Elizabeth Warren in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019


On Corporations: Big, structural change against rigged system

Q: Opening statement?

WARREN: Trump disgraces the office of president every single day. And anyone on this stage would be a far better president. No matter who our candidate is, I will work my heart out to beat Trump and to elect a Democratic Congress. Trump is part of a corrupt, rigged system that has helped the wealthy and the well-connected and kicked dirt in the faces of everyone else. We're not going to solve the urgent problems that we face with small ideas and spinelessness. We're going to solve them by being the Democratic Party of big structural change. We need to be the party that fights for our democracy and our economy to work for everyone.

Rep. John DELANEY: Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises, when we run on things that are workable, not fairy tale economics.

WARREN: I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Health Care: For-profit insurance is not working for Americans

Q: Your opening statement?

DELANEY: Folks, we have a choice. We can go down the road that Senator Sanders and Senator Warren want to take us, which is with bad policies like Medicare-for-all. But we don't have to go around and be the party of subtraction, and telling half the country, who has private health insurance, that their health insurance is illegal.

WARREN: Let's be clear about this. We are the Democrats. We are not about trying to take away health care from anyone. That's what the Republicans are trying to do. And we should stop using Republican talking points in order to talk with each other about how to best provide that health care. The basic profit model of an insurance company is taking as much money as you ca

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Health Care: No God-given right to suck billions in healthcare profit

Q: No private insurers in Medicare-for-All?

WARREN: We have to think in terms of the big frame. Washington works great for the wealthy, who can hire armies of lobbyists. And it keeps working great for the insurance companies. What it's going to take is real courage to fight back against them. These insurance companies do not have a God-given right to make $23 billion in profits and suck it out of our health care system.

Rep. John DELANEY: We need to have solutions that are workable. Can you imagine if we tried to start Social Security now but said "private pensions are illegal?" That's the equivalent of what Senator Warren is proposing with health care.

WARREN: He talks about solutions that are workable. We have tried the solution of private insurance companies. They've sucked billions of dollars out of our health care system. They've made everybody fill out dozens of forms. Why? Not because they're trying to track your health care. They just want one more excuse to say no.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Homeland Security: No-first-use nuclear policy makes world safer

Q: You want to make it U.S. policy that the U.S. will never use a nuclear weapon unless another country uses one first. Now, President Obama reportedly considered that policy, but ultimately decided against it. Why should the U.S. tie its own hands with that policy?

WARREN: Because it makes the world safer. The US is not going to use nuclear weapons preemptively, and we need to say so to the entire world. It reduces the likelihood that someone miscalculates, someone misunderstands. Donald Trump keeps expanding the different ways that we have nuclear weapons, the different ways that they could be used puts us all at risk. You know, our military is the best on Earth. But we should not be asking our military to take on jobs that do not have a military solution. We need to use our diplomatic tools, our economic tools, and if we're going to send someone into war, we better have a plan for how we're going to get them out on the other end.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Immigration: Fix the crisis at the border; don't just stir it up

Gov. Steve BULLOCK [to Warren]: We've got 100,000 people showing up at the border right now. If we decriminalize entry, if we give health care to everyone, we'll have multiples of that. The biggest problem right now that we have with immigration, it's Donald Trump. He's using immigration to not only rip apart families, but rip apart this country. But you don't have to decriminalize everything.

WARREN: We have to be an America that is clear about what we want to do with immigration. We need to expand legal immigration. We need to create a path for citizenship, not just for DREAMers but for grandmas and for people who have been working here in the farms and for students who have overstayed their visas. We need to fix the crisis at the border. And a big part of how we do that, is we do not play into Donald Trump's hands. President Trump wants to stir up the crisis at the border because that's his overall message. It's -- if there's anything wrong in your life, blame them.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On War & Peace: Negotiate for nuclear non-proliferation, including Iran

Gov. Steve BULLOCK [to Warren]: I wouldn't want to take [first use of nuclear weapons] off the table. Never, I hope, would we really even get close to pulling that trigger. But going from the position of strength, we should be negotiating down so there aren't nuclear weapons. But drawing those lines in the sand, at this point I wouldn't do.

WARREN: Look, we don't expand trust around the world by saying, "You know, we might be the first ones to use a nuclear weapon." That puts the entire world at risk and puts us at risk, right in the middle of this. At a time when Donald Trump is pulling out of our nuclear negotiations, expanding the opportunities for nuclear proliferation around the world, has pulled us out of the deal in Iran, and Iran is now working on its nuclear weapon, the world gets closer and closer to nuclear warfare. We have to have an announced policy that is one the entire world can live with. We need to make that clear. We will respond if someone else does, but not first.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Welfare & Poverty: Wealth tax of two cents, to fund education and childcare

Q: Congressman Delaney, your estimated net worth is more than $65 million. That would make you subject to Senator Warren's proposed wealth tax on the assets of the richest 75,000 households. Is that fair?

DELANEY: I think wealthy Americans have to pay more. But the wealth tax will be fought in court forever. It's arguably unconstitutional.

WARREN: It's time to tax the top 0.1% of fortunes in this country. Your first $50 million, you can keep free and clear. But your 50 millionth and first dollar, you got to pitch in two cents. Two cents. What can America do with two cents? We can provide universal childcare from zero to five. We can raise the wages of every childcare worker and preschool teacher in this country. We can provide universal tuition-free college. We can put $50 billion into our historically black colleges and universities. It tells you how badly broken this economy is that two cents from the wealthiest in this country would let us invest in the rest of America.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

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