tv Politics and Public Policy Today CSPAN February 23, 2016 6:00pm-7:01pm EST
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and a good christian to help support our -- and turn this country back around to you. we ask these things, amen. thank you. >> thank you. >> ready? >> do it on my phone, okay? >> thank you. >> sorry. >> okay. scarlett, look at me, baby. 1, 2, 3. >> thank you. thank you for being here. thank you for your hard work.
the columbus dispatch is reporting that john kasich's path is getting murky. joining us is public affairs editor forthe columbus dispatch. the website is dispatch.com. thankses very much for being with us. >> caller: thank you, no problem at all. >> as you put it, the good news for your governor, he is the last of the governors still in this race. the bad news, he is teesering on the brink of irrelevancy. how so? >> caller: well, as we were talking off the air, you know, if you would have told me kasich campaign people a few months ago that they would indeed be the standing that they would outlast former governor bush after south carolina, they would be turning cart wheels because they would think the nomination was all but within hand. as we all know, 2016 turned out like pretty much no one predicted. and so governor kasich did
really well in new hampshire. second place finish. got a lot of publicity. some donations. some endorsements. south carolina, he didn't compete very much and finished next to last down there. now comes more states that are not necessarily real friendly to someone of his middle of the road philosophy. and just a comparison for the rest of the republican field quite frankly. we have so-called super tuesday coming up on march 1st. a lot of the states are not very friendly to his type of candidacy. the other thing is, many of those states have a threshold. meaning that unless you get 15 or in many more cases, at least 20% of the votes, you don't even qualify to get a single delegate. so of course governor kasich has not gotten that total even his good showing in new hampshire did not have him at that threshold. and that means if you don't make the threshold, all your votes go to the front runners and just sort of adds to their total.
and that leads us to where we are today. pressu governor kasich to get out of the race, clear the space for marco rubio, to be the standard bearer for, i guess what we've been calling for lack of a better term, establishment with trump and to a better extent, cruz. >> kasich has been spending time in michigan. that state's primary is beyond super tuesday on march 8th. can he survive that long? >>. >> caller: that's one of the big questions. there are so many states voting on march 1st and you know and a handful a couple days later. it just seems like he's got break through some place certainly at the absolute least the strong second or very strong third some place or he is going to you know, lose relevancy. so far, he's gotten some mull begans from the pundits who i guess kind of nationally decide
such things collectively. he didn't compete very much in iowa. he did poorly there. okay, gave me a pass because he didn't do much there. and did the same for south carolina. didn't do that much there though he was president or i think six days. but again, not sort of his type of states. there are only so many mull begans you get under a real golf game. or at least when i play, unfortunately. and governor kasich is going on this political contest as well. so to say all these super tuesday states, you know, while they are just not my kind of state. they're not all in the south. you've got massachusetts, virginia, you know, in the deep south at least. you've got vermont for heaven stakes. bernie sanders home state. so seeing that that's not a relative moderate republicans' type of state, it is a tough argument to make i think. >> public affairs editor for the dispatch. you write that governor kasich's
objective is to whittle the field so he can get a clear shot at donald trump. what are the latest polls telling you? >> caller: yeah. we just had a fresh poll out today. right now he is running second to mr. trump. only a five-point gap. but second is still second. and as you know march 15th starts winner take all contest. so there's no points for a close second. winners gets all of ohio's delegates and you know the same with i think the other states voting that day. so the significance really goes up. and of course if john kasich can't win ohio, it is totally game over. there's no reason to continue. i think if you talk to the most political people, they will say he will be able to make up the five points and hold his own. what's important about this is how much effort is he going to have to put into holding the home country, if you will. and not going to states like illinois and missouri that he was pointing to to win that day.
again, he needs delegates. obviously, he needs wins. he was hoping that perhaps senator rubio would be busy fighting off mr. trump, perhaps. senator cruz in florida. it turns out governor kasich may be fighting off opponents in ohio just to remain viable in a totally must-win state. >> darryl rolland is public affairs editor for columbus dispatch. he is joining us from columbus, ohio. thank you for your time, we appreciate it. >> caller: thank you. appreciate the opportunity. c-span's washington journal live everyday with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tomorrow morning, congressman paul tonko from new york talks to us live about the state of the nation's water supply system and water safety legislation. also michael waldman, president of the brennan center for justice will talk with us live about his new book "the fight to
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and what they have faced in this country. and we don't talk enough about our role today in kind of perpetuating that inequality. so it is really, really significant, i think. and also a lot of historic sites kind of address it in bits and starts and i think is important for people to come here and kind of get a more complete understanding of slavery. >> for the complete american history tv weekend schedule, go to c-span.org. >> the issue i'm most concerned about in this election is really national security. i'm looking for a leader that understands national security completely, supports our military, and makes sure that our borders are protected. we need to have common sense methods to achieve this. we don't need to exclude anybody or hurt anybody but we do need to establish guidelines, procedures to make it happen in an appropriate fashion.
>> my name is wicks dixon and here today at the trump rally, so far i've been to marco rubio, cruz and jeb bush. this is the fourth one. the issue most important to me is obviously the economy. we're $20 trillion in debt and continue to spin out of control. second most important issue is immigration. just can't afford to have anybody coming in and jeopardizing our national security. thank you. ♪ ♪ and a live look at columbia, south carolina, where we're waiting for presidential candidate hillary clinton to start a forum discussion about civil rights and policing practices. mrs. clinton expected to be joined tonight by the mothers of victims of gun violence victims, trayvon martin, sandra bland, and eric garner. our live coverage will get under way as soon as this event does here on c-span 3. for the moment we will sit and
so we're waiting for this event with hillary clinton to get under way. scheduled to start about 15 minutes go. looks like most of the folks are there. and when it gets started, we'll have it live for you here on c-span 3. this event in south carolina, columbia, south carolina, in advance of saturday's democratic primary in that state. and on this morning's washington journal we took a look at what to expect. >> the executive vice president for external affairs. welcome. >> thank you. >> we will talk about issues important for democratic primary voters. for those meeting you for the first time, senator for american
progress, how do you describe it to people? >> we are a think tank that comes up with new ideas that address the country and the world. we have the ideas and the infrastructure and communications network to be able to push those ideas out into the blood stream and get the conversation going. >> and these political contests we find ourselves in, does your group endorse anybody? >> absolutely not. we don't. we are. >> i said, nonpartisan. we are a think tank. we come up with the ideas and try hard to inject the ideas into the debate. we are a multiissue think tank. we cover the waterfront from national secure it to immigration to health care to the economy to lbgt issues. guns, immigration and everything in between. >> john serving on the clinton campaign just to put that out there, does that mean any influence or as far as interaction with the campaign is
all -- >> not any influence at all and right now the present ceo who worked for the first lady and worked on her first campaign but really there's no influence in terms of interactions with the campaign. i will say we are a progressive think tank. the pragmatic solutions are the ones that will continue the growth of this country, bring working families and the middle class back to where they should be. so we definitely have an ideology but no endorsement, no partisanship. >> if i'm a progressive looking a this process play out, what am i seeing so far? >> you are seeing a highly contested race on the progressive side. you are scratching your head and wondering what is happening on the conservative republican side. this has been a unique primary season. both on the democratic and the republican side. if you're a progressive, you are watching two candidates. watching secretary clinton and
senator sanders really battle it out in the sphere of ideas. you are seeing policy proposals. you are seeing a banter back and forth about which policy proposals are going to make the most difference for the american people, address the needs of working families. and i think those policy ideas, what you are seeing, animate the primaries and caucuses we have seen so far and will be inli influential in south carolina next week. >> what is the difference in looking at candidates or progressive looking at these candidates, what's important? >> what is really important is the economy. they are looking for ideas around job creation. raising stagnant wages. around, you know, continuing the work that we've seen this president and this administration do over seven years. i think if you're a democrat, you have to think back to 2007 and 2008 under president bush
when economy, you know, headed into the biggest recession and nearly a second depression. so we were averaging 800,000 jobs a month, but since president obama's administration we have seen seven years of growth, 71 months of economic recovery of steady job growth. if you're a democrat and you looking to make a choice, you want to see that growth continue. see that progress continue. and you want it to pick a candidate, secretary clinton or senator sanders who can build on the progress made in this administration. and you are seeing a great contest of ideas again around the economy, around health care, around immigration policy, gun violence prevention and many other issues. >> since your think tank does deal with these big ideas, how does it continue on with what we see so far? >> there are a couple of things we have to see in the economic proposals and we are seeing them. let me just say that secretary
clinton and senator sanders are both putting forward big bold ideas around how to raise wages. both of them are for increases in minimum wage. senator sanders is for $15 minimum wage and clinton with $12 minimum wage but states with the option to go further. you are seeing education, college affordability. those are on top of mind for americans today. you contrast that with the republican side where no one is talking about those ideas. no one is talking about how to address climate change for example. no one put forward any ideas around how to limit carbon pollution. so there's a big contrast between the republican and democratic side going into the primaries. >> our guest from the senate for american progress. if you want to ask her questions about the primary season, particularly the candidate
involved, you can call. the question with all these proposals that are being out there is how do you pay for it. when you talk about it, what is the best way to pay for proposals, especially as you hear from democrats. >> best ways to pay are by investing in infrastructure, our economy, closing tax loop holes and i think both senator sanders and secretary clinton are for modifications in our tax code. again when you look at the republican side, they talk about tax breaks for the wealthiest americans and that will explode the deficit. the other piece that's important to remember is that under president obama and he doesn't get a lot of credit for this is we have seen the deficit cut by nearly three quarters. and so we want to continue on that path of investment and recovery but also build on that. and i think the other piece that's interesting here is health care. you know, a lot of talk around
the republicans wanting to repeal the affordable care act. repeal obama care. and the distinctions on the democratic side are important here as well. where senator sanders wants to sort of scrap the affordable care act and move into a single payer medicare for all system where as secretary clinton sees that the system that we have, affordable care act, is here to stay. 18 million americans have health insurance that they didn't otherwise have. people under 26 can stay on their parents' plans. the system is working. sure, we need improvement. but we want to keep the system that we have today. and so i think in health care you see distinctions between secretary clinton and senator sanders' plan. >> as far as the proposal by secretary clinton, is the affordable care act in your mind sustainable? especially as people enter it and people continue to get care? especially as states eventually get less support from the government. do you see a future that's
fiscally sustainable? >> absolutely. the affordable care act is sustainable. it can be improved on in ways. but we need to continue to invest in it. as i read senator clinton's plan, the senator's plan, it doesn't add up in terms of the numbers an he hasn't given detail that he should. his plan, if it were to be put in place, is very expensive. and so i think that's another part of the difference. the other piece is whether it is something that can actually be implemented. a single paramedicare for all systems. for vermont, the state he's from, one of the bluest most democratic states, the governor there, democratic governor, tried to implement a single payer system and had to toss that out. i think one thing that senator clinton brings is an ability to be pragmatic, work toward solutions that can be
implemented. when you look at exit polls from nevada you see for the people bho wanted someone who could get things done, 78% of those voters voted for secretary clinton. >> our guest, winnie stack elford, first call for you comes from marilyn in columbus, ohio. you're on with our guest. good morning. >> good morning. first i would like to say that i will vote democrat whoever the nominee is. because we're in trouble if the republicans get in. i can never vote for donald trump. donald trump is a vote for the tea party who has brought this country down. it's a vote for the nra, sarah palin, glenn beck, all of these people that i would not align myself with. but what i want to ask you, my girlfriend here was on the computer, and she came across ohio health that governor kasich
put almost everybody health insurance. whether you are aetna, humana, whoever. guess who owns aetna? donald trump and the koch brothers. they are profiting off of obama health care. i want someone to ask kasich or trump, does he own ohio health because he is not going to change anything. he is profiting from it. thank you. >> some in the media are calling kasich an establishment, a moderate. the other day he sign need law a plan for planned parenthood that provides health care services forsome living in ohio. he certainly isn't moderate. and you mentioned donald trump and the others. they aren't as well. you talked about the democratic side and that you would support
no matter who the democratic nominee is. i think as i mentioned earlier, the distinction between the two parties in the 2016 primaries couldn't be more stark. the contrast couldn't be more clear. where democrats have big bold ideas to address issues you raised. health care, economy, stagnant wages. on the republican side that's just not what we are seeing. we are seeing divisive rhetoric and very angry electorate. >> washington, d.c., grant, hi there. >> hi. hey, i wanted to congratulate a wonderful study called fear inc., the roots of the islama phobia network in 2011. it was really an exploration of all of the groups funding islama phobia. but with -- [ cheers and applause ]
>> sybrina fulton, geneva reid, lucy mcbeth and mariah hamilton. [ cheers and applause ] now it gives me great pleasure and distinction privilege and ex treenl honor to introduce the one whose service has been her mantra all of her life. she has been an outstanding public servant all of her life. she served well as president of a senior class at westlyian college. served well in the academic halls of yale university when
she receive hed her law degree. she went to work for the defense fund. while she helped those helpless, with a voice for the hopeless, and she has always served well. she served well as the first lady of arkansas. served well while she was in the white house. served well as a senator. served well as a secretary. served well as a mother. served well as a grandmother. her mantra is she always served well. two defining moments in her life, defining passion for service. those who define their moments, she watched her mother had an early age, struggle and have to take a job cleaning houses to help support the family. she learned to have compassion for single working mothers because she saw what her mother was able to do. and then in 1968 she heard the late dr. martin luther king, jr. give a speech and that speech empowered her to do more for
social service. dr. king has said one time that everybody can be great. because anybody can serve. you don't need a college degree in order to serve. you don't need for your agree in order to serve. you just need a heart full of grace. all my brothers and sisters are hearts full of grace. when you have full of grace and have you love in your heart as well. i present to you right now, who has served well. and because she served well she served with a period and not a comma. for a period that knows end but comma that knows power. she served well in the past. she served well in the present and she will serve well in the future as our next president of these united states of america, hillary rodham clinton. [ cheers and applause ]
>> good evening. thank you all so much. and pastor ezel, thank you for welcoming us here to central baptist church. i am deeply honored to be with you and to have so many members of your church with us this evening. both here in the sanctuary and in the fellowship hall where i hope they can hear our voices. i want to recognize a few people. you will be introduced to these extraordinary people behind me in just a moment. and i believe you're in for such a blessing when you hear from each and every one of them. so let me thank them for being here and i'm going to acknowledge each of them in a minute. >> thank you.
>> i want to recognize and acknowledge congressman jim clyburn and -- [ cheers and applause ] >> -- and mrs. emily clyburn, both who are here with us this evening. i also want to acknowledge someone who i first met here in south carolina in columbia a long time ago when i came as a young lawyer for the children's defense fund to investigate the deplorable situation of young people, young teenagers, being held in adult prisons. and that's attorney herb bul, who is here with us, and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming who is here with us, and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming
who is here with us, and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming, who is here with us, and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming who is here with us, and his wife, linda. i want to thank them for coming. attorney bule was the attorney who lent me his automobile at that time, a stick shift, that i drove around the state. sort of bucking and moving back and forth as i went from place to place to interview people. to gather information for the lawsuit that the children's defense fund eventually filed with attorney bule being involved in that. tonight we're going to talk about two very important issues. they intersect. they are distinct. but they have grave consequences. not just for the people sitting here with me. but for all-americans. you will hear from women who
have lost their children. the mothers of the movement who have suffered as no mother ever should. you will meet sabrina fulton, whose son, trayvon martin, was followed and shot in the housing development where his father lived because he went out to buy a package of skit els. four years ago, this week.els. four years ago, this week.tels. four years ago, this week. you will meese lucy mcbeth, whose teenage son, jordan davis, was with some friends playing music, as every teenager i've ever known does. he was killed because the music was too loud. and three mothers who lost
children to incidents with the police. maria hamilton, whose son was shot and killed by police in milwaukee, wisconsin. geneva reid-veil whose daughter, sandra bland, died in police custody in texas. and gwen carr, whose son, eric garner, was choked to death after being stopped by police for selling cigarettes on the street. that's too many deaths. too many young lives cut short. too many questions still unanswered. something is very wrong when we have these incidents where kids can get arrested for petty crimes and lose their lives.
something's wrong when african-americans are three times as likely to be denied a mortgage as white people are. tk families is just a tiny fraction of the median wealth of white families. something is terribly wrong when african-american men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men convicted of the same offenses. there's something really terribly wrong when little children in flint, michigan, are poisoned by the water they drink and bathe in because their government wanted to save money. [ applause ] my friends, we need real justice and accountability across america. we need to face the reality of
systemic racism and we need to break down all the barriers in our economy and society that hold people back and disproportionately hold back african-americans. we need to be building ladders of opportunity in the place of those barriers. and we need to rebuild trust in our justice system. for the mothers here and for mothers everywhere, we know that they have experienced a tragedy that vast majority of us never will. what i am so grateful for is how they are turning their grief into resolve. they've been traveling across south carolina the last few days but they have been traveling across america to ask for the kind of real change that we need.
now, there are many state and city officials who are already working to do this. they're having police involved shootings and in-custody deaths handled by independent authorities. i support these efforts. today i'm announcing that we will provide federal resources to support this state and locally driven approach. [ applause ] tackling and ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us. white americans, we need to do a better job of listening when african-americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers they face every day. we need to recognize our privilege and practice humility
rather than assume that our experiences are everyone's experiences. i also believe that if we work together to make major, new investments in communities that have been left behind and guarantee justice and dignity to every american that will benefit all of us. i really applaud congressman clyburn's plan as to how better distribute federal funds so that those communities that have been left out and left behind over so many years can have a better chance to lift themselves up. [ applause ] our problem with violence goes far beyond the terrible cases where the police are involved. that's why i'm deeply honored to have former congresswoman gabby
giffords and her husband mark kelly with us. [ applause ] the epidemic of gun violence stalking our land is another barrier holding us back. 33,000 americans every year are killed by gun violence. many more are wounded. as gabby was. gun violence is by far the leading cause of death for young african-american men. more than the next nine causes combined. just the other night in kalamazoo, michigan, six people were killed at random.
and none of us can forget the nine faithful people murdered at bible study in mother emanuel church in charleston. this isn't just an urban problem as some like to say. it's a problem for our entire country. gabby giffords was shot while meeting with her constituents in the parking lot of a shopping mall. she was doing her job. including a 9-year-old girl who was so excited because she was going to meet her congresswoman. and she was standing in line to do just that. i'm very grateful that gabby and mark have been taking on the gun
lobby tirelessly fighting for common sense reforms. we should all join them in this effort. [ applause ] we need comprehensive background checks. we need to keep more guns out of the wrong hands. we need to close what's called the charleston loophole that let the killer there get a gun even though he should have been barred. we need to revoke the special immunity gun dealers and manufacturers have today. thanks to a vote by the congress. [ applause ] they should be held accountable for their products just like any other product. and we need to crack down on straw purchasing and make it a crime and for goodness sake we should bar people on the no-fly list, the terrorist list from
buying guns in the united states. [ applause ] i know the politics are hard. i'm well aware of that. but sometimes the hard things are the most important things to keep trying to do. we can't go on like this. president obama has said we need to make it a voting issue and i agree completely. [ applause ] so please join me in welcoming, again, these remarkable people who are taking this journey on behalf of all of us. [ applause ]
>> i want each of our -- our panelists to have the chance to just tell you personally -- [ inaudible ] why they're so committed to doing what they can -- and let you have a chance to hear what extraordinary people, people of real courage and commitment. >> thank you. i'm sabrina fullton, i'm the mother of trayvon martin. [ applause ] thank you. thank you. wow. [ applause ]
thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you. i know i fooled a lot of you guys because i changed my hair style so i just fit right in. let me just start off by saying the reason why we're here, number one, the mothers of the movement, the mothers on mission, is because secretary clinton supported us and we have to stand and support her. [ applause ] we each have a personal story and we each have a reason why we feel the way that we do about secretary clinton. and that's because we've met her and i don't want to look because it's going to make me tear up. we had the opportunity to sit
with her to meet with her and when we met with her she walked in as a secretary. she walked in as a political figure. she walked in as a presidential candidate. but she walked out as a compassionate mother, as a compassionate grandmother, as a compassionate wife. [ applause ] because it was no way in the world that she was going to be able to sit in a room with 12 different families and each one of us had a tragic story about our sons or daughters that had been murdered as a result of senseless gun violence. the meeting took a whole other turn because we poured out our heart where no other candidate would listen