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Over 250 comments taken from two primaries debates: Oct 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV and Jan 17, 2016 in Charleston, SC.

on Affordable_Care_Act : I'm on the committee that wrote the Affordable_Care_Act. (2016/01/17)
on Affordable_Care_Act : I made the Affordable_Care_Act along with Jim Clyburn a better piece of legislation. (2016/01/17)
on Affordable_Care_Act : We're not going to tear up the Affordable_Care_Act. (2016/01/17)
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on Afghanistan : I voted for that. I voted to make sure that Osama_bin_Laden was held accountable in Afghanistan. (2015/10/13)
on Afghanistan : I supported the war in Afghanistan. (2015/10/13)
on background_checks : And over the years, I have strongly supported instant background_checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we've got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers. Also I believe, and I've fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can't get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. (2015/10/13)
on background_checks : A consensus has said we need to strengthen and expand instant background_checks, do away with this gun show loophole, (2015/10/13)
on campaign_contributions : You know what it all comes down to? Do you know why we can't do what every other country -- major country on Earth is doing? It's because we have a campaign_finance system that is corrupt, we have super_PACs, we have the pharmaceutical industry pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign_contributions and lobbying, and the private insurance companies as well. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributions : But here is the issue, Secretary touched on it, can you really reform Wall_Street when they are spending millions and millions of dollars on campaign_contributions and when they are oviding speaker fees to individuals? So it's easy to say, well, I'm going to do this and do that, but I have doubts when people receive huge amounts of money from Wall_Street. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributions : ... campaign_contributions. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributions : Anyone who wants to check my record in taking on Wall_Street, in fighting against the deregulation of Wall_Street when Wall_Street put billions of dollars in lobbying, in campaign_contributions to get the government off their backs. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributions : Republican_Party that is so owned by the fossil fuel industry and their campaign_contributions that they don't even have the courage, the decency to listen to the scientists. (APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributors : So, what my first days are about is bringing America together, to end the decline of the middle class, to tell the wealthiest people in this country that yes, they are going to start paying their fair share of taxes, and that we are going to have a government that works for all of us, and not just big campaign_contributors.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributors : Instead of being dependent on super_PACs, what we need is to be dependent on small, individual campaign_contributors. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributors : Not wealthy campaign_contributors. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_contributors : To say loudly and clearly," that the government of the United_States of America belongs to all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign_contributors. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_finance : As a result of this disastrous Citizens_United Supreme_Court decision, our campaign_finance system is corrupt (2015/10/13)
on campaign_finance : And let me also tell you that nothing is gonna happen unless we are prepared to deal with campaign_finance reform, because (2015/10/13)
on campaign_finance : And then, to make a bad situation worse, we have a corrupt campaign_finance system where millionaires and billionaires are spending extraordinary amounts of money to buy elections. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_finance : You know what it all comes down to? Do you know why we can't do what every other country -- major country on Earth is doing? It's because we have a campaign_finance system that is corrupt, we have super_PACs, we have the pharmaceutical industry pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign_contributions and lobbying, and the private insurance companies as well. (2016/01/17)
on campaign_finance : Very little is going to be done to transform our economy and to create the kind of middle class we need unless we end a corrupt campaign_finance system which is undermining American democracy. (2016/01/17)
on Citizens_United : As a result of this disastrous Citizens_United Supreme_Court decision, our campaign_finance system is corrupt (2015/10/13)
on college : and make every public college and university in this country tuition free. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on college : And by the way, I want Wall_Street now to help kids in this country go to college, (2015/10/13)
on college : A college degree today, Dana, is the equivalent of what a high_school degree was 50 years ago. (2015/10/13)



on college : I think we have to say that is true for everybody going to college. (2015/10/13)
on college : I want every kid in this country who has the ability to be able to go to a public college, or university, tuition free. (2016/01/17)
on college_debt : it will substantially lower interest rates on college_debt, a major crisis in this country. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on Congressional : When the African_American community becomes familiar with my Congressional record and with our agenda, and with our views on the economy, and criminal_justice -- just as the general population has become more supportive, so will the African_American community, so will the Latino community. (2016/01/17)
on Congress : Let's also understand that back in 1988 when I first ran for the United_States Congress, (2015/10/13)
on Congress : I don't think I am pandering. But you have not been in the United_States Congress. (2015/10/13)
on Congress : In my view, Secretary Clinton, you do not -- Congress does not regulate Wall_Street. Wall_Street regulates Congress. (2015/10/13)
on Congress : when the Republicans in the Congress and some Democrats were talking about cutting Social_Security (2015/10/13)
on congress : I was in 1988, there were three candidates running for congress in the state of Vermont, (2016/01/17)
on Congress : And the main point in the Congress, it's not the Republicans and Democrats hate each other. (2016/01/17)
on Congress : The real issue is that Congress is owned by big money and refuses to do what the American people want them to do. (APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on Congress : The point is, we have to make Congress respond to the needs of the people, not big money. (2016/01/17)
on Congress : The leader of Goldman_Sachs is a billionaire who comes to Congress and tells us we should cut Social_Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (2016/01/17)
on cops : What I have said, is that gun manufacturer's liability bill has some good provisions among other things, we've prohibited ammunition that would've killed cops who had protection on. (2016/01/17)
on crime : I support what President Obama is doing in terms of trying to close the gun show loop holes and I think it should be a federal crime (2016/01/17)
on criminal : And that includes people of criminal backgrounds, people who are mentally unstable. (2016/01/17)
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on criminal_justice : ...are going to get shot. We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom, and we need major, major reforms in a broken criminal_justice system... (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on criminal_justice : We have a criminal_justice system that lets CEOs on Wall_Street walk away, (2015/10/13)
on criminal_justice : ...which has done an enormous amount of damage. We need to rethink our criminal_justice system, we we've got a lot of work to do in that area. (2015/10/13)
on criminal_justice : We have a criminal_justice system which is broken. (2016/01/17)
on criminal_justice : ... criminal_justice system, investing in jobs, and education not in jails and incarceration . (2016/01/17)
on criminal_justice : When the African_American community becomes familiar with my Congressional record and with our agenda, and with our views on the economy, and criminal_justice -- just as the general population has become more supportive, so will the African_American community, so will the Latino community. (2016/01/17)
on democratic_socialism : Well, we're gonna win because first, we're gonna explain what democratic_socialism is. And what democratic_socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1-percent in this country own almost 90 percent -- almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1-percent. That when you look around the world, you see (2015/10/13)
on drugs : and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana. I think we have to think through this war on drugs... (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on drugs : I agree... (APPLAUSE) I agree with everything the Secretary said, but let me just add this, there is a responsibility on the part of the pharmaceutical_industry and the drug_companies who are producing all of these drugs and not looking at the consequence of it. (2016/01/17)



on drug_companies : the power of Corporate_America, the power of Wall_Street, the power of the drug_companies, the power of the corporate media is so great (2015/10/13)
on drug_companies : I agree... (APPLAUSE) I agree with everything the Secretary said, but let me just add this, there is a responsibility on the part of the pharmaceutical_industry and the drug_companies who are producing all of these drugs and not looking at the consequence of it. (2016/01/17)
on economy : Well, we're gonna win because first, we're gonna explain what democratic_socialism is. And what democratic_socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1-percent in this country own almost 90 percent -- almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1-percent. That when you look around the world, you see (2015/10/13)
on economy : Wall_Street's greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? (2015/10/13)
on economy : I think everybody is in agreement that we are a great entrepreneurial nation. We have got to encourage that. Of course, we have to support small and medium-sized businesses. But you can have all of the growth that you want and it doesn't mean anything if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1-percent. So what we need to do is support small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of our economy, but we have to make sure that every family in this country gets a fair shake... (2015/10/13)
on economy : I think he is really regretting the decline of his economy. And I think what he is trying to do now is save some face. (2015/10/13)
on economy : helped to destroy this economy and the lives of millions of people. (APPLAUSE) Check the record. In the 1990s -- and all due respect -- (2015/10/13)
on economy : It's gonna take the economy with them." And you know what I said to Hank Paulson? (2015/10/13)
on economy : Well, I remember that meeting very well. I remember it like it was yesterday. Hank Paulson, Bernanke came in, and they say, "guys, the economy is going to collapse because Wall_Street is going under. (2015/10/13)
on economy : Your millionaire and billionaire friends caused this problem. How about your millionaire and billionaire friends paying for the bailout, not working families in this country?" So to answer your question, no, I would not have let the economy collapse. (2015/10/13)
on economy : to the billionaire class that has so much power over our economy and our political life. (2015/10/13)
on economy : As we look out at our country today, what the American people understand is we have an economy that's rigged, that ordinary Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, 47 million people living in poverty, and almost all of the new income and wealth going to the top one percent. (2016/01/17)
on economy : Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEO's of Wall_Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on economy : When the African_American community becomes familiar with my Congressional record and with our agenda, and with our views on the economy, and criminal_justice -- just as the general population has become more supportive, so will the African_American community, so will the Latino community. (2016/01/17)
on economy : They have too much economic power and they have too much financial power over our entire economy. (2016/01/17)
on economy : Turns out that they were crooks, and they destroyed our economy. (2016/01/17)
on economy : Very little is going to be done to transform our economy and to create the kind of middle class we need unless we end a corrupt campaign_finance system which is undermining American democracy. (2016/01/17)
on education : It seems to me that instead of building more jails and providing more incarceration, maybe -- just maybe -- we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on education : Jim and I, under Jim's leadership, as he indicated, passed the most significant veterans education bill (2015/10/13)
on education : And, I intended to tackle that issue. To make sure that our people have education and jobs rather than jail cells. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on education : And what we said 50 years ago and a hundred years ago is that every kid in this country should be able to get a high_school education regardless of the income of their family. (2015/10/13)
on education : But in terms of education, this is what I think. This is the year 2015. (2015/10/13)
on education : ... in order to make it possible for them to afford their education. And I want colleges to get their costs down. They are outrageously high in what they're charging. (2015/10/13)
on education : ... criminal_justice system, investing in jobs, and education not in jails and incarceration . (2016/01/17)
on growth : I think everybody is in agreement that we are a great entrepreneurial nation. We have got to encourage that. Of course, we have to support small and medium-sized businesses. But you can have all of the growth that you want and it doesn't mean anything if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1-percent. So what we need to do is support small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of our economy, but we have to make sure that every family in this country gets a fair shake... (2015/10/13)



on gun : And over the years, I have strongly supported instant background_checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we've got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers. Also I believe, and I've fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can't get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. (2015/10/13)
on gun : way back then, I told the gun owners of the state of Vermont and (2015/10/13)
on gun : a gun shop in the state of Vermont that sells legally a gun to somebody, (2015/10/13)
on gun : and that somebody goes out and does something crazy, that that gun shop owner should be held responsible? (2015/10/13)
on gun : I don't. On the other hand, where you have manufacturers and where you have gun shops knowingly giving guns to criminals or aiding and abetting that, of course we should take action. (2015/10/13)
on gun : A consensus has said we need to strengthen and expand instant background_checks, do away with this gun show loophole, (2015/10/13)
on gun : Our job is to bring people together around strong, commonsense gun legislation. (2015/10/13)
on gun : I stood up to the gun lobby and came out and maintained the position that in this country we should not be selling military style assault weapons. (2016/01/17)
on gun : I support what President Obama is doing in terms of trying to close the gun show loop holes and I think it should be a federal crime (2016/01/17)
on gun : And what we also said, "is a small mom and pop gun shop who sells a gun legally to somebody should not be held liable if somebody does something terrible with that gun. (2016/01/17)
on gun : What I have said, is that gun manufacturer's liability bill has some good provisions among other things, we've prohibited ammunition that would've killed cops who had protection on. (2016/01/17)
on gun_control : I told the people of the state of Vermont, a state which has virtually no gun_control, that I supported a ban on assault weapons. (2015/10/13)
on gun_control : We can raise our voices, but I come from a rural state, and the views on gun_control in rural states are different than in urban states, (2015/10/13)
on gun_control : And by the way, as a senator from a rural state that has virtually no gun_control, I believe that I am in an excellent position to bring people together to fight the sensible... (2016/01/17)
on healthcare : And over the years, I have strongly supported instant background_checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we've got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers. Also I believe, and I've fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can't get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. (2015/10/13)
on healthcare : ... healthcare with mental health... (2016/01/17)
on healthcare : Secretary Clinton does know a lot about healthcare, and she understands, I believe, that a medicare for all, single payer program will substantially lower the cost of healthcare for middle class families. (2016/01/17)
on healthcare : So, instead of paying $10,000 dollars to Blue_Cross, or Blue_Shield, yes, some middle class families would be paying slightly more in taxes, but the result would be that that middle class family would be saving some $5,000 dollars in healthcare costs. (2016/01/17)
on health : And over the years, I have strongly supported instant background_checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we've got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers. Also I believe, and I've fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can't get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. (2015/10/13)
on health : that we have to address the issue of mental health, (2015/10/13)
on health : that veteran could get health_care from the community health center, or the private sector. (2015/10/13)
on health : And second of all, when we talk about addiction being a disease, the Secretary is right, what that means is we need a revolution in this country in terms of mental health treatment. (2016/01/17)
on health : ... healthcare with mental health... (2016/01/17)
on health_care : every other major country providing health_care to all people as a right, except the United_States. (2015/10/13)
on health_care : in recent history. We followed suit with a few years later passing, under my leadership, the most significant veterans' health_care legislation in the modern history of this country. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)



on health_care : in improving health_care for the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line to defend them. (2015/10/13)
on health_care : so that veterans in this country could get the health_care when they needed it, and not be on long waiting lines. (2015/10/13)
on health_care : that veteran could get health_care from the community health center, or the private sector. (2015/10/13)
on health_care : We should not be the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee health_care to all of our people (2015/10/13)
on health_care : It is understanding that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we should have health_care for every man, woman, and child as a right (2016/01/17)
on health_care : And here's the important point, we are spending far more per person on health_care than the people of any other country. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : My proposal, provide health_care to all people, get private insurance out of health_insurance, lower the cost of health_care for middle class families by 5,000 bucks. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : Now, the truth is, that Franklin_Delano_Roosevelt, Harry Truman, do you know what they believed in? They believed that health_care should be available to all of our people. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : Secretary -- Secretary Clinton didn't answer your question.(LAUGHTER) Because what her campaign was saying -- Bernie Sanders, who has fought for universal health_care for my entire life, he wants to end Medicare, end Medicaid, end the children's health_insurance program. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : What a Medicare-for-all program does is finally provide in this country health_care for every man, woman and child as a right. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : Tell me why we are spending almost three times more than the British, who guarantee health_care to all of their people? Fifty percent more than the French, more than the Canadians. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : The vision from FDR and Harry Truman was health_care for all people as a right in a cost-effective way. (2016/01/17)
on health_care : A couple of years ago, when we understood that veterans were not getting the quality care they needed in the timely manner, I worked with folks like John McCain and others to pass the most comprehensive veteran's health_care legislation in modern history. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : I voted for it, but right now, what we have to deal with is the fact that 29 million people still have no health_insurance. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : My proposal, provide health_care to all people, get private insurance out of health_insurance, lower the cost of health_care for middle class families by 5,000 bucks. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : Secretary -- Secretary Clinton didn't answer your question.(LAUGHTER) Because what her campaign was saying -- Bernie Sanders, who has fought for universal health_care for my entire life, he wants to end Medicare, end Medicaid, end the children's health_insurance program. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : But with the secretary neglected to mention, not just the 29 million still have no health_insurance, that even more are underinsured with huge copayments and deductibles. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : A little bit more in taxes, do away with private health_insurance premiums. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : So, what we have got to acknowledge, and I hope the Secretary does, is we are doing away with private health_insurance premiums. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : When you are -- it's one thing to say I'm raising taxes, it's another thing to say that we are doing away with private health_insurance premiums. (2016/01/17)
on health_insurance : So, if I save you $10,000 in private health_insurance, and you pay a little bit more in taxes in total, there are huge savings in what your family is spending. (2016/01/17)
on high_school : A college degree today, Dana, is the equivalent of what a high_school degree was 50 years ago. (2015/10/13)
on high_school : And what we said 50 years ago and a hundred years ago is that every kid in this country should be able to get a high_school education regardless of the income of their family. (2015/10/13)
on house : (APPLAUSE) I am not raising money from millionaires and billionaires, and in fact, tonight, in terms of what a political revolution is about, there are 4,000 house parties -- 100,000 people in this country -- watching this debate tonight who want real change in this country. (2015/10/13)
on House : the right wing Republicans who are, by the way, I hope will not continue to control the Senate and the House (2015/10/13)



on immigration : I know that. But point being is that progressives did vote against that for that reason. My view right now -- and always has been -- is that when you have 11 million undocumented people in this country, we need comprehensive immigration reform, we need a path toward citizenship, we need to take people out of the shadows. (2015/10/13)
on income : and yet almost all of the new income and wealth being created is going to the top one percent. (2015/10/13)
on income : Well, we're gonna win because first, we're gonna explain what democratic_socialism is. And what democratic_socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1-percent in this country own almost 90 percent -- almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1-percent. That when you look around the world, you see (2015/10/13)
on income : I think everybody is in agreement that we are a great entrepreneurial nation. We have got to encourage that. Of course, we have to support small and medium-sized businesses. But you can have all of the growth that you want and it doesn't mean anything if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1-percent. So what we need to do is support small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of our economy, but we have to make sure that every family in this country gets a fair shake... (2015/10/13)
on income : We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and income inequality. (2015/10/13)
on income : And what we said 50 years ago and a hundred years ago is that every kid in this country should be able to get a high_school education regardless of the income of their family. (2015/10/13)
on income : I think we don't need a complicated system, which the secretary is talking about, the income goes down, the income goes down, if you're poor you have to work, and so forth and so on. (2015/10/13)
on income : This is a great country, but we have many, many serious problems. We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country. (2015/10/13)
on income : As we look out at our country today, what the American people understand is we have an economy that's rigged, that ordinary Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, 47 million people living in poverty, and almost all of the new income and wealth going to the top one percent. (2016/01/17)
on insurance : And over the years, I have strongly supported instant background_checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we've got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers. Also I believe, and I've fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can't get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. (2015/10/13)
on insurance : My proposal, provide health_care to all people, get private insurance out of health_insurance, lower the cost of health_care for middle class families by 5,000 bucks. (2016/01/17)
on insurance : What this is really about is not the rational way to go forward -- it's Medicare for all -- it is whether we have the guts to stand up to the private insurance companies and all of their money, and the pharmaceutical_industry. (2016/01/17)
on insurance : You know what it all comes down to? Do you know why we can't do what every other country -- major country on Earth is doing? It's because we have a campaign_finance system that is corrupt, we have super_PACs, we have the pharmaceutical industry pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign_contributions and lobbying, and the private insurance companies as well. (2016/01/17)
on Iran : And that I believe we're seeing a fall in our relationships with Iran is a very positive step. (2016/01/17)
on Iran : I think what we've got to do is move as aggressively as we can to normalize relations with Iran. (2016/01/17)
on Iran : On the other hand, the fact that we've managed to reach an agreement, something that I've very strongly supported that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and we did that without going to war. (2016/01/17)
on Iran : But the immediate task is to bring all interests together who want to destroy ISIS, including Russia, including Iran, including our Muslim allies to make that the major priority. (2016/01/17)
on Iran : Our second priority must be getting rid of Assad, through some political settlement, working with Iran, working with Russia. (2016/01/17)
on Iraq : I will do everything that I can to make sure that the United_States does not get involved in another quagmire like we did in Iraq, (2015/10/13)
on Iraq : What the nightmare is, which many of my Republican colleagues appear to want is to not have learned the lesson of Iraq. (2016/01/17)
on Iraq : I think the vacuum was created by the disastrous war in Iraq, which I vigorously opposed. (2016/01/17)
on job : Our job is to bring people together around strong, commonsense gun legislation. (2015/10/13)
on job : "We know what's going on. You vote against us, you are out of your job." (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on job : Second of all, and I speak as a mayor who worked very closely and well with police_officers, the vast majority of whom are honest, hard- working people trying to do a difficult job, but let us be clear. (2016/01/17)
on job : Our job is to train and provide military support for Muslim countries in the area who are prepared to take on ISIS. (2016/01/17)
on jobs : It seems to me that instead of building more jails and providing more incarceration, maybe -- just maybe -- we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on jobs : Our trade policies have cost us millions of decent jobs. The American people want to know (2015/10/13)
on jobs : And, I intended to tackle that issue. To make sure that our people have education and jobs rather than jail cells. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on jobs : And in my view what we need to do is create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure; (2015/10/13)
on jobs : and our disastrous trade policies, which have cost us millions of jobs; (2015/10/13)
on jobs : We were losing 800,000 jobs a month. And I know my Republican friends seem to have some amnesia on this issue, (2015/10/13)
on jobs : that we should raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour; that we have got to create millions of decent- paying jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. (2016/01/17)
on jobs : ... criminal_justice system, investing in jobs, and education not in jails and incarceration . (2016/01/17)
on jobs : Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, creating 13 million jobs, the American people want it. (2016/01/17)
on jobs : Good. You're right. I want to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create 13 million jobs. (2016/01/17)
on jobs : Bottom line is, we need to be bold and decisive, we can create millions of jobs. (2016/01/17)
on Jordan : We should -- we should learn -- we should learn from King Abdullah of Jordan, one of the few heroes in a very unheroic place. (2016/01/17)
on law : I think the governor gave a very good example about the weaknesses in that law and I think we have to take another look at it. (2015/10/13)
on law : He did -- he did break the law, and I think there should be a penalty to that. But I think what he did in educating us should be taken into consideration before he is (inaudible) (2015/10/13)
on law : If a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on law : I find it very strange that a major financial institution that pays $5 billion in fines for breaking the law, not one of their executives is prosecuted, while kids who smoke marijuana get a jail sentence. (APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on marijuana : and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana. I think we have to think through this war on drugs... (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on marijuana : Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEO's of Wall_Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on marijuana : I find it very strange that a major financial institution that pays $5 billion in fines for breaking the law, not one of their executives is prosecuted, while kids who smoke marijuana get a jail sentence. (APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on Medicare : Republicans tell us we can't do anything except give tax breaks to billionaires and cut Social_Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (2015/10/13)
on Medicare : Secretary -- Secretary Clinton didn't answer your question.(LAUGHTER) Because what her campaign was saying -- Bernie Sanders, who has fought for universal health_care for my entire life, he wants to end Medicare, end Medicaid, end the children's health_insurance program. (2016/01/17)
on Medicare : What this is really about is not the rational way to go forward -- it's Medicare for all -- it is whether we have the guts to stand up to the private insurance companies and all of their money, and the pharmaceutical_industry. (2016/01/17)
on Medicare : The leader of Goldman_Sachs is a billionaire who comes to Congress and tells us we should cut Social_Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (2016/01/17)
on medicare : Secretary Clinton does know a lot about healthcare, and she understands, I believe, that a medicare for all, single payer program will substantially lower the cost of healthcare for middle class families. (2016/01/17)
on Middle_class : Middle_class in this country is collapsing. (2015/10/13)
on Middle_East : To get American young men and women involved in perpetual warfare in the quagmire of Syria and the Middle_East; would be an unmitigated disaster (2016/01/17)
on military : I stood up to the gun lobby and came out and maintained the position that in this country we should not be selling military style assault weapons. (2016/01/17)
on military : Our job is to train and provide military support for Muslim countries in the area who are prepared to take on ISIS. (2016/01/17)
on military : We have a $600 billion military budget. It is a budget larger than the next eight countries'. (2016/01/17)
on NRA : Let's begin, Anderson, by understanding that Bernie Sanders has a D-minus voting rating (ph) from the NRA. (2015/10/13)
on NRA : I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. (2016/01/17)
on police : Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEO's of Wall_Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on police : And fourthly, we have got to make our police departments look like the communities they serve in their diversity.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on police : And thirdly, we have got to de-militarize our police departments so they don't look like occupying armies. (2016/01/17)
on police : If a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on police : Whenever anybody in this country is killed while in police custody, it should automatically trigger a U.S. attorney general's investigation.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on poverty : We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and income inequality. (2015/10/13)
on poverty : This is a great country, but we have many, many serious problems. We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country. (2015/10/13)
on poverty : As we look out at our country today, what the American people understand is we have an economy that's rigged, that ordinary Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, 47 million people living in poverty, and almost all of the new income and wealth going to the top one percent. (2016/01/17)
on senate : . I'm the former chairman of the senate Veterans Committee, (2015/10/13)
on senate : The Republican party, since I've been in the senate, and since President Obama has been in office, (2015/10/13)
on senate : the right wing Republicans who are, by the way, I hope will not continue to control the senate and the House (2015/10/13)
on senate : In 2006 when I ran for the senate, Senator Barack Obama was kind enough to campaign for me, 2008, I did my best to see that he was elected and in 2012, I worked as hard as I could to see that he was reelected. (2016/01/17)
on senate : I've got the most comprehensive legislation in the senate to do that. (2016/01/17)
on senator : As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, (2015/10/13)
on senator : along with senator Barbara Boxer, a few years ago, we introduced the first piece of climate_change legislation which called for a tax on carbon. (2015/10/13)
on senator : And by the way, as a senator from a rural state that has virtually no gun_control, I believe that I am in an excellent position to bring people together to fight the sensible... (2016/01/17)
on senator : I'm the senator from the state of Vermont. (2016/01/17)
on senator : In 2006 when I ran for the Senate, senator Barack Obama was kind enough to campaign for me, 2008, I did my best to see that he was elected and in 2012, I worked as hard as I could to see that he was reelected. (2016/01/17)
on student_debt : And, by the way, I want to substantially lower student_debt interest rates in this country as well. (2016/01/17)
on super_PAC : who has raised substantial sums of money, and I do not have a super_PAC. (2015/10/13)
on super_PAC : I am very proud, I do not have a super_PAC. (2016/01/17)
on super_PACs : Millionaires and billionaires are pouring unbelievable sums of money into the political process in order to fund super_PACs (2015/10/13)
on super_PACs : Jim Webb is right: Money is pouring in to this campaign through super_PACs. (2015/10/13)
on super_PACs : You know what it all comes down to? Do you know why we can't do what every other country -- major country on Earth is doing? It's because we have a campaign_finance system that is corrupt, we have super_PACs, we have the pharmaceutical industry pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign_contributions and lobbying, and the private insurance companies as well. (2016/01/17)
on super_PACs : Instead of being dependent on super_PACs, what we need is to be dependent on small, individual campaign_contributors. (2016/01/17)
on Syria : Well, let's understand that when we talk about Syria, you're talking about a quagmire in a quagmire. (2015/10/13)
on Syria : We should be supportive, but I do not support American ground troops in Syria. (2015/10/13)
on Syria : she is talking about, as I understand it, a no-fly zone in Syria, which I think is a very dangerous situation. (2015/10/13)
on Syria : But I think when Russians get killed in Syria and when he gets bogged down, (2015/10/13)
on Syria : I support air strikes in Syria and what the president is trying to do. (2015/10/13)
on Syria : To get American young men and women involved in perpetual warfare in the quagmire of Syria and the Middle_East; would be an unmitigated disaster (2016/01/17)
on Syria : But where I think we do have an honest disagreement, is that in the incredible quagmire of Syria, where it's hard to know who's fighting who and if you give arms to this guy, it may end up in ISIS' hand the next day. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : Donald Trump and his billionaire friends under my policies are going to pay a hell of a lot more in taxes (2015/10/13)
on taxes : today -- taxes in the future than they're paying today. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on taxes : So, what my first days are about is bringing America together, to end the decline of the middle class, to tell the wealthiest people in this country that yes, they are going to start paying their fair share of taxes, and that we are going to have a government that works for all of us, and not just big campaign_contributors.(APPLAUSE) (2016/01/17)
on taxes : Demanding that the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : We do that by doing away with the absurd loophole that now allows major profitable corporations to stash their money in the Cayman (ph) Islands, and not in some years, pay a nickel in taxes. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : A little bit more in taxes, do away with private health_insurance premiums. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : So, instead of paying $10,000 dollars to Blue_Cross, or Blue_Shield, yes, some middle class families would be paying slightly more in taxes, but the result would be that that middle class family would be saving some $5,000 dollars in healthcare costs. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : When you are -- it's one thing to say I'm raising taxes, it's another thing to say that we are doing away with private health_insurance premiums. (2016/01/17)
on taxes : So, if I save you $10,000 in private health_insurance, and you pay a little bit more in taxes in total, there are huge savings in what your family is spending. (2016/01/17)
on tax : public colleges and universities, free with a Wall_Street speculation tax. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on tax : I pay for my program, by the way, through a tax on Wall_Street speculation, which will not only make public colleges and universities tuition-free, (2015/10/13)
on tax : along with Senator Barbara Boxer, a few years ago, we introduced the first piece of climate_change legislation which called for a tax on carbon. (2015/10/13)
on tax : Republicans tell us we can't do anything except give tax breaks to billionaires and cut Social_Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (2015/10/13)
on tax : How do I pay for it? (APPLAUSE) I pay for it through a tax on Wall_Street speculation. (2016/01/17)
on terrorism : If we are a free country, we have the right to be free. Yes, we have to defend ourselves against terrorism, but there are ways to do that without impinging on our constitutional rights and our privacy rights. (2015/10/13)
on terrorism : Understanding that Iran's behavior in so many ways is something that we disagree with; their support terrorism, the anti-American rhetoric that we're hearing from of their leadership is something that is not acceptable. (2016/01/17)
on terrorism : Unfortunately, much of that budget continues to fight the old Cold_War with the Soviet_Union. Very little of that budget -- less than 10 percent -- actually goes into fighting ISIS and international terrorism. (2016/01/17)
on tuition : and make every public college and university in this country tuition free. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on tuition : ...But the only way we can get things done is by having millions of people coming together. If we want free tuition at public colleges and universities, (2015/10/13)
on tuition : I want every kid in this country who has the ability to be able to go to a public college, or university, tuition free. (2016/01/17)
on undocumented : I know that. But point being is that progressives did vote against that for that reason. My view right now -- and always has been -- is that when you have 11 million undocumented people in this country, we need comprehensive immigration reform, we need a path toward citizenship, we need to take people out of the shadows. (2015/10/13)
on unemployed : Who is satisfied that 51% of African_American young people are either unemployed, or underemployed? (2016/01/17)
on unemployment : African-American youth unemployment is 51-percent. (2015/10/13)
on unemployment : Hispanic youth unemployment is 36 percent. (2015/10/13)
on university : and make every public college and university in this country tuition free. (APPLAUSE) (2015/10/13)
on university : I want every kid in this country who has the ability to be able to go to a public college, or university, tuition free. (2016/01/17)
on veteran : if a veteran is living more than 40 miles away from a V.A. facility, (2015/10/13)
on veteran : that veteran could get health_care from the community health center, or the private sector. (2015/10/13)
on Veterans : . I'm the former chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, (2015/10/13)
on veterans : Jim and I, under Jim's leadership, as he indicated, passed the most significant veterans education bill (2015/10/13)
on veterans : and benefits for disabled veterans, for the so-called chained CPI, (2015/10/13)
on veterans : so that veterans in this country could get the health_care when they needed it, and not be on long waiting lines. (2015/10/13)
on veterans : A couple of years ago, when we understood that veterans were not getting the quality care they needed in the timely manner, I worked with folks like John McCain and others to pass the most comprehensive veteran's health_care legislation in modern history. (2016/01/17)
on wages : Millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, (2015/10/13)
on wages : As we look out at our country today, what the American people understand is we have an economy that's rigged, that ordinary Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, 47 million people living in poverty, and almost all of the new income and wealth going to the top one percent. (2016/01/17)
on wealth : and yet almost all of the new income and wealth being created is going to the top one percent. (2015/10/13)
on wealth : Well, we're gonna win because first, we're gonna explain what democratic_socialism is. And what democratic_socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1-percent in this country own almost 90 percent -- almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1-percent. That when you look around the world, you see (2015/10/13)
on wealth : I think everybody is in agreement that we are a great entrepreneurial nation. We have got to encourage that. Of course, we have to support small and medium-sized businesses. But you can have all of the growth that you want and it doesn't mean anything if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1-percent. So what we need to do is support small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of our economy, but we have to make sure that every family in this country gets a fair shake... (2015/10/13)
on wealth : We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and income inequality. (2015/10/13)
on wealth : This is a great country, but we have many, many serious problems. We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country. (2015/10/13)
on wealth : As we look out at our country today, what the American people understand is we have an economy that's rigged, that ordinary Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, 47 million people living in poverty, and almost all of the new income and wealth going to the top one percent. (2016/01/17)
on woman : It is understanding that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we should have health_care for every man, woman, and child as a right (2016/01/17)
on woman : What a Medicare-for-all program does is finally provide in this country health_care for every man, woman and child as a right. (2016/01/17)
on women : raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; pay equity for women workers; (2015/10/13)
on women : in improving health_care for the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line to defend them. (2015/10/13)
on women : The pay equity for women, the American people want it. (2016/01/17)
on women : To get American young men and women involved in perpetual warfare in the quagmire of Syria and the Middle_East; would be an unmitigated disaster (2016/01/17)
on workers : raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; pay equity for women workers; (2015/10/13)
on workers : workers are going to have to come together and look the Republicans in the eye, and say, (2015/10/13)
on 1-percent : Well, we're gonna win because first, we're gonna explain what democratic_socialism is. And what democratic_socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of 1-percent in this country own almost 90 percent -- almost -- own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1-percent. That when you look around the world, you see (2015/10/13)
on 1-percent : I think everybody is in agreement that we are a great entrepreneurial nation. We have got to encourage that. Of course, we have to support small and medium-sized businesses. But you can have all of the growth that you want and it doesn't mean anything if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1-percent. So what we need to do is support small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of our economy, but we have to make sure that every family in this country gets a fair shake... (2015/10/13)

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And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
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