tv Campaign 2020 Joe Biden Hosts Town Hall in Vinton Iowa CSPAN January 4, 2020 2:26pm-3:52pm EST
[indiscernible conversations] >> ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to rosemary schwartz. [applause] rosemary: good afternoon. thank you all for coming out here tonight, or this afternoon i should say, to hear from another presidential candidate. it is so great to live in the state of iowa, where other states who are -- who would like to be active, to see our
representatives and see our candidates, don't get the opportunity to do so. fortunate are really that we get to see our candidates up close and personal, and have the opportunity to make those decisions. they are so very critical for the nominating process. before i get started, i would like to introduce a couple -- one person in particular. ivy schuster. she is running for state senate in our district -- [applause] ruby ball daca who is running for our house eat is not here this afternoon. she had a previous engagement but i do want to mention her. please welcome them and get to know them so that you can do a nextand educated vote november for our statehouse.
one of the things -- i would not chair if i did not take the time to talk a little is toout how important it get out and do caucus on february 3. i don't care who you support. but it is important you get out on february 3 and have your voice heard. this is grassroots politics at the very beginning. and this is where you can have an impact on how our country is leading. so please take the opportunity to find out where your caucuses are, support who you -- whoever you want to support. and make sure that your issues are known when you go through the platform process. it is a very important part for the process that you can be a part of.
it doesn't just end on february 3. there is opportunities in the state, in the local party, to stay involved. and that really is what we need. we need more people at the local level to be involved. this is a participatory government. we haveesponsible, responsibilities as a citizen to make sure that our legislators, our president, our congresspeople do what they say they are going to do, and do what is best for our country. it is up to as to make sure that happens. this is not something that february 3, you can forget about until november and go out to november and vote and forget about it again. this is something we need to do every day. also, to take a look at what you are hearing.
there is, unfortunately, we live in a place where there is fake news. we no longer can just sit back and take the first thing we see or hear as gospel. it takes us to do the work, to find out just exactly what is the truth. in the truth is out there. it is just unfortunately, our present system is we have to go look for it. i implore all of you to pay attention, to find credible sources, listen to a lot of different people, and a lot of different writers before you start thinking that you have the absolute truth. note, i have the very pleasant opportunity here to introduce our congresswoman in the first district, congressman -- congresswoman abby finkel how are, who in 2018 was one of the first two women to serve and congress for iowa. this is where the fake news
thing comes in. if you have list -- have been listening to radio or tv, they are coming after abby. don't kid yourself. one of the things i have been saying is she is part of the do-nothing democrats. we know that is not true. but it is out there. more legislation has been passed this last year. bipartisan legislation. and it is sitting on mitch mcconnell's desk in the senate. because he does not want to give any democrat any win. he is willing to hijack our country for politics. doing hert there work. she is working very hard in representing us. and we have to get her reelected. i asked you to really double down and do what you can to help her get reelected.
i also have the honor today of introducing former vice president joe biden. go ahead. [applause] i have known joe biden and his wife, jill, for many years now. we have crisscrossed over a lot of political events over the years. he has been at the forefront of getting good, positive legislation passed in our country, including, by the way, the violence against women's act, which is sitting on mitch mcconnell's desk because the house passed it by the senate will not take a look at it. and our own senator tony ernst is leading the path into blocking that legislation. joe biden -- yeah. joe biden was instrumental in
getting that past along with many other things. he was also a great partner with president obama during the eight years of the obama administration. and will again be a president that will have the kind of leadership qualities that we so desperately need. and also the ability to empathize with people and to understand our problems that our current president does not have a clue about. abby finkenauer so please welcome congresswoman advised -- so please welcome congresswoman abby finkenauer and vice president joe biden. ♪
mr. biden: what a crowd. rep. finkenauer: oh my goodness. wow. oh my gosh. well, hello, vinton. yes, you can hear me. awesome. what a crowd. this is incredible. it is so dang cold out there right now. so thank you, thank you, thank you for braving this beautiful iowa whether. weather. and we are here today to say hello to her next president, joe biden. [applause] rep. finkenauer: before i introduce our next president, i want to say thank you so much
rosemary, for all that you do, and everybody here in vinton who has worked their tails off these last two years and beyond, making sure that we flipped this congressional seat and we took back that u.s. house. [applause] rep. finkenauer: we could not have done it without you and i am so, so grateful every single day to get to represent was congressional district in congress. something andh on somebody i have been thinking about a lot the last few days. we have been on the bus now for days, another day to go tomorrow. but we started in dubuque. my hometown where i grew up in dubuque county. my parents were there and there was notably somebody who was not that i wish could have been. unfortunately, he passed away many years ago but he is somebody i think about often and that is my late grandfather who was a firefighter in dubuque.
you see, he is the guy that when i was growing up, i would sit around the kitchen table with him when i was 10 after church on saturday nights and it would be my grandfather who was the firefighter and the democrat, my uncle who was a democrat and small business owner, another uncle who was a republican and a lawyer, and me. and we would be having i mean some of the most contentious conversations over that kitchen table after dinner. you, thoseo tell nights left a very important impression on my life. and i learned two very important lessons. one was even though i was a young girl, i had every right to have a seat at the table with grown men. [applause] rep. finkenauer: second, and very important, was that even though we would disagree, and again, we sure would, we could
hug each other at the end of the you and can'tove wait to see you next week. i just remember thinking that that is how policy should be. that is what our country needs. and that is something that has stuck with me again my entire life. is themy grandfather, he guy too that i took a lot of advice from. 2007 i wasy in serving as speakers page in the iowa house, i was 18, you guys are member 2007. we had a lot of candidates we thought then, but now look at now. there were a lot of folks running for president and they were coming through the capital. i will be honest with you, you guys know this, back into thousand seven, if your last name was not obama or clinton, it was like, you didn't know every single person that was running all the time. all of a sudden, my grandfather calls me one day and he goes abby, there is the senator from
delaware that is coming to the capital, and you have got to meet him you have got to talk to him. he gets it, he understands our family, he understands where we come from, he gets it. i was like, i don't know the senator from delaware but if poppa tells me, i have to listen to the senator. from delaware. . i will never forget sitting in that iowa house caucus room that day and i didn't know who joe biden was walking in. but i got to tell you, i sure as heck who he was when he walked out. he was the guy that does understand who we are and where we come from. he's the guy who sticks to his values, who cares about people, and that is something that quite frankly has never changed. and something that i have always looked up to since that day. and it is why i believe so many of you right now in vinton
showed up today to hear him. because you guys know that that is who he is. the other thing you know about him is the same thing that i know about him, is he also believes and hope. that was the type of stuff that we used to hear a lot about act in 2008. it is also what we talked a lot about and 2018. and he gets it. he understands it is about hope and the idea that if you work hard, you shouldn't just be able to make a living, you should be able to have a good life. and vice president biden understands the difference. [applause] he also getser: that hope and the idea that your get ayour grandkids, can good education and do better than you did.
you see, -- [applause] rep. finkenauer: and it is about hope in the idea that god, you get sick, you don't have to file for bankruptcy. and hope and the idea, especially right now, where you can work hard on your family farm, pass it onto the next generation without waking up every single morning worried about your future because of a trade war this current president decides to start on their. -- start on twitter. [applause] rep. finkenauer: that's the stuff that vice president biden understands. another thing he understands and is especially why i decided to come out a few days ago and endorse him for president is because i just spent the last year and washington where i've got to tell you, we work across lot, especially on
my committees. i sit on small business, we are working together on a multitude of the bills. my day is very different then sometimes you see on tv at night. there are also times where i swear, it is like democrats and republicans are speaking different linkages. and there is nobody at the top with leadership who is willing to actually believe we should bring people together. i truly believe that is one of the biggest flaws we have right now. and we have somebody in the white house who believes there is more value in sowing fear and division and our country then bringing us together. and we have heard it said before. the vice president will say, i'm sure you will hear him talk about this, that people think he is naive for believing we can unite the country. that we can unite democrats and we can unite congress. i've got to tell you, after the last year there, if we don't figure out how to unite our
country, how to unite congress, how to unite as a party, i am very, very worried about the future of our state and country, and he is somebody who has believed in it from day one, always has and it is why we desperately need him in that white house. [applause] rep. finkenauer: one other thing, i've got to go back to my grandpa one more time. he's that guy who taught me about what public service is all about. being a firefighter, i think they are some of the best examples of what public service means. it's true. [applause] rep. finkenauer: because when my grandfather would get a phone call to run into a burning building, he didn't call back and ask, what color is your skin? how much money do you make? where are you from? who do you love?
what religion are you? he just showed up and he helped people and he did his job. friends, is what i have been trying to do every single day as your congresswoman. that is what we desperately need in our u.s. senate. and it is why i am asking you today to commit to caucus for vice president biden because we need that exact example of public service in the white house. [applause] rep. finkenauer: and so, without further ado, it gives me a great honor as the working-class kid from cheryl, iowa who grew up in dubuque county who is now your congresswoman to get to endorse and introduce our next president of the united states, the working-class kid from scranton, pennsylvania, our next president, joe biden. [cheers and applause]
mr. biden: thank you, thank you. thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. folks, the folks in my home state of delaware and the state of california and montana and louisiana, they owe you. you sent us a first congresswoman. you really did. [applause] mr. biden: you really have. i have a great honor and -- in the 2018 election cycle to go out and campaign in the four states for over almost, i keep forgetting the number, 65 to 69, candidates. we won back the house of representatives. we won 41 seats with leaders like abby finkenauer. we elected a group of really, really, really good members of the united states congress.
folks, it matters. it matters. because it has given everybody some hope and it has also stemmed the tide of some of the really dangerous things were happening. but you know, it is getting abby reelected that is really important. we owe you, as i said, we owe you around the country for electing abby. theng abby and cindy as first two congresswomen in the state, pretty cool thing. [applause] know, we are at a time in this country's history where everybody understands, trump supporters, independents, people who are democratic supporters, that we are really at one of those inflection points in american history. an awful lot is at stake. an awful lot is at stake. emotions run pretty high. they run pretty high on both sides.
one of the things we can't let happen is we can't get to the point where we are just hollering out one another and not talking to one another. the fact is, we have gotten to a point where our politics has become pretty ugly over the last 6, 8 years. where we judge people by what we think their motive is rather than the judgment. i learned early on from a guy named mike mansfield who was a leader in the united states senate for montana, when i was criticizing somebody who had some -- had said something awful on the senate floor, he looked at me and said joe, it is appropriate to question another man or woman's judgment, but not their motive. once you question their motive, you can't get to an agreement. if i say you are in the pocket of or you are a cheat or this or that and say by the way, let's figure out how we deal with the farming problem, it doesn't happen. we have got to get back to the spirit of debate about whether
or not we agree or don't agree on a substance, but walk away from this idea of just attacking the other person and attacking their motive, saying they are bad folks. we have a country right now where i think we would all agree that as abby pointed out, there is an important bond we all have. when i announced my candidacy for the presidency back east and i particularly picked philadelphia which was across the line from where i live in delaware, i talked about how we used to, we started off as a unique idea. we are the unique idea in history. we, the people, in order to form a more perfect union. no country has ever been founded on a principal like that. or a declaration, we hold these truths to be self-evident. the president, he always forgets. [laughter] [applause] mr. biden: all kidding aside, we
have never lived up to those principles. we have never walked away from it before. they have never been completely inclusive, we left a lot of brown and black folks out of that equation. but the folks, the point is, we have never walked away before. what has happened of late is when i saw those folks come out of the fields in charlottesville with their veins, close your eyes and remember what you saw in television, their veins bulging, singing the same chant that was sung in the streets of germany in the 1930's accompanied by the ku klux klan and white supremacists and the former member of the clan saying this is why we elected him, and a young woman was killed. what happened? the president was asked to comment on what happened. and he said "there were very, very fine people on both sides." no president of the united states has a -- has said
anything remotely like that, including andrew jackson who was before the civil war. pretty tough stuff. the division in the nation based on race, religion, ethnicity, whether you are from a foreign country, has never been where it has been before. we have to bring it back. we are a nation that is based on a principal. principles. ideas. one of the things abby and i -- i campaigned for abby when she time.d won last . she is winning by 20% and she won in spite of my showing up. [laughter] mr. biden: all kidding aside, think about it. who have always thought about -- let me put it this way, our backgrounds are similar. she used to eat at her granddad's table on saturday. no exception, i've written several books about this, talking about how we would have
after 10:30 mass, everybody would go back to my grandpa's kitchen table, and he had four sons and a daughter, and a maiden aunt who lived with him, my grandma's sister. the women would come back and back in the old days, women had tea at the lace tablecloth on the guys would argue politics and sports at the kitchen table. a boy or girl, only when you got around 15 years old, you could wander around the table, you didn't get to sit down. i remember my grandpa talking hadt a particular guy who -- who was a local political was -- whofect, who had gotten in trouble because he gave his brother-in-law or somebody a job. i can't remember. i remember my grandpa saying to me, the one thing -- i cannot understand why he would defend
this particular guy. he said i defend him, i don't agree with them at all, but i think whenever he says he does, he said he is for you, you can be sure he is for you. you knew where he stood. you talk about it is important to know where people stand on what their values are and whether they are going to do what they say they are going to do. today we call it authenticity. the thing i like about, what i've been taught at my table as well as what abby was taught is authenticity matters. i think the american people are looking for some authenticity. if you say what you mean and you mean what you say and you do what you say you were going to try, and do everything in your power to get it done. there is so much that needs to be done right now. we do have to bring this country back together again. is the values that i've observed and i've been to iowa going back to campaigning for john culver back in the early
1970's as a young kid in the senate. i was a young kid in the senate at the time. [laughter] mr. biden: iowa values are basically american values. especially, in the reason i have spent so much time in the rural counties, i have been now 240 some -- to forty some. it is about the things that matter. it is about keeping your word. about what you teach your kids. that they can be anything they want to be if they work and play by the rules and do it well. telling your kids that no matter their background, no matter whether they come from a position of influence or just ordinary folks like us, that you can make it if you work hard at it. that nobody is better than you. but you are no better than anybody else. that it matters. it matters you treat people with decency. i will bet you not a one of you tonight, riding home on one of the roads in this county, and
someone with a flat tire, you are not going to stop to help. we are losing that. we are losing that sense around the country these days. where we are isolated more and more. that is why we are spending so much time and trying to revive what i think to be the thing that has made america america. i have done a lot of work and my career overseas in the foreign relations committee and vice president doing national security issues. overseas, they think -- they are kind of naive because we talk about, even though we are trying to make deals with, foreign countries about fairness, decency. at word i heard more often my dads table was the word dignity. everybody is entitled to be treated with dignity, no matter their background or where they are from. think how that is slipping away in the country. i think even though it is not a specific issue, it goes to who
we are as a people and what we have to reestablish, in my view. to once again lead the world. of fact is, the stories abby's family and my family are not very different. and your families. wall street didn't build america. ordinary americans built america. and i might add -- [applause] thatiden: i might add produced the middle. and i think unions built at the middle class. [applause] so where are we now? what do we have to do to get back -- i know some of you have friends, the chairwoman and i were speaking about a friend of hers who is working in another country right now. in light of what just happened
with the bombing. this person told her he is coming home, he can't afford to stay where he is now because he's worried. caucus, i know he was coming home for safety reasons. he's coming home to caucus, he must really be serious. [laughter] [applause] to sayen: i just want one thing very briefly about the sola moneys being killed. no being forbe this guy. i knew of him, i spent a lot of time in my career dealing with the codes force and he headed that force, the assassins another's in iran. the presidentat at least has a plan, has a plan that he has thought through what the second and third iteration of this are going to be.
that he had gotten serious advice from his military, which i don't know yet, whether or not he is prepared for what is likely to come, and it is going to, in terms of protecting american forces, american individuals, american people and embassies, etc., around the country. far, he has not demonstrated he pays a lot of attention to his advisors. most of the really good advisors, and i'm not joking, have left the administration. they have gone somewhere else. we need to be in a position where a president who was going to be able to, on day one, and the next president is going to have to -- inherit two things. a very divided country, as well as a world in disarray. and they are going to have to know what they are doing on day one. they are going to have to be able to stand on january 21 after being sworn in in 2021 and
be able to command the respect of the rest of the world, where they look out on everyone from the iranians to xi jinping in fella who calls himself a president but is becoming somewhat of a dictator in russia. they have to know that the person talking to them, man or woman, knows who they are and they know who that person is. and they know, they know that the word of the president will be kept, our friends will be able to know, that we are with them and our enemies will be able to know we understand their motives and we are prepared. but folks, i'm not at all sure we are going to find out more as we go on, i'm not going to spend more time talking about what happened relative to iran. but there is a lot we have to learn between now and the next
few days to weeks as to whether or not there is any rationale for what had happened, other than just deciding to take him out like i said, not a good guy. but was a high-ranking official and we better be prepared, i hope we are prepared, to make sure we can protect american interests in that part of the world and around the world and have thought it through rather than put us in real jeopardy. the last thing we need now is another war in the middle east with not 6 million people or 8 million but 40 million people. a sophisticated country. it better be worth what in fact he did, not at all sure that is the case right now. look, one of the things you will do here in iowa, that they don't do -- by the way, you have all figured out the rest of the country envies you and is crazy about you all. because you have the first caucus and they are not any happy about new hampshire which has the first primary. because they say we do not
represent the country because you are not as diverse as the rest of many other states. so on and so forth. let me tell you what i tell them. i tell them as i go around the country that the one thing about you all is you take your job really seriously. you are one of the few states that thinks about not just what i want for my state, what i'm going to be determining who gets to go through the next gate. who gets to possibly be the president of the united states because you eliminate people in this process. you think about what is needed by the whole country. you think beyond yourselves. you take it seriously. going to be difficult to overcome for years -- four years of damage this administration has caused domestically and in foreign policy. you fact is, as you move forward on this effort, you will
determine who gets to be the person who may be the one facing this president. you look at not only whether or not you agree with them on an issue, but you look at that person and determine whether or not you think they have the best chance of beating donald trump because everybody knows that this election may be the most important caucus you ever participated in. anybecause i am running or other particular democrat, but because of what is at stake. we can handle with the grace of god and the goodwill of neighbors, we can handle four years of donald trump and turn it around. but eight years? eight years can fundamentally change the nature of who we are. i think our democracy is at stake. you seem to understand that better than almost anyone in the country. the question is, who is best qualified and more likely to be
to this president. secondly, it is not enough to be the president. who is going to be most helpful in helping us win back the united states senate? [applause] and keep the house. we have to win the seats in north carolina, which are up, georgia, florida, other states, and iowa. [applause] one of the questions to ask yourself, in a general election, who is best to have at the top of the ticket to be able to win in iowa? in addition to that, it seems to be the next thing people will look at, not only who is likely to help us win the senate and win the presidency, but beyond that, who is most likely to do the things we all know we have to do? make health care a right at a nail it down so it is able to be
done and you are not in a position where your taxes get a through the ceiling and middle-class people pay more that they would have paid for additional insurance if they had to pay for it. who is going to make sure the education system, investing in our children is going to get that done? who is going to be able to deal with and fundamentally change the trajectory of climate change so we are able to make sure we are able to preserve this planet? who will be able to do that? it takes legislation. the question is, it is appropriate for you to look at each of our backgrounds and records. who have done big things? have we been able to get things done in the congress? have we been able to get major pieces of legislation passed? elected, be able to convince the public and the congress to pass the legislation we are talking about? important,hing is
you talk about it and iowa a lot. to unifying to be able the country? [applause] the fact is, we cannot govern this country, cannot sustain democracy, without arriving at a consensus. we had a system that is separated powers, the senate, house, court, at a president. when you cannot arrive at a consensus, it is impossible to do anything unless you abuse the power of the constitution. beyond in a way that is your scope, beyond the capacity of the legality of a president. we have to pull it together. there are things we can do. that is what i have done my whole career.
my colleagues that are seeking the nomination point out, that is true, joe biden passed big things, he put together the violence against women act, the recovery act, 900 billion dollars without waste or fraud, joe biden did all these things, but it is a different republican party. i understand this different republican party. i do not think anybody has more reason to be upset with this republican party than i do. they spend billions of dollars lying about me. millions of dollars going after my surviving son. millions of dollars to make sure i am not the nominee. have you seen a sitting president more interested in choosing who the democratic nominee who will be that this president? i learned three things. one, vladimir putin does not want me to be president. serious. facebook took down
those spots and phony at the russians put up and acknowledged that is why they took them down. whond, kim jong-un, exchanges love letters with donald trump, his news agency said -- this is three weeks old -- joe biden is a rabid dog and he should be beaten to death with a stick. [laughter] mr. biden: that he got a love letter from donald trump. [laughter] i. biden: the other thing, learned donald trump does not want me to be the nominee. his folks are spending so much me $50- they tell million in a negative ad, ads that are so negative, even a mainstream press will not print them. some real, most bold. they are -- some will, most won't. they are flat flies. i understand this new republican party. not about me,t is
it is about you. the american people. the president has to be able to not only fight, but be able to seal. that is the role of the president, to seal, not just fight. bring us together. we can do that. tell me i cannot do the things i was able to do before as a senator and vice president and say that was a long time ago, it was to be years ago. -- it was three years ago. aat happened was, there was tears act, $9 billion to deal with research and cancer research. after the president -- this president was elected and before he was sworn in, i put together a group of republicans and democrats and they said we will not pass anything else was the election is over. 110 members of
the house who were supporting 40 folks in 30 or the senate. guess what? two weeks before -- 10 days before the president got sworn in, i got a vote on the act, it got over 390 members of the house to vote for it and almost every senator. it means we are going to make progress in health care. but my point is this. there are so many things people are prepared to work on. democrats and republicans. with donald trump gone, you will find a number of republicans who will be liberated. i am not being facetious. right now, they know that if he is the president, he has enough power in the republican party, which is 30 something percent of the public, they can beat you in a primary. are does not say they engaged in a profile in courage,
but that is one of the reasons why it is not happening. things can change. the responsibility of the president is to persuade as well. not just say what we are for, but persuade people. i think the american people across the board are ready for something to change. they know we cannot sustain ourselves this way. [applause] there are three things i think are important. one, we have to get to a place where the single most focused issue for this country and the world is climate change. [applause] there is a lot we can do about it. we are the only country that has turned great problems into opportunities. i put together a plan, which i will not detail, you can talk more about it if you want
privately, here is the deal. we should become the leader of the world in terms of the new technologies that are going to allow us to absorb that carbon market that carbon out of the air, deal with technology -- it is going to start in rural america. tolamerica has the capacity -- rural america has the capacity. pay farmers to absorb carbon from the air. make sure we move and not go with old companies and make sure we keep our commitment on the biofuels.go fuels -- take carbon out of the air. the first and i will do as president, i will rejoin the paris climate accord which i helped put together. call almost 200 nations, i will call them to the united states to sit down and up the ante.
the deal we made was not only meet the standards set by science when it was formed, but those standards have been increased because the danger is worse than it was before. get everybody to sign up to make sure they keep their commitment. if they don't, they will pay an economic price. so you cannot -- china cannot continue to say we will not inamed, but here is whether they are doing, their belt and wrote proposal, they are exporting. goal around the world than any country in the world. we make up 50% of the problem and the united states. -- 15%. the rest of the world is 85%. if we did not have a single bit of ambitions, which is not rational, but if we are able to do that, the rivers will still flood, farms. flood, you will find yourself with warmer winters and warmer summers. you will see droughts, a lot of
things, because the 85% of the animators are around the rest of the world. it requires international cooperation. in terms of education, but has happened. , i number theid iowa test. [laughter] mr. biden: you where the standard for the country. you saw what happened. you no longer are. you are nowhere near the standard. look what we have done. my dad used to have an expression. when someone would say, let me tell you what i value, he would say, don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, i will tell you your value. all these folks say they care about education. they cut budgets. we have to put every child in america no matter their zip code or background in a position to make a living in the 21st century. we can do that. [applause]
all the data shows the great universities, if a child goes to school, not date ite -- not daycare, increases by 48% of the prospect they will go through 12 years of school and graduate and get a degree beyond high school. that is the data. everybody understands. we are the united states. indoor state, how many -- anybody teach in here? teachers? ok. how many school psychologists you have around to help kids through problems? we have one school psychologist -- there are two studies. one says one for every 1400 kids and one says for every 1500 kids. it should be closer to one to 500 or one to 700. the studies show -- we talk about opioid abuse.
abuse talk about drug causing mental problems. drugl problems because the abuse. when you identify early kids who are struggling, you can intervene and do a lot of things, not punished, but help. look what is happening in rural america in regard to hospitals. occur inauma deaths 20% of the population. why? it takes a long time to get to the place where you need help. guess what? because of the, privatization of medicare -- what is happening? hospitals are closing. how can that be? how can we allow that? there are so many things that are in our power to do and still reduce the deficit by getting rid of ridiculous tax cuts. and they are not necessary. [applause] lastly, health care.
health care should be a right, not a privilege. let me tell you how i will do it. obama and i spent a lot of time getting obamacare passed. it was not all we wanted, but it changed the lives of a lot of people. every event i go through -- go to, i think your congressman will tell you, people come up and say, you saved my life. not me -- obamacare saved my life. , butd not get it all done there is an easy way to fix this. option,to add a public a medicare-like proposal. what i am going to do, and i will get it passed, people are good folks, but medicare for all costs $40 trillion over 10 years to do medicare for all. is $3tire federal budget
trillion over 10 years. that is more than we spend on everything the government does in any form, from the military to education down the line. for eight to acre, it will cause an increase in taxes for middle-class people. bernie acknowledges -- that is the last thing we need to do. becauseto reinstate it in obamacare, you can buy a gold planet so you never have to pay more than $1000 deductible and provide a medicare option for people who would like to buy into that option if they wish to . if they are eligible for medicaid, they are automatically enrolled. it can be done now. $750 billion over 10 years. we can pay for it. there are easy ways. make sure --i will
now republicans will vote for what i about to say. rate back up to the highest rate of 39.5 percent. that raises hundreds of billions of dollars. making sure -- i have a think i will not bore you with. i have a chart you can go online and get. the things i will do. atital gains should be taxed what your regular income is. we should reward work, not just wealth. if we did that, you would raise $800 billion over 10 years. that one thing. if you made sure the corporate tax rate went up to 28%, you would raise another $730 billion. who among republicans is opposed to that? when you say, amazon pays zero tax. they make billions of dollars. we are not asking people to do anything other than pay their
fair share. i go down the list. have proposed, reforming the tax code so middle-class people have a chance at working people have a way up. we can do this. we can make sure everybody -- ear the big deal. of people in america say they like the health care plan they negotiated with their employer. they have given up just to get them, particularly those negotiated by union members. guess what? if you go the other boot, you have to give it up, there can be no private insurance. i think you know better than washington what is best for you. if all of a sudden your company says they will not do insurance, you have the medicare option and the joe biden clan. you can buy insurance that is cheaper or if you cannot afford it, get it for free. for the other plan, they say it will take between four years to get a path and
maybe 10 years to get it done, a new structure -- come on. i have been a great consumer of health care. unfortunately. my son lay dying for 19 months when he came back from iraq. i cannot imagine what i would have done in terms of my own dignity if i said to me before obamacare, they could have said, you have run out of coverage, suffer in peace for five months. child with ae a pre-existing condition, or a husband or wife, you cannot get covered. talk about being stripped of their dignity. how did you do that? how can we do that? there are a lot of things -- it is about now, not tomorrow. it is about now. people need hope. i do not know what i would have done. when i got elected to the senate in 1972, i was not even old
enough to be sworn in yet, i had to wait 17 days to be eligible. for real. d.c., hiringngton, staff, a week before christmas, i got a phone call from my fire department. the woman they put on the phone, she was so nervous, she said to have to come home, there has been an accident. your family was shopping at a tractor-trailer broadsided them. wife is, she said, your dead, your daughter is dead, your two kids, i'm not sure they will make it. i do not know what i would have done when i went home. , who were my boys almost four and almost five. i do not know what i would have done if they said you cannot afford this. what do you do? what does a parent do? look, this is not about tomorrow. .t is about today, about hope
giving people an option. you,mise you, i guarantee if i am president, i will protect your families like to have access to health insurance that is of portable and good as if it were my own family. i get it. [applause] mr. biden: folks, by the way, let me make clear, there has been a bout you who have been through what i have been through and more. and sometimes you did not have the help i had. i was lucky. my sister, brother, mom, dad help me raise my kids. think of all the people -- i have enormous regard for the american people. ,ll the people who got up today put one foot in front of the other with no help, dealing with the problems i outlined at others you understand. how many of you lost a family
member to cancer? raise your hand. you get it. you know. everybody does. think of the people -- think of the single moms. i was a single data for five years. when i was a senator, i was making a decent salary. i could not afford daycare. if i did not have my mom, my sister, my brother -- think of all the people, incredible american people, who get up every day and do it every day. that is to our. these people deserve a shot. same kind of shot that you all want. folks, it is about hope. that me and by saying this. kid, when i was
elected, i was labeled this idealistic, optimistic, young man. i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have ever been in my life. it is not hyperbole. mostr one, we have the powerful military in the history of the world to protect us. but that is not why the rest of the world response to us. powerthe example of our asked not to that, the power of our example. the rays and the rest of the world response to us, we form a great alliances because the rest of the world knows who we are. our example. to quote a republican ronald reagan, we are the shining city on the hill. but the luster is coming off right now. it is who we are. we had more great research universities in the united states than the rest of the world combined.
initiativethe cancer , we are on the verge of being able to cure cancers. fundamentally, diabetes. if we invest to make sure we have an answer to alzheimer's. if we do not, guess what? today willn america be filled with an alzheimer's patient in 20 years and it will cost us $258 billion a year. we are not investing in making sure what we can do and we can do so much. every major idea has come out of one of those research universities. they are not owned by the government. they are owned by you. that is athinks defense department -- it is owned by the people of california. it is part of the university of california. every major change has come out of those places. we are better stocked than any
nation in the world. with the best and brightest people. situation -- in a we are the most productive workers in the world. our workers are three times as productive as workers in asia. it is just a fact. do not continue to invest in education and research and development, that will not last. if we do, -- we only world. someone like the united states, they need a leader. i do not mean putting thousands of boots on the ground to do more. but leading the world in terms of being the one who moves the world forward across the spectrum. that is who we are. if we do not, someone will fill that vacuum.
last thing i will say is -- look. --college in the senate brilliant guy. john and others used to kid me. they would quote a sentence in the senate from president kennedy's going to be moving speech. is one sentence i would quote all the time. my colleagues got tired of hearing me do it. it is one that hardly gets quoted and met the most to me. he answered a question which was not asked. it was implicit. why are we doing this? he said, we are doing this because we as americans refuse to postpone any longer what we are able to do.
longered to postpone any the promise of this country, it is time we remember who we are. this is the united states. there is not a single thing we set our mind to do we have been on able to do. it is time to get up, take it back, leading the world again and give our children a different look. thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] ♪
mr. biden: you have no idea how many people thanked me because obamacare saved lives. we will make it better. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: hi, what is your name? how are you? how old are you? >> 13. mr. biden: 13. how old are you? >> 20. [indistinct conversations] >> i am happy that you are running.
this is my first election i can vote in. i have your memoir you signed for my grandma when she was younger. there is a photo of her and my brother when they are babies in 2008. [indistinct conversations] i don't blame you. [indistinct conversations] all right, come on. thank you so much. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: i tell you what, you know i am a railroad guy. for real. [indistinct conversations]
[indistinct conversations] i really mean: it. [indistinct conversations] me that camera, let's take a selfie. [indistinct conversations] ready?en: get in here. good to see you. [indistinct conversations] [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: i am the only guy who has beaten him twice. the idea that kids have to learn how to duck and cover, talk about moral bankruptcy. what is your name? [indistinct conversations]
mr. biden: what year argrr? >> -- mr. biden: what year are you? >> senior. mr. biden: it is all downhill from here. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: we are going to reduce it significantly so you never have to pay more than 5% of your disposable income. [indistinct conversations] >> we want a picture. mr. biden: sure.
what is your name? >> eileen. mr. biden: eileen, you have a beautiful son. [indistinct conversations] thank you. appreciate it. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: i have got to show you something. anybody have my phone? i want to show you a picture. i am going on a bus tour. [indistinct conversations]
mr. biden: thank you. >> keep on fighting. thank you very much. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: you know this guy? >> i met him here. thank you very much. mr. biden: i am glad he is on my team. thank you so much. want to let you know i appreciate -- i was raised by a single mother. strongest person i know. i appreciate the way you have
[indistinct conversations] >> all right, i will. how about i take a video? [indistinct conversations] >> just like this guy right here. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: let's get a picture. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: i believe it. [indistinct conversations] mr. biden: god love you. you have done good with this guy.
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