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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (14/30)

Senator Catherine Williams (D-CA) and Senate Minority Whip Chet Winger (D-NC) joined each other in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College for a policy event on antitrust and monopolization.

 

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Senate Minority Whip Chet Winger (D-NC)

 

 

Good evening, Saint Anselm. I’m Chet Winger from North Carolina, the Senate Democratic Whip. It’s great to be here at this prestigious school of politics. When I was a boy, I wanted to be an entrepreneur - barely knowing what the word meant, but knowing that it meant something. It meant that a kid like me, without a dollar in my pocket and no inheritance to receive, had a chance. I managed to work my way to college and to a business - building a life for my family. Ninety percent of it was luck.

 

Today, kids don’t even get that. Small businesses are stifled by billion-dollar ones; careers are harder and harder to find; everyone relying on odds and ends. Forty percent of Americans are one missed check away from poverty. Nearly fifteen percent, almost one in six, are under the poverty line in my home state, as billionaire CEOs make enough to never work another day in their lives, every single year. This can not stand.

 

We need change and we need it now. We need someone who can bring about that change, reliably and effectively, without being afraid to stand up to board room cronyism. We need someone who can fix the bottom rungs of the ladder, instead of just polishing the ones at the top. We need someone who is willing to forge a new American Dream, for every single American, everywhere. And I know just the person, her name is Catherine Williams.

 

In my time in Washington, I’ve met a lot of people, but never someone so experienced, so bold, and so willing to fight for the rights of every American under the sun. She is the candidate for all Americans. She will fight for you like she has fought for the downtrodden already at every opportunity.

 

Senator Williams has promised to make cracking down on the crimes of multi-billion corporations her number one priority as President and I am here to say I am with her all the way. I’m a common-sense Democrat, but common sense means making sure that companies can’t collaborate to stop those starting businesses and protecting the rights of small-business owners, who are the backbone of our economy and our job market.

 
Thank you all for letting me stop by and speak with you and please give a warm welcome to our next President, my friend Catherine Williams, everybody!”

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Thank you! It’s wonderful to be back in New Hampshire! I want to first thank the wonderful and indefatigable Senator from the Tar Heel state, Chet Winger! I am tremendously proud to have your enthusiastic support and I’m even more humbled at the source of your support. Chet believes in getting things done and he believes in common sense solutions. I came to New Hampshire earlier this year, not as a candidate, and vowed to fight harder than what was being proposed to combat the opioid epidemic. I went back to Washington, rolled up my sleeves, worked with a Republican, and secured a $10 billion public-private partnership to go even further than the bipartisan initiative proposed in terms of treating addiction and preventing it, as well. That’s the kind of leadership we need and I am proud to be up for the challenge of restoring that kind of leadership to the White House in 2020!

 

Today I want to talk about another issue of vital importance. As our North Carolina friend stated eloquently - small business is the answer. Small businesses deserve the opportunity to thrive and right now there’s a rampant monopolization of America that we cannot allow to continue. Since we’re in New Hampshire, I feel as if I can reference the Boston Tea Party with much respect. What is lost in history is the fact that colonists were responding to policies giving a tea monopoly in the colonies to the well-connected East India Company, shutting small business out in America. Minus Great Britain, we’re seeing a lot of the same internal monopolization in our country.

 

Over the last two decades, large companies have become much more dominant in industry after industry. There are plenty of examples to see in the stifling of family farms and small businesses across the Appalachian economy to point to.

 

Our history is vibrant with anti-monopoly sentiment and for good reason. People understand that the backbone of our nation, the key to sustainability, jobs, and community are small-town entrepreneurs and businesses and family farms. This understanding, throughout our history, has animated Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as the labor movement, Granger movement, Progressive movement - and it will animate my campaign and presidency!

 

Nevertheless, there has always been and will always be a fight. And so far those behind the big interests of monopolies have won. Look no further than Amazon’s latest deal in my home state. It is Exhibit A of the political clout enjoyed by monopolies in Washington. Amazon, in particular, shows how a powerful company can use predatory pricing to drive out competition - lowering prices to a point in which other campaigns cannot afford to produce and sell. Furthermore, monopolistic attitudes like Amazon, including Big Techs sweeping patents, standard platforms, fleets of lawyers and armies of lobbies - have all formed formidable barriers to new business. Right now we are living in a startup slump, in which small business creation has declined by almost half over the last 30 years. We must not continue to allow declining competition in the new, cutting edge, economy.

 

Flourishing small businesses aren’t just good for small entrepreneurs. It’s good for consumers, too. Monopolies are giants that have stifled competition in industries, meaning they can, eventually, raise prices for consumers. This is no more prevalent than in the pharmaceutical industry, where big companies pay for delays in generic brands, keeping competition out and raising the costs of prescriptions for the average Americans who need them.

 

That is why I am going to take the monopolization of America on. We are going to revive anti-trust. We’re going to enforce presumptions about concentrations, shifting the burden of proof in favor of competition. End safe harbor for mergers that fall below current guideline thresholds. We’re going to strengthen our enforcement with more staffing at DOJ and the FTC. We are going to focus on anti-competitive conduct of major, dominant firms. As president I will create an office of deputy director for competition policy within the National Economic Council to promote policies that will ensure a more competitive economy. We are first going to empower the FTC with those that are going to interpret the laws on the books with the conviction of the broader, general welfare. We’re also going to bring back the Federal Trade Commission program that collected data on industry concentration - a program that was done away with during the Reagan era lovefest with monopolies.

 

As we move forward in the new economy, we deserve to live in an economy that works for everyone. Monopolies threaten that vision. The more competition in our economy, the more community is fostered, the more opportunities are available for more people from one end of the country to the next. That is why I will stand up for antitrust and lead the kinds go change needed, particularly in enforcement, as President of the United States.

 

Thank you all for being here. I’ll be back soon. God bless!”

 

Edited by Christopher Williams

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (10/30)

 

Senators Catherine Williams (D-CA) and Owen Decker (D-AL) attended a church service at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. They participated in the services and spoke to the congregation.

 

 


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Senator and former Mayor of Montgomery Owen Decker (D-AL)

 

 

Good morning, congregation!  As your Senator, your former mayor, a member of this church and a man of faith it is very important to me to touch down in our communities, congregate with our people, and listen to the concerns of our fellow men and women. It is important to me to uplift our people. It is important to me to uplift every single one of you!

 

In 2016, Trump kept telling us that he was going to make America Great Again. Instead, he's laughed by our enemies and hated by our allies, retreated in the face of oppression and radicalism, abandoning the innocents to their fate. He has treated most of the Americans as second class citizens. America is ruined, weakened, humiliated. 

 

But in despair we find hope. We are not blind. The Lord made sure to give us eyes for that. Each day, proud Americans like you look at this mess and say “No. We want a country where all of us Americans are respected, uplifted and valued for our worth and afforded the opportunity to rise!” Inch by inch, we fight toward this goal. Oh, yes, there is hope! And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us! This hope that has been in our prayers is finally being answered. Praise the Lord!

 
I want to introduce you all to the person I believe is a part of that answer. My friends, her name is Catherine Williams. With her help, we can rebuild and unite America! She can achieve a restoration of the American dream - as our first female president!

 

She's experienced. She understands our struggle with voting rights, that are being struck down in every possible way by Republicans across the land. She will strengthen protections and combat the travesty of inequality and systematic efforts to destroy what we’ve built to protect the vote! Why? Because Catherine knows that with your vote, you have the power to change this nation, to change the world! And if we’re smart, Catherine Williams will be our Democratic nominee for president of the United States! On election day, I’ll vote Catherine Williams - and I hope you will, too! Give a warm Southern welcome for our next President: my friend, Catherine Williams!"

 

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 Senator and Presidential Candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

“Oh, what a great message that was! Amen! God bless you, Senator Decker! God bless all of you! Ohh, this is the day the Lord has made and we shall rejoice and be glad in it! Yes! I am so glad to be here at this historic church. The spirits are high, the Lord is present! I want to first thank the Lord Almighty for all that he has given me and giving me the strength to serve! I thank God for continuing to bless us with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We face challenges, but we’ve made milestones in the march for freedom and equality. Nevertheless, I know, as a sister in faith and a student of history and a leader of reality, that the march isn’t done. We must finish the march.

 

There’s a saying among the youth: ‘our leaders must be ‘woke’’, they say. That reminds me of the hope of Martin Luther King who challenged us to stay awake during the revolution being waged that was the Civil Rights Movement. Let me tell you, my friends, we must stay awake today. We have a march to finish, my friends. We have a march to ensure there’s an America where everybody has a chance and has a place. We have to march to ensure that all of our young boys and girls get a high-quality education - that no child is living in poverty! Wehave a march to ensure that our young people and families are free from violence! We have a march to ensure that all of our people are treated equal - that no one is turned away from the polls because of systemic suppression or jailed or killed because of systemic racism! We have a march to finish, my friends!

 

I don’t know about my colleagues in Washington, but I like to keep it real. I’m too old to be sugar-coating what we’re up against. I like to keep it real about the challenges we face. The great Martin Luther King said that the death of us begins when we are silent about what matters in our country and in the World. Let me be the first to say that the plight of inequality matters! The struggle of people to find opportunity and hope, matters! Healthcare matter! Our soldiers and veterans matter! Our standing in the world matters! Decency in the Oval Office matters! Our families’ well-being matters! Our schools and communities, matter! Our future matters and it is up to us to continue marching, roll up our sleeves and keep fighting for the better future that we envision for our communities and our country!

 

If you need any evidence, any signs, any motivation that our time is now, just look at what we’ve had to deal with these last three and a half years. Take a look at the lack of decency - the low-down, dirtiness of the president in the Oval Office. He denigrates extraordinary leaders of the Black community like the great, indefatigable Aunt Maxine Waters - challenging her intelligence. And then we see that ugliness reflecting in his policies. The Republicans have lead a systematic effort to turn back the clock on minority voting rights, cut protection against employment discrimination, diminish efforts to get more young black people into college, and push to end consent decrees with local police intended to ease tensions with black Americans. Folks the legacy of Martin Luther King is on the line!

 

The great Bishop Larry Trotter and Sweet Holy Spirit sing the great hymn: ‘It’s only a test’. Let me tell you, my friends, this is only a test. It's going to be over soon, but we have to keep the faith, not give up and realize what we’re going through. We know that trials just to make us strong, otherwise we wouldn’t grow. We have to stay awake, keep marching, and roll up our sleeves to fight for the future we want and need. I not only want you to fight for me, I want to fight alongside with you.

 

I will fight for you, to break down every barrier that stands in the way of anyone being able to achieve their God-given potential!We’re going to end the pay gap that continues to hold Black women back in the workforce! We’re going to end the era of mass incarceration that is long due after four years of inaction and silence! We’re going to stand against the systematic, deliberate efforts to stop millions of citizens from participating in our democracy by repairing the Voting Rights Act! But we’re not just going on the defense, we’re gonna go on the offensive as well. We’re going to make sure people can find jobs, especially parents, and ensure them affordable child care support. We’re going to make sure our young people are being prepared more effectively for the realities of the world. We’re going to make sure they enter society with a boost and opportunities to succeed. We’re going to increase wages and cut taxes for working families in this country to give people a chance! We’re going to expand health care benefits - make healthcare more affordable, more accessible! I recognize and understand that when we give Black people opportunities and a chance, our country thrives! Our communities thrive! Our greatness thrives!

 

Let’s restore that understanding in the White House. Let’s restore decency and experience in the Oval Office! Let’s restore empathy and respect to the presidency! Let’s return God’s grace and glory, as well!

 

God bless you and God bless this great country!”

Edited by Christopher Williams

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Campaign Budget

Income

- $300,000

- $700,000

- $650,000

 

Expenditures:

- San Diego, California Campaign Office - C.A. Headquarters, $500,000

- Des Moines, Iowa Campaign Office - Iowa Headquarters, $100,000

- Iowa Campaign Office staffing improvements, $100,000

- Nashua, New Hampshire Campaign Office - N.H. Headquarters, $50,000

- New Hampshire Campaign Office staffing improvements, $50,000

- Democratic National Committee, $500,000

 

Balance: 

- $350,000

 

Edited by Christopher Williams

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Campaign Budget

Income: $3.45 million

$350,000

$750,000

- $900,000

$850,000

- $600,000

 

Expenditures: $2.25 million

- Iowa City, IA Campaign Office (2nd in the state), $100,000

- Staffing improvements in both Iowa offices (x2), $200,000

- Keene, NH Campaign Office (2nd in the state), $50,000

- Staffing improvements in both New Hampshire offices (x2), $100,000

- North Charleston, SC Campaign Office - SC Campaign Headquarters, $100,000

- Columbia, SC Campaign Office, $100,000

- Staffing improvements in both South Carolina offices (x2), $200,000

- Las Vegas, NV Campaign Office - NV Campaign Headquarters, $100,000

- Staffing improvements in NV Headquarters, $100,000

- Birmingham, AL Campaign Office - AL Campaign Headquarters, $100,000

- Staffing improvements in AL Headquarters, $100,000

- Staffing improvements in San Diego, California Headquarters, $500,000

- Democratic National Committee, $500,000

 

Balance: 

- $1,200,000

Edited by Christopher Williams

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (3/40)

 

 


 

 

 

Catherine Williams Presidential Campaign

Launch Rally

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Presidio Park, San Diego, California


 

At 10:30am, supporters began filing into Presidio Park in San Diego, California for the Launch Rally of the Catherine Williams 2020 presidential campaign - her first major address after the “rollout” phase of the campaign.

 

Rally-goers were given flags and campaign signs. They listened to the “Williams 2020 Campaign Playlist.”

 

At 12:00am, "Love Train" by the O'Jays starts playing through loudspeakers - an announcement was made…

 

 

Announcer: Please welcome, Catherine Williams!

 

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Catherine Williams struts on stage, shaking the hands of attendees and supporters. She reaches the stages, claps to the music and waves to the crowd.

 

She eventually takes to the podium as the music slowly quiets...

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

“Thank you! Hello, San Diego! Oh, it’s great to be back home! Thank you all!

 

I’m glad to be here in my hometown - with family and friends. It’s great to be here among all of you, in a state that has given me the honor of serving you in the United States Senate for nearly thirty years!

 

When I decided to run for president, I thought about how California - as my home - has given me the ability to cultivate conviction, humility, and duty. My place in this country’s history is one of a unique American story of determination and willful duty. I am a woman who has had to face barriers thrusting myself into the duties of service beyond that of my family. Yet, I have persevered with conviction - a conviction to lend myself to the affairs of the nation, of the people. I was drawn to public service from a fierce urgency to be a part of moving this country forward from really dark times. By the time I was 18, our country was turning upside down: the man of peace and human rights was shot dead, creating a lot of hopelessness among those he had been fighting for and the man I volunteered for, Bobby Kennedy, was also shot dead - a man that inspired me for his continued reaching out and reaching up. Instead of this turmoil creating fear and driving us away, I was a part of a generation of people who saw turmoil and was driven to turn our country around and change the world - and maybe, just maybe, along the way, we'll change how women are viewed in leadership. It is precisely that drive that leads to Madeline Albright being the first female Secretary of State; Hillary Clinton becoming the first first lady to be elected as a Senator, become a Secretary of State and eventually become the first ever female to be nominated for President of the United States. It is that drive that has seen many millions of women around our country and around the world break everyday barriers that stand in there way. It is precisely that drive that has made me the first female gubernatorial nominee of this state. It is that drive that has afforded me the opportunity to fight for the people of the largest state in our union for thirty years as one of the first female Senators - alongside Barbara Boxer - of California and it is precisely that drive that permits me to stand before you today as a candidate for President of the United States of America!

 

I am driven not by any personal satisfaction or glory. I am drawn instead from a lifetime of service to something higher and greater. I am no more mortal than you. I am merely an instrument of the people I serve and the God I love! And from this comes a sense of trust - a trust that our leaders must make decisions and judgements based in accordance with law, custom, prudence, and compassion - that every decision may not be right, but that the interests of the people, of the nation, remain the highest priority. I have been entrusted with this awesome responsibility as a councilwoman, an assemblywoman, and a United States Senator for nearly thirty years. With experience, conviction, humility, and duty, I stand before you ready to hold dear that mantle of trust for the nation, as president!

 

The great challenge of our time is to restore the hope that is the dream of every man: to grow up in a caring community, to be afforded the opportunity to climb - through education, work, and drive, and to be seen as an equal in the halls of justice. This is the American dream - the dream of a benevolent people. We are the kind and big-hearted, the just and the real. Our ancestors toil from every land and we all descend in a melting pot of diversity and inclusion. We struggle but we live and we are skeptical but we are decent. We are the benevolent people, and though we’ve been forgotten for so long, our time is now!

 

We shall educate every descendant of this great land: from birth till adulthood. We’ll renew our commitment to early childhood education and extend its benefits to every child in this country - through universal pre-kindergarten and child care services that invest in our children’s minds and hearts.

 

We shall be not bound by the ails of traditional education. We need better science, better technology, better engineering and better math education. We need to teach trades and codes, but also teach budgeting and investment. Every young man and woman ought to know what it means to manage money, to build credit, and to take part in the opportunities of investment that we have in our society. Let’s give young people the chance to build up and build out our communities - renewing the American dream for all and shaping our nation for the better!

 

We shall declare once and for all that our people are entitled to opportunity. We shall put opportunity at the gates of every young boy and girl in America. We shall call it an opportunity fund that pays a lump sum to anyone who completes a high school education or GED equivalent. This will ground our commitment to every young adult at the age of 18, affording them to the opportunity to begin building a life on their own and getting a post-secondary education or getting a head start on a working class career, starting a business, investing, or homeownership.

 

There’s a three-pronged struggle in this new economy: the struggle of businesses bemoaning the shortage of skilled workers; the struggle of parents and families lamenting the high cost of college and higher education; and the struggle of high schools preparing students for the World, for college and careers. Now is the time for us to invest in youth apprenticeships that connect graduating high schoolers to on-the-job and classroom learning - giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and access to professional mentors and networks, and earn postsecondary credit and credentials.

 

We will build an economy where everyone who wants a job can get one; where no one working full time has to raise their children living in poverty. We will reform our healthcare system to ensure that everyone - every man, woman, and child - has the right to quality and affordable health care. We will lower prescription drug prices by outlawing ‘pay for delay’ agreements to delay low cost, generic prescriptions; letting Medicare negotiate lower prices; and ensure that publicly-funded research that leads to life saving drugs is available to all at an affordable price. We will build a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants, who have already proven themselves to be Americans, who’ve been living in the shadows yet already contributed so much to our economy.

 

We will commit ourselves to Americans who’ve invested their hard work into our country and its economy their entire lives. We will ensure the elderly can live comfortably through retirement security plans, bolstering Social Security and Medicare.

 

We will reform our government so that it works more and more for the greater good and isn’t hijacked more and more by radical ideologues and extreme partisans. We need an independent commission that draws out the district lines fairly and equitably, with more diverse and competitive districts to combat the kinds of gridlock that has prevented progress in Washington. We have to make sure any and every American are able to more easily register and become voters.

 

There shall be a recognition that there are far too many Americans going up against a system tilted against them. There shall be an ideal of our national community: as an equal people facing little barriers to mobility. The words of the great Martin Luther King rang loud in our national conscience: ‘I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain be made low’. We shall be governed by the notion that our country cannot reach its potential, unless we all do! We shall break down every barrier that holds us back from progress in our lives - and in the process build a stronger country. We need equal pay for equal work, put an end to housing discrimination, predatory lending, and renew our commitment to voting rights. We shall promote human rights abroad and ensure all rights are upheld and respected here at home.

 

As a mother and a grandmother, I can relate to the need to protect our children. It is wrong that in the United States of America, mothers have to worry about whether or no their children will come home from the park, or the store, or from school safely. I believe that we can heal our wounds and make a difference in the lives of those who’ve felt marginalized and forgotten. We will restore balance to our criminal justice system. We will renew the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve with more training and accountability. We will promote justice and peace, cracking down on crime and violence.

 

We will protect our families and children from dirty water, dirty air, an environment that is becoming an existential threat to our nation and our world. These threats shall not bring us down! We shall tackle the challenge of climate change head on, bringing together the private sector with leveraged public grants to ensure we become the next clean energy superpower!

 

The great trend of our nation is to experience and endure hardship and struggle, with occasional triumph, but with a continuous ideal of mobility and equality - though knowing we will never be a perfect nation. But we must continue with that ideal of progress, because we know our suffering - whether it be poverty, unfair disadvantages, and inequality - is an agent of growth. Let the next four, eight years, with an administration that uplifts the great vision of improvement, take hold in America! Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it’. So I call upon you, your friends, neighbors, and family to gather in the movement of duty. Let us restore America - once and for all! You and everyone’s lives - and the United States of America - depend on it!

 

Starting with rooting out our own country’s bigoted ills, we must renew our commitment to America being the beacon of light in the world - returning to the humble notion of immigration, reforming our systems to make it easier for more well-intentioned, hard-working people to become citizens and be fully allowed to add to the cultural breath of our nation. Nevertheless, there must be a sustainable balance between opening our doors to hard working immigrant and protecting our borders from those seeking to do us harm.

 

Authoritarians latch onto and exploit misunderstandings and misconceptions of people who don’t look alike, speak alike, worship alike to generate constant fear and anxiety of these ‘other’ people. It is time - once and for all - for America to be the global leader in defeating this fear! We will combat xenophobia and islamophobia, religious and racial bigotry here at home and abroad.

 

It is time for America to lead the world against authoritarianism ruled by strongmen who target freedom and democracy and promote inequality and indifference for their own political and economic gain. This will require a shoring up of our defenses - to prepare for an offensive targeting the thugs against freedom and democracy.

 

There is no other nation in the world that embodies deeply a more formidable threat to democracy and liberal values than China. This nation’s ‘quiet’, ‘flexible’ authoritarianism, digital surveillance and control, and authoritarian capitalism has lead the way in global democratic stagnation. It’s time for democratic nation’s around the world - those that embody the liberal order, the United States and all of our allies - to come to grips with the gravity of the China challenge. We should encourage countries to shift their economic interdependence away from China - who has proven to only use its economic muscle for political purposes - and instead invest in more promising markets in Southeast Asia, India, and Africa. It’s time for us to usher a grand advancement of democracy and liberal values around the globe! We shall answer the challenge, restoring faith in democratic capitalism through political realignments and mobilization for renewal, including major new investments in infrastructure, research and development, education, development assistance, intelligence, alliances, and defense.

 

We will not continue to demonize Islam as inherently evil or corrupt against our interests. We will, instead, work with all people yearning for peace to combat the evils of radicalism that has continued to terrorize our communities and people around the world.

 

We shall work closely with other democracies in the World, rallying democratic nations to pursue our common interests. There’s some momentum at our backs: with the consolidation of democracy in parts of Asia and Africa. More people live in democratic societies now more than any point in history. Nevertheless, we live in an era of rapid globalization, internal developments in distant states affect our own well-being, even our security. Now is the time in which we shall return to a traditional multilateralism centered on a new ‘global alliance for democracy’ - a coalition of democratic states beyond the traditional transAtlantic core. We have a duty to partner with nations around the world with common interests to promote democracy and freedom where it has been obstructed, construct where it has been demolished, resurrect where it has been suppressed.

 

We will recognize the breadth of our democratic structures, ensuring greater cooperation with democracies in the developing world, both in protecting democratic institutions at home and in bolstering cooperation in third-world countries. Together with our democratic allies, we shall wield the hard power of the threat of the use of force and sanctions with the soft power of diplomacy and cooperation to promote freedom, democracy, and prosperity around the globe!

 

No more can we treat the world of nations as sovereign equals regardless of the character of their governments. Our new alliance for democracy shall respect state sovereignty, conditional on how states behave at home, not just abroad. Our new alliance for democracy shall govern ourselves with the understanding that sovereignty comes with it a duty to protect citizens against mass violence and a duty to prevent internal developments that threaten others - limits freedoms, oppresses, and obstructs democracy. We shall - once and for all - build a new international order establishing the defining lines of any nation as that with which is democracy and liberty for all people.

 

Our international order shall advance the welfare of women and girls around the world. We shall understand the importance of women and girls in our mission to forge a better and more prosperous world. Women and girls around the globe must have the opportunity to receive an education and the vital health care and freedoms to change the world around them for the better.

 

It is time for us to unite behind a vision. A vision to restore America - its beacon of hope, light of liberty, and respect for our exceptionalism around the world! God Bless you all - thank you!"

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (11/40)

 

United States Senators Eugene Chillings of North Carolina and Owen Decker of Alabama joined forces with Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams on the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire.

 

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Senator Eugene Chillings (D-NC)

 

"Good afternoon (city)!

 

It is truly an honor being here to speak with y'all today. My name is Eugene Chillings, but I'm not here to talk about myself today. 

 

Every day, I am proud to wake up and work for the people of America. I am a proud American because of what we can do. We've faced hard times, suffered national traumas. Every time, we've emerged victorious and strong. But there is no time for us to rest upon our laurels because there is still much to be done. As President Kennedy once said, "All this will not be finished in the first 100 days...nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." I like to think that President Kennedy would be proud of how far we've come since he was inaugurated. But I fear that he would also see much that must be fixed.

 

Our economy still continues to benefit those who have already gotten rich from it and crush the hopes and dreams of those who make the smallest mistake. Our society should be measured by how the middle does, how the poor are taken care of - not how a handful of people at the very top are doing. It's unacceptable when our society is divided between those who live superfluous lives and families who are struggling to pay rent and survive. No one can say that our system is not rigged when the top 1% own as much as the bottom 40.

 

The wealthy who have offended the dignity and norms that society expects of them are permitted to escape the justice through ill-designed loopholes. Meanwhile, those who are poor are caught in a vicious system that flays them of their dignity and livelihoods. When the law's applied differently for one man than for another, that's hardly justice.

  

These things and more are what we must come to terms with in our journey to build a better country. For that reason, I am honored to endorse Senator Catherine Williams in her run for president. Senator Williams has long been a voice for leadership within the halls of Congress, fighting for working families against efforts to deprive them of their livelihoods. And she will continue to fight on behalf of all Americans, regardless of who they are.

 

Thank you very much and God bless all of you!"

 

 

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Senator Owen Decker (D-AL)

 

"Thank you all! My name is Owen Decker and I'm here for the one and only Catherine Williams! I support her because she supports all of us. She will fight for working class people because she understands what it means for people who don't come from much but who have dreams and hopes of being a part of America. She's a God-fearing woman who came from a working-class family and a father that owned a small business. 

 

 

She has the experience, the values, the fight, and the know-how to work with others to get things done for the American people - for working people, young people, families and the retired. She will work with industry and business to create new jobs for working people who have been disillusioned in this new economy. She will break down barriers that stand in the way of success for all people - including women, through paid family leave, affordable child care, more jobs, and better healthcare. And she will fight for people who've worked their entire lives and deserve a chance to live the best life in their golden years. She will fight against Republican attempts to curtail Social Security or attack Medicare. 

 

It is time - it is time for us to realize what is possible in America. We already know that all that we are going through is not the essence of our potential. We need restoration! We need a restoration of government getting smaller and more efficient, working for the people. That's what Catherine Williams will fight for - a government that works for the people, an economy that uplifts all people, and values that define America!

 

The bottom line is: Catherine Williams is committed to working for you, as she has served people her entire life. She's fighting for you, she's fighting for us, she will fight every day in the Oval Office to ensure that more and more Americans have the chance to succeed.

 

God bless you all and please join me in welcoming the next president of the United States - Catherine Williams!"

 

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Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)


"Thank you, Cedar Rapids! Oh, God bless all of you. I'm Catherine Williams and I'm running for president! I'm running for all of you here and for the rest of America - so that together, we may restore America! 

 

We need to restore the values of this great nation. You know, I really want to reach out to the good-hearted people of this country - who've worked hard for so many years in this country and really love the United States of America! I don't believe Democrats have done that well enough. We haven't done enough to reach the tolerant, benevolent people of this great country! The working people of this great country! Working people right now are struggling with an economy that does not work for you - really, a system that does not work for you. Well, my friends, we are going to restore an America that works for you!

 

We're going to begin first through leadership. You know, they criticize me for engaging with industry and finance. But here's my vision: a leader that works with all people to build alliances for opportunities to be created for all people. The financial industry, they are meant to work for us. And if we got rid of industry - we'd get rid of financial opportunities for middle-class people to buy a home, a car, or use it as a ladder to climb. We need a leader willing to forge a bond that enables Wall Street to work for Main Street once again! We need a leader willing to work across the aisle to restore a government that works for all people, again! One of the critiques of my main opponent is his and his supporters' willingness to engage in divisive attacks - something that gets nothing done in Washington. To restore a government that works for people requires listening and compromise, not bombast and partisanship. It requires understanding people's cultures - the culture of working people: who are faithful, who are caring, who are hard working! That's how we begin to build back the trust of working people in this country - and I am more committed to that than ever!

 

 

My vision of America is an America where we build real hope and change in people's lives through an abundance of opportunity for all people in this country! I believe strongly that this ought to begin at birth and continue onward throughout people's lives. I know the struggles it takes to get ahead in this new economy. What I believe we ought to do is prepare invest in youth apprenticeship programs that bring together industry, high schools, and postsecondary institutions to connect young Americans to developing valuable skills to add productive value while on the job in industries such as advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology, and healthcare. What I want to do is establish a compact between America and every child born in this country through a universal child savings account that saves one-hundred dollars a month for every child in America until they are 18 years of age. It'll be a $21,600 'Opportunity Fund' for young people to use in a jumpstart to their lives. Whether it be investing in college, getting a head start on a career, starting a business, or creating a family, giving our young people the chance to succeed will restore a greater America - for generations to come!

 

 

But I know that middle-aged people are struggling in this economy. Maybe you didn't go to college and you're struggling to build a family despite the fact that you are working hard. Well, we need to restore real hope and change for you, too! First, we're going to increase wages for people in this country by raising the minimum wage in a way that doesn't cut into job growth or raises costs; expand overtime pay; promote profit sharing, and support collective bargaining through strong unions. Then, we're going to create jobs in this great country by first creating a million new training positions by financing Apprenticeship Hubs that will proactively engage local employers and unions across a range of industries, identify workforce needs, and support employers as they design and implement new apprenticeship programs that will employ hard-working people. We're also going to partner up with the financial industry and secure the kinds of dollars that have only been afforded to the big companies that go only to the urban coasts and secure those dollars for the left out and left behind small towns and communities that need the same kind of opportunities to rebuild this country from the ground up. I will do this by bolstering small business - because we know the good paying jobs are mostly going to come from small businesses - by creating a public fund that backs small and medium business loans and investments, creating more jobs in places left-out and left-behind through a quadrupling of business loans guaranteed by the federal government and run a $5 billion campaign to promote, capitalize, and support new funds that makes equity investments in businesses located in underinvested markets.

 

We'll make the necessary investments in infrastructure, research, and education to put people to work today and grow our economy for tomorrow. We will do this by investing in infrastructure through a national infrastructure bank that would leverage public and private funds to invest in projects across the country and drive further investments in clean energy, and scientific and medical research to create jobs and strengthen our economy through tax reform that closes corporate tax loopholes. And we're going to finally provide the kind of tax relief America's small businesses and middle class families need!

 

We will build an economy where everyone who wants a job can get one; where no one working full time has to raise their children living in poverty. We will reform our healthcare system to ensure that everyone - every man, woman, and child - has the right to quality and affordable health care. We will lower prescription drug prices by outlawing ‘pay for delay’ agreements to delay low cost, generic prescriptions; letting Medicare negotiate lower prices; and ensure that publicly-funded research that leads to life-saving drugs is available to all at an affordable price. 

 

Furthermore, we're going to tackle the barriers that hold us back. I know women have a particularly hard go at it in America. I know that when women succeed, America succeeds! I am a woman who has had to face barriers thrusting myself into the duties of service beyond that of my family. Yet, I have persevered with conviction - a conviction to lend myself to the affairs of the nation, of the people. I am fighting for women and families, so that we may break down the barriers that stand in the way of progress. We're going to combat the pay gap between men and women and do more about our commitment to children and families. I have the best plan in this race as it pertains to quality, affordable childcare! I will fight for paid family leave and reproductive rights and better healthcare! Above all, we are going to uplift women and girls in this country. I can't think of a better way to do that by first breaking that highest, hardest glass ceiling!

 

We will commit ourselves to Americans who’ve invested their hard work into our country and its economy their entire lives. We will ensure the elderly can live comfortably through retirement security plans, bolstering Social Security and Medicare.

 

The great trend of our nation is to experience and endure hardship and struggle, with occasional triumph, but with a continuous ideal of mobility and equality - though knowing we will never be a perfect nation. But we must continue with that idea of progress because we know our suffering - whether it be poverty, unfair disadvantages, and inequality - is an agent of growth. Let the next four, eight years, with an administration that uplifts the great vision of improvement, take hold in America! Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it’. So I call upon you, your friends, neighbors, and family to gather in the movement of duty. Let us restore America - once and for all! You and everyone’s lives - and the United States of America - depend on it! 

 

Thank you all and God bless you!

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (15/40)

 

Surrogate Appearance from Elis Torkin (D-CT) in Dubuque, Iowa and Manchester, New Hampshire

 

 

"Good evening, my fellow Americans!

 

Today is not only a big day for New Hampshire, but for the whole country. Today you are the first indication of what each party exemplifies in a Presidential candidate. And while I will make no comment on the choice our Republican friends should choose, I know that Catherine Williams represents the values of the Democratic Party, New Hampshire and the foundation of America. She knows when to speak up. She has constantly defended what she knows is right no matter if it takes away political brownie points. And she always holds true to it. Senator Arroyo, on the other hand, claims to be anti-corporate but then immediately sells out to corporate values with Amazon because then they back him up. Not to mention that he has his cheerleader, Senator Rivera, who attacks all of Arroyo's opponents by insulting their character instead of disproving their arguments in a calm and respectful manner, and Arroyo never distances himself nor condemns this behavior! He is proud to take the endorsement of a man who called him a "race traitor!" AND I DON'T SUPPORT MR. ARROYO, BUT HOW DARE HE?! His colleague, of the same party! Arroyo will take anyone's endorsement, and twist his policies to fit their goals! And who wouldn't do that? CATHERINE WILLIAMS! Arroyo claims to be bipartisan, but he can't help himself but insult members of his own party on Twitter! But if we concede anything to Mr. Arroyo, at least he was brave enough to show his true colors in front of the American people on the debate stage. But do we need a liberal version of Donald Trump?! NO! We need someone who moves us not left or right, but foward! We need someone who can stay strong to their values but compromise! We need someone who loves America unconditionally, not someone who loves America until it no longer benefits them! And who is that person?! (Crowd starts chanting "WILLIAMS!") From your lips to God's ears! 

 

Thank you Manchester, and make the right choice!"

Edited by Christopher Williams
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Campaign Budget

Income: $1.2 million

 

Expenditures:

- Targeted Outreach in Iowa to older voters, female Democrats, and white working-class voters, $300,000

- GOTV in Iowa among older voters, female Democrats, and white working-class voters, $300,000

- Targeted Outreach in New Hampshire among older voters, female Democrats, and white working-class voters x 2, $300,000

- GOTV in New Hampshire among older voters, female Democrats, and white working-class voters x 2, $300,000

 

Balance: $0

 

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (31/40)

 

Catherine Williams stumped in North Charleston, Columbia, Rock Hill, and Spartanburg South Carolina in high school gymnasiums - pitching her message to potential voters.

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

"Thank you, (city)! Oh, God bless all of you. I'm Catherine Williams and I'm running for president! I'm running for all of you here and for the rest of America - so that together, we may restore America!

 

I grew up in a loving, family-values oriented home of a small business owner and a homemaker. When I saw the turmoil in this country, I decided to serve. And I’ve been serving the American people ever since. I am the most experienced candidate in this race - and if we’re ever going to reform our government, we need somebody that understands how to get things done. As president, I will be as committed as ever in working with people I don’t agree with to get things done for all the American people in this country.

 

I am with the majority of folks in the Democratic party who believe that after four years of Trump, we don’t need our another version of craziness nominated for the White House. Instead, we need someone who is thoughtful, practical, sensible - because that will afford us the best opportunity to win, get things done for the American people, get rid of the division and return decency to the Oval Office! 

 

I am driven not by any personal satisfaction or glory. I am drawn instead from a lifetime of service to something higher and greater. I am running for president to restore the American dream for the benevolent people of our country who ought to be given the opportunity to climb in America - through education, work, and drive, and to be seen as an equal in the halls of justice. We need to build up real hope for people who are struggling and need real change through education, opportunity, equality, and community. And to do this, we must address some of the hard truths in our country.

 

 

We need a president willing to understand the dynamics of what generations of systemic racism and inequality has led to the inheritance of poverty that we’ve seen today. And it’s really about the barriers that Black men face in this country. I have not sugar coated anything about this challenge: Black men are oppressed in the United States of America! The legacy of American racism - the enslavement, the disenfranchisement and the exclusion of black Americans - is visible in the barriers Black families in this country must go up against. It is just simply wrong that we have allowed a century-long delay in in economic improvements for Black Americans. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans must go through the same levels of discrimination against African Americans since 1989 when it comes to hiring. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans are twice more likely to be arrested and charged with a crime than White people. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans are faced with less school readiness and quality of education in their communities than their White counterparts. And it is just simply wrong that Black Americans must put up with wide and stubborn inequalities in health care and housing. We are going to address these challenges together!

 

My plan is to break down barriers and usher in opportunity in communities that have long been left behind and hollowed out. We’re going to start ushering in opportunity by reforming our education system. We’ll begin by renewing our commitment to early childhood education and extending its benefits to every child in this country - through universal pre-kindergarten and child care services that invest in our children’s minds and hearts. Then we’re going dive into reforming our public education system, making sure that it actually prepares every young American with the abilities to go into the world, hitting the ground running. We’ll do this by investing in better science, better technology, better engineering, and better math education and teaching our young men and women trades and codes, but also teach budgeting and investment. Every young man and woman ought to know what it means to manage money, to build credit, and to take part in the opportunities of investment that we have in our society. As president, I will make sure that every American receives $21,600 once they turn 18 years of age as a part of America’s commitment to laying opportunity at the gates of every young adult to be given the chance to begin building a life on their own and getting a post-secondary education or getting a head start on a working-class career, starting a business, investing, or homeownership. Let’s give young people the chance to build up and build out our communities - renewing the American dream for all and shaping our nation for the better.

 

We need to invest abundantly in economic opportunities for the communities that are persistently left out and left behind. I will do that as president by first renewing America’s commitment to our families. Every family in America will receive a ‘working wage break’ that eliminates all taxes on the first $15,000 of wage income: no income tax, employee Social Security tax, and employee Medicare tax - giving an immediate raise to Black working men and women and families. Furthermore, we’re going to provide tax relief to help middle-class families keep up with the rising costs of child care, education, and health care by reforming the code to ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share by closing tax loopholes and expenditures that benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. Then we’re going to focus on creating more good paying jobs in our communities. We’ll have to train workers for the economy of tomorrow and unlock access to capital in our communities. I’m proposing to finance Apprenticeship Hubs that will proactively engage local employers and unions across a range of industries, identify workforce needs, and support employers as they design and implement new programs that train workers and get them into jobs. Then we’re going to create a new public fund - what I like to call the ‘Main Street Bank’ - that will back small and medium business loans and investments so that risk capital is available to millions of more entrepreneurs. This will create more jobs in places left-out and left-behind through a quadrupling of business loans guaranteed by the federal government and run a $5 billion campaign to promote, capitalize, and support new funds that make equity investments in businesses located in underinvested markets. We’re going to further create jobs and jumpstart local economies that have been left out of economic growth by investing in infrastructure, in clean energy, and scientific and medical research to create jobs and strengthen our economy through tax reform that closes corporate tax loopholes that provide tax relief for working families and small businesses.

 

But then we’ve got to start breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of Black families from succeeding. Aside from addressing the educational and economic inequalities that Black people face, as president, I will address the systemic problem of mass incarceration that has worked to further oppress Black men in America. I will reform our criminal justice system, including mandatory minimum sentences for low-level nonviolent offenses, increasing support for mental health and drug treatment, pursuing alternative punishments for low-level offenders, and ending private prisons. Then we’re going to make sure that the long and hard march to protect the voting rights of Black Americans will not be in vain any longer. I will expand access to the ballot box for all Americans and defend against the systematic, deliberate efforts to stop millions of citizens from participating in our democracy by repairing the Voting Rights Act, restoring the full protections American voters need and deserve, setting a new standard for early voting across our country of at least 20 days of early in-person voting, including opportunities for evening and weekend voting, and implementing universal, automatic voter registration.

 

We’ve got to understand that Black women face many challenges and barriers to succeed in our society. And we also need to recognize and address the fact that Black women, in particular, have had their votes taken for granted. You’ve done the work that needs to be done in pushing our party and our leaders to look at the challenges plaguing the Black community. Well, today I answer back with a renewed commitment to you and your families. I know that when women succeed, America succeeds. Which is why I will combat the stubborn inequities of the pay gap - that disproportionately impacts Black women. As president, I will give women the legal tools to fight discrimination in the workplace; fight for paid family leave and quality, affordable childcare; increase wages that will lift millions of women out of poverty; protect women’s reproductive rights and healthcare, and continue to combat violence against women.

 

Now if you look at my opponents plans to uplift marginalized communities, they certainly are a few dollars short - and worst of all, unrealistic. Senator Arroyo is proposing to roll back Obamacare, try to implement a new system that is unaffordable and will lead to new challenges and lower quality healthcare. Senator Arroyo doesn’t have the experience to lead - and I question his ambition as well. It took me thirty years of service to my state for me, gaining the experience and knowledge affording me the opportunity to run for president today; Senator Arroyo has just barely even served out a full two years in the United States Senate. You have to ask yourself: is he in it for him - for the power - or is he in it for you? While I have had no qualms standing up and speaking truths about white privilege and the injustice that Black communities face in this country, Martin Arroyo has kept silent. I don’t know how committed he is at all to Black communities and seeing communities left out and left behind rise. We cannot afford to have a president that doesn’t understand what barriers stand in the way of success and how to break down those barriers. You never have to worry about that if you give me the chance to be your president! I will stand up for you, I will fight for you - day in and day out - to combat the Republicans attempts to roll back opportunities and rights!

 

So with conviction, humility, and duty, I ask not only for your votes today, but to put skin in the game and join a movement of mobility. We can and we will restore America - restore opportunity, equality, and decency - if we are so willing to step up to the plate and work our heart and souls out this election season. Get out there and vote for a vision that reflects your hopes, dreams, and desires. Thank you all and God bless you!"
 


 

 

 

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Williams 2020 Campaign Event: (40/40)

 

Catherine Williams stumped in North Las Vegas, Reno, and Henderson, Nevada in high school gymnasiums - pitching her message to potential voters.

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

Thank you, (city)! Oh, God bless all of you. I'm Catherine Williams and I'm running for president! I'm running for all of you here and for the rest of America - so that together, we may restore America!

 

I grew up in a loving, family-values oriented home of a small business owner and a homemaker. When I saw the turmoil in this country, I decided to serve. And I’ve been serving the American people ever since. I am the most experienced candidate in this race - and if we’re ever going to reform our government, we need somebody that understands how to get things done. As president, I will be as committed as ever in working with people I don’t agree with to get things done for all the American people in this country.

 

 I am with the majority of folks in the Democratic party who believe that after four years of Trump, we don’t need our another version of craziness nominated for the White House. Instead, we need someone who is thoughtful, practical, sensible - because that will afford us the best opportunity to win, get things done for the American people, get rid of the division and return decency to the Oval Office! 

 

I am driven not by any personal satisfaction or glory. I am drawn instead from a lifetime of service to something higher and greater. I am running for president to restore the American dream for the benevolent people of our country who ought to be given the opportunity to climb in America - through education, work, and drive, and to be seen as an equal in the halls of justice. We need to build up real hope for people who are struggling and need real change through education, opportunity, equality, and community. And to do this, we must address some of the hard truths in our country.

 

We need a president willing to understand the dynamics of what generations of systemic racism and inequality has led to the inheritance of poverty that we’ve seen today. And it’s really about the barriers that Black men face in this country. I have not sugar coated anything about this challenge: Black men are oppressed in the United States of America! The legacy of American racism - the enslavement, the disenfranchisement and the exclusion of black Americans - is visible in the barriers Black families in this country must go up against. It is just simply wrong that we have allowed a century-long delay in in economic improvements for Black Americans. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans must go through the same levels of discrimination against African Americans since 1989 when it comes to hiring. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans are twice more likely to be arrested and charged with a crime than White people. It is just simply wrong that Black Americans are faced with less school readiness and quality of education in their communities than their White counterparts. And it is just simply wrong that Black Americans must put up with wide and stubborn inequalities in health care and housing. We are going to address these challenges together! 

 

My plan is to break down barriers and usher in opportunity in communities that have long been left behind and hollowed out. We’re going to start ushering in opportunity by reforming our education system. We’ll begin by renewing our commitment to early childhood education and extending its benefits to every child in this country - through universal pre-kindergarten and child care services that invest in our children’s minds and hearts. Then we’re going dive into reforming our public education system, making sure that it actually prepares every young American with the abilities to go into the world, hitting the ground running. We’ll do this by investing in better science, better technology, better engineering and better math education and teaching our young men and women trades and codes, but also teach budgeting and investment. Every young man and woman ought to know what it means to manage money, to build credit, and to take part in the opportunities of investment that we have in our society. As president, I will make sure that every American receives $21,600 once they turn 18 years of age as a part of America’s commitment to laying opportunity at the gates of every young adult to be given the chance to begin building a life on their own and getting a post-secondary education or getting a head start on a working class career, starting a business, investing, or homeownership. Let’s give young people the chance to build up and build out our communities - renewing the American dream for all and shaping our nation for the better. 

 

 

The efforts to restore America must begin at the door of people’s economic struggles. Donald Trump promises us he’d make our country great by creating good paying jobs. All we’ve been left with instead are low wages and divisiveness. I will turn this country around - renewing hope with real change, restoring the American dream for all people.

 

We need to invest abundantly in economic opportunities for the communities that are persistently left out and left behind. I will do that as president by first renewing America’s commitment to our families. Every family in America will receive a ‘working wage break’ that eliminates all taxes on the first $15,000 of wage income: no income tax, employee Social Security tax, and employee Medicare tax - giving an immediate raise to Black working men and women and families. Furthermore, we’re going to provide tax relief to help middle class families keep up with the rising costs of child care, education, and health care by reforming the code to ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share by closing tax loopholes and expenditures that benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. Then we’re going to focus on creating more good paying jobs in our communities. We’ll have to train workers for the economy of tomorrow and unlock access to capital in our communities. I’m proposing to finance Apprenticeship Hubs that will proactively engage local employers and unions across a range of industries, identify workforce needs, and support employers as they design and implement new programs that train workers and get them into jobs. Then we’re going to create a new public fund - what I like to call the ‘Main Street Bank’ - that will back small and medium business loans and investments so that risk capital is available to millions more entrepreneurs. This will create more jobs in places left-out and left-behind through a quadrupling of business loans guaranteed by the federal government and run a $5 billion campaign to promote, capitalize, and support new funds that makes equity investments in businesses located in underinvested markets. We’re going to further create jobs and jumpstart local economies that have been left out of economic growth by investing in infrastructure, in clean energy, and scientific and medical research to create jobs and strengthen our economy through tax reform that closes corporate tax loopholes that provides tax relief for working families and small businesses.

 

The change we need to ensure families are strong and prosperous includes addressing the rising cost of healthcare. My opponent wants to kill Obamacare - and practically kill private industry with it - through a half-backed healthcare proposal that he has no real plan to pay for. First of all, we cannot afford to spend the kind of political capital it would take after the long and tough process of reforming the healthcare system before. We don’t need more divisiveness in this country and this would just pile on. On top of that, if Senator Arroyo has no real plan to pay for it and control our national debt, then what he’s really doing is playing around with your healthcare. We don’t need that. I want a real plan that is practical and does what is needed to deliver high-quality and affordable health care to all people. I will do this by building on Obamacare. If your healthcare bills cost more than 10% of your monthly income, we’re going to give you up to $5,000 in tax credits to offset those out-of-pocket costs. We’re going to extend Medicare to those over the age of 50 years old through a public option that will give millions more hardworking people the affordable healthcare they need. We’re also going to expand funding for community health centers to increase access to quality healthcare. Now, I’m currently the only candidate in this race with a comprehensive plan to cut drug prices. I’m going to down drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices with drug and biologic manufacturers; demanding higher rebates; and allowing Americans to import lower-cost drugs from foreign countries with approved safety standards. Ultimately, we need to revamp Obamacare to cut consumer costs, rein in drug prices, and ensure more uninsured people get covered - and I will do that with your support as president!

 

Now there's some challenges that are universally known. We all know and acknowledge that we need to reform our immigration system. Senator Arroyo has a plan - ‘comprehensive immigration reform’, and that's it. The travesty of Donald Trump’s cruel border separation policy shows that we need real leadership more than ever - and half baked policies shown as real reform is not real leadership! I have proposed to go further in my reforms that will create a pathway to citizenship, keep families together, and enable millions of workers to come out of the shadows, including ending family detention by closing private immigration centers, providing deportation relief for DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful residents and promoting naturalization by expanding fee waivers so more people can get a break on costs; increasing access to robust language programs to help people boost their English proficiency; and enhancing outreach and education so more people are informed about their options and engaged in the process. That's a real plan and we're going to get it done!

 

Now if you look at my opponents plans to uplift marginalized communities, they certainly are a few dollars short - and worst of all, unrealistic. Senator Arroyo is proposing to rollback Obamacare, try to implement a new system that is unaffordable and will lead to new challenges and lower quality healthcare. Senator Arroyo doesn’t have the experience to lead - and I question his ambition as well. It took me thirty years of service to my state for me, gaining the experience and knowledge affording me the opportunity to run for president today; Senator Arroyo has just barely even served out a full two years in the United States Senate. You have to ask yourself: is he in it for him - for the power - or is he in it for you? While I have had no qualms standing up and speaking truths about white privilege and the injustice that Black communities face in this country, Martin Arroyo has kept silent. I don’t know how committed he is at all to Black communities and seeing communities left out and left behind rise. We cannot afford to have a president that doesn’t understand what barriers stand in the way of success and how to break down those barriers. You never have to worry about that if you give me the chance to be your president! I will stand up for you, I will fight for you - day in and day out - to combat the Republicans attempts to roll back opportunities and rights!

 

So with conviction, humility, and duty, I ask not only for your votes today, but to put skin in the game and join a movement of mobility. We can and we will restore America - restore opportunity, equality, and decency - if we are so willing to step up to the plate and work our heart and souls out this election season. Get out there and vote for a vision that reflects your hopes, dreams, and desires. Thank you all and god bless you!"

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

Edited by Christopher Williams

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