2020 Democrats roll out new policy proposals on paid family leave, corporate interest

AMNA NAWAZ: While the Trump administration
navigates this impeachment inquiry, the Democratic candidates hoping to replace President Trump
in the Oval Office are still figuring out how much attention to put on the incumbent. In a moment, William Brangham will have more
analysis on the politics of impeachment. But, first, Lisa Desjardins is back now with
a report from the campaign trail, where Democrats are also rolling out new policy proposals. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), Presidential Candidate:
Hello, Charleston. Its so great to be with you. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) LISA DESJARDINS: The 2020 candidate parade
this weekend went through Charleston, South Carolina. Beside the bucolic Ashley River came a chorus
of tough words for President Trump from businessman Tom Steyer: TOM STEYER (D), Presidential Candidate: I
am dying to expose Mr. Trump as the fraud and failure that he is. LISA DESJARDINS: Colorado Senator Michael
Bennet: SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO), Presidential Candidate:
Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy and to our children’s future. And he has got to go. LISA DESJARDINS: And former Maryland Congressman
John Delaney: JOHN DELANEY (D), Presidential Candidate:
Trump is the symptom of a disease. And we have got to cure and end the symptom. There’s nothing more important, by any measure,
than beating him in 2020. LISA DESJARDINS: Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi
Gabbard took a different approach. REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI), Presidential Candidate:
That we are all God’s children, that we stand united as Americans committed to this proposition
of equality and justice for all. LISA DESJARDINS: Gabbard, who has qualified
for the next debate, did not mention President Trump by name, instead criticizing corporate
greed and calling for a broader community spirit. REP. TULSI GABBARD: As your president, I am seeking
to bring these values of service above self to the White House, to restore the principles
of integrity and honor and respect back to the White House, to make sure that our White
House is once again a beacon of light and hope and opportunity for every single person
in this country. LISA DESJARDINS: Not on stage were the three
poll leaders in the primary race, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator
Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders suffered a heart attack last week
and, today, three days out of the hospital, was back in camera view on a neighborhood
walk with his wife. QUESTION: How are you feeling, Senator? SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate:
I feel very good. Thank you. LISA DESJARDINS: At the same time, the senator
is rolling out new policy ideas, today tackling corporate influence. If nominated and elected, Sanders pledged
to ban corporate donations to the Democratic National Convention and for any inaugural
events. And he would block members of Congress from
becoming lobbyists for life. Sanders has sworn off big donor fund-raisers,
but nonetheless brought in more donations than any other candidate in the past three
months, raking in $25.3 million, overwhelmingly from small donors. Other candidates are also pushing new ideas
today. California Senator Kamala Harris announced
a plan to fund six months of fully paid family leave for those making under $75,000. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: When we talk about child care,
when we talk about maternity/paternity leave, when we talk about the fact that so many parents
are not only having children, but caring for their parents, we need to have a much more
humane approach. LISA DESJARDINS: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor
Pete Buttigieg focused on prescription drug prices, rolling out a plan in The Boston Globe. He would cap monthly out-of-pocket drug spending
to around or just over $200 for seniors and anyone who joins a government plan. The Democratic field remains large. But just months until the primaries begin,
time for candidates to stand out is getting smaller. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.

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