tv Campaign 2022 Fmr. President Obama Campaigns for Mandela Barnes CSPAN October 30, 2022 12:02am-1:23am EDT
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i am mandela barnes. today, with your help, we will -- [applause] we will send ron johnson packing. i cannot tell you how much it means being back here at home. i am a proud product of marshall high school. history teacher over here. i say that if it wasn't -- i say that because i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my public school education. i also wouldn't be here if it were not for the opportunity of wisconsin manufacturing and the strength of our labor union. [applause] hey, i have to give a shout out. i see my history teacher over here from high school. [cheers and applause] and i say that to say i would not be here if there were not for my public school education. [cheers and applause] i also would not be here if it were not for the opportunities that wisconsin manufacturing and
the strength of our labor unions. [cheers and applause] i am just so grateful for the way things came together in this community that has given me so much. that is why i owed this community so much in return, so that we can all rise together. today has a special meaning for me, because 18 years ago in the summer of 2004, i came back from whatever summer job i was working that year, turned on the tv, then saw state senator barack obama give the keynote speech at the democratic national convention. [cheers and applause] it was quite literally what changed my life, because things started to click for me. i did not consider politics. i did not see people who shared my experience the people who
lived life like i lived life. there were not a lot of elected leaders who wanted to give me in my community the time of day. unfortunately, that is still the case, but there was someone whose story sounded a little bit like mine, someone who talked about the same issues i saw date in and day out, and seeing barack obama on that stage it inspired me and made me realize that maybe, if i work hard enough, i could have the power to make a difference too. [cheers and applause] as i mentioned, my story is a very wisconsin story, a story i am incredibly proud of, a story i show and speak about wherever i go. my grandfather moved to the city after his service in world war ii. he got a union job as a steelworker at a.o. smith. it does not get more milwaukee than a.o. smith. but he walked into the factory one day and walked out 35 years
later. he was able to retire comfortably, lay a foundation, and unfortunately when companies like that, when factories like that close their doors and move their operations out of state or overseas, we saw the decline in opportunity, and in full joy, we saw a rise in other things that made it tough for folks to get ahead. now, i don't come from a wealthy or well-connected family. i grew up right here in the city of milwaukee in a union household. it was enough for me. that is all i needed. [cheers and applause] it was my parents union job that was the ticket to the middle class come about and for joint those tickets are in short supply. it is a shame to think it was easier for my granddad after world war ii to get into the middle class than people my age, and that is why things need to change. are we tired of being left
behind by politicians who would rather serve wealthy donors than us? [cheers and applause] are we tired of the politicians who put their own profits before our lives? [cheers and applause] i am talking about people like ron johnson. [booing] a person who doubled his own wealth in the u.s. senate, but has made everybody else's life worse. a person who for 12 long years has turned his back on every single person in this room, every single person in the state , but this november in the next 10 days we can turn our backs on ron johnson. [cheers and applause] because the reality is any politician who wants to take away a woman's right to choose, who wants to put our social security and medicare on the chopping block, or send our jobs
out of state or overseas, does not deserve our consideration, vote, and certainly does not deserve their seat in office. [cheers and applause] and while senator johnson tries to divide us and distract from the fact he supported a national abortion ban. he supported a national abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of mother, or his biggest achievement was delivering millions to his two biggest donors, a person who wants to raise the retirement age to 70 years old. [booing] if ron johnson wants to raise the retirement age for us, for the next 10 days, we do the work to lower the retirement age for ron johnson. [cheers and applause]
because what he does not understand, in rooms like this and all across the state regardless of zip code, where we were born, the language we speak, who we love, how we identify them that we have more in common with one another than any self-serving, out of touch politician like him. [cheers and applause] and the reality is that it is not always left/right, red/blue, it is the few ron johnson has kept propped up at the top. if we change washington, we have to send the people we change to washington. [cheers and applause] ron johnson said women who don't like the laws of their state, like our 1849 criminal abortion ban can just move.
[booing] it is careless, callous, but i do believe that the women of the state will band together and move ron johnson out of the u.s. senate. [cheers and applause] >> we love you, mandela. lieutenant governor mandela barnes: i love you back. i'm doing this for the people like one person who had to drive to a funeral home to use the wi-fi. like my friends at oshkosh who said absolutely be building that next generation of vehicles. [cheers and applause] in fort little girls like chase here in milwaukee who should be able to grow up and determine her own future, which includes
making her own health care decisions. [cheers and applause] i do believe that better is possible and you believe the same thing. it is why you showed up today. people are looking for the same things, good schools to attend their children to school, and send them safely and have them return safely without the threat of gun violence. people want to go a doctor and not worry about a surprise big or local politician popping up in making their decisions for them. [cheers and applause] and people one a good job that puts food on the table. people just want opportunity, but we will never get that opportunities as long as ron johnson is in office, and that is why we continue to fight. [cheers and applause]
this is about leading with our values and their vision for the next 10 days, showing up, letting people know what we stand for letting folks know we can no longer leave people behind. people like ron johnson have had their day. it is our time now. [cheers and applause] but i need your help to make this reality possible. i need you to help us knock on every door. i need you to help us make the phone calls. and before he start clapping to her, i send you those text i know you love. [cheers and applause] we have to give it absolutely everything we have got, because this is a fight for freedom, fairness, our future. with your help, i promise you this is a fight we will win and we will all move forward together, everybody. thank you very much. thank you for being here. thank you, milwaukee.
let's bring it home! thank you also much. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. >> [chanting] mandela barnes! mandela barnes! mandela barnes! >> thank you. thank you all. [cheers and applause] and now i am so incredibly proud to introduce somebody who has been a partner to me, a partner with me, leading to state through some incredibly difficult times, a person i am proud to call a friend, a champion for the working people of wisconsin, someone who truly embodies the wisconsin idea, the same idea that made wisconsin become the first state to ratify the 19th amendment, the right to vote.
[cheers and applause] i got a little encore for you all. because we are a state that advances the cause of women rights, not take them away. we are the first state to declare the fugitive slave act unconstitutional, the first state to have anti- discrimination laws based on ability on the books, and the first state to have antidiscrimination laws based on sexual orientation on the books. [cheers and applause] some one who has diligently held up that honor, taken us boldly into the future my good friend in your governor, tony evers, everybody. [cheers and applause] gov. evers: hello, everybody. thank you. >> [chanting] tony!
gov. evers: thank you, milwaukee. thank you so much. thank you for being here today. let's hear it again for mandela barnes. [cheers and applause] he has been such a great partner for me. i can't wait to see him in the u.s. senate working alongside tammy baldwin. [cheers and applause] i also want to really have a shout out for every candidate here today. you know, whether it is state, federal, or local, we need to have more stronger, better people running for office, and thank you all for taking that up today. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] so, it is great to be here running for reelection, folks. it is an honor to have a great group, a small group, i guess? oh, hello over there. great people. we will win this campaign
because of all of you. [cheers and applause] let us not -- but it is not does you, we also have president barack obama with us today, and i cannot wait to hear from him in just a few minutes if you would give me a few minutes. [laughter] first, i am proud of what we have been able to accomplish for wisconsin over the past seven years. we have delivered on the promises i made and have focused on common sense solutions for wisconsin and wisconsin values. >> [indiscernible] governor evers: yes. when we do the right thing, wisconsin is better, stronger. and our kids have access to a quality education, they have a foundation for a lifetime of success, so i worked with both parties, schools, colleges, and the uw system, more than the
last two decades, folks. [cheers and applause] because we know what is best for our kids is best for our state. we are not done yet. i will continue to create opportunities for all of our kids by investing more in special education. [cheers and applause] more in mental health. [cheers and applause] and more for smaller class sizes. [cheers and applause] as wisconsin not are dealing --wisconsinites are dealing with rising costs, we put more money in your pockets. we cut income tax for the middle class 15% and will continue directing income tax cuts and relief to working families who need it the most in the state of wisconsin. [cheers and applause] let's talk about broadband. we have expanded affordable axis
-- access to 300 87 households and businesses in the state of wisconsin so far, and we will expand access to another 300,000 in the next couple of years. [cheers and applause] and, in case you did not know it, i have fixed the damn roads. [cheers and applause] there were a handful out there, as you remember. we fixed nearly 5000 miles of highway and bridges. if you lay that out into end, you can drive from here to miami and back on smooth highways in my second term. we will do it. [cheers and applause] we have opened and expanded more than 6000 small businesses through our main street bounce back program.
[cheers and applause] but we can also do lots more for the state, and i know we will. but, my opponent wants to stop that progress. [booing] and frankly, he does not share in our belief that we are doing the right thing. he would take wisconsin in a radically wrong way, if we are not successful. tim michaels supports radical, dangerous policies for the state of wisconsin and it has nothing to and he is open to reducing school funding by as much as 40%. if that happens, we may as well close the doors on our public schools, period. he says the 1849 criminal ban is an exact mirror on his position. you cannot afford a governor who believes in the no exception abortion ban that would lock up
doctors. i will always trust women to make these decisions for themselves. [cheers and applause] michael's said overturning a 2020 election results that means overturning the will of the people of course will be on the table when he becomes governor. good lord. [booing] >> there is a really pro-choice between doing the right thing for wisconsin and what to michael's wants to do for our estate. first, i know i am not the flashiest guy in the room, folks. and this is a big room, but i believe compassion, respect, and fairness and i believe wisconsin is the strongest when we are working together. [cheers and applause] just remember this, mr. rogers
was not the flashiest guy in the room either. [applause] we can choose to keep doing the right thing or go down a rabbit hole path. we cannot do that, we cannot allow that to happen. i know would be organize, bring people together and talk to our neighbors about the future we want to build for this state, we win, and all of you can make that difference. [applause] but, there is someone else here today who knows a thing or two about the power of organizing. [applause] someone who has delivered results really for some time and someone whose leadership is best --left a positive mark on this entire nation. that is why i am so excited to introduce our next speaker
today, who really needs no introduction. he has been a champion of the working people, made historic strides in everything from health care to public health. [indiscernible] [cheering] barack obama. ♪ [cheers and applause] mr. obama: hello, milwaukee. ♪ [cheers and applause] mr. obama: how is everybody doing today? it is good to be back in wisconsin. [applause] great to be back in the midwest.
especially when it is 67 degrees in october. [cheers] my nephews are here and i was talking about the fact that we used to go trick-or-treating in chicago, we had no idea what their costumes were because they had those thick down jackets on, that this is some good trick-or-treating whether right here. and it is great to be back at north division high. this is actually the third time that i have spoken here. the last time was back in 2018, and for some reason i am the only one who looks older. which is a little disturbing. it is good to see you. now, we are not going to talk
about the bears or the packers. maybe next month, but not right now. we went to keep this an upbeat affair. [laughter] the reason i am here is simple. i am here to ask you to vote. [cheers] i am here to ask you to vote for my dear friend, the three g's, representative glenn mo, your attorney general, for your next lieutenant governor sarah rodriguez, for your outstanding governor believers -- tony evers, and your next united states senator mandela barnes. [cheers and applause]
that is why i am here. and you do not have to wait for november 8 to cast your ballot. you can devote early in person through november 5 here in milwaukee or you can vote at your polling place on november 8, and if you are not sure about how and where and all of that go to iwillvote.com, find out what you were supposed to do and make a plan, because you do not want to sleep through the election. and while you're doing that, help your friends and family make a plan. take them with you if you vote early. if you vote in person, take them with you on election day, because this election requires every single one of us to do our part. it is that important.
now, i think it is fair to say this country -- and i am sure it is no different in milwaukee and wisconsin, this country as gone through some tough times these past few years. we have been through some stuff. we are just now coming out of a historic pandemic that wrecked havoc on families and schools and businesses and communities. everybody was impacted. michelle is good, but she was impacted. [cheers] michelle talks about this publicly, even for folks obviously we were in so many ways advantage, we did not have to worry about paying rent, food and stuff, but emotionally it was hard for everybody, but some folks were more impacted than others.
people lost loved ones. nurses, teachers, essential workers, meaning folks who actually do work, they were really affected. and more at risk. and the pandemic also highlighted and in some cases made worse problems that we have been struggling with for years. an economy that too often works for those at the very top but not for everybody else. communities where too many kids are out of school, and then they end up being out of work, and then they are out of hope, and sometimes that leads to violence and despair. and then there was a shift. and this is a long-term trend, but we saw it get worse of just the breakdown of basic stability, of basic
neighborliness, and no where did you see it more than in our politics where suddenly you had politicians doing their best deliberately to stir up division, to make us angry and afraid of each other. just for their own advantage. and all of this was amped up, hyped up 24/7 on cable and then on social media that finds it profitable to promote controversy and conflict instead of facts and truth. >> i got that. mr. obama: you got that? ok. [laughter] and we are still seeing the aftermath of that. i want you take a moment just to say a prayer for a friend of mine, mr. paul pelosi, 82 years old. attack, somebody broke into his
house looking for his wife, the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. beats him with a hammer. doctors fortunately believed that he is going to be ok, and we will let the investigators do their job, but, but, i think one thing is clear. this habit that we have seen completely contrary to what tony was talking about, this habit of saying the worst about people, demonizing people. that creates a dangerous climate , and if elected officials do not do more explicitly to reject the kind of over-the-top, crazy rhetoric, if they keep on ignoring it or passively supporting it or in some cases encouraging it, if they are
telling supporters you have got to stand outside polling places armed with guns and dressed in tactical gear, that is the kind of thing that ends up getting people hurt. and just as significantly it violates the basic precepts, the basic spirit of who we are supposed to be as a democracy. >> [indiscernible] mr. obama: so i get why people are anxious. i understand why you might be worried about the course of the country. i understand why you might sometimes just want to tune out. just watch football. [laughter] or hd tv -- hgtv, or the great british baking show. [laughter] it's a cute show. national park's, that's a good
show. but i am here to tell you that tuning out, milwaukee, is not an option. because the only way to make this economy fairer, to make it work for everybody is if we all fight for it. the only way to make our democracy stronger is if we nurture it and work for it. and that starts with electing people who know you, who see you , who care about you, who know what you are going through. [applause] and you did that two years ago when you sent joe biden to the white house. he is fighting for you every day, es got your back. [cheers] mr. obama: he is doing everything he can to put more money in your pockets, to make your streets safer, to bring more good paying jobs to
wisconsin. you did it when you elected tony evers governor, you did it when you sent brent moore and tammy baldwin to washington to fight for you, and now you have got to do it again. [cheers and applause] because here is the thing, wisconsin. there are a lot of issues at stake in this election, but the most basic question, the fundamental issue you should be asking yourself right now is who will fight for you? who cares about you? that is the choice in this election. all of the other stuff is distraction. anybody can run pbs, these days they can say anything. no one is fact checking anything, your gut you should have a sense of who cares about you.
who is going to fight for working people struggling to pay the bills? glenn was talking about it. inflation is a real problem now, and by the way, it is not just here in america. it is worldwide. it is one of the legacies of the pandemic. it threw off supply and demand. folks who were in the auto industry, certainly you could not get spare parts, people wanting to buy cars and there were not enough cars. all of this stuff is created inflation, it has put pressure on prices, and then on top of that you have got a war in ukraine. and that sent gas prices through the roof, and look, whatever the reasons, when gas prices go up, went grocery prices go up that takes a bite out of people's paychecks. that hurts. but the question you should be asking is who is actually going to do something about it?
the republicans are having a field day running ads talking about it, but what is the actual solution to it? i will tell you. they went to got social security and medicare and then give some more tax breaks to the wealthy. and the reason i know that is their agenda is because, listen, that is their answer to everything. when inflation is low, what do you want to do? cut taxes. when unemployment is high, let's cut taxes on the wealthy. that will solve that. i was joking down in georgia, if there was an asteroid headed toward earth, they would be like two weeks, if you went into the republican congress and said what do you want to do?
well, we need a tax break for the wealthy. that is going to help. [laughter] i am only barely exaggerating. that is their only economic policy, the only one. and it is been there only one for the last 20 years. it would be nice if every problem you had you just said one answer. those of you who are young, still in school you were going into math exam, every answer is, number eight, just write eight, you would get an a. but that is not how the world works. they do not have a plan, that is why democrats actually have plans to take on drug companies to lower prices, to get oil industry to clean up its act, to pass laws to make housing more
affordable, to make sure big corporations that are already getting tax break create jobs here in wisconsin instead of overseas. [applause] that is the choice in this election. that is what this is about. i know you guys must be sick of these television ads. i mean -- look, let's talk about another one. there was a lot of talk about crime right now. i guess folks in milwaukee do not have any idea. listen -- oh yeah. violent crime has gone up over the last seven years, not just the last two. they act like the other guy was not president when some of this stuff was happening. it has gone up in conservative and rural areas, not just in the city. so who will fight to keep you
and your family safe? is it going to be republican politicians who want to flood our streets with more guns? who actually voted against more resources for police departments or is it leaders like tammy baldwin and glenmore who worked with president biden to vest the first major gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years. that is what is at stake right now. [cheers and applause] who will fight for your freedoms? is it republican politicians and judges you think they should get to decide when you start a family or how many children you should have or who you marry or who you love? or is it democratic leaders who believe that the freedom to make these most intimate, personal
decisions belong to every american, not politicians, mostly men sitting somewhere in washington. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: that is the question this election, that is what you have got to decide. and you have got to decide who will make our political process, our democracy work for you. look, you can watch the news, read what they say. these republican politicians have promised -- they are on record. if they get control of congress will spend the next two years investigating president biden and their political opponents. that is all they want to do. they see it as payback. some of us said they have already gotten prepared that they are going to impeach biden. they are not sure what for. [laughter] but apparently that is beside
the point, and you are laughing, accept that they have actually said that. they have literally said we are not sure what the theory is, but we are going to come up with one. now how is that going to help you pay your bills? how is that going to help your kids find a good job and career? how is that going to help wisconsin compete? or do you stand a better chance with president biden, democratic leaders who have worked together sometimes with republicans where possible to pass an infrastructure bill that creates new jobs, who made prescription drugs more affordable, who made the single largest ever investment in fighting climate change. that is the choice of this election. [cheers]
mr. obama: you have a choice between folks will say anything and do anything to get power and leaders who share our values. who are decent, good people, who are inspired by mr. rogers. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: leaders who want to help make your lives better and move this country forward. look, let me be clear, because i have been out your campaigning for the last few days. this has not always been a partisan thing. my favorite president was a guy from my home state of illinois named abe lincoln, helped -- the
republican party. it used to be there were gop leaders who champion civil rights and will of love. -- rule of law. folks who were with me in the 2008 election, we talked about bringing people together and spoke to all people regardless of party about how we could move the country forward, so that is my instinct. i am not somebody who believes that some party label defines us , but i have to speak the truth, which is these days just about every republican politician seems to adjust with just two things, owned the -- own the libs and getting donald trump's approval. that is their agenda. don't boo.
nobody can hear you boo outside of this auditorium, but they will hear your vote. [cheers and applause] this current crop of republican politicians, they are not interested in solving problems. they are interested in making you angry and then finding somebody to blame, and they are hoping that will distract you from the fact that they do not have any answers of their own. that is their obsession. that is their formula. that is their answer to everything. i can tell you what tony evers is obsessed with. he is obsessed with great wisconsin's economy, making sure every child gets a good education in this state. you heard him mention that his opponent wants to make it easier
for people to sue public school districts. he is opponent proposes to that is opponent calls a position -- people are out there saying we are ruled by giant lizards and that elvis is alive. you cannot think of anything crazier than investing more in our schools and our children? [laughter] let me tell you, if that is crazy, then tony is a good crazy , because he is a lifelong educator and the governor. [applause] he has worked with leaders from both parties to invest more in education that was cotton as it must two decades. [cheers and applause] he has vetoed republican bills that try to make it harder to vote. he vetoed bills that would make
it easier to carry concealed weapons. i can tell you where mandela barnes' priorities lie. as were senator, he will not go off on some wacky conspiracy theory. you do not see him trying to make you afraid of everybody just so he can grab power. he is going to work to bring manufacturing jobs to wisconsin and help small businesses and family farms compete against huge megacorporations. that is his agenda. [cheers and applause] i want to say something here, i know that there are some folks, maybe not in this auditorium, but elsewhere in wisconsin, and i know the ads are running this way -- just because mandela was
named mandela, just because he is a democrat with a funny name, you must not be like you. he must not share your values. i mean, we have seen this. it sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it? get that birth certificate. get ready. [applause] [laughter] mr. obama: that was the good old days. do you remember when that was the craziest thing people said? think about that. like, that was not that long ago. everyone is like that was some
crazy stuff. now it does not even make the top 10 list of crazy. [laughter] but the truth is, i was just talking to mandela's parents. they were in the photo line. this year is the son of a third shift autoworker and a public school teacher, grew up in one of milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods. work as an organizer, served as a state legislator, not lieutenant governor. he fought every step of the way to make sure wisconsinites have opportunities to get ahead just like he did. if that is not a true blooded wisconsin american, i do not know what is. [cheers and applause]
and then there is mandela's opponent. don't waste your vocal cords going -- booing. vote. you got the idea. ron johnson. as your senator -- now remember, the question is who is going to fight for you? who is on your side, he was thinking about you? ron johnson, as a senator, held give millions of dollars in tax deductions to some of the biggest donors who funded his campaign. and after he voted for a tax plan that allows people to write off the cost of private planes. i have been trying to get this thing closed since i was
president. if you can avoid -- afford a private plane, then you do not need a tax break. he fought for this, and then his adult children but not one, not two, but three private planes, because apparently carpooling was not an option. now -- i mean, you need three? [laughter] meanwhile, senator johnson voted to raise the retirement age to 70, supported the plan that would put social security and medicare on the chopping block every single year. each year you would have to vote to renew this thing. think about it, because washington works so well.
you want your social security and medicare reliant on congress every year. he has called social security a ponzi scheme. says it cannot just be given away. the point is, some of you here are on social security. some of your parents are on social security. some of your grandparents are on social security. do you know why they have social security? because they worked for it. they worked hard jobs for it. [applause] they have chapped hands for it. they had long hours and sore backs and bad knees to get that social security, and if ron johnson does not understand that , if you get to tax breaks to private planes more than he
understands making sure that seniors who have worked all of their lives are able to retire with dignity and respect, he is not the person he was thinking about you and knows you and sees you, and he should not be your senator from wisconsin. [cheers and applause] i mean, the message he is sending is pretty clear, if you are related him -- related to him, or you donate to his campaign you get a deal. if you are not you were on euro. when you see the ad saying mandela is dangerous were different, ask yourself, who knows more about your life? this millionaire looking up for his rich friends or a guy from a
working class family? who understands what wisconsinites are going to each and every day and once to make your lives better? whose dad knows when that is like to work hard with his hands, whose mom knows what it is like to work hard as a teacher. do not fall for it, wisconsin. you deserve a senator like a mandela barnes. [cheers and applause] see through the surface of things. just go a little deeper. >> i love you. mr. obama: i love you too. [applause] you also deserve so many who stand up for a woman's right to make her own health care decision. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: abortion has been
controversial since i have been around. and i genuinely believe that there good people of conscience who may differ with me on this issue, we should all agree that women everywhere should be able to control what happens with their own bodies. [applause] and it should not be controversial to say that the most personal of health care decisions, the most profound personal choices should be made by a woman and her doctor and not by a bunch of mostly male politicians and estate capital or washington and do not know nothing about -- [cheers and applause] mr. obama: and that is why when the supreme court struck down roe v. wade it was a wake-up call for a lot of young people.
especially young women, who maybe took roe for granted. it was a reminder that a politicized court can reinterpret well-settled constitutional rights. we can go backward, not just forward. if republicans take back the house and senate, we could be one presidential election away from a nationwide ban on access to abortion, and that might just be the beginning. i taught constitutional law for a decade. if a court does not leave in a zone of privacy that allows each of us to make certain decisions without the government interfering, like it is not their business, other freedoms that we take for granted are at risk, and justice clarence thomas already said as much. he wrote it in the dobbs decision. there is no right to privacy, same-sex marriage could be at risk.
the same idea of a right to privacy was the basis for saying that states could not ban interracial marriage. there is no actual right to marriage written down in the constitution. just like there was no right to contraception and the constitution, so almost every republican in the house of representatives have already voted against the right to use contraception. now you think about that? if they take that power, there is no guarantee that will not be next. now here in wisconsin, governor evers' opponent wants to ban abortions with no exceptions. according to him, i am quoting, it is not unreasonable for the government to force rape victims to give birth. but, vote.
supports a criminal abortion ban passed more than 70 years before women got the right to vote. that could put doctors in jail for trying to save a patient's life, because part of what people do not think about is there are few people who want to bring a child to term, something goes wrong and if you do not have exception to the are being criminalized, they do not train to deal with those situations. they will not know what to do in some cases or you will not have a lot of people who can deal with it. the good news is, if you vote for tony, that is not going to happen. two days after the supreme court heard arguments in the case that would overturn roe v. wade he vetoed five republican bills that would have eliminated or limited access to abortion. as long as tony evers as
governor, he will keep doing whatever it takes to make sure that women have the power to make their own health care decisions, and that is how it should be. [cheers and applause] all of these issues are at stake. >> [indiscernible] mr. obama: gracias. all of these issues are at stake. if that is not worth 15 minutes of your time, i do not know what is. but if you do need another reason to vote, consider the fact that democracy is also on the ballot. [applause] i mentioned earlier, things have changed in terms of our political discourse, and i have to admit it wears on me. sometimes the idea of going up
on the campaign trail feels a little harder and not just because i am older and a little grayer. back when i was first running for office, people did not agree with me on everything. and i was driving myself, i did not even have a driver. i am dating myself because we used maps, paper maps. you never knew how to fold a backup so they were sitting in your passenger seat. we would go out to rural areas, farm country. a lot of folks were not named barack or look like me and a lot of these were conservative for areas and i would stop by a vfw hall or i would talk to somebody at a fish fry. might stop by the local paper,
and you sit down maybe at a diner over a piece of pie and coffee, and they did not agree with me on everything, but you know, we could have a nice conversation and we could talk about the things we had in common, our hopes for our kids, problems we were seeing with farm prices. you could have a conversation about health care or an ailing mom, and over the course of the conversation maybe we kind of learn from each other and persuade each other a little bit. and folks did not all vote for me just because i had that conversation, but you felt as if you could make a connection, and that is why i ended up getting a bunch of republican votes, and then after i won for the presidency, my opponent, john mccain, first thing he did, graciously conceded. got on stage, wish me luck for the good and the sake of the
country. that was the basic foundation of our democracy. that is how it works. [cheers and applause] some sense of mutual respect. we can disagree without being disagreeable. and that is at risk right now. and listen. you know, you may not hear this a lot of times a democratic rally, immigrants are not perfect. [laughter] mr. obama: i was not perfect as president. i am the first to admit it, politicians just like all of us can make mistakes. even with the best of intentions. but, for the most part just about unanimously democrats still abide by the basic norms and rules of how the democracy is supposed to work.
like in 2016 when my successor won, i was not feeling good, but i stayed up until 3:00 in the morning until it was finally decided and then i had to call them and say congratulations. because that is how democracy is supposed to work. and we ensured a peaceful transition of power. [applause] [cheers] now today, with just a few notable exceptions, and i give credit to some courageous publicans who lost their seats because they believed in the rules, but the vast majority of republican politicians, whether it is because they actually believe it or it is because they are scared to say otherwise,
they are not even pretending that the rules apply anymore. they are literally just making stuff up. mandela's opponent as done more than just about anybody in congress to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. he has a gold medal in that event. he said the attacks on law enforcement at that capitol on generation x were by and large, peaceful protests -- january 6 were by and large, peaceful protests although he did say the rioters taught us all how to use a flagpole as a weapon. if that is a lesson you take away from storming a capitol building, a violent insurrection, i do not know what to say.
but you probably should not be serving as wisconsin's representative in the u.s. senate, because that is not how our democracy is supposed to work. [applause] if that does not elicit uniform outrage, what will? what does it take? tony's opponent said if he is elected governor, he will dissolve the bipartisan elections commission. he was to decide on his own elections turned out or not. he even said is open to sending a bill to overturn the results of the last election. and to state the obvious, if somebody is openly obsessed with changing the last election, keep probably should not be in charge of overseeing this one coming
up. [cheers and applause] you have a republican in the wisconsin state legislator trying to get themselves power to do whatever they want. here in wisconsin, already the map is so gerrymandered, the only have to win 44% of the votes to get a majority of the assembly. think about that. think about any other thing you do in life where 44% on one side, 56% on the other side, and 44 wins. it does not make sense. that is correct. and if they pick up a few more seats in both chambers they will be able to force through extreme , a popular laws and everything from education to guns to abortion, and there will not be anything the democrats can do about it. right now the only person standing in the way is tony
evers, and let me say this. i know tony is low-key, self-deprecating. he is got a little more of a clark kent five than superman vibe, but do not let the glasses and the necktie full you, because tony is tough. he is single-handedly keeping republicans from driving the car off the road. he might be democracy's best hope in wisconsin. that is one more reason that he deserves your vote. [cheers and applause] mr. obama: so, i get democracy right now today might not seem like a top priority. especially because people are worried about gas bills, food bills, they are worried about
their paychecks, worried about their kids. i get that. i understand why when you do not see enough progress on issues that matter to you or your family you might just say, i do not have time to think about something so abstract like democracy. but, you know what? we have seen throughout history what happens when we lose democracy. we can see it right now around the world and of the countries where the government tells you what books you can read, and what books you cannot read that question your loyalty if you do not worship the way they want you to worship. countries that put dissidents and reporters in jail. countries where it really does not matter who you vote for, because the game really is fixed, and people will do anything to keep the power they got and where corruption is
rampant because there was absolutely no accountability. i have seen it. when i was president, i dealt with countries like that all the time. and once that goes away, once self-government goes away, it is hard to get it back. it is dangerous, and people get hurt, and you can have real-life consequences, and that is why generations of americans, my grandfather in world war two -- world war ii, folks in every generation have fought and died for the idea of self-governance. that is why folks marched down in selma, and some folks died to make sure that the rules were fair. that is what women suffragists marched and fought so that they could be included in
self-government. so that we could set up rules that were fair to give everybody a voice. rules that we teach our kids when they are little about being honest and about being fair. rules about how we should debate decisions. if we are in a group everybody gets a saint, everybody gets a turn. if you do not get your way, you did not throw a tantrum in the sandbox. you do not pick up your ball and go home. we teach our kids this stuff. we tell our kids, you know, you get over it. you tried to do better next time . i mean, i -- i lost my first election for congress, i got whipped. i did not say, you know, while
-- wow, this election was rigged. i did not say let's go storm the capitol. that is what i mean when i say democracy is at stake and that is why it is not enough to elect democrats like mandela barnes and tony evers. you have to with that up and down the ballot because if things get close, they could make all of the difference. and guess what, the good news, because i know some of this is been a little dark, but here is the good news. you get to make a difference. your vote will make a difference. that is why our opponents are working so hard to stop you, and that is what you cannot let them. we joke in my house that between me and michelle, michelle can be
the glass half person sometimes, and i am more of the class have full guide, i am the hope and change guy. i am usually a little more optimistic at the dinner table, and sometimes when she gets done about the state of the country or the world, she has been reading too much news, i tell her, honey, everything is going to be ok. and i believe it will. but i also know things will not be ok on their own. we have to fight for it. we have to work for it. not just on election day but every day in between. that is why this election matters, wisconsin. [applause] and i know these are tough times, but we have been through tough times before. the important thing is to resist the temptation just to throw our hands up and turn inward and see
politics as a zero-sum game where rules are basically broken , and the only way for people like us to win is for them to lose. to sink into cynicism. you know, even in our darkest moments -- and i remind michelle and i tell my children, this country has seen darker moments before. underneath it all, i believe we have had more in common than our politics and our politicians suggest. even when times are tough, i believe what unites us to be stronger than what divides us. there have always been certain values that bind us together as citizens, no matter who we are
or will become from or what we look like or who we love. we think about our kids and me think about working hard and we think about being honest and being fair. homespun values. it does not matter whether you are out on a farm somewhere or the inner city. people have a sense of that. it does not matter what your last name is. that is the promise of america. that is who we at least want to be. and in this election, you have a chance to do that, to make america live up to what we hope it can be. [laughter] mr. obama: you have a chance to vote for leaders like glenn moore, you have a chance to vote for sarah rodriguez, you have
got a chance to vote for a great and decent governor like tony evers. you have got a chance to vote for an outstanding young man who work hard for you, mandela barnes. you have got a chance to vote for this hole to get -- whole ticket that will fight for a hopeful and inclusive america that we believe in. in america where we might not fix all of our problems overnight but where we can make things better. and better is worth fighting for. [cheers] mr. obama: so if you are anxious, if you are frustrated. do not complain. >> vote. mr. obama: do not do not. >> vote. mr. obama: do not get bamboozled. >> vote. mr. obama: vote.
get off your couch. put down your phones for a minute and -- >> vote. mr. obama: vote for this democratic wisconsin ticket and do -- and tell people to do the same. enough of us make our voices heard we will be better, and we will build a country that is more fair and more just in a equal and more free. let's go do this, wisconsin. thank you, milwaukee. i love you. let's get to work. [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ >> ♪ when i wake up in the morning
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>> do all americans have a fundamental right to privacy? sunday on q&a, the struggl between an's individual right to privacy and the public's right to information. with tulane university law professor, amy. her book, seek and hide, looks at several cases involving this conflict. involving hulk hogan. >> hulk hogan brought the claim for the right to privacy. he argued that even though he was truthful, that his level of privacy that would trump the right of [indiscernible] to publish. we agreed with him, and a lot of people were shocked at that. but, because we understand so much, i think, about freedom of the press and truth and how
truth will protect us, and yet, this was an instance of someone's privacy becoming more important. the jury decided on the public's right to know. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. you can listen on the c-span no. c-span now. >> monday, a pair of supreme court oral arguments looking a race as a factor in the admissions process at colleges and universities. at 10:00 a.m. eastn,ustices hear the case that students versus the university of north carolina. shortly afr, at 11:30 am, another case looking at admission policy for harvard university. overage monday on c-span, also on our free mobile app,