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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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