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tv   Road to the White House 2020 Rep. Eric Swalwell Presidential Campaign...  CSPAN  April 15, 2019 1:43am-2:32am EDT

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and the impact of the 2017 tax law. also, from the bipartisan policy center and johns hopkins senior lecturer and tax expert will be with us to talk about a report on ways to improve the u.s. tax system. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern monday morning. joined the discussion. representative eric swalwell officially announces his presidential candidacy in his home district of dublin, california. who joined a field of 17 other democrats vying for the white house in 2020. congressman swallow has made combating gun violence a campaign focus and has recently been in iowa and south carolina, both early voting states. ♪
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>> thank you. thank you very much. first-come i want to thank congressman ruben gallego! i want y'all to know that i have asked and he has accepted to serve as our campaign chairman. thank you, ruben.
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thank you! [applause] thank ourt to district attorney, the first woman elected as a district attorney in alameda county, nancy o'malley. thank you, nancy. performer.o our thank you for warming up the crowd. thank you for the national anthem. and for that reading. [applause] and our alameda county fire firefighters and sheriffs office for keeping us safe, thank you so much. [applause] >> today, i have come home to dublin. i have come home to dublin to tell you a story about america. it is my story. but it is your story, too. it is a story that belongs to all of us. it is about going big, being
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bold, and doing good. [applause] now, looking out, i see many familiar faces today, i see my parents, my mom and jacob, brothers, josh, chase, and their wives and kids, my wife written income our son nelson, and my daughter cricket. nelson, andmy son my daughter cricket. reminded of some of the lessons i have learned growing up here and places just like iowa,like algona, newport, oregon, and pittsburg, california. pittsburg, california israel had my first job, paper route, at the age of nine.
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you could learn a lot about america writing your bike through towns like about at 6:00 in the morning -- riding your bike through towns like that at 6:00 the morning. i saw big houses and small ones. i saw houses with two cars and houses with none. i saw houses being built in -- housesring of word with a sign out front bearing a word i didn't quite understand, foreclosure. i saw people coming home from a shift just as i was starting my workday. those were often the homes i paddled my bicycle past, the couldn't afford a newspaper at all. but on those faces, i saw a lot of pride and a lot of despair, too. these folks were not quitting. they would never quit. they didn't know how to quit. but they were beginning to wonder what had happened to the
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.romise of the american dream traveling our country the last few months, going to town halls and coffee shops, school assemblies in college campuses and fish fries, i have been seeing the exact same thing. which is why i have come back here to dublin, backed by my neighbors, who have always been in my corner, to declare my candidacy for the president of the united states of america! [applause] rep. swalwell: and i need you. i need you to i need you! i need you! [applause] rep. swalwell: boy, do i ever need you. and we need each other. on the in a country as generous as ours could a moment like this even be possible. . was born in iowa my dad was a cop, my mom, she
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sold wedding cakes in handmade dollhouses of her garage. and we had a very large but unlicensed day care facility right there in the living room. they worked hard and he drowned dreams big, in search of better jobs and better schools, they won't us around a lot. had lived in12, we three states and 82 different cities. -- and eight different cities. i hated moving that much. sometimes i would take newspapers from my route and circle all the available homes in the real estate section and i would leave it right there on the breakfast table for my parents to see. hand, by thet the time i had his ninth grade, i had already gone to nine different schools. but i came to realize that they were not punishing me by moving us around so much, although,
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anyone here today who knew me as a kid knows there were really good reasons at that time to punish me. they were just chasing those better schools, those better jobs, and a better future for me and my brothers. and i learned a lot along the work.out hard after leaving the journalism business, that paper route, i was a babysitter. i was an assistant to a wedding d.j., a construction worker, a soccer referee, and the baseball umpire. then, i turned 16. [laughter] after that, i was a window frame stander and i folded sweaters at aeropostale at the mall. [applause] was just alwell: i bad at full didn't close there as i was at home so that did not long.oo
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meeting all those people in those jobs, saw a ton of struggle and i saw a lot of sacrificed. i saw firsthand how powerful but yet elusive the american dream could feel. our pursuit of it finally than -- finallyin dublin landed us here in dublin. some of you may remember that people in the neighboring cities had a nickname for us -- they .alled us scrublin but we lived right smack in the middle of the middle class, and those were during the good times. and i found people were just like my parents, they were made of a great, steel, and determination -- made of grit, steel and determination. we put our roots down right here in dublin. .ublin became my home
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my parents dreams for me and the result of all that moving and sacrificing or realized when i learned a soccer scholarship to south,ge back in the making me the first person in my family to ever go on to college. [applause] i know some many of you fight for that, too, and that was a privilege and a responsibility that i carried with me every single day. during college, i interned on capitol hill. in the morning, i worked my way towels torving gym members of congress at the local gym, and the widows at night at the mexican restaurant. so every morning at 6:00 in a warning, towels to the members of congress, and night, memorizing their faces, so i could get better tips when serving them burritos. after law school, i was at a crossroads -- stay back east, or come back home to dublin. one of my high school teachers
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told me i didn't have a choice. [applause] swalwell: thank you, tim. tim told me that her hometown was turning around. with the right leaders, good things were ahead, and he wanted me to be a part of it. so i came back home. and we all went to work. i spent my days inside alameda county courtrooms as a deputy district attorney. my free time, giving back to a city that give so much to my my -- togive so much to a city that gave so much to my parents. i was elected to the city council and their on the city council, i worked with people of all backgrounds across the political spectrum to achieve, you always. and despite what was going on in onhington and is still going
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in washington, here in a dublin, we always balanced over budget. and we should expect that in washington too. but always invested in the future. when i graduated from this campus in 1999, on the third of its graduates went on to college. but together as a community, we voted to invest in a new school. this is not the dublin high school that i graduated from. today, 20 years later after i left this place, 98% of the graduates would go on to college. [applause] idea percent! 98%! working together, we brought new investment in new home to the community loved. we even brought in a whole foods! [applause] thatswalwell: which is now might hometown has a market that
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i can barely afford to shop at, which i guess is a sign that we have made it. now today, it is that type of investment, that type of belief, if coming together could turn dublin from li to the dublin we know today, we can do that anywhere in america. [applause] i know that the mountain i face is steep. you may have heard, there are a few other democrats interested in the job. most of them have more name recognition right now than i do, at least outside of this city. that probably shouldn't discourage me. it may discourage you, but it doesn't. i have got you, we've got each other, and we can do this! [applause] and this will be a different kind of campaign. i will be a different kind of
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candidate. i come from a generation that believes in starting from scratch and innovating. we begin with a different idea, we build it another garage, and we let up the world. so that is the plan. i am not wealthy, and i don't pick my friends but how much money they can put my pockets. -- this is noten a campaign that will be beholden to special interests. we will accept no corporate pac money. [applause] rep. swalwell: and i will address with your support the issues that matter in this country, honestly, a , like the former prosecutor that i am. starting with guns. [applause] representing you as a prosecutor in our courtrooms, i learned a lot about law and order and
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mercy, and the futility of trying to keep criminals from recidivism without providing them some kind of job training and addiction treatment. but i also saw firsthand the ungodly and permanent damage wreaked by weapons in the hands -- inirresponsible people the hands of irresponsible people. on one case i prosecuted, i met a woman whose son has been killed by around from an ak-47. 's name was darren jackson. a gunman fired 40 times into gary, hitting just once in the back of his eye. i can still hear his mom asking me in the witness waiting room, isn't that where you would want to be hit? if you had to get shot? not with an assault weapon. the autopsy dr. testified that the sheer energy from one round
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was enough to kill him. defined my first days in congress. in 2013, i and 80 others were just emerging from our freshman class orientation when the news of the sandy hook massacre flattened us. just like you, i was horrified. i was horrified by the suffering and the loss, and the beautiful babies who were taken that had their futures stolen from them .nd from the community that i also thought, i am so glad to be here at the capital, to be a part of the first congress to actually do something about senseless -- [applause] swalwell: but i don't have to tell you this. congress did nothing. just as we did nothing after charleston, nothing after san
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nothing.o, vegas, nothing. nothing. moments of silence, when all our country needed was moments of action. so, when parkland happened and they joined a far too long list of american towns and cities devastated by a madman with unrestricted weaponry, i expected the same ritual to unfold. accusations, and nothing happening in washington. used as and prayers alibi for inaction. but the students there and their families decided not to allow that. you decided not to allow that. they instead took a stand to lead, and they would be attacked for it.
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they knew they would be exposing themselves to ridicule and hate, purely political targets in a different kind of crossfire. but they did the right thing anyway. righteously, them fearlessly. [applause] with thewell: >> may organized. you organized. they marched. you marched. on their town squares. on our town squares. .e made our voices heard a campaign that removed 17 an endorsendorse -- nra- incumbents from office. we did that. we did that. they reminded us that life itself means more than the theom line of a gun or cynical politicians they support and control.
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a year ago, hope died at parkland. but in a uniquely american way, owing to the courage and strength of children, hope was reborn at parkland. hope has been reborn here in america, too. that's why i started my campaign at parkland. i pledged to that community and you.i pledge to i will be the first campaign to make ending gun violence the top priority in my campaign.
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>> and i thank the action leaders that are here and will help us do that. and the students who are here with them. my wife and i have two children. cricket is about five months. my wife has a job she loves and she excels at. it would be easy for us to wait. but she wants me to run, to win, to make a difference, because like me, she wants to make sure that nelson and cricket can go to school, come back home again and again in safety. and in peace. in 2017, republicans took control of the house, the senate, and the presidency.
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sorry to remind you. the very first piece of legislation they passed, the act that would tell the world these are the values we espouse above all others. it was a bill that made it toier for the mentally ill purchase guns. yes, yes. that happened. they called it house joint resolution 40. .ut i know what you know you are here for the same reason i am here. together because we believe that every child has the right to learn without fear, that every parent -- that's right -- every parent has the right to hug their beautiful little babies when they come home from school, and we have the right to go to a concert, at the theater, pray in a synagogue, church, or
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mosque. our right to live and love each other, those great are graded -- rights are greater than any in the constitution. that is the greatest right. that is the greatest right. to live and to love. and you know what the greatest threat to the second amendment is? trust to keep doing nothing. threat toe greatest the second amendment, to do nothing. remember, no amendment protects an absolute right. you have the right to free speech, but you cannot shout fire in a crowded theater or by about a product you are -- lie about a product you are selling. even though there is the right to bear arms, you cannot own a machine gun., or everyone agrees to that left,
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right, and center. but i think a few other limits makes sense as well. i believe no one in america should be allowed to purchase a gun without first undergoing a violent history check. so do 92% of americans. members do, too. because female victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to die if a gun is present. congress, i authored the no guns for abusers act. it would let us do more to get guns out of dangerous hands of domestic abusers. and when i am president, no american ever again will be able to own the kind of assault weapons that only belong on battlefields.
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i am the only candidate, the only candidate proposing that we ban and buy back every single assault weapon in america. that is what i mean when i say be bold. that is what i mean when i say do good. , that is not a popular idea with everyone. cost them money, to at will cost a lot less grieving community. no matter who attacked or threatened me, i am not going to back down. because i have got you. and you have got my back. and you have got my back. so that is for my kids and that is for your kids, too.
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thank you. your concern for them and for their future extends to other issues. the giant challenges facing our nation. and you have the right to ask me today how to solve them. on a paper route, from a courthouse in oakland, on the tour, i have seen that the promise of america is not reaching all americans. hard work has to add up to doing better and dreaming bigger, to being a part of a country that rewards the simple dignity of hard work with things that we can count and measure. like homeownership. wages that allow you to save something. health care that can meet your needs. enough freedom to take that long
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overdue vacation, and something to set aside for your golden years of retirement. but it also means the things you cannot quantify so easily. it should add up to those, too. that i am seeing across america. -- i am not seeing across america. joy,, stability, comfort, and the pride that comes from knowing that you provided all of that. that promise is broken for too many of us today. the president will tell you the economy is roaring and you should be grateful for that. they will tell you the stock market is at an all-time high and the gdp is growing. heck, that may be the only time he has ever told to truths in a row. -- two truths in a row. but here is what i have learned from you.
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only 50% of us are invested in the stock market, that is not the economy. the gdp, that is not the economy. the economy is you. are you doing better, saving more, dreaming bigger? and you do not need a congressional report to tell you economic insecurity has become a chronic condition in our country. you just feel it. many of you know all too well that you're just one layoff or bad diagnosis away from financial catastrophe. and that tax cut you were promised, here on the eve of tax of the benefits one to 1% of the richest ask, how, i got to many of you woke up this morning and said to yourselves, gosh, i wish we could just find a way in
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this country to help the wealthiest 1% of americans? they are having such a hard time! we are living in an economy designed to help only those in suites, not those on the factory floors. and we do not want and we do not need a top floor economy. of prosperityd that reaches all americans who work hard on every floor. that is the promise of america. so here is what i have learned. living paycheck to paycheck. 80% of us living paycheck to paycheck. untenable. so let's start there. on taxes, i will end the corporate immunity for those companies sending jobs overseas. but i want every business in
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america to know i will offer you this deal. i will give you a lower tax rate than the republicans if you share your profits with your employees. that means every employee, not just the ones on the top floor, let's give new small businesses in disadvantaged areas a leg up furthering them to taxes to pay them back later. let's raise the minimum wage so no american has to work two or three jobs just to get by. and it is time that we once and for all address your family's health care and the high cost of prescription drugs.
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for too many americans, their health care plan is a gofundme account. recently, in western iowa, i was at a gas station, and i saw a hollowed out candy jar with a flyer of a picture of someone in the community who had just gotten sick. that person's health care plan, in the wealthiest nation, the most generous nation on earth, is the charity of a stranger at a checkout stand. cannot happen here. with your help, those days are coming to an end. i will put forward and signed into law a coverage for all plan. a public option that forces down prices for everyone so that americans have a health care guaranteed. if you are sick, you will be
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you, and if you are seen, will not go broke. but let's not stop there. let's not make this debate only about coverage. in the spirit of going big, being bold, and doing good, let's not miss an opportunity to do what we do best as americans. solved the unfindable, we the unsolvable, and together, we will cure the incurable. we stopped doing that in america. i want to tell you a story about a friend of mine named brian. i have known him for 15 years. twos 38 years old, has beautiful little girls. he was a former prosecutor. last year, he called me and told me he has been diagnosed with als. brian could ask anything of me.
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i am his friend in congress. instead, on his own, he started a foundation to help reimagine his fight against als. brian represents an entire generation that has decided it can no longer wait for washington to solve the big problems facing our country. case, he isian's facing a terminal illness that will likely kill him within five years. this generation is shouldering the burden of solving these problems now. not 20 years from now. that used to be something we could look to an caps on our president and congress to do. i will be a president that challenges us to do big things again and be a partner to people like brian as they battle disease.
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i will challenge of us to invest, seat, and find cures -- seek, and find in our lifetime, drive down the cost of care, extend the quality of life, and put a new generation of scientists to work in the life sciences. go big, be bold, do good. there are a lot of teachers here today. thank you to our teachers. there are a lot of parents, too. because we care about our schools. my congressional district boasts some of the richest closing the country but also
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some of the poorest. as president, we will build modern schools in every community and renovate those that are crumbling. no longer in america should a child's destiny depend on his or her zip code. and it is time that we start valuing the teachers who prepare our kids. we love our teachers. for too many americans, especially young americans, but in middle age,y they found themselves in the financial quicksand of student loan debt. i am one of them. many of these people, your neighbors, who only wanted to launchare now unable to their own businesses, start families, or by their first
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home. -- buy their first home. look, the memories of college should last a lifetime. that interest payment should not. so here is what we are going to do. the federal government should not be making money off college students. we must have zero interest federal student loans. pockets toin more realize more dreams and debt-free college for public university students who do work study and commit to community volunteerism after graduation. when our systems for health and education fail, everything else fails. let's fix them. go big.
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be bold. do good. let's not stop there. let's not stop there. protectite laws to unions instead of tearing them apart. handbuilt dublin. -- union hands built dublin. they built america. and i am proud to announce my campaign headquarters is inside a dublin union hall. 595. my campaign staff has organized as teamsters. we are all in. 40% ofonce represented all americans. today, it is just 7%. if they have vanished, the
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middle-class dream of america has become more and more elusive . these things are connected. chaos is the existential threat facing our planet and our very lives. but here is the good news. fixing it will let us seize upon a massive economic opportunity because clean renewables and fusion, justand like we do at lawrence livermore national laboratories, those are the keys to the new economy, and for the first time in history, businesses can now make more profit from the solution than they can make from deepening a problem. those, setvest in high labor standards, and make sure that climate change and
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climate chaos no longer starts an argument. it just starts a lot of people working. just have to go big. just have to be bold. just have to do good. real and meaningful victories on all those fronts right now. we can address immigration reform not with showmanship but with leadership. with technology, not a wall. not a wall. fairness for our dreamers and humanitarian policies that address the real humanitarian crisis to protect those fleeing violence and despair. traveling our country, i have seen firsthand how frustrated people are with washington and
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its broken politics. is for a asking washington that works in a bipartisan way and gets things done. do you want innovation -- you want innovation. instead, you see a washington the set by putdowns and shutdowns. it is a government that careens crisis to crisis. nothing gets done. to fix this, to empower your voices, to restore a more collaborative washington, we must scrub it of its dirty mass and dirty money. we are going to get rid of gerrymandering. we will strip down to the studs of citizens united ruling. but our safety is careening now, too. threatened by enemies abroad like the dictators of russia and north korea.
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within whoticians have the arrogance to lead america without understanding america. ideas thate very make our country great. all. justice for the independence of our institutions. freedom of the press, and the proposition that all of us, even presidents, especially presidents, are not above the law. now, being president also means being commander in chief. that means knowing who our enemies are and protecting us from them. it also means respecting and never abusing the men and women
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who toil every day on our behalf, standing guard in the most dangerous places in the world, to the men and women in our military, our intelligence community, and every veteran who has served and made us safer. thank you. we say thank you. as your commander in chief, i will always honor your service and give you the resources you need to defend our country. committee, iigence have helped defend our democracy as it has been on the ropes these last few years. stars to prove it. i have been in hundreds of classified briefings. i traveled to iraq, afghanistan, the dmz line between south and north korea.
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i know who our friends are in the world, and i know the cost of not having friends, namely it forces all of us to spend our hard earned money on military and less money on things we really need like schools and health care. being president means believing the word of our intelligence agencies over the word of vladimir putin. it means standing up to a saudi prince that authorized the murder of a u.s. resident. out a ruthlessg north korean dictator who has tortured and killed an american student and not being his best pal. means standing up to
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this country's homegrown enemies. that means denouncing white -- that's right even when they praise you. honoring the rights of a free press even when they criticize you. the sanctity of the department of justice, even when they investigate you. hugging a flag, that is easy. but embracing the value that flag represents is what truly makes someone worthy of being president.
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so how do we fix all of this if not by fighting one another? or by mean tweeting? or constantly demonizing those who disagree with us? we will fix it the hard way, by coming together. by coming together. like we are here right now. i am the son of two republicans. fromried a hoosier southern indiana who grew up in pence country. i worked with republicans my whole life. reaching across the dinner table and reaching across the aisle. i go on fox news just so most of my family can see me on tv. we must unite our deeply divided to lead ouri pledge
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country with a team of rivals, a blended cabinet of republicans and democrats. easy, ande it will be we may have to send out a search party to find more republicans who can put country over party, but they are out there. i will work with them. and i will challenge them to make our democracy work for all of you, not just the well-off and the well-connected. a great republican named abraham in kentucky, raised in indiana, elected from illinois, once said the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. , so we mustis new think a new and act -- think anew and act anew. bring us honor or
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dishonor to the latest generation. this is our fiery trial. i am asking you for the honor of leading us through it, as someone who has benefited so profamily from the promise of america and someone who owes this country, this city everything. i am asking you to help me create a country that fulfill that promise for all americans, no matter who you are, what you look like, where you worship, or where you are from, including every little girl who rode her bike this morning, freezing her little face off, to deliver the at theday paper and gaze biggest house on the blog, and believe that this is a country where her hard work could add up to living in that house one day. that is the promise of america. now, let's bring that promise to all americans. thank you, dublin. thank you, america.
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thank you for always being my home. i will never, never forget the values i learned here. i will never forget the values i learned here of hard work, devotion to community, and love of the greatest nation on earth. i am proud to begin this journey here. now, it is time to go bid, to be .old -- big, be bold god bless you. thank you. ♪
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>> monday c-span's road to the white house coverage continues with andrew yang holding a ampaign rally at the lincoln memorial in washed. starts at 6:00 eastern on c-span. >> democratic candidate julian castro will meet with members of the asian latino communities in des moines, iowa. watch on c-span, online at and listen live on
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the free c-span radio app. >> the senate homeland committee held a hearing last week on immigration laws and heard testimony from border patrol. ron johnson chairs this 2 1/2 hour hearing. >> good morning. this hearing will come to order. want to welcome our witnesses and thank you for your thoughtful testimony. as i said last week, encourage committee members were not a chance to please read the testimony. these witnesses have done a good job of laying out the reality of the crisis that we face on the border. i asked my written statement be entered into the record. let's put up the chart


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