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more. in the meantime, i look at ads running in the state >> i believe our children and gra grandchildren will be the most prosperous. i believe they will say we lived in uncertain times but like generations before us we rose up and confronted the challenge and because we did our children inherited the single greatest nation. >> especially if you are a non-politician which i am proud to say i am a non-politician. the journey has been interesting
i have met so many great people that want to be part of government and do wonderful things for our country. america has been great to me and i want to be great to america. i want to do something that will put us back on the right course and make america great again. >> i am not, and i will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization amnesty. >> marco rubio was a gang of the eight trying to secure amnesty. you are giving legal status to people who have broken the law. it was marco rubio who was a member of the gang of eight. ted cruz wasn't. >> i am ted cruz and i approve this message. >> i think you might want to say hello to somebody.
>> hello! >> he is honest, dependable, loyal, relatively funny. he does not brag like some people we know. who -- >> who are you talking about? >> i cannot remember. he has the same values that american seems to have lost. american needs him. >> what do you list marco rubio's top accomplishment? >> he won a
tough election in florida. >> can you name his top accomplishment? >> someone who has tremendous potential and gifts. it is hard to say they are accomplishments. >> if you could name one thing? >> republicans have been in majority for one year and one month and you know he was running for president primarily. >> just one that marco achieved.
maybe a bill he wrote? >> jeb bush ran florida, donald trump built a company, marco rubio finished a sentence. >> all i'm asking is a simple question. list one accomplishment that mark rubio achieved in the four years in the senate. >> i don't think that is a fair question because there is not a lot. >> i am chris christie and i approve this message. >> politics has become
nasty and it doesn't have to be that way. my record is cutting taxes, balanced budgets, created jobs and rejected obamacare. we can stay no to the status quo and no to fighting and loosing. let's make this election about something bigger than ourselves. new hampshire, let's change the world. join the fight with me and win. i am john kasich and i approve
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jeb bush? he spent millions praising himself and his campaign tanked. then jeb spent millions more tearing down republicans and he fell even further? jeb bush's ideas are old and wrong. from wall street bailouts to common core. jeb bush? he did good things in the past but he is not the answer for american future. conservative solution pack is responsible for the content of this advertising >> what do you lis is marco rubio's top accomplishment? >> they are hard to say they are accomplishments. >> i will ask you one more time. list one accomplishment that mark rubio accomplished in the senate? >> the bottom line is he didn't get accomplishments done.
he was a president obama >> you veto $2 billion in spending, cut taxes by 19 million, eight balanced budgets. that is a conservative record. >> i did cut taxes every year and balanced budgeted and when i left there were $9 million in reserve. by record of government shows my path of what could happen in washington, d.c. i am jeb bush and i approve this message. >> we are live at the radisson hotel manchester and what i want to do is what people who
come as political tourist do and that is take a tour of the radisson hotel manchester because it is the super piece of the new hampshire primary. meet maurine bowman who is the sales director here at the hotel. this is one of the best places to people watch. why did it happen this is such a
gathering place? >> i think the people talked earlier that the holiday inn and such this is the center of it. people come to watch people or media comes to broadcast candidates. here. >> you sit in the lobby and you can do all kind of people watching. we saw john dickerson, mark halpron walk through and hopefully when we tour we will see a few other state senators as well. it is not just that the space is utilized, the rooms are used, but people use almost every available space in the hotel. what are we looking at? >> this is tvs setup here. >> do you know how many different media organizations are here? >> there are 11-12 inhouse.
>> do people have crazy things they need in their space? >> they do >> give us an example. >> nbc was broadcasting and asked to have lights and send someone to decorate here. they looked the looks. >> okay. so we are going to walk and talk a little bit about this. you said the hotel is booked three years in advance? is that right? >> as of leaving and checking out they are talking about the next primaries. this is the first stop people come in the state. >> what really is the challenge for you in booking that far in advance? that is a lot of business. >> the biggest challenge is
making sure our regular clientele -- they don't set a date until a month before so it is important. we have to keep the regular business on hold. >> from the beginning of january until the end of february until you know you are holding all of that. >> that is right. it is a little challenging but i think for the most part a lot of businesses in the area have gotten used to that. there are local new hampshire residents that understand and appreciate how important it is. >> do you have a regular line into the secretary of state's office? >> so, do you change your rate? >> it is just like everything else.
>> this is like christmas in the hotel business. this restaurant is open for the public. but there is a lot going on. how does this space get utilized and what would people see coming here? >> it is setup for breakfast each morning. we have a space for people to relax and lounge around. today is super bowl sunday so we had private parties and a tv setup and we will be getting ready for the game later on. >> if i could ask my colleagues up above there is another media organization. do you know who that is? >> that is radio row and that is where all of the radio stations are broadcasting. pop radio news is up there, cbs radio, and sirius xm satellite. >> let's take a look at radio row. do the radio stations change a lot over the years? or pretty stable?
>> pretty stable group. very, very busy upstairs usually. so most of them have been here for the past three or four primaries. >> what about people staying in this hotel? is it a mix of candidates, media and political operatives? >> it is mostly media. we have one candidate on the 12th floor. we hold the ball on stage for the candidate and that is senator rubio. >> it is first-come, first-serve? >> i think every candidate requested to be here primary night. we pick and chose who we think is the frontrunner. here we have for example with boston station, for example. >> how far in advance to the primary do they get setup?
>> most of the media moved in on monday. the radio stations came in -- >> two weeks before? >> yes. usually a week or so before. >> and this radio needs quite so how do you keep this radio-friendly up here? >> it is very quite today. but it is usually very busy with the candidates coming in, cameras running after them and coming in here to be interviewed. but they work with us. >> what is happening here? >> talk media news. we are doing a tour of the r raddison for c-span. can you tell us about your space? >> this is radio row. a number of radio shows coming from all over the country. a lot of local radio shows but also all over the nation. they come because they can sit down at their broadcasting desk live, face to face with a candidate. so there is a next level to get all of these people who are
coming, all of the surrogates, like the trump and clinton surrogates, and this radio row goes on during the convention and we bring in all of the top speakers from the parties, from the white house. and they will offer time to come in and do shows and we schedule them on a radio tour. >> what is your name? >> candy. >> and how long have been doing this? >> 25 years. >> what is the challenge organizing all of these different radio station needs? >> i am trying to make sure all of the guest shows are correct. she comes from the television background as do i.
she has been a producer and is an event professional who puts into her schedule on a google spreadsheet, every single person, and every show, guest and time, and makes sure they are correct. >> it is actually an adventure in a recent radio row we organized we did 670 interviews on 28 shows over two days. >> are you around the clock because of the time zones? >> we are. when we do them for a specific event here we are working the jigsaw puzzle from 5 in the morning until 8 at night with up to 30 plus shows coming in and out live and taped. >> we have about 600 interviews coming in over the next two days. some are like bobby kasich a
couple times. so it isn't like 6600 people. that is the challenge. someone like trump who wants to go on all of the shows. there are people running for president you have never heard of saying can you get me on. one is a comedian performing at the raddison and he is running for president. so we put him on all of these shows and tape him. that is fun for the show. so a lot of speciality here. there is the progressive shows and the progressive digest and someone is doing the conservative shows and the conservative guest -- guest -- and it will overlap and double book and virginia is trying to figure that out. >> virginia looks like she is doing fine. >> we are in the process of straightening it out.
>> just listening to the challenge of the people coming off the street how do you handle security? >> we have security and most of the media bring their own security. the manchester police department is very involved. >> a hotel is open business. i will down here and see what is going on. >> anyone can come off the street but at the same time you want to make sure there is some level of interface. how do you handle all of that? >> i think most of the people that come off the street are just people watching like everybody else. for example, i indicate the testing in the back of the tavern and that was new. and people were being asked if they wanted lunch and anyone coming into the tavern got a burger. so people off the streets gather -- >> let's say in the many cycles i have been through more and
more political tourist. >> you have seen an uptick in that? people coming from all over the country? >> all over the world even. >> lots of people at work here. >> there is your office right behind me? >> while we are walking back what is one of the more unusual request you have gotten over time? >> it is very demanding. everything is last-minute. it all depends on what they are looking for. there is nothing too extravagant. >> bringing in all kinds of things for set? like trees?
>> they do. >> and once this is over on tuesday morning how long does it take for everything to break down and get back to normal? >> it takes about three days to move in and a day to move out. it is pretty quick. thursday we are back to business as usual on thursday. so we have a crazy day on wednesday to turn the hotel arou around. >> what is this area past the restaurant we are going to? >> this is where we setup here. this is a place where bloomberg politics is taking over. >> can we just walk in? >> let's see what happens. >> hi. would you let us walk in with the cameras? we are doing a tour? >> no, no. sorry. >> that is all right.
thank you. well we tried. not all places are open for people to visit. let's keep going. >> cafe on the park here and getting ready for the super bowl party. and then coming down to davy's tavern which is a tavern and bar. nbc is going to be broadcasting hard ball and rachel maddow show and they will broadcast morning joe as well from here. >> think we will have better luck going in here? give it a shot. i will let you lead the way. >> so the tavern is a great time to come in because it isn't as busy as it has been. we have been asking people to come off the street and they are buying them lunch. you come in and watch the show they will buy you lunch.
they will buy anyone lunch. >> let's take a look back here. >> this is nbc's studio. where does the set start? >> right where the water is. they will broadcast throughout there day. >> your servers have to work throughout this? >> yes. it has been a challenge. >> where does nbc have its green room and the things offstage people don't see? >> they have the biggest rooms in the hotel. they have a studio in the parking lot of the hotel as well. >> let's keep watching. so free lunch?
>> free burger. i think the chef probably made over a thousand burgers in the last few days. >> i will have you keep talking while we are walking. >> this is really -- this plummeted. what set-up here? >> abc news has a setup on the left and nbc has a studio and cbs has a platform also. >> is this space controlled by you? or the police department? >> this is a park owned by the city and this space is ours. in the back of the hotel is the employee parking lot and that is where the rest of the satellites are. >> and public space so bargaining first-come, first-served? >> yes. this is the expo center occupied by different media. >> we have been in here for at
least five or six cycles always in this corner room where we can look at. every time we come we have different neighbors. who uses this space back here? >> the expo center is occupied by abc, nbc and associated press is here. primarily those three have occupied this space for the past three primaries but abc news has been here always. >> all of this electronic equipment and wi-fi is the challenge. how does that happen? >> we have our engineering staff that helps with verizon and comcast and a number och of different providers that are in the building week and weeks before hand. >> nothing can fail? >> they bring back up generators
as well in case something goes down. >> when i was down here the other day i saw chuck todd of nbc news live. >> this is fox 25. they are on break but broadcast here. we have the space up here is an interview space. this is for interviews of the candidates. there was a round-robin interview with abc, cbs and nbc interviewing hillary clinton this morning from 8-10. >> this room is just set-up for improm impromptu? >> yes, anything can rent it. there is no such of a need and you can't find private space so it has worked out well. >> where else? >> on the other side of the hotel this is setup for food canteen concessions for the media while working. >> everyone of them is occupied
and i can see all kinds of electronics. >> i want to stop in so c-span viewers can see where we are working as we are leaving here. i am going to surprise my colleagues and put them on all camera. >> we will leave this tour to go live to the political rally live with hillary clinton, bill clinton, and daughter chelsea just getting underway in manchester, new hampshire. this is live on c-span2. >> hi! hello! [applause] >> oh, thank you for that ent i enthuiastic welcome. i want to thank everyone at manchester community college who let us invade. i want to thank you the governor and senator for that warm welcome. senator, there is nowhere else i would be here today except for
here in new hampshire with my mom. [applause] >> i am deeply proud to be my mother's daughter. i certainly hope that my 16-month-old daughter charlotte feels the same way about me today that i feel about my mom. and yet as much as i stand here as a proud daughter i stand here first and foremost as a mother. my daughter charlotte is just over a year old and i hope my husband and i will be able to safely and happily welcome her little brother or sister this summer. so for me, this election is so fundamentally important because it is the first presidential election that i will vote in as a mom. not surprisingly in my family it was impossible not to have known growing up who was running for public office and holding public office is important. some of my earliest memories are
going to rallies and waving american flags in support of my dad running for governor. oh, yes, i am very bias toward my dad, too, so applaud for him as well. yet somehow this election feels that much more crucial because whomever we elected our next president will help steward the country and the world that my children will grow up in. i could not imagine a better grandmother for my children than my mom but i could not imagine a better president either. partly for the reason you heard from the governor and the senator. i want to know that our next president can keep your country safe. i want to know our next president has a consistent record of standing up against the gun lobby and fighting for sensible gun control. it matters to me that my mother has been fighting for the rights of all children since before i
was born. and it matters my mother always talks about a woman's right to chose and thank you for planned parenthood for being here. and those are just a few reasons why i am so proud to be here. i want my children to grow up in a world where they are valued and respected for whoever they are, whoever they love, and valued for whatever choices they have to make for their families. i am grateful to be sharing a stage with probably the only person that knows my mother better than i do. i have known my mom my whole life but my father as clearly known her by definition for longer. i think my dad knows a little bit about what it takes to be an effective president for our country. so since i have shared a bit
about why i am so strongly supporting my mom i now want to ask my dad who probably as has informed opinion on why he is proud to stand here and support hillary clinton as the next president of the united states. please welcome my father, bill clinton. >> first of all, i want to thank all of you have who have been out walking the streets and knocking on doors. i want to ask you to just keep doing it. keep the phones open. i want to thank the governor and senator; long time friends of hillary and mine, for standing up for her. i went to bosnia with senator to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of the massacre and the end of the bosnian war where more innocent people were killed because of their faith and ethnicity than any other place in europe since the end of world war two and the senator is making sure democracy continues there and being a strong ally of the united states. one thing our foundation works on is trying to stop the epidemic of the prescription drug and heroin abuse and she was one of the first people in the united states to make sure everybody in new hampshire could have access to the miracle drug narcan that brings kids back and keeps them from dying. [applause] >> i want to thank mayor marty watts from boston who is exhibit a of the working person's politician.
the best change maker. and therefore it it bothers me to be in an election where debate is impossible because if you disagree, you are just part of the establishment. you will have to forgive me, but i don't think your governor and you're a senator -- i don't think of them as establishment politicians. nor do i think of the governor of vermont, the only governor in the country to try to get single-payer health care who had to give it a because it was double the budget of the state and one pass. that's hardly an establishment credential. i'm grateful he is supporting hillary. and the senior senator from vermont, and america's number one champion of human rights around the world in the senate. that doesn't strike me as establishment. let me give you another example. all of his arkansas travelers that are here. [cheers and applause] who paid their way here.
some of them to tell about the person they know. one of them -- i don't want to embarrass them. one of them is our immediate past center mark pryor who was defeated in the land light and 2014 in large measure because he voted for the health care law. that doesn't strike me as establishment and nobody alive and nice day thinks he lost because people thought he wasn't liberal enough. change is hard and as for the effort. i am so grateful for all the millennial young people who are supporting hillary. [cheers and applause] there just is not the ones who wire. they know they're going to translate their anger and resemblance to results. here's what i want to tell you.
from the day 45 years ago next month, to when we got up and she was trying to explain to me what was going on. she's the best change maker ever. [cheers and applause] i asked mark pryor what he said to people when he was knocking on doors. he said though, i like them both. but she gets a lot more done. we need somebody who gets something done. so when we met in law school, there weren't very many women in law school. but she was helping with legal services. then she spent a fourth year to go to the yale child study center to learn about the challenges children face in america, especially poor children. then she went to work in alabama
to end the tax exemption that focus academies are getting because there is nothing more than segregated school. then she went to south carolina to find out why so many african-american teenagers are being trapped in adult prisons for years and years have been their allies in future ruined. then she came on arkansas, opened her first legal clinic in the area of the state rural conservative. and then she started our first preschool program and there is no such thing as preschool, something she found in israel. she got the women to come from israel to arkansas and pretty soon i was going to preschool graduation with parents who became their kids first teachers. there are thousands of young people who went through one of these hippie programs who've learned more, went further and are having butterflies today just as she always make something good happen. they had no idea she did it.
and the white house and the health care debate when we tried to get health care the experts say we had a good plan. we just another 60 votes in the senate. there's not been a single change in health care and 60 years plus since harry truman that didn't have 60 votes to break a republican filibuster. she just kept working. shannon center can they worked on the children's health insurance program, stuck in a balanced budget act in 1996. 70 sixer publicans wandered up voting for it. 5 million kids getting health care when we left office. there are now nine today as a part of the affordable health care. she just made something good happen. she worked with the house republican leader who did not like me to put it mildly. to increase by 65% the number of
kids that were being adopted out of foster care by giving the tax credit for adopting a child with disability or giving people incentives to adopt older children because they were afraid to adopt infants. she just made something good happened. and senate she was and make something good happen person. and everything she did had republican support. getting $20 billion in new york city, to rebuild after 9/11, not just buildings, but lies. hsu was helping 10 or 11 plastic surgeries to get her life back. her fiancé stayed with their and so did hillary. she helped the farmers and the small manufacturers. and she helped the veterans.
first, to make sure they got the same health care if same health care if they were in the national guard reserve is the military did you shoot it out in the grand and john mccain to make sure they treated people with rheumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress syndrome. she was on the alzheimer's caucus and she was the first residential candidate to have a position on autism and one reason she wants. they've been so people can take your family members to severe conditions. and she just makes she just make something good happen. secretary of state can tell you about that. i will say this. henry kissinger about people said she ran the state department that are about more of the personnel of the state in the state department that many secretary of state in decades and it's true. [cheers and applause] and she negotiated the iran sanctions and a treaty with
russia took 67 votes in the senate. >> hillary went to flint michigan yesterday. and she talked about what a horrible moral failing what they are going through was. not just a financial one, but we have to do something. the most revealing answer to me as someone who's president, not her has been, to any question reflected well on both hillary and her opponent in terms of their values. at the end of the debate itself carolina, the moderator said is there anything we should have talked about that we haven't? and he called on hillary first. yeah, i want to talk about that lead in the water in flint.
she knew exactly what too much lead can do to a baby. the baby can come out with a smaller head and a smaller brain. and even though they don't seem to be physically damaged can be damaged in her whole life can be taken away from them. and there is let in more pipes and flint. she talked about in an she said i called the mayor and said can i send someone to see you? what you can really do, hillary, is to get me the money i'd made because i asked her this much money to take care of it and the state only gave me 10%. so i want you to go on television, to an interview and don't talk about your campaign. don't talk about anything. talk about us and tell people why we need the other 90%. one, two, three, four, five.
she did and they got the money. [cheers and applause] and she would be the first to tell you that's probably not the only reason it didn't do any harm. her opponent who was just as upset, and he said the governor should resign. maybe he showed, but i doubt he cares what two democrats running for president inc. about it. in other words, you want a president who is good on the great days when he signed a bill put up 500 millions solar panels for a bill to give 100% insurance coverage. and then something bad happens and it's great on all the other times. you want a president who every day says what can i do to make it better. [cheers and applause] so that is my pitch. we can't get enough plays.
we are so not that we anyone against us and we can't have an honest discussion about who's got a better health care plan, where everybody on the other side is part of some mythical establishment, including people at planned parenthood and human rights campaign fund. we can't do this. we have to do this like this community college works forever and producing results together. and so, i would like to bring to the stage not only someone i have been married to 40 years, but for 45 years has made everything she touched and everybody she touched better, the single best change maker i have ever known. hilary rodham clinton.
[cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you so much. wow, wow. thank you, all. ♪ thank you. thank you so much. honestly, this is the most amazing next year he ends to be here with all of you. i apologize for those of you who can't get in. i hope you can hear me back there because i am thrilled to be here, the day before the first of the nation primary to
make my final push to convince as many granite satyrs as possible to come out about her meet tomorrow. [cheers and applause] i don't think a little snow is going to stop anybody, do you? well, it is a great, great privilege once again to be competing in this primary, asking all of you to conduct the most important job interview in the country because that in effect is what it is. i know voters in new hampshire gave everybody a first and second and sent times third and fourth float and i think everybody here whose argument up their mind and are common to both her meet tomorrow. i appreciate you. i am grateful to you. and for all of you who are still deciding, still shopping, i hope i can close the deal between now
and the time the polls close. i am so grateful to my husband and daughter for being here with me. i do just love having the chance to have my daughter with me any chance i can get and i appreciate the great hope she gives me and the opportunity i have to see my red daughter whenever possible. but i also am reminded every time i think about her or any of the young people in this audience that this is what this election really is about. and to all the young people who are supporting me, i thank you from the bottom of my heart. [cheers and applause] and to all the young people who are supporting my opponent, i thank you, too. i thank you for being part of the process, for understanding the importance of being involved in the politics of america if
you want a future that you deserve. i will say this to them, you may not support me now, but i will always support you and i will always have your back and i will always work to produce results for you. and i am thrilled to have my husband here because, you know, new hampshire means a lot to us going all the way back to 1992 by new hampshire gave a late chance to come out of here with momentum and head towards the nomination. we have never forgot that. we have also never forgotten how important it was to make the changes happen that he's talked about in that campaign. there were a lot of places in this state and 92 that were in bad economic straits. a lot of small factories being closed, production being shipped overseas, the empty buildings in some places outnumber those that were in use. so it is a thrill for me to go back, for example, to claremont
and to see the revitalization because of a law that my husband passed, the new market tax credit that enable the people of claremont to get a better shot at a better economic future for themselves so we can actually meet people here in this state who know what it takes to turn the economy around because they experienced it. i only wish we hadn't thought of track in 2001 because honestly, i believe that so much of the anger, the insecurity, the fear and worry that people feel now about the economy, about our prospects, about what is going to happen to young people coming out of college but that who are unable to find a job that really gives them the best possible opportunities is related to the choices that were made starting in the bush administration.
that choices for america, ron choices for the economy, taking their eyes out the financial market, deregulating and turning a blind eye to the mortgage market and have a nice end up in financial crisis since the great depression. when i think about what young people today have gone through, what they have known of our country, starting with the horrible attack on 9/11, going into the great recession, there is no wonder that they have on with so many of us are saying, wait a minute, we are better than this. we can do more. we can once again start the ship of state in the right direction. that is what our mission must be. for me, this election is a turning point election in so many ways. and i want you to imagine with me what it is we are trying to
accomplish together. imagine an economy again that produces many, many millions of new jobs with rising income, with outbreaks of opportunity for advanced than. imagine returning manufacturing to america by changing the tax incentives that too often now send it overseas. imagine 10 being too are failing infrastructure in ways large and small and i saw it firsthand yesterday in flint, the idea that any city in america would be drinking poisoned water for two years because of indifference, because of stonewalling from their government is heartbreaking, but it is also got to be motivating. we have a lot of work to do and
a lot of people to put to work building and maintaining our infrastructure. not just what we can see in terms of roads and tunnels and bridges and airports, but what is on the ground. what brings our water, what brings her energy, what takes their sewage. this could be one of the great jobs programs that we've had in a really long time. i was at a small diner this morning having some breakfast with bill and one of the men said to my husband, thank you for the economy. i worked all the way through it. i want to work again, but more than that i want my kids and grandkids to work. that is what we have to think of. imagine an economy that once again produces those kinds of good jobs. imagine an economy where incomes are rising again, not stagnant where people are working harder than ever but not getting ahead. imagine that we combat climate change by going right at clean renewable energy.
[cheers and applause] there is no doubt in my mind some country would be the 21st century clean energy superpower. i think the best start sure many, china or arrest. i wanted to be asked. i know it can be asked. i know we can create the technology, the jobs and mall businesses and even asked for. imagine that we meet my goal of installing a half a billion more solar panels by the end of my first turn and enough clean energy to power every home in the next eight years. imagine what that will do, how we are once again the leaders in the most important global challenge we face. imagine getting back to be number one in creating mall businesses instead of where we are. we have fallen down the ranks because we are not providing
credit. we are not providing the kind of support for small businesses need. imagine raising the minimum wage the people who work full-time are not hired in poverty, but have a chance to get ahead and see their children get ahead. and yet, let's imagine finally making sure women can eat okay for equal work in america. [cheers and applause] ece, you see i think that there is a lot that we have to be against, a lot we have to stop, a lot we have to prevent. use of power, economic or political. the imposition of ideology, the refusal to extend the rights of our fellow americans. there's a lot we have to talk, but we have to make it happen, to. and what i just told you about but i imagine we could do together, the republicans don't agree with any of it.
they are not in the job creation business if they leave that to the marketplace. as a work so well for us. when it's a government plane and active, involved role. they are not interested in more money and infrastructure are my idea of a natural infrastructure bank. they sure don't want to talk about let alone combat climate change. but all of this adds up to a path forward, a vision that not only can we imagine, but we can do together. so when i think about these closing hours of the campaign, i want you to imagine what you need and want for you, for your families, for your community and what you want for our country. you see, i believe with all my heart that we are well-positioned if we have the right leadership to seize the future just like we have in the past. it won't happen by wishing for it.
it will happen by working for it. and particularly -- [cheers and applause] particularly that is true when it comes to health care because i am proud of the campaign we have run, trying to draw a differences on issues because that is what you have to make decisions about. but when i think of one of the biggest difference is, it to do with health care. you see, it was called hillary care before was called obamacare of all those years ago. and we tried really hard and we were successful. the drug companies, insurance companies really spent a lot of money as they seem to do whenever i'm around trying to prevent it from happening. and that was disappointing. i sure felt after having talked to so many americans that the direction we were trying to have this exactly right. but what was going on back then. some of us remember. insurance companies call the
shots. if you have preexisting conditions, you are out of luck. if you're a woman, you pay more than a man. if you are young person come there's no way you could get insurance in their lifetime limit that prevented people from getting the health care they needed. so after we were unsuccessful, i thought hard about what i can do. there were a lot of stories that i heard during the course of my work but i just want to tell you one. i was at the children's hospital in cleveland and i went there because those meeting with sharon a very ill children who could not get insurance. i listened to their stories and as a mom they were hard to hear. one man said here's man said here's what i don't unders and 37 successful. i provide health insurance for my employees and their families. i have two daughters with cystic fibrosis. nobody will share me an
insurance policy no matter what i offer. i said what do they say to you? the last conversation i had i asked, i told them i could afford something, anything that would help me and the man just looked at me and he said you don't understand. we don't ensure burning houses. and his father with tears in his eyes just that they called my little girl burning houses. so that is why went to work on the children's health insurance program, got a bipartisan coalition in the senate and house in the past eight and 8 million kids at least had insurance. was it everything we wanted? no. it wasn't. it wasn't everything we wanted. but i often think of that old saying. a person who refuses a half a loaf because he is not offered the whole loaf has never gone hungry. making sure we take care of those 8 million kids with a big
deal and i was thrilled when president obama passed and signed the affordable care act. so for me, we have to build on my period we have to defend it against the republicans continuing efforts to repeal it. i have said, look, we are going to get costs down, out-of-pocket costs. we are going to get prescription drug costs down. i know what to do to get from where we are, 90% coverage to 100% coverage. but what we cannot do is start over. we cannot take what looks good on paper, in 19 yeah and so you know what, we are going to trust our nation into a contentious debate is darn although for her. it's a lot easier to get from 90% coverage to 100 then it is zero to 100. and i will not -- i will not happen till we get the affordable care act the way it should be, how it works, how it
produces results for people. because you see, i imagine a country where we do have a health care coverage, where everybody can afford coverage, worry finally have drug costs under control because we've made the drug companies negotiate for lower cost with medicare and other insurers. i also imagine a time when we'll have early childhood education, where we will help prepare our children to succeed, where we will have services available that are so desperately needed by the skid in plants, but also by a lot of other kids as well. whether we will work with teachers and support, not scapegoat them, to give them what they need to do the best job they can do. and imagine when we get back to making college affordable again my geekiest to be for all of us.
[cheers and applause] i don't know exactly how it got so far up the track of affordable college. i've thought a lot about this. tuition has gone up 40% in 10 years. nothing else has gone up that high. no other service. what is going on here? so yes, i want to get college affordable by making sure every young person can attend without borrowing money for tuition, books and fees. but i also want to get the cost down because it is to it and says. and zero, my plan asks something from everybody. ..
right now we have too many people, i meet them everywhere i to, who borrowed money to go to college but now they're owing two, sometimes, 2 1/2, three times as much because of interest. i borrowed money. but i borrowed it and only had to pay back the principle. i borrowed it, and i said, okay, i'm going to pay it back as a percentage of my income, why i went to the children's defense fund. that is the option i want for everybody. we'll let you refinance your debt. you will be able to save thousands of dollars.
we'll move you off high interest rates too many of you currently have. move you into the income contingency plan so you pay as percentage of your income. we're going to trillion pip the number of national service positions and double the amount of the education grants. [cheers and applause] so every young person can afford to go to college. an when you graduate, you won't be bankrupt. you will be able to aet on with your lives like so many of us had the chance to do. we'll make community college free, so more young people get the skills and credentials they need to get on the path to a life of opportunity. imagine we'll be back doing what we should be investing in our young people. and i am going to end the practice of the federal government making money off of lending money to young people. that is going to be over. [applause] and we're going to take on the
abuses in these loan collectors. these companies, like avion and others who are harassing our young people. they're even harassing our veterans. we have got to stop this. this should not be a profit-making center for anybody. this is an investment in individuals and in our nation and that's what it will be again. [applause] now, i do have a pretty active imagination. so, imagine, imagine that we finally make it absolutely clear that no special interests, no powerful interests, is going to be able to call the shots because, we're going to overturn citizens united, either by the supreme court or a constitutional amendment. [cheers and applause] we're going to imagine a time where we then are free to go back to public financing.
so all these questions raised by everybody in politics can be put to rest because you deserve to know people who are running to serve you and serving you, are putting you at the center of their attention and that you know that you are their ultimate employer. that is what we need to get back to. we also need to make sure that as we look at voting, we register every 18-year-old in the country to vote automatically. [applause] imagine, a time, when we end discrimination against the lgbt community so that -- [cheers and applause] so that our fellow americans can be judged as -- just as involved in every walk of life as anybody else. now you can get married on saturday and fired on monday. that's not right. that needs to end.
imagine, that we finally get comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship that will add to our economy right now undocumented workers contribute $12 billion to the social security trust fund. that will rise another 20 billion if we get on the path to citizenship. it will also take people out of the shadows, so there is no more exploitation of anybody's labor. imagine that we finally once and for all end the efforts by the republicans to privatize social security and instead we look for ways to extend the life of the trust fund. imagine, that we all, that we all pay more attention to fixing va then trying to privatize it and end it the way the koch brothers and the republicans do. [cheers and applause] imagine that we do get the kind of criminal justice reforms that our people deserve, being equal
under the law should not just be a slogan, it should be a reality imagine he wend the era of mass incarceration and provide enough jobs and housing an opportunities in communities wherever they are, that are distressed and behind. imagine, that finally women not only get equal pay but our rights to make our own decisions are finally respected. [cheers and applause] and imagine if planned parenthood could actually take care of people instead of having to fend off these lawsuits and these partisan attacks! [cheers and applause] imagine, that we finally get common sense gun safety reforms. [cheers and applause] you know, i was interviewed, a bunch of interviews today, lots
of local press, somebody said, well you talk a lot about gun safety issue. is that really a voting issue? i don't know, i hope so. i hope so because what we're looking at here are 33,000 people a year dying. and i know we're better than this. i know we can do this consistent with responsible gun owners constitutional rights. but you talk about lobbies and there is a lot of talk about lobbies in this campaign. the most powerful lobby by far is the gun lobby. they intimidate more legislators. they call the shots on more legislators. they actively work to defeat legislators who stand up against them. they try to control the congress. they try to control governors. i'm telling you, folks, we can't let any lobby, we can't any unelected force, for money, for guns, for drugs, for big oil, for insurance, you name it, they can not control our government any longer! [cheers and applause]
and this is one of the points that want you to take away from this. you know, senator sanders and i share a lot of the same goals. and, i think that has made for a very good contest in this campaign. we have really tried insofar as possible to keep it on issues, compared to republicans who are mostly engaging in insults all the time but there are differences. and it's important you understand those differences. i have been speaking out against and working to rein in powerful forces for many years. i have the scars to prove that. i have the scars to prove that. and they have spent a lot of money against me, a lot of money against me. you know, i want people to think about this ask yourself, imagine, if wall street were so
interested in supporting democrats like the president and like me for their own reasons, why are they spending $6 million trying to defeat me this primary? i'll tell you why. i want you to understand this. i haven't just talked. i haven't just given speeches. i've introduced legislation. i called them out. i have gone to wall street. i said they were going to wreck the economy over the mortgage markets. they know where i have stand because i always have stood there. like president obama, yes, i have donations, there is no doubt about that -- >> why? >> you know, ask yourself, president obama had a lost donations. did that stop him from signing dodd-frank the toughest regulation against the full financial sector since the 1930s? you know, i was kind of, was kind of amused just the other day, senator sanders took $200,000 from wall street firms. not directly but through the
democratic senate campaign committee. there was nothing wrong with that. it hasn't changed his view. well, it didn't change my view or my vote either! [cheers and applause] so, let me just leave you with this, on this issue. let me just leave you with this. when you look at, when you look at who has put out the toughest plan, who has the most comprehensive approach to making sure wall street never wrecks main street again, which has in turn encouraged wall street guys and karl rove to gang up on me to the tune of $6 million, i take that as a badge of honor. these guys know i say what i mean and i do what i say. i will take them on and i know how to beat them and prevent them from ever doing to us again what they did in 2008! [cheers and applause] so we've got work to do!
imagine a tax system that actually goes after where the money is, which is at the top. imagine the only candidate on either side who has said, i will raise your incomes, not your taxes. middle-class families will not have a tax increase when i am president. but i'm going after the millionaires, multimillionaires, corporate loopholes, gimmicks, money through the bahamas and through bermuda. [cheers and applause] imagine that we can once again believe that it truly is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people? that is, that is what we must imagine around create together. and imagine, that we have on day one someone prepared and ready to protect our country, to keep our families safe. to be the commander-in-chief. to protect our men and women in uniform and their families as well. imagine, that we face new
challenges every day. we don't even know from where. and as part of this job interview, you have to decide, who will be in that white house on january 20th, 2017. >> hillary! hillary! >> now, let me end, let me end with some thank you. i want to thank the great people of this state. i want to thank all of the public officials who have supported me. particularly i want to thank your amazing senator, jeanne shaheen. your wonderful governor and i hope the next senator, maggie has san.
live now to the senate floor as they gavel in to begin their legislative week. they consider this afternoon of judicial nomination for northern district of iowa. live coverage on c-span2. the president pro tempore: the senate will come to order. the chaplain dr. barry black will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. precious lord, always faithful and always true, use our lawmakers today as ambassadors of reconciliation and renewal. open their minds to the counsels of your eternal wisdom, as you fill them with your peace.
lord, increase their hunger and thirst for right living and lead them nearer to you. as they seek to be agents of your peace, help them to honor you both in spirit and deeds. inspire them to reach decisions based on truth, wisdom, compassion and fairness for all. watch over and care for the men and women in our military, surrounding them with the shield of your protection and favor. we pray in your mighty name.
mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: the democratic leader. mr. reid: i was encouraged this morning to hear that president obama is aggressively responding to the zika virus. anyone who has heard the news about this terrible scoot bite the last couple of weeks has heard about the spread of zika. it has spread into south america, central america, the caribbean. zika has been linked to birth defects as well as other problems. to date there have been no persons getting disik in the continental united states. we must not lower our guard. instead, we must take action, and the president has taken action, and i appreciate that very much. that's why last week the entire senate democrat congress sent a
letter to president obama urging quick action responding to the zika virus. to his credit, that's exactly what president obama has done. today the president has announced he is asking congress for $1.8 billion to combat the outbreak. funding among other things further research on the virus and a potential vaccine, proven mosquito control methods here at home, creating rapid response teams in the united states, enhanced treatment for those that are infected, help deploy prevention and education strategies to keep pop -- key populations including pregnant women and their partners and support international aid activities in affected areas and train health care workers in affected countries. it's critical that we approve the funds now immediately and give our government the resources it needs to fight the virus. we also need to make sure that our nation's response to the virus includes increasing access to contraceptives for women in zika-affected regions who choose to use them.
we in congress must follow president obama's direction and aggressively combat zika, so i call upon my colleagues to support this important funding. now, i have been called to the white house tomorrow afternoon at the same time the republican leader has called a briefing on the zika virus. i'm going to send staff at that meeting but i can't be at the white house and that briefing at the same time. i will get a thorough, detailed account of what takes place at that briefing, so i appreciate senator mcconnell arranging that meeting, and i apologize for not being able to be there. i would ask, madam president, that my following statement be included in a different place in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: last week marked the end of an open enrollment for the health exchanges created by the affordable care act. the numbers are in and once again millions of americans signed up for quality health
care. normally, -- it's normally now. each year it keeps going up, but nationally almost 13 million americans selected plans through the health insurance marketplaces. in nevada, almost 90,000 people enrolled in nevada's health exchange. that represents a 20% increase over 2015 enrollment numbers. these numbers are further evidence that the affordable care act, obamacare srks is -- obamacare, is working. the law is helping americans get access to quality health care, many for the first time in their lives. that's why it's frustrating to watch republicans continue banging their heads when it comes to obamacare. last tuesday, groundhog day, fittingly, fittingly, house republicans voted for the 63rd time to repeal the affordable care act. that's 63 times the house in light of all the evidence that proves the affordable care act is helping their constituents.
it's not just house republicans. like every day my friend the republican leader comes to the floor and rails against obamacare. he has led senate republicans in voting to repeal the affordable care act 17 different times. and yet more than 10% of the republican leader's own constituents are benefiting from the affordable care act. 500,000 kentucky residents use obamacare. half a million people. last week the associated press article highlighted the fact that kentucky has seen the largest drop in the percentage of its uninsured -- i read from an a.p. story. -- quote -- "kentucky and arkansas have the largest drops of percentage of people without health insurance in the country according to a gallup survey. in 2013, more than 20% of kentuckians did not have health insurance. by the end of 2015, after the state expanded its medicaid program, it created health insurance exchanges, that figure was down to 7.5%. there it is in black and white.
in 2013, 20% of kentuckians didn't have health insurance. now it's down to 7.5%. that's remarkably, remarkably strong, strong decrease of the uninsured. if my friend the republican leader had his way and repealed obamacare, all progress in kentucky would be gone. sadly, kentucky's tea party governor is falling in senator mcconnell's footsteps. the governor wants to tear apart his state's health exchange regardless of the impact on his constituents. i read again from the a.p. article. bevin, the republican, has already given the order to dismantle connect, kentucky's state-based exchange and he plans to repeal kentucky's medicaid expansion and replace it with something else that would mean fewer people would be eligible and the ones who stay eligible have to pay a premium. bevin needs approval from the federal government to do that. if he doesn't get it, he said he would repeal expansion entirely.
it's time for republicans to accept the fact that obamacare is here to stay. it's not going anyplace. once and for all, it's moved past repeal to start talking about making the affordable care act work even better for the american people. mr. mcconnell: madam president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: i recently asked secretary burr well to come to the senate to brief committee chairs, ranking members and leaders in both parties on the administration's response to the zika virus. i appreciate her team working with us to schedule that briefing for tomorrow. here are the two areas where we'll want to get a better understanding at the briefing. number one, what are the preparations being made to protect americans?
number two, what are the administration's funding priorities, given limited federal resources? concern about the zika virus is growing in our country and protecting constituents, especially children, from communicable disease is a high priority for all of us. i'm looking forward to hearing more about both the administration's proposed response and its priorities with combating this disease tomorrow. now on the legislation currently before us, the energy policy modernization act is the product of a year's worth of constructive and collaborative work. in the energy committee, it passed overwhelmingly with the support of both parties. here on the floor, it's been subject to an open amendment process with input from both sides. more than 30 amendments from both democrats and republicans have been adopted already. the senator from alaska recently sought consent to continue that progress by getting several more
amendments pending. it's unclear why any colleague would object to her effort or why they would effectively block consideration of their own amendments, but, madam president, that's what happens. it's disappointing for our country, we're hoping our friends will reconsider. remember the energy policy modernization act is broad bipartisan legislation designed to help americans produce more energy, pay less for energy and save energy, all while helping strengthen our long-term national security. we should pass it. i'm asking colleagues to take yes for an answer and allow the open amendment process to continue so that we can pass it, which is so important to helping our country prepare for the energy demands of today and the energy opportunities of tomorrow. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership