Sen. Kamala Harris on fellow Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib

Harris talks about the new congresswomen and recent controversies surrounding them.
4:09 | 01/08/19

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Transcript for Sen. Kamala Harris on fellow Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib
Yes, I was just having a nice conversation with you during the break. So, I wanted to ask you. Alexandria on case Yo Cortez is the new darling of the party. She's promoting policies like saying every single carbon emission in the country, every car should be eliminated in the next ten years. Everything from a 70% to 80% tax rate. Do you think she could splinter your party? No. I think she challenging the status quo. I think that's fantastic. I used to teach, before -- especially before the last few years. And the thing I always loved about teaching was when you teach, it requires you to defend the premise.d it requires you to re-examine the premise. And question, is it still relevant? Is it -- is it -- does it have impact? Does it have meaning? And -- I think that she is introducing bold ideas. That should be discussed. And I think it's good for the party. I frankly think it's good for the country. Let's look at the bold ideas. And I'm eager that we have those discussions. And when we are able to defend the status quo, then do it. If there's not merit, let's explore new ideas. Congresswoman Rashida tlaib, made the comment, impeach the -- I can't say it on television. My candid response is that she is not the first nor will she be the last elected person to curse in public. And so that's my response. That's my response. And, but I do believe that there is certainly, um -- and we all know this, right? It's the subjects of the conversations that you all have on an incredible level at this table daily. Which is people are feeling very passionate right now in our country. And, um, and they're expressing those views in a variety of ways. I also do believe that, um, that in the passion, what we also do have to check as a separate matter, is that there are also very right now powerful voices in our country that are selling hate and division among us. We also need to check that. Yek that. Check that. Back to the earlier point. We really do all have so much more in common than what separates us. I think it is just not healthy for our country. One of the reasons I wrote the book, I'll shamefully plug my book again. What's the name of the book? "The truths we hold: An American journey." There it is. But we're at an inflection point in our country and in the world. Regardless of what would have happened in November 2016, we're at an inflection point. If you think about it there are emerging and descending economies. Populations are shifting. Um, for a variety of reasons. Including climate change, which we should be talking more about. Technology. Automation. We're going through an industrial revolution. So much is happening right now. In the world. And my concern is that in this inflection moment, let's not lose sight of what should be our vision about how we can address and deal with one, the sources of issues that are making people feel displaced and feeling left out. Yeah. But also address what we need to do to actually take charge in this growing and changing world. Mm-hmm. And there's no time for us to spend full-time staring at our belly button. When the world might be passing us by and that's why I say that the -- the rhetoric that causes division among us is not productive. And it is not reflective of who we really are as a people.

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