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...National Democrats seemed increasingly to write off red states--or red areas within blue and purple states--completely. The result was that many parts of our country had heard so little from Democrats and progressives that anyone living there who sympathized with our party might assume they were totally alone.
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What we're going to see tonight is two very different people with two very different ideas for what matters. We're going to see President Trump turn on the distraction machine like President Trump always does, think up something crazy to get the Twittersphere going, and Vice President Biden is going to be talking about us — not us political figures — us the American people.
Beau Biden is right : this is a contest for the soul of the nation. And to me, that contest is not between good Americans and evil Americans. It's the struggle to call out what is good in every American, it's up to us. Will America be a place where faith is about healing and not exclusion ? Can we become a country that lives up to the truth that Black lives matter ? Will we handle questions of science and medicine by turning to scientists and doctors ? Will we see to it that no one who works full time can live in poverty ?
That's why I can't even read the LGBT media anymore, because it's all,' he's too gay,'' not gay enough,'' wrong kind of gay,' like, oh jeez. all I know is life became a lot easier when I just started allowing Pete Buttigieg to be Pete Buttigieg, and I'll let other people write up whether I'm' too this' or' too that.'.
I have seen what America can do, and so have you. After all, you're looking at someone who, as a young man growing up, wondered if something deep inside of him meant that he would forever be an outsider, would never wear the uniform, never be accepted, never know love, and now you are looking at that same young man, a veteran, a mayor, happily married, asking for you to vote for president of United States.
You will never know who's taking their lead from you, who's watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver, because you have been brave, when I was trying to figure out who I was, I was afraid that who I was might mean that I could never make a difference. And what wound up happening instead, is that it's a huge part of the difference I get to make.
I know that as this campaign ends, there comes disappointment that we won't continue, but I hope that everyone who has been part of this in any way knows that he campaign that you have built and the community that you have created is only the beginning of the change that we are going to make together.
Before we rush to nominate Sen. Sanders in our one shot to take on this President, let us take a sober look at what is at stake for our party, for our values, there is so much on the line, and one thing we know for sure is that we absolutely must defeat Donald Trump and everything Donald Trump represents.
You're staking your candidacy on your Washington experience. You're on the committee that oversees border security. You're on the committee that does trade, you're literally in part of the committee that's overseeing these things and were not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south.
Thanks to you, a campaign that some said shouldn't be here at all, has shown that we are here to stay, so many of you turned out -- diehard Democrats, independents unwilling to stay on the sidelines, and even some newly former Republicans ready to vote for a politics defined by how many we call in, instead of by who we push out.
In this election season we have been told by some that Pete Buttigieg must either be for revolution, or Pete Buttigieg are for the status quo. But where does that leave the rest of us ? Most Americans don't see where they fit in that polarized vision, and we can't defeat the most divisive President in modern American history by tearing down anybody who doesn't agree with us 100 % of the time.
I believe that I have the judgment to help us get through these situations where, obviously, the vice president made the wrong decision when it came to such an important moment in our foreign policy, and looking forward, we've got to recognize just how much is going to be on the plate of the next president that is different in kind from what we have faced before.
We're not going to let Hunter Biden change the subject. This is not about Hunter Biden or Vice President Hunter Biden or any Hunter Biden. This is about an abuse of power by the President, look, the vice president and I and all of us are competing but we've got to draw a line here. To be the kind of president, to be the kind of human being, who would seek to turn someone against his own son, who would seek to weaponize a son against his own father, is an unbelievably dishonorable thing that is just one more example of why we as a party have to be completely united.
I hear Vice President Biden saying that this is no time to take a risk on someone new, but history has shown us that the biggest risk we could take with a very important election coming up is to look to the same Washington playbook and recycle the same arguments -- and expect that to work against a president like Donald Trump.
I don't think anybody's questioning whether folks who work in Washington are important. I think the question is one of a perspective, the reality is, if your main criteria here is about time spent in Washington, and years of Washington experience, you've got your choice and it's not going to be me. I'm here to make the case for a different kind of perspective coming to Washington.
Congressman Loebsack has never let the partisan fighting in Washington get in the way of delivering on the priorities of Congressman Loebsack constituents, i am honored to have Congressman Loebsack's endorsement, and I look forward to Congressman Loebsack joining me on the trail to work together to heal the deep divisions in this country while also addressing the most urgent issues facing us.
Democrats inference that Donald Trump is guilty because Donald Trump does not voluntarily permit Donald Trump deputies to testify hasrankled Republicans, who assert the importance of the presumption of innocence. Joe Biden then knocked Trumps argument that less than half of Americans support Joe Biden removal from office. Hes dumbing down the presidency beyond what I even thought Joe Biden would do, Joe Biden said. We need to restore the integrity of the presidency. Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer stand on stage during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. ( Associated Press) Later, Democrats largely defended Trumps breakthrough U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which White House passed hours earlier. However, candidatesrailed against Trumps economy, despite multipleindicators that the economy is doing well. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at a half-century low of 3.5 percent, backed by consistently strong job gains in recent months that have largely squelched fears of a recession that had taken hold over the summer. This economy is not working for most of us, the middle class is getting killed, Joe Biden added. Joe Biden said the economy was not.
What I said in that comment before I became mayor does not reflect the totality of my understanding then, and certainly now, about the obstacles that students of color face in our system today, i believe I was speaking about the need for mentorship and the need for career pathways, but the problem is to the extent that that feels like it's validating a narrative that sometimes blames the victim for the consequences of systemic racism, I understand why he [ Harriot ] was upset and I understand the perspective and largely agree.
As President Obama commented recently, we are not in a different reality than we were even 12 years ago, i think it's unfortunate that we have someone on this stage that is attempting to be the Democratic nominee for the president of United States who during the President Obama administration has spent four years full-time on Fox News criticizing President President Obama.
After all you're looking at someone who as a young man growing up wondered if something deep inside of him meant that he would forever be an outsider, would never wear the uniform, never be accepted, never know love, and now you are looking at that same young man, a veteran, a mayor, happily married, asking for your vote for president of the United States.
This is a very special appearance because I'm being reunited with somebody whose story I've been sharing lately, and I'm proud to know that a campaign can help her feel like she can stand up tall and be who she is. Because that means that, long before the first vote is even cast, we are creating that kind of culture of belonging that every one of our supporters can spread, that everyone who is here can go out and spread to others, to let everybody know where you fit.
Like everyone, I find the news out of Illinois extremely disturbing, and I think it's important that it be fully investigated, i also hope it doesn't get caught up in politics at a time when women need access to health care. There's no question that what happened is disturbing. It's unacceptable. And it needs to be looked into fully.
I don't know if Donald Trump felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map, I don't know if one of his aides felt they had to do that to protect Donald Trump ego. No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country, look, when the presidency has been reduced to this, all of us are diminished because the presidency is supposed to be something we all look up to, even if we disagree with the President... what we're seeing there is literally pathetic.
Frankly, every religious and non-religious moral tradition tells us that we have some responsibility of stewardship, some responsibility for taking care of what's around us and our neighbor, eventually it gets to the point this is less and less about the planet as an abstract thing and more about specific people suffering specific harm because of what we're doing right now.
Look if it's true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, they're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda you know what they're going to do? They're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists. So let's just stand up for the right policy and go out there and defend it.
If Medicare Advantage's true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, they're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they're going to do ? They're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists, so let's just stand up for the right policy, go out there and defend it.
National service can help us to form connections between very different kinds of Americans, as was my experience in the military, i served alongside and trusted my life to people who held totally different political views. You shouldn't have to go to war in order to have that kind of experience, which is why I am proposing a plan to create more opportunities for national service.
I couldn't get it done, i could walk you through all of the things that we have done as a community, all of the steps that we took, from bias training to de-escalation, but it didn't save the life of Eric Logan. And when I look into his mother's eyes, I have to face the fact that nothing that I say will bring him back.
It threatens the well-being of every community. I am determined to bring about a day when a white person driving a vehicle in and a black person driving a vehicle, when they see a police officer approaching, feels the same thing, not of fear, but of safety. I am going to bring about that very thing.
I think there's been a lot of good work. And I think there's a lot of good work yet to go, we're going to be assessing all the steps that brought us to this point, and all of the things that we haven't gotten to where they need to be. And that's going to be a major challenge that the department faces.
Obviously I'm not pleased, look, anybody who represents the city needs to represent the city to the highest values. But there is a subset of those people, and those are the public safety officers, who actually have the name of our city stitched on their shoulders. And as such they need to be individuals who can be trusted at all times to do the right thing, especially when it comes to interactions with our most vulnerable residents.
It could be any of those things : A failure of an individual, a failure of the policy, a failure of the technology. We will find out, but if anybody is trying to figure out who to hold responsible, the administration bought the technology, hired the officer and wrote the policy. So, at the end of the day, I'm responsible.
When we were trying to implement body cameras and we're dealing with all of the problems, it's a complicated thing to try to do, it sounds easy, but you have all of these questions about how to maintain the footage and legal policies, and it really helped that I could send my police chief to the Obama White House for the 21st-century task force on policing and get help.
I was 16 years old and I saw stories on a little TV on my dresser in South Bend, terrible news from a conservative state, maybe not that different than my own state. And the effect was that I immediately understood that hate was deadly, i suppose that means that I understood that I lived in a country where you could lose your life for being gay before I understood that I was gay. And maybe that has got something to do with why it took me a little longer.
The reason that we can stand up tall and say that's not true, that having served honorably in the military, couldn't be more different than being a war criminal is because if we ever did anything that was wrong the United States under the Uniform Code of Military Justice would have held us accountable, and so when the President joins in with this idea, that it's just natural, that if you serve in conflict, that you're going to wind up murdering somebody, he is eroding the integrity of the military, and insulting the Constitution.
I don't think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized by government, to see in Alabama that if someone is raped and California Sen. Kamala Harris seeks an abortion, the doctor who treats California Sen. Kamala Harris will be penalized with a longer prison term than California Sen. Kamala Harris rapist makes me question whether the discussion about freedom in this country has gone off the rails.
If I'm Pete Buttigieg, I am going to have more trust automatically with a candidate who is a candidate of color, and some candidates, I'm going to feel like I know because I've observed them over 10, 20 or 30 years, to have somebody who comes on the scene who is not a candidate of color and who has also not been a national figure for years, it means we've got to do in a matter of months, that same kind of trust building and relationship building work.
New Hampshire can be challenging to be a person of faith who's also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another, and part of God's love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.
On one hand, I believe in conviction politics. I think you need to forcefully defend your values and explain why you believe in the things you believe in, but one reason that you'll hear me not being too doctrinaire about some of these policy groups is an awareness that the reality in government is you're going to be adjusting the finer points of the policy, anyway.
This is a city which is still a low-income city and one with a lot of inequality. So if you're on the west side, and I'm proud of everything we've done for the west side, but you're still in a low-income neighborhood, so anything that you see happening downtown could be perceived as something that you wish were coming to you.
I really could tell on our first date when we were walking the streets of South Bend, we went to see a South Bend Cubs game, the way he interacts with people, the way he cares about people, that call to service, he is consistently staying up late and thinking and talking to himself and thinking about' how can I change the world, how can I make it a better place ?'.
At that time, I was talking about a lot of issues around racial reconciliation in our community. What I did not understand at that time was that phrase ... was coming to be viewed as a sort of counter slogan to Black Lives Matter, since learning about how that phrase was being used to push back on that activism, I've stopped using it in that context.
If [ President Donald Trump ] is saying the system is rigged — and the way he's saying it is twisted and not really true, but there's a kernel of truth in there — and we look like we're the ones saying,' oh no, the system is perfectly fine,' then we've got a problem, the problem is normal wasn't working for a lot of people.
To me there's two things that can happen when you are conscious of your identity, one is it turns into all these ways we separate ourselves from each other, and it just turns into one big, you don't know me. But the other way we can do it is we can say, OK I've got this experience, you've got this experience, what can we talk about that brings us together ?
I think anybody in this process needs to demonstrate how they will represent people of any faith, people of no faith, but I also think the time has come to reclaim faith as a theme, the idea that the only way a religious person could enter politics is through the prism of the religious right, I just dont think that makes sense.
Theres something happening right now, that calls for something completely different than what weve been seeing.Generationally different, regionally different, somebody with a different life story and a different background, and to the surprise of many, includingmyself, this moment could be the only moment over the last 100 years or the next 100 years, when its appropriate for someone like me to be in this conversation.
My generation is the generation that experienced school shootings beginning when I was in high school, the generation that fought in the post-9/11 wars, the first generation to have to deal with the reality of climate change, and the first generation not to be better off than our parents materially - if nothing changes, only a forward focus - untethered from the politics of the past and anchored by our shared values - can change our national politics and our nation's future.
One of the things that every person should think about in the run-up to 2020, especially because there are so many people, is that it is not only the outcome, but it is the conduct of campaigns that will make an impact on political life in our country, the world is changing, but it is not changing on its own. So, if by bringing forward good ideas I can be part of chipping away at that, that is one more reason to give this a look.
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