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into the wrong hands, of course, they have to take responsibility. the moment popgun store, no. that allow a lot of guns to go to certain purchases. that, you have to crack down on. we need to protect our traditional freedoms. he is host of a weekly show called "keep democracy live." paul in danville virginia, we have about 30 seconds. : there are a whole bunch of things. the biggest reason people are voting for trump is because he is not politically correct. bernie sanders, majority of young people, they all want free
handle -- free handouts. they are going to be paying for that stuff, they don't know that. investment, education is extremely important. other countries have better education. it is good for national security to help kids go to school. i've talked to people and they are burdened by these debts. that is one place we do need to invest and bernie can do it prudently. having this huge burden of having to pay for public college. host: a former state senator of new hampshire and senator -- and supporter of senator bernie sanders. to thegoing live
traditional politics and eggs breakfast held in manchester new hampshire. coverage.ve bernie sanders will be speaking shortly at this event. tonight you will see ernie clint -- you will see hillary bernie sanders speaking at the -- dinner. you will be able to see them all on c-span or c-span2 today, over the weekend, and leading up to the results on primary night on tuesday. thank you for being with us. here is live coverage of senator sanders. you live to manchester for the politics and eggs breakfast.
hosted by the new england council. tos morning they are going hear from bernie sanders, which should get underway very shortly. bernie sanders coming into this morning's politics and eggs breakfast with national news, a national pullout saying he has traumatically cut into the nationwide lead of hillary clinton. 44% support, compared to 42% for sanders, within the survey's margin of error. our coverage getting underway. we have covered carly fiorina in new hampshire. that will be later in the program schedule. coming up tonight at 7:00 eastern, both bernie sanders and hillary clinton will be appearing at the new hampshire democratic party dinner.
>> more live roach at the white house coverage. we are live in manchester, new hampshire for the politics and a series hosted by the new england council and by the new hampshire institute of politics. bernie sanders should be arriving momentarily. one of his major themes is the economy and jobs. will talkible he about the news on joblessness from the labor department. u.s. employers adding 151,000 jobs in january. to fouress rate falling .9%. the ap saying that job added a syrup -- added a sharp deceleration in transportation and temporary workers.
a number of politicians have spoken to this forum. john kasich has spoken to the group. bernie sanders set to speak to the politics and eggs breakfast with news this morning -- showing some gain in a national poll. bernie sanders has dramatically cut into the nationwide lead of primary rival hillary clinton. finds clintonse leading the race with 44%, compared to 42% with sanders. we will hear from both of the democratic candidates tonight at 7:00 as we cover the new hampshire democratic party dinner. that will get underway at 7:00 eastern. we wait to hear from bernie sanders.
this is man had -- this is manchester, new hampshire. maybe the weather slowing him down a little bit it -- a little bit. is being closed, mr. trump is unable to attend today's townhall. coming into this event ahead of the new hampshire polls. the latest from wme ur shows him ur -- from wmur shows him up. the recent poll in this morning's washington journal. we will show you that as we wait to hear from bernie sanders.
england council. my pleasure to welcome all of you here for our final politics and eggs event before the nations primary. it has been no exaggeration to say this has truly been one of the busiest primary seasons we this great state since we started back in 1995. and the creator of this wonderful venue that we have been able to show the nation was started by a young man who -- it as white at the time want to thank him. 17th major party candidate to have hosted here in new hampshire. we wrap up this wonderful primary season.
i want to thank all of you. i want to thank all of your sponsors for their generous support. more importantly the institute of politics is really coming alive the last several years. the leadership of the director -- the leadership of the executive director has done an extraordinary job of bringing all the candidates into this great state. you will hear from him in one moment because he is going to introduce our speaker. i want to thank all of you for the great support you have given to the politics and eggs. we are honored to be joined by understand i'm sure and appreciates how special the new hampshire primary is.
a new englander who has dedicated his career to advocate for this great region and our in vermont.t door for the purposes of a formal introduction of a very special new englander here, i am pleased to introduce the man who inerves so much credit bringing alive the politics and eggs, the executive director of the institute of politics, our good friend -- [applause] >> good morning everyone, i want to thank you all. we having a good time with the 20th anniversary of politics and ats we have great partners the new england council for this
series and we are particularly pleased about today's speaker. she was coming down from the north and she said, do you think they will cancel it? i said bernie sanders is from vermont. and we are loading snowshoes on the press bus as we speak. i want to introduce the senator inm vermont, who was elected 1981 mayor of burlington. , 16 years or two terms in the senate. his last election to the senate he won with 71% of the vote. devoted his whole life to income inequality and serving our veterans. i wanted to introduce bernie sanders. [applause]
sanders: thank you very much. , think everybody knows. thank you. thank you all for inviting me to say a few words to you. as many of you may know, we began our campaign for the presidency about nine months ago . on awe began our campaign beautiful day in burlington, vermont, there were a lot of media pundits who are commenting attire.ir, on my at the truth is not too many of them thought we had much -- but
the truth is not too many of them thought we had much of a chance to do well. a lot has changed in the last nine months. i think the reason for that is that, discussing issues for a variety of reasons, are not often discussed in our country. and i think what we are tapping ordinary feeling of americans, that there is something profoundly wrong with everyrnment that seems day to be deeply concerned about the interests of the wealthy and powerful, but somehow ignores working people in the middle class and pays virtually it -- virtually no attention at all to poverty. so i think the success in our campaign is talking truth in a straightforward way to the american people, and
understanding that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody bring about the changes we need in this country alone. that what needs to happen is what i call a political revolution, which means millions of people who have given up on the political process, people who do not believe their vote payer, people who did not attention to what goes on, often because they do not get the , becauseon they need media, to a significant degree, sees politics as a football game or soap opera, rather than a discussion of the real issues facing our country. maybe i'm an old-fashioned new englander. if you are not feeling well you go to the doctor's office, you what's wrong with me? what
the diagnosis? how do i get better? that is what politics are in a democracy. how are the problems? how do we solve those problems? the problems? how do we solve those problems? what i believe, and many americans believe, our problems. are problems. what america is about is is democracy, is everybody having a fair shot. upt is what we grew believing, that is what we learned in school. to lay issues out on the table and i want you to think about it. is it fair, is it appropriate, is it american that we have more income wealth inequality than
any major country on earth today, and it is worse in america than that any time since 1928? lie is that? -- why is that? did some terrible natural disaster hit america? no. technology has exploded in the last 20 or 30 years. most people are producing much more. productivity is going up, all of you are producing more because you have to to its -- you have the tools. why is it that millions of people are earning significantly less than they did years ago? median male worker, that men in the middle of the economy, is earning $700 less in inflation adjusted dollars then that person did 41 years ago.
inoman earning $1000 less inflation adjusted for dollars then she did in 2007. maybe we should have some discussions about that issue. what is going on? of wealth distribution, you tell me whether you think america should be the country where the top 1/10 of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. is that the america we grew up believing in? is that the kind of country we should live in? as thealmost as much as bottom 90%? i know that some of my republican friends get very nervous when we talk about redistribution of wealth. i want everybody in this room to know there has been a massive redistribution of wealth in the last 30 years. pages of on the front
new york times? haven't seen it on cbs radio or nbc. dollars have flown from the middle class to the top 1%, who now own twice the percentage of wealth than they did 30 years ago. america, we have the top 20 people, 20 wealthiest wealth themng more the bottom 50%, 150 million people. today in america the walton family owns more wealth than the bottom 40%. ien i talk about our economy, use the term a raked economy. economy.ke -- a rigged people like elizabeth warren and i use that. let me give you an example.
the walton family is the wealthiest family in america. out that the walton family, in my view, is the major recipient of public welfare in america. the wages they pay their workers are so low, that many of their workers, by the way they are the largest private-sector employer in , many of their workers are on medicaid, on food stamps, or subsidized housing, which you are paying for in your taxes. your taxes go to pay for medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing. is when thenomy middle class pays taxes to subsidize the wealthiest family in this country, because the wealthiest family in this country are paying their workers wages and benefits that are too low. rigged economy.
that is distribution of wealth. what about distribution of income? i come from across the river, but i think the story in new hampshire is not any different. tell me why in the year 2016 so many people in new hampshire and so many people in vermont should be working not one job, but two jobs, three jobs, trying to cobble together some income and health care. why does that have to be? the answer is, of course, wages are too low and many people are struggling to get some health care in addition. minimum have a federal wage of $7.25 per hour. you can do the arithmetic as
well as i can, but you cannot make it today, not on seven perars $25 -- not on $7.25 hour. view, we haven my to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. [applause] to my mind, people working 40 hours per week or more should not be living in poverty, and too many of them are. my son used to work at the emergency food shelter in burlington. true in burlington, what is true all over this country, is that people working full time go to the emergency food shelf because the income they are receiving is not enough to adequately feed their family. that is not what should be going
on in america. levy tell you what else should not be going on in america, we should not have 47 million people living in poverty. we should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty in on most any major nation of -- major nation on earth, 20% of kids. education, talk about schools. half of the kids in public schools in america are on three or -- on free or reduced lunches . i understand politicians don't talk about poverty, they don't talk about poverty for a couple of reasons. if you are in a public and what you want to do is cut the programs -- if you are a republican what you want to do is cut programs. you want to cut the nutrition programs when children are going hungry for the other conventional wisdom is people don't vote, why do i have to worry about poor people?
riche to worry about people making campaign contributions. i think that concept stinks. i think as a nation we should be embarrassed about how 47 million people are living in poverty. [applause] let me talk about something else that doesn't get a lot of discussion. one of the fun things about running for president is that you can sometimes, not always, but sometimes you can force discussion on issues that are often ignored. the media looks at the world from here to here. unemployment in america -- let me give you the good news.
one president bush left office -- when president bush left office we were losing 800,000 jobs per month. .n astronomical number for those people concerned about up the largestn deficit in the history of the united states of america. obviously everyone remembers , ourbush left office financial system was on the verge of collapse. there was a real fear they were going to put their credit card and atm machine in and nothing was going to come out. that is what we want one president bush left office. ,nless you are very partisan some of my republican colleagues can go around the country talking about the problems we have. course we do have to economic
problems, ignored where we came from the last several years. when people talk about unemployment, what you see on the front pages of your paper is unofficial employment -- unofficial unemployment. -- official unemployment. which looks at unemployment for not only those who do not have jobs, but who are working part-time when they want to work full-time. thisis a lot of people in country. those people have given up looking for work. when you add that together, you have nine print -- you have 9.9% unemployment. it is a serious problem. on an issueouch that gets almost no discussion at all. it amazes me, but i keep talking about it.
that is the issue of youth unemployment. we have some economists look at kids between 17 and 20, who graduated high school. for these kids, real unemployment, if they were white, was 33%. 33% were unemployed or underemployed. if they were african-american, the number once -- number was 51%. i keep talking about it. doesn't get written much. let me tell you why it is a huge issue.
thinking back to when we were young. young people want to stand on their own two feet. they want to become independent. if you are out there looking for a job and there is not a job, that is hard to do. here is what concerns me even more. is another issue that doesn't get a lot of discussion and i want you to think about it. we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. we have 2.2 million people in jail. we spend $80 billion a year and incarcerated people at the local state and federal level. correlation between high youth unemployment and high rates of incarceration? i believe there is. agomember a couple of years downing bennington, vermont --
down in bennington, vermont, there was a principal who was fierce. she almost refused to allow any of her kids to drop off from school. she took this very personally, as good educators should. were kids.rs whatever it may be. she called up 3:00 in the morning saying, you will not drop out of school. don't do anything stupid. she had a very positive impact on the kids. that is what we have to do nationally. even some conservatives are catching on to this point. this is one area where we have
seen conservatives and progressives coming together. a good idea tos spend $80 billion per year having more people in jail than china does? nobody i know. is doinghould be doing exactly what that principle was doing, and that is we should be putting our emphasis and money and education and jobs to young people, not jails or incarceration. it will save us lives, save us money. perspective -- the progressive perspective, it is a conservative perspective. spoke about jobs, let me talk about what i think we should do and how we should pay for it.
one of the arguments against me as i'm a very nice guy, i'm santa claus, i want to give away a lot of free stuff. our roads, our bridges, our water systems, and i'm not just talking about flint michigan. wastewater plants, airports, a rail system, increasingly falling further behind in europe and japan. everybody knows we need to make a huge investment in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. the american society of civil engineers, what a sexy name that is.
they say we need to make over $3 trillion in investment in our infrastructure. of herformer mayor linkedin, infrastructure does not get better if you don't invest. you end up having to spend a lot more rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure. what we are proposing is to to rebuild ouron crumbling infrastructure. make our country more productive, safer, more efficient, but we also create up to 13 million decent jobs. even in washington, $1 trillion is a lot of money. right now there is a huge which allowsphole,
large multinational corporations and individuals to stash their money in the cayman islands and bermuda. there is no debate about this. you have veryr multinational corporations not paying a nickel in income taxes. we are losing about $100 billion per year in that one loophole. we will be able to rebuild our infrastructure and create millions of decent paying jobs. i know here in new hampshire, for better or for worse, you see a lot of politicians coming through your state. many of my republican colleagues talk about family values.
they love family and that is what they talk about. knowserybody in this room , and i will not shock anybody -- in politics there is just a little bit of hypocrisy. talking about family values. some other parts of the country here in new england, it is important for us to understand what they mean. one they talk about family values they are saying every woman in this state and every woman in this country, you do not have the right to control your own body. about family
they are saying and what the republicans in the senate and house voted for, is to defund planned parenthood, one of the important and excellent organizations providing excellent quality health care to over one million women. when they talk about family , what they say is the gay men and women in this country, they do not have the right to be married. and i disagree with that as well. i happen to think when you talk about hypocrisy, what you are seeing are republican candidates saying how much they hate government. going to cut social security and cut medicare and medicaid, may be doing away with
the environmental protection agency, because they really hate government. somehow when it comes to a very personal decision that a woman has to make, they love government. and they want the state and federal government to make bad decisions for every woman in america. that is hypocrisy, that is wrong. [applause] jane and i have been married for
27 years. there is nobody i know who believes more in family then jane does. we have been blessed with great kids. we have seven grandchildren in total and needless to say they are beautiful grandchildren. we believe in family. we believe in family values. valuestalk about family we are raising an issue that has not gotten a lot of discussion. the united states is the only major country on earth. one of the few countries on earth that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. one of the things we overcome is overlooking the status quo. this is what paid family and medical leave means. it means if you are a woman in , if youshire or vermont are that mom and you are working
class or a lower income mom, what happens? weeks fromk or two will -- from now you are forced to go back to work. what we are seeing our mothers being forced to separate themselves from their newborn babies. this is the only major country on earth where that occurs. one of the few countries in the -- poor countries make sure their moms can stay home. what happens if you get a phone call that your kid is sick? you need to go home or spend time maybe with your dad dealing with alzheimer's?
only major country that does not allow that. there is legislation now in the whichand senate guarantees paid family and medical leave for three months. the average worker an increase in payroll tax of one dollar -- of $1.61 per week. i think that is a good investment. as president i will fight to have the rest of the united states -- to have the united states joined the rest of the industrial world and have guaranteed paid family and medical leave. [applause] when i go around the country, what i find is there is a real anger and frustration.
is a deep feeling the united states government is not hearing the pain or reality of ordinary americans. ordinary americans have a hard childcare, having a hard time finding decent jobs. having a hard time sending their kids to college. having a hard time paying for health care. people look to washington and washington is living in a very different world. on top of all of that is the issue of fairness, the issue of a rigged economy, which essentially means people are working ordinary hours -- working hours for low wages. issue of wealth and power, which dictates what
goes on in america. we have town meetings. is thereal feeling should be more economy. -- the general feeling is when they look at wall street what they see is a rigged economy. they see a corrupt campaign finance system. all wrapped up in wall street. what i can tell you from -- thel experience banking committee, which became the financial committee. that on the committee dealt with the regulation of wall street. here is the reality that will not shock any american. billions ofput
dollars in lobbying and campaign into saying you have to get rid of these 1930's regulations. you have to allow commercial banks to merge with investor banks, to merge with large insurance companies. i didn't believe it for one second, not for one second. never made any sense to me. website, you will see the dialogue greenspan and high hat. turns out i was right, he was wrong. here is the point, billions of dollars going to lobbying. and you have not just republicans but democrats.
all those guys on the clinton administration saying we are going to deregulate wall street. let us go out and do these wonderful things, the creativity of wall street. and weren't deregulated they had the opportunity to do their thing. it drove this country and the world into the worst economic downturn since the great depression. lost their people jobs. millions of people have not recovered from that her in this recession. and when they crash, they went to running to congress.
they went to running and i was in the room. aey said if you don't give 700 billion dollars in a few days, it is likely the world's economy will collapse. they had a three page outline of what they wanted. people who want to cut social security, medicare, and medicaid. they got bailed out, under the argument that banks were too big to fail. went down they took a big part of the economy with them, that is why they had to be supported. that three out of the four largest banks are bigger than they were when we bail them out.
the six largest financial institutions in america have access to $10 trillion, equivalent to 58% of gdp of america. they control whole lot of the bank deposits in this country. above and beyond the issue we will have to bail them out again is the impact of a few financial institutions with so much wealth and power. that is why i agree with a number of economists who believe we should reestablish glass-steagall legislation and why we should break up the largest financial institutions in this country. what i want to see is a financial system, which is not itself, whose
main goal is simply to make as much money as it can remember boring making? small business gautier local bank. make an affordable loan. that is the kind of thinking i think we need. not a system that allows for the creation of incredibly complicated when it took pools that nobody -- tools that nobody understands, that are often fraudulent. me tell you a story that i think peoplesses the american and why they are so angry and builds -- dissolution. theman sachs is one of major financial institutions on wall street as you know. a couple of weeks no, did not get a whole lot of attention. goldman sachs became another
bank to reach a financial summit with the government. they agree to pay a fine of $5 billion. for most people, a sizable chunk of cash. why do they do that question mark -- that? they were guilty of selling packages of subprime oranges. they paid their final $5 billion. and about goldman sachs -- by the way, not just goldman sachs. all of you are familiar with the of him and him -- phenomenon revolving doors. revolving doors means powerful interest go into government to represent their interests, and when you're finished, they go
back to their private stuff there -- sector. have -- , onegiven a secretary republican and one democrat. that is political power. you own a business. you say to joe, you say hey joe i want you to take a few years off. the work in government and then come back. that is a lot of power. they pay a $5 billion fine. they have over the last several years many people in the highest places and government. what else are they do? they make huge campaign contributions. they have meetings just like this. can provide huge amounts of financial support to the candidates that they like. that is what they do.
in addition to all of that, there something else that goes on. probably even deeper than the role of money and politics. sachs just reached a $5 million settlement with the united states government for illegal activity. today, some kid in new hampshire gets picked up for having marijuana. that could will have a police record for the rest of his life. how many wall street executives for have a police record destroying the lives of so many americans because of their illegal behavior? $5 billion settlement. no charges made. that is why the american people are angry. and that is why this is an issue that we have got to deal with.
.immel justice means justice it means that if you are poor, wealthy and powerful, you need to be treated the same under the laws of the united states of america. [applause] sen. sanders: if elected president i will do my best to make certain that happens. onn we talk about what goes in our country. that it is a rigged economy, people working longer hours for lower wages, must all be wealth going to the people on top. it is a corrupt campaign finance system. if you did not hear me correctly. i said corrupt finance -- corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining america and the armor -- democracy. i love democracy.
i love debates. but i do not love the situation today in which billionaires can buy elections. disastrous of the citizen united supreme court decision. billionaires can spend as much as they want in super pac's for independent expenditures. much of the -- many of the tv ,ds will come from super pac's from organizations that have trust me, areut controlled by billionaires. i want you to think about it. in america today. in this campaign cycle. , the secondothers wealthiest family and america. a family that leaves we should not cuts of security, or medicaid, or medicare, but that we should eliminate it. this family, along with a few
other billionaires will be spending at least, in my view, $900 million on this campaign cycle to elect candidates who represent the rich and powerful. anybody here think that is what american democracy is supposed to be about? i don't. i think it is undermining american democracy. -- my the reasons i've campaign is going well. we have received, up until this point. three and half million individual conservations. that is more individual contributions than any time in history. one of the reasons that we have received so many contributions, and by the way it has obama mine. one of the reasons is not because people are sympathetic to my point of view, but there is another point. people are saying, you know what
bernie, i don't have a lot of money. i'm just a middle-class person. i'm going to send you an average check of $27. that is our average. i think it is awful that billionaires are buying elections. not a lot of money, but if it helps you stand up to people who are trying to buy elections, here is my $27. so what do we have to do. -- do? well, it's a no-brainer in my mind that when you have a 5-4 supreme court decision allowing citizens united to go forward. i think we have got to overturn citizens united. [applause] sen. sanders: here is the promise that i make you and that is that no nominee of mine for the supreme court will get deposition, unless he or she
makes it publicly clear, crystal-clear that they will vote to overturn citizens united. let me go a little further. i am a passionate believer in democracy. i really am. , have ran in a lot of races sometimes a lose, sometimes i win. but i always enjoy people debating issues, getting involved in the political process. come up toys to see large voter turnout. i believe that not only are we have to overturn united -- citizens united. i think we go to a public funding of elections. , ifor anyone in this room don't care if you are conservative or a moderate. if you want to run for office you do so without having to beg wealthy people for contributions. nobody knows how much time people in congress spend raising
money. i'm there, so i know it. .emocrats go to the dnc room republicans go to their room. a do what they all dialing for dollars. that is true. they are given a list of potential donors. that's what they do. not only should members who are elected be working for the .eople, not raising money if you think you could simply divide your brain and half, saying i will work on employment or health care, open i have to rate -- raise money. it impacts you. i think we need to move for public funded elections. [applause] here's another radical idea why
we are at it. theybody here knows we need less educated workforce in the world. for our economy and our democracy. everybody here i think those we once had that, we don't have it today. today, we have hundreds of thousands of bright, young qualified people who want to get a college education, but are unable to do so for one reason. that is their families lack the money. you have millions of other people, and this is unbelievable, i knew about this issue, but i did not know really until i started running for president. every place i go. every speech that i get. i say coming, how many are dealing with student debt? the hands come up, the numbers come out. i think last night we did a and a woman jumped up who
had $150,000 in debt. -- $300,000 in0 debt for going to medical school. that is crazy stuff. if you want to have a well educated workforce, which everyone does. you should not penalize people because they are trying to get the education. what does that mean? it means, in my view, when we talk about public education it is no longer good enough to be gradeg about first aid -- through 12th grade. that was a great thing 50 years ago. you had a high school degree -- diploma, you could go out and get a good job. that is not the case today. today, in my view, when we talk about public education it should include free tuition at public colleges and universities.
furthermore, we have to deal with this issue of student debt so what i am proposing is to lower student debt by allowing those with the debt to do what they cannot do today. that is right now, they are stuck at high interest rates option. i want them to have the opportunity to refinance those loans. that will take a huge bite out of student debt in this country. people say, that is a nice idea santa claus, what else you have for us? how are you going to pay for this one? it is an expensive proposition. $70 billion a year. i will tell you. we are going to impose a tax on wall street speculation. street needed a bailout, it came to the middle
class. in my view, it is wall street time to help the middle class today. [applause] now i understand why the head of goldman sachs the other day thought that i was dangerous. about another issue that we need to talk about? in this issue is interesting because it ties with other issues. energy the senate committee and the senate environmental committee. i will tell you what i suspect everybody in this room already knows and that is climate change is real. climate change is caused by human activity. i'm a change is already doing devastating harm to our country and the world. what the scientists tell us and i think we have got to listen to them. we have a short window of opportunity to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.
if we do not do that, the planet we will leave our children and grand children will be increasingly unhealthy. what is interesting about this debate is that the scientific community is virtually unanimous. that's what they say. in fact, some of the new studies that are coming out are suggesting that they underestimated the severity of the problem. what they are now saying -- i wait to hear this -- is that by the end of the century. this planet could be 5-10 degrees warmer than it is today. and new -- that vermont hampshire will have climate similar to georgia by the end of the entry. and all of you understand what that means. it means more floods, droughts, , andrising sea levels
acidity of the oceans. it means more international conflict as people fight over limited national -- natural resources. that's what we are looking at. that is a tragedy that i, if elected president, will deal with in a very long way. got to work with china, russia, india, countries all over the world. we are beginning to make progress, but we have to make more -- be more aggressive. here is a point i want to make which ties with another one. i way to think about it. happen that not one republican candidate running for president will tell you what the entire scientific immunity is saying. that climate change is real and that it has to be dealt with for future generations? are the republican candidates dummies? no. i have served with many of them.
around attacking cancer or all summers -- alzheimer's research. how is it on this issue they deny the science? corruptack to the campaign finance system. the moment a republican comes and says climate change israel, they will lose their campaign funding from the cohen brothers, exxon mobil and other companies that promote fossil fuels. that is just one example of what money plays on our public policy. that is why we need to overturn citizens united and allow elected officials to deal with the real issues racing our countries and not have to worry
about where they are getting their money from. [applause] i have gone on too long. let me just raise one other issue. what this campaign is trying to do is to ask the american people to think big and not small. a question i want you to think about. why is the united states the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for all people as a right? i am a member of the committee that wrote the affordable care act. it is on a lot of good things. of -- ofded be acidity obscenity of of --
pre-existing conditions. we have added some 70 million more americans into the ranks of the insured. we have done away with the --coloration of women who discrimination of women who have had to pay higher premiums because they are a woman. we still pay, by far, the highest in the world for prescription drugs. so much so that one in five americans cannot afford the protections doctors are writing. despite all that, we and up spinning more on health care than any other major country. we are spending almost three
times more than they do in the u.k. giving health care to all people there. french and farhe more than our canadian neighbors. why are we the only country on earth that does not say, whether you are rich, poor, young, old, whether you live in california or in hampshire, guess what? you are an american. you have health care. [applause] sen. sanders: i believe in that. i believe health care is a right of all people and not a privilege. but more portly, i believe that it is absurd that we are spending much more per capita on health care than other countries. i think it is absurd that while our people cannot afford prescription drugs, while elderly people are cutting their pills in half because they cannot afford to buy medicine, the top three drug companies
made $45 billion in profit. could double the price of your medicine tomorrow and nobody could do anything about it because of the incredible power of the pharmaceutical industry and their campaign contributors and their lobbies. the bottom line is, i believe we should move towards a medicare for all, single-payer program. what that would do is not only guarantee health care for all people as a right, it would save the last families thousands of dollars a year on their health care costs. you know what else it would do which we don't talk about very much? how many millions of people in -- hangntry are saying at a job that they don't want to be at because they get decent health care benefits for their family? a whole lot of people. if we said to those people and to every american, you know what, you could go out and start
your own business. you got an idea? go do it. your family will have health care. you know what that does to the economy when people are not forced to be at work when they are not at jobs they don't want to be a. havenow what it means to small and medium-size businesses trying to figure out how they can provide insurance for their employees and getting that off their back? it doesn't matter if you are a small or big corporation, your workers are going to have insurance. i think we should move in that direction because i see it as a for our economy. [applause] sen. sanders: there we are in 2016. we live in an its ordinary extraordinary
country. there is so much more to be had. about isampaign is that no president can do it alone. we need the involvement of ordinary people at every level. up and help transform this country. i believe that we should not ofe the highest rate childhood poverty when we have more wealth. we should not be the only without-- major country health care for all. top 20 people have more income than the bottom 50%. need a personnot like donald trump to divide us up. that is what this demonstration will be about. thank you very much for lung me to be here.
[applause] very much for allowing me to be here. [applause] want to thank the senator. he has agreed to take a couple of questions or it if i could ask the first question. one of the most pressing issues that many residents in new hampshire are facing is the opium addiction problem. not to say and after problem, know, -- just a --ple of years ago the state [indiscernible] sen. sanders: thanks for raising that. whost met a woman yesterday overdose. day -- losing over 1%
we're going to have to deal with this on a number of levels. first of all, i think the pharmaceutical industry is going to have to accept responsibility about the drugs it is producing. it goes without saying that nobody wants to -- we have to figure out a way to make sure that those drugs, very powerful drugs, are not widely distributed. i will give you an example. someone had a tooth extraction. they were given 50 heavy opiates. doctors i think in many respects -- you cannot just throw these drugs out. kids are getting a hold of these drugs. it is not just kids. people are getting a hold of these drugs. i'm -- i know someone very close to me who started taking the
opiates. it absolutely impacted her life in a very negative way. we cannot ignore this. the pharmaceutical industry is going to have to take a hard look at it. that is someone. doctors are going to have to take a look at it in which they are overprescribing. number three, we have got to look at treatment. we have got to look at dozens of use and addiction not as a criminal issue, but as a health care issue. what that means is we have got to have facilities that are available to treat people when they need it. good facility here in manchester. they have one approach. there are different approaches for different people, both one thing that is sure is that if you need help and you are dealing with substance abuse, you need it today. not four months from now and not
whether your insurance covers you or not. we must understand that mental health issues are health issues and people who need treatment must have that treatment. asking thatere question. i'm very aware of it. i have talked to police chief in vermont on this issue and i know that it is very serious here. so those are some of the ideas -- and not to mention that you want to make sure that medicine is available to mt people and police officers who arrived on the scene so they can help people survive. >> i see a friend from aarp. rr kathy's friend, rude -- uth. and live here in manchester i went to thank you so much for taking a stand on social security.
not only for now, but future generations. how do you propose getting the democrats and the republicans to work together on proposing your specific plan to shore up social security and where is it a already and say, your first hundred days? sen. sanders: it is a real priority and if i had not gone on for an hour i would have made it a priority in this these. it is something i believe strongly about. -- a defender of defending the social security caucus. there are a few people, over the last two years, mostly democrats, who have said we are going broke and we need to cut social security. --t we need to go to cci cpi. it means the cost of living
adjustments that seniors are getting for social security are too generous. -- it is absurd. and vermont, and a heifer, all of the country. lines of seniors trying to get by on 12,000, $13,000 a year. it on 12,000 -- $12,000 a year. the republican friends are telling the truth. security trust fund has ninth -- $2 trillion which can pay for the next 19 years. it is not going broke.
when president obama was running in 2008, we should have done what he said to do. that is to say that right now, somebody is making $59 he or, someone making $118,000 a year. they are pivoting -- concerning the same -- you can expand benefits for those people making $60,000 a year or less by $1300 a year. i believe we should lift the cap -- you can expand benefits for those people making $18,000 a year or less i $1300 a year.
you don't know how close that came. literallyday away, almost hours away to cut pullers. we push back on that and one. the vast majority of the american people in poll after poll, don't want to cut social security, they want to expand it. when we bring millions of seniors and others together, we will win this fight. this is exactly what the american people want and that is a fight i look forward to leading. [applause] >> the young gentleman here. identify yourself. >> good morning. i have been a wildlife biologist for a long time. like you, i am really concerned with climate change. down somenumbers are 50% over the last decade.
renewable fuel standard was thought to be a way to address feel. really it just has added to corn-based ethanol. i know from where it's produced, it is impacting the wildlife population and elsewhere in the country. what is your position, and how, and why would you support some thing like that when we know it is not great? sen. sanders: it's not great. it is going to evolve. biofuels i think will address some of your concerns. here's the bottom line on that and by the way, i agree with you on that. moose are just being drained by the takes -- ticks. here's the bottom line all of
this. break our dependence on fossil fuels. that means moving aggressively .o energy efficiency i have been in homes which are now using 50% less fuel than it should. we can do this. it is not rocket scientist -- science. we know what good insulation, good windows can do. we have also got to move to sustainable energy heard that .eans wind, solar we are not much different than germany and they have gone very aggressively with sola. solar.e utility scale i have introduced legislation for 10 million solar rooftops. thinkwer your question, i
climate change is one of the ourt crisis is facing planet. we have to be externally aggressive taking on the fossil fuel industries. >> two more questions. i'm a fact of let me -- faculty member at the arts college. plan,your college for all you want to provide free tuition or public colleges and universities. what will happen to us private? how will we compete with that? sen. sanders: that is a great question. we have great i've institutions all over this country. we have to sustain them. what we will do is substantially increased benefits to private
institutions, in terms of expanding hellbent so that low and middle class people will be able to go to private schools. increased work-study opportunities as well. we are not unmindful of that issue and we will -- the goal here is to make college wantdable for people who to get a higher education. by the way, if i could. it is not just a ledge. we have some great young people who are not academically inclined. we need to train carpenters, electricians, plumbers. they need to get the training as well. we're not unmindful that there are many people want to go to a private school. they should be able to do that as well. >> maybe one more question. the senator has a busy schedule. i asked the last question. someone is going to have a
difficult time leaving the ark a lot because they drop their keys -- dropped their keys. one final question here. >> high, senator. thank you for coming today. in oakland, california recently, a walmart increased the minimum wage to $15 and the store is now closing. do you- kind of plan sen. sanders: i don't think they increased their wages to $15 an hour. i think it was $10.10. one employer is trying to do the right thing by paying employees decent wages. the guy is -- one is not. by raising the
minimum wage over a. hourveral years to $15 an is the right thing to do. i will tell you what else it does. it puts disposable income into the hands of working people who do not have that. when they have that money, they are going to go out and shop. purchase products, and that creates another job. i think ultimately, we have to recognize that working people are entitled to a living wage. i think that means $15 an hour over the next few years. the senatoro thank for stopping by for politics today. sen. sanders: thank you very much. [applause]
>> were going to talk to a few people who have been here listening to him for the past hour. colette is one of those. why did you come? >> i'm a bernie sanders supporter. i saw him speak earlier. i have watched the town halls. i love his spirit and his energy. i love what he is trying to do for our country. message resonates with you? >> i like his idealism. i like that he wants what is
best for everyone. >> you think his message will carry outside of new england? >> i think everyone is going to be surprised. i think he is going to leave new england and i think he's going to surprise america with how popular he is going to be. >> to specific questions. you teach? >> i'm not a teacher. i am the director of financial administration. aboutt do you think precollege for all? -- free college for all? >> i think that is a good idea. he gave good statistics about the people who are coming out of school. i have always believed in funding education and i could agree more for what he has to say about that. >> senator sanders is the oldest of several candidates. you have any concerns about his
age? >> i don't. you could get run over by a truck tomorrow. donald trump is only four years younger than he is. is also up there when it comes to age. i'm not worried about that. >> thank you for talking to us. >> thank you very much. >> next, meet palin. you are a college student next, meetrk -- caitlin.
you're a college student? >> yes. i was a between hillary and bernie. debt.n a lot of i'm $40,000 in debt. i work a full-time job and i'm still living paycheck to paycheck. beiving wage would beneficial to me. is that a single issue or are there other parts of his program they like? partner is a type one diabetic. keepsts lots of money to afloat every month. especially, just the beginning of last month. we had to get one of those devices because the co-pay when of so high we were not able to pay it and more. >> the latest polls that came out, that said people's support
for senator sanders were people around your age. what he think that is? college.sly, i'm in we are all looking for jobs. i think about -- a lot of us are involved in i've -- environmental issues. he is a candidate that is wreaking out against that. we tend to be more liberal, my generation. as we are growing up, it is a bigger issue and bernie is speaking to that. >> you think the poll numbers will translate on tuesday? >> i hope so. we have a storm that looks like it is coming. i don't think that is going to stop us. and when i have talked to is dead set on getting out there. >> in addition to supporting
able to mobilize people for him? >> i have in the past, but right now i'm a senior. i have been working on my thesis. i would love to. i'm planning on getting out there. >> thank you for talking with us today. >> thank you so much. >> the next person we are going to talk to is dr. brewster who works for an insurance company. what brought you here? i living in new hampshire, think it is him is wrong not to. an independent,
i really wanted to see what he had to say. >> how many candidates have you listen to so far this cycle? >> six or seven. i'm fortunate because my company sponsors these events so i can take time off work. >> what did you think of senator sanders'message today? >> i really like it. working on that list of people i enjoyed hearing what he had to say. i think regardless of the s that he outlines and may not agree on, there are enough that i do agree on. proposalked about his and opioid addiction. what did you think you have to say on those topics? >> my son was a heroine addict
for a few years. that really hits home with me. the agony ofhrough what can we do, not knowing really what to do even though we are in the health care system. having spent many hours in court and jails. it is really tough because it is not something easy to fix. there is a lot of emotion around it. system, but itl is not all about arresting people. >> and on the universal health insurance? >> i think we do a really good job of overhead. innovation.profit we do a really good job on it. i think there is a role for our -- inment that should
think it is unreasonable to think that is -- a free market system is going to take care of people. it has never been a free market system. i think it is a good idea to make sure everyone has access to really affordable health care. >> you have not decided yet. when are you going to make up your mind? >> probably when i walk into the booth. it is one of those days that -- things that i try to keep an open mind. i have voted republican. he is on my list. i have been really happy with some of the republican candidates who have not yelled loudly enough. couplein, there are a republican candidates i'm still thinking about. i like bernie. i like him as a person.
i think people could work with him. >> dr. richardson thank you for speaking with us. >> thank you. >> next up is alex. how much time have you spent up here looking at the candidates why? >> only this morning actually. i wanted to come to see what bernie had to say in person. i have seen him plenty on tv. i wanted to get a feel for him almost database. i am already planning on voting for him, but i just wanted to confirm why i felt. >> homestay is where? >> massachusetts?
>> what was it like being in the room versus what you have seen on tv? >> almost the same. >> what about his message is important to you? >> he tells the truth no matter where it falls. he will back up someone on the public inside. he will back up hillary when she says something that is accurate. i like, a sort of reverence for the truth, i guess. >> are you planning over the weekend to see more candidates or is it just for senator sanders that you made the trip? >> no. i would like to if i had more time. i just took the running off so that is all i'm going to have time for us. timeank you for taking the to stop by. >> thank you.
college-bound. >> you are a new hampshire native? >> oh yes. >> tell me why you think his message is resonating for people in the state. why is he so far ahead in the polls? >> the important part to make is that in trio, we need to be white parts in. we have a lot of support from republicans and democrats. senator sanders has been an enormous supporter and also in vermont, yet worked -- he has worked with programs in vermont. i think inequality is the signature issue right now. he's hitting that right on the head. and a lot of people are as one to that. wealthfocus of so much with so few people is devastating. we don't have an economy unless middle-class and lower castes
people are driving. >> it seems around me after that the economy is doing well. i have been here in the past where things were not so well. white -- you dig beneath the unemployment rate, you'll see a lot of poor folks. they just don't have the resources and a lot of schools, households, don't have access to information. that is a huge issue. people who have access to the internet don't even think about it at work or home. we have poor folks up north who cannot even get online. it is difficult to the lobby fafsa form. i think there is a lot of hidden inequality and poverty that people do not see. because overall, you're right, the economy is doing well. >> you have any idea what will
happen on tuesday? >> i think there will be a very large turnout. >> thank you for speaking with c-span. >> thank you so much. thank you for being here. >> our final interview is with jim brett, who is one of the organizers of politics and eggs since 1995. >> i believe in 1995, the speaker was jack and. dolewere unable to get bob and bill clinton in 1996. we have come a long way. -- all major candidates
may be stop. >> the 17 candidates that come here. does the audience change? 50-50.y it is that are hard-core. that 50% of the corporations in new hampshire. the other 50% are either supporters of the candidate or deciding who to support. -- i think we did our first one back in the fall for the cycle. inwe started covering events 2013. the cycle starts earlier and earlier. >> they do. two of them have been hours. the first -- sometimes they have a book. that is their way of getting in.
the second time is when they announce they are a candidate. >> to discontinue after the election? >> what we do is bring in media people, political strategic -- strategists -- people from the washington post, new york times. tim russert has done in the past. ithink people really enjoy and the appended is unbelievable. >> what did you think about this morning's event? isi think what he has going and he admitted it, is a station anger. there's a great anger. there's a great deal of the population that is angry. they are angry about the way government is run. they are angry about trade legislation. their jobs. that is the sweet spot.
they relate to him. his translating that anger into policies. i think that is effective for worked obviously it has well for him. i think it is going to work well on tuesday. i think the other thing people admire about him is not so much that they agree with him on all the issues, but they admire his consistency on the issues. these are his police dating back to win he ran for mayor in vermont. poverty, things like ist, people say that it depressing. these are issues he is talked about since the 1980's. >> you see a similar thing on the republican side with donald trump? thinghink it is the same on the other side. anger and frustration.
we don't like the way government is being run. they are angry at the falcons. republicans angry at republicans in washington. what is it that we have control the house and the senate. why isn't anything getting done? then trump comes in saying the days of losing is over. he has tapped into that. -- he hasat can last some competition now. >> what are your protections for tuesday? i think the turnout is going to be very high. might even be a record. win.nk, trump will the question will be who comes
in second. right now, they think rubio has not much of an organization, but momentum and momentum might rule he day. i think he is somebody to watch. of judgments a day and governorkasich christie. if they don't do well, i think you will see an announcement nevada,y cannot go to self-reliant. jeb bush i think will do better .- nevada, south carolina jeb bush i think will do better. on the democratic side, you know, he is very strong here. of 10just a question his numbersg down
-- of whether hillary can bring down his numbers. >> thank you for inviting c-span here for these events. covered all of them. you can find them on c-span's , www.c-span.org. linkso a reminder, you can to our twitter page and all of the list that we follow. tweeting -- tui -- tuohy says while donald trump takes a snow day off -- tweet out-of-state
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