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I think we need a good debate as to where we go, not only just now but in the future, and to my mind, if there's anything that this unexpected moment in American history should teach us, we've got to rethink the basic structures of American society, and that is guaranteed health care to all as a human right, creating an economy that provides for all people not just the wealthy.
When we talk about differences with my friend Joe Biden -- and he is my friend -- I think it's important for people of Michigan and people of America to know difference in our record, joe's been around for a while, I've been around for a while, how do we differ, what's our records ? Who stood up when the going was tough ?
So my suggestion is, I think one of the reasons Donald Trump has been able to move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to Donald Trump, and I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting what is a progressive agenda as opposed to what President Obama is doing, i think one of the reasons that President Obama has moved as far to the right as President Obama has is President Obama thinks President Obama can go all the way and no one will stand up to President Obama.
You may recall way back in, when was it,1961 United States invaded Cuba and the, everybody was totally convinced Fidel Castro was the worst guy in the world. All the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro, united States had forgotten that Fidel Castro educated the kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society.
We will not create the energy and excitement we need to defeat Donald Trump if that candidate pursued, advocated for and enacted racist policies like stop and frisk which caused communities of color in his city to live in fear, the simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg with all Donald Trump money will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald Trump.
There was a poll that came out today that had us all of one point in the lead. That tells me this is going to be a very, very tight election, and it tells me that the candidate will win, which campaign has the best get out the vote effort. Polls are one thing, getting out the vote is something else.
And what happened in Arizona is a disgrace. I hope that every state in this country learns from that and learns how to put together a proper election where people can come in and vote in a timely manner and go back to work. whatever the cost of that problem is people in the United States of America shouldn't have to wait five hours in order to vote.
We lost (the non-white 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.
It's become clear that no mass shooting, no matter how big or bloody, will inspire Republicans to put children and innocent Americans over the interests of the NRA. They are simply more loyal to gun lobbyists than our children. That's why I support President Obama's executive actions to make our communities safer.
We have enormous problems facing this country, and I think we got more things to worry about than Bill Clinton's sexual life, maybe Donald Trump might want to focus attention on climate change. … Maybe Donald Trump should understand that we should raise the minimum wage. … Maybe he should focus on those things.
It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision, the state decision is that we live in a federal system of government where issues like tobacco and alcohol are significantly regulated by the states. And I think that is a province of the states.
The state wants to go forward, they should be able to go forward without legal impediments from the federal government, and that's what this legislation is about, colorado wants to legalize marijuana, it's their decision. If Alabama does not want to legalize marijuana, that's their decision. But if a state wants to go forward, it should be able to do so without impediments from the federal government, which now prevent stores that sell marijuana from using banks, because that's in violation of federal law.
By the way, about eight years ago, all of the political experts talked about how another Democratic candidate for president just couldn't win, he was unelectable -- remember that guy -- what's his name? Oh, it's President Obama, well Iowa, I think we're going to prove the pundits wrong again. I believe we will make history.
And you say, 'You know what? Corporate America, you ain't going to stash your money in the Cayman Islands and not pay any taxes at all,' if you are very, very wealthy, as Warren Buffett reminds us, you know what? You're not going to continue to pay an effective tax rate lower than middle class people.
I think he came here today and touched on some very, very important issues that a lot of people would prefer not to talk about. And that is the issue of poverty, the issue of environmental degradation, immigration, the death penalty, the need to do everything we can to create a peaceful world, and I think he did it in a very dignified, non-partisan type way.
Countries like Saudi Arabia, which has the third largest military budget in the world, Turkey, other countries, are going to have to get their hands dirty -- going to have to get on the ground in taking on ISIS, i believe strongly the United States, the U.K., France, other countries should be supportive.
Folks who do not like guns is fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country -- 99.9% of those people obey the law, i want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.
If somebody has a gun and it falls into the hands of a murderer and the murderer kills somebody with a gun, do you hold the gun manufacturer responsible? Not any more than you would hold a hammer company responsible if somebody beats somebody over the head with a hammer. That is not what a lawsuit should be about.
Will I criticize Hillary Clinton on her position of TPP, or the lack of position? Will I criticize her on her views of Wall Street? Will I criticize her on foreign policy? That's what democracy is about, but taking cheap shots at people, making it personal, I don't think that's what politics should be about.
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