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>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO MANCHESTER NEW HAMPSHIRE WE ARE HONORS TO BE HERE FOR TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC DEBATE WHAT A WEEK IT HAS BEEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS WE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT AT THE STATE OF THE UNION, THE SENATE WITH OUR VOTE TO ACQUIT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OF IOWA, WHO AFTER DAYS OF CONFUSION SEEM TO HAVE DELIVERED A SPLIT DECISION TO BERNIE SANDERS AND PETE BUTTIGIEG FOUR DAYS FROM NOW THE VOTERS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL WEIGH IN AND THE CHAIR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY SAID TODAY THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY DEBATE EVER WE’RE GOING TO DO OUR BEST TO MAKE IT A FULL AND FAIR TEST I’LL BE JOINED BY DAVID MUIR AND LINDSEY DAVIS >> SEVEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE QUALIFIED FOR TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL DEBATE ALL TONIGHT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE DEBATE WITH APPLE NEWS WATCHING ON YOUR iPHONE TOO WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU TONIGHT IF YOU HEAR SOMETHING AND HAVE A QUESTION OR FOLLOW-UP, SEND YOUR QUESTION TO THE APPLE NEWS TEAM >> HERE IN THE SULLIVAN ARENA, WE ARE JOINED BY A LIVE AUDIENCE OF 1400 PEOPLE, MOST INVITED BY THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST MINDS OF THE STUDENT BODY HERE WE’LL BE JOINED BY MONICA HERNANDEZ AND ADAM SEXTON WITH QUESTIONS THAT ARE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT HERE TO THE VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE >> THE PODIUM PLACE IS BASED ON AN AVERAGE OF THE CANDIDATE’S CURRENT STANDINGS IN NATIONAL POLLS WITH THE LEADING CANDIDATES IN THE SENATOR LET’S WELCOME BUSINESSMAN TOM STEYER [ APPLAUSE ] >> MINNESOTA SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR [ APPLAUSE ] >> MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN [ APPLAUSE ] >> VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> WELCOME SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> AND BUSINESSMAN ANDREW YANG [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES >> AS THE CANDIDATES NOW MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE PODIUM, THE RULES OF THIS DEBATE ARE VERY BASIC CANDIDATES WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE 15 SECONDS TO ANSWER A DIRECT QUESTION AND 45 SECONDS FOR A REBUTTAL OR RESPONSE CANDIDATES WILL EACH SEE GREEN OR YELLOW LIGHTS INDICATING HOW MUCH TIME THEY HAVE REMAINING HERE NOW THE DEMOCRATIC NEW HAMPSHIRE DEBATE >> VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, IN THE LAST FEW DAYS YOU’VE BEEN SAYING THAT DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING TOO BIG A RISK IF THEY NOMINATE SENATOR SANDERS OR MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, BUT THEY CAME OUT ON TOP IN IOWA WHAT RISK DID THE IOWA DEMOCRATS MISS? >> THEY DIDN’T MISS ANYTHING THIS IS A LONG RACE I TOOK A HIT IN IOWA AND I’LL PROBABLY TAKE A HIT HERE TRADITIONALLY BERNIE WON BY 20 POINTS LAST TIME USUALLY IT’S THE NEIGHBORING SENATORS THAT DO WELL NO MATTER WHAT, I’M STILL IN THIS FOR THE SAME REASON WE HAVE TO RESTORE THE SOUL OF THIS COUNTRY, BRING BACK THE MIDDLE CLASS AND MAKE SURE WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IT’S A SIMPLE PROPOSITION IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER IT’S THIS ONE OR THE NEXT I’VE VIEWED THE FIRST FOUR PRIMARIES AS THE STARTING POINT >> WHY ARE SENATOR SANDERS AND MAYOR BUTTIGIEG TOO BIG A RISK FOR DEMOCRATS? >> WELL, YOU KNOW WITH REGARD TO SENATOR SANDERS, THE PRESIDENT WANTS VERY MUCH TO STICK A LABEL ON THE CANDIDATE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO NOT ONLY WIN THIS TIME, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BRING ALONG THE UNITED STATES SENATE SOCIALIST, I THINK THAT’S THE LABEL THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO LAY ON EVERYONE INCLUDING BERNIE IF HE’S THE NOMINEE MAYOR BUTTIGIEG HAS NOT DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO GET A BROAD SCOPE OF SUPPORT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM INCLUDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINOS >> PRESIDENT TRUMP CERTAINLY THINKS THIS LABEL SOCIALISM WILL WORK AT THE STATE OF THE UNION HE SAID SOCIALISM DESTROYS NATIONS HE’S NEVER GOING TO LET SOCIALISM DESTROY AMERICAN HEALTH CARE BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL HE JOKED WITH SEAN HANNITY ABOUT YOUR HONEYMOON IN MOSCOW THOSE HITS ARE GOING TO KEEP COMING IF YOU’RE THE NOMINEE WHY SHOULDN’T DEMOCRATS BE WORRIED? >> BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP LIES ALL THE TIME [ APPLAUSE ] >> DIDN’T MATTER WHAT DONALD TRUMP — IT’S A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS, IT REALLY IS PEOPLE SAY TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT JOE YOU HAVE OTHER DISGUSTING THINGS ABOUT ELIZABETH AND ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE THAT’S UP HERE BUT I THINK, GEORGE, THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY THE WAY WE DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP — AND EVERYBODY UP HERE IS UNITED WE’RE ALL GOING TO STAND TOGETHER TO DEFEAT HIM I BELIEVE THAT THE WAY WE BEAT TRUMP IS BY HAVING THE LARGEST VOTER TURNOUT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY THAT IS APPEALING TO WORKING CLASS PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE POLITICAL PROCESS BECAUSE THEY DON’T BELIEVE ANYBODY IS HEARING THEIR PAIN, RECEIVING THAT PAIN, FEELING THEIR PAIN WE’VE GOT TO BRING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO THE POLITICAL PROCESS I’M VERY PROUD THAT IN IOWA WE WON THE POPULAR VOTE BY 6,000 VOTES WHAT WAS MOST SIGNIFICANT IS WE INCREASED VOTER TURNOUT FOR 30% WE DO THAT NATIONALLY, WE’RE GOING TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP >> LET ME FOLLOW UP THERE BACK IN IOWA THE TURNOUT THIS YEAR WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IT WAS IN 2016, FAR BELOW WHAT IT WAS IN 2018 WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WON >> THAT’S TRUE THAT’S A DISAPPOINTMENT I THINK ALL OF US PROBABLY COULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB IN BRINGING OUT OUR SUPPORTERS BUT IF THERE IS A GOOD ASPECT ABOUT THAT CAMPAIGN, IT’S THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAME OUT IN HIGHER NUMBERS THAN THEY DID DURING OBAMA’S HISTORIC 2018 CAMPAIGN IF THAT HAPPENS NATIONALLY, WE’RE GOING TO WIN AND DEFEAT TRUMP >> BEFORE I MOVE ONTO MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, IS ANYONE ELSE ON THE STAGE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST AT THE TOP OF THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET? >> I’M NOT >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR? >> BERNIE AND I WORK TOGETHER ALL THE TIME, BUT I THINK WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO OUT DIVIDE THE DIVIDER IN CHIEF I THINK WE NEED SOMEONE TO HEAD UP THIS TICKET THAT ACTUALLY BRINGS PEOPLE WITH HER INSTEAD OF SHUTTING THEM OUT WHEN I LOOK AT A STATE LIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT HAD A VERY, VERY CLOSE ELECTION LAST TIME IN 2016, I SEE A STATE THAT, YES, HAS A HIGH VOTER TURNOUT OF FIRED UP DEMOCRATS JUST LIKE MY STATE WHICH BY THE WAY BERNIE WHEN I LED THE TICKET HAD THE HIGHEST VOTER TURNOUT OF ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY I ADD TO THAT BY BRINGING IN INDEPENDENTS AS WELL AS MODERATE REPUBLICANS BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE TRUTHFULLY, DONALD TRUMP’S WORST NIGHTMARE IS A CANDIDATE THAT WILL BRING PEOPLE IN FROM THE MIDDLE, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TIRED OF THE NOISE AND THE NONSENSE AND THEY ARE TIRED OF THE TWEETS AND THE MEAN STUFF AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THAT IS ME >> MR. STEYER? >> I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION, GEORGE, THAT AFTER THIS WEEK THERE’S A REAL THREAT THAT DONALD TRUMP CAN GET REELECTED I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION THAT THE ONLY WAY WE’RE GOING TO BEAT HIM ACTUALLY IS THE WAY THAT BERNIE SANDERS SAID, WHICH IS TO GET TURNOUT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO APPEAL ACROSS THE SPECTRUM MODERATES, PROGRESSIVES AND EVERY GROUP UNLESS YOU CAN APPEAL TO THE DIVERSE PARTS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, INCLUDING THE BLACK COMMUNITY, INCLUDING SPECIFICALLY LATINOS, IF YOU CAN’T DO THAT, THEN WE CAN’T BEAT DONALD TRUMP IN NOVEMBER AND WE CAN’T CHOOSE A CANDIDATE WHO CAN’T DO THAT AND I AM DOING THAT RIGHT NOW WITH 24% OF THE BLACKS DOWN IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITH HIGH NUMBERS IN NEVADA THAT’S WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE IS TURNOUT, BUT TURNOUT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS, SOMEONE WHO CAN PULL EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN EVERY SINGLE WAY WE’RE DIVIDED >> FIRST, LET ME SAY AMERICA, IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK ON THE DEBATE STAGE THANK YOU I’M SO EXCITED I WANT TO GIVE EVERY AMERICAN $1,000 A MONTH GEORGE, THE ENTIRE CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM DICHOTOMY IS OUT OF THE DEBATE WE HAVE RECORD HIGH CORPORATE PROFITS IN THIS COUNTRY WHAT ELSE ARE AT RECORD HIGHS? MENTAL ILLNESS, STRESS, DEBT, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, OVERDOSES, SUICIDES WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS ACTUALLY GET THE MARKETS WORKING TO IMPROVE OUR FAMILIES’ WAY OF LIFE INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING CORPORATE PROFITS OFF A CLIP, WE SHOULD BE MEASURING OUR OWN HEALTH AND WELLNESS, LIFE EXPECTANCY, CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER, HOW OUR KIDS ARE DOING THE WAY FORWARD IS A NEW HUMAN CENTERED FORM OF CAPITALISM >> YOU SAID BACK IN 2018 I’M A CAPITALIST TO MY BONES SENATOR SANDERS SAYS I’M NOT IS THAT YOUR BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WITH SENATOR SANDERS? >> THIS FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION ABOUT HOW WE BRING OUR PARTY TOGETHER, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT IN NEW WAYS PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER THEY’RE DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS OR REPUBLICANS, UNDERSTAND THAT WE’VE GOT A GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW THAT WORKS GREAT FOR THOSE AT THE TOP, WORKS GREAT FOR GIANT DRUG COMPANIES, JUST NOT FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO GET A PRESCRIPTION FILLED WORKS GREAT FOR OIL COMPANIES THAT WANT TO DRILL EVERYWHERE, JUST NOT FOR THE REST OF US WHO SEE CLIMATE CHANGE BEARING DOWN UPON US WHEN YOU SEE A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS GREAT FOR THOSE WHO CAN HIRE ARMIES OF LOBBYISTS AND LAWYERS AND MAKE BIG CAMPAIGN DONATIONS AND IT’S NOT WORKING SO GREAT FOR EVERYONE ELSE, THAT IS CORRUPTION PURE AND SIMPLE AND WE NEED TO CALL IT OUT FOR WHAT IT IS CORRUPTION THAT’S WHAT WE CAN RUN ON WE BRING OUR PARTY TOGETHER IT’S AN ISSUE WE CAN ALL AGREE ON AND FIGHT TO END THE CORRUPTION WE’RE THE DEMOCRATS WE SHOULD BE THE PARTY ON THE SIDE OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE AND WE CAN BRING IN INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS ON THAT THEY HATE THE CORRUPTION AS WELL MY ANTI-CORRUPTION PLAN, GOOD FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS THAT’S NOT ONLY HOW WE BRING OUR PARTY TOGETHER, THAT’S HOW WE’RE GONE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, EARLY IN THE CAMPAIGN YOU SAID THE WORD SOCIALISM HAS LOST ITS POWER, IT’S MOSTLY LOST ITS MEANING DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? >> I’M NOT INTERESTED IN LABELS I’M NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO SAY I’M INTERESTED IN THE STYLE OF POLITICS THAT WE NEED TO PUT FORWARD TO ACTUALLY, FINALLY TURN THE PAGE IN ORDER TO WIN, YES, BUT ALSO IN ORDER TO GOVERN THIS IS A MOMENT WHERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO FACE CHALLENGES THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HADN’T EVEN THOUGHT OF A FEW YEARS OR DECADES AGO POLITICALLY WE’RE FACING A FUNDAMENTALLY NEW PROBLEM WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP THE BIGGEST RISK WE COULD TAKE AT A TIME LIKE THIS WOULD BE TO GO UP AGAINST THAT FUNDAMENTALLY NEW CHALLENGE BY TRYING TO FALL BACK ON THE FAMILIAR OR TRYING TO UNITE THIS COUNTRY AT A MOMENT WHEN WE NEED THAT KIND OF UNIFICATION WHEN OUR NOMINEE IS DIVIDING PEOPLE WITH A POLITICS THAT SAYS IF YOU DON’T VOTE ALL THE WAY TO THE EDGE, IT DOESN’T COUNT >> ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT SENATOR SANDERS? >> YES BECAUSE WE’VE GOT TO BRING AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN INTO THIS PROCESS ALL OF US HAVE BEEN SAYING WE CAN BUILD THE MAJORITY THAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO WIN BUT THE PROCESS OF PROVING IT IS NOW UNDERWAY NOW IT COMES TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, A STATE THAT THINKS FOR ITSELF, IS NOT GOING TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO BY ANYONE AND HAS A VERY INDEPENDENT STREAK THAT IS GOING REACH OUT TO THE PARTY OF ADDITION AND BELONGING AND INCLUSION >> SENATOR SANDERS, YOUR RESPONSE? >> NEEDLESS TO SAY, I’VE NEVER SAID THAT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I DO SAY THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IS BY PRESENTING AN AGENDA THAT WORKS FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, NOT FOR THE BILLIONAIRE THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, PROGRESSIVES, SERVES, YOU RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 15 BUCKS AN HOUR THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO BILLIONAIRES AND LARGE CORPORATIONS THEY’RE GOING TO START PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES THAT’S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IS BY ENDING THE INTERNATIONAL DISGRACE OF THIS COUNTRY BEING THE ONLY MAJOR NATION ON EARTH NOT TO GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE AS A HUMAN RIGHT AND YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER BY TELLING THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY THEY’RE NOT GOING TO CHARGE US TEN TIMES MORE FOR THE SAME PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AS THE PEOPLE IN CANADA THAT BORDER ON NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT’S HOW YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP >> DO YOU THINK HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER? >> I THINK THERE’S A BETTER WAY IT’S TRUE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE READY THERE’S A HISTORIC MAJORITY RIGHT NOW EVEN BROADER THAN WHAT WAS AVAILABLE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA A DECADE AGO, THERE IS NOW A MAJORITY READY TO ACT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNINSURED AMERICAN AND NO SUCH THING AS AN UNAFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION JUST SO LONG AS WE DON’T COMMAND PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THE IDEA OF MEDICAL CARE FOR ALL IF THEY DON’T WANT IT WHAT I AM OFFERING IS CAMPAIGNING FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT AMERICA WANTS, HIGHER WAGES, DOUBLING THE RATE OF UNIONIZATION, DELIVERING HEALTH CARE AND COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY BUT ALSO OFFERING A WAY TO DO THESE GAME CHANING TRANSFORMATIONS THAT WILL GALVANIZE NOT POLARIZE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE >> VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, HOW DO YOU UNIFY THE COUNTRY? >> BERNIE SAYS YOU HAVE TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND WE HAVE TO HAVE MEDICARE FOR ALL BERNIE SAYS AND HE SAYS HE WROTE THE DAMN THING HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST, WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT? IT WILL COST MORE THAN THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET WE SPEND NOW THE IDEA, MIDDLE CLASS TAXES AREN’T GOING TO GO UP IS JUST CRAZY WHEN THEY DID IT IN VERMONT, WHAT HAPPENED? THEY DOUBLE THE STATE INCOME TAX AND THEN HAD A 14% TAX ON WITHHOLDING AND THEY FINALLY DID AWAY WITH IT SO HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST? IF YOU ASK BERNIE THAT, HE SAYS GO FIGURE I DON’T KNOW, WE’LL FIND OUT IMAGINE YOU’RE GOING TO UNITE THE CURRENT WALKING INTO THE CONGRESS, I GOT THIS BILL THAT’S GOING TO REQUIRE MEDICARE FOR EVERYBODY I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT’S GOING TO COST WE’LL FIND OUT LATER IT’S LIKELY TO BE DOUBLE EVERYTHING WE SPEND IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHO DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO GET THAT PASSED? I BUSTED MY NECK GETTING OBAMACARE PASSED I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS >> SENATOR SANDERS? >> WELL, FOR A THOUGHT WHAT THE STUDIES SHOW, IF WE DO WHAT JOE WANTS, WILL BE SPENDING ONLY $50 TRILLION ON HEALTH CARE OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS WHAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO IS UNDERSTAND WE ARE SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH PER CAPITA ON HEALTH CARE AS DO THE PEOPLE OF ANY OTHER COUNTRY MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY LAST YEAR MADE $100 BILLION IN PROFITS MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT WE ARE WASTING $500 BILLION A YEAR TRYING TO ADMINISTER THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT PLANS WHAT MEDICARE FOR ALL WILL DO IS SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUBSTANTIAL SUMS OF MONEY WOULD BE MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE THAN YOUR PLAN WE WILL EXPAND MEDICARE TO INCLUDE DENTAL CARE, EYE GLASSES, HEARING AIDS AND HOME HEALTH CARE AS WELL >> 30 SECOND RESPONSE >> MY PROPOSAL GIVES YOU A CHOICE YOU HAVE MEDICARE IF YOU WANT IT WE’RE GOING TO RESTORE ALL THE CUTS THEY MADE IN OBAMACARE WE’RE GOING TO REDUCE DRUG PRICES, REDUCE PRESCRIPTION PRICES, REDUCE CO-PAYS ET CETERA IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY IT COSTS $750 BILLION OTHER THREE YEARS IT’S GOING TO COST DOUBLE WHAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE SPENDING >> THIS DEBATE IS NOT REAL IT IS NOT REAL BECAUSE 2/3 S OF THE VOTES IN THE SENATE ARE NOT REAL ELIZABETH WANTS TO DO IT IN TWO YEARS PETE, YOU SENT OUT A TWEET JUST A FEW YEARS AGO THAT SAID AFFIRMATIVELY YOU ARE FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL FOR THE AGES SO I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT WHAT LEADERSHIP IS TAKING A POSITION, LOOKING AT THINGS AND STICKING WITH THEM I HAVE LONG BELIEVED THAT THE WAY WE EXPAND HEALTH CARE IS BY I BUILDING ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITH A NONPRIVATE PUBLIC OPTION THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOW NEARLY 10 POINTS MORE POPULAR THAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SO WHY WOULD WE TALK ABOUT BLOWING IT? >> SENATOR WARREN AND MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, I WANT YOU EACH TO RESPOND >> I THINK WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT HEALTH CARE A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY 36 MILLION AMERICANS LAST YEAR COULDN’T AFFORD TO HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FILLED THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE WITH HEALTH INSURANCE THEY WERE WORRIED ENOUGH OR SICK ENOUGH THEY WENT TO A DOCTOR THE DOCTOR SAID THAT’S SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WRITE A PRESCRIPTION THEY WALKED OUT AND SAID IT’S EITHER THAT OR GROCERIES, IT’S THAT OR PAY THE RENT ON TIME WE HAVE GOT TO CHANGE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HOW ABOUT WE START WITH WHAT A PRESIDENT CAN DO? I LOVE SAYING THIS, ALL BY HERSELF ON DAY ONE, I WILL DEFEND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND I WILL REDUCE THE COST OF COMMONLY USED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS LIKE INSULIN AND HIV AIDS DRUGS AND EPIPEN WE CAN START MAKING HEALTH CARE BETTER FOR AMERICANS FROM THE BEGINNING WE ARE THE DEMOCRATS WE ARE ON THE SIDE OF EXPANDING HEALTH CARE WHEN WE COME UP AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, THE WHAT’S GOING TO MATTER MOST IS WE ARE THE PEOPLE ON THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO NEED HEALTH CARE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, I WANT YOU TO RESPOND TO THAT BUT ALSO TAKE ON THE ARGUMENT FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT THAT YOU DON’T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT >> SURE I HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT IN MY POSITION ON DELIVERING HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN AS TO EXPERIENCE, I JUST BRING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE I FREELY ADMIT THAT IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE PERSON WITH MOST YEARS OF WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT EXPERIENCE UNDER YOUR BELT, YOU’VE GOT YOUR CANDIDATE AND OF COURSE IT’S NOT ME THE PERSPECTIVE I’M BRINGING IS THAT OF SOMEBODY WHOSE LIFE HAS BEEN SHAPED BY THE DECISIONS MADE IN THOSE BUILDINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., SOMEBODY WHO HAS GUIDE ADD COMMUNITY WRITTEN OFF AS DYING JUST A DECADE AGO THROUGH A HISTORIC TRANSFORMATION >> THE POLITICS OF THE PAST I THINK WERE NOT ALL THAT BAD I MANAGED THE $900 BILLION RECOVERY ACT WHICH PUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN HIS CITY AND HELPED SAVE HIS CITY I WAS ABLE TO BAN THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS BAN, ARMS CONTROL AND I WAS THE FIRST LEADER HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE TO CALL FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE I DON’T KNOW WHAT AND BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN WAS SO BAD WHAT HAPPENED? WE WERE JUST BEGINNING IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WILL BE THE FUTURE OF MOVING THIS COUNTRY BEYOND WHERE IT IS NOW IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS ONE OF THE WAYS TO DO THAT IS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET THINGS DONE AND CAN LEAD THE FREE WORLD AT THE SAME TIME >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG FOLLOWED BY SENATOR SANDERS >> THOSE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE PHENOMENALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY MET THE MOMENT BUT NOW WE HAVE TO MEET THIS MOMENT THIS MOMENT IS DIFFERENT THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO FACE CHALLENGES FROM GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY LIKE WHAT WE’RE SEEING COMING OUT OF CHINA TO CYBER SECURITY AND ELECTION SECURITY CHALLENGES HERE AT HOME WE’RE SEEING THINGS LIKE DID WORK, TRANSFORM, WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WORKER IN AMERICA IN WAYS THAT WERE BARELY CONCEIVED OF NOT THAT LONG AGO WE CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS BEFORE US BY LOOKING BACK WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TURN THE PAGE AND CHANGE OUR POLITICS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE I’M SEEING EVERYWHERE I GO NOT JUST FELLOW DEMOCRATS BUT A STRIKING NUMBER OF INDEPENDENTS AND WHAT I LIKE TO CALL FUTURE FORMER REPUBLICANS READY TO JOIN IN THAT HISTORIC AMERICAN MAJORITY TO TURN THE PAGE >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR? >> I HAPPEN LISTENING TO THIS ABOUT MEETING THE MOMENT MY FIRST THOUGHT IS I’M A FRESH FACE UP HERE FOR A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AND I FIGURE, PETE, THAT 59, MY AGE IS THE NEW 38 UP HERE THE SECOND THING I THINK ABOUT IS THIS AND THAT IS — >> IT’S THE NEW 50 >> THERE YOU GO MEETING THE MOMENT WE HAD A MOMENT THE LAST FEW WEEKS, MAYOR, AND THAT MOMENT WAS THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS THERE WAS A LOT OF COURAGE YOU SAW FROM ONLY A FEW PEOPLE THERE WAS COURAGE FROM DOUG JONES, OUR FRIEND IN ALABAMA WHO TOOK THAT TOUGH VOTE THERE WAS COURAGE FROM MITT ROMNEY, WHO TOOK A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT VOTE THERE WAS COURAGE AS I READ TODAY ABOUT LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN BEING ESCORTED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE BUT WHAT YOU SAID, PETE, AS YOU WERE CAMPAIGNING THROUGH IOWA AS THREE OF US WERE JURORS IN THAT IMPEACHMENT HEARING, YOU SAID IT WAS EXHAUSTING TO WATCH AND YOU WANTED TO TURN THE CHANNEL AND WATCH CARTOONS IT IS EASY TO GO AFTER WASHINGTON BECAUSE THAT’S A POPULAR THING TO DO IT IS MUCH HARDER AS I SEE SENATOR SHAHEEN IN THE FRONT ROW, SUCH A LEADER IT IS MUCH HARDER TO LEAD AND MUCH HARDER TO TAKE THOSE DIFFICULT POSITIONS, BECAUSE I THINK THIS GOING AFTER EVERY SINGLE THING THAT PEOPLE DO BECAUSE IT’S POPULAR TO SAY AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A COOL NEWCOMER I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A NEWCOMER IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND LOOK WHERE IT GOT US I THINK HAVING SOME EXPERIENCE IS A GOOD THING >> SENATOR SANDERS, THEN MAYOR BUTTIGIEG >> AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE’VE GOT TO ASK OURSELVES A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION, WHETHER IT’S HEALTH CARE IN FACT OR ANYTHING ELSE, WHY ARE WE THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH THAT GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL THE PEOPLE, PAY THE HIGHEST PRICES IN THE WORLD FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HAVE 87 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED AND 500,000 PEOPLE GOING BANKRUPT FOR WHAT REASON? BECAUSE THEY HAVE CANCER OR HEART DISEASE OR ALZHEIMER’S WE’VE GOT TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION WHY IS IT? WHY HAVE WE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR A HUNDRED YEARS? HERE IS THE ANSWER IF YOU WANT REAL CHANGE IN HEALTH CARE AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND TELL THEM THE FUNCTION OF HEALTH CARE IS HEALTH CARE FOR ALL, NOT HUGE PROFITS FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ON THE DRUG COMPANIES AND THEIR CORRUPTION AND THEIR PRICE FIXING AND TELL THEM SORRY, WE’RE NOT GOING TO PAY TEN TIMES MORE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAN DO THE PEOPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES AT THE END OF THE DAY, THERE’S NO WAY AROUND IT YOU MAY WANT TO NIBBLE AROUND THE EDGES, BUT ULTIMATELY WE NEED TO RALLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TELL THE DRUG COMPANIES, TO TELL WALL STREET, TO TELL THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, TO TELL THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY, THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO ALL OF US, NOT A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL INTERESTS >> I HAVE HEARD THIS CONVERSATION ON THIS DEBATE STAGE FROM THESE PEOPLE NOW EVERY SINGLE DEBATE AND THEY’RE ALL RIGHT EVERYBODY ON THIS STAGE IS BETTER ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE THAN ANYBODY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN DONALD TRUMP THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION IN FRONT OF US TODAY THE QUESTION IN FRONT OF US TODAY IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP YOU WERE IN THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN IN 1992 AND THE MANTRA WAS IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT MR. TRUMP IS SAYING, HE’S SAYING THOSE WORDS IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID I TRUST EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE A MILLION TIMES MORE BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE MR TRUMP DOWN ON THE ECONOMY BECAUSE HE’S CROWING ABOUT IT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND HE’S GOING TO BEAT US UNLESS WE CAN TAKE HIM DOWN ON THE ECONOMY, STUPID THAT’S NOT THE ISSUE ALL THE HEALTH CARE PLANS ARE BETTER THE QUESTION IS WHO CAN GO TOE TO TOE WITH MR. TRUMP, WHO CAN TAKE DOWN MR. TRUMP BECAUSE HE’S THE REAL THREAT TO THE COUNTRY YOU HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE TO TAKE HIM DOWN THIS IS NOT A QUESTION OF HE’S A NICE GUY WHO’S GOING TO LISTEN WE NEED PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE THAT’S WHY I’M WORRIED ABOUT MAYOR PETE THAT’S THE ISSUE IN FRONT OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS I HAVE HEARD THIS DEBATE SO MANY DARN TIMES AND I LOVE ALL THESE PEOPLE AND THEY’RE ALL RIGHT IF WE WIN, WE CAN GET THE RIGHT THING, BERNIE I AM WITH YOU BUT WE’VE GOT TO WIN OR WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE AND WE KEEP NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FACTS >> MAYOR PETE [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> HERE’S HOW WE’RE GOING TO WIN WE’RE GOING TO FORCE THIS PRESIDENT TO STAND ON THAT DEBATE STAGE NEXT SOMEBODY WHO ACTUALLY LIVES IN A MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST IN THE EXACT KIND OF COMMUNITY THAT HE PRETENDS TO SPEAK FOR BUT TURNS HIS BACK ON WE’RE GOING TO PUT UP SOMEBODY WHO’S NOT AFRAID TO CALL OUT THINGS LIKE HIS DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AND REMIND AMERICANS THAT GOD DOES NOT BELONG TO A POLITICAL PARTY WE’RE GOING TO CALL HIM TO ACCOUNT THAT HE REFUSED TO SERVE WHEN IT WAS HIS TURN IF WE WANT TO BEAT THIS PRESIDENT, WE’VE GOT TO BE READY TO MOVE ON FROM THE PLAYBOOK WE’VE RELIED ON IN THE PAST AND UNIFY THIS COUNTRY AROUND A NEW AND BETTER VISION WHEN I TALK ABOUT EXHAUSTION, THIS IS IMPORTANT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON, WE FEEL A SENSE OF EXHAUSTION WATCHING THE DIVISION AND THE DYSFUNCTION THERE THAT IS NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THE VERY GOOD WORK THAT YOU AND OUR OTHER DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE SENATE ARE DOING IT’S NOT BUT THE REASON I RAISE THAT SENSE OF EXHAUSTION IS I SEE IT I SEE THAT TEMPTATION TO WALK AWAY FROM IT ALL AMONG SO MANY PEOPLE I’VE SPOKEN TO IN COMMUNITIES FROM CLAREMONT TO MANCHESTER AND THE OTHER STATES WE’RE IN THE IMPORTANT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REMEMBER IS THIS IS 2020 IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR IF THE SENATE WAS THE JURY BEFORE, YOU ARE THE JURY NOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THE JURY THAT WILL HAVE THE FINAL VERDICT ON THIS PRESIDENT AND ON THE SENATORS IN THE GOP WHO PROTECTED HIM >> FUNDAMENTALDONALD TRUMP IS OF ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS AND WE’RE MAKING A MISTAKE WHEN WE ACT LIKE HE IS >> THAT’S RIGHT >> HE IS A SYMPTOM OF A DISEASE THAT HAS BEEN BUILDING UP IN OUR COMMUNITIES FOR YEARS AND DECADES IT IS OUR JOB TO GET TO THE HARDER WORK OF ACTUALLY CURING THE DISEASE MOST AMERICANS FEEL LIKE THE POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE BEEN PLAYING YOU LOSE/I LOSE FOR YEARS YOU KNOW WHO’S BEEN LOSING THIS ENTIRE TIME? WE HAVE OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE OUR COMMUNITIES’ WAY OF LIFE IS DISINTEGRATING BENEATH OUR FEET THAT’S WHY OHIO, A TRADITIONAL SWING STATE, IS NOW SO RED THAT I’M TOLD WE’RE NOT EVEN GOING TO CAMPAIGN THERE THESE COMMUNITIES ARE SEEING THEIR WAY OF LIFE GET BLASTED INTO SMITHEREENS WE’RE CLOSING 30% OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S STORES AND MALLS THESE ARE THE CHANGES THAT AMERICANS ARE SEEING AND FEELING AROUND US EVERY DAY IF WE CAN’T DO THE HARD WORK OF CURING THOSE PROBLEMS, WE WILL NOT JUST DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP IN THE FALL BUT WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO MOVE OUR COMMUNITIES FORWARD >> WE COME TO YOU, OF COURSE, JUST 48 HOURS AFTER THE ACQUITTAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, A PROCESS THAT CERTAINLY CRYSTALLIZED THE DIVIDE IN OUR COUNTRY SENATOR WARREN, YOU HAVE SAID THAT ON DAY ONE OF YOUR PRESIDENCY, ONE OF YOUR FIRST ORDERS OF BUSINESS WILL BE TO ORDER YOUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO LAUNCH NEW INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AFTER A GRUELING IMPEACHMENT AND WHAT IS LIKELY TO BE A POLARIZING ELECTION, IS INVESTIGATING PRESIDENT TRUMP THE BEST WAY TO TRY TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY? >> LOOK, I THINK NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND THAT INCLUDES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WE WATCHED ON WEDNESDAY AS REPUBLICANS, ALL BUT ONE, LOCKED ARMS TO PROTECT HIM FROM IMPEACHMENT BUT WE NEED TO REESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW IN THIS COUNTRY I BELIEVE IN AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION IN OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT INVESTIGATES CRIMES COMMITTED BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF ACCOUNTABILITY IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART FOR EVERY ADMINISTRATION THAT WE HOLD OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT PEOPLE AROUND THIS COUNTRY ARE LOSING FAITH IN OUR GOVERNMENT THEY’RE LOSING FAITH THAT GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR THEM THEY SEE A GOVERNMENT THAT JUST WORKS GREAT IF YOU’RE RICH IT WORKS GREAT IF YOU’RE A LOBBYIST IT WORKS GREAT IF YOU’RE A CORPORATE EXECUTIVE BUT THEY SEE THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN WITH LESS AND LESS AND LESS AND WE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO STAND UP TO THOSE WHO NOW CONTROL OUR GOVERNMENT AND MAKE THAT GOVERNMENT INSTEAD WORK FOR US WE CAN DO CHILD CARE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR EVERY BABY WE CAN INVEST IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WE CAN CANCEL STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR 43 MILLION AMERICANS, BUT ONLY IF WE ARE WILLING TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT, AWAY FROM THE GIANT CORPORATIONS AND BILLIONAIRES, RETURN IT TO THE PEOPLE THIS IS ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT, THIS IS ABOUT OUR DEMOCRACY, THIS IS ABOUT OUR FUTURE [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> MR. YANG, YOU SAID THAT THE NOTION OF A LEADER, GOAT, THROWING THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THEM IN JAIL IS NOT THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IT WOULD MAKE IT, QUOTE, VERY HARD FOR ANY PARTY TO GOVERN SUSTAINABLY MOVING FORWARD DOES THAT MEAN ANY ALLEGED MISCONDUCT BY THE PRESIDENT OR HIS ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT BE INVESTIGATED? >> THERE ARE, OF COURSE, LIMITS AND YOU HAVE TO SEE WHAT THE FACTS ARE ON THE GROUND AFTER YOU ASSUME OFFICE IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE WORLD, THE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE THROWN PAST PRESIDENTS INTO JAIL HAVE GENERALLY BEEN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES UNFORTUNATELY THAT’S A PATTERN THAT ONCE YOU ESTABLISH IS VERY VERY HARD TO BREAK WHAT’S A MORE AMERICAN TRADITION? WE MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD WE DON’T FOCUS ON THE MISTAKES OF THE LEADERS LEAVING OFFICE MOST AMERICANS DO NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT A PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL DID SO MUCH AS THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILY’S WELL-BEING, THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR TOWN THEY WANT THE PRESIDENT TO BE FOCUSED ON THAT AND THAT’S WHERE OUR ATTENTION SHOULD BE WE SHOULD NOT FALL INTO A PATTERN THAT HAS BEEN DISASTROUS IN OTHER COUNTRIES >> SENATOR SANDERS >> ALONG WITH ELIZABETH AND AMY, WE SAT FOR TWO WEEKS LISTENING TO THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS HERE’S WHAT I THINK THE HORROR AND THE DANGER OF WHAT HAPPENED WAS, NOT ONLY THE ACQUITTAL OF TRUMP WHO IN FACT COMMITTED IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES AND OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS, IT IS THE PRECEDENT THAT IT SET THE PRECEDENT THAT IT SET WHAT THAT PRECEDENT IS ABOUT NOW IS IN THE FUTURE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE PRESIDENTS WHO SAY, HEY, GOVERNOR, YOU WANT HIGHWAY MONEY, YOU BETTER SUPPORT ME OR YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET IT, BECAUSE I AM THE PRESIDENT, I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT HEY, CONGRESS, YOU WANT TO INVESTIGATE ME? DON’T BE RIDICULOUS! WHO CARES ABOUT THE CONGRESS WHO CARES ABOUT THE SEPARATION OF POWERS WHO CARES ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION? I’M THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I HAVE ALL THE POWER AND I’M ABLE TO INTIMIDATE MEMBERS OF MY OWN PARTY THE SADDEST ASPECT OF THIS WHOLE THING IS YOU HAVE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE WHO KNEW BETTER THEY KNEW THAT DONALD TRUMP IS A CROOK THEY KNEW THAT DONALD TRUMP IS A CHEAT BUT THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE GUTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ROMNEY TO VOTE AGAINST HIM >> MR. STEYER >> I DID START A NEED TO IMPEACHMENT MOVEMENT IN OCTOBER OF 2017 MY FATHER WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO PROSECUTED THE NAZI WAR CRIMINALS AFTER WORLD WAR II THAT’S PART OF THE REASON I STARTED BECAUSE WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING REALLY WRONG IN THE UNITED STATES, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO STAND UP AGAINST IT AND FIGHT AGAINST IT AND THAT’S WHAT I WAS DOING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ROLLED OVER THEY’RE HAD A SHAM TRIAL THEY’VE REFUSED TO HAVE WITNESSES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE THAT HE’S A CROOK AND HE’S ALWAYS WITHIN A CROOK AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE A CROOK RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO BEAT HIM IN NOVEMBER AND WE HAVE TO BEAT HIM BECAUSE HE’S INCOMPETENT AND BAD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT’S THE CASE WE HAVE TO MAKE NOW IS HE A CROOK? I KNEW THAT TWO YEARS AGO IS HE GOING TO BE MORE OF A CROOK NOW THAT HE BELIEVES HE CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING? OF COURSE HE IS BUT THE JOB OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS STAGE IS TO BEAT HIM IN NOVEMBER THAT’S GOING TO BE BASED ON WHAT WE CAN DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACT THAT HE’S INCOMPETENT AS A PRESIDENT, HIS ECONOMY ISN’T DELIVERING FOR WORKING PEOPLE, JOBS DON’T PAY ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE ON, WE’VE GOT TO TAKE HIM DOWN ON THE ECONOMY AND GET HIM OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE >> THANK YOU, MR. STEYER IMPEACHMENT IS OF COURSE OVER BUT REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE ALREADY STARTED INVESTIGATING VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SON HUNTER MAYOR BUTTIGIEG DO YOU THINK THERE’S A DANGER FOR A DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO NOMINATE A CANDIDATE WHO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION? >> NO WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THEM CHANGE THE SUBJECT THIS IS NOT ABOUT HUNTER BIDEN OR VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN OR ANY BIDEN THIS IS ABOUT ABUSE OF POWER BY THE PRESIDENT [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> THE VICE PRESIDENT AND I ALL ARE COMPETING BUT WE’VE GOT TO DRAW A LINE HERE TO BE THE KIND OF HUMAN BEING WHO WOULD SEEK TO TURN SOMEONE AGAINST HIS OWN SON, WHO WOULD SEEK TO WEAPONIZE A SON AGAINST HIS OWN FATHER IS AN UNBELIEVABLY DISHONORABLE THING THAT IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF WHY WE AS A PARTY HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY UNITED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES AT THE END OF THE DAY TO MAKE SURE THIS PRESIDENT DOES NOT GET A SECOND TERM [ APPLAUSE ] >> VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN? >> LOOK, I THANK THE COLLEAGUE FOR SAYING THAT IT IS A DIVERSION HERE’S THE DEAL WHOMEVER THE NOMINEE IS, THE PRESIDENT’S GOING TO MAKE UP LIES ABOUT HE THINKS HE HAS FREE REIN RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO BE AUTHENTIC WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO AND HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO IT COLONEL VINDMAN GOT THROWN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, WALKED OUT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PINNING A MEDAL ON VINDMAN AND NOT ON RUSH LIMBAUGH I THINK WE SHOULD ALL STAND AND GIVE COLONEL VINDMAN A SHOW OF HOW MUCH WE SUPPORTED HIM STAND UP AND CLAP FOR VINDMAN! GET UP THERE WHO WE ARE THAT’S WHO WE ARE WE ARE NOT WHAT TRUMP IS >> THANK YOU, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S LAST PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON HAS CRITICIZED SENATOR SANDERS’ TRACK RECORD IN THE SECOND >> I WASN’T ABLE TO HEAR THAT QUESTION >> SURE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S LAST PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON HAS CRITICIZED SENATOR SANDERS’ RECORD IN THE SENATE SAYING NOBODY LIKES HIM, NOBODY WANTS TO WORK WITH HIM, HE GOT NOTHING DONE SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, YOU SERVED THE SENATOR SANDERS IN THE SENATE IS HE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THE SUPPORT? NOT IF YOU LIKE HIM, BUT IS HE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THE SUPPORT HE NEEDS FROM REPUBLICANS? >> OKAY I LIKE BERNIE JUST FINE WE ACTUALLY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF THINGS INCLUDING PHARMACEUTICALS WE HAD A VOTE LATE AT NIGHT ONE TIME KLOBUCHAR SANDERS AMENDMENT >> I THINK IT WAS SANDERS KLOBUCHAR >> NO, IT WAS NOT IT WAS NOT TO BRING IN DRUGS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES SINCE WE CAN SEE CANADA FROM OUR PORCH WE ENDED UP GETTING I THINK 14 REPUBLICAN VOTES THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE NOTICED WHAT WAS HAPPENING LATE AT NIGHT BUT WE GOT THOSE I THINK IT’S JUST AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO HERE I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS DISCUSSION I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES WE MUST UNITE BUT THE WAY WE UNITE IS BY HAVING AN OPTIMISTIC ECONOMIC AGENDA FOR AMERICA IF YOU TALK ABOUT BEING TOUGH ENOUGH TO TAKE ON A PRESIDENT THAT LITERALLY WENT DOWN TO MAR-A-LAGO AFTER HE SIGNED THAT REPUBLICAN TAX BILL AND LOOKED AT ALL HIS FRIENDS AND SAID YOU JUST GOT A LOT RICHER THAT IS EXHIBIT A FOR THOSE CARPENTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THOSE DAIRY FARMERS IN WISCONSIN AND THOSE DOCK WORKERS THAT I MET WITH IN MICHIGAN THAT IS EXHIBIT A WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE CASE TO THIS WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, SOME OF WHOM VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP, BUT WE HAVE SOMETHING BETTER TO OFFER, THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THOSE INCREDIBLY REGRESSIVE PARTS OF THAT TAX BILL AND PUT THAT MONEY INTO THEIR CHILD CARE, INTO THEIR HEALTH CARE >> YES OR NO, DO YOU THINK THAT SENATOR SANDERS WILL BE ABLE TO GET REPUBLICAN SUPPORT IN ORDER TO PASS HIS BILLS? >> THAT I DON’T KNOW I KNOW WE DID ON THAT BILL, BUT THE POINT IS I THINK WE’RE BETTER OFF WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS THE RECEIPTS, SOMEONE WHO HAS WON WITH REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS I’M THE ONLY ONE ON THIS STAGE — YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT — THAT HAS CONSISTENTLY WON IN RED CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES I DIDN’T JUST DO IT FOR ME I LED A TICKET I FLIPPED THE STATE HOUSE EVERY SINGLE TIME BECAUSE I HAVE A WAY OF WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT I THINK SHOULD BE VALUED HERE AS WE LOOK AT THESE CANDIDATES IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS I GOT THE “NEW YORK TIMES” ENDORSEMENT ALONG WITH ELIZABETH AND I GOT THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE THREE MAJOR PAPERS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE UNION LEADER, THE SEACOAST PAPER AND THE KEENE SENTINEL READ THOSE EDITORIALS AND YOU WILL GET A SENSE OF WHAT I’M ABOUT >> I MUST CONFESS, I DON’T GET TOO MANY NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL SUPPORT >> YOU GOT THE CONWAY ENDORSEMENT >> I DID I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT >> THERE WE GO >> LET ME JUST SAY THIS I THINK THE QUESTION STARTED OFF WITH SECRETARY CLINTON’S CRITIQUE I THINK QUITE HONESTLY AS WE FACE ONE OF THE GREAT POLITICAL CRISES FACING AMERICA, OUR JOB IS TO LOOK FORWARD AND NOT BACK TO 2016 I HOPE THAT SECRETARY CLINTON AND ALL OF US CAN COME TOGETHER AND MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION SECOND OF ALL IN TERMS OF REPUBLICANS, LET ME SAY THAT IN MY OWN GREAT STATE OF VERMONT, MY MEMORY IS CORRECT, AMY, I GOT 25% OF THE REPUBLICAN VOTE AND IN FACT, THERE WERE PERIODS WHEN I WAS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A NUMBER OF YEARS WHERE I PASSED MORE AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY THAN ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AND THAT IS WHEN YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER ON AN ISSUE, THERE ARE MANY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT CIVIL LIBERTIES AT LEAST THEY USED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT CIVIL LIBERTIES THR REPUBLICANS, AS YOU KNOW, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON ISSUES WHERE WE HAVE A COMMON BASIS >> THANK YOU, SENATOR DAVID >> LINDSEY THANK YOU I WANT TO TURN TO AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERED AN INDICATION OF WHAT HE’LL TOUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL HE CELEBRATED THE US AIR STRIKE THAT KILLED TOP IRANIAN GENERAL QASSEM SOLEIMANI WHO SAID HE WAS A MONSTROUS BUTCHER MAYOR BUTTIGIEG YOU’RE THE ONLY VETERAN STANDING ON THIS STAGE THERE IS NO DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER SOLEIMANI WAS A BAD ACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF MANY AMERICANS GIVEN WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT SOLEIMANI, IF YOUR NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM CAME TO YOU WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO STRIKE, WOULD SOLEIMANI BE DEAD OR ALIVE IN YOUR PRESIDENCY? >> IN THE SITUATION THAT WE SAW WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THAT MADE OUR COUNTRY SAFER LOOK, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN OF MURDER AND MAYHEM THAT GENERAL SOLEIMANI AND HIS UNITS HAVE PERPETRATED IT’S ALSO THE CASE THAT IF WE LEARNED NOTHING ELSE FROM THE WAR IN IRAQ, IT’S THAT TAKING OUT A BAD GUY IS NOT A GOOD IDEA IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING THIS PRESIDENT HAS MOVED US THIS MUCH CLOSER TO THE BRINK OF WAR IT DIDN’T START WITH THE SOLEIMANI STRIKE IT STARTED WITH WITHDRAWING US FROM THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED WAS WORKING IT’S TIME FOR US TO RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY TIME A STEP IS TAKEN THAT MOVES US TO THE BRINK OF WAR, THAT HAS INCREDIBLY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE WHO SERVE BY CHANCE JUST BECAUSE I WAS TRAVELING FOR THE CAMPAIGN NOT LONG AGO I RAN INTO SOMEBODY THAT I HADN’T SEEN SINCE WE WERE BOTH SERVING I SAW HER COMING DOWN THE CONCOURSE IN THE AIRPORT WEARING A WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT T-SHIRT THAT SAID SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED WHEN I ASKED HER HOW SHE WAS DOING, SHE LIFTED UP HER KNEE AND TAPPED ON THE PART OF HER LEG THAT THEY COULDN’T SAVE, TAPPED ON THE PROSTHETIC AND SAID THE NAVY HAD FIXED HER UP JUST FINE AND THEN LET ME KNOW SHE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO AN UPCOMING DEPLOYMENT PEOPLE IN OUR UNIFORM WILL DO WHATEVER THE UNITED STATES REQUIRES OF THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE IN RETURN IS A PRESIDENT WHO WILL READ THE INTELLIGENCE, PAY ATTENTION TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY SITUATION, CONSULT WITH OUR ALLIES, KEEP U.S. POLITICS OUT OF IT AND NEVER COMMIT OUR TROOPS TO A SITUATION WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO INTO HARM’S WAY IF THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE [ APPLAUSE ] >> LET ME JUST PRESS FURTHER ON THIS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SIGNALLED IN A GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN HE WILL CELEBRATE HIS WILLINGNESS TO ORDER THAT STRIKE I’M ASKING IF YOUR NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM CAME TO YOU AND PRESENTED YOU WITH THE OPPORTUNITY, WOULD YOU TAKE THE STRIKE? >> IT DEPENDS ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES IT DEPENDS IF THERE WAS A DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVE THIS IS NOT AN EPISODE OF “24.” THIS IS A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES THAT YOU ACTUALLY EVALUATE THE ENTIRE INTELLIGENCE PICTURE THIS PRESIDENT HAS INSULTED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, BUT THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO GATHER THE INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP A DECISIONMAKER VALUE IT WHETHER OR NOT SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS JUSTIFIED I DON’T THINK HE EVEN READS IT HERE WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT ONE OF THE MOST VOLATILE PLACES IN THE WORLD HAS JUST BECOME MORE DANGEROUS AT THE HANDS OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS NO REGARD FOR THE MILITARY NOT ONLY PUNISHING A WAR HERO TODAY WITH WHAT HE DID TO COLONEL VINDMAN BUT PARDONING WAR CRIMINALS IN A WAY THAT UNDERMINES THE ENTIRE SENSE OF GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE AND MILITARY HONOR WE DESERVE A BETTER COMMANDER IN CHIEF >> WE KNOW THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS AWARE OF THE THREAT THAT SOLEIMANI POSED, SO WAS THE BRUSH ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT I’M ASKING TONIGHT AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, THOUGH, WOULD YOU HAVE ORDERED THE STRIKE? >> NO THE REASON I WOULDN’T HAVE ORDERED THE STRIKE, THERE’S NO EVIDENCE YET OF EMINENT THREAT THAT WAS GOING TO COME FROM HIM LOOK WHAT HAPPENED HIS AMERICA FIRST POLICY HAS MADE AMERICA ALONE YOU CANNOT THINK OF A TIME AS LONG AS YOU’VE BEEN ALIVE WHEN NATO HAS SAID TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO IRAN, MADE A MORAL EQUIVALENCE AND SAID BOTH OF YOU STAND DOWN, WE ARE ALONE NOW, ALONE IN THAT REGION OF THE WORLD, WITHOUT FRIENDS, WITHOUT SUPPORT, WITHOUT ALLIES SECONDLY, YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THAT AIR RAID, WHEN THOSE MISSILES WERE FIRED INTO THAT AIR BASE 65 AMERICAN HEROS WERE WOUNDED I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE IF MY SON WERE THERE I WOULD HAVE BEEN SO DAMN ANGRY I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE THEY RECEIVED TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY HERE’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID, HEADACHES, NOT BAD, HEADACHES, THAT’S ALL THEY ARE THIS GUY DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF FOR ONE MORE DAY [ APPLAUSE ] >> SENATOR SANDERS, YOU HAVE CALLED THIS ASSASSINATING A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL YOU WOULD NOT HAVE ORDERED THE STRIKE? >> LOOK, HERE IS THE DANGER THERE ARE VERY BAD LEADERS ALL OVER THE WORLD KIM JONG-UN IN NORTH KOREA IS PROBABLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HIS PEOPLE, THREATENING ALL OF ASIA WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS YOU’VE GOT MOHAMMED BIN SALMON IN SAUDI ARABIA WHO IS A TERRIBLE MURDERER WHO MURDERED KASHOGGI IN COLD BLOOD AND DISMEMBERED HIS BODY YOU HAVE PUTIN IN RUSSIA WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS OF HIS ENEMIES YOU’VE GOT XI IN CHINA WHO’S PUT A MILLION MUSLIMS INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS YOU CANNOT GO AROUND SAYING YOU’RE A BAD GUY, WE’RE GOING TO ASSASSINATE YOU AND IF THAT HAPPENS, YOU’RE OPENING THE DOOR TO THE INTERNATIONAL ANARCHY THAT EVERY GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD WILL THEN BE SUBJECTED TO ATTACKS AND ASSASSINATION WHAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO, WHICH TRUMP DOES NOT UNDERSTAND, IS STRENGTHEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND OUR DIPLOMATIC CAPABILITIES, NOT JUST THE MILITARY WHAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO IS BRING COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD TOGETHER WITH OUR POWER AND OUR WEALTH AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET US SIT DOWN AND WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES THROUGH DEBATE AND DISCUSSION AT THE U.N., NOT THROUGH MORE AND MORE WAR AND THE EXPENDITURES OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THE LOSS OF GOD KNOWS HOW MANY LIVES >> SENATOR SANDERS, THANK YOU THIS DOES TAKE ME TO AFGHANISTAN AND TO AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR SENATOR WARREN, YOU RECENTLY SAID, QUOTE, WE HAVE ONE GENERAL AFTER ANOTHER IN AFGHANISTAN WHO COMES IN AND SAYS WE’VE JUST TURNED A CORNER AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS? IT’S ALL THE SAME YOU SAID SO MANY SAY IT, WE’RE GOING IN CIRCLES WE WERE ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ IN RECENT MONTHS THE GENERAL TOLD US THAT THE U.S. NEEDS SOME U.S. PRESENCE ON THE GROUND, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES, SOME PRESENCE TO GO AFTER ISIS AND THE TERRORISTS IF YOU’RE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, WOULD YOU LISTEN TO THE GENERALS OR DO THEY FALL INTO THE CATEGORY OF THE GENERALS YOU MENTIONED BEFORE? >> LOOK, I SAID ON SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE SO I GET THE BRIEFINGS FROM THE GENERALS ON A REGULAR BASIS I’VE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN, TO IRAQ, JORDAN, I’VE BEEN THROUGHOUT THE REASON I’VE BEEN THERE WITH JOHN McCAIN, I’VE BEEN WITH LINDSEY GRAHAM TO ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING, TO ASK OUR GENERALS TO ASK THEIR GENERALS, TO ASK PEOPLE ON THE GROUND THE BOTTOM LINE IS NOBODY SEES A SOLUTION TO THIS WAR, NOBODY CAN DESCRIBE WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE ALL THEY CAN DESCRIBE IS ENDLESS WAR I REALIZE THERE ARE PEOPLE ON THIS DEBATE STAGE WHO ARE WILLING TO SAY, YEAH, WE’LL LEAVE OUR TROOPS THERE FOR FIVE MORE YEARS, TEN MORE YEARS LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID HE’S WILLING TO LEAVE TROOPS FOR A HUNDRED MORE YEARS WHAT HAS ALL THESE YEARS OF WAR BROUGHT US? THE AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT CONTROLS LESS THAN 60% OF THE LAND PEOPLE DON’T HAVE FAITH IN THEIR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THE OPIUM TRADE IS HIGHER THAN EVER WE SENT OUR TROOPS IN AND THEY DID THEIR BEST THEY WERE THERE FOR US BUT WE NEED TO BE THERE FOR THEM AND THAT MEANS NOT TO SEND OUR TROOPS TO DO WORK THAT CANNOT BE SOLVED MILITARILY IT IS TIME TO BRING OUR COMBAT TROOPS HOME IT IS TIME TO STOP THIS ENDLESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN >> SENATOR WARREN, I WANT TO PRESS YOU ON THIS YOU JUST SAID COMBAT TROOPS >> YES >> IF THE GENERALS CAME TO YOU AND SAID WE NEED U.S. SPECIAL FORCES, SOME FOOTPRINT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WOULD YOU LEAD THEM? >> I WANT TO HEAR THE PLAN NOT JUST WE NEED IT NOW I WANT TO KNOW WHERE OUR ALLIES ARE WE ALL HAVE AN INTEREST IN DEALING WITH TERRORISM AND CONTROLLING TERRORISM BUT THAT CAN’T JUST BE THE UNITED STATES WAGING ENDLESS WAR THAT DOES NOT MAKE US SAFER, IT DOES NOT MAKE THE REGION SAFER, IT DOES NOT MAKE THE WORLD SAFER WE SHOULD WORK WITH OUR ALLIES IN MANAGING TERRORISM BUT WE NEED TO END THIS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN WE CANNOT WAIT FIVE MORE YEARS TURN THE CORNER TEN MORE TIMES WE NEED TO BRING OUR COMBAT TROOPS HOME >> SENATOR WARREN, THANK YOU I WANT TO TAKE THIS TO THE VICE PRESIDENT BECAUSE YOU HAVE SAID OF SENATOR WARREN’S COMMENTS BEFORE THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, YOU SAID I QUITE FRANKLY WAS SURPRISED THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY WITH ANY SERIOUS BACKGROUND IN FOREIGN POLICY THAT WE SHOULD PULL ALL TROOPS OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST IS SENATOR WARREN ON THIS? >> I’M NOT SURE SHE WANTS TO PULL ALL TROOPS OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST BUT IF SHE DOES, WE SAW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT HAPPENED I HELPED PUT TOGETHER A 61 NATION GROUP TO TAKE OUT ISIS BY PUTTING FEWER THAN 5,000 FORCES ALONG THE TURKISH BORDER THE KURDS LOST 10,000 LIVES THEY DEFEATED ISIS THEY ENDED THE FIGHT AND THEN THE PRESIDENT ON A WHIM DEALING WITH A MAN I KNOW VERY WELL, THE GUY RUNNING TURKEY WHO’S MORE OF AN AUTOCRAT THAN AN DEMOCRAT YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED YOU SAW THE EFFORT TO BE ABLE TO CONTAIN, NUMBER ONE NUMBER TWO, CLOSE YOUR EYES, REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAW ON TELEVISION YOU SAW A WOMAN STANDING UP THERE HOLDING UP HER BABY, KURD SAYING PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US AND OUR MILITARY WOMEN AND MEN GOING OUT IN THEIR HUMVEE WITH THEIR HEADS DOWN ASHAMED OF WHAT THEY DID WITH REGARD TO AFGHANISTAN, I WAS TOTALLY AGAINST THE WHOLE NOTION OF NO NATION BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN THE ONLY THING WE SHOULD BE DOING IS DEALING WITH TERRORISM IN THAT REGION I’VE BEEN TO EVERY PART OF AFGHANISTAN NOT IN COMBAT LIKE MY FRIEND HAS, BUT IN A HELICOPTER AND/OR ON A VEHICLE IN EVERY PART OF IT AS SENATOR AND VICE PRESIDENT HERE’S WHAT I SAW THERE’S NO POSSIBILITY OF UNITING THAT COUNTRY, NO POSSIBILITY AT ALL OF MAKING IT A WHOLE COUNTRY BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO SEE TO IT THAT YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO LAUNCH MORE ATTACKS FROM THE REGION ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT’S THE SMALL FOOTPRINT THAT WE NEEDED IN THE BEGINNING >> YOU MENTIONED MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, GIVEN YOUR FINISH IN IOWA YOU’VE COME UNDER INCREASING SCRUTINY, ATTACKS FROM OPPONENTS ON EXPERIENCE WE’VE HEARD THAT THEME RIGHT HERE TONIGHT YOU HAVE SAID ON THE IRAQ WAR FOR EXAMPLE, I JUST DON’T BELIEVE THERE IS ANY JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT VOTE YOU SAID IT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TENURE AND JUDGMENT THAT IT’S THE JUDGMENT THAT MATTERS NOT THE TIME IN WASHINGTON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN VOTED YES DO YOU BELIEVE AS COMMANDER IN CHEIF DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR JUDGMENT WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE VICE PRESIDENT’S? >> I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE THE JUDGMENT TO HELP US GET THROUGH THESE SITUATIONS WHERE OBVIOUSLY THE VICE PRESIDENT MADE THE WRONG DECISION WHEN IT CAME TO SUCH AN IMPORTANT MOMENT IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND LOOKING FORWARD, WE GOT TO RECOGNIZE JUST HOW MUCH IS GOING TO BE ON THE PLATE OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT THAT IT’S DIFFERENT IN KIND FROM WHAT WE HAVE FACED BEFORE IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR IN IRAQ IT IS ABOUT PREVENTING A WAR WITH IRAN NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE TO UNDERTAKE THE MILITARY AND COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES WE’VE BEEN DOING THROUGHOUT THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO HAVE TO RESTORE THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS COUNTRY AMONG OUR ALLIES AND AMONG THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AT A MOMENT WHEN WE ARE FACING FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT CHALLENGES FROM ASYMETRIC WARFARE TO CYBER SECURITY THREATS IF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMAGINATION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY IS A BIG WALL AND A MOAT FULL OF ALLIGATORS, A 17th CENTURY APPROACH TO KEEPING A PLACE SAFE WE HAVE TO BE READY FOR THE FUTURE AND THAT MEANS INSISTING, NOT ONLY ON SHORING UP OUR RELATIONSHIPS, BUT DEFINING A STRATEGY TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE FROM FUNDAMENTALLY NEW CHALLENGES >> MR. VICE PRESIDENT, I’LL LET YOU RESPOND TO HIS ARGUMENT ON JUDGMENT >> I MADE A MISTAKE I SAID IT 14 YEARS AGO I TRUSTED GEORGE BUSH TO KEEP HIS WORD HE SAID HE WAS NOT GOING TO GO INTO IRAQ HE SAID HE WAS ONLY USING THIS TO UNITE THE UNITED NATIONS, TO INSIST WE GET INSPECTORS IN TO SEE WHAT SADDAM WAS DOING WHEN WE GOT ELECTED THE PRESIDENT TURNED TO ME WITH THE ENTIRE SECURITY APPARATUS AND SAID, JOE, I WANT YOU TO ORGANIZE GETTING 156,000 TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ I DID THAT I DID THAT THE OTHER THING I WANT TO POINT OUT TO YOU IS THAT NATO IS, IN FACT, GOING TO CRUMBLE IF WE DON’T BEAT TRUMP NATO IS IN REAL TROUBLE WE NEED NATO FOR MORE REASONS THAN PHYSICAL SECURITY WE NEED NATO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT ALLOW RUSSIA TO CONTINUE TO HAVE ITS INFLUENCE IN EASTERN EUROPE IN WAYS IT HAD BEFORE IT WASN’T JUST TO STOP THE SOVIET UNION FROM COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES — COMING INTO EUROPE IT WAS TO MAKE SURE WE DID NOT HAVE THAT TAKING OVER THAT PART OF THE WORLD I KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM I KNOW EVERY ONE OF THESE WORLD LEADERS BY FIRST NAMES THEY CALL ME THEY TALK TO ME I BELIEVE I CAN GET IT DONE >> MR. STEYER I WANT TO BRING YOU IN ON THIS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS YOU’VE HAD AN ATTACK AD RUNNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH IMAGES OF MAYOR BUTTIGIEG AND YOU SAY OVER THE IMAGES AN UNTESTED NEWCOMER I WANTED TO ASK YOU TONIGHT ON THIS READINESS TO BECOME COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF YOU SHARE THE STAGE WITH A VICE PRESIDENT WHO WAS IN THE SITUATION ROOM WHAT MAKES YOU MOST QUALIFIED OF ALL CANDIDATES ON THE STAGE TO BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF? >> LET ME SAY THIS I AGREE WITH PETE BUTTIGIEG IT IS ABOUT JUDGMENT NOT TENURE WHAT WE’RE HEARING HERE IS A VERY LONG DISSERTATION ABOUT EXACTLY HOW AMERICA SHOULD BE THE WORLD’S POLICEMAN WHAT WE’VE ACTUALLY SEEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS THAT BARACK OBAMA USED DIPLOMACY TO GET IRAN TO GIVE UP ITS NUCLEAR AMBITIONS IN RETURN FOR OUR RELEASING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ALONG WITH OUR PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD SO WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT OUR ROLE IN THE WORLD AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, WE HAVE ABANDONED A DIPLOMACY WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY WE DON’T HAVE ALLIES ACTUALLY, THIS VIEW OF THE WORLD THAT OUR RESPONSE SHOULD BE MILITARY IS DRIVEN BY OUR GIGANTIC MILITARY COMPLEX AND IGNORES THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT WE FACE INTERNATIONALLY IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS CLIMATE CHANGE AND THAT CANNOT BE SOLVED WITH GUNS AND TANKS AND PLANES IT CAN ONLY BE SOLVED WITH DIPLOMACY AND ALLIES AND INTERACTION WITH OTHER COUNTRIES SO, IN FACT, WHAT WE ARE LISTENING TO RIGHT HERE IS A DISCUSSION OF 20 YEARS OF FAILED, MILITARY ACTION AND HOW WE SHOULD CONTINUE IT AND HOW WE SHOULD CONTINUE SPENDING $700 BILLION A YEAR ON DEFENSE WHEN WE SPEND $70 BILLION A YEAR AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL ON EDUCATION >> LET’S TALK ABOUT JUDGMENT HERE >> I DID NOT — I DID NOT — >> MR. VICE PRESIDENT I’LL GIVE YOU 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND >> THAT IS NOT WHAT I SAID I WAS PART OF THE REASON PUTTING THAT DEAL TOGETHER WITH IRAN I WAS THERE I WAS INVOLVED IN THAT I WAS ALSO PART OF THE, PUTTING TOGETHER THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD I BROUGHT IN THE CHINESE I WAS PART OF THAT I HAVE BEEN PART OF EVERY MAJOR INITIATIVE WE’VE HAD RELATIVE TO DIPLOMACY I HAVE NOT ARGUED FOR THE PLACEMENT OF MAJOR NUMBERS OF U.S. COMBAT TROOPS I HAVE SAID, ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BARACK OBAMA, AS HIS PARTNER, I HAVE SAID WE HAVE TO STRENGTHEN NATO TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE KEEP OUR COMMITMENTS WHEN WE MAKE THEM LIKE WE DON’T KEEP OUR COMMITMENTS TO THE KURDS WE MUST KEEP OUR COMMITMENTS WHEN WE MAKE THEM OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO POWER WHATSOEVER AND IT’S NOT ABOUT MAKING SURE WE’RE POLICEMEN OF THE WORLD THE ONLY WAY NOT TO BECOME POLICEMEN OF THE WORLD IS TO HAVE ALLIES THAT WILL JOIN US IN DEALING WITH FAILED STATES AND TERRORISM AND IT HAS TO BE DONE JOINTLY BY A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE AND IT DOESN’T REQUIRE LARGE NUMBERS OF U.S. TROOPS AND I’VE NEVER SAID THAT >> OKAY SENATOR SANDERS PLEASE >> IF I MIGHT, LIKE JOE AND OTHERS, I ALSO HEARD THE ARGUMENTS IN TERMS OF THE WAR IN IRAQ FROM BUSH, FROM CHANEY, FROM JOHN BOLTON, FROM THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATION I LISTENED VERY CAREFULLY AND I CONCLUDED THAT THEY WERE LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH AND I NOT ONLY VOTED AGAINST THAT WAR BUT I HELPED LEAD THE OPPOSITION AND IT SADDENS ME SO MUCH, MY FEARS ABOUT ALL THE DESTABLIZATION THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE BY THE U.S. INVADING IRAQ, IT SAYS TO ME THAT THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED BUT LET ME JUST PICK UP ON A POINT TOM MADE, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TRUMP WANTS TO BUILD A WALL AROUND AMERICA THE PROBLEM IS IF WE ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH ISSUES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, NOT ONLY DO WE IN AMERICA HAVE TO TAKE ON THE GREED OF THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY, WE HAVE TO LEAD THE ENTIRE WORLD THIS IS NOT AN AMERICAN ISSUE IT’S A GLOBAL ISSUE WE GOT TO BRING CHINA AND RUSSIA AND BRAZIL AND PAKISTAN AND INDIA AND EVERY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH INTO THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AND HERE IS MY DREAM MAYBE IT’S A RADICAL DREAM BUT MAYBE JUST MAYBE GIVEN THE CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE THE WORLD CAN UNDERSTAND THAT INSTEAD OF SPENDING $1.8 TRILLION A YEAR COLLECTIVELY ON WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION DESIGNED TO KILL EACH OTHER, MAYBE WE POOL OUR RESOURCES AND FIGHT OUR COMMON ENEMY, WHICH IS CLIMATE CHANGE >> SENATOR SANDERS, THANK YOU >> MUCH MORE COMING UP WE HAVE GOT TO TAKE A BREAK AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK >>> WELCOME BACK TO MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND THE ABC NEWS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON ABC NEWS LIVE RACHEL, WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE HERE TONIGHT >> I WOULD SAY SO >> WHAT A DEBATE IT HAS BEEN SO FAR IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US OR JOINED IN THE MIDDLE WE SAW BERNIE SANDERS DEFEND HIS ATTACKS ON PETE BUTTIGIEG WE SAW THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TALK ABOUT HIS WEAK SHOWING IN IOWA BOTH OF THEM WENT ON THE ATTACK ON PETE BUTTIGIEG >> I THINK ONE THING IS CLEAR TONIGHT THIS IS NOT JUST A FIGHT TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT A FIGHT AND A BATTLE OVER THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WE ARE SEEING SOME VERY CLEAR LANES BEING CARVED OUT HERE TONIGHT YOU SEE THE MODERATES VERSUS THE PROGRESSIVES AND ALSO THE NEWCOMERS TO WASHINGTON, MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG, VERSUS THOSE WHO HAVE LOTS OF POLITICAL EXPERIENCE ON THAT STAGE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COMES WITH HAVING THE MOMENTUM IN THIS RACE IS HAVING A TARGET ON YOUR BACK WE SAW THAT TONIGHT FROM MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG GETTING ATTACK AFTER ATTACK HE TRIED TO FEND THEM OFF AS BEST HE COULD, SAYING HE IS THE ONE THAT COULD BRING A FRESH FACE TO WASHINGTON, THAT WASHINGTON NEEDS IT RIGHT NOW THE CANDIDATES ON THAT STAGE QUESTIONING HIS EXPERIENCE AND WHETHER OR NOT A SMALL TOWN MAYOR COULD BEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND LEAD THE NATION >> GETTING RIGHT BACK AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS, QUOTE, MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY APPROACH TO POLITICS IN THE WORDS OF PETE BUTTIGIEG ALSO CALLING JOE BIDEN PART OF THE POLITICS OF THE PAST, WAS ALSO AN INTERESTING MOMENT IN THIS FIRST PART OF THE DEBATE WHERE IMPEACHMENT MADE A ROARING COMEBACK AND HAS FINISHED AND WRAPPED UP IN WASHINGTON BUT A LOT OF DISCUSSION ON STAGE INCLUDING A STANDING OVATION FOR THOSE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS WHO WERE ESCORTED OFF THE JOB TODAY IN AN ACT OF RETRIBUTION >> YOU SAW THAT STANDING OVATION FOR LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN BUT ALSO A MOMENT OF UNITY ON THE STAGE THERE THIS IS SOMETHING ALL OF THE CANDIDATES AGREE ON, RIGHT? MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG WHO HAS RAMPED UP HIS ATTACKS AGAINST THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT IN THIS LAST STRETCH CAME TO HIS DEFENSE TONIGHT ON THAT STAGE SAYING THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE REPUBLICANS TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT HE SAYS WE NEED TO DRAW A LINE AGAINST THESE ATTACKS AGAINST HUNTER BIDEN >> FOUR DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE BIG VOTES HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE COMING INTO THIS DEBATE WE SAW THE STORY LINE SOLIDIFY TODAY IN NEW POLLING THAT JUST CAME OUT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THOSE NUMBERS, TAKE A LOOK HERE WE SEE BERNIE SANDERS ON TOP OF THE PACK WITH PETE BUTTIGIEG SURGING IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE COMING ON SANDERS’ HEELS THIS IS ONE POLL FROM MARIST AND NBC NEWS JOE BIDEN SLIPPING A BIT YOU HAVE BEEN OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TALKING TO VOTERS AND THEY ARE STILL MAKING UP THEIR MINDS >> THEY ARE THEY JUST HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO DECIDE AND THEY ARE EAGER TO HEAR WHAT THE CANDIDATES HAVE TO SAY TONIGHT THIS IS A STATE THAT SENATOR SANDERS WON BACK IN 2016 HE’LL BE LOOKING FOR A REPEAT >> ALL RIGHT THOSE CANDIDATES NOW COMING BACK ON STAGE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE ABC NEWS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE STAY WITH US HERE ON ABC NEWS LIVE FOR MUCH MORE COVERAGE AHEAD AND NOW BACK TO GEORGE AND THE TEAM >>> WELCOME BACK TO ST. ANSELM COLLEGE HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WE ARE HERE EVERY FOUR YEARS THANKS TO OUR AMAZING MANCHESTER PARTNER WMUR AND NOW ANCHOR MONICA HERNANDEZ AND THE POLITICAL DIRECTOR ARE JOINING US WITH QUESTIONS ON THE MINDS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS >> THANK YOU, GEORGE IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY WE KNOW GRANITE STATERS ARE ENGAGED AND WE KNOW THERE ARE ISSUES THAT STRIKE ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO HOME HERE NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF DEADLY OVERDOSES IN THE COUNTRY IN SOME CASES POLICE AND PARAMEDICS TELL US THEY ARE SAVING THE SAME LIVES AGAIN AND AGAIN, SOMETIMES MORE THAN ONCE IN A SINGLE DAY IT IS A HEALTH CARE ISSUE BUT ALSO SO MUCH MORE MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, YOU HAVE DESCRIBED YOURSELF AS A MODERATE BUT ONE OF YOUR POLICIES AT LEAST GOES FURTHER THAN SOME ON THE STAGE WITH YOU ARE WILLING TO GO YOU HAVE CALLED FOR THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS DOES THAT INCLUDE HEROIN, METH, AND COCAINE, SOME OF THE DRUGS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS CRISIS? >> NO WHAT I’VE CALLED FOR IS THAT INCARCERATION SHOULD NO LONGER BE THE RESPONSE TO DRUG POSSESSION >> WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, ON YOUR WEBSITE IT SAYS THAT YOU CALLED FOR DECRIMINALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS >> AGAIN, WHAT I AM CALLING FOR IS WE END THE USE OF INCARCERATION AS A RESPONSE THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT WILL BE LAWFUL TO PRODUCE OR DISTRIBUTE THOSE KINDS OF HARMFUL DRUGS BUT, ALSO, AS WE KNOW FROM THE OPIOID CRISIS, SOME OF THIS HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY COMPANIES THAT WERE ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY WITH SUBSTANCES THAT WERE LAWFUL IT’S WHY IN SOUTH BEND WE SUED THOSE COMPANIES TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE WHO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE ABOUT THE ADDICTIVENESS OF THOSE SUBSTANCES EVEN WHILE WE’RE ALSO COMING TO RECOGNIZE THAT THESE KINDS OF ADDICTIONS ARE A MEDICAL ISSUE NOT A MORAL FAILURE ON THE PART OF SOMEBODY BATTLING THAT ADDICTION THAT’S WHY MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT IS SO IMPORTANT AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING REVIVED AND OUR OWN EMTs IN MY CITY HAVE BEEN SO FRUSTRATED BY THE EXPERIENCE OF REVIVING SOMEBODY BUT THEN THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO SOMETIMES YOU GET BROUGHT BACK WITH A DOSE OF NARCAN BUT THEN YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON WHETHER IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOW YOU MAKE IT UNTIL SOMEBODY CAN ACTUALLY SEE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH A SHORTAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION PROVIDERS IN THIS COUNTRY WE MUST ACT TO CHANGE THAT AND SAVE LIVES WHEN WE DO >> I WANT TO BRING THIS QUESTION NOW TO MR. YANG YOU’VE SAID YOU WOULD DECRIMINALIZE OPIOIDS BUT YOU’VE ALSO SAID YOU WOULD REQUIRE ALL OVERDOSE PATIENTS TO GO TO MANDATORY TREATMENT CENTERS FOR THREE DAYS RIGHT NOW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THERE AREN’T ENOUGH BEDS IN TREATMENT CENTERS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL OVERDOSE PATIENTS AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO FILL THE GAP IN THE MEAN BETIME? >> THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO CHANGE, MONICA I HAVE HEARD HEART BREAKING STORIES FROM FAMILY IS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, TORN APART BY THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE COMPANIES THAT PROFITED TO THE TUNE OF TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITS OF AS PRESIDENT, WE WILL TAKE BACK THOSE PROFITS AND PUT THEM TO WORK RIGHT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SO THAT IF YOU ARE SEEKING TREATMENT, YOU HAVE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO PURSUE IT THIS IS NOT A MONEY PROBLEM FUNDAMENTALLY THIS IS A HUMAN PROBLEM BUT MONEY CANNOT BE THE OBSTACLE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED ON THE GOVERNMENT’S WATCH THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWED THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES AND WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU’RE SEEKING TREATMENT, YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE SENT TO JAIL WE HAVE SAFE INJECTION AND SAFE CONSUMPTION SITES FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS STRUGGLING YOU CAN REFER THEM AND KNOW THEY’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE CRIMINAL PENALTIES AS A RESULT THERE IS SO MUCH ABOUT THIS THAT IS ENDEMIC TO WHAT HAPPENED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF COMPANIES RUNNING AMOK, THIS HYPERCORPORATE CAPITALISM WHERE IF MONEY IS ON ONE SIDE IN THIS COUNTRY AND PEOPLE ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE THE MONEY IS WINNING YOU CAN SEE IT WITH THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC YOU CAN SEE IT WITH THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, THE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES THIS IS WHAT MUST CHANGE THAT’S WHERE I’LL LEAD AS PRESIDENT >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, I WANT TO TAKE THE QUESTION TO YOU NOW AS A PROSECUTOR YOU EMBRACED TOUGH ON CRIME POLICIES EVEN WITH DRUG OFFENDERS YOU’VE ALSO SPOKEN MANY TIMES ABOUT YOUR FATHER’S OWN ADDICTION ISSUES, HIS OWN ALCOHOLISM, AND DUI ARREST IF ADDICTION IS A DISEASE SHOULD PEOPLE BE ARRESTED FOR IT AND AS A PROSECUTOR DO YOU REGRET SENDING PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES TO JAIL? >> I LED ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DRUG COURTS IN THE COUNTRY IN HEN PIN COUNTY AND I ALWAYS BELIEVED AND I THINK MY RECORD SHOWS THIS THAT WE WEREN’T A BUSINESS WE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE REPEAT CUSTOMERS AND IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE REPEAT CUSTOMERS, THE ONLY ANSWER IS TREATMENT AND MAYBE YOU’RE REFERRING TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE DEALING BIG TIME IN DRUGS YES I FELT THAT WE SHOULD PROSECUTE THOSE PEOPLE BUT WHEN IT COMES TO, AND YOU ASKED MR. YANG A QUESTION AND I THINK WE OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT HAVE ONE OF THE BIGGEST ADDICTION RATES IN THE COUNTRY AND DEATH RATES WHEN IT COMES TO OPIOIDS TO EXPLAIN HOW WE WILL PAY FOR THE TREATMENT AND THE BEDS I’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS THERE IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR SETTLEMENT COMING THROUGH, A FEDERAL SETTLEMENT AGAINST ALL THESE OPIOID MANUFACTURERS THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING, INCLUDING AN E-MAIL WHERE ONE BUSINESS GUY SAYS TO THE OTHER THEY’RE EATING THEM LIKE DORITOS JUST KEEP PUMPING THEM OUT WE WILL GET A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE, $40 BILLION, IN FROM THAT SETTLEMENT WE CAN PUT A TWO CENTS PER MILLIGRAM TAX ON OPIOIDS THAT BRINGS IN ANOTHER $40 BILLION THEN YOU CAN CLOSE THE HEDGE FUND LOOPHOLE THAT BRINGS IN $18 BILLION AND JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER POLICY I’VE PROPOSED AND I THINK NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS SHOULD CARE ABOUT THIS, I HAVE SHOWED HOW I’M GOING TO PAY FOR IT BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE SOMEONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO HAS TOLD OVER 15,000 LIES HE MAKES ALL KINDS OF PROMISES THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY DESERVE BETTER I WILL GET THIS DONE AND IT IS PERSONAL FOR ME >> GOOD EVENING, CANDIDATES NEW HAMPSHIRE IS A BATTLEGROUND NOT JUST FOR PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS BUT ALSO FOR TOP ISSUES AND THAT INCLUDES GUN POLICY SENATOR SANDERS, FOR MANY VOTERS IN THIS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY YOUR ALLURE IS ABOUT CONSISTENCY WHEN IT COMES TO PROGRESSIVE ISSUES YOU’VE BEEN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THEM FOR A LONG TIME ONE EXCEPTION IS GUN RIGHTS IN THE’ ’90s IN CONGRESS YOU VOTED AGAINST BACKGROUND CHECKS AND ALSO AGAINST A WAITING PERIOD FOR PURCHASE OF A FIREARM CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY YOU OPPOSED THESE THINGS THAT YOU NOW SUPPORT? >> LET ME ALSO SAY THAT IN 1988 I PROBABLY LOST A RACE FOR CONGRESS AND WE ONLY HAVE ONE CONGRESS PERSON IN THE WHOLE STATE BECAUSE IN 1988 I SAID THAT WE SHOULD BAN THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WAS 30 YEARS AGO FURTHERMORE, I AM VERY PROUD THAT TODAY I HAVE A D MINUS VOTING RECORD FROM THE NRA AND UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION, IT WILL BE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOING GUN POLICY NOT DICTATED BY THE NRA BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, I COME LIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE FROM A VERY, VERY RURAL STATE IN VERMONT, UNTIL LAST — TWO YEARS AGO WE HAD VIRTUALLY NO GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION AT ALL AND I REPRESENTED THAT PERSPECTIVE THE WORLD HAS CHANGED IN VERMONT AND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE SICKENED BY THE MASS SHOOTINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN AND THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT WE HAVE SEEN THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND MY VIEWS HAVE CHANGED MY VIEW IS RIGHT NOW, WE NEED UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS WE END THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE WE END THE SO-CALLED STRAW MAN PROVISION WE MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE END THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE GO FURTHER WE GO FURTHER THE BOTTOM LINE IS I WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THE NRA WE’RE GOING TO RUN THE GUN POLICY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT >> VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, YOU’VE TAKEN A LOT OF HEAT IN THIS PRIMARY ON THESE DEBATE STAGES AND FROM VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR YOUR PAST POSITION YOU’VE ESSENTIALLY ASKED THEM TO LOOK AT THE TOTALITY OF YOUR RECORD AND GIVE YOU THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT DOES SENATOR SANDERS DESERVE THAT SAME BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT ON GUNS? >> WELL LOOK HERE IS THE DEAL THE BIGGEST MISTAKE BERNIE MADE, THAT SENATOR SANDERS MADE, HE VOTED TO GIVE THE GUN MANUFACTURERS THE ONLY MAJOR INDUSTRY IN AMERICA A LOOPHOLE THAT DOES NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE SUED FOR THE CARNAGE THEY ARE CREATING FIRST THING I’LL DO AS PRESIDENT IS WORK TO GET RID OF THAT IT IS GOING TO BE HARD THINK OF ALL OF THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED I MIGHT ADD, BERNIE, WHILE YOU WERE REPRESENTING YOUR CONSTITUENCY AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE IN THAT GUN STATE AND THEY’VE COME AROUND, IN FACT ALL THOSE FOLKS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, THEY WERE GETTING KILLED BY THE THOUSANDS DURING THIS SAME PERIOD I COME FROM A STATE THAT’S A MAJOR GUN OWNER STATE I INTRODUCED THE FIRST ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN I IN FACT GOT IT PASSED I’M THE ONLY GUY THAT BEAT THE NRA TWICE WHILE I WAS PUSHING THE BRADY BACKGROUND BILL, BACKGROUND CHECKS, BERNIE VOTED FIVE TIMES AGAINST IT WHEN HE WAS IN THE HOUSE SO, LOOK, THE OTHER THING IS THAT WE HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE THINGS WE DID I’M THE GUY THAT SET UP DRUG COURTS I SET THEM UP I WROTE IT INTO LAW AND IT NEVER GOT FUNDED AND ALSO ON OPIOIDS I’M THE GUY WHO’S ALREADY BEGUN TO MAKE A DOWNPAYMENT IN THE CURES ACT I PUT IN $1 BILLION TO FIGHT OPIOID ADDICTION LASTLY, MY TIME IS GOING TO BE UP SHORTLY, HERE’S THE DEAL THOSE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THOSE DRUG COMPANIES SHOULD NOT ONLY BE FINED THEY SHOULD GO TO JAIL >> SENATOR WARREN, WE’D LIKE TO GO TO YOU NOW WE WANT TO ASK YOU THIS QUESTION IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? >> LOOK, WE HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM IN AMERICA IT IS ABOUT THE MASS SHOOTINGS THAT WE HEAR ABOUT IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THAT FRIGHTEN US, ABOUT IN THEATERS AND IN CHURCHES IT’S ALSO, THOUGH, ABOUT SHOOTINGS THAT OCCUR ON SIDEWALKS AND IN PLAYGROUNDS, OFTEN IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT ARE HIT HARDEST BUT THERE ARE NO HEADLINES OVER THOSE IT’S ALSO ABOUT SUICIDE AND THE INCREASED LEITHALITY OF SUICIDE BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF GUNS IT IS ALSO ABOUT THE INCREASED CHANCES THAT IT IS USUALLY A WOMAN WILL DIE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IF SHE IS WITH A VIOLENT MAN AND A GUN IS IN THE HOUSE WE NEED TO THINK OF THIS PROBLEM NOT AS ONE AND DONE OR THREE THINGS AND DONE WE NEED TO THINK OF IT JUST LIKE WE DID ON AUTO SAFETY WE JUST KEEP COMING BACK WE TREAT IT LIKE THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THAT IT IS THE QUESTION WE SHOULD BE ASKING OURSELVES IS WHEN AMERICA, ACROSS THIS COUNTRY INCLUDING GUN OWNERS, AGREE ON CERTAIN, BASIC THINGS — UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, GET ASSAULT WEAPONS OFF THE STREETS WHY CAN WE NOT EVEN GET A VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE? AND THE ANSWER IS 90%, THINK ABOUT THIS, MORE THAN 90% OF AMERICANS AGREE ON THIS WE CAN’T GET A VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE BECAUSE IT IS THE GUN INDUSTRY THAT CONTINUES TO CALL THE SHOTS UNTIL WE ATTACK THE CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON, THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY ON CAMPAIGNS AND LOBBYING, WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MEET OUR PROMISES AND ONE MORE UNTIL WE AGREE THAT WE ARE WILLING TO ROLL BACK THE FILIBUSTER, THE GUN INDUSTRY IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A VETO AND WE WILL NEVER MAKE THE CHANGES WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO BUILD A FUTURE THAT WORKS NOT FOR A GUN INDUSTRY BUT THAT WORKS FOR THE REST OF AMERICA AND PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN >> THANK YOU, CANDIDATES WE’LL GO BACK TO DAVID THANKS TO WMUR TONIGHT I WANT TO TURN TO THE SUPREME COURT THE BALANCE ON THE COURT AND THE ISSUES BEFORE THE COURT RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IN JUST THE LAST 24 HOURS SAYING WE HAVE APPOINTED 191 FEDERAL JUDGES, TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, KEEPING HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO SHIFT THE COURT TO THE RIGHT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS AT THE COURT CLIMATE CHANGE IS WORKING ITS WAY TO THE COURT A MAJOR ABORTION CASE IS ON THE DOCKET THIS YEAR VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, ON THE ISSUE OF ABORTION IN 2012 YOU SAID, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TWO SUPREME COURT PICKS, OF THEM THERE WAS NO LITMUS TEST WE PICKED PEOPLE WHO HAD AN OPEN MIND, DID NOT COME WITH AN AGENDA YOU SAID BEFORE WE BOTH BELIEVED WE SHOULD NOT APPLY NARROW LITMUS TESTS TO APPOINTEES TO THE SUPREME COURT LET ME JUST ASK, WOULD YOU DO IT DIFFERENTLY AS PRESIDENT, MR VICE PRESIDENT? WOULD THERE BE A LITMUS TEST ON ABORTION? >> IF YOU SAY THE REST OF WHAT I SAID I SAID THAT WE WOULD NOT APPOINT ANYONE WHO DID NOT HAVE A VIEW THAT UNENUMERATED RIGHTS EXISTED IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT IS NOT A SPECIFIC TEST IT IS A GENERIC TEST THE ONLY REASON WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE IS BECAUSE IT’S DETERMINED THAT THERE’S UNENUMERATED RIGHTS FROM THE NINTH AMENDMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT’S WHAT I SAID AND I WAS PART OF THE REASON WHY ELENA KAGAN GOT ON THE SUPREME COURT AND WHY RUTH BADER GINSBURG IS ON THE COURT, AND WHY SOTOMAYOR IS ON THE COURT AND SHE SWORE ME IN I PRESIDED AND I AM THE REASON WHY THIS RIGHT WASN’T TAKEN AWAY A LONG TIME AGO BECAUSE I ALMOST SINGLE HANDEDLY MADE SURE ROBERT BORK DID NOT GET ON THE COURT BECAUSE HE DID NOT THINK THERE SHOULD BE ENUMERATED RIGHTS LET’S GET THAT STRAIGHT >> I AM AWARE OF WHAT YOU SAID WHICH IS WHY I’M ASKING WOULD YOU DO IT DIFFERENTLY NOW? WOULD THERE BE A LITMUS TEST ON ABORTION? >> YES, LOOK HERE IS THE DEAL A LITMUS TEST ON ABORTION RELATES TO THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUE OF THE CONSTITUTION A WOMAN DOES HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE I WOULD, IN FACT, IF THEY RULE IT TO BE UN-CONSTITUTIONAL, I WILL SEND TO THE UNITED STATES BELIEVE A BILL THAT LEDGES SLATES ROE V. WADE ADJUSTED BY CASEY IT IS A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO DO THAT PERIOD IF YOU CALL THAT A LITMUS TEST IT IS A LITMUS TEST WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE PAST SO NO ONE GETS CONFUSED HERE IS IF YOU READ THE CONSTITUTION, VERY, VERY NARROWLY AND SAY THERE ARE NO UNENUMERATED RIGHTS, IF IT DOESN’T STATE IT IN THE CONSTITUTION IT DOESN’T EXIST, YOU CANNOT HAVE ANY OF THE THINGS I CARE ABOUT ANY OF THE THINGS I CARE ABOUT AS A PROGRESSIVE MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AT THE TIME AND AS VICE PRESIDENT AND A MEMBER OF SOCIETY >> MR. VICE PRESIDENT, THANK YOU SENATOR WARREN? >> LOOK, I’VE LIVED IN AN AMERICA IN WHICH ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL AND RICH WOMEN STILL GOT ABORTIONS AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER ABOUT THIS STATES ARE HEADING TOWARD TRYING TO BAN ABORTION OUTRIGHT AND THE SUPREME COURT SEEMS HEADED IN EXACTLY THAT DIRECTION AS WELL IF WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO HAVE DOMINION OVER OUR OWN BODIES, THEN IT’S GOING TO MEAN WE CAN’T SIMPLY RELY ON THE COURTS THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR PEOPLE IN AMERICA BELIEVE RIGHT NOW THAT THE RULE OF ROE VS. WADE SHOULD BE THE LAW THAT MEANS WE SHOULD BE PUSHING FOR A CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION AS WELL IT IS TIME TO HAVE A NATIONAL LAW TO PROTECT THE RIGHT OF A WOMAN’S CHOICE >> SENATOR WARREN, THANK YOU SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, I DO WANT TO COME TO YOU SHOULD THERE BE A LITMUS TEST? AN ACTIVE HALL HERE TONIGHT >> THANK YOU >> SHOULD THERE BE A LITMUS TEST ON ABORTION? >> I WOULD ONLY APPOINT JUDGES THAT WOULD RESPECT PRECEDENT AND ONE OF THOSE KEY PRECEDENTS IS ROE V. WADE IN ADDITION, YOU HAVE GOT TO PUT IT INTO LAW DONALD TRUMP, AND I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE IT TO HIM HERE, WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR ELECTION, AND THIS IS A CASE I WILL MAKE ON THE DEBATE STAGE AGAINST HIM, HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT HE WANTED TO PUT WOMEN IN JAIL HE THEN DIALED IT BACK AND SAID, NO I WANT TO PUT DOCTORS IN JAIL IS IT A BIG SURPRISE, THEN, WE’RE SEEING STATES LIKE ALABAMA START ENACTING LAWS THAT WOULD CRIMINALIZE DOCTORS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS? IT’S NOT AND THAT IS WHY IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR FUNDING, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, FOR MAKING SURE WOMEN HAVE ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIONS, TO MAKING SURE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE, THAT WE MAKE THIS CASE STRONGLY AND LOUDLY >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, THANK YOU MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, YOU HAVE SIGNALED YOU’D BE OPEN TO THE IDEA OF EXPANDING THE COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG SUGGESTED LEAVING THE COURT AS IT IS SAYING, QUOTE, NINE SEEMS TO BE A GOOD NUMBER IN FACT, SHE SAID IF THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES IS INCREASED, QUOTE, IT WOULD MAKE THE COURT APPEAR PARTISAN IT WOULD BE ONE SIDE SAYING WHEN WE’RE IN POWER WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE WHO WILL VOTE THE WAY WE WANT THEM TO IS JUSTICE GINSBURG WRONG? >> WELL, IF ALL WE DID WAS CHANGE THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES I AGREE THAT COULD BE THE CONSEQUENCE WHAT I HAVE CALLED FOR IS NOT ONLY REFORMING THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES ON THE BENCH BUT STRUCTURAL REFORM SO THAT SOME OF THE JUSTICES ARE NOT APPOINTED THROUGH A PARTISAN PROCESS WE CANNOT ALLOW THE SUPREME COURT TO CONTINUE TO BECOME ONE MORE POLITICAL BATTLEFIELD AS WE ARE SEEING TODAY THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO THINK BIGGER NOT JUST REFORMING THE MAKEUP OF THE COURT AS AMERICA BY THE WAY HAS DONE SEVERAL TIMES IN OUR HISTORY BUT ALSO REMEMBER THAT THE FOUNDERS GAVE US THE POWER TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON AND WE SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID TO USE IT IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU DO LIGHTLY OR QUICKLY BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SOMETHING LIKE CITIZENS UNITED, WHICH HOLDS THAT CORPORATIONS HAVE THE SAME POLITICAL SOUL AS PEOPLE, AND THAT SPENDING MONEY TO INFLUENCE AN ELECTION IS THE SAME THING AS WRITING AN OP-ED TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER, WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO CLEAR THAT UP AND PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, THANK YOU VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, I DO WANT TO COME TO YOU ON THIS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID THE ONLY REASON DEMOCRATS WANT TO EXPAND THE KOURPT IS THEY WANT TO TRY AND CATCH UP YOU HAVE CALLED ANY EXPANSION A BAD IDEA ADDING WE WILL LIVE TO RUE THAT DAY DO YOU AGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THIS? >> I AGREE WITH RUTH BADER GINSBURG THAT’S WHO I AGREE WITH I AGREE THE WAY TO DEAL WITH CITIZENS UNITED IS PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT I INTRODUCED 25 YEARS AGO SAYING ONLY PUBLIC MONEY CAN BE SPENT IN ELECTIONS, PERIOD NOT PRIVATE MONEY NOT BILLIONAIRES NOT MONEY FROM SPECIAL INTERESTS PERIOD THAT’S THE WAY TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO DEAL WITH THAT IN ADDITION, IF IN FACT, LOOK, THE DEMOCRATS STOOD UP AGAINST A MAN I REVERE, FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT HE WANTED TO EXPAND THE COURT BUT THEY WERE WISE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHOEVER THEN HAS THE MAJORITY WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO ABUSE IT AND IT WILL LOSE ITS LEGITIMACY THERE ARE THREE EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT IT SAYS THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOMINATE THE SENATE SHALL DISPOSE THE SENATE SHALL MAKE THAT DECISION NOT THE PRESIDENT HE CAN NOMINATE THAT’S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT WE MUST WIN BACK THE UNITED STATES SENATE THIS TIME OUT AND THAT’S WHY AS YOU ALL LOOK AT IT UP HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND AROUND THE WORLD, EXCUSE ME, AROUND THE COUNTRY, YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO GET A SENATOR ELECTED IN NORTH CAROLINA? GEORGIA? WHO CAN WIN FLORIDA? PENNSYLVANIA? MINNESOTA? WHO CAN DO THAT? BECAUSE YOU GOT TO BE ABLE TO WIN THOSE — YOU CAN I AGREE BUT HERE IS THE POINT YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE NOT JUST TO WIN BUT BRING ALONG A UNITED STATES SENATE OR THIS BECOMES MOOT >> OKAY SENATOR SANDERS >> LOOK, YOU ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION IS THERE A LITMUS TEST FOR THOSE OF US UP HERE? FOR ME THERE IS I WILL NEVER NOMINATE ANY PERSON TO THE SUPREME COURT OR THE FEDERAL COURTS IN GENERAL WHO IS NOT 100% PRO ROE V. WADE NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE GOT TO CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO LEGISLATION NUMBER THREE, WE HAVE TO SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD >> MR. STEYER, I WANT TO BRING YOU IN ON THIS BECAUSE YOU HAVE CLAIMED WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUPREME COURT YOU HAVE SAID REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN CHEATING >> SURE THEY’VE BEEN CHEATING LOOK, WHAT WE SAW MITCH McCONNELL DO NOT JUST IN THE SUPREME COURT BUT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH FEDERAL JUDGES WAS REFUSE TO ALLOW PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PICKS TO BE CONSIDERED THAT’S WHY MR. TRUMP HAS APPOINTED SO MANY FEDERAL JUDGES BECAUSE IN FACT THE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO ALLOW PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GET HIS DUE HONESTLY, WE’RE SITTING HERE TALKING ABOUT, DO YOU HAVE A LITMUS TEST WE ALL HAVE THE LITMUS TEST EVERYBODY ON THIS ROW FEELS EXACTLY THE SAME WAY ABOUT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE EVERYBODY ON THIS ROW FEELS EXACTLY THE SAME WAY ON GUN CONTROL EVERY SINGLE ONE IN THIS ROW FEELS THE SAME WAY THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON THESE REPUBLICANS ARE IN CONTROL THEY’RE STACKING THE COURT FOR A GENERATION WITH YOUNG, RIGHT WING RADICALS AND WE’VE WATCHED IT HAPPEN AND THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? THAT’S WHERE WE ARE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE QUESTION IS, ACTUALLY JOE BIDEN IS RIGHT WE HAVE TO GO WIN A HUGE VICTORY THIS YEAR AND WE’RE IN TROUBLE AND SO THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BE, LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE WHO CAN PULL TOGETHER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? LET ME SAY THIS WE HAVE NOT SAID ONE WORD TONIGHT ABOUT RACE NOT ONE WORD ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WE HAVE THE MOST DIVERSE PARTY WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE COUNTRY WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE PARTY THE HEART AND SOUL OF THIS PARTY IS DIVERSITY BLACK PEOPLE, LATINOS, AAPI PEOPLE NATIVE AMERICAN AND WHITE PEOPLE BUT FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE, PULL IT TOGETHER WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT THE QUESTION WE HAVE IS HOW ARE WE GETTING THAT DIVERSE GROUP OF PEOPLE TO THE POLLS? WHAT ARE WE SAYING? EVERYBODY ON THIS STAGE FEELS THE SAME WAY ABOUT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE BEAT TRUMP? HOW DO WE TAKE DOWN THESE REPUBLICANS? AND THE ANSWER IS, WE’VE GOT TO SHOW WE CAN TAKE THEM DOWN ON GROWTH, JOB CREATION, THE ECONOMY WE SEND THEM PACKING AND THEN WE GET ALL OF THIS INCLUDING BEATING THE CORPORATION >> MR. STEYER, THANK YOU THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG MANY QUESTIONS TO COME >> I WANT TO TURN NOW TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP AS MAYOR, A BLACK RESIDENT IN SOUTH BEND, INDIANA WAS FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION THAN A WHITE RESIDENT NOW, THAT RACIAL DISPARITY IS HIGHER THAN THE REST OF THE STATE IN FACT, IT IS HIGHER THAN THE REST OF THE NATION AND THAT DISPARITY INCREASED IN SOUTH BEND AFTER YOU TOOK OFFICE WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE PROBLEM ON NATIONAL TERMS YOU’VE CALLED IT, QUOTE, EVIDENCE OF SYSTEMIC RACISM YOU WERE MAYOR FOR EIGHT YEARS WEREN’T YOU IN EFFECT THE HEAD OF THE SYSTEM? AND HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT INCREASE IN BLACK ARRESTS UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP? >> THE REALITY IS ON MY WATCH DRUG ARRESTS WERE LOWER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE AND SPECIFICALLY TO MARIJUANA, LOWER THAN INDIANA BUT THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT SYSTEMIC RACISM HAS PENETRATED TO EVERY LEVEL OF OUR SYSTEM AND MY CITY WAS NOT IMMUNE I TOOK A LOT OF HEAT FOR DISCUSSING SYSTEMIC RACISM WITH MY OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT WE’VE GOT TO CONFRONT THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO ESCAPING HOW THIS IS PART OF ALL OF OUR POLICIES EARLIER WE WERE TALKING ABOUT OPIOIDS AND THANKFULLY, AMERICA HAS COME TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE FACT THAT OPIOID ADDICTION IS BEST UNDERSTOOD AS A MEDICAL PROBLEM BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE INCLUDING A LOT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTIVISTS IN MY COMMUNITY WHO HAVE MADE THE VERY GOOD POINT IT IS GREAT THAT EVERYBODY IS SO ENLIGHTENED ABOUT DRUG POLICY NOW WHEN IT YOU WHEN IT CAME TO MARIJUANA? WHERE WERE YOU WHEN IT CAME TO THE CRACK EPIDEMIC IN THE 1990s? THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I AM CALLING FOR US AS A COUNTRY TO TAKE UP THOSE REFORMS THAT END INCARCERATION AS A RESPONSE TO POSSESSION AND MAKE SURE THAT WE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND WHEN WE DO IT DO IT RETROACTIVELY WITH EXPUNGEMENTS TO CORRECT THE HARM DONE IN SO MANY CASES OF INCARCERATION, DISPROPORTIONATELY OF BLACK AND BROWN AMERICANS WHERE THE INCARCERATION DID FAR MORE HARM >> LET ME GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION THOUGH HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE INCREASE IN BLACK ARRESTS IN SOUTH BEND UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION? >> AND AGAIN, THE OVERALL — >> THERE WAS AN INCREASE THE YEAR BEFORE YOU WERE IN OFFICE IT WAS LOWER ONCE YOU BECAME IN OFFICE IN 2012, THAT NUMBER WENT UP IN 2018 THE LAST NUMBER YEAR WE HAVE RECORD FOR THAT NUMBER WAS STILL UP >> YEAH AND ONE OF THE STRATEGIES THAT OUR COMMUNITY ADOPTED WAS TO TARGET WHEN THERE WERE CASES WHERE THERE WAS GUN VIOLENCE AND GANG VIOLENCE, WHICH WAS SLAUGHTERING SO MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY, BURYING TEENAGERS, DISPROPORTIONATELY BLACK TEENAGERS WE ADOPTED A STRATEGY THAT SAID THAT DRUG ENFORCEMENT WOULD BE TARGETED IN CASES WHERE THERE WAS A CONNECTION TO THE MOST VIOLENT GROUP OR GANG CONNECTED TO A MURDER THESE THINGS ARE ALL CONNECTED THAT’S THE POINT SO ARE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT NEED TO CHANGE IN ORDER O FOR US TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AND REMOVE THE EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC RACISM NOT JUST FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE BUT FROM OUR ECONOMY, FROM HEALTH, FROM HOUSING, AND FROM OUR DEMOCRACY ITSELF >> SENATOR WARREN IS THAT A SUBSTANTIAL ANSWER FROM MAYOR BUTTIGIEG? >> NO YOU HAVE TO OWN UP TO THE FACTS AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO OWN UP TO THE FACTS ABOUT HOW RACE HAS TOTALLY PERMEATED OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THE EXACT SAME CRIME STUDY AFTER STUDY SHOWS AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY THAN WHITES TO BE DETAINED, ARRESTED, TAKEN TO TRIAL, WRONGFULLY CONVICTED, AND RECEIVE HARSHER SENTENCES WE NEED TO REWORK OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM THE VERY FRONT END ON WHAT WE MAKE ILLEGAL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND HOW WE HELP PEOPLE COME BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY WE CANNOT JUST SAY CRIMINAL JUSTICE IS THE ONLY TIME WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE SPECIFICALLY WE NEED TO START HAVING RACE CONSCIOUS LAWS HOUSING FOR EXAMPLE I HAVE GREAT HOUSING PLANS TO BUILD MORE HOUSING IN AMERICA BUT UNDERSTAND IT WAS THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND PEOPLE, ANY OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR FOR BUYING HOMES UNTIL 1965 YOU CAN’T JUST REPEAL THAT AND SAY, OKAY NOW EVERYTHING IS EVEN IT’S NOT WE NEED RACE CONSCIOUS LAWS IN EDUCATION, IN EMPLOYMENT, IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE NO MATTER THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN >> ELIZABETH, WITH RESPECT, YOU CAN’T REGULATE AWAY RACISM WITH A WHOLE PATCHWORK OF LAWS THAT ARE RACE SPECIFIC WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS HEED THE RATINGS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING WHOSE BIRTHDAY WE JUST CELEBRATED HE SAID CAPITALISM FORGETS LIFE IS SOCIAL WHAT HE WAS CHAMPIONING WAS A GUARANTEED MINIMUM INCOME FOR ALL AMERICANS OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH OR MORE THAT WOULD END UP RESHAPING OUR ECONOMY IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, MAKE IT SO THAT BLACK NET WORTH IS NOT 10% OF WHITE NET WORTH IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NUMBER OF A THEM ALL WE CAN’T REGULATE THAT AWAY THROUGH ANY OTHER MEANS EXCEPT BY PUTTING MONEY DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO ACTUALLY FLOURISH AND GROW IN THOSE COMMUNITIES THE ONLY WAY THAT WILL HAPPEN IS IF BLACK AND LATINO CONSUMERS HAVE BUYING POWER AND THAT IS WHERE WE HAVE TO MOVE AS A COUNTRY >> I DISAGREE WITH YOU I AM THE PERSON ON THIS STAGE WHO WILL SAY OPENLY I’M FOR REPARATIONS SOMETHING WRONG HAPPENED I AM FOR REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY AND ANYONE WHO THINKS RACISM IS A THING OF THE PAST AND NOT AN ONGOING PROBLEM IS NOT DEALING WITH REALITY IN FACT, THREE DAYS AGO ONE OF THE LEADERS OF JOE BIDEN’S SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPAIGN MADE RACIST REMARKS ABOUT SOMEONE ASOESH YAFTD WITH OUR CAMPAIGN AND THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS WENT OUT EN MASSE TO STAND UP FOR THAT MAN AND FOR OUR CAMPAIGN JOE, I AM ASKING YOU TO COME WITH ME AND THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS AND DISAVOW HIM AND WHAT HE HAD TO SAY IT WAS WRONG AND I’M ASKING YOU TO JOIN US AND BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE >> I AM ASKING YOU TO JOIN ME AND JOIN THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT I HAVE FROM MEMBERS OF THAT BLACK CAUCUS I HAVE MORE SUPPORT IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE BLACK CAUCUS AND BLACK COMMUNITY THAN ANYBODY ELSE, DOUBLE WHAT YOU HAVE OR ANYBODY ELSE >> WAIT A SECOND >> WELL THAT IS QUITE RIGHT >> BERNIE, LET’S NOT ARGUE ABOUT POLLS >> SENATOR SANDERS — >> THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLLS >> I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT POLLS >> WE HAVE NINE MEMBERS OF THE BLACK CAUCUS IN SOUTH CAROLINA SUPPORTING US BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MUCH OF WHAT ELIZABETH SAID IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT WE HAVE A RACIST SOCIETY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM IMPACTING HEALTH CARE, HOUSING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, EDUCATION, YOU NAME IT AND CLEARLY THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH IN TERMS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE WHAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO IS UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, IS RACIST WE INVESTED OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN JOBS AND EDUCATION NOT MORE JAILS AND INCARCERATION WE END THE WAR ON DRUGS WHICH HAS DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINOS, AND NATIVE AMERICANS WE END PRIVATE PRISONS AND DETENTION CENTERS IN AMERICA >> BERNIE, I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING >> AND, EXCUSE ME, WE ALSO, MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS TONIGHT IN AMERICA 200,000 PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL WITHOUT HAVING BEEN CONVICTED OF ANYTHING 200,000 PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE 500 BUCKS FOR BAIL THEY NEED TO GET OUT OF JAIL THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS WE HAVE TO END CASH BAIL >> OKAY LET ME SAY THIS I’VE WORKED, BERNIE, TO END CASH BAIL IN CALIFORNIA AND IT’S GONE I’VE WORKED TO END PRIVATE PRISONS IN CALIFORNIA AND THEY’RE GONE I’M SOMEBODY WHO — OUR FAMILY, MY WIFE AND I STARTED A BANK SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES OWNED BY WOMEN, BLACK PEOPLE, AND LATINOS BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T GET FINANCING ANYWHERE ELSE BUT I, JOE, I WANT TO ANSWER, REALLY, I THINK YOU SHOULD COME OVER AND DISAVOW THE STATEMENTS THAT THIS MAN MADE THAT WERE OPENLY RACIST, THAT WERE WRONG, AND THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS IS AGAINST I’M ASKING YOU TO JOIN US AND DO THE RIGHT THING >> I’VE ALREADY SPOKEN TO HIM AND HE IN FACT IS — WAS — I BELIEVE IS SORRY FOR WHAT HE SAID HERE’S THE DEAL, FOLKS LOOK, WE GOT TO STOP TAKING THE BLACK COMMUNITY FOR GRANTED THAT’S THE STARTING PLACE EVERY ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT HERE, FOR EXAMPLE, IN SOUTH CAROLINA, JIM CLYBURN HAS A PROGRAM, AND WE SHOULD BE INVESTING OUR MONEY IN THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVEN’T GOTTEN HELP FOR A LONG TIME AND GIVE MOST OF THAT HELP TO THOSE COMMUNITIES MAKE IT A PRIORITY WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE NO ONE GOING TO JAIL FOR A DRUG OFFENSE THEY GO DIRECTLY, MANDATORY PRISON, EXCUSE ME, MANDATORY TREATMENT NOT PRISON AND WE FUND IT AND WE FUND IT IN THREE DAYS DOESN’T GET IT IT TAKES AT LEAST 60 TO 90 DAYS TO MAKE ANY PROGRESS WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT JUST LIKE INSTEAD OF BUILDING NEW PRISONS WE BUILD NEW REHABILITATION CENTERS WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A WINDOW AT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT THAT ALLOWS ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE BLACK AND BROWN AND MINORITIES TO BE ABLE TO GET LOANS, TO BE ABLE TO START BUSINESSES IF YOU OWN A HOUSE, IN AN ALL BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD, SAME EXACT HOUSE IN AN ALL WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD, EXACT SAME SHAPE, THE HOUSE VALUE IN THE BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD BE VALUED AS WORTH LESS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO ACCUMULATE WEALTH AS MY FRIEND AT THE END OF THE LINE HERE SAYS SO HERE IS THE DEAL WE HAVE TO DO MUCH, MUCH MORE THAT IS WHAT GOT ME INVOLVED IN POLITICS IN THE FIRST PLACE RED LINING TO STOP IT I GOT INVOLVED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND BECAME A PUBLIC DEFENDER THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE HAVE TO DO ACROSS THE BOARD AND EDUCATION AT RISK SCHOOLS WE SHOULD TRIPLE THE FUNDING FOR AT RISK SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE FOR 4 AND 5 AND 6 YEARS OLD, 3, 4, 5 YEARS OLD TO GO TO SCHOOL NOT DAYCARE INCREASE SALARIES OF TEACHERS ENCOURAGE MORE BLACKS TO GET INTO TEACHING ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN BECAUSE THE STUDIES SHOW WHEN THERE IS A BLACK MAN IN THE COMMUNITY IN A SCHOOL IT INCREASES PROSPECTS SIGNIFICANTLY AND SO ON THERE IS A LOT WE CAN DO GO TO JOE BIDEN.COM AND YOU’LL SEE THE WHOLE DEAL INCLUDING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM >> THANK YOU, MR. VICE PRESIDENT AS YOU MENTIONED SOUTH CAROLINA, THREE WEEKS FROM TOMORROW THEY’LL GO TO THE POLLS TO VOTE BLACK VOTERS MAKE UP ABOUT 60% OF THE ELECTORATE THERE SENATOR SANDERS, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO NINA TURNER ONE OF YOUR NATIONAL COCHAIRS PUBLISHED AN OP-ED PIECE THAT SAID VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS, QUOTE, REPEATEDLY BETRAYED BLACK VOTERS TO SIDE WITH REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS AND UNDERMINE OUR PROGRESS DO YOU AGREE WITH HER? ONE OF YOUR MOST VISIBLE SURROGATES, THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS REPEATEDLY BETRAYED BLACK VOTERS? >> I THINK WHAT SENATOR TURNER WAS TALKING ABOUT IS SOME OF THE EARLY ACTIONS OF VICE PRESIDENT BIND BUT NO JOE BIDEN IS A FRIEND OF MINE I’M NOT HERE TO ATTACK HIM WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THAT WHAT WE NEED IN TERMS OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE GOT TO START INVESTING BIG TIME IN EDUCATION, IN HEALTH CARE THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHY WHITE FAMILIES IN AMERICA HAVE TEN TIMES MORE WEALTH THAN BLACK FAMILIES NO EXCUSE THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE IN JAIL COMPARED TO WHITES NO EXCUSE FOR BLACK WOMEN DYING IN CHILD BIRTH THREE TIMES THE RATE THAT WHITE WOMEN ARE >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR? YOU HAD RAISED YOUR HAND BEFORE >> YES, I DID BECAUSE I THINK IN ADDITION TO THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT WE’RE MAKING HERE WITH THE SAD, SAD STORIES OF A WOMAN WALKING INTO A MATERNITY ROOM IN NEW ORLEANS AND SAYING HER HANDS ARE SWOLLEN AND WALKING OUT WITHOUT HER BABY AND 30% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN KIDS BEING LIVING IN POVERTY, WE KNOW THERE ARE ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS HERE TO INVEST IN THOSE COMMUNITIES HOUSING, CHILD CARE BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE INSIDIOUS GOING ON WE HAVEN’T ADDRESSED AND THAT IS THE SYSTEMATIC RACISM WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING THAT IS MOVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO LIMIT PEOPLE’S RIGHTS TO VOTE AND THAT IS WHY I HAVE BEEN LEADING ON THESE BILLS TO AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER EVERY KID TO VOTE IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN THEY TURN 18 THERE IS NO REASON WE CAN’T DO THAT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO STOP THE GERRYMANDERING BY SETTING UP INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONS IN EVERY SINGLE STATE AND, YES, TO STOP THE VOTING PURGES BECAUSE WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN THE WORDS OF ONE NORTH CAROLINA COURT IS THAT THEY ARE DISCRIMINATING WITH SURGICAL PRECISION AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET ANY OF THESE THINGS DONE IF WE DON’T GIVE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO VOTE >> VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THEN SENATOR WARREN? >> I BEG YOUR PARDON? >> I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO RESPOND >> I AGREE COMPLETELY THERE SHOULD BE REGISTRATION, AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION TURNING 18 YOU GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE WHATEVER YOU DO YOU AUTOMATICALLY ARE REGISTERED NUMBER ONE NUMBER TWO, WITH REGARD TO WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE THERE PRETTY SOON WE’LL SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT WORKS THE RESPONSE TO THE LETTER THAT THE PERSON I’M NOT SAYING BERNIE WROTE THE LETTER BUT THE WHO WROTE THE LETTER WAS VERY BRISK AND SIGNIFICANT WITH OTHER AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN SOUTH CAROLINA TAKING ISSUE WITH HER BUT LOOK AMY IS RIGHT THE SENATOR IS CORRECT THAT IS THAT WE IN FACT, THERE IS SYSTEMATIC RACISM AND THAT IS WHY OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WORKS SO HARD TO GO AFTER THOSE — YOU DON’T REALIZE, THERE ARE 35 STATES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT HAVE COME UP WITH A TOTAL OF 78 LAWS TO RESTRICT VOTING JUST IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS TO TRY TO KEEP AFRICAN-AMERICANS FROM VOTING AND BROWN AS WELL BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE FROM VOTING AND THAT WILL BE AN ENORMOUS PRIORITY IN OUR ADMINISTRATION, IN MY ADMINISTRATION AS IT WAS IN OURS IT IS JUST WRONG SIMPLY WRONG >> SENATOR WARREN? >> I’M GLAD TO STAND ON THIS STAGE WITH MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS WHO TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS AT LEAST IN ELECTION TIME YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AND ELECTION AFTER ELECTION AFTER ELECTION DPKS GO TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND SAY WE REALLY CARE ABOUT THESE ISSUES RACISM IS TERRIBLE WE OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING SOMEHOW THE PROBLEM JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE I THINK IT IS TIME WE HAVE REAL, CONCRETE PLANS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES I PROPOSE A TWO CENT WEALTH TAX JUST ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO WITH A TWO CENT WEALTH TAX WE CAN CANCEL STUDENT LOAN DEBTS FOR 43 MILLION AMERICANS AND BECAUSE AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE TO BORROW MORE MONEY TO GO TO COLLEGE, BORROW MORE MONEY WHILE THEY’RE IN COLLEGE, AND HAVE A HARDER TIME PAYING IT BACK WHEN THEY GET OUT, THAT ONE LAW IS GOING TO HELP CLOSE THE BLACK/WHITE WEALTH GAP FOR PEOPLE WITH STUDENT LOANS BY ABOUT 20 POINTS WE AREN’T MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN AMERICA WE’RE SAYING TO THE RICH FOLKS, YOU KEEP YOUR MONEY AND THE REST OF US WILL TALK ABOUT RACISM BUT NOT REALLY DO ANYTHING I THINK THE TIME FOR THAT IS OVER I’M READY TO GET IN THIS FIGHT AND REALLY MAKE A CHANGE >> OKAY THANK YOU >> GO AHEAD MR. STEYER >> OUT OF NARRATIVE COMES POLICY AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF POLICIES THAT AFFECT AMERICANS BROADLY AND DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT BLACK AMERICANS OR BROWN AMERICANS BUT WHAT I BELIEVE IS WE SHOULD SET UP A COMMISSION ON RACE AND DEAL WITH RACE EXPLICITLY BECAUSE EVERYONE IS SAYING WE CAN’T HAVE RULES THAT ARE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE BUT IN FACT WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE HAD RULES THAT ARE DIFFERENT I WOULD SET UP A FORMAL COMMISSION ON RACE ON DAY ONE TO RETELL THE STORY OF THE LAST 400 YEARS IN AMERICA OF SYSTEMATIC RACISM AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS, NOT JUST LEGAL DISCRIMINATION, INJUSTICE, AND CRUELTY, BUT ALSO THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS MADE TO AMERICA IN BUILDING IT AND IN LEADING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY FROM A MORAL STANDPOINT FOR GENERATIONS AND CENTURIES BECAUSE I BELIEVE OUT OF NARRATIVE COMES POLICY WE NEED TO REPAIR DAMAGE THAT’S BEEN DONE OFFICIALLY AND PRETENDING WE’RE ALL THE SAME IS NOT ACCURATE WE GOT HERE A CERTAIN WAY LET’S TALK ABOUT JIM CROW LET’S TALK ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING LET’S TALK ABOUT BARBARA LEE THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM OAKLAND WHO IS ONE OF OUR GREAT LEADERS AND THEN LET’S FIGURE OUT HOW TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER >> MR. YANG, TAKE ON THAT ARGUMENT, WHAT HE SAID ABOUT REPARATION >> THE MEDIAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD NET WORTH IS PROJECTED TO BE ZERO BY 2053 THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR IF ANYTHING THEY’RE GETTING WORSE BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATING THE MOST COMMON JOBS IN OUR ECONOMY IT’S SOMETHING OF AN ECONOMIC UNNATURAL DISASTER AND WHO SUFFERS MOST IN A NATURAL DISASTER? PEOPLE OF COLOR, PEOPLE OF LOWER LEVELS OF CAPITAL AND ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY AND EDUCATION AND WHILE I KNOW WE LOVE TO CHAMPION EDUCATION HERE AS DEMOCRATS ONLY 33% OF AMERICANS ARE GOING TO ATTEND COLLEGE A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN PREVENT THIS TSUNAMI FROM WIPING OUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN NET WORTH UNLESS WE PUT STRAIGHT CASH INTO THEIR HANDS SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND 2053 AND IT IS NOT JUST THEM IT IS TRUCK DRIVERS IT IS RETAIL CLERKS IT IS CALL CENTER WORKERS IT IS ACCOUNTANTS IT IS BOOK KEEPERS WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE GREATEST ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY AND IT’S GOING TO HIT BLACK PEOPLE THE HARDEST WE HAVE TO STOP NIBBLING AT THE EDGES AND ACTUALLY START SOLVING THE REAL PROBLEM >> WE’VE BEEN GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS INCLUDING MANY ABOUT A CANDIDATE WHO IS NOT ON THE STAGE TONIGHT BUT IS IN THIS RACE AND THAT IS FORMER MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG OF NEW YORK AND THIS QUESTION FROM NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE SAYS BILLIONAIRE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG HAS ENTERED THE RACE AND JUST GOT THE ENDORSEMENT OF A FORMER TRUMP NAVY SECRETARY WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE IN A BETTER POSITION THAN BLOOMBERG TO BEAT TRUMP, SENATOR WARREN? >> I DON’T THINK ANYONE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO A NOMINATION OR TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I DON’T THINK ANY BILLIONAIRE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO IT AND I DON’T THINK PEOPLE WHO SUCK UP TO BILLIONAIRES IN ORDER TO FUND THEIR CAMPAIGNS OUGHT TO DO IT I HEARD EVERYONE HERE TALKING ABOUT AS DEMOCRATS WE ALL WANT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED BECAUSE WE WANT TO END THIS UNLIMITED SPENDING YEAH EXCEPT EVERYONE ON THIS STAGE EXCEPT AMY AND ME IS EITHER A BILLIONAIRE OR IS RECEIVING HELP FROM PACS THAT CAN DO UNLIMITED SPENDING SO IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE WHERE YOU SAY, THEN PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND SAY, NO, TO THE PACS LOOK, I THINK THE WAY WE BUILD A DEMOCRACY GOING FORWARD IS NOT BILLIONAIRES REACHING IN THEIR OWN POCKETS OR PEOPLE SUCKING UP TO BILLIONAIRES THE WAY WE BUILD IT GOING FORWARD IS WE HAVE A GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT FUNDED FROM THE GRASS ROOTS UP THAT’S THE WAY I’M RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN IF YOU THINK IT’S THE RIGHT WAY TO RUN A CAMPAIGN, GO TO ELIZABETH WARREN.COM AND PITCH IN FIVE BUCKS BECAUSE UNDERSTAND THIS OUR DEMOCRACY HANGS IN THE BALANCE IF WE HAVE TO FUND THROUGH BILLIONAIRES, THEN WE’RE JUST GOING TO BE AN AMERICA BETTER FOR BILLIONAIRES AND NOT FOR ANYONE ELSE >> SO I CAN’T STAND THE BIG MONEY IN POLITICS AND ONE OF MY MAJOR FOCUSES IS GOING TO BE ON CASTING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED I DIDN’T COME FROM MONEY AND I JUST SIMPLY THINK PEOPLE DON’T LOOK AT THE GUY IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAY, CAN WE GET SOMEONE RICHER? I DON’T THINK THEY THINK THAT THEY WANT TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT THEY CAN UNDERSTAND YOU KNOW MY BACKGROUND MY GRANDPA WAS AN IRON ORE MINOR AND WORKED 1500 FEET UNDERGROUND HIS WHOLE LIFE HE COULDN’T EVEN GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE HE HAD TO RAISE HIS NINE BROTHERS AND SISTERS MY GRANDFATHER SAVED MONEY IN A COFFEE CAN TO SEND MY DAD TO A TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE THAT WAS MY FAMILY TRUST AND YOU CAN’T SEND, LIKE DONALD TRUMP GOT FROM HIS FAMILY, YOU CAN’T FIT $413 MILLION IN A COFFEE CAN MY MOM GREW UP AND WANTED TO BE A TEACHER IN WISCONSIN SHE MOVED TO MINNESOTA SHE TAUGHT SECOND GRADE UNTIL SHE WAS 70 YEARS OLD AND, NO, I AM NOT A BILLIONAIRE BUT I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AS A GRANDDAUGHTER OF AN IRON ORE MINOR, DAUGHTER OF A TEACHER AND A NEWSPAPERMAN THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO THE U.S. SENATE FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA SOMEONE WHO HAS PASSED OVER 100 BILLS AS A LEAD DEMOCRAT IN THAT GRIDLOCK IN WASHINGTON, D.C AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY OF SHARED DREAMS AND THAT MEANS NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM, NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE IT SO, PLEASE, HELP ME IN MY EFFORTS AT AMY KLOBUCHAR.COM >> MAYOR BLOOMBERG — LET ME PUT THE QUESTION TO YOU MAYOR BLOOMBERG HAS TAKEN ON YOUR ARGUMENT HE SAYS WE NEED EVOLUTION NOT REVOLUTION MAYOR BLOOMBERG HAS SAID WE NEED EVOLUTION NOT REVOLUTION TAKING YOU ON DIRECTLY >> WELL, YOU KNOW, IT IS A FUNNY THING THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN DESIRE TO RUN FOR OFFICE BUT I GUESS IF YOU’RE WORTH $60 BILLION AND YOU CAN SPEND SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS ON COMMERCIALS YOU HAVE A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE THAT IS NONSENSE WHAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO IS HAVE A NATION IN WHICH WE NOT ONLY OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED, WE MOVE THE PUBLIC FUNDING OF ELECTIONS IN TERMS OF PUBLIC — IN TERMS OF MONEY IN POLITICS ALL RIGHT? OUR CAMPAIGN, AND I AM ENORMOUSLY PROUD OF THIS, UNLIKE SOME OF THE FOLKS UP HERE, I DON’T HAVE 40 BILLIONAIRES, PETE, COMPETING TO MY CAMPAIGN, COMING FROM THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, COMING FROM WALL STREET, AND ALL THE BIG MONEY INTERESTS BUT WE DO HAVE NOW OVER 6 MILLION CONTRIBUTIONS FROM 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE AVERAGING $18.50 A CONTRIBUTION THAT IS UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS IF WE WANT TO CHANGE AMERICA, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT BY ELECTING CANDIDATES WHO ARE GOING OUT TO RICH PEOPLE’S HOMES BEGGING FOR MONEY THE WAY WE’RE GOING TO DO IT IS BUILD A MASS MOVEMENT OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE PREPARED TO STAND UP NOT TAKE MONEY FROM THESE BILLIONAIRES, NOT TAKE MONEY FROM WALL STREET, BUT STAND UP TO THE DRUG COMPANIES AND WALL STREET AND IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THAT POLITICAL REVOLUTION, BERNIE SANDERS.COM >> CLOSE THIS ROUND OUT >> WE ARE GOING INTO THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES DONALD TRUMP ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS AND HIS ALLIES RAISED $25 MILLION TODAY WE NEED TO GO INTO THAT FIGHT WITH EVERYTHING NAH WE’VE GOT I’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR ON BOTH MY RECORD WHERE I HAVE SUED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND WHAT I’M CAMPAIGNING FOR THAT INCLUDES RAISING WAGES AND RAISING TAXES ON CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY AND AS THE ONLY PERSON ON THIS STAGE WHO IS NOT A MILLIONAIRE OR A BILLIONAIRE I KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT BUILDING A MOVEMENT BECAUSE MAYOR OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA IS NOT EXACTLY AN ESTABLISHMENT FUNDRAISING POWER HOUSE WE ARE HERE WITHOUT THE INVOLVEMENT OF ANY CORPORATE PACS BECAUSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WENT TO, YES, PETE FOR AMERICA.COM, CONTRIBUTED TO THIS CAMPAIGN, AND LET ME SAY SOMETHING ELSE IF WE WANT TO BRING ABOUT ANY OF THE CHANGES THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT SO ELEGANTLY UP HERE, WE NEED TO PUT TOGETHER THE MAJORITY THAT CAN DECISIVELY DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE NEED A POLITICS THAT IS DEFINED NOT BY WHO WE REJECT BUT HOW WE BRING EVERYBODY INTO THE FOLD AND IF YOU ARE LOW INCOME OR IF YOU’RE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE A LOT, IF YOU’VE ALWAYS VOTED DEMOCRAT OR IF YOU’RE AN INDEPENDENT OR EVEN A REPUBLICAN WHO’S JUST SICK OF LOOKING YOUR KIDS IN THE EYE AND TRYING TO EXPLAIN THIS WHITE HOUSE, WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US RIGHT NOW I WILL NOT PURSUE POLITICS BY TELLING PEOPLE THEY CAN’T BE AT OUR SIDE IF THEY’RE NOT WITH US 100% OF THE TIME THIS IS A TIME FOR ADDITION, NOT REJECTION, FOR BELONGING, NOT EXCLUSION >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, THANK YOU I WANT TO TURN TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND JOBS HERE IN AMERICA PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST SIGNED THE UNITED STATES/MEXICO/CANADA AGREEMENT MANY PEOPLE CALL IT AN UPDATED NAFTA, BUT IT DOES INCLUDE INCENTIVES TO MAKE CARS HERE IN NORTH AMERICA AND OPENS CANADIAN MARKETS FOR AMERICAN DAIRY FARMERS SENATOR SANDERS, AS WE SIT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TONIGHT, BOTH NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATORS MAGGIE HASSAN AND SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN SUPPORTED THIS THEY VOTED YES, CALLING IT A REAL WIN FOR WORKERS AND FOR FARMERS YOU VOTED NO BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU BELIEVE IT TAKES US BACK YEARS ON CLIMATE WERE THE SENATORS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WRONG? >> YES I MEAN, IT’S A DISAGREEMENT, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT EVERY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IN THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE SUNRISE ORGANIZATION — WE’RE SO PROUD TO HAVE THEIR SUPPORT, BECAUSE WE HAVE INTRODUCED THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSAL I THINK EVER OFFERED BY A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING, WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE SAYING, WE’RE SIMPLY EXPORTING FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS TO MEXICO THERE IS NOT ONE WORD IN THAT TRADE AGREEMENT THAT DEALS WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, AND I DON’T KNOW HOW IN 2020 YOU CAN DO THAT SECOND OF ALL, THERE IS, IN TERMS OF OUTSOURCING OF JOBS, A MAJOR CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY NOBODY BELIEVES THAT UNDER THIS TRUMP TRADE AGREEMENT THAT THEY WILL NOT BE CONTINUED AND SIGNIFICANT OUTSOURCING OF JOBS INTO LOW-WAGE MEXICO WHERE WORKERS ARE PAID IN SOME CASES LESS THAN $2 AN HOUR SO, I THINK THE RIGHT VOTE WAS TO VOTE AGAINST THAT AGREEMENT I DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR THAT >> SENATOR SANDERS, THANK YOU I DO WANT TO GO TO SENATOR KLOBUCHAR YOU’VE HEARD WHAT SENATOR SANDERS JUST SAID THERE HE SAID NOT ONE WORD ON CLIMATE IN THE TRADE DEAL, SO WHY DID YOU VOTE YES? >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF THE INCREDIBLE TWO SENATORS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, JEANNE SHAHEEN AND MAGGIE HASSAN, WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR THIS STATE EVERY DAY, AND I VOTED WITH THEM WHY DID I VOTE WITH THEM? BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS TRADE AGREEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO LABOR INSPECTIONS, WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING RID OF SWEETHEART PHARMA DEAL THAT WAS IN PLACE, AND WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE, I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE A NORTH AMERICAN TRADING BLOC WE HAVE TO HAVE MEXICO AND CANADA AND AMERICA WORKING TOGETHER AND THE BEST WAY TO TAKE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AS PRESIDENT, YES, I’LL WORK TO MAKE THIS A PART OF EVERY FUTURE TRADE AGREEMENT, BUT THE BEST WAY TO TAKE ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS BY GETTING BACK INTO THE INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT, WHICH I WILL DO ON DAY ONE IT IS BRINGING BACK THE CLEAN POWER RULES IT IS BRINGING BACK THE GAS MILEAGE STANDARDS AND IT IS INTRODUCING SWEEPING LEGISLATION TO PUT A PRICE ON CARBON AND YOU CANNOT DIVORCE TRADE FROM THAT, AND IN FUTURE TRADE AGREEMENTS, THAT SHOULD BE PART OF OUR NEGOTIATION, BUT I’M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW, HAVING NO TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA AND MEXICO PUTS US AT SUCH A DISADVANTAGE WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH CHINA AND PUSHING CHINA TO DO BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, THANK YOU SENATOR WARREN, YOU VOTED YES AS WELL >> YES, I DID, AND I’LL TELL YOU WHY, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF FARMERS AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE REALLY HURTING BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP’S TRADE POLICIES THERE ARE A LOT OF WORKERS WHO ARE HURTING BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET ENFORCEMENT OF ANY WORKERS’ RIGHTS SO, THIS NAFTA PROVISION, AFTER A LOT OF NEGOTIATION WITH DEMOCRATS, SENATOR SHERROD BROWN HELPED MAKE IT A WHOLE LOT BETTER, THIS MAKES THINGS SOMEWHAT BETTER FOR WORKERS AND FOR FARMERS AND WHEN I SEE A LAW THAT MAKES THINGS SOMEWHAT BETTER FOR HARD-WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, I SAY, I’LL SIGN UP FOR THAT, AND THEN I’LL GET UP TOMORROW MORNING AND I’LL START WORKING HARD FOR A BETTER TRADE DEAL ON CLIMATE, A BETTER TRADE DEAL THAT HAS A BASIC COHERENCE TO IT EVERYONE WANTS TO GET TO THE AMERICAN MARKET WE SHOULD BE RAISING STANDARDS ON CLIMATE AROUND THE WORLD TO GET ACCESS TO OUR MARKET >> MR. STEYER >> YEAH, I’VE GOT TO AGREE WITH BERNIE SANDERS, AND I’VE GOT TO — SENATE — I DO SENATOR WARREN IS RIGHT, EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET INTO OUR MARKET, AND THAT’S HOW WE CONVINCE THEM THAT THEY’VE GOT TO BE RIGHT ON CLIMATE, TOO WE HAVE TO STOP MAKING FOREIGN POLICY DECISIONS IN THE OLD WAY YEAH, OF COURSE, WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT TRADE POLICY, WE’RE THINKING ABOUT IT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS THAT’S A HUGE POSITIVE CHANGE, AND I AGREE WITH THE SENATORS ON THAT, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON HERE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR FOREIGN POLICY, AND THAT’S, WE TALKED ABOUT WHETHER IT WAS RIGHT TO KILL GENERAL SOLEIMANI, AND THERE WAS NO DISCUSSION IN THAT ABOUT WHERE THAT LEAVES THE UNITED STATES IN THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD SO, IF WE ACTUALLY WANT TO BE THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD, THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD, WHO CAN ACTUALLY NEGOTIATE A CLIMATE TREATY AROUND THE WORLD THAT STICKS, THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT CLIMATE FIRST AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT DOING THE WRONG THING, THE WAY MR. TRUMP DID WITH GENERAL SOLEIMANI, WE HAVE TO ASK, DOES THAT HELP US BUILD A COALITION OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD TO DO THE RIGHT THING? IT ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT BEING ALL BY OURSELVES, BEING THE EMPIRE IN THE “STAR WARS” MOVIE DOES NOT PUT US IN A POSITION TO GET DONE WHAT WE NEED TO GET DONE AS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD AND SO, IN FACT, THE USMCA IS SOMETHING THAT’S THE FIRST STEP, BUT THE SECOND STEP IS EXACTLY WHAT BERNIE SANDERS IS SAYING — USE ACCESS TO OUR MARKET AS A NEGOTIATING THING TO MAKE SURE, NOT ONLY THAT WE REPRESENT AMERICAN WORKERS, BUT THAT WE REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE LONG RUN AND WE MAKE SURE THAT WE GET A SAFE CLIMATE DEAL >> YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT BEING IN THE ARENA IS YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ALL THE TIME >> YES >> AND THESE THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS EXACTLY HOW YOU WOULD DO THEM, BUT IN THIS CASE — >> NEVER >> — IF YOU WANT TO CRITICIZE TRUMP FOR NOT EVER HAVING ANY FRIENDS — AND I WOULD AGREE, HE ALWAYS SIDES WITH TYRANTS OVER INNOCENTS, DICTATORS OVER ALLIES, BUT I THINK YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME FRIENDS, AND THOSE TWO COUNTRIES, OUR NEIGHBORS, MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, AND WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT LITERALLY BLAMES EVERYONE IN THE WORLD, AND WE HAVE NOT TALKED ABOUT THIS ENOUGH HE BLAMES BARACK OBAMA FOR EVERYTHING THAT GOES WRONG HE BLAMES HIS FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR THAT HE APPOINTED HIMSELF HE BLAMES THE KING OF DENMARK WHO DOES THAT? HE BLAMES THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA FOR, HE CLAIMS, CUTTING HIM OUT OF THE CANADIAN VERSION OF “HOME ALONE 2.” WHO DOES THAT? THAT’S WHAT DONALD TRUMP DOES SO, MY POINT HERE IS THAT WHEN WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH OUR ALLIES — AND NEW HAMPSHIRE IS SUCH A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS — NEW HAMPSHIRE, BRENTEN WOODS, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH SENATORS LIKE JEANNE SHAHEEN AND MAGGIE HASSAN, WHO BELIEVE WE NEED TO WORK WITH NATO AND THE REST OF THE WORLD, WHO SEES IT AS A SMALLER STATE, BUT A STATE THAT IS A PIECE OF THE WORLD — WE CANNOT BE ALONE, AND THAT TRADE AGREEMENT WAS NOT PERFECT, BUT THE POINT OF IT IS, IF WE START ISOLATING OURSELVES FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD, WE ARE GOING TO HURT OURSELVES ECONOMICALLY AND WE ARE GOING TO HURT OUR NATION’S SECURITY >> ALL RIGHT SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, THANKS VERY MUCH >> WE’VE HIT THE TWO-HOUR MARK WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND COME BACK WITH A FINAL QUESTION >>> WELCOME BACK TO MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND THE ABC NEWS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON “ABC NEWS LIVE” TONIGHT I’M DEVON DWYER JOINED BY OUR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, RACHEL SCOTT RACHEL, WE HEARD SO MUCH THIS LAST BLOCK ABOUT GUN POLICY, ABORTION, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THEN THE ISSUE OF RACE, PUSHED ON BY TOM STEYER AND REALLY A LOT OF THE CANDIDATES CONFRONTING JOE BIDEN, A SIGN OF WHERE THIS CAMPAIGN IS HEADED >> EXACTLY, DEVON STEYER TONIGHT CALLING OUT THE LACK OF DISCUSSION WHEN IT COMES TO RACE THE CONVERSATION TURNING 90 MINUTES INTO THIS DEBATE AND BIDEN TOUTING WHAT THE NATIONAL POLLS REFLECT — HIS LOYALTY AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS I HAVE SAT DOWN WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT HE HAS TOLD ME IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE IS MOST PROUD OF, HIS LOYALTY AMONG BLACK SUPPORTERS AND IF YOU WANT TO JUST SEE HOW IMPORTANT BLACK VOTERS ARE TO THE DEMOCRATIC BASE, ALL YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT ARE THE NUMBERS FROM 2016 EXIT POLLS FROM THE PRIMARY, SIX OUT OF TEN VOTERS IN MISSISSIPPI WERE BLACK 61% OF VOTERS IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY WERE BLACK, AND THAT’S WHERE THE CANDIDATES WILL BE HEADING VERY SOON AHEAD OF THAT >> AND TO NEVADA AS WELL WITH A LOT OF VOTERS OF COLOR THERE, AND JOE BIDEN HOLDING A LION’S SHARE OF THOSE VOTERS WE’LL SEE IF THESE CANDIDATES CAN CHIP AWAY YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING, SO MANY OF THE POLICIES WE HEARD ABOUT TONIGHT, LIKE SO MANY OF THE PREVIOUS DEBATES, ARE FAMILIAR POSITIONS FROM THESE CANDIDATES, WHICH IS WHY THE STYLE OF THEIR PERFORMANCE TONIGHT IS GOING TO GET A LOT OF ATTENTION FROM VOTERS >> IT WILL, BUT WHEN I TALK TO VOTERS AS I TRAVEL THE COUNTRY, THEY TELL ME THEIR NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS ELECTABILITY THEY WANT SOMEONE THAT CAN BEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP THEY WANT SOMEONE THAT CAN CARRY THIS OVER THE FINISH LINE, AND THAT’S WHY YOU HEAR SO MUCH DISCUSSION PIVOTING BACK TO WHO CAN DO THAT ON THIS STAGE TODAY >> I WAS UP IN DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, JUST YESTERDAY HEARING NOT ONLY A LOT OF ATTENTION ON THOSE QUALITIES OF STYLE BUT ALSO A LOT OF ANXIETY OVER THIS ISSUE OF ELECTABILITY, PARTICULARLY NOW WITH DONALD TRUMP’S POLLING NUMBERS ON THE RISE, HIS PERFORMANCE AT THE STATE OF THE UNION AND HIS ACQUITTAL IN THAT SENATE TRIAL IT’S GOING TO BE A FOUR-DAY SPRINT I KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE OUT THERE ALL WEEKEND AS I WILL AS WELL WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT THIS MOMENT IN THIS CAMPAIGN WILL MEAN WE COULD SEE A DRAMATICALLY SMALLER FIELD AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE >> YEAH TOM PEREZ CAME OUT HERE AND SAID, LISTEN, WE ARE BEGINNING A 90-DAY SPRINT MOST OF THE DELEGATES ARE GOING TO BE GRABBED UP BY THE END OF THIS 90 DAYS, AND THE CANDIDATES REALLY HAVE TO HONE IN ON THEIR PITCH HERE VOTING HAS STARTED ALREADY WE ARE MOVING INTO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY AND A LOT OF THESE CANDIDATES HAVE A LOT ON THE LINE HERE THEY ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO GAIN MOMENTUM BEFORE THAT NEXT VOTE IS CAST AND AGAIN, THIS RACE IS GETTING TIGHTER AND TIGHTER >> AND WE KNOW DONALD TRUMP WILL BE HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, IN MANCHESTER, AS WELL ON MONDAY SO, THINGS ARE GOING TO GET EVEN MORE EXCITING HERE FOUR DAYS AHEAD OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARIES WE HEAD BACK NOW FOR THE FINAL QUESTION IN THIS ABC NEWS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE TAKE A LOOK AT THE SPEAKING TIMES OF THE CANDIDATES WE’LL LEAVE YOU WITH THAT JOE BIDEN TOP OF THE LIST ALL THE CANDIDATES BACK AT THEIR PODIUMS STAY WITH US RIGHT HERE ON “ABC NEWS LIVE.” >> THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE HERE NOW, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS >> WELCOME BACK TO OUR DEBATE TIME NOW FOR A FINAL QUESTION EACH OF YOU WILL ANSWER IT IN TURN WE’LL START WITH MR. YANG AND THE QUESTION IS THIS — ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND, IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 20 YEARS SINCE CHILD POVERTY WAS DIRECTLY ADDRESSED IN A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE THE YEAR WAS 1999 THE QUESTION WAS OUR FRIEND AND LOCAL COLLEAGUE, WHO MAY BE WATCHING RIGHT NOW, THE LATE COKIE ROBERTS COKIE LOVED THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY, AND SHE ASKED THE CANDIDATES IN THIS REPUBLICAN DEBATE, HOW WILL WE OVERCOME THE SCANDAL OF ONE-QUARTER OF AMERICAN PRESCHOOLERS LIVING IN POVERTY IN THE RICHEST NATION ON EARTH? TODAY, NEARLY ONE IN FIVE AMERICAN PRESCHOOLERS ARE STILL LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE, EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HAD TEN STRAIGHT YEARS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU ABOUT WHERE AMERICA IS TODAY AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO ABOUT IT? >> GEORGE, WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF THE MOST EXTREME WINNER-TAKE-ALL ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY AND UNFORTUNATELY, THAT EXTREMITY IS JUST GOING TO REACH UNPRECEDENTED HEIGHTS, AS TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING STRONGER, SMARTER, MORE CAPABLE ALL THE TIME, AND MOST OF US ARE NOT MOST OF ADULTS FEEL HAPPY IF WE STAYED ABOUT THE SAME ON ANY GIVEN DAY SO, IF WE WANT TO ALLEVIATE CHILD POVERTY, WE NEED TO PUT MONEY DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF FAMILIES, PARTICULARLY SINGLE PARENTS 40% OF AMERICAN CHILDREN TODAY ARE BORN TO SINGLE MOMS 90% OF SINGLE PARENTS ARE SINGLE MOMS AND RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE FALLEN INTO THIS TRAP WHERE WE HAVE ALLOWED THE MARKET TO TELL US WHAT WE ARE ALL WORTH AND WHAT DOES THE MARKET VALUE MY WIFE, EVELYN, AT OR STAY-AT-HOME PARENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY? ZERO CAREGIVERS TAKING CARE OF AILING LOVED ONES LIKE CLOUD CHRISTIANSON IN IOWA? ZERO PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE? ZERO COACHES AND MENTORS HELPING OUR KIDS? ZERO MOST ARTISTS — SORRY, ARTISTS, BUT IT’S TRUE — ZERO INCREASINGLY LOCAL JOURNALISTS, WHICH IS WHIPPING OUT OUR ABILITY TO HAVE A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T VOTE ON SOMETHING IF YOU ACTUALLY DON’T HAVE ANY NEWS COVERAGE THE MISSION IN THIS CAMPAIGN HAS TO BE FOR US TO DISENTANGLE ECONOMIC VALUE AND HUMAN VALUE SAY THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THINGS AND MAKE THIS CASE TO OUR FELLOW AMERICANS, THAT WE EACH HAVE INTRINSIC VALUE, AS CITIZENS, AS HUMAN BEINGS, AND AS OWNERS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD >> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG >> THE PROBLEM IS, AMERICA’S BEEN COUNTING THE WRONG THINGS NOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO SAYS THE ECONOMY IS FANTASTIC BECAUSE THE DOW JONES IS LOOKING GOOD AND I’M SURE IF YOU’VE GOT A BUILDING WITH YOUR NAME ON IT CLOSE TO WALL STREET, THEN THAT REALLY IS THE SAME THING AS THE ECONOMY TO YOU, BUT THE PROBLEM IS, WE’VE HAD AN ECONOMY GROW AND NOT BE ABLE TO LIFT UP THOSE MOST IN NEED, OR EVEN SO MANY IN THE MIDDLE WHEN I’M PRESIDENT, WE’RE GOING TO MEASURE THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR ECONOMY NOT BY THE DOW JONES, BUT BY THE INCOME GROWTH OF THE 90% A GOOD ECONOMY IS ONE WHERE CHILDREN ARE BEING LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY, JUST AS WE FOCUSED IN SOUTH BEND ON CUTTING THE POVERTY RATE, IN PARTICULAR THE BLACK POVERTY RATE AND MAKING SURE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WERE PARTICIPATING IN THE GROWTH THAT WE DID HAVE BUT THIS IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE CHANGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT JUST DIE-HARD DEMOCRATS, BUT SO MANY INDEPENDENTS AND SOME REPUBLICANS THINK WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE ECONOMIC EQUITY AND YET, IT STILL DOESN’T HAPPEN THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE TIME’S ARRIVED FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS, TO TURN THE PAGE, LEAVE THE POLITICS OF THE PAST IN THE PAST AND DELIVER A BETTER FUTURE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE >> SENATOR WARREN >> SO, I STARTED MY GROWN-UP LIFE AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER I LEARNED EARLY ON ABOUT THE WORTH OF EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING AND I BELIEVE THAT THE BEST INVESTMENT WE CAN MAKE AS A NATION, THE BEST INVESTMENT WE CAN MAKE AS HUMAN BEINGS IS TO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN AND WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF MAKING RHETORIC AROUND THIS EVERYONE SAYS THEY LOVE THE KIDS, BUT HERE’S THE DEAL, IT’S TIME TO COME UP WITH REAL PLANS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN I TALKED BEFORE ABOUT A 2-CENT WEALTH TAX, BUT THE WHOLE IDEA BEHIND IT IS WE CAN DO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND GOOD-QUALITY CHILD CARE, UNIVERSAL PRE-K FOR EVERY 3-YEAR-OLD AND 4-YEAR-OLD IN AMERICA, AND WE CAN STOP EXPLOITING THE PEOPLE, LARGELY BLACK AND BROWN WOMEN WHO DO THIS WORK, AND RAISE THE WAGES OF EVERY CHILD CARE WORKER AND PRESCHOOL TEACHER IN AMERICA WE WANT TO HAVE A REAL FUTURE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEN INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN DON’T LEAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION JUST TO OUR LOCALITIES AND OUR STATES BE A GOOD FEDERAL PARTNER PUT REAL MONEY INTO OUR SCHOOLS PUT REAL MONEY INTO HOUSING PUT REAL MONEY INTO HEALTH CARE PUT REAL MONEY INTO THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN THAT’S HOW WE BUILD THE AMERICA OF OUR BEST VALUES >> MR. VICE PRESIDENT >> I COME FROM A FAMILY WHERE A DAD WALKED IN ONE DAY AND SAID, “WE’VE GOT TO MOVE, DON’T HAVE A JOB WE’VE GOT TO MOVE TO A DIFFERENT CITY.” I WATCHED MY DAD — AND I MET MANY PEOPLE HERE IN THIS STATE AND OTHERS WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE SAME THING, WHERE THE FATHER’S MADE THAT LONGEST WALK OR THE MOTHER’S MADE THAT LONGEST WALK I WAS LISTED FOR THE ENTIRE TIME I WAS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS THE POOREST MAN IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS MY NET WORTH WAS NET ZERO A COUPLE TIMES THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT I HAVE NEVER FOCUSED ON MONEY FOR ME AND I WAS A SINGLE DAD FOR FIVE YEARS IT’S NOT AS HARD AS BEING A SINGLE MOM, AND I HAD HELP FROM MY SISTERS IN THE AUDIENCE AND OTHERS BUT THE FACT IS THAT I THINK WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE THESE AREN’T SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILDREN THEY’RE ALL OUR CHILDREN THEY’RE THE KITESTRINGS THAT LIFT OUR NATIONAL AMBITIONS THEY REALLY ARE THEY LIFT OUR NATIONAL AMBITIONS ALOFT WE HAVE AN OVERWHELMING INTEREST, OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN SEEING TO IT THEY DO WELL YOU KNOW, 24 OUT OF EVERY 100 STUDENTS IN SCHOOL TODAY, FROM GRADE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL, ARE LATINO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO, WALK AWAY FROM THAT? MANY OF THEM COME FROM HOMES THAT ARE POOR, VERY POOR THAT’S WHY I INVEST SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY IN PRESCHOOL THAT’S WHY IF I ONLY HAVE $1 TO SPEND, I SPEND IT EQUIPPING THE CHILD BEFORE THEY GET INTO SCHOOL, IN THE EARLY DAYS, THAN AFTER AND WE TALK ABOUT ALL THOSE KIDS OUT THERE THAT ARE GOING TO BE GRADUATING A GREAT NUMBER OF THEM AREN’T GOING TO, AS MR. YANG SAID, AREN’T GOING ON TO COLLEGE, ALTHOUGH I THINK WE SHOULD HELP WITH COLLEGE, BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING ON TO COLLEGE WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? THEY’RE GOING TO BE EQUIPPED TO COMPETE IN THE 21st CENTURY BY TRAINING FOR THE NEW TRADES, THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND CAPABILITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE WE MUST FOCUS ON OUR CHILDREN LIKE I SAID, THEY ARE ALL OUR CHILDREN THEY’RE NOT SOMEBODY ELSE’S KIDS EVERYONE, EVERYONE, EVERYONE, AS MY FATHER WOULD SAY, IS ENTITLED TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT, AND WE’RE NOT DOING IT >> SENATOR SANDERS >> WELL, THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS WHY WE HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF CHILDHOOD POVERTY OF ALMOST ANY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH, DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, BY THE WAY, IS THE SAME REASON THAT WE GIVE MASSIVE TRILLION-DOLLAR TAX BREAKS TO THE RICH AND LARGE CORPORATIONS, SAME REASON THAT WE GIVE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SUBSIDIES AND TAX BREAKS TO THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY WHILE HALF OF OUR PEOPLE ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, THE SAME REASON THAT WE HAVE THREE PEOPLE IN AMERICA OWNING MORE WEALTH THAN THE BOTTOM HALF OF AMERICA, THE SAME REASON THAT WE ARE THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH NOT TO GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE AS A HUMAN RIGHT, SAME REASON AS TO WHY WE ARE PAYING IN SOME CASES TEN TIMES MORE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND THAT REASON IS THAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE DETERMINED BY THE 1% AND BY WEALTHY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS OUR PRIORITIES ARE DETERMINED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE THE RICH GET RICHER AND ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN IS WE SAY, UNASHAMEDLY, WE ARE RAISING OUR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS NOT FROM BILLIONAIRES, BUT FROM WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE, THAT OUR CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT THE WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY, FOR THE WORKING CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION THAT WE WILL RUN IT IS TIME TO TAKE ON THE BIG-MONEY INTERESTS IT IS TIME TO CHANGE OUR NATIONAL PRIORITIES THANK YOU >> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR >> IN COKIE’S MEMORY, LET ME ANSWER THIS QUESTION WE MAY HAVE LOST AN ELECTION IN 2016, DEMOCRATS, BUT WE DID NOT LOSE HOPE, AND THERE IS A WAY IT’S ACTUALLY BASED ON A NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE REPORT, AND I’VE USED THAT TO PUT TOGETHER A PLAN TO REDUCE CHILD POVERTY IN HALF IN TEN YEARS AND ERADICATE IT IN A GENERATION WE CAN DO IT WITH INVESTMENT IN CHILD CARE WE CAN DO IT WITH INVESTMENT IN PRESCHOOL AND SCHOOL, AND WE CAN DO IT WITH TAX CREDITS AND WE CAN GET IT DONE BUT TO GET IT DONE, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO REACH THOSE VOTERS THAT WE LOST IN THIS STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY THERE IS AN OLD STORY OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT AND WHEN HE DIED, HIS BODY WAS PUT ON A TRAIN AND WENT UP ACROSS AMERICA AND THERE WAS A GUY STANDING BY THOSE TRACKS ALONG WITH SO MANY AMERICANS, AND HE HAD HIS HAT ON HIS CHEST AND HE WAS SOBBING AND A REPORTER SAID, “SIR, DID YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT?” AND THE GUY SAYS, “NO, I DIDN’T KNOW THE PRESIDENT, BUT HE KNEW ME.” “HE KNEW ME.” AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS, THERE IS A COMPLETE LACK OF EMPATHY IN THIS GUY IN THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, AND I WILL BRING BACK TO YOU — IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE STRETCHING YOUR PAYCHECK TO PAY FOR THAT RENT, I KNOW YOU, AND I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE DECIDING IF YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR YOUR CHILD CARE OR YOUR LONG-TERM CARE, I KNOW YOU, AND I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE FIGURING OUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO FILL YOUR REFRIGERATOR OR FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUG, I KNOW YOU, AND I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU I DO NOT HAVE THE BIGGEST NAME UP ON THIS STAGE I DON’T HAVE THE BIGGEST BANK ACCOUNT I’M NOT A POLITICAL NEWCOMER WITH NO RECORD, BUT I HAVE A RECORD OF FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE I’M ASKING YOU TO JOIN US AT AMYKLOBUCHAR.COM I’M ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE WHO TOTALLY BELIEVES IN AMERICA CAN WIN THIS, BECAUSE IF YOU ARE TIRED OF THE EXTREMES IN OUR POLITICS AND THE NOISE AND THE NONSENSE, YOU HAVE A HOME WITH ME PLEASE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, I WOULD LOVE FOUR VOTE AND I WOULD LOVE THE VOTE OF AMERICA THANK YOU >> MR. STEYER >> SO, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A CRUEL PLAN, AND THEIR PLAN IS PRETTY SIMPLE, IT’S TO CUT TAXES ON THE RICHEST AMERICANS AND THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS, AND THEN THEY PAY FOR IT BY CUTTING EDUCATION FOR KIDS, BY CUTTING HEALTH CARE ACROSS THE BOARD, BY ALLOWING CORPORATIONS TO POLLUTE AS MUCH AS THEY WANT, AND THEN THEY TRY AND BREAK UNIONS AND THE ORGANIZED LABOR MOVEMENT IT’S VERY SIMPLE THAT’S WHAT MR. TRUMP’S PLAN IS, AND IT’S TRUE IN EVERY SINGLE RED STATE BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO WIN BY JUST CRITICIZING MR. TRUMP I KNOW THAT THERE IS A BETTER AMERICA OUT THERE, AND THAT AMERICA LIVES IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS, AND THAT AMERICA UNDERSTANDS THAT WHEN A KID SUCCEEDS IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, THAT IS A TRIUMPH FOR EVERY AMERICAN, AND THE SAME IS TRUE OF A KID IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA MR. TRUMP HAS NO IDEA WHAT PROSPERITY LOOKS LIKE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IT’S NOT JUST THAT HE DOES BAD THINGS — HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT INVESTING IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AND GOOD UNION JOBS IS ACTUALLY AN INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMON HUMANITY AND IN GROWTH IN THE FUTURE MOBILITY AND JUSTICE THAT IS THE AMERICA THAT LIVES IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS THAT WILL BEAT MR. TRUMP, BECAUSE HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO IMAGINE IT SO, IN FACT, WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE A NEW CONCEPTION, A NEW DREAM OF AMERICA, DREAM IT AND MAKE IT HAPPEN IMAGINE THE MOUNTAIN AND THEN WE CLIMB IT TOGETHER WE ARE IN PERILOUS TIMES I AM ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE LET’S RISE TOGETHER >> CANDIDATES, THANK YOU THANKS FOR A GREAT DEBATE TONIGHT THANKS OUR AUDIENCE HERE AT ST ANSLEM COLLEGE THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS, WMUR AND APPLE NEWS NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE, MARTHA RADICH >> THANKS VERY MUCH, GEORGE, AND GOOD EVENING FROM HIGH ABOVE THE DEBATE STAGE HERE IN MANCHESTER AFTER THE SOMETIMES FIERY EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE TOP SEVEN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES IT WAS A PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT DEBATE, THE LAST BIG CHANCE FOR THE CANDIDATES TO MAKE THEIR CASE BEFORE THE FIRST-IN-THE-NATION PRIMARY THIS TUESDAY WE HAVE A LOT TO DISCUSS AND WE WILL BE HEADING OVER TO THE SPIN ROOM WITH MY COLLEAGUE, TOM LLAMAS, AND OUR PANEL OF ABC POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS SHORTLY BUT FIRST, HERE WITH ME, AS WE WATCH THE CANDIDATES LEAVE THE STAGE, ELIZABETH WARREN LEAVING RATHER QUICKLY THERE, PETE BUTTIGIEG STAYING ON STAGE, JOE BIDEN AS WELL AND BERNIE SANDERS A BIG HUG THERE BETWEEN PETE BUTTIGIEG AND HIS HUSBAND BERNIE SANDERS, HIS WIFE, JANE CHASTIN AND PETE BUTTIGIEG AGAIN BERNIE SANDERS, A LONG DAY THIS STARTED THIS MORNING PETE BUTTIGIEG GOING TOWARDS THE AUDIENCE THERE, SHAKING SOME HANDS JOINING ME HERE ON THE STAGE UP HERE, JOHN KARL, OUR CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, MARY BRUCE, OUR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT JOE BIDEN COMING BACK OVER THERE TO THE AUDIENCE AS WELL TO MEET HIS WIFE THERE, DR. JILL BIDEN A BIG HUG A VERY BIG NIGHT FOR JOE BIDEN HE HAD A LOT TO GET THROUGH TONIGHT ALSO JOINING ME IS OUR SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, CECELIA VEGA, AND OUR “NIGHTLINE” CO-ANCHOR BYRON PITS AND JOHN KARL, AS WE WATCH THE CANDIDATES ON THE STAGE AFTER THIS VERY LIVELY AND VERY IMPORTANT AND VERY DEEP DEBATE, TRULY, IT WAS AN EXCELLENT DEBATE LOTS OF GREAT QUESTIONS WHAT’S YOUR IMPRESSION? >> I HAVE TO SAY, I THINK THIS WAS A BREAKTHROUGH NIGHT FOR AMY KLOBUCHAR THIS WAS BY FAR HER BEST DEBATE SHE TOOK ON HER OPPONENTS, ESPECIALLY BERNIE SANDERS AND PETE BUTTIGIEG, BUT SHE ALSO MADE A COHERENT AND FORCEFUL CASE FOR HER CANDIDACY AS A DEMOCRAT WHO HAS WON AMONG DEMOCRATS BUT HAS ALSO WON AMONG THE VOTERS THE DEMOCRATS FAILED TO WIN IN 2016, SO I THOUGHT A VERY BIG NIGHT FOR AMY KLOBUCHAR ALSO, PETE BUTTIGIEG >> AND WE’RE LOOKING AT JOE BIDEN THERE >> YEAH AND PETE BUTTIGIEG HAD, I THOUGHT HAD A GOOD NIGHT HE WENT AFTER BIDEN PRETTY HARD BIDEN WENT AFTER HIM BUT WHAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT WHAT MAYOR PETE DID HERE IS HE ALSO HAD PROBABLY THE MOST FORCEFUL DEFENSE THAT I HAVE HEARD AGAINST DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON JOE BIDEN AND HUNTER BIDEN, AND BY FAR A MORE FORCEFUL DEFENSE AGAINST THOSE ATTACKS THAN JOE BIDEN HIMSELF HAS OFFERED >> AND AS WE’RE WATCHING JOE BIDEN THERE, YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF JOE BIDEN THIS EVENING AND HOW YOU THINK HE DID >> WELL, ONE OF MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS CAME WITH ONE OF HIS VERY FIRST COMMENTS, MARTHA, WHEN HE ESSENTIALLY CONCEDED DEFEAT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HE’S VERY CLEARLY FOCUSED ON HEADING OFF TO THE NEXT ROUND IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO NEVADA, WHERE THE VOTERS THERE MORE REFLECT HIS SUPPORTERS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A MUCH MORE DIVERSE GROUP OF VOTERS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A MUCH MORE BLUE-COLLAR CLASS OF VOTERS HE HAD TO PERFORM TONIGHT I DON’T KNOW THAT HE PERFORMED AS WELL AS HE NEEDED TO, TO OUTSHINE HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE REALLY, ON THAT STAGE TODAY WAS PETE BUTTIGIEG HE IS A FRONT-RUNNER NOW HE IS PERFORMING LIKE HE IS SOMEONE IN THIS FRONT-RUNNER PACK AFTER IOWA, DESPITE THE CAUCUSES AND WHAT HAPPENED THERE BUT HE CAME — HE HAD A TARGET ON HIS BACK ON THAT STAGE AND REALLY WENT DOWN SWINGING TONIGHT >> AND MARY, YOUR IMPRESSION I KNOW WE WERE TALKING AS WE WERE WATCHING THE DEBATE, SAME THING THAT JOHN SAID ABOUT AMY KLOBUCHAR, THAT IT WAS AN ESPECIALLY STRONG CLOSE AS WELL >> AND SO MUCH OF TONIGHT’S DEBATE WAS REALLY ABOUT THAT CENTRAL QUESTION ABOUT AGE AND EXPERIENCE AND SHE WAS REALLY HAMMERING HER EXPERIENCE, ARGUING THAT IT’S NOT A BAD THING, NECESSARILY, TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A WASHINGTON RECORD SHE TOOK SOME VERY POINTED ATTACKS, I THOUGHT, AGAINST PETE BUTTIGIEG, MAKING SOME DIGS AT HIS AGE, CALLING HIM A NEWCOMER AT ONE POINT, SHE MADE A JOKE ABOUT HOW HE WAS EAGER TO TURN THE CHANNEL FROM IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GO BACK AND WATCH CARTOONS THAT’S ACTUALLY NOT EXACTLY HOW HE PHRASES IT, BUT THAT’S WHERE SHE TOOK IT AND I THINK SHE DID MAKE A FORCEFUL CASE AND BROKE THROUGH IN A WAY THAT SHE HASN’T BEFORE NOW, JOE BIDEN, TO CECELIA’S POINT, HE HAD TO BRING IT TONIGHT AFTER THAT DISMAL FOURTH-PLACE FINISH HE REALLY HAD TO STEP IT UP AND WE SAW HIM LAUNCHING SOME FIERCE ATTACKS AT THE BEGINNING, GOING AFTER BERNIE SANDERS ON MEDICARE FOR ALL, GOING AFTER PETE BUTTIGIEG FOR WHAT HE ARGUES IS HIS INEXPERIENCE, BUT THEN HE SEEMED TO FALL BACK INTO THAT COMFORTABLE DEBATE ZONE THAT HE HAS, WHERE HE REALLY RELIES ON HIS RESUME A LOT AND OF COURSE, THAT’S THE BULK OF HIS CAMPAIGN IS HIS EXPERIENCE, AND HE HAMMERED THAT AWAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN BUT LOOK, HIS CAMPAIGN NEEDS A BIT OF A RESET AND I’M JUST NOT SURE IF HE COULD DELIVER ON THAT TONIGHT >> AND BYRON PITTS, AS WE’RE WATCHING THE CANDIDATES, WHO CLEARLY DIDN’T LOOK EXHAUSTED AFTER THIS WEEK I THINK WE WERE ALL EXPECTING THEM TO BE A BIT EXHAUSTED AFTER THIS INCREDIBLE WEEK HERE COMES JOE BIDEN HE’S GOING RIGHT BACK OUT THERE I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING, AND MARY WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS EARLIER WITH ME AS WELL — KLOBUCHAR HAS HAD MANY MOMENTS IN DEBATES SHE’S HAD SOME STRONG DEBATES, BUT SHE STILL DOESN’T SEEM TO MOVE UP, AND IN FACT, HAS FADED A BIT DO YOU THINK THIS WILL TAKE HER BACK UP IN THE POLLS? >> YOU WOULD HAVE TO THINK IF IT DOESN’T, WHAT WILL? I MEAN, I THINK MOST REASONABLE PEOPLE WOULD SAY SHE MAY HAVE WON TONIGHT, BUT WILL IT TRANSLATE INTO MONEY TOMORROW? WILL IT PUSH HER CAMPAIGN FORWARD? ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SORT OF SURPRISED ME ABOUT TONIGHT, AS WE LOOK AT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, WAS THAT — >> THEY ARE CLEARLY ENJOYING THIS ANDREW YANG THERE WAS JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR A WHILE, SO — >> BIDEN ISN’T EXPECTED TO DO WELL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HE HAS TO DO WELL IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WHICH HAS A LARGER BLACK VOTE RACE DIDN’T COME UP IN THIS DEBATE UNTIL ABOUT 90 MINUTES IN AND IT CAME FROM TOM STEYER, WHO BROUGHT IT UP THEN THEY ENGAGED ONE THING I’LL SAY ABOUT HOW I THOUGHT ALL OF THE CANDIDATES, WHEN IT CAME TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, 90 MINUTES IN, I THOUGHT IN SOME WAYS, ALL OF THEM WERE TONE-DEAF BECAUSE SO OFTEN WHEN THEY DISCUSS RACE, IT IS ABOUT THE PATHOLOGY OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE, IT IS ABOUT THE BLACK — NOT ABOUT THE BLACK, THE DREAMS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS BECAUSE THEY CAME UP IN THEIR CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM I THINK THAT IS A BLIND SPOT FOR THEM THAT WILL HURT THEM DOWN THE ROAD >> AND I DO WANT TO GO BACK TO PETE BUTTIGIEG HE REALLY WAS — AND I KNOW WE’VE MENTIONED THIS — HE REALLY WAS THE ONE WITH THE TARGET ON HIS BACK TONIGHT AND LET’S LISTEN TO A FEW OF THOSE CLIPS >> HE’S A MAYOR OF A SMALL CITY WHO HAS DONE SOME GOOD THINGS BUT HAS NOT DEMONSTRATED HE HAS THE ABILITY TO — AND WE’LL SOON FIND OUT — TO GET A BROAD SCOPE OF SUPPORT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM, INCLUDING AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS >> IT IS MUCH HARDER TO LEAD AND MUCH HARDER TO TAKE THOSE DIFFICULT POSITIONS, BECAUSE I THINK THIS GOING AFTER EVERY SINGLE THING THAT PEOPLE DO BECAUSE IT’S POPULAR TO SAY AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A COOL NEWCOMER >> WE NEED PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE THAT’S WHY I’M WORRIED ABOUT MAYOR PETE YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO GO TOE TO TOE WITH THIS GUY AND TAKE HIM DOWN ON THE DEBATE STAGE, OR WE’RE GOING TO LOSE >> SO, WHERE DOES PETE BUTTIGIEG END UP AFTER TONIGHT? PRETTY STEADY THROUGHOUT >> WELL, I’VE GOT TO SAY, HE DID GO TOE TO TOE WITH THEM HE GOT BEAT UP BY EVERYBODY ON THAT STAGE AND HE HIT BACK I THOUGHT HIS — YOU KNOW, HE WASN’T A PERFECT — >> AND HE DIDN’T TAKE THE BAIT, REALLY, JUST HIT BACK >> NO IT WAS NOT A PERFECT NIGHT FOR HIM I THOUGHT HIS ANSWER ON THE QUESTION OF DECRIMINALIZATION OF DRUGS, HE SEEMED TO WAFFLE A LITTLE BIT ON THAT HIS QUESTION — THE QUESTION FROM LINDSEY ON RACE, I THOUGHT HE SEEMED A LITTLE BIT UNEASY ON THAT BUT IN TERMS OF THE HITS THAT HE TOOK FROM THE OTHER CANDIDATES, I THOUGHT HE TOOK THEM AND HIT BACK >> AND THE QUESTION OF INEXPERIENCE >> YEAH, AND I MEAN, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE REALLY GRAPPLING WITH RIGHT NOW WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS IDENTITY CRISIS THAT THEY’RE HAVING, AN IDEOLOGICAL ONE OVER WHETHER THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO BE A MODERATE GROUP PARTY OR A CLEARLY, TONIGHT THEY’RE ALSO GRAPPLING WITH THIS ISSUE OF A GENERATIONAL QUESTION AMY KLOBUCHAR SAID 59 IS THE NEW 38 SHE WENT RIGHT AFTER AGE WHEN IT CAME TO PETE BUTTIGIEG, BUT PETE BUTTIGIEG’S ANSWER TO THIS — HE CLEARLY KNEW THIS SHOT WAS GOING TO BE COMING TO HIM TONIGHT HE SAID, READINESS REALLY IS ABOUT JUDGMENT, IT’S NOT ABOUT TENURE YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THESE YEARS IN WASHINGTON WE’VE GOT A PRESIDENT THERE NOW, HE’S SAYING, WHO HAS NO EXPERIENCE IN WASHINGTON AND THEIR POINT IS LOOK WHERE WE ARE AS A COUNTRY BUT THEY REALLY HAVE GOT TO DECIDE WHO THEY WANT TO BE AS A PARTY IN ORDER TO TAKE ON DONALD TRUMP, BECAUSE HE’S GOT A GREAT ECONOMY RIGHT NOW, HE IS COMING IN SWINGING AFTER A BIG VICTORY LAP THIS WEEK, AND HE’S REALLY TO FIGHT IN THE TRENCHES, AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS A PARTY RIGHT NOW >> AND THEY REALLY DID GO AFTER DONALD TRUMP A LOT TONIGHT WAS THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO? >> I THINK THEY HAVE TO, RIGHT? BECAUSE THAT IS STILL A THRESHOLD QUESTION FOR DEMOCRATIC VOTERS — WHO WILL DO THE BEST JOB OF TAKING ON DONALD TRUMP? AND I THINK THEY ALL MADE AN EFFORT OF THAT I THINK YOU COULD MAKE THE ARGUMENT THEY SHOULD HAVE GONE FURTHER AND ABOUT BUTTIGIEG, MIKE TYSON, THE GREAT BOXER, SAID EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN UNTIL THEY GET HIT IN THE MOUTH I THINK HE WAS HIT IN THE MOUTH EARLY I DON’T THINK HE STARTED THAT STRONG, BUT I THINK AS THE NIGHT WENT ALONG, HE DID BEGIN TO FIGHT BACK IN AN APPROPRIATE WAY >> AND PROBABLY KNEW HE WAS GOING TO GET HIT IN THE MOUTH TONIGHT, FOR SURE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MUCH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT WITH TOM LLAMAS, CHRIS CHRISTIE, RAHM EMANUEL IN THE SPIN ROOM, BUT RIGHT NOW, LET’S PAUSE FOR A BREAK >>> BACK LIVE IN MANCHESTER, THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE >> AND WELCOME BACK TO THE ABC NEWS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE, THE POST DEBATE SHOW UNDER WAY RIGHT NOW HUNDREDS OF JOURNALISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD GATHERING IN THE SPIN ROOM AS THE CANDIDATES COME BACK TO ANSWER EVEN TOUGHER QUESTIONS RIGHT HERE IN THE SPIN ROOM, OUR STUDIO WITH THE POWERHOUSE POLITICS PANEL, THE SMARTEST MINDS IN POLITICS, AND WE START WITH RAHM EMANUEL RAHM, THE WINNERS AND LOSERS TONIGHT FOR YOU? >> WELL, I THINK A NUMBER OF CANDIDATES ADVANCED THEIR CAMPAIGN — MAYOR PETE, AMY KLOBUCHAR DID VERY WELL, BUT HER BEST MOMENT OF ALL THE DEBATES WAS THAT CLOSE, BECAUSE TOO OFTEN SHE TALKS LIKE A SENATOR TODAY SHE TALKED LIKE, IN THAT CLOSE, LIKE A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, AND THAT WAS A BIG TRANSFORMATION FOR HER I DO THINK THERE’S SOME OTHER CANDIDATES THAT DIDN’T DO AS WELL AS — DIDN’T SENSE THE URGENCY FOR THEIR CANDIDACY AT THIS MOMENT, LIKE SENATOR WARREN, WHO I THOUGHT NOT UNTIL THE LATTER HALF DID SHE COME ALIVE AND I THINK ALSO, I WOULD SAY THIS, I THINK THERE WAS A VERY HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT DISAGREEMENTS, AGREEMENTS, AND STRATEGY, WHICH IS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING ON THIS PRESIDENT AND WHERE HE IS MOST VULNERABLE >> AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY IS ON TUESDAY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE — >> ELECTIONS HAVE MEANING >> RIGHT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE, A MOMENT FOR YOU THAT REALLY STOOD OUT? >> WELL, I THINK THE MOMENT THAT COULD BE A FORESHADOWING FOR THE FUTURE IS WHEN MAYOR PETE WAS UP THERE, OUTRIGHT LYING ABOUT HIS RECORD ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARRESTS ON MARIJUANA, AND LINDSEY DAVIS OF ABC CHALLENGED HIM MORE THAN ANY CANDIDATE ON THAT STAGE CHALLENGED HIM TONIGHT AND YOU SAW THE LOOK ON HIS FACE HE LOOKED LIKE A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS AND LET ME TELL YOU, HE THINKS LINDSEY DAVIS IS HARD? IF HE EVER GETS ON THE SAME STAGE WITH DONALD TRUMP, IT’S GOING TO BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY, WHO WILL CALL HIM ON THOSE THINGS AND I THINK THESE OTHER CANDIDATES BETTER GET SERIOUS ABOUT CALLING MAYOR PETE ON THE RECORD IN SOUTH BEND AND SO, I THINK IT WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE OTHER CANDIDATES ELIZABETH WARREN GAVE HIM A LITTLE BIT OF A SHOT ON THAT, BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TIME SPENT ON IT BUT WHAT I SAW MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS AS SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN A CANDIDATE ON THAT STAGE, THAT LOOK IN HIS EYES, WHEN SHE CAME BACK AT HIM AND DIDN’T TAKE HIS FIRST LINE OF BALONEY WAS VERY TELLING ABOUT WHAT KIND OF CANDIDATE HE MAY BE ABLE TO BE >> CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST MATT DOWD YOU KNOW, MAYOR PETE HAD THE BIG SHOWING IN IOWA, HE HAD MOMENTUM AND HAD A BIG TARGET TONIGHT ON HIS BACK >> YEAH, TO ME, WHEN YOU LOOK AT DEBATES IN THE MIDST OF A PROCESS, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE TRAJECTORY OF THE RACE WAS COMING INTO THE NIGHT AND WHAT CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY AT THE DEBATE WHAT I THINK HAPPENED TONIGHT IS THE TRAJECTORY OF THE RACE FROM IOWA WAS THAT THIS WAS BEGINNING TO BECOME A TWO-PERSON RACE BETWEEN BERNIE SANDERS AND PETE BUTTIGIEG NOT A LOT FOR WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT CHANGED THAT TRAJECTORY IT STILL LOOKS LIKE THAT’S EMERGING THERE WAS SOME MARKS LEFT ON PETE, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SLOW THAT TRAJECTORY THE ONLY PERSON TO ME THAT DID FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE WHERE THEY WERE FROM WHERE THEY WERE COMING OUT OF IOWA WAS AMY KLOBUCHAR THE PROBLEM WITH AMY KLOBUCHAR IS, DOES SHE CHANGE THIS RACE FROM BEING AT 4% TO BEING AT 8%? BECAUSE SHE ONLY HAS 72 HOURS TO ADJUST THIS RACE TO WHERE SHE FINISHES ON NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE PRIMARY BUT REALLY, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS AS WHO CHANGED THE PATH, AND THE PATH RIGHT NOW HAS NOT BEEN FUNDAMENTALLY ALTERED JOE BIDEN, I THINK, HAD THE WORST NIGHT, NOT THAT HE DID BADLY, BUT JOE BIDEN HAD TO HAVE HIS “A” GAME AND HAD TO DO BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE BECAUSE HIS TRAJECTORY WAS ON THE DOWNWARD SLOPE AND NOTHING CHANGED IN HIS — HIS PATH IS STILL ON THE DOWNWARD SLOPE >> TERRY MORNTS, TOOK A WHILE TO MENTION THAT NAME, JOE BIDEN IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE, HE DID HAVE SOME MOMENTS BUT SEEMED TO FADE AS THE NIGHT WENT ON >> HE DID, AND I THINK HE MISTOOK DECIBEL LEVELS FOR EL KIWANIS AT TIMES HE WAS KIND OF HARANGUING, WHICH WAS DIFFERENT THAN THE BIDEN OF OLD IN GENERAL, WHAT YOU’RE SEEING IS JOE BIDEN IS A VERY DIFFERENT CANDIDATE TODAY, AN OLDER CANDIDATE WHO SLIPS IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS BUT I THINK IN THE CONVERSATIONS, THE FAMILY ARGUMENT THE DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING, HOW PROGRESSIVE SHOULD WE BE, HOW CENTRIST WE SHOULD BE, BERNIE SANDERS IS THE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN IS FADING HE BASICALLY FINISHED HER OFF SHE NEVER WANTED TO TAKE HIM ON IN THE HOPE SHE WOULD PICK UP HIS VOTERS WHEN HE DECLINED THE CENTER LANE IS OPEN, AND THAT’S WHERE AMY KLOBUCHAR IS RISING SO, THERE’S GOING TO BE ESSENTIALLY TWO RACES FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN A ONE ON ONE AND I THINK KLOBUCHAR DID HERSELF A LOT OF GOOD TO TAKE THAT LANE >> YVETTE SIMPSON, YOU HAVE THE POLLS OF THE PROGRESSIVE WING OF THIS PARTY SENATOR SANDERS DEFENDED HIS RECORD HE STOOD STRONG ON IT, BUT MAYOR PETE CAME AT HIM PRETTY HARD EARLY IN THE NIGHT >> YEAH, BUT BERNIE IS CONSISTENT AND I DON’T THINK HE WAS ROCKED AT ALL I DO THINK BUTTIGIEG HAD A HARD NIGHT, AND I DON’T THINK IT WILL AFFECT NEW HAMPSHIRE, BUT REALLY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS NEVER A REAL ISSUE FOR PETE BUTTIGIEG IT’S SOUTH CAROLINA AND I THINK HIM NOT RESPONDING TO THIS RACE QUESTION WAS REALLY CRITICAL, AND I THINK WARREN REALLY STUCK IT TO HIM AND SHE ELEVATED ON — I MEAN, SHE TOOK THAT RACE QUESTION TO A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL I ALSO WONDER ABOUT AMY KLOBUCHAR AND WHERE HER VOTES COME FROM AND MAYBE IT COMES FROM BIDEN, BECAUSE HE GOT ROCKED BY STEYER ON THIS SOUTH CAROLINA ISSUE HIS UNWILLINGNESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOMEONE IN HIS CAMP DID SOMETHING WRONG AND THE FALLBACK, WELL, BLACK PEOPLE LOVE ME, SOUTH CAROLINIANS LOVE ME IT WAS NOT A GOOD NIGHT FOR HIM >> SOUTH CAROLINA’S SUPPOSED TO BE THE FIREWALL FOR JOE BIDEN TOM STEYER LEANED HEAVILY INTO RACE, CHALLENGING JOE BIDEN ON THAT COULD HE REALLY HURT THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA? >> WELL, I THINK WHAT HAPPENS — I MEAN, LOOK, THERE’S TWO STATES HE’S GOT NEW HAMPSHIRE AND NEVADA BEFORE SOUTH CAROLINA, SO I DON’T THINK THIS MOMENT HURTS HIM DOWN THERE I THINK WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN AND THE ADVERTISING LET ME GO BACK TO AN EARLIER QUESTION I THOUGHT MAYOR PETE DID A GREAT MOMENT WHEN HE DEFENDED JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON, BECAUSE HE WENT BEYOND WHAT HE HAD TO DO IN FACT, THERE WAS MORE ELOQUENT SOMETIMES THAN JOE HIMSELF IS ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH HUNTER, IN THE SAME WAY THAT I THOUGHT FOR JOE, ONE OF HIS BEST MOMENTS WAS WHEN HE DEFENDED, OBVIOUSLY, LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN AMY HAD A GREAT CLOSE I THINK STEYER DID BRING A DISCUSSION OF THE RACE ISSUE, AND THAT’S WHAT GETS ME BACK TO SENATOR WARREN NOT UNTIL THE LATTER HALF ON CERTAIN AREAS OR SUBJECTS DID SHE EMERGE AND I THINK WHEN YOU FINISH WHERE SHE DID IN IOWA, HERE AS A SENATOR OF MASSACHUSETTS, SHE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER STATE TO NOT BE IN THE TOP TWO, AND IT’S A REAL CHALLENGE SO, EVERYONE HAD STRONG MOMENTS I WILL AGREE THAT MAYOR PETE LOOKED LIKE A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS WHEN HE GOT HIT ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN HE ACTUALLY ANSWERED WHAT IT MEANS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD — AND HE’S NOT WRONG, HAVING BEEN IN THE OVAL OFFICE WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF SOMEBODY IS JUDGMENT WHAT NOBODY EVER TOLD HIM WAS EXPERIENCE ACTUALLY LENDS TO JUDGMENT, AND INFLUENCES AND INFORMS IT AND NOBODY HAS REALLY TOUCHED HIM, EXCEPT FOR LINDSEY LINDSEY’S LAID THE BIGGEST HANDS ON HIM >> AS WE WRAP UP THIS SEGMENT, THERE WAS ONE MOMENT THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAS ALREADY TWEETED OUT, THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE WHEN GEORGE ASKED ALL THE CANDIDATES, WOULD YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET? IT SEEMED LIKE ONLY AMY KLOBUCHAR RAISED HER HAND >> YEAH, LISTEN, I THINK THIS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY RIGHT NOW RAHM SAID THIS A FEW WEEKS AGO, THEY’VE GOT A CHOICE BETWEEN NOMINATING SOMEONE THAT MOST PEOPLE THINK CANNOT WIN OR DIVIDING THEIR PARTY VIOLENTLY BETWEEN MAINSTREAM AND THE PROGRESSIVES BUT ONE OTHER THING ON BUTTIGIEG, WHICH I THINK IS IMPORTANT — HE ALSO ON DECRIMINALIZATION, HE IS IN FAVOR OF DECRIMINALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS, INCLUDING HEROIN AND COCAINE HE WOULDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION HE’S GOING TO BE ASKED THAT QUESTION AGAIN, AND HE’D BETTER HAVE A BETTER ANSWER THAN “I’M AGAINST INCARCERATION.” DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SEND THE MESSAGE TO AMERICA’S CHILDREN IN THE MIDST OF AN OPIOID CRISIS THAT IT’S NOT A CRIMINAL PROBLEM TO POSSESS HEROIN, TO POSSESS COCAINE, TO POSSESS ANGEL DUST? THAT’S WHAT HE’S SAYING AND THAT’S INEXPERIENCE, TOM THAT’S WHAT INEXPERIENCE LEADS TO HE PUTS THAT ON HIS WEBSITE WHEN NOBODY KNEW WHO THE HECK HE WAS NOW EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO HE IS, HE’D BETTER FIGURE THAT ANSWER OUT >> AND THE ISSUE OF OPIOIDS SO IMPORTANT NEW HAMPSHIRE >> EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT’S LOSING POSITION AND THAT’S NOT LEADERSHIP IN MY VIEW AND BUTTIGIEG GOT AWAY AND THE CANDIDATES LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT TONIGHT TO NOT POUNCE HIM ON THAT, FROM EVERYBODY FROM SANDERS TO STEYER >> EVERYBODY KNOWS OPIATES ARE THE GATEWAY DRUG TO HEROIN IT’S A BIG CHALLENGE, NOT JUST HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AND THE ISSUE OF, THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARIJUANA — >> YEAH >> AND A WHOLE SORT OF OTHER DRUGS THAT LEAD TO VIOLENCE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES >> WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE ON THAT THE SPOTLIGHT, THE PRESSURE IS DEFINITELY ON MAYOR PETE WE’LL HAVE A BREAK AND HAVE MUCH MORE FROM THE SMARTEST MINDS IN THE POLITICAL GAME AND ALSO FROM MARTHA RADRADDATZ WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED STAY WITH US >>> AND WE ARE BACK WITH OUR ACE POLITICAL TEAM TONIGHT AND MARY BRUCE, I WANT TO START WITH YOU, OUR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT YOUR THOUGHTS ON ELIZABETH WARREN SHE, FOR A GOOD DEAL OF THAT DEBATE, DISAPPEARED >> YEAH, I WAS SURPRISED BY HOW SHE WASN’T REALLY DOMINATING AS MUCH AS SHE HAD IN PREVIOUS DEBATES YOU KNOW, SHE DID SORT OF SEEM TO FADE AT POINTS SHE WASN’T DRAWING AS SHARP A CONTRAST TO SOME OF HER RIVALS AS SHE HAD IN THE PAST SHE HAD A COUPLE MOMENTS AND CONTINUED TO HAMMER THAT THEME THAT SHE HAS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT THE BEST WAY TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP IS BY TAKING ON CORRUPTION, THAT IF YOU GO THAT ROUTE, THAT SHE, TOO, CAN WIN THE ELECTABILITY ARGUMENT AND UNITE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, BUT SHE DIDN’T SEEM TO HAVE THAT BIG STANDOUT MOMENT AND SHE NEEDS THAT, BECAUSE AS WE’VE BEEN DISCUSSING, SHE NEEDS A WIN IN ONE OF THESE EARLY STATES I THINK SHE WAS HOPING THAT HER NEAR HOME-STATE ADVANTAGE HERE MAY HELP GIVE HER THAT BOOST, BUT I DIDN’T REALLY SEE THAT TONIGHT >> AND JOHN KARL, BERNIE SANDERS, HE WENT ON THE ATTACK ABOUT SOCIALISM VERY EARLY ON IN THE DEBATE PETE BUTTIGIEG GOING RIGHT AFTER HIM >> WELL, THAT WAS AN INTERESTING MOMENT WHEN, IS ANYBODY ON THE STAGE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST TOP OF THE TICKET? AND YOU REALLY ONLY HAD AMY KLOBUCHAR GO THERE STEYER ENDED UP RAISING HIS HAND, TOO BUT I’VE GOT TO SAY, BERNIE SANDERS IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT THIS AS WELL, I THINK WHAT BERNIE SANDERS DOES IS HE TAKES THE HIT, AND HE TOOK THE HIT FOR A WHILE, HE WAS THE ONE TAKING ALL THE SHOTS HE TAKES THE HITS AND HE PIVOTS AND HE PUTS IT RIGHT AT DONALD TRUMP HE ACTED LIKE A FRONT-RUNNER, AND THAT LINE — >> AND HE DOESN’T CHANGE HIS MESSAGE EVER >> AT ALL AND THAT LINE AT THE BEGINNING, WE’RE GOING TO SUPPORT WHOEVER WINS THIS DAMN THING — I MEAN, HE MADE THAT PITCH FOR UNITY, TOOK ALL THE SHOTS, DIDN’T HIT BACK, PIVOTED RIGHT TO DONALD TRUMP >> AND TO CECELIA, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT — DONALD TRUMP HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT TONIGHT WE HAD THE MOMENT WHERE JOE BIDEN CALLED FOR THE STANDING OVATION FOR ALEXANDER VINDMAN WAS THAT THE RIGHT TACTIC, AND DID, IN YOUR MIND, ANYONE PROVE THEY COULD BEAT DONALD TRUMP TONIGHT? >> HE CERTAINLY WAS THE EIGHTH PERSON ON THE STAGE TONIGHT WHO WASN’T HERE I THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE STILL STRUGGLING HERE WE ARE, ALL THESE YEARS LATER, AFTER A DONALD TRUMP CANDIDACY AND NOW A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY, WITH HOW TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH HIM THEY DON’T KNOW IF THE RIGHT MOVE IS, YOU GO LOW, WE GO HIGH, OR TO GET IN THE MUD AND GET DOWN AND DIRTY AND GO TAKE THE DONALD TRUMP TACTIC THAT IS INSULTS AND SHOTS THEY STILL DON’T KNOW I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM IS WATCHING TONIGHT THEY’VE SENT A CAMPAIGN OUT — AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT SAYS — IT SAYS “PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL CRUSH WHICHEVER DEMOCRAT IS UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO FACE HIM IN NOVEMBER.” SO, CARRYING ALONG WITH THE SAME BRAVADO THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN BUT LOOK, MARTHA, HE IS UP TO ATTACKS IN RECENT DAYS AGAINST BLOOMBERG, AGAINST SANDERS WE KNOW HE’S STILL EYEING JOE BIDEN JOE BIDEN COULD DO SOME HARM, IF HE HAD TO, IN SOME OF THE RUST BELT STATES, SO HE’S CERTAINLY GOT HIS EYE ON THOSE THREE AND LIKES TO DIP IN ON THE WARREN ATTACK POOL FAIRLY REGULARLY >> WHENEVER HE NEEDS TO, TOO >> YEAH >> YOU’VE HEARD THE NICKNAMES >> AND BYRON, DO YOU THINK ANYBODY — AND WHO DID IT BEST IN THAT WAY TO PROVE TO VOTERS THAT THEY COULD BEAT DONALD TRUMP? >> FRANKLY, I DON’T THINK ANYONE DID A GREAT JOB OF IT I MEAN, I THINK THEY ALL MADE THE USUAL ARGUMENTS, BUT TO POINT THAT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WAS MAKING, THAT YOU SAW, FOR INSTANCE, WITH MAYOR PETE, THAT HIS RESPONSE THAT LINDSEY DAVIS WASN’T STRONG ENOUGH I WAS STRUCK BY, NEXT TO GOING AFTER DONALD TRUMP, THEY ALL WENT AFTER MICHAEL BLOOMBERG I THOUGHT HE MAY HAVE FARED WORST OF ANYONE, BECAUSE THEY ALL MADE ARGUMENTS AS TO WHY — >> BILLIONAIRES >> RIGHT >> AND JOHN KARL, QUICKLY HERE, WHO DO YOU THINK STOOD OUT IN TERMS OF GOING AFTER DONALD TRUMP? YOU DEAL WITH DONALD TRUMP EVERY SINGLE DAY >> YEAH FIRST OF ALL, OBVIOUSLY, THE CANDIDATE THAT HE FEARED MOST EARLY ON WAS JOE BIDEN THAT IS NOT THE CASE ANYMORE, AND I DON’T THINK THERE WAS ANYBODY BASED ON TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE THAT HAS THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN QUAKING IN THEIR BOOTS >> OKAY THANKS VERY MUCH, JOHN AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK >>> MORE THAN EVER, WE WILL ALL BE KEEPING OUR EYES ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY ON TUESDAY THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT OUR DEBATE COVERAGE CONTINUES RIGHT NOW ON “ABC NEWS LIVE,” OUR 24/7 STREAMING CHANNEL, WITH MORE ANALYSIS AND CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS WITH OUR TEAM “NIGHTLINE” LATER WITH BYRON PITTS HERE AT THE DEBATE GEORGE WILL BE BACK TOMORROW MORNING ON “GMA.” FOR GEORGE, DAVID, LINDSEY, AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT, I’M MARTHA RADDATZ GOODNIGHT FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE >>> LIVE FROM THE SPIN ROOM AT ST. ANSLEM COLLEGE IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE HERE NOW, TOM LLAMAS >>> WELCOME TO THE POST DEBATE SHOW LIVE FROM MANCHESTER RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A FULL HOUR OF POLITICS TO TALK ABOUT JOINING ME RIGHT NOW YVETTE SIMPSON, RAHM EMANUEL, CHRIS CHRISTIE WE WILL HAVE A LIVE INTERVIEW WITH PETE BUTTIGIEG THE SPOTLIGHT WAS ON HIM AT THE DEBATE INCLUDING HIM FROM AMY KLOBUCHAR AND THIS MOMENT SHE WENT AFTER HIS RECORD >> WHAT YOU SAID IT WAS EXHAUSTING TO WATCH AND THAT YOU WANTED TO TURN THE CHANNEL AND WATCH CARTOONS IT IS EASY TO GO AFTER WASHINGTON BECAUSE THAT’S THE POPULAR THING TO DO IT IS MUCH HARDER AS I SEE SENATOR SHAHEEN IN THE FRONT ROW, SUCH A LEADER, IT IS MUCH HARDER TO LEAD AND MUCH HARDER TO TAKE THOSE DIFFICULT POSITIONS I THINK THIS GOING AFTER EVERY SINGLE THING THAT PEOPLE DO BECAUSE IT’S POPULAR TO SAY AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A COOL NEWCOMER, I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A NEWCOMER IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND LOOK WHERE IT GOT US >> JOINING US NOW THAT, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, COOL NEWCOMER, MAYOR PETE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US YOU HAD A STRONG SHOWING IN IOWA AND TONIGHT YOU HAD A VERY BIG TARGET ON YOUR BACK WAS THE PRESSURE ON TONIGHT? >> IT’S TO BE EXPECTED I’M SEEING A LOT OF INDEPENDENTS WHO ARE JUST SICK OF THE STATUS QUO, HUNGRY FOR CHANGE AND INSISTING ON A WAY TO BRING THAT CHANGE >> THERE WAS A MOMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE WHEN GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS ASKED IF ANYONE AT A PROP WITH A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET WOULD YOU BE OKAY WITH THAT? >> IT EFFECTIVELY SAYS YOU’RE NOT WITH US 100% OF THE TIME I’M GOING TO SUPPORT WHOEVER THE NOMINEE IS OF COURSE, I AM WORKING TO ENSURE I AM THAT NOMINEE >> YOU USED A PHRASE THAT STRUCK WHEN HE WHICH WAS COMMAND PEOPLE WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SENATOR SANDERS AND SOME OF HIS PROGRAMS IS IT A DANGER ARE YOU SAYING ESSENTIALLY SENATOR SANDERS COULD BE A DANGER TO THIS COUNTRY AS A SOCIALIST? >> THIS IS WHY I DON’T THINK THAT HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL HE PUT FORWARD IS A GOOD IDEA IT TELLS PEOPLE YOU’VE GOT TO GET ON THIS PLAN WHERE YOU WANT TO OR NOT I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER WITH A PUBLIC PLAN I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHOICE WHY WOULD YOU ORDER THEM ONTO A PUBLIC PLAN IF THEY’D RATHER BE ON SOMETHING ELSE LET THEM DECIDE IT ALSO DOESN’T DIVIDE THE COUNTRY THE WAY THIS PLAN WOULD I’M NOT JUST WORRIED ABOUT WINNING, I’M WORRIED ABOUT GOVERNORING >> AFTER WE LEAVE NEW HAMPSHIRE, WE GO TO NEVADA AND SOUTH CAROLINA YOU’VE HAD ISSUES AT HOME WITH BLACK CONSTITUENTS WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THEM? >> IT’S NOT TRUE MINORITY VOTERS IN SOUTH BEND ARE AMONG MY STRONGEST SUPPORTERS >> WE ALSO SAW THAT MOMENT EARLIER, THOUGH, BEFORE THE VOTING STARTED WHEN RESIDENTS CONFRONTED YOU AND ASKED YOU IF YOU EVEN CARED ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE >> WE HAD A REALLY TOUGH SITUATION WHEN WE HAD A POLICE SHOOTING IN OUR CITY I DON’T GET THE LUXURY OF JUST CALLING FOR GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN OR TAKING VOTES ON THEM WHEN YOU’RE A MAYOR ON THE GROUND, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE THINGS OF COURSE WE DID NOT FIX SYSTEMIC RACISM IN EIGHT YEARS IN SOUTH BEND WE WERE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ON OUR WORK IN CUTTING BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT, CUT BLACK POVERTY THAT’S THE STORY THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HEAR FROM SOUTH BEND IT’S WHY I’M MAKING SURE THEY HEAR IT FROM NOT ONLY ME BUT FROM BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS IN MY HOMETOWN >> WE TALKED ABOUT OUR POWER HOUSE PANEL HERE THEY SAID THERE WAS THE MOMENT WHEN YOU WERE ASKED ABOUT DRUGS AND PROSECUTING PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS DO YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY? >> IT HASN’T BEEN PERFECT THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I’M CALLING FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE THE CLEAR SOLUTION IS FOR US TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, PERIOD BUT ON THE GROUND IN CITIES ACROSS AMERICA, WE DON’T JUST GET TO DEBATE THESE THINGS OR SAY WHAT WE THINK OUGHT TO HAPPEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND WORK TO GET THINGS DONE AS A MAYOR OF A DIVERSE LOW INCOME CITY, I WILL ARRIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH AN UNDERSTANDING NOT JUST OF THE THEORY OR THE PLAN OR THE RIGHT THINGS TO SAY, BUT OF THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY OF WHAT IT TAKES TO DELIVER REAL PROGRESS ON THESE ISSUES >> ONE OF OUR PANEL WAS CHRIS CHRISTIE WHO WENT TOE TO TOE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP IT’S HIS OPINION THAT SOMEONE LIKE YOU WHO HASN’T BEEN TESTED YET WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO STAND UP TO PRESIDENT TRUMP >> I’VE TAKEN WORSE INCOMING THAN A TWEET FULL OF TYPOS I’M NOT ALSO NOT GOING TO ALLOW THIS PRESIDENT TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT THE KEY IS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE AN ELECTION FOCUSED ON VOTERS’ LIVES THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION OF EVERY ELECTION IS HOW’S MY LIFE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT AS A VOTER IF YOU’RE PRESIDENT? I’M THE ONE TRYING TO GET EVERYONE A RAISE I’M PREPARED TO DELIVER HEALTH CARE IN A WAY MOST AMERICANS CAN GET ON BOARD WITH I’M NOT AFRAID TO CONFRONT THIS PRESIDENT BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM MAKE IT ALL ABOUT HIM >> THERE ARE SOME CONCERN THAT IS THE PARTY IS MOVING TOO FAR LEFT WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL PEOPLE IN THE PARTY WHO ARE WITH MAYBE SENATOR SANDERS? >> HERE’S MY MESSAGE TO PROGRESSIVES IN THE PARTY I WOULD BE THE MOST PROGRESSIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WE’VE PUT FORWARD IN A GENERATION IT’S JUST THAT I’VE ALSO FOUND A WAY TO PUT FORWARD THESE ISSUES THAT WE CAN BRING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ON BOARD WITH WE SHOULDN’T MEASURE THE BOLDNESS OF AN IDEA BY HOW MUCH CONTROVERSY IT GENERATES WE SHOULD MEASURE IT BY HOW MANY PEOPLE WE CAN BRING IN TO DO SOMETHING BIG THAT CAN DELIVER IN OUR ACTUAL LIVES >> ANY PREDICTIONS FOR TUESDAY? >> I PREDICT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT NIGHT >> SMART ANSWER THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME WE APPRECIATE IT >> IT WAS A SMART ANSWER HE SAID HE’LL HAVE A GREAT NIGHT TUESDAY >> HE’S THE ONE WITH THE MOMENTUM I THINK HE WAS THE PERSON THAT WAS BEING TARGETED ON THAT STAGE FOR A WHILE ALONG WITH BERNIE SANDERS AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER, HIS MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS ACTUALLY CAME FROM THE MODERATORS, NOT FROM HIS FELLOW CANDIDATES I DON’T THINK HE HANDLES LINSEY DAVIS’S QUESTION ON RACE PARTICULARLY WELL >> HE DID EARLY ON TRY TO GO AFTER BERNIE SANDERS, ARGUING ON HEALTH CARE SPECIALLY THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE ALL OR NOTHING YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN THAT WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE AND GIVE PEOPLE OPTIONS THAT’S HIS ARGUMENT HE WAS PUSHING BACK BUT HE DEFINITELY TOOK MORE INCOMING >> HE’S NOT TO NOW BE READY FOR THIS NEXT PHASE OF WHAT’S TO COME HE’S NOW IN THE FRONT RUNNER PACK >> AND A COUPLE OF PEOPLE AREN’T >> THAT’S WHAT NEW HAMPSHIRE REALLY ENDS UP BEING ABOUT IT REALLY STARTS TO CLEAR THE PACK OUT IN A FEW DAYS OR WEEKS WE WILL START TO SEE THIS PACK DWINDLE DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE PETE BUTTIGIEG IS GOING TO BE HEAVILY SCRUTINIZED MUCH MORE BY THE MEDIA HE IS GOING TO COME UNDER FIRE TONIGHT FORWARD BY HIS FELLOW CANDIDATES HE’S GOT TO NOT STUMBLE BACK ON SOME OF THOSE TOUGH QUESTIONS PARTICULARLY ON RACE >> RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO TAKE IT BACK TO TOM STANDING BY THE ELIZABETH WARREN >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT THAT IS RIGHT WE ARE WITH SENATOR WARREN YOU ARE IN HOME TURF TONIGHT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE NOT TOO FAR FROM YOUR HOME STATE SOME PEOPLE ON OUR PANEL HERE FELT THAT THIS WAS YOUR HOME TURF YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER AND THERE WERE MOMENTS IN THE DEBATE >> HAD MY HAND UP, WANTED TO TALK THERE WAS A LOT OF CROSS TALK IN THIS DEBATE OUR NUMBER ONE JOB HERE IS GOING TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP WE’VE GOT TO PULL OUR PARTY TOGETHER AND RUN ON SOME CORE DEMOCRATIC ISSUES THAT UNITE US AND THAT ACTUALLY PULL IN INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS FOR ME, THAT STARTS WITH TALKING ABOUT CORRUPTION WE ARE RUNNING, SHOULD BE RUNNING AGAINST THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT IN HISTORY THIS IMPEACHMENT THAT WE’VE JUST GOTTEN THROUGH, HE’S DOING A VICTORY LAP ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT LIES RIGHT AT THE HEART OF IT IS AN AMBASSADOR THAT PAID A MILLION BUCKS TO GET HIS SPOT IT’S MORE EVIDENCE OF DONALD TRUMP SHOWING EVERY DAY HE THINKS GOVERNMENT IS THERE FOR HIM PERSONALLY TO HELP HIS POLITICS, TO HIM MAKE HIS FAMILY RICHER, TO HELP HIS CRONIES WE NEED TO DRAW THE CONTRAST AGAINST THAT AND BE SERIOUS ABOUT TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SHOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF GOVERNMENT BY CORRUPTION I THINK IT’S TIME WE GET OUT THERE AS DEMOCRATS AND NOT JUST SAY BUT SHOW WE ARE WILLING TO MAKE THIS GOVERNMENT WORK NOT FOR THOSE AT THE TOP BUT FOR EVERYONE ELSE >> LOOKING AT AT IOWA, YOU CAMPAIGNED HARD THERE WHY DO YOU THINK YOU FINISHED THIRD? >> WE MADE IT THE TOP THREE AND I’M GLAD OF THAT WE’RE NOW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE I’M READY TO FOCUS ON NEW HAMPSHIRE AFTER THIS WE’VE GOT 54 MORE STATES AND TERRITORIES ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES BY DECIDING NOT TO FUND MY RAISE BY SPENDING 70% OF MY TIME WITH RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATE LOBBYISTS, THEN I HAD A LOT OF TIME TO GO ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY I’VE ALREADY VISITED 31 STATES AND PUERTO RICO IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO LISTEN IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO MEET PEOPLE IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT TOUCH PEOPLE’S LIVES >> OUR ENTRANCE POLLS ON THE NIGHT OF THE IOWA CAUCUSES SAID HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE THAT VOTERS CARED ABOUT IN THAT STATE REPORTERS WHO COVERED YOUR CAMPAIGN NOTED THAT YOU STOPPED TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE, MEDICARE FOR ALL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR IS THERE A REASON WHY YOU STOPPED FOCUSING ON HEALTH CARE? >> I TOOK UNFILTERED QUESTIONS THAT’S BEEN MY WAY OF DOING THIS WHAT HAPPENED RIGHT ABOUT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR IS I WAY SHORTENED UP WHAT I SAY AT THE TOPPER AND THEN TRIED TO GET TO TEN QUESTIONS RANDOMLY DRAWN FROM THE AUDIENCE SO I ANSWERED WHATEVER PEOPLE WERE ASKING ABOUT BUT I WILL SAY THIS ABOUT IT BECAUSE I DO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE I TALKED ABOUT IT ON THE STAGE TONIGHT 36 MILLION AMERICANS COULDN’T AFFORD TO GET A PRESCRIPTION FILLED AND THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE WITH HEALTH INSURANCE THE WAY WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE IS TWOFOLD FIRST, GET AS MUCH HELP TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN, DEFEND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND USE THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT TO BRING DOWN DRUG PRICES I’M GOING TO USE THE MARCHING ORDERS THAT ARE ALREADY IN LAW TO BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE PRICE OF INSULIN AND EPIPENS AND HIV AIDS DRUGS THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO DO SECOND, IN A GENERAL ELECTION WE’RE RUNNING AGAINST THE GUY WHO WANTS TO CUT HEALTH CARE FOR NUMBERS OF PEOPLE AND WHO IS ACTIVELY WORKING RIGHT NOW TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS TO END THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT >> WE WANT TO LOOK AT A MOMENT FROM THE DEBATE WHEN YOU AND MAYOR PETE WANT AT IT OVER CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM >> THESE THINGS ARE ALL CONNECTED BUT THAT’S THE POINT SO ARE ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO CHANGE IN ORDER FOR US TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AND REMOVES THE EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC RACISM NOT JUST FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE BUT FROM THE ECONOMY AND HOUSING AND DEMOCRACY ITSELF >> SENATOR WARREN, IS THAT A SUBSTANTIAL ANSWER FROM MAYOR BUTTIGIEG? >> NO YOU HAVE TO OWN UP TO THE FACTS AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO OWN UP TO THE FACTS ABOUT HOW RACE HAS TOTALLY PERMEATED OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM >> WE JUST TALKED TO MAYOR PETE HE SAID HE COULD ALWAYS LOOK BACK AND DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY I’M PARAPHRASING BUT YOU DON’T THINK WHAT HE’S DONE IS A ENOUGH AND YOU DON’T THINK WHAT HE DID AS MAYOR IS RIGHT >> WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE SYSTEMIC RACISM NOT JUST IN A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WE CAN’T JUST SAY OH WE’LL TALK ABOUT RACE NOW SO IT WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT CRIMINAL JUSTICE IT’S ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM IN EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, HOUSING IT CAN’T JUST BE AN AMERICA THAT SAYS IF WE DON’T MENTION RACE AND THE LAWS, THEN SOMEHOW EVERYTHING IS RACE NEUTRAL IT’S NOT THE TIME HAS COME THAT WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT RACE CONSCIOUS LAWS JIM CROW WAS STILL ALIVE AND WELL INTO THE 1960s THE CONSEQUENCE OF RED LINING IN AMERICA WHICH WAS FEDERAL LAW MEANT THAT WHITE FAMILIES GOT A REAL BOOST IN BUYING HOMES WHILE BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES WERE ACTIVELY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, CREATED A BLACK-WHITE WEALTH GAP THAT PERSISTS EVEN TODAY SO WE WANT TO MAKE CHANGE, THEN WE’VE REALLY GOT TO TALK ABOUT RACE AND HOW IT AFFECTS ALL PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY, SOCIETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM >> YOU STARTED THIS RACE AS A FIGHTER AND YOU HAD A LOT OF FIRE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL LATELY SOMETIMES IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR MESSAGE IS YOU’RE GOING TO BE A UNIFIER IS YOUR MESSAGE CHANGING AND DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO WORK NOW THAT THE RACE IS ON AND THINGS ARE GETTING AGGRESSIVE? >> LOOK, OUR NUMBER ONE JOB, BEAT DONALD TRUMP BUT I THINK BRINGING OUR PARTY TOGETHER IS ABOUT FIGHTING IT’S ABOUT FIGHTING FOR WORKING PEOPLE IT’S ABOUT FIGHTING FOR AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS IT’S ABOUT FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO JUST GET PUSHED ASIDE IT’S ABOUT FIGHTING FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO JUST KEEP LOSING OUT TO BILLIONAIRES, TO GIANT CORPORATIONS WE’VE GOT AN AMERICA WHERE THE GDP KEEPS GOING UP, WHERE THE STOCK MARKET KEEPS GOING UP BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING TO HARD WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY? WAGES ARE BASICALLY FLAT WHILE COSTS ARE THROUGH THE ROOF FAMILIES CAN’T TAKE THIS SQUEEZE ANYMORE TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS, THE IDEA OF YOU CUT TAXES FOR THOSE AT THE TOP AND SOMEHOW IT’S ALL GOING TO WORK FOR EVERYBODY ELSE, HAS BEEN A MONUMENTAL FAILURE IT IS DESTROYING AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS IT’S DESTROYING AMERICA’S WORKING CLASS AND IT IS CRUSHING AMERICA’S POOR WE CAN CHANGE THAT >> I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION IF YOU DON’T WIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEVADA, SOUTH CAROLINA, DO YOU HAVE A PATH FORWARD WITH NO VICTORIES AFTER FOUR RACES? >> LOOK, I HAVE BUILT AN ORGANIZATION FROM THE GROUND UP, A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT WE ARE NOW IN 30 STATES WE HAVE STAFF ON THE GROUND, WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS COMING IN, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THIS FIGHT THIS IS THE FIGHT THAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING ALL MY LIFE, FOR AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS AND NOW WE’RE CLOSE 2020 IS OUR OPPORTUNITY NOT TO GO BACKWARDS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD AN AMERICA THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE >> SENATOR WARREN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME >> GOOD LUCK ON TUESDAY >> THANK YOU >> I’M GOING TO TURN IT BACK TO OUR PANEL RAHM, I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY WERE YOU GOING TO SAY MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT CANDIDATE OUT ON THE STAGE DURING THE DEBATE? >> HERE’S WHAT I THINK AS I SAID BEFORE, EVERYBODY HAD A STRONG MOMENT EVERYBODY HAD A MOMENT WHERE THEIR KNEES GOT A LITTLE WOBBLY MY BIGGER CONCERN AS A DEMOCRAT, NOBODY THERE TODAY UNTIL THE VERY END WHEN WE WERE ABOUT TO TALK TO SENATOR KLOBUCHAR AFTER ABOUT TWO HOURS NOBODY BEFORE THAT MOMENT ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE THEY COULD STAND ON STAGE WITH DONALD TRUMP YOU COULD TALK ABOUT BEATING HIM BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE THAT THAT DEVELOPS OVER TIME I’M NOT EXPECTING THAT RIGHT NOW BUT THERE WERE FLASHES OF STRENGTH, FLASHES WHERE PEOPLE HAD SOME WOBBLY MOMENTS IN ANSWERING QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TO BASICALLY CLOSE YOUR EYES, SEE THEM ON A STAGE WITH TRUMP AND SAY WHO REALLY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO GO TOE TO TOE BECAUSE HE’S A VICIOUS DEBATER WE SAW WHAT HE DID WITH HILLARY THAT’S MY CONCERN AS A DEMOCRAT IS THAT WE’RE NOT THERE YET >> WE HAVE JOE BIDEN WE HAVE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN >> VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS ALL OF US HE SAT DOWN WITH ALL OF OUR POLITICAL PANEL IT’S A TEAM BOOKING EFFORT >> WE GRABBED HIM WE HOLLERED WE DID WHATEVER WE CAN WE’RE ALL GOING TO JUMP IN ON THIS I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU HOW YOU FELT IT WENT TONIGHT, DID YOU GIVE THE EFFORT YOU WANTED TO DO, WAS THIS A DO OR DIE NIGHT? >> I DON’T THINK IT’S A DO OR DIE NIGHT, I REALLY DON’T IT’S A FIRST OF FOUR AND WE’RE GOING TO GO INTO SUPER TUESDAY AS WELL I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I GOT TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT I CARE ABOUT, ABOUT THE FAMILIES LIKE MINE WHO MADE THAT LONGEST WALK, THE PEOPLE I RUN INTO UP HERE ALL THE TIME PEOPLE ARE IN TROUBLE THIS IDEA THE ECONOMY IS GOOD TRY IT WHEN YOU ARE LOSING YOUR JOB OR YOU CAN’T KEEP YOUR HOUSE, YOU CAN’T MAKE THINGS WORK FOR YOU THAT’S WHY I’M IN THIS THING TO BEGIN WITH IT GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THINGS I CARE ABOUT FROM HEALTH CARE TO MIDDLE CLASS ISSUES >> SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT IS HOW DO THE DEMOCRATS TAKE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP? YOU’VE GOT YOUR NICKNAME A LOT OF FOLKS ON THE STAGE HAVE THE NICKNAME YOU SEE THE TWEETS THE FIGHT CAN BE NASTY DO YOU GET IN THE MUD, DO YOU GET IN THE DIRT WITH HIM? DO YOU GO LOW, THEY GO HIGH? WHAT IS THE WINNING STRATEGY? >> THE WINNING STRATEGY IS TO GO AFTER HIM ON THE ISSUES LOOK, ONE OF THE REASONS I DECIDED I MIGHT NOT RUN THIS TIME IS I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE UGLY FOR MY FAMILY AND PARTICULARLY MY GRANDKIDS THIS IS THE GOD’S TRUTH WE HAVE A DEAL IN OUR FAMILY THAT ANY KIND CAN ASK FOR A FAMILY MEETING FOR REAL IT’S GENUINE I GOT A CALL FROM MY GRANDDAUGHTER WHO’S NOW A SENIOR AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL MY TWO OTHER GRANDCHILDREN ARE FRESHMEN AND JUNIORS AND MY DECEASED SON’S TWO KIDS THEY CALLED AND SAID CAN WE MEET ON SUNDAY THEY CAME DOWN FROM NEW YORK, PHILLY AND MY SON’S CHILDREN LIVE NEAR ME THEY WALKED IN AND SAID, POP, YOU GOT TO RUN I SAID, GUYS, THIS IS GOING TO BE NOT VERY NICE, THIS WHOLE THING THEY SAID WE KNOW THEIR WHOLE LIFE THEIR FATHER OR THEIR GRANDFATHER HAS BEEN ATTORNEY GENERAL, A SENATOR OR A VICE PRESIDENT MY LITTLE GUY CAME UP TONIGHT, HUNTER HE’S NOW IN 8th GRADE HE TOOK OUT HIS CELL PHONE AND IT WAS A PICTURE OF ME WALKING OUT ON MY SON’S FUNERAL, MY HAND ON A FLAG DRAPED CASKET, THE MILITARY ESCORTING THEM OUT I’M REACHING DOWN AND HOLDING MY LITTLE GUY I USED TO HOLD MY SON UNDER THE CHIN LIKE THIS, JOKING LOOK HOW TALL YOU’RE GETTING HE SHOWED ME THE PICTURE AND THE CAPTION SAID BIDEN MOLESTS ANOTHER CHILD I DIDN’T SAY TRUMP DID THAT, BUT I SAID IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY MEAN I KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE UGLY LOOK, THE THING ABOUT TRUMP IS THAT HE HAS NO SENSE OF EMPATHY VERY LITTLE SENSE OF DECENCY AND DECORUM AND WHAT CONSTITUTES BEING A DECENT PERSON WHAT I’VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT IS WHAT HE’S DONE TO PEOPLE IN TERMS OF POLICIES HIS FOREIGN POLICY IS AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER WE ARE IN TERRIBLE SHAPE WORLD WIDE, NOM ONE NUMBER TWO, IF HE’S ELECTED AGAIN, I PROMISE YOU NATO WILL NOT EXIST AS IT DOES NOW OUR ALLIANCES IN THE FAR EAST ARE GOING TO CHANGE THERE’S SO MANY THINGS THAT I THINK I CAN JUST DEBATE HIM ON THE MERITS, THE PLACE WE DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT >> MR. VICE PRESIDENT, YOU DEFINITELY TURNED IT UP A NOTCH FOR THIS DEBATE YOU SHOWED SOME PUNCH, SOME PASSION I WAS STRUCK BY SOMETHING YOU SAID AT THE TOP OF THE DEBATE YOU SAID YOU TOOK A HIT IN IOWA AND YOU’D PROBABLY TAKE A HIT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AS WELL I’VE NEVER SEEN A CANDIDATE ESSENTIALLY COME INTO A DEBATE PREDICTING HIS OWN DEFEAT >> I’VE BEEN THE FRONT RUNNER ALL ALONG HERE I’VE HAD THAT TARGET ON MY BACK FROM THE BEGINNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE I’M AN UNDERDOG BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT BERNIE WON THIS PLACE BY 20 POINTS LAST TIME THE NEIGHBORING SENATORS HAVE HAVE GIGANTIC INFLUENCE I’VE LOST A LOT OF THINGS BEFORE IN THE PAST BUT I’LL BE DAMNED IF I’M GOING TO LOSE TO THIS GUY TRUMP TO LOSE THE COUNTRY TO SO WHEN YOU SAY I CAME OUT AND I DECIDED THAT THE ATTACKS THAT ARE GOING ON WITH ME, I BASICALLY HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO THE LAST WHATEVER MONTHS BUT THIS IDEA THAT PERSON KNEE TALKING ABOUT — HE’S A GOOD GUY BERNIE TALKING ABOUT BIDEN HAS A LOT OF BAGGAGE WE HAVE TO WIN THE SENATE BACK HE LABELS HIMSELF A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST THIS IS GOING TO BE A FIELD DAY FOR THE PRESIDENT >> WHY DIDN’T YOU RAISE YOUR HAND WHEN GEORGE ASKED IF ANYBODY WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE IDEA OF A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST? >> I HAD ALREADY SPOKEN I SAID I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT BERNIE HAS GREAT SUPPORT BUT I DON’T KNOW HE’S BEEN INVITED INTO THE CAMPAIGN FOR ANY OF THOSE FRONT LINE COMPETITORS ONE LAST TIME I WENT INTO 24 STATES WITH OTHER 65 CANDIDATES THEY ALL WANTED ME IN THEY’RE ASKING ME TO COMMIT AGAIN MOST OF THE FRONT LINE CANDIDATES HAVE COME FORWARD AND SUPPORTED ME THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON LIKE THOSE FAKE VIDEOS PUT OUT ABOUT BIDEN ON SOCIAL SECURITY WHICH IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE AT ALL AND ALL THE E-MAILS THAT GO OUT HE TALKS ABOUT A VOTE THAT I MADE 30 YEARS AGO AND WHATEVER IT IS YOU KNOW, LOOK, THIS IS A GUY WHILE I WAS BEATING MY NECK TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE PASSED THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN AND BEFORE THAT EVEN THE BRADY BILL, HE VOTED AGAINST IT FIVE TIMES >> LOOK AT HIS APPROVAL RATING RIGHT NOW IT’S HIGHER THAN IT’S BEEN HIS APPROVAL RATING IS GOING UP >> NO I AGREE I THINK IT’S BECAUSE THE FACT THAT I’M NOT LOOKING TO RUN A NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN I’M RUNNING AGAINST TRUMP BUT THE FACT IS WHEN YOU SAY THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT ARE NOT TRUE ABOUT OTHERS ABOUT WHO HAS THE RECORD, WHO’S CARRYING BAGGAGE, I MEAN, COME ON, I MEAN THIS GUY VOTED — HE’S A GOOD GUY BUT HE VOTED TO GIVE GUN MANUFACTURERS AN EXEMPTION HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN THE STREETS AND NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE’RE NOT ABLE TO GO AFTER THE GUN MANUFACTURERS IT’S CARNAGE OUT THERE >> YOU HAVE ALSO BEEN SHARPENING YOUR ATTACKS AGAINST MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG HE HAS A LOT OF MOMENTUM RIGHT NOW HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN HIS RISE? >> I THINK HE’S A VERY QUALITY GUY I THINK HE HAS A GREAT ORGANIZATION HE QUITE FRANKLY HAD ORGANIZERS IN IOWA AGAIN, PETE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING WAS BAD BEFORE, ALL THE PAST WAS BAD SINCE WHEN DID THE DEMOCRATS THINK BARACK OBAMA DIDN’T DO A GOOD JOB? YOU GUYS COVERED ME I HAD MAJOR, MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THE PRESIDENT TURNED OVER RESPONSIBILITY AND GAVE ME PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH IT ALL THESE BAD THINGS, I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE WAS LIVING IT’S NOT LIKE IT WAS RETURNING TO THE PAST WE WERE JUST GETTING STARTED EVERYTHING HANDED ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DESK BUT LOCUSTS WE GOT US OUT OF THE MOST SERIOUS RECESSION SHORT OF A DEPRESSION IN AMERICAN HISTORY WE WERE FINALLY GETTING THINGS MOVING WE GOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COMBAT TROOPS OUT OF HARM’S WAY WE WERE MOVING, THE ECONOMY WAS RAISING TRUMP INHERENTED EVERYTHING HE INHERITED A GOOD ECONOMY WITH MORE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF GROWTH AND PROGRESS THAN ANYONE ELSE HAS EVER HAD IN TERMS OF JUST STRAIGHT MONTHS HE INHERITED IT NOW HE’S MESSING IT UP >> COULD BUTTIGIEG BE ANOTHER OBAMA? YOU WENT AFTER OBAMA 2008 PRIMARY AS NOT HAVING THE EXPERIENCE >> AT LEAST BARACK HAD A CLEAR VIEW OF WHAT HIS STRATEGIC NOTION WAS ON FOREIGN POLICY HE HAD A CLEAR VIEW OF IT >> YOU DON’T THINK BUTTIGIEG DOES? >> I HAVEN’T HEARD IT IF HE DOES I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS YET, NUMBER ONE NUMBER TWO, BEING A MAYOR OF A TOWN SMALLER THAN MANCHESTER IS NOT QUITE BEING UNITED STATES SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONLY FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME BARACK’S EXPERIENCE WAS MUCH WIDER AS WELL LOOK, THAT OLD JOKE, YOU KNOW, I KNOW BARACK OBAMA, HE’S NO BARACK OBAMA HE’S A RARE BREED BARACK OBAMA HE WAS AN UNUSUAL PERSON BEST THING I HAD HAPPEN WAS WORKING WITH HIM >> WE WERE 90 MINUTES INTO THE DEBATE AND NO ONE HAS TALKED ABOUT RACE YET DO THE PEOPLE ON THAT STAGE TONIGHT, YOURSELF INCLUDED, ACCURATELY AND FAIRLY REPRESENT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE VOTING FOR YOU IN THIS ELECTION? >> I’VE BEEN ENGAGED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT I’M ENGAGED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITY I’M ENGAGED IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY MY ENTIRE CAREER THAT’S WHAT GOT ME INVOLVED IN POLITICS TO BEGIN WITH EVEN A LOT OF THE YOUNGER REPORTS COVERED ME INITIALLY WERE SAYING — THEN THEY WENT TO DELAWARE AND FOUND OUT WHERE IT IS LOOK, THE BLACK COMMUNITY KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THEM I THINK WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED MUCH TOO MUCH THE CONTEXT OF THAT WAS NO ONE HAD ASKED THE QUESTIONS WE TEND TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS WE’RE ASKED IT HADN’T BEEN ASKED YET NO ONE HAD MENTIONED IT MY BIGGEST CONCERN ABOUT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WITH DEMOCRATS IS MOST OF IT WAS TAKEN FOR GRANTED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO SHOW UP THEY DON’T SHOW UP BUT THEY KNOW WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT THEM THEY KNOW YOU THEY KNOW IF YOU REALLY MEAN IT THEY KNOW I MEAN IT AND THEY’LL SOON FIND OUT >> WE’RE GOING TO LET YOU GO HERE IN A MINUTE WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE THIS DEBATE IN THE OTHER DEBATES YOU’VE BEEN IN, BEST, SECOND BEST, DO ANYTHING OVER? >> I’M NOT A PUNDIT, I DON’T KNOW ALL I KNOW IS I WAS ABLE TO SAY WHAT I WANTED TO SAY AND I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT ON THINGS I CARE ABOUT FOR EXAMPLE, ON HEALTH CARE, I THINK THE ONE THING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO IS AUTHENTICITY YOU’VE GOT TO TELL THE TRUTH THE IDEA THAT YOU’RE GOING TO PASS A MULTITRILLION DOLLAR BILL AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT? IT’S BIZARRE YOU DON’T HAVE THE VOTES FOR IT NOW IN THE SENATE PAYING OFF ALL STUDENT LOANS? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I THINK WILL — I THINK WE’LL GET KILLED BY TRUMP IF YOU COME OFF WITH SOMETHING NOT EVEN REMOTELY AUTHENTIC AND ABLE TO BE DONE >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US >> WE’RE GOING TO GO OVER TO TOM AND AMY KLOBUCHAR >> LET ME KNOW IF THERE’S ANY VIDEO OF JOHN RUNNING AFTER THE VICE PRESIDENT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US >> THANK YOU >> THIS IS A SPECIAL FEATURE THE SENATOR HAS AGREED TO ENTER THE THUNDERDOME SHE’S GOING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM EVERYBODY ON THIS PANEL >> OH WOW >> INCLUDING SOME QUIET AND SHY PANELISTS LIKE GOVERNOR CHRISTIE >> IT JUST SHOWS BRAVERY THAT WE NEED IN A PRESIDENT >> I’M GOING TO LET THE PANEL START FIRST >> HELLO, SENATOR KLOBUCHAR THAT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING MOMENT EARLY IN THE DEBATE WHEN YOU WERE ASKED WHETHER YOU THINK A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST CAN WIN EVERYBODY KIND OF HESITATED YOU RAISED YOUR ANSWER AND ANSWERED THE QUESTION BERNIE SANDERS THE IS FRONT RUNNER NOW WILL YOU SUPPORT HIM AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP? >> THE QUESTION WAS DO YOU THINK A SOCIALIST SHOULD BE AT THE HEAD OF OUR TICKET FOR OUR PARTY AND I SAID NO BECAUSE I — I SAID VERY CLEARLY I WILL SUPPORT THE HEAD OF OUR TICKET SO THAT’S A GOOD POINT I THINK IT WAS MORE DO YOU WANT THAT PERSON TO BE HEADING UP THE TICKET I DO NOT BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED A CANDIDATE THAT CAN BRING PEOPLE WITH HER AND THAT MEANS MODERATE REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS PEOPLE UP HERE KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE THAT MAYBE STAYED HOME IN 2016 OR PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP JUST HAVING LEFT IOWA THERE WERE 31 COUNTIES THAT VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA AND THEN TURNED AROUND AND VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP I THINK BRINGING THOSE VOTERS IN, I AM A UNIQUE PERSON UP ON THAT DEBATE STAGE THAT HAS CONSISTENTLY WON IN RED CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS EVERY SINGLE TIME AND I HAVE DONE IT BY TELLING PEOPLE THE TRUTH AS YOU CAN SEE THAT I DO ON THE DEBATE STAGE, BY MAKING A CASE FOR AN ECONOMIC AGENDA AND BY GETTING THINGS DONE PEOPLE WANT A PRESIDENT THAT CAN WIN AND GET THINGS DONE I THINK IT’S THAT SIMPLE >> A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY WHICH I THINK IS A MANIFESTATION OF THE DIPLOMA DIVIDE I DIDN’T SEE A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT EDUCATION TODAY WHAT WOULD BE THE GOAL, HOW WOULD YOU GET THERE? >> THAT WAS THE ONE QUESTION I WISH THEY HAD ASKED THERE’S PEOPLE UP HERE WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS I KNOW YOU HAVE I LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY THAN SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES INCLUDING SENATOR SANDERS I KNOW THEY HAVE THESE BUMPER STICKER SOLUTIONS LIKE FREE COLLEGE FOR ALL I ALWAYS SEE THEM THEY’RE NOT THINKING BIG ENOUGH THEY NEED TO STEP BACK AND LOOK AT OUR ECONOMY, WHAT ARE THE JOBS WE HAVE NOW AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE OVER A MILLION OPENINGS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS, NURSING ASSISTANT ASSISTANTS, ELECTRICIANS WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE A SHORTAGE OF SPORTS MARKETING DEGREES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SHORTAGE OF PLUMBERS HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS WORK? INVESTMENT IN K-12 AND PRESCHOOL THEN IT COMES TO FOUR YEAR DEGREES, I WOULD DOUBLE THE PROGRAM SO THE NEED MEETS THE HELP THAT MEANS FROM 6 TO 12,000 A YEAR AND DOUBLE THE INCOME LEVEL I KNOW IT DOESN’T FIT ON A BUMPER STICKER BUT I KNOW IT WILL WORK WITH OUR ECONOMY I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE SENDING HARD EARNED TAXPAYER MONEY TO SEND WEALTHY KIDS TO COLLEGE WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THEIR PLANS DO >> AMY, I DON’T WANT TO SINK YOUR CANDIDACY BUT I THOUGHT YOUR CLOSE TONIGHT WAS BY FAR THE BEST MOMENT ANYBODY HAD IN THE RACE WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY BETWEEN NOW, NOT JUST TUESDAY BUT AS YOU GO BEYOND TO GET YOURSELF FROM WHERE YOU ARE 4 OR 5% TO BEING IN THAT TOP TWO OR THREE SO PEOPLE COULD START MAKING THAT CONTRAST BETWEEN YOU AND SANDERS AND BUTTIGIEG AND MAYBE BIDEN? >> I DON’T HAVE THE NAME ID OF THESE OTHER CANDIDATES OR THE BANK ACCOUNT BUT SLOWLY BUT SURELY I HAVE MET EVERY SINGLE METRIC I DON’T THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT THROUGH MY SPEECH IN THE BLIZZARD THEN THEY THOUGHT I’D BE OUT BY THE SUMMER THEN THEY THOUGHT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HER IN THESE DEBATES FOR ME HAVING DEBATES LIKE THIS IS CRITICAL GETTING THOSE NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS LIKE THE “NEW YORK TIMES,” THAT MEANS SOMETHING PEOPLE READ THEM THEY GET TO KNOW ABOUT ME AND HOW I CAN LEAD THAT’S MY GOAL THEN I JUST KEEP GOING I’LL BE ON THE DEBATE STAGE IN NEVADA I’LL MAKE MY CASE THERE I HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF WORKING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM I THINK THAT WILL BE HELPFUL FOR ME OUT IN NEVADA >> GREAT >> I’VE GOT A QUESTION A MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY THINKS THE ECONOMY IS GOOD AND A MAJORITY OF THE ECONOMY THINKS THEY’RE DOING WELL ECONOMICALLY DO YOU THINK AT SOME POINT WHOEVER THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IS HAS TO AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE ECONOMY IS GOING WELL BUT THE RACE IS NOT FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT’S DOING WELL BUT WHAT’S THE CHARACTER OF THE PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WE COULD HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY AND A DECENT PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? SOMETIMES I FEEL DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO TELL VOTERS WHAT THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE ISN’T RIGHT >> I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THERE’S JOBS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW IN A LOT OF PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT’S HOW THE PRESIDENT MIGHT EVALUATE IT HE MIGHT ALSO SAY THE STOCK MARKET IS GOING UP I LOOK AT IN TWO WAYS ONE IS THE SHARED PROSPERITY, THE INCOME INEQUALITY, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO FILL THOSE JOBS OF HOME HEALTH CARE WORKER THAT WE KNOW WE’RE GOING TO NEED BECAUSE WE SEE AN AGING POPULATION INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE, DOING SOMETHING ABOUT CHILD CARE, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE THEN WE HAVE THOSE LONG-TERM CHALLENGES THAT ARE MUCH HARDER TO TALK ABOUT I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WORRIED ABOUT THE DEBT, THE DEFICIT I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT LISTEN TO ME WHEN I SAY WE WANT A PRESIDENT THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR PROMISES AND KEEP YOUR THREATS WITH COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA THAT SEE THE LONG-TERM, THE UNDERPINNINGS OF OUR ECONOMY WHEN IT COMES TO THE FARM ECONOMY WHERE WE’VE SEEN MAJOR INCREASES IN BANKRUPTCIES THERE’S TWO CRITIQUES HERE AND I THINK THEY’RE BOTH REAL TO PEOPLE, MAYBE DIFFERENT PEOPLE BUT I CAN TELL YOU A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T FEEL THAT PROSPERITY HE PROMISED HE’D BRING DOWN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS HE SAID ON FOX NEWS HE’D BRING THEM DOWN SO MUCH IT WOULD MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN WELL, PEOPLE’S HEADS ARE SPINNING BUT IT’S BECAUSE THEY’VE GONE UP SO MUCH >> ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION IS THAT IT SHOWS THAT SEXISM IS ALMOST AS STRONG AS RACISM STILL IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE SEEN A COUPLE OF STRONG WOMEN CANDIDATES ALREADY DROP OUT AND YOU HEAR FROM VOTERS DOUBT THAT AMERICA’S READY FOR THAT DO YOU FEEL THAT IS STILL THE CASE FOR YOU IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR BEYOND? WHATEVER THEY TELL POSTERS, WHATEVER THEY TELL THEIR KIDS WHEN THEY GO TO THE VOTING BOOTH, THEY MAY NOT BE READY >> I THINK THEY ARE READY I LOOK AT THE WOMAN GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN THAT JUST GAVE THE RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION, GRETCHEN WHITMER YOU LOOK AT ALL THESE NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT GOT ELECTED, MANY OF THEM VERY STRONG WOMEN I START WITH THOSE FACTS THE SECOND THING IS I AM SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T TALK ABOUT THIS A LOT BECAUSE THEY WON MY ELECTIONS DOING VERY WELL WITH MALE VOTERS AND I FELT FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I NEEDED TO ADDRESS IT I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO BRING IT UP ON THE DEBATE STAGE THAT IS THAT 5’4″ IS NOT A BAD HEIGHT OF THE PRESIDENT THAT IS THE HEIGHT OF JAMES MADISON YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE SKINNIEST PERSON IN THE ROOM I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF FOCUS ON HOW WOMEN LOOK WHEN THEY THINK ABOUT WHO CAN BEAT THE PRESIDENT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM A LOT OF MY ARGUMENT HAVE BEEN BASED ON MERIT AND I’M CERTAINLY TOUGH ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THIS GUY AND THAT IN FACT MAYBE WE NEED SOMEONE THAT’S NOT LIKE HIM AND NOT AS RICH AS HIM MAYBE WE NEED SOMEONE THAT’S VERY DIFFERENT THAN HIM TO BRING VOTERS IN >> I’LL TAKE THE LAST QUESTION HERE YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT’S APPROVAL RATING TICKED A LITTLE HIGHER WITH THE GALLUP POLL THAT CAME OUT IN IOWA THERE WEREN’T RECORD NUMBERS OF DEMOCRATS THAT CAME OUT AND CAUCUSED ARE YOU WORRIED THAT DEMOCRATIC VOTERS ARE NOT FIRED UP ENOUGH LIKE THEY NEED TO BE AND IS THAT THE FAULT OF THE PARTY, THE CANDIDATES OR DONALD TRUMP? >> I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT WE KNOW THERE WAS ALL KINDS OF ISSUES WITH THE CAUCUSES I’LL LOOK AT ONE MORE EXAMPLE THAT IS MUCH MORE PROFOUND 2018 ELECTION TALK ABOUT FIRED UP WE WON ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WE FLIPPED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TURNED IT BACK INTO THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE AGAIN WE HAD RECORD TURNOUTS WHAT I HAVE SEEN AT OUR EVENTS AND RALLIES, NEW YEAR’S EVE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE I HAD 550 PEOPLE AT 5:00 ON NEW YEAR’S EVE PEOPLE ARE EXCITED MAYBE SOME OF THEM ARE QUIETER I REMEMBER A VOTER IN CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WHO WAS IN A LINE AND EVERYBODY HAD THESE HAPPY STICKERS ON, I’M A SUPREME COURT VOTER, I’M A CLIMATE CHANGE VOTER AND HE JUST HAD A BROWN JACKET ON I SAID, SIR, YOU DON’T HAVE A STICKER ON AND HE LEANS OVER AND SAYS THAT’S BECAUSE I WAS A TRUMP VOTER AND WE DON’T HAVE STICKERS AND I DON’T WANT ANY OF THESE GUYS TO KNOW BECAUSE THEY’RE MY NEIGHBORS AND THEY DON’T KNOW BUT I’M NOT DOING IT AGAIN YOU HEAR THAT AND FOR SO MANY OF THESE MODERATE REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS THAT WE NEED TO BUILD THIS BIG COALITION, IT’S NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC CHECK WHICH IS WHAT WE TALK ABOUT ON THE DEBATE STAGE ALL THE TIME IT IS ALSO A DECENCY CHECK A PATRIOTISM CHECK IT IS THE THOUGHT OF A PRESIDENT THAT SITS NEXT TO VLADIMIR PUTIN AT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ASKED ABOUT RUSSIA’S INTERFERENCE ON ELECTIONS AND MAKES A JOKE ABOUT IT THOSE VOTERS THAT MAYBE DON’T AGREE WITH EVERYTHING WE SAY ON THE DEBATE STAGE, THEY THINK TO THEMSELVES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY STANDING UP FOR FOUR LITTLE GIRLS AT A CHURCH IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO BE PART OF THAT DEMOCRACY WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IT’S NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL I AM VERY GOOD AT DOING THAT AND BRINGING PEOPLE IN >> TUESDAY WILL BE A GOOD TEST UNDECLARED VOTERS CAN ALSO VOTE IN THIS PRIMARY SENATOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME >> THANK YOU >> THANK YOU FOR ENTERING THE THUNDERDOME LOOK AT THIS GANG >> IT WAS EITHER POLITICS OR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING FOR THIS CREW >> THE DEBATE WAS IN A NICE ARENA I FELT LIKE I HAD A HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE BEING IN AN ICE ARENA >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >> I THINK WE’RE IN THE ICE ARENA RIGHT NOW IT WAS A HOCKEY ARENA RIGHT HERE PRETTY AMAZING WE JUST WANT TO WRAP UP HERE UP FROM OUR POSITION HERE AND TALK ABOUT NOT JUST THIS DEBATE BUT THIS WEEK FOR DEMOCRATS THIS WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY WEEK FOR DEMOCRATS AND AN EXTRAORDINARY BAD WEEK FOR DEMOCRATS WE HAD THE ACQUITTAL, WE HAD THE IOWA CAUCUSES ISN’T IT THEIR MESS, DEBACLE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT? TALK ABOUT THAT WEEK >> IT’S BEEN A BRUISING WEEK IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN TEN WEEKS IN ONE HOW WILL DEMOCRATS UNITE AND MOVE FORWARD FROM THIS? IT PUTS A LOT MORE PRESSURE ON WHAT HAPPENS HERE THIS WEEK THE CANDIDATE WHO WINS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL GET THAT BOUNCE ASSUMING ALL GOES WELL BUT IT DOES CREATE THIS PRETTY REMARKABLE SPLIT SCREEN WHERE DEMOCRATS SEEM A BIT ALL OVER THE PLACE IT’S NOT CLEAR WHO WON IOWA THEY HAVE THIS DEFEAT IN WASHINGTON WITH THE IMPEACHMENT AND YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT WITH REPUBLICANS UNITED BEHIND HIM WE ALL SAW THAT RATHER EXTRAORDINARY PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS THERE WITH THE PRESIDENT HE’S READY TO GO DEMOCRATS, IT MAKES IT HARD FOR THEM AS THEY FACE THIS CHALLENGE OF HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP >> WE CAN’T SAY HOW IMPORTANT TONIGHT WAS IN TERMS OF DEBATES I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN LOTS OF DEBATES THIS IS THE EIGHTH DEBATE, BUT THIS IS REALLY CRUNCH TIME AS YOU GO INTO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND AFTER THE IOWA CAUCUS DEBACLE >> IT IS IT WAS PROBABLY THE MOST SPIRITED DEBATE WE’VE HAD SO FAR WITH DEMOCRATS, PROBABLY THE MOST SUBSTANTIVE DEBATE THEY STILL HAVE THAT IN — DEMOCRATS HAVE THAT INCREDIBLY UNIFYING FACTOR OF DONALD TRUMP WHAT A WEEK FOR DONALD TRUMP I MEAN, THIS WAS DIVISIVE, DROP ON THE ATTACK, DONALD TRUMP NOT DECLARING VICTORY BUT TALKING ABOUT PAYBACK AND RETRIBUTION >> AND THE NUMBERS TONIGHT IN PARTICULAR WE HEARD JOE BIDEN SAYS HE THINKS HE CAN DEFEAT HIM ON THE ISSUES ELIZABETH WARREN SAYING WE HAVE TO PULL OUR PARTY TOGETHER AND UNITE IS THAT GOING TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP? >> I THINK WE’LL SEE THIS IS ONE OF THE DEBATES WHERE I THINK WE’VE SEEN THE MOST CONTRAST BETWEEN THEM THIS IS A VERY FRACTURED PARTY RIGHT NOW IT’S A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT WE COULD BE HEADED ALL THE WAY INTO THE SUMMER, INTO THE CONVENTION THIS COULD BE A NASTY FIGHT THAT IS NOWHERE NEAR DONE DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY’RE TAKING THE STAGE DOWN YOU HEARD BIDEN SAY HE ALREADY HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON SOUTH CAROLINA ELIZABETH WARREN IS ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO NEVADA YES, YOU GOT SANDERS, BUTTIGIEG, WHO REALLY NEED AND WANT THEIR WINS HERE THOSE WHO HAVE ESSENTIALLY ALREADY CONCEDED WHICH WE SAW FROM JOE BIDEN ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE MOVING ON ALREADY >> THE UNDERDOG >> IT WAS GREAT TALKING WITH ALL OF YOU GUYS TONIGHT WE’LL DO IT AGAIN NEXT TIME >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT JOINING US IS BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST TOM STEYER THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US >> THANK YOU >> WE’RE CALLING THIS TONIGHT THE THUNDER DOME I NOTICED YOU LEANS INTO RACE A LOT TONIGHT YOU SPOKE A LOT ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA YOU WERE AGGRESSIVE AFTER HIM DO YOU THINK YOU COULD MAKE A PLAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA? >> RIGHT NOW I’M DOING PRETTY WELL WITH BLACK PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA I THINK I’M GETTING SOMETHING LIKE A QUARTER OF THE BLACK VOTE I’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME THERE MY FAMILY’S SPENT A LOT OF TIME THERE AND I SPEAK STRAIGHTFORWARDLY ABOUT RACE MY ATTITUDE IS THERE IS NO POLICY AREA IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT DOES NOT HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL, IMPORTANT AND OFTEN NEGLECTED STANDPOINT OF RACE AND SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER FOR THEM WITH LEADERSHIP FROM THOSE COMMUNITIES, WE’LL GET CLIMATE JUST FINE >> WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS EARLIER TONIGHT RIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE >> YOU HAD SOME GREAT MOMENTS YOU WERE A UNIFIER AT TIMES, STEPPING BACK SAYING I AGREE WITH YOU GUYS BUT WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE THIS OUT BECAUSE WE’VE GOT TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP THE MOMENT WITH BIDEN WAS A BIG MOMENT YOU LITERALLY CALLED HIM ON THE CARPET ABOUT A VERY CLEAR ISSUE >> ONE OF HIS BIG SUPPORTERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA MADE A RACIST COMMENT ABOUT SOMEONE ASSOCIATED WITH OUR CAMPAIGN AND THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS CAME OUT AND SUPPORTED JERRY GOVAN AND OUR CAMPAIGN AND ASKED HIM TO DISAVOW THE REMARKS AND THE PERSON I WAS SAYING, LOOK, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND STAND WITH US IN THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS >> THE VICE PRESIDENT DID SAY THAT PERSON, HE BELIEVES IS GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHATEVER HAPPENED >> I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN ALL FAIRNESS I STILL BELIEVE THAT JOEBLD WILL DO THE RIGHT THING BUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT WHEN YOU SEE RACISM TO STAND UP AGAINST IT ON THE BIGGEST STAGE YOU CAN FIND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN IT THERE IS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO LET RACISM PASS AND JUST THINK OKAY IT’S IMPOLITE TO BRING IT UP IF WE DON’T STAND UP TO THEM, THEY WIN WE’VE GOT TO SAY IT EVERY TIME >> AMEN I AGREE YOU MADE THE CASE ABOUT REPARATIONS YOU SAID YOU REALLY HAVEN’T HAD MANY PEOPLE MAKING SUCH A CLEAR STATEMENT ABOUT REPARATIONS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT? >> I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE FEEL IS THAT WE CAN’T DEAL EXPLICITLY WITH RACE, THAT RACE IS TOO AWKWARD AND PAINFUL TO DISCUSS AND THAT EVERYTHING’S FAIR NOW SO LET THE COMPETITION ENSUE THAT’S THE REPUBLICAN POINT OF VIEW WE’VE HAD EXPLICITLY RACIST POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY FOR 400 YEARS MY WIFE AND I STARTED A BANK TO TRY AND UNDO THE DISCREPANCIES AND RACISM IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES OWNED BY WOMEN, BLACK PEOPLE AND LATINOS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD AND IT CONTINUES THE IDEA THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT EQUALITY IN AMERICA WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE IS NONSENSE I THINK THAT EVERY TIME PEOPLE TRY AND SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG, THEY’RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO THE COMPANY WE NEED TO AUDIOCASSETTE ABOUT IT OPENLY WE NEED TO TELL THE NARRATIVE TRUTHFULLY AND WE NEED TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE NAP’S THE ONLY WAY WE MOVE FORWARD AS THE COUNTRY WE WANT TO BE AND WE CLAIM TO BE WHICH IS THE CENTER OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY OKAY LET’S DO IT >> YOU HAVE TALKED PASSIONATELY ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT RACE DID YOU INVESTMENTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR REFLECT THOSE SAME VALUES BOTH ON THE ISSUE OF RACE AND ON CLIMATE CHANGE? >> I WOULD SAY THIS WE STARTED INVESTING IN EVERYTHING, RAHM, BECAUSE I BELIEVED BASICALLY THAT IN IF SOMETHING WAS WRONG, THE GOVERNMENT FIXED IT A COUPLE TIMES I MADE MISTAKES INCLUDING IN FOSSIL FUELS PEOPLE KEEP BRINGING UP THAT I INVESTED IN FOSSIL FUELS AND WE DID I REALIZED OH MY GOD, NO ONE GOT ON A SCHOOL BUS AND WENT TO SCHOOL TO TRY TO CREATE GLOBAL WARMING BUT IT TURNS OUT THERE’S AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE I WALKED AWAY FROM HIS BUSINESS BECAUSE I WANTED TO MAKE SURE ALL THE THINGS I BELIEVE IN ARE TRUE I DIVESTED FROM FOSSIL FUELS 12 OR 14 YEARS AGO I’M ASKING AMERICANS TO DO EXACT WLA I DID THEN WHICH IS THIS NO ONE BOUGHT A CAR TO HEAT UP THE PLANET AND MAKE IT UNLIVABLE BUT WE UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO CHANGE AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I DID I MADE ONE DECISION THAT I THOUGHT WAS A MISTAKE ON WHICH HAD TO — AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF PRIVATE PRISONS, SOMEONE TRIED TO CONVINCE ME THEY WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE AND DELIVER BETTER SERVICE FOR BETTER COST I OWNED IT FOR A TINY BIT OF TIME AND I GOT RID OF IT I WORKED SUBSEQUENTLY IN CALIFORNIA TO MAKE SURE WE GOT RID OF PRIVATE PRISONS WHEN I MAKE A MISTAKE I DEAL WITH IT I MADE THOSE DECISIONS 15 YEARS AGO FIGURING OUT, OKAY, I KNOW THIS ISN’T RIGHT AND I ACTED >> CLARIFY THAT POINT, THOUGH THE FOR PROFIT PRISONS, YOU GOT OUT OF IT BECAUSE ORIGINALLY YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE TO REHABILITATE PEOPLE OR TO TURN A PROFIT QUICKER? >> TO REHABILITATE PEOPLE RAHM ASKED ME DID YOU TRY AND DO THE RIGHT THING WHEN YOU WERE AN INVESTOR AND I DID A COUPLE OF THINGS I REALIZED WERE WRONG AND I DIVESTED IT I WORKED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE VALUES I CAME TO WERE RIGHT AND FAST AND AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE >> THANK YOU FOR TAKING QUESTIONS FROM US YOU AND SENATOR KLOBUCHAR DID SENATOR WARREN AND MAYOR BUTTIGIEG DID NOT >> I DON’T KNOW IF WE OFFERED THEM THE THUNDER DOME >> WHEN WOULD I EVER TURN DOWN THE CHANCE TO TALK TO SOMEONE FROM JERSEY? I WOULD HAVE TO BE NUTS >> YOU’RE TALKING TONIGHT BASED ON BOTH THE QUESTIONS YOU GOT ON ISSUES OF RACE AND OPPORTUNITY I THOUGHT HE SPOKE RATHER ELOQUENTLY A COUPLE OF TIMES ISN’T ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITY ON THAT SCORE, WHERE DO YOU SIT ON SCHOOL CHOICE AND ON GIVING KIDS IN URBAN AREAS WHO ARE IN FAILING GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND THEIR FAMILIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SCHOOL THAT MAYBE MY FAMILY AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE HAD IF THEY WANTED TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF IT? >> I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT MY MOM TAUGHT IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC SCHOOLS MY BROTHER GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL EARLY TO GO AND HELP MY MOM IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEFORE HE WENT TO COLLEGE HE’S BEEN A CHILD ADVOCATE FOR AT RISK CHILDREN AS A CAREER AND HE’S OLDER THAN I AM LET ME SAY THIS I AM COMPLETELY COMMITTED TO THE IDEA OF EDUCATION OF KIDS NOT JUST BEING THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF AMERICA, WHICH IT IS, BUT ALSO THE ENGINE FOR MOBILITY AND JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY NUMBER ONE STATISTIC FOR SUCCESS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THIRD GRADE READING COMPREHENSION I TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AT A LEVEL THAT I DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO SAY TONIGHT LET ME SAY IT THERE’S A HUGE RACIAL COMPONENT TO THIS AND I AM WILLING TO CHANGE COMPLETELY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON THIS THAT’S WHY I BROUGHT UP $700 BILLION FOR DEFENSE, $70 BILLION FOR EDUCATION ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I’M GOING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION BUT I BELIEVE THE WAY WE REPAIR THIS IS THROUGH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM I HAVE SEEN THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS I DON’T BELIEVE THEY ADDRESS THE BASIC PROBLEMS I’M NOT SOMEONE WHO HATES UNIONS I LOVE TEACHERS I BELIEVE TEACHERS RUN THE SCHOOLS I WANT TO BACK THEM, I WANT TO SUPPORT THEM NOT JUST WITH HIGHER PAY I WANT TO SUPPORT THEM WITH SUPPORT SERVICES WITH CRAZY THINGS LIKE NURSES AND LIBRARIANS I DON’T THINK WE CAN OVEREMPHASIZE AS A COUNTRY OUR COMMITMENT TO 3-YEAR-OLD KIDS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM TO SUBSIDIZE CHILD CARE FOR MOMS TO ME THE FACT THAT WE SPEND $700 BILLION ON DEFENSE AND $7 $70 BILLION ON THE KIDS OF AMERICA? THAT HAS TO BE WRONG HOW DO WE GET THE BULK OF THESE SCHOOLS TO WORK? HOW DO WE WORK WITH THE TEACHERS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THE SCHOOL SERVED THOSE KIDS BECAUSE IF THIRD GRADE READING COMPREHENSION IS THE NUMBER, YOU CAN’T START IN THIRD GRADE >> KIDS DROP OUT OF COLLEGE IN THIRD GRADE >> YES, BEFORE MY BROTHER’S BEEN YELLING AT ME AND HE’S GOT A BIG MOUTH >> THAT I CAN CONFIRM >> IF YOU DON’T GET THE KIDS BY 3 YOU’RE PROBABLY TOO LATE AND IF YOU DON’T GET THEM BY 5, TOO LATE I KNOW YOU’RE COMMITTED TO THIS >> THANK YOU SO MUCH NOW IF YOU’RE WATCHING LIVE, A REBROADCAST OF THE DEBATE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING