Steyer group mobilizes Wisconsin students

Steyer group mobilizes Wisconsin students


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MIKE: TODAY, ON “UPFRONT,” THE
CALIFORNIA BILLIONAIRE WORKING
TO DEFEAT GOVERNOR WALKER AND HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN. PROGRESSIVE ACTIVIST TOM STEYER
ON MOBILIZING YOUNG VOTERS AND
WHY HE’S GETTING INVOLVED IN
WISCONSIN’S ELECTION. PLUS, TUESDAY’S STATE SUPREME
COURT RACE IN THE NATIONAL
SPOTLIGHT. WE’LL ASK TWO CAMPAIGN
STRATEGISTS TO HANDICAP THE
RACE. AND GOVERNOR WALKER CALLS
SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR TWO VACANT
LEGISLATIVE SEATS. ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER GORDON
HINTZ ON HOW COMPETITIVE
DEMOCRATS WILL B
>>COVERING THE ISSUES IMPORTANT
TO WISCONSIN. THIS IS “UPFRONT WITH MIKE
GOUSHA.”
MIKE: HELLO, AGAIN, EVERYONE,
AND WELCOME TO “UPFRONT. ”
PERHAPS YOU HAVE SEEN ONE OF HIS
TV ADS. CALIFORNIA HEDGE FUND
BILLIONAIRE TOM STEYER IS AN
ENVIRONMENTALIST AND PROGRESSIVE
ACTIVIST WHO MAY BE BEST KNOWN
FOR HIS TELEVISION COMMERCIALS
CALLING FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>PEOPLE IN CONGRESS AND IS
NOTED ADMINISTRATION KNOW THAT
THIS PRESIDENT IS A CLEAR AND
PRESENT DANGER. KENT: – MIKE: BUT STEYER IS
ALSO POURING SOME BIG MONEY INTO
WISCONSIN POLITICS. HE’S LAUNCHED AN ORGANIZATION
CALLED NEXT GEN AMERICA TO
MOBILIZE MILLENNIALS TO VOTE IN
THE 2018 ELECTIONS. AND HE’S PUTTING $2.5 MILLION
INTO NEXT GEN ORGANIZING EFFORTS
RIGHT HERE IN WISCONSIN,
SPECIFICALLY TARGETING
REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR SCOTT
WALKER, AND HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN FOR DEFEA
TODAY, WE’RE ASKING WHY? TOM STEYER JOINS US FROM OUR ABC
AFFILIATE IN SAN FRANCISCO. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR BEING WITH
US. LET’S BEGIN WITH WHY, WHY ARE
YOU LOOKING AT WISCONSIN AND WHY
ARE YOU TARGETING GOVERNOR
WALKER AND SPEAKER RYAN? MR. STEYER: OUR GOAL AT NEXTGEN
IS TO CREATE AND ENABLE THE
BROADEST POSSIBLE DEMOCRACY, AND
THAT MEANS WHAT WE DO IS WHERE A
GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION THAT
GOES OUT AND WE SPECIFICALLY TRY TO WORK WITH YOUNG VOTERS ON
REGISTRATION, ENGAGEMENT,
EDUCATION, AND PARTICIPATION
EFFORT. IN WISCONSIN, THAT’S EXACTLY
WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE ARE GOING TO BE ON 35
CAMPUSES, INCLUDING FOR
COMMUNITY COLLEGES. — FOUR COMMITTEE COLLEGES. WE WILL HAVE 50 PEOPLE WORKING
ON IT, AND THE IDEA IS TO GET AS
MANY YOUNG VOTERS ENGAGED IN THE
PROCESS AND PARTICIPATING IN OUR
PROCESS SO WOULD GET THE MOST
JUST AND MOST INTELLIGENT DECISIONS COMING FORWARD. WHEN WE LOOK AT WISCONSIN, WE
CAN SEE THAT GOVERNOR WALKER AND
SPEAKER RYAN ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE
BEEN ON THE EXTREME RIGHT OF
UNITED STATES, THAT WISCONSIN
HAS BEEN A PLACE WHERE THERE HAS BEEN AN ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT
VOTING AS OPPOSED TO WHAT WE ARE
TRYING TO DO, WHICH IS TO HAVE
THE BROADEST POSSIBLE DEMOCRACY. THAT’S WHAT WE BELIEVE IN. INCLUSIVE, BROUGHT DEMOCRACY. AND WE FEEL LIKE IT IS
ABSOLUTELY INCUMBENT TO GIVE THE
PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN,
PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG PEOPLE,
CHANCE FOR THEIR VOICES TO BE
HEARD AND THEIR VOTES TO BE COUNTED. MIKE: I WANT TO HAVE YOU RESPOND
TO WHAT SOME CRITICS,
REPUBLICANS SAY. THEY SAY SOMETHING ALONG THE
LINES OF HERE’S A RICH GUY FROM
CALIFORNIA, FROM SAN FRANCISCO,
TELLING WISCONSINITES HOW THEY
SHOULD GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS,
WHO THEY SHOULD ELECT. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO
SAY THIS IS REALLY NOT YOUR
CONCERN? MR. STEYER: I WOULD SAY IS AN
AMERICAN, AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS
EVERYONE’S CONCERN. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO RESTRICT
THE VOTE OR PREVENT YOUNG PEOPLE
FROM PARTICIPATING, WHO IS
TRYING TO ABRIDGE OUR DEMOCRACY
IS COMPLETELY OUT OF LINE. BECAUSE WHAT WE’RE DOING WILL
ENABLE AND EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE
IS WHAT I THINK OF AS THE HEART
OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, FOR
HUNDREDS OF YEARS, AND IN FACT,
THIS KIND OF PATRIOTISM IS WHAT WE NEED AT THIS POINT IN
AMERICA. WE ARE SEEING WITH A VERY
RADICAL RIGHT-WING ATTEM —
THEIR GO-TO MOVE IS TO PREVENT
AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM
EXERCISING THEIR FRANCHISE WHICH
IS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND WE’RE TRYING TO DO
THE OPPOSITE. THE BROADEST POSSIBLE DEMOCRACY
IS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE UNITED
STATES. FROM MY STANDPOINT, ANYONE WHO
SAYS THAT SHOULD CHECK THEIR
CARD, BECAUSE I’M SEEING PEOPLE
WHO DON’T WANT WISCONSINITES TO
VOTE, THEY DON’T WANT YOUNG
PEOPLE TO VOTE AND THEY ARE SCARED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
WE HAVE A REAL DEMOCRACY AGAIN. MIKE: YOU WILL TALK TO RECENT
DAYS ABOUT DOING FORUMS OR
DEBATES AND IN SOME STATES
AROUND THE COUNTRY, IN
WISCONSIN, FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE
A VERY HOTLY CONTESTED GUBERNATORIAL RACE WITH MANY
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ON THE
BALLOT. WOULD YOU SEE POSSIBLY HAVING
NEXTGEN AMERICA AND SPONSORING
THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR
GOVERNOR? MR. STEYER: WE ABSOLUTELY WOULD. GETTING YOUNG VOTERS A CHANCE TO
SEE THE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES AND
HEAR WHAT THEY STAND FOR, THAT,
TO ME, IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO
GO ON, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU
HAVE A CROWDED BALLOT THE WAY YOU DO IN THE DEMOCRATIC RACE ON
THE GOVERNOR SIGNED. — ON THE GOVERNOR’S SIDE. I THINK IT’S FANTASTIC THAT SO
MANY PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT
THIS RACE THAT THEY’VE PUT THEIR
NAMES FORWARD, BUT FOR VOTERS
SAKE, THEY NEED A CHANCE TO GET
THE INFORMATION AS SIMPLY AND IS CLEARLY AS POSSIBLE. MIKE: I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU
ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPEACH
CAMPAIGN. YOU HAVE CALLED FOR THE
IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE CONTINUE ON WITH THIS FOR A
WHILE OR DOES THIS HAVE A
BEGINNING AND AN END? MR. STEYER: IT DOESN’T HAVE AN
END. WE HAVE OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE
WHO SIGNED OUR PETITION CALLING
FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THIS
RECKLESS AND LAWLESS PRESIDENT. AND WE FEEL THAT EVERY SINGLE
DAY THE VIDENCE MOUNTS THAT
THIS IS A MAN WHO DOES NOT
RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW, WHO IS
DANGEROUS TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND
DANGEROUS TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MIKE: FOR YOU DISCOURAGE THEM
MORE DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS IN
WASHINGTON HAVE NOT JOINED YOUR
CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT? THERE SEEM TO BE VERY FEW WHO
HAVE TAKEN THAT STEP. MR. STEYER: IF THERE IS ONE
THING WE HAVE SEEN IN AMERICAN
POLITICS, WE HAVE SEEN A SHARP
DIVISION BETWEEN THE ELECTED IN
WASHINGTON DC — WASHINGTON,
D.C., AND THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. DOESN’T SURPRISE ME THAT WE HAVE
OVERWHELMINGLY, SURPRISINGLY
STRONG, CONTINUING THE STRONG
SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE
UNITED STATES ANY SURPRISINGLY
WEAK RESPONSE FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY CROWD? ABSOLUTELY NOT. THAT IS WHAT A — THAT IS A
REFLECTION OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING
IN AMERICAN POLITICS. JUST LAST WEEKEND IN THE MARCH
FOR OUR LIVES, WHAT WE SAW WAS
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM AROUND
THE UNITED STATES SAYING TO
THOSE ELECTEDS, SPECIFICALLY,
PAUL RYAN, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING? YOUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE
SAFE AND YOU ARE NOT DOING IT. WE INSIST YOU DO IT OR WE’RE
GOING TO MAKE SURE WE VOTE YOU
OUT. THAT IS THE EXACT SAME THING WE
ARE SAYING IN NEED TO IMPEACH. ISN’T IT TIME TO TELL SOME
ABSOLUTE TRUTHS THE WAY THOSE
KIDS IN LAST WEEKEND AND INSIST
THAT OUR DEMOCRACY WORK AND THAT
THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BE
RESPECTED? MIKE: TOM STEYER IS A CALIFORNIA
BUSINESSMAN TRYING TO
INFLUENCE THE ELECTION IN THE
COMING YEAR. MR. STEYER: GOOD TO TALK TO YOU. MIKE: LATER ON “UPFRONT”, THE
FIGHT OVER TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS
FOR STATE LEGISLATURE. I’LL ASK A TOP DEMOCRAT FOR HIS
TAKE ON HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN. BUT FIRST, THE CLOSING DAYS IN
THE RACE FOR STATE SUPREME
COURT. WHY THIS RACE IS BEING WATCHED
NATIONALLY, WHEN “UPFRONT”
CONTINUE

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