Pete On The Issues

Interview with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board




0:00
The Des Moines Register editorial board welcomes Pete and makes introductions.
0:45
Why are you running for president and why do you think you'd be the best person for the job?
6:11
Would your "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan include restoration of an individual mandate?
7:32
Would you leave the Affordable Care Act in tact while you implement your health care plan?
8:30
Is your "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan a government option on the existing exchanges?
9:27
You've said you support the framework of a Green New Deal. How do you respond to the criticism that it will cause companies and jobs to go overseas?
11:26
How do you steer agriculture through the big changes that would be required so they can be part of the answer to climate change?
13:38
Is a carbon fee part of how you would fund the research and development necessary to combat climate change?
15:13
Is there something that the federal government can do about population loss in rural America?
18:29
If you were president today, how would you address the situation at the US-Mexico border?
21:16
How do we change the conversation about immigration away from the narrative that immigrants are dangerous?
24:36
Why shouldn't a right to unionize be balanced with a right to work?
26:05
What can you do as president about right-to-work laws when they are state laws and not federal laws?
26:54
Are you walking the talk with unionization in how you pay your campaign workers and whether you negotiate with them as a union?
27:19
In South Bend, what is the minimum wage for city workers?
28:06
You've improved many metrics in South Bend during your time as mayor, but the poverty rate is still above the state level. Explain.
29:49
How much of your city's problems are a result of the decline of manufacturing?
30:59
Is it a false promise for politicians to say that we can return manufacturing levels to the '60s?
33:16
Looking back, what might you have done differently around race relations in South Bend?
38:01
How do we get to a place where we truly have a national database of officer-involved shootings and not a patchwork system?
40:06
You have called for a commission on reparations. Have you given more thought to the idea of reparations?
41:49
What would you say to white Americans who might have hard feelings about Black Americans being helped specifically in your Douglass Plan?
45:10
Is the reparations debate another version of the affirmative action debate?
47:35
Should we also have restorative policies around the historical injustices done to Native Americans?
49:18
Can you talk about your trade policies?
50:54
How would you handle trade with China differently than Trump?
53:01
Would you return the US to the TPP?
53:19
What would "targeted military action" in Syria look like?
55:00
What are your personal standards for when to send troops into harm's way?
56:01
What would you do as president regarding the situation with Iran?
57:31
How do you respond to the criticisms about changing the Supreme Court?
1:03:18
Pete gives closing statements to the Des Moines Register editorial board.