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stephanie schriock, president of emily's list. ofning us is alex clearfield national journal end with the first question is rigid bowman of cq roll call. bridget: on monday everyone is going to be watching the iowa caucuses. closing arguments from all the candidates, who is the best candidate to beat president trump? if a male candidate wins in iowa, i'm curious what message you think that sends whether voters are buying the argument that a woman candidate can win and defeat president trump. stephanie: what i am looking at this next monday is a wide-open caucus. it is hard to know where things are going to land. you have candidates bunched up, it has been a long time when you fourhad for candidate -- candidates bunched up in the polling consistently like we
have seen in with sanders, biden, warren and buttigieg. and senator amy klobuchar, neighboring state senator sneaking her way up, so it will be interesting to see what happens. the thing about the race and about a like ability, i think we are overanalyzing electability. what voters are looking for is a leader that is going to bring this country back together, fight for the family, and make sure folks of opportunities. want to, on the democratic side, a lot of independence, and frankly some moderate independence want to beat donald trump, that is definitely i high priority. you beat donald trump with 1%. you beat him with a movement that is motivated, and that movement we started seeing in 2018. and whoever becomes the nominee, and i have no doubt we will have a strong nominee by the end of this process, it is going to be
the movement around that person, whoever she or he may be, to win this race. it is going to be a top residential campaign, but it really is about the people who are going to activate and make sure we win. with several women running, emily's list has not endorsed anyone in the presidential race, but if there is only one woman left in the race can you see emily's list endorsing that candidate? stephanie: i can. this has been such a unique experience for us, and i love it and expected to be no longer unique in the next residential race on the one after that and the one after that. our 35 years of supporting pro-choice, democratic women, we have endorsed one woman for president, and we endorsed her twice. that was hillary clinton. so to have a really historic moment like this democratic presidential primary, where we had four incredibly qualified
women senators and a couple of other women running as well, this is a real seachange moment, a cultural moment for us, it is one that we expect to see for a long time coming. honestly, it has taken us 35 years to get to a place where there are this many women ready to step up and run and lead in this presidential capacity. so we consider that a great success. and now we are down to the wire, a few days out from iowa, and we will see how senator warren and senator klobuchar do. we couldn't be prouder of both of them. we think they are extraordinary leaders, and looking forward to hopefully getting one of them to the top of the ticket, because that is exactly what we would like to cp but they are going to have to follow -- they're going to have to fight it out. bridget: in terms of the timing of a potential endorsement, when
you were on the program in july you were asked about it and you said you would he looking for a way that emily's list could help a woman get to the top of the ticket. so the caucus is coming up, super tuesday not far away, are we at the point right now where you could make a difference? are you running out of time to weigh in on the primary? stephanie: we haven't even started. we start monday and then every week from their there are contests. there,y week from there are going to be contests. we feel like we should give everyone of the women that we have supported for a long time, we have long, existing relationships with both senator klobuchar and senator warren, and in no way did we want to make a choice. i don't know how we could have possibly made a choice between these two incredibly talented women. we are going to watch the iowa andus very, very closely, make an assessment following
that, and try to figure out what the best path is to ensure a chance of getting a woman to the top of the ticket. this is a first for us. we are try to figure this out, and particularly with women that we have known for a long time and have immense respect for. we think they would both make really good presidents, so it makes it really hard. senators -- alex: senators klobuchar and warren are not on the top of the ticket. how much pressure will you put on the party to use a democratic candidate? stephanie: i can't imagine we would have a democratic ticket without a woman on it. we will be very, very focused on it. we intend to have the top of the ticket, but when i speak about how democrats win, and how they won in 2018, if you think about the 2018 historic election, where we were able to add 41 new
women to the united states house of representatives, democratic women. that was driven, one by an electorate in battleground house districts. that was 54 percent women. the electorate itself was 54% women. , thee gender gap support those democratic women were getting, is why we were able to take the house back. the party is really driven by women, and we believe that is how we are going to win this presidential election. it is going to be women of all backgrounds, african-american, whites, white, college-educated. we have definitely seen swings in the suburbs where we have women looking for someone who is going to stop the chaos and focus on the family. i think it would be very, very wise of whoever makes up this ticket to ensure there is a woman on it.
that is what the voters are going to respect. steve: would you put the odds at 100% that there would be a woman on the ticket? stephanie: [laughter] i can't put any odds like that, but i will tell you this. emily's list will be pushing very, very hard to ensure there is a woman on this ticket. and i hope she is at the top. down ballot, in 2018 amy mcgrath was vocal about not seeking the emily's list endorsement for her house race and kentucky now she is running for mitch mcconnell's senate seat. would you consider endorsing her if she did approach? amy mcgrath has not sought the endorsement of emily's list. i do think that she is by far the best candidate to take on mitch mcconnell. we are thrilled she is running. if she wants to have that conversation, we are more than willing to have that conversation with her. we think her background, her
strengths, her story, so much of this is about the life perspective women bring to this process. it is how they are doing so well, and we think she hasn't got a great one. she is the best candidate to take on mitch mcconnell. that is not an easy race, as we know, and if you would like to have a conversation, we are here to have one with her. alex: and when it ask about the maine senate race. emily's list endorsed early on in the cycle but did not endorse susan collins' 2014 challenger, also a woman. i wanted to ask why emily's list decided to engage with this race early on, and also what went behind the decision to endorse serengeti over betsy sweet, who is also running for the sweet? stephanie: absolutely. every election cycle we are looking closely at the political dynamics of these races.
we do a lot of polling, we look at the analytics, the political environment, we are tying to make the best strategic decision , particularly with our resources, to get the maximum number of pro-choice democratic women elected. , because ofearly on the dynamics of two thousand 20, that senator susan collins was going to be vulnerable. we knew there was a lot of partners out there that were going to be with us in that endeavor, to ensure her history is really moderate history, and she has become a partisan and not somebody we think mainers are looking for right now. we think there is a huge opportunity. them -- atked at democratic candidates, what we found in serengeti is that she
is someone who is deeply townsend, hard-working, very talented and we think she is the best candidate to take on susan collins. nothing against anybody who is in this to run this and we think sarah gideon can put together the coalition, the resources, the resources -- the volunteers come all the things you need to take on a sitting incumbents entered her -- incumbent senator like susan collins. this will take every bit of energy, resources inactive is -- and activism. we will be there every step of the way for sarah gideon. some of the democrats' best senate pickup opportunities, some of the best candidates there are men. i'm curious why? stephanie: there are good democratic men out there,
bridget. there really are. [laughter] emily's list is a deep soft spot for mark kelly, the husband of our dear friend gabby giffords, supporting proudly when she was in the legislature, when she ran for congress and we consider them family. so he has a little extra soft sparred in the -- soft spot in the heart of emily's list. but when you get to a place in these u.s. senate races, you are looking at the pipeline, and we talked to a number of really talented democratic women in colorado and in north carolina, and none of them were quite ready to take this on, particularly when you have somebody like in colorado, of the caliber of governor hickenlooper, someone with that kind of depth in the state.
it makes that race hard for someone without much statewide recognition. in states like all three of those, we will have candidates next time. what we do have are truly historic numbers of women running in the legislature, the colorado state house is a majority female statehouse. we are really proud of the work we have done there. we have a lot of rising stars and all three of those states. we had great success in getting kyrsten sinema through. her senate race last time. we have women mayors in three major cities in arizona. we are going to be engaged in number of congressional races in north carolina, but the moral of the story is, they are coming. we maybe didn't have the right candidates at this very moment, but the benches looking good in all three of those states for the years to come. alex: --
steve: you understand strategy. let me go back to amy mcgrath. why would a candidate like her in kentucky not want your endorsement? stephanie: every candidate has to run the race they are most comfortable with, and that is very important. we don't force ourselves on anybody. we are a great asset to the vast majority of democratic women who run for office and come to emily's wrist seeking our endorsement. but on occasion, and it is a rare occasion, a candidate feels she may not want to be tied to any kind of national organization or has a different campaign strategy she wants to execute, and i think that is probably the case here. if she changes her mind, we will definitely entertain that. even though we don't have the and northhe colorado carolina senate races, we do have great women running in maine, and iowa with teresa greenfield, who has a real shot
at joni ernst, a senate race in kansas is really, really interesting, with it we have the right democratic candidate in robert boyer. we have an interesting primary in texas, and believe a woman is going to come through, mj hager, a phenomenal candidate in that race as well as amanda edwards and other great women running. inwe have got plenty to do the senate. we are going to be very much a part of this majority-making gear that we need to have. alex: let's turn back -- steve: let's turn back to alex clearfield of the national journal. texasyou mentioned the race where women are running and it seems likely that will go to hagar orbetween mj amanda edwards and the male
candidate. would emily's list get involved in that primary if it was between one of the women in the male candidate? stephanie: yes, absolutely. if the runoff has that dynamic where there is one woman and a male, we will be there. hard to tell, though. that raises an interesting one, and i can't quite tell who is going to come through that, but you are absolutely right, there will be a runoff and it will be a competitive one. there will definitely be one woman. it is possible that there will be two, and we will have to assess that situation. staying in texas, the upcoming march primary there, emily's list back to primary challenger against democratic congressman henry cuellar, as -- ass an n alloy -- well well as to illinois congressman dan lipinski. how involved is emily's list
going to be in the primaries? stephanie: we are very involved in both of these primaries. is our cisneros candidate down in texas. we think she is a rising star. she has such good energy, put together a great organization on the ground. you are going to see our engagement directly with the campaign, but also we are going to be partnering with other organizations on the independent expenditure side as well, because we think there is a real opportunity. you are going to see the same thing in illinois. we were with marie newman last time. victory. missed that we think we have got a real shot against dan lipinski this election cycle, and we are not alone in this. narale great partners in and planned parenthood and union partnerships and taxes, partnerships and the conservation movement, and this
isn't just about reproductive rights, although that is a big piece of this. this is about electing good, strong democratic women who are going to share a progressive agenda for workers, for conservation and for reproductive justice. these are big races for us. like you said, they are some of the very last anti-choice democrats in the house of representatives, and we think it is time for a change in these women are doing great. ifdget: do you think these members of congress lose, does that send a message or cement the notion that there isn't room in the democratic party anymore for pro-life members of congress? stephanie: voters are ultimately going to make those decisions, but the democratic party has made it clear, including through their platform that they been you every four years, that we care deeply about reproductive justice and access to safe
abortion in this country, that we believe in the right to choose and fighting women the option to do what they need to do that is best for them and their families. that is the party that we are. now, and some places voters will choose democrats who have a different view on that. that is ok. our job at emily's list is to support really talented, pro-choice democratic women, and there are so many stepping up to run all over this country. we still have women signing up every day at emily's list, bunting -- wanting to run for local office or legislature, well over 50,000 women who have raised their hand and saying they want to run for office. that is all happen since the 2016 election, so the time is now. this isn't a moment, this is about a generational change where pro-choice democratic women want to make sure their voices, their family's voices and their communities are being represented at every level of
government. we don't see it slowing down. in 2018, democrats recaptured the house based on success in the suburbs. with a wave comes of a lot of tough seats you have to defend in the next cycle, like kendra horn in oklahoma city, some orange county seats. i know emily's list has backed wendy davis and christina hale and jackie gordon, candidate running in these suburban seats around the country that democrats are going to need to win to hold onto the house and keep their majority. so how does emily's list he -- help elevate these candidates and seats currently held by the gop? stephanie: great question. our priority is incumbent protection. we reorganized our entire campaign department to have a
onm that is solely focused incumbent protection, and making sure candidates like congresswoman kendra horn from oklahoma, lauren underwood in illinois, mike cheryl in new we were focusing on the redhat came in picking up seats and turning the seats blue. ultimately we will have to really focus on 10 or 15 of those. the good news, those incumbents have been doing a phenomenal job. they are focus on -- focusing on districts, talking about health care, issues of that matter on the ground, they are building good campaign structures, so every quarter that goes by, i am
hoping we have fewer incumbents that are going to be in trouble so the weekend -- so that we can then move resources to picking up seats and i believe thus far we have endorsed about 15 women who could pick up additional seats for the democratic majority. so our goal this year is to increase that majority. we think we've got the right candidates in the right places to do that, jackie gordon being one of those, jean ortiz jones in texas who just missed the last go around is also one of them. greatis a number of candidates who just barely missed winning in 2018, who decided to run again in 2020, which i am very excited about. and i rememberme for years, we would go to candidates who just lost and begged them to think about running again, maybe they would,
maybe they wouldn't, but after 2018 ortiz jones, carolyn long, a long list of them they were like, we are in, we are going for it, we are going to run, we can do this, we have learned a lot, we have become better candidates. and that is why we have a real opportunity to add to this majority in 2020. be pushing for democrats to win the white house. we have reelected four of the last five presidents to a second term. if donald trump is reelected and republicans keep the senate majority and if there is a vacancy on the supreme court in the next four years, what would we see from your organization and others here in washington? stephanie: you would see a
massive, massive effort. emily's list is set up as an elect or alarm for the movement on the party. we think the best way to prevent that scenario is to make sure that senate is in democratic hands, no matter what happens in the white house. so we are hyper focused on winning the united states senate, winning in maine, winning in iowa, winning in kansas, catching a break in texas, seeing other races that come online, because it is all about who is sitting in those seats and making those votes, and the fight is now. the fight isn't when there is an opening, the fight is right now in 2020, and we have to win as democrats if you want to see a fair justice sitting on the u.s. supreme court. i don't know what else to tell them. if you care, you have to get involved right now, this election matters immensely for the judicial system, all the way down.
now,r mind, the fight is and it is getting good candidates in these senate seats and making sure we do everything to change who is in the white house. bridget: you mentioned importance of the senate races when it comes to the supreme court. in states the president carried in 2016, what could be the potential down ballot impact of the presidential race and if there is a nominee more liberal that makes down ballot races more complicated for these democrats? we are in such an environment around -- right now that there is great partisanship. we talk about this all the time. i believe that whoever the nominee is on the democratic side is going to pull together the winning coalition we need, because this is about donald trump and the direction he is
taking the country. and it is a dangerous direction. i travel all over the country, my family is from the midwest, i thatup in montana, a state reelected my former boss, senator jon tester, just last year. there are folks looking for leaders to bring us together and that is what a lot of this election is going to be about. it is going to be about ensuring folks have access to health care and good jobs and good wages, and that health care fight is going to be really big, considering what the trump administration has done to health care. we are going to build a winning coalition to do this up and down the ballot. i think what is really important is that we have really good candidates all the way down the ballot. putting up strong democrats in legislative seats, city council, county commission, you name it.
and all of this comes together in one big moment, to say to the republican party that you have no longer put country in front of partisanship, that we are better than that, and that is what this election is going to be about up and down the ballot. i am confident we are going to have a nominee that is going to pull this together, because we will have candidates to help that nominee. steve: stephanie schriock, president of emily's list joining us from boston, we appreciate you being here on the "newsmakers" program. let me turn to the questioning and begin with the battle for the senate. the senate battle will loom large the next couple of months. bridget: we are probably both agreeing. [laughter] races to certainly top watch, and with republicans
largely on defense this cycle, what is the potential down ballot impact of the presidential race, which is going to take up all the oxygen? that is a big unanswered question. that, passednd on the senate there are competitive house seats out there, seats democrats barely one in 2018. there are seats, cross are looking to flippant 2020 -- looking to flip in 2020 so it is a matter of fighting for that attention and people looking down the ballot and keeping them engaged in the ballot for the house. while it seems democrats will keep control of the house, a bigger majorities better than a smaller majority. in iowa there is attention on the caucuses but also a competitive senate race and potentially house districts in iowa could be competitive. congresswoman cindy axne e, iowa democrat, said she is ready to
start focusing on down ballot races. alex: you have covered -- steve: you have covered emily's list. how influential are they in terms of the endorsements? i was interested in the amy mcgrath move, because kentucky is a difference state than new york or california. stephanie: they are willing to spend a lot of money to both stash bridget: they are spending a lot of money to bolster these candidates. elevating female candidates has helped bolster the number of women in congress. -- i'm'm conserving considering that kentucky has a lot more conservative democrats. aboutgrath was very vocal not taking the endorsements from emily's list or planned
parenthood in a state like kentucky, that might benefit her. these candidates are going to have to run the races that they need to run in their states, and she acknowledged that sometimes that is going to involve not taking the endorsement from emily's list. one bridget: bridget: -- one thing about emily's list is that they can help a candidate fund raise. amy mcgrath doesn't really need that help when it comes to fundraising, she has been pulling in big numbers because senator mcconnell is a national figure and can energize democratic donors on his own. alex: to look at another race where emily's list endorsed one female candidate over another, texas 24, suburban texas, rated endorsedup, they candace vallen's whale out over kim olson, a candidate for agriculture secretary in 20. so in emily's list backing could
be a signal to people who want to get involved that this is a candidate worth watching and someone who can bring something to the table. as the primary process unfolds in february and march, or joes pete buttigieg biden or senator sanders at the top of the ticket, she seemed to indicate a woman would have to be at the -- on the ticket. bridget: to bring women into the fold, that would be an important part of the ticket. in the success we saw women have an 2018 proves women can win these races. it will be interesting to see how that will play out. alex: looking at 2016 and hillary clinton's lost, politically it becomes imperative for them to have a woman on the ticket, whether as the presidential nominee or the vice presidential nominee, and building off all the women that won seats in the house. it would be politically very
tricky to have two men on the ticket. steve: alex clearfield from national journal, bridget bowman from cq roll call, to both of you, thanks for joining us on "newsmakers." ♪ your unfiltered view of government. created by capel in 1979 and brought to you by your television provider. -- created by cable in 1979 and brought to you by your television provider. ismicrosoft president, what the premise of your new book? digital technology has become both a tool and a weapon, benefits and challenges as well and we have to grapple with both sides of the equation. tour for the book begins in quincy, washington. why? >> becau