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register as lobbyists? what is the law and how it is it -- how is it enforced? 1990 five lobbying disclosure act requires that those engaging in lobbying where they made contacts with government officials and spent more than 20% of their time on lobbying for client must register under the lobbying disclosure act. however, we are seeing a lot of ex-members not registering, despite going to lobbying firms. there is a couple ways they might get around that. they might say they don't spend 20% of their time officially lobbying, or they are not making contacts with government officials. that is what we call a shadow lobbying, where you engage in activities normally consider lobbying, but you are not registered to lobby. host: is there a government --
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>> we are about to get started.
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i would ask you take your seats. [cheering] because our special guest has arrived. everybody ready? let's do it. folks, welcome to "political party live!" doing ourored to be six caucus episode with the good senator from the state of new jersey, mr. cory booker. [cheering] [applause] [chanting] >> that is a hawkeye welcome right there. >> the people's chant is here. [laughter] senator booker, -- >> thank you, you guys that have
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a platform is really powerful and i think your podcast not only reaches a lot people, but it is -- but it inspires them to be more of a part of what the change that we need in this nation. i'm grateful you all are doing this and as a fellow african-american, black radio has had a powerful force movement building element. if you go back to the 1960's and the role the black radio made in our communities, it was essential to the movement. i think what you are doing is and i'll broke of that and i'm thankful. >> thank you so much for that. we appreciate that. [applause] ok. senator booker, i'm not going to waste any time. i'm going to get right to it. you have run tough races before. and now you are currently seeking the highest office in the land. but you are doing it alongside of some incredibly talented individuals that are making for a historic field. tell us, what is your plan doing
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this thing, what is your pathway to victory, and why are you the best candidate to take on donald trump? sen. booker: let me reverse the order. i think wide run is the most important question -- why run is a most important question. life is about purpose on not position. i got into politics in 1998 because i lived in the neighborhood i live now, and inner-city black and brown community below the poverty line. fort in there to fight people like that. here i am two decades later plus, and we still have a nation where there are too many communities being left out, left aside. and on top of that, folks inc. the or says pulling us apart are stronger than the forces holding us together. my career is showing i cannot solve the problems but we can if we pull together to create stronger coalitions, we can achieve things other people think are impossible. i'm running because i believe in us. i do not think we need saviors.
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i think we need each other. i think we are at a time where we have a politics of tribalism which is fear-based. us versus them. zero-sum game politics. we need to have in our country a revival of civic grace. we need to put more united back into this one nation under god to so we can solve the problems that are in my neighborhood. this is one of my biggest worries. stuff was going wrong before donald trump was elected. on my block, jihad smith was killed with an assault rifle. that was going on before donald trump was elected. on my block, in my neighbors who work longer neighbors than my hard working parents, they need food stamps. right now, we have stripped -- for decades, we are stripping the dignity from work. i live across the street from this great drug treatment program. when i go will -- go over there and sit with the fellas and they do not like when i bring vegan
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food, but they tell their stories about how their drug addictions or mental health treatments were treated with jail and prison. all of this stuff, including the fact that there are kids in my city who drink bottled water because there are 3000 jurisdictions in america where children have more than twice the blood lead levels of flint michigan. for us as a party to make this, and i hear voters. the number one thing that is polling is wanting a candidate to beat donald trump. to me, that is the floor. it is not the ceiling. it may get us out of the valley -- [applause] pout --ker: i got to into politics to get to the mountaintop. i am running every single day to let's not make this about one guy and one office. i do not want to return to the onede's f 2012 and 2014 stuff was not working for most americans. i am running to get ourselves to
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focus, keep our eyes on the prize p this is a moral moment in america. we need to come together, better than we are now and solve the real challenges that are facing this nation and our generation. >> wow. i get the viability question all the time. you will know this in iowa. i had a reporter asked me nine times about, you are not doing well in the polls. unlike please, -- i'm like please, the people winning in the polls are not the people you that usually become the nominees. excited me int politics like barack obama, what wins in iowa is connecting the people. building an organization. we will win the caucuses here because we have the best organization on the ground. we are going and getting endorsements from folks, i put my endorsements in this state from people who make a
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difference in caucuses against anybody in the race. and we are having town halls. the great thing about the town halls is that we get incredible percentages of the people who are coming to hear me speak will win a caucus card. we win new hampshire, even if we win the top three coming you guys know this, the party changes dramatically. with african-americans being the majority in so many of the key primary states after that. even 30%, 40%, significant populations. i was with jesse jackson when he ran but the black vote consolidates around the people we think most authentically will work for, speak to, and deal with our issues and the issues of other communities that struggle like we do. i'm confident this is the proving ground for the 2020 election. this will be the calling field to use that metaphor. and we will have the momentum we need to win the primary. >> senator, as you were talking about your neighborhood and your
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neighborhood prior to trump being elected, it was speaking to me in the context of how we talk about our times, these times right now, and how divisive things seem. when you say we are more divisive now than we were pre-trump? of. booker: it is a long arc history. i have family, my grandmother was born and raised in des moines, iowa. her cousin's still here. when you talk with our ella -- our elders about what it used to be like, we had some pretty viciously divided times. where people used to escape to from the terrible scenes of looking at some the wrong way. we literally -- people forget. we just had the anniversary of the bombing, one of the only aerial bombings of a town in oklahoma. we had terrorism in our communities like never before. thousands and thousands of
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african-americans ripped from their homes, lynched at night, murdered, disappear. to talk about this in the i'm not a part of the fact that i live in a time, my dad said this, when my father was born and he crow south, looked at me, when i was working in the projects, i moved in there for almost a decade, one of the toughest housing complexes. a shooting just happened, and he said, my son, i really worry pregnant this is my funny, incredible father, who said, i worry that a young black boy like me, born to a poor mother in a segregated community had a better chance of making it in 1936 versus the challenges facing us today. i am a data guy. i studied numbers when i was mayor all the time for you when
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i looked at the numbers of challenges facing young black boys who live in segregated environments, new jersey is one of the fifth most segregated states in the nation. the challenges facing at -- we rightfully are talking about the horrors of mass shootings in america. let's not forget that between 50 and a 60% of the homicide victims in america are african-american men. that we noworget have a system of jim crow in this country, and a camel justice system that treats you better if you are rich and that we now have a system of jim crow in thisguilty then if you are poord innocent. horrifically, under our watch, since 1980, gone up 500%. from the time i was impossible to the mayor of newark, we were building a new prison every 10 days to house overwhelmingly nonviolent offenders. now we have gotten to a president where there is no
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difference to blacks and whites, when there is no difference between using and selling drugs. you are four times more likely to be incarcerated as a black person. in iowa, these are -- this is one of the worst states of america for racial incarceration. this is reflecting michelle alexander's book, we now have more african-americans under criminal supervision and all the slaves in 1850. we have come a long way. there are things we should celebrate. the victories of our ancestors. appointed, -- at a point -- i'm watching them to voting and civil rights. i'm watching a presidential back protections for kids going to schools. lgbtq, the murders of trans, a black trans women is horrific. i'm watching a nation right now
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where we are seeing a voter suppression schemes, so many of the games, women's rights, sony games that our parents generation fought and won and now being rolled back. i agree with you. we should celebrate the fact we brown,ation, black and goodman, cheney and shorter, dined together. we are where we are because we overcame so much. why is it now? what happened to our empathy for each other? let me give you the thing that makes me so angry. i grew up listening to the stories of this nation responding to tragic death. for girls killed in a bombing in birmingham. the whole country rose up after that. go back further to the shirtwaist factory fire, where in the worst working conditions,
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women trapped in sweatshops and a fire through themselves out windows to die on the pavement below. allesponded, april from backgrounds said we need to change workers conditions and rights. now? slaughtered in a church in south carolina. we do nothing. slaughtered in a synagogue in pittsburgh. we do nothing. concert in las vegas, nothing. i'm not in orlando, nothing. children hiding under their desks, murdered one by one and we do nothing. people killede, every day, why am i running for president? i know who we are. i know that this is a moment where it is not about one kinds. it is about who we are going to be to each other. it is a referendum on the soul of our nation. we need lawyers that will call it again. be a beloved community that tightens the bond between us that we can solve our problems.
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senator booker, you are alluding to this. your campaign has released the most ambitious and comprehensive policy measure of any campaign running for president today. can you talk to us about that policy proposal? do youportantly, why think that if you're elected president, that you can finally move the needle? we have been here before. thoughts and prayers. we get outraged. sen. booker: i love you for the question. it is the right question. come on. we have another by dude who was president, and he tried these things. what will make you different? on the city obvious. -- let me say the obvious. you can go to my neighborhood and people look at my proposal.
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they said is the boldest proposal on gun violence that anyone has put forward. people in my neighborhood are like, come on. that is a good step. we need to more. -- do more. a neighborhood, where kids hide under beds when they hear firecrackers on the fourth of july, so, what people in my neighborhood are shocked about is why have we become so impotent in our ambition that we are allowing the corporate gun lobby for decades to frame the debate? it is so insidious that most americans don't even know that this is the one industry that has exempted itself from negligence suits. iphone blows up and hurts your cornea, you consume apple. you can't sue the guns if the gun blows up.
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it has taken all this talk about the demagoguery of poor migrants trying to come to this country. the you know how many billions of dollars we have done to increase the numbers of customs and border patrol agents? of people involved in immigration? you to the president talk. he uses the language, this is why knowing history is important. he uses the language of a party from our past. they tried to stop italian and irish immigrants. they tried to make us afraid of people coming from the southern border with brown skin. deaths havehow many happened in terrorism since 9/11 and where that is come from? as much as they want us to make it afraid of of people tried to come here of people escaping terror, not remember him him me wasto escape terror, there a shift during world war ii,
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with a bunch of folks trying to escape the holocaust and they got killed in the holocaust. we shame of that, you think would learn our lesson about people coming here to seek asylum and skating terror. since 9/11, the majority of our terrorist attacks have not been foreign terrorists. they then right wing extremist groups. they're using our -- guns to go into synagogues and churches and shoot people. the one agency that is in charge, billions of dollars have been increase, undocumented immigration is down. since the last 50 years, of all the wars combined from the revolutionary war until now, and terrorism, the problem we had, in las vegas and in virginia beach, there are people getting guns.
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the one agency that investigates that has been starved of resources. when i was mayor tried to stop guns coming in, we didn't have gun manufacturers in newark. a meeting with atf. they were so candid with me. they said, we don't have the resources to enforce the laws we had. that is framing the debate. it is insidious how they have been doing that. , itutting forth a bold plan suddenly forces the conversation to shift. i am glad every presidential candidate hasn't responded to my plan. they should. how my going to get this done? -- am i going to get this done? so much of change has to be creative. the creative artists of our past, using dorothy a cotton and james bevel, who challenged king in may of 1963 and said you are ,oing to lose in birmingham
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let's creatively think of something. what wasded to do called the children's miracle. if you organize children to march, you will awaken this country. people at home in iowa and new jersey watched children get bitten by dogs. it raised the conference of this country. the power of the people is greater than the people of power. if you are going to have a president that has experience of getting impossible things done with the coalition, i could not get supermarkets to come to newark. the first i went to las vegas to talk to a supermarket chain, they laughed at me. under my breath, i said he will be in newark. i had to do creative things. this is a funny story. i was watching tv at home. late night talk show host like to kick cities in the gut. they make chicago jokes, detroit jokes. they like to kick black and brown committees.
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came on tv.n this is when he was on the tonight show. i heard newark has a new health care program. i was proud. i lowered perception job cuts -- perception job cost. -- drug costs. i hope the health care is a bus to get out of town. and peopleity hall talk about trump using twitter, most people say i was one of the original twitter innovators. what i did was put it on tv. i put it on twitter, the video, said, i am cory booker. in thepower invested me city of newark, conan o'brien, you have insulted us. i ban you from the newark airport. try jfk. the video goes viral. so viral the tsa put a clarification on their website that americans -- american mayors cannot ban people from their airports. show, you back on his
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think he would have been done and apologize, but he doubled down and banned me from burbank airport. you know that if you are flying to l.a., you are flying to lax. i said, it is on. i banned him from the state of new jersey. it became the number one trending story in america. no newark mayor could've gone on the jay leno's to -- store. every show, i brag about our city. how we don't mistake wealth with worth. we may be low income, but we are scrappy and strong and our communities have value. i am all over national tv. conan apologizes on his show and gives $100,000 to newark charities. that's not the best thing in the story. now folks know who i am. people start returning my calls. we built the first new hotels in 40 years. we have hundreds of millions of dollars toward our city.
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we had towark around, change the imagination of the nation. president, i come from a legacy of organizers and grassroots artists who found ways to build out coalitions to get things done. you think we got civil rights done because bull connor said we should get some rights? the longest filibuster in the still his, stopping civil rights legislation. we overcame him because we mounted the moral imagination of the nation. we said enough is enough. governments are formed for the common defense. now the carnage in our country is at a greater level in some areas than more. we will find a way to solve this problem. i will be the president that gets it done. [applause]
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>> i will try to cover a few more topics while we have you. sen. booker: that is a kind way of saying, you are giving us lectures on every answer. it seems a presidential candidates are finally starting to have conversations that progressives have cared about for a long time. marijuana,ation of the thousands of individuals behind bars who have been prosecuted for petty marijuana crimes, many of whom are persons of color. todd hasek watt's -- coates wrote about reparations. sen. booker: we have that in the show notes? >> i will make a note to do that. now we are talking about
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universal health care and whether or not health care is a right or privilege. we are finally having that conversation about whether or not education ought to be a universal right or privilege for people. i listed a few issues. can you let us know where we are at on these big-ticket issues that progressives care about? marijuana legalization, reparations, health care and education. sen. booker: you know i am the lead senator on criminal justice reform. more marijuana arrests in 2017 been violent crime arrests combined. overwhelmingly disproportionately low income people. they don't stop people at denver university and pat and down for marijuana. they stop folks in low, -- low income communities. i lead in the senate on this issue. the first time i propose marijuana legislation, people looked at me like i was crazy. now the bar is moving. we will win. we will and prohibition for marijuana on the federal level.
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anybody who has this conversation, and i talked to a lot of folks about this, do not talk to me about legalizing marijuana if you are not talking to me about expunging the records of people who have been unjustly imprisoned. [applause] in. booker: i am the person the senate who sponsored the legislation, who pulled together the brightest minds and to create a national commission on the issue of reparations. it is because we live in a country where my family, just to move in our house, we had to get a white couple to pose as us. it's a legacy going back to slavery that created massive economic disparities. all of us should have an interest of leveling the economic playing field. let's bring together the best minds of the country on how to deal with this issue to make recommendations. that is something i'm going to continue to say time and time again.
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the drama of the black white wealth disparities america, in cities like washington, with the average white family's wealth is $250,000. the average black family is eight dollars. people don't understand the compounding problems of mass incarceration. there was a study that shows we would have 20% less poverty in america if we had incarceration rates of our industrial peers. there targeted at african-americans. they are impoverishing african-americans through this new jim crow. and fhas redlining loans in newark that walled off amenities to wealth. the g.i. bills, social security, i can go through the exquisite pathwaysich excludes for african americans to create generational wealth. it's about balancing the economic scales. if the scales are balanced, we'll do better. it has a multiplier effect on the station. we live in an ecosystem that is
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a not a zero-sum game. if your family does better, everybody does better. positionswith a few on universal health care and education. sen. booker: we are at a point where either republicans will pull where we should not live in a nation where they can't afford life-saving medication. even republicans will say, when children are born, they should have access to health care. it's a shame in the station, a leading industrial nation in infants and maternal mortality, we live on planet earth where the most valuable national resource is the genius of their children. in other countries, they know that brain development is done from the second trimester to the third or fourth year. other countries have universal access to health care. care countries have doula for low income women. other countries have prenatal care in the emergency room. some have postpartum care. it puts everything to shame.
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they've universal childcare, a formal childcare, paid family leave. all these things should be fundamental in our democracy. i believe health care is a right. next president, on day one, should be doing things to bring down the cost of health care. that's what i will do. pragmatic things that could drop the levels of prescription drug costs. other countries have laws. pharmaceutical companies cannot raise drug prices higher than they are selling the jobs in other countries. we are paying for our research for drugs and other countries. but you get charged five times or 10 times for the same drug. i will push a law that if you do that, we will take away your patents and exclusivity and let the generics undercut you. commonsense laws that other countries do that we are not doing.
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education? sen. booker: there is no pathway in a democracy, but through education. there has to be a commitment in this country to public schools. the fact that there -- i know this is in some a town halls, but your legislature is attacking teachers in ways that are unconscionable. they are touching teachers' rights to organize. they are touching the rights to benefits. they're attacking political funding. they're coming up with schemes that will result in the destruction of public school as we know it. frankly, the resegregation of many communities in this country. i am the only person in this race that had to take on as mayor,with my job
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we are the different school system, but i said, i'm sorry, we cannot have a city that thrives. i'm willing to risk my political capital to turn the school system around. we had tons of community meetings where we had shared ideals and then we ran at the problem. what did we do? we closed our low performing charter schools that were not serving the schools. i said, you cannot take the best students. we created a one enrollment system. you have to expand. we expanded our magnet schools. we have created a system in america and we are the best -- your chances for going to a high-performing school from the suburbs is 400%. 11 -- the number one school system in america. i got my teachers unions endorse and twice. -- endorsement twice. we should focus on two things.
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those of the first two things we will focus on. we must raise public school teachers' salary. it by saying, carried interest for these folks who work in hedge funds, you can pay a lower percentage of your salary and taxes than a teacher does? let's reverse that. let's give teachers a special tax bracket and school professionals. we should say that you will get a lower tax bracket that will raise her salary. willing tothat are teach, we should forgive their student debt and do it rapidly. [applause] sen. booker: we do not do what we should do for americans with special needs. in our schools, we massively underfunded special education. if we did that, especially for low income districts, it would bring millions of dollars to the schools. i will do that as president.
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devos has done to the department of civil rights within the education, she has gutted it. she is reversed with the law was doing. she reversed protection for our trans children and a qb take you rights. we have to have our present that stands up and says, every kid should have a school that is free of bullying and violence. have missed kids school for fear of their safety. we should have a president that stands up and says we should have a public school system that works for everyone regardless of zip code, race, religion. we will be a country that educates all country -- children. that is the only way to leave this planet -- lead the planet for your education system. -- through your education system. [applause] >> could you drill into that? inarding your experience
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newark with public education versus charter schools and talking a little bit about how you see nationwide that combination of charter-magnet,-public education magnet-publicrter- working? sen. booker: we wanted to close the low performing charters. for the ones that were succeeding, we challenge them and said you can't have different rules that apply when it comes to things like enrollment. we don't have private charter schools. there are private prisons. there are things i don't think should be privatized. we are grading something unique in this country, which is a system that is one school system that every parent now has to go through multiple enrollment policies. it stopped screaming. -- stops creaming.
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is only 3% of our nation's schools. a lot of the big deals -- of the deal is made out of it. 90% aremy kids, over going to public schools. i thought against charters opening in places they don't belong. imagine a charter school. i creates unnecessary competition commemorating resources apart. for our community, identical related black and brown trinity, it works. -- black and brown community, it works. 3% charters, we need to focus on traditional public schools and empowering them. magnets are an interesting question. i talked to someone who was a magnet school teacher. by residents complain that their kids could not get into magnet schools and how they were creaming. are going to do
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is we're good to expand so they become more operational. our high schools and middle schools raise their performance and we will do that ,y getting resources there because we do not want to create a system that is bifurcated. as the president of the united states, these are the three goals i think we can achieve in our first term. raising public teacher salaries and professional salaries. supporting our special needs kids and getting back to making sure public education works for all children from all backgrounds. we ended discrimination and end of present school pipeline. keep kids safe and thriving so they can go on. i want to say one more thing. every kid is not going to college. 35% of kids do. notre making mistake in preparing kids for jobs in the 21st century. that is one of the things i supported in newark and we need more of in america is tech
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schools who have federal funding. there are programs that fund kids to get training for things they might want to do. working on cars will be there. you have to have serious computer training to do that now. start in high school. i want to see that expanding. i want to see an apprenticeship program. i want to shift focus a bit. we are in iowa city, iowa, johnson county, referred to as the republic of johnson county, because of its progressive politics. this is a friendly and supportive crowd. i'm curious as to what you think , or how you think we can go about having conversations with people who may disagree with is politically who may not look like us, and who fall in a different tribe? you talked about being the first twitter president. twitter's has evolved--
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sen. booker: i don't go on there like i used to. >> it's nasty. how can we have conversations and sikh community in a country that seems so bitterly divided -- seek community in a cut -- a country that is so bitterly divided? sen. booker: i will talk about the issue generally. the whole theme of my campaign is about that. china has built 18,000 miles of rail. -- busiest rail category quarter runs 30 miles -- 30 minutes slower than in the 1960's. our competitors are doing better in education, research and development because we have cut our investments in r&d. -- throughe things the things in which we are falling behind. when i was playing football at
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stanford, the older i get, that i was, i used to know when i would -- we would score a touchdown. when i could hear the defense blaming each other, getting on each other, i was like, we will blow through this team. we have this point in america where we agree a lot more than we disagree. i just said that on dissing -- health care. must americans agree that over $1000 a year, the average american is paying for the prescription drug costs, we shared common pain. dirty water. unclean air. climate peril. in midwest.ect western fires, sea level rise, i can go through all the common pain we feel. we have lost our sense of common purpose. that's why i am running for president. we have to heal that. if a president or candidate comes before you and says, i will solve your problems, please get up and leave.
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we heard that before. we do not need a savior. we have to save ourselves. all of us have to take responsibility. i am warning you, this 2020 election stands for the number of candidates running. a lot of options in this race. to be president, i am asking more from you. i will not say sit back and watch as nancy and i will take this on, no. we have to start stepping up as a society and doing the things we must do with more courageous , to begin to see we need each other desperately. i am telling you, as a guy, i have crossed the floor. john mccain back to the floor of the u.s. senate just having been diagnosed with terminal cancer,
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and i saw a guy i worked with before on bipartisan issues. i how did john mccain. -- hugged john mccain. i am being torched on twitter but the cruelty. they said, how could you hug baby killers? we have gotten to the point in is that we vitally so demonized each other that we cannot work together, that even touching another person is such a betrayal of your tribe that we hate people of your party. we are at a distraught present. we have to start solving this. i know the power we have. awalked into a town hall and
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former all-american football player, i can keep going come up with on around me and says, i want you to punch donald trump in the face. i said, that is a felony. sit down and let me tell you what the best technique and tactic to beat this guy is not fighting him on his terms. not doing the worst of who we are. this is a moral moment in america and it calls upon us to go for love. he foundur letter word more offensive than other four letter words i would say but this is a pg podcast area -- podcast. but the time i finished making my case about how we beat this moral moment that calls for us to appeal to the best of who we are, he came inside the caucus. if you are to be somebody who was to fight fire with fire, support that candidate.
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i read the fire department, it is not a good strategy. if you want to go lower, that is not me. i'm staying who i am. if this country embraces me as their standardbearer, i will do it. if they don't embrace me, i will fall into ranks and commit myself to getting elected who is chosen. i am in this to bring together the country to the high ground, not the quicksand of division. [applause] sen. booker: -- >> here's what we will do. we will give our panelists one more question. then i will do a lightning round. our volunteers will ready the mike's that we have for a few questions.
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we have some more water coming for you in a second. sen. booker: i thought you would be pouring beer appear. >> -- up here. >> we heard you don't drink. [laughter] >> you are getting the questions we have time for. [laughter] >> here's the thing. you are in a title fight. this is not a tough go to run for president at such a critical moment in our nation's history. things are crazy. you guys are releasing policy a -- and plans. her crisscrossing the country. how does a person like you stay centered? sen. booker: if you want to get personal-- >> as personal as you are willing to get.
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sen. booker: my foundation is my faith. i was raised in church. i begin every day on my knees in prayer. meditate and then go out into my day. of these people, and the reason why i feel comfortable talking about this is because i'm one of those people who says before you tell me about your religion, show it to me and how you treat other people. in my faith, if you're black, gay or a woman, the christian record on justifying oppression -- for me, i love people. i have a reverence before god's creation. i see the soul. i would much rather hang out with a nice atheist then i mean christian every day of the week.
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i pray a big about when in the morning, it centers me and grounds me and makes me feel a sense of all" -- and humility -- awe and humility. i have close friends running for president. i've had intimate conversations with some of them. it's a frightening thing to step out on the national stage where you have people digging in and making stuff up. you don't even have to be true anymore. onn i see my fellow people the campaign, most of them, i hug them. i am hugging amy klobuchar. i respect them for putting their heart, spirit and ideas before the american people. my mom has always been a great counselor. she challenged me to go to newark. she said, she quoted to me the
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story the talents. the master gave three people two of them took chances with it and make profits and presented them to the master. the other, he did not. he hid his talent. he was rebuked. the master was upset. my mom said, boy, tell me what you would do with your life if you knew you could not fail. i raised you not to be fearless. everyone has fear. i raised you to guide your life by faith and not fear. i could not fail, i would move to the toughest neighborhood i could find in new jersey. moved to the neighborhood i'm in right now. i moved there because people peopletold -- faithful believe us.
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this was one of the moments in my life, i was doing my pros and cons. to runt of reasons not were about my ego and fears. the reasons to run were about my dreams for my nation, my hopes and aspirations. my love. there are tough days. this could be a discouraging pathway. one day you are up. my friend elizabeth warren, one day they are praising her, the next day, they are trashing her. you go through a cycle. you have to have the fortitude to keep going forward. it's not about you. it's not about your ego. get out of your own way. one of my favorite quotes from mother teresa said, someone said, how do you measure success? she said, god didn't call me to be successful. he called me to be faithful. this is a moment where i am stepping out on faith.
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i want to do the best i can with letting people see me for who i am and what i am passionate about, where my heart and head is. if that is not enough, i am a united states senator. i can go back to service. you don't need a title for service. this is an incredible service to me. i see some courageous, fearless people who stand up in crowds like this and tell painful stories, demanding from me and other leaders to step up to the challenges of this time. i want to meet the same level of faithfulness. we all do that. we are driven by our faith and love and decency. is.ill achieve, what my aim -- we will achieve what name is. -- aim is.
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[laughter] gettingave mentioned creative, needing to get creative to solve significant problems and challenges. you mentioned the border earlier tonight. painful stories as well just now. what would be your ideal immigration plan and what would those first few steps look like? sen. booker: that is the power of this. you go out and meet with people. i live in a city with a lot of immigrants. i have seen families separated. the moral vandalism of separating families and putting them in cages. theimmigration policy from president is tearing up my community and newark. i was in nevada with a 14-year-old who said her friend was assaulted, but she would not come forward to talk about her assault because her parents were undocumented. if they showed up at school, they would be deported.
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the first thing i'm going to do is reverse the toxicity, sinister of an immigration , oury that hurts people values, punishes american citizens, and punishes americans. giving people the security to know you have a president to seize your dignity and will have immigration laws that reflect our values. i will tell daca children that you are americans in every way except for a piece of paper. i will to people that are in that the status that the president revokes, that you came here to this country escaping horrors. you are secure here. i will have immigration policies that show americans and folks that are here that we need in our economy that they should not fear their president and policies.
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you wereght to do what talking about. before i came to the senate, my senior senator work across the aisle and have a bipartisan immigration bill. those people who see themselves as fiscally conservative, that legislation would have cut $1 trillion from our deficit. $1 trillion. when you let people come out of the shadows and pay taxes, they increase our economy. i will be fighting, doing the things i can do on the executive branch to stop the prioritization that he is doing right now, the tearing apart of communities, the separating of families, the hurting american citizens. i will also start working on that kind of bipartisan bill that can keep us safe and secure, and make sure we get on the road again of being a nation we have always been, a nation of immigrants that have made us stronger. [applause] >> this is my last question.
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i will try to make it a good question. sen. booker: i feel kinship with you. [laughter] sen. booker: we have saved a lot of money. we are economical. >> true story. that is why i started cutting my hair. i couldn't afford it in college. sen. booker: sen. booker: you go to stanford, and you are like where is the black community that can cut hair? i'm sitting in a chair and the guy looks at me you need to stop paying. you need to do this yourself. i tried to get him a tip in change. you need to do this yourself. i started cutting my own hair then. most of the audience is like, ok. really. although proud bald brother stand up. -- all the proud bald brother stand up. thend tim scott, that is first time in american history to big bald black guys on the senate. last week, kamala harris and i were talking.
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someone said, black caucus meeting. the first time in america you have three black people in the senate. passed a powerful piece of legislation together. bipartisan, working across the aisle. he said he wanted to do something about poverty. we passed the golden opportunity zones, which, everywhere i go, i get stopped in town. it is like i'm walking into a meeting like this and some of says, thank you. i say why? they say, you brought a lot of jobs to our city with opportunity zones. i said, can you please say that in my first question? be able to find kinship with folks who could write a dissertation on my this agreement with them, but we can come together and talk about how we cut our hair, find common ground and build toward legislation. >> you mentioned a black united state senator from south carolina. i want to return to race in america.
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2018, we elected the first death to thousand eight, elected the first black president in obama. -- in 2008, we elected the first black president in barack obama. 16, donald trump was elected. it seems like we have taken a big step backwards on race in our country. respects, you were barack obama before barack obama was barack obama. you were this young, talented, smart, inspirational black figure in national politics to many thought could ascend to the nation's highest office. here you are running for president as a person of color. if you are elected, what will you do about race in our society and how the eu reach people who may have been compelled by some of the rhetoric and fear and divisiveness that donald trump was able to capitalize on when he ran and won? sen. booker: barack obama and i
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are very different. he was born in one of our 50 states, hawaii. i was born in washington, d.c., which is not a stick at. -- state yet. if we cannot deal with race in america, it will become our undoing. we will never achieve our potential. we still have a lot of issues we cannot just cover over. we have to be better at talking about them. so, i see my response ability to deal with this and have hard conversations. when i got to the senate, i looked around and i said, this is one of the least diverse places i have been. my job is to make the senate and the democratic party better. i went to chuck schumer, a great senator from hawaii, and i said,
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these are things we want to work with you to see. we want to see the rooney rule, like the nfl does, that if people are hiring people for top jobs, they have to hire diverse people. if you want to change things, measure the people you are managing because people care about how they are measured. could you make it a rule in the senate that every single democratic senator has to publish their diversity statistics? in the senate, i looked at the judiciary committee, not only were there no black senators, but i cannot find by people on staff. talk about being in the room when it happens, and these things are affecting black entities into his proportionate ways. he published those statistics, and amazingly, guess what happened to the numbers echo women and minorities, asian americans, latinos, it is incredible. this means us having uncomfortable conversations.
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the letters from the birmingham jail -- it was in a letter to racist. it was a letter to white moderates who were asking why they were judging all this up. he said, you can't heal something by covering it up. creativeeating conflict to expose the unfinished business of america. that is why when i talk about things like the committal justice system, i want to point out the racial disparity. black women have four times higher chances of dying in childbirth. asthma. white kids,nd control everything but race, the black kid is 10 times more likely to die from asthma convocations. these things have legacies in a dark past that we have to have conversations about. we have to have conversations in , rene brown, i have a lot of respect for her and her
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writing. she said it is hard to hate up close. pull people in. that is something we all have a responsibility to do. tohave to try to find ways create a dialogue or create an environment to deal with these issues. i see a president who is spewing racist things. for us in the new jersey area, it is like the central park five. you can go through this whole career, and he is a powerful moral platform. the way he talks about black women in congress, the way he talks about black athletes, that -- the way he called african ep]hole countries, those words don't die. they reverberate and shape and mold. a lot of what i want to return to the presidency is somebody who was very conscience -- conscious of using the platform
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to lift people up, not to spew hate, but to ignite a more beloved community. that has to be a conscious intention. [applause] i coulde asked staci if ask you one more question. he said yes. it is piggybacking off of what you are describing in the context of the same question. in a recent interview, you said the founders were imperfect geniuses. biggestte a lot of our -- bigotries into the constitution. if you think about how we have overcome those things, it has been creating first call to consciousness, speaking truth about the injustices, and bringing together those uncommon coalitions. they must be experienced sequentially. -- must they be expressed sequentially and where are we in that experience? sen. booker: margaret the king
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said i could pass legislation that will stop you from lynching me but i can't make you love me. there are people being hurt by laws and rules that i am about changing right away. the fact that i live in a nation where if you are gay in america, you can put your pictures on your bossnd then, finds out about it and in the majority of states, you can be fired and have no legal recourse. i remember people watched green book, but the story of my family having to take cross-country drives, now it is knowing that there are storeowners who could deny service to a gay couple just because they are gay? that is so contrary. you give me the power of the presidency, i will be about protecting folks from violence and discrimination in protecting people from white supremacy. this is noting that important, but i am saying that
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every single massive move you could call call -- you could call progressive leaps, has always been done -- we call it the rainbow coalition. when people from differing backgrounds came together and were willing to fight for that injustice. for me, it is important to learn from my history. shirt at ourver dinner table from telling me the ugly truths about their experiences. , she came home with some stories. my dad would put on some coal train. it was like he could decompress. at the same time, they spoke to me of the power of the love of allies. when the real estate agents would not show our family homes in the 50 years ago this month, my parents got a white couple to
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volunteer to pose as them in the home buying process. on the day of the closing, they did not show up. a volunteer lawyer, a jewish guy, came. the real estate owner did not capitulate then. he punched the lawyer in the face and six a dog on my back. every time i dad told that story, the dog would get bigger. i bought a pack of walls to get you in this house. my parents told me i was a manifestation of a conspiracy of love. itn the laws were not there, was people who met in secret, even though it was illegal to do some, the plot to be involved in project,st interceptor the underground railroad, they talked about people meeting in church plate -- basements to go out and get beaten back to try to expose the bigotry. frederick douglas'last meeting, people don't know.
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read more about him. he was a union organizer. he was the president of a major union. his last meeting was a suffrage meeting. he knew about the intersectionality of all of ideals of justice. powers ofto use the the presidency to affirm the individual rights and protections of every american. why is the baking industry not loading two women at the same rates? those things i will be fighting. call that is necessary to great department to make progress of weeks forward is to be the kind of president that calls us to create the coalitions of our past area the kind of unity we need. we don't need everybody.
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i say this all the time, that patriotism and love of country that starts with loving your country, if we can inspire more of that innovation, i promise you a to b dq rights, -- i promise you, lgbtq rights, a lot of the things that seem so hard and impossible that they want to change filibuster rules for, and i'm keeping those options, but what we have right now is a need for our country to have a stronger muscle of empathy and love for one another to do what we did in the past where we fought for each other and joined in a common cause to make our nation be who we say it is we put our hands on her hearts and swear that oath that we will be a nation of liberty and justice for all. [applause] >> i want to make -- i want to call another audible. we have a lot of folks here who have a lot of questions and i want to be respectful of
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everyone's time. i will play a leading round game. that, youps, after can stick around and answer questions. we will skip the audience q and day for this one time. the good senator has promised to stay around and chat with you all individually. are you ready for the lighting round? first question is hard. do you believe that russia interfered with our election? sen. booker: yes. i believe we have a president who is not protecting our nation. if he is not going to defend america, he needs to get out of the way. >> part of the way we could begin the process of getting him out of the way, aside from winning in 2020 would be to bring articles of impeachment against the president.
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do you support that? sen. booker: i support starting impeachment proceedings he is now saying he is above the checks and balances and mandates of the constitution. he is trying to be an authoritarian leader where he is above the law. it is the job of congress to hold accountable the executive. ,e is denying subpoena requests request for witnesses, information and documents. we cannot tolerate in our society, a president that flouts the law and refuses the mandates of the cost of vision and acts like an authoritarian ruler was about it. -- ruler who is about it. -- above it. my grandchildren asked me, when we had a president that was tilting our nation back toward authoritarianism, what did you do? i want to say he should be held accountable and we should use impeachment proceedings to get the information we need to know to keep the checks and balances.
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[applause] >> greenert new deal. do you support the precepts of the green new deal? sen. booker: i support it because -- and this came from young people who set let's have boldest, most ambitious plan possible to save our planet from peril. you read the military's reports about what will be going on in 25 years? it is catastrophic. famines,of global migrant crisis, and environments are right for extremism. not to mention the billions of dollars of damage being done to the u.s. for the perils of climate change. the cost of not acting is too great right now. as president of the united states, just like i was when i was mayor, we stood up and coalition and said, since we
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produce greenhouse gases, we will be aggressive. i told by city council, this will not be an issue we deal with from time to time. we do everything from that range. -- lens. we're getting men and women to work to pull carbon out of the air. programs wereon about platinum standards and environments for retrofitted. everything i do from the agriculture bill that we could be using to incentivize diverse crops to transportation department on transition to electrification of our transportation sector, to foreign policy, not just rejoined the pairs climate records, which i will do in the first hours as president, it is using everything we have. the policy, foreign aid, all of this. wheelie produce a 50% of the problem. this problem cannot be solved by america alone.
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we have to go from being a desired country led by country -- president who is doing that, to a country that is leading by example to get the rest of the countries to deal with this crisis. [applause] in this country, women's reproductive rights are under attack. as president, what would you do to address this issue? sen. booker: repeal the hyde amendment. wade codified through the legislature by passing laws to protect those rights. stop on planned parenthood and on funding planned parenthood. -- and district court who will affirm roe v. wade. but this is a bigger problem.
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i will create a one-house office of reproductive freedom to make sure we coordinate amongst departments on all issues that empower women, and that is not just abortion care, which is health care, it is not just contraception medication, it is also about the maternal mortality rate, about low-income women who are being attacked and many of these states, it is about them having the resources or transportation to health care that they need to have control and true reproductive freedom. [applause] >> this is a thank you for introducing the algorithm accountability act. explain what that is. [laughter] booker: i have lived in low-income communities for decades and i can see how
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algorithms can be biased against someone because of the geography or their race. i have had to fight this in the senate. a lot of things our bureau of prisons uses to address danger and recidivism likelihood, if you start using zip codes i'm going to be caught up in that algorithm. if you start using college attainment, that has racial disparities baked in it about who has access to do things like go to college. so when you start expanding that to credit worthiness, expanding that to issues that affect your economic well-being, your health care and access, when private companies are now using these algorithms, when facebook is deciding what you see and don't see based on the algorithms they are running, those algorithms have those kind of bias does -- those because of bias is baked in and it has a multiplier effect on our economy and culture. so we need to do things right now to govern that space and make sure we are not compounding
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discrimination and bias. i'm very proud of that bill. you are the first person in the presidential campaign to ask about it, and i'm grateful for that. moderator: we have our friends at the arcus taurus to thank for that. they brought it up in an earlier interview. thank you for that. [applause] moderator: we have two more questions and rapidfire end we will conclude -- questions in rapid fire and then we will conclude. what are you reading, what are you watching on netflix? senator booker: please don't make me tell you what i watch on netflix. moderator: now we need to know. [laughter] i have booker: challenges falling asleep so i try to watch things that are not, i love documentaries.
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last night -- i watch a lot of things that you think a person much younger than me would watch, cartoons and things like that. i will tell you what i was watching last night. supernatural. [laughter] arepeople over here that 20, 30 years younger than me are laughing. but that is what i watched last night. it has actually been on 15 seasons. that's the popularity of it. so that is my show i am watching . when i first ran for mayor of newark, i don't know why i'm doubling down on my embarrassment but i had a show than that i was watching a dvd to help myself fall asleep, a
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classic show called "buffy and the vampire slayer." things that like are sci-fi and supernatural. campy, i can't watch those. did you say star trek? --sident trump: i senator booker: i'm a deep trekkie. it has such a boldly optimistic view of the future of humanity. moderator: i have been saying this for so long. senator booker: it just speaks to what you hope we will be. "theator: it is like what west wing" did for politics. narrator senator booker -- senator booker: they deal with tough human issues. i'm reading a book now called "second mountain" and it talks about mental challenges and what
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we think is important through life, ambition, my business, my career, and then often something happens. maybe you get a sickness and then suddenly realize what is important is human connection, human decency, love, soul-sourcing joy, not a femoral hemorale -- not ep pleasure. it's a very good book. judge, a thank keenan great legislator here who gave me a book that i just downloaded to audible. it is doris kearns goodwin's book about leadership, which i'm excited about getting into. biography ofthe the only president i share a .irthday with, ulysses s grant .t is incredible biography
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i go through a lot of different books at a time and right now i am looking for things that speak to the moral character of our can help me be the leader i aspire to be. this is a moral moment that is testing the values of our nation and our connections between each other. and i think the largest crisis of our country, which is not governance that can't do it, there is something going on in our society right now where we are seeing that feeling of purpose, that feeling of what matters, that feeling that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves being eroded by other forces that a lot of them are beyond government.
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of cortisolrst every time we see something we don't like and that becomes a response. now school is tough, but when you go home, high school follows you home because you are still using these platforms. a lot of these cultural things are happening that are eroding what is important. we are mistaking wealth with worth. we are mistaking celebrity with significance, popularity with purpose, there is a lot going on that i'm trying to get my hands around. if i president i want to be the best possible person does not just going to speak to these things, because words are only so strong, but to try to evidence these things in my leadership in my service to others and to celebrate other , in thiso are finding new era of america, to find us a way to get us back to our north star. [applause] question before we wrap up.
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let's say i had a direct line into the younger generations and they were going to listen to you, and you could give them one piece of advice. what would you say to the young people of this country. senator booker: i would say the most common way people give up their power is not realizing they have it in the first place. and that every great social movement that's in -- that inspired me, the uprising in tiananmen square, soweto, the modern civil-rights movement, at the center of that were very young people. and this is their moment. -- thissident a lot presidential election is, the reality is that our country needs these younger folks in our country to take the helm now, not to wait the lead. i see this in kids from parkland, and activists from newark, that these young people
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who see their power and know their power are saying, we are not going to wait, we are going to lead right now. we need this younger generation, especially in this political process, because when young folks vote they change things. you don't have to occupy anything. we desperately need generation z as well as millennials to start leading this country. and my biggest encouragement was don't wait, don't listen to society telling you you are at an off, that you don't have enough money, you are not good enough, you are not old enough. you are enough right now. this is your moment. this is your time. help us lead this nation forward. [applause] gentlemen,ladies and senator cory booker. [applause]
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>> i will take a hug. [laughter] >> thank you so much.
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>> i'm an intern for elizabeth warren's campaign. takesteps would you [inaudible] senator booker: [inaudible] the training of the professionals. [applause] i also support [applause] -- i also support [inaudible]
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>> thank you very much. [crowd voices] >> thank you very much. senator booker: iowa [inaudible] >> and maybe even [inaudible] even the ones that are coming into college [inaudible] [inaudible] senator booker: we have a debt crisis. [inaudible] to eliminate debt. other countries we are competing against, germany [inaudible]
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so my goal is to get free college [inaudible] they should have their debts forgiven [inaudible] every kid can go [inaudible] >> thank you. [laughter] >> my daughter [inaudible] >> i have seen you on tv.
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>> thank you for running. [inaudible] >> hi, i'm lisa. [inaudible] >> very nice to meet you. thank you so much for coming. you had [inaudible] a powerful message. [inaudible]
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>> i support march for science. vaccines. >> believing science, [inaudible] the satellite: navigation, the battery life [inaudible] economy anymore, and we have to get back to leadership. there is [inaudible] or vaccines. senator booker: or even out here, [inaudible] funding land-grant colleges for biodiversity.
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these are areas i feel strongly about. even though i only have a political science degree, [inaudible] on a family farm in iowa and wonder what you thought about farmers. senator booker: we are in a farm crisis. [inaudible] we have literally [inaudible] agribusinesses [inaudible] .nimals i talked to republican farmers in the midwest [inaudible] stuff in their wells [inaudible] we have to make sure [inaudible] family farmers [inaudible] multinational corporate farms.
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[inaudible] a lot going on that is [inaudible] kill the independent family farmer. so we have to [inaudible] >> that is what iowa is about. senator booker: i just put a bill in the senate about a moratorium on corporate tag [inaudible] ag [inaudible] >> and then you mentioned [inaudible] >> thank you. [laughter] >> you are good at selfies. >> thank you. >> very nice to meet you.
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i have a question. is your bodyguard [inaudible] regarding question [inaudible] violence is a public health issue. i come from a predominantly neighborhood [inaudible] epidemiology. now.e in atlanta right different demographics affect that gun violence. it's well-known that gun violence disproportionately [inaudible]
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coming from the background that i have, i don't have background to meetce if i were people one who are disproportionately affected by gun violence. they talk about [inaudible] i just wanted to know, what would you recommend [inaudible] senator booker: [inaudible]
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>> thank you so much. [laughter]
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thank you very much. senator booker: thank you very much. >> i appreciate what you are doing. >> i think people my age [inaudible] i feel like our government isn't working. [inaudible]
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[crowd voices] >> thank you.
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>> hi there. [crowd noise] >> just wanted to let you know that [inaudible]
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have 64 [inaudible] senator booker: [inaudible] >> detailed information.
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my son gets about $800 a month. [inaudible] [crowd noise]
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senator booker: what is your name? >> [inaudible] booker: thank you so much. thank you for coming. >> you have a great staff in iowa.
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senator booker: that means so much. another selfie, i should say. [laughter] >> thank you. have a good one. [crowd noise] booker: my parents were there for about 20 years. >> thank you. you about love to ask
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your veganism. why are you vegan? what are your favorite things? senator booker: half a dozen vegan cupcakes. [inaudible] [laughter] >> that's even better. ifator booker: i don't know i have a favorite thing to cook. >> [inaudible] [laughter] because you though,
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were going to be [inaudible] things have improved greatly. i -- >> i recommend [inaudible]
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>> hey, linda. it is cory booker. thank you for being a good mom and raising a guy that is so kind. i hope i get a chance to see you in the future but for right now, i know mother's day has passed, but you are a great mom. all the best. take care. >> i have known him for a long, long time. [crowd noise]
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>> i love [inaudible] [laughter] senator booker i would love to see that. -- senator booker: i would love to see that. [laughter]
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>> it is old, but you will like it. senator booker: really? >> this is my husband. [laughter] >> oh, really? [laughter] [laughter] [indiscernible]
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>> good luck, man. [inaudible] senator booker: oh, i love it. c-span, i love you. me all those diehards like who watch c-span at night, thank you. you are a very, very special channel and i appreciate you being so engaged, so involved, not just me but the larger political process. we need you. [inaudible] thank you. >> thank you. [laughter]
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senator booker: but i do a lot of other things with my right hand. [inaudible] [crowd noise]
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narrator: live sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern, democratic presidential candidates at the iowa democratic party hall of fame celebration in cedar rapids. speakers include pete buttigieg, kiersten gillibrand,, lyrist, -- kamala harris, beto o'rourke, and elizabeth warren on c-span. watch any time free on c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. >> on tuesday, june 18th, president trump will officially announce he is running for second hermetic campaign rally in orlando, florida. first lady melania trump, vice president mike pence and karen pence are expected to attend.
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watch live tuesday, june 18 at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. c-span.org, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. the house --mp: narrator: the house debates a avolution -- debates resolution tuesday giving the house permission to sue attorney general william barr and former white house counsel don mcgann to provide information related to the meal or investigation. the measure also lets other committees sue trump administration officials for testimony and documents as long as they get approval from a bipartisan house leadership miti. watch live coverage of the house debate tuesday starting at noon eastern on c-span. watch any time on c-span.org and listen on the free c-span radio app. and firstnt trump lady melania trump were in
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england and france this week to take part in ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the d-day invasion. here is a look at the president's arrival in england for a state visit, where he met prince charles and his wife camilla, duchess of cornwall at buckingham palace, and then toward buckingham palace. engine]ter

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