HI. SORRY ABOUT THAT. SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>IT’S OKAY.>>IT’S OKAY. DON’T WORRY. DON’T WORRY. IT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. IT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. I WANT TO START OUT BY ASKING I WANT TO START OUT BY ASKING YOU ABOUT ONE OF YOUR YOU ABOUT ONE OF YOUR COLLEAGUES. COLLEAGUES. SENATOR MITCH McCONNELL IS SENATOR MITCH McCONNELL IS FUND-RAISING OFF THE IMPEACHMENT FUND-RAISING OFF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY SAYING THE ONLY WAY TO INQUIRY SAYING THE ONLY WAY TO STOP IMPEACHMENT IS IF HE IS THE STOP IMPEACHMENT IS IF HE IS THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER. IF HE DOESN’T BRING IT TO A FULL IF HE DOESN’T BRING IT TO A FULL TRIAL, A SIGNIFICANT TRIAL IN TRIAL, A SIGNIFICANT TRIAL IN THE SENATE, DO YOU THINK THE SENATE, DO YOU THINK IMPEACHMENT IS STILL A IMPEACHMENT IS STILL A WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR AND, IF SO, WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR AND, IF SO, WHY? WHY?>>I BELIEVE THIS IS A MOMENT>>I BELIEVE THIS IS A MOMENT WHERE EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED WHERE EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS SHOULD TAKE VERY STATES CONGRESS SHOULD TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THEIR OATH TO PROTECT SERIOUSLY THEIR OATH TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. STATES. THIS IS ABOUT DEFENDING OUR THIS IS ABOUT DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY AND OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE BECAUSE THE FRAMERS JUSTICE BECAUSE THE FRAMERS IMAGINED A MOMENT LIKE THIS, IMAGINED A MOMENT LIKE THIS, KATY, WHERE THERE WOULD BE AN KATY, WHERE THERE WOULD BE AN ABUSE OF POWER BY ONE BRANCH OF ABUSE OF POWER BY ONE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND PURPOSELY THEY GOVERNMENT AND PURPOSELY THEY DESIGNED A DEMOCRACY DESIGNED A DEMOCRACY UNDERSTANDING IT FOR IT TO BE UNDERSTANDING IT FOR IT TO BE REAL AND TRUE AND CHECKS AND REAL AND TRUE AND CHECKS AND BALANCES ON ANY EXCESSIVE BALANCES ON ANY EXCESSIVE DISPLAY OF POWER. DISPLAY OF POWER. WHICH MEANS IN THIS CASE WE’RE WHICH MEANS IN THIS CASE WE’RE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED HIS POWER. PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED HIS POWER. CONGRESS, THE OTHER, CO-EQUAL CONGRESS, THE OTHER, CO-EQUAL INDEPENDENT BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT INDEPENDENT BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE THE CHECK. MUST PROVIDE THE CHECK. AND THE BALANCE ON THAT ABUSE. AND THE BALANCE ON THAT ABUSE. AND THAT MEANS BEGINNING AN AND THAT MEANS BEGINNING AN INQUIRY TO EXPOSE EXACTLY WHAT INQUIRY TO EXPOSE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED SO THERE COULD BE HAPPENED SO THERE COULD BE ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSEQUENCE. ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSEQUENCE. THERE IS A MATTER OF DEFENDING THERE IS A MATTER OF DEFENDING THE VERY DEMOCRACY THAT MAKES US THE VERY DEMOCRACY THAT MAKES US AND ALLOWS US TO WALK INTO ROOMS AND ALLOWS US TO WALK INTO ROOMS AROUND THE GLOBE AND HAVE AROUND THE GLOBE AND HAVE RESPECT BECAUSE PERFECT WE MAY RESPECT BECAUSE PERFECT WE MAY BE, WE ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE BE, WE ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT HAVING IMPORTANCE OF NOT HAVING AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES. AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES.>>THE WHITE HOUSE READOUT OF>>THE WHITE HOUSE READOUT OF THE CALL. THE CALL. I KNOW YOU READ THE TEXT I KNOW YOU READ THE TEXT MESSAGES THAT WERE RELEASED BY MESSAGES THAT WERE RELEASED BY THE DEMOCRATS LAST WEEK. THE DEMOCRATS LAST WEEK. I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT THE WHITE I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS STONEWALLING AND HOUSE IS STONEWALLING AND HANDING OVER DOCUMENTS. HANDING OVER DOCUMENTS. IF THE VOTE WAS PUT TO YOU IF THE VOTE WAS PUT TO YOU TODAY, I KNOW THIS IS AN IF, TO TODAY, I KNOW THIS IS AN IF, TO CONVICT THE PRESIDENT IN THE CONVICT THE PRESIDENT IN THE SENATE AND REMOVE HIM FROM SENATE AND REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE, WOULD YOU BE VOTING YES? OFFICE, WOULD YOU BE VOTING YES?>>YES.>>YES. BASED ON EVERYTHING I’VE SEEN. BASED ON EVERYTHING I’VE SEEN. YES. YES. I MEAN, LOOK, KATY, LISTEN, I’M I MEAN, LOOK, KATY, LISTEN, I’M A FORMER PROSECUTOR. A FORMER PROSECUTOR. AND LET ME JUST TELL YOU, AS FAR AND LET ME JUST TELL YOU, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, THE SUBJECT, AS I’M CONCERNED, THE SUBJECT, THE MAIN SUBJECT OF THE THE MAIN SUBJECT OF THE IMPEACHMENT WHICH IS THE ISSUE IMPEACHMENT WHICH IS THE ISSUE OF YET AGAIN DONALD TRUMP OF YET AGAIN DONALD TRUMP ELICITING HELP FROM A FOREIGN ELICITING HELP FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH THE ELECTION OF OUR PRESIDENT OF THE ELECTION OF OUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IN THIS CASE, UNITED STATES, IN THIS CASE, WE’VE BASICALLY GOT A WE’VE BASICALLY GOT A CONFESSION. CONFESSION. WE’VE GOT A DISPLAY OF CONSCIOUS WE’VE GOT A DISPLAY OF CONSCIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT IN CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT IN ATTEMPT TO COVER UP I DON’T KNOW ATTEMPT TO COVER UP I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE WE NEED BUT HOW MUCH MORE WE NEED BUT APPARENTLY A SECOND APPARENTLY A SECOND WHISTLE-BLOWER AND WE’RE GOING WHISTLE-BLOWER AND WE’RE GOING TO GET MORE. TO GET MORE. BASED ON EVERYTHING WE KNOW, BASED ON EVERYTHING WE KNOW, INCLUDING AN ADMISSION BY THIS INCLUDING AN ADMISSION BY THIS PRESIDENT, I DON’T KNOW THAT IT PRESIDENT, I DON’T KNOW THAT IT LEADS IN ANY OTHER DIRECTION LEADS IN ANY OTHER DIRECTION EXCEPT TO VOTE YES. EXCEPT TO VOTE YES. WHICH IS WHAT I BELIEVE I WILL WHICH IS WHAT I BELIEVE I WILL DO BASED ON EVERYTHING I KNOW. DO BASED ON EVERYTHING I KNOW.>>YOU’RE IN IOWA TODAY.>>YOU’RE IN IOWA TODAY. HOW MUCH ARE FOLKS TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH ARE FOLKS TALKING ABOUT THIS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL? THIS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL?>>PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT.>>PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT. AND I THINK THAT THE REASON IS AND I THINK THAT THE REASON IS THAT OVERALL OVER THE LAST 2 1/2 THAT OVERALL OVER THE LAST 2 1/2 YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FEELING A YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FEELING A GREAT DEAL OF SKEPTICISM AND GREAT DEAL OF SKEPTICISM AND CONCERN ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF CONCERN ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNMENT. AND A LARGE PART OF IT HAS TO DO AND A LARGE PART OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE DISPLAY SUCH AS WHAT WITH THE DISPLAY SUCH AS WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN THE LAST 24 WE’RE SEEING IN THE LAST 24 HOURS BY MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS HOURS BY MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS AND DONALD TRUMP. AND DONALD TRUMP. AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THAT AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THAT THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT THERE IS THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSEQUENCE. ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSEQUENCE. WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW IS THERE WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW IS THERE IS INTEGRITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT IS INTEGRITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND ITS LEADERS. AND ITS LEADERS. SO, THIS IS A PERVASIVE FEELING SO, THIS IS A PERVASIVE FEELING THAT IS EXPRESSED AT THE TOWN THAT IS EXPRESSED AT THE TOWN HALLS I DO AND THE MEETINGS I HALLS I DO AND THE MEETINGS I DO. DO. I JUST HAD DINNER WITH A FAMILY I JUST HAD DINNER WITH A FAMILY HERE IN IOWA LAST NIGHT AND IT’S HERE IN IOWA LAST NIGHT AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT IS WEIGHING ON SOMETHING THAT IS WEIGHING ON PEOPLE. PEOPLE. FRANKLY, PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED. FRANKLY, PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED. PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED. PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED. THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT OUR THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS INTEGRITY. GOVERNMENT HAS INTEGRITY. AND THAT LEADERS ARE LEADING AND AND THAT LEADERS ARE LEADING AND LEADING IN A WAY THAT TRAESZADDR LEADING IN A WAY THAT TRAESZADDR THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. SUCH AS HEALTH CARE AND THE NEED SUCH AS HEALTH CARE AND THE NEED TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL EDUCATION TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN. FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO GET THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO GET THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH AND THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH AND NOT HAVE TO TAKE OUT A $400 LOAN NOT HAVE TO TAKE OUT A $400 LOAN FROM A PAYDAY LENDER. FROM A PAYDAY LENDER. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT. THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO BELIEVE THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS INTEGRITY SO THEY CAN DEAL WITH INTEGRITY SO THEY CAN DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP THE ISSUES THAT WAKE PEOPLE UP EVERY MORNING. EVERY MORNING.>>LET’S FOCUS ON YOUR CAMPAIGN.>>LET’S FOCUS ON YOUR CAMPAIGN. YOU OPENED TEN NEW CAMPAIGN YOU OPENED TEN NEW CAMPAIGN OFFICES IN IOWA. OFFICES IN IOWA. YOU WERE, AS YOU SAID, AT YOU WERE, AS YOU SAID, AT SOMEONE’S HOUSE LAST NIGHT SOMEONE’S HOUSE LAST NIGHT MAKING DINNER WITH THE FAMILY. MAKING DINNER WITH THE FAMILY. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT KID THERE I DON’T KNOW IF THAT KID THERE LIKED THE SALAD DRESSING IN THE LIKED THE SALAD DRESSING IN THE END. END. MUSTARD IS A GOOD ADDITION TO MUSTARD IS A GOOD ADDITION TO SALAD DRESSING. SALAD DRESSING. BUT I WONDER IF YOU FEEL LIKE IN BUT I WONDER IF YOU FEEL LIKE IN THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAMPAIGN THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAMPAIGN THAT YOU MAYBE MISCALCULATED HOW THAT YOU MAYBE MISCALCULATED HOW MUCH IOWA WAS NECESSARY. MUCH IOWA WAS NECESSARY. IS THAT WHY YOU’RE FOCUSING, IS THAT WHY YOU’RE FOCUSING, AGAIN. AGAIN. IF SO, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO IF SO, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO THERE TO HELP VOTERS RECOGNIZE THERE TO HELP VOTERS RECOGNIZE WHAT YOUR MESSAGE IS? WHAT YOUR MESSAGE IS?>>IT WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN THAT>>IT WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN THAT AFTER LABOR DAY WE WOULD DOUBLE AFTER LABOR DAY WE WOULD DOUBLE OUR RESOURCES. OUR RESOURCES. WHERE BEFORE WE HAD 60 PEOPLE ON WHERE BEFORE WE HAD 60 PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IN IOWA AND TODAY WE THE GROUND IN IOWA AND TODAY WE HAVE 130 AND OPEN OFFICES HAVE 130 AND OPEN OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND YOU THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND YOU PROBABLY HEARD PRACTICALLY PROBABLY HEARD PRACTICALLY MOVING IN IOWA BECAUSE IOWA IS MOVING IN IOWA BECAUSE IOWA IS THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY. THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY. AND THE PEOPLE HERE HAVE THE AND THE PEOPLE HERE HAVE THE ABILITY AND PROVEN ABILITY TO ABILITY AND PROVEN ABILITY TO REALLY HELP AMERICA SEE WHAT IS REALLY HELP AMERICA SEE WHAT IS POSSIBLE EVEN IF WE’VE NEVER POSSIBLE EVEN IF WE’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE. SEEN IT BEFORE. THERE’S SO MUCH ABOUT HOW I’M THERE’S SO MUCH ABOUT HOW I’M TALKING ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN THAT TALKING ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN THAT IS ABOUT KNOWING IT IS IOWA THAT IS ABOUT KNOWING IT IS IOWA THAT MADE A DECISION THAT BARACK MADE A DECISION THAT BARACK OBAMA COULD BE THE NOMINEE. OBAMA COULD BE THE NOMINEE. THAT HILLARY CLINTON COULD BE THAT HILLARY CLINTON COULD BE THE NOMINEE. THE NOMINEE. AND, YOU KNOW, KATY, I’M AT THE AND, YOU KNOW, KATY, I’M AT THE POINT IN MY CAMPAIGN WHERE I POINT IN MY CAMPAIGN WHERE I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT’S ALL ABOUT REAL TALK AND I’M AWARE THAT ONE REAL TALK AND I’M AWARE THAT ONE OF THE ELEPHANTS OR THE DONKEY OF THE ELEPHANTS OR THE DONKEY IN THE ROOM IS ASKING, IS SHE IN THE ROOM IS ASKING, IS SHE ELECTABLE? ELECTABLE? IS AMERICA READY FOR THAT? IS AMERICA READY FOR THAT? I’M IN IOWA TALKING TO FOLKS I’M IN IOWA TALKING TO FOLKS KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT CAN HAD THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT CAN BE UNBURDENED BY WHAT HAS BEEN. BE UNBURDENED BY WHAT HAS BEEN. IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE AND I IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE AND I REALLY ENJOY BEING HERE AND I’M REALLY ENJOY BEING HERE AND I’M SPENDING A LOT OF TIME HERE. SPENDING A LOT OF TIME HERE.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU>>LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU CONVINCE THEM THAT YOU’RE CONVINCE THEM THAT YOU’RE ELECTABLE. ELECTABLE. YOU’RE NOT HIGH UP IN THE YOU’RE NOT HIGH UP IN THE POLLING. POLLING. YOU HAVE A WAYS TO GO BEFORE YOU YOU HAVE A WAYS TO GO BEFORE YOU CATCH UP WITH WARREN OR BIDEN CATCH UP WITH WARREN OR BIDEN AND ALL OF THEM THE WAY THEY AND ALL OF THEM THE WAY THEY HAVE GONE ABOUT THEIR CAMPAIGNS HAVE GONE ABOUT THEIR CAMPAIGNS IS OFFERING BIG STRUCTURAL IS OFFERING BIG STRUCTURAL CHANGE OR SOMETHING OF A RETURN CHANGE OR SOMETHING OF A RETURN TO MODERATION TO NORMALCY OF TO MODERATION TO NORMALCY OF PREVIOUS DEMOCRATIC PREVIOUS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS. ADMINISTRATIONS. WHERE DO YOU FIT IN THERE? WHERE DO YOU FIT IN THERE? ARE YOU OFFERING BIG STRUCTURAL ARE YOU OFFERING BIG STRUCTURAL CHANGE OR ARE YOU MORE A RETURN CHANGE OR ARE YOU MORE A RETURN TO NORMALCY AND DO YOU HAVE TO TO NORMALCY AND DO YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE IN THIS RACE? CHOOSE ONE IN THIS RACE?>>I THINK IT IS A FALSE CHOICE.>>I THINK IT IS A FALSE CHOICE. AND HERE’S THE THING. AND HERE’S THE THING. WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE AT THE WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE AT THE TOWN HALLS AND THE MEETINGS THAT TOWN HALLS AND THE MEETINGS THAT WE DO WHERE HUNDREDS OF WE DO WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME. IT HAS NEVER BEEN THE CASE THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN THE CASE THAT SOMEONE RAISES THEIR HAND AND SOMEONE RAISES THEIR HAND AND SAYS, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT WAKES ME UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WAKES ME UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IS THIS DEBATE ABOUT NIGHT IS THIS DEBATE ABOUT SOCIALISM VERSUS CAPITALISM. SOCIALISM VERSUS CAPITALISM. THAT IS NOT WAKING PEEPOPLE UP I THAT IS NOT WAKING PEEPOPLE UP I THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT WE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT WE HAD IN GENERATIONS FOR FAMILIES HAD IN GENERATIONS FOR FAMILIES THAT MAKE LESS THAN $100,000 TO THAT MAKE LESS THAN $100,000 TO GIVE THEM A TAX CREDIT UP TO GIVE THEM A TAX CREDIT UP TO $6,000 PER YEAR. $6,000 PER YEAR. THEY WANT TO KNOW WE’RE FOCUSED THEY WANT TO KNOW WE’RE FOCUSED ON THE FACT THAT IOWA AND SO ON THE FACT THAT IOWA AND SO MANY STATES THEIR TEACHERS ARE MANY STATES THEIR TEACHERS ARE WORKING TWO AND THREE JOBS WORKING TWO AND THREE JOBS BECAUSE THEY’RE PAID 11% LESS BECAUSE THEY’RE PAID 11% LESS THAN SOME OF THE PROFESSIONALS THAN SOME OF THE PROFESSIONALS WHICH IS WHY MY PLAN IS FOR THE WHICH IS WHY MY PLAN IS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NATION’S FIRST TIME IN THE NATION’S HISTORY TO PUT A FEDERAL HISTORY TO PUT A FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO CLOSE THE TEACHER INVESTMENT TO CLOSE THE TEACHER PAY GAP. PAY GAP. ON AVERAGE THAT’S $13,500 A ON AVERAGE THAT’S $13,500 A YEAR. YEAR. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING THIS IS WHY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP AND SUPPORTING MY CANDIDACY UP AND SUPPORTING MY CANDIDACY BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT FIRST OF BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE NOT GOING TO WIN BY ALL, WE ARE NOT GOING TO WIN BY FURTHER DIVIDING THE COUNTRY FURTHER DIVIDING THE COUNTRY AROUND WHERE YOU ARE ON SOME AROUND WHERE YOU ARE ON SOME IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM. IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM. PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU SEE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU SEE THE VAST MAJORITY OF US HAVE SO THE VAST MAJORITY OF US HAVE SO MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN WHAT MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN WHAT SEPARATES US. SEPARATES US. THAT’S HOW I COME AT THIS THAT’S HOW I COME AT THIS CAMPAIGN AND ALSO KNOWING I HAVE CAMPAIGN AND ALSO KNOWING I HAVE A UNIQUE ABILITY, I BELIEVE, TO A UNIQUE ABILITY, I BELIEVE, TO UNIFY OUR COUNTRY. UNIFY OUR COUNTRY. I HAVE LIVED IN MANY PLACES. I HAVE LIVED IN MANY PLACES. I’VE LIVED IN MANY CULTURES AND I’VE LIVED IN MANY CULTURES AND I KNOW THAT IN SPITE OF THESE I KNOW THAT IN SPITE OF THESE POWERFUL FORCES, INCLUDING POWERFUL FORCES, INCLUDING DONALD TRUMP THAT IS TRYING TO DONALD TRUMP THAT IS TRYING TO SELL HATE AND DIVISION AMONG US, SELL HATE AND DIVISION AMONG US, I KNOW THE VAST MAJORITY OF US I KNOW THE VAST MAJORITY OF US HAVE SO MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN HAVE SO MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN WHAT SEPARATES US. WHAT SEPARATES US. THAT APPEARS TO BE A MESSAGE THAT APPEARS TO BE A MESSAGE THATTI ON ITI ITI ITI ITI ITI IT THATTI ON ITI ITI ITI ITI ITI IT THATTIOWANS CAN ADDRESS THE THATTIOWANS CAN ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT CHALLENGE US. ISSUES THAT CHALLENGE US.>>SENATOR, BEFORE WE GO I WANT>>SENATOR, BEFORE WE GO I WANT TO GET YOUR TAKE ON THIS NEW TO GET YOUR TAKE ON THIS NEW AGENDA THAT YOU RELEASED. AGENDA THAT YOU RELEASED. THE CHIRP’SLDREN’S JUSTICE AGEND THE CHIRP’SLDREN’S JUSTICE AGEND AND YOU HAVE A PAID PARENTAL AND YOU HAVE A PAID PARENTAL LEAVE PLAN WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO LEAVE PLAN WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE BOTH PARENTS, MOTHERS, GIVE BOTH PARENTS, MOTHERS, FATHERS, PARTNERS SIX MONTHS FATHERS, PARTNERS SIX MONTHS PAID LEAVE. PAID LEAVE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>AND FUND THAT BY EMPLOYER AND>>AND FUND THAT BY EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE PAYROLL TAX AND FINES EMPLOYEE PAYROLL TAX AND FINES FOR CORPORATIONS THAT DON’T FOR CORPORATIONS THAT DON’T COMPLY. COMPLY. YOU DON’T PUT A PRICE ON THIS YOU DON’T PUT A PRICE ON THIS PLAN AND YOU DON’T SAY HOW MUCH PLAN AND YOU DON’T SAY HOW MUCH YOU’LL RAISE THROUGH THOSE YOU’LL RAISE THROUGH THOSE TAXES. TAXES. CAN YOU GIVE US — CAN YOU GIVE US –>>I CAN.>>I CAN. BUT IT’S APPROXIMATELY $600 BUT IT’S APPROXIMATELY $600 BILLION, WHICH WHEN YOU DO THE BILLION, WHICH WHEN YOU DO THE MATH, IT IS A GREAT RETURN ON MATH, IT IS A GREAT RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT. THE INVESTMENT. BECAUSE, FRANKLY, KATY, A LARGE BECAUSE, FRANKLY, KATY, A LARGE PART OF MY CAMPAIGN AND MY PART OF MY CAMPAIGN AND MY PERSPECTIVE IS THAT IN 2020 PERSPECTIVE IS THAT IN 2020 JUSTICE IS ON THE BALLOT. JUSTICE IS ON THE BALLOT. AND IT IS EVERYTHING FROM HAVING AND IT IS EVERYTHING FROM HAVING A CROOK IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO A CROOK IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO JUSTICE BEING ON THE BALLOT. JUSTICE BEING ON THE BALLOT. WHEN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY WHEN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY IS A $400 UNEXPECTED EXPENSE IS A $400 UNEXPECTED EXPENSE AWAY FROM COMPLETE UPHEAVAL. AWAY FROM COMPLETE UPHEAVAL. WHEN WORKING FAMILIES IN AMERICA WHEN WORKING FAMILIES IN AMERICA KNOW THAT THEIR NATURAL DESIRE KNOW THAT THEIR NATURAL DESIRE TO PARENT THEIR CHILDREN MAY BE TO PARENT THEIR CHILDREN MAY BE A FUNCTION OF HOW MUCH MONEY A FUNCTION OF HOW MUCH MONEY THEY MAKE EVERY MONTH AND THAT THEY MAKE EVERY MONTH AND THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE. SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE. SO MY PLAN, MY CHILDREN’S PLAN SO MY PLAN, MY CHILDREN’S PLAN IS ABOUT SAYING, LOOK, THIS IS A IS ABOUT SAYING, LOOK, THIS IS A MATTER OF JUSTICE. MATTER OF JUSTICE. IT’S A MATTER OF RECOGNIZING IT’S A MATTER OF RECOGNIZING THAT ON THE ISSUE OF RAISING THE THAT ON THE ISSUE OF RAISING THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA, IT SHOULD CHILDREN OF AMERICA, IT SHOULD NOT BE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE NOT BE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY GET THE SUPPORT A LOT OF MONEY GET THE SUPPORT AND THOSE WHO ARE WORKING HARD AND THOSE WHO ARE WORKING HARD EVERY DAY ARE — TO GO BACK TO EVERY DAY ARE — TO GO BACK TO WORK TWO WEEKS AFTER CHILD WORK TWO WEEKS AFTER CHILD BIRTH. BIRTH. THAT’S CRAZY. THAT’S CRAZY.>>I A LOT OF AGREEMENT ABOUT>>I A LOT OF AGREEMENT ABOUT THAT. THAT. I PERSONALLY THINK IT IS INSANE I PERSONALLY THINK IT IS INSANE TO GO BACK TO WORK AFTER TWO TO GO BACK TO WORK AFTER TWO WEEKS WHEN YOU JUST HAD A CHILD. WEEKS WHEN YOU JUST HAD A CHILD. BUT THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT BUT THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF PUSHBACK FROM FOLKS OUT THERE OF PUSHBACK FROM FOLKS OUT THERE WHO SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO PAY A WHO SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO PAY A PAYROLL TAX TO SUPPORT SOMEBODY PAYROLL TAX TO SUPPORT SOMEBODY ELSE TAKING LEAVE OFF TO BE WITH ELSE TAKING LEAVE OFF TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILY FOR EITHER SICKNESS THEIR FAMILY FOR EITHER SICKNESS OR SOMETHING ELSE AND THERE ARE OR SOMETHING ELSE AND THERE ARE ALSO OTHERS WHO SAY IT IS TOO ALSO OTHERS WHO SAY IT IS TOO MUCH OF A BURDEN ON A SMALL MUCH OF A BURDEN ON A SMALL BUSINESS. BUSINESS. YOU’LL SAY YOU’LL HELP SMALL YOU’LL SAY YOU’LL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES WITH PAID FAMILY BUSINESSES WITH PAID FAMILY LEAVE. LEAVE. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT? I WANT TO GET SOME SPECIFICS. I WANT TO GET SOME SPECIFICS.>>OKAY, FINE.>>OKAY, FINE. LET’S GET TO SPECIFICS AND ALSO LET’S GET TO SPECIFICS AND ALSO TALK ABOUT A VERY SPECIFIC TALK ABOUT A VERY SPECIFIC MATTER WHICH IS THAT I BELIEVE MATTER WHICH IS THAT I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD JUDGE A SOCIETY BASED YOU SHOULD JUDGE A SOCIETY BASED ON HOW IT TREATS ITS CHILDREN. ON HOW IT TREATS ITS CHILDREN. AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FAILING IN THAT REGARD. IS FAILING IN THAT REGARD. AND, IN PARTICULAR, THE CHILDREN AND, IN PARTICULAR, THE CHILDREN OF WORKING FAMILIES. OF WORKING FAMILIES. SO, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR SO, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR IT? IT? IT IS ABOUT A PAYROLL TAX. IT IS ABOUT A PAYROLL TAX. FOR EMPLOYEES, IT’S GOING TO BE FOR EMPLOYEES, IT’S GOING TO BE LESS THAN $2 A WEEK, BY THE WAY. LESS THAN $2 A WEEK, BY THE WAY.>>LIKE GILLIBRAND’S PROPOSAL.>>LIKE GILLIBRAND’S PROPOSAL.>>I HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR>>I HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR HER AND A LOT IS SIMILAR TO HERS HER AND A LOT IS SIMILAR TO HERS AND THEN ADDING ON. AND THEN ADDING ON. FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THE EXTENSION FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THE EXTENSION WILL BE FOR SIX-MONTH PAID WILL BE FOR SIX-MONTH PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND IT WILL BE FAMILY LEAVE AND IT WILL BE ABOUT ALSO SAYING THAT WE NEED ABOUT ALSO SAYING THAT WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS NOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT PARENTS THAT WANT TO ONLY ABOUT PARENTS THAT WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR YOUNGEST TAKE CARE OF THEIR YOUNGEST CHILDREN AND FROM CHILD BIRTH CHILDREN AND FROM CHILD BIRTH ON, BUT ALSO WHAT SO MANY OF US, ON, BUT ALSO WHAT SO MANY OF US, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE DONE INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE DONE WHICH IS TO TAKE TIME AND TAKE WHICH IS TO TAKE TIME AND TAKE CARE OF AN AILING PARENT. CARE OF AN AILING PARENT. A PARENT WHO HAS CANCER. A PARENT WHO HAS CANCER. AND THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS AND THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS THIS. THIS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A RETURN ON WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT. THE INVESTMENT. CALIFORNIA HAS DONE THIS. CALIFORNIA HAS DONE THIS. NINE OUT OF TEN EMPLOYERS NINE OUT OF TEN EMPLOYERS INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS KIND OF ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS KIND OF APPROACH BECAUSE IT MAKES FOR A APPROACH BECAUSE IT MAKES FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE WORK FORCE. MORE PRODUCTIVE WORK FORCE. WHAT WE KNOW IS BY DOING THIS WHAT WE KNOW IS BY DOING THIS SIX MONTHS PAID FAMILY LEAVE, SIX MONTHS PAID FAMILY LEAVE, MORE WOMEN WILL BE IN THE MORE WOMEN WILL BE IN THE WORKFORCE BECAUSE OF IT. WORKFORCE BECAUSE OF IT. AND THE GDP WILL GROW BY 5% AT AND THE GDP WILL GROW BY 5% AT LEAST. LEAST. SO, IT IS, IT IS SHORT SIDED FOR SO, IT IS, IT IS SHORT SIDED FOR THE CRITICS TO SAY, OH, HOW MUCH THE CRITICS TO SAY, OH, HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST WITHOUT IS THIS GOING TO COST WITHOUT THEM RECOGNIZING THAT THE RETURN THEM RECOGNIZING THAT THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT MAKES THE COST ON INVESTMENT MAKES THE COST ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. NOT TO MENTION THE MORAL COST OF NOT TO MENTION THE MORAL COST OF NOT SUPPORTING FAMILIES WITH NOT SUPPORTING FAMILIES WITH THEIR NATURAL DESIRE TO PARENT THEIR NATURAL DESIRE TO PARENT THEIR CHILDREN AT THE EARLIEST THEIR CHILDREN AT THE EARLIEST STAGES OF LIFE. STAGES OF LIFE. SO, THE ISISIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT SO, THE ISISIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT MORALLY RIGHT THING TO DO BUT MORALLY RIGHT THING TO DO BUT MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE IN TERMS OF MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS EQUAL OUT AND WE’LL THE NUMBERS EQUAL OUT AND WE’LL SEE A GROWTH IN GDP WITH THIS SEE A GROWTH IN GDP WITH THIS KIND OF APPROACH.