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Town Hall with Bernie Sanders | Part 2

Town Hall with Bernie Sanders | Part 2
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the senator

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let's take some more questions from our audience we're gonna go to Rodney Rodney are you hi Rodney what's your question for senator

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thank you my question for a sender

Sanders

here is how would you bring back jobs in industry like Bethlehem Steel that have been lost due to in

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trade deals that don't favor the American working class hey Rodney that's a a great question you are looking at a former
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congressman and a senator who voted not only voted against NAFTA walked the picket lines with union workers to see that voted against NAFTA voted against permanent normal trade relations with China strongly opposed the trans-pacific

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nership and why did I oppose all of these disastrous trade agreements it was very clear to me that these agreements on the Democratic and Republican leadership was written by multinational corporations to make these corporations even wealthier at the expense of
the American worker so let me suggest what is not a radical idea American workers should not have to compete against desperate people around the world who are making $1 or $2 an hour now I think I think we have a moral responsibility to lift up poor people around the world along with the rest of the wealthy countries but you can do that without engaging in a race to the bottom I know what I have heard you know I have heard from you know I got a 100% lifetime pro-union voting what kind of very
closely units and I talked to union workers and they say our boss has said and if you don't take a pay cut you don't take a cut in health care we're gonna move to Mexico we're gonna move to China where people are prepared to work for almost nothing so we need a trade is a good thing but we need a trade policy that works for working families and not just for the large corporations all right so you just in pewter greasiest package there people saying that they think the economy is
doing pretty well here so in in Pennsylvania you've got unemployment is down over the past couple of years wages are up 6.6% so how do you convince those people in this area who I know you'd like to win over this time around that they should you know sort of change horses and and go with you when things are going well let's that's a fair question and let's look what's going on not only in the United States around the world I know Donald Trump will tell you that he is
responsible for the relatively low unemployment which we currently experience well guess what in 2010 at the heart of the Wall Street Crash unemployment in America was 10% remember by the time Obama left office it was four point five percent so it's gone down and in the last two and a half years under Trump it has gone down again where we at three and a half percent now that's good okay but there's been a steady decline you know what unemployment is in Germany now 3.1 percent in
Japan it's 2.8 percent in the UK it's a hair higher than us in other words the entire global economy thank god is bouncing back for the terrible terrible wall street disaster that costs so many jobs and caused so much suffering in this country okay youth today that has nothing to do with the Trump certainly not what I'm suggesting to you is the facts are very clear is that in Japan in Germany United Kingdom all over the world thank God it's a good thing the global economy is
coming back and unemployment is relatively low now I know Trump will give a slightly different spin on it but in the midst of all of this in the current economy today while unemployment is low and we're all delighted by that what you have is that most of the new income in wealth continues to go to the very very wealthy you have a situation now where 7 million more people lack health insurance that used to have it and you still have a situation where in states all over this country it's
hard for me to believe this but it's true you got people still working for 750 $8 an hour because Trump and Republicans refused raise the minimum wage to a living wage so to answer your question the economy today is good thank God but you've got tens of millions of workers still struggling to put food on the table and we've got to address their needs as

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of let me ask just quickly if you raise taxes on corporations which I know you weren't happy with the tax cuts for
corporations aren't you afraid that that is going to chill employment that those companies are gonna say you know what we have 100 employees we could do it with 50 or you can do it with 60 we're not gonna pay these higher taxes we're not gonna you know if you want to defend you know I think we look at the world a little bit differently but if you want to defend a tax system in which Amazon owned by the wealthiest person in this country pay zero in federal tax I don't think
anybody thinks that's that's fair good but I'm saying if you raise taxes on companies small businesses across the country well we are you worried that they will employ fewer people tax policy is complicated and you got to do it right you didn't hear me say we're gonna raise taxes on small business again what we are talking about is raising taxes on large profitable corporations and on the wealthiest people in this country and I think the title sponsor senator you look at the
list your for the green New Deal and different policies within it but you're for it generally we talked about Medicare for all can we talk about yet we will free college tuition you have an infrastructure plan we have a shot of the current national debt clock it stands at more than twenty two trillion tonight and as we're talking here it is ticking up you've talked about ways to pay for your plans but there is a lot of doubt that your plans might actually speed up that clock
dramatically so when you look at that do you not care about that anymore I think you're asking the wrong guy maybe it's the president threat in all due respect sure Trump gave a trillion and a half dollar tax break for the top 1% and large profitable corporations and I find it so ironic that my Republican colleagues in the Senate walk all the time behind the debt they don't have a word to say about that we've done many stories but not a criticism not a criticism but what I am
saying is I'm asking you yep we in fact I am concerned about the day that's a legitimate concern every American should be concerned about it that's not something we should believe into our kids and our grandchildren but we pay for what we are proposing in terms of Medicare for all we are paying for that by eliminating as I said before deductibles and premiums we're going to save the average family money when we're paying twice as much as other countries we're going to
save money on health care I talked about a tax on Wall Street speculation that will help us make colleges public colleges and universities tuition-free we have a tax plan to raise the trillion dollars we need over a 10-year period to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure so I think you're talking to the one guy we pay for what we are proposing unlike the President of the United States Amy is a therapist from South White

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ship Amy what's your question I work as a therapist
specifically with people struggling with opioid addiction Pennsylvania is currently fourth in the nation for opioid overdose deaths which amounts to 15 people a day in Pennsylvania as president what specific policies would you implement in order to address this crisis thank you thank you for the work you're doing and let me say it's not just Pennsylvania its Vermont it's New Hampshire it is a terrible terrible crisis for the first thing first thing that I would do is make certain
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that we never allow Trump to implement his plan which would throw 32 million people off of the health insurance that they have some of you remember and think about what that would do to dealing with opioids you may remember that during the campaign you correct me if I'm wrong you guys follow this stuff president Donald Trump campaigned and he said I'm a different type of Republican you remember he said I'm not going to cut Medicaid I'm not going to cut Medicare well the last
budget that he brought forth called for a trillion and a half dollar cut in Medicaid over a 10-year period eight hundred and forty five billion dollars in Medicare what would a trillion and a half cut to Medicaid do for our ability to combat the opioid addiction so what we need in fact is we need a series of ideas to deal with this very very serious addiction you know what the medic we are facing a nation right now where our life expectancy is actually going down and one of the reasons is drug
addiction it is alcoholism it is suicide which the doctors referred to as diseases of despair when people are giving up on life that's what happens so what we need to do is to make sure that we have the treatment capabilities which most states don't have actually Vermont's doing fairly well in that that means if you all want to get off of that addiction there is a place for you to go it's difficult it's tough stuff but we have to deal with addiction in a serious way and
invest in treatment for those who are addicted for all of these plans for all of these plans you say there are enough taxes to raise to pay for all of the plans yes there are bi

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isan independent groups who have looked at those plans and say it just doesn't add up what do you say to them we disagree and sometimes these these plans done by think tanks check out who funds the think tanks look Brett right here is the issue that we have to deal with let me just bring it down to a human level
with the wealthiest country in the history of the world that's where we are right now do you think we should be having the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major nation on earth we got some moms here who are spending fifteen twenty thousand dollars a year trying to find quality childcare for their kids we probably have a childcare system which is more dysfunctional than almost any other country on earth but we all know that zero to four of the most important years you got
hundreds of thousands of bright young people in America today the wealthiest country in the world they can't afford to go to college and you've got 40 million people struggling with student debt you really think that we cannot do better as a nation and on top of that you got a handful of people who own more wealth than the bottom half of the American Society now I understand that we're taking on corporate America we're taking on the Republicans I'm taking on the Democratic
establishment taking on the drug companies taking on the insurance companies take it on the military industrial complex you know what ladies I know that but I think what the American people know the American people I think are ready to deal with justice in America that's that's what we're fighting for and that's economic justice social justice environmental justice racial justice immigration and let's talk a little bit about the border the President as you know has said that
the capacity for the asylum seekers that were full at the border in terms of housing and it's overflowing it's a bad untenable situation right now he has suggested has been very controversial over the past few days sending some of those people to sanctuary cities which have said in the past that they have opened doors for immigrants but they have opened doors for immigrants so where do the overflow that we have no capacity for where do you think they should go well first our first
thought I mean this president won't be going to get into this run I talk time for them but what we have a problem at the were serious problem and what is the problem the problem right now you correct me if you think I'm wrong is that we are now seeing desperate people fleeing violence and misery and Honduras El Salvador Guatemala with little children walking a thousand miles they're not trying to sneak in correct me if I'm wrong they're going up and they say we want to silent
because I don't want my little girl to grow up to be treated horribly by gangs okay now you're right there are a whole lot of people so what do we need to do we need sensible immigration reform which includes among other things getting hundreds of new judges because the system is now overflowing who can deal with these issues you're coming into the country are you really fleeing violence or is another reason okay so you need to have many many more judges to expedite the process and
new Asylum laws pardon me new asylum that's what let's look but I you know historically from an international and national perspective and I speak as a the son of an immigrant himself not in this kind of position but who came to this country at the age of seventeen from Poland without a nickel in his pocket internationally what the world has said is that if you are fleeing violence if your life is in danger that other countries should welcome you in but we need real comprehensive
immigration reform we don't need and let me say this very clearly we don't need to Gemini's immigrants we have overflowing facilities they need to go somewhere because they're in that Asylum what about building where would you put them what about building proper facilities for them right now we're right on the water right on the border at the same the people who live on the border should have more facilities in their states but sanctuary cities which have said they're
open to accepting people should not take now this is a political act it's not a real push it's a political decision so what you want to do let's talk about immigration which is a real issue okay first of all instead of demonizing immigrants maybe say you are but we have a president who certainly does every single day what we need is comprehensive immigration reform that's what the American people want and if we had a president who believed in that we can actually do it what you
also want to do you got today one point you know Trump ended the daca program that Obama established what that means that means every day more and more young people who were raised in the United States from two or three years of age they're in the military they are teachers they're working all over this country they are now scared to death that somebody's going to pick them up and throw them out of the country and that is what Trump did we need to provide legal status to those people
and we need a humane but Martha I'm not saying this it's an easy issue but let's not politicize it what we need as I said we need the proper legal processes at the water so that these issues can be adjudicated to determine whether or not people should be entitled to asylum and you didn't talk about a wall or security there but you've talked about that before we need water security of course we do who argues with that doctors will I say no I have to believe I happen to believe
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that there are more cost-effective ways to do that than simply building all right let's go back to the audience Tony is a real estate agent gonna complement sylvania has our next question Tony senator

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good luck in your campaign thank you as a Syrian American I want to be assured our country hasn't going a

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taking any foreign affairs that don't directly affect our national security I believe I believe we need to stay out of Syria Venezuela and other countries that have
their own personal issues do you wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment or are you gonna become another cog in the war machine well Tony thank you that's an excellent question you know we don't as a nation we don't discuss far as quite as much as we should uh Tony you're looking at a guy once again not only voted against the war in Iraq I helped lead the opposition to the war in Iraq and if you go back go back to YouTube and what I said then is that wars have unintended
consequences whether it was the tragedy of Vietnam with so many people in my generation are still suffering as a result of that people sleeping out on the streets and by the way we have got to make sure that no veteran in this country sleeps out in the street but let me let me just say this this is in a sense good news and I know you guys know this then in the last month I led the effort along with Senator Mike Lee it was a conservative from Utah Mike and I led the effort in the Senate and some
really great people in a bi

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isan way let it in the house and what we said is we think that the United States should get out of the saudi-led war in Yemen and and for the first time since the War Powers Act was passed 45 years ago we succeeded in the house in the Senate let me say this in a very serious way I'm being critical of the president all night but let me just say this the president has said then he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars and I agree with that
and mr. president tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary sign that resolution Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country let's get out of Saudi Arabia let's develop a bi

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isan approach so that we do not continue to be engaged in you know wars like Afghanistan which is what eighteen years ago more so nineteen so from a foreign policy perspective which country is the biggest threat to the u.s. I don't know that I look
I don't like using the word threat because I says oh my god we have to spend millions more on the middle I give you an example clearly you know we are concerned about China and we're concerned about Russia but here's the irony here you got people who say we need to spend even more than 700 billion dollars a year more than the next ten nations combined on the military you know why because like China is a real potential enemy these are the same people who are investing billions of
dollars building the Chinese economy I find that somewhat ironic all right so I don't like to use the word enemy clearly we need a strong defense we need to bring the United States and the rest of the world together do everything we and to rid this world of nuclear weapons and I'll tell you what else in my view is a national security issue and that is we have God as a nation to reject Trump's idea that climate change is a hopes and you know I'm sure you're familiar with the
scientific reports they're tell us that we have all of 12 years to significantly cut carbon emissions or else they will be irreparable damage to the United States and countries all over the world so we have a moral responsibility in my view to transform our energy system and leave this planet healthy and habitable for our children and our grandchildren and by the way when we do that we create millions of good things let me ask you because you brought a percent of emissions and just one for
to Fremont emissions but you think we should eliminate nuclear power which I know they did in Vermont but it ended up actually moving your emissions higher by 16% in Vermont because nuclear doesn't have any emission honestly I don't think that that's correct I think we are moving I can tell you that my city clear in my city in Burlington Vermont which is the largest city in the state of Vermont I believe that all of our energy is now renewable that's something I started back way
back when I when I was mayor and all the cities are doing the same but Marty here is the point here is the point yeah I happen to believe yeah I do believe we should phase out not eliminate it tomorrow we should phase out nuclear power plants but here is the main point the main point is that if we do not combat climate change I I fear very much the kind of world that we're leaving to our kids in terms of more droughts more flooding more extreme weather disturbances more rising ocean levels
and when those things happen by the way they become a national security issue because people migrate if I can't you know if I'm living in the Mideast someplace and I can't grow food on my land I'm gonna pick up and leave and that causes conflicts you know you said senator that you wanted a strong defense but your plan does call for significant cuts in defense would that would that send a message to the rest of the world that we are weaker no no no no no we are now spending bread
we're spending you know more than the next ten nations combined including many of our allies we're now spending over 700 billion dollars a year on defense so we need a strong defense but I will also tell you this we have a Pentagon and there are some Republicans Mike ends come the ranking member of the Budget Committee Mike is the chairman of it and Mike I think and I are in agreement on this is a conservative Republican that there's something wrong when the pentagon is the only
major agency of a government that has not undertaken or or completed a major audit and there are very few people who doubt that there's a massive amount of waste and over us you remember John McCain late John McCain we talked about the incredible cost overruns with it with the existing in the Pentagon so we do need a strong defense and I support a strong defense but I don't support you know waste and profiteering within the military-industrial so we're gonna do a quick lightning
round if you look around it would try to do about 15 seconds all right so first one is a very serious question you said yesterday I watched her rally in Pittsburgh that no one should tell a woman what you do with her own body with regard to abortion do you believe that a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment of birth look I think that that happens very very rarely and I think this is being made into a political issue okay so I think it's rare it's being made
into a political issue but at the end of the day I believe that the decision over abortion belongs to a woman and a physician not the federal government not the state you are looking to become the first Jewish president you're also a staunch supporter of congresswoman Ilhan Omar I've talked to Al Han about twice in my life so but if I respectfully need support but now this is what I do support I support a a Muslim member of Congress not to be attacked every single day in outrageous
racist remarks sure my question is that even some fellow Democrats had some problems have accused of you that her of using language kind of associated with anti-semitism can you understand why some Jewish Americans would have a problem but with some of that I can understand I think that that is not quite right and I think that Alana has got to do maybe a better job in speaking to the Jewish community but if you if your question to me as though I think she is anti-semitic no I don't know
it's not her I'm saying and the threat is but here is the point also I'm Jewish our boss my father's family was devastated by Hitler so this is an issue of some sensitivity to me so I will do everything in my power and I hope that every member of Congress will fight not only anti-semitism but racism and anti Muslim activity so that we create a non-discriminatory society but it is not anti-semitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel to prevent that murderers and
rapists or thieves or child molesters should have the right to vote from prison good question all right this is in my state it I recently research this it turns out that in our constitution in the state of Vermont for hundreds of years everybody has the right to vote okay so I think you make VistaVision if somebody does something terrible they rapist or a murderer we send them away sometimes we send them away from life but I also think that integral to who we are as Americans no matter what kind
of terrible things you did you're paying the price maybe you're in jail for the rest of your life but you have the right to vote all right and I'll tell you what once one of the things one of the things that upsets me very much is we have cowardly Republican governors who are working overtime to suppress the vote to make it harder for people of color for poor people for young people to vote so once you start it's like you committed a crime you can't vote or you did this you
can't vote you did that you can't vote I don't like that every American 18 of age of older who's a citizen in this country has the right to vote be better for you oh come on and you have done a scientific study but everybody wants to you know encourage voters one of the what are the great problems one of the political problems that we're facing right now is the effort to deny people the right to vote and look I've run for office many times in provides sometimes I've
lost sometimes like what but I don't stay up nights trying to figure out how I can PP keep people from voting because they might vote a guide to more quick things we've been told that the redacted Muller report the redacted version of the motor report is coming out Thursday you don't talk a lot about the Special Counsel investigation on the campaign trail why well because everybody else is talking about it look it is what it is it's coming out I think to the extent that it as
much of it as can be made publicly yogi should be made public I think the American people have a right to know what's in the report period do you think the Joe Biden is a progressive look like Joe is somebody who I have known for many many years Joe as a friend of mine and by the way I hope very much that in the Democratic primary we got a lot of good people many of them personal friends of mine that we have a debate about the issues and not about personality so Joe is a friend you see
you're trying to do that Joe as a friend he will give his point of view I give mine let the people decide of the 20 potential Democratic candidates do you have one that you think will be the toughest c

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enger to you I have no idea today there was a poll that had us in the lead tomorrow we'll be in 18th place who knows what goes on it is the best that we all I could take what I am proud of is in our campaign media paid attention the money we raise good more important to me we have over
1 million people who have signed up to volunteer janitor give you the floor here for a closing statement oh thank you we're gonna give him the floor for a closing statement here all right well thank you very much and I hope I wasn't too hard on you sorry we can take it all right all right look thank you all very much for being here and thank everybody for watching just a couple of points I think sometimes the divisions in this country get a little bit too hot okay at the end of the day
we are all Americans who love this country and I also think and the media play is not a good role in this and again not just Fox is we have a lot more in common than most people think we do all right pull up the bowl should we raise the minimum wage to a living wage yes should we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure should we make sure that our veterans get the health care that they have earned all right should we make sure that we do not cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid should we
give huge tax breaks to billionaires you know that's how most people feel so I hope I hope look I'm looking forward to a good campaign and the last point that I want to make and I thank up you know for the opportunity of being here and and that is I want to see our country have the highest voter turnout in the industrialized world not one of the lowest so no matter what you abuse aw get involved in the political process stand up and fight to make this a better country thank you all very
much