Winery Haven, Massachusetts
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Nicely, thanks, Epsteins, for internet hosting us and for all that you just do in so some ways for therefore many individuals. There’s really not a lot that any of us can do by ourselves. It actually does take a neighborhood of parents who care about our nation. All of us play in several positions, however I feel we’re taking part in on the identical crew.
Which really brings me to — I’m simply going to share with you some ideas about this second and the place I feel we’re.
So at the moment, I really spent the day — I flew out of D.C. this morning and spent the day in Boston, as a result of in the previous couple of weeks because the Dobbs determination got here down, I’ve determined I wished to get on the highway and meet with the parents who’re on the bottom doing the necessary work that should be accomplished proper now, particularly because the Dobbs determination made clear that that is now being pushed to the states, sadly.
For these of us who’ve been centered on the significance of understanding the distinction between states’ rights and what we have to do on the federal degree, we at the moment are revisiting a second the place we’re these points in a really profound manner.
And so I traveled to Boston to satisfy with the Governor of Massachusetts, Governor Baker, who has been signing some actually excellent laws and, I feel, making clear is a vital level that, on some points, we actually ought to perceive they’re simply basic to who we’re, who we consider ourselves to be as People. And we should always have the flexibility, mixed with our conviction, when it comes to what’s finest for our nation, to then perceive that we will method a few of these points in a nonpartisan manner.
So I used to be with the governor and met, I don’t know, a minimum of a pair dozen members of the state legislature. As I’ve been in Indiana, I’ve been in Florida, New Jersey, everywhere in the nation assembly with people — some in re- — so-called pink states, so-called blue states, speaking about the place we’re.
And once more, what has prompted these journeys in the previous couple of weeks has been the Dobbs determination as a result of, after all, america Supreme Courtroom took a constitutional proper, that had been acknowledged, from the folks of America, from the ladies of America. And it’ll and is already having a profound influence on human beings, on people, however on the very ideas that have been a part of the — there’s a spirit of the founding of our nation, these ideas being the precept of freedom and liberty.
And so I’ve been assembly with these people to speak about what’s at stake proper now and in addition what might be accomplished. And, after all, you all are right here on this warmth, however this extremely lovely setting, understanding that we’re 96 days away from a vital election — the midterms — that in some ways shall be an inflection level on this concern.
In that, in 96 days, we’ve the chance across the nation to find out whether or not we could have a pro-choice Congress.
Our President, Joe Biden — who a lot of you already know and have supported for a lot of, a few years — there’s so many unbelievable issues about him, and one is that he’s a lifelong and religious public servant who takes significantly the significance of traditions and protocols round probably the most deliberative physique on the earth, america Senate. And Joe Biden has had sufficient in terms of the filibuster — which is a part of an extended custom of the Senate — (applause) — to say, “Sufficient is sufficient. I’m not going to let the filibuster get in the best way on the problem of selection and on the problem of voting rights.”
And in order that brings me to the purpose, which can be that what occurred within the Dobbs determination is a second that’s clear about what’s at stake. However perceive how it’s related to so many different points which are current in our nation proper now that imply that there’s a lot at stake.
I requested my crew to do a Venn diagram. And one circle being which states can we see an assault on girls’s reproductive well being and selection. One other circle, the assaults on voting rights. And one other circle, the assault on LGBTQ rights. You wouldn’t be stunned to know that there’s a important overlap.
And the following iteration of that Venn diagram — I’ve requested them — I wish to additionally placed on a circle the place we’re seeing books bans, the place we’re seeing assaults on immigrants.
And it paints fairly a vivid image of the place we’re proper now. There may be a lot at stake.
You realize, as Vice President — and we simply celebrated, or a minimum of marked, 18 months in workplace, July twentieth. A 12 months and a half. (Applause.) Thanks. And as Vice President, I’ve had the consideration and the duty of assembly with, speaking immediately with — by cellphone or in individual — a minimum of 100 occasions with heads of state from world wide: prime ministers, presidents, kings, chancellors.
And I’ll inform you what you all know: After we, as america of America, stroll in these rooms, historically, traditionally, we’ve been capable of stroll in these rooms chin up, shoulders again, representing what we describe and consider to be the strongest democracy on the earth, imperfect although we could also be, flawed although we could also be.
Strolling in these rooms, we then discuss concerning the significance of human rights, civil rights, rule of legislation. And we’re ready then, due to our standing, to exert some affect, generally strain, to hopefully influence the situation of individuals world wide on these points.
The primary bilateral assembly I had with a international head of state was a breakfast at — now, my residence — the Vice President’s residence, the place I had over for breakfast then-Chancellor Angela Merkel — who, by the best way, is a superb human being. She actually is. It’s terrible how sturdy girls are portrayed. Proper? You realize, “Oh, she’s chilly. She’s this.” She’s heat. She has a humorousness. We acquired on actually fairly properly.
And we had an in depth dialog. We talked about China. We talked about Russia. We talked concerning the state of the EU. After which she leaned over and she or he mentioned, “Inform me what’s happening with voting in your nation.” And he or she then had particulars about what she meant in asking the query.
As a result of, you see, when one holds themselves out to be a job mannequin, with that comes the truth that folks will watch what you do to find out if it matches what you say. Nations and other people world wide are watching proper now what’s occurring in our nation — when our highest courtroom takes a constitutional proper, when long-settled points like voting rights are underneath assault.
And I say all of this to say that this can be a second, I do consider, of disaster when it comes to the vulnerability and the fragility of our democracy, and subsequently the problem, which you all have met by the actual fact that we’re right here collectively this afternoon, which is our willingness and talent to face up and battle for it.
Since you see, the best way I take into consideration democracy: I consider it — there’s a duality, really. Democracies are sturdy when they’re intact, after they do what they’re presupposed to do: They empower folks. They supply a basis that permits for stability, and with that comes the entire issues we care about when it comes to productiveness, prosperity. Democracies might be very sturdy.
Democracy can be extraordinarily fragile and valuable. If we don’t battle, if we aren’t vigilant in standing up for it, it’ll fall, it’ll fail, it’ll falter.
In order that’s how I take into consideration the place we’re proper now. And elections matter. Elections matter.
Had you all not accomplished the arduous work that you just did in 2020, electing Joe Biden and me, we’d not have been capable of do the work that we knew wanted to be accomplished.
Bear in mind, our inauguration was after January sixth. We got here in in the course of the peak of a pandemic. Our standing world wide was very weak with a lot of our longstanding buddies and allies.
However due to the work that you just all did, due to who our President is, we have been capable of deliver Europe collectively at a time the place — you all might bear in mind, not very way back — people like Emmanuel Macron have been questioning the existence of NATO and its motive for being. You keep in mind that.
However we got here in, due to the arduous work you all did, and pulled NATO again collectively, stronger than it’s ever been, in order that yesterday, the Senate took a vote to incorporate two extra international locations in NATO, strengthening it and including to it — (applause) — due to what you all did. Elections matter.
We mentioned that we as Democrats stand for a robust nation, and we all know that very important to that’s that we assist the kids of America. So we handed a Youngster Tax Credit score extension, which lifted virtually 40 p.c of kids in poverty out of poverty in simply the primary 12 months.
We did the work of claiming we have to put money into our infrastructure, and have an infrastructure legislation now in place that can enable us to take away lead from pipes, which people from Flint to Oakland have been speaking about, when it comes to the toxic water youngsters — particularly, poor youngsters — have been consuming, which has led to studying disabilities and well being outcomes.
We’ve accomplished the work of renewing a dedication to what we should do to take care of the disaster affecting our surroundings, which is resulting in wildfires in my residence state of California, floods and hurricanes, and what we’re seeing in Kentucky when it comes to, unknown nonetheless, casualties.
That is the work we did as a result of elections matter. You all got here out in 2020. We — we — received, and we have been ready to do that work.
Elections matter. Within the midterms in 96 days, these elections will matter in that we have to elect two extra senators. We have to maintain on to the Senate and get two extra, as a result of Joe mentioned he is not going to let the filibuster stand in the best way of the Girls’s Well being Safety Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. (Applause.) Two extra senators. That’s what we want.
Elections matter. It issues. You realize, you all know I spent a big a part of my profession as a prosecutor. Elections matter when it comes to who’s the county prosecutor, particularly when you’ve got extremist so-called leaders passing legal guidelines that can criminalize public well being professionals and punish girls.
Elections matter. Voting rights. Who’s secretary of state. Elections matter. Who’s governor; who’s going to signal these outrageous payments being handed by extremist so-called leaders or veto them.
So the work that you just all are doing to assist this effort issues in an amazing manner, particularly once we are wanting on the stakes being so excessive. And for all of these causes, I thanks all. I do consider that we’re up for this battle.
I used to be talking with some historians not too long ago, and the — you already know, this isn’t the primary time our nation has confronted a second like this. And we do get by way of it. Historical past has proven us that. But it surely’s not and not using a battle and never and not using a dedication to standing collectively, figuring out we’ve a lot extra in widespread than what separates us and that we consider in our nation and we love our nation.
So, with that, I thanks all very a lot. Thanks. (Applause.) Thanks.