tv John Kasich Town Hall Meeting in Nashville Tennessee CSPAN February 28, 2016 1:00am-2:01am EST
>> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: thank you rochester, thank you. representative tina liebling thank you for that introduction. you said it all. what this campaign is about is not just electing a president. yeah, that's pretty important. [laughter] but there is something more important. as tina just said, it is about transforming america. it is about thinking big and the kind of country we want to become.
it is understanding something that the media will not tell you or talk about much. in the last 30 years, there has been a massive redistribution of wealth. the problem is that that redistribution has gone in the wrong direction. [applause] sen. sanders: yes, thank you president obama. we are better off today than we were seven years ago, that is for sure. [applause] sen. sanders: you know, it is amazing to me that our republican friends suffer from a very, very serious illness, which seems to be all pervasive among republicans, that is short-term amnesia. [laughter] sen. sanders: they could go
forward with a straight face and talk about the problems we have today while ignoring what world bush left us in when he left office. [applause] sen. sanders: so we are going to make sure that our republican friends do not forget that when president bush left office that we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, unbelievable. our deficit was a record-breaking $1.4 trillion, and by the way, the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. other than that, we were doing really good. [laughter] sen. sanders: to hear republicans talk about where we are today without putting it into that context is somewhat of an outrage, but here is another truth.
yes, we are better today than we were seven years ago. the reality is that for the last 30 years under republican leadership, under democratic leadership, the middle class of this country has been shrinking and almost all new income and , wealth has been going to the top 1%. [booing] the reason -- the reason i think our campaign has been doing so well, bringing out new crowds. we just came from taxes and had -- texas, and we had 10,000 people and often -- in austin. [applause] we had 8000 people in dallas and , this is a pretty good turnout tonight. thank you very much. [applause]
the reason is that we are doing something very unusual, we are talking truth to the american people. and sometimes, you know, truth is not pleasant. it's like you go to the doctor and you are not feeling well, even if the news is bad you have to know what is going on before you can get better. that is kind of what is going on with our country. we have to face some unpleasant truths. let me give you a few. number one you are living under, as tina mentioned, a corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining american democracy. [applause] i wish i could describe it in more pleasant terms, but i can't.
when you have billionaires and wall street and corporate america pouring hundreds of hundreds of millions of dollars into the political process, that is not democracy. that is oligarchy. [applause] and together we are going to stop that oligarchy. [applause] [cheers] you know what, democracy is about -- and i really love democracy -- one person, one vote. you disagree with me, that's fine. you have a better idea, fight for it. that is a beautiful thing. but what democracy is not about is a handful of billionaires buying elections. [applause]
[cheers] and i will take you something else that democracy is not about, it is not about cowardly republican governors trying to suppress the vote. [applause] you know, i have been in politics for a while. it has never occurred to me to figure out a way to make it harder for people to vote because they might be voting against me. so i say to those republican governors and legislators who are trying to make it harder for poor people, old people, people of color to vote, if you are afraid of participating in a free and fair election, get out of politics, get another job. [applause]
[cheers] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: today in america we have one of the lowest voter turnout rates. i want to see us revitalize american democracy. i want to see us have one of the highest voter turnout rates here -- and in my view, we can to make this very simple, either through a constitutional amendment or legislation, if someone is 18 years of age and a citizen of this country, they have the right to vote. end of discussion. [applause] [cheers]
now i think they're reason that -- i think the reason that our campaign is doing so well across the country is that we are listening to the pain and the needs of ordinary people and not to the needs of billionaire campaign contributors, and that is a real difference. and when we listen to people what we hear is people coming up to me and saying, bernie, i can't make it on nine dollars or $10 an hour. that is a wage that i cannot live on, and certainly my family cannot live on. truth is that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. [applause]
the truth is that millions of people in this country are working 40 or 50 hours a week, and they are still not earning enough money to take care of their families. truth is that people working full-time sometimes end up with -- end up at the emergency food shelf because they need food despite their 40 or 50 hours of , work to take care of their families, and that is why in this country, together we are , going to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour. [applause] [cheers] now what this campaign is about, and it's not easy, is trying to force discussion on issues that congress chooses not to talk about and media chooses not to talk about.
reality, but it is reality that is swept under the rug. let me give you another example of that. all over this country, minnesota, vermont, all over this country, you have senior citizens and disabled veterans who are trying to get by on $11,000 $12,000 a year, social security. you know what? nobody can get by on $11,000 a year or $12,000 a year social security. [applause] and it is important for a moment to try to put ourselves into the life of somebody who is 80 years old, 90 years old, needs health care, needs prescription drugs, needs to keep their home warm in decent food,eeds and they can't do it on $12,000
a year. many republicans are busy running all over this country. they want to cut social security. i've got bad news for them. we are not going to cut social security. we are going to expand social security. [applause] [cheers] you know, you measure the greatness of a country not by the number of millionaires and billionaires it has come up but by how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us. [applause] [cheers] we will not turn our backs on
our parents and grandparents and on disabled veterans. we will stand with them. [applause] we are listening to workers. we are listening to seniors. but we are also listening to young people. [cheers] and what young people are telling me is, bernie, why does it have to be that i end up $50,000, $100,000 in debt? for what crime, because i wanted to get a higher education? that makes no sense. [applause]
what this campaign is about is asking people to go beyond the status quo. don't think small. ask yourself a simple question, what kind of world do we live in, what kind of craziness exists, when we are severely punishing millions of people for what crime? the crime of trying to get a good education. that is nuts, and we are going to change that. [applause] and this campaign is listening to women. [applause] [cheers] and what the women are saying is why does it happen that when we go to work and we are working along some guy doing the same
job, why are we getting $.79 on the dollar compared to that guy? [cheers] and the answer in my view is that what we are looking at is nothing more than old-fashioned sexism, and together were going to change that. [applause] [cheers] this campaign is listening to the african-american community. [applause] [cheers] they are asking, how does it happen in this country, the wealthiest country in the
history of the world, how does it happen that we have more people in jail than any other country on earth? china, four times are size, has fewer people in jail than we do. [boos] the people in jail are disproportionately african-american, latino, and native american. so together we are going to take on and fight institutional racism and a broken criminal justice system. [cheers] [applause] we spend $80 billion a year of taxpayer money locking up fellow americans.
there are a lot better ways to spend money than locking up fellow americans. [applause] this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the latino community. [cheers] and they are telling me that they are tired of being exploited, tired of living in the shadows, tired of seeing a family member being deported and families being separated and , what they want and what i want is comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship.
together, are you ready for a radical idea? together we are going to create an economy that works for working families, not just the 1%. when we talk about the economy, please understand that every month you see on the front pages of the paper, statistics about unemployment, official unemployment nationally is 5%, anyone believe that? >> no. bernie sanders: you are right, it is really, if you look at people who have given up looking for work, and are working part-time, real unemployment is close to 10%. here is something else, that we do not talk about at all, media
has nothing to say about it. that is used unemployment in the country. kids to graduated high school between 17 and 20, if those kids are white, 33% are underemployed or unemployed latino, -- african-american 51%. if anyone here thinks that there is not a direct correlation between not outrageously high rate of youth unemployment and the fact that we have more people in jail than any other country, you would be missing an important point. here is radical idea number two, we are going to invest in the andg people in jobs education, not jail or incarceration.
>> bernie, bernie and when real: unemployment is almost 10% and we have the infrastructure which is collapsing in many parts of this country, i was in flint michigan the other day. let me tell you, let me just tell you, because i do not want to talk about it it is so horrific. it was hard for me to believe that i was listening to people who were living in the united states of america in the year 2016. when you hear with they were talking about, the poisoning of children because of a terrible, terrible water system. schools that are totally inadequate. health care system, terribly inadequate. .assive poverty in the city you would think you are living
in a fourth word -- world country. it is not just flint, all over this country we have water systems in trouble. roads, bridges, rail systems. airports, levies and dams. we can create 13 million decent paying jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. [applause] think about america, think about an america which has the best rail system in the world. think about an america which have great public transportation which has state-of-the-art water plants and create millions of jobs. we should be hiring teachers, not firing teachers. [applause]
and it is important, it is important again to think outside of the box. think outside of the status quo. every psychologist who studies the issue understands that the for important years intellectual and emotional development are 034 -- 0-4. and yet all over the country working parents are finding it very hard to get quality, affordable childcare. [applause] you have childcare workers who make wages lower than mcdonald's wages. while they do some of the most important work in our society. we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs, good jobs
rebuilding our dysfunctional childcare facility -- system. [applause] jane and i have been married 27 years. [cheers] great kids and seven beautiful grandchildren. we believe in family values. values are ay little teeny bit different than republican family values. [applause] [laughter] i want everybody here to understand what republican family values are. what they mean. what they mean when they talk about family values is that
nobleman -- no woman in this room, and this state, in this country should have the right to control her own body. i disagree. [applause] mean is that the federal government should defund planned parenthood. i believe we should expand funding for planned parenthood. [applause] what they mean about family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not have the right to be married. i disagree. [applause]
values,alk about family when i talk about -- what i talk about is the international embarrassment of the united states in one of -- being one of the few countries in the world, not just major but even poor countries that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. [applause] now you tell me whether in america in the year 2016 a working-class, and who has a baby today should be forced to separate herself from her baby and go back to work because she needs to bring income and to her family. -- income to her family. that is not a family value. what we need to do is pass legislation in congress right
now which guarantees three-months of paid family and medical leave. [applause] let me make a very simple, straightforward promise to you this evening. united with citizens undermining american democracy the supreme court that i will nominate will get deposition unless he or she makes it -- will get that position and less he or she makes it clear that they will vote to overturn citizens united. [applause] when we talk about the economy
today, everybody here understands that we live in a competitive global economy. we need the best educated workforce in the world. incomprehensible to me, again i ask you to think outside of the box, it is incomprehensible that hundreds of thousands of bright, young people, qualified young people who want to go to college are unable to do so because their families lack the money. that is pretty crazy stuff. that is why i believe that in the year 2016, when we talk about public education, it is not good enough to talk about first grade through 12th grade. we have got to make public colleges and universities, tuition free. [applause]
is this a radical idea? i don't think so. germany does it. scandinavia does it. other countries all over the world do it. they are investing in their young people, investing in the future. i am criticized for saying -- well, i think this is an important step forward. i think we have to substantially reduce the burden of student debt. people say, you want to make colleges tuition free, it is expensive. it is. about $70 billion a year. how am i going to pay for it? we will pay for it by putting a tax on wall street speculation. [applause] you know this is what a rigged economy is about. recklessnesseet's
and greed and illegal behavior brought this country into the worst economic downturn since the great depression wall street went begging to congress. they said, bail us out. bail us out. well, if congress could bailout the crooks on wall street, then you know what, it is time for wall street now to help the middle class of this country. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie bernie sanders: let me say a word about wall street. because i think very few people recognize thinkable power that they have over -- recognize the incredible power that they have over our country. when i talk about a corrupt
campaign finance system, a broken terminal justice system, it all comes together in one brief story. some of you may have read about a month ago that goldman sachs, one of the largest financial institutions on wall street agreed to a settlement with the u.s. government for $5 billion. $5 billion. why did they reach that agreement? they reached that agreement because of course they were selling fraudulent and worthless packages of subprime mortgage runs -- loans. streetumber two, wall firms like goldman sachs make huge contributions to candidates. they put millions and millions of dollars into the political process so candidates can be beholden to them. point number three, the revolving door -- do you know what that is? people go from wall street to government, back to wall street.
sachsst 25 years, goldman itself has had two secretaries of treasury as well as many other high-ranking government officials work on government, go back to wall street. point number four, maybe the most painful of all to the american people -- some kid in minnesota today or vermont gets picked up for having marijuana, possessing marijuana. recordd gets a criminal which stays with them for his entire life. but if you are an executive on wall street whose fraudulent savior -- behavior destroyed the lives of millions of people, do you know what happens to you? wrong, you get a salary increase. [boos] then if you are the head of goldman sachs -- you come to congress as a billionaire and you say the -- to congress, cut
social security, medicare and medicaid and give tax breaks to the wealthy. [boos] together we are going to bring justice back to a broken criminal justice system. [applause] and that means -- justice under the law is a profound statement. something deeply embedded in who we are as americans. what it means is if you are poor and you break the ball you are going to pay the price. if you are rich and you break the law you are going to pay the price. that does not happen in america today. to delegate -- together we are going to bring justice back to the criminal justice system. [applause]
i am a member of the senate committee on the environment and the senate committee on energy. i talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over climate change israel. -- is real. [applause] it is caused by human activity. it is already doing devastating harm in america and all over the world. we have a moral responsibility to future generations to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. [applause]
now i have been criticized for saying that the united states should join every other major country on earth, the u.k., france, germany, holland, scandinavia, canada, every country on earth in guaranteeing health care to all people as a right. [applause] as tina pointed out the affordable care act has done a lot of good things, but we have got to go further. today in america 29 million people, zero health insurance. many of you are underinsured with high deductibles and copayments. we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.
in fact we are getting ripped off right and left by the pharmaceutical industry. one out of five americans cannot afford to fill the protections their doctors right which is crazy. which is pretty crazy. meanwhile we pay far more for health care than any other country on earth. which leads me to the conclusion that the way forward is a medicare for all single-payer program. [applause] now people can disagree with me. it is my view that health care is a right of all people, not the lich -- not a privilege. [applause]
now we can do great things in america when we do not allow people like donald trump and some of his friends to divide us up. make a taxs up and against latinos. or againstacks muslims or african-americans or whatever. when we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. much --ook forward very it would make me so happy to have the opportunity to run against donald trump. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie bernie sanders: the reason i
would love the run against trump -- first off a lot of the national polls in state polls show us beating him pretty badly, that is a good start. the reason i would like to run against trump is that we well defeat him because the american people do not agree with him that we should give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to billionaire families like his. the american people do not believe or agree with trump when he thinks we should not raise a seven dollar and -- $7.25 minimum wage. the american people do not agree with donald trump when he says in a republican debate if you can believe it that wages in america are too high. [boos] i guess if you are a billionaire, maybe you think
that wages in america are too high. i don't know. my perception is that is not the case. also we know that donald trump is the greatest of the greatest of everything, right? his many other attributes is he is a great, great scientist. [laughter] he has concluded that climate change is a hoax. it is a hoax created by the chinese. [laughter] i was shocked to hear that. because i thought from trump's perspectives that it would have been a hoax created by mexicans or the muslims, but the chinese kind of took me back a bit. we will, together defeat donald trump. the american -- [applause]
we will defeat him because the american people do not want a president who insults mexicans, muslims, women, african-americans, veterans, and basically anyone who does not look and sound like donald trump. [applause] sen. sanders: we will win because bringing people together trumps divisiveness. we will defeat trump because community trumps selfishness. [applause]