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It's no great secret out there, Joe Biden, that you and I have our differences, and we're not going to paper them over. That's real, but I hope that these task forces will come together utilizing the best minds and people in Joe Biden campaign and in my campaign to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems.
This current, horrific crisis we are now in has exposed for all to see how absurd our current, employer-based health insurance system is, the current economic downturn we are experiencing has not only led to a massive loss of jobs but has also resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance.
I think it is not inappropriate to be trying to ask ourselves, how did we get to where we are today, and maybe where we want to go when all this is behind us, and I think some of the questions that we have to ask ourselves, and you have heard me say this a million times, is how does it happen that we are the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a human right?
First of all, the dysfunctionality of the current health care system is obviously apparent, as I said earlier, there are people who hesitategoing to the doctor. ... Clearly we are not prepared, and Trump only exacerbates the crisis. When we spend twice as much per capita as any other nation, one might expect were gonna have enough doctors all over this country. One might expect were gonna have affordable prescription drugs.
We are losing the debate over electability, i can not tell you how many people our campaign has spoken to, who have said, and I quote,' I like what your campaign stands for ; I agree with what your campaign stands for, but I'm going to vote for Joe Biden, because I think Joe Biden is the best candidate to defeat President Trump.'.
While our campaign has won the ideological debate, we are losing the debate over electability. I can not tell you how many people our campaign has spoke to and said, and I quote,' I like what your campaign stands for, I agree with what your campaign stands for, but I'm going to vote for Joe Biden because I think Joe Biden is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump,' we have heard that statement all over this country. Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion, but that is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.
Donald Trump must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen, on Sunday night, in the first one-on-one debate of this campaign, the American people will have the opportunity to see which candidate is best positioned to accomplish that goal. ... I very much look forward to the debate in Arizona with my friend, Joe Biden.
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Sanders have both shaped the ideological terrain on which this campaign is being waged, senator Warren and Senator Sanders have proven an effective team on debate stages and in the polls, and we hope that partnership continues. We're proud to call both of Senator Warren and Senator Sanders allies in the fight for a more just America.
He was behind me. And I was speaking to the crowd and I saw crowds booing and I turned around, I didn't quite see what it was. I learned about it right after I left the stage, the idea that there was a swastika, a symbol of everything that this country stands against -- we lost 400,000 people fighting that symbol, fighting Nazism. Six million Jews were killed, other people were killed. The most devastating war in the history of humanity.
In order to defeat Trump we are going to need the largest voter turnout in the history of this country, in order to beat Trump, what we are going to have to do is speak to millions of working-class people who are today, working two or three jobs. Theyre worried about their kids. Theyre worried about retirement. They cant afford health care.
Trump has called the press the 'enemy of the people,' and now - taking a page from his dictator friends around the world - is trying to dismantle the right to a free press in the First Amendment by suing the New York Times for publishing an opinion column about his dangerous relationship with Russia.
Occasionally, it might be a good idea to be honest about American foreign policy, and that includes the fact that American Samoa has overthrown governments all over the world -- in Chile, in Guatemala, in Iran, and when dictatorships, whether it is the Chinese or the Cubans, do something good, you acknowledge that, but you don't have to trade love letters with them.
Truth is truth, if you want to disagree with me, if somebody wants to say -- and by the way, all of those congresspeople that you mention, just so happen to be supporting other candidates -- accidentally no doubt, coincidentally. But, you know, the truth is the truth. And thats what happened in the first years of the Castro regime.
If on Super Tuesday we can bring out working people, and young people, people who have given up on the political process, people of all shades who believe in economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice -- if we can create a large voter turnout -- we're going to win Democratic primary a week from Super Tuesday.
When Donald Trump , wow gets $ 800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that's socialism for the rich, we have to subsidize Walmart's workers on Medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages. That's socialism for the rich. I believe in democratic socialism for working people. Not billionaires. Health care for all. Educational opportunity for all.
Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans, that's wrong, that's immoral, that should not be the case when we got a half a million people sleeping out on the streets, when we kids who can not afford to go to college, when we have 45 million people dealing with student debt.
I think all of us probably could have done a better job in bringing out our supporters, but if there is a good spot, a good aspect about that campaign, is that young people came out in higher numbers than they did during Obama's historic 2008 campaign. And if that happens nationally, we're going win and defeat President Donald Trump.
We have spoken to tens and thousands of people, and we have put together an unprecedentedly strong grassroots, this is a moment I want to thank people of Iowa for their hospitality, and thank them for seriousness of purpose, we look forward to a victory tomorrow night... It's not just our agenda, as strong and powerful as that agenda is, it is grassroots movement.
I'm not going to go there yet. We're still in a very vigorous primary season, well, right now my job is to win in Iowa. It's to win in New Hampshire, do everything we can. But what Secretary Clinton did indicate -- I was glad to hear this -- is that Secretary Clinton would support the Democratic nominee. And if that's me, I look forward to Secretary Clinton support.
It's sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren't in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever Donald Trump could, do I believe a woman can win in 2020 ? Of course ! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.
And maybe, just maybe, instead of spending $ 1.8 trillion a year globally on weapons of destruction, maybe an American president -- i.e. Bernie Sanders -- can lead the world. Instead of spending money to kill each other, maybe we pool our resources and fight our common enemy, which is climate change.
I am delighted that in Congress we actually have done something in a bipartisan way. Doesnt happen very often nowadays. But, on this issue, youve got Democrats and youve got Republicans from all over this country saying to Major League Baseball, do not take away minor league baseball from 42 communities all over this country. Aint going to happen, if it does happen, youre going to have to deal with a number of us in Congress who will respond accordingly.
Weneed a new vision for American and thats what our campaign is about, the most important and significant opposition we face is the limitation to our imaginations. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib address the audience during a Sanders campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. ( REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) Sanders also took the time to praise Tlaib for her role in representing the partys progressive wing.
Ilhan is a leader of strength and courage, she will not back down from a fight with billionaires and the world's most powerful corporations to transform our country so it works for all of us. I'm proud of what we've done in Congress, and together we will build a multiracial working class coalition to win the White House.
Here is the story. We live in an unprecedented moment in American history and by that I mean only that we have the most dangerous president in the history of this country somebody who is a pathological liar a racist a sexist, a homophone xenophobe and a religious bigot.....Wehave a corrupt political system in which billionaires are able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy elections undermining the whole thrust of what American democracy is supposed to be about.
We were doing( in) some cases five or six meetings today, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people. I don't think I'm going to do that, but I certainly intend to be actively campaigning. I think we can change the nature of the campaign a bit. Make sure I have the strength to do what needs to be done.
Everything that happens every day, weigh on how people feels about you, and my own view is that it's the voters who view you look at the totality of who the candidate is, you look at what that candidate stands for the integrity of that candidate, the history of our candidates, I've been fighting for working families, for my entire adult life.
If there's anything that this event kind of tell us, it is the importance of the what our message is in this campaign, and our message is' us, not me.' This has never been about me. It's been about millions of people, including certainly our campaign staff, working together to bring about the kind of fundamental changes this nation absolutely needs.
Here you have a situation with United Auto Workers is out on strike. 49,000 workers. I am sure that in that 49,000 there are family members who are seriously ill, and yet the greed of General Motors -- which has the amount of money to pay their CEO something like $ 21 million a year -- they cut off the health care benefits for those 49,000 workers, under Medicare for All, every American -- whether you're working, whether you're not working, when you are going from one job to another job -- it's there with you.
This should not be going on in America, not for a veteran, not for any person in this country, and it is beyond comprehension that under the current healthcare system, somewhere like a half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical bills, clearly we are not doing what we should be doing to make sure that every veteran in this country gets all of the quality healthcare they need when they need it.
In terms of your legacy, Ady Barkan, I think it will be very clear that even with the terrible illness that you're struggling with right now, that you didn't give up, that you understood that, especially given your illness, that you could play a significant in rallying the American people toward a sane and humane health care system, and I think you will be remembered in very, very wonderful ways as a man of great courage in doing that.
In the United States of America, your financial life and future should not be destroyed because you or a member of your family gets sick, that is unacceptable. I am sick and tired of seeing over 500,000 Americans declare bankruptcy each year because they cannot pay off the outrageous cost of a medical emergency or a hospital stay.
Today, after decades of consolidation and deregulation, just a small handful of companies control almost everything you watch, read, and download, given that reality, we should not want even more of the free press to be put under the control of a handful of corporations and 'benevolent' billionaires who can use their media empires to punish their critics and shield themselves from scrutiny.
Corporate America and the billionaire class have been waging a 40-year war against the trade union movement in America that has caused devastating harm to the middle class in terms of lower wages, fewer benefits and frozen pensions, that war will come to an end when I am president. If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class in America, we have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the trade union movement in America.
You're getting lettuce and tomatoes coming from Mexico. You're getting the shoes you're wearing, coming from China. You've got poultry coming from all over the world. Yet somehow or another, we have not been able to reimport from Diabetes Canada into the United States the products being sold in this pharmacy with FDA approval, and the drug companies that spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign contributions, bribing members of the Congress, in essence, who spent billions on lobbying, have been able to prevent us from having prescription drug distributors or pharmacists buying products here in Canada that are a fraction of the price.
It's an embarrassment for those of Read MoreSanders who are Americans, Read MoreSanders love Read MoreSanders Canadian neighbors and Read MoreSanders thank them so much, but Read MoreSanders should not have to come to Diabetes Canada to get the medicine Read MoreSanders need for Read MoreSanders kids to stay alive, Read MoreSanders can do that in America.
And its not just Amazon, i think we need vigorous antitrust legislation in this country because you are seeing you name the area, whether its pharmaceuticals, whether it is Wall Street, whether it is high tech fewer and fewer gigantic corporations owning those sectors. He would appoint an attorney general.
I will be very soon introducing legislation in the Senate to establish a $ 20 billion emergency trust fund to help states and local communities purchase hospitals that are in financial distress, in my view, any time a hospital is put up for sale in America, the local community or the state must have the right to buy it first with emergency financial assistance.
It is preposterous to argue that as we expand Medicare for All that people with cancer and other illnesses will not get the care that they need, in fact, under Medicare for All, the good news is that we will end the horror of millions of people going into bankruptcy and financial distress simply because they need hospital care for serious conditions.
The polls have us 10 points ahead of Donald Trump because the American people understand that Donald Trump is a phony ; Donald Trump is a pathological liar and a racist, and Donald Trump lied to the American people during Donald Trump campaign, president Trump you are not standing up for working families when you try to throw 32 million people off their health care that they have ; and 83 % of your tax benefits go to the top 1 %. That is how we beat Donald Trump. We expose Donald Trump for the fraud that Donald Trump is.
Weve got to look at the root causes. And you have a situation whereHonduras among other things is afailing state -- massive corruption.Youve got gangs who aretelling families that if a10-year-old does not join thatgang, thatfamily is going to be killed, what we have got to do on day one, isinvite the presidents and theleadership of Central Americaand Mexico together.This is a hemispheric problem.
I understand that there are some well-intentioned Democrats and candidates who believe that the best way forward is a middle ground strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands out to nobody and that changes nothing, in my view, that approach is not just bad public policy, but it is a failed political strategy that I feel could end up with the reelection of Donald Trump.
I understand there are some well-intentioned Democrats and candidates who believe the best way forward is a middle-ground strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands up to nobody and that changes nothing, in my view, that approach is not just bad public policy, but it is a failed political strategy that I fear would end up with the re-election of Donald Trump.
And let me thank everybody in this room for your determination to defeat the worst president in the history of this country. A president who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe and a religious bigot, together we are going to defeat a president who has the most corrupt administration in history and a president who knows nothing about real American values.
If Donald Trump and Donald Trump family could get more than $ 880 million in special tax breaks to build a real estate empire, we can damn well make sure every kid in America gets a good education, even if Donald Trump and his family don't live in one of Mr. Trump's luxury apartment buildings, it's time for Donald Trump and the top 1 % to pay a hell of a lot more in taxes than they are today.
Every child has a right to a quality K-12 education, regardless of your race, regardless of your income, and regardless of your zip code, for too long, we have seen devastating education funding cuts used to pay for massive tax breaks for a handful of corporations and billionaires. When we are in the White House, that greed is going to end.
This week marks a victory for patients with LEMS and American taxpayers, and a blow to the greed of Big Pharma, suffering patients used to receive life-saving medication for free from Jacobus Pharmaceuticals -- until a competitor, Catalyst, bought the rights to the drug, received market exclusivity, and started charging $ 375,000 a year to those in desperate need.
If the banks and corporations feel that they can better exploit the people of Mississippi, New Hampshire, Hong Kong or Puerto Rico in order to make their blood profits -- let them go there, in the Dominican Republic, American companies pay native workers $ 2 a day for a full day's work. Vermont is not going to compete with that kind of slavery.
We cannot create an economy that works for all Americans if we continue to neglect the needs of rural America, in rural America, we are seeing giant agribusiness conglomerates extract as much wealth out of small communities as they can, while family farmers are going bankrupt and, in many cases, treated like modern-day indentured servants.
I think when people take a look at my record versus Vice President Biden's record -- I helped lead the fight against NAFTA ; Vice President Biden voted for NAFTA, i helped lead the fight against( permanent normal trade relations) with China ; Vice President Biden voted for it. I strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership ; Vice President Biden supported it. I voted against the war in Iraq ; Vice President Biden voted for it.
You will see in this campaign a lot of spontaneous activity that doesn't come from our national headquarters, people in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California, they're going to come up with an idea, they're going to use local artists and musicians. So this is our effort to build a political movement, which will help us win the primary, help us win the general election and, in my view, it is the only way we bring about the kind of fundamental reforms we need in this country.
This is always the difficulty you have, so if somebody in some city or some state says something that's dumb, we can be sure that the local media will pick up on it. But I think everybody understands that when you have over a million people involved in the political process, you know, people will say what they say.
If somebody commits a serious crime -- sexual assault, murder -- they are going to be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That is what happens when you commit a serious crime, but I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.
I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, so, I believe that people commit crimes, they pay the price. When they got out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right to vote. But I do believe, even if they are in jail, they are paying their price to society, but [also] that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.
You raise the issue I am a millionaire. Well, actually this year we had $560,000 income, thats a lot of money, and in my case, my wifes case, it came from a book that I wrote. A pretty good book, you might want to read it. Its a best-seller, sold all over the world, and we made money. So, if anyone thinks that I should apologize for writing a best-selling book, Im sorry, Im not going to do it.
Donald Trump told working people that Donald Trump was going to be on their side. Donald Trump is not on their side, and Donald Trump record proves that quite clearly, and we're going to make that very clear. And I think by the end of this campaign, I suspect that a number of people who voted for Donald Trump will understand that Donald Trump is not Donald Trump and that the agenda that we have, which is prepared to take on the billionaire class, is the agenda that they will support.
I will be campaigning in support of the Liberty Union utility proposal which calls for the public ownership of Vermont's private electric companies without compensation to the banks and wealthy stockholders who own the vast majority of stock in these companies, i will also be calling for public ownership of New England Telephone company -- which is probably the single greatest rip-off company in America.
I favor the public ownership of utilities, banks and major industries. In Vermont we have some $ 2 billion of deposits in our banks, in Vermont, as well as nationally, it is not tolerable to me that the control of capital would remain in the hands of the richest two or three percent of the population to do with it as they like.
Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology, which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world, we must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel. Rather, we must develop an evenhanded Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace.
My experience as a kid, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values, unlike Donald Trump, who shut down the government and left 800,000 federal employees without income to pay the bills, I know what it's like to be in a family that lives paycheck to paycheck.
As we launch this campaign for president, you deserve to know where I come from — because family history heavily influences the values that we adopt as adults, today, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies.
As a white person in America, you would've been the master, the slave owner. ... It was mostly black women who were enslaved in the house, who were raped, who were beaten daily, day in and day out, they endured physical and mental abuse. For a lot of people in America, that was like slap in the face to the black community, particularly to black women.
The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in almost every way. We are finally addressing the issue of sexual harassment, and we need to get it right, but the conversation we are having now is only the tip of the iceberg. It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power.
Throwing 24 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older low-income Americans, while giving $285 billion in tax breaks to the top 2% is a disgusting and immoral proposal, thousands of Americans will die if this legislation is passed and we have to do everything that we can to see that is defeated.
I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am, but to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.
Wasserman Schultz ' has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While Wasserman Schultz ' deserves thanks for Wasserman Schultz ' years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working peopleand young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While Debbie Wasserman Schultz deserves thanks for Debbie Wasserman Schultz years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working peopleand young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.
So many people have given up on the political process, including a whole lot of low-income people where the voting rates are low, young people who are not voting in large numbers. Our job is to bring people into the political process, to create a government that represents all of us, not just the one percent.
We are obligated to speak the truth as we see it. This is what real friendship demands, especially in difficult times, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people.
It is absurd for elements within the Netanyahu government to suggest that building more settlements in the West Bank is the appropriate response to the most recent violence. It is also not acceptable that the Netanyahu government decided to withhold hundreds of millions of Shekels in tax revenue from the Palestinians, which it is supposed to collect on their behalf.
To suggest we don't fight this out to the end would be, I think, a very bad mistake. People want to become engaged in the political process by having vigorous primary and caucus process. I think we open up the possibility of having a large voter turnout in November. That is exactly what we need, a low voter turnout, somebody like a Trump can win. High voter turnout, the Democratic candidate will win.
I hear Secretary Clinton is in Ohio tonight talking about how concerned she is about the auto industry -- an industry decimated by the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalized trade with China. She supported those bad deals. I opposed them, now she says she wants to make it tougher for automobiles to be imported to this country under the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership. That's the deal she called the 'gold standard' when she was secretary of state.
The facts are that Hillary Clinton has vigorously supported almost every piece of disastrous trade legislation, i have opposed those pieces of legislation, helped lead the opposition to them, because I understood that American workers should not be forced to compete with people in Mexico, people in China that are making pennies on the dollar.
I don't think our supporters are inciting. What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence, when he talks about ... 'I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head.' What do you think that says to his supporters?
At a time when the middle class is shrinking, poverty is increasing and millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages it makes no sense to me to have an immigration bill which, over a period of years, would bring millions of 'guest workers' into this country who are prepared to work for lower wages than American workers, we need to increase wages in this country, not lower them.
At a time when nearly 14% of Americans do not have a full-time job and when the middle class is working longer hours for lower wages, I oppose a massive increase in temporary guest worker programs that will allow large corporations to import hundreds of thousands of blue-collar and white-collar workers from overseas.
We are going to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, we're going to rebuild the pipe system, the water system here in Flint, we're going to make sure that all of those people affected have the health care that they need and that those that were affected also get the educational opportunities that they need.
What I meant by that is I think many white people are not aware of the kinds of pressures and the kind of police oppression that sometimes takes place within the African-American community, i don't want to be lectured about talking about poverty whether it's white, black, Latino. Nobody in this campaign has talked about it more, nobody in this campaign cycle has proposed more specific ideas on how to address poverty.
Do you know what the other name of the Export-Import Bank is and what it's called in Washington? It's called the Bank of Boeing because Boeing itself gets 40% of the money discharged by the Export-Import Bank. Seventy-five percent of the funds going for the federal government and the Export-Import Bank goes to large profitable corporations.
No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America. Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady, a devoted partner, she was her husband's most trusted adviser and, as such, served our country well. Even after her time in the White House, she was an outspoken advocate for stem-cell research to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed.
All of that may be fantasy to the ruling class and the big money interests in this country. I don't think that's fantasy to the working people in this country who have worked longer hours for lower wages, who are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics, every proposal that we have brought forward, we've paid for ... Maybe the drug companies don't like it and the insurance companies don't like it. I think the American people do like it.
We have been dealing, in the last seven years, with an unprecedented level of obstructionism against President Obama, literally -- literally it turns out on the day that Obama was inaugurated, Republicans came together and said 'What are we going to do?' And what they concluded is we're going to obstruct, obstruct, obstruct, make it as difficult as he could to do anything.
There are a lot of differences of opinion between Secretary Clinton and myself on major, major major issues, but at the end of the day, this is the main one -- what we are seeing is more and more power going into the hands of the few. Who's life work is about standing up to the billionaire class, standing up to Wall Street?
Hillary Clinton is trying to embrace the president as closely as she possibly can. Everything the president does is wonderful. She loves the president, he loves her and all that stuff, and we know what that's about. That's trying to win support from the African-American community where the president is enormously popular.
I think the more the African-American community hears our message on a broken criminal justice system -- which has more people in jail today than any country on earth, largely African-American and Latino -- when they hear our message of an economy that represents all of us, not just the 1%. I think you're going to see us making progress there as well.
It is absolutely incomprehensible that we have Republicans in the U.S. Senate - my colleagues in the Senate - who refuse to honor the Constitution of the United States, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Constitution of the United States is pretty clear - that the President of the United States nominates individuals to the U.S. Supreme Court -- not a whole lot of ambiguity, is there?
Over the last seven years in this country, we have made enormous progress under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, no state in America knows more about the impact of the greed and illegal behavior of Wall Street than the state of Nevada. This state was decimated. We have made great progress but much more needs to be done.
Tonight, many of us are going to give our support to a candidate for president who has done more than any other candidate in living memory to bring together the disenfranchised, the hungry, the poor, the workers who are being thrown out of their decent-paying jobs and the farmers who are being thrown off of their land, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to place for nomination this evening the name of one of the great leaders of our time and a man who has waged the most courageous and exciting political campaigns in the modern history of this nation. I place for nomination, with a great deal of personal pride, the name of Jesse Jackson.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to place for nomination this evening the name of one of the great leaders of our time and a man who has waged the most courageous and exciting political campaigns in the modern history of this nation. I place for nomination, with a great deal of personal pride, the name of Jesse Jackson.
What criminal justice is supposed to be about is you do the crime, you are found guilty, you pay the price. I'm not aware that paying the price includes taking away your rights to vote in a Democratic society. You paid the price right? You're a citizen of the United States, correct? You have the right to vote. you have large numbers of African-American men and women not being able to vote. Somebody benefits from that.
Because what we will do is say, instead of giving tax breaks to millionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low-income kids so they're not hanging out on street corners, we're going to make sure that those kids stay in school or are able get a college education. So I think that when you give low-income kids, African-American, white, Latino kids, the opportunities to get their lives together, they are not going to end up in jail. They're going to end up in the productive economy, which is where we want them.
What the American people understand is that our great country was based on a simple principal, and that principle is fairness, let me be very clear, it is not fair when we have more income and wealth inequality today than almost any major country on Earth. And, when the top one-tenth of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, that's not fair.
When we talk about transforming America, it means ending the disgrace of this country having more people in jail than any other country in the world, disproportionately African-American, and Latino, not only are we going to fight to end institutional racism, and a broken criminal justice system, we are going to provide jobs and education for our young people, not jails and incarceration.
I believe that, as a human being, the pain that one person feels, if we have children who are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can't afford their prescription drugs, you know what, that impacts you, that impacts me, so my spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me.
I believe that, as a human being, the pain that one person feels, if we have children who are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can't afford their prescription drugs, you know what, that impacts you, that impacts me, and I worry very much about a society where some people spiritually say, it doesn't matter to me, I got it, I don't care about other people. So my spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me. That's my very strong spiritual feeling.
I believe we are the stronger campaign to defeat that right wing Republican, the way Democrats win elections is when there is a large voter turnout ... I think our campaign has the capability to bring out a lot of working people, a lot of young people who in the past have not been involved in politics.
We lost (the nonwhite vote), but that gap is growing slimmer and slimmer between the secretary and myself. I think you'll find as we get to South Carolina and other states, that when the African-American community, the Latino community, looks at our record, looks at our agenda, we're going to get more and more support.
We started out organizing in Iowa a lot later than Senator Clinton did. She was here in 2008; has the experience we didn't have. She's done this before, we didn't. She has a very strong organization. And I applaud her for that, but I will tell you that the last couple of months we have gained a whole lot of ground and again I think we stand a real chance to create a large voter turnout.
It is also no secret that we have, as is the case in a democratic society, we have differences of opinion, i was on the floor of the Senate for eight and half hours, in disagreement with him over taxes. We disagree over the (Trans-Pacific Partnership). But by and large over the last seven years, on major issue after major issue, I have stood by his side.
Obama in 2008 ran a campaign which is really going to stay in the history books. It was an unbelievable campaign, do I think that in this campaign that we're going to match that? I would love to see us do that. I hope we do. But frankly I don't think we will. What happened in 2008 was extraordinary.
Well, count me in as one person -- you know, if Secretary Clinton and Gov. O'Malley want to do it, I'm there, i love debates. I think they are a way to inform the American people of our positions and our differences. So, I think that is a great idea. So, I'm in. If the other candidates are in, you count me in.
Likewise, Bernie Sanders said Bernie Sanders campaigned for President Obama in 2008 and 2012( though Sanders in 2011 casually discussed the possibility of President Obama getting a challenger, Bernie Sanders did not ultimately recruit one). We have got to do a lot better to protect the middle class, but it's important to remember how far we've come under President President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama in 2008 ran a campaign which is really going to stay in the history books. It was an unbelievable campaign. In places they ran out of ballots, as I understand, the turnout was so extraordinary, nobody expected it. Do I think in this campaign that we are going to match that? I would love to see us do that, I hope we can.
Wall Street's greed and recklessness and illegal behavior drove this economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Millions of people lost their homes, their life savings, and their jobs. And, yes, I believe that we have to break up the major financial institutions. We have to re-establish Glass-Stegall.
We can't wait to help Ellen with her exorbitant prices. We can't wait to help the minimum wage workers I meet who are working one, two jobs and still can't figure out how they are going to gather enough money to make any progress. We can't wait to deal with the student debt that so many young Iowans tell me they are struggling under. it really reminds me what happens here in Iowa eight years ago.
Universal health care is an idea that has been supported in the United States by Democratic presidents going back to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, it is time for our country to join every other major industrialized nation on earth and guarantee health care to all citizens as a right, not a privilege.
What this plan does, of course, is end private insurance payments for the American people, so instead of making a private insurance premium payment, you're now going to make a Medicare premium payment. And what all of the studies indicate is that payment under a Medicare-for-all single-payer system will be significantly less than what middle class families today are paying for health insurance.
I will vote to revise that bill. There are parts of it that made sense to me, look George, if you have a small gun shop owner in Northern Vermont who sells a gun legally to somebody and then, you know, something happens to that guy, he goes nuts or something, and he kills somebody, should the gun shop owner be held liable? I think not.
We're doing much better with independents. We even draw a little bit better with Republicans, so I believe, quite honestly, that with the enthusiasm that we are generating, with the kind of voter turnout that I think we can bring out -- look, Republicans win when people are demoralized and the voter turnout is low.
To those on Wall Street who may be listening today, let me be very clear: Greed is not good, in fact, the greed of Wall Street and corporate America is destroying the very fabric of our nation. And here is a New Year's resolution that I will keep if elected president -- and that is if Wall Street does not end its greed, we will end it for them.
My opponent says that, as a senator, she told bankers to 'cut it out' and end their destructive behavior. But in my view, establishment politicians are the ones who need to cut it out, the reality is that Congress doesn't regulate Wall Street. Wall Street, its lobbyists and their billions of dollars regulate Congress.
Now much has changed over the decades, but unfortunately, some things have not. Institutional racism existed then. Institutional racism exist today, the criminal justice system was broken then. The criminal justice system remains broken today. And that's the sad reality of where we are as a country.
As we spend time with our families this holiday season, we who are parents should ask ourselves what we would do if our children faced the danger and violence these children do? How far would we go to protect them? we need to take steps to protect children and families seeking refuge here, not cast them out.
What's scary about Trump is you open -- there are a lot of people out there who feel certain ways and you see somebody who is running for president say these things, 'Whoa! Trump said that! I can say that! I can beat up the Muslim in my community! I can be a racist on a college campus now, because that's the climate.' So you're right, it is scary.
It strikes me that if you don't take part in the political process, you're really crapping on people who gave their lives to defend this country, WWII and elsewhere, obviously, this country faces enormous problems ... but that doesn't mean you walk away from it. But it means you engage and fight back.
What I have said over and over again is that I have not and will not raise a nickel for a super PAC, i am the only Democratic candidate who does not have a super PAC. I will not have a super PAC. They are nurses and they are fighting for the health care of their people. They are doing what they think is appropriate. I do not have a super PAC.
We're going to win, because first we're going to explain what democratic socialism is, what democratic socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1% in this country own almost 9%, almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, that it is wrong today, in a rigged economy, that 57% of all new income is going to the top one percent.
Look, I think the President is trying to do the right thing. And what he's trying to do is put together a coalition of the Western democracies along with the Muslim nations to destroy ISIS, while at the same time making sure that we're not involved in a perpetual war in the Middle East, my own view is that the major issue that we have right now is to destroy ISIS. And I think we've got to work toward a political agreement to get Assad out of office.
Why over her political career has Wall Street been a major, the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? Maybe they're dumb and they don't know what they're going to get, but I don't think so, i have never heard a candidate, never, who has received huge amounts of money from oil, from coal, from Wall Street from the military industrial complex, not one candidate -- 'Oh these, these campaign contributions will not influence me.' But why do they make millions of dollars of campaign contributions? They expect to get something, everybody knows that.
I mean, I cannot walk down the corridors of Capitol Hill without being really begged by the media to attack Hillary Clinton, they want to make this personal. ... I choose not to do that. Let's talk about the economy, let's talk about Wall Street, let's talk about climate change, let's talk about education. Frankly, that is what the American people want to get discussed.
Well, what motivated that is that I think the American people want substantive discussions on substantive issues, there is a process in place for the email situation that Hillary Clinton is dealing with. Let it play itself out. As a nation, let us start focusing on why it is that so few have so much and so many have so little.
Under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, this country has come a long way economically since President Bush left office and we were losing 800,000 jobs every month and the world economy was on the brink of financial collapse, nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of economy that works for all Americans and not just the top 1 percent.
I believe in serious debates on serious issues. I've known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. Maybe I shouldn't say this: I like Hillary Clinton. I respect Hillary Clinton, will the media, among others, allow us to have a civil debate on civil issues? Or is the only way you get media attention by ripping apart somebody else?
All that I can say is I am very proud of my record on women's issues. I certainly do not have a problem with women speaking out -- and I think what the secretary is doing there is taking words and misapplying them, what I would say is if we are going to make some progress in dealing with these horrific massacres that we're seeing, is that people have got to start all over this country talking to each other.
Well, I am who I am. And what I believe in, and what my spirituality is about is that we're all in this together. That I think it is not a good thing to believe that as human beings we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people, and you know, this is not Judaism. This is what Pope Francis is talking about, that we cannot worship just billionaires and the making of more and more money. Life is more than that.
What he said in so many words was, 'Thank you so much for electing me to be president, but I will take it from here. I will go forward and I will negotiate with (House Speaker John) Boehner and (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell and the Republicans,' he did this because he is a decent guy and he thought naively that Republicans really wanted to work or negotiate compromises. Truth is, they never, ever did.
He thought he could walk into Capitol Hill and the Oval Office and sit down with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and the Republicans and say, 'I can't get it all. You can't get it all. Let's work out something that's reasonable,' because he's a reasonable guy, these guys never had any intention of doing (serious) negotiating and compromising ... I think it took the President too long to fully appreciate that.
Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate or the U.S. House, will not be successful in dozens of governors races all across this country, unless we generated excitement and momentum and produce a huge voter turnout, that turnout, that enthusiasm, will not happen with politics as usual.
That was a complicated vote and I'm willing to see changes in that provision, here's the reason I voted the way I voted : If you are a gun shop owner in Vermont and you sell somebody a gun and that person flips out and then kills somebody, I don't think it's really fair to hold that person responsible, the gun shop owner.
I think the Latino community is obviously deeply concerned about comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship is something I strongly support, and I think the Latino community is outraged over some of the racist attacks that have been made against some Latino groups -- and that is unacceptable.
I also know that there is an enormous amount of disgust in the African-American community with regards to certain police departments. We need to demilitarize local police departments so that they do not look like occupying armies. We want police departments that look like the communities they are serving.
Clearly if Sandra Bland, who was a middle class black woman, had been a middle class white woman, it is unlikely that the police would have treated her in the same way, unarmed African-Americans have been abused and sometimes killed while in police custody. Clearly these are issues that must be dealt with and changed.
When I say we need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, that's going to impact the country but it will impact African-Americans even more. When I talk about pay equity for women workers, it will impact all women but it will impact African-American women even more because they are more discriminated against and their wages are even lower than white women.
Many white people are not sensitive to the kind of abuse that African-Americans, especially younger African-Americans, receive at the hands of police officers and police departments. I think for most whites their experience with the police has been good or neutral because they don't interact with the police as much as those in the black community.
I oppose, at this point, a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria which could get us more deeply involved in that horrible civil war and lead to a never-ending U.S. entanglement in that region, we do not want to make a very complex situation in Syria even worse. I support President Obama's effort to combat the Islamic State in Syria while at the same time supporting those in Syria trying to overthrow the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad.
I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that. and how long did it take us to elect an African-American to be president of the United States? What we should be doing is as a people is judge our candidates based on their views, their abilities, not the color of their skin, not on their religion. That is what America is supposed to be about.
What Trump is doing is appealing to the baser instincts among us -- xenophobia, and, frankly, racism, you target some group of people, you go after them. You take people's anger and you turn it against them. You win votes on that. I think that is disgraceful and not something we should be doing in 2015.
Don't tell anybody. I think what they know is that four months ago, when I entered this race, if you look at the polls, I was in 3 to 4%. Vast majority of the American people didn't know who Bernie Sanders was, they didn't know what my ideas were, and in last few months, we have amassed huge amounts of enthusiasm and huge amounts of energy, so obviously, I think the secretary's people are getting nervous about the kind of energy and enthusiasm our campaign is bringing forth.
Here's one area where Barack Obama and I disagree. Here's what I understand -- is that given the powers that be in Washington, Wall Street, corporate America, the big money interests -- change does not take place no matter who gets elected president unless there is a strong grassroots movement, brilliant campaign. But after he got elected he had the illusion -- the mistake -- of believing that he could sit down with Republicans and just work out some good compromises. That was never going to happen. The only way that we change life for the middle class in this country is when millions of people become actively involved in the political process. No president can do it alone.
And in fact, coming from a rural state which has almost no gun control, I think I can get beyond the noise and all of these arguments and people shouting at each other, and come up with real, constructive gun control legislation which most significantly gets guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
I think it is unfortunate because, among other things, I wanted to talk about the issues of black lives, the fact that the American people are tired of seeing unarmed African-Americans shot and killed, but there are other issues as well that we have to talk about, and that is the fact that the middle class of this country is disappearing and most importantly, we don't bring change in this country... unless all people stand together. That is what we have to do.
Liberty University was kind enough to invite me to address a convocation and I decided to accept, it goes without saying that my views on many issues -- women's rights, gay rights, education and many other issues -- are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community. It is very easy for a candidate to speak to people who hold the same views. It's harder but important to reach out to others who look at the world differently. I look forward to meeting with the students and faculty of Liberty University.
I wish I could tell you I had a magical formula for how to end racism. It's gone on in this country for before it was America, let me just say this, because I'm older than you: You're impatient, and you should be impatient. But if we were standing here 30 years ago and somebody said, 'You know, I think in 2008, the United States of America will elect an African-American president,' you know what people in this room would've said? They would've said, 'You are crazy. That will never happen because America has too much racist baggage.' But it happened. So, I guess you're right to be impatient, but we have made progress in this country. Not enough.
Yes, we have to raise individual tax rates substantially higher than they are today because almost all of the new income is going to the top 1%, and yes, those folks and large corporations will have to pay under a Sanders administration more in taxes so that we can use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create the jobs we need, make sure that every kid who has the ability is able to get a college education in America because public colleges and public universities will be tuition-free.
And yes, those folks and large corporations will have to pay under a Sanders administration more in taxes so that we can use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create the jobs we need, make sure that every kid who has the ability is able to get a college education in America because public colleges and public universities will be tuition-free.
All of you are aware of the tragic history of racism in America, but for a very long time, African-Americans and their white allies came together and they struggled and they stood up for justice and they stood up to lynching and they stood up to segregation and the stood up to a nation where African-Americans couldn't even vote in America.
So as a nation, we have a right to be very proud of the successes that we have seen because of the struggle of millions of people to create a less discriminatory society. That is something we should be proud of, but there is one struggle in which not only have we not succeeded but in which we are losing ground and that is the fundamental struggle for economic justice.
Until we finally pass comprehensive reform -- and I would very much like to see the House of Representatives pick up where the Senate left off -- we must be aggressive in pursuing policies that are humane and sensible and that keep families together, i strongly support the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA is a good first step, but it should be expanded.
We cannot, and we should not, be talking about sweeping up millions of men, women and children, many of whom have been in this country for years, and we cannot allow a continuation of this ridiculous idea that suddenly we are going to throw millions of people out of this country. That is wrong and that type of discussion must end now.
I think we need to have as serious conversation about that, i think rural America needs to understand what urban America feels. Urban America needs to understand the culture of rural America. But I think together we have got to go forward to make certain that people who should not be having these weapons do not have them.
The gap between the very rich and everyone is wider than at any time since the 1920s. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time and it is the great political issue of our time, Sanders roared, before thousands of supporters in Burlington, the liberal city he once served as mayor. 'Enough is enough.
At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country which is based on ability to pay, it is not acceptable that a number of major profitable corporations have paid zero in federal income taxes in recent years, and that millionaire hedge fund managers often enjoy an effective tax rate which is lower than the truck drivers or nurses.
To run a credible campaign in this day and age, you do need a whole lot of money, whether the magic number is $200 million, it is $150 million, it is a lot of money, but even with that, you would be enormously outspent by the Koch Brother candidates and the other candidates who will likely spend, in the final analysis, over $1 billion, if not two.
What we are saying today is pretty simply, that the taxpayers of this country want to make sure that when government contracts are made, those employers who get those contracts pay workers a living wage, a great nation will not survive, in my view, when so few have so much and so many have so little.
To run a credible campaign in this day and age, you do need a whole lot of money, whether the magic number is $200 million, it is $150 million, it is a lot of money, but even with that, you would be enormously outspent by the Koch Brothers candidates and the other candidates who will likely spend, in the final analysis, over $1 billion, if not two.
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