Elizabeth Warren Nevada Town Hall Campaign Transcript – February 17, 2020
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We just hear it one more time for Brandon. An incredible. Just take a quick shout out to the moms who demand action, who change. It's always a very special thank you to Lisa, who started us on welcoming everyone. It is our one year anniversary. You are really sad. She is. Lisa and I were first together here and that when I came here exactly a year ago today to start this. Why didn't I want to thank you all for being here today.

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You can tell I'm a little husky. I'll check it out. Cool. And I'm going to try to do my best to save my voice. So if it's OK with everybody, I thought what I'd do is I'm just going to tell you a story that I haven't told for a long time in a while, that we haven't told it for a while, about one in this morning. So you know a little bit about my heart. You know a little bit about my commitment.

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And oh, and then we'll take some questions and we'll get to the most important part. And then with some things, I'll start. So I was born and raised in Oklahoma. Yeah. Okay. You bad, you gotta watch out for Okie women. I know you do. Oh, I have three much older brothers. I was the baby in the family. My mother always just called me. The surprise for my three older brothers are all retired.

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Now they're back in Oklahoma. Oh, my three older brothers went off and joined the military. When we were growing up, our daddy had a lot of different jobs. He sold paint. He sold fencing. He sold carpet. He sold housewares. And when I was in middle school. Oh, my. You know, my three brothers who were going by then, everybody had heard about them. And it was just my mom and my dad.

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And now for a while, we thought we were going to lose some of you know what that's like, is it kid really scary. Folks from church brought covered dishes. Everybody spoke in hushed tones, but Daddy made it through. And came home. Because go back to work. And so it was day after day. Daddy sat in the back yard and it just got worse and worse than home. We lost our family station wagon at nights. My mother would come in to kiss me good night.

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Oh, excuse me, this very bright smile. And then she turned and closed the door, and I hear her start to cry. She never wanted to cry in front of me. This is when I learned words like mortgage and foreclosure passwords. And then there was the day I walked in to my folks bedroom and laid down on the bed. Was that duress? Now, some of you in this room will know that difference. It's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals and graduations.

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You know that stress. And it was the first thing I saw when I walked in the room that the dress was laid out on the bed. And then I saw my mother dead at the foot of the bed. Excuse pace. She had her slip on her stockings and she was pacing and had her head down. And she kept saying over and over, we all know it looks this house will not lose this house. We will not lose this house.

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She was 50 years old. She had never worked outside. And she was terrified. And finally, she looked up and she saw sloppy standing in the doorway. Just a kid and say anything. She looked at me. She looked at that dress and she looked back at me. She walked over, picked it up, wrestled it on, put it on her high heels and walked in a serious world where she got a minimum wage job answering phones, a minimum wage job that saved our house and it saved our family.

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And I always think that that's the lesson I learned from my mother, that no matter how hard it is and no matter how frightened you may be when it comes down to it, you reached out to find what you have to find. You'll pull it up and you take care of the people you love.

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So. It was years later that I came to understand that wasn't just what my mother taught me. It's what millions of people do across this country every single day that no matter how hard it is, no matter how scared they are, they reach. They find what they have defined. They pulled it out and they take care of the people they love. But it was only years after that I came to understand that story is a story about government. When I was a girl, a minimum wage job in America would support a family of three that would pay the mortgage, it would cover the utilities, and it would put groceries on the table.

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Today, a minimum wage job in America. Full time minimum wage job will not keep a mama and a baby in a poverty. That is wrong. And that is why I would support.

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Inactivates is not a difference of accident. It is not a difference of surprise. It is a deliberate difference based on who government works for. Because when I was a girl, the question asked in Washington when setting the minimum wage is wants to take family free to survive in America. What does it take a family of three to get a foothold in America's middle class? What does it take? Family three to have something solid that they can build on? Today, the question asked in our government in Washington is where do we set the minimum wage to maximize the profits of giant multinational corporations?

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Well, I don't want a government that works with giant multinational corporations. Is the whole story of why I am in this fight. I want a government that works not just for the wealthy, not just for the big corporations, not just for the NRA. I want a government that works for us and that's why I'm here. It's a. So let's do some questions. Let's move some questions and we'll get to talk, I hope, about a lot of plans and whatever else people want to ask about.

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Hi, Scott. Hi, Scott. My question to me on the wealth tax, you pay the rent. There are some Republicans that aren't too happy with it. Oh, yeah? How do you think you'll get those Republicans and Democrats on board when you're elected? OK. So I love this question. A, I love the way you ended it. Let's make sure everybody is up to speed. It is time for a wealth tax in America.

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Just explain that. Anybody who hasn't already heard about it, the basic idea is a two cent tax on the great fortunes in this country. So your first 50 million is free and clear. I say I get check. Smoking is not unreasonable. What are your 50 million in first dollar? You've got a bitchin two cents and two cents on every dollar. After that, you had a million. You got a picture, a couple of pennies. That's a piece of.

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Anybody in your own home? At home? Yeah. You all pay well tax. You still are. It's just called the property tax. And the only difference here is I'm saying that four billion goes to the millionaires. The property tax should just include real estate. It should also include the stock portfolio. Over time. It's the Rembrandt. No one says there are some people who don't like this. Let's be more specific. There are some billionaires who don't like this.

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Some have gone on TV and crying. Others have run for president. They thought it was cheaper than a wealth tax, but their basic argument is, look, I. I had a great idea. I called it, too. I worked hard. I said, good for you. You did. And that's great. Good for you. You're a success in that department. Understand this. You built a great fortune here in America. You built it at least in part, using workers.

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All of us helping to educate.

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Instead of getting your goods to market en route, purchase all of a. At least temporary protected by police and firefighters. Also, it's. Yes. We're glad to do it. We're Americans. We want to invest in the things that help create opportunity. All we're saying is when you make a really big. A top one tenth of 1 percent. Big digit to. So everybody else gets a chance. Cents, it's enough to help us restructure this economy to set two cents for the top top folks, just do it quick.

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We can do. We can do. I want to see what universal child care for every baby in this country.

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Stop exploiting the people, largely black and brown women who do this work to raise the wages. We could do all of them for our babies. Plus, we can put a hundred billion dollars of new money into our public schools, pay for. A fertile one school better than. Coming from a former special education teacher, don't appreciate this. We can fully fund I.A.E.A. Every child with a disability. So all of that for K-12. Plus, we did provide tuition free technical school to your college for your college where everybody wants an education spending.

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Going to help level the playing field and put 50 million dollars of new money into our historically black colleges and universities. And I'm not saying we can do all of that for two cents. Plus we can cancel student loan debt for. Right. Right. So Scott says, how are you're going to get this? So here's the interesting thing, Scott. Democrats like this. Independents like this. And you're going to spend more on majority of Republicans like this.

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Yeah. So here's my plan is to stay in a democracy when the report 406 billion years. That's it. OK. That they are the ones who should be calling the shots on what this is not. Just tell us, you can make big campaign contributions and hire lots of lobbyists, that your voice shouldn't be any louder than anyone else's. So his first past anticorruption bill. And then we're going to do this one together. I'm going to leave from the White House.

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I'm going to ask all of you to keep pushing from the outside. We're going to make this Congress responsive to the American people. I think it really just turned out my one. Yes. Nevertheless, since. Yes. Good God. All Can I finish my universal child care for mothers? OK. I'm Brad. This is Margo Brett. Hi, Margo Martindale, Murdoch's ready. Margo and I are both attorneys, so we're lucky to be professionals.

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But it also means that you're drowning in debt. With the high cost of childcare. So your loan payments and housing, health care and everything else that goes in all that, we're fortunate. It's a hard save for our future. Why have your plans eliminated any sort of relief for student loans or child care about certain income? Why doesn't that child care is going to be there for everybody? A little bit of a payment for families that have high incomes.

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But it's a very modest payment. And on student loans, it's complete cancellation up to a certain income level, a quarter of a million dollars of income, because that kind of looks like he might be able to manage the student loan payments. Oh, but also opening up other avenues for people who truly are drowning in student loan debt, for example, changing the bankruptcy laws report. So I do want to make a quick pitch off your question. I think this is important about.

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Let me just put child care. We have a problem in America, a lot of problems. But I want to focus on one, and that is trickle down economics.

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It's been a complete disaster for this or. It is how America's middle class. It is crushed working families and it has kick dirt in the faces of the poor. We need an economy that grows from the ground up, trickle down. This is all about health. The rich and powerful get richer, more powerful, give the rich more tax cuts and cut regulations. That's how they get richer and more powerful. And that's how income keeps moving up. New income created in this country keeps moving up to the top.

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So think about the wealth tax increase, child care. Just just that one 2 cent tax on the great fortunes of the great fortunes. They already have their money managers, their own PR firms, their own everything. Right. Accountants, everything. They're already growing at, what, 6 percent, 8 percent, 10 percent a year. Anscombe, just 2 percent of that. And we invest in child care. Now, what should happen then? If you don't have children or if you don't have grandchildren or if you don't even like children, it shouldn't matter because of the effect on the economy.

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Putting that money back in your pocket is money they have to spend with local businesses. It's money you get to spend buying more pieces. It's money you get to spend my Christmas money. You get to spend saving up for a home. It's money that helps grow the economy. It's money that helps create demand. It's money that helps the poor business right here in Henderson. We need an economy that is not a trickle. Dale, we need an economy that's grass roots up and that's what we want.

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Said this last fall. OK. My name is Rhonda. Hi, Rhonda. Mother of two. Yeah, and me too. In regards to economic equality. I know we have a Family Medical Leave Act with so many companies are on paid family leave. And as a mother of two children, I had to go on family leave because of illness issues. I've had to do it. But it's a huge burden on my family and other families. When you're not learning, Kay, while you're on family medical leave, what's your view or position on that?

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So I going to play into that. Family leave, and it's both for taking care of babies and kids. It's also when you get sick and it's also for taking care of elderly exam. I would say a question about the plan. It's a great plan, and I can say that because the origin of the plan is not mine. It's Kurstin Children's.

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Part of what I have tried to do in my campaign from the beginning is to say this is not a competition in the sense of my plants are good and everybody else's plans are bad. It's to say, listen, let's take good plants wherever they come from. And when Kirsten left the race, I told her the next day and said first. Oh, sorry. And second, how would she feel if I brought her paid family leave, which is a really good plan.

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In with my plans to give full credit for and lift it out. She said, let's do it. Oh, Karl Harris said the same thing. Karl Rove was about. Jay Inslee on Climate. Castro goes on to. This is how we build a Democratic Party and a coalition that works for all of us. It's to bring in the good ideas, to respect the good ideas you bring in. People I know have people from all of those campaigns and more who are part of our stance.

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Are part of our volunteers who are about half of this energy that we're going to need as Democrats because we got a job in November. And that is because. I just like all of you for being here. I want to say it's Riklis sale. We've now had three years of Donald Trump. And I know what. But people a lot of people around this country are afraid. They are afraid for their families. They are afraid for their neighbors.

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They're afraid for children locked in cages at our border. They're afraid of children in lockdowns in public schools. They're afraid of women. They're afraid for people of color. They're afraid for LGBTQ people, for trans people. All of those rights are up for grabs in this Supreme Court. They are afraid for our nation and they are afraid for our planet. And danger on all of these is real. So this is a question that comes to you. What do you do when people are afraid, when the danger is real?

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Do we back up? Do we? How do we get to it or do we fight back?

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We fight. Anything that it's an app called To Me and TADS. That's the kind we built this country, we fought back against the scourge of slavery to save the union. We fought back against the Great Depression to rebuild this economy. We fought back against the spread of factions to protect our democracy. America is at its best when it sees a big problem. And we need to by. The smell of time smell like idiots. This is no time to nibble around the edges of big problems.

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This is the time to see these problems. And more like a big structural change or you dating. I told you be probably have figured this out by not winning a campaign that has been designed by much consultants. I am now running a campaign with proposals that are carefully designed not to offend big donors. I guess that stops a lot of time. Running a campaign based on a lifetime of fighting for working families. Am running a campaign from the heart because I believe in you.

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And like Brendan said, I believe in the America we do build together an America where every person has value. An America where every child is worth investing in. An America where our democracy. People, not money. The most important.

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And if you believe that America and you believe that America is worth fighting for. All I'm asking you is get in this fight. Vote for me. But all this before dicom volunteer at our biggest dogs spot on a talk to people in front of you, in line at the blessed school, Holman Gas next to you. Let's get in this line. Let us understand this. Twenty twenty is the moment in history that we have been called to the moment that will determine the next four years, not the next eight years, but generations to come.

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Elizabeth Warren Nevada Town Hall Campaign Transcript – February 17, 2020
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