tv Road to the White House 2020 Rep. Seth Moulton at Politics Eggs Breakfast CSPAN April 25, 2019 12:28am-1:02am EDT
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rep. moulton: thank you very much. it is an honor to be here, jim. thank you so much, steve. i'm looking forward to serving you as a new resident of the sixth district of massachusetts, and i'd be honored to serve you in a couple years as part of a larger constituency. [laughing] thank you all, so much, for being here. there are a lot of familiar faces in the room, but i am delighted there are a lot of new faces. i was visiting a company in my district not long ago, and it turned out they made a lot of the very high tech devices we used in the marines in iraq. i was proud to learn they were made just a few miles from where i grew up. after touring the company and trying some of their technology, i met with all the workers who put this together, on the
factory floor. they were about as many people as are in the room today, and i talked about how important their work is in national security and what a great example of manufacturing they are in the united states. then i opened it up to questions, but there was silence. i said, part of my job is to take tough questions. you can ask even difficult questions. and there was still silence. and then finally, someone way back in the room raised her hand and she said, who are you? [laughter] as jim pointed out, we are only 48 hours into this campaign. [laughter] for those who don't know who i am, i will give a quick introduction. the hardest job i have ever had in my life was getting an incredibly diverse set of young
americans, people from different political backgrounds, religious beliefs, different races, different states, from all over this country, united in a common mission, a common mission to serve america. that is exactly the kind of leadership we need from our next president. we live in terribly divisive times in this country. but we have got to remember we are all in this together. we have got to believe in our country so much, that we are ready to serve it to make it better, to get united behind a common mission. a mission to make sure everybody in america has a job in the new economy, not just the old, to make sure everybody in america has access to good, quality, affordable health care, so that we have a public option competing with private options, and if you like your private health care, you are not forced into a public plan, to make sure we have an education system that
is ready to meet the new economy, the automated economy. it is time for an education revolution, just like we had to meet the industrial revolution 120 years ago. and it is time to remember that serving this country is what makes us great. that when we show up to work as a teacher, as a soldier, as a marine, as a peace corps volunteer, we are going to work not because we think this country is perfect, but because we think we can make it better. i am going to talk in this campaign about some things the other candidates haven't been discussing much. i'm going to talk about how we lead with moral authority around the globe, about what a new generation of national security looks like for our country. i am going to confront president
trump on these issues of safety and security, of leadership around the globe, where i think he is weakest. and that is how we will defeat donald trump and unite the country again, and it is how we will stand up for our values. now, i recognize that for a lot of americans, this vision of the world might seem a little far off. a lot of americans are very frustrated right now, frustrated with the division in our politics, with the inability in washington to get done anything that will help, with the fact that we are losing jobs, not to immigrants, like the president said, but to automation and robots. the economy is changing faster than ever before, and people across this country are still having trouble getting basic health care, mental health care, getting taken care of when their kids are addicted to opioids.
we have a lot of work to do, and a lot of americans are feeling betrayed by their government. i know that feeling. i know that feeling because i first felt it when i was in the war. i was so proud to serve the country, and then we realized that our leaders in washington had not sent us there for the right reasons. i felt that feeling of betrayal, as i traveled around the country, but especially to the districts that voted for our president. many of the districts i went to were supporting candidates trying to take back the house, including an extraordinary group of young veterans who signed up to serve the country again, and were a huge part of winning the house this past november. i recognize we have a lot of work to do, but there are positive signs as well, when you see the teachers marching for basic pay, women who showed up in the millions to stand up to our president and march for basic rights and respect, the
kids who are standing up in schools around the country saying, we deserve to go to school in peace. they are setting an example of service that should make every one of us proud. that is the way forward for our country. that is the way that, we believe in this country so much that we are willing to stand up and serve it. and that is fundamentally what true patriotism is all about, not just standing back and saluting the flag, standing up and working hard every single day to make sure that that flag stands for our values. with that, why don't i turn it over to you? i would be lighted to take your
-- delighted to take your questions, tough questions, easy questions, whatever you would like to ask. thank you so much for welcoming me here this morning. [applause] >> we can start by asking our friends from the aarp if they have a question. >> good morning, roger. >> i have a question concerning prescription drugs. why is it we are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world? no one should have to choose between buying food and taking their medicine. do you agree drug prices are too high, and if so, how specifically will you work to reduce prescription drug costs for all americans? rep. moulton: thank you, roger, for the question. is there anybody here that thinks prescription drugs are just really too cheap, too inexpensive? no. of course our prescription drug
prices are outrageous, and i, in this race as, i think, the only candidate who has a single-payer health care, because i made a commitment to continue getting my health care at the v.a.. i said, until we fix this i am going to go to the v.a. like all of my fellow marines. and it has given me an interesting window into what single-payer is all about. there are a lot of problems with the v.a., but there are a few things the v.a. does well and one of them is that they negotiate drug prices. medicare should negotiate drug prices, absolutely, across the board. everybody should negotiate drug prices. that is just business negotiation. i get the fact we are leading
the world in medical innovation, the pharmaceutical industry is doing this and that costs money. innovation costs money. but the fact that people are paying astronomical prices for drugs, in large part because plans like medicare cannot even negotiate the price is that anyone would in a free-market economy, is why the system is one and i would change to address this and lower drug prices. thank you. >> thank you for your service. i have a question about, you were one of the key opponents of nancy pelosi becoming speaker of the house, but you couldn't convince democrats to go against her? how are you going to convince democrats to support you? rep. moulton: we need a nominee to stand up to the washington establishment. i haven't met a single democrat who said, i wish you were in line with the establishment more. people want change and frankly, we need to find the political courage to demand change read and as a result of having that
democratic debate, the speaker is not appointed, it is an elected position. and as a result of having that democratic debate, we got the climate change subcommittee, the voting rights subcommittee, and an agreement on term limits that will mean that this new generation of leaders in the democratic party will actually get a chance to lead and have a voice in our politics, so that if you run for office someday, you don't have to wait 30 years, 40 years, to get to a position of leadership in the party. that is good for our party, it is good for our country, and my willingness to challenge the washington establishment will make me a much stronger nominee against donald trump. thank you. >> there seems to be dissension within the democratic party in terms of which direction to go now that the mueller report has been released. some members are anxious to start the impeachment
proceedings, let's slow it down, maybe ring in mueller that may be bring in mueller himself. your thoughts? rep. moulton: this is another place where i disagree with the party. i voted with a minority of democrats last year to start moving on impeachment proceedings. even last year there was ample evidence that the president and his associates committed crimes. the mueller report through this investigation has already indicted over 30 of the president's close associates and friends. his campaign chairman is in prison right now, while we are eating breakfast. so don't tell me there is not enough to discuss about impeachment. i think our party made a mistake by waiting until now, hoping for
smoking cannon or something in the mueller report, before starting this debate. congress does two things, we debate things and we vote on them. the debate is important, and we should have started the debate a while ago. i don't think the time is now for a vote, because we still don't even have all the evidence, we still don't have the full mueller report, but we should have started this debate a while ago. that is why i called for ed last year. >> other questions for the congressman? >> thank you for your service and thank you for being here this morning. we at all the art colleges, visual or performing arts, are very concerned about the current administration's continuing attempt to defund the nea end of the arts and humanities councils and all of those. how would you go about fixing that for us and make sure those stay intact? the arts are a pathway to success for many people in life, people with challenges and without challenges, so how would you ensure you have those for
the future of our children? rep. moulton: great question and i will discuss education reform more broadly because of what you brought out. i should point out to everyone, jo oversees the congressional art contest every year that turns out amazing art in washington d c, every district as a waiter and that student's -- winter and that student's art -- winner and that student's art is hung in the capital. thank you for that question. when we went through the industrial revolution and people started moving off farms and into cities and factories, we met that challenge with an education revolution. it is the first time we started universal high school in the united states. it dramatically change the education system and set us up to be the world leader in education for 70 or 80 years. we are going through an even more rapid change in our economy today. it is called the automated
revolution, and it is affecting jobs up and down the scale. in the industrial revolution it was largely low-skilled jobs that first got mechanized and moved into factories. but today automation is hitting lawyers, accountants, executives, people are losing their jobs to robots, to machine learning. even computer programming is now, in large part, being done by computers. so we need to totally rethink our education system. democrats always talk about putting more money into education, and i agree with that, but we can't just invest in the system that was literally designed to meet the industrial revolution. we need to rethink education. i will give you a couple of examples. the first is vocational education. vocational education is something that has high demand
right now, and is something we should be so proud of. there are literally lines outside the schools in my district that are doing vocational education. how many people have tried to get an electrician or a plumber lately? it is tough, right? these are good, well-paying jobs, and we should make sure every kid who wants to go to vocational school has an opportunity to do so. and when he or she graduates, he or she, their work will be respected in the community just as much as if they went to college. the second example goes directly to jo's question. some jobs that are least likely to get automated in the economy are actually the creative jobs. so we should actually be investing more money in the government programs that fund and inspire creative careers. so far from cutting funding to the nea, we should be increasing
it. i think there will be even more demand for kids going to montserrat and schools like that because of the automated economy, so we should recognize that as a massive opportunity for the united states and for the future of education. >> we have time for one more question. i have a luncheon, so let's pick it up. [laughter] >> let me give you a hard question. social security faces the potential of exhausting its trust fund by the middle 2030s.
the debate is whether the fica tax should cover all of social security expenses. might not a democratic candidate make a pledge to fill any shortfall using general tax revenue? why accept the premise that the entire system needs to be funded by those taxes, which are a flat tax, fairly regressive, as opposed to general revenue, and commit to delivering the benefits of social security as promised? rep. moulton: thank you very much, for the question. the short answer is, there may be better ways to do it. let me explain it. it is important social security is there for everybody on social security or expecting to get it in the next few years. my parents are counting on social security. i think it would also be great if social security is there for me, for my generation, and i also think social security should be there for my
daughter's generation. she is six months old. she is not thinking about social security, her fica tax or general revenues, but i think it would be great for her if it is there. social security has been a mainstay of our economy and retirement system for a long time and we should make sure it is there for future generations. how do we do that? right now we have the largest budget deficit in american history thanks to donald trump's tax cut. i don't think there is a lot of general revenue funds to paul -- pullover. but there are simple changes we can make to the program that will solve this problem. one, we can remove the cap. everyone knows what this means. we removed the cap on medicare in 1996. this is something that has been done before. it means the more money you make, the more money you pay into the system, there is no caps on contributions. and that will solve about 80% of the funding problem for social
security. i am also a proud supporter of john larson's -- another new england council member -- social security 2021 act. one thing it does is make a small increase in the payroll deduction tax to fill the rest of the gap and make sure social security is stronger, and actually gives up more in the future. so those are two things we can do, proposals that are simple and straightforward that i support to address this issue and not make the federal deficit worse. >> not really question. i wanted to thank you, congressman, because representatives of the american medical association and the american dental association, your willingness to bring the bill to declare them in
underserved population, we have been trying to get that going for years and you are the first person that is actually going to try to improve health care for that vulnerable population. so on behalf of the ama, ada and other organizations, we thank you. rep. moulton: thank you. [applause] i grew up with an uncle who had downs syndrome. when he came home from the hospital in 1968, doctors told my grandparents he should go straight to an institution, that he should never even go home to their house. my grandparents brought him home, introduced him to his six brothers and sisters, one of whom was my mom, and he became an integral part of my family. sure, it took a lot of work to take care of him over the years, but when he sadly died a few years ago, hundreds of people showed up to his funeral at longmeadow church.
it was unbelievable, the impact he had on the lives of so many other people. a lot of folks ask me, why can't washington get anything done? sometimes you can give long, complicated answers, but a lot of times getting stuff done isn't that hard, it is just about being willing to work across the aisle, being willing to be bipartisan in this incredibly divisive time, and take simple ideas from constituents, from people like you, from leaders in the private sector and nonprofit world, and just putting them into action. and when you brought this proposal to our office, my first reaction as i read about it was utter shock that this hasn't been done. we got a republican cosponsor and their adding cosponsors to
the legislation every day. it is the right thing to do, we are going to get it done. thank you. [applause] thank you, thank you so much for having me. let me end with this. you are going to see this campaign anchored in service and security and patriotism, and talking about believing in our country, believing in our values, being proud to lead, being proud to talk about patriotism, and being willing to confront president trump not just as president, but as commander in chief. i say that at a time that is frustrating and divisive for many americans, but what has always made this country the greatest country on earth is not that we have gotten everything
figured out, because we still have a lot of work to do on health care, we have a lot of work to do on education, we have a lot of work to do on safety and security both home and abroad. we have a lot of work to do on equality. we have a lot of work to do on faith. but at the end of the day , america at its best isn't a country that things we have gotten it all figured out. we are a country that believes that we might. it is the hard work of people every single day, serving their communities, serving their country, that will make this country better than it has ever been before. i would be proud to serve with you in that effort. thank you very much. [applause] >> well done, well done.
>> i like to invite you to our town hall. >> thank you for the invitation. i recognize you. thank you. >> good morning. thank you so much for your service. sort of leadership that we need. i appreciate your service. thank you. >> good morning. thank you so much for being here and you for your service. the other can forward to hearing more on your foreign policy ideas. >> i look forward to talking about it.
>> we want to know about your administration's priorities. out with the old and in with the new. we are talking about ai. we will have to get bit of some old systems to make room for the new. >> thank you for your service. look forward to seeing you on the trail. >> thank you for all your work. >> thank you for coming. thank you. >> it is good to be here. >> have a good one.
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