tv Road to the White House 2020 LULAC Presidential Candidates Forum CSPAN July 13, 2019 9:25pm-11:23pm EDT
for the mission to mars. when we go to the moon, we are opportunitiescial into it. we are learning from apollo what not to do. we need to keep our eyes on the horizon goal. the apollo 11s moon landing 50 years ago, looks ahead to u.s. plans to return to the moon and go to mars, and president trump's goal to develop a space force. 10:00smakers, sunday at p.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern. on thursday, democratic presidential candidates participated in a form. at the annual convention in milwaukee, speaking were beto o'rourke of texas, elizabeth warren, former hud secretary
hooley and castro, and vermont senator bernie sanders. this is almost two hours. [applause] up, youa quick heads have two minutes, then questions. try to do the questions in spanish and english. you have two minutes. >> thank you. thank you to domingo, cindy, and all our lulac chapters. it is great to see you in
milwaukee. [applause] know, i have aou twin brother, but he says the way to tell us apart is i am one minute uglier than he is, which is not true. i am happy to be here for a conversation about the future of our country. we had our first presidential debate and i said that i was happy to be there and that my presence on that stage marked some of the tremendous progress we have made as a latino community, and the question before us in the next few months is what kind of country do we want to become. i am able to stand on the stage and you can do the work you have done and achieve the dreams you have achieved because generations have worked for progress in our country to make sure that no matter the color of your skin you can get a decent education, that when you went
out looking for an apartment to rent or own to buy that you would not be discriminated against, making sure you could get good job opportunities, and that you could exercise your right to vote at the ballot box. the question before us is whether we will continue to be that country that expands opportunity to people no matter who they are, what they look like, how much money they have or don't have, how long they have been in our country, what their last name is, or are we going to go backward and become a nation where opportunity is only afforded to those who look a certain way, who live a certain way, who sound a certain way? i believe in an america that is ofad, expansive, full opportunity for hard-working americans all over our country. i am glad to be here because i know that so many people in this room have made that kind of
beautiful progress possible. thank you so much for the work you are doing as part of lulac to create a stronger america for all of us. i look forward to a conversation about how we can make or country even stronger and ensure that all of those folks who shoulders we stand on we do right by bypassing that opportunity on to the next generation in a country that is better than ever before. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] i think in the past six months we have talked over tacos, books, and now in front of lulac. >> an institution where you got engage with your wife. quickly, a show of hands, how many of you in the audience on ever been told to focus speaking english or not speaking
spanish at all? [speaking in spanish] > probably around half of the audience here. yourself.xplain that >> how do you still get the message across. the latino language is more than just about language. >> it's partly language. asked a lot on the campaign trail about how well i speak spanish and i tell people think like a lot of second generation latinos, that spanish pretty well
but i cannot fluid at it. i can speak some and one of the explain, ried to especially to the mainstream media was i grew up in texas and my grandmother got here in 1922. when my grandmother got here on e were still signs storefront windows that said no mexicans or dogs allowed. who grew up in texas or states like it will exactly and this is one of the reasons that lulac was formed in 1929, to make sure latino community could some support amongst each other and among families to push or equal rights, and one thing that happened is that spanish was looked down upon. that you would be punished in a of public schools and even some of the catholic schools if you spoke spanish class. very real way, they were trying to beat the spanish out saddest nd maybe the part of that is that in a lot of our families people started to on speaking the
spanish language and wanted to each their children english first. people here in the audience will generations, and the thing that -- one of the things i'm proud of about our that we live in a country where understanding or ish and speaking it another second language is celebrated. y daughter goes to a bilingual program and is learning spanish and that's a wonderful thing. t's a marker of the progress that we've made as a nation. in terms of being a latino your ability hink to speak spanish is certainly something that's important to connect with the community. one part of that. there are so many other things, right? experience.ur life culturally. there is also where you stand on issues. your positions on issues will do something for the latino community or not. >> let's talk about some of issues. proposals on immigration --
speaking in spanish] >> the former dhs secretary some of your immigration proposals extreme and unworkable. react to the friendly fire? obviously not friendly. [applause] say secretary johnson is wrong. vice president biden is wrong on this. and congressman o'roark is wrong on this. and let me tell you why. 1920s, and the time that lulac was formed until we treated crossing the board as a civil violation, violation.nal so for years and years, generations, we didn't treat criminal violation,
started post 9/11, it being treated as a crime. and after it started being reated as a crime a lot of the problems that we're seeing today exploded. repeal e called for the of section 1325 of the act,ration and nationality that a future administration cannot use that law to incarcerate a migrant parent and separate that parent a little child. we aren't going to have that in this nation in the years to come president. i will not abide by it. i won't stand for it. going to do it. ow, secretary johnson has suggested somehow that people borders. that as open >> correct. > open borders is a right wing talking point. we have thousands of personnel at the border. we have lanes,
helicopters, we have boats. we have guns, we have security cameras. we still have civil courts if somebody crosses the border. asylum process. folks know, folks that live folksthe border, a lot of that are coming today they are presenting themselves at the border. they aren't trying to go anywhere. they want to present themselves to our border officials. so, it makes no sense to make policy based out of fear, fear.cal i am not going to make policy based out of fear. policy to o make stand up for the people who need a voice right now, and we have children that are being separated from their parents. >> correct. >> that are being kept in conditions where some of them soap.have they don't have tooth brushes. they are crowded into pins. be are going to traumatized, many of them, for the rest of their lives, and i going to do m not that. i'm not going to do it. i'm going to work hard to make future administration
can weaponize that law in order o do what donald trump has done. [speaking in spanish] a quick follow up on that. some of the conditions the are facing in the detention centers are better than the ones they have in their countries. >> i would say the people coming here from honduras or guatemala are no different from the irish who fled famine before. different from people that came from germany or oland or italy or, you know, folks who came from cuba in the 1960s. desperate as fleeing circumstances. that's common denominator. they have just as much to add to generations of immigrants have before. say, i think one of the things that distinguishes what i've put forward versus some of critics, is that i'm
actually talking about solving challenge. i've said we need to do a 21st central arble plan for america, to partner with those countries so people can find afety and opportunity at home instead of having to come to the united states, and that's a long to solve this challenge. [speaking in spanish] >> it was announced last week tuition ring full scholarships to families who make $65,000 or less per year. do you think other colleges should take the lead on this? >> yes. 've been very blessed in my to the public ne
schools of texas and to have got an good higher education that's allowed me to provide for my and have the career success that i've had. i want to make sure that kind of pportunity is available to everybody and one of the things we need to do is to get tuition state universities, community colleges and job training certification programs. here are people in this room and people that are watching that will remember that it wasn't very long ago, that the texas system was almost tuition-free and the university of california system late 1970s or early 1980s, actually was and a whole bunch of other state university systems just a generation or two tuition-free. today, it's more imperative than ever that we actually make that as y'all because, know, jobs require more skill than d more ever before. that means that our kids out there, they need to get that education. it's not always a four-year degree or even a community college degree. job training, a certification program, but they
need something beyond high they can get t gainful employment and that's why we need to make that investment. like what ut austin is doing but i would take it even further and make it accessible to everybody. [applause] [speaking in spanish] >> thank you very much. now it's time for us to hear lulac, and wey of have questions that have been sent in by members from all over america. those, we've screened them, and you have some of those guests tonight who will be sking you, mr. secretary, some of these same questions. up uld like to first invite here -- he is from the illinois area. he's a green card veteran. he also is a bronze star recipient. who is is carlos -- holding a helmet in hand, and we now have in the audience two who are veterans standing here before you.
sir, what is the significance of standing men the and women here? >> this war-torn helmet here is symbolize our brothers and sisters who have protected our country, even when our hasn't protected them. our members are standing here at attention in solidarity with our deported brothers and sisters who have been deported, and showing that we're ready to, you do whatever it takes to help get them back. >> the question is, mr. to etary, would you commit have those individuals who have served this country, bravely, be repatriated from their exile? what is your answer to that? yes, i will. first of all, thank you very much for your service. to each and every one of who you stepped up other of your patriotism and served our honorably. we appreciate your service and
sacrifices that you and your family have made to our country. nd also appreciate the voice that you're using on behalf of the veterans who have been deported, which is shameful. in the immigration plan, my eople -- my first immigration plan that i released on april 2, one of the things i called for that immediately ensure veterans who have been deported can come back into the united pursue citizenship here notice united states, because they served our country honorably. they did their duty for our country, and we owe them a debt thing itude and the last we should do is see them deported away from their family the fruit of enjoy their labor in defending this country. >> thank you. is from question isabel. she's a lulac member from and she's here to ask this question. would you please direct it to the stage. teacher shortage
that's growing nation-widestes mo -- especially in poverty areas. >> thank you very much for the question. to all of thank you the teachers who are in our watching.and those i know we have a lot that are part of lulac. teacher, public school teacher for 31 years, and my wife has been a public school educator for the last 15 years. my brother and i are proud products of public schools so i the value of great teachers in our country. i released an education plan a weeks ago. ne of the things i called for is to increase teacher pay. would do that in part through a tax credit that would $10,000e from $2,000 to
and would get higher on a based on the percentage of students who are on free or reduced lunch. words, we would incentivize teachers to go into the most s that are impoverished, oftentimes the schools in our we would also ensure to get more teachers into investing in y tuition-free public state universities and job training programs, and invest more money teacher recruitment and retention because, as you know, great people f that go into the teaching profession but then after one or they leave. they get frustrated or they it's good for them and that's especially true in some of the toughest school districts in the united states. invest in teacher recruitment and training to help
them succeed professionally and be able to do a good job in in and i ols they are have to tell you, part of my experience and part of why i that, after college and back law school, i went to my old high school in san antonio, texas, i was a teacher.t substitute i remember i had one class that i think had 37 people in it. 38 and the other one had 39. away that i ght knew very little about how to teach effectively. and i gained a tremendous amount of respect for what it takes to be a good teacher. i knew that it's not as simple as just walking into the classroom and walking. craft.t's a it takes skill. it takes patience. it takes understanding. ftentimes you're not only a teacher, you turn into a counselor. those eed to invest in teachers, at the beginning to recruit them and then to retain them and pay them what they deserve. thank you very much.
question.xt >> thank you. >> our next question comes from she's from milwaukee, wisconsin, and deborah has this please. for you, >> hello. as a teacher, thank you very much for all of your comments. if elected, what will you do to reduce gun violence and how do accomplish this working with republicans in congress? much.ank you very deborah? thank you very much for the for ion, and even more so your activism and the activism of mom's demand. y'all have inspired so many across the country, as have as and students well. i believe in several things. first of all, common sense gun we need to get universal background checks. ofneed to limit the capacity magazines. e need a renewed assault
weapons ban. we also should pass red flag so that we're able to stop folks from getting a gun who should never get it in the first place. close loopholes like the boyfriend loophole and the loophole. i believe also ensure that e do things like end this distinction between physical healthcare and mental healthcare. mental we invest in our country, so that, because as you know, one we talk about less is, a lot of people who die, a handgun,because of died by suicide. too many people suffer in bipolar disorder or depression or something else, that, that they spiral downward in silence. life.they take their own we have a role in connecting
these dots with our healthcare to make sure that we're investing in healthcare in a and eliminating the stigma that too often times goes with mental health issues, that i believe that's also going to have a positive impact on reducing gun it comes to death by suicide. things we can also do like smart targeted gun buybacks in different communities. we can make board our country safer. >> thank you very much. we have one minute left. inject one more question. from mary, she's from racine, wisconsin. question.ur >> thank you. what do you propose to do about he student loan borrowers who are still strugging to pay off the loans? student d there are loan forgiveness plans but i want to know how the program would you initiate work. or example, if you were proposing paying 7 a 5% of the oans, would the unsubsidized portions be paid off first and
ould the remaining 25% left to pay, would the repayment plans still be available to apply to it? apologize we have very little time. >> very briefly, i hope folks website and check out my education plan that student loan debt relief. it saddles folks with too much to prevent them from buying a home, starting a family, my plan addresses that. way that it works, just briefly, is that, if you make federal 250% of poverty level, then the repayment is zero. then it's over that scaled up but the most that you would have to repay would be 10% of your income, and the total amount that you would have to be capped. interest would be capped as well o i invite folks to go to juliancastro.com and check out my full plan. >> thank you.
thank you so much. [applause] [speaking in spanish] >> we'll have the democratic national convention. yourself as the candidate for the party, receiving that? >> yes, i do. two minutes to make the closing statements. >> thank you for having me. very much.u to all of my fellow texans, i now we have a large texas contingent. thank you for being here. briefly, this selection is all about what we want our ation to become in the years ahead. and i want you to know, that if you elect me president, that i work hard every single day to make sure that your children get aur grandchildren can good education, because they have a strong partner in that will work hard ith states and with local
school districts, to make sure that education works for country. in this i'll work hard to make sure you and your family have good healthcare. universal e healthcare so that no matter how much money you make or don't ake, where you live or what your background is you can get the healthcare and medication ou need when you need it, and that you can have good job opportunities, whether you live town.big city or a small so that you can get painful employment and provide for your that no matter what the color of your skin is, orientation, how you identify, whether a man or a your that you can reach dreams in this country. grandmother came here when she was 7 from mexico. as a maid because she never finished elementary school. me om raised my brother and as a single parent and just two
generations after my grandmother almost nothing, one of her grandsons is now the congressman for the city that san antonio, and the other one is here, asking for your support to be president of the united states. >> that is the greatness of the united states of america. i ask for your support in the year ahead. support, on january 0, 2021, we'll say goodbye to donald trump. [cheers] [speaking in spanish] >> okay. let's take an instant poll. your reaction, did he
convince you, do you think he has a solid response to the asked?ons he was >> absolutely. he not only have my vote but money.ot my >> all right. let me get reaction over here. stand.ou please let me ask you a question. what did you think about what castro?d from secretary . >> i thought it was genuine and i think it's great opportunity but ust for the community, for all of those who are willing word work, see d reform and continue to move this country forward. >> let me ask you this. do you think he has the to take on someone like donald trump who attacks very ersonally and aggressively? >> i think so. question.ked a tough you asked about repatriating men and women after serving this country. a broken promise in your
view, a promise made to these people who came here and served uniform? >> definitely. was made when they enlisted. they served their country. for the e blood country. >> did he answer your question? >> he did but there is always more that we can do to get these sooner.k >> thank you kindly. >> i've got about 40 seconds left. as you listen to that man could you see yourself one day doing doing today, seeking public office? >> absolutely. i would run for congress the got the chance to. at the age of 25. >> you should see the sparkle in this guy's eyes. okay. >> well, we thank you all for reaction. you're dressed very smartly. we have a few seconds left. where are you from? >> california, strawberry country. of he central coast california. tell us a little bit about that community. do you think young castro could them?ct with >> definitely.
absolutely. >> now, as you hear the candidates tonight what's when you're you listening to their answers? > everything he says is very important to me, people from the military and how families are separated, that catches my attention. >> thank you very kindly. wonderful.e doing thank you. elizabeth with warren. gracious. thank you. [speaking in spanish]
>> thank you. let me start by saying, thank so much for inviting me. there are a range of issues that are important to the community, housing to on to entrepreneurship and i hope we get to talk about all of them say a little bit at the top about my immigration plan, if i can. it starts with a basic premise is, immigration is good for the united states of america. america. families and to all around the world. our immigration system is broken goes guess donald trump out there every single day and tries to exploit that for his but we all know in
this room it was broken long donald trump came along. in the big change immigration system. we need the kind of change that helps us build a stronger future. >> is that better? it's about our security. t's about building a future that promotes our economy. values about living our every day. let me just give you the highlights. you know me when i do my plans, lots and lots of details. i am.ho but let me give you the highlights. it starts with expanding legal immigration. families have been held apart too long. we have a backlog that now runs years. no sense for the united states of america. two is a path to
citizenship for everyone who is here to stay. >> it's for dreamers and grandmas and for brothers and for sisters. for neighbors, it's for people who started businesses. who work farms. it's for people who have been part or years and who are of our great american family. citizenship has to be both fair and achievable. three to this plan is to say we've got to stop the crisis at the border. i will stop the crisis at the border. >> we can talk a little bit more about that in detail. >> just one more. families ation tears apart. no great nation locks up children. that's critical. and the fourth part -- is just
say quickly, we need to provide more aid around the particularly in central america. help establish the rule of law. little investment in the economy, and not so many people will feel that they need to run lives.ir we should be a country that builds a future here in america to do it ages others all around the world. here.ank you for having me >> sorry to interrupt. i'm going to ask a question i'll in spanish, and then right into english. [speaking in spanish] >> president trump decided today challenge his court to include the citizenship question in the census. what's your reaction to that wow! going to follow the law?
>> he says he's going to seek ways to get this information. >> this is not about trying to out real information, about citizenship and noncitizenship in america. his is just about trying to stir up some more hate. get more people excited. donald trump has one big message to the american people. something wrong in your life, if this is something not working, blame them. people who don't look like you. blame the people who don't sound like you. who don't pray like you. blame people who weren't born you were born. >> he wants to build an america that pits working people against hard-working people. that's not how we build a future in this country. build a future together. we make a stronger america.
[speaking in spanish] >> he has millions of followers. sometimes too much on trump and not enough on trumpism. make sure that those followers don't feel disenfranchised? >> here's how i see this. who uestion in 2020 is government should work for. this is not a problem, again, just started with trump. we've gone for a long time where worked better and better and better for a thinner thinner slice at the top. and it's just not working well else.yone we live in an america that works great for giant drug companies, trying to r people get a prescription filled. it works great for giant oil
drill es that want to everywhere. just not for those of us who are change about climate bearing down upon us. t works great for corporate executives, for billionaires, but it's not working for the us.t of see this.how i we have a chance in 2020, in a emocracy, to take it back and make this government work for all of us. we can attack the corruption of that rnment in washington only works for those with money. we can attack it head on and we government work, not just for those at the top but for everyone. we can help restructure this economy. we can strengthen unions, so real voiceple have a in this economy. put a wealth tax in place. top 1/10 ofs on the
1%. you know what we could do with that? could provide universal childcare, baby age zero to five country. think about that. universal pre--k for every and 4 year old. raise the wages of every child care worker and preschool professional deserve.hey tuition-free, technical school community college and four-year one of our every ids who wants to get an education. $50 billion into historically university es and and minorities serving institutions, level that playing field. and cancel student loan debt for it.of the kids who have got that's how we build a future. for everyone. republican. >> talking about -- let's talk
-- i want to get your thoughts on some of the backlash women's soccer team after they came back with their fourth world cup. that?do you think about >> you know, i just love seeing soccer.en win at guys.n, this is fun. [cheers] [applause] say both my kids played soccer. nd my husband, bless him, did not play soccer but he became a soccer coach. that's what good daddies do, right? firstused to stay when he started out, he would say, he he was a very good tennis player, driven, that's the kind of person he is. said coaching little girls at soccer, it's kind of a different world. running tally into then someone says, a
butterfly. and he said but over time, i i watched them, as he coached and, first our and then our up son, i think soccer made both our children and my husband better people. >> it's really about much more right?at, >> it's about a chance. that getswomen's team out there every day and produces. when women produce, then by golly, women ought to be paid it. come on! >> i think i agree. [speaking in spanish] > we just had another record breaking month in terms of heat in june. e talk about a climate
mergency but we're not getting any help from the administration. what would you do in the first hundred days of your administration? getting k we're leadership from this administration. they are just leading us in the wrong direction and it's turn this around. this is a crisis. threatens one that our very existence on this planet. as a two part. one is, you do everything you can do, that a president can do, saying this, by herself. just, for example, on the first day, i will put into moratorium so there will be no new drilling, no new federal lands and no offshore drilling and that moves us in the right direction. the paris climate accord. we'll move in that direction. a bigger bill,
and this is a green bill.cturing let me do this. think of it this way. as we move forward, the united states, we could get to net zero emissions by 2030. it's an ambitious goal but we it.d do that would only solve 20% of the problem. we have a worldwide problem when we're talking about climate. way.hink of it this there is an upcoming $23 worldwide market for green. green energy. green products. clean the air.p product that help clean the water. a lot of these products haven't yet so here's my plan. irst, we do what we do really well, in the united states. and that is, we invest heavily, times more, in research and development.
all of those new ways to do things, all those new products. part two. say to anybody who wants to develop them and turn them into a product they can sale, you can it. you just have to build it here states.united american taxpayers pay for it. you build it and create those u.s., and then e third, we need to increase our arketing and sales of these products all around the world. now a utspends us right hundred to one on marketing their products around the world. need to do that. $1.2 will produce about million new manufacturing jobs right here in the u.s. a way to create a allies, and to this planet and create a green sustainable planet for all of us going forward.
>> thank you and welcome, senator. the first question which has to do with criminal justice. bettis senior rd from holster, california, to ask that question. >> good evening, senator warren. conditions of nt the criminal justice system what steps do you plan to take to prevent miscarriage of justice recently reported, specifically the one regarding mr. epstein and secretary acosta? >> oh, thank you. that nd of guessing from question that you actually believe in accountability. problem we've got in america. we have two justice systems. one for people who are rich and can hire lawyers and lobbyists lots of connections and friends, and one for everybody
else. words engraved over the united court of the states are equal justice under law. we have to abide by. >> so let me just say this about it. need to reform our criminal justice system from the front we declare illegal, through the justice system itself. where mr. epstein got a pass know was available to people, on through at the end, , and helping people reenter our communities when they have their time. i have plans in every part of couple.t i'll mention a there are so many places in here intersects the nation of justice. color are treated differently from white people. let me give you some examples,
know, for example, from the data, that african-americans and hites on exactly the same crimes, african-americans are more likely to be arrested, to taken to d, to be trial, to be convicted, and to sentences.er that's a criminal justice system broken, and it is for ourof us in america to live values, and that means, we need public defenders. change the cash bail system. for profitget rid of prisons. by ne should make money locking people up. >> senator, thank you. the next question is -- >> just a quick follow up, it's relevant to the question. supporting senator
schuman's demand, that secretary acosta resign? >> oh, yes. ago was there a long time with him. ye yes. so senator warren, next question deals with puerto rico. carlos -- nt in by he's from mount haven, new york. sir, your question. you.hank >> senator. as president, you will have the equality support rights and statehood for the american citizens of puerto rico. >> i will support what the want.o rico people if they vote for statehood, count me in. >> senator, to that point if i may add to his question, the of the worst hurricane to ever strike the island were way n some paper towels back when. 23 months later they were still waiting for help.
to what do you attribute the fact that they had to wait get aid thatars to would have within dispensed quite differently in other parts of america? this is part of donald trump's same plan to. save people who don't look like who don't sound like you, people who don't worship like you, people who aren't born born, everything is their fault, treat them differently. he treats them as if they are of our country and they are part of our country. serve inom puerto rico the military, at higher rates than most other places in this country. are e three brothers who veterans. we honor the service of those in puerto rico. hard-working people, who deserve more respect than they have been given by -- >> -- when elected to become united states e to immediately provide the promised relief that they were given and never delivered? >> yes. >> thank you. >> the next question, senator
warren, on immigration and specifically mixed status marriages. let me please invite her up, here's cago, illinois, the question that she has. >> hello. hi. >> my question for you, and this is coming from someone who is family, so i xed have a little sister who is a daca butzen, a current it's been delayed and my mother is also here illegally. the national movement to credit a three-year renewable nd retro active visa program for parents and spouses of u.s. citizen and parents and spouses dreamers. we need a candidate that will advocate for all of our mixed families, that are separated every day by mass deportations and i would also add that the borders are no longer just down south the boarders are in our
our homes, and they are willing to come in and separate us. we have a bill. are you willing to support it or do you have a better bill? actually have a better bill. >> i want you to understand this bill. it was written in part by pending a lot of time with mixed status families. that's how i came to the understanding that i understand we want to protect our dreamers. i'm all for protecting our dreamers. not just our dreamers. what does it mean to protect a dreamer? her mother is taken away, if her father is taken away. taken lder sibling is away, if a younger sibling has that's he time cutoff, not who we are. we're about families that stay together. that's what makes families stronger but it's also what our country stronger. >> senator, we have a question on a very important topic, to
across of latinos america and that is, mental health. >> yes. >> and making sure that that's our health coverage. we have a question here ubmitted by melissa -- from milwaukee, wisconsin. if i could please ask her to come forward. ere's her question for you tonight. hello. so given -- [inaudible] your plan to start providing real mental health services to the youth population minorities?for >> so, i'm so glad you raised this issue. want everybody in here to think about what's happened with mental health in this country. room, and an emergency say, i think i've broken my leg. treat you. way to but come in with a mental health problem and they say come back weeks.e they say, i'm sorry. you only get this many treatments.
what you need or not. this want to be clear on part. the law says that mental health the same as ed physical health. that means coverage is supposed the law be the same. example of one more where our government isn't on our side. they aren't fighting the insurance companies. they just bow to the insurance companies. so here's my promise to you. health issues matter to me. nd i have the courage to take on insurance companies all across this country and make sure that they provide equal coverage, and that this government provides equal coverage. [applause] >> thank you, senator. to ask you about education. [applause] question submitted by our member in harbor city, california, is this. what are you going to do for the low income communities and he children of color who are
struggling with schools that need school supplies, and also, accommodate schools that don't the things to teach the kids with the tools that they need. >> good. so, let me go back to where i and ed a few minutes ago hat is to talk about a wealth tax in this country. 10th ofa tax on the one 1%. the greatest fortunes in this country. 75,000 fortunes. your first $50 million, free and clear. i see some of you are wlaex that. 50th million and first dollar you've got to pitch for o cents, and two cents after that. that produces enough money to start making real investments in kids. i started with universal childcare. for every re--k
three-year-old and four-year-old. of preschool teachers and childcare workers. carries through what we need to be doing in k through 12. while i have ed, been in the senate, more and tment in our schools making sure that that money goes to the schools that need it most need ve the children that it most. this isn't about -- it's really about our values. it more important to leave two cents on the dollar with the billionaires, or is it to say, you made it big, good for you. big but d you made it pitch in two cents so every other kid in this country has a chance. want to ask you this. do you support the privatization education? the privatization of public education, what's your position on that? >> no. >> thank you, senator warren. thank you.
thank you so much for taking today. talk to us thank you for coming here. minutes for your statements. me say one more word. it's a great honor to be here with all of you. family that was a paycheck to paycheck family. sometimes we didn't have a paycheck. mentioned earlier all three of my older brothers went off and joined the mitt. a different dream. from the time i was in second grade, of knowing what i wanted to do and i've never varied from it. i wanted to be a public school teacher. my dream.as graduated from high school, my daddy was working as a janitor. to idn't have money for me apply to clernlgs much less four years of college. how it twisty story on all happened but ultimately i ended up at the university of
it ton, which back then -- was a commuter college that cost price emester, and for a i could pay for on a part time waitressing job i got my four-year diploma and i became a special needs teacher. i lived my dream job. i'm somebody who has lived opportunity and that opportunity fact that other people around this country made an investment. that education available to me. toes, ateful, down to my and the reason i'm running for resident of the united states is out of gratitude. i want us to be an american that doesn't just work for those at the top. >> i want us to be an american fulfills that dream of opportunity. get out gle kid, you
there, you work hard, and the sky is the limit. i am. a daddy ended up as a janitor, but i got an opportunity to be a school teacher to be a ollege professor, to be a united states senator and now to be a candidate for president of the united states. fight hard. that's how we win. >> thank you so much, senator warren. thank you so much. warren.abeth you.hank you, thank >> >> we take a straw poll. his is a chance to get your reaction. so we've heard two of the four tonight.es i've been randomly picking people out of the audience. what is your name?
stewart.ret >> so you're right here in your hometown. ou've heard elizabeth warren speak with so much passion. she says i have a plan for everything but tonight she going too much into -- she was sticking to the key points. how did she do with you? she was being really honest and open with us tonight and i think that it's up to dig deep into what her thoughts are and to get that information from other sources. only get a snippet today but it's up to us ultimately to out what impact she can really make. >> thank you so much. and thank you for having us in hometown. i want to invite, i want to from the state of california, she's one of the academic leaders in that state. so you heard her response, very simple, very clear can, on the of publicrivatization education. was she convincing with you? > she was convincing, but i wish she would have had more time to actually talk about the
of privatization, but anyone who is a public school eacher and college professor and a candidate who supports ublic education for all of her career, i believe we'll take on privatization. >> everyone in this room seems is one ofat education the top priorities. you've spent your life in ducation, and yet, we're still struggling with some of the achievement gaps in some districts around america, your to that? >> my reaction is that for us, in cially for those of us the latin community, education remains a top priority. know that it's important. we know that it's a way out of poverty. important to t's our children. we know how to do it. we just need the resources to it.rove >> i want to thank you so much. and i want to thank the entire audience. a rousing ve reception to senator elizabeth warren. thank you. [applause]
all of you. today we have a president who is a bigot. who is an embarrassment to country stands for. [cheers and applause] his name was eli, came to this country from poland 17.he age of and he came to this country with very little education, without a nickel in his pocket. of could not speak one word english. he is exactly the kind of person not want d trump does
united states. that trump is doing something unprecedented as a president. to win votes, er he's appealing to the most base instincts of people. he's trying to divide this color ofp based on the our skin or where we came from, or our sexual orientation. trump is ason that going to lose the coming going n is because we're to do exactly the opposite. to bring the american people together, black white and latino, asian we'rean, native american, going to bring our people
agenda that nd an works for all of us, and not just wealthy campaign contributors. >> so not only are we going to end bigot tri in this country, to move forward to provide healthcare to all people right. we're going to make public universities tuition-free. we're going to guarantee healthcare to every man, woman, child. >> let's start talking about the details. >> gets to see you again. i think we spoke only two weeks ago. fast.speak very understand ou can part of it. [speak manager spanish]
> so many of the issues we're talking about on the campaign trail today. you're responsible for moving the party to the left and how going to regain agenda?p on the proud.eel because all that we're doing is clearly what the american people us to do. the american people want an that y and a government works for all of us, not just 1%. the american people know that major country on earth. i am looking at you. >> that's fine. >> you're more interesting than i am. >> look. major country on earth guarantees healthcare to all people as a right. we have got to do the same.
we have too many young people in this country who, from families like the family i came from that does not have a lot of money and can't afford to go to college and therefore we are losing their ability and their potential to be teachers and doctors and scientists and that is why you got to make sure all of our young people have the opportunity for a higher education. other countries are doing it and it's not just a radical idea. making public colleges and universities tuition free is exactly what we should be doing and i will tell you what else we should be doing. instead of giving a trillion half dollars as tax breaks to the top 1% in large corporations we should cancel that in this country. [cheering and applause] >> these are some of the issues we will talk about.
[speaking in spanish] >> [speaking in spanish] age became an issue after the first debate. >> what did you say? [laughter] >> how do you view this generational change in the democratic party? >> i think we need a lot of change in this country to tell you the truth. when you look at a candidate age is a factor, experienced as a factor in the candidates record as a factor and most importantly what that candidate stands for is a factor. [applause]
sen. sanders: i would simply say and i say this as honestly as i can knowing all the other candidates, good people all is that if you look at my record there are very few if any candidates out there who have spent as much time and effort with success in standing up with the working people of this country. [applause] sen. sanders: when we talk about age and you also have to talk about vision and where we want to go as a nation and where do we want our future to be for our kids so let me be very clear and not everyone agrees with me and i've been criticized every day but i don't believe that america is about three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of the country. [applause] sen. sanders: i don't believe
that it is about giving massive tax breaks to people who don't need it when we are 500,000 people who are sleeping out on the streets of this country today. we need to build affordable housing so that people do not pay 40, 50% of their limited incomes in housing. we need instead of having a president who denies the reality of climate change we need a president who will lead the world in transforming our energy system and moving away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: this is an incredible threat, not just to
the united states and not just to latin america but to africa, asia, europe and you are all reading about the heat waves in europe and india and people are dying right now and what the scientists tell us is if we do not act aggressively in transforming our energy system within 12 years which is no time at all the damage done to this planet will be irreparable. here is my vision and is a radical idea and i don't know if it will ever happen but this is my dream and what i will do as a president. what i will do is go to russia and china and brazil and india all the countries around the world and tell them that instead of spending $1.5 trillion every year on weapons of destruction designed to kill other human beings maybe we should use our resources to come together and fight our common enemy which is climate change. [cheering and applause]
host: [speaking in spanish] quite a welcoming. [speaking in spanish] lowering the cost of healthcare is the number one priority for latino voters in our most recent poll. how do you plan to pay for this because i know you've been asked that a thousand times but how would you convince republicans in congress to support this after the hyperpolarization and partisanship we've seen from washington? we are going to make the republicans and offer they can't refuse. [applause] sen. sanders: first of all my , sincere hope is that we will
get rid of republican control of the united states senate. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: i will work as hard as i can to make that happen but second of all if that is not successful and it's not just republicans but we have some democrats we need to worry about as well to be honest with you. look, as a nation we have to answer to questions and people disagree. the first question is do we believe that healthcare is a human rights which should be enjoyed by all people whether rich or poor. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: i think most americans believe that. the second question is, if we believe that think it's absurd that in america today we have 34 million people who have no health insurance we have even
more who are underinsured and that the latino community particularly hard and if we are spending twice as much a person on health care as the people of any other country and if we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs it's a function of the current healthcare system is not to provide quality care to all but to make huge profits for the drug companies and the insurance companies and the answer to the is if we need to move towards medicare for all in medicare for all, single-payer programs. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: the way we do that is the way that real change in the way we bring that about is the way real change always takes place.
everyone who understands history understands that america in every country on earth the way the change takes place is from the bottom on up and never from the top down. what that means and what that means is that millions of people have got to stand up to the drug companies and the insurance companies and anybody in congress and say sorry, i'm a human being. my children are human beings and if human beings we are entitled to health care as a right. [applause] sen. sanders: when you ask how we pay for the answer is we already pay for it. we are spending twice as much a capital to the healthcare of any other nation in your pain. are your premiums and out-of-pocket expenses and outrageous deductibles and copayments and high-cost prescription drugs. we can lower the cost of healthcare substantially for the vast majority of the people through public funding of a medicare for all single-payer
system. host: i want to open the floor for questions and to save it to interview bernie sanders is actually a workout. sosenator sanders, thank you very much. in the interest of so many questions that have been submitted i would respectfully request brevity and the answer if i might. the first one comes from [inaudible] on behalf of reggie gonzales from chicago, illinois. >> good evening. do you favor the abolishment of the electoral college? sen. sanders: it is hard to defend a system in which we have a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million votes so the answer is yes. >> thank you, senator. thank you for the brevity.
this question comes from dallas, texas. >> senator sanders, i'm a math teacher and i love polling data whether good or bad i love polling data fit based on recent polling that based on democratic voters more than half prefer to keep their private health insurance. even though medicare for all or if it was an option would you give them that choice? sen. sanders: nope. [laughter] there is less -- thank you for the question and i'll try to be brief but it is hard. the american people do not love their health insurance companies and in fact in many cases they detest their health insurance companies. the function of the health insurance company is to make money and deny claims that they should in fact receive but what the american people do love in many cases are there doctors and hospitals and nurses.
under medicare for all, people will have absolute freedom of choice regarding doctors and hospitals, a choice that many people do not have today because if your doctor is you have to pay out-of-pocket. the proper question is asked and people understand they can go to any doctor they want and the overwhelming majority of people prefer to get rid of private health insurance but here's the bottom line. last year the top ten drug companies made 69 billion in profit in the top five insurance companies made $23 billion in profit so the function of healthcare should not be to make huge profits for the drug companies and insurance companies. >> thank you, senator. the next question comes from linda chavez from austin, texas and we have a question that's been submitted now. >> lulac is all about education
and civil rights where are you , on free education and student loan debt relief? as someone who introduced a few years ago the concept of making public colleges and universities tuition free i am proud of the success we already have out the country. university of texas just announced that they will have free tuition at the austin campus in california in san francisco with free tuition at the community college, new york state and new york university medical school announced free tuition for medical students. we are making process but the bottom line is that if our kids are gonna make it they need a higher education and it's not just but job training they will
need if they want to be and we have got to provide that in a way that is free as i said earlier. if we could bill out wall street and give a trillion enough dollar bracts breaks to the private corporations we damn well can cancel all student debt in this country. >> thank you, senator. the next question and let me get chris up here but it's on immigration, senator, please. >> my name is chris from texas the much of the immigration and central america is due to instability in the northern triangle which has been caused by failed u.s. policy in latin american countries. the western hemisphere is now as unstable as the middle east and what type of policies which put into place to help alleviate or mitigate the violence and corruption in central america in order to create cooperation and peace in the region of the world world? sen. sanders: thank you.
good question. you are looking at somebody who not only voted against the north american free trade agreement but helped lead the opposition to that. one of the reasons was i understood what would happen to farmers in mexico and elsewhere who could not compete with what was manufactured in the united states. your point is that as a result of that policy a lot of small farmers in mexico and elsewhere lost their income. so where would they go and they went north. here is the promise i make to you. your point is important. everybody here understands that it's only under the most dire circumstances that a mom would take a baby by foot and travel 1000 miles. that mother is fleeing the violence and drugs and cartels in honduras and elsewhere.
here is my promise to you is that very shortly -- i would play on the first day but i have a feeling it will be a busy first day. a lot of things. very shortly what we have got to do is deal with this crisis early and that is we need to bring the leadership in honduras and guatemala and elsewhere in mexico into the oval office and say look, there's corruption and no question about it. how can the united states play a positive role in dealing with the violence and terrible poverty that exists? everything being equal no one wants to travel 1000 miles in a rather stay home and live in peace. host: [speaking in spanish] you mention when you become president would you support the
new agreement we have with mexico? sen. sanders: not the one trump is offering but we do need a new one. historically trade agreements have not been written with the needs of working people or poor people in mind. not the working people and in the united states or in canada or mexico but they been written to protect the profits of the large multinational corporations who often write these agreements behind closed doors. we do need a new agreement and it's an agreement that works for the working people of mexico and working people of the united states and working people of canada. >> we have two minutes left but may i please ask you -- from wisconsin asks this question. he says as someone who previously supported your campaign and is supportive of universal healthcare for all irrespective of the same among other social programs how specifically you plan to
convince the american people not just the democratic party that you are the right person for the role of president of the united states? sen. sanders: this is an issue in terms of universal healthcare and you are looking at the united states senator who has lead that effort for number of years. you are looking at the senator who wrote the bill with 15 cosponsors in the senate and a similar bill on the house as well as over 100 sponsors and you're looking at the senator who is prepared to take on the greed of the insurance industry and of the pharmaceutical industry and in terms of healthcare if i might say i will do what i did 20 years ago and that is take people across the canadian border and by insulin in this case for one tenth of
the price they are forced to pay in america. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: to answer your question, i believe the record will indicate that if you want someone to stand up to the greed of the drug companies and agreed on the insurance companies substantially lower the cost of medicine in this country and guarantee healthcare for all people. if you're looking for someone in this direction, i think i'm the guy. host: senator sanders, you have two minutes. [speaking in spanish] sen. sanders: thank you so much. again, let me thank all of you in lulac for the enormously important work you're doing
especially in this moment in american history. earlier today i had a meeting with some folks here in milwaukee and i saw what i have seen time and time again and i seen a young person come up with tears in her eyes talking about her fears as an undocumented person. i have talked to young kids 13, 14 years of age who are scared to death that when they leave school and go home their mother or father may not be there. here is another promise i make to you. that is we will end the hatred and we will end the xenophobia that currently exists in this country. we will provide immediate legal
status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the daca program and we will move to comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for all 11 million undocumented. [cheering and applause] sen. sanders: and we will develop a humane policy at the border, not one which criminalizes desperate people for having traveled 1000 miles and not one to put children into cages and not one that rips babies out of the arms of their mother. this is not just what i want but this is not just what you want but this is, in fact, what the market people want and together we will end the hatred and divisiveness and create the nation of love and compassion that we must become. thank you all. host: thank you, bernie sanders.
[cheering and applause] >> we are going to continue right now of course we've had an opportunity now to listen to several of the candidates in may i please address this question to you. i know you are here with the green card veterans and that's a very significant issue indeed but tonight you've heard the candidates talk about different things and what has most impressed you about what they have said? >> i've always been a fan of bernie and he did not disappoint tonight, but ms. warren was direct with no-nonsense attitude which we need today. >> she's been called a lot of names by president trump and do you think -- how do you think she would react if he calls or something like that in a debate if she is the nominee of this party? >> she would not care but she would keep on going and stick to the issues. >> so, tonight have you made a
different decision from what you came in thinking or where you would stand? >> no, not yet. >> i want to get reaction from different people in the audience. i know i'm out of line but i i want to invite lupe to come over. she someone who comes from the state of texas where lulac has a long history in the immediate director of the organization and you are handy. you had a chance to study these candidates up close and you know who leon castro. has he held his own or how would you rank in tonight? >> i think that all three have had significant issues that hispanic americans care for and it will be a very difficult because i think they have all hit the nail on the head and we just need to continue to see if they will continue on with those
issues or change their mind because of various populations that i think they also far three have done a terrific job. >> in 30 seconds i think their tones have changed and feel more comfortable here and you think they are sitting or they feel latinos are indeed here to listen and support? >> i think they understand that lulac is the most powerful hispanic organization and they need to bend the minds and address it. >> thank you! [applause] host: [speaking in spanish]
[cheering and applause] host: welcome. beto o'rourke: [speaking in spanish] host: give two minutes for opening remarks and then we'll take it from there. beto o'rourke: huge honor for me to be here with you tonight and for those of you from el paso, texas -- [cheering and applause] i knew you would be here and for those of you who are not from el paso, texas let me tell you those friends of mine who are here with me tonight we are lucky enough to live in what is the largest binational community in the western hemisphere right in the middle of the desert as the foothills of the rocky mountains home to chico's tacos but also 3 million people from two countries speaking to languages and histories and cultures who are joined and not separated by the rio grande
river or something far greater and more powerful in some of the parts or the numbers of people involved in el paso texas today is one of not the safest cities in the united states of america. we are safe not despite the fact they were a city of immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers but we are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees and yet, inexplicably given those facts in the shadow of a wall that was built with the best of intentions that is caused thousands of deaths of people who sought a better life in this country we now have a border patrol station in texas just outside of el paso that is housed hundreds of children some separated from the parents sleeping on concrete floors
under aluminum blankets not afforded diapers for their toddlers or cleaning supplies or soap or toothpaste for the older children and we have right now in america the largest incarceration of children who committed no crime in the history of this country with the exception of internment of japanese americans but i want to tell you this one last thing is part of my introduction. in that thing community with a gentleman who may be here tonight, [inaudible] at enunciation house. this catholic charity seeks to reunite the families that have been separated, provides housing and shelter for people who are at the most honorable and desperate moment in their lives and enunciation house is not alone and there are hundreds who keep vigil just outside that border patrol station to report back to you and the rest of america just what is being done in our name and it convinces me that the worst of what is happening in america today and tonight will be met by the best of our fellow americans, like
those in el paso and the people here we will make sure we live up to our potential and to fill our promise. thank you all for having us out here tonight. host: thank you so much. i know you understand spanish well and if there's something in the question that you don't, please let me know. [speaking in spanish] massive raids and deportations that could start this sunday and what is your reaction to this announcement? beto o'rourke: what president trump is already doing and i described some of this in el
paso, texas what he proposes to do this weekend these massive raids and internal for smooth operations separate potentially thousands of families many of whom were committed no crime against the country and pose no threat to the united states of america and not only will remain a stain on our conscience if we allow this to continue but will also make us less safe as a country. [speaking in spanish] [cheering and applause] beto o'rourke: to make our community safe we don't need support people or round them up but when immigrant communities fear local law enforcement and
fear federal law enforcement they are less likely to report crimes and to testify in trials to serve as witnesses and they are no longer participating in the civic life of our communities and we are less safe as a result and that is why as president i will lead the effort in rewriting our immigration laws in our own image to reflect our values and the reality on the ground here in milwaukee and el paso texas across this country the very presence of immigrants makes us stronger and makes us more successful and yes, makes us safer and more secure. let's do this. let's forever never criminalized another person the conscious country seeking refuge or asylum in the three every child detainer now and reunite them with the parents at once and let's invest in strategies with el salvador and guatemala and honduras to reduce the need to flee violence and crush poverty and hunger and let's make sure that the 9 million legal permanent residents here in the united states become citizens as soon as possible and more than 1 million dreamers never again fearing deportation back to a country they do not know because
we have made them citizens as wellin the millions more working some of the hardest we can imagine here in this country tonight we allow them to come forward and to get right and register with their government and contribute even more for success in security and safety. that's what i will do as president of the united states. [cheering and applause] host: we can keep standing then. [speaking in spanish] many people said why don't you focus on the senate race instead of running for president. what is your reason for staying in this race right now? beto o'rourke: i want to serve this country in the most
consequential position available and i want to make sure everything we are discussing here tonight that we are able to accomplish and what i learned from that senate run in texas in 2017 and 2018 along with many of you who were a part of that and if we go everywhere i went to everything one of those 254 and if we write nobody off the letter how rural or read their committees are if we take no one for granted no matter how big or blue we can do nearly the impossible and at the end of the day in texas we want more votes than any democrat in the history of the state and we want independence for the first time in decades and young people turned out in an increase of over two 100% of what they did in 2014 and though we did not win that race there are now two new members of congress in texas both democrats replacing republicans who helped flipped the house of representatives and we changed the composition of a
state legislator and have 17 african-american women elected to digital positions in north county to the base of criminal justice and most diverse city what if we were able to lead a grassroots movement like that with all people, no text across this country connect i believe it's a movement and not a person that will defeat donald trump in 2020 and a movement and not a person that will reunify this very divided and polarized country so we can work on the biggest challenges we have ever faced. host: thank you. now that you mention president trump,. [speaking spanish] what would be the biggest mistake president trump is done in terms of foreign policy and how would you fix it? beto o'rourke: there is an open question in the world tonight and it's maybe here in this country or maybe in this room
and is the future a democratic one where we freely choose those who will represent our interests or is it an autocratic one ruled by strongmen and dictators? our president has chosen those those -- vladimir putin of russia who not only invited to invade our democracy in 2016 but renewed the invitation just this year after the release of the mueller report and in the philippines and in egypt it is those strongmen and dictators to whom he has become close while leaving behind our allies and democracies whether it's mexico or canada in north america for the european union and nato and how would i fix this? i will make sure that every challenge we face whether it's a trade imbalance with china or whether it's the invasion of our
democracy with russia or whether a nuclear arms for north korea or a nuclear armed iran and we meet these challenges together unified with our friend and ally and partners that allow us in some cases to forge in a crucible of blood and sacrifice going all the way back to world war ii and lastly, i want to make sure we elevate the priority of this hemisphere in our foreign policy. it should not have come as a surprise to us that tens of thousands of children were willing to make and upwards of 2000-mile journey seeking refuge and shelter and safety in this country and i want to make sure that we work with communities in el salvador, honduras and guatemala and work with those stations and other stakeholders in government in the region to address these issues before they become a problem here or there or at the border. host: [speaking in spanish]
beto o'rourke: look, this is my measure to the agents of the border patrol. 20000 of them of the toughest job that i can imagine in there to protect the united states against those who would smuggle illegal drugs or who would be a involved in the smuggling of people and they must remain vigilant against -- it's never happened before that a terrorist organization would seek to exploit our border and then the people of the united states of america. my gratitude to them. but the job they have and our gratefulness for the work they do in performing it is not a license to mistreat people or
act with impunity as we have seen throughout history of the border patrol. whether it is the awful comments made about the representative cortez or escobar when the visited the station or the inhumane treatment of children under their care or the fact that seven children have died under their custody or just after being in the custody over the last year and there has to be oversight and accountability and there has to be justice. as a member of congress i wrote legislation and introduced it with the republican to do justice and to make sure that those carry that badge and have that power over the rest of us and those who approach this country at the us-mexico border have the oversight and accountability necessary as president i will guarantee it and make sure that were not able to do it legislatively and do it
by executive order. i'm grateful for the work you want to make sure that we hold them to the highest of all standards. [applause] >> welcome, beto. we welcome you to the lulac family. the first question comes from [inaudible] and barbara will ask the question tonight. if i may ask her to step up and has to do with the topic of equal pay. >> my name is barbara. good evening. according to the cps 2018 social and economic movement women employed full-time year-round typically paid 80 cents for every dollar that men employed full-time earn and latinos in the united states every dollar paid to white non-hispanic men. how would you deal with the wage disparity? beto o'rourke: thank you for the question. first thing we do is into law of the paycheck fairness act. what this means is that in the workplace you will no longer be penalized for securing your wage level or weight history who pull employees seed over the stand
and take action to support a food court is a very and we will ensure the previous weight history is not used as a character in setting future wages. in other words, if you get paid 53 cents on the dollar to the course of your working life and that is used as a factor in setting your wages going forth you always will be pegged lower than where you should be in addition, we will make sure without ratified and equal rights amendment so that in trying in the constitution is equal protection for every woman in this country on every issue including their ability to perform an economic life in america. thank you. >> thank you. our next question is on the topic of lgbtq and comes from jesus garcia from washington dc and the question is going to be as tonight who will speak on his behalf. >> thank you.
last year, the fbi hate crimes report showed once again an increase in attacks against hispanic and lgbtq people in the united states. each week we learned of a new attack or murders of transgender women of color. how would your administration work with law-enforcement to help the department and our education system to reduce hate crimes against marginalized communities? beto o'rourke: jesus, thank you for the question. i think we first have to acknowledge why some of this is happening at this moment in our country. for the last three years there's been a rise in hate crimes every single year and when you have a
president who describes mexican immigrants as racist criminals, asylum-seekers as an invitation if given tacit approval to those who put the children in cages. when he signed an executive order attending to ban muslim traffic into the united states of america he makes plain white on the same day a mosque was burnt to the ground and when you enact via twitter transgender troop ban, the violence he seemed perpetrated in the transgender community under this and ministration with the otherwise in its likable can become explained and we must go further in reversing that transgender troop band which i will do on day one and we must also sign into law the act that guarantees the full civil right of every single american and have to look at -- [applause] >> i want to thank you for that response. the next question comes from matilda who will ask about climate and is from the state of new mexico. >> what are your plans to protect our environment and help with climate control?
beto o'rourke: thank you for the question. we will make sure that we say this planet for a generation that follow ours. we will guarantee that those communities that are disproportionately impacted by climate change very often lower income communities and minority majority communities are fortified to get the flood and storms and droughts in the fires that are part of the climate change we are experiencing right now. we will do this by mobilizing $5 trillion over the next ten years to invest in people and communities and housing and in the structure and embracing the next generation of the technology that will allow us to be freed from independence and fossil fuels and create the high wage, high-value, high skilled jobs will come to america as a result and were talking foreign-policy earlier we will convene the other powers of the senate to make sure each one of them is doing their part to keep global warming under 2 degrees
celsius after which the storms, droughts and fires and floods we're seeing today will pale in comparison and in other words, if every one of us does everything that we can and is not with have steps or half measures or have the country but includes everyone in the solution we will be up to the greatest and most accidental challenge we are faced and we need. >> this question has to do with the economy and the working middle class in america. >> thank you. proud national vice president for collegiate students and the question is this. the middle class has been impoverished to an unbelievable level in your programs that will bring back a true middle-class of significant size? beto o'rourke: the answer is
yes. let's begin by elevating the ,ower and dominance of unions make sure for women and men can join an apprenticeship that would teach them a trade or skill that they will command for the rest of their lives and allow them to command a living wage for the rest of their life. let's make sure that college and higher education is affordable for every single american and that we radically expand the public service debt forgiveness program. for those who want to teach school or work at the va and take care of those veterans who put their lives on the line for
this country can focus on doing that because we will wipe clean their debt and make sure that a minimum wage is a living wage everywhere in this country. paid family leave without exception for every american city can take care of yourself and your family and kids and then healthcare. healthcare is fundamental to the success of this country and to the middle class. universal, guaranteed, high quality, primary health care, mental health care and every woman making her own decisions about her own body and having access to the care that makes it comfortable. >> senator, one minute left. how will you heal america after president -- beto o'rourke: it certainly cannot be without more division or pettiness were more administered dividing this country right now by the walls he seeks to construct and the cages in which he's placed those kids. we must bring our courage and confidence and ambition and aspiration and we must bring everyone. we do not care. [speaking in spanish] if you live in a big city or a small town we're not going to write you off and bring you and not just into this campaign or into this auction but to every single solution and every challenge that we face is country. >> yes or no, will you call for immediate closure of the concentration camp child
detention centers? beto o'rourke: >> yes. [cheering and applause] host: before we say goodbye two , minutes for your closing remarks and. [speaking in spanish] beto o'rourke: i mentioned el paso at the outset of beto my comments i like to close with a reference to my community. texas of the first boys high school baseball championship in 1949 and improbably it came from the bears.
[speaking in spanish] they entered that competition with their uniforms hand sewn by the mothers, gloves made from scrap material by their dad and one the city championship and when the regional championship and traveled by bus to austin, nine hour trip where along the way they were met by restaurants and hotels and said no dogs or mexicans allowed but in fact, the night before they played that game they slept on the field under the bleachers where they would compete the next day and they won that game and they bring back distinction and honor to el paso into texas into this country and understanding of who we are and i will tell you as they grew into adulthood they met the racism, and tolerance and denial of civil rights for that same courage and perseverance and ability to overcome and it's exactly what
we need right now in this country at this moment whether the challenge of healthcare or rewriting our immigration laws for a more inclusive economy or being there for those veterans who have borne the battle for this country i want to make sure we bring everyone in republicans as and ricci talked about in folks who do not come to the same conclusion on the same issues that i do it before we are anything else race, ethnicity, religion we are americans first and human beings will start to treat one another in that way and that is the way we will live to her full potential and fulfill this country's promise. thank you for having us out here tonight. [speaking in spanish] host: thank you so much. [speaking in spanish]
thank you so much for an incredible evening. you get to wrap it up. was that a great program or no? -- excuse me,19 1963 the grandson of irish-american immigrants for the first time addressed a lulac meeting. that grandson was john f. kennedy. today we carry on the tradition with a presidential candidate so i want you to get out your cell phones and i want you to go to text 52866, 52866 and you tell us what presidential candidate, in your opinion, were doing a straw poll. host: [speaking in spanish] >> pick the candidate you
[applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> democratic presidential candidates are campaigning throughout new hampshire this weekend. c-span has live coverage at 1:15 p.m. eastern with kamala harris. watch anytime at c-span.org. listen with the free c-span radio app. this month marks the 50th anniversary of apollo 11 come up man's first landing on the moon. a new c-span poll shows there is still widespread interest in the event. armstrong and is altering both continue to enjoy broad name recognition, greater than more recent famous astronauts like sally ride and mark kelly. nearly three quarters of americans say they watch the event live on tv or saw footage
later. the poll also shows there is little interest to return to the moon. we spoke with a space reporter about the findings. >> the headline really is that americans really still support nasa overwhelmingly and have a positive and favorable view, but very few really think that a return man to mission to the moon is a high priority. number surprise you, only 8% of americans saying a manned mission should be a top priority? >> it feel like it is surprisingly low especially on the eve of the apollo 11 anniversary, especially considering that only months ago the trump administration charged nasa with returning to the moon within five years. there is a lot of talk. there is a lot of press about this excitement and this new mission, and yet polls are still coming out showing very little
in terms of support. what was interesting about the poll is that when they phrased the question in the presence of a competition, somewhat similar to what we had and the apollo era, the space race between that united states and russia, when it is presented that way now, as a space race between china or israel, support shoots up to 49%. if that kind of thinking gets our competitive juices going. then we have the apollo era competition spirit happening. but not right now. >> you can find all of the results at c-span.org, including the findings on american attitudes toward space force and the privatization of space exploration. this discussion with house democratic freshmen women their experiences serving in the 116th congress.