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beautiful children were killed because of a racist explosion. day,i learned on that there were 14 bombings in birmingham during that month. see byty was under racist trying to terrorize people fighting for civil rights. of birmingham, blacks and white allies said sorry, segregation and racism is going to in an america they stood together -- america. they stood together. they sat in. we made huge breakthroughs. not because of somebody on top. it happened because millions of
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enough.aid enough is what about the women's movement? said we years ago women are not going to be treated as third class citizens. we are going to do the work we want to do. [applause] ,e are going to be able to vote to run for political office. huge struggles. but women as a result of those efforts made in norman us progress -- in norman's progress. the environmental movement didn't happen in washington. it happened because people said what is going on on this planet of ours? you can't destroy it. we have to protect the planet. you think about gay rights. if we were sitting here 10 years
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ago, and somebody said i think in 2015, gay marriage will be , the personstates next to him would have said what are you smoking? which raises another issue. [laughter] but the point is, when people at the grassroots start moving, and when they say this is not right, in this country people should have the right to love anyone they want regardless of their gender -- [applause] tremendous changes took place. ,ou go and talk to young people they shrug their shoulders and say what is the big deal?
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that is what a revolution is about. [applause] if we were here 40 years ago, somebody jumped up and said i enough,erica is mature it has gone far enough, overcoming racism, in 2008 we are going to elect an african-american as president, there a few people would have believed that can happen. but it did happen. [applause] then, ithappened doesn't matter whether people like obama or don't. they said we're going to vote for somebody based on his ideas, not the color of his skin. a revolutionary breakthrough.
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[applause] here we are in 2016. roomevery person in this knows, our republican friends don't know, this country wayomically has come a long under president obama and vice president biden in the last seven years. [applause] on our't be too hard republican friends. suffer from a serious illness called amnesia. they can't remember where we were seven years ago when we monthosing 800,000 jobs a . we were running up a
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record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion. when by the way, the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. other than that we were in good shape when bush left office. we have come a long way in seven years and we should be proud of the accomplishments of the obama and biden administration. [applause] but, we have got to be honest, and acknowledge we still have a long way to go to create the nation that i know all of us believe we can create. [applause]
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i have been all over this country talking literally to hundreds of thousands of people. nobody i know thinks that it is acceptable, that it is moral, think that it is sustainable that in the united states of america we have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, that it is worth -- worse here here today then 1928. that is not acceptable. it is not acceptable to me the owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. it is not acceptable the 20 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the million americans. it is not acceptable that one
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owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people. when we talk about the economy -- it's not just well. it is income. , we have many people, millions throughout our country working not one job but to jobs and three jobs trying to cobble together the income they need and some health care. despite the hard work of the american people, and we of the hardest working people of any in the industrialized world. we work the longest hours. 58% of all new income generated today goes to top 1%. my friends, this is not an american economy.
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it is not a fair economy. economy anded together we are going to change that. [applause] it's not only a rigged economy where the people on top are doing phenomenally well while the middle class continues to disappear and 47 million americans live in poverty. what you have accompanying the rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system that has undermined american democracy. [applause] wish i could give you a gentler word, a less harsh word but the word is corrupt.
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the word is correct because what we are seeing today is wall street and billionaires spending unlimited sums of money in super pac's, attempting to elect candidates who will represent their interests. let me tell you as straightforwardly as i can. i am proud that i am the only amid credit candidate running for president who does not have a super pac. [applause] two.r our campaign has received, i never would have believed this receivedsible, we have 3.5 million individual contribution.
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averaging $27 apiece. [applause] this is a campaign, to paraphrase abraham lincoln, of the people, by the people, for the people. [applause] let me tell you something else. if anybody here does not understand the direct connection between a corrupt campaign finance system and the major issues facing our country, and what congress does or does not do does not understand anything about contemporary american politics. let me be as straightforward as i can and tell you one of the first major priorities of the sanders administration will be
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to overturn this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision. [applause] our campaign talks about the need to reform a corrupt campaign finance system. we talk about the need to end a rigged economy and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. we talk about a broken criminal justice system, a criminal justice system in which we have more people in jail than any other country on earth, largely black and latino. and native americans.
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[applause] let me tell you briefly a story, the kind of encapsulates everything we talk about in this campaign. what a rigged economy and corrupt campaign finance system is about. some may have read in the last few weeks large wall street financial institutions like goldman sachs have reached a settlement with united states government. it was for $5 billion. other banks have reached larger settlements with the government. the reason they are reaching the settlements is because they were selling subprime mortgage packages to investors and the american people that were worthless.
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they reached a $5 billion agreement with the u.s. government. to a significant degree the business model of wall street happens to be fraud. we talk about political power in america, where the average american says why should i vote? vote. one wall street is spending this money. .o one hears my pain no one is concerned about my life. don't ask me to vote. i will tell you one of the things that angers the american people is that today some kid in minnesota will get picked up for possessing marijuana, he or she will get a police record which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
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, whoseves on wall street greed and recklessness and illegal behavior ended up driving millions of people out , not one of those executives on wall street will have a police record. that is not what criminal justice is supposed to be about. [applause] a sanders administration will bring back justice to a criminal justice system whether you are rich or poor. you will get equal treatment under the law. when we talk about the issues
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facing the american people, when we understand why it is people are working so many hours for such low wages, it should be clear we have got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour. [applause] when we talk about equitable rages -- wages, i hope every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity for women workers. i know i will not shock any person in this room by telling you every now and then, once in
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-- bit ofere is a big hypocrisy in politics. i know you are shocked, dismayed to hear this, but it is true. let me give you an example. they say we hate the government. government is the worst thing. it is terrible. we're going to get the government out of your life. we will do away with the epa. we will cut nutrition programs. government stinks. we are going to get it out of your life. -- except when it comes to a woman's right to choose. [applause]
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in that case, my republican colleagues love state and federal government, and want the government to make that decision -- everyone men in minnesota every woman in minnesota and america. i will do everything in my power to beat back those attacks on a woman's right to choose. [applause] when republicans talk about family values, what they are also saying is that every gay person in this country should not have the right to get married -- i disagree. [applause]
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we live as everybody here knows in a highly competitive, global economy. 150 years ago workers in this country achieved a huge breakthrough. what they managed to accomplish which we take for granted is public education. they said we don't want our kids to be working in factories were on farms. we want them like the rich kids to be able to get a decent education. they fought and succeeded in creating great public schools all over america. 2016 and in myr view it is time to rethink public education. respects and in many
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college degree today is the equivalent of a high school degree 50 years ago. [applause] whenis why i believe that we talk about public education we should demand that every public college and university in america be tuition free. [applause] the other part of that equation, this is quite unbelievable, if you are prepared to think outside of the box, all over you havetry, i'm sure people dealing with incredibly oppressive loads of student debt.
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i'm talking about people paying $100,000, $400,000 of student debt which they will be paying off for decades. i keep running into families where mom is not only paying off her daughters student debt, she's paying off her own student debt of 20 years ago. in america we should not be punishing people for the crime of trying to get an education. we should be rewarding people, encouraging people to get that education. that is what i believe we should allow people with student debt to refinance their loans at the lowest possible interest rate they can find. [applause]
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some of my opponents, and some corporate media says you are giving out all this free stuff. you are santa claus. how are you going to pay for it? you have to pay for it. i will tell you how we are going to pay for it. free tuition and lowering student debt. we will impose a tax on wall street speculation. [applause] crashed, and it was there in the senate, wall street went begging to the american people and the u.s. congress, bail us out. congress did. now it is wall street's turn to help the middle class of this country.
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[applause] about a corrupt campaign finance system there are many examples that i could give you about how campaign-finance impacts public policy. would be to easiest deal with climate change. i'm a member of the senate environmental committee. i've talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over, climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is causing devastating problems in our country and around the world. [applause] would leave --i
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lead this country, working with countries all over the world to take on the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy-efficient the and sustainable energy. point i want to make. how does it happen? i'm being as deadly serious as i can. entires it happen if the scientific community agrees climate change is real and it is causing devastating problems, and will only get much worse in years to come? how does it happen we have a republican party which almost unanimously rejects science? how does it happen not one
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republican in a debate or in any other format will say what everybody knows to be true. and we change is real have to transform our energy system to save this planet from future generations. how does that happen? not one republican candidate will say that? on the day that republican candidate says it, he will lose his campaign funding from the koch brothers, from exxon mobil, and the fossil fuel industry. that is what a corrupt campaign is doing in this country. view, we judge a nation -- and i know paul said it better than i -- we judge a nation not
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by a number of millionaires and billionaires we have, but by how we treat the most vulnerable people in our country. people who cannot defend themselves. that is a sign of a great country. [applause] nobody in this room should be proud of the fact that we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth. acceptshould be proud or millions of seniors and disabled onerans are trying to get by $11,000 a year. that is not what america should be about. believe we must lift the cap on taxable income
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coming into the social security trust fund. and expand social security benefits. [applause] legislation i introduced would raise taxable taxes for more. earning $250,000 or and expand and extend social security for another 58 years and expand it such that seniors now living on less than $16,000 will get $1300 more. for is the least we can do the people who helped build our country and raise us. my friends, my vision for
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america, my ideas are just too radical. they are not radical. the only thing that is radical is the fact that the insurance companies and the drug companies , and the fossil fuel industry, and wall street, and the military-industrial complex are standing in opposition to what we have to accomplish. it is not a question of what we should be doing. i believe, i have always believed my entire adult life, health care is a right of all people, not a privilege. [applause] i'm on the committee that wrote the affordable care act. we made real progress but we can do better.
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the issue in front of us is not what we know we should do. there is widespread agreement on that. it is whether or not we have the courage to stand up to the billionaire class, to stand up to wall street, to stand up to , and all ofpanies those people today exercising in norman's power at the expense of ordinary americans. what the political revolution is yes, is the belief that when we stand together, we know mp's ofot allow the tru the world to divide us, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. i ask you to join the political revolution. thank you very much.
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[applause] song my powers turned out ♪ ms. clinton: hello minnesota. [applause] it is wonderful to be here, reunited with so many friends, a state with such a long proud tradition. so many minnesotans have inspired us with principled leadership. want her montell. millstone. i had the great honor of serving with paul and sheila, spending a lot of time on the floor of the
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senate talking with him about what we wanted to see happen to improve the lives of the people we represented, and i thought a lot about him in the last month. he was a true progressive who wanted to get things done. he wanted to make progress. i miss him, and i think you -- i thank you for sending him to serve. adding to that list there are many of you here tonight, someone else i served with, spent a lot of time sitting in the back row, first-term senator's as your governor, mark davies. [applause] there's a lot to be said about mark. effective he has been. how he has stood against the
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tide of tea party republicanism. has the highest job growth record in the united states. knowing mark, that is not enou [applause] aces that are not seet kind of economic growth. determined he is going to make progress everywhere in your state. i want to thank his terrific lieutenant governor. [applause] i want to thank my two friends and former colleagues, your senators, amy clover shar and al franken. you know what treasures they are. you get to see them all the time.
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they are actually working their hearts out, stumping across the country from me. everywhere they go people are blown away. they want to know more about them. they want to know what they can progressive senators like them. friendsout our great and even better public servants. to chris colman and betsy hodges, the members of congress representing you, the city officials who pour your heart's into serving the people of minnesota and our country, i thank you. at ane come together important moment. when i started this campaign last april, i knew we were facing challenges as a country.
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talking to families across america has made it even clearer to me. appalling to encounter the indifference and neglect that i saw firsthand when i went to flint last sunday. those children and their families have been poisoned with lead in their water because their governor wanted to save money. boos] when i hear about the man in nevada taking care of other people's loved ones for 40 years, and she has never earned enough to put away even one penny for her own retirement, there is something wrong. it is wrong that the cashier i
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met in new hampshire is paid less than her son for doing the same job at the same company where she is actually works longer. i will tell you what else is wrong. it is wrong american companies play legal tricks to sell themselves on paper to companies overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes at home. example ofregious that is a company from wisconsin called johnson controls. johnson controls makes auto parts. inn the economy crashed 2008, they along with the auto companies came to washington
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asking for help. fact, they went from office 's responserepublican was let the auto industry died. take millions of jobs in those communities and let them just die. president obama and the democrats in congress listens, constructed a program to help provide financial support to the companies and suppliers. it works so well that those companies paid back the u.s. treasury ahead of time. what has happened in the last month? announced andl they are turning their back on america. they are pretending to sell themselves to a company in
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europe. they are pretending to move headquarters. they are moving their profits to ireland. taxeser to avoid paying to the government and the people that helped them in their time of need and cap their company going. --t is called an ad version a version in the tax law. i call it a perversion and we are going to shut down those abuses when i get into office. [applause] wonder people are a great they have every reason to be. they are also hungry. they are hungry for solutions they can count on. we have heard a lot about washington and wall street in this campaign.
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i want to get unaccountable money out of politics, as much as anyone, probably more than most. a little known fact, citizens united was about a right-wing attack on me. one of many over the years to try to undermine and push back the views and values i have a spouse. on the first day of my campaign i said we are going to overturn citizens united. we will use the supreme court appointments, and i will lead a constitutional amendment to get control back over the financing of political campaigns. i have also made it clear we
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can't let wall street threaten mainstreet again. no executive too powerful to jail. we have the authority to do that. obama, youresident senators and others, the toughest regulations on wall street since the 1930's were passed in the dodd frank hill, that gives the government the authority to go after any bank that poses a systemic risk. that is available. it has to be used if appropriate. i will use it. i want you to understand this. toer we get anything we can
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get control over the financial industry, get control again over campaign finance, we can't stop there. growing, andt job incomes rising. to many americans can't find a good paying job no matter how hard they try. people haven't had a raise in 15-16 years. create jobsssion to in clean energy and infrastructure. we need a deal with high college costs and student debt. youngre holding so many people back from starting their lives. we need to create more jobs for young people because being out of work at the start of your career can have lifelong repercussions. , and southay carolina i shared my plan to
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unemployed6,000 people in minnesota and across , because it is not enough to be against things. that is important. we are the nation that gets things done, that charts the future, that makes a difference in the lives of the people of this country. we need an agenda to unleash the innovation of our entrepreneurs and small businesses. tackle the economy. we have to tackle the barriers that stand in the way of people getting ahead. barriers holding americans back.
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families whocan generationmination after generation. they have a fraction of the wealth of white families. they get denied a mortgage three .imes as often they face other challenges in health and education. that is a barrier. that is a barrier that stands in the way of their dreams and aspirations. having $11,000 of wealth is an indictment. but also a reflection. of the deeply entrenched discrimination that is faced.
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prices of so many young black people dying after encounters with police like clark shot and killed a few months ago not far from where we sit tonight. familiesut immigrant lying awake at night listening for a knock on the door in the night it states of america. shadows, in the vulnerable to unscrupulous employers. think of the women in our country still fighting for equal pay, still struggling to get access to reproductive care while americans go after planned parenthood again and again. think of the new parents struggling to take care of that newborn baby, maybe a sick
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, when their job doesn't offer paid leave. i want to applaud governor for paidr his proposal parental leave here in this state. do.s the right thing to we have to do it across our nation. schools, and low income communities like the one i visited in south carolina today. callede part of what is the corridor of shame. schools5, crumbling and decrepit. they don't have the resources, the teachers to help young people get the best possible education. by the letters
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asking signed last week the white house to allocate more funds for schools that educate native american kids right here in minnesota. [applause] if i am fortunate as to become your president i will be your ,artner every single day working with you to serve all of minnesota's children. all of us know, don't we? don't we know we need real solutions to the challenges we face? i'm running to tear down all the barriers that hold people back across our country. i am not making promises i can't keep. every once in a while -- [applause]
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we makemes along where something big and extraordinary happen all at once. experience, that is not how we make change most of the time. to make change happen over and over again, you have to keep working at it. you have to keep fighting for it day after day. if you get knocked down, you get back up. back in the early 1990's, i was working day and night to pass universal health care. we faced a lot of the same obstacles and criticisms.
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they went right at me. we didn't get what we wanted. down, andre knocked we were set back. by then i had traveled across america. countless americans who had been denied health care coverage. they didn't have enough money. they had a pre-existing condition. they hit a lifetime limit. i remember being in the children's hospital in cleveland talking to a group of parents with very sick children. they were telling me what it was needed have a child that a lot of medical care.
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and not be able to guarantee they could have that provided. one father said i'm a successful businessman. i actually run a business. i provide health care to my employees. care for morealth to dollar -- for my two with cystic fibrosis. i go from insurance company to insurance company. i say i can pay something. give me what i can pay for. the answer is always the same, no. what do they tell you? last meeting i had, i was talking to the agent making the same case i've made so many times before. he looked at me and said you don't understand. we don't ensure burning houses.
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this man looked at me with tears in his eyes and said they called my little girls burning houses. i couldn't get that and other stories out of my mind. when we didn't get everything we wanted, when we got knocked down, i said we have to figure out how we make progress as much as possible. i got to work with democrats and republicans to find common ground, to provide health care's most vulnerable among us, our children. we were able to pass the children's health insurance program which now is a lifeline for 8 million kids across america. [applause] up on the dream of universal health care, not for a
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second. an 8 million kids, it was in everything we wanted. .ut it was real it was achievable. difference.ofound i could not bear the thought that we would leave children without health care, even a single day longer than we had to. whenis why i was thrilled president obama passed and signed into law the affordable care act. that has been a goal of the democratic party since harry truman. [applause] it is helping so many people right now. we have 90% coverage. 10% short of universal coverage. because ofials
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pre-existing conditions. young people up to the age of 26 years old can be on their parents policy. women no longer pay more for our insurance than men. and no more lifetime limits. [applause] yes, i'm going to defend it. i know how hard it was to accomplish. i want to improve it. down. costs get to 100% coverage. and do everything i can to rein byprescription drug costs going at the drug companies requiring them to negotiate for lower prices with medicare, and going after predatory pricing, which we have seen in the last increasesult in price of 4-5000% overnight.
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learned from my family and my good to try to do all the you can, as long as you can, for as many people as you can. , or you see people hurting being treated unjustly, and you think you can help them, maybe make their lives better, you have got to do it. someonely when you are who has had blessings. ,ho yes, has been knocked down but able to get back up. that is why i say with all my heart i am going to build on the affordable kit care act -- care act. we are not going to plunge this country into some national debate. we are going to take on the drug companies. we are going to take on the
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costs. we are going to finally achieve universal coverage. we are going to do all of that. [applause] with families depend on us doing that. not as the path forward, divisive debate. it is about the shape of what could be done, a whole system that will stop us in our tracks, create gridlock, and not move us forward. here is my promise to all of you. , will work harder than anyone actually, to make changes that improve lives. together we will build on the progress we have made under president obama, to break all the barriers that hold americans back. i was honored after running a hard campaign against senator
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to serve asasked his secretary of state. , therustee placed in me opportunity that we had to work on behalf of our foreign policy and national security, it was an enormous privilege. i had a front row seat in watching him do what needed to be done, responding to the financial crisis. i don't think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from the horrible ditch the republicans drove us into in 2008. [applause] i think he has shown great presidential leadership in dealing with the opposition of the right-wing and the republicans of the tea party.
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[applause] i think millions of americans are better off because of his presidency. i will build on the progress he has made because i am a progressive who actually likes to make progress. [applause] you know, those of us who are older you s know the get, funny enough, the more you the about o imagine tomorrow where hard work is honored and rewarded we rising incomes, where produce enough renewable energy to power every home in america millions of good jobs doing it. lifts you up and
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soon a debt doesn't drag you down. where more entrepreneurs can start and grow new small businesses. imagine a tomorrow where every matter knows that, no what their race or religion or exual orientation or gender identity, they'll have an equal shot at achieving their dreams is their country too. imagine a tomorrow where gun longer stalks our country and elected officials the gun lobby, not get intimidated. americaa tomorrow where is safe at home and strong in the world. that's the tomorrow we want.
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our children and our grandchildren and for our country. go to caucus on hope you will ask yourself, "who can you count on every barrier, not just some?" and think about this. think about this as you go. yes, wall street and big financial interests along with companies, insurance companies, big oil all have too i will fight and every single day to even the odds. to get if we were able id of all of that undue influence tomorrow, we would till have the cruel negligence we saw in flint. of ould still have the kind anti-muslim demagoguery that we have seen in this campaign and
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which must end. we would still have so many forms in we would still have powerful climate change, opposing every single common reform.un safety still have republic republic idealogues ripping the heart out of work ears the right to organize, to and the up, to be part of a union for better wages and working conditions. [ applause ] my friends, i am not a single-issue candidate and this single-issue country. we need a president who can do parts of the job on behalf of all americans who believes in the basic proposition about our
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country. then when each and every live up has a chance to to their own god-given only then then and could america live up to its potential. can build elp, we that future together. please, join me on march 1. thank you all for everything you to make sure we vote with confidence and optimism and future that we shape. thank you all very much. >> every election cycle will remind us how important it is to be informed. >> a way to track the government as it happens. >> i think it is a great way
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for us to stay informed. >> my colleagues are going to go i saw you on c-span. >> there is so much more that c-span does to make sure that people foe what is going on. >> here on c-span, "washington urnal" is next followed by shaun don van and the budget request for 2017 and outlining he president's defense budget. on ming up this morning "washington journal," climate policy reporter amanda riley talks about the supreme court's decision to block the e.p.a.'s regulation on carbon emissions from power plants and a look at the u.s. and international esponse to the zika virus with exandra phelan and ben
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pershing discusses campaign 2016 and the role of super delegates in the presidential primary. host: good morning. it's saturday, february 13, 2016. with the south carolina primaries and nevada caucuses looming, the six remaining republican candidates are set to debate once again tonight in greenville, south carolina, for the ninth g.o.p. presidential debate of the cycle. on the democratic side, presidential candidates have now shared the debate stage half a dozen times, and with that many chances for the candidates to take questions, we're asking our viewers this morning if you believe there are any topics that have been missed or not explored enough. if you were moderating the next presidential primary debate, what would your questions be for any or all of the 2016 candidates? that'sur


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