Michael Bennet – Running to Overcome a Broken Washington in 2020 | The Daily Show

Michael Bennet – Running to Overcome a Broken Washington in 2020 | The Daily Show

-Welcome to the show.
-Thank you. It’s great to be here. It is, uh, wonderful
to have you here because you’re one
of my favorite people to watch on the debate
for two reasons. One, you sound
like Mr. Mackey to me. -I know, yeah.
-And two, your policies are progressive, and, like, you think about kids. You-you have this idea
of America that is really attractive
to many people, and that’s what I wanted
to start the conversation in and around. A lot of people may know you as someone who’s on the edge
of a debate stage, -you know? Right.
-A lot of people do know, yeah. -They do. But…
-Right, you can’t… But when it comes to policy
and in the Senate and in running and writing laws
for this country, many people regard you
as a senatorial rock star. Why do you think that is? Maybe because the bar is as low
as it is in the Senate. -I-I-I…
-(laughter and applause) -No, it’s…
-I don’t think that’s true. -I don’t think that’s true.
-I don’t think so. -No, I really don’t… -I’d like
to not think that’s the reason. It’s because
I believe fundamentally all of us have been sent there
to make progress. -Right.
-We have to make progress. As my friend Lamar Alexander,
who’s a Republican, says, if you just want to stick
to your opinion, you might as well stay home
and be on the radio. -Right.
-There’s no reason to come to the national legislature
to do the work. -And I…
-(applause) And-and I have been able
to do some things. You know, we rewrote the Elementary
and Secondary School Act. Nobody knows about that, but we got rid
of No Child Left Behind. I’ve written bills that have…
that have dramatically changed the way the FDA approves drugs. -Right. -And 140 new drugs
have been approved as a result. And in 2013, with John McCain
and some others, I wrote the immigration bill that Donald Trump seems
to have completely forgotten that passed the Senate
with 68 votes. And if we could just get back
to that work, we could address the problem instead of trying to build
an ineffective, medieval wall. (cheering and applause) Let’s-let’s talk
a little bit about… about the writing of laws. These laws that you spoke about are genuinely monumental moments
in American history, you know? Reforming immigration
is a giant thing. Changing education
has so many, you know, speed bumps in the way. How do you begin to write laws with people who are
on the other side of the aisle? Because there are
many Republicans who go, “Senator Bennet is
a phenomenal person to work with and he knows how
to write great laws.” What do you think
the secret is then? I think the secret is starting
with the people at home and trying to align
their priorities to the priorities in Washington and reminding people
in Washington that those are the priorities, not the stuff on
the cable television at night. You know, the Amer– Our
approval rating in the Senate– I take no pleasure–
is nine percent. And I used to walk
through the airport in Denver, when I got off the airplane,
wanting a paper bag over my head because I was so embarrassed by
the nine percent approval rating that we had and wondering why
in the world anybody would want to work in a place with
a nine percent approval rating. And there’s an answer to that,
which is, if you think
you’ve been sent there to dismantle
the federal government, as the Freedom Caucus
and others have, that nine percent
approval rating suits you. If you actually want to do stuff
for the American people, this exercise
in self-government, which is our exercise
in self-government– not the politicians, it’s
the people in this audience– has to work. And so you look at something
like that immigration bill, where eight of us sat in a room
for seven months, uh, uh, responding
to each other’s political needs, -and it worked.
-Mm-hmm. And if we just did the work the way those eight people
did the work, we’d have a 75% approval rating, not a nine percent
approval rating. But more important than that, we’d be governing this country
again, which is what we have
to find a way to do. (cheering and applause) One of… one of your breakthrough moments
in this run, undoubtedly, was a tweet
that you recently sent out, uh, that made waves. And we’ll-we’ll pull it up here. In the tweet, you say,
“If you elect me president, “I promise you won’t have
to think about me “for two weeks at a time. “I’ll do my job watching out
for North Korea “and ending this trade war. “So you can go back
to raising your kids -and live your lives.”
-MAN: Yeah! -(cheering and applause)
-Yeah. -That is a… that is
a really interesting pitch. ‘Cause, basically,
what you’re saying is, “Vote for me, ’cause I’ll be
boring and get the job done.” Yeah. And-and it is a job. It’s the most important job
in the world, and we’ve got a reality TV star
in the job. -And he’s… And that’s no good.
-(clapping) -But he’s happy to play that
part every single day. -Right. And I think the American people
would feel liberated if they could get up
in the morning, not wondering who the president
of the United States was attacking by his tweets, not wondering who the president
of the United States was trying to divide but knowing
that we had a president who is trying
to unite our country and who actually was doing
his job, -which is important.
-(cheering and applause) If… if everything went your way, and you found yourself
in the White House, you would now have what many consider
the unenviable task of working with a Senate that may or may not be still including
Mitch McConnell… -Right.
-…as running the show. -Now you-you work with him…
-By the way, you know why he can’t do any
of the gun stuff? It’s ’cause he’s so busy trying to keep Russia
from attacking our democracy. -(laughter)
-Uh, sorry. -I think that’s sarcasm.
-That’s not the reason. -I think that’s sarcasm.
-That’s right. Yeah. Um, but-but…
but it’s-it’s no secret. Mitch McConnell has been
extremely effective -in blocking many laws from
being passed. -Right. Yup. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The next president,
who could be a Democrat, would still maybe have
to work with Mitch McConnell if you look at the Senate
the way it is now. How would you begin that? Because he’s still
gonna be there Mc (bleep) blocking things,
so… -(laughter)
-What would your plan be? By the way, I-I had to sign
a release for my daughter, who’s 15, to be here tonight, and-and now I know why.
It was… -It-it… it…
-(laughter) (applause) But… it… it was
the swearing Democrats, too, -that you could…
-Yeah, it was actually -the swearing Democrats, not me.
-Yeah. Uh, look, here’s… I-I want to be very clear
about this, and everybody needs
to understand this. We were broken
before Donald Trump arrived. That’s one of the reasons
he was sent there. And they didn’t let Barack Obama
get anything done in the legislature,
the Congress, for the last six years
he was there. We have to fix that problem, and I would never say
that we should be as malevolent or as cynical
as Mitch McConnell is. He is the most malevolent and
cynical person in Washington. But we do need to be
as strategic as he is. And we have not been
as strategic as he’s… as he has been
over the last ten years. So I think we got to take
this agenda to the country. You got to go to places
where you, the president, -may never win 30% of the vote.
-Mm-hmm. Or 20 or 25% of the vote. But you’re there to say, “This is why we got to get
universal health care done.” -Right. -“This is why we got
to get background checks done. This is why
we got to deal with climate.” And I think
that will make a difference. We got
to make some reforms, too. You know, I mean, ideally, we’d end political
gerrymandering in this country. -Right…
-Ide… Ide… (applause) I-I-Ideally, we’d do something to overcome Citizens United, and I’ve had a bill
for ten years which, for a long time, I couldn’t get
anybody to support, but it… it said that
if you have had the privilege of serving
as a member of the House and serving
as a member of the Senate, you should accept a lifetime ban on ever becoming a lobbyist
in Washington, D.C. -Wow.
-(applause) -And… over half the people that leave
the Congress and don’t retire become lobbyists
in Washington, D.C. It sends a terrible message
which creates cynicism, which feeds into the folks that
don’t want to get anything done. Washington will not fix itself. Mitch McConnell
will not fix himself. It is something that Wa… the country is gonna have
to come together in a unified way
to overcome a broken Washington. And if that sounds hard to do,
it’s no harder than the work that generations
of other Americans have done to try to perfect the democracy
that we’re living in. As you said the other day–
it’s totally true– what we are about is trying, and that’s what
we have to keep doing. We have no right
to expect it will be easy. It’s never been easy -Right. -to make this country
more democratic, more fair, more free. It’s always been hard,
and our job is gonna be hard, but it’s gonna involve
every single one of us. You know? It’s the opposite
of a president who says, “I alone can fix it.” Let me ask you this. (applause) In the debates… there was definitely a moment where the crowd resonated
with the message that you had, and that was…
I think it was twofold. One part of it was… was in and
around what you just said now, coming together
and fighting towards something as opposed to against each other
in trying to get somewhere. But what was really interesting
and important was, you spoke about how you
didn’t want the Democrats to use similar tactics to Donald Trump in overpromising
and under-delivering. You… you know,
you had more practical measures that you were pitching
on-on-on that stage. For instance, you said,
with health care, you still think there should be
a private option. You said, with health care,
it should be fixed, but there-there’s work
the Democrats could do to give people a choice. It seems like
you are more pragmatic. Some people have labeled you
as more centrist. But you’ve said that this
is more about promising things that are deliverable. Is that what you think
voters want, versus what Donald Trump did
and said: Ban all Muslims, build a wall,
bomb the shit out of them, just make it as big as possible? Why do you think that would sell
to so many voters? He also was gonna give us
really cheap universal health care
that you’re really gonna like, but he hasn’t done that, either. Uh, look, I am pragmatic
in the sense that I believe that everyone’s job
is to make progress. And I also believe–
and the older I get I believe this even more– I don’t think I have
a monopoly on wisdom. I think that people
in a republic like this are entitled
to have disagreements. And I’m not entitled to believe that everybody’s gonna agree
with my point of view, which means that I have to
contend with people all the time that don’t see the world
the way that I do. And it’s out of
that disagreement that we can burnish
more imaginative and more durable solutions than if we came up on the ideas
on our own. I mean, that’s not the point
of being an American. The point of being an American
is we’re working together to make more exciting
and imaginative outcomes. The worst decisions
I make in my– I don’t know about you,
but the worst ones I make– are when I’m sitting alone
in my house and not consulting
anybody about… -That’s when the ice cream
happens, yes. -Yeah, exactly. -Yeah. No. I know exactly
what… -Just to begin with. -I know exactly
-Just to begin with. -what you’re talking about,
yeah. -And that’s– And, instead,
if I’m with people who say, “Maybe you shouldn’t eat
another gallon of ice cream,” -Uh-huh. -then I’m less likely
to do it. -Definitely.
-Um, and that’s what our democracy should really
be like as well. And, and it shouldn’t
be shameful that we have different ideas. What’s shameful is that we don’t
make progress on these ideas. I don’t view that
as being moderate. I view that as being pragmatic and understanding that the kids
that I used to work for when I was superintendent
of the Denver Public Schools, you know, a large urban district
in this country, have no time for this ideological battle
that we’re having. They can’t fix
their own schools. They can’t fix
our immigration problem. They can’t deliver
universal health care. They’re too busy
doing their work to study and get to a position where they can play a role
in the democracy. They’re counting on us
to figure out how to resolve these
disagreements and begin to solve these problems
for the American people. We have perfected the craft
in our national politics of getting nothing done
and blaming the other side. We are excellent at that. We don’t need another ten years
of that. Thank you so much
for being on the show. Thanks for having me. Senator Michael Bennet,

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100 thoughts on “Michael Bennet – Running to Overcome a Broken Washington in 2020 | The Daily Show

  1. I just think it's refreshing to hear measured civil political discussion. Man the trump Era cannot end fast enough.

  2. I cant stop laughing……one clown talking to another clown…..Washington is fine and has never been better…..
    keep the criminal democrats out of the way…..and America is thriving…….
    Dirty dirty Obama, Hillary, and filthy dirty deep state…..are all being flushed down the toilet…..
    MAGA Trump………….what a great time to be alive…………..

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  4. Bennet is one of the biggest hypocrites in Washington. But put him on the daily show and suddenly he’s cool? This is why politics is fucked in this country

  5. There can be little doubt Trevor Noah is among the very best interviewers in the world. And fortunately, he uses this gift by inviting people worth interviewing.

  6. There can be little doubt Trevor Noah is among the very best interviewers in the world. And fortunately, he uses this gift by inviting people worth interviewing.

  7. I really don't care who it is lol any one of the Democrats running right now would be MUCH better for the job than the guy who's in there now.

    I just hope they clear the place out like Trump had never even been there lol undo absolutely everything he's done.

    Ironically, it's kind of a silver lining that our xenophobic misogynistic hateful bigoted President is so CRIMINALLY inept lol as long as he doesn't MORON us into WWIII in the next year and a half.

  8. 4:30 and I would wake up every morning and, with a faint hope in my heart, type in "Is President Trump Dead Yet?".

  9. Corporations spend six times more than rich people spend on campaign finance and lobbying in the USA. The goal of the corporations is to have gridlock in politics so the business environment remains fairly predictable. Sweeping legislation can make the business environment unpredictable due to the unintended consequences of sweeping legislation. So, gridlock and status quo are purchased by corporations. Corporate donations are dictated by the well-paid executives of the corporations, so any legislation that advances is likely to benefit personally the well-paid corporate executives. Free speech under the First Amendment is an acoustic right. It is not a monetary right. Free press refers to the printing press and words printed on paper for physical distribution. It does not include electronic communication.

  10. Can we get Bennet to write a bill banning networks from hosting presidential debates? Ban any type of audience while we’re at it.

  11. Speak TRUTH to POWER Senator, and state that the educational foundations must be dissolved, along with some ,choice , societies as one is being dissolved as we speak.

  12. I'd like to see that retarded motherfuker not put walls in his house or walls around his house or the white house or any places Walls work people that say they don't are retarded

  13. This Senator is going to be president . Whomever defends moralityveniugh in this race is going to be nominated a person from a good family who grew up adhering to principal a d refused to live life lying .

  14. Speaking as someone from Denver who went to DPS. We need you to stay in the senate and vote for President Bernie's Agenda.

  15. hes good but bernie started it all before bernie it was bullshit bullshit bullshit now after bernies 2016 run there all out as to get stuff done where were they in 2015

  16. What a great interview. Such an empathic and honest man. Whatever the outcome of the elections, I hope Michael Bennett continues to talk about his ideas and sense of decency.

  17. This guy is phenomenal.. for me he's gotten lost in the sea of democratic candidates.. but I'll remember him now

  18. Why can't we have debates where candidates discuss just one major issue in depth. I really like several candidates and would love to hear them just sit around a table and discuss solutions to major issues, one at a time. Senator Bennet has some great ideas and I'd love to hear him discuss them with Yang, Sanders, and Warren.

  19. So…this interview and dialogue was very refreshing. Very interested in seeing how he does during this journey…no drama just facts and coherent ideas…you have my attention Mr. Bennet.
    Thanks Trevor you are using your platform in an incredible way. It was so good I had to listen to it twice! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to close my eyes and go back to wishing this is what our leadership sounded like to the world…

  20. President Putin in a resent statement expressed his believe that Democracy both in Europe and the U.S.A. is over. He believes the era of, "Nationalism" is the new norm in world politics. What is, "Nationalism" – Identification with one's own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations. An example of the effects of a country lead by the political ideology of, "Nationalism" was witness in the late 20th. Century. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion). The U.S. could have put an early end to Adolf Hitler's Nazism, (Nationalsozialismus) at the start of World War 2 had it not been struggling at that time with it's own American Nationalist factions, similar to what America is experiencing today. An example of a faction is a small and angry group within an otherwise peaceful political party. America's foes are instigating, "Nationalism" in the U.S.A. as a divide and conquer strategy. For example, the concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures, and especially prevents smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people to prevent a rebellion against the elites or the people implementing the strategy. In 1776, when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence and the American colonies defied Britain, the most powerful nation on earth at the time. Today we face even greater foes, Russia, China, North Korea, both foreign and domestic extremism. In 1787, when the Founding Fathers had hammered out the U.S. Constitution in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin told an inquiring woman what the gathering had produced, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it." American voters are being heavily influence by political figures that have themselves been influence by Americas foes, and or have their own political interest. We are witness to the fact that the political slogan, "make america great again" is really code for, a call for American Nationalism. Have we learned nothing from WW2? Is Putin right about the death of American Democracy? The slogan for the 2020 presidential campaign should be, "United we will stand as equals."

  21. A nice, boring, simple smart politician 🤔 I like it. I miss boring American politics. It was refreshing and I slept soundly at night not thinking about my white supremacy domestic terrorist neighbor or potential bombs from China. Give me boring and smart. That’s how you make America great again. A president that is focused on being useful, drinking his water and minding his business otherwise. Write that on a hat.

  22. I like this guy. Really do. I’d love for Elizabeth Warren to be our next president but I doubt most of our great country feels the same. This guy is vanilla but I really like his message.

  23. Lifetime ban on becoming a lobbyist! Awesome! How about that? It's like a non-disclosure, non-competition agreement that benefits citizens instead of businesses.

  24. "your ideas are progressive" – trevor

    Bro he literally in the hands of corporate backers his only reason for running is to please them.

  25. Hey this guy is smart he makes some sense his worth looking up to be honest I always looked him over ..my bad am sorry, I'll give him a fare chance …

  26. When you find a senator that would put the people in the country before party that's who you should vote for rather you are Republican or Democrat running for senators Mayors governors our president or vice president you should vote for the person for the people and the country not party

  27. We can fix a broken Washington D.C. by voting people who don't care about us everyday people out of power whether of their political party.

  28. interviews like this help learn about a candidate because those 45 sec answers on cnn don't do anything. LOVED bernie sanders interview with joe rogan

  29. MATRIARCHY PARTY: I'm a man; I can't start it beyond the inception. Matriarchy; just you, not me or him, just us making women's voice a force of democracy, divide men between 'women' and 'disrespecting women'… COPY, PASTE, CAPS LOCK… man came from woman, not propaganda ribs.

  30. Bernie or this guy have my vote. This is a gentlemen’s Gentlemen. I like this guy. He reminds me of Obama. He actually cares. Let’s see what happens.

    For god sakes let trump go.

  31. Never listen to a man that makes decisions at the level he has somehow been allowed to get to, and then out of the other side of his mouth says not to cuss. He makes decisions that directly lead to the Death of thousands of people. And for him, "If that sounds hard to do, it's no harder than the work that Generations of other Americans have done." This is an exact line from WS rhetoric we have monitored in online communities over the last year.

  32. Notice he pointed to Himself when he said, "Our Job is going to be hard". Subtleties of Body Language are telling of his WS Origins. He is contending "All the time" with others. "The worst decisions I make in my lie, I don't know about you but, the worst ones I make are when I am sitting alone in my house and not consulting anybody…" "Yeah… Exactly…"

  33. The thing I love about Trevor is he interviews every candidate with incredible respect and doesn't use gotcha questions to try and get soundbites. He has a real discussion and lets candidates show more of their actual ideas. I'm not a Bennet fan, but this allowed me to understand him and go "oh, ok, he's not just a shouting man on the debate stage". The Daily Show is my favorite news source (how weird is that…but judging by the other comments I am not alone).

  34. When interviewing presidential candidate one on one, it seems like the candidates with the least air time are actually so much more sincere, intelligent, and stable than all the volatile candidates that spent time bashing one another. Andrew Yang is as endearing and Michael Bennet. They seem to have solutions and problem solving rather than stirring dramas.

  35. I'm a conservative. And I really like this guy. He seems like he's against the idea of being left or right and is for the idea of uniting people together. This is what America needs.

  36. Im calling it now..this man will NEVER become president.. He does not raise his voice and doesn't act flamboyantly. You have to truly listen to understand his agendas. And how many of us actually listens these days☺

  37. Michael Bennet thinks we need a private option for healthcare. Umm, fuck you. We have been trying that, and it is an issue in the debates BECAUSE people don't like health insurance.

    People want health care, not health insurance. People want doctors, not premiums.

    "Pragmatism" is just a shit excuse for not wanting to get it done.

    Also, whenever people talk about "access" or "coverage" it means they do not believe in guaranteeing healthcare. They want to guarantee you can give a corporation money.

    Additional point: Trevor introduced Michael as a "progressive" but then said later in the interview that he is "pragmatic" or "centrist." YOU CAN'T BE BOTH!

    If you are a centrist, you are immediately not a progressive. Why do you think the progressives have had to dawn the "democratic socialist" hat? Because centrist hacks have been stealing the title and co-opting it as their own.

  38. Too pragmatic and old style. Out of touch with the anger and frustration of the growing impoverished in America – especially when AI kicks in- and the wild popularity of drastic reforms. America is a broken country and the oligarchs must be crushed. There are too many issues that need urgent implementation. Single payer Medicare and the Green New Deal must be made quickly or the country will face civil riots and climatic devastation. "Old Bennet" centrist policies 'would still leave the corrupt oligarchs with too much power. He'd make a great secretary of any portfolio under a Sanders presidency as his values would succeed , but he is too centrist and conciliatory to be president.

  39. These kind of interviews make me feel how limited the debates are in showing what these candidates actually believe or want to get done. I feel like debates have become more about drama than actual policy. Instead of a 2-hour debate, we should have back to back 15 minute interview clips. The only problem would be the American people are too lazy to sit thru two hours of actual policy discussion, all they want to see is drama 😒

  40. Sounded like he was testing the audience when he mentioned "No Child Left Behind" @1:19 and having gotten rid of it…there's like one clap…lmao. This guy was a school superintendent in Denver – people evidently don't know that his policies kept what worked and got rid of what didn't – getting rid of "no child left behind" sounds absolutely dubious though so he might want to make sure people know what he means by having gotten rid of it LMAO. Don't think this guy is gonna be President if he keeps talking like this. It also sounded like he was passing laws that benefited the drug industry…not the case though. he's tanking his own chances

  41. Yes Trumpty Dumbty won on promising us better cheaper healthcare for everyone, so this guy Michael Bennet proves himself wrong!

  42. Michael Bennet will take away so many republican voters from Trump simply because he is so well known for working across the aisle. I think if more people get to know what he actually stands for instead of the stupid speed dating debates, he would be further along. They really should of taken more days and less people for each debate. I never knew from watching the debates that he wanted universal healthcare with a public option because they never give him the chance to speak.

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