‘Conversation with the Candidate’ with Joe Biden: Online exclusive


>>CONVERSATION WITH THE
CANDIDATE CONTINUES. ADAM: WELCOME BACK. OUR CANDIDATE IS FORMER VICE
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. THIS IS 30 MINUTES COMMERCIAL
FREE.>>WELCOME. WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE. I HAVE BEEN IN ENVIRONMENTAL
CONSERVATION MY ENTIRE CAREER
AND I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED AND
ANGERED BY THE ACTIONS OF THE
CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. I COULD ASK YOU ABOUT 20
DIFFERENT QUESTIONS BUT THEY
ONLY GAVE ME ONE. DO YOU SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF A
CARBON FEE AND DIVIDEND PROGRAM? VICE PRES. BIDEN: YES. LOOK, ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN
DO — RIGHT NOW, LOOK WHAT IS
GOING ON. RIGHT NOW, THE AMAZON IS ON
FIRE. IT IS THE LARGEST CARBON SINK IN
THE WORLD. IT ABSORBS MORE CARBON FROM THE
AIR THAN EVERY — WE TOOK EVERY
SINGLE SOLITARY AUTOMOBILE IN
AMERICA OFF THE ROAD. WHY CAN’T WE MOVE IN A DIRECTION
WHERE WE RETURN AGRICULTURE INTO
THE FIRST INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD
THAT CAN BE CARBON NEUTRAL? WE CAN PROVIDE COVER CROPS. WE CAN MAKE SURE FARMERS GET
PAID FOR PLANTING COVER CROPS. WE CAN DEVELOP CROPS THAT HAVE
MUCH DEEPER ROOTS THAN CAN
ABSORB THE CARBON AND TAKE IT
DEEPER. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS IN OUR
WHEELHOUSE. MAYBE I AM TOO MUCH OF AN
OPTIMIST. I THINK THIS PRESENT AN ENORMOUS
OPPORTUNITY TO GET RIGHT AND
ALSO TO CREATE MILLIONS OF NEW
GOOD PAYING JOBS. WHY DON’T WE HAV — I PROPOSE
WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS,
500,000 CHARGING STATIONS ON NEW
GREEN HIGHWAYS AND PATHWAYS. WE CAN OWN THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE
MARKET. WE CAN GENERATE IT. I COME FROM AN AUTOMOBILE STATE. I AM THE GUY WHO GOT BLAMED FOR
US SAVING GENERAL MOTORS. GUES WHAT, IT SAVED TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF JOBS UNTIL THE
MANAGEMENT MADE BAD DECISIONS,
IN MY VIE
IF WE WERE ABLE TO RECLAIM AND
BECOME THE LEADER OF THE MARKET FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES, WE CREATE
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GOOD PAYING
JOBS. WE BECOME THE NET EXPORTER OF
TECHNOLOGY AND CAPABILITY. WE CAN HAVE — WE HAVE DARPA AT
THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. WE CAN HAVE THAT DARPA IS THE
OUTFIT, THEY DO INDEPENDENT
RESEARCH. THEY ARE THE GUYS WHO CAME UP
WITH STEALTH TECHNOLOGY. THE INTERNET, A WHOLE RANGE OF
THINGS. WHY AREN’T WE INVESTING THE SAME
KIND OF INTELLECTUAL RESOURCE? WHY AREN’T WE INVESTING IN THAT? WHAT ARE WE DOING? NOT ONLY IS IT NEEDED TO SAVE
THE PLANET BUT IT IS NEEDED IN
ORDER FOR US TO BE ABLE TO
GENERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH. I LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE WE HAVE HAD
IN TECHNOLOGY. FROM THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. WE ALWAYS WERE ABLE TO MAKING
SURE IT AFFECTED EVERYBODY
POSITIVELY. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CHANCES. YOU GUYS WERE THE ONES WHO GOT
ME GOING BACK IN 1973. I RAN THE FIRST TIME AND THE
REASON I ENDED GETTING UP —
ENDED UP GETTING INVOLVED — I
AM THE GUY WHO INTRODUCED
LEGISLATION THROUGH ZONING. OUR STATE IS MADE UP OF THREE
COUNTIES, THE LARGEST ONE HAS
60% OF THE POPULATION. IT IS CALLED NEW CASTLE COUNTY. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW OIL
REFINERY AROUND THE DELAWARE
RIVER. I BLOCKED IT. EVERYBODY WENT NUTS. THE ONLY OUTFIT IN THE WHOLE
DAMN COUNTRY THAT SAID YOU
CANNOT BUILD WITHIN TWO MILES OF
THE WETLANDS. PRESERVING FOREVER. IT IS THE SAME THING, I GREW UP
IN A LITTLE TOWN. MARCUS HOOK AND CHESTER, MORE
REFINERIES THAN ANY PLA
INCLUDING HOUSTON. TAKING CARE OF 10 MILLION PEOPLE
IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY. GUESS WHAT — I WOULD GET UP TO
BE TAKEN TO SCHOOL IN THE
MORNING BY MY UNCLE. AND HE WOULD TURN ON THE
WINCHELL WIPER AND THERE WOULD
BE OIL SLICK ON THE WINDOW —
WINDSHIELD WIPER AND THERE WOULD
BE OIL SLICK ON THE WINDOW. IT HAD THE HIGHEST CANCER RATE
IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS ALL BECAUSE OF THE
PREVAILING WIND. SAME WAY WITH POLLUTION, OCEAN
DUMPING. SO MANY THINGS WE HAD TO FIGHT
SO HARD TO GET FROM THE TIME I
WAS A KID IN POLITICS AND TODAY,
THIS GUY, NO MORE METHANE
RESTRICTIONS. WHAT IS GOING ON? KEEP HOLLERING, MAN. FOLKS LIKE YOU KNOW. THANK YOU. ADAM: WE HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA
QUESTION. DO YOU AGREE WITH THE D.C. VERSUS HELLER DECISION AND
REGARDS TO PROTECTING THE
INDIVIDUAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS? VICE PRES. BIDEN: THE ANSWER IS,
I THINK YOU CAN – LET ME
EXPLAIN WHERE I AM ON THE SECOND
AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT — FOR
EXAMPLE, THE FIRST AMENDMENT, IF
ANYONE OF YOU STOOD UP AND
YELLED FIRE, YOU COULD BE
ARRESTED. YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH
TO SAY FIRE BUT NOT IN A CROWDED
FORM — FOR. EVERY CONSTITUTIONAL 11 — EVERY
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT HAS
LIMITATIONS. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS NOT
ABSOLUTE. THE FUNDAMENTAL ARGUMENT IS WELL
REGULATED MILITIA AND I WON’T
GET INTO IT. HERE IS THE DEAL, WE HAVE NEVER
ARGUED THAT YOU COULD OWN ANY
WEAPON YOU WANT. IT HAS NEVER BEEN THE CASE THAT
ANYONE CAN OWN ANY WEAPON THEY
WANT. IF YOU ARE MENTALLY DERANGED, IF
YOU ARE PSYCHOPATHIC, IF YOU ARE
SOMEONE WHO IS 12 YEARS OLD, IF
YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS A
CRIMINAL RECORD, IF YOU ARE A
WIFE BEATER — WE CAN DENY YOU THE RIGHT TO OWN A WEAPON. PERIOD. ANY KIND OF WEAPON. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A STABLE
CITIZEN IN THE MINDS OF THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE. SECONDLY, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
ABLE TO SAY WHAT KIND OF WEAPON
YOU CAN HAVE. I KNOW SOME OF YOU IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE, THE TREE OF LIBERTY
IS WATERED WITH THE BLOOD OF
PATRIOTS. IF THAT IS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO
PROTECT YOURSELVES AGAINST THE
GOVERNMENT, YOU NEED AN F-15, A
JET. YOU NEED A BAZOOKA. YOU NEED A WEAPON THAT IS
COMPATIBLE WITH THE GOVERNMENT
THAT WILL ABUSE YOU IF THAT IS
WHAT YOU THINK THE PURPOSES. DOES ANYONE THINK ANYONE HAS THE
RIGHT TO OWN A BAZOOKA? A FLAMETHROWER? A MACHINE GUN? WHY IN GOD’S NAME DO YOU SAY
THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO
OWN A WEAPON THAT IS A MILITARY
STYLE WEAPON DESIGNED FOR ONE
REASON, TO SHOOT AND KILL PEOPLE
IN WAR, THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 50 , 70, 100 ROUNDS OF
AMMUNITION. I WOULD GO THROUGH — EVERYBODY
FISHES DOWN MY WAY. I WOULD SAY, IF YOU NEED 100
ROUNDS, YOU SHOULD NOT BE
HUNTING. YOU ARE DANGEROUS TO YOURSELF. [LAUGHTER]
NOT A JOKE. THIS IS ABOUT COMMON SENSE. I THINK, THAT IS WHY I LED THE
FIGHT TO PASS THE BRADY BILL. THE BRADY BILL WITH THE
BACKGROUND CHECKS. IT IS RATIONAL TO SAY CERTAIN
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO OWN
A WEAPON. IT IS RATIONAL TO SAY THAT
CERTAIN KINDS OF WEAPONS YOU
CANNOT OWN. THEY HAVE NO SOCIAL REDEEMING
VALUE AND THEY HAVE NOTHING TO
DO WITH SPORTSMANSHIP. MY SON, WHO DIED, EXCUSE ME —
ANYWAY, MY SON WAS A DECORATED
VETERAN, THE BRONZE STAR, A YEAR
IN IRAQ. HE HAD THREE SHOTGUNS AND I HAD
TWO. I HAVE A 20 GAUGE AND A 12
GAUGE. I AM A SKEET SHOOTER. I HAVE NOT DONE THAT, IN ALL
FAIRNESS, FOR NINE OR 10 YEARS. I HAVE LOST INTEREST. I HAVE FIVE GRANDCHILDREN. S WHAT, THOSE GUNS — GUESS
WHAT, THOSE GUNS ARE LOCKED UP. LOCKED, LOCKED. WHY IS IT THAT IF YOU LEFT A KEY
IN THE CAR OUTSIDE HERE TODAY
AND A KID GOES IN AND STARTS THE
CAR AND GETS IN AN ACCIDENT AND
ACCIDENT LEAK KILLS SOMEONE, YOU
ARE LIABLE — ACCIDENTALLY KILL SOMEONE, YOU ARE LIABLE FOR
NEGLIGENCE? WHY IN GOD’S NAME SHOULD YOU NOT
BE REQUIRED TO HAVE TRIGGER
LOCKS ON YOUR WEAPON? SANDY HOOK WOULD NOT HAVE
HAPPENED HAD THOSE MY — HAD THE
MOTHER HAD THOSE WEAPONS, SHE
PASSED THE TEST AND THE KID
COMES ALONG AND HE PICKS THEM
UP. THIS IS AN IRRATIONAL ARGUMENT. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS NOT THE
NRA. THE MAJORITY OF NRA MEMBERS
AGREE WITH ME. THE GUN MANUFACTURERS, THEY WANT
TO SELL MORE WEAPONS. WE HAVE A TECHNOLOGY NOW, YOU
CAN MAKE SURE — JAMES BOND, YOU
CANNOT PULL A TRIGGER OF A GUN
YOU HAVE UNLESS YOUR BIO MARKER
IS ON IT. THAT HAS DEVELOPED. I MET WITH THE FOLKS IN SILICON
VALLEY AND THEY STARTED TO SELL
THEM AT GUN STORES. MANUFACTURERS CAME ALONG AND
SAID, IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THEM
OFF THE RAT, WE WILL BOYCOTT YOU
— THE RACK, WE WILL BOYCOTT
YOU. HOW DO I VIOLATE YOUR SECOND
AMENDMENT RIGHT IF YOU ARE THE
ONLY ONE WHO CAN PULL THE
TRIGGER? HOW DOES THAT VIOLATE YOUR RIGHT
AT ALL? THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT. IT IS ABOUT SELLING MORE GUNS. IT IS ABOUT PROFIT. IT IS DEAD WRONG. WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC. ADAM: NEXT PRESENT — NEXT
QUESTION COMES FROM ELIZABETH.>>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE
TONIGHT. IT IS AN HONOR TO MEET YOU. REGARDING YOUR RECENT
MISSTATEMENTS ABOUT THE IRAQ
WAR, YOU HAVE ASKED VOTERS TO
LISTEN TO YOUR JUDGMENT RATHER
THAN THE DETAILS OF YOUR STORY. AS A MOM AND AN EDUCATOR, I FEEL
LIKE DETAILS MATTER. CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU
DID NOT REMEMBER THE DETAILS OF
THESE EVENTS ACCURATELY AND WILL
YOU, GOING FORWARD, THE MORE
ACCURATE WITH YOUR DETAILS? VICE PRES. BIDEN: I THINK YOU
ARE MIXING TWO THINGS UP. I VOTED TO GIVE PRESIDENT BUSH
THE AUTHORITY TO GO TO THE U.N. AND ASK FOR THE SECURITY COUNCIL
TO VOTE TO SEND AN INSPECTOR —
SENT IN INSPECTORS INTO IRAQ TO
SEE WHETHER SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS
KEEPING HIS COMMITMENT ON
CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND KEEPING HIS COMMITMENT ON WHETHER OR NOT HE
WAS DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. HE HAD THROWN OUT INSPECTORS. THE CONDITION ON THAT WAS, WE
STARTED OFF AND HAD A PROVISION,
WE SAID — WE SAID THAT IF, IN
FACT, YOU GO IN AND GET EITHER
THE SECURITY COUNCIL DOES NOT
VOTE TO GIVE INSPECTORS THE RIGHT TO GET BACK IN, YOU STILL
HAVE TO GO BACK TO THEM AND ASK
THEM WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN USE
FORCE TO GET THE SECURITY
COUNCIL BEHIND YOU — BEHIND USE
OF FORCE. WHAT HAPPENED WAS, WHAT PEOPLE
ARE SAYING IS WHEN I SAID FROM
THE TIME I SET I MADE A MISTAKE
TRUSTING THAT HE WOULD NOT USE
THE FORCE. IT WAS MY MISTAKE. FROM THE TIME OF SHOCK AND AWE,
I WAS AGAINST THE WAR. THE WAY WE WENT TO WAR WAS
WRONG, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, THE WAY WE WERE
CONDUCTING THE WAR WAS WRONG. THE EXTENT TO WHICH I MISSPOKE,
MY PUBLIC STATEMENTS WERE THAT
WE WERE DOING THIS ALL WRONG. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE AT THE
WAY WE DID IT AND WE SHOULD BE
SUPPORTING THE TROOPS IF THEY
ARE IN THERE BUT WE SHOULD BE
GETTING INTERNATIONAL COALITION
TO SUPPORT THIS, ET CETERA. THE MISREPRESENTATION WAS HOW
QUICKLY I SAID I WAS IMMEDIATELY
AGAINST THE WAR. I WAS AGAINST THE WAR INTERNALLY
AND TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER
COALITIONS TO CHANGE THE WAY IN
WHICH THE WAR IS CONDUCTED. THE INVESTOR WILL POINT OUT TO
YOU THAT I WAS HIS — THE
AMBASSADOR WILL POINT OUT TO YOU
THAT I WAS HIS WORST NIGHTMARE
WHEN I SHOWED UP IN IRAQ. I SAID IT WILL NOT WORK. THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN POSSIBLY
WORK IS THAT IF YOU HAVE A
REGIONAL JUDGMENT, A FEDERAL
SYSTEM. THAT IS WHY WESELB, WHO JUST
PASSED AWAY, WE WROTE A
STATEMENT. IT WAS A MISTAKE TO TRY TO DO
IT. WHEN THE TROOPS WERE THERE, I
INSISTED THAT THEY BE PROTECTED
AND I HAVE ALL THAT THEY NEEDED
WHILE THEY WERE THERE. MY SON WAS THERE FOR A YEAR. WHAT HAPPENED WAS, IMMEDIATELY
AFTER US GETTING ELECTED, WHAT
DID OCCUR WAS THE PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES, HE WAS WISE
ENOUGH TO VOTE NO. THE DEAL WAS IF HE VOTES NO, HE
LETS THE INSPECTORS AND AND
NOTHING IS GOING ON, THERE IS NO
USE OF FORCE. THAT WAS THE COMMITMENT MADE. IT TURNS OUT — REMEMBER THAT
WHOLE THING? I DO NOT SEE ANY EVIDENCE,
ANYWAY. IT TURNED OUT WE WERE RIGHT. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GOT INTO
OFFICE, THE FIRST MAJOR MEETING
WE HAD, SECRETARY OF STATE,
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, NATIONAL
SECURITY ADVISOR, DIRECTOR OF
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, AND THEY SAID MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAVE LAID
OUT FOR YOU, WE HAVE A MORNING
MEETING EVERY MORNING ON
NATIONAL SECURITY. HE SAID, — I SAID, WE HAVE A
PLAN HAD TO MAKE YOUR POSITION
ABOUT GETTING OUT OF IRAQ WORK. HE LEANED OVER AND THE JOKE WAS,
YOU KNOW HOW HE ALWAYS PUTS HIS
ARM OUT. I SAT TO HIS RIGHT AND HE SAID,
NO, JOE WILL DO IRAQ. HE WILL GET US OUT. I WAS — THAT IS NOT A WAY TO
WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE
PEOPLE. EVERYBODY KNEW I WAS NOT TRYING
TO TAKE OPERATIONAL CONTROL
BECAUSE I KNEW ALL THOSE
PLAYERS. WE COURT AND AIDED HOW TO DRAW
DOWN — WE COORDINATED HOW TO
DRAW DOWN. I WAS ABLE TO DRAW DOWN OVER
140,000, 150 5000 COMBAT TROOPS. I GOT CRITICIZED FOR THAT. IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THE MISREPRESENTATION WAS MY
SAYING THAT — THE MISTAKE WAS
VOTING IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE SECOND MISTAKE WAS MY SAYING
THAT I WAS IMMEDIATELY OPPOSED. INTERNALLY, I WAS OPPOSED. THAT IS THE CONTEXT.>>THANK YOU. VICE PRES. BIDEN: AND DETAILS DO
MATTER. ADAM: NEXT QUESTION.>>IS AN HONOR TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I AM A LITTLE STARSTRUCK. MANY OF US HERE ARE PARENTS AND
GRANDPARENTS AND WE WOULD DO
ANYTHING FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE WOULD MOVE MOUNTAINS. SO MANY IN OUR COUNTRY — SO
MANY CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY ARE
NOT GETTING THE HEALTH CARE THEY
NEED. WHICH I KNOW YOU HAVE ADDRESSED
FOR YEARS TO TRY TO HELP FIX
THAT. I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST AS WELL AS A
PARENT. AND A GRANDPARENT. I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE
ACCESSIBILITY OF MENTAL HEALTH
CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND I KNOW
THAT THAT IS SOMETHING NEAR AND
DEAR TO YOUR HEART. WHAT WOULD YOU DO, WHAT KIND OF
PRIORITY WOULD YOU MAKE TO HAVE
ACCESSIBILITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH
CARE, NOT JUST FOR OUR CHILDREN
BUT FOR EVERYONE IN AMERICA? VICE PRES. BIDEN: I NUMBER OF
THINGS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, YOU
KNOW AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, WE HAVE
LEARNED SO MUCH MORE ABOUT HOW
THE BRAIN FUNCTIONS. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT WHAT HAS
HAPPENED IN THE BEGINNING —
EVERYBODY THOUGHT MAYBE DRUG
ABUSE 10 OR 15 YEARS AGO CAUSED
MENTAL ILLNESS. MENTAL ILLNESS TENDS TO CAUSE
DRUG ABUSE. IT IS THE OPPOSITE WAY. INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MENTAL
HEALTH CENTERS AROUND AVAILABLE
TO EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY. IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE
EQUATED MENTAL HEALTH AND
PHYSICAL HEALTH. THERE SHOULD BE NO DISTINCTION. WE TRIED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO
NOT STIGMATIZE PEOPLE WHO SEEK
HELP. ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE ARE
MOST AFRAID OF IS THEY GO AND
GET MENTAL HEALTH OR GO SEE A
PSYCHIATRIST OR PSYCHOLOGIST OR
GET COMMITTED BECAUSE THE
EXTENDED — NEED EXTENDED HELP AND THEY’RE WORRIED IT WILL RUIN
THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT STIGMA. THERE IS NOTHING FUNDAMENTALLY
DIFFERENT THAN GETTING A
PHYSICAL ILLNESS. IT IS LIKE BREAKING A BONE. WE SHOULD NOT STIGMATIZE IT. ONE OF THE THINGS I RESENT ABOUT
THIS PRESIDENT. IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE
EQUATED MENTAL HEALTH AND
PHYSICAL HEALTH SO THEY BOTH BE
COVERED. THEY BOTH WOULD BE COVERED
EQUALLY. YOU COULD NOT SAY, I WILL USE
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE
I WANT TO GET A PSYCHIATRIC
EVALUATION FOR MY CHILD. IT SHOULD BE COVERED, IT WAS
DESIGNED TO BE COVERT. — IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE
COVERED. I CARRY WITH ME A CARD OF MY
SCHEDULE AND THE SCHEDULE SAYS
WHAT I HAVE TO DO AND IT HAS A
BLACK BOX ON THE BOTTOM. EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE LAST 14
YEARS, THE BLACK BOX LISTS THE
DAILY TROOP UPDATE. THE EXACT NUMBER OF TROOPS WHO
HAVE DIED IN AFGHANISTAN AND
IRAQ. EVERYONE OF THESE PEOPLE, EVERY
ONE OF THESE FALLEN ANGELS LEFT
AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY BEHIND. IT LISTS TROOPS WOUNDED IN
AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. YOU KNOW WHAT IS NOT ON HERE,
ROUGHLY, 300,000 WARRIORS COMING
HOME WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN
INJURIES AND COMING HOME NEEDING
MENTAL HEALTH ACTIONS AND
FACILITIES. WE ARE SHORT 39,000 PSYCHIATRIC
NURSES. I GOT MISQUOTED THE OTHER DAY BY
SAYING MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING
FROM SUICIDE COMING HOME FROM
THESE WARS THAT ARE BEING KILLED
ON A DAILY BASIS NOW. THEY SAID — THEY ARE RUFFLING
— ANYWAY — I DO NOT TO QUOTE A
NUMBER BECAUSE SOMEONE WILL SAY
I GOT IT WRONG.>>20 PLUS A DAY ACTIVE DUTY AND
VETERANS, SUICIDE. VICE PRES. BIDEN: IT IS A
GIGANTIC ISSUE. EVEN IF SOMEONE IS COLDHEARTED
AND DOES NOT CARE, THAT IS WHY
WE DID THE WHOLE BRAIN
INITIATIVE. THAT IS WHY I AM A PROPOSING WE
SET UP WHERE WE DECIDE — I
HEADED UP THE CANCER EFFORT FOR
THE PRESIDENT, THE MOONSHOT. AFTER I WENT TO THE
ADMINISTRATION — WE MADE
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES. WE GOT DOCTORS TO START WORKING
TOGETHER A LITTLE BETTER. WE ARE MAKING SIGNIFICANT
BREAKTHROUGHS. WHEN NIXON DECLARED WAR ON
CANCER, HE MEANT IT BUT HE HAD
NO ARMY, NO CAPACITY TO SHARE
DATA. HOSPITALS DID NOT HAVE A WAY TO
SHARE THE DATA. ONLY YEARS LATER WHEN MY SON WAS
DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL CANCER,
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO
AROUND THE WOR INTERVIEWING
THE LEADING EXPERTS AROUND THE
WORLD. FIVE YEARS BEFORE HE WAS
DIAGNOSED, EVERYONE THOUGHT THE
IDEA OF DEALING WITH YOUR IMMUNE
SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO CURE CANCER
WAS SOME KIND OF VOODOO SCIENCE. IMMUNOTHERAPY IS A GIGANTIC
POTENTIAL BREAKTHROUGH GOING ON
NOW. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO COOPERATE
AND SHARE DATA. YOU HAVE FIVE DRUG COMPANIES ALL
TRIED TO GET THE SAME — WE CAN
NOW SEQUENCED THE CANCER GENE
AND WE CAN DO IT FOR 1000 BUX
AND YOU CAN FIND OUT THE NATURE
OF THE CANCER YOU HAVE. IF WE PUT ALL OF THOSE
RESEARCHERS — RESEARCH YOU ARE
DOING DEALING WITH 104 SPECIFIC
CANCERS ON THE TABLE AND SAID
ANY EXPERT CAN USE ANY OF THEM
BECAUSE WE ARE REALIZING THAT WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT IT MAY BE
LIKE AIDS AND IT MAY REQUIRE
MULTIPLE DRUGS. I ASKED FOR THE EXPERT TO COME
UP — HE SAID, THE DRUG YOU ARE
WORKING ON, IT WOULD BE WORTH
28% OF A CURE. YOURS WOULD BE 20, YOURS WOULD
BE 31. YOU ARE EXEMPT TO LIABILITY. ALL OF THESE EXPERTS CAN USE
THEM NOW. THAT INCREASES THE POSSIBILITY
OF A BREAKTHROUGH. THERE IS SO MUCH HAPPENING. WE KNO — WE KNOW LESS ABOUT
THE BRAIN THAN WE DO KNOW ABOUT
THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN. WHETHER THAT IS LITERALLY TRUE,
IT IS A METAPHOR THAT IS ALWAYS
USED. THAT IS WHY WE SPEND SO MUCH
TIME AND MONEY TRYING TO INVEST
IN RESEARCH ON THE BRAIN. IT HOLDS THE KEY TO SO MANY
THINGS.>>THANK YOU, SIR. ADAM: ON THAT SUBJECT, ONE OF
THE SOURCES OF MENTAL HEALTH
PROBLEMS CAN BE UNADDRESSED
GRIEF. WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO
AMERICANS GRIEVING PRIVATELY? VICE PRES. BIDEN: FIRST OFF,
REACH OUT. TRY TO GET SOME HELP. LOOK RIGHT AFTER I GOT ELECTED,
I GOT A PHONE CALL WHEN I WAS
HIRING STAFF. TEDDY KENNEDY LET ME USE HIS
OFFICE TO INTERVIEW STAFF. THE POOR FIRST RESPONDER WAS SO
NERVOUS. THEY SAID, YOU HAVE TO COME
HOME. A TRACTOR-TRAILER HAD BROADSIDED
MY WIFE AND KIDS WHILE THEY WERE
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. I WAS LUCKY. I HAD PEOPLE AROUND ME WHO CARED
A GREAT DEAL ABOUT ME, EMBRACED
ME, PEOPLE WHO I NEVER KNEW
CALLED ME AND SAID, THE WORST
THING WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING
HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN PEOPLE CALL, I KNOW WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE. YOU KNOW THEY MEAN WELL. YOU ALMOST FEEL LIKE SAYING
STOP. PEOPLE WOULD CALL AND SAY, I
KNOW WHAT IT IS, I LOST, THIS
HAPPENED TO ME, LET ME TELL YOU
WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. ONE OF THE THINGS, FOR ME, THAT
I FOUND WAS HAVING PEOPLE I
COULD TALK TO OPENLY, SHARE MY
GRIEF WITH. FOR ME, IT WAS DIFFERENT BECAUSE
I HAD TO DO IN PUBLIC. I WAS — I WAS THIS YOUNG GUY
WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, GET
SELECTED, YOUNGEST SENATOR, THIS
TRAGEDY. YOU KNOW, OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO
DID NOT HAVE ANY OF THE KIND OF
PEOPLE — THE KIND OF SUPPORT I
HAD THAT GET UP EVERY SINGLE DAY
AND PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE
OTHER AND GO DO IT. WHAT I URGE THEM TO DO, I URGE
THEM TO TRY TO GET TO SOMEBODY
WHO THEY KNOW WHO HAS BEEN
THROUGH IT. TALK ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE DEALT
WITH IT. WHEN YOU ARE THE RECIPIENT OF SO
MUCH EMPATHY, IT IS NOT HARD TO
RETURN IT. WHEN MY SON DIED — HE WAS MY
SOUL. THE OTHER PIECE OF IT WAS, HE
HAD GONE THROUGH IT AS A KID
WITH ME AND HE KNEW HE WAS
DYING. HE WOULD SAY TO ME, THAT IS WHY
I WROTE THE BOOK ABOUT MY SON,
HE SAID, PROMISE ME DAD, I AM
GOING TO BE OK NO MATTER WHAT
HAPPENS. PROMISE ME YOU ARE GOING TO BE
OK. I KNEW WHAT HE MEANT. HE DID NOT WANT ME TO WALK AWAY
FROM THE THINGS I HAVE DEVOTED
MY WHOLE LIFE TO. IT WAS, DAD, DON’T STOP DOING
WHAT YOU FOUGHT FOR YOUR WHOLE
LIFE. DON’T STOP TRYING TO MAKE THINGS
BETTER. HE KNEW I WOULD TAKE CARE OF HIS
FAMILY, HIS WIFE AND MY
GRANDCHILDREN. FOR ME, WHAT I FOUND, PURPOSE
MATTERS. HAVE A PURPOSE. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE LOST
SOMEONE TO CANCER? THE TV IS NOT ON. MORE THAN HALF OF YOU. YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THIS. IN SOME CASES, IT IS REALLY
IMPORTANT TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL
HELP. ONE OF THE REASONS I LOVE TEDDY
KENNEDY, WHEN MY WIFE AND
DAUGHTER WERE KILLED AND MY KIDS
WERE HOSPITALIZED, I CAME BACK
— THE DOCTORS LET ME STAY IN
THE ROOM WITH THEM. I CAME BACK AFTER GOING OUT TO
DO SOMETHING AND ONE OF THE
LEADING PSYCHOLOGIST FROM
BOSTON’S CHILDREN SITTING THERE
AND HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND I
SAID, DR., TEDDY ASKED ME TO COME DOWN. I AM HAPPY TO TALK TO YOUR BOYS. PEOPLE NEED HELP. IF YOU FEEL COMPLETELY ISOLATED,
YOU DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF
INCREDIBLE LOVING SURROUNDING
CAPACITY THAT I HAD. MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD WAS
MY SISTER. BY THE TIME I GOT HOME AFTER
BEING IN THE HOSPITAL WITH THE
BOYS, SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAD
GIVEN UP THEIR APARTMENT AND
MOVED INTO MY HOUSE TO HELP ME
RAISE MY KIDS WITHOUT BEING ASKED. FIVE YEARS LATER, NO MAN
DESERVES ONE GREAT LOVE LET
ALONE TWO. I GOT REMARRIED. WHEN I CAME HOME, SHE AND HER
HUSBAND HAD MOVED OUT WITHOUT A
WORD. WE HAVE AN EXPRESSION IN MY
FAMILY — IF YOU HAVE TO ASK, IT
IS TOO LATE. ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT IS ALL
OF THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE TODAY
FACING HORRIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES. THEY HAVE RAISED THEIR KIDS,
MOVED ON, DID THEIR JOBS. I TELL YOU WHAT WORKS, IF YOU
KNOW SOMEBODY, JUST GOING OVER
AND HANGING AROUND, JUST BEING
THERE. DON’T PRETEND YOU ARE AN EXPERT. JUST BEING THERE, SHOWING UP ON
THE DAY SHE OR HE NEEDS TO GO TO
WORK AND THEY DO NOT HAVE
ANYBODY TO BABYSIT. TAKE A DAY OFF AND HELP THEM. SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS HAVE A
PROFOUND IMPACT. I AM NOT A PSYCHOLOGIST. ADAM: MR. VICE PRESIDENT, WE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE. HAVE A GREAT EVENING. [APPLAUSE]

Maurice Vega

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