here's the big problem with that. we have no way of screening
11:40 pm
let alone for a terrorist past, we have no way of making don't have ay criminal past. and many of them do. and they come across the border and they already have a criminal past, and they come into our communities, and they they assault, right here in virginia, there are many, many examples of that. example, of course, in the most famous, or infamous iowa, with molly tibbetts, murdered by illegal immigrant. here's the real tragedy about that. it was 100% preventible. what i've done at the local level is this. we target the illegal immigrants who are here committing crimes. check everybody's immigration status. once they're arrested. if you're arrested we check your immigration status, we don't care what race you are, what language you speak what your is.icity and if you're here illegally and you've committed a crime, we deported instead of being released, that's how we
11:41 pm
started, it saved lives and has led to the deportation of criminal illegal aliens and prince william county alone. that's what we need in all of virginia, that's what we need across the country. >> you've been critical of schools, yous in believe all schools should have armed guards whether they are school resource officers or thated police officers and the federal government should help defray the cost. you also support letting teachers carry concealed weapons if they receive training. what do you say to those voters who believe it's a bad idea on a levels to arm teachers? >> you know what's a bad idea? the system we have in place now. have you ever asked yourself why is it that we use guns to protect our money? ever seen a gun-free zone in front of a bank? how ridiculous that is. so why is it any better that with protecting our kids signs. we're protecting our money with guns and we're protecting our you know what a gun-free zone is? a gun-free zone sign is?
11:42 pm
an invitation. it's an invitation to the killer because they know it's a soft can goto this coward who in there and shoot the place up. and not have to worry about being confronted by another gunman. what we need is what we did in prince william county. i get things done. that's my job as a local official, that's what i'm going to do in the united states senate. sandy hookhe massacre we put, and in 95 schools in prince william county now, we put armed school resource officers, which who by the way work together with the students on discipline issues to build trust between the police and students. and what i would like to do and we're the doing, first in virginia is making that all over, to all of our schools retired police officers, not all communities can afford it. that's when the federal come in and make sure all our kids are safe regardless of the community they live in. good.y corey stewart. time for us to take a real quick break. when we return, liberty
11:43 pm
will have atudents chance to ask questions directly to mr. stewart. you're watching the u.s. senate brought to you by liberty university and hampton university. [applause] >> welcome back. our studentse for here at liberty university to pose their questions directly to mr. stewart. corey, hope you're ready for some tough questions. >> i'm ready. going to call out the name and topic. tim is a junior from pittsburgh your candidacy. >> hi, mr. stewart. being here to answer our questions. my name is tim and i'm the president of the college republicans here at liberty university. in my experience and with those of my generation i've found that republicans are hesitant about your candidacy and your rhetoric. and polling showed you down significantly to senator kaine. to get you need to do
11:44 pm
the support to win this election? >> you know, there's something not everybody knows, and that is i'm currently elected, in a solidly conservative part of the state, i'm in northern virginia, i'm theat large chairman of board of supervisors for prince william county, it's almost a the million people, it's first majority-minority county in northern virginia and i've reelecteded there and there, almost half a million people, four times, county wide. and i've done that because i've to work together across party lines. i've been able to work together all different backgrounds. and at the end of the day that's what people want. afraid to stand up for my values, and i've got very strong values. saw for example what was happening on illegal immigration with crimes committed against community and i did something about it, and i had to stir things up. but i also got something done and that's what i want to do in the united states senate. and it's okay that we have
11:45 pm
fine.ences, that's but at the end of the day i think we can agree on this, that we have a lot in common as well just among republicans but with democrats as well. and a lot of these problems and washington, right now it's broken. people aren't talking to each other, republicans aren't democrats, democrats aren't talking to republicans, we've got two completely of the media,s fox oversnbc here and there. we don't all have to think alike, we don't have to come things, but wee can focus and concentrate on the together.can get done >> next up is nathan, a first year law student from circleville, ohio. the topic, the national debt. >> mr. stewart, thank you so here.or being my question is, would you vote for a spending bill that increased the national debt in the senate? >> thanks a lot. so, we have to address the there's a there,
11:46 pm
couple things we have to acknowledge. one is this. what president reagan acknowledged back in the 1980's ins we had to lower taxes the 1980's in order to have the economic growth, so it is ofsible to grow your way out debt, by becoming a more wealthy country. lot on the left have criticized the tax cut that was proposed by president trump and that was put into place by the republicans in the senate and republicans in the house, and in the short term there was to the but what this has led to now is economicst rate of growth in decades. we have the lowest unemployment we'ren this country, and only eight months in, only eight cut.s in, to this tax and already we have the lowest in 52 years.rate wages for working class blue
11:47 pm
collar americans are rising at the fastest rate in 22 years. and this is because even cnn has acknowledges this is because of cut.rump tax so you can go into the short term, no it in the long term reduce taxesm you and that actually makes the rolling as it is now. we're seeing growth rates that we haven't seen since the 1950's. as that continues we will continue to grow and that debt become more affordable to our nation. >> if i may ask about that, certainly a lot of economic progress, but are you concerned about even the white house office of management and budget has readvised the numbers on upward in terms of our debt? >> the problem in our country taxes aren't high enough. the problem is that we're too and we have republicans and democrats spending way too much they're not willing to arele the things that
11:48 pm
driving this deficit. an unreformed medicaid system developed in 1965, that is breaking the budgets not just of the federal government but of the state governments as well, and as that happens, we are pushing out and crowding out funding for everything else including education, including transportation, these things they'rebe addressed, going to be tough. but if we can do it together, if we can work together as and democrats, and put the politics aside and say look, let's renorm the medicaid it a betters make system for the people who are on it, and let's lower the cost for statementl and governments and the taxpayers, we're going to be able to address the national debt, but improve thetime quality of health care in this country. >> all right, let's get to emily from fort bragg, north carolina, a senior, and her on lgbtq rights. we're running out of time, we've got about five minutes. you again for joining us, mr. stewart. according to a research study,
11:49 pm
republicans support lgbtq rights. how do we balance religious liberty while respecting and discriminating people for their identity? >> okay. so you gotta remember what our constitution does. our constitution prevents the and now byernment extension the state government from discriminating against its citizens. and the thing that -- our rights in this country. they're listed in the bill of and foremost,rst and the founders placed these in order, and in the first amendment is not just the freedom of speech and expression , but they also knew it was fundamental to a democratic form of government, a republic, was freedom e of religion, and you might not like if somebody treats you differently because of your beliefs and your sexual
11:50 pm
but as long as it's not the government that's doing we're cannot ensure that going to infringe on somebody's religious believes and force aem to provide someone service simply because of your sexual orientation. tot is, we have to stay true our constitution. >> gjrus is i senior from wood bridge, expravment your question is on minority support. >> yes. so my question is, how do you support and the protect the american rights for minorities, especially events that happened like in charlottesville, virginia and continuing with wood bridge as well. you.od to see so you're from wood bridge? >> yes. >> nice to meet you. know, i believe in talking to the other side. and yesterday there was another forum, the radio one richmond, a
11:51 pm
minority event, and i know that many democrats were there and they didn't expect i would say yes. they knew that i would probably face a crowd that would have and tough questions for me, they did. but i went there, because i think that's what we need to do. we have to talk with one another. and next week i have accepted an invitation to appear in front of the naacp, fairfax county. i know they'll have tough that'sns for me, but okay, because we're yelling at each other in this country. you don't have to have the same but we have to be able to talk to one another. that's what i'm going to do. able to get things done because of this. the been able to work with other sides, and i know that when i go to the naacp in fairfax it's going to be awe very important moment, because i want to let them know that even if we have differences, we have in common and we can work together. >> okay, i believe that's going to be our last question. time would go by quickly, so now you do get one full minute to make your closing
11:52 pm
remarks, and i will let you do that now. >> okay, i don't need that, okay, thanks. again thep to thank university, i want to thank each who votedone of you again for me in the primary, forgiving me this opportunity to represent virginia. think you all know that, but i get things when i see washington i see two sides that are not willing to work together. i see two sides that are see one side, the democrats saying we'd like to get things accomplished, but the republicans won't let us. i hear the republicans saying the same thing, they'd like to get something done, but us.democrats won't let as a local person, somebody who bighad to represent a jurisdiction, if i had that same attitude, i would have been fired. going up to washington not because i want to keep it the but, as senator kaine does,
11:53 pm
because i want to change it, because i want to rile things up, yes, i do. i also want to get things accomplished and i'm willing to work together with the other do that and i ask for your vote on november 6. thank you all very much. [cheers and applause] >> okay, thank you. you sowart, again, thank much for being here at tonight's event. our town hall is going to this breakght after with senator tim kaine. >> our town hall continues now the man who wants to keep his seat in the senate. everyone, welcome senator tim kaine to the stage. [cheers and applause] a fast 30 applause]d
11:54 pm
supporters.tic judge brettbout kavanaugh. you met him, you said you record of studied his academic writings and judicial opinions, and yet you determined cannot be counted onto serve as an independent check on the president and you're not voting him. now we have an allegation of sexual assault from nearly 40 years ago. more needs to happen before the senate votes on this appointment? >> mark, first, thanks to liberty for hosting this. it's nice to be back. i was last with you on veterans day when they hosted the veterans day parade. this is a really important one, and i think what's important is that a serious charge has been charge that it's a is essentially a sexual assault, even could be construed as and we ought to get to the bottom of it. this is a vacant sit that just july 31, that's when justice kennedy retired. we're seven weeks into this.
11:55 pm
held a.p. majority vacant sit open for 14 months reasons.ical if we care about sexual assault, if we think that it's serious, everything to do get to the bottom of this, and that would obviously involve hearing from dr. ford and judge kavanaugh, clearly. but it would also involve hearing from witnesses. witnessesa couple of who have been identified, one the allegation says was in the room, when this happened. why wouldn't we want to hear witnesses? and why wouldn't the f.b.i. has already done a background investigation, why wouldn't they it to look at this particular charge. we should take the time to get this right. differ from my opponent. my opponent called the bunch ofns, quote, a crap. my opponent tweeted out that what's next, somebody will say kavanaugh pulled the pig tails of a first grader? can i make this very plain to you? cannot equate pulling the pig tail of a first grader with
11:56 pm
two 17-year-olds allegedly barricading a 15-year-old in the room and sexually assaulting her. you cannot minimize this charge. there is a charge and there's enough corroboration to it that she sought counseling, that she detector test and passed it, the witness alleged who hasoom is somebody written about a history of blackout drinking and partying when he was in high school. to get to the bottom of it. there's no reason to rush a supreme court nominee through. concerned where the judge kavanaugh on the high court that roe v. wade is in jeopardy? >> i am. andconcerned about that other precedent as well. when i interviewed judge andnaugh when he testified, i've read many of his opinions, he said roe v. wade was settled law. documents from the white house, he says it's only settled until the supreme otherwise. there's three people on there now who want to overturn it.
11:57 pm
what would overturning roe v. wade mean? opponent wants to do. it would mean we'd go back to what the law was before, that criminal could use the law the criminalize, prosecute and jail women for making their own reproductive health care decisions. to overturnit means roe versus wade, and i don't think that's what we should do in this country. issue, important moral obviously. but i think women can make their own moral decisions about their includinge, reproductive health care. >> the mueller probe, the president declassified a portion of materials used to obtain a secret warrant, to monitor the his formeron of campaign, former policy advisor forer paige, he said it was transparency. you want to protect robert muler and his investigation with legislation. protection level of needed? after all, this investigation has already cost the american taxpayers roughly $26 million. >> it's important to protect the integrity of our elections,
11:58 pm
protecthy we need to the investigation. there have already been over 30 guilty pleas of individuals as part of this investigation. so my opponent says it's a witch hunt, my opponent says it should be terminated. but this is an investigation seriousremely allegations, and the guilty pleas and the indictments thus have demonstrated it. so i think what we need to do is protect the investigation and it complete. and when all the facts are out on the table, we will know, a, individuals are culpable and should be indicted or charged, the mostobably important thing we need to know a how to stop, how to stop foreign adversary from ever doing this again. when i was on the ticket in 2016, my son was deployed as a u.s. marine infantry commander with russia, trying to protect our allies from russian interference. why would we deploy our young people halfway around the world to protect our allies but then
11:59 pm
that we're uninterested in getting to the bottom of what russia did to our election system? >> you voted against the republican tax plans saying the the people wen serve and that americans will be stuck with the painful come.uences for years to but the economy is booming, and the white house said americans the 2016 election to thank for that. the president tweeted reasonly is at 4.2% and we will do much better than this. begun. just were you wrong? >> no, mark, look. i'm glad that the american economy is strong, but the economy befored better in the months of president obama's term than it did in the first 18 months of president obama's. now president trump has in mind taking advantage of inherited wealth before, and i think he started taking advantage of it now. here's why i voted against the bill. here's why i voted against the tax bill. do wee president right,
12:00 am
need to do tax reform? absolutely, haven't done it since 1986. it, presidentid reagan said we're going to do it, make it right, we're going bipartisan. 10 months of hearings produced a 97-3 vote and it was a good needed to do it. but here's the problem with this bill and the reason i voterred against it, the one minute commitment after handing us 800 page tax bill to make the individual tax cuts permanent but not drop the corporate tax rate. we should have a tax code that treats workers and corporations. >> health care. affordable care act. you voted against repeal and replace, partial appeal and the so-called skinny appeal. senatorsdent calls like you deconstructionists. are you one? .ou are pushing medicare act
12:01 am
you say it will not increase taxes by a penny or increase the deficit. some would say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. how will this work? >> i proudly worked with my democratic colleagues and republicans and virginians to stop the republican effort to repeal the affordable care act. it would have taken the health insurance away. it would have blocked our general assembly from doing the medicated tension, whereby virginians would get health care, many for the first time in their life. that proud to vote against repeal because i had virginians flooding my office and talking to me about the fact that the absence of these funds, their children would not have a wheelchair to go to school with. it would take health insurance away from millions.
12:02 am
i do want to improve our health care system. i have written this bill with michael bennet from colorado. we would direct medicare services to offer an insurance policy on the exchange that, if they wanted to, the policy would cover the obamacare essential health benefits. medicare does not need to collect a profit. if you qualify for a subsidy, you could use that subsidy to bring the price down, just like you can with private insurance. we would not force anybody to buy it. what americans need is they need more choices and they need lower cost.
12:03 am
that is what medicare asked would do. >> fever governor during the virginia -- you were governor during the virginia massacre -- virginia tech massacre. there has been a lot of passionate debate raging about training teachers to keep students. the county school board decided to armed teachers because they cannot afford to hire more school resource officers. what do you say to voters there who says what happens in northern or central virginia might be ok for them, but here, this is what we want. we want to arm our teachers. tell them how to secure their kids. if they have a strategy that they think will work for them, i will not tell them otherwise. as a mayor of richmond, with my kids in the richmond goals, we put resource officers in to keep kids safe. area thatl you, the is so critically important was
12:04 am
the painful lesson that i learned on the worst day of my life in april of 2007 at virginia tech. -- youngd young men , throughs mentally ill his tears and teachers knew how to help them succeed with medication. he was mentally ill and dangerous. to have aegal for him weapon but because of weaknesses in the background check system, he was able to buy a weapon he was prohibited from having. students, grad students, faculty lost their lives. many were injured. the painful lesson that i learned that day was that there is a solution. if there is universal background checks where the person who has to check to make sure that the
12:05 am
recipient is not prohibited from having a weapon, we can reduce these crimes. will never eliminate crime. crimest is can we reduce and key people safer? if we are not willing to do something, shame on us. there are answers that would work. universal background checks are the ones that i think would do the most good. >> we must take a break right now. when we come back, the students will have an opportunity to speak with you. atyou are watching town hall liberty university. >> welcome back. let's get back to our liberty university students and their questions. from cranston, rhode
12:06 am
island with a question about immigration. >> thank you for being here. you are advocating for a on a merit-based point system. showing the world that we are a country of laws and enhancing our board security. it seems you have turned away from those you had a passion for in 2014. why is that? >> great question. it is in the independent -- declaration of independence and systemrtant part of the that we have. i continue to support immigration reform. most recently, i worked with lindsey graham to draft a bill that would permanently protect dreamers. $20, it would provide
12:07 am
billion in border security for the u.s. we put that bill on the floor of the senate in february, but the president came out against it. both are things that he campaigned on. he came out against it and no other republicans would join the bill. the answer is comprehensive immigration reform. -- ie not done it like voted for a comprehensive bill in 2013. it passed the senate but then know was -- no action was taken on it. it was everything. it was border protection. these that were formed, protection for dreamers and a path to citizenship. we passed through the senate but the house did not act. it is my hope that the house will act after november. the security issues are really
12:08 am
important. dreamer protection is also important. thank you for asking that. a question about violence. were 13 gang members sentenced to life in prison after being charged in the teenagers.d death of what actions we take to combat this type of crime? connect with illegal immigration? sadly, when i was elected to the richmond the council, richmond had the second highest rate in the united states. in my time in office, we were able to bring down by the crime by more than 50%. achieveds governor, we
12:09 am
-- we got virginia into one of the safest states in the country. we did not do it by cracking down on immigrants generally. we focused our attention on the back guys. one of the challenges is if there is a general crackdown on immigrants and you get your law enforcement to start to focus on those with immigration status rather than whether they are rapists or arsonists, you can dilute your effort. when i was governor, the chief of police said let us fight against the crimes of the time that you just mentioned that they perpetrated. we should always go after bad guys. we should have tough law enforcement against them. if we wage a war against immigrants generally, we will not reduce crime. we will make our cities less safe. >> stuart martin is studying
12:10 am
engineering and has a question about history. >> many of our historical monuments are being destroyed areas what do you plan to do for future generations? >> great question. be as important in virginia as anywhere because we love our history. . had to grapple with this i was the mayor of richmond. we preserved some statues. we put up some new statues to recognize the voices and stories that had never been told. , when we haddown to take down bridges that were obsolete that were named after civil war generals. bridges back up, we named them after civil rights heroes. streetsre so many other in virginia named after some of the things that people battle
12:11 am
for civil rights -- their stories were not even told. what i continue to do as governor, when we inaugurated the civil rights statue on the capitol grounds in virginia. what i basically believe is that you need to listen to your community and make sure that you are telling the full story, not just a part of this morning. only civil war generals. of richmondstatue hero and human rights activist to say that richmond has more peoplent and monumental than just those between 1861 and 1865. that is the way that i approach these issues. >> the issue of abortion. she has a question on this topic that i think is very valuable. demonstratedn
12:12 am
throughout the judicial appointment procedures that your party has a litmus test against pro-life appointment. why should someone who is pro-life vote for you? >> i will skip the litmus test because i do not think that is the case. i will take your question. i am a catholic. my church has a very strict teaching. i live my churches teaching through my adult life. i encourage everyone of you up here to live your faith. live your convictions. that is what i do. the job of an elected official is to legislate my catholic church's doctrine for everybody to follow, even those who are not catholics or have different points of view. are an awful lot of people in this country who practice religions that have a different view about contraception than the catholic church.
12:13 am
there are a lot of people that do not go to church but they are moral, ethical thinking people. , think using the criminal law using criminal law to criminalize, prosecute and even jail women and doctors for making this decision is exactly the wrong thing to do. i believe that women can make their own moral decisions about their health care. >> your opponent says he supports abortion up until the moment of earth. -- birth. horribly miss -- misquoted me. many courts have considered that exact law and found it unconstitutional.
12:14 am
many courts, federal courts and state courts. i took an oath. i swore to uphold the constitution of the u.s. i uphold the constitution of the was, and that bill that before us had been ruled on, to snow by virtually every court that had taken it up. -- death from opioids increased between 2016 and 2017. what will you do to address the epidemic #-- epidemic? was 99-1. the vote
12:15 am
the health committee where i sit in the finance committee and where senator warren six. it was a bunch of strategies around research, prevention, treatment. we have to tackle this problem. i am confident he will sign it. >> how about a hand for our students? senator kaine, we will go into your closing statements. thank you again for inviting us tonight. i started my time as a public servant when i took a year off in law school. to be carpenters and welders. i have been a civil rights attorney a teacher at the university of richmond, and i have been honored to represent my state.
12:16 am
a virginia that works for all. virginia, solving problems and bringing virginia solutions to the forefront. it is about the dignity of working people. a fair wage and tax code. finally, it is about those last two words in the pledge of allegiance for all. we need people to stand up. accept theave to vice of nurse or bitterness or anger. we need people to stand up for those last words in the pledge of allegiance. that is what i will do if i had the honor to be reelected. [applause] senator kaine, everybody.
12:17 am
>> we hope this has been informative for all of you. we will close this out, but we hope everyone has had a wonderful time and that this has been in normative for everyone. did you learn something about each candidate? this is what that is about. that wraps up tonight town hall forum. we thank you for watching. congresshe control of in question, see the competition for yourself on c-span. watch the debate from senate races. source.pan your primary this weekend on both tv. bob woodward's interview on his book fear, trop in the white house. >> he positioned after the book came off -- came out.
12:18 am
everyone knows what you have in this book. 1000% correct. eastern,0 p.m. discussing his book content, a memoir of the clinton investigation. >> what i am saying about the clinton asked aliens is we learn from our history as a free people and impeachment was not the wise way to go. at sunday -- on sunday on afterwards discussing his book every day is extra. interviewed by jane harman. we did not know each other very well at all. seniority here i brought us together. we had a conversation into the night. and hisabout annapolis
12:19 am
father and grandparents. his own service and his time as a prisoner. how we fought and what it was like. other thatto each the country was divided by the war. we decided to make peace with vietnam and peace at home. look for it on the tv. major garrett talks about his book mr. trump's wild ride. it is not just about partisanship. i think it transcends parties. he is bigger than partisanship. dynamos this emotional that he spins within people.
12:20 am
he does it intentionally. sometimes he does not even know that he is doing it. he is influencing every aspect. detected,at you have the way that journalists interact with this ongoing story. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern. in new mexico, two members of congress are running for governor. democrat michelle lujan grisham and republican steve pearce. it took part in the debate posted by q tv station kqre. topics included public education, the state's minimum and, natural gas drilling criminal justice reform. >> from krqe news 13 your local election headquarters. this is a 2018 gubernatorial debate. >> good in


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on