tv US House of Representatives Special Orders CSPAN February 25, 2016 7:00pm-9:01pm EST
al qaeda has waged war against the united states long before guantanamo, right? long before the detention facility was constructed in cuba. it didn't exist when the world trade center was first bombed in 1993, when the u.s. embassies in east africa and tanzania and kenya were bombed in 1998. it didn't exist when the u.s. -- u.s.s. cole was attacked in 2000 and it certainly didn't exist on 9/11 when islamists attacked our country. islamic terrorists will be at war with america and american culture regardless of whether gitmo is open or closed. the president claims cost savings. his plan to move or transfer detainees abroad and to the u.s. would lower costs between $140 million and $180 million annually which is nothing to sneeze at. but i had a hearing today in
homeland security where they wasted $180 million on human resources programs. that's a $180 million gone. and $300 million for employees at the department of homeland security that are home on leave because of doing something improper while they adjudicate the issue. so while it's expensive, let's compare the cost, the immediate impact of not having these terrorists in prison. the 9/11 attacks cost our country over $230 billion initially. we're looking at $140 million to $180 million annually to $230 billion initially. and that doesn't include the damage to the airline industry or the additional cost that our country has had to endure due to increased security, whether it's at the airport, at the grocery store or in your home. and it certainly doesn't include the cost to our freedoms this epresident's proposal fails to provide the critical details
required by law, the law he signed. his proposal fails to provide critical details including the exact cost, the location of an alternate facility. where does he want to put it and how much does it cost? these are required by law and he hasn't enumerated them. and yet he's had seven years, this is his campaign pledge, he's had seven years to come up with this information. somehow this is congress' fault? i don't think so. he's unwilling or unable to state where he's going to keep these dangerous terrorists that are currently at guantanamo bay in cuba. commonsense tells us the administration is simply avoiding fueling a political outcry when he specifies where these individuals are going to be held because where he has even implied where they're going to be held, there has been a significant outcry and it's been bipartisan. citizens of the united states don't want terrorists in their neighborhood, don't want them in their town, don't want to be
around them. that's what the problem is with his proposal. the plan is more politics and not any substance and it fails to satisfy the requirements made by congress in the law he himself signed. many ask who is still at gitmo? it's been years now going on. who is still there? i want to remind everybody, mr. speaker, khalid sheikh mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, the terrorist attacks on the world trade center and the hijack of united airlines flight 93, that's who is there. or mustafa ahmed who supported aldie da -- al qaeda's terrorist network as a committee member. the support included the movement and funding of 9/11 hijackers to the u.s. to participate in terrorist-orchestrated attacks chestrated by khalid sheikh, mohammed and it's affiliated with a number of high level al qaeda operatives.
that's who is in that prison. do you want him in your neighborhood? it's against the law to transfer these detainees to american soil. it's against the law. the president signed this law. a bipartisan majority in congress has year after year after year reaffirmed restrictions on transferring these detainees to american soil. as a matter of fact, the provisions of this were first included in the annual national defense authorization act, the ndaa, in a democrat-led congress in 2009. so it's not partisan. in fact, the most recent ndaa passed with the same provisions with 370 votes in the house and 91 votes in the senate before once again the president signed the law himself. he simp -- he is simply attempting to make this a partisan issue by seeking to contradict the will of the american people through their duly elected representatives. ultimately the plan is simply not safe. the american people don't want gitmo terrorists in their communities, in their backyard and for good reason. these terrorists should be
tried. they should be tried under the military tribunal provisions already laid out in the $10 million plus court facility that the taxpayers already paid for. many of us had visited, social security sitting right there on the post, wait for these detainees to go to that courtroom we paid for and be tried. that's fine with us. that's fine with members of congress, fine with the american people. we don't need to bring them to america to do that. congress is going to uphold its promise that any plan that seeks to transfer these dangerous war criminals does not happen. with that, i'd like to yield some time to my good friend in from texas, mr. weber. mr. weber: i thank my the gentleman for organizing this special order. mr. speaker, it is absolutely important that the american people need to learn about the president's proposal and what impact it's going to have on our country. folks, closing git moe and transferring these dangerous terrorists to united states soil
is a terrible and illogical idea. instead of putting america first, the president once again continues to weaken our national security by pursuing decisions apparently geared toward solidifying some form of his legacy. i'm just not sure who he is trying to impress here. did you know that as many as one in three, the gentleman from pennsylvania said 30% and rising, the latest figures i had is 33%, one in three former gitmo detainees have returned or are suspected of returning to terroristing or nirizations? one in three, mr. speaker. in baseball, that's a .333 batting average. that's good enough to get you into the hall of fame in many instances. and speaking of hall of famers, mr. speaker, the most infamous
former gitmo detainee, one of their hall of famers if you will is ibrahim al khosi, once the ok for none other than osama lane himself. -- osama bin laden himself. he pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and providing material support to al qaeda. he was transfered to sudan from gitmo. his home country, after two years. since his release, he has become an influential leader within, you guessed it, al qaeda in yemen. what was the president thinking would happen? well, the president's plan includes, quote, transferring the bulk of remaining detainees to other countries and moving the rest because they're deemed
too dangerous to transfer abroad , to an as yet undetermined detention facility in the united states, end quote. mr. speaker, a recent poll from the rasmussen confirms that the majority, 50% -- 56% in fact, of americans -- of the american eople widely disapprove of the president's irresponsible plan to close gitmo. for those that side with the president's plan, and attempt to rationalize the fact that these dangerous, dangerous and deadly terrorists will be in supermax facilities, let us not forget about the prison break that happened in one of those just last in new york
year. the people who escaped weren't master mindse, they weren't terrorists of the first order like these guys are. can you imagine what master mindse -- master minds, who love death and violence almost as much if not more than we love death and violence. how much help they could get from the outside what their hall of famers could help them do? mr. speaker, i'm not willing to find out what they can do with eight of their hall of -- with the aid of their hall of famers on the outside and i don't think the american public is willing to find out either. fortunately, as the gentleman from pennsylvania said, congress has already taken preventive measures by including language in the recent national defense authorization act, ndaa. that would bar guantanamo detainees from being transferred to the united states. and the president signed this
legislation into law. for the president to close gitmo, current law must be changed. but i forget, he doesn't seem to be hampered by the idea of current law. new legislation would have to be written, mr. speaker. it would have to be approved by congress and sent to the president's desk again. let me just tell you, i for one will not support any measure that will allow these dangerous terrorists to be transferred to the united states. america and americans are far too precious to take this kind of risk. for t to thank my friend hosting this special hour tonight and i want to read something written by michelle jesse when secretary of state john kerry testified in front of a senate hearing yesterday. it was pointed out to the
secretary that this very guy who was the cook of osama bin laden, al khosi, had indeed gone back to terrorism and tried to kill americans yet again. and i guess mr. kerry in seven simple words probably dismantled the president's argument about why it was a good idea. maybe unwittingly, maybe unknowingly, but when it was pointed out to him that -- to him that that terrorist was back on the battlefield seeking to destroy america and kill americans again, mr. kerry's imple response was, well, he's not supposed to be doing that. mr. speaker, you can't make this stuff up. i want to thank the gentleman and i yield back. >> i thank my good friend from texas and agree with him that 30% is way too -- one is too many but 30% is way, way too high, and with that, i'd like to
yield time to my good friend from south carolina, mr. dunnigan. mr. duncan: i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for his leadership on this issue, we are both on the homeland security committee so we're acutely aware of some of the terrorist dangers that are out there because we hear it in a lot of committee meetings, classified briefings and other things. mr. speaker, it's time that congress act proactively against a president who holds a personal legacy above the law. law does not bend a legacy. law is obeyed, respected and even honored for the order it brings to our nation. disturbingly this principle of our founders seems to be at odds with a growing segment of politicians. that's why i introduced house resolution 617. house resolution 617 gives authority to the speaker of the house to initiate litigation against any executive branch official should they file an
illegal order by transferring detainees to u.s. soil. this commonsense approach provides a constitutional check on the president. now, whether in charleston, colorado, or kansas, he should not bring american family, communities into close proximity with some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. unfortunately the president has forgotten about the people. he's forgotten that they don't travel in armored motorcades. they have no security details guarding their every step, looking around every corner. i know my constituents are fearful of this proposal by the president. because the folks in charleston, south carolina, have been fearful. the navy brig the president is proposing to bring these terrorists to is a very, very short distance from a -- from an elementary school. i would also call on the candidates for president of the
united states, when they're campaigning around south carolina, ask them a question. do they support housing terrorists in our neighborhoods? that's a legitimate question. near our children who are at schools, near our churches where we worship. mr. speaker, the language that prevents transferring detainees to u.s. soil was actually put in by a democrat congress. in passing bipartisan -- and passed in bipartisan fashion ever since. it was further reaffirmed in last year's ndaa. it is against the law for the president to transfer detainees, i'm going to stop using the word detainees, terrorists. it's against the law for a president of the united states to transfer terrorists from guantanamo bay to the united states, to our soil. that is in the law. and it's been in the law since the democrats controled this body. we just reaffirmed it this year.
this isn't a republican or democrat issue, it's bipartisan. it's against the law. now i visited gitmo. when i was a freshman in congress, five years ago, i went down there to see it for myself. some of the biggest names on the terrorist roster are located there, due to the brave efforts of our men and women in combat to capture these guys on the the we relowested a lot of them. the gentleman from texas 30% of them have returned to terrorism or we suspect they have returned toe terrorism. 30% is a large number of the number we have released. whether south carolina, colorado or any other state, no state
should be a stumping ground. let's follow the law. let's follow the law passed through the united states congressment force the president to follow the law and combiff the speaker of the house the legal grounds and the authority to put an injunction in place from keeping from vimetting the law. and with that, i thank the gentleman and i yield back. >> it seems the president would like to be more concerned. and i wonder and think about the m.p.'s mr. perry: and had horrific things happen to them. that's who we should be thinking about. and with that, the majority
whip, mr. scalise. circle circle i thank you for eading this special order. mr. scalise: and as you could sigh from the passion just exhibited, this is anish, people understand. people across america know there are bad people. isis is on the move. hey are not a j.v. team. they are recruiting americans and you look at guantanamo bay. and this has become a cry for the radical left. they wanted to bring those terrorists into the united tates to give them rights,
taxpayer-funded rights, but everybody acknowledges they don't deserve. when you look at the president's proposal, he has made it clear that the president has put the priorities of the far left elements politically over the safety and security of the united states of america. this will put america cabs cans at risk. you look at what kind of people that are being hled. these are the worst of the woft. they have plotted and carried out attacks against servicemen and wm, killed americans, killed our troops. these are the people who have carried out their attacks. they are being held at combit mow bass that is the best place
to ensure we don't see them. over 100 of those being released are in the battlefield to kill american soldiers. why would the president give them extra rights and bring them into the united states of america. so, mr. per, we rise today and we high lit to point out what the president's intent and what the president is trying to do. this is something that the president has asked the congress to pick up. this house will not allow these undermine being to national security. they are over there for a reason and carried out begins america
caps. mr. speaker, they belong in guantanamo bay and under this house, they will stay in guantanamo bay and not be brought in the united states. thank this special order. >> he talks about the battleful and someone who has been at the battlefield. mr. perry: these terrorists who have been spppeding their time. in new york city, my good friend from new york, i will yield some time. mr. zeldin: i thank the gentleman and i would like to thank the the gentleman from pennsylvania forever all of his service. this week, president obama sent an incomplete plan to copping to
plose the detention facility in gune bay, cube. nd even bring hi hisk risk terrorists here to the united states. there are still unanswered questions. for example, what happens when with capture the next two or 10 or 30 terrorists? where are we going to question them ordain them. what is the placement for those detainees currently in gitmo. what legal protections and rights will detainees have in our court system? make no mistake. these detainees at gitmo are the worst of the worst of the worst.
all the variables left out of the president's plan shows this isn't really a plan, but a political pledge. the facility has not only served as a place to keep the most dangerous people in the world to task ta call facility prevent attacks and ensure national security. while the president was speaking this week it was reported that a former prisoner was one of for errorist terrorists. just one week earlier, another ormer provider was pictured in and the western world. and these two cases are not just
the same. the office of the drelt tore of the national intelligence that one-third of freed prisoners are returning to terrorist activities. and the president is willing to come proposal nice the safety of american lives for the sake of his own legacy. bringing dangerous terrorists is difficult and isis continue to spread across the middle east, europe and the rest of the world. guantanamo is a key strategic and national security asset. for the sake, i will ensure that remainsn guantanamo bay open. i would rather have them at gitmo or dead or back on the
battleful. thank you the gentleman from pennsylvania for having a special order. i yield back. mr. perry: how much time remains. the speaker pro tempore: approximately three minutes. mr. perry: the case has been de and at this point it is rrefute tabbleap closing the facility. al qaeda, radical islamists, they aren't going to stop and nothing to do with that. they hate the west and america and not going to change any time soon. to live in our communities isn't going to solve any part of that equation. the president has said is seven years to come up with a plan and
he came this week and provided none of those specification. i asked about the details, about the transfers already conducted these travers. what has america give yep. i didn't realize detainees are transferred, we have no idea from the most transparent administration so-called by the administration what the details of those rangements are. but these terrorists have been transferred to yemen, pakistan, libya, and iraq. bhained of judgment is that. we are sending terrorists to irlt nations where terrorism thrives, expecting them not to join the fight. and they are coming after us.
the president needs to be response i will for the security of his country. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under the expire's announced policy, the commare recognizes mr. green. mr. green: persons be perpted to enter for into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. green goon tonight, we will take up h.res. 597 the original black resolution month of 20e16. this resolution is one that has been endorsed by and co-responsed by 24 members of the house. them. to thank each of it was introduced on february 22 of 2016 and tharning the leadership for allowing us to talk about the black history.
more specificallye we are going to talk about wlack history as ground.es to hallow the but before going there, i think it appropriate there to note that the house of representatives has passed black history resolutions since 2007. we had in 2007, the 110th congress, a resolution that passed and passed by voice vote in 2008. in pasted. 420-0. it passed . 10 and 420e-o' i'm on the other hand to speak on this speak on this african- american memories and there are
many persons who have made great sacrifice is. many persons have suffered great pain so some of us have had great gain. and we will discuss some of the pain because the pain is associated with hallowed ground. we should never and cannot forget and nor should we, pearl harbor. this is a place where we have hallowed ground. i have been to pearl harbor. and not forget 9/11 and world trade center. this exists on the trade center. because atrocities can create these hallowed grounds, things that we have to sigh are not always appealing, but the truth
is we cannot sanitize history. it will only create what we create midst. so tonight we will not sanitize ut be truthful and some of those have atroshe us events. sites, if you will, of black history and some of the mr. chairmanries not all good associated with the african-american lives that have country in this unfornle. mother vessel, a m.e. church blirt in 179 . this is a place that is without question of hallowed ground because this place is the home underground rail
he had rods so freedom. this was the freedom, where slaves were stationed and reseff sanctuary and moving to freedom. this church was founded by the honorable rich affered allen who was a former slave and became a found are. he was the first bishop of the church. this site, if you will, had many people who were, but for the people who were there to give them aid and comfort who were lost and people trying to find their way, the underground railroad, if you will, to freedom. well, i'm going to quote harriet tub mafrling allege some pped
snullingdment hash yudry uhammad r minded that she -- harriet tubman said, she freed 1,000 slaves and she could have freed another 1,000 if they only would have known they were slaves. the point she was making is and was that people who are held in servitude can become so conditioned to their servitude that they don't really understand the condition that they are actually existing under, and as a result they accept it. harriet tub minnesota did not. those who were part of the underground railroad to freedom did not accept servitude and wanted to have freedom and this place, church, mother bethel was a place of freedom and sanctuary for those seeking new opportunities and a better life in a better place.
another site a another place for us to remember the hallowed grounds that led to freedom, seneca village in new york city. the time of its existence was from 1825 to 1857. it was the site of a free middle class community. it was a small village, founded by black people in 1825, and it's interesting to note that 10% of the african-american voters who lived in new york lived in seneca village. 10%. there were other persons living there as well. the irish were there. the germans were there. these were immigrants as well. the unfortunate circumstance about this hallowed ground, owever is that it was razed. seneca village was razed so that central park could rise and the unfortunate circumstance further is that the stain of invidious
eminent domain is central park's shame. it is so unfortunate that people were forced to leave their homes so that central park could have a home. another site that we will mention tonight is freedman's town, the historic district in houston, texas. freedman's town was one of the first and the large thoves post-civil war black urban communities in the united states. it was settled by emancipated slaves in 1866. although african-americans lived in houston before and during the civil war, freedman's town represents the first community of freed black hustonians in the city. it was, however, more than just a community, it was indeed a town. it had the infrastructure, it had the streets that were made of brick. it had lawyers and doctors. it had persons who were teachers, professionals, artisans, tradesmen.
i had the privilege of going into freedman's town not so long ago to the home of one of the prominent lawyers who lived there at that time and preserving freedman's town has become quite a challenge. but there are people in the community in fort ward who are committed to its preservation. i'll mention one such person, this would be ms. gladys house who has worked tirelessly to maintain the character and infrastructure in freedman's town. another site would be greenwood, the greenwood community, also known as black wall street. this was in tulsa, oklahoma. it was the site of a race riot in 1921. his riot lasted from may 31 to june 1 when the unthinkable, the unthinkable occurred. the unthinkable occurred because a black maleion of assaulting a white female. a sexual assault was alleged.
i don't know that it was ever proven, i haven't been able to find any place in the readings and resources i have den to substantiate the fact that it was proven but it was alleged an attempted sexual assault if you will. this attack on this community of african-americans led to 10,000 people being left homeless. 10,000. 35 or more city blocks were destroyed by fire. estimates ranged from 39 to 300 people having been killed by various sources, we have found this to be the information that we can share. the residents rebuilt the community within five years. however, the community was later declined because of desegregation in the mid 20th century. this incident, however is something that we can never forget just as we can't forget pearl harbor, just as we can't
forget 9/11, the incident was something that took place and had the blessings of the con stab lair, the police actually helped set fires to the property of the people who lived there. the police chief later apologized, a -- later a police chief apologized, this was cone in september of 2013. an apology was given for the attack that took place many years before between may 31 and june 1 of 1921. hallowed grounds. we should remember the bryants grocery and meat market in money, mississippi. ecause on august 28, 1955, emmitt till was murdered in money, mississippi. he was murdered because of an allegation of his having accosted a white female. in these times, we don't like to discuss it, i know that it makes
some uncomfortable, but during these times, it was dangerous for black men to speak in an unkind way to a white female. in fact, it was unkind for them to look at white females in a certain way. and as a result, many black men lost their lives because of allegations that were never proven with reference to flirting or attempted rape in many cases. well as the case was with emmitt till, he was a 14-year-old child from chicago. he did not know the ways of the south. his mother had given him warnings before he left, but her admonitions were not enough. at some point he went into this store and the owner's wife alleges that he made a pass at her, if you will. some said he whistled. others said he winked. there are many accounts, but it was never proven that he did anything. and after learning of this alleged incident, the owner of
the store, with a friend, literally went into the home of emmitt till, went into his home and took him from his home. they took him away and they beat him, they took him to a river, the tallahatchee river and after bludgeoning his eyes out they threw him in the river. and his body was later discovered. his mother was so shocked and the country was so shocked by what happened that it instigated a movement in the country, much of the movement led to the civil rights movement. but the one thing that happened that his mother did that made a difference for many of us who are alive today was, she allowed him to have an open casket so that the world could see the horrors of invidious segregation and in 1955, what happened, his
death, led to the passage of the emmitt till unsolved civil rights act of 2007. his death in 1955 led to the passage of this act in 2007. it was introduced by congressman john lewis, and it authorizes 13.5 -- authorizes $13.5 million annually over a 10-year period for federal investigations of civil rights violations resulting in deaths prior to 1970. however, it is interesting to note, and i hope that all within the sound of my voice will hear this, the bill has never been funded. the bill has never been funded. the next site that we shall visit will be the national city lines and we will talk about bus number 2857 in montgomery, alabama. the time of the montgomery bus boycott was 1955 through 1956, it lasted 381 days this bus boycott took place because of
invidious discrimination alleged and occurring, excuse me because it actually happened, against ms. rosa parks. ms. parks was a passenger on the bus and was required to give up her seat, which she refused to do, in the because she was tired, because she was tired of work, but because she was tired of invidious discrimination, if you will. she was tired of having to surrender her seat to persons simply because of her hue, the hue of her skin. she refused to get up from her seat and her actions started a boycott that lasted 381 days but there was also a lawsuit that was filed, broder vs. gail. that lawsuit went to the supreme court. the boycott and the lawsuit complemented each other. many times you need the protest movement to let those in power know that you're not satisfied with your circumstance. and they protested for this this -- for the 381 days.
the supreme court ruled and ruled that this type of segregation was unconstitutional. as a result, dr. king became very prominent in the country, ms. rosa parks did, as well as reverend abernathy. another site, the ebenezer baptist church in atlanta, georgia. january 10, 1957, was the date the southern christian leadership conference was born at this church. this church was a church home of many of the civil rights leaders that participated in many of the boycotts that took place. it was after the successful montgomery bus boycott that dr. king invited other leaders to associate themselves with him and the civil rights movement at this church. the church became a national historic site in 1980. another site that we should remember in me -- in memorializing and making note of historic places that are a part
of hallowed grounds for african-americans would be the little rock central high school. in little rock, arkansas. september, 1957, this was the date that a desegregation effort took place and there was much resistance to this desegregation. this occurred three years after the ruling in brown vs. the board of education. there were nine young children who tried to attend this all-white little rock central high school. and these nine young children were accosted, they were threatened, the violence that you could see on the faces of the persons who did not want innocent children in their school is something that you will remember, and if ever you have an opportunity review some of the old newsreels you can see of the anger that i speak of. president eisenhower ended up having to use federal troops to desegregate this school. the event was heavily televised and the news stories are available for those who would like to see.
another site would be the wool worth's store, the five and dime, in greens breaux, north carolina. this was the place where -- in greens bro, north carolina, the place where four young black people said they were going to sit in. that means they would sit there until they were served or removed. they showed the kind of resistance that inspired others around the country to take up the same cause, to decide that they too would engage in sit-ins. while this was not the first sit-in, it is one of the most famous, not the most famous sit-in and the woolworth's store was finally desegregated in 1965. hallowed grounds. another site to remember is the birmingham jail , in birmingham, alabama. april 16, 1963. dr. martin luther king wrote his letter from the birmingham jail, one of the most celebrated pieces of literary history.
this letter has been studied by his -- by historians and is considered one of his most important works. he in this letter defines the nonviolent civil rights movement. it was this letter that was pun lished in the liberation -- that was published in the "liberation" magazine in 1963 that led many people to understand the horrors of the civil rights movement, the horrors that civil rights workers suffered during the civil rights movement. and some of the suffering that people were enduring who were living under segregation. another site to remember would be the lincoln memorial and the national mall in washington, d.c. on august 28 of 1963 is when dr. king gave his famous "i have a dream" speech this march was one of the most successful in the country's history, 200,000 to 300,000 people attended. and this march helped to popularize the movement and support necessary for the civil rights act of 1964.
another site to remember, as we review hallowed grounds, sites of african-american memories, would be the 16th street baptist church on september 15 of 1963, a dastardly terrorist act occurred right here in the united states of america. in birmingham, alabama. terrorists bombed the 16th street baptist church, killing four babies. four young girls. 22 others were wounded. the church was repaired and reopened on june 7 of 1964. in 1980, it was added to the national registry as a historic place. another site of hallowed grounds, the edmund pettus bridge. march 7, 1965, about 600 peaceful protesters were beaten
back to the place where they started their march. the honorable john lewis was a member of this group of persons, peaceful protesters who wanted to march from selma to ontgomery. one of the things we have noticed is that television helped to change the american psyche because people had an opportunity on television, by way of television, see what others were actually experiencing. very much akin to what we are seeing now with cell phones and some of the things that are happening to persons at the hands of the con stab lair. much of what people would say others did not believe. but when you have the actual pictures to see, the representation by way of pictures can make a difference in the psyche of people. as a result of this, the march,
many people having suffered, we found that the civil rights law f 1965 was passed. this was tone because people suffered and because the ed mound pettus bridge became a place for us to memorialize hallow -- as hallowed grounds. all of this is predicated on a lot of suffering that took place in this country. too many people suffered so i could have the opportunity to be here tonight, to talk about the hallow grounds. and i feel that it is my duty to do this. talking about these things can create a good deal of discomfort for people and we ought to feel a certain amount of discomfort
because what happened was without question something that this country should never want to see happen again and should never have happened ever to anyone. but we must remember our history just as we are going to remember pearl harbor, just as we're going to remember 9/11, just as we're going to remember world wars i and ii. we have to remember the history in this country, the atrocities that occurred against african-americans as they were trying their very best to live peaceful lives. hallowed grounds, the sites of african-american memories. mr. speaker, i want to thank you for the time to tonight bring up these hallow grounds and to talk about black history month, pesslerble as it relates to some of the things that happened in this country. but i also want to say this, mr. speaker. notwithstanding all the things i have said and all the memories i have recounted, it's important for us to note that the country
has truly come a long way and i still contend that notwithstanding all of the atrocities, this is a great place for americans of all hues to find their way in the world. this is a special country, i love my country, but i don't forget the things that happened in my country that cause us to memorialize certain places as hallowed grounds. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speak ear's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe, for 30 minutes. mr. ratcliffe: thank you, mr. speaker. on december 26 last year, tornadoes rah vadged neevet texas tragically resulting in the loss of several lives and destroying hundreds of homes and small businesses in my congressional district. in the wake of this tragedy, i was inspired to see how many wonderful people stepped up in
our communities to help those in need. i'm especially grateful to our first responders and local officials whose selfless commitment and dedication to the ongoing recovery efforts over the past few months have brought so much healing to our communities. in rowlett, i'd like to send a special thanks to mayor todd gatel for his leadership. to city manager brian funderburg, the entire rowlett police and fire departments, doctors and staff at lake point medical center and local residents for pulling a mrtly wounded man from the rubble of his home. thank you. in rock wall county, our thanks to county judge david sweet, sheriff harold evanson -- evanson, and emergency manager joe delayne. in collin county, i'd like to thank county judge keith self, constable gary edwards, assistant emergency management
coordinator jason lane and the collin county sheriff's department. from farmersville, thank you to the entire police and fire departments there, to chief mike sullivan, to city manager ben white and the mayor, joseph helpberger. in blue ridge, i'd like to say thank you to mayor rhonda williams, to the volunteer fire department there and to the westminster fire department and in hunt county, thanks to judge john horn and homeland security manager richard hill. beyond this i'd like to thank the many churches and charities who offered their support like first baptist farmersville and pastor bart barber, first baptist rowlett and the rock wall helping hands and its director john bailey. i know without the selfless efforts of all these great people and all these organizations the recovery efforts and restoration in our communities would simply not be the same. your efforts are so greatly appreciated.
one party rule where health care through medicaid is denied to citizens, where voting rights of some of us in this room are restricted, that's the sort of south carolina that we live in and the question is, who are we as democrats going to nominate as our representative to try to make sure that the same things that have happened here to you and to me will not happen across this country. that is why this is so important. we have a couple of choices in the democratic primary and i admire senator sanders for his passion, but the question is, whether we are going to nominate someone like barack obama and bill clinton, who can get things done, who can cut unemployment, who can raise wages, who can address problems like social
security, or are -- are we going to elect someone like that or are we going to elect a single issue candidate focused purely on trying to take out wall street. i'll tell you my experience and i think yours is, is i want somebody who is going to be able to be president for four or eight years and do things like drive wages up and do things like build on the obama legacy. that's the kind of president i want because that's the kind of president we have been successful with, have we not? that's what we need. so your choice is a single issue candidate, who has one issue, but if he does all that on day one it's going to be a very lonely four years, or a candidate who will build on the legacy of barack obama and bill clinton who will help us do those great things that other democratic presidents have done and as i say, you know it because you have seen it here in south carolina over the past few years about what happens. that one person, my friends, was a republican congress, with --
with a republican congress a republican senate and if they have a republican president they'll have everything. so we are one person away from seeing some of the same things that have been harmful here to happen to everybody across this country. that is why the duty that you have saturday is so sacred and important because the question is whether or not south carolina is going to set the standard for everyone else. are we on saturday going to be the ones that keep things moving in the right direction and make certain that this next month of march is one in which we across racial lines show that hillary clinton is going to be our standard bearer and build on that legacy of bill clinton and barack obama. do you think we're going to do that? [applause] . ok. well. now that we've gotten that out of the way, it is my pleasure to introduce a wonderful friend to south carolina, you know, for better than 30 years, probably better than 40 years, there's a
first couple that have been invested in our state have come here and worked on a wide range of issues from children's health to education, just a whole host of things, many friends across south carolina and then we were fortunate enough to elect as president a man from arkansas by the name of bill clinton and as boyd said, he did a terrific job. budget surpluses, education investments, all of these great things that we remember from the bill clinton era. and we are really fortunate to have him because he's a true statesman here in wins breaux today to come -- in wins boro today. it is my pleasure to present to you the former president of the united states and the next first gentleman of the united states, bill clinton. [applause]
president clin tennessee: thank you very much. you've got to forgive me for being a little hoarse. to you're not hoarse theer the -- near the end of a campaign, you're -- president clinton: thank you very much. you've got to forgive me for being a little hoarse. if you're not hoarse near the end of a campaign, you're not doing it right. i want to thank governor hodges. he's been a wonderful friend and supporter to hillary and me and we're grateful. thank you, former representative boyd brown for what you said. superintendent j.r. green, thanks for having us here in this school. i want to thank beth reid, the chair of the fairfield county school board. and members of the board who are here, henry miller, william
frick. i told them back stage that when i was governor of arkansas, i used to tell people that the best job i ever had was when i was attorney general. because i didn't have to appoint or disappoint. and if i did anything people didn't like i just blamed it on the constitution. and when i was governor, i thought it was harder but i thought being on the school board was hardest of all because when you made somebody mad on the school board they all knew you already. so i thank them for serving. i want to thank mary gail douglas, a state representative, thank you for being here. i'd like to acknowledge some visitors because they represent what we've been trying to do in hillary's campaign, encouraging people everywhere. we have four visitors from florida who are working for hillary in florida who decided
to come up here and spend the last few days going around seeing folks in south carolina and telling why they think hillary should be president. mayor of miami beach, my old friend. the mayor of tallahassee, the mayor of mir rar, wayne messen and the chair of the miami david county commission, john morristein. please stand up. you guys, thank you very much. [applause] i know my old friend john lewis has been down here from georgia too campaigning. this is kind of a family affair for all of us. i love south carolina. my daughter learned to ride her cycle on the beach at kiowha island. d my candidate for president came here when she graduated from law school. working for marion wright
edelman of south carolina in the children's defense fund. to figure out why in the world african-american teenage boys were being jailed and imprisoned as adults and having their whole lives taken away from them and the children's defense fund in a report hillary filed has helped to change juvenile justice practice in south carolina and end that once and for all which i think bill clinton: this is an important state. [applause] look, it has been an interesting election. you listen to the two parties in the debates and when i hear those guys, i wonder if i'm living in the same country with the same challenges. it. i think i understand we will start with what the issue is.
how many of you watched president obama's state of the union address? raise your hand if you did. for those of you who did not, i will give you a 92nd summary. 90 second summary. he said, we still have some challenges but we should be feeling optimistic because our economy is doing well. .e have had job growth then he said, for the first time in our history, we have over 90% of our people with health , and once we convince all of the republican states to take medicaid and let it work everywhere, we will be a 95%.
then he said, if you look at the future, we have the youngest, most diverse force of any big country in the world. we have the best scientific and technology base. we have an unbelievable system of higher education. we are in good shape. you should be optimistic. he painted a beautiful picture of the future, which i completely agree with. if i got one of those magic lanterns and the genie came out, and she said, you can be 25 again, i would say i will take it. [laughter] bill clinton: you can be 25 again but you have to decide right now where you want to live when you are 50 years old. i would take united states in a heartbeat. the picture the president painted was beautiful.
why are there some an upset people? there are too many people staring at the picture and they cannot find themselves. most americans still have not gotten a pay raise. it takes 10 years to get over a financial crash, and that happened in late 2008. we got the jobs back ahead of schedule, but not the income increases. ,here are too many young people with so much college debt piled up that they do not think they can move out of their parents house, much less take a job they like, much less be able to borrow money to start a business . aren't a thousand stories -- there are a thousand stories like that. there are people with parents that have alzheimer's and children with autistic conditions who think they will never be able to take care of their kids and work because we do not have paid leave.
seven one of only countries in the world. the person that just won the primary in south carolina says, on the other party, says, vote for me, i will build a wall andss the rio grande river buying stuff from china and you can make it here then and we will send all immigrants home and you can have their jobs, and basically i will make america great again. hillary says, we never stopped being great. [applause] bill clinton: what we need to do again somerica whole everyone can see themselves in that picture of the future. [applause] bill clinton: so we can all rise together.
that is what this election is about. she says incident building a wall, why don't we build ladders of opportunity and empowerment that everyone can climb and tear down the barriers that are holding everyone back. we can only go forward if we go for together. [applause] that, weton: to do have to have an economy that benefits everyone. that is one of the proudest things for me when i was able to serve as your president, is that all groups rose together in every income group. unlike trickle-down economics which is said three presidents, president reagan and george bush and george w. bush. it only worked for president reagan because we have never been on an eight year sugar high where we cut taxes and spend
like crazy. jobs when were went back down to invest in the middle class and lift people up from the bottom. that is what i am trying to do. we had 40% more jobs. 95% of people have higher income games -- gains. the middle class did better. the middle class did 70% better. the working class did twice as well. the thing i am most proud of is the bottom 20% of earners increased their income 30 times sense president reagan. we get it together. the highest income gains were among african-american families led by an followed by latino families and then everyone else gained as well. it is the only time that has happened to come as far as i know. why? we made a deliberate
decision that nobody could be successful until everybody could rise. that is what this election is about. [applause] bill clinton: first you need to have ladders for more good jobs and higher incomes. hillary proposes, among other things, that we build an infrastructure. we are letting our roads, fall and weports are also ignoring what is under the ground. you are all aware of what happened in flint, michigan. it broke everyone's heart. i have news for you, it is far from the only place in america where children have elevated lead in their blood because we have these old, rusted out, broken down pipes. if we replace them all, we creek create good jobs and give a -- we could create good jobs and give a healthy future for our children.
[applause] bill clinton: i will give you another example. ,lmost every state in america the growth centers are like the ones i visited this afternoon. center and training one of four in the county i visited where high school students can spend two hours a day studying and becoming certified in advanced mechanics, manufacturing skills, cosmetology, even a certified firemen. they spend the rest of time in class. they get out of high school and go right to work or college and it is their choice because they are empowered. everyone needs that. where are people falling behind all over america? in small towns and rural areas. bring affordable,
rapid broadband to every small town in america, and people can build their own future. [applause] you,clinton: i am telling it will change the national economy overnight. she believes we ought to put in 500 million solar panels in the next five years. she believes every home in electrified bybe wind, solar and other clean sources. first of all, you cannot export those jobs. you have to do that work right here. , bringze our buildings clean energy and put the american people to work. i will give you a little example. i have a project in my foundation where we try to work on the american economy and i had this crazy idea a few years ago that i brought to the labor movement. i said, what if we took tension pension funds of public
unions in good shape and they buildingsn making our energy-efficient, lowering electric bills, putting tons of people to work and you cannot export these jobs. first looked at me at like i need an appointment with the doctor, but eventually, the union movement came up with $16 billion, the largest private fund in america. they spent about $7 billion and they have already created almost 60,000 jobs. the fund is in good shape because you make a profit investing in infrastructure, lowering people's power bills, increasing energy efficiency. we can do this. it will make a difference. we can do it also by dramatically increasing the
amount of loans for amount for loans for small businesses. we gave twice as much in loans ,oward minority business owners and we had a record number of small businesses. this is not rocket science. hillary wants to make sure all of the banks in south carolina and america know that these new rules, are designed to stop while street -- wall street from ever wrecking mainstreet again should not apply to old-fashioned community banking where you are loading people money who are friends and neighbors and you know they are not a risk. she also thinks we ought to give people incentives to invest in areas that are left out and left behind. i will give you an example in a red state, normally a republican
state, west virginia. those coal miners did nothing wrong. know we have to do something to fight climate change, and besides, we have so much other energy that is cleaner, cheaper but their numbers are going down , but they did not deserve to be abandoned by america. they did not deserve to be told, ok, we have two counties and west virginia with the number checks.ce of disability you have people waking up in the morning, looking in the mirrors and thinking, every single tomorrow is going to be like yesterday. i am powerless to change my future. it could be why west virginia lease the country in addiction to prescription drugs and heroin. these people are dying of drug abuse and they are also dying of a broken heart.
hillary was the first candidate to propose that we spend $10 billion to treat this like a public health problem in every state of america, more mental health facilities, more drug treatment facilities and also for serious tax incentives people in those areas and give us all a chance to begin again so we can rise together. we have to do this everywhere in the country. [applause] bill clinton: those are the letters we need. -- ladders we need. we need equal pay for women so they can get back to the workforce and contribute to our wealth without giving up the strength of the family and raising children. every society is raising kids. in a modern economy, you have to be able to succeed as being a parent and a worker. we can no longer afford the luxury of giving no paid leave.
we also have to have a payment system for workers better in these big companies so that when companies make a profit, they do not give it all to the shareholders. [applause] bill clinton: i will give you an example. it is not a republican or democratic thing, i think you have a new course deal in south carolina. they pay weekly bonuses. they give employees weekly ,onuses based on profitability and the employees all get an education for every child they have. one guy in one city in south carolina, back when i was a governor had already sent eight kids to college. spouses, included the the employees themselves. then they had a profit sharing plan that went to the bottom 90%, not to the top 10%. they shared the benefits of
their success with the people who made the success possible. companies used to do that. you would not have collapsed if i said this 40 years ago, because so many companies are doing that. now you say, i cannot believe anyone is doing that. we need to set up a tax code and other rules so that companies that take care of their workers and their communities are rewarded as compared to those who are not. [applause] then we need to get bit of the barriers. what barriers do we need to take down? we have the best system of higher education in the world, but too many kids are graduating with too much debt. who knows someone with college debt? doe is what hillary wants to . first of all, make it possible for anyone to go to any public
institution, any historically black college or university, any other private university open to people of all income groups with a reasonably low tuition at a high rate of success, make it possible to graduate from all of those places 100% debt-free. [applause] give free tuition for people whose incomes are so low and they needed. give even more support. make it possible for every student to work 10 hours a week in a work study program. then, let the people who can afford to pay, pay. higher income people are going to have to pay higher taxes, but you do not want to give their own kids for tuition. if you want to pay me more taxes, use my money to put people to work in good jobs and doing these things that can really make a difference. [applause] bill clinton: make it possible
for people to graduate debt-free, and then deal with the debt that is already accumulated. i do not know how many young people and meet, every time i go to a new town, i try to go to a place to buy a cup of coffee, and there is always a young person given the coffee. more than 50% of the time i say, a long have you been working here? and they tell me, i will give you my last conversation. that happened when i was down seen at my granddaughter if you days ago and i stopped at this coffee shop and i said, how long have you been working here? that woman said, five years. on and off she said. doing whent are you you're off? she said, i am going to college. what are you doing on your own question mark she said, -- what are you doing on your own? living at home. later, she has no degree, could not pay her debt off. hillary wants to end all of that. one, a college loan is
the only loan that you cannot refinance at a lower interest rate. did you know that? i met a woman yesterday, who i know because i did business with her, and i went in and bought a pair of jeans, and she said her son has a loan and interest rate is 9%. she said she is pain under 4% for her home mortgage. it is crazy. if you allow college loans to be refinanced like home loans, americans 25 million would save $2000, 25 million just on refinancing. [applause] bill clinton: the government has no business making money off of college debt. hillary wants to stop that and i'll are you to refinance. -- and allow you to refinance.
anyone'ssal will take college debt, wherever they went to school, however far they went, however big it was, and let them pay it out over 20 years as a small, fixed percentage of their after-tax income. what does that mean? it means you can move at your parents house. it means, if you take a job that that does not pay as much, your loan payment would go down. if you have not paid off in 20 years, the debt is forgiven. job,u do a public service you can get bit of $17,000 of the loan. if you are in the military services, your entire loan is forgiven. [applause] bill clinton: think of that. in other words, we can make the country stronger and it lists
this anonymous burden on huge numbers of young people so they can use their education, do something they love and make it possible for us all to rise to gather. it is very important. [applause] bill clinton: health care. we need to finish this health care bill. we need to get everyone on medicaid who is eligible. we need to get the drug prices down. we need to change the way we pay for health care some more and more of us and rolled and plans are we just pay to stay healthy and set of pain for specific procedures. every place in america where this has been done, the prices has dropped and the quality of health goes up, and errors go down because there is no incentive to do something you do not need done and every incentive is for the people keeping you healthy.
everywhere we do it it will work. we have to do this. what are the other barriers? we need prison reform. we have the highest percentage of people behind bars in any country in the world. [applause] bill clinton: too many of them did not violent things or sentences that were too long. the president has done all he can do right now without legislation because some of the limits on his authority and only 10% of the people in prison or in federal prison. the government can set a powerful example. we can do this, and there are a lot of republicans who agree with this. it is like the heroin and prescription drug thing. that is an equal opportunity killer. arells people whether they republicans or democrats. this over incarceration is burdening state budgets, keeping
people from supporting schools and new causes and it is wasting people's lives. hillary, i think is the only one who said, not only should we but shethe sentences, said you cannot turn these people out without preparing them for transition, give them a skill that can make a living for them. give them education and do not make them check a box asking if they have a record. let people start again. let's begin again. we need police reform. did you see hillary was here a couple days ago with the mothers of all those young african-american men who have been killed by a police officer or their neighbors? we also need police. movies onk of seeing
television news that look like it ought to be in a bad gangster film where people are getting shot on the streets who have no business being shot. we are sick of rights in ferguson and baltimore and all of this, that we do need to police. remember what we saw in san bernardino when those people were killing all of those innocent folks out there where the police are risking the lives time and time again to save people? , so how what you want do we get the best of both worlds? a sheriff's back to listening to me. i am glad he is here. maybe i won't get a ticket on the way out of town. [laughter] bill clinton: look, we dealt with this when i was president. we put 110,000 more police officers on the street. we had the entire support of the african-american clergy. we wanted the police to look like the communities they were
policing and we wanted enough police so they can walk the streets, not ride around in cars or cause i military equipment, but walked the streets, know the people that live there, help kids stay out of trouble and if something bad happens, you have to have a neighborhood council that can meet with the police and they tell each other the truth, decide what happens, decide what needs to be done. [applause] bill clinton: that way we can have police reform and the police we need and she will take the lead in doing that. we need to make sure that we stop demonizing people who are our friends and neighbors like planned parenthood. they give health care to a very large number of low income children and women who would not have health care. we need to make sure that we pass sensible gun safety legislation to have background checks so we do not have to have
what happened in a church in charleston anymore. [applause] bill clinton: hillary has been encouraged to talk about this in states that do not have a lot of gunowners, but she talks about it everywhere. you know why? d the first 25e years of our married life in arkansas. i was the governor of a state where we had to close the schools on the first day of deer season because no one is going to show up anyway. [laughter] bill clinton: where more than half the people have a hunting license. i had aas 10 years old, 22 and was shooting soda cans of a fencepost. where a little bitty farm is ae i am the last person president who had to live in a
house without indoor plumbing. i hope none of my successors had that experience. i sure learned the difference between a poisonous and a nonpoisonous snake. i get that. passed background checks. we banned the most recently used assault weapons by gangs that were cutting kids down. we limited ammunition to 10 bullets. no one missed a deer season, sporting contest, and nobody who lived 40 minutes from the nearest law enforcement was unable to have a gun to protect their family. we need to do this as a family. look at what a great gift south carolina has given america. it was in the reverends church where those people lifted their faith and for gave that young man killing their pastor, state senator and all those other people they love.
it was awesome. hearts of the republicans, not just the democrats in the state legislature. a direct descendent of jefferson davis, we have to work together for the future. take the flags down. take the flags down now. [applause] bill clinton: we have to talk to our neighbors. the gun lobby tries to convince everybody that the democrats are coming for your guns. that is bull. they are wrong. had, that background lobby one million felons, fugitives and domestic abusers could not buy handguns, and at the end of the eight years, we had a 33 year low in the murder rate at a -- fromlow in illegal
deaths in homicides. do not tell me back on checks do not make a difference. they do. we will have them. [applause] bill clinton: if we want inclusive economics, we need to live in an inclusive society where we are all treated fairly and we have a role in our voices are heard. the last thing we ought to have is a more exclusive politics. we need to quit rewarding people for trying to disempower americans. that is why the president should make this appointment to the supreme court. [applause] , and why,on: and why whether he gets that person confirmed or not, remember there is a 50-50 chance that there will be to other planets in the
next four years. we need a supreme court that expands voting rights, not subtracts them. we need a supreme court that revisits the citizens united decision. [applause] bill clinton: for those of you who do not know what it is, everyone knows that the first amendment is, all of you have the right to freedom of speech. now, in citizens united the supreme court having already said that a corporation is a , has said that free speech extends to the money in your pocket. when you spend it on politics, you are just exercising your freedom of speech. therefore, they said, a minimum-wage worker and a billionaire are equally free to
spend whatever they want on politics. now, i used to teach constitutional law and if i gave the problem on a test and someone wrote that opinion, i would flunk them. [laughter] bill clinton: i do not think there was basis for it but that is what they said. we need to revisit that. everyone who gives money ought to give it in the open. most of our mothers raised us not to hide what we did. if you do not want anyone to know you did that, you should not do it. we need to do with each other on equal terms. if you want inclusive economics, live in an exclusive -- inclusive society, we need to have more inclusive politics. we need to discuss things with each other and set calling each other names and running off and trying to buy public opinion and political power instead of discussing with our neighbors what the right thing is to do so we can all rise.
this is very important. [applause] bill clinton: if you believe that, you also must wonder what does this have to do with the job of the next president to keep america safe? i will tell you with hillary, she believes it is really important that we have a strong military. she was on the arms services committee, and the pentagon thought she was so good they asked her to sit on a special timidity to plan the military for the 21st century. committeeipartisan and they recommend we change our military tactics doing exactly what president obama is doing and try to defeat isis. no more big land wars in the middle east. it is a war we cannot win. [applause] bill clinton: instead, send a special forces to help people who are putting their own lives on the line to have a decent society where they live. build up their capacity, fill in
the blank, do what we can, but do not forget, even there, the real battle we are fighting is over the social media and the brains of more than a billion people. those people in san bernardino were motivated over social media. they were converted to a philosophy that says, have i got a deal for you. if you are willing to go out and kill yourself, take 40 years off of your life and go immediately to heaven, but only if you kill a lot of other people who have never done anything to you and take 40 or 50 years off of their life. if we cannot beat that argument, shame on us. when hillary got to be secretary of state, the first thing she did was to contact the young tech wizard that helps president obama to feature in the primary and then get elected president. she said, you guys are good at this and you know who lives in
cyberspace. help us sell america and our knew thatt she also we could not do it without proving that our example of embracing the freedom of religion, respecting everyone's religion, that is one of the reason we are still one of the most religious countries in the world, because we are not ramming religion down people's throats so they can hear people stories and calling forth the best in them, and that means we cannot win this fight without the moderate muslims in america. when the other guy say, we ought to get read of all muslims and label all of these people muslim terrorists, you just remember, the vast majority of american muslims deplore this kind of murder just as much as you do and we need them to help us
build a safe future for america. [applause] bill clinton: that is my case for her. it is better to build ladders of opportunity than to build walls. it is better to tear down barriers economic and noneconomic been in a less to work together and make decisions to go forward with each other. she ought to be president because she is qualified to be commander-in-chief and to lead us on these fronts because she is the only person that has spent a lifetime actually making things happen and you need a change maker. from the time she came here as a young law school graduate to south carolina, to try to get teenagers out of adult resins, -- prisons, until she walked out of our foundation is started running for president. and every job she ever had, she has made a difference.
in washington dc, she worked with republicans as well as democrats which is a big deal. waspassed a bill when she first lady with the republican leader tom delay who disliked me more than anyone in congress. this is a true story, but this is an example of what she does. she went to tom delay from taxes and she -- texas, and she said, i know we do not agree on much, and he said, really, do we agree on anything? he said what is it? she said, you love your children. he said, sure, what does that have to do with anything? she said, i know you adopted those children and that was an act of grace. foster care systems are
aging with kids with no place to live, nowhere to go to college, no way to get a job and we cannot let this happen. we have to get people to adopt older children and children with special needs. people are afraid they cannot afford to help children with special needs. we now know one barrier we ought to get writ of his people who are afraid of hiring people with disabilities, because they make great employees for what they can do. we need to do that. [applause] anyway, he said, what do you want me to do? she said, we need to give people more tax credits and you republicans like to do that. let's give people tax breaks if they adopt older kids and kids with special needs to help them. let's make sure these kids do not age out and go out into the world of 18 years old. together.the bill i signed the bill. office, we i left
had increased by 80%, the number of adoption out of foster care. she always make something good. [applause] bill clinton: i can just give you a thousand examples, but you get the picture. we need a change maker that will empower you, that will tear down the barriers, build up ladders and you get to walk up the letters. -- ladders. we have to go forward together. the thing that is making people feel so wacky is you have people that think they are at a dead end. young people think they will never get to climb the ladder because they cannot get writ of their debt. -- read of their debt. it is like a weight on their ankle. we have to rise together. to do that, we need a change maker. i will close with this, the last answer to the last question in
the debate held in south carolina explains better than anything i could why i believe she is the best choice for president. the democrats had a debate in south carolina, and i use this because it reflects well on both hillary and her opponent as human beings, and why they belong to our party. at the end of the debate, the moderators had a surprise. they said, is there anything we had not discussed tonight that we should have talked about? he called on hillary first. she said, yes, i want to talk about the water in flint. i took annexed a year in law school, and she studied the extra year took in in law school and studied the impact of water on childhood development. she said she was so horrified when she heard about this, she called the mayor and asked if
there was anything she could do. she said someone down there to see. the mayor said, i will to you what you could do, you can get on television. asked for this much money and they only received 10% and this is why they need the other 90%. hillary said, they receive the money. everything they asked for. [applause] bill clinton: i have no doubt that is not the only reason they got the money, but it does help having a national figure that says, forget about me, forget about my campaign, these people need this money. these kids are in danger. , he they asked her opponent reflected the same values but he had a different response. he said he was mortified but what happened and the governor should resign because he would not have treated people that way. resign, but he does not care what to democrats
20 for president think a republican governor should it. her immediate instinct was not to blame, although there was plenty of blame to go around, but to ask, what can i do to make it better? that is what you want a president to do, every day. what can i do to make sure we all rise together? when we look at the picture at the present painted of the future, i see my face there, my children there, my grandchildren there, without looking at race, religion and anything else, we are going to rise together. that is what i want you to vote for her in this primary. god bless you. [applause] ♪
p.m. eastern here on c-span. we will also be live with senator bernie sanders at a campaign rally in orangeburg. that is at 5:30 p.m. eastern on c-span two. here is a look at some of the recent campaign ads, released by the bernie sanders and hillary clinton's campaigns. the son of a polish immigrant who grew up in a pro-clinton. he went to public schools and or his life began fighting injustice and inequality. he moved to vermont, one election and praise as one of america's best. he stood up for working families and for principals, opposing the iraq war, supporting veterans and now he is taking on wall street and a corrupt lyrical
system -- political system. fighting climate change to andte green energy jobs tuition free public colleges. >> people are sick and tired of establishment >> bernie sanders. husband, father, grandfather. and honest leader building a movement with you. >> i'm bernie sanders and i approved this message. >> if one were to look
at the qualifications of the candidates and reflect on what our country can be, and who can get us to that place, it is hillary clinton. she's the only candidate i trust. my heart has always been with hillary clinton.