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tv   Campaign 2020 Iowa Democratic Party Liberty Justice Celebration  CSPAN  November 2, 2019 3:36am-5:17am EDT

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[inaudible conversations] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> the house will be in order. has been years, c-span providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington, d.c. and around the country so you can make up your own mind. gritted by cable in 1979, c-span is brought to you by your local cable or satellite provider. c-span, your unfiltered view of government. >> contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination spoke last night at the iowa democratic parties national liberty celebration dinner in des moines. in this portion of the event, we'll hear from pete buttigieg, joe biden, elizabeth warren, tom
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steyer, and kamala harris. >> please welcome to the stage mayor pete to judge -- pete to judge -- pete buttigieg. ♪
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mayor buttigieg: thank you. ♪ mayor buttigieg: thank you. ♪ mayor buttigieg: thank you, iowa. ♪ mayor buttigieg: thank you so much. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: thank you. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: thank you, iowa. thank you, iowa democratic party. thank you, fellow democrats. [cheers and applause]
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mayor buttigieg: the first time i came to this state was as a volunteer, to knock on doors for a presidential candidate, a young man with a funny name. [cheers and applause] mayor pete: and we knew the stakes were high then. the stakes are colossal now. [applause] mayor pete: this country cannot afford four more years of donald trump. we will not recognize it if he gets reelected. [applause] mayor pete: we know what is at stake. and we know that he's going to do everything he can to hold
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onto power. but if you nominate me, his workook isn't going to this time around. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: see, i don't get helicoptered into a golf course with my name on it while pretending to care about the working class. i don't even golf. i get around in a chevy that was built in ohio by the very same workers this president has let down. [applause] mayor buttigieg: and i don't go to work in an office in washington, d.c.
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my office is about six hours down that way down i-80. here in the u.s. and out the window, i see the outlines of our ethanol plant, which is why i understand the measure of this president's betrayal of american farmers, and i know how to talk about it. [applause] mayor buttigieg: and i don't ask to throw myself a military parade to see what a convoy looks like. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: because i was driving one around afghanistan right around the time this president was taping season seven of "the apprentice."
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so that's not going to work for me. but i did not just come here to in the era of donald trump. i'm here to launch the era that must come next. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: because in order to win, and in order to lead, it's going to take a lot more than the political warfare we have come to accept from washington, d.c. we already have a divider-in-chief. i am offering a white house on -- that you can look at on the news and can feel your blood pressure go down a little bit instead of going up through the roof. [applause] mayor buttigieg: i am asking you to picture that first day the sun comes up in this country and donald trump is no longer the president of the united states. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: a happy
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thought, for sure, an ebd to the end to thend -- chaos, the corruption, tantrums and the tweets. but what comes next? the sun will come up over a country even more divided and torn up over politics than we are today, with crises that still require urgent action, a 14-year-old will be waiting for action, who wrote me to tell me she has written out a will because she is afraid her next day at school might be her last, a 12-year-old will be waiting for action, who asked me about health care, not because she is a young policy both, but because she has juvenile diabetes and is afraid her parents will lose their coverage. i am running to be the president who will stand amid the rubble, pick up the pieces of our divided nation, and lead us toward real action to do right by americans who have waited far too long. [cheers and applause]
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mayor buttigieg: i am ready to gather up an american majority that is hungry for change, that is done with division, and i have seen that hunger across the country, places you might not expect. in shenandoah, iowa, where a young man from a farm family stood up to ask me what role agriculture was going to play in ending climate change. i've seen it in granger, indiana , when a diner filled up with conservative republicans protesting the deportation of a neighbor they knew to be a good man. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: and i'll be seeing it in a few weeks on the morning of thanksgiving day, because in 2019 in rural michigan, you cannot stop a man
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from going deer hunting with his husband's father. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: we're ready to build this majority, a majority ready to deliver the most progressive reform to health care in 50 years, medicare for all who want it, honoring your decision over whether and when you want it. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: a majority, even in the red states, to do something about gun violence, to do something about climate change. to ensure the dignity of every american, to tackle systemic racism wherever we find it until he or raise in this country has no bearing on your health, wealth, your life
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expectancy or your relationship with law enforcement. the american people are ready to get this done, to stand with our teachers. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: to let people of faith know that in our white house, you won't have to shake your head and ask yourself, what happened to, i was hungry and you fed me. i was a stranger and you welcomed me. for whatever you did to the least of these, you did for me. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: i will not waiver from my commitment to our values or back down from the boldness of our ideas. but i also will not tire from the effort to include everyone in this future we are trying to build. progressives, moderates, and republicans of conscience ready
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-- who are ready for a change. the time has come. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: we will fight when we must fight, but i will never allow us to get so wrapped up in the fighting that we start to think fighting is the point. the point is what lies on the other side of the fight. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: and what lies on the others of that fight is the hope of an american experience defined not by exclusion, but by belonging. that is what we are here to deliver. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: and if talking about hope and belonging, if it
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sounds optimistic for a time like this, fine. call it optimistic, but do not call it naive. because i believe these things not based on my age, but my experience. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: iowa, i have seen, in the dust of a war zone, americans who have nothing in common besides the flags on our shoulders learning to trust each other with our lives. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: i have seen in the ruins of factories, my city answer those who said we were a dying community by rising up together to build a better future. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: i have seen what america can do, and so have you. after all, you are looking at someone who as a young man growing up, wondering if something deep inside of him
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meant that he would forever be an outsider, would never wear the uniform, never be accepted, never know love. and now you are looking at that same young man, a veteran, a mayor, happily married, asking for your vote for president of the united states. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: that's why i believe in this country. [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: iowans, i am asking for you to caucus for me on february 3 because i know what the presidency is for, because we know that the purpose of the presidency is not for the
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glorification of the president. it is the unification of the american people. that is why we have the office. [applause] mayor buttigieg: so iowa, are you ready to bring this country together? [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: are you ready to turn the page to a new era together? [cheers and applause] mayor buttigieg: then let us make history together, and we will have a lot to celebrate in november of next year, and we will know where to go from there. thank you, iowa. thank you, democrats. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] ♪
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announcer: put your hands together for vice president joe biden. ♪
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vice president biden: thank you, thank you, thank you. hello, iowa democrats. let me get right to it. you all know this election is more important than anyone you have ever voted in, no matter what your age. it's not because the people running over the man who's in this. the very character of america is on the ballot next november, the very character of the country, and donald trump is a genuine threat, a man lacking in the character we need. you know, folks, hate, hate only hides. it never leads. and this is a man who has employed it in a way that gives it oxygen. and when it gets oxygen, it comes out from under the rocks, pollutes everything. this is a man who started his campaign based on hate and division, dividing people in
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ways that we haven't been divided before. this is a man who's embraced tyrants and dictators. this is a man who has looked at people like kim jong-un as well as vladimir putin and embraced him. this is a man who has poked his finger in the eyes of our allies. there's a couple things that i've learned the last couple of weeks. number one is that vladimir putin doesn't want me to be president. [applause] vice president biden: and number two, donald trump doesn't want me to be the nominee. [applause] vice president biden: spent a lot of money to make sure i'm not. i'm flattered. i'm flattered. folks, look, we have got to, we have got to beat this man. it's not enough, it's not enough
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that we just beat him. we've got to beat him soundly, so that everyone knows we are not going back to a time when another president like him can hold office. and we must beat him. and i will beat him like a drum if i'm your nominee, and he knows it. he knows it. folks, look, you all know that this is a man who has, i said gives hate a little oxygen and it comes up from the rocks, but he is breathing nothing but oxygen into hate. look at what's happened. look what happened in charlottesville. people coming out of the woods and fields carrying torches, hate and division, led by people who oppose it. and someone was killed.
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when he was asked to comment on that, what did he say? he said there were very fine people on both sides. no president, no president in american history has ever, ever said that, including andrew johnson before the civil war. look, folks, i learned something early on from my family, my mom dad -- and debt. they said, joey, nobody is better than you, but everyone is your equal. everyone is your equal. and folks, folks, think about it. think about how we're treating people. think about how he has treated people. look, you know, my dad used to say it's all about dignity, your dignity. you know, i said after charlottesville that we're in
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the battle for the soul of america. we are. we are in the battle for the soul of america. and folks, if you doubt it, think about it. siege.dle class is under and it is the sole of america of the middle class. wall street bankers did not build america. the middle class built america and unions built the middle class. [applause] vice president biden: folks, folks, how can a parent maintain their dignity when they look at a child with a pre-existing condition and tell them they can't afford -- i can't afford to get insurance for them? how can a parent maintain their dignity when they have a child or husband or a wife whose terminally ill, and the
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insurance company can come along and say sorry, you run out of coverage? die in peace, on your own. parent, how can a parent have the dignity? that's why we have to build on the affordable care act, not abandon it. [applause] vice president biden: that's why we have to provide a public option. that's why we have to make sure everyone has access. ladies and gentlemen, we can do this. we can do it quickly, without taxing the middle class. we can make sure that the 106 2 million people have health insurance they like can keep it if they want. to af not, they can buy in medicare like proposal. i will notgentlemen, take four years or five years or 10 years to happen. it will happen immediately.
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immediately. [applause] vice president biden: folks, there will be no increase in taxes for the middle class. none. none, none, none. how can a parent maintain their dignity and look at a child who has real opportunities to go on to school and have to look at them and say, like many people did this fall at the breakfast table, sorry hon he, we can't borrow the money? we can figure out how to get you there. there's nothing to get through. i'm just sorry. ill, my wife jill is with me. she has an expression -- she teaches full-time. any country that out educates us or out competes us, 12 years of education is no longer enough to make it in the middle class. that's why
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that is what we have to triple the amount of money we spent for title i schools. paying teachers $60,000. making sure every child can go to preschool. making sure community colleges free. making sure those who have debt, college debt, if they volunteer, if they engage in public service, their debt can be forgiven. ladies and gentlemen, that is what we can do. it is within our power. how can we look at our children knowing that the quintessential issue facing america is climate change and they are doing nothing about it. how can we walk into a situation where, today, children went to school today, learning how to duck and cover because they may get shot in school. hey, honey, how are you? they may get shot in school. talk about a troubled soul in a country. that is trouble. we have to go out and take on the nra and beat them. and i am the only one who has beaten them nationally.
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and if you make me your nominee, i will beat them again i have beaten them twice and i will be them again. assault rifles. there are no room for them in america. they should be outlawed, as i did once. in addition to that, magazines holding 40 or 50 or 60 or hundred bullets, god almighty, what rationale can there be for that. that is a sick system. ladies and gentlemen, when you talk about climate change, the first thing i will do as your president is rejoined that paris isis rejoined the -- rejoin the paris climate accord which i helped put together. [applause] i will invite within the first hundred days, the 173 nations that joined that at our organization and up the ante on them to make sure they keep it. i will make sure that we put in place the climate change plan, and by the way, they make up 85% of the problem. we make up 15%.
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what we will do under my proposal, we will have net zero emissions by 2050. and lock-in standards that cannot be changed this decade. [applause] vice president biden: ladies and gentlemen, how can we talk about not restoring the soul of america if we do not do that? why in god's name should a firefighter, school teacher, nurse, pay at a tax rate higher than a bond trader at millions of bucks? its wrong. under my proposal, i promise you, we will begin to reward work not wealth. we are going to change fundamentally the tactics. [applause] vice president biden: ladies and gentlemen. we are in a situation where the next president of the united
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states is going to face a divided nation as well as a world in chaos. and it is going to require a president on day one who can unite the country, who has experience being able to put together major initiatives to bring the country together. i know some of my colleagues say that is naïve. well i have done it. that has been my whole career. and i promise you i know how to do it. and i will do it again. [applause] let me tell you, if you cannot bring the country together, we are in real, real trouble. ladies and gentlemen, think about it. the next president is going to be commander-in-chief of the world in disarray. there's going to be no time for on-the-job training. you had better, the day you are
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sworn in, be able to command the world stage, knowing that our allies know you know what you're doing and are with them and will keep your word. and your enemies know that you are for real and you will keep your word. [applause] folks, look, the united states of america is so much better prepared to own that when he first century than any nation in the world. we are the wealthiest country in the world. we have the most productive - workers are three times as productive as workers in asia. every major change that is taken place coming out of a great research university, and there are more than the united states and the rest of the world
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combined. so what are we doing? i'm so tired of democrats republicans walking around their head down asking what are we going to do. the first thing we have to do is get rid of donald trump, get about office. once we do that, the road is clear forcing them get change. once we do that, the road is clear for significant change. remembering who we are. this is the united states of america. we have never, never, never failed to accomplish what we set our minds to once we have decided what we're going to do. it is time to decide. it is time to move. [applause] and folks, here's the deal. the only thing that stands in the way this donald trump. the only thing. and the reason is putting so much money with his henchmen running as against me in a primary, is because he knows
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that i will beat him and beat him like a drum. i promise you. so, ladies and gentlemen, get up. remember who we are. let's take this country back and begin to lead the world again. thank you, thank you. thank you, iowa. ♪
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[applause] >> please welcome andrew yang. ♪
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mr. yang: thank, iowa. thank you so much. and thank you, yang gang. i love campaigning in iowa, because this is one of the only places in the entire country where democracy still works. as it is intended. you know this, but i do not know if you realize just how much power is in this room tonight.
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[cheers and applause] mr. yang: i did the math, iowa. you know how many californians each of you is worth? 1000 californians each. when i look around this arena tonight i do not just see 14,000 iowans, i see 14 million californians. it is a privilege to be back here and address you all. i am a presidential candidate, yes, i'm also a parent and dad. how many of you are parents? my wife, evelyn is here tonight we have two young boys. on thoughts that parents have had and we are afraid to
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express. our kids are not all right. they are not all right because we have left them a future far -- far darker then the lives we have led as their parents. many thing in me as a business guy. but for the last seven years i've been a nonprofit guy. i started a nonprofit called venture for america that helped create thousands of jobs in cities like detroit, cleveland, st. louis, baltimore. and during the seven years, i saw millions of young people who are not starting families, little businesses, because they cannot pay their bills. i saw millions of young people who were buried under a mountain of debt and trapped in their parents basements. i saw a record high levels of anxiety, stress, depression, mental illness, avon suicides and drug overdoses, to the point that our country's life expectancy has declined for three years in a row.
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the first time in a hundred years that has happened. a few turned on cable news today, why would you think donald trump is our president. go ahead and shout something out. russia, racism, facebook, hillary clinton, emails, all mixed together. but i believe many of you know different. i am a numbers guy. and the reason donald trump is our president, the reason he won your state by eight points, is that we blasted away 40,000 manufacturing jobs here in iowa. and use all of those towns go from blue to red. as it happened. and that did not just happen here in our. we did it in michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin,
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missouri. all of the swing states donald trump needed to win. we blasted away 4 million manufacturing jobs. and unfortunately we are not stopping there, iowa. how many of you have seen stores close where you work at live here in the state? raise your hands. why are the stores closing? it is a one-word accident -- it is a one-word answer. amazon. how much should amazon pay in federal taxes last year? that is your math, iowa. $20 out, zero back. the most common job in your state is retail clerk. a 39 ural woman makes between nine dollars and $10 per when hour. her store closes, what is her next move going to be. i'm a numbers guy, but you do not need the numbers. you just look around your communities. you see it when you walk into the cvs and the grocery store and you see the self-service kiosk. kidse your neighbors'
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addicted to drugs. you see the headlines were google and uber are working on trucks that can drive themselves. more of us are feeling left behind. experts are calling this economic transformation called this period the fourth industrial revolution. what is the last time you heard a politician even breathe the words, fourth industrial revolution? just now, right? and i am barely a politician. [applause] these are the problems that got donald trump elect did and this -- and these are the problems that got donald trump elected and this is what you must solve. how is a man you never heard of a month ago speaking after joe biden and before elizabeth warren? how to demand you never -- how did a man you never heard of before raise $10 million last quarter, in increments of $30 each? so my fans are almost as cheap as bernie's? is because i
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know what the true nature of the problems are, and how we can solve them. it is up to you to take these solutions to the rest of the country, to present a new way forward as fast as possible. what is the new way forward, what is the vision? if you heard any about my campaign, you've heard that there is an asian man running for president who wants to give everyone $1000 per month. the first time you heard that it sound like a gimmick, to get to be true, but this is not my idea and it is not a new idea. thomas paine was for it in our founding, partly thinking for part in the 1960's. the u.s. house of representatives passed a twice in 1971. and 11 years later one state passed a dividend where everyone gets a check. and what state is that? alaska. and how does alaska pay for it? oil.
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and what is that oil of it when -- of the century? data. 21st raise your hand if you got the data check in the mail -- where did the dated checks go? they went to facebook, amazon, google and the 20 billion are -- 20 between dollar tech companies that are paying zero taxes. think about what these checks would mean in the hands of you and your friends and neighbors mean lower stress levels, fewer arguments with your spouse being able to retire , with dignity. not having to choose between car repairs and new close your kids. it is not about the money but what it means to us. i have been giving a thousand dollars to families around the country for couple of months now
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-- one of them is here tonight. kyle lives in iowa falls with his mom who is recovering from cancer. after he took care of some bills he bought a guitar and was playing shows for the first time in years. for kyle, it was a guitar. for jodey in new hampshire with car repairs to visit her daughter for malory in florida, it was going back to school at the age of 68. this is what the freedom dividend would mean for us and -- in real life. this is a vision you can make a reality, iowa. it is in your power alone. [cheers and applause] my first move was not run for president of the united states, because i'm not insane. i worked in the obama administration.
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and i to washington, d.c. said what are we going to do to help our citizens understand that it is not immigrants cause these problems. it is technology and an economy that's pushing more and more of us to the side. the folks in washington, d.c., had very little to offer. one of them gave me guidance that led me here. he said, andrew, you are in the wrong town. no one in washington, d.c. will touch this because fundamentally, this is not a town of leaders but a town of followers. the only way we will do anything is if you are to create a wave in the rest of the country and bring the wave crashing down on our heads. that is why i am with you tonight, iowa. [cheers and applause] i am with you tonight because you must be that wave. i'm not running for president because i fantasize about being president. i am running for president because, like so many of you in
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this room, i'm a parent. and i am a patriot print i have seen the future that lies ahead for our children, and it is not something i'm willing to accept. here and, you actually know what the future holds, if you look up. you sought happened to your farms and then your factories. now it is in mean streets. soon it will hit your highways. it is up to you and you alone to turn the tide. you must be the wave that helps us rewrite the rules of the 21st century economy to work for us, to work for you, the people of this country. you must be the wave that helps give the entire nation a new way forward. and gives me and millions of parents around the country, the ability to look our children in the eyes and say, with truth, in our hearts, your country loves
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you peered your country values you. and you are going to be all right. thank you very much, iowa. let's make history. let's move the country forward together in 2020 and when this whole thing. i love iowa. i love it here. [applause] thank you. ♪
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[♪workin' 9 to 5... ♪] ♪ [crowd clapping] >> please welcome senator elizabeth warren. ♪
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[♪workin' 9 to 5... ♪] sen. warren: hello, iowa!
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[cheers and applause] sen. warren: ok. ok. [chanting] sen. warren: ok. ok. hello, iowa. i am here to talk about something that people across iowa and across america know down deep in their bones. our democracy has been hijacked. by the rich and powerful. they make it work for themselves, and they leave everyone else behind. we see it every time a corporate executive threatens to cut pay and move jobs overseas. we see it every time an insurance company won't give people, denies people, and
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denies access to the doctor that people trust. we see it when a criminal justice system tears apart black and brown families. and the list goes on. people crushed by student loan debt. people crushed by student loan debt. we see it over and over. we see it, when a gun industry prevents any vote on sensible legislation that could save the lives of our children. we see it when an oil industry continues to drill and close -- and calls the shots in washington. that is corruption plain and simple. and we need to be willing to call it out for what it is. [applause]
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if we are going to make the big challenges of our time, it is going to take big structural change. that starts with you, iowa. you know, a lot of people are afraid of big structural change. afraid, because they are already rich and powerful. and they may lose influence. afraid, because they have built lives sucking up to those who are rich and powerful. afraid, because they see in america where they will not be able to make the changes they need. afraid, because they are either too cynical or too downtrodden. to believe that change is possible.
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well, not me. i believe in change. and i know that we can get it done. [applause] and why do in no we can get it -- and why do i know we can get it done? because i have done it. i want to tell you a story about a toaster. when i was a young mom, toaster set houses on fire. really. those little toaster ovens, did not have a shutoff switch. so you could put in the bread, hear the baby cry, leave the room, and come back and your toast would literally be in flames. sometimes along with the kitchen curtains and the kitchen cabinets as well. then, a federal agency stepped in. and said, enough. you cannot sell toasters in america that could have a one in five chance of burning down your house.
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done. no more toaster fires. backed by the early 2000's, mortgages in this country had gotten so complicated and so dangerous, they had a one in five chance of costing a family there home. their home. not because of fire, but because of foreclosure. only this time, this time, the federal government was not on the side of the families. it was deep in the pocket of the big banks. in fact so deep in the pocket of the big banks, that they permitted millions of those mortgages to be sold, and they crashed our economy. that was 2008. so i had an idea the idea was that consumer agency that would
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protect people. that would protect people when they got mortgages or credit cards or payday loans, the same way that other consumer agencies had protected people they bought toasters. here is the deal. i want to washington and i talked to every i could. they told me two things. almost everybody said the same two things. first, that is a great idea. you can make a real difference. that is structural change yes. and the second thing was -- don't even try. the big banks, big money, they will fight you. the republicans will fight you. a bunch of the democrats will fight you. you will never get this done.
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i get it. big structural change is hard. but it was the right thing to do. so we took on wall street. we took on the big money. and we won. and that little consumer agency has now forced the big banks to return more than 12 billion dollars directly to people they cheated. [applause] we know how to make government work for the people. so what did i learn from this fight? i learned that notwithstanding what the bleeders will tell you, willat the billionaires tell you, what big pharma will tell you, that if you're going to be the challenges of our time, we need big ideas. [applause]
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big ideas. big ideas to inspire people and get them out to caucus and get them out to vote. [applause] big ideas. to be the lifeblood of our party. and show the world who and what democrats will fight for. [applause] to take back the senate and put mitch mcconnell out of a job. [cheers and applause]
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we need big ideas. here is the critical part. we need to be willing to fight for them. it is easy to give up on the big idea. but when we give up on big ideas, we give up on the people whose lives would be touched by those ideas. [applause] and those people are already in a fight. people who are struggling to pay their medical bills are already in a fight. people who are crushed by student loan debt, are already in a fight. people who are denied the chance to vote, or stopped by the
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police because of the color of their skin, are already in a fight. and those fights are all our fights. look, anyone who comes on the stage and does not understand that we are already in a fight, is not the person who is going to win that fight. [cheers and applause] anyone who comes on the stage, and tells you they can make
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change, without a fight, is not going to win that fight. [applause] and anyone who comes on the stage and tells you to dream small, and give up early, is not going to lead our party to victory. [applause] this is a time of crisis. all and media pundits, washington insiders, even some people in our own party, do not want to admit it. they think that running some
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vague campaign that nibbles around the edges is somehow safe. but if the most we can promise is business as usual after donald trump, then democrats will lose. we win when we offer solutions big enough to touch the problems that are in people's lives. fear and complacency does not win elections. hope and courage wins elections. [applause] i am not running some consultant driven campaign with some vague ideas that are designed not to offend anyone. i am running a campaign based on a lifetime of fighting for working families.
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i am running a campaign from the heart. because 2020 is our time in history. 2020 is our time to win the fight for a green new deal and save this planet. [cheers and applause] 2020 is our time to win this fight for medicare for all, and save our people. 2020 is our time to win the fight for a two cent wealth tax, and invest in a whole generation. [applause]
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2020 is our time in history, our time to dream big, fight hard, and win. [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you. ♪ by dolly"9 to 5"
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parton] >> put your hands together for senator kamala harris. ♪
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sen. harris: good evening, iowa! [applause] we all know why we are here. we are here because this is a moment. this is a moment where we have to be prepared, to fight for the best of our country. this is the moment where we need to fight for this country we
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love, for the rule of law, for our system of justice. and for our very democracy. [applause] so we are all here to fight. we are all here to fight. we are all here to fight to end that national nightmare called donald trump. [cheers and applause] and to win, democrats, to win. it cannot be about anything other than looking at the future. it cannot be about looking at yesterday and we need to be focused on tomorrow. to win. we are going to have to fight against those who have been trying to push hate and division
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among us and have americans turn on each other. to win, we're going to have to fight for what i know in my heart and in my soul to be true, which is in the beauty and diversity of who we are as a nation. we all have so much more in common than what separates us. and to win, we are going to need a nominee on that stage, with donald trump, who has the withty to go toe to toe
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donald trump in iowa. you are looking at her. [applause] so i have spent my career as a prosecutor. i have only had one client in my entire life, and that has been the people. unlike other people, unlike others, i have never represented a corporation. i have never represented a special interest. and i started my career fighting for the people. in fact the first day i walked into a courtroom, i spoke five , kamala harris, for the people. [cheers and applause]
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and those words, for the people, capture our system of justice. there are two points when we say for the people. one, in our system of justice we have rightly said that a harm against anyone is a harm against everyone. that no one should ever be made to fight alone. and for the people, when i stood there, and when i stand here today, also means all of the people. regardless of race, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation. regardless of the party with which they are registered to vote. regardless of the language your grandmother speaks. it means all the people. [applause]
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and it was for the people that a large part of my early career was about fighting against those ,ho molested and raped women and it was about giving them a safety without judgment. [applause] for the people. when i was elected district attorney of san francisco, saying that the war on drugs was an abject failure. so i created national models about what it means to give jobs to people who are arrested for drugs. for the people. when i was the attorney general, of california, running the second largest department of justice in the united states, second only to the united states department of justice, that
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meant taking on the biggest banks in the united states, who had engaged in predatory lending practices, and bringing back to the homeowners of my state, $20 billion. [applause] and for the people, as the united states senator, it meant taking on jeff sessions. [applause] taking on bill barr. [applause] taking on brett kavanaugh. [applause] and, iowa, i stand here before you today, for the people. fully prepared to defeat donald trump. [cheers and applause]
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and that is why i am running. for the people. [chanting] sen. harris: and i will say that in the name of the people, i believe in 2020, justice is on the ballot. justice is on the ballot. when, in america, there is a father, who is holding down two jobs, trying to figure out how to get through the end of the month, and pay more taxes than the richest 400 families in america, economic justice is on the ballot.
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so i am running for president to pass the largest middle-class tax cut we have had in history. and you want to know how we are going to pay for it? on day one? we're going to repeal that tax bill the benefits that top 1% and the biggest corporations in america. when, in america, there is a mother, who is in a parking lot of a hospital, afraid to walk to the sliding glass doors to get into the emergency room with her child, because she knows that if she walks to the sliding glass doors she will be out of pocket a $4000 deductible, health care justice is on the ballot. so i am running for president. to make sure there is medicare for all. not medicare for some. medicare for all.
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to bring down costs. and to ensure that you also get choice because i heard from folks that say do not take away my opportunity to have a private plan so you will get a private plan or public land depending on your choice. when we are looking at teachers across america and here who are holding down two or three jobs to get through the end of the month, education justice is on the ballot. [applause] so i'm running for president to put into place what will be the first in history, federal investment in closing the teacher pay cap here in iowa that will be $12,000 per year. are all over america, there women being attacked for their constitutional rights to make
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decisions about their own bodies, reproductive justice is on the ballot. [applause] so i am running to ensure every woman will have her legal and constitutional right, and not these out of date republican legislators telling people what to do with their bodies. [applause] when children in america, regardless of who their parents voted for for president, are afraid to go to school, because they are afraid they may get shot, they are afraid they will be a gunman roaming the hallways of their school, justice for children is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] so i am running for president. to take executive action if necessary and implement what people who have failed to have
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courage have not done, which is take on the gun lobby in washington, d.c. and i want to give a shout out to beto o'rourke. he had the courage to say look, you cannot walk around talking about gun safety but you do not have the courage to figure out how you're going to take 5 million assault weapons off the streets of america. justice is on the ballot. so it is time that we fight and this is a fight that is about all of us. because yes, a harm against anyone of us is a harm against all of us. here's the bottom line. i do believe that when we
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overcome these injustices, we will unlock the promise of america and the potential for the american people. and i do believe that this is what we want and need. and this is the america. that is the america that i see. that is the america i believe in. that is the america i know us to be. and that is why i am running for president of the united states. please join me and caucus with me in kamala's corner. thank you! ♪
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>> please welcome tom steyer. ♪ mr. steyer: hello, iowa! this is the biggest gathering of democrats in 2019. and it is going to be the biggest gathering of democrats until the democratic convention next spring. pretty amazing. and let me say this. you are getting a chance to hear a lot of great plans and
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policies from some real democratic leaders. and we should all remember that everybody you hear today is more honest, coherent and patriotic than the criminal resides in the white house. everybody. and i know that the people here on this stage are all pointing to the caucus day, but you should know for me the big day is when my aunt betsy is is going to turn 100 in iowa city. she told me i have to be there no matter what, so that has to be my big day. so i know these policies are great. and i think everybody in this room and everyone on the stage shares the same values.
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we know that we need to change. we know that we need a huge win. we know that we to turn the page. but we are not going to get to do that unless we break the corporate stranglehold that is controlling our government and corporations have bought our government in washington, d.c. and all the great plans, for us to get them done, we're going to have to break that corporate struggle hold. that is why i am running for president. i know that to break it we are going to have to tell the truth, and we are going to have to take real strong, bold, action. let me tell you about someone who did that in iowa. in 2016, mary rose was living in iowa falls, iowa. she is 90 years old. she watched donald trump get elected with horror. she was scared, she was upset.
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and she was worried about the future for her grandchildren. what i started the need to impeach campaign, mary rose immediately signed up. but she is 90 years old. she cannot go door-to-door. and she cannot make a series of phone calls. so what did she do? she wrote over 1000 cards to other americans, asking them to hold the most corrupt president in american history accountable. mary knew mr. trump is a fraud and failure and criminal. so when people said to us, it is not politically smart to push impeachment, i am with mary. it is not a question of what is politically convenient. it is a question of what is right.
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truth and action, what america needs, what democrats need, truth and action. we are talking about turnout and we are talking about grassroots. i started one of the biggest grassroots organizations, nextgen america. we have knocked on tens of millions of doors with our partners in the labor movement and organized young people in america including iowa. we did the largest youth voter mobilization in american history. we were in the congressional first and third in iowa. we more than doubled the turnout of young people in those districts. truth and action. truth and action is how america has solved our biggest challenges.
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at home and abroad. and we have a huge challenge in front of us in the shape of climate change. i have said i would make it my number one priority. there is no doubt in my mind. we need to address it on a real-time basis, on an emergency basis, if we are going to handle it. and i have over a decade long history on winning the country on climate change. i have taken on the oil companies at the ballot and beat them. i pushed clean energy at the ballot and won. and with my partners in the labor movement, we have protected and created hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs across this country. in addition, especially when the harm is pointed at the most vulnerable communities in this country, low income communities,
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black and brown communities where pollution is centered, i have worked to hold elected officials accountable to make sure those communities are not picked on. truth and action. if we are going to break the corporate stranglehold on our government, that is what it's going to take, bold action. i'm talking about term limits for congress and the senate, 12 years. look, earlier, there was talk about making congress look more like america. you want to make the congress look more like america? how about term limits? congress is not supposed to be a lifetime appointment. and if you want the strongest argument for term limits that i know, it is the six words mitch mcconnell, lindsey graham, chuck grassley. you want to get rid of them? term limits.
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let me say this, too. we don't have a failed society. sometimes i listen to people talking in politics and it sounds like we have a failed society. we don't have a failed society. we have the most successful society in the history of this planet. we have a failed government. if we can get back the government of, by, and for the people and control the climate crisis, we are in the best position of any people in the history of the planet. we are going to get everything. we are going to get a right to an equal vote for every american. we are going to get a right to clean air and clean water. nobody poisons us for profit. we are going to get a right to a living wage, because one job should always be enough. we are going to get a right to
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quality education, because schools should never be for sale. and we are going to get health care as a right for every american, because companies should never be able to dictate our care. so, we are actually looking at the best position we can be in. but i want to talk a second about how i got on this stage. i started a company by myself, one person in a room, no employees, a room with no windows, and i built a pretty big company. i took it pledge to give the bulk of my assets while i'm alive to good causes. i walked away from that company, and i have spent the rest of my life building coalitions of americans to take on unchecked corporate power and to push for broader democracy. and that may seem strange, you may wonder, why does that make sense?
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i will tell you why it makes sense if you know my family. because my mom was a teacher from minnesota, and she ended up teaching in the new york public schools and in the brooklyn house of detention. house of detention. my dad was the first generation in his family to go to college. grandfather was a plumber. my father was so grateful for the opportunity this country gave him, that he walked from his law practice, into the navy n world war ii, and prosecuted the nazis and in germany. actions speak louder than words. my mom said that to me every day of my life, actions speak louder than words. so when people told me nobody eats the oil companies, they are too rich, too powerful, you will never win, we went ahead and won.
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i delivered on that promise. when they said that the tobacco companies have won, we beat the tobacco companies, i delivered on that promise. and when people said in teaching the president is a liberal pipedream, it is never going to happen, you are ridiculous, look at where we are now. i delivered on that promise. so, let me say this. if you support me, there are three things i promise you. i will tell the truth, i will take bold action, and i will deliver on the promise. so iowa, best day of the year for democrats is today, we are going to have a huge victory come next fall.
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let's all do it together, thank you very much. [applause] ♪ >> ♪ power to the people power to the people power to the people
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♪ >> please welcome senator bernie sanders. sen. sanders: good evening, iowa democrats. let me congratulate troy and the iowa democratic party for turning two congressional seats lue in 2018. [applause] that is no small feat.
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he iowa democratic party is on the move, and i look forward to working with you to make sure that it is the vitally important battleground fate we take back iowa in the general election and defeat trump, and defeat him badly. and i will do everything possible to make that happen, and i am very happy to announce onight a $20,000 donation from my campaign to the iowa emocratic party. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: tonight, all of us, no matter what candidate we
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are supporting, are in agreement that we must defeat the most dangerous president in the istory of our country. man who is a pathological liar, a man who is running the most corrupt administration in the history of our country, a man who does not understand the role of law, or our constitution, and a man who will soon be impeached. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, that is what we all agree on. but as friends, and we are friends, let us acknowledge that we have some disagreements. at the end of the day, the democratic party of iowa, vermont, and of every state in the country have got to make a
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fundamental decision. do we continue the status quo politics which has enabled the wealthiest people in our country, the largest corporations and their lobbyists, to have extraordinary influence over the economic and political likes of this country? no is the right answer. now, that is where the republican party is and has always been, but as democrats, it seems to me that we must chart a very different path. in a time of massive income and wealth inequality, the democratic party must become the party of the working class of this country. not a super pac, not a corporate interests, not of their obbyists'.
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in that regard, i am very proud to tell you that our campaign has received more campaign contributions from more people han any candidate in the history of presidential politics up until this point in a ampaign. and i want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, the waitresses, the low-paid employees, the amazon orkers, and other members of the working class who have supported our campaign so trongly. and now, i want to take a moment to quote to you one of the great political leaders of the last century.
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in 1936, in a famous campaign speech, franklin delano roosevelt said the following as he reflected on his first term in office, and i quote, "we had to struggle with the old enemies of peace, business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering; they had begun to consider the government of the united states as a mere appendage to their own affairs. we know now that government with organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.
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never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today, they are unanimous in their infamy, and i welcome their hatred." cheers and applause] sen. sanders: what was true in 1936 is perhaps even more true today. when three people own more wealth than the bottom half of america, when in the last 30 years, the top 1% have seen a $21 trillion increase in their wealth, and when many of the largest most profitable corporations in america do not pay a nickel in federal income taxes. now, i understand that nobody likes to be hated. not me, not you, not anyone.
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ut the truth is, that real change never takes place without struggle. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: without having, as roosevelt told us, the courage to take on a corporate elite whose greed and corruption is destroying the middle class of his country. so tonight, i say to you, i am fortunate enough to accept the nomination of our party in milwaukee. hat convention will not be funded by corporate interests or their lobbyists. hat convention and our victory over donald trump will be funded
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by millions of americans who are sick and tired of status quo politics. cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but in order to efeat trump and generate the voter turnout that we need, we need an agenda that speaks to the pain of so many of our working families. in that regard, let me quote another historical figure, nelson mandela. and this is what mandela said, a profound statement, he said, and i quote, "it always seems impossible until it is done. it always seems impossible until it is done." now, the establishment and the money interests always tell us that real change is mpossible. well, let me respectfully disagree. in my view, health care is a
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human right, not a privilege. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and we will pass, whether the insurance companies like it or not, medicare for all. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we will end starvation wages in america, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour. and make it easier for workers o join unions. every person in our country, regardless of income, is entitled to a quality education, which is why we will have universal pre-k, significantly funding public schools. make public colleges and
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universities tuition free, and cancel all student debt in america. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and when it comes to whether or not we save our planet, that is not a debatable issue. we will take on the greed of the ossil fuel industry. we will transform our energy system away from fossil fuels, to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and yes, we will pass a green new deal. cheers and applause] sen. sanders: together, we will
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reform a broken and racist criminal justice system. we will end the war on drugs. we will legalize marijuana. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and expunge the records of those who were arrested for possession of marijuana. together, we will end a broken immigration system, both the comprehensive immigration eforms, and passport citizenship to the millions of undocumented immigrants. together, we will codify roe versus wade into law. cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and make certain that it is the women of this country who have the right to control their own bodies, not politicians.
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cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and together, we will stand up to the nra. we will not be intimidated by the nra. and i want to thank my good friend, beto o'rourke. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: for helping to lead the effort to end the horrific level of gun violence we see in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: brothers, brothers and sisters, good policy is good olitics. now is the time to stand with the working families of our country and end the outrageous level of greed and corruption we see from the corporate elite. now is the time to create a political movement and a
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government that works for all of us, not just super pacs and the 1%. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] ♪ power to the people power to the people power to the people ther to the people power to people power to the people power to the people unfiltered coverage live as
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t happens. >> next, national economic council director larry cud low about a -- kudlow talks labor department. this is a little over 12 minutes. >> yesterday, the president tweeted that the impeachment effort is holding back the stock market. do you believe that is true? >> yes, i do, actually. >> why? >> because i think fundamentally -- your network has reported pretty prominent, famous investors, lee cooperman, lloyd blankfein among them, who do not want to see a change in president trump's economic policies. they likes the tax cut incentives, they like the rollback of regulations, they like the opening in the energy sector, and they like the fact that the president is trying to reduce trade barriers and is


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