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tv   Campaign 2020 Sen. Kamala Harris in Conversation Hosted by the NAACP  CSPAN  September 25, 2020 2:03pm-2:49pm EDT

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campaigns, as well as their allies. over issues like health care and economy. pretty standard issues. but that is a race that is probably also going to go down to the wire. we have two congressional races that [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] derrick: for vice president of these united states on any major party ticket. she's already made history at the local level, in san francisco. at the state level as attorney general of the state of california, and certainly as a united states senator. and i would be remiss and amos brown would kill me if i did not say that she is one of his
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members. dr. amos brown, a member of our board of directors and president of the san francisco branch of the naacp. senator harris joins us, joins with angela, to talk about those hree global pandemics. the pandemic of racism, the pandemic of health, and that andemic of economic injustice. and we are so pleased to have both of them join us today. so would you please welcome angela and vice presidential candidate, senator kamala harris. welcome, ladies. angela: thank you so much, mr. chairman. it is always a joy to partake in the convention of the naacp. i think this is my second event.
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lifelong member, partially by force because of my dad. and now as an adult, certainly want to be a part and always excited to support what you are ing and a shoutout to my brother, the president, derrick johnson. senator harris, it is so great to see you. i'll refrain from calling you kamala today because i think it's so important that they put some respect on your name. so i'm going to lead by example. we know you are in the middle of debate prep. i wish i was in the room with you to give you some one-liners but hopefully we can get you ready and most comfortable today. how are you doing, how are you feeling? senator harris: i am doing well. thank you for that introduction. thank you for not only talking about the head of the naacp but my pastor, dr. amos brown. thank you to derrick johnson for your ongoing leadership. we talk so often these days about the importance of everything that is at stake and making sure everyone's voice is
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heard. so it's good to be with everyone and, angela, it's so good to see you. i'm good. one day at a time. 39 days before an election that will determine the course of history for generations to come. angela: yeah, it will. with that, i want to start because i know that part of what's happening in debate prep they got to get you a background. one of the -- wrap-around. one of my favorite things to do for the podcast is a wrap-around. we want to loosen up and dive right in. we want to consider this as family time. so let's start. senator harris: ok, ok. angela: you are a proud a.k.a. how do you normally greet each other? senator harris: with a hug. but not during covid. angela: ok, what do you guys say? what's the little thing you say? senator harris: greetings, sroror. -- soror.
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when you go through the process of becoming one, then we can have that conversation. angela: not happening. i am black and not greek. i'm eddie rothschild. anyway. did you know that you and snoop dogg share a birthday? senator harris: i did. i actually did. angela: oh! senator harris: and i talked to him recently. about voting actually. yeah. angela: i love it. i love it. senator harris: about all of us voting. angela: that's really important right now. ok. your favorite professor at howard. senator harris: oh. dr. hodgkin's -- haj kins. here were so many -- hodgkins. there were so many but i'll start with him. he was one who had been a real barrier breaker in his own career in life. but, you know, there are so many. the thing about the professors at howard is that they were the best and the brightest in their
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field. they could have taught anywhere that they wanted to teach. but they chose to each us. -- to teach us. and in that way really inspired us in ways that were very special and long lasting. angela: now that howard has their commercial from this too, this little plug, we're going to keep going to wrap it around. ok, who threw -- senator harris: in fairness -- [talking simultaneously] truly. that is an hbcu experience. it's universal in that way. angela: ok. who threw the best shade during the democratic primary debate? you got to pick one. senator harris: besides myself. [laughter] angela: ok. ok. no, you can say yourself. you can say yourself. what's the first thing you do in the morning? senator harris: oh. a combination of things. but read is one of the first things i do.
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angela: favorite thing to cook. the people don't know you can slay down in the kitchen. senator harris: a roast chicken. it's kind of my go-to. angela: and then, best rapper alive. senator harris: tupac. angela: you said he lives on. senator harris: i know. i keep doing that. [laughter] angela: listen. west coast girls think tupac lives on. i'm with you. i'm with you. so tupac, keep going. senator harris: i keep doing that. who would i say? i mean, there's so many. there are some that i would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane. but others -- [laughter] angela: i don't know what that means. i want to know who those are. keep going. senator harris: keep moving, angela. angela: all right. i think that was not supposed to be a stumper either.
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a.k.a. was founded when and where? senator harris: in 1908 at howard university. angela: another plug for howard. ok. person who you would fan girl over the most if you met them right now. senator harris: angela, why are you doing this to me? the person i would fangirl the ost -- um. beyonce. angela: ok. beyonce. and then what about the last person you called. who was the last person you called? senator harris: the last person i called on the phone was my assistant. asked him if we were running on time or not. angela: ok. the last thing i want to tell you is, did you know, this is my last wrap-around. did you know that mina just made mbo and made the base, the
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roux, with chick pea flower. senator harris: oh, goodness. i did not foe that. she didn't need to do that. see, there are certain things you just don't need to change. and just flour is how you make a roux. you don't need to do chickpea flour. right. just good old-purpose, you know, flour. angela: i know. i told her, i said, i know what i'm going to say since you won't give me anything, i'm telling on you. i had to do that. so now, today was a very significant day for you, switching gears. you've already gone to see ruth bader ginsburg lying in state at the capitol. and just want us to center for a minute about the importance of this moment, what the supreme court means and why it's so important for all of us, not just to know who r.b.g. was, as i sit here with one of these, a
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period, and one of these is r.b.g., by this company who is also making you one. they're making a kamala one. women heroes. as we sit here thinking about mr. herrera: owic career, why do people need to know -- her heroic career, why do people need to know about ruth bader ginsburg? senator harris: i mean, that's how i started today. and what has been, in addition to everything else, with 39 days before the election, where my head has been. which is thinking about the importance of the united states supreme court and the leaders of our nation who have sat on that court and changed the trajectory of our lives. the inspiration for me to become lawyer was thurgood marshall. who, of course, you know, trailed the way through his work up until being on the court for brown v. board of education, which desegregated the schools of america.
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think of ruth bader ginsburg similarly. it's interesting because i think there's a lot of coverage that has been about the fame that she received late in life but not understanding that her fame started when she was in her teenage years. in terms of the work she had been doing every step of the way to lay the foundation for equality for all people, but with her focus having been an emphasis on women. and when i was there this morning, while she lay in state in the united states capitol, i'm the only black woman in the united states senate. angela: yeah. senator harris: and only the second in the history of the united states senate to have been elected. i'm looking at this casket laying in state, she is the first woman, the first woman , you know, she was a
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petite woman. and there was such an inverse relationship between her size and her stature. in terms of everything she achieved on -- in our ongoing fight for civil rights. if you look at her jurisprudence, if you look at the way she set up the cases along the way, it was very much of that same methodology that thurgood and charles hamilton houston and con stance baker motley, how they were thinking about how you set up precedent, one block at a time. i can't help but think that she wanted to live much longer. but that she probably held on longer than most could. because of that shared determine -- sheer determination. sitting there. it was very somber. it was a very somber way to start the day. i looked at her casket and i
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thought, you know, she earned the right to rest in peace. she earned the right to rest in peace. angela: and yet we find ourselves in this position where the same day that we found out she was no longer with us, you know, donald trump was tweeting about what he planned to do with his nominee. you just of course mentioned con stance baker monthly. now you did in your acceptance speech as well for the vice presidentsy. who do you think, because we also know that vice president biden has committed to nominating a black woman to the supreme court, when you think of some of the women who have inspired you, some who may be your peers, some of us thought you would be a great supreme court justice. we want you to have all the jobs apparently. but what are you thinking about, you know, who would be some great women, black women, that ould serve in that role? senator harris: there are so many. i'm not going to name any names.
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that joe biden will create his list at the appropriate time. but there are many names of women i have worked with over the years who each have been trail blazers. and the thing i know about black women, in whatever we do, but in particular in the profession of law, because so many have been the first, is that when you are looking at who we're talking about, you will see some of the brightest minds in law, as well as some of the people who are the most civic-minded. people who have lived a life of service. and all in the fight for justice for everybody. so, you know, you and i have talked about this many times. many of us may be the first to do anything, but there are a whole lot of us. i think that people mean it as a
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compliment sometimes when they look at you and say, oh, you're special. i think they may mean it as a compliment. but i think there's another side to that which is to suggest you're the only one like you. and therefore that you are alone. and as i mentor young women and men, i remind them that, no, don't ever let anyone make you feel alone. there are a lot of us. we come with people. and the pie is big enough so that we should be in every slice of that pie and occupying every region of our society and roles of leadership. so there are a lot of black women. is the long way of saying there are a lot of black women who have earned the right to be on a list, to be the next supreme court justice and to fill the shoes of the legacy of thurgood marshall and ruth bader ginsburg and so many others. angela: i love that. i think too, you know, again, as
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the chairman talked about, we're in the middle of so many pandemics and we know another one, you know, after mourning the loss of breonna taylor for over 100 days, almost 200 days, now, just wondering how you felt. because so often you're asked to respond without tapping into your feelings or even being able to express your feelings. how did you feel as a black woman hearing about the charges in the breonna taylor case or the lack thereof? senator harris: it was, you know, it was a gut punch in many ways. i have been in conversations with her mother for months now. the first conversation that i had with her, when she talked about her daughter, and therefore the life that has now been lost, breonna taylor was a
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caregiver in her spirit and her nature. she cared for her grandmother. she cared for her family. she cared for her community. she cared for society. she cared for people she had never met. which is why she wanted to be, as her life dream, a nurse but decided to first become an e.m.t. so she could respond to the call on the street. so that she would understand what was happening in the street. on the ground. and be able to respond immediately. that's why she became an e.m.t., with a life's purpose and dream of becoming a nurse. and she was beautiful inside and out. in every way. and it is tragic and i have been saying from the beginning that valued deserves to be
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and o be honored and she her family and the rest of the community deserve justice. they deserved justice then, they deserve justice today and they deserve justice tomorrow. and it's now become cliche. but it just remains true. i will not stop speaking her name. angela: and speaking of speaking her name, the attorney general in the state, daniel cameron, did just that at the r.n.c. spoke her name and then there are these charges for bullets shot into the home of her white neighbor but not bullets that killed breonna taylor. given the fact that you were a prosecutor, would you have pressed charges against the three officers involved in the case? senator harris: well, i don't know all the details of the case. but i will say this. there needs to be transparency about what happened and that
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family and that community deserve justice. and that's just the bottom line. angela: so speaking of justice, i know that you attended at least one -- one that i know of, a protest, kind of incognito. you went to just stand in solidarity. how does that compare, right, to the way donald trump talked about black lives matter as a terrorist organization, maybe some of his supporters and folks who are confused about what b.l.m. actually stands for, what it means, especially with -- given the fact that patrice and the and alicia were on front of "time" magazine as 100 people -- [indiscernible] --
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senator harris: and good for "time" magazine for doing that because they have. and the brilliance and the impact of black lives matter, and their brilliance in con receiving it -- con receiving -- the history -- conceivei conceiving it. history is going to show, i actually believe as a former prosecutor, that black lives matter has been the most gnificant agent for change within the criminal justice system because they've has been a counter force to the force within the system that is so grounded in status quo and in its own traditions. many of which have been harmful discriminatory in the way they've been enforced. so being there, you know, being
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at the protest, i mean, i grew up in protest. my parents were active in the civil right it's movement, as you know. so it's -- civil rights movement, as you know. so it's nothing new. i've been in marches since i was in a stroller. when i was at howard university i was protesting against apartheid. i mean, the nothing new for me -- it's nothing new for me. but being there at this point in terms of honoring the life of george floyd and breonna and ahmad arberry, we can go down the list sadly, a long -- ahmad arbery, we can go down the list sadly, a long list, it is about a community and the country speaking out, understanding that nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress in this country has come without a fight. nothing. that we have achieved in our country that has been about progress, in particular around civil rights, has come without a fight.
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so i am always going to interpret these protests as an essential component of evolution in our country. as an essential component or and as a real democracy, necessary. as necessary. the people's voices must be heard. and it is often the people who must speak to get their government to do what it is supposed to do, but may not do naturally, unless the people speak loudly. and obviously peacefully. but speak loudly. angela: you mentioned the name of george floyd and of course you led the charge with senator booker and the congressional black caucus on the house side for the george floyd justice in policing act. is that a bill, senator harris, that you would urge vice president biden to sign into law ? his first 30 days, for example, -- law in his first 30 days, for example, as president?
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senator harris: so the justice in policing act -- yes, corey booker, my brother in the senate, we led it on the senate side. but then got a lot of senators to sign on to it. on the house side, our fellow members of the congressional black caucus brought together a bipartisan group to support it. and it does a number of things which joe biden has, without any hesitation, said that he will do in our administration. including banning chokeholds and crot i had holds. let's -- carotid holds. let's be clear. george floyd would be alive today if those holds had been banned -- banned. creating a national standard for use of force. why is that important? well, because where there have been cases that might be able to go to court, where an officer has used excessive force, it is often the case that the standard that's applied makes it difficult to actually prove the case and win the case. because here's what happens.
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in many jurisdictions, in the case of excessive force, the question that is asked is, was the use of force reasonable? and as we know, you can reason away just about anything. o what we're saying is no, the fair question to ask is, was that use of force necessary? and so that's about changing the standard. one of the things that joe biden feels strongly about is we need to have basically a national center where we are keeping the names and keeping track of police officers who have broken the rules and broken the law. why? well, because, again, so many of the cases don't go to court because they may not be proveable based on the standard or there's a prosecutor who is unwilling to do it. but they will often go through administrative hearings. right? and so it may result in that police officer being fired. but because there's been no
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court record of it and no established record of it, that officer can move to another jurisdiction and apply to another police department and that record doesn't follow them. so we're saying there needs to be a central database with this information so we can keep track of these things. we will eliminate the death penalty. we will eliminate private prisons. eliminate cash bail. i've been a leader on that in the united states senate. cash bail is not only a criminal justice issue, it's an economic justice issue. meaning people are sitting in jail because they don't have the money to get out, meanwhile the person who has been charged with the same offense and has money is out exercising free will and liberty. out there able to walk the streets. so that's an economic justice issue. so we'll get rid of cash bail as well. these are some of the things we'll do. angela: speaking of economic
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justice, donald trump wrote out today a $500 billion economic justice plan for black americans. what i think is important is for people to hear, some of your commitments, some of joe biden's commitments to black folks is people try to say, right, the lesser of two evils again. it's the same thing we heard in 2016. how can you, like, just refute that outright? how is this not the lesser of two evils after 200,000 and counting people have died from coronavirus in this country at the hands of this irresponsible president, that's not naacp's words, those are mine, but i do want to point that out. when you talk about what's happened with covid and the response that you all would have, when you talk about his $500 billion plan and the response that you all would have , specifically to black people, thinking about alicia's black to the future, black agenda 2020,
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thinking about ice cube's contract to black america. some people are saying in order to turn out, senator harris, i knee toad -- i need to know what you're going to do for me. what do i get in return for my vote? how do you respond to that? senator harris: that's absolutely right. and people have a right to have their vote earned. nobody should be saying to anybody, especially to our folks, that you're supposed to vote for us. that's insulting. we need to earn the vote. and so let's talk about the economic piece. and nimente going to even go into the fact that by the way donald trump refuses to say black lives matter. and joe biden has said it. but let's put that aside. in terms of the proactive, right, earning the vote. one of the things that is very important to joe biden and certainly to all of us is that we understand, you know, you talk about criminal justice,
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we've got to reimagine public safety and how we achieve it. and here's what i mean. if you go into any upper middle class neighborhood in america, you will not see the kind of police presence you see in other neighbors. but what you will see are well-funded public schools. what you will see are high rates of homeownership. what you will see are small businesses that have access to capital. what you will see are communities that can get health care and afford it, including mental health care. what you will see are people who have jobs that allow them to get through the end of the month without worrying about whether they can feed their children. healthy communities are safe communities. so it is an outdated way of thinking to think the way you create safe communities is only by putting more police officers on the street.
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you want to see safe communities? invest in the health and well-being of those communities. so i say that all to say that part of what our plan is, it's about $150 billion going into low-interest loans and access to capital with an emphasis on black-owned and minority-owned businesses. we know that our small businesses are a part of the lifeblood of our communities. i was just in detroit, seven-mile road, right? you can go to any city in america and see -- usually the called m.l.k. way, but you will see all of those businesses. and what they are in terms of those leaders being not only business leaders, but civic leaders and community leaders. right? so the infusion of capital and access to capital for our small businesses, knowing -- and wherever they are, and i'm joking about m.l.k., you know what i'm saying, right, that it is -- they what? angela: no, that's real, though.
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except from where i'm from, it's jentified right now. senator harris: right. but we have such great entrepreneurial spirit. it's not the lack of that, it's the lack of access to capital. that has held those businesses back. so access to capital. home ownership. we know in terms of the history of our country, nobody got 40 acres an and -- and a mufmente we had a history of -- mule. we had a history of red lining. after world war ii, when all those mostly men came back from war, the government said, we're going to make it the greatest generation, a strong middle class, and they gave federal support for people to engage in home ownership. but black service men were pretty much left out. right? so when you saw a real infusion of capital around home ownership , the black community didn't get that either. so we also know that home ownership is one of the greatest sources of wealth of any american family and also the
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greatest source of intergenerational wealth meaning grandmother passes it down to the children who pass it down to the grandchildren. so that's going to be about a $15,000 tax credit to help first-time homeowners, for a down payment or closing costs to buy a home. title 1 funding. tripling title 1 funding so title 1 funding is about schools and in particular schools that are in low tax-based communities. which are the least funded and tend to have the most of our children. it's about saying that we need to deal with access to health care. one of the biggest impediments to allowing people to not only be healthy, but to thrive, donald trump is in court right now, in the supreme court, with his boy, bill barr, trying to get rid of the affordable care act that president obama, together with vice president biden, created that brought
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health care to over 20 million people, including saying that you cannot ban people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer. you cannot ban them from access to health care. this is what president obama did as one of the most significant public policy initiatives since the creation of social security. and donald trump has been trying to get rid of it since the day he got in office. like he's been trying to -- trying to get rid of everything that president obama together with vice president biden created. on the other hand, and in the middle of public health pandemic, that by the way -- black people are three times as likely to contract, twice as likely to die from. on the other hand, you have joe biden who is saying, we are going to increase access to health care and make sure that we address the fact that we also need to deal with mental health care. you know, the way i think it
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about it is the problem with what we've done with health care is we act as though the body starts from the neck down instead of also dealing with the health care from the neck up. and that includes all of the trauma, all of the undiagnosed and untreated trauma that are barriers to people with incredible capacity actually reaching that capacity. so these are some of the things that we will do. that are about earning the vote. of folks. and that's on top of, as you said, appointing the first black woman, nominating the first black woman to the united states supreme court, that's on top of what we talked about in terms of criminal justice reform. that's on top of all that we need to do around environmental issues, including i was just in flint. what we need to do to invest in healthy water and infrastructure and building up and repairing infrastructure. often which is the most dilapidated in our communities,
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including our schools and public schools, which are falling apart. so in the middle of the covid virus, we're in the winter months, they can't bring the kids inside because the ventilation is so bad and we won't let them drink from the water fountain because that's toxic water, we need to improve infrastructure. that's also about jobs. these are the things that we will do. o i do believe that is a very, very strong foundation of what is necessary. not only to get us to the next phase and to build back better, as we say, but also to acknowledge the inequities have that long existed, that need to be addressed. angela: the last thing that i i ld love for you quickly is talked to one of your former co-chairs of your campaign, louisiana state rep ted james, earlier, talked about the first time he talked to you, how he felt home girl vibes.
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as we know, for whatever reason, there's this targeting of black men by the trump campaign. with a lot of information about you that's not even true. so as you think about your home girl vibes and one of my favorite things about you is not only how well you listen to us, but when you come back, even if i'm hollering or whatever, it's always calm, even-keeled, this is just what we got to do. so if you had a moment to talk to young black men, especially young black men, about why it is so important this time that they vote, vote and participate, vote and engage others, would what would you say to them if this was your message that was going to go straight into their homes? senator harris: you know, first of all, i'll say this. there is not a black woman or man who gives birth to their son
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, who from the first time they hold that baby in their hands do not start praying that the life of that child, through his life, will be safe. and respected. nd valued. in that's the reality america. we need leadership in our country who respects and values that life from the day he is born through the course of his life. in a way that understands and respects the role historically that he has played to help build this nation, and the role he plays around the world in his role of leadership.
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we have so many examples of that. that history, by way the -- by the way donald trump is trying to ignore and erase that 1619 project. so there is that. on the issue of voting, i would say this. and this this -- this is to everybody. you know, from -- forever they've been denying us the right to vote, that's why john lewis shed his blood on the edmund pettus bridge. they have put in place poll taxes, they have tried to purge the voter rolls. we'd be talking about governor stacey abrams, the kind of obstacles they have tried to put in the way of black people to not be there. you can look at after shelby v. holder, the united states gutted -- the supreme court gutted the voting rights act and almost two dozen states put in place laws that were designed to suppress
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or intimidate black people from voting. so much so that in north carolina a court of appeals said that that law was passed by that legislature with, quote, surgical precision to make it difficult for black people to vote. and i bring all of this up, when you ask about voting, to say this. it is critical that we honor the ancestors of which john lew swiss now one -- lewis is now one, who shed their blood for our right to vote. and for that reason that we vote. it is critical we vote because everything is on the line, from health care to access to capital to the criminal justice system. and the decision we make about who will be the next president of the united states will determine the outcome of all of those issues. and i would say, as the third point this. let us sit back for a minute and ask a question which is, why are so many powerful people trying
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to make it so difficult for us to vote? why is it that so many powerful people are trying to make us confused about how we can vote, where we can vote, if we can vote? and i'll say the answer is probably obvious. because they know when we vote, things change. they know the power of our vote. they know the power of our vote. and so in this election, let us not let anyone take our power from us. they know the power of our vote. we know the power of our vote. so let's use it. let's use it. and to all my brothers out there , i need you, we need you, your country needs you. so please vote.
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derrick: wow, wow. i want to thank both of you. that was a powerful ending. senator harris, thank you for always being the voice in the senate. you and senator booker have been the bell weather of black america. angela, as always, great interview. i was being pushed, i got to jump in, senator harris has to go. but it was so rich. i couldn't jump in. so, the power of black women in this moment is unmeasurable. so thank both of you for, senator harris, we can't endorse, we're nonpartisan. senator harris: just pray for me. angela: i did. derrick: you know. this is great. i want to thank both of you for the opportunity to allow our delegate, members, and just the viewers of this virtual convention. we are beyond proud that we are in this moment. last night, oprah winfrey convened a group of black women and we had a great conversation and i thought that couldn't be
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matched. but those closing remarks were so powerful. they know the power of our vote. we cannot take it for granted. we must vote like we've never voted before. and john lewis said this past march on the edmund pettus bridge. to the delegate and friends, thank you for joining this most important conversation. every four years we bring together powerful voices as we look at the presidential election. this year is like no other. there is so much at stake. it goes beyond just individuals on the ballot, it goes to the value proposition that it represents. someone said earlier today that it goes beyond who is in the white house, it goes to who will occupy our house, if you think about breonna taylor, when those individuals occupied her house. so thank you all for joining this most important conversation as we prepare to conclude the
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111th national convention of the naacp, tomorrow we do our legislative session. we must vote like we've never voted before. and many of you are members who are watching. we know you're going to vote. so this is not about you, this is about you signing up for our program so we can help you identify 10 people in your community, 10 people in your neighborhood. and unfortunately some of the people may be in your home. we have to make sure all of our community participate up and down the ballot so that the government that we own reflects the government that we need. thank you all very much for this opportunity. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] >> "the hill" newspaper executive editor and "washington examiner" chief congressional correspondent discuss the political career of 2020
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democratic presidential candidate joe biden. utilizing video from c-span's video library dating back more than three decades, they talk about his political career, personal life, and vice presidentsy. watch sunday evening, beginning at 6:30 eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org, or listen n the free c-span radio app. abc white house correspondent jonathan carl and associated press washington bureau chief discuss the political career of president trump. as he seeks re-election to a second term in the white house. utilizing video from c-span's video library dating back more than two decades. they talk about donald trump's transition from new york real estate developer to reality television star. his presidency and their experiences covering his campaign.
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president trump: biden is recklessly campaigning against this vak -- vaccine. all it is is for political reasons. political reasons. biden, his whole deal is catastrophic shutdown. vice president biden: again in his own words recorded by bob woodward, the president knew back in february that this was an extremely dangerous communicable disease. think about it. how many people across the iron ranch, how many empty chairs around those dinner tables because of his negligence and selfishness? >> watch the first presidential
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debate live from cleveland tuesday night on c-span. stream live or on-demand at c-span.org/debates. or listen live on the c-span radio app. >> you're watching c-span. your unfiltered view of government. created by america's cable television companies as a public service and brought to you today by your television provider. >> now a conversation with republican national committee chair rona mcdaniel. she discusses state of the 2020 presidential senate, house and governor's races. this is just over 20 minutes. republican national committee headquarters as the chair of the rnc i want to begin with the issue that is a key part of your job to make sure voters get to the polls either in early voting
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>> with coronavirus in key y. this coronavirus in key states of michigan where you are from, how are you dealing with that? >> guest: we were virtual and state are shutting down i down e coming oand wewere coming up ofo make sure they both available and now we've switched back to a fully enforced ground game. knocking on doors and all the battleground states. we have the infrastructure in place already and now we are knocking on about a million dollars a week. >> host: are you worried about this before and taking precautions with >> guest: we are taking the safety and health precautions necessary. we were completely searchable at first. we made sure that there was ppe available and that all the procedures were being put in place and now we've gone to the full ground game and we feel really good about it. they obviously are cognizant of the home owners and making sure they are putting their safety first, but so far there've been no issues.

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