mr. sanders: right. we are following that issue very closely as far as where we
allocate resources and my time.
i think we have a good shot in colorado, a good shot in
minnesota, a good shot in massachusetts, and i think we
look pretty good in oklahoma. the last poll, in vermont, 180%.... textmr. sanders: mr. president, i
ask unanimous consent to address
the senate up to 15mr. sanders: good evening.
i am running for president of
the united states because it is
too late for establishment
politics and establishment economics. i'm running for president because our economy is rigged because working people are working longer hours for lower
wages, and almost all of new
wealth and income being created
is going to the top 1%.
i'm running for president
because i'm going to create an
economy that works for working
families not just billionaires.
i'm running for president
because we have a campaign
finance system which is corrupt,
where billionaires are spending
hundreds of millionaires of
dollars to buy candidates who
will represent their interests
rather than the middle class and
i'm running because we need to
address the planetary crisis of
climate change and take on the
fossil-fuel industry and
transform our energy system away
from fossil fuel to energy
efficiency and sustainable energy.
i'm running for president
because i want a new foreign
policy, one that takes on isis,
one that destroys isis, but one
that does not get us involved in
perpetual warfare in the
quagmire of the middle east but
rather works around a major
coalition of wealthy and
powerful nations supporting muslim troops on the ground.
that's the kind of coalition we need, and that's the kind of coalition i will put together.
the dnc has hired vendors.
on two occasions, there were
breeches in information two
our staff found information on
our computers from the clinton campaign.
and when our staffers said,
"whoa, what's going here?" they
went to the dnc quietly.
they went to the vendor and
said, "hey, something is wrong,"
and that was quietly dealt with.
none of that information was
our staff at that point did
exactly the right thing.
a few days ago a similar
there was a breach because the
dnc vendor screwed up,
information came to our campaign. in this case, our staff did the wrong thing.
they looked at that information. as soon as we learned that they
looked at that information we
, fired that person. we are now doing an independent internal investigation to see
who else was involved. thirdly, what i have a real
problem with, and you mentioned
this is a problem. i recognize it as a problem. but what the dnc did arbitrarily without discussing it with us is
shut off our access to our information crippling our
that is an egregious act.
i'm glad that late last night,
that was resolved.
fourthly, i look forward to
working with secretary clinton
for an investigation, an
independent investigation, about
all of the breaches that have
occurred from day one in this
campaign, because i am not
convinced that information from
our campaign may not have ended
up in her campaign.
don't know that.
but we need an independent investigation, and i hope secretary clinton will agree with me for the need of that.
when we saw the breach two
months ago, we didn't go running
to the media and make a big deal
and it bothers me very much
that, rather than working on
this issue to resolve it, it has
become many press releases from
the clinton campaign later.... text thing.
mr. sanders: yes.
clinton -- and i hope we can
work together on an independent
investigation from day one -- i
want to apologize to my supporters. this is not the type of campaign that we run.
and if i find anybody else
involved in this, they will also
be fired.... text in.
mr. sanders: let me agree with
governor o'malley, and let me
agree with secretary clinton. you know, we had this incident before, secretary, with your famous e-mails.
right? and what i said and i think what governor o'malley is saying, and i hope you say, is when the middle class of this country is
disappearing, when we have massive income and wealth inequality, when we're the only
major country on earth not guaranteeing health care to all people, all of the issues that the governor talked about, the secretary talked about, those
are the issues.
those are the issues that the
american people want discussed.
i hope those are the issues
we'll discuss.... text mr. sanders: i'm one of the 77%.
i think this is a very difficult issue. and let me agree with much of what the secretary and the governor have said.
let me tell you what i think we
have got to do.
i think it's a two-pronged
number one, our goal is to crush
and destroy isis.
what is the best way to do it?
well, i think there are some
differences of opinion here,
perhaps between the secretary
i voted against the war in iraq
because i thought unilateral
military action would not
produce the results that were
necessary and would lead to the
kind of unraveling and
instability that we saw in the
i do not believe in unilateral
i believe in action in which we
put together a strong coalition
of forces, major powers and the
i think one of the heroes in a
real quagmire out there, in a
dangerous and difficult world,
one of the heroes who we should
recognize in the middle east is
king abdullah ii of jordan.
this small country has welcomed
in many refugees.
and abdullah said something
recently, very important.
he said, "yes, international
terrorism is by definition an
international issue, but it is
primarily an issue of the muslim
nations who are fighting for the
soul of islam.
we the muslims should lead the
effort on the ground."
and i believe he is absolutely right.... text buying a gun?
mr. sanders: it's a country in
which people choose to buy guns.
i think half of the -- more than
half of the people in my own
state of vermont, my guess here
in new hampshire, are gun owners. that's the right of people. but this is what i do believe. i believe that when we have some
300 million guns in this country, i believe that when we have seen these horrific mass killings, not only in san bernardino but in colorado and movie theaters in colorado, i think we have got to bring together the vast majority of the people, who do in fact believe in sensible gun safety regulations. for example, talking about
polls, a poll recently came out,
overwhelming majority of the
american people say we should
strengthen the instant background check.
who denies that it is crazy --
guns who are criminals or are
we've got to eliminate the gun
in my view, we have got to see
that weapons designed by the
military to kill people are not
in the hands of civilians.
i think there is a consensus.
it's a divided country on guns.
but there is a broad consensus
on sensible gun safety
regulations that i, coming from
a state that has virtually no
gun control, will do my best to
bring together.... text mr. sanders: whoa, whoa, whoa.
let's calm down a little bit, am telling the
mr. sanders: first of all, let's
have some rules here, commentators. david: but let me just establish that for you, senator. really quickly, governor, we are going to call on you tonight, and it's very clear you have a lot to say, but please wait until you're called upon. and senator, he invoked your
record and i'll let you respond.... text mr. sanders: he sure did. mr. sanders: sure did. all right.
first off, we can do all the
great speeches we want but
you're not going to succeed unless there is a consensus. in 1988, just to set the record
straight governor, i ran for the u.s. house.
we have one house member from
vermont, three candidates in the race.
one candidate said, you know
what, i don't think it's a great
idea that we sell automatic
weapons in this country that are
used by the military to kill
people very rapidly.
gun people said, there were
three candidates in the race,
"you vote for one of the others,
but not bernie sanders."
i lost that election by three
quite likely, for that reason.
so please, do not explain to me,
coming from a state where
democratic governors and
republican governors have
supported virtually no gun control.
do not tell me that i have not
shown courage in standing up to
the gun people, in voting to ban
assault weapons, voting for
instant background checks,
voting to end the gun-show loop hole, and now we're in a
position to create a consensus
in america on gun safety.
suspicious activity, you report it.
that's kind of a no-brainer.
you know, somebody is loading
guns and ammunition into a
house, i think it's a good idea
to call 911.
secretary clinton i think made
some interesting and good points.
what you have now is a very
dangerous moment in american history. the secretary is right. our people are fearful.
they are anxious on a number of levels.
they are anxious about international terrorism and the possibility of another attack on america.
we all understand that. but you know what else they're anxious about? they're anxious about the fact that they are working incredibly long hours, they're worried about their kids, and they're seeing all the new income and wealth -- virtually all of it -- going to the top 1%.
and they're looking around them,
and they're looking at
washington, and they're saying,
"the rich are getting much richer.
i'm getting poorer. what are you going to do about it?
what are you going to do for my kids?"
and somebody like a trump comes
along and says, "i know the answers.
the answer is that all of the
mexicans, they're criminals and rapists.
we've got to hate the mexicans.
those are your enemies.
we hate all the muslims, because
all of the muslims are terrorists.
we've got to hate the muslims."
meanwhile, the rich get richer.
so what i say to those people
who go to donald trump's
rallies, understand -- he thinks
a low minimum wage in america is
a good idea.
he thinks low wages are a good idea.
i believe we stand together to
address the real issues facing
this country, not allow them to
divide us by race or where we
let's create an america that
works for all of us, not the
handful on top.
includes equal -- got it.
mr. sanders: yeah. mr. sanders: and i also voted and helped lead the effort against the war in iraq, which will go down in history as one
of the worst foreign blunders -- foreign policy blunders in the
history of our country.
i voted against the first gulf
war, which set the stage, i
believe, for the second iraq war.
and what i believe right now,
and i believe this is terribly
important, is the united states
of america cannot succeed, or be
thought of as the policeman of
the world, that when there's an
international crisis all over
the world, in france and in the
u.k., or, hey, just call up the
american military and the
they're going to send the troops.
and if they have to be in the
middle east for 20 or 30 years,
no problem.... text mr. sanders: i have a problem
with that, martha.
what i believe has got to happen
is there must be an
including russia, a
but i agree, as i mentioned a
moment ago, with king abdullah.
this is a war for the soul of islam.
the troops on the ground should
not be american troops.
they should be muslim troops.
i believe that countries like
saudi arabia and qatar have got
to step up to the plate, have
got to contribute the money that
we need and the troops that we
need to destroy isis with
american support.... text mr. sanders: my plan is to make
it work, to tell saudi arabia
that instead of going to war in
yemen, they, one of the wealthiest countries on earth,
are going to have to go to war
to tell qatar that instead of
spending $200 billion on the
world cup, maybe they should pay
attention to isis, which is at their doorstep.
our differences are fairly deep
on this issue.
we disagreed on the war in iraq.
we both listened to the
information from bush and cheney.
i voted against the war.
but i think -- and i say this
with due respect -- that i worry
too much that secretary clinton
is too much into regime change
and a little bit too aggressive
without knowing what the
unintended consequences might be.
yes, we could get rid of saddam
hussein, but that destabilized
the entire region.
yes, we could get rid of
gadhafi, a terrible dictator,
but that created a vacuum for isis.
yes, we could get rid of assad
tomorrow, but that would create
another political vacuum that
would benefit isis.
so i think, yeah, regime change
is easy, getting rid of
dictators is easy, but before
you do that, you've got to think
about what happens the day after.
and in my view what we need to
do is put together broad
coalitions to understand that
we're not going to have a
political vacuum filled by
terrorists, that, in fact, we
are going to move steadily --
and maybe slowly -- toward
democratic societies, in terms
of assad, a terrible dictator.
but i think in syria the primary
focus now must be on destroying
isis and working over the years
to get rid of assad.
that's the secondary issue.... text mr. sanders: i was not the
secretary of state -- mr. sanders: i happen to think
-- mr. sanders: secretary clinton is right. this is a complicated issue. i don't think anyone has a magical solution.
but this is what i do believe.
yes, of course, assad is a
but i think we have got to get
our foreign policies and priorities right.
the immediate -- it is not assad
who is attacking the united states. it is isis.
and isis is attacking france and
attacking russian airliners.
the major priority, right now,
in terms of our foreign and
military policy should be the
destruction of isis.
and i think -- and i think we
bring together that broad
coalition, including russia, to
help us destroy isis.
and work on a timetable to get
rid of assad, hopefully through
first priority, destroy isis.... text mr. sanders: david -- mr. sanders: secretary -- syria.
mr. sanders: could i just say -- just say is a vacuum.
mr. sanders: can i just say this
-- mr. sanders: of course the united states must lead. but the united states is not the policeman of the world. the united states must not be involved in perpetual warfare in
the middle east. the united states, at the same time, cannot successfully fight assad and isis. isis, now, is the major priority. let's get rid of assad later. let's have a democratic syria. but the first task is to bring countries together to destroy isis.... text mr. sanders: first of all, we
recognize that we have a rigged
economy, as you've indicated.
middle class in this country for
the last 40 years has been
disappearing. are we better of today then we were when bush left office? absolutely.
but as you've indicated for
millions of american workers,
people in new hampshire -- all
over america, they're working
longer hours for lower wages
deeply worried about their kids.
so what do we do?
the first statement we make is
we tell the billionaire class,
"they cannot have it all."
for a start, they're going to
start to pay their fair share of taxes.
second of all what we do, is you
raise the minimum wage to living
wage, 15 bucks an hour over the
next several years.
next thing we do, pay equity for
women should not be making 79
cents on the dollar compared to men. next thing that we do, real
unemployment -- official
unemployment 5%, real employment
10%, youth unemployment off the charts.
we rebuild our crumbling furthermore, in a competitive global economy, it is imperative
that we have the best educated
workforce in the world.
that is why i'm going to have a
tax on wall street speculation
to make certain that public
colleges and universities in
america are tuition free.
have a difference.
the ceo's of large
multinationals may like hillary. they ain't going to like me and
wall street is going to like me
than when we bailed them out
because they are too big to fail, we've got to re-establish glass-steagall, we have got to
break the large financial institutions up.... text mr. sanders: so i don't think --
whole lot of campaign
contributions from wall street.
i don't have a super pac.
i don't want campaign
contributions from corporate america.... text mr. sanders: let me just -- let me just -- mr. sanders: let me just jump in. my name was invoked.
you have gotten a whole lot of
money over the years from wall
but most importantly, when you look at what happened in the
1990s, go to berniesanders.com.
i'll advertise my web site as well.
a member of the house financial
committee against alan
greenspan, against a guy named
bill clinton, maybe you know
him, maybe you don't.
would be a great idea to merge
investor banks and commercial
banks and large insurance companies.
what a brilliant idea that would be.
go to youtube.
find out what i said to greenspan.
at the end of the day, if teddy
roosevelt were alive today, and
the governor makes a good point
about trade, anti-trade,
anti-monopoly activities. wall street today has too much political power.
it has too much economic power.
to get deregulated -- listen to
this, they spent $5 billion in
lobbying and campaign
contributions over a 10-year period.... text mr. sanders: wall street is a
threat to the economy.
they've got to be broken up.
let me say this.
as a member of the health education committee that helped write the affordable care act,
much of what secretary clinton
said about what we have done,
among other things, ending the
obscenity of this pre-existing
situation is a step forward. this seventeen more million more
people have health care.
it is a step forward. a step forward.
but this is what we also have to say.
not only are deductibles rising, 29 million americans still have no health insurance and millions of people can't afford to go to the doctor.
major crisis and primary health care.
here is the bottom line.
why is it that the united states of america today is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right? why is it --
drug companies are bribing the
united states congress.
we need to pass a medicare for
all single payer system.
it will lower the cost of health
care for a middle-class family
by thousands of dollars a year.... text mr. sanders: but they will not
be paying, martha, any private insurance.
so it's unfair to say in total
-- even if you
mr. sanders: i can tell you that
adding up the fact you're not
paying any private insurance,
businesses are not paying any
the average middle-class family
will be saving thousands of
dollars a year.... text mr. sanders: and universities. mr. sanders: well, neil, i think
we've got to work on a
and your point is absolutely
the cost of college education is
escalating a lot faster than the
cost of inflation.
there are a lot of factors
involved in that.
and that is that we have some
colleges and universities that
are spending a huge amount of
money on fancy dormitories and
on giant football stadiums.
maybe we should focus on quality
education with well-paid faculty members.
lot of vice presidents who earn
a big salary.
but, bottom line is this is the
if we are going to be
competitive in the global
economy, we need the best
it is insane to my mind,
hundreds of thousands of young
people today, bright qualified
people, cannot go to college
because they cannot afford --
their families cannot afford to
millions coming out of school as
you indicated, deeply in debt.
what do we do?
my proposal is to put a
speculation tax on wall street,
raise very substantial sums of
money, not only make public colleges and universities tuition-free, but also substantially lower interest rates on student debt.
you have families out there paying 6%, 8%, 10% on student debt, refinance their homes at 3%.
what sense is that? so i think we need radical changes in the funding of higher education. we should look at college today
the way high school was looked at 60 years ago. all young people who have the ability should be able to get a
clinton is wrong.
as you know, because i know you
know a lot about health care.
you know that the united states
per capita pays far and away
more than other country. and it is unfair simply to say how much more the program will
cost without making sure that
people know that, we are doing
away with cost of private
insurance and that the middle
class will be paying substantially less for health care on the single payer than on the secretary's clinton proposal.
important economic reality of
today is that over the last 30
years, there has been a transfer
of trillions of dollars from the
middle class to the top
one-tenth of 1% who are seeing a
doubling of the percentage of
wealth that they own.
now, when secretary clinton
says, "i'm not going raise taxes
on the middle class," let me
tell you what she is saying.
she is disagreeing with fdr on
social security, lbj on medicare
and with the vast majority of
progressive democrats in the
house and the senate, who today
are fighting to end the disgrace
of the united states being the
only major country on earth that
doesn't provide paid family and
what the legislation is is $1.61
now, you can say that's a tax on
the middle class. it will provide three months paid family and medical leave for the working families of this country. i think, secretary clinton,
$1.61 a week is a pretty good invest.... text mr. sanders: david, thank you. mr. sanders: then
friend, kirsten gillibrand, rosa
delauro, got ears to legislation
out there that will finally
provide family and medical leave.... text mr. sanders: well, this whole
issue concerns me.
and i agree with much of what
the secretary and the governor
have said. but let's be clear.
today in america we have more
people in jail than any other
country on earth, 2.2 million people. predominantly african-american and hispanic.
we are spending $80 billion a
year locking up our fellow americans. i think, and this is not easy, but i think we need to make wage a major effort, to come together as a country and end institutional racism. we need major, major reforms of a very broken criminal justice system. now, what does that mean? well, for a start it means that police officers should not be shooting unarmed people, predominantly african-americans.
war on drugs which has destroyed
the lives of millions of people,
which is why i have taken
marijuana out of the controlled substance act.
so that it will not be a federal crime.
that is why we need to make --
a former mayor.
i was a mayor for eight years,
worked very closely with a great
and what we did is try to move
that department toward community
policing, so that the police
officers become part of the
community and not, as we see, in
some cities an oppressive force.
we need to make police
departments look like the
communities they serve in terms
we need to end minimal sentencing.
we need, basically, to pledge
that we're going to invest in
this country, in jobs and
education, not more jails and incarceration.
hampshire. it is a tragedy for my state of vermont. it is a tragedy all over this
the number of heroin deaths are
growing very, very
what do we do?
well, for a start, this may seem
like a radical idea, but i think
we have got to tell the medical
profession and doctors who are prescribing opiates and the pharmaceutical industry that they have got to start getting their act together, we cannot have this huge number of opiates out there throughout this country, where young people are
taking them, getting hooked, and
then going to heroin.
second of all, and the reason i
believe in a health care for all
program, we need to understand
that addiction is a disease, not
a criminal activity.
seeking help, they should not
have to wait three, four months in order to get that help. they should be able to walk in the door tomorrow and get a variety of treatments that work for them. so those are some of the areas that i think we've got to move on.... text martha: senator sanders. mr. sanders: look, the secretary
this is a terribly complicated issue.
there are no simple solutions. but where we have a disagreement is that i think if you look at the history of regime changes,
you go back to mossadegh in
iran, you go back to salvador
allende who we overthrew in
chile, you go back to
overthrowing saddam hussein in
iraq, you go back to where we
are today in syria with a
dictator named assad.
the truth is it is relatively
easy for a powerful nation like
america to overthrow a dictator but it is very hard to predict the unintended consequences and the turmoil and the instability that follows after you overthrow that dictator. so i think secretary clinton and i have a fundamental disagreement.
i'm not quite the fan of regime
change that i believe she is.... text mr. sanders: given the fact that
she's a lot smarter than me,
yes, she would.
who i thought not only did an
outstanding job as our first
lady, but redefined what that
role could be.
so, i thank you very much for
home and received the kind of
love that they desperately needed.
and she turned around many lives.
she is the best parent and grandmother that i know. she has devoted her life, when i
was mayor of the city of burlington, actually when i
first met her, we started a youth office, which started a after-school programs for kids, started a child care center, started a youth newspaper.
we got the kids involved in a
whole lot of issues. she led that effort.
so i think, at a time when so many of our kids are desperately looking for constructive activity, where too many of our
kids are hanging around on
street corners, potentially getting into trouble, i think we
need a forceful advocate for the
children, for teenagers, for the
little children, to deal with
the dysfunctional child care
system, and i think my wife
would do a great job in helping
me accomplish those goals.... text mr. sanders: well, thank you
very much for hosting this
debate, and let me applaud my
colleagues up here.
because i think frankly, maybe
i'm wrong, but on our worst day,
i think we have a lot more to
offer the american people than
the right wing's extremists.
interest in the need for
immigration reform because i
know what it's like to be the
son of an immigrant. we grew up in a
controlled apartment in
brooklyn, new york.
my mother's dream -- and she
died very young, but my mother's dream for her whole life was to
be able to get out of that rent-controlled apartment and own a home of her own. she never lived to see that.
but what my parents did accomplish is they were able to send both of their sons to college.
we were the first in the family. so i know something about economic anxiety and living in a family does not have sufficient income.
and that is why i am pledged, if
elected president of the united
states, to bring about a political revolution where millions of people begin to stand up and finally say enough
is enough, this great country and our government belong to all
of us, not just a handful of
thank you very much.mr. sanders: if you think back
to 2007 during the campaign in which secretary clinton ran
against barack obama -- she was critical of him. would you sit down and talk to the iranians and he said yes, i would. point being you talk to your
adversaries. you'd don't run away from them. secretary clinton called him
naive but it turns out obama was
right. clearly, we have many issues with iran, but we want to improve our relationship with
this powerful country. the agreement to make certain
iran does not get a nuclear
weapon was a huge step forward. the fact we had this prisoner... textmr. sanders: madam president?winning those two caucuses, we
would like to take you now to an
event in warren, michigan, from earlier today, with bernie
sanders. this is about one hour.
he has said it all.
but i will try. what i'm going to try to do tonight is something very radical in american politics.
i'm going to tell you the truth.
the truth is not always pleasant
, and i wish i could come before you and tell you everything is
great, don't worry about anything.
but if i told you that, i would
be lying to you. so what i have to do as a
candidate for president is to be
honest with you, because i
believe that if we have the
courage to look our problems
right in the face and if we don't bury them, we can address them, we can resolve them.
there? you all know about them.
we've got to bring them up.
number one. mr. sanders: you know what, i
was just going to say that.
me a little bit of time here.
you jumped the gun.
the gentleman just hit the nail
on the head. look, i'm the former chairman of
the u.s. that -- u.s. senate committee on foreign affairs. i will continue as president to
do everything i can to protect the men and women who have put their lines on the line to
look out at these people, some
of them who came home without
legs or arms, they put their
lives on the line to defend american democracy. and i worry very much about
what is going on in american
and at the top of my list is
the need to overturn this disastrous citizens united
supreme court decision.
out and you can agree with me,
you can disagree with me, you can vote for me, you can vote against me.
that's all democracy. what democracy is not about is about billionaires buying elections.... text mr. sanders: in this election
it has been estimated that the
koch brothers and a few other billionaires -- you know about
the koch brothers.
smart group of people.
koch brothers and a few other
billionaires will spend approximately $900 million to buy this election for
candidates who are going to
represent the wealthy and the powerful.
when you have -- when you have
one family and a few other billionaires spending more
money in an election than the entire democratic party or
republican party, that is not democracy.
that is oligarchy and we are
going to stop that.
this is one of those
differences. and i'll tell you why.
secretary clinton has a number of super pacs.
one of her super pacs recently
reported that they raised $25 million from special interests,
$15 million from wall street alone. now, every candidate in the history of the world, democrat, republican, when they receive
huge amounts of money from wall
street, or the drug companies,
or the fossil fuel industries,
what they always say, not going to impact me. and our question is, if it's
not going to impact their decisions, why would wall
street be spending $15 million?
receiving huge amounts of
second point with secretary
as some of you know she has
given a number of speeches
behind closed doors to wall street.
in fact, she has been paid
$225,000 per speech.
now, i kind of think if you're
going to be paid $225,000 for a
speech, it must be a fantastic speech.
second issue that we talk about
in this campaign is not just the corrupt campaign finance system.
it is a rigged economy.
now, what do we mean by a rigged economy?
what we mean is that for a
start, millions of people in
the middle class, working people, today are working
longer hours for lower wages. ok?
is that true?
being paid less.
in my state, i'm sure it's true in michigan, we got people working one job, two jobs, three jobs, trying to cobble
together enough income and
health care to take care of their families. you got mom working.
you got dad working. you got kids working. we are working the longest hours of any people in the
did you all know that?
we work longer.
the japanese are very hard-working people.
we work longer hours per year
than the japanese do. and -- i'm going to get to that.
in a minute.
work such long hours? marriages suffer.
because dad is here.
mom's there. there's stress and tension in
kids do not get the attention that they deserve.
because both parents are working, right?
now, at the end of the all of that, 58% of all new income
generated today goes to the top 1%. that is what a part of what a
rigged economy is about. you work longer hours for low wages.
almost all new income and
wealth goes to the people on
let me give you another example of a rigged economy. you know, my republican
colleagues, governor norse, all over the country, they talk about welfare abuse.
about all those poor people
ripping off the welfare system, right?
i want to talk to you -- i do
want to talk to you about
welfare abuse but in a slightly
different way than the republicans.
i want to tell you which family
in america receives more
welfare than anybody else?
ness a brilliant add -- this is
a brilliant audience. we're going to win here in michigan.
to say. you know the answers to my questions.
what do i have to say?
here's the story. and this is important to understand.
because this is what a rigged
economy is about. it turns out that the walton family that owns wal-mart is
the wealthiest family in
i think they have $60 billion or $70 billion in wealth. they're doing pretty good. but they pay their wal-mart workers wages that are so low that many of their employees
have to go on medicaid, food stamps, or subsidized housing,
right? who do you think pays for the food stamps, medicaid -- you
do. so on behalf of the walton
family, i want to thank you
you are very nice people to
help subsidize -- they're very grateful tore this.
-- for this.
but the truth is that now is
the time for the walton family, the richest family in america, to get off of welfare, pay their workers a living wage.
start thinking outside of the
box, outside of the status quo.
outside of what television
wants you to believe are your options.
you know, the corporate media
that go on 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, they talk about everything except the issues most important to the
and here's one of those issues.
we have to ask ourselves why in
america, the wealthiest country
in the history of the world, why do we have more people in
jail than any other country on earth? and the people in jail are disproportionately african-american, latino,
we have right now youth unemployment that is off the
charts. we don't talk about it much.
but i want you to know we did a
study on this, and economists
did a study for me, for kids
between 17 and 20, they're
white, real unemployment, 33%. latino 36%. african-american 51%. if anyone in this room, if
anyone here tonight does not see the connection between this
outrageously high rate of youth unemployment and the fact that we have so many people in jail,
you're missing something very important. so here is -- here is a radical
idea. are you ready for a radical idea?
we go to the issue at great
but i want to mention other
points. it turns out the so-called war
op drugs -- on drugs has failed
and has resulted in millions and millions of people over a
30-year period getting criminal
records and a whole lot of
people ending up in jail with
their lives ruined. right now, right now, under the federal controlled substance act, marijuana is listed as a schedule one drug alongside of heroin.
you know, scientists are
arguing, you know, the pluses and minuses of marijuana. but nobody believes that
marijuana is equivalent to heroin.
so what we have proposed, and
i've introduced legislation to do this, is to take marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act.
and here is the racial aspect
of that. it turns out that according to studies, the white community and the black community do
marijuana at about equal rates. but blacks end up being arrested four times more than
whites for possession of marijuana.
and when we talk about
reforming the criminal justice
system, it means police
department reform as well.
i am a former mayor, burlington, vermont, and i work
very closely with the police.
the vast majority of police officers in this country are
honest, hard-working, and they have an enormously difficult job.
we have got to make police departments look like the
diversity of the communities
they are serving.
we have got to do away with
minimal sentencing so that we give judges more discretion on
how to propose sentences.
let me tell you something else. in my state of vermont, new hampshire is right next to us, and i know across this country,
we have a major, major crisis in opiate addiction and in
heroin addiction. in a small state like new
hampshire, they're losing one
person per day from heroin overdose. what we have got to do is begin addressing this epidemic as a
health issue, not a criminal issue.
and what that means is we have to greatly expand mental health
facilities all over this country.
not have to wait two months to
get in the door.
now, let me take a moment to discuss some other disagreements between myself
and secretary clinton. i mentioned that we raise money
in very different ways. when i began this campaign, we
had to make a decision.
unfortunately, in the real
world, it takes hundreds of
millions of dollars to run for president of the united states. maybe even more than that. maybe over $1 billion.
that's a huge amount of money. yuge.
i can't use the word yuge anymore.
money? virtually all candidates do it
the way secretary clinton does
it. you have a super pac and go to
wall street and pour millions
of dollars in our campaigns.
thank you very much.
we chose to do it a different way and went to the working class of this country and say
you want real change in this
country and want a candidate who's going to stand up to the billionaires and wall street, we need your help. and this is what's happened over the last 10 months.
in a million years, when i
began this campaign, i never,
ever, would have predicted this
but it's happened -- we have -- thank you.
what has --... text mr. sanders: what has happened,
this is revolutionary, when i
speak after political
revolution we've already
we have received almost five million individual contributions. anybody -- anybody here know if
the average contribution is?
-- $27. and this is revolutionary. so instead of having a campaign dependent on the drug companies and wall street and the fossil
fuel industry and billionaires,
we are depending on the working
families of america and i
appreciate that. to paraphrase abraham lincoln at gettysburg, this is a
campaign of the people, by the people, and for the people. but the difference is that i
have with secretary clinton, go
beyond how we raise money. there is an enormously important issue and the media doesn't deal with it at all. too important to be dealt with
by the media. and that is the issue of trade. now, i know -- i know trade is
not a sexy issue. it is not.
i know that.
media pays no attention to it
but here is what it amounts to.
30 or 40 years ago this country began entering into what i considered then disastrous trade agreements, written by
corporate america and the
bigger money interests.
what these agreements were about, that's called nafta and
permanent normal trade relations with china and the
colombian trade agreement and
korean free trade agreement. all these free trade agreements
were based on a certain basic premise and that premise from
corporate america was the following -- why would they
want to pay workers in michigan or illinois or ohio or vermont
$25, $30 an hour, a living wage, a middle class wage, why
would they want to negotiate with unions?
why would they want to obey environmental laws when they
can shut down in america, move to mexico, move to china, and
exploit poor people all over
whove had a brain knew what
these trade agreements were about and in the 1990's i was
on the picket line with trade
unionists in opposition.
be true. since 2001, 60,000 factories in
america have shut down.
not all of it attributable to trade.
but a lot of it. and regions, like the midwest, michigan, ohio, illinois, have
been particularly hard hit. you have lost tens and tens of thousands of decent-paying
jobs. corporations shut down, moved
to china, moved to mexico.
i voted, help lead the
opposition against every one of these disastrous trade agreements.
ourselves. and that is everybody here
knows that foreign policy is a
huge -- here we go again.... text yuge!
senator sanders: is a very important part of what a president does. ok?
and the reason for it is these are life and death issues. now, in 2002, when i was vermont's congressman, i listened very carefully to what
president bush and vice president cheney and don rumsfeld -- yeah.
you got it. anyhow, they told us that the reason why we have to invade
iraq and etc. listen carefully.
because i knew that the decisions that congress reached
would result in some people in
my own state not coming back
i listened very carefully. and i ended up not believing what they said. i voted against the war in iraq.
heard the same information that
i did. i was in the house. she voted for the war. and that war is -- as all of you know turned out to be one of the worst foreign policy
disasters in the modern history of america.
now, in addition, in the last debate that i had with
secretary clinton, she said
something that really kind of
blew me away.
she said that henry kissinger thought that she did a very good job -- can't believe -- you -- you know who henry
kissinger is, right? and why one would look for approval from one of the worst,
most destructive secretaries of
state in the history of this country, i don't understand.
that day comes, i know that
i'll be doing something very wrong. now, the reason that our
campaign is doing as well as it is, and we've come a long, long way, we started at 3% in the polls.
and now we're closing in, some
national polls actually have
had us ahead.
bernie! bernie!... text senator sanders: the reason
that we are doing so well
nationally and why i think we
are going to win here in michigan --
we are listening to workers all
over this country who tell me they cannot make it on $8 or $9 an hour.... text senator sanders: and that is why we are going to fight to end this absurd $7.25 minimum wage. and why -- why we are going -- good.
you got it.
why we're going to raise the
minimum wage to $15 an hour
over the next few years.
the media also. but all over this country, you got seniors and disabled veterans, 70, 80, 90 years of age trying to get by on $11,000 or $12,000 a year social security.
and you know what?
nobody can get by on $11,000 or
$12,000 a year social security.
our great nation is judged not by how many millionaires and
billionaires it has but by how it treats the most vulnerable among us.
now, my republican colleagues, if you can believe -- it really
is hard to believe -- they want
to cut social security benefits.
well, i've got some bad news
not only are we not going to
cut those benefits.
we're going to raise social
promised. and we are going to give that
throughout this campaign, in state after state, we have been
listening to young people. and what --
ok. and i've talked to people, i talked to the guy in iowa. had to drop out of college
$60,000 in debt after two
years. a woman in burlington, vermont, became a doctor.
and for becoming a doctor she
ended up $300,000 in debt. a dentist in iowa, $400,000 in
debt. a guy in nevada has been paying off his student debt for 25 years.
more -- more in debt today than
he was when he took out that
now, what we have got to
understand, and we got to think
outside of the box. everybody here knows that
education and learning is
inherent in being a human
people get all of the education that they need and they want.
that's not a radical idea. we should not be punishing people for getting an education.
we should be rewarding them.
public education cannot just
consist of first grade through
12th grade. that was a great idea
the world has changed.
today, today, in many respects, a college degree is the
equivalent of what high school
degree was 50 years ago.
you know, 50 years ago,
somebody had a high school
degree, they were doing really
go out and get a great job.
that is not the case today.
that is why i believe that we
have got to make public
colleges and universities,
tuition, free.senator sanders: thank you. president falwell. david. thank you very much for inviting
my wife, jane and i to be with
you even this morning.
we appreciate the invitation
very much. let me start off by
acknowledging what i think all
of you already know.
that is the views that many here
at liberty university have and i
on a number of important issues.
i believe in a woman's right to
control her own body.
-- i believe in gay rights and
each other. now, in my view, and i say this as someone who voices his heart, i have given dozens of speeches
in the last few months, it is easy to go out and talk to people who agree with you. i was in greensboro, north
carolina just last night. we had 9000 people out. mostly they agreed with me. tonight we could have thousands
out who agree with me.
that's not hard to do. that's what politicians by and
large do. we talked to people who agree
with us. but it is harder. to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us
on every issue.mr. sanders: i wish we could get
bipartisan action on gun
legislation. i think the american people have been horrified by the mass
shootings we have seen over the
last couple of years. we need to do away with the so-called gun show loophole, where people do not have to go
through the instant background
checks. martha, there is a wide consensus -- believe we should
expand and strengthen the
background check so that people who do not have guns, i.e.
criminals or people with mental
health issues should not own
i think that will be the right
thing to do.... textsenator bernie sanders: thank
you all very much. for inviting me, i'm looking at
the teleprompter. unfortunately, there is nothing there.
day-to-day work you are doing. in terms of job training,
helping small businesses secure
financing and contracts. and help providing families with counseling when they're trying to realize the american dream of
home ownership. notthose are the few areas you
have excelled in. my views are little bit
different than others. i am the longest-serving independent in the history of united states congress.
and i am running for president
of the united states today
within the democratic primary
and caucus process. it is my belief from the bottom
of my heart, and i would not be
running for president if i thought otherwise, that given
the enormous crises that this country faces today, crises that
may be more severe than at any time since the great depression of the 1930's, that frankly it is too late for establishment
policies. it is too late for establishment
politics. it is too late for establishment economics. we need some new thinking, some
is the way it is.
we have the current to take them
on. that is what this campaign is about.
exactly right. save our cities, education, jobs, and justice. as i get into those themes, the
first point i want to make, is perhaps the most important. i do understand that for some people, this is uncomfortable. but i believe it has to be
addressed. and that is that the united states of america today is the wealthiest country in the
history of the world. but most people do not know that because much of that wealth is concentrated in the hands of a
few. today, in america, we have more wealth and income inequality then in any other major country on earth.
it is worse today than at any time since 1928. to me, it is not acceptable that
the top 1.10/10 of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom
90%. it is not acceptable that one family, family that owns walmart, owns more than the
bottom 40%. it is not acceptable that in the last two years, the 14 wealthiest people solve their wealth increase -- more
wealth that is owned by the
bottom 130 million americans. the truth of the matter is, that we cannot run away from that
reality. income and wealth inequality is
the great moral issue of our
time. it is the great economic issue
of our time. it is the great social and
political issue of our time. and together, we must address
some of you may have heard,
maybe you didn't.
it didn't get a whole lot of
press. a few days ago, former president jimmy carter described the
american political system as corrupt. he described the united states
as an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the
nomination for president or to
elect the president.
what he was talking about is the
disastrous supreme court decision on citizens united.
country, you already own much of
the economy. now, we are going to give you the opportunity to buy the
united states government. that decision is undermining the very foundations of american
democracy. what manyen and women have
fought to defend.
you tell me, what it means when
one family -- the koch brothers family, they will spend more
money on this election cycle
than either the democratic or
republican party. they spend almost $1 billion to buy candidates will make the rich richer and everyone else
poorer. that to me is not democracy.
that is oligarchy, that is why
we have to overturn this disastrous citizens united
talked about that you believe in
will not take place when a
handful of wealthy people are
able to control our political
system. now when we talk about education
, i trust that all of you know
-- as you do, that we live in a highly competitive, global economy. to my mind, it is insane -- and
i use that word wisely.
that we have hundreds of thousands of bright, young people, often minorities who
have the desire, who have the ability to get a higher education and go to college.
but they cannot go to college
for the simple reason that their family cannot afford tuition. that is absurd. we need to have the best educated workforce in the world, and not tell hundreds of
thousands of bright young people that they cannot make it into the middle class, that they cannot contribute as engineers, doctors, scientists. and that is why i have introduced legislation and will
fight for it as president.
to makevery eublic college and
university in america
the sixth grade will know that if they study hard, pay attention, do their school work,
even if their parents -- like my parents, they did not go to college.
even if the kids in the
neighborhood did not go to
college, they will be able to go
to college because the income their families will not be a
determining factor. this will revolutionize education. we talk about education, what we have to understand and be frank,
the world has changed since the
1940's and 1950's. mom is in the workplace. dad is in the workplace. we need a first-class childcare pre-k system in this country.
america. universal pre-k, well-paid teachers. let me say a word about jobs. you read every month that unemployment is 5.3%. that is a statistic. please know that that statistic is only one of many statistics the government releases on jobs. that statistic does not include
those people who have given up
looking for work, those people
working part-time -- millions who want to work full-time. real unemployment is 10.5%. it is a crisis. and now let me tell you what
very few people are talking about, which is an even greater
crisis. and that is youth unemployment,
which we do not talk about at
all. i ask last month for a study
from the economic policy
institute. they came up with results the
nobody is questioning.
listen to this.
if you are a white kid between
70-20 who graduates high school , you have a 33% unemployment
rate. if you are an and hispanic kid,
you have a 36% unemployment
rate. if you are an african-american kid, 17-20 high school graduate, you have a 51% unemployment rate. that is unacceptable. that is turning our backs on an
and we must not allow that to
any other country, including china, one of the contributing
factors is that we have 5.5 million young people -- in my
state, your state without jobs, without education, hanging
around on street corners doing
bad things. it is my very strong opinion that it makes a lot more sense for us to be investing in jobs, education... textsenator sanders: and that is why
i believe that we need legislation that makes it easier for workers to join unions, not
and we have introduced
legislation that's pretty
it says that if you are in a bargaining unit and 50% of the
workers in that unit plus one
sign a card saying they want to belong to a union, they get a union.
refuses to negotiate a first
contract in a timely manner, that employer will be heavily penalized.
that the people in this room do.
it is no secret to anybody in america, whether you're in the
state of vermont or whether you're in new york city, that our infrastructure is crumbling.
and that means not just our
roads, which are crumbling.
not just our bridges. i was in flint, michigan, several months ago, and what i
saw there was unspeakable in terms of a water system poisoning its children.
but it's not just water systems, it's waste water plants.
but it is levees, it is dams and mass transportation and our rail system and that is why i have introduced legislation and will implement, as president, a $1 trillion investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. we need the best mass transportation system in the
world. it is essential to our economy.
millions of people in this city
depend on a high-quality mass
transportation system to get
them to work.
that's what the economy depends upon.
but let me also say this is not
just a major economic issue, which it certainly is.
i'll tell you what it is also. i'm a member of the u.s. senate
committee on the environment and
anyone who tells you that climate change is not real, is not caused by human activity, is
not already causing devastating harm to this planet, is lying to
you. that's the simple truth.
we have a moral responsibility to make sure that we leave this
planet in a way that is healthy
and habitable for our kids and future generations and one way
we do that is to radically
transform our transportation
system, all over this country. we need great mass transit systems.
we need a great rail system.
we've got to invest in those systems and when we rebuild our
crumbling infrastructure, by the
way, when we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, we
create 13 million good paying jobs.
trillion dollars, even in
washington, that's a lot of
how are you going to pay for
that? let me tell you exactly how we
will pay for that.
we're going to end the outrageous loophole that allows large multinational corporations
to put their money into the came cayman islands and other tax
havens so that at the end of a given year after making billions
of dollars in profit, they do
not pay one nickel in a given
year in federal taxes.
we end that loophole.
that's $100 billion a year we
put right into our
infrastructure so i think it
makes a lot more sense for this country to rebuild our transit system, our rail systems, our
infrastructure, than to give large, profitable corporations massive amounts of tax breaks.
so after i leave here and i want to again thank you from the bottom of my heart. i believe we're going to win
here in new york city.
that we're going to win here in new york state.
some of you may know we have won
seven out of the last eight caucuses and primaries.
we started this campaign 50, 60 points behind hillary clinton.
in the last few weeks, there have been two national polls having us ahead of secretary
clinton so we're on a roll and
your support today is enormously important to taking us a step further. now, interestingly enough, to
tell you what's going on in america today -- where's larry
cohen. larry is the former head of the
communications workers of america.
larry, as soon as we leave here,
we're going right over to a picket line with the c.w.a. to
stand against the greed of verizon who wants to take away
healthcare benefits, wants to outsource jobs after making billions in profits. that's the kind of corporate greed together we're going to
t.w.u., thank you so much for your support.... textwe have more on the road to the white house from senator bernie
sanders. he is pursuing the democratic nomination.
his comments are about 40
minutes. senator sanders: well it certainly sounds like people are ready for a political
revolution. let me thank all of you not only
for being here today but for the in norma work you do day after day, understanding that new
hampshire plays a unique role in the political process. you are fighting that only to improve the lives of people in new hampshire, but people all
over this country. and thank you very much for what
you do. when i announced my candidacy
4.5 months ago, i think it is
fair to say that a lot of people
did not take our campaign terribly seriously. that is fair to say.
it is also fair to say that in
the last 4.5 months, change has
seen as a campaign that is
standing up for working americans and is prepared to
take on the billionaire class.
country, we have drawn some of
the largest turnouts at our
rallies. it is not just that we have over 400,000 people in this country
who have made individual
contributions to our campaign.
loudly and proudly, i do not
want their money.
i do not want a super pac.
we will do it on our own.
when you have a super pac, you can walk into the room of
millionaires and billionaires,
and walk out with a heck of a
lot of money. i get it.
we will do it a different way.
we will raise our funds from working people, averaging $31 a piece, and i am proud of that.
about an old song, reminding you
about an old union song.
some of you remember it. which side are you on?
do you remember that song? you are very lucky because i'm
not going to sing that song to
you. i can't sing, as some of you may
i grew up in a working-class home in brooklyn, new york. we lived -- some transplants
here, all right -- we lived in a 3.5 right controlled apartment.
my family never had money. i knew from a very early age which side i am on.
working families of our country,
prepared to take on the powerful special interests which wield incredible power over our economy and our political life.
that is what i did yesterday. that is what i did 25 years ago. that is what i will do tomorrow.
tell you something that no other
candidate for president will
tell you, or perhaps, ever has
told the american people. it is a simple truth. that is no president, not bernie
sanders, not anybody else can bring about the enormous changes we need to rebuild our crumbling middle-class, to do all of the
things we have to do for the
elderly, the children, the sick,
and the poor.
we cannot do it.
no president can do it alone,
unless we have a political revolution.
the political process. and, make it very clear that
this great country, and our government, belonged to all of
us, and not just a handful of billionaires and campaign contributors.
people to stand together, to take on corporate america, to take on wall street, to take on
the big money interests. that is what this campaign is about.
in my view, the republicans did not win the last midterm elections. we lost those elections.
huge tracts rakes -- tax breaks
to millionaires and
billionaires, and cut social security, medicare, medicaid, nutrition, and does not realize the reality of
climate change. that is not what the american
people voted for.
what happened is we had a voter
turnout that was worse than abysmal. millions of americans looked out and said, not for me, i'm not
going to vote, i'm not going to
participate in the political process. we lost that last election
because voter turnout was low,
and because all across this
country, people are giving up on
american democracy. let me be very clear.
in my view, we will not retain
the white house.
we will not regain control of
the senate. we will not gain the u.s. house,
or be successful and dozens of
governors races across america,
unless we are the party that generates excitement, momentum, enthusiasm, and which produces a
huge voter turnout.
how do we do it? how to read generate the
excitement -- how do we generate
the excitement on the ground?
how do we get those who are
disillusioned back in the political process?
how do we get young people
involved? how do we get working-class republicans to stop voting against their own best interest?
and we were losing 800,000 jobs
a month and the world's
financial system was on the
verge of collapse.
of coarse, we are much better
they also understand that for
the last 40 years, under
democratic and republican presidents, the great middle class of this country, once the envy of the world, has been disappearing. all over new hampshire, all over
my state of vermont, all over america, despite an explosion of technology and worker productivity, you have millions of people working longer hours for lower wages. you have people in my state and your state not work in one job, working two jobs, working three jobs, just trying to cobble
together an income that will
sustain their families.
today, we have almost four people living -- almost more people living in poverty than
any time in american history. once the american people understand, and what we cannot
run away from, and what we have
to have the courage to address is while the
middle class continues to disappear, almost all of the new income and wealth that is being generated is going to the top 1%
, and that has got to end.
matter what their political views are, believe it is morally acceptable or economically sustainable, when 1/10 of 1% of
the american people have more wealth than the bottom 90%. very few people think that it is acceptable when you have people
all over this country working so
hard, long and crazy hours,
parents can't stay home with their kids, they are working so many hours. yet, 50% of all new income generated today is going to the
that is not the economy that we need.
which is prepared to stand up to
the most powerful people in this country, and create a government
-- i know this is a radical idea
, but imagine having a government in washington that is
not controlled by large campaign
donors and corporate america, but which represents all of us.
establishment, not one that is
part of it. we need a movement which tells corporate america, and the
wealthiest people in this
country, that yes, they will start paying their fair share of taxes.
stashing billions of dollars in profits in the cayman islands,
bermuda, and other tax havens,
while children and america go
hungry. it ain't going to happen
corporations are not going to
continue to receive huge compensation packages an incredible pensions while at the same time they cut the wages, health care, and pensions of
it is not going to continue to
happen. no, we are not going to continue
to have disastrous trade
policies like nafta, calffta. with corporations shutting down
plants in vermont, new hampshire, and traveling to
other countries, and bringing their products back. we need to policies that create
jobs in america, not just china.
this disastrous transpacific partnership.
when a bank is too big to fail,
it is too big to exist.
i have stood up to them for a
very long time. but, whether they like it or
not, we will reinstate glass-steagall.
wage of $7.25 an hour is a
starvation wage. we have to raise the minimum
wage to a living wage, $15 per
hour, over the next few years.
$.78 on the dollar to men.
when we have pay equity for
women workers, when we praise
the minimum wage to a living
wage, millions of mothers will
then be able to raise their kids with security and dignity.
they deserve that.
you ever hear that? oh, they just love families. you know, and i know, what they mean by family values. what they mean is that the women of america should not have the
right to control their own bodies.
sisters should not have the right to marry. i disagree.
jane and i have been married for
we believe in family values, but our values are just a little
different than republican family
values. we believe that the united
states has got to end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on
earth -- only one -- that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave.
week or two weeks after birth.
she has to run back to her job
to earn income to sustain that
family. that is not a family value.
that is the opposite of what a
family value is.
and 1%. that is official unemployment. counting those people who have given up looking for work. real unemployment is over 10%.
let me tell you something of huge consequence, which very few people talk about.
that is the tragedy of youth
here are the facts.
real youth unemployment -- if
you are able white kid, high
school graduate, 33%. hispanic, 36%. african american, 51%. we need a major jobs program to
put our people back to work.
and education for our again
people than jails and incarceration.
i want to replace it with the
distinction of us having the
best educated population on
i think most of you know it. today, the campaign finance
system that we operate under his corrupt -- is corrupt.
it is undermining american
election -- more money than
either the democrat party or
republican party -- brothers and sisters, we are not about
democracy. we are talking about oligarchy. together, we are going to
overturn citizens united.
united states senate, and i'm
proud of that.
it goes without saying that i
have very large areas of
disagreement with my republican
colleagues. that is obvious.
there is one area that goes beyond disappointment, and goes
to embarrassment. some of you may have seen are
just the other evening at the
republican debate. the scientific community is virtually uni unanimous.
there is very little debate.
climate change is real and is
already causing devastating
problems in america and around
the world. our republican colleagues are prepared to reject science.
that is a dangerous situation
for the most powerful country on earth.
i will tell you something else. it is not that these guys are
done. it is that they get their money
from the fossil fuels industry.
that is a shame.
we can move to energy sufficiency. for the sake of our kids, that
is what we have to do.
comprehension. i don't understand it.
i don't understand how, in an incredibly competitive global economy, hundreds of thousands of bright, qualified young
people are unable to get into
college, only for one reason.
that is their families like the
money. that is crazy.
that is counter productive to
the future of america.
that is why i have introduced legislation and will fight for,
as president, to make every public college and university in t this country tuition free.
it is common economic sense to say, when young people or people of any age, need education, they should be able to get that education, regardless of the
income of their family.
americans are experiencing today
in outrageously high student debt and outrageously high interest rates. now, to lower interest rates of student debt and provide free
tuition at public universities and colleges -- that is in fact an expensive proposition. i will tell you how we will pay
we will pay for based on a tax
on wall street speculation.
of this country.
country together, it is not just
the need for major criminal justice reform. i do not want to see kids' lives
destroyed because of mandatory
public official, the officer
will be held accountable.
become, we cannot forget that
there are two great 11 million
people in this country who are undocumented. in my view, we need
comprehensive immigration reform
and a path towards citizenship.
i heard what they had to say. i did not believe it. if you go to youtube, my website, or somewhere. read what i said back then.
i'm not happy. it does not made me happy to say
this, but much of what i feared
would happen, in terms of the
destabilization of that region,
did happen. what we have got to understand, and i speak to you as a former
chairman of the veterans community -- veterans committee,
someone who will ensure that our veterans get the health care and benefits that they need.
and learned something about the cost of war.
the terrible cost of war.
not just the 6700 brave men and
women who died in iraq and afghanistan.
not just those who came home without legs, arms, and eyesight, but the 500,000 the quebec with post-traumatic stress disorder and somatic
brain injury. and, the tens of thousands of
families that have been
disrupted in a way that they may never recover from. and, the children who have an
hurt. and, the suicide.
anybody who does not understand
the cost of war should not be in
the united states congress.
and really hurts, to hear my colleagues talk so easily and loosely about getting into
another war in iran. the president and secretary carry have worked long and hard
for one simple goal. that is to present iran from getting a nuclear weapon. that is something we must do.
when they have put together -- what they have put together is
an agreement which allows us to
accomplish that goal without
going to war.
i hope we all support that.
that is think tbig, not small. don't get into the argument
whether we should cut education by 2% or 4%. do not get into the debate about
whether climate change is real
what i want you to think about is what we, in the wealthiest
country in the history of the
world, can accomplish.
please do not tell me that, in
the united states of america, we cannot join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as rights.
have a massive level of income
and wealth inequality, that the
united states should continue to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any other
country on earth. slootplease do not tell me that. please don't tell me that, when
mom and i go to work, that they
should not be able to find high
quality and affordable
leave the world and transforming our energy system, and combating climate change.
we can do that.
regardless of whether they are
gay or straight, man, or woman,
we can create a nation which fulfills the birthright of all americans.
that is a society of dignity, of security, and ending all forms
of discrimination. thank you all very much.
... textsenator sanders: thank you.
, i will look down. let me begin by thanking all of
you for doing what too few americans do. and it is because you love your
state and your country, you are prepared to get involved in the
political process. you understand that many men and women fought and died to preserve democracy and you are
doing everything you can to make
sure that we have a vibrant democracy. so thank you all very much.
the same time. we became close friends and we worked together on a number of issues.
i want to thank the democrats of minnesota for making sure that paul's work and more importantly
his vision, is never forgotten.
not talked about very much in
the media or congress, is the reality that big-money
interests, wall street, corporate america, campaign donors, they have so much power, so much influence over the economy and of this country, that no president can do it alone. that is right. i could sit here for 10 hours and tell you all the things that have to be done, but i will be
wasting your time, because nothing significant gets done unless millions of people come together, including working
people who have given up on the
political process, young people who are involved, african-americans and whites and latinos and native american, asian americans, gay and
straight, men and women, young
and old -- unless we revitalize american democracy, so that we
have one of the highest voter
turnout in the world, not one of
washington and say, you know what, our government belongs to
all of us, not just a handful of
wealthy campaign contributors.
when that happens, we transform america.
republicans, because when you
look at what they stand for it
is a marginal position. very few americans believe in
the republican program, how many
people do you know think that it makes sense to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top 2/10 of 1%,
and then cut social security,
medicaid and medicare. it is not that it is not right,
very few people believe that. republicans win elections when people become demoralized, when they give up on the political process, when they do not vote or get involved, and win big money buys elections. republicans when one voter
turnout is low, democrats win
win voter turnout is high. our job is to create a high voter turnout.
the privilege of talking to some
of the leaders of the trade union movement in minnesota. and they understand, and you all understand, that when workers came together to demand to sit down and collectively bargain contracts, that did not happen because employers thought it was
a great idea.
they stood up and they fought
for unions and they fall for those rights -- fought for those
rights. every worker in america owes the
trade worker movement.
civil rights movement is simply about lyndon baines johnson signing the voting rights act? change comes from the bottom up.
it comes when people stand up and say the status quo is no
longer acceptable. for 100 more years people stood
up and fought, sometimes they
were lynched, sometimes their homes were bombed.
i was in birmingham, alabama. i went to the church where four
beautiful children were killed because of a racist explosion. what i learned on that day,
there were 14 bombings in birmingham during that month. this city was under see by
racist trying to terrorize people fighting for civil rights. the people of birmingham, blacks
and white allies said sorry, segregation and racism is going
to in an america they stood together -- america.
they stood together. they sat in.
we made huge breakthroughs. but it happened not because of
somebody on top. it happened because millions of people said enough is enough. what about the women's movement? 100, 150 years ago women said we are not going to be treated as
third class citizens. we are going to do the work we
want to do.
it happened because people said
what is going on on this planet
of ours? you can't destroy it. we have to protect the planet. you think about gay rights. if we were sitting here 10 years ago, and somebody said i think in 2015, gay marriage will be
legal in 50 states, the person
next to him would have said what
are you smoking? which raises another issue.
when they say this is not right,
in this country people should
have the right to love anyone they want regardless of their gender --
are going to elect an
african-american as president, there a few people would have believed that can happen. but it did happen.
they can't remember where we
were seven years ago when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month
we were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion. when by the way, the world's financial system was on the
verge of collapse. other than that we were in good shape when bush left office.
we have come a long way in seven
years and we should be proud of the accomplishments of the obama
and biden administration.
america we have more income and wealth inequality than any other
major country on earth, that it is worth -- worse here here today then 1928.
that is not acceptable. it is not acceptable to me the top 1/10 of 1% owns almost as
much wealth as the bottom 90%.
it is not acceptable the 20
wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million americans. it is not acceptable that one family owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people. when we talk about the economy
-- it's not just well. it is income. in my state, we have many people, millions throughout our country working not one job but
to jobs and three jobs trying to cobble together the income they need and some health care. despite the hard work of the american people, and we of the
hardest working people of any in
the industrialized world. we work the longest hours. 58% of all new income generated today goes to top 1%. my friends, this is not an
american economy. it is not a fair economy. it is a rigged economy and
together we are going to change
doing phenomenally well while
the middle class continues to disappear and 47 million
americans live in poverty. what you have accompanying the
rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system that has
undermined american democracy.
we are seeing today is wall
street and billionaires spending
unlimited sums of money in super pac's, attempting to elect candidates who will represent their interests. let me tell you as straightforwardly as i can. i am proud that i am the only
amid credit candidate running for president who does not have a super pac.
contribution. averaging $27 apiece.
the people, by the people, for the people.
finance system and the major
issues facing our country, and
what congress does or does not do does not understand anything about contemporary american
politics. let me be as straightforward as i can and tell you one of the first major priorities of the
sanders administration will be to overturn this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision.
campaign finance system.
we talk about the need to end a rigged economy and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. we talk about a broken criminal justice system, a criminal justice system in which we have
more people in jail than any other country on earth, largely black and latino. and native americans.
some may have read in the last few weeks large wall street financial institutions like goldman sachs have reached a settlement with united states government.
it was for $5 billion. other banks have reached larger settlements with the government. the reason they are reaching the settlements is because they were selling subprime mortgage packages to investors and the american people that were
worthless. they reached a $5 billion agreement with the u.s.
government. to a significant degree the business model of wall street happens to be fraud. when we talk about political power in america, where the
average american says why should
i vote? i have one vote.
wall street is spending this
money. no one hears my pain.
no one is concerned about my
life. don't ask me to vote. i will tell you one of the things that angers the american people is that today some kid in minnesota will get picked up for possessing marijuana, he or she
will get a police record which will stay with them for the rest
of their lives. executives on wall street, whose
greed and recklessness and illegal behavior ended up driving millions of people out
of their homes, not one of those
executives on wall street will
have a police record. that is not what criminal justice is supposed to be about.
rich or poor. you will get equal treatment
under the law. when we talk about the issues
facing the american people, when we understand why it is people
are working so many hours for such low wages, it should be clear we have got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage,
$15 an hour.
hypocrisy in politics. i know you are shocked, dismayed
to hear this, but it is true. let me give you an example. they say we hate the government. government is the worst thing.
it is terrible. we're going to get the government out of your life. we will do away with the epa.
we will cut nutrition programs. government stinks. we are going to get it out of
your life. accept when it -- except when it
comes to a woman's right to choose.
i will do everything in my power
to beat back those attacks on a
woman's right to choose.
not have the right to get married -- i disagree.
what they managed to accomplish
which we take for granted is
public education. they said we don't want our kids
to be working in factories were
on farms. we want them like the rich kids to be able to get a decent
education. they fought and succeeded in creating great public schools
all over america. this is the year 2016 and in my view it is time to rethink
public education. to understand in many respects a
college degree today is the equivalent of a high school degree 50 years ago.
we should demand that every public college and university in america be tuition free.
outside of the box, all over this country, i'm sure you have
people dealing with incredibly oppressive loads of student
debt. i'm talking about people paying
$50,000, $100,000, $400,000 of student debt which they will be
paying off for decades. i keep running into families where mom is not only paying off
her daughters student debt, she's paying off her own student
debt of 20 years ago. in america we should not be punishing people for the crime
of trying to get an education. we should be rewarding people, encouraging people to get that
education. that is what i believe we should allow people with student debt
to refinance their loans at the
lowest possible interest rate
they can find.
you are santa claus. how are you going to pay for it?
you have to pay for it. i will tell you how we are going
to pay for it. free tuition and lowering student debt. we will impose a tax on wall street speculation.
help the middle class of this country.
policy. probably the easiest would be to
deal with climate change. i'm a member of the senate environmental committee. i've talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over, climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is
causing devastating problems in our country and around the
take on the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil
fuel to energy-efficient the and
sustainable energy. here's the point i want to make. how does it happen? i'm being as deadly serious as i
can. how does it happen if the entire scientific community agrees
climate change is real and it is causing devastating problems,
and will only get much worse in
years to come? how does it happen we have a republican party which almost unanimously rejects science? how does it happen not one republican in a debate or in any other format will say what everybody knows to be true. climate change is real and we
have to transform our energy system to save this planet from future generations.
how does that happen? not one republican candidate
will say that? on the day that republican candidate says it, he will lose
his campaign funding from the koch brothers, from exxon mobil,
and the fossil fuel industry. that is what a corrupt campaign finance system is doing in this
country. in my view, we judge a nation --
and i know paul said it better than i -- we judge a nation not by a number of millionaires and billionaires we have, but by how we treat the most vulnerable people in our country. people who cannot defend
themselves. that is a sign of a great
the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth. nobody should be proud or accept millions of seniors and disabled veterans are trying to get by on
$11,000 a year.
that is not what america should
be about. that is why i believe we must
lift the cap on taxable income
coming into the social security
trust fund. and expand social security benefits.
now living on less than $16,000 will get $1300 more. that is the least we can do for
the people who helped build our
country and raise us. my friends, my vision for america, my ideas are just too radical.
they are not radical. the only thing that is radical
is the fact that the insurance companies and the drug companies
, and the fossil fuel industry, and wall street, and the military-industrial complex are
standing in opposition to what
we have to accomplish. it is not a question of what we
should be doing. i believe, i have always
believed my entire adult life, health care is a right of all
people, not a privilege.
do better. the issue in front of us is not what we know we should do. there is widespread agreement on
that. it is whether or not we have the courage to stand up to the billionaire class, to stand up to wall street, to stand up to
the drug companies, and all of those people today exercising in norman's power at the expense of ordinary americans. what the political revolution is about is the belief that yes,
when we stand together, we know
we do not allow the trump's of
the world to divide us, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. i ask you to join the political revolution. thank you very much.
person for this moment in history. i studied all my predecessors. the average person is intelligent, hard-working and
tries to do with they want to do
when they get there. there is a big difference in who
can do and who can't. she is the single best change
maker of ever met in my life.
we need a change maker. not a change talker.
a change maker. a court said our schools were
not properly finance. we were going to have to
reallocate money. i put hillary in charge. she went to every county in the
state. she presented it to the
legislature. the head of the education committee said it was so good he thought maybe we had elected the
wrong member of our family.
nine years later i come to iowa
running for president telling
you the most improved school systems or in arkansas and south
carolina. she did that. she had never been to elected to
anything. she went to south carolina to see why these african-american teenagers were being jailed as
adults. 13, 14, 15 years old being kept
in adult prisons. they changed that. she had not been elected to
anything but she was making
change. that is just the beginning. it is policy.
the country needs someone who
can get something done. she said i have been so worried.
we had six of the 24 worst
counties in america. they are not able to learn. there is no preschool. i found a preschool program in
israel that teaches people to be their children's first teachers even if they were illiterate. i think it will work here. she said it will be here in 10 days and we are going to start this program. here is what happened. i know i'm going to these
graduations for preschoolers. it is in 26 states. it is still thriving. there are thousands in this country today who have better lives and learn more just
because of her.
they have no clue. she didn't care. she had been elected to
anything. she made something good happen. you are entitled to give these remarks, but everything i have
told you i believe with all my
heart. she is the best person to win
the election. the vast -- the best person to
implement the changes we need.
the best person to improve the gains we have made under
president obama. mostly i want you to do what is
best for you. most people have more tomorrow than yesterday. those of you will have more
yesterdays than tomorrow spend
time thinking about the future. i believe hillary is a gift that
will keep on giving. she made everything she ever
thank you very much.bernie!
senator sanders: thank you all
very much for coming out.
you just met jane.
let me begin by thanking pastor
whitfield for giving my entire
and she has endorsed our
campaign and i appreciate that very much. love you, too.
do you know cornell west? dr. west has been running around
the state with us. you talk about a love train of a campaign yesterday. a love train abba campaign. we love you all. let me begin by saying this --
want to very sincerely thank the
people of this beautiful state
for their hospitality, their
generosity, and for their kindness. it has been a pleasure and an honor to campaign in this great
so, thank you all very much for
had no money.
we had virtually no political organization.
we had almost no name recognition outside of vermont
and a few other new england
states. in fact, a poll was done by the
des moines register eight months ago, which had us trailing secretary clinton by 41 points. yesterday, there was a poll that
had us down by three points.
we have made some progress. and when we talk about political organization, i'm extremely proud and grateful that we had some 15,000 volunteers here in iowa alone.
thank you all. many of them, many of them are
working very long hours, and i appreciate very much all they are doing.
on top of that, our organization
has hundreds of thousands of
volunteers in every state of
and let me say something that all of you know, and that is -- it's not great news, but all of
you know it to be true -- today in the united states, if you are going to run for president, you need to raise an obscene amount
that is sad, but true.
we are talking hundreds of
millions of dollars if not a
billion dollars. at the beginning of our campaign, many of the pundits said, well, bernie, your hair is
really nice and we think that
you will make a great presidential candidate if you
comb your hair.
great. and your gq outfit will
certainly when you millions of
votes -- but how are you going to raise
how are you going to raise the money to compete effectively?
and that is a very legitimate
question. we thought about it for about 1/10 of a second and we decided
we were not going to have a super pac.
interests of wall street, corporate america, the drug
companies, millionaires and billionaires.
we do not represent their
interests. we do not want their money. we decided to do it without a
super pac. yesterday, my opponent announced
she had raised some $45 million
from her super pac. we made the announcement that we
had raised zero dollars from our
have believed possible when we
began this campaign.
when we said we were not going
to have a super pac, we just reached out to middle class
working families and we said, if
you want real change in this country, if you want to be part
of a political revolution, we
need your help, and this is what has happened in the last nine months, which honest to god, is beyond my wildest imagination. in the last nine months, we have received 3.2 million individual
the united states up to this
point in a campaign. and while some candidates boast
about how much money they raised
at super pac events, let me tell
you what i am posting about and
what i am very proud of. our average contribution is $27. in other words, to paraphrase
abraham lincoln, this is a
campaign of the people, by the
people, and for the people. and what makes this campaign different from other campaigns
-- obviously the most progressive agenda out there,
but more significantly what i am
telling you and what i am
telling everybody in america.
and that is no president, bernie sanders or anyone else, can do it alone. if we are to bring about the
changes most of us wants, if we
are to rebuild a disappearing middle class, if we want to deal
with climate change and women's rights and all of the important
issues that are out there, the
only way that happens is when
millions of people stand up,
come together, and demand that
our government starts working
for all of us, not just the 1%.
bit nervous. wall street a little bit
nervous. we get the political establishment a little bit nervous.
we get the media establishment a little bit nervous. they say, what's going on in america where ordinary americans are demanding to change the course of our country -- who do
they think they are?
don't they know it is the alien air class in corporate america
and wall street who are supposed
to run this country. and what we are saying is enough is enough.
you had your day.
now it is our turn. now there are folks out there
during the campaign who say a
lot of things.
i have seen ads on television that suggest that bernie sanders
is trying to dismantle health
care in america. dismantle health care? i have spent my life fighting for universal health care for
every man, woman and child. there is an ad out there saying i am attacking planned
parenthood. i have a 100% lifetime voting record for planned parenthood. i want to expand planned parenthood funding.
we are not attacking planned parenthood.
we are going to make them
stronger. there are those who say we are protecting the gun lobby. some protection. i have a d-voting record from the nra. and we are going to do
everything we can to stem gun
violence in the united states. then there is another argument
that is going around, and that is, well, you know, bernie is a knife right, but you know what?
-- bernie is a nice guy, but you
know what? he and his supporters, he can't win a national election. how do we make sure a right-wing
republican does not get into the
let me give you a few reasons why we will in fact the feet any right-wing republican that the republican party puts up.
and by the way, that means all
of them because they are all
right wing. sanders cannot win a national
election. a recent nbc poll told us that hillary clinton was doing very well.
she was beating donald trump by
we were beating him by 15 points areaanother poll had her up by
we were ahead by 13.
because it's the first caucus state, but you are a
battleground state. sometimes, kratz then, too
often, republicans went. here, in iowa, secretary clinton was defeating donald trump by eight points. we were defeating him by 13
point. not bad. we were defeating him by 19 points.
candidate, we have more support
than secretary clinton. and it's not only these polls.
what everybody here knows is
republicans when elections when american people are demoralized
and when they do not come out to
vote. republicans love low voter turnout.
that is why republican governors
all over this country are trying
to suppress the vote. nobody votes, that is great,
because then big money will be
able to carry the day. we win when large numbers of
people come out to vote.
the polls. i think it is fair to say any
objective assessment of
secretary clinton campaign -- she has some good people, so i am not knocking them, but the excitement and energy is with
and energy will drive a very
large voter turnout, which will mean not only do we regain the
white house, we win governors chairs all over this country.
here in iowa to a virtual tie?
a very radical concept -- we are
telling the american people the
once, you may as well tell the
truth. what is the truth? nothing i'm proud of, nothing
i'm happy to tell you, but what
i have believed for a long time
is you do not make progress
unless you have the courage to
look reality in the eye.
if you sweep the problems under the rug, they ain't going to get
better. what is the issue? we are living today in a rigged
what does that mean? it means the middle class
continues to decline.
it means we have 47 million
people living in poverty, and it means almost all the new income and wealth generated today is
going to the top 1%. it means that you pay to bail
out wall street and in wall street provides their ceos with
huge compensation packages while
you cannot afford to send your
kids to college. it means that in vermont and in iowa, all over this country, we have people working not one job,
they are working two jobs, three
jobs, just trying to cobble together some income and some
health care. it means that while our people
in america work the longest
hours of any people in the industrialized world, while it
means that mom is working, dad
is working and the kids are
working, why let means marriages
are struggling because of the stress of lack of money, parents
are not spending enough time
with their kids. and in the midst of all of that reality, 58 percent of all new
income is going to the top 1%. what a rigged economy means is that we have more inequality in america today than at any time since 1928, and it is worse here now than almost any major
country on earth. what that means is the top 1/10 of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. what that means is the 20th will
-- 20 wealthiest people in this country now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million americans
, half of our population. what that means is one family in america, the walton family of walmart, one family owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of
the american people. that, my friends, is a rigged economy and here's a radical
you want to hear a radical idea?
and not just a handful of
wealthy campaign contributors?
this country, it has everything
to do with the fact that may -- that wages in america are just too low. you can do the arithmetic as
well as i can. multiply eight dollars an hour
by 40 hours a week i 52 weeks the year, and you end up with a
sum of money no person in
america can live on with
dignity. one second.
that is why at a time when the
minimum wage in this country is
seven dollars and $.25, the
federal minimum wage, we have to
recognize that as a starvation wage. we got to raise the minimum wage
$15 an hour over the next
not be living in poverty. that is not a radical ideal.
that is an american idea.
when we talk about fair wages, i
would hope every man in this
room will stand with the women
to and the disgrace of women making $.79 on the dollar compared to men.
together, we are going to change that.
real unemployment, including
those people who have given up
looking for work or working part-time is close to 10%. furthermore, and here is
something we do not talk enough about and we have put this issue
right up there on the agenda, youth unemployment in america,
real youth unemployment for white kids between 17 and 20,
high school graduates, 33%.
latino kids, 36 percent.
african american kids, 51%.
that is intolerable, that is
in america, that is we in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we have
more people in jail than any
other country on earth.
we have two point 2 million
people in jail and spend $80
billion a year locking people up. you want another radical idea this morning? i know this is tough -- are you
ready for the second radical
than jails and incarceration?
to the university of iowa. i would rather send him to the
university of ila.
-- university of iowa. or iowa state. or any of your great universities.
i don't want to get myself in
trouble. if you want, you can even go to
the university of vermont. i want to touch on another issue
-- i want to suggest in politics
today there is occasionally a
bit of hypocrisy. please recover. take a deep breath, it's ok.
it is true. in this state right now, you
have a lot of republican
candidates. you can't get a cup of coffee
i'm sure without running into
one of them.
if you listen to them closely,
they talk about republican
family values. do you ever hear them talk about republican family values? i want everyone here to know
what they mean when they talk
about family values. they mean no woman in this room
in this state, in this country
should have the right to control
her own body. i disagree.
able to get married. i disagree.
over iowa and all over the country telling people how much they hate government. they are going to cut social
security and medicare and medicaid, do away with the epa,
they hate the government, they want to get that terrible
government out of your lives. except when it comes to a very personal choice that women have
to make, and in that case, they love the government and want the government to make that decision
for every woman in america. that is hypocrisy.
we believe in family and family
values, but our values are a
little different than the
republicans. when i talk about family values,
i talk about ending the international embarrassment in which this country, our great country, is the only major
nation on earth that does not guarantee paid family and
few countries, even poor
countries do it. what that means in reality is
that today in iowa, vermont, all over this country, women are giving birth. but if that woman is low income
or working class, there's a real
likelihood she will be forced to
separate herself from a
beautiful new baby where she has to go back to work and take care
of her family. that should not be happening in
america and that's why i'm strongly supporting legislation
that will be providing three
months of paid family and medical leave.
chart, to me, it is a no-brainer
to say the federal government must create a massive federal
jobs program to put our people
back to work.
we should be hiring teachers,
not firing teachers.
of the youngest americans.
by ending an outrageous loophole that allows billion-dollar
corporations to put their money in the cayman islands, bermuda, and other tax havens and, pay zero in federal income taxes.
is one story i can tell you which encompasses all of those elements of what is happening in america today. some of you may have noticed it
a couple of weeks ago. goldman sachs, one of the large financial institutions on wall
street agreed to a $5 billion settlement with the united
states government. five billion dollars and they
were one of many bank that has
reached huge settlements.
the reason they reached the
settlement is they were engaged
in illegal activity.
they were defrauding investors
by selling worthless packages of subprime mortgages. they were cheating the american
people, they reached a
settlement for $5 billion. that is point number one. point number two, when you talk about political power in america, you are talking about wall street that spent aliens of
dollars to get deregulated. you are talking about goldman
sachs, the same company that
over the last 25 years has managed to get to secretaries of the treasury, a revolving door
-- you know what a revolving door is?
you go from wall street to the government and back. one under a democratic administration, one under a
republican administration and
dozens of high level political
appointees. point number three.
that same goldman sachs makes huge campaign contributions in
order to protect themselves and
provide very generous speaker fees. point number four may be the
most interesting point of all. when we talk about why the
american people are angry and
why they are demoralized and why
they see a system in which the rich gets richer and almost
everyone else gets poor and see a system of justice which is
basically unfair, today, if some kid in iowa or vermont gets
picked up with marijuana, that
kid will have a police record for the rest of his life. goldman sachs just reached a $5 billion settlement for cheating
and ripping off the american
people. goldman sachs is part of a group
of wall street companies that
helped destroy the american economy, bring us the worst
recession since the great depression, millions of people
lost their jobs, their homes and
life savings. goldman sachs paid a $5 billion settlement, but no executive on
wall street has yet and prosecuted, has yet and charged
with a crime, yet has a police
record. that is why the american people are angry. what justice means is that justice applies equally.
that is what america is about.
if you are rich and powerful, you break the law, you pay the price.
not only do we have a two-tier economy, a two-tier campaign-finance system, we have a two-tier criminal justice system.
if elected president, we are
going to bring back justice to
our justice system.
person, one vote, not billionaires buying elections.
billionaire friends, in this campaign, spending some $900 million -- $900 billion -- $900 million to represent the rich
and the powerful, when you have
those handful of people spending
more money on a campaign than either the democratic or
republican parties, my friends, that is not democracy.
that is oligarchy and we are
going to change that.
population on earth.
it makes no sense to me that
hundreds of thousands of bright
young people who are qualified today cannot get a college
education and others who are not academically inclined cannot get
the training they need to be plumbers, carpenters, or
electricians. that is why i believe that in
the year 2000 -- in the year
2016, when we talk about education, it can no longer be
first grade through 12th grade.
it must include college and post
secondary education. that is why i believe public
colleges and universities should
be tuition free.
dealing with student debt? that's a lot of people. as i go around the state, there's no meeting i go to where
people are not raising their hands in response to that question. just a couple of days ago, in
iowa, a young man, 20 years of age, he said i went to college
for two years and dropped out --
$16,000 in debt. another young man, 29 years of
age, works in sustainable energy, $90,000 in debt.
he's paying 50% of his limited income in student death -- student debt.
i talk to guy in the data, 55
years of age, he has been paying off his debt for 25 years and is more in debt today than when he began.
>>mr. sanders: thank you.
doesn't look like we could
squeeze too many more people in
and let me say thank you to the
hundreds of people in the
when we began this campaign,
people were saying bernie
sanders, interesting guy but
kind of a fringe type candidate. i mean no one takes it seriously
the idea that maybe, just maybe,
we need a political revolution
something is wrong when almost
all of the new income is going
to the top 1%.
major country and more people in
jail than any other major country.
15,000 people in seattle.
28,000 people in portland, oregon.
and we had 27,000 people in los angeles.
it seems to me the ideas we are
talking about are not fringe
ideas, they are the ideas that
the american people support.
to win in south carolina and
across the country.
but the enthusiasm and the
excitement for this campaign
hasn't just launched turnouts.
people also understand there is
something profoundly wrong when
millionaires and billionaires
control our political system.
i do not want their money.
we are not going to have any
superpac at all.
old-fashioned way, small contributions from 400,000 americans. average contribution, $31. i'm proud of that. what this campaign is about is bringing people together with the understanding that if we do
not allow ourselves to be
divided, if we stand together as
black and white and hispanic,
native american, men and women,
straight and gay, nativeborn and
but we have the people.
when people stand together, we win.
where ever i go around the
country, media come up to me and
say, we are surprised, why is
there so much excitement and enthusiasm?
why are you moving up in the polls?
let me tell you what my answer
is to them.
my answer is the american people
are sick and tired with
and frankly, they are sick and
tired of establishment media.
this never ending greed of
needing more and more no matter
how much they have, that
corporate greed is destroying
the former chairman of the
senate veterans committee, the
american people understand that
men and women throughout our
history have put their lives on
the line and sometimes lost
their lives defending democracy and that there is something profoundly wrong when billionaires are buying elections. that is not democracy.
this country faces so many
enormous problems, when we need
serious discussion, that much of
the corporate media will talk
about everything in the world
except the most important issues
facing working americans.
bernie sanders or hillary clinton.
it is not about donald trump,
jeb bush or anyone else.
it is about you, your kids, your
parents, and the future of this country.
in vermont, i have never run a
negative political ad in my life.
about is to take a hard look at
the serious problems facing our
country and propose ideas and
let the american people discuss them.
i think it is absurd for politicians to say, i am great, i am wonderful, everyone else is terrible.
that is wrong. what we need is a serious discussion about the serious issues facing our country and that is what this campaign is about.
not only in terms of the fact
that it we have the most
progressive vision, but more
importantly in how we are
running this campaign.
i believe, and let me be honest
with you and tell you what no
other candidate for president
will tell you, that no matter
who is elected president of the
united states, no matter how
good he or she may be, that
person cannot address the
enormous problems facing working
families and the middle class
because of the power of big
money interests in this country.
what i am calling for is not
just your support to elect to me
as president, i'm asking you to
be part of a political revolution.
coast to coast, standing up and
saying loudly and clearly,
enough is enough.
this great nation and our government belong to all of us, not just to a handful of billionaires.
serious problems than at any
time in the modern history of our country. and if you throw in the global
crisis of climate change, the problems may be worse today.
the major problems facing our country.
i started with the issue of
income and wealth inequality.
today, as some of you know, we
live in the wealthiest country
in the history of the world.
the wealthiest country in the
history of the world.
most americans don't understand
that, don't perceive that, don't
feel that because they are too
busy working two or three jobs
while the rest are going to the
than any other major
industrialized nation on earth.
the inequality today if you can
believe it is worse than at any
time since 1928. so what is essentially happening in our country, the people at the top are getting richer and richer. everybody else is becoming poorer and poorer. the truth is no great nation can survive economically or politically when so few have so much and so many have so little.
not 1%, 1/10 of 1% owns almost
there is something profoundly
wrong when in recent years we
have seen a proliferation of
millionaires and billionaires
but all over our country,
millions of people are working
longer hours for lower wages.
we end up with the highest rate
of childhood poverty of any
major country on earth.
there is something profoundly
wrong when one family, one
family, this is america not
paraguay, not some small third
world country, when one family,
the walton family of walmart,
owns more wealth than the bottom
40% of the american people.
when people are working two or
three jobs, trying to get some
income and health care to take
care of their families. when that is going on, well, a
handfull of billionaires are
making out like bandits. this is a rigged economy.
that is you cannot, you will not
have it all.
going to continue to get huge
tax breaks when children in america go hungry.
other low-wage countries when
millions of americans are in
desperate need of work right here.
not going to hide their many
billions in profits by putting
them in the cayman islands and
other tax havens.
they are going to start paying
their fair share of taxes.
because we are going to end it
inequality, let me bring it on
home to what it means for the
people in south carolina.
in the last two years, the
wealthiest 14 people in america,
14 people, saw their wealth
increase by $156 billion.
here in south carolina, while 14 people saw an unbelievable increase in their wealth, 27% of
the children here are living in poverty. almost 300,000 children. 14 people increased wealth $156 billion.
27% of the kids in south
carolina living in poverty. of those children living in poverty, 138,000 are black, 95,000 are white and 34,000 are hispanic. childhood poverty impacts people
all across the board.
it is a national disgrace.
billionaires become richer while
children in south carolina and
all over america lack adequate nutrition.
in the year 2015 in south
carolina, in vermont and
throughout america, children are
it is not acceptable that
billionaires become richer when
kids in this country are starving.
in our society.
to turn our backs on the
children while billionaires get
richer is not what this country
is supposed to be about.
needs, let us not forget that we
are the only major industrialized country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right.
the canadians guarantee health
care to every people. in the u.k., they guarantee
health care to all of their people.
germany, france, scandinavia does it.
every major country does it
accept us and that is why i
strongly believe in a medicare for all.
believes in, but the congress
did pass, and the president did
find, the affordable care act.
a modest but important step forward. by expanding eligibility for
medicaid, millions of americans
now have health insurance who
previously lacked it.
that is a good thing.
uninsured population almost in
half. it has reduced the number of uninsured in kentucky from 20% to 12%.
in south carolina, in south
carolina, over 200,000 people
would gain health insurance if
the governor and legislature approved the expansion.
to allow a rigid, right-wing, political ideology to stand in
the way of health care for hundreds of thousands of south carolinians.
to die unnecessarily because
they cannot go to a doctor when
it is wrong and immoral to have
a situation where people will
suffer and become much sicker
than they otherwise would have
been because they don't have medicaid.
that is wrong.
but all across this country,
republican governors and
legislatures would let go for
one minute of the right wing
ideology and take care of the
people of their state.
talking about are not just the
grotesque level of income inequality.
it is the realities that for the
last 40 years the great middle
class of our country, once the
envy of the world, has been disappearing.
the truth is we are much better
off economically today than we
were when george bush left office.
hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs a month.
our financial system was on the
verge of collapse and we were
running up a $1.4 trillion deficit.
i find it interesting
republicans complain they are
only growing 250,000 jobs a month.
that is a lot better than losing
than we were when bush left
office, but the reality is that
millions of americans today are
working longer hours for lower wages.
all of you know there has been
an explosion in technology
making workers far more
productive than they used to be.
and yet, many of those workers
have seen their real wages go down.
since 1999, medium family income
today is almost $5,000 less than
it was in 1999.
that is our reality.
we are better off than we were
6.5 years ago but we continue to
find and see the disappearance of our middle-class. what we have to do is come up with proposal after proposal that rebuilds the crumbling middle-class in this country and
that is what we intend to do.
include the people that have
given up looking for work and
the millions of people working part-time.
add that altogether, real
unemployment is over 10%.
this is really something that we
must deal with.
we cannot continue to push under
i asked the economic policy
institute to do a study on youth unemployment.
you know what it is in this country?
in terms of kid to have no jobs,
or are working part-time when
they want to work full-time,
what they told us is the kids 17
to 20 who graduated high school,
if they were white, youth
unemployment is 33%.
if they were hispanic, youth
unemployment is 36%.
if they were african-american, youth unemployment is 51%.
people who want to stand on
their own two feet.
in jail than any other country.
in school, who are not working,
who are hanging out in street
corners and getting into trouble.
in my view, it makes a lot more
sense for us to be investing in
education and in jobs.
than in jails and incarceration.
inequality and it is not just
high rates of unemployment we
have to address.
it is the simple fact that
everybody in this room knows
that millions of our people are
working at wages that are too
$7.25 an hour --
minimum wage to a living wage --
$15 an hour over the next
be living in poverty.
america trying to bring up their
families who are making $.78 on
the dollar compared to men.
pay equity will take a huge
chunk out of poverty in america
and we must fight to establish
run around the country and they
talk about family values.
they just love families.
but, you know, you all know what
they mean when they talk about
what they are saying is women in
america should not be able to
control their own bodies.
women are too dumb to be able to
buy the contraceptive they need.
what they are also saying in
their understanding of family
values is that are gay brothers and sisters should not be able
to get married and enjoy all of
the benefits of american citizenship.
protecting the needs of
families, but my family values
are a little bit different than republican family values.
stays home, nourishes the baby,
gets to know her baby and dad is
there as well.
it is not a family value to tell
that mom that just because you
don't have money, you have to
separate yourself from your baby
and go back to work in five days
or eight days.
that is not a family value.
that guarantees every family in
america 12 weeks of paid family
or medical leave.
earth could do it, the united
states of america could do it, too.
not guarantee sick time to our
workers or paid vacation. that has got to change, too.
systems, waste water plants, airports, levies, dams -- there is more than enough work to do. a $1 trillion investment over five years could create over 13
million decent paying jobs.
of having to create millions of
jobs, it is also the absolute
need to prevent the loss of more
jobs because of our disastrous
voted against nafta, capfa, and
trade relations with china.
against the transpacific partnership.
not in countries around the world.
recklessness and arrogance and
dishonesty, we only have some of
the adjectives to describe wall street. all of you know that as a result of the greed and recklessness of wall street, our economy was
brought to its knees, millions of people lost their jobs, their houses and their life savings.
today, after bailing out wall
street because they were too big
to fail, three out of the four largest banks are bigger now than they were before we bailed them out.
two thirds of the credit cards
in this country, 35% of the
mortgages in this country, when
you have banks that are too big
to fail, they are too big to exist.
loans to small and medium-sized
businesses so they can create
the jobs we need.
we do not need a financial
system on wall street which is
an island unto itself which is
only concerned about profits for
a handful of people.
the supreme court by a 5-4
decision in the citizens united
the wealthiest people in the
country, they said you guys
already own much of the economy.
we are now going to allow you to
own the united states government
and that is exactly what they
are trying to do right now.
we have a situation right now
where one family, the extreme
right wing koch brothers.
prepared to spend $900 million
in this election cycle.
that is more money than either
party will spend.
when you have one family
spending more money than either
of the major political parties,
that is not democracy. that is... text oligarchy.
i really believe in democracy. and what that means, what that
very radical idea means -- only
a few hundred years old -- what
that idea means is that you and
people all over this country,
poor people, old people, anybody
has the right to determine and shape the future of our country
and not just a king or queen or
a handful of billionaires.
that is a radical idea that i believe.
united, we have to go further.
i want to see this country have
the most vibrant democracy of
any country on earth.
i want to see us have one of the
highest voter turnouts, not one
of the lowest voter turnouts.
room, anybody in america whether
you are conservative, progressive, moderate -- if you believe you want to get into public service, you want to run
for office, you believe in your ideas, i want to see you be able to run for office without begging money from the wealthy and the powerful.
event with martin luther king,
iii and people with the southern
christian leadership congress.
a very good civil rights
organization. and what we talked about at that
meeting was to, first of all,
celebrate the 50th anniversary
-- and someone mentioned this earlier.
of the enormously important
voting rights act.
the governors and legislatures
all over this country, many in
the south, will say sorry, all
people will be able to vote
regardless of the color of their skin.
as many of you know, two years
ago, the supreme court gutted a
very important provision of the
voting rights act. and what has happened is all
over the country, not just to
the south, but all over the
country, governors and
legislatures have done
everything possible to suppress
the vote, to deny people the
right to vote, those people disagree with the powers that be.
and they are unsafe.
i have run for office in my own
state many times. sometimes i have lost.
most times i have won. but it had never occurred to me, never, not for one second to say there are parts of the state
that are not sympathetic to me,
how do i figure out a way to
stop those people from voting? if you cannot run for office and defend your ideas, then you should not run for office in the first place.
because they may vote against a
governor or the legislatures are nothing less than political cowards.
age in the united states of
america, you are registered to
vote, end of discussion.
living in is a very competitive
and if our nation is going to
succeed economically, we need to
have the best educated workforce
in the world.
tonight, there are hundreds of
thousands of bright, young men
and women across this country --
kids who have done really well
kids were qualified to get into
college, but they cannot get
into college for one reason -- their families lack the money.
to my mind, it is not only
unfair to these kids to deny
them the right to become doctors
or engineers or teachers or scientists or whatever else --
not only unfair to them, but it is absurd when we talk about the
future of the american economy. we need to have the best educated workers in the world.
it will certainly do that.
but this is what else it will do
-- today in columbia, in
burlington, vermont, there are
kids in the fourth and fifth grades. these are kids whose mom and dad
did not go to college.
these are kids who don't know
anybody who went to college and
the idea of going to college, of
making it into the middle class
is something beyond their
wildest expectations or dreams.
but, if we tell every kid in
columbia and in burlington,
vermont that if you study, if
you pay attention to school, if
you do your work, you will be
able to get a college education.
and the second thing we have
done in a legislation is to
address the absurdity of
millions of americans, some
young, some not so young, who
are struggling with horrendously
oppressive student debt.
was she went to medical school
and is practicing primary health
care for low-income people.
exactly the kind of doctors we need.
but, for doing that, she came
out of school $300,000 in debt.
i was in iowa a few months ago. a young woman came up to me and said she graduated dental school
-- $400,000 in debt at a time
where we have a major dental
crisis and we need more dentists. i talked to young people who are paying off 25% of their limited incomes in student debt. cannot afford to get married. cannot afford to get a car. cannot afford to get a home. now, in my view, it makes no sense at all that if you can refinance your home today at 2% or 3% or 4%, you should not be paying 8% or 10% on your student debt.
rates of working-class americans.
idea, but it will be pretty
expensive to provide public
colleges and universities
tuition-free and lower student debt.
how will you pay for it?
let me tell you exactly how i
will pay for it -- with a tax on
wall street speculation.
of their greed and recklessness,
they went begging to the middle
class to bail them out.
now it is wall street's time to
bail out the middle class.
beings, as parents, adults,
there is perhaps nothing more
important than leaving this
planet in a way that is
habitable for our kids and grandchildren.
over the world.
act together in a very short
period of time, a bad situation
today will become much, much worse with the planet temperature rising 5 or 10
degrees more fahrenheit. more drought, more flood, more
extreme weather disturbances. more ocean acidification. the united states has the moral
responsibility to lead the world
in transforming our energy
fuel to energy efficiency and
i am the ranking member of the
senate budget committee which
means i am the leader of the
democrats in our position.
i want to tell you what many of
you don't know. the media forgot to talk about
months ago does the following --
it throws 27 million americans
off of health care.
it cuts pell grants by $90 billion over 10 years.
it cuts nutrition programs,
including the wic program, for
pregnant women and their little
kids by billions and billions of dollars.
republican colleagues -- no, we
are not going to cut social security.
we are going to expand social
we are going to expand veterans
care to our veterans, who have
put their lives on the line to
defend this country.
nation that it must become, we
must talk about ending
institutional racism and making
major reforms --
decades, our country has made
significant progress in overcoming our long legacy of racism. we should be proud of that. if people were sitting in this room 30 years ago and somebody said i think in the year 2008,
an african-american could be elected president, that the people of america will look at his ideas, his views, people would have said no.
it would not happen that fast,
but it did happen and we should
be proud of that.
the struggle absolutely
continues against sexism in this
country and opening doors for
women that never existed before.
are making progress and we
should be very proud of the
extraordinary progress we have
made in recent years in the
fight for gay rights.
something we should be very
less discriminatory society in
many respects. but, here is the bad news -- as everyone in this room knows, racism remains a much too real part of american life. and in that regard, i'm not just talking about the sickness of a man who can walk into a bible study class in charleston, pray
with people in that room and
then take out a gun and kill
nine of them.
that is just something that is
almost impossible for us to
understand how somebody can do that.
and we are not just talking
about other forms of racism that
we see every single day.
we are not just talking about
the hundreds of hate groups that
exist all over this country,
groups that exist for one
purpose alone and that is -- it
is hard to imagine -- but to
foment hatred against
african-americans or gays or
immigrants or jews -- people
that are different from them. and we have to take a hard look
at those groups.
the justice department should be
much more active in making sure
i'm talking about people like sandra bland and michael brown.
officers or in police custody.
now, i was a mayor for eight years.
and let me be the first to tell
you as someone who worked very
hard with our police department
that being a cop today is not an
easy job and most police
officers are honest and trying
to do their best under difficult circumstances.
other public official, when a
police officer breaks the law,
that officer must be held accountable.
broken criminal justice system.
areas that i believe we need to
move aggressively in.
when i turn on the tv and i see in some cities, small cities all over america, police departments that are heavily militarized, that look like an invading army,
that is wrong.
of the community.
and are able to say there is a
crack house down the street,
where people have confidence in
a police force that is working
with them, not against them.
concept of community policing -- making police officers part of
we also -- police departments
are run by communities but the
federal government can play a role.
police departments all across
america should reflect the
diversity of the community they serve.
force doctrine that exists in
many police departments. good police officers -- i have seen it personally many times -- are able to deflect a volatile situation. that is good police work.
in the middle of a fight.
we should understand lethal
force is the last resort, not
be offering legislation which
ends the absurdity and injustice
of private corporations making
profits by building and running jails.
incarceration of americans.
addiction, whether it is drugs
or alcohol or whatever, is a disease.
is a disease.
it is a serious disease that
exists in my state, it exists
all over this country.
and we need to aggressively treat that disease and not see
it as a crime.
senators get calls from people
who say, you know what, i am
really worried about my brother.
i don't know what he is going to
do to himself or somebody else,
but we cannot find a mental
health counseling that we need
and can afford.
that is crazy.
prison without a job, without
education, without decent
housing, they will go back to
the environment that they got
into jail in the first place.
than to send them --
being deported or having their parents deported.
we need to provide legal
protection now for the
and we need a path towards
there was a fierce debate about
whether the united states should
go to war in iraq.
i listened to what bush and
cheney and donald rumsfeld had
what i said -- sadly, much of
what i feared would happen did
happen in terms of the
destabilization of the region.
and now, as you know, there is
another debate about the president's plan to make certain
that iran does not get a nuclear
republican colleagues seem to
have forgotten what the wars in
iraq and afghanistan have done
to our people and to our country.
they forgot about the 6700 brave
men and women who died.
they forgot about the young men
who came home without legs and arms.
they forgot about the 500,000
who came home with posttraumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.
perfect agreement. the united states had to negotiate with five other countries.
plus germany, plus iran.
but, i believe we should do
everything possible to see that
iran does not get a nuclear
weapon without going to war.
quickly, how easily in a sense
-- people say we don't want this
agreement, we don't trust iran.
we don't like iran. what they are really saying is
yes, we will go to war against iran. now, a great nation is a nation
that does everything possible to cultivate in this very difficult
and crazy world -- nobody has
any answers to all of the
craziness in this world.
isis and everything else.
but, we should be a leader in
the world in trying to resolve
international conflict in a
peaceful way and not in another
we need millions of people to
reach out to bring people into
the political process.
to make certain that our friends and family do not continue to vote against their own
if we were a haiti or small country, it is too bad we cannot
that is not america. we can join the rest of the industrialized world and guaranty health care as a right.
quality health care and benefits
they have earned.
religion, their disability, or
their sexual orientation, we can
make sure that all americans
realize the full potential of
the quality that is our birthright as americans.
by race or sexual orientation or
the country we came from, there
is nothing, nothing that
together we cannot accomplish.
thank you all very much.
keep on rocking in the free
we have a thousand points of light we have a kinder, gentler machine gun hand ... textsenator sanders: thank you. well, let me begin by thanking
you for inviting me to be with you today.
thanking steve for his introduction, and most of all, thanking the steelworkers for their long, long support of
what i've been trying to do
throughout my entire political
i don't get any money and i
don't want any money from
corporations. never got a nickel.
thank you, guys, very, very
real economic lesson that i
learned was when i was a kid.
i grew up in a home where my dad had come from poland at the
age of 17 without a nickel in
his pocket. never made much mother. mother graduated high school. i lived in a 3 1/2-room rent
controlled apartment in
brooklyn, new york, and we lived not poor, but our family
lived on the financial stress
as is the case with millions and millions of our families today.
so the major economic lesson
that i have had in my life was not in high school or college. it was as a kid understanding what financial stress does to a
family, understanding that every decision that is made has
got to be thought about,
whether you can afford to do this or whether you can afford to do that. and that, brothers and sisters,
is a lesson i have never forgotten and i never will
the very people.
don't necessarily do what the
media wants us to do but talk
about real issues. just turned out yesterday, we
were in iowa falls.
had a few hundred people out to
a meeting and i kind of opened up the discussion to ask people
what was going on in their
lives, what was going on in
their lives in terms of trying to make it on $12,000, $13,000 a year social security.
and suddenly what was it like
in their lives if you can't
afford the prescription drugs
that you need.
i want to thank the nurses, our
sisters and brothers that are
treating patients who can't
and i opened it up, the
discussion. one woman gets up there and says the medicine her family needed -- her husband needed
shot way up. shot way up to an outrageous
price and we all know that tomorrow as you walk into a drugstore to refill your
prescription, the price could
be double or triple than what
it was today. some of you have that experience, right? because the pharmaceutical industry is ripping off the
lot of money. the prescription drugs goes up. one woman was -- making the point, millions of people in
this country -- we don't talk
about it terribly much -- trying to get by on $12,000,
$13,000 a year on social security.
you do the arest ma particular. tell me how you -- arithmetic.
tell me how you pay for
prescription drugs, how do you heat your home, how do you buy
the food you need on $12,000 or
$13,000 a year? and the answer is exactly right, you don't.
we have to cut social security benefits.
now, just stop and think about
forget politics. tell me how somebody can go
around the country when we know that millions of people, seniors, disabled vets, people with disabilities, people who
can't make it on $12,000,
$13,000 a year and they're
talking about cutting social
there's a thing that a lot of
people have not heard of. it's called the chain c.p.i.
it's a fancy term from washington to cut social
security benefits, and it
argues the theory behind it is
that the colas, the
cost-of-living adjustments that
seniors are getting today are
does anybody here know what
seniors got in their cola last year? zero!
got to cut it. anyhow, at iowa falls we heard from people, i'm not getting
$12,000, $13,000 a year.
i'm trying to live on $10,000 a
year. then we heard another woman
talk about what it means to have minimum wage jobs and how
difficult it is to survive. and that is the reality for millions and millions of people in this country. it's a reality we don't talk
enough about, and it's certainly a reality that we are not effectively addressing. now, here's the story.
if we were a poor country --
and there are poor countries
around the world -- you have a certain type of discussion. and you say, you know, it's unfortunate that we have to
live in poverty but that's who
we're a poor country. we can't have good education,
we can't have good health care,
we can't have decent paying jobs.
we're a poor country, but the truth is, as everybody here
knows, the united states of america is not a poor country. we are the wealthiest country
in the history of the world.
but -- but most people don't
know that because almost all of
the new wealth and income is
going to the top 1%. and brothers and sisters, what
a sanders administration is about is a very radical idea. you ready for a radical idea? we're going to create an
economy that works for working
families, not just billionaires.
room knows, technology has exploded.
almost every worker in america is more productive than he or she was 20 years, 30 years ago, right?
you're producing more. question -- if you are more productive, if we are producing
more, why are millions of
people working longer hours for lower wages?... text senator sanders: why is almost
all income and wealth going to
a small number of people? senator sanders: it's a smart
group here. and that's what we're going to
so we are going to tell billionaires who pay an effective tax rate lower than
many of you do, we're going to
tell large multinational
corporations who make billions
of dollars a year in profit and
stash their money in the cayman
islands and bermuda and in a
given year may pay zero in
federal income taxes, we're
going to tell them that it is
time for them to accept their
responsibility as americans to
start paying their fair share of taxes.
dollars in new revenue, you
know what we're going to do
with that? we're going to rebuild our
crumbling infrastructure and
create millions of decent
you tell me why our roads, our bridges, our water systems, our
waste water plants, our levees, our dams, our airports, our
rail system are deteriorating or crumbling?... text senator sanders: all right.
we need to invest in a $1 trillion investment, which i believe we should make, creates
13 million decent paying jobs.
-- because the steelworkers are one of the great unions in our country.
you understand the history of
the trade union movement. and you understand that change, real change never comes from
the top on down.
it always comes from the bottom
well, i think it's a great idea
for workers to have a union. we'd love to sit down and do
some collective bargaining with you.
because we think that's fair and that's right. that's not the way it happened.
the way it happened is way back when workers went on strike,
workers fought and workers died, workers were beaten,
workers were fired from their
jobs in order to make sure that
working people could organize, could engage in collective
bargaining, could sit down at a
table and fight for decent
wages and decent working conditions.
that's the history of the trade union movement.
and we should be proud of that.
but what all of you know is
that over the last several decades, despite the fact that millions of workers want to
join a union, it has become
harder and harder for workers to in fact create unions, to
become members of unions. you know and i know that employers have acted illegally with the support of the nlrb so that if workers tried to organize the organizers there
would be fired and if by some miracle people actually did organize a union, employers would refuse to engage in a first contract, collective bargaining. and that is why i believe that
the middle class does not grow
unless the trade union movement
prosper unless workers are engaged in strong collective bargaining. now, what a lot of people, what
a lot of nonunion people don't
understand is that to the
degree they get anywhere near
decent wages, it has a lot to
do with the success of the
trade union movement.
because you're driving wages up.
in any case, after decades of
illegal action on the part of
employers, it seems to me we
have got to make it easier, not
harder, for workers to join
unions. that's why we have introduced a new piece of legislation and it
says very simply that if 50% of workers in a unit plus one sign a card saying they want to be
in a union, they will have a
union. plaws --
not going to tell you that every worker in america wants
to join a union, but what i will tell you is that millions of them do. millions of them understand that workers who have a union
get better wages, better working conditions and better benefits.
and our job is to say that the
american people must be able to exercise their constitutional right to organize unions without illegal impediments on
the part of employers, and that
is what i intend to do.
let me thank all of the men and
women in this room and in this
country for their service to our country.
and here's a promise i make. is that we will do our best, absolute best, and there should
not be any debate about this if
you're a progressive, democrat or republican.
when people put their lives on the line to defend this country
and they come home, they are
going to get the best health care available, they're going
to get the benefits that they
i believe that when millions of
seniors and disabled vets are struggling to get by on $12,000 or $13,000 a year, it is not good enough to say -- and i've led the effort on this, that we're not going to cut social
that is an abomination. what we must do is say, of course we're not going to cut social security, but we are going to expand social security benefits.
it is not complicated.
right now somebody makes $5 million a year, somebody makes
$118,000 a year, they both contribute the same amount into
the social security trust fund.
if you lift that cap and you
start at $250,000 and above, top 1.5% of the american people, what we can do is increase social security
benefits for those now living under $16,000 a year by $1,300
a year. that's not insignificant for
people who are struggling.
years. now, that is my view.
i think -- i think that at a time of massive income and
wealth inequality, when the wealthy are getting much
wealthier, you know what, i
think it is just appropriate,
just right to lift that cap and
ask the wealthiest people in
this country to make sure that
all seniors can live in dignity.
you all know who wrote these
the steelworkers did not write
these trade agreements.
they are written by corporate
america to benefit corporate america, people who could care less about what these trade
agreement sds to working
-- agreements did to working
here's what they've done. since 2001 in america, we have lost 60,000 factories. got that?
in my state, in iowa, all
across this country, 60,000 factories. not all of that, to be fair, is attributable to trade.
there are other reasons
factories shut down, but a lot of it is attributable to trade.
and when you lose 60,000 factories, many of them attributable to disastrous trade agreements, you're
talking about the loss of millions of good-paying american jobs.
$30 an hour, provide decent benefits, negotiate with unions, protect the environment, why would any
corporation want to do that when they could shut down in
america, throw people out on
the street, move to china, move
to mexico, move to low-wage countries, pay people pennies an hour, not have to worry about the environment, not have
to do deal with unions and they
can bring their products right back in this country?... text senator sanders: the simple truth is, and it's indisputable, these trade agreements have been a disaster for working families in this
they have benefited the
c.e.o.'s of large multinational
corporations. no one can deny that reality.
i am proud to tell you that way
back when i was on the picket
line in opposition to nafta and
helped lead the opposition against all these trade agreements.
i got to tell you also.
these trade agreements have
been supported not just by republicans but by some democrats as well.
we got to acknowledge that.
where we are today is to say
when our country is deindustrializing -- do you know what i mean by that? when you tell me, how are we a
great nation if we're not purchasing the products that we
need that are made in our country?
can you be a great country?
can you be a great country
where everything you buy is
made in china?
i don't think so.
i don't think so.
and by the way -- this is
another important point to be
it is not only the loss of
jobs, it is what we call the race to the bottom.
so here's what's going on.
people are saying -- and this
is a good thing. people are saying, well, you
know what, we're seeing an
uptick in manufacturing in
take a look at the wages that
those new manufacturing jobs are paying. there was once a time when manufacturing jobs, unionized manufacturing jobs were the gold standard for the working
class of this country.
you had a good job in a
manufacturing plant, you had a union, you were making middle-class wages and middle-class benefits.
but then -- i tell you a story. a couple years ago in louisville, kentucky, general electric announced they were
expanding their manufacturing capabilities creating a couple
some people were very excited
about it. and they asked this guy from g.e.
why are you doing this?
he said, well, it turns out
that if you add all of the
these things together,
transportation costs and the fact that wages in america have
gone down, it is actually more
competitive to do manufacturing
in america now than in china
because wages have gone down so much so they're paying people
in manufacturing $10, $12 an hour.
now, if manufacturing workers
are getting paid $10, $12 an
hour, what do you think other
people are getting working?
this is a race to the bottom.
not to bring chinese wages up
to where we are, it's to bring
our wages down to where chinese
i have nothing against workers in vietnam.
i was there.
they work very hard.
minimum wage in approximate vietnam is 65 cents an -- minimum wage in vietnam is 65
cents an hour.
i do not want american workers
to have to compete against people who are making 65 cents
we have to understand that our trade policies have failed and
we have to begin an entirely new set of policies.
and the bottom line for me is that every major corporation in
america wants all of us to buy
their products. can't turn on the tv, buy this, buy that, buy that. well, if they want us to buy their products, they damn well
better start manufacturing those products back in the united states and not in china.
i'm glad our brothers and
sisters from the nurses union
-- and we thank you so much for your support.
these are serious people who
want to be able to do their job
as well as they can.
thank you job is to prevent
their job is to take care of people who are sick, but right now they and many, many other people in the health care profession are unable to do the
job that they were trained to
do. now, i think the affordable
care act has made some
important steps forward and one
important step forward that we
are not going to allow to go
forward is the so-called
we will continue to push that
workers who gave up wage increases and other benefits
for decent health care should
not be penalized for those sacrifices.
supported, did a couple --
number of good things.
it did away with this obscenity called pre-existing conditions. you all know what that is? there's private insurance obscenity which said if you had a disease years ago they would
not cover you for the disease that you needed coverage for. like getting fire insurance except if you have a fire, then they don't pay. got rid of that.
we have expanded health
insurance to some 17 million
americans. we have made it fairer for
women who are forced to pay
higher rates than they should
have for the crime of being a
so we kind of eliminated that.
but having said that, here's
the reality of health care
today, and what our campaign is
about is asking the american
people to think big, not small.
here we are.
the united states of america
today is the only major country
on earth -- the only one that doesn't guarantee health care
to all people as a right.
they do it in england.
they do it in france, do it in
germany, do it all over scandinavia.
i live 50 miles away from the canadian border. every major country does it.
29 million people today have no
health insurance at all. millions more have high
deductibles and high co-payments.
ok. and by the way, we pay by far
the highest prices in the world
for prescription drugs.
are at a time when one in five americans are unable to afford the prescription drugs their
doctors are prescribing, at a time when seniors are cutting their pills in half because they can't afford to buy what
they need, the three major drug
companies in america last year made $45 billion in profit. because they are so powerful, because they provide millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions, because
they have 1,400 lobbyists in washington, d.c., there is no legislation on the books to
prevent them from doubling, tripling, graduate rupeling the price -- quadrupling the price you pay for medicine. they are getting away with murder and in some cases they are committing murder.
we are hearing from oncologists
who are hearing from cancer
patients and they're telling us
our cancer patients can't
afford the medicine that they
need. we are dealing in some cases
with folks who have hepatitis c
, new drug, very effective drug
out, do you know what that costs?
$1,000 a pill.
what we have got to tell the
pharmaceutical industry -- now,
let me back up and tell you a story for a minute. late 1990's, late 1990's, when
i represented vermont in the congress, i took a bus load of women from northern vermont over the canadian border to montreal, and the reason we
went is that i knew that
prescription drugs in canada
were much less expensive.
women who were dealing with
breast cancer, working class women, walked into the pharmacy, they purchased the
breast cancer medicine that
they needed -- this is not generic.
brand name medicine for .1 the price they're paying in the
i was the first member of
congress to do that.
now millions of people, by the
way, get their medicine from canada.
we should not have to get medicine from canada. pharmaceutical industry has got
to stop ripping us off.
almost three times more than they do in the united kingdom where they guarantee health care to all of their people. we are spending 50% more than
the french who guarantee health
care to all of their people.
much more than the canadians who guarantee -- health care to
all of their people.
it seems to me that the time is
now for us to say loudly and
clearly that in the united states of america, health care
is a right for all people.
to be able to treat everybody in a comprehensive way, we're going to save the middle class many millions of thousands a
year on health care costs.
nine months ago, and when we began it i think we were at 3%,
4% in the polls.
we didn't have any money.
we didn't have any organization, and frankly not
so many people outside of
vermont knew who bernie sanders was.
but the message that we have
been bringing forth to the american people, a message which says that the economy today is rigged, that it benefits the wealthy and the powerful at the expense of everybody else, that the
campaign finance system that
exists today is corrupt and undermining american democracy
and here we are in iowa, and
one week from yesterday there
will be the first caucus in the country. i believe that we have an
excellent chance to win that
caucus if -- and here is the
if. if we have a large voter
all of us and not a handful of campaign contributors, if those
people come out and vote, we
will win and we'll win big.
other campaigns, not just
because of the fact that i am perhaps the most progressive member of the senate and my agenda in this campaign is the most progressive.
this campaign is more than that. and that is what i say every single day and i repeat to you
now from the bottom of my heart.
no president, not bernie
sanders, not anybody else, can
do it alone.
now, i want to tell you a painful truth that you
understand as proud trade
unionists, but not all people
in america understand, and that
is the powers that be -- wall street, whose greed and
recklessness and illegal
behavior brought this country
into the worst economic
downturn since the great depression, they have endless
supplies of money, endless.
in fact, somebody on wall
street now i think just
announced is going to spend
$600,000 in ads against me here
in iowa this week.
$600,000 from one guy.
.... textsenator sanders: thank you. thank you all very much. for coming out on a beautiful sunday morning to do something very, very radical.
are you ready for radical
activity?... text senator sanders: we are going to practice democracy.
i understand is we do not grow
the middle class of this country without a strong trade union movement and i am pledged to do
everything i can to make sure that happens.
and i know we talk a lot about
the great football players and the great basketball and baseball players of this
country, we pay them huge
amounts of money. you know what? we do not pay enough attention
and we do not think people like jeff for the work that they do.
-- we do not thank people
like jeff for the work that they
and went i announced it, people
were very polite, but no one
thought we had a chance to do anything.
a lot has happened in the last
four and a half months.
and i think the reason is the
issues we are talking about our
issues that are resonating with
the american people. needless to say, having gone all
across this country and having
talked to many people, i hear many remarks. people are very generous.
one remark that stands in my
mind, a young man in the west
he came up to me.
he said, barney, thank you.
you are treating us like we are intelligent -- bernie, thank
you. you are treating us like we are
intelligent human beings.
unfortunately, is a game of
polling people, names, and
attacking people every day.
if i trip leaving the stage it
will be a front-page story. the picture of me being facedown
on the ground, or if i were to
start viciously attacking
hillary clinton, it would be on
the front pages. but i don't do that. i don't do that because i think
as a nation we have a lot of
work in front of us in order to
focus on the most important
issues facing our country.
and what democracy is about is laying those issues on the
table, understanding that honest people can differ with us, have
different points of view, but
debating those issues and seeing
how we go forward in order to
resolve them. it ain't more complicated than
that, and that is what i have
been trying to do in this campaign.
although, thank you, new hampshire.
we are doing pretty well here.
it a step further, and how we transform america in the
direction we think it needs to
confident no other presidential
candidate will tell you. and this is sometimes hard for
people to grasp or to feel good
about, but it is the simple
truth. if bernie sanders -- it doesn't
matter in a certain sense who is
elected president unless there
is a political revolution in
this country of many, many
millions of people who are
coming together, standing up and saying loudly and clearly, i enough is enough.
people say, wait a second. you know, this country belongs to all of us and not just to a
handful of billionaires who can
make huge campaign contributions
. now the point that i make is that no president -- not bernie sanders or anybody else -- can do it alone, is because of the
following reasons. wall street, corporate america,
the koch brothers, huge campaign
contributors have enormous
power. and if you think that any president -- you sent me to the oval office, i could say to wall street, well, guys, i think it's important you start paying a tax
on wall street speculation so are their kids 11 opportunity to go to public colleges and
universities tuition free, and
they will say, hey, bernie,
that's a great idea! why didn't we think of that?
you got it, man! we will spend millions to make
sure that we have a tax on wall street speculation. and when i go to corporate
america and i say, hey, maybe
it's a good idea not to continue
to shut down manufacturing plants in new hampshire and
vermont and send our jobs to
low-wage countries abroad, they
say, listen, why didn't we think
of that, bernie? fantastic idea. i will tell you what we will do
tomorrow. it doesn't happen like that.
it does not happen like that.
everybody in this room knows the only way real change takes place
is when millions of people at
the grassroots level come together and fight back.
didn't just occur -- it occurred
because some thought and died in
the struggle to say we will end racism in the united states of
that is how it happened.
combating racism, but that's how
progress is made. we have made in norma's steps
forward in terms of fighting
sexism in this country because
women from over 100 years have
stood up with their male allies
and said, we are not going to
judge people based on their
gender. we are going to try to break down sexism in america and give
all of our people in equal
opportunity. it did not happen because we had
a couple of good senators. it happened because millions of
people said enough is enough.
or 50 or 100 years ago -- if you
look at what has happened in
terms of gay rights in america, in the last 10 years, that is
and that happened because people
in the gay community stood up.
they got arrested.
they got beaten. and they worked with their
straight alleys and they said, hey, in the united states of america we are going to be judged in the united states of
america on our character and not
our sexual orientation.
how change takes place. so, what this campaign is about
kind of uniquely -- yes, of
course i am here today to ask
for your support in the new
yes, i am here to ask for your
support to help me win the democratic nomination and im asking for your support to help
make me president of the united states. but also what i am asking you is
to be with me, not just for the
you've got to be with me the day
after the election.
but at the end of the day, when
millions of people stand up and fight back, we win.
because while they may have the money, they may have the power,
we have the people.
and when people stand together,
the issues on the minds of the
american people. then we will stop.
we will take your questions and
your comments. to my mind, it is important for all of us to understand that we live in the wealthiest nation in
the history of the world. that is where we are today. most people don't know that. why don't they know that? they are too busy working two or
they are too busy being one of
the 45 million people living in
poverty to really know that. they do not know it because
almost all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. now income and wealth inequality
has got to be brought out into
the open and we are going to address this issue.
income and wealth inequality than any other major industrialized nation on earth
and at any time since 1928. in america today, the top 1/10 of 1%. 1/10 of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. in america today, 58% of all new income and created -- you know,
people working crazy hours, long
jobs, seven days a week, 58% of all new income created is going
to the top 1%. in america today, you got one
family. the walton family of walmart, owning more wealth than the bottom 49% of the american
in my view, that is a rigged economy, not an economy that works for american workers.
it has got to change.
it is a straightforward message,
and that is you cannot have it
children in america are going hungry. you cannot continue to send our
jobs to china and other low-wage countries when millions of americans desperately need
decent paying jobs.
you are not going to continue to
give the ceo's of large corporations huge compensation
packages at the same time you
cut the wages and health care
benefits and the pensions of
your employees. your greed is going to end, and
we are going to end it for you.
inequality we have got to
address. we have to put these issues on
the table because if we are not
discussing them, we are not
going to resolve them. i think everyone who is fair-minded understands the
economy today is far, far better
than it was when george bush left office.
that is a fact.
to me the kind of amnesia of these guides have.
every problem in the world -- it's too hot, it's too cold,
it's raining, it's not raining
-- it's all barack obama's fault
. it's unbelievable. i never knew that one person had
so much power to create so many
problems. they seem to have forgotten. i don't know why it is. maybe they suffer short-term amnesia. they seem to have forgotten that when obama came into office we were losing 800 thousand jobs a
800,000 jobs. and these guys are like, well,
we are growing 175,000 jobs a
month -- not enough. yes, true, not enough.
but it is a hell of a lot better than losing 800,000 jobs a
largest deficit in the history of the country, 1.4 trillion
much lower today than it was
then. forgot to tell us when bush left
office, after all of the trickle
down economics, after all of the deregulation, the american and
world financial system was on
the verge of collapse. and economists were worried you would stick your credit card
into an atm machine and nothing
would come out. that is the economy obama
inherited, and we should not
have seen in this country is the disappearance of the american
middle class. young people don't know that
because they live in the world
of today. many of us who are older do see the long picture.
what we know today is that
median family income is almost
$5,000 less than it was in 1999.
we know that male workers is
making some $700 less in
inflation-adjusted income than
he was 42 years ago. women are making $1300 less today than they made in 2007. how doesn't happen when you have an explosion of technology that despite all of that people are working longer hours for lower
wages. and my answer is that we are
going to create an economy not
to make the rich richer about to
expand the middle class.
off in a few minutes and it will
be quite a show. i wouldn't do that.
i don't want to embarrass the
other guys here.
discussion it deserves which is
the issue of unemployment. every month the government comes
out with a bunch of statistics
on unemployment. than one -- the one you mostly
see is official unemployment
which is about 5.1%. who knows what is wrong with
where is that an adequate any
guesses? good. it does not count people who
have given up work, looking for
work, and it does not include
the millions of people working
part time when they want to work full-time.
there are a lot of people in
that category. what is called real unemployment in america is over 10%. the second point which we do not talk about at all, and i'm trying to push discussion on it and i'm not getting much help
from the media here. that is use unemployment. about six weeks ago, i asked the
economic policy institute to do
a study for me. it's a kid graduated high school
-- not a dropout -- between the ages of 17 and 20, if that kid is white real unemployment rate is 33%, hispanic 36 send, african-american 51% -- hispanic 36%. for high school graduates all
over this country we have turned
our back on kids who want to
stand up on their own two feet,
get out, get a job, become adults.
we are saying, sorry, there are
no jobs for many of you. that we segue to another issue
of a norma's consequence that we also don't talk enough about. i hope every person in this room knows that we have more people
in jail they on any other country on earth.
did you all know that? china, an authoritarian communist country -- they are
not all that liberal, you know. they are three times our size.
we have more people in jail than
china. what is the correlation between
high youth unemployment and incarceration? we have kids here in new hampshire, vermont, hanging out
on street corners getting
themselves in trouble, doing
drugs, etc. so in my view it makes a lot
more sense for this country to
be investing in education, in jobs, rather than in jails and incarceration.
dollars to keep someone in jail for a year. think of the money we could use to work with them. you will not drop out of school. you are not going to be hanging
out on street corners. we will be saving taxpayers
it's the rational approach.
that's the thinking we have to
go forward with.
together enough income and
health care to take care of their family.
how is that? the answer is fairly obvious.
all across this country, millions of people are working for wages that are just too
download. that's the fact.
-- too damn low. that's the
weeks. it's not enough to take care of
a family let alone one person.
the minimum wage today is a
it has to be raised to a living wage, $15 per hour, over the
next several years.
they should not be living in
poverty. there is another issue tied to raising the minimum wage and
that is that i sincerely hope
that every man in this room will stand with the women and fight for pay equity with women
making $.78 on the one dollar compared to men.
when we raise the minimum wage and when we have pay a quitting, what we will also do is give
some hope -- when we have pay equity, we will give some hope
to single moms were struggling
desperately to raise their kids with dignity.
that's what we have to do. when you see single moms raising
kids and you see how hard they
work, it's quite amazing to me. in new hampshire, you have, for
better or worse, and a lot of politicians and some of them are
republicans. you have heard, no doubt, time after time republican candidates concerns about family values. right?
family values. they stay up nights worrying about family. all of you know what they mean by family values and what they mean is that women in america should not have the right to control their own bodies -- i
27 years. and we believe strongly in
family values and strengthening values.
our views are a little bit
different than the republicans. i start off when i talk about
family values demanding that we end international embarrassment of being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee
paid family and medical leave.
vermont, all over this country women are giving birth. you know what an extraordinary
moment in your lives that is -- unforgettable. it's also a pretty big day for
mom wants to do which is to spend time with her babies, getting to know her baby, love her baby, on her baby.
dad will be there, too and what
is the most important time of a
human being's life. but if that mom does not have
the money. if she is low income or
working-class, what she is
forced to do after one week or
two weeks is put that baby aside
and go back to work in order to
earn enough income to take care
of the family. forcing women to separate from
their newborn babies is not a
world in guaranteeing at least
12 weeks of paid family and
letter word -- j-o-b-s. they know if you are in a worker you could be replaced tomorrow
by a younger worker for half the
wages. they know if you are a college graduate it's really hard to
find a job answer it with your
-- commiserate with your education. they know if you are a dropout it's very hard to find any work
at any wage. when you have real unemployment
in this country of 10%, youth unemployment off the charts, what i think is we need a
massive federal jobs program to
put millions of people back to work.
america, roads, bridges, rail, airports, water plants,
wastewater plants that in many
parts of this country are crumbling.
they need an enormous amount of work.
when you have millions of people
who need work and an
infrastructure that's crumbling, common sense says we invest in
rebuilding our crumbling
infrastructure and create
millions of jobs doing that.
an obviously important. not only should we be creating millions of new, decent paying
jobs, we have got to prevent the loss of millions of jobs as a
result of our disastrous trade policies.
relations with china and will
help lead the opposition to this
who wants to know how we rebuild
the middle class, how we lower property rates, how we put
people to work with decent paying jobs has got to take a
hard look at wall street. wall street, as all of you know, through their greed, their
recklessness, their illegal behavior, jerome this country
into the worst economic downturn since the great depression. millions of people are still
feeling the impact of what wall
here's what's interesting. the congress, against i vote, voted to aol wall street because they were "too big to fail." if they went down, half the
economy would go with them. today three out of four of the
largest financial institutions
in america today are significantly larger than they were when we build them out
because they were too big to
fail. you have the six largest banks
in this country issuing more
than two thirds of all credit card and over 35% of all mortgages. that type of concentration in
wealth and power is not a
positive thing for our economy. if teddy roosevelt, the old
trust buster, was alive today,
he would say break them up. i agree with teddy roosevelt and that's exactly what we've got to
delineate just one issue, but i
will tell you one issue that is
unique in that it impacts every other issue that we face as a nation, so let me be as blunt as
i can be in telling you what i
think most of you already know. as a result of the disastrous supreme court decision in the citizens united case, the
american political system -- and
i use these words advisedly, has been totally corrupted and the
foundations of american democracy are being undermined.
here in new hampshire and my
state of vermont, since the
inception of our states we have
had town meetings and rooms like this. people come together and they
argue about the school budget, the roads, and then they vote. one person, one vote.
that's called democracy where i
come from. what we have now is a result of
this supreme court decision where they said to the
wealthiest people in this country, ok.
you already own much of the
economy of america so now we will allow you to own and by the
united states government and that is precisely what they are
doing now. what that means is that
virtually every presidential candidate has a super pac and the reason they have super pac's is that millionaires and
billionaires can spend unlimited
sums of money on those
campaigns. and then on top of that, you
have the koch brothers, the
second wealthiest family in
america, a family that wants to
and a social security, and
medicare and medicaid, the
environmental protection agency spending in this election cycle alone some $900 million.
that is more money than either
the democratic party or the
republican party will spend. when you have one family
spending more than either of the two major political parties, my friends, you are not looking at
democracy. you are looking at an oligarchy
and that has got to change.
court will get that position unless he or she is hot and clear in saying that they will
overturn citizens united.
-- unless he or she is loud and clear in saying that they will
overturn citizens united area.
hampshire and i know that every
person in this room in new hampshire and throughout this
country is very concerned about
education. we all understand that we live in a highly competitive global
we all know -- it does not take
rocket scientist to figure it out -- that if we do not have the best educated workforce in
the world but it will be very
hard or our economy to grow, be strong, create the kinds of jobs
we want for our kids and
grandchildren. it is beyond comprehension how
we have a situation today where
hundreds of thousands of bright, qualified young people who have
the ability to go to college,
who have the desire to go to college, cannot go to college
for one simple reason -- their
family lacks the money. for those who want to make it in
the middle class become
engineers, scientists, doctors,
teachers. i will fight to make sure that every public college and university in america is tuition
in america it existed but i'm
going to do it for the kids in
this elementary school here in seabrook, new hampshire.
i grew up in a family where my
mom and dad never went to
college. all over america you have kids with low income working class
kids and they don't know anybody
who did go to college. the idea sitting here in the
fifth grade that they might
someday go to college is about
as distant as the idea that they
may go to the moon. what our job is today is to say every child in america with her you are in fourth, eighth, sixth
grade if you study hard, if you
take school seriously, if you do well in school -- yes, you will
be able to go to college regardless of the income of your
country who will now know if
they study hard they will have a
good future. when we talk about higher education, there's another issue
we've got to address and it's
the absurdity of millions of
people in this country, young and not so young, who are
struggling under horrendous
levels of student debt. in my mind it makes no sense for
people to be carrying interest
rates on their student date of 6%, 8%, 10% when they can
refinance their homes at 2%, three percent, 4% and our
legislation will allow them to
student debt who cannot buy a car, buy home, sometimes cannot
get married or have kids.
that's a crazy. we need to leave our planet
habitable and healthy for our
children and grandchildren.
over. climate change is real. climate change is caused by
human activity. climate change today -- look at
the wildfires in california, the
heat wave in pakistan -- climate
change is already causing
devastating problems in our
country and around the world. if we do not get our act together the situation will
become much worse in years to
come. the scientists are saying if we continue business as usual, by
the end of the century, imagine
this, the planet earth will be
5-10 degrees warmer than it is
today. more drought, more floods, more extreme weather disturbances more rising sea levels, more
international war and conflict as people fight for international resources to grow their crops.
in my view, we have a moral responsibility to leave the
world, work with china, russia,
india, all over this globe to move towards energy efficiency
and sustainable and -- sustainable energy.
people to think big, not small.
to not get in the mindset in
which we debate whether we cut
education by 2% or 4%, to get
not into the mindset of whether
we do this little thing were
that little thing, to understand
that in the wealthiest country
in the history of the world if
we stand together there is
nothing that we cannot
accomplish. let me give you one example. the united states of america today is the only major wealthy
country on earth that does not
guarantee health care to all
people as a right. we are the only ones.
of good things. we have significantly increased
the number of people who have
we've just and down the numbers
of uninsured. but at the end of the day, we still have 30 million americans without any health insurance and
many of you who may have insurance have high deductibles
and high copayments. yet at the end of all of that, as a nation, we and up spending far more than any other country per capita on health care.
in my view, the united states of america should guarantee health
care to all of our people as a
right. we can do it in a cost-effective way by moving toward a medicare for all single-payer program.
i'm the ranking member of the
democratic opposition on the
budget committee. i want to take the second the talk about values which is
reflected in the federal budget which then goes to the
appropriations committee. some of you may know, but most
of you do not, the nature of the
republican budget that passed
the congress. at a time when 30 million
americans still have no health insurance they voted to and of
the affordable care act, make
massive cuts in medicaid, throat
27 million people off of health
insurance. they have no response. not one of them.
you will notice in the recent debate nobody talked about the
fact that 30 million americans
have no health insurance. millions more are underinsured. it's not their concern. and then when you talk about the
republican budget at a time when millions of working class
families are struggling to
figure out how they will send
their kids to college,
republican budget over 10 years
cutting health grants by $90
billion. and then, when you talk about the reality that millions of families in this country where the breadwinner is making $10 an
hour cannot afford to feed their family adequately, republican budget cut nutrition programs including the program for low income pregnant women and their babies by many billions of dollars. and then to add insult to injury, to tell you really what
their priorities are of the republican party, after cutting health care, education, nutrition they provided over
$250 billion in tax breaks to the top 0.2%. brothers and sisters, those are
not the priorities of the american people and we will not accept that.
coming before us telling us we
have to cut social security, let
me tell you that i will not cut
social security. we have millions of seniors
trying to survive on $13,000 per year.
in fact, what we are going to do is lift the cap on taxable
income and expand social security benefits -- not cut
racism in this country, but
there is no doubt in my mind that we still have a very, very
long way to go. when i talk about racism, i'm
not just talking about a very
sick person who walks into a charleston, s.c., prayer session
who prays with people in the
room and takes out a gun to kill
line of them because of the color of their skin is different than his. i'm not even talking about the
hundreds of groups in this
country, hate groups, whose whole function and existence is to promote hatred against blacks, gays, immigrants, jews, catholics, anyone who is different than they are.
i'm also talking about the sad truth that for many, many years you have unarmed african americans killed while in police
custody. that is unacceptable and that
has got to change.
country. i was the mayor of burlington
for eight years and i worked
very closely with our police
department and the vast majority of police officers in this country work hard. many of them are underpaid, overworked. many have crazy schedules which
impact their families and they
are trying to do their best
under very difficult circumstances, but like any other public official, when a
police officer breaks the law,
that officer must be held accountable.
have 11 million people in this
country who are undocumented
and, in my view, we should not
be demagogue in this people. we should not be attacking them in a vicious language. we should not be calling them
rapists and criminals when the
vast majority of them are
hard-working. in night view, what we need to
do in this country is moved towards comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship.
dangerous world. turn on the tv and you see
things that make you nauseous. cutting off people's heads, turning children into sexual
horrible, horrible things. i will tell you -- anyone who
says they have a magical
solution to these problems is
not telling you the truth. i heard what george w. bush and dick cheney and donald rumsfeld
had to say about iraq back in 2002. i listened to what they said.
i analyzed to what they said and
i concluded that they were not
telling the truth.
back then about my fears of what
would happen in terms of the
destabilization of that region, a lot of what i said turned out
to be true.
right now, we have another global situation, foreign policy
situation. i believe it's imperative that
i'm ron not get a -- iran not get eight nuclear weapon.
what we've got to do is
everything we can to achieve
that goal without going to war.
but i think a great nation like ours should do everything possible to resolve international conflict without
going to war understanding that war is the last resort not the first resort.
it's probably a topic there as
it is a year. let me conclude by saying this. we are the wealthiest nation in
the world, we are a smart people
and an incredibly hard-working
people. if we do not let some divide us up by whether we are black or
white or hispanic or asian, if
we do not allow them to divide us up into whether we are a man
or woman whether we are gay or
whether we are straight whether we're born in this country are
born somewhere else, when we stand together there is nothing
that we cannot accomplish. everything that i've told you,
this is not utopian, this is stuff that exists in many cases
in other countries around the
what we've got to do to make
these things happen please engage in a political revolution
which says that millions of our friends who don't know who have
given up on the political
process, they have got to get involved they got to start standing up and fighting not
only for themselves but for their kids and their parents.
to spend as much time discussing
the important issues facing our
country as we do worried about
the newington patriots.
i would not ask that of you.
that is too much. but at least let's reach out to our friends and say we are
fighting for the future of this country let stand together and
make this political revolution.
thank you all very much.
senator sanders: thank you. senator sanders: thank you.
excellent question. it's funny.
vermont and new hampshire on issues of civil liberties and privacy, i think we feel very strongly.
stronger than many other parts
of the country. i've honestly heard people say to me i don't care.
i'm not a terrorist what do i
i think that's a pretty sad
statement. i think the privacy rights, the
right to know that you can live
your life read whatever you want to read, that's your business
it's not the government.
by the way it's not just the government it's not corporate
america's business as well.
they have... text more information
know couple of things.
it is clear to everybody or
should be the technology as far outpaced public policy. you know that this little thingamajig here enables somebody to know exactly where i
am at this moment.
that's a fact. between the governments intercepting of your phone calls and logging them and between corporate america knowing everything you buy and maybe
getting into your medical
records in your banking records,
i think we've seen a huge
invasion of civil liberties and
our constitutional rights and
let me just say this to you. number one you are looking at a guy when it was not popular,
this was after 9/11 i voted
against the usa patriot act. and that was not popular. i voted against the reauthorization because i believe -- do i believe the
terrorism of the real threat to
i surely do. there are people who want to
hurt us and we have to do
everything we can to protect our
people, but i happen to believe
we can do that without undermining the constitution of
the united states and the
privacy rights of the american
people. there is an enormous amount of work that has to be done public
policy has not kept up with
technology. technology is exploding every
single day. in my view, the american people
should be allowed to live their lives without the government and
corporate america knowing as much about them as they
currently do.... text the legislative process?
senator sanders: i think it's a
little more complicated than
that to be honest with you. i do believe that technology and
social media and the internet
have radically transformed the nature of american society. from a very personal point of
view, my campaign would not be
doing as well as it is if we
were not communicating with many
millions of people through
i would answer your question in saying i think we've got to expand the ability of the
american people to communicate with their members of congress
and as president i would
certainly do that, but i don't
think that you can just run the
government through the internet.
i'm old-fashioned enough to believe we should be electing
people to represent us.
we have introduced legislation to make voting day a national holiday.
we done that. we have one of the lower board
-- voter turnouts of any major
country on earth. a lot of reasons for it, but
clearly in every way we should try to make it easier for people
to participate in the political
process not harder. you are very kind and your
second question about what we
call voter suppression. it is not questionable it is not
hard to understand why certain states i.e. republican states with republican governors and republican legislatures are in
fact making it harder for people
i will tell you. i run for office, i have to go
out to the people of my state
and tell them what i believe. it has never once occurred to me
to figure out a way to make it
hard for people to vote because they might disagree with me.
that's cowardly. for all those governors and all
those legislatures who are figuring out how you can make it
harder for people to vote if you
don't have the guts to defend
your political ideas get a new
dismaying thing that is going on
in congress right now a congress
which is controlled by a very
right-wing republican party as they prefer to give huge tax
breaks to the very wealthiest
people in this country rather
than invest in education and in
scientific research. if we look at medicine america
where we are today we know that if we don't get a handle and try
to come up with some kind of
effective cure or treatment for alzheimer's were going to be
spending unbelievable sums of
money. we know we are seeing a next
lotion and diabetes and and other illnesses. i think obviously both in terms of trying to save lives prevent
suffering, and by the way let me
throw in another issue maybe not
your issue of another issue mental health issues.
we have a huge mental health
crisis. investing in trying to
understand the causation of
those illnesses and figure out
ways we can treat them is that
human and smart thing to do. and by the way saves us money.
the last point i would make on that i want everybody here to
know that in america we pay by
far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. one out of five americans go to
the doctor of the doctorate
superscription and you can't
afford to fill it.
what sense is that? we've got to demand that we have
legislation. to make sure that the
pharmaceutical industry in this
country stops ripping off the
american people. couple more.... text senator sanders: this is
insanity. i gather the question is working to do about it. everything being equal, you will
leave school deeply in debt and
pay an 8% interest rate and
probably pay 20 to 25% of the
income that you're earning when
you leave school.
it's going to tire hands as to
what you can do in your life and
limit your opportunities. i have talked in my state to a young woman whose crime in life
was that she went to medical school and just our primary care
physician working with low
exactly the kind of doctors that
we need. her death was $300,000. we have a major dental crisis in america.
not enough dentists, not
affordable dentistry. i talked to a young woman in iowa, left dental school
$400,000 in debt. there's a lot that we can do. let me summarize by saying you
should not be paying 8.2%
interest rates. what sense is it if you go out
and get home and you want to
refinance your home you can do
it at two or 3%. why should you be second eight
or 10%? what our legislation does two
things. number one it says to you is go
out and get the lowest interest rate that you can they will be a
hell of a lot lower than 8.2%. you will be frozen. number two the federal
government should not be making
aliens of dollars in profits if
we do those two things, it will substantially lower yours -- total student debt, what you have to pay off.
people say to me burning your to
make public colleges and
universities tuition free and
lower student at, how are you going to pay for that?
it's expensive? we will pay for it by putting
attacks on wall street
speculation. when wall street crashed the
middle class in this country bailed them out.
it's wall street's turn to help
the middle class. last question.... text that?
senator sanders: let me tell you
on the issue of internships, in many ways it is a modern form of explication. and i will be honest with you.
i did not fully appreciate that until a few years ago. someone indicated me on sis you.
here's the story and i think
it's relevant to your western. if a person comes from a family
that has money that person can in turn for nothing make contacts learn what he or she has to learn right and apply for
a job. and they say look i interned here and you get hired. what happens if you don't have a
lot of money?
are you going to be able to do
an internship or zero pay?
you can do that.
what i learned from that. we change our policies in
washington. we have interns in my senate office. those -- most interns in
washington are paid zero.
we now pay them the highest rates in any office for just
that reason. not the 12 bucks an hour is high
on the hall, but at least they can stay alive while getting
their internship experience. let me thank you all for being our here this morning. it's good discussion, we have in
enormous amount of work to do. i think we stand a very good
chance of winning here in new
hampshire with your help. if we do well here in new
hampshire i think we will we're
going to have a path toward victory and we're going to make history and we will make a political revolution wally make
thank you all very much.mr. sanders: thank you. thank you all very much for
inviting me to be with you today
, and thank you all for the work
that you do every single day
making this country a better country for working people, for low-income people, for women,
and for all of those people who
are struggling to make ends meet.
thank you for what you are
doing. and let's be thank our friends from minnesota for hosting this event and for giving us some of the great political leaders of
the last century, including our
great friend, paul wellstone. i understand that there are republicans who proclaim how
much they love america, but at
the same time, how much they
hate the people who work in our government or who are involved in the political process. i disagree. in my view, what you are doing, participating in the political process, trying to make this
country a better country for all
of our people, is the most patriotic thing we can do as americans, and i applaud you
all. when i announced my candidacy for president less than four
months ago, i think it is fair to say that few took that candidacy seriously.
in fact, the word "fringe" was
heard more than once.
but i think it is also fair to say that a lot has changed in
the last few months.
campaign, including of people
and working people who have not been previously involved in the
political process. more than 100,000 americans have
signed up to volunteer on bernie 2016. we have received more individual campaign contributions than any
other presidential campaign. some 400,000. and in this day of superpacs and huge campaign contributions, i
am very proud to tell you that
our average campaign contribution is $31.20. this is a people's campaign. most importantly, i believe that few wuiill that the issues we are running on are generating
and enormous amount of
enthusiasm and that our grassroots campaign, which is
calling for a political revolution, is striking a chord
all over america. my friends, my friends, the
republican party did not win the midterm election in november. we lost that election.
they did not win. we lost, because voter turnout was abysmally embarrassingly low and millions of working people, young people, and people of color gave up on politics as usual, and they stayed home. that is the fact. and let me be as clear as i can
be. in my view, democrats will not retain the white house, will not regain the senate or the u.s. house, will not be successful in
dozens of governors races all
across this country unless we generate excitement and momentum
and produced a huge voter
turnout. with all due respect -- and i do
not mean to insult anyone here
-- that turnout, that enthusiasm will not happen with politics as usual. the same old, same old will not
work. the people of our country understand that given the collapse of the american middle class and given the grotesque level of income and wealth
inequality, we are experiencing, we do not need more establishment politics or establishment economics. what we need is a political movement which is prepared to
take on the billionaire class and create a government which
works for all of us and not just corporate america and a handful
of the wealthiest people in this
country.... text mr. sanders: in other words, we need a movement that takes on
the economic and political establishment, not one which is
part of that establishment. we need a movement -- a movement which tells corporate america
and the wealthiest people in this country that they will start paying their fair share of
taxes. that we will end the vicinity
of living in the country when
the top .1% owns as much as the bottom 90%.
that is not the kind of economy
we want. we need a movement which tells
wall street that when a bank is
too big to fail, that bank is
too big to exist and we are
going to break them up. we need a financial system that works with small-and medium-sized businesses, not an island of itself only concerned about the profits of a few. we need a movement which works with our trade unions and ends
our disastrous trade policies,
which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs. and that includes defeating the tpp. corporate america has got to
start investing in our country,
not just countries all over the world. we need a movement which says that every worker in this country deserves a living wage, that understands that the
current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and we
will raise that minimum wage over a period of years to 15 bucks an hour. that we are going to end the
disgrace of women making $.78 on
the dollar compared to men. we are going to have pay equity for women workers. and we are going to end the
international embarrassment of
being the only, only major
country on earth that does not
provide at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. we need a movement that says
that when real unemployment, including those who have given
up looking for work and those
who are working part-time, is over 10%, when black youth unemployment is over 50%, that
we need a massive federal jobs
program to rebuild our public
infrastructure. our roads, our bridges, our water systems, our wastewater plants, our airports, our rails
are falling further and further
behind other countries.
we can create millions of jobs rebuilding our infrastructure, and i intend to do that. we need a political grassroots movement which tells the koch
brothers and the billionaire class that they will not be able
to continue to buy candidates and elections and that we will
that i have made, and that is
that no nominee of mind to the
u.s. supreme court will have his
or her name go to the senate unless that candidate is loud and clear in saying that one of
the first orders of business for
that candidate will be to rehear and overturn citizens united.
where all americans who want to
run for office are able to do so, we need to move toward
public funding of elections. and, by the way, together we are going to end this cowardly voter
suppression that republican governors are imposing on people
all across america. if a politician is too cowardly
to face the voters, if a
politician needs to think that
he must suppress the vote in
order to win, that politician
should get another job. we need a movement that understands that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and that we are going
to lead the world in
transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. and, brothers and sisters, that means defeating the keystone pipeline. we need a movement that says in
a highly competitive global economy that all of our people who have the ability and the qualifications will be able to
get a college education
regardless of the income of their family. and that is why i have
introduced legislation that does two things. first, it makes every public
college and university in
america tuition free. secondly, it substantially lowers student rates -- lowers
interest rates on student that. and we pay for that by imposing
a wall street speculation tax.... text bernie!
mr. sanders: when wall street
collapses because of this greed and illegal behavior, the
american people bails them out.
now it is their turn to help the
middle class of their country. jwe need a political movement
which will end for all
institutional racism in our country and reform a very, very broken criminal justice system. we must not accept more deaths of on armed blacks like michael
brown, walter scott, and too
many to name, too many to name.
we must not continue being the
country in the world with more
people in jail than any other. and the people in jail are disproportionately people of color. we must become the country in the world which invests in job
and education, not jails and
incarceration. and when we talk of bringing our
country together, we cannot
forget that there are now 11
million people here who are
undocumented. we must provide legal protections for them.
we must pass comprehensive
and we must provide a path for
citizenship. and we must be clear that the racist and un-american idea that we are going to somehow round up
millions of people in the dead
of the night is not what this
country is about and it is not
going to happen. you are looking at a former congressman who did not believe
george w. bush, dick cheney, and don rumsfeld, and voted against the war in iraq. a war which turned out to be one
of the worst foreign-policy plunders in the modern history of this country. and you are looking at a senator
who will stand with president obama in preventing iran from
getting a nuclear weapon, but
will do it in a way that
prevents war. let me conclude by saying this
one of the demands of my campaign is that we as a people think big, not small, not accept this right-wing ideology and world view.
it is not a question of cutting education by 2% or 4%. we can, if we do not allow them to divide ourselves by race or gender, whether we are gay or
straight or born in america were
born someplace else, if we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. we can live in a country where health care is a right for all
people, not a privilege. we can live in a country where
when mom and dad go to work, they know their kids have the
best-quality child care in the world. we can live in a country where seniors retire in dignity and security and not be forced to
choose between their medicine
and their food. and that is why i am helping to
lead the effort in the senate, not only to oppose the
privatization of social security
or cuts in social security, but
to expand social security benefits. we can live in a nation where our veterans, of men and women
who put their lives on the line to defend us, get the
quality health care and benefits
they have earned and the respect
that they are due. brothers and sisters, we can
live in a nation where everyone,
no matter their race, their religion, their disability, or
their sexual orientation, realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as americans.
this is the country we can build
it is the country we must build.
and if we stand together, that
is the country we will biuild. thank you very much.
mr. sanders: how does it happen
that there are minority
communities all over this
country where unemployment is
skyhigh? where education is failing the kids? where health care is not acceptable, and were too many of
our young men and women instead of getting great jobs, are ending up in jail. together, we're going to change the national priorities of this country.senator sanders: same question.
guys, i have to tell you this in
all due respect. it's not what the american people want to hear.
the american people are working
50, 60 hours a week.
their wages are going down. their kids will have the lowest
standard of living than they
i don't want to get into these personal characterizations.
let me repeat again, i mean this from the bottom of my heart. i have known secretary clinton for 25 years. this is a distinguished woman
who has worked for many, many
i like secretary clinton.
we have differences of opinion
on important issues. and those are the kinds of -- kind of campaign that i will wage.
dealing with the issues that
impact the american people. not making characterizations
about my opponent.... text senator sanders: i have been to
many small towns in the state of
your point is well taken. we understand that.
we have some fairly
sophisticated people who know about the process here in iowa. we understand if we get all our
votes in certain communities it
is not going to do for us what has to be done.
we are working hard all over the state of iowa.
i think that work will pay off.
maybe one or two more questions.... text senator sanders: obama in 2008
ran a campaign which is really
going to stay in the history books.
it was unbelievable campaign.
they ran out of ballots. the turnout was so extraordinary nobody expected it. do i think in this campaign that we are going to match that?
i would love to see us do that.
i hope we k frankly i don't
think we can. what obama did in 2008 was extraordinary.
what we are doing, remember we
started our ground game here and organization in iowa a lot later than secretary clinton did. she was here in 2008.
has an experience that we did
not v she's done this once before.
she has a very strong organization.
and i applaud her for that. but i will tell you that in the last couple of months we have gained a whole lot of ground.
and again, i think we stand a real chance to create a large voter turnout. i doubt it will be as high as 2008.
wish it was. i don't think it will be. i think it will be high enough
for us to win here in iowa. thank you-all very much. we are running late.
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senator sanders is blocking
president obama's nominee... textsenator sanders: thank you.
a lot of people here. thank you. you know, 3.5 months ago, we just began to campaign and everybody says that this
campaign was a joke. who believes that the american
people are prepared to take on the economic and political establishment of america?
tell them is the american people say enough is enough. this country belongs to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.
security. together, we are not going to
let them do that. when we have seniors in this country trying to get by on the
12th $13,000 a year. disabled people unable to put
enough food on the table.
no, we will not cut social security, we will expand social
on taxable income.
in america today, what do we see
is the disappearance of the great middle-class. we see millions of our brothers and sisters in iowa, vermont, all over this country, working longer hours for lower wages. people are working to, three
jobs in order to put food on the table. meanwhile, almost all of the new income come all of the new
wealth is going to the top 1%. that is going to change. we need an economy that works for working people, not a
handful of billionaires. let me tell you something about this campaign finance system
that we have today. it is a corrupt system. citizens united will go down in history as one of the worst decisions ever made by a supreme court. let me repeat a promise i have made two other crowds, and that is, no nominee of mine through
the supreme court will get that position unless he or she pledges to make certain that
citizens united is overturned. and when we tried to understand why it is that so many of our
family members, friends, neighbors are working at -- are working to or three jobs in
order to cobble together an
income and some health care, the
answer is that wages in our country for many people are much, much too low. and that is why we have got to
recognize that a seven dollar and 25 minimum wage is a starvation wage. we have to move to a living wage, $15 an hour. what we understand also is that when we lived in a competitive global economy, we need the best
educated workforce possible. it makes no sense to me that we
have hundreds of thousands of bright, qualified young people who want to get a higher education and are unable to do so because their family lacks
the income. that is wrong. and that is why i have introduced legislation and will fight for, as president of united states, to make sure that every public college and
university in america is tuition-free. and we have also got to deal with the disgrace of
outrageously high student debt. there are millions of americans, young and not so young, who are paying 7%, 8%, 10% on there's you didn't debt.
-- on there's student debt -- their student debt. if you can refinance a home
today, you should not be paying
10% on your student debt. the government should also not
be profiteering on student debt
held by working-class families. and when we talk about raising
the minimum wage to a living wage, we have also got to talk
about pay equity for women
workers. women cannot continue to earn
$.78 on the dollar compared to men workers. many of my republican colleagues talk about family values. their values are that a woman
should not have the right to
control her own body. i disagree. their values are that our gay
brothers and sisters should not
be able to get married or enjoy all of the benefits of american
citizenship. i disagree. but my family values, and i have been married 27 years, i have
four kids and seven
grandchildren, my family values
are that the united states has got to end the international
embarrassment of being the only
major country on earth that does
not guarantee paid family and
medical leave. when a woman has a baby in this country, regardless of her income, she should be able to
spend three months with that
baby getting to know that baby,
love that baby, that's a family
value. and when we talk about american
values, when we talk about where
we want to go as a country, i
want to end the absurdity of the
united states being the only
major country on earth that does
not guarantee health care to all
people as a right. that is why i strongly support a medicare for all single-payer programs. and when we talk about our responsibilities as adults, as parents, as citizens of this earth, we have a moral responsibility to make certain
that we leave this planet in a way that is habitable for our
kids and our grandchildren. the debate is over. climate change is real, climate change is caused by human activities, climate change is already causing devastating problems in our country and
around the world. what the united states must do
and i will do as president, is
lead the world, working with other countries to transform our energy system. there is donald trump.
care to every man, woman, and
child as a right of citizenship. it makes no sense to me that
despite the gains of the
affordable care act, we continue to have 35 million people uninsured and many of you are underinsured, right? high deductibles, high
copayments. and yet, after all of that, we end up spending almost twice as
much per capita on health care as do the people of any other
country. that is wrong, that has got to
change. let me close on one issue that i know a lot of people are
the truth is, that in america,
we have made real progress in terms of fighting racism over the years. i want to thank the people of
iowa for their courage in voting for obama in 2008. and what you showed is that a
state which is mostly white
could go beyond the color of a candidate's skin and vote for
somebody based on their
character and their ideas.
thank you, iowa. but anyone who reads the papers,
anyone who looks at tv, understands that we still have a
long way to go.
anyone who has seen the fate of sandra bland or samuel debose understands that it is unacceptable that african-americans can get taken
out of their cars, thrown to the ground, assaulted, and thrown
into jail and died three days
later. that is not what this country is
supposed to be about. so you are looking at a candidate who, if elected
president, will do everything
that he can to end racism and institutional racism in this
country and bring about major
criminal justice reform. i was a mayor for eight years,
and i worked with law enforcement and the truth is, most cops are good. very difficult job, they do the
right thing. it's a very hard job. but when a police officer or any
other public official breaks the law, that officer must be held
accountable. today in america, we have more
people in jail than any other country on earth, including
china. we have a disproportionate number of people in jail who are black or hispanic. so we have a lot of work to do. number one, i will end this absurdity of having private
corporations making billions out of jails. we are going to end this minimum sentencing by which to many people have criminal records.
-- too -- too many people have
criminal records. and when people go to jail, i
want to make sure there is a
pathway for them out of jail. if people leave jail without
money, jobs, education, housing,
mental health issues being dealt
with, the likelihood is they are
going to end up back in jail and
that is pretty crazy.
what i want to see, is i want to
see us invest heavily in jobs and education, not jail and incarceration. let me just conclude by telling
you one thing that no other
candidate will tell you. that is, i need your help obviously to win here in iowa
and i appreciate the support of
so many people. but, if we are going to transform america, if we are
going to have a government that
represents working families and
not large campaign voters, we
need a political revolution in
this country. we need millions of people to stand up and make it clear to
the billionaire class, they
cannot have it all. they are going to start paying
their fair share of taxes. they are not going to continue
to ship out jobs to china and
elsewhere. but to make all of that happen,
we need a strong, grassroots political movement from vermont to california and significantly
here in iowa. so i welcome and urge all of you
to join me in helping to make a political revolution which transforms america, which
creates a government that works
for all of us and not just a
thank you all very much.mr. sanders: thank you, wilmington.
and let me thank rosemary dawson.
-- roasario dawson.
part of her life to making sure
we end racism, that we end all
forms of discrimination and does country -- forms of
discrimination in this country.
she stood up and fought for
people who often don't have a
voice. i thank rosario for all she
has done on this campaign.
let me begin by quoting the words of a guy that many of you know of and some of you know
personally and that is the vice president of the united states.
sanders and hillary clinton but not between their campaign
styles. he will take mr. sanders aspirational approach over mrs.
clinton's caution any day.
he says i like the idea of
saying we can do much more because we can. then he says i don't think any democrat has ever one saying "we can't think that big, we should really downsize here because it's not realistic," he said in a mocking tone. i'm not part of the party who
says "well, we can't do it."
it is asking the hard questions of why not. why not? if we were a poor country and
there are many all over the world, and someone said we
should have a great educational system for all of our kids, we should have health care for all of our people, a great
infrastructure. if people ways those questions
in a poor nation, people would say that's a great idea but we
are poor, we can't do that. but let me be clear, you are
living today not in a poor
you are living in the wealthiest
country of the history of the
world. so we have a right to ask and a
right to demand that this
country and our government work for all of us in not just the
1%. we have already won 15 states in
this nominating process. and with your help on it, we're
going to win in delaware. we started this campaign as 3%
in the polls, 60 points behind secretary clinton. and last week or two, there are national polls with us in the
confounded the x words. we are in this campaign to win and with your help, we will do that.
people is to think outside of
the box, outside of the status
quo. don't accept what the media
tells you in terms of the
options we have. we can think much bigger, we can create the kind of nation we
know the united states can become.
we will get small results.
american politics, we are
telling the truth.
want to hear but whether it is
in our own personal lives or our political life, we have to confront the reality, not sweep
it under the rug, if we want to
go forward effectively. so what are the truths that many
would prefer to sweep under the
road? issue number 1 -- the former
chairman of the u.s. senate
committee on veterans affairs --
i have spoken to veterans from
way back when, people who put their lives on the line to defend our way of life and let
me be very clear in telling you
i worry very much today about the future of american democracy. i worry about a citizens united
supreme court decision that allows billionaires to buy
elections. democracy is not a complicated concept. it was one person, one vote, not people with extraordinary wealth
disaster is citizens united supreme court decision. when a handful of billionaires like the koch brothers and a few
of their friends are prepared to spend $900 million in this campaign cycle, that is not
democracy, that is oligarchy and
we will not allow that to
proceed. i want this country to have a vibrant democracy, i want us to
have one of the highest voter turnout rates in the world, not
one of the lowest. i want the people in this room in this state in this country
who want to be involved in the
political process, i want you to be able to run for office without begging wealthy... textmr. sanders: thank you, mr. president.
mr. president, i am delighted
that pope francis will be
addressing a joint session of congress on thursday. the pope has played, in my view,
an extraordinary role since he assumed his position in speaking
out with courage and brilliance
about some of the most important issues facing our world.
from the moment he was elected, he immediately let it be known
that he would be a different
kind of pope, a different kind of religious leader. in choosing his papal name,
francis, he said, i quote
francis of assisi, for me, he is
the man of poverty, a man of
peace, a man who loves and
protects creation, end of quote.
what i wanted to do,
mr. president, in a short period of time, is just read some of
the very profound and important
statements that pope francis has
made over the last several
years. they are incisive, they are courageous, and they speak to a world in trouble that needs the
kind of leadership that he is providing. let me just quote from a number
of the statements that he has made.
quote -- "while the income of a
minority is increasing exponentially, that of the
majority is crumbling. this imbalance results from
ideologies which uphold the
absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and thus deny the right of control to
states, which are themselves
charged with providing for the
end of quote.
now, obviously, he is not just
talking about the united states.
he's talking about the global
economy. but certainly in our country
when he talks about the income of a minority increasing
exponentially and that of the majority crumbling, he is, of
course, right. what we have right now in our country is the top .1% owning almost as much wealth as the
bottom 90%. we have about 58% of all new income being created now going to the top 1%.
in the last several years, we have seen the 14 wealthiest people in america increase their wealth by $156 billion, and that
increase in wealth is more
wealth than is owned by the bottom 40% of the american people.
but as the pope points out, this is not by any means just an american issue.
this is a global issue, and we are moving toward a period where
very shortly the top 1% of the
planet, people on our planet
will own more wealth than the bottom 99%.
to me, this is immoral, this is
wrong, this is unsustainable,
and i am glad that the pope has raised that issue.
and he talks about another issue which is even more profound.
one thing to talk about, income in wealth and equality.
here he talks about poverty.
but here he says, and i quote --
"we have created new idols.
the worship of the golden calf
of old has found a new and
heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an
economy which is faceless and
lacking any truly humane goal." end of quote.
the worship of the golden calf
of old has found a new and
heartless image in the cult of
what does that mean?
well, i take it to mean that we
are living in a society which
turns its back on people who work hard, decent people, people who are good parents but yet we worship those people who for whatever reason sometimes honestly and with creativity,
sometimes dishonestly and
illegally, but who have become
millionaires and billionaires.
those are the people that we
and the more money that they
make, the more they get worshiped.
and i think the pope is right in
saying that that is not
something that we should be doing.
and then in another statement,
which is certainly relevant for a lot of the discussions we have
here on the floor of the senate, he says, and i quote -- "in this
context, some people continue to defend trickledown theories
which assume that economic
growth encouraged by a free
market will inevitably succeed
in bringing about greater
justice and inclusiveness in the world.
this opinion, which has never
been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive
trust in the goodness of those
wielding economic power and in the sacrilized workings of the
prevailing economic system, and
what is he talking about?
well, he is talking about a lot
of what has gone on here in this
country for many, many decades. there is a theory which the pope is right in saying has never been confirmed by the facts. quite the contrary, that if we
give huge tax breaks to billionaires and large
corporations, somehow that money
will trickle down to the middle
class and working class. well, that theory has not proved
to be true.
under trickledown economics, the
rich get richer and virtually
everybody else gets poorer, and
i think the pope is quite right
in making that point.
let me quote briefly another quote from the pope. this is what he says, and i
quote -- "man is not in charge
today. money is in charge.
money rules." end of quote.
money rules. well, five years ago, the united
states supreme court by a 5-4 decision passed a -- the disastrous citizens united
decision, which basically said
to the wealthiest people in this
country, well, you already own much of the economy. now we're going to give you the
opportunity to buy the united
states government, and that is exactly what they are now
attempting to do. money rules. you have one family, the koch
brothers, who will spend
$900 million in this election cycle to elect candidates who
will protect the wealthy and the
powerful. that is more money that will be
spent by either the democratic or the republican party.
when you have one family
spending more money than either
of the two major political
parties, i think it is an
example of what the pope is
talking about when he says money rules.
money does rule, and that is
why, in my view, we have got to
overturn citizens united and in
fact move to public funding of
elections so the wealthy and the powerful will not be able to buy elections.
then he says something very interesting about the media, and this is what he says -- and i quote -- "these things become the norm, that some homeless
people die of cold on the
streets is not news. in contrast, a ten-point drop on
the stock markets of some cities
is a tragedy."
end of quote.
well, what is news? is he right?
we talk about the stock market going up, the stock market going up; it is big news.
45 million americans living in
poverty, gee, i don't hear much
discussion about that. thousands of people dying every
single year because they don't
have health insurance and can't
get to a doctor when they need, that ain't big news.
not big news at all.
so i think it is an interesting
point about what constitutes
news, and i think the pope makes
a very good point in that
let me give you another quote. quote -- "it is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet
millions of people are still
suffering and dying of
starvation. this, dear friends, is truly
end of quote.
so what the pope is talking about, i think, is that a world where we have enormous productive capability -- industrial, agricultural -- yet,
we have a situation where
children die of diseases which are preventable, all over the
world, where people go hungry
all over the world.
and yet, as he says, our current
levels of production are sufficient.
we are producing enough to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide what people need.
and yet, we have an economy which works day after day to
make billionaires richer and
turns its back on desperate
people all over the world. let me just end on this note.
today everything comes under the laws of competition and the
survival of the fittest.
where the powerful feed upon the powerless. as a consequence, masses of
people find themselves excluded and marginalized without work,
without possibilities, without
any means of escape."
end of quote.
this is certainly true in the
it is certainly truer all over the world.
we are living in a world of the
survival of the fittest. if you are poor, if you are
unemployed, if you are hungry, government turns its back on
but if you are rich and if you are powerful and if you can make campaign contributions of hundreds of millions of dollars,
we love you, we welcome you, we
need you more and more.
so i think during this week
where we welcome the pope to washington, d.c., i would hope
that some of my colleagues would
examine the very profound lessons that he is teaching
people all over this world.
with that, mr. president, i
yield the floor.... textmr. mr. sanders: i ask that the
quorum call be vitiated. objection.
mr. sanders: madam president,
one of the great moral issues of
our time is the global crisis of
climate change. and let me be very clear about
climate change is not a
democratic issue or a progressive issue.
it's not a republican issue or a
what it is, is an issue that has
everything to do with physics. it's an issue of physics.
and what we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the debate is over and that is that the vast majority of the scientists who
have studied the issue are quite clear.
and what they tell us over and
over again is that climate change is real, climate change
is caused by human activity, and
climate change is already causing devastating problems throughout our country and, in
fact, throughout the world.
and what the scientists also
tell us is that we have a
relatively short window of opportunity to bring about the
fundamental changes that we need
in our global energy system to
transform our energy system from
fossil fuel to energy efficiency
and sustainable energy.
we have a limited window of opportunity, and what the
scientists are telling us very
clearly is if we do not seize that opportunity, if we do not lead the world working with
china, russia, india and other countries in transforming the
global energy system, the planet
that we leave to our children and our grandchildren will be significantly less habitable
than the planet we enjoy. and my nature my nightmare is that 20, 30,
40 years from now, our kids and
our grandchildren will look
members of the u.s. senate in the eye, u.s. house in the eye
and they will say, "the scientists told you what would happen and you did nothing.
why did you not react? how hard was it to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and
transform our energy system away
from coal and oil into energy efficiency and wind, solar,
geothermal and other sustainable energies?"
pope francis recently made what i thought to be a very profound statement in that he said that
our planet is on a suicidal direction. suicidal direction in terms of
what a frightening and horrible thought.
how irresponsible can we be to ignore what the entire
scientific community is saying?
and i know that there are many
of my colleagues who refuse to acknowledge the reality, and let me just simply say this, as
perhaps the most progressive
member of the united states.
i have differences with my
republican colleagues on
virtually every issue. 6that goes without saying.
but there is something very different, madam president, about this issue and that is i
have been in hearings with my republican colleagues where
heard doctors and scientists
talk about cancer, about alzheimer's, about diabetes,
about all kinds of illnesses and, yeah, i may disagree with
my republican colleagues about
how we go forward, how much we should fund into the n.i.h., but i've never heard my republican
colleagues attack doctors or researchers or scientists for
their views on cancer research or alzheimer's research. as i do, they respect that research.
but somehow or another, when it
comes to the issue of climate change, at best what we're
seeing republicans do -- many
republicans, most republicans -- is ignore the issue or claim
that they're not scientists or,
at worst, attack those
scientists who are doing the research. now, why is that?
why is that?
why is it that my republican
colleagues accept the research on cancer, on alzheimer's, on
all kinds of illnesses, they
respect scientists who are
working in all kinds of areas.
but somehow or another when it
comes to the issue of climate change, my republican friends are in denial.
and what i will say,
madam president is this has nothing to do with science and
it has sadly and tragically everything to do with our corrupt campaign finance laws
which allow large corporations and billionaires to contribute as much money as they want into
the political process.
and the reality is, in my view,
that any republican -- and i
happen to believe that many republicans understand the truth about climate change.
but i also believe that any republican who stood up and
said, "you know what, i just talked to some scientists or i
just read some of the
literature. and do you know what? this climate change is reecialg it'sis real,it's dangerous, we've got to do
something about it." i believe on that day, when that
republican stands up, the money will stop flowing from the
fossil fuel industry, from the
koch brothers and there will be
a strong likelihood that that republican would be primaried in their next election.
according to the center for responsive politics,
madam president, at the national level, where companies have to
report what they spend on
lobbying and campaign contributions, the oil
companies, coal companies and
electric utilities spent a staggering $2.2 billion in
federal lobbying since 2009 and another $330 million in federal
that's just at the federal level level. over $2.5 billion in lobbying
and campaign contributions in
just six years.
even in washington, d.c. that is
a lot of money and that's just
the money we know about.
and that is not all of it.
that's not the end of it.
as a result of the disastrous citizens united supreme court
decision, which allowed
corporations and billionaires to
spend unlimited sums of money,
we know that the koch brothers, who make most of their money in
the fossil fuel industry, and a
handful of their friends will be
spending some $900 million --
$900 million -- from one family
and a few of their friends in the 2016 election cycle. and clearly one of the reasons
that they are investing so much in that -- this election cycle
is because they intend to
continue doing everything that they can to make sure that congress does not go forward to
protect our kids and our
grandchildren against the
ravages of climate change.
further, according to an eight-month investigation by
journalists an "inside?
"inside climate news," exon -- now exxonmobil -- may have
conducted extensive research on
climate change as early as 1997,
leading top exxon scientists to conclude both that climate
change is real and that it was
caused in part by the carbon pollution resulting from the use of exxon's petroleum-based products. in addition, the purported
internal business memoranda accompanying the reporting asserted that exxon's climate science program was launched in response to a perceived existential threat to its business model.
in other words, the scientists
at exxonmobil -- who are
scientists -- discovered the
truth and, upon hearing the truth, what exxonmobil did was
to pour millions of dollars into organizations whose main function was to deny the reality
of climate change. madam president, the efforts to transform our energy system are
taking place not only here in
washington, the nation's capital, but at the state and
local level as well.
in states like arizona and florida, roadblocks are being put up to stop people from
gaining access to renewable energy sources like wind and
especially rooftop solar. in states likes like arizona and
florida, many of our southern
states with huge solar exposure,
there is huge potential for solar, and yet now you are seeing politicians, at the
behest of the fossil fuel
industry, put roadblock after
roadblock to make it harder for
people to move to solar or to wind.
madam president, i have heard a
lot of the arguments from the fossil fuel industry as to why
we should not transform our
energy system, and many of those
arguments are repeated here on the floor by some of my
colleagues. but here is the... textsanders: mr. president? thesenator bernie sanders: i am
bernie sanders, and i approved
this message. senator. sanders: thank you. whoah, thank you. thank you very much. let me, let me begin by thanking the great new hampshire democratic party, for all that they do for working families in
this state. let me thank ray buckley for the great job that he does. and let me say a word to every person in this room, regardless
of who you are supporting in
this nomination process. i want to congratulate all people here for doing what is a
difficult thing to do. that is, to spend considerable
amount of time and energy trying to make this country a better place in which to live and work. thank you all.
campaign quite far behind. with your help, we have made
great progress. and i appreciate all that you
workers of america. united nurses, the american
postal workers union.
for their support. democracy for america, and many other grassroots organizations. our campaign has had a great
deal of energy and enthusiasm, and i think -- i think the
reasons are pretty obvious. we are talking about the issues
that working families and the middle class are concerned about.
we are talking about ending a
corrupt campaign finance system.
not about wall street and billionaires buying elections. american democracy is about one person, one vote.
that is what new england is
if elected president, no nominee
of mine to the supreme court
will get that position unless he
or she is very clear. they will vote to overturn citizens united.looking and murray
for their work on about 3:00.
i'll have more to report hopefully after the senator from
vermont makes his remarks. thank you.
the presiding officer: the
senator from vermont. mr. sanders: mr. president,
one of the amendments that will be offered is an amendment that i have introduced regarding a
major crisis in this country
that we just don't talk about
enough, and that is the
frighteningly high rate of youth
unemployment in america. mr. president, i am delighted
that the elementary and secondary education act is on
the floor for debate today, and
i want to thank senator
alexander and senator murray for
their hard and constructive work
on this important legislation. ii can tell you that in my state of vermont we have held town
meetings on the one hand no
child left behind, -- and on no child left behind, and the people of vermont want to leave no child left behind behind. if we go forward on this legislation, i think we will be
taking a very important step forward for the children of america.
but, mr. president, when we talk
about the needs of our young
people, it is not just a a
dysfunctional child care system
that we talk about and the need
to make sure that working families all over this country have good-quality, affordable child care; it is not simply
that college is increasingly unaffordable for millions of working-class families; it is
not just that the united states
of america tragically and
embarrassingly has the highest
rate, by far, of childhood
poverty of any major
industrialized country on earth
we talk about the future.
we talk about family values.
but the truth of the matter is that we have significant significantly ignored the needs of our children, and that is not what a
great nation does, not a nation that looks forward to the
mr. president, this country has got to come to grips with the
reality that we have not a high rate of youth unemployment but a
tragically high rate of youth
unemployment in this country. this is an issue that we don't
discuss. it is literally swept under the rug.
we have got to bring it out in
we've got to discuss it, and we
have got to address this issue.
mr. president, last month the economic policy institute
released a new study about the
level of youth unemployment in this country. this study took a close look at census data on unemployment
among young people between 17 and 20 who are jobless, those
who are working part-time when
they need a full-time job, and
those who have given up looking for work altogether.
the results of this study should concern everybody in our country
and every member of the united
states congress. and, by the way, i have
mentioned these facts in the past.
who seems to check
every statement that i make, check ited it out and said, these facts are basically accurate. here's what the economic policy
from april of 2014 to march of 2015, the average real unemployment rate for young
white high school graduates
between the ages of 17 and 20 was 33.8%.
high school graduates, high school dropouts, white --, 17 to 20, 33.8%.
the jobless figures for hispanic
kids in the same age group was 36.1%. and incredibleably, the average
real unemployment rate for
african-american high school graduates was 51.3%.
high school graduates or
dropouts between the age of 17 and 20, african-american, over
50% unemployed or underemployed. mr. president, today in america
over 5.5 million young people have either dropped out of high
school or have graduated high
school and do not have jobs.
it is no great secret -- not to
any parent, not to any member of
the senate -- that when kids are
not in school, when kids have no jobs, that is when kids get into
trouble, when they get into
drugs, when they get into
self-destructive activity. and the results of kids not
being in school, kids not having jobs is that tragically today we
in this country have more people in jail than any other country
on earth, including china, a communist authortarian quun with
a -- authoritarian country with a population four fipples times our size.
we have more people in jail than
china does. incredibly, over 3% of our country's population is under some form of correctional
control. according to the naacp, from 1980 to 2012, the number of
people incarcerated in america quadrupled -- quadrupled -- from roughly 500,000 to 2.2 million people.
a january 2014 study published in the journal "crime and
delinquency" found that almost
half of black males in the
united states are arrested by
the age of 23.
that is an unbelievable
statistic and a tragic
and if this current trend continues, one in four black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime. what a tragedy this is. we cannot ignore it. we have got to deal with this reality.
but this crisis is not just a destruction of human life and of
potential, it is also very, very costly to the taxpayers of our country.
in america we now spend nearly
$200 billion on public safety, including $70 billion on correctional facilities, each
and every year.
mr. president, it is beyond
comprehension that we as a
nation have not focused
attention on the fact that
millions of young people are
unable to find work and begin
their careers in a productive
economy. that's what young people want to
do. they want to get out, they want
to get a job, they want to earn
some money, they want to become
independent from their parents,
they want to become a crier -- a
but for millions of these young
people, that is not taking place
today. and let me be as clear as i can
be, and that is, it makes a lot
more sense for us to invest in jobs and education than more and
more incarceration and more and
more jails. the time is long overdue for us to
start investing in our young people, to help them get the
jobs that they need, to help
them get the education that they need.
this is not only saving human
life, it is saving dollars.
it is a very expensive
proposition to put people into
jail. and many of the people who go to
jail come out of jail, they go
back to jail.
they don't get jobs, they don't
pay taxes. the their lives are destroyed.
their families are destroyed,
and it is high time we
understood that. we've got to invest in jobs.
we've got to invest in education education, not more jails, not more incarceration.
mr. president, i have offered an
amendment which will be voted
upon either today or tomorrow
which is pretty simple and pretty straightforward.
it stays to us, now is the time
to keep kids out of jail, to get
them jobs, to get them education. this amendment would simply provide $5.5 million in immediate funding to states and
cities throughout the country to
create one million jobs for
young americans between the ages
of 16 and 24.
this amendment would also provide job opportunities for
hundreds of thousands of young
adults. the frankly, this amendment doesn't go far enough. but it is an important start in
trying to save the lives of
countless numbers of young people who, if we do not address
their needs, are going to end up in jail with destroyed lives. specifically, under this
amendment, the u.s. department
of labor would provide $4 billion in grants to states and local governments to provide
summer and year-round employment opportunities for economically
disadvantaged youth with direct links to academic and
this amendment would also make sure that young americans have
access to transportation and
child care services they may need in order to participate in job opportunities all over this country.
this amendment would also provide $1.5 billion in
competitive grants to local areas to provide work-based job
training to low- and moderate-income youth and disadvantaged young adults.
mr. president, i would hope very
much that we could have
bipartisan support for this amendment. because what we are talking
about is not just saving countless numbers of lives, not just saving taxpayers
substantial sums of money;
because it is much more cost-effective to invest in kids
so they have productive lives rather than seeing them go into
jail and into jail and into jail and see their families being destroyed.
high time we addressed this
issue. this amendment is an important
first step, and i look forward to seeing bipartisan support for
it.... textmr. sanders:mr. sanders: i thank the
gentleman. if you could extend that up to
20 minutes, that would be great. mr. mr. sanders: mr. president, i
would ask that the quorum