Introduction, thank you very much. It is so good to be here with all of you. Wow. The afternoon of our voting starts in New Hampshire. This is what it's all about. So I thought what we do today is that I just try to talk only a little bit at the top. You realize for somebody who's been a teacher and now a politician, that's hard to do. Right. But I'm I do my best. And then we're going to draw tickets and just take as many questions as we can.
That way we get random questions and whatever it is, that's top of mind for every one of you. I'm just really glad to be here. It feels good to be here with family. Do I have my family here again? Is my son here again? Not yet. Thanks, Al. He's running late, so I got a special treat for you at the end. You ready? We're gonna do doubles selfie lines. I'm on to one and Bailey will be here by then.
So that's that's that's going to be the fun part. OK, so I want to tell you, last night I was I was trying to catch up on just the news and what's been written in the last few days. I kind of fall behind a little bit when you get out on the on the campaign trail. And I was reading a bunch of different commentators saying, you know, the fight against Donald Trump may be unwinnable. After this impeachment effort, his his favorables are up.
You know, he's polling better than ever.
And I thought, well, that has a way of focusing your mind. We have one job come November and that is beat Donald Trump.
One job. one-drop. But we also have a second job, and that is take back the Senate and put Mitch McConnell out of the job. Wait, we gotta do this. And so when I read how hard this is going to be, how they're already doing a bunch of sneaky cheating stuff I think about. So what's it gonna take to beat this guy? And I think back to hard fights. I think back to unwinnable fights. And I think about them both personally and collectively for all of us.
For me, when I think back to is, I've known what I wanted to be since second grade. You may laugh. You didn't decide to, what, like fourth grade? I know what I wanted to be since second grade. I wanted to be a public school teacher.
And we're here for America's public school teachers. I mean, I committed early. I used to line my dollies up and teach school. I had a reputation for being tough but fair. But I grew up at a time in America, grew up out in Oklahoma. My mother didn't think I should go to college. She thought my path was to get married and find a man who would take good care of me and be a homemaker. And that is a good path.
But no one school for me, so year after year I was growing up and conversations would cut up and I say I'll be a teacher and my mother would say, no, you're not. And I still remember when it finally got down to it. I was 16 years old and I I couldn't. I didn't know where the path was. How am I going to make it off to college? Because you don't get to be a public school teacher if you don't do four years of college.
And I found a book that had pages about colleges in it. And I looked through for ones that had scholarships and finally settled on to that might have scholarships in my area. Spoiler alert. It wasn't gonna be sports, wasn't gonna be music, but had debate scholarships. I was a high school debater and I ended up without telling my mother, saving my babysitting money and going down to the 7-Eleven and buying money orders to be able to send in college applications so that I could make it off to college.
Now my story has lots of twists and turns. I got a scholarship. Then I fell in love, got married, dropped out of school. Thought I'd give it all up. Found a commuter college that cost $50 a semester. Got back in the fight. But I finished my four year degree and I became a special education teacher. I have lived my dream job.
I tell you that story because a story about fighting and I wanna tell you one more story that's far more recent and that is in 2012 in your neighboring state of Massachusetts.
Yeah, we had a very popular incumbent Republican senator.
He had a 60 percent approval rating. He had 10 million dollars in the bank, had a great story. He was very telegenic. And he had just beaten a very competent woman, very strong, smart woman in a Senate race couple years earlier. He was coming up for re-election. And there are a lot of good, strong Democrats in Massachusetts who had a lot of electoral experience, who looked at that and said you could walk into a buzzsaw running against that guy.
And so didn't get into the race, didn't get into the race, didn't get into the race. Now, I'm not somebody who'd ever run for public office. I'm not somebody ever dreamed about running for public office. But I looked at that and said, you know, this guy goes to Washington every week and he votes against the things I care about. He votes against the people I care about. So I'm not going to wake up on the day after this election and know that I had done anything less than everything I possibly could to take that seat away from him.
So I jumped in that fight. I started out 19 points down. And I got to tell you, my first campaign never done it before. I got knocked on my fanny multiple times during that campaign. But you know what I did every single time I got back up and on election day, a bunch of folks were saying, not sure which way this is gonna go. Could go this way, could go that way. I beat him by seven and a half points.
It's about getting in the fight. Three years ago last Friday, I was on the floor of the United States Senate trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King that she had written about Jeff Sessions, a racist who had been nominated to be attorney general of the United States. And I was trying to read her letter when Mitch McConnell came to the floor of the Senate and got me tossed off the Senate end and gave us those words that have since been put on T-shirts that have since been embroidered on pillows, coffee mugs, and people have tattooed on their bodies.
Nevertheless, she persisted.
So that's how I think of this. I think of this in terms of the fights we're up against. Yeah. The fight against Donald Trump. You bet. But understand, it's the fight against so much more. A country that elects a man like Donald Trump for president is a country that is already seriously in trouble. We cannot go backward. We cannot try to be the America that elected Donald Trump. We have to be a different America, a better America.
I look at this as all of the issues we face. What holds them together? What's the uniting peace around them? And for me, a huge part of this is who government works for, whose side is government on. And let me just draw a distinction here for you. When I was a girl and up my my family didn't have much. My daddy ended up as a janitor. When he had a heart attack. It turned our family upside down financially.
The long, long weeks that he was out of work. No money coming in. We were we were on the edge of losing it all. My mother got a minimum wage job at the Sears and that minimum wage job saved our family and the way it saved our family. It was a minimum wage job at a time in America when a minimum wage job would cover a mortgage, the utilities, and put groceries on the table. Today, a minimum wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty.
That is wrong. And that is why I am in this fight.
And why the difference? It's about whose side government is on. 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 build something solid that they can then build a future for themselves and their children? Today, the question asked in Washington about the minimum wage is where do we set the minimum wage to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations?
Well, I don't want a government that works for giant multinational corporations. I want one that works for our families. We have a government that works great for giant drug companies, just not for people trying to get a prescription filled. We have a government that works great for people who want to make some money by investing in private detention centers down at our border and private prisons, just not for the people whose lives are destroyed by those places.
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.
And when you see a government that works great for those with money, works great for those who can hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers, works great for those who've already made it big but is not working for anyone else. That is corruption, pure and simple, and we need to call it. Corruption. Corruption. It's about the influence of money everywhere in Washington. It is about campaign contributions. It is about lobbyists. It's about lawyers. It's about PR firms.
It's about bought and paid for experts. Money, money, money. And understand it this way. What ever issue really gets you going, whether it's the price of prescription drugs, whether it's gun violence, whether it's climate change, student loans, child care. If there is a decision to be made in Washington, it has been influenced by money. It has been shaped by money. It has had exceptions created by money. And if we are going to fix that, we can just nibble around the edges.
We can't just look the other way and say, oh, that's just kind of the reality. No, if we're gonna fix it, we got to have some big structural change. Are you ready for that now? Big structural change, and where I start with this is I got good news here, I've got the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate.
Now, here's the bad news. We need the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. But think of it this way the things we can do together if we just knock back the influence of money. I'll tell you just a little bit about this plan. Just a tiny little bit. It's got a lot of pieces, but part of it and lobbying as we know it.
BLOCK the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. Make the Supreme Court follow basic rules of ethics. Overturn Citizens United. Democracy is not for sale. OK, OK. Just one more and then I promise one more. You really want to hose out some corruption, make every single person who runs for federal office but their tax returns online?
We can do this. We can do this. This is about winning unwinnable fights. People think the folks with the money are always going to win. They don't know what they're up against. It's the folks with persistence who are gonna win. So let's do some questions. Who's got the. Who's got the questions basket. Come on up. Come on up. You too. All righty. See you here. OK. OK. We'll do hugs. You bet.
The last four numbers are 4 7 3 0 4 7 3 0 0 0. Fabulous. OK. Stand up and yell. Get set up and yell. And come line up over here for me. OK. Mithal is the best I got. That's all right for you. Let's make this happen. OK. The next number is 4 7 7 4 4 7 7 4. Who's got it? Four sevens. All right. Way to go. This is like bingo.
The next number, it's 4 7 3 5. Four, seven, three, five. All right, stand up. You got it. One more. 4 7 7 0. 4:07. We got it. 7 0 0 0, right? It's gonna go start it. Get us started with four. OK. That sounds good. And by the way, in the meantime, my son is right. Stand up. Say hello, Alex. His wife always.
And just so you know who Alex is. Alex is the guy who's been my tech support since second grade. He runs his own small business now, but he's picked up a second line and that is support your mother when she runs for president of the United States.
So. And he's doing that by being Bayley's advance man. So Bayley's here, too. We got it. We got it. He's right. All right. We got a question. Are we like. Are we ready? OK. Hi. Hi. Tell me your name. Amy. Hi, Amy. OK. This question is. Hi. This question is about gerrymandering and the fact that in two elections in the last 20 years, the winner has not won the popular vote.
Right. Work as we do to get out the vote. The results are increasingly decided by electoral districts and voting laws that are set by partisan bodies. Yeah. What do you think should be done about that? And what would you do or be able to do? OK. Show. I want to do two things. OK. The first one is let's do this at the federal level. It's time to get rid of the Electoral College, win a direct vote.
I want to be the last president elected by the Electoral College and be first elected by direct vote.
Can we do that? That's what I'd like to see. But it's not just at the federal level. Think about how gerrymandering undercuts everything, how the Electoral College, because it means some votes are worth a whole lot more than others. It means that politicians at the local level are picking their constituents rather than their constituents picking them.
So I have a plan. You're not surprised? I have a plan to outlaw all political gerrymandering nationwide.
I think that's what we've got to do. So that's it. Let's do it. Think about that. Pass a federal law. No more political gerrymandering and we're done. This means all votes are gonna count. That's because that should be the heart of our democracy that we should have. And by the way, we're talking about at some places we should be lining up where we want to make constitutional changes. And I. I know those were hard, but we really need to have them and have them laid out.
And for me, one of the important ones is to guarantee the right of every American citizen to vote and to get that vote counted. And gerrymandering is going to be part of that. Thank you. Thank you. Great question. Hi. My name is Nancy. I am. My big concern is electing someone who can beat Donald Trump. Me, too. And every month we get stats from his camp. His from the White House that unemployment is down.
Jobs are up. And that is a very positive message, which we know doesn't reveal the whole story. How will you counteract that myth? How will you counteract that message to show the world to only listen soundbites that really we're not in good shape? OK, so thanks very much for the question, Nancy. Let me start by saying how much I agree with you. Our number one job is to beat Donald Trump. Whoever our Democratic nominee is, I'm in 100 percent because we got to get that done.
But you've asked specifically about economics. Right, the economic part of this. And if I can just give me a minute when I don't have to do it by sound bite, we'll try to get it to sound bites by the end. But let's start with this. It is time for us to declare nationally that trickle down economics has been a disaster for our country.
Trickle down economics, you know, it basically is it's helped the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. And I'm not kidding about that. It's cut taxes for those at the top. That's how they get richer and cut regulations for giant corporations. That's how they get more powerful. That's what trickle down economics is about. And that's how trickle down economics has hollowed out America's middle class, is put working people on the ropes, has crushed the working poor and has kicked dirt in the face of the poor poor.
It is time for us as a country to say we tried that experiment for 40 years and we want an America that grows an economy from the grass roots up. So how does that work? Can I just give you one example about that? I have an idea. I think it's time for a wealth tax in America. And two cents. You bet. And here's the basic idea behind it.
Basic idea says your your your accumulated wealth, your your how much you owe it own. If your first 50 million is free and clear, guy in the back says. But you're 50 million in first dollar, you got to pitch in 2 cents and 2 cents on every dollar. After that, you got to be a billion dollars. You got to pitch in a couple of pennies more. And the idea behind. Anybody in here own a home or grow up in a family that owned a home, yet you pay a wealth tax.
Rice just called a property tax. All I'm saying is for the bazillion heirs, the property tax ought to include the real estate and the stock portfolio, the diamonds, the Rembrandt, the yacht. That's. And I just wanna make sure everybody understands the equity here, understands how much you've been getting cheated on this deal. So collectively, the ninety nine percent last year paid seven point two percent of your total wealth in taxes. That top one tenth of one percent.
The folks with more than $50 million in assets, they paid three point two percent, less than half as much. So all I'm saying here is pitch in two cents. Two cents, right. And they're billionaires who don't like this. You may have heard about that. Some have gone on TV and cried. Others have run for president. And here's the argument they make. They say, well, I've worked really hard for my money. I had this great idea.
I followed through. I worked late at night. And my answer is, good for you. You built a great fortune in America. Good for you. But keep in mind, you built a great fortune in this country. I guarantee you built it, at least in part using workers. All of this helped pay to educate.
You built it, at least in part, getting your goods to market on roads and bridges. All of his help pay to build.
You built it, at least in part protected by police and firefighters.
All of us help pay their salaries. And we are glad to do it. We're Americans. We want to invest in opportunity. We want to create opportunities for people. Happy to do it. All we're saying is when you make it big. I mean, really big. I mean, top one tenth of 1 percent, big pitch in 2 cents.
So everybody else gets a chance to make it in this country. And now I want to tell you just one thing, just one thing we could do with that, too, since it will cover a lot of things, but just one thing we can provide universal child care, early education, pre-K for every baby in this country, age zero to five cents. And now here's how it goes on building an economy from the ground up. And that is it's that a lot of moms can finish their education.
And what does that do? Makes it more productive in the workplace. A lot of mommies and daddies can go back to work if that's what they want to do. Could work full time, can work a night shift. If they know they've got good childcare available, that's good for everyone. And when they have money to spend, when they're not writing checks for six hundred bucks for two weeks of child care, when they're not spending that kind of money, that's money they can spend in the local economy.
That's money they can spend at restaurants. That's money that could be used by cars. That's money they can save up to buy a home. That's money they put in the economy that grows real jobs and real wealth and helps support small businesses. That's how we make this economy work from the bottom up, from the grassroots up. So here's the thing. You raise the right question. Can we get this message across? Because, you know, we've got an economy right now where the stock market keeps going up.
GDP keeps going up. Unemployment is low. It's working great. If you're already rich, it's just not working for much of anyone else. But here's the part that gives me real hope. When I talk about corruption, understand this, it's not just Democrats who get it. It's Democrats and Republicans. When I talked about the influence of money in Washington and how we need an anti-corruption bill, it's not just Democrats who get it. It's Democrats and Republicans.
And when I talk about a two cent wealth tax, because you're getting cheated, because you're on the wrong end of the stick, it's not just Democrats who sign up. It's Republicans across this country. Americans understand that this government and this economy is not working for them. I've got to work on what the bumper sticker looks like, but I guarantee we're gonna pull in Democrats and Republicans and make this work. Thank you. I'll do this. We're gonna do it.
We're gonna have fun doing some reading. I'm ready. Guess so. I'm Anders Hilberg.
Stockholm, Sweden. Hi, Anders. Good to see you. You remember the horses? Yes, I do. And I came here from youput for you, and I'm going back tonight. Oh, thank you for being here. So I knew you got Godspeed, madam. Thank you. Oh, thank you. Now, my wife has two autistic sons. I'm sorry for my accent. It's OK. Now, some people seem to think I have one too.
So what can I say? My wife has two kids, autistic sons. They are twenty three and twenty one. Oh, I need assistance. 24 7. Yes. And they have assistance because Sweden is the most progressive country in the world, and yet they are paid for by the government. But I understand that this is not really the case. You have a great country, but that's not really the case here. So what will you do for those smaller brethren's of ours who need assistance?
24 hours? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Anders, for being here. And thank you for this question.
I think what Anders reminds us of is what this election is about is a measure of who we are as a people. And for me, this is ultimately I talk a lot about economics. Right. I know I speak nerd, you know, and and I'm not embarrassed about that. But it's really about our values and it's about how we see our responsibilities to each other. And for me, this is the heart of it. When you frame the question this way, I believe in the worth of every single human being.
And I believe that a good country lives that value every single day.
So it was important to me in putting together my plans and running for president. And yeah, I got a lot of plans. I think if you want to get something done, you ought to have a plan to get it done right. But put it in putting together plans that I put together, plans around people with disabilities, people who have a lot of different issues that they've got to deal with to make it. And sometimes it's about little babies and sometimes it's all the way to seniors.
But when I got ready to do this, I said instead of my writing it by myself or just putting in a handful of experts, I actually went to the disability communities and said, Help me write this plan. Help me get this right. And what it's about is it's a plan that talks about education. By the way, that two cent wealth tax. One of the other things that will let us do is a hundred percent. It's the first time in history, a hundred percent funding for IDSA.
So every single child with a disability gets the full educational opportunities they need. So it's about education. It's about housing opportunities. I have a housing plan, we've got a big housing problem in this country, a housing shortage, shortage for middle class families and working families and the working poor and for the poor poor and for the homeless and for veterans and for seniors who need to age in place. And for people with disabilities who need housing, they need adapted housing.
They need housing for themselves. So that's a part of the plan. There are also people who need full time long term care. And that's what Medicare for all is all about, full time long term care for those who need it. Making sure we cover everyone. So I see this as you raise it on one specific issue. But this is a measured who are we as a country? What kind of a people do we want to be? I want to be an America where we ask those at the top to pitch in a little more so that we can be a country that sees value in every single human being and lets every single human being have the opportunity to be all that they can be.
Thank you, Anderson. Thank you for being here. Thank you. Thank you. Oh, we're gonna draw some more some more questions. All right. Let's do a couple more or however many more you all want to do. OK. We're going to do two more questions, OK, and when we call you number, please just yell out persist so we know what you. So the last four numbers are 4 7 2 6 4 7 2 6.
4 7 2 6. It's going to be like a couple of weeks ago we called up, there's this long silence and then this woman says. Ah, I think that's my number, but I put my use chewing gum in the ticket, wrapped it up, but she had the number. She did anybody 476. All right. Move along. OK. So the next number, 4 7 3 8. Wow. Nice. The last number, 4 7 3 to.
Oh, right. Come on over. I'll do one. One more. OK. You guys are gonna keep me working here for 7 4 0. All right. Come on over. Come on over. Good deal. OK. Great job. Hi, my name is Macy. Hi, Macy, a former special live in eighth grade. Wow. Retired now I have two small grandchildren. I cannot. Imagine the extent of trauma if those two children were forcibly taken from their parent.
I cannot either and let alone cages just put in some ways. What is your plan to hit the ground running on dealing with these children in cages? Let alone the bit reuniting the family, right. So I just want to start with you. You want this to say how much I appreciate that you raised this and you don't let this fall out of our attention nationally. This is so important. We're only a few months away from it, having been two years that this has been going on that we have known about nationally when it first came out that the Trump administration was taking children away from their families.
I went straight down to the border, went down to McAllen, Texas. And I just for a minute want to tell you about it. I come from a witnessing tradition, and I think it's important you see things with your own eyes on you. You have to keep talking about it. I want everyone here just to picture an Amazon warehouse. You know, this big except smells bad and is dirty. And I walked in and on the left were cages and they're like 10 feet wide, 40 feet deep, a single toilet back in the corner and packed so densely with men that they couldn't all lie down at the same time.
On the far right, same thing with women. Page after page after page after page after page. And I thought, this is horrible. And then I walked into the main room and there were cages. Bigger than this center section, freestanding cages of little girls. Just little girls, they had no toys. There's no television and they mostly were just sitting quietly. Some were crying. Some were just sitting, there were just they were depressed or sad.
They didn't even know the other girls they were with. And then over here, another cage of little girls. In another cage of little girls, little a cage of little boys back in the corner. There was a cage of nursing mothers. And I I spoke with one other than I remember for sure. They had come from Central America. Most everyone in that facility come from Central America. They come from Central America. And she said the reason she was here is that she had given a drink of water to a police officer.
And the next day, the word came back to her that the gangs believe she was working with the police. And that meant that she and her baby would be killed. So with no thought, with no time for planning, she wrapped her baby up and ran for the border and made her way. A dangerous journey made her way to our border where she had been put in a cage. A great nation teaches, treats every human being with dignity.
What's happening at our borders must stop, must stop. So how do we do that? Think about the origin of the problem. This problem is in no small part made by Donald Trump. It's a problem that starts down in Central America, taking away aid from Central America destabilised the governments that had only a tenuous hold any weight. I will restore aid to Central America, a work on economic development. Get our allies to work on it so that people are not forced to flee because they are afraid of the gangs, because they see no future for themselves and their children.
That is part of it. But the second part is here in what we do in America, we must stop this business of for profit detention centers. Nobody should make a profit from locking people up. Ever. And I will do that. We must abide by international law and international norms, and we must treat the people who arrive here with dignity and compassion if they are asking for amnesty. We need procedures. They need help to be able to make that claim.
If they are refugees, then we need to take our share of refugees from around the world. We lead the world by example. Donald Trump is leading in the wrong direction. I promise you. I will turn this around starting on the first day. We will not not be a nation that treats people like this. Thank you. Thank you. Yup. Hi. Hi. My first name is Sanders. Sanders, nice to meet you. Sam Sanders froid.
Sanders for Warren, I love.
OK. Sanders, you and me. Bad, so good leaders make sense of the complex. They get people to focus on important things that you do. Thank you. What a nice thing to say. We get a team of people. Uh-Huh. Right. So I'm interested in your team building. Good. Tell me a little. Tell me about a time that you made a plan and then you called on advisers. How did you select people to help you with making decisions?
You. Oh, what a good question.
Actually, I already laid out part of this and that was how I built a disability plan during my campaign is that I recognized I was talking about education. And then I thought about, look, I'm a special education teacher. So what are we going to do to make sure we have appropriate funding? So I built one part of the plan. And so I called people who are education specialists are who do special ed. Right. And pulled them in.
And by the way, I should say, people have different perspectives. You know, this is not an area where it's it's unitary. There are a lot of folks there's some folks who believe things should be done one way, some who see it another way. Right. Bring a man. Listen to all of them. Think about what are the right tools for the federal government. How much is the federal government just there to try to be a good partner?
And how much is the federal government there to make sure that we get some real standards in place? So that's the first place it started, was around around education, was working on a housing plan. At the same time, as I mentioned earlier, we have a housing shortage in America. And I could talk about all the reasons for it. But when I got to the kind, I had the general outlines, I thought, what about people with disabilities, people who use a wheelchair?
Right. What about people with who who have been in special ed who may need a different kind of housing situation, maybe group housing up so that they have a chance to live independently. So I started talk to some people who had housing specialty. Was there part of the disability issues? And then by the time I got ready to do this a third time, I thought, wait a minute, I need to reach out to people across disability communities, because there are many are for people who are deaf, people who use wheelchairs, people who have developmental disabilities.
People who have autism. People who have different issues that they are coping with every day and said to all these different folks. Help me understand. Let's start by thinking big. What's everything we could do? And then let's let's narrow it down a little to what is the appropriate role for the federal government here. And that's how I came up with a disability plan. And I'll give you one more that's come out of the campaign, because I think it's important is when I started this campaign, you may remember we had 26 people running for office.
One hundred and thirty one, two thousand nine hundred and fifty four. I've tried or what the numbers were. But understand this. Good people. Good people who were running because they had some good ideas and they love their country. They were in this because they wanted to see a better America. And so as people left the race, one of the things I tried really aggressively to do is integrate their good ideas, their energy into this campaign. So take a look at my climate plan and you'll see whole sections that Jay Inslee had originally come up with.
And they are darn good pieces about what we can do in terms of climate change. When when Kamala Harris got forced out of this race, which just I thought it was so wrong, Carmela's voice was strong and should be a part of our primary process. And the fact that she was forced out over money on the same day that a billionaire bought his way onto the Democratic debate stage. That's just wrong. But I've known Camilla for a long time.
And when Carmela was no longer in the race, I called her and said, what I'd really like to do is pick up your terrific idea on how we protect women's reproductive health.
She just had some great ideas around this. How would you feel if I just added them into my set of plans? I'll give you full credit because I'm happy to do that. And Carmel said, great, let's do it. I did the same thing with Kirsten Gillibrand on her plans for Fayed paid family leave. Then talking with Corrie, Julian Castro had not only great plans around immigration, but particularly great plans around pre-K 3 and 4 year old pre-K.
Fabulous stuff. Pull people in because the whole idea here is we're not looking for elbowing each other out. We're looking for the best ideas for our country. We're looking for the people who really love our country and want to make it work. That's what my campaign is about. I guarantee you that's what my presidency will be about.
Thank you. Thank you. Hello, my name is Judith. Hi, Judith. It's good to see you. It's good to see you, too. I made it. I'm so glad to hear you're in. OK, so I want to tell you something first. OK. And since you checked four years ago and you said your letter with you want you to read it. Oh, I thought the guy. You catch that. Yes. OK.
So my kick off, we all had a time machine. Yeah, we. It was not a decent amount. OK. So it's a Medicare question. OK. OK. And my husband is a nurse. And I don't want to look like a greedy winch here. OK. If you do Medicare for all our physicians, physicians, nurses, MPAA's, will their salaries go down? So the answer. Let's let's do this the right way. It all depends on what the reimbursement rates are.
And there are two ways that we think about how to pay for health care going forward in terms of the clause. One is to have where we set our reimbursement rates. And I'll just be blunt. We need higher reimbursement rates for some parts of health care, particularly for those who are doing general practice. We need more people.
We need more nurse practitioners. Right. There are we need more people working in mental health fields. And that means we've got to have resources in there. Second thing we're going to do is cut costs. Think about the costs right now in the health care system of trying to satisfy five different insurance companies or 10 different insurance companies or 15 different insurance companies. Not about you, but I go to my doctor. You see two doctors and six people filling out insurance forms.
Right. And somebody on the phone arguing with an insurance company and somebody else who has to do the billing, that you send the bills to folks to get paid and somebody else who has to do the bad debt collection. We have built right now enormous cost into this health care system because the insurance companies want to keep it complicated. Why did they not use a unitary form? What is different forms? Because they want to have different chances to say no.
And to trick people and fool people and have people fill out the wrong thing or didn't ask for the right permission or they changed, which drug is being covered. Yada, yada, yada. Over time. So we've got to do both of these. We've got to get the reimbursement rate right. And then we've got to bring down the cost overall. And let me say one more thing. It is very important that we do reimbursement rates that are high enough to make sure that we keep all of our community hospitals, our rural hospitals open.
They are a critical part of public health for everyone and for our communities. And then the last thing I'll say is we've got to make change and make it fast. $36 million in this sense. Thirty six million Americans last year couldn't afford to have their prescriptions filled in. I just want to think for a minute about what that means. They were sick enough or worried enough to go to a doctor. The doctor looked at him and was concerned enough to write a prescription for treatment.
They then left, looked at that prescription and said, fill the prescription or buy groceries this week. Fill the prescription or pay the rent on time. And they decided not to fill the prescription because of cost. And that includes a lot of people who have health insurance that should not be happening in America. Health care is a basic human right. We fight for basic human rights. Two things I will do on my first day as president. First, I will defend the Affordable Care Act from the Trump administration.
Sabotage. We've got to hang on. And the second thing is, I will bring down the cost of commonly used prescription drugs, insulin, epi pens, HIV AIDS drugs bring down those costs. President already has the power to do that. We can save families hundreds of millions of dollars. My overall approach on health care. Get as much help to as many people as quickly as possible. That's what we need to do. Hey, this is gonna be our final question.
OK. Make it a good one. Hi, my name is April. Hi, April. Hi. If you win the nomination, do you plan to continue to pledge to not take campaign donations from wealthy donors in places?
Sure. Now, look, because I want to make sure everybody understands this because this really is important.
When I made the decision to run for president, I made a decision about how I was going to spend my time and how it's going to build this campaign. And so for me, it was I am not going to spend 70 percent of my time with rich people, with corporate executives and with lobbyists raising money for them. I am not going to spend my time selling access to me to be able to get my ear and tell me about your issues.
Just because you're rich and that's not gonna change. Because here's the thing. Right now, we have a problem in America and the problem is a problem not just in our economy. It's a problem in our democracy. If you have to be a billionaire or suck up to billionaires to get the nomination to run for president as a Democrat, then buckle up because we're going to have an America that just works better for billionaires and worse and worse for everyone else.
I'm in this fight to recover our democracy, to build a democracy that works from the grassroots up. I'm in it all the way on this one. Thank you. So. So let's wrap this up. I want to talk about one more unwinnable fight, right? That you get in anyway and this one starts this fight starts actually with a toaster. And here's how it goes up. When I was a young mom, toasters could burn down houses.
And the way that worked is, you know, this little toaster ovens that didn't have automatic shut off switches. So you could put four slices of bread in one of those toaster oven and split the thing on. Hear the baby cry, run down to the other end of the house. Stay down there longer than you had thought you had. And when you come back, the flames are leaping off the toast, about six to eight inches catches the kitchen curtains on fire and then the kitchen cabinets.
Ask me how I know. All I will confess to is that one year my daddy got so frustrated with me, he bought me a fire extinguisher for Christmas.
OK. But along came a federal agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and they said, enough, you can't sell toasters in America. That's have people's houses on fire. So everybody puddles safety switch on them and that's it. Toaster fires in America. Stop. In the early 2000s, home mortgages had gotten so complex and so dangerous. They cost one in five families their homes through foreclosure. Think about that. Only this time the federal agency that was responsible was not on the side of the people.
It was in the pocket of the banks. So deep in the pocket of the banks, it said, keep on selling those things, because that's how you make big profits. And that's what crashed our economy in 2008. So after the crash, I had an idea for an agency that was like the toaster agency only. It said you can't make your profits from cheating people on mortgages, credit cards, payday loans, student loans. So I'm not an elected office.
I go down to Washington basically to pitch the idea to anybody in Congress who will listen to me. We're in the middle of a crisis. We're going to end up doing something on financial reform. So I'm pitching my agency. I knock on doors. Democrat, Republican. I don't care. I'll talk to anybody about the idea behind this agency. So here's the amazing thing. I realized after a while I was getting the same two answers pretty much from everyone.
The first answer was, that's a good idea. You could make a real difference, structural change. The second was don't even try. Don't try because you'll be up against big money. You'll be up against Wall Street to be up against all the Republicans and shit. You'll be up against half the Democrats. You'll never get it done. I get it. Big structural change is hard, but it was the right thing to do. So we got in the fight, we took on big money, we got people engaged.
And in 2010, President Obama signed that agency into law. We won.
We got to win these fights. And that little agency, that little agency has already forced the banks to return more than twelve billion dollars directly to people they cheated. We can make government work for the people. We can do this. So now it's been three years of Donald Trump. And people a lot of people are afraid. Afraid for their families, afraid for their neighbors, afraid for children, locked in cages at our borders, afraid for children on lock down.
In our public schools, afraid for women, for people of color, for LGBTQ people, for trans people, all of whose rights are up for grabs in this United States Supreme Court. Afraid for our country. Afraid for our planet. And the danger is real. Our democracy hangs in the balance. So it comes to you. New Hampshire. What are we gonna do in the face of this kind of danger or we're gonna cower? Are we going to back up or we're going to be timid or are we going to fight back?
Me I'm in this business. I'm fighting back. I'm fighting back. I'm fighting back. Yeah, that fight back fighting back is an act of patriotism. Fighting back. We've fought back against ducting to build this country. We've fought back against the scourge of slavery. Just save this union. We fought back against a Great Depression to rebuild our economy. We fought back against fascism to preserve our democracy. America is at its best when we fight back. This is no time for small ideas.
This is no time to nibble around the edges of our big problems. This is the time to see a problem. Attack it head on. This is the time for big structural change.
So I don't have a campaign that has been put together by a bunch of consultants. I don't have a campaign that has a bunch of proposals that have been carefully. You will sit down if you wanted to. OK. I don't have a campaign that has been carefully where I've got a bunch of proposals that have been carefully designed not to offend big donors. I'm running a campaign from a lifetime of fighting for working families. I am running a campaign from the heart.
Because I believe in you and I believe in what we can build together. I believe in the America we can build together an America where everyone has value. An America where every child is worth investing in. An America where people, not money, are the most important part of our democracy.
I believe in that America. And if you believe just a little that that America is possible and that that America is worth fighting for. That I'm asking you get in this fight with me. Be in this fight with me. Vote for me tomorrow. Go to Elizabeth Warren, dot com and volunteer. But get in this fight, because understand, this is our moment in history. And this moment will not. Tom. Our way again. This is our moment.
To choose hope over fear. This is our moment to show courage. This is our moment to dream big. Fight hard and win.
So this is the very famous selfie mine, if you want a selfie with our future president. Please go to the left. And if you want to skip having a selfie with our future president, please go to the right word. Where's the first dog? It'll be derbys with the future. First off will be by the accent.