tv Road to the White House 2020 Sen. Kamala Harris in Gilford New Hampshire CSPAN July 15, 2019 1:01am-1:56am EDT
sen. harris: and thank you all, on a gorgeous afternoon, there are many things you could be doing with your time. i thank you for being here, i really do. i know we are all here for one reason for sure. and also we are here because we love our country. we are here because we love our country. [applause] sen. harris: thank you all, i really mean that. i will tell you, to get started, i fully intend to win this election. [applause] sen. harris: i really do. i do. and that will obviously be a measure and a metric of our success, but the other one that is equally important to me is that at the end of this process, that we are relevant. one of the best ways to ensure that, especially at this stage of the campaign is for me to be able to listen as much, if not more, than i talk. we will take questions and have a conversation after i share a few of my thoughts. i want to thank you for being here. new hampshire is such an incredible and important state. i really do appreciate and value your consideration. let's get started. i think we all know, this is an inflection moment in the history of our country. this is a moment in time that is requiring us each as individuals, and collectively to look in the mirror and ask a question. that question being "who are we? i think we all know part of the question is we are better than this.
[applause] sen. harris: and so, this is a moment in time that we must fight for the best of who we are and fight we will. fights for us, in terms of fighting for the best of who we are, that is not new. it is not new for us. i think about it in the context of the family in which i was raised. my parents met when they were graduate students at the university of california berkeley in the 1960's. when they were active in the civil rights movement.
my sister and i, we joked that we grew up surrounded by adults who spent time marching and shouting, about this thing called justice. and of course, of the many heroes of that civil rights movement, there were the lawyers, thurgood marshall, constance baker motley, these individuals who understood the skill of the profession of law. to translate the passion from courtrooms. to do the work we know must constantly be done of reminding folks of the great promise we articulated in 1776, that we are all to be treated as equals. in fact, that's why i decided i wanted to be a lawyer at a young age. i was at howard university and i ended up going to law school and then joining an office that earl warren helped build, the california district attorney's office. had that court of earl warren not decided brown v. board of education, i would not be standing here right now. so, fighting for the ideals of our country, fighting for the promise of our country. i think about it in that context of where we are today.
i think about it through that lens. i will also tell you a little bit more about the way i was raised. my sister and i have a mother who is all of five fetal, but she was ferocious. she was intense. she was a power, all five feet of her, and our mother raised us with an understanding and a profound belief that the measure for any of us will be based on what we do for others and how we serve, and how we lift others up. our mother was the kind of parent who would say to me many times, kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last. don't let anyone tell you who you are, you tell them who you are. that's how i was raised. [applause]
my mother was also the kind of parent who, if you ever came home complaining about something, our mother would look at you, perhaps with one hand on her hip, and with a very straight face would look at you and say well, what are you going to do about it? so, i decided to run for president of the united states. [laughter] [applause] there you go. so, let's talk about the current occupant of the white house for a moment if you will indulge me. yes, but we have to. we have two. we have to put hall of this in context, the reason all you guys are here. but let's put it in context. let's talk about this for a minute. the guy runs on a platform that is about make america great again. of course, that legs the question, great for whom -- begs the question, great for whom? and i also -- yes, i like involvement.
involvement is good here. it also requires us to act. great again. you mean going back before the civil rights act, the voting rights act, the fair housing act? we are not doing that. we are not going back. we are not going back. on all of these promises of how he was going to take care of working people, what does he do? he does policy by tweet based on fear.
his so-called trade policy, trade policy by tweet, resulting in the fact that farmers across our country may be looking at bankruptcy before the end of the year, that 700,000 auto workers may be out of a job by the end of the year, the american family on a daily basis because of that so-called trade policy, which i call the trump trade tax, americans today are spending $1.4 million more a month. this is an individual who has betrayed us. he said he would do one thing and has done quite another. here is what i say. the fight before us includes the
the big banks of the united states who preyed on homeowners, causing one of the greatest economic upheavals we have seen in generations with the foreclosure crisis. i have taken on pharmaceutical countries who preyed on seniors selling lies and misinformation. i have prosecuted big oil, that was in the business of polluting the water we need to drink. i have taken on an prosecuted transnational criminal organizations that prey on women and children. i know predators, and we have a predator living in the white house. he has predatory instincts and a predatory nature. here's is the thing about predators. here's the secret. they prey on the vulnerable. they prey on the weak, on those they perceive to be weak. they prey on those who are in need of help, those who are often desperate for help, and the other thing about predators, they are cowards. they are cowards, so let's take this on and in so doing, let us also do it with the spirit of understanding that it is time to turn the page and write the next chapter in our collective history. let's turn the page.
let's write that next chapter. and let's write that next chapter based on the america we believe in. and america where unlike today, where almost half of families are a 400 dollar unexpected expense away from complete upheaval, and america where today, if you are a minimum-wage worker working full time in 99% of counties, you cannot afford a one bedroom apartment, in america where last year 400 million people took out loans from payday lenders with interest often in excess of 300 percent, let's fight for the america we believe in, and in so doing, when we get elected, change that tax code so that
on day one, we are going to repeal that tax bill. that's how we are going to pay for it. in our america, no one should have to work more than one job to have a roof over their head and food on the table. that is the america we believe in. let's fight for the america we believe in, where teachers are paid their value. [applause] so, i have been traveling our country. i cannot tell you how many teachers i met who are working too, sometimes three jobs.
teachers are taking money out of their own pocket to pay for school supplies. teachers on average make 11% less than similarly educated individuals. there are two groups of people raising our children. parents, often with the assistance of grandparents, aunts and uncles, and our teachers. but we are not paying them their value. this is personal to me. my first grade teacher, misses francis william, god rest her soul, attended my law school graduation. many of us have a similar story of some teacher along the way who convinced us we were special. we were not particularly special. [laughter] but they told us we were and we believed them. they put us on a path to being here, to maybe being the next president of the united states.
so in the america we believe in, in the america i believe in, we will make the first federal investment in closing the teacher pay gap. [applause] here in new hampshire and nationally, that gap is $13,500 a year. in most places in our country, that's a years worth of mortgage payments. a years worth of grocery bills. it means putting a significant dent in student loan debt, which is one of the greatest barriers to our students coming out and joining a profession for which they have a passion. let's fight for the america we believe in. let's fight for the america we believe in, and america were none of our children have to go to school and go through a drill where they are taught about how they should go hide in a corner or in a closet in the event that there is a mess shooter roaming
roaming theter hallways of their school. [applause] because in america today, we have children who every day are going through this. under terrified. terrified about what this all might mean. and when they come home from school and sit at the family dinner table, elementary, middle, high school students asking their parents why, mommy and daddy, did we have to go through that drill, the responses because there are supposedly eaters in washington,
-- supposed leaders in washington who have failed to courage to reject a false choice that suggests you are either in favor of the second amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away. supposed leaders in washington, d.c., who have failed to have the courage to say it's fine if you want to go hunting, but we need to have reasonable gun laws in this country. [applause] in the america we believe in, in the america i believe in, after this election, i will give the united states congress 100 days
to get their act together on this issue and put a bill on my desk for signature. and if they do not, i am prepared to take executive action by putting in place what will be the most comprehensive background check requirement we have had, requiring the atf to revoke the licenses of gun dealers who are violating the law, and you guys should know, 90% of the guns associated with crime or sold by just 5% of the dealers. we need to do a little better on that. finally, by executive order, i am prepared to put in place a ban on the importation of assault weapons in our country. [applause]
but to put a fine point on these two and so many other problems, i will tell you, i was a two-term attorney general in a state of 40 million people. i was a district attorney elected twice. in all of my career, including in the united states senate, i have always challenged our team to tell me on any issue how it affects their child. there is so much you can sell about the relevance and significance and impact of any policy if you think about how it will impact a child. i come from a place that strongly believes you should judge a society based on how it treats its children. [applause] so let's talk about the america we believe in. in the america we believe in, week knowledge that climate change is real and that it represents an existential threat to us as a species. [applause]
in the america we believe in, we will have a green new deal and we will immediately reenter the paris agreement. [applause] as opposed to what we see now, which is a fellow in the white house who is pushing science fiction instead of science fact to our collective peril. and i will tell you guys, my mother was a scientist. she was a breast cancer researcher. she had two goals in her life, to raise her two daughters and two daughters and to end breast cancer. she would take us to the lab with her after school and on weekends. my first job was cleaning pipettes. i was awful and she fired me. so i became a lawyer. [laughter] but the idea that on this issue, it does represent an existential
threat to us, that we would have such a level of not only denial but really rejection of what should be the role of a leader, really points out one of the most urgent needs and come in on the united states. let's talk about the america we believe in. in the america we believe in, we will be paid equally for equal work. [applause] so here's the thing. here's the thing. does anybody know when the equal pay act was passed? yes. 1963, says the gentleman over here. 1963, our country acknowledged by statute, by act, that women were not being paid equally for equal work. fast-forward to the year of our
lord 2019, and women are paid $.80 on average to the dollar. black women, $.68. native american women $.58. latina women $.53. there is no longer a debatable point on this. this should have become a basic right. what are we going to do about it, to pay people equally? here's what i propose for the america we believe in. instead of making it incumbent on a woman to prove she is not being paid equally to the fellow in the cubicle next to her, we are going to shift the responsibility to the corporation to prove that they are paying people equally for equal work. we will require that they prove that they are paying people equally for equal work. in the america we believe in, microphones will work. [laughter] [applause]
thank you. ok. no. at this point, i'm going to project. and then i will let you guys figure this out. thank you so much. so, instead of requiring that woman to show that she is being paid equal for equal work, we are going to shift the burden to the corporations. to prove they are actually paying women equally for equal work. and they will then have to post that information on their website.
[applause] there we go. i think it's working. there is a whale here somewhere. hello. i'm going to keep talking and let them figure it out. the first night of the debate was like that. i'm going to keep talking and i hope you guys in the back can hear me. i will project a little more. not only will they have to post it on their website, we are also going to require -- because there is more, that for every 1% differential between what a woman is being paid and a man is
being paid for equal work, the corporation will be fined an equal percent based on the previous year's profits. [applause] that will get their attention. let's talk about an america we believe in. in an america we believe in, children will not be separated from their parents at the border. [applause] and we will not allow it to be called border security when in fact what it is is a human rights abuse being committed by the united states government. [applause] and in the america we believe in, we will acknowledge that we are a nation of immigrants. [applause]
because here's the thing. here's the thing. unless you are native american or your ancestors were kidnapped and brought over on a slave ship, your people are immigrants. so in the america we believe then, we will immediately renew daca protections. and we will fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform. with a pathway toward citizenship. let's talk about the america we believe in. hi, katie. in the america we believe in -- ok. is there another mike for me? team? where is the team? is anyone from the team around?
we are working on it read come closer. that's working on it. come closer. i don't know that that's going to make a difference. ok, great. maybe i will stay on this side. ok, i am just going to stand right here. in the america we believe in, we will have a president of the united states who understands that we can no longer tolerate what we have been seeing in our history and recently, which is a full on attack against a woman's access to her reproductive health care. [applause]
i will tell you, i have traveled the country, and i have met a lot of folks who are rightly terrified about what these laws that are being passed mean. i was just a few weeks ago in alabama, where, as many of you know, that state legislature passed a law that would criminalize and incarcerate a physician who assist in an abortion, up to 99 years in prison. georgia, we expect. missouri, we expect the same kind of thing to happen. we are not being alarmist when sen. harris: women will die. particular, poor women and women of color, those who do not have the ability, the financial ability, or access to travel to places where abortion and axis
to reproductive health care are legal. women will die. topresident, i am prepared require that the department of justice, the united states department of justice, review the laws coming from any state that has a history of restricting a woman's access to reproductive health, to determine if that law is constitutional and comports with roe v. wade. determined that it is constitutional, it cannot go into effect. [applause] here is the thing. we will continue to fight this issue on the defensive. we will continue to support those folks who are doing work on the ground, legal aid, all the nonprofits that are helping
most women, but we also have to take this on the offensive. he seen this was a number of policies and perspectives -- we have seen this with a number of my policies and perspectives. [applause] sen. harris: in the america we believe in, we will have a president of the united states alsoppreciates that she is the commander in chief. and take that job on responsibly. unlike the current applicant to the white house -- [laughter] sen. harris: apparently has bone spurs. but is a suppose it commander in --ef who on the subject supposed commander-in-chief who on the subject of russia's proven interference in the election of the president of the united states prefers to take the word of the russian president over the word of the american intelligence community.
on the subject of an american student who was tortured and later died, prefers to take the word of the north korean dictator over the word of the american intelligence community. on the subject of a journalist who was assassinated, a journalist who had american credentials, prefers to take the word of a saudi prince over the word of the american intelligence community. we need a new commander-in-chief. [applause] sen. harris: so let's turn the page. let's turn the page and let's write the next chapter. and it is well within our power and our ability to do this. i think about it in the context of many things, including the fact that when it comes to who we are, we are strong as a people.
we are strong as a people, and one of the greatest strengths of who we are as a nation, by our very nature, we are aspirational. we are a nation that was founded on noble ideals. ideals that were present when we wrote the constitution of the united states and all of its amendments, the bill of rights and the declaration of independence, the words we wrote that we are all equal and should be treated that way. by our nature, we are aspirational. we are also clear-eyed. we have not yet reached those
ideals. but part of the strength of who we are is we always fight to get there. so, fight we will, and fight we must, knowing this is a fight that is born out of optimism. this is a fight that is born out of knowing and believing in what can be, unburdened by what has been. this is a fight that is not only for the soul of our country, this is a fight that is born out of love of country, and this, therefore, is a fight we will win. [applause] sen. harris: we will win. and we will be joyful in the way that we fight. [laughter] sen. harris: thank you, everyone. thank you, everyone.
i guess we are having some technical difficulties, so we are not going to have the questions -- oh, do you want to do the questions? ok. >> if you guys can tolerate the buzz we can tolerate that. ,>> ok, people. [inaudible] [laughter] >> in the debates last week or whatever it was, you had a position on busing. i would like to hear where you stand after -- not in the heat of the debate. sen. harris: yeah. i mean, i -- the question was how do i feel about busing? it came up during the debate and where do i stand, and can we talk about it now not in the heat of the debate? i think you all know the context in which it came up, the discussion about former members of the united states senate who were proving to be segregationist, who had a
history and pretty much let their careers and reputations off of that history, fighting against the integration in our country. of fighting against integration of the races in our country. they were fighting against integration in our public schools. brown v. board of education. the reason that case went to the supreme court, because this was such a contested issue in our country. there were laws and leaders in place who fought for the segregation of the races as it relates to college education. this is part of the sad history of our country. we have a lot to be proud of, and there is a lot that we should not be proud of, and this is one of those things.
you have to go to the united states supreme court. a point ofthis with personal pride. a former attorney general of california went on to become the chief justice of the united states supreme court. knowing how important the subject was, it was really integral to a statement about who we are as a nation, and our principles and ideals. part of the history of that, earl warren said this is a case that is so fundamental in terms of who we are. it is critically important for a unanimous decision. if you read the history behind the case, he pushed there would be eight unanimous decision that there was, to integrate the schools and the california. fast-forward almost 20 years. i was an educator in urban public schools. 20 years. this is berkeley, california. people think of it as being a progressive place, right?
in berkeley, california, i was only part of the second class to integrate berkeley schools. this is the reality of how all that played out in our nation, which is it didn't just -- 1954, it got decided, and the key was unlocked. there had to be policies and pressures in place to actually fulfill the promise of brown v board of education to integrate the schools in our country. people were resisting it, violently resisting it, and we can remember the images themselves. violently resisting the desegregation of our schools. so what else has to happen? they had to be put in place, mandatory busing. berkeley was not one of the places that did it voluntarily, but in places around our country, mandatory busing had to be put in place, because there was such resistance, even violent resistance to the integration of our schools. on the subject of mandatory busing in our country and what was going on during that era and that place in time, yes.
i believe that that was exactly what was necessary. one of my opponents in this race, still to this day, disagrees with that. i don't want to speak for him, but i do know he and i have a disagreement on that issue, and we are going to have to agree to disagree. when we talk about where we are today, because that has been part of the question that is being asked, there is no question, and i think the educators among us know that even today, we are seeing extreme segregation in our schools. there is a number of reasons for it, including, if we are going to have a candid conversation, that after brown v. board of education and the integration, forced integration of schools, there were some family that said, i don't want my children to be educated with black kids, and families started pulling their kids out of the schools.
you can track their resources being pulled out of those schools. if you go into the public school system of many states and our country, you will see extreme segregation by race. what we are seeing now is not a function of people in statehouses and legislatures who are resisting integration, it, the reason is different. for that reason, i think mandatory busing is not a solution to what we have right now. what we need to do right now, there are certain number of ideas about how we need to do it. one is we need to track it and keep the statistics about race. we need to look at what is going on around gerrymandering on a number of issues, including who can live in what district and what kind of school boards to get as a result of that. we need to look at what to do to encourage supporting public magnet schools. there are a number of solutions to this.
busing may be one of them, but not the kind of mandatory busing we saw then. >> senator, over here? >> hi, what's your name? >> my name is ellie and i'm nine years old. >> i love our young leaders. [laughter] sen. harris: what do you got? >> it is sad that kids just like me who want to get away from the war zones they are living in, want to go to the united states, but they get separated from their mother and father to be put in a cage. what are your thoughts on that? [cheers and applause] sen. harris: i love our young
leaders. i just do. when i look at you, ellie, i know our future is bright. i know our future is bright. thank you. it takes a lot with this big crowd to stand up and speak like that in public with no mic. thank you, ellie. you are absolutely right. it is about so many things. it is about the fact that we should live our values to the world. we as a country, we say that we prioritize humanitarian approaches to issues, but we have not seen evidence of that in the policies of separating children from their parents. after the debate, we just talked about the debates, it was in miami about a week and a half ago, and the morning after, i, along with other members of congress, drove down to a place in florida called homestead. and in homestead, florida, there is a for-profit residential facility that is currently
housing 2700 children. for profit, right? let's talk about what the business model is there. the business model there is that certain people are profiting off the incarceration of other people, those people are called children. we get there, and i am a member of the senate intelligence committee, homeland security committee, budget committee, and judiciary committee. with other members of the united states congress. this is a facility that is a privately run facility, but paid with your tax dollars. they would not let us in. >> what? i don't understand! sen. harris: i mean, we could not force them physically, right? it is what they are doing. it is hard, and it is wrong, and it is what they are doing. of course we need to take their money. we need to shut down all of those at detention facilities. -- those private detention
facilities. you are absolutely right. [cheers and applause] sen. harris: i want to share with you what i saw. i walked down the road and climbed up a ladder to look over the fence to see what was going on inside, because they would not give us access. let me tell you what i saw. i saw children -- children -- lining down single file, by gender, walked into barracks. by the way, i also met some of their parents on the other side of the fence. it's inhumane, to ellie's point. it's inhumane and it's wrong for that reason. and we've got to understand also, to your very point, ellie -- listen, it as a basic matter, most people don't like to leave home. let's think about it. let's go basic for a moment. most people don't like to leave
home. the place where you grew up, where your cousins and family live, the place where you might worship and you went to high school. most people don't like to leave home. so you have to sit back and ask, why are they here? in particular, with the unaccompanied children, what is that story? part of that story is this. there's a mother and a father who decided to pay a coyote, to pay a stranger to transport their child from their home, their country of origin, transport them through the entire country of mexico, facing unknown peril. why would that parents do that? because they know that if they let their child stay where they are, they would face greater danger. what does this administration
and this person, this president do? to most of them, he says "go back to where you came from." it is not reflective of human values, it is not reflective of american values. it is wrong and it must stop. [cheers and applause] sen. harris: so ellie, thank you. and you are thinking, it you are speaking up today. you must know that when your words, when you stood up on that chair and spoke like that in front of all of these folks, you just spoke for all of those kids. you just spoke for all of them. [cheers and applause] sen. harris: that's the leadership. that is the power of your voice. always room ever that is the -- remember that is the power of your voice. >> thank you, everyone. [inaudible] isn't she amazing?
>> i get it. state.in a rural we have various problems with our children being able to have broadband. is one of the questions that does not get answered enough for us. sen. harris: yes, absolutely. it is one of my highest priorities putting them , underground and satellite. but you're absolutely right, it's about education. forur kids -- [indiscernible conversations] one hour. sen. harris: one we talk about in terms of -- health care and mental health care, especially rural areas, where we may not have the health professionals we need, -- is an option, but we don't have the broadband. i think about in terms of -- it in terms of health care.
it is creating a support system. >> ok. thank you. sen. harris: and i think part of the -- [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. >> i am an american jew from california. [indiscernible conversations] >> -- for the camera. >> got it. >> can make it a picture of the guys together? >> yup. thank you so much. >> all right. >> one, two, three. >> can you help with them? >> got it. >> hi. >> how are you? >> there you go. >> uh-oh.
[indiscernible conversations] >> there we go. >> hi. it is nice to meet you. three. two, great. got it. >> hi. how are you? [laughter] [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thanks again. >> thank you. >> goodbye. >> nice to meet you. >> what is your name? >> sally. amala.arris: i am kema [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you. >> thank you.
sen. harris: i wish we had more time to talk. thank you. >> got it. [indiscernible conversations] got it. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. sen. harris: have a happy -- >> senator harris! [indiscernible conversations] >> thank you so much. >> i am wondering if you're willing to confront the crisis -- [indiscernible conversations]
>> senator. >> i wanted to invite you to -- >> i would love that. >> thank you so much. >> senator harris? sen. harris: yes? [indiscernible conversations] >> over here. >> that it's really important. your voices are very powerful. amazing. >> i am really glad to meet you. >> [indiscernible conversations] sen. harris: i like that idea. is there a kid governor election? there is, right here in new hampshire? when is it?
are you campaigning? the midterms? all right. ok? all right. democratic leadership. i will see you later, ok? >> from new york. all the way from new york. [indiscernible conversations] >> hi, guys. it is literally about all of us. [indiscernible conversations] >> here is a look at our live coverage monday. on c-span, the house is back and eastern for a general speech with legislative business at 2:00. are severala foreign policy bills related to saudi arabia, sudan, and central america. on c-span2, the justice
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and leadership skills of the chief executives in c-span presidents. it is great vacation reading, available wherever books are sold, or at c-span.org/thepresidents. >> next, we are featuring portions of two hearings focusing on immigration and border security. first, a house oversight panel looks at the treatment of migrant children up a southern border. one of the witnesses -- at the southern border. one of the witnesses was a guatemalan citizen and mother u.s.ng asylum in the she told lawmakers about her daughter's illness and eventual death after leaving a detention facility. this is a 50 minute portion and the entire hearing is on our website at c-span.org. memberst to welcome the of the subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties get i want to welcome our distinguished witnesses and guests to this hearin