‘Conversation with the Candidate’ with Eric Swalwell: Online exclusive


>>CONVERSATION WITH THE
CANDIDATE CONTINUES.>>THANK YOU FOR CLICKING ON OUR
EXTENDED CONVERSATION WITH THE
CANDIDATE. WE ARE TO HAVE 30 MINUTES OF
QUESTIONS. CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL IS
RUNNING FOR QUESTION. WE ARE GOING TO START WITH
STEPHEN KIDDER.>>MY NAME IS STEPHEN AND I’M AN
ACLU VOTER WHICH MEANS I
PRIORITIZE CIVIL LIBERTIES WHEN
I TEST MY BALLOT. AN ISSUE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME
AS MASS INCARCERATION. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR
BIPARTISAN VOTE FOR THE FIRST
STEP OUT. WITH THE NATIONAL MENTUM BEHIND
ENDING MASIMO CORPORATION, WOULD
YOU COMMIT TO REDUCING FEDERAL
PRISON POPULATION — MASS
INCARCERATION, WOULD YOU COMMIT
TO REDUCING FEDERAL PRISON POPULATION BY HALF?>>I WILL COMMIT TO REDUCING
VIOLENT OFFENDERS. I PROSECUTED SOME OF THE WORST
PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. I SAW THE FAILURES OF NOT HAVING
ADDICTION SERVICES OR JOB
TRAINING OR RETRAINING SERVICES
FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEEDED IT. I VOTED FOR THE FIRST STEP ACT
WHICH REDUCES THE PRISON
POPULATION FOR NONVIOLENT
NONSERIOUS OFFENDERS. I THINK IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE
LAST STEP ACT BECAUSE SENDING
SOMEONE TO PRISON SHOULD BE THE
LAST THING YOU DO ONCE YOU HAVE
EXHAUSTED ALL OTHER REMEDIES. WHAT I WOULD DO FIRST IS INVEST
IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT DON’T
HAVE INVESTMENT IN THEM. I WOULD SIT IN A WEST OAKLAND
APARTMENT BUILDING TALKING TO
THE WITNESS OF A CRIME, USUALLY
A YOUNG BLACK MAN AND I WOULD
HEAR THE PIERCING SOUNDS OF
POLICE SIRENS OUTSIDE AND SEE THE PAYDAY LENDERS AND LIQUOR
STORES ACROSS THE STREET AND
HEAR ABOUT THE CRUMBLING SCHOOLS
THESE KIDS WOULD GO TO AND I
KNEW IT DIDN’T MATTER HOW HARD
THEY WORKED OR HOW SMART THEY WERE. IF WE DIDN’T INVEST IN THEM AND
BELIEVE IN THEIR GOD-GIVEN
POTENTIAL THEY WEREN’T GOING TO
HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES THAT
I DID. I WOULD INVEST IN EVERY
COMMUNITY NOT JUST THE WEALTHY. I WOULD TRY AND DIVERT PEOPLE
FROM GOING TO JAIL AS OFTEN AS
YOU CAN AND BELIEVE THAT IF YOU
GIVE THEM A SKILL THAT THEY WILL
HAVE THAT DIGNITY OF WORK AND
THEY WILL GO INTO A LIFE OF CRIME. THE LAST THING I WOULD ADDRESS
WOULD BE PRISON REFORM. THE FIRST TWO ARE MUCH HARDER. WE HAVE DONE THE EASY STEP. NOW WE NEED LEADERSHIP. SOMEONE WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED
KNOWING LAW AND ORDER BUT ALSO
MERCY AND REDEMPTION CAN MAKE A
BIG STEP FORWARD ON THIS.>>THERE DOES SEEM TO BE
CONSENSUS AROUND SOME LENIENCY
OR AMNESTY FOR DRUG OFFENDERS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PRISON
REFORM HOW DOES THAT WORK? WE SEE PEOPLE GO TO PRISON AND
COME OUT NOT REHABILITATED BUT
EVEN WORSE CRIMINALS.>>I WOULD LIKE THEM NOT TO JUST
BE HOUSING UNITS LEARNING UNITS. I WENT TO SAN QUENTIN PRISON NOT
TOO LONG AGO THERE MY
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND I SAW
THAT YOU HAD LIFERS LEARNING HOW
TO CODE. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS
COUNTER INTUITIVE. THEY ARE GOING TO BE HERE FOR
THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THE WARDEN SAID, YOU ARE ALWAYS
LEARNING NO MATTER WHAT YOUR
SENTENCE IS. WE WANT PEOPLE TO ALWAYS HAVE
THE DIGNITY OF LEARNING. I THINK IF YOU CAN DO THAT FOR A
LIFE OR YOU SHOULD CERTAINLY DO
THAT FOR SOMEONE WHO’S GOING TO
GET OUT AND BE IT. AS IT RELATES TO DRUG USE, THIS
STATE HAS BEEN AFFECTED MORE
THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER BY THE
OPIOID CRISIS. WHAT I HAVE SEEN IS THAT
DECENTRALIZED MODELS OF CARE CAN
REALLY WORK. I KNOW MAYOR CRAIG HERE HAS
INVESTED IN PUTTING OPIOID
TREATMENT CENTERS AT FIREHOUSE
IS AND YOU HAVE SEEN A REDUCTION
OF 19% IN OPIOID OVERDOSES. I THINK EXPANDING THE HEALTH
CARE RESOURCES NOT JUST PUTTING
THEM ALL IN ONE PLACE IN A V.A. BUT IN FIREHOUSES AND SCHOOLS. WHERE WE GO IN THE COMMUNITY
RATHER THAN JUST ONE CENTRALIZED
PLACE.>>ELIZABETH SAYS, I’M THE MOM
OF THE CUTEST THREE-YEAR-OLD
TWINS YOU’VE EVER SEEN. THEY ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN. SINCE I’M NOT, I DO A LOT OF
LISTENING TO AFRICAN AMERICANS
TO LEARN ABOUT RACE. WHO ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS YOU
LISTEN TO ABOUT RACE AND WHAT
ARE THE KEY THINGS YOU HAVE
LEARNED FROM THEM?>>I’M LUCKY THAT I GET TO SERVE
MY HERO IN THE UNITED STATES
CONGRESS, JOHN LEWIS. HE IS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER. I WENT TO HIS DISTRICT LAST YEAR
AND WE DID A COUPLE TOWN HALLS. HE IS A LIVING ACTIVIST. HE MARCHED ACROSS THE EDMUND
PETTUS BRIDGE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
IN THE 50’S AND 60’S. HE STILL DOES THAT TODAY. HE LED US TO A SIT IN ON THE
HOUSE FLOOR AFTER THE PULSE
SHOOTING IN ORLANDO. HE IS A MODEL OF CIVIL RIGHTS
ACTIVISM AND CAUSING GOOD
TROUBLE TO MAKE A CHANGE. I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE A
DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE AS A BLACK
MAN OR BLACK WOMAN IN AMERICA
TODAY AND A LOT OF THAT HAS TO
DO WITH THE WAY THAT YOU ENGAGE
WITH THE POLICE OR A JOB INTERVIEW. I DO A FEW THINGS TO CHANGE
THAT. FIRST I WOULD REQUIRE EVERY
POLICE DEPARTMENT IN AMERICA
THAT RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDS TO
HAVE THEIR OFFICERS WERE BODY
CAMERAS. THAT’S FOR THE POLICE OFFICERS
SECURITY BUT ALSO FOR COMMUNITY
ACCOUNTABILITY. I WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THAT THE
DEPARTMENTS HAVE TO LOOK LIKE
THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY
PATROL. TOO OFTEN AS YOU SAW IN FERGUSON
YOU COULD HAVE A MAJORITY OF THE
POPULATION AS AFRICAN-AMERICAN
BUT ALMOST NO AFRICAN-AMERICAN
OFFICERS. HAVE TO CHANGE THAT TO GET RID
OF THE IMPLICIT BIAS EXISTS. I CHAIRED THE INTELLIGENCE
MODERNIZATION SUBCOMMITTEE AND
MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS RACIAL
DIVERSITY AND MAKING SURE OUR
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY LOO
LIKE THE COUNTRY THEY’RE ASKING TO DEFEND. I THINK JUST PUTTING THOSE
DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS ON OUR
FEDERAL WORKFORCE AND POLICE
DEPARTMENTS CAN GO A LONG WAY TO
GETTING RID OF BIAS AND THOSE
UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCES THAT PEOPLE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
STILL GO THROUGH TODAY.>>A LOT OF CANDIDATES HAVE
TAKEN A POSITION ON REPARATIONS
FOR SLAVERY.>>I HAVE SIGNED ON TO THE BILL
BY SHEILA JACKSON LEE THAT WOULD
HAVE A COMMISSION ON REPARATIONS
BECAUSE I THINK IT IS TIME THAT
WE HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND
PUT FORTH THE FAIREST REMEDY FOR A COMMUNITY THAT HAS STILL
PAYING THE PRICE FOR SINS FROM
SO LONG AGO. THEY ARE STILL LIVING THAT
TODAY. I THINK INVESTING IN THOSE
COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT MOST. I HAVE SEEN IT IN OAKLAND,
BALTIMORE, ACROSS AMERICA. INVEST AND BELIEVE IN THOSE
COMMUNITIES.>>NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM
BENJAMIN PELLETIER.>>TO YOU BELIEVE IN ADDING MORE
SUITS TO THE SUPREME COURT?>>NO, I DON’T SUPPORT THAT. I SUPPORT JUST WIN, BABY. IF WE WIN WE CAN PUT JUSTICES ON
THE COURT THAT WILL FOLLOW THE
LAW AND ARE QUALIFIED. I DON’T WANT THAT TO BE SEEN AS
AN ALIBI FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO
WIN. JUST WINNING MEANS GOING TO
ALABAMA AND I DID THAT IN THE
MIDTERMS. GOING TO INDIANA. GOING TO OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS AND
IOWA. I SAW THAT PEOPLE THERE ARE JUST
LIKE VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO
HAVE FLIPPED THEIR ENTIRE
DELEGATION BLUE. YOU JUST HAVE TO ORGANIZE AND
TALK TO THOSE FOLKS. IF WE DO THAT WE CAN HAVE A
SUPREME COURT THAT IS FAIRER
THAN TODAY. I DON’T SUPPORT CHANGING THE
RULES ESPECIALLY IF IT WILL LOOK
LIKE WE ARE ONLY DOING IT
BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE THE
COMPOSITION TODAY.>>REVEALING YOUR EAST BEIRUT. — BAY ROOTS. SOCIAL MEDIA QUESTION FROM
DENNIS GOODMAN. WHY DO AMERICANS HAVE TO WORK
OVER 20 YEARS WITH BARE-BONES
BENEFITS WHILE OUR
REPRESENTATIVE’S CAN RETIRE AT A
VERY YOUNG AGE WITH FULL PAY AND
HEALTH INSURANCE?>>THAT’S NOT TRUE BUT MY DAD
DID SEND ME A COUPLE MONTHS AGO
IT WAS LIKE ONE OF THOSE
FORWARD: FORWARD: FORWARD:. HE SAID, I HOPE IT’S NOT TRUE. I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE CHAIN EMAILS
THAT SAID MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
GET PENSION FOR LIFE, SALARY FOR
LIFE, I’M ON MY WIFE’S HEALTH
CARE BECAUSE IT’S BETTER THAN
WHAT WE HAVE. THERE IS NO PENSION FOR LIFE. THERE IS NO HEALTH CARE FOR
LIFE. BUT THE PREMISE OF THE QUESTION
WHICH IS THAT IF YOU WORK HARD
IN OUR COUNTRY IT SHOULD ADD UP
TO YOU DOING BATTLE AND TRAINING
BIGGER. 80% OF AMERICANS ARE LIVING
PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK ONLY HALF
OF US ARE INVESTED IN THE STOCK
MARKET. WE ARE IN A TOP FLOOR ECONOMY
TODAY WHERE MOST OF THE BENEFITS
OF THIS ECONOMY ARE STAYING ON
THE TOP FLOOR. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS
THERE INTO SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. HAVE EACH A CHECK AND EMPLOYEE
WHERE THE EMPLOYEE WOULD PUT
MONEY IN, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD
PUT MONEY IN AND THAT WOULD
INCREASE WHAT YOUR RETIREMENT
SAVINGS IS WHEN YOU RETIRE. I THINK THERE’S A LOT MORE THAT
WE CAN DO SO THAT FOLKS HAVE
UNITY IN RETIREMENT. IT’S JUST MAKING SURE THAT THIS
ECONOMY TODAY IS WORKING FOR
EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO WORK HARD
NOT JUST FOLKS ON THE TOP FLOOR.>>CONGRESSMAN, THERE IS A VERY
REAL POSSIBILITY THAT AFTER THE
2020 ELECTION THE SENATE WILL
REMAIN UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL
AND THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC. KNOWING THIS, HOW ARE YOU GOING
TO CONVINCE VOTERS THAT YOU CAN
ACCOMPLISH SOME OF THE MORE
LIBERAL OBJECTIVES SUCH AS AN
ASSAULT WEAPONS BUYBACK AND BAN
AND THEN AS PRESIDENT ACTUALLY DELIVER ON YOUR CAMPAIGN
PROMISES?>>FIRST AS THE NOMINEE, I WILL
DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO WIN
SENATE SEATS IN PLACES LIKE
ARIZONA, ALABAMA, COLORADO,
MAINE. WINNING THERE WOULD GIVE US THE
SENATE. I THINK BEING SOMEONE WHO HAS
LIVED IN A LOT OF THIS COUNTRY
AND IS THE SON OF REPUBLICANS I
CAN GO TO THOSE PLACES AND BE
EFFECTIVE. THERE ARE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO
WORK WITH REPUBLICANS AND I
FOUNDED A GROUP CALLED THE
UNITED SOLUTIONS CAUCUS IN MY
FIRST FOUR YEARS AND WE HAD A
WORKING GROUP WITH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. DONALD TRUMP CAME IN AND BLEW UP
ANY HOPES OF BIPARTISANSHIP FOR
ALMOST THE WHOLE CONGRESS. WHAT I’M NOT GOING TO HOLD THAT
AGAINST REPUBLICANS AND I’M
GOING TO ASK THEM NOT TO HOLD
HOW THEY VIEWED ME AGAINST
DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THERE WILL
HAVE TO BE A DAY AFTER TRUMP. FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO IS PUT
IN PLACE THE DEMOCRATIC REFORMS
THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS SEEN. REALLY HAVE A WRECKING BALL
TAKEN TO THEM. NOT ALLOWING FAMILY TO BE IN
POSITIONS OF POWER. NOT CASHING IN ON ACCESS TO THE
OVAL OFFICE. NOT ALLOWING FOREIGN NATIONALS
TO GIVE GIFTS TO THE PERSON IN
POWER. SHOWING YOUR TAXES. THOSE ARE PRINCIPLES REPUBLICANS
AND DEMOCRATS HAVE ALWAYS AGREED
UPON. I THINK USING THAT AS A
FOUNDATION YOU CAN START TO TAKE
ACTIONS ON SOME OF THE BIGGER
STUFF LIKE HEALTH CARE,
EDUCATION, GUN VIOLENCE. WHEN IT COMES TO GUNS I JUST DO
NOT ACCEPT THAT THIS IS A
DIVISIVE ISSUE BUT I HAVE COME
TO REALIZE THAT IT IS A TACTIC
BY THE NRA FOR US TO BELIEVE
IT’S A DIVISIVE ISSUE SO IF THEY CAN MAKE YOU THINK TALKING ABOUT
GUN SAFETY IS DIVISIVE THAN MOST
POLITICIANS THINK I’M NOT GOING
TO TOUCH THAT HOT STOVE. I HAVE TALKED TO THE MOMS,
STUDENTS AND SURVIVORS AND THEY
BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE RIGHT TO
DANCE AT A CONCERT, LAUGH AT A
THEATER, PRAY AT A CHURCH,
SYNAGOGUE OR MOSQUE IS GREATER THAN ANY OTHER RIGHT IN OUR
CONSTITUTION AND THE RIGHT TO
LIVE IS WHERE WE SHOULD START
WHEN IT COMES TO GUN SAFETY.>>NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM
JOAN.>>HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH A
PLAN FOR BOTH CLEAN AND
RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE
COUNTRY?>>I WOULD INVEST IN IT
AND MAKE SURE THOSE WORKERS
WORKING ON FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION SITES DON’T FEEL LIKE
THEY ARE GIVEN A FALSE CHOICE. THAT’S TOO OFTEN THE CASE. THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE
BETWEEN MY JOB AND CLEAN AIR AND
CLEAN WATER. AS DEMOCRATS WE ARE LOSING A LOT
OF THOSE GOOD PAYING UNION JOB
WORKERS. WHAT I WOULD DO IS INVEST IN
TECHNOLOGIES THAT COULD BRING
THEIR SITES TO CARBON NEUTRAL. GIVE THEM A SKILLS BRIDGE INTO
WIND, SOLAR, FUSION. ALTERNATIVE SKILLS. ALSO GET INTO AN INTERNATIONAL
ACCORD. I PLEDGE AS PRESIDENT TO HOST AN
EVENT STATES AND INTERNATIONAL
ACCORD HERE SO THAT WE CAN JOIN
THE REST OF THE WORLD BECAUSE WE
CAN’T DO THIS ALONE. WE NEED OTHER COUNTRIES AND
OTHER COUNTRIES NEED TO KNOW
THAT WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. AS IT RELATES TO SOME OF THE
POLLUTANTS THAT YOU ARE SEEING
HERE, I KNOW OF THE ISSUES OF
MORE AND MORE CONTAMINANTS BEING
FOUND. I WOULD INSIST THAT COMMUNITIES
THAT ARE CONTAMINATED OR HAVE
POLLUTANTS HAVE ACCESS TO
GENOMICS AND BLOOD TESTS SO THEY
CAN SEE IF THEIR CONDITION AS A
RESULT OF THEIR DNA CODE OR THEIR ZIP CODE. IF IT’S THEIR ZIP CODE THEN YOU
CAN BETTER HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE
POLLUTERS. THAT ALSO MEANS HAVING AN EPA
THAT IS FULLY FUNDED AND FULLY
ON THE JOB TO KEEP US SAFE.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY
HAVE IDENTIFIED THE COULD REALLY
REDUCE AUTO EMISSIONS IS
DRIVERLESS CARS. AS PRESIDENT WOULD YOU BE TRYING
TO FOSTER A DAY WERE PEOPLE ARE
NOT DRIVING THEIR OWN CARS?>>YES. I WANT TO BE A COUNTRY THAT
EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY AND ENSURES
THAT TECHNOLOGY ALWAYS CREATES
MORE JOBS THAN IT DISPLACES. THE COST OF INNOVATING AND
TAKING THE FACTORY FLOOR FROM
1000 PEOPLE TO 100 PEOPLE TO ONE
PERSON HAS TO BE THAT WE ARE
INVESTING IN NEW SKILLS FOR THE
WORKERS THAT LOSE THEIR JOB AND MAKING SURE KIDS TODAY HAVE THE
AGILITY OF SKILLS TO KEEP
CHANGING WITH THE ECONOMY. I HAVE A SON WHO’S GOING TO BE
TWO NEXT MONTH AND HE’S GOING TO
HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO BE A
CHEMIST, AN ENGINEER, HE’S GOING
TO HAVE TO HAVE A SOFTWARE BACK
ON AND GOD FORBID HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO BE A LAWYER
JUST LIKE YOU AND ME. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED TO HAVE
ALL OF THOSE SKILLS AS THE
ECONOMY CHANGES.>>THANK YOU FOR SPENDING YOUR
TIME WITH US. YOU HAVE SUPPORTED LEGISLATION
IN CONGRESS THAT WOULD PREVENT
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FROM
INTERFERING IN COMMERCIAL
MARIJUANA SALES IN STATES THAT
HAVE LEGALIZED THE DRUG. MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE STATED
THAT THEY STARTED WITH MARIJUANA
AND GRADUATED TO A MORE POWERFUL
DRUG DOES THIS BOTHER YOU?>>IT WOULD BOTHER ME IF WE
DIDN’T HAVE LIMITS ON IT OR WE
DIDN’T GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE
AWARENESS IN THE CLASSROOM ABOUT
THE USE OF WHETHER IT’S
MARIJUANA, ALCOHOL FOR HARDER DRUGS. I HAVE DAILY MEMBERS MYSELF WHO
HAVE MS. I HAVEN’T ON TO WHO HAS — I
HAVE AN AUNT WHO HAS MS WHO USES
IT FOR PAIN RELIEF. RIGHT NOW SO MANY OF THE
DIFFERENT STATES THAT HAVE
ALLOWED IT ARE REALLY BLOCKED
FROM FULLY DISTRIBUTING IT TO
HELP PEOPLE BECAUSE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ALLOW IT. SO BUSINESSES CAN BANK IT. THEY HAVE TO USE CASH BANKING
WHICH IS NOT REALLY SAFE EITHER
FOR THOSE SITES AND THEY CAN’T
GET THE DEDUCTIONS YOU WOULD
OTHERWISE GET FROM OUR TAX CODE. I SUPPORT PULLING MARIJUANA OFF
OF SCHEDULE ONE AND TAKING IT
OFF AND ALLOWING STATES TO
DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT IT TO
BE LEGALIZED OR LIMIT IT TO
MEDICINAL USE. I THINK AT THE VERY LEAST WE
SHOULD BE ABLE TO STUDY ITS
MEDICINAL EFFECTS AND ALLOW
STATES THAT EITHER WANT TO
LEGALIZE OR ALLOW THEIR PATIENTS
TO USE IT MEDICINALLY TO DO IT WITHOUT FEAR OF PROSECUTION.>>THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM
SOCIAL MEDIA. ROLAND YOUNG WANTS YOU TO
EXPLAIN YOUR POSITION ON THE
ELECTORAL COLLEGE.>>JUST WIN, BABY. I WOULD LOVE IT TO BE THE
POPULAR VOTE. TWO OF THE LAST FOUR ELECTIONS
AND PRESIDENTS WERE ELECTED
WITHOUT THE POPULAR VOTE. I WOULD LOVE IT TO BE THE
POPULAR VOTE BUT WITH LIMITED
TIME AND LIMITED RESOURCES I
WANT US TO JUST GO TO THE PLACES
WHERE WE HAVE TRADITIONALLY WON
BUT DIDN’T WIN IN 2016. MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA,
WISCONSIN. ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT INDIANA
VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA IN 2008
AND THEN WE LOST INDIANA IN 2012
AND 2016. WE CAN’T JUST BE A PARTY OF THE
LAST STATES THAT VOTED FOR US IN
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WE HAVE TO KEEP SEEING VOTER
EVERYWHERE. I FEEL COMFORTABLE BECAUSE OF
THE WAY THAT I LIVE I CAN
CREDIBLY ADD STATES IN THE
GENERAL ELECTION. I CAN TELL VOTERS I SEE YOU, I
HEAR YOU AND I WILL PUT FORTH
POLICIES THAT ARE FOR YOU.>>YOU ARE SAYING THE FOUNDING
FATHERS WERE RIGHT. THEY WERE VERY SUSPICIOUS OF THE
CONCENTRATION OF POWER.>>THEY WERE RIGHT. I DON’T SEE SMALL STATES VOTING
AGAINST THEIR INTERESTS SO I
WANT TO FOCUS ON THINGS THAT CAN
ACTUALLY GET DONE.>>CERTAINLY A CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENT IS A HIGH BAR.>>WHAT INITIATIVES WOULD YOU
PUSH AS PRESIDENT TO COMBAT THE
PROBLEM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?>>THE QUESTION WAS ABOUT
SPECIFIC INITIATIVES HUMAN
TRAFFICKING. I WAS A HUMAN TRAFFICKING
PROSECUTOR IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. DOMESTIC TRAFFICKING IS THE REAL
ISSUE IN AMERICA. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK HUMAN
TRAFFICKING IS INTERNATIONAL
FOLKS BEING BROUGHT HERE. IS ACTUALLY OUR OWN KIDS. TEENAGERS, RUNAWAYS WHO GET
PULLED INTO THAT LIFESTYLE. I WOULD FUND RESOURCES FOR
POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO MAKE SURE
THE COMMUNITY IS AWARE AND A LOT
OF TIMES IT IS JUST SEEING THE
SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. A HOTEL OWNER TO SEE THE SIGNS
OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. PEOPLE ON THE DIFFERENT CORNERS
OR STREETS THAT HAVE HIGH VOLUME
OF TRAFFICKING FOR THE STORE
OWNERS TO SEE IT. TO INVEST IN COMMUNITY ORIENTED
POLICING. I HAVE A BROTHER WHO IS A
COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICE
OFFICER. HE’S ON A FEDERAL GRANT AND HE’S
ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN AND HOPEFULLY HAVE A
RELATIONSHIP WHERE SOMEONE SEES
A FRIEND THAT COULD BE
TRAFFICKED THEY CAN TELL HIM. ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE
TOUGH CRIMES FOR ANY TRAFFICKER
— TOUGH LAWS FOR ANY
TRAFFICKER. UNDERSTANDING THAT IT’S ALSO
WHAT WE SEE AND WHAT WE REPORT
IN THE COMMUNITY. IT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
AND I WOULD LEAD ON THAT IN THE
WHITE HOUSE.>>WELCOME BACK TO NEW
HAMPSHIRE. IT TAKES A CHANGE OF THE FEDERAL
LAW TO BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE THE
FEDERAL PRICES FOR PRESCRIPTION
DRUGS FOR MEDICARE. WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU OR YOUR
COLLEAGUES TAKEN TO START THE
PROCESS?>>I SUPPORT ALLOWING
NEGOTIATION FOR PRESCRIPTION
DRUGS FOR MEDICARE. IN A COVERAGE FOR ALL MODEL I
WOULD SUPPORT IT FOR THAT. SECONDLY I BELIEVE IT WOULD
REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE BEING UP TO THE JOB IT
COMES TO ANTITRUST AND MAKING
SURE THERE’S ALWAYS COMPETITION
IN THE WAY THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG COMPANIES OFFER DRUG
PRODUCTS AND NO COMPANY HAS A
MONOPOLY THAT ALLOWS THEM TO
DRIVE UP THE PRICE. I WANT TO BE THE CANDIDATE THAT
INVESTS IN THE NATIONAL
INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND REALLY
GIVES THEM THE RESOURCES THEY
NEED TO FIND CURES. WHAT I HAVE LEARNED TALKING TO
SCIENTISTS IS THAT IF WE HAD
DATA SHARING REQUIREMENTS —
RIGHT NOW YOU COULD HAVE FAILED
CLINICAL TRIALS AND NEVER HAVE
TO SHARE THE RESULTS OF THOSE FAILED TRIALS. IF WE WERE TO SHARE THE RESULTS
OF WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW THAT
WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN BRINGING
DOWN THE COST.>>THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM
DAN BERGERON.>>I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR
RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION. WHAT DOES EDUCATION FUNDING LIKE
IN A SWALWELL ADMINISTRATION AND
HOW DO YOU SEE THAT IMPACTING
COMMUNITIES SUCH AS MANCHESTER?>>THINK YOU FOR SERVING. I KNOW IT’S TOUGH IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE WHEN YOU GET VERY FEW
DOLLARS FROM THE STATE AND YOU
HAVE TO RELY ON PROPERTY TAXES. I WOULD VIEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
DOLLARS AND SCHOOL MODERNIZATION
IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY. I WOULD PUT THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IN THE BUSINESS OF
FUNDING THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS
THAT HAVE THE MOST
INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. I BELIEVE THAT WOULD REDUCE WHAT
YOU ARE SPENDING ON YOUR OWN
POCKETS ON CONSTRUCTION AND
DEVOTE THAT TO TEACHER PAY
BECAUSE I THINK TEACHERS ARE NOT
PAID WHAT THEY’RE WORTH AND THAT REDUCES YOUR ABILITY TO RECRUIT
AND RETAIN THEM BUT ALSO
INCREASE WHAT YOU CAN INVEST AS
FAR AS LABS AND RESEARCH AND
TABLETS FOR THE KIDS. I WANT US TO COME TO THE TABLE. EDUCATION IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE
A LOCAL POSSESSION. THE CURRICULUM IS GOING TO BE
DECIDED BY LOCAL SCHOOL MEMBERS
WHO KNOW BEST. YOU SHOULD HAVE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AS A PARTNER AND
ADVOCATE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR
BIGGEST COSTS LIKE CONSTRUCTION.>>WHERE DO YOU STAND ON SCHOOL
CHOICE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS? BIG DEBATE.>>I DON’T WANT US TO GIVE UP ON
PUBLIC EDUCATION. I’M THE PRODUCT OF PUBLIC
EDUCATION. I DO UNDERSTAND WHY A PARENT
WOULD WANT TO MAKE A DECISION TO
SEND THEIR KID TO A CHARTER
SCHOOL. I THINK CHARTER SCHOOLS SHOULD
HAVE TO MEET THE SAME STANDARDS
AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS IF THEY ARE
GOING TO GET PUBLIC DOLLARS.>>JOHN ASKS ARE YOU FOR TAKING
HANDGUNS OUT OF TEACHERS HANDS?>>I DON’T WANT TO ARM TEACHERS,
RABBIS OR THE THEATER USHER. I DON’T WANT TEACHERS ARMED.>>CHRISTIE IS COMING DOWN.>>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. YOU MENTIONED THE UNITED
SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. A BIPARTISAN GROUP. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU GUYS MET
ABOUT WAS THE SAVE ACT THAT YOU
PUT FORWARD TO CUT WASTEFUL
GOVERNMENT SPENDING OVER 10
YEARS. YOU HAVE PARTICIPATED IN OTHER
BIPARTISAN EFFORT. IS IT EASIER OR HARDER NOW FOR
BIPARTISAN EFFORTS AND HOW DO
YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS PRESIDENT
WITH THE EXPERIENCE IN THE HOUSE
AND THE BIPARTISAN WORK?>>I’VE DONE IT BEFORE. IT’S BEEN TOUGH WITH PRESIDENT
TRUMP. SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT
I’VE HAD HAVE BEEN FRAYED. I HAVE TOLD MY REPUBLICAN
FRIENDS IN CONGRESS AND OUTSIDE
CONGRESS THAT THIS IS NOT BEING
ANTI-REPUBLICAN. IT’S JUST THE ANTSOMEONE WHO
DOESN’T RESPECT RULE OF LAW,
FREEDOM OF PRESS, THE
INSTITUTIONS WILL HOLD SO DEA
AND A LOT OF FOREIGN & TO ATTACK
US AND CAN’T CONDEMN THAT ATTACK. I’M AGAINST THAT. THAT’S WHY I HAVE PLEDGED AS
PRESIDENT I WOULD PUT TOGETHER
THIS TEAM OF RIVALS BECAUSE —
I’M PLEDGING TO MAKE DEMOCRATIC
REFORMS NOW BECAUSE IT’S EASY. I KNOW IT’S NOT NECESSARILY
POPULAR AMONG SOME DEMOCRATS. I JUST BELIEVE IN OUR DEMOCRACY
SO MUCH AND CARE ABOUT THE
FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT I
THINK YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO
USE ONE TO MOVE FORWARD.>>WE HAVE SEEN THE INCREASING
RELIANCE ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS. WHAT’S YOUR POSITION ON THE USE
OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND HOW
OFTEN WOULD WE SEE YOU USING
THEM AS PRESIDENT?>>I HAVE SERVED IN CONGRESS. I WOULD WANT TO SEE THE WILL OF
THE PEOPLE CARRIED OUT. SOMETIMES THAT MEANS YOU ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO STRIKE DEALS
AND COMPROMISE IN WAYS THAT YOU
ARE GOING TO HAVE TO — SO YOU
CAN HAVE A GOVERNING MAJORITY
AND ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF CLIMATE, EDUCATION, GUN
VIOLENCE, HEALTH CARE. I’M NOT SO EXTREME IN MY WAYS
THAT I CAN’T WORK WITH
REPUBLICANS ON ISSUES. I HAVE A BILL NOW WITH JOHN
SHIMKUS OF ILLINOIS. IT WOULD ALLOW ANY CHILD BORN
INTO POVERTY IF THEY HAVE A RARE
DISEASE THEY WOULD HAVE ACCESS
TO GENOMICS. THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO ON A
DIAGNOSTIC ODYSSEY. WE ARE NOT THE ENEMY IS THE
PRESIDENT WANTS US TO BE OF EACH
OTHER.>>WE HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA
QUESTION. WHY ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT?>>IT’S NOT JUST TO UPSET MY
PARENTS. I WENT TO COLLEGE ON A
SCHOLARSHIP. I WANT TO GEORGE BUSH’S
INAUGURATION IN 2001. WHEN I GOT INJURED FROM THAT
SCHOLARSHIP I HAD TO START
PAYING OUT OF MY OWN POCKET AND
TAKING OUT STUDENT LOANS. WE HAD A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WHO
KEPT INCREASING TUITION AND
BALANCE THE STATE BUDGETS ON THE
BACK OF THE STUDENTS AND I WOULD
REGISTRAR’S OFFICE THAT YOU’RE
GOING TO BE KICKED OUT OF YOUR CLASSES, DROPPED FROM THE
SCHOOL. WE WERE JUST SCRAPING EVERYTHING
TOGETHER. WORKING AS A CAPITOL HILL INTERN
FOR MY OWN DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF
CONGRESS AND SEEING THE VALUES
DEMOCRATS HAD ON THIS ISSUE I
JUST BELIEVED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
WAS A PARTY THAT BELIEVED IF YOU WORKED HARD IT SHOULD ADD UP TO
DOING BETTER AND DREAMING
BIGGER. THAT’S THE TIME I BECAME A
DEMOCRAT.>>IF YOU ARE ELECTED YOU WOULD
BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT WITH A
TODDLER IN THE WHITE HOUSE SINCE
JOHN F. KENNEDY. HOW DO YOU MAKE LIFE NORMAL FOR
YOUR FAMILY IF YOU BECOME THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?>>IT’S TOUGH. MY WIFE HAS A VERY GOOD JOB AND
SHE TRAVELS A LOT FOR HER JOB. SHE JOKES THAT THE ONLY WAY ANY
OF US CAN SLEEP AROUND HERE IS
TO TAKE A WORK TRIP. WE ARE VERY NORMAL PEOPLE. OUR FRIENDS AND OUR LIFE
CENTERED AROUND OUR KIDS FRIENDS
AND THEIR PARENTS. I WOULDN’T WANT TO DEPRIVE THEM
OF THAT. SHE’S FROM INDIANA. WE GO THERE A LOT. I THINK SEEING THAT THEIR FATHER
HASN’T CHANGED TO THE IS IS THE
BEST THING FOR THEM.>>ONE QUESTION WE HAVE ASKED A
LOT HERE IS WHAT ADVERSITY HAVE
YOU FACED IN YOUR LIFE THAT
MAKES YOU A BETTER LEADER?>>WHEN I WAS 10 I HAD BELL’S
PALSY. WAS TOUGH TO OVERCOME. I HAD AN EYE PATCH. I LOST MOST OF MY SMILE. I’M 80% RECOVERED ON THAT. I SAW HOW MUCH MY PARENTS
STRESSED OUT OVER THAT PAYING
FOR THE DIFFERENT TREATMENTS AND
DOCTORS VISITS WORRYING ABOUT ME
BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY AND
ACTING DIFFERENTLY. I UNDERSTAND THE HEALTH CARE
SIDE OF THAT. I ALSO BELIEVE JUST GOING
THROUGH COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL
AND JUST SCRAPING BY AND TAKING
FULL-TIME JOBS AND FULL-TIME
CLASS WORK I SAW WHY PEOPLE WORK
HARD AND I ALWAYS BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER AT THE END
THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN A POSITION
LIKE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE
ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK JUST
AS HARD BUT IT’S NOT ADDING UP. THEY ARE JUST RUNNING IN PLACE. THEY ARE TAKING ON 10 TO 20
EXTRA HOURS OF OVERTIME JUST TO
GET PAID WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE
BEEN TAKE 10 YEARS AGO FOR A 40
HOUR WEEK. HAVING RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE
SURE IT’S NOT JUST ME THAT DID
BETTER BECAUSE I WORKED HARD.>>CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL,
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE
CANDIDATES. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING EVERYONE.

3 comments on “‘Conversation with the Candidate’ with Eric Swalwell: Online exclusive”

  1. V Raja says:

    Boooooooooooo!

  2. randy smith says:

    Looking forward to watching Representative Eric Swallower get his butt kicked in the primaries. NOBODY likes this guy.

  3. 1 says:

    One Word: L O S E R. This P I N H E A D took a whole chapter out of @ Campaign RULE BOOK that ROBBIE MOOK and BRIAN FALLON helped write. He actually had to drop out. Like Hillary he blew well over 25 million dollars in his SHORT PRESIDENTIAL RUN with the I LOST FIRST TROPHY to show for it. He is in debt now and the poor S U C K E R S that donated to him, like the same donors that dropped 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS to the I got a book deal for losing the Presidential RACE 2016. So don't let this snake, yes he has shed his skin from the poor lawyer he was FOOOOOOOOOOOOL you that he has dropped out for any other reason than his LACKLUSTRE POLL NUMBERS. THEY DIDN'T lie in this case. He was close to the bottom of the DUNG PILE and was forced to drop out as his donations dried up quicker than T.E LAWRENCE'S Water can in Lawrence of Arabia. GOOGLE it, the facts are there because of political campaign laws. L O S E R !!!

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