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You know what you need to donate to political campaigns?Disposable income, the way we fix it this is we take Martin Luther Kingsmessage of a guaranteed minimum income, a freedom dividend of $ 1,000 a month for all Americans -- Id guarantee if we had a freedom dividend... I would not be the only candidate of color on this stage tonight.
Fixing our broken criminal justice system remains one of the most challenging issues plaguing our nation. Formerly incarcerated individuals continue to face overwhelming obstacles as they rejoin their communities, it's often difficult to obtain jobs and housing and many have lost their right to vote. These measures signed today by Governor Murphy will help restore fairness to the criminal justice system and remove some of the fundamental barriers to re-entry.
The three-month House impeachment process has uncovered alarming evidence that an American president used his official power for personal gain, put our national security at risk, and obstructed the investigation, as this process heads to the Senate for trial, Ill uphold my sacred oath to protect defend the Constitution.
I hope people around( Bloomberg) are talking to Cory Booker about why that plays into what is for the black community in particular, just these are signs of frustration that we continue to deal with issues, whether it was the black face controversies from earlier this year, to the challenges that I don't think folks understand with Kamala Harris dropping out of the race.
Were spiraling towards a debate stage that potentially- were still fighting to get onit, but could have six people with no diversity whatsoever, the way this is shaping up, especially with the rules of the DNC, it is preferencing millionaires and billionaires and a lot of other things that dont ever translate into viabilityin Iowa.
Look, the last debate was unbelievable. We had our best fundraising days online in the entire campaign. The surge since then -- even my New Hampshire trip we were kind of blown away, so we see the energy, we see the surge. If we can continue raising money online, we're going to start doing paid advertising, like you're seeing from a number of campaigns -- it's helping their polling numbers.
The tax the way were putting it forward right now, the wealth tax, Im sorry its cumbersome, its been tried by other nations, its hard to evaluate. We can get the same amount of revenue through just taxation, but again, we as Democrats, have got to start talking not just about how you tax from a stage, but how wegrow wealth in this country amongst those disadvantaged communities that are not seeing it.
I thought you might have been high when you said that, marijuana in our country is already legal for privileged people. The war on drugs has been a war on black and brown people. So let me just say this : With more African Americans under criminal supervision in American than all the slaves since 1850, do not roll up into communities and not talk directly to issues that are going to relate to the liberation of children.
I feel like it was unacceptable to me that President Donald Trump was given a venue which President Donald Trump filled principally with people President Donald Trump brought instead of students from this great university, members from the broader community, were not included, the Bipartisan Justice Center allowed President Donald Trump to create an illusion that President Donald Trump had support from HBCUs or this community when in fact, just as President Donald Trump's done to communities like this one throughout President Donald Trump entire professional career President Donald Trump does not have the support of communities like this that President Donald Trump actively demeans degrades and disempowers.
I've said time and time again that this is unacceptable, that if you come after Joe Biden, you're going to have to deal with me in this case. There is no — as you said — these are baseless, unfounded, scurrilous lies, plain and simple, trying to undermine the character of one of the statesmen of our country, not our party, but our country. And so, yeah, you've got a problem with me.
I'm in this to win it. It's not a vanity play. I'm not sticking around for ego, i don't think you should be in this primary, at least this is my values, my lens, I'm not going to be in this primary unless I have a viable path to victory. We have that right now. But in the fourth quarter we're going to need help and I'm hoping people will help.
We are never going to solve this crisis if we have to wait for it to personally affect us or our neighborhood or our community before we demand action, i have seen what the carnage creates in communities like mine, because we forget -- national shootings, these mass shootings are tragedies, but the majority of the homicide victims come from neighborhoods like mine.
Life gives you these incredible gifts at times disguised as failures or setbacks or knockdowns, these humbling moments that ultimately end up being turning points for you to greater opportunity beyond that which you imagined, and this was yet another football gift to me, to be able to play at high level, Division I competitive football, to sit with a guy who would go on to be... a playoff coach, and have a moment that you think is a devastating end, and it turns out to be an extraordinary, unimaginable beginning.
Barack Obama was polling way behind in this state, Cory Booker all know that, look at the numbers, until The New Jersey senator showed The New Jersey senator could win in Iowa. i think African-Americans are very, very... they guard their vote. They want to beat Donald Trump like we all do, they want to see the viability of the candidate. When we show, in those first two states, our ability to be very successful, I think it's going to help us have, grow even more in the polls.
Access to safe, affordable housing can be transformative in the trajectory of people's lives, my parents knew this when they moved my brother and me to a New Jersey town with good public schools in the face of racial discrimination. The tenants I represented against slumlords when I first moved to Newark knew it too. So did my neighbors in Brick Towers.
Since 9/11, weve had terrorist attacks in this country. The majority of them have been right-wing extremists and the majority of those have been white supremacist attacks, from a synagogue in Pittsburgh to a church in South Carolina. And these are white supremacist groups that use language as we saw it, as far away as New Zealand use our presidents language almost as if it is a license for these attacks.
Because South Carolina's not about what we're against in life, South Carolina's about what we're for. And we need to define ourselves more about what our vision for this country is, in all of my elections that I've had, I'm not trying to beat Republicans, I'm trying to unite Americans, because there's not a right or left way to move forward. You move forward by moving forward.
Look, I'm angry, I'm hurt. I'm upset about what's going on and how real people in America, working folks are being treated, but the way you counter that is not by embodying the tactics of those people that you don't want to see in office. So, the President might try to divide people, I think we as Iowa Democrats should try to unite people.
Right now, there's a shadow over the independence of the judiciary because a President who has been credibly accused by his former lawyer of being an unindicted co-conspirator has the opportunity to put a judge on the bench, it is understandable for people to suspect that there's something going on. That somehow this is rigged.
Senate Judiciary Committee should not move forward with Neil Gorsuch confirmation, should not go forward with advising and consenting on this individual until this prosecution, this criminal investigation, is done, and if we do go forward, then every Republican, every Democrat should join together with insisting that Brett Kavanaugh recuse Brett Kavanaugh from any matter regarding this President that should come before the Supreme Court.
I don't think about that in the context of a 2020 run ; I think about it in the context of the career I've chosen. To be a senator, like right now, it's kind of hard to date when you're on the road, as I am right now, where your weekends are spent in three states, look, at a personal level, I really do think about that every day, because I really do think that one of the best titles you can have is a parent and a spouse.
I think one of the reasons why we're only one of six United States senators to not say we're not taking corporate contributions is to try to divorce ourselves from anybody's skepticism, as well as, being the change you want to see in the world, i want to be able to make a difference on these issues without people being skeptical, because they're tying contributions -- which have never, never affected the way I decide on issues. ... I think that we were moving in that direction before this whole thing to say' no corporate contributions whatsoever,' which we've done. Again, we are an early mover, and I bet you that we'll see more people follow over time.