tv Vice President Joe Biden Campaigns with Jason Kander in St. Louis Missouri CSPAN November 1, 2016 2:33am-3:31am EDT
sec. kander: and we all know that we need more people in congress, in the senate, who understand that college has to be more affordable or middle-class families are going to struggle under that debt for generations. and we know that the middle class needs a tax cut before a multi-national corporation needs another tax loophole. and we know that it is wrong when women are paid less than men for doing the exact same job. [cheers and applause] sec. kander: so, over the next 11 days, here's what is going to happen. the folks who have made an investment in senator blunt,
they are going to -- he's coming back, don't worry -- [laughter] sec. kander: it is not a magic trick. [cheers and applause] sec. kander: they got worried. v.p. biden: i'm not leaving. i'm not leaving. i just thought of something i've got to show you. sec. kander: they were like, joe! [chuckling] sec. kander: so, over the next 11 days, here is what is going to happen. the special interests that made investments into senator blunt are going to keep doing that. i have used "investments" purposefully. over the last years, they've made an investment in somebody who wakes up every morning thinking about what he can do for the special interests in his
-- for the special interests that fund his campaign and his lifestyle. they are not going to go quietly. they do not want to see that go way. they know i am not going to be there to serve the special interest. because i got you. i got you. i've got you to knock on doors, make phone calls, and to do the work. that is how we win. that is how we win, and the good news is that there is a new generation stepping forward in this country right now. [applause] sec. kander: and it is a generation, for me, i will tell you, i am not interested in getting distracted by this dark choir of
politicians that will still tell us our country is doomed for -- or this country is incapable of greatness. because i've seen members of this generation sign on the data -- the dotted line and enlist when they knew doing so probably meant going to war.meant going . i've seen them asked to go back as soon as possible after their -- they have been hurt. i have seen them work alongside civilians their age to try to make the very best country in the world the greatest version of itself it can be. that is what i have seen. and, this is a generation that is more focused on ideas then on ideology. it is a movement that measures your patriotism not by your willingness to send other people to war but by your willingness to do what is right no matter what the political cost. [cheers and applause] sec. kander: and i know we need
more people in washington in both political parties who have voluntarily been through something in their lives that is more difficult than a reelection campaign, and i promise you i have. [applause] sec. kander: so, we know that we are not going to change washington until we change the people we send there and the time has come for the next generation to step up and take the lead in shaping the direction of our state and our country, and with your help that is exactly what i will do as your united states senator. thank you so much. thank you. [cheers and applause] sec. kander: yeah. [cheers and applause] sec. kander: and now -- and now
it is my honor to -- i think they are ready for you. it is my honor to spend a moment introducing vice president joe biden. [applause] vice president i don't mean to step on it -- you can go ahead. [chanting "joe"] sec. kander: vice president biden is somebody who is proof that just because you go to washington does not mean you become washington. [applause] [chanting] sec. kander: they tried.
they tried. thank you, i appreciate it. but the sooner we get through this the sooner you get to her -- hear from the vice president. let's do that. so, americans across the political spectrum respect the vice president because they know he puts them first. they know he is about the middle class. they know whether you are a teacher or a student, a waitress or an auto worker, that he is therefore you. -- they are -- is there for you. and i can tell you that i've seen firsthand when he was here a couple months ago and we stopped at goody-goody -- when we walked through, people don't jump up and yell "mr. vice president, mr. vice president" it is not that they are showing disrespect. they are yelling "joe! joe!" like you were. is reason they do that
because it is not that they already feel that they know him, but because they know that he knows them. that is why he is a fighter for the middle class and the working class, and that is why i'm so honored that he is here to campaign with us. please give a big misery welcome -- big missouri welcome to vice president joe biden. [cheers and applause] ! p. biden: hello, st. louis it is great to be back. folks, it is great to be back. you know, before i start talking about the issues, let me follow along with something jason said. you know, jason, like my son
beau was part of the -- no, thank you but -- part of, i think, the greatest generation that has ever been created in this country, and let me explain what i mean by that. you know, after i -- i call it the 9/11 generation. after 9/11, close to 5 million young women and men went down somewhere -- the national guard, the united states army recruiting, the navy -- and they said, send me. you know that quote from isaiah, who shall i send? send me. send me. and they went. they went. i have been in and out of afghanistan and iraq 28 times. i have seen what these young women and men have done.
[cheers and applause] v.p. biden: i have been asked in a forward operating base in the middle of a godforsaken nowhere in the upper corner valley in -- upper konar valley in afghanistan to pen a silver star on a young captain. .o.b.,t they call a f forward operating base. six military personnel on the side of a hill of a mountain by themselves, nothing but these great big sandbags reinforced with chicken wire. i was asked by the commanding general, would pipe in a silver man because young he had gone down a ravine to
rescue one of his young men who had been shot, brought him back under a hail of gunfire, and was wounded. the young man died. when i went to pin that silver star, with general rodriguez -- went to pin the silver star on his chest, he said, i don't want it, sir. i don't want it, sir. he died. he died. i do not reserve it. -- i don't deserve it. the same thing happened outside of romani -- ramadi. a young man, an army captain went into a burning humvee to rescue one of his soldiers a lieutenant. they hit an ied. i was asked by the commanding officer, would i pin a silver star on him. this is the god's honest truth. he whispered to me, sir please
do not. please do not pin that on me. he died, sir. he died. i did not do my job. he died. with burned hands and a young man who had risked his life. this is a truly remarkable generation. i wish all of you could see how they operate. right after we got elected, because i allegedly know something about foreign policy and national security, the president asked me before i got sworn in, would i go to afghanistan? would i come back with recommendations as to how to proceed? i asked two highly decorated members of the senate to come
with me. john kerry, a democrat, and chuck kagan, a republican. we were going from down in the valley all the way to the airbase and north of kabul. our helicopters were flying and -- were flying at about -- the mountains were like the sawtooth mountains in idaho, only much more extreme. the mountain peaks are between 8000 and 10,000 feet. jason knows this. and they are literally three quarters of a mile to 1.5 miles. -- miles apart. there is no vegetation. we hit a snow squall and thank god i had a really great young pilot with us who found the one spot we could land on. not much bigger than this stage. the wings the helicopter rotors , hung over on each side. they told me was 1400 feet down
one side and 6000 down the other. and we were standing there, in the wash of the helicopter, and i had a young gunner next to me. i looked out and looked across, it turns out to be less than a mile and i will tell you how i knew. i saw 1, 2, 3, think i counted 12 afghans, and it looked like a goat path facing us. i took the binoculars and looked. i said, can they get us? can they make it to us from there? they said, it would take them 7-8 hours to get down and to the valley. and i said, how far are they? and the gunner picked up his rifle. i said, no, no, no. he said i'm just getting the , distance. 9/10 of a mile, sir. i looked over and i saw -- that
was probably at 12:00. i stopped boldly at 3:30 or 3:00, this little tiny village nestled in the hill in a crevice of the mountain, with smoke coming out. it turned out it was a little afghan village and i looked and i wondered, do those people have any idea what was going on in kandahar? it would take them days to walk there, and i was only 17 >> -- 1 7 clicks away. i looked at this young man next to me and i realized, this kid probably earlier had been home and pretty comfortable. but here he was in the middle of godforsaken nowhere. and as the f-16's flew over us for proof of life, i later got home and found out there was a photograph sent of me, the general, and two members who later became secretary of state
and secretary of defense, and the gunny and this interpreter. a vivid picture. guys that jason had trained with had climbed up with over 60 or 70 pounds of equipment on their backs, had climbed up 11,000 feet in pursuit of an isil group, and they had taken a photograph of us. the reason i bothered to tell you this story is because the generation many of you and jason represents is the most incredible generation ever. never before have we sent people into war not once, not twice, but sometimes three and four and five times. scrubbing the blood off the seat of a humvee and going back and saddling up the next day.
i carry a card with me, my schedule. i took my coat off. it is in my schedule. the back, everywhere i can find a place, is a box in black. i had my staff contact the pentagon every single morning for the last nine years. and i ask because i want to know -- it is called daily troop update. i want to know exactly how many americans have died in afghanistan or iraq. exactly how many have been wounded. because every one -- the thing i hate the most is, people say we are going to go over 6000 dead. no. it is 6761. because every single one of those fallen angels left behind a family, a community that mourns their loss.
many of them, like my son, when they came back decorated war heroes -- bronze star, other major medals -- i won't brag about my son, but he was one hell of a man. here is the point. [applause] v.p. biden: here is the point. there are thousands of your generation who have done this. over 4 million. 2.3 million, roughly, strapped on those boots, walked across the scorching sands of iraq, those god-awful moonscapes of afghanistan. and when i hear talk about the millennial generation, this generation not being ready to lead, it makes me want to gag. when i hear talk about this generation that is spoiled, i want to grab them.
when i hear people talk about our best days are ahead of us -- or behind us, when the greatest we have had -- you know, you millennials, you volunteer more than any generation has. you are more open and any other generation. you're more committed than any other generation has. and all of this talk you are hearing in this campaign from so many corners, about trying to discourage you from going out and voting -- ladies and gentlemen, back in september, when jason and i were campaigning, i met his beautiful wife diana, and his precious son. i met his parents and his siblings. let me tell you, it is not a surprise he turned out to be who he is.
he is a patriot -- as i said, like my son. he came home to serve just as he left to serve. he served in the missouri house, missouri secretary of state. he is the kind of person we need in politics, in both parties, as he says. young, optimistic. although i have to admit, he is not that young. [laughter] v.p. biden: i was elected to the u.s. senate when i was 29 years old. old guys like this -- [applause] v.p. biden: old guys like this, in my generation, and i see a couple guys up there of my generation, there is an expression. if he's over 30, you can't trust him. remember? son of a gun, he is over 30. i don't know, man. i don't know. i had to wait 13 days to be
sworn in. i was not eligible to be sworn in when i got elected constitutionally. but here's is the deal, all kidding aside. we need new blood in both parties. i got in trouble -- i got in trouble -- no one ever doubts i say what i mean. the problem is i sometimes say all that i mean. [laughter] i said in the 2012 campaign, i said, if you had one wish, what would it be and i said, "for a republican party ." i am not being facetious. you notice every time there is a congress problem in the administration, i get sent to capitol hill. no, no i have great reverence for our institutions. i really do. the proudest thing i ever did was serve in the united it -- united states senate. but here's the deal, guys. there's an awful lot of leaders
up there. i would sit down, whether it was trying to keep the country from defaulting on its debt, or whatever the issue was, to think back of all of the times, six major times. i would sit for hours, whether it was with john boehner, or eric cantor, or mitch mcconnell. and i would work out a deal. i said how, no, no. i would shake hands. we would have a deal. and then anywhere within seven hours to six days i would get a call -- and i know these guys make it. i know these men. honorable men. i disagree with them politically, but they are honorable men. and i would get a call saying, joe, i cannot do it. i cannot keep the deal. i will get thrown out of my position. joe, i would say -- this is how
they are addressed people in their party. this is not the republican party of your father. this is not your father's republican party. i will be told, "i cannot do it, joe. i cannot get it done." what i am looking for in both parties is women and men who have the courage of their convictions, who will tell me what they want to do and not be cowed by special interests. [cheers and applause] v.p. biden: and i mean that. ladies and gentlemen, i learned a long time ago what jason knows intuitively. when i first got to the senate after i got elected, my wife and daughter were killed. i got elected november 7 and i got a phone call december 17, from washington, saying a
tractor-trailer broadsided the car my family was in and killed my baby daughter, killed my wife, and my two boys were not likely to make it. so i did not want to go to the senate. but because of guys -- and i mean this sincerely. because of tom eagleton and a guy named fritz ellington from south carolina, and mike mansfield from montana -- they convinced me, just come and stay six months. just help us organize. because i did not think i could be a father and senator at the same time. and i used to go over to senator mansfield's office every tuesday at 3:00. i would get an assignment. i'm the first united states senator i ever knew. so, i did not know senators did not get assignments. for real, i did not know senators did not get assignments from the majority leader, but after about four months, i realized he was just taking my pulse to see how i was doing, to
see if i was ok. one day a walked onto the senate floor to go to my meeting, and a guy named jesse helms was excoriating a good friend of mine, republican bob dole, who is still my close friend, as well as teddy kennedy. they were writing a thing called the americans with disabilities act. [cheers and applause] v.p. biden: and i was angry. unfortunately because i had to , go to this meeting, it was in may, with the leader, i did not stop and say something. -- something imprudence, seeking the floor. i walked into mansfield's office, is the point of the story. i walked into his office and i guess i looked like i was very angry, and he said, "what is the matter, joe?" i unloaded on jesse helms. i said, he has no social redeeming value. he does not care about the
disabled, and on and on. he took his corncob pipe out of his mouth and said, "what would you say if i told you that in christmas of 1969, this was 1973, jesse and dot helms were in their living room reading "the raleigh observer" up in raleigh, north carolina, and there was an advertisement for a young man with braces up to his hips and with steel crutches, saying, all they want for christmas is somebody to love me and take me home?" he said, "what would you say if i told you that jesse adopted that man?" that is his own son. i said, "i would feel like a fool." he said, well, he did. always, joe, it is appropriate to question another man's judgment. it is never appropriate to question his motive, because you
don't know the motive. what is happening today in washington is all about motive. if you disagree, you are a bad person. you are immoral, this or that. jason gets it. he gets what this country is about. we have gone from crisis to recovery to resurgence. now it is time to restore the middle class. it is the single most significant responsibility we have as a nation. [applause] v.p. biden: but look, i know when you read the press, they call me "middle class joe." that is not a compliment in washington. i am serious. that means i am not sophisticated. but i am pretty darn sophisticated about how we become who we are. it is because the thing that has held this country together, not just economically, but socially and politically, has been a rising middle class. whenever there is a crisis anywhere else in the world,
including in democratic countries, there has been chaos. it not here, because promises existed here that if you do well, if you play by the rules, there is a basic bargain. if you help the enterprise you work for do well, then you do well. well, that bargain has been broken. it has been broken. and it looks says, not only does jason get that the middle class has been hammered, but our dignity. ever sincea saying we had to move from scranton, pennsylvania, when there was no work to a little town in delaware. he would say, joe remember -- a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it is not dignity, self-respect,
holding your head high, your place in community. people, so hasny jason, so have you here in missouri, seen people stripped of jobs and dignity through no fault of their own. let me define what jason van dyke mean by middle class. send yourg able to child to the park and knowing he will come home safely. learning home instead of renting. sending your children to a local high school, sending them to college, and figuring out how in god's name to get them there. [applause] -- it is alsout about the community. i was a really good athlete and high score and college. i had a scholarship to go play ball. there was one school i wanted to go to. granted and aid,
not scholarships. a small school in new england that cost a lot of money. you give me a grant and aid and i could still not make it. my dad was tied to figure out how to get me there. an automobile company. he did not own it, ran it. one good thing, you always got a new car for the pump. -- for thehe home prom. in claymont,e town i drove to nowhere, and where the university was -- to know -- newark. had beach towels for seats. i ran in and said, where is my dad? my word as a biden, he was
pacing back and forth, and he looked at me and said joe i am so sorry. i am so sorry. this was before cell phones. i thought maybe something it happened to my mom, sister, or two brothers. he said, honey i went to the bank today to borrow money to get you to school. thegh will not let me money, honey, i am so dm ashamed. i'm so ashamed, joe. way for mes there no tomorrow money at a reasonable rate to get to school, my father's dignity was stripped of him because he looked at a kid to go to this very competitive school and there was no way he could get him there. there is nothing worse for a parent than looking at a child with a health problem or in opportunity and knowing they cannot help. jason i grew up thousands of miles and decades apart but we grew up in the same neighborhood. are taught the same values. hard.anton, people worked
we went to school in a steel town and watched that industry die. i watched my neighbors with the great and determination get up off their backs and fight and my neighbors were taught that anything, anything was possible. you could become anything you wanted. what others me the most about people in the politics today, they think only people who are well educated and have money have dreams. my neighborhood at the same dreams of any wealthy kid and any other neighborhood. [cheers and applause] biden: i am every and maybe most important, my dad's mantra was joey, everybody, everybody, everybody is entitled to freedom with dignity.
-- to be treated with dignity. , my dad used add to say, generally i don't expect the government to solve my problems but god, honey, i expect them to understand that. just to understand my problems. , i not looking for a handout just want you to understand what it is and give me a fair shake. ladies and gentlemen, the fact of the matter is that jason's iponent and a lot of people work with in washington do not understand what a fair shake means. , does anybody out there think this young generation can make it on 12 years of education in the 21st century? ?hat do you think guys, look, i did this study for the resident, he asked me to do it in the state of the union.
right now, six out of 10 jobs require something more than a high school degree. the same guy or woman who worked manually, that guy who threw cold into a furnace to make steel has the flow capacity to be able to understand photovoltaic technology. work with the machine that builds solar panels. that they need a little help. be retrained.e [cheers and applause] vice president biden: but the other team thinks that is not something government should do. they kind of think that maybe the new hyundai come from, where not capable. if you listen to jason's opponent, all of a sudden guess what? they are all for the middle class now.
isn't it amazing? as we say in southern delaware like in southern missouri, that boy has had an altar call. they've seen the lord. it is amazing. amazing. there are all for education. all for opportunity. don't care, women have to go out and work. they are all for all these things we've been talking about. they say they value them. expression,nother there's a much to say and i don't want to keep you. my dad, when some he would come up to him and say joe -- his name is showed -- they would say, joe let me tell you what i buy you. medad would say, don't tell what you value. show me your budget. i will tell you what you value. show me your budget. applause] vice president biden: so let's take a look at the other teams budget. they cut -- and they voted on
this and six occasions on the past and it passed. they cut education. by $6.7 billion a year. happen.ot let that we had the highest graduation rate in the history of america now. more hispanics, more blacks. graduated from school. they voted to cut pell grants. way ofimage is a fancy saying any child that comes from a family making less than $50,000 year can get money from the government to go to school. they put 9 million kids in college. this budget cuts medicaid by almost a billion dollars.
calls for social security to be privatized. guys, look out while wall street did with other people's money. it is a multi-money from the social security fund, what will happen? that is what it is. themis what it is, let invested. by the way, medicare. medicare. they have a fancy word called voucherizing. you know what that means? that means you get one hell of a lot less. tell that to your parents living on social security. look, folks, jason knows -- he knows what real people are concerned about. let me and with one example of what we need to do. i could go back to education. folks, i love my republican colleagues in particular.
--e democrats who talk about we are all afraid of productivity and growth. -- we're all for productivity and growth, right? we are not those big-spending democrats. butre for predicted -- activity and growth. do we have a collective case of amnesia? we forgot how we got here? olding, as we say in my neighborhood -- they are full of malarkey. applause] vice president biden: i will give you multiple examples. when ronald reagan was president, there was a total of about $800 billion in tax loopholes. ok? some good. there's a reason for loopholes. they call a tax expenditures. there is a reason. one is to promote a social good.
a social good is to get people to enable able to all know homes. that is why on your first a home you are able to deduct your interest rate because it encourages stability. it never says anything about your center third home, but it is designed for that. it get you to take a chance. you have a great idea. you are willing to risk it all. it generates a great social bed and grows the economy. you should pay less taxes. we should encourage you to take risks. that ladies and gentlemen, now we know how much per year is not collected because of tax loopholes. one trillion, $3 billion. show me one economist and aerobic and justifies and in more than 600 are some hundred billion of that actually generates economic growth. come along andi say, 12 years is not enough, if
we had every community college student able to go to community college and assuming they went to community college where all their credits were transferable to a four-year state university, that would increase growth by 2/10 of 1% per year by every economists model. over the 10 years, growth in the economy. we go from 6,000,002 9 million students and community colleges. ask every single democrat or republican corporate executive, what is the one thing they say they need most? a better-educated public. guess what? i can give them that it costs a lot of money. to make surer year everybody can go to community college for free if they kept a be average. that is a lot of money. there go those immigrants again.
remember when i told you about that $1.33 and tax loopholes? if you just eliminate one -- and by the way i am one of these guys who think which folks are just as patriotic as poor folks, just the season as poor folks. i don't buy the argument that just because you wealthy are not as good, i reject that. you eliminate one loophole called stepped up basis. because if you go back and google financial disclosure you i listed as vice president, the first time i did my financial disclosure the washington post said quote it is probable no man has ever assumed the office of vice president with fewer asset than joe biden. [laughter] vp biden: my family is not crazy about that. i was listed as the poorest man in the senate because i said i would divest from any financial
former business enterprise, never owned stocks or bonds for fear of conflict of interest and i would never take and honorarium and unfortunately for my family i have kept my promise all these years. [applause] vp biden: an educated man, i did not know what stepped-up bases is. if somebody goes out and has the wherewithal to buy $1 million with of stock, 5 million later as it has accrued to the value of $2 million and they are going to sell it. they have to pay a capital gain which is less than their tax rate on that million dollar gain. but if, god forbid, if on the way to sell the stock you get hit by a truck and pass away and it is left to the child and the child sells it the very next day, they pay no tax whatsoever. they are good people, they make 1% of theths of
taxpayers. they are already very, very wealthy aunt the last thing they need is another made up tax break beyond the one they are airtight. theknow how much that costs treasury every year? $17 billion a year is not collected which otherwise would've been collected. so i ask you, because of productivity and growth, fairness and equity, is it inter to put 9 million kids community college for free, cutting in half their four years of education or give it another $17 billion tax-cut. so i can pay for every single solitary kidney and school and eliminate $11 billion of the debt. [applause] biden: i may be a lot older, man, but we are in the same state of mind here.
folks, all we want -- all we want is just a little bit of fairness. just a hand even shocked. -- just and even shocked. everybody talked about me is the idealistic young senator who is so optimistic. i can't say, i give you my word as a biden, i am more optimistic today about america's chances that i ever have been in my whole life. ladies and gentlemen, remember some of you order folks out there remember back in the late 80's how japan was going to eat our lunch. how japan was going to own america. i remember going to the wharton school of pennsylvania debating someone from one of the conservative think tanks and say, there is no possibility of that happening. anybody worried about japan right now? ladies and gentlemen, then we
heard about how the european wasn, 384 million people this juggernaut of economic power was going to eat our lunch. ladies and gentlemen, racial or hand if you are worried the competition is fun the eu. i want the best to do better because we need the world economy to grow. now you hear from these guys ownt how china is going to is. ladies and gentlemen, china not only does not have enough energy but they do not have enough water. they have a $2 trillion project to turn around the two major rivers to flow on the plains to provide water for the vast majority of their population. they have wrote problems. we want them to grow for stability, but ladies and gentlemen, as they say and mild town of claymont, the rest of the world is not a patch on our genes in terms of our economic ability.
name me a product that has revolutionized the world. made me a new technology that was not made in america. name me one. it is time we lift our heads up. understand who we are. bowing,has never been we never break, we're resilient, we always get up, we never, ever failed. that is who we are. that is what we do. that is what he understands. so ladies and gentlemen, let's get up. it is time to take back this country. god bless you all, and may god protect our church. go get them. ♪
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issues, immigration, education, health care and other topics. this is one hour and 20 minutes. good evening at the > university of illinois springfield. i am the moderator of tonight's debate and anchor of news channel 20. welcome to tween the debate between mark kirk and tammy duckworth. this debate is 90 minutes long and is cosponsored by the university of illinois springfield and news channel 20. we asked the audience to please stay silent throughout the debate as he want to give all the time and attention to the candidate's answers. we ask you to applaud now. we begin with the incumbent, mark kirk. [applause] >> and please welcome democratic congresswoman, tammy duckworth.
[applause] >> and now, let's meet our panelists. bernie schoenburg. [applause] andim leach, the news program director. amadaeus.n have [applause] >> now, both candidates have agreed to the following rules. we will ultimately who speaks first. the first candidate to respond look at 60 seconds and the second candidate will get 90 seconds to respond and then 30 seconds of rebuttal for the first candidate. we begin our debate with 92nd opening statements and after the coin toss after the debate, senator kirk will go first. >> i would ask that the people
of illinois sent me that for another six-year term so i continue giving the bipartisan service to the state that includes my record of saving the export-import bank of the united states, which is responsible for over 40,000 jobs here in illinois. i would say that i have laid the groundwork for making sure we have some of the best environmental protections to protect the source of the drinking water for 30 million americans. ip. duckworth: you know, as traveled the state, i see so many working families like mine. my dad was laid off in his 50's.
so many working families here the economy is getting better but they see the economy shutting down. people getting laid off. to go tog and trying college. i am fighting for working families that are just trying to catch a break. can toto do what they get ahead to make sure their kids have a better life than themselves. means we need to work to get jobs here instead of overseas. we need to make sure working families trying to catch a break, if they are not willing to give up on themselves, we should not give up on them either. i want to fight for everyday hard-working illinois families that just want to make sure that their children past lives are better than their own and frankly they don't see that right now. they do not see that future in
front of them the way they did when they were growing up and they felt they had a better life than their parents. send me to the united states senate. i will work hard every day for the working families of the state. i know what it is like because my family went through it. i went to it. they can. therator: a question from panelists, first will be answered by congresswoman duckworth. thank you. political reality says either hillary clinton or donald trump will be the next president. given factors like wikileaks and access hollywood, which of those do think is better to the president and how will you work with them if you're elected? senator rep. duckworth: it is clear hillary clinton is one of the most qualified nominees and our nation's recent history. i voted yesterday for her. regardless of who is president of the united states, we need to work together across the aisle to do things like having a
hearing for the nominees of the nominees for the supreme court. we need to make sure we work to bring jobs back here to the united states, to our hometowns. to illinois. get thewe can government working again is to make sure we put aside partisanship. we put aside anger. the work on the things most important to us. both hillary and donald truly do love america. moderator: thank you. sen. kirk: i have served as the glue between republicans and democrats. you are as partisan as my opponent, i worry she will go to war. republicans, you cannot get anything done in the
senate. . we have to make sure we do criminal -- criminalize. -- we have to make sure we criminalize gun violence. moderator: rebuttal if you so choose. duckworth: the first act i passed was a bipartisan bill to help veterans with mental health issue. i am cosponsoring, whether it is college affordability or bills to cut down gun violence, arrow bipartisan. you move ahead by working together. i intend to do that. respond tosen. kirk: the next question first. tosenator kirk, you point 2012 stroke and question whether
you're up to the job. not the physical effects whether it may have contributed to controversial comments. can you explain where you are in your recovery physically and mentally and how you will handle the rigors? sen. kirk: when you suffer something as difficult as a stroke you are going to fight fight fight for the people. moderator: is a senator's self a legitimate issue in the race? rep. duckworth: no. sen. kirk: we agree on one more core point. we believe the next governor should use a -- [laughter] duckworth: i think the senator's perfectly capable of doing his job. my concern is he is not doing his job.