tv Representative Steve Scalise on the Congressional Agenda CSPAN February 28, 2016 1:55pm-3:03pm EST
time. it should happen every year. when we passed a balanced budget last year that we got an agreement with the senate on, it was the first time since 2002 that congress had come to that kind of agreement. it shouldn't take 13 years for congress to agree on how to balance a federal budget. questioner: obama has not been president since 1977, so maybe there is a time of introspection for congress to kind of look at what their role is. mr. scalise: right. our role should be to do that job and ultimately it takes two sides to do it. when the senate refuses to take up even one bill, when we pass six bills over to them and they made it very clear, we're not taking up any of them, that's irresponsible. somebody should have called out the people that were voting not even to take up a bill. the senate's supposed to be the most deliberative body in the history of the world. that's the way it was created. they turned the 60-vote requirement into a way to be the least deliberative body in the world. that's an abuse of their responsibilities. be nice to see the president chime in on this. but hopefully both of our presidential candidates, republican and democrat, will
have an opinion on this. i'd like to see both our republican nominee and the democrat nominee have a plan on how to actually get this process working again. what is their approach? i'd love to hear it. questioner: [inaudible] mr. scalise: sure. my approach would be, look what we've done. we passed a budget. we passed appropriation bills. we need to keep doing that. we need to cap actually moving the process forward properly. it does take both the house and senate to make that function. questioner: hi. kathleen shane with the american college of cardiology. thank you very much for taking care of s.g.r. we are now in the midst of a major health care transformation for physicians and hospitals and patients. and interoperability of electronic health records is key. it's currently a mess. we have many different systems out there. we have data blocking. we have all kinds of things going on. what can you do and what can congress do to basically enable
us to get to a system where our records can be effectively shared? i know everybody in this room has had a problem with getting their records from one place to another. mr. scalise: this is something that's still evolving. it's been -- you know, you talk to private hospitals. they spend millions and millions of dollars to develop systems so that medical records can be shared with the doctor, from the doctor's office to the hospital, and ideally between hospitals. truly interoperable. one of the things that we've been pushing is to get -- let's start with these federal agencies. the v.a., for goodness sake. there's so many problems within the v.a. but shouldn't they have a functioning interoperable system? so that they can share their medical records of veterans with maybe the hospital at that the veteran goes to in normal times, maybe sometimes the veteran goes to the v.a. to get treatment, and then he goes to his local hospital. shouldn't that information be interoperable?
the v.a. has not done an adequate job of making their records interoperable. i think it starts with the government agencies being the leaders in at least doing what a lot of people in the private sector are already doing. and at the end of the day, you know, you're going to have to see a better ability for hospitals that have their own systems of medical records to be able to share them electronically with other hospitals and physicians. questioner: thank you for being with us this morning. and on a friday, too. it's great to see a member of congress here on a friday. i'm mark peril with the homeland security and defense business council. there are contentious political conservative progressive issues that differentiate but in the issues of homeland security, homeland defense, it should rise above politics. it should. so the broader question is, not going to either what mr. mccaul is doing or mr. goodlatte or certain of these issues, but to
your role. are you under the mandate that the hastert rule still exists, that on every issue you need a majority of republicans or how often are you discussing, as i saw when i was on the hill many years ago, too many years ago, discussing with mr. hoyer the whipping of the united states congress to get a majority on certain issues that may not be bright line conservative-progressive, particularly in the area of homeland security, that we see it being pushed to the extremes of politics? how often do you in general talk to your counterpart on the democratic side in order to get 218, 219, regardless of where those numbers come from? mr. scalise: steny and i talk on occasion because, you know, normally i'm meeting with house republicans so that we can coalesce around the things that we're moving forward.
clearly we do talk on those issues where it takes bipartisan votes to get things passed on the trade promotion authority, for example, probably the most complicated bill that i worked on as the majority whip. free trade's always been a conservative ideal. it's always taken a coalition of republicans and democrats, mostly republicans, but also democrats, to put that together. and that case, the majority whip was -- the minority whip was against the bill, so we were working with other democrats. but ultimately built a coalition. on national security, i think frankly you've seen strong bipartisan majorities to address the problems that we've been facing. if you look at isis alone, we've been calling on the president to come up with a plan. in fact, the president signed into law a requirement that he lay out a detailed plan to combat terrorism around the world. he's failed to meet that deadline. he puts out this plan this week on closing guantanamo bay and sending those terrorists into the united states, which by the way, people of both parties do
not want adamantly. strong, strong bipartisan opposition to bringing gitmo detainees into the united states, so the president, instead of meeting the deadline to lay out a plan to combat isis, has been spending his time trying to figure out how to bring terrorists into the united states against the will of people in both parties. so i'd like to see the president work with us on those areas of strong bipartisan support. again, look, the iran deal. there was strong bipartisan support against the iran deal. you want to talk about a national security issue? that's going to be a threat to the united states for generations to come. and republicans and democrats came together to oppose that plan. unfortunately the president went a very different direction. when we have come together on a lot of national security issues, unfortunately on many of those we found the president on the wrong side. but there is strong, strong republican and democrat support in congress to do what it takes to keep our country safe. and that's been very bipartisan for a long time, including in this congress.
billy: on that, is there still a hastert rule in the house? the most recent speaker ignored it a couple of times and maybe that was to his detriment. has speaker ryan said anything about his view of the hastert rule? mr. scalise: our objective is to always have bills that 218 republicans would support at a minimum. currently we have 246 republicans. there's a special election that's coming up shortly. to fill the vacant seat in ohio. if you look at where we've been as a conference on most of the complicated issues that we've worked through, we've been able to get not just a majority of house republicans but in fact over 218 house republicans to come to an agreement. but clearly not on every issue. and so -- mr. scalise: ideally you'd like that to happen on every issue. we don't live in a perfect world but we strive to get to that point. billy: there was never really an actual rule. mr. scalise: not a formal hastert rule.
you'd like to be able to have 218 or more republicans come together on every complicated issue. clearly that's not been the case. i'm sure it won't be the case all the time. but most of the time it will. questioner: good morning and thanks for your remarks. peter with the 4-a's. you mentioned briefly tax inversions earlier. where do you see corporate tax reform falling? is that going to be tackled this year or next year? do you see it being a comprehensive approach or do you peel off a specific challenge like inversions? mr. scalise: i know chairman kevin brady just came in as chairman of the ways and means committee when paul ryan became speaker and he had a lot on his plate from day one. but he's had a passion to bring tax reform out of the ways and means committee, to actually pass a bill that not just addresses the serious problem of our uncompetitive corporate tax
rate, but also the personal rate. because if you're at 35% and you want to bring the overall rates down to at least 25%, 20%, somewhere in there, you don't want to have a case where the corporate rate is lower than the personal rate, because there are a lot of people that have companies that are pass-throughs that they're filing on their personal returns, so you want to make sure that both the corporate and personal rates are much lower than they are today. so that our country can be competitive again, so we stop forcing companies to move out of the united states just to be able to stay in business. so that if a company is making $100 billion in foreign countries and they want to bring that money back into the united states to create more jobs here, they're not punished by the united states and the i.r.s. if they want to do that. which they are right now. it's psychotic policy. it needs to be reversed. kevin brady wants to bring a bill out of the ways and means committee that finally tackles this in a comprehensive way. billy: this year? mr. scalise: this year. questioner: good morning. thank you for your remarks.
i am melanie from the blinded veterans association. and there is a wide variety of legislation in the house right now on a number of issues related to interests of veterans and their families. i would like to know if you have any thoughts about what the priorities might be for the congress to actually pass -- i know there were some bills just passed recently and there's talk of an omnibus bill later before the end of the session. do you have any thoughts about what might be the priority issues for the congress to act on before the end of the session? mr. scalise: if you look, we've identified very serious problems
within the va, where the va is not meeting their mission to take care of our veterans who went and fought in other countries, got injured and came back home and a promise was made to them that they would be taken care of by the va and the va has failed in that mission. i've been very angry about what's happened. you've seen us pass legislation last year, for example. where you had these secret waiting lists. the va denied they existed. we actually exposed that through our house oversight functions. we passed legislation to allow the president to hold people accountable and fire people responsible for it. the president hasn't done that at an adequate level. i'd first call on the president to exercise his abilities under the law to go and fire the people who did such a disservice to our veterans by not providing the proper care. we also passed legislation to open up the va system so that if a veteran is being denied care, is waiting too long to get the care that they deserve, that they be able to go to a private
hospital in their community. that law's on the books right now and from everything we've been hearing by veterans back home, the va is not doing an adequate job of letting veterans know about that. it's almost like they don't want veterans to know that there's real competition, if they're doing a horrible job. and the va's been failing in their mission at number of facilities across the country. it's not isolated, it's been widespread. we've identified problems, we've passed some specific legislation to allow our veterans to have more opportunities and i'm still really frustrated that it seems like the va is trying to hide those facts from our veterans because they still want to keep them forced into a va system that currently is not working as best as it should be. by the way, we've increased funding to the va over the last few years. so they've had more money and they've failed to meet their mission. and it's a serious problem that congress is going to continue to stay on until they get this right. billy: we only have -- we have
to do a little rapid fire here now. do these two right there. quick question before that. are we going to see a benghazi committee report any time soon? or closer to the election? mr. scalise: i'm not sure what the end result of the committee is. i think one of the things that's been so good about what chairman gowdy has done is that he's made it clear that they're just going to go and continue to get the facts. unfortunately they've had a hard time getting all the facts. all the parties involved at department of state should work harder to get all the information that's been requested. but they continue to uncover more things and they're going to keep doing their work until they get all of the facts out there for the public to see. about what happened in that tragic incident in benghazi where we lost four americans. billy: i'm sorry. questioner: good morning. amy with the american chemistry council. the toxic substances control act hasn't been reformed since it was first passed in 1976. and the senate passed a bill
unanimously in december and the house passed a bill last june, 398-1, so it's hopefully going to be a success story. but i'm wondering if you can comment on any timing or efforts of house leadership right now to try to resolve those two bills and get something to the president's desk? mr. scalise: it is really important we get that bill done. we've been working very hard on the bill that we passed out of the house and we've been in negotiations with the senate for some time to ultimately see if they can resolve the differences. it's a big priority. we want to see it get done. and i think chairman shimkus on the house side has been doing a very able job at leading that effort, working with his senate counterparts, to ultimately get an agreement that we can get signed into law. questioner: great, thank you. questioner: hi. darin wyatt, national industries for the blind. i have to ask an election question. this batch of presidential hopefuls in my lifetime is
definitely the worst and that's 30 years. my dad said -- he's 63, he said in his lifetime it's the worst he's ever seen. so you have bernie sanders who -- i think he means well, but the handshaking across lines from democrat to republican, it wouldn't happen, the relationship building wouldn't happen. just in terms of his policies. hillary clinton, a lot of people don't really trust her. ted cruz in my opinion is just way too creepy. and marco rubio is cookie cutter and it appears that he just got his backbone 12 hours ago. donald trump, who is going to be the republican nominee, he's going to do that, he has come up with two policy ideas in the nine months that he's been around. he's going to build a big beautiful wall with a door in the middle. and he's going to bomb isis oil fields and then have his buddies
from exxon come over and build them back up as soon as possible. that's what he's going to do. so as a conservative, and this is coming from a guy that still doesn't know who he's going to vote for, and it's kind of frightening at this point. as a conservative, how can you possibly defend trump? when you introduce him at your events? when he is going to be the republican nominee? this is a guy that is a fire-branding fear mongerer. and he's frightening. and the fact that the united states of america is at the point where he's literally going to be the republican nominee is, at least for my generation, so scary. so i'm just wondering. mr. scalise: i wouldn't agree with all the assessments you made. obviously it's a lot more complicated than what was laid out. but if you look at the race, any race for president, after months of a grueling primary process on either side, whoever's in there
and on the democrat side, it's just two people right now and on the republican side it keeps going down, but it's still a number of people, whether it's three or seven that are viable. but they spend all their time beating up on each other. all you see are the worst parts of each person because that's the job of the other candidates is to identify, unfortunately, why they wouldn't be so good. eventually in these debates especially it's more focused on boating up each other -- beating up each other. so you see the flaws more than you see the positive traits. what i would go back to is 1980. i do think the similarities between 1980 and today are the closest you can find in generations between two presidential races. you had a lot of malaise in the country, you had an economy that was sluggish, you had major foreign policy challenges around the world. and you had an incumbent democrat president and you had a very contested republican primary.
just look at some of the things that george h.w. bush said about ronald reagan. they weren't calling each other good guys. but at the end of the day, you ended up with a nominee in ronald reagan who picked george h.w. bush to be his running mate. and when reagan ran, he ran on a very positive, it inspiring vision and brought large numbers of people out and one with an overwhelm magazine jort and did really great things to get the economy moving again, get the country back on track. i think the same thing can happen again. i can't tell you who the nominee will be. we might know more after tuesday night but we can't assume that one person runs the table tuesday night. i think you'll continue to see a competitive race. don't expect each of them to point out how nice the other guy. however much long tier goes, weeks or months, they're going to continue to say how bad the over guy is but -- the other guy is but at the end of the day, they'll come together. at that point, who's going to do the best job of going to the american people and laying out their bold vision for how to
inspire people and get the country moving again? people are hungry for those ideas. the candidate that can do that is going to be the one who can win. both of them need to do. it i would encourage our republican nominee, whoever that's going to be, to be a reagan-esque inspiring figure. go and excite people again about what's great about this country. the american dream's real. people still want it but they don't think it exists anymore. how are you going to best rebuild that american dream so that people can actually just work hard, play by the rules, you can actually be part of the middle class and even more if you want in your life. that still exists but it's fading away and we can get it back. i want to see the candidate who can best inspire people to then be our next president. i still think that's achievable. billy ok, i somehow let us go over time. i enjoyed it. and very much appreciate talking to you. i enjoyed all the questions. there were some great questions out there. let call a close here. [applause] [captioning performed by the
>> in the news today, has announced as residing for the democratic national committee to support bernie sanders for president. the hawaiian democrat told meet the press he trusts and to consider the consequences of any military action. mentors -- mr. sanders has criticized hillary clinton for her vote to authorize the iraq war. bernie sanders, ted cruz and donald trump were on the sunday talk shows this morning talking about the campaigns. donald trump was asked about his
endorsement by the kkk and former leader david duke. >> welcome back. it was a tough night for our guest, bernie sanders. hillary clinton enjoying a big victory in the south carolina primary. he will keep his hopes alive for securing the democratic nomination. welcome back to "meet the press." sen. sanders: my pleasure. >>, the goat you said i think we picking up more and more african-american support and frankly i think we can win. you lost african-american voters 84-16, worse than any poll had shown. what happened? we got decimated, that is what happened. among older african-americans. the glimmer of positive for us won the 29 years of
age and younger vote. secretary clinton won that state and won it big. i think we have a real shot at minnesota and colorado, oklahoma, massachusetts and vermont. we're looking to the future, not looking back. we had to rally yesterday in texas. 10,000 people out in austin and 8000 people in dallas. i think the future will be a tough fight and we can pull it off. >> i think we nominate donald, hillary probably beats him. not only did she get to attack him on a whole host of issues, hillaryas described clinton as one of the best secretaries of state in history. one of the big scandals with hillary, even bigger than e-mails, is the clinton foundation which is essentially a slush fund for foreign governments and foreign individuals and corporations to six and seven figure checks
to the clintons while she was secretary of state. any republican needs to be able to make that case. donald can't because she will turn and laugh at him and a debate and say donald, you get $100,000 to the clinton foundation. how can you possibly be complaining? i think we need a candidate that can beat hillary. beyond that, it's donald becomes president, who knows what he would do? even donald does not know what he would do. i think the challenges facing this country are too great to roll the dice and risk losing the supreme court for a generation, risk more economic stagnation and risk on foreign islamicallowing terrorism to threaten america. >> even though you think all about, you still would support him for the presidency if he gets the nomination? >> i will support the republican nominee but i am working very
hard and i intend for that nominee to be me. >> let's talk to the anti-defamation league was publicly condemned unequivocally racism of former kkk grand wizard david duke that said going against she would be treason to your heritage. when you unequivocally condemn david duke and say you do not want his vote or otherwise a premises in the selection? donald trump: i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know anything about what you are talking about with the white supremacy. i don't know. did he endorsed me? what is going on? i know nothing about david duke or white supremacists. you are asking me a question that i'm so as we talking about people that i know nothing about. question from the anti-defamation league is even if you don't know about your endorsement there are these groups and individuals endorsing you that's a unequivocally you condemn them and you do not want their support?
donald trump: i don't know what group you are talking about. you will be to condemn a group i know nothing about. if you send me a list of groups, i will do research on them and certainly i would disavow if there is something wrong. it would be very unfair. give me a list of groups and i will let you know. >> i just talking about david duke in the kkk. donald trump: i don't know david duke. i don't know anything about him. we will have republican presidential candidate donald trump speaking at a campaign rally today in hunsberger -- madison, alabama. it starts at 5:00 eastern on c-span. following victory in the south carolina democratic primary last night, hillary clinton spoke to supporters in columbia. this is about 30 minutes. ♪
because i'm happy come along if you feel at the room without a view ♪ >> thank you. [cheers] >> thank you very very much. for thend gentlemen, last several weeks the people of south carolina have had an opportunity to hear and compare. and tonight the democratic voters of south carolina have rendered a significant verdict. [cheers]
[chanting] hillary, hillary! >> she will be here in a moment. i want to thank each and every one of you for all the work you have done to make this evening possible. started hillary clinton on her way to the white house. [cheers] the people of south carolina have said if you work hard, if you build a resume, if you remain true to your own
principles, if you remain loyal to the administration that got this economy out of the pits -- [cheers] and if you lay out a plan as to how to build upon the record and take us to where we ought to be, you will be rewarded. [cheers] rewardedht you are hillary clinton and she will reward each and every one of us in this great nation. [cheers] you did not come to hear me, so let me present you now the next president of united's dates --
hillary clinton: thank you. thank you so much, south carolina. "hillary"] [cheers] clinton: thank you, thank you. , from one enduch of this state to another. i am so greatly appreciative because today, you send a message. in america, when we stand together -- [cheers] is no barrier to big to break. we have now gone through four early states and i want to congratulate senator sanders on running a great race and
tomorrow, this campaign goes national. [applause] we are going to compete for every vote in every state. we are not taking anything or anyone for granted. [applause] i want to thank the local leaders, mayors, volunteers who have worked their hearts out for this campaign. i think -- thank all of our great south carolina friends going back so many years. i especially want to thank two of your former governors, to riley and jim hodges -- dick riley and jim hodges.
make the changes and continue the progress that we can build on the record on the accomplishments of president obama. [cheers] and to the almost 850,000 people who have contributed what they could come most giving less than $100, i thank each and every one of you. every day since iowa, more and more of you have stepped up. today grassroots donors are powering this campaign. [cheers] to the millions of people watching across the country, please join us by making a donation to hillary clinton.com. [cheers] and here is why, because together we can break down all of the barriers link our -- all of the barriers holding our family and country back. we can build ladders of and -- opportunity and empowerment so every single american can have that chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. and then, and only then can america live up to its full potential too. [cheers]
this campaign and this victory tonight is for the parents and teachers and rural south carolina -- in rural south carolina. they showed me crumbling classrooms and communities to longer neglected -- too long neglected. we are going to work together to give our children the education they need and deserve. south carolina and across america. [cheers] this campaign and our victory is for the entrepreneur who told me more dreams die in the parking lot for banks than anywhere else -- lots of banks than anywhere else, and that is especially true for women and people of color. we are going to work together to give people, particularly young people the tools you need -- [cheers] to start that small business you have been dreaming up -- of.
in his campaign and our victory is for the reverend, a presiding elder of the ame church who looked at all of the violence and division in our country and asked me the other night, "how, how are we ever going to strengthen the bonds of family and media again? " we are going to start by working together with more love and kindness and our hearts, and more respect for each other, even when we disagree. [cheers] despite what you hear, we don't need to make america great again, america has never stopped being great.
[cheers] but, but we do need to make america a whole again. -- whole again. instead of building walls, we need to tear down barriers. [cheers] we need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together. today, too many people at the top, too many corporations have forgotten this basic truth about what makes america great. prescription drug companies that increase the price of drugs for no reason then greed -- than greed. and then double and triple bills overnight. corporations shift their headquarters overseas for no other reason than to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. companies like johnson controls and -- and auto parts company in wisconsin that we taxpayers help to save in 2008. let there be no doubt, in any boardroom or executive suite across this country if you cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute our
environment, or rip off the taxpayers, we will hold you accountable. [cheers] if you turn your back on america you will pay a price. but if you do the right thing, you invest in your workers, and in your country's future then we will stand with you. together we have to break down all of the barriers. not just some. it is important that wall street never threaten mainstreet again. no bank can be too big to fail, and no executive too powerful to jail. but america is not a single issue country, my friend. we need more than a plan for the biggest banks. the middle class needs a raise. [cheers] and we need more good jobs. [cheers] jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced. jobs that provide dignity and a path to a brighter future.
[cheers] -- enough clean energy to power every home in america. [cheers] don't let anyone tell you we cannot make things in america, i know we can, and i know we will. let's break down the barriers that keep people on the sidelines of the economy, especially women. [cheers] don't you think we have waited long enough for quality affordable childcare and paid family leave? do you think it is time for equal pay for equal work? -- don't you think it is time for equal pay for equal work? let's bring down the barriers -- break down the barriers that stop children from getting the best start in life. when he to support great teachers and great schools and every zip code -- in every zip code. let's break down the barriers, holding back our young people, especially the student debt that makes it hard to imagine ever
living the life you want. [cheers] and we are going to give special support to historically black colleges and universities which play a vital role across the country. breaking down all of the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than half a century after rosa parks sat and dr. king marched, and john lewis pled -- fled, still plays a segment -- significant role in determining who gets ahead in america, and he was left behind. we have to invest a communities of color, reform our criminal justice and immigration system. we have to guarantee opportunity, dignity, and justice for every american. and tonight, i want to pay tribute to five extraordinary women who crisscrossed the state with me and for me. five mothers brought together by tragedy. sabrina fulton, mother of trayvon martin. shot and killed in florida just for walking on the street. lucy make that, mother of jordan davis, shot and killed by
somebody who thought he was playing his music too loud in his car. maria hamilton, mother of daughtry, shot and killed by police in milwaukee. glenn carr, mother of eric gardner, choked to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes on the street. and geneva, the, mother of sandra bland, who died in police custody in texas. they all lost children. which is almost unimaginable. yet they have not been broken or embittered. instead they have channeled their sorrow into a strategy and their morning into a movement m ourning into a movement. by now we all know the story of flint, michigan. how the children were poisoned by toxic water because their governor wanted to save some money. there is another side to the story and let -- in flint, it is the story of a community that has been knocked down, but
refused to be knocked out. [applause] it is hundreds of union plumbers coming from across the country to help install new water fixtures. it is students, raising funds for water deliveries and showing up in flint to distribute supplies. it is the united auto and general motors donating millions of dollars. we know there are many other flints out there. communities that have been left out and behind. for every problem we face anywhere in america, someone somewhere is working to solve it. our country was built by people who had each other's backs. who understood we all have to do our part. at our best, we all rise together. imagine what we can all do -- build together when each and
every american has the chance to live up to his or her potential. imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job, and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement. imagine a tomorrow where hardware -- hard work is honored, families are supported, and communities are strong. when we trust and respect each other, despite all that divides us, please join us in this campaign for our country's future. go to hillary clinton.com or text join. j-o-i-n right now. one of my first trip to south carolina during this campaign, i stopped by a bakery here in columbia. i was saying hello to everyone. i said hello to a man reading a book in the corner.
turned out he was a minister. the book was the bill engvall -- the book was the bible. he was studying corinthians 13, which happens to be one of my favorite passages. love never fails, it tells us, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [cheers] these are words to let thy -- to live by, not only for ourselves, but also our country. i know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for president these days and in this time to say we need more love and kindness in america. but i am telling you from the bottom of my heart, we do.
we do. we have so much to look forward to. there is no doubt in my mind that america's best years can be ahead of us. we have got to believe that. we have got to work for that. we have to stand with each other. we have to hold each other up. lift each other up. move together into the future that we will make. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. [cheers] a™
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as she continues to greet well-wishers in columbia, south carolina. because he did results on your screen. an overwhelming victory with 18% of the vote reporting hillary clinton getting 77.4% of the vote, that trance late to about 62,000 votes -- that translates to about 62,000 votes. senator sanders getting 22% or about 17,000. keep in mind in 2008 democrats casted their ballots in the primary. we will keep an eye on those numbers compared to tonight. we will continue to watch the scene in columbia. we are rejoined by the senior political reporter for cq roll call. you called it.
rochester, minnesota for a campaign event. he talked about creating more for youngtunities people, african-americans, and latinos. this is about an hour. [chanting "bernie"] you.anders: thank thank you so much for the introduction. you said it all. what this campaign is about is not just electing a president. there is something more important and it is about transforming america.
it is about thinking big and the kind of country we want to become. it is understanding something the media will not tell you or talk about much. years, there has been a massive redistribution of wealth. is theblem redistribution has gone in the wrong direction. [applause] thanks to president obama, we than we weref years ago. that is for sure. it is amazing to me our from acan friends suffer
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.