Sen. Kamala Harris on Hitchhiking to Graduation, Women’s Health, Climate Crisis


-Thank you so much
for taking time out of your schedule
to be with us tonight. I appreciate that.
-Of course. -We have a whole room full
of college students here. -I know. Our future — [ Cheers and applause ] Our future is bright. -What was Kamala Harris like
in college? -Oh.
-Like, if there was Instagram… -Yeah, what would
that shot have been? -Yeah. -Well, it would have included
me protesting apartheid… -Uh-huh.
-…on the Mall. And it probably
would have included me in the various jobs that I had. I was a tour guide at the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing, where they make the money, and I would take people
through the tour. I worked at McDonald’s
one summer. [ Cheers and applause ] -Let’s talk about that.
How was that? -You know, so, I mostly
had the fries station. -Oh, yeah.
-But sometimes I graduated to actually checking people out.
-Yeah. -At the cash register.
-Yeah. -I never got to the
flipping the hamburgers piece. That would have been
a real promotion. -Yeah, no.
You didn’t get that far? -I didn’t get that far. -My friend worked at McDonald’s,
and they would give me — They would slip a couple
extra fries in there for me. -Yeah. -Your real friends, you’re like,
“Oh, yeah, no, you — There were two fries.” -Yeah, I’m not admitting
to that right now. -Imagine. A big
McDonald’s scandal, yeah. -But I loved being in college.
I hitchhiked to graduation. Don’t —
I shouldn’t tell you that. -What was that about? -The night before
was a late night and — [ Cheers and applause ] -Finally! Finally. Okay. Yeah. -And we missed our rides. And so a girlfriend of mine, who lived
just down the street from me, we were hustling,
and we were running late. And our families were on campus
and they were all ready. And we were supposed to be
walking across the stage. And we couldn’t figure out
how to — And we had our graduation robes, and we were like,
“Let’s just get out there.” And we just hitched. It was old-fashioned, old-school
thumb up on the street. -No way.
-Yes. Yes. -How far away were you
from the graduation? -It was, you know, probably —
I don’t know. 15, 20 blocks? -And no one knew
that you were doing any of this. No cellphones. -No, we got there, and
that was the important thing. And we didn’t really confess. I don’t think I’ve ever
actually told many people. -Thank you for opening up.
I appreciate that. -Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. -But you made it, right?
-You got to get there. -You have to get there, yeah. This was your third
Democratic debate we just finished last week.
-Yeah, right. -How did you think you did? And is there any issues that you
wish you could have touched upon that they didn’t bring up?
-You know, I really — We’ve got to talk about issues
like choice for women and access to
reproductive healthcare. [ Cheers and applause ] And you guys know.
I mean, it’s a big issue. And women — the women
of America right now are, you know,
full-on under attack by these states and others
who are passing legislation that is, you know,
prohibiting a woman to make a decision
about her own body. And it’s all these
out-of-touch politicians who are making these decisions. And they need to understand — [ Cheers and applause ] They need to understand
it’s the woman’s body. It’s not their body. And, you know,
I was in a hearing for, you know,
the Supreme Court. I was on the Senate
Judiciary Committee. And I actually asked
the nominee, “Is there a law that you know of
that tells a man what he can do with his body
or should do with his body?” -Yeah.
-Right? -There is none.
-No. No. -Wow. -You know,
and it’s a real issue. And, you know,
it is about woman — It’s about a woman’s right to make decisions
about her own life. And it really —
In this year, in 2019, that we’ve still got legislators who are telling women
what to do with their own body. -Yeah.
-And in some of these cases, it’s not an extreme statement
to say that women will die. Because poor women — a lot
of, you know, women of color are the ones who are not going
be able to travel to a state to have a physician-assisted
procedure and, out of desperation,
are going to do exactly what women in previous
generations resorted to out of desperation. It’s a real issue, so I wish
that that would have been discussed in any one
of the debates. It has not been brought up
as a subject, and it’s one of the biggest
issues facing women in America right now.
-That’s bizarre… …that it wasn’t brought up.
-Yeah. -You — I know you have a kid.
You have a daughter who’s… -Yes.
-…college age. -What issues do they bring up,
do your kids bring up? They’re like, “Oh, Mom,
you got to talk about this.” -Yeah, it’s a lot
about dating advice. -“You can’t bring it up
in the debates, but what do you think?
Is my boyfriend cute?” -You know, it’s — I can’t talk about their
business on national TV. They will kill me. -Right now they’re going,
“Mom, stop it.” -But, you know, it’s that. They talk about climate
and the climate crisis. It’s real.
-Yeah. -Because, I mean, you know,
we have all these leaders here, these college students who know
that we are failing them and they’re going to
end up paying a price. Over the next 12 years,
if we do nothing, it will be irreversible
in terms of the harm. And you’ve got, you know, a
president, a current president who’s pushing science fiction
instead of science fact. He had the nerve to say
wind turbines cause cancer. Jay Inslee, who was in the race,
I love his phrase. Jay, I’m giving you
credit for this. And he said, “You know, no, wind
turbines don’t cause cancer. They cause jobs.”
Right? [ Cheers and applause ] So, I have a Green New Deal,
and it’s about creating jobs. It’s about addressing
ignored communities, and that relates
to poor communities, communities of color,
the indigenous people, and making sure
that folks are not overlooked. And that’s about accountability.
Because I’ve taken on the big oil companies before,
when I was attorney general of California,
and let’s just be clear. There are people
who are profiting off of the pollution
they are creating. And the bottom line —
You’ve been in L.A., right? -Of course.
-You know, remember — Did you ever go to L.A.
about 20 years ago? Remember what color
that sky was? -Black.
-Right. -And now you look up,
and it’s blue. And you know why? Because leaders led, and people said, “Enough.
We can do something about it.” The pollution is caused
by human behaviors, which can be changed without
much change to our lifestyles. We need leadership,
and that’s one of probably the most critical reasons
that we need a new president
of the United States. And I intend
to be the next president who’s going to deal with this.
-Yeah. [ Cheers and applause ]

100 thoughts on “Sen. Kamala Harris on Hitchhiking to Graduation, Women’s Health, Climate Crisis

  1. Corporate shill…can't stand her. Harris, Klobuchar and Biden are probably the only 3 Democrats I wouldn't vote for. 🤢🤢🤢

  2. Love Kamala Harris. She's brilliant, She has a strong sense of justice. She is consistent in her approach to resolving today's issues and she has a nice sense of humor!

  3. 1: she's fake
    2: I'm pro choice and the answer to her question about laws governing male bodies is :yes, mandatory draft registration. just saying.

  4. Fuck you baby killing lover.

    It is a life in the womb period. Stop with the emotional appeals. There is no science backing the diabolical shit you are spewing.

    IT IS BLACK BABIES THAT ARE BEING ABORTED MORE THAN ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP. Where is your voice to stand up for them?

    He was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.

  5. Go Kamala for President!! Your a year younger than me (55) and Bernie and Joe are tooooooooo OLD…….Trans guy Lee, Richmond, VA

  6. Kamala can win! The only reason there is so much hate in this comment thread is because she is a real threat to Trump and all of you Trump supporters know it! Don't even go there about her background because Donald Trump's corrupt background is way too damn long to list here on this page!

  7. Here we go with the “climate crisis” again lol
    Remember this clown wants to take fracking away which has made the US energy independent.

  8. I support Women's Health and all don't get me wrong. I do however think a woman does not get the choice whether or not to kill a human being growing inside of her. Sen. Harris' arguments are so wrong. She just says things that people want to hear but will never be able to follow through.

  9. Don't vote for kamala Harris. She prosecuted people for cannabis. Further more she should have helped health departments addressing these drugs as a health problem as opposed to a criminal matter. She put away a lot of black and Mexicans in California prisons…. creating career criminals. Adding to the homelessness, drug use thru out California. Blame Kamala Harris for the homeless problem in California. Vote Bernie We fought Nazis and won … we can fight and beat back global warming…. If we work together with Bernie.

  10. will she legalize medical marijuana? It helps me also it;s better for a lot of people such as suffering from PTSD more than prescription drugs

  11. Unlikeable. Good thing that Tulsi Gabbard exposed Kamala as a fraud who put thousands of young people in jail for smoking pot…and then laughed about it when she admitted that she smoked pot. Kamala is awful. If Gabbard had 10% of the coverage Harris gets, she would be in the top two in polls

  12. no one is forcing women to do anything. it just should be unlawful and immoral to destroy a life. death for convenience is not justified.

  13. "Reproductive Rights" Condoms, birth control, Plan B, Abstinence, Pulling out, Saran-wrap, plenty of shit is already available. Tax payers shouldn't fund murders of children. End of story.

  14. Not trying to be rude here but she comes across as such an idiot to me. I've seen quite a few people like her rise through the ranks at universities and corporations, but president? surely people can penetrate her facade at one point.

  15. Its not legislators making up laws "to tell a woman what to do with her body" (the Baby's body), its all the good citizens begging the legislators!! Babies deserve to live. Abortion isnt reproductive "health"…

  16. I really like Kamala and her personality she seems like she knows how to have fun! I disagree with her centrist views.
    I'm pro Warren and Bernie but I'd Support her is she won the nomination!

  17. Kamala needs to surround herself with smarter people to boost her campaign. People with really good ideas. Kamala needs to change her strategy now. The tweet thing does not work. She has to campaign a lot and meet young people all over the country. She has to campaign in campuses. When People don’t see you they forget you. This is Kamala issue now.

  18. "Dont tell me what to do with my own body, if I want to use my body to sleep my way into politics that's my right."
    right."
    -Kamala Harris

  19. Vote for her and she'll lock you up for smoking a joint then she'll pat herself on the back saying how she stands by her Criminal Justice record. Dont be a fool. SHE IS THE FAKEST CANIDATE, Warren coming in at #2

  20. I used to really like her because of her Indian heritage and also her questioning of witnesses in senate hearings but I see how fake she has been.. past few months it’s so obvious.. over it. Bernie 2020

  21. Kamala
    Newsflash: nobody likes you
    Youre Hilary Clinton 2.0
    Youre fake
    Your fake laugh.. omg your fake laugh
    Not even deaf people would believe you.

    Go Yang

    Bernie 2020 ❤️

  22. Kamala's constant "head bobbing" is either one of 2 things.
    A) It is a technique (trick) prosecutors use to influence the jury by suggesting people believe and agree with what she's saying.
    B) Muscle memory from her days with Mayor Willie Brown

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