ON RACE IN THE UNITED STATES:

“On the issue of race, I couldn’t agree more that this is an issue that is still not being talked about truthfully and honestly. There is not a Black man I know, be he a relative, a friend, or a coworker, who has not been the subject of some form of profiling or discrimination. Growing up, my sister and I had to deal with the neighbor who told us her parents said she couldn’t play with us because we were Black. […] I’m going to now direct this at Vice…

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ON OIL AND GAS COMPANIES:

“When you take away that money because you take them to court and sue them, as I have done, it’s extraordinary how they will change behaviors. They have to be held accountable. Maybe this is the prosecutor in me. They have to be held accountable. These are bad behaviors. They are causing harm and death in communities. And there has been no accountability. Certainly not by this administration, nor, and I hate to say it so generally, by the Republicans in Congress.” —CNN Town Hall on Climate Change | September 4, 2019

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ON BIG PHARMA:

“The biggest barrier to access to health care in our country is cost. And we’ve got the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance companies that keep jacking up premiums and co-pays and prescription drugs and the cost of prescription drugs, and I’ve taken them on. When I was attorney general, I took on the pharmaceutical companies. I delivered over $200 million for the people of my state because of their practices that were about fraudulent practices. And we need somebody in these United States of America who is at the top…

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ON MEDICARE FOR ALL:

“We will allow private insurers to offer Medicare plans as a part of this system that adhere to strict Medicare requirements on costs and benefits. This would function similar to how private Medicare plans work today, which cover about a third of Medicare seniors, and operate within the Medicare system. Medicare will set the rules of the road for these plans, including price and quality, and private insurance companies will play by those rules, not the other way around. This preserves the options that seniors have today and expands options…

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ON DEFUNDING THE POLICE:

“It is status quo thinking to believe that putting more police on the streets creates more safety. That’s wrong. It’s just wrong. You know what creates more safety? Funding public schools, affordable housing, increased homeownership, job skill development, jobs, access to capital for those who want to start small businesses, or who are running small businesses in communities. “But, no, we’re not going to get rid of the police. We all have to be practical. But let’s separate out these discussions. “Many cities in our country spend one-third of their…

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ON THE RACIAL INJUSTICES BLACK AMERICANS FACE:

“Let’s speak the truth: People are protesting because Black people have been treated as less than human in America. Because our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity.” —Cosmopolitan.com | June 4, 2020

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