IPTV Presents Conversations with Presidential Candidates Hosted by DMACC with Sen. Cory Booker
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IPTV Presents Conversations with Presidential Candidates Hosted by DMACC with Sen. Cory Booker


IPTV PRESENTS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HOSTED BY DMACC HAS BEEN FUNDED BY GOLDMAN SACHS, WHICH IS DELIVERING ITS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM IN IOWA TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS THE STATE CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. ADDITIONAL FUNDING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE ARLENE MCKEEVER ENDOWMENT FUND, A FUND AT THE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY A GIFT FROM THE ESTATE OF ARLENE MCKEEVER. AND BY FRIENDS, THE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION. >>IN IOWA THE NATION’S FIRST TEST FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS IMPACTING STUDENTS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND EVERYDAY IOWANS. FROM DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN ANKENY, IOWA IPTV HOSTS “MEET THE CANDIDATES.”>>WELCOME TO THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. AN IN-DEPTH RELEVANT TO THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AND CANDIDATES SEEKING THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. ALL HOSTED AT DMACC AND IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. WE’LL DIVE IN A SERIES OF ISSUES. OUR GOAL TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE A CRUCIAL CHOICE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. THE QUESTIONS WILL COME FROM ME AND FROM OUR PEOPLE SEATED IN OUR AUDIENCE, BUSINESS OWNERS AND STUDENTS, AND CAUCUS. WE’RE JOINED BY SENATOR CORY BOOKER THE FORMER SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY. SENATOR BOOKER.>>IT’S REALLY GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>LET’S START WITH THE ELECTABILITY. FIRST OF ALL MY RESUÉ SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. I’VE TOOK ON THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES AND YOU SHALL EARNED DURING THAT RECESSION THE TENS OF THOUSAND THAT NEW JOBS TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THEN HAVING A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. THEN I WENT TO THE U.S. SENATE WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO GET BIG THINGS DONE. WE’RE AT A POINT WHERE WE’RE TO BE DIVIDED AGAINST OURSELVES. WE NEED LEADERS THAT NEED TO UNITE US, AND PUT US TOGETHER. I THINK THAT THIS IS A TIME WHERE WE NEED A PERSON THAT CAN BEAT DONALD TRUMP. AND WE BUT WHAT WE’RE FOR. WE NEED TO CALL THIS COUNTRY BACK TO A COMMON SENSE AND COMMON SENSE OF PURPOSE. LEADERS THAT CAN SET A LARGER ASPIRATION AND GET US TOGETHER TO DO THAT.>>WHY ARE YOU THE DEMOCRAT BEST SUITED TO ATTRACT VOTES IN RURAL AMERICAN. NEW JERSEY IS A PRETTY DEMOCRATIC STATE. RIGHT.>>DEMOCRATS LOST THE PRESIDENT SHUN ELECTION IN 2016. WE SAW IN STATES FROM MICHIGAN TO. — WE DIDN’T GET A LOT OF THE HIGH TURNOUTS. SPECIFICALLY THE RURAL AREAS. LOOK, I AM THE GRANDSON OF AN IOWAN, I UNDERSTAND IN MANY WAYS FRUSTRATION THAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE IN RURAL AREAS. WE SEE OUR COMMUNITIES BEING HUH LOAD OUT. AND THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES DISAPPEARED. I’M CALLING FOR A MASSIVE RURAL VISION FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED TO REVIVE OUR RURAL AREAS WITH INFRASTRUCTURE AND INVEST. RURAL HOSPITALS. AND WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS REAL PATHWAYS FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. FOLKS UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND WE COME FROM DIFFERENT PLACES IN AMERICA. BUT WE ALL HAVE A LOT OF COMMON PAIN. EVEN IN NEW JERSEY WE HAVE FARM COUNTRY IN NEW JERSEY AND PUTTING FORWARD REAL PLANS TO EMPOWER THOSE COMMUNITIES. I KNOW I CAN HAVE A COMPELLING VISION FOR ALL AMERICANS. I INTEND TO RUN AND WIN. I TEND TO RUN EVERYWHERE WITH A VISION TO SPEAKS IN PART TO THE SPIRIT OF RURAL AMERICA.>>YOU TOUCHED ON JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. THAT’S ANOTHER ISSUE TO IOWANS. CAUCUS GOERS. WELL, I THINK FOR AMERICANS LET’S LOOK FOR PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE. THAT HAD 60 YEARS OF ECONOMIC [AUDIO DIFFICULTIES] THAT GET 75% OF THE VENTURE CAPITAL MONEY. PLACES LIKE IOWA. CITIES LIKE MINE WE’RE NOT GETTING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTMENT. 62 IN THE STATE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE GIVING INCENTIVES FOR CAPITAL COMING IN ALL ACROSS AMERICA INCLUDING WATERLOO. TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING. TO START BUSINESSES TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY AND JOBS. AND I’M GOING TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THAT AS PRESIDENT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE $1.5 BILLION OF CREDIT FOCUSED ON THOUGH UNDERSERVED AREAS LIKE COMMUNITIES IN IOWA SO THAT BUSINESSES CAN HAVE ACCESS TO RESOURCES TO THEM. AND IOWANS SHOULD HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. ANOTHER PLAN I HAVE IS TO GIVE BUSINESSES THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. WE’VE SEEN HOW BUSINESS INCUBATORS WORK IN CHICAGO. A LOT OF THOSE USUAL PLACES LIKE YOU SEE CAPITAL. WE JUST HEARD FROM AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN FOR 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES. HOW SHE AND HER BUSINESSES THRIVED. THAT SHOULDN’T BE THE EXCEPTION. THAT SHOULD BE THE RULE. THE BIG BENEFITS ARE GOING TO BIG CORPORATIONS WHO OFTEN PAYING NO TAXES. AS A PERSON WHO KNEW HOW TO CREATE MORE BUSINESSES IN MY CITY WE CAN DO IT NATIONALLY BY PHONING SING ON THE PEOPLE THAT PRODUCE JOBS.>>I WANT TO GET INTO THOSE THINGS IN A MINUTE. I WANT TO TURN TO ANOTHER ISSUE. HEALTHCARE.>>YES. BIG DEBATE IN YOUR PARTY. MEDICARE FOR ALL VERSUS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.>>WE NEED TO STOP USING SLOGANS. IT IS VALUE EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE. THAT I BELIEVE IS AN AMERICAN RIGHT. IF YOUR KID DOESN’T GET THE HEALTHCARE YOU DESERVE. BECAUSE YOUR KID WON’T BE ABLE TO INNER SURE THEIR GENIUS. I THINK THERE’S IDEAL MEDICARE FOR ALL. I’M A PRAGMATIST THAT HAD TO RUN SOMETHING. THE FIRST STEP IS MAKING STEP U SURE WE CAN PROVIDE LOWER COST HEALTHCARE ACCESS. NUMBER ONE I’M GOING TO DRIVE DOWN HEALTHCARE COSTS STARTING WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES THAT ARE RAISING DRUGS INCREASING. WE’RE GOING TO GO AFTER THOSE PEOPLE THAT USE THOSE PATENTS. WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC OPTION. EXPAND AND IMPROVE MEDICARE SO THAT WE LOWER THE ELIGIBILITY TO 55 YEARS OLD. IT’S GOING TO PULL MORE PEOPLE INTO MEDICARE AS AN OPTION. ONE OF THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES SMALL BUSINESSES HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR MY EMPLOYEES. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUY INTO MEDICARE. SO THE FIRST STEP AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS PROTECTING THE GAINS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND EXPANDING ACCESS BY CREATING A PUBLIC OPTION AND GOING AFTER THOSE PAIN POINTS THAT HURT SO MANY AMERICANS. THAT ENDS UNDER MY PRESIDENCY.>>HOW DO YOU PAY FOR IT.>>NUMBER ONE THAT IS WHEN YOU SAVE MONEY. THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED AS MAYOR OF NEWARK. WELLNESS AND BEING WELL. EARLY DETECTION GOES A LOT LONGER UNTIL SOMEBODY GETS INTO A EMERGENCY ROOM. WE’RE GOING TO PAY FOR IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. NUMBER ONE IS DRIVING DOWN COSTS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST DRIVERS IS THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT’S IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THINGS SO EXPENSIVE FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AS WELL. IF SUDDENLY YOU HAVE IN — RIGHT NOW WE LEAD INDUSTRIAL NATIONS IN MATERNAL FOR AT THAT TIME. PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS. SO MANY OF WOMEN COULDN’T AFFORD TO GET THE PRENATAL CARE AND OFTEN END UP HAVING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THAT IS EXPENSIVE FOR LOSING THE VALUE AND PRODUCTIVITY OF THE CHILD. SO WE CAN ACTUALLY LOWER COSTS IN OUR SYSTEMS BY DOING THINGS BY GIVING WOMEN ACCESS TO DOULA CARE. OR PRENATAL CARE. BUT COMPLICATIONS AND RUSHES TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THERE ARE SO MANY COMMON SENSE WE DO. I’M A DEMOCRAT THAT BELIEVES IN CUTTING BUREAUCRACY. I LOWERED — THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. I ACTUALLY CUT THE SIZE OF MY GOVERNMENT 25%. I HAD TO WE WERE IN A ARE YOU SESSION. I CUT THROUGH BUREAUCRACY. WE IN OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM JUST IN ADMINISTRATIVE WE PAY MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ALONE BUREAUCRACY AND PAPER MORE THAN THE CL CLOSEST COMPETITOR WE HAVE ON THE GLOBAL SCENE. WE’RE GOING TO SIMPLIFY THINGS AND CUT BUREAUCRACY. AND SENATOR, A RELATED ISSUE YOU THAT MIGHT HELP UNLOCK THE ECONOMY IS THIS: THERE ARE MANY YOUNG AMERICANS WHO’RE WORKING FOR CORPORATIONS OR MAJOR BUSINESSES OR ENROLLED IN SCHOOL EVEN WHO WANT TO START A BUSINESS. BUT THEY’RE WALKING AWAY FROM THE POSITION BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE. IS THERE SOME SORT OF WAY THAT YOUR HEALTHCARE PLAN WOULD HELP ENCOURAGE THOSE PEOPLE TO TAKE THAT RISK TO START THAT BUSINESS. I SO APPRECIATE. THEY CALL IT JOB LOCK. WHERE YOU SEE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOURSELF BUT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BECAUSE YOU’LL LOSE YOUR HEALTHCARE AND YOUR CHILDREN AND/OR YOUR SPOUSE. OF COURSE THE JOBS ARE THE FUTURE. YOU’RE AN AND I GENERATION. YOU HAD ONE JOB. MY PARENTS WORKED THE SAME COMPANY 25 YEARS. NOW THE KIDS GROWING UP NOW WILL HAVE 10, 15, 20 JOBS. PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR PENSION FUND. SO PORTABILITY IS SOMETHING I TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. IF WE DON’T SOLVE THIS HEALTHCARE PROBLEM. WE’RE HAVING THAT THE VIABLE PUBLIC OPTION AS A FIRST STEP IS SO CRITICAL. WE WANT EVERY AMERICAN NO MATTER WHAT JOB YOU HAVE TO APPLY YOUR INNOVATION WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE’S A SAFE BRIDGE FOR YOU ON HEALTHCARE. AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I’M GOING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION TO ADD THAT THE WHOLE NEXIS OF PORTABILITY FOR WORK. PEOPLE IN DES MOINES KNOW THIS, YOU KNOW FOLKS ARE STARTING TO TAKE JOBS I’M GOING TO WORK AS IN THE GIG ECONOMY. UBER. THEY’RE NOT STEPPING UP AND UNDERSTANDING IF THEY’RE NOT TALKING HOW YOU CAN KEEP HEALTHCARE BENEFITS. A LIVING WAGE. THAT’S WHY UNION WORK IS SO IMPORTANT. WE REBUILT THE CITY OF NEWARK LITERALLY OUR FIRST OFFICE BUILDINGS IN 40 YEARS. WE’RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS BUT THEY’RE GOING TO BE UNION JOBS. WE’VE SEEN UNIONS DECLINE IN AMERICA. SO I HAD PROJECT LABOR PROJECTS. WHAT IS ONE IS HAVING A LIVING WAGE. THAT’S WHY I HAVE RISE TAX CREDIT. WE HAVE A COUNTRY THAT SEEMS TO WANT MORE AND MORE TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST OF WEALTHIEST. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HAS STAGNANT FOR THE LAST 20, 30 YEARS. MY RISE TAX CREDIT WOULD TAKE AWAY THESE TOXIC TRUMP TAX BENEFITS TO. I HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE THAT ARE STRESSED ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT BUT SOCIAL SECURITY IS SO UNFAIR. WE HAVE MILLION THAT LIVE ON MEAGER SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS.>>SINCE YOU RAISED SOCIAL SECURITY. LIFT THE CAP.>>AGAIN, WE IN THE POLICY WORLD LIFT THE CAP. I WANT TO TALK REGULAR LANGUAGE. WHY IS IT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES IF YOU’RE MAKING 75,000 THAT MAKES $10 MILLION A YEAR. THAT’S WHAT WE CALL AGGRESSIVE TAX. SO IT’S COMMON SENSE TO SAY THAT IF YOU’RE AND $50 MILLION YOU’RE GOING TO PAY MORE IN SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES. IF WE DO THAT I’M A ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THE TAX BILL. SOCIAL SECURITY WOULD BE SECURE GOING INTO GENERATIONS IN THE FUTURE AND WE CAN COULD RAISE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE DRAWING SOCIAL SECURITY.>>WHEN I SAY CAP IT’S $109,000.>>$133,000.>>YOU’RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON PEOPLE MORE THAN THAT.>>MY PLAN IS TO $133,000. AND THAT WOULD BE I’M STRUGGLING. I’M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE MAKING THE HIGHER INCOME. MY PLAN WOULD AFFECT LESS THAN THE 10% OF THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE.>>WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM.>>HOW ABOUT ELIMINATING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TAX TO THE LOW WAGE JOBS. I WOULD BE OPEN TO THAT. IF YOU’RE A WORKER AND I AM YOUR PRESIDENT WE’RE GOING TO DO A NUMBER OF THINGS FOR YOU. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A MASSIVE IN EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. THERE’S PAIN POINTS FOR PAYING MORE THAN 30% OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT. WE HAVE A HOUSING CREDIT THAT BETWEEN WHAT THEY’RE PAYING, AND YOU’LL GET A CREDIT FOR THAT. THINKING ABOUT THIS. THIS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST PLANS A LOT OF FOLKS SAY IN ACADEMIC STUDIES. IT’S CALLED BABY BONDS. I’VE HEARD THIS BABY BONDS IS THE AMERICAN BIRTHRIGHT. WE USE OUR TAX CODE TO SHIFT WEALTH UP. IF YOU’VE GOT WEALTH WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU TAX BREAKS TO CREATE MORE WORLD. EVERYBODY IN THE AMERICA SHOULD HAVE SOME FOUNDATION OF NEST EGG. PAYCHECKS HELP YOU GET BY. WEALTH HELPS YOU GET AHEAD. EVERY CHILD YOU GET $1,000 SAVINGS ACCOUNT. WE’RE GOING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IF A KID THEY HAVE AN INTEREST BEARING ACCOUNT THEIR CHANCES OF GOING TO COLLEGE GOES UP THREE TIMES. EVERY KID GETS $1,000 INTEREST BEARING ACCOUNT. EVERY YEAR OF YOUR LIFE DEPENDING ON THE INCOME OF YOUR FAMILY YOU GET UPWARDS $2,000 PLACED INTO THIS. THIS WOULD AFFECT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IOWANS. BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE AGE OF 18 THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE $50,000.>>SO IF YOU WANT CASH DASH SO YOUR ANSWER TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY QUESTION YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP THE SOCIAL SECURITY TAX ON EVERYBODY. YOU’VE GOT THESE OTHER THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.>>MY ANSWER TO ECONOMIC INSECURITY FOR US TO BE A SOCIETY INVESTING IN ONE ANOTHER. MAKING WORK HAVE DIGNITY. LIVING WAGE. RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE. IT MEANS GIVING EVERYBODY A BASIS FOR WEALTH. IT MAKES SURE WE DON’T HAVE THE HOUSING CRISIS.>>HOW DO YOU PAY FOR BABY BONDS. THIS IS EASY. WE GET THESE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT FISCAL IRRESPONSIBLE BECAUSE HE’S BLOWN TRILLION A YEAR ADDED TO OUR DEFICIT BASED ON THIS PRESIDENT. MORE THAN BECAUSE HE DECIDED TO GIVE MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST AND TO CORPORATIONS. WHICH HAS GINNED UP TO THE STOCK MARKET. TO FOREIGNERS. I SAY WE SHOULD REVERSE THOSE TAX CUTS. IT WOULD GIVE US HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO INVEST IN EACH OTHER THINGS THAT WE KNOW GROW OUR ECONOMY. IF YOU GIVE TAXES TO THE WEALTHY THAT MONEY DOESN’T TRICKLE-DOWN. THE WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE YOU GET ANOTHER THOUSANDS IN YOUR ACCOUNT YOU’RE FIXING YOUR CAR. THAT GOES INTO THE ECONOMY. WE CAN PAY FOR BABY BONDS. CHANGING THE INHERITANCE TAX. TO THE WILD WEST BACK TO THE 2009 INHERITANCE TAX. GETTING RID OF THE SOME OF THE INHERITANCE TAX LOOPHOLES SO THAT IT’S NOT TAXED. WE’RE THE RICHIST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. YOU DON’T THINK WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE EVERYBODY’S LIFE BETTER. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO INVEST IN THIS COUNTRY IS INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE. SOUTH KOREA. JAPAN AND GERMANY HAVE HIGH-SPEED FOR THEIR KIDS TO ACCESS THE INTERNET. HERE WE DON’T DO THAT. EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED IN INFRASTRUCTURE YOU YOU SHOULD BE SUPPORTING MY CAMPAIGN. WE DO A BALANCE SHEET ANALYSIS. IT PRODUCES MORE THAN A DOLLAR RETURN. LET’S GET BACK TO BEING SMART INVESTORS IN OUR COUNTRIES. THE BEST INVESTMENT IS INVESTING IN AMERICANS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. WE MAKE THOSE INVESTMENTS WE’LL CREATE GROWTH BUT FOR THE 99% OF OUR REST OF US.>>I WANT TO SWITCH GEARS TO AN ISSUE THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THE CLIMATE CONTROL.>>THIS CRISIS DIDN’T COME YESTERDAY. I WAS ONE OF THE MAYORS THAT STOOD UP IN WHEN ANOTHER REPUBLICAN THEN IT WAS GEORGE BUSH. I’M NOT JOINING THE KYOTO AWARDS.>>IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND. WHEN I WAS MAYOR I SAID EVERY ISSUE. THIS IS NOT A SEPARATE ISSUE. EVERY ISSUE IS A CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE. I SAID FOR JOBS FOR WE’RE GOING TO GIVE KIDS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS IN LEARNING HOW TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS. EVERYBODY WILL BE THROUGH A GREEN LENS. IN IOWA WE KNOW THAT FARMERS ARE FIND INCREDIBLE INCENTIVES TO USE WINDMILLS. PROCUREMENT. WHAT ARE THE SUPPLY CHAINS GOING TO THE MILITARY. YOU HAVE TOS A QUALIFICATION TO WIN THAT CONTRACT SHOW HOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE GREEN. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE STOP THE TAX INCENTIVES TO COMPANIES AND SHIFT THOSE INCENTIVES TO RENEWABLES. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE NEED CLEAN AIR, AND CLEAN POWER PLANTS. WE NEED TO PUT A PRICE ON CARBON WHICH IS A POLLUTANT. SO WE HAVE COMPANIES OUTSOURCING THEIR COSTS ON TO ON SOCIETY AND INTERNALIZING THEIR COMPANIES. THAT’S THE FLOOR. YOU SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO QUALIFY FOR AS THE OTHER PRESIDENT IF YOU DON’T JOIN EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT ON THE PLANET. MY FOREIGN POLICY. WE PRODUCE 15% OF THE PROBLEM. WE’RE ONLY 5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION. WE NEED A PRESIDENT THAT IS GOING TO LEAD GLOBALLY. WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE IT TO COUNTRIES UNLESS YOU SHOW US YOUR CLIMATE PLAN. ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL DEFEND AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. FOR OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DO TRADE DEALS WITH US, CENTER THOSE TRADE DEALS IS LABOR AND HOW IT’S GOING TO AFFECT THE WORKER, AND CLIMATE. THAT’S WHY GREEN PIECE RANKS THE BEST ON CLIMATE ARE GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE AND CORY BOOKER. THAT’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO NOT ONLY LEAD ON THIS ISSUE. BUT.>>ANOTHER ISSUE WE’RE ON A COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT DEBT RELIEF. SOME HAVE CALLED FOR CANCELLING THAT RELIEF. I DON’T THINK IF YOU’RE A PERSON OF WEALTH AND MEANS TO GIVE WORTH A CANCELLATION, AND I DON’T KNOW EVEN IF IT’S RESPONSIBLE TO FOR IT THAT WAY. I DO BELIEVE STRONGLY IN DEBT FREE COLLEGE. I’M ONE OF THE LEADERS IN CONGRESS TO DO THAT JUST THAT. NUMBER ONE THAT’S WHAT WE’LL DO THAT. ONE IF YOU’RE WILLING TO TAKE A PUBLIC SERVICE JOB. IF YOU’RE WILLING TO TEACH IN ONE OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR DEBT FROR GIVEN. WE’RE GOING TO DO BABY BONDS. GIVING EVERY KID THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO INVEST. WE AS A COUNTRY MAKE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROFIT. THINK ABOUT THIS. IF YOU ARE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKES BILLIONS OF PROFIT THROUGH THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THAT MONEY AND REINVEST THAT IN THINGS LIKE PEHL GRANTS. WE COULD SAY WE’RE GOING TO POUR MORE MONEY INTO EDUCATION. IF THESE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY YOU COULD INCREASE THE TUITION 50%. WE’VE GOT TO CULTURE OF COST AS WELL. IF YOU’RE PRESIDENT AND YOU’RE GETTING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF THROUGH STUDENT LOANS AND RESEARCH GRANTS AND YOU’RE CONTINUING TO JACK UP YOUR TUITION WAY ABOVE INFLATION THERE’S ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THAT TOO.>>TALK ABOUT K THROUGH 12 AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE. GOOD IDEA FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE 3% FOR OF OUR NATION’S SCHOOLS. FOR A GUY THAT FACED THE CRISIS. I LIVED IN PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS. WE SPANS FORMED NEWARK SCHOOL SYSTEM. NOW THE NUMBER ONE SCHOOL FOR HIGH POVERTY, AND HIGH PERFORMANCE. WE CLOSED CHARTER SCHOOLS AND OPENED OTHER ONES. ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL THIS IS WHAT MY EDUCATION PLAN IS GOING TO BE. IT’S NUMBER ONE WE DID THIS IN NEWARK. WE’VE GOT TO INCREASE SALARIES FOR TEACHERS. WE’RE NOT DRAWING GOOD PEOPLE IN THE PROFESSION. BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PAYING TEACHERS WHAT THEY’RE WORTH. I’M GOING TO DO. I ALREADY TALKED ABOUT FORGIVING THE DEBT OF OUR TEACHERS AND OTHER TAX STATUS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. PAY LESS OF A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR SALARY IN TAXES THAN TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS WHO’S ADDING MORE TO OUR ECONOMY THAN THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL JOBS BY EDUCATING ALL PEOPLE. SO MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE COST OF SPECIAL EDUCATION. WE SHOULD STEP UP TO OUR EDUCATION. THAT WILL BRING RESOURCES UP TO PUBLIC EDUCATION. MY SCHOOL PLAN BELIEVES ON FOCUSING ON TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF ANY OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE S THEY’LL HAVE TO COME THROUGH ME. AS HARD AS I FOUGHT FOR THE NEWARK KID I’M GOING TO FIGHT FOR EVERY CHILD IN EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL.>>I’VE GOT WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS AND NOT MUCH TIME.>>TRUSTBUSTING.>>HOW YOU DECIDE HAVING A FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION IS A DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNDER A PRESIDENT THAT MAKES THIS A PRIORITY. WHAT I’M REALLY ANGRY YOU’VE SEEN CORPORATE CONSOLIDATION. HERE IN IOWA YOU KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENED IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR OF BUILDING OF MONOPOLISTIC POWER. THERE’S TWO OR THREE COMPANIES THAT CONTROL ALL OF THE FEED AND SEED. TO SELL THEIR GOODS THEY HAVE TO FIVE TO SIX. THEY’RE GETTING SQUEEZED AT BOTH ENDS. THE FARMER’S SHARE HAS 40, 50%, AND PEOPLE ARE PROFITING OFF THE BACKS OF FARMERS. I’M GOING TO BE A PRESIDENT THAT USES MY ANTITRUST WE NEED TO GET BACK TO ENFORCING.>>THE BIGGEST THINGS FACING FARMERS IS TARIFFS. THEY’RE PUTTING UP WITH IT. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF TARIFFS. HOW DO YOU STOP THE CHINESE FROM STEALING OUR INTEL.>>I’M A FORMER TIGHT END IN THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY. I WOULD NEVER JUMP ON THE FIELD. STAY ON THE SIDELINES I’M GOING TO TAKE THESE GUYS ON. YOU NEED A T. BUT THEY ARE THE GIANT THAT’S WAKING UP GOLIATH. YES WE COULD FIGHT WELL WITH THEM. IT’S MUCH BETTER TO FIGHT WITH OUR ALLIES. WE SAID TO CANADA THIS PRESIDENT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY WAIVER TO PUT TARIFFS ON CANADA. I KNOW FOR ME TRUDEAU IS VERY MENACING BECAUSE HE’S GOT THAT BEAUTIFUL HAIR AND I’M THREATENED BY THAT. BUT THEY ARE NOT OUR ENEMY. JOIN ME ENGLAND, JOIN ME CANADA. WE’RE GOING TO TEAM UP USING OUR ECONOMIC STRENGTH TO DICTATE TRADE TERMS TO CHINA. IF THEY VIOLATE THEM THEY’LL BE CUT OFF FROM THE WORLD TRADE COMMUNITY. WE HAVE NOT SHOWN THAT KIND OF STRENGTH. HE BELIEVES IN MERAH LONE. HE’S ISOLATING US FROM OUR ALLIES. HE’S DOING IT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. PULLING OUT OF AGREEMENTS. HE HAS A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH AUTHORITARIAN DICTATORS LIKE PUTIN THAN MARACLE.>>ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONAL ISSUES IS IMMIGRATION. WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT. SPECIFICALLY WHAT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S ARGUMENT WE NEED TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION WHO GETS ASYLUM IN THIS COUNTRY. FROM THE WHITE HOUSE YOU DON’T SPEW SUCH BIGOTRY ABOUT IMMIGRANTS. IT’S THE SAME KIND OF BIGOTED THAT OTHER POLITICAL AGAINST IRISH AND ITALIANS. THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE KNOW NOTHING PARTY. WELL, THEY COME TO THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE’RE THE DEFENDERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. WE’RE NOT THE VIOLATORS OF IT. WHAT THIS PRESIDENT IS MORAL VANDALISM BY SEPARATING FAMILIES. THROWING CHILDREN IN CAGES. TAKING AWAY FROM AMERICAN CHILDREN UNDOCUMENTED PARENTS AND WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS. THIS IS THE LIE BEING TOLD. SOMEHOW IN ORDER TO KEEP US SAFE YOU HAVE TO VIOLATE VALUES. THAT’S NOT TRUE. MY PLAN JUST SHOWS YOU IT USES THE EVIDENCE THAT WE HAVE AS COUNTRY BY GOING BACK TO THE CIVIL COURTS BY DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO’RE NO THREAT TO US. WE DON’T NEED TO USE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES TO PROTECT OURSELVES. BY DOING FAMILY CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS NOT STICKING PEOPLE IN CAGES. I WAS A MAYOR. MY JOB WAS TO PROTECT MY CITY. WHEN I TALK TO MAYORS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY LITERALLY IT WILL ME TERRIBLE STORIES POLICE OFFICERS REALIZE WE’RE GETTING LESS SAFE BECAUSE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES ARE LESS LIKELY TO REPORT CRIMES. I SAT WITH A LITTLE GIRL WHO TOLD ME WAS AFRAID TO REPORT AN ASSAULT. IF THEY HAD TO COME TO SCHOOL THEY WOULD BE KICKED. THIS ISN’T OUR VALUES. THIS MAKES US LESS SAFE AND NOT MORE. I WILL PROTECT OUR BORDERS AND AFFIRM OUR VALUES. BECAUSE WHEN YOU THROW THESE DREAMERS OUT. ONE OF THE DREAMERS I BROUGHT TO THE STATE OF UNION ADDRESS WAS A SMALL BUSINESSWOMAN WHO HAVE BEEN IN SHE STARTED AN INTERNET THAT EMPLOYED 800 PEOPLE. WE WANT TO KICK THEM OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. WE’RE GOING TO SECURE DREAMERS. PEOPLE ON HERE ON TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS. WE’RE GOING TO BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT STARTS A PATHWAY TO WHO WE ARE.>>SENATOR, I WANT TO SWITCH GEARS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU AND THIS CAMPAIGN. I WANT YOU TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE NEGATIVES TO SOME OF THE CRITICISMS MADE OF YOU. YOU’RE TOO ANGRY.>>SURE. I SINCERELY WITH ALL MY BAD DAD JOKES I’VE NEVER HEARD THAT CRITICISM. I DO ANGRY. ANGRY IS A PRODUCTIVE EMOTION. I GET ANGRY WHEN I SEE US NOT SEEING SCREWED OVER. BUT NOBODY WHO KNOWS ME OR WATCHED AS MAYOR OR I’M A FUN LOVING PERSON AND I’M PROUD OF THE WAY I’M RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN. YOU’RE TOO CLOSE TO WALL STREET. COME OUT OF NEW JERSEY A LOT OF WALL STREET PEOPLE. DONORS. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE.>>ONE OF THE AMERICANS FOR FINANCIAL REFORM JUDGED ME AS THE TOP UNITED STATES SENATOR THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING AGAINST THE WALL STREET AGENDA IN WASHINGTON. WHETHER IT’S DEFENDING AGAINST DODD-FRANK OR TAKING ON THE FINANCIAL SPECIAL INTEREST WHETHER IT’S PAYDAY LENDERS OR MORTGAGE INDUSTRY I WATCHED THEM SCREW OVER AMERICANS WHO WERE TRYING TO BUY HOMES. MY RECORD IS I’M ONE OF THE CHAMPIONS FIGHTING AGAINST THE WALL STREET IS TRYING TO DO TO HURT OUR ECONOMY.>>THE THIRD THING SOCIALISM. THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY AND YOU’RE GOING ON BALLOON THE DEFICIT. THE PRESIDENTS WE’VE HAD IN THE TWO AND THREE GENERATIONS THAT THERE WERE BILL CLINTON, AND BARACK OBAMA. GEORGE BUSH AND DONALD TRUMP IS THE TOP DEFICIT PERSON. AND HE’S MAKING AMERICA BROKE AGAIN. I WAS A MAYOR. I COULDN’T PRINT MONEY. I WAS A MAYOR DURING A RECESSION. I INHERITED WELL OVER A $100 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT. I GREW THOUSANDS OF JOBS. SO IF ANYBODY WHO RAN SOMETHING DONALD TRUMP AND BANKRUPTED THEM. HE’S RUNNING A MASSIVE DEBTS THREATENING TO BANKRUPT OUR CREDIT RATING. I WAS AN EXECUTIVE THAT PUT OUR CITY TO GREATEST GROWTH.>>THAT’S A GOOD SEGUE.>>GOOD MORNING, SENATOR BOOKER. I’M A TEACHER IN ENGLISH TEACHER AT DMACC. WELCOME BACK TO IOWA. THANK YOU FOR BEING AN ENGLISH TEACHER. IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID. WITH A RAGING STOCK MARKET WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENTS THAT STILL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. LOOK I WANT TO SAY VERY BOLDLY IF IOWANS THINK WE’RE DOING REALLY WONDERFUL BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT STOCK MARKET. MOST FOLKS THAT IS NOT THE MEASURE OF THEIR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING. MOST IOWANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE COST OF THE CHILD CARE OR DRUGS. RENT THEY’RE PAYING. THEY MAY BE WORKING BUT THEY’RE WORKING TWO JOBS OR THREE JOBS. IN MY DAD’S ERA YOU WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH DIGNITY. SO I’M ABOUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IF YOU ARE WORKER IN AMERICA I’M YOUR GUY. WE’RE GOING TO TARGET ALL OF OUR ENERGY TO EMPOWERING WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY. TAKING AWAY THE TRUMP TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST. WE’RE GOING TO START SUPER CHARGING BUSINESSES AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY BY TARGETING THOSE CORPORATIONS. WE’RE GOING TO SUPER CHARGE EDUCATION. YOU’LL HAVE YOUR SALARIES INCREASED, AND YOUR DEBTS FORGIVEN. AND FOCUSING ON THE POTENTIAL OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN.>>SENATOR, I WANT TO ELABORATE ON THE MINIMUM WAGE. IF YOU RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE IN THIS COUNTRY TO $15 AN HOUR WHICH MAY BE GREAT IN NEWARK OR NEW YORK CITY. THAT IS GOING TO BE A JOB KILLER TO SMALL BUSINESSES IN RURAL AMERICA WHO NEED THOSE WORKERS TO THE WORKERS THAT NEED THE MONEY TO PAY THEIR FAMILY BILLS AND TO KIDS AND THEIR FIRST JOB OPPORTUNITY. RAISING THE MINIMUM BEIGE THAT DRAMATICALLY THAT IS GOING TO BE TOO TOUGH. FIRST OF ALL THERE’S A MANY YEAR LONG PHASE IN FOR THAT.>>WHEN I WAS MAYOR. DOING CAUSE THIS. I HAD A IN GOD WE TRUST I’M BUT EVERYBODY ELSE BRING ME DATA. YOU HEAR THIS RHETORIC NOW. WHERE THIS IS GOING TO DO THIS. LET’S STUDY THE AREAS THAT HAVE RAISED THE MINIMUM WAGE. ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE THEY RAISED MINIMUM WAGE WAS SIEGE. THEY BOOMED. IF YOU PUT MORE MONEY IN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN THEY SPEND THAT MONEY. THEY SAID SUDDENLY WE SAMOUR PEOPLE GOING OUT TO DINNER. WE SAW IN NEW JERSEY. WE RAISED THE MINIMUM WAGE. IT HELPED OUR ECONOMY AND OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES. I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES OF A SMALL BUSINESS. MY FAMILY AND THIS IS HARD FOR ME TO SAY MY FAMILY OPENED THE BEST SOUL FOOD BARBECUE RIB PLACE IN ALL OF NEW JERSEY. I KNOW THE STRUGGLES OF SMALL BUSINESSES HEALTHCARE, AND FINDING GOOD EMPLOYEES. WE WILL NOT DO THING THAT WILL UNDERMINE THAT.>>WE HAVE AN AUDIENCE QUESTION ABOUT THE U.S. ROLE IN THE WORLD.>>THANK YOU.>>GOOD MORNING, SENATOR BOOKER. MY NAME IS LISA. I’M GOING TO WORN. THIS IS KIND OF A TOUGH QUESTION.>>I’M READY.>>MY SON IS 22 YEARS OLD. HE’S SERVES IN THE IOWA NATIONAL RESERVE. HE’S GOING TO BE DEPLOYED RIGHT AFTER HE GETS GRADUATES. IF YOU WERE ELECTED HOW YOU INTEND TO KEEP THE U.S. OUT OF ANOTHER WAR SPECIFICALLY A WAR WITH NORTH KOREA AND IRAN AND HOW WILL YOU REPAIR THE RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ALLIES.>>I’M GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PATRIOTISM AND SERVICE AS WELL. THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT MADE THE WORLD SAFER. HE’S MAKING US LESS SAFE. HE’S MAKING US LESS SAFE. RIGHT NOW WE HAD A PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR ALLIES THAT PUSHED FOR IRAN GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON BACK DECADES. HE ISOLATED US FROM OUR ALLIES WHICH TRIGGERS IRAN TO UPPING THEIR ENRICHMENT. GOING TO MILITARY CONFLICT WITHOUT OUR ALLIES OR ALLOWING YET ANOTHER COUNTRY TO PROLIFERATE WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON. HE HAS THE MADE THE POSSIBILITY IN THAT REGION HIGHER AGAIN. ENOUGH OF THAT. I SAID FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO ENTER MATT PEACE I’M GOING TO BE A PRESIDENT THAT STANDS WITH OUR ALLIES AND STANDS WITH OUR ALLIES. WE’VE SEEN THIS PRESIDENT TRYING TO SHIFT THE BALANCE OF POWER IN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A CHECKS AND BALANCE GOVERNMENT. MORE POWER LIES WITH CONGRESS. BUT HE CONTINUES TO GO INTO MILITARY ACTIONS. INTO YEMEN WHERE AMERICAN WAR PLANES TO DROP AMERICAN BOMBS. THAT WAS NEVER APPROVED BY CONGRESS. WE’RE A BIPARTISAN REBUKE OF THIS PRESIDENT FROM DOING THAT. AND DIDN’T COME TO CONGRESS. SO ANOTHER WAY TO PROTECT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLING BEING DONE IS MAKING SURE WE HAD A PRESIDENT THAT HONORS THE CONSTITUTION. THE LAST THING I WILL ABOUT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF YOUR SON THE FORMER SECRETARY MAD US, IF OUR FOREIGN AID YOU’RE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE TO BUY US MORE BULLET. THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT CONFLICT AND MAKING FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT. THIS PRESIDENT HE’S PULLING CRITICAL RESOURCES OUT OF AREAS MAKING THEM MORE UNSTABLE MAKING THEM MORE AUTHORITY. THIS IS A RECIPE FOR ALLOWING TERRORIST GROUPS TO TRY TO MAKE MORE EXTREMISM MAKE HAPPEN. AND THAT THE AMERICAN NIGHT THAT COMES STANDING WITH OUR ALLIES AND TRYING TO CREATE PEACE IN THIS WORLD.>>I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT. WHY WOULD YOU BE A GOOD WAR TIME PRESIDENT? PRESIDENTS HAVE TO SEND PEOPLE IN HARM’S WAY AND MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS. IN WAR TIME WHICH UNFORTUNATELY WE’VE HAD. WHY WOULD YOU BE BE A GOOD WAR TIME PRESIDENT >>FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO BE PERSONAL’S I THINK THAT THE GRAVITY THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS THE GREATEST SOBERING EMOTION. IT MUST COME WITH HUMILITY AND RESPECT FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES. TO BE IN OFFICE AND SAY THINGS THAT MADE ME ANGRY. LIKE I KNOW MORE ABOUT THESE SITUATIONS THAN THE GENERALS TO INSULT LIKE JOHN McCAIN WHO WAS TORTURED BY OUR ENEMIES, I MEAN THERE’S NO HUMILITY IN THIS PERSON. WE WANT PEOPLE FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN ALL-TIME TO F.D.R. THAT UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY. TO HOLD HONOR THAT REFLECTS THE HONOR AND SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE ABROAD. I WILL TELL YOU AS LONG AS THERE’S AN AMERICAN STANDING ON FOREIGN SOIL IN HARM’S WAY EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY PRESIDENCY MY FOCUS WILL BE BEING THE BEST COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF TO KEEP THEM SAFE TO KEEP THEM STRONG AND BRING THEM HOME IN A WAY THAT THEY ARE SAFE AND SOUND.>>SENATOR, WE HAVE AN AUDIENCE QUESTION TALKING ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT.>>HI, MY NAME IS SARA PEARSON. I’M A STUDENT AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND I’M ALSO A SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. I’M CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE OF THE SUPREME COURT. LIKE MANY I WATCHED IN HORROR AS KAVANAUGH WAS AFFIRMED. THAT LOSS OF CONTROL AND INABILITY TO PROTECT YOURSELF. WE SEE ON AN INTERPERSONAL WITH KAVANAUGH. ON A GREATER LEVEL IN TERMS OF THE ENTIRE SUPREME COURT AND THE STATE OF GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THE COURT HAS BEEN SO SKEWED SO FAR TO THE RIGHT AS PART OF A DECADES LONG MEDICARE FOR ALL AND/OR GUN VIOLENCE REFORM. SO MANY OF THE THINGS WE TALK ABOUT WE HAVE A COURT THAT CAN’T BACK THAT UP. I FEAR IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO WINNIE LEXIS TO FIX THAT. WOULD YOU PLEASE BE OPEN TO SUPREME COURT REFORM OR SUCH AS TERM LIMITS OR EXPANDING THE COURT BY ADDING JUDGES.>>SENATOR CHANGES TO THE COURT. SARA THANK YOU FOR COMING FORWARD AND TELLING YOUR TRUTH ABOUT YOUR OWN SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HOW YOU ARE A SURVIVOR. AS A YOUNG MAN I USED TO WORK AT A HOTLINE. AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. IT WAS A MOMENT WHERE I REALIZED THIS WAS NOT TV CAMERAS. NO NOTHING. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS CRISIS LEVEL PROPORTIONS IN OUR COUNTRY. WE DEAL WITH HORRIFIC. MOST AMERICANS OVER 85% OF THE WOMEN WE INCARCERATE ARE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. SPECIFICALLY TO THE SUPREME COURT. I WANT TO FIND A FIX TO THIS. I SAW HOW MITCH McDONNELL VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION AND DIDN’T ALLOW OBAMA ADD TO THE COURT. ONE THING I DO KNOW. WE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT DONE THE WORK TO BUILD THE KIND OF MAJORITIES IN THE SENATE WE WOULD NEED TO NEVER SEE THIS PROBLEM HAPPEN AGAIN. STATES FROM IOWA TO TEXAS AND GEORGIA. THEY ARE SO AFRAID THEY’RE DOING VOTER SUPPRESSION TO STOP IT FROM HAPPENING. IF YOU LOOK AT THE VOTER DEMOGRAPHICS. IT’S A MUCH MORE DEMOCRATIC THAN WE SEE IN OUR COURTS. IF WE START DOING ORGANIZING. TO REALLY GET MUCH MORE PARTICIPATION. MUCH MORE ENGAGEMENT. WE’RE GOING TO START SEEING DEMOCRATS IN TEXAS AND GEORGIA WITH STACY ABRAMS AND BETO. TO DO THE PRAGMATIC THINGS THAT BRING BACK BALANCE TO THE SUPREME COURT. LIKE CITIZENS UNITED.>>SENATOR WE’RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME. YOU WOULD BE OPEN TO EXPANDING THE SIZE OF THE SUPREME COURT.>>LOOK I THINK WHEN YOU ARE GETTING TO A POINT >>THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT TOO WELL FOR THE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. I’M NOT TAKING ANY OPTIONS OFF THE TABLE. I HAVE SAID THAT THIS BEFORE. I WORRY ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS THAT START A RACE AT THE BOTTOM. WHY IS THERE A 151 MEMBERS ON THE SUPREME COURT. THE REAL WORK THAT WE HAVE TO DO STARTS IN THIS VERY ELECTION FROM HERE IN IOWA TO SOUTH CAROLINA: START WINNING SENATE SEATS BACK SO WE CAN START GETTING INSANITY AND PRAGMATISM BACK TO OUR COURTS. RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO HEAR CASES WHERE ALABAMA EVEN IN THE CASE OF RAPE AND INCEST A WOMAN DOES NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS. WE ARE SEEING A MASSIVE TURN IN OUR COURTS IN OUR POLITICS TOWARDS EXTREMISM THAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DON’T AGREE WITH THAT. I’M GOING TO TRY TO CHANGE THAT.>>TERM LIMITS IS ANOTHER OPTION. IT’S ANOTHER OPTION. WHY ARE WE AFRAID TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE NOT PILLARS OF DEMOCRACY.>>THERE’S A FEW MINUTES LEFT. I WANT TO GIVE IT TO AN AUDIENCE MEMBER.>>MY NAME IS TIM. TOGETHER WE OWN A FEW SMALL BUSINESSES AND A FARM. MOST IMPORTANT WE ARE PARENTS TO OUR DAUGHTER CHARLOTTE. OUR PEERS HAVE BEEN SWING VOTERS. WHICH IS AN ALIVE BRANCH THAT YOU CAN EXTEND TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THEIR VALUES.>>FIND COMMON GROUND. THE ONE ONLY BIPARTISAN BILL TO PASS THROUGH THIS SENATE AND GET SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS A BILL ON THE DEMOCRATIC I LED WITH DICK DURBIN. I HAD TO PARTNER WITH YOUR SENATOR AND FIND THAT COMMON GROUND AND NOW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE BEING LIBERATED FROM UNJUST INCARCERATION. WHEN I HAD TO RUN SOMETHING. I WORKED WITH ORGANIZATIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REGULARLY BECAUSE IT WAS TO HELP MY COMMUNITY. I’M THE ONLY PERSON THAT IS IN THIS RACE THAT LIVES IN A POVERTY AREA. SO AS A GUY THAT BELIEVES IN MAKING PRAGMATIC CHANGE THAT WE ARE HURTING AS A NATION RIGHT NOW. WE’RE DEMONIZING. WE HAVE MORE ANIMOSITY. WE NEED TO HAVE A REVIVAL OF CIVIC GRACE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE LINES THAT DIVIDE THAT ARE TO HEAL TO FIND MORE COMMON GROUND FOR MANY, MANY MORE PEOPLE.>>WE’VE GOT 30 SECONDS. YOU’VE BEEN HERE A LOT CAMPAIGNING. HOW ARE YOU MISUNDERSTAND BY CAUCUS GOERS.>>THE PASSION I HAVE. I WALKED INTO AN IOWA TOWN HALL. THE OLDER THE BETTER I WAS. AND DUDE, YEAH I WANT TO PUNCH DONALD TRUMP IN THE FACE. DUDE, THAT’S A FELONY. GOOD YOU WANT TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIGHT. I RAN A FIRE DEPARTMENT.>>AND THE WAY WE DATA ABOUT THIS BEFORE BEAU CONNOR. WE BEAT THEM BY CALLING THE MORAL IMAGINATION OF THE WHOLE NATION. THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR COUNTRY. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO I AM THAT LOOK AT MY RECORD OF GETTING THINGS DONE. BUT BECAUSE I FOUND WAYS TO FIND MORE COMMONALITY. I’VE GOT TO END THIS PROGRAM ON TIME.>>THANK YOU. (APPLAUSE) I WANT TO THANK SENATOR BOOKER FOR JOINING US IN THE FIRST OF SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH THAT CANS HERE ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION. COMING IN AUGUST WE’LL BE JOINED BY JOE BIDEN. AS FORMER AUGUST 21st HERE AT DMACC. FOR OUR AUDIENCE OF IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION I’M DAVID YEPSEN. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY. IPTV PRESENTS CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HOSTED BY DMACC HAS BEEN FUNDED BY GOLDMAN SACHS, WHICH IS DELIVERING ITS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM IN IOWA TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS THE STATE CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. ADDITIONAL FUNDING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE ARLENE MCKEEVER ENDOWMENT FUND, A FUND AT THE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY A GIFT FROM THE ESTATE OF ARLENE MCKEEVER. AND BY FRIENDS, THE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION.

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