President Trump Rally in Greenville, North Carolina #Transcripts2020

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0:00:01 Donald Trump: Thank you very much, thank you, thank you. Thank you to Greenville, North Carolina, I wanna thank you.

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0:00:12 DT: And to Mike Pence, you’ve done a great job, great Vice President. Thank you, Mike. And we have all night, we gonna have a lot of fun tonight, I have nothing to do, nothing, nothing.

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0:00:29 DT: We have nothing to do but make our country great again, and that’s happening fast. It’s wonderful to be back at this beautiful state, with thousands of hard working North Carolina patriots, and thank you for your support.

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0:00:48 DT: And thank you for that very big victory we had, three years ago. Time is flying, you’re getting ready, let’s do it again, right? Let’s do it. I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in. The resolution, how stupid is that, on impeachment.

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0:01:32 DT: I wanna thank those Democrats because many of them voted for us, the vote was a totally lopsided 332 to 95 to 1. 332 to 95. Think of it, we have the strongest economy in history, the lowest unemployment numbers ever, we’ve rebuilt the most powerful military, it was totally depleted when I took office and now it’s rebuilt.

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0:02:07 DT: We passed the largest tax cuts and regulation cuts of any president or any administration in history. We took care of our great vets including Veterans Choice and Veterans Accountability.

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0:02:35 DT: And they wanna try and impeach, it’s a disgrace, it’s a disgrace. So now we have that behind us, and I have to say this, and I’ll say it just once. What happened to me with this witch hunt, should never be allowed to happen to another president of the United States, never ever again.

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0:03:06 DT: And I wanna thank Republican leadership for what they’ve done for all of us, by stopping that hoax, the Russian hoax I call it. Because America is winning again, America is respected again, and because we are finally putting America first.

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0:03:36 DT: Our economic policy can be summed up in three very beautiful and simple words: Jobs, jobs, jobs.

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0:03:48 DT: We’ve created six million new jobs since election day. If I would have said that nobody would have believed it, if I would have said that the fake news would have said he’s exaggerating. And I wouldn’t have said it ’cause I wasn’t even sure we could do, so think of it, six million jobs since election day.

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0:04:16 DT: And by the way North Carolina has had its best economic year in the history of your state.

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0:04:29 DT: Our country’s added more than 180,000 people to the workforce. And think of that. Through what we’ve done on a federal basis, you picked up over 180,000 jobs, North Carolina.

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0:04:47 DT: Think of that.

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0:04:51 DT: And you have your lowest unemployment rate, you have a lot of good things, but let’s not talk too much about North Carolina. Let’s win this election nationwide.

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0:05:05 DT: Do you remember, North Carolina that was going to be the Clinton Firewall?

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0:05:11 DT: She spent a fortune here and I kept coming in and coming out. They called it earned media, I earned it. I kept coming in and coming out, and every time I left, I said, “I don’t think we’re losing North Carolina.” You know what? I was right. We won it, we won it easily. We won it easily.

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0:05:33 DT: So, I just wanna thank everybody, seriously this was a big… That was a big deal. November 8th, that was a big deal. Donald Trump has won the great state of North Carolina.

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0:05:48 DT: It’s a big deal.

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0:05:54 DT: That was when you started to see the folks at a certain another convention, beautiful looking place, yeah, one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen. But I don’t want any part of it, it was unlucky. I don’t want any part but that’s when you saw the people say, “What the hell is going on, what the… What’s happening?” And then it was state after state. It was Florida, it was South Carolina, we love South Carolina, right? Unbelievable.

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0:06:28 DT: It was Pennsylvania.

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0:06:33 DT: Remember, they wouldn’t announce the numbers in Pennsylvania, so there was 1% of the vote remaining. If I lost every one of those votes, we still win by a lot, and they wouldn’t announce it. They wouldn’t announce. And then we won the great state of Wisconsin, first time in many, many decades that a Republican win. And then we had a surprise, but not a surprise to us because we’re bringing back the auto industry, brought so much back to the great state of Michigan. That was a shocker. You remember that?

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0:07:12 DT: You remember a certain hand on that beautiful board and they said, “You know, this board is getting awfully red,” that’s Republican, there is a lot of red up there. We had a lot of… That was one hell of a night, wasn’t it though?

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0:07:34 DT: I think it was maybe… You know there are those that say one of the most extraordinary and exciting evenings in the history of television and the history of anything. And you know you can go all over the world, in some cases it was morning. You go to Asia, you go to Europe, you go all over. It was just record setting. And here’s the point, we have to do it again, we have to do it again.

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0:08:05 S?: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

0:08:17 DT: And the reason we have to, not only to do new things which we will, and you know, statutorily and we had all sorts of artificial witch hunts over our head. Can you imagine if we didn’t have to go through that hoax, I don’t know that we would have done any better to be honest with you. I think we’ve done more in two-and-a-half years than any President ever. First two-and-a-half years.

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0:08:45 DT: But could you imagine what it could have been if we didn’t have the witch hunt? You said it. I won’t say it ’cause it’s a terrible word. So I will not say that this guy said, “If we didn’t have the bullshit.” That’s right.

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0:09:15 DT: No, no. Could you imagine if we didn’t have the time wasted, the time and everything, can you imagine? And you know, a friend of mine said, “Maybe you wouldn’t have done as well.” Is that possible that could happen? Maybe we would have had too much time on our hands, who knows, but I can say nobody in their first two-and-half-years has done anywhere close to what we, not me, what we’ve all done.

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0:09:51 DT: So the unemployment rate among African Americans is the lowest is the history of our country.

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0:10:03 DT: Unemployment among Hispanic Americans, where we’re doing really well. You know why? Because they want a strong border, they want it because they understand the border better than anybody, they want that strong border, they want that wall that’s being built right now.

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0:10:23 DT: They want that wall. And they really do, they understand the border better than anybody. And they don’t want criminals coming in, they don’t want crime coming in, they don’t wanna lose their jobs. They like the fact that their salaries are going up, their wages are going up. They understand it better. So, Hispanic American, the best unemployment numbers in our history. Asian Americans, the best unemployment numbers in our history.

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0:11:03 DT: And likewise women, 74 years. I’m sorry, women, I let you down, it’s not in our history, but we’re gonna be there very soon. We’re gonna be there very soon. Women are doing incredibly and women, the men are gonna get angry.

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0:11:19 DT: Sorry, men. Whoa. Look at all those signs. Women, “Women for Trump”.

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0:11:27 DT: Thank you. It’s a lot of signs. Do you remember last election? Donald Trump will never, ever get the women. Then we got this tremendous number of women.

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0:11:46 DT: We got this tremendous number of women. And during the election night they said, “What’s going on?” You know what’s called suppression polls, suppression. Polls are just as fake as the news itself, but women filled 60%… And I’m sorry to tell you this men. They’re gonna sue me for discrimination now.

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0:12:07 DT: Women filled 60% of all of the new jobs created last year, women took 60%. What’s wrong with you men?

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0:12:20 DT: But the radical Democrats are trying to destroy all of our country’s tremendous achievement and our country’s tremendous success, unprecedented. We’ve had unprecedented success. Leaders come in from other countries, Prime Ministers, Presidents, kings, queens, dictators sometimes, I hate to say it, dictators. And they all start off by saying, “Mr. President, I’d like to congratulate you on the incredible economy that you’ve created, the greatest anywhere in the world, by far.”

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0:13:03 DT: And sadly, China, who I have a very good relationship with, President Xi, I really like him. But China has had, yesterday it was announced the worst year in 27 years.

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0:13:17 DT: And we’ve had the best. And if our opponent ever got into office, instead of being up 62%, instead of those 401ks of yours, being up 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%…

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0:13:32 DT: Crash, big crash. You would have had a crash the likes of which we have never seen before, if they got in office, because we freed up our country, we freed up our economy with especially with regulation cuts, but also with those big beautiful tax cuts. We freed it up.

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0:13:55 DT: The leading voices of the Democrat party are left wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for. But again, I have to tell you, this vote was so big. I have to thank many of the Democrats, I mean that was amazing. No, no, I really do, I respect it, I really do. That was a slaughter. But many of those people that voted for us this afternoon, in somewhat of a sneak attack, a real sneak attack. Many of those people that voted for us were Democrats, and I wanna thank them. Because they did the right thing for our country.

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0:14:38 DT: Republicans know that America is the greatest force for peace and justice in the history of our world. But these left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil, the way they speak so badly of our country. They want to demolish our constitution, weaken our military, eliminate the values that built this magnificent country. You have to look at some of their recent comments which are never talked about. When you see the four Congresswomen, oh isn’t that lovely?

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0:15:22 DT: I’ll give you just a couple. I have pages and pages but we don’t wanna bore you, we don’t wanna go too long. But we have to give a couple ’cause that’s a great thing about live television. They can’t cut it.

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0:15:45 DT: Representative Ilhan Omar.

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0:15:54 DT: Of a really great state. I almost won for the first time in decades and decades Minnesota, great state.

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0:16:39 S?: USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

0:16:52 DT: By the way, I keep hearing how much enthusiasm is in the radical left. I don’t think they have enthusiasm. They’re just fighting with each other. We have all of the enthusiasm.

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0:17:16 DT: He goes home, now to mommy and he gets reprimanded and that’s the end. Sorry, mommy. Sorry, mom. Didn’t mean to embarrass you, mom. But it’s true, we have the enthusiasm folks, look at this, look at this. And by the way, thousands and thousands of people outside and people that couldn’t get in, thousands.

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0:17:45 DT: We’ve got all the enthusiasm. They’re fighting each other, they’ve gone so far left, nobody wants to even think about it. So, Representative Omar blamed the United States…

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0:18:00 DT: For the terrorist attacks on our country. Saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other people’s affairs. She smeared US service members involved in Black Hawk Down. In other words, she slandered the brave Americans who were trying to keep peace in Somalia.

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0:18:27 DT: Omar minimized the September 11th attacks, on our homeland saying, “Some people did something.” I don’t think so.

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0:18:39 DT: Some people did something. Yeah, some people did something. All right. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization, she was looking for compassion. Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al-Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that, “You don’t say America with this intensity, you say Al-Qaeda, it makes you proud. Al-Qaeda makes you proud, you don’t speak that way about America.”

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0:19:19 DT: And at a press conference just this week, when asked whether she supported Al-Qaeda, that’s our enemy. That’s our enemy. They are a very serious problem that we take care of, but they always seem to come along somewhere. She refused to answer, she didn’t wanna give an answer to that question. Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela, well think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country.

0:20:00 S?: Send her back! Send her back! .

0:20:06 DT: And obviously, and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious antisemitic screech.

0:20:16 S?: Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!

0:20:29 DT: And she talked about the evil Israel and it’s all about the Benjamins, not a good thing to say. So that’s Omar. That’s Omar. And by the way many other things. All you have to do is press the right button on your beautiful screen and you’ll see. You didn’t hear this over the last two days. Did you hear anybody talk about that? Her colleague, Representative Rashida Tlaib…

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0:21:05 DT: Agreed with Omar’s characterization of 9/11 and said that members of Congress who support Israel forgot what country they represent. And Tlaib also used the F-word to describe the presidency and your President. That’s not nice. Even for me. She was describing the President of the United States and the presidency with the big fat vicious, the way she said it, vicious F-word. That’s not somebody that loves our country.

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0:21:47 DT: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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0:22:03 DT: Check out her scores by the way, with her new Green New Deal, the Green New Deal, where did that come from? She’s conducted outrageous attacks against men and women of law enforcement. She compared American border agents managing a humanitarian crisis that I always said was a humanitarian crisis, and they said it was manufactured. They don’t say it was manufactured and we’re stopping it and I want to thank Mexico. They’ve got 21,000 soldiers now stopping people.

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0:22:39 DT: From coming into our country.

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0:22:45 DT: But Cortez, somebody said that’s not her name, it’s… They said, “That’s not her name sir.” I said, “No, no, I don’t have time to go with three different names.” We’ll call her Cortez. Too much time, it takes too much time. So, Cortez also, she said, “Essentially, Nazis are running concentration camps.”

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0:23:14 DT: And when Mike Pence went down just a few days ago with members of Congress and the media, and you looked at those so-called horrible concentration camps, they said, “Wow. These places are clean. Wow, they have air conditioning, they have water.” And to be honest, it’s not like they came and we wanna take care of people, we gotta straighten out our immigration laws, you know. In a very short period of time, if the Democrats would give us a few votes, we could solve the immigration problem and it would be so good. It would be so good.

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0:23:58 DT: But these kids, and these people come from rough places. And I’ll tell you what? Some of them said, “We’ve never lived like this before.” They have water. They have air conditioning. They have things that they’ve never seen. And we listen to her talking about drinking water from toilets, which was a lie, which was a lie.

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0:24:25 DT: Cortez said that illegal immigrants are more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be. Can you believe that? That’s what she’s saying.

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0:24:37 DT: She described contemporary America. That’s you, that’s me, that’s all of us, as garbage. Garbage. We’re garbage. You remember deplorables, right? That sounds worse, I think that’s worse, but we’ll save it for whoever is going to be the nominee. And right now, sleepy Joe is not looking too good. Pocahontas. Pocahontas is gaining a little bit because we probably used the Pocahontas a little bit too early, but that’s okay. We’ll bring it out of retirement very soon.

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0:25:23 DT: They have a new one who knocked the hell out of Biden during a debate. He said, “I wasn’t prepared for that question.” That’s not a good answer. Can you imagine? And according to the polls, I won every single debate, Republican and against Hillary.

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0:25:38 DT: Can you imagine? Those in the polls, they won’t admit that, many, many polls. But can you imagine if I said, “Oh, oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t prepared for that question.” I’m gone. That’s the end of Trump. He’s not prepared, he’s not mentally prepared, that’s his problem. But everybody that knows him knows that. But no, Harris hit him with a pretty easy question on busing. What? I would say that’s pretty easy. And he choked. He choked. And then he said, “Oh, I’m sorry I ran out of time.”

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0:26:17 DT: I ran out of time.

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0:26:22 DT: He ran out of time. And then you have a young guy Buttigieg. Buttigieg. They’re saying how to say to his name. Boot-Edge-Edge.

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0:26:35 DT: He’s a beauty. He runs a failed city. His city is doing so badly. Mike Pence was the Governor of that state. I said, “How was he is as the mayor?” Mike is one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. He said…

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0:26:55 DT: And Mike said, “He never did a good job. I’m so shocked to see him running.” Okay? And then, he goes back home. And African-Americans literally were so angry at him for the lousy job, and he’s supposed to be like a hot young star. If that’s a hot young star, I guess I just don’t know stardom anymore. That is not a star. That’s not a star. Boot-Edge-Edge, you say “Boot”, and then add “Edge-Edge”, Buttigieg.

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0:27:30 DT: I don’t see him dealing with President Xi of China.

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0:27:34 DT: I don’t see him meeting successfully with Kim Jong-Un.

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0:27:40 DT: I don’t see him dealing, and nobody has been tougher with Russia than Donald Trump. I don’t see him dealing with Vladimir Putin.

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0:27:52 DT: And we have good relationships with them and many others. Except now we’re no longer the suckers. Like with NATO, we protect Europe, we spend hundreds of billions of dollars and they’re not paying their fair share. So last year, I went, I said, “Folks, sorry you gotta pay your fair share.” Sixteen years, it was going like this, the contribution. And now it’s like a rocket ship, a $100 billion.

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0:28:28 DT: And I said to them, great people, 28 nations including the US, I said to them, “Listen, we’re taking care of you. You screw us on trade, and you don’t pay your military bills. This is not a good deal for the United States.” So we’re taking care of trade, we wanna do it nice and slow and easy. We got a world balance, but the European Union is terrible to us on trade, terrible. Frankly, they’re as tough or tougher than China. Just smaller numbers, that’s the only difference. With China, $507 billion you look over the years, for many, many years, they’ve been taking. And guys like Biden say, “Oh well, we’d stop that… ” He was there eight years, “We’d stopped that.” No Trump is stopping it. Trump is stopping it.

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0:29:26 DT: So, Representative Ayanna Pressley.

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0:29:34 DT: Is she related in any way to Elvis? [laughter] I don’t know? Who knows? You never know. She thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said, “We don’t need any more Brown faces that don’t wanna be Brown voices. We don’t need Black faces that don’t wanna be a Black voice.” And she…

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0:30:15 DT: Here we are.

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0:30:22 DT: But since we’ve…

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0:30:39 DT: Be disrespectful to people that have taken a lot of shots to the face. But they wouldn’t attack some of these people in this room. They’re not attacking bikers for Trump, they’re not…

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0:30:57 DT: Or military.

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0:31:02 DT: They’re attacking a single man standing there with a camera who never got hit and never hit back before in his life. They don’t attack the people… They attacked… Picture. That wouldn’t look too good for… People. These are sick bad people. Remember them. These are bad people.

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0:31:39 DT: They don’t get the bad press. The press doesn’t wanna talk to them, they are very evil. They’re hitting people over the head with sticks. And I mean sticks. I mean bats even. They’re whacking people with bats. They’re very brave, they always show up with a mask and they’re covered. ‘Cause then they go home to mom and dad, they don’t want mom and dad to know where they were. But they always attack people that really can’t defend…

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0:32:20 DT: Bats. They’re very brave. They always show up with a mask and they’re covered. ‘Cause then they go home to mom and dad, they don’t want mom and dad to know where they were. But they always attack people that really can’t defend themselves very well, right? They’re not attacking this group, they’re not attacking North Carolina.

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0:32:47 DT: So these Congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous militant hard left. But that’s okay… They are very evil, they’re hitting people over the head with sticks and I mean sticks, I mean bats, even. They’re whacking people with bats, they’re very brave. They always show up with a mask and they’re covered ’cause then they go home to mom and dad. They don’t want mom and dad to know where they were. But they always attack people that really can’t defend themselves very well, right? They’re not attacking this group, they’re not attacking North Carolina.

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0:33:31 DT: So these Congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous militant hard left. But that’s okay ’cause we’re gonna win this election like nobody’s ever seen before.

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0:33:47 DT: And tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down, they never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, “Hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave, let them leave.” Let them leave, let them leave.

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0:34:08 DT: They’re always telling us how to run it. How to do this, how to the… You know what? If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.

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0:34:22 DT: I don’t know. And now watch. I’ll go back to that, “Oh sir, that was so controversial, sir.” No, I’m just saying it’s their choice, they can come back when they want but you know, they don’t love our country. I think in some cases they hate our country. And they’re so angry. Even yesterday, they went on the stage. I said, “Let me watch this.” And the anger. They were trying to be nice but it’s hard. It’s hard for them to do that. The choice for every American has never been more clear. That’s true. The Democrat agenda is anti-worker, anti-jobs, anti-citizen, anti-family and anti-common sense.

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0:35:10 DT: With the exception of all of those Democrats that voted for us today, we’ll give them up… They’re fine. They’re fine.

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0:35:21 DT: They are fine and they, you know, you lose to them, it’s different. It’s okay. It’s called normal political back and forth. But I wanna tell you something, the Democrats are being so violent, so vicious, moving so far left, it’s out of control. It’s out of control. The Republican agenda is pro-worker, pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-growth, and 100% pro-American.

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0:36:01 S?: USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

0:36:07 DT: So we’re thrilled tonight to be joined by several North Carolina Republican leaders, really great people, they’ve been so helpful to me and they’re doing an incredible job. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor.

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0:36:28 DT: North Carolina Treasurer, Dale Folwell.

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0:36:40 DT: Greenville Mayor, PJ Connelly. I hear he does a good job. PJ.

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0:36:51 DT: And North Carolina GOP Chair, Michael Whatley.

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0:37:01 DT: I wanna also… Three months… When we needed him most. Senator Thom Tillis.

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0:37:12 DT: Thank you, Thom. You really have… You’ve been really… Now we gotta get out and work and make sure he gets re-elected. And also Representatives, Mark Walker and…

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0:37:34 DT: And two friends of mine that decide… Hoax of impeachment where they could bask in the glory of victory. I said, “Stay back… ” Is here right now…

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0:38:05 DT: Incredible. NCAA wrestling champion, great guy. He wanted to stay back. I said, “You sure you don’t wanna come?” “I do wanna come but I really want you to win today, if you don’t mind.” I said, “Okay, let’s… You better stay back. If I see you here, I’m gonna be very angry.” And they did their job, didn’t they? This man is from the great state of Ohio, Congressman Jim Jordan.

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0:38:34 DT: And we’re gonna do this quickly. But it’s just important that you get out and vote. They are two great people. I wanna introduce the next member of Congress, from North Carolina’s third congressional district, just won a great race, Dr. Greg Murphy. Greg is a winner.

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0:39:16 Greg Murphy: Thank you President Trump for coming back to Eastern North Carolina. This is Trump country. And I promise, if elected your Congressman, I will be a Congressman that has our President’s back.

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0:39:35 GM: The third district… The third district is not going to elect another Pelosi Congressman. It is not gonna do that. So, we thank him for coming to Eastern North Carolina and we are here to support him. Thank you all.

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0:39:54 DT: So, you know Greg will be great on jobs. All the things you want. Tough on crime, strong on borders, pushing the wall. He’ll be pushing it, like nobody but we’re building the wall. But we’re pushing it. It’s like pulling teeth. We’ve got six lawsuits on the wall, we’ve won two of them, we’re gonna win others. But you think it’s easy, don’t you folks? Do you think this is easy?

0:40:15 S?: No.

0:40:16 DT: But we’re building a lot of wall and we hope if we can win that final one, so important, it’s going before the Supreme Court. We’ll have over 400 miles of wall built by the end of next year.

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0:40:32 DT: So go out, get Greg elected, great victory by the way. That was a great primary and a great victory. That same day, there’s another crucial election in North Carolina, 9th cong… You know what… Right? You know what we’re talking about? 9th, I know it’s not here but it’s very close, right? 9th congressional district. The Democrat in the race is an ultra-liberal named Dan McCready, wants to take away your guns…

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0:41:05 DT: He wants to raise your taxes, he does not care about borders, he likes open borders and he really admires socialism. I don’t think that works too well in North Carolina. Doesn’t work too well in our country. We’re joined tonight by the Republican candidate who is really a special man, a great man, he’s gonna be a great, great Congressman. Dan Bishop. Dan.

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0:41:49 Dan Bishop: So as President Trump said, there are two Dans in this race. Dan McCready said that Donald Trump is the greatest threat to democracy ever, and backed crooked Hillary.

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0:42:08 DB: Dan McCready took money from Ilhan Omar.

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0:42:18 DB: And Mr. President, Dan McCready wants to repeal your tax cuts.

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0:42:28 DB: Now, he would be the wrong Dan. As for me, I’m going to go to Washington and I’m going to stand with President Donald J. Trump.

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0:42:54 DB: And that makes me the right Dan.

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0:43:03 DB: And with the help of President Trump, we’re going to win the 9th district. So go to votedanbishop.com, sign up and help. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

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0:43:17 DT: Thank you, Dan. Thank you, Dan. And he will indeed defend your values, your family and he will always defend our Second Amendment unlike their opponents, they’re really into destroying our Second Amendment.

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0:43:39 DT: Who’ve been violently operating for more than 10 years, we got them all, we think they are no good with conducting brutal medieval style killings, you know what medieval style is? Okay, little pieces, little pieces, little pieces, medieval style. Including the dismemberment of their victims, and they enjoyed every minute of it. These are sick people. When I called them animals, Nancy Pelosi said, “How dare he use that name? These are human beings.” I don’t think they’re human beings.

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0:44:21 DT: Most of those indicted were in our country illegally, 19 to be exact, 19 of 22. Think, of that. They want to protect. These are savage beasts, these are savage killers. And they should have been brought out a long time ago by the Obama administration. We’re bringing MS-13 out by the thousands, getting them the hell out of our country.

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0:44:55 DT: And when you read about deportation and Sunday… We got a lot of people on Sunday but we have a lot of people and we’re always shooting for the bad ones first. Which makes sense, right? But when you hear about that we always wanna get… And by the way, do you know how dangerous it is for these ICE agents, these ICE and Border Patrol, but ICE they go in to a nest, they call it a nest… A nest of these killers. They’re tough, they’re smart. And you know what, they’re great patriots, they love our country, the danger that they have is incredible.

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0:45:35 DT: And I just wanna salute, and I have to tell you I wanna salute ICE and Border Patrol, and I wanna support and salute law enforcement in the United States, these are great people.

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0:45:57 DT: These are great people, and they don’t get the credit they deserve but you know what, I tell them all the time, “You have no idea how much the American people, the American public, you have no idea how much they love you and respect you.” Law enforcement.

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0:46:17 DT: In the recent Democrat debate, every single candidate, everyone, Biden was a little bit slower with the hand, it didn’t work so well. They raised their hand in favor of giving free government healthcare, they raised their hand in giving a lot of other things that I don’t think you’re gonna be happy with. Illegal aliens will be very nicely covered. How about California, they just approved a $100 million. They just approved a $100 million to take care of the needs of illegal immigrants. And then you look on the sidewalks of Los Angeles, the sidewalks of San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi’s district, nobody’s ever seen anything like it in the history of our country, what’s happening there. So if you don’t want Democrats to raid your healthcare, to steal away your money, to bankrupt your country, then you have a choice, you must vote Republican.

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0:47:26 DT: All American citizens including millions and millions of legal immigrants who work hard to come into our country, who study, who wait on line sometimes for 10 years and who respect our laws and follow the rules, they deserve a government that is loyal to them. They work hard. You can’t say you love our country if you wanna destroy it through open borders, open borders are a disaster. Human trafficking. The first time I heard, as a politician, human trafficking, nobody talks about it, it sounded almost like an ancient crime. Many, many years ago hundreds of years, thousands of years ago, human trafficking is the worst now throughout the world because of the internet. It’s the worst it’s ever been, and the worst treated of all, children, but it’s women, women. The Democrats wanna do nothing about it.

0:48:25 DT: Human trafficking is worse than it ever has been in the history of the world. Not just this, this is not a United States problem, this is all over the world. Human trafficking, it’s a terrible, terrible thing. And we got to solve it, most of it comes through, in this country, our southern border where we don’t have the wall. They’re not going through our points, they’re not going through areas where we have security, where we have guards, where we have gates, where we have all sorts of equipment. No, they ride through the desert and they make a left where you don’t have the wall, it’s so simple, everybody knows it. The Democrats all know it, because five years ago, before I was here, they all wanted it. Now they don’t want it, you know why they don’t want it? For political reasons, and you know what, it’s gonna cost them a lot of points in the election, I think, probably cost them the elections.

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0:49:27 DT: And just lastly, Democrats also support deadly sanctuary cities which release violent criminal aliens onto our streets.

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0:49:40 DT: Where we just picked up these 22 thugs, these 22 monsters, we just picked them up in where? Los Angeles, sanctuary city, wonderful sanctuary city. Thom Tillis Senator, recently introduced a bill to give American victims the right to sue sanctuary cities and hold them accountable for the thousands of lives they have shattered, they’ve shattered these lives.

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0:50:16 DT: Thank you very much, Thom. Every nation has the right to establish and enforce immigration rules in it’s national interest. It’s very simple, isn’t it? It’s common sense, it’s so simple, and the voters understand it. We expect that those who seek to join our society will obey our laws, revere our constitution, cherish our history, support themselves financially and embrace our American values and love our American flag.

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0:50:54 DT: We believe in an immigration system based on merit. Merit, where they come in, we have so many companies coming in, automobile companies, companies of all types, and we need workers, we actually need workers, we have the lowest unemployment rate that we’ve had in 51 years, soon it’ll be the lowest ever. We need workers, but they have to come in where they can help our country, they have to come in based on merit. And we’re putting in bills and let’s see what happens, otherwise we’ll just wait till we win back the House, win the Senate, win the presidency and we’ll vote.

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0:51:35 DT: Democrats have never been further outside of the mainstream. They’re going crazy folks, they’re going crazy. More than 130 Democrats in Congress have signed up for Bernie Sanders’ total government takeover of healthcare, isn’t that nice?

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0:51:57 DT: This is one of the great catas… It won’t happen, he knows that. The guy never passed a bill, he did nothing. He’s actually not even a Democrat, isn’t he an Independent? I don’t know, he’s running but he missed his time. Hey Bernie, let me save you a lot of time and effort, Bernie. You missed your time. It got taken from you four years ago, Bernie.

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0:52:19 DT: Not doing too well. He’s not doing too well, but that’s okay. You gotta hand it to him, he is up there ranting and raving and going like a lunatic. I said to our first lady the other day, I was watching Bernie and he’s screaming, his hair’s all crazy and…

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0:52:34 DT: And he’s, “Huh, I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that. No more college loans, no more cost for anything, nothing, not, you’re not gonna pay for anything.” I mean he’s desperate now, he’s desperate. You don’t have to pay for anything.” You know, I joked, I said, “And everybody will get a free Rolls Royce. Every family gets a free Rolls Royce. Every family.” And the media said, “Donald Trump is exaggerating. He knows that they’re not getting a Rolls Royce.” Oh. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Don’t put it, don’t put it, don’t put it, don’t put that I said free Rolls Royce. No, but Bernie’s desperate now, I watch him up there. It’s a sad situation. But I think they’re all sad when you get right down to it.

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0:53:28 DT: For instance… Okay. We’re in this incredible state, North Carolina. Now you have your best economy that you’ve ever had? Forget the country for a second. You have the best economy you’ve have ever had, you have your best unemployment numbers. You have the most people working than at any time in the history of your state, you have your best Black unemployment numbers, best Hispanic unemployment numbers, best women unemployment numbers, best Asian unemployment numbers. Okay, okay. Alright.

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0:54:07 DT: So, what’s my, whoever the opponent is, what they’re gonna just say, “North Carolina, I’m gonna do a great job.” You have the best numbers in the history of our country in your state. So, I don’t know. And we won by a lot.

0:54:23 S?: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

0:54:37 DT: And we won by a lot. I was telling Mike, I was telling my son Eric Trump and Lara’s here, by the way, who was born in North Carolina.

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0:55:02 DT: Oh, they do a good job. Lara, do you love this state?

0:55:06 S?: Love you, Lara!

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0:55:10 DT: So… And her brother’s here, I have to tell you, he went to this college.

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0:55:27 DT: And Brad Parscale is here, the world’s tallest campaign manager in the history of the world.

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0:55:34 DT: He’s the tallest in the history of… But most importantly, he’s the best.

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0:55:43 DT: World’s tallest manager, but he’s the best manager. Thank you Brad, great job. And he just told me, our poll numbers are through the roof. He just told me that, so I’ll take that. We are a year-and-a-half away but we’re doing well, you see it. You’d know, you’d be the first to know. Number one, you wouldn’t be here, okay? You wouldn’t be here. We haven’t had an empty seat in any event, I don’t believe that we’ve ever been to, I don’t think we’ve ever had… We always have people, we haven’t had an empty seat. You look, I mean anywhere, North Carolina, Ohio, no matter where we go, we pack it and we have thousands and thousands of people and we put screens outside and all, tonight’s not so good, we got a 100 degrees out, but you still have thousands of people out there. We could have sold this arena out. You know that. We could have sold this arena out tonight, 10 times. Can you believe that? 10 times.

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0:56:45 DT: Which I think that’s like a poll, right? That’s like a poll ’cause when Biden goes out, I see sleepy Joe, he says they had 115 people show up, 115 people! That’s our first row. That’s our first row! Right? Right?

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0:57:06 DT: The Democrat record on healthcare is one of deception and destruction. The last administration said a lie, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” 28 times, a total lie. My administration is defending your sacred right to choose the doctor and the plan that you want, and we are offering plans up to 60% cheaper than Obamacare and a lot of people are starting to figure that out.

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0:57:38 DT: Better health care and we’ll also always protect… And you have to remember this, are you ready? Because they give us a bum rap. Patients with pre-existing conditions are protected by Republicans much more so than protected by Democrats who will never be able to pull it off.

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0:58:11 DT: Pre existing conditions. And you know the job we’ve done on healthcare, it’s not talked about, but we’re also doing something, it’s been phenomenal. We have 180 million people right now really happy on private plans and you know what? They’re gonna be taken away. Under the Democrats’ plan all of those people that are thrilled, where they went out and negotiated, cross-state lines, all of the things they did, they went out, negotiated great private plans, they were… It’s all gonna be taken away from you under this plan. Now, I only hope they don’t change because you know, we’re talking too soon. We got a year-and-a-half left. It’s like when I called Pocahontas, Pocahontas. I should have waited six months.

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0:58:52 DT: Because she then went out and got that test; 1024th. And I’ve always said I have more Indian blood in me, than she has in her and I have none, I have none but it’s more than she has; 1024th.

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0:59:12 DT: But I brought it up too soon. So I don’t talk about it any anymore but if she should be the candidate which I tend to doubt. But if she should be, we’ll bring it up again, and I think it’ll be very successful; 1024th. How about this? I was driving her crazy, so she went out and hired a guy to check the blood. I’m sure he had a lot of fun doing that. He checked her blood and found out that many, many, many, many, many, many years ago, there could have been somebody and he could have been Indian. And then the Indians got together and they said we don’t want her. We don’t want her. Yeah.

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1:00:05 DT: We want Trump, we want Trump. They want Trump. We’ve taken historic action…

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1:00:11 S?: We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!

1:00:30 DT: So we’ve taken historic action to fight the opioid epidemic. What a problem. And just today, it was just announced before I came in that drug overdose stats, we’re working so hard on this, including our Vice President, including our first lady, including everybody in the Trump Administration. It’s dropped for the first time in more than 30 years, it’s gone down. First time you know, a big problem.

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1:01:00 DT: And in North Carolina, we’re far from finished. It’s a big problem. It declined 8% last year. That’s a lot, ’cause it was just going up like a rocket. Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb. Right up until the moment of birth. Well, then you have the gentleman from, our Governor from Virginia.

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1:01:36 DT: So we’re talking about late term. He’s talking about the baby is born before the mother makes the decision. That was the first… That’s the first I’ve heard of it. That’s the first, most of you have heard of it. And then they pass legislation in various states saying that’s okay. This is a baby that’s born. This isn’t late-term. This is a baby that’s born. Nobody’s ever heard anything like that, nobody’s ever seen anything like it. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. And that, actually, when he had the scandal that became… Can you believe it, the second biggest story?

1:02:17 DT: Can you believe that how important it is? And yet that was the second biggest story. And what a shame when that’s the second biggest story. What happened to our values? Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift of God.

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1:02:39 DT: That’s why I’ve asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion of babies. Democrats are now the party of high-taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, intolerance and division. The Republican Party is the party for all Americans and American values.

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1:03:08 DT: We are the party of the American worker, the American family and we are the party of the American dream. About the dream.

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1:03:19 DT: This is the proud banner the Republican party will carry into the Republican National Convention next summer in the great city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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1:03:37 DT: Don’t disappoint me. That should be good for at least 10 points, right? These are some of the greatest ladies. I see them in Ohio and Florida. We love you too, thank you, really. How many have you been to just out of curiosity? What’s the number?

1:03:53 S?: All of them but two…

1:03:55 DT: All but two. I’ve done hundreds of them. And then they say women don’t like Trump, I think they do.

1:04:02 S?: We love you.

1:04:02 DT: You know… Now I see them, they’re great. Great ladies, you’re great. It’s interesting with women. So women wanna have strong military protection, they wanna have strong borders, they wanna have strong law enforcement, they wanna have great education, they wanna have low taxes for their family, not high taxes. They wanna have all the things that we talk about. Why wouldn’t they want Trump more than anybody else? The other side is gonna go the opposite way.

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1:04:40 DT: And they did in the last election, and we’re doing a lot better. You know the difference is, the last election, I was a successful businessman running for president. I said I was gonna do things. And by the way, really successful. I’m gonna show you something some day soon, better show you something. They say, “He was really successful or he wasn’t successful.” “He’s really smart or he’s really stupid, but he’s trying to take over the world.”

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1:05:05 DT: They have so many messages. “He’s really stupid.” Then next week, “Donald Trump has a sinister plot to take over the world. He can’t be too stupid.” Because they actually think it’s working, right. I saw one of these so-called comedians the other day, he’s a pretty respected comedian. He said, “He’s not leaving. I’m telling you he’s not leaving. He’ll never leave. He’ll win this election. And in ’24, I’m telling you, he’s not leaving. He’s gonna stay.” So we did through our friend, Dan Scavino, we did a Time Magazine cover. I was on so many times, I don’t even read this thing.

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1:05:41 DT: And it says, “Trump 2014-2018” But it says ’20… Here’s where we go. We start at ’16, we go to ’20, we go to ’24. Did you see it? Then it says ’28, ’32, ’36, ’40, ’44.

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1:06:07 DT: Now, we don’t need any more time. We don’t need any more time. We need one more. A Senator came to my office, “Sir, I’m 6’7″. I’m great. I’m 6’7″, sir. I can give you great advice.” I said, “Senator, I’m one for one, but it happened to be the president. And now, I wanna be two for two, two for two.” Two for two. So we have ’16, we have ’20, we have ’24. It’s very interesting though. There are really people out there, think I’m not leaving. Can you believe it?

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1:06:42 DT: Hey, maybe that is a good idea. Let’s think about it. What? You wanna drive them crazy. They’re gonna go crazy. All I have to do is say, “Let’s think about it.” They’re gonna go crazy.

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1:06:56 DT: Now, I promise, I promise, 2024, I leave. By that time, just so you know, by that time, our country will be so well-seated, it will be so strong like never, ever in our history.

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1:07:23 DT: But everything that we built, low taxes, strong military, taking care of our vets, all of the things we’ve done can be decimated very quickly if the wrong person gets in, especially now. I’ve always said, 2016 was the most important election maybe in the history of our country. A lot of people felt that. So I don’t know. I can’t say this is more important. What we did was a miracle. Not to us, it wasn’t. But a lot of people said, “It was the greatest election we’ve ever had. There’s never been anything like that. Never been such excitement.”

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1:08:00 DT: Never been such excitement. But you know what? If we don’t win in 2020, everything that we’ve done, seriously though, everything that we’ve done, your 401s, they’re gonna crash. The whole thing it’s gonna come down like a stack of cards. So, in a certain way, let’s say, this is of equal importance. By that time, we’ll have values instilled. We’ll have free enterprise instilled. People are working now. We have the lowest food stamps that we’ve had in many years. Lowest food stamp because people are working.

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1:08:37 DT: So I really think it’s at least equal, it’s equal, maybe it’s a little less. Who the hell knows? I just know this. It can disappear very, very quickly. We have to get out, we have to vote. That’s why I’m starting early. Can you believe it? We have less… I see all these clowns on television. I say, “Guess, we have to counteract them a little bit.” But this is not what you want running. None of them. This is not what you want running this incredible country of ours. Every day we make good on the motto, “Promises made, promises kept.” I’ve had people back there… I’ve had people back there that don’t like me. And somebody said, very nicely, that, “He’s actually made certain promises, and he’s actually kept more promises than he’s made.” It’s true. I’ve done things… I’ve done things that I never… I never said, “We were going to get,” as an example, “with our vets.” That we’re gonna get Choice, that we were gonna have the ability to fire people that don’t treat our vets properly.

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1:09:47 DT: Okay. We can fire them now. They’ve been trying to get that for 44 years. Choice, they’ve been trying to get practically from the beginning, Choice so simple. And yet, they never got it. Nobody got it through. We’re good at getting things through. We’ve done more than we said we would. And a man I know who I don’t like, a businessman, very, very, very successful business… One of the most successful men. I don’t like him, never liked him. He never liked me either by the way. In fact, I would go a step further. He cannot stand me. And I saw him about two months ago. And he came up to me. I said, “How you doing?” Very warm. “Hey, how you doing? Let’s get out of here.” And he said, “I’m doing good. You’re doing good?” I said, “Yeah.” I said, “You don’t like me, and I don’t like you. I never have liked you, and you never have liked me. But you’re gonna support me ’cause you’re a rich guy. And if you don’t support me, you’re gonna be so goddamn poor, you’re not gonna believe it.” It’s true. It’s true. It’s true.

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1:11:00 DT: And he said to me, “Mr. President… ” He calls me Mr. President. Everybody calls me Mr. President. It’s true. It’s a funny thing. He said, “Mr. President, you’re right, I’m supporting you. I think you’re doing a great job.” And maybe we didn’t get along, but it’s not like he has a choice. He has no choice. And on top of that, it’s a good choice ’cause we’ve done the right thing. And it is funny, with the name, Mr. President. So I have friends, really good friends, and they’ve always called me Don, Donald, DJ, they call me anything, right? And you lose all your friends when you’re President, because they’re all afraid to talk to you. Does that make sense? No, it’s true. Except for these six, seven ladies up here. They always talk. They’re not intimidated… No, it’s true. I have guys, I have wonderful friends. New York developers, tough guys, smart guys. They’re rich, they’re this, that…

1:11:50 S?: We love you.

1:11:50 DT: I have middle of the road, I have poor, I have everybody. I have poor guys, middle of the road and rich guys. Doesn’t matter. Rich guys call up, “Mr. President, how are you sir? It’s Richard.” “Oh good Rich. Hey, Richard, loosen up.” This is a guy who used to, “Hey, Don, how you doing? Let’s go to dinner.” Now you’re, “Sir is everything… You’re doing good, sir.”

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1:12:10 DT: I said, “Richard, call me Donald like you always did. Call me Donald. Always call me Donald.” “Okay, thank you Donald. Thank you very much.” And then two minutes later, “Mr. President, it’s been so great to… “

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1:12:23 DT: I lost all my friends. They’ve tightened up. They’ve choked. You know what that is? They’ve choked. They can’t breathe because people have such respect for the office of the presidency. They have respect for the office of the president. They have respect for our country again. Our country is respected again.

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1:12:53 DT: We’ve confirmed more than 125 federal judges to apply the law as written, including two Supreme Court Justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

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1:13:13 DT: We’ve launched a historic initiative to reduce the price of prescription drugs. And last year… This is… I’m so proud of this ’cause we have no help from the Democrats. Last year for the first time in over 50 years, drug prices went down.

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1:13:35 DT: And that was for a reason. To give former prisoners a second chance at life, we passed groundbreaking criminal justice reform.

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1:13:49 DT: It’s a big thing. Prisoners, they’ve got out of jail and they never had an economy like this, and we did a lot of things because they get out of jail, they don’t have a chance. They always go back, most of the time. Now, they’re coming out and we have programs. But most importantly we have this great economy where people are hiring prisoners. And you have to see the reviews they’re getting. They’re getting phenomenal reviews. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s a beautiful thing what’s happening with prisoners, they get out and they can actually get a job and that’s what’s happening, we’re very proud of it.

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1:14:26 DT: We’re expanding Opportunity Zones so that no American is left behind. It’s one of the great successes, the Opportunity Zones. Nobody talks about, it’s one of the great successes. And thanks to our pledge to America’s workers, private sector partners will provide apprenticeships and job training to nine million Americans. Isn’t that nice?

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1:14:53 DT: And whenever I hear that word “apprentice”, I say I love that word, that was a good show. They figured, “You know what we’ll do? We’ll get Arnold Schwarzenegger to take my place.” That didn’t work out too well.

1:15:09 S?: You’re the best, Trump.

1:15:09 DT: That didn’t work out too well. We had 14 seasons. Think of that. The Apprentice. I proudly signed four by-partisan human trafficking laws, securing $400 million to support victims of human trafficking.

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1:15:30 DT: And we have secured, soon to be three years, record funding for our military. We wanna cut budgets, but this is beyond budget.

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1:15:44 DT: I withdrew the United States from the horrible, one-sided, disgusting Iran Nuclear Deal and Iran is a different country today than it was. My administration proudly recognised the true capital of Israel and opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem.

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1:16:11 DT: That was someday. They all said, “Many, many Presidents have said, ‘We’re going to do it,’ then they never did it.” I know why, because the pressure on them was enormous not to do it. And then on top of it, a couple of months ago I just approved the Golan Heights for Israel. The Golan Heights, another thing. Fifty-two years they tried to do that, they didn’t get it done. So we’re doing good. We also recognize the legitimate government of Venezuela and we condemn those that want to stop freedom in that country and other countries. Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country, will never, ever, be a socialist country. It just won’t happen.

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1:17:04 DT: A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream. Frankly, the destruction of our country. That’s what’s going to happen. Take a look around. Their party is afflicted with an ideological sickness that protects foreign borders but refuses to protect our own borders. Think of it. They fight all over the world. A lot of those people are coming back home folks, they’re coming back home a lot. We defeated ISIS, the caliphate in Syria. We’re bringing our soldiers back home.

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1:17:43 DT: ISIS does not like me too much, but I came here and it was a mess, it was a mess. And I met with generals. General, believe it or not, one general, his name is Raisin, I said, “What’s your name?” “Sir,” This guy’s like out of a movie, “Sir,” watch he’s gonna be famous after this, but who cares? “What’s your name?” He goes, “Sir, my name is Raisin.” I said, “Raisin? Like you mean a little raisin?” “Yes sir, that’s my name, that’s what they call me.” “What’s your last name?” “Cane.” I said, “You mean your name is Raisin Cane? You gotta be… “

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1:18:22 DT: I said, “Raisin Cane, you’re my kinda general, let me talk to you Raisin Cane, get over here.” And my previous generals said, “It’s gonna be a long time before we take out the caliphate.” I said to Raisin Cane and a couple of other generals that were there, these guys are central casting like from a movie, except better. They’re stronger, bigger, tougher, meaner, and actually better looking in a certain way. But they’re like from a movie, there’s nobody in Hollywood plays a role like this. I said, “Generals, I’ve been told it’s gonna take a year, two years to get 100%.” Remember, I want to pull them out, we’re down to 1%. Everyone went crazy. Explain that one. But they said it was gonna take a long time. I said to Raisin Cane and the other generals, “General, how long can it take?” They said, “Sir, one month.” I said, “What?” “We’re gonna hit them from the front, we’re gonna hit them from the back, we’re gonna hit them from the side sir, we’re gonna hit them like they never got hit before, we were never allowed to do this, sir.”

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1:19:28 DT: “And we’re not just gonna hit them from our temporary base in Syria sir, we’re gonna hit them from Iraq, we’re gonna hit them from places that they never knew existed sir. They’ll be hit so goddamn hard sir, they will be… ” Thank you very much, very shortly, very, very shortly. It was over, we had 100% of the caliphate, and these people were screwing around for years.

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1:19:49 DT: Obama, President Obama. My generals did a great job. I flew there, I flew to Iraq, remember? I’m in Air Force One, and they notify me, “Sir, we’re 45 minutes out, sir. We have to close all windows, we have to turn off all lights on the plane sir. All windows, all the lights have to be off sir. We’re turning off the lights outside and the runway light sir, they’re gonna be at a very dim… ” Frankly if you’re not a 30-year-old pilot, you can’t see them. ‘Cause I went there, I said, “I don’t see any light pilot.” As we’re landing, I said, “I said I don’t see… ” And then I thought to myself, “Think of it, we’ve spent almost $8 trillion in the Middle East and we gotta turn off the lights of an airplane to land, how bad is that?” They didn’t do their job, we did our job, and the military did their job, but we fight to sort of just keep going, we don’t fight to win. I fight to win, I fight to win.

[applause]

1:20:55 DT: I fight to win. So, we’re landing this big beautiful Air Force One, and I’m saying, “Major, I don’t see a runway.” “Yes sir, it’s right up ahead.” You know, guy’s 30 years old or something. Now they’ll get me on that, they’ll say, “Majors aren’t 30,” so maybe he’s 35 whatever he is. They’re saying, “Yes sir, it’s right there.” “I don’t see it, Major. How about lifting up? Let’s go around.” That’s the last thing we wanna do in that part of the world. He said, “Sir, it’s right there, sir.” And we’re landing and I still haven’t seen a light. But these guys, we have the greatest pilots in the world, we have the greatest military in the world, we have the greatest equipment in the world, in the world.

[applause]

1:21:45 DT: So you must never forget the 2020 election is all about one thing, you, it’s about you. It’s about your family, it’s about your future, and the fate of your beautiful, loving country, and that’s what it is. We begin our North Carolina campaign with the best record, the best results, the best agenda, and the only positive vision for our nation’s future. We love our nation, our nation is great today, it’s going to be much greater, every year it’s getting better and better. We have turned this big, beautiful mighty ship, we have turned it around. It’s getting better, better, better.

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1:22:41 DT: Together, we will continue unleashing the power of American enterprise, so every American can know the dignity of work, and the pride of a paycheck. With your help, we will elect a Republican Congress, those great gentleman that just left the stage, to create a safe, modern, fair, and lawful system of immigration. We will enact trade deals, and they are going like you won’t even believe. That doesn’t mean the other countries are thrilled with me. There was a recent poll, Germany likes Obama better than Trump, a lot better. I said, “Of course, because… “

1:23:29 DT: Positive vision for our nation’s future. We love our nation, our nation is great today, it’s going to be much greater, every year it’s getting better and better. We have turned this big, beautiful mighty ship, we have turned it around. It’s getting better, better, better.

[applause]

1:23:57 DT: Together we will continue unleashing the power of American enterprise, so every American can know the dignity of work and the pride of a paycheck. With your help, we will elect a Republican Congress, those great gentleman that just left the stage, to create a safe, modern, fair and lawful system of immigration. We will enact trade deals and they are going like you won’t even believe. That doesn’t mean the other countries are thrilled with me. There was a recent poll, Germany likes Obama better than Trump, a lot better. I said, “Of course because I’m making them pay their bills.”

[applause]

1:24:43 DT: I’m saying you gotta pay. I say, “Angela, Angela you gotta pay, Angela.” Obama would go in, make a speech, leave. I go in and make a speech, I say, “Let me speak to Angela. Angela you gotta pay your bills, you’re way behind.” So I would think that they should, they should all like… When you hear they like me better, I’m not doing my job, true. I’m not doing my job. They did a poll on one of these network and they would say, “Donald Trump is not liked in Europe nearly as much as President Obama.” I said… “Or President Bush,” or anybody, or anybody. In fact, I’m disliked but actually they respect us, that’s more important. Look at that beautiful baby, look at that beautiful baby, wow, what a baby, what a baby, that is a beautiful baby, that’s like from an advertisement, perfect. Look how happy that baby is, so beautiful, thank you darling, that’s really nice. It’s a great thing, is that your husband? That’s a great thing, thank you. Congratulations, husband.

[applause]

1:26:00 DT: Man! What a picture. But we’re gonna have the country all set for your child, okay? Awesome. ‘Cause that’s what it’s about.

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1:26:18 DT: Now, the media will say that’s a prop. They’ll say no baby is so beautiful, that had to be a set up. I never saw that guy in my life, which is true. Thank you, good luck, thank you very much.

[applause]

1:26:33 DT: We will enact trade deals that ensure more products are proudly stamped with those four beautiful words, “Made in America”, “Made in the USA”, either one is okay with me, keep America great, that’s right. We will give school choice to millions of underserved children who are trapped in failing government schools. We will defend privacy, free speech, religious liberty and the right to keep and bear arms. They’re going to take your guns away.

[applause]

1:27:15 DT: And above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that bind us together as one great nation, as one America, as one America.

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1:27:30 DT: We believe in the American constitution and we believe in the rule of law, we believe in the dignity of work and in the sanctity of life. We believe that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the true American way. We believe that children, like your child, should be taught to love our country, honor our history and always respect our great American flag.

[applause]

1:28:04 DT: And we live by the words of our national motto, “In God We Trust”.

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1:28:15 DT: We are fighting for every American mom and dad who wants to protect this land of liberty for their precious children. We have been blessed with the greatest republic on the face of the earth but it was going in the wrong direction and now we are turning it around, it is going better than ever before and we’re going to keep it that way, we’re going to keep it that way.

[applause]

1:28:45 DT: With your help, with your devotion, with your drive, we are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning.

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1:29:03 DT: We are one movement, one movement, think of that. We are one big beautiful movement. There has never been a movement like this, you don’t hear it that often, they know it but you don’t hear it. In the history of our country, there has never been a movement like this. And this movement is stronger now than it was three years ago. This is the strongest movement in the history of our country.

[applause]

1:29:34 DT: But we are, we’re one movement, we’re one people, one family and one glorious nation under God.

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1:29:47 DT: We’re doing things that nobody thought was possible. No other nation thought it was possible what we’re doing. We are so respected, you have no idea how our nation has gone so far up in the eyes and the minds of the rest of the world, so respected.

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1:30:17 DT: Because together, we will make America wealthy again.

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1:30:26 DT: Of course, we did just hit the highest price in the history of the market. So pretty soon, I hate to say, I don’t wanna ruin the rhetorical scale but that is sort of like getting a little obsolete, we will make our nation wealthy again. The fact is we have the strongest stock market in our history. So I think I’ll have to change it, you’ve all heard it many times, right? We will make America wealthy again. We’re gonna have to say, “We have made America wealthy again.” right.

[applause]

1:31:06 DT: So here’s one, we will make America strong again, no, no, we’re gonna have to change this, “We have made America strong again.”

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1:31:20 DT: And just so you know, we have made America great again. Give up MAGA. How do you give up MAGA? Make America great again, but we’ve done that. Can you imagine if keep America great didn’t work? I have the greatest phrase probably in the history of politics in this country. Look at her beautiful hat, it looks very good on you but look at this, look at those beautiful hats, but make America great again but we’ve done that. Our new phrase for the 2020 campaign is, “Keep America Great.” Thank you.

Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Kickoff in Brooklyn – #Transcripts2020

As part of our #Transcripts2020 project, we are pleased to release the transcript of Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Kickoff in Brooklyn announcement speech. An editable version is available here. All transcripts of this series are available here.


00:00 Bernie Sanders: Brooklyn, thank you.

[applause]

00:08 BS: What an incredible crowd, thank you so much. Let me… Let me thank Akila for her wonderful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Let me thank Scott Chason who is standing up not just for the workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, against corporate greed, but for every worker in America. Scott, thank you very much.

[applause]

00:45 BS: And let me thank representative Terry Alexander of South Carolina. And Terry is right, this is going to be a 50-state campaign. We’re not gonna concede one state to Donald Trump.

[applause]

01:11 BS: And let me thank my very good friend, Nina Turner. Nina has been with me all across this country. Nina has helped develop one of the great grassroots organizations in this country, Our Revolution. And Nina is mobilizing people from one end of this country to the other… [01:44] ____ Nina, thank you very much. And let me thank Shaun King. All over this country, and I’m gonna say a few words about it today and more tomorrow, people understand we have a broken criminal justice system. And there are few people in American more than Shaun who are fighting to change that system. Shaun, thank you.

[applause]

02:27 BS: And, lastly, let me thank my wife and my family. Thank you, Jane, and Levi, and David, and Heather, and Karina, and all my beautiful seven grandchildren for the support you’ve given me. Thank you all for coming out today.

[applause]

03:00 BS: So, you let me thank the weatherman for giving us Vermont weather, thank you. And thank you all for being part of a political revolution which is going to transform America.

[applause]

03:23 S?: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

03:29 BS: No! No! No! It is not Bernie, it is you! It’s us together! And I want to thank all of you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to win the democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat Donald Trump, who is the most dangerous president in modern American history, but with your help we are going to transform this country and finally create an economy and a government which works for all of us, not just the 1%.

[applause]

04:34 BS: Today, at our very first rally, 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. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious bigotry. It will not be tax breaks for billionaires and efforts to throw millions off the healthcare that they currently have. This campaign is going to end all of that. The principles of our government will be based on justice: On economic justice, on social justice, on racial justice, on environmental justice. Today, I welcome you to a campaign which tells the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life, that we will no longer tolerate the greed of corporate America and the billionaire class. Greed which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.

[applause]

06:49 S?: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

06:49 S?: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

06:53 BS: No, we will no longer stand idly by and allow three families in this country to own more wealth than the bottom half of the American people. And while these families become richer, over 20% of our children live in poverty, veterans sleep out on the streets, and senior citizens cannot afford their prescription drugs. We are here to tell the 1% that we will no longer tolerate 46% of all new income going to the very richest people in this country, while millions of Americans are working two or three jobs just to survive and pay the bills.

[applause]

08:02 BS: Today we launch our fight for a political revolution and we say to the private health insurance companies, whether you like it or not, the United States is going to join every other major country on Earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. And you can spend all the money you want against us, we will have a Medicare for all, single-payer system. And today we say to the pharmaceutical industry, that you will no longer charge the American people the highest prices in the world by far for the medicine they desperately need. Whether you like it or not, your greed is gonna end and we are gonna low the cost of prescription drugs in this country. Today we say to Walmart, to the fast food industry and to other low wage employers, stop paying your workers starvation wages. Yes, we are going to raise the minimum wage in this country to at least 15 bucks an hour and we are gonna make it easier for workers to join unions.

10:05 BS: Today we say to the American people that we will rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, our roads, and our bridges, and our rail system, our water systems, our waste water plants, and our airports. And when we do that, we’re gonna create up to 13 million decent paying jobs. And today we say to the parents in our country that you and your children deserve quality affordable child care. And today, here at Brooklyn college, we say the young people all over this country, we want you to get the best education you can regardless of your income. Good jobs require a good education, and that is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free. And why we are going to substantially lower the outrageous level of student debt in this country.

11:48 BS: America once had… Once had the best educated workforce in the world, and we are going to make that happen again. And today we say to our senior citizens in Vermont, in Brooklyn, in California, we know you cannot survive with dignity on 14,000 dollars a year social security. My republican colleagues in the senate wanna cut social security benefits. Well, we’ve got some bad news for them, we’re going to raise social security benefits.

12:43 BS: Today we say to Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry, that climate change is not a hoax. But it is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet, and we intend to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. And when we do that, we’re gonna create millions of good paying jobs. All of us, and every person in this country, has a moral responsibility to make certain that the planet we leave our kids and our grandchildren is a planet that is healthy and habitable.

[applause]

14:01 BS: And today we say to the prison industrial complex that we are going to achieve real criminal justice reform in this country. We are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States having more people in jail than any other country on Earth. Instead of spending 80 billion a year in jails and incarceration, we are going to invest in jobs and education for our young people. No more private prisons, no more profiteering from locking people up, no more war on drugs that has destroyed so many lives.

15:13 BS: No more keeping people in jail because they are too poor to afford cash bail. And by the way, when we talk about criminal justice reform we’re gonna change a system in which tens of thousands of Americans every year get criminal records for possessing marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive went to jail for destroying our economy in 2008. No, they didn’t go to jail, they got a trillion dollar bail out. Today we say to the American people that instead of demonizing the undocumented immigrants in this country, we’re gonna pass comprehensive immigration reform and provide a path toward citizenship.

16:42 BS: We’re gonna provide legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program and develop a humane border policy for those who seek asylum. The United States will no longer snatch babies from the arms of their mothers. Today we say to the 1% and the large, profitable corporations in America, listen up because this applies to you. We say to the 1% in large corporations that under a Bernie Sanders administration, you’re not gonna be getting more tax breaks. Quite the contrary, we’re gonna end your tax breaks and your loop holes, you are gonna start paying your fair share of taxes.

17:56 S?: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

[applause]

18:02 BS: We will no longer… We will no longer accept the absurd situation where large multi-billion dollar corporations like Amazon, Netflix, and General Motors pay nothing in federal income taxes. And we’re not gonna allow these corporations and the billionaires to stash their money in the Cayman Islands and in other tax havens. Yes, the wealthy and multinational corporations will start paying their fair share of taxes. We’re going to end austerity for working families and bring a little austerity for the wealthy and the powerful.

18:58 BS: Today we say to the military industrial complex that we will not continue to spend 700 billion dollars a year on the military, more than the top 10 nations combined. We’re gonna invest in affordable housing, we’re gonna invest in public education, and we’re going to invest in our crumbling infrastructure. No more major major investments in never ending wars.

[applause]

19:49 BS: Brothers and sisters, we are going to win this election not because we have a super PAC funded by billionaires. We’re gonna win this election because we are putting together the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of American politics.

[applause]

20:25 BS: Donald Trump wants to divide us up based on the color of our skin, based on where we were born, based on our gender, based on our religion or our sexual orientation. What we are about is doing exactly the opposite, we’re gonna bring our people together.

[applause]

21:06 BS: Black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native-born and immigrant, we are together and together we will transform this country.

[applause]

21:35 BS: If I might take a moment, as I return here to the area that I was born, let me say a few personal words. As we launch this campaign for president, you deserve to know where I came from because family history, obviously, heavily influences the values that we develop as adults. I was born, literally, a few miles away from here on East 26th Street in King’s Highway. And my family and I lived in a three and a half room, rent-controlled apartment. My father was a paint salesman who worked hard his entire life but never made much money. And my mother raised my brother and me. I learned a great deal about immigration as a child because my father came from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket, without knowing one word of English. He came to the United States to escape the crushing poverty that existed in his community and to escape widespread anti-semitism.

23:10 BS: And it was a good thing that he came to this country because virtually his entire family was wiped up by Hitler and Nazi barbarism. I am not going to tell you that I grew up in a home of desperate poverty, that would not be true. But what I will tell you is that coming from a lower middle-class family, I will never forget about how money or really, lack of money was always a point of stress in our family. My mother’s dream was that some day our family would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own. That dream was never fulfilled. She died young, while we still lived in that rent-controlled apartment. My experience as a child living in a family that struggled economically powerfully influenced my life and my values. I know where I came from. And that is something I will never forget. Unlike Donald Trump, who shut down the government and left 800,000 federal employees without income to pay their bills, I know what it’s like to be in a family that lives paycheck to paycheck.

24:58 BS: Now it is true, I did not have a father who gave me millions of dollars to build luxury skyscrapers, casinos, and country clubs. I did not come from a family that gave me a $200,000 allowance every year, beginning at the age of three. As I recall, my allowance was 25 cents a week. But I had something more valuable. I had the role model of a father who had unbelievable courage in journeying across an ocean, with no money in his pocket, to start a new and better life. I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers, “You’re fired.” I came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over every day workers.

26:24 BS: I did not come from a family that could afford to send my brother and me to an elite boarding school. In fact, I was educated proudly in high quality public schools here in Brooklyn. And began my higher education right here on this campus.

[applause]

26:54 BS: I should also mention that my brother Larry graduated from Brooklyn College. I did not come from a family that taught me to build a corporate empire through housing discrimination, I protested housing discrimination, was arrested for protesting school segregation. And one of the proudest days of my life was attending the March on Washington for jobs and freedom led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

[applause]

27:45 BS: Brothers and sisters, over the last two years and before that, you and I and millions of Americans have stood up and fought for justice in every part of our society, and we’ve had some successes. Together as billionaires and large corporations have attacked unions, destroyed pensions, deregulated the banks, and slashed wages, we have succeeded in raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour in states and cities all across this country. And together, we forced Amazon and the Disney Corporation to do the same.

[applause]

28:35 BS: And together, we have stood with teachers all across this country who went out on strike to fight for better schools for their kids. Together, as the forces of militarism have kept us engaged in never ending wars, we have stored together and fought back. For the first time in 45 years, we have utilized the War Powers Act to move us forward to end the horrific Saudi-led war in Yemen.

[applause]

29:21 BS: Together, as so many of our young people have received criminal records for non-violent offenses, we have fought to end the war on drugs and have seen state after state decriminalize the possession of marijuana. And are beginning to see states and communities expunge the records of those who are arrested for marijuana.

[applause]

29:54 BS: We have won some victories but, clearly, we have a long, long way to go. And I am here to tell you that because all of the work we have done together, we are on the brink of not just winning an election but transforming our country.

[applause]

30:24 BS: And let me tell you a little of what that means. When we are in the White House, we will enact a federal jobs guarantee to ensure that everyone in this country is guaranteed a job. There is more than enough work to be done in this country, let’s get it done.

[applause]

30:58 BS: When we are in the White House, we will attack the problem of urban gentrification and build the affordable housing this country desperately needs. When we are in the White House, we will end the decline of rural America. We will re-open rural hospitals that I’ve been closed. And we will make sure that the young people in rural communities have decent jobs so that they can remain in the communities that they love.

[applause]

31:47 BS: When we are in the White House, we’re gonna end the epidemic of gun violence in this country. And we are gonna pass the common sense gun safety legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans wanna see.

[applause]

32:10 BS: When we are in the White House, we’re going to address not only the national disparities of wealth and income, but the racial disparities of wealth and income. We are going together to root out institutional racism wherever it exists. Not only will we end the cowardly outrage of voter suppression, we’re gonna make it easier for people to vote, not harder.

[applause]

32:52 BS: When we are in the White House, we are going to protect a woman’s right to control her own body.

[applause]

33:04 BS: That decision is a woman’s decision, not the federal government, not the state government, not the local government. Please make no mistake about it. The struggle that we are undertaking is not just about defeating Donald Trump. This struggle is about taking on the incredibly powerful institutions that control the economic and political life of our nation. And I am… And let me be very specific, I’m talking about Wall Street, I’m talking about the insurance companies, the drug companies, the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry, and a corrupt campaign finance system that enables billionaires to buy elections.

[applause]

34:23 BS: Brothers and sisters, we have…

34:29 S?: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

[applause]

34:41 BS: Brothers and sisters, we have an enormous amount of work in front of us and the path forward will not be easy. The wealthy and powerful elite who decade after decade have gotten everything they want will do all that they can to defend their financial interests, and they have an unlimited amount of money at their disposal. But we have something that they do not have, we have the people together.

[applause]

35:37 BS: So this is what I believe. This is what I believe from the bottom of my heart, if we do not allow Trump and his friends to divide us up, if we stand together, black and white, and Latino, Asian-American, Native-American. If we stand together, urban and rural, north, south, east and west. If we stand together not as red state and blue state, but as working people fighting for dignity. If we stand together believing in justice and human dignity, if we stand together believing in love and compassion, if we stay together, brothers and sisters, the future of this country is extraordinary and there is nothing we will not be able to accomplish. Thank you all very much.

Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Announcement Transcript #Transcripts2020

As part of our #Transcripts2020 project, we are pleased to release the transcript of Donald Trump Presidential Campaign announcement speech. An editable version is available here. All transcripts of this series are available here.


[music]

00:00 Donald Trump: Wow, wow, that is some group of people, thousands, so nice, thank you very much, that’s really nice, thank you. It’s great to be at Trump Tower, it’s great to be in a wonderful city New York and it’s an honor to have everybody here, this is beyond anybody’s expectations. There’s been no crowd like this and I can tell you some of the candidates they went in, they didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work, they sweated like dogs, they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there, how are they gonna beat ISIS, I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

[applause]

00:44 DT: Our country is in serious trouble, we don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time, all the time. When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks, they beat us all the time. When did we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us at our stupidity and now they’re beating us economically, they are not our friend, believe me, but they’re killing us economically. The US has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

[applause]

01:58 DT: Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best, they’re not sending you, they’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting and it only makes common sense, it only makes common sense, they’re sending us not the right people, it’s coming from more than Mexico, it’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably, probably from the Middle East, but we don’t know ’cause we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening and it’s got to stop, and it’s got to stop fast.

[applause]

03:04 DT: Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East, they become rich, I’m in competition with them, they just built a hotel in Syria, can you believe this, they built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel I pay interest, they don’t have to pay interest because they took the oil that when we left Iraq I said we should have taken, so now ISIS has the oil and what they don’t have Iran has and in ’19, and I will tell you this and I said it very strongly. Years ago I said, and I love the military and I wanna have the strongest military that we’ve ever had and we need it more now than ever, but I said don’t hit Iraq because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East, Iran is going to take over the Middle East, Iran and somebody else will get the oil and it turned out that Iran is now taking over Iraq, think of it. Iran is taking over Iraq and they’re taking it over big league.

04:19 DT: We spent $2 trillion in Iraq, $2 trillion, we lost thousands of lives, thousands in Iraq, we have wounded soldiers who I love, I love, they’re great, all over the place, thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers and we have nothing, we can’t even go there, we have nothing and every time we give Iraq equipment, the first time a bullet goes off in the air, they leave it. Last week I read 2300 Humvees, these are big vehicles, were left behind for the enemy 2000, you would say maybe two, maybe four, 2300 sophisticated vehicles they ran and the enemy took them.

05:19 S?: We need Trump now.

[applause]

05:21 DT: You’re right. Last quarter, it was just announced our Gross Domestic Product, a sign of strength, right? But not for us, it was below zero, who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero. Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978, but think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate and our real unemployment is anywhere from 18% to 20%, don’t believe the 5.6%, don’t believe it. That’s right, a lot of people up there can’t get jobs, they can’t get jobs, ’cause there are no jobs, because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs, they all have our jobs but the real number, the real number is anywhere from 18% to 19% and maybe even 21% and nobody talks about it because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense.

06:33 S?: We want jobs now.

[applause]

06:40 DT: Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the day, and we as a country are getting weaker. Even our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work. It came out recently, they have equipment that’s 30 years old, they don’t even know if it works. And I thought it was horrible when it was broadcast on television, because boy, does that send signals to Putin and all of the other people that look at us and they say, “That is a group of people, and that is a nation, that true…

[background conversation]

07:27 DT: We have a disaster called The Big Lie, Obamacare, Obamacare. Yesterday it came out that costs are going for people up 29%, 39%, 49% and even 55%, and deductibles are through the roof, you have to get hit by a tractor, literally a tractor to use it. Because the deductibles are so high it’s virtually useless, it is a disaster. And remember the $5 billion website, $5 billion, we spent on a website. And to this day it doesn’t work. A $5 billion website. I have so many websites, I have ’em all over the place, I hire people, they do a website. It costs me $3. $5 billion website.

08:30 S?: We want Trump.

08:41 DT: Well, you need somebody because politicians are all talk, no action, nothing’s gonna get done, they will not bring us, believe me, to the promised land. They will not. As an example, I’ve been on the circuit making speeches, and I hear my fellow Republicans, and they’re wonderful people, I like ’em. They all want me to support them, they don’t know how to bring it about. They come up to my office, I’m meeting with three of them in the next week. And they don’t know, “Are you running? Are you not running? Could we have your support? What do we do? How do we do it?”

09:21 DT: I like ’em. And I hear their speeches, and they don’t talk jobs, and they don’t talk China. When was the last time you heard, “China is killing us.” They’re devaluing their currency to a level that you wouldn’t believe, it makes it impossible for our companies to compete, impossible. They’re killing us. But you don’t hear that from anybody else, you don’t hear it from anybody else. And I watch the speeches… Thank you. I watch the speeches of these people. And they say, “The sun will rise, the moon will set, all sorts of wonderful things will happen over… ” And people are saying, “What’s going on? I just want a job, just get me a job. I don’t need the rhetoric, I want a job.” And that’s what’s happening, and it’s going to get worse. Because remember, Obamacare really kicks in in ’16, 2016. Obama is gonna be out playing golf. He might even be on one of my courses, I would invite him. I actually would say. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say, “You know what, if you want… See, I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac.” If he’d like to play, that’s fine.

10:38 DT: In fact, I’d love him to leave early and play. That would be a very good thing. But Obamacare kicks in in 2016, really big league. It is going to be amazingly destructive. Doctors are quitting, I have a friend who’s a doctor, and he said to me the other day, “Donald, I never saw anything like it. I have more accountants than I have nurses, it’s a disaster. My patients are beside themselves. They had a plan that was good, they have no plan now.” We have to repeal Obamacare, and it can be replaced… And, and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody, let it be for everybody, but much better and much less expensive for people and for the government, and we can do it.

11:39 DT: So I’ve watched the politicians, I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you, you’re certainly not very good. And that’s what we have representing us. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They’re controlled fully, they are controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors, and by the special interests, fully. Yes, they control them. Hey, I have lobbyists, I have to tell you. I have lobbyists that can produce anything for me, they’re great. But you know what, it won’t happen, it won’t happen. Because we have to stop doing things for some people but for this country, it’s destroying our country, we have to stop, and it has to stop now.

12:39 DT: Now, our country needs, our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal. We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, can take care of our vets, our vets have been abandoned.

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13:16 DT: And we also need a cheerleader. You know, when President Obama was elected I said, “Well, the one thing I think he’ll do well, I think he’ll be a great cheerleader for the country. I think he’d be a great spirit.” He was vibrant, he young, I really thought that he would be a great cheerleader.

13:42 S?: But not a leader.

13:43 DT: He’s not a leader, that’s true, you’re right about that, but he wasn’t a cheerleader, he’s actually a negative force, he’s been a negative force. He wasn’t a cheerleader, he was the opposite. We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again, it’s not great again.

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14:09 DT: We need somebody… We need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that and I will tell you, I love my life, I have a wonderful family, they’re saying, “Dad, you’re gonna do something that’s gonna be so tough.” You know, all of my life I’ve heard that a truly successful person, a really, really successful person, an even modestly successful cannot run for public office. It just can’t happen and yet, that’s the kind of mindset that you need to make this country great again. So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.

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15:34 DT: It can happen, our country has tremendous potential, we have tremendous people, we have people that aren’t working, we have people that have no incentive to work, but they’re gonna have incentive to work. Because the greatest social program is a job and they’ll be proud and they’ll love it and they’ll make much more money than they would have ever made and they’ll be doing so well. And we’re gonna be thriving as a country, thriving, it can happen. I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created, I tell you that.

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16:22 DT: I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs and I’ll bring back our money. Right now, think of this, we owe China $1.3 trillion. We owe Japan more than that, so they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money and we pay them an interest and then the dollar goes up, so their deal is even better. How stupid are our leaders, how stupid are these politicians to allow this to happen, how stupid are they?

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17:04 S?: We want Trump, we want Trump, we want Trump, we want Trump, we want Trump.

17:13 DT: I’m gonna tell you… Thank you. I’m gonna tell you a couple of stories about trade, because I’m totally against the trade bill for a number of reasons. Number one, the people negotiating it don’t have a clue. Our President doesn’t have a clue, he’s a bad negotiator. He’s the one that did Bergdahl, we get Bergdahl, they get five killer terrorists that everybody wanted over there, we get Bergdahl, we get a traitor, we get a no good traitor and they get the five people that they wanted for years and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us, that’s the negotiator we have. Take a look at the deal he’s making with Iran, he makes that deal, Israel maybe won’t exist very long. It’s a disaster and we have to protect Israel.

18:02 S?: Yes, we do.

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18:04 S?: Yes, we do.

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18:10 DT: So we need people… I’m a free-trader, but the problem with free trade is you need really talented people to negotiate for you. If you don’t have talented people, if you don’t have great leadership, if you don’t have people that know business, not just a political hack that got the job because he made a contribution to a campaign, which is the way all jobs just about are gotten. Free trade is terrible, free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people, but we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren’t smart and we have people that are controlled by special interests and it’s just not gonna work.

18:52 DT: So here’s a couple of stories happened recently. A friend of mine is a great manufacturer and you know China comes over and they dump all their stuff and I buy it, I buy it, because frankly I have an obligation to buy it, because they devalue their currency so brilliantly, and they just did it recently and nobody thought they could do it again. But with all our problems with Russia, with all our problems with everything, everything, they got away with it again. And it’s impossible for our people here to compete, so I wanna tell you this story.

19:29 DT: A friend of mine is a great manufacturer, he calls me up a few weeks ago, he’s very upset. I said, “What’s your problem?” And he said, “I make great product,” and I said, “I know. I know that because I buy the product.” He said, “I can’t get it into China. They won’t accept it. I sent a boat over, and they actually sent it back. They talked about environmental. They talked about all sorts of crap that had nothing to do with it.” I said, “Oh, wait a minute, that’s terrible. Does anyone know this?” He said, “Yeah, they do it all the time with other people.” I said, “They send it back.” “Yeah. So I finally got it over there, and they charged me a big tariff.” They’re not supposed to be doing that, I told him.

20:06 DT: Now, they do charge a tariff on trucks when we send trucks and other things over there. Ask Boeing, they wanted Boeing secrets. They wanted their patents and all their secrets before they agreed to buy planes from Boeing. Hey, I’m not saying they’re stupid. I like China. I sell apartment for 10… I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?

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20:32 DT: I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building at 1290 Avenue of the Americas that I got from China in a war. Very valuable. I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower. I love China. People say, “You don’t like China.” No, I love them. But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders and we can’t sustain ourself with that. There’s too much. It’s like… It’s like take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders. They are ripping us. We are rebuilding China. We’re rebuilding many countries. China, you go there now, roads, bridges, schools, you never saw anything like it. They have bridges that make the George Washington Bridge look like small potatoes, and they’re all over the place. We have all the cards, but we don’t know how to use them.

21:43 DT: We don’t even know that we have the cards because our leaders don’t understand the game. We could turn off that spigot by charging them tax until they behave properly. Now, they’re going militarily. They’re building a military island in the middle of the South China Sea, a military island. Now, our country could never do that because we’d have to get environmental clearance, and the environmentalists wouldn’t let our… We would never build in an ocean. They built it in about one year, this massive military port. They’re building up their military, to a point that is very scary. You have a problem with ISIS. You have a bigger problem with China. And in my opinion, the new China, believe it or not, in terms of trade, is Mexico. So this man tells me about the manufacturing. I say, “That’s a terrible story. I hate to hear it.”

22:40 DT: But I have another one, Ford. So Mexico takes a company, a car company that was going to build in Tennessee, rips it out. Everybody thought the deal was dead, reported in the Wall Street Journal recently. Everybody thought it was a done deal. It’s going in, and that’s gonna be going into Tennessee. Great state, great people. All of a sudden, at the last moment, this big car manufacturer, foreign, announces they’re not going to Tennessee. They’re gonna spend their billion dollars in Mexico instead. Not good. Now, Ford announces a few weeks ago, that Ford is going to build a $2.5 billion car and truck and parts manufacturing plant in Mexico. $2.5 billion, it’s gonna be one of the largest in the world. Ford, good company. So I announced that I’m running for President.

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23:46 DT: I would… One of the early things, I would do, probably before I even got in. And I wouldn’t even use… I have… I know the smartest negotiators in the world. I know the good ones. I know the bad ones. I know the over-rated once. You got a lot that are overrated. They’re not good. They think they are. They get good stories, ’cause the newspapers get buffaloed, but they’re not good. But I know the best negotiators in the world, and I’d put them one for each country. Believe me, folks, we will do very, very well… Very, very well.

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24:18 DT: But I wouldn’t even waste my time with this one. I would call up the head of Ford, who I know, if I was president, I’d say,”Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico, and that you’re gonna take your cars and sell them to the United States zero tax, just flow them across the border.” And you say to yourself, “How does that help us? How does that help us? Where is that good?” It’s not. So I’d say, “Congratulations. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. Every car, and every2 truck, and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re gonna charge you a 35% tax.

25:08 S?: Yes. Yes.

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25:10 DT: “And that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction, and that’s set.” Now, here’s what’s gonna happen. If it’s not me in the position, it’s one of these politicians that we’re running against, the 400 people that were all running. And here’s what’s gonna happen. They’re not so stupid. They know it’s not a good thing, and they may even be upset by it, but then they’re gonna get a call from their donors who are probably from the lobbyists for Ford, and say, “You can’t do that to Ford because Ford takes care of me, and I take care of you, and you can’t do that to Ford.” And guess what, no problem. They’re going to build in Mexico. They’re gonna take away thousands of jobs. It’s very bad for us. So, under President Trump, here’s what would happen.

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26:06 DT: The head of Ford will call me back, I would say within an hour after I told them the bad news, but it could be he’d want to be cool and he’ll wait till the next day. They wanna be a little cool, and he’ll say, “Please, please, please.” He’ll beg for a little while. And I’ll say, “No interest.” Then he’ll call all sorts of political people. And I’ll say, “Sorry, fellows, no interest” because I don’t need anybody’s money, it’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors, I don’t care. I’m really rich. I’ll show you that next time. And, by the way, I’m not even saying that and to brag it out… That’s the kind of mindset, that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country. So, ’cause we gotta make the country rich. It sounds crass. Somebody said, “Oh, that’s crass.” It’s not crass. We got $18 trillion in debt. We got nothing but problems. We got a military that needs equipment all over the place. We got nuclear weapons that are obsolete. We’ve got nothing. We got social security that’s gonna be destroyed if somebody like me doesn’t bring money into the country.

27:16 DT: All these other people wanna cut the hell out of it, I’m not gonna cut it at all. I’m gonna bring money in, and we’re gonna save it. But here’s what’s gonna happen. After I’m called by 30 friends of mine, who contributed to different campaigns, after I’m called by all of the special interests and by the donors and by the lobbyists, and they have zero chance at convincing me, zero, I’ll get a call the next day from the head of Ford. He’ll say, “Please reconsider.” I’ll say, “No.” He’ll say, “Mr. President. We’ve decided to move the plant back to the United States. We’re not gonna build it in Mexico.” That’s it. They have no choice. They have no choice. There are hundreds of things like that.

28:03 DT: I’ll give you another example. Saudi Arabia, they make a billion dollars a day. A billion dollars a day. I love the Saudis. Many are in this building. They make a billion dollars a day. Whenever they have problems, we send over the ships. We send… We’re gonna protect… What are we doing? They got nothing but money. If the right person asks them, they pay a fortune. They wouldn’t be there except for us. And, believe me, you look at the border with Yemen. You remember Obama a year ago. Yemen was a great victory. Two weeks later, the place was blown up. Everybody got… And they kept our equipment. They always keep our equipment. We ought to send used equipment, right? They always keep our equipment. We ought to send some real junk, ’cause frankly, it would be… We ought to send our surplus. We’re always losing this gorgeous brand new stuff.

29:02 DT: But look at that border with Saudi Arabia. Do you really think that these people are interested in Yemen? Saudi Arabia without us is gone. They’re gone. And I’m the one that made all of the right predictions about Iraq. All of these politicians that I’m running against now, it’s so nice to say, “I’m running,” as opposed to, “If I run, if I run.” I’m running. But all of these politicians that I’m running against now, they’re trying to disassociate… You looked at Bush. It took him five days to answer the question on Iraq. He couldn’t answer the question. He didn’t know. I said, “Is he intelligent?”

29:43 DT: Then I looked at Rubio. He was unable to answer the question. Is Iraq a good thing or a bad thing? He didn’t know. He couldn’t answer the question. How are these people gonna lead us? How are we gonna go back and make it great again? We can’t. They don’t have a clue. They can’t lead us. They can’t. They can’t even answer simple questions. It was terrible. But Saudi Arabia is in big, big trouble. Now, thanks to fracking and other things, the oil is all over the place, and I used to say it. There are ships at sea, and this was during the worst crisis, that were loaded up with oil, and the cartel kept the price up because, again, they were smarter than our leaders. They were smarter than our leaders. There is so much wealth out there that can make our country so rich again and therefore make it great again, ’cause we need money. We’re dying. We’re dying. We need money. We have to do it. We need the right people.

30:48 DT: So Ford will come back. They’ll all come back. And I will say this. This is going to be an election, in my opinion, that’s based on competence.

31:02 S?: Yeah.

31:03 DT: Somebody said… Thank you, darling. Somebody said to me the other day, a reporter, a very nice reporter, “But Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person.”

31:14 S?: We don’t need nice.

31:15 DT: That’s true, but actually, I am. I think I am a nice person. People that know me like me. Does my family liked me? I think so, right? Look at my family, I’m proud of my family. By the way, speaking of my family, Melania, Barron, Kai, Donnie, Don, Vanessa, Tiffany, Ivanka did a great job. Did she do a great job? Great. Jared, Laura, and Eric. I’m very proud of my family. They’re a great family. So the reporter said to me the other day, “But Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person. How can you get people to vote for you?” I said, “I don’t know.” I said, “I think that, number one, I am a nice person, I give a lot of money away to charities and other things. I think I’m actually a very nice person.” But I said, “This is going to be an election that’s based on competence, because people are tired of these nice people, and they’re tired of being ripped off by everybody in the world, and they’re tired of spending more money on education than any nation in the world, per capita, than any nation in the world, and we’re 26th in the world. 25 countries are better than us at education, and some of them are like third world countries.”

32:44 DT: But we’re becoming a third world country because of our infrastructure, our airports, our roads, everything. So, one of the things I did, and I said, “You know what I’ll do, I’ll do it,” because a lot of people say, “He’ll never run. Number one, he won’t wanna give up his lifestyle.” They’re right about that, but I’m doing it. Number two, I’m a private company, so nobody knows what I’m worth. And the one thing is that when you run, you have to announce and certify to all sorts of governmental authorities your net worth. So I said, “That’s okay. I’m proud of my net worth. I’ve done an amazing job. I started off… I started off in a small office with my father in Brooklyn and Queens.

33:31 DT: And my father said… And I love my father. I learned so much. He was a great negotiator. I learned so much just sitting at his feet playing with blocks, listening to him negotiate with subcontractors, but I learned a lot. But he used to say, “Donald, don’t go into Manhattan. That’s the big leagues. We don’t know anything about that. Don’t do it. I said, “Dad, I gotta go into Manhattan. I gotta build those big buildings. I gotta do it, Dad. I’ve gotta do it.” And after four or five years in Brooklyn, I ventured into Manhattan and did a lot of great deals. The Grand Hyatt hotel, I was responsible for the Convention Center on the West Side. I did a lot of great deals, and I did them early and young.

34:11 DT: And now I’m building all over the world, and I love what I’m doing. But they all said, a lot of the pundits on television. “Well, Donald will never run, and one of the main reasons is, he’s private and he’s probably not as successful as everybody thinks.” So I said to myself, “Nobody’s ever gonna know unless I run,” ’cause I’m really proud of my success. I really am. I’ve employed… I’ve employed tens of thousands of people over my lifetime. That means medical, that means education, that means everything. So a large accounting firm and my accountants have been working for months because it’s big and complex, and they put together a statement, a financial statement. It’s a summary, but everything will be filed eventually with the government, and we don’t need extensions or anything. We’ll be filing it right on time. We don’t need anything. And it was even reported incorrectly yesterday because they said, “He had assets of nine billion.” So I said, “No, it’s the wrong number. That’s the wrong number, not assets.”

35:34 DT: So they put together this, and before I say it, I have to say this. I made it the old-fashioned way. It’s real estate. It’s real estate. It’s labor and it’s unions good, and some bad, and lots of people that aren’t in unions, and it’s all over the place, and building all over the world, and I have assets, big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected. $9,240,000,000 and I have liabilities of about $500. That’s long-term debt, very low interest rates. In fact, one of the big banks came to me said, “Donald, you don’t have enough borrowings. Could we loan you $4 billion?” I said, “I don’t need it. I don’t want it, and I’ve been there. I don’t want it.” But in two seconds they’d give me whatever I wanted. So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well over $10 billion, but here, a total net worth of $8 billion… Net worth, not assets, not liability, a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets, the Trump Tower, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Bank of America building in San Francisco, 40 Wall Street, sometimes referred to as the Trump building, right opposite the New York, many other places, all over the world. So, the total is $8,737,540,000.

37:17 DT: Now, I’m not doing that… I’m not doing that to brag, ’cause you know what, I don’t have to brag. I don’t have to, believe it or not. I’m doing that to say that that’s the kind of thinking our country needs. We need that thinking. We have the opposite thinking. We have losers. We have losers. We have people that don’t have it. We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain. So I put together the statement, and the only reason I’m telling you about it today is because we really do have to get going, because if we have another three or four years, we’re at $18 trillion now. We’re soon gonna be at $20 trillion. According to the economists, who I’m not big believers in, but nevertheless, this is what they’re saying, that $24 trillion… We’re very close. That’s the point of no return, $24 trillion. We will be there soon. That’s when we become Greece. That’s when we become a country that’s unsalvageable. And we’re gonna be there very soon. We’re gonna be there very soon.

38:36 S?: Make America strong.

38:39 DT: So, just to sum up. I would do various things very quickly. I would repeal and replace the big lie Obamacare. I would build a great wall and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build ’em very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words. Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody.

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39:19 DT: I will find within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around. I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry, that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now. And then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race, that I can tell you. I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration. Immediately. Fully support and back up the Second Amendment.

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40:33 DT: Now, it’s very interesting. Today I heard it. Through stupidity in a very, very hard-core prison, interestingly named Clinton, two vicious murderers, two vicious people escaped and nobody knows where they are. And a woman was on television this morning. And she said, “You know, Mr. Trump,” and she was telling other people and I actually called her, but she said, “You know, Mr. Trump, I always was against guns, I didn’t want guns. And now, since this happened,” it’s up in the prison area, “My husband and I are finally in agreement, ’cause he wanted the guns. We now have a gun on every table, we’re ready to start shooting.” I said, “Very interesting.” So protect the Second Amendment.

41:29 DT: End Common Core, Common Core should… It is a disaster. Bush is totally in favor of Common Core. I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration, he’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it. We have to end. Education has to be local. Rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Nobody can do that like me, believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought. I look at these roads being built all over the country, and I say I can build those things for one-third. What they do is unbelievable. How bad.

42:20 DT: You know, we’re building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the old post office, we’re converting it into one of the world’s great hotels. It’s gonna be the best hotel in Washington DC. We got it from the General Services Administration in Washington. The Obama administration, we got it, it was the most highly sought-after or one of them, but I think the most highly sought-after project in the history of General Services. We got it, people were shocked. Trump got it. Well, I got it for two reasons: Number one, we’re really good. Number two, we had a really good plan. And I’ll add in a third, we had a great financial statement. ‘Cause the General Services, who are terrific people by the way, and talented people, they wanted to do a great job and they wanted to make sure it got built.

43:08 DT: So we have to rebuild our infrastructure, our bridges, our roadways, our airports. You come into LaGuardia Airport, it’s like we’re in a third world country. You look at the patches and the 40-year-old floor, they throw down asphalt and they throw… You look at these airports. We are like a third world country, and I come in from China and I come in from Qatar and I come in from different places. And they have the most incredible airports in the world. You come back to this country and you have LAX, disaster, you have all of these disastrous airports. We have to rebuild our infrastructure.

43:49 DT: Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it, get rid of the fraud, get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying in for years, and now many of these candidates wanna cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that’s being lost. Re-negotiate our foreign trade deals. Reduce our $18 trillion in debt. Because believe me, we’re in a bubble. We have artificially low interest rates, we have a stock market that frankly, it’s been good to me, but I still hate to see what’s happening. We have a stock market that is so bloated. Be careful of a bubble, ’cause what you’ve seen in the past might be small potatoes compared to what happens. So be very, very careful. And strengthen our military and take care of our vets. So, so important.

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45:03 DT: Sadly, the American dream is dead.

45:10 S?: Bring it back.

45:14 DT: But if I get elected President, I will bring it back. Bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great, again. Thank you, thank you very much.

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Democratic Presidential Debate – June 26 #Transcripts2020

As part of our Transcripts 2020 project, we are pleased to release the transcript of the first Democratic Presidential Debate held on June 26th. An editable version is available here. Other transcripts of this series are available here.


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0:00:00 Lester Holt: Good evening everyone. I’m Lester Holt, and welcome to the first Democratic debate in the 2020 race for president.

0:00:08 Savannah Guthrie: Hi, I’m Savannah Guthrie, and tonight it’s our first chance to see these candidates go head-to-head on stage together. We’ll be joined in our questioning tonight by our colleagues, José Diaz-Balart, Chuck Todd, and Rachel Maddow.

0:00:19 LH: Voters will try to nail down where the candidates stand in the issues, what sets them apart, and which of these presidential hopefuls has what it takes?

0:00:27 SG: Well now, it’s time to find out.

0:00:29 Speaker 3: Tonight, round one. New Jersey senator, Cory Booker; former housing secretary, Julián Castro; New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio; former Maryland Congressman, John Delaney; Hawaii congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard; Washington governor, Jay Inslee; Minnesota senator, Amy Klobuchar; former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke; Ohio congressman Tim Ryan; and Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren. From NBC News, Decision 2020 The Democratic Candidates’ Debate. Live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida.

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0:01:21 LH: And good evening again every one. Welcome to the candidates and to our audience here in Miami here in the Arts Center and all across the country. Tonight we’re gonna take on many of the most pressing issues of the moment, including immigration, the situation unfolding at our border, and the treatment of migrant children.

0:01:38 SG: And we’re gonna talk about the tensions with Iran, climate change, and of course, we’ll talk about the economy, those kitchen table issues so many Americans face every day.

0:01:46 Josu00e9 Diaz-Balart: And some quick rules of the road before we begin, 20 candidates qualified for this first debate, we’ll hear from 10 tonight and 10 more tomorrow. The breakdown for each was selected at random. The candidates will have 60 seconds to answer and 30 seconds for any follow-ups.

0:02:03 LH: Because of this large field, not every person will be able to comment on every topic. But over the course of the next two hours, we will hear from everyone. We’d also like to ask the audience to keep the reactions to a minimum. We are not going to be shy about making sure the candidates stick to time tonight.

0:02:20 SG: All right, so with that business out of the way, we wanna get to it. And we’ll start this evening with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator, good evening to you.

0:02:27 Elizabeth Warren: Thank you. Good to be here.

0:02:28 SG: You have many plans, free college, free childcare, government health care, cancellation of student debt, new taxes, new regulations, the break-up of major corporations. But this comes at a time when 71% of Americans say the economy is doing well, including 60% of Democrats. What do you say to those who worry this kind of significant change could be risky to the economy?

0:02:51 EW: So, I think of it this way, who is this economy really working for? It’s doing great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top. It’s doing great for giant drug companies. It’s just not doing great for people who are trying to get a prescription filled. It’s doing great for people who want to invest in private prisons just not for the African-Americans and Latinx whose families are torn apart, whose lives are destroyed, and whose communities are ruined. It’s doing great for giant oil companies that wanna drill everywhere. Just not for the rest of us who are watching climate change bear down upon us. When you’ve got a government, when you’ve got an economy that does great for those with money and isn’t doing great for everyone else, that is corruption pure and simple. We need to call it out. We need to attack it head on. And we need to make structural change in our government, in our economy and in our country.

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0:03:51 SG: Senator Klobuchar, you’ve called programs like free college something you might do if you were a “magic genie.” To be blunt, are the government programs and benefits that some of your rivals are offering, giving your voters, people, a false sense of what’s actually achievable?

0:04:15 Amy Klobuchar: Well, first the economy, we know that not everyone is sharing in this prosperity, and Donald Trump just sits in the White House and gloats about what’s going on when you have so many people that are having trouble affording college, and having trouble affording their premiums. So I do get concerned about paying for college for rich kids. I do. But I think my plan is a good one, and my plan would be to first of all make community college free, and make sure that everyone else, besides that top percentile, gets help with their education. My own dad, and my sister got their first degrees with community college. There’s many paths to success, as well as certifications. Secondly, I’d use Pell Grants, I double them. From $6000 to $12,000 a year, and expand it to the number of families that get covered. To families that make up to $100,000. And then the third thing I would do is make it easier for students to pay off their student loans. Because I can tell you this, if billionaires can pay off their yachts, students should be able to pay off their student loans.

0:05:22 SG: That’s time. Thank you.

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0:05:23 SG: Congressman O’Rourke, what we’ve just been discussing and talking about is how much fundamental change to the economy is desirable, and how much is actually doable? In that vein, some Democrats want a marginal individual tax rate of 70% on the very highest earners, those making more than $10 million a year. Would you support that? And if not, what would your top individual rate be?

0:05:48 Beto O’Rourke: This economy has got to work for everyone and right now we know that it isn’t and it’s gonna take all of us coming together to make sure that it does.

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0:06:19 BO: Right now, we have a system that favors those who can pay for access and outcomes, that’s how you explain an economy that is rigged to corporations and to the very wealthiest, a $2 trillion tax cut that favored corporations while they were sitting on record piles of cash, and the very wealthiest in this country at a time of historic wealth inequality. A new democracy that is revived because we returned power to the people. No PACs, no gerrymandering. Automatic and same day voter registration to bring in more voters and a new Voting Rights Act to get rid of the barriers in place now. That’s how we each have a voice in our democracy and make this economy work for everybody.

0:06:56 SG: That’s time sir… I’ll give you 10 seconds to answer if you wanna answer the direct question. Would you support a 70% individual marginal tax rate? Yes, No or pass.

0:07:06 BO: I would support a tax rate and a tax code that is fair to everyone. Tax capital at the same rate…

0:07:11 SG: 70%?

0:07:12 BO: That you tax ordinary income, take that corporate tax rate up to 28%, you would generate the revenues you need to pay for the programs we’re talking about.

0:07:19 SG: That’s time. Thank you. Senator Booker. There is a debate in this party right now about the role of corporations, as you know. Senator Warren, in particular, put out a plan to break up tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. You said we should not “be running around pointing at companies and breaking them up without any kind of process.” Why do you disagree?

0:07:41 Cory Booker: I don’t think I disagree. I think we have a serious problem in our country with corporate consolidation. You see the evidence of that in how dignity is being stripped from labor. And we have people that work full-time jobs and still can’t make a living wage, we see that because consumer prices are being raised by pharmaceutical companies that often have monopolistic holds on drugs. And you see that by just the fact that this is actually an economy that’s hurting small businesses and not allowing them to compete. One of the most aggressive bills in the Senate to deal with corporate consolidation is mine about corporate consolidation in the ag sector. So, I feel very strongly about the need to check the corporate consolidation and let the free market work. And I’ll tell you this, I live in a low income Black and Brown community, I see every single day that this economy is not working for average Americans. The indicators that are being used from GDP to Wall Street’s rankings is not helping people in my community. It is about time that we have economy that works for everybody, not just the wealthiest in our nation.

0:08:44 SG: But quickly Senator Booker, you did say that you didn’t think it was right to name, names. To name companies and single them out as Senator Warren has briefly. Why is that?

0:08:54 CB: Well, again I will single out companies like Halliburton or Amazon that pay nothing in taxes and our need to change that. And when it comes to antitrust law, what I will do is, number one, appoint judges that will enforce it. Number two, have a DOJ and a Federal Trade Commission that will go through the processes necessary to check this kind of corporate concentration. At the end of the day, we have too much of a problem with corporate power growing. We see that with everything from Citizens United, and the way they’re trying to influence Washington. It’s about time that we have a president that fights for the people in this country.

0:09:26 SG: That’s time sir…

0:09:27 CB: We need to have someone that’s a champion for them.

0:09:30 SG: Thank you Senator. Senator Warren, I mentioned you, are you picking winners and losers?

0:09:36 EW: So, the way I understand this, is there is way too much consolidation now in giant industries in this country. That hurts workers, it hurts small businesses, it hurts independent farmers, it hurts our economy overall. And, it helps constrict real innovation and growth in this economy. Now look, we’ve had the laws out there for a long time, to be able to fight back. What’s been missing is courage. Courage in Washington to take on the giants. That’s part of the corruption in this system. It has been far too long that the monopolies have been making the campaign contributions, have been funding the super PACs have been out there making sure that their influence is heard and felt in every single decision that gets made in Washington. Where I wanna start this, is I wanna return government to the people and that means calling out the names of the monopolists and saying, “I have the courage to go after them.”

0:10:36 SG: Thank you.

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0:10:39 LH: Secretary Castro, the next question is for you. Democrats have been talking about the pay gap for decades, what would you do to ensure that women are paid fairly in this country?

0:10:49 Juliu00e1n Castro: Thank you very much for that question, Lester. I grew up with a mother who raised my brother, Joaquin, and me as a single parent. And I know what it’s like to struggle, I know what it’s like to rent a home, and to worry about whether you’re gonna be able to pay the rent at the first of the month. And to see a mom work very, very hard and know that moms across this country are getting paid less simply because they’re women. I would do several things starting with something we should have done a long time ago, which is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, finally in this country. And, also pursue legislation so that women are paid equal pay for equal work in this country. It’s past time that we did that and we have to do this, if we wanna be the most prosperous nation in the 21st century, we need to make sure that women are paid what they deserve.

0:11:41 JD: All right, thank you. I wanna put the same question to Congresswoman Gabbard, your thoughts on equal pay?

0:11:46 Tulsi Gabbard: Now, first of all let’s recognize the situation we’re in, that the American people deserve a president who will put your interest ahead of the rich and powerful. That’s not what we have right now. I enlisted in the Army National Guard after the Al-Qaeda terror attacks on 9/11, so I could go after those who had attacked us on that day. I still serve as a Major, served over 16 years, deployed twice to the Middle East. And in Congress served on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees for over six years. I know the importance of our national security as well as the terribly high cost of war. And, for too long our leaders have failed us, taking us from one regime change war to the next leading us into a new Cold War and arms race costing us trillions of our hard earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end. As President, I will take your hard-earned taxpayer dollars and instead invest those dollars into serving your needs, things like health care, a green economy, good paying jobs, protecting our environment and so much more.

0:12:50 JD: Mayor De Blasio, good evening. You’re the mayor of the biggest city in the United States, but it’s also one of the cities in the country with the greatest gap between the wealthy and the poor. How would you address income inequality?

0:13:06 Bill De Blasio: Well, we’ve been addressing income inequality in New York City by raising wages, by raising benefits, by putting money back in the hands of working people; $15 minimum wage, paid sick days, pre-K for all, things that are making a huge difference in working-people’s lives. But let me tell you what we’re hearing here already in the first round of questions, is that battle for the heart and soul of our party. I wanna make it clear, this is supposed to be the party of working people. Yes, we’re supposed to be for a 70% tax rate on the wealthy. Yes, we’re supposed to be for free college, free public college for our young people. We are supposed to break up big corporations when they’re not serving our democracy. This Democratic party has to be strong and bold and progressive, and in New York we prove it, that we can do something very different. We can put money back in the hands of working people. And let me tell you, every time you talk about investing in people and their communities, you hear folks say, “There’s not enough money.” What I say to them every single time is, “There’s plenty of money in this world. There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.”

0:14:10 JD: Thank you.

0:14:10 BB: We Democrats have to fix that.

0:14:12 JD: Congressman Delaney, do you agree?

0:14:16 John Delaney: I think we need to do real things to help American workers and the American people, right? This is the issue that all of us hear on the campaign trail. We need to make sure everyone has a living wage. And I’ve called for a doubling of the earned income tax credit, raising the minimum wage and creating paid family leave. That will create a situation where people actually have a living wage. That gets right to workers. Then we gotta fix our public education system. It’s not delivering the results our kids needs, nor is college and post-high school, career in technical training programs doing that. I’m very different than everyone else here on the stage. Prior to being in Congress, I was an entrepreneur. I started two businesses. I created thousands of jobs. I spent my whole career helping small to mid-sized businesses all over the country; 5000 of them I supported. The Obama administration gave me an award for lending to disadvantaged communities.

0:15:09 JD: I know how to create jobs. We need a short-term strategy, which is to put money in the pockets of workers with the earned income tax credit, raising the minimum wage and creating paid family leave. And then we need to have a long-term strategy to make sure this country is competitive and we’re creating jobs everywhere in this country.

0:15:24 JD: Thank you. Governor Inslee, how would you address income inequality?

0:15:27 Jay Inslee: Well, I’m a little bit surprised. I think plans are great, but I’m a Governor and we gotta realize the people who brought us the weekend, unions, are gonna bring us a long overdue raise in America. And I’m proud of standing up for unions. I’ve got a plan to reinvigorate collective bargaining so we can increase wages finally. I marched with the SCIU folks. It is not right that the CEO of McDonald’s makes 2100 times more than the people slinging hash at McDonalds. And the next thing I’ll do is put people to work in the jobs of the present and the future. Look it, Donald Trump is simply wrong. He says wind turbines cause cancer. We know they cause jobs, and we know that we can put millions of people to work in the clean energy jobs of the future. Carpenters, IBEW’s members, machinists. We’re doing it in my state today, and then we can do what America always does, lead the world and invent the future and put people to work. That’s what we’re gonna do.

0:16:29 JD: So, Congressman Ryan, President Trump, and you just refered to him, promised that manufacturing jobs were all coming back to places like your home state of the Ohio. Can you make that same promise?

0:16:42 Tim Ryan: Yes, I believe you can, but first let’s say the President came, he said, “Don’t sell your house,” to people in Youngstown, Ohio. And in his administration just in the last two years, we lost 4000 jobs at a General Motors facility that rippled throughout our community. General Motors got a tax cut. General Motors got a bailout. And then they have the audacity to move a new car that they’re gonna produce, to Mexico. I’ve had family members that have to unbolt a machine from the factory floor, put it in a box and ship it to China. My area where I come from in Northeast Ohio, this issue we’re talking about here, it’s been going on 40 years. This is not a new phenomenon in the United States of America. The bottom 60% haven’t seen a raise since 1980. Meanwhile the top 1% control 90% of the wealth. We need an industrial policy saying, “We’re gonna dominate building electric vehicles. There’s gonna be 30 million made in the next 10 years. I want half of them made in the United States. I wanna dominate the solar industry…

0:17:44 JD: Thank you.

0:17:44 TR: And manufacture those here in the United States.

0:17:47 JD: Senator Warren, are they coming back? Are these jobs coming back?

0:17:50 EW: So, we’ve had an industrial policy in the United States for decades now, and it’s basically been, let giant corporations do whatever they wanna do. Giant corporations have exactly one loyalty and that is to profit, and if they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico or to Asia or to Canada, they’re gonna do it. So here’s what I propose for an industrial policy. Start with a place where there’s a real need. There’s going to be a worldwide need for green technology, ways to clean up the air, ways to clean up the water, and we can be the ones to provide that. We need to go tenfold in our research and development on green energy going forward. And then we need to say, any corporation can come and use that research. They can make all kinds of products from it, but they have to be manufactured right here in the United States of America. And then we have to double down and sell it around the world. There’s a $23 trillion market coming for green products. We should be the leaders and the owners and we should have that 1.2 million…

0:18:57 JD: Thank you.

0:18:58 EW: Manufacturing jobs here in America. We can do this.

0:19:01 LH: All right, we’re gonna turn to the issue of health care right now and really try to understand where there may or may not be daylight between you. Many people watching at home have health insurance coverage through their employer. Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government run plan? Just a show of hands to start out with.

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0:19:22 LH: All right, well, Senator Klobuchar let me put the question to you. You’re one of the Democrats who wants to keep private insurance in addition to a government health care plan. Why is an incremental approach in your view better than a sweeping overall?

0:19:36 AK: Well, I think it’s a bold approach. It’s something that Barack Obama wanted to do when we were working on the Affordable Care Act, and that is a public option. I am just simply concerned about kicking half of America off of their health insurance in four years, which is exactly what this bill says. So, let me go on beyond that. There is a much bigger issue in addition to that, and that is pharmaceuticals. The president literally went on TV, on Fox, and said that people’s head would spin when they see how much he would bring down pharmaceutical prices. Instead, 2500 drugs have gone up in double digits since he came into office. Instead, he gave $100 billion in giveaways to the pharma companies. For the rest of us, for the rest of America, that’s what we call at home, all foam and no beer. We got nothing out of it.

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0:20:28 AK: And so, my proposal is to do something about pharma, to take them on, to allow negotiation under Medicare, to bring in less expensive drugs from other countries, and pharma thinks they own Washington. Well, they don’t own me.

0:20:40 LH: Your time is up. Thank you.

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0:20:41 LH: Senator Warren, you signed on to Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan. It would put essentially everybody on Medicare, and then eliminate private plans that offer similar coverage. Is that the plan or path that you would pursue as president?

0:20:57 EW: So, yes, I’m with Bernie on Medicare for All, and let me tell you why. I’ve spent a big chunk of my life studying why families go broke. And one of the number one reasons is the cost of health care, medical bills. And that’s not just for people who don’t have insurance, it’s for people who have insurance. Look at the business model of an insurance company. It’s to bring in as many dollars as they can in premiums and to pay out as few dollars as possible for your health care. That leaves families with rising premiums, rising co-pays, and fighting with insurance companies to try to get the health care that their doctors say that they and their children need. Medicare for All solves that problem. And I understand, there are a lot of politicians who say, “Oh, it’s just not possible. We just can’t do it.” It’s have a lot of political reasons for this. What they’re really telling you, is they just won’t fight for it. Well, health care is a basic human right, and I will fight for basic human rights. That means Medicare for All.

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0:22:02 LH: Thank you.

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0:22:03 LH: Congressman O’Rourke, when you ran for Senate, you also praised the bill that would replaced private insurance. This year, you’re saying you’re no longer sure. Can you explain why?

0:22:14 BO: My goal is to ensure that every American is well enough to live to their full potential because they have health care. In Laredo, Texas, I met a young man, 27 years old, told me that he’d been to a doctor once in his life. And on that visit, he was told he had diabetes. He was told had glaucoma, and he was told untreated because he doesn’t have health care, he’ll be dead before the age of 40. So, getting to guaranteed high quality universal health care as quickly and surely as possible has to be our goal. The ability to afford your prescriptions and go to a primary care provider, the ability to see a mental health care provider. In Texas, the single largest provider of mental health care services is the county jail system today. And health care also has to mean that every woman can make her own decisions about her own body and has access to the care that makes that possible.

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0:23:06 BO: Our plan, says that if you’re uninsured, we enroll you in Medicare. If you’re insufficiently insured, you can’t afford your premiums, we enroll you in Medicare. But if you’re a member of a union that negotiated for a health care plan that you like because it works for you…

0:23:20 LH: Your time is up.

0:23:21 BO: And your family, you’re able to keep it, we preserve choice, by making sure that everybody has health care.

0:23:24 LH: Your time is up, Congressman, but I do wanna ask you a follow-up on this one. Just to be very clear, I’ll give you a 10 seconds. Would you replace private insurance?

0:23:31 BO: No. I think the choice is fundamental to our ability to get everybody cared for…

0:23:34 BB: Hey, wait, wait, Congressman O’Rourke. Congressman O’Rourke, private insurance is not working for tens of millions of Americans when you talk about the co-pays, the deductibles, the premiums, the out-of-pocket expenses, it’s not working. How can you defend the system that’s not working?

0:23:45 BO: That’s right. So, for those… For whom it’s not working, they can choose Medicare. For the culinary workers in Nevada who I listened to, who negotiated for those plans…

0:23:49 BB: Congressman. You got to start by acknowledging the system is not working for people.

0:23:54 BO: They are able to keep them.

0:23:55 BB: Why are you defending private insurance?

0:23:56 JD: 100 million Americans say they like their private health insurance, by the way. It should be noted that 100 million Americans. I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken.

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0:24:09 JD: Doesn’t that make sense? We should give everyone in this country health care as a basic human right for free. Full stop. But we should also give them the option to buy private insurance. Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people? And also, it’s bad policy. If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is, “How would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate?” Every single hospital administrator said they would close, and the Medicare for All bill requires payments to stay at current Medicare rates. So to some extent, we’re basically supporting a bill that will have every hospital close. My dad was a union electrician, right? I actually grew up in a working class family. He loved the health care that the IBEW gave him. And I just always think about my dad in anything I would do from a policy perspective. He’d look at me and he’d say, “Good job, John, for getting health care for every American. But why you’re taking my health care away?”

0:25:07 LH: I’ve let this play out a little bit because I’m fascinated to hear the daylight between you. Congresswoman Gabbard, why don’t you weigh in here?

0:25:13 TG: Yes. I think we’re talking about this in the wrong way. You’re talking about one bill over another bill. Really, what we’re talking about is our objective, making sure that every single sick American in this country is able to get the health care that they need. I believe Medicare for All is the way to do that. I also think that employers will recognize how much money will be saved by supporting a Medicare for All program. A program that will reduce the administrative costs, reduce the bureaucratic costs, and make sure that everyone gets that quality health care that they need.

0:25:45 LH: Yeah, Senator…

0:25:46 TG: I also think if you look at other countries in the world who have universal health care, every one of them has some form of a role of private insurance. I think that’s what we’ve gotta look at, taking the best of these ideas, but making sure unequivocally that no sick American goes without getting the care that they need, regardless of how much or little money they have in their pockets.

0:26:04 LH: Congresswoman… Congresswoman, thanks.

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0:26:06 LH: Let me turn to Senator Booker on this. Senator Booker, explain to me where you are. This is hugely important to people. So tell us where you are.

0:26:13 CB: I absolutely will. First of all, we’re talking about this as a health care issue, but in communities like mine, low-income communities, it’s an education issue, because kids who don’t have health care are not going to succeed in school. It is an issue for jobs and employment, because people who do not have good health care do not succeed at work. It’s even a retirement issue, because in my community, African-Americans have a lower life expectancy because of poorer health care. And so, where I stand is very clear. Health care, it’s not just a human right, it should be an American right. And I believe the best way to get there is Medicare for All. But I have an urgency about this. When I am president of the United States, I’m not going to wait. We have to do the things immediately that are going to provide better care. And on this debate, I’m sorry. There are too many people profiteering off of the pain of people in America, from pharmaceutical companies to insurers. Literally, the overhead for insurers that they charge is 15%, while Medicare’s overhead is only at 2%. We can do this better. And every single day I will be fighting to give people more access and more affordable costs until we get to my goal…

0:27:15 LH: Your time is up, Senator.

0:27:16 CB: Which is every American having health care.

0:27:19 LH: Time is up senator. I want to move back, if I can, to Congresswoman Gabbard.

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0:27:22 EW: I just wanna add to Senator Booker a point, though, and that is that the insurance companies last year alone sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system, $23 billion. And that doesn’t count the money that was paid to executives, the money that was spent lobbying Washington. We have a giant industry that wants our health care system to stay the way it is, because it’s not working for families, but it’s sure as heck working for them.

0:27:50 JI: It should not… It is not…

0:27:51 LH: Governor Inslee… Governor Inslee…

0:27:51 EW: It’s time for us to make families come first.

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0:27:55 JI: It should not be an option in the United States of America for any insurance company to deny a woman coverage for their exercise of their right of choice.

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0:28:06 JI: And I am the only candidate here who has passed a law protecting a woman’s right of reproductive health in health insurance. And I’m the only candidate who has passed a public option. And I respect everybody’s goals and plans here, but we do have one candidate that’s actually advanced the ball. And we’ve got to have access for everyone. I’ve done it as a public option.

0:28:29 LH: Time is up, Governor.

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0:28:30 S?: That’s a false claim.

0:28:30 LH: Senator Klobuchar, I wanna get you… I’m fascinated by this, Senator. Senator Klobuchar.

0:28:36 AK: I just want to say, there’s three women up here that have fought pretty hard for a woman’s right to choose. I’ll start with that.

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0:28:43 AK: And then I just want to make very clear, I think we share the goal of universal health care. And the idea I put out there, the public option, which the governor was just talking about, this idea is that you use Medicare or Medicaid without any insurance companies involved, you can do it either way. And the estimates are 13 million people would see a reduction in their premiums, 12 more million people would get covered. So, I think it is a beginning and the way you start and the way you move to universal health care.

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0:29:15 LH: Secretary Castro, this one is for you. All of you on stage support a woman’s right to an abortion. You all support some version of a government health care option. Would your plan cover abortion, Mr. Secretary?

0:29:26 JC: Yes, it would. I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom. I believe in reproductive justice.

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0:29:34 JC: And, what that means is that just because a woman, or let’s also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female, is poor, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose. And so, I absolutely would cover the right to have an abortion. More than that, everybody in this crowd and watching at home knows that, in our country today, a person’s right to choose is under assault in places like Missouri, in Alabama, in Georgia. I would appoint judges to the federal bench that understand the precedent of Roe v. Wade and will respect it. And in addition to that, make sure that we fight hard as we transition our health care system to one where everybody can get and exercise that right.

0:30:21 LH: Senator Warren, would you put limits on, any limits on abortion?

0:30:25 EW: I would make certain that every woman has access to the full range of reproductive health care services, and that includes birth control, it includes abortion, it includes everything for a woman.

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0:30:38 EW: And I want to add on that. It’s not enough for us to expect the courts to protect us. Forty-seven years ago, Roe vs Wade was decided, and we’ve all looked to the courts all that time, as state after state has undermined Roe, has put in exceptions, has come right up to the edge of taking away protections.

0:31:00 LH: Your time is up, Senator.

0:31:01 EW: We now have an America where most people support Roe vs Wade. We need to make that a federal law.

0:31:06 LH: Senator, you’re over. Thank you. Jose?

0:31:06 JD: Lester, thank you. Senator Booker, I want to kind of come back on a discussion we were having about health and the opioid crisis. You represent a state where 14 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies are based. Should pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these drugs be held criminally liable for what they do?

0:31:27 CB: They should absolutely be held criminally liable, because they are liable and responsible. This is one of the reasons why well before I was running for president, I said I would not take contributions from pharma companies, not take contributions from corporate PACs, or pharma executives, because they are part of this problem. And this opioid addiction in our country, we in cities like mine have been seeing how we’ve tried to arrest our way out of addiction for too long. It is time that we have a national urgency to deal with this problem and make the solutions that are working to actually be the law of our land and make the pharmaceutical companies that are responsible help to pay for that.

0:32:07 JD: Congressman O’Rourke, how would you deal with it?

0:32:10 BO: Tonight in this country, you have 2.3 million of our fellow Americans behind bars. It’s the largest prison population on the face of the planet. Many are there for nonviolent drug crimes, including possession of marijuana, at a time that more than half the states have legalized it or decriminalized it. And yet, despite what Purdue Pharma has done, their connection to the opioid crisis and the overdose deaths that we’re seeing throughout this country, they’ve been able to act with complete impunity and pay no consequences, not a single night in jail. Unless there’s accountability and justice, this crisis will continue. In my administration, we will hold them to account. We will make sure that they pay a price, and we will help those who’ve been victims of this malfeasance in this country, get them treatment and long-term care.

0:32:54 LH: I know immigration is on a lot of your minds here.

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0:32:57 LH: And I want to talk about it. We’re going to talk about it in a moment. We need to take a break. We’ll be back with more from Miami after this.

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0:34:13 S3: Tomorrow, the first real test of the 2020 presidential race continues with night two of the Democratic candidates debate. Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Harris battle it out with six others. Who will make the most of the moment? The first Democratic debate moderated by Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, José Diaz-Balart, Chuck Todd, and Rachel Maddow. Tomorrow at 9:00 Eastern, on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo.

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0:34:58 JD: We wanna turn to an issue that has been in the news especially this week. There are undocumented children being held alone in detention. Even as close as Homestead, Florida; right here, less than 30 miles from where we are tonight. Fathers and mothers and children are dying while trying to enter the United States of America. We saw that image. Today, it broke our hearts, and they had names, Oscar Martinez, and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria died trying to cross the river to ask for asylum in this country. Last month more than 130,000 migrants were apprehended at the Southern border. Secretary Castro, if you were President today, oy, what would you specifically do?

0:35:51 JC: Thank you very much Jose. I’m very proud that in April, I became the first candidate to put forward a comprehensive immigration plan and we saw those images…

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0:36:01 JC: Watching that image of Oscar and his daughter Valeria is heartbreaking. It should also piss us all off. If I were president today…

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0:36:15 JC: And it should spur us to action. If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’s zero tolerance policy, the remain in Mexico policy, and the metering policy. This metering policy is basically what prompted Oscar and Valeria to make that risky swim across the river. They have been playing games with people who are coming and trying to seek asylum at our ports of entry. Oscar and Valeria went to a port of entry and then they were denied the ability to make an asylum claim so they got frustrated and they tried to cross the river and they died because of that.

0:36:48 JD: On day one, sorry. I’m just gonna ask…

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0:36:50 JC: On day one, I would do that executive order that would address metering. And then I would follow that up in my first 100 days with immigration reform that will honor asylum claims, that would put undocumented immigrants, as long as they haven’t committed a serious crime on a pathway to citizenship. And then we’d get to the root cause of the issue, which is we need a Marshall Plan for Honduras, and Guatemala, and El Salvador, so that people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of coming to the United States to seek it.

0:37:20 JD: Senator Booker, what would you do on day one? And this is a situation that the next president will inherit.

0:37:25 CB: Yes.

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0:37:40 CB: On day one, I will make sure that, number one, we end the ICE policies and the Customs and Border Policies that are violating the human rights. When people come to this country, they do not leave their human rights at the border. Number two…

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0:37:55 CB: I will make sure that we reinstate DACA, that we reinstate pathways to citizenship for DACA recipients, and to make sure that people that are here on temporary protective status can stay and remain here. And then, finally, we need to make sure that we address the issues that made Oscar and Valeria come in the first place, by making major investments in the Northern Triangle, not like this president is doing, by ripping away the resources we need to actually solve this problem. We cannot surrender our values and to think that we’re gonna get border security. We actually will lose security and our values. We must fight for both.

0:38:34 JC: If I might very briefly, and this is an important point. My plan… And I’m glad to see that Senator Booker, Senator Warren, and Governor Inslee agree with me on this. My plan also includes getting rid of Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to go back to the way we used to treat this when somebody comes across the border, not to criminalize desperation, to treat that as a civil violation, and here’s why it’s important. We see all of this horrendous family separation. They use that law, Section 1325, to justify under the law, separating little children from their families.

0:39:09 JD: Thank you.

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0:39:10 JC: And so I wanna challenge every single candidate on this stage to support the repeal of Section 1325.

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0:39:17 JD: Thirty seconds.

0:39:19 CB: As my friend here said, I agree with him on that issue, but folks should understand that the separation of children from families doesn’t just go on at our border. It happens in our communities, as ICE are ripping away parents from their American children, spouses and the like, and are creating fear in cities all across this country where parents are afraid to even drop their kids off to school or go to work. We must end those policies, as well.

0:39:38 BB: Jose, we have to change the discussion about immigration in this country…

0:39:41 JD: Mayor?

0:39:42 BB: Because look at the bottom line here. Those tragic, that tragic photo of that parent, that child, and I’m saying this as a father. Every American should feel that in their heart, every American should say that is not America, those are not our values. But we have to get under the skin of why we have this crisis in our system, because we’re not being honest about the division that’s been fomented in this country. The way that American citizens have been told that immigrants somehow created their misery, and their pain, and their challenges. For all the American citizens out there who feel you’re falling behind or feel the American dream is not working for you, the immigrants didn’t do that to you.

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0:40:20 BB: The big corporations did that to you. The one percent did that to you. We need to be the party of working people, and that includes a party of immigrants. But first we have to tell working people in America who are hurting that we’re gonna be on their side every single time against those big corporations who created this mess to begin with, and remind people we’re all in this together. If we don’t change that debate, that politics that’s holding us back, we won’t get all these reforms people are talking about. That’s what we need to do as Democrats.

0:40:48 JD: Thank you. If I could, I’m sorry.

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0:40:58 JD: What would you do, Congressman, day one at the White House?

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0:41:09 BO: We would not turn back Valeria and her father, Oscar. We would accept them into this country and follow our own asylum laws. We would not build walls. We would not put kids in cages. In fact, we would spare no expense to reunite the families that have been separated already…

0:41:22 JC: But your policy would still criminalize a lot of these families. Congressman, your policy would still criminalize them because your policy doesn’t call for the repeal of Section 1325.

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0:41:25 BO: And we would not criminally prosecute any family who is fleeing violence and the persecution. We would make sure…

0:41:32 JD: Secretary, let him finish. And I will give you… But let him finish.

0:41:38 BO: We would not detain any family fleeing violence, in fact, fleeing the deadliest countries on the face of the planet today. We would implement a family case management program so they could be cared for in the community at a fraction of the cost. And then we would rewrite our immigration laws in our own image. Free Dreamers forever from any fear of deportation by making them US citizens here in this country. Invest in solutions in Central America, work with regional stakeholders so there’s no reason to make that 2000 mile journey to this country.

0:42:05 JD: Thank you. Secretary, I’ll give you 30 seconds.

0:42:09 JC: Let’s be very clear. The reason that they’re separating these little children from their families is that they’re using Section 1325 of that act which criminalizes coming across the border to incarcerate the parents and then separate them. Some of us on this stage have called to end that section, to terminate it. Some, like Congressman O’Rourke, have not. And I wanna challenge all of the candidates to do that.

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0:42:34 JC: I just think it’s a mistake, Beto. I think it’s a mistake. And I think that if you truly wanna change the system, then we gotta repeal that section. If not, then it might as well be the same policy.

0:42:42 JD: Thank you.

0:42:43 BO: Let me respond to this very briefly. Actually, as a member of a Congress, I helped to introduce legislation that would ensure that we don’t criminalize those who are seeking asylum and refuge in this country.

0:42:53 JC: I’m not talking about the ones that are seeking asylum. I’m talking about everybody else.

0:42:55 BO: If you’re fleeing desperation, then I want to make sure… I want to make sure you are treated with respect.

0:43:00 JC: I’m still talking about everybody else.

0:43:01 BO: But you’re looking at just one small part of this. I’m talking about a comprehensive rewrite of our immigration laws.

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0:43:06 JC: That’s not true.

0:43:06 BO: And if we do that, I don’t think it’s asking too much for people to follow our laws when they come to this country.

0:43:09 JC: That’s actually not true. I’m talking about millions of folks… A lot of folks that are coming are not seeking asylum. A lot of them are undocumented immigrants, right? And you said recently that the reason you didn’t wanna repeal Section 1325 was because you were concerned about human trafficking and drug trafficking. But let me tell you what, Section 18, title 18 of the US code, title 21 and title 22, already cover human trafficking.

0:43:35 BO: If we apprehend a known smuggler or drug trafficker, we’re going to make sure that they’re deported and criminally prosecuted.

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0:43:37 JC: I think that you should do your homework on this issue. If you did your homework on this issue, you would know that we should repeal this section.

0:43:44 JD: This is an issue that we should and could be talking about for a long time, and we will for a long time.

0:43:49 JD: Can we talk about the conditions about why people are coming here?

0:43:52 JD: Let’s let Lester… Savannah, sorry. Savannah, I know, it’s just… We could go on…

0:43:58 JD: But rather than talk about specific provisions, we really have to talk about why these people are coming to our country.

0:44:02 SG: You’ll get your chance.

0:44:03 JD: And what are we gonna do to actually make a difference in these countries?

0:44:06 SG: Congressman, you’ll get your chance. Let’s continue the discussion.

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0:44:10 SG: Senator Klobuchar…

0:44:10 AK: Yes.

0:44:10 SG: Let’s talk about what Secretary Castro just said. He wants to no longer have it be a crime to illegally cross the border. Do you support that? Do you think it should be a civil offense only? And if so, do you worry about potentially incentivizing people to come here?

0:44:29 AK: Immigrants, they do not diminish America. They are America. And I am happy to look at his proposal. But I do think you want to make sure that you have provisions in place that allow you to go after traffickers and allow you to go after people who are violating the law. What I really think we need to step back and talk about is the economic imperative here. And that is that 70 of our Fortune 500 companies are headed by people that came from other countries. 25% of our US Nobel laureates were born in other countries.

0:45:04 AK: We have a situation right now where we need workers in our fields and in our factories, we need them to start small businesses, we need their ideas, and this president has literally gone backwards at a time where our economy needs immigrants. And so my proposal is to look at that 2013 bill that passed the Senate with Republican support, to upgrade that bill, to make it as good as possible and get it done. It brings the debt down by $158 billion. It gives a path to citizenship, for citizen, for people who can become citizens. And it would be so much better for economy in America.

0:45:40 SG: Senator that’s time, thank you. Congressman Ryan, same question, should it be a crime to illegally cross the border or should it be a civil offense only?

0:45:49 TR: Well, I agree with Secretary Castro. I think there are other provisions in the law that will allow you to prosecute people for coming over here if they’re dealing in drugs, and other things, that’s already established in the law. So there’s no need to repeat it. And I think it’s abhorrent, we’re talking about this father who got killed with his daughter and the issues here, a way these kids are being treated. If you go to Guantanamo Bay, there are terrorists that are held, they get better health care than those kids that have tried to cross the border in the United States, that needs to stop. And I think the president should immediately ask doctors and nurses to go immediately down to the border and start taking care of these kids. What kind of country are we running here where we have a president of the United States who’s so focused on hate and fear and division and what has happened now, the end result is now we’ve got kids literally laying in their own snot with three-week-old diapers that haven’t been changed? We’ve got to tell this president that is not a sign of strength, Mr. President, that is a sign of weakness.

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0:46:55 SG: Congressman, Senator Booker, I will go to you. But a lot of people… Jose asked the question, if you’re president on day one, what will you do with the fact that you will have families here? There’s been a lot of talk about what you’ll do in the first 100 days about legislation. What will you actually do with these families? How will you care for them? Will they be detained or will they not be?

0:47:19 CB: Well, this is a related and brief point because what we’re talking about, what Secretary Castro, and I are talking about is that we have the power to better deal with this problem through the civil process than the criminal process. I have been to some of the largest private prisons which are repugnant to me, that people are profiting off incarceration and they’re immigration lockups. Our country has made so many mistakes by criminalizing things, whether it’s immigration, whether it’s mental illness, whether it’s addiction. We know that this is not the way to deal with problems. There is a humane way that affirms human rights and human dignity, and actually solve this problem. Donald Trump isn’t solving this problem. We’ve seen under his leadership a surge at our border. We solve this problem by making investments in the Northern Triangle to stop the reasons why people are being driven here in the first place, and we make sure we use our resources to provide health care, to affirm the values and human dignity to people that come here because we cannot sacrifice our values, our ideals, as a nation for border security, we can have both by doing this the right way.

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0:48:21 SG: All right, Senator, thank you. Let me go to Governor Inslee on this. What would you do on day one? Same question I just asked Cory Booker, I have yet to hear an answer from anyone on this stage. What will you do with the families that will be here?

0:48:34 JI: There is no reason for the detention and separation of these children. They should be released, pending their hearings, and they should have a hearing and the law should be followed, that’s what should happen. And we should do what we’re doing in Washington state. I’m proud that we’ve passed a law that prevents local law enforcement for being turned into mini-ICE agents. I’m proud to have been the first governor to stand up against Donald Trump’s heinous Muslim ban. I’m proud to be a person who’s not only talked about Dreamers, but being one of the first to make sure that they get a college education, so that they can realize their dreams. These are some of the most inspirational people in our state. And I’ll leave you with this thought, if you wanna know what I think. Donald Trump the other day tried to threaten me. He thought it was a threat to tell me that he would send refugees in Washington state if we passed the law that I passed. And I told him, “That’s not a threat at all. We welcome refugees into our state. We recognize diversity as a strength. This is how we built America, that tradition is gonna continue if I’m president of the United States.”

0:49:40 LH: We are gonna switch, we are gonna switch to another topic now. We’ve got a lot to get through, let’s, let’s talk about…

0:49:43 JD: Just one more topic on this, my grandfather was actually separated from his family when he came to this country.

0:49:47 LH: We’re gonna talk about Iran right now because we’re working against the clock. Tankers have been attacked, a US drone has been shot down, there have been disturbing threats issued by both the US and Iranian leadership. I’d like if you can just for a moment to put aside how you think we may have gotten here, but what I wanna know is how do you dial it back? So a show of hands, who as president would sign on to the 2015 nuclear deal as it was originally negotiated? That’s a, well, Cory, Senator Booker, why not?

0:50:17 CB: May I address that? First and foremost, it was a mistake to pull out of that deal. And one of the reasons why we’re seeing this hostility now is because Donald Trump is marching us to a far more dangerous situation. Literally, he took us out of a deal that gave us transparency into their nuclear program and pushed back a nuclear breakout 10, 20 years. And now we see Iran threatening to go further and we are pulled, being pulled in further and further into this crisis. We need to renegotiate, and get back into a deal, but I’m not gonna have a primary platform to say, “Unilaterally, I’m gonna rejoin that deal.” Because when I am president of United States, I’m gonna do the best I can to secure this country, and that region and make sure that if I have an opportunity to leverage a better deal, I’m gonna do it.

0:50:58 LH: All right, Senator Klobuchar, I’d like you to answer that question because you’ve said, you’ve said you would negotiate yourself back into the Iranian agreement. Can you argue that that nuclear pact as it was ratified was a good deal?

0:51:09 S?: Yes it was.

0:51:11 AK: It was imperfect, but it was a good deal for that moment. I would have worked to get longer sunset periods, and that’s something we could negotiate to get back in the deal, but the point is, Donald Trump told us when he got out of it that he was gonna give us a better deal, those were his words. And now we are a month away from the Iranians who claim now that they’re going to blow the caps on enriching uranium. And the Iranians have told us this. And so that’s where we are right now. He has made us less safe than we were when he became President. So what I would do is negotiate us back into that agreement is stand with our allies and not give unlimited leverage to China and Russia, which is what he has done. And then finally, I would make sure that if there was any possibility of a conflict, and we’re having this debate in Congress right now, that he comes to Congress for an authorization of military force. I would do that. And this president, is literally every single day, 10 minutes away from going to war, one tweet away from going to war. And I don’t think we should conduct…

0:52:14 LH: All right, your time is up.

0:52:15 AK: Foreign policy in our bath robe at 5:00 in the morning, which is what he does.

0:52:19 LH: Congresswoman Gabbard.

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0:52:23 LH: You’ve said you would sign back out of the 2015 deal, would you insist, though, that it address Iran’s support for Hezbollah?

0:52:32 TG: Let’s deal with the situation where we are, where this President and his chicken-hawk cabinet have led us to the brink of war with Iran. I served in the war, in Iraq at the height of the war in 2005. A war that took over 4000 of my brothers and sisters in uniforms lives. The American people need to understand that this war with Iran, would be far more devastating, far more costly than anything that we ever saw in Iraq. It would take many more lives, it would exacerbate the refugee crisis and it wouldn’t be just contained within Iran. This would turn into a regional war. This is why it’s so important that every one of us, every single American stand up and say, “No war with Iran.”

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0:53:18 TG: We need to get back into the Iran Nuclear Agreement and we need to negotiate how we can improve it. It was an imperfect deal. There are issues like their missile development that needs to be addressed, we can do both simultaneously to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and preventing us from going to war.

0:53:36 LH: Your time is up. And just a very quick follow-up, but what would your red line be, that would, for military action against Iran?

0:53:44 TG: Look, obviously, if there was an attack against the American, our troops then there would have to be a response. But my point is, and it’s important for us to recognize this. Is Donald Trump and his cabinet, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and others are creating a situation that just a spark would light off a war with Iran, which is incredibly dangerous. That’s why we need to de-escalate tensions. Trump needs to get back into the Iran nuclear deal and swallow his pride, put the American people first.

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0:54:13 BB: Hey but wait a minute…

0:54:13 SG: All right. We are out of time, we’re up against a hard break but we will have much more.

0:54:15 BB: No Republicans have been serious about the war [0:54:17] ____.

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0:54:18 SG: Mayor De Blasio we will have it more. The commercial is coming, we will continue our questioning next with Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow. Stick around, we’ll have a lot more with some very anxious candidates, just ahead.

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0:55:02 Steve Kornacki: All right, well, on election day 2020 Donald Trump will be something he was not on election day 2016, that is President Donald Trump. An incumbent running for re-election, in some ways, a re-election campaign for a President of course becomes a referendum and how folks feel the president did during his four years in office. So what can we say about how voters have been reacting so far to the Trump presidency? Well, what you see here, this is his average approval rating, meaning you’ve always got these different polls out there, one day NBC will have one, the next day CNN will have one, they’re always coming in from all over the place. This trend line is an average. A day-to-day, average of all of those polls put together. And what you see here in this trendline, it’s a very narrow range that Trump is operating. And what I mean by that is, look at this, this is his high watermark, his peak as president, his average approval rating at its best 46%. And when was this? Early February 2017, that was his honeymoon. He had just become president, that makes him different right there.

0:56:03 SK: From every modern predecessor, he has, because all of them have gotten to 60%, 65%, 70% at least for a short period, they all had honeymoons. Trump’s honeymoon, he couldn’t even crack 50%. So, already we see a lower ceiling for Trump than we’ve seen with past presidents. But that comes with a flipside, and that is the basement for Trump. Look at this, 37% is the low point he’s hit in his average approval rating as president. That is actually not as low as some of his predecessors have gone. We’ve seen Nixon, Bush Senior, Carter, we saw them fall into the 20s at some point during their term. That has not happened to Trump either. Thirty-seven on the low-end, 46 on the high end. Right now, somewhere in between, it’s a very narrow range. It speaks to polarization, I’ll tell you, it speaks to something else. Is this presidency really any different politically in terms of how it’s being received than the campaign in 2016? ‘Cause compare this trendline, 46:37, low, high, compare that to Trump’s support against Hillary Clinton in the polls in the fall of 2016.

0:57:06 SK: Trump’s average support at a low point, 36%. At a high point, about 43.5%. Of course, on election day, what was the number he hit? 46%, the same high watermark he’s had in his approval rating. So Trump has been operating in the same range as a candidate, as President, we say it speaks to polarization, it also speaks to… Look, this is somebody who succeeded as a candidate in 2016, despite some very, very high negative numbers, what I mean by that is look at this, the exit poll on election day. Do you think Donald Trump’s qualified to be president? Only 38% said they thought he was qualified for the job. The clear majority said Trump wasn’t qualified. Does he have the temperament? 35% said he had the temperament. Do you like him? Do you have a favorable view? Only 40% did. You’re not supposed to be able to win with those numbers. Trump was one of the big reasons… His opponent Hillary Clinton by election day 2016 almost as unpopular as he was only 43% favorable. It created that narrow path for Trump. And that becomes the question, when you look at that approval rating now, in 2020 can he make his opponent as unpopular on election day, as Clinton was in ’16?

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0:58:52 LH: And welcome back everyone of the first Democratic presidential debate from the Arts Center in Miami.

0:58:56 SG: And as we continue the questioning, time to get more members of our team in the mix.

0:59:01 JD: Right, now let’s turn it over to Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow. Take it away.

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0:59:07 Rachel Maddow: All right. We’re gonna start by recapping the rules. 20 candidates qualified for this first Democratic debate. We’re gonna hear from 10 tonight, 10 more tomorrow. The breakdown for each night was selected at random. Now, the candidates will have 60 seconds to answer, 30 seconds for a follow-up if necessary, and we will be ruthless if necessary.

0:59:25 Chuck Todd: Yeah, we can do that. By the way, hi Rachel.

0:59:27 RM: Hi, Chuck.

0:59:27 CT: How are you doing?

0:59:28 RM: Good.

0:59:28 CT: And we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. We’re gonna be talking about guns and climate here up top. A whole lot more in this hour. Obviously, because of the size of the field, not every person will be able to weigh in on everything, but over the course of this next hour, we will hear from everyone, I promise, everybody. And to begin with, we’re gonna go with guns. And Senator Warren, I wanna start with you. We are less than 50 miles from Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a school shooting last year, and where there has been significant activism on gun violence ever since. Many of you are calling for a restoration of an assault weapons ban, but even if implemented, there will still be hundreds of millions of guns in this country. Should there be a role for the federal government…

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1:00:13 CT: Everybody’s mics are on. I think we have a… I heard that, too. That’s okay. I think we had a little mic issue in the back.

1:00:19 RM: Control room, we’ve got conflict on…

1:00:21 CT: I think we heard… We have the audience audio. All right. The question is simply this. I apologize you guys didn’t get to hear this, the first part of the question. Obviously, we’re not far from Parkland, Florida. Gun activism has become a big part of high school life up there in Broward County. Many of you are calling for tighter gun restrictions, some of you are calling for the restoration of the assault weapons ban, but even if it’s put in place, there are still gonna be perhaps hundreds of millions of guns still on the streets. Is there a role for the federal government to play in order to get these guns off the streets?

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1:01:03 RM: What’s happening?

1:01:04 CT: We are hearing our colleague’s audio. If the control room could turn off the mics…

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1:01:12 CT: Yeah. If the control room could turn off the mics of our previous moderators we will…

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1:01:19 RM: We prepared for everything.

1:01:21 CT: Yes.

1:01:22 RM: We did not prepare for this.

1:01:22 CT: Guess what guys, we’re gonna take a quick break. We’re gonna get this technical situation fixed and we’ll be right back.

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1:02:04 SK: All right. Let’s take a look at the Electoral College in 2020. The place to start obviously is where the last election ended, 2016. And remember, of course, by the popular vote, Hillary Clinton had almost 3,000,000 more of those than Donald Trump, but we don’t elect the President by national popular vote, we do it by the Electoral College, and there Donald Trump had the right combination of votes in the right States, enough to win 306 electoral votes for him, so how is that map looking for 2020?

1:02:33 SK: Well, first of all, one thing you need to do, just understand how narrow that Trump path was in the electoral college in 2016. You can start by looking at Wisconsin. Look at that margin there. Fewer than 25,000 votes separated Clinton from Trump in Wisconsin. This was a state that had not gone for a Republican in a presidential election since 1984. By a margin of fewer than 25,000 votes, Trump becomes the first in over three decades. He gets Wisconsin. The margin in Michigan even closer, barely 10,000 votes, Trump over Clinton, and again that’s the first time since ’88 that a Republican carried Michigan. And then there was Pennsylvania here about 44,000 votes. That’s the margin for Trump over Clinton in Pennsylvania. Trump wins all three of those states. Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania by a combined total of about 75,000 votes. That’s it. But that’s enough to win the electoral college.

1:03:30 SK: For Democrats, if they wanna reverse the result of 2016, that is the easiest and most direct path, at least on paper. You flip those states where Trump’s margin was the narrowest, those states that had been voting Democratic before 2016, you flip them back, you win the electoral college; if everything else stays the same. That’s the most direct path for Democrats, at least on paper. But hey, things can change over the course of a few years. There are other states to be keeping an eye on as well. I’ll give you an example, perfect one right here, Florida. We always talk about Florida. Remember, Florida, Florida, Florida, from back in 2000. Well, here’s one again, Donald Trump, somewhat of a surprise on election night. The Clinton campaign had been feeling decent about Florida, but Trump pulled out Florida in 2016, 29 electoral votes right there. We obviously expect to be very competitive in 2020. If the Democrats can flip Florida, just given the size of the state, that is a massive change.

1:04:23 SK: The one cautionary note for Democrats though, they had a big year in the 2018 midterms, it was not big enough to carry over to Florida. In Florida, in the 2018 midterms, a Republican won the Governor’s race, Republican won the Senate race, ousted a Democratic incumbent in fact in that Senate race. So Florida, it’s tantalizing on paper for Democrats. It’s always tantalizing on paper for Democrats, but does 2018 tell you that maybe there’s a little bit more Republican strength there in Florida? And of course, Arizona. This is the one Democrats have been talking about now. A long time Red state that Democrats think demographically might be trending in their favor. This is a state Democrats did do well in in the 2018 midterms, winning a senate race there, Clinton got within three points. Democrats hope that there’s some momentum there. Some demographic, some political momentum, and they can flip Arizona. That could change things too.

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1:05:33 CT: We believe we have the technical difficulties fixed.

1:05:46 RM: Never say that. [chuckle]

1:05:47 CT: Never say never. But we will… We will march forward here. And I will lean forward here a little bit. Senator Warren, we’re gonna get to the gun question here. Parkland, Florida, it’s just north of here in Broward County. As you know, it has created a lot of teenage activism on the gun issue. It has inspired a lot of you to come out with more robust plans to deal with guns including assault weapons ban, but even if you’re able to implement that, what do you do about the hundreds of millions of guns already out there? And does a federal government have to play a role in dealing with it?

1:06:22 EW: In this period of time that I’ve been running for president, I’ve had more than a 100 town halls, I’ve taken more than 2000 unfiltered questions, and the single hardest question I’ve gotten, I got one from a little boy and I got one from a little girl. And that is to say, “When you’re president, how are you going to keep us safe?” That’s our responsibility as adults. Seven children will die today from gun violence, children and teenagers. And they won’t just die in mass shootings. They’ll die on sidewalks, they’ll die in playgrounds, they’ll die in people’s backyards. Gun violence is a national health emergency in this country, and we need to treat it like that.

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1:07:09 EW: What can we do? We can do the things that are sensible. We can do the universal background checks. We can ban the weapons of war. But we can also double down on the research, and find out what really works, where it is that we can make the differences at the margins that will keep our children safe. We need to treat this like the virus that’s killing our children.

1:07:31 CT: Thank you Senator Warren. You didn’t address… Do you think the federal government needs to go and figure out a way to get the guns that are already out there? Very quickly.

1:07:37 EW: What I think we need to do, is we need to treat it like a serious research problem, which we have not done.

1:07:44 CT: Okay.

1:07:45 EW: Guns in the hands of a collector who’s had them for decades, who’s never fired, who takes safety seriously, that’s very different from guns that are sold and turned over quickly. We can’t treat this as an across-the-board problem. We have to treat it like a public health emergency that means bring data to bear, and it means make real change in this country…

1:08:09 CT: Thank you. Thank you senator.

1:08:09 EW: Whether it’s politically popular or not.

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1:08:12 CT: Senator Booker, you have a program…

1:08:13 EW: We need to fight for our children.

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1:08:15 CT: Senator Booker, you have a federal government buy-back program in your plan, how is that gonna work?

1:08:24 CB: Well, first of all, I wanna say, my colleague and I both have been hearing this on the campaign trail. But what’s even worse is I hear gunshots in my neighborhood. I think I’m the only one. I hope I’m the only one on this panel here that had seven people shot in their neighborhood just last week. Someone I knew, Shahad Smith was killed with an assault rifle at the top of my block last year. For millions of Americans, this is not a policy issue, this is an urgency. And for those who’ve not been directly affected, they’re tired of living in a country where their kids go to school to learn about reading, writing, and arithmetic, and how to deal with an active shooter in their school. This is something that I’m tired of, and I’m tired of hearing people, all they have to offer is thoughts and prayers.

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1:09:07 CB: In my faith, people say, “Faith without works is dead.” We will find a way. But the reason we have a problem right now is we’ve let the corporate gun lobby frame this debate. It is time that we have bold actions and a bold agenda. I will get that done as President of the United States because this is not about policy, this is personal.

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1:09:27 CT: Thank you Senator Booker.

1:09:28 RM: Secretary Castro, I’d like to talk to you about something that Senator Booker just mentioned there. The idea of active shooter drills in schools. The school shootings seem like an almost everyday or every week occurrence now. They don’t make a complete news cycle anymore, no matter the death toll. As parents are so afraid as their kids go off to school, that their kids will be caught up in something like this. Next to nothing has changed in federal law that might affect the prevalence of school shootings. Is this a problem that is going to continue to get worse over our lifetimes, or is there something that you would do as president that you really think would turn it around?

1:10:01 JC: Yeah, Rachel. I’m the dad of a 10-year-old girl, Carina, who’s here tonight. And the worst thing is knowing that your child might be worried about what could happen at school, a place that’s supposed to be safe. The answer to your question is, no, we don’t have to accept that. And I believe that on January 20th, 2021, at 12:01 PM, we’re gonna have a Democratic President, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate.

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1:10:34 JC: And the activists of Parkland, folks from Moms Demand who have risen up across the United States and inspired so many people.

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1:10:45 JC: We may not have seen yet legislative action, but we’re getting closer. The House took a vote. In the Senate, the question often is, if the decision is between 60 votes, a filibuster, or passing common sense gun reform, I’m gonna choose common sense gun reform. I believe that we’re gonna be able to get that done in 2021.

1:11:07 RM: Secretary Castro, thank you.

1:11:09 TR: Rachel, I have something to add to this, briefly.

1:11:12 RM: We’ll give you 30 seconds for follow-up on that question, on that answer from Secretary Castro, Congressman Ryan.

1:11:18 TR: You’re talking about in the schools, these kids are traumatized. I support all the gun reforms here. We need to start dealing with the trauma that our kids have. We need trauma-based care in every school. We need social and emotional learning in every school. 90% of the shooters who do school shootings, come from the school they’re in and 73% of them feel shamed, traumatized, or bullied.

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1:11:42 TR: We need to make sure that these kids feel connected to the school. That means a mental health counselor in every single school in the United States. We need to start playing offense. If our kids are so traumatized that they’re getting a gun and going into our schools, we’re doing something wrong too, and we need reform around trauma-based care.

1:11:58 RM: Thank you Congressman Ryan.

1:12:00 CT: Congressman O’Rourke, you’re a Texan whose campaigned, you campaigned all over the state in 2018, in the most conservative parts there. What do you tell a gun owner who may agree with you on everything else? Okay. But says, “You know what, the Democrats, if I vote for ’em in there, they’re gonna take my gun away. And even though I agree with you on these other issues, I… ” How do you have that conversation?

1:12:19 BO: Here’s how we had that conversation in Texas. I shared with them what I learned from those students who survived the Santa Fe High School shooting. A young student named Bree, her friend Marcel, who survived another shooting, the mother of a victim who lost her life, Ronda Hart. They talked about universal background checks where you close every loophole, we know that they save lives. Talked about ending the sales of assault weapons into our communities, those weapons of war were designed to kill people as effectively and as efficiently as possible, they should belong on the battlefield, and not in our communities.

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1:12:53 BO: Red Flag laws, so that if someone poses a danger to themselves or to someone else, they’re stopped, before it’s too late. And what I found in each one of those 254 counties is that Democrats and Independents and Republicans, gun owners and non-gun owners alike agreed that this effort must be led by the young people that you referenced at the beginning of this issue. Those students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas led the charge here in Florida, and they’ve been able to change those laws. They’re making our democracy work, ensuring that our values and our interests and our priorities are reflected in the laws that we pass.

1:13:26 CT: Thank you, thank you Congressman O’Rourke, hang on. Let me give 30 seconds Senator Klobuchar, the Iron Range, I’m curious, gun confiscation. If the government is buying back, how do you not have that conversation?

1:13:42 AK: Well that’s not confiscation. You could give them the offer to buy back the gun. But I’ll say this, I look at these proposals and I say, “Does this hurt my Uncle Dick in his deer stand coming from a proud hunting and fishing state. These proposals don’t do that. When I was a prosecutor, I supported the assault weapon ban. When I was in the Senate, I saw those moms from Sandy Hook come and try to advocate for change, and we all failed. And then now these Parkland kids from Florida, they started a literally, a national shift. You know why, it’s just like with gay marriage, when kids talk to their parents and their grandparents they say, “I don’t understand why we can’t put these sensible things in place,” they listen. And if we get bested by a bunch of 17-year-olds, it’s the best thing that ever happened.

1:14:25 CT: Senator thank you.

1:14:26 AK: We need to get to…

1:14:26 CT: Senator thank you…

1:14:27 RM: Senator Booker let me go to you on another matter.

1:14:28 CT: We got another issue.

1:14:29 RM: Senator Mitch McConnell says that his most consequential achievement as Senate Majority Leader was preventing President Obama from filling a Supreme Court seat. Having served with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, do you believe they would confirm your court nominees?

1:14:45 CB: I’m gonna use of 20 seconds just to say this, one thing we don’t all agree with when it comes to guns and I think it’s common sense. And over 70% Americans agree with me. If you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to buy and own a firearm. And not everybody in this field agrees with that, but in states like Connecticut, that did that, they saw 40% drops in gun violence and 15% drops in suicides. We need to start having bold agendas on guns, when it comes to the Supreme Court very clearly, I agree with my friend, Secretary Castro. We are going to get to 50 votes in the Senate. This is a team sport, whoever is our nominee, needs to campaign in places like South Carolina ’cause we can elect Jamie Harrison. They need to campaign in places like Iowa, because we can win a Senate seat there. This is about getting us back to having 50 votes in the Senate, and more, so that we can not only balance the Supreme Court, but start to pass an aggressive agenda that frankly isn’t so aggressive because most of America agrees with the policy objectives of our party.

1:15:48 RM: Mayor De Blasio I wanna…

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1:15:52 JD: We have to actually…

1:15:54 RM: Congressman Delaney, you’ll have some time in a moment on this issue.

1:15:56 JD: This issue is related…

1:15:57 RM: Congressman Delaney, I’ll give you some time in a moment. Mayor De Blasio as an executive in the largest city in this country, you are used to saying what you want to have happen and having it happen. If you nominate a Supreme Court nominee as President of the United States and Mitch McConnell is still Senate Majority Leader, what makes you believe that he would allow you to make a nominee?

1:16:15 BB: Rachel, I am Chief Executive of the nation’s largest city and I also wanna just to say something quick on the gun issue and come to your question. Look, I run the largest police force in America, too and if we’re gonna stop these shootings we’re gonna get these guns off the street we have to have a very different relationship between our police and our community. I also wanna say there’s something that sets me apart from all my colleagues running in this race, that is for the last 21 years, I’ve been raising a black son in America. And I have had to have very, very serious talks with my son, Dante, about how to protect himself on the streets of our city, and all over this country, including how to deal with the fact that he has to take special caution, because there’ve been too many tragedies between our young men and our police too, as we saw recently in Indiana. We need to have a different conversation in this country about guns, but also a different conversation about policing that brings police and community together. We’ve done that in New York City and we’ve driven down crime while we’ve done it.

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1:17:10 BB: But to your question about Mitch McConnell, there’s a political solution that we have to come to grips with. If the Democratic Party would stop acting like the party of the elites and be the party of working people again and go into states including red states to convince people we’re on their side, we can put pressure on their senators to actually have to vote for the nominees that have put forward decent jurists who deserve that right.

1:17:31 RM: That’s time sir. That’s time. Thank you Mayor De Blasio.

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1:17:33 CT: Senator Warren, I’m gonna get you… I will get you 30 seconds. I promise. Let me get this question. We’re trying… I know you guys, we got other issues we’re trying to get to including a big one coming up in a minute, but Senator Warren, I wanna continue on the Mitch McConnell thing because you have a lot of ambitious plans.

1:17:50 EW: I do.

1:17:50 CT: You have a plan for that. Okay, we talked about the Supreme Court. Do you have a plan to deal with Mitch McConnell if you don’t beat him in the Senate, if he’s still sitting there as the Senate Majority Leader, it’s very plausible you’d be elected President with a Republican senate. Do you have a plan to deal with Mitch McConnell?

1:18:09 EW: I do.

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1:18:17 EW: We are a democracy and the way a democracy is supposed to work, is the will of the people matters. Now we, for far too long, have had a Congress in Washington that has just completely dismissed what people care about across this country. They have made this country work much better for those who can make giant contributions, made it work better for those who hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers, and not made it work for the people. Well, here’s how I see this happening. Number one, sure, I wanna see us get a Democratic majority in the Senate. But short of the Democratic majority in the Senate, you better understand, the fight still goes on. It starts in the White House and it means that everybody we energize in 2020 stays on the front lines come January 2021. We have to push from the outside, have leadership from the inside and make this Congress reflect the will of the people.

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1:19:17 CT: I’m gonna get a couple of you in here. I’m gonna get a couple of you in here. 30 seconds. Congressman Delaney, you seem to believe you can do everything in a bipartisan manner. Mitch McConnell doesn’t operate that way. He operates differently. Why do you think he is going to conform to your style?

1:19:35 JD: We need to get things done that’s why I believe we need to operate in a bipartisan manner. Listen, I’ll sign into law bills that come to the White House that are passed on a party line basis, absolutely. But all the big transformative things we’ve ever done in this country’s history have happened when huge majorities of the American people get behind them. Which is why we need real solutions, not impossible promises. We need to put forth ideas of work, whether it’s on health care, creating universal health care, so that every American gets health care, but not running on making private insurance illegal.

1:20:08 CT: Okay.

1:20:08 JD: The gun issue is related. The gun safety issue is related because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been with folks in Western Maryland, and they’ve said to me, “Democrats don’t do anything for us. Republicans don’t do anything for us. You fight all the time.” So they vote on that single issue.

1:20:24 CT: Okay, thank you.

1:20:24 JD: If we become the party of getting things done…

1:20:27 CT: I understand.

1:20:27 JD: For the American people, with real solutions not impossible promises, we’ll be able to get all these things done.

1:20:31 CT: Senator Booker, hang on. Sure. I promise 30… I promise two 30… Senator Booker, 30 seconds. You, how do you deal with Mitch? You’ve been in the Senate. You can’t get bills on the floor right now with Mitch McConnell. Presidents can’t do it. Is President Booker gonna get his bills on the floor with Senator McConnell?

1:20:48 CB: When I got to the United States Senate, going back to what De Blasio said, as an African-American man in an African-American dominated community, I knew one of the biggest issue was criminal justice reform. From police accountability, to dealing with the fact that we have a nation that has more African-Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves in 1850. And when I got to the Senate, people told me, “We could not get a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill done.” As my colleagues in the Senate know, I fought on that bill from the day I got to the Senate, built coalitions across the aisle and today we passed the First Step Act. It’s not as far as I wanna go, but thousands of people will be liberated. I have gotten… I’ve taken on tough problems, people said we cannot achieve and I have been able to get things accomplished.

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1:21:28 CT: Thank you, Senator Booker. Rachel’s got the next question.

1:21:31 RM: We are going to make… We are going… Hold on. Governor, you’re gonna be happy with where we go. Governor Inslee, this next question is to you.

1:21:37 CT: Just give us a second.

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1:21:38 RM: You got me? Do you got me?

1:21:39 JI: Rachel…

1:21:42 RM: You have staked your candidacy on the issue of climate change. It is first, second and third priority for you. You said it’s all the issues. Let’s get specific. We’re here in Miami, which is already experiencing serious flooding on sunny days as a result of sea level rise. Parts of Miami beach and the keys could be underwater in our lifetimes. Does your plan save Miami?

1:22:04 JI: Yes. First, by taking away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell to start with, we have to do that.

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1:22:10 JI: Look it, we are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change and we are the last that can do something about it. Our towns are burning, our fields are flooding, Miami is inundated. And we have to understand this is a climate crisis, an emergency. And it is our last chance in the administration, next one, to do something about it. And we need to do what I’ve done in my state. We’ve passed a 100% Clean Electrical Grid Bill. We now have a vision statement and my plan has been called the gold standard of putting people to work. But the most important thing on this and the biggest decision for the American public is, who is gonna make this the first priority? And I am the candidate and the only one who’s saying this has to be the top priority of the United States, the organizing principle to mobilize the United States so that we can do what we’ve always done. Lead the world and invent the future and put 8 million people to work.

1:23:15 RM: Governor Inslee, thank you. Governor.

1:23:16 JI: That’s what we are gonna do.

1:23:17 CT: Congressman O’Rourke, you’ve also put out a big climate change plan from your campaign. You want some big changes in a pretty short period of time including switching to renewable energy, pushing to replace gas-powered cars in favor of electric ones. What’s your message to a voter who supports the overall goal of what you’re trying to do but suddenly feels as if government’s telling them how to live and ordering them how to live? What is that balance like?

1:23:40 BO: I think you’ve gotta bring everybody in to the decisions and the solutions to the challenges that we face. That’s why we’re traveling everywhere, listening to everyone. We were in Pacific Junction, a town that had never meaningly flooded before just up against the Missouri river in Iowa. And every home in that community had flooded. There were farms just outside of Pacific Junction that were effectively lakes, those farmers already underwater in debt, their markets closed to them by a trade war under this administration and now they don’t know what to do. We, in our administration, are gonna fund resiliency in those communities in Miami, in Houston, Texas; those places that are on the front lines of climate change today. We’re gonna mobilize $5 trillion in this economy over the next 10 years. We’re gonna free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuels and we’re gonna put farmers and ranchers in the driver’s seat, renewable and sustainable agriculture to make sure that we capture more carbon out of the air and keep more of it in the soil. Paying farmers for the environmental services that they wanna provide. If all of us does all that we can, then we’re gonna be able to keep this planet from warming another two degrees Celsius and ensure that we match what this country can do and live up to our promise and our potential.

1:24:54 CT: 30 seconds. Secretary Castro, who pays for the mitigation to climate, whether it’s building sea walls for people that are perhaps living in places that they shouldn’t be living. Is this a federal government issue that needs to do that? Do they have to move these people? What do you do about that where maybe they’re building a house someplace that isn’t safe? Who pays to build that house? And how much should the government be bailing them out?

1:25:21 JC: Well, I don’t think that that represents the vast majority of the issue. In fact, my first visit after I announced my candidacy wasn’t to Iowa or New Hampshire. It was to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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1:25:35 JC: Because people should know that if I’m elected the president, everybody will count. And I’m one of the few candidates in this race with executive experience with a track record of getting things done. When I was mayor of San Antonio, we moved our local public utility. We began to shift it from coal-fired plants to solar and other renewables, and also created more than 800 jobs doing that. And when I was HUD secretary, we worked on the national disaster resilience competition to invest in communities that were trying to rebuild from natural disasters in a sustainable way. That’s the way that we’re gonna help make sure that we’re all safer in the years to come, and that we combat climate change.

1:26:11 CT: Thank you.

1:26:12 JC: And if I’m elected president, the first thing that I would do, like Senator Klobuchar also said is sign an Executive Order re-committing us to the Paris climate accord so that we [1:26:20] ____.

1:26:20 CT: Congressman Ryan, I got a full question for you here, which is simply this. There are a lot of the climate plans include pricing carbon, taxing carbon in some way. This type of proposal has been tried in a few places, whether it’s Washington State where voters voted it down. You’ve had the yellow vest movement. We had in Australia, one party get rejected out of fear of the cost of climate change being put on the backs of the consumer. If pricing carbon is just politically impossible, how do we pay for climate mitigation?

1:26:53 TR: Well, there’s a variety of different ways to pay. We talk about different ways of raising revenue, and I think we’ve gotta build our way out of this and grow our way out of this. But let me just talk real quick to the previous question about real politics. We could talk about climate, we could talk about guns, we could talk about all of these issues that we all care about. We have a perception problem with the Democratic party. We are not connecting to the working class people in the very states that I represent in Ohio, in the industrial Midwest. We’ve lost all connection that we have got to change the center of gravity of the Democratic party from being coastal, and elitist and Ivy League which is the perception to somebody from the forgotten communities that have been left behind for the last 30 years, to get those workers back on our side. So we can say, “We’re gonna build electric vehicles. We’re gonna build solar panels.” But if you wanna beat Mitch McConnell, this better be a working class party if you wanna go into Kentucky and take his rear end out. And if you wanna take Lindsey Graham out, you gotta have a blue-collar party that can go into the textile communities in South Carolina.

1:28:02 CT: Okay. Thank you.

1:28:03 TR: All I’m saying here…

1:28:04 CT: Thank you, Congressman Ryan.

1:28:05 TR: All I’m saying here is…

1:28:06 CT: Thank you, Congressman Ryan.

1:28:07 TR: All I’m saying here is here… If we don’t address that fundamental problem with our connection to workers, white, black, brown, gay, straight, working class people…

1:28:16 CT: Thank you, Congressman.

1:28:16 TR: None of this is gonna get done, Chuck.

1:28:17 CT: Thank you very much. We’re gonna keep moving. Congressman Delaney, I’m gonna get to you.

1:28:22 JD: This is… I introduced the only bipartisan carbon tax bill in Congress…

1:28:25 CT: 30 second…

1:28:25 JD: This is really important.

1:28:26 CT: All right, 30 seconds, go.

1:28:26 JD: All the economists agree that a carbon pricing mechanism works. You just have to do it right. You can’t put a price on carbon, raise energy prices, and not give the money back to the American people. My proposal, which is put a price on carbon, give a dividend back to the American people. It goes out one pocket back in the other…

1:28:45 CT: Thank you, Congressman.

1:28:46 JD: I can get that passed my first year as president with a coalition of every Democrat in the Congress, and the Republicans who live in coastal states.

1:28:53 CT: Thank you. Congressman, thank you.

1:28:54 JD: These Republicans in Florida, they actually care about this issue.

1:28:57 CT: Thank you very much.

1:28:58 JD: This has gotta be our way forward if we’re actually serious about this issue.

1:29:01 CT: Thank you. Congresswoman Gabbard.

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1:29:03 CT: We’re gonna move here. One of the first things you did after launching your campaign was to issue an apology to the LGBTQ community about your past stances and statements on gay rights after the Trump administration’s rollbacks of civil rights protections for many in that community. Why should voters in that community, or voters that care about this issue in general trust you now?

1:29:23 TG: Let me say that there is no one in our government at any level who has the right to tell any American who they should be allowed to love or they should be allowed to marry.

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1:29:36 TG: My record in Congress for over six years shows my commitment to fighting for LGBTQ equality. I serve on the equality caucus and recently voted for passage of the Equality Act. Maybe many people in this country can relate to the fact that I grew up in a socially conservative home, held views when I was very young that I no longer hold today. I’ve served with LGBTQ service members, both in training and deployed down range. I know that they would give their life for me, and I would give my life for them.

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1:30:10 TG: It is this commitment that I’ll carry through as President of the United States, recognizing that there are still people who are facing discrimination in the workplace. Still people were unable to find a home for their families. It is this kind of discrimination that we need to address.

1:30:24 CB: But it’s not enough.

1:30:24 CT: Thank you. Thank you, Congresswoman Gabbard.

1:30:25 CB: If I can add to this. It’s very important.

1:30:27 CT: 30 seconds, Senator.

1:30:28 CB: This is not enough. Look, civil rights is some place to begin, but in the African-American civil rights community, another place to focus on was to stop the lynching of African-Americans. We do not talk enough about trans-Americans, especially African-American trans-Americans, and the incredibly high rates of murder right now. We don’t talk enough about how many children, about 30% of the LGBTQ kids who do not go to school because of fear. It’s not enough just to be on the Equality Act. I’m an original co-sponsor. We need to have a President that will fight to protect LGBTQ Americans every single day from violence in our country.

1:31:04 CT: Thank you. Senator Booker.

1:31:04 RM: Senator Klobuchar, let me put this to you. On the issue of civil rights, for decades… On the issue of civil rights and demographics, honestly, and politics. For decades, the Democratic Party has counted on African-American voter turnout as step one to winning elections on a national level. Democrats are counting on the Latino community now and in the future in the same way. What have you done for Black and Latino voters that should enthuse them about going to the polls for you if you are your party’s nominate?

1:31:35 AK: My life and my career and my work in this Senate has been about economic opportunity. And to me, this means better childcare for everyone in this country. And when you wanna have an economy that works, you need to have retirement that works. You need to have public schools that work, and you also need to make sure that that those communities are able to get those jobs of the future, the STEM jobs. In fact, Donald Trump, one of the first bills that he signed of the 34 he signed where I was the lead Democrat, okay, that’s a first up here, was one that was about that, making sure minority community members could share in those jobs. So to me, this is about a few things. It’s about an African-American woman that goes to a hospital in New Orleans, says her hands are swollen, and then doctor ignores her, and her baby dies. It’s about the fact that African-American women make 61 cents for every dollar a white man makes. So in short, we need to one, and I will do this in my first 100 days as president. We will work to make sure everyone can vote at this table, everyone can vote in this country, and we will also go to the next step of criminal justice reform. Senator Booker and I worked on that First Step Act, but we should go to the second step act which is to help all our communities across the country.

1:32:53 RM: Senator, thank you very much. Thirty second follow-up to you, Secretary Castro, this is a 70% Latino city here in Miami. You are the only Latino Democrat who is running this year in the presidential race.

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1:33:03 RM: Is that enough of an answer? What Senator Klobuchar is describing there, an economic justice agenda. Is that enough to mobilize Latino voters to stand with the Democratic party in a big way?

1:33:15 JC: Well, I also think that we have to recognize racial and social justice. And I was in Charleston not too long ago, and I remembered that Dylann Roof went to the Mother Emanuel AME Church, and he murdered nine people who were worshipping, and then he was apprehended by police without incident. Well, but what about Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and Laquan McDonald, and Sandra Bland, and Pamela Turner, and Antonio Arce? I’m proud that I’m the only candidate so far that has put forward legislation that would reform our policing system in America and make sure that no matter what the color of your skin is, that you’re treated the same, including Latinos who were mistreated too often times by police.

1:33:52 RM: Secretary Castro, thank you.

1:33:53 CT: Let me go over to Lester Holt who’s got a question, I believe, a viewer question.

1:33:57 LH: I’m over here, Chuck. Thanks. We asked voters from across the country to submit their questions to the candidates. Let me read one now. This comes from John in New York who submitted this question. He asks, “Does the United States have a responsibility to protect? In the case of genocide or crimes against humanity, do we have a responsibility to intervene, to protect people threatened by their governments even when atrocities do not affect American core interests?” I’d like to direct that question to Congressman O’Rourke.

1:34:29 BO: John, I appreciate the question. The answer is yes. But that action should always be undertaken with allies and partners and friends. When the United States presents a united front, we have a much better chance of achieving our foreign policy aims and preventing the kind of genocide to which you refer, the kind of genocide that we saw in Rwanda, the kind of genocide we wanna stop going forward. But unfortunately, under this administration, President Trump has alienated our allies and our friends and our alliances. He’s diminished our standing in the world, and he’s made us weaker as a country, less able to confront challenges whether it’s Iran, or North Korea, or Vladimir Putin in Russia who attacked and invaded our democracy in 2016, and who President Trump has offered another invitation to do the same. He’s embraced strong men and dictators at the expense of the great democracies. As president, I will make sure that we live our values in our foreign policy. I will ensure that we strengthen those alliances and partnerships and friendships and meet any challenge that we face together. That makes America stronger.

1:35:35 BB: But what about the War Powers Act?

1:35:37 RM: Congressman O’Rourke. Thank you.

1:35:38 BB: Okay, what about the War Powers Act being a part of that equation with deep respect to the congressman? Look, we’ve learned painful lessons as Americans that we’ve gone to war without congressional authorization. Look, this is very personal for me. I know the cost of war. My dad served in the Pacific in World War II in the US Army, Battle of Okinawa, had half his leg blown off, and he came home with scars, both physical and emotional, and he did not recover. He spiraled downward, and he ultimately took his own life. And that battle didn’t kill him, but that war did. And look, even in the humanitarian crisis, and I think we should be ready, congressmen, to intervene. God forbid, there is a genocide, but not without congressional approval. Democrats and Republicans both in the Congress have not challenged presidents and have let them get away with running the military without the congressional approval. We learned a lesson in Vietnam we seem to have forgotten. The decisions have to be made by the United States Congress in the name of the people.

1:36:36 RM: I’m gonna pickup… I wanna pickup this point, and I wanna put this to Congressman Ryan. Today, the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing two American service members in Afghanistan. Leaders as disparate as President Obama and President Trump have both said that they want to end US involvement in Afghanistan, but it isn’t over for America. Why isn’t it over? Why can’t presidents of very different parties and very different temperaments get us out of there, and how could you?

1:37:00 TR: I appreciate that question. So I’ve been in Congress 17 years and 12 of those years, I’ve sat on the Armed Services Committee. They’re the Defense Appropriations Committee or the Armed Services Committee, and the lesson that I’ve learned over the years is that you have to stay engaged in these situations. Nobody likes it, it’s long, it’s tedious. But right now, we have… So I would say we must be engaged in this, we must have our State Department engage, we must have our military engaged to the extent they need to be. But the reality of it is this president doesn’t even have people appointed in the state department to deal with these things whether we’re talking about Central America, whether we’re talking about talking about Iran, whether we’re talking about Afghanistan, we’ve gotta be completely engaged and here’s why, because these flare-ups distract us from the real problems in the country. If we’re getting a drone shot down for $130 million because the President is distracted, that’s $130 million that we could be spending in places like Youngstown, Ohio, or Flint, Michigan, or rebuilding…

1:38:05 TG: Congressman Ryan…

1:38:06 RM: Congresswoman Gabbard, I’m gonna give you 30 seconds actually to jump off what he said. He described engagement as the problem.

1:38:12 TG: Is that what you will tell the parents of those two soldiers who were just killed in Afghanistan. “Well, we just have to be engaged.” As a soldier, I will tell you that answer is unacceptable. We have to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. We are in a place in Afghanistan where we have lost so many lives, we’ve spent so much money, money that’s coming out of every one of our pockets, money that should be going into communities here at home, meeting the needs of the people here at home. We are no better off in Afghanistan today than we were when this war began. This is why it’s so important to have a President Commander-in-Chief who knows the cost of war and who’s ready to do the job on day one. I am ready to do that job when I walk into the Oval Office.

1:38:55 RM: Congresswoman, thank you very much.

1:38:57 TR: Hold on, hold on… Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

1:39:00 CT: Listen, I’m gonna go down the line here. You know what, you felt like she was responding to you, you get 30 seconds, go.

1:39:04 TR: Thank you, you’re a very good man, I appreciate that.

1:39:05 CT: Fair enough, I hear what you’re saying.

1:39:06 TR: I would just say, I don’t wanna be…

1:39:07 CT: She invoked it.

1:39:08 TR: I don’t wanna be engaged. I wish we were spending all this money in places that I’ve represented that have been completely forgotten and we were rebuilding. But the reality of it is if the United States isn’t engaged, the Taliban will grow, and they will have bigger, bolder terrorist acts. We have got to have some present there, as long as [1:39:28] ____.

1:39:28 TG: The Taliban was there long before we came in, they’ll be there long before we leave.

1:39:31 TR: Yeah, exactly. Well, they were. And they were flying…

1:39:33 TG: We cannot keep US troops deployed to Afghanistan, thinking that we’re going to somehow squash this Taliban, that has been there, that every other country that’s tried has failed.

1:39:40 TR: I didn’t say squash them, I didn’t say squash them. When we weren’t in there, they started flying planes into our buildings. So I’m just saying right now, we have an obligation…

1:39:50 TG: The Taliban didn’t attack us on 9/11, Al-Qaeda did.

1:39:52 TR: Well, I understand…

1:39:54 TG: Al-Qaeda attacked us on 911, that’s why I and so many other people joined the military to go after Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban.

1:40:02 TR: I understand that. The Taliban…

1:40:02 CT: Go ahead, Congressman, finish up 10 seconds.

1:40:02 TR: The Taliban was protecting those people who were plotting against us. All I’m saying is, if we wanna go into elections and we wanna say that we gotta withdraw from the world, that’s what President Trump is saying. We can’t, I would love for us to.

1:40:17 TG: You know who’s protecting Al-Qaeda right now, it’s Saudi Arabia.

1:40:19 CT: I wanna go down the line here, finish up foreign policy, it’s a simple question, what is our… What is the biggest threat to… Who is the geo-political threat to the United States? Just give me a one word answer Congressman Delaney.

1:40:30 JD: Could you repeat the question.

1:40:31 CT: Greatest geo-political threat to the United States right now. Congressman Delaney.

1:40:34 JD: Well, the biggest geo-political challenge is China, but the biggest geo-political threat remains nuclear weapons. So those are different questions.

1:40:42 CT: Okay, I gotcha, totally get it. Go ahead, Governor Inslee.

1:40:45 JD: The biggest threat to the security of the United States is Donald Trump, there’s no question.

1:40:50 CT: Okay. Congresswoman Gabbard.

1:40:52 TG: The greatest…

1:40:54 CT: Greatest geo-political threat.

1:40:56 TG: The greatest threat that we face, is the fact that we are at a greater risk of nuclear war today than ever before in history.

1:41:02 CT: Senator Klobuchar.

1:41:03 AK: Two threats, economic threat China. But our major threat right now is what’s going on in the Mid East with Iran, if we don’t get our act together.

1:41:10 CT: Okay, try to keep it at one… Slimmer than what we’ve been going here, one or two words.

1:41:13 BO: Our existential threat is climate change, we have to confront it before it’s too late.

1:41:17 CT: Senator Warren.

1:41:18 EW: Climate change.

1:41:19 CT: Yeah, Senator Booker.

1:41:20 CB: Nuclear proliferation and Climate Change.

1:41:22 CT: Secretary Castro.

1:41:23 JC: It’s China and climate change.

1:41:26 CT: Congressman Ryan.

1:41:27 TR: China without a question. They’re wiping us around the world economically.

1:41:32 CT: And Mr. Mayor.

1:41:33 BB: Russia, because they’re trying to undermine our democracy and they’ve been doing a pretty damn good job of it and we need to stop them.

1:41:39 CT: All right, well, thank you for that wide variety of answers. And I mean that. No, I mean that in a… That’s what this debate is about, this is the best part of a debate like this. Congressman O’Rourke, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report outlines multiple instances of potential criminal behavior by President Trump, how speaker Pelosi has publicly and privately resisted any move toward impeachment in the house. If the House chooses not to impeach, as president, would you do anything to address the potential crimes that were outlined in Mr. Mueller’s report?

1:42:17 BO: Yes, and I’ll tell you why.

1:42:18 CT: How by the way? If the answer is yes.

1:42:23 BO: One of the most powerful pieces of art in the United States capital is the Trumbull painting of General George Washington resigning his commission to the Continental Congress, at the height of his power submitting to the rule of law and the will of people. That has withstood the test of time for the last 243 years. If we set another precedent now, that a candidate who invited the participation of a foreign power, a President who sought to obstruct the investigation into the invasion of our democracy, if we allow him to get away with this with complete impunity, then we will have set a new standard. And that is that some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law. And we cannot allow that to stand. So we must begin impeachment now, so that we have the facts and the truth and we follow them as far as they go, and as high up as they reach, and we save this democracy. And if we’ve not been able to do that in this year or the year that follows, and under my administration, our Department of Justice will pursue these facts and ensure that there are consequences, there’s accountability and there’s justice, it’s the only way that we save this country.

1:43:25 CT: Thank you, Congressman O’Rourke.

1:43:27 RM: Congressman Delaney, because of the accountability issues that Congressman O’Rourke was just describing there, and the real political landscape in which Nancy Pelosi is saying that impeachment will not be pursued in the house, it raises the prospect, and the Mueller report raises the prospect that President Trump could be prosecuted for some of those potential crimes down the line. No US President has ever been prosecuted for crimes after leaving office, do you believe that President Trump could or should be the first?

1:43:56 JD: I guess there’s always a first.

1:44:00 RM: Should he be the first?

1:44:00 JD: I don’t think anyone’s above the law. I don’t think anyone is above the law, including a President. I support speaker Pelosi’s decisions that she’s making in the House of Representatives right now, as speaker… I think she knows more about the decision as to whether to impeach the president than any of the 2020 candidates, combined.

1:44:17 RM: Conceded. On the issue of prosecution…

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1:44:18 JD: But I do think… I do think that no one’s above the law. And this president, who is lawless, should not be above the law. But I will tell you, Rachel, the one thing when you’re out doing as much campaigning as I’ve done. 400 events, all 99 counties in Iowa, this is not the number one issue the American people ask us about. It’s not. They wanna know what we’re gonna do for health care, how we’re gonna lower pharmaceutical prices, how we’re gonna build infrastructure, what we’re gonna do to create jobs in their communities?

1:44:46 JD: You know, last year in our country, 80% of the money for start-up businesses went to 50 counties in this country. There’s over 3000 counties in this country. That’s what they care about, they care about what’s going on in the public schools, they care about what’s going on with jobs in their communities… With their pay, with their health care, with infrastructure… These are the issues, these kind of kitchen table pocketbook issues are actually what most Americans care about. They never ask about the Mueller report… They never ask about it. They want to know, how we’re gonna solve these problems?

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1:45:11 RM: Understood. Congressman thank you. Congressman, thank you. Your time is up. Your time is up. You’ve hit time sir.

1:45:20 CT: Here is the thing… I still, Senator we get…

1:45:23 AK: But if we let the Republicans run our elections…

1:45:25 CT: We got to…

1:45:25 AK: And if we do not do something about Russian interference in the election, and we let Mitch McConnell stop all the backup paper ballots, then we’re not gonna get what we want to do.

1:45:34 CT: I gotta sneak it up… But we blew through a break. Which is good news to give you more time. So I got a sneak one in now… More of this debate, it’s picking up here. It continues right after this.

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1:45:55 RM: We are going to start with something different tonight. This is one of those things that you have not been otherwise hearing about in the news, but stick with me.

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1:46:11 SK: Well, here it is… This is the month to start looking at, on your calendar February 2020 that’s when all the talk ends, and the voting begins. And that massive, gigantic, enormous democratic presidential field, it gets thinned down, and maybe by the end of that month we’ll even have a pretty good sense who the nominee is gonna be. Iowa always in that lead-off position. The Iowa caucus, there it is Monday, February 3rd, the race begins in Iowa. And then traditionally, it is an eight-day stretch from Iowa to New Hampshire. First caucus is in Iowa, first primary in New Hampshire eight days later. So you can expect however many candidates are left when they get to the starting line in Iowa, there’s probably gonna be far fewer eight days later, between Iowa and New Hampshire. You can expect a lot of winnowing to take place, you’ll have some clear candidates who are out in front as well.

1:47:00 SK: Next up, this is a new one on the Democratic, a relatively new one. Only the last couple of cycles in Nevada, caucuses in Nevada. That’s the next one, and then the big one, obviously the South Carolina primary, the first in the south, primary at the end of the month. And of course, South Carolina very important because this is the first state where you’re gonna have a really substantial black population voting, 60%. More than 60% of the democratic electorate in the 2016 South Carolina primary, was African-American, so a key test there. Four individual contests, we’ll talk only about these states the nights they come in. That’s gonna be February. But then flip the calendar, from the last day of February. Look at this. Go into March, just a couple of days later, Super Tuesday.

1:47:43 SK: Super Tuesday, let me give you a sense of what that looks like, massive, enormous. You go from one contest at a time, all the same… You got California, you got Texas, you got a bunch in the south, you got Massachusetts, Minnesota, all of these states. All at once. So, February is gonna produce some clarity in terms of who’s a contender. Super Tuesday, mega primary. That could give us some real answers potentially in early March.

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1:49:17 LH: We are back from Miami and it’s time now for closing statements. Each candidate has 45 seconds. We wanna begin with former Congressman Delaney.

1:49:27 JD: Closing now?

1:49:29 LH: Closing.

1:49:29 JD: Okay.

1:49:29 LH: 45 seconds.

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1:49:32 LH: We could go on.

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1:49:34 JD: Together, we are on a mission. We’re on a mission to find the America that’s been lost. Lost through in-fighting, lost through inaction. We’re so much better than this. We’re a country that used to do things. We saved the world. We created the American dream for millions of people like myself; the grandson of immigrants, the son of a union electrician who went on to become a successful business leader and create thousands of jobs. But we did these things with real solutions, not with impossible promises, and those are the roots that we have to get back to. I’m running for president to solve these problems, to build infrastructure, to fix our broken health care system, to invest in communities that have been left behind, to improve public education. I just don’t wanna be your president, to be your president.

1:50:23 LH: Congressman, your 45 seconds is over.

1:50:23 JD: I wanna be your president to do the job.

1:50:26 LH: Thank you, sir.

1:50:27 JD: This is not about me. This is about getting America working again.

1:50:31 LH: Thank you.

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1:50:33 SG: Mayor de Blasio. Mayor, your closing statement.

1:50:37 BB: It matters. It matters in this fight for the heart and soul of our party that we nominate a candidate who has seen the face of poverty and didn’t just talk about it, but gave people $15 minimum wage. It matters that we nominate a candidate who saw the destruction wrought by a broken health care system and gave people universal health care. It matters that we choose someone who saw the wasted potential of our children denied Pre-K and gave it to every single one of them for free. These things really matter. And these are the things that I’ve done in New York, and I wanna do the same for this whole country, because putting working people first; it matters. We need to be that party again. Let’s work together. With your help, we can put working people first again in America.

1:51:26 SG: Thank you, Mayor De Blasio. Right on time.

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1:51:29 JD: Governor Inslee, 45 seconds.

1:51:31 JI: Trudi and I have three grandchildren, and we love them all. And when I was thinking about whether to run for President, I made a decision. I decided that on my last day on Earth, I wanted to look them in the eye and tell them I did everything humanly possible to protect them from the ravages of the climate crisis. And I know to a moral certainty, if we do not have the next President who commits to this as the top priority, it won’t get done. And I am the only candidate; frankly, I’m surprised. I’m the only candidate who has made this commitment to make it the top priority. If you join me in that recognition of how important this is, we can have a unified national mission. We can save ourselves. We can save our children. We can save our grandchildren. And we can save, literally, the life on this planet. This is our moment.

1:52:26 JD: Governor, thank you.

1:52:26 CT: Congressman Ryan, you have 45 seconds.

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1:52:31 TR: There’s nothing worse than not being heard; nothing worse than not being seen. And I know that because I’ve represented, for 17 years in Congress, a forgotten community. They’ve tried to divide us, who’s white, who’s black, who’s gay, who’s straight, who’s a man, who’s a woman, and they ran away with all the gold, because they divided the working class. It’s time for us to come together. I don’t know how you feel, but I’m ready to play some offense. I come from the middle of industrial America, but these problems are all over our country. There’s a tent city in LA, there’s homeless people and people around our country who can’t afford a home. It’s time for us to get back on track. The teacher in Texas, the nurse in New Hampshire, the waitress in Wisconsin, all of us coming together, playing offense with an agenda that lifts everybody up.

1:53:23 CT: Thank you, Congressman Ryan.

1:53:23 TR: I will only promise you one thing. When I walk into that Oval Office every morning, you will not be forgotten. Your voice will be heard.

1:53:33 CT: Thank you, Congressman.

1:53:33 TR: Thank you.

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1:53:34 RM: Congresswoman Gabbard, you have 45 seconds for your closing.

1:53:37 TG: Our nation was founded on the principles of service above self, people who fled kings who literally prospered on the backs and the sacrifices of people, coming here to this country, instead putting in place a government that is of, by, and for the people. But that’s not what we have. Instead, we have a government that is of, by, and for the rich and powerful. This must end. As President, our White House, our White House will be a beacon of light, providing hope and opportunity, ushering in a new century, where every single person will be able to get the health care they need, where we will have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, where we will have good paying jobs and a new green economy. Join me in ushering in this new century with peace, prosperity, opportunity and justice for all.

1:54:32 RM: Congresswoman, thank you.

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1:54:33 LH: Secretary Castro, you have 45 seconds, sir.

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1:54:36 JC: Me llamo Julián Castro, y estoy postulando por presidente de los Estados Unidos.

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1:54:42 JC: The very fact that I can say that tonight shows the progress that we have made in this country. Like many of you, I know the promise of America. My grandmother came here when she was seven years old as an immigrant from Mexico, and just two generations later, one of her grandsons is serving the United States Congress and the other one is running for President of the United States.

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1:55:03 JC: If I am elected president, I will work hard every single day, so that you and your family can get good health care, your child can get a good education, and that you can have good job opportunities, whether you live in a big city or a small town. And on January 20th, 2021, we’ll say adios to Donald Trump.

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1:55:23 S?: [1:55:23] ____.

1:55:23 SG: Senator Klobuchar, the floor is yours.

1:55:26 AK: Three things to know about me. First, I listen to people, and that’s how I get things done. That is my focus. I have a track record of passing over 100 bills where I’m the lead Democrat and that is because I listened and I acted, and think that’s important in a President. Everything else just melts away. Secondly, I’m someone that can win and beat Donald Trump. I have won every place, every race, and every time. I have won in the reddest of districts, ones had Donald Trump won by over 20 points. I can win in states like Wisconsin and Iowa, and in Michigan.

1:56:01 AK: And finally, yeah, I am not the establishment party candidate. I’ve got respect, but I’m not that person. I am the one that doesn’t have a political machine that doesn’t come from money, and I don’t make all the promises that everyone up here makes, but I can promise you this, I am going to govern with integrity, I’m gonna have your back and I’m gonna govern for you.

1:56:20 SG: Thank you, Senator.

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1:56:26 CB: Gracias. 50 years ago this month, my family moved into the town I grew up in, because after being denied a house because of the color of their skin, it was activists, mostly white activists, that stood up and fought for them. That’s the best of who we are as America and why, when I got out of law school, I moved into the inner city of Newark to fight as a tenant lawyer for other people’s rights. I’ve taken on bullies, and beat them. I’ve taken on tough fights and we’ve won, and we win those fights, not by showing the worst of who we are, but rising to who’s best. Donald Trump wants us to fight him on his turf and his terms. We will beat him. I will beat him by calling this country to a sense of common purpose again. This is a referendum on him and getting rid of him, but it’s also a referendum on us, who we are, and who we must be to each other. It’s time we win this election, and the way I’ll govern is by showing the best of who we are because that’s what this country needs and deserves. Thank you.

1:57:23 JD: Senator, thank you.

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1:57:23 CT: Congressman O’Rourke. 45 seconds.

1:57:27 BO: Our daughter Molly turned 11 this week. I’m on this stage for her, for children across this country, including some her same age who’ve been separated from their parents and are sleeping on concrete floors under aluminum blankets tonight. If we’re gonna be there for them, if we’re gonna confront the challenges that we face, we can’t return to the same old approach. We’re gonna need a new kind of politics, one directed by the urgency of the next generation. Those climate activists who are fighting, not just for their future, but for everyone’s. Those students marching, not just for their lives, but for all of ours. We’ll need a movement like the one that we led in Texas. It renewed our democracy by bringing everyone in and writing nobody off. That’s how we beat Donald Trump. That’s how we bring this great country together again. Join us. This is our moment and the generations that follow are counting on us to meet it.

1:58:20 CT: Thank you, Congressman.

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1:58:23 RM: Senator Warren, you have 45 seconds for the final, final statement of the evening.

1:58:27 EW: Thank you. It’s a great honor to be here. Never in a million years did I think I would stand on a stage like this. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I have three older brothers; they all joined the military. I had a dream growing up, and my dream was to be a public school teacher. By the time I graduated from high school, my family… My family didn’t have the money for a college application, much less a chance for me to go to college. But I got my chance. It was a $50 a semester commuter college. That was a little slice of government that created some opportunity for a girl and it opened my life. I am in this fight because I believe that we can make our government, we can make our economy, we can make our country work, not just for those at the top. We can make it work for everyone. And I promise you this, I will fight for you as hard as I fight for my own family.

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1:59:24 RM: Senator, thank you.

1:59:26 SG: We would like to thank all of the candidates who participated with us tonight and that will do it for night one of this two night event, and guess what? We’ve got 10 more candidates tomorrow night.

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1:59:37 LH: We certainly hope you will join us then, but for now, that concludes our coverage of this first democratic debate from Miami. For Savannah, Jose, Chuck, and Rachel, I’m Lester Holt. Have a good night, everyone.

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Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript

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Wallace: Good evening. From the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I’m Chris Wallace of Fox News. And I welcome you to the third and final of the 2016 presidential debates between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump. This debate is sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The commission has designed the format, six roughly, 15-minute segments with two-minute answers to the first question, then open discussion for the rest of each segment. Both campaigns have agreed to those rules. For the record, I decided the topics and the questions in each topic. None of those questions has been shared with the commission or the two candidates. The audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. No cheers, boos, or other interruptions, so we and you can focus on what the candidates have to say. No noise except right now, as we welcome the Democratic nominee for President, Secretary Clinton and the Republican nominee for President, Mr Trump. Continue reading “Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript”

Michelle Obama’s Full Speech Transcript Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama DNC Speech Transcript
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Michelle Obama: Oh! [chuckle]

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MO: Thank you all. Thank you so much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this Convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.

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MO: Remember how I told you about his character and conviction, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he served our country in the White House.

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MO: I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington, when they set off for their first day at their new school. I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just seven and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.

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MO: And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, “What have we done?”

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MO: See, because at that moment, I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become, and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.

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MO: How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.

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MO: How we explain, that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is: “When they go low, we go high.”

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MO: With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We, as parents, are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and First Lady, because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but to children across this country, kids who tell us, “I saw you on TV. I wrote a report on you for school,” kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, “Is my hair like yours?” And make no mistake about it, this November, when we go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election, and every election, it’s about, “Who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives?”

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MO: And I am here tonight, because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.

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MO: That’s right.

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MO: See, I trust Hillary to lead this country, because I’ve seen her life-long devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English but dream of a better life, kids who look to us, to determine who and what they can be. You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work, to actually make a difference in their lives.

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MO: Advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s healthcare as First Lady, and for quality child care in the Senate. And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.

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MO: Hillary did not pack up and go home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.

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MO: So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as Secretary of State, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe. And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks, or how she talks, or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing, what I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.

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MO: And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls, and all our children, that’s what I want. I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white, and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters. Look, because…

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MO: Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips, and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin, or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.

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MO: I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed. And we give back even when we’re struggling ourselves, because we know that there is always someone worse off. And there, but for the grace of God, go I.

MO: I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters. A president who truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago, that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story. And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together.

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MO: And I am here tonight, because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why in this election, I’m with her.

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MO: You see, Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children. Folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village. Heroes of every color and creed, who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty. Police officers and the protesters in Dallas, who all desperately wanna keep our children safe. People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.

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MO: Leaders like Tim Kaine…

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MO: Who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.

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MO: That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done, so that today… I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves…

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MO: And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.

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MO: And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.

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MO: So look, don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth.

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MO: And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love, and hope, and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children. So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical, no, hear me, between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago.

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MO: We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion, and our strength, and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America. So let’s get to work. Thank you all. God bless.

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