tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren Town Hall in Los Angeles CSPAN August 23, 2019 1:03pm-2:03pm EDT
granddaughters and my son-in-law and my son alex. [applause] warren: it is good to be here with family. alex has been out on the road with me. alex has been my tech support since second grade. [laughter] sen. warren: it is true. he runs his own business now, what he is also trying a new one, and that is support your mother when she runs for president of the united states. [applause] sen. warren: i am so glad all of you are here tonight. i thought what we would do is i will tell you a little about myself. i will tell you a little bit about why i'm in this fight and
we will take some questions. i think we have all the numbers now. we figured it might take a while for people to make it to the microphone. i will stay as long as you want. [applause] i was born and raised in oklahoma. [applause] ?en. warren: we have some okies i love it. i have three older brothers. i am what used to be called a late in life baby. my mother has always referred to me as the surprise. [laughter] sen. warren: my three older brothers, who to this day are known as the boys, they all went on to join the military. my oldest brother was a career military.
he spent five and a half years off and on in combat in vietnam. we were lucky to get him back home. [laughter] sen. warren: my brother, john, was stationed overseas for little over a year and my brother, david, the youngest of the three boys trained as a combat medic. rule in given rise to a our family, and that is -- never joke around david. [laughter] he carries a sharpened pocketknife and is convinced to this day he could perform an emergency tracheotomy. [laughter] sen. warren: it makes for very exciting moment during thanksgiving. brothers. i am close to them. they are almost all back to oklahoma and we talk on a regular basis and i get there as
often as i can. when we were growing up, our daddy had a lot of different jobs. he sold paint. he sold fencing. he sold housewares. and when i was in middle school, the boys were all gone at that point so it was just my mom, my daddy, and me, and my daddy had a massive heart attack. and for a long time without we were going to lose him. he pulled through what he couldn't work and it went on and on. i can still remember the day we lost our family station wagon. toemember how my mama used tuck me into bed at night. she would give me a kiss and walked out of the room and close the door, and i always knew what was coming next. i hear her start to cry on the
other side because you never wanted to cry in front of me. this is when i learned words and foreclosure. one morning i walked into my beds'bedroom and out on the was laid out the dress. the dress, will know which is the one that comes out for weddings, funerals, and graduations. there was my mother in her slip and stocking feet and she is looking down and pacing and crying and she is saying, we will not lose this house, we will not lose this house, we not lose this house. point she looks up and sees me in the doorway -- i'm just a kid -- she looks at me
and she looks at that dress and she looks back at me. she is 50 years old and has never worked outside the home and she is terrified. but she takes one more look at me, wipes her face, pulls that dress on, puts on her high heels and walks to the sears and gets a full-time minimum wage job. that minimum-wage job saved our house and it saved our family. [applause] sen. warren: for many years i thought of that as this is the main lesson my mama taught me and that is -- no matter how scared you are, no matter how hard it looks, when it comes down to it, you reach down deep and find what you have to find
and you pull it up and you take care of the people you love. [applause] sen. warren: and it was years later before i came to understand that wasn't just what my mama taught me, it is what millions of people across the country do every day, the matter no matter howoks, scared they are, they reached down the find what they have to find and they take care of the people they love. that is who we are. [applause] sen. warren: what it was only years after that that i came to
storytand that the same in my mother and daddy's bedroom is also a story about government because when i was a girl, a full-time minimum wage job in america would support a family of three. it would pay a mortgage, cover the utilities, and it would put food on the table. today, a full-time minimum wage job in america will not. that is wrong and that is why i am in this fight. [applause] sen. warren: understand this, that difference is not a
difference that just happened over time. it is a difference in who government works for. , the questionirl asked in washington about the minimum wage is what does it take a of three to survive? what does it take a family of three to get a toehold in the middle class? what does it take a family of three to have something solid they can tilt from? today the question asked in washington is where do we set the minimum wage to maximize the profits of giant corporations? booing] sen. warren: i don't want a government that works for giant corporations, i want one that works for our families. [applause]
sen. warren: so -- i love you said, the boys i all went off and joined the military. me, i had a different path. i had known what i wanted to do since second grade. a couple of you laughed. you didn't decide until what, .ourth grade, ok, i get it i have known what i wanted to do since second grade and i have never varied from it. i wanted to be a public school teacher. can we curate for america's public school teachers? applause]and for america's it public school teachers? [cheering and applause] sen. warren: i wanted to be a
schoolteacher. i used to line my dolls up in play school. i had a reputation for being tough and fair. by the time i graduated from have theol, we didn't money have the money for college application, much less to send me off to four years at the university. so like a lot of americans, i don't have a straight path story. it has twists and turns. i got a scholarship to college, yaa! fell in love, dropped out of school, and got a job. yea! ok, a good one, when i picked absolutely, but i thought the dream was gone. i was living down in houston and then i found it, what was then a
commuter college 45 minutes away that cost $50 a semester. [applause] sen. warren: so for a price that i could pay for on a part-time waitressing job, i finished my four year diploma, became a special needs teacher and i have lived my dream job. [applause] sen. warren: i loved that work. i still remember the faces peered i had little ones, four to six years old. do we have any special needs teachers in here? [cheers and applause] do have somewe come over here there is one come over here there is one.
it is not a job, it is a calling from the heart. would probably still be doing it, but my story has another twist. here is the twist -- by the end of my first year in teaching, i was visibly pregnant. the principal did what principals did in those days -- wished me luck and hired someone else for the job. [booing] was, atren: so there i home with a baby, amelia, who is over there talking to people and not listening to her mother. [laughter] sen. warren: it has been that way for a long time. so i am home and got a baby and i can't get a job. what am i going to do? i go to law school. [applause] never -- never
closely about why your funds are going to law school. so maybe on hip, i had to a public law school and by this time we are living in new jersey. .450 a semester three years in law school and i try to wait visibly pregnant. you will discover a pattern to these stories. that turned out to be alex, who was good enough to wait until after graduation to be worn. then q -- to be born. thank you, son. i take the bar and pass the bar and practice law for 45 minutes. [laughter] and then got back to my first love, which is teaching. i traded little ones for big ones and have spent most of my
grown-up life teaching in law school. [applause] know ifren: now i don't it is because i grew up without any money or worried a lot when i was a kid, i taught many courses in law school. if it was about money, i learned it and then i taught it. i taught contract law, commercial law, secured transactions, all of the universe -- uniform commercial debtor, bankruptcy, i taught it all. there was one central question that i always worked on and that was -- what is happening to working families in america? why is america's middle class being hollowed out?
why is it that for people who work every bit as hard as my mother worked two generations ago, the path today is so much rockier and is steeper? and for people of color even rockier and even steeper. [applause] sen. warren: why, and the answer is like the answer around minimum wage. it is about who the government in washington works for. think of it this way. we have a government that works fabulously, wonderfully for giant drug companies, just not for people trying to get a prescription filled, right? [applause] sen. warren: a government that
works wonderfully, terrifically in people who want to invest private prisons and private detention centers, just not for the people whose lives are torn apart by those institutions. centers and not just by the pe [applause] sen. warren: we have a government that works great for giant oil companies who want to drill everywhere, just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. [applause] warren: and here is the deal -- when you see a government that works great for those with money, for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and
lawyers and it is not working so well for everyone else, that is corruption. and simple and we need to call it out for what it is. [applause] sen. warren: the corruption of money that flows through every part of washington, that influences every decision. whatever issue wakes you up in the morning or keeps you up at safety,hether it is gun immigration,, whatever istice,
the issue, if there is a decision to be made in washington, i guarantee it has been influenced by money. it has been nudged by money. it has a little exception created from money, money. i will tell you a story. back in the early 1990's, climate change is something that our country and scientists around the world are beginning to understand. they don't have all of the pieces but they are starting to get it. early back and look, 1990's, democrats and republicans were working together. this was not a partisan issue. everybody wanted to make sure we got this right. so they are talking about should the epa have more power and how we make the changes in time.
and then along came the koch brothers. [booing] see warren: i heard -- i you have heard about the koch brothers and have strong opinions about them. inng come the koch brothers the big oil companies and some of the giant polluters and in effect, they get together and if congress gets serious about this climate business, that is going to cut into our bottom line and her our profits. so they have an investment situation to make. they could say we are going to stop investing in fossil fuels and wit to clean but they don't do that. they could say we are owing to invest in the clean technologies. they don't do that. they invest in politicians.
they put their money in washington. this is the part that really turns it -- do you know who they sent to washington on the front lines, it is the bought and paid for experts who deny climate science. why do they do that? you should stand up and say you don't know about the climate 85 millionas hot years ago and the dinosaurs loved it, why do they do that? they don't do it because they don't understand the science, ,hey do it to build an umbrella an umbrella over the politicians so politicians can keep taking money from the coke others and keep taking money from the oil industry and keep taking money from the big polluters and say i
don't know. you want to understand the climate crisis we face today, it is 25 years of corruption in washington. [applause] sen. warren: so what are we going to do about this? it is not going to be enough just to say we are going to change a statute over here or get a couple of regulations over there. we want to change this, it is going to take big structure real change. structural change. [applause] warren: and let me tell you where big structural change
starts. we are going to attack the corruption head-on. [applause] warren: we have to be willing to go on offense. enough of doing defense. news.re is the good i have the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. [applause] here is the bad news. we need the biggest anticorruption plan since watergate. planwarren: it is a big because money makes itself because money makes itself felt
in so many different ways. i will give you some samples. favorites --f my and lobbying as we know it. [applause] sen. warren: i have another. between revolving door wall street and washington. [applause] sen. warren:. here is when you might not have thought about, but it matters -- make the united states supreme court follow basic rules of ethics. [applause] sen. warren: i truly could do
these all night long. i know, you are the angel sitting on my shoulder. i am going to do one more. if you want to root out corruption in washington, here is 1 -- take every single person who runs for federal office put their tax returns online. [applause] sen. warren: ok, that is step one. the corruption head-on because that opens up possibilities. that means they are not just folks with money calling the shots. step two, we need to make
structural changes in this economy. so here is the problem with that. have justcorporations gotten bigger and bigger and bigger. they have chewed up the little -- littlene businesses. is, they have such incredible power. they roll over their own employees, they roll over their own customers and the communities where they are located. they call too many shots in washington. i have a good place to start, and how about we have a president who has the courage to enforce our antitrust laws? [applause] our age to entrust law?trust
court that fair and independent and we will do it. who is on next in okay. hi. >> hi. how are you? tell me your name. >> nathaniel and i'm a public schoolteacher. >> so what do you teach? >> high school. learners. english >> nice to be talking to a colleague. i appreciate it. thank you. we're going to leave here people we're ll here. and people are going to have to maybe people will be more jaded than us. i don't think big business is going to let senator warren become president and i want to what should we say?
>> if we don't get in the fight to happen.t is going to the heart of the moment. this is about all problems we've country and there are many. do we have a democracy that only at the top?ose i dpelt it. ich people may are more cars and clothes and more of a lot of thick things but they don't have bigger share of our democracy.
movement. i was not going to pend my time ba d crossed door was zillio zillionaires. i was not going to be dependent on people with the money. i was going to do it face-to-face, $10 contributions and an hour of volunteer time. i leave that that is the way e'll continue in november, 2020. and we'll make big change in 2021.y,
every day had this campaign chance toecause it's a bring in one more person to get more re volunteer and one person in the fight. if you think that is the right way to run a campaign go to elizabeth warren.com. in.ch volunteer an hour. because this is it, folks. on the line here. this is it. come 2020 we're going to decide not just next four years and ight years but for generations to come what kind of a country we are. strengthen fight to
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i want to talk about health care wo. years ago the house of representatives voted to repeal redable care act. t?urnl tha voted to take away health care. here is the part that got me. each other.d kind of people high five each other over taking away millions of rom americans? had and here is the thing. buried in that bill is if
president obama was in favor they weren't in it. out of take a bite medicaid. because they think most think it's about someone else. here is the deal. two out of every three seniors counting n homes are on medi yeahed to pay the bills. yup. anyone in here have a friend, a family member with mental health issues? if they're able to get health transpeople, likely to be covered by medicare. issues?on caid.medi
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the rest your family of us are going to be there for you. that is the best in america. best in america. so i believe health care is a basic human right. basic human rights. i'll fight for medicare for all. covered.body worth i believe in the of every human being and i believe we can build a government that reflects that
value. want.is what i so thank you for the questions. here are things we'd love to talk about. some here. and there are many things you can be doing. 20 matters i'm grateful you're here to make an investment in and i like that. lotow, i have been teased a for having a lot of plants. i get it. my view on this is if you want to get something done, you ought
to have a plan for it. true that all of , whichcalled experts includes everyone in the united states senate except me tells me -- you know, people do not want to hear all that. too say, nah it is complicated. say some nice things. say something catchy. smile more. that is what running for office is all about. and do you know what? when i heard this the first time and i hear it a lot, i thought, what do you think they said to the suffragettes? [cheering] hard now. what did they say to the early
union organizers? too hard, quit now. what did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? too hard, quit now. what did they say to the lgbtq activists? too hard, quit now. but they did not quit. organized. movementt a grassroots and they changed the course of american history. [cheering and applause] this is it. in americanmoment history. this is our opportunity.
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