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do or die. president biden gathers with global leaders to tackle a warming planet in what could be the last best chance to curb the climate crisis. >> it's about leading the world or letting the world pass us by. >> will america lead? secretary of state antony blinken joins me to discuss next. and deja vu. democrats set another deadline after the president asks for a
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vote now, and progressives say nope, it's all or nothing. >> let's not keep having postponements. >> do they have a deal? i'll speak to senate budget chair bernie sanders exclusively and transportation secretary pete buttigieg ahead. plus final pitch. candidates make their closing arguments in virginia's race for governor, a surprising line from democrat terry mcauliffe. >> this isn't about trump. >> reporter: as youngkin doubles down. >> i haven't thought about anything beyond virginia. >> reporter: is this race headed for an upset? hello, i'm dana bash in washington, where the state of our union is testing its international strength. right now, president biden is in rome on his final day at the g20, a major gathering of world leaders, the first in-person g20 since the covid-19 pandemic. climate change, covid-19 vaccines and the supply chain crisis are some of the major issues on the agenda.
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the president did secure a major victory, a groundbreaking global corporate minimum tax, and this morning, president biden announced a new trade deal with the eu to remove trump era tariffs. the president had hoped to be meeting with world leaders after a moment of triumph at home, going to capitol hill to ask democrats to get behind his agenda, but a final deal still remains just out of reach. tonight, the president flies to scotland for cop26, a high-stakes international climate summit, some are calling it the last chance for the world to come together on a plan to help slow the climate crisis. joining me now from rome is the secretary of state antony blinken. mr. secretary, thank you so much for joining me. i want to start by what happened in the u.s. president biden went to capitol hill. he asked for a deal before he left for cop26 and speaker pelosi told house democrats not
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to "embarrass" president biden on the world stage. as you know, the president is arriving there with no major climate plans signed into law. so in the words of speaker pelosi, is he going to be embarrassed arriving with scotland without a deal in hand? >> look, happily i don't do politics in my job but let me say this. what i'm seeing here in rome is a deep appreciation for american reengagement, american leadership, and it's making a huge difference on issues that will have an impact on the lives of americans. we're here at the g20, the world's largest economies, and with this american leadership, with this american engagement, we've struck dramatic progress, we have a global minimum tax agreement, that's an incredibly big deal, something we've been working on for a long time. we've gotten that over the finish line. that means instead of having this race to the bottom where companies are moving to the countries that are offering the lowest tax rates and taking jobs out of the united states, we've now got a level playing field around the world. that's a product of our engagement and leadership,
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secretary yellen and her team have done an amazing job on that. we've got significant progress, too, on getting -- ending a dispute between the united states and our closest european partners where we were engaged in a tariff war over steel and aluminum. that has gotten resolved. that will help american workers, businesses and consumers. american icons like harley-davidson are not subject to retaliation from europeans and we're now on the same page with our closest allies and partners. across the board in areas that are really making a difference, there is an agreement not to finance coal projects around the world. >> yes. >> this is one of the largest drivers of emissions, and going into glasgow as a result of american engagement and american leadership, we're getting this over the finish line and that means we're going to make more progress on climate change. >> mr. secretary, let's talk about climate change because you know that the chinese president
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xi jinping and russian president vladimir putin are not going to the climate summit in person. how do you meet your goals at this summit when two of the world's biggest polluters aren't even showing up? >> two things, dana. first here at the g20 they're not here either, we are, president biden is. that in and of itself is making a difference in driving forward our agenda. >> i understand that, but does it -- >> in terms of glasgow, yes. >> -- climate is a global thing where everybody has to agree to bring the crisis down. >> it is. it is, and i think it's ultimately going to be up to china, as now currently the world's largest emitter, to decide whether it is going to do the right and important thing for its own people, but also for everyone around the world. because you're right. unless we're all in this together in taking the steps necessary to keep warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, then it's going to be a problem.
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and ultimately i think what you're going to see in glasgow is most of the major emitters in the world coming together, raising their ambitions in terms of the commitments they're making to combat climate change. the united states not only doing that, but also putting in the funding necessary to help countries that need help with adaptation, with resilience to do that. beijing has to decide whether it's going to live up to its responsibilities starting with its own people who are affected directly by climate change. >> you mentioned the 1.5-degree goal. that's what the paris climate agreement says, that global warming needs to keep under that. >> that's right. >> the u.n. said just this week that the world is on track to hit a calamitous 2.7 degrees warmer by the end of the century. is it fair to say the world is not going to keep warming under 1.5 degrees? >> right now we're not on track to do that. that's why glasgow is so important and we'll see what emerges from glasgow in terms of the commitments the countries make. it's not just glasgow.
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this is a critical moment but it's also a jumping off point going into next year to continue to do everything possible. what president biden has talked about is seeing this as a decisive decade between now and 2030, because whatever goals we set for 2050, including making sure that we keep warming at 1.5 degrees celsius, if we're not taking the steps over the next eight to ten years to actually do that, we won't hit the target. but glasgow is a critical milestone, but there's going to be a lot of work following from glasgow. >> president biden said at cnn's town hall last week that the u.s. would come to taiwan's defense if china invaded. your spokesperson said there's no change in u.s. position so i just want to clarify, has the u.s. committed directly to the taiwanese government that it will come to taiwan's defense if china invades? >> there is no change in our policy. we've had a longstanding
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commitment, by the way, that senator biden supported when he was in the senate, longstanding commitment to make sure taiwan has the means to defend itself and we stand by that. the president stood by that strongly and we want to make sure no one takes unilateral action that would disrupt the status quo of taiwan. that hasn't changed. >> you are the secretary of state and that was perfect diplo speak. so i wanted, for people who don't speak that language, can you clarify what that means. are you saying the united states would not come to taiwan's defense if attacked? can you be specific? yes or no. are >> dana, again we remain committed resolutely committed to our responsibilities under the taiwan relations act, including making sure that taiwan has the ability to defend itself from any aggression. >> okay.
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just one more follow on that. the president said specifically that the u.s. would. that's not what you're saying, correct? >> the president has for a long time, including when he was a senator, voting for the taiwan relations act, made clear that we will do everything necessary to make sure that taiwan has the means to defend itself. >> let's talk about iran. the g20 is also addressing the threat of iranian nuclear weapons ahead of renewed negotiations about the nuclear deal in vienna. is the u.s. prepared to increase pressure on iran to get them back to the table and if so, what does that pressure look like? >> well, two things. first, president biden got together here in rome with his german, his french and his british counterparts. we are absolutely in lockstep together on how we're approaching the challenge of getting iran back into compliance with the nuclear
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agreement, and that's new because we'd been at odds in recent years over that when the united states pulled out of the agreement. >> what is that lockstep? what does it look like? >> we're working on this together. two things. we continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way to deal with the challenges, threat posed by iran's nuclear program and in particular, particularly unfortunately the steps it's taken since we pulled out in recent months to make that program increasingly dangerous. there's still a window through which iran can come back to the talks and we can come back to mutual compliance with the agreement and that would be the best result, but it really depends on whether iran is serious about doing that. all of our countries working by the way with russia and china believe strongly that would be the best path forward but we do not know whether iran is willing to come back and to engage in a meaningful way and get back into compliance. if it isn't, if it won't, we are
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looking together at all of the options necessary to deal with this problem. >> i also want to ask about afghanistan. i want you to listen to our viewers to listen to what you said two months ago about americans still in afghanistan. >> we believe there are still a small number of americans under 200 and likely closer to 100 who remain in afghanistan and want to leave. >> so we now believe there are still close to 200 americans trying to get out of afghanistan, even after you evacuated more than 200 already. is it acceptable so many americans are two months later trying to get out of afghanistan? >> dana, let's be very clear about this because i think there's a tremendous amount of confusion about this issue that's built up in recent months. and give me one second and i'll try and explain it. first, going back to march of
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this year, well before the president made his decision, well before afghanistan imploded, the government and the military imploded we started sending messages to those who this american passports in afghanistan, 19 between march and july urging them to leave the country. by the time the government did implode, in august, there were still about 6,000 left, and there's a good reason for that. these are people whose entire lives were in afghanistan. their families were there, extended families were there. that's what they knew, and so it's an incredibly wrenching decision to leave. so about 6,000 left at that point. during the evacuation, the extraordinary evacuation which we got about 125,000 people out of afghanistan we got virtually all of the 6,000 who remained out. there were still several hundred who told us at that point they wanted to get out who were not able to get out by the 31st. we said there's no deadline to this effort. we'll continue to get them out. since august 31st, as of today, we've gotten out, of the americans left who said they wanted to leave about 340, but what's happened since is this.
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more people have come forward in two ways. there were some small number of americans in afghanistan who didn't want to leave who have now seen that we've successfully been able to get some of the few remaining americans out who have now come forward and said we do want to leave and a couple hundred of those who are ready to leave and we will work to get them out. similarly, since august 31st, other people have come forward not identified having an american passport, they said they do. we verified that. if they say they want to come out, we bring them out as well. we demonstrated exactly what we said in august. even as we worked to get as many people out as we could, before we left the airport we were convinced we'd be able to continue to do that and we've done that. >> secretary of state antony blinken, thank you for clarifying that and thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. good to be with you. house democratic leaders want to try again this week for a vote on president biden's priorities.
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do they even have a deal? senate budget chair and key progressive bernie sanders joins me exclusively next. and the virginia governor's race is tighter than democrats ever expected. could republican glenn youngkin's strategy be a playbook for other gop candidates going forward? i'll talk to youngkin about that ahead. they drove to safelite for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service the way you need it. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. that's how we've become the leader in 5g and a partner who delivers exceptional customer support, and 5g included in every plan, so you get it all.
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welcome back to "state of the union." house democrats are hoping to set up votes once again on president biden's priority the as soon as tuesday. biden has slimmed down his plan to upgrade the nation's social safety net. it still includes free pre-k, health and child care subsidies
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and serious money towards tackling the climate crisis, but it is missing several programs democrats campaigned on, as well as the explicit support of two moderate senators who could make or break the deal. joining me is the chairman of the budget committee, senator bernie sanders of vermont. thank you so much for joining me. you have said there are major gaps in this plan, several of your priorities, paid leave, dental and vision for medicare, giving the government power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for seniors, that's not in the deal. you saw that house progressives endorsed the compromise. do you? >> it's not in the bill yet. what i can tell you, dana, we're working right now -- i spent all of yesterday on the phone. we are paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. the pharmaceutical industry has spent hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to make certain that americans pay ten
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times more for some drugs than the canadians or the mexicans do. that fight continues, and the fight to expand medicare -- look, poll after poll shows that the american people understand, it is not acceptable that elderly people have teeth in their mouth that are rotting, can't digest their food, don't have the vision they need in order to read a newspaper. we are continuing that effort. it pains me very much -- sorry, go ahead. >> i want to make sure that i understand what you're saying. you're continuing that effort. you want to add it before the house votes? you want to add it to the bill? >> absolutely. look, we're working as everybody should know, on two separate bills, bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will finally begin to address the reality that our roads and our bridges and our water systems are crumbling. that's one bill. but we want to move both bills in tandem, and the second bill,
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the bill that deals with the needs of the working class of this country in terms of child care, in terms of pre-k that deals with the existential threat of climate, that bill is still being worked on literally today, it will be worked on tomorrow, i believe we're making some progress in making it stronger than it is. >> if you don't succeed in that progress, will you support the framework as it currently stands, what the white house released at the end of the week? >> well, all i will tell you is we have a very, very strong bill, and it deals with the fact that we are going to start paying attention to the needs of working parents, continue that $300, we're going to build affordable housing, we're going to make sure that elderly people and people with disabilities can stay at home rather than be forced into a nursing home, et cetera. we have to demand the wealthiest people in this country pay their fair share of taxes. >> sounds like a yes. >> it's a very good bill, nope, but i am right now i can tell you, i worked yesterday, working today, we're going to work tomorrow to strengthen that bill.
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it is outrageous that we continue to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and one out of four americans cannot afford the prescriptions their doctors write, that is not acceptable. >> let's talk about that. that is one of the priorities is on the cutting room floor. i heard you talk about this hundreds of times probably. i was told that senator kyrsten sinema opposes it because it stifles innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. what do you make of that and what conversations, you're saying you're working on trying to change this, are you talking to her? do you think she is convincible? >> look, this is not about senator sinema or senator manchin. it's about 50 senators and the outreach --
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>> they make up the 50. >> so do we all. here is the bottom line. last year, pharmaceutical industry made $50 billion in profit. last year, the top ceos made hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in outrageous levels of compensation. so the issue is, right now, the pharmaceutical industry is doing everything that it can to make sure that one out of four americans is unable to afford the prescriptions that their doctors write. people are dying. the cost of insulin is ten times more in this country. anyone tells me -- >> you're talking about how important it is. would you vote for a bill that doesn't including changing what you're describing is a very big problem? >> as soon as i leave this studio i am going back home to get on the phone to make sure we have it. over 80% of the american people -- give you an example, the veterans administration is paying half because they negotiated prescription drug
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prices paying 50% of what medicare is paying. does that make any sense? one government agency paying half as much as another government agency? we are working very hard to make that happen. >> one of the reasons, and i know you've spoke on it him and heard him say publicly, senator joe manchin refuses to endorse some of the medicare expansion in this, is because he believes that the inflation crisis in this country is very bad, and that also on medicare coverage, he believes that expanding medicare, which is what you're saying should be done, will hurt the actual underlying -- will hurt the trust fund and make it hard for people to get basic medicare. how do you convince him that's he's wrong on that? >> the way to convince him and the simple reality is we are paying for this, inflation today is a serious issue, no question about it. but what we are doing in this legislation is demanding that
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the wealthiest people and largest corporations start paying their fair share of taxes. this bill is going to be totally paid for in terms of medicare solvency, i have no objection. i think it's a good idea that we raise additional revenue by lowering the cost of saving taxpayers money in medicare and putting that into expanding medicare solvency. i am supportive of that idea. >> let me follow up on one part of this which is people don't understand maybe why there's such a fight here, and it is because there are philosophical differences within the democratic caucus, big ones. you say this is going to be paid for. joe manchin just doesn't believe it and believes it will add to the debt and the deficit and it will contribute to big government spending. how do you bridge that gap? >> well 48 -- let's also back up a little bit and make sure
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everybody understands. there are 100 members of the united states senate. unfortunately, we do not have one republican prepared to take on the pharmaceutical industry, take on the private health insurance companies, not one republican prepared to go forward to deal with the crisis of climate, not one republican prepared to say to the richest people and largest corporations they have to pay their fair share of taxes. we're down to 50 people. any time you have 50 people with different ideologies coming from different parts of the country, there's going to be differences of opinion. that's what we are struggling with right now. >> sorry so interrupt you. given that reality, do you believe house progressives should insist on a public commitment from senators manchin and sinema before they vote yes on either of the bills this week? >> i think there has got to be a framework agreed upon in the senate that all of us know will be implemented before the members of the house vote, yes, i do.
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>> how would that manifest itself? do you want them to make public statements? >> it will be a framework, yes, well, you're going to have a piece of paper which will say this is going to be in the bill. you don't have to have all of the legislative language, but you have to have a statement which says a, b, c, d and e is going to be in the package and 50 members of the senate are supporting it. >> so until senator manchin, senator sinema do that, you don't think the house should vote? >> i think that the house is, i think we can put that together within the next short period of time. look, this thing has dragged on forever, but i think when the american people see the results of what we are trying to do, and understand that for the first time really in the modern history of this country, we are attempting to tackle the real crises facing working families, the massive income and wealth inequality that we have, i think the american people will be very pleased and understand the government is now starting to
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work for them rather than the big money. >> you have conversations with them. i know with senator manchin. he's not on board yet sounds like based on your private conversations? >> look, you know, we have 50 people that we have got to get on board. this is not easy stuff, but what we are trying to do is put together the most consequential piece of legislation in the modern history of this country which will transform the role of government in protecting the needs of working families. >> senator, before i let you go, switching topics, we are learning brand new information this weekend about more than 700 pages in documents that former president trump is trying to shield from the january 6th committee including handwritten notes from his chief of staff, call logs, visitor records, what do you think he's trying to hide? >> well, i don't want to speculate. i don't know what's in those documents, but i suspect it will
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be the role that his administration played in maybe fomenting that insurrection. >> senator bernie sanders, chairman of the budget committee, sounds like you have a very busy 48 hours ahead of you. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you. and is democrat terry mcauliffe's strategy of linking his opponent to former president trump, is that going to help or hurt him in the governor's race? his answer is next. ve to safelie for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service the way you need it. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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washington is playing out with voters. a closely fought governor's race in virginia was once thought to be a relatively easy victory for democrat terry mcauliffe who has held the job before. after all, joe biden comfortably won virginia a year ago by ten percentage points. as mcauliffe put his efforts into tying his gop opponent to donald trump, republican businessman glenn youngkin seized on culture wars and parent frustration with schools in voter-rich suburbs. a new poll has youngkin ahead. for a first-time candidate who started out with almost no name recognition, quite a crowd gathered to greet businessman glenn youngkin, especially for 7:30 a.m. on a saturday. >> thank you for being here. >> reporter: this is alexandria, virginia, where joe biden won a whopping 80% of the vote just last year. youngkin is tapping into a potent issue especially amongst suburban voters, education. >> we will have choice in our public schools. >> reporter: walking the finest
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of lines, appealing to parent frustration exacerbated by the pandemic. >> schools will never be closed again, five days in-person. >> reporter: while dipping his toe in culture wars amplified by conservative media. >> on day one i will ban critical race theory from being in our schools. >> reporter: reality check, critical race theory is not part of virginia's standards of learning, but he knows it's an animating issue for the gop base still loyal to donald trump, but youngkin is wary of alienating independent voters. is this a republican playbook that other gop candidates can use going forward in blue states? >> i really haven't thought about anything beyond virginia. i felt like there was a different way to run a campaign. >> reporter: keeping trump's voters on board, but the man himself at a comfortable distance is the name of the game for youngkin in blue virginia. the former president is expected to participate in a tele-rally here on monday. >> i haven't been involved.
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the teams are talking. >> reporter: i'm sure they'd love to have you. would you like to be there? >> i'm not going to be engaged in the tele town hall. we have more people helping us than you can believe. >> reporter: in response, terry mcauliffe told cnn's dan merica. >> this isn't about trump. >> reporter: unusual from the candidate who made tying youngkin to trump the centerpiece of his campaign. >> i am running against someone who has been endorsed by donald trump. >> donald trump and glenn youngkin are trying to run down the democracy of this country. >> my opponent is a trump wannabe, endorsed by trump five times. >> i'm glad i have two cups here. i keep drinking when you mention donald trump's name. >> have you made this race about trump? >> he wants to run in 2024 and he wants to use this and is a launch pad for that, that's pretty clear.
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>> reporter: mcauliffe is trying to nationalize the race bringing in the big guns in the hopes of encouraging a complacent democratic electorate to go to the polls. >> show up for democracy, for virginia, for the united states of america. >> reporter: a contrast youngkin is leaning into. >> quit bringing all these people into virginia. we don't even know who they are. we are running as virginians. >> reporter: staying local, a strategy that has the added benefit of helping him avoid trump. >> the latest on the supply chain blockages slowing down your packages right before the holidays. transportation secretary pete buttigieg ahead. to the farmers market... when they got a chip. they drove to safelite for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service the way you need it. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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welcome back to "state of the union." while democrats in washington tussle over their priorities and their strategy to pass president biden's agenda, millions of americans around the country are focused on empty shelves and sticker shock wondering what the administration can do to fix it. joining me now is transportation secretary pete buttigieg. thank you so much for joining me this morning, sir. we'll get to those supply problems in a minute, but first, president biden really raised the stakes this week when he went to capitol hill, he urged congress to pass his agenda. he explicitly said the fate of his presidency hangs in the balance, and yet democrats couldn't deliver. so why wasn't he able to close the deal with his own party? >> well, look, we are the closest that we've ever been, and the president is confident that this framework that we're putting forward can pass the house and senate and get to his desk for signature. the reason you hear this sense of urgency on his part is not just politics. it's that the country needs
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this. world leaders are gathering in glasgow right now looking at this chance that we have, and it's barely within our grasp now to be able to beat the worst effects of climate change, that means immediate action, and that's part of what's in this package. but also families are ready for the support that has been lacking for a long time in this country, to finally have preschool for every 3 and 4-year-old kid in this country, to extend that tax cut, that tax credit, which means hundreds or thousands of dollars in the pockets of nine out of ten families with kids in this country. the urgency of making sure that we make it easier to have a loved one who needs home care by cutting those wait lists.
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we're talking about things that are going to make a real concrete and urgently needed impact in american lives not to mention of course all the transportation infrastructure opportunities that i've been talking about all year, that we have a chance to deliver right now. >> so you talked about a lot of big changes that are currently still in this framework compromise. there is something that isn't, and that is paid family leave. you return from paternity leave after welcoming your newborn twins, penelope and joseph. i want our viewers to hear what you said on the show two weeks ago about the importance of paid family leave. >> i campaigned on that, so did the president. the build back better agenda includes provisions for paid family leave. it is long past time to make it possible for every american mother and father to take care of their children when a new child arrives in the family. >> so what do you say to the more than 100 million americans who don't have access to the kind of paid family leave you just benefited from and don't understand why the administration didn't fight harder to keep it in the bill? >> well, it's something that we believe in. i believe in it. obviously it's personal for me.
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the same true for the president, and it's something that we'll continue pushing for. let's talk about what is in this bill. child care credit -- support, financial support for millions of american families to be able to get child care, in addition to free preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds, in addition to that child tax credit that again is concretely needing hundreds of dollars a month. >> not taking anything away from you, but when you say you will continue to keep fighting, how do you realistically do that when we're entering an election year and this was the vehicle on which the democrats really felt was the most important, maybe the last chance to do it in the near future? >> well, i tell you how we're going to do it. we'll do it from a position of strength, because when we pass this bill, we will have delivered the most important pro-family legislation of my lifetime. the biggest expansion in health care since the aca itself, the
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most we've done on climate change ever and concrete improvements, literally, in roads, bridges, ports, airports and so much more. when you have a successful policy, when you deliver major positive transformational change in the lives of americans, you are rewarded with more running room to do more great things. i firmly believe that, that idea that good policy is good politics, and this framework is good policy. >> you know why it was dropped, it's because senator joe manchin simply does not think that money should be spent on this in the way it was proposed. what do you say to him? >> well, look, again, i'm a big believer in this policy, and i think it's the right thing to do. i'm also a huge believer in the things that are in this bill in front of us right now. this is not half a loaf. this is a feast of good policies, some of which my party has been talking about, or even politicians on both sides of the
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aisle have been talking about for literally as long as i have been alive, and the chance to deliver it is now within our grasp. it is an extraordinary package that is going to make concrete improvements in the lives of every american and i can't bait to see it done. obviously, when you put together something this big and this complex, nobody gets everything that they want. the president has been clear about that. i don't think anybody crafting their perfect package in their mind would see it reflected here, because this reflects the input of so many different people, including bipartisan work on the infrastructure side, and a very ideologically diverse big tent party on the family stuff. by the way on the family stuff, i have to say, i don't want to let republicans off the hook. i think at least some should be able to vote for the tax cuts for middle class families. some republicans should be willing to vote for 3 and 4-year-olds to get preschool in this country, some republicans should be prepared to vote for americans to get up to a $10 12,500 discount on electric vehicles to create american jobs and beat climate change. everybody should be part of the solution.
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>> the trump administration did pass 12 weeks of family leave for federal employees but i want to move on because you mentioned infrastructure. i want to talk about the supply chain crisis. two weeks after the biden administration announced that key ports would move to 24/7 operations, supply chain backlogs are still really not getting much better. there are persistent truck driver shortages, warehouses are overflowing. an estimated $24 billion worth of goods are stuck waiting to go through u.s. ports. so how are these going to be fixed, and do you expect these persistent delays to continue through the holidays? >> we are going to continue to see challenges. the steps that we're taking are making a difference but think about all of the things that have to happen to get a product to a shelf on time. fundamentally, it's up to the producers, the shippers and the retailers, and we're doing everything we can to help them move those goods across the infrastructure that's often outdated.
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look, we've got demand that's off the charts. the retail federation is predicting an all-time record high in terms of sales. we've got supply which is in some cases up but not up enough to keep up with that demand and then the biggest thing of all, of course, you have the pandemic. the pandemic is poking holes in supply no matter how good any company or any administration is. we're going to keep working on things like the port issue, smoothing out anything else that is within our control, but the only way we can put disruptions behind us is to put the pandemic in the rear view mirror, which is why the president has been leading decisively to do just that. >> i want to ask before i let you go about a flight attendant for american airlines who was hospitalized this week with a broken bone, several of them in her face, after a passenger assaulted her mid flight. so far this year the faa is investigating more than 900 incidents of violent or unruly passengers, and that's up from
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150 two years ago. should there be a federal no-fly list for people who behave like this on u.s. flights? >> i think that should be on the table. look, it is completely unacceptable to mistreat, abuse or even disrespect flight crews. these flight attendants have been on the front lines of the pandemic from day one. and they're up there, as the announcement always says, for your safety. there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of treatment of flight crews in the air or any of the essential workers from bus drivers to air crews, who get people to where they need to be. the faa stands strongly with flight crews, that's why you're seeing some harsh penalties and fines being proposed, and we will continue to look at all options to make sure that flight crews and passengers are safe. >> before i let you go, it is halloween. do the twins have a costume or costumes?
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>> so, yes, my husband chastan found these, hard to describe but basically traffic tone -- they're infrastructure basically, going as infrastructure. >> that's amazing. secretary buttigieg, thank you for your time this morning. >> of course. thank you. take care. so we're just talking about halloween, but you know what else is important about october 31st? it means it's just about time for an election. there are several key races on tuesday night. what to watch when we come back. potent blend of nutrients so you can emerge your best with emergen-c. ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete, balanced nutrition for strength and energy. whoo hoo!
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