tv Campaign 2018 Obama at Rally for Nelson and Gillum CSPAN November 2, 2018 8:33pm-9:47pm EDT
at 8:00 p.m. eastern as the results come in from house, senate, and governor races. here victory and concession speeches. wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., we will get your reaction to the election and take phone calls live during washington journal. c-span, your primary source for campaign 2018. earlier today in miami, former president barack obama campaigned with florida senator bill nelson who is running for a fourth term. he is being challenged by warmer florida governor, rick scott. the race is listed as a tossup. the tallahassee mayor was at the rally running against former congressman ron desantis for the governor seat. polls and that rias show mr. gillam with less than a three point lead. welcome senator bill nelson. [cheers]
new senator came from illinois to the senate. i brought him to florida for the first time. i will never forget this. we had a joint townhall meeting. and we had it in the macedonia missionary baptist church in eatonville, florida. the only place that would hold a big congregation and so many people turned out to see senator obama that day that they were hanging for the rafters. [applause] now years later he's coming back to help some more of us. he's doing it because he knows it's so important.
think of the legacy he has had and what they are trying to do to undo his legacy. we are not going to let them do it. [cheers] and hes another reason is coming here because he is tired of the untrue things that are being said. the former president feels him -- field that politics ought to be about honesty and integrity. [cheers] and he of all people can stand up in great contrast to what we see in the occupancy of 1600 -- occupants of 1600 pennsylvania right now.
what this election comes down to is trust and honesty. it's about who do you trust? now more than ever, the country, indeed, needs people it can trust. it needs leaders who know right from wrong. [speaking spanish] [cheers] from the day i was sworn in as a lieutenant from the army. [speaking spanish] until the day i flew into this
-- into space. [speaking spanish] until today in the senate. [speaking spanish] it's a great honor for me as a public servant. [cheers] [speaking spanish] i believe that a public office is a public trust. the people have responded very generously to me over the years by placing their trust in me. i'm proud you now have a real choice in the senate election between the record of me and my opponent. my opponent has cut education, i
support education. [cheers] i have tried to protect the environment. my opponent has savaged the environment. and you see the results of the green algae and the red tide. #redtiderick. i have tried to protect health care. he, of course, have tried -- has tried, not for one year but for seven years to repeal the affordable care act. now he has allowed the state of florida to go ahead with a court that's trying to declare your protection.
to declare that unconstitutional. this is what we are up against. you have given me the privilege of standing up and working on the jobs for the future. our aerospace program. ladies and gentlemen, we are going to mars. [cheers] those high paying jobs, the spinoff on the new achievements in space, it translates to american leadership in space. and the jobs right here in florida. let's don't forget what mitch mcconnell said just the other day. [booing]
he said because of the big tax cut bill for corporations, now he have to find revenue. has to find revenue. now he's going to cut medicare and social security. not on my watch as long as i'm around. [cheers] come election day we have a lot at stake. it means voting for leaders that really care about people they represent. and it means voting for leaders that really care about our state. i asked for this opportunity to come introduce you to someone i saw early as a young man, as the
student body president at a&mida a in them -- florida . my wife and i had asked andrew to come talk to a gathering we have annually. on the issue of values. that young man has been one of the earliest youngest, city commissioners in tallahassee and now a great reign as mayor. he is going to be the next mayor -- governor of florida. mayor andrew gillum. [cheers]
>> what going on, everybody? what's going on? [cheers] are we ready to flip your blues? that's not good enough. are we ready to flip florida lou? -- blue? i have to tell you, it is such a beautiful site from up here. if we can hold the election up here we would run away with it miles ahead of our opponent. evenrats, independents, our republican friends who are joining us today. are you ready to flip florida blue for the first time? [cheers] i believe we are going to do it this time. [applause] you have heard me as i've moved around this wonderful state of
ours for 21 months. you have heard me over these last months do my best to introduce myself to you. oftentimes talking about my mother frances who birthed us in jackson hospital right down here in miami. [cheers] my mother frances was a school bus driver for the miami school system. [cheers] my daddy, charles, was a construction worker. when my dad didn't have construction work, you would find him on the street corner selling fruits and vegetables and selling flowers to bereaved families. between my mother and father they are the best examples of hard work that i know to this
day. [cheers] i am so very honored to have my mother here with me today. francis gillam. [cheers] say what's up, mom. i love it. she's getting used to it. she's giving the royal wave. [laughter] we have come a long way from richmond heights. [cheers] we find ourselves in this moment where we sit on the precipice of something great. something transformational. the opportunity to put the voices of everyday working people of our state back at the centerfold of public policy and decision-making and results that come out of tallahassee. i'm here in south florida to ask
you for the only thing in life my mother ever told me to ask for, and that is change. -- chance. i want a chance. [cheers] i want a chance to be your next governor. i want a chance to get to tallahassee as your next governor so we can work to pay teachers what they are worth for the most difficult jobs. [cheers] we are talking about teachers, who i have to admit i would not be standing before you. not as the mayor of tallahassee, florida, and certainly not as the democratic nominee for governor of the state of florida. those individuals who work overtime on my behalf. they encourage me, they inspired me to do the work that i thought i couldn't get done by myself.
they encouraged me to reach beyond my limitations. they poured into may, just as they pour into our young people every day of the week. in the absence of our parents, these are the people who are responsible for the molding and inspiring of the minds of our most precious gifts, our children. that's why we have to pay them a wage they can live on. along with all of our support staff who make this possible. [cheers] i want a chance. i want a chance. i want a chance to be a governor who will go to tallahassee and will actually believe in science. [cheers] it's more than a notion. right? we have so become used to denying the effects that become so used to denying the effects of climate change.
when you live in the state of florida and you are surrounded by water on three sides, you better believe it is a real thing because it has a direct impact on the future of this state. i want a chance. i want a chance to go to tallahassee and achieve real criminal justice reform here in the state. [cheers] not only the kind of reform where once you have paid your debts to society and you reenter our communities, you ought to have your right to vote. [applause] you have to have your constitutional right to vote. not just that, you also ought to be able to get out and have your right to work, your right to earn a decent wage and aren't a living for yourself and your family. we are going to reform the criminal justice system in a way that gives people a lift and makes or states -- our state a
safer state. you are going to have a governor who will work to expand medicaid for over 800,000 of people in our state. [cheers] i want that chance. it is not only important we expand medicaid to those who don't have access to insurance, it's important we do for those that do. who want to be able to see health care expanded, increasing year over year over year. largely because these folks are getting access to health care in the emergency room's. we can do better than that. when we win this race we will do better than that. [cheers] i want a chance to go to tallahassee to take on the nra and let them know. [cheers] that's right.
i want to let them know that their time of running tallahassee has come to an end. i want them to know that the value of our children's lives are worth standing up for them. [cheers] no parents -- no parents ought have to send their kids to school wondering whether or not they would pick up alive or in a body bag. no parents. no neighborhood deserves to be so ravaged -- so ravaged by the everyday violence that pervades too many neighborhoods that you cannot let your plates -- kids play outside. that is unacceptable. we can respect the second amendment and protect our families. if you want to carry the power of god on your waistband you ought to have a background check. [cheers] if you're a convicted to mystic -- domestic violence abuser you
should not have access to weapons. if you want to shoot a gun that can fire 60 bullets in 60 seconds you want to join the military. [cheers] those weapons have no place in everyday society. we can stand up for that kind of a stance. listen y'all, i don't know how many of you saw the debate. did you catch any of -- [cheers] if you saw the debate you saw that my opponent missed an -- had repeated opportunities to tell people of the state what he wants to do with them. instead, he was quick to get my name out there, it was yummy -- the only thing coming out of his mouth. i am flattered, but the people of the state of florida deserve to hear what he wants to do for us.
unfortunately, he fails the test that is most important. he couldn't be honest with you. he cannot level with you. he couldn't let you know he voted over a dozen times to repeal obama care. we have an opportunity to send them both a message on november 6. [cheers] let me put some more on that, we have a chance to send them an unapologetic message. right? one that will not confuse them that their brand of politics is no longer acceptable in the state of florida at all. [cheers] i want you to know that my wife and i, we are going to put everything we have into this. i'm so proud to be joined by this mission with the woman who is definitely the wind beneath my wings. [cheers]
she is here today. baby, will you please stand up? if you don't like me, vote for me because she could be your first lady. [cheers] we are willing to go everywhere. we will travel to red and blue counties. and purple counties. [laughter] we have seen crowds were we didn't have enough room to hold everybody. we've been all over this state. the reason why we have gone to so many counties, deep red counties, is because i want them to know that i want to be there -- there governor, too. i want them to know that when elected governor i'm going to be a governor for all the people of the state of florida. not just some of the people. i want you to know that none of
this will be possible unless we do our job. we can't just tweet about it. they spoke about it, snapchat about it, but not be about it. what does it mean to be about it? it means we have to go to the polls and vote like our lives depend on it. [cheers] the truth is our lives do depend on who the next governor is of the great state of florida. we have to bring this thing on home. some of you have heard me talk about bringing it home. i want to do it here before i bring out the next speaker. i want to remind you of what this is about for me. as some of you all know, because my mother and father would have to get up so early in the morning and head to work, they would load me and my siblings up in the car and drive to my grandma's house, where she would let us sleep a little bit longer before getting us ready for the day. my grandmother had two rituals,
she would get a bottle of oil -- sometimes it was cooking oil. [laughter] the greasiest thing she could get. [laughter] she would put a cross on our forehead. it was harder way of sending us out into the day with a blessing. then her mantra would be, boys, go to school. mind your teachers. get your lesson and one day bring it home. [cheers] she would say bring it home for your little brother, your little sister, that little boy down the street you play with. god knows where he is going to end up. bring it home for your mom and daddy who get up every day to slave over someone else's job to , keep a roof over your head and food on the table, bring it home. i learned what my grandmother was communicating wasn't just about me. it was about all of us. if i did good in life we would
all do good in life. under trump's america they are trying to brainwash us in to thinking the only way we do good is wishing for the failure of the person next to us. i reject that brand of politics. i reject it. [cheers] i believe we are all in the same boat. we ought to row in the same direction. if we do that, we all go further. we all do better when we do better. we have an opportunity to send a message not just to the state of florida but across the nation, that kind of divisive politics have no place anymore. in fact, that message will resonate outside of our state around the nation and around the world that america is still america and common sense can win out.
[cheers] i want you to join us in bringing this win home not just for me. i want you to bring it home for the faces i cannot recognize, the names i cannot call. the communities and neighbors -- neighborhoods who need their fair shot at life as well. well.e, as god knows i've been blessed over the course of my life. we need to make sure we create the kind of thing that works for everybody again. if we get out and vote, if we get out and organize, we can have that kind. we cannot do it without you. let's bring it home. let's bring it home. [cheers] let's bring it home. listen, now i have the opportunity to bring to the stage -- you have to let me get his name out, please. [cheers]
i'm fired up. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: miami. [cheers and applause] it is good to see all of you. so, first and foremost, give it up for your next representative. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: a leader that we are going to send back to the united states senate, my friend bill nelson. [cheers and applause] and give it up for an
outstanding mayor. one of the most inspiring and gifted candidates running this year. the next governor of the great state of florida, andrew gillum. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: let me make a confession. i love you back. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: but you knew that, that was not a confession. now, there are a lot of good reasons to come back. [cheers and applause] getobama: it is starting to a little cooler back in d.c. leaves falling, the wind is getting a little brisker. you know, around this time of year you start thinking, i wouldn't mind being in miami.
to, is what i look forward having a few hecklers to get me back into the mood. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: i enjoy that. you always got to have a few to know you are on the campaign trail. these are all the reasons i've come down to miami. but the real reason i came down to miami is because this tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes. politicians will always say that, but this time it's actually true. the stakes really are that high. the consequences of us staying home really are more dangerous. because america is at a crossroads. the health care of millions -- hold on a second.
hold on a second. sir. sir. "obama"] chanting hold on a second. here's the deal. -- hold on a second. hold on a second. here's the deal. here's the deal. if you support the other candidates, then you should go support the other candidates. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: don't be here. i never -- one of the things i never understood was why if you
are supporting the other guy you come to my rally. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: go to their rally. don't talk about it. don't come hollering here. where was i? so, america is at a crossroads. is health care of millions on the ballot. making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. but maybe most of all, the character of our country is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] the closing weeks of this election, we have seen
repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and to make us fearful. explore --ned to exploit our history of religious, ethnic, and racial divisions that pit us against one another. make us believe that order will somehow be restored if it weren't for those folks that don't look like we look. or don't love like we love. or pray like we do. >> [crowd chanting "bring it home"] mr. obama: you know what?
it is an old playbook. it is one that the powerful and the privilege turn to whenever control starts slipping away. [cheers and applause] they will get folks protect theirto power and their privilege. even when it hurts the country. even when it puts people at risk. it is as cynical as politics gets. but in four days, in four days , florida, you can reject that kind of politics. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: in four days, you can be a check on that kind of behavior. in four days, you can choose a
bigger, more prosperous, more generous vision of america. an america where love and hope conquer hate. an america where we the people , whatever we look like, whoever we love, however we choose to pray, however our ancestors came here, we can come together to shape our country's course. that's what andrew gillum stands for. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that's what bill nelson stands for. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: i help opening -- i am hoping that's what you can do that is what you can do when you vote -- i am hoping that is what you stand for. i am hoping that's what you can do when you vote on tuesday. we've been a
crossroads -- we have been at crossroads like this before. and each time, we made the right choice not by sitting back, not by waiting for history to happen to us, but by marching and by mobilizing and by organizing and by voting to make history happen. that time we abolished slavery in this country, that time we overcame a great depression. that's how we won women's rights in workers rights and civil rights. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that's what made the story of america's progress, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. but progress never comes without a fight. for every two steps of progressive change, we take two
step backn take one in conservative retrenchments. every time we start pulling ourselves closer to our finding that our founding ideals that all of us are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, every time we start including more people in that promise, some folks start pushing back. the status quo pushes back. win the right to make a somebody comes around and tries to bust your union. you win a higher minimum wage, then congress decides we won't raise the minimum wage for a decade. theyin the right to vote, try to make it harder for you to vote.
making this country better has never been easy. i love you, too. [cheers and applause] 10 years ago, 10 years ago, i was campaigning for president. i was in game shape back then. that is why i did not lose my voice, i could talk all the time. now i am not used to talking this much. but tenures ago, we had just gone through a period of conservative retrenchment. republicans had been cutting taxes for the rich. they had been cutting rules for big banks and polluters. we had just gotten hit with the worst financial crisis in our lifetime. and guess what? the democrats had to come and clean up.
[cheers and applause] mr. obama: bill remembers because he was there. and so with the help of democrats like bill nelson we got the economy growing again. we covered another 20 million people with health care. we doubled the amount of clean energy we generate. we put roles on banks and credit card companies. we cut our deficits by more than half. in part by making sure that wealthiest pay their fair share . so by the time i left office, wages were rising, the uninsured rate was falling, the economy was growing. and by the way, that growth has just kept on going. [cheers and applause] know -- i you know, i
do have to make this point because right now, republicans are saying, look, the economy is so good. where do think that started? [cheers and applause] mr. obama: when did that start? they are talking about look how many jobs we created. the economy created more jobs in when i was innths office than the 20 months after i left office. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and at the time, they were saying how terrible the economy was. anyway, we will get to that. that is what a progressive
agenda did. now, we didn't get everything we wanted to do. we could not reverse 40 years of economic trends in four years. you had to bring back all the jobs from overseas. you could not eliminate all the inequalities that had built up. republicansot after took over congress and blocked everything that bill and i and others tried to do. now republicans have been in control for two years. everything in washington, white house, house, senate. governorships, including here in florida. what have they done with that power? it's not true they haven't done nothing. that's not true. they cut taxes for the rich. just like they did the last time. they stripped out rules to protect our air and water.
just like they did the last time. they ran up the deficit. just like they did last time. just like the last time. actuallye way, they know none of this is possible, which is part of the reason why just like the last time, they are actively trying to keep disenfranchised voters from voting. they are also resorting to the same tactics that they did the last time, which is to try and scare folks with whatever bogeyman or defensive social issues they could come up with, just like they did the last time. let's take a look at what they have been up to. they promised to take on corruption. instead, they have racked up enough indictment to field a football team. [cheers and applause]
mr. obama: you know, i didn't have anybody in my administration get indicted. thought that's how you're supposed to do things. they pledged to fight for the little guy. out one they doled point $5 trillion in tax cuts aimed at billionaires and corporations. >> [booing] mr. obama: don't boo. let me tell you something. republicans cannot hear you boo, but they can hear you vote. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: so they didn't pretend to pay for these tax cuts, and of course, deficits shot up. that is what happened. except just two weeks ago, the republican leader in congress said, now that we got our tax
cuts passed, we are very disturbed with the deficit. we need to bring them down. we are going to have to cut programs like medicare and medicaid and social security. hey, don't take my word for it. look it up. that is what he said. in fact, look up anything i say today because i promise, i believe in a fact-based -- [cheers and applause] mr. obama: the point is that cutting medicare and social security and medicaid to pay for tax cuts for folks like rick scott does not sound like fighting for the little guy to me. you want somebody -- >> [crowd chanting]
mr. obama: actually, hold on a second. there is an interesting observation i want to make. -- hold on,at hold on, hold on. >> [crowd boos] mr. obama: why is it that the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time? [cheers and applause] mr. obama: it is an interesting question. i mean, like, when i won the
presidency, at least my staff felt pretty good. [cheers and applause] you know, i don't know why -- it tells me something interesting. that even the folks who are in charge are still mad, because they are getting ginned up to be mad. that is the mindset. so, you want somebody who is actually going to work for working people? andrew gillum as somebody for working people. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: andrew's mom is right here. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that is where he got his good looks from. andrew was raised by a construction worker and a school bus driver, had to work his way
up the hard way to become mayor of tallahassee. he knows the promise to this country, so he is not going to work for people who had it handed to them, he is going to work for people who had to work their way up, just like his parents did. to look after him, their family. andrew has lived the american dream, and if you give him your vote, he will fight to make sure every child in florida has the same chance that this state and this country gave him. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: let's talk about health care for a second. eight years ago, democrats passed the affordable care act. that law helped cover almost 1.6
million people just here in florida. that law made it illegal for the first time for insurers to discriminate against folks who had a pre-existing condition. and by the way, for the young people here, you may not think about pre-existing conditions, but when you get to be 57, because insurance companies, they categorize all kinds of things as pre-existing conditions. if you had asthma, you might not get insurance, or it might be really expensive. if you had cancer, they might not give you insurance. just being a woman was considered a pre-existing condition, because they would charge women more than men for insurance. which, when you think about it , makes absolutely no sense
because the condition women have is the power to give birth to us. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and it seems to me you wouldn't want to charge somebody more for bringing us into the world. that is just my opinion. so, we put in a law that said no, you have to charge women the same as men. you can't discriminate based on pre-existing conditions -- ok. great. [applause] mr. obama: and by the way, on that vote, not a single republican joined us, not one. zero. nada, zilch, goose egg, none, none of them supported us. now, suddenly it is election season, and what happens?
you've got republicans out there saying we will protect pre-existing conditions. let's look at the record. andrew's opponent was in congress and voted to sabotage or repeal the aca and protections for people with pre-existing conditions every chance he got. bill's opponent, rick scott -- >> [crowd boos] vote.ama: don't boo, rick's opponent is working to overturn pre-existing conditions as we speak. -- overturn pre-existing protections as we speak.
when i was president, republicans voted over a dozen times to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. last year, they fell one vote short. one vote. if they win this tuesday, they will finally succeed. if they keep control of congress, you better believe they are coming after your health care. florida, we can't let rick scott become the deciding vote on pre-existing condition protections. in all of his time in office, rick scott could've extended medicaid and covered 800,000 more floridians with health care, 800,000. those are families. rick desantis wouldn't even try. so if you want change, andrew gillum will expand medicaid coverage. if you vote for him and vote for
a democratic state legislature, your vote could get 800,000 floridians, just like that, the security of health care coverage. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: democrats are not going to let republicans gut your pre-existing conditions protections. democrats are not going to let republicans gut your medicare to pay for their tax cuts. they are going to protect your care, period. but here's the main point i want to make, florida. if republicans thought their tax cut for billionaires was popular, they would be campaigning on it. you don't hear a peep out of them. this was their main legislative accomplishment in congress. they have not mentioned it in a single ad. if republicans thought their endless votes to sabotage or take away your health care was popular, that is what they would be campaigning on.
you don't hear a peep from them about that. in fact, right at election time, suddenly republicans are saying they are going to protect your pre-existing conditions, when they have literally been doing the opposite. >> [crowd jeers] mr. obama: that is some kind of gall. that is some kind of chutzpah. let's call it what it is. it is a lie. they are lying to you. a former republican congressman, david jolly, just cast his vote. he voted for andrew gillum. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: he said the reason is simple. it's because i have served with ron desantis. that should tell you something. let me tell you, if somebody who served with me in my party voted
for the other guy, i would feel bad. i don't imagine congressman jolly and mayor gillam agree on a lot, but maybe they, just like all of us, agree there is something bigger than politics. and that is on the ballot right now. what kind of politics do we want? do we want politics where people are yelling at each other? making rude gestures in front of the children? mmmm. can't do that. in front of mama. look, throughout human history politicians have made promises that turned out to be harder than they expected, so they pump up the good things they did, downplay the stuff that didn't work out.
they tried to put a positive -- they try to put a positive -- we are ok. they tried to put a positive spin on things. it's not just politicians that do that, y'all do that, too. sometimes i am at home and i do the dishes and i say honey, look, i did the dishes. michelle says, that is the first time in a month you've done the dishes. [laughter] mr. obama: don't brag about it. i'm putting a positive spin on things. then she asks me, what did you do wrong? otherwise, you wouldn't be doing the dishes. [laughter] mr. obama: we all tried to put a positive spin on things, but what we have not seen the way we are seeing right now is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, badldly,
shamelessly lie, just making stuff up. that is what they are doing right now all the time. and by the way, it is not the first time. they do this every election cycle, try to terrify folks, and and the election comes problem suddenly, magically vanishes. you never hear about it again. in 2010, they said bill and i were setting up death panels to kill your grandmother. remember that? in 2014, they said, ebola is going to kill all of us. shut the borders. in 2016, it was hillary's emails. they were all wound up about that. and the mainstream press picked up about that. this is terrible, this is scary. you know they weren't worried about that because if they were then be worried about the current president talking on his cell phone while the chinese are
listening in. they didn't care about it. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: they set it to get folks angry and ginned up. now, in 2018, they are telling you the existential threat to america is a bunch of poor refugees 1000 miles away. they are even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border. and the men and women of our military deserve better than that. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: so they are just constantly fear mongering to distract from the record. the administration says they are doubling down on outdated cuba policy, which hurts families and
entrepreneurs trying to open up the cuban economy. we need to get back to politics that support the cuban people to make their lives better. that's change. that's what bill believes in and what andrew believes in. the point is, florida, they make stuff up, but here also is the problem. too often we fall for it. too often we fall for the distractions. you all remember peanuts right, maybe some of you are too young. charlie brown and lucy with the football, and she would say i'm holding it, you can kick it, and brown would say, ok, and then she would pull the ball away and he would fall on his back. but he kept on doing it every time. don't be charlie brown. [laughter] don't fall for the okey doke, don't be bamboozled, don't be
hoodwinked. [laughter] because when you get distracted, while you are distracted with all this stuff they are making up, they are also robbing you blind. they will be look, look, look, over there, and even tax cuts to billionaires. look over there, and then they let polluters poison your air and water. they will absolutely take health care away from millions the first chance they get, while you are distracted with stuff that is not true. it's likely con where a door to
door salesman says you need a security system, while his partner sneaks in the back to steal your stuff. you have a policy where words don't mean anything, were to doesn't matter, where people can lie with abandon, democracy can't work. in our own lives, our marriages and families, if consistently the people we are dealing with can't believe what we say, if our children see that it doesn't matter that you actually accomplish things, all you do is just make stuff up whenever it is expedient, society doesn't work, democracy does not work, and that is what is happening at the highest levels. and the only check on that behavior is you.
[applause] the only check on that behavior is you and your vote. and on tuesday you can vote for politics that is decent and honest and lawful and plans to do right by people. politics that is decent and [applause] if you are a democrat, you had better be voting for andrew gillum and bill nelson and the whole ticket. if you are not a democrat, you should still be voting for them, because it shouldn't be democratic or republican to say we don't lie with impunity. it shouldn't be democratic or republican to say, we don't punish our political opponents and try to use a justice system,
that we don't the freedom of the press because they say something we don't like. [applause] it shouldn't be democratic or republican to say, we are not going to target certain groups based on what they look like or how they pray. it shouldn't be democratic or republican to know that climate change is real and threatens our future and our kids' future, and florida is going to see some of the worst effects of climate change, unless we change course right now. i know republicans may think that government should only perform a few functions, but one of those functions should be taking care of folks after a hurricane in puerto rico. [applause] i know there are conservatives that think we should be fiscally
prudent, but there is nothing fiscally responsible about $1 trillion deficits. i know there are sincere conservatives who are compassionate, and must think there is nothing compassion ate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers and fathers. i am assuming that they recognize that a president doesn't get to decide on his own who is an american president and who is not. [applause] that's not how the constitution of the united states works. that's not how the bill of rights works. that's not how our democracy works. [applause] people who think it is wrong to spend eight years trying to take away people's health care, and
then spend the final days you pretending you are mother teresa or florence nightingale. people must get upset when they see folks who spend all their time vilifying others, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people, and then suddenly pretending they are concerned about civility. and we don't need more mealy mouth elected officials who say, i'm concerned, or i'm terribly vexed by this bad behavior, but there's nothing i can do about it. we need leaders to stand up, leaders who fight for the american spirit like andrew gillum and bill nelson, folks who will stand up for anyone,
somebody else's kids getting bullied, who will stand up when they see their gay friend getting arrested, who will stand up for a guy to worship without fear, that is what all of us need to stand up for, with clarity, patriotism and purpose. the values that bind us to our fellow citizens no matter who we are, no matter what we look like, that is what americans do. that's what america is. that's what andrew gillum believes. that's what bill nelson believes. that's what you believe. [applause] a better vision of america.
and that is why i am hopeful, florida. i'm hopeful we will cut through the lies, block out the noise, and remember who we are, and who we are called to be. i'm hopeful that out of this political darkness, i see a great awakening of citizenship all across the country. i can't tell you how encouraged i have been to see so many people getting involved for the first time, for the first time in a very long time, marching and organizing and registering people to vote. these incredible, inspiring, parkland students. [applause] i saw some of the families
backstage, trying to transform unspeakable grief into a better world. young veterans of iraq and afghanistan, record numbers of women who are running from his, -- for office, you know what we need more women. [applause] it's a movement of citizens who maybe never had much interest in politics but they said, this time it is different. this time, it is too important to sit out. they are lacing up the marching shoes, grabbing a clipboard, because they believe in an america that is kinder, that looks out for one another. the antidote to government by the powerful few is government by the organized, energized
many. [applause] the antidote to a politics based on division is a politics based on a sense that we are in it together. that is what this moment is about, and i have to tell you, florida, one election won't fix everything. sometimes i hear young people saying, i don't know, all politicians are the same, nothing changes. it is true that one election is not suddenly going to eliminate poverty in this country. one election won't eliminate racism or sexism or homophobia. one election will not suddenly give everybody health care all
at once, or ensure that every child in florida gets the kind of education they deserve. it's not going to happen in just one election, but it will be a start. [applause] it will be a start. it will make things better. and when you start down that path of making things better, momentum starts to build, and then it gets even better and it gets even better. so don't just sit back. if you don't like what is going on right now, don't just complain, don't get anxious and freaked out, don't throw up your hands in despair, don't boo, don't hash tag, vote. when you vote for an attorney general and state reps, they
will have the power to protect our voting rights and make sure the criminal justice system treats everybody fairly. when you vote, you have the power to make sure we strengthen laws that protect women in the workplace from harassment or discrimination, and make sure their pay is the same as men for doing the same job. [applause] when you vote, you have the power to make it easier for a college student to afford college, and harder for a disturbed person to shoot up places where our kids learn, and where our seniors gather to worship. when you vote, you have the power to make sure a family keeps their health insurance. you can save somebody's life. that power rests in your hands.
and if you get involved, if you knock on some doors, if you talk with some of your slightly trump-like friends, you get some souls to the polls. if you turn out on tuesday to vote for this whole, incredible florida ticket, i promise you something powerful happens, change starts to happen, hope starts to happen. [applause] and with each new step we take in the direction of fairness and justice, equality and opportunity, that hope spreads, it starts rippling. it enters into each of us. we get a sense of what is possible, and we remind ourselves of those better angels
of our nature. it's up to you. let's make history happen right here in florida. [applause] let's go vote. god bless you, miami. god bless you, florida. god bless the united states of america. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] we take care of our own
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