tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren Town Hall in Los Angeles CSPAN August 23, 2019 12:09am-1:12am EDT
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>> hi, everyone. i'm lavinia. i'm 14 years old, and elizabeth warren is my gammy. [cheers and applause] gammy and i are very close. she comes to my diving practices, we have sleepovers, and we paint each other's toenails, blue, of course. gammy works hard, but always makes time for our family and she's there no matter what. that's why i want her to be the first female president of the united states. [cheering]
i am so glad to be here with all of you. [cheering] sen. warren: it sounds like we have some folks in california who are ready for some big, structural changes. [cheering] sen. warren: now, as you all can see, for me this is a family affair. you met lavinia. you met atticus. my other granddaughter, octavia is also here. my daughter and son-in-law, and my son alex are here. [cheering] sen. warren: it's good to be here with family. alex has been out on the road, and he has been my tech support. [laughter] since second grade.
[laughter] it's true. he runs his own business now, but he's also trying a new one, which is support your mother when she runs for president of the united states. [cheering] sen. warren: i'm so glad all of you are here tonight. i thought what we would do, as i -- is i will tell you a little bit about myself. i will tell you a little bit about why i am in this fight, and we will take some questions. i think atticus has managed the numbers. we figured it might take a while for people to make it to the mics. and i will stay as long as you want and we will do selfies. [cheering] sen. warren: yes. so, i was born and raised in oklahoma. [cheering]
sen. warren: we have some oakies? oh, yes, i love it. i love it. born and raised in oklahoma. i have three much older brothers. i'm what used to be called a late in life baby. my mother always referred to me as the surprise. my three older brothers, who to this day are known as the boys, they went off and joined the military. my oldest brother was career military. he spent 5 1/2 years off and on in combat in vietnam, we were lucky to get him back home. [applause] sen. warren: my brother john, he was stationed overseas for a little over a year, and my brother david, the youngest of the boys, he trained as a combat medic.
that has given rise to a rule in our family. and that is never choke around david. he carries a sharpened pocketknife and is convinced to this day that he could perform an emergency tracheotomy. [laughter] it makes for some very exciting moments during thanksgiving, anyone clears their throat and david is ready. but i love my brothers. i'm close to them. they've all moved back to oklahoma. we talk on a regular basis and i get there as often as i can. when we were growing up, our daddy had a lot of different jobs. he sold paint, fencing, housewares. and then when i was in middle school, the boys were all gone. so, it was just my mom, my daddy, and me. and my daddy had a massive heart
attack. for a long time we thought we would lose him. he pulled through, but he couldn't work. and it went on and on. i can still remember the day we lost our family station wagon. i remember how my mama would tuck me into bed at night, she would give me a kiss, she would walk out of the room and close the door and i always knew what was coming next. i would hear her start to cry on the other side, because she never wanted to cry in front of me. this is when i learned words like mortgage and foreclosure. one morning i walked in to my folks' bedroom, and on the bed was the dress.
some of you will know the dress. it's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals, and graduations. and there was my mother, in her slip and stockings, looking down, pacing and crying. she's saying we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. and finally she looks up and she sees me in the doorway, just a kid. she looks at me, and she looks at that dress and she looks back at me. she is 50 years old, she has never worked outside the home, and she's terrified. but she takes one more look at me, wipes her face, pulls that dress on, puts on her
high heels, and walks to the sears and gets a full time, minimum-wage job. that minimum-wage job saved our house. and it saved our family. [applause] so, for many years, i thought of that, as this is the main lesson -- is this the main lesson my mama taught me. that is no matter how scared you are, no matter how hard it looks, when it comes down to it, you reach down deep, you find what you have to find. you pull it up and you take care of the people you love. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and it was years later before i came to understand that it was not just
what my mama taught me. it is what millions of people across this country do every day. no matter how hard it looks, no matter how scared they are. they reach down deep. they find what they have to find and they take care of the people they love. that is who we are. [applause] but it was only years after that that i came to understand that that same story in my mother and daddy's bedroom is also a story about government. because when i was a girl, a full-time minimum-wage job in america would support a family of three.
it would pay a mortgage, would cover the utilities, and it would put food on the table. today a full-time minimum-wage job in america will not keep a mama and baby out of poverty. that is wrong and that is why i am in this fight. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: and understand this. that difference is not a difference that just happened over time. it is a difference in who government works for. when i was a girl, when i was a girl, the question asked in washington about the minimum-wage was, what does it take a family of three to survive? what does it take a family of three to get a toehold in america's middle-class? what does it take a family of three to have something solid
that they can build from? today the question asked in washington is, where do we set the minimum-wage to maximize the profits of giant corporations. i don't want a government that works for giant corporations. i want one that works for your -- our families. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: so, i love you too. so, like i said, the boys, they all went off and joined the military. me, i had a different path. i have known what i wanted to do since second grade. oh, a couple of you laugh. you did not decide until, what,
fourth-grade. yeah, i get it. [laughter] i have. i've known what i wanted to do since second grade. i've never varied from it. i wanted to be a public school teacher. can we hear it for america's public school teachers? [cheers and applause] sen. warren: yes. oh, yes. oh, i wanted to teach school. and i invested early. i used to line my dolls up and teach school. i did. i had a reputation for being tough but fair. [laughter] it is what i wanted forever. but by the time i graduated from high school, we did not have the money for college application, much less to send me off to four years at university.
so, like a lot of americans, i have a story with a lot of twists and turns to it. so here's how my story goes. i got a scholarship to college. yeah! and then at 19, i fell in love, got married, dropped out of school, and got a job. yeah. ok, a good life. one i picked. absolutely. but i thought the dream was gone. so by this time, we are living down in houston. and then i found it. what was then a commuter college, 45 minutes away, that cost $50 a semester. yep. so for a price, that i could pay for on a part time waitressing job, i finished my four year diploma.
i became a special needs teacher. i have lived my dream job. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: i loved that work. i still remember the faces. i had little ones, 4-year-olds to 6-year-olds. do we have any special needs teachers here? yes. we have got one over there grade -- there. so, back me up on this, it is not a job. it is a calling. a calling from the heart. exactly right. i loved that work. and i would probably still be doing it, but my story has got another twist. here's the twist. by the end of my first year in teaching, i was visibly pregnant. and the principal did what principals did in those days.
wished me luck and hired someone else for the job. [crowd boos] sen. warren: yeah. so, there i was. i'm at home. with a baby. amelia. who is over there talking to people and not listening to her mother. it has been that way for long time. so i'm home, i have a baby, i can't get a job. what am i going to do? i go to law school! [applause] yes. never inquire too closely about why your friends are going to law school. so, baby on hip, i head off to a public law school. by this time, we are living in new jersey. $450 per semester. three years in law school, and i graduate visibly pregnant. you will discover a pattern to
these stories. [laughter] sen. warren: that turns out to be alex, who was good enough to wait until after graduation to be born. thank you, son. there i am, i have two little ones. i take the bar and pass the bar exam. i practice law for 45 minutes. [laughter] sen. warren: and then went back to my first love, which is teaching. i traded little ones for big ones and have spent most of my grown-up life teaching in law school. [applause] now, i do not know if it is because i grew up without any money or worried a lot when i was a kid, but i taught many
-- money courses in law school. if it was about money, i learned it and then i taught it. so, i taught contract law and commercial law and secured transactions. all of the uniform commercial code payment systems, corporate finance, debtor creditor law, bankruptcy, i taught it all. but there was one central question i always worked on. that was, what is happening to working families in america. why is america's middle-class being hollowed out? why is it that for people who work every bit as hard as my mother worked two generations ago the path today is so much rockier and steeper? and for people of color even rockier and even steeper? [cheers and applause]
sen. warren: why? and the answer is like the answer around minimum wage. it is about who the government in washington works for. think of it this way. we have a government that works fabulously, wonderfully -- for giant drug companies. just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. right? [applause] a government that works wonderfully, terrifically for people who want to invest in private prisons and private detention centers. just not for the people whose lives are torn apart by those institutions. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we have a
government that works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere. just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] sen. warren: yep. and here's the deal. when you see a government that works great for those with money, for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers, and it is not working so well for everyone else? that is corruption, pure and simple. and we need to call it out for what it is. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: corruption. corruption.
the corruption of money that flows through every part of washington. that influences every decision. whatever issue wakes you up in the morning or keeps you up at night, whether it is gun safety. there we go. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: health care. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: immigration. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: criminal justice. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: whatever is the issue, if there is a decision to be made in washington, i guarantee it has been made by -- has been influenced by money. it has been nudged by money. it has had a little exception created by money. money, money, money. let me tell you a story. back in the early 1990's,
climate change is something that our country and scientists around the world are beginning to start to understand. they do not have all the pieces right, but they're starting to get it. and here's the deal. you go back to look in the early 90's, democrats and republicans were working together. this was not a partisan issue. everybody wanted to make sure we got this right. so, they are talking about should the epa have more power, how do we get the rules we need, how are we going to make these changes in time? how do we have to do this? and then, along came the koch brothers. [audience booing] sen. warren: i see you have heard of the koch brothers and have some strong opinions about him them. along come the brothers, and
some oil companies, and some giant polluters. and they get together and say, wow, is congress serious about this climate business? that is going to cut into our bottom line. that is going to hurt our profits. so they have an investment decision to make. they could say, we are goi t stop investing in fossil fuels. we are going to move this over to clean -- no, they do not do that. they could, so we are going to invest in all the new clean-up technology, clean the air, clean the water. they do not do that. they invest in politicians. [audience booing] sen. warren: they put their money in washington. and understand it. this is the part, man, that really turns the knife. you know what they sent to washington on the front lines? the bought and paid for experts who deny climate science. yep.
yep. now, why did they do that? these guys who stand up and say oh, i do not know about the climate thing, maybe yes, maybe no, it was hot 85 bazillion years ago and the dinosaurs yet, why do they do that? they do not do it because they do not understand the science. they do it to build an umbrella, an umbrella over the politicians. so politicians can keep taking money from the koch brothers. so politicians can keep taking money from the oil industry can -- and keep taking money from the big polluters. and say, gee, i don't know. you want to understand the climate crisis we face today? it is 25 years of corruption in washington. that is what brought us here. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: so, what are we going to do about that?
it is not going to be enough just to say we are going to change a statute over here. we're going to get a couple of regulations over there. here's a little piece of this. no. if we want to change this, it is going to take big structural change. [cheers and applause] take big struck change. going to attack the on.uption head we've got to be willing to go on offense. enough of this doing deep end.
okay. so here the deal. you know? some say listen. i had a and just see you all know, i'm not proposing this because i'm cranky. [laughter] you do not want to see me cranky. [laughter] so here's the deal. the bazillion errors say hey, -- bazillionaires say, i worked hard, i stayed up late, or inherited wealth. here's the thing. you built a great fortune in america. good for you. but i guarantee you built it at least in part using workers all of us helped pay to educate. [applause] you.
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schoolteacher. >> so what do you teach? >> high school. learners. english >> nice to be talking to a colleague. i appreciate it. thank you. we're going to leave here people we're ll here. and people are going to have to maybe people will be more jaded than us. i don't think big business is going to let senator warren become president and i want to what should we say? >> if we don't get in the fight to happen.t is going
to the heart of the moment. this is about all problems we've country and there are many. do we have a democracy that only at the top?ose i dpelt it. ich people may are more cars and clothes and more of a lot of thick things but they don't have bigger share of our democracy. come down to us and how we're going to do this plan for that.
on people with the money. i was going to do it face-to-face, $10 contributions and an hour of volunteer time. i leave that that is the way e'll continue in november, 2020. and we'll make big change in 2021.y, every day had this campaign chance toecause it's a bring in one more person to get more re volunteer and one person in the fight. if you think that is the right way to run a campaign go to elizabeth warren.com. in.ch
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so i believe health care is a basic human right. basic human rights. i'll fight for medicare for all. covered.body worth i believe in the of every human being and i believe we can build a government that reflects that value. want.is what i so thank you for the questions. here are things we'd love to talk about. some here.
and there are many things you can be doing. 20 matters i'm grateful you're here to make an investment in and i like that. lotow, i have been teased a for having a lot of plants. i get it. my view on this is if you want to get something done, you ought to have a plan for it. true that all of , whichcalled experts includes everyone in the united states senate except me tells me -- you know, people do not want to hear all that. too say, nah it is
complicated. say some nice things. say something catchy. smile more. that is what running for office is all about. and do you know what? when i heard this the first time and i hear it a lot, i thought, what do you think they said to the suffragettes? [cheering] hard now. what did they say to the early union organizers? too hard, quit now. what did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? too hard, quit now. what did they say to the lgbtq activists? too hard, quit now.
but they did not quit. organized. movementt a grassroots and they changed the course of american history. [cheering and applause] this is it. in americanmoment history. this is our opportunity. to get organized. to build a grassroots movement. to persist. and to build the america of our best values. dream big! big!m t
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