tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Iowa City CSPAN December 2, 2019 5:00pm-6:38pm EST
the headline and politico saying that unfortunate that pompeo slams democrats during trump's overseas trip. the house judiciary do you think that was coincidental or a tactic? >> we will take you live now to the university of iowa, where massachusetts senator elizabeth warren is holding a town hall in her bid to become the 2020 democratic presidential nominee. this is live coverage on c-span. [applause] >> absolutely. what is the best way to do that? get involved. get involved with the johnson county democrats and go to .org, get out your phones headt now and had their --
there, & up for our weekly mail. -- e-mail. there is a new letter that will send you events in our area as well as details about the caucuses, information about training online, and also in person, so please go to that site, join the johnson county democrats and help us take back the state, the country, and support our local democrats. thank you. [applause] >> next, please join me in welcoming state senator joe holcombe to the stage. [applause] good afternoon, iowa city.
happy holidays. i am the state senator, thank you for coming to see elizabeth warren this afternoon. if you're already a committed supporter, thank you for your support. we have a lot of work to do in the next 63 days. if you were still undecided about who you are going to support, thank you for taking time to come to hear senator warren share her vision for the country. the 2020 election is about three things -- stopping the crazy. [applause] >> that's right. corporatehe grip of special interests on our democracy. [applause] bringing positive improvements to the american people. [applause] today, because i
enthusiastically support elizabeth warren for president, and she is can win best suited to transform politics once she is an office -- in office. thehas the experience, energy, and the guts to take on special interests in washington, to solve the daunting problems facing the american people, and our planet. the 2016 election was a loud byke-up call driven powerful special interest politics. people are tired of this corruption. want political leaders to work together to solve problems, that is really what this election is about. when we have a government by, for the people again.
again.nd for the people we all want a more hopeful, unified country. the best way to unify the country is for leaders and government to actually solve problems facing our families, and improve their everyday lives. that is why we will -- that is what will unify us, solving problems that help evils less. that sounds simple, it's not. -- that helps people's lives. that some simple, it's not. our next president needs to have the guts to take on these powerful interests. elizabeth warren has a proven record of taking on washington's special interests and winning. that is what will actually bring people together, winning for the american people. [applause] i have heard from some of my
friends that say we need a moderate approach if we are going to be trump. -- beat trump. iappreciate that viewpoint, understand people have had it with the chaos, corruption, and the noise of the trump presidency. they just want calm and stability. world todayy, the is anything but calm and stable. we face complex issues here at home and around the globe. what we need is a steady, thoughtful, smart leader that is going to set high, but realistic and achievable goals. we need a leader who is going to tackle income inequality, climate change, college of for liberty -- college affordability, and the broken health system head on. [applause] >> elizabeth warren is going to challenge us to be the best we can be.
that is what great leaders do. the hawks beat nebraska on friday? go, hawks. it came down to a 48-yard field goal with one second left on the clock. the coach did not tell the kicker, keith duncan, to get in thee and get it close, no, coach and the team wanted to win the game, make the field goal, expect results, get results. that is what we need in our next resident. -- president. someone that will challenge us to be the best and get results for the american people. elizabeth warren is that later. as i watched the iowa caucuses unfold over the last several months, i have seen elizabeth organize a grassroots campaign rooted in big ideas and person-to-person connections. she is campaigning in small
towns, rural communities, and big cities across our country. the time she spends listening and learning about the lives of everyday americans makes her a better candidate and will make her a great president. she is proving she knows how to win. she will campaign hard in every state. she will stand tough against trump. she can beat donald trump. [applause] >> i have been doing politics for almost 30 years. and give for your support. i wouldn't be here without you. i have seen a lot of candidates and politicians. the best ones have always set the bar high and encouraged us to be our best. [applause]
>> i have also worked on many tough issues, health care, climate change, predatory lending, tax issues. as usuall businesses politics has not fixed these problems, only a courageous, relentless fighter like elizabeth warren will. [applause] finally, a powerful woman president is our best hope for the positive change we need right now. [cheers and applause] please, please join me in caucus for elizabeth warren on january 3. thank you very much.
[applause] >> hello, everybody. ge.name is pai before i give a little speech, some of you wanted to ask questions. and so, what i am going to do is draft five tickets, everybody get -- draw five tickets, everybody get your tickets out. that is how we are going to do it. you will go up to stockton over here, holding up the sign. -- first number is 1019. you will you will persist if it is you.
anyone -- anyone? ok. so, we are missing two. cool. so, then we are going to do 1024. >> persist! >> yes! [applause] ok. and then, the last one for this round is 1016. yay! [applause] >> amazing. ige, i usee is pa them/they pronounce. i figured i would tell you all about my experience in college. there will be trigger warnings in here for gun violence and sexual assault, for your
awareness. my time in college was book ended by the catalyst of two major social movements and protests. the first of many sleepless nights on my normally subdued campus hemp -- happened in , in august. in november, the grand jury's decision to not indict the police officer who took his life came before thanksgiving break. what the course of that year, as we fought with school administrators and faculty, the black lives matter movement emerged and entered the national spotlight. in 2017, i remember scrolling through facebook one-day and allng the words "me too" over my timeline. i can't remember if it took me three hours or three days, but eventually i said it, too. fast forward a couple of months,
valentine's day. got word of another shooting in a high school, and incredible kids calling out officials through actions in sharing their stories. fast forward another couple of months, i am two months at a college working in cedar rapids to elect fred hubbell, for governor in the great state of iowa. i wake up one day to a massive and hundreds of done that -- thousands of dollars in medical bills. had i not had insurance, i would have voted upwards of $42,000. getyone's decision to involved in politics or a movement comes from a deeply personal place. i was not going to do another and elizabeth warren has been -- who has been health care for all jumped into the scene, i can't
say no to her. i joined this campaign because when i started college, my tuition was $42,000, when i graduated it was $66,000. i joined this campaign because as a survivor of childhood sexual assault, i cannot sit outlay by -- outlay by -- ildly by as it happens to someone in the white house. i joined this campaign because the number one cause of death for black men between the ages of 18 and 35 in this country is gun violence. i joined this campaign because being a student activist has taught me that the best leaders to the ones who listen people affected most by the issues, give credit where credit ow how, and no -- kn to get from point a to point b. elizabeth warren does not rely on fancy consultants.
queer endorsers and staff and asked them what they wanted for the lgbtq community. she never shies away from a good idea. but she ever have a plan for everything. this is a movement. we can elect elizabeth warren is the next president of the u.s., but we need your help to do it. this is a movement, and i promise there is a place for you. there is too much at stake for anyone to sit in the sidelines with 63 days left. fight byhow you can our sites to elect the first single president of the united. the firstes to elect female president of the united states. thank you. [cheers and applause]
>> a lot of people here. [laughter] hello, my name is scissor paris. -- cesar perez. even begin to tell you why i support elizabeth warren and why she gives me hope, i want to start by telling you guys who i am and how i got to this point in my life. mexican first-generation student, i always thought college was something reserved exclusively for my wealthy peers. growing up, it was a struggle to keep up with my grades, and for a long time, college did not even seem like an option for me. both of my parents came from
mexico and never attended college. it was never mentioned in my home. this as a sade story, because i don't really take it as a sad story. i am actually really proud of where i came from him how i am getting there. [applause] >> my future was not always bright. i was not always hopeful about anything, and honestly, didn't think i was going to a publish anything. so when i got accepted to the university of iowa, i knew this was a turning point for me. i seized it. this is my chance to make a difference in the world. . and more importantly, to make my mom proud of me. to be completely honest, though it was hard when i started and it is still hard right now, it is hard because exams are hard, because studying until 4:00 a.m. is hard, and also balancing 30
things on your plate is pretty hard. it is also hard because for lower-income students like me, every day can feel like a struggle just to afford tuition. i took outy others, loans to afford iowa, but in doing so, i did not know what i was getting myself into. right now like many students in the u.s., i am thousands of dollars in debt. this is definitely a struggle, and i stress about my future all the time and how i am going to pay for it. college was not made for me to succeed, especially as a son of two immigrants, but i know i will continue to work hard and continue to have hope. i want every person to have the opportunity to go to college. , and notant to or not have to worry about this. no one should be defined on their past struggles. everyone should have their opportunity to live on their dreams. and this is why i support elizabeth warren.
elizabeth has a plan to not just cancel student loan debt, but also to make tuition free college. this is what big structural changes. her plan will erase every cent of my thousands of dollars in debt. it will help people like me to be successful in college, but not just in college, but in life. think about it, elizabeth warren is giving every american the opportunity to attend a two-year, four-year college without paying a dime intuition. this is truly amazing. it will because for mission all for our generation, our economy, and our country. -- it will be transformational for our economy, and our country. something i learned through all of that is, my life experience has not been easy, but you cannot choose your life. you can only choose how you respond to it.
i will continue to keep working hard for me, my friends, my siblings, and my parents. elizabeth has genuinely given me hope about the future and has inspired me more than she could ever know. she wants to fight for me and the people i love. so please, help me in welcoming the next president of the united states, elizabeth warren. [cheers and applause] ♪ hello, iowa city! woo! sar.great job, ce
give him a ham. -- hand. good to see you all here. just what you want to know, it is good to be back in iowa city. this time, i brought family. ex -- alex.y son, al the guy in the blue shirt. [applause] now, actually, you were with me here before and i was city and you had on a blue in iowa city, and you had on a blue shirt. alex has been my tech support since second grade. true story. he now runs his own business, small business. he has picked up a new sideline. support your mother when she runs for president of the united dates. -- united states. way to go, al. so, i thought what we would do today is try to give you just a kind of real short version of
who i am and why i am in this fight. then we will take as many questions as we can get in. saying iart this by was born in raised in oklahoma -- and raised in oklahoma. there are not that many of us. we got to stick together. born and raised in oklahoma. i have three much older brothers. i am the baby in the family. i am what used to be called a late in life baby. my mother always just called me the surprise. my three older brothers back in andhoma now live there, they are collectively referred to as the boys. even today. that is too this and wish them from the surprise. growing up -- to this and wish them from the surprise.
-- distinguish them from the surprise. growing up, all three of my brothers went off and join the military. it was their path to the middle class, their chance to survive america. -- to serve america. i had a different tree. i knew what i wanted to be since second grade. i have actually never wavered from it. i wanted to be a public school teacher. it for them? [applause] man.warren: oh, this is what i wanted. i want you to know i invested early. i would line my dollies up and give school. i had a reputation as being tough, but fair. i loved it.
by the time i graduated from high school, my family did not have the money for college applications, much less to send me off to four years and university. so, like a lot of americans, i do not have a straight path story. i have a lot of twists and turns in my story. i was a high school debater and got a scholarship to college. woo hoo! go debaters. 19, i fell in love, got married, and dropped out of school. woo hoo! now, look, it is what i picked, good life, but i thought i lost the dream. i thought that was it, i will never get to teach. where living down in houston, and then i found it -- we were living down in houston, and then i found it. a commuter college 45 minutes away that cost $50 a semester.
and for a price i could pay for on a part-time waitressing job, i finished my four-year diploma, became a special education teacher, i have lived my dream job. there it is. [applause] now, have we got any teachers and here -- in here, or teachers to be? good. i'm going to need you to back me up on this. it is not a job, it is a calling. i love this work. i had 46-year-old's and special education -- four to six year education, and loved it. by the end of the first year, i was visibly pregnant. whatrincipal did principles did in those days,
wish me luck and hire someone else for the job. yay. i am, at home, have a baby, can't get a job, i got to do something. -- go to law school. i ended up there. was livinge, i in new jersey, i found the college, and baby on hit, i ,inished three years -- on hip i finished three years of moscow, graduated visibly pregnant, past the bar, and -- and practiced, law for 45 minutes. then i went back to my first love. which was teaching. i spent almost my whole grown-up life teaching in law school.
now, i don't know if everybody does this who grew up like i did, but we watched every nickel. when i talked last will, -- taught law school, i taught all the economic courses. if it was about money, i was right there in the thick of it. but there was one central question that all of my work was whats about, and that is, is happening to working families in america. why is america's middle class being hollowed out? why is it that people who work every bit as hard as my mother and father worked two find thens ago, today,
path so much rockier and steeper? and for people of color, even rockier and even steeper. and the answer is about who government works for. we havef it this way -- a government that works great, fabulously for giant drug companies, just for people trying to get a prescription filled. it works great for people who want to make money, investing in prisons, in private detention centers, just not for the people whose lives have been destroyed by those places. it works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere, just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. and when you see a government that works great for those at
the top, for those who have money, and it is not working for much of anyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call it up for what it is. -- call it out for what it is. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: so, that is why i am in this fight. i want an america that this not work just for those of the top, i want an america that is not just business as usual, i want an america that works for every single person. i want an america that is expanding opportunities. that is the america i believe in, that is why i am in this fight, that is why i am here today. so, thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] we got two questioners. can i pitch my universal child care program?
hi, what is your name? >> we are thrilled about universal childcare. actually study aging. we have a lot of older adult. -- older adults. once we haveg, taken care of universal childcare, how are we going to take care of adults? sen. warren: thank you for the question. [applause] sen. warren: the question you are ultimately asking i think is, how do we make this country work for everyone? whatever their age and whatever their zip code, ever the race. we just want a country that works for everybody. let me see if i can take a couple ways to think about this question. let's start with plain old
social security. here is my view on this. after a lifetime of hard work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, that means protecting and expanding social security. [applause] sen. warren: i got a plan for that. here it is. to pay ak the top 2% little more, and with that money, we can do a couple of things. we can expand the decades by decades -- the viability of social book -- of social security, plus, we can increase the monthly social security check and the monthly disability check by $200 for every person who gets social security. lifting 5 million people out of poverty. think about that. [applause] budgets for
millions more. talkd health care, we will more about it today, that one part of my transition plan for health care, for medicare for of, is to lower the age eligibility for medicare down to 50. then, to expand the benefits for everybody who gets it to include hearing, dental, and vision, and long-term care. [applause] sen. warren: and again, we can do that making sure we just ask those at the top to pay. it is not something you're going to need to raise taxes on middle-class families for by one penny. let me give you a third way to look at this problem. you identify part of it. that is how young families move out of small towns.
how many folks leave iowa and do not come back. think about some of the reasons hind that. a big part, student loan debt. you have student loan debt, they do not adjust for what zip code you live in. folks who have to meet that every month are more likely to head out to the two coasts. debt for student loan 43 million americans, we make it a lot easier for people to decide they want to live in small towns in iowa. i think that is important. [applause] another part of my health care plan is to make sure we support all of our hospitals, but particularly to support our rural hospitals. you want to keep a immunity of life, you have to have a rural hospital. you have to have a community hospital. [applause]
more, youn: just one just keep thinking about how all these pieces fit together. it is so important throughout a huge part of our country. that is the role that farmers play both in our economy and in the climate crisis we face. [applause] sen. warren: i hope we get to talk more about climate and climate change. i want to pitch in here -- when we make an investment in our farms so that our farmers can see an economic path that follows sustainable farming practices, growing local food, so they can do these things, that is good for the environment, and it is good for the local economy. these are ones where we can build together and build a future. that is what i want to do.
good question. thank you. [applause] sen. warren: i love how all these pieces intersect because they do. go ahead. >> hi, my name is jasmine. sen. warren: hi, jasmine. >> i love what you have been doing to try to help the underrepresented in society. i was wondering what your plans are to make reproductive health care accessible to all women no matter their economic status or racial background. sen. warren: that is fabulous. [applause] sen. warren: can i do a small pitch to start? i made the decision -- when donald trump was elected, i decided i would go to the inauguration. i know they were people who did not. i respect that. i come from a witnessing tradition. i thought, this is a part of the transfer of power in our
government. i am a sitting united states senior center. it was important to me what i wore. [laughter] sen. warren: black. no. i know you are shocked. i wear my scarf that has in big letters, embroidered, planned parenthood. [applause] sen. warren: and then, the next day, i showed up at the little rally that was held around the country, also known as the women's march, also known as the largest protest rally in the history of the world. [applause] sen. warren: i spoke, and i wear my pink planned parenthood scarf. that is two. here is my plan for number three. i'm going to be wearing that scarf when i am sworn in as
president of the united states. [applause] sen. warren: so yeah, this is plannedbout supporting parenthood. this is partly about supporting access to the full range of health care services for women including access to abortion. that is part of what we do as a country. it is also about aching sure health care is available to everyone. this is about supporting community health care centers. making sure health care is available in many of our high schools. that we get people access to health care. it is not enough to say it is there if you can find it. the way we make health care accessible is we put into communities. i strongly support this. one way we will do this is when we have better health care plans, when we are including more people in our coverage,
now, we can really afford to get those community health centers everywhere. get those counselors out there. every single person should have access to the health care they need. health care is a basic human right. we fight for basic human rights. thank you. [applause] >> hello, i am emerson clark. sen. warren: nice to see you. >> i am wondering, what is the biggest thing you want to change in your america -- in america when you become president? sen. warren: it starts with corruption. [applause] that may tell you why, emerson. even though you set down already. i want to tell you why i started there.
hase has been a lot that been broken in america for a long time. country has worked better can hire theo lobbyists. the world works a little better for big banks, a little better for big pharma, a little better for the gun manufacturers, a little better for the big polluters. at a time.e with donald trump as president, what had been bad has just skyrocketed. has just taken off like crazy. right? are you kidding me? coal lobbyist as the head of the environmental protection agency? a former lobbyist for the defense industry is now the secretary of defense?
and betsy devos, secretary of education. no. height --see it -- the way i think about this is, our democracy is broken. i get it. own more shoesy than you do, they may own more houses than you do. they're not supposed to own a bigger share of your democracy then you do. than you do. [applause] sen. warren: we take that on. we fight that fight. we knocked back the influence of money and the lobbyists and the bought and paid for expert. we disrupt it. we get off our back foot and get on our front foot. and then, the whole world changes.
-- you can possible ask the billionaires to pay a two cent wealth tax. right? [applause] can beat backe the big polluters. we can beat back the influence of the gun industry. it has got to start with night nibble around the edge, not a let's be polite to the rich folks -- it starts with a big structural change. that is how we are going to get this done. thank you. [applause] >> hi, i am connor. map is increasingly biased in favor of republicans not to mention with gerrymandering. what is your plan for working with mcconnell and other congressional republicans to pass your agenda and deal with
these challenges? sen. warren: i have a plan for this, and here's how the plan goes. we fight for big ideas because that is how we will take back the senate and put mitch mcconnell out of a job. [applause] sen. warren: i serious about this. we have to get out there and show people what democrats are willing to fight for. the changes that will affect people's lives. when we do, here is the thing -- it is about getting elected. 2020,s about november of but it is about january of 2021. here is the thing. for everybody i am asking to be part of this. i'm going to ask all of you to be part of this. i want you to be in this in the primaries. i want you to be this in the
primaries -- in the general. nobody gets to go home after we win. you have to be as hard and strong after the election as the day before. [applause] readyarren: so when i am to fight for the anticorruption bill, when i am ready to fight to roll back the filibuster so we can actually get something done, i am counting on the fact i will do it from the biggest and best platform in the world. that is the white house. you will be doing it all across america. we are going to push this government and hold it accountable. that is how we will do it together. thank you. [applause] sen. warren: paige, come up
and do some more. i am just going through these. >> i thought there was one more, but now there is going to be. sen. warren: we have one more. 1058. come on over here. to the big sign. sen. warren: come on over, sweetie. right over here. >> who else have you -- sen. warren: who else have you got? >> 1063. is there a 1063 in the house? sen. warren: we have a 1063? you were just stretching your legs. do we have a 1063 igo there could be a stuffed animal -- do we have a 10 think -- a 1063? >> we have 1048. sen. warren: come on over. then, we will do two
more. 1060. sen. warren: 1060. >> 1060. she has it and does not want to do it? ok. is it 1060, really? under the gum? [laughter] sen. warren: we got it. ok. [applause] sen. warren: how many have we got? >> we have four. sen. warren: how about one more? >> 1065. sen. warren: fabulous. thank you, paige.
who have we got? ann. name is what is your plan for protecting the rights of atheists and other nonbelievers? sen. warren: thank you, ann. with the constitution of the united states, right? a protects anyone to worship the way they want or not worship at all. that is powerfully important. i am a i see this -- person of faith. i grew up in the methodist church. i was a sunday school teacher. but i see it as a fundamental question about what it means to be an american. i think what it means to be an american is that at core, we recognize the worst of every single human being. that is part one.
part two, we are called to act on that. that we are responsible for our actions consistent with that. that we do not take advantage of people. we do not hurt people. we do what we can to support other people and to build opportunity for other people. if those are the core values right down at the heart that make us americans, i think that leaves us all the room in the world for worshiping differently or for not worshiping at all. that is the kind of america i want us to be. does that work? good. thank you. [applause] hi. warren: what is your name? >> i am eleanor. my nickname is bear. sen. warren: it is nice to see you, eleanor. >> my question is, when you
become president, are you going to stop global warming? [applause] sen. warren: yes. [applause] sen. warren: now, eleanor, that is a big commitment because we are in real trouble. you know this, right? that climate change threatens every living thing on this scariestnd for me, the thing that happens now is every time the scientists go back and recalculate the data, put in eore information, it is wors then we thought it was. the problem is bigger, it is moving faster, and we have less time to respond.
this one is going to be big. we are going to have to work really hard, and we are going to have to work together. a basic approach is we do everything we can. plan.your plan versus my we do everything we can because that is how urgent this problem is. let me start with this part. i will do everything -- and i love saying this -- a president can do all by herself. [applause] sen. warren: stay there. do not leave yet. i am not through yet. let me say a little bit about what that means. on day one, i am going to look through -- on day one, i will issue orders, no new drilling, no new mining on federal lands. done. [applause] respect the we will
decisions of native american tribes to protect their own land and adjacent federal land. [applause] sen. warren: and i will not put a coal lobbyist as head of the epa. [applause] sen. warren: i somebody who believes in science. do you like that, eleanor? ok. i will do everything i can do. let me talk about a few of the other things we need to get done. another piece is that we have to make racial justice right at the heart of our climate plan. right at the heart. [applause] sen. warren: for decades and decades, the government has permitted all of the most polluting industries to locate right next to communities of color. located the waste dumps next to communities of color. the consequence has been a
disaster both for people's health and the economic value in those communities. i commit that as a central part of my climate plan from the beginning is that i commit a trillion dollars we are going to spend to clean up the communities that have been hardest hit and economic development for these communities. [applause] sen. warren: and i am not through yet. i have to mention a couple more because they are so important. we have to be willing to pick up the regulatory tool. nobody likes to hear the word regulation. we have to do this. let me tell you how i want to do it. i picked this up from jay inslee. i spent a lot of time talking to governor inslee about this. all new buildings in the united states have to be carbon free.
no more carbon emissions from these buildings. [applause] sen. warren: by 2030, all new cars and light duty trucks have to be zero carbon emission. [applause] by 2035, alland production of electricity has to be zero carbon emission. [applause] things, threehree regulations that you are willing to get out there and fight for. we will cut carbon in the united .tates by 70% s [applause] sen. warren: we have to do the other 30, but 70 is a good place. we clean up. we get to zero carbon emissions. we are only at 20% of the problem. we have to be world leaders. we are world leaders, we are
just leading the world in the wrong direction with donald trump. we are giving a lot of cover to places we do not want to make economically or politically difficult decisions. we have to change that. it is not enough to say paris climate record. we need so much more. there is an upcoming $17 trillion market around the world to buy clean. clean energy, things to clean out the air, things to clean up the water. much of what we need is not yet invented. i have a plan. that is, we are going to go up tenfold ever investment in research and develop -- our investment in research and development. that is what we are going to do. [applause] are warren: and then, we going to do something with that. that is to say, anybody can use that research to build anything you want to build so long as you
build it right here in the united states of america. good jobs here. [applause] sen. warren: best estimate is that is about 1.2 million new manufacturing jobs in america, good union jobs in america. we can do this. [applause] sen. warren: and then, we sell it or if we need to, if it away all around the world because we have to clean up all around the world. that is the heart of it. we have to make this happen. we'll commitment. last thing i want to say, a lot of folks are going to talk to you about climate. they are going to say, i have this plan, i have that plan shared i want to spend so much money or help in this way. if they are not willing to talk about corruption, if they are not willing to talk about
rolling back the filibuster, we are not going to get anything. we will get things that have nice names -- save the world, world now safer for unicorns -- but the truth is, if it is still the petroleum industry lobbyists writing the legislation, if it is still the big polluters who do not want to spend the money to clean up were the ones putting this stuff together, it is all going to have loopholes big enough to drive trucks through. with no bio added to them. dad trucks. -- bad truck. that is what i keep saying. when i say to you i am going to do this, i am going to start trying to make this government work for you. we make this government work for you, our next step is to clean up the rest of the world. thank you. [applause]
>> hi, my name is cassidy. i am a first-year student at the university here. farmingm a small rural community. a lot of my class -- the opportunity to go to college is so cool, but light, because of tariffs and everything, a lot of their income is based off of their parents. tariffs are bad. chosen to go have to community college. i've always wanted to go to the university of iowa. too.rother went here i was thinking, it cannot be so much more expensive than it used to be. i looked at my rewards compared to my brother. we are about the same academically. i was awarded $5,000 less in just a span of four years.
it is just crazy to me. i am wondering how you can fix this and how can you make that it so- how can you make much easier to afford university? sen. warren: i have a plan for that. i want to start the conversation. it is time for a wealth tax in america. [applause] i always start with how we are going to pay for this stuff. here is where we start. here is the basic idea. it is a tax on fortunes above $50 million. in other words, your first 50 million is free and clear. right? firstur 50 million and dollar of accumulated wealth, you have to pay two cents. when you hit a billion, you put in another penny.
that is the basic idea. just a is tracking with me on home anybody in here own a or grow up with a family that owned a home? you have been paying a wealth tax forever. it is just called a property tax. for the top 1/10 of 1%, the -- it is about your real estate, but it also includes your stock portfolio, the diamonds, the rembrandt, and the yacht. right? [applause] sen. warren: you may have heard, there are some billionaires who do not like this plan. [laughter] sen. warren: i heard they have been burning up the phone lines -- will you run for president? [laughter] sen. warren: other billionaires have gone on tv and cried because it is so sad. they say, i worked hard for my
money. to which i always say, unlike anybody else. ok, you had a great idea. good for you. you followed it through. you made it into something. you were too late. good for you. that is great. mind, if you build a great fortune in america, you build it at least in part using workers all of us helped pay to educate. [applause] built it at you least in part getting your goods to market on roads and bridges all of us helped pay to[applaus] sen. warren: you built it at least in part protected by police and firefighters, all of us helped pay the salaries for. [applause] and we are happy to do it. we are americans. we want to make these
investments so people get opportunity. all we are saying is when you make it big, i mean really big, i mean tom -- top 1/10 of 1% big, pitch into senso everyone else gets a chance to make it. so everyone else gets a chance to make it. [applause] oh, because here comes the fun part. what can you do for two cents? the answer? we can do universal childcare for every baby in this country age zero to five. think about that. [applause] pre-k forn: universal every three-year-old and four-year-old in america. [applause] stopwarren: and we can exploiting the mostly women, mostly black and brown women, who do this work. we can raise the wages of every childcare worker and preschool teacher in america.
[cheers and applause] sen. warren: two cents. two cents. we can do all of that for our babies plus, we can put a new investment, 800 billion new federal dollars into our public schools, every public school in america should be an excellent one. [cheers and applause] isn't it amazing? two cents. we can do all of that for the babies, all of that for k-12, plus, we can make tuition free public technical school, two-year college, and for your college for every kid in america -- and four-year college for every kid in america. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: plus, not through yet, we can help level the playing field.
we can put $50 billion in two are black colleges and universities. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and, just one more, we can cancel student loan debt for the -- for 43 million americans. two cents. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: so there's the answer. think about this. this is the fundamental issue for us as a country. how do we build a future as a country? how do we invest in opportunity? is it that we believe it is more important for the top 1/10 of 1% not to have to pitch into cents? they keep growing these great fortunes, they should grow them at the fastest possible rate. or do we believe, good for you that you built this fortune, but pitch in two cents so we can invest in an entire generation of americans. [cheers and applause]
good!arren: good! >> my name is maureen. i would like to know what you are going to do when you become president about the immigration process. our brothers get and sisters i would've cages -- sisters out of the cages? [applause] sen. warren: i just want to start where marine ended this question -- marine ended this question. out,words began to drift about a year and a half ago, that our federal government, our government, was taking children away from their families down at the border, i went down. i went down to mcallen, texas. this is before they started locking senators out of that
place. i went down to bear witness what this place was like. and i want you all just to envision a giant amazon warehouse. only it is dirty and it smelled bad. i walked in and on the left were cages, one after another after another. they are jammed against each other. maybe 10 feet wide, 40 feet deep with one toilet in the corner, crammed full of men. on the right, same thing, except crammed full of women. people are just standing there. there wasn't even enough room for all of them to lie down. and then i thought, this is the worst thing i've ever seen, open it up, and there were though freestanding cages of little girls. about the size of just this group of folks sitting here. freestanding cage of little
girls. tv, theyno toys, no sat, just sad little girls. most of them didn't seem to know where they were, where their families were, what had happened to them. and then there is another cage of little girls, and then another one. and over that way, a cage of little boys. and beyond that, a cage of another little boy -- cages of little boys. back in the corner as i came through, there was a cage of nursing mothers, the ones with little tiny babies. i remember i stopped to so many people, i talked to one young woman, holding her little baby, and she came from central america. she had given a drink of water to a police officer.
word had come down that night that the gangs believed she was working with the police. and she knew what that meant. she and her baby would be killed. so she never had any notion of immigrating to the united states. she wrapped her baby up and she ran, and she ran all the way to our border. values nation lives its every day and that mean we treat people who come to our borders with humanity and respect, that is who we are. and that is who we must be. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: let me just lay out the central parts of an immigration plan. one is we all have to recognize in this country, immigration does not make this country weaker.
immigration makes this country stronger. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: stronger economy, stronger connections around the world. part one, we need to expand legal immigration in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: part two, we need a path to citizenship for the people who are here. the dreamers, yes. but also their grandparents, their parents, their friends, people who are paying to work in agriculture, people who have overstated student visas, we need a path. these are our friends, our neighbors. we need a path. in part three, -- and part three, we need to stop this trump made a crisis at our border. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: how do we do that?
the first part is we restore -- we expand aid to central america. so that they can establish rule of law again. so it is not the gangs running things. [applause] sen. warren: help them! and the second is that we say to the entire world, we are a country that lives its values and that recognizes the worth of every human being. you come to our borders begging for help, then we will welcome you in and give you a hearing. that is who we are. [cheers and applause] thank you.: thank you for the question. good. paige back. >> we are going to do three more.
do you want to draw the first one? no? sen. warren: not even -- not even the appearance of a conflict of interest here. [laughter] sen. warren: i'm staying away from that. >> that's my president. ok. the next one we have, 1047. yay! come on over here. sen. warren: come on over. >> and then we are going to mix it up a little bit. ok. now we have 1042. 1042. here we go. sen. warren: fabulous. >> amazing. sen. warren: make the last one a good one. >> do you want to do the honors? sen. warren: no. >> and now we have 1070. sen. warren: 1070. you got it? all right, we've got it. thank you. ok. hi. come on up.
>> hi, elizabeth. my name is mary. before i ask you a question, i want to thank you very much for being such a strong role model for everyone, but especially for women and girls. sen. warren: thanks, mary. [applause] >> one issue that is very important to me is the environment. i'm going to ask you another question about that. what are your specific plans to undo the damage that our current administration has done rolling back environmental policies? sen. warren: yeah. so, oh god, it is like this is worse then we think it is. because they are just doing it every place they can. even deals that had been cut. river,aning up of the
finally after years of foot dragging, you finally get the corporation in, they say they will go along. donald trump gets elected and they say wait a minute, we want to think about that one more time. it is everywhere they can be a the environmental standards in california. that's the bad news. how much damage they are doing and how fast they are doing it. here's the good news. most of that is through agency, the rights we get person at the head of the environmental protection agency, and i don't just mean somebody who says i want to work on this, i mean somebody who says i get it, the world is on fire, and we need to make change fast. the goodep in mind, folks working at the environmental protection agency, they are there because they believe in the work. so you get them a leader and you turn them loose and you bring the scientists back in. i'm going to say something shocking, i believe in science. [applause]
that's how we both get our rigs back in place. understand, back in place is not good enough. we cannot say our goal is business as usual. let's get us back to where we were. the problem is bigger. the problem is getting worse. we have got to be both more aggressive and more innovative. for me, since you are on this narrow part of it, i want to tell you about that kind of person i want to have at the head of the environmental protection agency. i want someone who has lots of ideas. i want someone who is willing to try a lot of different things and i want someone who is really committed to data. collect the data on what it means. and do more of the things that work and less of the things that don't work. can we get this government on our side?
that's the idea behind it. what i want is i want a fighter. i want someone who is so committed to this that they really will take on the oil industry, though they really will take on the big polluters. that they are not afraid. and i think the best way this happens is i get a person like that and then i back them up 110%. because that is the only way we are going to make the changes we need to make. thank you. it was a great question. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> hi. sen. warren: what's your name? >> beth. sen. warren: is that an elizabeth? whoa! double elizabeth. feel the power. >> i'm so happy the first time i get to vote is for a woman. sen. warren: oh good! [cheers and applause]
sen. warren: i'm happy about that too, beth. i'm really happy about that. >> i grew up in a generation terrified to go to school because of gun threats. it's really scary. i want to know what you were going to do about that. sen. warren: ok. i know. let's talk about the problem, ok? it's going to be ok. you want to come over closer? [laughter] sen. warren: ok. we have a gun violence problem in america. and that is how we need to think of it. -- it isss shootings about mass shootings and that is really scary. but it is also about what happens on sidewalks and playgrounds, and communities, particularly communities of color, all around our nation every day. they don't get the headlines but children are dying.
it is also about suicide. and the legality of suicide attempts because of the presence of guns. and it is about domestic violence. about the fact -- and it is women, largely, who are much more likely to die if there is an abuser and a gun in the house. so we have to think of this altogether as a gun violence problem. in the way i like to think about this, the way i approach it is have an autot, we violence problem. decades ago. highways.d on the stories written over and over about carnage on the highways, entire families wiped out. every onee died for million miles traveled on the roads back in the 1960's.
and we decided as a nation, this is not acceptable. we want to do a better job of protecting our people. problem ofed it as a auto violence. and we said we are going to reduce that violence, we will reduce the deficit and here's how we will go about it. some of the things we needed were obvious and easy, seatbelts. safety glass. been event --ven been invented like airbags and automatic break in the systems. the approach we use as a government was to say, let's do what we can quickly, get those in, this seems let's -- the things that seem obvious, collect the data, and come back again. what else do we need to do? the second year, the third year, the fourth-year, until we bring down the death rate. until we bring down the risk. safe.we make our children
violenceo treat gun not as a you are playing versus my plan. it is what will -- what plans will work best to reduce the risk? we need to treat it like the public health emergency that it is. i'm in this for you, beth. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: ok. hi. >> i'm derek. sen. warren: nice to meet you. >> welcome back to iowa. sen. warren: thank you. it is good to be back in iowa. >> we hear a lot of presidential candidates talk about bringing the country together. side,k about the other the republicans who basically believe government is evil, every dollar you pay in taxes is theft, and that government is an
oppressive force in our lives. whereas i see government, i see my neighbors, my friends, my family working. why can't we highlight the good work of all the people in government who are doing things for us? protecting our food, our air, our water. this is our government. these are our laws. sen. warren: yep. i'm with you on this one, derek. [applause] >> i'm just inviting you to comment on that. sen. warren: you know, it is interesting. i'm there. i strongly support the people who work for government. these are good people. it is called public service for a reason. because they are there. they are serving the public. if i can, i want to pull this back just a little when you started on this question of division in this country. two very different views of what is going on. i want you to think about this a little differently. and that is -- i will tell you
where this comes from. i mentioned the boys, my three older brothers. one is a democrat. [laughter] sen. warren: do the math. ok? yes, our thanksgivings are like that too. [laughter] sen. warren: but here's the thing, there are a lot of things we disagree on. brothers are furious over making $11 billion in profits and paying zero in taxes. they are really angry. and i mean all three of them. not just the democrat. i mean the democrats and republicans are really unhappy about this. they are furious over drug companies that take all of the research you when i paid for as taxpayers through the national institutes of health and so on, take that research and turnaround, turn it into drugs that they have had a, marketed,
made their money, and then they up the price on. i don't mean a little bit, they up the price through the roof. this makes my brothers furious. they use different words to describe it. but they are all very angry about the corruption in washington. they get that they are being cheated. they get that this government works for those at the top. the government is not working for everybody. it is a government working great for those at the top. the next time somebody says our government never works in washington, it is just gridlock, whoa. remind them of two things. when the republican donors wanted that tax break, it took five weeks for the republicans to go behind closed doors and write a taxpayer -- a tax break and give $1 trillion of money away to these guys. the rest of the time when nothing gets passed, when
nothing makes it through the senate, think for just a minute. that works pretty well for drug companies. works pretty well for oil companies. works pretty well for gun manufacturers. it works pretty well for everyone for whom the system is working right now. washington is working. it is working great for those of the top. here's my pitch on this when you talk about great -- about bringing the country together. instead of fighting with each other, left, right, middle, whatever, how about we focus on the guys who keep sucking more and more wealth out of this economy, more and more power out of this economy, how about we focus on them? yousay, in a democracy, have got to pay a fair share and give everybody else of opportunity in this nation. [applause]
sen. warren: you walked away before i finished but i will say one more thing. we really want to beat donald trump. anybody want to do that? [cheers and applause] then let's talk about the difference between him and us. let's talk about the difference between his party and where we want our party to be. and that is right at this question of corruption. he is the most corrupt president in living memory. and we need to call that out. but we have got to be in this fight all the way. we can do this. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: good, thank you. good. last question. is this the last one? >> i'm gary. sen. warren: may get a good one. i'm ready. >> i am a vietnam veteran. [applause] i know what automatic weapons can do.
in less than five seconds, it can hit everybody in that group and keep going. the can we do to get rid of automatic weapons that no one should have? [applause] sen. warren: i agree. we need automatic weapons off our streets. you are right. can we wind back and learn a little bit from history. people used to have machine guns. right? i'm serious. what did we do as a nation? we said well, we need to get rid of these things, this is not good to have anybody who gets in an argument with his neighbor having a machine gun. not a good thing. and so what we did is we said you have to register them, you have to pay a fat tax on them, and if you don't want to do that, you have got to turn them back in. and by golly, that's what people did.
they turned them in and we got rid of the problem of having a lot of people with machine guns. we can do the same things with weapons of war. they should not be in our streets or our homes. we need to get rid of them. thank you. [applause] sen. warren: i want to thank you all for terrific questions. this is fabulous. and i want to do obviously the most important part of democracy, and that is selfies! [applause] sen. warren: but before we do, i want to talk a little bit, as we wrap this up, i want to tell you a story about a toaster. [laughter] sen. warren: you did not see that coming, right? this woman is going to tell a story about a toaster. toasterss a young mom, used to cause house fires. here's how it worked. those toaster ovens with a little slide out trays, they did
not have the automatic shutoff switch. so you put four slices on the tray, slide the thing in, flip it on, here the baby cry, run to the other end of the house, spend longer than you thought you had, and when you come back, the flames off the bread will be somewhere between six and eight inches, maybe 10 inches. if you are not lucky, you catch the curtains on fire and maybe the kitchen cabinets. ask me how i know. [laughter] sen. warren: all i'm willing to tell you is when i was a young mom, my daddy actually one year gave me a fire extinguisher for christmas. and then along came a federal agency, the consumer product safety commission, and they said enough. we are done. were down. and that was it. couldn't sell toasters without a safety switch, house fires from toasters. not bad.
by the early 2000's of america, mortgages had to become so complex and so dangerous, they of a one in five chance costing a family their home. not from fire, but from foreclosure. in this time, the federal government was not on the side of the people. it was so deep in the pocket of the banks, they let them keep selling those things, and that was the crash of 2008. after the crash, i had an idea. how about if we have a consumer agency like the one for toasters, only we have one for financial products for mortgages, credit cards, student loans, payday loans? i go to washington, i'm not in an elected office, i go to washington, i talk to anyone who will talk to me about the idea behind this agency. knock on as many doors as i can and i get basically the same two answers.
first answer is that is a great idea. you can actually make a real change. this is structural change. you can't doere that stuff. the second thing everybody would say was don't even try. don't try because he will be up against big money, you will be up against big banks, up against the republicans, up against half the democrats. you can't get it done. i get it. change is hard. but it is the right thing to do. so we got in that fight and we took on the big banks and we took on the big money. and in 2010, barack obama signed that agency into law. we won. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: yep.
we won. here's the thing, that little agency has already forced the banks to return more than $12 billion directly to people they cheated. not bad. not bad. [cheers and applause] we know how to make government work for the people. we have got an example of it. so, here's what i learned from that experience. even if the big donors are against it, the big money is against it, if wall street is ideas tot, we need big match the big problems of our time. ideas to inspire people to get out in caucus and get out and vote. we need to big ideas so that everyone in this world will know who and what democrats are actually willing to fight for. to take back ideas
the senate and put mitch mcconnell out of a job. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: yep. ideas and we need to be willing to fight for them. but i get it. it is easy just to give up on big ideas. sound oh so -- to sophisticated on why we shouldn't even try. when we give up on big ideas, we give up on the people whose lives would have been touched by those ideas. people who are struggling to pay their medical bills, they are already in a fight. people who are crushed by student loan debt, they are already in a fight. people who are stopped by the police because of the color of their skin, they are already in
a fight and those fights are our fights. [applause] sen. warren: this country is in pundits, and media washington insiders, even people in our own party don't want to admit it. they think that running a vague campaign that nibbles around the edges of these big problems is somehow the same strategy -- the safe strategy. if all democrats can offer is business as usual after donald trump, then democrats will lose. [applause]
sen. warren: we win when we have answers big enough to meet the problems that touch people's lives. i am not running a campaign that is shaped by a bunch of consultants with plans that are designed not to offend big donors. i passed that stop sign a long time ago. no, i am running a campaign based on a lifetime of fighting for working families. i am running a campaign from the heart, because i believe that history,ur moment in that 2020 is our moment to win the fight for a green new deal and save our planet. [applause] sen. warren: 2020 is our moment
to win the fight for medicare for all and save our people. [applause] 2020 is our moment to win the fight for a two sent an entire and invest generation. that 2020 isink our moment, if you think 20/20 is the time when the door has opened just a little, the door has opened for big, structural change, then i am asking you today, to mid -- commit to caucus for me, be part of this fight, because this is our time in history. 2020 is when we are going to dream big, fight hard, and win. [applause] ♪
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