Pete Buttigieg: A Majority Of Americans Want Higher Wages And Healthcare


>>Stephen: WE’RE BACK HERE,
WE’RE BACK, EVERYBODY, WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PETE
BUTTIGIEG, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WINE CAVE, OKAY. YOU GOT A LOT OF CRITICISM. NO, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE
WINE CAVE.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: YOU TOOK SOME
CRITICISM FOR HAVING A FUNDRAISER IN A WINE CAVE IN
CALIFORNIA. AND RAISED A TON OF MONEY AND
HAD, YOU KNOW, BOTTLES OF WINE WORTH MULTIPLE HUNDREDS OF
DOLLARS. SEEMED VERY ELITE TO PEOPLE. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HAVING
THAT DINNER BECAUSE I MADE JOKES ABOUT YOU DOING THAT.>>DID YOU.>>Stephen: AND THE WINE CAVE
SENT ME SOME VERY GOOD WINE.>>REALLY?>>Stephen: YES. (LAUGHTER)
SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU WINE CAVE, I DON’T KNOW WHO TO THANK
BUT THANK YOU.>>THERE IS SOME REALLY GOOD
CHEESE IN THE GREEN ROOM RIGHT NOW.>>Stephen: A CHEESE CAVE.>>I APPRECIATE THE CHEESE.>>Stephen: DO YOU UNDER STAND
WHY PEOPLE MIGHT CRIT SOIZ THAT, BECAUSE THERE IS, ESPECIALLY
THIS YEAR THERE IS A SENSE THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE BEHOLDEN TO
SPECIAL INTERESTS, A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN ORDER TO INFLUENCE
CANDIDATES. WE NEED A GRASS ROOTS COALITION
OF PEOPLE AND THAT TURNS SOME PEOPLE OFF.>>I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION. AND I’M NOT A FAN OF THE
CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM WE HAVE TODAY. I’M ALSO A FAN OF BEATING DONALD
TRUMP. AND WHAT WE’VE GOT TO DO RIGHT
NOW, FIRST OF ALL MAYOR OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, IS NOT EXACTLY AN
ESTABLISHMENT FUNDRAISING POWERHOUSE, SO I WOULDN’T BE
HERE IF WE HADN’T GOTTEN HUNDREDS MUCH THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE TO GO TO– FOR MEAK.COM, CHIP IN A FEW BUCKS AND BUILD
THIS CAMPAIGN. IF SOMEBODY CAN GIVE UP TO THE
LEGAL LIMIT WHICH IS $2,800 AND THEY ARE WILLING TO DO THAT TO
SUPPORT MY VISION FOR MOVING THIS COUNTRY FORWARD, THEN I
REALLY THINK THEY SHOULD HELP GET THIS DONE AND I WILL MAKE
EXACTLY ONE PROMISE TO ANYBODY, WHETHER THEY ARE GIVING THREE
BUCKS ONLINE OR THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE BY LAW. THE PROMISE IS I’M GOING TO TAKE
THAT CONTRIBUTION, AND I’M GOING TO USE IT TO BUILD A CAMPAIGN
THAT IS GOING TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP SO WE CAN ACTUALLY GET THE
REFORMS THIS COUNTRY NEED. (APPLAUSE).>>Stephen: I HOPE YOU’RE
RIGHT, I HOPE YOU’RE RIGHT. WAS IT A NICE WINE CAVE? WAS IT NICE DOWN THERE?>>I HAVE NOT BEEN– I DON’T
HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE.>>Stephen: THERE AREN’T A LOT
OF WINE CAVES IN SOUTH BEND, INDIANA.>>WE DO HAVE A CHEESE CAVE IN
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA.>>Stephen: GOOD, AMERICAN
CHEESE?>>PROBABLY, BUT YEAH, WE HAVE A
REGULAR BASEMENT AT HOME, I THINK THERE IS SOME WINE DOWN
THERE.>>Stephen: NOW LET’S SAY YOU
WIN, OKAY. LET’S TALK ABOUT CHANGING
WASHINGTON OR ADDING A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA TO OUR
GOVERNMENT. YOU SAW PROGRESS IN THE
GOVERNMENT CANNOT DEPEND OS ON THE GOOD FAITH OF THE GOP. SO IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT, HOW DO
YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU ARE PROMISING NOW.>>SO HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE GOING
FOR US. EVEN, EVEN MORE THAN WHAT WAS
AVAILABLE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA A DECADE AGO, THERE IS A POWERFUL
AMERICAN MAJORITY THAT WANTS TO SEE THESE CHANGES HAPPEN. THAT WANTS TO SEE HIGHER WAGES,
THAT THINKS IT IS RIDICULOUS THAT A CORPORATION LIKE AMAZON
OR CHEVRON PAY ZERO ON TAXES IN BILLIONS OF PROFITS. EVEN ON HEALTH CARE. MAKING SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN
IS INSURED, EVEN IN AREAS WHERE MY PARTY HAS BEEN ON THE DEFENSE
IN THE PAST, IMGRAILINGS REFORM, DOING SOMETHING ABOUT GUN
VIOLENCE. CLIMATE, EVERY ONE OF THESE
HOOS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EVEN IN CONSERVATIVE STATES WANT
SOMETHING DONE. SO IF YOU CAN’T HAVE A GOOD
FAITH CONVERSATION AND THERE IS NOT A LOT OF GOOD FAITH
ESPECIALLY IN THE SENATE GOP RIGHT NOW, THEN I THINK WHAT YOU
HAVE TO DO IS GO DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE WHO EXPECT THIS OF THEIR
LEADERS EVEN IN MORE CONSERVATIVE DISTRICTS OR
STATES, TO ME, THAT IS THE BEST USE OF THE BIG AIRPLANE THAT
COMES WITH THE OVAL OFFICE. THE PRESIDENT USES MOSTLY FOR
THE PURPOSE OF TRAVELING BETWEEN GOLF COURSES WITH HIS NAME ON IT
I DON’T EVEN GOLF. AND MY IDEA OF THE BEST USE OF
THAT AIRPLANE IS TO FLY IT RIGHT INTO THE BACKYARD OF A MEMBER OF
CONGRESS OR THE SENATE WHO IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF THESE
IDEAS, DEFYING NOT ONLY MY WHITE HOUSE BUT THEIR OWN VOTERS. AND REMIND THEM OF THE DAYLIGHT
BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVES, AND SEE IF
THAT, THAT SIMPLE POLITICAL POWER FINALLY HAS THE EFFECT OF
REUNITING SOME OF THESE SENATORS WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE. AND IF IT DOESN’T, THEN MAKING
SURE WE DO OUR PART TO GET A NEW SENATOR.>>Stephen: THE PRESIDENCY IS
L VESTED WITH ENORMOUS POWER RIGHT NOW. IF YOU BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES ARE THERE ANY POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY THAT
YOU WOULD SURRENDER? BECAUSE IT IS A SNOWBALL OF
POWER THAT JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER IN THE PRESIDENCY. AND WE JUST SAW THE WORST ABUSE
OF IT YESTERDAY BY NOT HOLDING THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR
TRYING TO MESS WITH OUR ELECTIONS. WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP.>>I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE
THAT IS AS IMPORTANT TO ME AS SOMEBODY WHO SERVED OVERSEAS, IF
I AM EVER COMPELLED TO USE FORCE AND GO TO CONGRESS FOR AN
AUTHORIZEATION TO DO IT, I WILL MAKE SURE IT INCLUDES A
THREE-REAR SUNSET, EXPIRATION DATE. SO THAT IF THERE EVER DID NEED
TO BE A RENEWAL, IF I OR ANOTHER PRESIDENT REALLY THOUGHT THAT
WAS NECESSARY, YOU WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK TO CONGRESS AND HAVE
THAT CONVERSATION. BECAUSE ALSO YOU KNOW, CONGRESS
HAS BEEN I THINK ALL TOO HAPPY TO LEAVE SOME OF ITS WAR POWERS
TO THE SIDE BECAUSE IT IS JUST MESSY, DIFFER AND COMPLICATED.>>Stephen: AT THE DON’T WANT
TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A DECISION THEY MAKE.>>BUT IF PEOPLE CAN FIND A
COURAGE TO SERVE, THEY OUGHT TO BE HAVE THE COURAGE ON WHETHER
TO SEND THEM THERE OR KEEP THEM THERE. I WILL CONSTRAIN MYSELF AS
PRESIDENT BY MAKING SURE THAT VOTE HAPPENS IF A CONFLICT GOES
ON MORE THAN THREE YEARS.>>Stephen: MR. MAYOR, THANK
YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG, EVERYBODY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH
MR. PATTON OSWALT

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