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night on c-span at 8:00 p.m., a look at the political career of retiring senator lamar alexander. on c-span two, book tv's year-end review features books about science starting at 8:00 p.m. on the origins and futures of the cosmos. on c-span3, programs marking the 400th anniversary of the mayflower's trip from plymouth, england in 1620 starting with a discussion on the mayflower compact, the set of rules for self-governing by the settlers. that is tuesday night starting at 8:00 p.m. on the c-span networks. vice president elect, senator kamala harris, spoke at a rally monday in columbus, georgia in support of jon ossoff and raphael warnock. both candidates are in the january 5 runoff in georgia. this runs 50 minutes.
hello, columbus georgia. you sound like you are ready to win an election. is that right? we want to say to the rest of the country, welcome to the new georgia. welcome to the blue georgia. georgia, they did not see you coming, but here we are. -- she isn't in just a little while, vice president-elect kamala harris. [car horns honking] i like the sound of that. you flipped this state blue. come january 5 when you send me an jon ossoff to the united states senate, we are going to seal the deal. [car horns honking] so make sure that we keep this momentum going all the way to january 5.
don't let up for one day. january 5 is election dayful but let me tell you, we should no longer be talking about election day. there's no such thing. it's election season. we can't wait until january 5. anything could happen. ice storm in georgia, you know we're in trouble. so start voting now. during this early voting period that goes through december 31, make voting part of your holiday plan. don't wait. there's too much at stake. because the four most powerful words ever uttered in a democracy are, "the people have spoken." and on november 3, you spoke loud and clear. and you sent joe biden and kamala harris to the white
house with georgia's 16 electoral votes. we know they won, because we counted them. ha. and then we counted them again. and then we counted them again. can there be any doubt that joe biden and kamala harris are the president and vice president-elect of the united states of america? [car horns honking] but they will need help. and that's what this moment is all about. that you would send jon ossoff and myself, that you would give us the great honor of
representing the people of the greatest state in the union, the state of georgia. the home state of martin luther king jr. in whose pulpit i'm honored to preach from every sunday as pastor of ebenezer baptist church, spiritual home of dr. king and the great john lewis who would be telling us right now, vote like you've never voted before. and i'm honored just to be a part of this effort. i really am. because no matter whatever i've been able to achieve, i've never forgotten where i came from. i was raised in public housing. one of 12 children in my family, i'm number 11. 12 kids. my folks are preachers and they clearly read the bible, be fruitful and multiply. i'm the first graduate of a four-year institution in my
family. morehouse college. i got there through hard work, grit and determination. but i got there because somebody gave me some pell grants and some low-interest student loans. and i'm running because it's hard enough for kids growing up in struggling families than it was for me all of those years ago. but when you look at me, you see an iteration and an example of the american story. because i grew up in public housing. my mama is from waycross, georgia. that's way across georgia. she grew up in the 1950's and as a black teenager, she spent many summers picking somebody else's cotton.
she spent many days picking somebody else's tobacco. but the other day, those 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton picked her youngest son to be our next united states senator from the great state of georgia. [car horns honking] that's what i like about america. i love america because it is a great country that gives us the power to make it greater and the way we make it greater is for the people to stand up. we're the only ones who can. this is our democracy. it doesn't belong to the politicians. it belongs to the people they serve. at our pleasure. so i'm deeply honored. the stakes of this election cannot be overstated. we've got to pass covid-19 relief.
we've got to make sure that workers are at the center of any relief that we provide. we've got to protect ordinary people. we've got to look out for our frontline workers. for our health care workers. for our police officers and our fire men and fire women. we've got to look out for those who put it all on the line for us, who risk their lives by saving lives every day. we've got to get this vaccine distributed safely and efficiently. we've got to make sure that communities of color and other marginalized communities don't find themselves at the back of the line. [car horns honking] we've got to stand up for our essential workers. isn't it interesting, the folks that we have too often ignored, refused to pay a livable wage, this pandemic has reminded us of how important they really are.
the folk who stock grocery store shelves in the middle of the night while many of us are asleep. the folk who keep the economy humming. we now call them essential workers. well, if they are essential workers and indeed they are, we ought to pay them an essential wage and provide to them essential medicine. [car horns honking] it's only right. and we have to strengthen the affordable health care act. and make sure we cover everybody. i believe that health care is a human right. and it is certainly something that the wealthiest nation on the planet can and ought to provide for all the citizens. we can do it. we just have to commit to doing
it. i've been moving all across this state, dropping by little towns, and when i go into these small, rural towns, they're surprised that i'm there. i'm surprised that they're surprised. they say reverend, we're not used to someone running for the senate coming by our little town. that's strange to me because i'm running to be a united states senator for the whole state of georgia. and too many of our rural areas have been devastated. we've had nine hospitals close in this state in 10 years because we refuse to expend medicaid. expand medicaid. georgia deserves a united states senator or two united states senators who believe that healthcare is a human right, who will strengthen the affordable
care act instead of trying to get rid of the affordable care act, and who will make sure that people with pre-existing conditions can never be denied coverage from health insurance companies. georgia deserves a united states senator who understands that when kids come out of school, they should not be so burdened with college debt that they have a mortgage before they have a mortgage. then, we've got to invest in this country through infrastructure investment that will create broadband in these rural areas, repair our roads and our bridges and our broken infrastructure because our broken infrastructure is a reflection of our broken politics and we must rise up in this defining moment in america and repair roads and bridge,
repair our democracy for the sake of the people. [car horns honking] and we can do it. the only way to do it is to stand together. so push hard now. in these remaining couple of weeks. and push back against the forces that try to divide us. have you noticed, i'm trying to have a substantive debate about the people of georgia, and my opponent is trying to reduce this race to the kind of empty schoolyard insults made between children who aren't thinking very carefully on a playground. this is serious business and she's busy calling me names. i'm trying to have a debate and she's engaged in name calling. that's all right, as we say in
the south, bless her heart. she can call me whatever she wants. here's what i believe. i believe that healthcare is a human right. we can provide it in the richest nation on the planet. i believe that seniors should not have to choose between buying food and buying prescription drugs. and i believe that people who work hard every day deserve a livable wage. she can call that whatever she wants. i call it common sense. and so here's the thing. i know it's dark but we can get through this together. we the people can do it. that is the covenant we have with one another as an american people. we the people. who are we?
we are those who work hard every day and can barely get by. we the people. we who work hard because we have heart, but we don't have health care. we the people. we who work to make others rich but we can barely make the rent. we the people. we who are trying to struggle and make our way through college and technical school and vocational school so we can contribute to the great american democracy. we the people. we who -- we who are doing ok economically.
but deep in our heart, we know that something is amiss. something is wrong. and that it needs to be repaired. and we the people are the ones who can fix it in this defining moment in american history. my dad used to wake me up every morning as i close and nobody believes a baptist preacher when he says "as i close." they say he's got at least two or three more closers. but i'm honestly, as i close. my dad used to wake me up every morning because he had a serious work ethic. he was a veteran. learned early to wake up early and get started. he was a pastor and he was a small businessman. he had things to handle. so it didn't matter to him whether it was a school day or summertime. or saturday. he woke me up seven days a week, often at dawn.
he had a way of saying, son, get up, get dressed, put your shoes on, get ready. he didn't think you should sleep late or walk around, you know, unprepared. so he said get up, get dressed, put your shoes, get ready. i was a little boy and so i asked him, dad, it's saturday. and you know, i'm 7, 10 years old. get ready for what? sometimes i'd stop him, he said, i don't know, i'll figure that out later. you just be ready. put your shoes on, son. he'd wake me up at dawn. and the thing about dawn is that it is morning but it's still dark. it's dark. but morning is on the way.
so i want to say to you columbus, georgia, i want to say to you, america, that i know it's dark but morning is on the way. [car horns honking] and weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. are you ready to win this election? [car horns honking] get up! get dressed! put your shoes on! get ready! call everybody you know. tell them it's time to vote like we never voted before. get up! get dressed! put your shoes on! get ready!
mr. ossoff: hey, y'all. hello, columbus. columbus, give it up again for my friend, reverend raphael warnock. columbus, it is great to be here. thank you so much. for coming out. thank you for all you're doing. thank you for how hard you're working. thank you for joining us this morning to welcome the vice president-elect of the united states, kamala harris. [car horns honking] columbus, the whole country is watching georgia right now. the whole country is watching georgia right now.
all eyes on georgia. and columbus, think about how far we've come. think about how far we've come in the american south. think about how far we've come in the great state of georgia, now the most competitive battleground state in the united states. hosting two u.s. senate runoffs for control of the united states senate. think about how far we've come, columbus, that your standard bearers are the young jewish son of an immigrant mentored by john lewis and a black preacher who holds dr. king's pulpit at ebenezer baptist church. columbus, think about how far we've come. good trouble.
and we're running against like the bonnie and clyde of corruption in american politics. columbus, how did we wind up with kelly and david? how did we wind up with kelly and david? two united states senators more concerned with using their offices to line their own pockets than looking out for we the people who pay their salaries. we deserve better, columbus, and retirement is coming for kelly loeffler and david perdue. columbus.e power, we have the power to hold them accountable. and we have bigger and better things to discuss than david perdue and kelly leffler, like where we go from here.
the power to decide where we go from here. to write theower next chapter in american history , because the fog is lifting. donald trump is leaving. he may not know it yet, but donald trump is leaving and georgia voters sent donald trump packing. you did that. next is up to us. columbus, we are building a movement for health and jobs and justice for the people. health and jobs and justice for all the people. let's talk about health, columbus. do you believe, like i do and like rev. warnock does, that health care is a human right and not just a privilege for those who can afford it or live in the
right zip code? do you believe that every single georgian deserves the very best health care available on earth? we can make that happen. i was just out and customer, georgia three days ago -- casper, georgia three days ago. they lost their hospital in october in the middle of a pandemic. their hospital closed down. david perdue and republicans who refused to expand medicaid are responsible. we've lost nine rural hospitals in the last 10 years. if you send me and rev. warnock to the senate, we will deliver the resources to reopen those hospitals. we believe health care is a human right and not just a privilege. up to the insurance
and drug companies that are ripping off georgia families every day. surprise medical bills that arrive six months after a visit to the hospital. the prices that families are forced to pay at the pharmacy every day for lifesaving medicines like insulin. it doesn't have to be this way and we can fix it. we can make affordable health care in reality for every family in this state, because columbus health care is a human right and not just a privilege for those who can afford it. this is about health and jobs and justice for all the people. let's talk about jobs, columbus. we have the chance to pass the most ambitious infrastructure and jobs and economic relief plan in american history to build back our economy after this crisis. we can repair our roads and bridges. we can build those clinics and hospitals.
you can upgrade our public schools. we can ensure every community in georgia has high-speed internet access. we can make georgia the number one producer of clean and renewable energy in the american south and america the number one producer of clean energy in the world. we can do these things, columbus. we can create tens of thousands of jobs while we do it. we can raise the minimum wage to $15, because an honest week's work should not just allow us to survive, it should allow us to thrive. we can do all these things, columbus. but let's be very clear about the stakes of these elections. if mitch mcconnell continues to control the u.s. senate, he will try to do to joe ala just like what he tried to do to president obama. they will block the covid relief , minimum wage, they will block the expansion of pell grant that
would allow every young person in this state to get a four-year degree without a penny of debt. we have too much good work to do, columbus, to be mired in gridlock and obstruction. we have too much good work to do on behalf of the people. columbus, the polls are open right now. the polls are open right now. so columbus, say it with me now, say vote. >> vote. >> say vote. >> vote. >> the polls are open, columbus. health, jobs, and justice for the people. let's talk about justice. let's talk about justice. my mother came to this country as an immigrant when she was 23 years old because she believed in the ideas that america stands for. ideas that so many have fought and sacrificed for.
columbus, please join me in taking a moment to recognize all of the veterans and all of the military families who are here with us today. thank you for your service. mother came to this country because she believed in the ideas this country stands for. thate be very clear that does not mean she indulged some kind of fantasy about her past. that does not mean that she did not recognize how much further this country had to go. but she believed, like the reverend was just talking about, that this is a country on a journey of progress. that our democracy is what empowers us to build this fully realizet we our founding ideals of equality in god's eyes and equal justice under the law. that's what america is all about. the ballot box is where we demand that progress. that's why my mother became a
citizen. columbus, say it with me again, say vote. say vote. equal justice for all. amendment to our constitution already guarantees equal protection under the law. when ahmaud arbery is shot to death in broad daylight on camera on the street and the authorities look the other way because he is a young black man, that makes a mockery of equal protection under the law. columbus, are you ready to fight for a new civil rights act that will secure equal justice for all, regardless of race, and regardless of class? and a new voting rights act that will protect the sacred franchise and and voter suppression?
columbus, we have the power to make this happen. the next two years can be the most productive for civil rights and voting rights since 1964 and 1965. we have the power as georgia voters to make this happen. you have the power to make this happen. we have to organize and mobilize and work like we have never worked before. columbus, are you ready to put in the work these next two weeks to make this happen? are you ready to knock on doors and call your neighbors and get everybody you know at school and church and work at the polls? say vote. say vote. columbus, join me once again in thanking the rev. raphael warnock for running for office. columbus, join me again and welcoming the next vice president of the united states, senator kamala harris. columbus, let's do this together. let's do it from a place of love and compassion and decency and unity. we are turning the page on four years of hatred and fear and
division and racism. love forfilled with each other as we do this work. let's build the kind of country we want to leave to the next generation. i am grateful to all of you for being here, grateful for your support. god bless you. god bless the united states and thank you for all that you are doing. i appreciate it. thank you. thank you. ♪
president. i know that you are didn't just come here to see vice president-elect harris, but i know that you're also here because you understand the importance of voting. you understood it in november when you voted in record numbers. shout out to georgia's young voters, who were number one in the country. early voting has begun in our state and i hope you understand the importance of your voice and your vote now. we have unfinished business, georgia. these two senate races are so very critical for america's future. in the words of president-elect biden and vice president-elect harris, we are determining the soul of america. to those people who do not understand the importance of voting, our vice president elect 's a living image of america voice. people who were born without a silver spoon, our next speaker is you.
people who have had to fight for and earn the respect they deserve, our next speaker is you. people of color, our next speaker is you. women, our next speaker is you. america, our next speaker is you. columbus, georgia, please help me welcome the first female vice president elect of the united states of america, kamala harris. ♪ v.p.-elect harris: columbus! columbus?
[laughter] where did you go? tillman? bj can we please give it up for her? i do not know what she does not do because she does everything. she is an incredible leader. threw this campaign up to november, was organizing folks, everyone from young students to the younger of the eldest of us, she has been organizing people and still continues to be such a leader. when i look at someone like bj, i know our future is bright. let's give it up for her. well, it is so good to be back in georgia. it is so good to be back in georgia. and i am here, first and foremost, to thank you all on
behalf of joe biden and myself for doing what you did in november. because you did what no one thought could be done, you did what no one thought could be done. you made a statement, not only about who is georgia, what is the voice of georgia, what are the priorities of georgia, what georgia will not allowed to be , but youout georgia also made a statement about who we are as a country. people around this nation to say, uh-huh, don't ever put us in a box and tell us who we are. we are going to tell you who we are. that's what you did right here in columbus. here, first and foremost, on behalf of joe biden and myself to say thank you. thank you for what you did. of course, no good thank you
comes without asking for a little bit more.  laughter] january 5, generally fifth. 2020 has been a difficult year. 2020 has been rough. 2020, making jokes about like we want this thing to be over. as far as i'm concerned, georgia, columbus, 2020 is not over until january 5. that's 12020 will be over. that's when we will get this thing done. because as you know, everything is at stake when it comes to the to elect rev. raphael warnock, to elect jon ossoff, to elect daniel blackman, everything is at stake. everything that was at stake in
november is at stake leading up to january 5. look at what is happening right now in this state. we are looking across the ,ountry at so much devastation people who have lost family members, lost time being able to go to work, lost time in terms of our children's education and the days of their education they have missed. there has been so much loss these years, and in particular this year. in georgia, one in seven families is describing their household as being hungry. we are in the midst of a hunger crisis in america and it is hitting georgia hard. in seven describing hunger in their household. families areorgia describing an inability or
difficulty to pay rent. four small businesses in georgia have gone out of business is or are about to go out of business. and what we are here to talk about and why everyone, although leaders, are here right now together, because if you are is to sayre a leader, that we will have our voices heard, we will not let anyone silence us. we will speak up about what we need. we will tell you what we want and we will make it happen through our votes. did, you wouldou do it again -- will do it again. here's the thing. i was here, joe biden was here, we were all here together in georgia before november. remember how we knew what was at stake and the challenge ahead of us? abrams haske stacey
,een telling us and organizing that there that would try to prevent us from voting. we knew the kinds of games that they would play to make it difficult to suppress our votes, to make it confusing, to discourage us. in november, we talked about that and we said we knew the challenge before us. the same challenge exists today. as it relates to january 5, the question we asked are so many why powerful people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote? why.ve to ask the question we know the answer. our power.y know
they know when we vote, things change. they know when we vote, we win! so, what we did in november, we can do again, because it comes from a very deep place inside of us. understanding, this is not about a damn, this is not about a gesture, this is about our lives. this is about the lives of our children, the life of our community, and the lifeblood of our nation. i was electednow to the united states senate four years ago. bittersweet night, the same night donald trump was elected. i was elected to the united states senate, becoming only the second black woman in the
history of the united states senate to be elected. only the second. i am currently the only black woman in the united states senate. and here's what i have also come to visit with you to share. the decisions that are made in the united states senate, there are only 100 senators. they called the united states senate the most deliberative body in the world. they elect people, we elect people for six years in the united states senate, because the job is so important and potentially so powerful and it is so important in terms of representing the state as a whole that we want to give people the amount of time that is necessary for them to establish themselves and a voice for their state in a way that
they are not only leaders for their state, but national leaders. it is in the united states senate where i went to the floor, they call it the well of the senate, it is a grand building, the united states capital, it is beautiful. the wood paneling has been there forever, pristine desks. you can see the names of the founders of our democracy written in those desks. when the on that floor re trying to get rid of the affordable care act that they named obamacare that brought health care to tens of millions of people in our country. dare to playthey politics with people's lives and their well-being.
eyes, iw with my own was relatively new to the senate, i saw with my own eyes thesewer of each of individuals who are united states senators. it is incredible. and as an example of that power, i saw what you probably saw by television. in the early morning, late at night, early morning hours on the united states senate, i saw the power of just one senator when the late, great john mccain on the issue of trying to get rid of obamacare because president obama, together with the vice president joe biden brought it, so he wanted to attack it. i saw the power of one senator when john mccain took to that floor and said, no you don't. he said, no you don't.
[car horns honking] >the power of just one individual. and georgia, columbus, you've got the power to send two. it is within your hands, within our grasp to send these two leaders to washington, d.c. who will fight for your voice. they are born out of this election cycle, when people tried to silence and suppress you. triumphant, they were born out of this election cycle when people dared to try and have us count three times your votes.
and they are here to tell the story. they are born out of a moment when people dared from other states like texas to recall your votes and your voice. but they lived to tell the story. they are strong. they have survived these games people are playing because they are the strong voices of the people of this state. so, we have got it within our power and you have it within your hands to make a statement about who is georgia. and the power of the voice of , jonia sending these two ossoff and rafael warnock, to the united states congress, to the united states senate to say, it is us, the people of georgia, who will make a decision. it will not be made for us. we will make the decision about
who represents us. [car horns honking] so, let's get this done. let's get this done. you know, i am not here to tell you what is in your best sayrest, but i am here to that the decision you make, the work you put into it will impact people who you may never meet. people who may never know your what yout because of have done and are prepared to do, their lives will forever be better. when we look at this slogan that is about health, jobs, justice, that represents some of the most important voices in america that must be heard cannot be overlooked. will do that.
they will do that. this will not be easy. within our power to change the course of the history of this country. in the senate which is what this election will do. relates to medicare and medicare, depending on the outcome of this election. saying, n and i have look, in places like in olumbus, up and down georgia, schools which e are neighborhoods with the our t tax base and because system is still kind of messed up, we fund school districts base of the tax community which of course means that in those communities that
needs, they est often have the fewest resources. we have to deal with that. ways that joe and i lan to do that is to triple title one funding. horns honking] jon in therafael and united states senate to see that through. we talk about respecting the have f all americans to economic health and well-being in a way that they have the able to raise g their families knowing that their hard work pays off. and i have talking about hat we need to do to make sure that folks who are first-time $15,000 tax et a credit to be able to put a down to buy or closing costs a home. honking]orns >> we need the support and the
votes to do that. we're talking about how we've to support our small businesses. here in georgia, our small businesses, our businesses are part of the economic life blood of ur community and they're closing. part of how we got to get dealing with this moving forward make sure that our small businesses with an minority-owned businesses have access to capitol so joe and i got a plan that. we need the votes in the senate. and jon there. [car horns honking] when we're talking about what relates to o as it equal justice under law, those ords are inscribed in that beautiful marble building called the united states supreme court, it's an ideal that we know we for and have ght not yet reached.
folks whoneed to have understand the importance of reforming our criminal justice reforming policing, oing what must be done to say let us ban choke holds and holds, george floyd would be alive today. let's have a national standard of use of force. let us require that as a nation laws in a way that take into account the real do what f america and is necessary to right what has that, we will do need the legislation to be passed. rafael in d jon and the united states senate. are atre the things that stake. to so i traveled here, i got go back and vote on that covid d.c.ge tonight in [car horns honking]
voting for it, but i wanted to come and visit before christmas, before christmas to ask that among the things that you plan all have christmas, we our traditions, so many of us, our traditions have been changed and what wehe virus need to do to be safe, but in season, in f this the spirit of the celebration of a birth that taught us that it s within the power of an individual to leave this world let us han we found it, use those days leading up to all ry 5 in the spirit of that is good and right, to make everyone we know understands their power, that is at derstand what stake. and my final point is this. we got all kinds of words for it, most of which
say in front of children, and like i said, i truly be over on anuary 5 and that being said, columbus, this moment will pass. pass.oment will this moment of loss, this moment crises hitting so hard, it will pass and years children, our grandchildren and others will eyes, each one of us. our eyes and n they will ask us, where were you that moment in time? where were you? and what i know we all will be able to tell them is so much we felt at this moment. did.ll tell them what we we will tell them we were
at big mountain, that we were hanging out with rafael, kamala came and paid us a visit. that we ell them organized, that we reminded and we willte early tell them we elected the next senators to the united states senate, that is what we will tell them! thank you, columbus! thank you! [car horns honking]
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