HICKENLOOPER: It comes down to that question of Americans being used to being able to make choices. Proposing a public option that allows some form of Medicare that maybe is a combination of Medicare Advantage and Medicare, but if enough people choose it, it expands, the quality improves, the cost comes down, eventually, in 15 years, you could get there, but it would be an evolution, not a revolution.
HICKENLOOPER: I'm saying this notion that you're going to take private insurance away from 180 million Americans--many of them don't want to get rid of it. Or [with] the Green New Deal, make sure that every American's guaranteed a government job if they want, that is a disaster at the ballot box, you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump. I think we've got to focus on where Donald Trump is failing. Why is it soybean farmers in Iowa need 10 good years to get back to where they were 2 years ago? Where's the small manufacturing jobs that are supposed to come back? Why are we lurching from one international crisis to another? All things that he promised American voters, we've got to focus on that.
BUTTIGIEG: We will withdraw. We have to.
Q: Gov. Hickenlooper, you disagree? You've said that you're open to keeping some servicemembers in Afghanistan beyond your first term.
HICKENLOOPER: I look at it as a humanitarian issue. If we completely pull our troops out of there, you're going to see a humanitarian disaster. We have troops in over 400 different locations around the world. Most of them are small, they're peacekeeping, they're not greatly at risk. We're going to have to be in Afghanistan. Look at the progress that has happened in that country. We're going to turn our backs and walk away from people that have risked their lives to help us and build a different future for Afghanistan and that part of the world?
HICKENLOPER: The core value behind this country is that all people are created equal. We've fallen far away from that. I think the job is to make the case that we can deliver an urban agenda. When I was Mayor we got universal pre-K for every kid in the city. We did major police reform 10 years before Ferguson--why is it, 5 years after Ferguson, we still don't have anything? You've got to deliver a vision like that for the whole country.
The above quotations are from Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019.
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