Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Jay Inslee

I have three grandchildren and I love them all. When I was thinking about running for president I made a decision. I decided that on my last day on earth, I wanted to look them in the eye and tell them that I did everything humanly possible to protect them from the ravages of the climate crisis. And I know to a moral certainty, if we do not have to the next president who commits to this as a top priority, this won't get done. And I am the only candidate, frankly I am surprised, I am the only candidate to make this the top priority. If you join me in that recognition of how important this is, we can have a unified national mission. We can save ourselves. We can save our children. We can save our grandchildren. And we can save literally the life on this planet. This is our moment.Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #1 (June 26, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

Our efforts to defeat the climate crisis will put 8 million people to work in good union jobs. This is a job creation engine. We know Donald Trump is wrong. Wind turbines don't cause cancer, they cause jobs.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Crime

We have a beautiful country, but it is marred by racial injustice. All of us have got to buckle down to bring a little more justice to the justice system. I'm the first governor that has sought the pardon for thousands of people caught up in the drub war so we can reduce racial disparity and we can do the same thing on a national level. We know that the death penalty has not been racially neutral and so we got rid of the death penalty in my state and we are going to keep working on this.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Drug Policy

We have tried to push back against the drub war by legalizing marijuana.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Environment

If you know anything about me then you know that I am unique among the candidates (and we have a lot of great candidates in this race - I've already identified 18 potential vice presidents...) but I've got one thing that I'm unique on and I want you to think about for a moment: South Carolina is under attack. Iowa is under attack. California is under attack. Washington is under attack. They are under attack by the existential threat of the climate crisis. We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation who can do something about it. If you elect me as president, I will make defeating the climate crisis the number one priority of America.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Foreign Policy

We have to insist on common sense, not chaos, so that Trump does not stumble into an unnecessary war in Iran.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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